Open-Source Warfare

When a Portland computer programmer’s ex-wife accused him of sexual assault, ­­he made a federal case out of it.

News Stories For years, the world of writing computer code has seemed hostile to women.  Female programmers... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Paying by the Mile

A new Oregon program to replace the gas tax rewards Hummers over hybrids. Why did the state spend millions on this?

News Stories Drivers of hybrid and electric cars enjoy lots of benefits. They can feel good that they’re... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Crystal Ballers

The Trail Blazers are falling apart. Here’s why it’s not as bad as it looks.

Sports The next National Basketball Association season is still four months away. But the Portland... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CORBIN SMITH

Cougar Burleigh's Family Gets Justice

Murmurs More than eight months after Cougar Burleigh died from an assault on the Burnside... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Dr. Know: Someone Clean This Up

Dr. Know When I drive past the scene of an accident, I often see a lot of broken... More

Jul 1, 2015 11:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

Open-Source Warfare

When a Portland computer programmer’s ex-wife accused him of sexual assault, ­­he made a federal case out of it.

News Stories For years, the world of writing computer code has seemed hostile to women.  Female programmers complain about sexist presentations at tech conferences, harassment from fellow coders—and even ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Paying by the Mile

A new Oregon program to replace the gas tax rewards Hummers over hybrids. Why did the state spend millions on this?

News Stories Drivers of hybrid and electric cars enjoy lots of benefits. They can feel good that they’re churning out a lot less carbon. Their energy costs are lower. And they don’t have to pay as much as they ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Crystal Ballers

The Trail Blazers are falling apart. Here’s why it’s not as bad as it looks.

Sports The next National Basketball Association season is still four months away. But the Portland Trail Blazers as you know them right now seem moments from vanishing.  July 1 marks the beginning of ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CORBIN SMITH

Cougar Burleigh's Family Gets Justice

Murmurs More than eight months after Cougar Burleigh died from an assault on the Burnside Bridge, his family has seen justice. Robert Lewis Browne, 42, pleaded guilty June 29 to second-degree manslaughte ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Dr. Know: Someone Clean This Up

Dr. Know When I drive past the scene of an accident, I often see a lot of broken glass left behind. This could damage tires, or cause another collision when cars slow down to drive through it. Isn’t anyone r ... More

Jul 1, 2015 11:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion.

Cover Story We have opened with the warning above since 1977, when we first published our Good, Bad & Awful survey—an unvarnished view of the metro-area legislators who help write Oregon’s laws and shape ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Downward-Facing Dollar

Under state scrutiny, yoga studios in Portland find themselves twisting into new positions.

News Stories When Michele Loew opened her yoga studio on Southeast Stark Street in 2007, she recruited the best instructors available and paid them for each student they brought in. That’s how many Portland st ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: A Hipster Dividend

Murmurs No, Portland’s proposed “density bonus” is not a cash handout to you for tolerating an increasingly crowded city. It’s a series of new incentives City Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to give d ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Stall

Wage Wars: The Battle for a Higher Minimum Wage

Even businesses that support a higher minimum wage worry about a rush to raise it to $13 an hour.

News Stories Laurelhurst Cafe has become a popular hangout in the heart of Portland’s bleeding heart. The café—with its corrugated metal and orange trim façade—sits at East Burnside Street and Northeast ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?

Dr. Know Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

School Colors

Students at Wilson High School form a black student union to combat racism. Most of its members are white.

News Stories Breonna Keller-Robbins has heard a lot of comments from fellow students about her race at Wilson High—the whitest of Portland Public Schools’ nine high schools.  Her dad is black, and ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dam Laws

The owner of a giant Eastern Oregon ranch again brings his issues—and checkbook—to Salem.

News Stories Scott Campbell has never been one to let the law hold him back when it comes to his massive Eastern Oregon ranch.  Campbell is best known as founder of Hannah the Pet Society, a pet-leasing ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

The Gecko Chamber

A lengthy legal battle against GEICO underscores Oregon’s weak laws to protect consumers.

