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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.