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Assign of the Times

Mayor Charlie Hales shuffles the city bureaus—and commissioners have to deal.

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Nick Fish looked shaken. Amanda Fritz was horrified. Steve Novick told bicycle jokes in the lobby. And Dan Saltzman left early, pleased as punch. Portland’s city commissioners had just learn   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AARON MESH

Neato Bandito

Why cops are increasingly using nicknames to catch robbers.

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When the cops arrested 46-year-old Weston Miner Rogers for robbing three local banks, Portland police crowed in a press release about the capture of the “Hammer Pants Bandit.” Why the nickna   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Outstanding Imbalances

Democrats abandon a bill to regulate pernicious debt-collection practices.

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The corpses line 82nd and 122nd avenues, Northeast Sandy Boulevard and other roads of despair: not bodies, but defunct payday-loan shops. It seems like only yesterday a Portlander could find a   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Kim Kaminski

For the strategist behind fluoride’s defeat, the fight isn’t over.

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Kim Kaminski just got done burying the Portland power machine in the May 21 election, so excuse her if she’s a bit direct. Kaminski led Clean Water Portland, the campaign against fluoridating Po   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRENT WALTH

The Arts Ax

As You Pay your $35, some Portland schools will see fewer arts teachers than last year.

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Portland voters gave their blessing to a $35-a-person tax last fall on the promise the money would be used to restore arts and music to the city’s public schools. So imagine the surprise of    More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Down to the Wire

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

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