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To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?


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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

“I’m Not Free From This Guy”

A pastor protesting abortions at Lovejoy Surgicenter has had trouble with his own flock.


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Last Sunday, pastor Chuck O’Neal read the parable of the sower from the Gospel of Mark to his congregation at Beaverton Grace Bible Church. It’s the story of a man who scatters seeds in all ki   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 SARA SNEATH

The Big Bike Bailout

Records show the city may spend millions to finance Portland’s Bike Share—and leave out many neighborhoods.


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When the Portland City Council accepted a $2 million federal grant to start a bike-share program in 2011, it did so on one condition: No city money would help pay for it. Instead, the council    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

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
 

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