What Were We Thinking? 6/15/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Jun 15, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 6/8/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Jun 8, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 6/1/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 31, 2011 08:23 pm by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 5/25/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 25, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 5/18/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 18, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 5/11/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 11, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 5/4/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 4, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 4/20/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Apr 20, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 4/13/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Apr 13, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 4/6/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Apr 5, 2011 06:12 pm by MARK ZUSMAN

Hotseat: Steve Novick

The City Commissioner talks about his (so far) unsuccessful fight to raise $50 million a year for streets.

City Hall Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick’s road forward is uphill. The freshman councilor has begun a goodwill tour to heal the rancor from his attempt this spring to cram a citywide “street ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Watching the Wheels

Portland’s road-paving backlog has grown in the past decade while city officials have delayed filling the hole.

City Hall This week, Portland officials are navigating a switchback trickier than the Terwilliger curves.  They’re telling residents the city needs more money to fix its roads, even as they passed ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Fee For All

The wrong turns that Steve Novick took to raise more money for Portland’s roads.

City Hall City Commissioner Steve Novick has led the parade for new road funding into a blind alley. He’s the architect of a plan to raise at least $40 million a year for transportation projects by crea ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Flushing the Ads

In the primary election fight over Portland water, which side is using the airwaves to dupe voters? As it turns out, both.

City Hall For a while there, it looked as if the backers of a measure to take control of Portland’s water and sewer systems from City Hall were going to flood the airwaves with campaign ads. But so far ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Shibley’s Side Of The Story

Hales’ chief of staff responds to a claim she targeted an HIV-positive employee.

City Hall Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ chief of staff, Gail Shibley, is fighting back against allegations she pressured a staffer into revealing he was HIV-positive and called him a “skank” after he ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

No Safe Harbor

An aide mayor Hales said would help lead the Portland Harbor cleanup has a conflict.

City Hall Mayor Charlie Hales was hoping to make a big splash in the Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor. In October, Hales announced he had lured state Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) to become ... More

Dec 4, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

127th and Hales

The mayor says he makes his decisions thinking about one intersection. We went there. It needs paving.

City Hall Charlotte Hurt says she didn’t choose to move to Southeast 127th Avenue and Mill Court. And she hasn’t heard of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Hurt moved last year to a turquoise cottage fo ... More

Nov 13, 2013 12:01 am by RAVLEEN KAUR, ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Million-Dollar Water Park

A visitors’ center and caretaker’s house soak ratepayers for $1.1 million at a new underground reservoir.

City Hall Kevin Duff has a view any Portlander would envy—and one that’s warming up the already heated battle over the future of the city’s Water Bureau.   On a clear morning, Duff can sit on ... More

Oct 23, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Picking At The Scabs

Laborers’ Local 483 Union Workers say Multnomah County Inmates Are Stealing Their Jobs.

City Hall Union leaders say the city of Portland’s contracts with the county jail and state prisons to perform general jobs amounts to “slave labor” and are stealing union work. “How can you have ... More

Sep 4, 2013 12:01 am by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Appeal to the Baseline

The retail politics of the Hales budget creates winners and losers.

City Hall Politicians don’t usually gain support by making budget cuts.But the startling thing about Mayor Charlie Hales’ first budget, released April 30, is how the mayor’s cutting of $21.5 million has b ... More

May 8, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Busted Ranks

New allegations from a former vice cop about the top brass.

Cops and Courts A former vice cop is making new allegations of retaliation, lying and backbiting in the highest ranks of the Portland Police Bureau—after he gave a series of interviews about the city’s fail ... More

Feb 1, 2012 12:01 am by COREY PEIN

Out Of Order

The Oregon Courts have so far spent $23 million on a new computer system with little to show for it.

Cops and Courts The state of Oregon has a long history of bungled computer and high-tech projects: DMV, the State Data Center and OWIN ... More

Jun 1, 2011 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

Lord Of The Files

An Oregon lawyer fights to open police internal affairs records.

Cops and Courts When police raided William Traverso’s house last fall, it wasn’t the first time cops had come knocking. Traverso was caught up in a 2008 FBI ... More

Apr 6, 2011 04:16 am by JAMES PITKIN

JTTF: WTF?

Cops and Courts Last week, Mayor Sam Adams canceled for the third time a hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.  And so far, Commissioner Randy Leonard is the only p ... More

Mar 16, 2011 05:43 pm by JAMES PITKIN

Justice Postponed

An Oregon couple waits and waits for the trial of an Ecuadorian man charged with their son’s murder.

Cops and Courts A year and a half after police found Max Chamberlin fatally shot in the back seat of a car in Ecuador, his parents in east Multnomah County are still awaiting justice. The trial of the man accused ... More

Mar 2, 2011 03:31 pm by AILIN DARLING

Missing Justus

A Portland cop says he was forced out of his job over a human-trafficking case.

Cops and Courts The Portland Police Bureau’s former point man on the issue of human trafficking has put the city on notice that he intends to sue his former supervisor for gender harassment. ... More

Feb 16, 2011 05:34 pm by JAMES PITKIN

Plaque Flak

Police reformers want a closer look at the city’s handling of Nazi memorials.

Cops and Courts The Albina Ministerial Alliance wants an outside investigation into Portland’s Police Bureau and the City Attorney’s Office in the wake of recent revelations about a police captain and his ... More

Oct 20, 2010 12:00 am by Jacob Pierce

Old Dirty Bastard

Frank Peters managed Portland’s original outlaw gang, the Mavericks. A new film documents how they mingled baseball with booze and burning brooms.

Cover Story Those who believe there are no second, third, fourth or fifth acts to American lives probably don’t know Frank Peters, who plays a supporting role in a film to be released July 11 on Netflix. ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARK CHRISTENSEN

America’s Best Worst Politicians

From Oregon to Florida and from California to New York, an Independence Day look at the bottom feeders of public office.

