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Volume XXXX, Number 14 Wednesday • April 7, 2010

HOUSING Special Edition See inside, pages 5-7

‘City of Roses’

Committed to Cultural Diversity

Natalia Mosailova

Julia Alvarez-Garza

Siobhan OMalley

Zanele Mutepha

Becci Read

David Douglas High School

St. Mary High School

Central Catholic High School

Lincoln High School

Parkrose High School

Bralee Gilday

Jessica Hua

Yuliyana Kobel

Emily Taylor

Bergen Rueck

Wilson High School

Aloha High School

Marshall High School

Cleveland High School

Franklin High School

Violet Thomas

Lindsay Patino

Alicia Ducre

Sharice Jackson

Victoria Dinu

Jefferson High School

Madison High School

Roosevelt High School

Benson High School

Grant High School

Rose Festival Royalty Princesses seated for 2010 event Fifteen high school students are now in place for the Portland Rose Festival Queen’s Coronation, the annual tradition coming in June


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Duke Wins NCAA Thriller Surviving everything Butler could muster in front of a hometown crowd in one of the closest, most exhilarating national championship basketball games in history, Duke hung on Monday night for a 61-59 victory that gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his fourth national title.

Thursday to appoint County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, a former assistant to Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, to the position of county chair to fill out the remainder of former Chair Ted Wheeler’s term. rights abuses and assault.

Week in The Review

County Settles Lawsuit

A northeast Portland woman who alleged she was beaten by jail guards after her arrest on reckless driving and DUII charges will be paid Cogen $27,500 to settle a lawsuit, the terms Appointed Chair of a settlement reached Thursday The Multnomah by the Multnomah County ComCounty Board of mission. Tina Phillips, 38, had Commissioners ap- sought unspecified damages for civil proved a resolution

Top Model Casting Call Do you have what it takes to work it on the runway? Supermodel hopefuls in the Portland area were bracing for the arrival of TV producers of the hit show America’s Next Top Model who have scheduled a casting call at Lloyd Center Mall on Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Man Charged in Threats Federal prosecutors have charged a 64year-old Selah, Wash. man, Charles Alan Wilson, with repeatedly making threatening calls to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray's Seattle office, threatening to kill her because of her support for the health care bill.

with 127 people killed by the drug in 2009, an increase from 119 deaths in 2008. Methampetamine use was the second highest drug killer with 87 deaths.

Kennedy School Quirkiest

McMenamin’s Kennedy School in northeast Portland has been rated the quirkiest place in the nation to stay by TripAdvisor, a national travel company. The converted grade school features over 30 former classrooms Heroin Deaths Increase converted to comfortable lodgNew statistics from the Oregon ing, but the chalkboards and Medical Examiner show an in- other schoolhouse charm recrease in heroin-related deaths mains.

A Voice for Kids, Seniors and Jobs Candidate outlines her priorities Loretta Smith has worked for Ron Wyden, Oregon’s senior Democratic senator for nearly 20 years as a field representative. The granddaughter of shipyard worker from Vanport, Smith now wants to represent north and northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Commission. What are your priorities? We can do a better job of serving our youth. The school day is not enough, so I want to extend afterschool programs similar at the Boys and Girls Club and Self Enhancement, Inc. My son participated in programs like that, and I’m convinced that if he hadn’t had those

programs he wouldn’t be a sophomore at the University of Washington today. Since we are moving a lot of our low-income folks out to Mid and East County we need to deliver services for those folks. There are more free and reduced lunch kids who are hungry out there. I want to be a champion for those issues so we don’t have hungry kids or seniors who can’t afford their energy bills. And at the same time we can create jobs by doing energy audits of those homes. What are some other challenges in East County? I think the county has done a great job getting a new health center in Rockwood. Because of gentrification a lot of folks have moved east because they can afford the rent, but we can’t ignore the folks that are still in north and northeast Portland. So we need to do a

Loretta Smith good coordination of services to make sure everyone is served. You have quite a few endorsements. Is there any you’re after? State Senator Chips Shields is endorsing me. Commissioner Diane McKeel is endorsing me, so that’s great. I look up to both, and I know them. I’ve worked with Commis-

sioner McKeel on human trafficking issues, so she has a pretty good idea of where I stand on issues that I care about so I think it’s great. A lot of people don’t understand what the county is or what is does. What do you do about that? I think you have to go out to where the people are, whether it be neighborhood associations, senior centers or community events so that people understand what the county does. Even though we operate the sheriff’s office, we’re often confused with the city of Portland police. We’re the social service agency that kind of intersects delivery of mental health services, so I think we could be a better partner with law enforcement and the city of Portland to make sure that our neighborhoods are more safe and secure and figure out how to do something different so we can have more positive outcomes.

How about the issue of law enforcement being first responders for people experiencing crisis? One of the things we need to do is identify that we need culturally specific mental health services. I think we really need to identify what those best practices are and have a better coordination of services. Once we do that, we’d have a little bit better positive outcomes that some of these kind of deadly situations. What experience from your work with Senator Wyden’s office would you bring to the county? One of the things I bring is 20 years of experience. I’ve worked with vulnerable populations most of my career. So I’m very, very familiar with social service programs. I’m familiar with being able to identify federal resources to bring into the county continued

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HEALTH MATTERS

PHOTO BY JAKE THOMAS/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Sophie Butigan, a master control specialist at Portland Community Media, edits video at the nonprofit’s headquarters on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Rough Patch for PCM Community TV braces for job losses JAKE THOMAS THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Portland Community Media has been steadily shifting its focus from the eccentric and freeform Cable TV programming to helping the disadvantaged gain media literacy skills. But with the economy still in a slump, PCM’s funding sources have taken a hit. Located on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the non-profit offers courses on the cheap to people looking to get a better handle on skills like video editing or digital media in hopes that they can land a job in our increasingly technology-oriented society. PCM recently launched SmartAccess, which partners with community organizations to extend its educational reach directly to the community. It also features programming typically excluded from more commercial outlets that showcases the work of community organizations, or shows like “In the Mix,” which features local hairstylists chatting it up on a variety of topics. PCM relies on the City of Portland for about 80 percent of BY

