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‘City of Roses’ Volume XXXVIV, Number 49

Week in The Review Honored for Peace, Obama Defends War President Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel PeacePrizewinners with humble words Thursday, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war. See story, page A2.

Climbers Lost on Mt. Hood Frustrated by worsening weather conditions, rescuers were forced to wait out a snowstorm on Mt. Hood Tuesday instead of searching for two missing climbers. Another member of the climbing party was found dead over the weekend.

Northeast Home Collapses A building flanking a hillside along I-84 in northeast Portland starting sliding down the embankment Monday. Officials blamed soil erosion from water that burst from a pipe that froze during recent freezing weather. See story, page A2.

Jobless Numbers Grow Oregon suffered more job losses in November with the unemployment rate remaining steady at 11.1 percent. The biggest losers were government, construction, financial activities and a small sector of the service industry.

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Re-visioning Proposal enlists developer with controversial past on racism BY JAKE THOMAS

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Larry Miller, the president of the Portland Trail Blazers, has seen the Rose Quarter looking so desolate during his team’s off season that he felt like a tumbleweed might blow by at any minute. Speaking before a crowd gathered at the headquarters for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Miller unveiled his vision for a more active Rose Quarter: a yearround entertainment district called “Jumptown,” in tribute of a once lively African American district of Portland know for its many jazz clubs. And it seems that the idea might get wings very soon. Mayor Sam Adams put his sights on redeveloping the Rose Quarter since the day he took office, in hopes that it will be something more than a dead zone when the Trail Blazers aren’t playing. But the company that the Trail Blazers have enlisted to do the development has a controversial past, with strong allegations of racism leveled against it, and the project is surrounded by questions as to whether or not it will actually benefit the com-

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districts across the country. One of the better known projects is Kansas City's “Power & Light District,” an entertainment-oriented development that took roots from a blighted section of the Midwestern city. But the Cordish development has steadily gotten the nickname the “Power & White District” in some quarters because of a dress code that critics say has been used to keep African Americans out of its venues. The dress code, which has been altered after much controversy, appears to target the garb preferred by many young urban African American males, and included items like jerseys, work boots, white t-shirts, chains, and shorts that go below the knee. The controversy heated up earlier this month, when an African American family received the right to sue by the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, for alleged discrimination. The family claims they were refused entry into a venue in the district for failing to meet the dress code, even though they contend they were appropriately attired. Phillip Yelder, the administrative director of Kansas City’s Human Relations Division, said that his PHOTO BY MARK WASHINGTON/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER division has received complaints about the dress code The Portland Trail Blazers propose replacing some of the dead zones around the Rose Quarter with a year-round sports and entertainment district called “Jumptown” in a salute being used to discriminate against minorities in the district. to the African-American jazz clubs that once thrived in the neighborhood. After conducting investigamunity it’s intended to honor. ing to bring the Cordish Com- more-based real estate develop- tions, some complaints have Since earlier this year, the panies to Portland to build ment firm has created flashy and continued on page A3 Trail Blazers have been work- Jumptown. The massive Balti- award-winning entertainment

Suh, a Heisman Finalist Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, the former Grant High School football standout, was voted fourth for the Heisman trophy Saturday, college football’s most prestigious individual honor. Earlier in the week, he was named the nation’s top lineman and top defensive player.

TriMet Plans for Better Days After rocky year, agency looks to the future

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A group campaigning to put a marijuana legalization measure before California voters said Monday it has enough signatures to qualify for the 2010 ballot. The proposal would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older.

TV Preacher Dead at 91 Oral Roberts, who helped pioneer TV evangelism in the 1950s and used the power of the new medium — and his message of God's healing power — to build a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name, died Tuesday. He was 91.

PHOTO BY MARK WASHINGTON/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER The Portland area’s mass transit infrastructure made significant gains in 2009 with the addition of the Green Line, but the sour economy meant cutbacks in other bus lines and some light rail frequency.

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER TriMet has had a rough last year. It’s still limping from the massive hole blown in its budget from soaring diesel prices. And it’s been criticized on a number of fronts, ranging from an incident where a boy was separated from his father on a MAX platform to how it has handled security concerns. But the mass-transit agency, which services 324,080 comcontinued

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Homeless Advocate Earns Thanks Sisters founder stands for human dignity, rights BY LEE PERLMAN

THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Genny Nelson, founder of Sisters of the Road and perhaps Portland’s best known homeless advocate, “officially retired” last Saturday as leader of the non-profit. More than a hundred people from all walks of life came to the organization’s café space at 133

N.W. Sixth Ave. to express their appreciation to Nelson for more than 30 years of work on behalf of disadvantaged populations. The send-off included people either currently or once homeless, several of whom credited Nelson personally with giving them moral support that allowed continued

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Sisters of the Road founder Genny Nelson (right) receives congratulation for her 30 years of advocacy of homeless issues from Kala Manning-Ferguson, a former drug addict who is now one of the nonprofit group’s board members.

