A Portland Activist Helps Spike TV Pit Saddam Hussein Vs. Pol Pot (With Video)

Kilong Ung

I can't count the number of hours I've spent wondering who would win in an imaginary war between Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard and Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge guerrilla army. Actually, I can: zero. But in case you've ever imagined that unlikely matchup, Spike TV on Wednesday will help decide who would emerge victorious. And a Portlander who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide will offer his insight.Kilong ...   More
Monday, August 15, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Darcelle Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Two OLCC Officers


Legendary Portland drag queen and newly minted author Darcelle XV was arrested Thursday night for allegedly assaulting two Oregon Liquor Control Commission officers, according to Northwest Cable News.According to the website, the 80-year-old entertainer (whose real name is Walter Cole) and his business partner pushed two OLCC inspectors who were at their Old Town club to investigate whether alcohol ...   More
Friday, August 12, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Source: No Indication That Alleged Parking Meter Corruption Extends Upward


As first reported by The Oregonian, federal officials this morning raided the home and city office of Portland city parking manager Ellis McCoy to investigate allegations that he received kickbacks from the city's Florida-based parking-meter company. The feds have also subpoenaed city records about its contract with the company, Cale Parking Systems USA. A law-enforcement official tells WW that ...   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Rod Underhill Forms Committee to Run for Multnomah County District Attorney

Rod Underhill

A second candidate has officially indicated his interest in replacing Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk.Rod Underhill, a chief deputy district attorney in Schrunk's office, registered a candidate committee on Tuesday with the Oregon Secretary of State's office to run for district attorney.Underhill's campaign has more than $13,000 in the bank and lists some influential donors, including ...   More
Thursday, August 4, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Eileen Brady on Adams' Decision: 'It Doesn't Change Much About My Campaign'


New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady tells WW that Mayor Sam Adams' announcement today that he won't seek re-election will have little effect on the substance of her campaign going forward. "It doesn't change much about my campaign," says Brady, who was the first candidate to announce she was running for mayor in 2012. "I wasn't running against Sam. I was running for the people of Portland."Brady ...   More
Friday, July 29, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: Portland Bicyclist Sued for Hitting a Car

Bike Bicycle

 In a reversal of the normal course of litigious events, a Portland bicyclist is being sued for allegedly hitting a car.According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, 28-year-old Diane Beaumont of Southeast Portland was biking at the intersection of Southeast Belmont and 11th Avenue on June 14, 2008.The suit says Beaumont collided with Christopher Schmidt's 2002 Volvo ...   More
Friday, July 29, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Kellie Johnson Says She's Running for Multnomah County DA (With Campaign Video)

Kellie Johnson

The first candidate to replace longtime Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk has officially jumped into the race.Kellie Johnson, a disciplinary counsel at the Oregon State Bar who previously worked as a deputy in Schrunk's office, sent an email to potential supporters this morning saying she'll make the DA's office "a more active partner in taking on the public safety challenges we face ...   More
Monday, July 25, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The Federal Crackdown on Oregon Dispensaries Claims a Victim

Foster Healing Center marijuana dispensary

This past spring, U.S. Attorney for Oregon Dwight Holton followed the lead of several U.S. attorneys in other states and issued a strongly worded letter warning medical-marijuana dispensaries—and their landlords—that they were violating federal drug-trafficking laws.Now, Holton's campaign—which he said led to a death threat against his staff—has claimed a victim in Portland.The Foster Healing ...   More
Thursday, July 21, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Jeff Cogen Announces He Will Not Run for Mayor of Portland

Cogen 2

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen announced this morning he will not run for mayor of Portland in 2012."After thinking about it, I've decided there's a lot still to do at Multnomah County," Cogen said. "It does not feel like the right time to walk away."Cogen was seen as a strong potential challenger to incumbent Mayor Sam Adams, should Adams decide to seek re-election. Cogen had said he was considering ...   More
Monday, July 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Another Portland Reporter Flees Journalism for a Government PR Job (Updated with Neves Comment)


One of the only TV reporters who consistently covered Portland City Hall has jumped ship to take a job at City Hall.The Portland Office of Emergency Management today announced hiring Randy Neves, a reporter for KGW News, as the bureau's new public information officer. “I’m excited that he’s joining our team and bringing his ideas, energy and media experience to the public sector," the bureau's ...   More
Monday, July 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN


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