Eleven Things I Will Always Remember From Being in Autzen Stadium on Dec. 3

My voice is hoarse, and my 44-year-old joints ache —both from standing in the cold for 3 1-2 hours last night and from repeatedly bear-hugging family, friends and longtime seatmates in Section 37 of Autzen Stadium— as one group of football-playing strangers (Oregon) beat another group (Oregon State). Bottom line: this is a childish matter that I can't put away and the Ducks' Rose ...   More
Friday, December 4, 2009 HANK STERN

Civil War Daydreaming

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009 HANK STERN

Notable Campaign Contributions In The Oregon Governor's Race

As we return from Thanksgiving weekend, a visit to the Oregon election division's web site turns up a coupla leftovers in the 2010 governor's race worth noting from the month of November. Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber collected $1,200 from NW Natural exec Gregg Kantor (Neil Goldschmidt's former press secretary) for his run in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. And former Oregon Secretary of State ...   More
Monday, November 30, 2009 HANK STERN

Measures 66 & 67: Let The Ads Begin

A quick trip around YouTube this morning turned up this new ad urging a yes vote on Measures 66 and 67. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih7YDY8y6k0[/youtube] With two months to go until the Jan. 26 vote on increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Oregonians, this ad is sure to be among a barrage from both sides that will compete this season with Christmas ads for omnipresence ...   More
Friday, November 27, 2009 HANK STERN

TriMet Cans MAX Driver In Toddler Incident (UPDATED with union reaction)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J_SaNjOb_c[/youtube] TriMet announced this afternoon that it's terminating the driver of the MAX train who was at the switch when a 3-year-old boy got separated from his dad at a station. TriMet said in a news release that the train operator violated agency procedures and failed to respond to four calls on the emergency intercom system that would have ...   More
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 HANK STERN

Trimet: Operator at Fault for Leaving Toddler at Station

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J_SaNjOb_c[/youtube] TriMet announced today that it's placed on paid administrative leave the operator whose actions contributed to the separation of a father from his 3-year-old son at a train station last week. The Nov. 16 incident, which has earned national attention, occurred after 3-year-old Aiden Bailey hit the ramp button while exiting the train. ...   More
Monday, November 23, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

What Portland's Mounted Police Patrol Did Last Weekend

Here's some video from a training this past weekend by the Portland Police's mounted patrol unit. The idea was to do some crowd control training with a few dozen volunteers acting as sign-waving protesters complete with fire and smoke bombs. Looks pretty tame compared to an actual Portland protest, and I think the sign urging the arrest of Sharon (I'm assuming a reference to Ariel Sharon) is ...   More
Monday, November 16, 2009 HANK STERN

Look What Former Portland Wrestler Jesse Ventura Is Up To Now

As much of America knows, ex-Portland Wrestling star Jesse "The Body" Ventura went on to take a surprising turn into politics as governor a decade ago of Minnesota (this of course in the days before Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarznegger set the bar at new levels for improbable stints in a governor's office). Now, Ventura's career takes a new twist with a cable TV show promising to plumb all manner ...   More
Monday, December 7, 2009 HANK STERN

It's Official: Ex-Blazer Chris Dudley Can Produce a Gubernatorial Video

Ex-Trail Blazer/potential Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley is starting to put some of that campaign cash he's raised to some use. Dudley has just released the first of what he promises will be three videos this week. This initial offering, titled "Change" (there's a concept) takes us through what Dudley believes is Oregon's threatened "quality of life" and our need for "leaders ...   More
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Rose Bowl: Everything Ohio State Wants To Know About Oregon, We're Going To Answer

Here's installment #2 of our run-up to the Rose Bowl in which I join with Ohio State fanatic Noah Litton to learn more about each other's teams while counting down the hours until the Jan. 1 game. In our opening installment I asked Noah about Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor and how Pryor has progressed since he chose to play at Ohio State instead of Oregon. Litton's question for today: "I think ...   More
Saturday, December 12, 2009 HANK STERN


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