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Murmurs: News With Many Rivers To Cross.

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, when he ran for mayor, Jim Francesconi outraised his opponent, Tom Potter, by more than a 4-to-1 margin. In this year’s race for Multnomah County   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Will Voters Get A Say On A Convention Hotel?

Opponents of a proposed publicly subsidized hotel at the Oregon Convention Center were planning to force a vote on the question in the November 2014 election. Project opponents—downtown hotelier   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: All The News That’s Left Under The Tree.

Portland Public Schools spent $135,703 in October to send 79 employees, including Superintendent Carole Smith, to a national conference in St. Louis sponsored by one of its more controversial consulta   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: In Scappoose, No One Can Hear You Scream.

Howard Dean may have inadvertently kick-started the re-election campaign of state Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose). Johnson is often a swing vote in a Senate that Democrats control by a 16-14 marg   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: A Former Drug Agent Goes Green.

A Portland-based agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has gone to work for a private equity firm that exclusively backs businesses involved in legal marijuana sales. The Wall Street Jour   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News That Burns No Carbon.

Portland is getting an ELF for Christmas. That’s the name of a bike-car hybrid built by Durham, N.C.-based company Organic Transit, which announced Dec. 2 it will open its third manufacturing faci   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News To Comfort Crying Timbers Fans.

The race to replace disgraced former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen heated up last week when Deborah Kafoury unveiled an all-star list of endorsers, including Gov. John Kitzhaber. Her main oppon   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News Hotter Than Jeff Cogen’s Love of Parades.

The lesson from the Oregon Department of Justice investigation of former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen: If Cogen had resigned when the story of his affair broke in July, there probably woul   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Cashing In Our Egg McMuffin Vouchers.

The long-awaited findings of an Oregon Department of Justice criminal investigation into former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen’s affair with former county staffer Sonia Manhas are nearly compl   More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Portland Loses an Urban-Planning Leader.

Nohad Toulan—a leading figure in Portland’s urban planning and Islamic worlds—died Oct. 28 with his wife, Dirce Angelina Moroni Toulan, in a traffic accident in Uruguay. Toulan, 81, was the re   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

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