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Leave Fiction To Novelists, They're Less Likely To Make It Up

When James Frey went on Oprah last week to admit he fictionalized portions of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, journalists, bloggers and other members of the reality-based community all called for higher accountability in publishing.

But what about the people who write fiction on purpose? Oregon novelist Marc Acito speaks up for the fantasy-based community.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Attorney General Looking Into Providence Breech
Northwest Snowpack Above Average
Obesity Epidemic Among Oregon Children
The Long Climb To A New Park

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Posted by Michael Clapp | Comments (1)

Wu To Face Young Challenger In Swingin' 1st District Race

0130_kittswu.jpgRepublicans have been trying to win Oregon's first Congressional district for 30 years. But Democrats have held on, even though Oregon's northwest corner is a traditional swing district.

Democratic Congressman David Wu is planning seek re-election again. But, 32-year-old Republican upstart, state Representative Derrick Kitts, hopes he can succeed where other GOP hopefuls have failed. Colin Fogarty has this profile of the race.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Eyman Attempts To Overturn Gay Rights Law
Critics Blast Eyman For Anti-Gay Rights Initiatives
Portland Quakes May Lead To Discovery of Geologic Fault
NW PUD's fight against Enron
Proposed Bend Resort Focus Of Heated Debate

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Renovation Puts Historic Armory On Center Stage

0126_armory2.jpgTheater-lovers have been working to raise more than $36 million to turn Portland's historic armory into a new home for Portland Center Stage.

Thursday they announced substantial new donations and took a group of backers and reporters for a brief tour.

Kristian Foden-Vencil donned a hard hat and has this report.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
E-Coli Outbreak Prompts Consideration Of 'Cow-Share' Rules
BPA Selects Replacements For Fish Passage Center
Wal-Mart Meets Resistance In Northwest Towns
State To Take 'Big Look' At Land-Use System

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Bend Debates Third Wal-Mart Store

0125_bend.jpgMulti-national corporation Wal-Mart expects to learn any day now whether its proposed super-store in Bend will get the go-ahead.

The hearings officer's decision looms as opponents of a third Bend Wal-Mart get ready to mark the one-year anniversary with a major demonstration next week.

Rob Manning visited the site of the possible store, and has this report.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Scientists See Dim Future For Salmon In Northwest
Providence Concerned About Stolen Customer Data
Ship Scrapping Idea Scrapped In Newport
Fake Sex Offender Notifications Cause Controversy in Washington Legislature

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Mt. St. Helens Grows New Dome

0124_volcano.jpgUp until this week Mt. St. Helens had been covered with clouds and heavy snow since mid-December.

Not only were visual observations impossible, ice and snow were blocking signals from some of the instruments that scientists use to monitor the volcano.

When the skies finally cleared, geologists first noticed that the new lava dome appears to have outgrown the old dome, as Ley Garnett reports.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Unanimous School Board Backs Jefferson Changes
WA Lawmaker Submits to GPS Tracking; Sex Offenders Next?
Idaho Ponders Tougher Child Care Licensing
Schwarzenegger Says Voters Should Decide Assisted Suicide Issue
Sen. Smith Thinks Oregon Law Is Safe From Congressional Tampering

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Weight-Loss Surgery Worth The Risk For Lebanon Woman


Despite recent findings that weight-loss surgery is more risky than once thought more and more Americans are deciding that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Last year an estimated 130,000 Americans had weight-loss surgery. One of them is a 46-year old woman from Lebanon, Oregon.

We first introduced you to her last summer when she had the surgery, now Mary Sawyers reports on her progress since getting out of the hospital.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Fish Passage Center Fighting For Its Life
Bend Plans For Growth As It Turns 100
Seahawks Score For The Bottom Line

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Posted by Michael Clapp | Comments (1)

Philomath Filmmaker's Hometown Documentary Plays At Sundance

0119_philomath.jpgA budding Northwest filmmaker hits the big time Friday when his first feature-length movie premieres at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Peter Richardson's documentary captures a showdown between the old guard and new arrivals in a small Oregon logging town. The conflict comes with a big money twist.

Correspondent Tom Banse visited the 26-year-old director in Corvallis.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Tentative Settlement Reached In State Hospital Suit
Kulongoski Questions Leavitt About Medicare Payments
California Blackouts Have Lasting Impact On PGE Customers

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Back To Work: A Soldier-To-Citizen Update

0112_work_vert.jpgAnywhere from ten to thirty percent of Northwest soldiers return from Iraq needing to look for work.

The numbers vary by region, depending on the job market.

