Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Arise, Dripfolk! and greet with a glad heart this Tuesday, July 16, 2019! A weak surface low off the Oregon coast is leaning inland, solidifying the cloud cover and bringing just a dab of rain, with highs a clammy 75. Say, the launch of Apollo 11 was 50 years ago today! A full moon is around here somewhere, named the Ripe Corn Moon by the Cherokees, the Moon of Red Berries by the Siouan Tribe of Montana, and the Claiming Moon by the Celts. Some sources call it the Calming Moon. Sunrise 5:37 AM (which means it’s back to being dark when I drive to work at 5), and sunset 8:55 PM.

We can only guess whether it’s related to our current troubles, or if somebody just forgot a briefcase, but City Hall and Schrunk Plaza were shut down, evacuated, and searched in the middle of the day Monday. The all-clear was tweeted after three hours, and police were vague about what it’s all about.

The head of the Oregon GOP has filed papers to begin a recall against Gov. Kate Brown, pointing to laws Democrats passed in the legislature, starting with “granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.” He has 90 days to collect 280,050 valid signatures from voters.

Oregon’s sole Republican member of Congress, Greg Walden, tweeted, “Today, I attended “Made in America Day” at the White House. The Northwest was well represented with apples and cherries from Washington, Knives from Idaho, and wines from Oregon.” But the public comments to Walden’s tweets were uniformly focused on the president’s venomous go-back-where-you-came language aimed at several U.S. Representatives, all women of color. One sample: ” You know who else were “Made in America”? 3 of the 4 Congresswomen @realDonaldTrump spewed racist vitriol at yesterday. Stand up and speak out or you don’t deserve to go to a “Made in America” celebration.”

The delicate topic of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students will be dealt with, or at least brought up, by the Portland School Board tonight, as they hear the first reading of a policy setting down new rules, such as teachers aren’t allowed to be alone in a car with a student, and social media interactions between teachers and students must be on a teacher’s professional, and not private, page. This is fallout from the revelation in The Oregonian about an ex-teacher who eluded accountability for decades by exploiting loopholes.

Our hearts are with the Southridge High School community, which lost two young men in a collision near Mollala as they were driving home from work at a moving company. Both were football players who had recently graduated, and both were planning to play college football. The gift of life, meanwhile, is being given–by organ donation.

Portland motorcyclists and bus riders are saying on social media that it’s “truly terrifying” how common it is to see drivers texting, scrolling, and even watching YouTube while behind the wheel. One motorist saw a driver texting merrily while she steered her Jeep in Portland traffic, so she “honked several quick blippy-honks and gave her deep eye contact thru her rear review mirror as I said STOP TEXTING! and she understood and stopped, looking appropriately chastised.” That person says honking at drivers with their nose in the phone should be “the new social norm.” But I’m glad she didn’t rear-end someone while giving “deep eye contact”.

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It’s a nice coincidence to have a full moon presenting a plump target for today’s 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, which took our species to Tranquility Base and back again. To celebrate, OMSI is joining in a Global Launch event by inviting children young, and not, to send hundreds of “stomp rockets” skyward from its south parking lot between 9 and 11 a.m.

JFK Jr. died twenty years ago today, in 1999, when the Piper Saratoga aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic off Martha’s Vineyard. His wife and sister-in-law are also killed.

On this day in 1981, we lost Harry Chapin, whose songs were the soul of poignancy. His VW Rabbit was rear-ended by a semi on the Long Island Expressway.

Ethereal songbird Ozzie Osborne is at the Moda Center tonight.

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Good news, in various forms form—all linked in the Daily Drip Coffee Cup

–“People create a human chain to save swimmers caught in the surf at Panama City Beach”

–“New face of the Bank of England’s £50 note is revealed as Alan Turing”

–“Man goes out of his way to rescue cat which fell into abandoned building”

–“Nice human moment at a ball park.”

–“Why the City of Light Is About to Get a Lot Greener”

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Let’s do it! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Morning friends! Your virtual town crier here, shimmying up the clock tower on this Monday, July 15, 2019, to ring out the news that the world’s still here and so are you! We’re getting the gentlest little push of weather from the ocean that could bring us just a smizzle of rain, and highs of 77 in Portland, 67 in Astoria, and 62 at Government Camp. Accuweather’s long-range guess continues to be that Portland will not reach 90 again this year. Sunrise 5:36 AM, sunset 8:56 PM.

