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Crossing the Bar

Two giants of Portland’s legal community stand trial on ethics charges.


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Barnes Ellis spent nearly 50 years at the pinnacle of Oregon’s corporate legal world. A magna cum laude graduate of both Yale University and Harvard Law School, Ellis occupied rarefied territo   More
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Unwelcome Mat

Housing discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation is against Oregon law. Who knew?


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When Mari Orr and her partner, Jennifer Vales, went looking for a new apartment last fall, Orr says, “We got a lot of odd looks.”  Vales is a transgender woman, and she still had a ma   More
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MARY EMILY O'HARA

Hogan’s Hero

A Eugene law firm plans a spendy party for a retiring federal judge.


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A party has got to be really swank to raise the eyebrows of the state’s lawyers. Yet a proposed retirement bash for U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan has many Oregon lawyers’ brows firmly    More
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Counting Cops

Police staffing levels will come under scrutiny as Charlie Hales pushes reforms.


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Mayor-elect Charlie Hales will be returning to City Hall in January with big plans to reform the Portland Police Bureau.    More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

Emerging Women

A group that trains Democratic women to run for office is showing success.


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As a candidate for public office, Jessica Vega Pederson already had a compelling life story. She was raised in a Mexican-American family in Chicago, where her mother was politically active and P   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

Dr. Dough

Gov. John Kitzhaber found the will to help his party win the Legislature.


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Gov. John Kitzhaber’s distaste for the rough and tumble of electoral politics is legendary. During his first stint as governor, from 1995 to 2003, Kitzhaber barely got his hands dirty in helpi   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Paying the Piper

Voters approved a tax to fund the arts. Now the city faces the high price of collecting it.


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More than 61 percent of Portland voters checked “yes” on a Nov. 6 ballot measure to raise millions in new taxes to hire more art and music teachers and help bankroll arts organizations. They   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 AARON MESH

A Bridge Too Low

The CRC isn’t eager to redesign a bridge that should be taller.


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The proposed Columbia River Crossing has turned into a high-stakes limbo dance: How low can the bridge go? CRC officials say they are trying to fix one of the most embarrassing problems with the troubled $3.5 billion Interstate 5 project: The...   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

A Note from the Publisher

To our readers:


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The greatest test facing WW today comes not from the challenge of surviving in a digital world or from the effects of a lingering recession—though neither can be underestimated. Our real tes   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 RICHARD H. MEEKER

Choo-Choo Changes

The new head of City Hall will be a “transportation mayor”—whether he wants that title or not.


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The next Portland mayor wakes up this morning in charge of a City Hall filled with potholes. The city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over police mistreatment of the mentally    More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AARON MESH
 

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