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Stories reported for The Oregonian/OregonLive:

James “JJ” Hurtado was fatally shot Aug. 18, 2016, the morning after his high school student registration. He was killed by a father figure whose on-and-off relationship with JJ’s mother spanned much of the boy’s childhood.

Firefighters saved the Multnomah Falls Lodge from flames during an exhausting overnight fight against the Eagle Creek wildfire. The building, which is a landmark revered by Oregonians, emerged unscathed — cedar shakes and all.

Police Sgt. Jason Goodding was the kind of cop who would slip some cash to a homeless man for a meal. He treated everyone like good people, looked you in the eyes and was a keen listener, his colleagues said. Goodding died after being shot while trying to arrest a career criminal with a history of assaulting officers.

A nonprofit’s is trying a new tactic in Portland’s drug battle: handing out free meth pipes.

Churches in Roseburg, Oregon banded together after Oregon’s deadliest mass shooting.

Despite a good snowpack in 2017, Mt. Hood Meadows and Mt. Hood Skibowl both saw skier turnout begin to drop off after spring break. Aside from traffic on the slopes, costs, safety, weather forecasts and offseason operations play a role in when resorts decide to stop running lifts for the year.

A 20-year-old Hillsboro, Oregon resident who died in a seven-car crash is remembered for her love of family and animals.

A fire that destroyed Eugene, Oregon’s historic Civic Stadium left fans of the ballpark “stunned and saddened.”

Mechanical problems kept a fake orca from thrilling onlookers and scaring sea lions in Astoria, Oregon.

After spending seven years and $430,000 on two-way streets, Hillsboro, Oregon ditched its conversion plan in favor of a one-way grid.


Stories reported for the Columbus Dispatch and The Post

Melinda

The way a friend’s body looked at her funeral prompted Melinda Coffman to return to school and enter the mortuary business. “After seeing her in her casket, I knew I could do better,” Coffman said. “I knew I could make her look more like Lindsay.”

Extension extension

At 100 years old, the Ohio State University Extension must reinvent itself in order to stay useful, relevant.

Dining amid the din

Although ear-splitting background noise and loud music are representative of current restaurant norms, the unnecessary din can drive diners away.

She’s three feet tall and weighs 23 pounds, but to her parents — both students — Ryleigh Smith bears the weight of the world. To complicate matters, they say Ohio University isn’t doing its share of the lifting.

NSFW

A national conversation about pornography erupted when a Duke University freshman was outed as a rising erotica actress in 2013. Why haven’t we been talking about the genre all along?

Battelle

Among top scientists at an international research firm, a surprising number have a collegiate athletic connection.

The woman who used to teach kindergarteners to read is now teaching herself to do the same — with the help of students.

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The chance to study a bug smaller than the size of a fingernail gives researchers reason to visit Antarctica.

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