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Jobs Stimulus Proposed President Barack Obama outlined new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals Tuesday, saying the nation must continue to "spend our way out of this recession" until more Americans are back at work. See story, page A2.

Fallen Officers Honored A procession of 2,000 cars followed the flag-draped caskets of four slain police officers to a memorial service Tuesday in Tacoma as thousands of mourners, mostly members of law enforcement from across the country, lined the streets to pay tribute to the officers killed last month at a suburban coffee shop.

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Bitter Cold Freezing rain may come next Winter hasn’t officially arrived to Portland, but this week it sure feel like it. Strong arctic winds blew into Portland Sunday sending temperatures well below freezing. The forecast called for gradual warming by this weekend, but not before a risk of freezing rain continued

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Downtown commuters are greeted with sunny skies but downright frigid temperatures. The bitter cold was forecast to ease by the end of the week, but not before the possibility of freezing rain on Friday night and Saturday.

Bridge Opponents Won’t Give Up

Woods’ Mother-in-law Rushed to Hospital Tiger Woods' mother-in-law was rushed to a hospital with stomach pains early Tuesday, touching off the second media frenzy in two weeks surrounding the pro golfer's carefully guarded private life. Barbro Holmberg was taken to the hospital by ambulance from Woods’ Florida estate and was released about 11 hours later.

Gumbel has Lung Cancer Bryant Gumbel shocked a television audience Tuesday with the news that he's recovering from cancer surgery and treatment. The former "Today" show anchor, 61, said a malignant tumor and part of his lung were removed two months ago.

Decade Warmest Yet This decade is on track to become the warmest since records began in 1850, and 2009 could rank among the top-five warmest years, the U.N. weather agency reported Tuesday on the second day of a pivotal 192nation climate conference/

Greenhouse Gases Threaten Health, Environment The Environmental Protection Agency took a major step Monday toward regulating greenhouses gases, concluding that climate changing pollution threatens the public health and the environment.

Shots Fired at Teacher A man accused of aiming a rifle at a college teacher in Virginia and firing several shots was arrested Tuesday. No injuries were reported. The shooting happened at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Va., about 25 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Slim Fast Recalls Drinks Slim Fast is recalling every last one of its popular diet drinks over concern they may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause moderate food poisoning. Company officials said the recall was prompted by "quality testing" that turned up Bacillus cereus, a toxin that can cause nausea and diarrhea but that is not life-threatening.

PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEIGHTON/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Neighborhood activist Geri Sundvall-Williams faults state and federal officials for neglecting environmental concerns in planning a new I-5 Bridge that would put more tailpipes on the road and pollute nearby neighborhoods.

Project called flawed on environmental grounds BY JAKE THOMAS

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Environmental justice advocates aren’t satisfied with a proposed downscaling of a new I-5 Bridge, maintaining that the public works project is still deeply flawed for its massive size and a potential health threat to people. According to numerous studies, two of the most toxic parts of the city for air quality and ground contamination are in north and northeast Portland where I-5 cuts a swath

on its connection to Vancouver. Winds push fumes, many of them

asthma rates. Critics argue that expanding the I-5 Bridge will only put more tailpipes on the road and more pollutants into the neighborhoods. Jeri Sundvall-Williams, a longtime community advocate, has been in-

We have to look at transportation as more than just building roads. - Jeri Sundvall-Williams carcinogenic, from the freeway into surrounding neighborhoods, contributing to the region’s high

volved with the planning of the Columbia River Crossing since its early stages as a member of the CRC Task

Force. She said the project has neglected environmental justice since nearly its inception. Sundvall-Williams told the Portland Observer that she repeatedly brought up the public health impacts of the expanded bridge, only to have them fall on deaf ears. She ended up being one of two of 39 task force members who voted against the final proposal, along with Jill Fuglister from the Coalition for a Livable Future. “We have to look at transportation as more than just building roads,” Sundvall-Williams said of the project. continued

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Blazers’ Greg Oden Out for the Season Big man curse haunts Blazers The Portland Trail Blazers’ luck with selecting imposing 7-foot centers took another turn for the worse Saturday when franchise player Greg Oden was lost for the season with an injured left knee. Oden underwent surgery on Sunday after breaking the kneecap in the opening minutes of Portland's NBA victory Saturday over Houston. The Blazers released a statement saying the surgery went well and they expect him to make a full recovery by next year. The first overall draft pick back in 2007, Oden joins two other franchise big men for the Blazers, Bill Walton in 1974 and Sam Bowie in 1984 who were plagued by Portland center Greg Oden goes down with an injured left knee injuries. Oden missed his entire first season af- Saturday in a season-ending injury.

ter undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee. He missed 20 games last season, six with a right foot injury and 14 with a bone chip in his left knee. Oden was averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks this season as a starter and appeared set to finally realize the promise seen in him as a youth. "He did all the things he needed to do this summer to get himself ready for this year. He came back and showed the potential we felt he had," Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. Blazers owner and Microsoft mogul Paul Allen, who is battling nonHodgkins lymphoma, was saddened to see Oden's early exit. "That's the kind of thing you certainly hope doesn't happen. Greg was just really starting to come into his own," Allen said. "Hopefully they'll be able to repair the kneecap and he'll be in good shape."