Happy 29th birthday to Portland Trail Blazer star Damian Lillard!

The ICE raids supposedly began Sunday, as pre-announced by President Trump, but I’m not seeing the millions who were originally threatened, or the thousands, in his subsequently revised tweets. Mayor DeBlasio in New York says they carried out two raids and didn’t find their targets. Portland is not on the target city list, although one woman with two DUIs was taken in last week. Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw sought to reassure anxious people that local police can indeed be trusted not to hand over undocumented immigrants to the Feds: “Now more than ever it is important to understand and recognize the uncertainty and fear for many in our immigrant communities, not just around immigration enforcement efforts, but also hate crimes,” said Outlaw. “Members of the Police Bureau continue our outreach efforts to build relationships, especially in communities that may be distrustful of police. We want everyone in our community to feel safe and protected.”

Many folks try to ignore the ongoing campaign rally that is the president’s twitter feed, but it’s hard not to be aware of the dismay over his telling four United States Congresswomen of color to quit telling America how to run its affairs and go back to where they came from. All but one were…cue Springsteen… Born in the USA. DJT and AOC are slugging it out on Twitter this morning; it’s really quite remarkable.

Today is Twitter’s 13th birthday.

It’s Amazon Prime Day–tomorrow, too–with killer deals that come and go, but only for members of Amazon Prime, which costs $119/year. Other retailers have similar online promotions, and your neighborhood brick and mortar stores hope you’ll remember them too.

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Thorns win! Timbers tie.

Bryan Wheeler’s days are through as Blazers PBP voice. His impossible job was to fill the shoes of The Schonz, and he wouldn’t have lasted 21 years if he didn’t make the gig his own. I have no idea who’s next in that chair, but Travis Demers, who knows the team inside and out, did a hell of a job carrying us through the playoffs. The guy brings a respect for the team’s legacy and a knowledge of the game, and if he’s on, I’m listening.

The Steel Bridge is back open after a Sunday morning episode in which a woman climbed into the upper-level bridgetender’s shed and started pitching oil cans at the traffic below. Traffic was halted, and that means MAX too, and cops talked her down after a couple of hours.

Governor Kate Brown begins her week at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in downtown Portland today for the 9 AM ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 664. It will require every school district to teach students about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide starting in the 2020-21 school year.

Today’s the claim-filing deadline for all those Alberta neighborhood people who were up to their shins in Bull Run’s bubbliest when a water main inexplicably popped and spewed millions of gallons last March. The city initially declined to pay for the damage, saying it bears no legal liability, but a public outcry helped city hall discover a moral responsibility to compensate these folks.

Today’s the deadline for Portlanders to take an online survey on your “transportation experiences and investment preferences” in East Portland. We’ve had some contentious debates on the Daily Drip lately involving local spending priorities, and some of you saw me unload on an unconstructive griper last week. It’s because I truly believe that, instead of moaning from the sidelines, we have to get involved. You can do that right now by taking the survey…that I’m linking in the Coffee Cup, because citizen activism is good news!

Con Ed has yet to explain the 5-hour power outage that darkened much of Manhattan for five hours Saturday night, stranding people on subways and in elevators and canceling Broadway shows…although the cast of at least one musical serenaded people in the streets. J-Lo’s concert at Madison Square Garden was stopped; she’ll make it good tonight. Oh, and the Rolling Stones show in New Orleans was bumped to tonight by Hurricane Barry. And Paul McCartney ended his West Coast tour–which literally skipped right over Portland; if you knew the N-number of his charter jet, you could track it flying 36,000 feet above the Moda Center–anyway, he ended it in LA with a shock appearance by Ringo Starr–the closest thing we’ll get to a Beatles reunion until, well, we’re all living in the great yellow submarine in the sky.

Are you a podcast listener, like me? I’m excited because the new season of journalist Leah Sotille’s “Bundyville” drops today, which explores “the radical violence that has come out of the anti-government movement and investigates who is inspiring that violence and who stands to benefit.” Just search for “Bundyville” on the iHeartRadio app!

“Wicked” plays the Keller every night this week and next, through Sunday 7/28.

Jimmy Carter gave his “malaise” address forty years ago tonight. He never actually used that word, but it was applied by the media, which had a larger vocabulary back then. Times were weird, there was an energy crisis, gas lines stretched down the block, the Washington, DC fireworks were canceled by rain. Carter wanted us to uplift ourselves by looking within and discovering the true soul of selflessness. It didn’t go over well, and Reagan thumped him in the election the next year, but these days people from all over the world pack the church in Plains, GA whenever Jimmy’s teaching Sunday school, with pretty much the same message.

