Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hello, Wednesday people! It’s Hey, 19 Day! June 19, 2019, another one of our land-of-the-almost-midnight-sun days, with sunrise 5:21 AM, sunset 9:02 pm, and the typical combo of morning clouds and afternoon clearing. Highs will be around 70, and if they’d just stay right there all summer long, wouldn’t it be nice?

It’s the last day of school in Vancouver! The academic calendar was scooted a week by a teacher strike around last Labor Day, remember? School starts anew on Tuesday, August 27. Camas finishes up tomorrow–and then I think it’s summer for everyone!

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I admit it, I spent last evening on the deck hearing birds and the occasional Alaska 737 finishing a flight from California, so I didn’t watch the Trump reelection launch. Lemme scan some of the coverage.

ABC: President Trump breaks out 2016 playbook in 2020 campaign kickoff. Fake news. Hillary. Lock her up. Build the wall. Trump played the hits.

Fox News: President can’t resist jab at Clinton during 2020 kickoff rally, debuts new impersonation

CBS: Pres says “America will never be a socialist country,” but then says Republicans will defend Medicare and Social Security “like nobody else.”

Politico: Trump stages his greatest show yet. The president’s elaborate reelection rally in Florida is designed to project success at a moment of internal chaos and tepid polling.

Huffpost: President Donald Trump formally launched his reelection campaign at a packed-to-the-rafters rally in Orlando, officially moving to continue one of the most divisive administrations in modern history for four more years.

Breitbart: Sarah Sanders on Trump: ‘He’s Going to Have an Incredible Six More Years’

Orlando Sentinel: A group of protesters standing near the Amway security checkpoint was asked to leave after holding signs that read, “Liar, liar, comb-over on fire.”

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Back home:

“Stop” could soon mean “Yield” for bicyclists in Oregon, where the Senate voted 21-8 to allow folks on bikes to cruise on through stop signs as long as they slow down and stop for pedestrians and motor traffic already in or approaching the intersection. They’ve been doing it this way in Idaho for 35 years. Truth be told, they’re doing it in Oregon too.

Undocumented individuals would be able to get an Oregon driver’s license under a bill that passed 39-21 in the Oregon House and sent to the Senate. They’re driving anyway, the reasoning goes; this requires that they at least know the rules of the road.

One year ago today the Occupy ICE PDX protest began, as hundreds of demonstrators set up a camp blockading the immigration agency’s headquarters off Macadam, to protest the policy of separating detainees from their children along the Mexican border. The Portland protest inspired demonstrations that followed in cities across the nation. A little over a month later–on July 23–Mayor Ted Wheeler lifted his order that the city not interfere with the protest, and police swept the camp.

Portland City Council takes a final vote this afternoon on changes to rental laws to make tenant screening criteria more forgiving to applicants with low incomes and criminal histories.

The Oregon Health Authority wants us all to resist the tempting waters of Cannon Beach, where high bacteria counts have been recorded, and nothing will spoil a day at the beach like a serious fling with tummy trouble.

A different kind of coastal danger nearly took the life of a juvenile brown pelican, who was found at Devil’s Punch Bowl tangled up in a fishing line and in serious distress from an embedded hook. The bird is now gaining weight and taking nourishment at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Legendary Portland auto racer and high-end car dealer Monte Shelton has died at 85. I rode with him at the wheel once–doing about 5 miles an hour, in the pace car for the Starlight Run in 1998.

Lots of unhappy campers on the Sunset Highway, after a travel trailer came off its frame and rolled over, leaking propane in the westbound lanes at Cedar Hills Boulevard. The homeward commute was backed up to the Willamette.

It’s commencement Day at Clark College in Vancouver, and the Columbian says one of the graduates set to walk is a woman who’s earned a certificate in culinary fundamentals…despite being nearly totally blind.

Anybody missing a cat wearing a Superman outfit? One such caped critter was spotted on the loose around SE 20th and Morrison, and taken into a vet for a chip-check. No chip.

