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Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.


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Six weeks ago, the Portland City Council seemed ready to buy its way out of its most prominent homelessness problem.  The city agreed Feb. 17 to give $846,000 to the leaders of homeless camp    More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 AARON MESH

House at the End of a Scam

The auctioneer’s gavel will fall on the last of Andrew Wiederhorn’s troubled Portland empire.


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The most expensive home ever sold at a Multnomah County sheriff’s foreclosure auction will go on the block April 2. It’s a 20,000-square-foot, $6.8 million mansion atop the Southwest Hills, the    More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Click Factory

With quotas and incentive pay for reporters, The Oregonian is again changing its readers’ experience.


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The future of The Oregonian is filled with questions.  Do you believe Portland is America’s fittest city? Should dogs be allowed in grocery stores? Would you accept a donated organ from a   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Onward Christian Voters

As same-sex marriage foes ready for a new crusade, how many old allies will follow?


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In 2007, host Ira Glass of This American Life came to Portland on a book tour and was scheduled to speak at the 1,500-seat New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley. He asked for a change of ven   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Suite Surrender

Mayor Hales welcomes Airbnb to Portland, while its clients face city fines.


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For the past four years, Sheila Baraga has been running a 21st-century black-market guest house among the soaring elms of the Buckman neighborhood. Baraga turned a 1908 apartment building on South   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON MESH

A Room With A Loo

When you have to go, web app Airpnp is supposed to help.


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The first time I walked up to the yellow house on the corner of Southeast Stark Street and 26th Avenue, I had to pee.  The door was ajar. When I knocked, only a dog answered. A sign on the wall   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

Blowing Vapor

The e-cigarette market is growing like wildfire, leaving health officials in a haze.


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Division Vapor smells like candy. Located at Southeast 36th Avenue and Division Street, the store is one of 12 Portland retail shops dedicated to the sale of e-liquids, e-cigarettes and all type   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 BRENDAN WELCH

Crowdsourcing CPR

A new app will cost Portland’s Fire Bureau $108,000. It won’t save money, but will it save lives?


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Mayor Charlie Hales is asking the City Council to spend $108,000 on a smartphone app to notify Portlanders trained in CPR when someone nearby is having a heart attack.  The proposal is part   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

Jail Break

Health insurance companies covering jail inmates shift millions in costs to taxpayers. Now they have to stop.


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Lawmakers fell short on some high-profile bills in the even-year session that ended last week, including the Columbia River Crossing, gun control and marijuana legalization. But the Legislature    More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Getting Totally Hosed

A retired fire bureau official is still doing his former job—but he’s getting paid twice.


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When Mark Schmidt retired from Portland Fire & Rescue in June 2012, shortly after picking up his 35-year pin, he didn’t actually go anywhere. In fact, although Schmidt began collecting a   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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