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Kathleen and Percy Hampton

Kathleen and Percy Hampton are happy they reached a resolution to the conflict last month over service in an Alberta street restaurant. Photo by Jerry Foster

A lawsuit alleging denial of service brought by Alberta Street resident Kathleen Hampton against Enzo’s Caffé Italiano has been amicably settled over a pan of the restaurant’s famous homemade lasagna.

Hampton told The Skanner News last week that Enzo had reached out to her with a letter asking for a meeting, and that the food – and Enzo – were wonderful.

Maybe even the best in town.

“I feel good about it,” Hampton said Wednesday. “I think he’s a nice man and he’s been thinking about what happened.”

Details of a legal agreement reached between the two remains sealed.

It’s a stunning turnaround for a case that spread around the globe and touched a raw nerve in Northeast Portland, where Alberta Street’s gentrification remains headline news.

However, the number of similar complaints posted locally to social media beg the question: How do you prove your bad restaurant service is a civil rights violation?

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Hundreds Protest Police Shooting in Pasco

Speakers from the community called for a full review of the police department and its policies … For all the information click here


Washington Health Exchange
Extends Deadline for Some to Get Coverage

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has announced a special enrollment opportunity today for residents who were unable to complete their applications by the Feb. 15 deadline or who may become aware of the tax penalty for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act when they filed their annual tax return this year … To read the whole story click here

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Victimize Rape Survivors Again

‘The Word says faith without works is dead. There has to be fruit, there has to be action, there has to be community…there has to be active justice … When you leave that room, you’re still carrying that cross’ … To read all about it click here

150216-thomajon keithChild Poverty Growing in Portland 

Across the metro region, 100,000 – that’s one in five – children are living in poverty. Successful Families 2020 will work with around 5,000 of those children, helping them graduate from school …
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The Skanner News Photo Archive Opens

1,500 images from North and Northeast Portland history have been archived at the Oregon Historical Society… To read the whole story click here

150212-holder ericRecord Level of Criminal Exonerations

Researchers say prosecutors have increasingly taken a harder look at flawed cases, which contributed to a jump in prisoners freed after wrongful convictions… To read all about it click here

150212-kingsmanKam Williams Previews Movies Opening Feb. 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus and more… To read the reviews click here

150212-glenfair-food-pantry-opensFamily Fun Events in The Skanner News Community Calendar

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Hiring: Residential Advisor - Troutdale, OR

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New Online Order Form to Place an Auto Ad for Print or Web

We now have online classified ad and announcement ordering for your convenience. Place your ad or announcement in print, online or both using our new quick and easy form… Click here to purchase an auto ad.

Have fun with our interactive Crossword and Sudoku puzzles

On our website, under Entertainment, click on Crossword Puzzle,  or Sudoku Puzzle.  Ten fresh puzzles each week. If you just can’t guess that word, just tell it to fill it in for you!

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This is a volunteer gig. I’m a broad-based community organizer. I hope readers will understand our leadership team intends to be inclusive and coalitional. We’ll recruit mindful of folks’ passions.  Whether it’s fair wages, climate justice, immigration reform, campaign finance restructuring, or concerns over New Jim Crow’s school-to-prison pipelines that has turned out thousands to hear my sister Michelle Alexander. The Portland Chapter seeks influence it hasn’t had in a while. To do that, we’re going to need all hands on deck.

JoAnn Hardesty, new NAACP president

JoAnn Hardesty gears up to galvanize some new energy into the Portland chapter of the NAACP, now it its 101st year of operation. One of her first moves to rebuild the organization is to recruit 101 new members in commemoration of the renowned organization’s tenure. Photo provided by Joann Hardesty


A seasoned community activist, JoAnn Hardesty’s latest distinction sees her at the helm of the NAACP as the newly appointed president of the civil rights organization’s Portland chapter. Hardesty has a long resume that includes heavily steeped in social justice. A  short list of distinctions including serving on the boards of Portland Community Media; US Action and Coalition for a Livable Future and was also elected to the Oregon legislature serving as a state representative from 1995 to 2001.

She hosts her own radio show on KBOO (90.7 FM) ‘Voices from the Edge’ which covers political matters ranging from government, race and environment every Thursday at 8 a.m. Hardesty took the time to answer some questions about her plans in her latest post as the historic NAACP Portland chapter celebrates its 101st year in operation.  

TSN: The Portland branch of the NAACP owns the distinction as being the oldest continuously chartered branch west of the Mississippi, and has a storied history in the city. Though recent years have been a bit quiet, the group's work has continued in a number of civil rights issues in the city. What is your plan of direction for the NAACP as the new Portland president?

Hardesty: I’m a results-oriented kind of gal. The NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons, and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. My goal for this, our 101st year, is to rebuild and revitalize Chapter 1120B so we are prepared to carry out this mission. My leadership team and I—at the outset-- committed to building our membership base, becoming more collaborative, developing a Youth Council, and celebrating a century of service to this community. Initiatives which follow will come from aspirations of inspired members.

