Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1467-1-.html Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Mohamed and “<i>The Terror Factory</i>” - This week’s trial will determine if the FBI entrapped the Christmas Tree Bomber. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20114-mohamed_and_%E2%80%9Cthe_terror_factory%E2%80%9D_this_weeks_trial_will_determine_if_the_fbi_entrappe.html This week, the man federal officials say tried to bomb the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas tree lighting ceremony more than two years ago]]> Rent A Pup - Oregon’s richest veterinarian wants to lease you a pet—but complaints dog his business. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19896-rent_a_pup_oregons_richest_veterinarian_wants_to_lease_you_a_pet%E2%80%94but_complaints_dog_his_busi.html

There’s a small storefront near the Nordstrom at Clackamas Town Center that’s hard to ignore.

In the window is a gray bunny that can bounce a ball. On a recent visit...]]>
The Woman Behind the Bridge - The force behind Oregon’s massive freeway project works for the governor—and a private company that wants it built. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20317-the_woman_behind_the_bridge_the_force_behind_oregons_massive_freeway_project_works_for_the_governor%.html On Feb. 11, Gov. John Kitzhaber strode into a legislative hearing and made his strongest pitch yet for the massive highway project called the Columbia River Crossing.
One Sick Puppy - Questions about veterinary care dog a pet-leasing company. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21131-one_sick_puppy_questions_about_veterinary_care_dog_a_pet_leasing_company.html Hannah the Pet Society, a controversial and growing company that leases pets, is exploiting a loophole in a state law intended for chicken farmers and cattle ranchers—that owners can medically]]> Brides Denied - A same-sex couple says CC Slaughters nightclub barred them for their wedding dresses. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21081-brides_denied_a_same_sex_couple_says_cc_slaughters_nightclub_barred_them_for_their_wedding_dresses.html Like any brides, Michelle and Eidan Bray figured their Aug. 10 wedding wouldn’t go off without a hitch or two. But as 100 friends and relatives gathered to celebrate their marriage in Northeast ]]> Puttin’ on the Schnitz - Oregon’s biggest arts patron steps out with an art lover of a different sort. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20969-puttin_on_the_schnitz_oregons_biggest_arts_patron_steps_out_with_an_art_lover_of_a_different_sort.html The Schnitzers are the Rockefellers of the Beaver State, long noted for their power, wealth and generous patronage of the arts. Just how much money the late Harold Schnitzer and his widow, Arlene,]]> Whack-A-Mole - Portland activists may have outed the wrong guy as an FBI snitch—here’s why they still should be paranoid. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21434-whack_a_mole_portland_activists_may_have_outed_the_wrong_guy_as_an_fbi_snitch%E2%80%94heres_why_they.html It was a perfect day for a protest. July 27 broke beautifully—not too hot, a light breeze, Mount Hood gleaming in the distance. At least 1,000 people, from old hippies to young anarchists, t]]> Coming Unwrapped - Syphilis is back—and it’s spreading quickly among gay men who don’t use condoms. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20715-coming_unwrapped_syphilis_is_back%E2%80%94and_its_spreading_quickly_among_gay_men_who_dont_use_condo.html Novice Sister Donna Vanewday sways to the pounding dubstep in Old Town’s CC Slaughters nightclub, cooling himself with a black fan. It’s hot as hell inside a nun’s habit. He’s a towering]]> I Can Haz Bird? - Portland’s feral cats enjoy a rare kind of immunity. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20878-i_can_haz_bird_portlands_feral_cats_enjoy_a_rare_kind_of_immunity.html It’s early on a Wednesday, and Alison Lord can’t wait to begin castrating.  A veterinarian in private practice in the Pearl District, Lord typically deals with ailments of the pampered ]]> The Queer Frontier - The battle over gay marriage moves to rural Oregon. