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Gas-Leaking Industrial Tortilla Maker Burns Inmate, Prompts Lawsuit


A Eugene man serving an eight-year sentence for robbery filed a lawsuit last week against the Department of Corrections, claiming he was severely burned by a broken industrial tortilla maker that had been repaired more than 120 times. He says after he complained, he was then put in segregation then housed with a violent schizophrenic nicknamed "The Beast."Chris Shabazz-Wimberly,...   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Safe at Home

Fun, sun and slides at the 29th annual lesbian softball Tournament of Choice.

An LCP virgin—that’s what they call players like me. I’d never been to the Tournament of Choice, a lesbian softball competition held each year in southern Washington. It’s been going o   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Transgender At 10

Lynne’s father refused to believe his son was really a girl. What changed?

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People move to Portland for all sorts of reasons—a new job, the pace of life, the outdoors. Albert and Leigh came for an entirely different purpose. Three months ago, they left the Evergla   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Peter Stott Spends Big on Lewis & Clark Landscaping


Recent visitors to Lewis & Clark College have noticed its handsome campus looks especially well-groomed this summer.
The story behind the lawn's sprucing-up traces back to Julie and Peter W. Stott.
Stott, president of the private equity firm Columbia Investments, has been spending a lot...   More
Friday, August 1, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Radical Feminists and the War on Trans Women Plays Out in Portland

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Most people assume that feminists are among the most ardent advocates for transgender rights.But as The New Yorker lays out in its August 4 issue, some radical feminists align more closely with conservative Christians than with queer advocates when it comes to where transgender equality.It's a fight that was...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

On Shaky Ground

Lawmakers are readying the state Capitol for a massive earthquake. They haven’t prepared Oregon schools.

Seven years ago, the state identified 275 public school buildings that, without safety upgrades, were sure to collapse when the next big earthquake shakes Oregon.   The state Legislature    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Swedish Government Denies Asylum for U.S. Citizen Who Claims Torture at Request of U.S. Government

Documents show Portland resident Yonas Fikre met with FBI before his arrest.


The Swedish Migration Board this month denied asylum to Yonas Fikre, a Portland resident and American citizen who said he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates in 2011 at the behest of the U.S. government.  It's unclear where Fikre, a Muslim man from Oregon,...   More
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

"Malingering" Defendant Gets Another Competency Review


A defendant awaiting trial for more than six years on sex abuse charges that could put him away for life will undergo another competency evaluation, a federal judge ruled today.Andrew Franklin Kowalczyk, 39, has fired nine court-appointed attorneys and had his trial postponed more than a dozen time...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.

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Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse warnings from police and fallout from three recent high-profile shootings have pro   More

Wehby Raises Nearly $1 Million for Senate Race


Republican Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby will report having raised nearly $1 million in the second quarter - and 85 percent of that has come in since May, Roll Call reports. But her opponent, incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), raised nearly twice that amount, pullin...   More
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by KATE WILLSON
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