Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-793-1-.html Thu, 02 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 The Other Portland - It’s poor, it’s dangerous, it’s growing like crazy—and it’s more important than ever. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18071-the_other_portland_its_poor_its_dangerous_its_growing_like_crazy%E2%80%94and_its_more_important_than.html In case you didn’t get the invite, Portland is an endless party in a shining urban utopia where everyone has a $1,000 bicycle, eats locally sourced gourmet dishes from food carts and is blindingly]]> Cheat Local! - Portland helped make Groupon a giant. Here’s how local businesses get crushed. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17852-cheat_local__portland_helped_make_groupon_a_giant_heres_how_local_businesses_get_crushed.html Ethan Powell and Tobias Hogan, two typical restaurant workers with more than a decade’s experience between them, wanted more. Two years ago they stepped out and took a gamble that has lured—and]]> Death of a Yogi - The battle for a corporate empire, hundreds of millions of dollars and the meaning of a faith. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17701-death_of_a_yogi_the_battle_for_a_corporate_empire_hundreds_of_millions_of_dollars_and_the_meaning_of.html In downtown Portland, across Southwest 5th Avenue from City Hall, stands a tall glass and aluminum tower. Inside this building, the Pacwest Center, is a safe. This safe keeps many secrets, but thi]]> NikeLeaks - Thanks to Julian Assange, we now know how Oregon’s top company fights corruption, counterfeiting and Croatian smugglers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18528-nikeleaks_thanks_to_julian_assange_we_now_know_how_oregons_top_company_fights_corruption_counterfeit.html Packed aboard buses and flatbed trucks, the workers rolled through the wide boulevards of the central business district of Indonesia’s capital toward the tall towers of the Jakarta Stock Excha]]> A Newsman’s Secret - The woman with Bob Caldwell on the day he died works as an internet call girl. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18966-a_newsmans_secret_the_woman_with_bob_caldwell_on_the_day_he_died_works_as_an_internet_call_girl.html Over the past two weeks, readers of The Oregonian have witnessed an extraordinary episode in the newspaper’s 162-year history. On March 10, Bob Caldwell, a respected Oregon journalist and longti]]> Busted Ranks - New allegations from a former vice cop about the top brass. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18762-busted_ranks_new_allegations_from_a_former_vice_cop_about_the_top_brass.html A former vice cop is making new allegations of retaliation, lying and backbiting in the highest ranks of the Portland Police Bureau—after he gave a series of interviews about the city’s fail]]> War Bribes - An Oregon businessman wanted to get “filthy stinking rich.” Now he’s linked to a bribery case and risks losing his biggest customer: the U.S. Military. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18160-war_bribes_an_oregon_businessman_wanted_to_get_%E2%80%9Cfilthy_stinking_rich%E2%80%9D_now_hes_linked.html Many successful business owners can’t resist showing off. They get their name in the newspaper...]]> How to Live Cheap in Portland - Throwing too much money away on food and shelter? here's WW's Recession Survival Guide. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9391-how_to_live_cheap_in_portland_throwing_too_much_money_away_on_food_and_shelter_heres_wws_recession_s.html Fisherman’s Wrath - A campaign targeting gillnetters takes class war to the Columbia River. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19314-fishermans_wrath_a_campaign_targeting_gillnetters_takes_class_war_to_the_columbia_river.html IMAGE: Corey PeinMark Ihander draws his net from the waters of Youngs Bay. Tangled in the mesh he spies the first catch of the clear blue afternoon: a spring chinook, hatchery bred, strong and gli]]> Spying the Friendly Skies - Drone aircraft used for recon in Afghanistan are now in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19348-spying_the_friendly_skies_drone_aircraft_used_for_recon_in_afghanistan_are_now_in_portland.html Military surveillance drones of the kind used to spy on Taliban targets for U.S. forces in Afghanistan are now based in Portland, but U.S. government officials are unclear how or when they might]]> The Evolution of Eileen Brady - From co-op to corporate boardroom, the making of a mayoral candidate. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18913-the_evolution_of_eileen_brady_from_co_op_to_corporate_boardroom_the_making_of_a_mayoral_candidate.html It’s dawn on a Tuesday, and 30 women have gathered in a 15th-floor conference room in the Standard Plaza at a sold-out breakfast of coffee, melon and bagels. They’ve come to hear Portland’s ]]> The Road to Hales - Charlie Hales is running for mayor based on his record. It’s full of detours, roundabouts and switchbacks. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19054-the_road_to_hales_charlie_hales_is_running_for_mayor_based_on_his_record_its_full_of_detours_roundab.html Not many people remember the great snout-house debate of 1999.  But Jeff Fish does. His company, Fish Construction NW Inc...]]> Chaos to Checkmate - Mayor Adams and Occupy Portland played a game in city parks. Police Chief Reese won. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18220-chaos_to_checkmate_mayor_adams_and_occupy_portland_played_a_game_in_city_parks_police_chief_reese_wo.html Occupy Portland had countless moments of beauty, absurdity and anger. In the end, it was downright ugly. The 39 days of occupation in Lownsdale and Chapman squares began as an idealistic stateme]]> Wireless Waste - Portland schools have had to spend $172,000 fighting a parent's lawsuit over Wi-Fi. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19350-wireless_waste_portland_schools_have_had_to_spend_%24172000_fighting_a_parents_lawsuit_over_wi_fi.html

 One year ago, the parent of a Portland Public Schools student sued the district with claims a new Wi-Fi network in his daughter’s middle school was poisoning her and potentially harming other students.

