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Making It Up As They Go

As Kitzhaber pushes the CRC, the plan to pay for it is both fact and fantasy.


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The Columbia River Crossing project is on a fast track in Salem, sent racing toward approval by its biggest backer, Gov. John Kitzhaber. The governor—pushing a complex project with gaping fi   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Neil McFarlane

TriMet’s GM on the agency’s union costs, big penalties for fare dodgers, and why service cuts won’t be restored anytime soon.


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Neil McFarlane built his career on expanding TriMet. But he has become the face of cutbacks.  TriMet’s general manager since 2010, McFarlane has been locked in a bitter struggle with the    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Fiscal Bluff

The proposed budget cuts city bureaus are betting mayor Charlie Hales won’t make.


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It’s budget season at City Hall, the time of year when we’re told what a dystopian Portland would look like. Streets without cops. Homes burning out of control. Empty swimming pools, vagrants    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Lien On Me

Homer Williams builds new projects while owing the IRS and his ex-wife millions.


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Homer Williams is perhaps Portland’s best-known developer, famous for creating new neighborhoods like the Pearl District and South Waterfront. Williams—a top campaign contributor to Mayor    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Question of Force

Experts on sexual violence against women speculate why Oregon’s numbers are so high.


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Last week, WW published an issue devoted to V-Day, an international campaign set for Feb. 14 to draw attention to violence against women. Some of the numbers were surprising: 27 percent of Oregon    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN

Compression Bandage

Voters have told some schools they can have more money. But a fight is brewing in Salem whether to allow them to collect it.


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Not having enough money is a problem most public schools in Oregon understand well. But having money they can’t get access to—that’s even worse. In 2011, voters by nearly 3-to-2 approved a   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

I, Survivor

Three writers tell of their experiences with violence, and their journeys back.


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A rapist is in jail, but her fear still runs loose. by Anna Bjornberg In the winter of 1995, I was 16 and a high-school senior in Boise, Idaho. I was miserable in Boise and counting down the days    More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Talking With the Enemy

In an unprecedented Oregon program, domestic-violence victims ask questions of abusers.


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Hope Vanderhoof for eight years put up with being hit in the head and kicked with steel-toed boots by her boyfriend. She finally ended the relationship in 2005, when he tried to kill her by settin   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 AARON MESH

The Violence Persists

Fewer reports, but still a big problem.


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Violent crime has dropped in Portland in the past decade, including assaults. But the percentage of assaults that involve domestic violence has decreased only slightly—from 48 percent in 2001, t   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

V-Day: A History


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Susan Cushman works as a sculptor as part of her therapy to help her move past the trauma of being raped. She says her art is part of her effort to make the world a place where women can feel safe   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 ERIN FENNER
 

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