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Portland's Office of Equity Held Three Lunch Meetings for City Employees to Talk About Ferguson

Video shows workers brainstorming police reforms.

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Marches against police violence reached their highest pitch last month, as demonstrators blocked downtown Portland streets to protest the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters demanded wide-ranging reforms of the <...   More
 
Monday, January 26, 2015 by AARON MESH

Let's Try to Think Happy Thoughts About LaMarcus Aldridge

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Portland's citizens are panicked and shaken by the loss of a city icon. But enough about the Portland International Airport carpet.

Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge is like that rug: He really ties the Moda Center together. His thumb surgery (and 6-to-8 week midseason vacation) has everybody a little nervous.

Players are    More
 
Friday, January 23, 2015 by AARON MESH

Dave Dahl Will Give First Post-Trial Interview Next Week at Dante's

Dave's Killer Bread co-founder will be a guest on talk show "Who's the Ross?"

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Dave’s Killer Bread co-founder Dave Dahl is giving his first interview since being found guilty except for insanity in November of ramming two Washington County sheriff’s patrol cars with his Cadillac Escalade in 2013.  

The location of Dahl’s sit-down? “Who’s the R...   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

Purged

A Portland radical gets banished by the group he once led.


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Byrd Jasper sat at the center of concentric circles of folding chairs in the Musicians Local 99 Union Hall. More than 50 people—most of them part of the Portland activist community—gathered    More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 AARON MESH

Alta Bike Share, Now Based In New York City, Changes Its Name to Motivate

New brand helps distance the firm from its Portland past

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New town, new name: Alta Bike Share, bailed out by a New York City equity firm, has changed its name to Motivate.

"I think it represents action, I think it represents energy, I think it's reflective of movement," CEO Jay Walder    More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Another Delay in Portland City Hall's Vote On a Street Fee—And This One Could Last Months

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick said late Thursday they are yet again delaying action on a street fee to pay for road repairs and maintenance.
This time, they want to see if the 2015 Legislature first will, as Hales puts it, "give communities the tools to build and maintain critical infrastructure."In other words: a gas tax.Hales and Novick propo...   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Rep. Lew Frederick Introduces 11 Police Reform Bills in Salem

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Rumblings of police reform are making their way from the streets of Portland to the halls of the Oregon Legislature.

Protests against police violence jammed Portland streets this winter as young African-American activists call for stricter cop oversight in th...   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by AARON MESH

Nous Sommes Tous Charlie


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These are the images cartoonists and others at Charlie Hebdo died to publish. The French satirical weekly had for three decades poked a finger in the eye of the powerful and the pious with sca   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 AARON MESH

City Club Hosts Lents Forum Tonight at the New Copper Penny

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The last time Portland city officials sat down with the owners of the New Copper Penny Bar & Grill, their meeting didn't go well.

Last summer's negotiations between the Portland Development Commission and representatives of the Lents nightclub resu...   More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by AARON MESH

Pink Martini Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale Trashes Arts Tax, Mulls Running for Mayor

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Every so often, Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale talks about running for Portland mayor.

It's less common for him to describe the Portland Arts Tax as "a fucking disaster."

Lauderdale does both in a new interview in the magazine Artslandia, w...   More
 
Monday, January 12, 2015 by AARON MESH
 

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