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THE PERFECT VICTIM

Azalea Cooley, cause célèbre


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Lesbian. Black. Wheelchair-bound. Suffering from brain cancer. It was hard to imagine a more vulnerable target. In May 1992, when a 40-year-old former corrections officer named Azalea Cooley said that ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

THE GRAPPLER

Dutch Savage, pro wrestler


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Dutch Savage is breaking my arm.Looming over me like a windmill, he's got my forearm bent back against my shoulder so that my elbow's tight as a drum. One more ounce of pressure and it's going to snap ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

BOY WONDER

Pat Gillis, GOP star


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Young. Sharp. Good-looking. Republican Pat Gillis was a liberal's worst nightmare. At the tender age of 24, he ran for the Oregon statehouse in a lunch-bucket district on Portland's east side, and bea ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

THE PRANKSTER

Igor Vamos


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THEN: Reed College art senior who engineered the surreal reverse-peristalsis protest of 1990, when a dozen demonstrators greeted Vice President Dan Quayle with a hail of red, white and blue vomit. NOW ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

THE CONTENDER

Andy Minsker, featherweight boxer


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In 1985, when WW put him on our cover, Andy Minsker was at the top of his game. Golden Gloves champion. Amateur Boxing Federation champion. He had flattened both the British Commonwealth and Yugoslav ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

THE CRUSADER

Gordon Shadburne, county commissioner


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Eighty-Second Avenue has always been the frontier that splits Portland's psyche in two. To the west lie the manicured lawns and cinnamon lattes, the bike paths and Birkenstocks that define the city's ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

SATAN'S PILGRIM

Rex Diabolos Church


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Resplendent in black robes, black shirt and black leather boots, his head shaved smooth as an egg, Rex Diabolos Church leans back in his enormous black leather armchair, swathed in the inky blackness ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

THE BAD BOY

Frank Peters, man about town


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Frank Peters' three rules of cooking:Disable all smoke alarms.If you're cooking for three, prepare for five.Never sauté in the nude.Chef. Baseball star. Securities broker. Ladies' man. Dope gro ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

From Tonya Harding to Dutch Savage to Ma Anand Sheela, we tracked down 30 of Portland's wackiest, weirdest, smartest, dumbest, sexiest, scariest and otherwise most notable characters of the past 30 years.


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Stars. Rogues. Victims. Heroes. Some burst into the headlines like meteors streaking across the sky. Some come into focus slowly, like old Polaroid prints.However they arrive on the scene, most newsma ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Chris Lydgate

Warming Up the Cold Turkey

A $5 heroin "miracle" eases Portland junkies' pain


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On the second floor of a battered detox facility deep in Portland's heroin zone, a little white pill is blunting the misery of withdrawal and revolutionizing the treatment of opiate addiction--all for ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 Chris Lydgate
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