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Let’s happy-up this Wednesday with some stories and videos that’ll make you smile…

–“Good dog saves little girl and her ball”

–“Nine-year-old drums with Lenny Kravitz”

–“Since Father-Son Duo Designed Revolutionary ‘Honey on Tap’ Beehive, There Are 51,000 New Bee Colonies”

–“Texas senior throws pizza party for homeless instead of graduation celebration”

–“Every Day at 5:00, Japan Tests Its Disaster Warning System With Folk Tune”

Details here.

 

Monday, June 17, 2019

And now it’s Monday, June 17, 2019, and how was your weekend, hmm? Mine was filled with love and joy and friends, and also a daylong water outage that forced us to rely on our emergency kit. Actually our neighbor picked up a bunch of jugs at Freddy’s. Thank goodness for emergency planning! Today’s weather continues the lovely tune that nature has sung for weeks, with marine stratus clouds in the morning and breezy sunshine in the afternoon. Highs will be around eighty. Portland did 82 yesterday. The June Solstice is Friday at 8:54 AM Pacific, but let’s think of this whole week and the next as our longest days. With sunrise at 5:21 and sunset at 9:02, we’ll gain only a minute of sun between now and the First Day of Summer.

And! We get all the benefits of a Full Moon today, a bit of an unusual moon, in that it’s the lowest moon of the year, only 22 degrees above the horizon at its highest. It’s always that way around the solstice. And because it’s so low, the moonlight goes through more atmospheric particulates to reach us, and you may notice a slight tinge of pink champagne. They call it the Strawberry Moon.

I believe it’s been ten days since we’ve had rain, and things are getting crispy. Clark County is banning outdoor burning effective today because of elevated fire danger.

Forty-five thousand people filled the streets for Portland’s Pride Parade. If you count my spirit, 45,001. The fundamental truth of this country is that we are equal, every one of us. Anyone who doesn’t grasp that doesn’t grasp America.

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Some hard things in the day’s news…

It is profoundly sad to learn that authorities finally found Karissa and Billy Fretwell in a field ten miles west of Yamhill. The child’s support-fighting “father” is jailed for murder.

But it was a good weekend for Polk County Marine Patrol, which credits a couple from their growing camping community along the Willamette for alerting them to the distant cries of a man around 50 whose intertube sprang a leak, and he was hurt and stranded on an island.

Shots were fired in Holladay Park last night, not five days after the community came together to proclaim an initiative to make the territory between Lloyd Center and Max safe for everyone, and held a barbecue to celebrate.

Somebody dealt with their concerns over somebody else’s parking prowess by shooting the windows out of a BMW in Rock Creek.

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You saw the video….here’s a followup…the Phoenix police chief has apologized to an African-American couple after videos went viral showing a cop dropping F-bombs and threatening to shoot a father while others pointed guns at his pregnant partner and their little kids. This happened after their 4-year-old walked out of a Dollar Store with a Barbie.

Iran says it may break the uranium enrichment limit it agreed to under nuclear deal in 10 days, to push back against American sanctions that were reimposed after the US pulled out of the agreement.

Reuters reports that a Vatican document indicates the Catholic Church may consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, and potentially other areas where clergy are scarce. It also calls for a “ministerial role” for women.

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There were sub-ceremonies yesterday, but today is graduation day for everyone at the University of Oregon. About 4,000 undergrads and 1,000 grad students will, all tasseled and gowned, march down Eugene’s 13th Avenue and thence into Matthew Knight Arena, where Governor Kate Brown will deliver the commencement address, and every name will be read, and the band will play the hook from Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1 In D until their lips bleed. (That all started at Yale in 1905, when Elgar himself was awarded an honorary doctorate). OSU’s flyaway day was Saturday.

A Portland student is in the mix as the Jeopardy Teen Tournament starts today. Avi Gupta just graduated Saturday from Catlin Gabel. His episode airs on Friday. Does Catlin Gabel play something other than that Elgar dirge when the grads cross the stage? Does anyone?

