Salem's prisons affect city

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Salem's prisons have often been blamed for generating crime and social problems in the surrounding city.

 

OSU looks to restore 4-H

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Oregon State University is holding public forums to discuss restoring Lane County's 4-H program.

 

GoDaddy experiences sweeping outages

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Thousands of websites hosted by GoDaddy.com went down for hours on Monday, affecting mostly small businesses that use the service.

 

Most jobs added by state are temporary

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Most jobs added by Oregon state government since the recession have been temporary.

 

Reactions to casino mixed

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Medford residents have mixed reactions about a proposed casino resort.

 

Multnomah County to examine coal health hazards

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The Multnomah County health department plans to review potential health hazards from coal trains that will pass through the county on the way to new export terminals.

 

Bend added to list of improving housing markets

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The National Association of Home Builders added Bend to its list of improving housing markets. 

 
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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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Free Falling

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The implosion of the energy complex: The best thing for low oil prices is low oil prices.


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Election Season

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

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Powerbook Perspective

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Friday, December 12, 2014
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A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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See How They Run

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Studying ground-running birds, a group that ranks among nature's speediest and most agile bipedal runners, to build a faster robot.


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The Bookseller

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Everyone knows college is expensive, but a look at the numbers brings that into sharp — and painful — focus.


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