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Something good for your Monday? Sure!

–“A deputy pulled over a car for speeding. That traffic stop saved a 12-day-old baby’s life”

–“Teens push car 7 km down Ontario highway to help stranger”

–“College Grad Driving 13,000 Miles to Interview 1 Dad in Each State to Write The Dad Book: 50 Dads. 50 States.”

–“Doing these five things could decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s by 60 percent, new study shows”

–“City Hall Needs to Hear Your East Portland Transportation Priorities!”

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Sandra and Dylan’s prodigal kitty Oliver is home, dry, fed, and loved. Thanks to the hundreds of folks who’ve welcomed his miraculous return! I’ll be visiting today. (Scroll down into my Sunday post in case you missed it). Good luck, and good day!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday!
Say it loud and there’s music playing,
Say it soft and it’s almost like praying.

Good morning, friends! We’re here together on Friday, July 12, 2019, a day filled with sun and rich with humidity and promising highs of 80, no more, and that’s fine! OK, maybe dial back the soupiness, thanks. Sunrise 5:33 AM, sunset 8:58 PM.

It’s been a rollicking night for our friends up north, as a 4.6 earthquake hit at 2:51 AM a couple of miles outside Monroe, Washington, followed by a 3.5 aftershock 3 minutes later, and others in the hours that followed. The earthquake was widely felt around the Seattle area, woke a lot of folks up but others slept right through it. We’ll keep our eyes open for damage reports, and if you’re there and you experienced it, please share. Hope everyone’s OK!

We’re radiating positive West Coast vibes in the direction of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, where a storm named Barry will bring barrels of rain to every parish and township from New Orleans to Little Rock in the next few days. The outer bands are already pummeling New Orleans. Barry may become a Category One hurricane, but its impact will be in the watery mess it leaves behind, including the storm surge it’ll force up the already high Mississippi River, and in the challenge it’ll pose to the levies that were beefed up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The plume of smoke that folks saw last night may have been from a house fire at NE 19th and Weidler.

You’ve heard that nationwide immigration raids, postponed three weeks ago, are now scheduled to happen on Sunday, They’ll supposedly target roughly 2,000 families in ten major cities, namely: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans (now doubtful in the wake of the storm, but who knows), New York and San Francisco. So not Portland and not Seattle, but I don’t think anybody’s resting easy.

In the meantime, an untold number of families from various parts of Mexico and other countries are now in the Northwest playing their usual vital role in Willamette Valley harvests and various other agricultural operations. The new Salem Reporter–an online startup led by highly-respected Oregon journalist Les Zaitz–reports that hundreds of migrant children are attending summer school in the Salem-Keizer district. The headline: “Elementary schoolers can catch up on reading and math while learning a traditional Mayan harvest dance. High schoolers make up credits and explore everything from robotics to firefighting.” Positive stuff.

Today would have been the great Oregon Republican Governor and Senator Mark Hatfield’s 97th birthday. Show of hands: who wishes we had the likes of him in either of our Capitols today, Salem, or DC?

I want to send congratulations and best wishes to the family of retired Clackamas County Sheriffs Sgt. Damon Coates, whose son now heads to the training academy to become an Oregon State Police Officer. Sgt. Coates, you recall, was shot and grievously wounded over fifteen years ago, but he was present, in his wheelchair, when his son was presented with his OSP badge yesterday. Sgt. Coates was the PIO for the department, back in the day, and in my every encounter with him, he was the personification of kindness and professionalism.

There’s something about July 12 that brings out the shovels in this city: today they’re breaking ground on the snazziest hotel Portland’s ever seen, a self-described 5-star Ritz Carlton, which will lord over the block once occupated by the beloved Alder St. Food Pods. Coincidentally it was on July 12, 1993, that ground was broken on the Rose Garden Arena, and there it stands along I-5, looking like the hat from The Flying Nun.

Fifty years ago today Zager and Evans’ “In The Year 2525” hits #1 in the US. Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the movie “Easy Rider.” Today’s the 30th anniversary of “When Harry Met Sally.” Altogether now. “I’ll have….” You finish it.

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What else is happening?