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OPINION CLASSIFIEDS SPORTS

FOOD

NEWS

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its income. This year, all city bureaus not related to public safety are being asked to take a 4 percent cut. “The challenge we face right now is there will be less access for the public to come in and use it,” said Jo Ann Bowman, a community organizer who serves as PCM board president. City Council is currently in the midst of drawing up a new budget, which will again include across-the-board cuts. Cur-

will mean even more diminished access to the public. The nonprofit also serves as the “CSpan of Portland” covering government meetings. But this function, said Bowman, will also drop off. “The thing we need to do right now is hunker down and focus on our core mission,” she said of making sure that PCM, which provided 91,214 equipment hours to the public last year. With budget cuts becoming

I have no idea what an additional cut would look like at this time. The thing we need to do right now is hunker down and focus on our core mission. — Cece Hughley Noel, PCM deputy chief operations officer

rently, the city contracts with PCM for over $900,000 for the non-profit to provide coverage of government functions. However, this money could be cut by up to 2.8, according to Cece Hughley Noel, the deputy chief operations officer for PCM, who isn’t sure what the outcome might be of the cut. “I have no idea what an additional cut would look like at this time,” she said. As a result of the budget cuts, Bowman said that PCM will likely have to lay off staff, which

commonplace at other non-profits, like the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, faltering rumors have circulated that PCM might be shutting its doors. Sylvia McDaniel, PCM’s executive director, states on a video on its website that the non-profit may have to cut its hours, but it isn’t going anywhere. The city’s Office Cable Communication and Franchise Management, also comes up with other grants for PCM to keep it continued

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Nationwide Grows Local Roots A local insurance agency is growing some strong roots in the multicultural Humboldt neighborhood. Andrews Agency LLC, representing Nationwide Insurance, became a part of the North Portland community in May 2008. Jean Tarver, a long time local resident joined the agency as an associate agent in April 2009. Bozena “Bo” Andrews, the owner, has been a Nationwide Agent since 2004 and has a second office in Tigard. “I’m proud to be affiliated with such a strong and diverse company as Nationwide, offering a full range of insurance products,” Andrews said. “At my agency, we spend time getting to know our clients, their needs and goals, and tailor coverage just for them. There’s no longer a ‘typical’ insurance customer, so we concentrate on offering flexibility to keep up with consumer demand for choice, convenience, and control.” For a personalized quote and local service, visit Andrews Agency at 722 N. Killingsworth St, which is across the street from Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus, or call 503-595-5229. The agency’s regular office hours are Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PHOTO BY MARK WASHINGTON/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER

Nationwide Agency Owner Bozena ‘Bo’ Andrews (right) and Associate Agent Jean Tarver welcome customers to the Andrews Agency office at 722 N. Killingsworth St.

Diversity Champion Wells Fargo has bestowed a national honor on one of its local employees for supporting and promoting diversity at Wells Fargo and in her local community. Doris Rush works as a home equity sales specialist at Wells Fargo's Barnhart Loan Center in Beaverton. She was one of 10 Wells Fargo employees, nationwide, honored. Asked what fuels her passion for volunteering, Rush said: "My Doris Rush parents instilled it in me. We were always taught to help and share and pitch in. I've always done it. It's part of who I am." Rush has volunteered for diversityrelated events for many years both at Wells Fargo and in the community, including serving as chair of the annual Portland Juneteenth celebration. Last year she volunteered more than 145 hours, making her one of the top Wells Fargo volunteers in Oregon. She recently joined the boards of the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon and the Passin' Art Theater Group in Portland.


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HOUSING Buying a Home? Buy Smart Successful couple found resources

Paul and Valery Mannthey and their children moved into their new home last year in southeast Portland thanks to the help they received from ROSE Community Development, a non-profit housing resource and a $4,000 grant they won by attending a homeownership workshop during a community home ownership fair.

The housing market has changed enormously. But the desire for homes and the need for housing hasn’t. For new homeowners Paul and Valery Mannthey the bottom line was having a game plan. Last year, the couple attended a public homeownership workshop sponsored by Rose Community Development to learn all they could about the home buying process and won a free raffle for a $4,000 homebuyers’ assistance grant. Today, the Mannthey’s are enjoying their new home, a short distance away from the Springwater Corridor in south-

east Portland. The interior of their home is spacious and well suited to their family size. Paul proudly points out the improvements they made to the home after they moved in, including some repainting and replacing appliances and light fixtures to match their personal taste. Valery is soft-spoken but smiles widely as we talk about what they like in their house. When I ask to take a photo of them in their favorite room, Paul responds “All of them, because they all are”. This is Paul and Valery’s first home. They had previously been renting, but knowing that they wanted to expand

Homeownership Fair Coming Soon Looking for the tools you need to buy and preserve a home? The fifth annual East Portland Homeownership Fair on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th Ave., just south of Powell Boulevard, will be full of information designed for new homebuyers and those who wish to buy. The free event, sponsored by the non-profit Rose Community Development Corp., will bring you face to face with realtors, lenders, home-buying counselors and other businesses. Home-buying and home-own-

ership workshops will cover a wide range of topics, ranging from “Steps to Homeownership” to “Improving Your Credit Score” and “foreclosure prevention” The highlight of the day will be a free raffle for a $4,000 Homebuyer’s Assistance Grant. The prize will be available only to those attend the workshops presented that day. Translators for those who speak Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Mandarin will be available. In addition, there will be children’s activities, door prizes and a free lunch.

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their family and try to save a little bit of money, homeownership was the answer. Paul said when he attended the East Portland Homeownership Fair in 2009. “I had so much information. Pamphlets, brochures, business cards, just a ton of stuff.” He knew that there was a grant drawing for $4,000 but looking around at the large room filled with hundreds of people, he couldn’t imagine what the odds were that he would be one of the grant finalists. “When my name was called, I was shocked,” he recalled.


