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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

Pork and Ride

The CRC includes a $17 million museum.

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The $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing keeps getting more expensive for taxpayers, even before it gets built—in part because the price of a pet project of the National Park Service is going up   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Punch Drunk

A video of a cop punching a suspect surfaces as lawyers in the case seek to rewrite state law on excessive force.

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Jason Cox says he was beaten by cops. But he has what a lot of people who allege police brutality don’t: a video. On June 18, 2011, Portland cops arrested Cox, then 37, in the parking lot of an    More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


City Hall must reduce services but it lacks the nerve to cut its budget for the arts.

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Last December, the Regional Arts & Culture Council threw Mayor Sam Adams a huge going-away gala.  The tribute, “pARTy in the Name of Art,” included a “Sammania” show with Bodyvox da   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 AARON MESH

Very Healthy Paychecks

Top executives at Providence, after talking up health-care cost controls, see big raises as they leave.

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Greg Van Pelt wants to cut your health-care costs. As the retiring CEO for Providence Oregon, he’s talked about working to find solutions for ballooning medical expenses and creating community   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN

Floating Away

Targeted for elimination, the Office of Healthy Working Rivers may be you-know-where without a paddle.

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When it comes to government agencies with endearing names, none comes close to the city’s Office of Healthy Working Rivers. It’s not just the hopeful adjectives in its title—it’s the tiny    More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MICHAEL MUNKVOLD

Statue of Limitations

Who deserves a pedestal more, Jason Lee or Mark Hatfield?

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The Oregon Legislature wants to send the late Mark O. Hatfield back to Washington. A bill with 36 sponsors would mount a full-size bronze of the debonair and determined Republican statesman in t   More

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