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A Book Reading That Breaks Out in Song

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Piano music is not usually the sound of a book reading about to begin but Portland author Marc Acito is no ordinary reader.

He spent 10 years as a professional opera singer and his novel -- How I paid for College -- is subtitled: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theatre.

Emphasis, he says, on the musical theatre part.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Governor Signs Elderly Protections Bill

Court Rules Live Sex Shows Are Protected Speech

Oregon Landmark Added to National List

Posted by Michael Clapp

Is It 'Assisted Suicide' or 'Aid in Dying'?

0928_court2.jpgIf the U.S. Senate confirms John Roberts as Chief Justice, one of the first cases he'll hear is the Bush administration's challenge to the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

Oral arguments before the US Supreme Court are scheduled for next week.

In advance of the big day, right to die advocates held a conference call with reporters Wednesday asking them not to use the most common term for the procedure allowed by the Death with Dignity Act.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

With Winter at the Door, Energy Prices Keep Rising

Proposals Aimed At Bringing Parents Into Schools

Sen. Wyden Announces He Will Vote for Roberts

Posted by Michael Clapp

More Protection or Less for Endangered Species?

027_eagle.jpgSupporters of a Congressional bill, the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act, say it reauthorizes the 32-year old Endangered Species Act and makes it more productive.

But opponents say H.R. 3824 essentially destroys the landmark environmental law.

The House of Representatives is expected to debate the measure later this week, as Ley Garnett reports.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Families Mourn Oregon Guardsmen Killed in Afghanistan

Homeless Count Finds Many Children

Oregon AFL-CIO Cuts Staff

Hidden Treasures: Mrs. Parmeter's Klan Quilt

Posted by Michael Clapp

City's Battle With Enron Far From Over Leonard Says

Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard says the city's fight with Enron is not over.

He says last week's council resolution, seeking financial information from Portland General Electric, is just the latest chapter.

As Ley Garnett reports, Leonard made the comments at a national public power convention in Portland Monday.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Northwest Farmers Raising Acres of Worms

Disaster in Gulf Boosts NW Oyster Profits

Gay Marriage Ban Challenge Goes To Court

Oregon Volunteers Reach Out To Help Hurricane Victims

Posted by Michael Clapp

You Wanna Build a Bridge? You Gotta Pay the Toll

0922_sellwood.jpgMultnomah County is looking for private sector help to replace the Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River in southeast Portland.

The county Thursday appointed Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey to work with ODOT.

As Ley Garnett reports, the plan is to take advantage of a new public-private mechanism called the Innovative Partnerships Program.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Salem Amber Alert Was Based On False Report

Families Sue Over First Strike Firefighters Crash

Education Officials Failing at Scoring Tests

NW Drought Emergency Eases, But Some Farmers Struggle

Posted by Michael Clapp

On The Trail Of The Mythical 'Exploratory Committee'

Several candidates are in the early stages of jockeying for their party's nomination for Oregon governor next year.

One common status announced by hopefuls in recent weeks is the formation of an "exploratory committee" for a potential gubernatorial bid. But just what is an exploratory committee?

As Colin Fogarty found out, it depends on who you ask.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Katrina Blows Tulane Students All The Way To Corvallis

Oregon Relief Groups Ready for Rita

Portland Council Wants Information on PGE's Rates

Katrina Offers A Teaching Moment for NW Charities

Posted by Michael Clapp

State Archivist Retiring After 20 Years Tracking Oregon's History

0921_archives2.jpgMention archives to most people and you're likely to provoke a mental image of stacks of dusty boxes piled up to the ceiling in a non-descript warehouse.

For Roy Turnbaugh, that's exactly how things looked when he took over as state archivist 20 years ago. But by the time Turnbaugh retired this month, the job and the whole concept of a public records archive had changed dramatically.

Kristian Foden-Vencil spoke with Turnbaugh just before he retired last week.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Seeking a Solution to Oregon's Health Care Problems

Spending Cap Initiative May Make Oregon Ballot

Fewer Screeners Won't Mean Longer Lines TSA Official Promises

Posted by Michael Clapp

Clackamas County Considering Hamlets and Villages

People living in unincorporated parts of Clackamas are invited to visit their county government Monday -- to learn how to enhance their influence on local politicians.

The main aim of the meeting is to gather community leaders and invite them to form official 'villages' or 'hamlets.'

