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The Portland Fire Bureau is getting a new toy, thanks to a $20,000 donation from an insurance company, Fireman's Fund. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's the Kutbota RTV1100, the world's first luxury ATV. The $17,000 "rough terrain vehicle" doesn't come with a fire hose, but it does have air conditioning, "retractable seatbelts, a large and accessible under-seat storage area, padded headrests, ...   More
 
Monday, February 4, 2008 COREY PEIN

An Escort Service You Wouldn't Be Embarrassed to Call


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I know Portland is bike-friendly, but when I heard about a plan for nighttime bike escorts I thought we'd moved to a whole new level. Well, turns out, it's "not that kind of escort!" according to a post by the the Wildebeest Bike Militia on the Portland Indymedia website. The group is looking for feedback on its plans for a bike escort service that will meet up with cyclists who don't want to ...   More
 
Friday, January 25, 2008 Jason Moore

Citywide Arts Collective brings Fairweather


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Robert Tybie is bringing a little bit of Paris to Portland. He's preparing to convert the sidewalk bordering Holladay Park near the Lloyd Center into an outdoor art gallery. The 60-year-old former parking garage manager for City Hall is known among local artists as the creator of the Sunday Art Mart—a ‘would-be' outdoor art gallery on the top floor of a parking garage on Alder Street. ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Shefali Kulkarni

Gordo, Get Your Gun. Seriously.


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Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne today responded to a December letter from 47 U.S. Senators, including Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). The senators, who were joined by four more federal lawmakers earlier this month, had asked the U.S. Interior Department to ease restrictions on firearms in national parks and on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land. The background, and why this matters to Oregon, ...   More
 
Friday, February 22, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Still Life with Skinny Jeans: Portland's Flash Freeze


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Imagine this: You're walking down Burnside on an overcast Saturday afternoon. Maybe you just picked up a pair of shoes at Buffalo Exchange, or you're on way to see a battle of the bands at Fez Ballroom. Everything's fine until all at once, everyone freezes. Just like that. Frozen. Conversations suspended mid-word, unflicked ashes on smoking cigarettes growing perilously longer as time passes. ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Remembering Cody Reuwsaat (1979-2008)


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A house fire in Southwest Portland late Monday evening took the life of 28-year-old Portland artist Cody Reuwsaat. The cause of the fire that took Reuwsaat's life (and much of his home) remains under investigation. About one year ago, ex-WW freelancer Jason Simms payed a visit to that same house for this WW article. The house doubled as Reuwsaat's studio, where the makeup and effects artist made ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 CASEY JARMAN

Green peace rally this Saturday


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This Saturday at the South Park Blocks, the PDX Peace Coalition as well as a number of other groups are putting on an anti-war rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the War in Iraq, which began March 20, 2003. The organizers claim that this peace is the first rally to go green, with power generated by bio-diesel and solar polar. The organizers are also encouraging participants to bike to the ...   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Portlanders are marching for peace...right now!


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Thousands of Portlanders came out to the South Park Blocks today to protest the Iraq War despite the crappy weather, and they are marching downtown as I write this post. "This is my first time protesting," says Amy Wilkes, a nineteen-year old student at Mt. Scott Learning Center. She credits one of her teachers for telling her how much the war was costing the US, and what a waste it is. "We're ...   More
 
Saturday, March 15, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Shelters and Red Cross open severe winter shelters for homeless


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For the next two nights, severe winter shelters will open their doors to get homeless people off the streets during the coldest part of the day. The National Weather Service is predicting that tonight will be as cold as 33 degrees, with a wind chill of 27 degrees, and a 70% likelihood of rain or snow. Tomorrow, the chance of snow is 100%. “It's really unusual to have this weather at ...   More
 
Thursday, March 27, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Sink or Schwimmer: Run Fat Boy Run Reviewed


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The newest Simon Pegg goofiness was not screened in time for WW press deadlines, but it was screened in time for WW's newest reviewer, Chris Stamm: Run Fat Boy Run Digging Friends is a bit like being a Cubs fan or having a dime-sized mole on your cheek: People try not to stare and assiduously avoid the topic, lest they betray the chagrined pity and secret thrill that attends their presence ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 AARON MESH

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