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Sporting dark sunglasses, traditional Arab headgear and a brown-and-white smock, Ibrahim Mubarak looks like a smiling, sun-drenched sheik as he gives Secretary of State Bill Bradbury a tour of Por ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2002 Nick Budnick

Hey Buddy, Can You Spare a Few Mil?

A helping hand from Sen. Gordon Smith may not be enough to save Brett Wilcox's business.

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Oregon's homegrown aluminum king has enlisted U.S. Senator Gordon Smith in an effort to get out of a public-power contract that last year was giving him huge profits. So far, it hasn't paid off. P ...   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2002 Nick Budnick

The Battle over Kelly Bruun's Bumps

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City Commissioner Jim Francesconi is facing off against Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Noelle in a spat that has some wondering about their motives. The issue, however, is not jail beds or the use o ...   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2002 Nick Budnick

Mistaken Identity

Computer error sends man to jail for 43 days. Lawyer says it could happen to you.

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The plot is familiar: A police computer confuses a guy with someone else, he's thrown in jail and assaulted by thugs, and prison guards laugh when the innocent victim says there's been a mistake.B ...   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 Nick Budnick

Salem's Drinking Problem

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Early this year, as state lawmakers frantically tried to patch an ever-widening budget hole, it looked like a no-brainer to raise Oregon's beer and wine tax--which, at less than a penny per 12-oun ...   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 Nick Budnick

Cop Watchpuppy Takes a Nap

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On the night of Sept. 4, 1999, two Portland police officers knocked on the door of 24-year-old Merrick Bonneau's home on Northeast Hancock Street and placed him under arrest. "You've got the wrong ...   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2002 Nick Budnick

Hate Crime...or Love Crime?

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Earlier this week, reporters were told that a local gay man was victimized by a brutal hate crime--repeatedly run over by a car. It was a compelling story that now seems increasingly questionable. ...   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 Nick Budnick

Policing the Records

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Three months ago, a county grand jury cried "Coverup!" in the case of two off-duty cops accused of a brutal beating downtown. Now, WW has learned, detectives are investigating a new set of allegat ...   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 Nick Budnick

Cop-Tracking System Off Track

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Does the Portland Police Bureau have the ability to spot bad cops before they are charged with crimes?With three separate indictments of Portland police officers in the past three months, it's mor ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 Nick Budnick


Dorothy Baker is scaring drivers sober--but is she veering over the line?

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It is all about endorphins, as Judge Dorothy Baker proselytizes to anyone who will listen--and some who won't. This is clear one early-July afternoon in the third-floor courtroom that for Multnoma ...   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 Nick Budnick
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