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Leader of the Pack?

A prominent homeless advocate has ties to a gang that preys on the down-and-out.

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The saga of the "Portland Riders," a youth gang accused of assaulting pedestrians and downtown cyclists, has captured the imagination of a city. With a taste for "wilding," the youths--clad in red and ...   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 Nick Budnick

The Potter Files

Digging for dirt on Portland's Mr. Clean.

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To Whom It May Concern: 9-22-04What follows is the requested background investigation of Tom Potter on behalf of an Unidentified Third Party. The report is based on interviews, public document searche ...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 Nick Budnick

Cop Watchdog Bares Its Teeth

Report finds city ignores some of the most serious brutality complaints against cops.

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According to a report released Tuesday, the Portland Police Bureau has failed to look into more than 100 recent misconduct allegations against cops --generally, the most serious and credible ones. Why ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 Nick Budnick

Cop Shop Crackdown

Portland may set a record in cops fired this year.

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This Tuesday news broke that complaints alleging misconduct by Portland police officers are going up. But the flip side did not make headlines: Portland cops are being fired this year at a rate unprec ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Nick Budnick


Francesconi's misleading ad could backfire.

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Mayoral candidate Jim Francesconi's new strategy of going negative on his opponent, former Police Chief Tom Potter, has the Portland Police Association rethinking its endorsement of Francesconi earlie ...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Nick Budnick

Fuel Facts


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LAST WEEK, even as the price of a barrel of crude oil hit historic highs on the world market, here in Portland several gas stations lowered the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded.Confused? We don't ...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Nick Budnick

Fitting a (Racial) Profile

Derrick Foxworth could take a lesson from George Bush.

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Last week, the family of James Jahar Perez, who was shot to death by a Portland police officer in March, sued the city, saying his death stemmed from an unconstitutional policy of making traffic stops ...   More
Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Nick Budnick

The Phone-Card Rebellion

Boycott lands 17 inmates in segregation.

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An inmate boycott at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem has landed more than a dozen participants in disciplinary trouble.Residents of Oregon's oldest prison recently received a debit card letting ...   More
Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Nick Budnick

Cop Shop Makeover

Chief Derrick Foxworth has quietly been diversifying the Police Bureau.

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Last week, city commissioner/mayoral candidate Jim Francesconi attacked Portland's cop shop for its lack of progress in increasing diversity and demanded a report within 60 days on plans to change tha ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Nick Budnick

Leftward, Ho!

Jim Francesconi re-casts his mayoral bid.

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As Portlanders enter the second act of the mayor's-race drama, City Commissioner Jim Francesconi is trying to reintroduce himself to voters in a new light--one that shines from stage left.Last week, f ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 Nick Budnick
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