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A Fortune Felled

A decade of deception against a local Timber heir is the largest “sweetheart” scam investigators say they’ve seen.


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Ralph Raines Jr. led a fantasy life. At 66, the heir to a third-generation Washington County logging company had once faced the prospect of a lonely existence. He was without close family and, a   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Back to the Garden

Multnomah County’s farmer tends the fields as his job is targeted for cropping.


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Jerry Hunter wants to get rid of the rabbits.  They come in waves at the Multnomah County CROPS Farm, across from McMenamins Edgefield, to gnaw the tops of the broccoli, carrots and cabbage   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

Road Worriers

City officials are pitching a new street fee by claiming Portland’s roads are getting more dangerous. Numbers show otherwise.


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To hear Mayor Charlie Hales and other city officials tell it, the streets of Portland are getting deadlier every day. Driving is more dangerous. Pedestrians face bigger risks. Bicyclists have to s   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Space of Waste

An office building project for city sewer engineers triples in cost to $11.4 million—at the worst possible time.


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In December 2011, a coalition of angry water and sewer ratepayers sued the city of Portland. Their basic allegation: The city had squandered $127 million in ratepayers’ money on questionable p   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Justice Derailed

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


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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
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Moving the Needle

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


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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
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 BRENT WALTH

Put a Label On It

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


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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
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Starship Enterprise Zones

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


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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
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Singing the Blues

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


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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
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

When The Levee Breaks…Us

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


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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
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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