One Day in March 1984: Local punk promoters, desperate for any venue, beg the owner of a just-opened Northwest Portland bar to let a few bands play inside...

40th Anniversary As told by Ed Jones, the original booker at Satyricon, the legendary Portland club where Kurt met Courtney and where Foo Fighters played their first show: “Portland was in a recession in the ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

May 16, 1984: A saloon owner shocks City Hall...

40th Anniversary The morning after a big election, reporters usually hunch over their coffee, sift through the returns and try to make sense of the results. But this sunny Wednesday morning, they instead found t ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARK KIRCHMEIER

Oct. 24, 1984: Rob Strasser gets the third pick of the NBA draft to set aside his Converse court shoes and try on his first pair of Nikes…

40th Anniversary In 1984, Nike was floundering. Reebok had captured the aerobics shoe business, and the running shoe market was flattening. Nike’s earnings were off, the stock price was in the tank, and there wa ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

April 20, 1985: Portland’s first female police chief falls from grace…

40th Anniversary The Ruby Dragon sells crystals, chakras, sage for smudging rituals—everything to meet your metaphysical needs. The owner of the Morro Bay, Calif., shop is a trained crystal healer, color therapi ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH, SAMI EDGE

May 6, 1985: Lou Reed encourages people not to walk…

40th Anniversary It all goes back to Lou Reed. Otherwise, Bo wouldn’t have known Diddley. Nike wouldn’t have just done it. Spike Lee’s Mars Blackmon wouldn’t have placed all his bets on those Air Jorda ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

July 1, 1986: A local comic-book publisher introduces the world to Black Cross...

40th Anniversary In the golden age of comic books, blockbuster characters seldom walked alone. Superman was the cover boy for Action Comics when he first appeared in 1938, but he was accompanied in the anthology b ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

The third full weekend of July 1988: A couple guys rent a tent and host a kegger down by the river…

40th Anniversary Why does Portland have more breweries than any city on the planet? Why is beer a $1.2 billion industry in Oregon? Why is there a beer festival every week of the year here? Many reasons, obviou ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Sept. 7, 1989: Old Northwest Portland homes fall, and new rowhouses burn…

40th Anniversary Northwest Portland, long before the boutiquing of 23rd Avenue, had a grit to it. Many blocks had shuttered storefronts or saloons where pensioners sipped 40-cent Hamms. In the mid-1980s, resid ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by ERIN CAREY

Oct. 6, 1989: Matt Dillon removes a crowbar from under his trench coat...

40th Anniversary It’s weird and maybe a little sad to look back on Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, given how much of what it describes is now gone. But for those of us who don’t recognize ourselves in Portlandi ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by BECKY OHLSEN

What Were We Thinking? 6/15/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

Ask the Editor Got a question about the future of journalism or how Willamette Week covered something, or didn’t cover it? Ask away. WW Editor Mark Zusman—that's his friendly mug in the picture—will respon ... More

Jun 15, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 6/8/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Jun 8, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 6/1/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 31, 2011 08:23 pm by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 5/25/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 25, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 5/18/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 18, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 5/11/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 11, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 5/4/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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May 4, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 4/20/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Apr 20, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 4/13/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Apr 13, 2011 12:01 am by MARK ZUSMAN

What Were We Thinking? 4/6/11

WW Editor Mark Zusman answers your questions about our coverage.

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Apr 5, 2011 06:12 pm by MARK ZUSMAN

Drivers, Wanted

The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.

City Hall It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service that defies the city’s taxi rules. Portland officials pledged to take Uber to court, levy hefty fines and imp ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ann Sanderson

A Woodstock hair stylist is leading the fight for Portlanders to vote on the street fee.

City Hall Since May, Ann Sanderson has been battling the Portland street fee. She also helped design it. Sanderson, 50, owns Odango Hair Studio in the Woodstock neighborhood. When she spoke out against ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Ranger Danger

Park rangers seek higher wages and better training as the city questions their worth.

City Hall It’s not the first time Dustin Meyer and Angela Wilson have caught the man drinking with his pals in the South Park Blocks. The two Army green- and khaki-clad Portland park rangers stand betwe ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE

Blocked Path

West Hills neighbors push back against plans to expand the Japanese Garden.

City Hall A well-trodden path nestled near the edge of Portland’s Japanese Garden winds into Forest Park, the city’s 5,167-acre urban green space. A sign reads, “Path to Wildwood Trail,” marking o ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA TURLEY

Obstacle Course

Portland has 25,000 places where the city doesn't comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act

City Hall In 2011, the city of Portland and the Portland Timbers completed a $31 million renovation of the stadium now called Providence Park. The city-owned stadium added a concourse, concession stands, ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ray Horton

A native Portlander talks about his (so far) lonely effort to recall the mayor and a city commissioner.

City Hall Ray Horton is fed up. Like a lot of Portlanders, he resents the idea that households might have to pay a $144-per-year fee to pave streets. And he’s irritated by what he views as the high-ha ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Steve Novick

The City Commissioner talks about his (so far) unsuccessful fight to raise $50 million a year for streets.

City Hall Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick’s road forward is uphill. The freshman councilor has begun a goodwill tour to heal the rancor from his attempt this spring to cram a citywide “street ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Watching the Wheels

Portland’s road-paving backlog has grown in the past decade while city officials have delayed filling the hole.

City Hall This week, Portland officials are navigating a switchback trickier than the Terwilliger curves.  They’re telling residents the city needs more money to fix its roads, even as they passed ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Fee For All

The wrong turns that Steve Novick took to raise more money for Portland’s roads.

City Hall City Commissioner Steve Novick has led the parade for new road funding into a blind alley. He’s the architect of a plan to raise at least $40 million a year for transportation projects by crea ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Flushing the Ads

In the primary election fight over Portland water, which side is using the airwaves to dupe voters? As it turns out, both.

City Hall For a while there, it looked as if the backers of a measure to take control of Portland’s water and sewer systems from City Hall were going to flood the airwaves with campaign ads. But so far ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Busted Ranks

New allegations from a former vice cop about the top brass.