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HOUSING Home Repair - A Family Affair Urban renewal loans help current residents JON GAIL In 1974 Minnie Bell Hornbuckle purchased her first and only home in northeast Portland with down payment money she earned from picking string beans. “We have had a lot family parties and canned a lot of beans and berries in this house,” stated her daughter Bernice Hornbuckle. Minnie Bell passed on in 1992, leaving the home to her daughter, Bernice. Today that same property is still in the family, now serving as home for Bernice, her sister, daughter and nephew. Over the years Hornbuckle has managed to keep the place in good shape, but this time the cost of the needed repairs were too much for their modest income. BY

“My roof was down to its last straw,” she stated. Despite knowing the repairs were needed, she worried about taking on a new loan payment and worried whether she would even qualify for a loan. Fortunately, Hornbuckle was familiar with the Home Repair Loan program offered then by the Portland Development Commission and now administered by the Portland Housing Bureau. She knew her property is eligible because it is located in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area. Hornbuckle became familiar with the program many years earlier when her mother had used a similar home repair program to turn her unfinished basement into an extra bedroom and complete other renovations on the home. Late last fall Hornbuckle called Kari Hernandez who is a loan specialist with the housing bureau. They discussed the program and Hernandez helped her get her pa-

perwork together to apply. “Fortunately, her income qualified her for deferred loan payments. This was great news because it meant she would not have to worry about making payments until she decides

to sell or refinance the home,” clarified Hernandez. Once approved, Connie Buckley, a construction coordinator for the agency, helped Hornbuckle finalize her repair list, obtain bids, and com-

A Portland Development Commission home repair loan program helped Bernice Hornbuckle make necessary repairs to her home in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area.

pare them to make sure she was being charged a fair price. “Working with Bernice was a joy and it was also very rewarding to know that we were helping her fix up their family’s home,” stated Buckley. By mid-December, Hernandez and Hornbuckle were meeting at her home and were signing the final paperwork. She got a home repair loan of $8,841 to replace her roof, gutters and repair her chimney. A few months later with her home repairs now complete, Hornbuckle states, “It was a really good experience.” She is relieved to know that the work she needed to get done is now complete and that her family’s home is ready for their next family affair. Jon Gail is a marketing and outreach coordinator for the Portland Housing Bureau and the Home Repair Program. To learn more about the program he can be reached at 503-823-3292.


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HOUSING Loan Modification Pitfalls Avoiding ‘rescue’ scams As more financially distressed borrowers seek mortgage loan modifications and other alternatives to help them keep their homes, the number of "foreclosure rescue" crimes continues to rise, according to the FBI. While some mortgage assistance efforts are indeed legitimate, other struggling homeowners find themselves victimized by scams that promise hope but end up costing them thousands of dollars and, in some cases, their homes. While many homeowners work directly with their mortgage company to pursue a modification, others prefer to work with an agency that can help them navigate the process. If you're considering using an agency to help you modify your mortgage, here are four things that Wells Fargo Home Mortgage advises a homeowner should never do: 1. Never use an agency that is not HUD-certified. — A number of agencies have adopted official sounding names and created impressive marketing materials to make them appear to be a government agency or endorsed by the government. Do your homework to make sure they are HUD-certified. The Department of Housing and Urban Development maintains a list online at hud.gov of approved nonprofit counseling agencies that can assist homeowners seeking a loan modification (search for "foreclosure avoidance counseling").

If a company contacts you and offers assistance, call your nearest HUD office or check its website to ensure you're working with an approved housing counseling agency. 2.Neverpayupfrontfees.—HUDapproved counseling agencies get their funding from HUD and, in some cases, mortgage companies. If you work with a HUD-approved counseling agency, you won't be asked to pay an upfront fee to start the process. If a company requires an upfront fee or guarantees you a modification, seek help elsewhere. 3. Never send a payment anywhere other than your mortgage company. — A number of homeowners have signed "modification" documents and then started sending their monthly payments to another company. In reality, they may have inadvertently signed over the title of their home to a scam artist and, adding insult to injury, are now writing checks directly to the fraudster. In the meantime, their existing mortgage loan is still in place and they are falling further behind on payments. 4. Never ignore correspondence. — Legitimate housing counselors will tell you not to ignore phone calls or letters from your mortgage company, and you shouldn't. Beware of any firm or counselor who advises you not to respond to your mortgage company at any time during the process. Contacting your mortgage company to discuss a loan modification is a major financial decision. You always have the option of working directly with your loan servicer to

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discuss your modification options, but for those homeowners who prefer to work with a housing counselor, it's important to make sure the counseling firm you work with is one who is interested in helping you. If you have any doubts about the agency you're relying on for help, contact your mortgage lender first. Your lender can tell you if you qualify for a government program or any of its own loan refinancing options.

Pilot Program Pays Upgrades Clean Energy Works Portland is a pilot program that is helping up to 500 qualified Portland homes finance and install energy efficiency upgrades. The pilot offers homeowners access to low-cost financing for energy efficiency home improvements, like new insulation or the installation of a high efficiency furnace or water heater. To help decide which upgrades and financing options make sense, participants will receive

the assistance of a qualified Energy Advocate throughout the process. Homes in the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot must be owner-occupied and located inside the City of Portland. To learn more about eligibility and to apply to participate, visit cleanenergyworksportland.org. If you apply, you can expect to hear within 3-4 weeks, or sooner, whether your home has been accepted into the pilot.


