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Loud, Polluting Leaf Blowers May Be on Their Way Out of Portland

Portland City Council will soon be voting on the future of gasoline leaf blowers in the city. Proponents of the ordinance say the gas-powered devices are toxic to public health and the environment, and urge the city to act as fast as possible to ban them.

Taylor Griggs


Calling all Trash Pandas! 🦝 This week: Jill Biden gets fierce, Rihanna's private concert, and some pre-pandemic style Justin Bieber gossip! 👂



What people *really* mean when they call themselves an "avid cyclist": Taylor Griggs drops some truth in her first "STREET VIEW" column about all things Portland transportation. 👀

Taylor Griggs

Grab-and-Go Food and Beverage Kiosks at the Moda Center Spark OLCC Inquiry

Stores using Amazon technology to sell self-service alcohol are trying to comply with state laws. One employee says it’s not going well.


Project Pabst Music Festival Provides the Portland Piece in STRFKR's 2024 Tour

Project Pabst's returns to Portland's Waterfront Park this summer. Will the outdoor music festival manage to contain the bigness of STRFKR's Portland fanbase?


Poison Waters Turns Up the Heat at Her Own Charity Roast

If you missed the charity roast of Portland Drag icon Poison Waters, we've got a rundown of the evening and some of our favorite burns.

Suzette Smith

Hear in Portland

In our music column this week: Waterfront Blues Festival 2024 lineup, Young Gifted and Black plan a party to rebrand, and checking in with Portland rapper Milc and beatmaker Televangel.

Ben Harper (photo MICHAEL HALSBAND)

The Best Things To Do in Portland in March

Tulip festival? Check! Top-notch comedy? Check! Portland's favorite chorus and worst bike ride? Check! March is packed with things to do in (and near) Portland. Plan accordingly.

Bad Bunny

Portlanders Gather for Community Vigil After Death of Nex Benedict

The death of Nex Benedict, a non-binary teen in Oklahoma, sparked questions about school bullying, while shining a light on the needs of LGBTQ+ youth. Community members recently gathered downtown for a vigil to remember and mourn Benedict.

Kevin Foster

Theater Review: Sanctuary City Follows Two Undocumented Teens Through the Chaos of the US Immigration System

For fans of thinking about a play for days and weeks after: Third Rail Repertory's deft adaptation of "Sanctuary City" by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok is a gorgeous mosaic of lived experience.



"Should I dump my girlfriend before or after we join a kink/swingers club?" Actually, it's a bit more complicated than that as Dan Savage discovers in this week's column.

Joe Newton

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