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Recognizing kids on right track BY JAKE THOMAS

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Portland’s African-American youth are often caught up in a net of negative public perceptions brought by news of gang violence, the sobering achievement gap and school drop out rates. But there’s plenty of young black kids in Portland who are on the right path, making good grades, headed to college, and are making positive contributions to the city. A new photographic tribute recognizes the hard work of some of these students and shows that there is still reason to be optimistic. “Young, Black & Gifted,” a photo essay putting the spotlight on the accomplishments of high-achieving African-American students, opens to the public on Monday, April 5 at Portland School District headquarters at 501 N. Dixon St. and will later be moved to the Lloyd Center Mall. The project is the brain child of Reiko Williams, the district’s family and community engagement manager, who said she got the idea after having a conversation with someone who seemed shocked when she mentioned an African-American student that was excelling. After the conversation she worried that all the attention on the problems of young black students was drowning out the hard work of others. “You hear so much about deficits and achievement gaps,” she said. Williams said the exhibit came together with a call for nominations of black students doing well district-wide, and the recruitment of a photographer and web developer. Skylar Holt, a freshman at Jefferson High School is one of the 13 students featured in the exhibit. Holts gets A’s and B’s in school. She does especially well in English classes, taught by Anne Novinger, one of her favorite teachers, and chemistry is getting steadily easier. Holt plans to go to college and is thinking about law school down the road. "I'm enjoying it a lot,” she said of her high school. “I like continued

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PHOTO BY JAKE THOMAS/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Skylar Holt excels as freshman at Jefferson High School in north Portland. Her contribution as one of the city’s “Young, Black & Gifted” students is part of a new exhibit coming to school district headquarters and Lloyd Center Mall.


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Candidates Count on Experience

Gary Hansen

Hansen asks voters to return him to office Gary Hansen, a former Metro counselor, state legislator and county commissioner has filed for his old office to represented north and northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Commission. Hansen spoke to the Portland Observer about some

of his issues: What are your priorities? They’re relatively simple. I’d like to place workers at our county jails to help the mentally ill who are sometimes on a revolving door at the jails. In some cases, people are very much eligible for benefits, and that includes health, which might include drugs that may really help stabilize them, but they’re too fragile to know how to get their cases reestablished. So the first thing is to move some caseworkers’ right into the jail system itself. More long term is to convince the Legislature that the tobacco settlement dollars, that so far have been used to pay off some education bonds, be shifted to community mental health. And I think this is a real good time to do that because the state’s looking at opening a state mental hospital. How about with law enforcement? With the recent shootings do you see anyway to better incorporate mental health with law enforcement? It would be an incredible improvement to get response teams that include mental health workers. One of the problems with continued

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Maria Rubio

Rubio draws on prior work with Tom Potter Maria Rubio worked for former Mayor Tom Potter as an advisor on public safety, bringing decades of experience with her to the job. She now hopes to represent north and northeast Portland on Multnomah County Commission. The Portland Observer talked to her about her priorities for the job:

What are you running? My priorities are public safety, equity, and collaborative governance. I'm very interested in looking at our public safety system city and county wide. I worked for Mayor Tom Potter for four years, and during that time we funded a study to look for ways the county and city could save money and be efficient and effective. I'm also very interested in disaster preparedness and making sure our communities are prepared. In particular, I'm interested in reaching communities that are more vulnerable. With equity, I'm interested in health equity, economic equity, in terms of living wage jobs. I would really like to blur the lines of governance [between the city and the county] so we can work more closely together. What are some examples of that? The mental health system and how the police are having to deal with mental illness and where those things cross. One source of mental health funding belongs to the county and the police are under the control of the city. What are you most proud of from your work in Tom Potter's office and what would you like to bring to the county? I was the mayor's public safety policy advisor. I was working with the Police Bureau trying to change the organizational climate and how they do business. Part of the mayor's goal was to incorporate more community policing goals. People were continued

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Week in The Review Church Shooter Sentenced Latwan Brown, 32, was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison Monday for shooting another man to death at Portland’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church during a December 2008 funeral. The victim, Darshwan Cross died. Police said both men had a history of gang involvement.

Terrorism in Moscow Two suicide blasts ripped through two commuter trains in Moscow during the morning commute on Monday, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens of others. Russian officials blamed the coordinated bombings on homegrown Islamist rebels.

Militia Plotted Cop’s Deaths Federal raids in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana lead to the arrests of nine Christian militia members Monday alleged to have been plotting to kill a police officer and bombing his funeral procession.

Pipe Bomb Causes Boom A loud explosion Sunday night that shook homes in southeast Portland has been traced to a pipe bomb explosion along the Willamette River near the Sellwood Bridge. Police were trying to figure out who detonated the bomb and why.


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JAKE THOMAS THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Activists mounted rowdy protests and the Rev. Jesse Jackson returned to Portland Monday after another shooting death at the hands of Portland police. Jack Dale Collins, a 58-yearold white transient, died March 22 in a confrontation with a police officer at Hoyt Arboretum in southwest Portland. The officer encountered Collins after he emerged from a bathroom covered in blood and wielding what police described as a “razor knife.” According to the officer’s account, Collins continued to advance toward him, ignoring his commands to drop the knife. The incident followed February’s death of Aaron Campbell, a distraught and unarmed African-American man who was shot by the police after a tense standoff in outer northeast Portland. The most recent shooting has triggered protests tinged with some violence. During a demonstration last week in southeast Portland, a group of about 50 mostly white activists marched to a police training building on Burnside Street and a protestor hurled a bike at a police officer, and is now facing some hefty charges. On Monday, a larger protest of again, mostly white protestors erupted downtown. The demonstration, which lasted several hours, ended with a window smashed at Bank of America branch and eight people charged with crimes including Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief and Riot; and three officers injured. Earlier in the day, Rev. Jesse Jackson, a national civil rights leader, was meeting with local leaders and community members for the second time in the last few weeks confronting police accountability issues. “We want them to have to stop the excessive use of force, but also we want a fair share of police: men, women, black, white, and brown to represent the city,” BY

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he told KATU news. Jackson also discussed setting up a Portland office for his PUSH/ Rainbow Coalition as part of an effort to establish a greater presence in the Pacific Northwest. He said that the more recent shooting reflects a larger trend with the police, both nationally and locally, that can be remedied

