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Teachers Rally in Portland for Wisconsin

Teachers Fountain at Director Park in Portland

Protesters will descend on Salem tomorrow to show support for collective bargaining in Wisconsin. But pro-union Portlanders have another chance to do the same closer to home today.At 4 pm today, hundreds of teachers from National Education Associatio...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Strange Wu

Why did Congressman David Wu think staffers “threatened to shut down his campaign”?

Cover Story
Rep. David Wu says spasms of severe neck pain caused him to seek painkillers from a donor in a pre-election episode one week before he won re-election Nov. 2. The Oregon Democrat now acknowledges t   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Congressman David Wu Acknowledges Use of Prescription Painkillers

David Wu

U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) acknowledged today in a statement to WW that he used prescription painkillers  last fall in the run-up to his election campaign, a period that is now the subject of intense national scrutiny.
As first    More
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Documents Show Congressman David Wu's Staff “Threatened to Shut Down His Campaign”

David Wu

U.S. Rep. David Wu’s behavior grew so erratic in the final weeks before his re-election last November that the Oregon Democrat’s closest political advisers staged two of what some of them termed “interventions” to urge him to seek psychiatric help, WW has learned.

Wu played down their concerns. Several staffers and consultants left his employ after the confrontations. Wu responded t...   More
Friday, February 18, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

State Lawmakers Introduce Two Bills to Reduce Punishment for Sexting Teens

Sext Crimes

 The Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee has introduced two bills that would, under certain circumstances, lessen the punishment of teenagers younger than 18 who "sext."
This December cover story describes how Oregon law says teens who exchange sexually explicit images through c...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioners Side with Southwest Neighbors over ICE Facility

Portland City Hall in January

City commissioners this afternoon tentatively agreed to side with Southwest Portland neighborhood activists who previously criticized the city's approval process for a proposed immigration detention facility in South Waterfront.The decision today from City...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Wishing Upon A Surplus

City finds money for shoulder-fired tasers, schools and other projects.

City Hall
If you haven’t heard Mayor Sam Adams say it already, gird yourself for his boast that Portland will have a budget surplus. And that surplus of about $3.5 million in the fiscal year that starts Jul   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Police Bureau Considers Flashlights with Built-In Pepper Spray

from www.tigerlight.net

The Portland Police Bureau is researching the acquisition of new weapons in its effort to tamp down the number of fatal officer-involved shootings in Portland, according to a budget proposal. And one of the tools the bureau wants to consider is the so-called TigerLight, a flashlight that contains a stealth pepper-spray canister that can "drop a 250 pound man to his knees," according to the maker o...   More
Friday, February 4, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

Schools News: Comings and Goings at Portland Public

Portland Public Schools cuts

Amid a fresh $13 million budget crisis last July, Portland Public Schools eliminated 27 positions from its central office to save $3 million.
Among the jobs that Superintendent Carole Smith cut was one full-time position for a senior pr...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Technology Oversight Comes Amid Ongoing Challenges

Portland City Council

As Portland city commissioners beef up their efforts to manage technology projects in the wake of a devastating November audit of Portland's new software program, city bureaus continue to struggle with that updated technology.Yesterday, the City Council voted unanimously ...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 by BETH SLOVIC

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