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The Butt-Brush Factor

And other secrets of holiday retail.

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When he walks into Pioneer Place with just a couple of shopping weeks left before Christmas, Tom Gillpatrick sees more than most people. Sure, there are the the fake wreaths, the tinsel and the useles ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Zach Dundas

Dean's Revenge?

An Oregon activist's upset win reflects national Democratic upheaval.

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Last weekend in Orlando, Democratic activists gathered to scope out a parade of whimsical characters. And we don't mean Mickey, Goofy and Donald. Eight potential candidates for Democratic national cha ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Zach Dundas

In Vino...Veritas?

The Supremes ponder: Can a Miami oenophile order an Oregon pinot?

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On Tuesday, noted wine lover Antonin Scalia--and his colleagues on the nation's highest court--heard arguments in a seemingly arcane case that splits Oregon's wine business into opposing factions. Sma ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Zach Dundas

The J Crew

Portland's Christian soldiers may seem queer, but they're here. Get used to them.

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Stereotypes are wicked things. But let's indulge: If you're reading this, you probably didn't go to church, temple or mosque last weekend. Religion experts claim that Oregon is one of the nation's lea ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2004 Zach Dundas


Phantom Dialer, computer hacker

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The hacker broke into Portland State's computer system for the first time in March 1991. The school's technical guardians raised their eyebrows but didn't panic. Such invasions were hardly rare even t ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Zach Dundas

Saving Social Security

(From gay marriage.)

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When Jamie Jacques, neé Cook, went to Beaverton's Social Security office in mid-October to let the feds know she wanted to adopt her new husband's last name, she didn't expect problems. After a ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 Zach Dundas

Fever Pitch

As get-out-the-vote crusades crescendo, Democrats fear a full-scale ballot war.

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About 250 canvassers sit in rows of metal folding chairs in a warehouse-like room off Northeast Sandy Boulevard, a cross-section of ultra-casual Portland youth. Many wear blue baseball caps emblazoned ...   More
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 Zach Dundas

The Wu Backlash

This time the O gets blasted for getting the story.

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When allegations that Congressman David Wu attempted to sexually assault an ex-girlfriend in the '70s hit The Oregonian's front page last week, outrage erupted:"I was appalled.""Reprehensible.""Shamel ...   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 Zach Dundas

Iranians Against Ameri

GOP pioneer faces backlash.

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Goli Ameri, the first Iranian-American to bid for Congress, tries to use her background to her advantage. So far, so good. Ameri powered through her Republican primary with TV ads saying her homeland' ...   More
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 Zach Dundas


A frothy fight is brewing over so-called "alco-pops."

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For $7.99 per six-pack at Safeway, a bottled brew called Smirnoff Ice Triple Black promises a "crisp, clean bite." Its label also swears Triple Black is a "premium malt beverage"--in other words, its ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 Zach Dundas
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