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Jeff in Championship Round Title game Saturday in Corvallis Jefferson High School hopes to go all the way this year, and make football history. For the first time in 50 years, the Democrats will be playing for a state football championship after beating Sherwood 2623 in the 5A playoffs. On Saturday, the Demos will face off with Hillsboro Union High at 2:30p.m. at Reser Stadium on the grounds of Oregon State University in Corvallis. Hillsboro is fresh from a twomonth long string of victories. “This game is going to be a very good game,” said

Jefferson High School Athletic Director Mitch Whitehurst. He said that the team has had a tremendous amount of support from the faculty, and that a “rooter” bus with about 100 students will be headed down to cheer on the Demos. Last year, Jefferson made it to the semi-finals and the quarter finals the year before. But Whitehurst is hoping to do even better this year. “Everyone is poised to have an outstanding game this year,” he said. Jefferson High School football players pose for a team photo outside the school in north Portland.

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on Friday night and Saturday. Cheryl Kuck, spokesperson for the city’s Bureau of Transportation, said the bureau is bracing for the worst by putting anti-icing chemicals on the roads, especially in shady areas and hilly slopes. If freezing rain becomes a reality, Kuck advises motorists to ditch their cars and take public transportation. “Our message to motorists is:

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this kind of cold and precipitation can bring ice,” said Kuck, who hoped that drivers would slow down and look out for pedestrians. The Oregon Department of Transportation and TriMet were also working to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. In particular, each agency will be working to make sure that the plow and sand routes will keep TriMet bus and train routes passable.

Officials are also advising Portlanders, to keep tire chains handy because they could very well need them. On Monday, the city introduced a new online notification system, publicalerts.org to help Portlanders keep abreast of any vital information, including public health alerts, school closures, and road conditions. Area residents can also use a map on the city’s Bureau of Transportation to better plan their routes.

Keep Warm, Safe During Big Chill The arctic blast blanketing Oregon and Southwest Washington can have a chilling effect on our community. NW Natural experts have tips for customers on how to stay safe and warm if the power goes out: • Don't use your oven to heat your home. Unlike a furnace, ovens aren't designed as a home-heating device and lack the neces-

sary ventilation. • If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heat, make sure chimneys and vents are free of debris, such as leaves, creosote and animal nests. • If you have a natural gas fireplace or water heater, most models continue to work during a power outage. • Many natural gas ranges will also work during a power

outage. If they stop working, don't attempt to light them yourself. Contact the appliance manufacturer. • Don't use a charcoal or wood grill or barbecue for heat inside the house. The smoke contains carbon monoxide and can be fatal. The same goes for running a gasoline generator inside or near the house-be aware of exhaust fumes even if it's outside.

Jobs Stimulus Proposed President outlines incentives (AP) -- President Barack Obama outlined new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals Tuesday, saying the nation must continue to "spend our way out of this recession" until more Americans are back at work. Without giving a price tag, Obama proposed a package of new spending for highway, bridge and other infrastructure projects, deeper tax breaks for small businesses and tax incentives to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient. "We avoided the depression many feared," Obama said in a speech at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. But, he added, "Our work is far from done." For the third time in a week, Obama sought to focus on job

creation, noting that the unemployment rate was still at 10 percent in November, though down slightly from its 10.2 percent peak. He said "a staggering" 7 million Americans have lost jobs since the recession began two years ago.

While his proposal did not include the kind of direct federal public works jobs that were created in the 1930s, he said government could set the stage for more job creation by private businesses. A major part of his package is new incentives for small businesses.

President Barack Obama speaks on the economy Tuesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. (AP photo)


