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Tanked

From Portland’s drunk tank to Old Town to Salem, how booze is hurting (and helping) Oregon.


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Devon is hauled into the Central City Concern Sobering Station, a Portland cop on each arm. He has a dazed, faraway look that, as he puts it, “a whole lot of Hennessy” provides. He’s quickly   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Exploding Hearts 4Ever

10 years ago, a car crash wiped out Portland’s biggest punk band. Finally, the sole survivor tells all.


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The Exploding Hearts are the biggest “what if” in the history of Portland music. Ten years ago next week, the band released its first and only album, Guitar Romantic, a record brimming with sh   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

Rise of the Falcon

Can one man’s millions keep struggling Portland artists aloft?


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You won’t believe who is in Brian Wannamaker’s basement. Against one wall, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock plays electric guitar next to a wild boar. Nearby, rock chanteuse Storm Large bel   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 AARON MESH

The Hard Truth About Oregon's Prisons: They Work

So why does Gov. John Kitzhaber want to “reform” them?


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Oregon has one of America’s best prison systems.  Gov. John Kitzhaber knows that. After all, he helped build it. When Kitzhaber was governor from 1995 to 2003, he spent hundreds of millions   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Who Wants to Save a Junkie?

Oregon can, with one simple step. So far, it hasn’t.


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Dr. Gary Oxman spent his career trying to save people who don’t care whether they live or die. Oxman—who just retired as health officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties—has   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ERIN FENNER

The Woman Behind the Bridge

The force behind Oregon’s massive freeway project works for the governor—and a private company that wants it built.


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On Feb. 11, Gov. John Kitzhaber strode into a legislative hearing and made his strongest pitch yet for the massive highway project called the Columbia River Crossing.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Endo Days

Hit the black lights, weed is almost legal. Forget everything you know about pot culture.


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The highs, they are a-changin’. On Nov. 6, 2012, America’s relationship with marijuana entered a hazy new era. Two states, including Oregon’s northern neighbor, voted to legalize pot, si   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Miracle on 135th Avenue

A Portland high school where students speak 55 languages shows Oregon how to reform education.


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Hae Nay Paw is trying to concentrate. A petite sophomore at David Douglas High School, she hunches over her desk, scrawling notes, a curtain of dark hair covering half her face, as if to block out   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

1 in 3

Those are the odds a woman on this planet will face abuse in her lifetime. V-Day is your chance to do something about it.


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One in three. One-third of all women worldwide—let’s call it an even 1 billion—will be victims of violence because they are women. You could get depressed or apathetic when you see that ov   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Return of Chucky

Portland needs to make big spending cuts. New mayor Charlie Hales is swinging the ax.


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Portland City Hall is awfully quiet for a palace amid a revolution. Since the start of the year, the place has felt like a barely solvent art gallery sold to absentee bankers. Outside the mayor’    More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AARON MESH
 

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