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‘Doing it’ — your own way

Sarah Mirk decided to write her book “Sex From Scratch” because, in her words, the majority of what she found in the dating section of her local bookstore “sucked.”

Mirk set out to write a book that, rather than offering a series of rules to follow, offers insight and real experiences from people navigating different types of relationships.

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The new normal? Nearly 20,000 homeless students in Oregon

When Oregon’s education department releases its K-12 homeless student count later this month, the report will show a disturbing trend: their numbers aren’t coming back down from peak recession levels.

Nearly 20,000 students in Oregon’s schools were considered homeless during the 2013-14 school year, the latest state records show.

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Death row inmates sue over who, what is going to kill them

The first of 11 death-row inmates with scheduled execution dates in Tennessee did not meet the executioner as planned on Oct. 7. The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Sept. 25 to postpone Billy Ray Irick’s execution as he and the other 10 death-row inmates with scheduled execution dates are in the middle of a complex lawsuit against the state.

George Packer on The Divided States of America

It’s hard to say just when it began, the unravelling of the American Dream. Did it start in the ’70s, with the slow dismantling of industrial jobs in the Midwest? Can it be traced to the era of Reaganomics, that time period in the ’80s of reduced government spending on social programs, slashed income taxes (for the rich, anyway) and increased deregulation of the financial industry? Maybe the ’90s rise of Silicon Valley played a role or the Walmart-ification of the U.S.? Or was it the new millennium fervor for flipping homes?

Student debt a social problem demanding federal action

Election Day has sadly become a reminder to us all that we are a deeply divided country that doesn’t agree on much. We differ on Democrats vs. Republicans, trickle-down economics vs. a more redistributive approach, a more active and aggressive foreign policy vs. a more reserved and isolationist, rich vs. poor, SuperPACs vs. the people, etc., etc. But beyond our differences, one thing unites us as Americans: our persistent belief in the power and opportunity found in education.

‘Doing it’ — your own way

Sarah Mirk decided to write her book “Sex From Scratch” because, in her words, the majority of what she found in the dating section of her local bookstore “sucked.”

Mirk set out to write a book that, rather than offering a series of rules to follow, offers insight and real experiences from people navigating different types of relationships.

From pole dancer to Ph.D.: one woman’s empowering memoir

Early in her life, author Lacy M. Johnson was made aware of her good looks. When she was only 7 years old, her mother entered her lovely blonde daughter into a beauty pageant: “In the pictures, I don’t look like a child of 7. I walk in that sashaying pageantry way I’ve learned from watching Miss America on television — I’ve practiced in the hallway of our house for hours, for days — back and forth across the stage, back and forth in front of the audience, the judges, all of them veiled in shadow, only their smiles visible.” She blossoms into a young woman with abundant physical charms.

November Archives

The blue wall of silence continues in Portland

All-star performers to rock benefit for Street Roots supporter

The new normal? Nearly 20,000 homeless students in Oregon

City should swallow the pill of additional police oversight

October Archives

Flipping the script: Building social capital

Compassion without judgment

Non-violence as a way of life

In support of Measure 88: Give Oregonians equal rights

Replacement bond opportunity to support Portland Parks

A field of their own: Refugees reconnect with their roots through Refuge Gardens

Who is watching the river? The largest sources of water pollution in Oregon aren’t monitored well, if at all.

Street Roots Ballot Measure Endorsements

Charles McGee III: ‘Every single day inspires me to do the work that I do.’

Empowering minds: Black Parent Initiative confronts the challenges facing black youths and their families

Community development’s golden rule: Come together

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