Rehearsals begin today for “That’s No Lady,” I love that title, since it’s a musical about the life of Portland’s ageless queen, Darcelle. The Triangle Productions show–featuring music by Marv and Rindy Ross, Tom Grant, and Storm Large–opens in September.

O.J. Simpson’s notorious slow-speed chase happened 25 years ago today. People were obsessed with that. Tom Brokaw anchored continuous coverage while the NBA FInals were jammed into a box on the screen. Dominos reports a Superbowl-level of deliveries.

Happy BD to Barry Manilow, Newt Gingrich, and Venus Williams.

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OK, let’s put some positives into the newsosphere!

–“Dad hugs strangers at Pride Parade and brings marchers to tears”

–“Girl with rare disease invents teddy bears that hide IV bags”

–“633 divers set world record cleaning ocean floor”

–“Notre Dame holds first mass since fire, with priests in hard-hats”

–“Man Asks For A Refund On Unopened Dog Food After His Dog Passes Away, Gets An Oil Painting With A Message”

Links here.

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Monday’s on! I want to thank my family for the Fathers’ Day gathering Sunday. These frequent interactions with close family are a profound blessing to me; rare, in a world where people cast themselves into the wind and build lives a thousand away from their roots as I did. Almost all of my kinfolk are right here: three generations as close as roses on a rose bush. My children and my beloved; their children, their beloved; their children who are my granddaughters and their parents’ and parents’ partners, aunts, uncles, an ex or two, cherished strays, sometimes a stranger, all interesting people, a mutually-respected variety of political stripes; we’re all very close, and that is everything, everything to me!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Good morning and welcome to all Dripsters and Quiet Readers (we’re trying out less-creeper terms than “lurkers”). Here we are, slouching into a thirsty Thursday, June 13, 2019! I’m feeling parched after two days under the solar broiler, and I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more of that to come. Broiler alert! But today will be more liveable–and lovable–than where we’ve been. Yesterday etched a record highs of 98 for Portland, and now we await a puff of wind from the west, an oceanic usher of cooler air from the Pacific that will limit us to a high of 80 to 85. Sunrise 5:21 AM…followed by our first 9:00 PM sunset of the year!

Air quality is fine so far today, and the arising westerlies should keep it that way. I wish there’d been a heads-up about the descent into unhealthful conditions yesterday afternoon, but I didn’t see one from any of the trusted sources. Maybe I missed it.

Aw, right in the middle of the year’s hottest afternoon, the health department hoisted a toxic algae advisory for Vancouver Lake. All people and animals reading this are advised to avoid areas of floating blue and green-colored scum. Dang, that’s the first thing I’d swim into on a day like this!

Well, we’ve done it…Oregon’s the 15th state to join the National Popular Vote Compact. Under a law signed yesterday by Governor Brown, our electoral votes would be awarded to whichever presidential candidate gets the most votes nationally, regardless of how this state actually votes. It’s part of a blueprint to render moot the electoral college, which has given us two 21st Century presidents who didn’t get the most votes. Just my unsolicited view, here: I cringe at the possibility of our state’s collective vote being cast in any way other than how we voted. Just how much confidence do we have in the integrity of our national elections?

By the by…Oregon’s Ron Wyden is seething at the Senate’s GOP gatekeeper, Mitch McConnell, for spiking his bill to mandate cybersecurity standards for elections. Wyden tweets that thanks to McConnell, “what happens in 2020 will make what happened in 2016 look like small potatoes.”

Pres. Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he wouldn’t necessarily alert the FBI if approached by foreign figures with dirt on his 2020 opponent, saying “It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.” When pressed about its apparent illegality (because it’s a foreign campaign contribution), Trump responded: “Oh, give me a break — life doesn’t work that way.”

