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Santa's Little Helper

Night Avenger
It happens every year, and it's worse than doing taxes. Just thinking of it causes you to wet the bed. You know the horror of which we speak: holiday shopping. Thing is, this draining experience needn ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Kim Colton


Night Avenger
On a recent Friday evening, déjà vu sets in. It's not because Ben Kweller is on stage doing his best Bob Dylan for the fans. It's where Kweller is doing his thing that feels so familiar. ...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 Kim Colton

Funeral March

Night Avenger
As a Phish fan for seven years, I had seen 30 of the jam band's concerts in 10 states and two countries. So, when the band announced it would be breaking up and staging the curtain call at the mid-Aug ...   More
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 Kim Colton

Kim Colton and Steven Potter

If you're looking for love in Portland, you might meet someone in a bar while watching the 2001 World Series, like Tina and Aaron Wermerskirchen, or while responding to your first online personal ad, ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 Kim Colton

Trent and Laila Tribou

MAY 12, 2004

When he fielded a call from a woman named Laila just before Labor Day of 2002, Trent Tribou's initial response was more telemarketer than smooth operator. Trent, now 28, assumed, wrongly, that this La ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 Kim Colton

Linda and Noi Phimmasone

FEBRUARY 13, 2004

For someone who works in an industry that identifies and determines the validity of suspicious situations, Linda King was blindsided when it came to Noi Phimmasone. If Linda--who works in the world of ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Kim Colton

Marlleen and Rafael Montelongo

February 7, 2004

Back when she was a college student in southern Texas, Marlleen Martinez knew better than to give her phone number to strange men. Good thing, because the petite English major spent a lot of time with ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 Kim Colton

Jeff Fisher and Ed Cunningham

MARCH 7, 2004

Here's the scene on March 5, 2004: Jeff Fisher, a self-employed graphic designer, was in a limo, on his way to the Cedar Rapids airport after a conference in Waterloo, Iowa. The sixth-generation Orego ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 Kim Colton

McKaraoke at McFadden's

Night Avenger
With the overwhelming success of American Idol, a contest ripping off the Fox television program was inevitable.On a recent night at the Old Town meat market McFadden's, 10 singers--armed with a music ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Kim Colton

Angela Fung and Hanh Troung

March 20, 2004

"I talk. He listens." You might think these words would suggest the marital confidence of a long-time wedded woman. Consider instead that they come from a young woman who has been married just under t ...   More
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 Kim Colton
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