Personnel Foul

Central Catholic questions its hiring practices as sexual misconduct allegations surface about another football coach.

News Stories When it comes to football, Central Catholic High School has a lot to cheer about. The Rams—with... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Title Fight

New documents show why first lady Cylvia Hayes is subject to Oregon’s ethics laws.

Politics Cylvia Hayes has garnered many titles in her career. She is CEO of her consulting business,... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Drivers, Wanted

The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.

City Hall It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: Step Up To The Bar And Light One Up.

Murmurs The city’s Independent Police Review has published the results of its investigation... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Do houseboats require permits to be anchored where they are?

Dr. Know I’ve been noticing the same two houseboats anchored on the Willamette south... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

Personnel Foul

Central Catholic questions its hiring practices as sexual misconduct allegations surface about another football coach.

News Stories When it comes to football, Central Catholic High School has a lot to cheer about. The Rams—with a long tradition of winning—finished the season with 12 wins and just one loss while outscor ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Title Fight

New documents show why first lady Cylvia Hayes is subject to Oregon’s ethics laws.

Politics Cylvia Hayes has garnered many titles in her career. She is CEO of her consulting business, 3E Strategies. She has carried the designation of adviser to her fiance, Gov. John Kitzhaber. And she� ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Drivers, Wanted

The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.

City Hall It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service that defies the city’s taxi rules. Portland officials pledged to take Uber to court, levy hefty fines and imp ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: Step Up To The Bar And Light One Up.

Murmurs The city’s Independent Police Review has published the results of its investigation of the Portland Police Bureau’s handling of local hip-hop shows—and finds that city regulators, police o ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Do houseboats require permits to be anchored where they are?

Dr. Know I’ve been noticing the same two houseboats anchored on the Willamette south of the Hawthorne Bridge since summer. Do they require any permits to reside there, or is it “anything goes”? ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Bring the Noise

Young African-Americans are leading the Portland protests against police violence. But can they make a real difference?

News Stories Glenn Waco had just shut down Pioneer Place. He marched 500 protesters into the downtown mall, pressed through groups of holiday shoppers and led them in a chant of “I can’t breathe! I can ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Project Censored

Ocean acidification, torture by U.S. allies and the other top stories ignored by the mainstream media.

Cover Story Our oceans are acidifying—even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet. As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as t ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ

Hard Time Gets Harder

Oregon is cutting an effective program to help mothers in prison stay close to their kids.

News Stories In 2008, Eva Guzman arrived at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, to begin a sentence for robbery. Eleven days later, she gave birth. “I had my daughter,” says Guzman, no ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Medical Error

Moda’s president was caught cheating on a recertification exam for surgeons.

News Stories \Moda Health made a big splash last year when it shelled out a reported $40 million for naming rights to the Portland Trail Blazers’ arena. The Moda Center, formerly the Rose Garden, is t ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: Are there spent fuel rods at the former Trojan nuclear plant?

Dr. Know Are there still spent fuel rods stored at the site of the former Trojan nuclear plant, or were they moved to Hanford when the cooling tower was dynamited by PGE? Also, would it be legal for a ne ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: Where the Uber Meets the Road.

Murmurs Portland, your Uber is arriving—in court. The city of Portland on Dec. 8 sued the ride-sharing company and is asking a federal judge to block Uber from operating here until it’s willing to f ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Animal Lawyer

In Oregon, animals are people, too. Meet the prosecutor who protects them.

Cover Story For decades, William Holdner raised cattle west of Portland in Columbia County—as many as 2,000 at a time. But in 2012, he let his cows starve. In a four-month period, records show, Holdne ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Don’t Be Dense

Portland’s apartment fights are headed for the suburbs. Next stop: West Linn.

News Stories Portland’s clash over density from the condos and apartment blocks lining Southeast Division Street and North Williams Avenue is spilling into the suburbs. The next focal point: a stretch ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Border Story

Last month’s vote on immigration shows a deep political divide in Portland.

Politics We’ve long known voters in East Portland tend to be more conservative than their inner-city neighbors. But the Nov. 4 election highlighted the city’s political divide between voters on eithe ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MILLER RESOR

Murmurs: Maybe Airbnb Can Rent Out All Those Streetcars.

Murmurs Portland city officials say they will finally crack down on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections. WW reported last month that only 4 percent of Airbnb hosts in Portland had bothered to ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Did Portland really have a floating whorehouse?

Dr. Know I hear that back in the gangster days, Portland was home to a floating whorehouse. Now that weed is legal and taxable, should we bring back this idea and tax it, too? It could be our version o ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Sugar Shackup

An effort to clean up a seedy corner in Cully could give millions to an alleged prostitution and money-laundering ring.

News Stories The silhouette of a naked woman on the Sugar Shack sign still draws attention to the shuttered strip club and what was once a one-stop shopping center for sex. The triangle of land where Nor ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Hotseat: Mike Fors

He put a Bitcoin ATM in Pioneer Place. Now he hopes people will see why they should use it.

News Stories There’s an ATM at Pioneer Place that turns virtual money into cash you can hold in your hand. The machine allows you to buy Bitcoin—currency backed by no government and that exists only on ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Murmurs: In Oracle vs. Oregon, Maybe the Lobbyists Win.

Murmurs Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean rose to prominence in national politics as a founder of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT rights organization. But the HRC announced ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Can I pay for a coin-op parking meter space using the “smart meter” across the street?

Dr. Know There are still a few coin-operated parking meters in Portland. As a civilized human, I rarely carry any cash, much less four bucks in quarters to park downtown for three hours. Can I pay for ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Service With a Smile

A senior fire official went to bat for an embattled club owner, who offered what three officials saw as a bribe.

News Stories Maria Toth Brown had some explaining to do. Toth Brown runs Refuge PDX, a club in the Central Eastside Industrial District. On Nov. 23, 2013, records show, Refuge PDX jammed 1,000 people into ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?

News Stories These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, and in doing so handed the details of regulating weed to the ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: We’ll Skip The Jokes About Banana Daiquiris.

Murmurs Alcohol and monkeys don’t mix. That’s the warning from a former Oregon National Primate Research Center employee, who says she was fired in June after reporting that her boss was getting a fel ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Off-Field Pursuits

A Central Catholic football coach was previously fired over sexual misconduct allegations.

Schools Seventeen years ago, David Douglas High School fired its varsity girls’ softball coach after a 16-year-old player accused him of sexually assaulting her during a trip to a summer tournament in ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: What's driving all the growth in Portland?

Dr. Know I’ve been out of town for a while. Now that I’m back, I see change everywhere. New light rail and construction all over. What gives? Is the economy better? Is everyone moving here because of ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Saki’s Big Bet

The city says Saki Tzantarmas is holding his East Portland neighborhood hostage.

Cover Story Saki Tzantarmas turns on the lights in the kingdom he built, leans against a table, and starts to cry. The ultraviolet fluorescent beams illuminate an expansive banquet hall he’s named the P ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Blurred Lines

How Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign secretly shaped state policy around Cover Oregon.

News Stories Gov. John Kitzhaber used campaign advisers to secretly direct his administration’s response to Cover Oregon, the state’s failed $250 million health insurance exchange. Previously undiscl ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Smoke Signals

Four things you should know about legal weed.

News Stories U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is greeting legal recreational pot with a bold prediction. “You are going to change national policy,” Blumenauer declared Nov. 4, less than an hour after t ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ann Sanderson

A Woodstock hair stylist is leading the fight for Portlanders to vote on the street fee.

City Hall Since May, Ann Sanderson has been battling the Portland street fee. She also helped design it. Sanderson, 50, owns Odango Hair Studio in the Woodstock neighborhood. When she spoke out against ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Why are temperatures on public transit so extreme when we live in such a moderate climate?

Dr. Know It’s fall, and my streetcar is becoming a sweaty, muggy mess again. Whenever the outdoor temperature drops below 80, they start blasting the heat. Why are temperatures on public transit so ext ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Uber: The Fastest Way Out of Gresham!

Murmurs On Nov. 7, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that the Oct. 14 death of Cougar Burleigh—a 38-year-old Olympia, Wash., man who was found at about 3:30 am Oct. 12 on the west s ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

40 Years In 40 Days

Moments that made Portland.

Cover Story Portland was a very different place in 1974. Pioneer Courthouse Square was a parking lot, hookers prowled the South Park Blocks, and storefronts stood deserted as shoppers flocked to swanky new ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Safety Last

The city has no system to ensure Airbnb rentals undergo inspections.

News Stories You can go on Airbnb right now and rent a basement room with wall murals in a house in Southeast Portland. Or you can rent one in Southwest that looks like a hotel suite. You can even check into a ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Murmurs: At Least East Portland Has Enough Parking.

Murmurs The next stop for Portland’s apartment boom? Neighborhoods east of 82nd Avenue. A new report from the city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability predicts commercial districts in East Portland wi ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Publisher’s Report 2014

To our readers:

News Stories This issue of Willamette Week marks birthday No. 40 for our newspaper. It provides a moment to reflect on where this journalistic ship has been and where it’s headed. But let’s start with ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD H. MEEKER

Dr. Know: Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon?

Dr. Know Why is there an optional ballot-secrecy envelope in Oregon? Was there some nefarious tampering or spying in the past that warranted its development? —Enveloped in Curiosity I don’t mean to ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Howling

The return of wolves stirs up old hostilities between rural and urban Oregonians.

Cover Story In March, Rob Klavins and his wife, Emily, picked up their life in Southwest Portland and moved to Enterprise, a town with 1,888 people and zero stoplights in the northeastern corner of Oregon. Ro ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by JORDAN GREEN

Mailing It In

When political campaigns try to win your vote, the truth often gets lost in the mail.

News Stories If you haven’t voted yet, you’ve brought this on yourself. The sophisticated campaigns of today know you haven’t sent in your ballot. That’s why they’re flooding your mailbox with polit ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Megabucks Megaphone

Rich white men alter the campaign finance landscape in Oregon’s 2014 campaign.

Elections What name sends chills down the backs of liberal Portland politicos? We don’t need a poll to tell us it’s Koch. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are at the top of the list of conservative, ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Mark Ferdig

A Mercy Corps team leader talks about dealing with the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

News Stories On Sept. 18, Mark Ferdig kissed his wife goodbye, dropped his two kids at school in Woodstock and boarded a plane for Monrovia, Liberia, the Ebola outbreak epicenter. FERDIGFerdig, 43, is a le ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MILLER RESOR

Endorsements 2014

Politics For the full Endorsement Guide, go here.CONGRESS U.S. Senate: Jeff Merkley (D) U.S. Rep. 1st District: Suzanne Bonamici (D) U.S. Rep. 3rd District: Earl Blumenauer (D) U.S. Rep. 5th District: Ku ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News That Tells Us How You Really Feel.

Murmurs It’s not just your imagination: Portlanders are hot under the collar about City Hall. City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade has released the annual survey gauging how well citizens feel the city o ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff
 

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