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang stages a rally tomorrow in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The Portland Timbers play the Colorado Rapids Saturday night at 8. The Thorns play Orlando Sunday at noon, but I don’t believe any of the four team members who hoisted the World Cup will be there. Still, you can bet there will a massive show of support for the team, and for women’s soccer, and for women in general!

The Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, covering 206 miles (glad they picked the WA area code, instead of Oregon’s)…the Sandy Mountain Festival, where I once played a dead body in a play….tomorrow’s the day of The Big Float in the Willamette River. Lemme log into the city’s online bacteria count: OK, at last check, only 10 E. Coli organisms per 100 ml! Anything under 400’s considered just fine.

This is the weekend of the 59th Annual Rose Cup Races…with nonstop action both Saturday and Sunday at PIR.

It’s the running of the microbuses south on I-5 to exit 159 for the Oregon Country Fair, down yonder outside Veneta, on the Long Tom River, on ground once inhabited by the Kalapuya tribe. The Grateful Dead played their twice, in ’72 and ’82. And this year? Tons of music–including The Dandy Warhols!

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TMSG

–“Dog escapes alligator’s jaws thanks to owner’s dad”

–“Army Veteran’s Missing Dog–Scared Away by Fireworks– Follows His Nose Home”

–“Single Man Who Grew Up in the Foster System Adopts Three Boys: ‘I’m the Father I Wish I Had Growing Up’ ”

–“‘They can’t stop all of us’: More than 250K pledge to storm Area 51 to uncover alien secrets”

–“Moons that escape their planets could become ‘ploonets”

Links here.

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Say, I’d like to end with an invitation to join K103 at Grocery Outlet in Milwaukie tomorrow, Saturday from noon to 2pm for the Independence From Hunger Food Drive. There are three ways to donate: Cash donation, purchase of food donations bags, or their Give Five, Get Five program. Visit Grocery Outlet dot com slash donate. There! (I’m a serial donor to food drives. Wheaties, Cheerios…) And if there’s something good you’re up to, that you’d like to share, feel free to post it in comments! Along with, well, comments! You know the rules. Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Well good morning, friendly folks, and welcome to the Daily Drip for Thursday, July 11, 2019! Portland’s weather? Pretty good! Partly sunny, perhaps a morning sprinkle, and highs around 80. Sunrise 5:32 AM, sunset 8:59 PM.

I would really love a news day with a minimum of havoc and sadness….let’s try. We’ll cover you off on the hard stuff first, and then see what we can do.

NBC reports that President Trump is getting set to announce an executive action on getting the citizenship question added to the census, despite a Supreme Court ruling against it.

Get ready, drivers, for the possibility of paying fees to drive on certain Portland streets, along with “more robust freeway tolls”…as City Hall is creating a Pricing for Equitable Mobility Task Force. The whole idea is to take a chomp out of vehicle emissions, according to Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who says 42% of the city’s contribution to climate change comes out of your tailpipe.

Looks to me like Mt. Hood might be settling down. No earthquakes in over 24 hours now. As pointed out yesterday, this doesn’t appear to be a stirring of anything eruptive…but we learned in 1980 not to ignore seismic activity in a volcano you can see out your window.

Aftershocks from the California quakes are rolling in minute by minute…the largest I see is a 3.1, a few minutes ago (as of 4 AM).

Different regions have different hazards…the Louisiana Gulf Coast is under a hurricane watch, as a tropical depression now taking form just offshore may gin itself up into a storm named Barry. Probably only a Category One when it rolls onto land, but with rainfall a-plenty from Cajun country on inland.

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Have you ever heard of somebody swimming all the way around Sauvie Island? Me neither, but Portland oncology nurse Cindy Werhane set out to do just that. Thirty-eight miles, is how far it is, and she dove in at 6 AM yesterday from Warrior Rock Lighthouse at the northern tip of the island, figuring it might take 24 hours…so let me check her GPS tracker. Yep! She’s in the home stretch!

Just yesterday we had the mouth-watering news of new restaurants planned for Portland International Airport (mmm blueberry lemon-curd buttermilk pancakes), and now comes the announcement that Travel + Leisure has named PDX America’s best airport for the seventh year in a row. Quoting from the article: “People are friendly, there are ample local shopping and food options, there are free local short films, prices are normal, there’s local art, a local distillery, live music…I could go on and on.” And other readers did. Many remarked on the friendliness of Portland’s TSA agents. But one fan summed it up best: “Can’t think of anything that PDX doesn’t do well.”