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A major effort to throttle down Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions cleared a tough hurdle yesterday as HB 2020, which sets up an emission cap that shrinks over time, and requires polluters to pay increasing amounts for every ton they emit, passed the legislature’s joint budget committee and heads to the House floor.

Today at 1 is the memorial service in the Oregon Senate chambers for State Sen. Jackie Winters, the first African-American Republican elected to the Legislature, who died on May 29 at age 82.

PSU, which just handed its fired president a platinum parachute, makes the case today for an 11% tuition hike before the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. UPDATE–PSU cut the tuition hike to 4.9% yesterday, so they don’t have to get HECC approval.

The long-forsaken Blue Heron paper mill that stands like a jilted bride at the edge of Willamette Falls in Oregon City is apparently being sold to the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde, according to reporting by Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss. They say it’s not for a casino, but for future real estate development, economic diversification, and ready access to their ancestral fishing waters. It’s not lost on us that those are the same waters and same lands–along with pretty much the whole Willamette Valley–from which the ancestors of the modern tribal members were forcibly evicted by the United States government in 1855.

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Today’s the day the city begins writing actual tickets, and not just empty warnings, to heavyfooted folks who can’t abide by the new 40 MPH limit on the Marine Drive, out past the airport, a dragstrip of a stretch where many a crash has occurred.

It was good seeing Multnomah County cops walking up to wary people on the street yesterday–and handing them bottles of nice cold water. You have a right to remain hydrated. Any water you drink can and will keep you healthy. If you cannot afford a water bottle, one will be provided for you.

Officers respond to all kinds of calls that never make the news. A Washington County sheriffs deputy in Banks saved the day when somebody’s tiny dog got tangled up in the mini-blinds. Puppy’s terrified, the owner is panicking, 911 is called, deputy calmly cuts free the poor scared animal and heads back on patrol.

Golden State, down 3 games to 2, hosts the Toronto Raptors tonight in Oakland in the NBA finals, even as Kevin Durant confirms on his Instagram that he’s had surgery for a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. He’ll be out most or all of next season. By the way….quit blaming the coaches. KD wanted to play. Championship series, elimination game, you’re a star…you would, too. And he looked good! Until he didn’t.

The Portland Timbers beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1.

The St Louis Blues are anything but blue today, having won the first Stanley Cup in team history.

She wrote “Eat Pray Love” and other works, and tonight Elizabeth Gilbert is at Revolution Hall, in an appearance presented by Powell’s Books.

Irish poet William Butler Yeats was born this day in 1865.

This was the day in 1966 the US Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.

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Heads for a happier heart…

–“House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming”

–“Iowa school giving students PE credits for helping elderly, people with disabilities do yard work”

–“The millionaire who saved the 11-year-old boy who studied under a lamp”

–“Former gang leader thanks police for prison”

–“Student-created charity sends medical supplies to the Navajo Nation”

Details in the coffee cup.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The heat is on (flames are burning higher)
The heat is on (baby can’t you feel it)

Ear-worming, here, the great tune from the late Glen Frey…

(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)

It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and boy howdy were the weather honks right when they said we’d smash some records! Like (or maybe don’t like) 97 in Portland…Troutdale 94…McMinnville 95….and today tastes just about the same. Maybe a noodge more. The NWS tweeted yesterday that “Nature is overachieving.” But bundle up tomorrow: it’ll only be 85. How’d you sleep last night? Lows hovered around 70 in some areas, not exactly what folks in hot climes call “good sleeping weather.” Sunrise is at 5:21 AM for the third straight day, so the early birds are chirping for their breakfast worm smoothies when it’s 4-something in the AM. Birds at this hour seem confused; I’ve been dodging them, and bats, and joggers, on the way in to the radio station at 0515, my new start time. And sunset’s 8:59 PM, ready to hit the bizarrely late 9:00 tomorrow. Such is Solstice life at the upper latitudes.

As the song goes, “See you..in September…” It’s the last day of school in Portland! Whoops…in Portland, we’ll see you on August 28. And other places finish today, too…OC…Salem-Keizer K-5….tell me others….but Vancouver is in for another week. Thanks a lot, February snow days!

