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2008-06-17 15:00:19

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 16--With Portland's free Wi-Fi project on the verge of collapse, the city and its residents are back to square one, asking: What should people do if they can't afford high-speed Internet connections? "There isn't a good answer to that question. There's only the bad answer," said Michael Weinberg, president of the Personal Telco Project, a Portland volunteer group that evangelizes for cheap Web access. "There aren't a lot of...

2008-06-17 12:00:41

By Helen Jung, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 15--These days "fill 'er up" is increasingly followed by "lock 'er down." With regular gasoline in Oregon averaging $4.18 a gallon, motorists are snatching up locking gas caps to keep thieves out of their tanks. But the clamor for locking lids has soared along with pump prices, triggering shortages. "There seems to be a run on them for sure," said Paul Chully, manager of the Napa Auto Parts store at Northeast Columbia and Martin...

2008-06-17 12:00:27

By Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 15--ARLINGTON -- The 40 or so steel pilings poking from the Columbia River were supposed to be a bridge to the future for eastern Oregon's Gilliam County and this river port town. They are footings for a $3 million barge dock. It's planned to keep Arlington competitive in a growth industry and lifeline for rural Oregon and Washington: importing garbage from Portland, Seattle and perhaps eventually as far away as Hawaii. But...

2008-05-09 12:00:35

By Bill Graves, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. May 8--Stephen Lam, the son of immigrants from China, took the most challenging courses at David Douglas High, studied five hours a day, earned straight A's. And he is about to reap the payoff -- a free ride to prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Lam, 18, is among 1,000 students in the nation, 22 in Oregon and three at David Douglas High in Portland to be named a Gates Millennium Scholar. The scholarships, funded by a...

2008-04-11 12:00:43

By Lisa Grace Lednicer, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Apr. 10--Seven of the 10 schools with the worst graduation rates in the metro area are in the Portland School District, and all seven have split into smaller settings to attack chronic dropout and achievement problems. But Wednesday's dropout report shows these schools are failing to keep many of their students in school. "It's like turning the Titanic. You can't turn on a dime," said Charlie LaTourette, spokesman for the...

2007-10-04 18:00:20

By Larry Bingham, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Oct. 4--All the Oregon State Police know about the crime, so far, is this: The missing were last seen swimming in knee-deep water Friday afternoon. Sunday morning, the pond was empty. The thief -- or thieves -- must have lugged the seven victims, each roughly 2 1/2 to 5 feet long and weighing 40 to 50 pounds, around the gift shop and through the visitor parking lot. Investigator Mike Hanson thinks it had to have happened at night....

2007-07-05 18:11:41

By Rick Bella, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jul. 5--First they swore me to secrecy, making me promise I'd never reveal the "undisclosed locations" they took me to. But it was well worth it. By trading away my right to a few details, I got to see the place where illegal fireworks go to die in Oregon. For the past couple of years, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, Oregon State Police, Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue have hauled most...

2007-03-29 12:00:28

By Ryan Frank, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Mar. 29--So how much would you pay to live near Portland's new aerial tram? Three of the tram's neighbors opened their mail this month to find a bill from the city of Portland for the new silver people-mover and said: Not that much. The Oregon Department of Transportation, an industrial engineer and a 31-year-old townhouse buyer objected to the fees the city wants to charge those who own property next to the $57 million tram....

2006-12-14 15:00:31

By Richard Read, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Dec. 14--Portland architect Nathan Corser flew to Vietnam two years ago, expecting to meet fellow designers and plan an eco-friendly Nike shoe factory. Instead Corser found a cramped Ho Chi Minh City office occupied by eight engineers, none of whom spoke English. He whipped out his Sharpies. He sketched fan systems, glazing, insulation and panes. "They would point to this item, and I would draw it as graphically as possible," says...

2006-12-08 12:00:27

By Luciana Lopez, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Dec. 8--Forgive Eric Isaacson if he indulges in a bit of the bubbly at work today. After all, if you can't celebrate helping to turn 75 cents into tens of thousands of dollars, when can you? At about 8:30 tonight, the eBay auction of an early, ultra-rare acetate record by the Velvet Underground rock band will conclude, and Isaacson, owner of Mississippi Records in Portland and the selling agent for the record, will know for sure how...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.