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Flashback: Watching the World Cup with Portland's Ghanaian Immigrants

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This afternoon, the United States takes part in what's becoming a quadrennial tradition: playing Ghana in the World Cup.

The match-up went badly for the U.S. squad four years ago—when the Black Stars stunned Landon Donovan and a resurgent Yankee team in the knockout round.

But that result delighted some Portlanders. In 2010, I wrote a WW   More
Monday, June 16, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregon Zoo Monkeys Probably Died of Shock After Traveling 50 Hours in a Van

Keepers question whether living in plastic coolers contributed to tamarins' deaths.


The six cotton-top tamarins found dead at the Oregon Zoo last month probably died of stress-related shock after traveling for at least 50 hours in a van from the East Coast, zoo records say.

Zoo officials then put the endangered monkeys in plastic picnic coolers with air holes cut in them at the zoo's veterinary facility—a practice questioned by primate keepers...   More
Friday, June 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Harvard Medical School Says It's Not to Blame for Monkey Deaths At Oregon Zoo

Primate keeper suggests tamarins might have died from "off-gassing" in plastic coolers.


Harvard Medical School released a statement this afternoon, saying the endangered monkeys it shipped in a van to the Oregon Zoo "arrived safely and in good condition."

Six of the nine cotton-top tamarins died in the zoo's quarantine on May 24.    More
Friday, June 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

MAP: Where Would the New, Billion-Dollar Light-Rail Tunnels Go?


Regional officials are starting to blanch at the potential costs of drilling a new light-rail tunnel into the West Hills.

As WW reported Tuesday, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick ...   More
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

Why Name the Reynolds High School Shooter?

Recent shootings in Canada reveal a different approach by the news media.


A day after a freshman at Reynolds High School shot and killed fellow student Emilio Hoffman in the gymnasium boy's locker room, Troutdale police began releasing new information about the school shooting.

Among the new details: Police named the 15-ye...   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

For White Men Only

Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring outside help to teach diversity to white male managers.

News Stories
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring an outside consultant to host a diversity seminar—for white men only. When Hales ran for mayor in 2012, he questioned whether Portland needed an Office of    More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Asks Metro to Slow Down on MAX Tunnel Under OHSU


Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has for weeks been besieged by outrage over his plan to create a street fee changing Portland households up to $144 a year, as he tries to solve a road-paving backlog partly caused by big spending on capital projects. ...   More
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

The 10 Most Ridiculous Calls to City Hotline During Boil-Water Scare

"I’m not going to boil the water," one caller said. "My maid is out today."


At least one Portland city worker found some levity while last month's boil-water warning was in effect.

Documents obtained by WW under Oregon public records law show that a Water Bureau engineer filling in at the call center compiled a list of the 10 most absurd questions he received after city officials warned Portlanders to boil their water May 23.

The email titled...   More
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Water Bureau Finds Two Dead Birds While Draining Mount Tabor Reservoir


The Portland Water Bureau says it discovered two dead birds in a Mount Tabor reservoir while draining it in the wake of last month's boil-water notice.

A Water Bureau spokesman says the decaying carcasses may or may not have contributed to the positive E. coli test results that sparked    More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Fee For All

The wrong turns that Steve Novick took to raise more money for Portland’s roads.

City Hall
City Commissioner Steve Novick has led the parade for new road funding into a blind alley. He’s the architect of a plan to raise at least $40 million a year for transportation projects by crea   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 AARON MESH
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