Aw, a blessed event is in the offing at the Oregon Zoo, where Chendra, a 26-year-old Asian elephant–which is a bit long in the tusk for pachyderm childbirth–is pregnant and due sometime in late 2020. She’s about six months along, with a 22-month gestation period. I can just hear the Moms out there saying, Yikes. This is exciting news, as Asian elephants are highly endangered. Now as for the question of who the father may be? Well, it could be Samson, or it could be Samudra, and we’ll just have to wait for a Maury Povich moment for the big DNA reveal. (Chendra does need some followup lab work for possible tuberculosis; she showed a reaction to a preliminary test).

The emerging reality of a nicely cool summer, which we’ve been monitoring for a month here on the DD, is a topic on the Portland National Weather Service Twitter feed, which surveyed its readers with this question: “We’re not seeing a lot of heat imminent for NW OR and SW WA. What’s your preferable summer weather?” And the results came back like this:
–“Hot early in summer,” 5%.
–“Hot late in summer,” 18%
–“Hot all summer,” 22%
–“Never hot,” an overwhelming 55%, with respondents basically saying, tsk, that’s why we live here. One put it this way: “Hot weather is a form of oppressive violence against my mind and body.”

The door of an armored truck swung open, sending cash fluttering onto a busy interstate highway on the perimeter of metro Atlanta. Reports say $175 flew out, and people scrambled to recover it, no doubt with the intent to return every penny.

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Today is the fortieth anniversary of an interesting development in Portland’s racial history. The all-white School Board had voted to integrate the district by closing inner-city schools and scattering African-American students to schools across the city by bus–essentially putting the burden of desegregation almost entirely on families of color. So on July 11, 1979, the Black United Front called a news conference to announce a boycott, calling on the city’s seven thousand black students to stay out of school when class began in September. The school district called the threatened boycott illegal, but when reporters asked civil rights leaders if they were prepared to go to jail, the Rev. John Garlington of Maranatha Church and the Albina Ministerial Alliance replied, “Jail is not a scary possibility for us. Most of the Old Testament was written in jail.” The School Board gave in, and the mandatory busing was stopped.

It was 40 years ago today that the world had a Chicken Little moment–when the US space station Skylab made a spectacular and somewhat dangerous return to its home planet. Where would it crash?? I remember people in Portland wearing pith helmets and hard hats–jokingly, I think–but the spaceship burned up in the atmosphere and showered debris over the Indian Ocean and far-western Australia without hurting anybody or anything. That we know of.

Speaking of space anniversaries, it was 50 years ago today that David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” single was released in a hurry to beat the Apollo 11 moon landing–which happened nine days later.

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Ground control to Major Radio Dude, how about some really good news??

–“Grandma missing 5 days is found alive after her grandson and his friends decide to go search one last time”

–“Ugandan man becomes a lawyer, wins family land back”

–“Holland covers hundreds of bus stops with plants as gift to honeybees”

–“There’s more than one way to save a cat” (quick video)

–“New Research Says Short Bursts of Exercise Could Make You Smarter”

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One last word about US Women’s soccer team. They won the World Cup, but those were champagne glasses that Megan and friends were sipping from during the parade. We looked into it and learned they were drinking Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame, which was named for another boss woman, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who was widowed at age 27, took over husband’s business and thus became one of Europe’s first international businesswomen–and made Veuve Clicquot into one of the greatest champagne makers in the world. $180 a bottle!

With that, let’s leap up and tame this Thursday morning!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hello Wednesday people! It’s July 10, 2019, and following last night’s .13″ of rain, in my gauge anyway, today we have a 50-50 chance of showers with highs of 75. The snow level is safely above 8K in the mountains. Sunrise 5:32 AM, sunset 8:59 PM.

Well, now…Seismographs are picking up an earthquake swarm under our serene-from-a-distance Mt. Hood. The latest (as of this 4 AM writing) is a magnitude 1.5 at 11:00 PM. But there have been dozens of them. Geologists say the swarm began Monday, and is similar to a series a few years ago that certainly got our attention, and then–as they almost always do–petered out after a few days. They call it “likely tectonic, not volcanic.”

It’s ticker-tape parade day in New York for the Portland-rich World-Cup-winning US Women’s Soccer Team!

Breaking from overseas…the UK’s Ambassador to the US, Kim Darroch, has resigned–after leaked cables revealed that he’d privately reported to the Britsh government that the Trump administration was “inept” and “clumsy.” Trump had retorted by calling Darroch “wacky” and “a very stupid guy.”

Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer is teaming up with two of the biggest names in Congress–Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York–to unveil a new resolution that would declare climate change a national emergency. Tweets the bow-tied Oregonian, “Nothing short of urgent action on a massive scale will address the climate crisis. This is a #ClimateEmergency. It’s time for Congress to act like it.”

Today the Portland City Council, shoving back against a move in a number of red states, is expected to unanimously “Declare the right to safe and legal abortion and affirm the City’s commitment to act in support of that right by authorizing the City Attorney to participate as an amicus in forthcoming federal lawsuits challenging abortion bans around the country.”

We’ve learned that the woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Powell the other day was Charlene Hauth of Madras. Her family says she was in town to be with her sister Robin, who’s fighting a recurrence of lung cancer. Robin was behind the wheel when their car was hit by a speeding BMW driven by a 20-year-old man, who was a suspect in a series of robberies last year. He was caught hiding in a small backyard swimming pool, while Robin is in critical condition.

You heard about a light airplane that cracked up on a beach on the Oregon Coast? The pilot turns out to be the Mayor of Newport, Dean Sawyer. He’s OK, along with his two passengers, including a 7-year-old boy. They were whale-watching when the engine on the Cessna 172 began sputtering, and he put it down in the sand.

We see in the Austin Statesman that starting in the fall of 2020, all University of Texas in-state students with families that make less than $65,000 a year will be given full scholarships. Steve Duin at The Oregonian tweets that he’s been saying for 20 years that the Oregon Lottery could easily provide the same advantage to students in this state.

The Washington Post has a story about four high school seniors who filled their bellies with Bud Light and elected to carry out a “senior prank” at their high school. They thought about bringing in some live pigs…but opted instead to don masks and spray-paint the most hateful racist graffiti you can imagine, swastikas and all, on sidewalks and walls all over their school. Little did they realize their phones auto-connected to the school WiFi, their names popped right up on the principal’s computer, and they were perp-walked out in view of their classmates.

Say, I hope someone returns what was stolen in a break-in at the Pearl District office of Portland sports agent, educator, and MLB-to-Portland proponent Lynn Lashbrook. Among the items were thirteen baseballs that he caught at big-league games as a kid in Kansas City, along with family photos and even his high school letter jacket. But the baseballs, especially, are priceless to him. (I once had a baseball that was covered with Hall-of-Fame autographs from an old-timers game at Civic Stadium, and I foolishly left it one night in my office at KING in Seattle. It vanished).

ooh! Item one at the Port of Portland Commission agenda today is approval of leases for nine new concessions at the expanding Portland International Airport–and one of them is Screen Door, a Southern comfort food place that’ll serve breakfast all day long on Concourse B! Items like Blueberry and Lemon Curd Buttermilk Pancakes..or something called Alabama Scramble, which is 3 eggs scrambled w/ ham, green onions & pimiento cheese, topped w/ fried onions, w/ cheddar grits & wheat toast…dang…the hazards of writing the Daily Drip before I’ve had brekkie…Anyway. PDX just keeps getting better.

Actor Rip Torn has left us at 88. Men in Black…the Larry Sanders Show…

“Wicked” opens a two-week run at the Keller tonight!

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Good news? Or something to make you smile? I mean, besides Blueberry and Lemon Curd Buttermilk Pancakes?

–“Olympic swimmer saves drowning man”

–“Guy Dressed as Batman Has Rescued Dozens of Shelter Pets From Euthanasia”

–“Swiss aerial display team flies over yodeling festival by mistake”

–“Man who threw party for pothole celebrates after it is fixed”

–“These cops get the Seal of Approval”

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That’s the Wednesday Drip. Let’s send settling thoughts up to Wy’ East, and have an overall very fine day!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Good morning, Dripsters of the world! It’s Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and ooh: satellites show a big curly storm is advancing on us from the southwest, with unsummerlike rain pushing in by late afternoon. Highs around 72 in Portland and 65 at the coast. The snow level in the mountains–weird words for July–is around 8000 feet, so gear up accordingly if you’re hiking at altitude. Sunrise 5:31 AM, sunset 9:00 PM. Heaven’s holding a half-moon, and it’ll expand to fullness one week from tonight.

