Sophomores played cards as they studied one morning last week at the park across from Cleveland High School. It was their free period, and they couldnt use the library because testing was under way. The high school schedules are mired in politics, teacher workload issues and district budget priorities. Undated photo. (Christopher Onstott/Portland Tribune)

Free time leads to play time in schools

Portland high schoolers have one to five “free periods” during their school day per week in the form of early dismissals, late arrivals, fre…

24-year-old Raymond Hernandez is accused of accidentally shooting his sister in the leg at a Salem apartment Wednesday, May 9, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

Man shoots sister, Salem police say

The incident occurred at the same apartment where the suspect was allegedly involved in a domestic violence incident last year.

Intel's first and second D1X fabrication plants are helping to drive employment gains outside of downtown Portland. Undated photo. (Chase Allgood/Portland Tribune)

Study: Jobs heading to the ‘burbs

A new study confirms what Washington County officials have been saying for years: Most new jobs are being created outside of downtown Portla…

Nazi-themed opera canceled in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — A modern version of Richard Wagner’s “Tannhauser” has been canceled in Germany after the opening-night audience complained abo…