A vote on the ordinance was delayed last week over objections by Commissioner Amanda Fritz that Police Chief Rosie Sizer should have an opportunity to weigh in on it, as well as the city’s Human Rights Commission’s Police Community Relations Committee. During the meeting, several police officers expressed concern about the ordinance, finding it unnecessary and unsettling that it was introduced at such a tense

National civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson.

by better training and efforts to ensure that law enforcement is more representative of the community it serves. He noted that the poverty and lack of opportunity faced by many black citizens leads to confrontations with the police, some of which end in tragedy. During his previous visit, Feb. 16, Jackson met with the mayor and police commissioner, and called the shooting of Campbell an “execution.” City Commissioner Randy Leonard has since introduced an ordinance that would give the Independent Police Review Division a broader scope in investigating allegations of police misconduct and give it a greater role in imposing discipline of officers.

time. Sgt. Anthony Passadore said that he understood that there were people in Portland who felt they were unduly the object of suspicion. “Well, I’d like to submit to you that I belong to one of those communities,” he said. Assistant Chief Brian Martinek expressed concern that the ordinance would undermine the independence of the review division and would only encumber the Police Bureau. Kathleen Saadat, a member of the committee, said what was happening was a clash of cultures between the Police Bureau and the citizenry. “Your culture has a gun on its hip. I don’t have one. And that makes a big difference when we try to talk,” she said.


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HOUSING Bus Tour Explores Hidden Histories Celebrating Fair Housing Act Local residents are invited to explore discrimination and segregation in Portland’s past and present with a historic bus tour

celebrating the Fair Housing Act and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. The April 23 tour, entitled Fasten Your Seat Belts-It’s Been a Bumpy Ride, will explore lost ethnic communities, forgotten hate crimes, Klan ral-

lies, and groups of Oregonians who were rounded up and exiled based on their ethnic origins. Following the bus expedition, a luncheon program will feature Kevin Boyle, author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz

Kevin Boyle

Age. The book, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction, is heralded as a poignant biography, a tour-de-force of historical detective work, a gripping courtroom drama, and a powerful reflection on race relations in America. Boyle captures the tensions of a period that witnessed the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan and the flowering of the Harlem Renaissance, the crystallization of racial segregation, both north

and south, and the rise of the modern civil rights movement. Also on the luncheon agenda is an update on discrimination in Oregon today and a performance by the dynamic Sermonettes Gospel Singers. The two events will be held at the Ambridge Event Center in northeast Portland, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The cost of the morning bus tour is $30, $25 for students and seniors. The luncheon cost is $30, $25 for students and seniors. The cost for attending both events is $50, $40 for students and seniors. Advance-registration is required by April 14 by visiting fhco.org/ fhmonth10. For the past 20 years the Fair Housing Council of Oregon has worked to protect renters and home buyers from illegal housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, source of income, marital status, sexual orientation and age.

Heating Duct Inspections Offered Residents of unincorporated Clark County now can sign up to have a free home-heating duct inspection. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Clark County a grant for energy conservation work, including at least $312,000 for inspections in 700 homes. The two-year grant comes through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The program provides inspections to determine how much heat is leaking out of ductwork instead of reaching rooms, plus a limited energy conservation home audit. Based on the findings, the inspector will refer the

resident to private contractors who can seal the home’s ducts or make other needed upgrades. A typical duct sealing in a 1,800-square-foot house costs $400-$600. If the resident or homeowner uses a contractor on an approved list from the inspector, the grant will provide $100 rebate to offset costs. Clark Public Utilities and Northwest Natural, through the Energy Trust of Oregon, also have incentives for improvements. To sign up or see if you are eligible, contact Steve Alexander at 360-397-2375, extension 4752 or email steve.alexander@clark.wa.gov.

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HOUSING Creating Affordable Home Options Nonprofits serve first time and minority homebuyers Two new homebuyers achieved the dream of homeownership through Proud Ground, a non-profit organization creating affordable homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income firsttime homebuyers, and the Minority Homebuyer Assistance Collaborative. The collaborative is a coalition of local nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting minority homeownership through culturally specific homebuyer education and counseling services that are offered in both in English and Spanish. The group --comprised of the African American Alliance for Homeownership, Hacienda Community Development Corporation, and Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives -also makes small grants available to help households on their way to homeownership. Tracie Cole is a perfect example of the difference the collaborative can make. Tracie fell in love with her brand new, Earth Advantage town home in the Lents neighborhood from day one. Though the home was offered through Proud Ground for just $124,499, the monthly payments were still just a bit too high for Tracie’s budget. But the minority collaborative’s $5,000 downpayment grant was just the right amount to bring Tracie’s monthly payments down to a level that made owning her first home possible. “There’s not a better feeling than becoming a homeowner,” Tracie explains as she describes the impact homeownership has on her and her three children. “I feel such joy; I can’t believe this is really mine. Hopefully now

Thanks to Proud Ground and the Minority Homebuyer Assistance Collaborative, Tracie Cole (second from left) has realized the dream of homeownership. “I feel such joy,” Tracie exclaims, “I can’t believe this is really mine.” Tracie is joined at the Pardee Commons ribbon cutting in southeast Portland by (from left) John Mohlis of the Portland Development Commission; Tom Walsh and Serena Cruz Walsh of Cityhouse Builders; Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish; and Greg Brown of Albina Bank.

my kids will want to become homeowners.” Tracie and another Proud Ground homeowner helped by the nonprofits recently joined six other households at Pardee Commons, a 10-unit Earth Advantage Platinum Home development in Lents that uniquely combines duplex-style townhomes and detached units with shared green space and green features. Since 1999, Proud Ground has helped 120 families buy their first home. For more information, contact Proud Ground at 503-493-0293, extension 10 or visit proudground.org. For information about the Minority Homebuyer Assistance Collaborative, contact the African American Alliance for Homeownership at 503-5953517 or visit aaah.org/MHAC. For information about Hacienda Community Development Corp., call 503-595-2111 or visit haciendacdc.org; For information on Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, call 503-288-2923 or visit ; pcrihome.org.

