The Problem With Coronavirus School Closures

Children have suffered because many mayors and governors were too willing to close public schools.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dropouts, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #oregon, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Sex-Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts Now Surpass 81,000

The deluge of sex-abuse filings, coming ahead of a bankruptcy deadline, far surpasses the number of claims filed in Catholic Church cases.

#boy-scouts, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #girl-scouts, #oregon, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #staten-island-nyc

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Republicans and Democrats Agree: End the War on Drugs

Voters in red and blue states may be in accord on nothing else, but they passed measures to liberalize drug laws.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oregon, #states-us, #united-states

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In the Pandemic, a Shifting Ballot Debate on Legalizing Drugs

A wave of marijuana measures are on the ballot in states that once resisted them. Oregon would go further with a proposal to decriminalize drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

#initiatives, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oregon

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Colorado Wildfire Grows Into Largest in State History

Left vulnerable by dry conditions, more than 430,000 acres have burned so far in what has been one of the worst years ever for wildfires in the state.

#boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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Wildfires May Pose Drinking Water Safety Issues

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science-journal, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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An American Dream, Scorched in Oregon

The Almeda Fire leveled some of the only affordable housing for the immigrants who work the fields, kitchens and construction sites of southern Oregon.

#affordable-housing, #ashland-ore, #immigration-and-emigration, #oregon, #phoenix-ore, #wildfires

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Portland Protests Get Underway as Proud Boys Gather for Rally

The Oregon governor declared an emergency in advance of the event hosted by a right-wing group with a history of violence at protests. Local Black activists planned an event nearby.

#antifa-movement-us, #brown-kate-1960, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon, #portland-ore, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #tarrio-enrique

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How Oregonians Survived the Fires

What do you do when your world is burning? In mundane and harrowing ways, you figure out how to survive.

#air-pollution, #animals, #oregon, #wildfires

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Some in Oregon Wildfires’ Path Never Got Evacuation Alerts

Technological advancements have helped people get information about when to leave and where to go. But some never got the alerts and had to search social media for vital information.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #security-and-warning-systems, #wildfires

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After Years of Political Gridlock, Oregon’s Fire Disaster Brings ‘New Reality’

Early this year, lawmakers considered legislation to thin forests, hire firefighters and increase building standards to prepare for wildfires. But a dispute over how to address climate change doomed the proposals.

#brown-kate-1960, #carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #forests-and-forestry, #logging-industry, #oregon, #politics-and-government, #wildfires

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How an Oregon Wildfire Became One of the Most Destructive

The Almeda fire left a path of destruction as it tore through the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon. About 24 hours after it started, an estimated 2,350 homes had been left in ashes. We used satellite images, videos and social media posts to track what happened.

#oregon, #wildfires

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Fires Scorch a Way of Life That Still Grows From the Trees

Oregon’s fate has always been intertwined with the forests that blanket the state. Now millions of trees are charred, and those who live from them face a future full of uncertainty.

#forests-and-forestry, #logging-industry, #oregon, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires

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Landslides Threaten Oregon After Fires Sweep Hillsides

Heavy downpours can bring destructive mudslides now, or in years to come.

#california, #global-warming, #landslides-and-mudslides, #national-weather-service, #oregon, #rain, #wildfires

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Wildfires and Hurricane Sally: How to Help

With fires on the West Coast and floods on the Gulf Coast, relief organizations are providing meals and shelter to devastated communities. If you want to give aid, here are some research pointers.

#alabama, #american-red-cross, #california, #charity-navigator, #florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mississippi, #oregon, #philanthropy, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Dry Lightning Could Threaten Western Oregon

Firefighters were making progress against several significant wildfires, but a coming change in conditions could allow fires to quickly spread.

#cal-fire, #california, #clackamas-county-ore, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #rescues, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Rain Could Offer Some Relief for Oregon and Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee expressed confidence that Washington State could contain its fires, and offered help to Oregon, but warned that the air was still at “historically polluted levels.”