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Honored for Peace, Obama Defends War Speaks bluntly during Nobel Prize ceremony (AP) -- President Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel Peace Prize winners with humble words Thursday, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious award to "reach for the world that ought to be." A wartime president honored for peace, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president in 90 years and the third ever to win the prize. In the Norway capital of Oslo to pick it up, he and his wife, Michelle, whirled through a day filled with

President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama gives his Nobel speech after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday in Oslo, Norway. (AP photo)

Nobel pomp and ceremony. Just nine days after ordering 30,000 more U.S. troops into battle in Afghanistan, Obama delivered a Nobel acceptance speech that he saw as a treatise on the use and prevention of war. He crafted much of the address himself and the scholarly remarks — at about 4,000 words — were nearly twice as long as his inaugural address. In them, Obama refused to renounce war for his nation or under his leadership, saying defiantly that "I face the world as it is" and that he is obliged to protect and defend the United States. "A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida's leaders to lay down their arms," Obama said. "To say that force is sometimes

necessary is not a call to cynicism, it is a recognition of history." The president laid out the circumstances where war is justified — in self-defense, to come to the aid of an invaded nation and on humanitarian grounds, such as when civilians are slaughtered by their own government or a civil war threatens to engulf an entire region. "The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it," he said. He also spoke bluntly of the cost of war, saying of the Afghanistan buildup he just ordered that "some will kill, some will be killed." "No matter how justified, war promises human tragedy," he said. But he also stressed the need to fight war according to "rules of conduct" that reject torture and other

methods. And he emphasized the need to exhaust alternatives to violence, using diplomatic outreach and sanctions with teeth to confront nations such as Iran or North Korea that defy international demands to halt their nuclear programs or those such as Sudan, Congo or Burma that brutalize their people. "Let us reach for the world that ought to be," Obama said. "We can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace." In awarding the prize to Obama, the Nobel panel cited his call for a world free of nuclear weapons, for a more engaged U.S. role in combating global warming, for his support of the United Nations and multilateral diplomacy and for broadly capturing the attention of the world and giving its people "hope."

Job Losses Grow

Building Collapses near I-84

Oregon suffered job losses in November, with seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment declining by 4,600 jobs following a loss of 1,800 jobs in October. The jobless rate was 11.1 percent, nearly unchanged from a revised figure of 11.2 percent for October and 11.3 percent in September. The three months mark the lowest unemployment rates since reaching 10.7 percent in February, and are down about a full percentage point from a high of 12.2 percent in May. The state has lost 88,300 jobs over the past year. The biggest losers in November were government, construction, financial activities and a small sector of the service industry, according to figures released Monday by the Oregon Employment Department. Those losses were partially offset by gains in professional business services, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality, Amy Vander Vliet, the department's Portland regional economist, told a news conference Monday.

A building started sliding down an embankment near I-84 at Northeast 21st Avenue Monday. Fire Department officials say pipes inside the vacant structure froze and burst and water seeped under the building for days, triggering the slide. (KATU photo)

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muters each weekday, is still concentrating on the future. TriMet sat down with the Portland Observer to discuss its rocky past year, and what it has in store for commuters who rely on it everyday. TriMet Communications Director Mary Fetsch explained that a perfect storm of economic factors has left the mass-transit agency in a less-than-ideal position. Fetsch explained that the transit agency gets most of its revenue from payroll taxes, and with unemployment at very high numbers there’s just less money flowing into the transit system’s coffers. "We were hoping for a certain kind of revenue from the payroll tax and we're just not seeing it. So maybe the job loses have leveled off, but we're not seeing the job creation," she said. That, and the budget deficit created by skyrocketing diesel prices, has forced TriMet to make some tough choices. Earlier this year, TriMet went through with a controversial idea that has periodically come up: cut Fareless Square. For decades, riders have been able to ride MAX and TriMet bus lines downtown for free. But with revenue in a slump, TriMet’s board of directors voted to remove buses from Fareless Square. It has also had to reduce the frequency of some buses and trains. Some low-performing bus routes were entirely eliminated. However, Fetsch stressed


that once the economy gets better, so will bus service. Highly-used buses that used to arrive at each stop every 15 minutes before the economic slump, will be the first to be restored. Drew Blevine, TriMet’s director of marketing, said that the agency valued frequency of bus and MAX above all else. "The workhorses will come back first," added Fetsch of the highly-used buses. The Portland Observer brought up the issue of how TriMet has poured millions of dollars over the years into rail projects, including the MAX Green Line to Clackamas County and the WES Commuter Line in Portland’s west suburbs, while that money could have gone toward maintaining and expanding bus service. "They play such different roles," responded Fetsch. She pointed out that the rail projects were planned over a decade ago, when no one anticipated such a large economic collapse. She explained that MAX trains can handle a higher capacity, and are necessary to serve more remote parts of the region. Fetsch also pointed out that the boarding operating cost per MAX boarding ride is $1.91. That number for buses is $2.89. A sore spot for TriMet has been two recent incidents where parents where separated from their children after a MAX door closed shut behind them. Last month, this happened to Aaron Bailey, whose son was left on a MAX platform for seven minutes while he frantically pushed the emergency in-


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tercom to reach the operator to no avail. A similar incident happened to Colin Fogarty, an editor with the Northwest News Network. Fetsch defended how the agency handled the Bailey incident, pointing out that it reacted swiftly in terminating the operator and that it has mechanisms on each MAX train to determine exactly what happened. However, when pressed as to why TriMet did not respond directly to Bailey’s complaints after the incident, and only addressed the issue after the media got involved, Fetsch said that the person who took Bailey’s call transposed his telephone number. "An innocent error caused us not to communicate," said Fetsch, "but those things happen." She also adds that TriMet just plain “screwed up” in not responding to the Fogarty incident more quickly. Another issue that came up in the interview was how TriMet has doubled the Transit Police division after a 2007 baseball-bat beating of an elderly man at a MAX stop, but has cut funding for the TriMet Riders Advocates, who have African-American roots in the neighborhoods of north and northeast and are charged with diffusing such incidents without the police. The agency has still maintained a contract with the Latinooriented Victory Fetsch did note that the TriMet hopes to refund cuts to the Riders Advocates at some point, and that the contract with Victory Outreach is on a different timeframe.

