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2009-03-16 20:14:04

The Chinese Railways Ministry signed a deal Monday to buy 100 high-speed trains for $5.74 billion. The trains, capable of speeds up to 220 mph, will be built by CNR Corp., a state-owned vehicle manufacturer, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The 100 sets of high-speed trains are to begin traveling between Beijing and Shanghai in 2011, when construction of a new railway is expected to be completed.

2009-03-10 15:58:37

A Portland, Ore., artist said an XOXO sign posted near the Hawthorne Bridge is meant to set a positive tone for commuters on their way to work downtown. Ilan Laks, 36, who posted the message on a low-rise building near the bridge just before Valentine's Day, said his creation is designed to bring a little love into the morning rituals of commuters, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday. I want people to feel a little better before they get downtown and start thrashing around looking for...

2008-12-09 10:15:00

EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Manufacturers' News, Inc. -- Portland ranks among the top cities in the U.S. for number of manufacturing plants and related jobs, according to the 2009 Oregon Manufacturers Directory, an industrial guide published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI (http://www.manufacturersnews.com) reports Portland ranks 13th in the nation for number of manufacturers and 23rd for industrial jobs. (Logo:...

2008-09-13 00:00:30

The start of the 2009 session of the Oregon Legislature is months away, but transportation interests already appear to be jockeying for position when it comes to getting their pet projects out in front of legislators and the public. For Onno Husing, executive director of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association in Newport, one of those projects that legislators should tackle during their next session is coming up with money to help fix aging and neglected roads along the coast. Of...

2008-09-11 00:00:15

By Sam Bennett Portland's South Waterfront is known for its proximity to nature and its LEED certified buildings. Now the South Waterfront area has become the first urban neighborhood in the United States to achieve Salmon-Safe certification. Salmon-Safe's certification of South Waterfront means that the area exceeds state and federal regulatory commitments to protect the Willamette River and its urban tributaries. Salmon-Safe is a Portland based nonprofit certification organization....

2008-09-10 00:00:13

Ecology group Salmon-Safe, which works to aid in salmon spawning in restored watersheds, has designated South Waterfront as Portland's first 'salmon-safe' neighborhood. The emerging neighborhood received the designation for its developers' efforts to protect the nearby Willamette River and its tributaries. South Waterfront developers Gerding Edlen Development and Homer Williams utilized bioswales and other storm-water management techniques during the neighborhood's development to clean up...

2008-09-05 21:00:21

By JEFFREY MIZE State senators weren't brimming with enthusiasm Thursday for finding as much as $650 million to pay for the Columbia River Crossing project. "I know that Oregon is struggling with the same issue we are," Senate Transportation Chairwoman Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, said at the end of an hourlong presentation. "We don't have a lot of money. In fact, we have no money." Estimates presented to the Senate Transportation Committee, meeting at the Hilton Vancouver...

2008-08-04 15:00:45

By Tara Ballenger, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Aug. 4--When classes resume this fall, students from two Portland high schools can cross monthly transit passes off their back-to-school shopping lists. The pilot program will give all students at Franklin and Jefferson high schools free passes in September. If the program succeeds, it will move to other high schools in the district in January, said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. The passes will have no restrictions, so students...

2008-08-04 09:00:31

By Ryan LaFontaine, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 4--GULFPORT -- Large cranes are busy this week pulling more than 70,000 cubic yards of muck from the floor of the Small Craft Harbor, a necessary step if the city is to realize its dream of a world-class facility. The two-phase, harbor-dredging project should last well into the new year. Meantime, the new Gulfport Development Commission, a five-member panel assembled to solicit proposals from developers to build projects on city...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

By Michelle Dynes, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle Aug. 3--CHEYENNE -- City planning that reduces sprawl also reduces the environmental impacts of development. Smart--growth principles not only create attractive, walkable neighborhoods, but also minimize pollution and preserve natural lands. Dispersed planning encourages residents to drive instead of walk. Fewer roads decrease infrastructure costs. "We don't have the luxury to do sprawl development like we did in past decades," said Matt Ashby,...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'