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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

Testing Their Patience

A group of students is dragging down ratings of a school in a historically black neighborhood. They’re white.

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Kim Wilson considers herself a conscientious objector. It’s not war she is opposing, although she does feel children today are under attack. She objects to standardized tests. Last year, Wilson,   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

A Betsy-Proof Margin?

More than just defeating Republicans, Democrats are seeking to neutralize one of their own senators.

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On Nov. 4, Oregonians will make important choices in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and contentious ballot measures that cover everything from marijuana to labeling of GMO-based foods. But    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Canned Heat

Here’s the GMO labeling that corporations are shelling out millions to kill.

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Four little words. That’s what’s at stake in the battle over November’s Measure 92—what appears to be the second-most expensive ballot-measure fight in Oregon history. The words are ��   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 AARON MESH

Green Machine

An ex-Portland cabbie and candidate develops the first marijuana vending machine.

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The 1,000-pound green vending machine towers in the lobby of a Denver dispensary, with bright LED lights illuminating the treats inside: lollipops, cereal bars and chewy chocolate candy rolls.    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 DAKOTA SMITH

Not Clicking

Sen. Jeff Merkley’s position on Internet taxes puts him at odds with many liberals.

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U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have a lot in common: blue-collar roots, Ivy League pedigrees and adoring supporters among the nation’s left-wing voters. They   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Coat Of Arms

Conservatives want to know why an Oregon National Guard jacket with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s name on it ended up at Goodwill.

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It’s a size medium military jacket, with an Oregon National Guard emblem and a camouflage pattern that’s no longer used. Over the left front pocket is an embroidered patch that says Governor,    More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Pot Of Gold

Portland joins a growing list of cities ready to tax legal weed.

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If Oregonians vote in November to make recreational marijuana legal, Portland City Hall will be waiting to take its cut. A marijuana advisory committee formed by Mayor Charlie Hales in June will   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AARON MESH

Working Off the Books

Contrary to state election laws, Gov. John Kitzhaber has failed to disclose the role of a key campaign consultant.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-t   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sunken Treasure

Why is the city sitting on $32 million that could be used to lower water rates?

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It’s no secret Portland’s water rates keep going up and up and up.  Mayor Charlie Hales  promised to cut rates. (He hasn’t.) And voters this spring contemplated a ballot measur   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AARON MESH
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