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been found to have merit, he said. The division released a report stating that dress codes were inconsistently enforced in the district, and have been used to discriminate. The Kansas City Council has also begun regulating dress codes city wide, in response to complaints of Cordish using them to discriminate against African Americans. “In the context of millions of visitors, there have been a handful of complaints, we take each one seriously and we can confirm that any accusations are without merit,” responsed Zed Smith, the director of asset Management for Cordish, in an e-mail. In September, Adams convened the Rose Quarter Development Stakeholder Advisory Committee, composed of citizens who will examine submitted proposals for the Rose Quarter and settle on one next year. The Trail Blazer's pitch appears to be one of the most polished of the Rose Quarter redevelopment proposals. Other submitted ideas range from the installation of a roller coaster, a casino, and bamboo bicycle manufacturing facility. The original Jumptown was an African American part of Portland, now occupied by the Rose Quarter, that was know for its many jazz clubs, like the Dude Ranch, and lively night life in the mid 20th century. For touring bands, playing Jumptown was a must, and

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people could be seen visiting clubs all hours of the night. But the original Jumptown saw its demise from the construction of Memorial Coliseum, the expansion of the freeway, and other urban renewal initiatives during the late 1950s and 60s that dispersed the region's AfricanAmerican population and displaced their businesses. Interestingly, the Trail Blazers are hoping to use urban renewal to bring back Jumptown, or at least their version that will include an array of entertainment options, like an interactive exhibit on Nike's history. The project will almost inevitably require some sort of public financing. Kansas City had to dip into its general fund to meet millions of dollars in bond obligations. Cordish also sued the county surrounding Kansas City to lower its property taxes. Karen Gibson, an associate professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University said that such developments often have dubious economic development prospects. "These types of developments create retail jobs," said Gibson, who cautiously adds that such jobs don’t pay family wages. "I just think it's an odd economic development strategy to pursue." Some Portlanders are also worried that a project meant to highlight a portion of Portland's African American past will end up leaving them behind. “It would be a great tragedy if the people they are trying to highlight will be prostituted in the process,” said James Posey, an African American contractor

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PHOTO BY MARK WASHINGTON/THE PORTLAND OBSERVER Broadway Avenue is vacant of economic activity in the vicinity of the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum. That could change with proposals to redevelop the area and the planned addition of an eastside streetcar line.

minority-owned subcontractors, and will serve as a model for future developments. Faye Burch, the vice president of the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, told the Portland Observer that she has been in contact with Miller about how to involve local busi-

heard a familiar tune when Cordish began courting Kansas City to build the Power and Light District. She said that Cordish claimed that they would provide employment for the area’s minorities. But when it came down to it Cordish didn’t deliver, said HollomanHughes. Smith said that the dis-

trict hires many African Americans in managerial positions, including its CEO. It started an incubator fund for minority-owned businesses, and insists Cordish meets or exceeds minority contracting goals. Miller understands that such concerns exist, and insists that the Trail Blazers will be in charge of the project and responsive to community concerns. “We would never bring anything to Portland that didn’t work for Portland,” said Miller, speaking to a crowd at the OAME center, who added that the Power & Light District created 5,000 permanent jobs. State Rep. Lew Frederick, a Democrat who represents parts of north and northeast Portland, asked Miller what he would do to ensure that local, minority-owned businesses would be involved. "Even though Cordish is the

partner on this, we are the ones that are driving this; we are the ones that are leading this effort," replied Miller, who strongly stated that minorities and minority-owned businesses will be involved with Jumptown. He also pointed out that the Trail Balzers exceeded the city’s goals of using 10 percent minority-owned businesses in Rose Quarter development by 4 percent . When asked by the Portland Observer about allegations of race discrimination leveled against Cordish, he said that he felt comfortable with Cordish after having met its executives and seeing the Power & Light District. ”I don't think that there's anything that they’re doing that's against what I think they should be doing," he said. "We're going to be the ones in the driver seat on this."

One day he may come around and see you in a different light, but don’t hold your breath. And always, keep it moving.

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with Work Horse Construction. Posey said that he is nervous about the involvement of Cordish, of which he has heard troubling things about. However, he hopes that it will provide work for minorities and

nesses, and is optimistic about Jumptown. But Rona Holloman-Hughes, a Kansas City attorney and organizer with Friends of Great Kansas City Area African American Skilled Trade Workers, said that she

It would be a great tragedy if the people they are trying to highlight will be prostituted in the process. —James Posey, African American contractor

Dear Deanna! I go to church on time every Sunday and it really burns me up when the ushers reserve seats or keep a bench empty for celebrities or business people. They come to church late and walk on up to their reserved seat like they’re special. I’m ready to explode. --Anastasia; Birmingham, Ala.

Dear Anastasia: This special treatment is sinful because in the biblical sense there should be no separation between the rich and the poor. If people come to church late they need to go ahead and pull up a seat in the back or the balcony.

