Purged

A Portland radical gets banished by the group he once led.

Cover Story Byrd Jasper sat at the center of concentric circles of folding chairs in the Musicians Local... More

Jan 21, 2015 06:38 pm by AARON MESH

McKeel-Hauled

A former county land-use inspector says Commissioner Diane McKeel retaliated against him on behalf of her allies.

News Stories A former Multnomah County employee says Commissioner Diane McKeel had him fired last... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Noah Ernst

The spokesman for a new coalition of Portland cab companies worries about Uber and what dumbed-down taxi rules will mean for Portland.

News Stories Noah Ernst is hacked off. He’s been in the taxi business four years—first... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Sidestepped

Why are the Jefferson Dancers—from Portland’s majority-black high school—mostly white?

Schools The Jan. 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at Northeast Portland’s... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: Perhaps It’s The Crust Of a New Career.

Murmurs Dave’s Killer Bread co-founder Dave Dahl is giving his first interview... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why don't Portland businesses run their ceiling fans in the correct direction in the winter?

Dr. Know I’ve tried to persuade countless business owners that their... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH
 
 

Purged

A Portland radical gets banished by the group he once led.

Cover Story Byrd Jasper sat at the center of concentric circles of folding chairs in the Musicians Local 99 Union Hall. More than 50 people—most of them part of the Portland activist community—gathered ... More

Jan 21, 2015 06:38 pm by AARON MESH

McKeel-Hauled

A former county land-use inspector says Commissioner Diane McKeel retaliated against him on behalf of her allies.

News Stories A former Multnomah County employee says Commissioner Diane McKeel had him fired last fall after he tried to stop her political friends from breaking land-use rules in violation of federal law. ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sidestepped

Why are the Jefferson Dancers—from Portland’s majority-black high school—mostly white?

Schools The Jan. 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at Northeast Portland’s Highland Christian Center had all the trappings of a typical commemoration for the civil rights leader. Crowds fil ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Noah Ernst

The spokesman for a new coalition of Portland cab companies worries about Uber and what dumbed-down taxi rules will mean for Portland.

News Stories Noah Ernst is hacked off. He’s been in the taxi business four years—first as a driver and now as a superintendent with employee-owned Radio Cab. He’s also the spokesman for a new lobbyin ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Murmurs: Perhaps It’s The Crust Of a New Career.

Murmurs Dave’s Killer Bread co-founder Dave Dahl is giving his first interview since being found guilty except for insanity in November of ramming two Washington County sheriff’s patrol cars with his Cadi ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why don't Portland businesses run their ceiling fans in the correct direction in the winter?

Dr. Know I’ve tried to persuade countless business owners that their ceiling fans are going in the wrong direction. They all say, “It’s blowing the hot air down.” Is ignorantly suffering through ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Equalizer

Portland schools chief Carole Smith wants to reinvent the neighborhood school. Can she do it?

Cover Story Carole Smith is the most powerful woman in Oregon education. As superintendent of Portland Public Schools, she makes tough decisions every day regarding the district’s $535 million annual budg ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

The Devil’s Due

Two dancers sue strip club Casa Diablo for unpaid wages and harassment.

News Stories Last July, Matilda Bickers decided she’d had enough of Casa Diablo. She had danced at the Northwest Portland strip club for more than 2½ years and was tired of grab-ass bouncers and uncheck ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA WALTERS

Nous Sommes Tous Charlie

News Stories These are the images cartoonists and others at Charlie Hebdo died to publish. The French satirical weekly had for three decades poked a finger in the eye of the powerful and the pious with sca ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Opening the Tax Floodgates

Hold your wallets. Oregon Democrats ruling Salem want to raise your taxes.

Politics Lawmakers convened in Salem on Jan. 12 to attend Gov. John Kitzhaber’s inaugural address and start the business of making new laws. Many states saw Democrats wiped out in the 2014 election ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Where We Take Old News and Make it New Again.

