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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

Steal This Plane

A new book tells the wild tale of Oregon’s forgotten skyjackers.


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Metal detectors. Long lines at security. Grouchy guards. Bag searches. Most travelers think these airport customs have their roots in Sept. 11, 2001. Actually, the conventions reach back more th   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 AARON MESH

Hydro Hogs

We reveal Portland’s Top 10 water users.


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Opening our water bill didn’t always hurt this much. Portland once had one of the lowest water rates for American cities its size. But no longer. In 2001, the typical annual residential water    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 WW Staff

The Queer Frontier

The battle over gay marriage moves to rural Oregon.


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Leighton Reed-Nickerson wheels his black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible into the parking lot of the Harney County Farmers Market, a collection of a dozen stands selling vegetables, rag rugs   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Real World: Portland

10 people who are living in the city without homes.


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It’s been an eventful month for Portland’s homeless. On July 15, an employee of the Portland Outdoor Store downtown was attacked by a young male who was described by police as a “street ki   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 PETE COTTELL
 

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