Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hiya! It’s Drip time for Tuesday, June 4, 2019, a wonderfully sunny and super busy day with highs of 77. A chance of showers begins tomorrow. Sunrise 5:23 AM, sunset 8:54 PM, total daylight 15:30:38, up 1:15 from yesterday.

This was the day nine years ago when 7-year-old Kyron Horman went to school at Skyline and never came home. What happened?…will we ever know?…will a man walk into a police station someday and announce in a grownup voice, “I’m Kyron Horman?”… nobody has a clue. His Mom, Desiree Young, is holding a news conference today to announce “something exciting that we are doing to bring more awareness to Kyron’s story and keep up the search for him.” The public’s invited, by the way. It’s at 9 AM at the TVF&R Station #72 in the 11600 block of NW Skyline.

The stars weren’t in alignment for Canby High School’s marching band, but the Cougar musicians will be in full flower on Saturday, as they’re joining the Grand Floral Parade as a late add after a “procedural error” led to their the band’s being scratched from the Starlight Parade. Awesome job by Rose Festival (I see Marilyn Clint’s fingerprints there–and Charlie M. Clint’s as well) and nice recovery by the school administration to work that out.

Rose Festival, by the way, is spreading the word that last-minute float decorators are needed! Call the Rose Festival office for info.

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Day Two of the Trump visit to London features a meeting between POTUS and the imminently-exiting PM Theresa May–Trump apparently jokingly urged her to “stick around” for a great trade deal–and a huge protest gathering down the street in Trafalgar Square including the famous Baby Trump blimp. Last night during a state dinner Queen Elizabeth diplomatically but pointedly toasted the “international assembly of institutions” built after WWII–which Trump has often disparaged as “globalist”–with the Queen observing, “While the world has changed, we are forever mindful of the original purpose of these structures: nations working together to safeguard a hard won peace.” Trump patted her on the back–which would have been a shocking breach of protocol, but as Elizabeth said, the world has changed.

Governor Kate Brown will sign a proclamation declaring this Friday to be “Gun Violence Awareness Day.” She gave up a package of gun-related bills this session in exchange for Republican acquiescence on the business tax for education.

The driver of the car that killed three teenagers in Salem had a blood alcohol level of .239.

It was only 100 years ago today that Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote. Oregon was the 25th state to ratify, the following January, and Washington was 35th two months later.

This was the day in 1942 when The Battle of Midway began. The Imperial Japanese Navy tried to lure the United States Navy into a trap, but American intelligence had cracked the Japanese naval code, and the US Navy was able to inflict such irreparable damage that the Battle of Midway proved to be a pivotal point in the Pacific War.

Thirty years ago today Chinese army troops stormed in to crush the pro-democracy movement that was occupying the vast Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Thousands of people died, and the “June 4 incident” is an off-limits topic in that country. But what became of the young man who stood in front of a line of tanks, even moving from side to side when they tried to get around him? Nobody knows. Some say he fled to Taiwan and has lived a quiet life. Others scoff at the naivete of that notion. But that photograph is one of the most iconic in history, symbolizing resistance to a totalitarian government.

Pro gambler James Holzhauer’s lucrative run on “Jeopardy!” ended last night as he was beaten by a bright young woman who out-gambled him.

And congratulations to Oregon State University’s slugging catcher Adley Rutschman—who became the first player in school history to be chosen #1 in the MLB draft! This gifted and grounded young man could be a Baltimore Oriole before you know it.

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Let’s put a thumb on the positive side of the scale..

–“Rare albino fawn rescued by truck driver from middle of the road”

–“Tiny koala joey rescued after mother hit by car is cared for in makeshift pouch 24 hours a day”

–“Student Can’t Get A Kidney Transplant Without A Home, So His Teacher Is Adopting Him”

–“Manhattan Installs Punching Bags To Provide Relief To Frustrated New Yorkers”

–“Five Ways Baseball is a Home Run for Brain Health”

Details in the Coffee Cup!

