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Botched Anesthesia Likely Caused Death of Kutai the Orangutan


The lung hemorrhage that killed Oregon Zoo orangutan Kutai in January was likely caused by a failure to monitor his anesthesia during surgery, according to veterinary reports released this morning by Metro.

Regional planning agency Metro fired zoo director Kim Smith and chief veterinarian Mitch Finnegan    More
Friday, May 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Metro Says It Fired Oregon Zoo Director Over Death of Orangutan


Officials at Metro announced this morning that the director and chief veterinarian at the Oregon Zoo were fired for negligence in the death of a 20-year-old orangutan.

The Sumatran orangutan, Kutai,    More
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Orders All Big Spending Changes Debated by City Council


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to reform city code to force debate on big-ticket contracts like the Bureau of Environmental Services office building that tripled in cost without City Council discussion.

Hales sent a memo to all city bureau directors on Tuesd...   More
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Water District Backers Ask for Criminal Investigation of Sewer Office Building


Portland City Hall's water and sewer foes have asked the Multnomah County District Attorney to investigate  whether the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) violated government contracting laws while an office building for sewer workers tripled in cost.

Last week,    More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Nick Fish Requires Council Debate on Big Water and Sewer Spending


City Commissioner Nick Fish says he will no longer allow the City Council to approve large water and sewer contracts without public debate, following reporting by WW about cost overruns on an office building for sewer workers.

Fish, who oversees the Water and Envir...   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

Road Worriers

City officials are pitching a new street fee by claiming Portland’s roads are getting more dangerous. Numbers show otherwise.

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To hear Mayor Charlie Hales and other city officials tell it, the streets of Portland are getting deadlier every day. Driving is more dangerous. Pedestrians face bigger risks. Bicyclists have to s   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Deborah Kafoury Files State Election Complaint Over Being Called Anti-Abortion in Voters Guide

UPDATE: State says it can't do anything about Oregon Family Council mailer.


UPDATE, 3:20 pm: State elections officials have told Deborah Kafoury's campaign they don't have jurisdiction over the law prohibiting publishing false statements about a candidate.

"ORS 260.532 requires an aggrieved party to pursue their claim in court," writes Alicia J. Cox of the elections division. "It is not a statute enforced through our office."Jillian Schoene, Kafoury's...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Says Crosswalk Funding Must Wait for Street Fee

Hales' budget does fund a study of light-rail to Tualatin


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released a proposed city budget Thursday largely free of the dramatic threats to sacred cows    More
Friday, May 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

BlahBlahBlahGate: Watch What Really Happened When We Kicked a U.S. Senate Candidate Out of Our Offices


It has come to our attention that a video of WW kicking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Callahan out of a recent endorsement interview is making the digital rounds.We interview candidates running for a particular office as a group. This gives them a chance to interact, and for us to weigh one candidate's answers against the others. We record the interviews and post the video on...   More
Friday, May 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Cover Oregon Ad Agency North is Not Amused by the John Oliver Parody


Remember when comedy host John Oliver kicked off his Sunday HBO show with some pointed jokes at the expense of failed health-insurance exchange Cover Oregon and its whimsical advertising campaign?

Oliver ran a parody of   More
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

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