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Oct. 24, 1984: Rob Strasser gets the third pick of the NBA draft to set aside his Converse court shoes and try on his first pair of Nikes…


40th Anniversary
In 1984, Nike was floundering. Reebok had captured the aerobics shoe business, and the running shoe market was flattening. Nike’s earnings were off, the stock price was in the tank, and there wa   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN

Nov. 6, 1990: Voters approve Measure 5…


40th Anniversary
Barbara Roberts should have been celebrating. She had scraped by as a single mother and raised an autistic son. She also won election to school boards, the Oregon House and eventually secretary    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN, BRENT WALTH

What Does State Treasurer Ted Wheeler Have in Common With Alibaba and JFK?

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It's election time, which means that candidates for office and supporters and opponents of ballot measures make their pilgrimage to WW headquarters for their endorsement interviews (our choices will be published on October 22).
Last week, we were visited by friends and foes of Ba...   More
 
Thursday, September 25, 2014 by MARK ZUSMAN

VIDEO: Is Gov. John Kitzhaber an Improved Chief Executive?

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When Gov. John Kitzhaber visited our offices this week, we asked him how he was doing as a chief executive as compared his first turn in office, from 1995 to 2003. 
A criticism that has dogged Kitzhaber from those years was that he could come up with big ideas but he didn't do a very good job implementing them. 
Kitzhaber told us that was a fair criticism. How's he doing now...   More
 
Friday, May 9, 2014 by MARK ZUSMAN

Your Weekly Callahan

Part 5: "A tasteless error"

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This is the last chapter of The Weekly Callahan, short clips from the 2007 documentary, Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel, made about Portland cartoonist John Callahan. Callahan's quadriplegia most certainly informed the darkness of his comics, but it also led to international acclaim. An effort is currently underway to raise money for a memorial to Callahan, who    More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by MARK ZUSMAN

Your Weekly Callahan

Part 4: "He bled through the pen"

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It would be a genuinely dark shame if future bipeds, particularly those who visit Portland, were to lose the memory of John Callahan, the talented and tortured cartoonist, musician and author, whose art emerged from a    More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 by MARK ZUSMAN

Your Weekly Callahan

Part 2: "I Had A Dream"


How does a quad draw?It's a question many had but few asked of John Callahan, the Portland cartoonist whose work in the pages of WW led to both boycotts and belly laughs. This clip, from the award-winning, one-hour documentary "Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel" answers that ...   More
 
Friday, April 4, 2014 by MARK ZUSMAN

Your Weekly Callahan

Part 1: "There's Nothing Wrong With Cleaning"

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Careful readers of WW know that for 27 years, the irreverent voice of cartoonist John Callahan graced the pages of our paper. 
Until Callahan died in 2010, the quadriplegic, whose disability masked a ferocious work ethic, drew cartoons, made music, created TV shows, wrote books—all with a sadness that was exceeded only by a piercing wit's eagerness to poke at propriety.   More
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 by MARK ZUSMAN

One Small Step for Man, One Great Leap For The Memory Of John Callahan

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The journey to build an appropriate tribute to John Callahan rolled forward this month with the receipt of a $100,000 challenge grant toward the design and construction of a memorial honoring one of Portland's favorite and most provocative sons.
Last year, we announced the don...   More
 
Saturday, March 8, 2014 by MARK ZUSMAN

Al Jazeera America Says Portland is Nation's Whitest City

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It's no secret that Portland is a largely white city, but is it really the whitest? 
This report from Al Jazeera America claims so.
The numbers are a bit in dispute. The Oregonian's    More
 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by MARK ZUSMAN
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