Cops and Courts 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 ... More

Feb 1, 2012 12:01 am by COREY PEIN

Out Of Order

The Oregon Courts have so far spent $23 million on a new computer system with little to show for it.

Cops and Courts The state of Oregon has a long history of bungled computer and high-tech projects: DMV, the State Data Center and OWIN ... More

Jun 1, 2011 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

Lord Of The Files

An Oregon lawyer fights to open police internal affairs records.

Cops and Courts When police raided William Traverso’s house last fall, it wasn’t the first time cops had come knocking. Traverso was caught up in a 2008 FBI ... More

Apr 6, 2011 04:16 am by JAMES PITKIN

JTTF: WTF?

Cops and Courts Last week, Mayor Sam Adams canceled for the third time a hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.  And so far, Commissioner Randy Leonard is the only p ... More

Mar 16, 2011 05:43 pm by JAMES PITKIN

Justice Postponed

An Oregon couple waits and waits for the trial of an Ecuadorian man charged with their son’s murder.

Cops and Courts A year and a half after police found Max Chamberlin fatally shot in the back seat of a car in Ecuador, his parents in east Multnomah County are still awaiting justice. The trial of the man accused ... More

Mar 2, 2011 03:31 pm by AILIN DARLING

Missing Justus

A Portland cop says he was forced out of his job over a human-trafficking case.

Cops and Courts The Portland Police Bureau’s former point man on the issue of human trafficking has put the city on notice that he intends to sue his former supervisor for gender harassment. ... More

Feb 16, 2011 05:34 pm by JAMES PITKIN

Plaque Flak

Police reformers want a closer look at the city’s handling of Nazi memorials.

Cops and Courts The Albina Ministerial Alliance wants an outside investigation into Portland’s Police Bureau and the City Attorney’s Office in the wake of recent revelations about a police captain and his ... More

Oct 20, 2010 12:00 am by Jacob Pierce

Invasion of the Transplants

New Portlanders talk about what they love and hate about the city.

Cover Story “When you erect the fence to keep Californians out, can I have a special dispensation pass?" Comedian Greg Proops looked so painfully Californian as he asked a Portland audience that question ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Project Censored

Ocean acidification, torture by U.S. allies and the other top stories ignored by the mainstream media.

Cover Story Our oceans are acidifying—even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet. As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as t ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ

The Animal Lawyer

In Oregon, animals are people, too. Meet the prosecutor who protects them.

Cover Story For decades, William Holdner raised cattle west of Portland in Columbia County—as many as 2,000 at a time. But in 2012, he let his cows starve. In a four-month period, records show, Holdne ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Funniest Five 2014

Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.

Cover Story Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the Funniest 5—our annual poll of Portland’s standup community to determine this city’s best come ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Saki’s Big Bet

The city says Saki Tzantarmas is holding his East Portland neighborhood hostage.

Cover Story Saki Tzantarmas turns on the lights in the kingdom he built, leans against a table, and starts to cry. The ultraviolet fluorescent beams illuminate an expansive banquet hall he’s named the P ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

40 Years In 40 Days

Moments that made Portland.

Cover Story Portland was a very different place in 1974. Pioneer Courthouse Square was a parking lot, hookers prowled the South Park Blocks, and storefronts stood deserted as shoppers flocked to swanky new ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

The Howling

The return of wolves stirs up old hostilities between rural and urban Oregonians.

Cover Story In March, Rob Klavins and his wife, Emily, picked up their life in Southwest Portland and moved to Enterprise, a town with 1,888 people and zero stoplights in the northeastern corner of Oregon. Ro ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by JORDAN GREEN

One Thing We Can All Agree On.

Willamette Week’s 2014 Voters’ Guide

Cover Story Voter’s Guide 2014: Kind of BlueWhat’s a free-thinking voter to do in a one-party state?At the start of every election season, we always get our hopes up for at least one good campaign. It doe ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

First Lady Inc.

Cylvia Hayes has two careers. She pursues both out of the governor’s office.

Cover Story Cylvia Hayes may be the most influential first lady in Oregon history. Since Gov. John Kitzhaber took office in January 2011, Hayes, 47, has played a central role in his administration. She ke ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Driving Her Loco

Cynthia Kendoll runs a group that some say is fueled by racism. She’s also about to score a major political victory in Oregon.

Cover Story Cynthia Kendoll has issues with her neighbors. The people next door to her Salem home trim their bushes with machetes. They have turned their garage into a dormitory and unlicensed day care wi ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Do houseboats require permits to be anchored where they are?

Dr. Know I’ve been noticing the same two houseboats anchored on the Willamette south of the Hawthorne Bridge since summer. Do they require any permits to reside there, or is it “anything goes”? ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are there spent fuel rods at the former Trojan nuclear plant?

Dr. Know Are there still spent fuel rods stored at the site of the former Trojan nuclear plant, or were they moved to Hanford when the cooling tower was dynamited by PGE? Also, would it be legal for a ne ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Did Portland really have a floating whorehouse?

Dr. Know I hear that back in the gangster days, Portland was home to a floating whorehouse. Now that weed is legal and taxable, should we bring back this idea and tax it, too? It could be our version o ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Can I pay for a coin-op parking meter space using the “smart meter” across the street?

Dr. Know There are still a few coin-operated parking meters in Portland. As a civilized human, I rarely carry any cash, much less four bucks in quarters to park downtown for three hours. Can I pay for ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What's driving all the growth in Portland?

Dr. Know I’ve been out of town for a while. Now that I’m back, I see change everywhere. New light rail and construction all over. What gives? Is the economy better? Is everyone moving here because of ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why are temperatures on public transit so extreme when we live in such a moderate climate?

Dr. Know It’s fall, and my streetcar is becoming a sweaty, muggy mess again. Whenever the outdoor temperature drops below 80, they start blasting the heat. Why are temperatures on public transit so ext ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon?

Dr. Know Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon? Was there some nefarious tampering or spying in the past that warranted its development? —Enveloped in Curiosity I don’t mean to ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Why is Slabtown labeled “The Bucket” on Apple and Google maps?