OK, this is rich…the Washington County Sheriffs Office reports that somebody was ticketed yesterday—for driving on studded tires. That’ll be a very cool $165.

Just in time for summer, folks in the Lloyd neighborhood are coming together today to keep Holladay Park a safe place to everyone. There’ve been problems of a violent nature there, and a community gathering today–involving groups ranging from police to schools to churches and SOLV, which I suspect is organizing an ongoing spiffup– will launch an effort to “bring a constant presence of prosocial activities and resources to the park in order to engage all citizens, especially our youth.” There’s a noon meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton, and then afterward everyone’s invited across the street to a BBQ in the park.

Portland’s Cathedral Park is a bit of a mess following the “Take the Bridge” run the other night. Organizers sent up flurries of what they say was biodegradable confetti to set the mood, but they used too much, and it apparently contained plastic as well. Neighbors have been coming over to clean up, amid a flurry of blowback on social media.

Never in the history of FIFA has there been a beatdown like the one the USA Women delivered as they opened the defense of their 2015 World Cup title in Reims, France. There were Portland shoeprints on this 13-nil tromping of Thailand as goals were scored by Portland Thorn Lindsey Horan and University of Portland legend Megan Rapinoe. These women achieved more goals in one game than the USA Men have in their last two World Cups combined. The issue of pay equity is suggesting itself this morning across the internet.

The Portland Timbers are on the road tonight to play the Seattle Sounders.

For several nights, spooky electric blue clouds have glimmered in the high skies during the twilight before dawn and after sundown all up and down the Pacific Northwest. Some of you may have taken photographs. These are rare noctilucent (night shining) clouds that are believed to be ice crystals forming on particles of dust 50 miles high.

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A new 2020 head-to-head national Quinnipiac poll is just out:

Biden 53%, Trump 40%
Sanders 51%, Trump 42%
Harris 49%, Trump 41%
Warren 49%, Trump 42%
Buttigieg 47%, Trump 42%
Booker 47%, Trump 42%

Caveat: Remember 2016.

A lividly eloquent Jon Stewart testified before a half-absent House Judiciary Committee on behalf on the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, saying “Accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber…I’m sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I am angry, and you should be too.” (There are no Oregonians on that committee and one from Washington, and I don’t know if he was present). (And jeers to NPR and other networks who called him “Comedian Jon Stewart”).

A European oak that was presented to President Trump by the president of France and planted in the South Lawn of the White House as a symbol of the longstanding French-American alliance has died. President Emmanuel Macron hastens to disclaim any metaphor, saying, “One shouldn’t see symbols where there are none.

Today would have been President George H.W. Bush’s 95th birthday…and a “Forever” postage stamp will be unveiled in his honor.

This was the day in 1987 when President Reagan stood outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin alongside the ugly East-West barrier and demanded of the Soviet leader, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” I asked our tour guide in Berlin to point out the exact spot where Reagan stood, and he couldn’t–it’s now a busy boulevard–but he did want to talk about “Portlandia.”

”Progressive radio talk show host Thom Hartmann–who sometimes nosed his Prius with Maine plates into a spot next to my Subaru when he did his program from Portland—comes back to town tonight to promote his latest book, “The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment” at Powell’s City of Books at 7:30 p.m.

Tuneful 20-year-old Canadian phenom Shawn Mendes fills up the Moda Center tonight with songs you might not know because the kids had them pumping into their earbuds when they were doing their homework. But they’re really listenable! (High-altitude seats still available).

It was 25 years ago today that OJ Simpson allegedly committed the murders of which he was acquitted.

Diarist and witness-to-the-worst Ann Frank began her 15 years of life 90 years ago today.

A judge in Argentina has ordered a man to pay his ex-wife $179,000 after she gave up her business career so she could clean house and raise kids.
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TMSG. Details in the Coffee Cup.

