Feds Drop Investigation of Portland Public Schools


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Back in July, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation looking at allegations that Portland Public Schools wasn't adequately serving its English-language learners. The inquiry was to focus on Madison, Roosevelt and Marshall high schools. But according to a letter dated Oct. 30, the federal civil rights office has decided to drop the investigation because ...   More
 
Friday, November 14, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Pre-Protest Reading on Prop 8


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Friday, November 14, 2008 HANK STERN

Hide Your Children: Phil Busse is Back in Portland


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Hot news from the Minnesota desk... Minneapolis City Pages reporter (and former WW contributor) Bradley Campbell has been doggedly following the unfolding saga of Phil Busse, Yard Sign Thief, ever since the Huffington Post revelations that dragged Busse unwillingly back into the public eye and cost him a visiting professorship at St. Olaf College. Campbell's post-election report contains some ...   More
 
Thursday, November 13, 2008 AARON MESH

Protest Over California's Prop 8 Planned in Portland


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You can live in Oregon and still be pissed about Proposition 8, the amendment our neighbors to the south approved on Tuesday to ban gay marriage in California. More importantly, you can live in Oregon and still protest Proposition 8 -- you can even do it in step with the rest of the country. This Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time, protesters in cities in every state will gather ...   More
 
Monday, November 10, 2008 Katie Gilbert

Hurricane Vicki's Lingering Winds


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Last year, WW reported on local education activist Lynn Schore's efforts to figure out what happened to a $5.2 million federal grant to Portland Public Schools. The news on that front now appears worse than originally described. Background: The grant was announced in 2004 just as former Superintendent Vicki Phillips was starting her gig at PPS and was supposed to pay for magnet-school programs ...   More
 
Monday, November 10, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Former Human Trafficking Victim Visits Portland


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Rani Hong, founder of the anti-human-trafficking nonprofit the Tronie Foundation, says she's getting the feeling that human trafficking is finally becoming a topic of mainstream conversation. “In the last six months to a year, I've been like, ‘Oh my goodness, people are catching on that this is a major issue in our state and in our country,'” Hong said Thursday night in Portland. ...   More
 
Friday, November 7, 2008 Katie Gilbert

Update to Busse Story: He Resigns From St. Olaf and Police File Charges Over His Admitted McCain Sign Stealing


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An update to this news we reported yesterday about Phil Busse bragging about stealing John McCain signs in Minnesota. According to this report in the Northfield (Minn) News, Busse has resigned his one-semester temporary visiting appointment at St. Olaf College teaching a course in introductory media studies. And the Minnesota paper also reports that Busse has been charged with misdemeanor theft, ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 HANK STERN

The Junkmen Cometh: NW Portland to Get ANOTHER Self-Storage Facility


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Perhaps inspired by today's WW cover feature, a local company has proposed a half-block, five-story self-storage building on the corner of NW 16th Avenue and NW Pettygrove Street. That's just seven blocks away from WW World Headquarters. The hunters are coming for us! The design review notice, submitted by Trevor Rowe's NW 16th Storage LLC, says the building will feature commercial space on ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 AARON MESH

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