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Saki’s Big Bet

The city says Saki Tzantarmas is holding his East Portland neighborhood hostage.


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Saki Tzantarmas turns on the lights in the kingdom he built, leans against a table, and starts to cry. The ultraviolet fluorescent beams illuminate an expansive banquet hall he’s named the P   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AARON MESH

40 Years In 40 Days

Moments that made Portland.


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Portland was a very different place in 1974. Pioneer Courthouse Square was a parking lot, hookers prowled the South Park Blocks, and storefronts stood deserted as shoppers flocked to swanky new    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 WW Staff

The Howling

The return of wolves stirs up old hostilities between rural and urban Oregonians.


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In March, Rob Klavins and his wife, Emily, picked up their life in Southwest Portland and moved to Enterprise, a town with 1,888 people and zero stoplights in the northeastern corner of Oregon. Ro   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JORDAN GREEN

One Thing We Can All Agree On.

Willamette Week’s 2014 Voters’ Guide


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Voter’s Guide 2014: Kind of BlueWhat’s a free-thinking voter to do in a one-party state?At the start of every election season, we always get our hopes up for at least one good campaign. It doe   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 WW Staff

First Lady Inc.

Cylvia Hayes has two careers. She pursues both out of the governor’s office.


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Cylvia Hayes may be the most influential first lady in Oregon history. Since Gov. John Kitzhaber took office in January 2011, Hayes, 47, has played a central role in his administration. She ke   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Driving Her Loco

Cynthia Kendoll runs a group that some say is fueled by racism. She’s also about to score a major political victory in Oregon.


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Cynthia Kendoll has issues with her neighbors. The people next door to her Salem home trim their bushes with machetes. They have turned their garage into a dormitory and unlicensed day care wi   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AARON MESH

Splice Of Life

An OHSU geneticist’s breakthrough could prevent horrible diseases before a baby is even born. The problem for many: The child will have the DNA of three parents.


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Daylight slices in through the wood-slat shades of Kimberli Freilinger’s bedroom. She knows she must get out of bed. She’s got to eat. She hears her teenage sons downstairs and needs to ch   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

So Sue Us

Why the Portlandia statue failed to become an icon.


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The Statue of Liberty is a defining symbol of the United States. Her likeness appears on everything from quarters to tacky bobbleheads. She’s had a cameo role in countless films. This story    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

Green Rush

Legal marijuana crops are redefining rural Washington towns—and making one-time illegal growers and their new investors rich.


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Riverside, Wash.—Apple orchards, pastures and alfalfa fields fan out from the Okanogan River along an area locals call the Flats. The land here in north central Washington is baked amber, frin   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 KATE WILLSON

In the Companies Of Strangers

I spent a week renting from Airbnb, Uber and other sharing-economy startups. Here's what your neighbors are up to.


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The summer wind presses Marquam Hill like the dank breath of a stranger talking too close. I’m lying on the hardwood floor of a barely furnished apartment along with two dentists, a Bronx high   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AARON MESH
 

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