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Sheriff Responds to Grand Jury Report

Despite weather that has 90 percent of the intrepid reporters in town out interviewing snowmen, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office released its response today to last year's annual grand jury report on the state of the county's correctional system.

The response was as cool and...   More
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 by Ian Demsky

Pricking Against The Kicks

By now, many Portlanders have seen the video of a Portland firefighter kicking a man as he's being restrained by three people. (If not, you can find it HERE along with the story broken today ...   More
Friday, January 12, 2007 by Ian Demsky

At Least One Linn Staffer Survives

Thomas Bruner, outgoing Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn's former Senior Policy Director, was today named the CEO of the Oregon Trail chapter of the Red Cross.

Bruner, who has spent more than 20 years working on health and human service issues, also formerly headed up the Cascade AIDS Project. (See WW's story about his departure from that job    More
Thursday, January 11, 2007 by Ian Demsky

Putting Their Mef Where Their Mouf Was

Portland's title as coffee Mecca might be in jeopardy now that a San Francisco upstart, Meth Coffee has hit the scene. We wanted to warn you before it becomes an EPIDEMIC!

Check out the screed from their website (www.methcoffee.com):

"METH COFFEE, a volatitherapeu...   More
Thursday, January 11, 2007 by Ian Demsky

Portland's Real Chinatown

By now you've probably heard of the local Chinese Americans' furor over the "choking dragon" sculpture installed last year in Portland's Chinatown.

But census data shows the highest concentration of China-born Portlanders is actually in a square bounded by SE 62nd and 82nd to the...   More
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 by Ian Demsky

Loopy Laws

WW presents some screwy laws the state Legislature should fix in 2007.

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This week, elected officials from Astoria to Heppner drove to Salem once again to spend our money and make our laws.Lots and lots of laws. In 2005 Oregon House and Senate passed more than 850 bills&md ...   More
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Ian Demsky

There Ought To (Not) Be A Law

In October, WW told you that the state Legislature accidentially made marijuana the king of basic drug crimes in Oregon.

That got us wondering what other screwy laws were on the books.

Did you know it i...   More
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 by Ian Demsky

Shocker of the Century: the Gius' is Loose

Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto won't be charged criminally for his role in an alcohol intervention for a powerful Portland businessman whose wife is a close friend of Giusto.

In a report released today, the Oregon Department of Justice found insufficient evidence to charg...   More
Thursday, January 4, 2007 by Ian Demsky

Double-bunk Jeopardy

New anti-jail-rape regulations put 200 Multnomah County jail beds at risk.

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Even if your cellie gives his word to stop at third, the line between consensual and coerced sex behind bars is a blurry one.And a federal law prioritizing prevention of prison rape puts an increased ...   More
Wednesday, January 3, 2007 Ian Demsky

Sugar and Spice: From Your Butt to God's Mouth

This week, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported the city's sewage saw a spike of vanilla and cinnamon due to holiday treat consumption.

" 'Even something as fun as baking for the holiday season has an environmental effect,' said [Rick] Keil, an associate professor of chemical oceanography. 'When we b...   More
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 by Ian Demsky
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