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My Airborne Toxic Event

I wanted to know which industrial chemicals my family is exposed to every day. Am I sorry that I asked?

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Like many scary stories, this one begins with a seemingly innocuous gift.  Nurses at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital sent my family home with a small care package—diapers, a tiny yellow comb a   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Nick Caleb Bows out of City Council Race

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Nick Caleb, a Concordia University instructor who planned a City Council bid against Commissioner Steve Novick, announced Tuesday he was stepping away from the race.
Caleb, a living-wage activist, made the announcement on Facebook:
Friends,As many of you know, my father passed away earlier this year after suffering from Lewy-Body Dementia and Alzheimer's. Dealing with this enormo...   More
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Under Armour, Planning Donation to City Parks for Advertising Rights, Wanted Nike Swoosh Gone

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Big Swooshes make bad neighbors. If you're a Nike competitor, that is.Portland officials announced Friday that Baltimore-based fitness-apparel company Under Armour would pay to renovate Lents and Duniway parks in ...   More
Monday, July 13, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Tom Koehler Elected Chairman of Portland Public Schools' Board

Koehler ushers in change, brings back school board's committee structure.


Portland Public Schools tonight welcomed four new members to its seven-member board, and with their addition came sweeping changes.
The board voted 7-0 to elect Tom Koehler, who won a seat on the board in 2013, to be the board's new chairman. Koehler was often in the minority, along with Steve ...   More
Monday, July 6, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Oregon Lottery, but the Plaintiff Vows to Appeal

Justin Curzi says he found fraud within the Lottery's video poker "auto hold" feature.


The case against the Oregon Lottery for allegedly deceptive practices concerning its video poker machines continues.Last week, plaintiff Justin Curzi filed a notice of his plans to appeal Multnomah County Circuit Judge Judith Matarazzo's decision last month to dismiss Curzi's lawsuit primarily on technical grounds.WW featured    More
Friday, June 26, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Principals in Portland Public Schools Get Salary Boost

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Portland Public Schools principals are finally getting significant pay raises. As part of the 2015-16 budget that the Portland School Board approved this week, administrators will get raises between 5 and 9 percent on July 1. Specifically that means raises of about 5 ...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Downward-Facing Dollar

Under state scrutiny, yoga studios in Portland find themselves twisting into new positions.

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When Michele Loew opened her yoga studio on Southeast Stark Street in 2007, she recruited the best instructors available and paid them for each student they brought in. That’s how many Portland st   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Job Shuffle Continues as César Chávez Principal Announces Departure

Parents and teachers are putting increasing pressure on Superintendent Carole Smith to stop moving principals around so frequently.


So far, Portland Public Schools officials have announced 17 new principal placements for the upcoming school year. Several additional changes are in the works, however, including at César Chávez K-8 School.
Lavert Robertson, the current principal at César Chávez, told parents and teachers before sc...   More
Friday, June 19, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

School Colors

Students at Wilson High School form a black student union to combat racism. Most of its members are white.

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Breonna Keller-Robbins has heard a lot of comments from fellow students about her race at Wilson High—the whitest of Portland Public Schools’ nine high schools.  Her dad is black, and   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Parents Question Timing of Superintendent's Contract Extension


A short item in the agenda for Monday night's meeting of the Portland Public Schools board set off an online firestorm over the weekend. "Extension of employment contract with Carole Smith, superintendent," the item read. Why the uproar?Smith's been PPS's superintendent since 2007. But in ...   More
Monday, June 15, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC
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