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A celebrated restauranteur received a painful reminder of a common axiom: when it comes to criticism, it’s much harder to digest than it is to dish out. Maya Lovelace, chef/owner of two Portland eateries, made waves when she began soliciting and posting to her Instagram account anonymous criticisms ...
Malone Mukwende is a second-year student at St. George’s Medical School at the University of London. But in his studies, he noticed the lack of representation in clinical teaching materials. Malone said, “We were often taught to look for symptoms, such as rashes, in a way that I knew wouldn't ...
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With a little ingenuity and some low-cost materials, Carly Marinaro provided a miracle for her grandmother Rose Gagnon. That miracle came in the form of a hug. 85-year-old Gagnon said she hadn’t hugged any of her grandchildren in over two months before Carly came up with a makeshift solution, ...
British radio host Sam Darlaston found a fuzzy surprise when he opened a bag of broccoli from his local grocery store--a caterpillar. But instead of evicting his new furry friend, he decided to take care of it. It turned out that being an ad hoc caterpillar caretaker was just the hobby he needed to ...
Perennial WNBA All-Star and Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore has been a winner throughout her career, but she recently experienced a different kind of triumph. She helped free an innocent man from prison.Jonathan Irons was released from the Jefferson City Correctional Facility on Wednesday July 1st, ...
More than 40 school principals are now under quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus. According to school officials, the exposure happened after the group met in-person to discuss the complex logistics of an upcoming district goal. That goal? How to safely reopen schools without subjecting ...
One afternoon in late April, a small barge set off from Gustavus, Alaska, en route to the world’s most remote Costco warehouse. The 96-foot ship hummed through icy water past vast expanses of wilderness and snow-capped peaks. Seven hours later in Juneau, a few intrepid men loaded its deck with ...
Americans are angry. The country erupted into the worst civil unrest in decades after the death of George Floyd, and anger about police violence and the country’s legacy of racism is still running high. At the same time, we’re dealing with anger provoked by the coronavirus pandemic: anger ...
The city of Detroit was in a campaign to reforest its streets after decades of neglecting its depleted tree canopy. However, the tree-planters met stiff resistance: Roughly a quarter of the 7,500 residents declined offers to have new trees planted in front of their homes.Researcher Christine Carmichael ...
Many are calling it sacred ground--38th Street and Chicago Avenue--the site where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. The intersection is blocked off to traffic as numerous visitors lay flowers and murals. Musicians give concerts and various evangelists and pastors preach the gospel. ...
Bus driver Natalie Barnes started talking with a passenger named Richard, who told her he had been homeless for a week, since the place where he had been living was condemned. When he asked if he could ride along for the night to stay out of the cold, she agreed. Barnes said in a blog post, “At ...
Japan’s been seeing some very encouraging drops in its suicide rates recently, but that doesn’t mean that the country has completely solved the complex issues that convince people to take their own lives. A woman in her 30s was walking near the Kenagakawa River in Tokyo. Stepping out onto ...
Tim Boyle, President and CEO of Portland-based apparel brand Columbia Sportswear, recently made the decision to sacrifice almost all of his salary so that others within the company could continue to receive a paycheck. Boyle, whose compensation in 2018 exceeded $3 million, will make only $10,000.A rival ...
At QuarterWorld, customers were used to coming to experience rare pinball machines and other arcade games. But during Covid-19, once it looked like there was going to be a stay-at-home order across the city, owner Phil Ragaway pivoted--and started bringing the games to the people.It started with a few ...
As the lockdown from Covid-19 began to become reality, Deanna Everson peered into the future, and what she saw scared her. As the owner of Portland’s Ginger Salon she said, “Everyone is going to buy those highlighting kits, and they're going to make their hair look like cheetah-print ...
One of the massive downsides of schools closing from the pandemic was all the canceled student activities. So, when Tim Bennington-Davis saw an opportunity to mobilize his students in a way that could make a tangible difference, he jumped at the opportunity.Bennington-Davis is a mentor to the Wilsonville ...
It started slow, but after a few attempts, Jonny Blue was on a roll. After reading stories about people hoarding necessities like toilet paper, the 33-year-old physical therapist took to the streets with a simple message adorned on a cardboard sign.“Share your toilet paper,” read the sign ...
A Louisiana hothead was so enraged that he hadn’t received his COVID-19 stimulus check, he set his mom’s shed on fire. 51-year-old Marvin Smith Jr. was squabbling with his mother over the federal payout when he intentionally ignited the shed. Witnesses told deputies Smith was inside the ...
On the last day Bill's Cafe in Naples, Florida, was open before having to close down due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the restaurant's regulars handed owner Bill Salley two envelopes. Each one contained money, with some earmarked for Salley and the rest for his employees. Salley told ...
A tattoo parlor in Kentucky is using ink to unite communities across the country by offering free appointments to anyone who wants to cover up their hate or gang symbol tattoos. Tattoo artists Jeremiah Swift and Ryun King said they decided to offer this service as a way to take a stance amid the protests ...
For over a decade, Greyhound Lines has partnered with the National Runaway Safeline--an organization that seeks to keep runaway and homeless youth safe--to reunite young people with their families and guardians. Since 1995, the Home Free program has helped over 16,000 families by providing free bus ...
There was a boom, then the house shook. Daylan McLee thought for a minute it was a small earthquake until a relative came running inside to say there had been a car crash involving a police cruiser outside the apartment in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.McLee ran outside and pulled an officer from the mangled ...
You wouldn't think an ad in Craigslist would make headline news or even News That Illustrates. But this ad comes from a father who is being dubbed "Father of the Year." Here's the story. A father put his son's 1998 Ford Explorer up for sale with the following ad: "I have my ...
A bank in Virginia recently dealt with a robber who did manage to make off with some cash—but who also experienced some issues with his disguise. The problem was his beard, which was "obviously fake" and "kept slipping off, making it slightly easier to see his face." The opening ...

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