News Stories Cornel Tuter knows the charming green GEICO gecko all too well. The creature is ubiquitous, one of the most easily recognizable characters on the planet. It should be: GEICO Insurance spends a ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

To Our Readers

News Stories When I moved here in 1974 to start as a reporter at a new alternative newsweekly called Willamette Week, Portland was pretty Podunk. There was nothing artisanal, crafty or hip about it. My first ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by Richard Meeker

Murmurs: Why Don’t You Go Outside And Play?

Murmurs It’s a nightmare scenario for a principal: learning after the fact your school has hosted a registered sex offender. But that’s what happened to Jefferson High School principal Margaret Calv ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Why My Apartment Is Good for Portland

Cover Story They pop up seemingly overnight, multiplying faster than food carts on every street corner in the city. Just a whisper of them transforms normally mild-mannered Portlanders into fire-breathing ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by TYLER HURST

The 5 Myths About Portland Apartments

Housing The accusations ring out in bars. The gripes spill onto Internet comment threads. And the complaints echo like angry yodels down the newly built canyons of Southeast Division Street and North ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Driver’s Record

A TriMet driver’s criminal past becomes an issue in a union election—and embarrasses the transit agency.

News Stories TriMet and the transit agency’s biggest union share many problems. They blame each other for the financial troubles ailing the agency. TriMet points to  an overly generous contract with exp ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Running to Harvard

A David Douglas senior gains admission to a top university—with help from mentors.

Schools On June 11, Josh Kellebrew will graduate with 545 other classmates from David Douglas, the state’s largest and one of its most diverse high schools. In many ways, Kellebrew blends in at Da ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Erika Preuitt

Gang shootings are way up. The woman charged with getting gang members to give up crime says she wants to know why.

News Stories May was a bad month in the anti-street gang business. Suspected gang members opened fire at least 25 five times last month, the most in a single month since Portland police started keeping tra ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

Murmurs: Did the OLCC rig a huge legal weed contract?

Murmurs A Florida software company says the state’s marijuana overlords improperly awarded a $1.7 million contract to follow the flow of legal pot from farm to bong. The company, BioTrackTHC, wants to provi ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

An Immigrant’s Fare Fight

Taxi drivers have been hit by the arrival of Uber and Lyft—including many who are Ethiopian immigrants.

News Stories Robel Berhan steers his blue and orange Union Cab with its empty backseat to Hotel Lucia on Southwest Broadway. Nothing. He heads to the Marriott. A line of other cabs blocks his way. He knows a ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Pole Position

Candidate Charlie Hales promised to do something about cellphone towers. As mayor, it’s been a different story.

News Stories When Darrell Yuen and Beth Collins moved to Portland from New York City in 2010, they thought they had found a dream home. Their 1929 Cape Cod-style house sits about a block from Mt. Tabor Park, ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: The City Covers For The Fire Chief.

Murmurs Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens is trying to put out a blaze in her own office. The city Bureau of Human Resources last month completed an investigation into an allegation that Ja ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Defending the Whistle-Blower

Gov. Kate Brown says the Kitzhaber email leaker shouldn’t face criminal charges.

Politics Since going public with his story last week, Michael Rodgers has heard a lot of opinions about his decision to leak 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails to WW. Last week’s cover ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Whistleblower

Michael Rodgers has a secret: He’s the one who leaked Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails. Here’s why he did it.

Cover Story On Friday, Feb. 20, Michael Rodgers looked up from his iPad to the parking lot outside his Salem office window. Three people strode toward the entrance of his building. He knew who they were, ... More

May 26, 2015 11:00 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kiddie Trouble

A Pearl District Child Care Center Comes Under Scrutiny For Lack of Staffing

News Stories To Megan Bergstrom, it was chaos. She had a howling 4-month-old girl strapped to her in an Eddie Bauer carrier while the eight other children she was responsible for watching—all under the a ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Wolf Tracks

An environmental group goes to court to see the forest service’s plans to protect Oregon wolves.