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She also takes issue with the Community and Environmental Justice Working Group, which is assigned to oversee the environmental justice components of the project Sundvall-Williams described them as being hand-picked by the Oregon Department of Transportation, and takes issue with none of them having training in environmental justice issues. “Basically, they co-opted a group of people,” she said. Ed Garren, a resident of north Portland and candidate for Portland City Council, also has similar concerns. He said the entire process has been “un-democratic” and said that the group lacks the independence to raise serious issues. Sundvall-Williams also finds it strange that members of the group met with a representative from the Federal Highway Administration for training a day after the Projects Sponsors Council was scheduled to vote on major changes to the CRC. CRC spokesperson Carley Francis confirmed that members of the group don’t have any background or training in environmental justice, but said it was just “happenstance” that the group’s training came after major decisions were made. She added that the group will be doing outreach for the project next year. In February, Portland City Council gave the green light to most car-friendly option for the bridge with 12 lanes. It also voted down amendments proposed by Commissioner Amanda Fritz to include environmental and public health advocates to an overseeing committee. The decision drew harsh criticism from a range of people who said it would promote sprawl, contribute to carbon emissions, and was simply too costly. In June, the Projects Sponsors Council began moving towards a smaller bridge. It eventually produced a Refinement Package, which scaled back the bridge to 10 lanes and a ramp that would displace homes and businesses in Hayden Island. On Friday, the Project Sponsors Council backed down on approving the slimmed-down version of the massive public works projects that reduces the initial $4.2 billion cost to somewhere between $2.6 and $3.6 billion. At the meeting, it was clear that the project had a problem with public support after a battery of people blasted it for its impact on the environment and

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PHOTO BY JAKE THOMAS/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Environmental opponents of a massive new I-5 bridge gathered downtown Friday as officials met to consider rescaling the project’s estimated cost.

livability in the region. But critics are hoping that planners will make even more changes. “It’s essentially the same large-scale project,” said Mara Gross, policy director for the Coalition for a Livable Future. Gross describes the decision to move from 12 to 10 lanes as being purely “political,” and points out that it’s still wide enough for 12.

I’d really like them to step back and look at what a good alternative looks like. – Mara Gross, policy director for the Coalition for a Livable Future “I’d really like them to step back and look at what a good alternative looks like,” said Gross, who wants more congestion pricing on the bridge as well as more room for bikes and buses. She still expects the bridge expansion to contribute to pollution in north and northeast Portland. “It’s like you know someone is an axe murder, and them asking you to marry you, and saying ‘okay,’” said SundvallWilliams. However, there is still considerable support for the CRC among political leaders in both states, like State Rep. Tina Kotek, a Democrat who represents parts of north and northeast Portland. “I think air quality will improve in north Portland,” said Kotek at a media event in support of the CRC. Kotek said that congestion will be relieved with more

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However, Buchele said that the document is woefully lacking. “If a high school student turned in something like that, they’d get an ‘F’,” he said. The EIS was chastised by a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency for its methodology. Additionally, Buchele said that the refinements to the bridge make it even harder to get a handle on the health impacts of the bridge because there has been no supplemental EIS to go along with it. “These are not minor changes,” he said.


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Progressive Taxation on Principle Measures 66 and 67 based on ability to pay BY JUAN CARLOS ORDÓÑEZ

Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, walked with Jesus in at least one respect: his support for progressive taxation. That's the principle that taxes should be based on ability to pay. Echoing Luke Chapter 21's message that a few pennies from a poor woman's purse costs her more than many pieces of gold from a rich man's horde, Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations, "It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion." But these days unreasonableness stirs in the minds of some, who complain that the rich pay the lion's share of all taxes. The proper response to such a complaint is, "that's how it should be."

Progressive taxation corresponds with our values. We understand that a dollar in taxes costs a poor person much more than a dollar from a rich person. For a poor family, more money paid in taxes means foregoing food, heating, a car repair or other basic necessities. But for the wealthy, paying more in taxes does not diminish their comfort. They have the ability to pay more. And yet today you'll hear some argue that Oregon's tax system is unfair to Oregon's wealthiest. They usually cite a statistic that the wealthy pay an outsized share of tax collections. That's not surprising, considering how skewed Oregon's income distribution has become. In 2007, the wealthiest 1 percent of Oregon households took in nearly 19 percent of all income in the state. But more importantly, that the wealthy pay an outsized share of total income taxes tells us nothing about the fairness of the tax system. Consider the following hypo-

thetical scenario, a state with three taxpayers: Household A earns $20,000 a year and pays 20 percent of its income ($4,000) in taxes. Household B earns $40,000 and pays 15 percent ($6,000) in taxes. And House-

tax system. It's a tax system not based on ability to pay. It's a tax system that asks more of the poor than of the rich. It violates the principles set forth in Luke and The Wealth of Nations, asking more of the

We understand that a dollar in taxes costs a poor person much more than a dollar from a rich person. hold C earns $250,000 and pays 10 percent ($25,000) in taxes. The unreasonable crowd would complain that the wealthiest third is paying more than two-thirds of all taxes. Yet this is a regressive

poor and, unreasonably, letting the rich off the hook. Sadly, while it is hard to deny that a progressive tax system is the only fair tax system, Oregon fails to live up to that standard. True, our

state income tax is mildly -"meekly" might be more accurate -- progressive. But when all state and local taxes are factored in, the regressive nature of our tax system becomes evident. Today the poorest fifth of Oregon households -- with an average yearly income of about $10,000 - pay about 8.7 percent of their income in state and local taxes combined (income taxes plus excise taxes such as gas and cigarette taxes and property taxes and fees, less the federal offset for itemizers). By contrast, Oregon's wealthiest 1 percent of families -- with average income of over $1 million -pay about 6.2 percent in state and local taxes. Measures 66 and 67 on the January ballot would nudge