Dr. Know I see that the neighborhood we all call Slabtown is labeled “The Bucket” on Apple and Google maps. Is this a so-called “copyright trap” by mapmakers, or does anyone in the city actually ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: There should be a law against getting a table before ordering from the counter.

Dr. Know In many Portland restaurants, you order at the counter, then get a number to take to your table. But some folks get a table before they order—when I go to find a table, they’ve all been snak ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?

Dr. Know Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Megabucks Megaphone

Rich white men alter the campaign finance landscape in Oregon’s 2014 campaign.

Elections What name sends chills down the backs of liberal Portland politicos? We don’t need a poll to tell us it’s Koch. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are at the top of the list of conservative, ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Rolling Into November

The May 2014 primary results provide clues about the fall election—and this state.

Elections If the May 20 primary election reinforced one lesson, it’s that voters are paying attention. They saw through the specious claims put forth by Portlanders for Water Reform, the group seeking t ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

WW’s Primary Endorsements

Our recommendations for the May 20 election.

Elections Oregon is counting votes in the coming days-on May 20, to be exact-to find out who voters want running their local government, and which candidates they want to see facing off in the general e ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

WW’s 2014 Endorsements in Brief

Our picks for the May 20 primary.

Elections We published our endorsements for the May 20 primary last week, so we’re publishing the list again this week to remind everyone of our choices. WW follows a different path than most newspape ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

It’s the Real Thing

Big soft-drink money is pouring into the Multnomah County Chair’s race.

Elections If you make or sell soda pop, you’ve got a lot to worry about from Multnomah County. The county’s health department has targeted sugary soft drinks as a top worry, especially in the fight ag ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: What Change Would You Make to the County Health Department?

Elections No local government agency delivers more health care than Multnomah County. Aside from running the jails, it’s the biggest thing the county does. According to its latest budget, Multnomah County ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: County Programs to Fund and Functions to Cut

Elections OK, this week it’s actually two questions for the leading candidates in the May 20 primary election for Multnomah County chair. But the questions to Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury are close ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: Would You Cut Business Taxes?

Elections It’s a perennial query that politicians running for office face, and we tracked down the answers from the leading candidates for Multnomah County chair, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.  ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Chew on This

Sure, we’re about to vote on fluoride, but also on issues about kids and open spaces. Here are WW’s endorsements for the May 21 ballot.

Elections Many election battles vow an eye for an eye. But this spring’s fight is something even fiercer: a tooth for a tooth. This off-year election—held in a season when voters might be understandably ... More

May 1, 2013 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hall of Errors

A ballot-tampering probe highlights a history of problems under the Clackamas County clerk.

Elections The news last week that a temporary Clackamas County elections worker got caught filling in votes for Republican candidates has put a cloud over the voting results in Oregon’s third-largest co ... More

Nov 7, 2012 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Kevin Truong

An artist from Portland is photographing gay men everywhere.

Hot Seat You’ve probably never heard of Kevin Truong, but his face is on the move. Truong, with his blond mop and orange baseball shirt, can now be seen on TriMet buses running to Portland State Univer ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by DAKOTA SMITH

Hotseat: Gov. John Kitzhaber

The three-term governor is seeking re-election. Will Oregon cover for him?

Hot Seat The state of Oregon and John Kitzhaber could really use a hard-fought governor’s race.  The third-term governor appears headed for re-election to a historic fourth stretch in office. He’s ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hotseat: Steven Wax

Oregon’s outgoing federal public defender talks about government secrecy, low-profile wins and his next job.

Hot Seat 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 ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Hotseat: Greg Palast

The progressive—and often controversial—journalist says he’s fighting to protect your vote.

Hot Seat Greg Palast guarantees one thing to people who read his book or hear him talk: “If I don’t make you laugh, then I’ll give you your money back.” A progressive journalist famous for taki ... More

Sep 19, 2012 12:01 am by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Occupy the Law

First Amendment experts talk protest tactics and free speech.

Hot Seat Occupy Portland has commanded media attention by camping in two city parks for 39 days, staging marches downtown and, last week, taking their protest inside local bank branches. Both the U.S. and Oreg ... More

Nov 23, 2011 12:01 am by COREY PEIN

Hotseat: Edward Glaeser

A Harvard economist says what we think about urban life may be wrong.

Hot Seat Go ahead, keep on thinking the world’s big cities are dangerous and unhealthy, that they increase alienation and poverty. Edward Glaeser wants you to know the truth. Glaeser, a Harvard economist, ... More

Jul 27, 2011 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

Hotseat: Jody Williams

A Nobel Peace Prize winner who threatened to fry Canada’s prime minister.

Hot Seat Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams wasn’t always so anti-authoritarian and outspoken.  Williams, who is speaking in Portland this week, says she worried about getting in trouble growing ... More

Apr 13, 2011 12:01 am by NATHAN GILLES

Van Jones

What Obama’s ex-environmental adviser plans to tell Portland about the green economy.

Hot Seat Van Jones says he isn’t bitter that he’s no longer President Obama’s environmental adviser and green-jobs guru. Jones, who will be speaking in Portland on Jan. 25, has certainly mov ... More

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 am by STACY BROWNHILL

Unhappy Campers

A stickler for City Hall process, Amanda Fritz takes a new tack with Right 2 Dream Too.

Housing City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has always demanded that City Hall follow its own rules. She often railed against ex-Commissioner Randy Leonard’s backroom maneuvers and held up the City Council o ... More

Sep 18, 2013 12:01 am by EMILY SCHIOLA

Not So Black & White

Why is the Fair Housing Council keeping details of its recent discrimination study secret?

Housing City Commissioner Nick Fish has been in crisis management for more than a month
... More

Jun 22, 2011 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

Loan Wolf

A Portlander takes on a mortgage giant to save her property—and she’s not alone.

Housing After a North Portland rental home owned by Dawn Lind went into foreclosure last fall, she jumped into a nationwide legal fight that could affect millions of residential properties. Lind, who learn ... More

Mar 2, 2011 04:46 pm by JAMES PITKIN

House United

What a worker-owned restaurant is doing about the housing crisis.

