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U.S. sues Lance Armstrong

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CNN.com: The Justice Department late Tuesday formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars that the U.S. Postal Service spent to sponsor the cycling team.

 

Europe's roots revealed with DNA study

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BBC: Scientists examined DNA from 40 ancient skeletons in Central Europe to gain new insights into the populations that formed the modern Europe.

 

Israel accuses Syria of using chemical weapons

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New York Times: Israel's senior military intelligence analyst says that Syria has repeatedly used chemical weapons in the last month.

 

Violin from Titanic to be put up for auction

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CBSnews: Movies about the Titanic often feature a poignant musisc scene and now the real band leader's violin could go up for auction.

 

Netflix on the rebound

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Reuters: Netflix Inc shares shot up 24 percent on Tuesday to their highest level since September 2011

 

NASA plans moon base

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Space Industry News: NASA and Bigelow Aerospace are in the planning phases for a moon base.

 

Girl scouts introduce game design

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Salon.com: Moving beyond cookies, the Girl Scouts have set their sights on closing the gender gap in the gaming industry.

 

Boston suspect responds in writing

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Monday, April 22, 2013

CBSnews: The surviving Boston bombing suspect is conscious and responding in writing to authorities.

 

Oregon juror jailed for texting during trial

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Fox: An Oregon judge held a juror in contempt for texting during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial.

 

Storms deluge midwest

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Friday, April 19, 2013

AP: Parts of the Midwest were soaked by heavy rains this week, with some towns hurriedly building sandbag levees to protect homes and businesses.

 

Boston on lockdown as manhunt continues

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Friday, April 19, 2013

NBC.com: Boston and its suburbs, universities and transit system were on total lockdown Friday as police hunted for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- on the loose after his accomplice brother was killed

 

Google pushes Chrome to boost business adoption

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pentagon Post: Google is working to increase Chrome browser use for businesses.

 

Where the world's poorest people live

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

WSJ.com: The world’s poorest people are now concentrated most heavily in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 
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Corner Office: Pam Edstrom

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits of information from an agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego.


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Leading with the right brain

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014
120914-manderson-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.


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Old school: Paulsen's Pharmacy maintains old fashion ethos

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VIDEO: Under the radar — complete with a soda counter, the traditional Paulsen's Pharmacy looks to compete with big box retailers.


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Justice for All

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


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Streetfight

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Sunday, December 07, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

On Friday, Uber switched on an app — and with one push of the button torpedoed Portland’s famed public process.


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Behind the curtain: What students should know about accreditation and rankings

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120414-edurating-thumbBY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

How important are institutional and/or program evaluations provided by third parties in selecting a college or university program?


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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