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Dr. Know: Portland Mounted Patrol

Dr. Know
Why, in 2011, does Portland still have cops on horseback? Do we have a big problem with rustlers downtown these days? Or are these super-horses that can chase down speeders?  How much are we pa   More
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Se Habla MAX?

Dr. Know
The recordings on MAX are only in Spanish and English. What about Russian and Vietnamese, if they’re really trying to “honor” non-English speakers? Won’t this discourage other groups from r   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Half-Staff

Dr. Know
Driving to work on Monday [May 2], I noticed that the flags on the Fremont Bridge were at half-staff. Given that weekend’s news, I have to wonder: Did this have anything to do with the death of O   More
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Ghost Bikes

Dr. Know
I’ve seen at least three white bicycles adorned with flowers tethered to poles around Portland and Milwaukie. What gives? Do the bikes represent a location where a cyclist was hit by a car? An art   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Goodwill Gouging?

Dr. Know
I’ve noticed Goodwill’s prices rising during this recession—in some cases, you could buy something new for about the same cost. And now they’ve opened a “Goodwill Boutique” on Hawthorne.   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Scabies!!

Dr. Know
All right, Dr. Know, I got fucking scabies. What do I do? Do I buy a cream for it at Walgreens? Or can I cure it with sulfur and tick spray, like the Internet claims? And finally, does this mean I   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Vancouverites Cometh

Dr. Know
I’ve always been puzzled about the economic matrices of people who work in Portland and live in Vancouver. Do they create a net economic gain or loss for our city and state? —When Yaks Attack Va   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: TriMet Fuzz?

Dr. Know
I recently saw a TriMet bus zooming up Southeast Powell Boulevard with the word “Police” where the route name and number usually are. Was the driver trying to signal that I should call the cops   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Big Quake - Sez Who?

Dr. Know
A colleague gave me this “WWsomething” rag, and I had the misfortune of opening it to your column. So, there was a big coastal earthquake 300 years ago, huh? How do they know?  Who was in Ore   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Monster Earthquakes

Dr. Know
  If a monster earthquake strikes off the Oregon Coast, could the resulting tsunami come all the way up the Columbia River and flatten downtown Portland? —Seismic Citizen This is a popular mi   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MARTY SMITH

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