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Fighting City Hall

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Longtime city employee Frank Dufay may be out of a job soon, but he's not leaving without a fight to reverse an earlier two-week suspension from his City Hall boss.The suspension came after Dufay, one ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Janine Robben

The Panty Thief

The prosecutor thinks Sung Koo Kim could have abducted Brooke Wilberger. But he can't prove it.

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Sung Koo Kim sits in dorm 14 at Multnomah County's Inverness Jail. Except for an occasional game of chess, the 30-year-old keeps to himself. When he gets visits from his parents and younger sister, he ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2005 Janine Robben

The Lien King

Why is Commissioner Randy Leonard cutting deals with deadbeat property owners?

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Paul Raynor thinks Randy Leonard is a prince.Eight years ago, a city inspector found a dozen code violations at a then-vacant home that Raynor, now 76, owns on Southeast 18th Avenue. Improper wiring, ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 Janine Robben

Holiday Takes a Death

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It looks like Vincent E. Stemle Jr. will finish out the year exactly where his former landlady wanted him to be: off the streets. Stemle, 56, who is charged with the Dec. 23 fatal shooting of 41-year- ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 Janine Robben

Forgive Us Our Debts...

...and lead us into bankruptcy.

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Just this spring, Wilsonville megachurch leader Mary Manin Morrissey was vowing to personally see that the parishioners who had loaned the Living Enrichment Center almost $8 million had their money--a ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 Janine Robben

Weaver Copped?

New documents suggest the Oregon City murderer confessed just before the bodies were found.

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It now looks like Ward Weaver confessed to the murder of two missing Oregon City girls before their bodies were found in his backyard in August 2002.The revelation, which stems from recently released ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 Janine Robben

Oregon's Final Offer

How the death penalty saves the state money.

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Last month, Ward Weaver agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison, bringing his high-profile murder case to a sudden end.While state officials haven't finished tallying the public expense of defe ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 Janine Robben

Son of Invention

Oregon winemaker Eric Lemelson uses his dad's cash to support inventors. Why do critics say the money comes from legalized extortion?

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In the hills near Dundee, where the best vineyard land can run more than $20,000 an acre, sits one of Oregon's most impressive wineries.Built by a New Jersey transplant, Lemelson Vineyards is hardly O ...   More
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 Janine Robben

The Enriching Quiz

Megachurch finances still puzzling.

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Three months ago, a WW cover story raised a lot of questions about the Living Enrichment Center, a Wilsonville megachurch founded by the Rev. Dr. Mary Manin Morrissey ("The Prophet Margin," May 19, 20 ...   More
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 Janine Robben

Praise the Lord and Pass the Popcorn

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Parishioners at the Living Enrichment Center on Sunday were told they'll be trading in their 90-acre Wilsonville digs, complete with bookstore and coffee shop, for a Beaverton movie theater.The move, ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 Janine Robben
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