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Oregon’s New Fentanyl Law Paves the Way For Increased Drug Arrests

Equipped with digital scales and fentanyl testing kits, OSP troopers and Portland Police have teamed up on bike patrols downtown, to try to eradicate fentanyl from Portland's streets. A new law has paved the way for more drug-related arrests.

Courtney Vaughn

POP QUIZ PDX

It's our special HALLOWEEEEEEEEN edition of the gruesomely funny POP QUIZ PDX! See how well you score in this hilarious trivia quiz about local murder, mayhem, and MONSTERS! (The kind you marry!)

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A North Portland Church Is Using Its Property For Affordable Housing

Are churches the new housing developers? Leaders at Portsmouth Union Church, now home to an affordable, 20-unit housing complex for formerly homeless veterans, say they can be part of the solution to Portland's housing crisis.

Taylor Griggs

Portland Center Stage’s Hair “Lets the Sunshine In”

Audiences will likely remember Hair as the musical with naked people in it before they recall its iconic songs, like “Aquarius" and “Let the Sunshine In,” trailblazing racial inclusiveness, and unquestionably relevant anti-war message.

JINGZI ZHAO, COURTESY OF PORTLAND CENTER STAGE

THE TRASH REPORT

In this episode: Ivanka is whistling a different tune, Britney writes a book, and celebs who HATE trash pandas (not you, the *real* trash pandas).  

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This Week In Portland Food News

In this week's edition of food news, we're welcoming Top Burmese's new teahouse to Beaverton and celebrating the downtown return of Spella Caffè.

Old Asia Bistro & Tea House

Grab a Guinness and Two Pints at CoHo Theater

Third Rail Repertory's season opener "Two Pints" is a gorgeous little diptych, two-hander play about a friendship between two Irishmen.

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HEAR IN PORTLAND

Mal London headlines the second to last Thesis showcase of 2023, Moorea Masa and the Mood's new song makes "Magic," and Bad Bunny tickets are in the wind. It's all the music news you can use!

Mal London

TICKET ALERT

It's eclectic batch of ticket drops this week: Blink-182, Blake Shelton, Feist, and many others have announced tours. Here's where to get those hot tix!

Blink-182

SAVAGE LOVE

He has dreams of being a Dom, but there are... complications. What can he do to prepare? Dan Savage has the advice we crave in this week's SAVAGE LOVE!

Joe Newton

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