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HEALTH MATTERS Are you ready for Spring Cleaning? F A B LIVING W/ REBEKAH STAR

Juice Cleanse What it is: All juice, all the time. How it works: The basic premise behind juicing is that it frees up energy to engage in deep cleaning. Blueprint Cleanse founder Zoe Sakoutis explains, “The energy normally spent on breaking down a sandwich, a Twinkie, or even a big healthy salad can now be re-directed to helping the body ‘clean house.” Need to know: The cleanse will go down much better if you prepare your body for it — which means phasing out meat, dairy, coffee and

alcohol prior to juicing. DIY: Most programs cost between $50 and $100 per day. If you have a juicer, you can do it yourself for significantly less. The Norwalk Juicer (nwjcal.com, $2,395) is generally considered to be the best, but the Breville Die-Cast Fountain Elite is a close second, and a fraction of the cost (brevilleusa.com, $299).

From juice cleanses to salt rooms, IV cocktails to sweat therapy, detox continues to be the health trend du jour. And, says Dr. Rashmi Gulati, the director at New York’s Patients Medical, there’s no better time than now to clear your body of toxins. In the fall and

How it works: IV therapy can be used to build up the body’s nutritional stores — i.e., infuse minerals and vitamins directly to tissues and cells — and to extract toxins through the use of chelating agents. Either way, the main advantage of IV therapy is that it’s a direct line to bloodstream. Need to know: This is not your standard spa treatment and should only be administered by an accredWhat it is: An intravenous injec- ited physician, nurse, or medical tion that bypasses the digestive assistant. track and delivers detoxifying agents DIY: Patients Medical’s Dr. Wildirectly to the tissues and cells. liam Lee recommends the Core Re-

IV Therapy

winter, Gulati explains, the body goes into a state of quasi-hibernation. Come spring, your body — in harmony with nature — is ready for a rebirth. Here, we take a look at six different ways to detox, how they work, and what you should know.

store Kit by OrthoMolecular, a fi- and help move stagnant energy, ber- and protein-rich powder that stimulating the immune system and the parasympathetic nervous syscan be mixed with water or juice. tem. Need to know: Make sure your What it is: Halotherapy, or salt therapist is certified in manual lymtherapy, historically meant a visit to phatic drainage therapy (LDT) and one of Europe’s salt caves. Now we avoid this type of massage if you have a heart condition or are underhave manmade salt rooms. How it works: Because of the dry, going radiation or chemotherapy. DIY: Dry brushing is a great way highly dispersible nature of rock salt, it is able to travel through the airways to maintain lymphatic health. Take a and absorbs bacteria and mucus from soft-bristle brush and apply light your lungs. It’s also thought to have strokes on the arms, legs, and abdoa beneficial impact on skin irritations, men in the direction of the heart. asthma, and allergies. Need to know: Salt therapy won’t immediately cure that winter cold you’ve been battling or that bout of rosacea. Give it time: Expect to see and feel results after about three or four trips. DIY: At home, try adding two cups of Epsom salt to warm bath water and have a good long soak. Repeat as needed (up to three times a week).

Halotherapy

Mud Therapy

Sweat Therapy What it is: Call it a steam room, sauna, banya, or hammam, the basic idea is this: It’s hot, you’re sweating. How it works: Our skin is the biggest organ in our body and when we sweat, we’re not just cooling down our body, but also eliminating toxins. Need to know: Lower temperature saunas are thought to be more effective as a detoxifying technique because they stimulate a “fat sweat” as opposed to a “water sweat.” Either way, be sure to take it slowly and drink plenty of water. DIY: You don’t need a sauna to sweat — exercise works just as well, if not better: By reducing body fat, you’re eliminating storage space for toxins (they love to hang out in the fatty cells).

Lymphatic Massage What it is: A gentle massage targeting the lymphatic system. How it works: Soft-touch opening techniques promote lymph flow

What it is: A full-body mud or clay wrap or bath. How it works: “Bentonite clay particles carry a negative electrical charge, while toxins carry a positive charge” explains Kelli Ziegler, director of the Spa at Camelback Inn. “The negatively charged molecules draw the positively-charged toxins out through the skin pores.” Need to know: Mud therapy is not for the claustrophobic, as it typically involves being wrapped up in a cocoon-like sleeping bag or layer of towels and heating pads, for at least 20 minutes. It’s also not recommend for pregnant women or those with iodine or shellfish allergies. DIY: Ziegler recommends Living Clay Company’s Detox Clay Powder ($22.95). It can also be useful to exfoliate the skin prior to your mud rubdown in order to slough off dead skin and open up the pores. Also recommended is Naturopathica’s Espresso Mud Body Scrub ($48). Like Dr. Gulati says, spring is natures time to rejuvenate! Let’s also rejuvenate our bodies and make a point to become more and more healthy. I have tried most of these six ways of cleansing and it’s amazing how easy it is to get that extra pep in your step- try one! I love to hear your feedback, so please visit our Facebook Page- FaB Living w/ Rebekah Star and post your comments or questions. Until next weekLive Fabulously!


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HEALTH MATTERS “PULSE”

a Dance Concert

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Dance Company

Under the direction of Dana Ingram & Jenelle Yarbrough Friday April 16th, 2010 Show starts at 8pm / Preshow Mixer with DJ ‘OG’ One starts at 7pm Tickets available for $15 or $20 at the PCPA box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

School Wins Fitness Challenge Students from Clarendon-Portsmouth School hold a ceremonial $5,000 check from the Humana Foundation, the winnings from a national “American Horsepower Challenge” fitness competition. The north Portland school scored in the top 5 out of 37 schools nationwide. About 100 ClarendonPortsmouth students were give smart pedometers to wear on their shoes to monitor daily activity for eight weeks, logging a total of 16.2 million steps or approximately 6,149 miles.

