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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen Admits to Affair With County Health Department Official

He says he has no plans to resign

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Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen tonight admitted an extramarital affair with a female county employee.
Cogen told WW Tuesday night in an interview about the affair at county headquarters he deeply regretted the harm he'd done to his wife and two children, and said he was sorry. "It was a mistake," Cogen says of the affair. "People will have to decide whether to ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Hales Suspends Baruti Artharee for One Week

City Commissioner Nick Fish Says Suspension Not Strong Enough

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Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon announced his decision on the discipline he's handing to Baruti Artharee, his top advisor on the Portland Police Bureau, for suggestive comments toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith at an event in June. 
Hales has chosen to suspend Artharee, 60, for one week without pay and ordered him to complete diversity tra...   More
 
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Mayoral Aide Artharee Sends Hand-Written Apology to Commissioner Smith

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Baruti Artharee, Mayor Charlie Hales' public safety advisor, yesterday sent a hand-written apology (PDF) to County Commissioner Loretta Smith after an event last Thursday at which A...   More
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

City Launches Investigation into Artharee's Behavior Towards Commissioner Smith

UPDATE: Office of Equity supports inquiry

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Mayoral Spokesman Dana Haynes this afternoon announced the City of Portland will launch an investigation into the events of last Thursday evening when Mayor Charlie Hale's public safety advisor, Baruti Arhtaree, made what he has termed "   More
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Hales Calls Commissioner Loretta Smith to Apologize for Aide's Suggestive Remarks

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Facing a barrage of criticism, Mayor Charlie Hales called Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith tonight to apologize for suggestive remarks and gestures made toward her by one of his top aides at a Thursday night event.

But Hales made no promises of what actions he would take regarding Baruti Atharee, one of the most prominent African-American offici...   More
 
Monday, June 10, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Top Hales Aide In Trouble For Suggestive Behavior Toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith

Baruti Artharee says he's apologized for comments at Thursday event

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A top aide to Mayor Charlie Hales is under fire for suggestive remarks and gestures he allegedly made toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith at a Thursday night event.
WW has learned the aide, Baruti Artharee, 60, and about 40 others gathered Thursday at the Quartet Restaurant at Riverplace. The purpose of the event, which was arranged by Bernie Foster...   More
 
Sunday, June 9, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Cartoonist Jack Ohman Leaving Oregonian

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Jack Ohman has drawn his last cartoon for The Oregonian.Ohman, who has won virtually every major award in journalism for political cartooning and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize this year, announced his departure on Facebook today:I will miss my colleagues at The Oregonian terribly. I am proud to have worked there for 29 years; I was still taking acne medication when I start...   More
 
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Two More Elected Officials Withdraw Jefferson Smith Endorsements

Komp, McKeel say they can no longer support him

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 Two more political supporters withdrew their endorsements of Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) this afternoon, saying they could no longer back his mayoral candidacy after learning of his 1993 misdemeanor assault charge for punching an 18-year-old...   More
 
Friday, October 12, 2012 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh
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