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Earthquake Dangers in Our Backyard Time to plan for disaster is now BY REBEKAH BELLE

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Really big earthquakes in densely populated areas don't happen often enough for everybody to learn by experience, especially here in Portland where the dangers for earthquakes are high but the frequency of earthquakes are low. Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact requires preparation, planning, and practice. Far in advance, you can gather emergency supplies, identify and reduce

the Klamath Falls area and may threaten the coast from Coos Bay south to Brookings. The amount of earthquake damage will depend on its distance from the epicenter, local soil conditions, and types of construction. Buildings constructed in Oregon prior to the 1990s were built to lower seismic standards and are especially at risk of collapse or structural failure during an earthquake. Discoveries about great earthquakes, such as the recent disasters in Chile and Haiti, also help convince public officials and corporate executives to strengthen dams, bridges, water systems, schools, and factories in

a heavy light fixture that could fall, so move to a safe place. Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and you know it is a strongly supported, load-bearing doorway. Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Most injuries occur from falling objects when entering or exiting buildings. Be aware that electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on during an earthquake. Do not use the elevators. If you’re outside when the earth shakes, you should step away from buildings, streetlights and

a tsunami by a sounding a steady 3-minute siren blast. But in isolated areas along beaches and bays you may not hear a warning. Here, a sudden change of sea level should prompt you to move imme-

diately inland to high ground. For more information on earthquake preparedness and other disasters, visit fema.gov/hazard/ earthquake or call 1-800-621FEMA (3362).

N/NE Minority Youth And Young Adults Being Connected Calendar of Events To register for an event or for more information: Please contact Tiara at 503-281-0224 Meet at OAME building (between Mason and Williams) 4134 N. Vancouver Ave

Spring Events 2010 Let’s Connect Session- Tuesdays April 13th 2010 -Spring Kickoff April 24th garden work out May 11th – connect session June 19th – Juneteenth Garden AnnouncementsStudents receive a community service letter for their participation and Stipend Get involved and be involved. It’s All about the GREEN TEAM!

A historic photograph from the Oregonian shows the destruction caused by an earthquake-caused tsunami at Seaside on March 28, 1964. The house was 4,000 feet from the shore. possible hazards in your home, and practice what to do during and after an earthquake. Geologic research tells scientists that Oregon some day will experience a catastrophic earthquake. Scientists cannot predict whether the big one might occur in 200 years or the next hour. Because we are poorly prepared, the damage could be great. On the Oregon Coast, the danger doubles with the risk of tsunamis, giant waves caused by earthquakes that cab reach the coastal communities within minutes. When the waves enter shallow water, they can rise to devastating force. The seismology lab at the University of Washington records roughly 1,000 earthquakes per year in Washington and Oregon. Local earthquakes are most common in the Portland metropolitan area, the northern Willamette Valley area and

the Pacific Northwest. What to do during a quake can be confusing. Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact requires preparation, planning, and practice. Far in advance, you can gather emergency supplies, identify and reduce possible hazards in your home, and practice what to do during and after an earthquake. During an earthquake, you’re advised to minimize your movements by taking a few steps to a safe place. If you are indoors that can mean taking cover under a sturdy desk, table or against an inside wall, and holding on. If you cannot take cover, cover your head and crouch in an inside corner of the building. Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall. Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow. If you are under

utility wires. And if you’re in a moving vehicle, you should stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. If trapped under debris, do not light a match. Do not move about or kick up dust. Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing. You can tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you, but shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust. A tsunami on the Oregon Coast could come onshore within 15 to 20 minutes after a local earthquake—while a distant earthquake could create a tsunami that will take four hours or more to come onshore. Some coast communities will signal the need for evacuation for


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complaining that they couldn't see change, but change takes time, especially with a bureaucracy like that. In recent years, a lot of poverty has moved to mid county and east county. What should the county government do to handle this issue? Well I think the county's role is to provide services where the needs are. I think the migration to east county has had a huge impact of the people there. People become fearful of what they're unfamiliar with. I think the county needs to take a more active role in getting communities to accept change. I don't know what form that would take, but we need to address that. New services will be required. We're in the middle of major change and I think the county needs to be preparing for that right now. We absolutely need to take a bigger role and not just let the fear create anger, prejudice, perceived racism, and violence at the end of the day. Do you think the county can do anything to mitigate the displacement of people from gentrification? I think the county can take a bigger role in education and facilitating the process. I don't think we can stop what's started, but maybe make it more equitable and easier for people to come back to the community by providing the resources to purchase homes. It's ridiculously impossible to purchase a home in this area. Let's see if we can provide some sort of support to help them move back. I don't think you can stop progress because in a way it is progress. It may have negative impacts on specific communities, but let's do something about mitigating that impact by allowing

people the resources and the wherewithal. You said that equity is one of your goals, but it's hard to reach people who are poor or marginalized. What are some strategies for doing that? Well, I think that the county can do more in terms of funding community organizations that can reach certain people. I don't think it's enough to set up a clinic in an area where there is a high concentration of people living in poverty. I think outreach needs to be done. You can't just give a person a slip of paper that says to go to an office. They're not going to go. I think that it needs to be done by people who have the trust of the community, especially new immigrants. How are you doing on endorsements? I have the endorsement of two ex- county commissioners, Maria Rojo and Serena Cruz. I also have school board member Martin Gonzalez and of course Mayor Tom Potter. But I also have community endorsements from all sectors of the community. Is there anything that County Chair Ted Wheeler or County Commissioner Jeff Cogen did particularly well? I think Ted Wheeler did a good job of making people feel like things were in control. He came in with fresh eyes, fresh ideas, and got the county through this major budget crisis, at least part ways. I think he conveyed security and confidence. But I don't think that the community really feels a connection to the county right now. I would like the community to really identify and know what the county services are and know they are accessible to them. Are there any community or political figures you really admire? I really admire Avel Gordly's leadership style. She's consistent. She's steady. She gets things done. She's a gentle person. Of course I admire my old boss. He's a very genuine, ethical leader.

