June 17, 2013 |
Today is Blumesday --not a typo, as it turns out, but a holiday concocted to celebrate the beloved young-adult author Judy Blume. Bloomsday, which honors James Joyce's "Ulysses," took place on Sunday. As NPR reports , Blumesday was created by writers Joanna Miller and Heather Larimer, who, try as they might, found they were never quite able to embrace Joyce's vast novel. "We sort of self-deprecatingly said, 'Well the only way we could participate in Bloomsday was if it were Judy Blumesday.' And then the joke turned into, 'Wait, why aren't we doing this?"
June 15, 2013 |
The Clippers' coaching carousel took many turns this week, as the team interviewed three candidates for their opening, while a fourth coach — Doc Rivers — popped up high on their wish list, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers began by interviewing Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw on Monday. On Tuesday, the Clippers' front office interviewed former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, followed by former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, who was in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday.
June 14, 2013 |
Portland is taking its street-foodiness to another level: It's hosting a convention for “mobile vending professionals,” said to be a U.S. first of its kind. The Roam Mobile Food Conference is scheduled for Sept. 13-15. Sadly, the organizers won't be settling regional divides over when to say “food cart” and when to say “food truck,” nor will thousands of bagel Bentleys, burger buses, croissant coupes, sherbet Chevelles and haggis wagons be converging from all over the planet.
June 14, 2013 |
When I lived in the Northwest 15 years ago, I loved to go mountain biking on the trails around devastated Mt. St. Helens, which blew its top in 1980. More than 50 died. Cyclists who'd like to see how St. Helens has changed -- and mellowed -- in the ensuing three-plus decades may want to consider a pair of intermediate to advanced tours by Bicycle Adventures that includes three other volcanoes - - all dormant, of course. The trip along the Pacific Northwest's Ring of Fire is an eight-day, seven-night road ride from Seattle to Portland by way of some 20 major volcanic centers that comprise the Pacific Northwest's Cascade Range.
May 22, 2013
Re "Fluoride in Portland? Not all will drink to that," May 19 Clifford Walker, a board member of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People's Portland chapter, admits he doesn't trust the "man in a white coat. " He doesn't want fluoride added to Portland's drinking water. But there are a lot of people in white coats - including the scientists at the World Health Organization - who believe that drinking distilled water robs the body of essential minerals. Other sources also make dire warnings.
May 22, 2013 |
Portland is the largest city in the country that doesn't have fluoridated water, and voters have resoundingly decided it's going to remain that way. A proposal to add the cavity-fighting mineral to tap water was defeated Tuesday, with more than 60% of voters saying no. "We think we were able to get our message out that these fluoridation chemicals are not effective, and that they can be harmful to human health and the environment," said Rick...
May 18, 2013 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - Proponents of fluoridating Portland's water supply had no trouble getting the local Urban League on board. Here in the biggest city in the country that still doesn't treat its water to prevent tooth decay, studies show that low-income children and kids of color have been hit hardest by untreated cavities. "Do we really want our children to be suffering from something we could prevent? Why would we not want to be involved?" said Jerome Brooks, an Urban League advocacy contractor who has helped marshal the civil rights group behind a fluoridation measure on Tuesday's municipal ballot.
May 11, 2013
When: 2 p.m. Where: JELD-WEN Field. On the air: TV: UniMas; Radio: 690 Records: Chivas USA 3-4-2, Timbers 3-1-6 Record vs. Timbers (2012): 3-0-0 Update: Chivas USA swept the Timbers in their three games last season, but this year Chivas USA faces a Portland club that's undefeated in its last eight games, a streak that includes five ties. In addition, Chivas USA will be without regular goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who was suspended after being given a red card a week ago in Chivas USA's 4-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
May 4, 2013 |
He left no angry manifesto. The last night he was alive, Jacob Tyler Roberts stayed up late drinking and shooting pool with a buddy. Roberts told his friend Sean Cates that he needed a gun, but he didn't say why. The pair, hanging out in Portland, Ore., smoked pot, got drinks from a 7-Eleven and ended up at a Denny's at 3 a.m. The two crashed at Cates' apartment, and when Cates woke up, Roberts was gone - along with Cates' AR-15 rifle....
April 26, 2013 |
The last time Manuel Cardenas fell ill, the 24-year-old single father had no choice but to report for work. His employer, a security contractor, doesn't offer sick pay to part-timers like Cardenas, he said, and he can't afford to lose a day's wages. "I probably shouldn't have, but I had to," said Cardenas, a security guard in San Jose. He is among California workers for whom labor groups and others are fighting to secure paid sick leave. Currently, 4.5 million workers in California, about 40% of the state's workforce, don't have sick-pay benefits.