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Dr. Know: Historically Heinous

How come Oregon has a county named after someone as despicable as Gen. William S. Harney?

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How come Oregon’s Harney County is named after a guy who beat his slave girl to death and led troops in slaughtering 86 Indian men, women and...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Moon-Eyed

Does cooler autumn air affect how large we perceive the full moon?

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I found myself marveling at the rising full moon over Portland last Saturday night. It certainly seemed larger than usual. My friend says this effect is caused by light refracting through the cool   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A-Bridged Entendre

What’s the deal with the two towers that are being erected in the river south of the Marquam bridge?

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I drive over the Marquam Bridge every day and cannot figure out the purpose of the two towers that are being erected...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Home on the Grange

What's a grange?

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In cycling the highways and byways surrounding Portland, I’ve run across several old buildings with names like “Tigard Grange” or “Milwaukie Grange.” What’s a grange? Were these the pi   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Blue, Blue Oregon

If Oregon is so solidly blue, why should a Portlander bother voting this year?

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Oregon is a die-hard blue state—and anyway, since the conventions, Obama’s been running away with the election. So, as a Portlander, why should I bother voting? —Derpa the Sherpa We’re no   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Alarming Facts

What does it mean when they describe a fire in terms of a certain number of “alarms”?

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You probably saw there was a huge fire in Jantzen Beach over the holiday weekend. On the news, they called it a “five-alarm blaze.”
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Fluoridation Saga Continues

A World Health Organization chart on fluoridated vs. non-fluoridated countries seems to show no health benefits to adding it to drinking water!

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There’s no evidence to support...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Fluoridation Situation

Is Portland’s consideration of putting fluoride in our drinking water a bad idea?

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I’m hearing that the City of Portland is thinking about putting fluoride in our drinking water. People are getting pretty freaked out...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Trains Among Us

What’s the difference between subways and light rail?

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I saw a local-access TV show recently about the streetcar to Lake Oswego, and they mentioned NYC’s trains. The politician replies: “That’s a subway; this is light rail.” What’s the diffe   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Boarding, Blading Ban BS

Can Freddy’s ban skateboarding on public sidewalks?

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The Hawthorne Fred Meyer has signs posted outside along the sidewalks, “No skateboarding or rollerblading.” Does...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 MARTY SMITH

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