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Dirt Roads, Dead Ends

Portland has 59 miles of unpaved streets. Guess who promised to fix them.

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Last week, Mayor Sam Adams provided reporters a peek at his proposed city budget, which is set for a City Council vote on June 16. The mayor points with pride    More
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Committee Recommends Public Market for Morrison Bridgehead

Morrison Bridgehead

In the competition between two powerful Portland clans to develop the Morrison Bridgehead property, a selection committee has given the nod to the Mark family's plans for a Seattle-style public market.The four-block property on the west bank of Willamette River stands at a primary ent...   More
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Randy Leonard: I'll Announce Election Plans After Labor Day

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 After City Commissioner Amanda Fritz recently announced her plans to run for re-election in 2012, we asked Commissioner Randy Leonard on Wednesday whether he plans to run next year for a fourth term in City Hall.Rumors about Leonard's plans are rife in Portland political circles, but Leonard tells WW the public will have to wait a bit longer to learn of his plans. Leonard says he won't annou...   More
Thursday, April 28, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Strip Bars Laid Bare

Undercover agents accuse two club owners of filing false tax returns.

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The owners of two separate Portland-area strip club chains are under criminal investigation by the IRS for allegedly concealing income from tax collectors, according to court documents. On April 11   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cops vs. Your Cell Phone: An Oregon Case Featured in The Atlantic


The Atlantic has an interesting story online today about what latitude cops should have to search your cell phone if you're arrested.The story centers on a case currently being considered by the Oregon Supreme Court. In State vs. Nix, ...   More
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Watch the Video: After Making a Climate-Change Stir in Portland, Czech Leader is Back in the News


You may recall Czech President Vaclav Klaus's 2008 visit to Portland. Klaus was brought to town by the Libertarian-leaning Cascade Police Institute to discuss his skepticism about global...   More
Monday, April 25, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Portland Jobs Snapshot: Good News and Bad News

Unemployment Line

Christian Kaylor, a workforce analyst with the Oregon Employment Department, has just come out with his monthly snapshot of the Portland job market. Kaylor's one-page graphic analysis (PDF) based on the latest data mixes some good news and bad news.First, the main take-away: Unemployment in the Po...   More
Friday, April 22, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

This Should Be Good: Watch Obama Face Marijuana Activists Today on 4/20

Marijuana Pot Cannabis Leaf

 President Obama is right now holding a live town-hall meeting on Facebook. And because the meeting is taking place on 4/20, marijuana activists have vowed to try to pummel him with questions about cannabis legalization.Check out the action here.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Smoke Screened

A pot user is denied pain meds. Advocates say he’s not alone.

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Johan Mathiesen has smoked pot recreationally for 45 years.  “It’s my coffee, my tobacco, whatever you want. It’s my social drug,” says Mathiesen, a 69-year-old deli clerk at New Seaso   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

From Master Computer Hacker to Child Pornography Suspect


This week, the Washington County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Oak Hills resident Timothy Dale Bach on 20 counts of encouraging sex abuse.
According to a press release (PDF), cops raided Bach's apartment April 12 on Northwest Cornell Road and seized 20 computers and another 20 hard drives ...   More
Thursday, April 14, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN
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