UPDATED: Facebook Ate My Spicy Junior's Potatoes.

Updated Friday, Feb. 13 with comments from group creator Stephen Vincent Meeneghan (scroll to bottom of post). With the Restaurant Apocalypse (more here and here...oh, and here too) gobbling local eateries up left and right, it's nice to see locals fighting back for their favorite spots. Portlander Stephen Vincent Lee Meeneghan is one of those stalwart eaters, he recently created a new Facebook ...   More
Thursday, February 12, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Thomas Friedman Brings Words of Hope, Supposedly

You don't need me to tell you: Things suck right now. Our political leaders are too busy trying to shore up massive disasters to hold our hands and tell us everything is going to be okay. But that's what we have Pulitzer Prize winners for. Ecotrust, Portland State University, and a bunch of other organizations have teamed up to bring longtime financial reporter and bestselling author Thomas Friedman ...   More
Thursday, February 12, 2009 Adrienne So

Oregon's Unemployment Phone Lines Are Fully Employed

Out of work? Well, if you tried calling for your weekly unemployment payment on Sunday — the first day you can claim benefits for the previous week — you may have been out of luck, too. Oregon's unemployment insurance system requires claimants to call in every week, and the phone system is beginning to buckle under the strain of a 9 percent unemployment rate. Some callers report ...   More
Monday, February 9, 2009 Joshua Bolkan

Box Office Bingo: Coraline Smashes Opening-Weekend Expectations, Makes $16.3 Million

Laika's stop-motion animators had better prepare themselves for more work. Coraline is a hit. Early box-office reports show Coraline, Portland animation studio Laika's expensive, oddball fantasy, rode the strength of stellar reviews to a $16.3 million opening weekend, far exceeding expectations. The Oregon-made, Nike-funded cartoon, which opened Friday after a gala premiere in Portland, finished ...   More
Sunday, February 8, 2009 AARON MESH

Oregon Historical Society Research Library Is Nearly History

The Oregon Historical Society's research library will be drastically reducing its hours to the public. Here's part of the email that went out this week to the library's supporters Dear friends and colleagues, It is with great sadness that I write to share the news with you that, due to severe budget reductions, the Oregon Historical Society will be closing its Research Library beginning ...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2009 Joshua Bolkan

Thomas Friedman Tells Portlanders to Stop Futzing Around

Say what you will about incendiary Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist and reporter Thomas Friedman: It takes some serious chutzpah to stand in front of a packed house of Portlanders and tell them that all of their green activism is nothing more than a hobby. "Don't get me wrong, I love hobbies," Friedman said at yesterday's free lecture at PSU's Stott Memorial Center. "I build model airplanes. But ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Adrienne So

Oregon's Unemployment Numbers in Freefall

If you're outta work, you're not alone. Here are the latest grim unemployment numbers in Oregon. And courtesy of the state Employment Department, here are some lowlights behind the latest state rate of 9.9 percent: The most recent rate is the highest of any month since January 1984, when Oregon's unemployment was 10.0 percent. A year ago, Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. Translation: ...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2009 HANK STERN

One Man's Musical Plea on The Economy

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 HANK STERN

Follow The Money, Stimulus Style

Want to track where all the stimulus money is going in Oregon? Heeding taxpayers' call for accountability and transparency, the state on Monday launched an Oregon Stimulus Reporting Map that details exactly where taxpayer stimulus dollars are being spent in Oregon. Phase 1 is up and running and shows spending breakdowns by county. Phases 2 and 3 will eventually detail specific project information ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Shawn O'bryant


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