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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Foul Air From West Coast Wildfires Spreads Across the Continent

Smoke from the wildfires in the West was spotted high in the skies over Washington, D.C. Firefighters continued to battle blazes that were still spreading.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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A Deadly Tinderbox

As wildfires continue to rip through parts of the West, Oregon is experiencing catastrophic destruction.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #oregon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wildfires

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How China Brought Almost 200 Million Students Back

We’re also rounding up thought-provoking ideas about Covid-era education, and bringing you the latest local updates for K-12 and college.

#atlantic-the-magazine, #axios-media-inc, #boston-mass, #boston-college, #california, #california-state-university, #children-and-childhood, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #communist-party-of-china, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #florida-state-university, #football-college, #georgia, #los-angeles-calif, #maine, #massachusetts, #michigan-state-university, #new-york-city, #oregon, #rochester-ny, #shutdowns-institutional, #university-of-kansas, #university-of-michigan, #university-of-texas-at-austin, #washington-state, #wuhan-china, #yglesias-matthew

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California and Oregon Wildfires: Latest Updates

Firefighters were facing unpredictable wind gusts and drier weather on Monday, conditions that threaten to give new strength to raging wildfires.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #trump-donald-j, #wildfires

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As Wildfires Burn Out of Control, the West Coast Faces the Unimaginable

Firefighters across California and Oregon are bracing for stronger winds that could partly clear the air — but also fan the flames of uncontrolled blazes.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #merkley-jeffrey-a-1956, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #washington-state, #wildfires

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17 Dead and Dozens Missing in Vast Western Wildfires

In Oregon, where more than 1 million acres have burned, fires have destroyed entire towns and forced 40,000 residents to evacuate.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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In This Woodpecker Kingdom, War Is a Spectator Sport

When prime habitat is up for grabs, acorn woodpeckers travel from all around to see who will win.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #california, #current-biology-journal, #mexico, #oregon, #research, #woodpeckers, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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In Oregon, a New Climate Menace: Fires Raging Where They Don’t Usually Burn

The northwest part of the state, usually much wetter, has dried out this year, enabling flames driven by powerful winds to “just explode down these canyons.”

#cascade-mountains, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oregon, #wildfires

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A Line of Fire South of Portland and a Yearslong Recovery Ahead

Firefighters continued to battle blazes along the West Coast that have now charred nearly five million acres. At least 15 people are dead, with dozens still missing.

#arson, #california, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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As Antifa Rumors Spread in Oregon, Residents Defied Evacuation Orders

A tumultuous summer of protests has become a complication in the wildfires raging around Portland.

#antifa-movement-us, #clackamas-county-ore, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #portland-ore

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Wildfires Live Updates: 500,000 Under Evacuation Orders in Oregon

The mayor of Portland declared a state of emergency as fires burned toward the city. California and Washington State are battling growing fires, too.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #portland-ore, #washington-state, #wildfires

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False Rumors That Activists Set Wildfires Exasperate Officials

Law enforcement agencies said claims on social media that antifascist activists had set fires on the West Coast were unfounded.

#antifa-movement-us, #arson, #oregon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Oregon, California and Washington State: Live Wildfires Updates

As wildfires raged up and down the West Coast, officials said one of the most damaging fires in Oregon may have been deliberately set.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Why California, Oregon and Washington State Are Searching for Help to Battle Fires

With millions of acres ablaze across the West Coast, states are having a tough time finding available fire crews. California resorted to calling in a team of firefighters from Israel.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #states-us, #washington-state, #wildfires

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States Are in Desperate Search for Help Battling Record Wildfires

With millions of acres ablaze across the West Coast, states are having a tough time finding available fire crews. California resorted to calling in a team of firefighters from Israel.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #states-us, #washington-state, #wildfires

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The Wildfires in Photos

Fires continued to blaze up and down the West Coast, destroying neighborhoods and forcing mass evacuations as firefighters struggled to contain them.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Portland adopts strictest facial recognition ban in nation to date

A helpful neon sign in Portland, Ore.

