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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has sparked an international debate with a recent announcement that it has commissioned playwrights to translate William Shakespeare's plays into modern English. With its ambitious three-year Play on! project announced on Sept. 29, OSF has commissioned translations of 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare. The work will be carried out by 36 playwrights paired with dramaturgs — behind-the-scenes theater professionals who research the history and...

Updated at 5:22 PM

ROSEBURG — Chris Mintz, an Oregon college student celebrated as a hero for running toward danger while a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College, says the shooter showed no emotion as he shot Mintz five times.

Updated Oct 17, 2015 at 9:46 AM

Sixteen children and a handful of their mothers found the only door to their library room blocked by a man who held hunting knives in each hand as he screamed, "I’m going to kill some people!"

Updated Oct 16, 2015 at 11:25 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Forget the 451 yards rushing No. 1-ranked Springfield piled up Friday night in its 44-21 victory against No. 7 Ashland. Forget Trever Watson’s 249 yards rushing and two touchdowns or that Nicolas Ah Sam had 123...

Posted Oct 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Over 120 feet of 33-inch high, "temporary" iron fences, costing an estimated $10,000, were approved for the east and west sides of the Plaza at a recent City Council study session, when no members of the public were present, and are now awaiting...

Posted Oct 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Reflecting in last week’s column on the terrible event in Roseburg, I suggested that we set Christopher Harper-Mercer’s actions in a cultural context. We did that when Dylann Roof killed nine people at the church in Charleston,...

Posted Oct 17, 2015 at 2:00 AM

PORTLAND — The 12th-ranked Southern Oregon volleyball team avoided a letdown and rebounded from a first-game setback with a 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 win Friday night against Warner Pacific at Bart Valentine Court. The Raiders...

Posted Oct 17, 2015 at 2:00 AM

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Updated Oct 16, 2015 at 9:32 PM

SALEM — A collared wolf thought to be dead has been spotted on a hunter's trail camera in the Southern Cascade Mountains.

Updated Oct 16, 2015 at 8:32 PM

PORTLAND — Health Republic Insurance, one of two nonprofit insurers created in Oregon under President Barack Obama's health care law, announced Friday that it is shutting down. Health Republic will continue to pay claims through the...

Updated Oct 16, 2015 at 7:39 PM

Citing his passion to halt climate change, Ashland physician Julian Bell has filed to run for the Democratic nomination for Oregon governor in the May primary. Bell, 44, who moved to the region five years ago, is medical director of the...

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