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New Anti-Columbia River Crossing Flyer Adds to Pressure on Wheeler

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A new flyer is out, urging Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to reject the Columbia River Crossing.The mailer asks "Whose responsibility is it to tell the truth about the Columbia River Crossing?" and then features Wheeler on the back.In some ways, the $3.5 billion CRC in Wheeler's hands. When the legislature approved $450 million for the controversial megaproject last month, it stipulated that Wheeler...   More
 
Friday, April 5, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales to Extend Old Town Street Closures for 60 Days

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Mayor Charlie Hales will extend the weekend street closures in the Old Town Entertainment District, his office announced this afternoon.The district was featured in this WW's most recent cover story about Oregon's complicated relationship with alcohol, and how it plays out in Old Town.
The city had clo...   More
 
Friday, April 5, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City Audit Says 911 Communications Replacement Project is $9 Million Overbudget

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The Portland department charged with replacing emergency radio and data communication systems is $9 million over budget and three years behind schedule, the city’s auditor says.

An audit of the Public Safety Systems Revitalization Program found it suffers from poor, inconsistent management and failed to learn from mistakes. The audit, released Thursday at midnight, found that the program ...   More
 
Thursday, April 4, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Release Audio of Cops Under Fire

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As she crouched on her knees and Santiago A. Cisneros III pointed a shotgun point blank at her, Portland Police Officer Michele Boer said all she could think was "that I was going to die."

The Multnomah County District Attorney released transcripts today of the grand jury testimony...   More
 
Thursday, April 4, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Tanked

From Portland’s drunk tank to Old Town to Salem, how booze is hurting (and helping) Oregon.


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Devon is hauled into the Central City Concern Sobering Station, a Portland cop on each arm. He has a dazed, faraway look that, as he puts it, “a whole lot of Hennessy” provides. He’s quickly   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

BikePortland Alleges Wrong Asian Man is Undercover Cop

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Update, April 3: BikePortland's Jonathan Maus issued an apology this morning.
Original Post: Advocacy blog BikePortland is in hot water after publisher Jonathan Maus ran a post Monday alleging that an Asian man on an activist ride Sunday was an undercove...   More
 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Immigrant Groups Pull Back, Say They Don't Have an Opinion On ICE Holds Yet

ACT Network Backpedals After Blasting Sheriff Dan Staton's New Policy

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After sending out a scathing statement last Thursday, a coalition of immigrant rights groups is softening its original response to Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton's new policy surrounding U.S. Customs and Immigration retainers.As WW    More
 
Monday, April 1, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

DOJ Investigation Adds to Chaos in Clackamas County

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An Oregon Department of Justice investigation is now adding to the melee in Clackamas County.The DOJ confirmed it is conducting an investigation, although spokesman Jeff Manning declined to give details.
Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas tells WW that he filed the request for an investigation.
The investigation centers around allegations made by County Chairman John Ludlow, who ...   More
 
Friday, March 29, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Koch Bro's Think Tank Says Oregon Has Below-Average Freedom

Center says Oregon should legalize weed

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Right-wing think tank Mercatus Center gave Oregon the 28th spot in its ranking of    More
 
Thursday, March 28, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Immigrant Groups Say Sheriff's New ICE Policy Doesn't Go Far Enough

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Eight immigrant rights groups say that Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton's proposed plans to stop honoring U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement detainers for low-level criminals doesn't go nearly far enough."Multnomah County's practice of honoring ICE holds erodes o...   More
 
Thursday, March 28, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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