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Do you know what a microaggression is? The dictionary calls it a “subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority group.”

Students at Clackamas High School can put a finer point on that, if you like.

Walk the halls of the school, and you'll see large black-and-white prints of students holding large boards with a word or phrase, each capturing a microaggression. Click on the audio file at the top of the page to hear from four students who contributed to the Clackamas High art project.

The city of Cleveland agreed Monday to pay $6 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a police officer on Nov. 22, 2014.

The city did not admit any wrongdoing in the killing of Tamir, who was holding an air pellet gun and walking outside a recreation center when he was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann.

Confused about the word Eskimo?

'Week in Review' panel Erica C. Barnett, Bill Radke, Gyasi Ross and Matt Manweller.
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Should Seattle create designated drinking zones? Also, Bellevue High School football wins – but who loses if the recruitment is called into question? Should Harriet Tubman and Andrew Jackson have to share a home on a bill?

Bill Radke talks currency and current events with state Rep. Matt Manweller, writer Erica C. Barnett and attorney Gyasi Ross.

Harriet Tubman, 1911.
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Bill Radke speaks with Ijeoma Oluo about her article in The Guardian in which she argues against placing Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.  She also shares her reaction to the news that Prince passed away Thursday at the age of 57. 

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Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced on Wednesday that the countenance of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman will grace a new $20 bill.

The decision caps a public campaign asking for a woman to be placed on American paper currency and months of deliberation by the Treasury to replace either Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill or Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

It has been a year since Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained as Baltimore police transported him to a station. The 25-year-old was arrested after running from police; officers later found a small knife in Gray's possession. Cellphone video of the arrest showed Gray being dragged, moaning in pain, to the police van while at least one onlooker shouted that Gray needed medical care.

Leroy Robinson Jr. owns a barbershop in West Philadelphia. He's been doing this work for 40 years — and he says the trade runs in the family.

"My father's a barber, my brother is a barber and here I am," he says.

His favorite part of the job is talking to his customers about, well, nearly everything.

"Right now, the political thing is on the horizon," Robinson says, "But the biggest thing right now is Villanova."

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I’m the black sheep in my family.

Scratch that - I’m actually more of a white sheep.

Here’s what a family photo would look like: my mom, dad, and brother, each with their own wonderful shade of brown. And then there’s me: pale, white, and blond haired.

Bill Clinton on Friday stopped short of saying he was sorry for a recent clash with Black Lives Matter protesters. Instead, the former president tried to make the squabble into a teachable moment.

"I did something yesterday in Philadelphia I almost want to apologize for, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country," he told the crowd at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Erie, Pa.

Bill Radke talks to University of Washington senior Palca Shibale about why she and fellow students held a protest on campus about the university's actions on race and equity. 

Ed Taylor, vice provost and the dean of undergraduate academic affairs, also weighs in about steps the university plans to take to address the student's concerns. 

This graph shows the gentrification of Seattle's Central District since the 1980s. From left, the concentration of blacks in this neighborhood in the 1980s to today, as it has become increasingly white and expensive.
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Seattleites know they live in a racially segregated city.

White people live north; black people and Asians live south. 

It has been a turbulent week for Mexico's diplomats in the U.S. The reason for the shakeup can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump.

This week, the Republican presidential front-runner released details of one of his oft-repeated campaign promises — to make Mexico pay for construction of a border wall.

The plan, which involves blocking billions of dollars that Mexicans working in the U.S. send back home, seemed to shake up Mexico's top officials and cause a break in their months of relative silence about Trump's anti-Mexican comments.

"You're not funny, Bob."

That was the opinion of one man who shouted his disapproval after tepid applause for Bob Parks, Kennewick city councilman Tuesday night.

Pramila Jayapal
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Bill Radke speaks with state Sen. Pramila Jayapal about a state plan to proactively review all ethnically and racially offensive geographic names in Washington state.

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