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

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

Precinct Zero

Residents of Madison South, once divided over the mayor’s race, say the candidates haven’t offered them much.

City Hall Janet Wojcik grew up in the shadow of Rocky Butte, the Northeast Portland bluff once known for its jail but that now features a park with a commanding view of the city. This year... More

Oct 31, 2012 12:01 am by LAURA FRAZIER

Chief Looks Like A Lady

Commissioner Leonard takes a fire ax to the glass ceiling in choosing a chief for a troubled fire bureau.

City Hall Twenty years ago, Portland Fire & Rescue employed only four female firefighters.  Last week, City Commissioner Randy Leonard stunned... More

Feb 15, 2012 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

A Clean and Safe Battle

A move to replace private patrols with park rangers tests the clout of the Portland Business Alliance.

City Hall The City of Portland is moving to break the longtime hold a business group has on providing security patrols in downtown parks, setting up a potential struggle over public safety and big-money m ... More

Dec 14, 2011 12:01 am by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Running Out the Meter

Who among the city hall hopefuls has best avoided the parking patrol?

City Hall Public records offer clues about what politicians are really like. Do they pay their bills, vote or license their dogs? And what about parking tickets? All the major City Hall candidates have them an ... More

Oct 19, 2011 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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

Kristina Olvera Says She is a Woman. The Prison System Says He is a Man.

The fight for justice for Oregon’s transgender inmates.

Cover Story Kristina Olvera wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of crossing her legs when she sits, applying eyeliner and pouting her lips. Her landlord disapproves when she plays with her hair, grows out her n ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Geek Loved

Portlander Katherine Dunn’s oddball masterpiece still resonates 25 years after its publication.

Cover Story Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were fans. Terry Gilliam—former Monty Pythonite and the director of Time Bandits, Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—calls it “the most romantic novel abou ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by CAITLIN ROPER

The Great Race

This spring, voters will choose between two seasoned politicos who want to rehab Multnomah County’s scandal-plagued brand.

Cover Story Multnomah County government is like plumbing: essential but only noticed when there’s a mess. The most recent pipe break occurred last summer, when the tawdry personal life of then-Multnomah C ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Yoga Issue 2014: Yogi Bare

Yoga classes for nudists, booty shakers and cheapskates, plus local gear and a field guide to Portland yoga studios.

Cover Story When it comes to yoga, Portland isn’t the “most” anything. We don’t have the most studios per capita. Or teachers. We don’t have scads of Lululemon-armored yogalebrities offering swank ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

A Requiem For Jiggles

The booze-free strip club that local teens turned into an icon.

Cover Story In June, Portland will lose a legend. For three decades, the Jiggles sign at exit 289 on I-5 has stood as a tantalizing promise of adult privilege to adolescent males of all ages. It may be diff ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Touchdown Terry

Clackamas County tycoon Terry Emmert is bringing pro football players to Portland. Why?

Cover Story The kingdom of Terry Emmert is easy to miss from Oregon Route 212. A state highway that wears its sprawl as proudly as a new Carhartt jacket, 212 stretches east from Interstate 205 to Boring, sl ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

26 Reasons to Love Portland Right Now

Cover Story What comes to mind when you think about why you love Portland? Powell’s, beer, strippers, third-wave coffee, food carts, weird doughnuts, water fountains that don’t stop running, plastic hor ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Bowling For Love

Match, Tinder and shiny balls: it’s tough to pick up a spare man in Portland.

Cover Story Steve’s “tell” should have been his cedar-encased iPhone. Then again, I was never much of a poker player. It’s an unseasonably warm Saturday and thanks to OkCupid, a free dating site wildl ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Secret of Yummy Garden

There’s a new business in Portland’s Real Chinatown—marijuana.

Cover Story Sunny Chan has a lot of history at Yummy Garden, the Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant he used to own, and at another restaurant he owned, Chinese Garden in Gresham. Today, there’s change afo ... More

Feb 5, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Know: Signs Point to a Correction.

Good answer in last week’s column, but wrong sign.

Dr. Know Good answer in last week’s column, but wrong sign. Your reader was not talking about the Uncle Sam sign in Chehalis, but the religious billboard that’s stood near Kalama for years. —Liberty ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Highway Punditry

What’s the deal with that wacky religious billboard just outside of Kalama?

