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As the Charter Turns

Don't change that test pattern. The wonky topic of charter reform actually has a lot of soap-opera twists.

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Admit it, all the City Hall chatter about changing Portland's governing charter makes you nod off.But since a City Council majority voted last week to put four charter revisions on the May 15 ballot, ...   More
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 HENRY STERN

Herding Katz

Ask ex-Mayor Vera Katz what she'd say in this week's "State of the City," and prepare for an earful.

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While Mayor Tom Potter puts the final polish on his annual "State of the City" speech Jan. 19, we tracked down his predecessor to ask what she'd talk about if she still had the job.Ex-Mayor Vera Katz, ...   More
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 HENRY STERN

Ron Quixote

Can Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden pass a "fair, flat tax"?

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A U.S. senator in the minority party from a podunk state might seem to be on a fool's errand by seeking to reform federal taxes.But Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) may not be so ridiculous with what he calls ...   More
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 HENRY STERN

PGE Paying Its Bill, for a Change

Lawsuit against Portland General Electric settled with agreement to refund $10 million to MultCo customers.

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Multnomah County customers of Portland General Electric over the past seven years are on the brink of getting money back from the troubled utility.PGE and the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit agai ...   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2006 HENRY STERN

Don't Say You Weren't Warned

Top U.S. fiscal cop says act now on deficit, or financial disaster looms.

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David Walker didn't look anything like the beautiful but cursed Cassandra of Greek myth when he walked into WW.And in fact, Walker—a 54-year-old bald, white guy who's considered the nation's top ...   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 HENRY STERN

For His Next Prediction...

New Orleans' destruction makes Earl Blumenauer a reluctant prophet.

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What would have happened if last September, Hurricane Ivan had veered 40 miles to the west, devastating the city of New Orleans? One likely scenario would have had a tsunami-like 30-foot wall of water ...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 HENRY STERN


WW tries to purge its "jinx" on Erik Sten.

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Sports Illustrated readers know to fear the "jinx." Bad things inevitably befall their beloved teams and heroes after they grace the magazine's cover.SI hasn't come calling on Erik Sten. But with one ...   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 HENRY STERN


Reed College women's rugby captain talks up the joys of "touch rugby."

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When Robin Woods started playing rugby her freshman year at Reed College, she remembers being such a geek that she had problems even receiving the ball in the scrum.Then Woods tried her hand at "touch ...   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 HENRY STERN


Senator says Guantánamo beats all other options.

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Oregon's senior U.S. senator, Ron Wyden, returned from his recent visit to Guantánamo Bay recommending the U.S. detention center in Cuba stay open.That stance differs sharply from some Democrat ...   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 HENRY STERN

The Eves of Destruction

On the 25th anniversary of St. Helens' eruption, what other blow-ups are brewing?

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Bored with reading about today's 25th anniversary of Mount St. Helens' eruption? We are. So as we await the volcano's next ash-plume, we ponder a more imminent question: What else is going to blow up ...   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 HENRY STERN
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