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Schools' "broad" Agenda

L.A. foundation's role in Portland schools alarms teachers, some parents.

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While Portland Public Schools loudly debates closing some schools and reconfiguring others, teachers and parents are worried about a much quieter but significant long-term development for local educat ...   More
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 Don Mcintosh

Save Our School

Portland school district budget problems leave parents at one elementary school fighting over the crumbs.

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Hell hath no fury like parents who think Portland Public Schools will close their child's school.Recent emails to superintendent Vicki Phillips from parents at Northeast Portland's Hollyrood Elementar ...   More
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 Don Mcintosh

Dialing For Dollars

A proposed cell-phone tax is reborn as City Hall scrambles to fill the financial hole for Portland Public Schools.

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With Portland's leaders seemingly astonished that legislators left them to solve another school-funding crisis, the idea of a local tax on cell phones to raise money is resurfacing at City Hall.At a h ...   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Don Mcintosh

Revving The Engine

The Bus Project wants to incubate the next power elite.

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Like an ailing operating system, American democracy has crashed, according to the young progressives who make up the Oregon Bus Project.And rebooting that democracy this election year in Oregon was th ...   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 Don Mcintosh

Laboring To Birth A New Party

Oregon union leaders working to create a third political party.

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Some of Oregon's biggest union heavyweights are working to create a third party that would make state Democrats less certain of labor support.In December, labor biggies like former state AFL-CIO presi ...   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2006 Don Mcintosh

The Accidental Anti-Semite

Internet holy war erupts over PSU student's column.

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Caelan MacTavish swears he never imagined his name would go for a ride that's still rolling on the Internet, getting blasted by Jews and praised by anti-Semites.MacTavish, a 28-year-old undergrad in h ...   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 Don Mcintosh

Not A Pretty Picture

A big developer crosses brushes with with 68-year-old decorator.

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Sharon Friedle wishes she'd never heard of Roger Pollock.Pollock, a big-time real-estate developer and sometime Republican fundraiser, hired the 68-year-old Friedle in June to do specialized painting ...   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 Don Mcintosh

Labor Unrest 101

PSU profs are grumbling about pay well beneath their counterparts'.

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When the Oregon Board of Higher Education holds its monthly meeting at Portland State University this Friday, expect a previously quiet insurgency among PSU professors to blow sky-high.What has about ...   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 Don Mcintosh


Why the City of Portland isn't rushing to condemn PGE.

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Don't expect the City of Portland to make the ultimate power play and use its ability to acquire Portland General Electric forcibly from Enron.Since Enron called Portland's underlying condemnation blu ...   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 Don Mcintosh
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