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Students at Lane Middle School Lack Schedules on First Day of School


Students at Lane Middle School arrived on campus for the first day of school Thursday to discover they lacked class schedules and teachers had no class lists.
An as-yet-unidentified snafu caused the problem, which school officials discovered only Wednesday night, says Jon Isaacs, a spokesman for Portland Public Schools. By then, it was too late to correct the error.
Instead, st...   More
Friday, August 28, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Waves of Protest Hit St. Mary's Academy Over Discriminatory Firing

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales calls on Catholic school to reverse firing of gay staffer.


Response was swift to WW's story late Tuesday that St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland had fired—then tried to silence—a new employee after learning she is gay.Social media is awash in messages of support for Lauren Brown, a 27-year-old graduate of Lewis & Clark College who hoped to be...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Are You Abusing Your Significant Other?

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Guys, look in the mirror. Domestic violence plagues heterosexual and same-sex couples. Women can be perpetrators, as well as victims. More often, however, abuse comes at the hands of men against wom   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Hello, My Name Is Brian, and I Abuse My Wife

Can group therapy cure domestic violence?

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Brian thinks he’s in relapse. The 48-year-old lawyer perches on a brown pleather couch and booms in his reliably loud voice to the five other men in the therapy room on a sweltering Thursday eveni   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Park Rangers Supervisor on Paid Leave After Ombudsman Opens Investigation

Questions concern a contract awarded to the employee's private company.

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The supervisor of Portland park rangers is on paid administrative leave after the city ombudsman opened an investigation into a possible conflict of interest, WW has learned.
Hasan Artharee, 37, has led the city's park rangers since 2012. But he also owns ...   More
Monday, August 24, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Backseat Driver

Emails show Mark Wiener bounced between advising Uber and Hales.

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For two decades, Mark Wiener has been the man Portland politicians turn to when they’re in a jam. As the city’s top political consultant, he helped Vera Katz, Randy Leonard, Sam Adams and many oth   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Charlie Hales and Steve Novick Didn't Disclose Meeting with Uber Lobbyist. Why Not?


This week's issue of WW includes a story on political consultant Mark Wiener and his work lobbying for Uber, a setup that has raised eyebrows at Portland City Hall. 
Wiener helped get Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Steve Novick elected. He then ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

Request a Ride

Before it drove into Portland, Uber picked up a powerful lobbyist.

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On Dec. 13, 2014, Mark Wiener hosted a Saturday détente at his Eastmoreland home between Mayor Charlie Hales and Uber, the ride-hailing company that had entered Portland’s taxi market in defiance o   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Three Etsy Pieces

City Hall wanted $100 from these online artists to use the “Portland Oregon” sign. Here’s what they said.

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The city of Portland’s shopping spree on Etsy was short-lived. Three months ago, city attorneys were convinced they had the right to demand payments from artists who use the “Portland Oreg   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

'Coup' Ousts Richmond Neighborhood Leader Painted as 'Less than Bike Friendly'


The latest issue of The Southeast Examiner alerted us to an interesting story we missed earlier this summer. It concerns brewing discontent and angry accusations from members of the Richmond Neighborhood Association in Southeast Portland. Not about anything the city is doing, mind you. The accusations are pointed at curr...   More
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by BETH SLOVIC

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