Articles by Gillian Flaccus

Oregon Marijuana Growers Turning to Hemp as CBD Extract Explodes

A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet, one that doesn’t come with a high. Applications for state licenses …

Amtrak in Washington 50 Mph Over Speed Limit Before Deadly Derailment

Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation …

Modest Mouse Singer Sued in Oregon over 2016 Traffic Accident

The lead singer of the alternative rock band Modest Mouse is being sued in a Portland, Ore. court for nearly $1 million over a traffic accident last year. Isaac Brock was cited after the Aug. 3, 2016, accident for crashing …

4,500 Evacuated as Oregon Wildfires Burn

Wildfires in Oregon are burning an area roughly equivalent to half the state of Rhode Island, affecting air quality throughout the state and forcing the evacuations of more than 4,500 people, fire authorities said on Aug. 30 Two dozen fires …

Group Asking Residents Use Drones to Map El Niño Flooding in California

Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline’s changing face. Starting this month, The Nature Conservancy is asking tech junkies to capture the flooding and coastal erosion that come with El Niño, a …

Exxon Deficiencies Found In California Refinery Blast, Probe Shows

An explosion at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in California last year could have been prevented if managers had taken into account aging safety equipment and shut down a key, spark-generating part of the refinery before attempting repairs elsewhere, federal investigators …

Emission Scandal Puts VW Test Site in California Under Scrutiny

When Volkswagen opened its gleaming pollution testing center near the California coast, a top executive from the German automaker helped snip the blue ribbon and joined a tour of a lab so advanced that VW would brag the air inside …

California Suit Against Boy Scouts Could Reveal Sex Abuse Claims

A sex abuse case claiming negligence against the Boy Scouts is getting underway in California and will include the use of previously undisclosed information from “perversion” files kept by the organization. The lawsuit was filed by a man who is …

Southern California School District Settles Lewd ‘Tasting Games’ Claims

The Los Angeles school district will pay millions of dollars to settle claims and lawsuits filed by students and families from an elementary school where a third-grade teacher was accused of spoon-feeding children semen in what he called “tasting games,” …

Suit: NASA Specialist in Southern California Axed Over Intelligent Design

A former computer specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is going to court over allegations that he was wrongfully terminated because of his belief in intelligent design. Opening statements in the lawsuit by David Coppedge were expected to start Tuesday …