Fans come out in force for Star Wars merchandise

Sep 5, 2015

NEW YORK -- The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind…

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Berko: Reader takes exception to criticism

September 5, 2015, 6:00 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: I have been reading your column for 30 years and want to comment before asking a question. When you criticize the American consumers, as you did when at The Chicago Forum on Global Cities, it sounds like a put-down. I was miffed when you said that Americans are "stupid" consumers -- that they borrow to excess and that most don't know how to manage their cash flow. And your comments about our garages were offensive. I'm not saying you're wrong, but it would go down better if you were more forgiving. After all, Americans have the most successful economy in the world. Please accept this as positive criticism; otherwise I love your column.

Microsoft weighs multibillion-dollar headquarters revamp

September 5, 2015, 6:00 AM

SEATTLE -- Microsoft is considering a multibillion-dollar revamp of its headquarters campus in suburban Seattle, seeking to foster more collaboration among employees and attract young engineers, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

Fans come out in force for Star Wars merchandise

September 4, 2015, 6:23 PM

NEW YORK -- The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.

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Nissan recalls 300,000 vehicles to adjust panel

September 4, 2015, 5:39 PM

Washington — Nissan is recalling nearly 300,000 of its Versa and Versa Note vehicles to adjust a console panel that could catch the driver's shoe and slow braking efforts.

Revenue offers workshop for business owners

September 4, 2015, 5:38 PM

Vancouver — The Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small-business owners in Vancouver on Sept. 16.

Amazon Web Services to acquire Elemental Technologies

September 4, 2015, 6:00 AM

Amazon Web Services said Thursday that it has agreed to acquire Elemental Technologies, a Portland-based video-encoding and content-delivery technology company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Digital pen maker Wacom to release Bamboo Spark

September 3, 2015, 7:01 AM

The new Bamboo Spark is built on the use of a smart pen and a smart folio. Users can write with the smart pen on standard A5 paper. An EMR, or Electro-Magnetic Resonance, board in a smart folio communicates with the pen and preserves the written words or images for storage and editing.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Bands at fair stir up memories, draw fans

August 15, 2015, 5:00 PM

The band members walked onto the stage at the Clark County Fair's grandstand without fanfare, introducing themselves as the Guess Who. Frontman Derek Sharp, born the year that the Canadian rock band recorded its first hit 50 years ago, joked about the gray-haired crowd in the grandstand. Then it was on to a 90-minute run of old hits including "American Woman" and "No Time" that had us old-timers on our feet, singing along to the still-familiar tunes. This was a band from my high school days of playing LPs in my bedroom. As if we weren't all feeling plenty old, bassist Jim Kale told the crowd that he'd been performing for 53 years.

Strictly Business: Raising wages a worthy venture

August 1, 2015, 5:00 PM

The problems of stagnant worker pay and rising global wealth inequality often seem insurmountable — too big to get your brain wrapped around them, too thorny and plutocratically entrenched to uproot with good policy prescriptions.

Strictly Business: Ideas flow to name river site

July 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Last week, I asked for your thoughts on naming our new waterfront urban neighborhood. Gramor Development, the company that will create the bulk of the waterfront community, says it will call the area Waterfront Vancouver USA. But Gramor doesn't control all of the 40-plus acres of redevelopment waterfront property: The Port of Vancouver is redeveloping 10 acres of its Terminal 1 site, and it has no new name in mind for its property.

Strictly Business: What’s in a name for waterfront?

July 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Vancouver, more than most places, should understand the importance of a name in shaping a community's identity. We forever live in the shadow of that much bigger, more cosmopolitan Vancouver to the north. And people sometimes confuse our state's name with our nation's capital city.

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Milbank: Being kind to a Canadian latest claim against Hillary

September 5, 2015, 6:00 AM

Conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose undercover videos brought down ACORN and embarrassed National Public Radio, came to Washington Tuesday to unveil evidence of "illegal activity conducted by high-level employees within Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign."

Robinson: Going from get tough to plain crazy on immigration

September 4, 2015, 6:00 AM

It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.

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Real Estate

Anti-California stickers placed on Portland ‘For Sale’ signs

September 4, 2015, 9:56 AM

PORTLAND -- Portlanders apparently upset with the direction of the local housing market are slapping "no Californians" stickers on For Sale signs in the city, real estate agents say.

C-Tran head: The Vine milestone ‘historic’

August 24, 2015, 5:00 PM

C-Tran officially planted The Vine on Monday, celebrating the start of a project that will bring big changes to Vancouver's Fourth Plain corridor.

‘Smart’ approach to private wells

August 24, 2015, 5:00 PM

Kevin Epp's search for a way to keep private wells from running dry started with his father-in-law's struggles to water his garden, wash his car and simply have enough water in the summer when company shows up.

Downtown galleries, art studios face rising rents and scattered sites

August 22, 2015, 5:00 PM

In July, Maureen Andrade emailed out a cry for financial help for the North Bank Artists Project.

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