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Small Change

Wondering how to help local business survive? A Wal-Mart critic offers some answers.

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Michael Shuman's new book may be called The Small-Mart Revolution, but he did more than preach to the local choir last week about not shopping at Wal-Mart.The 50-year-old author, lawyer, activist and ...   More
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

Good-Deal Hunting

A Portland retail giant sues over an ex-employee's website.

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Dan MacNeil was fired eight years ago from his sales job at Standard TV & Appliance, Portland's largest locally owned appliance dealer.The official reason was unprofessional behavior, but MacNeil alle ...   More
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

Unlocking The Trunk

Here comes the circus. Here come the calls for Portland to ban chaining of elephants.

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Before Ringling Bros.' big top rolls into town next month, animal-rights advocates want Portland to join six other communities that have banned the chaining of elephants.People for the Ethical Treatme ...   More
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

Raped And Ignored

It adds insult to injury if you're raped and looking for a local hospital other than OHSU.

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If you survive a rape in Multnomah County but aren't critically injured, your options for hospital treatment are so limited that experts and advocates say the system discriminates against you.Victims ...   More
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

Sam Brownback

Rogue of the Week
Stumping at the expense of terminally ill patients in Oregon always makes for a worthy Rogue.So let us introduce the one and only Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican who makes the religious right ...   More
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

The Big Box-Off

IKEA shows Wal-Mart how to be a big box with little opposition.

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When Swedish furniture giant IKEA broke ground for a new store off I-205 last Tuesday, Portlanders responded with a resounding "Skol!"What a difference from the angry reception another big-boxer, Wal- ...   More
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

Bill Sizemore and David Hunnicutt

Rogue of the Week
Two familiar veterans of election controversies, Bill Sizemore and David Hunnicutt, share this week's Rogue honors.Both men strongly oppose Measure 26, the ballot initiative approved by Oregon voters ...   More
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

Weeding Petitions

Backers of a Portland marijuana initiative say they'll have enough signatures by the July 7 deadline.

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Backers of an initiative petition to make adult marijuana offenses the lowest enforcement priority for Portland cops say they'll turn in more than enough signatures by this week's deadline to get the ...   More
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

The Grapes Of Erath

Sale of an Oregon winery to a tobacco subsidiary gins up concerns about industry corporatization.

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The purchase of one of Oregon's pioneer wineries by the makers of Skoal chewing tobacco has offended some local online grape connoisseurs worse than a chilled bottle of red.The sale announced last mon ...   More
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen

Dae Han Tofu

Rogue of the Week
You'd think bean curd would practically sell itself in Portland, which www.goveg.com calls "the nation's leading vegetarian city."But apparently this week's Rogue, Dae Han Tofu, felt its white, flabby ...   More
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 Jacques Von Lunen
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