When Work Takes a Toll on Health Expert says key is relief for stress BY JAKE THOMAS

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER John Henry, the steel-driving man who beat a steam-powered hammer in a competition during the late 1800s, only to work himself to death in the process, is thought to be a longstanding African-American folk legend with dubious roots in actual history. But Sherman James, a Duke University professor who is visiting Portland as part of Oregon Public Health Week, argues that Henry is more than a myth. In fact, the folk legend can be found in scores of working people trying to get ahead. James was one of the first researchers to examine what has been called “John Henryism.” According to James, it’s a personality predisposition characterized by a tenacious commitment to hard work and meeting goals, despite circumstances that stand in the way like poverty, racism or interpersonal conflict. People with these traits drive themselves too hard at the expense of their health, and because of their socio-economic status they often don’t have the support mechanisms, like paid time off or adequate health care, to cope. “It’s sort of a never-give-up-neversay-die attitude, and after time it can cause wear and tear on various organ systems, particularly cardiovascular systems, and lead to hypertension,” explained James in a telephone inter-

particularly common with pastors. “[African Americans] are really working very hard trying to achieve,” Sherman said James. “This runs squarely in the face of the typical image that James plays out in the mainstream media of who black people are.” Sherman James will be speaking during a public forum at noon, Friday view. James took a look at the phenom- April 9 in the Moriarty Auditorium at enon in the early 1980s in North Caro- Portland Community College’s Caslina. Many studies on the topic have cade Campus in north Portland. focused on African Americans, and have sought to explain why the social segment is disproportionately prone to hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Zchon R. Jones, DC However, James points out that 333 NE Russell St., #200, Portland, OR. 97212 subsequent research demonstrates that the trait is present among all (503) 284-7838 ethnicities. Truly making a difference in the lives of James argues that if the U.S. didn’t suffer from so much inequality, and if Auto Accident victims and Injured Workers for 16 years. people with John Henryism had a If you or someone you know has been in an accident, better support structure, society call us so we can help you with your needs. (503) 284-7838 would benefit from their determination and hard work. We are located on the “There’s nothing wrong tenacity, corner of MLK and Russell determination, commitment to hard Street, on the second floor work, and optimism,” said James. “So if you level the playing field you above the coffee shop. could see some big pluses.” But until we have that more level playing field, James said that it’s important for people with this personality disposition to be aware of it and to exercise, eat right, try to reduce stress, and generally take care of themselves. He also added that the trait is very prevalent among African Americans, and can easily be found in black churches across the nation, and is

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Arts&

Entertainment

Hit Makes Portland Debut

‘Dreamgirls’ tells the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girls group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. The Broadway smash hit musical makes its Portland premier at Keller Auditorium, downtown, on Tuesday, April 13 with shows continuing through Sunday, April 18.

‘Taking Root’ Digs Deep Wangari Maathai

The next installment of the Jefferson High School multicultural film series takes place Tuesday, April 13 with the documentary, Taking Root, which digs deep into the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ms. Wangari Maathai’s earliest memories of connection to the earth and nature in rural Kenya.

The Portland Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Invites you to join us at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel for:

The "Sneakers Ball" Saturday, April 24, 2010 8235 NE Airport Way No-host bar and silent auction begin at 6:00 PM Sit down dinner at 7:00 PM Wear your tux, gown, or after five attire and that favorite pair of snazzy sneakers to Dance, Dance, Dance! Music by The LaRhonda Steele Band Prize for the best matching attire and sneakers! All Proceeds will benefit The Portland Chapter of The Links, Inc. Scholarship Fund and Programs

Tickets - $60 Ticket Information: 503-707-7204 Special Request: please bring one pair of Sneakers to support The Portland Chapter of The Links, Inc. Haiti Relief efforts.


April 7, 2010 ‘How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents’ -- A play about four sisters from the Dominican Republic who arrive in New York City in 1960 and dive headfirst into the freewheeling American mainstream, now onstage through April 17 at the Miracle Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St. Mel Brown Live -- Portland jazz giant Mel Brown performs at Salty’s on the Columbia every Friday and Saturday night. Known as the “Gentleman of Jazz,” Brown has a career spanning over 40 years. Jazz and Pops -- The University of Portland’s Choral Union

Page 11 Saturday, April 17 at Clyde’s in northeast Portland; and April 24 at the Tillicum in Beaverton. Portland Homes -- “At Home in Portland: 1909-1914,” explores the variety of architecture during the city’s boom years between 1900 and 1920. The exhibit runs through July 11 at the Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Dr. and Jazz Ensemble will join together in a concert set for Monday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Buckley Center Auditorium. The women in the choir take on jazz and pops and the jazz band heats it up. The concert is free and open to the public. Live Jazz -- Every Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Third Degrees Lounge at the River Place Hotel, 1510 S.W. Harbor Way. No cover or minimum purchase. For more information, visit pdxjazz.com. Norman Sylvester Band -- Boogie Cat Norman Sylvester and his band perform Friday, April 9 at the West Linn Saloon; Saturday, April 10 at Gemini’s in Lake Oswego;

Music Millennium Free Shows -- The Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside, hosts in-house live performances. Enjoy free music and the opportunity to meet artists. Call 503-2318926 for a schedule. Samson the T. Rex -- A magnificent -foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, one of the most fearsome carnivores ever to walk the face of the earth is on display at OMSI. The 66-million-year-old fossil known as Samson is one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in existence.


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a student ID or proof of high school registration. Sally Egland, founder and president of Abby’s Closet, expects this year to be the biggest event yet. “We have helped almost 5,000 young women find the gown of their dreams,” Egland said. “Last year alone we had over 1,800 students from over 120 high schools attend, and we expect even more this year.” Abby’s Closet, an Oregon-based nonprofit organization, is an allvolunteer group with a vision to help prom dreams come true. The

group has but one mission: to collect prom gowns and distribute them without cost to high school women who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend prom due to the expense. Receiving a gown presents an opportunity for young ladies to experience an once-in-a-lifetime event, and promotes the confidence essential to setting and attaining goals in their future. Girls are encouraged to call Abby’s Closet at 503-722-1524 or visit its website abbyscloset.org with any questions they might have.

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Video at JFK Site Causes Stir Soul singer Erykah Badu has caused a stir with a music video in which she strips naked in public at the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and falls to the ground as if shot. Badu, 39, released the "Window Seat" music video as part of the promotion of her fifth studio album "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)", released last week.


