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September 19th, 2007 WW Editorial Staff | Winners & Losers
 

Winners & Losers

Separating star bucks from Starbucks.

     
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WINNERS

Don’t call him Ralph Nader, but independent John Frohnmayer (right) gave a boost to U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) by announcing he’ll run for Smith’s seat. A former head of the National Endowment for the Arts under Bush I, John Frohnmayer (brother of UO president Dave Frohnmayer) will probably siphon votes from Smith’s yet-to-be-determined Democratic challenger.

If Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla had any vertical leap, he’d be jumping for joy over Greg Oden’s knee injury. News that Oden will miss the season (see page 19 for more) means Przybilla will get off the bench and have a chance at redeeming himself after last year, when he averaged all of 2 points and 4 rebounds a game after signing a five-year, $32 million deal.

Deformed and wounded deer aren’t just roadkill anymore in Oregon. Reader outrage over stories in The Oregonian about the state possibly euthanizing two pet deer owned by a Molalla family had the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife backtracking faster than Bambi from Godzilla.

LOSERS

Reporting for endless war duty, sir! A 180-soldier Oregon National Guard unit has been voluntold for a yearlong deployment in Iraq, doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the war—convoy security. Don’t worry, Mom, Gen. Petraeus says everything will be fine.

Let them eat graham crackers! Hungry kids who forget their lunch in the Reynolds School District will get just crackers and milk after the school board ended its unrestricted free breakfast and lunch programs. No soup for you, kid!

The Oregonian got two recent stains: one for getting a career Starbucks barista fired when columnist S. Renee Mitchell wrote Aug. 17 about a racist cartoon the woman had drawn on the Southwest 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street store’s chalkboard. That was then was followed by Mitchell’s column last weekend that the barista shouldn’t have been canned. The second screw-up? The paper hasn’t pulled its multipart ATV series off the Web—even after Columbia Journalism Review lambasted the daily for using botched statistics in the report.

 
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