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How New Superintendent Plans To Transform PPS

Dec 7, 2017

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Columbia Sportswear CEO Says Downtown Employees Feel Unsafe

Dec 7, 2017

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University of Oregon football coach Willie Taggart announced earlier this week that he’s taking the head coach job at Florida State. Taggart has been with the Ducks for less than a year and the timing of his departure has made a lot of people unhappy. Tyson Alger, Ducks reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive.com gives us the scoop on what this move means.

Bend Committee Favors Elected Mayor, Ward System

Dec 7, 2017

A citizen committee in Bend is proposing big changes to how city leaders are elected and paid.

At a city council workshop Wednesday, the group recommended that Bend directly elect its mayor and that the city adopt a geographic ward system for electing some city councilors. The group also favored increasing pay for councilors and the mayor. The committee presented its recommendations to Bend City Council Wednesday night. 

American Public Media Group's decision to sever its contracts with Garrison Keillor were the result of "multiple allegations" that covered an extended period of time, the CEO of MPR's parent company said Wednesday.

American Public Media Group's decision to sever its contracts with Garrison Keillor were the result of "multiple allegations" that covered an extended period of time, the CEO of MPR's parent company said Wednesday.

At least 28 Democratic senators are calling for Sen. Al Franken to resign. Their calls come the same day Franken denied a new sexual misconduct accusation.

Data out this week pinpoint the hot spots of language diversity around the state. Nobles County, in southwestern Minnesota, and Ramsey County have the largest shares of residents who don't speak English at home. 

As sexual misconduct allegations and calls to resign pile up against Democratic Sen. Al Franken, some Minnesotans want their senator to stay in office.

As sexual misconduct allegations and calls to resign pile up against Democratic Sen. Al Franken, some Minnesotans want their senator to stay in office.

Sen. Al Franken rose to fame as a writer and comedian on "Saturday Night Live." But his career began breaking toward politics in the early 2000s when he worked as a radio host on the now defunct liberal network, Air America.

A series of flyers posted around Clark College proclaiming “It’s OK To Be White” and “Make Your Ancestors Proud” prompted two town hall meetings this week.

More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members showed up Wednesday afternoon for a two-hour discussion on the posters.  

Dozens of supporters of the Pioneer Special School program rallied Tuesday night against plans for the school.

Among the chants that demonstrators shouted was “Education is a right, Pioneer will fight, fight, fight!"

The plan presented last week by Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero would relocate all 123 Pioneer students, children with disabilities, behavior problems and challenging backgrounds.

"American desserts are two-dimensional and overly sweet," like the frosted birthday cake you cut up and share, said Cheryl Wakerhauser, author of the new cookbook "Modern French Pastry."

Not surprisingly, the French-trained baker prefers French desserts, for their complexity of composition, flavor and texture. A single-serving pastry might have up to five components, including "a light, airy mousse and a crunchy tart shell. Take a bite and it all comes together in your mouth." 

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What if she hadn’t lost her shoe that day? Arati Baladas wonders about this sometimes.

Baladas is 20, and she sometimes replays in her mind that moment on April 24, 2013,  when she scrambled to find her missing sandal, as the walls and the ceiling around her crumbled.

She was working at her sewing machine when she heard a loud bang. She says the building “shivered.” Her supervisor told everyone to run.

The Portland City Council pushed back a decision Wednesday on how to allocate money to help pave the city’s gravel and dirt roads and to improve streets that lack sidewalks and curbs.

The council’s problem: The money it has to spend is just a drop in the bucket.

In 2016, the council created a fee known as the Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge. So far, it has brought in $2.2 million.

The Archive Project - Kazuo Ishiguro

Dec 6, 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro begins the interview by talking about growing up in a Japanese family in England and watching the British with “amused distance,” stating, “I was taught to respect British customs, but they were just that: values and customs that the natives adhered to.” His family finally decided that they would not return to Japan when he was 15, but he says that he first began writing novels with the idea of “this Japan that I never went back to.” He goes on to discuss the real-life places that writers build versions of in their imaginations.

UPDATE (Thursday, 3:01 p.m. PST) - Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader was one of just six Democrats in the House who voted Wednesday for a bill that would allow concealed handgun licensees to carry their weapons in all 50 states.

 

Republican Greg Walden also backed the bill, which passed on a 231-198 vote. It was opposed by Democrats Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Peter DeFazio.

 

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The clock is counting down: Now that tax reform bills have made their way through the House and Senate, Republicans in both chambers are working to iron out the differences between the two bills — with a goal of overhauling the US tax system by December 22.

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Everyday life in Puerto Rico these days — in the still-ragged aftermath of Hurricane Maria, two months ago — is a test of patience, even for the middle class. 

Few traffic lights function and that slows commutes to a crawl. Electricity is sporadic, so stocking the fridge remains a risky proposition. 

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It took him 32 years, but scientist Sam Hudson and a team of other researchers have found a way to produce silk without silkworms. 

Unlike fabrics such as polyester or nylon, there’s no petroleum-based plastic. Unlike rayon, there’s no toxic chemicals or deforestation involved. 

It’s a yeast that when you add sugar and vitamins, it grows — secretes, to be precise — a spider silk. 

Many young girls take fashion cues from their Barbie dolls, and I suppose I was no different. OK, I was pretty different. I have spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, and when I was about 10, someone gave me a Share-a-Smile Becky.

Past presidents talked about it. But Donald Trump did it. 

“My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Trump said on Wednesday during a speech at the White House. 

“It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said from a podium flanked by two decorated Christmas trees. 

“While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.” 

Some inmates in the Hennepin County jail don't know they can refuse to talk to ICE. Two new budget amendments aim to offer legal help to any Hennepin County resident facing deportation.

Appetites: What makes good comfort food?

Dec 6, 2017

With the cold weather upon us, now is the time of year Minnesotans turn to comfort food to help fight off the winter chill. Cookbook author Teresa Marrone has some suggestions on dishes that will help you stay warm.

Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon's only Republican in Congress, is losing his spot on the conference committee that will iron out the differences between the Senate and House versions of the big tax-cut legislation.

What's not clear is exactly why he exited the committee just a day after he was appointed to the panel Monday by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The official announcement on Tuesday referred only to the "removal of the gentleman from Oregon" and the appointment of Rep. Fred Upton to the committee.

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While Puerto Rico slowly recovers from the destruction of Hurricane Maria in September, hospitals on the mainland are dealing with some of the side effects of that destruction. They're struggling with a shortage of intravenous fluids directly linked the hurricane damage. 

Oregon Sending Help To Battle Growing Southern California Fires

Dec 6, 2017

Teams from Multnomah County all the way down to Jackson and Josephine counties are en route to Southern California where a series of fast-moving fires continue to rip through the Los Angeles area. 

The Oregon State Fire Marshal sent 10 strike teams consisting of 50 engines and about 100 personnel overnight Tuesday, making Oregon the first state to send resources to the Golden State for this event.

When Climate Change Makes Asthma Worse

Dec 6, 2017

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Oregon Football Coach Makes Quick Exit

Dec 6, 2017

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