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Judge Rules Same-Sex Couples in Oregon Can Marry

A federal judge rules Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates individuals' constitutional rights.


Same-sex couples in Oregon won the right to marry today, after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled the state's 10-year-old ban violates citizens’ constitutional rights. "I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing less than our own families," McShane writes in his landmark ruling. "Families who we would exp...   More
Monday, May 19, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

"We Do!": Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying in Multnomah County


Dozens of couples began receiving marriage licenses at the Multnomah County building today, minutes after U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane overturned the Oregon ban on same-sex marriage.

People gathered outside the coun...   More
Monday, May 19, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Judge to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Opinion Monday


Oregonians will find out Monday whether the state will be ordered to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene notified the court today that he plans to issue an opinion at noon on Monday, May 19, in response to a motion for summary judgement in the case of four same-sex couples    More
Friday, May 16, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Fourth Member of "Psychic" Family Arraigned For Swindling Local Timber Heir


A California man who allegedly bought luxury cars and properties across Oregon, and splurged on trips to Vegas with money stolen from a third generation tree farm owner, turned himself in to federal agents today.  Blancey Lee, 39, is charged with nine counts of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy alongside Rachel Lee, 43, and her daughter, Porsha Lee, 24, who...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

A Fortune Felled

A decade of deception against a local Timber heir is the largest “sweetheart” scam investigators say they’ve seen.

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Ralph Raines Jr. led a fantasy life. At 66, the heir to a third-generation Washington County logging company had once faced the prospect of a lonely existence. He was without close family and, a   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Won't Pursue Ballot Measure Allowing Businesses to Refuse Service


Opponents of same-sex marriage have suspended plans to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would allow businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples seeking to wed, the campaign announced Friday.Current law allows clergy to refuse to marry same-sex couples, but does not allow businesses to refuse service to someone based on sexual orientation.The campaign, Friends of Religiou...   More
Friday, May 9, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Three UO Basketball Players Suspended After Being Investigated for Rape; DA Won't Prosecute


The University of Oregon has suspended three basketball players who have been under investigation for forcibly raping a woman in a bathroom, according to a story reported Monday by the UO student newspaper, the Emerald a...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Transgender Inmate in Ohio Seeks Treatment In Case Parallel to Oregon Inmate's Fight


An inmate is Ohio is fighting the state's prison system to continue providing hormone treatment for her diagnosis of gender dysphoria—the clinical term for someone who is transgender. Whitney Lee, who was born a male, began taking estrogen in 1999. But when she landed in a male prison in 2012, the state psychiatrist took away her drugs, the Associated Press    More
Friday, May 2, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Central City Concern Warns At-Risk Clients a Former Employee Might Have Stolen Their Tax Returns


One of the city’s largest nonprofits serving homeless Portlanders sent warning letters this week to clients who might have had their tax refunds stolen by a former employee. Central City Concern provides Portland’s homeless with healthcare, recover resources, and transitional housing, and helps them find permanent housing and jobs. The letters warned that the former employee may...   More
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Attorney General Email Scam Demands Payments on Fake Loans


The Oregon attorney general is often the state official whose supposed to be hunting down consumer scams. But AG Ellen Rosenblum said today her name and official seal have been hijacked in an email scam seeking to bilk people who might have outstanding debt.
The scam email comes from "Mrs. Ellen F. Rosenblum" using an address that takes a stab at legitimacy: lawoffice_gov@mail.com.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

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