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Wage Wars: The Battle for a Higher Minimum Wage

Even businesses that support a higher minimum wage worry about a rush to raise it to $13 an hour.

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Laurelhurst Cafe has become a popular hangout in the heart of Portland’s bleeding heart. The café—with its corrugated metal and orange trim façade—sits at East Burnside Street and Northeast    More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

Downward-Facing Dollar

Under state scrutiny, yoga studios in Portland find themselves twisting into new positions.

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When Michele Loew opened her yoga studio on Southeast Stark Street in 2007, she recruited the best instructors available and paid them for each student they brought in. That’s how many Portland st   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Dam Laws

The owner of a giant Eastern Oregon ranch again brings his issues—and checkbook—to Salem.

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Scott Campbell has never been one to let the law hold him back when it comes to his massive Eastern Oregon ranch.  Campbell is best known as founder of Hannah the Pet Society, a pet-leasing   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

To Our Readers

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When I moved here in 1974 to start as a reporter at a new alternative newsweekly called Willamette Week, Portland was pretty Podunk. There was nothing artisanal, crafty or hip about it. My first   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Richard Meeker

The Gecko Chamber

A lengthy legal battle against GEICO underscores Oregon’s weak laws to protect consumers.

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Cornel Tuter knows the charming green GEICO gecko all too well. The creature is ubiquitous, one of the most easily recognizable characters on the planet. It should be: GEICO Insurance spends a   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

School Colors

Students at Wilson High School form a black student union to combat racism. Most of its members are white.

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Breonna Keller-Robbins has heard a lot of comments from fellow students about her race at Wilson High—the whitest of Portland Public Schools’ nine high schools.  Her dad is black, and   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Erika Preuitt

Gang shootings are way up. The woman charged with getting gang members to give up crime says she wants to know why.

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May was a bad month in the anti-street gang business. Suspected gang members opened fire at least 25 five times last month, the most in a single month since Portland police started keeping tra   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

Driver’s Record

A TriMet driver’s criminal past becomes an issue in a union election—and embarrasses the transit agency.

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TriMet and the transit agency’s biggest union share many problems. They blame each other for the financial troubles ailing the agency. TriMet points to  an overly generous contract with exp   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

An Immigrant’s Fare Fight

Taxi drivers have been hit by the arrival of Uber and Lyft—including many who are Ethiopian immigrants.

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Robel Berhan steers his blue and orange Union Cab with its empty backseat to Hotel Lucia on Southwest Broadway. Nothing. He heads to the Marriott. A line of other cabs blocks his way. He knows a   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Pole Position

Candidate Charlie Hales promised to do something about cellphone towers. As mayor, it’s been a different story.

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When Darrell Yuen and Beth Collins moved to Portland from New York City in 2010, they thought they had found a dream home. Their 1929 Cape Cod-style house sits about a block from Mt. Tabor Park,   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

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