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Fourth Member of "Psychic" Family Arraigned For Swindling Local Timber Heir


A California man who allegedly bought luxury cars and properties across Oregon, and splurged on trips to Vegas with money stolen from a third generation tree farm owner, turned himself in to federal agents today.  Blancey Lee, 39, is charged with nine counts of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy alongside Rachel Lee, 43, and her daughter, Porsha Lee, 24, who...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

A Fortune Felled

A decade of deception against a local Timber heir is the largest “sweetheart” scam investigators say they’ve seen.

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Ralph Raines Jr. led a fantasy life. At 66, the heir to a third-generation Washington County logging company had once faced the prospect of a lonely existence. He was without close family and, a   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Won't Pursue Ballot Measure Allowing Businesses to Refuse Service


Opponents of same-sex marriage have suspended plans to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would allow businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples seeking to wed, the campaign announced Friday.Current law allows clergy to refuse to marry same-sex couples, but does not allow businesses to refuse service to someone based on sexual orientation.The campaign, Friends of Religiou...   More
Friday, May 9, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Three UO Basketball Players Suspended After Being Investigated for Rape; DA Won't Prosecute


The University of Oregon has suspended three basketball players who have been under investigation for forcibly raping a woman in a bathroom, according to a story reported Monday by the UO student newspaper, the Emerald a...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Transgender Inmate in Ohio Seeks Treatment In Case Parallel to Oregon Inmate's Fight


An inmate is Ohio is fighting the state's prison system to continue providing hormone treatment for her diagnosis of gender dysphoria—the clinical term for someone who is transgender. Whitney Lee, who was born a male, began taking estrogen in 1999. But when she landed in a male prison in 2012, the state psychiatrist took away her drugs, the Associated Press    More
Friday, May 2, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Central City Concern Warns At-Risk Clients a Former Employee Might Have Stolen Their Tax Returns


One of the city’s largest nonprofits serving homeless Portlanders sent warning letters this week to clients who might have had their tax refunds stolen by a former employee. Central City Concern provides Portland’s homeless with healthcare, recover resources, and transitional housing, and helps them find permanent housing and jobs. The letters warned that the former employee may...   More
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Attorney General Email Scam Demands Payments on Fake Loans


The Oregon attorney general is often the state official whose supposed to be hunting down consumer scams. But AG Ellen Rosenblum said today her name and official seal have been hijacked in an email scam seeking to bilk people who might have outstanding debt.
The scam email comes from "Mrs. Ellen F. Rosenblum" using an address that takes a stab at legitimacy: lawoffice_gov@mail.com.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

New Voters Have Until 5 pm Today to Register for May 20 Primary


The May 20 primary will determine who will vie for the U.S. Senate, governor of Oregon, and whether Portland's water remains in the hands of City Hall. The election could also determine who will take over as chair of Multnomah County, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.
If you want a voice in those decisions, and you're not registered to vote, you have until 5 p.m. today to regis...   More
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Wave Energy Company Quietly Takes Its Technology to Australia


A New Jersey-based company that received $8.7 million in federal grants to develop a buoy to capture wave energy off the Oregon coast has quietly abandoned the project, the New York Times reported t...   More
Monday, April 28, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

National Free Speech Group Reproaches Lewis & Clark for Punishing Athletes For Tasteless Inside Joke


The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education fired off a letter of reprimand last week to Lewis & Clark College President Barry Glassner, accusing the school of failing to abide by its "institutional promises that bind it morally and legally to protect free expression," according to a story by the student newspaper, t...   More
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

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