Blackmer Ticks One Off His Bucket List

According to a post on the Portland Mercury's site, a ticked-off City Auditor Gary Blackmer exploded at the Merc's Matt Davis in City Hall, telling him "I think you're despicable" and "fuck you." What drove the mild-mannered auditor to profanity? Davis says it was a disagreement over a "no comment" line in one of his stories, but we suspect Blackmer may have been inspired by a new movie in which ...   More
Thursday, January 17, 2008 Ian Gillingham

Wanna be a Skank/Ho/Manslut for Reality TV?

They're doing it again. MTV's grandaddy of all reality shows, The Real World, is having another open casting call in Portland, Oregon for Season 21 (the next scheduled season to premiere—its 20th—will bring the show back to Hollywood, the same site for Season 2). It will be held at 10 am-5 pm Saturday, Feb. 2 at City Sports Bar (424 SW 4th Ave.). If you are between ages of 18 ...   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Byron Beck

Consumer Whore: Entermodal at Sundance

Embedded in the swag sacks that'll grace the clutches of peeps like Michel Gondry, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Bowie and Sienna Miller next week at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 17-27) are flip cases made by locally founded and manufactured sustainable leather goods company Entermodal (239 NW 13th Ave., Suite 211). The Sundance Channel hand-picked the four-year-old design studio as one of the companies ...   More
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Elianna Bar-el

Oregonian Ed Board: Influence Peddling Bad in Salem, OK in PDX

Over the past three years, Oregonian reporters have done great work on influence-peddling in the state Capitol: they've documented corporate-sponsored trips to Hawaii, lavish entertainment and the effects of unlimited campaign contributions allowed by state law. And the paper's editorial board has likewise pounded the table in support of that reporting, calling for an end to the corrupting ...   More
Thursday, January 3, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Candlelight Vigil For Domestic Partnership: We Play Nice, Tonight.

By now you may have heard that last night candlelight vigils were held all over Oregon in protest of Judge Michael Mosman's decision to hold up domestic partnerships. Portland's vigil was at the Q Center, and it was a great event. At least 500 people gathered inside, and outside, the Q Center (and it was likely that more would've have shown up if it wasn't monsoon season). My partner Juan's sister, ...   More
Thursday, January 3, 2008 Byron Beck

Give!Guide Totals

It's official: WW's Give!Guide has raised more than $500,000. That's how much readers donated to this year's effort to raise funds for local non-profits. The total does not include in-kind contributions, of which there were many, or the four Skidmore Prizes, each of which carried with it a check for $4,000. This more than doubles the total for 2006. As you might imagine, this year's response ...   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Bar Dismisses Complaints Against Gov

The Oregon State Bar today dismissed two bar complaints filed earlier this year against Gov. Ted Kulongoski. The complaints, filed by talk show host Lars Larson and James Johnson of Newberg, alleged that Kulongoski lied about when he learned of former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt's sexual abuse of a teenage girl in the mid-1970s when Goldschmidt was Portland's mayor. Lying is a violation of bar disciplinary ...   More
Friday, December 28, 2007 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tiger Beat: The Oregonian Offers Fear, False Reassurance Concerning the Large Cat Threat

So we've all had a few good chuckles in this office about The Oregonian's street-box front page, which has been re-designed to provide you, the citizen reader, with the largest possible photos of dead football players and Snowball the deer. But today, in the wake of the Great San Francisco Tiger Attack, the paper has crafted a measured, proportional response that in no way panders to anyone's fears: AWW, ...   More
Thursday, December 27, 2007 AARON MESH

"I'm #1! I'm #1! I'm slighty embarrassed that I'm #1

Now I know how Perez Hilton must feel. Yesterday I made the numero uno spot on the queer Oregonlive blog, QPDX, for the "Biggest local gay news, drama and gossip for 2007." I don't know if I received recognition for either my news, drama or gossip regarding WW's decision to make Oregon state Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland) a "Rogue" but I do know I beat out some heavy competition—Stark ...   More
Thursday, December 27, 2007 Byron Beck

Correction of the Day

For readers of The Oregonian who turn to the comics for a laugh, WWire would like to direct your attention to the corrections box of the daily newspaper's Wednesday edition. Retired NBA player Latrell Sprewell did not sign with the Seattle SuperSonics and did not say, "My coach-choking days are behind me. We're both older and wiser. Besides, I have lawyers to pay and pit bulls to feed." The ...   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 BETH SLOVIC


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