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Vote Before We Deploy War escalation is bad policy BY MATT HOLLAND

If politics makes for strange bedfellows, then imagine the scene that unfolded in our nation's capital earlier this month, when President Barack Obama announced plans to add some 30,000 troops to the war in Afghanistan. Some Democrats were aghast. Many Republicans rushed to pledge their support. GOP consultant Karl Rove, known as George W. Bush's "architect," said President Obama should be "cheered." But before we increase the number of troops in Afghanistan to more than 100,000, we need to step back and remember a certain pillar of our democracy. Congress funds wars. And unless Congress gives the goahead, Obama won't be able to send three additional soldiers abroad, much less 30,000. And a vote needs to happen before the troops are deployed, not after. Granted, the inside-theBeltway tealeaf-readers think it highly unlikely that Congress will reject funding for what has now unfortunately become a war waged and owned by Obama. Most Republicans and enough Democrats likely will go along with the president's request. But the 435 members of the U.S. House all have one thing in common. All of their names will be on the election ballot next November. Members of Congress usually respond to their constituents, so those of us who have deep and grave concerns about the build-up in Afghanistan have an opportunity

to convey our concerns to our elected representatives. There are many reasons why escalation in Afghanistan is bad policy. Among them is this simple fact: We have needs at home that can't go ignored. An official unemployment rate that's over 10 percent (the "unofficial," or real, unemployment rate is much higher), the worst recession in generations, home foreclosures still a crisis, nearly 50 million Americans with no health insurance. The list seems endless. The combined costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are about to exceed $1 trillion. That's more money than is being proposed by the more generous House version of health care reform-and, unlike the war, health care reform will largely pay for itself. As U.S. Rep. David Obey, DWisc., said recently, the cost of the military efforts "could devour our ability to pay for the actions necessary to rebuild our own economy. We simply cannot afford to shortchange the crucial investments we need in education, job training, healthcare, and energy independence. The biggest threat to our long-term national security is a stunted economy." Faced with relentless pressure from Pentagon hawks and others, Obama couldn't save himself or his administration from the perils of further entanglement in Afghanistan. But Congress can-and should- save him. Matt Holland is director of TrueMajority, a group dedicated to a more just and progressive America.

Embracing the World with Weapons Our double edge sword BY JIM HIGHTOWER

The good news is that America is No. 1. Once again, the U S of A is at the top of the heap, not only besting every other nation on the globe, but beating out all other nations combined. Go USA! The bad news is that this spectacular achievement is in the sales of military weaponry. Yes, your country and mine is the top arms supplier to the

world. In 2008, America's corporate weaponsmakers peddled nearly $38-billion-worth of everything from attack helicopters to small arms. This was $13 billion more than the previous year, and it totaled more than two-thirds of all sales in last year's global arms bazaar. Our closest "competitor" was not Russia, not China, not Iran, but-of all placesItaly. It tallied $3.7 billion in sales. In its annual report on the

arms market, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service noted that last year's surge in U.S. sales was "extraordinary," given the fact that a global recession restricted the ability of many countries to lavish such funds on war toys. Apparently, however, our arms dealers did a bang-up job of rustling up buyers. Especially fruitful were sales efforts in developing nations, which the report calls "the primary focus of foreign arms sales activity by weapons suppliers." Indeed, such developing countries as Morocco, India,

Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates accounted for almost $30 billion of our overall sales, giving U.S. suppliers 70 percent of this lucrative market. Russia was second, earning $3.3 billion for helping arm the developing world. What a fine example of a national achievement this sets for all the boys and girls of our land. No doubt they'll bust with pride-unless, of course, they end up having to battle some of the governments we're now arming. Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer and public speaker.

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ing our six-point plan to create 3 million jobs that are desperately needed, especially in communities of color. The National Urban League's more than 100 affiliates are on the frontlines of the job crisis every day. We see the devastating effect the disproportionately high unemployment rate among African Americans is having on the families and communities we serve. In my letter, I reminded the Administration and the Congress that official unemployment figures only reflect those who are still looking for work, not those who have all but given up after repeated rejections. The real overall unemployment rate is something like 17 percent, and it's higher than that in the black community. Joblessness at these levels decimates families, destroys the dreams of their children and threatens the very future of our nation. The National Urban League's six-point plan for Putting Americans Back to Work demands immediate action from Washington. The cornerstone of our plan calls on the federal government to fund direct job creation by offering financial support to cities and states to hire workers to provide critical services in communities across the nation.

We are proposing an investment of $150 billion to create three million jobs now. Other recommendations include: Expand and expedite the Small Business Administration's Community Express Loan Program through a reduction of the interest rate to 1 percent targeted for those businesses located in areas where the local unemployment

vesting $5-7 billion to employ 5 million teens. The unemployment rate for African-American youth is over 40 percent. Create 100 Urban Jobs Academies to Implement an Expansion of the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to employ and train the chronically unemployed. I concluded my letter with the following appeal: "Despite the ambivalence of most Americans

The real overall unemployment rate is something like 17 percent, and it's higher than that in the black community. rate exceeds the state average. Create Green Empowerment Zones in areas where at least 50 percent of the population has an unemployment rate that is higher than the state average. Expand the Hiring of Housing Counselors Nationwide by investing $500 million to fund housing counseling agencies nationwide to help delinquent borrowers work with their loan servicers to secure more affordable mortgages. Expand the Youth Summer Jobs Program for 2010 by in-

with regards to spending billions of dollars to bail out the very businesses they felt had previously taken advantage of them, they understood the need to take swift and deliberate action to avoid a major national, or even global, financial crisis. We ask that the same urgency be given to the people experiencing a personal financial crisis in cities throughout this country." Marc H. Morial is president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League.