Cover Story King George III was “a Tyrant... unfit to be the ruler of a free people,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence exactly 238 years ago this week. Tommy had it right.
... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Harry Rinehart’s House Of Pain

A century old clinic is at the center of debate over Oregon’s prescription opiate epidemic.

Cover Story From its perch on a steep hillside in Wheeler, Ore., the Rinehart Clinic offers a view of the timeless battle between the Nehalem River and the Pacific Ocean. When the tide flows out, water ru ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

World Cup 2014: Balls & Brews For Breakfast

Call in sick, quit your job—here’s how to party at 7am as the World Cup takes over Portland.

Cover Story The average American switches jobs every four years or so. We find it a startling coincidence that the World Cup also comes once every four years. So this is your time to quit that job, “work fr ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Terry Bean’s Problem

A prominent Portlander fights for his reputation after a love affair goes wrong.

Cover Story Few people have worked harder for last month’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon than Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean. Bean, 65, is one of the founders ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

12 Mammals That Matter To the Oregon Zoo

It’s a beastly time at the state’s most popular tourist attraction. These political animals will determine its future.

Cover Story To lose an orangutan was a setback. But to lose the orangutan, a zoo director, the chief veterinarian and the support of keepers—that’s a sign of serious trouble at the Oregon Zoo. Kutai, ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Wipeout!

Jorge Guzman had an idea for a better surfboard. He says his instructor at Portland State University stole it.

Cover Story In a town filled with dazzling startups, few new businesses in Portland look as fun as Yana Surf. The company, founded last year by local entrepreneur Wilson Zehr, sells “heirloom-quality” b ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by CAMBRIA ROTH, BRENT WALTH

Best New Band 2014

10 local artists Portland’s music insiders say you must hear.

Cover Story In the decade we’ve been polling Portland’s most knowledgeable music fans and professionals to compile our annual Best New Band list, we’ve learned one thing: Bands here don’t just break u ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Spare the Jail, Spoil the Child?

For years Oregon has believed less prison time for juvenile offenders is the ideal. A new report suggests that may be wrong.

Cover Story Donald Anthony Beckwith stole his first car when he was 15. The next year, in August 2005, he mugged a couple near the downtown Hilton. Just short of his 17th birthday, Beckwith and a buddy, high ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Talkin’ Bull

Lies and money are flowing fast in the bitter war over Portland’s tap water. Here’s the unfiltered truth.

Cover Story Portland’s hidden treasure lies nearly 50 miles east of the city, ringed by Douglas fir and protected by gates and guards. Bull Run Lake, a rain-fed oval nestled in the shadow of Mount Hood, suppl ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Commuter Conundrum

Why is traffic so much worse in the evening than in the morning?

Dr. Know I commute from downtown to Tigard via I-5. In the morning, it takes me 20 minutes or less. However, on my way home, traffic is often a parking lot. Where do all these commuters come from in th ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Edge of Midnight

Why do some park signs say "Open until 12:01 am" instead of midnight?

Dr. Know I’ve noticed that posted hours for some parks are expressed as “Open until 12:01 am.” What’s wrong with “Open until 12 am” or even “Open until midnight”? Is this because of limited ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Whale Tail Tale

What can you tell us about the message board over the Galleria MAX stop?

Dr. Know I grew up in Portland and always thought that message board over the Galleria MAX stop on Southwest Morrison Street—you know, the one encased in a bronze whale tail—was really cool. What can y ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Streak Legal?

I thought exposing one’s genitalia was illegal.

Dr. Know After the recent Naked Bike Ride, I’m quite confused. I thought exposing one’s genitalia was illegal. (Please note I am not advocating public mooning, especially not in Pioneer Courthouse Square d ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Animal Inmates?

Is it unethical to visit the Oregon Zoo?

Dr. Know A zoo is a prison for animals who are guilty of nothing except being animals. Is it unethical to visit the Oregon Zoo? —Kevin S.  I’m flattered, Kevin, that you seem to think I can furrow ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Naked Truth

Did Portland really invent the Naked Bike Ride?

Dr. Know Did Portland really invent the Naked Bike Ride, or is it one of those things like “Keep Portland Weird” that we stole from some other city and now try to take credit for? —Hypocritical Mass ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Hot Wheels, Raw Deals

Why do I have to pay the towing fees for my recovered stolen car?

Dr. Know My car was stolen. Thankfully, it was recovered. But since the cops had it towed, it cost me $200. The tow company says it sends most of this money back to the city. Why should I have to pay to ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Major League Dreams

Who in Portland is rich enough to buy the city another professional sports team?

Dr. Know Portland still has only one team—the Trail Blazers—from one of the four traditional major sports leagues. Does your privileged position as a widely read columnist give you access to the well-h ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Local Fish Story

What are the chances that there are monster-sized fish swimming in Bull Run?

Dr. Know With Bull Run being off limits to most everyone for years, there could be some monster-sized fish swimming around in there. Has it ever been considered for a monster-fish reality-TV show? —Stim ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Vanishing Candidates

The number of candidates in my Voters' Pamphlet doesn't match my ballot. Conspiracy?

Dr. Know My Voters’ Pamphlet lists only one Democratic candidate for governor. However, my primary ballot has two candidates listed. For U.S. senator, the pamphlet has one candidate and the ballot has three. ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Rolling Into November

The May 2014 primary results provide clues about the fall election—and this state.

Elections If the May 20 primary election reinforced one lesson, it’s that voters are paying attention. They saw through the specious claims put forth by Portlanders for Water Reform, the group seeking t ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

WW’s Primary Endorsements

Our recommendations for the May 20 election.

Elections Oregon is counting votes in the coming days-on May 20, to be exact-to find out who voters want running their local government, and which candidates they want to see facing off in the general e ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

WW’s 2014 Endorsements in Brief

Our picks for the May 20 primary.

Elections We published our endorsements for the May 20 primary last week, so we’re publishing the list again this week to remind everyone of our choices. WW follows a different path than most newspape ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

It’s the Real Thing

Big soft-drink money is pouring into the Multnomah County Chair’s race.

