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Let The Sunshine In

How Oregon's reps are voting on key freedom of information bills.

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A package of open-government bills that would make major reforms to the Freedom of Information Act bear close watching in Congress this session. The package addresses several issues with FOIA, an act ...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Isaac Kaplan-woolner

Flag Display Brings Iraqi Civilian Deaths Home

As the Iraq war turns four years old, many Americans have little idea of how many civilians have died.

The recently formed Iraq Peace Project (www.iragpeaceproject.org) has created a touring display of over 130,000 flags to help people come to grips with the human costs of the wa...   More
Sunday, March 11, 2007 by Isaac Kaplan-woolner

Steel Pulse, The Gladiators & Eek-A-Mouse: 3 Shows in 3 Nights...PDX Reggae-thon '07!

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The hotlinks on this page connect with live audio and interview clips that Isaac recorded on his three-day reggae overload. They are rad.] As the famed Ragga Muffins festival makes its way up the California coast to end in San Francisco each spring, many reggae artists left with extra time on their...   More
Thursday, March 8, 2007 by Isaac Kaplan-woolner

Tim & Eric Awesome Tour @ Someday Lounge, 3/4

When my house mate asked what he should expect at the Tim & Eric Show, the best I could come up with was, "two funny guys who have way too much editing time on their hands." Little did I know how much more... vomit was in store for the night.
I first enjoyed the quirky Philadelphia duo thro...   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 by Isaac Kaplan-woolner

The Hit Squad

WW revisits the city's plan to improve flophouses, and finds it's working.

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The Westwind Apartments aren't luxury living, but they're a lot better than they were a year ago. The 67-unit low-rent building in Northwest Portland is one of three notoriously awful single-room occu ...   More
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Isaac Kaplan-woolner

Lockjamming: Starbucks Fans Nearly Denied Morning Coffee

What would happen to the world if we suddenly woke up and not a single Starbucks was open? That was a horrifying possibility for residents of South- and Northwest Portland Friday morning.   More
Friday, February 16, 2007 by Isaac Kaplan-woolner

Bambu Station and Nuborn Tribe at Berbati's Pan, Feb. 9, 2007

My first taste of reggae music came in the form of a beat up “The Harder They Come” record in my parent's collection. Featuring a gangster-looking Jimmy Cliff on the cover, the vinyl contained roots reggae tracks by Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, and The Melodians that still rank among my all-time fa...   More
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 by Isaac Kaplan-woolner

Holy Matrimony, Batman! Couple to Wed on OHSU Tram Wednesday

Well, if the plan for the tram was to bring more romance to Portland, the ploy worked surprisingly well. Salem couple Dustin Hettman and Amber Gosnell is set to wed this Wednesday morning du...   More
Monday, February 12, 2007 by Isaac Kaplan-woolner

From Idle to Idol: New PP&R After-School Programs Offered

What is the best way to keep teens safe and active? Ask American Idol's Simon Cowell, apparently. At least according to a new Portland Parks and Recreation program, that is.

PP&R is offering a “Teen Idol” competition as one of a slew of new after-school program...   More
Friday, February 9, 2007 by Isaac Kaplan-woolner

Sign of the times

Here's a different Rosa Parks protest during Black History Month.

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What better time than Black History Month to start a neighborhood protest in the name of civil-rights heroine Rosa Parks?Except there's a twist on this petition drive that began last weekend—it ...   More
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Isaac Kaplan-woolner
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