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H E A LT H W AT C H Cholesterol Profiles -- Calls helps you keep an eye on your cholesterol and other indicators of heart health; educational material provided. For more information, call 503-261-6611. Mind Body Health Class -- Your thoughts, feelings and habits have tremendous impact on your physical and mental health. Learn and practice techniques to help you improve your mood, health and wellbeing, including effective ways to manage difficult emotions and chronic stress or illness. Registration is $70 for Kaiser Permanente members and $95 for nonmembers. Call 503286-6816. Families with Mental Illness -- A free, 12-week course for people whose family members live with mental illness is offered at Emanuel Hospital, Mt. Hood Medical Center and Providence Medical Center. The course has been described as “life-changing” by former participants. Registration is required by calling 503203-3326. Powerful Tools For Caregivers -- 6-week educational series designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for relatives or friends with chronic illness. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Call 503-413-8018. Leg Alert Screening -- Check for peripheral arterial disease with this safe, simple screening using ankle and arm blood pressure. The fee is $40. To schedule an appointment, call 503-251-6137. Smoke-Free Support Group -- Meets Mondays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call 503-256-4000. Managing Chronic Hepatitis C -- Third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. The informative session is led by a registered nurse to help you manage side effects of medications and dosage preparations and administration; doctor referral required. To register, call 503-251-6313.

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LAW & JUSTICE Impatience Grows with White House Leaders want Obama to do more for minorities (AP) -- Black lawmakers who have held their tongues during most of President Barack Obama's first year in office are stepping up their demands that the nation's first black president do more for minority communities hit hardest by the recession. While still careful about criticizing Obama publicly, they appear to be losing their patience after a year of watching him dedicate trillions of dollars to prop up banks and corporations and fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while double-digit unemployment among blacks

crept even higher. "Obama has tried desperately to stay away from race, and all of us understand what he's doing," said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. "But when you have such a disproportionate number of African-Americans unemployed, it would be irresponsible not to direct attention and resources to the people who are receiving the greatest level of pain." Dating back to Obama's campaign, many black leaders have pressed him to take more of a stand on the challenges facing minorities. Most voiced criticisms privately for fear of jeopardizing his candidacy or undercutting his popularity after his election. They also have tread lightly so as not to be at odds with their own majorityblack constituencies, who strongly support Obama.

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But frustration has been building. The 42-member Congressional Black Caucus flexed its influence earlier this month when 10 of its members held up a financial regulation bill backed by the administration until leaders agreed to add about $3 billion in foreclosure relief for struggling homeowners. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, DMass., later added $1 billion for neighborhood revitalization programs. During the stalemate, the lawmakers issued a statement saying they would no longer support public policy "defined by the world view of Wall Street." "Policy for the least of these must be integrated into everything that we do," they said. And last week, the all-Democratic caucus responded to Obama's proposal for a new jobs package by saying it would insist on initiatives targeted to minorities. Pointing to outsized percentages of African-Americans losing their jobs and homes, caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said Obama must live up to his campaign talk that racial disparities cannot be ignored. "The facts speak for them-

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP photo) selves," Lee said. "The gaps are very real." Some have sought to pin blame on the president's advisers. "It's not the president. It's his economic team," said Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. "I don't think they're doing their job." The unemployment rate among African-Americans is nearly 16 percent, almost double the 9 percent rate for whites. Roughly one in four blacks lives in poverty, compared with about 11 percent of whites. Obama was a black caucus member in the Senate before winning the White House last year, but he has never had a

close relationship with the group. In recent interviews, he has addressed their criticisms by saying he must represent the entire country, not any one population, and the best way to help low-income communities is to improve the overall economy. "I think it's a mistake to start thinking in terms of particular ethnic segments of the United States rather than to think that we are all in this together and we are all going to get out of this together," he said. Many blacks in Congress take exception to that view, arguing that decades of neglect and discrimination warrant particular attention to minority

concerns. Veteran black lawmakers such as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., have been among the most vocal. Conyers told The Hill newspaper that Obama called last month to ask why Conyers was "demeaning" him so much. Conyers has since declined to discuss the call, and Lee wouldn't say whether she has had a similar conversation with the president. Black lawmakers say the differences are not new and Obama shouldn't take them personally. The caucus has had similar disputes with most recent presidents, including in 1993 when it spurned an invitation to meet with President Bill Clinton over potential budget cuts to domestic programs such as Medicare. "What I think the CBC is saying is that our voices have to be raised on behalf of our constituents, just as the Blue Dogs or any other caucus does," said Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., referring to the conservative Democratic group that has leverage because it often holds swing votes. "In politics, what happens is the squeaky wheel gets the oil."

Portland Parking Ticket Fines Increase Biggest fines target bad behavior Parking violations in the city of Portland just got more expensive. This month the fines for most violations increased $10. Other penalties are much higher as a deterrent to problem parking issues, including a new $245 fine for parking or stopping in the auxiliary vehicular lanes of the new downtown transit mall.

