Animal Rights Activists Share Naked Truth at Pioneer Square

"There's nothing sexier than wearing your own skin," says Meggan Anderson (pictured above in the middle), who used her topless torso spray painted like a cat's skin to draw attention the cruelty animals suffer for their furs. Anderson and others from national animal rights group PETA, which is based in Virginia, came to Pioneer Courthouse Square and held protest signs over their chests this ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Jacob Pierce

FBI Investigating Attack on Corvallis Mosque in Wake of Alleged Portland Bomb Plot

It hasn't taken long for the apparent backlash to begin after the arrest of a 19-year-old Somali-born Corvallis man alleged to have plotted a bomb attack Friday in Pioneer Courthouse Square at the annual holiday tree lighting. The FBI announced this morning an attack shortly after midnight today at a Corvallis mosque attended by the suspect, Mohamed Osman Mohamud. Here's the FBI's news release, ...   More
Sunday, November 28, 2010 HANK STERN

Lawyers Hint at Defense as Bomb Plot Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

Providing what may be a glimpse at the defense ahead for Mohamed Osman Mohamud, one of the defense attorneys for the 19-year-old bomb suspect said today in court that the government “was basically grooming" his client. The remarks by defense attorney Stephen Sady came at the initial court appearance for Mohamud, who was arrested Friday outside Pioneer Courthouse Square by the FBI on charges ...   More
Monday, November 29, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

O'Reilly vs. Napolitano on the Case Against Mohamed Osman Mahmoud

The alleged Portland bomb plot got the spotlight from former Portland news guy Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News program. O'Reilly, whose familiarity with Portland stems from his work at KATU as a reporter and anchor in the mid-1980s, got into it last night with former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and current Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on The O'Reilly Factor. After O'Reilly's intro, ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 HANK STERN

Our Top Picks at the Holiday Ale Festival

The FBI invested a lot of time and money convincing a 19-year-old kid he could wreak firey havoc upon a crowd of thousands at Pioneer Courthouse Square. They could have saved the cash and taken him to the Holiday Ale Festival, where thousands of Portlanders get bombed every year at no cost to the federal government whatsoever. They would have to have made him a fake ID, though—the Fest is 21+ ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Mohamed Osman Mohamud: Jihadi, Poet

Deep in the FBI's 36-page criminal affidavit against Mohamed Osman Mohamud, there's a very strange passage that reveals another side of the 19-year-old Oregon State student who allegedly tried to bomb the Pioneer Courthouse Square holiday-tree lighting. He writes jihad poetry. On Nov. 4, the same day undercover FBI agents say they tested a bomb with Mohamud deep in the Lincoln County woods, ...   More
Thursday, December 2, 2010 AARON MESH

Corvallis Islamic Center to Hold Peace Rally This Weekend at Pioneer Square

Exactly three weeks after weathering an arson attack, the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center of Corvallis will gather for a peace solidarity rally at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square this Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2 pm.The square, of course, was the location of analleged bomb plot late last month. The suspect in that case, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, occasionally attended the ...   More
Friday, December 17, 2010 by

MusicfestNW Diaries: Sunday with Spike

End of the line, Jack. We're all danced out and now we just wanna listen to some dad rock and chill the hell out. That okay by you? Alright, then away we go for a few last diary entries from Shane Danaher, Ruth Brown, Aaron Mesh and myself, Casey Jarman. (All photos by Inger Klekacz) Pioneer Courthouse Square, 4:30 pm. Talkdemonic is playing to a standing audience of a couple hundred on the ...   More
Monday, September 13, 2010 Local Cut

Blazers Pioneer Courthouse Square Broadcast FAIL.

It's a very nice civic gesture for the Blazers to provide a live television broadcast in Pioneer Courthouse Square this afternoon. But the placement of the truck with the television: Not ideal. The sunshine, as you will note by watching KGW's live camera feed, is moving eastward across the square: Maybe this won't be a problem in 45 minutes. Maybe. Meanwhile, it's some pretty hilarious ...   More
Friday, April 24, 2009 AARON MESH

Chappelle Shows! 4,000 Greet Comedian in Pioneer Courthouse Square

Call it the Packed House that Twitter Built. Call it Chappelle's Silent Show. Call it "the greatest show that almost happened." Call it whatever you want. Because the facts are these: At 10 minutes to 1 this morning, reclusive comedian Dave Chappelle appeared in Pioneer Courthouse Square, carrying a microphone and a 10-inch amplifier. And 4,000 people were waiting for him. "I don't know about ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 AARON MESH


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