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Just how cultured is Portland?


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Portland loves its culture—and loves that so many people are also fascinated by it. But just how cultured is Portland? Turns out just a bit. City Vitals 2.0 ranks Portland as the eighth-most cul   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 SAM STITES

Crapping Out

A state analysis finds a private casino would cost Oregon millions every year.


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Between now and the Nov. 6 election, promoters of a vast new 3,500-slot-machine casino in Wood Village hope to keep voters’ attention...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Notes From a Newbie Homeless Portlander


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Editor’s note: Darrick Evenson is newly homeless. For the past five weeks, Evenson, 51, originally from Santa Monica, Calif., has been living in his 1996 Mitsubishi Galant. Prior to becoming h   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 DARRICK T. EVENSON

Driving After the Influence

If Washington legalizes dope, driving there could become risky for tokers.


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Oregon medical marijuana patients might have reason to worry if the state of Washington’s dope legalization initiative passes in November—that is, if they ever plan on driving in Washington.    More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Who’s Listening to Diane Roark?

An Oregon woman warned that the U.S. government was eavesdropping on its own citizens. Then it turned on her.


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Warrantless wiretapping may have faded from the headlines with George W. Bush, but one Oregonian is determined...   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 AARON MESH

Cracked Rearview

Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith’s legislative accomplishments aren’t as large as he makes them appear.


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State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) says the change he drives is more important than how he drives his car. As...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bike-Share Snare

Why Portland’s long-awaited bicycle-rental program still doesn’t have a contractor.


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Software problems have delayed a Portland company’s bike-sharing programs in two of the nation’s largest cities and may threaten a...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 SAM STITES

Value Shopping

Sam Adams tried to keep Walmart from expanding here. He failed.


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The company moving into an 8,500-square-foot office above Rock Bottom Brewing in downtown Portland on Sept. 7 is the sort of tech-sector success...    More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 AARON MESH

The Tooth of the Matter

A new call to put fluoride in the city’s water raises old fears.


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After 54 years of opposition, the City of Portland is moving to put fluoride in your drinking water. Upstream Public Health, the group behind the fluoridation move, launched what amounted to a p   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Slow Ride

The Portland streetcar is coming to the east side, but records show it’s too broke to provide the service boosters promised.


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Last week, Mayor Sam Adams and about two dozen planners, consultants and other civic leaders took their first ride on the new eastside...   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 AARON MESH
 

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