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Dr. Know: Rinsed Recycling?


Dr. Know
Like most Portlanders, I like to recycle those things I can. Sometimes, it takes a while to get containers rinsed clean. With all that rinse water wasted vs. adding to the landfills, what’s a good   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Cranes & Earthquakes


Dr. Know
Like most downtown construction sites, the one near my office is dominated by a very tall, very slender crane. In an earthquake, these things seem like they’d keel right over. Should I duck? —S   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: "Explain David Wu" winner revealed!


Dr. Know
Last week, you’ll recall that I suspended the “actual work” portion of this column to host the Great “Explain David Wu” Sweepstakes. Readers were invited to spin away nagging questions regar   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr Know: Explain David Wu


Dr. Know
We all behave erratically once in a while. Whether it’s sending your ex-girlfriend 50 text messages in an hour or building a two-way radio to talk to God, sometimes you have to do a little fast t   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: OPB and the Egyptian Revolution


Dr. Know
I’m sure WW readers noticed OPB radio suspended its pledge drive while the Egyptians were revolting. OPB seemed pretty proud of itself, but weren’t officials just following NPR’s decision? —Helen Highwater If you think the Egyptians were revolting, you should meet my ex-wife. Ba-da-BOOM!  But seriously, folks, Helen’s question reflects the popular misconception (popular with me, anyway) that OPB’s pledge drive is part of a monolithic National Pledge Week during which all public radio stations badger you for cash simultaneously.   More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland Bicycle Plan


Dr. Know
The Portland Bicycle Plan reportedly calls for 681 miles of bike lanes costing $613 million. That seems like an awful lot to paint lines on rights-of-way already owned by the city.  Where is th   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Salmon Species


Dr. Know
People talk about Klamath River salmon, or Rogue River salmon, as though every river has its own unique species. But isn’t a salmon a salmon? So they die out in a particular river—it’s not lik   More
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Oregon Health Plan Returns


Dr. Know
Anecdotal reports suggest adults are once again getting on the Oregon Health Plan, after several years of the plan only (or at least, mostly) being available to children and pregnant women. Given that the state is broke, how did the OHP make this comeback? —C.K. Dexter Haven   More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Vibrator Batteries


Dr. Know
The batteries in my vibrator expanded due to corrosion and are leaking a gray fluid. I am unable to remove the batteries. Obviously the vibrator no longer works, sadly. My question is how to properl ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Canada Geese


Dr. Know
Hundreds of Canada geese have been making themselves at home in my business park for months. I thought geese were supposed to fly south for the winter! It’s January and these guys show no sign ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 MARTY SMITH
 

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