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Portland Man Charged with Arson at Places of Worship, Black-Owned Business

(Portland, OR) -- A man has been charged with arson and vandalism at several houses of worship and a Black-owned business in Portland in a weeklong series of incidents. The man is identified as 34-year-old Mike Edgar Bivins, who is reportedly a freelance reporter. He's charged with incidents that took place between April 30th and May fourth. The incidents occurred at Congregation Shir Tikvah, Congregation Beth Israel and the Muslim Community Center of Portland. Bivins is also charged with vandalism at a Black-owned business on Northwest 10th Avenue. He then reportedly walked to a local television station to talk with a reporter about the incidents.

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