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The Benefits Of Big Pimpin'

Soaring prostitution prosecutions leave out the pimps.

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The icon of a street prostitute, waiting languidly for eye contact on the sidewalk, seems a little ragged and outdated in Portland's 21st-century sex industry.Police say more discreet options like lin ...   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Angela Valdez

Cross Purposes

Despite a ban, some Providence docs help get fatal prescriptions for the dying, says assisted-suicide advocate.

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It's a small act of rebellion that nobody at Providence hospitals wants to talk about: At least three physicians employed by Providence have defied the spirit, if not the letter, of their employer's b ...   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 Angela Valdez

The King Of Cons

Skillful Davis charmed desperate women into passing millions in forged checks.

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Twelve thousand, nine hundred and fifty-four men and women call the Oregon prison system their home. Murderers like Ward Weaver, Christian Longo and Keith Hunter Jesperson, the "Happy Face Killer." Se ...   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 Angela Valdez

Running Free

Will fleeing from the cops become sound legal advice?

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Local defense lawyers are grinning over a recent Multnomah County circuit court judge's ruling that a state law against running from police violates the Oregon Constitution.The decision won't set a le ...   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2006 Angela Valdez

Welfare Check

WW looks at the city's targeting of three low-rent downtown buildings.

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Flophouse. Welfare hotel.Those names are a slap in the face to Debbie Allen, who uses the word "home" to describe the Westwind Apartments on Northwest 6th Avenue.Allen disagrees with city officials wh ...   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 Angela Valdez


WW's odd interview with exonerated Guantánamo chaplain James Yee.

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As a chaplain in the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Army Capt. James Yee was surprised by how guards abused Muslim prisoners. Yee, a 37-year-old Muslim convert, was even more sur ...   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 Angela Valdez

Asking Y

Big changes at the downtown YWCA include a farewell to programs for the old and disabled.

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Two programs helping seniors and the disabled have been asked to leave the YWCA's downtown building a year before their leases expire.The request from Adella MacDonald, executive director of the YWCA ...   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 Angela Valdez

Esclavitud En Portland/Slavery In Portland

Portland's Latino drug sellers increasingly are victims themselves—of human traficking.

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AyudaEs ilegal que te obliguen a trabajar o prestar servicios sexuales para pagar una deuda. Si has sido víctima del tráfico humano, o conoces a alguien que ha sido víctima, puede ...   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 Angela Valdez

The Great White Bench

Where are Multnomah County's minority judges?

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Multnomah County's corps of judges is much less racially diverse than the county's population, or the defendants who pass through its courtrooms.The county's head count is 5.7 percent African-American ...   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Angela Valdez

Tickets Or Towing

An update on the city's parking wars.

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City Council will consider an ordinance that would hobble a small business writing $50 parking tickets in private lots, perhaps forcing lot owners to use a worse alternative for consumers: towing firm ...   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Angela Valdez
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