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Tenant Search for Firehouse City hopes to find a new operator With the pending closure of the non-profit Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Inc., the Portland Parks and Recreation Department is inviting proposals for future tenants of the multicultural community center at 5340 N. Interstate Ave. “We want to move quickly to find a new tenant and limit any closure of the firehouse building,” notes Lisa Turpel, the department's Workforce and Community Alliance manager, “and we want to proceed in a way that’s transparent, as well as expeditious.” Turpel said the goal is to minimize the impact on the community by ensuring a wide range of arts programs continue, especially for youth. The following are the primary criteria established for any potential future tenant: 1) Provides multicultural arts programming, showcasing diverse art-

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because of Weight Watchers — for which she is the new spokeswoman. Hudson said she has always been happy with her curves but after she gave birth to David Daniel Otunga Jr. last August she felt the need to take control of her body and her eating habits. “How can I make a better me, or grow or do some changes, anything, just experiment, because I have me back now," she said. "This is a good way of how I would want my child to grow up, because so many times in growing up, you gain really bad habits ... so I want to make sure that ...I'm being a good example for him.”


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OPINION

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America Isn’t Post-Racial Yet Journey for equality grows, despite setback BY SARAH VAN GELDER

If anyone thought the inauguration of Barack Obama as president, heralded the end of racism in America, they should look no further than the racial slogans and the mocking signs of tea party rallies. Perhaps even more troubling are the economic indicators that show how far the recession is setting back the fragile fortunes of people of color. On the other hand, extraordinary possibilities open up for us as a nation if we succeed in coming together to embrace the strengths of the country's growing diversity, Before the Great Recession hit, the average family of color had a net worth of less than $30,000; the average white

family’s net worth was $170,000. With the economic downturn, things got worse for almost everyone, but especially for people of color. White unemployment rose to 9 percent, but unemployment among blacks is at a whopping 16 percent, and among Latinos it's nearly 13 percent. The economic crisis hits blacks and Latinos in other ways, too. They were far more likely to be saddled with high-rate, subprime loans than their white counterparts with similar qualifications, and they are more likely to be facing the loss of their main asset—their home. In spite of all this, a real postracial society is still possible. The U.S. Census Bureau says that by mid-century, people of color will be the majority in the United States, and the political clout of these communities is bound to grow.

The movements that joined hands to elect Obama continue to unite people across race lines for economic justice and livable communities. Multiethnic music, art and culture are popular— especially among young people—and people of all ages are getting increasingly comfortable being part of mixed-race

happiness. But an unequal society is profoundly unhealthy. According to researcher and author Richard Wilkinson, even those at the top of an unequal society have a lower life expectancy and lower quality of life compared to those living in more egalitarian circumstances. So the privileged as well as the ex-

No matter what our race, we will all benefit from the historic journey to a fairer society. Our community life can be much richer and more authentic when every member can rely on being respected -- regardless of language, religion, culture or ancestry. families and workplaces. White people may feel they’re giving up long-held privileges by acknowledging our nation as a multiracial society, one in which all its inhabitants are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of

cluded stand to gain from a more just and inclusive society. No matter what our race, we will all benefit from the historic journey to a fairer society. Our community life can be much richer and more au-

thentic when every member can rely on being respected -regardless of language, religion, culture or ancestry. If we learn to work together, we may find that the shouting and vitriol of talk shows make way for respect. As the tone of our national dialogue improves, we have a much better chance of coming together behind real answers to our national crises. The election of Barack Obama built on centuries of struggle against injustice. It’s a milestone in the healing of a nation torn apart by contradictions—the thirst for freedom and the desire for fresh opportunities, but also the massacres of native peoples and the enslavement of African families. The promise of a more perfect union can only be realized if we walk toward a future committed to liberty and justice— this time—for all. Sarah van Gelder is executive editor of YES! Magazine.

Letter to the Editor Roy Jay Raises the Bar I had the good fortune to attend last month’s Portland Development Commission’s North/Northeast Economic Development Committee meeting at Billy Webb’s Elks Lodge. My husband had encourage me to attend since he had heard Mr. Roy Jay speak at a PDC stakeholders meeting the previous evening as there was continued discussion about the Memorial Coliseum and Rose Quarter expansion and the effects of the urban renewal areas. Although I do not know Mr. Jay, I was highly impressed with his presentation of community, which calls for accountability and revenue sharing for over 40 different local nonprofit, community based organizations including people of all races, genders and geographical locations throughout the north and northeast communities. Why didn’t someone come up with this marvelous idea earlier? The redevelopment of the Coliseum/Rose Quarter properties will hopefully generate millions of dollars in new revenue if it is operated properly and profitably. Mr. Jay’s concept of one percent of the gross revenue coming back to the impacted communities is a stroke of genius which appears to have been supported by nearly everyone in the room. He also recommended a community subsidy of $1.99 on all tickets for sports, entertainment and other venues in the proposed redevelopment area earmarked to those agencies and individuals that are in dire need, including our seniors and long time residents of St. Johns, Kenton, Overlook and other parts of north and northeast Portland. Will the recommendations hold water? I am not sure,

but this gentleman has now raised the bar and was not afraid to lay it out on the table. It seems like in the past, minority and small contractors as well as the community has received little if anything from some of these urban development deals. It took guts and a well thought out plan to bring these recommendations to the table. I am truly a Portland Trailblazer fan and supporter. My husband, I and our family can afford the price of tickets, but I am fully aware of the fact that many other people are struggling to keep their electricity on or pay for tuition, rent or other basic necessities. It is not unreasonable that one percent of gross be the benchmark of negotiations? If the figures are anywhere near accurate, 1 percent of $300 million annually is $3 million a year to be dedicated to various north and northeast Portland programs, services that need funds to keep doors open and provide services. When you combine that along with Mr. Jay’s recommendation of guaranteeing at least 33 percent of the construction, project management, development and professional services go to the businesses in the affected area first, that would make the Trailblazers motto of “Rise with Us” become a reality. Mr. Jay is correct, an enforceable community benefits agreement needs to be in place, signed sealed and delivered before PDC, City Council or anyone else makes a final decision as to who gets the brass ring. This has to be enforceable. I urge people to support this. Simply settling for a few temporary jobs and meeting some quotas is an insult to not only the African American community, but the entire north and northeast communities that have impatiently sat back waiting for their opportunity for growth and prosperity. Virginia Cohen


