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Small Comfort

A housing advocate calls for creating neighborhoods of tiny houses to address homelessness.


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Michael Withey recalls how Occupy Portland’s takeover of two downtown parks nearly three years ago was itself overrun by hundreds of homeless people. Withey came to believe that the homeless   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

Magical Mystery Tower

Where’s the evidence Rod Underhill said he had that compelled Lisa Roberts to confess to strangling her girlfriend?


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Lisa Marie Roberts never wanted to admit killing Jerri Lee Williams. She was innocent, she always maintained, right up to the end when she pleaded guilty to strangling Williams, her girlfriend,    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 KATE WILLSON

For White Men Only

Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring outside help to teach diversity to white male managers.


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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring an outside consultant to host a diversity seminar—for white men only. When Hales ran for mayor in 2012, he questioned whether Portland needed an Office of    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AARON MESH

Coal-Line Stand

Gov. Kitzhaber’s growing opposition to coal dovetails with federal policy and divestment activism.


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For Gov. John Kitzhaber right now, coal is king. The debate over coal is heating up just as Kitzhaber needs an issue to energize his so-far lackluster campaign for an unprecedented fourth term a   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Piling On

Pearl District residents get some sympathy—but no action—about the pounding next door.


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Patrice Hanson once had a quiet morning ritual: breathing exercises, reading inspirational books, meditation and then some tai chi. But today if Hanson breathes in BANG! or tries to study a BANG   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

A Fortune Felled

A decade of deception against a local Timber heir is the largest “sweetheart” scam investigators say they’ve seen.


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Ralph Raines Jr. led a fantasy life. At 66, the heir to a third-generation Washington County logging company had once faced the prospect of a lonely existence. He was without close family and, a   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Back to the Garden

Multnomah County’s farmer tends the fields as his job is targeted for cropping.


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Jerry Hunter wants to get rid of the rabbits.  They come in waves at the Multnomah County CROPS Farm, across from McMenamins Edgefield, to gnaw the tops of the broccoli, carrots and cabbage   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

Road Worriers

City officials are pitching a new street fee by claiming Portland’s roads are getting more dangerous. Numbers show otherwise.


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To hear Mayor Charlie Hales and other city officials tell it, the streets of Portland are getting deadlier every day. Driving is more dangerous. Pedestrians face bigger risks. Bicyclists have to s   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Space of Waste

An office building project for city sewer engineers triples in cost to $11.4 million—at the worst possible time.


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In December 2011, a coalition of angry water and sewer ratepayers sued the city of Portland. Their basic allegation: The city had squandered $127 million in ratepayers’ money on questionable p   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Justice Derailed

A 2008 sex-abuse case lingers in federal court as a “manipulative” defendant works the system.


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When someone is charged with a crime, he has a constitutional right to a lawyer. He also has the right to a speedy trial. Once in a while, a defendant comes along who tries to stretch the limits o   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 KATE WILLSON
 

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