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NAME of the BEAST

For one Portland virus hunter, MyDoom meant a frantic week--and a little fame.


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By noon last Monday, Craig Schmugar could tell he was in for a hell of a week.Schmugar works at the Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team's computer lab in Beaverton. This digital Special Forces outfit i ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 Zach Dundas

THE REBEL ALLIANCE

An unlikely army of hacker hippies, geek visionaries, idealistic teachers and corporate giants is making Portland ground zero of a digital revolution.


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Tux the Penguin is a fat little thing. He's google-eyed and sports a grin that suggests a recent lobotomy.Weird symbol for a revolution. Yet Tux is the mascot of a movement that's rocking the computer ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 Zach Dundas

They're Gonna Do What?

Questions about the Portland transit mall only we were dumb enough to ask.


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Somewhere amid the flurry of end-of-year lists and coverage of the Storm of the Century, we latched on to the fact that major changes are in the works for the downtown bus mall, Portland's mass-transi ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 Zach Dundas

Khmer, But Don't Stay

Portland's Cambodian community scrambles to fight deportations.


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Four bald, orange-robed men chanted hypnotically over a banquet table laden with steaming bowls of fragrant stews and rice. Dozens of people knelt on the living-room floor in the small North Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2004 Zach Dundas

The Clap Is Back

Sex clubs are booming, the Internet's buzzing, crystal meth is everywhere. And syphilis is on the rampage.


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Richard Lawson's hair is an elegant silver-gold sweep. His bearing is assured, his speech measured and articulate.He is a gentlemanly--even grandfatherly--man, yet he owns a business where people pay ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 Zach Dundas

Bush's Merciful Friend

A Portland aid organization provides some good news--for a change--from Iraq.


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Maybe you've heard of Mercy Corps, the Portland-based aid agency that, for 24 years, has worked in some of the world's worst places. In Kosovo, Mercy Corps helps dairy farmers sell surplus milk. I ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 Zach Dundas

Yellow Dog


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Yellow Dog finds Martin Amis unable to make up his mind--he can't decide if he wants to be P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Ritchie or Irvine Welsh. So we get all that and the proverbial kitchen sink: a Chines ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 Zach Dundas

Frankentrees

Oregon scientists and activists face off over genetically engineered trees.


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If a mad scientist created the archetypal Portland environmental activist, he might well produce Mark Des Marets. The 34-year-old works for causes that may be noble, but hardly seem lucrative. His ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 Zach Dundas

the clandestine diary of an ordinary iraqi


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the clandestine diary of an ordinary iraqi by Salam Pax (Grove, 206 pages, $13)Maybe you got the email, days before the invasion of Iraq: "Is this guy for real?" "Hoax!" "Is he CIA?" Someone in Ba ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 Zach Dundas

Existing While Mexican

A century-old ID card changes life for Oregon's biggest immigrant group.


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In California's recall circus, Arnold Schwarzenegger used a law providing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants to pummel hapless Gray Davis. Exit polls suggested 70 percent of recall voters opp ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 Zach Dundas
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