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CenturyLink wants to scrimp on maintenance in Oregon. Unions and utilities say it’s a bad idea.


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CenturyLink, the biggest provider of landline telephone and Internet service in Oregon, has made an extraordinary request of state regulators: Let us put off repair of utility poles for 10 years   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Change is Hard

Hales pledges to fight panhandling downtown. It’s not clear how he wins.


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No matter where he travels, the street kid known as Kidd always knows where he wants to end up. With a ragged goatee and barely as tall as a sidewalk mailbox, Kidd, who is in his early 20s, says   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Fantasy Island

Forget protecting birds and fauna: the Port of Portland’s plans for developing West Hayden Island don’t add up.


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Victor Viets and Mayor Charlie Hales have a lot in common. Both used to work for large engineering firms in Portland and both are boating enthusiasts who have lived in Columbia River condos near w   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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
 

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