News Stories Nick Cady is thrilled to see the return of gray wolves to Oregon’s Cascade Range. He celebrated when the wolf dubbed OR-7 was spotted south of Crater Lake in 2011, more than 60 years after hun ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: All The News That Gives A Hoot.

Murmurs State lawmakers are considering ways to let people expunge past marijuana convictions from their criminal records. WW first reported in February that Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) had introduced a ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Portland Thorn

Steve Novick charmed voters with his prickly brilliance, gumption and wit. The bloom is off.

Cover Story Back when Steve Novick was in grade school, teachers were still allowed to spank troublesome students. Novick was in fifth grade when his teacher asked his mother for permission to paddle the ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Making The Law Pay

The Attorney General’s favorite Portland law firm is cleaning up financially. It’s also run afoul of a federal judge.

News Stories Nearly 3,000 Oregonians with disabilities have waited more than three years for their day in federal court on a potentially groundbreaking civil rights case. In a sweeping class action lawsu ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Government Transparency, At $18,000 A Pop.

Murmurs 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 ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

A House Named Suh

The planned teardown of a football star’s family home in Irvington raises doubts about neighborhood preservation.

News Stories From the looks of it, the house at 2602 NE 13th Ave. is nothing special.  It’s a two-story home, white with red trim and a brick arch over the front porch. The grass is scruffy, the shr ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Thunder Dome

There are already runaway costs for a state Capitol remodel that few people know about.

News Stories Peter Courtney usually gets what he wants. As president of the Oregon Senate for 12 years, Courtney, 71, has amassed more influence than almost any other legislator in state history. The Democ ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Decamped

The mayor’s office calls the Eastside Esplanade unsafe. Will Hales’ homeless policies make a difference?

News Stories James Noel has seen a lot of changes in his neighborhood, which consists of a narrow sidewalk against a chain-link fence that runs along Southeast Main Street, with the northbound ramp to Inters ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Hotseat: Earl Blumenauer and Peter Defazio

Two Oregon congressmen—divided over free trade—disagree about what a Trans-Pacific deal would mean.

News Stories President Barack Obama jetted to Portland last week to use the city and the world headquarters of Nike as backdrops in his push for a sweeping new free-trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim coun ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Next: Good Humor Trucks Selling THC On a Stick.

Murmurs 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 coun ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: What’s up with the erupting volcano off the Oregon Coast?

Dr. Know What’s up with the erupting volcano off the Oregon Coast? When will it break the surface and form an island? Will the new land be part of Oregon, or up for grabs to whoever wants to plant th ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Feed the Beast

Schools get billions from the state every year. That number is growing fast. Here’s why it’s never enough.

Cover Story $7.2 billion is a lot of money. It’s enough to buy every Oregonian a new MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone 6. Or enough to buy every school district in Oregon a $36 million, gently used Gulfstr ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

A Driveway Moment

New sharing apps help you rent your driveway. Just don’t tell the city.

News Stories For two years, Steve Gutmann found a way to make a little extra cash. His house sits in Southeast Portland’s Richmond neighborhood, two blocks from Hawthorne Boulevard. He knows parking is a ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

All Light, No Heat

The state allows scofflaw tanning salons to remain operating.

News Stories The thousands of Oregonians who use tanning salons to get bronzed expect the facilities to follow the state’s health and safety rules. Most salons do. However, state records show there’s ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hijacked Hyatt

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

News Stories 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

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Why is it so hard to execute convicted murderers?

Dr. Know We can euthanize animals—even elephants—without incident. “Assisted suicide” seems to work. So why is it so hard to execute convicted murderers that some states are reviving firing squ ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: Here’s The News—Don’t Tell The Auditor.

Murmurs An emotional neighborhood battle from 17 years ago is surfacing in a contentious fight for a Portland Public Schools board seat. In 1998, PPS board candidate Amy Kohnstamm joined Arlington Heights ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

New Class

Our picks for 2015 School Board candidates who can bring about meaningful change.

Elections Far more students are graduating from Portland Public Schools than 10 years ago. Several major school renovations are about to start
... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Faceoff

The city of Portland wants to put body cameras on its cops. Good luck getting to see the video.

