Dr. Know: Train Stains

How often are MAX cars cleaned?


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A few weeks ago, an unusually disturbing specimen shared part of my morning commute on the MAX Green Line. It made me wonder how often the cars are wiped down and what chemicals are used, beca   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Other Kind of Doggy Bag

What is up with the little plastic bags of dog poop in Forest Park?


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I often hike in Forest Park and frequently see little plastic bags of dog poop, knotted shut and left at the side of the trail or even on top of a rock or stump. What is up with this? Is there som   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Glaring Omissions

Overlooked Oregonian Inventors


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The most inventive Oregonian? Probably Douglas Engelbart, who invented the computer mouse. Frances Gabe patented the self-cleaning house in 1984. And Henry Phillips invented—wait for it—the    More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland’s Better Mousetraps

Does Portland lay claim to any big inventions?


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I recall that when I lived in Baltimore, there used to be a poster in City Hall that listed all the things that originated there (the refrigerator, the Ouija board, the dredger, Bromo-Seltzer, e   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: For the Greater Good

Why don’t the police arrest drivers with dark-tinted side windows?


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Recent studies have shown that over 93 percent of drivers with dark-tinted side windows are either drug dealers, pedophiles or repeat sex offenders. Why don’t the police arrest these deviants    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Appreciation Deprecation

Can property tax assessments be appealed?


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I got my property tax assessment, and it’s gone way up—even though I’ve made no improvements to the property! It’s nice that my house is worth more, but I feel gouged. Can these assessme   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Curbing Car Use

Are restaurant Street Seats legal?


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Recently, restaurants have begun expanding their dining areas by annexing public, on-street parking spaces to build little outdoor decks for tables and seats. Will you please comment on the lega   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mane Street

Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets?


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Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets? And water them at Skidmore Fountain? Should I build a paddock in my driveway? —Carl It’s funny you should bring this up, Carl. As it turns    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Carding Complexities

Can OLCC agents lie during a sting?


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Because of my youthful appearance, I’m often carded for alcohol. But occasionally a barkeep will simply ask if I’m 21. I’ve asked why, and they say undercover OLCC agents can’t lie during    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pusher Potential

What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription?


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Following hip-replacement surgery, I was given a prescription for 160 painkillers called “Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325.” I’ve taken only one tablet. What’s the street value of the remaining 159?   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MARTY SMITH

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