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So much happening! Let’s cap it there. Thanks for reading the DD. Have a very fine Tuesday!

Monday, June 3, 2019

“It was the third of June,” the mysterious Bobby Gentry song begins, and so it is! Monday, June 3, 2019, a day and a week promising maximum temperatures in the steady 70s, with no mention of precip until the latter part of the week–when occasional showers will greet the fleet and rain on the parade–but only a little. Sunrise 5:24 AM, sunset 8:53 PM, and as we approach the Solstice our total daylight is 15:29:22, up 1:19 from yesterday.

We’re coming off a weekend of festivities both in the sun and after sundown, and now it’s a full week of frivolity and Portland tradition mixed in with meaningful and poignant memories. This week we remember how the Allies overwhelmed the forces of fascism in Europe, and we mark the anniversary of the kidnapping of a little boy from a Portland school. But we also welcome the Rose Festival Navy Fleet in the most spectacular way ever, with jets roaring overhead, then we crown a Queen and fill our broad streets with a graceful parade. Thank you to the very many friends of our radio programme as well as the Daily Drip community who took time to see hello during the Starlight Parade!

There might be a festive ending after all to the frustration of the Canby High School Marching Band, which was packed up, uniformed, and ready to roll downtown for the Starlight Parade…when no school buses came and they were stranded in the school parking lot. The band had to be scratched from the lineup. But there’s word now that the Rose Festival Foundation is inviting Canby to march in Saturday’s Grand Floral Parade…and everyone hopes that can happen.

Man, was MAX packed on Saturday night! I headed home on the Orange Line with my face against the door, pressed there by dozens of quiet Timbers fans; the little talk I overheard was complimentary of the new stadium and unsurprised by the loss to the top team in the MLS. And there was a bearded bro with a Homer Simpson skateboard in one hand and a Voodoo Donuts pink box of goodness in the other, handling the crowd just fine. When he left the train, I saw what else he was handling—five or six 10-year old boys, each with a scooter or a board, and obediently exiting the train in a line. They were like a Portland-style Cub Scout den. He brought them all downtown and back! respect! Canby should hire this guy.

The Portland Thorns, by the way, attracted a record home-opener crowd of 19,461 supporters to Providence Park this afternoon. The Thorns beat Chicago 3-0!

It’s the 3rd anniversary of the 2016 oil train derailment in the Columbia Gorge town of Mosier, Oregon, when sixteen cars of a 96-unit Union Pacific freight hauling three million gallons of oil derailed, dumping 42,000 gallons of Bakken crude, which ignited and ejected a plume of smoke that towered over the magnificent countryside. Despite an outcry from the local fire chief and the state’s Senate delegation, oil trains resumed two weeks later.

President Trump has begun a 3-day visit to London by labeling as a “stone cold loser” Mayor Sadiq Khan, who authored an acid denunciation in the Sunday Observer. The mayor called Trump “one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat….whose divisive behavior flies in the face of the ideals America was founded upon — equality, liberty and religious freedom.” Trump and the First Lady were welcomed to Buckingham Palace by the Queen, who’s greeted every president since Eisenhower.

ABC News has two developments on the USS John McCain fiasco: First, the network reports that the Pentagon has now “told the White House to stop politicizing the military.” And second, chief of staff Mick Mulvaney offered this perspective of the Trump administration order to have the McCain hidden from view during Trump’s visit to Japan:
“The fact that some 23- or 24-year-old person on the advance team went to that site and said ‘Oh my goodness, there’s the John McCain, we all know how the president feels about the former senator, maybe that’s not the best backdrop, can somebody look into moving it?’ That’s not an unreasonable thing to ask.”

Golden State tied the NBA Finals at 1-1 with a 109-104 win at Toronto, but the Warriors’ Klay Thompson (Mychal’s Portland-raised son) suffered a hamstring injury. Former President Obama was at the game…and the crowd began chanting, “MVP!”

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TMSG!