Elections If you make or sell soda pop, you’ve got a lot to worry about from Multnomah County. The county’s health department has targeted sugary soft drinks as a top worry, especially in the fight ag ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: What Change Would You Make to the County Health Department?

Elections No local government agency delivers more health care than Multnomah County. Aside from running the jails, it’s the biggest thing the county does. According to its latest budget, Multnomah County ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: County Programs to Fund and Functions to Cut

Elections OK, this week it’s actually two questions for the leading candidates in the May 20 primary election for Multnomah County chair. But the questions to Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury are close ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: Would You Cut Business Taxes?

Elections It’s a perennial query that politicians running for office face, and we tracked down the answers from the leading candidates for Multnomah County chair, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.  ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Chew on This

Sure, we’re about to vote on fluoride, but also on issues about kids and open spaces. Here are WW’s endorsements for the May 21 ballot.

Elections Many election battles vow an eye for an eye. But this spring’s fight is something even fiercer: a tooth for a tooth. This off-year election—held in a season when voters might be understandably ... More

May 1, 2013 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hall of Errors

A ballot-tampering probe highlights a history of problems under the Clackamas County clerk.

Elections The news last week that a temporary Clackamas County elections worker got caught filling in votes for Republican candidates has put a cloud over the voting results in Oregon’s third-largest co ... More

Nov 7, 2012 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hot House

Strippers and union goons, fetuses and convicts—they’re all appearing in the fierce battle for control of the Oregon House.

Elections Observers of the Portland mayor’s race have whined about campaign tactics this year. But running for City Hall is like sipping high tea... More

Oct 24, 2012 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Gov. John Kitzhaber

The three-term governor is seeking re-election. Will Oregon cover for him?

Hot Seat The state of Oregon and John Kitzhaber could really use a hard-fought governor’s race.  The third-term governor appears headed for re-election to a historic fourth stretch in office. He’s ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hotseat: Steven Wax

Oregon’s outgoing federal public defender talks about government secrecy, low-profile wins and his next job.

Hot Seat Oregon has known only one chief federal public defender, the person who stands up in court for people who can’t afford an attorney. Steven Wax, who opened the state’s Federal Public Defender ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Hotseat: Greg Palast

The progressive—and often controversial—journalist says he’s fighting to protect your vote.

Hot Seat Greg Palast guarantees one thing to people who read his book or hear him talk: “If I don’t make you laugh, then I’ll give you your money back.” A progressive journalist famous for taki ... More

Sep 19, 2012 12:01 am by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Occupy the Law

First Amendment experts talk protest tactics and free speech.

Hot Seat Occupy Portland has commanded media attention by camping in two city parks for 39 days, staging marches downtown and, last week, taking their protest inside local bank branches. Both the U.S. and Oreg ... More

Nov 23, 2011 12:01 am by COREY PEIN

Hotseat: Edward Glaeser

A Harvard economist says what we think about urban life may be wrong.

Hot Seat Go ahead, keep on thinking the world’s big cities are dangerous and unhealthy, that they increase alienation and poverty. Edward Glaeser wants you to know the truth. Glaeser, a Harvard economist, ... More

Jul 27, 2011 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

Hotseat: Jody Williams

A Nobel Peace Prize winner who threatened to fry Canada’s prime minister.

Hot Seat Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams wasn’t always so anti-authoritarian and outspoken.  Williams, who is speaking in Portland this week, says she worried about getting in trouble growing ... More

Apr 13, 2011 12:01 am by NATHAN GILLES

Van Jones

What Obama’s ex-environmental adviser plans to tell Portland about the green economy.

Hot Seat Van Jones says he isn’t bitter that he’s no longer President Obama’s environmental adviser and green-jobs guru. Jones, who will be speaking in Portland on Jan. 25, has certainly mov ... More

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 am by STACY BROWNHILL

Unhappy Campers

A stickler for City Hall process, Amanda Fritz takes a new tack with Right 2 Dream Too.

Housing City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has always demanded that City Hall follow its own rules. She often railed against ex-Commissioner Randy Leonard’s backroom maneuvers and held up the City Council o ... More

Sep 18, 2013 12:01 am by EMILY SCHIOLA

Not So Black & White

Why is the Fair Housing Council keeping details of its recent discrimination study secret?

Housing City Commissioner Nick Fish has been in crisis management for more than a month
... More

Jun 22, 2011 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

Loan Wolf

A Portlander takes on a mortgage giant to save her property—and she’s not alone.

Housing After a North Portland rental home owned by Dawn Lind went into foreclosure last fall, she jumped into a nationwide legal fight that could affect millions of residential properties. Lind, who learn ... More

Mar 2, 2011 04:46 pm by JAMES PITKIN

House United

What a worker-owned restaurant is doing about the housing crisis.

Housing In a city with an estimated shortage of 20,000 affordable housing units, every new project in Portland helps, even if it’s only a few units. “Affordable ... More

Feb 1, 2011 04:56 pm by REBECCA JACOBSON

Between ICE And A Hard Place

Salvador Ibarra provided evidence against immigration crooks. His reward? Likely deportation.

Immigration Any day now, Salvador Ibarra could be deported from the United States. The Oregon resident sits in a federal immigration detention lockup ... More

Dec 24, 2013 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Trust But Verify

Why does a liberal Oregon Democrat want to crack down on illegal immigrants?

