Kitzhaber Releases First General Election TV Ad

A couple of days after a tough 24-hour stretch for John Kitzhaber, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has released his first TV ad of the general election a little more than three months before the November ballot in Oregon. Three quick observations about the ad (which comes in a week when not all the horse-race news has been bad for Kitzhaber): 1) Befitting most initial ads in a campaign, ...   More
Thursday, July 29, 2010 HANK STERN

Where The 2000-01 Trail Blazers Rank On One List of Most Hated Teams

Nothing like a summertime list of the 25 most hated sports teams of all time to while away a few minutes reading. And who should make Sports Illustrated's list at #21 but the 2000-01 Trail Blazers, which SI remembers for "their incessant bickering and boorish behavior." That's a few places lower than the 1976 East German women's swimming team and the 1919 Black Sox, and just ahead of the 1983-84 ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 HANK STERN

John Kitzhaber Has Had Better Days

Not a great day on the political horse-race front for Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber. First came this morning's front-page piece on fund-raising in The Oregonian detailing how Republican Chris Dudley, a rookie candidate (albeit one with name recognition from his NBA career), is outdistancing a veteran pol like Kitzhaber, a former two-term governor and ex-president of ...   More
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 HANK STERN

John Callahan is "Walking Now"

That quote in the headline was uttered recently by a former girlfriend of John's, part of the community of colleagues that extends from his base at Northwest Lovejoy Street across the globe. Many friends and fans have been reaching out since Callahan died Saturday at Good Samaritan. They're marking his death on butcher paper at Callahan's apartment at 2449 NW Lovejoy St. And they're remembering ...   More
Monday, July 26, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

Portland Contestants Sent Home from America's Got Talent

Both of the Portland contestants who made it past the initial rounds of NBC's America's Got Talent were eliminated last night. Neither the family tap act Hot Shot Dancers nor the oddly compelling 75-year-old handwhistler Sally Cohn could beat out sick kids, a Bieber-haired singer and glow-in-the-dark fratboys to win the hearts of America's couch potatoes. Gone also are Seattle air-guitar rockers ...   More
Thursday, July 15, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Argentina OK's Same-Sex Marriage

Here's a piece of positive news for Basic Rights Oregon to talk about on Oregonians' doorsteps as its supporters push for marriage rights: Argentina has become the first Latin American country to OK same-sex marriage. If you're a gay or lesbian couple in Oregon who doesn't want to wait until 2012 in hopes of getting married here, here are other places around the globe — and in the United ...   More
Thursday, July 15, 2010 HANK STERN

Brandon Roy's Rap Video Cameo

Portland Trail Blazers fans awoke this morning to star player Brandon Roy in a new role: bit player in this video (lyrics NSFW) by Cali & Cavalli (at about the 1:29 and 3:07 mark). [youtube][/youtube] Roy's brief non-speaking appearances in the video "What They Want" (the "they" being pot and money) has been the subject of conversation on ...   More
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 HANK STERN

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby Highlights

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Monday, August 16, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Oregonian's "Oh, Shit" Moments

Some readers of The Sunday Oregonian were likely surprised yesterday by the paper's use of the word "shit" in a quote from the subject of a front-page profile. Not that we have any objection to using "shit" or any of George Carlin's "seven dirty words" in the paper. But we are curious whenever "shit" makes a rare appearance in the daily paper and why editors in this case gave the OK. Yesterday's ...   More
Monday, August 16, 2010 HANK STERN

What Kurt Schrader Thinks About Anthony Weiner, Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters

We asked last week what U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) was thinking when Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) fumed in this video below on the House floor at Republicans in a dispute over a bill that would provide medical care for 9/11 responders. We asked Schrader this burning question because he was pulling "presiding chair" duty in the House when the exchange happened. [youtube][/youtube] And ...   More
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 HANK STERN


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