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OPINION GOP Antics Signal its Demise They stand against everything Obama suggests DONALD KAUL Here's the question of the day: Do we really need a Republican Party? And if so, why? Once the party of giants like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Nelson Rockefeller, it's now led by political Lilliputians like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and John McCain. Once the party of the antislavery and environmental movements, it has become the anti-immigrant, anti-civil rights Party of No, backwards-looking and obstructionist. In the health-care debate, it sided with the insurance companies. In the fight for the reform of our financial system, it supports the banks and Wall Street financiers. BY

On environmental and energy issues, it backs the polluters and the extraction industries. At every turn of the road for the past 30 years the GOP has favored the rich over the poor, the few over the many. During that time, the party has never seen a war or elite privilege it didn't like. And now, it seems to have lost its grasp on reality. The reaction of Republicans and their media mouthpieces to the passage of President Barack Obama's historic health-care bill has been nothing short of hysterical. In truth, there's nothing that the Democrats or Obama could have done to win the cooperation of any Republican, let alone a significant number of them. The GOP is committed to standing together against everything Obama suggests. Republi-

cans think that is the path to victory in the coming elections. And it may well be. The American people are famous for punishing politicians who do the right thing. When Lyndon Johnson, in an almost unprecedented act of political courage, got his civil rights legislation through Congress in the 1960s, he knew it was going to cost the Democrats their hold on the South. And it did. When Bill Clinton passed the tax increase that set the stage for the greatest economic boom the nation has ever seen, he did it with hardly a single Republican vote. And in the next election the Republicans took over the House. That trick might work again, but I don't think so. For one thing, these Republicans aren't serious people; they're a bunch of clowns. While the health-care votes were going on, they wandered out on the

Capitol's balcony and played to the tea party mob outside, holding up placards like cheerleaders at a homecoming rally. For another, the modern Republican Party--having worked to win the support of white southerners in the aftermath of desegregation--is built on the ruins of an ideology that would deny equal rights to all. It's rotten at the core. It's almost laughable to see angry Republicans warn Democrats about going against the public will. The GOP is a party that has lost the popular vote to the Democrats in four of the past five presidential elections, and yet it has the nerve to claim to know the public's will. If there's any justice in the world, the Republicans are going the way of the Whig Party. Bon voyage. Minuteman Media columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

We Must Monitor Armed Militias Danger from extremist groups far from over J UDGE G REG MATHIS Last week, the federal government arrested several members of a Midwest militia who allegedly planned to kill a Michigan police officer then wreak havoc at his funeral by attacking those who attended. Their goal? To jump-start a war against the federal government. While these individuals are in custody and will soon have their day in court, the danger that groups like them present is far from over. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks hate groups, the number of radical extremist groups has tripled over the last year. The BY

government must dedicate resources to monitoring such activities and work to keep citizens safe. Over the last several decades, militias have been known to carry out paramilitary training in rural areas; they train their members so that they are ready to engage in war. Many of these groups hold true an extreme ideology, whether it be white supremacist or anti-government; oftentimes, these views are based on some twisted idea of Christianity. Domestic terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, who was responsible for the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma where 168 people were killed, and others have expressed similar viewpoints and, at one point or another, aligned themselves with these radical groups. If the government put more energy into monitoring the activities of the members, violence could be prevented. This is not a call for the government to infringe on the rights of individuals to gather

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afloat and expand its mission, according to Mary Beth Henry, the deputy director of the office. A look at PCM’s most recent set of tax documents from 2008 paint a fairly healthy picture of the non-profit. It racked in over $2 million in revenue ($1,894,040 came from direct government support), and was running a budget surplus of $292,347. However, the same year, PCM lost nearly $195,000 in lost investments, when it decided to pull its money out of the stock market when the economy got shaky. Despite the relative fiscal health of PCM, Bowman said that she wants to proceed cautiously and is reluctant to tap into the grants it gets. “My fear about [spending the grants] is, once it’s gone, it’s gone,” she said.

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and the state. My background is working with people and having the ability to talk to everyone. Howcancountygovernmentprop up small businesses? Small and medium sized businesses are what pay for the services, so if we don’t have business here we can’t pay for those services that we desperately need. A couple of years ago there was a double taxation put on venture capital, and as a result every single venture capitalist moved out of Multnomah County to Washington County. Today, they’ve since rescinded that and they are slowly coming back, but we need those kinds of resources. The other issue is the lack of capital for small businesses. I’ve been thinking about ways to infuse capital into small businesses, maybe some sort of business incubator that would give small loans to small businesses so they can get over the hump of this current economic situation. Do you have any thoughts on the Wapato Jail? There may be an opportunity for the state to purchase Wapato. And I think as a county commissioner we’re going to have to think long and hard about whether or not we want to sell it and what price we want to sell it for. It could also be used as a venue for drug and alcohol rehab.


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In Loving Memory: Esther ‘Alene’ Grice Esther “Alene” Grice was born Aug. 30, 1923, to Henry and Patsy Bills in DeKalb, Texas. She departed this earth for her heavenly home on March 30, 2010, capping a rich and beautiful journey. The youngest of three sisters, Alene was always referred to by family as “Baby Sister.” Because her mother died giving birth to her only brother, Henry, she and her sisters were raised by their aunt and uncle, Lecci and Elbert Graves. During the Great Depression, the family moved north to Chicago where she completed her elementary and high school education and where she met her husband, Leroy “Chappie” Grice of Portland, who at that time was in the U.S. Army. They were married and she gave birth to her first child, Lynda, in Chicago. After Chappie was honorably discharged from the military, the family moved to Portland and established a home on North Benton Street

where Memorial Coliseum now sits. Here, she joined her sisters, Margaret and Helen and their families, who had also moved to Portland. Alene was Portland’s first African American elevator operator

thanks to the good work of the famed Urban League Director Bill Berry in 1948. Portland was very prejudiced at that time, but she weathered all that because she and her husband wanted “a better life” for their children.

