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Dr. Know: EV EMF A-OK?

I hear electric cars don’t shield riders from all that EMF they produce. Are we doomed?


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I hear electric cars don’t shield riders from all that electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation they produce. I pity the way the “humans” in these cars are getting their gonads micro-nuked. Are   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mane Street

Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets?


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Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets? And water them at Skidmore Fountain? Should I build a paddock in my driveway? —Carl It’s funny you should bring this up, Carl. As it turns    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Carding Complexities

Can OLCC agents lie during a sting?


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Because of my youthful appearance, I’m often carded for alcohol. But occasionally a barkeep will simply ask if I’m 21. I’ve asked why, and they say undercover OLCC agents can’t lie during    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mixed-Up Signals

Why don't Portland's stoplight countdown displays sync with the yellow light?


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Portland has been installing countdown displays at stoplights. But sometimes when they count down, nothing happens—the light remains green. Why can’t they sync with the yellow light, like th   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pusher Potential

What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription?


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Following hip-replacement surgery, I was given a prescription for 160 painkillers called “Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325.” I’ve taken only one tablet. What’s the street value of the remaining 159?   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Keep Portland Quiet!!

Is Portland noisier than most cities its size?


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Is Portland noisier than most cities its size? I live on a side street in Northeast Portland, and for whatever reason, every dickhead in the city has to walk or bike by between 10 pm and 3 am sc   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Attack of the Electric Squirrels

How does one squirrel take down a power station?


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Just saw a news item entitled “Squirrel knocks out power for 7,400 Southeast Portland PGE customers.” This demands an insta-response from Dr. Know: How does one squirrel take down a power statio   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Ore or OR

Why is Oregon often abbreviated as Ore.?


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I often see “Oregon” abbreviated as “Ore.” Yet we all know the official two-letter U.S. postal-code abbreviation for our state is “OR.” What gives? —Brett S. Please don’t be offe   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Carbon Footprints in the Sand

Is cycling worse for the environment than driving?


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Is cycling worse for the environment than driving? The theory I’ve heard is that cycling requires energy from food, which needs to be grown, transported and cooked, and doing all that is worse t   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Gratuitous Advice

What’s the tipping etiquette for counter service?


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Growing up, I learned you should tip 15 percent at lunch and 18 to 20 percent for dinner. But what about at a place like Laughing Planet, where you order at the counter? What’s the tipping eti   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MARTY SMITH
 

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