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Dr. Know: Jeld-Wen's Water

Dr. Know
Was Jeld-Wen Field designed with only two water fountains in order to boost sales of bottled water? The line for the fountains is agonizingly long, and it’s slow because everyone is filling up bo   More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Defibrillator Dilemma

Dr. Know
I work in a building that has one of of those automated defibrillator stations. My co-workers aren’t exactly medical geniuses, though. What happens if I faint and somebody decides to zap me? Can j   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Keller Swimming Hole?

Dr. Know
I often see kids swimming in the Keller Fountain, which makes me nervous for their safety. I confess that it’s also annoying to deal with screaming kids on my lunch break. Is it legal for people t   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Closed Bridge Conundrum

Dr. Know
I was late to my restaurant job Saturday because the Hawthorne Bridge was closed for a private party. Really? The Fremont and Morrison bridges were closed, too. Can I close a bridge for, say, a pie   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mystery Flag

Dr. Know
Recently I’ve noticed a small flag flying below the U.S. flag on top of the Multnomah County building on Southeast Hawthorne. I’ve tried to make out what it says, but am unable to. Can you help   More
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Willamette Water Quality Revisited

Dr. Know
In last week’s column, you quoted a source who said, “The Willamette’s water quality is excellent.” Oh, really? Look it up: The river is a designated Superfund pollution disaster. It’s not   More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Willamette River Water Quality

Dr. Know
The news says it’s not safe to swim in the Willamette today because of sewer overflow. So…it was safe to swim in it before? Seems the river has always had a rap for being unsavory, but details a   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Dearth of Mosquitoes?

Dr. Know
Traveling around America, I’ve noticed fewer mosquitoes in Portland than most other urban areas. Is it the climate? Secret nighttime spraying? Or just hungry salmon? —Forrest Here’s the thing:   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Manhole Mess

Dr. Know
There are clumps of five, seven and 11 manholes on nearly every block of Alder. Each intersection has multiple clumps, which means we’re talking about 25 to 40 manholes every city block. What gives    More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pissed Off

Dr. Know
So the City of Portland drained 7.8 million gallons of Bull Run goodness from Mount Tabor Reservoir 1 because some asshat from Molalla peed in it? Fine. But where does all that water go when it’s dr   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 MARTY SMITH

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