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Portland City Council voted to create a community outreach program to improve communications about the health and safety hazards associated with eating fish from the Portland Harbor Superfund area.

The vote came just one day after the Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement finalizing the next big step in Superfund cleanup.

Algodón Egipcio’s “La Estrella Irregular” is an electronic-pop lullaby that explores a medley of dreamy, bright and chopping tropical sounds. But for some, the song also gives a poetic and experienced perspective on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.

Two Stories From The Amtrak Train Derailment

Dec 20, 2017

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Where Was Positive Train Control In This Week's Deadly Amtrak Derailmentl?

Dec 20, 2017

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When Monday’s inaugural trip of the Amtrak Cascades train along its new route crashed south of Tacoma, the lives of hundreds of people were thrown into chaos.

Two of those people were Emma Shafer, a Seattle-area student from Vancouver, Washington, and Dr. Nathan Selden, the head of neurological surgery at Oregon Health and Science University.

Selden was driving to Seattle with his 18-year-old son when they came upon the upon an unusual scene: A derailed train had halted the typically busy stretch of Interstate 5.

  

Although it's been decades since the Patterson-Gimlin film turned a Northwest legend, Bigfoot, into a household name, the footage and stories behind it still remain fascinating 50 years later.

The filmmakers, and namesakes of the film, are two former rodeo men from Yakima County in Washington. One, Bob Gimlin, still lives there. Roger Patterson died in 1972. They shot the footage off the banks of Bluff Creek in Northern California.

The derailment of an Amtrak train Monday morning — which plummeted off an overpass while traveling more than twice the speed limit — has thrust a technology meant to prevent excessive speeds back into the national spotlight.

It’s called positive train control, or PTC.

Two men who died Monday when a train derailed near Tacoma have been identified. 

They were both passionate transit advocates from Washington state who were celebrating Amtrak’s new route.

Zack Willhoite, 35, loved to collect memorabilia related to trains and buses, from the large to the small.

Willhoite, an information technology specialist with Pierce Transit in Tacoma, was passionate about driving alternatives.

Perhaps the most striking item in his collection was a full-size, operational city bus that he bought.

Oregon’s lawmakers are dividing along predictable partisan lines in the debate whether the tax bill racing through Congress would help or hurt the state.

All four of the Oregon’s Democrats voted Tuesday against a measure they complain is weighted too heavily in favor of large corporations and the wealthy.

Republican Rep. Greg Walden countered that a large majority of Oregonians would get a tax cut and that it would also spur business investment.

On the grounds of the Bristol County Jail in Dartmouth, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson took me on a tour of the immigration detention center built on his watch. 

I was escorted into one of the wards for potential deportees, a low-security facility. Next door is another ward for higher security detainees.

“[In the higher security unit] are predominantly people who either have committed a crime or have had removal orders and didn't comply with the removal order,” Hodgson said.

State and Portland city officials have agreed on a compliance schedule that outlines how the city plans to build and construct a water filtration plant in the Bull Run Watershed that will treat water for the parasite cryptosporidium.

The agreement marks the official end of a variance that made Portland the only city in the country that didn't have to treat its water for the parasite. 

Schiller Sanon-Jules remembers eating fried pork and plantains in Little Haiti when he was a kid in the 1980s.

“It was a taste of Haiti,” says Sanon-Jules, who immigrated to the US as a child and now owns the Little Haiti Thrift and Gift Store, one of the shops on the neighborhood’s brightly-colored main street.

As a teenager, he used to parade down the same street with friends and drums, in a kind of Haitian second line.    

We live in confusing times in America and around the world. But President Donald Trump’s new national security strategy (NSS) could leave US allies and adversaries more confused than ever.

While the strategy document itself champions diplomacy, international institutions and even includes a nod toward nation-building, the president has been consistent in his criticism of all three. As a result, Trump’s rollout on Monday made his administration look more chaotic and inconsistent than ever.

The Federal Communications Commission voted last week to dismantle so-called net neutrality rules set under the Obama-era Open Internet Order. The 2015 order prevented Internet Service Providers  like Comcast and Verizon from blocking certain websites or charging more for certain content.

What does that mean for consumers?

When you think of mariachi, you’ll likely picture a band of men in embroidered suits and sombreros, playing guitar, violin and trumpet for diners in a Mexican restaurant.

