Fake Portland Snow Day E-mailed From... China?

Local news, Portland Police Bureau briefly punked.


Local media got snowed last night by an e-mail saying that Portland Public Schools would be delayed two hours for snow that had yet to materialize.  KGW and KATU sent out tweets with the news. The Portland Police Bureau did likewise. Fifteen-year-olds across the city, we presume, cracked their energy drinks and sparkling apple ciders.But alas! It was not to be. Within about fifteen minutes, ...   More
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Identity Crisis

Taxpayers may end up subsidizing Portland bars to stem the flood of fake IDs from China.

News Stories
The Barrel Room was the first bar ever to let in Maddy Eivers. It was a Saturday night, it was summer, and she wasn’t yet 21. The memory is sharp for Eivers, not only because of the bouncer’s    More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ASHLEY JOCZ

Senator Jeff Merkley: China Hawk

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley came by our office last week for a chat. The first-term junior Senator is not up for reelection for two more years (The political blog Roll Call has suggested that he may be vulnerable) and, refreshingly, he seemed more interested in talking issues than touting his own accomplishments. Merkley has a style that is more languid than dynamic, but he got, for him, quite animated ...   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Little China Whirl

Jeffrey Lewis toured the Far East this past summer. His brother Jack took notes.

Music Stories
This summer, acclaimed New York City singer-songwriter/comic artist Jeffrey Lewis toured China for 10 days. Portland’s own Lewis, Jack—a singer-songwriter in his own right who often doubles    More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 JACK LEWIS

Look Who's Invited to Dinner at The White House

Today's withering front-page piece in The Oregonian about the mass staff defections from the office of Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.)—and the congressman's run of bizarre behavior—apparently isn't a disqualifier from getting the nod to an invite to a state dinner at the White House. The guest list for tonight's state dinner (PDF) for Chinese President Hu Jintao includes Wu, a long-time critic of China's ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 HANK STERN

TBA 2010: There Is Blood On Your iPhone

Arts & Books
I am writing this on a 12 inch Apple MacBook. Its sleek, light aluminum body and bright screen are the last word in cutting-edge product design, it responds to my every whim like some sort of genie and, if monologist Mike Daisey is to be believed, it was likely assembled by a 15-year-old working a 16 hour shift in an unthinkably massive factory in ShenZhen. The writing of The Agony and Ecstasy of ...   More
Sunday, September 12, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Thermals Talk New Album with SPIN, Head to China

SPIN Magazine posted one of their "In the Studio" features today, checking in with Portland's favorite pop-post-punk (TM) band the Thermals. Thermals frontman Hutch Harris is always a quote machine, as evidenced by this turnaround: Do the Thermals have any pastimes in the studio? We smoke a lot of weed. But there's some more substantial information here as well. Turns out that Kathy Foster is ...   More
Thursday, March 11, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

The Thermals Tour Diary: They Have Gravity in China, Too (Part One of Three)

Thermals frontman Hutch Harris was rad enough to take us up on our offer to keep a diary while touring China last month. It will appear in three parts this week. Disclaimer: This journal is my personal account of The Thermals' recent trip to China. It is in no way intended to be a historical or political lesson about China. Certain information has been censored for your protection. — Hutch ...   More
Monday, April 5, 2010 The Thermals

Wu Introduces Resolution Supporting Chinese Quake Activists

U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), no stranger to raising awareness in Congress of China's dismal human-rights record, has introduced a resolution supporting two activists prosecuted for their activities following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Wu's resolution, which was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs last week, expresses support for activists Huang Qi and Tan Zuoren "for engaging ...   More
Monday, November 2, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

UPDATED: Chinese Pressure at City Hall? Tibetans to Protest Today in Portland

Amid reports that the Chinese government plans to lean on Portland's City Council today, the city's Tibetan community is planning a protest outside City Hall. Jampa Lathsang, a volunteer for the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association, says the political scuffle started last week when the City Council declared Wednesday, March 10, as Tibetan Awareness Day. Lathsang says officials from the ...   More
Monday, March 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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