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Catch 'Mothering Inside,' Documentary on Coffee Creek's Family Preservation Project

State officials are phasing out the program; supporters want to save it

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Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom will screen Mothering Inside, his documentary about Coffee Creek Correctional Facility's unique parenting program, Thursday night at Cinema 21.
The timing of the film's release is bitter, be...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

No Accident

Pressure from family and friends spurs police to make an arrest in the death of Cougar Burleigh.


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In the wee hours of Sunday, Oct. 12, Cougar Burleigh was found seriously injured and only partly clothed at the west end of the Burnside Bridge. As Burleigh lay dying at Oregon Health & Scie   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

2015 Portland School Board Election: Greg Belisle Won't Run Again

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Greg Belisle, a member of the Portland Public Schools Board since 2011, has announced in an email that he will not seek a second term in May.The news isn't entirely surprising. Belisle, who walked onto the board four years ago with zero competition, faced a    More
 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Owls Attack Salem Residents—and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Gives a Hoot

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Typically when WW writes about owls, we're referring to OWLS, the august Oregon Women Lawyers who push for diversity among the legal ranks, among...   More
 
Friday, February 6, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Supermess

Portland Public Schools must decide what to do with a principal arrested for—but not charged with—domestic violence.


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In the Portland Public Schools firmament, few stars shined as brightly as Marti Diaz. The former teacher rose to the position of principal at Southeast Portland’s Kelly Elementary School in    More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Kate Brown Draws Heat after Shilling for Comcast

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Few companies in Portland—or elsewhere for that matter—generate as much consumer hate as Comcast, the monopolistic cable, Internet and landline provider that charges more for less service than customers get in many other cou...   More
 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Board Could Vote On New Boundaries by December

Ambitious timeline puts major decisions after school board elections

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The volunteer group guiding Portland Public Schools through what's bound to be a contentious redrawing of school boundaries have heard the official word on when their work is supposed to be finished.The timeline is ambitious. It calls for the Portland School Board to vote on n...   More
 
Monday, January 26, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Oregon Bill Would Expand Parents' Rights to Excuse Kids from Standarized Tests

Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) responds to growing 'opt out' movement

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Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) wants parents to be able to opt their children out of standardized tests for any reason, broadening a state law that currently allows opting out for reasons of religion or disability only.House Bill 2714&nbs...   More
 
Friday, January 23, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Multnomah County Weighs New E-Cigarette and Tobacco Regulations

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Multnomah County Commissioners are considering new rules to regulate electronic cigarettes, including licensing retailers who sell e-cigarettes as well as traditional tobacco products.Right now, Multnomah County does not register tobacco or e-cigarette retailers, hampering efforts to monitor sales to minors, for example. Meanwhile,    More
 
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Sidestepped

Why are the Jefferson Dancers—from Portland’s majority-black high school—mostly white?


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The Jan. 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at Northeast Portland’s Highland Christian Center had all the trappings of a typical commemoration for the civil rights leader. Crowds fil   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 BETH SLOVIC
 

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