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The city’s latest bar brawl with the OLCC: how late can patios stay open?

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Thomas Winston Morgan marched across Southeast Yamhill Street on a summer night in 2011 in a T-shirt, boxer shorts and flip-flops, and demanded the birthday party stop. The laughing voices comin   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 AARON MESH

In the Line of Fire

Is city hall finally ready to reform Portland Fire & Rescue?

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For decades, Portland Fire & Rescue has had the political clout to fight any meaningful change in the way it does business. And, as city records show, that’s meant big budgets, slow respon   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

3rd & Choke

A bungled land deal costs the city $5 million—with taxpayers on the hook for the next 293 years.

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At the corner of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Oak Street lies an empty, weed-filled lot that may be the most costly dirt in the city’s history. The lot is on its way to costing its owner nearly    More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Shemia Fagan

East Portland’s new champion pushes back against City Hall.

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Shemia Fagan insists she is not the new mayor of East Portland. That unofficial title, Fagan says, still belongs to East Portland ex-legislator Jefferson Smith.  But Fagan, 31, is arguably    More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 KATE SCHIMEL

Cavities in Their Campaign

Anti-fluoride activists have no backing from groups representing low-income Portlanders or minority groups.

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In the debate over fluoridating Portland’s water, the two sides trying to persuade voters can agree on one thing: Low-income children aren’t getting the dental care they need and deserve. And    More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 MICHAEL MUNKVOLD


As the firearm debate fades, the numbers reveal patterns in Oregon’s gun deaths.

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When the gunfire fell silent after Clackamas Town Center and Sandy Hook last December, politicians raced to proclaim it was time to do something about gun violence in America. The news set off a   More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN

Limbo Dance

CRC officials have spent millions to overcome a bridge design that’s too low. They still don’t have it right.

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When Oregon lawmakers recently agreed to hand over $450 million for the Columbia River Crossing, they put a condition on the money: Settle questions about how high the bridge needs to be. CRC    More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bridge End

Oregon backers of the CRC think they’ve won the day. They haven’t met Ann Rivers.

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Ann Rivers sips her skinny vanilla latte in a Ridgefield, Wash., coffee shop on a bright Sunday morning, smiling at the new role she has found herself playing in Northwest politics: the bridge kil   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Debt on Pointe

Oregon Ballet Theatre owes $300,000 in back rent. Just in time, here comes the arts tax.

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City officials finally produced details last week of a new arts tax that voters passed last November, requiring Portlanders to pay $35 a year to fund arts teachers in the public schools and suppor   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Timber Jam

A fired city bureau chief scores one last goal—expanding the parking district around Jeld-Wen Field.

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Sam Stidham, a sales clerk at West Burnside clothing boutique Reveille, had no idea that parking around the corner from her storefront had jumped to $3.50 an hour during Portland Timbers games.    More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 AARON MESH

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