A month ago, we brought you the story of one North Idaho man hoping to make the transition back to civilian life and employment. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has this update.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Assisted Suicide Foes Look To Congress
Heavy Rain Shows Flaws In Development Decisions
ODOT Moves Toward Toll Roads For New Projects
WSDA Finds E. Coli Cases Caused By Raw Milk

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Supreme Court Upholds Oregon's Death With Dignity Act

0117_scotus.jpgMore than 11 years after Oregon voters became the first in the nation to legalize physician-assisted suicide, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

In a 6 to 3 decision Tuesday Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft overstepped his authority in 2001 by threatening Oregon doctors with federal sanctions. Colin Fogarty reports.
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Physician-Assisted Suicide Advocates Happy

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Project Homeless Connect Offers Services
Oregon Coastal Coho To Stay Off Endangered Species List

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Posted by Michael Clapp

No Child Left Behind Program Seeks To Improve Reading First

0112_read.jpgIt was four years ago this week that President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law.

The sweeping education package is most famous for adding sanctions for underperforming schools and getting tough on teacher qualifications.

Some state leaders said NCLB isn't sufficiently funded. But in Oregon, education leaders have looked for flexibility, not a fight.

As Rob Manning reports, Oregon's relationship with the feds is also tight, thanks to one of the law's hallmarks: the Reading First program.
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You can tell us your thoughts on the No Child Left Behind Act in our
Eye on Education section

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
More Mudslides Threaten Gorge Highway
Kitzhaber Plans To Announce His Political Plans Friday
Some Pharmacists Refuse To Dispense Emergency Contraceptive
Weather Fatigue Sets In With Approaching Rain Record

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Portland To Sue EPA Over Water Purification Rules

0111_cityhall.jpgThe Portland City Council Wednesday approved a high stakes lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As Ley Garnett reports, the city is fighting a new rule that would force expensive treatment of Bull Run water that the city maintains is pristine.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Choice? When It Comes To Abortion, Rural Women Have Less

Judge Prods Archdiocese Cases Forward

Gov. Gregoire Delivers State of the State; GOP Responds

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Posted by Michael Clapp

'Nuremberg Files' Case Still On Appeal

As Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito continues to be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the issue of abortion remains one of the key lines of questioning.

OPB took the opportunity to look back at one of the highest profile abortion-related controversies in Oregon - the so-called Nuremberg Files case.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, depending on who you talk to, it was either responsible for stopping the shooting of doctors and bombing of clinics around the country, or for severely restricting free speech.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Seattle at Forefront of Planning for Flu Pandemic

Sen. Smith Pushes For Heating Money

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Posted by Michael Clapp

High Court Won't Hear Appeal Of Salmon Pesticide Ruling

0109_salmon.jpgSalmon advocates say they're delighted that the U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal of a ruling outlawing the use of 36 pesticides near fish bearing streams.

The action upholds a decision by a federal judge in Seattle that also requires warning notices be posted in stores where the pesticides are sold. Ley Garnett reports.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Abortion Group Readies Initiative For Fall Election

Business Leaders Meeting In Portland

Washington Legislature Convenes In Olympia

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Burnside Bridge Repairs May Snarl Traffic For Awhile


Another aging Portland bridge is about to undergo major repairs and that is likely to create a two-year traffic snarl for downtown commuters.

As Ley Garnett reports, fixing the Burnside Bridge will require some unique engineering.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Oregon Progressives Consider Forming New Party

Budget, Energy and Sex Offenders Top WA Legislative Agenda

Mercury Discovered In Salem-Keizer School Gyms

More Information On Police Shooting Emerges

New Laws Could Improve Access To Living Wills

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Posted by Michael Clapp

Oregon Is A Swing State In The Alito Campaign

0104_alito.jpgNext week in Washington, DC, the Senate Judiciary committee will begin hearings on President Bush's nominee for the US Supreme Court, Samuel Alito.

At times the fight over the appointment has taken on the tenor of an election campaign. And just like in the Presidential election, Oregon is seen as a swing state.

This week, Alito's critics and supporters are campaigning in earnest. Colin Fogarty reports.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Early Morning Traffic Stop Turns Deadly

Portland Revises PGE Data Request

Idaho Takes Reins on Managing Gray Wolves

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Posted by Michael Clapp

DEQ Director Discusses 2005 Environmental Issues

0103_gorge.jpgThe Oregon Department of Environmental Quality made headlines often in 2005.

Late in the year the agency got the go ahead to enact California's rigid standards for tailpipe pollution. That was done despite an unresolved lawsuit challenging the action.

DEQ also ran into controversy when it attempted to revise water clarity standards using research funded by the pulp and paper industry. And a new study showed a potentially big problem with air pollution in the Columbia Gorge.

OPB's environmental reporter, Ley Garnett, recently sat down with DEQ director Stephanie Hallock to discuss these and other issues facing the agency in 2006.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Sorting Out The Parish Ownership Ruling

Washington Awaits Gay Marriage Ruling

Closures And Deficits Mark 2005 For Portland Schools

Juries, Not Judges Decide

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Posted by Michael Clapp

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