Good morning Americans, how are you? It’s a busy Wednesday, September 25, 2019, with morning cloudwebs hanging around, but sparkling sun later on and highs at least 70. Soak it in, because chilly weather is just around the bend. Monday night’s low could sink to 35 degrees in Portland, and the Cascade passes could get their first snow of the fall. First lowland frost too? Sunrise 7:01 AM, sunset 7:02 PM. That’s our first post-7 AM sunrise since…checking…March 27.
The news world is awhirl with coverage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. It’s a huge development, given that she’s been prudently (or to some, infuriatingly) reluctant to go there. But she was tipped over by the whisteblower complaint alleging that Trump this summer tried to pressure Ukraine into investigating, with the aim of coming up with dirt on, his potential 2020 opponent Joe Biden. “The president must be held accountable,” she said. “No one is above the law.” Congresswoman Suzanne Bonanici tweets that “Families, individuals, and communities across the U.S. need to have faith in their elections and deserve a president who has their best interest in mind, not someone who has repeatedly taken advantage of the Executive Office for personal gain.” And Sen. Ron Wyden: What the House of Representatives did by opening an impeachment inquiry is essential to protecting the well-being of the country. And Sen. Jeff Merkley: This isn’t about politics. Plenty of talking heads will on TV talking about the risks this poses to Dems. Doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, we have a constitutional obligation to protect the Republic. You have my support, @SpeakerPelosi.”
But could a phone call to the president of Ukraine do what Stormy Daniels and Robert Mueller couldn’t? Search me!
Construction of a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia could begin as early as 2025. That’s the theoretical agreement between the DOTs of both Oregon and Washington, and the Feds gave given their OK to that timeline.
A new U.N. climate report says massive change is already here, with accelerating rises in sea levels, and that the results will include annual catastrophic floods in coastal areas that previously occurred only every century. The report says major American cities that will experience fast-moving sea-level danger include Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Savannah, Honolulu, San Juan, and Key West.
Here’s a reason to make sure there’s plenty of H2O in your emergency kit…I mean, like, lots of it…the head of the Portland Water Bureau says a major earthquake could break thousands of pipes, causing major shortages. Said director Michael Sturh, in a presentation covered by OPB: “If the big earthquake happened tomorrow, would there be no water available whatsoever? Without meaning to be flip, the answer is yes.”
There’ll be a bunch of busy Beavers as OSU’s fall term begins today. Their peers down the road in Eugene follow on Tuesday, October 1. Seems late, no? By this time when I was in college, I’d already BS’d my way through half a dozen blue books!
The manager of Clackamas Town Center says race had nothing to do with a mall cop ordering several African American teens, including the daughter of a legislator, to “stop loitering.” He says CTC is “committed to ensuring that our center is inclusive and that it welcomes all members of our community,” but that “Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our guests, retailers and everyone who visits our property.”
So I guess Nicholas Cage is being seen around town? Because they’re shooting a movie called “Pig?” The premise is adorable, Cage is a truffle hunter, and his pig snorfles out truffles from under trees in the Oregon woods, and the pig disappears and Cage has to come to Portland to find him, and thus confronts his past here. Welcome, back, Nicholas! (Years ago he was seen motorcycling in Oregon wine country with then-wife Lisa Mary Presley).
The crime drama “Stumptown”–set in Portland but filmed in LA–premiers tonight on ABC. Critics like it, and say it attempts to portray our town’s complexities and flaws with honesty and respect. But we’ll be the judge of that! 8 PM on Channel 2. Let me know what you think.
Thanks for all of the suggested questions for my interview today with Anderson Cooper. I’ll use as many as I have time for, and post the interview when a get the chance!
For a weeknight, downtown Portland is happening!
–Timbers vs. New England tonight at Providence Park. Come on, lads! The Thorns will play on Sunday in Tacoma.
–Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning Irish songster who writes heartbreakingly beautiful melodies is at the Schnitz tonight.
–Canadian author Margaret Atwood–who wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale” as well as this year’s “The Testaments”–speaks to a sold-out book tour stop tonight at the Keller Auditorium.
Good news today! And by the way….this might be the third day in a row of no broken links in the cup!
–“Truck Driver Refused To Let Animals Drown During Hurricane, Turned A Bus Into ‘Noah’s Ark’”
–“Researchers say helping others is calming, life extending, and just feels great”
–“Colorblind videographer surprised on air with color-corrective glasses”
–“Unopened Amazon packages were found in a dumpster. So police delivered them”.
–“He had become a part of their mornings. So when he lost his job, without warning, hundreds decided to help”.
What? Are we still on? That’s all I’ve got. Hope everyone has a very fine hump day.