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Murmurs: News to Give You Hives.

After nearly two years of debate, lawmakers have approved prison reform after Gov. John Kitzhaber stepped back from his hopes of changing the state’s tough sentencing guidelines (“The Hard Truth A   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Rudy Crew, We Hardly Knew You.

The leader of one of Portland’s most prominent churches is out—and parishioners say they don’t know why. The Rev. Stephen Newton—a supporter of the Portland Pride Festival & Parade—was a   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: So What’s a Few Million Here and There?

Officials pushing the Columbia River Crossing are concealing the true costs of multimillion-dollar deals they have reached to win support of manufacturing firms affected by the proposed freeway br   More
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Testing Hales, On Civil Rights And Police Reform.

Mayor Charlie Hales faces a decision about what to do regarding Baruti Artharee, his chief public safety adviser and liaison to the Police Bureau. As first reported on wweek.com, Artharee has ac   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Who Picks Up the Bill for the Tilapia Dinner?

Companies on the hook for a Superfund cleanup of Portland Harbor are paying millions to study the toxicity of Willamette River fish. But that doesn’t include $920 for new metal signs, designed by    More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: When the Going Gets Tough, Seek a Promotion.

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is mulling the idea of turning in his badge for a run at a seat on the county commission. Staton, sheriff since 2010, confirmed to WW that he has met with Multn   More
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: All the News That’s Fit to Read in a Loo.

City Commissioner Steve Novick is ready to flush Portland’s toilet-sales department. The newest member of the City Council says the efforts to market the patent sidewalk commode known as the P   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: It’s Not Too Late to Let Police Horses Unionize.

Just as Mayor Charlie Hales moves to bust the Portland police commanders union, a bill to expand the rights of police brass to unionize is working its way through the Legislature. House Bill 2418 ex   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: After Nike’s Sweetheart Deal, Intel Makes a Play.

Intel now wants what Nike got. Emails obtained by WW under a public records request show that, in late March, Intel met with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s team “for a follow-on conversation to the Decembe   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Giving the Term “Muckety-Mucks” a New Meaning.

Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation are leaning on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a $125,500 penalty levied against companies on the hook for cleaning up contaminated sed   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

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