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Oregon Man who Killed Officer Seeks Parole after Reversal

An Oregon man who killed a police officer in 1992 appeared before the Board of Parole after it reversed a decision to release him   

Historic [scripts/minicatblogs/blog_nwnews.php].4 Million Settlement in Discrimination Suit against Daimler

Largest civil rights payout ever awarded to employees of large-scale trucking manufacturer   

Portland Commissioner Fritz Seeks Third Term

Although she has stated many times that her current term would be her last foray into electoral politics, she says the death of her husband changed her mind 


World is Indifferent to Missing Nigerian Girls

The abducted girls have all but disappeared from the headlines and from the public consciousness  

Selma and the Folks at the ‘Back of the Line’

 I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s 'Selma' was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations last week  

Laws, Law Enforcement, and Our Community by Rep. Lew Frederick

New legislation pushes for greater police accountability   

  • Cubs legend Ernie Banks remembered for unwavering optimism

    CHICAGO (AP) — Fans and friends paid tribute to legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks on Saturday, recalling how he helped break baseball's color barrier during a Hall of Fame career in which he won over teammates and an entire city with the unwavering optimism he brought to the game and life.

  • South Africa riots raise worry about anti-foreign sentiment

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African youths recently swept through an intersection in the heart of Soweto township, breaking into immigrant-owned shops and grabbing whatever they could — soda, a loaf of bread, sometimes even the shelves. Nearly 40 years ago, at the same intersection, young blacks marched to protest the white racist rulers of the time, drawing a bloody crackdown that shocked the world.

  • AP Sportlight

    1913 — Jim Thorpe, star of the 1912 Olympics, signs to play baseball with the New York Giants.


Kam Williams Reviews Movies Opening Jan. 30, 2015

Kam reviews Black or White, The Loft, Girlhood and more... 

Lee Daniels: The 'Empire' Interview

Two-time Oscar-nominee talks about directing for TV   

Cartoons: Je Suis Charlie

Sebastian Foxworth pokes fun at blended family life in this mixed up world    


  • Payday loan usage rates, by state

    The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage is not reported and marked with an X:

  • Obi Wan, Chewbacca, Vader and gang reunite for new exhibit

    SEATTLE (AP) — The creators of a new traveling exhibit on the costumes of Star Wars are hoping to gather geeks, fashionistas and movie fans together to discuss how clothing helps set the scene.

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'Wake of Vanport' Draws Standing Room Audience

NPMTC’s collection of Vanport oral history multimedia productions screened on Saturday, Nov. 15 to a packed hall at the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in North Portland… For all the information click here

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Democrats Did Not Invest Wisely in Black Candidates

That’s right, in a year featuring a record number of African Americans running for Congress and statewide, not a dime was spent on a Black candidate for Congress until the 11th hour… To read the whole story click here

141120-MM-QAOlivia Ashley Reed on 'Mamma Mia!'

The show will be at the Keller auditorium from Nov. 25 -30 and heads to Washington State next year where it will play in Kennewick, Spokane, Yakima, Seattle and Bellingham… To read the interview click here

141120-chang jeff who we beBooks: 'The Colorization of America' by Jeff Chang

With the help of a dizzying mix of evocative essays, anecdotes, quotes, quips and eye-catching cartoons and photographs, Chang amply illustrates what he refers to as America’s post-racial paradox… To find out more click here

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Charlie Hales
Portland mayor Charlie Hales pictured outside The Skanner News offices.
Photo by Lisa Loving

It looks as if peace will reign at the corner of Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after all.   Mayor Charlie Hales announced this morning that the streetcorner lot that tore communities apart over a proposed Trader Joe’s store will be the home of Golden, Colo.-based Natural Grocers, an affordably-priced national chain known for “free nutrition education and healthy food.”

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After a year of leadership upheavals, KBOO Community Radio in Portland has hired two respected community organizers as co-station managers of the 45-year-old institution.

Mic Crenshaw is a conscious hip-hop recording artist, educator, writer and community activist; Monica Beemer is the former executive director of Sisters of the Road, a local nonprofit group that operates a café for low-income communities and organizes locally for affordable housing and nonviolence.

“KBOO is an incredible community resource and I want to use my time there to elevate and increase the community’s investment,” Crenshaw told The Skanner News this week. In a post to social media over the weekend, hiring committee chair Matt Bristow was jubilant in making the announcement:

I am very happy and thankful to have served as chair of a successful hiring team at KBOO Community Radio, where I work as a member of the board of directors,” Bristow wrote. “At our recent monthly meeting the full board unanimously approved the hire of Monica Beemer (well-known/loved from Sisters Of The Road) and Michael Mic Crenshaw (literally the most respected hip-hop artist/activist in town) as the new radio station co-managers! They are two of the mo