Immigration Advocates for undocumented immigrants accuse U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) of trying to drive illegal workers further underground with a new bill that would require employers to check applicants ... More

Feb 1, 2011 04:13 pm by BETH SLOVIC

Inbox: America’s Worst Politicians

Letters to the Editor I see that Neal Karlen is not a local journalist and, admittedly, have little awareness of Mark Dayton or his politics [“America’s Worst Politicians,” WW, July 2, 2014]. Whether I agree wi ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: OMSI’s Land Development

Letters to the Editor I’m writing on behalf of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry regarding the article “Science and Industry” [WW, June 18, 2014]. Thank you for covering this important effort to shape the ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: OMSI’s Land Development

Letters to the Editor A quick glance at the map in the article [“Science and Industry,” WW, June 18, 2014] reveals that the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s proposed development is on the southern edge of ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Tiny Houses for Homeless

Letters to the Editor I have been dreaming of a tiny/cob home for years [“Small Comfort,” WW, June 11, 2014]. I could build my own; I just lack the property. This has been my idea for a solution to homelessness for ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Terry Bean’s Problem

Letters to the Editor A senior citizen goes to bed with a young adult who could be his grandchild, claims to have fallen in love with him, stashes him in his home, pays him an “allowance” and then gets screwed when ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: It’s All Happening At The Zoo

Letters to the Editor The exotic animals held at the zoo are alarmingly unwell, and I can’t help but think they should not be there at all [“12 Mammals That Matter to the Oregon Zoo,” WW, May 28, 2014]. I perso ... More

Jun 4, 2014 01:10 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Responding To An “Attack”

Letters to the Editor It’s common for some to consider themselves in the vanguard of history, and equally common for them to end up in history’s dustbin. Locally, it is not as common to see such vainglorious self ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Oregon’s Juvenile Offenders

Letters to the Editor Willamette Week’s piece on juvenile justice in Oregon, “Spare the Jail, Spoil the Child?” [May 7, 2014], is a one-sided tribute to the dying gasps of dinosaurs. Across the country, states ar ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Making Our Streets Safer

Letters to the Editor While Willamette Week accurately notes that the number of pedestrian fatalities has remained static in recent years, this does not address the root issue that explains the need for increased rev ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Our Endorsements

Letters to the Editor I wanted to say thanks for the thorough endorsements and explanations [“Don’t Piss It Away,” WW, April 30, 2014]. I’m relatively new to Portland (three years) and appreciate that you discu ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Get off my cloud.

Midnight Blogger This whole blogging thing makes me nervous.All these people sitting in front of their computers every day, typing in whatever pops into their heads. And hundreds of Web surfers, goofing off at work, r ... More

Jul 28, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Father knows best.

Midnight Blogger Parenthood has been such a blessing for me. I've grown up so much, learning to deal with all the challenges. Colicky screaming, projectile poop--none of it fazes me anymore.And little did I know how w ... More

Jul 21, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Forgive us our debts.

Midnight Blogger Throughout my ministry, I've worked to bring faith to the unbelievers. Each day I pray that the Spirit will open their eyes. Still, "there is none so blind as he who will not see."Thus, I'm not surpri ... More

Jul 14, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Pass the Advil

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger Ow, my aching head. I haven't felt this bad since the morning after that night Jeff and I downed a half-case of Mickey's big mouths and two bags of double-stuffed Oreos over a pack of Dutch Masters. M ... More

Jul 7, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Victory 2004

Midnight Blogger 'Sup, boo? Ra's in the house. Ay yo trip, check out my fly ring. John Nash, you can kiss it if you want.Just got back from the Moët party in Motown. It's like a dream come true for me. The place ... More

Jun 30, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

The half-court game

Midnight Blogger The last month has been so refreshing. I've been puttering around the house, doing a little gardening, taking a few bike rides, working on some new gumbo recipes. About the only thing scheduled has be ... More

Jun 23, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Scarier than The Shining

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger I finally rented the movie Chinatown last weekend. People around City Hall had been telling me about this flick for years, but I had never seen it and didn't know what all the fuss was about.Now I get ... More

Jun 16, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Can't get no satisfaction

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger Ah me, another humdrum primary under my belt, pounding the same goofy guy that I creamed last time. The general election promises to be even more of a snore--if that's possible.Nothing spins my bow ti ... More

Jun 9, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Standing in the Shadows of Love

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger I've been surfing the Internet, looking at sites about grieving. There are quite a few of them. They say, you take it one day at a time. You keep busy. But just when I think I'm past it, something wil ... More

Jun 2, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

It don't come easy.

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger It don't come easy.They warned me when I took this job--it's frustrating. Everywhere you try to go, there's a stuffed gorilla on the front of your car.Just to give you an example. I had to get the new ... More

May 26, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Market of No Choice

PDC looks at a new, high-end grocery downtown, far from where the city needs one most.

Multnomah County More than 17,500 people in Portland don’t have easy access to supermarkets or full-service grocery stores—a problem city officials say they want to fix.     Many of their neighborho ... More

Nov 23, 2011 12:01 am by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Head To Head

Two powerful Portland clans compete to develop a key downtown site.

Multnomah County Multnomah County’s drive to sell some prime downtown Portland real estate has pitted two of the city’s wealthiest and most influential families in competition to ... More

Feb 23, 2011 02:05 pm by JAMES PITKIN

Schrunk’s Successor

News of DA Mike Schrunk’s possible retirement stirs speculation about who might replace him.

Multnomah County Word that Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk is considering retirement (see Murmurs, WW, Feb. 2, 2011)
... More

Feb 8, 2011 05:24 pm by JAMES PITKIN

Cartpocalypse!

Randy Leonard isn’t the only problem facing Portland’s food carts.

Multnomah County Gregg Abbott is perched over his Samsung Android at a wooden picnic table outside his Whiffies Fried Pies truck, parked in a vacant Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard lot called Cartopia. It’s a Monday morning—his day off—and Abbott is anxious to move under the heating lamps of nearby Tiny’s Coffee. He’s had his fill of sitting out in the cold.
... More

Dec 17, 2010 03:36 pm by AARON MESH

With Friends Like These…

A property brawl pits Betsy Johnson

Multnomah County A site controlled by one of Portland’s largest property owners is the source of a fight between a powerful state senator and one of her longtime political allies. Over the past two decades, Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) has deployed considerable financial and political  ... More

Dec 17, 2010 05:13 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: News More Riveting Than The World Cup.