News Stories Mayor Charlie Hales wants Portland police to have body cameras. He’s also fine if it’s really difficult for you to see the video the cops record. The city of Portland has been the drivin ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Loss of Principals

The Portland School District is seeing large turnover—and increasing drama—among the heads of its schools.

Schools On paper, Sara Gandarilla seemed the perfect fit for Rigler Elementary School. Gandarilla—who took over as Rigler principal last fall—came armed with four years of bilingual teaching exper ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Cheat Sheet

Our look at uncontested 2015 School Board races.

Elections WW doesn’t offer endorsements in uncontested races. But here’s a glimpse at who else is running in local school board races. Portland Public Schools Zone 7, Southeast Portland Mike Rose ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: If right-wingers question Obama's eligibility for the presidency, how can they support Ted Cruz?

Dr. Know The right-wingers carried on about Obama supposedly being ineligible for the presidency, so how can they be supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president? Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban f ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: The Dope For Our Stories Comes From All Over.

Murmurs Oregonians who are paranoid about large, out-of-state marijuana companies dominating the state’s legal weed market now have more reason to worry. State lawmakers are considering a way to keep �� ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Fierce Little Scratches

How Mexican heroin dealers and Russian addicts collided in Portland: An excerpt from Sam Quinones’ new heroin saga, Dreamland.

Cover Story The two worlds couldn’t be more different. The young men of Xalisco toil in the sugarcane fields outside of town, nestled in the hills of southwestern Mexico. They dream of making enough m ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hot Air

Pilots say the Port of Portland’s plans to sell land for a power plant next to the Troutdale Airport include a fatal flaw.

News Stories Mike Rhodes fell in love with flying nearly 50 years ago at the Troutdale Airport while on a school field trip, and from his first flight, he knew he wanted to be a pilot. Today, Rhodes, 61, a ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Tough Times For Ted

State Treasurer Wheeler finds his agenda stymied and his future at a crossroads.

Politics Until recently, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler’s political future looked bright. He had risen quickly from being a reform-minded chairman of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners to overs ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Brendan Kennedy

The founder of legal weed’s biggest investor, Privateer Holdings, wants the door to Oregon kept open.

Marijuana Brendan Kennedy has $82 million to spend on weed. He wants to make sure he can blow some cash in Oregon. Kennedy is a Silicon Valley veteran who launched a tech firm and ran a company to acquire ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH, NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: The State Police, Seeing Green.

Murmurs Legal weed, schmegal weed: Oregon cops still want more money to go after marijuana crimes. The Oregon State Police have recently asked state lawmakers for a $3.9 million budget increase for 2015-1 ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: If pot is legal July 1 but stores can't sell it until a year later where do I get it?

Dr. Know I can have pot for my own consumption starting July 1, but the stores to sell it to me won’t open for another year. How am I supposed to get my hands on the green stuff? —Inquiring Minds I ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Housebound

Washington state offers an alternative to sending parents to prison. Is Oregon willing to try it?

News Stories Michelle Newell busted up her family in 2010 with a repeat conviction for writing bad checks to cover a drug habit. The state sent her to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Déjà Blue

Protesters of police violence march away from City Hall empty-handed.

City Hall The protest group that shut down Portland during the holiday season to condemn police killings of unarmed black men is back on the streets.  This time, Don’t Shoot Portland protested ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: Chris Borland & Todd Trigsted

The former NFL player and a local filmmaker discuss the violence in America’s Game.

Sports Last month, Chris Borland shocked anyone who watches football by announcing he was walking away from a career in the National Football League—and millions of dollars—after only one year in t ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Murmurs: Get the Checkbook—Stat.

Murmurs It’s unusual to hear about an unpaid $1.5 million tax bill with anyorganization—let alone Oregon’s medical school and research hospital. But on March 2, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: What does a “Managed Service Point” sign on a mailbox mean?

Dr. Know A little “Managed Service Point” sign was affixed to our mailbox last week. What the heck is that? I asked our postman and he said it’s to “improve efficiency.” How does that work? �� ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 

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