Kitzhaber Wants Retention Contract with Nike

Deal will extend existing tax rules, create "thousands" of jobs


Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this morning he will convene a special session of the Legislature on Friday, Dec. 14 (not Dec. 17 as he first announced) in order to cut a deal with Nike. Kitzhaber said today that Nike is planning a major expansion and sought assurances Oregon would not materially change its tax structure in a way that would disadvantage Nike in the future. "They are looking for ...   More
Monday, December 10, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

What Did Nike Know About Lance Armstrong, and When Did It Know It?


Nike terminated its contracted with Lance Armstrong today due to overwhelming evidence provided by the USADA that shows Armstrong has indeed participated in doping, reported The Wall Street Journal.But the Beaverton-based sports apparel company remains dogged by a question, raised most recently  by the New York Daily News: Did Nike help cover up the doping?A day before dropping Armstrong, Nike ...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

London Olympics: The Biggest Winner Who Didn't Medal


He took home neither gold, silver or bronze this past weekend, but coach Alberto Salazar is arguably the biggest winner of the track and field portion of the London Summer Olympics.  The Cuban-born Portlander, who ran at the University of Oregon and won four marathons (New York three times, Boston once) was all smiles in London when two of his runners, Great Britian's Mo Farah and Portlander Galen ...   More
Monday, August 6, 2012 by Mark Zusman

Occupy Portland's Next Big Protest: "Shut Down the Corporations," Coming Feb. 29

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Occupy Portland is planning its next big event for Wednesday, Feb. 29, a protest called “Shut Down the Corporations.”Occupiers call it “F-29,” and while the idea originated here in Portland, it has spread to an estimated 60 cities nationwideThe protest will target corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobby group that Occupiers say helped draft the anti-union legislation ...   More
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN


Thanks to Julian Assange, we now know how Oregon’s top company fights corruption, counterfeiting and Croatian smugglers.

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Packed aboard buses and flatbed trucks, the workers rolled through the wide boulevards of the central business district of Indonesia’s capital toward the tall towers of the Jakarta Stock Excha   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 COREY PEIN

Murmurs: Homesteaders, Fundraisers and the Spirits of Giving

The whole world was watching football.

HEY, YOU KIDS! GET OFF MY ANCESTOR’S LAWN! Randy Panek, a descendant of W.W. Chapman, who sold the land for Chapman Square to the City of Portland 141 years ago, was so upset by Occupy Portland’s    More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Portland Schools Campaign Nears $200,000 Mark

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If you're keeping track of fund-raising for Portland Public Schools' money requests this May, there have been some large corporate donations in the past week. Portlanders for Schools, the campaign fund to pass both a $548 million bond measure and renewal of a local-option levy, collected $25,000 apiece from Portland General Electric and Howard S. Wright Constructors. And Nike donated $15,000.The latest ...   More
Monday, February 7, 2011 HANK STERN

Phil Knight: Puzzled by Oregon Politics

Today's Oregonian features a lengthy interview with Nike co-founder Phil Knight, in the wake of the University of Oregon's 37-20 football victory over Oregon State University on Saturday. In past years, the Nike chairman has given tens of millions to U of O athletic programs and also been unusually politically active. He contributed $770,000 to a variety of causes and candidates since last October, ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Schools Advocates Resurrect Campaign Fund

The Portland School Board votes tonight whether to refer a $548 million construction bond measure to voters this May. But supporters of the construction bond, including board member Bobbie Regan, have already started raising money under the auspices of "Portlanders for Schools," the campaign fund that supported the successful 2006 local-option levy. Besides Regan—who gave $1,000 to ...   More
Monday, December 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Wieden+Kennedy Got the Nike Slogan from Gary Gilmore?

He coined Nike's best slogan. Then he immediately died. In a preview of the advertising documentary Art & Copy," the New York Times revealed Wednesday that Portland ad agency Wieden+Kennedy borrowed its Nike motto "Just Do It" from somebody who wouldn't need it back: Gary Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore, the notorious spree-killer, uttered the words “Let's do it” just before a firing squad ...   More
Friday, August 21, 2009 AARON MESH


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