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Good cheer is in the air as we head into the holiday season! Vendors are feeling it, too, crowding the office with the latest edition of Street Roots, ready to hit the pavement selling. Here’s what’s coming your way this morning:

Five from the line with Damian Lillard: An interview with the Trail Blazers’ new guard about staying grounded in the high-pressure world of the NBA.

Sex, lies and homelessness: An in-depth look at the connection between sexual assault and homelessness, and what local advocates are doing to create a nationwide awareness plan.

Defending Rachel Corrie: An interview with Craig and Cindy Corrie about keeping the legacy of their daughter alive, nearly a decade since her death.

The Judah Explosion: An interview with Judah Bauer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Plus lots of great poetry from our vendors and the streets, and commentary from the Partnership for Safety and Justice in light of Portland’s adjustments to police strategy and the mentally ill. Don’t forget to tuck a buck for Street Roots before you head today. And remember to share a smile with you friendly neighborhood SR vendor. Thank you!

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The ballots are coming! The ballots are coming! Soon it will all be over but the counting. Until then, stay on the ball with the latest edition of Street Roots, packed with information about the upcoming election, and much, much more. Here’s what’s rolling on the press:

Your call: Mayoral and City Council candidates Charlie Hales, Jefferson Smith, Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan take a shot at Street Roots’ questions for the future of Portland.

Measuring up: Street Roots weighs in on the important state and local measures up for consideration.

Survivors’ stories: Three women reflect on what it means to escape the grip of domestic violence.

Ninety-nine percent solution: Professor Joseph Stiglitz, author and Nobel Prize winner in economics, is pleased to see that his latest book ‘The Price of Inequality’ is already grabbing the attention of world leaders.

Plus, the second in a series of reports by Dr. Samuel Metz, health care professional and activist, on what Obamacare really means for Oregonians. And the Partnership for Safety and Justice checks in on the ongoing issue of federal policy and local police enforcement mingling over immigration. And of course, we’re packed with powerful poetry from the streets. Pick up your copy first thing Friday morning and your weekend will be off to a great start! Thank you!

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Even the busiest weekend plans have room for friendly smile and a good read. So swing by the local turf tomorrow morning and pick up the latest edition of Street Roots. Your vendor will thank you and you’ll be glad you’ve got your copy before they sell out! Here’s what’s rolling on the press now:

Natalie Merchant: An discussion with the former 10,000 Maniac’s front woman about her life today, her passion for music for all ages, and her latest tour.

Veterans could soon join ranks of specialty courts: Multnomah County is preparing to start a special veterans-only docket to address the circumstances behind former soldiers caught up in criminal behavior. Service providers who to learn why so many veterans who had no problems in the service, return to enter our criminal justice system.

Lenders bypass foreclosure mediation law: Created to help keep Oregonians in their homes, the state program appears thwarted by bank tactics.

Realtors’ constitutional rewrite: The national push to end real estate transfer taxes has one real estate agent crying foul.

Plus, commentaries by police activist Jo Ann Hardesty and Portland Police Chief Mike Reese on the latest report on the Portland Police Bureau, words of wisdom from Mel Favara and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and more news and poetry from the homeless front. Get your edition early, and spare a smile or two for your fellow reader. Thank you!

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It’s a long holiday weekend coming up, so remember to get your Street Roots on Friday to savor the news, commentaries, puzzles and poetry for an extra day! Here’s what’s rolling on the press now:

An international field: The Portland World Cup brings together immigrants for high stakes community and competition. Lace up!

Three Boxes: Revisiting David P. Hooper: The story of the namesake to the Hooper Center, which marks 40 years this September. It’s a noble legacy to a tragic life.

Nichole Maher: An interview with the new executive director of the Northwest Health Foundation about mixes health and social justice, and a bit about that fluoride debate as well.

Our 2011-2012 Annual Report: A look back on the past year at Street Roots, with reports on our vendor program, our coverage and our advocacy. Please take a look at what your support has accomplished, and recognize our remarkable partnerships in the community as we move forward.

