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Dr. Know: The Fluoridation Saga Continues

A World Health Organization chart on fluoridated vs. non-fluoridated countries seems to show no health benefits to adding it to drinking water!


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There’s no evidence to support...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Fluoridation Situation

Is Portland’s consideration of putting fluoride in our drinking water a bad idea?


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I’m hearing that the City of Portland is thinking about putting fluoride in our drinking water. People are getting pretty freaked out...   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Trains Among Us

What’s the difference between subways and light rail?


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I saw a local-access TV show recently about the streetcar to Lake Oswego, and they mentioned NYC’s trains. The politician replies: “That’s a subway; this is light rail.” What’s the diffe   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Boarding, Blading Ban BS

Can Freddy’s ban skateboarding on public sidewalks?


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The Hawthorne Fred Meyer has signs posted outside along the sidewalks, “No skateboarding or rollerblading.” Does...   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Glass Colored Glasses

Why doesn’t it matter anymore that all the glass to be recycled is mixed?


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We used to have to separate our glass by color for recycling. Now it all goes in one bin and gets smashed together, so sorting post-pickup seems impossible. Why doesn’t it matter anymore that    More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Frontier Profiling

Was it once illegal to be African-American in Oregon?


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(Author’s note: Final installment for “Oregon History Month.” By now, you should almost believe it’s real.) Was it once illegal to be African-American in Oregon? I’ve heard that black t   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Beaver State Indeed

Was Oregon originally established as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hudson’s Bay Company?


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(Author’s note: In honor of Oregon History Month, an observance I made up, I’m devoting July to history questions.) I recently...   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Remnants of the Empire?

What was the impact of Oregon being the last British territory in the US?


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Oregon was the last British territory in the U.S.—did the English stick around when the New...   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Keep Obregón Extraño!

It true that the name Oregon comes from the Spanish surname Obregón?


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We all know that the Spaniards were in Oregon before the British. Is it true that the name Oregon comes from the Spanish surname Obregón? Like Álvaro Obregón? —Puscifer If you wanna believe    More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Volcanic Verisimilitude

How dormant/active is Mount Tabor?


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My dad says back in the ’50s he used to play up on Mount Tabor, and on a cold day he could see steam rising from the crater. How dormant/active is Mount Tabor, and is it true Rocky Butte is ac   More
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MARTY SMITH
 

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