Housing In a city with an estimated shortage of 20,000 affordable housing units, every new project in Portland helps, even if it’s only a few units. “Affordable ... More

Feb 1, 2011 04:56 pm by REBECCA JACOBSON

No Refuge From Cuts

The cost of dealing with undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border threatens money for refugee programs here.

Immigration Nefisa Alinur was 8½ months pregnant when she came to Portland from an Ethiopian refugee camp in 2011. Then 19, she left behind her entire family—her husband, parents and eight brothers and s ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE, SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

Between ICE And A Hard Place

Salvador Ibarra provided evidence against immigration crooks. His reward? Likely deportation.

Immigration Any day now, Salvador Ibarra could be deported from the United States. The Oregon resident sits in a federal immigration detention lockup ... More

Dec 24, 2013 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Trust But Verify

Why does a liberal Oregon Democrat want to crack down on illegal immigrants?

Immigration Advocates for undocumented immigrants accuse U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) of trying to drive illegal workers further underground with a new bill that would require employers to check applicants ... More

Feb 1, 2011 04:13 pm by BETH SLOVIC

Inbox: Prosecuting Animal Abuse

Letters to the Editor While no doubt a great fundraising tool for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, this is, however, extremely poor public policy and hardly some “model” for other states to follow [“The Animal ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Portland’s Best Comedians

Letters to the Editor All of these comedians are top notch. Great selections [“The Funniest 5,” WW, Nov. 26, 2014]. —“Billy” If you were to program a computer to generate a “Portland dude,” I imagine th ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Marbet Sets Record Straight

Letters to the Editor Thank you for the tribute paid by Willamette Week, but I must set the record straight [“40 Years in 40 Days: A Vietnam vet decides to stop Oregon’s nuclear plants,” WW, Nov. 5, 2014]. I serv ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Bar Owner Tussles With City

Letters to the Editor I say this as a Lents resident who lives close to the New Copper Penny and thinks it is a blight on a neighborhood that has so much potential: That’s taxpayer money you are trying to steal, Sak ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Airbnb in Portland

Letters to the Editor Over the last year, city officials and dedicated citizens spent thousands of hours crafting a short-term rental ordinance that would allow Airbnb rentals in single-family homes and duplexes to be ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Wolves In Oregon

Letters to the Editor Thanks for your piece on wolves and the brave Rob Klavins in Wallowa County [“The Howling,” WW, Oct. 29, 2014]. Hang in there, Mr. Klavins. A question for ranchers up there and throughout Ea ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Election Endorsements

Letters to the Editor I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. Considering WW has exposed what is arguably the most corrupt governor’s office in memory, a non-endorsement of John Kitzhaber would have been more ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Thorn in Democrats’ Side

Letters to the Editor So we don’t want centrists anymore? [“A Betsy-Proof Margin,” WW, Oct. 15, 2014.] I thought the idea of someone who looks at an issue and weighs both sides was a good thing. I thought that so ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: The First Lady’s Influence

Letters to the Editor I just hope Gov. John Kitzhaber clearly ensures that Cylvia Hayes can no longer trade on her position [“First Lady Inc.,” WW, Oct. 8, 2014]. Obviously, she’s a small-time wannabe pol who wou ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Get off my cloud.

Midnight Blogger This whole blogging thing makes me nervous.All these people sitting in front of their computers every day, typing in whatever pops into their heads. And hundreds of Web surfers, goofing off at work, r ... More

Jul 28, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Father knows best.

Midnight Blogger Parenthood has been such a blessing for me. I've grown up so much, learning to deal with all the challenges. Colicky screaming, projectile poop--none of it fazes me anymore.And little did I know how w ... More

Jul 21, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Forgive us our debts.

Midnight Blogger Throughout my ministry, I've worked to bring faith to the unbelievers. Each day I pray that the Spirit will open their eyes. Still, "there is none so blind as he who will not see."Thus, I'm not surpri ... More

Jul 14, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Pass the Advil

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger Ow, my aching head. I haven't felt this bad since the morning after that night Jeff and I downed a half-case of Mickey's big mouths and two bags of double-stuffed Oreos over a pack of Dutch Masters. M ... More

Jul 7, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Victory 2004

Midnight Blogger 'Sup, boo? Ra's in the house. Ay yo trip, check out my fly ring. John Nash, you can kiss it if you want.Just got back from the Moët party in Motown. It's like a dream come true for me. The place ... More

Jun 30, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

The half-court game

Midnight Blogger The last month has been so refreshing. I've been puttering around the house, doing a little gardening, taking a few bike rides, working on some new gumbo recipes. About the only thing scheduled has be ... More

Jun 23, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Scarier than The Shining

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger I finally rented the movie Chinatown last weekend. People around City Hall had been telling me about this flick for years, but I had never seen it and didn't know what all the fuss was about.Now I get ... More

Jun 16, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Can't get no satisfaction

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger Ah me, another humdrum primary under my belt, pounding the same goofy guy that I creamed last time. The general election promises to be even more of a snore--if that's possible.Nothing spins my bow ti ... More

Jun 9, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Standing in the Shadows of Love

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger I've been surfing the Internet, looking at sites about grieving. There are quite a few of them. They say, you take it one day at a time. You keep busy. But just when I think I'm past it, something wil ... More

Jun 2, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

It don't come easy.

public figures, private thoughts...

Midnight Blogger It don't come easy.They warned me when I took this job--it's frustrating. Everywhere you try to go, there's a stuffed gorilla on the front of your car.Just to give you an example. I had to get the new ... More

May 26, 2004 12:00 am by Midnight Blogger

Market of No Choice

PDC looks at a new, high-end grocery downtown, far from where the city needs one most.

Multnomah County More than 17,500 people in Portland don’t have easy access to supermarkets or full-service grocery stores—a problem city officials say they want to fix.     Many of their neighborho ... More

Nov 23, 2011 12:01 am by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Head To Head

Two powerful Portland clans compete to develop a key downtown site.

