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Prosecutors Say Terry Bean is Trying to Settle His Sex Abuse Charges with Cash Payment to Alleged Victim

UPDATE: Bean's attorney says "the victim's interests... are paramount."


Lane County prosecutors say Portland real-estate developer and Democratic Party activist Terry Bean is attempting to get the criminal sexual abuse case against him dropped by paying a cash settlement to the alleged victim, who was 15 when Bean allegedly had sex with him in 2013.

"This defendant should not be allowed to purchase an escape from the consequences of his own...   More
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by AARON MESH

Shop the Presses

The Oregonian is selling its printing press—and advancing deeper into the web.

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For more than a century, the daily rumble of its downtown printing presses and the roar of its delivery trucks signaled the news rolling out of The Oregonian. But on June 30, a huge omen for the new   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland Dispensaries Will Need $1,500 City Permits to Sell Recreational Weed This Fall


State lawmakers are about to give medical marijuana dispensaries a huge economic windfall: the chance to sell weed to all adults starting Oct. 1.

But first, dispensary owners will have to give a taste to Portland City Hall.

A document produced by the city's Office of Neighborhood Involvement shows city officials will begin taking applications Sept. 1 for ...   More
Monday, July 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature Will Fund $17 Million in Safety Improvements for Outer Powell Boulevard


East Portland's most notorious road is finally getting sidewalks.

State lawmakers are preparing to spend $17 million on building sidewalks, crosswalks and lane widening on 14 blocks of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Politicians have promised such improvements on outer Powell for more than three decades. The funding means construction will begin in 2018.

The s...   More
Friday, July 3, 2015 by AARON MESH

The Oregonian Is Shutting Down Printing Plant, Laying Off Pressroom Employees


The company that publishes The Oregonian is shutting down its printing presses—a landmark in the slow dismantling of the state’s biggest news organization.

The decision means that the newspaper’s own printing presses will be silent for the first time in a century or more. Instead, The O will be published offsite by a private contractor.

The Oregonian...   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by AARON MESH

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

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