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The Portland Index: Grad Bag

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The best way you can predict the economic success of a city is by figuring out how many adults have finished college. Certainly, people who have a college degree tend to earn more—but so do pe   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 SAM STITES

The Portland Index: Culture Club

Just how cultured is Portland?

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Portland loves its culture—and loves that so many people are also fascinated by it. But just how cultured is Portland? Turns out just a bit. City Vitals 2.0 ranks Portland as the eighth-most cul   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 SAM STITES

Portland Dentist Sues Patient Over Internet Posts


 A Portland dentist is suing a former patient for what the dentist claims are defamatory reviews in online forums.
Dr. Mo Saleh, of Dental Dynamics, originally filed suit against Spencer Bailey in Multnomah Circuit Court on June 26 seeking $300,000 after Bailey wrote about Saleh’s dental skills on Yelp, DoctorOogle.com and Google. In his lawsuit, Saleh says Bailey p...   More
Monday, September 3, 2012 by SAM STITES

Bike-Share Snare

Why Portland’s long-awaited bicycle-rental program still doesn’t have a contractor.

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Software problems have delayed a Portland company’s bike-sharing programs in two of the nation’s largest cities and may threaten a...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 SAM STITES

Where Eagles Won’t Dare

Some Eagle Scouts protest the Boy Scouts’ gay ban by returning their badges. Not these Oregon leaders.

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A Boy Scout must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful and the like. But to obtain the highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must also prove his service has had an impact on his community. Th   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 SAM STITES

Birth Control at the Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo has a national reputation for its success at breeding Asian elephants and California condors. Zoo curator Chris Pfefferkorn has an additional responsibility that gets far less attention: preventing chimpanzees, lions, gazelles and giraffes from procreating.  While there is a national shortage of elephants and condors, there is an abundance of other zoo animals and...   More
Friday, August 10, 2012 by SAM STITES

Portland Police Clear City Hall Sidewalk of Protesters


City Hall protester Cameron Whitten declared victory and ended his 55-day hunger strike last week. Today, the city kicked his fellow protesters out.
About a dozen Portland Police officers performed a sweep of the sidewalk in...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by SAM STITES

Portland's 2nd Annual "Big Float" Boasts a Big Turnout


More than 1,400 people took to the Willamette River's east bank near the Hawthorne Bridge Sunday afternoon, clad with floaties, inner-tubes and kayaks to participate in the second annual Big Float to promote recreational use of the city's main body of water. The event—organized by Will Levenson of    More
Monday, July 30, 2012 by SAM STITES

Merkely Gets Noticed For Main Street Bailout Plan

Jeff Merkley

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is getting some buzz for a plan he announced yesterday intended to help homeowners refinance their "underwater" mortgages—that is, situations where the homeowner owes more to the bank than the resale value of their property. Merkl...   More
Thursday, July 26, 2012 by SAM STITES

Union Plans To Picket Obama Over Trade


Displaced union millworkers plan to picket President Barack Obama's fundraising luncheon tomorrow at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
The Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers is leading the protest. Organizers are angry at the Obama administration's pursuit of a controversial free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama says the agreement will boost the economy....   More
Monday, July 23, 2012 by SAM STITES
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