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Homeless Protest Stretches on in Portlandnew

On May 13, with the homeless protesters in front of city hall facing enforcement of the city's camping ordinance, five representatives sat down with Mayor Tom Potter. The meeting did not go so well.
The Portland Mercury  |  Amy J. Ruiz and Matt Davis  |  05-15-2008  |  Housing & Development

Portland's Bike-based Food Businesses are Picking Up Speednew

Bicycle-based food businesses are sprouting like daisies, from a bike-based "cookie CSA" to a three-wheeled, single-origin coffee cafe.
Willamette Week  |  Deeda Schroeder  |  05-07-2008  |  Food+Drink

Can Portland's 5,000 Cyclists Swing a City Hall Election?new

Bikes are the new babies in Portland elections, where it seems every candidate gets photographed wearing a helmet and a smile. Stop laughing. There really is a bike lobby here -- in influence, sorta like Big Oil in Dallas or Little Havana in Miami, just without the cash.
Willamette Week  |  Corey Pein  |  05-07-2008  |  Politics

Portland to Get Pilot Mental Health Courtnew

Three qualified mental health professionals will work with a dedicated judge, with a goal of hooking mentally ill people up with medication and counseling instead of prosecuting them for low-level crimes.
The Portland Mercury  |  Matt Davis  |  05-01-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Opening Portland's First Day-Labor Hiring Center Turns Out to be a Hasslenew

Plans for the center seemed so simple: a single-wide trailer. Two Port-A-Potties. And as many laborers as could fit under a 30-foot tent. But nothing is ever simple when the city is Portland and the issue is land use.
Willamette Week  |  Corey Pein  |  04-30-2008  |  Immigration

Portland: Comic Meccanew

So by now everyone in Portland knows that, to quote one of the most cliched newspaper headlines ever, "comics aren't just for kids anymore."
The Portland Mercury  |  Alison Hallett  |  04-24-2008  |  Books

Wal-Mart Winds Up Campaign Fodder in Portlandnew

The top contenders in a 13-candidate mayoral field have at least one actual substantive difference on a big (box) issue: Wal-Mart. Sam Adams loves to bash the country's largest non-union employer and leader on the Fortune 500 list, while Sho Dozono welcomes the house of Walton as an indication to all business that Portland is open.
Willamette Week  |  Corey Pein  |  04-23-2008  |  Politics

Black Preachers Struggle in White Citynew

While African-American ministers in Portland rise to defend Rev. Jeremiah Wright's statements as both theologically accurate and needed tonics to America's history of racial oppression, their unanimity disguises a much more local question they say confronts their churches now: How do they make their voices heard in America's whitest city?
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  04-23-2008  |  Religion

Seven Things Portland Should Do to Get Serious About Being Greennew

Sometime between Gov. Tom McCall's speeches and Al Gore's Nobel Prize, Portland ceded the green crown. Here's how to get it back.
Willamette Week  |  Corey Pein  |  04-16-2008  |  Environment

Portland's Not a Sports Town, but it is a Sports Bar Townnew

We may not have sports teams, but we know how to cheer 'em on.
Willamette Week  |  AP Kryza  |  04-09-2008  |  Recreation

Expansion of Portland's Free Wi-Fi is Stallednew

Pacific Power and the wi-fi provider, MetroFi, have failed to strike a deal for how much to charge MetroFi for drawing power to run its system.
Willamette Week  |  Corey Pein  |  08-29-2007  |  Tech

Blow's Backnew

Cocaine is still the drug of choice for many of Portland's beau monde.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  05-23-2007  |  Drugs

Ready for the Countrynew

This tale of two men in the woods is one of the best films of 2006, and its reminiscent of the best films of the 1970s as well.
INDY Week  |  David Fellerath  |  01-04-2007  |  Reviews

Who's Your Momma?new

Everything was perfect as Becky and Sharon Flynn went through Sharon's pregnancy -- until the local daily paper refused to print Becky's name in the birth announcement.
Eugene Weekly  |  Suzi Steffen  |  12-26-2006  |  LGBT

Road Tripnew

A mid-list glam-trash rock band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili.
Houston Press  |  Brian McManus  |  11-14-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

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