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Voices 2014: Oregon Was Once a Slave State

R. Gregory Nokes, author and journalist

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Like most deep-rooted Oregonians, R. Gregory Nokes presumed America’s ugly racial history didn’t apply to him. Not personally, anyway. Slavery, the fifth-generation Oregon native assumed, wa   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Shaking Out The Bacon

The world’s most expensive publicly auctioned painting arrived in Portland on Dec. 20. But who owns it?

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The most famous Pacific Northwest mysteries have often involved serial killers. But our city’s current whodunit is about something we’re much less known for: a great deal of money. Three Stu   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Price Check On Fireball

Oregon voters will soon be told getting rid of the OLCC will lower liquor prices. A shopping trip to Vancouver kills that buzz.

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Forget free-market dogma and protecting the little guy: We just want to know whether getting government out of the liquor business will save us money. It’s a key question facing Oregon voter   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 RAMONA DENIES

The Driving Records Racket

The state diverts higher fees from Oregon’s roads to the information superhighway.

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About 2 million times a year, Oregon companies small and big, from family-owned trucking firms to major insurers, pay for information from the state’s files of driver’s licenses. The companies   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Not-So-Green Machine

The hidden environmental cost of the Pacific Northwest’s lone nuclear power plant.

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For a week now, the people running the Pacific Northwest’s only nuclear power plant have been on the defensive—and for good reason. A devastating report about the Columbia Generating Stati   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wrecking Brawl

NW Natural wants to demolish a contaminated landmark. Will anyone step in to stop it?

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For years, Kathy Evans admired the dilapidated gothic building she saw whenever she drove on U.S. 30 just south of the St. Johns Bridge. Her four daughters always pointed out the structure and t   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 RAVLEEN KAUR

Gender Rap

Women in the Portland Police Bureau use excessive force far less than men.

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The Portland Police Bureau has a problem with excessive use of force, but the women who serve as officers aren’t to blame. Across the board, female officers account for a far smaller share of th   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 THACHER SCHMID

Cold Dreams

Residents of Right 2 Dream Too question Mayor Charlie Hales’ offer to move them inside.

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It’s a quarter to 9 on the coldest night so far this year, and a 64-year-old man named Misha waits for a turn to sleep in a tent with strangers. Right 2 Dream Too—the iconic homeless camp    More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Suicide Curve

A police report on Portland suicides flubs the math, and the media—including WW—miss the error.

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On Sept. 30, Police Chief Mike Reese stood before TV cameras and journalists to release troubling new findings about how often people commit suicide in Portland. It didn’t take reporters lon   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 RAMONA DENIES

Brother, Can You Spare $200 Million?

OHSU is using its clout to have taxpayers match a donation from Nike’s Phil Knight.

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Two months ago, Nike Chairman Phil Knight dangled a tantalizing offer before Oregon Health & Science University: the promise of $1 billion—cash—to finance expansion of the cancer institute   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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