Friday, October 19, 2018

And a fantastically favorable Friday to you! It’s the 19th of October, the 292st day of 2018, with just five weeks to go until Black Friday,–just to remind us of where we stand in the aging of year, because the weather certainly doesn’t show it. The sun-show continues today, tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday, with highs in the 70’s, as a high-pressure area–represented on TV weather maps with a giant letter H–dominates the west. They get the H out of there on Tuesday, and that’s when it’ll be rainy and 60. Sunrise 7:32 AM, sunset 6:18 PM.

A dark long-stemmed rose and a gleaming white Rip City ball bap sat on the empty courtside seat that Paul Allen occupied for years, as his Portland Trail Blazers honored his memory with a moment of silence–and a 128-119 win over the heralded King LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

We gave space to The Oregonian and Willamette Week endorsements in the guvernatorial race; now let’s go to Pamplin Media, and a key line from a Portland Tribune editorial endorsing Knute Buehler: “We believe Republican Rep. Knute Buehler has the potential to break the one-party inertia in Salem and use the natural tension that would arise from divided government to move forward on difficult issues.”

A search team is combing a Turkish forest outside Istanbul for the remains of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident believed to have been assassinated by high-level Saudi agents. The Saudi government may let one of their top generals take the fall for ordering it, to deflect scrutiny from the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

About 4,000 Honduran migrants are making their way north, and President Trump warns he’ll send troops to shut down the U.S. border if Mexico doesn’t stop them.

OK, here’s a Portland story about how great people can be. I don’t know what neighborhood this is, but as the autumn leaves were piling up on the lawns and street, someone had been caring for a sick and weakening canine family member. We’ve all been through that; their mind was not on raking leaves. When the time came to end their companion’s suffering, they pulled out of their driveway–and saw their yard full of neighbors, young and old, raking their leaves for them. Insisting on doing it. It was a neighborhood event. Last night, this person went door-to-door, saying thanks.

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The Boston Red Sox are heading back to the World Series, having beaten the Houston Astros last night, and will face the winner of the Dodgers/Brewers series; Game Six is tonight.

Following their win over the Lakers, the Blazers have San Antonio at home tomorrow night, 7 PM at the Moda Center. TV on NBC Sports NW, radio on Rip City Radio 620.

Football! The party begins long before dawn tomorrow as ESPN’s College Game Day comes to Pullman for the first time ever. Then kickoff at 4:30 PM will pit the #12 Oregon Ducks (5-1) against the #25 Washington State Cougars (also 5-1). WSU’s won the last three in a row–and despite the rankings, they’re a slight favorite to take this one, too. We’ll see about THAT!

Oregon State hosts the California Golden Bears Saturday at 1 PM in Corvallis. The #15 Washington Huskies will take out some post-Duck frustration by hosting Colorado at 12:30 PM. The Portland Timbers have Salt Lake at 2 PM Sunday at Providence Park. My schedule says the Portland Winterhawks skate against Vancouver tonight at 7 at the Moda Center.

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Yell me something good!

–“Ocean Cleanup system installed and ready for work at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’ll gobble that stuff up like PacMan!”

–“3-year-old cancer survivor serves as flower girl in her bone marrow donor’s wedding”

–“Dog named Magic found alive two days after brick wall collapses on him”

–“A Portland Couple’s Labor Of Love Keeps Oregon Wilderness Trails Open For Others”

–“Canadian homeowner leaves door unlocked, comes back to find house cleaned, not cleaned out.”

Click here for links to this morning’s good news!

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Hundreds of people–including active duty Marines in uniform, football teammates, and regular community folks like me will gather tomorrow on a bright fall Saturday morning for a 5K fun run, replenishing the funds for the Corporal Matthew Lembke Memorial Scholarship. This is the tenth year for a wonderful event that was born of a family’s deep sorrow at the loss of young Matt, a kind and friendly defensive end for the Tualatin High School Timberwolves, who graduated from high school, joined the Marines, and was in his third overseas tour when he was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Matt’s parents, Dale and Claudia, tell me in an interview linked here, that 65 deserving Tualatin HS graduates have been helped to college by this scholarship. I’ll be helping out at the microphone, and if you’re anywhere near Tualatin Community Park tomorrow morning, drop by and meet some very fine people. It’s all connected to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, from 10 to 4 tomorrow at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons.

That wraps up the week! See you on 103.3 FM in the Portland area, and the iHeart Radio app on your device wherever you may be!

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