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Tuition: Impossible

A program to offer free community college doesn’t have everyone cheering.


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Oregon’s high school graduates recently got a huge gift, courtesy of state lawmakers: free college. That’s the pitch to more than 10,000 prospective community college students. The last-minute b   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 CLAIRE HOLLEY, HART HORNOR

Bean Counting

Prosecutors say Portland developer Terry Bean is trying to buy his way out of sex-abuse charges.


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Prosecutors say Portland real-estate developer and Democratic Party activist Terry Bean is trying to “purchase an escape” from criminal sex-abuse charges by paying off a teenage boy, his alleged v   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 AARON MESH

Shop the Presses

The Oregonian is selling its printing press—and advancing deeper into the web.


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For more than a century, the daily rumble of its downtown printing presses and the roar of its delivery trucks signaled the news rolling out of The Oregonian. But on June 30, a huge omen for the new   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 AARON MESH

Credit Score

Trimet and a Portland broker work around the legislature’s rules on selling tax credits to wealthy investors.


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Dan Wieden recently did something few Oregonians can do: He bought a dollar for 75 cents. Wieden, co-founder of Portland’s Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency, purchased a $1.8 million state income    More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Open-Source Warfare

When a Portland computer programmer’s ex-wife accused him of sexual assault, ­­he made a federal case out of it.


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For years, the world of writing computer code has seemed hostile to women.  Female programmers complain about sexist presentations at tech conferences, harassment from fellow coders—and even    More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 AARON MESH

Paying by the Mile

A new Oregon program to replace the gas tax rewards Hummers over hybrids. Why did the state spend millions on this?


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Drivers of hybrid and electric cars enjoy lots of benefits. They can feel good that they’re churning out a lot less carbon. Their energy costs are lower. And they don’t have to pay as much as they   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Wage Wars: The Battle for a Higher Minimum Wage

Even businesses that support a higher minimum wage worry about a rush to raise it to $13 an hour.


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Laurelhurst Cafe has become a popular hangout in the heart of Portland’s bleeding heart. The café—with its corrugated metal and orange trim façade—sits at East Burnside Street and Northeast    More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

Downward-Facing Dollar

Under state scrutiny, yoga studios in Portland find themselves twisting into new positions.


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When Michele Loew opened her yoga studio on Southeast Stark Street in 2007, she recruited the best instructors available and paid them for each student they brought in. That’s how many Portland st   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Dam Laws

The owner of a giant Eastern Oregon ranch again brings his issues—and checkbook—to Salem.


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Scott Campbell has never been one to let the law hold him back when it comes to his massive Eastern Oregon ranch.  Campbell is best known as founder of Hannah the Pet Society, a pet-leasing   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

To Our Readers


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When I moved here in 1974 to start as a reporter at a new alternative newsweekly called Willamette Week, Portland was pretty Podunk. There was nothing artisanal, crafty or hip about it. My first   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Richard Meeker
 

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