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Ralph Nader's Return

Just in time for Halloween, former Democratic Party foil Ralph Nader has popped out for another ghoulish surprise: he's suing the Party! And part of his evidence deals with what he says happened in Oregon.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007 by Jonah Sandford

Trade Winds from Peru to Portland

Local labor leaders and a human rights activist from Mexico urged Oregon's congressional delegation to vote against a new free trade agreement with Peru.

Today's downtown rally, organized ...   More
Thursday, October 25, 2007 by Jonah Sandford

Dear Diary

Today I went to a simulated terrorist attack.

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Whew! Portland remains standing after TOPOFF 4. What was billed as the nation’s largest counterterrorism drill occupied about 5,000 federal, state and local officials at a cost of $25 million in ...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Jonah Sandford

Your Daily Dose of Sam

Mark Mason and Dave Anderson, hosts of the popular drive-time radio program "Mark and Dave" on KEX, thought they were doing something nice for City Commissioner Sam Adams.

In return for Adams' calling their show while he was o...   More
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 by Jonah Sandford

TOPOFF Diary: Back To Business But With Cool Photos

Everything seemed to be just about back to normal at TOPOFF this morning.
Far away from the bomb-sniffing dogs and police in riot gear that struck fear into Portland's heart yesterday afternoon at Lloyd Center, FEMA public affairs offici...   More
Friday, October 19, 2007 by Jonah Sandford

TOPOFF Diary: Doubletree Debacle

I'm on my way to the Doubletree Hotel at Lloyd Center for this afternoon's stop on the TOPOFF tour: a "state of play" briefing with "key exercise leadership." The wind is blowing like crazy, spreading autumn leaves across the streets. If the Lloyd Center area could ever be beautiful, this is the day...   More
Thursday, October 18, 2007 by Jonah Sandford

TOPOFF Diary: Pet Project

I'm standing in a small trailer, listening to an officer from Multnomah County Animal Control explain to me how and why the mistakes of FEMA after Hurricane Katrina will never be repeated here in Portland.
Behind him, there is a wall of small cages with stuffed animals in them.
They're...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 by Jonah Sandford

TOPOFF Diary: Finally, A Real Explosion

Everything started so well at Portland International Raceway this afternoon.
The rain stopped about 20 minutes before FEMA Administrator David Paulison, Portland Mayor Tom Potter, and Governor Ted Kulongoski were scheduled to speak about Day One of TOPOFF 4.
A rainbow even appeared briefly behind the covered stand where they would be speaking.
All the reports were good: Paulis...   More
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 by Jonah Sandford

TOPOFF Diary: We Have Action! Kind Of!

I was out at Portland International Raceway this morning, in the rain, talking to Darryl Madden, a FEMA public-affairs official. Behind us, a few hundred yards away and completely off-limits to anyone not involved in TOPOFF 4, the enormous counterterrorism exercise going on in Portland ...   More
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 by Jonah Sandford

TOPOFF Diary: It's Time!

At midnight tonight, all hell breaks loose.
A “dirty bomb” smuggled into the country by terrorists will hit the Steel Bridge, an iconic symbol of the Willamette River and downtown Portland since its completion in 1912.
The attack, coordinated with two other a...   More
Monday, October 15, 2007 by Jonah Sandford
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