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Strike Out

Friction between labor and management could have long-term consequences for Portland.


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Two of Portland’s biggest organized labor groups spent the last week girding for the latest skirmishes in a larger campaign. “I would never compare myself to a brave American soldier fighting    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Predatory Lawmaking

A voracious debt collector wants to acquire Oregon property tax liens.


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In 2007, Oregon lawmakers made national headlines when they kicked payday lenders out of the state. Now one of the biggest debt-collection companies in the U.S. wants to bring a type of lending    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Recording Everything

New scanners in downtown clubs raise privacy questions—and may be illegal.


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Multnomah County and Portland police this week suspended a new program that supplied data-gathering ID scanners to Old Town bars after WW raised questions about whether it was legal. The state   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Tunnel Vision

Steve Novick says Portland can’t afford sidewalks, but he wants $650,000 for new light rail.


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City Commissioner Steve Novick has spent the past two months saying Portland can’t find the money for basic transportation services such as streets and sidewalks.   But Novick’s city    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Empty Chambers

A senator says he’s got the votes to pass a gun-control bill, but where are they?


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The bill that some Democrats fear the most this legislative session is being pushed by a fellow Democrat. Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), whose district is a Democratic stronghold, will push le   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Terrorist To Test Case?

Mohamud’s case could be the first to challenge warrantless wiretapping revealed by Edward Snowden’s leaks.


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Mohamed Mohamud has been cast in many roles: as a simmering potential terrorist, as a teenager manipulated by FBI agents, and most of all as Portland’s “Christmas tree bomber.” But now he�   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 RAMONA DENIES

High Craft

Eco Firma Farms offers a glimpse at Portland’s artisanal pot future.


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Jesse is a little nervous. “I don’t take people up here,” he tells me. “And I was having second thoughts bringing you up. But then I wondered if you were worried I might try and kill y   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 WM. WILLARD GREENE

Green Teeth

Making approachable edibles.


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Rachel Green knows there’s a stigma attached to “medibles,” the marijuana community’s term for pot that is eaten rather than smoked. “Some people have negative associations from bad    More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 LYLA ROWEN

Weed Science

Sunrise Analytical is breaking down marijuana to build better medicine.


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Ethan Marshall figures he’s one of the only people in Oregon allowed to handle both money and weed in the same transaction. His official title at Sunrise Analytical, the Portland medical-marijua   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Big Green Bag

Meet the business brain behind Washington State’s weed industry.


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With an MBA from Yale and a career as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley behind him, Brendan Kennedy hardly fits the image of the tie-dye-wearing ganjapreneur looking to cash in on the promise   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 PHILIP DAWDY
 

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