Chris Lehman en Oregon Weighs Own Gun Measures After Mall Shooting, Newtown Oregon state lawmakers have scheduled a marathon public hearing Friday on four gun control bills. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 32574 at Why Does China Want A Mural In Oregon Destroyed? The mural in downtown Corvallis, Ore., is big: 10 feet high and 100 feet long. One side shows a peaceful countryside setting in rural Taiwan. The other shows police beating protesters in Tibet and a Buddhist monk setting himself ablaze in protest.<p>"You burn yourself to death. Painful. And we cannot ignore that," says David Lin, the Corvallis businessman who commissioned the mural. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:41:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 20334 at Episcopal Church Woos Latinos To Congregations Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, but only 5 percent of all Hispanics attend a mainline Protestant church. The vast majority are Roman Catholic.<p>For the Episcopal Church, those numbers are an opportunity.<p>The denomination is seeing fast-growing pockets of new Latino congregants. Episcopal churches in Nevada and Washington, D.C., are seeing considerably higher attendance from Latinos. In Oregon, there were only 150 Latino Episcopalians 20 years ago. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:26:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 19728 at Retirement Communities Find Niche With Gay Seniors When Pat Matthews turned 65, her declining health led her in search of a place that could offer increasing levels of care as she grew older.<p>And Matthews had one other requirement: She wanted to bring Carol Bosworth, her partner of nearly 20 years. At the very first place they visited, that was a problem.<p>"They didn't say we couldn't come. But they said that we would be best off if we were sisters," Matthews says. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 5458 at