–“Come on up, Puppy!”

–“First female chief in Malawi annulled 850 child marriages, sends girls to school”

–“This disabled boy always wanted to go on a bike ride, but couldn’t – then a kind neighbour made it happen”

–“Photographer Builds Adorable Tiny Log Cabins in His Backyard to Keep Mouse Families Safe From Cats”

–“‘Absolutely amazing’: Airline brings in empty plane to fly students stranded in OKC airport”

Here’s the Cup.

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Who’s got a hot-weather story from yesterday to share?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Morning all! Radio daddio here, performing my radio role of proclaiming, “It’s gonna be a scorcher!”….as we’re taking the plunge into summer’s inaugural heat wave, on this Tuesday, June 11, 2019, our first day of the year in the 90s, and hardly our last. Ninety-five today, same tomorrow. The National Weather Service’s heat advisory kicks in at noon and continues until sundown tomorrow, when a slight cooling trend filters in. Sunrise 5:21 AM, sunset 8:59 PM. Early morning is a wonderful time to get your steps in, if your body clock will allow it, because temperatures are in the sixty-degree range. But stay alert if you’re sleepy; I had to veer to avoid a runner who was glibly trotting in the lane of traffic on Kruse Way in Lake Oswego at 5 AM yesterday, and not ten seconds later I braked to avoid a walker who was taking her dogs across that same four-lane–against the light. It’s a good reminder to, well, the likes of me…to be alert for folks who aren’t normally sentient at this hour.

Insert here the customary stories that are done by local media on overcooked days like this: the rivers are cold, so don’t leap in. (TVF&R fished a woman out of the Tualatin just yesterday).. drink drink drink water…etc. One thing new is that TriMet has done a bunch of MAX work, so the trains supposedly will run at full speed up to 100 degrees, instead of slowing down at 95. We’ll see!

The New York Times, taking its usual interest in the ways Portland leads the nation, reports that our local school board recently allocated $200,000 for climate-justice education in the coming school year, ahead of a district-wide program to be rolled out in 2020-2021. This is largely propelled by students from Pacific islands that stand to disappear. The story concludes, “If the rollout is successful, Portland Public Schools will have what is likely to be the most extensive dedicated climate-justice curriculum in the country.”

The Portland School Board makes a final decision tonight on a new mascot for Franklin High School, replacing the “Quakers,” which Ben Franklin wasn’t, and which is a religion, in violation of board policy. The finalists are Lightning, Thunderbolts, Ambassadors.

About the European-style “funicular” that’s been proposed to carry people from the new SW MAX line on Barbur Blvd up the hill to OHSU? Well, they’ve dropped the name, because this doesn’t really fit the definition, and now call the conveyance an “inclined elevator.” The TriMet steering committee tasked with making a recommendation yesterday opted to keep it on the table, along with a combinational elevator and bridge–and they dropped the notion of a second Aerial Tram.

ODOT’s replacing rose bushes with boulders to deter homeless campers along freeways.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s nationwide education tour makes a stop in Portland today for a free one-day conference at OMSI. If your family is affected, you know that information is your friend.

In the NBA Finals…wow. Golden State’s stayed alive with a 106-105 win in Toronto, but Kevin Durant, who finally started after missing more than a month, apparently tore his Achilles’. He’ll have an MRI today.

With four Portland Thorns on the roster, the US begins group play in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup today in Reims, France against Thailand. Game time is noon Pacific. The Thorns involved are goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielder Lindsey Horan, forward Tobin Heath, and defender Emily Sonnett.

Not to rush things, but…the Seattle Seahawks begin a mandatory off-season minicamp today.

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Goodness!

–“Hero Mom On Jet Ski Sees Boat On Fire & Rushes To Rescue 4 Children Trapped Inside.”

–“9-year-old pays off lunch debt for his entire third grade class”

–“School Gives Students Credit for Physical Education Class When They Do Yard Work for Seniors and the Disabled”

–“Teacher Has 4-Yr-Old Students Write Cooking Recipes & The Results Are Hilarious.”

