Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1551-1-.html Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Terry Bean’s Problem - A prominent Portlander fights for his reputation after a love affair goes wrong. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22648-terry_beans_problem_a_prominent_portlander_fights_for_his_reputation_after_a_love_affair_goes_wrong.html Few people have worked harder for last month’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon than Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean. Bean, 65, is one of the founders]]> Green Rush - Legal marijuana crops are redefining rural Washington towns—and making one-time illegal growers and their new investors rich. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23019-green_rush_legal_marijuana_crops_are_redefining_rural_washington_towns%E2%80%94and_making_one_time_i.html Riverside, Wash.—Apple orchards, pastures and alfalfa fields fan out from the Okanogan River along an area locals call the Flats. The land here in north central Washington is baked amber, frin]]> Transgender At 10 - Lynne’s father refused to believe his son was really a girl. What changed? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22897-transgender_at_10_lynnes_father_refused_to_believe_his_son_was_really_a_girl_what_changed.html People move to Portland for all sorts of reasons—a new job, the pace of life, the outdoors. Albert and Leigh came for an entirely different purpose. Three months ago, they left the Evergla]]> A Fortune Felled - A decade of deception against a local Timber heir is the largest “sweetheart” scam investigators say they’ve seen. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22545-a_fortune_felled_a_decade_of_deception_against_a_local_timber_heir_is_the_largest_%E2%80%9Csweethear.html Ralph Raines Jr. led a fantasy life. At 66, the heir to a third-generation Washington County logging company had once faced the prospect of a lonely existence. He was without close family and, a]]> Kristina Olvera Says She is a Woman. The Prison System Says He is a Man. - The fight for justice for Oregon’s transgender inmates. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22429-kristina_olvera_says_she_is_a_woman_the_prison_system_says_he_is_a_man_the_fight_for_justice_for_ore.html Kristina Olvera wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of crossing her legs when she sits, applying eyeliner and pouting her lips. Her landlord disapproves when she plays with her hair, grows out her n]]> Gang Mentality - Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22842-gang_mentality_police_say_gang_violence_is_exploding_a_landmark_report_shows_just_the_opposite.html Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse warnings from police and fallout from three recent high-profile shootings have pro]]> Just Say No Redux - Taxpayers will pay for an anti-drug campaign—timed to hit just before the November vote on legalizing pot. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22969-just_say_no_redux_taxpayers_will_pay_for_an_anti_drug_campaign%E2%80%94timed_to_hit_just_before_the_.html Legal weed is coming to Oregon—that’s the conventional wisdom anyway. A recent poll shows eight of 10 Oregonians believe it’s a matter of when, not if, voters erase laws against recreati]]> Recording Everything - New scanners in downtown clubs raise privacy questions—and may be illegal. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21979-recording_everything_new_scanners_in_downtown_clubs_raise_privacy_questions%E2%80%94and_may_be_illeg.html Multnomah County and Portland police this week suspended a new program that supplied data-gathering ID scanners to Old Town bars after WW raised questions about whether it was legal. The state]]> Magical Mystery Tower - Where’s the evidence Rod Underhill said he had that compelled Lisa Roberts to confess to strangling her girlfriend? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22676-magical_mystery_tower_wheres_the_evidence_rod_underhill_said_he_had_that_compelled_lisa_roberts_to_c.html Lisa Marie Roberts never wanted to admit killing Jerri Lee Williams. She was innocent, she always maintained, right up to the end when she pleaded guilty to strangling Williams, her girlfriend, ]]> State of Denial - How the state of Oregon allowed insurance companies to deny treatment for children with autism. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22940-state_of_denial_how_the_state_of_oregon_allowed_insurance_companies_to_deny_treatment_for_children_w.html

