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How the economic boon promised by liquefied natural gas would bring mega-tankers, terror alerts and environmental threats to the Columbia River.

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One recent evening in a small concrete building in Astoria, 10 people-many sporting Birkenstocks and munching on apples and chocolate cookies-sat watching Mel Gibson as Mad Max in The Road Warrior. Th ...   More
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Nick Budnick


Portland isn't ready for the worst.

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Our mid-September afternoon sun and clear skies make it hard to worry about New Orleans-size devastation ever happening here. And officials are quick to say Oregonians shouldn't fret too much."I think ...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 Nick Budnick


Sen. Gordon Smith, who's taken tribal money and some dubious trips funded by lobbyists, has been strangely quiet during Capitol Hill's' current hubbub over super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

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Inside the Washington, D.C., Beltway, the scandal over super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is the biggest one going-and Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon Smith has a ringside seat.Yet in three public hearings on ...   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 Nick Budnick


Downtown shootings damage chief's stock at City Hall.

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One victim in the recent rash of shootings downtown has been invisible: Chief Derrick Foxworth, who's on the outs with Mayor Tom Potter.Potter, in short, is pissed. The symbolism of some 60 cops satur ...   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 Nick Budnick


Cops investigating ex-prosecutor Randy Ray Richardson again.

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Embattled criminal-defense lawyer Randy Ray Richardson received great news last week-a settlement with the Oregon State Bar that would let him keep his law license. But WW has learned that Richardson ...   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 Nick Budnick


Portland's main hip-hop club reshapes itself under a media microscope.

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As the frenzy continues over the recent string of downtown shootings, Portland's top hip-hop club, the Vue, is upsetting African-Americans with its plan to remake itself into a newer, whiter venue.Clu ...   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 Nick Budnick


Prominent Portlander's costly clash with a nature conservancy.

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A member of one of Portland's most influential families, real-estate developer Jordan Schnitzer calls himself "a civic junkie."But the 54-year-old Schnitzer recently learned a new civics lesson beyond ...   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 Nick Budnick


Republican Sen. Gordon Smith is under the Dems' hot lights.

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When state House Speaker Karen Minnis refused to allow a vote last week on same-sex civil unions, the Democratic Party demanded U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, step in with his Republican colleague."Gordon Sm ...   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 Nick Budnick

The Dubie Awards

Our Dubious Achievement Awards for the 2005 Legislature.

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In January, Oregon's Democrats chortled with anticipation when the state Legislature opened for business in Salem. Seven months later, they're asking themselves, What happened?In short, the Dems' gran ...   More
Wednesday, August 3, 2005 Nick Budnick


Local judge Sid Galton appears headed toward early retirement.

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Sid Galton, the Multnomah County jurist who decorated his courtroom with a blue lava lamp and who asked lawyers to call him "Judge Perky," appears to be headed off the bench due to severe depression.R ...   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 Nick Budnick
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