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Something in the Water

Environmentalists, others oppose statewide fluoride bill.

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Portlanders have voted down fluoridation three times, but now the state Legislature may force it down our throats-literally.A bill that would pressure Portland and most of Oregon to put fluoride in dr ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Nick Budnick

School Knife Fight

Activists fume over cuts to minority-school funding.

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Sitting with a handful of parents and Portland School Board members in a small room last Friday, Superintendent Vicki Phillips spelled out dramatic budget cuts that will fall most heavily on the city' ...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 Nick Budnick

Charles McGee

Teenager says he's ready for the Portland School Board.

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With Portland public-school politics roiling over school closures, school-board candidates have until Thursday to file for the May 17 election. Perhaps the most intriguing entry so far is 19-year-old ...   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Nick Budnick

Good Cop, Bad Cop

The city wants to rein in officers like Lt. Todd Wyatt.

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Several years ago in Northeast Portland, Officer Todd Wyatt responded to a report of squatters at a vacant apartment. He arrived and found himself grappling with a man he recalls being a "mountain."An ...   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Nick Budnick

Gay Marriage for Dummies

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The gay-marriage issue is not going away. On Monday a dozen queer couples, including WW columnist Byron Beck and his partner, filed a lawsuit arguing that Measure 36 should be tossed out. It gets conf ...   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 Nick Budnick

Hey, Hey! Yawn, Yawn!

Where's the radical fringe gone?

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In a city where tension between cops and protesters climbs up and down like a biorhythm, last Thursday's Bush inauguration was like a hit of Valium.Sure, police arrested 15 adults and two kids in an e ...   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 Nick Budnick

Sid Vicious

Judge Sid Galton, the biggest bully on Portland's bench, is now on the other side of the gavel.

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Walk into Judge Sid Galton's fourth-floor downtown courtroom and you see the usual: benches, tables, watercolors hanging on wood-paneled walls. Then you notice a blue lava lamp that swirls on his podi ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 Nick Budnick

Blue Battle Brewing

Police union picks fight over post-shooting time off.

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If you're a Portland cop involved in a fatal shooting and want a few extra days off to clear your head, you can now expect your boss to say, "Not on our dime."Killing someone is a traumatic event, eve ...   More
Wednesday, January 5, 2005 Nick Budnick

Goldschmidt's Grip

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Ever since May, when Neil Goldschmidt was forced to admit having sexually abused a 14-year-old girl during his term as Portland mayor, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and his aides have been downplaying their tie ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 Nick Budnick

On the Taser Trail

Portland cops are getting more of the shock-inducing weapons as national concerns grow.

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At a time when other law-enforcement agencies, including the federal Department of Justice, are having second thoughts about tasers, the Portland Police Bureau plans to distribute 300 of the latest-mo ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Nick Budnick
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