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Killing All Cop Bills

Who’s stopping police reform in the Capitol?


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State Rep. Lew Frederick entered the 2011 Legislature with a package of bills he hoped would respond to the six officer-involved shootings last year in Portland. Halfway through the session, Frede   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Steroids Will Be Included in Random Police Drug Tests

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After struggling to find an affordable lab to test Portland cops for steroids, the muscle-building substances will now be included when the city begins random drug tests on officers in July, according to City Hall's human-resources director.Yvonne Deckard, head of the city's Bureau of Human Resources, tells WW the city has located a lab in Northern California that will process steroid tests for ab...   More
 
Friday, April 8, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Prominent Portland Law Firm Was in Acquisition Talks

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The recent departure of several high-profile partners from Bullivant Houser Bailey and the collapse of two of the law firm's regional offices have Portland's legal community buzzing about the law firm's chances for survival. Bullivant Houser, a 73-year-old firm, has shrunk from about 160 lawyers at its peak in 2006 to around 100 tod...   More
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Lord Of The Files

An Oregon lawyer fights to open police internal affairs records.


Cops and Courts
When police raided William Traverso’s house last fall, it wasn’t the first time cops had come knocking. Traverso was caught up in a 2008 FBI    More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: My Ex-Girlfriend Narced on Me for Growing Marijuana

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A Tigard man is suing his ex-girlfriend for allegedly narcing him out on a marijuana grow.In a lawsuit filed March 8 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Tyler Goecks claims after he broke up with Melanie Talbert of Southwest Portland, she "plotted a scheme to extract revenge."The suit says sometime around January 2009, Talbert entered Goecks' house, and "without his permission she took photographs ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Oregon Sheriffs Fight for Gun Owners' Rights—Unless They Use Medical Marijuana

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The Associated Press has an interesting Oregon story out today about the sheriffs of Washington and Jackson counties fighting in court to deny a concealed-handgun license to a medical-marijuana patient named Cynthia Willis in Medford.Check out the whole story over at NPR</...   More
 
Monday, April 4, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: A Trail Blazer Fan, a Nicolas Batum Autograph and an Alleged False Arrest

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A fan of the Portland Trail Blazers is suing the owners of the Rose Garden for $105,000 after security guards allegedly confiscated his Nicolas Batum autograph and detained the plaintiff in a dark room.In the lawsuit filed March 29 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Mark Chernobelsky of Southwest Portland says he had courtside tickets to the Blazers' home game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Apr...   More
 
Friday, April 1, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

City Club Committee Slams Multnomah County on Mental Health Treatment

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 The City Club of Portland today issued a study blasting Multnomah County's management of public mental-health services.The 42-page report (PDF), titled Improving the Delivery of Mental Health Services in Multnomah County, hammers county managers for operating under an opaque budget, failing to ...   More
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Liberal Backlash: Green Party Leader Quits Committee Over Libya Bombing

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The issue of whether to support President Obama's military intervention in Libya has prompted one former congressional candidate to quit his leadership in the Pacific Green Party of Oregon.Michael Meo tells WW he resigned from the Green Party's state coordinating committee d...   More
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Jack Shack Attack

The Legislature takes on Oregon’s proliferating lingerie shops.


News Stories
You’ve seen them along Northeast 82nd Avenue and lining the suburban strips of Washington County. With names like Hotties, Pussy Cats and Private Rendezvous, they advertise services from    More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 JAMES PITKIN
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