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Pervy Predators?

A multi-agency cyber sting of online predators earlier this month involving the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and other local and federal agencies netted three local men who didn't know the underage girls they were allegedly soliciting online were actually law enforcement officers.

The suspects include:

Harry Steven Bailey of Gresham (Arrested for alleged Attempt ...   More
Monday, November 13, 2006 by Ian Demsky

Breaking news: Ethics Commission Makes Preliminary Finding Against Multnomah County Commissioner

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State ethics investigators have made a preliminary finding of two conflict-of-interest violations by Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey.Oregon's Government Standards and Practices Com ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Ian Demsky

Why Did James Chasse Jr. Die?

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This much is known: James P. Chasse Jr. is dead.Beyond that, there are mostly questions.Chasse, 42, died Sept. 17 after an encounter with police in the heart of Portland's chichi Pearl District. The s ...   More
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Ian Demsky

Case Not Closed

Three questions still remain unanswered in the death of James P. Chasse Jr.

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Unless you've been on a reality TV show that forbids contact with the outside world, you probably know about the Sept. 17 death of James P. Chasse Jr., following a scuffle with police.Many questions h ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 Ian Demsky

Chasse Cop's History

Data from Portland Police shows one of the officers involved in James Chasse's death among the department's top users of force.

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One of the two Portland police officers involved in the struggle that killed James Chasse Jr. is among the bureau's top users of force, a Willamette Week review of police department data has found.The ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 Ian Demsky

Q&A: Leslie Rule

Just in time for Halloween, WW takes a walk on the dark side with specter scribe Rule.

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A bedside lamp at Portland's Heathman Hotel turns on and off on its own. Children in 1920s garb lurk in the carousel at the Jantzen Beach mall. Specters roam the halls of Pittock Mansion after the tou ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 Ian Demsky

One Toke Over The Line

A mistake by the Oregon Legislature makes selling pot the "king" of drug crimes.

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Here in liberal Portland, marijuana's practically legal, right, dude?Hell, pot-smoking grandpa Don DuPay got more votes last spring in his run for Multnomah County sheriff than County Chair Diane Linn ...   More
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Ian Demsky

Body Of Evidence

A Portland lawyer crusades to make autopsy reports after police-involved deaths open to the public.

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Craig Colby wants to help the public see dead people—starting with Dennis Lamar Young.Colby is no ghost hunter. He's a Portland lawyer fighting to open up Young's autopsy report after the unarme ...   More
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 Ian Demsky

Bill Mckibben

This global-warming luminary says enviros have less than a decade to make real change.

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Bill McKibben is so "green," he makes Kermit the Frog look like a poser. His warnings about global warming are so strident, he makes biblical prophets look like Bar Mitzvah-circuit DJs.McKibben, who l ...   More
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 Ian Demsky

The Dixie Pix

Zoo officials let employees pose with Rebel flags and the Oregon Zoo train. Is it harmless fun or an inappropriate use of public property?

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The two men in the sepia-toned photographs above could be a couple of low-budget Civil War reenactors standing in thin woods down South next to an old-time steamer decked out with two Rebel flags.But ...   More
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Ian Demsky
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