–“Nothing’s as sweet as Tupelo Honey: Beekeepers in the United States’ southeastern swamplands are fighting to preserve this sweet delicacy.”

Links here!

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It’s understandable but sad to see folks like Mike Burton bailing off Facebook and departing the Drip community! It’s people like Mike, and you, and you, who’ve made this what it is. The truth is, I’ve had the same thought. We’ll play with alternatives and I’m open to suggestions. No change is imminent, but I’d like to do the right thing here. In the meantime, let’s devote today to staying cool!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Hello and good morning! It’s a summertime Monday, June 10, 2019, and Portland’s weather is ready to take us there. Sunny and 80 to 85 today…95 or more–some say 98–on Tuesday and Wednesday..and then, when we’re ready for a break, we drop to the low 80s to take us into the weekend. Coastal highs will be at least 15 degrees cooler. Sunrise 5:21 AM, sunset 8:58 PM. That 5:21 sunrise is the earliest of the year…and it’ll hang suspended at that moment for the next 12 days, while the moon is growing toward fullness one week from today. Plus, with clear skies tonight, our gaze will be drawn to the intense light of Jupiter, which will be at its brightest and closest point of the year when it rises at 8:43 PM.

It was a rough Sunday morning in the Pearl District, where a man was shot and killed by Portland police after he claimed that he had a knife, a bomb, and a hostage in a building at NW 13th and Lovejoy. Police say a woman, the apparent hostage, suffered a wound and was taken to the hospital. The building, which houses a Safeway and other businesses, was evacuated. The bomb squad was able to find no explosive device.

It’s a good time for the chat with the kids about creepy strangers handing out goodies: one such man–in his 60s with long hair and an eye patch, driving a beat-up pickup with a canopy, offered “treats” to an 11-year old girl in Gresham if she and her dog would get in the car. She made a getaway and told her folks; cops are on the lookout.

Most of the ships in the Rose Festival Fleet set sail today, leaving behind a city that truly welcomes the young men and women in uniform. I believe the Coast Guard’s buoy tender Bluebell departed yesterday.

A steering committee votes today on whether to recommend a funicular railway to carry passengers from the proposed southwest MAX line to the medical facilities on Marquam Hill.

A TriMet bus driver is out on bail after she was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant–but not alcohol– in Cornelius, where witnesses reported the otherwise-empty bus was swerving along Baseline Road.

You can probably still smell smoke in the SE neighborhood where a metal parts warehouse burned down in spectacular fashion Friday night. Smoke visible all over town.

Portland’s Pride Festival begins today at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Huge parade is happening this coming Sunday.

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Guests were rushed out of Six Flags Magic Mountain as Southern California as firefighters raced to battle a brush fire burning nearby. Park’s open today.

Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is “out of danger” following surgery, after being ambushed by a man who rode up on a motorcycle and shot him in the back at a bar in his native Dominican Republic. A crowd captured the alleged gunman and beat him up.

The Toronto Raptors are a game away from closing out the suddenly feckless Golden State Warriors for the NBA Championship.

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Yikes! OK, how about something good?

–“NJ teacher donates bone marrow twice to child in Germany”

–“Uniformed Minnesota officer mows woman’s lawn after checking on her welfare”

–“California restaurant offers free pizza to diners who lock away their phones”

–“‘I’m home’: Former custodian starts new job as school principal”

–“He did it! Man rows Portland-built boat across the Pacific from Washington State to Australia” (I know people who’ve been following every step, and they’re thrilled).

