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Mary Emily O’Hara

Mary is a freelance journalist living in Portland, Oregon. A native New Yorker, O’Hara has contributed to a variety of national magazines, books, and newspapers, and is a frequent contributor to Portland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly Willamette Week.
  1. For sex workers, an app that provides extra protection

    Recently, Safe IQ, a startup based in Ireland, launched an app aimed at better protecting sex workers in Ireland, the UK, Sweden, and Norway, countries where prostitution is legal. (Canada is next.) The “Ugly Mugs” app enables users to screen calls from men whom other sex workers have reported for violent attacks, aggressive behavior, harassment, theft, and other bad behavior rarely reported to police.

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  2. We go on a double-date with John McAfee and Samantha Vanegas

    When John McAfee sent me a mysterious text message asking me to leave the country with him with a wad of dirty cash in my shirt pocket and no assurances on where I was going, I just hoped I'd come back alive. But sitting in a vanilla hotel room with him and his taciturn bride, oh, what I'd give for a car chase. Or a speedboat accident. Or a meth lab explosion or bath salts overdose. Alas, it turns out the man whose life is dangerous and exciting enough to warrant two film deals has an irrepressibly mundane quality. Hanging with John McAfee is – his quips about partner swapping and anal sex aside – surprisingly like spending a day with your weird uncle at the mall.

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  3. We travel with John McAfee to the tropics for a major surprise

    When the elevator doors open into the lobby of the Heathman Hotel, I feel the bulge in my pocket: $2,900, in one-hundred-dollar bills. Carrying this much cash makes me nervous and adds to my sense of inferiority, since I’m wandering around Portland’s most upscale hotel in jeans, a grubby sweatshirt, and mud-covered boots.

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  4. We take John McAfee to a gun shop where he terrifies a Jackass

    “Danger” Ehren McGehey is best known for being shot out of a cannon and having his front tooth yanked out by a car on the MTV series "Jackass." Around here, he’s all that plus a local boy who made good, a McMinnville native who parlayed his movie and TV moola into a thriving bar business. He’s a wild-eyed, hard partying Irish kid with a penchant for doing incredibly stupid things while cameras roll. Who better to introduce John McAfee to the more colorful aspects of Portland?

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  5. We hit Portland strip clubs with John McAfee

    It has all the makings of a Jason Bourne spy thriller – or a really bad movie. Wealthy (or not), eccentric (definitely), software pioneer John McAfee, who fled his jungle home in a Central American republic after authorities tried to question him over the murder of a neighbor, has washed up in Portland, Oregon. What he'll do next is anyone's guess.

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