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Occupy Portland: WTF Happened Sunday Night?new

Assessing the eviction attempt at Occupy Portland.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  11-14-2011  |  #OCCUPY

Occupy Portland Upbeat About Arrestsnew

Twelve hours after this morning's 27 arrests at Occupy Portland in the Pearl District, organizers are upbeat about how the civil disobedience went down.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  10-31-2011  |  #OCCUPY

The Last Summer of Mass Destructionnew

After 50 years, Oregon is almost done incinerating its cache of WMDs, one by one.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  08-31-2011  |  War

Questioning the Questionersnew

Feds Investigate Portland Police—But Miss Crucial Input
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  08-15-2011  |  Crime & Justice

How to Opt Out of Phonebooks, Credit Card Offers and More ... Forevernew

Shouting at some hapless customer service agent isn't my style, I just want to quit these "services" (or, really, have them quit me). But wriggling out of their grip means jumping tricky, bureaucratic hurdles. Here's a handy guide on how to quit a few of my least favorite things.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  04-07-2011  |  Culture

Violent Truthnew

What's wrong with Oregon that domestic violence is on the rise?
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  11-05-2010  |  Crime & Justice

State of Choicenew

Christian-backed crisis pregnancy centers outnumber pro-choice clinics in Oregon. Is that so bad?
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  09-02-2010  |  Sex

A 22-Year-Old Southeast Portlander Vanished on His Bike Two Weeks Agonew

Tyler Brady was last seen riding home on his fixed-gear bike, a black frame and white handlebar Schwinn, on the night of February 17. A friend says the bar Tube had turned him away for being too drunk.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  03-11-2010  |  Crime & Justice

A Portland Street Changes its Name to César E. Chávez Blvd., After a Fightnew

The city's effort to rename a major street after the activist and farm worker crumbled in 2007 after a push to rename Interstate Avenue spurred allegations of racism against opponents. The rename process kicked off for a second time last winter, this time with a professional consultant and a new street.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  02-04-2010  |  Transportation

New Year, New Laws! Six New Laws for Oregonnew

LUCKILY, New Year's resolutions aren't legally binding. But the new Oregon laws covering everything from TVs to tenant's rights that went into effect on January 1 are, so listen up or pay the price.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  01-07-2010  |  Policy Issues

Portland's LGBT Mormons Explain Who They Are, What They Wantnew

Jason Giles, leader of the Portland chapter of LGBT Mormon group Affirmation, says Portland's gay Mormon community is more robust, cohesive, and visible than in similar cities like San Francisco.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  12-17-2009  |  LGBT

Money, Environmental and Political Worries Halt Big Bridgenew

AFTER YEARS OF steamrolling steadily in the same direction, the controversial Columbia River Crossing (CRC) plan has hit gridlock as leaders of the I-5 bridge replacement project clearly split last Friday.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  12-10-2009  |  Transportation

Prostitution Report: Jail Doesn't Worknew

The key to cleaning up prostitution in Portland isn't making more arrests or slapping streetwalkers with steeper fines.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  12-07-2009  |  Sex

Want to Kill Someone in Oregon? Use Your Carnew

Without strict punishments and tough enforcement of dangerous driving, lawyers and alternative transportation advocates say that even fatal traffic crimes often fall through the cracks of the state's justice system.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  11-13-2009  |  Transportation

Oregon's Filthy Secret: It is Fueled by 40 Percent Dirty Coalnew

While Portland's high-profile green innovations are helping the city's image become synonymous with sustainability (see: condo developers topping their downtown towers with wind turbines) the city runs on a dirty secret. Forty percent of Portland's energy comes from a very un-green source.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  10-29-2009  |  Environment

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