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Frank, you’d be the one to know

Say, who's that lanky guy in the chef's hat standing outside the Grand Cafe with a sign that says: 'Free Advice With Lunch'? Why, none other than restaurant manager and noted bad boy Frank Peters. É And what's the advice that Frank promises to provide all those who yield to his blandishments and enter his restaurant at the east end of the Morrison Bridge? 'Stay in school. Be kind to your mother. And never break more than one law at a time.' Frank would know.

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Never too late to extend our heartiest congratulations to lobbyists Neil Goldschmidt and Tom Imeson for their role in greasing the buyout of Willamette Industries by Seattle lumber giant Weyerhaeuser. Nice work, guys. Now what else can you do for the local economy?

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Former City Commissioner Mike Lindberg and his wife, ex-KXL news director Carolyn Myers, have just opened a coffeehouse, the Bella Cafe, at Southwest Fifth and Hall by Portland State. Lindberg, arguably P-town's savviest political consultant, says they hope to turn the place into a salon where groups of all stripes will gather to hash out the world's thornier problems.

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And while we're at it: The political battle of the decade may be shaping up over the redistricting initiative, which is expected to be on the ballot this May. On one hand, an unlikely coalition of populists and downtown real estate interests. On the other, the white wine and Volvo set, spearheaded by Commissioner Charlie 'Skateboard' Hales, who'd like to keep things the way they are. My experts say it's a toss-up at this point.

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With Natalie Cole as the draw, the $250-a-ticket black-tie benefit at the Marriott for the Alzheimer's Association last Saturday was truly an 'Unforgettable' evening. Only problem was, after the show was over and the famous singer was supposed to stick around for a half-hour to pose for grip-and-grin shots with the locals, she bugged out. The association is still trying to figure out whether to sue her for breach of contract.

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Back in the good old days, when U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wanted to unwind, he used to come to Portland, then the wildest place on the West Coast. When he did, one of the ladies he used to spend time with was a local madam known as Little Rusty. É Rusty, who just turned 80, asked me the other day if I thought anyone out there might want to buy a copy of one of Douglas' books that the great jurist once inscribed to her in memory of their good times together. I'll forward all inquiries.

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Yet another sighting of Tommy Lee Jones wearing a long white beard Ñ this one at the Lloyd Center ice rink. Tommy Lee didn't skate himself but was there with his daughter. É According to those present, Tommy Lee, who's here to wrap up shooting of 'The Hunted,' even picked out the skating music from the rink's CD collection. And whaddaya suppose he chose? The soundtrack from 'Men in Black.' É Over at Nick's Famous Coney Island, Frank Nudo is grumping that Jones' co-star, Benicio Del Toro, hasn't dropped by yet to acknowledge the tape of the Blazers' 1977 championship game that Frank sent Benicio after the star, on a chance visit to the hot dog emporium, revealed himself as a die-hard Blazer fan. 'And he seemed like such a nice guy,' says Frank. Come on, Frank, maybe he's just been busy.

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