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A Driveway Moment

New sharing apps help you rent your driveway. Just don’t tell the city.


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For two years, Steve Gutmann found a way to make a little extra cash. His house sits in Southeast Portland’s Richmond neighborhood, two blocks from Hawthorne Boulevard. He knows parking is a   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

All Light, No Heat

The state allows scofflaw tanning salons to remain operating.


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The thousands of Oregonians who use tanning salons to get bronzed expect the facilities to follow the state’s health and safety rules. Most salons do. However, state records show there’s   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Hijacked Hyatt

The fiercest opponent of a Convention Center hotel now wants to take control of it.


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Hotel financier Gordon Sondland has been fighting for a decade to stop construction of a headquarters hotel at the Oregon Convention Center that will compete with his business. As CEO of Pro   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 AARON MESH

Faceoff

The city of Portland wants to put body cameras on its cops. Good luck getting to see the video.


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Mayor Charlie Hales wants Portland police to have body cameras. He’s also fine if it’s really difficult for you to see the video the cops record. The city of Portland has been the drivin   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 AARON MESH

Hot Air

Pilots say the Port of Portland’s plans to sell land for a power plant next to the Troutdale Airport include a fatal flaw.


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Mike Rhodes fell in love with flying nearly 50 years ago at the Troutdale Airport while on a school field trip, and from his first flight, he knew he wanted to be a pilot. Today, Rhodes, 61, a   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Housebound

Washington state offers an alternative to sending parents to prison. Is Oregon willing to try it?


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Michelle Newell busted up her family in 2010 with a repeat conviction for writing bad checks to cover a drug habit. The state sent her to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Smoke Screen

Why won’t the Portland Fire Bureau give a whistle-blower documents that have already been made public?


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Rob Cruser enforces rules that save lives. Cruser, 51, is a fire inspector for Portland Fire & Rescue. That job takes him into buildings where the public gathers for big events—such as n   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bank Shot

More and more, credit unions look and act like banks. So why don’t they pay taxes?


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Robert Stuart enjoys a paycheck most bankers would envy. Stuart, 47, is CEO of Oregon’s second-largest financial institution, with 26 branches, 501 employees and assets of $3.6 billion. His    More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Spending Time

County Commissioner Loretta Smith uses her office budget to benefit constituents—and her own ambitions.


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No elected official in Portland spends more time with constituents than Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.  Whether flipping pancakes at the Hollywood Senior Center or personall   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Collene Swenson and Pat Edwards

Two East Portland secessionists explain why they want voters to sever their neighborhoods’ ties to the city.


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Collene Swenson and Pat Edwards want out of the city of Portland. What they really want is the city to get out of where they live, East Portland, and leave the residents of this often overlooked    More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK
 

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