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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Portland Strip Club Owners for Running Prostitution and Money-Laundering Ring

Recent WW stories have detailed the allegations.


A federal grand jury concluded a five-year waiting game Wednesday by indicting two alleged leaders of a prostitution and money-laundering ring that operated out of six strip clubs in the Portland area.

The grand jury charged Lawrence Owen and Gary Bryant of running the Milwaukie-based prostitution and money-laundering ring from the Landing Strip, Dilli...   More
Thursday, May 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

After $18,000 Bill, NW Examiner Still Trying to Get Oregon Zoo's Elephant Records


Elephant-rights activists are getting under the not-so-thick hides of Oregon Zoo officials.

Last summer, regional government Metro, which runs the zoo, quoted The Northwest Examiner an $18,000 bill for public records the community newspaper requested on the zoo’s    More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by AARON MESH

Senators Won't Hear Public Testimony on Bill to Continue Local Bans on Medical Weed

UPDATE: Senate pot committee passes bill unanimously.


The Oregon Senate is preparing to pass a bill that would allow cities and counties to keep banning medical-marijuana sales without a public vote.

When it comes to debating the extension, it looks like state lawmakers don't want to hear from the public, either.

Tonight's Senate committee hearing on Senate Bill 964 won't include public testimony on an amendment t...   More
Monday, May 18, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Lawmakers Want Marijuana Delivery Services for "Dry" Counties that Ban Weed Sales


State lawmakers are in the weeds (sorry) over how to fine-tune the state’s voter-approved laws on legalized marijuana.

One debate seems to be ending: Oregon will have “dry” cities and counties that outlaw any w...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Taxi Companies Aren't Changing Prices to Compete with Uber


Portland's taxis are stubbornly refusing to go wild.

Portland City Council removed price restrictions for cab companies when it legalized ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft on April 21.

City Commissioner Steve Novick...   More
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by AARON MESH

Forbes: Oregon Has the Cheapest Weed in America


It's time to change Oregon's nickname. We're the Cheap-Weed State.

Finance magazine Forbes has compared the price of an ounce of "high-quality" marijuana across all 50 states, and finds pot is less expe...   More
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by AARON MESH

Uber Uses Its App To Lobby Against a Bill Requiring Commercial Insurance for Its Drivers

The ride-sharing giant claims a bill before state legislators would make it "impossible" to operate in Oregon.


Portland customers who open the Uber ride-hailing app are getting a scare.

The company has installed a pop-up screen urging its riders to lobby against a bill by state lawmakers "that could shut down Uber in Oregon."

In fact, the bill in the Oregon House would require transportation companies like Uber and Lyft to carry commercial insurance at all times.

...   More
Monday, May 11, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea Will Debate Body Cameras with Activists Tonight


Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea tonight will debate a plan for police body cameras with one of the idea's harshest critics.

O'Dea will appear at a Southeast 122nd Avenue pizza parlor for an East Portland Forum—an event hosted by Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime police accountability activist.

Hardesty opposes a plan by Mayor Charlie Hales to outfit ...   More
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AARON MESH

Multnomah County Republican Party Chairman Becomes an Uber Driver


Last week, Uber vice president David Plouffe declared at a TechFestNW panel that the ride-sharing company had already recruited 500 drivers in Portland.
Among them: Eric Fruits, an economist and ch...   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

Hijacked Hyatt

The fiercest opponent of a Convention Center hotel now wants to take control of it.

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Hotel financier Gordon Sondland has been fighting for a decade to stop construction of a headquarters hotel at the Oregon Convention Center that will compete with his business. As CEO of Pro   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 AARON MESH

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