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police is they’re police. You know, they really can’t do a whole lot until a crime has been committed. So it’s almost like some different form of community responders, other than police, might make a lot of sense with things like domestic violence and mental health incidences. W got CHIERS and Hooper [Detox Center], and that system works better than when the police just drag them into jail. The other big issue facing the county for a long time is the empty Wapato jail. I’m proposing that it be converted to a drug treatment facility creating a program within the state justice system that would be like a super drug court, where people faced with two years incarceration for property crimes, who are also dealing with drug and alcohol issues -which the vast majority of people involved with property crimes are -- would be held in advance if they could complete a 6 month close custody, intensive alcohol and drug program at Wapato. If you look at the cost of two years incarceration that the state would be avoiding, you could easily pay for a six month alcohol and drug program. How are you doing on endorsements? Former Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner, CityCommissionerRandyLeonard,andawhole bunch of neighbors and folks in north Portland. The unions, the organizations and other groups haven’t really got going yet. This thing came up so quick that most of them were done with their endorsement process. How big of deal do you think labor will be in this election?

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I don’t think it’s going to be huge and the reason is the labor unions don’t typically play a big role in county elections. Do you think there’s anything the county can do to mitigate gentrification in north and northeast Portland? Well, probably not, to be real frank. I know it’s a hot button. There’s some flip sides too. I’ve lived in this district for over 40 years. There was a time we had 40 percent decrease in our home value in a two year period of time. There was a point where no one bothered to fix anything up because you couldn’t justify the value of the place. At a certain point there was no way to get the money back so it was a recipe for slums. I think it’s the city problem. The county’s is how to find a home for someone in the first place. There’s been a question that was asked by the League of Women Voters and it’s started popping up in the interviews, as poverty has moved into mid-county of how do we geographically adjust our services? It’s a good point, and now our services need to follow the people. What are some things that Jeff Cogen as past county commissioner could have done better, and has he done a good job on? Well, I endorsed Jeff for re-election in district two before the musical chairs thing. I think he did a good job, especially the way he worked on brining the board together. It was a very functional county commission. I don’t want to hone in on Jeff, but there wasn’t enough oversight given to Cascadia’s mental health services that nearly collapsed from mismanagement and that’s a long-term problem for Multnomah County. The county also doesn’t do a good job of monitoring the non-profits that provide a lot of social services. When you assign so much of the county’s resources and programs to non-profits you need to watch them like they were a county department.


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HEALTH MATTERS F A B LIVING W/ REBEKAH STAR Lucky for us Portlanders, spring is finally here! As we welcome in the sunshine, we also welcome a new season of vegetables and fruits. Crisp asparagus, delicious artichokes, juicy strawberries- I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! Loaded with nutrients, fresh fruits and veggies can give your body a boost, a feeling of revitalization. We are all lucky enough to live close to a farmers markets- There are two in the Lloyd Center area and another on Interstate. They are loaded with all of the fresh, in season foods that we all love and need, so pay a visit. Not only will you help the local economy, but they also carry fresh, hard to find produce and you can deal directly with the farmer to get any questions you may have answered. As seen in Runner’s Magazine, here are a few items that are great for your health and are now in season.

Green Garlic A young, mild-tasting version of the white globes, green garlic has petite bulbs and stem like shoots that contain ajoene, a compound that may protect against heart disease. How to Eat: Chop and add to salads, or saute with other veggies for the garlic flavor.

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Spruce up your diet with seasonal produce berries have only 45 calories per cup, but supply 130 percent of the DV for vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. They also contain the phytonutrient ellagic acid, which is known for its cancer fighting power. How to Eat: Add to cereal, yogurt, or blend with avocados and bananas in a smoothie.

Asparagus Just one cup of steamed asparagus supplies 65 percent of your daily folate needs. If you exercise regularly, you often don’t get enough of this B vitamin, and low intake has been shown to cause anemia and reduce endurance. How to Eat: Add raw asparagus tips to salads, or use in a veggie stir-fry. My favorite is grilled with just a hint of garlic flavor.

Two cups of young Romaine, arugula, and other greens pack 140 percent of your Daily Value (DV) for bone-building vitamin K. Greens also contain phytonutrients that speed recovery for athletes. How to Eat Use in salads and sandwiches; wilt slightly and top with grilled fish. English Peas Now that sounds really good! Sweet green peas provide 40 perStrawberries cent of your DV for manganese, a One of my favorites! These red mineral that’s crucial for our endur-

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Powerful Tools For Caregivers — 6-week educational series designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for relatives or friends with chronic illness. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Call 503-413-8018.

Cholesterol Profiles — Get the resources to help you keep an eye on your cholesterol and other indicators of heart health. Educational material provided. For more information, call 503-261-6611.

Leg Alert Screening — Check for peripheral arterial disease with this safe, simple screening using ankle and arm blood pressure. The fee is $40. To schedule an appointment, call 503-251-6137.

Bereavement Support Groups — Free, safe confidential group meetings for those who have experienced the death of a loved one offered on various nights and locations. For information and registration, call 503-

Smoke-Free Support Group — Meets Mondays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call 503256-4000. Maternity Water Workout — Helping new

ance. Studies show that it also helps people adapt to exercise at high altitude- skiers and snowboarders-get your English Peas! How to Eat: Microwave or steam freshly shelled peas. Add raw to a salad, or use in a pasta dish along with chicken or herbs.

Artichokes One medium artichoke has only 60 calories, but contains over 25 percent of you DV for fiber and vitamin C. Research suggests that a vitamin C-rich diet may help asthma-sufferers breathe easier. How to Eat: Steam for about 30 minutes or until leaves fall off.

A Sweet Delight: Pineapple One cup of pineapple contains more than 100 percent of your DV for the immune-boosting antioxidant vitamin C- that’s almost as much as a cup of oranges. It’s also an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that fights inflammation, aids digestion,

moms regain muscle tone, strength, and flexibility, all in the support and freedom of the water. Call 503-256-4000 for more information. Senior Aerobics — A low-impact workout geared specifically toward seniors. Call 503449-0783 for current schedule.

and reduces swelling and pain from bruises and sprains. How to Pick: Pineapple is ripe when it smells sweet and its top leaves can be easily pulled off. Ripen and store the fruit at room temperature. To Cut: Slice off the top and bottom and cut the prickly skin vertically, so that most of the dark “eyes” are removed. Cut away the fibrous center core before eating. Pineapple also is a great dessert substitute. One cup of fresh pineapple is around 80 calories vs. 850 calories for a piece of pineapple upside down cake. Can I compare those two? I hope that you are inspired to add a dose of these delicious foods into your diet. And remember to visit a local farmers market. Please visit our Facebook Page: FaB Living w/Rebekah Star. Post your favorite in season side dishes and information on local Farmer’s Markets here in Portland. Have a very healthy and prosperous week and until then- Live Fabulously!

nonmembers. Call 503-286-6816. Red Cross Certification — The Oregon Trail Chapter Red Cross now offers credits to helps professionals maintain licensing or certification. For a cumulative list, visit pdxinfo.net.

