Portland observer. (Portland, Or.) 1970-current, July 22, 2015, Image 2

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Teen Rescues Woman
A 19-year-old male saved the
life of an elderly woman who
was trapped in a burning car at
a southwest Beaverton gas sta-
tion Saturday. Phillipe Bittar
punched through a widow to pull
the trapped victim from her sedan
which had flames spreading from
the trunk. A pre-med student, Bit-
tar is being called a hero by emer-
gency workers and was offered
free meals for life for his heroism
by a local business.
Portland Nature Park Vandalized
The Powell Butte Nature Park
Visiting Center in southeast Port-
land sustained significant damage
Friday night. Nine windows were
broken along with a vandalized
excavator. Nothing was reported
to have been stolen but officials
are still looking for more informa-
tion and investigating
Tobacco Targeting Youth,
Communities of Color
A new Multnomah County study
finds that it’s easy to find tobacco
products being sold in stores near
local schools and much of retail
July 22, 2015
create a pathway for people to clear
their criminal record of marijuana
offenses if they were charged for
activity that was legal at the time
in their own state, and those whose
tobacco advertising is geared to- offense was possession of an ounce
ward young people. It also found or less of marijuana.
that there are more tobacco retail-
ers per capita in areas with a high- Free Community College Bill
er percentage of people of color, A bill promising free community
impacting a population that’s al- college to Oregon students to recent
ready saddled with disadvantages high school graduates was signed
by Gov. Kate Brown on Friday. Tu-
in health outcomes.
ition will be limited to a fee of $50
Cuba, US Embassies Open
per term – down from the current
cost of $1,500 per term full-time.
opened in Havana
Students will have to apply for gov-
and Washington,
ernment financial aid and maintain
D.C. Monday for
a GPA of 2.5 to stay in the program,
the first time since
which will launch in Fall 2016. The
the two countries
program is expected to affect be-
severed ties in
tween 4,000 and 6,000 students.
1961. Secretary of State John Kerry
is scheduled to travel to Havana in Robbery Suspect on Loose
August as part of the renewed dip- Police are still trying to identify
lomatic outreach between the coun- a man who entered a Plaid Pantry
tries initiated by President Obama. Monday around 1:30 a.m. armed
with a knife and demanded mon-
Clean Slate Wanted for
ey. He is described as being a
Marijuana Offenses
white man in his late 20s, 6 feet
Congressman Earl Blumenauer 2 inches tall, weighing about 160
proposed a law Monday to ex- pounds, with shaggy brown hair
punge the convictions of certain and a large beard. Anyone with
marijuana offenders. The Portland information is encouraged to call
Democrat’s Clean Slate for Mar- 503-823-0407 or email Kenneth.
ijuana Offenses Act 2015 would reynolds@portlandoregon.gov.
City Raises Wages for Seasonal Work
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A local union and the city of
Portland have reached an agree-
ment that will raise wages for
about 80 seasonal employees
who work for Portland Parks and
The settlement moves a limited
number of jobs into a unionized
bargaining unit and settles a labor
contract grievance that went to
binding arbitration last year. Po-
sitions affected include customer
service representatives, preschool
teachers, assistant pool manag-
ers, and certain camp coordina-
tion duties. Currently, Portland
Parks and Recreation employs
hundreds of staff working limited
hours in seasonal positions. Port-
land Parks Commissioner Aman-
da Fritz, who has promoted more
full-time jobs at the Parks Bureau
during her tenure, said the agree-
ment “will provide living wages
for many of our valued, dedicat-
ed Portland Parks and Recreation
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