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Hotseat: Mike Fors

He put a Bitcoin ATM in Pioneer Place. Now he hopes people will see why they should use it.


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There’s an ATM at Pioneer Place that turns virtual money into cash you can hold in your hand. The machine allows you to buy Bitcoin—currency backed by no government and that exists only on   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sugar Shackup

An effort to clean up a seedy corner in Cully could give millions to an alleged prostitution and money-laundering ring.


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The silhouette of a naked woman on the Sugar Shack sign still draws attention to the shuttered strip club and what was once a one-stop shopping center for sex. The triangle of land where Nor   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 GABRIELLA DUNN

Service With a Smile

A senior fire official went to bat for an embattled club owner, who offered what three officials saw as a bribe.


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Maria Toth Brown had some explaining to do. Toth Brown runs Refuge PDX, a club in the Central Eastside Industrial District. On Nov. 23, 2013, records show, Refuge PDX jammed 1,000 people into    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?


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These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, and in doing so handed the details of regulating weed to the    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Smoke Signals

Four things you should know about legal weed.


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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is greeting legal recreational pot with a bold prediction. “You are going to change national policy,” Blumenauer declared Nov. 4, less than an hour after t   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Blurred Lines

How Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign secretly shaped state policy around Cover Oregon.


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Gov. John Kitzhaber used campaign advisers to secretly direct his administration’s response to Cover Oregon, the state’s failed $250 million health insurance exchange. Previously undiscl   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Safety Last

The city has no system to ensure Airbnb rentals undergo inspections.


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You can go on Airbnb right now and rent a basement room with wall murals in a house in Southeast Portland. Or you can rent one in Southwest that looks like a hotel suite. You can even check into a   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 GABRIELLA DUNN

Publisher’s Report 2014

To our readers:


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This issue of Willamette Week marks birthday No. 40 for our newspaper. It provides a moment to reflect on where this journalistic ship has been and where it’s headed. But let’s start with    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 RICHARD H. MEEKER

Mailing It In

When political campaigns try to win your vote, the truth often gets lost in the mail.


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If you haven’t voted yet, you’ve brought this on yourself. The sophisticated campaigns of today know you haven’t sent in your ballot. That’s why they’re flooding your mailbox with polit   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Mark Ferdig

A Mercy Corps team leader talks about dealing with the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.


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On Sept. 18, Mark Ferdig kissed his wife goodbye, dropped his two kids at school in Woodstock and boarded a plane for Monrovia, Liberia, the Ebola outbreak epicenter. FERDIGFerdig, 43, is a le   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MILLER RESOR
 

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