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Mind Body Health Class — Learn and practice techniques to help you improve your mood, health and wellbeing, including effective ways to manage difficult emotions and chronic stress or illness. Registration is $70 for Kaiser Permanente members and $95 for

Free Body Basics — This physician recommended class is appropriate for all ages and health conditions. Plan to attend this onesession class and learn the simple guidelines for safe exercises, including stretching. Call 503-256-4000 to register.

Senior Fitness Programs Offered Studies consistently show that staying fit and keeping active is essential to healthy aging. Portland Parks & Recreation’s Senior Recreation programs offer a wide array of ageappropriate activities, from yoga and hiking to cycling and swimming. During Fitness Week, April 5 through April 9, adults age 55 or older can purchase a special $5 fitness pass, valid for any fitness class offered at PP&R community centers or at Loaves & Fishes sites. All classes are taught by instructors with experience leading classes for adults age 55 and older. Call PP&R Senior Recreation at 503-823-4328 for details on locations and times.

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‘Complexions’ Embraces Diversity Dancers fuse jazz, hip hop Overflowing with power and speed, Complexions embraces diversity with 14 dancers of different ethnic and dance backgrounds as well as with its range of dazzling work encompassing everything from big, dynamic ensembles to poignant duets and solos. The contemporary ballet from New York City comes to Portland via Portland’s White Bird dance series on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Complexions was founded by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, two former stars with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. The New York Times has called Richardson, "one of the great modern dancers of his time," and Rhoden "one of the most sought-out choreographers of the day." Complexions makes its long overdue Portland debut with a spellbinding program that merges

Desmond Richardson merges ballet, contemporary dance, jazz and hop-hop into one thrilling experience in ‘Complexions,’ coming Wednesday, April 7 to the Schnitzer Concert Hall, downtown

ballet, contemporary dance, jazz and hip-hop into one thrilling experience. “White Bird Words,” a preshow talk by local writer, perfor-

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Caught Between Old and New Play explores mainstream plunge “How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents,’ a play by Karen Zacarías based on the best-selling novel by Julia Alvarez is now showing through April 17 at Miracle Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St. Uprooted from their home in the Dominican Republic, the four García sisters arrive in New York City in 1960 to find a life far different from Papi (Anthony Green) shares his disapproval of a class speech written by his daughter Yolanda the genteel existence of (Anthony Green) in Miracle Theatre Group’s production of ‘How the García Girls Lost their Accents,’ maids, manicures and ex- onstage through April 17 at the Miracle Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St.

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‘Idol’ Clocked at 110 mph The Washington State Patrol says former "American Idol" star Sanjaya Malakar was caught speeding 110 mph on Interstate 405 outside of Seattle at Kirkland. He was stopped March 23 about 2:30 a.m. and given a $411 ticket. Trooper Dan MacDonald told The Seattle Times there was no one else on the freeway at the time so Malakar does not face a reckless endangerment charge. The 20-year-old singer from Federal Way gained fame three years ago on the "American Idol" talent show.

tended family they left behind. As they plunge headfirst into the freewheeling American mainstream with its dizzying choices and challenges, they remain forever caught between the old world and the new. What they have lost — and gained — is revealed in this provocative story bursting with passion. Tickets can be purchased from milagro.org, by phoning 503-236-7253 or visiting the PDX Ticket Network box office at the Hollywood Theater, daily 1-9 p.m. The Miracle Theatre Group has been dedicated to bringing the vibrancy of Latino theatre to the Northwest community and beyond for more than 25 years.


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Abba Reunion Possible Swedish supergroup Abba may perform again nearly 30 years after they split, the former male members of the band hinted Friday. The group, one of the most successful in history, has enjoyed continued fame since breaking up in 1982, thanks to tribute bands mimicking their satin outfits and easylistening music and lyrics. They attracted new fans recently with the musical "Mamma Mia!" which was turned into a film. But they have persistently shunned the chance to regroup, turning down as much as $1 billion to tour again in 2000. However Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus told The Times newspaper in London that an intimate one-off performance that could be screened around the

The super group Abba broke up in 1982. The other female member, world could be a possibility. Observers have always thought Frida Lyngstad married a Gertoo many barriers existed to the band man prince and lives in the Swiss reforming, including the reclusive Alps. She is thought to be relalifestyle of the blonde female mem- tively amenable to a reunion, the newspaper said. ber Agnetha Faltskog.

Jazz Tenor’s Legacy’s Preserved Considered one of the world’s greatest tenor saxophonists, jazz legend Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) was once quoted as saying, “Jazz to me is a living music. It’s a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, and hopes, of the people.” The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. has taken steps to ensure the survival of Gordon’s musical heritage by acquiring more than a thousand items from his career spanning more than five decades. The collection comprises a wide range of Gordon’s work from all

Dexter Gordon phases of his career. Consisting primarily of sound recordings, the collection also includes interviews and items from Gordon’s film and

television appearances. Gordon was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 1923. He performed with Lionel Hampton’s and Louis Armstrong’s bands in the 1940s, but soon distinguished himself as a key player in the emerging bebop style. In the late 1940s, his recorded saxophone duels with fellow tenor man Wardell Gray, such as “The Chase” and “The Hunt,” served notice that a major new jazz stylist had emerged. A jazz innovator, he influenced numerous musicians, including John Coltrane.

