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Confessions of a Chubster

The moral crusade against fatties.

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Americans are disgustingly fat. I’m allowed to say so because not long ago, I was disgustingly fat. Three years ago, I weighed close to 300 pounds. I would like to tell you being a big, lazy s   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Heretical Healing

A guide to alternative medicine for the bewildered.

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Why are Portlanders so drawn to therapies outside the medical mainstream? Maybe it’s our general love of deviance, or just because we’re broke, unemployed and can’t afford a trip to Kaiser   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE


A side-by-side comparison of Portland gyms

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So you’ve resolved to join a gym. Good for you! But how do you choose which is right for you? Here are the essential facts.   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MELINDA HASTING

Searching for Shangri-Loo

Toiling to find Portland’s Palace of Pee.

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Like so many others, this voyage of discovery begins with a game of Ms. Pac-Man. I’d lost, again, and decided to regroup by ridding my body of the PBR that was surely affecting my game. Instead    More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 PATRICIA SAUTHOFF

Voodoo Doughnut Went Through 44 Tons of Dough a Week

...and 49 other stats from Portland in 2011.

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We've compiled a Harper's Willamette Week Index of fascinating Portland facts and stats from 2011.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Bring On the Apocalypse

The 29 best New Year's Eve parties in Portland

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In a mere 10 days, 2011, with its awful progression of disasters and revolutions...   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Yule Loggers

Oregon’s vast Christmas tree harvest relies on helicopters—and Mexico.

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The Huey comes in low out of the south, slinging 4,000 pounds of living-room decoration on its tow line. Hovering 50 feet above a patch of hard-packed dirt and gravel, the helicopter gently sets    More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 AARON MESH

Cute Counts

Meet Kevin Reynolds, the guy who drew those adorable “End Petlessness” billboards.

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But for their usually portly paychecks, it’d be almost tragic how the people behind our era’s greatest advertising campaigns toil in obscurity despite the ubiquity of their handiwork. The    More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Should You Move to Brooklyn?

Another Portlander’s view.

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Having read this week’s cover story (“The Portlandification of Brooklyn”, Willamette Week August 10th, 2011), which paints Brooklyn as Portland-plus-money-and-ambition, you may be considering a   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Adrian Chen

Shot In Old Town

A photographer’s ’70s-era portraits of Portland’s lost souls get a new life.

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Whatever Ellis Island’s pleasant fictions about the poor, meek or hungry, Portland’s Old Town has always welcomed them in earnest. It has been a century-long home to the transient or boozy, whe   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
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