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21011-the_queer_frontier_the_battle_over_gay_marriage_moves_to_rural_oregon.html Leighton Reed-Nickerson wheels his black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible into the parking lot of the Harney County Farmers Market, a collection of a dozen stands selling vegetables, rag rugs]]> 1 in 3 - Those are the odds a woman on this planet will face abuse in her lifetime. V-Day is your chance to do something about it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20229-1_in_3_those_are_the_odds_a_woman_on_this_planet_will_face_abuse_in_her_lifetime_v_day_is_your_chanc.html One in three. One-third of all women worldwide—let’s call it an even 1 billion—will be victims of violence because they are women. You could get depressed or apathetic when you see that ov]]> Bridge End - Oregon backers of the CRC think they’ve won the day. They haven’t met Ann Rivers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20340-bridge_end_oregon_backers_of_the_crc_think_theyve_won_the_day_they_havent_met_ann_rivers.html Ann Rivers sips her skinny vanilla latte in a Ridgefield, Wash., coffee shop on a bright Sunday morning, smiling at the new role she has found herself playing in Northwest politics: the bridge kil]]> Tanked - From Portland’s drunk tank to Old Town to Salem, how booze is hurting (and helping) Oregon. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20467-tanked_from_portlands_drunk_tank_to_old_town_to_salem_how_booze_is_hurting_%28and_helping%29_oregon.html Devon is hauled into the Central City Concern Sobering Station, a Portland cop on each arm. He has a dazed, faraway look that, as he puts it, “a whole lot of Hennessy” provides. He’s quickly]]> Committed to Junction City - The state’s new mental hospital is drawing fire—and it hasn’t even been built yet. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20146-committed_to_junction_city_the_states_new_mental_hospital_is_drawing_fire%E2%80%94and_it_hasnt_even_.html The road for the Oregon State Hospital in Junction City stretches across an open field, waiting to lead people to the state’s newest mental health facility. State officials have spent $61.8 ]]> The First 30 Seconds - The city hopes to shield the mentally ill from excessive force by putting the right cop on the scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20022-the_first_30_seconds_the_city_hopes_to_shield_the_mentally_ill_from_excessive_force_by_putting_the_r.html It’s an otherwise slow Monday night, but Officer Casey Hettman is tense. He and two other Portland police officers move through...]]> Punch Drunk - A video of a cop punching a suspect surfaces as lawyers in the case seek to rewrite state law on excessive force. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20493-punch_drunk_a_video_of_a_cop_punching_a_suspect_surfaces_as_lawyers_in_the_case_seek_to_rewrite_stat.html Jason Cox says he was beaten by cops. But he has what a lot of people who allege police brutality don’t: a video. On June 18, 2011, Portland cops arrested Cox, then 37, in the parking lot of an ]]> One Cop’s Exes and Uh-Ohs - An officer already under investigation faces domestic-violence allegations. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21484-one_cops_exes_and_uh_ohs_an_officer_already_under_investigation_faces_domestic_violence_allegations.html A Portland cop under an internal affairs investigation for allegedly tampering with jurors also faces two formal misconduct complaints—filed by two ex-wives. On Nov. 6, the city’s Citizen ]]> A Bridge Too Low - The CRC isn’t eager to redesign a bridge that should be taller. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19904-a_bridge_too_low_the_crc_isnt_eager_to_redesign_a_bridge_that_should_be_taller.html The proposed Columbia River Crossing has turned into a high-stakes limbo dance: How low can the bridge go?\\\\\\\\n CRC officials say \\\\\\\\nthey are trying to fix one of the most embarrassing problems with the \\\\\\\\ntroubled $3.5 billion Interstate 5 project: The... \\\\\\\\n ]]> Overtime Busts - Budget-breaking practices allow some sheriff’s deputies to double their pay. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20125-overtime_busts_budget_breaking_practices_allow_some_sheriffs_deputies_to_double_their_pay.html Sgt. Diana Olsen has occasionally been the face of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. She heads up the sheriff’s search and rescue team, and when a 7-year-old Skyline Elementary School stu]]> Throw Voters From the Train - A Clark County measure to fund light rail has become a referendum on the CRC. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19706-throw_voters_from_the_train_a_clark_county_measure_to_fund_light_rail_has_become_a_referendum_on_the.html The Columbia River Crossing is already in big trouble.  The proposed Interstate 5 spans between Oregon and Washington have a flawed design, the backers lack firm plans to...]]