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Vicki and Me

Taking a ride on Portland Public Schools Superintendent Vicki Phillips' farewell tour.

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Superintendent Vicki Phillips' last week at the helm of Portland Public School's shrinking ship was a "Mission Accomplished" tour de force, a 1-2-3 punch of positive publicity—minus the flight s ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 BETH SLOVIC

Zahra Hamid Sultan

One Iraqi refugee among 2 million—and counting.

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Zahra Hamid Sultan is an Iraqi refugee helping some of the 2 million people also forced to leave her homeland. Sultan, 37, and her two teenage daughters have been living in Amman, Jordan, since 2002, ...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Julie Sabatier

Arianna Huffington

She came from the right to take over the left and, oh, how she loves her BlackBerry...and Barack Obama.

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Arianna Huffington used to be her own enemy. That is, she used to be a Republican. Now, she floats progressive ideas on her 2-year-old news and opinion blog, huffingtonpost.com, making herself a pari ...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Daniel Bernstine

PSU's soon-to-be ex-president doubled enrollment and raised big cash, but angered many students and faculty. Why?

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Dan Bernstine likes to smile. And it's hard not to chuckle when he drops one-liners. Bernstine, you are sure, is your friend. So why, when the state Board of Higher Education voted him in as Portlan ...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Marvin Ricks

The last survivor of a historic Portland strike fought scabs, beat a murder rap and made history.

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Marvin Ricks was a 22-year-old Portland dock worker when local longshoremen joined the West Coast Waterfront Strike of 1934. For three months starting that May, thousands of workers shut down every U ...   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 JAMES PITKIN

Robert King

The head of the Portland police union talks about last week's election and what it means for one ex-cop: Mayor Tom Potter.

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When Portland voters overwhelmingly rejected the centerpiece of Mayor Tom Potter's campaign agenda last week, they sided with the people who have known Potter the longest professionally: the Portland ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 NIGEL JAQUISS

Grayson Dempsey

A self-proclaimed pro-choice extremist on the morality of abortion and what makes her allies nervous.

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Grayson Dempsey wears her sunglasses like Gloria Steinem (big) and her heart like Drew Barrymore (on her sleeve). In Steinem's political spirit and Barrymore's demeanor, Dempsey bears more than a pas ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Rapaport

High-profile developer on celeb architects, music and stealing back the Schnitz.

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With his ultra-modern condo buildings on very visible sites in Portland, Randy Rapaport has become one of the city’s highest-profile developers.Rapaport has undertaken only two projects (both de ...   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 Mike Thelin

Jerry Glanville

PSU's new football coach isn't "young," but he's plenty "creative."

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Jerry Glanville isn't exactly one of the "young creatives" progressive Portland is famous for attracting. Instead, he's a 65-year-old, avowedly apolitical, cowboy-hat-wearing race car owner who's bee ...   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Paul Gerald

Ted Wheeler

Multnomah County's supremo talks budget cuts and defunding the drunk tank.

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When Ted Wheeler took on incumbent Diane Linn for Multnomah County chair last year, WW branded him a political dilettante. But Wheeler's first big move less than four months into his job was a strong ...   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 JAMES PITKIN
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