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Karen Leppmann

A longtime toy-store owner wonders if downtown construction will dampen holiday cheer.

Q & A
Karen Leppmann likes to play with toys. For a living.As the 54-year-old owner of Finnegan's Toys and Gifts, Leppmann has provided a staple of downtown Portland shopping since 1977.But Leppmann is worr ...   More
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Alice Joy

In Tomorrow's Paper: Downtown's Traffic Doom?

Trying to decide if it's worth facing the traffic and parking nightmare to go downtown for your holiday shopping? Pick up Wednesday's WW for a Q&A with one local business owner who is worried about shoppers opting to avoid construction downtown by fleeing to malls in suburbia (complete with massive par...   More
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 by Alice Joy

Baby Ocelot: Rio, Mo, or Bonito?

Check out the video of the Oregon Zoo's ocelot kitten, and see if you get inspired by a name for the spotted bundle of fuzz. The male ocelot, who was born Nov. 9 to Ralph and Alice, is currently nameless. The zoo is asking animal-lovers to name the kitten, choosing from three s...   More
Monday, November 27, 2006 by Alice Joy

UPDATE: Last One On the Ladder


Commissioner Dan Saltzman filed a resolution today regarding the hiring of new police officers and firefighters with the passing of Measure 26-86. It will be considered by the Portland City Council next Tuesday.

(See "Last One On The Ladder," in Wednes...   More
Friday, November 24, 2006 by Alice Joy

The Name Game

WW readers do their part to christen the tram.

News Stories
Can you feel the excitement?No, not the upcoming holidays. The looming Nov. 30 deadline Commissioner Sam Adams gave us Portlanders to submit names for the aerial tram cars soon to be traversing the sl ...   More
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Alice Joy

Lofton-Croteau runaway found

Wayne Bethencourt, one of the foster children of Steve Lofton and Roger Croteau, was reported as a runaway on Friday afternoon, but was found less than four hours after a press release was issued. The Oregon couple, Lofton and Croteau, gained national attention when they challenged Florida's ban on adoption by gay couples, and won the support of Rosie O'Donnell. A press release reporting the 13-ye...   More
Monday, November 20, 2006 by Alice Joy

Alternative Energy Conference Saturday

Politics does funny things to people. One of the more intriguing transformations in the local power game: City Commissioner Randy Leonard—a bullnecked ex-firefighter and blue-collar union stalwart—is now the Council's official EnviroBoy.

This Saturday, Leonard will take his current obsession with biodiesel to Portland State University. The Beyond Oil Energy Independence ...   More
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 by Alice Joy

Mt. Tabor Park Meeting

There will be a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church on Southeast Belmont and 55th Street to discuss the future of Mt. Tabor Park. The general public is invited to learn about the city's plans to sell a portion of the park to a private owner. Currently, a memorandum of understanding has been signed by the Portland Parks Bureau to sell 8.5 acres the park, but organizers hope t...   More
Monday, November 13, 2006 by Alice Joy

Breaking news: Cyclist in Well-Publicized Scrape with TriMet Awarded $601

News Stories
In a case closely watched by Portland's biking community, a cyclist beaten up by a TriMet passenger was awarded $601 by an arbitrator Thursday.Cyclist Randy Albright had sought about 80 times that amo ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Alice Joy

Net Results

Portland loves Drugstore Cowboy, and Beaverton is crazy for Singin' in the Rain...this week.

News Stories
In the latest example of information overload, you can now learn what your neighbors are renting the most from Netflix.Thanks to Netflix's new "Local Favorites" feature (www.netflix.com/localfavorites ...   More
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Alice Joy
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