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Hotseat: Portland Thorns Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer - The reigning Women’s World soccer player of the year talks about playing goalkeeper for the Thorns and life in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22701-hotseat_portland_thorns_goalkeeper_nadine_angerer_the_reigning_womens_world_soccer_player_of_the_yea.html If you were to pass Nadine Angerer on Hawthorne Boulevard, you might assume she’s another laid-back Portlander, out for a stroll in pegged sweat pants and fedora. Unless you’re a fan of the ]]> Justice Derailed - A 2008 sex-abuse case lingers in federal court as a “manipulative” defendant works the system. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22452-justice_derailed_a_2008_sex_abuse_case_lingers_in_federal_court_as_a_%E2%80%9Cmanipulative%E2%80%9D_.html When someone is charged with a crime, he has a constitutional right to a lawyer. He also has the right to a speedy trial. Once in a while, a defendant comes along who tries to stretch the limits o]]> Onward Christian Voters - As same-sex marriage foes ready for a new crusade, how many old allies will follow? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22197-onward_christian_voters_as_same_sex_marriage_foes_ready_for_a_new_crusade_how_many_old_allies_will_f.html In 2007, host Ira Glass of This American Life came to Portland on a book tour and was scheduled to speak at the 1,500-seat New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley. He asked for a change of ven]]> Body Double Standard - How Legacy Health’s acquisition of cadavers—now under FBI investigation—escaped state scrutiny. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23022-body_double_standard_how_legacy_healths_acquisition_of_cadavers%E2%80%94now_under_fbi_investigation%.html In the spring of 2013, Portland hospital system Legacy Health launched a body donation program to obtain cadavers for surgical training.  That June, the Oregon Legislature passed a law ]]> On Shaky Ground - Lawmakers are readying the state Capitol for a massive earthquake. They haven’t prepared Oregon schools. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22867-on_shaky_ground_lawmakers_are_readying_the_state_capitol_for_a_massive_earthquake_they_havent_prepar.html Seven years ago, the state identified 275 public school buildings that, without safety upgrades, were sure to collapse when the next big earthquake shakes Oregon.   The state Legislature ]]> “Not Born That Way” - The fight over “curing” homosexuality is the front lines of upcoming gay-rights battles. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22761-%E2%80%9Cnot_born_that_way%E2%80%9D_the_fight_over_%E2%80%9Ccuring%E2%80%9D_homosexuality_is_the_fro.html Dean Greer says he doesn’t have sex with men anymore. He is married, has a son and is devout in his faith in Jesus. But Greer says he is not cured from an affliction he calls “same-sex attra]]> Winning By Default - Marriage equality is on its way to Oregon despite advocates’ tactical errors. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22062-winning_by_default_marriage_equality_is_on_its_way_to_oregon_despite_advocates_tactical_errors.html When Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced last week that her office would not defend the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, it signaled the decade-long battle for marriage ]]> Hotseat: Brian Budz - Washington’s legal weed starts moving through stores this week. The owner of New Vansterdam talks price, supply and ambiance. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22777-hotseat_brian_budz_washingtons_legal_weed_starts_moving_through_stores_this_week_the_owner_of_new_va.html Brian Budz got teased about his name as a kid. This week it finally pays off. On July 11, Budz, 40, and his business partners will open New Vansterdam, one of the first retail marijuana shops ]]> Empty Chambers - A senator says he’s got the votes to pass a gun-control bill, but where are they? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21955-empty_chambers_a_senator_says_hes_got_the_votes_to_pass_a_gun_control_bill_but_where_are_they.html The bill that some Democrats fear the most this legislative session is being pushed by a fellow Democrat. Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), whose district is a Democratic stronghold, will push le]]> Safe at Home - Fun, sun and slides at the 29th annual lesbian softball Tournament of Choice. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22893-safe_at_home_fun_sun_and_slides_at_the_29th_annual_lesbian_softball_tournament_of_choice.html An LCP virgin—that’s what they call players like me. I’d never been to the Tournament of Choice, a lesbian softball competition held each year in southern Washington. It’s been going o]]> Hotseat: Steven Wax - Oregon’s outgoing federal public defender talks about government secrecy, low-profile wins and his next job. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22389-hotseat_steven_wax_oregons_outgoing_federal_public_defender_talks_about_government_secrecy_low_profi.html Oregon has known only one chief federal public defender, the person who stands up in court for people who can’t afford an attorney. Steven Wax, who opened the state’s Federal Public Defender]]> Joint Venture - The corporate face of legalizing pot has arrived in Oregon. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22728-joint_venture_the_corporate_face_of_legalizing_pot_has_arrived_in_oregon.html Paul Stanford had to admit last week he was busted. For years, Stanford has been the face of the drive to legalize marijuana in Oregon, the man who may have done more to push for lawful pot than]]>