PORTLAND, Ore. — Feb. 13, 2020: Willamette Week article

32 Reasons to Love Portland Right Now
By Matthew Singer

In the papers yearly Valentine to the Rose City, our high-pant wearing aficionado, Maggie Vespa, was the number six reason to love Portland right now.

Vespa saw Jeffrey's DM and raised him an on-air rebuttal, speaking to the uniquely female pressure to present an image of physical attractiveness at all times.

Feb. 12, 2020: book recommendation

Tightrope: Americans reaching for hope
By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn 

"With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us deep into an 'other America.' The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof’s old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. And while these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia."

Feb. 10, 2020: KGW article

Man battling Alzheimer's pairs with pianist to save a life's worth of original songs
By Laural Porter

A very happy 50th anniversary to Steve and Joni Goodwin. Steve spent years composing songs for his wife and daughters when an Alzheimer’s diagnosis almost stole all those original works away. Their love story is worth your time today.

And for Joni, Alzheimer's was taking part of the soul of the man she loves. "I felt we were going to lose not just my best friend, but his music," said Joni. Steve's family was heartbroken, until Melissa confided in her good friend, Naomi LaViolette, who happened to be a professional pianist with perfect pitch.

Feb. 7, 2020: Oregonian article

U.S. Bank employee says she was fired after Christmas Eve act of kindness
By Samantha Swindler

These series of articles from Swindler caught the attention of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof who wrote about the incident in the Times.

A Portland U.S. Bank employee said she was fired after giving $20 of her own money to a customer who was broke and stranded at a gas station on Christmas Eve. The man she helped called her firing "ridiculous." "I was a customer of U.S.

Jan. 30, 2020: OPB article

A 1st-Of-Its-Kind Affordable Housing Community For Native Americans Opens In Portland
By Erica Morrison

"The new community is called Nesika Illahee, which means “Our Place” in the Chinook language.

“It’s an innovative project that has never been done before. No one has ever used Indian Block Grant funds in order to fund a project or create a preference for Native Americans in off-reservation urban setting.” 

If you drive down Northeast 42nd Street in Portland's Cully Neighborhood you may come across a sight that has become very familiar: a shiny new apartment building in a changing neighborhood. But this building is special. It's a 59-unit affordable housing complex developed to address the disproportionate rate of homelessness among Native Americans in Portland.

Jan, 28, 2020: The Conversation article

The dramatic dismissal of a landmark youth climate lawsuit might not close the book on that case
By Mary Wood and Michael C. Blumm

In this article, an University of Oregon law professor and a Lewis & Clark law professor team up to explain what is at stake and lay out what's next for this lawsuit.

Jan. 20, 2020: The New York Times Magazine article

Shadow of a Doubt 
by Emily Bazelon

"Louisiana and Oregon are the only states (along with Puerto Rico) that have deviated from unanimous jury convictions," the article says.

Learn the history behind the 1934 change to Oregon's constitution to allow a 10-out-of-12 rule for jury convictions for all crimes except first-degree murder.

When Mi Wha Morrison sat on the jury of a murder trial, in February 2011, the testimony that mattered most came from the prosecution's single eyewitness, Emma Bourgoyne. The jurors listened to Bourgoyne say she was sitting in the passenger seat of a car her husband was driving, on a November day nearly seven years earlier, when the couple stopped at a red light near a highway exit in New Orleans.