Oregon's overall tax system toward progressivity. If Oregonians vote "yes" to approve these targeted tax increases on corporations and high-income Oregonians, the wealthiest 1 percent would be pushed up slightly, paying 6.6 percent of their income in state and local taxes combined, still less than what the poorest families pay. Thus, Measures 66 and 67 are a step toward Adam Smith's more reasonable tax system. They would get us closer to a system that acknowledges the difference between a poor person's purse and a rich person's horde, asking the latter to contribute more. Juan Carlos Ordóñez is the communications director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy.

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If you're reading this in your local urban newspaper, you probably encountered at least one story about youth violence in your community before finding your way to my commentary. But reports of violence in the news pale beside the daily reality of many young people across this nation. According to a recent Justice Department report, "More than 60 percent of the nation's youth have been exposed to violence within the last year. Nearly 1 in 2 was physically assaulted at least once, with more than 1 in 10 injured in an assault." While incidents like the 1999 Columbine massacre or the 2007 Virginia Tech rampage make international headlines, we're in the midst of a largely silent epidemic of youth violence that endangers the lives of hundreds of thousands of children across this country every year. Recently, the nation was riveted by a YouTube video of the senseless beating death of Derrion Albert, a Chicago high school honor student. He was attacked on his way home from school while innocently walking through a crowd of rival

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gang members. According to The New York Times, "Close to 70 students have been murdered [in Chicago] since the beginning of the 2007 school year." This level of violence is exceptional by any standard, but sadly, it's replicated at equally unacceptable levels in many of our major cities. As Attorney General Eric Holder said during his recent visit to Chicago to address this issue, "Youth violence is not a Chicago problem any more than it is a black prob-

Holder also announced a request for $24 million in next year's budget for communitybased prevention programs, such as Ceasefire and Project Safe Neighborhoods. But stopping and preventing youth violence will take more than money. And it's about more than violence. While young people who commit violent acts must ultimately be held accountable for their crimes, we can't ignore the role that poverty, parenting, poor schools, guns, drugs, gangs and the lack of opportu-

A problem this big calls all of us to action. lem, a white problem, or a Hispanic problem. It is an American problem." A problem this big calls all of us to action. In recent years, we declared "war" on drugs and "war" on terrorism. Today, I think it's time we declare "peace" on youth violence. I was pleased that Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan went to Chicago to begin what they called "a sustained national conversation" about youth violence in response to Albert's murder.

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HEALTH MATTERS More Minority Doctors Needed istrator and former surgeon general — as a mentor. The surgeon general is a government health educator sometimes called "the nation's doctor." It at times has been a high-

Surgeon General asks young to pursue careers in medicine (AP) -- The new U.S. Surgeon General on Thursday called for stepped-up efforts in increasing the number of minority physicians. In what was one of her first speeches to a large crowd since she was sworn in Nov. 3, Dr. Regina Benjamin noted that the proportion of U.S. physicians who are minorities is only 6 percent — the same proportion as a century ago. "There's something wrong with that," said Benjamin, speaking at a conference on health disparities at a hotel in downtown Atlanta. The numbers come from a 2004 estimate of the percentage of U.S. physicians that are black

or Hispanic. Blacks and Hispanics account for roughly 28 percent of the U.S. population, according to 2008 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. In a 27-minute speech, Benjamin told health leaders in the audience to encourage young minorities to pursue careers in medicine or other ambitions. Benjamin, 53, is widely respected for being the founder and savior of a rural clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., that was wiped out three times by fire and hurricanes. She also was the first black woman to head a state medical society. She is a native of Daphne, Ala., but has strong ties to Georgia. She attended Atlanta's

profile position, such as in the 1980s, when Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop became the government's leading spokesman on the emerging AIDS epidemic.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin (left) is invited on stage by Morehouse School of Medicine President Dr. John Maupin Jr. during a Dec. 2 Conference on Health Disparities in Atlanta. (AP Photo) Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at the Medical Center of Central Geor-

gia. She is a member of Morehouse's Board of Trustees, and counts Dr. David Satcher — a Morehouse admin-

H1N1: Tips for Workplace Health things people need to do to stop the spread of flu is to stay home when they first get sanitizers, tissues symptoms, particuand trash receplarly a fever," says tacles; discourage Kohn. "That may employees from cause a short-term using others' hardship for a busiphones, desks, ofness, but it's easier fices or other work to stop the spread of tools and equipflu in the workplace ment, frequently than replace multiple disinfect work suremployees who are faces, telephones, out for more than a computers and Dr. Mel Kohn week." other office equipBusinesses can ment; promote healthy lifestyles including plan ahead by making sure all smoking cessation, good nutri- employees know the sick leave tion and exercise; and have sick policies and when it's safe to leave policies that allow em- return to work after having the ployees to stay home and not flu. Employers who can't offer sick leave can find creative ways spread the virus. "One of the most crucial to allow employees to make up

