Free From Foreclosure? Oregon Senator Sponsors 'Anti-MERS' Bill to Protect Homeowners

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State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Washington County) is sponsoring a bill in the Legislature that could affect thousands of Oregon homeowners.As reported in today's WW, homeowners have accused Virginia-based Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems of foreclosing on their properties without the correct paperwork or legal standing. The company has faced legal challenges across the country—including from ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Wu’s World

Police reports detail one set of problems in the congressman’s marriage.


Politics
U.S. Rep. David Wu tried to explain his odd behavior in the run-up to the November election during interviews last weekend with several local television and radio stations. One week after Wu’s u   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Loan Wolf

A Portlander takes on a mortgage giant to save her property—and she’s not alone.


Housing
After a North Portland rental home owned by Dawn Lind went into foreclosure last fall, she jumped into a nationwide legal fight that could affect millions of residential properties. Lind, who learn   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Justice Postponed

An Oregon couple waits and waits for the trial of an Ecuadorian man charged with their son’s murder.


Cops and Courts
A year and a half after police found Max Chamberlin fatally shot in the back seat of a car in Ecuador, his parents in east Multnomah County are still awaiting justice. The trial of the man accused   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 AILIN DARLING

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Stravinsky Project

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Arts & Books
An exploding egg, electronic birdsong and dancing in the lobby: maybe not what you’d expect to find at the ballet, although you will encounter all three at Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Stravinsky Project.The three-part program, which runs through this weekend, is united by the Russian composer’s music, in live, recorded and remixed forms. It opens with Yuri Possokhov’s version of Firebird, a ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

JUICY SUITS: Former Teamsters Worker Says Union Fired Her for Resisting Sex, Trying to Unionize

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A former bookkeeper for Teamsters Local 162 in Portland is suing the union, claiming her boss fired her for denying his sexual advances and, ironically enough, for trying to unionize her fellow office workers.In the lawsuit filed Feb. 18 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Laurie Padden says the union hired her in June 2002. Under her most recent contract, signed in 2006, she was making $23.44 an hour, ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cylvia Hayes Has a New Job

Cylvia Hayes

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 Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber, has accepted a job with the Eugene-based West Coast Regional Clean Economy Collaborative, according to Sustainable Business Oregon."We really see the benefit in building bridges between urban and rural communities around clean energy," Hayes' new boss, Craig Smith told Sustainable Business Oregon. "We don't want anyone to think that ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Petitioners to Legislature: Hands off the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program

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An online petition posted over the weekend to an activist website aims at urging the Oregon Legislature not to mess with the state's medical-marijuana program.The petition, which appears under the logo for Oregon NORML, points to several bills in the Legislature that opponents say would undermine a program used by more than 38,000 Oregonians.The proposed bills would further limit the amount of cannabis ...   More
 
Monday, February 28, 2011 by

As the Peace Corps Turns 50, Former Volunteers Recount Their Experiences Abroad

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the Oregon Historical Society will open an exhibit this week commemorating the organization's volunteers. With 246 Oregonians currently serving, the state ranks fourth among the states for Peace Corps volunteers per capita. The OHS exhibit will feature artifacts, oral histories and photography from former volunteers living in Oregon. Those Peace Corps ...   More
 
Monday, February 28, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

David Wu Dodges Print Reporters, Appears on TV, Says Ex-Staffers are "Not Physicians"

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News
U.S. Rep David Wu sat for interviews with KGW and KATU Saturday morning but dodged questions from Willamette Week and Oregonian reporters outside the TV stations.On television, however, the Oregon Democrat admitted that the series of bizarre emails from his federally issued BlackBerry in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 were in fact from him. Until now, that fact had remained unclear, because the ...   More
 
Saturday, February 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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