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Decamped

The mayor’s office calls the Eastside Esplanade unsafe. Will Hales’ homeless policies make a difference?


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James Noel has seen a lot of changes in his neighborhood, which consists of a narrow sidewalk against a chain-link fence that runs along Southeast Main Street, with the northbound ramp to Inters   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Hotseat: Earl Blumenauer and Peter Defazio

Two Oregon congressmen—divided over free trade—disagree about what a Trans-Pacific deal would mean.


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President Barack Obama jetted to Portland last week to use the city and the world headquarters of Nike as backdrops in his push for a sweeping new free-trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim coun   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Thunder Dome

There are already runaway costs for a state Capitol remodel that few people know about.


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Peter Courtney usually gets what he wants. As president of the Oregon Senate for 12 years, Courtney, 71, has amassed more influence than almost any other legislator in state history. The Democ   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Driveway Moment

New sharing apps help you rent your driveway. Just don’t tell the city.


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For two years, Steve Gutmann found a way to make a little extra cash. His house sits in Southeast Portland’s Richmond neighborhood, two blocks from Hawthorne Boulevard. He knows parking is a   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

All Light, No Heat

The state allows scofflaw tanning salons to remain operating.


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The thousands of Oregonians who use tanning salons to get bronzed expect the facilities to follow the state’s health and safety rules. Most salons do. However, state records show there’s   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Hijacked Hyatt

The fiercest opponent of a Convention Center hotel now wants to take control of it.


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Hotel financier Gordon Sondland has been fighting for a decade to stop construction of a headquarters hotel at the Oregon Convention Center that will compete with his business. As CEO of Pro   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 AARON MESH

Faceoff

The city of Portland wants to put body cameras on its cops. Good luck getting to see the video.


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Mayor Charlie Hales wants Portland police to have body cameras. He’s also fine if it’s really difficult for you to see the video the cops record. The city of Portland has been the drivin   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 AARON MESH

Hot Air

Pilots say the Port of Portland’s plans to sell land for a power plant next to the Troutdale Airport include a fatal flaw.


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Mike Rhodes fell in love with flying nearly 50 years ago at the Troutdale Airport while on a school field trip, and from his first flight, he knew he wanted to be a pilot. Today, Rhodes, 61, a   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Housebound

Washington state offers an alternative to sending parents to prison. Is Oregon willing to try it?


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Michelle Newell busted up her family in 2010 with a repeat conviction for writing bad checks to cover a drug habit. The state sent her to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Smoke Screen

Why won’t the Portland Fire Bureau give a whistle-blower documents that have already been made public?


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Rob Cruser enforces rules that save lives. Cruser, 51, is a fire inspector for Portland Fire & Rescue. That job takes him into buildings where the public gathers for big events—such as n   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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