The Thurston School Shooting, 20 Years Later: Profiles Of Tragedy And Triumph

20 years ago this Monday, 15-year-old Kipland "Kip" Kinkel peppered the Thurston High School cafeteria with bullets, after wounding two students in a breezeway moments before. When he paused to reload, a group of classmates tackled him to the ground, holding him until authorities arrived. Police later found Kinkel's parents, Bill and Faith, dead in their rural Springfield home. In all, four people were killed and more than two dozen wounded from what has come to be called the Thurston School Shooting. The following stories revisit the lives of those who survived the bloody events of May 21, 1998. There's also a glimpse into the life of convicted gunman Kipland Kinkel, who's currently living out a nearly 112-year sentence in prison.

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Point-in-time Count Finds More Homeless People In Lane County

Results from Lane County’s January 31st 2018 Homeless Point in Time count show that there was an increase in the number of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness.

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Oregonians enjoying spring weather may not know it, but they’re in the middle of a "war on melanoma."

It was started by Oregon Health And Science University back in 2014 — mainly because Oregon has one of the worst rates of skin cancer in the nation.

How Dangerous Are The Northwest’s Volcanoes?

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If you live in the Pacific Northwest, chances are good you can see a volcano from where you stand.

In Oregon, Washington and Idaho, magma has erupted out of the ground in at least 25 places in the last 10,000 years, a mere instant in the lifetime of volcanoes that can be hundreds of thousands of years old.

A new stretch of land has reopened since the Eagle Creek Fire last September, allowing the public back onto several trails and lakes in the Columbia River Gorge.

The area includes Starvation Creek State Park, which acts as an access point for the strenuous Starvation Ridge trail, Mount Defiance trail and Warren Lake. Several more lakes and their access trails are also open for fishing and hiking, and Forest Road 1310 is now open to vehicles.

But as with any outdoor recreation, there are risks, and those risks are greater in damaged areas.

An unnamed group of Marylhurst faculty members released a "Statement of the Faculty" on Friday, objecting to the decision by the university's board of trustees to close.

Marylhurst officials announced Thursday that the 125-year-old university would be shutting down later this year because of declining enrollment and dwindling finances. 

Oregon’s closest legislative primary race won’t be settled until early June.

In Deschutes County’s House District 53, Redmond real estate agent Jack Zika leads conservative activist Ben Schimmoller by just 11 votes in the Republican primary held on May 15.

The final vote count won’t be released until June 4. And if the race remains as close, there would then be a recount that could leave the race in doubt for another week.

Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is on the shortlist of the hardest-working drummers in the history of recorded music. The list of artists he's worked with, on the other hand, is quite long: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lloyd Price, James Brown, Steely Dan — on and on stretching back to 1962. On many of those recordings, you can hear a triplet rhythm that's come to be known as the Purdie Shuffle.

If you've spent any time on the Internet this past week, you've probably heard and then argued over a certain viral sound clip.

He's saying, "Laurel," some people swear. No, he's saying, "Yanny," others insist. But for Broadway and television actor Jay Aubrey Jones, he hears himself.

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