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Two years after the Laurelhurst dog poisonings, the killer remains free.

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On July 12, 2003, a veterinarian at Dove Lewis Animal Hospital called Portland police to report the clinic was full of dead and dying dogs. By summer's end, poisoned meat stashed in Laurelhurst Park c ...   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 Nick Budnick


Departing cop watchdog gives WW an exit interview.

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Almost four years ago, a Los Angeles County prosecutor named Richard Rosenthal was hired to head Portland's revamped civilian cop-watchdog office. Since then, he has made headlines by issuing a report ...   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 Nick Budnick


Kulongoski's appointment for powerful investment council raises questions.

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One year ago, allegations of cronyism spurred Gov. Ted Kulongoski to shake up the powerful Oregon Investment Council. Given that action, some are puzzled that he recently put the wife of a friend and ...   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 Nick Budnick


Four Portland cops who worry us.

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The latest research from Portland's citizen cop watchdog echoes the "few bad apples" adage, saying a few officers generate a large share of misconduct complaints against police.Last week's Independent ...   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 Nick Budnick


Trailer-park doc tops the DEQ deadbeat list.

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The state Department of Environmental Quality budget approved last week by the Oregon House slashed $800,000 intended for cleanup of the Willamette River. But about 40 percent of that cut could have b ...   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 Nick Budnick


Despite the Supreme Court's ruling, Barbara Elfstrom-and Oregon-are not going back.

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In her family's small Gresham apartment crammed with antiques, 52-year-old Barbara Elfstrom pours coffee while the soap opera Guiding Light plays on a large TV.Her hands shake so much that serving the ...   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 Nick Budnick


What to make of Portland's media murder-mystery smackdown.

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Mainstream newspapers rarely call each other full of it, except in the most delicate terms. But that unspoken agreement exploded last month in Portland between The Oregonian and the Portland Tribune.T ...   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 Nick Budnick

Through the Cracks

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The high-profile witness-bribery trial of lawyer Randy Richardson has revealed that some of his alleged transgressions should have been exposed years before.Richardson is on trial on charges of bribin ...   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Nick Budnick

Mannix's Moonlighting

GOP chairman is on Big Business' payroll-literally.

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The news last week that Oregon Republican Party chairman Kevin Mannix gets paid to lobby for laws designed to make it harder to sue corporations got treated almost like an afterthought.But Mannix's lo ...   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Nick Budnick


Can a former Kentucky cheerleading coach save Portland schools?

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The agent of Portland schools' destiny is a 47-year-old, twice-divorced, childless administrator who speaks with a hint of a Kentucky drawl.Superintendent Vicki Phillips comes to Portland when its sch ...   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 Nick Budnick
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