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2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Shelby Wood, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Aug. 1--Portlanders love doing it themselves. The DIY route often is cheaper, more original and less toxic: think backyard gardens, local microbrews and handmade crafts at Saturday Market. But when it comes to washing a car, it's better to see a professional. Oregon's rivers and streams will be healthier for it. The message runs counter to the bad rap that commercial carwashes still fight, nearly 20 years after the federal Clean Water...

2008-08-01 15:00:14

By Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Aug. 1--It's been a long time coming -- 30 million to 50 million years, by one way of looking at it. But Sunday afternoon marks the groundbreaking for the Paleo Lands Field Center in Fossil, an eastern Oregon town looking to brighten its future by inviting visitors to revel in the past. The field center will serve as a hub for tourists exploring the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, including the much-photographed Painted Hills....

2008-07-29 15:00:54

By Laura Gunderson, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 29--Summer's when most shoppers cruise the meat counter looking for ribs, ground beef and chicken to grill. But this year, roasts are enjoying their time in the sun. A few local butchers and grocery chains say pork and beef roast sales are up over last year as consumers search out cheaper cuts that can provide enough meat for several meals. The emerging trend is one of the more interesting twists, retailers say, in a more...

2008-07-29 15:00:42

By Dana Tims, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 29--Lake Oswego's City Council members will meet in executive session this morning to figure out what to do now that talks have broken down with the contractor on the city's $100 million project to replace an aging sewer line on the bottom of Oswego Lake. Negotiations between the city and Barnard Construction of Bozeman, Mont., were halted when the two sides couldn't agree on a maximum price for the so-called Lake Oswego Interceptor...

2008-07-29 12:00:49

By Dana Tims, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 28--A city of Lake Oswego plan to dump tons of Oswego Lake sediment on a site near Luscher Farm Park, the jewel of Lake Oswego's open spaces, has some residents surprised and concerned about its environmental impact. The city is considering taking 19,000 cubic yards of sediment, dredged as part of the city's $100 million sewer construction project underneath Oswego Lake, to city-owned property just east of Luscher Farm. The sediment,...

2008-07-28 12:00:57

By Kimberly Melton, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 26--A s high school graduation approached, Emily Flock of Portland didn't know how to explain to her parents that she was burned out, wrung out, tired of classroom walls and college-level coursework. "I just knew I did not want to go to school right now," said Flock, 18. "I was tired of learning in a classroom. I want to immerse myself in the hands-on, real world." Flock and a close friend will spend the next year building homes...

2008-07-25 18:00:57

By Bill Graves, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 25--Oregon's college savings board agreed Thursday to explore adding a socially responsible investment option to the three savings plans that the state already sponsors. Michael Parker, executive director for Oregon's college savings plan, will research the funds and the experiences of states such as California and Illinois that offer the option. The five-member board, chaired by state Treasurer Randall Edwards, met Thursday in...

2008-07-24 18:00:54

By Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 24--SALEM -- Your daily routine -- switching on a light, cooking a meal, driving down the street -- would generate less greenhouse gases under a first-of-its-kind regional strategy to curb global warming unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol. The strategy emerged from the Western Climate Initiative, an alliance of Western states -- including Oregon and Washington -- and Canadian provinces trying to jump ahead of any federal move to...

2008-07-24 18:00:35

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 24--One of the great fish surprises in years has landed in the Northwest: Sockeye salmon, an ocean-going species that starts and ends its life hundreds of river miles inland, have swum their way up the Columbia River this summer in numbers unseen in five decades. No one knows exactly why. Some say it's because federal courts ordered the release of extra water over dams in 2006 and 2007 to make passage easier when the fish were young...

2008-07-23 15:01:19

A victim of a convicted serial rapist never wants to see him released from prison, she told the Portland Oregonian while recounting her experience. Renee M. Smith was 17 in 1980 when Richard Gillmore allegedly broke into her home and made her his fourth victim. It wasn't until 1986 however that police charged Gillmore with the rape of a 13-year-old girl. Once arrested, he confessed to seven earlier rapes, including that of Smith, who testified at his sentencing and has now come forward to...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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