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The Gunnew

How easy is it to buy a gun on the street from a complete stranger? We find out.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  08-04-2011  |  Crime & Justice

Plastic Crusadernew

Can Stiv Wilson ban the plastic bag in Oregon?
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  03-16-2011  |  Environment

The Longest Oddsnew

Hundreds of millions in casino dollars haven’t lifted Oregon’s Native Americans out of poverty.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  11-17-2010  |  Policy Issues

Saving Ryannew

Why it was left to two Portland judges to bring a heroin junkie back from the brink.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  09-20-2010  |  Policy Issues

This Monkey Died For You: Animal Researchers Fire Back at Their Criticsnew

In an hour-long interview with Willamette Week, Oregon Health & Science University spokesman Jim Newman lays out the school’s justification for animal research while blasting both the tactics and beliefs of animal rights activists.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin and Mark Zusman  |  03-31-2010  |  Animal Issues

Home to Windsurfers, Microbrews, and Drones That Kill America’s Enemiesnew

One day in the Columbia Gorge, Tad McGeer watched a video from a battlefield 7,000 miles away. Filmed from the air, the footage revealed tiny figures moving about an open field below. Suddenly, the figures were engulfed in an explosive fireball.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  03-03-2010  |  War

What We've Learned From the Fatal Police Shooting of Aaron Campbellnew

The Jan. 29 shooting of an unarmed African-American man was the reason Jackson came to Maranatha Church of God. And it’s why hundreds of angry Portlanders had already rallied downtown to protest years of alleged police abuses and failed leadership.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  02-24-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Oba-Meh: Some Oregonians are Losing Hope in Their Presidentnew

Today, Roey Thorpe is still thoroughly behind Obama. But after a year of incremental progress on the economy, heavy compromises on healthcare reform and escalation of the war in Afghanistan, Thorpe hears from Democrats who are losing hope.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  01-20-2010  |  Commentary

New Year, New Momentum Give New Hope For Legalizing Cannabisnew

Paul Stanford, who runs a national chain of medical marijuana clinics, is making a new legalization push. And with the help of a professional signature-gathering company, and a political climate vastly more turned on to cannabis, Stanford hopes to attain his lifelong goal.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  01-06-2010  |  Drugs

Cops' Recent Blowup with their Chief Surprised Many, and It Shouldn't Havenew

In her 3 1/2 years as Portland police chief, Rosie Sizer has been called many things. She once joked in a City Club speech she’d been called the B-word too many times to count. But she has also been praised as a transformative leader, a gifted communicator, a role model to women and a champion for minority rights.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  12-09-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Oregon's Most Litigious Stripper is Out to Reform the Industrynew

Zipporah Foster insists strippers deserve to be paid a minimum wage like any other worker. She and other dancers around the country are beginning to take a stand, and a handful have successfully sued for back wages.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  11-18-2009  |  Business & Labor

Natural Seletion: A Field Guide to Portland's Legal Pharmacopeianew

While DIY mushroom hunters are pulling on rain gear and heading outdoors in search of forbidden fruit, others are staying high and dry by sampling a crop of legal psychoactive plants found right here in the city limits.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  10-29-2009  |  Drugs

It's Not My Fault: What People Will Say to Get Out of a Portland Parking Ticketnew

They pile up each week; the letters about dogs, diarrhea and dyslexia. Stories about autistic children and encounters with Sen. Ron Wyden. Diagrams, photographs, snide remarks and accusations. Pleas for mercy. And excuses, excuses, excuses. They're the things people say to get out of a Portland parking ticket.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  09-09-2009  |  Transportation

Mentally Ill are Most Likely to Get Tasered by Portland Policenew

A new Independent Police Review Division report finds that subjects with mental illness are now the most likely out of all groups to get Tasered by Portland cops -- even more than people who are actually armed or who assault an officer.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  07-22-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Facebook Revolution: Iran's Opposition Internetnew

During mass demonstrations in Tehran last week, the Western press couldn't stop writing about how protesters were using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to organize demonstrations, spread news and share videos of street battles. In this case, the hype was true.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  06-24-2009  |  International

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