All this, plus commentary from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Ramona’s mom, Melissa Favara, and poetry to boot! Pick your copy up tomorrow morning and put the icing on your holiday weekend! Thank you!

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Street Roots vendors are stocked with water, lathered with sunscreen and ready and waiting for the finest street paper west of the Rockies! Tomorrow morning the new edition arrives, so keep a buck ready for the sale and set aside some time for a good read. Here’s what’s rolling on the press right now:

Ellen Rosenblum and the new DOJ: Our cover interview is with the state’s new attorney general, featuring her thoughts on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the foreclosure mediation legislation and her plans for the office.

 

Religious fervor: An in-depth look at the Vatican’s troubling assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and how local leaders in the church see it impacting the work nuns have been doing in our community for decades and beyond.

 A lifelong calling realized in one woman’s ordination: An interview with Portland’s Toni Tortorilla, who was ordained a priest in 2007, despite the Vatican’s condemnation of allowing women into the priesthood. Read about her thoughts the significance of the womenpriest movement, and her interpretation of the Vatican’s assessment of the nuns’ organization.

 Rhythm of paradise: An interview with Portland musician Okaidja Afroso, whose new album “Messenger” is in stores now.

Plus, commentary from the Partnership for Safety and Justice on the renewed attempt to frame flawed prison laws in the “tough-on-crime” rhetoric. Plus a review of a new book on urban food sourcing, and poetry from the streets of Portland. Look for your copy of Street Roots and your friendly neighborhood vendor first thing Friday morning. And as always, thank you for your continued support!

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If your “to do” list for the weekend is getting a little long, then pencil in a break with your friendly neighborhood Street Roots vendor and a great read. The new Street Roots will arrive early Friday morning, so don’t forget to pack a buck for the best little newspaper in town. Here’s what’s rolling on the presses now:

Trash Talk: An interview with author Edward Humes about his new book, “Garbology” about the consequences of our garbage affliction.

Death by plastic: What happens to all that plastic we throw away? The albatross are eating it. Photographer Chris Jordan documents the revealing contents of their stomachs.

The homecoming: Despite renewed support for voucher system to house veterans, local numbers fall short.

Oregon’s great health care experiment: This month the state puts $240 million on the line with coordinated care organizations.

Plus, the latest from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Western Regional Advocacy Project and Ramona’s mom, Melissa Favara. And, of course, the best street poetry in the country! Pick up your copy first thing Friday morning and the weekend will be off to a great start. From all the vendors, volunteers and staff — thank you!

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The weekend is almost here, and that means there’s a hot new edition of Street Roots rolling on the press. Make sure to get your copy early, because they’re not going to be around long. Here’s what’s coming your way Friday morning:

 ‘Keep hope’: An exclusive street paper interview with the Dalai Lama: The Buddhist holy man talks about the nature of “home”, the responsibility of independent media and the relevance of Tibet after decades of struggle.

Peer pressure: A report on the work done by teen-agers and volunteers to create a court in order to keep youths out of the juvenile justice system.

People power against the powerful people: A peek at Wael Ghonim’s new book about his online influence to the Egyptian revolution.

Rod Beal: A new essay from writer Jay Thiemeyer about a journey with a man whose story paid the way. A compelling read!

Plus, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance sends a shout-out for future assistant ambassadors, along with poetry from our vendors and beyond. Don’t forget to tuck a buck for your friendly neighborhood vendor, and we’ll look forward to seeing you under the sun!

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There’s so much to do in Portland in the summer, including setting up your Saturday morning reading station at your favorite neighborhood café. But before you start the weekend, remember to pick up the latest edition of Street Roots from your local vendor. It’s packed with news, poetry, and all kinds of good stuff to make the weekend sweeter. Here’s what’s rolling on the press now:

Pre-Occupied with Noam Chomsky: An interview with the prolific voice of a generation on his new book about the global Occupy movement.

