How small towns can rebuild from the ground up

I believe there is hope in rural America today, embodied by local entrepreneurs, musicians, farmers, craft-persons and those who build upon the uniqueness of their cultures and places to promote new local economies.

How hot is it? Here's how the N&O interns measured.

The newsroom interns set out to see what would melt in the heat. The most promising contenders, a strawberry popsicle, chocolate gelato, and a stick of butter went head-to-head to see which would melt first.