City Hall 'Gestapo Tactics'? Or Weak Govt. Meets Drama Queens?

Let's take a deep breath, OK? The One True b!X writes that Mayor Tom Potter, previously accused of "Gestapo tactics" in dealing with the homeless protest outside City Hall, violated the Portland city charter today. Oh, gawd, do we really have to talk about the latest chapter in this endless and ineffectual protest? I can't take much more. Let's walk through the morning to see how we got to this ...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 COREY PEIN

75,000 For Obama? Bloggers Know Better

On a Washington Post blog about the massive Barack Obama's rally yesterday at Waterfront Park, some folks are calling into question whether all of those Oregonians could really possibly exist. If you were there, you probably saw that big platform moving up and down behind the podium. It was for the press photographers. According to the Internet, however, they weren't really there—or you weren't. ...   More
Monday, May 19, 2008 COREY PEIN

Ride of Silence: Portland Bicyclists Pay Tribute to Lost Comrades

At 7 pm Wednesday, May 21, the Portland Ride of Silence will start in downtown at Northwest Park Avenue and Everett Street in the North Park Blocks and ends on North Mississippi Avenue between Russell Street and Interstate Avenue. Ride for Silence began in 2003 in Dallas, Texas, in response to the death of endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz, and has since reached over 100 cities worldwide. The primary ...   More
Monday, May 19, 2008 Shawn Stott

FLEET WEEK: Seamen to Descend on Portland Waterfront

Wahooo! That sound isn't a torpedo siren; it's just our annually visiting seamen signaling that they're once again ready to fire their own brand of Tomahawk missiles on willing locals. It's Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week in Puddletown, and you know what that means? Bridge closures, public transit interruptions, and last but not least: a flood of soon to be drunken, horny sailors inundating ...   More
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 Jason Howd

UPDATE: Seski enjoys the comforts of my WW cubicle (and floral parades)

PARADE DAY UPDATE: Hope Slutski, I mean Seski, wasn't up to this when he was in my cubicle. [youtube][/youtube] In honor of Oregon's Sesquicentennial (that's 150 years), a mascot called "Seski the Sasquatch" will be making an appearance on the Oregon 150 float in Saturday's Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade. But today he made an appearance in my ...   More
Monday, June 9, 2008 Byron Beck

WW Snubbed In Regional Emmy Awards (Updated With More Media News)

Remember that big storm back in December? Remember how we mocked the breathless TV coverage? Our award for Scariest Weather Report went to KGW's Matt Zaffino, who said, in the heat of the moment: “Literally, we could have exploding buoys running aground on the Oregon Coast...I'm not kidding.” Oh, how we laughed then. But the joke's on us. KGW just picked up three regional Emmy Awards ...   More
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 COREY PEIN

Summer FREE for All

Gas is expensive and I've seen festering turds that look better than the current state of the economy. But the demand for fun has not changed. Portlanders still need to have a good time on summer nights and weekends. And even though that trip to Disneyland or the Portland Opera might stretch the wallet too thin these days, there's tons-o-free shit to do in Stumptown this summer. “What could ...   More
Monday, July 7, 2008 WHITNEY HAWKE

Picnic Flicks, Minus Tix: A Guide to Portland's Outdoor Movies

With our handy guide to free outdoor movies, drag the kids to five showings of Bee Movie. If they still like it, pray they get stung. Who needs fireworks when you can relive the drive-in days with nary a penny spent? Big Screen on the Green at various Portland parks Flicks on the Bricks at Pioneer Courthouse Square Multnomah Outdoor Cinema at the Multnomah Arts Center Flicks by the Fountain ...   More
Saturday, July 5, 2008 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

98° ? 9/11: Mission Creep Strikes Portland Emergency Bureau

See something wrong with this picture (beach, beer, tropical version of Haystack Rock)? No, nothing? Well, here's what's wrong with it: IT PROMISES CERTAIN DEATH. Oh, the things we learn from press releases... According to this year's city of Portland budget, The mission of the Portland Office of Emergency Management (POEM) is to effectively lead the emergency preparedness, risk reduction, ...   More
Friday, June 27, 2008 COREY PEIN

Summer Camp for Adults: It's Trouble Time!

OK, adults, it's time to be a kid again. Grass Hut, a Portland art cooperative headquartered on East Burnside Street, has organized the Grass Hut Camp Scout program for people to fine-tune their rabblerousing skills while the summer weather is perfect. In the words of one WW staffer, “The next three months are Portland's best kept secret,” and Grass Hut's activities will help you enjoy ...   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 WHITNEY HAWKE


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