Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-720-1-.html Fri, 24 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Jeff Cogen’s Double Life - Public documents contradict the County Chairman’s account of his affair. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20947-jeff_cogens_double_life_public_documents_contradict_the_county_chairmans_account_of_his_affair.html Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen could not have seemed more sincere last week as he confessed an affair with a county employee named Sonia Manhas. “My family is hurting,” Cogen told WW o]]> Tech Wizards of the Silicon Forest - The aggressive dork CEOs spearheading Portland’s startup scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17593-tech_wizards_of_the_silicon_forest_the_aggressive_dork_ceos_spearheading_portlands_startup_scene.html Luke Kanies believes he’s found the solution to Portland’s economic woes. Strike that: Luke Kanies believes he is the solution. “Two years ago, when I moved to town, people were like, ‘Oh, ]]> Children Of A Higher God - The members of the Santo Daime church fought for the right to drink hallucinogenic tea. And they’re serving it to kids. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17017-children_of_a_higher_god_the_members_of_the_santo_daime_church_fought_for_the_right_to_drink_halluci.html Three times a month, the 39 members of the Church of the Divine Rose gather in a Portland VFW Hall at Southeast 9th ]]> Mock Star - Carrie Brownstein is making fun of you. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16676-mock_star_carrie_brownstein_is_making_fun_of_you.html In her 10 years as a Portlander, Carrie Brownstein has been many things: a guitarist, an actress, a blogger, an advertising writer, a dog trainer and, most recently, the creator of a TV series...]]> Notes From the Occupation - 48 hours inside Occupy Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18140-notes_from_the_occupation_48_hours_inside_occupy_portland.html DJ Nick is back. He needs to get out of here, because DJ Nick is trouble. He’s just one of the problem people the Safety/Peacekeeping Committee worries about in the Occupy Portland camps.  Th]]> Quake-Up Call - There's a massive earthquake in Portland's future—and a government “prophet of doom” will tell you all about it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11577-quake_up_call_theres_a_massive_earthquake_in_portlands_futuremdashand_a_government_ldprophet_of_doom.html Professor Xbox - Tom Bissell is Portland's finest writer. Why is he spending his time on video games and bad movies? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17989-professor_xbox_tom_bissell_is_portlands_finest_writer_why_is_he_spending_his_time_on_video_games_and.html I saw the best mind of my generation, and he asked me to watch a crappy movie. Tom Bissell is not a household name in Portland.
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Breaking Bread - How the redemption story of troubled baker Dave Dahl began to crumble. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21741-breaking_bread_how_the_redemption_story_of_troubled_baker_dave_dahl_began_to_crumble.html For years, a 6-foot cardboard cutout of Dave Dahl greeted customers at Dave’s Killer Breadquarters in Milwaukie. In the photograph, a grinning Dahl—with his baker’s smock, ponytail and anv]]> Who Killed KPOJ? - Many see a right-wing conspiracy in the death of Portland’s commercial progressive talk-radio station. But Bain didn’t act alone. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19962-who_killed_kpoj_many_see_a_right_wing_conspiracy_in_the_death_of_portlands_commercial_progressive_ta.html Carl Wolfson’s last show on KPOJ-AM 620 sounded like victory.  For the past six years, Wolfson, a former standup...
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Voodoo Child - Doughnut kingpin Tres Shannon wants to make the whole city his fun park. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18573-voodoo_child_doughnut_kingpin_tres_shannon_wants_to_make_the_whole_city_his_fun_park.html At 2:42 am, Tres Shannon decides we need to see if Occupy Portland has shut down the Port of Portland. It’s a Tuesday morning, 30 minutes after Shannon’s weekly set at Dante’s with his Kar]]> Black and White and Red All Over - Owners of the <i>Oregonian</i> gamble on the newspaper’s digital future. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20836-black_and_white_and_red_all_over_owners_of_the_oregonian_gamble_on_the_newspapers_digital_future.html The death of The Oregonian as you know it came at 9:58 am on June 20. That’s when reporters, editors, photographers and designers who put out the 163-year-old daily newspaper were told to “p]]> Mayoral Madness - Let’s pick the next mayor the only sane way: with a bracket. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18935-mayoral_madness_lets_pick_the_next_mayor_the_only_sane_way_with_a_bracket.html The most exciting thing happening in Portland this week is the NCAA Basketball Tournament’s arrival at the Rose Garden. The least exciting, this and every other week: the mayor’s race. We can ]]> Stop the Presses - <i>The Oregonian</i> may not be a daily newspaper much longer. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19535-stop_the_presses_the_oregonian_may_not_be_a_daily_newspaper_much_longer.html The Oregonian as a daily newspaper is facing a final deadline. The 162-year-old newspaper—once considered one of the nation’s best—is losing readers and advertisers in a state where it dom]]> Thai Hard - Andy Ricker takes Pok Pok to New York. Do his wings have a prayer? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18756-thai_hard_andy_ricker_takes_pok_pok_to_new_york_do_his_wings_have_a_prayer.html Pok Pok? The woman in the woolen hat mouths the words on the sidewalk in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where Andy Ricker has opened the latest outpost of his Thai-food realm. She scrunches ]]> The King of Clackistan - Timber baron Andrew Miller wants to turn Oregon to the right. He’s starting the fight in Portland’s backyard. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19841-the_king_of_clackistan_timber_baron_andrew_miller_wants_to_turn_oregon_to_the_right_hes_starting_the.html The rumble of raw logs bouncing through the sawmill’s machinery sounds like giants rolling strikes in a bowling alley. A metal lever thrusts...]]> Drink 2012: The Douchification of Northwest 21st Avenue - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19045-drink_2012_the_douchification_of_northwest_21st_avenue_.html It was my friend Christian Gaston, as it so often is, who first noticed the omen: a retractable belt barrier on the sidewalk of Northwest 21st Avenue. It was outside the latest location of the s]]> Jacked Up - Ehren Mcghehey is Portland's resident Jackass. (Now Injured In 3-D!) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12645-jacked_up_ehren_mcghehey_is_portlands_resident_jackass_%28now_injured_in_3_d_%29.html What the Muck? - The Portland Harbor is a toxic embarrassment. And there’s plenty of blame to go around. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18986-what_the_muck_the_portland_harbor_is_a_toxic_embarrassment_and_theres_plenty_of_blame_to_go_around.html In any good monster movie, the initial terror comes from knowing there’s something awful out there—even though you don’t get a good look at it.  It lurks in the shadows or just bene]]> Peter D. Richardson - A filmmaker shows <i>How To Die In Oregon</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16954-peter_d_richardson_a_filmmaker_shows_how_to_die_in_oregon.html For a 31-year-old, Peter D. Richardson has spent an uncommon amount of time pondering—and filming—the end of life. Last month, the Portland director’s movie How to Die in Oregon was awarded th]]> 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]]> Fahrenheit 4th of July - Illegal fireworks are exploding in Oregon. Portland’s new fire chief is cracking down. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19370-fahrenheit_4th_of_july_illegal_fireworks_are_exploding_in_oregon_portlands_new_fire_chief_is_crackin.html You thought it was a victimless crime, a Portland rite of passage. You drive across the Columbia River, fill your trunk with powerful fireworks that are legal in Washington, and then smuggle the]]> Who’s Listening to Diane Roark? - An Oregon woman warned that the U.S. government was eavesdropping on its own citizens. Then it turned on her. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19632-whos_listening_to_diane_roark_an_oregon_woman_warned_that_the_us_government_was_eavesdropping_on_its.html Warrantless wiretapping may have faded from the headlines with George W. Bush, but one Oregonian is determined...]]> Block Busters - The urban density Charlie Hales championed has arrived on Division Street. Why isn’t he celebrating? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19687-block_busters_the_urban_density_charlie_hales_championed_has_arrived_on_division_street_why_isnt_he_.html Judah Gold-Markel has trouble parking in front of his house these days.  He’s lived in his green bungalow on Southeast Sherman Street, two...]]> When Stacks Attack - The costly Multnomah County Library has never been controversial—until now. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19508-when_stacks_attack_the_costly_multnomah_county_library_has_never_been_controversial%E2%80%94until_no.html The Central Library in downtown Portland is a gorgeous 1913 building with 17 miles of shelves, ornate marble staircases and an eco-roof planted with flowers. The flagship branch of the Multnom]]> The Geek Cure - Portland has the perfect opportunity to lead open-source computing and transform American health care. Will we blow it? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12348-the_geek_cure_portland_has_the_perfect_opportunity_to_lead_open_source_computing_and_transform_ameri.html TriMet Life - I rode for three days and 242 miles on public transit. Here’s who I met. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19267-trimet_life_i_rode_for_three_days_and_242_miles_on_public_transit_heres_who_i_met.html The No. 6 bus is doing just fine until the wheelchairs show up. A soaking Tuesday has cleared into afternoon blue skies. The southbound No. 6 leaves Jantzen Beach at 3:22 pm, so empty that passe]]> Slow Ride - The Portland streetcar is coming to the east side, but records show it’s too broke to provide the service boosters promised. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19584-slow_ride_the_portland_streetcar_is_coming_to_the_east_side_but_records_show_its_too_broke_to_provid.html Last week, Mayor Sam Adams and about two dozen planners, consultants and other civic leaders took their first ride on the new eastside...]]> <i>Inside Job</i> - Watching the defective financial detectives. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12575-inside_job_watching_the_defective_financial_detectives.html If it’s impotent white-man rage you’re looking for this election season, and somehow you can’t find a tea party rally, may I suggest the spluttering bravado of a cornered academic ec ...]]> Chicken Strip Club - Two medical-marijuana rappers are making their chicken and waffles into the best soul food on MLK. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19113-chicken_strip_club_two_medical_marijuana_rappers_are_making_their_chicken_and_waffles_into_the_best_.html Waffles are arguably the least interesting of J. Mack’s projects. Born James McClendon in 1967...]]> Welcome to Con-way Town - The freight giant in Northwest Portland is paving its way to developing a huge swath of real estate close to downtown. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19295-welcome_to_con_way_town_the_freight_giant_in_northwest_portland_is_paving_its_way_to_developing_a_hu.html The asphalt prairies along Northwest 21st and 22nd avenues don’t look like much now.  But Con-way...]]>