For Omar Naré, that was exactly the problem. Mariachi was veering off into the realm of a stereotype, or worse yet, a relic. Mariachi had stalled, and it needed new life.

Train Update | MLB Umpire | Kairos Grant

Dec 19, 2017

 

An audit from the Secretary of State's office found practices at the Oregon Department of Education "do not promote" the state's goal of graduating all of its students by the year 2025.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education released data that showed Oregon's graduation rate remains among the lowest in the country

Amtrak Train Derailment Update

Dec 19, 2017

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Celebration Turns To Tragedy At Portland's Union Station

Dec 19, 2017

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Demystifying Cannabis Concentrates

Dec 19, 2017

If you're new to the recreational cannabis game, you may be overwhelmed by the idea of extracts and concentrates. But don't worry, we're here to help you make sense of the different terms and products available on the market.

A concentrate is any oil — which can be viscous or solid in form — that isolates the cannabis plant’s main chemical compounds, namely the cannabinoids THC and CBD. These are responsible for the plant’s psychoactive and physical properties. Concentrates are stronger than flower.

Iceland's new prime minister is a feminist and environmentalist who is among the youngest leaders in the world. She has a degree in literature with a special interest in Icelandic crime novels. She appeared in a music video 20 years ago with an Icelandic band, Bang Gang. And she's considered Iceland's most trusted politician by numerous polls.

Iceland's new prime minister is a feminist and environmentalist who is among the youngest leaders in the world. She has a degree in literature with a special interest in Icelandic crime novels. She appeared in a music video 20 years ago with an Icelandic band, Bang Gang. And she's considered Iceland's most trusted politician by numerous polls.

Iceland's new prime minister is a feminist and environmentalist who is among the youngest leaders in the world. She has a degree in literature with a special interest in Icelandic crime novels. She appeared in a music video 20 years ago with an Icelandic band, Bang Gang. And she's considered Iceland's most trusted politician by numerous polls.

Iceland's new prime minister is a feminist and environmentalist who is among the youngest leaders in the world. She has a degree in literature with a special interest in Icelandic crime novels. She appeared in a music video 20 years ago with an Icelandic band, Bang Gang. And she's considered Iceland's most trusted politician by numerous polls.

5 Key Things To Know About The Fatal Amtrak Derailment

Dec 18, 2017

UPDATE (Tuesday, 7:34 a.m. PST) – The Amtrak Cascades train that derailed in DuPont, Washington, during Monday’s morning commute was meant to be the celebration of a new, faster route between Seattle and Portland.

“After years of work planning and constructing almost $800 million in passenger train improvements, we're excited to be just days away from saying ‘All Aboard!’ to our new, expanded Amtrak Cascades service,” the Washington State Department of Transportation wrote on its website last week.

Deschutes County Commissioners heard testimony Monday over a proposed bed and breakfast near Smith Rock State Park. 

The development would be situated just across the road from the park’s iconic red rock face. The site would sleep up to 28 guests in three rooms and 10 campsites. It’s being proposed by the Mazama Foundation, which promotes mountaineering and affordable outdoor education. 

At the hearing Monday, property neighbor Luis Elenes said there’s not enough room for both a campground and a bed and breakfast on the site. 

UPDATE (Tuesday, 3:24 a.m. PST) – The Amtrak train that derailed Monday morning was advertised as traveling along a faster new route, but two miles before the curve where the train came off its track was a warning: the speed dropped to 30 mph.

National Transportation Safety Board said late Monday that the derailed train was, according to a preliminary investigation, going 80 miles an hour before it came off the tracks. 

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Henry Lemus Calderón was, by his own admission, not perfect.

He attended services at Faro de Luz church in Nantucket where the Rev. Rigoberto Lemus presides. Lemus — a common Salvadoran name on Nantucket and no relation to Henry — said Calderón spent a lot of time behind church doors.

“We'd have a service Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and he always came those days. He always [volunteered] to open the door, receive the brothers and sisters. And he’s a good person,” said Lemus.

Russia thanks CIA for tip that thwarted terror attack

Dec 18, 2017
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President Donald Trump boasted Monday that a tip from the CIA had saved “thousands” of lives in Russia.

President Trump appeared to be referring to an alleged plot to attack targets in Russia’s St. Petersburg — including the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, a popular tourist attraction.

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