Looks like malevolent, labor-hating Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might have used malevolent, illegal tactics to beat a 2012 recall attempt. That, at least, is the contention of some Wisconsin prosecutors, whose allegations were unsealed yesterday. No charges have been filed, except for those in the court of public opinion. Walker's up for re-election in November.

I once turned down a job in McAllen, Texas, which is a big cluster of strip malls, highways and citrus groves hugging the US-Mexico border. It's also one of the places where the Obama Administration is going to quickly ramp up border enforcement on Central American families, who are flocking to the US in droves because of rumors their children represent a free pass into the US.

If you can make heads or tails of this story about a Hillsboro principal's resignation after inviting a marijuana advocate/apparent anti-bullying speaker into his school, then god bless you.

The Reynolds High School shooting will pose the first test to new gun laws Multnomah County enacted—in the face of sputtering rage that has become the hallmark of gun advocates—last year.

Happy National Pollinator Week, everybody! The nationwide campaign to promote awareness about declining bee populations is being marked, in Eugene and elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, appropriately. With massive bee die-offs.

Starbucks earned national applause earlier this week, when it announced a heartwarming scholarship plan that will help employees get the Arizona State University degree they'd all been so desperately seeking. Employees interviewed on television and news radio could be seen/heard getting choked up at Starbucks' magnanimity, and the company modestly declined to say how much it was kicking in to make all these dreams come true. That was because Starbucks isn't spending a dime. ASU is just offering Staristas (Did I just coin that? A quick Google search indicates I might have just coined that.) cheaper classes.

All the bloody and horrific battling in Iraq? Could turn out to be a blood, horrific, but ultimately beautiful situation for the Kurdish minority.

Five New York City men convicted in their teens for a Central Park beating and rape they didn't commit will get $40 million from the city. Hardly worth the shame and imprisonmentm but not terrible.

This is why we've chosen the beneficent West Coast: "A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline..."

It's camping this weekend, for me. I can probably live with this.


But it's very much an open question as to whether I can live through doing this. I sort of told everyone I was going to.