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Brother, Can You Spare $200 Million?

OHSU is using its clout to have taxpayers match a donation from Nike’s Phil Knight.


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Two months ago, Nike Chairman Phil Knight dangled a tantalizing offer before Oregon Health & Science University: the promise of $1 billion—cash—to finance expansion of the cancer institute   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Lesson In Sharing

Neighbors fear a university’s ambitions will overwhelm a low-income school.


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No shortage of excitement—or hyperbole—has greeted preparations for the first new school to be built with the nearly $500 million voters gave Portland Public Schools last year. “There’s    More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Save the Swales!

Enviros take the water district battle to the green streets.


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Southeast Clay Street doesn’t look like a political battleground. On a rainy afternoon, workers in hardhats are digging a hole deep into the sidewalk at the corner of Southeast 9th Avenue, a b   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 AARON MESH

Strike Force

History and hard feelings in Portland teacher union talks.


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Teachers are putting up decorations and kids are learning holiday songs, but there’s not a lot of cheer at Portland Public Schools right now. Contract talks between teachers and the district   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Take and Give and Take

What’s really at stake in the contract fight between the Portland schools and teachers.


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Portland Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, has troubles enough as it is. It’s under fire from its auditor for abysmal graduation rates, facing a formal complaint from pare   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 RAMONA DENIES

Losing Ground

Portland Public Schools rarely parts with property, but one group benefited from two deals.


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One well-connected nonprofit has landed two Portland schools properties at prices hundreds of thousands of dollars below appraised values. The deals that benefited the Native American Youth an   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Double Dipper

The county diversity director ran a personal business on public time—with taxpayer-paid staff.


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The director of Multnomah County’s Office of Diversity and Equity ran an outside consulting business while on county time, used taxpayer-paid staff and resources to aid the company, and collecte   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bridge Collapse

The latest news for the Columbia River Crossing is all bad.


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November is the cruelest month for the Columbia River Crossing project.  After warding off a series of potentially fatal blows, the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only project took two headsh   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD, NIGEL JAQUISS

Haunted House

A property in foreclosure attracts a trio of convicted felons—who just won’t leave.


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Justin Dollard really started to worry about the house next door when the convicted murderer moved in.  Dollard, a 48-year-old project manager, knows most of his neighbors on North Vancouve   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 AARON MESH

One Cop’s Exes and Uh-Ohs

An officer already under investigation faces domestic-violence allegations.


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A Portland cop under an internal affairs investigation for allegedly tampering with jurors also faces two formal misconduct complaints—filed by two ex-wives. On Nov. 6, the city’s Citizen    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD
 

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