The People Vs. Shell: The Patron Saints of Hope and Last Chances

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Climate change, arctic drilling, and direct action protest. James Blakely is an avid outdoorsman who wants you to care about the environment too.

Fur, Feathers and Fins: The Urgency of Predator Management to Save Salmon


When it comes to saving salmon, predator management ruffles feathers and fur.

Cardale Jones Becomes The Man . . . And A Man


Tonight, third-string QB, Cardale Jones, leads The Ohio State University against Oregon for the National Championship. Adam Crawford explains why the rough-around-the-edges Jones exemplifies the purpose of college sports.

Casual Spectator: Tonight’s College Football National Championship


Casual Spectator previews tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship game: what you need to know.

Beneath the Turf

Fungus finder Curtis Broberg smiles with a day's harvest.

Hunting White Truffles in the Pacific Northwest

Is Death With Dignity The Same As Suicide?

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A therapist and family caregiver ponders the implications of being able to choose the manner of our life, and death.

Oregon Marriage Equality Opponents File ‘Right To Discriminate’ Initiative


The proposed Protect Religious Freedom Initiative would create a “right to discriminate” for any business that normally works with weddings.

On Making Amends and Finding Gratitude

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There are many paths to gratitude. Matt Clapper’s led him through a series of amends, and he is the better for it.

Off the Grid and Into the Woods

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Kile Ozier takes a two week trek into the wilderness, and learns how a tiny shift in the rudder of the mind can steer a new course.

Oregon’s ‘Pay it Forward, Pay it Back’ Legislation


Oregon legislature passes bill to “provide tuition to students while they attend community college and public university.”

14-Year-Old Student Chris Martin Punished for Wearing Makeup to School


The problem here wasn’t with the makeup, but with who was wearing it.

Vermont House Passes ‘Aid-In-Dying’ Bill

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The passage of this bill is considered “the most historic event” of Vermont’s 2013 legislative session.

A Father Walks to End Bullying (VIDEO)

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It will take 2 years, but Joe Bell plans to walk across the US as a tribute to his son.

Be Ready to Be Changed


We’re surrounded by beauty all of the time. Sometimes we just need a little help seeing it.

The Sophisticate

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Kile Ozier was encouraged to cultivate a taste for alcohol at home. Without the pressures of a political life in the closet and a killer epidemic, it might not have become a problem … .