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ACTRESS GLENNE HEADLY HAS DIED AT 62

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Glenne Headly (March 13, 1955 – June 8, 2017)

(FoxNews/AP) – Glenne Headly’s agent has confirmed the actress
died Thursday night. No cause of death or location was immediately
available. 

Headly was known from performances in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
(1988), "Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995), and "Dick Tracy"(1990). She
was an early member of the famous Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

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Note:”M. Holland’s Opus” was filmed in and around Portland,
Oregon, with much of the exterior and interior scenes shot at
Grant High School.

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Glenne Headly in “Dick Tracy”

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ROSE FESTIVAL FLEET WEEK IN 1935


Ships arriving on the Willamette River for the Rose Festival event in
downtown Portland, Oregon.
 

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IT WAS OREGON’S SECOND LARGEST CITY

Vanport in 1943, five years before the flood
The newly developed 648-acre complex called Vanport before the
flood. It was the largest public housing project in the United States.

It was on this day, Memorial Day in 1948, the Columbia River forced it’s way
through an embankment that had served as a dike and rushed into a local
shipbuilding housing project called Vanport. The flood killed 15 people and 
left 18,000 homeless when the community vanished in just one day. 

The area today is called Delta Park, along the Columbia River in Portland,
Oregon’s northern edge, a location of public parks, nature preserves and
sports complexes.

Aerial view of flooded area

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Vanport, Oregon                                                     (Oregon Historical Society)

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LOCAL AWARD WINNING AUTHOR DIES AT 60

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Brian Doyle (August 12, 1956 – May 27, 2017) Born in Ottawa, Ontario.

PORTLAND, Ore. – According to a release from the University of Portland,  Brian
Doyle passed away Saturday morning from complications related to a brain tumor.

He was the author of "Mink River," "The Plover," "Chicago," and "Martin Marten." He
won a 2016 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature for "Martin Marten."

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THE “ALL-NIGHTER” ON KEX RADIO 1190

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 Russell Lyle "Russ" Conrad
(September 9, 1921 – February 11, 1985)

On May 22, 1961 Russ Conrad took over the midnight to 6:00am
shift on KEX in Portland, Oregon, a position he would have for
the next 14 years.

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