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Dr. Know: Mystery Flag


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Recently I’ve noticed a small flag flying below the U.S. flag on top of the Multnomah County building on Southeast Hawthorne. I’ve tried to make out what it says, but am unable to. Can you help   More
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Willamette Water Quality Revisited


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In last week’s column, you quoted a source who said, “The Willamette’s water quality is excellent.” Oh, really? Look it up: The river is a designated Superfund pollution disaster. It’s not   More
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Willamette River Water Quality


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The news says it’s not safe to swim in the Willamette today because of sewer overflow. So…it was safe to swim in it before? Seems the river has always had a rap for being unsavory, but details a   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Dearth of Mosquitoes?


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Traveling around America, I’ve noticed fewer mosquitoes in Portland than most other urban areas. Is it the climate? Secret nighttime spraying? Or just hungry salmon? —Forrest Here’s the thing:   More
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Manhole Mess


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There are clumps of five, seven and 11 manholes on nearly every block of Alder. Each intersection has multiple clumps, which means we’re talking about 25 to 40 manholes every city block. What gives    More
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pissed Off


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So the City of Portland drained 7.8 million gallons of Bull Run goodness from Mount Tabor Reservoir 1 because some asshat from Molalla peed in it? Fine. But where does all that water go when it’s dr   More
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Moth Attack!


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What are these small brown house moths that are taking over my house? I have killed many, eradicated any open food sources and conducted seances, and yet they still are plaguing my house. What are    More
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mounted Patrol Manure


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Speaking of horse cops (Dr. Know, May 25, 2011), who cleans up the enormous turds the horsies leave on streets, sidewalks and bike lanes? —Ben Sometimes I wonder if all this dwelling on enormous t   More
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: PPS Property Problem


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Portland Public Schools owns so many vacant properties—why don’t they sell some off? Or at least lease them out to raise funds for the repairs and upgrades that they seek? —Cynthia V. Ah, Cynt   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mt. Hood Freeway?


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In at least two spots near where I-5 meets I-84, would-be traffic lanes overhead stand half-completed, as if freeway builders ran out of money halfway through the job. What’s the deal? —James An   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 MARTY SMITH
 

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