Multnomah County Multnomah County’s drive to sell some prime downtown Portland real estate has pitted two of the city’s wealthiest and most influential families in competition to ... More

Feb 23, 2011 02:05 pm by JAMES PITKIN

Schrunk’s Successor

News of DA Mike Schrunk’s possible retirement stirs speculation about who might replace him.

Multnomah County Word that Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk is considering retirement (see Murmurs, WW, Feb. 2, 2011)
... More

Feb 8, 2011 05:24 pm by JAMES PITKIN

Cartpocalypse!

Randy Leonard isn’t the only problem facing Portland’s food carts.

Multnomah County Gregg Abbott is perched over his Samsung Android at a wooden picnic table outside his Whiffies Fried Pies truck, parked in a vacant Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard lot called Cartopia. It’s a Monday morning—his day off—and Abbott is anxious to move under the heating lamps of nearby Tiny’s Coffee. He’s had his fill of sitting out in the cold.
... More

Dec 17, 2010 03:36 pm by AARON MESH

With Friends Like These…

A property brawl pits Betsy Johnson

Multnomah County A site controlled by one of Portland’s largest property owners is the source of a fight between a powerful state senator and one of her longtime political allies. Over the past two decades, Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) has deployed considerable financial and political  ... More

Dec 17, 2010 05:13 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Step Up To The Bar And Light One Up.

Murmurs The city’s Independent Police Review has published the results of its investigation of the Portland Police Bureau’s handling of local hip-hop shows—and finds that city regulators, police o ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Where the Uber Meets the Road.

Murmurs Portland, your Uber is arriving—in court. The city of Portland on Dec. 8 sued the ride-sharing company and is asking a federal judge to block Uber from operating here until it’s willing to f ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Maybe Airbnb Can Rent Out All Those Streetcars.

Murmurs Portland city officials say they will finally crack down on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections. WW reported last month that only 4 percent of Airbnb hosts in Portland had bothered to ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: In Oracle vs. Oregon, Maybe the Lobbyists Win.

Murmurs Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean rose to prominence in national politics as a founder of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT rights organization. But the HRC announced ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: We’ll Skip The Jokes About Banana Daiquiris.

Murmurs Alcohol and monkeys don’t mix. That’s the warning from a former Oregon National Primate Research Center employee, who says she was fired in June after reporting that her boss was getting a fel ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Uber: The Fastest Way Out of Gresham!

Murmurs On Nov. 7, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that the Oct. 14 death of Cougar Burleigh—a 38-year-old Olympia, Wash., man who was found at about 3:30 am Oct. 12 on the west s ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: At Least East Portland Has Enough Parking.

Murmurs The next stop for Portland’s apartment boom? Neighborhoods east of 82nd Avenue. A new report from the city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability predicts commercial districts in East Portland wi ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News That Tells Us How You Really Feel.

Murmurs It’s not just your imagination: Portlanders are hot under the collar about City Hall. City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade has released the annual survey gauging how well citizens feel the city o ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: It Hits the Fan at the City’s Sewer Bureau.

Murmurs A longtime Portland bureaucrat has been put on paid administrative leave as the result of a city audit into a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control. BES director D ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Tired Of All The Campaigns? The Street Fee Is Next.

Murmurs Will voters get a say on the Portland street fee? That’s been a lingering question ever since Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick said this spring they opposed a public vote. Now i ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Personnel Foul

Central Catholic questions its hiring practices as sexual misconduct allegations surface about another football coach.

News Stories When it comes to football, Central Catholic High School has a lot to cheer about. The Rams—with a long tradition of winning—finished the season with 12 wins and just one loss while outscor ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Bring the Noise

Young African-Americans are leading the Portland protests against police violence. But can they make a real difference?

News Stories Glenn Waco had just shut down Pioneer Place. He marched 500 protesters into the downtown mall, pressed through groups of holiday shoppers and led them in a chant of “I can’t breathe! I can ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hard Time Gets Harder

Oregon is cutting an effective program to help mothers in prison stay close to their kids.

News Stories In 2008, Eva Guzman arrived at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, to begin a sentence for robbery. Eleven days later, she gave birth. “I had my daughter,” says Guzman, no ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Medical Error

Moda’s president was caught cheating on a recertification exam for surgeons.

News Stories \Moda Health made a big splash last year when it shelled out a reported $40 million for naming rights to the Portland Trail Blazers’ arena. The Moda Center, formerly the Rose Garden, is t ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Don’t Be Dense

Portland’s apartment fights are headed for the suburbs. Next stop: West Linn.

News Stories Portland’s clash over density from the condos and apartment blocks lining Southeast Division Street and North Williams Avenue is spilling into the suburbs. The next focal point: a stretch ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Mike Fors

He put a Bitcoin ATM in Pioneer Place. Now he hopes people will see why they should use it.

News Stories There’s an ATM at Pioneer Place that turns virtual money into cash you can hold in your hand. The machine allows you to buy Bitcoin—currency backed by no government and that exists only on ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sugar Shackup

An effort to clean up a seedy corner in Cully could give millions to an alleged prostitution and money-laundering ring.

News Stories The silhouette of a naked woman on the Sugar Shack sign still draws attention to the shuttered strip club and what was once a one-stop shopping center for sex. The triangle of land where Nor ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Service With a Smile

A senior fire official went to bat for an embattled club owner, who offered what three officials saw as a bribe.

News Stories Maria Toth Brown had some explaining to do. Toth Brown runs Refuge PDX, a club in the Central Eastside Industrial District. On Nov. 23, 2013, records show, Refuge PDX jammed 1,000 people into ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?

News Stories These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, and in doing so handed the details of regulating weed to the ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Smoke Signals

Four things you should know about legal weed.

News Stories U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is greeting legal recreational pot with a bold prediction. “You are going to change national policy,” Blumenauer declared Nov. 4, less than an hour after t ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Title Fight

New documents show why first lady Cylvia Hayes is subject to Oregon’s ethics laws.

Politics Cylvia Hayes has garnered many titles in her career. She is CEO of her consulting business, 3E Strategies. She has carried the designation of adviser to her fiance, Gov. John Kitzhaber. And she� ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Border Story

Last month’s vote on immigration shows a deep political divide in Portland.

