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80 Million Paige Views

How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal.


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It’s a cloudy summer morning in Oregon wine country, and Paige McKenzie is taking a selfie that 18,000 people will see. With a FlipCam trained on herself, McKenzie—in red shorts, a gray zip-up   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Best of Portland 2014


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Spoiler alert: There is no best pizza in this issue.  If you’re a longtime reader of Willamette Week—which in November celebrates 40 years of presenting Portlanders with an independent   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 WW Staff

Stoked & Broke

Throwing down methods and Rainier with the board bums drawn to Mount Hood’s endless winter.


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It’s winter in Australia, but Rupert Michell has no interest in the puny ski hills of his native land. Instead, Michell took a 20-hour flight, then drove 1,000 miles to ski in Oregon—in June   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Old Dirty Bastard

Frank Peters managed Portland’s original outlaw gang, the Mavericks. A new film documents how they mingled baseball with booze and burning brooms.


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Those who believe there are no second, third, fourth or fifth acts to American lives probably don’t know Frank Peters, who plays a supporting role in a film to be released July 11 on Netflix.    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MARK CHRISTENSEN

America’s Best Worst Politicians

From Oregon to Florida and from California to New York, an Independence Day look at the bottom feeders of public office.


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King George III was “a Tyrant... unfit to be the ruler of a free people,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence exactly 238 years ago this week. Tommy had it right.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 WW Staff

Harry Rinehart’s House Of Pain

A century old clinic is at the center of debate over Oregon’s prescription opiate epidemic.


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From its perch on a steep hillside in Wheeler, Ore., the Rinehart Clinic offers a view of the timeless battle between the Nehalem River and the Pacific Ocean. When the tide flows out, water ru   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

World Cup 2014: Balls & Brews For Breakfast

Call in sick, quit your job—here’s how to party at 7am as the World Cup takes over Portland.


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The average American switches jobs every four years or so. We find it a startling coincidence that the World Cup also comes once every four years. So this is your time to quit that job, “work fr   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 WW Staff

Terry Bean’s Problem

A prominent Portlander fights for his reputation after a love affair goes wrong.


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Few people have worked harder for last month’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon than Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean. Bean, 65, is one of the founders   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

12 Mammals That Matter To the Oregon Zoo

It’s a beastly time at the state’s most popular tourist attraction. These political animals will determine its future.


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To lose an orangutan was a setback. But to lose the orangutan, a zoo director, the chief veterinarian and the support of keepers—that’s a sign of serious trouble at the Oregon Zoo. Kutai,    More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Wipeout!

Jorge Guzman had an idea for a better surfboard. He says his instructor at Portland State University stole it.


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In a town filled with dazzling startups, few new businesses in Portland look as fun as Yana Surf. The company, founded last year by local entrepreneur Wilson Zehr, sells “heirloom-quality” b   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH, BRENT WALTH
 

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