Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry ice cream came to Portland last week for ‘free ice cream day’.
But in addition to the line of people who wanted a free ice cream at Pioneer square, Jerry also faced some protesters, who challenged the company’s decision to maintain stores in Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.
KBOO’s Don Merrill asked Jerry about the issue while he was in town.
Jerry said, in response, "I think those people who are protesting Ben and Jerrys are doing exactly what they should be doing. I'm happy they're doing it, and it's gonna push Ben and Jerry's to find a good answer".
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A unique and massive tree known as a Paradox Walnut in the Mt. Tabor area of Portland is threatened by a new housing development.
People in the neighborhood are trying to protect the tree and on April 10 the developer agreed to meet with them.
KBOO reporter Paul Roland spoke with arborist Kevin Hillery about the situation. 6:04 minutes (5.55 MB)
A report released on April 10 by Environment Oregon ranked Portland sixteenth among US cities for solar power.
KBOO reporter Ethan Martin spoke with Charlie Fischer of Environment Oregon and Andrea Jacob of Solar Forward for more on the report and Portland's ranking.
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On Tuesday, April 8, the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Analysis Response Center (PARC) released a report on their investigation into the alleged spraying of agricultural chemicals on residential areas in Curry County in October 2013 by a private hired helicopter. Many residents and animals in the area became ill in the following days. KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with John Burns of Cedar Valley, Oregon about the event and the local reaction to the PARC report. 14:02 minutes (12.84 MB)
PSU-AAUP, the faculty union at Portland State University, and the PSU administration reached an agreement on a new two-year contract in the wee hours of Saturday night, averting a strike on April 16th. Faculty, students, and the administration seem satisfied. KBOO captured on-campus reactions from two student leaders and also the administration:
1) Cameron Frank and Christina Kane, student leaders in the PSU Student Union (PSUSU) and also the Student Action Coalition, give immediate reflections.
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KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with Alka Pradhan, Counter-Terrorism Counsel with Reprieve US, who is representing Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Rabbani in the Washington DC Court of Appeals, in one of the first court cases related to conditions of detention at the controversial military prison. Rabbani has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since his arrest in Pakistan in 2002, and is joining historic litigation begun by fellow prisoner Imad Abdullah Hassan. Both men are attempting to have a the court issue an injunction against abusive force-feeing techniques used by guards against hunger-striking prisoners.