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Spam in a book

When I attended college at the University of Oregon (yes, I’m a duck), I could never understand why the journalism school housed classes in both newsgathering and public relations. After all, one discipline uncovers implausible…


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Murder and the vast right-wing conspiracy

The tragic event that unfolded last weekend in Arizona was the entirely predictable outcome of the often violent rhetoric that is typical of the right-wing extremists who are trying to seize control of our government….



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Map of toxic air in Portland

Portland often finds itself on lists of the nation’s  – or the world’s – most livable cities. But such rankings rarely take into account the deadly toxics that are dumped into Portland’s air by cars or factories. The…




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Examining ESCO’s ‘no harm’ Claims

Carter Webb, manager of safety and environment for ESCO Inc., the corporation that owns two steel foundries at the northern edge of the Northwest neighborhood, acknowledges that his company’s air emissions have created some enemies…