–“A brave Texas teacher races a tornado to warn parents waiting in a carpool line for their children to take cover Immediately”

–“Atlanta Girl, 10, Called a Hero After Saving 3-Year-Old Sister from Drowning in a Pool”

–“An entire school started learning sign language to welcome a deaf kindergartener”

–“Tigers Are Orange Because They Prey on Animals Who See Them as Green, Study Shows”

–“Solo Pacific Ocean journey in Portland-built boat nears its end”

Links right here. 
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Let’s charge into a Monday and make it our own!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hey, kids, shake it loose together–it’s Friday, yes Friday! And beyond that–we’re at the edge of June! Today is May 31, 2019, with a customary gray morning following by sunbeams full-dazzling in the afternoon, and highs of 78. Nice! Sunrise 5:26 AM, sunset 8:51 PM.

Downtown Portland’s biggest food cart pod, at SW 10th and Alder, is weeks away from closing–to make way for construction of a hotel. Vendors were given word yesterday they have until June 30th to pack up and leave.

PSU students are being told to be on alert for a guy trying to record peeping-tom videos of people on stairwells.

Two Tigard 5th-graders, a boy and a girl, have been found safe, hours after they ran away from the Twality Middle School track yesterday afternoon.

Break out the sparkly clothes and the sidewalk chalk…the Starlight Parade is tomorrow night! A third of a million people form the crowd Rose Festival organizers are ready for, and they’re damn good at running parades. Tomorrow night, Bruce, Janine, and I will be strapped into the K103 float, and, well…there’s a plan…who knows what will happen? And when you see members of the One More Time Around Again Marching Band holding up the peace sign…true Portlanders know what’s coming!

And…while we’re thundering down 4th and up Broadway…the Portland Timbers and their Army in green will be tearing the shrinkwrap off their better-than-new home stadium in a 7:30 PM match against Los Angeles FC. Along with thousands of new seats on the field’s 18th Avenue side, other amenities include dramatically-expanded food offerings at last year’s prices, renovated restrooms, hundreds of TV screens so you won’t miss the action if you make a dash for the loo or the sudsmonger, and closed-captioning of the PA announcements. By the way, any fan wearing Timbers gear who attends CityFair after the match will get free admission!

Then the Portland Thorns home opener in that very same stadium–which their players describe as “a work of art”–is 3 pm Sunday against Chicago.

The Oregon State Beavers, led by the best player in college baseball and surefire #1 draft pick Adley Rutschman, begin their playoff run tonight at 7 against Cincinnati in Corvallis, which is hosting a regional tournament. And…the college football openers are exactly three months away.

Toronto wins Game One of the NBA Finals….

Hey Portland folks, have you been around long enough to remember when the new Oregon license plates were blue on gold, and the Portland Trail Blazers connected with every one of us through the jungle drum of an AM radio? Who could ever forget Bill Schonely performing like a Pavarotti on a stage, leading us swooning and exultant with every fast break, every turnover, every Rip City Baby? Well, those gold plates are long gone, but Bill Schonely’s voice is still powerful and his eyes sharp as a hawk’s, as he turns 90 years old tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Bill Schonely!

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By the way..we hear that when the Navy Fleet arrives in Portland next Thursday, there will a spectacular downtown Navy jet flyover by four Growlers from Whidbey Island.

Latest from the Fun Center on the Potomac…this tweet from POTUS has sent Dow futures plunging hundreds of points….”On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase [to 25% on October 1] until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.” That’ll raise prices Americans pay on anything from Mexico…avocadoes…cars..

The TSA tallied up all the loose change they collected last year from travelers forgetting them in the checkpoint buckets at airports around the US–and it totals almost million bucks! Portland’s total was a little over $8000.

There’s a tricked-out jet black Camaro prowling the Portland streets with a Batman logo in place of the Chevy bowtie, and the vanity plate is PDXBAT.

Concert announcement…Melissa Etheridge will play Ilani on July 31. Tickets go on sale at 10 this morning.

