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Northwest neighborhood activist Pete Colt has nothing but praise for the way P-town's finest have chased at least some of the hookers away from their usual perches at Starbucks in the West Burnside Fred Meyer. For a while, though, it was getting a little dicey there, as he reported at a Northwest District Association board meeting last week. … So where do these latte ladies hang out now? At the bus stop at Northwest 19th Avenue and Everett Street, Colt reports. 'They like one-way streets because they only have to look in one direction for the cops.' … Bet they can't wait for the Burnside-Couch couplet to be up and running.

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Will someone please tell me why I've never heard that mayoral candidate Sho Dozono - who, as everybody knows, owns Azumano Travel - also is the CEO for Portland's oldest cab company, Broadway Cab? Moreover, why Dozono - who must realize that the whole political game here is trying to out-green your opponent - has never pointed out that Broadway is in the process of acquiring hybrid cars for its fleet? … If this were Sam Adams, he'd be holding three news conferences a day to remind us of this bold new safe, sound and green initiative. … Just more proof, I guess, that not everyone is a born politician. This information, by the way, thanks to Jack Minor of North Portland, who says he was Googling for hybrid cars the other day when up it popped.

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Next time you stop at Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine on Northeast Broadway, be sure to ask your waiter to please go easy on their special Thai chili powder. … Mike Pullen, who works in the bridge department for the county, says when he ate there a couple of month ago, they had to call an ambulance and a fire truck because a customer passed out - a fact confirmed by Fire Bureau spokesman Allen Oswalt. … The victim, identified in bureau records as a man in his 40s, was unconscious but breathing when the ambulance arrived. … Not to worry, says a manager at Sweet Basil. 'That night we were having our annual spicy food contest. Usually we are very moderate.' … Although, of course, if you ask them, they can always crank it up a couple notches. … If you want to get 'em going here in P-town, just say bikes. Or better yet, bikes-only bridges - like the $5.5 million job the City Council is trying to put across Interstate 405 at Northwest Flanders. What everyone seems to be missing is that the one currently being planned is about $2 million more than another version that would work just as well - and at a time when basic transportation needs are going unmet. Somehow, though, I don't think that'll stop them.

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A final honk for Curly Brower - driver, dispatcher and general manager of Radio Cab, who died earlier this month at the age of 86. … After he retired, Curly kept his hand in by driving part-time and distributing Radio Cab scratch pads to bars and restaurants around P-town. And when he lost his sight two years ago, that still didn't stop him. … His wife, Arlene, drove him around, parking outside while he went in to make his deliveries - 'cause if there's one thing for sure in this business, you can't call a cab if you don't have the phone number. … Go ahead, Curly would like you to have it: 503-227-1212. He might even answer the phone.

Contact Phil Stanford by phone, 503-546-5166, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .