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As the Dough Flows


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The race to lead Portland took shape Monday, with newly filed campaign reports showing the frontrunner, City Commissioner Jim Francesconi, boosting his total contributions above $850,000, five times a ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 Nick Budnick

Questions Follow Latest Shooting


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To many observers, including some longtime cops, the police killing of 28-year-old James Jahar Perez last Sunday looked more troubling on its face than the controversial death of Kendra James last yea ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 31, 2004 Nick Budnick

Room with a Point of View

Commissioner Jim Francesconi dials for dollars from a lobbyist's office.


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In less than two weeks, City Commissioner Jim Francesconi will officially shatter the Portland record for political fundraising in a city campaign--and he will have done so with some key help from a v ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 31, 2004 Nick Budnick

The $25 Candidate

Tom Potter thinks he can be elected mayor without selling out. Is he crazy?


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Last fall, Chuck Duffy walked outside his Northwest Portland home and found an envelope in his mailbox. It bore an invitation to an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the posh Multnomah Athlet ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 Nick Budnick

The Cop Who Would Be Mayor

Former Police Chief Tom Potter says good policing needs blue blood at City Hall.


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Tom Potter stops midway through the interview to make one thing perfectly clear: He's running for mayor, not chief of police. Yet, with the May primary approaching and the Portland Police Bureau still ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 Nick Budnick

Shocking Differences

Portland to study how other cities prevent their cops from abusing tasers.


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The Portland Police Bureau will submit a report within the next two weeks to Mayor Vera Katz comparing its policy on tasers--stun guns that fire darts with a 21-foot range--with rules used in other ci ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 Nick Budnick

TASING "Hell"


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In December 2002, while responding to a 911 call about a knife-wielding woman, officers found a 71-year-old man restraining her. The knife lay out in the open, so Officer Leo Besner drew his taser and ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Nick Budnick

The Cop Who Liked Nazis

Portland police officer gets new scrutiny.


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New allegations about a city police officer raises a dicey question at City Hall: How do you deal with a cop who, at the very least, has a thing for swastikas?The activities of Sgt. Mark Kruger, a pro ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Nick Budnick

Is the Portland Police Bureau going TASER CRAZY?


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Officer Bill Ollenbrook's police radio crackled with what sounded like life or death as he entered a low-income downtown apartment building last May. Details were sketchy, but according to the dispatc ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 Nick Budnick

Blunt Orders

Officer Joe Welp gets hammered from both sides after dropping in at a recent medical-pot rally.


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Oregon's medical-marijuana law has always posed problems for police officers, creating a small group of people who can legally use illegal drugs. Which is why after being assigned to monitor the Orego ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Nick Budnick
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