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, it's a new idea for Oregon and doesn't sit well with some.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Place Your Gorge Casino Bets Tonight

Judge Rules on Sex Abuse Counseling Sessions

Gresham Prepares for Industry in Springwater

Posted by Michael Clapp

Few Traces Remain of the Lewis & Clark Exposition

0915_forestrybdg.jpgThis fall, Oregon is celebrating the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark Expedition's arrival in the Pacific Northwest in 1805.

But an event getting less attention is Portland's centennial celebration back 1905.

The Lewis and Clark Exposition attracted 1.7 million visitors at a time when Portland was about the size of present day Salem.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

ONE: The Musical

Portland Evacuee Center to Remain Open

Posted by Michael Clapp

Polishing Our National Crown Jewels

0914_craterlake.jpgFive years ago, President Bush pledged to erase the maintenance backlog in America's National Parks.

The President has increased funding, but overall, critics say the nation's crown jewels are deteriorating.

One Republican member of Congress is so concerned he's holding hearings around the nation. His latest stop? Bellevue, Washington.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Council Considers Registering Lobbyists

Commentary: When Moving is a Luxury

The Dalai Lama's Affect on Idaho

State Creates First Elderly Suicide Prevention Program

Portland Offers Help to New Orleans Musicians

Posted by Michael Clapp

Matsutake Season Draws Thousands to the Forest

0912_mushrooms.jpgAs the summer recedes and rain begins to moisten the woods, Oregon's higher altitude forests bloom with all kinds of mushrooms--morels, shitake and chanterelles.

But the fungi that captures the imagination of those in-the-know' is the Matsutake.

The commercial matsutake mushroom picking season opened Monday in Oregon's Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Umpqua, and Willamette National Forests.

The harvest has grown into quite an event, with hundreds of pickers gathering from all over the world.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Hearings Could Explore Roberts' Take on Assisted Suicide

Some Evacuees Come to Portland on Their Own

Portlander Helps FEMA Get the Word Out

Study Finds Spill Increased Salmon Survival Rate

The Dalai Lama Marks 9-11 Anniversary in Idaho

Posted by Michael Clapp

Portland Designers Prepare for Fashion Week

0908_fashion1.jpgWhile New York and Paris get all the attention during Fall Fashion Week, Portland designers are also staging their own shows in a flurry of activity that kicked off Wednesday night.

With fifteen big fashion shows in ten days, with smaller shows at local boutiques, Portland designers are aiming to get on the fashion map.

OPB's Pete Springer wanted to know who's behind this burgeoning fashion scene.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Portland May Get 500 Evacuees on Saturday

Mediations Break Down in Woodburn Priest Abuse Cases

9-11 Observance Strives for Better Understanding

Salvage Logging the B&B Complex Fire

STREB Aims for 'Pure Action'

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Chief Justice Wallace Carson to Retire

0907_carson.jpgOregon Supreme Court chief justice Wallace Carson says he plans to retire at the end of his term next year. He's led Oregon's highest court since 1991.

Often Supreme Court justices retire from the bench mid-term, allowing the governor to appoint a replacement who then runs for election. But Carson's retirement leaves a rare open seat on the state Supreme Court.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Mercy Corps Brings Expertise to Gulf Coast
Cracking Down on Meth Trafficking

State Gathers Donations, Waits for Word on Evacuees

Gore Gives Encore Speech on Global Warming

Posted by Michael Clapp

Both Sides of Assisted-Suicide Case Confident About Court

0906_roberts.jpgThe U.S. Supreme Court now has two vacancies, after chief Justice William Rehnquist died over the weekend and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement earlier.

It's not clear what that means for Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The Bush administration's challenge to the one-of-a-kind law comes before the high court next month.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Portland Prepares for Evacuees

Evacuees or Refugees?

Northwest Natural Disaster Would be Earthquake

Commission Begins Review of Legislature

Spokane School Caught in Budget Crosshairs

Commentary: Serious Play

Posted by Michael Clapp

Three Bridges Project Pedaling Towards Completion

0901_bridges.jpgSummertime puts a lot more people on their bikes, and work is underway on a missing link in metro Portland's nationally renowned bicycle trail system.

When it's completed, the Three Bridges Project will provide cyclists with an easy ride between Boring near Mt. Hood and the bike trails of the Sellwood neighborhood in southeast Portland.

Ley Garnett went to the scene for this construction update.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Idaho Six Year-Old Trains for Rodeo Glory

A Profile of Archbishop William Levada

Oregonians Respond to Calls for Help on the Gulf Coast

Commentary: A Prophetic Tale in New Orleans

Posted by Michael Clapp