Murmurs Alta Bike Share, the Portland company that briefly conquered the national bike-share market, may soon be acquired by a private equity firm. Alta and its vice president, Mia Birk, went to New Yor ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Mumurs: News That Always Has Room For One More Guest.

Murmurs The City Council later this month is expected to make it legal for the home-rental marketplace Airbnb to operate in Portland. The decision will give Airbnb a legitimacy it lacks in other cities, i ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The News We Refuse To Bury.

Murmurs The state has a new media outlet this month: The Oregon Optimist, a news website, bills itself as “a project of Oregon Right to Life.” The state’s largest anti-abortion group flexed its consid ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The Moment Of Silence For Kutai Is Over.

Murmurs There has been a troubling silence from the elected officials who run Metro about problems concerning the highest-profile enterprise they oversee, the Oregon Zoo. WW first reported six cotton-top tama ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: We Hate Coal. We Love Coal. (We Can’t Decide.)

Murmurs Gov. John Kitzhaber’s growing opposition to a proposed coal-export terminal in Oregon (“Coal-line Stand,” WW, June 4, 2014) will get a test this week. The Oregon Department of Transportation ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News That Won’t Keep You On A Waiting List.

Murmurs Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith says she’s serious about closing the gap in the way the district disciplines African-American students. In recent years, black students have been ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Boil This News Before Reading.

Murmurs Not just any proposal can alarm both churches and the purveyors of lottery tickets and cigarettes. But places of worship and convenience stores are the groups expressing the loudest opposition t ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Let Them Eat Pavement.

Murmurs It’s not every day that a conservative talk-show host suggests spending more taxpayer dollars. But during his May 8 show on KXL-FM 101.1, Lars Larson floated an alternative to Mayor Charlie Hale ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Next: Democrats Duck the Santa Claus Question.

Murmurs A Portland police detective who faced allegations last year that he tampered with jurors and threatened his ex-wife has quit the force. WW first wrote about Jason Lobaugh’s troubles nine years ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Fighting a Measure That’s Not On the Ballot—Yet.

Murmurs Gay-rights advocates aren’t waiting to fight back against a proposed ballot measure that would allow businesses to refuse wedding services to same-sex couples. A new group led by Basic Rights Or ... More

Apr 30, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Brian Budz

Washington’s legal weed starts moving through stores this week. The owner of New Vansterdam talks price, supply and ambiance.

News Stories Brian Budz got teased about his name as a kid. This week it finally pays off. On July 11, Budz, 40, and his business partners will open New Vansterdam, one of the first retail marijuana shops ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

City For Rent

Mayor Charlie Hales wants to give Airbnb something it can’t get anyplace else.

News Stories Last week, Airbnb threw a house party in Portland City Hall.  The San Francisco-based online startup laid out two tables lined with trays of bagels, brownies and blueberry muffins. It invit ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Busted Bottles

Portland Bottling faces allegations it ripped off ratepayers while championing a measure to lower water bills.

News Stories No corporation had more at stake in the May ballot measure over control of the city’s water than Portland Bottling Co.  The soft-drink bottler contributed $100,000—more than any other don ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

“Not Born That Way”

The fight over “curing” homosexuality is the front lines of upcoming gay-rights battles.

News Stories Dean Greer says he doesn’t have sex with men anymore. He is married, has a son and is devout in his faith in Jesus. But Greer says he is not cured from an affliction he calls “same-sex attra ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

House Of Cards

Documents suggest SAIF corp. fired its CEO based on “false and inaccurate” information.

News Stories SAIF Corp. is in the insurance business, an industry defined by the word “caution.” Yet thousands of pages of records from inside the state-owned workers’ compensation insurer suggest that ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Joint Venture

The corporate face of legalizing pot has arrived in Oregon.

News Stories Paul Stanford had to admit last week he was busted. For years, Stanford has been the face of the drive to legalize marijuana in Oregon, the man who may have done more to push for lawful pot than ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Seeking Redemption

Neighbors of a proposed West Burnside site for bottle and can returns pop their tops.

News Stories Every day, Rob Wolters sees a lot of the raw city life outside his condo at West Burnside Street and Southwest 18th Avenue that he says makes it interesting to live downtown: homeless people sleep ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE

Science and Industry

OMSI eyes becoming a real-estate developer. Its neighbors fear a Pearl District 2.0.

News Stories For more than half a century, School Specialty Co. of Oregon has operated behind green loading docks at Southeast Taylor Street and 3rd Avenue, making cheerleader pompoms. ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

When Darkness Falls

The city is considering a new permit as a hammer over problematic late-night businesses.

News Stories For years, the city of Portland and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission have worked as uneasy partners in law enforcement, playing a game of “good cop, bad cop” with bars they identify as p ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA TURLEY

Small Comfort

A housing advocate calls for creating neighborhoods of tiny houses to address homelessness.

News Stories Michael Withey recalls how Occupy Portland’s takeover of two downtown parks nearly three years ago was itself overrun by hundreds of homeless people. Withey came to believe that the homeless ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by CAMBRIA ROTH

Hot Seat: Ted Wheeler

The State Treasurer—famously averse to risk—wants to gamble millions for college scholarships.

Politics We didn’t think we’d see State Treasurer Ted Wheeler out on the campaign trail for another two years. He won election in the last cycle to a full four-year term after being appointed in 2010 ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.

Politics City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Mining Fool’s Gold

State treasurer Ted Wheeler wants to borrow $500 million to buy stocks and invest the profits in college scholarships.

Politics As Multnomah County chairman, Ted Wheeler killed a risky proposal for an Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel. As state treasurer, he’s been a voice of caution on excessive borrowing and ... More

Sep 4, 2013 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

No License To Vote

A bill tying voter registration to driver’s licenses is stuck in neutral.

Politics A bill that could register as many as 600,000 new Oregon voters is in danger of dying without a vote. The state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kate Brown, wants anyone who gets a ... More

Jun 12, 2013 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sick Report

State records reveal norovirus outbreaks are common in long-term care facilities.

