A Different Take on Peter King's Hearing

Peter King

News
A quick follow to this week's Hotseat in WW with Tamim Ansary, an author/lecturer who knows something about Islam.Our Q-&-A with Ansary was timed in part to his appearance this Friday, March 11, in Portland and in part to congressional hearings that began today in Washington, D.C., on what U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) terms the "radicalization" of Islam.If you need a primer on those hearings ...   More
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 HANK STERN

Tonight's Trail Blazer Game: Who Needs Hankies? (UPDATED with Nate McMillan signing contract extension)

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 Many NBA fans (or maybe just me) are more curious than usual about tonight's Portland Trail Blazers game at Miami against the Heat.LeBron James' "Heatles" have lost four straight. A shocking development given the talent amassed in South Beach? Perhaps, though even good teams have some kind of losing streak during an 82-game season. But what's made tonight's game stand out from the usual regular-season ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 HANK STERN

One Last Sam Adams Clip Before His State of the City Speech

Sam Adams

News
 Rest easy, City Club of Portland. Mayor Sam Adams never tires of giving a State of the City speech. We note this on the eve of the mayor's annual speech this Friday, Feb. 18 only because we asked Adams in this week's cover story if he ever felt like telling City Club "screw it" when officials asked him to do the traditional speech.You'd think Adams might at least consider skipping it one time ...   More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 HANK STERN

Mayor Sam Adams' Thoughts on the Joint Terrorism Task Force

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One of the unknowns in the upcoming decision by Portland's City Council whether to rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force is how Mayor Sam Adams will vote. Adams, along with commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish, has not indicated which way they are leaning. Commissioner Randy Leonard opposes rejoining the JTTF, and Commissioner Dan Saltzman supports the idea of rejoining the JTTF, which ...   More
 
Monday, February 14, 2011 HANK STERN

Mayor Sam Adams on Misconceptions and the Media

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 In advance of Mayor Sam Adams' annual State of the City speech this Friday, reporter Beth Slovic and I sat down with the mayor for an hourlong interview that will run in tomorrow's WW.We asked the mayor in our Feb. 4 interview what he thought was the biggest public misconception of him and what media outlet provided the fairest coverage of him. He didn't much feel like answering either question, ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 HANK STERN

Watch the Video: Blumenauer Says "Public Broadcasting in the Crosshairs"

Blumenauer

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With the newly Republican-controlled Congress set to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the federal budget, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has joined with NPR and local PBS stations in warning those cuts could drastically affect public broadcasting.At a time when public broadcasting has come under attack from the right wing for alleged liberal bias, Blumenauer argues that rural Oregonians ...   More
 
Monday, February 14, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

GREEN THUMB: Flora Grubb on Urban Garden Experiments

Flora Grubb

Arts & Books
The creator of innovative San Francisco plant nursery Flora Grubb Gardens came to Portland last weekend to share tales from the frontier of micro-gardening, vertical gardening and even gardening (albeit unintentional) for the urban nudist community.The foliage fashionista's city gardens must contend--or let's say co-exist--with bikes, beer bottles and all the bacchanalia San Francisco can throw at ...   More
 
Friday, February 4, 2011 Sarah E. Smith

George Takei Beaming in to Portland

George Takei

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George Takei, who since his days as "Mr. Sulu" on Star Trek in the 1960s, has gone on to become a noted activist for gay rights, is coming to Portland later this month.The 73-year-old Japanese-American actor, who spent part of his childhood in internment camps in the United States, will speak at a Feb. 20 event sponsored by the Portland Japanese American Citizens League. The event, "Fighting ...   More
 
Friday, February 4, 2011 HANK STERN

Barbara Bush (The Younger Version) Endorses Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Barbara Bush

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If and when supporters of same-sex marriage rights in Oregon bring a measure to the state ballot, they might consider enlisting Barbara Bush for the campaign.Not the former First Lady Barbara Bush who's married to former President George H.W. Bush. The ex-First Lady's granddaughter, as in the Barbara Bush who's the daughter of ex-President George W. Bush. The younger Barbara Bush is in this video below ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 HANK STERN

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