Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1423-1-.html Thu, 30 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Renter’s Hell - Portlanders pay a steep price in the nation’s toughest rental market. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18305-renters_hell_portlanders_pay_a_steep_price_in_the_nations_toughest_rental_market.html The first place Lindsay Bozanich finally found to rent this year came with fingernail clippings in the bed.  They probably belonged to the former resident of her $800 Murphy bed-equipped ]]> Jail Birds - The fastest-growing group of inmates in Oregon: Women. A look inside Coffee Creek. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18696-jail_birds_the_fastest_growing_group_of_inmates_in_oregon_women_a_look_inside_coffee_creek.html The archetypal prisoner of the last century wore stripes and carried a ball and chain. In the early part of the 21st century, he wore an orange jumpsuit.  The typical 2012 inmate may instea]]> A Clean and Safe Battle - A move to replace private patrols with park rangers tests the clout of the Portland Business Alliance. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18515-a_clean_and_safe_battle_a_move_to_replace_private_patrols_with_park_rangers_tests_the_clout_of_the_p.html The City of Portland is moving to break the longtime hold a business group has on providing security patrols in downtown parks, setting up a potential struggle over public safety and big-money m]]> The Fall of the 420 Hotel - In the final hours of Occupy Portland, there was mud, a riot squad and a speckled rooster. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18215-the_fall_of_the_420_hotel_in_the_final_hours_of_occupy_portland_there_was_mud_a_riot_squad_and_a_spe.html The final rumor to sweep through the ruins of Occupy Portland inflamed the holdouts in the 420 Hotel.  “They killed a puppy!” screamed a young man with a scraggly goatee and a black Army ja]]> Making Food Deserts Bloom - Tax dollars bring healthy foods to neighborhoods without supermarkets. But can it reduce obesity? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18633-making_food_deserts_bloom_tax_dollars_bring_healthy_foods_to_neighborhoods_without_supermarkets_but_.html Muktar Abdow is terribly proud of the refrigerator and freezer at his African Mini Market on North Killingsworth Street. He shows them off with a smile and a wave of his hand that’s appropriate ]]> Occupy Central - The Portland movement is instigating the next global protest against corporate power. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18880-occupy_central_the_portland_movement_is_instigating_the_next_global_protest_against_corporate_power.html Occupy Las Vegas is on the line. 

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“G-ing” in the Spotlight - Grant High students speak out about the locker-room assaults. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18816-%E2%80%9Cg_ing%E2%80%9D_in_the_spotlight_grant_high_students_speak_out_about_the_locker_room_assault.html For the past four weeks, Grant High School in Northeast Portland has been under a cloud of scrutiny and shame. Four of its students face criminal investigation for allegedly assaulting two of th]]> State Champs’ Personal Fouls - Lake Oswego High School won’t say whether members of its 6A titlist football team were disciplined for racist tweets. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18908-state_champs_personal_fouls_lake_oswego_high_school_wont_say_whether_members_of_its_6a_titlist_footb.html At least six members of Lake Oswego High School’s 6A state champion football team targeted one of their former teammates...]]> Market of No Choice - PDC looks at a new, high-end grocery downtown, far from where the city needs one most. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18240-market_of_no_choice_pdc_looks_at_a_new_high_end_grocery_downtown_far_from_where_the_city_needs_one_m.html More than 17,500 people in Portland don’t have easy access to supermarkets or full-service grocery stores—a problem city officials say they want to fix.     Many of their neighborho]]> Sugar Fee Soda - A proposed tax on sweetened drinks could raise $35 million for Multnomah County. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18668-sugar_fee_soda_a_proposed_tax_on_sweetened_drinks_could_raise_%2435_million_for_multnomah_county.html Soda pop, energy drinks and even some juice mixes will get more expensive in Multnomah County if voters approve a new tax proposal bound for the November ballot. As first reported Jan. 9 at ww]]>