Southeast Powell is open again this morning after a wild and deadly hit and run crash led to a manhunt, where a suspect was found cowering in a backyard swimming pool. The driver was speeding on Powell and apparently blew the light at SE 148th, wrecking at least four other cars and killing an unidentified woman. The suspect fled but was caught two hours later after he pounded on a resident’s door, then ran into the back yard, tore the cover off the pool, where he was found hiding.

Mayor Ted Wheeler spoke to the media for the first time since the public ugliness nine days ago between left- and right-wing hotheads in downtown Portland, which caused injuries to a conservative blogger and a resulting national criticism of Portland. Wheeler declared the violence totally unacceptable: he pushed back on the police union’s claim that he has “handcuffed” officers, but stopped short of endorsing Police Chief Danielle Outlaw’s request that masks be banned during protests. He said Portland has hundreds of protests every year and that the overwhelming majority are peaceful expressions of free speech, and blamed outside agitators for coming to Portland under the guise of the First Amendment with the intent to commit violence.

Next time Senator Brian Boquist comes to the state Capitol, he’ll have to give 12 hours advance notice so police presence can be stepped up. That’s what a special Senate committee on conduct finally decided, pending a longer investigation, about the Republican lawmaker whose words “hell is coming to visit your personally” and “send bachelors and come heavily armed” provoked jitters and objections among lawmakers during an already tense session.

Here’s a potentially unsettling aspect of Oregon’s new law permitting undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses: the Georgetown University Law Center says ICE agents are mining millions of state driver’s license photos for facial recognition matches with their own database–without the states’ knowing about it–and using them “to secretly find and deport those people.”

Say, I dropped into the Albertsons on Boones Ferry to pick up some salsa and limes yesterday, and the checker said, “Oh, do you want a bag? That’ll be a dime.” It’s a new plastic ban that took effect in LO on July 1. And me without my Whole Foods bag! Could be worse. NPR reports that shoppers at a Canadian grocery who forget their tote don’t have to pay for a paper bag–but they do get to enjoy the stares of people…as they haul home their groceries in bags emblazed with, “Wart Ointment Wholesale”…“The Colon Care Co-Op”…or “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium.”

Billionaire investor and accused human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein remains in jail in New York, after investigators say they found a trove of photographic evidence in a safe in his mansion. Epstein has had many rich and powerful friends–among them, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton–and his arrest is prompting demands for the ouster of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was U.S. attorney in Miami when Epstein was given a plea deal in 2008 that shielded him from prosecution.

Courtney Love, a rocker with deep Portland roots, was born this date in 1964. She was raised mainly in Oregon, but was born to hippie parents in San Francisco with the last name “Harrison.” She adopted the “Love” name when she was working underage at Mary’s Club on Broadway. Then she went to PSU but hung out at clubs like Old Town’s Satyricon, now long gone, where she met and eventually married Kurt Cobain. Also long gone.

John Lennon made his solo debut 50 years ago today with fun family sing-a-long “Give Peace a Chance.”

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Let’s put a little love in our lives with these headlines from the bright side:

–“English town tackles isolation and loneliness with benches inscribed with: “Sit here if you don’t mind someone stopping to say hello!”

–“Good Samaritan drives 2,000km to save family stranded in Australian outback” (Hey Outback has yet to strand me anywhere!

–“Caught on video: construction workers come to the aid of a woman who was being hassled by two men”

–“Scientists Identify How Many Trees to Plant and Where to Plant Them to Stop Climate Crisis”

–“Around the World in 125 Melons”

Details in the Cup!

