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May 31st, 2016

The two of us celebrated our anniversary, twenty-three years wed (huzzah!), with a very fancy dinner at The Broadmoor’s Penrose Room. I wore a beaded cardigan and a pearl ring that was once my Grandmother’s. He wore a jacket for the first time since New York city, circa 2004, when we saw A Raisin in […]

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May 29th, 2016

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Yesterday I tossed my folding Bike Friday Silk into the back of my two-door Mini Cooper (try that with a regular bike) and headed off to Englewood Park in north Salem for a Salem Bike Boulevards Advocates Slow Roll ride...

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James Bond spiral jump stuntThis stunt appeared in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. If you have seen the movie, you may have wondered how they did it. I presumed it was faked somehow with wires and a blue screen, but it wasn't. The stunt was originally part of a thri

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon National pollster, Frank Luntz, was interviewed on CBS This Morning Show on a large Snapchat poll of America’s younger generation. The results were surprising, encouraging and alarming. Watch below. View More: Live News|More News Videos

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May 27th, 2016

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Jacques Halévy (1799-1862)Joseph Joachim Raff (1822-1882)Claude Champagne (1891-1965)Ernst Wallfisch (1920-1979)Thea Musgrave (1928)Donald Keats (1929)Elizabeth Harwood (1938-1990)James Wood (1953)andJulia Ward Howe (1819-1910) Wild Bill Hickok (1837-1876)Isadora Duncan (1877-1927)Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961)Rachel Carson

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Dennis Richardson for Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Statement on US Congressional Review of Cover Oregon Central Point, Oregon – Secretary of State candidate Dennis Richardson, who as an Oregon state legislator and Ways and Means Co-Chair, blew the whistle …

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Benton County 2040 Thriving CommunitiesCouncil Meeting

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May 26th, 2016

Al Jolson (1886-1950)Eugene Goossens (1893-1962)Vlado Perlemuter (1904-2002) Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin) (1916-1999)François‑Louis Deschamps (1919-2004)Peggy Lee (1920-2002)Joseph Horovitz (1926)Miles Davis (1926-1991)Teresa Stratas (1938)William Bolcom (1938)Howard Goodall (1958) Armando Bayolo (1973) andAleksandr Pus

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon pac An unprecedented coalition of  activists have come together to promote an Oregon Grassroots Coalition Slate to send to the National GOP Convention.   The Grassroots Coalition brings together people of diverse voices & values (Oregon …

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We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil, the second when the internal inflorescence, already steeped in every kind of fluid, condenses and crystallizes—a magical second, like the moment of generation, and like that moment concealed in the warm i

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May 25th, 2016

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Alexander's contract will become fully guaranteed for next season if he is not waived on or before June 30.

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In 2011, The Oregonian/OregonLive's Joe Freeman wrote a feature on Kermit Washington and his goal to help the needy in Africa with his charity, Project Contact Africa. This week, Washington was arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles on charges that he embezzled nearly $500,000 in funds from that same charity over the yea

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Should the Blazers hang onto and continue to develop Montero, who comes at a low cost? Or make room on the roster for more of an impact player?

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Prosecutors have filed charges against former NBA forward Kermit Washington, accusing him of embezzling about a half-million dollars in charitable donations meant to help the needy in Africa and spending it on jewelry, vacations and other things.

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Carlos Kalmar There's nothing for it like going out with a bang, and the Oregon Symphony chose do to that at its home venue the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Monday, May 23rd by presenting Gustav Mahler's Titanic Symphony No. 3 in D minor.   Accompanied by guest mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, the Women of the Portland S

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With the NBA announcing that ads will now become a fixture on team jerseys, we take a look into what the future could hold for the Trail Blazers. Could these alternate jerseys ever become a reality?