Dr. Know I drove to Seattle over the weekend and passed that wacky religious billboard just outside of Kalama. What’s the deal? —Joseph Ah, the legendary Uncle Sam billboard of Chehalis. For half a cent ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Bridge Too Low?

Why does the new light-rail bridge have less vertical clearance than other bridges?

Dr. Know Why is it that the new Duniway/Cascadia/Tillicum/Wy’east bridge has a lower deck and less vertical clearance for ships than the two immediately adjacent bridges, the Ross Island and the Marqua ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Beneath the Skin

If our skin cells are constantly regenerating, why do tattoos persist?

Dr. Know I heard that our skin naturally exfoliates and is continually replaced by new skin cells. Then why aren’t the tattoos on my favorite waitress slowly fading away? —Big Tipper You “heard,” ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Cali Concious

Is Portland being invaded by Californians?

Dr. Know Is it just me, or is Portland being invaded by Californians? Lately I’ve counted between six and 14 cars per day with California license plates. What gives? —Mini Coupe We interrupt this broa ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Signing-Off On Signs

Who paid for the interstate signs pointing to the Moda Center instead of the Rose Garden?

Dr. Know I noticed all the interstate signs have been changed to direct people to Moda Center instead of the Rose Garden. Who paid for those new signs? Paul Allen or you and me? —A Different Paul ’Ti ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Urban Coyote Conundrum

Is there a fine for shooting a coyote?

Dr. Know An asshole coyote just reduced our chicken population from 14 to five. There’s probably a fine for shooting that bastard in the face, but what should I do instead? —TLDR You’ve got asshole ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Hubbub on Scrubs

Should hospital workers really be wearing their scrubs everywhere?

Dr. Know I live in South Waterfront, near OHSU, and I see people wearing scrubs everywhere. If scrubs are worn to maintain cleanliness in the hospital, doesn’t wearing them out to Little Big Burger def ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Land Bridge Willamette

What would it take to freeze the Willamette River over?

Dr. Know All this snow and ice reminded me of those old pictures where people are driving across the Willamette in their Model T’s. How cold would it have to get for me to drive my Civic across the river ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Apartment Complexities

Who’s moving into these apartments going up all over North Portland?

Dr. Know Who’s moving into these apartments going up all over North Portland? Are they there to serve the projected 1 million newcomers, or are they foolishly tempting a soon-to-be-imploding market? — ... More

Feb 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

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

One Question: Do You Support the “Arts Tax” to Fund Schools and Cultural Organizations?

Elections Portland voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to impose an annual $35-per-adult tax on city residents (with exemptions for those living in poverty) to help fund more arts teachers in Portland Publi ... More

Oct 24, 2012 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

PDX Votes: WW’s 2012 Endorsements

Our recommendations on how to cast your ballot.

Elections NATIONAL President: Barack Obama (D)  CONGRESS U.S. House, 1st District: Suzanne Bonamici (D) U.S. House, 3rd District: Earl Blumenauer (D) U.S. House, 5th District: Kurt Schrader ... More

Oct 24, 2012 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

One Question: Would You Vote to Permit Construction of the CRC in its Current Form?

Elections The City of Portland has been a minor player in the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing—with its wide freeway bridges and light rail to Vancouver, Wash. But the mega-project will pro ... More

Oct 10, 2012 12:01 am by TROY BRYNELSON

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: Transgender Prison Inmates

Letters to the Editor Thank you, WW, for bringing attention to this issue [“The Fight for Justice for Oregon’s Transgender Inmates,” WW, April 16, 2014]. We desperately need prison reform in this country. Allowin ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Business Leaves Portland

Letters to the Editor Sure, Banfield Pet Hospital got some property tax breaks, but don’t gloss over the fact that it was in Portland for 10 years [“The Starship Enterprise Zone,” WW, April 9, 2014]. That’s n ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Portlandia Goes to 82nd

Letters to the Editor As a cab driver who regularly works 82nd Avenue, I find it hilarious that a lot of people who live close in have no idea that this part of town exists [“Portlandia at Cartlandia,” WW, April 2, ... More

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

Inbox: Multnomah County Chair

Letters to the Editor Thanks, WW, for the great coverage of the exciting Multnomah County chair race featuring Deborah Kafoury and Jim Francesconi [“The Great Race,” WW, March 26, 2014]. While they both have fo ... More

