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    10 great record stores in Portland

    Portland is a music lover’s paradise, with well over a dozen record stores and enough LPs around town to keep even the snobbiest vinyl fan busy for life. According to Music Millennium owner Terry Currier, Portland actually has more record stores per capita than any city in the U.S. — and more stores, period. With another Record Store Day around the corner, here are 10 top record stores in Portland. 10. Vinyl Resting Place The St. John’s store is a jazz lover’s haven, thanks to the efforts of owners Toby Tobiason and his wife. “We inspect everything before we sell it,” he told the Oregonian. Not into Davis or Coltrane?…

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    Portland approves emergency plan to reduce speeds on SE Stark Street

    Kristi Finney-Dunn, whose son was killed in SE Portland, pictured in 2016 on Stark Street advocating for safer pedestrian crossings and lower speed limits (Courtesy of PBOT) Portland approved an emergency plan Wednesday to reduce by 5 mph the speed limit on a more than 50-block stretch of Stark Street in Southeast Portland. Two of the city’s 10 traffic fatalities this year happened between 109th and 162nd avenues on Stark. A 53-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed on Feb. 1, and a 34-year-old motorist died Feb. 11. Leah Treat, Portland’s transportation director, on Wednesday told the City Council the bureau will install three new pedestrian crossings on Stark this year…

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    Portland weighs new historic districts as answer to development tensions on Munjoy Hill

    Portland city planners are beginning discussions about creating two historic districts on Munjoy Hill as part of a strategy to address concerns over the rapid pace of development that’s leading to large boxy condominiums replacing smaller, more traditional New England-style homes. Although there are no specific boundaries yet proposed for the two districts, maps created by city planners show the general areas under consideration. One potential district may run along the Eastern Promenade and Fore Street from Turner Street to Atlantic Street, reaching a block or two from the outside edge into the neighborhood. The other potential district could run along North Street, from Congress Street to Walnut Street. These…

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    Watch: Portgual. The Man performs at Portland March for Our Lives

    On the KGW News app? Tap here to watch the videos PORTLAND, Ore. — The thousands of people who packed into Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday for the Portland March for Our Lives rally were treated to a fun show to close out the event. Portland natives, and Grammy Award-winning band, Portugal. The Man played a short set to support the student-led march. "We’re here to lend our support to your movement," guitarist Eric Howk told the audience. "This is a crowd that represents incredible bravery and progress." The band played for about 20 minutes and were joined for one song by a special guest: Black Thought from The Roots.…

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    Portland restaurant manager sues company over spider bite

    Brown recluse spider – Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The general manager of a Portland restaurant has filed a lawsuit against a pest control company after he was bit by a venomous spider. KATU News confirmed Thursday that Scott Clement claims he had asked Ecolab to spray for spiders at McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside restaurant for more than a month before he decided to take matters into his own hands. Clement says he was then bitten by what he believes was a brown recluse spider, causing him to be hospitalized for three days. The suit states that the restaurant had an ongoing…

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    Report: Portland will need more charging stations for growing number of electric cars

    Electric car in Portland (KATU photo) PORTLAND, Ore. – Environment Oregon Research and Police Center held a news conference at Go Forth Electric Showcase Tuesday to discuss a new study on preparing cities in the U.S. for electric vehicles. The report is called “Plugging In: Readying America’s Cities for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles.” The report includes a first-of-its-kind policy analysis of best practices for using electric cars in the U.S. and internationally. The organization says the report will help make the transition to electric vehicles as smooth as possible. At the news conference Tuesday, officials talked about the growing need for more charging stations in Portland. Data shows Portland…

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    Group of high-end inns and restaurants will declare bankruptcy

    The Camden Harbour Inn in Camden. A co-owner of high-end inns and restaurants in Camden and Portland said his companies will be forced into bankruptcy to avoid pending foreclosure auctions. Foreclosure auctions are scheduled for March 29 for both the Camden Harbour Inn and Natalie’s restaurant on Bay View Street in Camden and the Danforth Inn and Tempo Dulu restaurant on Danforth Street in Portland. The Camden Harbor Inn is a 20-room luxury boutique inn with the award-winning 65-seat restaurant Natalie’s. The Danforth Inn is a nine-room full service inn and fine dining restaurant Tempo Dulu. There were plans to open a bar called Opium at that location which drew…

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    Portland mayor parts with his hair as he makes good on Super Bowl bet: Watch video

    It was a moment of shear joy, at least for everyone in the room except Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling. After two weeks of highly publicized anticipation, Strimling finally made good on a Super Bowl LII bet and parted ways with his impeccably manicured salt-and-pepper mane. Strimling’s well-coifed wave was shaved in front of a cheering crowd of about 250 students at Presumpscot Elementary School on Friday afternoon. Also in attendance was Lance Prator, the mayor of Portland, Pennsylvania, a borough of less than 600 people, who made the bet with Strimling. “Does it look good now?” Strimling shouted. “Keep going! … yeah!” Strimling and Prator, who are both New York…

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    Portland Children’s Levy now in the hands of voters

    PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s now up to voters to decide if dozens of Portland programs, aimed at helping thousands of kids succeed, will get the funding they need. The funding comes from the Portland Children’s Levy, and the city council unanimously decided Wednesday to put in on the May ballot. “[The Portland Children’s Levy is] so crucial to our children here in the Portland Metro area,” Lluvia Merello, a foster parent who has foster kids that benefit from levy, said. It changes lives. “Yes, a complete transformation,” Karmen English, who testified in front of city council about the importance of the levy, said. The levy supports 74 different programs, that…

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    Controversial Portland program uses marijuana and kratom to treat opioid addiction

    A recovering opioid addict in Portland, 33-year-old Arron Veysey credits Roxanne Gullikson and her marijuana- and kratom-based treatment program with helping him kick his habit. But addiction treatment experts say there’s no research to support its effectiveness. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup Arron Veysey credits marijuana, kratom and Roxanne Gullikson with helping him quit an opioid habit that was ruining his life. “She basically saved my life,” said Veysey, 33, who works as a prep cook at a Portland retirement home. “I’m able to get up and go to work every day, and have a life. I don’t look at marijuana as a drug anymore.” Veysey said when he was…