Politics In January, the staff at Providence ElderPlace Glendoveer, a residential care facility in Northeast Portland, responded with speed when patients at the 84-bed center started showing signs of norov ... More

Jun 12, 2013 12:01 am by ERIN FENNER

Brown’s Labored Credibility

A legal opinion shows the Secretary of State mishandled the labor commissioner’s race.

Politics State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) has cause to be irate. Starr is running for state labor commissioner, a nonpartisan race that suddenly appears partisan. ... More

Mar 28, 2012 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Senator of Fortune

A lawsuit lifts the curtain on Sen. Brian Boquist’s military deals—and how Republicans may be benefiting.

Politics State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) may be the most adventurous lawmaker in Salem. He’s described his best-known business, International Charter Inc. of Oregon, as a humanitarian organization, ... More

Feb 8, 2012 12:01 am by COREY PEIN

Not What the Doctors Ordered

Physicians who treat medicaid patients join forces against Kitzhaber’s health reforms.

Politics The biggest bet Gov. John Kitzhaber has placed in his third term is that he can save Oregon billions by shaking up the way the state pays for medical care. Right now, Oregon pays the medical bill ... More

Nov 23, 2011 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Reversal of Fortune

In the fight for the Oregon House, Dems usually raise more money than Republicans—but not this year.

Politics Maybe money can’t buy you love—legally, anyway—but it helps when trying to sway voters. For much of the past decade, Oregon House Democrats have out-raised
... More

Nov 9, 2011 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Pedaling By Her Own Rules

A 2003 police report says Eileen Brady told an officer to back off because she had ‘close friends’ at city hall.

Politics Eight years ago, Eileen Brady ignored a police officer’s order to walk her bike through Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
... More

Sep 28, 2011 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Richard Carlbom

The veteran of Minnesota’s successful fight for the freedom to marry says Oregon paved the path to victory.

Q & A Richard Carlbom led the campaign that legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota last year. Now he’s in charge of the coordinated 33-state campaign for the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hotseat: Don Gavitte

A fed-up Portland teacher campaigns to take Salem to school.

Q & A Don Gavitte’s classroom walls are covered in college pennants: Stanford, Marquette, Hunter, Barnard, Oregon. All sent by grateful former students. They are banners of Gavitte’s success. Gavi ... More

Nov 27, 2013 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Hotseat: Charlie Hales

The mayor defends his first year in office.

Q & A Mayor Charlie Hales drove himself to WW’s offices this week in a city-owned Prius. He admitted he was still a bit woozy from jet lag: He’d just returned from a weeklong trip to China. But Ha ... More

Nov 6, 2013 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Phil Stanford

The Portland muckraker’s new book traces Watergate to a D.C. call girl.

Q & A Phil Stanford isn’t paranoid if John Dean really is out to get him. Portland’s most notorious muckraker has always seen conspiracy where others have not as he’s plumbed Rose City corruptio ... More

Sep 18, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Tom Fahey

The Siltronic VP aims to lower his company’s water rates and unseat Nick Fish.

Q & A Tom Fahey is so steamed about his company’s water bill, he’s fomenting revolution. Fahey is vice president of human resources for Siltronic, a German semiconductor manufacturer that is the c ... More

Aug 28, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: David Tyler

A UO Chemistry professor answers the age-old Question, “paper or plastic?” Don’t even ask about cotton.

Q & A A chemist walks into a bar and tells the hipsters drinking there that their locally brewed organic ale is bad for the environment. There’s no punch line: Beer is just one of the many beloved t ... More

Jul 31, 2013 12:01 am by CATALINA GAITAN

Hotseat: Jessie Sponberg

The Occupy activist is ready for a confrontation on Mount Tabor.

Q & A Jessie Sponberg is planning for a long camp-out. The leader of Camp Cascadia—the live-in protest of draining Mount Tabor’s reservoirs—is heading up the mountain July 12. Sponberg says he�� ... More

Jul 10, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Doug Fine

The author documents a strange truce in America’s war on drugs.

Q & A Doug Fine is known for his work as a sustainability reporter. He prefers to be called a “comedic investigative journalist.” He’s written about his “Hypocrisy Reduction Project”—moving hi ... More

Jul 3, 2013 12:01 am by KATIE GILBERT

Hotseat: Constantin Severe

Portland’s new police watchdog on how to keep cops accountable.

Q & A As a first-generation Haitian-American growing up in Brooklyn and Miami, Constantin Severe hated cops. Then he learned to like them during his time as a defense attorney with Metropolitan Public ... More

Jun 26, 2013 12:01 am by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Zeke Johnson

The Amnesty International activist applauds Ron Wyden—but says the Oregon senator needs to do more.

Q & A Who watches the watchers? Lately, it’s been Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).  Who watches Wyden? Zeke Johnson. Johnson is the director of Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights ... More

May 15, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Rogue Of the Week: Greater Portland Inc.

Why is this slippery actor billed as an economist?

Rogue of the Week Ben Stein has gotten a lot of traction out of his turn as a droning teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”). He’s since... More

Sep 12, 2012 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Beaverton Police

A traffic cop’s specialty brings in big bucks.

Rogue of the Week Stephen Vass was driving back to work after lunch through Beaverton on the morning of Feb. 14 when he turned left off of Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard onto Southwest Canyon Road. Like many of us ... More

Mar 14, 2012 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Sen. Chip Shields

A lawmaker mixes health care for Oregonians and protecting his own wallet.

Rogue of the Week Oregon legislators convene Feb. 1 in Salem for a one-month session. They’ll deal with education reform, the budget and fundamentally changing the way the state pays for health care. On that la ... More

Feb 1, 2012 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: T-Mobile

The cell-phone giant blames others for its own problems with a proposed antenna site in Northeast Portland.

