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Dan Saltzman Aims to Turn Portland Children's Levy into Permanent Taxing District

The city commissioner is lobbying Salem to allow a "children's services district."

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City Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to make the Portland Children's Levy a permanent feature of local property-tax bills.

Oregon has special taxing districts to fund libraries, transit and ports. In fact, state law gives local voters the power to create    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Sunken Treasure

Why is the city sitting on $32 million that could be used to lower water rates?


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It’s no secret Portland’s water rates keep going up and up and up.  Mayor Charlie Hales  promised to cut rates. (He hasn’t.) And voters this spring contemplated a ballot measur   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Dave's Killer Bread Removes Dave Dahl's Testimonial from Its Wrappers

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For more than eight years, Dave's Killer Bread has marketed its seed-rich loaves with the personal testimony of its reformed-convict founder, Dave Dahl.

But with Dahl facing prison for allegedly attacking police last November, the company has taken his words off its wrappers.

A redesigned label, which debuted in April and gradually expanded across all Dave's Kil...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo Euthanizes Lion Cub

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The Oregon Zoo last night euthanized a three-day-old African lion cub after keepers found a "serious and untreatable" wound in one of her hind legs.

"We did everything we could, but there was no way to save the cub," zoo deputy director Chris Pfefferkorn said in a statement released this morning. "It's a hard loss to accept, and our animal-care staff really kept it together la...   More
 
Friday, September 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

Haunted House's Proposed TriMet Ads Mock Street Fee, Fluoride and Reservoir Urination

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Nothing sends a chill down Portlanders' spines like paying taxes for road paving or chemically treating the tap water.

That's the gist of new advertisements haunted house FrightTown plans to plaster on the side of TriMet buses. The transit agency tells WW the ads will begin this month.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

Truck Race

Daimler faces allegations of unchecked racial discrimination at its Portland plant.


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Four African-American employees of Portland-based Daimler Trucks North America have filed state civil-rights complaints claiming they have been the targets of continuing racial intimidation by co-workers.    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Body Double Standard

How Legacy Health’s acquisition of cadavers—now under FBI investigation—escaped state scrutiny.


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In the spring of 2013, Portland hospital system Legacy Health launched a body donation program to obtain cadavers for surgical training.  That June, the Oregon Legislature passed a law    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON

Mayor Charlie Hales Announces Natural Grocers Will Anchor MLK Boulevard Site Abandoned by Trader Joe's

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Mayor Charlie Hales this morning announced Colorado-based grocer Natural Grocers will anchor a development on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that Trader Joe's abandoned after backlash this spring.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

Assurety NW, an Urban-Renewal Success Story, Will Leave Lents

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The East Portland neighborhood of Lents is losing one of its few success stories from 15 years of urban renewal.

The Portland Development Commission has poured more than $96 million into Lents since 1998. As WW   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Posthumous Legacy

The FBI is investigating how Legacy Health obtained cadavers for scientific research.


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The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation of a division of Legacy Health, looking into allegations that the Portland hospital system improperly obtained dead bodies for scientific research,   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AARON MESH
 

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