Live Jazz — Every Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Third Degrees Lounge at the River on the Columbia every Friday and Place Hotel, 1510 S.W. Harbor Way. Saturday night. Known as the No cover or minimum purchase. For “Gentleman of Jazz,” Brown has a more information, visit pdxjazz.com. career spanning over 40 years. Norman Sylvester Band — Boogie Cat Norman Sylvester and his band perform Friday, April 2 at Trails End in Oregon City; Saturday, April 3 at the Cascade in Vancouver; Saturday, April 10 at Gemini’s in Lake Ten Grands — Local artists Tom Oswego and Saturday, April 17 at Grant, Michael Allen Harrison, Clyde’s. Janice Scroggins and seven other top entertainers will play simultaSamson the T. Rex — A magnifineously on 10 pianos on one stage cent -foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex in two benefit concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April Portland Homes — “At Home in skeleton, one of the most fearsome 3 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Portland: 1909-1914,” explores the carnivores ever to walk the face of Hall. Net proceeds go the Snowman variety of architecture during the the earth is on display at OMSI. The Foundation to purchase pianos for city’s boom years between 1900 and 66-million-year-old fossil known as local schools and youth facilities. 1920. The exhibit runs through July Samson is one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in 11 at the Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. existence. Mel Brown Live — Portland jazz Pittock Dr. giant Mel Brown performs at Salty’s Middle Passage — Local writer and poet Nabeeh Mustafa and playwright, producer and director Floyd Cruse reproduce their 2005 production “On Life’s Term: The Middle Passage,” a dramatic play that has parallels between slavery and addiction, on Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. at the Miracles Club, 4069 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


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Astronauts make adjustments to the Hubble Space Telescope in the new IMAX film Hubble, now playing at OMSI.

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Thankful Dad I just came back from Washington, D.C., where I attended the 11th annual national healthy start spring conference where we discussed the infant mortality rate in the United States and how important Healthy Start programs are around the nation. It was perfect timing with the health reform climate down there. We walked to the capitol and spoke with our state representatives. We went to our two senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and our house representative Earl Blumenauer. We spoke to them about our program and how it has served the community for the last 16 years and how Multnomah County has seen a decline in infant deaths from about 16 percent to 10 percent. We asked for Merkley’s support, since he didn’t sign last time around, and the continued support from Wyden and Blumenauer. I am not a county employee, or a big political guy. I’m just a young parent of a beautiful premature daughter who has benefited greatly from our local Healthy Start program and I had to march to Capitol Hill and let them know. I want my community to know that there is help out there, very good programs to help you through your pregnancy and beyond. You can contact me for more information. Ricky Booker papabooker@gmail.com

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Saltzman Disappoints Thursday, March 18, I attended the City Council’s hearing on increasing oversight of Portland’s Police Department in the wake of another tragedy; the deadly shooting of Mr. Aaron Campbell. Increased oversight of the Portland’s police department is long overdue and will require strong leadership in order to be enacted. That is why we are so disappointed that the commissioner in charge of the Police Bureau, Dan Saltzman, sat silently throughout the entire hearing. Saltzman’s colleagues as well as the community will be looking to him to rebuild the shattered trust between the department and the citizens of this city. In this case, silence isn’t golden. In the 15 months he has overseen this bureau all we have heard from Commissioner Saltzman are muted responses, pledges to buy equipment to get to the dead bodies faster and assurances that federal investigators will find no civil rights violations.

This has lead me to wonder whether Saltzman has no idea or ideas about how to improve our police department; or is he too simply afraid to take on the entrenched status quo that lingers like a thousand midnights down in a Cyprus swamp over our city? After the first tragedy under his watch, Saltzman went silent after the department threatened to publish the results of a no-confidence vote in his leadership. Now we’re treated to more of the same. Could it be a coincidence that the commissioner just paid a pollster $13,000 to find how which way the wind is blowing before he speaks? As a civil rights advocate I would like to give Saltzman the benefit of the doubt, but the community’s patience has worn out: Commissioner Dan Saltzman has to go. “Skipper” Osborne, founder of Truth and Justice for All and former president of the Portland NAACP

Hansen will be missed Fred Hansen’s exit from TriMet (Front page, March 24 issue) is more than a footnote for minority contractors. In an era when it is difficult to identify leaders who are willing and capable of taking on the difficult problems and issues of society and government, Fred Hansen is a shining star. The glaring disparities between minority contractors and businesses and their nonminority counterparts is a vexing and politically explosive issue that most government leaders are unwilling to seriously touch. Not only does it speak to Hansen’s raw courage to confront these disparities, but it also affirms his intelligence and vision to recognize that all members of our community deserve to be true stakeholders in our Oregon economy. Hansen’s legacy in this area was not one of lip

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service, but one of action, accountability and results. He epitomized the notion that we can all win and be the better for it. Most leaders when confronted with this problem either look for legalized justification for doing nothing or invent ways to placate meaningful action and remain politically safe. The extraordinary work of Fred Hansen in delivering the most progressive metropolitan transportation system in the country will be missed. But for minority contractors his absence means they have lost an invaluable advocate and supporter the likes of which we will probably never see again. James L. Posey, former president of the National Alliance of Minority Contractors and president of the Coalition of Black Men

I just read every page of your crepes with brown sugar rum sauce). latest issue and found it quite satisThis recipe was outrageously factory——with one giant excep- unhealthy as almost anyone should tion; the food page recipe (Banana know in this day and age when all persons in a position to make positive contributions are helping their brothers beat problems of being overweight! Please select recipes that make a positive contribution to users. Larry Beaulaurier

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Keep the Madness; End the Insanity Too many teams fail students BY MARC H. MORIAL

Colleges prepare all year for the lucrative chance to send a team to the basketball championship tournament commonly known as “March Madness.” But, when it comes to making sure that student-athletes are academically prepared for the game of life, madness quickly turns to insanity. In response to the low graduation rates in some college basketball programs, and the widening gap between degrees earned by white and black players, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently proposed that NCAA teams that fail to graduate at least 40 percent of their players not be eligible for post-season competition.

