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Counting Cards

A state audit says the Department of Human Services isn’t tracking food-stamp fraud.


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In the wrong hands, food stamps can buy a lot more than milk and bread.  State officials say they know there’s a black market for Oregon Trail cards, the electronic debit-style cards used   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

This Robe For Hire

A retired chief justice of the state Supreme Court lobbies for the insurance industry.


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Last week, the Hon. Paul J. De Muniz, recently retired chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, strode into a state capitol hearing room to offer his legal opinion on a bill being debated by l   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Identity Crisis

Taxpayers may end up subsidizing Portland bars to stem the flood of fake IDs from China.


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The Barrel Room was the first bar ever to let in Maddy Eivers. It was a Saturday night, it was summer, and she wasn’t yet 21. The memory is sharp for Eivers, not only because of the bouncer’s    More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ASHLEY JOCZ

Horse Trading

Killing the mounted patrol has a hidden benefit for the city: saving the PDC millions.


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Monty the police horse strains against the fence of his paddock, sticking his neck out to munch on a bush that is just out of his reach. A runner jogging along Northwest Naito Parkway stops to tak   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Overlooked Hotel

Portland State University faces allegations of kickbacks and cronyism at its hotel.


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Workers at a downtown hotel owned and operated by Portland State University say they have faced extortion, lost wages to ghost employees and had their tips stolen by supervisors. IMAGE: Kurt Arm   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Take With Homework

A DEA investigation of a local teacher highlights abuse of the attention-deficit drug adderall.


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Before dawn on Jan. 29, federal drug enforcement agents swept into a wooded West Linn neighborhood and raided the gray, two-story house of a substitute teacher named John J. Loomis. Agents carri   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Visits From the Tooth Fairy

Minority groups backing Portland’s pro-fluoride measure have received $143,000 in payments from the campaign.


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The campaign advocating fluoridation of Portland’s drinking water has trumpeted the support it’s received from minority organizations, ranging from the Urban League of Portland to the Latino Network. This widespread support, backers say   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Molar Majority

Out-of-state cash fuels anti-fluoride efforts.


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The latest YouTube video in Portland’s fluoridation war has the bright cutout-style animation of South Park and the ominous string-and-synth score of Unsolved Mysteries.  The four-minute clip   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 AARON MESH

Smoke Brakes

Cigarettes will stay cheap in Oregon—whether or not Multnomah County gets to levy its own tobacco tax.


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Portland smokers, hold on to your butts: Multnomah County wants the right to tax your cigarettes, and now the state of Oregon might be looking to increase the price of a pack as well. Thanks to    More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN, AARON MESH

Diamonds in the Rough

A man suspected of pimping in Spokane is behind a new Laurelhurst strip club.


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The residents of the Laurelhurst neighborhood aren’t happy about the new neighbor moving in from Spokane, Wash. Not that they liked the old neighbors much. The new resident since last Novemb   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AARON MESH
 

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