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Federal Judge Orders Greenpeace to Pay $2,500 for Each Hour Protesters Block Icebreaker

UPDATE: Court says fines will increase to $10,000 an hour by Sunday morning.


A federal judge in Alaska ruled this morning that environmental group Greenpeace USA will be fined $2,500 for each hour its activists block an icebreaking ship from leaving Portland by dangling from ...   More
Thursday, July 30, 2015 by AARON MESH

Nóirín Plunkett, Gender Activist in Portland Tech, Dies at 30


Nóirín Plunkett, a former Portland activist for gender equality in software development, has died in Cambridge, Mass.
Plunkett received national attention after she was sued last year by her ex-husband, a Portland computer programmer, over allegations he sexually assaulted her.
Plunkett's death was    More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by AARON MESH

The Naked Gun

A woman visiting Portland says a cop came to her hotel room to follow up on her case—and took off his clothes.

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A Portland Police Bureau officer is under investigation after a woman visiting from Las Vegas said he arrived at her Pearl District hotel room to follow up on her domestic assault complaint, stripped    More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 AARON MESH

Law Firm Wants Oregon Lawmakers' Communications with Media About Aerial Spraying


A big Portland law firm wants to know what state legislators have been telling the news media about the spraying of weed killers from the air.

Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) and Rep. Ann Lininger (D-Lake Oswego) unsuccessfully pushed bills this year to restrict aerial spraying, which is used by timber companies to kill weeds on clear cuts.

On July 7, attorney Gr...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Bean Counting

Prosecutors say Portland developer Terry Bean is trying to buy his way out of sex-abuse charges.

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Prosecutors say Portland real-estate developer and Democratic Party activist Terry Bean is trying to “purchase an escape” from criminal sex-abuse charges by paying off a teenage boy, his alleged v   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 AARON MESH

Prosecutors Say Terry Bean is Trying to Settle His Sex Abuse Charges with Cash Payment to Alleged Victim

UPDATE: Bean's attorney says "the victim's interests... are paramount."


Lane County prosecutors say Portland real-estate developer and Democratic Party activist Terry Bean is attempting to get the criminal sexual abuse case against him dropped by paying a cash settlement to the alleged victim, who was 15 when Bean allegedly had sex with him in 2013.

"This defendant should not be allowed to purchase an escape from the consequences of his own...   More
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by AARON MESH

Shop the Presses

The Oregonian is selling its printing press—and advancing deeper into the web.

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For more than a century, the daily rumble of its downtown printing presses and the roar of its delivery trucks signaled the news rolling out of The Oregonian. But on June 30, a huge omen for the new   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland Dispensaries Will Need $1,500 City Permits to Sell Recreational Weed This Fall


State lawmakers are about to give medical marijuana dispensaries a huge economic windfall: the chance to sell weed to all adults starting Oct. 1.

But first, dispensary owners will have to give a taste to Portland City Hall.

A document produced by the city's Office of Neighborhood Involvement shows city officials will begin taking applications Sept. 1 for ...   More
Monday, July 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature Will Fund $17 Million in Safety Improvements for Outer Powell Boulevard


East Portland's most notorious road is finally getting sidewalks.

State lawmakers are preparing to spend $17 million on building sidewalks, crosswalks and lane widening on 14 blocks of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Politicians have promised such improvements on outer Powell for more than three decades. The funding means construction will begin in 2018.

The s...   More
Friday, July 3, 2015 by AARON MESH

The Oregonian Is Shutting Down Printing Plant, Laying Off Pressroom Employees


The company that publishes The Oregonian is shutting down its printing presses—a landmark in the slow dismantling of the state’s biggest news organization.

The decision means that the newspaper’s own printing presses will be silent for the first time in a century or more. Instead, The O will be published offsite by a private contractor.

The Oregonian...   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by AARON MESH

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