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Dr. Know: A Mollusk Moniker

How did the Pearl District get its name?


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How did the Pearl District get its name? I heard that only a few years ago the area was a bunch of vacant warehouses and industrial buildings. —Chuck H. As you read this, one of America’s gr   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Thousand Words

Why does your picture always look like you’re stoned?


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Why does your picture always look like you’re stoned? And what’s up with that pencil? Are you a Luddite, or have you simply not updated your photo? —Curious, But Not in That Way For four y   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Viva Vancouverites!

Why do Portlanders abhor Vancouver residents who work in Oregon?


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Can you educate the masses regarding people from the ’Couv working in Portland? We pay Oregon income tax but receive no benefit from doing so. You Portlanders may abhor us, but at least appreciate w   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Toll Position

Can we put a toll on the Interstate Bridge?


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Commuting to North Portland on Friday nights can take an hour because of Vancouver-bound traffic. Can we put a toll on the Interstate Bridge? That revenue would help, and might encourage the p   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Train Stains

How often are MAX cars cleaned?


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A few weeks ago, an unusually disturbing specimen shared part of my morning commute on the MAX Green Line. It made me wonder how often the cars are wiped down and what chemicals are used, beca   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Other Kind of Doggy Bag

What is up with the little plastic bags of dog poop in Forest Park?


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I often hike in Forest Park and frequently see little plastic bags of dog poop, knotted shut and left at the side of the trail or even on top of a rock or stump. What is up with this? Is there som   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Glaring Omissions

Overlooked Oregonian Inventors


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The most inventive Oregonian? Probably Douglas Engelbart, who invented the computer mouse. Frances Gabe patented the self-cleaning house in 1984. And Henry Phillips invented—wait for it—the    More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland’s Better Mousetraps

Does Portland lay claim to any big inventions?


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I recall that when I lived in Baltimore, there used to be a poster in City Hall that listed all the things that originated there (the refrigerator, the Ouija board, the dredger, Bromo-Seltzer, e   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: For the Greater Good

Why don’t the police arrest drivers with dark-tinted side windows?


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Recent studies have shown that over 93 percent of drivers with dark-tinted side windows are either drug dealers, pedophiles or repeat sex offenders. Why don’t the police arrest these deviants    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Appreciation Deprecation

Can property tax assessments be appealed?


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I got my property tax assessment, and it’s gone way up—even though I’ve made no improvements to the property! It’s nice that my house is worth more, but I feel gouged. Can these assessme   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MARTY SMITH
 

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