Blazers: Greg Oden Will Miss Another Season With Another Injury

Unfortunately, The Onion's satire last week about the fragility of Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden proved truer than anybody could have feared. The Blazers announced tonight that the oft-injured Oden will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday and will miss the rest of this season. The team said a "recent MRI showed damaged cartilage to the surface of his femur" and that ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 HANK STERN

Could Marijuana Legalization's Champion Be a Republican Presidential Hopeful?

The option of asking Oregon voters to OK marijuana legalization in 2012 was mentioned in a WW piece this week about what's next for the marijuana movement after this month's defeat of Measure 74, which would have created a statewide system of medical marijuana dispensaries. The argument for seeking an Oregon ballot measure in two years for outright legalization is that a presidential election ...   More
Friday, November 19, 2010 HANK STERN

Mayor Sam Adams' Snow Warning

Mayor Sam Adams told our friends at KATU in this video below that the city isn't kidding around when it comes to SNOWSTORM 2010 (aka we may get up to two inches of snow this afternoon). And since mayors are often judged by their handling of snow, we assume Adams means it when he says that city officials will tow abandoned cars this time and require drivers to use traction devices on streets ...   More
Monday, November 22, 2010 HANK STERN

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

Mr. Merkley Likes Mr. Smith

When U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) visited WW last August for an interview, the freshman's lawmaker said one of his biggest frustrations so far was with how easy it's become for a filibuster to gum up the Senate. The Oregon Democrat told us then, "I don't think our nation is well served by that or that it produces better legislation. There are a group of us in the freshman class working on ...   More
Thursday, December 2, 2010 HANK STERN

A Few Reasons I'm Nervous This Civil War Eve

There is no logical reason that Oregon State should beat Oregon tomorrow in Corvallis and derail the Ducks' hope of playing in the national championship Jan. 10. Oregon has an 11-0 record. Oregon State has been up and down en route to its 5-6 record, including last Saturday's 38-0 drubbing at Stanford. But as any sports fan will tell you, logic doesn't always necessary show up at the game. ...   More
Friday, December 3, 2010 HANK STERN

Mayor Says PDC Director Bruce Warner Will Step Down

Mayor Sam Adams notified his tweeps this morning the Portland Development Commission Executive Director Bruce Warner will retire, effective April 2011. Here's that tweet: Warner, Ex Dir of @PdxDevelopment Commission, announces retirement; he will stay on until 4/1/11 Warner took over leadership of the city's urban renewal agency in June 2005, having previously led the ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fund-raiser Planned for Victim in Beating That's Under Investigation as Hate Crime

There's a benefit next week in Northeast Portland to raise money for a man police believe was assaulted likely because he is gay. The Dec. 18 fund-raiser beginning at 9 pm at the Tonic Lounge (3100 NE Sandy Blvd.) is being organized by Ian Mandis. His friend works with the man whose attacker left him with serious head and abdominal injuries. Bands playing at the event include The People's ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Republicans Request Partial Governor's Race Recount in Multnomah County (Updated With Precinct Locations and GOP Chair Bob Tiernan's Comment)

The Oregon Republican Party has asked for a partial recount in Multnomah County for the governor's race. The request came in 15 minutes before the final deadline on Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokeswoman, Andrea Cantu-Schomus. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says the GOP requested a recount for three precincts in Nob Hill, the Lloyd Center district and Laurelhurst. A ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition

We've written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a requirement that senators who are ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN


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