Enlarge / A helpful neon sign in Portland, Ore. (credit: Seth K. Hughes | Getty Images)

City leaders in Portland, Oregon, yesterday adopted the most sweeping ban on facial recognition technology passed anywhere in the United States so far.

The Portland City Council voted on two ordinances related to facial recognition: one prohibiting use by public entities, including the police, and the other limiting its use by private entities. Both measures passed unanimously, according to local NPR and PBS affiliate Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The first ordinance (PDF) bans the “acquisition and use” of facial recognition technologies by any bureau of the city of Portland. The second (PDF) prohibits private entities from using facial recognition technologies “in places of public accommodation” in the city.

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#face-recognition, #facial-recognition, #laws, #oregon, #policy, #portland, #privacy, #racism, #surveillance

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Wildfires Live Updates: Out-of-Control Blazes Add to Vast Destruction

Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington State have killed seven people, with growing fears more have died in towns destroyed throughout the West.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Wildfires Are Worsening. The Way We Manage Them Isn’t Keeping Pace.

The blazes scorching the West highlight the urgency of rethinking fire management policies, as climate change threatens to make things worse.

#building-construction, #california, #colorado, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Bring New Devastation Across the West

A record 2.5 million acres have burned in California, while entire communities in Oregon and Washington were largely wiped out.

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #malden-wash, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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California and Oregon Fires: Live Updates

Strong winds were likely to continue to propel the extraordinary number of fires burning in California, Oregon and Washington State.

#california, #oregon, #oroville-calif, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Evacuation Orders in California and Oregon

Strong winds were likely to continue to fuel the extraordinary number of fires burning in the West.

#california, #oregon, #oroville-calif, #wildfires

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100 Days of Protest: A Chasm Grows Between Portland and the Rest of Oregon

The proximity of the left and the right in Oregon has created a dynamic of fear, mistrust and anger.

#clackamas-county-ore, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon

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What a 16-Year-Old Learned in Three Months of Portland Protests

Last summer was all about dance team and teen parties. But after she watched George Floyd’s death in a video on her phone, Daria Allen’s world drastically changed.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon, #portland-ore

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Deadly Shooting in Portland After Pro-Trump Ralliers Clash With Protesters

A caravan of supporters of President Trump drove through downtown Portland, which has seen nightly protests against police violence and racial injustice. One person was shot and killed in the conflicts that erupted.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon, #patriot-prayer, #portland-ore

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Supreme Court Won’t Ease Oregon’s Referendum Rules During the Pandemic

The court’s order in effect blocked a ballot measure intended to address partisan gerrymandering.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #oregon, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us

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An Election Battleground: Voting by Mail

Readers respond to a front-page article about the president’s assault on the Postal Service and attendant voter fears.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fedex-corporation, #oregon, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-parcel-service-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Federal Tactical Teams to Withdraw From Portland, Governor Says

Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said the teams will begin a withdrawal on Thursday. Federal officials cautioned that they will withdraw only when they are confident the federal courthouse can be secured.

#brown-kate-1960, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-state-relations-us, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon, #portland-ore, #united-states-federal-protective-service

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Who Gets to Be a ‘Naked Athena’?

On weirdness, whiteness and federal agents in Portland.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon, #portland-ore, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

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Judge Rejects Challenge to Federal Agents Targeting Portland Protesters

Oregon’s attorney general had sued to prevent federal agents from patrolling the city in unmarked vehicles and detaining protesters.

#attorneys-general, #decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-state-relations-us, #oregon, #portland-ore

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The Showdown in Portland

Why have militarized federal forces been deployed to an American city?

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-ore

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Trump’s Occupation of American Cities Has Begun

Protesters are being snatched from the streets without warrants. Can we call it fascism yet?

#customs-and-border-protection-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeland-security-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #news-and-news-media, #on-tyranny-twenty-lessons-from-the-twentieth-century-book, #oregon, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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