The Oregonian as we know it all but ceased to exist last Thursday, June 20. Executives that morning announced the end to daily home delivery—and substantial layoffs—as part of a digital-first push that's hit papers owned by New York-based Advance Publications all across the country. Most reporters were asked to stay with the company, provided they pass a drug test. But dozens of reporters and news staffers were fired all the same, despite promises to keep the reporting staff at roughly the same number it was before the big shift. On Monday, June 24, it became clear how the company would keep its promise: hiring new reporters presumably with far less experience (and smaller salary demands) than the reporters they'd be replacing. DENIS C. THERIAULT


Allegations of chicanery by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)—including claims of collusion with pro-fluoride advocates—clearly galvanized opponents last month in the run-up to Portland's failed fluoridation vote. But an OHA report released Wednesday, June 19, was underwhelming. Only one worker in the Oral Health Unit was found guilty of doing anything remotely wrong—a "minor violation" for using her state email account to arrange to give out pro-fluoride signs. DIRK VANDERHART