Oregon Congressman Who Met Mubarak Praises Dictator's Ouster

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Several members of Oregon's congressional delegation today were quick to issue statements praising protesters in Egypt for finally ousting President Hosni Mubarak."February 11th will live long in the hearts of all Egyptians," U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in a statement. "Eighteen days of peaceful protest have accomplished a remarkable feat—the resignation of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.""Today’s ...   More
 
Friday, February 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Adventist Death: "Liability Overrules Human Decency"

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WW this afternoon caught up with Portland Police Sgt. Deb Steigleder. She was one of the cops on scene last night when staff at Portland Adventist Medical Center refused to leave the hospital to help a man who died in the parking lot.Steigleder, who works out of East Precinct, described how officers responded to the scene after the 61-year-old man crashed his car in the parking lot. Cops arrived shortly ...   More
 
Thursday, February 10, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

State Senator Wants County Beer Tax

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In the 2009 legislative session, lawmakers who sought to raise Oregon's relatively low beer taxes saw their attempts at increasing that tax crushed like the empty bottles that end up in recycling plants.Now comes veteran State Sen. Rod Monroe (D-East Portland) in the 2011 Legislature with a different version of a beer tax. Rather than trying to implement a statewide measure, Monroe wants to give individual ...   More
 
Thursday, February 10, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tough Time for Scientologists: A Story in The New Yorker and a Lawsuit in Portland

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 It's shaping up to be a tough month both in Portland and nationwide for the Church of Scientology.On a national level, a takedown published this week in The New Yorker can't be good for the religion founded by sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard.And locally, Scientologists face a lawsuit filed Feb. 4 by a woman claiming exposure to toxic fumes in a downtown Portland building owned by the Church.The ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Recipients of Film Tax Credits; Plus, One Lawmaker's Take

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 As WW reported today, Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to extend and expand a subsidy for film and video production for companies that shoot in Oregon. The governor is proposing to bump the existing credit, which costs $7.5 million annually up to $12.5 million per year. The way the credit works is that taxpayers buy credits—at a discount of five to 10 percent from face value—and use them to offset ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bills Take Aim at Land Use Advocates

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 Early in the legislative session many bills filed that may never get a hearing or may languish in committee. This year, as in sessions past, Oregon property rights advocates are taking aim at the process around land use decisions. With unemployment remaining stubbornly high and "economic development" the buzzwords of even the most left-leaning lawmaker, there may be more interest than in recent ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

New Bill Would Require Health Warning Labels on Cell Phones

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Thought warning labels were just for cigarettes? Think again. A bill introduced by state Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland) would require warning labels for all new cell phones and cell phone packaging sold in Oregon. Shields filed the bill on behalf of a constituent, David Morrison, over concerns about possible links connecting mobile phone radiation to brain cancer and other health problems. Morrison, ...   More
 
Monday, February 7, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

JUICY SUITS: Smoked Out by Snoop Dogg's Uncle at Reo's Ribs

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A Southwest Portland woman is suing Snoop Dogg's uncle for $90,000 after the man allegedly drove her out of her home with noxious smoke from a barbecue joint in Johns Landing.In a lawsuit filed Jan. 31 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Gerriann Fox claims she's been forced at times to abandon her $294,000 row house because of smoke pouring out of Reo's Ribs. The restaurant opened last April in a strip ...   More
 
Saturday, February 5, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Comcast's $23 Million Settlement in Oregon

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Thanks to a class-action lawsuit, about 500,000 Comcast customers in Oregon will share compensation from a $23 million settlement in overcharged late fees by the cable company.The lawsuit under the state's Unlawful Trade Practices Act stemmed from charges Comcast collected during the past seven years—a $6 late fee it got from customers in Oregon.As a result, about 500,000 Oregon residents who use—or ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

War of Words Continues Around ODOE Investigation

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Last week, The Oregonian reported on details of an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. That investigation is politically fraught because it involves an ODOE subcontractor, Cylvia Hayes, who is the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. The O based its reporting on a copy of the Justice Department investigative file that DOJ had ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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