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Some police departments hire employees to build bridges to minority communities. 

That's why Springfield Police hired Thelma Barone several years ago, to serve as "multicultural liaison."  She and SPD agree on that. 

What they do NOT agree on is why she was fired, and Barone is taking her case to federal court

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Oregon may be among the pioneering states in legalizing marijuana, but there's still a major issue: pot is illegal under federal law. 

It is up to Congress to change the law, if members see fit. 

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) sees fit. 

Blumenauer is spending time in our neck of the woods, explaining his proposals for changing marijuana in federal law. 

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We watch the long face-off between Israelis and Palestinians and wonder what can be done. 

Ashland resident Frank Romano wonders, too, but he's waded into the middle of it all. 

Romano leads--or attempts to lead--interfaith activities in Israel and the West Bank. 

They are the main events in his book Love and Terror in the Middle East, updated to a fourth edition. 

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Quick, what's the only animal kills far more than it can eat?  Whoops, that would appear to be us. 

While we express concerns about wolves and other predators returning to the landscape, a group of scientists points out that humans are "super predators." 

Just by the numbers, we take a larger proportion of prey through hunting and fishing than any other creature in the animal kingdom.

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Flinging a frisbee downfield could become an Olympic sport. 

It's not at all a sure thing, but the organizations that govern Ultimate Frisbee have been recognized by the Olympic powers-that-be, a step toward possible inclusion in future Olympic games. 

There's particular attention being paid in Oregon, where Bethany Kaylor is a major player. 

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If you're thinking the book Mastering Homebrew is about how to master the drinking of homemade beer, just keep moving. 

But if you're willing to put in some time and effort, Randy Mosher can probably help you make a decent brew. 

Mosher brews his own beer, gives talks and lectures on brewing, and even acts as a consultant and partner within commercial breweries. 

So he knows the hops from the yeast, and how to use them. 

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Oregon started lighting up on July 1st, when marijuana became legal for personal use. 

But nobody can legally sell the herb until October 1st. 

And that's far in advance of the originally intended date for retail sales. 

Clear on all this?  It can be confusing as state agencies like the Oregon Liquor Control Commission develop rules. 

Crater Lake Zipline

It's a bit of a stretch to call the new treetop tour company in Klamath County "Crater Lake Zipline," because it's about half an hour's travel from Crater Lake. 

But it does offer something unique in the region... a journey through the trees of the Fremont-Winema National Forest, 90 feet or so above the ground. 

Visitors travel over nine ziplines and two sky bridges, the longest tree canopy zipline in Oregon. 

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Lagging student performance in public schools often focuses on minority students. 

Often--not always--the darker the skin, the lower the grades.  More minority teachers could help, and that's where Kelly Ramirez comes in. 

The Grants Pass resident is a senior at Southern Oregon University, the first in her family to attend college. 

And she plans on teaching when she graduates. 

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The good guys and the bad guys in environmental issues are often determined by which side you favor. 

But the murkiness of good/bad and right/wrong is brought into sharp focus in Summer Brennan's book The Oyster War: The True Story Of A Small Farm, Big Politics, And The Future Of Wilderness In America

It concerns a decades-old oyster farm in California, a federal effort to protect sensitive lands, and the ability of anybody involved in an extractive industry to protect or enhance the environment. 

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Southern Oregon is home to plenty of galleries, but only one true museum of art: the Schneider Museum of Art on the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland.  

  The Schneider is home to an exhibit of the photorealist works of Chuck Close and the moment.  And it is the office of Interim Director Scott Malbaurn. 

Summer and smoke are completely intertwined this summer, so we devote this week's VENTSday to the topic on two fronts: 1) tell us your personal stories of avoiding high temperatures and pervasive wildfire smoke; 2) tell us what should change about our approach to fightingfires.

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them. 

Before we get completely carried away by the latest on Donald Trump's mouth and Hillary Clinton's server, can we pause for just a moment?  

The White House race for 2016 is plenty interesting, but it's not even 2016 yet.  We take a look back, revisiting an earlier interview with Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz.  

He is the author of Collision 2012, a book about the internal workings of the campaigns in the last presidential election.  

Remember Obama-Romney and the greatest hits of that race?  

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  Summer may be drawing to a close, but fire season will be with us for at least a few more weeks.  Which is why the bosses at Ashland Fire and Rescue are putting out reminders of things people can do to prepare for the possibility of a wildfire nearby.

Ashland had a close call with the Siskiyou Fire in September of 2009, and the city's proximity to forested land makes it ever-vulnerable.

  Some of those berries growing on bushes look like they might be mighty tasty. But they could also be poisonous, so we walk on by. It's great to know WHICH plants that grow wild are edible. 

  John Kallas of Wild Food Adventures possesses that knowledge. He also shares it, like in a session coming to the Eugene Library on September 2nd. 

  The recent news that the Earth's population could hit 11 billion by the end of the century should give anyone pause.

Maybe we are capable of feeding all those mouths with current agricultural technology, but what if large chunks of farmland are rendered unusable by climate change? These are the questions Joel K. Bourne, Jr. considers in his book "The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World.

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  One bloom of toxic blue-green algae is a concern.  Two is a problem. 

A whole series approaches the realm of crisis, and that's where we are. 

Researchers at Oregon State University are taking note of the many--and increasing--incidents of toxic algae blooms, and the challenge they represent for managers of recreational and drinking water. 

Not to mention the challenge for all of us who use water. 

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  Being healthy involves more than going to the doctor from time to time. 

The doctor probably reminds you to get regular exercise and eat well. 

Combining approaches to health is one of the features of the new wellness center of La Clinica, set to open soon in Medford. 

Health care workers will see patients there, but there are also features like a demonstration kitchen, for showing patients how to prepare healthy meals. 

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  We use the term "autism" more and more all the time... especially since the numbers of people with the condition continue to grow.  But could you define it? 

Steve Silberman, a reporter for "WIRED," aims to answer that question and more in his book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

He delves into history, diagnosis, and even a portrait of Hans Asperger, for whom the syndrome is named.

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Some of the most clear evidence of climate change is being seen inside the Arctic Circle.

Sea ice has been much less extensive in recent years, impacting animals like the polar bear and the native cultures that coexist with the animals. 

The Gwich'in people are concerned in particular about protecting caribou, threatened by climate change and oil exploration.

Southern Oregonian Dennis Specht recently spent time among the Gwich'in, he and Sarah James of the Gwich'in Steering Committee are working to convince members of Congress to act. 

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