Preventing the spread of the flu Health officials have some workplace tips to protect employees, customers and businesses during the H1N1 pandemic. "It's important that employers find ways to stop the spread of pandemic H1N1 flu at their places of business. The first step is prevention." says Dr. Mel Kohn, Oregon public health director. Businesses can start by taking the following steps to prevent the spread of flu virus: Encourage employees to wash their hands, cover their coughs with something other than their hands and get vaccinated as soon as possible; provide customers with hand

Heart Attack Care (AP) Hospitals are giving faster care to lots more heart attack patients, a speed-up sure to be saving lives. More than three-quarters of people suffering major heart attacks are getting their blocked arteries reopened within 90 minutes of arriving in the emergency room, says a Yale University study of 831 hospitals that participated in a major campaign to accelerate that care. In 2005, half of patients were getting treated that fast, says Wednesday's study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Cardiac guidelines have long warned that delaying even half an hour longer increases the risk of death. So the following year, the cardiologist group began an ambitious project to reduce what doctors call "door to balloon time," the time from hospital arrival to getting an angioplasty or similar procedure. Hundreds of hospitals — about 70 percent of those able to perform emergency angioplasties — signed up to share speedy strategies. It worked, the study found: By spring of 2008, 76 percent of patients who qualified for that kind of care received it in time.

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LAW & JUSTICE Americans Struggle with Banking Millions go without basic services (AP) -- More than a million American households lost access to basic banking services like savings accounts last year, bank regulators say. Those families are among 30 million households that have little or no access to such services, according to a survey released last week by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Poor, minority and immigrant families are especially hard-hit. In all, 25.6 percent of U.S. households either lack bank accounts or use payday loans, check-cashing services and A survey finds that 26 percent of households lack bank accounts or use payday loans. other costly alternatives to trafor emergencies and borrow on The report is part of an FDIC mainstream. ditional banks, according to the effort to bring the so-called FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair affordable terms, she said in a survey. "unbanked" into the financial said access to a bank account statement. "By better understanding gives households "an imporEMMANUEL tant first step toward achieving this group — who they are and their reasons for being financial security." Vulnerable Church of God in families need the ability to save unbanked or underbanked —

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Of the 1.3 million households that stopped having bank accounts in 2008, more than 31 percent said they closed them because of overdraft fees, service charges or high minimum balance rules. A slightly larger group, 34.1 percent, said they did not have

Access to a bank account gives households an important first step toward achieving financial security. – FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair have bank accounts but still rely on costly, lightly regulated services like payday loans, check-cashing services and pawn shops. The survey found that black, Hispanic and native American families are more likely to fall into these categories. Seventyone percent of unbanked households earn less than $30,000 a year, it found.

enough money to need an account, the report says. The FDIC in February released the results of a survey that asked banks what they're doing to improve access. Reaching out to underbanked communities was a business priority for less than 18 percent of the 685 banks surveyed. Only one in five had established new branches in low-income areas.

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Congress slow to nominate military recruits (AP) -- As the nation's military academies try to recruit more minorities, they aren't getting much help from members of Congress from big-city districts with large numbers of blacks, Hispanics and Asians. From New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, lawmakers from heavily minority areas rank at or near the bottom in the number of students they have nominated for appointment to West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy or the U.S. Air Force Academy, according to an Associated Press review of records from the past five years. High school students applying to the academies must be nominated by a member of Congress or another high-ranking federal official. Congressional nominations account for about 75 percent of all students at the academies.

Kwameka Jones, an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet at the Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, is one of a very low number of minorities studying at military academies. The academies have ap- tions have been among the proached dozens of members of loudest critics of the wars in Iraq the Congressional Black Cau- and Afghanistan. Whether that cus and the Congressional His- is a factor in their low number panic Caucus to discuss at- of nominations is unclear. Rep. tracting more minority stu- Elijah Cummings, a member of the House Out of Iraq Caucus, dents. Also, the military recently put nevertheless nominated 128 together a how-to booklet on students over the past five minority recruiting and sent it years from his Baltimore district, to all congressional offices, which is 64 percent black. said Charles Garcia, chairman of With help from academy offithe Air Force Academy's board cials, Cummings' staff makes a of visitors. presentation each spring to Most of the lawmakers who schools in his district about have made the fewest nomina- how to qualify and apply for an

academy nomination. Cummings also designates staffers to respond to questions about the application process, the congressman said through a spokesman. While lawmakers can offer assistance, Cummings stressed that it is up to students to seek a nomination, just as they are responsible for taking the right math and science courses, participating in extracurricular activities and keeping in shape. Rep. Maxine Waters, whose district includes heavily Hispanic and black south Los Angeles and who is among the 20 lowest in nominations, said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made young people in her district question military service. She said her efforts to reach out to high school students have not been very successful. "In the olden days, parents would even say to young African-Americans, `You aren't doing anything. You don't have a job. Why don't you join the service?'" said Waters, who has nominated 14 students in the past five years. "They don't quite do that anymore."