Fines for moving violations in the transit mall, like making a right turn from the vehicle travel lane across the bus and light rail lanes, could cost you $250. Parking at a fire hydrant will increase from $100 to $150; Blocking a handicapped access ramp will increase from $150 to $210; Parking in a disabled zone without a valid permit will increase from $190 to $450; Unlawful use of a disabled parking permit will increase from $450 to $720. The overtime parking fine will remain at $24 through the holi-

days and on Jan. 4 will be increased to $34. The Portland Bureau of Transportation recommended the increases in order to address the trends of rising parking violations, to cover costs of service, and to maintain a fine schedule that aligns with similar metropolitan jurisdictions. The increases are expected to bring the city about $500,000 in additional revenue, but Transportation Bureau Director Susan D. Keil said the fines were not raised to make money. “We put fines in place to

change behavior,” Keil said. “Our goal is to have fine amounts sufficient to cause some deterrence from ignoring the law.” The city believes that substantial increases are necessary to minimize safety violations and disabled parking abuses. “Blocking a fire hydrant, blocking a handicapped access ramp, and stopping and parking on the transit mall pose very real safety hazards,” Nolan Mackrill, parking enforcement manager said.

Youth Authority Leader Public Defender Murder Mystery A state administrator with extensive experience in child welfare issues is the new public policy and government relations manager for the Oregon Youth Authority. Helen Hoang of Portland most recently was administrator of the Oregon Advocacy Helen Commissions Office, which supports the Hoaung work of the state commissions on Asian, Black, Hispanic and Women's Affairs. In her new role, Hoang will provide legislative and policy analysis, oversee responses to legal issues and public records requests, and help plan agency priorities and goals. The Youth Authority is the state's juvenile corrections agency charged with protecting public safety and reducing crime by holding youthful offenders accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.

The family of a slain federal public defender and police are asking the public for help in a homicide investigation that has not turned up any obvious motive or suspect so far. The death of 57-year-old Nancy Bergeson just before Thanksgiving was first believed to be from natural causes before an autopsy Nancy Bergeson showed she had been strangled at her Portland home. Detective Sgt. Paul Weatheroy and Bergeson's daughter, Jamie, made the public appeal at a news conference on Wednesday, encouraging calls to Portland police with any information.Weatheroy said the investigation is still in its early stages but police are devoting considerable resources to it.

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Jefferson Celebrates Winning Season Championship game goes to Hillsboro Jefferson High School’s football team finished a great season Saturday, but fell to Hillsboro in the 5A division championship game. Colt Lyerla rushed for a touchdown and caught another to help Hillsboro to a 20-6 win during freezing rain at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Hillsboro (13-1) scored on the first drive of the game and never trailed, claiming its first state title since 1973. Jefferson (9-5), trailed 13-0 at halftime but scored on its first possession of the third quarter. Deangelo Bell's 12-yard touchdown reception from Elisonoa Aluesi cut the Democrats' deficit to 13-6. But Hillsboro answered back,

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West Coast Elite Basketball Tourney The 3rd annual West Coast Christmas Championships will kickoff Friday, Dec. 18 at Concordia College in northeast Portland with four power packed elite high school matching up some of the best talent on the West Coast. The action starts at 6 p.m. with the Federal Way Eagles (2009 Washington 4A State Champs) vs. the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits (2009 #3 in Southern California); followed


at 8 p.m. by the Jefferson Democrats (2008 & 2009 Oregon 5A State Champs) vs. the Castlemont Knights (2009 #4 in Northern California). Play continues on Saturday, Dec. 19 with Federal Way vs Castlemont at 6 p.m. and Jefferson vs Long Beach Poly at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds will benefit Inner City Players and Grant High Athletics.

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 & staff 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 faculty_administrative_openings Applications will be accepted until 01/04/10.

The City of Portland, Bureau of Human Resources, is seeking to fill a one year, Limited Term position of Human Resources Systems Analyst. This position will be responsible for parterning with a variety of customers to determine requirements of the City's proposed electronic recruitment system. Please see complete application at < jobs>, or contact Gail Thompson at 503-823-3515. Application Deadline: 4:30pm, Friday, 12/ 18/2009. The City of Portland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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them to rise from the bottom. Sisters of the Road Board member Kayla ManningFerguson says she was a heroin addict when she first came to Sisters, and their support has helped her to be clean and sober for 12 years. Also paying their respects were Carol Smith of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, former St. Vincent de Paul official Dick Cheek, former agency director Bob Durston, and Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer. The last two, independently of each other, used the same word to describe Nelson – an “icon.” Over the years, Nelson has received the Spirit of Portland Award, Steve Lowenstein Award and National Caring Award. Under her direction, the café more than doubled in size and added new programs. In its original state, it was a place where you could buy nutritious meals for low prices, or earn credits for meals through volunteer work. Now the location offers social services and job training components. In 2007 the group published “Voices From the Street,” a compilation of 600 in-depth interviews with homeless people. The following year, Sisters won a Spirit of Portland award of its own. As several people testified, the operation of the café was Nelson’s unique stamp. It has always been a place where everyone is welcome but violence is not tolerated. Disturbances are effectively managed through non-violent means. “Genny modeled and mentored to me what it means to have a steadfast commitment,” executive director Monica Beemer told those at the farewell. “She taught us to say no to violence, and to stand up against it when we see it.”