Politics We’ve long known voters in East Portland tend to be more conservative than their inner-city neighbors. But the Nov. 4 election highlighted the city’s political divide between voters on eithe ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MILLER RESOR

Endorsements 2014

Politics For the full Endorsement Guide, go here.CONGRESS U.S. Senate: Jeff Merkley (D) U.S. Rep. 1st District: Suzanne Bonamici (D) U.S. Rep. 3rd District: Earl Blumenauer (D) U.S. Rep. 5th District: Ku ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Post Time

Some Republicans wince as a controversial radio host seeks election to the Oregon House.

Politics Tina Kotek made history Jan. 14, 2013, when she was sworn in as speaker of the Oregon House to become the first openly lesbian leader of a state legislature in the U.S. In the Capitol that day ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by MILLER RESOR

Body Double Standard

How Legacy Health’s acquisition of cadavers—now under FBI investigation—escaped state scrutiny.

Politics 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 ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON

Just Say No Redux

Taxpayers will pay for an anti-drug campaign—timed to hit just before the November vote on legalizing pot.

Politics 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 ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

On Shaky Ground

Lawmakers are readying the state Capitol for a massive earthquake. They haven’t prepared Oregon schools.

Politics 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 ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Don't Bogart That Tax

Portland is looking to tax weed—even before voters legalize it.

Politics Come November, Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, giving the state the authority to regulate and tax weed sales. But Portland city leaders aren’t waiting to ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Meet the Marijuana Moneymen

These eccentric billionaires have the cash that could legalize pot in Oregon.

Politics What do a hedge-fund billionaire, an online sex-toy mogul and the nation’s most beloved expert on backpacking in Europe know about Oregon that voters here do not? That it should be legal for the ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE, REBECCA TURLEY

Hot Seat: Ted Wheeler

The State Treasurer—famously averse to risk—wants to gamble millions for college scholarships.

Politics We didn’t think we’d see State Treasurer Ted Wheeler out on the campaign trail for another two years. He won election in the last cycle to a full four-year term after being appointed in 2010 ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hotseat: Richard Carlbom

The veteran of Minnesota’s successful fight for the freedom to marry says Oregon paved the path to victory.

Q & A Richard Carlbom led the campaign that legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota last year. Now he’s in charge of the coordinated 33-state campaign for the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hotseat: Don Gavitte

A fed-up Portland teacher campaigns to take Salem to school.

Q & A Don Gavitte’s classroom walls are covered in college pennants: Stanford, Marquette, Hunter, Barnard, Oregon. All sent by grateful former students. They are banners of Gavitte’s success. Gavi ... More

Nov 27, 2013 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Hotseat: Charlie Hales

The mayor defends his first year in office.

Q & A Mayor Charlie Hales drove himself to WW’s offices this week in a city-owned Prius. He admitted he was still a bit woozy from jet lag: He’d just returned from a weeklong trip to China. But Ha ... More

Nov 6, 2013 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Phil Stanford

The Portland muckraker’s new book traces Watergate to a D.C. call girl.

Q & A Phil Stanford isn’t paranoid if John Dean really is out to get him. Portland’s most notorious muckraker has always seen conspiracy where others have not as he’s plumbed Rose City corruptio ... More

Sep 18, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Tom Fahey

The Siltronic VP aims to lower his company’s water rates and unseat Nick Fish.

Q & A Tom Fahey is so steamed about his company’s water bill, he’s fomenting revolution. Fahey is vice president of human resources for Siltronic, a German semiconductor manufacturer that is the c ... More

Aug 28, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: David Tyler

A UO Chemistry professor answers the age-old Question, “paper or plastic?” Don’t even ask about cotton.

Q & A A chemist walks into a bar and tells the hipsters drinking there that their locally brewed organic ale is bad for the environment. There’s no punch line: Beer is just one of the many beloved t ... More

Jul 31, 2013 12:01 am by CATALINA GAITAN

Hotseat: Jessie Sponberg

The Occupy activist is ready for a confrontation on Mount Tabor.

Q & A Jessie Sponberg is planning for a long camp-out. The leader of Camp Cascadia—the live-in protest of draining Mount Tabor’s reservoirs—is heading up the mountain July 12. Sponberg says he�� ... More

Jul 10, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Doug Fine

The author documents a strange truce in America’s war on drugs.

Q & A Doug Fine is known for his work as a sustainability reporter. He prefers to be called a “comedic investigative journalist.” He’s written about his “Hypocrisy Reduction Project”—moving hi ... More

Jul 3, 2013 12:01 am by KATIE GILBERT

Hotseat: Constantin Severe

Portland’s new police watchdog on how to keep cops accountable.

Q & A As a first-generation Haitian-American growing up in Brooklyn and Miami, Constantin Severe hated cops. Then he learned to like them during his time as a defense attorney with Metropolitan Public ... More

Jun 26, 2013 12:01 am by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Zeke Johnson

The Amnesty International activist applauds Ron Wyden—but says the Oregon senator needs to do more.

Q & A Who watches the watchers? Lately, it’s been Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).  Who watches Wyden? Zeke Johnson. Johnson is the director of Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights ... More

May 15, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Rogue Of the Week: Greater Portland Inc.

Why is this slippery actor billed as an economist?

Rogue of the Week Ben Stein has gotten a lot of traction out of his turn as a droning teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”). He’s since... More

Sep 12, 2012 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Beaverton Police

A traffic cop’s specialty brings in big bucks.

Rogue of the Week Stephen Vass was driving back to work after lunch through Beaverton on the morning of Feb. 14 when he turned left off of Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard onto Southwest Canyon Road. Like many of us ... More

Mar 14, 2012 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Sen. Chip Shields

A lawmaker mixes health care for Oregonians and protecting his own wallet.

Rogue of the Week Oregon legislators convene Feb. 1 in Salem for a one-month session. They’ll deal with education reform, the budget and fundamentally changing the way the state pays for health care. On that la ... More

Feb 1, 2012 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: T-Mobile

The cell-phone giant blames others for its own problems with a proposed antenna site in Northeast Portland.