Murmurs As first reported on wweek.com, multiple sources have told WW that the FBI is investigating Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment; the governor’s office says nei ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Give!Guide 2014 Results

Give!Guide goes wild!

News Stories Wow, WW readers, you just blew the socks (and the shoes, pants and shirt) off the goals we set for our 2014 Give!Guide.  We had hoped as many as 7,500 of you would give as much as $2.6 mill ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD H. MEEKER

Dr. Know: Is the Oregon poultry flu epidemic the same as the deadly "bird flu"?

Dr. Know Like a lot of folks, I have the flu. The news says Oregon poultry is also having a flu epidemic. I recall a fuss about deadly “bird flu” a few years ago, so I assumed that’s what I have. M ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Double Dip

Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes used a taxpayer-funded trip to Seattle to work for her private consulting clients.

News Stories Gov. John Kitzhaber probably never imagined he would be heading into a historic fourth term as Oregon chief executive with a major daily newspaper calling for a criminal investigation into the actio ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Into the Weeds

Oregon can avoid the bad trips other states took on legal pot.

News Stories Ann Lininger has a lot of reading to inhale. After only a year in the Oregon House, Lininger, a Lake Oswego Democrat, heads into a new legislative session Jan. 12 with a doozy of an assignment: ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Murmurs: We Swear—It’s Only The Truth Out Of Salem.

Murmurs When Uber returns to Portland in April, it could face new competition (“Drive,” WW, Dec. 31, 2014). Commissioner Steve Novick has told the city’s taxi board to tackle its backlog of 377 permit ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Why didn't your article on flushable wipes mention Fatbergs?

Dr. Know Your piece on flushable wipes in the sewers omitted the scariest scenario of all: Wipes + cooking grease = “Fatbergs.” A 15-ton fatberg threatened London in 2013; it took crews with high-pow ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Drive

Portland tried to run from Uber. Then the mayor grabbed the wheel.

Cover Story Brooke Steger had never met Steve Novick before they attended a September event at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. Steger is the regional general manager of Uber, the $41 billion company whose ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Brushed Aside

Two public schools in Portland find the city has cut them out of arts-tax money.

News Stories Leah Maurer is a Portland mother of three, ages 3, 7 and 9. That means she knows a lot about teaching how to share. The city of Portland? Less so. Portland voters approved the city’s arts ta ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Darius Rejali

A Reed College expert says the debate over U.S.-Sponsored torture overlooks its toll on those who carry it out.

Hot Seat Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee published a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture after 9/11. The report found that, contrary to CIA cl ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: Meet The New Year. A Lot Like The Old Year.

Murmurs Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is finally fulfilling her long-delayed promise to tackle campaign finance reform. Oregon is one of only four states that places no limits on political contri ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Are flushable wipes actually flushable?

Dr. Know In the never-ending quest for better hygiene, I recently purchased some “flushable wipes,” the better to keep my nether regions shower-fresh all day. However, I now hear rumorsthat such wipe ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Top 10 Stories of 2014

News Stories Yes, dear readers, there is an Easter Bunny. We’re exhausted from trying week after week to convince you climate change is real, city taxi regulations are written in blood and public docks o ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Steaming Mad

A union boss’s criminal past and allegations of nepotism roil one of Oregon’s biggest labor groups.

News Stories From its name, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290 sounds like an old-fashioned, low-tech kind of labor union. Even its logo consists of pipes and valves. Yet the union’s 4,000 members per ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Know: Does Portland ever get a "white Christmas"?

Dr. Know It doesn’t seem very likely that Portland will have a “white Christmas” this year. But does it ever happen? —Bing Crosby, Stills and Nash Before I answer your question, Bing, I feel I should ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: The Latest Dispatches From The Uncaring Economy.

Murmurs Portland seems to be coming to terms with the so-called “sharing economy”—witness the deal, first reported by wweek.com, that Mayor Charlie Hales cut with Uber to have the ride-sharing com ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

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
 

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