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African-American Students Face Big Disparity in How Often They're Disciplined in Multnomah County Schools

African-American students across Multnomah County are being suspended and expelled from middle and high schools at nearly 3.5 times the rate of white students, according to a report released Jan. 10 by the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Want to Talk to Charlie Hales? He's Available—Just Call a California Number.


You can call mayoral candidate Charlie Hales Tuesday night between 7 and 8 p.m. Or he’ll call you. Whichever.

Hales is hosting a telephone town hall that night, but you might have to call Sacramento to get him.

Hales’ campaign manager, Jessica Mokovitz, says the campaign had to hire a company that could handle the volume of calls they expect to receive Tuesday night, and ended up...   More
Friday, January 20, 2012 by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Study Suggests Soda Tax Won't Solve Obesity Crisis


Proponents of a potential ballot measure to put a once-cent-per-ounce wholesale tax on sugared soft drinks in Multnomah County say the tax will help curb childhood obesity, since studies have conclusively shown drinking sugared beverages increases a child’s likelihood of being fat.

But the most   More
Friday, January 20, 2012 by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Former Oregon Corrections Chief Says the State Needs to Do Some Soul-Searching

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Max Williams, the former head of the state Department of Corrections, says he doesn't think the state's death penalty has worked well, and voter-passed laws about sentencing have put too much emphasis on locking people up and not enough on helping prisoners integrate back into society.

Williams, who resigned in December, told an audience at the Oregon Historical Society last night that Oreg...   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Jail Birds

The fastest-growing group of inmates in Oregon: Women. A look inside Coffee Creek.

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The archetypal prisoner of the last century wore stripes and carried a ball and chain. In the early part of the 21st century, he wore an orange jumpsuit.  The typical 2012 inmate may instea   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Metro's Burkholder Signs On To Soda Tax Campaign, Proposes Another Use Of Funds


Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would place a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-added drinks sold in Multnomah County have added another use for the expected $35 million in revenue: Outdoor School.

The proposed measure, spearheaded by Portland physician Gregg Coodley, would funnel tax proceeds through Multnomah County to pay for after-school and P.E. programs administered by scho...   More
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Crime Spiked Downtown During Occupy Portland, Police Say


Remember the debate over whether Occupy Portland increased crime downtown? The Portland Police Bureau hasn't forgotten, and today it released a report (PDF) attempting to demonstrate that crime spiked during the Occupy Portland encampment in    More
Monday, January 16, 2012 by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Local Publisher Set to Unveil New LGBTQ Magazine

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Melanie Davis, owner and publisher of El Hispanic News, has announced she will start an LGBTQ-focused monthly magazine just weeks after Just Out, Portland’s gay community magazine since 1983 closed its doors in December.According to the magazine’s website...   More
Monday, January 16, 2012 by HANNAH HOFFMAN

Sugar Fee Soda

A proposed tax on sweetened drinks could raise $35 million for Multnomah County.

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Soda pop, energy drinks and even some juice mixes will get more expensive in Multnomah County if voters approve a new tax proposal bound for the November ballot. As first reported Jan. 9 at ww   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

UPDATED: Local Citizens Propose Soda Tax To Appear on November Ballot for County Voters

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Multnomah County voters could see a measure to tax soda pop, energy drinks and other sugar-added beverages at one cent per ounce on their November ballots.

The measure is an effort spearheaded by Portland doctor Gregg Coodley to raise money for kids' health programs. About half of the estimated $35 million per year the tax would raise for Multnomah County government would be set aside for...   More
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by HANNAH HOFFMAN
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