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2008-06-27 15:02:33

By Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 26--Gary Soderstrom had just got off the Columbia River after a long night of fishing Wednesday morning when he heard that the Supreme Court had slashed the money coming to him. Soderstrom, who lives in Clatskanie, was among the thousands of fishermen who once were to share $5 billion in damages Exxon Mobil was told to pay for devastation caused by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. But Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme...

2008-06-26 12:03:04

By Amy Hsuan, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 25--Seven weeks after Oregon's oldest forest products company closed its doors, workers left unemployed by the Pope & Talbot bankruptcy will return to work at the Halsey mill starting this week. By Tuesday, more than half of the 180 workers displaced by the mill's closure last month said they intended to go back, said Leon Harlson, the mill's former union president. The rehiring of the workers could require the mill's new...

2008-06-20 18:00:30

By Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 20--Oregon students will have to pass state reading, math and writing tests, or prove they have the equivalent skills, to get a high school diploma, beginning with this fall's freshmen. Thursday's unanimous decision by the Oregon Board of Education also requires students to give three speeches that meet state standards. The new requirements -- three years in the making -- will set off a scramble to make sure students know the...

2008-06-20 18:00:16

By Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 20--With millions of acres of overgrown Oregon forests at desperate risk of wildfires, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Thursday advanced an outline of legislation aimed at permanently protecting old-growth trees while also promoting sustainable logging. That combination has long been an elusive Holy Grail of public-land forestry in the Northwest. Intense old-growth logging through the 1980s led to a public and legal backlash that...

2008-06-20 18:00:12

By Brent Hunsberger, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 20--Nike is trying to win friends on Facebook, testing a program that aims to link basketball players with pick-up games, leagues, one another and the Swoosh. "Ballers Network" allows hoopsters on the 80-million-member social networking site to organize, find and track pick-up basketball games and leagues. Still in test mode, the application maps basketball courts, and ballplayers can use the program to post bios, invite friends...

2008-06-20 18:00:04

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 20--Bye-bye to free Wi-Fi. MetroFi Inc. has confirmed to Portland officials that it plans to turn off the city's Wi-Fi network at the end of the month, putting an end to the troubled, city-backed experiment in providing universal Internet access. The news is no surprise: The project has been plagued by technical problems since its launch in December 2006. Contractor MetroFi stopped construction last fall, with the network less...

2008-06-19 18:00:12

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 19--Hewlett-Packard Co. said Wednesday that it plans to overhaul its hugely profitable printer division, cutting costs as it pursues new markets. The company declined to detail how its changes would affect jobs in the printer group, which is the focal point of HP's substantial operations in the Northwest. "We're going to rebalance the work force as necessary to match the new structure," Ryan Donovan, an HP spokesman, said at the...

2008-06-18 15:00:27

By Jonathan Brinckman, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 18--A small airline is starting roundtrip service to Seattle -- eight round trips each weekday -- just as soaring fuel prices are causing larger carriers to scale back. On June 30, SeaPort Airlines' fleet of nine-passenger turbo-props will start its runs to and from a private terminal at Portland International Airport and Boeing Field, six miles south of downtown Seattle. It will make four round trips on weekend days. The...

2008-06-17 18:00:28

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 17--The rising fuel prices hobbling airlines claimed their first major casualties at Portland International Airport on Monday as Mexicana Airlines announced it will stop flights from PDX to Guadalajara and Mexico City on Sept. 2. Mexicana began serving Portland in 2003 when it launched the Guadalajara route, which grew from three to seven days a week. The airline added Mexico City flights a year ago this month, citing demographic...

2008-06-17 18:00:04

By Gail Kinsey Hill, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 17--Computer chipmaker Intel is jumping into green energy with a multimillion-dollar investment in a solar-cell manufacturer to be based in Hillsboro. Intel, the world's largest computer chipmaker and Oregon's largest private employer, announced Monday that it would lead a $50 million investment in SpectraWatt Inc., a startup that will make photovoltaic cells for solar modules. Intel declined to say how big a stake it will...


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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