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Canvassers for Marijuana Legalization Measures Form Union, Demand Free Pot


Canvassers hired by the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp to gather signatures on two marijuana legalization bills say it's not enough to be paid $15 an hour and earn daily and weekly bonuses.They also want to be paid on time and get free weed. (See a ful...   More
Friday, June 13, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Oregon Voters Like Merkley, Marijuana and GMO Labeling

Six months from elections, KATU/SurveyUSA Poll asks voters to weigh in on how they plan to vote on key issues


Labeling for GMOs, Jeff Merkley and marijuana are all looking strong for the November ballot.A poll released today by KATU and SurveyUSA found a narrow majority of likely voters—51 percent— would back&nb...   More
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Magical Mystery Tower

Where’s the evidence Rod Underhill said he had that compelled Lisa Roberts to confess to strangling her girlfriend?

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Lisa Marie Roberts never wanted to admit killing Jerri Lee Williams. She was innocent, she always maintained, right up to the end when she pleaded guilty to strangling Williams, her girlfriend,    More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Terry Bean's Attorney Posts a Defense Regarding Extortion Claims On His Facebook Page

Bean never accessed his own security system, lawyer tells Bean's friends


The attorney for Terry Bean has posted a defense of the Portland real-estate developer and Oregon political figure, after WW's cover story today on allegations he is the victim of extortion by a former boyfriend. The story says Kiah Lawson claims to have discovered a h...   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Terry Bean’s Problem

A prominent Portlander fights for his reputation after a love affair goes wrong.

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Few people have worked harder for last month’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon than Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean. Bean, 65, is one of the founders   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

Hip-Hop Club Owner Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Portland, OLCC


The owner of the Fontaine Bleau, a former hip-hop club in Northeast Portland shut down last year after noise complaints and a fatal shooting, filed suit yesterday in Multnomah County Circuit Court against the city of Portland and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for pursuing “a campaign intended to thwart black-owned clubs or clubs that played hip hop and catered to the Black commu...   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Failed to Comply with Veterans' Benefits Law, State Finds

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office broke the law when it failed to give special consideration to a veteran who applied for a promotion, the Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled this week.BOLI ordered the county to pay Sgt. Rod Edwards $50,000, to comply with the law by writing a "coherent, consistent, written and reasonable method by which to apply veterans’ preference...   More
Friday, May 23, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Judge Rules Same-Sex Couples in Oregon Can Marry

A federal judge rules Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates individuals' constitutional rights.


Same-sex couples in Oregon won the right to marry today, after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled the state's 10-year-old ban violates citizens’ constitutional rights. "I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing less than our own families," McShane writes in his landmark ruling. "Families who we would exp...   More
Monday, May 19, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

"We Do!": Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying in Multnomah County


Dozens of couples began receiving marriage licenses at the Multnomah County building today, minutes after U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane overturned the Oregon ban on same-sex marriage.

People gathered outside the coun...   More
Monday, May 19, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Judge to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Opinion Monday


Oregonians will find out Monday whether the state will be ordered to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene notified the court today that he plans to issue an opinion at noon on Monday, May 19, in response to a motion for summary judgement in the case of four same-sex couples    More
Friday, May 16, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

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