> Counting Cards - A state audit says the Department of Human Services isn’t tracking food-stamp fraud. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20645-counting_cards_a_state_audit_says_the_department_of_human_services_isnt_tracking_food_stamp_fraud.html In the wrong hands, food stamps can buy a lot more than milk and bread.  State officials say they know there’s a black market for Oregon Trail cards, the electronic debit-style cards used]]> Greed Card - Two Oregonians found the perfect crime: falsely promising vulnerable immigrants documents. Why are they not in prison? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21575-greed_card_two_oregonians_found_the_perfect_crime_falsely_promising_vulnerable_immigrants_documents_.html Ignacio Estevez was 16 when he came to the United States from Guatemala in 1987 to pluck pistachios in California for 20 cents a barrel. He’s since sweated his way into a construction job with b]]> Hotseat: Greg Palast - The progressive—and often controversial—journalist says he’s fighting to protect your vote. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19676-hotseat_greg_palast_the_progressive%E2%80%94and_often_controversial%E2%80%94journalist_says_hes_figh.html Greg Palast guarantees one thing to people who read his book or hear him talk: “If I don’t make you laugh, then I’ll give you your money back.” A progressive journalist famous for taki]]> The Wages of Mismanagement - The firing of an Old Town priest is traced to questions about church funds. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20860-the_wages_of_mismanagement_the_firing_of_an_old_town_priest_is_traced_to_questions_about_church_fund.html About 40 members of Saint André Bessette Catholic Church stayed after the 10 am service last Sunday to get answers.  Their parish priest, the Rev. Stephen Newton, had been dismissed without ]]> Robes In the Ring - A candidate for Supreme Court says his opponent is inflating her credentials. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19730-robes_in_the_ring_a_candidate_for_supreme_court_says_his_opponent_is_inflating_her_credentials.html Quick: Name a sitting Oregon Supreme Court judge. OK, we admit it—maybe it’s not a fair question. Most Americans can’t name any of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices. So while we know WW]]> Hogan’s Hero - A Eugene law firm plans a spendy party for a retiring federal judge. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19935-hogans_hero_a_eugene_law_firm_plans_a_spendy_party_for_a_retiring_federal_judge.html A party has got to be really swank to raise the eyebrows of the state’s lawyers. Yet a proposed retirement bash for U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan has many Oregon lawyers’ brows firmly ]]> Gimme Shelter - The YWCA is closing its emergency domestic-violence shelter, but officials hope a new strategy will help cushion the loss. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20236-gimme_shelter_the_ywca_is_closing_its_emergency_domestic_violence_shelter_but_officials_hope_a_new_s.html Every day at 9 am, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line website updates the availability at the city’s four emergency shelters. Most mornings, it’s the same answer: no vacancy. Despite that se]]> Tamper Tantrum - A troubled Portland cop is caught talking to jurors before a trial in which he was a witness. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21169-tamper_tantrum_a_troubled_portland_cop_is_caught_talking_to_jurors_before_a_trial_in_which_he_was_a_.html A Portland police detective once investigated for illegal drug use and the subject of numerous complaints, including excessive force, is back in hot water after being accused of tampering with j]]> Hold the Phone - Dwindling calls lead the state to propose ending its HIV/AIDS hotline. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19991-hold_the_phone_dwindling_calls_lead_the_state_to_propose_ending_its_hiv_aids_hotline.html The dial tone on Oregon’s long-running HIV/AIDS hotline may soon go dead. Since 1987, the hotline has connected thousands of callers with testing and HIV/AIDS services—key to the early detec]]> Hotseat: Constantin Severe - Portland’s new police watchdog on how to keep cops accountable. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20828-hotseat_constantin_severe_portlands_new_police_watchdog_on_how_to_keep_cops_accountable.html As a first-generation Haitian-American growing up in Brooklyn and Miami, Constantin Severe hated cops. Then he learned to like them during his time as a defense attorney with Metropolitan Public ]]>