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The Hennessy Factor

Can brand-name cognac breed legal trouble?

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You wouldn't guess that Helena's Place sells a lot of French cognac. The low-slung bar and restaurant sits on a dust-blasted industrial stretch of Northeast Columbia Boulevard, flanked by heavy-equipm ...   More
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Zach Dundas

FCC Rebels to Hit Portland

Activists rally against Big Media.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATION. Hard to come up with a more deadly sounding policy head-crusher--just the sort of wonky stuff "average" Americans aren't supposed to give a damn about.But last spring, w ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Zach Dundas

Welcome to Rose Festival! (Don't Trip.)

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The Rose Festival means many things to many people. The soggy, greasy waft of giant elephant ears.Canadian sailors clutching Shrek dolls."Tourists" from Wood Village.And then, of course, there's the s ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Zach Dundas

The Straight Story

Dark days in Breederland.

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This is a tough time for the Heterosexual. He or she lives in a world of uncertainty, the validity of his or her values and relationships in question. If the Heterosexual finds him/herself swaddled in ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Zach Dundas

Free for All.

How a brainy Brit and an army of idealists are leading Portland to Internet Nirvana.

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In Boston, they dressed up like Indians and chucked tea into the harbor.The French stormed a prison.In Portland, they... bolted a box to a pole on top of a college dorm?The Box - thin, beige and about ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 Zach Dundas

Doing the PSU Shake

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In the small world of Portland State University, it was as if Alan Greenspan and Colin Powell had quit on the same day. On May 17, PSU announced the resignations of vice president Jay Kenton, the fina ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Zach Dundas

Great Jane

An urban-planning goddess comes to Portland.

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Is Jane Jacobs urban planning's Julia Child? Jane Goodall? Or, as The Village Voice once suggested, its Mother Teresa?Those inexact accolades all struggle to sum up Jacobs' importance. Her classic 196 ...   More
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 Zach Dundas

Foes Fear Tram Flimflam

Critics claim the city is cooking the books to build the controversial OHSU sky-tram.

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Call it an unwritten law of urban planning: The bolder the project, the more agonizing the process. It doesn't get much bolder than the proposed aerial tram linking Oregon Health & Science Univers ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 Zach Dundas

tyr: myth, culture, tradition

Modernity is a drag. Not an outlandish conclusion for anyone to reach--especially anyone who reads the daily news. The writers of Tyr, a thick journal of neo-pagan crypto-scholarship now releasing its ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 Zach Dundas


As viruses overrun the Internet, a few Portland counter hackers stand and fight.

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It started on a single computer, in the dead of a Saturday night in January. A tiny little piece of code, not much longer than a couple of newspaper sentences, invaded a Microsoft database program. Th ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Zach Dundas
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