Facebook works with its users to prevent suicide

How a new reporting function may save lives
Every day, approximately 100 Americans end their lives by suicide. According to statistics gathered by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, over 36,000 people in the United States will take their own life each year. A new tool recently implemented on Facebook will hopefully take part in preventing some of these deaths. With over 800 million users on Facebook, this new application could prove to be a true lifesaver.

A 6-in-1 deal

OHSU breakthrough could revolutionize stem cell research
Three little monkeys. Made from six different types of monkeys. It’s hard to believe something that sounds so much like a children’s song or story could have such potential for medical advancement. But if the research can be applied, its implications are staggering. Earlier this month, Portland State–partner Oregon Health and Science University’s most prominent laboratory, the Oregon National Primate Research Center, announced that it had successfully combined the genes of six different monkeys to create three baby monkeys.

99 percent gone

Occupy Wall Street movement peters out,but the spirit remains
The days of wine and roses may be over for Occupy Wall Street. 2011. Economic crisis; still no end in sight. People got angry, and decided to fight the system in their own blustery way. The Occupy Wall Street movement arose form the shambles of the unemployed and angry to attack the crooked bankers and fat-cat politicians who seemed content to enjoy caviar and fine cigars while the rest of us made due with our 76 percent share of the income.

Get rich, get fit

New incentives for police to stay in shape
When one thinks of the police, images of strapping young men are often the first things to leap into one’s mind. Gender biases aside, the Portland Police Association is considering offering police officers cash incentives to keep that “strapping young lad” image active in the Bridge City. While this ideal may seem foreign to some, it has been considered by police forces throughout the country. Police forces in Texas, New York and other states are following the same plan: more cash for more fitness.

Attention deficit drug abuse

Students turn to ADD and ADHD prescription drugs in times of stress
Have you ever had difficulty concentrating on homework? What about refraining from spacing out during class or on a test? This is perfectly normal, and you are not alone. A lot of students like you are suffering from an inability to concentrate on the task at hand, which of course impairs academic achievement. Disturbingly enough, however, many of your classmates are enlisting the help of prescription drugs for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Locked in the looney bin

A new state hospital brings ethical and financial issues to the table
When one thinks of a state-funded psychiatric hospital, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest might just be the first thing that comes to mind. Oregon legislature is currently going over plans to open a new state hospital to house the mentally ill in Junction City, Ore. While it is comforting to know that our state government cares (although “cares” might not be the right word) for the mentally ill residing in Oregon, is another hospital a necessity?

Hobo Prince scam

Portlanders should take heed of local scam artist
If a complete stranger promises to give you over $300,000 in exchange for just $25 up front, one or more gigantic red flags should go up in your head. But apparently that doesn’t always happen. Washington resident and author Shelby Bell is the founder of the so-called “Hobo Prince Economic Project.” He claims to have access to over $350 billion, and he wants to share it with seven million people by paying them $900 a week for the next seven years. The first 10,000 people to sign up will even be rewarded with a free computer! There is just one catch: participants are required to pay a one-time, $25 “administrative fee” when they sign their contracts.

The $2.5 million question

Oregon judge’s ruling in blogger case clarifies what a journalist is—and isn’t.
The media was in a defensive frenzy when Crystal Cox, a Montana blogger, was fined $2.5 million for defamation in early December. That is, until they checked out her blogs. Cox, a self proclaimed “investigative blogger,” proposed many accounts of fraud perpetrated by Kevin Padrick, a lawyer for the investment firm Obsidian Financial Group, in her blogs. Padrick sued Cox for her multiple accusations of the company’s financial corruption which spread over 500 separate URL’s and which now plague Google searches of his name.

A dilemma for the city’s youth

Gang violence plagues Portland
When one thinks of Portland, gang violence is not often the first image to come to mind. Though people may be unaware, there have been several gang-related deaths in recent years. In 2011 alone, there were eight gang-related deaths. The young people that have been found dead should serve as a wake up call and remind people of what is really going on in one of Oregon’s most beloved cities.

Tolerance not required

Philosophy professor’s challenge sparks discussion
Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor at Portland State, ruffled quite a few feathers last year with his arguments that college instructors should not be afraid to correct a student’s beliefs in things like creationism in the classroom. His article “Should We Challenge Student Beliefs?” in Inside Higher Ed, an online educational journal, was followed by a lecture open to the public on campus titled “Faith, Belief and Hope: From Cognitive Sickness to Moral Value and Back Again,” which was covered by The Oregonian and various online news outlets.

SOPA sucks

If bill passes, long-term consequences could change internet use in America
Ah, the Internet. Gigabytes, megabytes, even terabytes worth of free information readily available at one’s convenience—but not for long, if a new bill currently undergoing review in Congress has anything to say about it. The Stop Online Piracy Act, also known as SOPA, is a bill written mostly to protect against the growing problem (if you want to call it a problem) of Internet piracy.


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