These Demonstrators Give Planned Parenthood Some Love

After months of protests opposing the new Planned Parenthood facility in Northeast at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Beech Street,, one group is coming out to demonstrate in support of the future health center. The newly-formed Portland Feminist Action League is holding two events in the next couple of weeks to voice opposition to the anti-abortion protesters that swarm NE MLK Blvd. almost ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Mariah Summers

Police Leak Investigation Raises More Questions Than Answers

Yesterday, after WW went to press with this story about Commissioner Randy Leonard's allegation that someone in the police bureau had spread damaging information about his daughter, Leonard's latest nemesis, Chief Rosie Sizer, released the results of an internal affairs investigation prompted by the commissioner's complaint. Sizer's summary of the report is meant to close the lid on this story, ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 COREY PEIN

The Story that Wouldn't Die: Greg Kellcy Now Moved From Oregon Prison

Last year, I wrote a story about an Oregon prison inmate named Greg Kellcy, formerly known as Greg Johnson. Kellcy provided WW with what he said was the real story behind the mysterious 1989 murder of Oregon Department of Corrections director Michael Francke. Many people, most notably Portland Tribune columnist Phil Stanford and Francke's brother Kevin—but also legislators and colleagues ...   More
Friday, October 10, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jefferson Update: AP But No IB or Spanish-Immersion (Yet)

Portland Public Schools' student achievement committee looked at Jefferson High School's progress today, just a couple of weeks after announcing the closure of the Young Men's Academy at Jeff. Here are some highlights from the meeting: • Jefferson may pilot a program to extend the school day to 6 p.m. to provide "real opportunities and choices for kids," some of whom may not be served ...   More
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

An Update To Prop 8

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 HANK STERN

Read All About It: L.A. Times on Silverton's New Mayor

Sometimes national reporters parachute into Oregon, rip off local reporters, butcher the story and leave readers no better-informed than they were previously. Other times, they come and do a brilliant job of evoking our strange state and packing a story with killer quotes — as is the case with this story in today's Los Angeles Times about Silverton Mayor-elect Stu Rasmussen. Here's ...   More
Thursday, November 20, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Long Island is Way Cooler than Portland; Yes They Are!

Long Island's Hempstead Union Free School District decided last night to rename Ludlum Elementary School for President-elect Barack Obama. And the change takes effect immediately, according to a receptionist in the Hempstead school-board office today. Which makes Strong Island WAY cooler than Portland (by virtue of its swift action alone.)* You might recall Portland Public Schools is in the ...   More
Friday, November 21, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

The Santacon Diaspora Continues: Splinter Group Sinks Its Claus into Kenton

Is no neighborhood safe from jolly, boozehound elves? Just as the Portland Cacophony Society announces Santacon 2008 is evading police notice of its public drunkenness by moving from downtown to Hillsboro, a group called Nopdxanticon has declared it will hold its own red-clad pub crawl on Dec. 6 in North Portland. The crawl will start in Kenton under the Paul Bunyan statue at 1 pm on Dec. ...   More
Friday, November 21, 2008 AARON MESH

Columbia River Crossing Comes Back to Life

Now that the federal government has decided infrastructure spending may provide a path out of the recession, the proposed $4.2 billion Columbia Crossing Bridge may be more than just a dream for the Departments of Transportation in Oregon and Washington. Since rolling out the initial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in May, project organizers — namely the two states' transportation ...   More
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS


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