Our Mangled Banners: Other suggestions for the O's flag redesign contest

In today's paper, occasional WW contributor and harmonica enthusiast Rusty Feathercap offered his counterproposal to the Oregonian 's ill-conceived contest to redesign our state's beaver-adorned banner. But Rusty wasn't the only person in the office—well, we don't really let him in the office except to pick up his checks, but you get the idea—to offer an opinion on the flag. Here are ...   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Taste Test: Chocopocalypse 2009

Nothing says Valentine's Day like chocolate, and no one does chocolate better than Moonstruck. Actually, that's patently untrue—there are many people who do chocolate better than Moonstruck, but the locally-owned company, especially of late, does chocolate pretty well. When they were kind enough to send over their new Sweet Heart Truffles, Solid X & O Chocolates, and ten-piece Heart Collection, ...   More
Friday, January 9, 2009 Samantha Herman

Almost Live: Jazz at Blazers

You know what time it is? It's basketball time. And you know what that means? It means I'll be occasionally writing things. But not clever things, thank you. Because it's Tuesday and (fun fact!) Tuesday is my third least favorite day, after Monday and Sunday. This blog, accordingly, will be about 15% less smart than my usual offerings, which means it will not be smart at all. LET'S GET READY TO ...   More
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 CASEY JARMAN

Oregon Unemployment Reaches Record Level

The latest grim unemployment numbers from the state show 12.1 percent of Oregonians out of work, or nearly one in eight people. That's up from 10.7 percent in February and ties the state unemployment rate from November 1982, the low point of the early 1980s recession. And the numbers crunchers say 12.1 percent is apparently the worst it's been since 1947, when the Employment Department first ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2009 HANK STERN

Fearless NY Times Writer Dares to Visit Post-Apocalypse Portland

In the wake of Oregon's economic collapse, it is easy to forget the real victims: New York Times travel freelancers. With the Oregon unemployment rate topping 12.1 percent, how will the stringers be able to justify their monthly comped trips to Portland? Who will punch their ticket to Hipster Adventureland now? But comes a savior: It's Matt Gross, one of the Grey Lady's "Frugal Travelers," pioneering ...   More
Monday, May 11, 2009 AARON MESH

Another Month, Another Oregon Unemployment Record

Oregon's job woes continue, as the May unemployment numbers out today show the state achieving a new record unemployment rate of 12.4 percent. Even though the 12.4 percent rate is worse than the state's previous worst mark of 12.1 percent set in November 1982, the Oregon Employment Department finds some good news in that the current freefall is moderating. Between March and May, the state's ...   More
Monday, June 15, 2009 HANK STERN


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