Perry Gifts NAACP $1 Million Filmmaker Tyler Perry has donated $1 million to the NAACP to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the civil rights organization. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says the gift is the largest donation from an individual in the organization's history. It will be distributed over four years. Tyler Perry

In a statement, Perry says the perseverance of thousands within the NAACP helped pave the way for his success in the film industry. NAACP leaders say the gift marks a major shift in black philanthropy. They say donations of this size have not typically gone to civil rights groups.


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In Loving Memory Curtis Devers A funeral was held on Thursday at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church for Curtis Devers. He was born Sept. 1, 1956 to Clarence M. Devers and Fannie M. Devers in Shreveport, La. On Nov. 30, 2009, God dispatched Heavenly Angels amidst celestial fireworks and granted Holy Independence to his servant. Curtis confessed Christ at an early age and united with the Shiloh Baptist Church in Mooringsport, La. He was educated in the Caddo Parish School System and graduated from Northwood High School in 1974. In 1975, he moved to Portland, and this has been his home ever since. He was employed with United Parcel Service for 23 years. His genuine devotion to his horses lasted his entire life. On Oct. 2, 1981, he was united in holy matrimony to Connee Cruse, and to this union one child was born, Quibriance Devers. Also joining this union was his brother, Quentin and sister, Quiana. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Edward Devers and Dale Douglas. He leaves to cherish his loving and dedicated memory, his two sons, Quibriance of Las Vegas, Nev. and Quentin Canton of Spokane, daughter, Quiana Canton-Jackson of Atlanta, Ga.; three grand-daughters, Sydney, London, and Trinity; his mother, Fannie M. Devers and father, Clarence M. Devers both of Shreveport; two brothers, Larry Devers and Carl (Sandy) Devers both of Bossier City, La., three sisters, Glenda (Dennis) Johnson of Seattle, Washington; Deborah (Donald) Jefferson of Shreveport, La. and Tina (Don) Latson of Dallas, Texas; a best friend, Craig Warner; godmother, Mother Charlotte Brandon, a host of uncles, aunts, relatives and friends. Arrangements by Terry Family Funeral Home.

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Portland State University Facilities & Planning Energy Management System Supervisor Facilities & Planning seeks Energy Management System Supervisor to oversee the HVAC Building Controls System creation, programming, installation and repair. Salary range for this position is $50, 000-$65,000 plus Excellent benefits and retirement package. Other benefits include paid sick & vacation leave & staf f Fee Tuition Reduction for you or a dependent. PSU is an AA/EO institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity. See full announcement for qualifications requirements & to apply online at www.pdx.edu/hr/ faculty_administrative_openings Applications will be accepted until 01/04/10.

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The University of Oregon is soliciting qualifications from architectural firms interested in providing design through construction administration services for the Allen Hall Expansion and Remodel Project on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. As currently envisioned, the project includes a three-story addition to the existing Allen Hall to accommodate the expanding School of Journalism and Communication; it will create an overall sense of building cohesiveness with new faculty offices, a clear primary entrance, and improvement of internal way finding. The remodel/renovation component of the project will include energy and seismic upgrades to the existing 1922 east wing and the 1954 west wing; additionally, the renovated third floor of the 1954 wing will accommodate a new teaching, learning, and collaborative “Digital Commons” work area. Architectural firms responding to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) must have an office location in Oregon and be licensed or have an application in process to practice architecture in Oregon. Firms may obtain the RFQ by registering electronically at the following web address: http;//uplan.uoregon.edu/ArchSelect/Allenform.html or may phone or write to: Campus Planning and Real Estate 1276 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1276 Telephone: (541) 346-5562 Submissions of qualifications must be received in the UO’s Campus Planning and Real Estate office by 4:00 P.m. PST, Wednesday, December 30, 2009 The University of Oregon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Latin American Christmas Miracle Theatre Group invites the whole family to enjoy the Posada Milagro, Sunday, Dec. 13 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at El Centro Milagro, 525 S.E. Stark St. This community celebration filled with Latin American traditions and presentations in Spanish reflect upon the journey of Mary and Joseph in their search for refuge. A select group of community artists and young actors together with members of the Teatro Español ensemble — to present the pastorela called “Si ayer fuera hoy” (If Yesterday Were Today). The afternoon’s entertainment will also feature live music, dance presentations, arts and crafts workshops, a piñata and, of course, traditional tamales! Guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned food for the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.

