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ODFW: Someone may be feeding coyotes that attacked 2 kids
Author: Zane Sparling
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife not planning on tracking or trapping beasts in SW Portland.

Two coyote attacks on children are under investigation in Southwest Portland, state and local health officials confirm.

The first attack occurred on Oct. 19 after a young coyote reportedly scratched an 8-year-old ...

ODFW: Someone may be feeding coyotes that attacked 2 kids
Author: Zane Sparling
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife not planning on tracking or trapping beasts in SW Portland.

Two coyote attacks on children are under investigation in Southwest Portland, state and local health officials confirm.

The first attack occurred on Oct. 19 after a young coyote reportedly scratched an 8-year-old ...

Some school drinking fixtures still show high lead levels after replacement
Author: Shasta Kearns Moore
Portland Public Schools says the fixtures showing more than 15 parts per billion concentration of lead are out of service until more extensive work can be done to replace the pipes.

Dozens of drinking water fixtures are still showing high levels of lead across Portland Public Schools despite mitigation efforts. ...

Some school drinking fixtures still show high lead levels after replacement
Author: Shasta Kearns Moore
Portland Public Schools says the fixtures showing more than 15 parts per billion concentration of lead are out of service until more extensive work can be done to replace the pipes.

Dozens of drinking water fixtures are still showing high levels of lead across Portland Public Schools despite mitigation efforts. ...

Wednesday sports events
Author: Portland Tribune
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings for Nov. 14

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Blazers: Portland at L.A. Lakers, 7:30 p.m.

Winterhawks: Portland at Everett, 7 p.m.

College volleyball: Utah at Oregon, 7 p.m.

College women's basketball: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Oregon State, 11 a.m. … Oregon at Utah State, 6 ...

Wednesday TV, radio
Author: Portland Tribune
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings on the air locally on Nov. 14

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Blazers: Portland at L.A. Lakers, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, KPOJ (620 AM), KKRZ (102.3 FM)

NBA: New Orleans at Minnesota, 5 p.m., ESPN

NHL: St. Louis at Chicago, 5 p.m., Anaheim at Vegas, ...

Portland area fifth in U.S. metro growth rates
Author: Stephanie Basalyga
Despite the population increase in the region, housing affordability, lack of buildable lots are weak points.

Oregon's economy has never been "bigger or better," says Josh Lehner, an economist with the state Office of Economic Analysis, but he doesn't see that case holding true as Oregon moves through next year and ...

Can a river ferry relieve traffic? Proposal hopes for green light
Author: Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Ambitious plan to move hundreds between Vancouver and Portland encouraged by local and state leaders

A months-long effort to fashion a new ferry service across the Columbia River in Portland comes into public view Friday before the Oregon Transportation Commission.

The ambitious plan to ferry hundreds of people between Vancouver and ...

NYT Politics

When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More
Author: REED ABELSON
Rapid consolidation has created powerful groups of hospitals, with organizations dictating prices and fueling health spending in some areas of the country.

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Play of RBs Williams, Borghi key in Cougars’ Air Raid attack
Author: NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

While quarterback Gardner Minshew is getting most of the attention, running backs James Williams and Max Borghi have also helped fuel the rise of No. 8 Washington State this season.

Williams and Borghi play key roles in the complex Air Raid offense, which is mostly geared to passing.

In Saturday’s 31-7 blowout of Colorado, the Cougars rushed a season-high 33 times for 131 yards. The two running backs added eight catches for 77 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

“I think one of the biggest things was how good our running game was today,” Minshew said afterward. “Our O-line and our running backs hit it hard.”

Coach Mike Leach likes to point out that the Air Raid depends heavily on running backs who serve as blockers and receivers.

“You have to rush, catch and block at WSU,” Leach said. “Not just one of the three. You have to do all three.”

The backs have certainly done their part in protecting Minshew, who has been sacked just seven times this season. The Cougars, meantime, have sacked opposing quarterbacks 30 times.

“We got two running backs who can do it all,” Williams said.

Washington State (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) can win the Pac-12 North if it beats Arizona on Saturday night and rival Washington on Nov. 23. The Cougars also have an outside chance of making the College Football Playoff for the first time if they win out.

The Cougars are where they are thanks in part to Williams, a 205-pound junior, and Borghi, a freshman.

Williams, who is from Burbank, California, has rushed for 437 yards and nine touchdowns and he leads the team with 63 receptions, good for 506 yards and another three touchdowns.

“James does a good job of making people miss when he is in space,” Leach said. “He can do everything you ask a running back to do.”

Williams said he has improved as a rusher by concentrating on hitting holes.

“I used to have a problem with bouncing things out when I shouldn’t have,” Williams said.

While Williams is a shifty and powerful rusher, the 5-foot-10 Borghi is low to the ground and rushes through gaps in the line. Leach said they complement each other with their play.

Borghi has rushed for 283 yards and six touchdowns this season, and caught 34 passes for 238 yards and four more scores.

As a team, the Cougars have rushed for 18 touchdowns this season, three more than their opponents. The Cougars rushed for just eight touchdowns last season.

Of course, they don’t call it the Air Raid for nothing. The Cougars rank first in the nation in passing yardage, but only 128th among FBS teams with an average of 77 rushing yards per game.

Borghi, who was in high school in Colorado at this time last year, has been a revelation. He reminds many of former Stanford standout Christian McCaffrey, who now plays in the NFL. The two have worked out together in the past.

“I don’t know where his ceiling is,” Leach said. “We are kind of in the business of not having ceilings.”

Borghi spurned offers from Colorado and Stanford to come to Pullman.

“Everyone was projecting us to go 3-9 and have a horrible season,” Borghi said. “It’s been fun proving everyone wrong, and it’s pretty much us versus everybody.”

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