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Animal Miracle Foundation Agrees to Close

Pet adoption nonprofit settles to end state investigation.

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The pet holidays are looking bleak for the Animal Miracle Foundation.

The Portland animal rescue nonprofit agreed Friday to shut down in order to end a state Department of Justice investigation into its business.

A state investigation into the Animal Miracle Foundation led to the agreement, filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The Justice Department be...   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Portland Public Schools Declares Impasse In Contract Talks With Teachers

Union calls action "dangerous and reckless"

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Portland Public Schools has declared an impasse in negotiations with the Portland Association of Teachers, its 3,600-member teachers' union. The announcement sets the timeline for a possible strike by the union.

The schools and teachers have spent six months trying to negotiate over a new contract, but both sides have characterized talks as unproductive, accusing the ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

127th and Hales

The mayor says he makes his decisions thinking about one intersection. We went there. It needs paving.


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Charlotte Hurt says she didn’t choose to move to Southeast 127th Avenue and Mill Court. And she hasn’t heard of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Hurt moved last year to a turquoise cottage fo   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 RAVLEEN KAUR, ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Stephen Malkmus On The Timbers: No Sir, I Don't Like It

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Stephen Malkmus is known for being a big sports fan, but one team the Portland-dwelling indie rock legend does not like is the Timbers.The Pavement frontman effectively came out as a soccer fan in an interview earlier this month with ESPN's Grantland website (starting at about 40 minutes    More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Spice World

Synthetic marijuana is more illegal than the real stuff—and easier to buy.


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A decade ago, synthetic marijuana hit shelves at skate and head shops with two big advantages over real grass: It was legal and it wouldn’t show up in drug tests. A decade later, fake pot could    More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Cato Institute Implicates Hales in "Great Streetcar Conspiracy"

Libertarian group accuses mayoral candidate of exaggerating light rail benefits

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Charlie Hales is part of a nationwide "conspiracy" to con city planners into building streetcar lines—or at least that's what a libertarian think tank claims.A new Cato Institute report, "The Great Streetcar Conspiracy," accuses light-rail proponents of exaggerating the economic benefits of ...   More
 
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

A Question of Breeding

A local semen bank for dogs is accused of sending the wrong seed.


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For more than 40 years, Carrol C. Platz Jr. has been collecting dog semen—sometimes using a device called an electroejaculator, and sometimes by hand. Platz is a world-renowned expert on the   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan, Buried in the Sky

The real heroes.


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There are a lot of books about mountaineering disasters, but few center on people with stories like Chhiring Sherpa’s. Buried in the Sky (W.W. Norton & Company, 304 pages, $26.95) is Peter Zuc   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Changing Places

A North Portland center shows what a “green” building means.


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It’s easy to look past the squat former Arco station at North Albina Avenue and Ainsworth Street. The exterior disguises the clean, sleek remodeling inside that has transformed it into the June    More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Candidate for City Council, Feeling Ignored, Sues OPB

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One of the long-shot candidates for Portland City Council has sued Oregon Public Broadcasting in small claims court for holding an on-air discussion between the leading candidates in the race—but failing to invite him.

David Gwyther alleges in his suit that OPB owes him $2,012 for leaving him out of    More
 
Friday, May 4, 2012 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT
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