Rogue of the Week It’s nice that the giant corporations that provide our cell-phone service say they’re dedicated to giving us the best possible coverage. T-Mobile, for example. It says it wants to provide the ve ... More

Oct 12, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Rep. Sal Esquivel

Are you a sucker who’d pay $25 to send email to political leaders? This lawmaker hopes so.

Rogue of the Week Democracy Connection, a new website based in Medford, poses this question: “Have something you want to tell your local Paper,
... More

Aug 17, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Oregonian

The website of the state’s biggest paper has run paid content masquerading as news.

Rogue of the Week Neighborhood Notes is a different kind of online news source. The website features “hyperlocal” news from around Portland. What’s really different, however, is that Neighborhood Notes also ch ... More

Jul 13, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Jim David

A prosecutor imposes a maximum sentence—laced with threats and profanity.

Rogue of the Week Here at the Rogue desk, we understand the practice of law is a stressful profession. But for threatening a fellow lawyer and his client, Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Jim David lands square in the ... More

Jun 29, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Oregon State Police Officers’ Association

The state troopers’ union is still employing telemarketers who use shakedown tactics.

Rogue of the Week It’s an old scam: Set up a bogus charity and a boiler-room call center. Tell people you’re raising money for cops, vets or firefighters...
... More

Jun 15, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: State Rep. Jim Thompson

He really cares about improving health care for minorities. Until it matters.

Rogue of the Week In Oregon and across the country, research shows... More

May 25, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogue of the Week: Dennis Tune

Portland Public Schools’ security chief shuts charter schools out of the safety loop.

Rogue of the Week On May 10, a gunman shot a clerk at Cigarettes Plus on North Lombard Street. The clerk survived but the gunman fled, leading Portland police to lock down ... More

May 18, 2011 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Rogues Of The Year: TriMet and ATU 757

Rogue of the Year Portlanders hear constantly that their regional public transportation system is one of the nation’s best. “If it were a fighter, we’d say it punches above its weight,” U.S. Rep ... More

Dec 29, 2010 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Off-Field Pursuits

A Central Catholic football coach was previously fired over sexual misconduct allegations.

Schools Seventeen years ago, David Douglas High School fired its varsity girls’ softball coach after a 16-year-old player accused him of sexually assaulting her during a trip to a summer tournament in ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Black. Special Ed. Punished.

The Portland schools’ discipline rate against black students in special education brings sanctions from the state.

Schools J.’s mother is the first to tell you her fifth-grader isn’t perfect. He entered pre-kindergarten at Irvington Elementary School with a host of troubles that made it hard for him to express ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Suspended Disbelief

A community group calls on PPS to end disciplinary practices that keep kids out of school.

Schools Sheila Warren says she’s fed up. For years now, she and others have been asking Portland Public Schools to change the way it disciplines students who get into trouble. She’s written lett ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Book It For Next Year

Portland Public Schools delayed a key reading program to focus on contract talks.

Schools Amid the angst over whether the Portland Association of Teachers would go on strike Feb. 20, Portland Public Schools’ central administration put a hold on one of its key priorities—getting s ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Grade: Incomplete

Portland Public Schools is months behind in releasing its progress report on helping minority students.

Schools Portland Public Schools managed to get reports cards out this week to its 47,000 students, who may wonder (along with hovering parents) how well they’re performing. Don’t expect the same for ... More

Feb 5, 2014 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Hotseat: Keighley Overbay

Schools Earning a diploma from Benson Polytechnic High School is serious business. In addition to passing the standard classes in history, English, math and science, Benson’s graduates must complete h ... More

Jun 12, 2013 12:01 am by RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Core Values

The usually sleepy Davis Douglas School District faces contested board races.

Schools David Douglas School District, the low-key Southeast Portland educational agency best known for its drama-free governance, will experience something of a historic milestone May 17. For the first t ... More

May 11, 2011 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Fast Talkers

The Portland School District and teachers reached a speedy labor deal. But is that necessarily a good thing?

Schools The School Board on Monday night hailed Portland Public Schools’ new labor contract with teachers as collaborative ... More

Mar 9, 2011 04:35 pm by BETH SLOVIC

Safe at Home

Fun, sun and slides at the 29th annual lesbian softball Tournament of Choice.

Sports 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 ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

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.

Sports 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 ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

World Cup 2014 Scouting Report

The cast of characters in soccer’s biggest free-for-all.

Sports The World Cup starts with two weeks of utter chaos. Called the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. Each group plays a round-robin tournament. There are always multip ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

World Cup 2014: Early Boots (updated)

Where to watch the World Cup live in Portland.

Sports 21st Avenue World Cup Beer Garden 625 NW 21st Ave., 202-744-1496, facebook.com/worldcupbeergarden. 8:30 am-9 pm daily. Go for: Breakfast sandwiches with beer and bros. When it opened in 2011, the r ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO, MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE

World Cup 2014: Soccer-Stat City

Sports Sports cities are an interesting, albeit neurotic, lot. With one swish of the net as the buzzer sounds, the streets are filled with strangers hugging strangers. A blown lead can leave a pall over ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

And For Downtime Between Games... A Special World Cup Crossword.

Print to play.

Sports ACROSS 1 It is often followed by the word “number,” redundantly   4 Bikini tops 8 Amass over time14 Atilt  16 Two-time NBA MVP Karl   17 The theme of this puzzle—and this wee ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by REID SPOLEK

Yellow Card

It’s not too soon for a warning: The Portland Timbers, absent big change, are headed for trouble.

Sports The Portland Timbers are supposed to be one of the dominant teams in Major League Soccer. The 2013 campaign saw the team soar to the Western Conference final after an abysmal performance a year ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Sports Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Hotseat: Robin Lopez

The Blazers’ center talks comic books, The Goonies and his love of almost everything Disney.

Sports Robin Lopez is, literally and figuratively, a giant nerd. That’s normally an ill-advised thing to say about someone built like a Greek colossus, but the Blazers’ 7-foot, 255-pound center wou ... More

Jan 8, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Fan Who Wasn’t There

The Blazers are scorching. Why are seats empty at the Moda Center?

