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Andy Dwonch

Mercy Corps mission director explains the ins and outs of aid work and why you can’t send dates to the Gaza Strip.

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The war in the Gaza Strip between Israeli forces and Palestinian Hamas marks its 19th day Wednesday, Jan. 14. As the world continues its fight over who deserves blame, the Portland-based humanitarian ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Carole Smith

What Portland’s most powerful school official thinks about Sam Adams and why it’s cool no one talks about her personal life.

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Carole Smith’s greatest asset as Portland Public Schools’ superintendent has been her ability, after 15 months on the job, to minimize disruption to the state’s largest school distri ...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Spencer Beebe

Ecotrust founder has a plan to save the environment—and our economy.

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The world is staring down a double-barreled disaster. Economic and environmental crises are threatening to blast apart our way of life, if not life itself. President-elect Obama campaigned on the idea ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Ethan Smith

Ingrid Newkirk

PETA co-founder is a “press slut” and proud of it.

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Ingrid Newkirk is quick with a quote or to light up some folks. As co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in 1980, Newkirk has had a lot of practice at both. Newkirk and PETA, whic ...   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 HENRY STERN

Michael Tomasky

A national political commentator looks back on his forecasts for 2008, and gives us one more for election day.

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Michael Tomasky makes his living as a political commentator and editor of Guardian America, a year-old online version of the 187-year-old British newspaper for readers interested in America. But Tomas ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 HENRY STERN

Where The White Things Are

Hint: They’re Here.

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White people. They’re everywhere, but especially they’re in Portland. They’re out there gingerly sipping their designer lattes in eco-friendly, sweatshop-free slacks, reminiscing fon ...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Richard Leakey

It’s the end of the world as we know it, at least, according to this paleoanthropologist-activist-amputee.

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And you thought you had a lot to live up to: Richard Leakey is the son of Louis and Mary Leakey, the pioneering researchers on human origins in Africa. Although he initially decided not to follow in h ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Matt Graham

Damali Ayo

The PDX artist and agitator talks about being a girl…and being Barack lite.

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Portlander Damali Ayo has been dragging racial skeletons out of the closet for years. The artistic agitator’s flagship performance, a satirical token-black-friend agency called Rent-a-Negro, was ...   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 MARY CHRISTMAS

Sean Healy

An art wunderkind speaks on finally growing up, making aluminum tigers and turning fear into art.

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Being in your 30s is weird. You have more responsibilities than you had in your 20s but less money and self-assurance than you’ll (hopefully) have in your 40s. That’s kind of what artist S ...   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Magnus Johannesson

An Alberta booster looks into the future of Last Thursday and says it’s car-free.

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Magnus Johannesson is a lanky, 51-year-old art lover, rumored anarchist and confirmed Swede with deep roots in Portland’s Alberta Arts neighborhood real estate scene. He says he can see the futu ...   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Ethan Smith
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