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HABITAT: The Plunge

Buy a house? Here's why you should stop worrying and become your own landlord.

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If you're thinking about buying a house for the first time, chances are you're running scared. A thousand worries keep you awake at night—from fear of lead poisoning to dark brooding about the ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Chris Lydgate

River Rats

Life and death on the Sandy River.

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"Jump!""Back flip!""Dooooo iiiiit!"The pressure's on. Ryan stands on the brow of a sheer rock cliff, 40 vertiginous feet above the rippling green water of the Sandy River. Far below, the beach at Dabn ...   More
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Chris Lydgate


Multnomah County shells out $600,000 for art in empty jail.

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Multnomah County, which spent $58 million to build the still-unused Wapato Jail in North Portland, will also shell out more than $600,000 on art for the empty building.Under a "one percent for art" re ...   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 Chris Lydgate


How a Pill Hill clinic helps survivors of torture put their lives back together.

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One afternoon in December 2000, a civil servant we'll call Samuel Kapanga stepped out of his government office in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and walked to a phone s ...   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 Chris Lydgate


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The Broken HaloBy 1987, homelessness had become a major political issue, thanks in part to the efforts of a charismatic grassroots activist named Michael Stoops, founder and chairman of the Burnside C ...   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2005 Chris Lydgate

Hell on Wheels: John Callahan

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Saturday, July 22, 1972, started out like any other for John Callahan. He woke up drunk and sweaty in the Southern California heat and proceeded to spend the morning getting plastered. Frittered away ...   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2005 Chris Lydgate

City Hall's Security Blanket

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Spurred by vague premonitions of impending doom, apparatchiks at City Hall last week aired several ways to beef up security, including armed guards and metal detectors.Nothing is more important than s ...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 Chris Lydgate

Michael Rolfson, 1944-2005

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Michael Rolfson, an accomplished psychologist who was forced to cut short his career after suffering a psychotic break, died of a stroke on Jan. 25. He was 60 years old.A graduate of Milwaukie High Sc ...   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 Chris Lydgate

What the #$*! is Ramtha

The year's sleeper hit was inspired by a 35,000-year-old warrior spirit from Atlantis.

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The most intriguing movie of 2004 has nothing to do with George W. Bush, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, or killer zombies. No, the topic is metaphysics--and the movie is What the Bleep Do ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 Chris Lydgate


Brianna Stewart, a.k.a. Treva Throneberry

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She was a runaway, a 16-year-old castoff who landed on the streets of Portland with pigtails and a country twang, spinning a hard-luck tale to anyone who'd lend an ear. Her name was Brianna Stewart, s ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate
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