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Murmurs: It Hits the Fan at the City’s Sewer Bureau.

A longtime Portland bureaucrat has been put on paid administrative leave as the result of a city audit into a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control. BES director D   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Tired Of All The Campaigns? The Street Fee Is Next.

Will voters get a say on the Portland street fee? That’s been a lingering question ever since Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick said this spring they opposed a public vote. Now i   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: All The News That Isn’t Seeking Our Endorsement.

Mayor Charlie Hales’ promotion of Larry O’Dea to chief of the Portland Police Bureau on Oct. 7 signals he’s doubling down on his promise to return to community policing. As first reported    More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Classes in Tattooing and Taxidermy Could Be Next.

State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of minority employees of Daimler Trucks North America, saying the company ignored years of racial intimidation at the   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: None Of This News Was Lifted From Karl Rove.

Ride-sharing startup Uber is pushing back against Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali’s Sept. 19 warning to consumers about using the company’s services. Cali said “traditional insurance po   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Hey, You Kids, Get Off My Property Tax Bill!

Oregon has special taxing districts to fund libraries, transit and ports. In fact, state law gives local voters the power to create 26 different kinds of taxing districts to raise revenue and pr   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The Billboard? The Mystery? The Answer?

A Eugene firm affiliated with Seneca Jones Timber Co. is behind the mysterious billboards sprouting up across Portland (see above). The signs are an opaque attack on Gov. John Kitzhaber that requi   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: No Jokes About How Hot and Smokin’ This Story Is.

It’s becoming clearer why Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso was so happy when Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones told the sex club he’d look the other way if a party at the club violated fire regulat   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Still Learning From “Marge Vs. The Monorail.”

Botched anesthesia at the Oregon Zoo contributed to the death of Sumatran orangutan Kutai in January—and triggered an investigation and the firing of zoo director Kim Smith (“12 Mammals That   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: One Tough And Generous Mother.

Oregon Health & Science University announced July 28 the receipt of an anonymous $100 million donation to the Knight Cancer Institute, part of an effort launched by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

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