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

ICE Complies with Records Request as Señor Smith Says Adiós


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U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) was scheduled to address reporters outside his Pendleton home (pictured above) this afternoon in the wake of this morning's news that he lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley. It also comes three days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement replied finally to my Freedom of Information Act appeal, first filed in August and then again in September. The federal agency's ...   More
 
Thursday, November 6, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Smith and Obama: Illegal Workers and an 'Illegal Aunt'


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The weekend's AP report about Barack Obama's "illegal aunt" brought to mind this WW series about Sen. Gordon Smith's company in Eastern Oregon hiring undocumented immigrants. There are some key differences. The timing of the report on Obama, just 72 hours before Election Day, raised suspicions it's a Republican stink bomb. While Smith called our cover story a "slimeball," it certainly did not ...   More
 
Monday, November 3, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Why Ireland's President Is Coming To Portland


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Looking for a sure way to duck out from under that spreading recession raincloud? Think for a second about how wimpy our "severe economic downturn" looks next to the Irish Potato Famine. This weekend, Irish president Mary McAleese will visit Portland to help ensure that references to that 19th century crisis never lose their bite. On Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 am, she will dedicate the newly ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 Katie Gilbert

Thank You, Grandpa Racist!: Gran Torino Reviewed


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The latest (and last?) movie to ever match Clint Eastwood and a handgun screened after WW press deadlines, much to our dismay. The movie's a pleasure, though: Gran Torino I knew I was going to like Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino from the moment the director's character, Walt Kowalski, points a shotgun at a posse of Hmong gangbangers and snarls, without any irony, “Get off my lawn.” ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 AARON MESH

Cuba or Bust For This 94-Year-Old Doc


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On April 13, President Obama lifted a U.S. ban that had made it illegal for Americans to visit family in Cuba or send them money. While a big step, it's not enough for Charles Grossman, a 94-year-old retired doc (and all around nice guy) who held a press conference today in advance of his law-challenging trip to Cuba. He wants the United States to allow tourism and trade that could set ...   More
 
Friday, May 1, 2009 Megan Brescini

Sam Adams Supports Arizona Boycott


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According to his Twitter feed, Mayor Sam Adams supports a possible ban on travel by City of Portland employees to Arizona, which two weeks ago enacted Senate Bill 1070 [PDF]. That bill, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on April 23, gives local Arizona authorities broad state powers to question residents' immigration status and deport them. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom joined a national movement ...   More
 
Monday, May 3, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Oregonians Join National Protest Against SB1070


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This afternoon the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, a statewide group of Christian denominations, and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition held a vigil and protest outside of the immigration office in northwest Portland as part of a national Isaiah 58 Solidarity Vigil for comprehensive immigration reform. The small but fervent crowd of about 50 people gave up their lunch hour to fast and pray ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Sarah Jacoby

Local Jobs Analyst Releases the Latest Depressing News (And Why Anti-Immigration Nuts are Deluded)


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Christian Kaylor is great at explaining what's wrong with Portland's economy. And he's also good at backing up those views with data. Kaylor, a workforce analyst for the Oregon Employment Department, sends out a monthly email with graphs on unemployment in the Portland metro region. The news is never cheery. Today's email from Kaylor shows Portland's unemployment rate in August at 10.2 percent. ...   More
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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