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Panhandlers, Inc.

Inside Portland's million-dollar begging business.

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It's a chilly Wednesday afternoon, and I'm standing on a traffic median near the intersection of Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Burnside Street, sporting filthy jeans, work boots, a sweatshirt, a yello ...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 Dave Fitzpatrick


Ex-Portland skater charged with murdering his son.

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From the pages of Thrasher to the unforgiving concrete below the Burnside Bridge, Neil Heddings is revered as one of Portland's original skaters. He was part of the guerrilla crew that built the Burns ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2005 Dave Fitzpatrick

Hitler, Unplugged

A computer glitch derails Nazi/activist confrontation.

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About 300 Portlanders braved lashing rain and pelting hail Saturday to protest the presence of Adolf Hitler's ideological armies in Southwest Portland's Gabriel Park. The Nazis, however, never showed ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 Dave Fitzpatrick

Dreaming of a White New Year

"Ghost skins" plan to descend on Southwest Portland in the next month.

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On the surface, Jim Ramm seems like a typical blue-collar Portlander. The 40-year-old industrial manufacturer believes in his First Amendment rights, has some problems with President Bush and question ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 Dave Fitzpatrick

If the Shoe Fits

An ex-Nike designer has plans for a better sneaker.

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Something's afoot in Aloha. Literally. Following in the footsteps of Nike founder Bill Bowerman, a 49-year-old inventor is taking the Oregon tradition of homebrewed sneaker science one big step furthe ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 Dave Fitzpatrick

Tonya: Boxing on Ice

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Looks like next year's grudge match between Tonya Harding and the U.S. Figure Skating Association won't happen after all.Last week, WW reported that Harding's boxing manager and trainer, Paul Brown, w ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 Dave Fitzpatrick


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Say Tonya Harding and see what happens. Everyone has an opinion about America's favorite scapegoat. Over the past 12 years, she's been pigeonholed as a figure skater, actor, singer, racecar driver, bo ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Dave Fitzpatrick


Billy Ray Bates, Trail Blazer guard

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Once, Billy Ray Bates held the world in his hands as surely as he held a basketball.After signing a 10-day contract with the Trail Blazers in 1980, the high-flying 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard slam-dunke ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Dave Fitzpatrick


Homeless advocate Michael Stoops

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Thanks in part to the trickle-down policies of the Reagan era, homelessness blighted the mid-'80s socioeconomic landscape. In Portland, destitute men, women and children took shelter where they could: ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Dave Fitzpatrick


Gunslingers and cops say Kerry's shooting blanks on assault weapons.

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Last Thursday, Jarrad Stanton climbed out of a mud-spattered Nissan Pathfinder at an old rock quarry in the Tillamook State Forest. The 27-year-old Portland contractor strolled to the quarry's edge an ...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 Dave Fitzpatrick
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