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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

Dr. Know: Synthetic Urine

Dr. Know
So, my job released a new drug policy where they “reserve the right” to randomly drug test. Does this mean I need to stop smoking pot now, or are they just blowing smoke? —Amy Crac ...   More
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Bone on Bone

Dr. Know
So Brandon Roy has no meniscus at all in his left knee. “It’s bone-on-bone there,” Roy told The Oregonian. It seems like there’s a surgery for everything these days—can ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Counting Job-Seekers

Dr. Know
They count the unemployed by the applications for benefits, but if I decide to rejoin “the workforce” by looking for a job, I don’t call the state to let them know. How do they cou ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Speed's Towing Auction

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Friday, December 17, 2010 MARTY SMITH

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