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A Gay Christmas Tree? Northeast Portland Man Uses Boy Scouts' Recycling Drive to Push Change


Wesley Murph, a 40-year-old Portlander in the Sabin neighborhood, wants the Boy Scouts of America to end its policy banning gay leaders.So he's taking an unusual stand.Friday, he hauled his Christmas tree to his driveway for recycling by a local Boy Scouts troop. He also attached a sign to the tree.Dear B...   More
 
Monday, December 29, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Darius Rejali: Reed College Professor and Torture Expert Talks About The Trauma To Interrogators

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture after Sept. 11. It found, among other things, that harsh interrogation techniques   More
 
Friday, December 26, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Department of Corrections Officials Grant Reprieve to Successful Family Program

The Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correction Facility had been on the chopping block

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Two week ago, WW wrote about a prison rehabilitation program that really works—just in time for the Oregon Department of Corrections&...   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Random Act of Kindness in a Multnomah County Courthouse Causes a Stir

Lawyer Colin M. Murphy pays stranger's restitution so man can avoid felony

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Lawrence Taylor, a Portland defense attorney, says it's the most amazing thing he's seen in 22 years of practice.Thursday, Taylor's 27-year-old client, Castor Conley, was facing a felony conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle if he couldn't come up with $983 in restitution for his victim.Colin M. Murphy, a lawyer in Judge Stephen Bushong's chamber that day on an en...   More
 
Monday, December 22, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board: Mike Rosen to Challenge Greg Belisle

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Mike Rosen, a parent activist in Southeast Portland, announced today that he would challenge incumbent Greg Belisle for a position on the Portland School Board.The Portland Tribune was the first to...   More
 
Thursday, December 18, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Central Catholic Parts Ways with Second Football Coach

Action comes after story showed the assistant coach had faced sexual misconduct allegations at prior school

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Central Catholic High School, responding to a story in WW today, announced that it would no longer employ an assistant football coach who had worked at Central Catholic for four years despite having faced allegations of sexual misconduct at a prior school.
The coach, J...   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Personnel Foul

Central Catholic questions its hiring practices as sexual misconduct allegations surface about another football coach.


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When it comes to football, Central Catholic High School has a lot to cheer about. The Rams—with a long tradition of winning—finished the season with 12 wins and just one loss while outscor   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Hard Time Gets Harder

Oregon is cutting an effective program to help mothers in prison stay close to their kids.


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In 2008, Eva Guzman arrived at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, to begin a sentence for robbery. Eleven days later, she gave birth. “I had my daughter,” says Guzman, no   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Medical Error

Moda’s president was caught cheating on a recertification exam for surgeons.


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\Moda Health made a big splash last year when it shelled out a reported $40 million for naming rights to the Portland Trail Blazers’ arena. The Moda Center, formerly the Rose Garden, is t   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Reed College Students Respond to Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Admissions officer quits after college finds her harassment complaint invalid

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Inside Higher Ed on Monday had a story about a sexual harassment allegation that has roiled the Reed College campus in recent weeks. Andrea Hendrickson, an admissions officer at Re...   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC
 

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