Duncan’s modest proposal cautiously moves the ball forward, but I am suggesting a bolder play that moves us closer to a real victory. I propose that schools failing to graduate at least 80 percent of their athletes not only be ineligible for post-season play, but lose all of their athletic scholarships. Too many colleges are putting big money sports over the education of their student-athletes. A total of 12 teams in this year’s tournament would have been ruled ineligible under Duncan’s proposal and many more under my proposal. While there has been a slight increase in graduation rates for basketball players in recent years, there is a growing gap between black and white players. Overall, 84 percent of white basketball players graduate, compared with just 56 percent of

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black players - a 28 percent gap that has grown by four points since last year. This is an unacceptable disparity, revealing the urgent need for more academic support for black athletes. Education has always been the indispensable source of empowerment for African Americans. It is even more important today as we prepare to meet the growing competitive challenges of the global economy. That is why, as part of our centennial year “I Am Empowered” campaign, the National Urban League has issued a national challenge that every child is ready for college, work and life by the year 2015. That includes scores of college basketball players who, properly prepared, have a better chance of becoming professional doctors, lawyers or businessmen than stars in the NBA. We need more schools like

Georgetown, Duke and Notre Dame, whose high graduation rates for both black and white athletes, demonstrate they have struck the right balance between academics and sports. And as Secretary Duncan, himself a former Harvard basketball player, said, “We need more coaches like Eddie Robinson, the legendary football coach at Grambling, who used to walk through the dorm banging a cowbell before dawn to get his players up and out to class. Eighty percent of Eddie Robinson’s players, over a period of many decades, graduated.” By requiring all schools to meet Eddie’s 80 percent standard, we could go a long way towards raising graduation rates while keeping the madness and ending the insanity in college basketball. Marc H. Morial is president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League.

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SAVE THE DATE! Annual Balm of Gilead,Black, Chruch Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS Breakfast Providence Portland Medical Center 4805 NE Glisan Street Rm. HCC-123 Level B April 20,2010 7:30-9:000am HIV and African American Women Seating is limited Please RSVP by calling 503-9883030x25691 by Tuesday March 30, 2010 Donations will be excepted at the event

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NOTICE The City of Portland, through its Towing Board of Review, is offering a contract for Abandoned Vehicle Towing and Storage. The contract will be for a term, commencing July 1, 2010 and expiring June 30, 2013, subject to the Towing Board of Review's right of termination for unsatisfactory performance. Applicant must be able to show that the applicant has been engaged for at least one year in providing Vehicle Towing and Storage services substantially similar in type and volume as those required under the proposed contract. The Towing Board of Review reserves the right to reject applications from applicants who do not, in the judgment of the Board, have sufficient experience, personnel, financial resources, or equipment to satisfactorily perform under the contract. The contract will be awarded to the applicant that achieves the highest number of points for their application, experience, facility and bid amount. All applications and bid schedules must be submitted to the Revenue Bureau, 111 SW Columbia St, Room 600, Portland, OR 97201, not later than 4:30 P.M., Monday, April 12, 2010. Applications will be reviewed and inspections conducted to determine prequalification. Bid schedules and the bid verification must be submitted in a separate, sealed envelope marked "Bid schedule for Abandoned Vehicle Towing and Storage Contract of (name of applicant/bidder)." Bids will be opened at the May 19, 2010 Board meeting, 1:30 PM, 8th floor conference room B, 111 SW Columbia Street, at which the selection of an Abandoned Vehicle Tow Contractor will take place. For additional information, contact the Towing Coordinator at Marian.Gaylord@PortlandOregon.gov or phone (503)865-2489. Applications are available on line at: http://www.portlandonline.com/omf/index.cfm?c=29980& or at the Revenue Bureau office address above, or by e-mailing the Towing Coordinator.

DATA RESOURCE CENTER 2010-2012 Digital Orthophotos RFP10-1678 Metro, a metropolitan service district organized under the laws of the State of Oregon and the Metro Charter, located at 600 NE Grand Avenue, requests written proposals for natural color and color infrared digital orthophotos of the Portland metropolitan area (approx. 1,382 square miles). Details concerning the project and proposal are contained in the RFP. Proposals are due to be received no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2010. Proposals received after the due date and time will not be considered for selection. Proposals submitted must be contained in sealed envelopes, identified on the exterior with “RFP No. 10-1648-RC, Orthophoto Project”. Proposals must be received at the Metro offices located at 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232. All information submitted by Proposers shall become public record and will be subject to disclosure under the Oregon Public Records Act, except those portions of the proposals for which Proposers request exception from disclosure consistent with Oregon law. Each proposal must be submitted in a form as described in this proposal document. All proposals must conform to the RFP format and be complete including the use of any required forms. Metro may accept or reject any or all bids, in whole or in part, or waive irregularities not affecting substantial rights if such action is deemed in the public interest. Metro and its contractors will not discriminate against any person(s) based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical handicap, political affiliation or marital status. Metro extends equal opportunity to all persons and specifically encourages minority and women-owned businesses to access and participate in this and all Metro projects, programs and services.


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Portland Development Commission Request for Qualifications (RFQ) # 09-36 Video Production Services Proposals due April 28, 2010 by 2:00 pm (PT) The Portland Development Commission (PDC) is seeking competitive proposals from qualified firms to provide Video Production Services, as outlined in RFQ #09-36. The full RFQ may be obtained from the PDC website, http://www.pdc.us/login/welcome.asp, (under Formal Bid Opportunities), or may be obtained from the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN), http://orpin.oregon.gov/ , notice number KP0042-PDC 09-36-10. No pre-proposal meeting is scheduled. Proposals must be received no later than the proposal due date and time listed above at 222 NW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209. Fax or email proposals will not be accepted. Direct any questions regarding this RFQ to Larry Wright, 503-823-3328 (office) or wrightl@pdc.us (email). PDC encourages participation of M/W/ ESB firms in this and all contract opportunities.

Requests subcontractor quotes and material quotes from subcontractors and suppliers, including Disadvantaged, Women, and/ or Minority Business Enterprises listed and certified by the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, for the following project: ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT – REPLACEMENT S HOLGATE ST TO S KING ST – STAGE 2 Bids Due: April 14, 2010 @ 11:00AM (PDT) Owner: WSDOT KIEWIT PACIFIC CO. 4904 Lake Washington Blvd NE Renton, WA 98056 PH: (425)255-8333 FAX: (425)255-9755 We are accepting quotes for the following services/supplies: Div 1 - General Services & Supplies, Div 2 - Earthwork, Div 4 - Bases, Div 5 - Surface Treatments and Pavements, Div 6 - Structures, Div 7 Drainage Structures, Storm Sewers, Sanitary Sewers, Water Mains, and Conduits, Div 8 - Electrical/Miscellaneous, and Div 9 - Materials. Subcontractors and suppliers can access plans and specifications online at the Builders Exchange website (www.bxwa.com). Follow these links for access: Posted Projects, Public Works, Washington State Dept. of Transportation, Click Here, I Agree, Alaskan Way Viaduct - Replacement S Holgate St. to S King St. Plans and specifications may also be viewed at our Area Office located at 4904 Lake Washington Blvd NE in Renton, Washington. In order to assist certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Contractors and Suppliers, we will divide total requirements into smaller tasks or quantities and establish delivery and construction schedules which will permit maximum participation of disadvantaged businesses where feasible. All subcontractors and material suppliers are required to execute our standard “Subcontract Agreement”/“Material Contract”. We require 100% performance and payment and/or supply bonds. If you have questions regarding these contract agreements, please contact us for a copy. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

