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Multnomah County continues shackling juvenile defendants—even as observers recoil.


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Across Oregon—including in Portland—law enforcement officials routinely shackle juveniles accused of offenses, even misdemeanors, without first proving the need.   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Audit Finds Portland Arts Tax Fails to Deliver on Promises

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A new city of Portland audit finds the $35-per-adult arts tax fails to live up to the expectations of Portland voters who approved the tax in 2012.
"Funds collected remain below estimates, administrative costs are higher than the required cap, and oversight is fragmented," the July 28 report...   More
 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Food Carts, Fear Not: Tuesday's Fire Not Likely to Change Portland Regulations

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It's still not clear what caused Tuesday's fire at the food-cart pod on Southwest Fourth Avenue near Portland State University. Fire officials tell WW they're still waiting for video recordings from a nearby ATM, for example, to rule out possible arson.
But here's one curious ...   More
 
Friday, July 24, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

As Seattle Fights Over Composting Fines, Portland Says "No" to Garbage Snoops

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Seattleites are battling it out over new rules that let garbage haulers snoop in residents' recycling and composting bins to ensure they're sorting their waste properly.

Seattle officials in 2014 adopted fines for scofflaws, then    More
 
Thursday, July 23, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Officials Make Strategic Move to End Lawsuit Over "Portland Oregon" Sign

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City of Portland officials are employing a creative legal maneuver to get rid of a lawsuit concerning its trademark of the "Portland Oregon" sign. And the move is likely to work, says the attorney for the Portland business owner who brought the sui...   More
 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Former Portland Public Schools Principal Lashes Out Against 'White Female Fragility'

Dishy blog post takes aim at Superintendent Carole Smith's 'strong power base' of lesbian leaders.

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Verenice Gutierrez, the former principal at Portland Public Schools' Scott K-8, lashed out against top PPS administrators in an explosive personal blog entry posted last week, saying PPS leaders are protecting "white female fragility" at the expense of strong Latina principals.
T...   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

My Airborne Toxic Event

I wanted to know which industrial chemicals my family is exposed to every day. Am I sorry that I asked?


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Like many scary stories, this one begins with a seemingly innocuous gift.  Nurses at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital sent my family home with a small care package—diapers, a tiny yellow comb a   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Nick Caleb Bows out of City Council Race

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Nick Caleb, a Concordia University instructor who planned a City Council bid against Commissioner Steve Novick, announced Tuesday he was stepping away from the race.
Caleb, a living-wage activist, made the announcement on Facebook:
Friends,As many of you know, my father passed away earlier this year after suffering from Lewy-Body Dementia and Alzheimer's. Dealing with this enormo...   More
 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Under Armour, Planning Donation to City Parks for Advertising Rights, Wanted Nike Swoosh Gone

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Big Swooshes make bad neighbors. If you're a Nike competitor, that is.Portland officials announced Friday that Baltimore-based fitness-apparel company Under Armour would pay to renovate Lents and Duniway parks in ...   More
 
Monday, July 13, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Tom Koehler Elected Chairman of Portland Public Schools' Board

Koehler ushers in change, brings back school board's committee structure.

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Portland Public Schools tonight welcomed four new members to its seven-member board, and with their addition came sweeping changes.
The board voted 7-0 to elect Tom Koehler, who won a seat on the board in 2013, to be the board's new chairman. Koehler was often in the minority, along with Steve ...   More
 
Monday, July 6, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC
 

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