The Clergy Abuse Crisis Has Cost The Catholic Church $3 Billion

Sixteen years after an investigation in Boston highlighted the dimensions of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic priesthood, the financial and reputational cost to the Catholic church continues to grow. Lawsuits by abuse victims have so far forced dioceses and religious orders in the United States to pay settlements totaling more than $3 billion, and at least 19 have filed for bankruptcy protection. Attorney James Stang, whose firm has represented abuse victims in most of the bankruptcy...

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JPR Live Session: Olivia Chaney

Classically-trained singer/pianist Olivia Chaney graduated from England’s Royal Academy of Music, before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium, delving back to the inspiration behind the British folk revivalists. She has since built a loyal and growing following as a songwriter and interpreter, both in the UK and internationally, through her acclaimed and eclectic live performances and much lauded recorded works.

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How Tourism People Pitch Smoky Summers

The tourism business is taking a pounding in the region this year. Even the people who love living here don't want to stick around when the wildfire smoke gets too thick. Outdoor events have been cancelled, and visitors have voluntarily cancelled many more. So how do you convince visitors to follow through on planned visits? That's an question the Ashland Chamber of Commerce has been mulling, along with the people at Travel Southern Oregon .

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Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

Yo-Yo Ma opened his recent Tiny Desk concert with the gently rolling "Prelude" from J. S. Bach 's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1. It's music Ma has lived with nearly all of his life. "Believe it or not, this was the very first piece of music I started on the cello when I was four years old," he told the crowd, tightly squeezed between the office furniture on NPR's fourth floor. Ma and Bach's six Cello Suites have remained constant companions. The music — two-and-a-half hours of sounds that...

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Gulf Of Alaska Cod Are Disappearing. Blame 'The Blob'

A hint of optimism creeps into Darius Kasprzak's voice as he pilots his boat, the Marona, out of Kodiak harbor on a recent calm day. "We're in the morning, we're at the start of the flood tide," he says. "This is where you want to be." He is fishing a bay on the northwestern edge of the Gulf of Alaska, about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The chilly waters here are some of the most productive fish habitat on Earth. In a good year, Kasprzak could catch more than 100,000 pounds of cod. On...

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It was just after 7:30 p.m. on July 26 when dispatchers heard Jeremy Stoke's mayday call. The fire inspector had been in his pickup heading to evacuate a neighborhood in northwest Redding, Calif., when he was trapped by the blaze himself.

Only silence answered the dispatchers' replies. They found Stoke's body the next day.

Classically-trained singer/pianist Olivia Chaney graduated from England’s Royal Academy of Music, before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium, delving back to the inspiration behind the British folk revivalists. She has since built a loyal and growing following as a songwriter and interpreter, both in the UK and internationally, through her acclaimed and eclectic live performances and much lauded recorded works.

The Oregon Transportation Commission unanimously agreed to ask the federal government for permission to impose tolls on sections of interstates 5 and 205 in the Portland area.

The commission also called for a broader study of tolling throughout the area’s freeway network, saying that it could be a powerful tool for attacking growing traffic congestion.

“It is a problem all over, and we need to address it all over,” said Commissioner Sean O’Hollaren, who is also a Nike executive.

As California's enormous wildfires continue to set records for the second year in a row, state lawmakers are scrambling to close gaps in state law that could help curb future fires, or make the difference between life and death once a blaze breaks out.

Breakthrough In Effort To End Cash Bail In California

Aug 16, 2018
Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

A years-long quest to end cash bail in California is heading for a showdown in the Legislature as soon as early next week after the bill's author released closely guarded details Thursday.

Injured Iraqi Boy Brought To Oregon Will Get Hand-Powered Bike

Aug 16, 2018

When Mustafa Abed first visited to Oregon in 2008, he became something of a local celebrity. Then-Portland Mayor Tom Potter declared a day of recognition in the 5-year-old’s honor and he was seen on TV playing soccer.

Mustafa is 15 now and can tell his own story about how — at the height of the Iraq War in 2004 — his leg was severed above the hip by a U.S. missile strike.

“Most of the doctors in Fallujah hospital, they didn’t want to do the surgery for me. They thought I was going to die, so they didn’t want to touch me,” he said through an interpreter.

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We're long past the days when we ignored and abused our streams to the point where they'd actually catch fire (Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, 1969). 

But our flowing waterways still need plenty of attention to be able to support all the creatures that live in them and depend upon them. 

Bear Creek, the stream that connects Ashland and Medford with the Rogue River, still lags in meeting some water quality standards.  And that's why the Stream Smart program was created, to help people learn to take better care of the creek. 

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Nothing like a little closeness to nature to get your mind off something bothering you.  It works for many people in many circumstances. 

Pam Mindt has a story to tell in this vein; she's a retired colonel in the National Guard who served in Iraq, among many places.  And she likes bees. 

She found that beekeeping was therapeutic, both for her and for buddies coping with PTSD at the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch

Renowned Oregon Wolf OR-7 Is A Father Again

Aug 16, 2018
ODFW

Gray wolf OR-7 may be quite long in the tooth, but he’s still got what it takes in the den.

Federal wolf biologists released new trail-camera footage Tuesday showing that OR-7 and his mate had three pups this spring.

Chris Hopkins moved to Pine Forest for the trees. He was drawn to the hilly, forested community in Washington’s Methow Valley, and decided to build a cabin there in the 1990s, "before we really knew about fire danger," he said.

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