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Dr. Know: Home on the Grange

What's a grange?


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In cycling the highways and byways surrounding Portland, I’ve run across several old buildings with names like “Tigard Grange” or “Milwaukie Grange.” What’s a grange? Were these the pi   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Blue, Blue Oregon

If Oregon is so solidly blue, why should a Portlander bother voting this year?


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Oregon is a die-hard blue state—and anyway, since the conventions, Obama’s been running away with the election. So, as a Portlander, why should I bother voting? —Derpa the Sherpa We’re no   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Alarming Facts

What does it mean when they describe a fire in terms of a certain number of “alarms”?


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You probably saw there was a huge fire in Jantzen Beach over the holiday weekend. On the news, they called it a “five-alarm blaze.”
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MARTY SMITH

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
 

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