Breedlove the Beautiful Boy: WW art critic Richard Speer weighs in.

The local arts community is throwing considerable support behind Mayor Sam Adams in the wake of revelations about his star-crossed affair with hunk-a-licious Beau Breedlove. A group of arts leaders including PICA's executive director, Victoria Frey, and Regional Arts & Culture Council Executive Director Eloise Damrosch, has circulated an open letter to the public supporting Adams. The letter ...   More
Friday, January 30, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Setting Up Committees Is Not A Measure Of Achievement, Says City Auditor

A Portland City Auditor's report released today found that the $6.5 million Office of Neighborhood Involvement, one of the city's most unique institutions, which is charged with...what, again? Umm...Right. That's just the problem. ONI needs "clearer goals" and better performance measures, according to the report by Auditor Gary Blackmer's office. The audit depicts a bureau that's picked up a hodgepodge ...   More
Thursday, June 12, 2008 COREY PEIN

UPDATE: Seski enjoys the comforts of my WW cubicle (and floral parades)

PARADE DAY UPDATE: Hope Slutski, I mean Seski, wasn't up to this when he was in my cubicle. [youtube][/youtube] In honor of Oregon's Sesquicentennial (that's 150 years), a mascot called "Seski the Sasquatch" will be making an appearance on the Oregon 150 float in Saturday's Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade. But today he made an appearance in my ...   More
Monday, June 9, 2008 Byron Beck

If the Shoe Fits...Or Did Nikita Khrushchev Really Pound His At the UN?

So here's a tale from last night's Portland appearance by Sergei Khrushchev, and it has to do with one of the most iconic images of the Cold War: Khrushchev's father, then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, supposedly pounding his shoe at the United Nations and saying, "We will bury you." Son Sergei Khrushchev slyly asked the Portland audience how many of them remember this incident, setting off ...   More
Thursday, June 5, 2008 HANK STERN

Why You Called An Ambulance

Courtesy of the Portland Fire Bureau's voluminous Standard of Emergency Response Coverage report, we have a breakdown of all the emergency medical dispatches handled by the city and its contract ambulance service, American Medical Response, last year. As you can see, Portlanders have a lot of problems. Compared with last year, calls about breathing trouble, chest pains and "sick"-ness increased ...   More
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 COREY PEIN

WW Time Machine: What Gas Crisis?

Browsing through our archives from 1978 this morning, I came across this story from March of that year. It was about a year before the second oil crisis would hit the US, during the high plateau where gas prices lingered between the 1973 and 1979 shortages and long before the 20-year run of absurdly low oil prices leading up to our current situation. $0.949 in 1978 would be worth $3.15 today. Those ...   More
Friday, July 11, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Suds Are Back: McMenamins Buy Up Former Silverado/Bathhouse Building

OMIGAWD. The McMenamins have done it now. After turning a former funeral home into another outlet for their version of food and fun, they've gone and snatched up the building that once housed The Silverado (a notorious strip club that more often than not went by The Silver Dildo) and Club Portland (a mens-only bath house that featured glory holes, a sauna and lots of, uh, spouting fountains). First ...   More
Friday, July 11, 2008 Byron Beck

OK—What's A "Wilding"?

Guest Commentary By Alex DeLarge When I viddied these gloopy bratchnies in the gazetta today, your humble narrator just had to guff. Not because they were my droogs. No, my brothers, what surprised me was the weird slovo I'd never slooshied before. The Oregonian: "Portland police looking for suspects in 'wilding'" KGW: "Five people were beaten and robbed by a roaming band of attackers in what ...   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 COREY PEIN


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