If You're Worried About Genetically Modified Food, Read This

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We don't know if the corn in this photo was genetically modified. We do know that Saturday, March 26, Oregon will be among a dozen spots taking part in a nationwide protest against Monsanto by people who want labeling of GMOs and factory-farmed animal products as well as independent, long-term studies done on the safety of GMOs. The noon rally on March 26 in Salem outside the Capitol targets Monsanto, the ...   More
 
Thursday, March 17, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

Kroger Shuts Down Debt Lawyer Derrick McGavic

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Oregon Attorney General John Kroger announced today he is shutting down a Eugene lawyer's firm over complaints about its debt-collection practices.The lawyer, Derrick McGavic, was featured in a 2008 WW news story about lawsuits filed against McGavic alleging violations of the 1978 Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.“At a time when many Oregonians are struggling to manage their debt, the Department ...   More
 
Thursday, March 17, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

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The earthquake that struck Japan last week was the fourth largest since 1900, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  A magnitude 9.0 quake, the March 11 event spawned a tsunami, left hundred   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

David Wu Refuses to Release October 2010 Correspondence

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One of the more curious elements of the story surrounding U.S. Rep. David Wu is the series of bizarre emails the Democratic congressman sent staffers in the early-morning hours of Oct. 30 just days before Wu's re-election.Sent from Wu's congressional BlackBerry in the voice of his 11- and 13-year-old children, the emails were in fact written by the congressman. Wu admitted he wrote the emails after ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

David Wu Tells Donors "I Am in a Good Place Now"

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Almost one month after reports surfaced about U.S. Rep. David Wu's odd behavior in October 2010, the Democratic lawmaker continues to do damage control. This afternoon, the seven-term congressman sent an email message to supporters from his David Wu for Congress account. That email printed below repeats many of the messages Wu has made to television and some print reporters in Oregon. Wu continues ...   More
 
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Kroger Hires Business Advisor

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Attorney General John Kroger today announced the hiring of a business advisor. Since the economy tanked, virtually every elected official has become an economic development officer—witness newly elected Metro Council President Tom Hughes heading overseas to scout for jobs. But Kroger's foray into the field may be the greatest example of mission creep to date (although he's clearly got business leaders ...   More
 
Monday, March 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Health Authority: No Danger to Oregonians from Japan Radiation

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Answering a looming question from the ongoing catastrophe in Japan, the Oregon Health Authority announced this afternoon that radiation from potential nuclear meltdowns there poses no threat to Oregonians.In a news release, state Public Health Director Mel Kohn says the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave the all-clear."Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the ...   More
 
Monday, March 14, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon Energy Department Investigation Result Delayed Again

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A Marion County judge ruled last week on an arcane but important point in the ongoing battle over the results of an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into contracting practices at the state Department of Energy.The Justice Department announced Dec. 29 that it would not charge any of the four agency employees involved in a contract with the engineering firm R.W. Beck with official misconduct. ...   More
 
Monday, March 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ACLU National President: Portland's JTTF Stance "A Very Good Type of Weirdness"

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While we're waiting for City Hall's next, next move in the debate on whether to rejoin the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, a civil-rights heavyweight weighed in on the issue Friday in Portland. Susan Herman, the national president of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the City Club of Portland the question presents some "very challenging issues of accountability and secrecy."Herman did not ...   More
 
Saturday, March 12, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Students Rally Against Wisconsin Union Bill

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More than 100 people gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square this afternoon to show solidarity with thousands of Wisconsin students who participated in a walk-out today to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill.The bill, which the Republican governor signed into law today, limits collective bargaining rights for most unionized public employee workers in Wisconsin. In Portland, students ...   More
 
Friday, March 11, 2011 AILIN DARLING

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