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Former Portland Gangster In the Middle of a Mexican Drug War

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There are worse fates than being snowbound in Portland.
Finding yourself not in Portland's snow but in the middle of a Mexican drug war is one of them. Slate has a story on that very possibility today.Here'...   More
 
Friday, February 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Another Buyer Steps Forward for Proposed Trader Joe's Property: Updated with PDC Response

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With city officials, business leaders and inner Northeast Portland residents still absorbing Trader Joe's abrupt decision Monday to pull out of a proposed new development on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., another buyer for the property has stepped forward.

This afternoon, Roy Jay, executive director of the African American Chamber of Commerce, sent an email proposal t...   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Secret of Yummy Garden

There’s a new business in Portland’s Real Chinatown—marijuana.


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Sunny Chan has a lot of history at Yummy Garden, the Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant he used to own, and at another restaurant he owned, Chinese Garden in Gresham. Today, there’s change afo   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Opening Dominant Fundraising Lead

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Gov. John Kitzhaber, never known as an enthusiastic fundraiser, is racing out of the gate as he begins the campaign for what would be an unprecedented (in Oregon) fourth term.
Kitzhaber has already raised more than $414,000 in 2014, according to filings with the elections division, compared to $61,000 for the leading GOP candidate, State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point). ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Voodoo Doughnut Founder Tres Shannon Crashed Into a Honey Bucket

"Dazed and confused" donut magnate rammed a porta-potty with his car

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Tres Shannon had a pretty wild night last Aug. 22. 
When police arrived at 2250 NW Quimby St. at 1:28 am, they found Shannon, a co-founder of Voodoo Doughnut, "dazed and confused."
His 1992 Mercedes was high-centered on the sidewalk, police wrote, pinning...   More
 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Republican Rep. Julie Parrish Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Deputy House GOP leader breaks with party platform

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Add Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn/Tualatin) to the growing list of Oregon Republicans who support the same sex-marriage measure aimed at the 2014 ballot.
Last week, WW reported that a group of bold-faced Republican names have formed a political action ...   More
 
Monday, February 3, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Severed Cow Heads Causing A Stir in Columbia County

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Amid Portland's bioswales, bike lanes and bookshops, it's sometimes easy to forget we live in the Wild West.
Not so far away in Columbia County, there are reminders.The South County Spotlight this week highlighted one of them—the severed cattle heads    More
 
Friday, January 31, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Group Forms to Support Marriage Equality

State's biggest Republican funder backs same-sex marriage

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A group of high-profile Oregon Republicans has formed a Freedom Oregon, a political action committee that will support same-sex marriage.
The group includes former U.S. Sen Bob Packwood; former Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer; former Oregon Secretary of State Norma Paulus and Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller, who individually and through his co...   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Lines for Life Hires Dwight Holton as Executive Director

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Lines for Life, a Portland non-profit that works on suicide and substance abuse prevention, has hired Dwight Holton to be its new executive director.Formerly known as the Oregon Partnership, Lines for Life operates crisis telephone lines that served 35,000 people last year.
Holton, 48, was a federal prosec...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

State Senator's Solution to CRC Toll Deadbeats? Boot 'Em

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Last week, an email State Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) sent to Washington State Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) made headlines, because Beyer, the chairman of the Senate's Business and Transportation Committee and the co-chairman of the interim Columbia River Crossing oversight committee told Rivers in a Jan. 17 email  "my guess is the bridge issue is dead in our state for the n...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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