Life Celebrated: Alice Paul Funeral services for Alice Paul, a colorful and outspoken homemaker who died of natural causes on March 21, 2010 at the age of 98, were held March 30 at Bethel AME Church. She was born Oct. 31, 1911 in Franklin, La., the seventh of eight children to Henry and Millie (Dapamore) Barabin. She was educated in the Louisiana public school system where she completed high school and later took some businesses courses. In 1940 she married her first and only love, Royal Joseph Paul, who worked for Union Pacific Railroad and through his job had come to know Portland, where they would relocate in 1945. He died in 1985. At a very young age, Alice gave her life to Christ. She was an active, loyal and faithful member of Bethel for 65 years, a congregation where she built lifelong friendships and found a place of refuge; a place to display her love for fashion (ear bobs, gloves and hats); and a place where she could nourish her love of traditional hymns. As a “homemaker” she managed the daily tasks of providing a loving home for her husband and children, Royal Vincent Paul and Audrey Jean Paul Talton. As a business savvy woman, she operated her father’s grocery store with her sister, Helen, while growing up in Louisiana. She also tirelessly supported her husband’s efforts to establish and launch Paul Janitorial Service in the mid- 1960s, and where she handled the bookkeeping. The company was one of the first black-owned businesses in the state of Oregon. Her grandkids always put a smile on her face; she dearly loved her family and prayed for them always.

At her birth, William Taft was president; at her death, Barack Obama was the first black president, history that she was proud to have lived to see. Living more than 25 years after her husband, she maintained an independent life style with a love of music and traveling, but mostly relaxing and watching her favorite television shows. She leaves to celebrate her life, her two children, Royal and Audrey; a grandson, Imil Centrell Wheeler and a paternal great granddaughter, N’dea Wheeler of New Jersey; by union; four grandchildren Darrien, Idris, Ayanna (Talton) Defrees, and Kimani Talton; 12 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends in Louisiana, Texas and Arizona. She was predeceased by her husband; a son and daughter, both of whom departed this life as infants; six brothers, Henry, Albert, Walter, Samuel, Sutherland, and Buster, and her sister, Helen. Spirited and tenacious until the end, she leaves a legacy that represents two of the most influential entities in this country, a strong Christian, and a strong black woman!

Her second child, Michael, was born in that same year. Her third and last child, Asaad Ali, born as Mark Steven, came into the family in 1958. By that time, she was solidly employed for Joseph’s Plastics as a shipping clerk and later served as an employment specialist for the Urban League, and then, the city of Portland during the Model Cities era in the 1960s and 1970s. She is credited for helping place many of Portland’s AfricanAmerican young people in their first “career” jobs. She was an active person and belonged to St. Monica’s Guild of St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church. Although she could not finish college, she highly valued education, was an avid reader of novels, and enjoyed her volunteer years at Beach Elementary. The balance of her retirement was divided between her social and service club, the Social Odd Balls, and

her grandchildren that she loved so dearly. She loved her husband and cherished the moments with her family. She was always known for her sumptuous cooking and holiday meals; and always found her home a gathering place for friends and family. She and Chappie enjoyed Jazz and traveled each year to the Monterey Jazz festival, until he passed away in 1980. Alene Grice will long be remembered for her loving ways, effervescent personality, and especially superb fried chicken. She is survived by her children, Lynda, Michael and Asaad; her daughters-in-law, Gwendolyn and Amina; her grandchildren, Traci Lynn (Mike), Toi Alletash (Kevin), Joi Alene (Harvey), Taj Amir, Rafi Khan, and Muhammad; her great-grandchildren, Cole, Cameron, Maija and Alek; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues, and distinguished citizens.

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FOOD

Baked Salmon Fillets with Goat Cheese and Coriander Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

4 tbsp. olive oil 1/2 c. onion, chopped 1 tbsp. garlic, finely chopped 1/2 c. dry red wine 4 tbsp. capers 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1 tsp. dried) 1 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped (or 1/2 tsp. dried) 1/8 tsp. hot red pepper flakes 1/2 c. canned tomatoes, crushed Salt to taste Pepper to taste, freshly ground 12 pitted black olives 4 (6 oz. ea.) boneless salmon fillets 1/3 lb. goat cheese, crumbled 2 tbsp. anise-flavored liquor (like Ricard) 4 tbsp. fresh coriander, chopped

Directions 1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a saucepan. Add onion and garlic. 2. Cook briefly while stirring. Add wine, capers, rosemary, oregano, pepper flakes, tomatoes, salt, pepper and olives. 3. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. 4. Pour 1 tablespoon of the oil in a baking dish large enough to hold the fish in one layer. Arrange fish skin side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour the tomato sauce around the fish fillets. Brush the top of the fillets with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the cheese. 5. Bake in a preheated 475 degree oven for 5 minutes. 6. Sprinkle with the Ricard. Switch to the broiler and broil for 5 minutes. Do not overcook. 7. Sprinkle with the coriander and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Ingredients • 1 pound ground beef, lean • 1 small onion, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt • 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 10 3/4 ounces cream of mushroom soup, condensed • 4 ounces mushroom stems and pieces, drained • 3/4 cup sour cream, or yogurt

Directions 1. In medium skillet, brown ground beef and onion; drain excess fat. 2. Stir in garlic salt, pepper, soup and mushrooms. Simmer covered, 15 to 20 minutes. 3. Stir in sour cream; heat through, but do not boil. 4. Serve over rice, noodles or chow mein noodles. Serving Size: 4

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