Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-693-1-.html Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Strange Wu - Why did Congressman David Wu think staffers “threatened to shut down his campaign”? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16993-strange_wu_why_did_congressman_david_wu_think_staffers_%E2%80%9Cthreatened_to_shut_down_his_campaign.html Rep. David Wu says spasms of severe neck pain caused him to seek painkillers from a donor in a pre-election episode one week before he won re-election Nov. 2. The Oregon Democrat now acknowledges t]]> Man Vs. Machine - A video poker machine dealt Justin Curzi a strange hand. Now he’s calling the Oregon Lottery’s bluff. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24178-man_vs_machine_a_video_poker_machine_dealt_justin_curzi_a_strange_hand_now_hes_calling_the_oregon_lo.html Justin Curzi pecked the draw button on the Jacks or Better video poker machine. The glow from five game screens lit the maroon walls of the windowless room in the back of Northwest Portland’s ]]> Asleep At The Wheel - David Wu totaled a parked car in 2010 and blamed it on his hectic travel schedule. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17231-asleep_at_the_wheel_david_wu_totaled_a_parked_car_in_2010_and_blamed_it_on_his_hectic_travel_schedul.html U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his car into a Ford Focus parked on a residential street in Portland’s Forest Heights neighborhood last year]]> Sext Crimes - Oregon has a name for teens who take dirty photos with their cell phones: Child Pornographer. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16544-sext_crimes_oregon_has_a_name_for_teens_who_take_dirty_photos_with_their_cell_phones_child_pornograp.html Wu’s World - Police reports detail one set of problems in the congressman’s marriage. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17024-wus_world_police_reports_detail_one_set_of_problems_in_the_congressmans_marriage.html U.S. Rep. David Wu tried to explain his odd behavior in the run-up to the November election during interviews last weekend with several local television and radio stations. One week after Wu’s u]]> Cheerless - The real reason Lincoln High no longer has spirit. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11434-cheerless_the_real_reason_lincoln_high_no_longer_has_spirit.html Trial By Facebook - When Lewis&Clark students decided to warn others about Morgan Shaw-Fox, they didn't go to the authorities—they went to their computers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8263-trial_by_facebook_when_lewisclark_students_decided_to_warn_others_about_morgan_shaw_fox_they_didnt_g.html Hiding In America - For a child of illegal immigrants, life remains in the shadows. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16376-hiding_in_america_for_a_child_of_illegal_immigrants_life_remains_in_the_shadows.html

In some ways, Cecilia Gomez lives the American dream.

In her early 20s, she’s risen to the ranks of manager at her job. She has the material trappings of a middle-class life: a car, a house, a cell]]>
Little Janitors - Portland Public Schools defends student discipline one official compares to an inmate work crew. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24206-little_janitors_portland_public_schools_defends_student_discipline_one_official_compares_to_an_inmat.html Domingo Martin spent three days in November and December at North Portland’s César Chávez K-8 School cleaning the gym and collecting trash in the school’s foul-smelling restrooms. It was]]> Six And The City - The bold and the bizarre among the concepts to redevelop a key site. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16847-six_and_the_city_the_bold_and_the_bizarre_among_the_concepts_to_redevelop_a_key_site.html

 The 10-acre site Portland Public Schools now occupies just north of the Rose Quarter could become a Costco, as The Oregonian reported earlier this month.

