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Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 16-17

Update: Washington State University head football coach Nick Rolovich, who's mentionedin an item below, was fired on Monday, along with four of his assistants, for refusing to get a COVID vaccination. With that update out of the way, let's start this week -- as we...

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 9-10

Let's start with a deep dive into the state of local newspapers today. I promise I have some fun reads in store this weekend, but this isn't one of them: Elaine Godfrey, a staff writer at The Atlantic, took a long look at what happened when the newspaper chain...

Vaccine quote in story required additional context

A recent story in the Gazette-Times about a protest against the city's regulations regarding first responders who aren't vaccinated against the coronavirus included this quote from one of the protesters, an Albany firefighter. "I’m here because I'm against forced...

Your Weekend Reader for Oct. 2-3

I'm posting this edition of Your Weekend Reader earlier than usual so that you have a few hours to bid on some of the Duck Stamp paintings that "Last Week Tonight" entered into the annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service competition; bidding ends Friday evening. For...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 25-26

Wait: This is the last weekend of September? How did that happen? It's an eternal question, that "How did that happen?" I'm not sure there's always a good answer. But, as you ponder it, you could also ponder these selected readings. This might change in the wake of...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 18-19

Let's start this edition of Your Weekend Reader (I'm still waiting for the lawsuit from the Weekly Reader folks to roll in, but in the meantime, I like that title) the same way that we started last week: with a story about Oregon wildfires. The Atlantic's October...

Your Weekend Reader for Sept. 4-6

It's the Labor Day weekend, so you have an additional day to check out the cornucopia of curated material that I have carefully tracked down and assembled for your reading pleasure. (I sound like Stephen Colbert introducing his "Meanwhile" segment on "The Late Show.")...

Your Weekend Reader for Aug. 28-29

It's the last weekend of August. Where HAS this summer gone? Oh, that's right -- delta came and snatched il away. The emergence of the delta variant of the coronavirus has put a big damper on this summer. But maybe it has given us a little more time this weekend to...

Your weekend reader for Aug. 21-22

Educators under siege, new developments on the coronavirus, "Jeopardy!" in crisis and the official opening of the Corvallis to the Sea Trail: They're all part of your weekend reader. Melissa Goff, the recently fired superintendent of the Greater Albany Public Schools...