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***Banned Book Week*** The Trouble With Ashland I

Read. Ashland, Oregon in the last few months has become the new center of debate over first amendment rights. One of the town’s long running book stores, Shakespeare Books is being forced out of business because of which books it chose to display in its front window. Ironically, the display in question, is about banned books. In fact, the owners… Read More >

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Histories- White City

Elephant. Ranked high among ironically and unfortunately named places in Oregon is White City. Located in a remote corner of south-central Oregon, White City isn’t really a city at all. Originally coined Camp White after an army General, the community was established as an army base in 1941. But what it really was, was a massive internment camp for American… Read More >

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Lighter Brown Darker Brown

Eats. In the 1970’s Eugene, Oregon hosted a chain of restaurants owned by two pastors, one, a white man named Pastor Brown, the other, an African American man called Norman ‘Snake’ Brooks. Lighter Brown, Darker Brown, you see. The restaurants were cash only, open 24 hours, and serviced primarily young people, offering huge portions at small prices. Before the end… Read More >

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