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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

21 And Over

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
 

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