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Rep. Brian Baird

A Democratic congressman who opposed the Iraq War now supports the surge and thinks discussing withdrawal is stupid and irresponsible. What the...?

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U.S. Rep. Brian Baird just got back from the Triangle of Death, south of Baghdad. Baird, a Democrat who represents Vancouver and southwest Washington, appears to enjoy being in uncomfortable spots. I ...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

The City and the Giant Hempstalk

Portland won’t bogart its parks; it will share them with a hemp fest.

News Stories
Smoke ’em if you got ’em, because Hempstalk is back on! The third annual event, organized by The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THC…right on!), was canceled last May when Portland Pa ...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Nicholas Deshais


A bar owner who sold coke and a mom who sold meth are two of the lucky few to get a pardon from the governor.

News Stories
Kelly Lee went to Las Vegas in June to get married. She gambled about 30 bucks, but didn't win anything. "I'm just not a big gambler," Lee says. "I think it's an absolute waste of money." She didn't ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Tour de Farce

Lance is gone and Portlanders don't seem to care anymore about bicycling in France.

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Bits of croissant flake to the floor as about 30 middle-aged mouths grind like ruminants. The aging and well off, decked in green argyle sweater vests with perfectly trimmed hair and the like, enjoy t ...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Music Millennium's Long Goodbye

WW goes all Raymond Chandler to sleuth who killed the Northwest 23rd landmark.

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The sun beat steadily. Wednesday, July 11, was one of those summer days that catches Portland's sodden citizens off guard, making their nerves jump and skin itch. The oven-hot concrete on Northwest 23 ...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Matthew Rothschild

One man's peace and impeachment recipe for progressivism.

Q & A
Matthew Rothschild has appeared on such national TV programs as The O'Reilly Factor and Nightline as well as on C-SPAN and National Public Radio. Yet Rothschild—who visits Portland this week&mda ...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Braking The Fixie

After the Legislature failed to fix the "fixies" law, the tickets continue to fly in Portland.

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Like in a Richard Scarry book, downtown Portland on a weekday afternoon bustles with many forms of transportation. Buses pass pedestrians who just got off the MAX, and taxis roll through stop signs wh ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Bush League

Commutation plus eternal war still equals a safe presidency.

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When nationally noted antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan announced Sunday that she'd keep the heat on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by running against her next year if Pelosi didn't support articles of impea ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Joe DiNicola

The president of Oregon's second-largest union wants an extra $110,000. Union officials say his bill is bull.

Rogue of the Week
Soon after becoming president of Oregon's second-largest union in 2004, Joe DiNicola walked a picket line with some of his members for one hour on Christmas Day. Amid contract negotiations over wages ...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

...And Let the Raccoon God Sort 'Em Out

Maybe they're not so cute after all.

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Before the first of this year, many unwanted backyard critters could expect an early retirement in the bucolic Coast Range or the Columbia River Gorge. Now—right as urban raccoons are getting ...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Nicholas Deshais
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