From the Wires

Jay Leno bids farewell to 'The Tonight Show'

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Friday, February 07, 2014

CBS: After 22 years, Leno said goodbye to the late-night program Thursday.

 

Violent video games hold back 'moral maturity' in teens

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

BBC: A study in Canada found teenagers who played violent video games for long periods of time lacked empathy.

 

Subway to remove chemical from bread

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

USA Today: The sandwich chain is removing a chemical commonly used in shoe rubber from its bread.

 

Obamacare will reduce U.S. workforce

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

BBC: The Congressional Budget Office reports President Obama's health care law will cut the workforce by the equivalent of more than two million workers.

 

CVS Caremark Corp. to drop cigarettes

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Reuters: The major drugstore chain is the first to take tobacco products off its shelves in the United States.

 

World markets steady

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Reuters: Shares steadied after falling to a near four-month low as the emerging market sell-off bounced back.

 

Cancer cases to surge 57%

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

CNN: The World Health Organization reports that cancer cases are expected to rise 57% in the next 20 years.

 

Nelson Mandela leaves $4.1M estate

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Reuters: The former South African president left the estate to his family members, the ruling African National Congress, former staff and local schools.

 

Abortion rate at lowest since 1973

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Washington Post: A study reports the U.S. abortion rate decreased to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women in 2011.

 

Microsoft to name Satya Nadella as next CEO

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Bloomberg: The software maker's board is preparing to name Satya Nadella the new chief executive officer.

 

Amanda Knox awaits murder trial verdict again

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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Atlantic: The former exchange student was convicted of the 2007 murder of her former roommate, overturning the 2011 acquittal.

 

California Rep. Henry Waxman to retire

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Washington Post: Rep. Henry A. Waxman has decided to retire at the end of the congressional session.

 

New treatment could reduce children's peanut allergies

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek: An experimental therapy has helped more than 80 percent of children with peanut allergies safely consume a handful of peanuts.

 
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Two Sides of the Coin

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
22 twosidesBY JASON NORRIS

Historically, when the leaves fall, so do the markets. This year, earnings, Europe, energy and Ebola have in common? Beyond alliteration, they are four factors that the investors are pointing to for this year’s seasonal volatility.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
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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Old school: Paulsen's Pharmacy maintains old fashion ethos

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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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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A Complex Portrait: Immigration, Jobs and the Economy

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE & KIM MOORE

Oregon Business reports on the visa squeeze, the skills gap and foreign-born residents who are revitalizing rural Oregon.


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Powerbook Perspective

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Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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Election Season

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We didn’t intend this issue to have an election season theme. But politics has a way of seeping into the cracks and fissures.


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Corner Office: Timothy Mitchell

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

A look-in on the life of Norris & Stevens' president.


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