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The ugly truth about graduation rates at Portland’s high schools.


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On a balmy, nearly full-moon August evening, only a few people showed up at a Portland Public Schools board meeting. That was fortunate for board members and Superintendent Carole Smith, because d   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Goofus & Gallant Go To City Hall

One year ago, we elected Charlie Hales as Portland mayor. Did we get a loafer or a leader?


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It was a year ago that Charlie Hales waved to a cheering election-night crowd at the nightclub Holocene, embraced his landslide victory as Portland’s mayor and told    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AARON MESH

Buzz Boom Bust

…And boom? Inside Portland startup Carbon Audio’s roller-coaster year. Can it finally put the world on blast?


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The wine cost $12,000 a bottle. It was a ’71 Chateau Petrus, maybe a ’73—Jason Martin can’t remember. But he does know it was Las Vegas in January 2012 at the Consumer Electronics Show,    More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Whack-A-Mole

Portland activists may have outed the wrong guy as an FBI snitch—here’s why they still should be paranoid.


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It was a perfect day for a protest. July 27 broke beautifully—not too hot, a light breeze, Mount Hood gleaming in the distance. At least 1,000 people, from old hippies to young anarchists, t   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Last of the Sad Bastards

10 years after his death, Elliott Smith is still estranged from Portland.


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Elliott Smith sang it himself: Pictures of him are always wrong. So the photo of him at Disneyland, taken in 1996, must be Photoshopped, right? The saddest songwriter in the world—a man who co   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Rip City vs. No Pity

Blazers or Timbers: Who owns Portland?


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Kristin Leichner is driving toward the unthinkable. She’s been attending Trail Blazers basketball games since 1996, when her family used earnings from its trash-hauling company to buy season   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON MESH

City of Bridges

The Willamette divides us. Look closer at the spans that connect us.


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Written by Sara Sneath Photographs by Evan JohnsonChildren sprawl on the Morrison Bridge like a spilled box of crayons. It’s 10 am on a Friday, and the Morrison opens, its great panels of roadw   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Expel Check

Portland Public Schools has spent millions to help stop racial profiling of students in discipline cases. The problem is getting worse.


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Kwame Briggs knows how his son feels. Briggs, 36, says he often spent time in the principal’s office and detention when he attended Portland Public Schools in the 1990s. He admits he was no    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Heartbreak Hotel

Despite fierce opposition, officials are set to approve $80 million in subsidies for a 600-room hotel at the Convention Center.


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The lot located at Northeast 3rd Avenue and Multnomah Street doesn’t look like much. There’s a debris-filled hole, where a former Teamsters union hall was demolished last week; a ramshackle    More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2013: 24-Hour Arty People

A day in the life of Portland’s working artists.


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Art is work. We celebrate the geniuses with virtuoso brilliance and seemingly effortless creativity, but that’s not the way it is for most professionals. Sure, Portland has plenty of dilettant   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 WW Staff
 

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