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Weed War II

Legal pot is sparking new battles in unlikely places.

Justice? Sure. But no peace. Oregon’s long war against pot prohibition ends today. Voters legalized marijuana last November by voting for Measure 91, but we’re just starting the skirmishes over    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 AARON MESH

Open-Source Warfare

When a Portland computer programmer’s ex-wife accused him of sexual assault, ­­he made a federal case out of it.

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For years, the world of writing computer code has seemed hostile to women.  Female programmers complain about sexist presentations at tech conferences, harassment from fellow coders—and even    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature's Joint Committee Approves Weed Sales to All Adults Starting Oct. 1


Recreational weed is legal next Wednesday. You can buy a quarter-ounce in October.

The Oregon Legislature's joint committee on marijuana this morning amended a bill so that medical marijuana dispensaries can sell pot to all adults starting Oct. 1.The amendm...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by AARON MESH

Uber vs. Portland Gets the Bloomberg Businessweek Feature Treatment


How big a deal was Portland City Hall's standoff with Uber? It just made Bloomberg Businessweek.

The financial magazine's feature story, "This is How Uber Takes Over a City," recounts city regulators' uphill battl...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature Legalizes Police Body Cameras (with Blurred Faces)


Lights, camera, police action.

Oregon lawmakers today sent Gov. Kate Brown a bill to make police body cameras legal. House Bill 2571 passed the Oregon House 59-1 this afternoon, after a 29-0 vote in the Senate last week.

Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) wa...   More
Monday, June 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Don't Let Your Kids Play in the Plants at McMenamins Edgefield, Lawsuit Warns

Suit claims Florida 4-year-old has "permanent" rash from resort's euphorbria.


A Florida family is suing the Portland bar and hotel chain McMenamins for $85,500, claiming their children suffered rashes from playing in poisonous plant beds at the McMenamins Edgefield resort in Troutdale.

The Zuk family filed the lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday. The Gresham Outlook    More
Friday, June 12, 2015 by AARON MESH

Regional Officials Backing Away from $900 Million MAX Tunnel Under OHSU


Seattle can keep Bertha the borer.
Portland regional officials are backing away from plans to drill a tunnel under Oregon Health & Science University to run a light-rail line to Tualatin.

Staffers for regional planning agency Metro working on plans for new light-rail or rapid bus line in Southwest Portland have recommended abandoning plans for a light-rai...   More
Friday, June 12, 2015 by AARON MESH

Lawsuit Says OLCC Improperly Awarded a $1.7 Million Contract to Track Legal Weed


A Florida software company says the state’s marijuana overlords improperly awarded a $1.7 million contract to follow the flow of legal pot from farm to bong.
The company, BioTrackTHC, wants to provide the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with a seed-to-sale tracking system to prevent recreational weed from leaking onto the black market.
BioTrackTHC finished second in...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by AARON MESH

Grow Up, Portland

Why the Apartment Buildings You Hate Are Good For the City.

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They pop up seemingly overnight, multiplying faster than food carts on every street corner in the city.Just a whisper of them transforms normally mild-mannered Portlanders into fire-breathing Trotskyi   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 AARON MESH

The 5 Myths About Portland Apartments

The accusations ring out in bars. The gripes spill onto Internet comment threads. And the complaints echo like angry yodels down the newly built canyons of Southeast Division Street and North    More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 AARON MESH

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