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As a Quaker, I am helped in turbulent times by considering the five Quaker “testimonies.”The testimonies are: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community and Equality. (You can remember them with the mnemonic “SPICE”)Recently I’ve weighed the three major presidential candidates against th

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Thomas "Blind Tom" Bethune (1849-1908)Miles Davis (1926-1991)Beverly Sills (1929-2007)Franco Bonisolli (1937-2003)andRalph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)Raymond Carver (1938-1988) and from the New Music Box:On May 25, 1977, the American half of the Gian Carlo Menotti's "Festival of Tw

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The Blazers guard posted an interesting tweet after the defending NBA champs lost at Oklahoma City Tuesday night, leaving them down 3-1 in the playoff series and one loss from being eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

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Not ready to start thinking this morning, I clicked on some click bait that took me to a photo essay of inventions over on definition dot org. Some of the inventions were clever, some were weird, but three of them are designed to keep people from stealing your food.

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One of the pillars of freedom is free speech. Without it a democracy becomes an oligarchy (rule by the elite) and from there devolves to a kakistocracy (rule by the least competent). Free speech only exists when the public has … Continue rea

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May 24th, 2016

By playing two Shostakovich symphonies in its final concert of the season, the Vancouver Symphony pushed into new territory and celebrated Salvador Brotons’s 25th year as Music Director in style. The rare double-dip on the program Sunday night (May 22nd) at Skyview Concert Hall featured Dimitri Shostakovich’s First and

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I don't know why I didn't do this a lot sooner -- clicking on "unsubscribe" rather than merely deleting the massive amount of emails that regularly build up in my inbox from Democratic political causes, environmental groups, online businesses I...

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Washington was arrested on a warrant Tuesday in Los Angeles. It's unknown if he has a lawyer.

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Stephen Silas, who is currently an assistant coach with Charlotte Hornets, is popping up in coaching searches across the league and the list of interested teams includes the Blazers.

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“There is no harm in ‘novelty,’ indeed, novelty keeps things fresh & alive.” – Frederic Goudy A “short, plump, pinkish, and puckish gentleman,” Frederic Goudy was not always a type designer. In fact, until the age of 40, he was …

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Colm for Congress NRCC Grants On The Radar Status to GOP Nominee in CD 5 Stayton, OR — On May 23rd, the Nation Republican Congressional Committee named Colm Willis to their successful, nationally recognized “Young Guns” program. Willis’ campaign has …

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Connaughton, a former MLB fourth round draft pick, is at extended spring training in Sarasota, Florida with the Baltimore Orioles, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN.

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Brian Roberts, 30, enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

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Every designer loves fonts. It’s likely that you have many more than you know what to do with. (fun fact: the average font collection size hovers at 4500). On Wednesday, I’ll be hosting a Webcast to show how you can harness the …

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Paul Paray (1886-1979)Joan Hammond (1912-1986)Hans‑Martin Linde (1930)Maurice André (1933-2012)Bob Dylan (1941)Konrad Boehmer (1941-2014)Fiona Kimm (1952)Paul McCreesh (1960)andWilliam Trevor (1928)Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996)Declan Kiberd (1951) Michael Chabon (1963)and from the New Music Box:On May 24, 1939, then 30-yea

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Looking for information on Sun Stones and the Solar Compass, I came across a reference to Charles Wheatstone's Polar Clock. Wikipedia has a fine article about Wheatstone. Wheatstone is best known as the inventor of the Wheatstone Bridg

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Oregon Senate Republicans IP28’s Regressive Tax Would Have Devastating Effect on Oregon’s Economy Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue heard a report on the potential effects of Initiative Petition 28, a ballot measure …

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May 23rd, 2016

Roadkill 50th Episode Special! 10-Car Showdown! - Roadkill Ep. 50 American car culture at it's finest. Or worstest. Shot in the parking lot of the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

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Superconductivity and the London MomentStill looking into this business of figuring out which way is north, I wander into Wikipedia's article on Gyroscopes, where I found this passage about

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It's a Monday in the offseason, which means the return of Music Mondays for Trail Blazers point guard, and occasional rapper, Damian Lillard.

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Well, mostly earlier today, save these two, which were taken last week, in the same good company, however. A new friend, Jennifer, and I, out walking. Discussing that word, friend, how often it is tricky and not quite enough, sometimes too much. In between oohing and aahing over the scent of pine, and how damn […]

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