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Flip the switch to the "on" position. Watch the roaches scatter. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

This is a tale of two cities: the San Jose of Silicon Valley, home of the ultra-geek and the ultra-rich, and its counterpart along Coyote Creek. Known as the Jungle, it's the largest homeless camp in the country. In a...

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I'd idly wondered on occasion, over the years, just how the phrase originated, and today I found out: According to the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, a hot cake is essentially a pancake. The term was born in the mid-1800s...

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Speaking of zoonotic diseases - as we did yesterday - I'd intended to mention an important urban vector: the raccoon. It's just as well that I spaced it and derailed the train of thought, because I just ran across an...

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While a bunch of folks were parading through the streets in Minnesota to protest the grand jury's decision in Missouri, some dolt drove a car into them. That's just nuts; people have a right to peaceful protest. Sometimes that may...

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Their new buildings in downtown Seattle will have 10 million square feet - an estimated 71,500 employees will be working there. Meanwhile, in Portland, the mayor crows when a web company moves from San Francisco to the Rose City, bringing...

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A project tracking grizzly bears and hunters in Grand Teton National Park has yielded some interesting preliminary results. The bears have an incredible sense of smell, estimated to be some seven times more sensitive than that of a bloodhound; they...

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What do rabies, Ebola and West Nile virus all have in common? They're among a range of zoonotic diseases - jumping from animals to humans. And West Nile was first noted here in the USA not by the CDC nor...

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The Americanization of the Brits seems well underway, as they're increasingly buying turkeys and roasting them up for Thanksgiving. Tesco American buyer Haris Deane says: ‘It’s now an important holiday in both the U.S. and the UK, so we’ve ensured...

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First, the idiot bought a Ford. An F-350. Top of the line. Who buys a Ford? Then, the idiot did what so many with penis issues did: he spent an extra five grand on a lift-kit to stick it higher...

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Alrighty then. It's unclear exactly how one hears a billow of smoke, but it's right there in the report. The source, apparently, was from the home of a drug dealer who'd excavated some seven feet down into his crawlspace and...

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Back in January of 1989, then-governor Neil Goldschmidt's hand-picked man to lead the Oregon Department of Corrections was stabbed to death in the parking lot near his office. Police quickly picked up on Gable, and built what many regard as...

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Oh my. It looks like another of Oregon gov. Retread's "signature achievements" is going to go down in flames. It's kind of become his trademark. What WillyWeek calls "Portland's top restaurants" are contributing money to get the measure passed and...

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And you wonder where the money goes...those 26 PR flacks get paid $1,794,324 per year - and that's just salary. Add in their medical and dental, along with other benefits, and they're costing area taxpayers about $4 million a year....

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Great news for those under 50 and living in the general vicinity of Medford, Massachusetts: assuming you're in good health, they'll pay $40 to cop a squat at the poop bank. Your contributions are then tested, divvied up and packaged,...

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As we've gotten better at determining the factors that produce tornadoes and somewhat improved our ability to determine what trailer parks will be hit by one, they've devised a new strategy: now they're running in packs. Starting at around 1980,...

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That squirrely-looking guy, supposedly from "Consumers Union" ia all over our media, about every two minutes, telling us to vote for the GMO labeling measure. That raises two questions: how much is the clown being paid for this, and does...

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200 square-foot apartments! Spartan apartments of around 200 square feet or so are proving attractive options to the city's growing number of Millennials, said Cathy Reines, CEO of Portland-based Koz Development. Members of that generation, ranging in age from roughly...

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As the Oregon governor's First Squeeze demonstrated last week, "heartfelt apolgies" go a long way - both in politics and in corporate America. You don't have to actually be sorry, but appearances count for so much: According to the general...

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As you may know, a number of cities in "progressive" California have file - or are considering filing - for bankruptcy. CalPERS has long maintained that their pension fund gets first dibs on any proceeds from asset sales. "Not so...

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PHP played fast and loose with the rules, and got busted. Providence Health Plan failed to follow federal and state law when it for years refused to cover an intensive form of therapy for autistic children, a U.S. District Court...

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Portland Audubon Society's Bob Sallinger and his Willamette River "advocate" sidekick Jeanne Galick are vewy, vewy upset over how the City of Portland's West Quadrant Plan has turned out. Why, the City's not going to "restore habitat" for salmon in...

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Contrary to popular predictions, legalization of marijuana in Colorado has not increased use among teens; quite the opposite, in fact: “Cannabis, now that it’s legal, kind of is an old person’s drug,” he said. “It’s something that kids are seeing...

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Apparently not realizing that they're some six years too late, the boys from ISIS have threatened to raise the flag of Allah in the White House. “I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established,” Abu Mosa, a...

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Well, you can't really expect all that much from a company that's only alive because of government bailouts; actually, you can't expect much whenever government gets involved in anything, these days. Among the latest examples: GM is announcing that they'd...

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A 54 year-old TSA agent out of Sacramento has been busted after searching for a mother who wanted a man to teach her daughter about sex. Unbelievably, that mother/daughter combo he met on Craigslist 13 weeks ago were FBI agents....

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It'll be interesting to see whether or not challenger Monica Wehby can make effective use of the bombshell dropped back in April by Washington Free Beacon regarding Oregon junior senator Jeff Merkley's consistent view that America should treat Iran with...

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The Rowena fire, burning just up the Columbia Gorge, has been declared the #1 priority fire in the US by national fire officials. "Of all the fires burning in the U.S., this is the one that poses the biggest threat...

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I Just Realized Something: My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup and again...

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With fava beans and a nice chianti. The 30 year-old felt harassed by his parents after they stopped funding his lavish lifestyle and told him to get a job. Mom and Dad thought the invitation was for a reunion following...

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