She added that for Nelson, violence includes the denial of human dignity and rights. “No one should have to go without housing, food and health care,” Beemer said. As a passionate advocate on behalf of homeless issues, Nelson opposed the city’s anti-camping and sitlie laws and its Drug and Prostitution-Free Zones, which she argued were used to oppress and harass homeless people. “I like to think of her getting fired up at neighborhood meetings,” Beemer said. She quoted Nelson as saying, “’We’ve been talking about public restrooms for 28 years, and I can’t wait another year.’” At the same time, she was respectful of her neighbors and of other interests. She worked with other community leaders to draft the comprehensive Old Town Vision Plan. “We’re really going to miss her,” Sizer told the Portland Observer. Nelson has been gradually reducing her workload as leader of the organization. Following triple bypass heart surgery, and at the urging of her staff, she had limited her daily hours of work. Gradually she passed on aspects of her job to others. Beemer, hired as co-director in 2001, took over the executive director position in 2002. “The objective is to hire someone better than you are as your replacement,” Nelson told a group of friends last summer. Asked what she would do now that she has retired, Nelson told the Portland Observer, “I really haven’t decided yet.” Her continuing presence at Sisters is assured. Starting this year, the group will begin presenting the Genny Nelson Non-Violence and Economic and Human Rights Award.

Star Park is looking for individuals with excellent customer service skills and a positive attitude to join our team of parking facility operators. Positions include: Attendant, Traffic Director, Cashier, and Valet, with Opportunity for advancement. No experience necessary, must be dependable. 8.50+/hr, medical, dental, 401k w/match, sick & vacation pay. 610 SW Alder Street Suite 1221 Portland, OR 97205


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Stands Tall Giraffe joins zoo's Africa exhibit The Oregon Zoo's newest resident is turning heads -upward. Bakari, a 2-year-old male reticulated giraffe has arrived at the zoo and will soon join Akeem, the zoo's other male giraffe, in the Africa Savannah exhibit. Born at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., Bakari already tips the scale at around 800 pounds and stands 12 feet tall. Keepers report he has a calm

demeanor and is eating well, particularly enjoying rye crisps and browse. Reticulated giraffes, also known as Somali giraffes, are gentle giants native to Africa that are rapidly decreasing in numbers due to habitat loss and hunting. Poaching has decimated giraffe populations. The animals' hair is popular for making bracelets and thread, while their skin is used for shield covers and their sinew for bowstrings. The growth of settlements and human populations has also created a loss of habitat, forcing giraffes out of the savannah. While not currently endangered, reticu-

The Oregon Zoo's newest resident is turning heads -upward. Bakari, a 2-year-old male reticulated giraffe has arrived at the zoo and will soon join Akeem, the zoo's other male giraffe, in the Africa Savannah exhibit.

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A holiday course in how to celebrate Kwanzaa, a seven day ceremony of reflection with seven motivating principles to create sustainability in the African American community, will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 from 13:30 p.m. to 4p.m. at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave. Instructor Shafia M. Monroe will lead the workshop with information about setting the Kwanzaa table, understanding the symbols, role play, and the mean-

ing of hand crafted Kwanzaa gifts. A special feature will include head wrapping for the holiday and a fashion show (bring 2, 3 or 4 yards of cloth). Monroe has been a Kwanzaa practitioner for over 20 years. If you always wanted to learn about Kwanzaa then this is a workshop that you don’t want to miss. There is a $15 registration fee. Healthy refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 503-927-8357.

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Santaland Dairies Wade McCollum stars as a Christmas elf in ‘Santaland Dairies,’ a quintessential ‘anti-holiday tale that’s currently on stage at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Shows have been extended through Jan. 2 after early sell outs.

When Norman Sylvester's trucking company job left him little time to devote to band leading, and Lloyd Jones was making his big transition to guitar after playing drums with the iconic 70s blues band Brown Sugar, the two frequently hooked up at the White Eagle's famous jam session. Both Norman and Lloyd started their current bands in the mid 80s. The musical bond forged then has remained strong, and from time to time the friends perform together. The two will jointly front the Norman Sylvester Band for a special night, Wednesday, Dec 23 at the 915 Club, located in downtown Portland at 915 S.W. Second Ave., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge, with a $1 discount for Cascade Blues Association members. Lloyd and Norman, both prolific songwriters, have been working up arrangements of original songs that

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Lloyd Jones take full advantage of their harmonizing skills. These veteran blues musicians bring out the best in each other.

No Shyness on Nakedness Rihanna says she’s all for women taking naked photos of themselves while they are in their prime. “In 20 years, you’ll regret it if you didn’t,” Rihanna said with a laugh during an interview last week radio and TV host Ryan Seacrest. The pop singer, who just released her new album, “Rated R,” also confirmed reports that her pool man has seen her naked. “Oh my God! These are all true [rumors],” she told Seacrest. “I don’t like, flaunt my stuff to him. I just have no idea what day it is ever, so I never remember what day he comes and I’m Rihanna

always just walking around my house.” The 21-year-old superstar said she likes to relax when she gets to her home in Los Angeles, but doesn’t often pay attention to the date that the pool cleaner is scheduled for a visit. “He comes one day a week. I’m never in LA so when I come, I’m not thinking, ‘There’s a pool guy that’s going to come,’” she said. “[I’m come in], let me go to the refrigerator, grab a bottle of coconut water and then I turn around and it’s like, Frozen. Freeze.”

