Charlotte Duren en The Good Spy <p></p><p>Terrorist acts are often known by their numbers: the numbers of people who died in this bombing or that attack.&nbsp;</p><p>People may remember that the bombing of the American embassy in Beirut in 1983 killed 63 people.&nbsp;</p><p>What they may not know or recall is that Robert Ames was one of the 63.&nbsp;</p><p>Ames was a key CIA employee, renowned for his effectiveness at forging relationships with key Arab figures. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:38:03 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16511 at The Good Spy Addressing Oregon's High Rate Of Drownings <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Oregon can be a dangerous place for swimmers.&nbsp;</p><p>The state ranks 10th in the country in the per-capita rate of drownings.&nbsp;</p><p>That's not good, considering the state ranks in the second half of states in population.&nbsp;</p><p>Efforts by<a href="" target="_blank"><strong> Safe Kids Oregon</strong></a> and other groups are focused on reducing child injuries, including drowning.&nbsp; Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16466 at Addressing Oregon's High Rate Of Drownings Britt Picks A Handful Of ACEs <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Not everybody gets to be an "American Idol," but there are jobs to be had in the arts field.&nbsp;</p><p>The Oregon Arts Commission handed out grants to help minority and other students learn about arts careers.&nbsp;</p><p>The grants include one to the Britt Festivals for its "ACE" program, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Arts Career Exploration.&nbsp;</strong></a> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16465 at Britt Picks A Handful Of ACEs A Grizzly Bear Near You... Maybe <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The grizzly bear roams just a small fraction of its historic range here in the Lower 48 states.&nbsp;</p><p>But talk of expanding that fraction could draw some sharp reactions.&nbsp; Already has, in fact.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Center for Biological Diversity </strong></a>recently proposed expanding the grizzly's range to areas including parts of California (the Sierra) and Oregon (somewhere in the Klamath-Siskiyou region).&nbsp;</p><p>And people who like the idea of a healthy grizzly population were forced to confront their feelings about having that population nearby.&nbsp; Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16464 at A Grizzly Bear Near You... Maybe Sick Leave, Drought, and Crime Fighting: Another Week on The Exchange <p>Eugene's city council may vote on its proposed sick leave ordinance on Monday, six days after the Lane County Commissioners passed their own ordinance that may pre-empt any move on sick leave.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, the City of Ashland plans a Drought Summit to talk about water conservation strategies, and Redding's Police Chief faces a potentially irate audience at a town hall meeting.</p><p>You'll hear about these and much more on The Jefferson Exchange during the week of July 28... here, minus pretty pictures, are our plans: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:09:02 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16476 at Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nobody likes getting a bad grade.&nbsp; Especially when it's a whole state.&nbsp;</p><p>But Oregon just got below-average marks for its friendliness to small businesses from <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a> and a partner.&nbsp;</p><p>The state got a C+ for overall friendliness and a D for the friendliness of its regulations.&nbsp; California got a D and an F in the same categories. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16374 at Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon Plugging The Job Skills Gap <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The recent findings that Oregon job openings are staying open for long periods because of under-qualified workers got the attention of political leaders.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>State Rep. Peter Buckley</strong></a> of Ashland and his Senate counterpart host <a href=";pli=1&amp;sf=true&amp;output=xml" target="_blank"><strong>a meeting this evening</strong></a> (July 24) to explore the factors in the "skills gap" and possible solutions.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16373 at Plugging The Job Skills Gap How To Stop Hating Yourself <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It's one thing to be hard on yourself, and take setbacks and criticism to heart.&nbsp;</p><p>It's another thing entirely to actually hate yourself.&nbsp;</p><p>Author Anneli Rufus is one of many people who struggled with low self-esteem all her life.&nbsp;</p><p>And while she does NOT recommend going all the way to the other end of the spectrum, she does think it's high time to close what may be an epidemic of self-loathing.&nbsp; Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16372 at How To Stop Hating Yourself Expanding The Oregon Caves <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It takes a very long time to make a cave.&nbsp;</p><p>All that dripping and calcifying takes hundreds of thousands, even millions of years.&nbsp;</p><p>But making the legal boundaries of the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Oregon Caves</strong></a> bigger only takes an act of Congress.&nbsp;</p><p>And Congress is on it; the Senate just passed the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act and sent it on to the house.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16298 at Expanding The Oregon Caves VENTSday: Sick Leave + GMO Labeling <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Lane County Commissioners</strong></a> and Eugene City Council provide one topic for discussion this week: paid sick leave, who should provide it, and which level of government should regulate it.</p><p>And if that's not enough controversy, we'll also talk <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>GMO food labeling</strong></a> on this week's edition of VENTSday.</p><p>We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16297 at VENTSday: Sick Leave + GMO Labeling