Posado Milago is a Christmas celebration with theater, music and dance for the whole family.

Diversity in Holiday Stamps Diverse holiday greetings for the season are going out on letters across America with 44-cent First-Class stamps celebrating Christmas, Eid, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the winter holidays. “We hope Americans will use these stamps to spread the joy of the holidays on cards and letters across the

nation this holiday season,” said David Failor of the U.S. Postal Service. The new Christmas stamp Madonna and Sleeping Child features a painting by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Salvi (1609-1685), more commonly known as Sassoferrato. The new 2009 Hanukkah design features a photograph of a

menorah with nine lit candles. The Kwanzaa stamp draws on African traditions and takes its meaning from the phrase for ”first fruits” in Swahili, a widely spoken African language. Stamp artist Lloyd McNeill of New York City, under the direction of Carl T. Herrman, created this new, festive, symbolic design

to celebrate the Dec. 26 – Jan 1 holiday. Four Winter Holidays stamps feature a reindeer, snowman, gingerbread man and toy soldier. The seasonal stamps are available at usps.com/shop or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 or by visiting you local post office.

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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Secret Life of Senator Jack is a contemporary suspense novel involving political intrigue, seduction, wrong choices, and romance. Author Vernadine Merrick tells the story of Jack and Joe Baker, twin boys, who were born

into a life of poverty. Growing up in Cleveland’s ghetto, with only their father to rear them, Joe and Jack were very different boys, but visual mirrors of one another. Surface similarities only seem to heighten the divergence of their chosen paths.

Joe opted for a life of crime, while Jack entered the mainstream on an academic scholarship to a prestigious prep school. Then fate deals one a hard hand, a tragedy occurs and their worlds collide in a way that forever changes their paths. This “Cain and Abel” story describes a man willing to do anything to hold one of the most powerful offices in the land. As the senator from Massachusetts gears toward getting in line for the Presidency, the ghosts of his past continue to haunt him—and a detective is determined to reveal his past. From the seedy underbelly of gang life on the mean streets to the political and powerfully elite, one man’s secret will reverberate throughout his life and set in motion a chain of events that will save or destroy him.

Jackson Book Stands Out (AP) -- Artist Nate Giorgio recalls the last time he saw Michael Jackson, just days before the singer's death. The pop icon wanted Giorgio to create dazzling murals of his children as well as artwork for his “This Is It” concerts, and Giorgio got out his pen during their talks. “I was doing little drawings on the spot of him, and he loved it,” says Giorgio of his black-and-white sketches. “He was great, he was really excited.” Those never-before seen sketches, as well as other rare artwork and photos of Jackson, are now part of a lavish new leather-bound book, “The Official Michael Jackson OPUS.” The only publication officially

Michael Jackson sanctioned by Jackson’s estate, not only contains unseen images of perhaps the world’s most famous face, it also has essays about the superstar written by friends and those who worked with Jackson over the years, from Motown founder Berry Gordy and Paula Abdul to John Landis and David Blaine.

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Life Before Stardom New CD based on early years (AP) -- To create an album as hard-hitting as his multiplatinum-selling debut, 2003's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," 50 Cent says he had to tap into the troubles he dealt with before he became one of hip-hop's biggest stars. So, the 34-year-old rapper wrote about life before he was rich and famous on his fourth studio CD, "Before I Self Destruct." "I don't know why but for me personally, pain is more monumental than joy. I can tell you the last time I was in a really hurtful situation faster than I can pinpoint the last time I was laughing," he said. He calls his new album darker and more reflective. “It reflects on my experience prior to "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," so it's almost the prequel to "Get Rich." ... What I'm drawing from in my experiences is a real young aspect of things, and there's an innocence to it.”


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Enhancing our Humanity Polaris Dance Theatre, a Portland group that believes that through dance we awaken the heart and enhance our humanity, is the subject of a new documentary film. Filmmaker Jason Van Orden spent months filming all aspects of the dance company, from behind-thescenes glimpses into company rehearsals to revealing interviews with company members. The piece will premiere during NW Documentary's Homegrown DocFest at the Mission Theatre, 1624 N.W. Glisan, on Friday, Dec. 11. The troupe will also debut a site-specific work of aerial dance during the festival. Doors open at 8 p.m.

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The Polaris Dance Theatre is featured in a new documentary film. Ruin to Redemption -- The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., has extended “Ruin to Redemption,” through Dec. 19. The interactive exhibit chronicles the harrowing experiences and triumphant turnarounds of exconvicts and former gang members who became successful artists in Hollywood.

cal Museum, 1511 Main St. in Vancouver, hosts a free women’s suffrage exhibit though the end of the year. Washington was an early leader in giving women the right to vote.