Dirt Under the Nails - A beauty trend Oregon tax collectors dislike. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17444-dirt_under_the_nails_a_beauty_trend_oregon_tax_collectors_dislike.html It often seems that the only thing more common than coffee shops on Portland street corners are neighborhood nail salons. It’s a domain of manicures, pedicures and shellac, and it’s populated by]]> Hose Festival - The City Auditor says spending on unrelated programs may be soaking water and sewer ratepayers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17289-hose_festival_the_city_auditor_says_spending_on_unrelated_programs_may_be_soaking_water_and_sewer_ra.html A new audit questions recent decisions by the Portland City Council to spend funds collected from water and sewer users on city programs ]]> Kicked To The Curb - Why green Portland doesn’t recycle food waste citywide yet. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17349-kicked_to_the_curb_why_green_portland_doesnt_recycle_food_waste_citywide_yet.html A pilot program in Portland to collect food waste separately from residential garbage won’t expand to include the entire city this spring as expected. Two new Portland garbage transfer facilities]]> The Portland Thorn - Steve Novick charmed voters with his prickly brilliance, gumption and wit. The bloom is off. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24753-the_portland_thorn_steve_novick_charmed_voters_with_his_prickly_brilliance_gumption_and_wit_the_bloo.html Back when Steve Novick was in grade school, teachers were still allowed to spank troublesome students. Novick was in fifth grade when his teacher asked his mother for permission to paddle the ]]> Señor Smith - Low-wage Latino workers keep Sen. Gordon Smith's family business humming. Not all of them are legal. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9517-sentildeor_smith_low_wage_latino_workers_keep_sen_gordon_smiths_family_business_humming_not_all_of_t.html The Equalizer - Portland schools chief Carole Smith wants to reinvent the neighborhood school. Can she do it? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23820-the_equalizer_portland_schools_chief_carole_smith_wants_to_reinvent_the_neighborhood_school_can_she_.html 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]]> Help For Her Friends - Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24328-help_for_her_friends_portland_schools_boss_delivers_pay_hikes_to_officials_who_work_for_her.html Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual salary to $247,000.  At the time, most Portland School Board]]> Kiddie Trouble - A Pearl District Child Care Center Comes Under Scrutiny For Lack of Staffing http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24786-kiddie_trouble_a_pearl_district_child_care_center_comes_under_scrutiny_for_lack_of_staffing.html To Megan Bergstrom, it was chaos. She had a howling 4-month-old girl strapped to her in an Eddie Bauer carrier while the eight other children she was responsible for watching—all under the a]]> Hello, My Name Is Brian, and I Abuse My Wife - Can group therapy cure domestic violence? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-25282-hello_my_name_is_brian_and_i_abuse_my_wife_can_group_therapy_cure_domestic_violence.html Brian thinks he’s in relapse. The 48-year-old lawyer perches on a brown pleather couch and booms in his reliably loud voice to the five other men in the therapy room on a sweltering Thursday eveni]]> Hard Time Gets Harder - Oregon is cutting an effective program to help mothers in prison stay close to their kids. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23658-hard_time_gets_harder_oregon_is_cutting_an_effective_program_to_help_mothers_in_prison_stay_close_to.html 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]]> Bad Boy - Steve Buel is cranky, irritating, stubborn—and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24372-bad_boy_steve_buel_is_cranky_irritating_stubborn%E2%80%94and_a_surprising_force_for_change_in_portla.html Greg Belisle demanded an answer. Steve Buel refused to give him one. It was Jan. 27, 2014, and Belisle was holding the gavel as co-chairman of the Portland Public Schools board. He and the oth]]> House Of David - David Wu doesn’t live in the 1st Congressional District. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17279-house_of_david_david_wu_doesnt_live_in_the_1st_congressional_district.html Last year, when U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his rental car into a parked vehicle in Northwest Portland, he gave a police officer the home address of a close friend rather than the address on his Oreg]]> Off-Field Pursuits - A Central Catholic football coach was previously fired over sexual misconduct allegations. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23549-off_field_pursuits_a_central_catholic_football_coach_was_previously_fired_over_sexual_misconduct_all.html 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]]> Sidestepped - Why are the Jefferson Dancers—from Portland’s majority-black high school—mostly white? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23846-sidestepped_why_are_the_jefferson_dancers%E2%80%94from_portlands_majority_black_high_school%E2%80%94.html 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]]> Trust But Verify - Why does a liberal Oregon Democrat want to crack down on illegal immigrants? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16888-trust_but_verify_why_does_a_liberal_oregon_democrat_want_to_crack_down_on_illegal_immigrants.html Advocates for undocumented immigrants accuse U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) of trying to drive illegal workers further underground with a new bill that would require employers to check applicants]]> Testing Their Patience - A group of students is dragging down ratings of a school in a historically black neighborhood. They’re white. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23379-testing_their_patience_a_group_of_students_is_dragging_down_ratings_of_a_school_in_a_historically_bl.html Kim Wilson considers herself a conscientious objector. It’s not war she is opposing, although she does feel children today are under attack. She objects to standardized tests. Last year, Wilson,]]> Supermess - Portland Public Schools must decide what to do with a principal arrested for—but not charged with—domestic violence. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23886-supermess_portland_public_schools_must_decide_what_to_do_with_a_principal_arrested_for%E2%80%94but_n.html In the Portland Public Schools firmament, few stars shined as brightly as Marti Diaz. The former teacher rose to the position of principal at Southeast Portland’s Kelly Elementary School in ]]> Landlord Have Mercy - Welcome to Room 120—eviction court. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10834-landlord_have_mercy_welcome_to_room_120mdasheviction_court.html Teen Sext - A bill to limit penalties for graphic pictures hits a snag. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17443-teen_sext_a_bill_to_limit_penalties_for_graphic_pictures_hits_a_snag.html Among the many new laws the Oregon Legislature is considering this session, a revision to penalties for “sexting” between teenagers is proving unexpectedly contentious. Senate Bill 678 would p]]> Fast Talkers - The Portland School District and teachers reached a speedy labor deal. But is that necessarily a good thing? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17199-fast_talkers_the_portland_school_district_and_teachers_reached_a_speedy_labor_deal_but_is_that_neces.html The School Board on Monday night hailed Portland Public Schools’ new labor contract with teachers as collaborative]]>