February, 2012

February 1, 2012

The Oregon Legislature is back in session, but only for a short time. This is an even-numbered year, and that means the session cannot exceed 35 days. According to the governor, that is not enough time to tackle medical malpractice liability reform. Gov. John Kitzhaber was responding to a challenge from Republican…
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February 1, 2012

It took a few days to clean up the debris from the pileup on Interstate 75 last week. Cars and trucks had slammed into one another when fog and smoke combined to make it impossible to see your hand in front of your face. With 11 people dead and 18…
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February 1, 2012

As more details emerge about last week’s pileup on Interstate 75, it gets harder to believe that we will ever know exactly what happened. The series of accidents occurred on a stretch of road shrouded by fog and smoke that rolled in quickly. Though the crashes weren’t in this state, the circumstances…
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February 1, 2012

“If you can’t stand the heat, you’d better get out of the kitchen,” President Harry S. Truman famously said. He was referring to the pressure of making political decisions. The quotation remains memorable, decades after it was uttered. But the cooking imagery almost seems tepid compared to the blood-and-guts, life-and-death…
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February 1, 2012

A hospital stay can be scary, but we go through with it anyway. We want to get better. No matter how many stories we hear, we do not expect to leave the hospital worse off than when we came in; neither do we expect to pick up a potentially fatal…
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February 1, 2012

Portland drug stores may be swamped this weekend by parents who are returning bottles of Johnson & Johnson’s Infants’ Tylenol. The company issued a nationwide recall this week when it realized the recent redesign of the bottle is defective. About 574,000 units were in stores or consumers’ medicine cabinets at the…
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February 1, 2012

By now most people are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, and in particular the potential hazard of driving while using a cell phone to call or text. Despite increased awareness, however, motorists continue to engage in these risky behaviors. This has prompted federal regulators to ask for help…
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February 1, 2012

An $8 million wrongful death suit was filed in Multnomah County, Ore., Circuit Court on Feb. 9, 2012, by the relatives of two 53-year-old women slain in a 2010 murder-suicide in Gresham, Ore. The person who caused the deaths – and also that of his wife – was a 47-year-old…
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