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Top selections from Carl Wolfson's world class campaign button collection.


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Best Reason for Not Smoking A critique of the 1968 American Independent Party ticket of George Wallace and cigar-chomping Air Force Gen. Curtis “Bombs Away” LeMay. Best “O” Not on a Du   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Of Mouse and Man

Why the new Kirk Reeves mural doesn’t have his famous hat.


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In August, the city unveiled a mural in honor of the late Kirk Reeves. The painting is a touching tribute to the smiling street musician, famous for his trumpet and white dinner jacket, complete   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

The Pharm Team

Testing the strain that has well-funded pot opponents worried.


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Editor’s note: Wm. Willard Greene is very busy with marijuana harvest season, so his protégé, Mary Romano, fills in this week. As the shadowy opposition to marijuana legislation began to take   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Mary Romano

Unlikely Survivors

Chatting with Barry Friedman, the world’s foremost expert on Pendleton blankets.


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There are a lot of semi-prominent people named Barry Friedman—an NYU law professor, a juggler, an antiques dealer and a standup comedian. Barry Friedman of Phoenix is the world’s foremos   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER

Willie Weed: Home Front

Legality and acceptance.


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Siobhan Gill pulls on a glass pipe shaped like Absolem, the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. A bowl loaded with AK-47 marijuana flares, and soon smoke billows back out, curling up, framed by    More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 WM. WILLARD GREENE

Best. Simpsons Episodes. Ever.

Clear your calendar. Set your DVR. The Simpsons marathon is coming.


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What are you doing for the next 12 days? Zilch? Good. Because Homer, Bart, Disco Stu, Jub-Jub, Frank “Grimey” Grimes, Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo and the rest are coming to your living ro   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 RUTH BROWN, AP KRYZA, MATTHEW SINGER

Buy Portland: Oregon-Made Music Gear


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Edwina microphone Ear Trumpet Labs, eartrumpetlabs.com. Philip Graham produces old-school microphones by hand at his Portland company. The Edwina mic ($499) has a large diaphragm set in a head   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER

Local Portland Barbecue Gear

Local gear for your backyard barbecue.


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James Gang BBQ Sauce  Jamesgangbbq.com. When Pam and Jesse James opened a barbecue restaurant in Lincoln City in 1993, they decided to create all-new recipes, including their own homemade ba   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER

Willie Weed: Contact In The ’Couv

Willie Weed goes to buy weed in Vancouver, but there ain’t no weed.


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The first time I spent any time in Vancouver was in the mid-’90s, drawn by the prospect of making out with my house-sitting girlfriend in a land devoid of parents and Oregon law. The house was a   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 WM. WILLARD GREENE

Hotseat: Chris Dean

Footbag championships organizer explains modern hacky sack.


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Of course Portland has high-level, competitive Hacky Sack. Considering our city is home to sizable Quidditch and unicycle scenes, you shouldn’t be surprised to see serious interest in the lunch-   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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