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The Portland Thorn

Steve Novick charmed voters with his prickly brilliance, gumption and wit. The bloom is off.


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Back when Steve Novick was in grade school, teachers were still allowed to spank troublesome students. Novick was in fifth grade when his teacher asked his mother for permission to paddle the    More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Best New Band 2015

10 Portland artists local music experts think you must hear.


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In Portland, if you build a music venue, the bands will come. And if you pave it over and put up condos? Well, the bands will find a warehouse, basement or Ethiopian restaurant to play in. No matt   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Feed the Beast

Schools get billions from the state every year. That number is growing fast. Here’s why it’s never enough.


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$7.2 billion is a lot of money. It’s enough to buy every Oregonian a new MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone 6. Or enough to buy every school district in Oregon a $36 million, gently used Gulfstr   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bike to the Future


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Bikes were here first. In 1895, bicycling was “the craze of the country” according to The Oregonian. Portland’s leading cycling activists at that time were Henry Pittock and William M. La   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 WW Staff

Fierce Little Scratches

How Mexican heroin dealers and Russian addicts collided in Portland: An excerpt from Sam Quinones’ new heroin saga, Dreamland.


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The two worlds couldn’t be more different. The young men of Xalisco toil in the sugarcane fields outside of town, nestled in the hills of southwestern Mexico. They dream of making enough m   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH

Save the Date

How to celebrate the best 4/20 of our lifetime.


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April 20 needs a makeover.As far as dates on the Julian calendar go, this coming Monday doesn’t have a whole lot going for it. Consult Wikipedia: the birthday of Adolf Hitler, the anniversarie   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 WM. WILLARD GREENE

Bad Boy

Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools.


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Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one. It was Jan. 27, 2014, and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public Schools board. He and the oth   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

It Used To Be Better

What went wrong in Portland’s visual arts scene, and what we can do to fix it.


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Udders hang from the rafters. They’re fake, fashioned from rubber molds, but the long-haired calf grazing in the corner of the gallery is real, and it’s pissing on the hay covering the hardw   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Joint Ventures

Starting a pot business? These companies want to help.


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Alexa Divett is getting a contact high. Divett runs Maya Media Collective, a Northeast Portland company that is part of the commercial frenzy surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Orego   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Cheap Life

Living cheap and well in Portland: $1 Beers, $1 bowling and the $20 one-hour massage.


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Remember when the Great Recession ended? Neither do we. While economists say the nation has been on the mend, and the Dow reached a new high this month, it sure doesn’t feel that way in Port   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 WW Staff
 

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