Rogue of the Week It’s nice that the giant corporations that provide our cell-phone service say they’re dedicated to giving us the best possible coverage. T-Mobile, for example. It says it wants to provide the ve ... More

Oct 12, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Rep. Sal Esquivel

Are you a sucker who’d pay $25 to send email to political leaders? This lawmaker hopes so.

Rogue of the Week Democracy Connection, a new website based in Medford, poses this question: “Have something you want to tell your local Paper,
... More

Aug 17, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Oregonian

The website of the state’s biggest paper has run paid content masquerading as news.

Rogue of the Week Neighborhood Notes is a different kind of online news source. The website features “hyperlocal” news from around Portland. What’s really different, however, is that Neighborhood Notes also ch ... More

Jul 13, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Jim David

A prosecutor imposes a maximum sentence—laced with threats and profanity.

Rogue of the Week Here at the Rogue desk, we understand the practice of law is a stressful profession. But for threatening a fellow lawyer and his client, Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Jim David lands square in the ... More

Jun 29, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Oregon State Police Officers’ Association

The state troopers’ union is still employing telemarketers who use shakedown tactics.

Rogue of the Week It’s an old scam: Set up a bogus charity and a boiler-room call center. Tell people you’re raising money for cops, vets or firefighters...
... More

Jun 15, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: State Rep. Jim Thompson

He really cares about improving health care for minorities. Until it matters.

Rogue of the Week In Oregon and across the country, research shows... More

May 25, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Dennis Tune

Portland Public Schools’ security chief shuts charter schools out of the safety loop.

Rogue of the Week On May 10, a gunman shot a clerk at Cigarettes Plus on North Lombard Street. The clerk survived but the gunman fled, leading Portland police to lock down ... More

May 18, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogues Of The Year: TriMet and ATU 757

Rogue of the Year Portlanders hear constantly that their regional public transportation system is one of the nation’s best. “If it were a fighter, we’d say it punches above its weight,” U.S. Rep ... More

Dec 29, 2010 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Suspended Disbelief

A community group calls on PPS to end disciplinary practices that keep kids out of school.

Schools Sheila Warren says she’s fed up. For years now, she and others have been asking Portland Public Schools to change the way it disciplines students who get into trouble. She’s written lett ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Book It For Next Year

Portland Public Schools delayed a key reading program to focus on contract talks.

Schools Amid the angst over whether the Portland Association of Teachers would go on strike Feb. 20, Portland Public Schools’ central administration put a hold on one of its key priorities—getting s ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Grade: Incomplete

Portland Public Schools is months behind in releasing its progress report on helping minority students.

Schools Portland Public Schools managed to get reports cards out this week to its 47,000 students, who may wonder (along with hovering parents) how well they’re performing. Don’t expect the same for ... More

Feb 5, 2014 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Hotseat: Keighley Overbay

Schools Earning a diploma from Benson Polytechnic High School is serious business. In addition to passing the standard classes in history, English, math and science, Benson’s graduates must complete h ... More

Jun 12, 2013 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Core Values

The usually sleepy Davis Douglas School District faces contested board races.

Schools David Douglas School District, the low-key Southeast Portland educational agency best known for its drama-free governance, will experience something of a historic milestone May 17. For the first t ... More

May 11, 2011 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Fast Talkers

The Portland School District and teachers reached a speedy labor deal. But is that necessarily a good thing?

Schools The School Board on Monday night hailed Portland Public Schools’ new labor contract with teachers as collaborative ... More

Mar 9, 2011 04:35 pm by BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Portland Thorns Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer

The reigning Women’s World soccer player of the year talks about playing goalkeeper for the Thorns and life in Portland.

Sports If you were to pass Nadine Angerer on Hawthorne Boulevard, you might assume she’s another laid-back Portlander, out for a stroll in pegged sweat pants and fedora. Unless you’re a fan of the ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

World Cup 2014 Scouting Report

The cast of characters in soccer’s biggest free-for-all.

Sports The World Cup starts with two weeks of utter chaos. Called the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. Each group plays a round-robin tournament. There are always multip ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

World Cup 2014: Early Boots (updated)

Where to watch the World Cup live in Portland.

Sports 21st Avenue World Cup Beer Garden 625 NW 21st Ave., 202-744-1496, facebook.com/worldcupbeergarden. 8:30 am-9 pm daily. Go for: Breakfast sandwiches with beer and bros. When it opened in 2011, the r ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO, MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE

World Cup 2014: Soccer-Stat City

Sports Sports cities are an interesting, albeit neurotic, lot. With one swish of the net as the buzzer sounds, the streets are filled with strangers hugging strangers. A blown lead can leave a pall over ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

And For Downtime Between Games... A Special World Cup Crossword.

Print to play.

Sports ACROSS 1 It is often followed by the word “number,” redundantly   4 Bikini tops 8 Amass over time14 Atilt  16 Two-time NBA MVP Karl   17 The theme of this puzzle—and this wee ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by REID SPOLEK

Yellow Card

It’s not too soon for a warning: The Portland Timbers, absent big change, are headed for trouble.

Sports The Portland Timbers are supposed to be one of the dominant teams in Major League Soccer. The 2013 campaign saw the team soar to the Western Conference final after an abysmal performance a year ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Sports Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Robin Lopez

The Blazers’ center talks comic books, The Goonies and his love of almost everything Disney.

Sports Robin Lopez is, literally and figuratively, a giant nerd. That’s normally an ill-advised thing to say about someone built like a Greek colossus, but the Blazers’ 7-foot, 255-pound center wou ... More

Jan 8, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Fan Who Wasn’t There

The Blazers are scorching. Why are seats empty at the Moda Center?

Sports A seat at the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 12 home game against the Houston Rockets should have been a hot ticket. The matchup at the Moda Center featured the Blazers, the NBA’s hottest team, ... More

Dec 18, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Playoff Contentions

Caleb Porter’s Timbers are having a breakout season. Here’s how they can keep it that way.