In Loving Memory Ruthie Robertson A funeral for Ruth “Ruthie” Beatrice Robertson, who died March 19, 2010, was held Friday at Life Change Christian Center. She was born Oct. 5, 1934, in Claiborne, La. to Mandy J. and T.C. Williams. At age 7, the family moved to Portland where she attended Vanport Elementary and Roosevelt High. She was a nursing assistant and worked for Kelly Assisted Living, Holiday Park Plaza and Mt. Tabor Assisted Living.

Ruthie enjoyed dancing, playing dominoes and family gatherings. She married Joel Robertson in 1950 and they had two sons, Joseph and Jerome who joined half-siblings Dale, Eddie, Isabelle and Ollie. They later divorced and Ruthie pursued her career in nursing and met Ray Lampkin Sr. Together they had a daughter Raydell Lampkin Denton who joined step-siblings Ray Jr., Raymond, Minnie, Doris and Donnie. Survivors include her children; 10 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Terry Family Funeral Home.

In Fond Memory Jameia Spruill A funeral for Jameia J. Spruill, who died March 14, 2010, was held March 23 at Powerhouse Church. She was born Dec. 24, 1982, in Portland to Yolanda R. Watson and Rance Spruill. She was the second of six children parented by Burke Rivers and a host of others. She graduated from Roosevelt High School. Most recently, she resided in Spanaway, Wash. with her youngest sister and her two sons, Jay Vaughn and Barry Jr. Jameia spent the majority of her life battling sickle cell anemia. Despite the disease and being in and out of hospitals for weeks at a time, she still managed to touch the lives of those around her, volunteering as an activist for several sickle cell organizations. She also encouraged family and friends to raise awareness about sickle cell. In addition to her precious sons, she leaves to cherish her memory, their father Barry Rigsby Sr.; her mother Yolanda; her siblings Tamisha, Deonza, Curtis, Kevonna, Mychael; her paternal and maternal grandparents, plus a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial contributions to the Jameia Spruill Trust Fund can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank. Arrangements by Terry Family Funeral Home


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Parade magazine’s 34th annual All-America High School Girls Basketball Team features Shoni Schimmel, a 5 foot 9 point guard from Franklin High in Portland who has been named to the first team.

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Final Four Pairings Set The final four teams in the NCAA tournament take to the court on Saturday, April 3 with the championship coming on Monday, April 5 West Virginia will make its first appearance since 1959, back when Jerry West played guard. Its opponent will be Duke, the only No. 1 seed to make it to Indianapolis for the finals. The other game features Butler against Michi-

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Pac-10 Defender Honored Oregon State University senior and former Jesuit High School star Seth Tarver has been named the Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Tarver lead the league in steals, the first OSU player to do so since Gary Payton. He also averaged 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds to go with his 69 steals this season. OSU Coach Craig Robertson expects the 6 foot 5 inch Traver has the size and strength to defend guards and forwards as a pro basketball player, with his options not necessarily limited to Europe, but with the possibility of playing in the NBA as well. Seth Tarver


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Young, Black & Gifted Dr. Edwards’ S.U.V. Platform after the Rally continued

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after going on a tour of historically black colleges. “It opened my eyes,” she said of the tour. Dixon also attributes her success to a positive family environment and supportive friends, and hopes to study elementary education. “I just love working with little children,” she said. Williams hopes that the project will encourage other students. She also hopes people will keep in mind that these aren’t the only ambitious and talented black students in Portland. “There’s a ton others we didn’t interview,” she added.

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If elected to be President of the GBCNW Dr Edwards has established a platform that he would like to address during his Presidency. They are as Follows: 1. Re-Establish the Youth Convention 2. Select a sight for an Office Building to house Headquarters 3. Establish a Benevolent Fund for the Convention 4. Appoint a 3-member committee to locate space for an O.B. Williams Center 5. Reschedule the Parent Body Program to accommodate auxiliaries 6. Allow 10% of all monies received will offset Home Mission & Emergencies 7. Plan to change the sign AllenFremont Plaza to O.B. Williams-Allen Plaza 8. Appoint Ministerial Rep to travel, report & received info for Convention 9. Work toward sending a GBCNW choir to National Convention 10. Officers to be housed in Office Building: President, Treasure, Corresponding Secretary and Director of all finance of GBC and GBCNW 11. Allocate less preaching and have more teaching and workshops to include more community involvement, Adult/Youth Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs

12. We should replace politics with doing the Will of the Lord 13. Implement a Monthly Newspaper/Newsletter for each Church to Advertise any Annual Events, Special Dates and/or Guests 14. The Convention needs to establish a six (6) day Street Evangelistic Ministry: Two days in Portland and Vicinity Area, Two days in Seattle Area and Two days in Tri-State Area. Each Moderator will host these events. This will grow our memberships, offer Plan of Salvation and baptize the unsaved 15. Te list above will be honored by The S.U.V. PLATFORM: Service Unity and Vision. With your help and support, we will have a Great Convention and we can say “We’re Proud of Our Convention”.

Questions asked: 1. Will there be more opportunity for youth teaching? Answered by #11 that we would Activate the STATE OF CONGRESS and yes, inclusive for the youth. 2. Would he be willing to invite out of state guest, teachers & counselors? Yes 3. Will he consider reorganizing the Scholarship Program? He will work with them on the Guidelines, ie Applications, GPA’s and Terms or Quarters, etc 4. Would you consider repurchasing the space where the O.B. Convention Center was located? No and actually it belongs to New Hope MBC.


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Ingredients: 1 8 ounce package whole wheat lasagne noodles, cooked slightly (al dente) 1 9 ounce package frozen raw spinach 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 eggs 3 cups low-fat cottage cheese 3 cups pre-made or store-bought pasta sauce 3 cups grated low-moisture part skim mozzarella cheese

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