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Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber

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Uber is back, baby. Lyft is almost legal. Portland's cab companies are wild with rage.

And everything hinges on a City Council vote Tuesday night.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick ended three months of waffling with a bold play    More
 
Monday, April 20, 2015 by AARON MESH

Police Protesters Starting an Activist Nonprofit, Oregon Know Your Rights

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The protest group that jammed Portland streets last year to decry police violence against unarmed black men has made little progress in City Hall.

As WW r...   More
 
Friday, April 17, 2015 by AARON MESH

OHSU Hit With $1.5 Million Federal Tax Lien

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Happy tax day. Whatever damage you face filing your return, take comfort: It's probably smaller than the bill facing Oregon Health & Science University.

It’s unusual to hear about an unpaid $1.5 million tax bill with any organization—let alone Oregon’s medical school and research hospital.

But on March 2, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien for t...   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Déjà Blue

Protesters of police violence march away from City Hall empty-handed.


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The protest group that shut down Portland during the holiday season to condemn police killings of unarmed black men is back on the streets.  This time, Don’t Shoot Portland protested    More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 AARON MESH

The Oregonian Lays Off Key Veteran Staffers

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The Oregonian is laying off some of its newsroom veterans in what is both a cost-cutting move and a continued reshaping of the newsroom under the paper's new editor, Mark Katches.

These layoffs are the first conducted under Katches, who joined The Oregonian in July. They do not appear to be nearly as widespread as    More
 
Monday, April 13, 2015 by AARON MESH

Measure 91 Backers Join Bus Project in Campaign to Expunge Weed Convictions

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The effort by Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) to let Oregonians expunge marijuana convictions from their criminal records is gaining allies.

Backers of Measure 91, which voters passed to legalize recreational weed last November, have joined forces with the Bus Project, Portland's get-out-the vote nonprofit, to back Frederick's bill with a campaign called   More
 
Thursday, April 9, 2015 by AARON MESH

Ganja Police

The OLCC may have reached too far in seeking to create a new class of police: Pot Cops.


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Just when you thought it was safe to smoke marijuana in Oregon, along comes a new breed of law enforcement officer: the pot cop. The pot cop can bust retailers for selling buds to people under 2   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 AARON MESH

Burns Notice

How the firing of Oregon’s pot czar exposed the OLCC’s secret talks to end medical weed as we know it.


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On a sunny Thursday last month, Rob Patridge, the man who will soon be Oregon’s top regulator of legal weed, and Anthony Johnson, the person who gave him that power, met over iced tea at Russe   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 AARON MESH

City Investigation of Minority Contracting Fraud Yields Results

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Nearly two years after a Portland government watchdog began questioning whether a masonry business fraudulently obtained city contracts intended for minority-owned businesses, that company has lost its eligibility for such contracts.

As WW reported in July 2013, t...   More
 
Monday, March 30, 2015 by AARON MESH

OLCC Says It Fired Pot Czar Tom Burns for Leaking a Document, Then Lying About It

UPDATE: The leaked letter shows OLCC planning greater control of medical weed.

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UPDATE, 4:45 pm: Documents released by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission show pot czar Tom Burns leaked a draft proposal about tightening the rules on medical marijuana to growers' lawyer Amy Margolis hours after he received it on March 23.

This afternoon, the agency released the draft proposal Burns leaked, along with the email Burns sent to Margolis, and the l...   More
 
Friday, March 27, 2015 by AARON MESH
 

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