The Elton John movie that producers hope will be this year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” opens wide tonight.

True story: Composer Jimmy Webb’s wife was out for a bike ride in the country the other day, and she discovered, by the side of the road, that someone had actually left a cake out in the rain. Oh noooo!

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Stories to hit the F5 key on your spirits…

–“Baby in her arms, mom jumps from 2nd floor to escape raging fire”

–“Barbershop Owner Pays Off Debts for 14 Students So They Can Graduate”

–“The BBC covers a Portland man who creates wooden cutouts and hides them around town for folks to find.”

–“Faculty members tie the knot in gym on last day of school”

–“Bride Has Her Bridesmaids Carry Adoptable Shelter Dogs Down the Aisle Instead of Bouquets”

Details in the Coffee Cup!

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“Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.”

“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”

“Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.”

“To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.”

—Walt Whitman, who was born 200 years ago today.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Good morning, everyone, and thank you for being here! It’s the Daily Drip for Thursday, May 30, 2019,…just a day away from the first weekend of June! Today will be partly cloudy, with highs of 75. Sunrise 5:26 AM, sunset 8:50 PM.

A bastion of integrity…a true champion for justice….a master of bipartisanship…among the laudatory words for Republican State Sen. Jackie Winters, the first African-American elected to the Oregon Legislature, who died yesterday at the age of 82. She served virtually to the end; her final vote was for her bill which will roll back mandatory minimum sentences for teenagers charged with violent crimes. News of her passing hit the legislature hard; the House went into recess while they absorbed the loss, and returning, sang “Amazing Grace.” And as the video posted last evening depicts so eloquently, she was a survivor of the Vanport Flood.

Today is the 71st anniversary of that catastrophe, when the Columbia River’s high water wore down a grassy railroad berm that was acting as a dike and quickly swamped a company town that housed WWII shipbuilding workers and their families–including thousands of African-Americans who came to Portland for the first time and stayed after the war. Fifteen people were killed, and displaced black workers needing shelter faced deep discrimination by the real estate industry. Most were packed into a growing ghetto in North Portland, only to be uprooted again when Emanuel Hospital and the Coliseum were built. The story is vaguely known by most Portlanders, and better now than a few years ago, when community historians with the Vanport Mosaic Project began documenting the memories of the aging generation who lived there; the video of Sen. Winters’ wonderful recollection is part of that. Gradually the grounds now occupied by West Delta Park, the Heron Lakes Golf Course, and Portland International Raceway will be joined by extensive placemarkers, interpretive stations, and a permanent ghost structure outlining a life-size replica of a Vanport apartment building. The Vanport Mosaic Festival is underway now.

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The Portland School Board approved a $694 million budget. A summary in The Oregonian informs us that “the district has $7.4 million more to spend next year than originally estimated;” “Students will finally have a climate change curriculum, four years after it was promised;” and “Cleveland’s, Wilson’s and Jefferson’s wireless networks are older than the iPhone 4.’

A woman is suing Skibowl for $3.5 million after suffering catastrophic injuries while tubing there on Cosmic Tubing Night in December 2017.

Word is spreading among Portland construction people that some tools were found in a stolen car that was returned to a Portland gentleman, minus his stereo. If you’re in that line of work and were hit by thieves recently, that equipment could be yours.

The Wall Street Journal and other media report that the White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for the president’s recent visit to Japan..so a tarp was hung over the ship’s name, and its sailors, wearing USS John McCain caps, were given the day off. Denials of knowledge about it abound, from the acting SecDef, and from the commander in chief, who tweeted overnight, “I was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan.”