Links here!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Morning, friends, and welcome to Friday, June 7, 2019! Let me put on a TV-weatherman sports coat and wave my hands in front of a green screen and show on the map that Portland’s weather is under the influence of a deep trough hanging over the entire Northwest in which showers and thunderstorms are milling around and keeping things cool. Deep breath. We’ll reach a high no better than 60 today, and this evening could bring a thundery downpour on people who are camped out on the streets, for reason of parade-watching or economy. A summerward swing begins on Saturday, with a high of 70 and only pre-parade shower, with step-off temps perhaps near 60 –as a tuba-toting veteran of many a Grand Floral Sauna, I know the paradistas are welcoming a cool morning–and then we hit the “summer” button, with highs of 80 on Sunday, 85 on Monday, and 90 on Tuesday. Sunrise 5:22 AM, sunset 8:56 PM, total daylight 15:34:01, up 1:03 from yesterday.

Today was originally to be the last day of school in Portland…and then winter showed up in February. So…the last day for PPS is June 12. Today is the last day in Parkrose…except for the seniors, who graduated last night. And most districts across the area will stick a fork in their academic years next week. If today happens to be your district’s last day, let me know early, so we can give you a shout on 103.3, OK?

The school year is ending on a contentious note at the Evergreen District’s Heritage High School, where a student gave a speech–departing from his approved script–in which he accused the school of ignoring sexual assault and bullying. His speech drew applause from classmates but not so from the administration, which said his claims were second-hand and untrue, and he will not walk at the graduation ceremony.

The Rose Festival Ships are all safely at anchor along the Portland Seawall, and wasn’t that a spectacular welcome? I loved how Marilyn Clintexpressed the view from her Rose Festival headquarters window on the waterfront, as she waved toward a cloud deck that was just high enough to let the jets sneak through: “On the 75th anniversary of D Day, how perfect to have an amazing F-18 flyover peel off into a missing man formation over the Willamette River.” And tomorrow morning, Bruce Murdock and I get to help crown the Queen from among a marvelous group of young women whom we met yesterday, future leaders all.

The danger is over at the Gateway Fred Meyers, where an armed man was holed up after being confronted for shoplifting at a nearby Kohls. The Freddies’ was evacuated as the SERT team came in, the man was found hiding in a storage area with his weapon, and police say they took him in with no force being used. All clear.

So happy to report that rescuers were able to pluck four climbers off the high reaches of Mt. Rainier, four days after a mountaintop windstorm blew their tent away along with most of their gear. The men, including Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy of Portland, were airlifted off the mountain, suffering from cold and exposure after what must have been a horrible ordeal.

NBC reports that people at Oregon State University have been warned to stay alert after secretly filmed videos of women walking on campus were found on a porn website.

Oregon’s about to say “time’s up” on the twice-yearly clock change, as the House voted 37-20 to permanently ditch Standard Time if Washington and California do the same and Congress signs off.

A Russian destroyer and a United States Navy cruiser narrowly avoided a collision in the Philippine Sea on today, coming as close as 50 feet from each other.

Portland is down one performance venue, as the Acropolis has closed–although patrons of the stripperly arts are being assured it’ll open once some issues with its liquor license are straightened out.

Elsewhere on the local culture scene, Il Barbiere di Siviglia starts tonight at the Keller.

Train and the Goo Goo Dolls play at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater tomorrow evening.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, a cool little combo if ever there was one, do their 40th-anniversary gig tomorrow night at the Holiday Inn Portland airport.

And this is the weekend of the 55th Cannon Beach Sand Castle Contest…which started in 1964 as a way to bring people back to the coast after the damage and the fear resulting from the tsunami that swept down from the 9.2 Good Friday Earthquake in Alaska.

Prince would’ve turned 61 today.

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TMSG?

–“Teens rush into burning home to rescue their 90-year-old neighbor”

–“No one could open a safe for 40 years. A tourist cracked it on his first try.”

–“Nike introduces plus-size mannequins”

–“Triplets graduate as high school Valedictorians”

–“104-Year-Old Fisherman Catches 94-Year-Old Girlfriend”

(I see that one of the links didn’t post in the Coffee Cup. I’ve been having trouble with that this week. We’ll fix it soon).

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Happy weekend, friends!!