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

Inbox: Yoga In Portland

Letters to the Editor Great job on “The Yoga Issue” [WW, March 19, 2014]. One thing, though, is that Portland stands out in other ways too—karma yoga (the path of service). Portland has several yoga service organ ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Ponzi Uncorks

Letters to the Editor Martin Cizmar’s attempt at a review of Nick’s Italian Cafe and its recent national recognition as a James Beard American Classic [“Nick’s Big Beard,” WW, March 5, 2014] was so inane and ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: PDX’s $272,514 Fire Employee

Letters to the Editor Why does this crap still go on? [“Getting Totally Hosed,” WW, March 5, 2014.] I am all for fairly compensating firefighters, but a $132,000 pension? All while actually keeping your job and dou ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Same-Sex Marriage

Letters to the Editor Here we are on the verge of getting marriage equality in Oregon, and folks on our side of the aisle are taking shots at Basic Rights Oregon, arguably the most important state LGBTQ organization in ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Class Action Controversy

Letters to the Editor This bill simply changes the distribution of unclaimed class action money [“Collecting What’s Owed,” WW, Feb. 19, 2014]. Currently, that unclaimed money is returned to the wrongdoer. Why not c ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Exploring New Light Rail

Letters to the Editor If we wait until we have ample money to build good transit, we will never build it [“Tunnel Vision,” WW, Feb. 12, 2014]. Our transportation system and funding are so enmeshed in supporting sin ... More

Feb 19, 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)
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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.
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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 Among the Ruins

Murmurs Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are still moving toward a $12-a-month street fee on households and even higher taxes on businesses to raise more money for the Portland Burea ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: All The News We Wrote While The Sun Was Out.

Murmurs Proponents of an initiative to ban public funding for abortions are employing a novel tactic: The group’s website, Oregon2014.org, allows users to search for the names of people who have signed th ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Doubling Down On Lents; Keeping The CRC Alive.

Murmurs The city of Portland has spent $96 million since 1998 trying—and failing—to rebuild the East Portland neighborhood of Lents, as WW reported earlier this year (“Razed & Confused,” WW, Jan. ... More

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

Murmurs: Our News Is Better Because LaMarcus Is Back.

Murmurs Would you be willing to pay a new $12-a-month city “street maintenance” fee? That’s the question being put to voters in a Portland Bureau of Transportation poll. City Commissioner Steve Novick w ... More

Apr 2, 2014 05:01 pm by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: All The News We Found Weeping Over Our Bracket.

Murmurs Who thinks the Portland Aerial Tram is part of a regional transportation strategy? Metro does. As first reported by Metro News, planners have found the tram—ferrying passengers from South Wate ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: More News About Deputies Than You Can Handle.

Murmurs Multnomah County corrections deputies earlier this month voted narrowly not to endorse Sheriff Dan Staton for re-election. The vote, first reported at wweek.com, marks a major shift for the Multnomah ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Why Bother Voters When You Don’t Have To?

Murmurs Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have been shopping a plan to increase transportation taxes and fees, asking residents for their top priorities in polls and forums. But the p ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News Hotter Than a Battle Rapper.

Murmurs Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bloch on March 3 moved the proposed $200 million Hyatt Hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center one large step closer to reality. Bloch blocked downtown hotel ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Read This Faster On Google Fiber.

Murmurs A House bill to reform the payment of awards in class action lawsuits survived stiff opposition in the Senate Judiciary Committee and will now proceed to the Senate floor for a vote. House Bill 41 ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News Busier Than Damian Lillard

Murmurs The Portland Association of Teachers and Portland Public Schools averted a strike with a tentative contract agreement Feb. 18, but the Portland Parents Coalition—which earlier filed a complaint ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Justice Derailed

A 2008 sex-abuse case lingers in federal court as a “manipulative” defendant works the system.

News Stories When someone is charged with a crime, he has a constitutional right to a lawyer. He also has the right to a speedy trial. Once in a while, a defendant comes along who tries to stretch the limits o ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Moving the Needle

A new law expanding the use of an anti-overdose drug is cutting the number of heroin deaths.

