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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

Paranoid Parking

Mayor Charlie Hales’ plan to change rules on big apartments has everyone fired up.

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When smoke drifted out of the halted construction site on Southeast Division Street early March 29, the owner of nearby Victory Bar called the cops. It wasn’t his first call about the unfinish   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 AARON MESH

A Big Dam Fight Ahead

Opponents of Oregon’s Green Energy Law are seeking a major change.

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In 2007, Oregon lawmakers decided to address global warming by moving the state aggressively away from burning coal and natural gas to produce electricity. They required big utilities to gener   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Freezing Out ICE

The Multnomah County Sheriff will stop honoring immigration holds on low-level offenders.

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Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton plans to start releasing undocumented immigrants brought to his jails for low-level crimes before immigration officials can get their hands on them. The mov   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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