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    South Portland motels file court action to block council’s shutdown

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Two low-budget motels on Route 1 that face imminent shutdown for alleged illegal activity filed a lawsuit Friday to overturn the City Council’s action. Their attorney, David Lourie, is seeking a temporary restraining order to keep The Knights Inn and the Maine Motel open beyond May 31 – the date their lodging establishment licenses will run out because the council refused to renew them. In the lawsuit, filed in Cumberland County Superior Court, Lourie claims the council’s action and the city ordinance on which it was based are discriminatory and unconstitutional. The council decided May 15 not to renew the operating licenses because of several incidents of…

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    Crashed Mustang in Portland street race paid for with counterfeit cash

    PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the vehicles involved in Sunday’s street racing crash in North Portland was recently purchased using counterfeit cash. Two vehicles, a Toyota Scion and a Ford Mustang, were involved in the crash on North Marine Drive and Leadbetter Road that left one person injured. No one involved in the crash has been publicly identified by police. Portland police confirmed to KGW on Tuesday the Mustang involved in the crash was recently bought using $2,000 of counterfeit cash. KGW reported about the scam on May 2 and spoke with the Sandy couple who sold the car. More: Sandy couple scammed with $2,000 of counterfeit cash during car…

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    ‘I’d love to see it’: Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden likes the idea of MLB in Portland

    PORTLAND, Ore. — The campaign to bring Major League Baseball to the Rose City remains in a holding pattern this weekend thanks, in part, to Friday’s pivotal announcement from Portland Public Schools. At the same time, the idea just gained another big-name cheerleader. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said Saturday he was as shocked as anyone else to learn of the big pitch. He said he’s in favor of beefing up the Rose City’s sports profile with a Major League Baseball team. “Well I’m smiling,” he said, “because it really sounds good to be up there with the Timbers and the Thorns and the Blazers.” MORE MLB TO PDX COVERAGE…

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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 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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    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…