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Freeman Shines as Mandela Film tells story of game that changed a nation (AP) -- Invictus is a sports film that is more about what’s happening in the stands than on the playing field. It's South Africa in 1990 and change — as seen in the first scene of the film — is literally coming down the street. After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) has been released. Clint Eastwood’s camera lowers on a motorcade. On one side of the road, an allwhite rugby team practices on pristine, green grass. On the other, black youths play soccer across a dirt field. Between the two rolls Mandela — “Madiba” to his followers. “Invictus,” too, cuts an unlikely path, choosing to tell the story of South Africa's sea change under Mandela’s leadership through the prism of sport. It’s the story of a

Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela, who used South Africa’s rugby team as a tool to unify the country after the end of apartheid, in “Invictus.” nation’s shift, as evidenced by its bleachers. The filmmakers narrow their sights on Mandela's calculated embrace of the nation's rugby team. It comes off like a case study in leadership, perhaps a bit clini-

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. HolidayCraftand Rummage Sale -- A Friday, Dec. 18 fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy St. The event is a benefit for the organizations and vendors that have celebrated, mourned, danced, educated and organized at the community meeting place over the past two and a half years.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever -- A delightful story about the true meaning of Christmas opens at Lake Oswego’s Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., on Thursday, Dec. 16 with shows continuing through Dec. 23. For more information, call the theater at 503-635-3901. Frostbite Follies -- Stumptown Stages’ musical salute to the holiday season in song and improv, Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Wifs, located in Union Station at 800 S.W. Sixth Ave. Shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Local entertainer Julianne R. Johnson-

cal and limited, but still deeply revealing. After a series of newscasts, we’re swiftly ushered to 1994, when Mandela is taking office after his momentous election. Quickly, Mandela makes it clear that everything in his administration will reflect a unified South Africa, which he hopes to be “a shining light in the world.” He tells his head of security (Tony Kgoroge) that he, too, will work alongside white Afrikaners. He even urges them to smile while pushing people away. “The rainbow nation starts here,” Mandela says. “Reconciliation starts here.” It also starts with rugby. Mandela attends a game between South African’s national team (the Springboks) and England. The crowd, many waving apartheidera flags, largely boos Mandela. The few black fans — who have always seen the Springboks as a symbol of apartheid — actually cheer for their opponent.

Weiss performs at the 9:30 show. 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 or Norman Sylvester Band -- Local jazz great Norman Sylvester performs 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 God Bless Us Every One -- A delightful Ebenezer Scrooge reclaims his humanity while Tiny Tim showers blessing on us all in Portland Center Stage’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Shows continue through Dec. 28.

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. Devine Designs Salon & Spas Holiday Party -- Entertainment, hair and makeup show, best dressed contest, refreshments and more, Saturday, Dec. 19 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., 3311 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $10 advance; $15 at the door. Proceeds go to Lupus Awareness.

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Predators of the Serengeti -- Come hear the roar as the Oregon Zoo shows off its newest and most ambitious exhibit with three African lions and other animals that are home to the Serengeti. From Farm to Cup -- The World Forestry Center at Washington Park takes a look at the powerful influence of coffee on environments, human cultures and economies worldwide in a special traveling exhibit “Coffee: The World in Your Cup, running now through Jan. 10.

Celebrate the Season -- The 125 voices of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus present their holiday concerts, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. at Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.

Battle to Vote -- The Clark County Historical 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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December 16, 2009

FOOD Honey and Pepper Pork Roast Ingredients • 1 medium orange • One 12-ounce bag whole cranberries • 3/4 cup honey • One 1-1/2 pound boneless pork loin roast • 1/4 cup honey • 2 tbsp. Dijon-style mustard • 2 tbsp. crushed mixed peppercorns • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, or 1-1/2 tsp. fresh thyme, minced • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions 1. To make the relish, quarter and slice unpeeled orange, removing seeds. Coarsely chop orange and cranberries in a food processor or by hand. Place in medium saucepan and stir in honey. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Cool. Makes 3 to 4 cups. 2. To cook the meat, carefully score the pork 1/2 inch deep completely around roast, taking care not to cut string holding it together. Combine honey, mustard, peppercorns, thyme and salt in small bowl; mix well. Place roast on rack in roasting pan. Spoon or brush 2/3 of honey mixture over the meat to coat. 3. Roast at 325 degrees 30 minutes; brush with remaining honey mixture. Roast 20 to 30 minutes longer, or until a meat thermometer registers 155 to 160 degrees. Let stand, tented with foil, 10 minutes before slicing and serving with cranberry relish Recipe by:

Cheese Ball Santa Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • •

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 4 ounces Grated Sharp Cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon softened butter 1 tablespoon minced onion 1 clove minced garlic (optional) 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste Black pepper, to taste Red bell pepper 1 to 2 cups whipped cream cheese Radish slice, carrot stick, pretzel, black olives, crackers, and a cherry tomato

Instructions 1. Make Santa's face by blending the first eight ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spoon the mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap and shape it into a ball. 2. Tightly wrap the cheese and chill it for 1 hour. Unwrap the cheese ball and place it on a large serving tray. 3. Drape new plastic wrap over the cheese, then flatten and shape it into a face. Remove the wrap and turn the red pepper upside down for Santa's hat. 4. Spoon the whipped cream cheese into a sealable pint-size plastic bag. Seal the bag and make a small snip in a lower corner to create a pastry bag. 5. Use piped-on whipped cream cheese to stick a radish-slice pom-pom to the hat. Pipe on more cream cheese for a hatband, eyebrows, and a beard. 6. Press on a carrot nose, a pretzel mouth, olive eyes, and cracker ears. Add cherry tomato halves for rosy cheeks. Makes 8 to 10 servings. 7. Kids' Steps: Shaping Santa's face and then decorating it with vegetable features are perfect jobs for little helpers.

Candy Cane Cocoa Ingredients • 4 cups milk • 3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped • 4 peppermint candy canes, crushed • 1 cup whipped cream • 4 small peppermint candy canes Directions In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick. Recipe by:

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