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Sitting On Defense

Federal budget cuts come down hard on court-appointed attorneys.


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Steven Wax has become famous for taking on some of the toughest court cases in the nation. As the state’s top federal public defender, Wax represented the so-called “Christmas Tree Bomber,��   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Justice League

Cogen faces a state criminal investigation. He’s not happy. But should he be worried?


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This month, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen will answer questions in a criminal investigation aimed at finding out if he abused his public office while having an affair with a county employee   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 AARON MESH

Video Games on Lovejoy

Oregon’s Labor Commissioner sets his sights on investigating abortion protesters.


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Pastor Chuck O’Neal paces in front of Lovejoy Surgicenter, the Northwest Portland abortion clinic, wearing shorts, a black backpack and a wireless microphone. Members of O’Neal’s Beaverton G   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Puttin’ on the Schnitz

Oregon’s biggest arts patron steps out with an art lover of a different sort.


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The Schnitzers are the Rockefellers of the Beaver State, long noted for their power, wealth and generous patronage of the arts. Just how much money the late Harold Schnitzer and his widow, Arlene,   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Jeff Cogen’s Double Life

Public documents contradict the County Chairman’s account of his affair.


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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen could not have seemed more sincere last week as he confessed an affair with a county employee named Sonia Manhas. “My family is hurting,” Cogen told WW o   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Zombridge!

If the CRC is dead, why are state officials still seeking permission to build it?


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About 25 opponents of the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing raised their drinks at Produce Row’s bar July 12 to celebrate the megaproject’s death. The happy hour included activists, econ   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Where Rudy Crew Flew

Records show Oregon’s ex-education chief violated state expense and travel rules.


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Rudy Crew was supposed to be the force that shook up Oregon’s schools. Gov. John Kitzhaber christened Crew—who arrived here in June 2012 a national figure—as the state’s first education    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS and ALEX BLUM

KBOO Coup

Power struggles at Portland’s community radio station overshadow its troubles.


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On any given morning, those who still tune in to KBOO 90.7 FM might hear stories from the perspectives of prison inmates, homeless people and bicycle advocates. But one of the topics the commu   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Water Bedfellows

Unlikely allies dive into the Portland water wars. The siege starts on Mount Tabor.


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Dawn Smallman lives in a cozy three-bedroom house in the shadow of Mount Tabor. The documentary filmmaker has fought for more than a decade to preserve the forested volcano cone and the scenic d   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 AARON MESH

Overtime Tickets

Portland’s police contract grants officers extra pay to appear in traffic court.


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Portland police Officer McCageor “Cage” Byrd is telling a judge about the night in April he pulled over a woman for speeding and weaving out of her lane on Northwest 23rd Avenue. The woman is    More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD
 

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