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Richard Ford, Canada

One boy, two lives, and an uneven landscape.

Dell Parsons, the narrator of Richard Ford’s conflicted new novel, Canada (Ecco, 432 pages, $27.99), tells us right off about the story’s major event. His parents became unlikely bank robbers.   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Michael Orr, The 1975 Portland Timbers

Ouch, my groin.

It seems like no one played soccer in Portland before 1975. The next year, kids crowded parks and fields to try this undiscovered sport. My middle school was unprepared for the onslaught. “We    More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Whiffs of Trouble

A fertilizer plant comes under criminal investigation after repeated ammonia leaks.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a criminal investigation into a large leak of ammonia from a Columbia County fertilizer plant in 2010 that went undetected for five days. Re   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Police Chief Mike Reese Apologizes for Issuing False Info About Occupy Portland's Impact on a Rape Case


Police Chief Mike Reese, who's getting close to a bid for mayor, apologized this weekend for claiming that his officers are so busy dealing with Occupy Portland protesters that they had to leave a rape victim sitting unassisted for three hours.   More
Monday, November 21, 2011 by BRENT WALTH

Homeless, Not Faceless

Occupy Portland forced the city to face its persistent problems with homelessness.

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The homeless were back occupying the spaces under the Burnside Bridge on Monday, one day after their downtown real estate had been reclaimed by the city over the weekend. The city shut down the    More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 BRENT WALTH

An Unreliable Housing Audit

A city-funded housing audit misrepresented evidence, making discrimination in Portland look worse than it really is.

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In May, Portland got smacked in the face with embarrassing news: Nearly two of every three times they sought   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 BRENT WALTH

All Aboard!

The CRC’s backers want to use an obscure law for light rail to win approval for the freeway.

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Backers of the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing are working to keep the Interstate 5 bridge project from facing the same scrutiny other highway projects do under Oregon’s land-use laws. Inste   More
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Hotseat: Edward Glaeser

A Harvard economist says what we think about urban life may be wrong.

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Go ahead, keep on thinking the world’s big cities are dangerous and unhealthy, that they increase alienation and poverty. Edward Glaeser wants you to know the truth. Glaeser, a Harvard economist,    More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Not Yet Over And Out

The state’s emergency radio project is dead, but its costs keep going up.

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Earlier this year, Gov. John Kitzhaber made clear he wanted to halt an ugly project he’d inherited when he took office: the proposed statewide emergency radio system called the Oregon Wireless In   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Not So Black & White

Why is the Fair Housing Council keeping details of its recent discrimination study secret?

City Commissioner Nick Fish has been in crisis management for more than a month
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 BRENT WALTH
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