News Stories Two months ago, a heroin user overdosed on the Southwest Salmon Street overpass across Interstate 405, about a block from the headquarters of Outside In. Someone alerted the staff at the nonpr ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

Put a Label On It

It’s Oregon’s turn (again) to debate the labeling of GMO foods.

News Stories There’s much to talk about in Ashland—a southern Oregon winter so dry that, for the first time in 50 years, the local ski mountain failed to open, or the fare at this year’s Oregon Shakespea ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Starship Enterprise Zones

Banfield Pet Hospital pocketed a subsidy and got favorable treatment from local governments—then bolted to Vancouver.

News Stories Most people know Banfield Pet Hospital from its convenient locations in hundreds of PetSmart stores across the United States. The Banfield chain started in Portland, and nine years ago the company ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Singing the Blues

A Portland choir group’s financial records are missing, and its ex-boss isn’t talking.

News Stories Oregon Repertory Singers has launched an investigation of its former executive director after learning that virtually all of the arts organization’s financial records have disappeared. The org ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

When The Levee Breaks…Us

Upgrading Portland’s levees could cost $100 million—money no one seems to have.

News Stories Water is Portland’s secret problem.  Not the Bull Run Reservoir water that runs out of your tap nor the contentious May ballot measure that will determine who controls it. No, the next ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

21 And Over

Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.

News Stories Six weeks ago, the Portland City Council seemed ready to buy its way out of its most prominent homelessness problem.  The city agreed Feb. 17 to give $846,000 to the leaders of homeless camp ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

House at the End of a Scam

The auctioneer’s gavel will fall on the last of Andrew Wiederhorn’s troubled Portland empire.

News Stories The most expensive home ever sold at a Multnomah County sheriff’s foreclosure auction will go on the block April 2. It’s a 20,000-square-foot, $6.8 million mansion atop the Southwest Hills, the ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Click Factory

With quotas and incentive pay for reporters, The Oregonian is again changing its readers’ experience.

News Stories The future of The Oregonian is filled with questions.  Do you believe Portland is America’s fittest city? Should dogs be allowed in grocery stores? Would you accept a donated organ from a ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Onward Christian Voters

As same-sex marriage foes ready for a new crusade, how many old allies will follow?

News Stories In 2007, host Ira Glass of This American Life came to Portland on a book tour and was scheduled to speak at the 1,500-seat New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley. He asked for a change of ven ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

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
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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.
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Sep 28, 2011 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Playing the Wired Card

Jefferson Smith starts the marathon mayor’s race half-blind and stumbling. Here’s why he could still catch up.

Politics State Rep. Jefferson Smith’s campaign for mayor isn’t off to an awe-inspiring start.
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Sep 21, 2011 12:01 am by COREY PEIN

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...
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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

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

Every Rose Has Its Thorns

Portland’s pro women’s soccer team strives to reach the playoffs in its first season.

Sports It’s taken a few years, but Portland is finally back to living up to its nickname as Soccer City USA. In fact, it’s become the hottest place for soccer in the nation. A lot of the heat is ... More

Jul 17, 2013 12:01 am by GEOFF GIBSON

Ticket Masters

Timbers Army members take the fight against scalping into their own hands.

Sports Matt Braddock wasn’t about to let a fellow Portland Timbers fan pay $80 for a $25 ticket. Before the Timbers match against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 14, Braddock saw a scalper trying t ... More

Apr 17, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE, AARON MESH

Timbers 3.0

Can a new coach with an aggressive scoring strategy give Portland a team that can win?

Sports Portland Timbers striker Ryan Johnson’s second of three goals against the San Jose Earthquakes on Feb. 17 probably won’t show up on any highlight reels. But the buildup to Johnson’s scor ... More

Feb 27, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Lost Boys

Only a miraculous turnaround can save the Timbers’ season. It’s not likely to happen.

Sports Troy Perkins was tired of getting shelled. At the Portland Timbers’ practice July 16, the team ran a succession of Bugatti-quick six-on-six scrimmages. Perkins, the Timbers’ goalkeeper, trie ... More

Jul 18, 2012 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Wide of the Net

With the Timbers’ offense gone sterile, fans debate John Spencer’s future.

Sports The chants rose from Jeld-Wen Field’s Section 107 like steam.  On the field, an amateur soccer team from California had come to town and was in the process of beating a Major League Socce ... More

Jun 6, 2012 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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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