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Wire Service

Your guide to Portland's new wi-fi.


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Surf's up, Portland.Officials flipped on the city's new free wireless Internet service Tuesday, Dec. 5—turning areas like Pioneer Courthouse Square and several neighborhoods in Northeast into ho ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Brittany Schaeffer

PORTLAND LAUNCHES FREE WI-FI TODAY, BUT UNWIRING CITY NOT AS SIMPLE AS JUST CUTTING THE CORD


City officials enthusiastically clipped the inaugural cord on Portland's new free wireless internet today—but despite the fanfare, the system got off to a shaky start.

“As of this moment, the Internet is up and running in the square,” said Adrian Van Haaften, VP of MetroFi, Portland's wireless service provider.

But in a packed tent on the upper deck ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 5, 2006 by Brittany Schaeffer

Maple Bar Crisis!: NYC Bans Trans Fat


Eat your doughnuts while you still can, Portland! Today the New York City Board of Health passed a ban eliminating trans fat from the city's 20,000-plus restaurants. Trans fats, which have been linked to heart disease and high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, are typically found in fried foods as well as baked goods like cakes, cookies and pies. New York is the first city to pass such ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 5, 2006 by Brittany Schaeffer

UPDATE: Local Attorney Falsely Linked to '04 Madrid Bombings Settles Suit, Sounds Off



Local lawyer Brandon Mayfield has a $2 million settlement with the feds for wrongful 2004 arrest in connection with the Madrid bombing, but that doesn't mean he can ever forget what the authorities did to him.
Mayfield spoke for the first time about his arrest — and the $2 million settleme...   More
 
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 by Brittany Schaeffer

Breaking News: PDX Lawyer Falsely Linked to Madrid Bombings Settles Suit Against the Feds


Local lawyer Brandon Mayfield, who was held for 14 days in connection with the Madrid train bombings in 2004, announced today that he's settled a damages suit with the federal government to the tune of $2 million.
Mayfield, who's Muslim and has a practice in West Slope, was arrested in May 2004 after the feds matched him to a fingerprint found on a plastic bag used by the terrorists in Sp...   More
 
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 by Brittany Schaeffer

Rogues Of The Week

The charities you shouldn't let tug at your heartstrings this holiday season.


Rogue of the Week
Listen carefully if and when a telemarketer from a charity calls asking for money during the holidays.Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers recently published his annual report on charitable organizatio ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Brittany Schaeffer

Starving to Live

Followers of calorie-restricted diets think their eat-less approach will help them live longer. But is it worth living without Granny's pumpkin pie?


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Lunch with Brett Schneider is a lesson in restraint. Most diners at Sweet Tomatoes, a serve-yourself salad bar restaurant in Beaverton, pile shredded cheddar cheese and thickly cut croutons on top of ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Brittany Schaeffer

Rogues Of The Week

Portland's KPTV and KOIN make a national list of rogue TV stations that used corporate videos as news.


Rogue of the Week
Two local channels have been called out for Rogue-ish behavior by a national media watchdog for airing promotional videos—sometimes masked as news—during news broadcasts.A report released ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Brittany Schaeffer

One Portland Bookseller won't sell the new Simpson book


O.J. Simpson may have convinced jurors a decade ago that he didn't kill his ex-wife and friend – but at least one Portland bookseller isn't persuaded to hawk his new tome.
The Looking Glass bookshop downtown says it won't sell, "If I Did It", the new book in which the former NFL star describes how he would have killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman – ...   More
 
Friday, November 17, 2006 by Brittany Schaeffer

Dear Legislator

The issues you ignored this election but can't ignore in the 2007 Legislature.


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Dear Legislator-Elect,Before Tuesday's election, you and many of your colleagues-to-be talked a lot about sex and unethical behavior. That is, in reference to your opponents.Sure, everyone expects mud ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Brittany Schaeffer
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