UPDATED: It's called drainage.

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Friday, February 8, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

K-8 Meeting Tonight: Break Out the K-9 Unit

Tonight at the Rigler School in Northeast Portland, Superintendent Carole Smith of PPS will be listening to parents talk about the successes and failures of her predecessor's K-8 plan. (That's the one crafted by former Superintendent Vicki Phillips, which merged some elementary and middle schools.) Depending on who you asked and who was doing the asking, the plan was either an effort to improve ...   More
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Before You Go: My Courageously Inaccurate Oscar Picks

Expressions of critical ennui are themselves boring. With that in mind, feel free to skip past the next two paragraphs. Neither I nor anybody I know can seem to get very excited about the Oscars this year. Maybe I just hang out with the wrong crowd. Maybe all your friends are planning to host riotously enthusiastic Oscar parties, complete with cupcakes decorated like Ellen Page's orange-striped ...   More
Friday, February 22, 2008 AARON MESH

Only Four out of Seven PPS Board Members Have a Heart and a Brain

Portland Public Schools Board of Education last night approved a new contract with SEIU Local 503, the union representing the district's custodians and food-service workers, but not before three members of the board engaged in some public spanking—of the union members and the state legislators who supported their contract negotiations. Board Member Trudy Sargent, who is related to a cyberbully, ...   More
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

North Portland Drowns In Mustard!

Make that gravy. The yellow parts on the map signify "enterprise zones," where the Portland Development Commission grants property tax breaks to certain businesses, in hopes of luring them to the city. Today the City Council reauthorized the PDC program, which was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1985 and tweaked in 2007. Notice something about the boundaries? They're non-contiguous. There's ...   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 COREY PEIN

Client Number 9: A Very Bad Day for Eliot Spitzer is a Very Good Day for Catchphrases

This photo is now officially kind of hilarious. There's not much we can add at Willamette Week World Headquarters to the shockwaves emanating from New York, where Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been identified by Federal sources as a patron of Emperors Club VIP, which we understand serves a terrific $75 glass of Chardonnay. But, upon reading that the domains names clientnumber9.com and clientnumbernine.com ...   More
Monday, March 10, 2008 AARON MESH

Update: Mississippi Studios pays back taxes, hopes to repeal "archaic" law

Nearly $5,000 in back taxes later and a six-month-long game of tug-o-war with the Oregon Employment Department equals one exhausted Jim Brunberg. The owner of Mississippi Studios in North Portland is even taking “a small desert vacation” to ease his mind of the havoc that was dealing with the OED, as reported earlier in WW's Rogue and on WWire. Last year, a random audit left Mississippi ...   More
Monday, March 24, 2008 Shefali Kulkarni

SEE ME, HEAR ME, PICK ME: Endorsement video of Democrats for U.S. House Seat 3

For the past couple of weeks, we've been inviting candidates to sit down with WW and make their case for your vote—and our friends at Portland Community Media have been there to catch it all on video. Every day for the next month, we'll post a new video of our endorsement interviews on WWire. Today's installment: U.S. House of Representatives, Seat 3, currently occupied by Democrat Earl ...   More
Sunday, April 6, 2008 Ian Gillingham

Live Review: Sweeney Todd

If I were to pick one critique of Tim Burton's stunning and shamelessly indulgent screen adaptation of Sondheim's transcendent slasher-flick musical, it would be that Burton lacks anything resembling restraint. Sure, his art direction is masterful, and the acting (if not necessarily the singing) is excellent throughout, but Burton's bloodthirsty insistence on spraying the set with gore at every opportunity ...   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

SEE ME, HEAR ME, PICK ME: Endorsement video of Sam Adams & Sho Dozono for Portland mayor

Today in the WW Endorsement Thunderdome: Sam Adams' Air-Quote Kung Fu vs. Sho Dozono's Policy Grasp of Death! [Shamelessly sensationalized WW photo manipulation. Actual physical conflict not included.] Candidates for Portland Mayor: Sam Adams, Sho Dozono We'll post the interview with mayoral candidates Bob Leonard Forthan, James Lee and Jeff Taylor on Saturday. If you want to see it right ...   More
Thursday, April 10, 2008 Ian Gillingham


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