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"Malingering" Defendant Gets Another Competency Review


A defendant awaiting trial for more than six years on sex abuse charges that could put him away for life will undergo another competency evaluation, a federal judge ruled today.Andrew Franklin Kowalczyk, 39, has fired nine court-appointed attorneys and had his trial postponed more than a dozen time...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.

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Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse warnings from police and fallout from three recent high-profile shootings have pro   More

Wehby Raises Nearly $1 Million for Senate Race


Republican Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby will report having raised nearly $1 million in the second quarter - and 85 percent of that has come in since May, Roll Call reports. But her opponent, incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), raised nearly twice that amount, pullin...   More
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

U.S. Dept. of Education Upholds George Fox University Right to Discriminate Against Transgender Student

University offers student separate housing option


The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed a complaint filed by a transgender student at George Fox University in Newberg who said the school discriminated against him when it refused to allow him to live with his male friends on campus.The decision,    More
Monday, July 14, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

White Men Retreat Taught White Men to See White Men Differently


Mayor Charlie Hales office has released testimonials from the $56,000 diversity seminar for white managers held this week at a golf resort near Mt. Hood.
The retreat taught Hales and other high-ranking City Hall and Portland Police Bureau officials about the "small slights that affect women,...   More
Friday, July 11, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

New Report Says Tesoro's Track Record Raises Safety, Pollution Concerns About Proposed Plant on Columbia


A new report released today raises questions about a giant crude oil terminal that Tesoro Refining & Marketing LLC and the Savage Companies want to build at the Port of Vancouver, Wash.
The proposed Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal would allow the transfer of 360,000 barrels of crude oil a day from trains to ships at a new facility on the Columbia River. T...   More
Thursday, July 10, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

All the News about Legal Pot That's Fit to Print

As Washington state pot shops open, here's what readers should know


Recreational pot shops in Washington state can begin serving customers this week. That includes two shops across the river in Vancouver: Main Street Marijuana opens today and New Vansterdam is scheduled to  on Friday. Read WW's interview with New Vansterdam proprie...   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Hotseat: Brian Budz

Washington’s legal weed starts moving through stores this week. The owner of New Vansterdam talks price, supply and ambiance.

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Brian Budz got teased about his name as a kid. This week it finally pays off. On July 11, Budz, 40, and his business partners will open New Vansterdam, one of the first retail marijuana shops    More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KATE WILLSON

MMA Fighter and Fraudster Chael Sonnen Fired from Fox for Failing Drug Test. Again.

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MMF Fighter Chael Sonnen, a one-time Republican House candidate with a criminal record who has been called out repeatedly for making racist remarks, lost his job as an analyst for Fox Sports for drug abuse, Fox Sports reports. Sonnen, of West Linn,    More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

“Not Born That Way”

The fight over “curing” homosexuality is the front lines of upcoming gay-rights battles.

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Dean Greer says he doesn’t have sex with men anymore. He is married, has a son and is devout in his faith in Jesus. But Greer says he is not cured from an affliction he calls “same-sex attra   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 KATE WILLSON

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