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Unleash the Cats of War

Hometown payback sinks Portland's Swift boat accuser.

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When it first hit the airwaves in battleground states, the now-notorious ad campaign by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth seemed a devastating indictment. One by one, veterans who served with Democratic p ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Chris Lydgate

Tooth and Claw

Nader's ballot quest turns nasty.

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The stoplight officially turned red on Ralph Nader's drive for the Oregon ballot Tuesday as the duct-tape campaign lurched toward the finish line like a sputtering Corvair. As of Tuesday afternoon, it ...   More
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 Chris Lydgate

More Republicans (shh!) for Ralph

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With the seconds ticking away, local Republicans are giving a quiet, unofficial boost to Ralph Nader's star-crossed odyssey to get on the Oregon ballot.While Republican officials say they are not dire ...   More
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 Chris Lydgate

The Burning Question

A federal judge will rule on how bad the Army screwed up at its Oregon weapons depot.

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Take a deep breath. After five years of legal wrangling, a Portland judge is poised to decide whether 49 construction workers at the U.S. Army's Umatilla Chemical Depot in Hermiston were poisoned by n ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Chris Lydgate

Raiders of the Lost Cause

Nader's three-ring circus.

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Coffeehouse idealism collided with political reality Saturday when more than a thousand Ralph Nader supporters--genuine and otherwise--staged a second attempt to get their independent candidate on the ...   More
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Chris Lydgate

Michael B. Woodward

Rogue of the Week
Faithful readers of this column may recall the exploits of wayward insurance salesman Michael B. Woodward, a silver-tongued rogue who specializes in charming octogenarians out of their savings.Once up ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Chris Lydgate


The madness and suicide of Jessica Dolin.

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Sometime in the darkest hours of May 14, after putting away the groceries from WinCo and watching some old episodes of the X-Files, Jessica Dolin descended the creaky staircase into the basement o ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 Chris Lydgate

A Black Eye for Woodland Park

Inspectors sound alarm after psych-ward takedown.

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State inspectors have found a pattern of problems at the psychiatric ward of Woodland Park Hospital, following an incident last month in which a female patient suffered a broken nose and two black ...   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 Chris Lydgate

The Deadly Cure

State investigates fatal surge of methadone ODs.

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Heroin, long Oregon's leading cause of fatal drug overdoses, has been dethroned--by methadone, a synthetic drug originally developed to help junkies kick the habit. Last year, methadone killed 103 ...   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2003 Chris Lydgate

Dumpster Dying

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A California woman is taking the nation's biggest garbage-hauling company to court in Multnomah County this week over the death of her schizophrenic brother, who suffocated inside a trash compacto ...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2003 Chris Lydgate
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