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Study: foods rich in fish oils may not benefit heart

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bloomberg: Researchers found that foods high in omega-3 do not reduce the risk of heart disease.

 

Obama issues new sanctions against Russia

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Monday, March 17, 2014

New York Times: President Obama has imposed sanctions on key individuals deemed responsible for the current crisis in Ukraine.

 

Flu risk cut by 'vigorous exercise'

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Monday, March 17, 2014

BBC: New data suggests that a minimum of two and a half hours of vigorous exercise per week decreases the chance of developing influenza.

 

Facebook CEO phoned Obama about NSA

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Friday, March 14, 2014

CNET: Mark Zuckerberg feels the National Security Agency overstepped its boundaries.

 

Science supports '5-second rule' for dropped food

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Forbes: A new study found some truth to the "five-second rule," which suggests it's safe to consume food that has touched the floor as long as its within the five-second limit.

 

Amazon increases Prime fee

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

CNET: Amazon will raise the membership price for Prime premium service from $79 to $99 per year.

 

U.S. plan for reduced drug sentences

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

BBC: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder supports a proposal to shorten prison sentences for most drug dealers.

 

Overtime pay to reach more workers

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bloomberg: Under President Barack Obama's executive order, some U.S. workers deemed ineligible for overtime compensation will be able to collect extra pay.

 

Google buys Green Throttle Games

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BBC: Google purchased the games controller firm for an undisclosed amount.

 

Cancer to become No. 1 killer in U.S.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CNN: A new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology states cancer as the leading cause of death in 16 years.

 

Bitcoin firm wins brief U.S. bankruptcy protection

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BBC: Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy in Japan in February after losing about $473 million work of customers' bitcoins.

 

Rival banana firms to merge

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Monday, March 10, 2014

BBC: Irish fruit firm Fyffes and U.S. brand Chiquita will merge to create the world's largest banana company, worth about $1 billion.

 

Blood test predicts Alzheimer's disease

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Monday, March 10, 2014

CNN: Researchers have developed a blood test that will predict whether a healthy person will develop the disease.

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

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
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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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER

Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


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Political Clout

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

Businesses spend billions of dollars each year trying to influence political decision makers by piling money into campaigns.


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Growing a mobility cluster

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Friday, October 31, 2014
0414 bikes bd2f6052BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Why are there so few transportation startups in Portland?  The city’s leadership in bike, transit and pedestrian transportation has been well-documented.  But that was then — when government and nonprofits paved the way for a new, less auto centric way of life.


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The short list: 4 companies engaged in a battle of the paddles

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
pingpongthumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Nothing says startup culture like a ping pong table in the office, lounge or lobby.


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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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