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Comment regarding yesterday’s statement by the Special Counsel:

Robert Mueller articulated a point that I (and many) have been hammering on since his report was first delivered, a point that even AG Barr let stand amid his spinning of other aspects: The Russian Military Launched A Concerted Attack On Our Political System. Mueller’s words, my caps. It’s a fact, not a hoax or an excuse, as scoffed away by the one who’s sworn to defend this country. Mueller finished with a conclusion that should have inspired outrage and demands for justice by now: “I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.” Attention must be paid. Mueller’s central message yesterday was something you’ve heard me say time and again: read the report. It’s paid for by and written for you. It’s all there.

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Good news here!

–“Runner who stopped to help fallen competitor wins state championship”

–“One hundred-plus pizzas delivered to school after students return lost wallet”

–“Fourth-grader honored for saving kindergartner’s life”

–“Children Around the World Are Living Better”

–“Scrapped Virginia bridge hauled across country to help Nebraska county with flood recovery”

They’re in cup!

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The KGW Radio alum who became the voice of Bugs Bunny, Mel Blanc, was born on this day in 1908. So, what’s up, Doc?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The week’s just begun, and we’re already halfway through! Hi y’all, it’s Wednesday, May 29, 2019, a day that begins with our typical clouds and spotty drizzle and ends up with a shiny 72. Hey, we were all pretty shiny in ’72, right? Sunrise 5:27 AM, sunset 8:49 PM.

It’s the morning after a wild night in America, as monster tornados and powerful storms imperiled the populace from Kansas City, where travelers were herded into airport parking garage tunnels to shield them from a twister, to metropolitan New York, where people took shelter in a high school from a possible tornado in New Jersey. Late-spring lightning danced across Oregon and Washington too, with thunderstorms lighting up many a county seat and rural hamlet east of the Cascades. Severe weather is possible today in a broad arc from Dallas to St. Louis to Pittsburgh to DC. It’s been the longest tornado outbreak in decades.

As friends and family pray for an against-all-odds positive outcome, a search continues for missing Salem mother Karissa Fretwell and her 3-year old son Billy, whose biological father was arraigned yesterday on charges built on “an ever-growing mountain of circumstantial evidence” that he killed them.

Here’s one small step in the recovery from the Eagle Creek Fire: the upper section of Larch Mountain Road is now open for the first time since flames rampaged across 50,000 of Oregon’s most beautiful acres.

Oregon lawmakers have voted unanimously to include Holocaust education in the state’s school curriculum. The bill was passed in honor of Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener, who was hit and killed by a car in Beaverton last year. Just listening to Mr. Wiener, in his hundreds of public appearances, inspired generations of Oregonians to want to know more. But in a world that hears denials and downplaying of that unspeakable chapter in history, Oregon will do its part to live up to the admonition, “Never forget.”

The DC3 from Aurora that’s heading for a DD reenactment in Normandy arrived overnight in Reykjavik.

Is your rose garden in bloom? We’re told that the International Rose Test Garden is–and that the fragrance is other-worldly, for those who take the time to stop and smell the roses.

Some tasty changes are coming to the Wells Fargo Tower in downtown Portland. PDX Eater reports that by late this year, the first two floors of Portland’s tallest building will include a “food hall” with small but excellent restaurants run by Los Angeles chef Doug Miriello.

Crosby, Stills & Nash released their debut album 50 years ago today.

Today would have been JFK’s birthday. He’d be 102.

If you think these autumny mornings are unseasonable, think how Bing Crosby must’ve felt on this day in 1942. That’s when he recorded “White Christmas.”

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The best part of waking up..is Good News in the Cup!

–“As Disabled Man Frantically Wheels Himself Home Before Tornado, Teen Hops Out of His Car to Help”

–“Look how this teacher engages with kids–customized to each individual”.

–“Jewish Teens Don’t Regret Helping Save Man With Swastika Tattoo”

–“Teen shop worker goes ‘above and beyond’ for autistic girl”

–“With “Wedding Month” upon us…here are some really ‘engaging’ photos!”

The “Cup” is right here.

