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Picking At The Scabs

Laborers’ Local 483 Union Workers say Multnomah County Inmates Are Stealing Their Jobs.

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Union leaders say the city of Portland’s contracts with the county jail and state prisons to perform general jobs amounts to “slave labor” and are stealing union work. “How can you have    More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Two Men Fight Drill-Wielding Homeowner After Their Car is Towed at Last Thursday

"He was so weak that it felt like butterflies kissing me," victim says on Reddit.


The mess that is Last Thursday has now grown violent—over a parking spot.
Two men assaulted an Alberta-area resident, who fought back with a cordless drill, after the homeowner had their car towed for blocking his driveway during Last Thursday, police say.The news adds to the woes of the 15-block street festival, where Mayor Charlie Hales has cracked down on    More
Friday, August 30, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Columbia River Crossing Payout to Industry: $86 Million


Should the Columbia River Crossing go forward, Oregon taxpayers will pay three manufacturers $86.4 million to compensate for the bridge being built too low.
The cost—related to three major mitigation deals struck with manufacturers along the Washington side of the the Columbia River—was released this afternoon as part of a records request by WW and other media.The CRC, now downsized to an O...   More
Friday, August 30, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The "Where's Waldo" Bandit has a Zine


The "Where's Waldo" Bandit, convicted bank robber Ryan Michael Homsley, was back in the news this week, suspected of another heist in Southwest Portland.Homsley, 32, gained notoriety in 2010 when he committed a string of bank robberies in the Portland area. His dark hair, thick black glasses and striped shirt earned him the nickname (and a spot on our    More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Brides Denied

A same-sex couple says CC Slaughters nightclub barred them for their wedding dresses.

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Like any brides, Michelle and Eidan Bray figured their Aug. 10 wedding wouldn’t go off without a hitch or two. But as 100 friends and relatives gathered to celebrate their marriage in Northeast    More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Steve Novick's Bolting Portland


Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is serious about the great Cascadia subduction zone earthquake that's supposed to happen any old minute now.Like, so serious that he's having his house bolted down while he's on vacation.Novick sent this message to media Wednesday:
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Thursday, August 22, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Mayor’s Bar Tab

Hales is looking for ways to pay for his Old Town Entertainment District.

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If you’re looking for proof Mayor Charlie Hales wants to keep Old Town’s Entertainment District running, look no further than the public urinals. The city will introduce two open-air loos�   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Calls Columbia River Crossing's September Deadline into Question


Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is calling into question the ambitious September-or-bust timeline given by backers trying to sustain the ailing Columbia River Crossing.In a terse letter (PDF) sent today to Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the project, Patricia McCaig, Wheeler says CRC staff are "going to have to make ...   More
Monday, August 19, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Scott Lively, Former Leader of Oregon Citizens Alliance, to Stand Trial for Crimes Against Humanity

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Scott Lively, the former leader of the now-defunct anti-gay group Oregon Citizens Alliance, will stand trial for crimes against humanity.Lively was sued last year in federal court in Massachusetts, accusing him of violating international law by helping craft legislation i...   More
Friday, August 16, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland's Cops May Finally Get Performance Reviews


Portland's Police union and the city may be drawing near to reviving something the bureau hasn't had in more than 20 years: performance reviews.The first public contract talks were this morning, and while Portland Police Association representatives mostly skipped around to the more arcane and sleep-inducing portions of the contract—cutting a few weeks out of the grievance process, for example—...   More
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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