Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1444-1-.html Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Spice World - Synthetic marijuana is more illegal than the real stuff—and easier to buy. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19392-spice_world_synthetic_marijuana_is_more_illegal_than_the_real_stuff%E2%80%94and_easier_to_buy.html A decade ago, synthetic marijuana hit shelves at skate and head shops with two big advantages over real grass: It was legal and it wouldn’t show up in drug tests. A decade later, fake pot could ]]> A Question of Breeding - A local semen bank for dogs is accused of sending the wrong seed. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19313-a_question_of_breeding_a_local_semen_bank_for_dogs_is_accused_of_sending_the_wrong_seed.html For more than 40 years, Carrol C. Platz Jr. has been collecting dog semen—sometimes using a device called an electroejaculator, and sometimes by hand. Platz is a world-renowned expert on the]]> Dotcom Before The Storm - An alleged rape victim turns to crowdsourcing in her civil suit against a prominent Portland software executive. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21761-dotcom_before_the_storm_an_alleged_rape_victim_turns_to_crowdsourcing_in_her_civil_suit_against_a_pr.html A new lawsuit accuses a leading Portland software entrepreneur of sexual assault, and his accuser has taken the extraordinary step of trying to crowdsource $11,500 to help pay for her civil case]]> Hang Ten - A survey of 10 kalua pig plate lunches in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21946-hang_ten_a_survey_of_10_kalua_pig_plate_lunches_in_portland.html There is not much Hawaiian food in Portland. At least not the dishes people in my native state would call “Hawaiian.” On the islands, the term is properly used to denote something with roots]]> Signed, Sealed, Delinquent? - A popular Portland delivery service faces allegations it underpays its couriers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21820-signed_sealed_delinquent_a_popular_portland_delivery_service_faces_allegations_it_underpays_its_cour.html If you’ve filled a prescription or bought a house in Portland in the last 10 years, there’s a decent chance a company called Senvoy was involved in the transaction. The Portland company cl]]> 127th and Hales - The mayor says he makes his decisions thinking about one intersection. We went there. It needs paving. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21520-127th_and_hales_the_mayor_says_he_makes_his_decisions_thinking_about_one_intersection_we_went_there_.html Charlotte Hurt says she didn’t choose to move to Southeast 127th Avenue and Mill Court. And she hasn’t heard of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Hurt moved last year to a turquoise cottage fo]]> World Cup 2014 Scouting Report - The cast of characters in soccer’s biggest free-for-all. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22662-world_cup_2014_scouting_report_the_cast_of_characters_in_soccers_biggest_free_for_all.html The World Cup starts with two weeks of utter chaos. Called the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. Each group plays a round-robin tournament. There are always multip]]> Cold Dreams - Residents of Right 2 Dream Too question Mayor Charlie Hales’ offer to move them inside. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21638-cold_dreams_residents_of_right_2_dream_too_question_mayor_charlie_hales_offer_to_move_them_inside.html It’s a quarter to 9 on the coldest night so far this year, and a 64-year-old man named Misha waits for a turn to sleep in a tent with strangers. Right 2 Dream Too—the iconic homeless camp ]]> Yellow Card - It’s not too soon for a warning: The Portland Timbers, absent big change, are headed for trouble. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22447-yellow_card_its_not_too_soon_for_a_warning_the_portland_timbers_absent_big_change_are_headed_for_tro.html The Portland Timbers are supposed to be one of the dominant teams in Major League Soccer. The 2013 campaign saw the team soar to the Western Conference final after an abysmal performance a year ]]> Changing Places - A North Portland center shows what a “green” building means. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19289-changing_places_a_north_portland_center_shows_what_a_%E2%80%9Cgreen%E2%80%9D_building_means.html It’s easy to look past the squat former Arco station at North Albina Avenue and Ainsworth Street. The exterior disguises the clean, sleek remodeling inside that has transformed it into the June ]]> Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan, <i>Buried in the Sky</i> - The <i>real</i> heroes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19310-peter_zuckerman_amanda_padoan_buried_in_the_sky_the_real_heroes.html There are a lot of books about mountaineering disasters, but few center on people with stories like Chhiring Sherpa’s. Buried in the Sky (W.W. Norton & Company, 304 pages, $26.95) is Peter Zuc]]> Great Expectations - After a breakout season, the Portland Timbers must show they’re for real. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22058-great_expectations_after_a_breakout_season_the_portland_timbers_must_show_theyre_for_real.html As the Portland Timbers continue their preseason tournament tonight against Portmore United, a Jamaican club, nobody would blame fans for being nervous. The 2013 season was close to perfect. “]]>