Why Toy Retailers and Manufacturers Are Relieved ... For The Moment

Good news for worried toy retailers and manufacturers in Portland and elsewhere. Last week, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to delay the testing mandate for lead and other hazardous materials in children's products for another year. Many local retailers had begun a coalition to draw awareness to their concerns, which included fears that the requirements would prove too ...   More
Monday, February 2, 2009 Dan Green

Adams' Admission Reaction: The Blue Oregon Connection

Two of the three people who founded Oregon's top left-leaning political blog, Blue Oregon, are going to bat for Mayor Sam Adams. Last week, Kari Chisholm, who designs websites for Adams and many of the state's Democratic elected officials, posted a couple of times in Adams' favor. Last week, for example, he wrote, The media had no business asking him a question about sex between two legal ...   More
Thursday, January 29, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Barack Obama's "New Deal": Get Your Inaugural Gear

Retailer-in-chief Barack Obama has a "New Deal" on inaugural gear. Here's the email that landed in our box this morning: Dear Friend, Last Tuesday, we came together for the most open and accessible inauguration in our nation's history. To commemorate this historic event, we're releasing a special line of collectibles from Inauguration Day. And if you spend more than $25, you'll receive ...   More
Thursday, January 29, 2009 HANK STERN

Adams Admission Reaction: Mayor Faces Critics at His First City Council Meeting After Breedlove Story

Mayor Sam Adams has probably sat through more routine City Council sessions in the past 15 years than about any other Portlander. As chief of staff to Mayor Vera Katz for more than 10 years; a city commissioner for four years, and now mayor, Adams is perhaps the city's leading expert on the arcane procedures that govern council meetings. One that worked in his favor today is the requirement ...   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Courtney Cleared by Colleagues

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 HANK STERN

Multnomah County Menu Labeling Rules Approved Unanimously

Multnomah County Commissioners voted today 5-0 in favor of a food labeling law that will require some restaurants and coffee shops operating in the county to display calorie counts on menus or sign boards beside each regular menu item, including beverages. The new law applies to those restaurants and coffee shops with 15 or more stores nationwide such as Starbucks, Pizza Schmizza, McMenamins, ...   More
Thursday, February 12, 2009 Dan Green

Weekly World News Scoops Us On Beer Tax Story

We confess. The national media has beaten us to a big story. Turns out we "missed" this Boston Tea Party response to a proposed beer tax increase in Oregon. Fortunately, the Weekly World News is there to pick up the pieces, writing of Oregonians, "Despite their peaceful, laid-back reputation, some residents have pre-emptively shown their anger by sneaking onto boats in the harbor and throwing ...   More
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 HANK STERN

G.I. Crip: Gangbanger's Iraq Combat Bid Put on Hold

There may be no combat pay for one Crip-affiliated local after all. The defense attorney for Levell Peters, a convicted felon whom the Oregon National Guard was seeking to deploy to Iraq, canceled a hearing this morning in Multnomah County Circuit Court. A military lawyer had asked Judge Marshall Amiton to change the terms of Peters' probation so he could carry a gun and deploy to Iraq with ...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

From The Archives: Obama Renews Merit Pay Talk. Maybe Bill Sizemore Could Help

As President Obama wades into the hot-button issue for teachers unions of merit pay for teachers, it's worth re-reading this cover story Beth Slovic wrote last fall. That's when Oregon initiavista Bill Sizemore had Measure 60 on the ballot. The measure, rejected by Oregon voters, would have abolished the practice of basing teachers' salaries and pay raises on their years of service; instead, ...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 HANK STERN

The Oregonian's Readers Have Spoken

The Oregonian is trying to save money like the rest of us media schlubs. But amid rumors from the daily's newsroom that there's a big cost-cutting move ahead on top of what's already been done, the paper has now eliminated at least one couch cushion it won't look under for loose change: its comics. The O told readers recently it needed to cut up to 10 of its 33 comics to save money. And Executive ...   More
Friday, March 6, 2009 HANK STERN


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