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I’m waking up a little grumpy today. After obeying my doctor’s dictum of lights-out at 8 PM, I was jangled back to wakefulness by a call from an Oregon Public Broadcasting fundraiser at 8:56. What’s up with that, OPB? I sleep with the phone turned on in case the family needs me, not in case somebody wants to sell me a Nina Totenberg tote bag! Grr. I may have been brusque with the caller, sorry. Not.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hi there, friends, and welcome to the Mondayest Tuesday of the year! It’s May 28, 2019, a day and a week that promise to be partly sunny and mostly dry with highs in the 70s. Portland only made 69 on Memorial Day; I remember hearing (and spreading) reports of a possible 80. But summer is tuning up in the green room, and June begins on Saturday. Sunrise 5:28 AM, sunset 8:48 PM.

Before we get into the day’s news and troubles and such, I just want to thank everyone who participated so thoughtfully in the Memorial Day discussions here. There are heartfelt treasures posted by people who have seen combat, and who have seen combat touch those they love, and the profound experiences that are expressed in the threads herein are, to me, the literary equivalent of the Oregon National Guard flyovers on Memorial Day morning: removed from our direct sight by clouds, perhaps, but delivering an unmistakable rumble to our souls.

Folks around the country are dealing with harsh and violent weather, including historic flooding in Oklahoma, and tornados smashing into Dayton, Ohio, a state where countless customers are out of power and snowplows were called to clear debris from the freeways. There have been tornadoes for thirteen consecutive days in the US, which hasn’t happened since 1980, and they’re not done.

The owners of a Noah’s Ark replica in Kentucky are suing their insurance because of rain damage.

This is the week we make the turn into summertime-Portland. The Starlight Run is this town’s most popular event of the year, and it’s on Saturday night. And that’s when the Portland Timbers play their opening home match in a stadium whose $85 million dollar upgrade makes the statement that this is a serious, major league soccer city. Those three new levels on the east side, with 4,000 seats looking down upon a sparkling new turf field, say to me: this ain’t left field anymore.

The Oregonian’s Maxine Bernstein reports that a federal judge Friday ordered the Portland company Scribe X to pay a woman named Brittany Frisby $80,000–for rescinding a job offer after learning she was pregnant.

Eagles are preying on lambs in Clatsop County, according to ranchers in the unincorporated community of Brownsmead. Not much they can do about it–the glorious birds are a protected species.

If you’re downtown, venture on over to Pioneer Courthouse Square and take in the fragrant rainbow of the Festival of Flowers: 24,000 of the beauties are arrayed in a design that reflects the Square itself, in celebration of this spring’s 35th anniversary of Portland’s Living Room.

In case you missed it over the weekend, the Oregon International Air Show announced that they’re moving to the McMinnville Airport this year, because of a major runway construction project at Hillsboro. Interestingly, the Air Show folks won’t say if they’ll be back in Hillsboro next year. It’ll still be a spectacular air show–although with a shorter runway, the visiting F-35 Lightning II with stage out of PDX and zoom over to Mac to do its stuff. And the spectator capacity is less, so grab some tickets when you hear they’re on sale–which should be soon. Dates are September 20-22. Now wouldn’t it be cool if they dragged out the Spruce Goose and lumbered that big guy over the highway and cranked it up?

Portland International Airport is the sixth-best in the country for on-time arrival and departure, according to a 10-year data analysis by the financial web site Magnify Money, which says the PDX on-time rate is 81.4%. Honolulu is best at 86.7, and Newark is worst–with only 67% of its flights sticking to schedule.

You know what? I think I’ll wrap it there. Does it feel weird to anyone to have a full week of May left after Memorial Day? I want an investigation. Anyway, we’ll gather shortly on radio 103.3, and back here in the fullness of time.

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You know what’s next!

–“Groundbreaking World War II unit of black women honored decades after their service”

–“A Beloved Mail Carrier Retired And The Whole Neighborhood Turned Out To Say Goodbye”

–“Teens Put Pokemon Hunting On Hold To Help Struggling Elderly Man”

–“Man Saves 2-Year-Old Boy Falling From 5th-Floor Window”

–“Discovered a treasure: a very young Elton John breaks down a new song that he’s just written.”