Sports A seat at the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 12 home game against the Houston Rockets should have been a hot ticket. The matchup at the Moda Center featured the Blazers, the NBA’s hottest team, ... More

Dec 18, 2013 12:01 am by AARON MESH

May The (Task) Force Be With You

The Nose The Nose turned to the paper of record last Thursday and learned something valuable beyond the meltdowns of Tom DeLay, polar ice caps and Iraq.He learned that Portland isn't the City that Works, it's ... More

Oct 5, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

Back To School

The Nose What a shame. Washington-Monroe High School, the long-closed ghost ship in Southeast Portland, got spit-and-polished by the Red Cross for Katrina survivors who never came en masse. And Hurricane Rita' ... More

Sep 28, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

When The Media Blew In

The Nose The Nose is amazed, and he doesn't say that lightly.No, he's not surprised that Jehovah dished out a whuppin' to New Orleans the likes of which was last seen by either Sodom or Gomorrah, can't remembe ... More

Sep 14, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

THE $620,000 SOLUTION

The Nose When The Nose heard about the 620 large that Portland's school district must shell out to make former HR chief Steve Goldschmidt go away, he was tempted to change jobs.If all it takes to score a six-f ... More

Aug 31, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

THE GREAT WHITE DOPE

The Nose The Nose loves it when the cold frost of racism foams and sputters with the energy of a dropped can of Hamm's.Saves him a lot of trouble when volk like Rami Makboul, the manager of the Vue nightclub, ... More

Aug 24, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

BEST OF THE NOSE

The Nose The Nose returned from a week of vacation-if that's what you want to call it. A week visiting the in-laws in John Day ain't exactly Shangri-La, particularly when your mother-in-law's idea of cuisine i ... More

Aug 10, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

STEN'S POWER OUTAGE

The Nose The Nose woke up mad Friday morning. That's not too different from most days, except this time, he had a reason for kicking the dog and screaming in the shower. Namely, Enron's big F- YOU to the City ... More

Jul 27, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

KULONGOSKI SCHMULONGOSKI

The Nose The Nose was drinking Abbot Ales the other night (to express solidarity with Londoners) when his bleary mind turned from terrorism to something almost as bad: Salem. Specifically, the increasingly gho ... More

Jul 13, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

FOURTH OF A LIE

The Nose Did Commander Schnozz and the Nostril Brigade celebrate Independence Day? Oh, you bet they did.On Saturday, the Nose piled the ball and chain, the rugrats, and his buddy Irv into the van and set a cou ... More

Jul 6, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

POTTER'S WAY

The Nose After the millionth time that Tom Potter described himself as a "change agent" in last year's mayoral campaign, the Nose tuned out.For someone whose English is Olde and best served cold, that Potteris ... More

Jun 29, 2005 12:00 am by The Nose

Scott McClean's Top 5 Shows at Holocene, Ever

Top 5 Gang Gang Dance, 6/16/2007 Such a wonderful, trippy journey. They should be coming back soon. Bon Iver (opening for Phosphorescent), 3/24/2008 Line around the block for the support act. One of those � ... More

Jun 1, 2011 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

FIVE POSTS YOU'VE GOTTA READ

Top 5 TBA DIARY : This year’s arts fest was a series of question marks and exclamation points , ending with a slim parenthesis of autumn moon.ALL EYEZ ON KNEE : Hank Stern and Casey Jarman search desp ... More

Sep 19, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Score

Mayday for payday loans

Winners & Losers Winners Our Oregon and the consumer activists who led the 2007 Legislature to crack down on predatory lenders have cast a big money-changer from our temple. Legislation capping interest rates for pay ... More

Sep 26, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Winners & Losers

Separating star bucks from Starbucks.

Winners & Losers WINNERSDon’t call him Ralph Nader, but independent John Frohnmayer (right) gave a boost to U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) by announcing he’ll run for Smith’s seat. A former head of ... More

Sep 19, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Winners & Losers

Winners & Losers WINNERS Score a victory for sports traditionalists , who beat back the Portland Beavers’ misguided push to change the team’s nickname to something that wouldn’t be confused with Oreg ... More

Sep 12, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

The latest casualties of gentrification: roaches

Winners & Losers WINNERSCockroaches scampered away from the light of victory after some North Portland apartment-dwellers refused to have their units fumigated, figuring the only thing worse than the insects are the ... More

Sep 5, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Mexicans said, “Let my people go,” and, behold, the next morning brought locusts.

Winners & Losers WINNERS How does an illegal immigrant avoid deportation in lefty Portland? Become a labor-union organizer. Just ask José Alfredo Cobián of Molalla , whom a federal judge let return to Me ... More

Aug 29, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Mayor Tom Potter swears he always hated wearing that badge.

Winners & Losers WINNERS Portland is poised to have the most fabulous election ever. The city could become a haven for gay politicians in 2008 if Mayor Tom Potter decides next month not to seek re-election. It&rsquo ... More

Aug 22, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Putin meets Santa Claus at North Pole, says, “Old elf ess veek.”

Winners & Losers WINNERS Score one for pervy 13-year-old boys—actually, all 13-year-old boys . Last Friday, a Yamhill County judge dismissed most charges against repentant ass-slappers Ryan Cornelison and Cory M ... More

Aug 15, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Stevie thinks he's in Seattle, so be cool.

Winners & Losers WINNERS Sellwood Bridge worrywarts had their fears validated last Wednesday, when a younger, stronger bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Inspectors have rated the cracked 82-year-old Southeast Portland ... More

Aug 8, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

So, Oregon timber industry, about those owls...

Winners & Losers WINNERS Willie Nelson loves his Oregon green—energy, that is! What'd you think, Cheech? Nelson's stake in Portland-based SeQuential Biofuels could pay dividends since SeQuential became the city ... More

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

Nike just does it to dogs, Clackamas hates booze, everyone loves IKEA

Winners & Losers WINNERS Gushing copy, photos galore—and maps! You can't buy coverage like that, but Swedish furniture giant IKEA gets it fo' free. The Oregonian dispatched a reporter all the way to Cali to cas ... More

Jul 25, 2007 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff
 

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