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Zoo Lights -- The Oregon Zoo presents is annual holiday event, Zoo Lights, now through Jan. 3. Hours are Sunday through Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ride Max and save $1.50 on zoo admission. Holiday Soul -- Jimmy Maks presents Holiday Soul with Patrick Lamb, featuring special guests Ian Jame and Liv Warfield, Friday, Dec. 18, with two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting ticketsoregon.com or jimmymaks.com. Norman Sylvester Band -- Local jazz great Norman Sylvester performs Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 at Tillicum in Beaverton; Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Candlelight; Friday, Dec. 18 at the West Linn Saloon; and Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 915 Club. For a complete schedule, visit

Pittock Mansion Celebrates Christmas -- Pittock Mansion pays tribute to 150years of Christmas traditions with a holiday exhibit that runs through Sunday, Jan. 3. For information, call 503-823-3623 or visit pittockmansion.org. Totally Gospel II -- Peninsula Open Bible Church, 8225 N. Peninsula, hosts all styles of gospel, country, and contemporary music with host Riny Horst on Friday, Feb. 5 and every other month on the first Friday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 503-335-3132. Battle to Vote -- The Clark County Histori-

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 503-231-8926 for a schedule. Face Your Fears -- Visitors to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will get their heart pumping and palms sweaty in the interactive exhibit Scream! The Science of Fear, now showing through Jan. 3. OMSI After Dark -- OMSI After Dark is a night at the museum for the 21 and over crowd filled with food, drink and science fun; $10 fee. For more information, call 503797-4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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FOOD Eye of Round With Garlic and Apple Juice Ingredients • • • • • • • • • •

1 eye of round roast, about 3 to 4 pounds 4 cloves garlic, each cut in 4 to 6 slivers 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt dash black pepper 1 cup apple juice or cider 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions 1. With a paring knife, cut deep slits in the beef roast and bury a sliver of the garlic in each. Space them evenly over the roast. 2. Combine the paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper; rub over the roast and place in a large food storage bag. Add the oil and apple juice. Seal the bag, refrigerate, and let marinate for 2 hours. 3. Heat oven to 325°. Place the roast in a shallow pan and roast, uncovered, for about 25 minutes per pound, or to about 150° on a meat thermometer for medium.

Chicken and Rice Skillet Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • •

3 to 4 boneless chicken breast halves 1 tablespoon brown sugar 3 teaspoons curry powder 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon pepper Dash salt 1 tablespoon flour 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 green onions, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 cups orange juice 1 cup long-grain rice 1 1/2 cups frozen peas or peas and carrots

Directions 1. Wash chicken breasts and pat dry. 2. Combine the brown sugar, curry powder, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. 3. Cut chicken breasts into 1/2-inch pieces and put in another bowl. Sprinkle chicken with 1 scant tablespoon of the curry powder mixture and the 1 tablespoon of flour; toss to coat chicken pieces. 4. Heat oil in a large skillet; add the chicken and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 to 4 minutes. Add the green onions and cook for 1 minute longer. 5. Combine the remaining curry powder mixture with the chicken broth and orange juice. Add the orange juice mixture to the skillet and stir in the rice. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in peas or peas and carrots; cover and simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes longer, or until liquids are absorbed. Serves 4.

Cocoa Coconut Balls Ingredients: • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1 can (3 1/2 ounces) flaked coconut, about 1 1/3 cups • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Preparation In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa; stir in the sweetened condensed milk and the vanilla, mixing thoroughly. The mixture will be quite stiff. Stir or knead in coconut and nuts, if using. Chill the mixture for about 30 minutes, then shape into 1-inch balls. Chill balls for at least 2 hours, or until firm. Store in tightly covered containers. Makes about 5 dozen 1-inch balls.

Pacific Pork Roast Pork loin roast with garlic and ginger using crock pot. Serves 6 to 8.

Ingredients • pork loin roast, boneless, about 3 to 4 pounds • salt and pepper • garlic powder • 1 large onion, sliced • 1/4 cup sugar • 3/4 cup hot water • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • 2 tablespoons sherry • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon ketchup or tomato paste • 1 red bell pepper, sliced • 1 green bell pepper, sliced • 1 can [8 ounces] pineapple chunks, drained • 2 tablespoons water • 2 tablespoons cold water

Preparation 1. Season pork roast with salt, pepper & garlic. 2. Brown roast on all sides or place under broiler for 15 to 20 minutes to remove some fat. 3. Place onion in bottom of slow cooker insert; top with the pork roast. 4. Combine sugar, hot water, soy sauce, sherry, ground ginger, wine vinegar, and ketchup. 5. Cover and cook on LOW for 9 to 11 hours. About 1 hour before done, add sliced bell peppers and pineapple chunks. 6. To thicken gravy, blend 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water. 7. Set the slow cooker on HIGH; add cornstarch mixture. Continue to cook until thickened. (I would do this step on stovetop).

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December 12, 2009 paper  

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