Links here!

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That last one is my favorite, by the way. A teenage-looking Elton John, singing a classic off the scrap paper it was written on. We’ll have a busy day today!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Here we are, about to shove off onto the long Memorial Day weekend! Welcome to Portland’s Daily Drip for Friday, May 24, 2019. Today will be sharply cooler than yesterday’s surprise 81, with a high only around 60, amid scattered light showers. Tomorrow looks cool and wetter, and folks who are tent-camping in the mountains will find their teeth chattering as snow falls as low as Timberline. Then Sunday and Monday look warmer with sunshine and 75 degrees, but still a slight chance of showers spilling off the Cascades into the valley. Sunrise 5:31 AM, sunset 8:44 PM.

Latest in the search for missing mom Karissa Fretwell & her 3-year old son Billy, who haven’t been seen since she didn’t show up for work eleven days ago: authorities have been searching rural properties including one near Gaston belonging the child’s biological father, who was recently ordered to pay $900 per month child support. His name is Michael J. Wolfe, he’s 52, and anyone who knows where he is is asked to contact Salem Police.

A cantankerous Portland City Council OK’d on a 4-1 vote the mayor’s 5.5 billion dollar budget, including major cuts to parks, but not including Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty’s attempts to dissolve the Gun Violence Reduction Team and freeze the salaries of city workers making 80K+.

A new audit says Portland’s public golf courses have become a money-loser in need of bailouts from taxpayers, with revenues in decline and expenses on the climb. Supporters say public links give lower-income folks a chance to develop a useful skill for networking in the business world.

Big news from Britain…coincidentally on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria…Theresa May announced her resignation effective June 7, a casualty of the Brexit train wreck.

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So much is happening this weekend! Rose Festival launches its 2019 version with the opening of CityFair at 5 PM today, with fireworks blossoming into the waterfront sky at 9:50 PM. This will be the first of three weekends of rides and concerts on the waterfront as good old Rose Festival rolls around again. I need to see if my tuxedo still fits. Otherwise, who will admonish the next Queen of Rosaria to rule wisely and well?

Soccer fans will witness their first action in the revamped Providence Park this weekend as the Timbers’ farm team, T2, takes on El Paso Locomotive FC tomorrow night at 7. The big club makes its home season debut one week later.

Cinetopia’s dine-in theaters have been sold to the AMC chain and will be reopened as AMC theaters. The AMC web site indicates that only the Progress Ridge location in Beaverton will serve you dinner with the show. And if you have a gift card, you can transfer the balance to an AMC account.

Fun fact from Clark County Vector Control: a recent sample of wetlands shows the potential of 8 million mosquitos per acre! Call in the SWAT team!

It’s commencement weekend at Linfield College. Others, too?

Look who all is playing tomorrow night at Ilani! Ambrosia, Gary Wright, John Ford Coley and Stephen Bishop…on what they call the Rock the Yacht Tour.

You’ve been waiting for this, I know…the announcement of where this year’s Naked Bike Ride will commence. It’s….drum roll…Laurelhurst Park! June 29. Not sure what side, but I’m betting Stark Street.

Today’s birthday trio is Bob Dylan, Priscilla Presley, and Gary Burghoff–you know, the only actor to play a regular role in both the movie and TV versions of M*A*S*H!

What’s on your radar this weekend?

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Good news? Coming up!

–“‘The baby isn’t crying!’ Pregnant woman gave birth on street, this veterinarian came to the rescue and saved her baby’s life”

–“Orlando’s own Batman rescues cats and dogs”

–“A DC-3 from the Aurora Airport in Oregon leaves today to join a D-Day reenactment over Normandy!”

–“This Airport Made Fence Holes for Planespotting Photographers”

–“Mama Dog Shares Shelter in the Rain with Mama Cat” (video)

Details in the Coffee Cup!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend, friends!