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Dr. Know: Dark, Scary Attic

What the hell goes on in Pioneer Courthouse?


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If Pioneer Courthouse Square is “Portland’s living room,” the old Pioneer Courthouse itself seems more like the dark, scary attic that no one ever goes into. It’s a striking building, but what   More
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Hot Cross Button Question

Why are there so many “Push to Cross” buttons at intersections in Portland?


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Why are there so many “Push to Cross” buttons at intersections in Portland, instead of having the signal automatically change to “Walk”?
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Hollywood-Friendly Bargains

Does the City of Portland receive remuneration from NBC for shooting Grimm here?


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Shooting for the new NBC [TV] series Grimm seems to be everywhere I turn. Does the City of Portland receive remuneration
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Bulbs Everlasting?


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Why don’t incandescent light bulbs last forever? —Tom P. Don’t hang on, Tom—nothing lasts forever but the Earth and sky. Still, I suspect you want me to put down the bong and answer your que   More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Grocery Bag Quandry


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Paper or plastic? —Nick G. You’re clearly a wiseass, Nick, but I do admire your brevity. I’ll assume, charitably, that you’re not just flinging linguistic poo at the answer monkey and you re   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Fair Weather Occupiers?


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What are the Occupy Portland people going to do when it gets really cold? I’m worried they’ll have to give up when the snows come, enabling the movement’s detractors to deride the whole thing    More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Extreme Curbside Composting


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To recoup the increased cost of curbside composting, could I use my green barrel as a toilet? All my human waste is 100 percent organic. I can even mount a toilet seat on top of the green can for e   More
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Metro Oil Obfuscation


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Metro accepts used oil for curbside recycling, but they insist that it be in a transparent container, which rules out any motor oil bottle I’ve ever seen. Why can’t we recycle used motor oil in    More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Cut Flower Conundrum


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In honor of Portland’s chrysanthemum season, perhaps you can tell us: Why do some cut flowers/bouquets seem to die immediately? Is there a trick to make them last? —Tina S. I have the same prob   More
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Suffering Los Niños


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Last winter, we endured greater-than-usual rainfall because it was a La Niña year. Now I’m hearing that this year will be more of the same. Where’s El Niño when you need him? Aren’t they su   More
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 MARTY SMITH
 

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