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Murmurs: News That's Always Alert and Chatty

A former Portland resident who says he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates in 2011 at the behest of the U.S. government has been denied asylum in Sweden. Yonas Fikre, a Muslim from Oregon,    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 WW Staff

Murmurs: All The News You Can Fit Into An Illegal Cab.

One of Oregon’s most prominent African-American officials has left Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office after just six months on the job, and no one will say why. Nkenge Harmon Johnson is out as Kitzhab   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Smoke ’Em While You Got ’Em.

Regional government Metro is having its share of employee troubles. The agency agreed to pay $50,000 July 15 to settle claims of discrimination brought by a transgender employee, who claimed co-   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News More Riveting Than The World Cup.

Alta Bike Share, the Portland company that briefly conquered the national bike-share market, may soon be acquired by a private equity firm. Alta and its vice president, Mia Birk, went to New Yor   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Mumurs: News That Always Has Room For One More Guest.

The City Council later this month is expected to make it legal for the home-rental marketplace Airbnb to operate in Portland. The decision will give Airbnb a legitimacy it lacks in other cities, i   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The News We Refuse To Bury.

The state has a new media outlet this month: The Oregon Optimist, a news website, bills itself as “a project of Oregon Right to Life.” The state’s largest anti-abortion group flexed its consid   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The Moment Of Silence For Kutai Is Over.

There has been a troubling silence from the elected officials who run Metro about problems concerning the highest-profile enterprise they oversee, the Oregon Zoo. WW first reported six cotton-top tama   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: We Hate Coal. We Love Coal. (We Can’t Decide.)

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s growing opposition to a proposed coal-export terminal in Oregon (“Coal-line Stand,” WW, June 4, 2014) will get a test this week. The Oregon Department of Transportation   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News That Won’t Keep You On A Waiting List.

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith says she’s serious about closing the gap in the way the district disciplines African-American students. In recent years, black students have been    More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Boil This News Before Reading.

Not just any proposal can alarm both churches and the purveyors of lottery tickets and cigarettes. But places of worship and convenience stores are the groups expressing the loudest opposition t   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 WW Editorial Staff
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