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About benmaras

For three years I was a writer, page designer, and editor for the Clackamas Community College newspaper, The Clackamas Print, as Editor-in-Chief, Commentary Editor, and News Editor. I also wrote for the Oregon Commentator, out of the University of Oregon.

In a Jiffy

Setting off to find a stone left unturned by my classmates of the Amazon neighborhood was a challenge that drove me to the very edge of the neighborhood, but the center of the community, One of the Amazon neighborhood’s biggest … Continue reading

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Protesting War with Conscious Cuisine

The frosty air of Washington/Jefferson Park is cut by the warm and lightly salty smell of soup, replacing the typical myriad of aromas associated with the area. It’s served out of red plastic cups, which are in the cardboard box … Continue reading

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YouTube Launches Citizen Journo Channel, Transcends Text

Citizen journalism is taking a step beyond the written word with the launch of CitizenNews, a YouTube channel specifically for journos. While video blogs (for which the difficult-to-pronounce term favored by the site is “vlog”) have been a mainstay of … Continue reading

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November in Owen Rose Garden

November is when the Willamette Valley goes into hibernation. Flowers begin to shrivel, a chill takes over the air and the bright green leaves that provided shade just a few weeks before become slippery mounds of decomposition by the roadside.  … Continue reading

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Department of Justice Subpoenas Blog’s IP Records

For those undecided about whether or not citizen journalists should be protected under shield laws designed to protect print journalists, there’s news that may hasten the decision. CBS reports that on January 23rd, 2009, Philadelphia-based liberal blog Indymedia.us received a … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Century Village Brewer

When Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing repeats the mantra that hangs above the bar of their new tasting room in the Whiteaker, he means it: Beer is Love. In addition to being a professional brewer, Floyd, a laid-back 30-something with … Continue reading

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Booze Ban Misses Mark

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has a solution for the Whiteaker’s crime rate: ban malt liquor. In a stunning display of first-grade classroom conflict resolution, they took away the object apparently causing the problem, and told Whiteaker convenience stores to … Continue reading

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Battle Scars: Journalism as a High-Stress Career

I started thinking about it after a Bill Moyers special on the psychological effect of combat on soldiers’ lives. It’s acronym is probably better known than the full name, which is in itself a clinical description of a psychological condition … Continue reading

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Lane County Unemployment Strains Whiteaker Programs, Community

Amid claims of an economic turn around, Lane County’s unemployment rate hovers at 12.6 percent. This is higher than Oregon’s 11.5 percent jobless rate – the fourth highest in the country – and the national average of 9.8 percent. While … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Whit

Residents of the Whiteaker, also sometimes called “the Whit,” have seen a lot of changes in their neighborhood. There has been an influx of new businesses to the area, and old ones are more robust. Inhabitants’ stories about the history … Continue reading

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