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Murmurs: Hey, You Kids, Get Off My Property Tax Bill!

Oregon has special taxing districts to fund libraries, transit and ports. In fact, state law gives local voters the power to create 26 different kinds of taxing districts to raise revenue and pr   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The Billboard? The Mystery? The Answer?

A Eugene firm affiliated with Seneca Jones Timber Co. is behind the mysterious billboards sprouting up across Portland (see above). The signs are an opaque attack on Gov. John Kitzhaber that requi   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: No Jokes About How Hot and Smokin’ This Story Is.

It’s becoming clearer why Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso was so happy when Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones told the sex club he’d look the other way if a party at the club violated fire regulat   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Still Learning From “Marge Vs. The Monorail.”

Botched anesthesia at the Oregon Zoo contributed to the death of Sumatran orangutan Kutai in January—and triggered an investigation and the firing of zoo director Kim Smith (“12 Mammals That   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: One Tough And Generous Mother.

Oregon Health & Science University announced July 28 the receipt of an anonymous $100 million donation to the Knight Cancer Institute, part of an effort launched by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Just Saying No To Dope—And Maybe Coke, Too.

So far there’s been no organized opposition to Measure 91, the marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot. That’s about to change. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis says   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The Owls Could Nest In Your Granny Flat.

The northern spotted owl is back. Three conservation groups filed suit in federal court July 31 against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop timber sales on land in Southern Oregon they cl   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News That's Always Alert and Chatty

A former Portland resident who says he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates in 2011 at the behest of the U.S. government has been denied asylum in Sweden. Yonas Fikre, a Muslim from Oregon,    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 WW Staff

Murmurs: All The News You Can Fit Into An Illegal Cab.

One of Oregon’s most prominent African-American officials has left Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office after just six months on the job, and no one will say why. Nkenge Harmon Johnson is out as Kitzhab   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Smoke ’Em While You Got ’Em.

Regional government Metro is having its share of employee troubles. The agency agreed to pay $50,000 July 15 to settle claims of discrimination brought by a transgender employee, who claimed co-   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

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