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Freedom to Launder?


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Accused of laundering campaign contributions through his granddaughter and administrative assistant, Portland developer Tom Moyer has challenged the constitutionality of Oregon's election law, which r ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Nick Budnick

Clash Cash

Protest payout could top $500,000.


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Last week, Portland's $300,000 payout to settle two lawsuits brought by lefty protesters raised eyebrows--but in reality city coffers will take a far bigger hit.The settlement, for lawsuits stemming f ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Nick Budnick

Enduring Wounds

If Frank Gable killed Michael Francke, how did another guy know key details about the crime?


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Last week, the Portland Tribune reported that one of the police investigators in the controversial Michael Francke case thinks the man convicted should never have been charged with the crime. The arti ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Nick Budnick

True Lies?

Polygraph expert questions Francke investigation tactics.


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In three decades of giving so-called "lie detector" tests, you'd think Ken Simmons would have seen everything; but after reviewing a string of reports in the controversial Michael Francke murder case, ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2004 Nick Budnick

The Murder that WOULD NOT DIE

Columnist Phil Stanford is obsessed with a decade-old conspiracy theory. What if he's right?


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A few weeks ago, tossing back beers at his habitual dive-bar hangout in Salem, Kevin Francke had a surprise visitor. A reporter from The Oregonian walked in and asked about Kevin's brother Michael, wh ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 Nick Budnick

Out of the Francke Files

An overlooked document stirs new interest in a 15-year-old murder case.


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Fifteen years ago, Michael Francke's murder seized the state's imagination--and the intrigue did not end even after a Salem drug dealer was convicted of killing Oregon's top prison official. Prosecuto ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 Nick Budnick

Patching M37's Holes

With the growth boundary shattered, Metro is desperately seeking duct tape.


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By passing Measure 37 last week, voters last week blew gaping holes in the urban growth boundary that for decades made Portland a model for other cities' planning efforts."Measure 37 is really bad new ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Nick Budnick

TOP COP

Police Chief Mark Kroeker


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In 1999, Police Chief Mark Kroeker came to PDX to do battle with the forces of chaos, anarchy and sloth. It proved valuable experience for his current gig in Liberia.In the Bible, the Book of Job teac ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Nick Budnick

SPRAWL KITTEN

Kate Schiele


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THEN: In 2002, Kate Schiele, a 27-year-old ad rep, plunged into the race for Metro's new position of regionwide president with zest, snug skirt suits and a Lincoln Navigator--thus posing a clear and p ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Nick Budnick

AUTHORITY FIGURE

Sgt. Rocky Balada


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You didn't mess with Rocky Balada.A short, stocky Hawaiian, Officer Balada earned a reputation in the '80s as a tough street cop. "I worked the street hard," he says.Merchants and business owners admi ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Nick Budnick
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