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Tourists flee Yosemite wild fire

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Friday, August 23, 2013

BBC: A huge wildfire near Yosemite National Park in California has forced scores of tourists to flee during peak season and is threatening thousands of homes.

 

Microsoft CEO Ballmer to retire within 12 months

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Reuters: Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer unexpectedly announced his retirement on Friday.

 

Seattle pushing for $15 minimum wage

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

AP: Washington has the nation's highest state minimum wag at $9.19 per hour, and there is a push to make it $15 in Seattle.

 

Chains falling out of fashion with teens

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reuters: Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale,and American Eagle Outfitters have fallen out of fashion with fickle U.S. teen shoppers and aren't likely to win back their business anytime soon.

 

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

CNN.com: The U.S. Army soldier sentenced this week to 35 years in prison for leaking 750,000 pages of classified documents said Thursday he will seek hormone therapy and live as a female named Chelsea.

 

Apple fans gear up for September iPhone launch

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ABC News: Apple is rumored to be releasing two iPhones at its annual September iPhone event this year.

 

Manning gets 35 years in Wikileaks trial

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Reuters: U.S. soldier Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for turning over 700,000 classified files to Wikileaks.

 

Detroit has nearly 50,000 stray dogs

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bloomberg: Bankrupt Detroit has nearly 50,000 stray dogs roaming its streets and vacant homes.

 

Labor Day travel expected to hit 5-year high

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bloomberg: Consumer confidence is expected to boost the number of Americans traveling for the Labor Day weekend to a five-year high.

 

People call 911 when cable outage makes them miss 'Breaking Bad'

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fox News: When a power outage knocked out cable service in parts of Connecticut, many viewers called 911 because they couldn't watch Breaking Bad.

 

Looters burn mummies in Egyptian museum

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MSN: Looters store a 3,500-year-old statue and more than 1,000 other artifacts from the Malawi Museum.

 

New Jersey banning gay conversion therapy

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Reuters: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into a law a measure that prevents therapists from counseling gay and lesbian children to change their sexual orientation.

 

Budweiser number one beverage behind ER visits

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Monday, August 19, 2013

CBS: Budweiser is the number one beverage behind alcohol-related emergency room visits.

 
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Small business sales go big

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BY BRANDON SAWYER

Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

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Why I became an educator

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How can we strengthen the performance of institutions charged with teaching what Francis Fukuyama calls the social virtues (reciprocity, moral obligation, duty toward community, and trust) necessary for successful markets and democracy itself?


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Wheel man

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BY LINDA BAKER

Les Schwab has put a premium on customer service since 1952, when legendary namesake Les Schwab founded the company with one store in Prineville. (Schwab died in 2007.) But if the corporate principles remain essentially the same, the world around this iconic Oregon business has changed dramatically.


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Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

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Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


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Green eyeshades in the ivory tower

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The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?


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Buy the book

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Oregon is home not only to many fine writers but also several accomplished small publishers.


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The 2014 List: The Top 33 Large Companies to Work, For in Oregon

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