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Wi-Fi Woo-Woo - Pseudo-science strikes again in a parent’s lawsuit against Portland Public Schools. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17726-wi_fi_woo_woo_pseudo_science_strikes_again_in_a_parents_lawsuit_against_portland_public_schools.html The parent of a student at Mount Tabor Middle School has sued Portland Public Schools, claiming that its use of Wi-Fi is “genotoxic, carcinogenic, neurotoxic and otherwise…harmful” to his dau]]> Why Sam Adams Drifted Away - By dropping his re-election bid, the mayor admits his political weakness and reveals some realities of power in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17809-why_sam_adams_drifted_away_by_dropping_his_re_election_bid_the_mayor_admits_his_political_weakness_a.html Many tough things have been said about Sam Adams over the years]]> Hotseat: Charlie Hales - After 10 years, the former commissioner eyes a return to City Hall. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17669-hotseat_charlie_hales_after_10_years_the_former_commissioner_eyes_a_return_to_city_hall.html Too early for 2012 election coverage, you say? Well, the people campaigning to unseat Portland Mayor Sam Adams are already busy raising money and sending out junk mail. It’s widely assumed Adams]]> Hotseat: Eileen Brady - She’s running for mayor based on her business experience. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17864-hotseat_eileen_brady_shes_running_for_mayor_based_on_her_business_experience.html Four years ago, Eileen Brady considered at launching her political career by challenging a two-term U.S. senator, Gordon Smith. At the time, some—including this newspaper—suggested she run for m]]> Playing the Wired Card - Jefferson Smith starts the marathon mayor’s race half-blind and stumbling. Here’s why he could still catch up. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17990-playing_the_wired_card_jefferson_smith_starts_the_marathon_mayors_race_half_blind_and_stumbling_here.html State Rep. Jefferson Smith’s campaign for mayor isn’t off to an awe-inspiring start.
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Public Paydays - City and county workers aren’t getting rich—but they’re doing better than their neighbors. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17969-public_paydays_city_and_county_workers_arent_getting_rich%E2%80%94but_theyre_doing_better_than_their.html Mayor Sam Adams and other local leaders want to attract renewed attention to growing economic disparities across the city (“Equally Confused,” WW, Aug. 31, 2011). There’s one gap they may pr]]> Senator of Fortune - A lawsuit lifts the curtain on Sen. Brian Boquist’s military deals—and how Republicans may be benefiting. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18791-senator_of_fortune_a_lawsuit_lifts_the_curtain_on_sen_brian_boquists_military_deals%E2%80%94and_how_.html State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) may be the most adventurous lawmaker in Salem. He’s described his best-known business, International Charter Inc. of Oregon, as a humanitarian organization,]]> Dreadlocks vs. Hardhats - Unions say no to Occupy Portland’s call for a waterfront strike. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18306-dreadlocks_vs_hardhats_unions_say_no_to_occupy_portlands_call_for_a_waterfront_strike.html On Monday, Dec. 12, Occupy Portland plans to bus hundreds of protesters to the Port of Portland's marine terminals as part of a coordinated effort by at least nine other local branches of th]]> A Glowing Opportunity - An Australian company wants to reopen uranium mining in Oregon. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18572-a_glowing_opportunity_an_australian_company_wants_to_reopen_uranium_mining_in_oregon.html In Malheur County, the poorest in Oregon, there is wealth buried in the ground.  It’s uranium—and the county has what may be the biggest sources in the U.S.  For the first time in ]]> The Campaign Cash Trail - Financial reports for the mayor’s race show key differences between Charlie Hales and Eileen Brady. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17968-the_campaign_cash_trail_financial_reports_for_the_mayors_race_show_key_differences_between_charlie_h.html Even the joyless, pitiful souls who spent this summer paying attention to a City Hall election...]]> Outgreened and Uncounted - Oregon spent hundreds of millions to create “green” jobs, but it can’t say how many it got. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18041-outgreened_and_uncounted_oregon_spent_hundreds_of_millions_to_create_%E2%80%9Cgreen%E2%80%9D_jobs_bu.html It was supposed to be the New Deal of our time: billions in federal spending to create “green jobs” that would...
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A is for Adams - From ax-wielding to zemblanity, the things Portland’s controversial mayor has done right. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19449-a_is_for_adams_from_ax_wielding_to_zemblanity_the_things_portlands_controversial_mayor_has_done_righ.html Give Mayor Sam Adams some credit.  We are. Finally. Perhaps no media organization has been tougher on Adams during his term as Portland’s mayor than WW—and for good reason. Weeks afte]]> A New Seasons Founder Refutes Brady’s Claims - Chuck Eggert says Brady and her campaign have distorted “the true history of the company.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18922-a_new_seasons_founder_refutes_bradys_claims_chuck_eggert_says_brady_and_her_campaign_have_distorted_.html One of the original investors who created New Seasons Market disputes Eileen Brady’s claims that she was a “founding co-owner” of the company and played a meaningful role in creating the pop]]> Sticker Shocker - This Google window decal will talk to your phone. Next, Google wants your phone to tell all about you. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17888-sticker_shocker_this_google_window_decal_will_talk_to_your_phone_next_google_wants_your_phone_to_tel.html They came in the mail, thousands upon thousands. And Portland businesses have obediently applied them to their windows: white stickers]]> Equally Confused - Mayor Adams has let his plans for an office of equity become a shambles. Commissioner Fritz may pay the price. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17914-equally_confused_mayor_adams_has_let_his_plans_for_an_office_of_equity_become_a_shambles_commissione.html It should’ve been a gimme: a city of Portland office devoted to making sure “everyone has access to opportunities necessary to satisfy essential needs, advance their well-being, and achieve thei]]> Wine & Bull - IRS frowns on local tycoon’s party expenses. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18265-wine_bull_irs_frowns_on_local_tycoons_party_expenses.html A previously unreported tax dispute involving one of Oregon’s richest citizens sheds light on some wealth-protection strategies that aren’t necessarily available to the average working stiff]]>