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Portland Police Are Learning About Cougars

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There was a possible cougar sighting in Southwest Portland, and the city's cops are studying up on the art of cougar avoidance.Officers responded to a caller who reported seeing a large animal with a 2-foot-long curled tail behind a residence in the 3300 block of Southwest 10th Avenue, the Portland Police Bureau says. The caller and another person reported to police that they are hunters and are f...   More
 
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Vancouver Light Rail Foes Raising War Chest

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Vancouver anti-light rail activists got financial shot this weekend with a fundraiser to pay for legal fees in their fight against extending Portland's MAX to downtown.The activists are leading a petition drive to bring a vote before city voters that would prohibit the city of Vancouver from spending any time or resources on light rail. (Clark County voters already shut down a sales tax ask last f...   More
 
Monday, March 25, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

ACLU Wary that New Portland Police Tactic Could Increase Racial Profiling

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As budget cuts loom for the department, the Portland Police Bureau is pitching a new "hot spot policing" technique, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon is worried that it may increase racial tensions between minorities and the cops.The new method was pitched to the Portland City Council this week. Hot spot policing uses data to show exactly where crime occurs, and then officers are di...   More
 
Friday, March 22, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

TriMet Moves Operator's Action Suit to Federal Court

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Former TriMet driver and prolific blogger Al Margulies has filed a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit against the transit agency, alleging unfair labor practices.On Wednesday, TriMet's lawyer filed a motion to move the case from Multnomah County Circuit Court to Oregon District Court, saying the suit is a federal question.The suit asks for $20 million, with $10 million in state labor claims ...   More
 
Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Michael Kazin

The editor of Dissent—and former Portland journalist—talks about the future, and naiveté, of the left.


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In 1970, Michael Kazin wanted to get to Portland so badly, he hitchhiked his way across the USA. It took Kazin, then in his early 20s, a week to thumb it from New York to Portland, where he wrot   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Craig Berkman, Former Gubernatorial Candidate, Charged By SEC for Fraud

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Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Craig Berkman was arrested and charged today for $8 million in securities fraud schemes.First reported by the Portland Business Journal, Berkman is in hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly defrauding i...   More
 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Kathie Durbin, Long-time Portland Journalist, Dies

Known for her environmental and investigative work, she wrote for The Oregonian and WW

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Portland lost a journalism titan on Friday.

Kathie Durbin, 68, a longtime Portland-area journalist and author, died March 15 of cancer.

I sat next to Kathie at The Columbian in Vancouver for two years. She’d already worked at WW in the late ‘70s, for the Eugene Register-Guard, and for The Oregonian for 16 years.

When I met her, I'd been in the journalism game for just th...   More
 
Monday, March 18, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

"Cursed" Northeast MLK Restaurant Space Now Includes a Lawsuit

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The corner of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Freemont Street has gained a rep as one of Portland's "cursed" restaurant spots, with Carpaccio Trattoria being the latest to close its doors.The Italian restaurant shut down last month. Now, its owners are facing a lawsuit...   More
 
Friday, March 15, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Second Ethics Complaint Filed Against Patricia McCaig, Governor's CRC Adviser

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A second ethics complaint has been filed against Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.WW reported last month that McCaig worked to help push the $3.4 billion megaproject through the Oregon Legislature, and although she spent 219 hours on legislativ...   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Police and WW Agree: No More Harlem Shake

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In a surprising display of humor, the Portland Police Bureau just put up their own version of a Harlem shake video.

First seeing this, we at WW rolled our eyes, as this meme has definitely jumped the shark. But, the PPB's version has a twist.

It seems that Portland's cops agree: no more Harlem shake videos. The solo dancer—a guy in plain clothes doing some serious white guy wigg...   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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