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July 18, 2024

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Books

OSF veteran depicts an actor’s haunting life in new novel

“Harriman’s Ghost” tells side-by-side stories of the life of the fictional Ben Harriman, a revered film and television star, and Janet Cooper, ghost writer of Harriman’s official biography. In “Harriman’s Ghost,” she is goaded into writing another book that unveils the truth about the actor’s troubled life.

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Housing

Homeless man injured in fire on city night lawn dies

Rick Bevel was 68 years old when he died Friday, April 26, about a month after he was discharged from the intensive care unit at a Portland hospital where he had been treated for injuries sustained during an altercation and ensuing fire on Jan. 16 at the city of Ashland’s dusk-to-dawn sleeping area — an event his fiancée says led to his death.

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Ashland School District

Ashland teacher receives Harvard program fellowship

Ashland High School teacher Paul Huard will participate in a Harvard University-sponsored program to develop curriculum that can be used in U.S. schools to teach students about the global significance of Ukraine. He joins a group of six American teachers selected through a competitive application process by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard.

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Ashland Creatives

Ashland Creatives: The multitalented Vanessa Finney

Ashland Creatives: Vanessa Finney of Ashland is a news and music host and producer at Jefferson Public Radio. At JPR she also hosts the “My Better Half” podcast. At Southern Oregon PBS she produces an artist profile series, “The Work of Art.” As she puts it, Finney “talks for a living.”

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Ashland School District

Living his dream: Empowering students to be kind, inclusive and to aim high

For just a few minutes, it was like old times for Ashland High School graduate Luke Hogan Laurenson. The now 19-year-old, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dysarthria, a speech disability, danced about the gymnasium at Walker Elementary on March 21 with his mom in tow, during a special assembly commemorating Disability Awareness Month.

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Latest posts

Council agrees: A denser Ashland would make more city more ‘liveable’

In just an hour and half on Monday night, the Ashland City Council strongly affirmed that the city’s future will include major swaths of taller, denser development designed to reduce our dependency on automobiles, adapt to climate change, and provide a greater amount of multi-family and affordable housing, while striving to provide spaces for commercial and small-scale industrial uses.

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Chris Honoré: A debate narrative

Chris Honoré: Donald Trump simply cannot win the presidency. He must not return to the White House. Perhaps he can last four more years, but our Democracy won’t. With a mixture of regret and urgency, the number of elected Democrats calling for President Biden to step down grows.

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Obituary: Jed D. Meese

Obituary: Jed Meese died on June 24 at the age of 86. Jed started several successful companies, each with a physician partner in Japan, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK, which designed and developed both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Jed was extremely generous and philanthropic to our community and nationally. He served on Boards of Directors and Foundations for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University, Ashland Community Hospital, Asante, Ashland Family YMCA, and many others.

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Obituary: Joyce Theresa (Brenner) Epstein

Obituary: Joyce Theresa (Breener) Epstein, 96, of Ashland died March 26. Her work has been dramatized by college and university theater arts departments, and she is the author of the chapbook, “A Journey Through Life Unguarded, The Book,” and “The Stars Gave Us Names.”

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