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And with that–let’s do a Tuesday!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Well, there you are! You’ve been missed! We’re back together again this morning on Monday, July 8, 2019, and let’s see if we can remember how to do this Daily Drip thing. Weather first, right? My reading of the wx geek chatter is that a shallow marine layer will retreat to the coast by lunchtime, and then we’ll turn it up toward 77 degrees–for the warmest day of the week. Long-range charts say it’ll stay cooler than normal for at least the next two weeks. Any complaints out there? None here! Nice symmetrical numbers today: Sunrise 5:30 AM, sunset 9:00 PM…..
USA 2-0!
It’s such a red-blooded American feeling to wake up in the country that owns the Women’s World Cup!–especially since it was won by a team led by a University of Portland star who’s now a youth-culture icon, and populated by past and present Portland Thorns. Former UP Pilot Megan Rapinoe has never been hotter than she is today, and while she’s outspoken and controversial, this is America and that’s a fundamental right, same as your right to cheer, jeer, or not give a damn. (But let’s pull in the elbows a little, ‘k?) There’s a back story that Megan herself briefly alluded to during her postgame interview on FOX, and I’ll share it at the end of this report. Meantime, a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes is scheduled for 9:30 AM Eastern time Wednesday in Manhattan. And respect is due the Netherlands’ team: they put up a stiffer fight than many expected.
Say, and the Timbers beat New York FC…in Yankee Stadium….1-0!
It’ll be 89 degrees today in Fairbanks Alaska, continuing a history-melting heat wave that brought Anchorage its first 90-degree reading in history–on the 4th of July.
A couple of hot embers are flaring up today from Oregon’s recent legislative imbroglio over a climate change bill:
Senator Brian Boquist is being hauled before the Senate Special Committee on Conduct for the menacing comments he famously made prior to the Republican walkout on HB2020. The hearing’s at 9 AM.
And…today a grass seed farmer and a logger who were active in the rural protest that helped shoot down the climate bill are being rewarded with a trip to the White House to hear President Trump speak on the topic of “America’s environmental leadership.” The two are members of Timber Unity, the populist PAC that began as a Facebook page just a month ago, and twice brought convoys of log trucks to ring the Capitol.
There’s a sold-out campaign event at Portland’s Old Church tonight featuring Washington Governor Jay Inslee, whose presidential bid is all about attacking climate change.
It’s Day 900 of the Trump presidency. His approval rating is currently at the highest of his term–44 percent among voting-age Americans, up from 39% in April, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll taken June 28-July 1. In hypothetical matchups between Trump and Democratic candidates, only Joe Biden has a decisive lead. Long way to go; the next debates are three weeks from tomorrow.
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Something that’s bubbling under that we’ll be watching: Portland-area grocery store workers who belong to Local 555 of the United Food and Commercial Workers have voted nearly unanimously to authorize a strike against Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway. No date is set, and talks continue.
Speaking of stocking up on groceries, just in case…with aftershocks continuing to jiggle seismometers and jangle nerves in SoCal–I’m wondering, as a practical matter, how we’re all doing in the emergency kit department? Let’s not have a tsk-tsk judgment thread, but I’d like to encourage folks to take steps, if only of the baby variety. We ourselves have stuff stashed haphazardly, but I’m sure there are gaps. Anyone have a system?
Yikes…a gentleman was walking his Sheltie on Springwater Trail up by Powell Butte when another dog owner’s St. Bernard slipped its leash and jumped the little dog. Sad to say the Sheltie didn’t survive..its owner was bitten…and the other dog and owner split the scene.
Let’s send our best wishes to Stevie Wonder….who dropped the news on a concert crowd at London’s Hyde Park that he will have a kidney transplant in September. He says he’s found a donor, and that he’ll do three more shows before the operation.
This was the day in 1947 when a flying saucer supposedly crashed in Roswell, NM.
The Beatles released “Here Comes the Sun” fifty years ago today.
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If you like your news sunny-side up, you’ve scrolled to the right place!
–“Cops pay for groceries of Whole Foods shoplifter in emotional act of kindness”
–“Sisters who donated kidneys set off a chain-reaction of giving”
–“A man found an ailing bird but was too intoxicated to drive it to the rescue center so he called an Uber and sent the bird alone.”
–“Heroic dog saves sleeping deputy constable from Texas house fire”
–“Inmates cuddle shelter dogs during fireworks”
Details in the Coffee Cup..if I’ve remembered how to post links correctly!
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“Just one more thing. Happy birthday, Brian, I love you so much.” Those were Megan Rapinoe’s final words in a postgame interview on Fox, and they shined a light on the little-told story of the American star’s upbringing in Redding, California. Brian’s her big brother, older by five years; she and her twin sister idolized him growing up and learned to play soccer when he did, but then he got involved in drugs as a teenager, descending into heroin addiction and dealing and all the recidivist crimes that go with it, and has spent half his life in prison. He even joined a white supremacist prison gang, but made friends with a black activist in solitary confinement and changed his ways. Had the swastika tattoo on his palm changed into a spider’s web. And through it all, his connection with Megan has been fundamental to him and to her; her kneeling for the National Anthem after Colin Kaepernick started doing that, plus her activism on different causes, are controversial to many people, but they’re an inspiration to Brian and part of their relationship. He’s in a halfway house and almost done with his latest sentence, which–inspired by his strong and powerful sister–he vows will be his last.
Man the air! Ram the ramparts! Let’s have a Monday that shines!