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Peterson Says He’s Officially Out of the Portland School Board Race—Again

After waffling and radio silence, the controversial Derrick Peterson said he's officially withdrawn from the Portland School Board race. He had previously told a board member he would stay on the board, if elected, despite telling the public he would vacate the seat.

DERRICKPETERSON.COM

POP QUIZ PDX!

How well do YOU know Portland? 🤔 Test your knowledge on the city's ties to The Simpsons, oddball local pronunciations, artistic abominations, and more!

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Portland Parent Says Public School Bus Driver Encouraged Prayer, Religious Singing

A Portland parent says a school bus driver was recorded asking students to "scream Hallelujah" and sing along to hymns, in violation of federal laws prohibiting religious activities in public schools. The state warns the district could lose funding.

PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Food Review: Janken Is the Most Un-Portlandy Restaurant Possible

If you're served maguro tuna, foie gras, and truffle nigiri beneath a blossoming cherry tree in Portland, you could only be at Janken—the swanky, celebratory Pearl District restaurant that demands your fanciest attire.

THOMAS TEAL

Unhoused and Unaided

Despite a legal requirement that shelters be accessible to people with disabilities, homeless services providers and unhoused Portlanders say shelters aren't equipped to assist those who need the most help.

MOTOYA NAKAMURA/MULTNOMAH COUNTY

THE TRASH REPORT

This week's hot gossip: Drake's remarkably boring home, the funnest couples' therapy ever, and our fave hobby—dragging the royals.

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ODOT’s Plans for Tolling Generate Broad Backlash

Skepticism from Governor Tina Kotek and state legislators about the Oregon Department of Transportation's tolling plans may have lasting impacts.

ODOT

HEAR IN PORTLAND

This week in music news: There Are No Skips on Sqip’s "Boi." Plus, some some excellent shows on our radar: the Shivas rock Lollipop Shoppe and Oh, Rose melts faces at Mississippi Studios

COLE MITCHELL JOHNSON

Q & A with PICA's Outgoing and Incoming Executive Directors

After 20 years, Victoria Frey passes the torch to Reuben Roqueñi—who has been involved with PICA for over a decade.

 ROBERT FRANKLIN

SAVAGE LOVE

She's got erotic literature on the brain. And that's good... right? Or is it?

Joe Newton

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