The gravity of abuse: Part III: The latest in our four-part series on one family’s descent through domestic violence. It’s not your typical report on abuse. This is a compelling story that takes you inside the lives of the abuser and the abused.

Martin Zarzar’s new beat: An interview with Pink Martini percussionist Martin Zarzar about his new album and its worldly influences.

Plus — commentary from Portland Police Sgt. Greg Stewart on domestic violence in our community, a look inside two inspiring books — one old, one new — from Maurice Sendak, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, and the best poetry you’ll find in any newspaper west of the Rockies. So pick up your copy of Street Roots first thing tomorrow morning. Your vendor will thank you!

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Soon we’ll be tossing our galoshes to the back of the closet and wearing nothing but shorts and flip-flops, both of which pair well with some classic reading material. Thankfully, the new edition of Street Roots hits the block tomorrow morning. Here’s what’s rolling on the presses right now:

 The gravity of abuse: The first in a series examining the complex personal toll of domestic abuse.  Reporter Rosette Royale spent 22 months researching the path of violence in Brandy Sweeney and Richard Duncan’s lives. The result is an intense dissection of abuse in America.

Bugged out: New federal guidelines for low-income housing support cut out explicit tenant protections regarding bed bug infestations. The result could deter eradication in Portland apartments.

 Where wisdom sleeps: Author Linda Ross Swanson chronicles the lives of addiction and recovery on the streets.

The endless journeyman: Portland icon Lewi Longmire has found success on many stages, but his roots still run deep beneath the Rose City.

Plus commentary from the Western Regional Advocacy Project, and poetry from the students of the Native American Youth and Family Center. All for only $1! So don’t forget to keep a buck on hand when you head out this weekend, and share a smile for your friendly neighborhood vendor. You will make their day!

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What an exciting time to be a Portlander! Spring is in full stride, election buzz is in the air, and the new Street Roots arrives tomorrow morning! Don’t forget to tuck a buck in your purse, wallet or back pocket to trade for the finest news source in town, delivered by the friendliest vendors in the city. Here’s what’s rolling on the press now:

‘Domicile unknown:”  Multnomah County releases its first report on how many homeless people died on our streets last year. The report is proudly co-authored by Street Roots, which lead the campaign to better understand the toll taken by homelessness.

Portland Children’s Levy first budget reductions cut deep: With property tax revenues in decline, the Portland Children’s Levy was forced to make drastic reductions to programs that benefit low-income children in minority populations.

Just one more question!: Candidates for mayor, city council give their final answers on what they will do to improve the state of homelessness and housing in Portland.

Beat of a gypsy Hart: An interview with former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart in advance of his performance here in Portland, which will feature, of course, the universe.

Plus much much more, including commentaries by Janice Thompson of Common Cause on the money behind the mayor’s race, and from Gay and Grey on growing old gracefully in the queer community. And you’ll want to check out the poetry and prose of students at the Native American Youth and Family Center’s Language Arts Class, part of NAYA’s Early College Academy. And we’d love to hear from you, too. So let us know what you think by visiting our website, www.streetroots.org. and send in your letters and thoughts. Thank you for your support!

 

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It’s going to be a great weekend, the weatherman says, with a 100 percent chance of Street Roots coming to a neighborhood near you. Pick up your copy tomorrow morning and share a sunny smile with your friendly vendor. Here’s what’s rolling on the presses now:

Shocked and reloaded: And interview with ’80s icon Michelle Shocked who returns to the stage in Portland this month, sharing with her style of folk with fans, old and new.

Life after war: Photographer Jim Lommasson’s “Exit Wounds” documents the stories, heartbreak and hopes of American veterans returning home from war. His collection of photographs is coupled with his current speaking tour, and is soon to be the subject of a new book.

Making right from wrong: An interview with Fariborz Pakseresht who takes the helm of the Oregon Youth Authority, overseeing the state’s troubled and incarcerated youths.

