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March Madness is in the air — along with a ton of rain, of course. While you’re out and about this weekend, adjusting your bracket, remember to tuck a buck in your wallet for your friendly neighborhood Street Roots vendor who will have the latest edition hot off the press come tomorrow morning. Here’s what’s rolling now:

Abigail Washburn: The original blend of Americana and Chinese folk music returns to Portland. An interview with the clawhammer banjo-playing chanteuse from Tennessee.

Safety net swings in the balance of city budget talks: City’s housing and homeless services play the competitive waiting game for coveted one-time appropriations.

The hidden epidemic: An interview with health care expert William Charney on medical errors, which he says are the leading cause of death in the U.S. — but hospitals don’t want you to know.

Our wealth of food — most of it unhealthy: A new book looks at how the food industry – not just the obvious fast food offenders – undermines our health and what we can do about it.

Plus, a guest column by Neil McFarlane, general manager of TriMet, on the organization’s budget and fare plans, and new columns by Melissa Favara on raising a child with a sense of social responsibility, and the Partnership for Safety and Justice. Don’t miss the new edition, out on the streets Friday morning, and share a smile with your vendor. It makes the world a better place!

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