Thursday, April 5, 2018

Morning, friends! Here’s the Daily Drip for Thursday, April 5, 2018, and it’s time to haul out the rain gear, with plenty of rain starting in the early morning at the Coast and late morning Inland, and then even more for the weekend. Saturday has the potential for a springtime windstorm with 50 MPH gusts that could blow down branches and knock out power. There’s already a high wind watch for the coast and the coast range from Friday night to Saturday night. Our high today will be around 60. Sunrise 6:43 AM, sunset 7:44 PM. Today we’ll have 13 hours of daylight–the same as Labor Day.

The weather will deteriorate along the Mendocino coast today, diminishing the chances that Hannah, Devonte, and Sierra Hart will be found. Yesterday’s intensive, multi-agency search didn’t turn up anything. But there is a photo of their mother Jennifer buying food at a Safeway in Fort Bragg two days before their car went over that cliff. I wonder if they can recreate the sales tab, to see if they were feeding six hungry teenagers–or just three? (There’s a bunch of bananas on the counter. It looks like at least six).

A young man involved in a family argument is accused of aiming a bow and arrow at his sister, and then at Clark County deputies who responded. The SWAT team arrested him.

A man in Milwaukie was attacked by another man with a machete.

A Parkland shooting survivor is finally home from the hospital. Anthony Borges is the student who barricaded a door, taking 5 bullets but saving as many as 20 people inside his classroom.

President Trump last night signed a proclamation directing the deployment of National Guard troops to the US-Mexican border, but gave no details. Oregon Governor Kate Brown tweets the following: “If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.” She’s getting high praise from the Left, and harsh blowback from the Right.

It was a surprise to her Beaverton neighbors that the 45-year old single mom known as Zolja was really a convicted Yugoslavian war criminal who took part in the massacre of Bosnian Croats back in the 1990s. Now the US government is moving to strip her of her American citizenship, saying she was admitted to the US claiming she was fleeing atrocities that, in fact, she herself had committed.

Big “oops” by a construction crew in Hillsboro, which cut into a power line, plunging the Sunset Esplanade into darkness, from Joann Fabrics to Ross Dress in the Dark.

Portland may be the sneaker capital of the world, but this was sneaky in a bad way….a local man’s been convicted of buying fake Nikes direct from counterfeiters in China, and peddling them on websites to unsuspecting bargain-hunters in America. He’ll do prison time, and pay six figures in fines and restitution.

Next time you’re ready to board a flight from PDX and wish you had a book to dive into while you’re in the sky,  there’ll be a handy Powell’s kiosk right there on Concourse B. They’ve had a store in Clocktower Plaza for 30 years, and now they’ve expanded into the post-TSA secure area. It’s open from 5 to 5.

Have you seen those PSA’s urging drivers to slow down? They’re paid for by $300,000 in cannabis tax revenue.

Seattle is considering charging a toll for driving in the downtown area. Just like they do in London.

I love this: the Oregon Humane Society is teaming up with the Rose Festival as the official charity. You can enter your pup in a contest to be in the first ever Rose Festival K-9 Court, and be K-9 Grand Marshal at the Rose Festival Parade.

Pope Francis has generated considerable buzz by supposedly saying that “hell does not exist” and that unrepentant souls in mortal sin simply “disappear.”  The comment was made to an atheist journalist in Italy; no denial from the Vatican.

The Blazers visit the tough Houston Rockets tonight, minus All-Star Damian Lillard. He’s got a sprained ankle. Save him for the playoffs!

From the Headlines for a Happier Heart department:

–“Canadian PhD student makes a discovery that may effectively prevent the spread of cancer”

–“College students rescue injured dog from railroad tracks, as train approaches”

–“High speed rail from London to Amsterdam launches today with £35 tickets and 3.7 hour travel time”

–“Grocery store PA soundcheck singer gets accepted to Berklee College of Music”

–“Restaurant Employees Surprise Coworker With A Plane Ticket To See Her Family For The First Time In Six Years”

–“Hotel gives out environmental friendly sunscreen to protect Hawaii’s coral reefs”

That’ll wrap it! Thank you, stay dry, but shake it off if you don’t, and we’ll see you on 103.3!

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