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Janitorial Mess

Portland State University awarded a sole-source contract to a troubled company.


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Portland State University signed a $1.5 million no-bid contract earlier this year with a company for janitorial work in its dorms. But WW has learned the company, Diversified Abilities Inc., h   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Letter from New Orleans

A report on the Newhousing of the Times-Picayune


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Dear Portland:Sorry to hear about your paper. We in New Orleans got “Newhoused” a year ago, and readers of The Times-Picayune are still grousing. Advance Publications promised us, and yo   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Kevin Allman

Stuck in the Ruts

Hales’ pledge to pave streets has no plan—and no money.


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Laura Young says it’s about time someone at City Hall gets serious about paving Portland’s dirt roads. She lives in the Cully neighborhood, where 10 percent of city streets look like mud wallo   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Mortar Combat

City officials want answers about a contractor who got $88,000 under a minority set-aside program.


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Last September, the nonprofit Blanchet House of Hospitality cut a blue ribbon to dedicate a $12.9 million, four-story homeless meal kitchen and transitional housing shelter in Old Town. The city   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 AARON MESH

House With No Home

Hales restored lots of city hall spending. Why not services for kids escaping prostitution?


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In the final weeks of writing his first budget, Mayor Charlie Hales restored money to dozens of city programs he had suggested cutting: the Police Bureau’s Mounted Patrol Unit, a county-run ment   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANN-DERRICK GAILLOT

A Sheriff on Probation

The Multnomah County board prepares to crack down on Staton’s overtime spending.


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Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is about to see his runaway overtime spending put into lockdown. Staton routinely spends nearly twice the money he budgets for overtime, and he’s on pace to   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Assign of the Times

Mayor Charlie Hales shuffles the city bureaus—and commissioners have to deal.


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Nick Fish looked shaken. Amanda Fritz was horrified. Steve Novick told bicycle jokes in the lobby. And Dan Saltzman left early, pleased as punch. Portland’s city commissioners had just learn   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AARON MESH

Neato Bandito

Why cops are increasingly using nicknames to catch robbers.


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When the cops arrested 46-year-old Weston Miner Rogers for robbing three local banks, Portland police crowed in a press release about the capture of the “Hammer Pants Bandit.” Why the nickna   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Outstanding Imbalances

Democrats abandon a bill to regulate pernicious debt-collection practices.


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The corpses line 82nd and 122nd avenues, Northeast Sandy Boulevard and other roads of despair: not bodies, but defunct payday-loan shops. It seems like only yesterday a Portlander could find a   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Kim Kaminski

For the strategist behind fluoride’s defeat, the fight isn’t over.


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Kim Kaminski just got done burying the Portland power machine in the May 21 election, so excuse her if she’s a bit direct. Kaminski led Clean Water Portland, the campaign against fluoridating Po   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRENT WALTH
 

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