This week’s winners and losers in the news

Statesman Journal

WINNER: Teacher training at Western Oregon University. WOU is a leader in making college courses relevant to what new teachers actually will experience in the classroom.

WOU’s College of Education was recognized this week with the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, presented by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

LOSER: Oregon Rep. David Wu. What is going on with the congressman? His behavior has been downright peculiar at times, and The Oregonian reports that at least six staff members have resigned. Several top campaign advisers also have severed ties with Wu.

WINNER: Oregon House Co-Speakers Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, and Bruce Hanna, R-Roseburg. They’re co-hosting town meetings in each other’s legislative district.

TOSSUP: Oregon unemployment. We’ve essentially been running in place for the past 14 months, although that’s better than falling further behind. The state’s jobless rate was 10.6 percent in December, compared with the national average of 9.4 percent.

WINNER: David D. Hunt. Dave Hunt was a longtime Salem activist, spearheading sister-city, community mediation, environmental and other projects. Hunt, who moved to Eastern Oregon a few years ago, died Jan. 11 at age 59.

LOSER: Voter fraud. An 81-year-old Portland man was sentenced to jail for using his dead brother’s and son’s names to vote. Lafayette F. Keaton also was guilty of collecting Social Security and other benefits in his brother’s name.

WINNER: Oregon National Guard Brig. Daniel R. Hokanson. He was promoted to that rank in a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Hokanson, from Keizer, commanded the Oregon Guard’s 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team during the unit’s yearlong deployment in Iraq. He now serves as deputy director for strategic plans and policy for North American Aerospace Command and U.S. Northern Command.

LOSER: Adding a lieutenant governor in Oregon. Legislators keep proposing that the state create the elected position, making that person responsible for promoting international trade as well as being first in line to succeed the governor in case of disability or death, but Oregon has neither the money nor the need for a lieutenant governor.

WINNER: Medical Teams International. The Portland-based global health organization has been providing earthquake relief in Haiti for a year. During that time, the group has raised more than $13 million in cash and supplies, mobilized 165 volunteers, treated more than 40,000 patients and trained enough Haitian volunteers to treat 200,000 patients.

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