Write makes might: Davonna Livingston uses writing to help victims of abuse and trauma not only tell their stories, but take back their lives.

The State of Housing: City Commissioner Nick Fish lays out the nuts and bolts of the state of Portland’s housing agenda.

Plus, new commentaries by Melissa Favara, Robin Hahnel and the Partnership for Safety and Justice. And a look at the cash mob movement in St. Johns. This issue is packed! Thank you, and enjoy a beautiful weekend!

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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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Street Roots vendors pack the office every other Friday morning and share their positive stories about you, our readers. It’s an important relationship for so many of the men and women who work every day, rain or shine – and sometimes a little snow! Here’s what’s on the press right now:

“People will be talking about it:” An interview with Jo Ann Hardesty (formerly Bowman) about the Portland Charter Commission and the lost opportunities for police reform.

Social determinants of health “intrinsic” but left out in Salem: As lawmakers work to create a new health care structure around the Oregon Health Plan, people who work on issues of housing, addiction and socio-economic concerns are getting short shrift in new policies.

Vancouver, B.C.’s drug revolution: How the Canadian city pushes the envelope when it comes to harm reduction, addiction and recovery.

“Play your heart out … and hope that someone is out there listening:” An interview with musician Lindsay Fuller on her unusual lyrical style and need to inflict a little discomfort now and then.

And so the madness continues: Angela Martin with Economic Fairness Oregon follows up on our report on foreclosure reform efforts in Salem by looking at the real impact the laws could have to save people’s homes.

Plus, commentaries by economist Robin Hahnel and Neighborhood Partnerships, along with vendor poetry. New paper hits the streets Friday morning, so don’t forget to stash a buck in your wallet before heading out tomorrow, and carry a smile for your friendly neighborhood vendor. Thank you!

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The weekend is almost here, and when it arrives, be ready for the new edition of Street Roots, rolling on the presses right now. It’s still only $1, and delivered by the finest vendors in town. Here’s what’s headed your way:

An end to the madness? A discussion with Sen. Chip Shields on his efforts to get foreclosure reform measures passed in Salem. It’s an uphill battle, but the difference could help Oregonians threatened by foreclosures today.

‘Unemployed need not apply’ ads targeted by state lawmakers: A bill in Salem would prohibit companies from advertising jobs that don’t allow the jobless to apply.

‘We’ll have to come together and do our best’: A discussion with City Commissioner Dan Saltzman about his work in office and the challenges ahead.

Amanda Fritz, Mary Nolan and $: The latest rundown on campaign fundraising by Janice Thompson with Common Cause.

All this, plus commentary by the Western Regional Advocacy Project, Planned Parenthood, OPAL and economist Robin Hahnel. And much more, including news, poetry and notes from readers who wrote in about their experiences with vendors. A fun read! So don’t forget to tuck a buck before you head out tomorrow and say hello to your friendly neighborhood Street Roots vendor! Thank you!

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The presses are rolling with the latest edition of Street Roots. Rain or shine — and who can predict these days — your friendly neighborhood vendor will stocked with the new issue early Friday morning. So don’t forget to pack a dollar for the best deal in town. Here’s what’s rolling now:

Manufacturing a new community: Is turning manufactured housing parks into resident-owned cooperatives the key to preserving Oregon’s largest stock of affordable housing?

In memoriam: A moving series of images from the funeral of Stevenson L. Roy, a homeless Vietnam veteran laid to rest in Portland with full military honors.

Families in need stretch Oregon’s safety net: The state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is beyond capacity, reaching it’s highest enrollment since the program began in 1997. But relief is nowhere in sight.

Portland Afoot is getting around: An interview with Michael Andersen, the man behind Portland Afoot, the city’s “10-minute” transportation magazine.

Plus, new commentaries by Mayor Sam Adams, Leo Rhodes, and the Western States Center, with a refreshing dose of poetry from the streets. It’s all coming your way Friday and still only $1! Thank you for your support!