Sports For Caleb Porter, there was nowhere to go but up with the Portland Timbers. The team’s new head coach took over a dismal squad from last year and appears on track to deliver on his promise whe ... More

Aug 7, 2013 12:01 am by GEOFF GIBSON

May The (Task) Force Be With You

The Nose The Nose turned to the paper of record last Thursday and learned something valuable beyond the meltdowns of Tom DeLay, polar ice caps and Iraq.He learned that Portland isn't the City that Works, it's ... More

Oct 5, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

Back To School

The Nose What a shame. Washington-Monroe High School, the long-closed ghost ship in Southeast Portland, got spit-and-polished by the Red Cross for Katrina survivors who never came en masse. And Hurricane Rita' ... More

Sep 28, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

When The Media Blew In

The Nose The Nose is amazed, and he doesn't say that lightly.No, he's not surprised that Jehovah dished out a whuppin' to New Orleans the likes of which was last seen by either Sodom or Gomorrah, can't remembe ... More

Sep 14, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

THE $620,000 SOLUTION

The Nose When The Nose heard about the 620 large that Portland's school district must shell out to make former HR chief Steve Goldschmidt go away, he was tempted to change jobs.If all it takes to score a six-f ... More

Aug 31, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

THE GREAT WHITE DOPE

The Nose The Nose loves it when the cold frost of racism foams and sputters with the energy of a dropped can of Hamm's.Saves him a lot of trouble when volk like Rami Makboul, the manager of the Vue nightclub, ... More

Aug 24, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

BEST OF THE NOSE

The Nose The Nose returned from a week of vacation-if that's what you want to call it. A week visiting the in-laws in John Day ain't exactly Shangri-La, particularly when your mother-in-law's idea of cuisine i ... More

Aug 10, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

STEN'S POWER OUTAGE

The Nose The Nose woke up mad Friday morning. That's not too different from most days, except this time, he had a reason for kicking the dog and screaming in the shower. Namely, Enron's big F- YOU to the City ... More

Jul 27, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

KULONGOSKI SCHMULONGOSKI

The Nose The Nose was drinking Abbot Ales the other night (to express solidarity with Londoners) when his bleary mind turned from terrorism to something almost as bad: Salem. Specifically, the increasingly gho ... More

Jul 13, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

FOURTH OF A LIE

The Nose Did Commander Schnozz and the Nostril Brigade celebrate Independence Day? Oh, you bet they did.On Saturday, the Nose piled the ball and chain, the rugrats, and his buddy Irv into the van and set a cou ... More

Jul 6, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

POTTER'S WAY

The Nose After the millionth time that Tom Potter described himself as a "change agent" in last year's mayoral campaign, the Nose tuned out.For someone whose English is Olde and best served cold, that Potteris ... More

Jun 29, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

Scott McClean's Top 5 Shows at Holocene, Ever

Top 5 Gang Gang Dance, 6/16/2007 Such a wonderful, trippy journey. They should be coming back soon. Bon Iver (opening for Phosphorescent), 3/24/2008 Line around the block for the support act. One of those � ... More

Jun 1, 2011 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

FIVE POSTS YOU'VE GOTTA READ

Top 5 TBA DIARY : This year’s arts fest was a series of question marks and exclamation points , ending with a slim parenthesis of autumn moon.ALL EYEZ ON KNEE : Hank Stern and Casey Jarman search desp ... More

Sep 19, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Score

Mayday for payday loans

Winners & Losers Winners Our Oregon and the consumer activists who led the 2007 Legislature to crack down on predatory lenders have cast a big money-changer from our temple. Legislation capping interest rates for pay ... More

Sep 26, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Winners & Losers

Separating star bucks from Starbucks.

Winners & Losers WINNERSDon’t call him Ralph Nader, but independent John Frohnmayer (right) gave a boost to U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) by announcing he’ll run for Smith’s seat. A former head of ... More

Sep 19, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Winners & Losers

Winners & Losers WINNERS Score a victory for sports traditionalists , who beat back the Portland Beavers’ misguided push to change the team’s nickname to something that wouldn’t be confused with Oreg ... More

Sep 12, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

The latest casualties of gentrification: roaches

Winners & Losers WINNERSCockroaches scampered away from the light of victory after some North Portland apartment-dwellers refused to have their units fumigated, figuring the only thing worse than the insects are the ... More

Sep 5, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Mexicans said, “Let my people go,” and, behold, the next morning brought locusts.

Winners & Losers WINNERS How does an illegal immigrant avoid deportation in lefty Portland? Become a labor-union organizer. Just ask José Alfredo Cobián of Molalla , whom a federal judge let return to Me ... More

Aug 29, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Mayor Tom Potter swears he always hated wearing that badge.

Winners & Losers WINNERS Portland is poised to have the most fabulous election ever. The city could become a haven for gay politicians in 2008 if Mayor Tom Potter decides next month not to seek re-election. It&rsquo ... More

Aug 22, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Putin meets Santa Claus at North Pole, says, “Old elf ess veek.”

Winners & Losers WINNERS Score one for pervy 13-year-old boys—actually, all 13-year-old boys . Last Friday, a Yamhill County judge dismissed most charges against repentant ass-slappers Ryan Cornelison and Cory M ... More

Aug 15, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Stevie thinks he's in Seattle, so be cool.

Winners & Losers WINNERS Sellwood Bridge worrywarts had their fears validated last Wednesday, when a younger, stronger bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Inspectors have rated the cracked 82-year-old Southeast Portland ... More

Aug 8, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

So, Oregon timber industry, about those owls...

Winners & Losers WINNERS Willie Nelson loves his Oregon green—energy, that is! What'd you think, Cheech? Nelson's stake in Portland-based SeQuential Biofuels could pay dividends since SeQuential became the city ... More

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Nike just does it to dogs, Clackamas hates booze, everyone loves IKEA

Winners & Losers WINNERS Gushing copy, photos galore—and maps! You can't buy coverage like that, but Swedish furniture giant IKEA gets it fo' free. The Oregonian dispatched a reporter all the way to Cali to cas ... More

Jul 25, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff
 

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