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Dr. Know: What’s up with the erupting volcano off the Oregon Coast?


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What’s up with the erupting volcano off the Oregon Coast? When will it break the surface and form an island? Will the new land be part of Oregon, or up for grabs to whoever wants to plant th   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why is it so hard to execute convicted murderers?


Dr. Know
We can euthanize animals—even elephants—without incident. “Assisted suicide” seems to work. So why is it so hard to execute convicted murderers that some states are reviving firing squ   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: If right-wingers question Obama's eligibility for the presidency, how can they support Ted Cruz?


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The right-wingers carried on about Obama supposedly being ineligible for the presidency, so how can they be supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president? Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban f   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: If pot is legal July 1 but stores can't sell it until a year later where do I get it?


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I can have pot for my own consumption starting July 1, but the stores to sell it to me won’t open for another year. How am I supposed to get my hands on the green stuff? —Inquiring Minds I   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What does a “Managed Service Point” sign on a mailbox mean?


Dr. Know
A little “Managed Service Point” sign was affixed to our mailbox last week. What the heck is that? I asked our postman and he said it’s to “improve efficiency.” How does that work? ��   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why can't TriMet schedule the MAX trains so that I don't just miss my connecting train?


Dr. Know
My commute entails changing MAX trains at the Rose Quarter. Nearly every time, I arrive just in time to see the connecting train leaving. Why can’t TriMet use Transit Tracker data to adjust    More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Can I break my lease if the bakery next door affects my gluten-free lifestyle?


Dr. Know
I moved to Portland partly because of its friendliness to my gluten-free lifestyle. Unfortunately, my new apartment is near a bakery, and now that it’s windows-open season, the wheat vapors ar   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: If I disconnected my downspouts, why am I getting charged for stormwater?


Dr. Know
In 2006, I took the $52 incentive to disconnect my downspouts. Nine years later, I’m still getting charged $29 for “stormwater.” Apparently I was supposed to fill out a special form in 2   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those containers?


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A few years ago, Portland switched from Styrofoam to biodegradable cups, flatware, etc. Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those conta   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do the pigeons always crap on my head?


Dr. Know
Do perching pigeons have motion detectors? Every time I walk under one, its bowels promptly explode on my bald spot or exquisitely manufactured hat. The west side of the Broadway Bridge is lik   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MARTY SMITH
 

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