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Technology has been good to cyclists. Metallurgical breakthroughs have given us flexible, lightweight frames. Computer-aided design has given us gears that don't slip and brakes that don't squeal. ...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2003 Chris Lydgate


So you filed for bankruptcy. Now comes the hard part.

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They plod down the street in ones and twos, clutching their paperwork and shivering in the bleak April wind. The college kid with slicked-back hair, the software engineer, the janitor, the account ...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2003 Chris Lydgate

The Premium Racket

Oregon Senate targets insurance cartel over credit-rating scheme.

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Lost your job? Bad credit? Trouble paying your bills?The insurance industry has a special present for you: heftier premiums.Without knowing it, hundreds of thousands of Oregonians are paying higher ra ...   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2003 Chris Lydgate

Taking Back the Street

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Street Roots, the scrappy Portland tabloid written, produced and sold primarily by homeless people, has undergone a facelift by a top newspaper designer and is speeding up its publication schedule ...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2003 Chris Lydgate

Coalition of the Grudging

The war stokes tension in Southeast Asia.

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With the first beads of sweat already trickling down my forehead, I ambled down to the lobby of my hotel in the standard uniform of the American male on vacation: backpack, baggy shorts and an ear ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2003 Chris Lydgate

Feeling the Squeeze

M28 victims struggle to buy time and stave off cuts.Weighing the pros and cons.

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For thousands of elderly and disabled Oregonians, the struggle to hang onto their state-funded Medicaid "services" has become a desperate numbers game.The services, which range from buying groceries ...   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2003 Chris Lydgate

Double Jeopardy

Identical twins struggle to break free of the streets of Portland.

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Sheltering from the rain outside Peterson's on Southwest Morrison Street, Bryan and David Hudnall are trying to scrape together enough cash for a pack of smokes. Business is slow. Rain is the panhandl ...   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2003 Chris Lydgate

Budget cuts menace AIDS patients

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Add yet another vulnerable population to the mounting pile of victims of Oregon's budgetary meltdown: people with HIV and AIDS.If Measure 28 fails next week, the state is poised to chop the so-calle ...   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2003 Chris Lydgate

Needles and Pins

Budget ax hacks at most effective treatment for junkies--acupuncture.

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The Portland Alternative Health Center, which helps hard-bitten drunks and drug addicts kick the habit through a mix of acupuncture, mentoring and housing, was recognized this week as one of the s ...   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 Chris Lydgate


State lawmakers quietly gut drug treatment and mental health.

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Thousands of heroin addicts who have kicked the habit with the help of methadone will be squeezing the last precious drops of orange juice from their paper cups next year, thanks to drastic but li ...   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2002 Chris Lydgate
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