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Merc News Editor Denis Theriault insists his driver's license photo is the best picture of him ever taken. He even took a picture of the picture and

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In the new clip for their song "Coyotes," Modest Mouse's videographers have recreated a somewhat infamous incident in 2002, in which a wild coyote climbed aboard the MAX Light

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Interested in spending the day chomping on chocolate samples for fifteen bucks? Then your dream can come true at ChocolateFest 2015 held at the Convention Center from January 23-25. Over 60 chocolate vendors from the North West and beyond will be in attendance (there’s a

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Dog breeders, from the puppy mill owner to the phony posh, have always struck me as the worst people. What the fuck are you doing? You think you're doing something good for the world? Look at how you fucked up EVERY breed you got your opposable thumbs on. And the fake aristocratic putting ons; you're lower on the chain t

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I steal. My fingers are stickier than a chubby 8 year old loose in grandma's pantry. But most of my booty are organic goods. Things my modest waiter pay check can't normally provide. I choose organic stuff for the obvious health benefits. But I also steal for the thrill. I've even started taking from my housemates, mostl

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My girlfriend and I decided before we went on separate trips—mine was for a court case in Philadelphia, her's for her mother's birthday party in Chicago—that we would probably be okay with each other sleeping with other people as long as we discussed it beforehand to make sure we are taking each others fe

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GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! Now danger's in sight, 'cause I can't help the way that I feel. I just can't help the way that I feel. LET'S GO TO PRESS. A 1,000 person strong anti-abortion rally took place yesterday at Pioneer Squ

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He plays "schools out for the summer" in the middle of January. That front lawn is his life, I wonder if the shreds of grass have names or misnomers or stories of their own. I wonder his stories, I wonder if he wonders if he has any stories worth storying. I see him every day playing the same music in the relatively same

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MUSIC—The dark, quiet winter nights don't need to be lonely when you can gather 'round the glow of Big Haunt's gently macabre folk repertoire when they release their new EP

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I used to consider myself a masochist, till I saw these Crossfit nutz jogging down the sidewalk, carrying medicine balls, gasping for there last breath. They run like spooked goats, not knowing the exact threat but just reacting to some primitive defense mechanism. Perhaps a subconscious fear there trainer will chew them

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Dear Skater Kid with the Pug Dog,I admit, I almost hit you with my car door, my bad. But you were skating in the street, with a little dog, at night, in all black. I'm a street skater, in my day, I was a straight ripper. skating gets you hurt, as fuck, gotta expect that shit. You said "Have you ever been hit with a

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We all see this everywhere now, but never so much as on the campuses of our higher learning institutions, one of which I work at. I'm talking about yoga pants as pants. Every single young woman, and I mean EVERY SINGLE one, wears these fucking pants. Whether it's with a tee shirt or a fancy sweater. Whether at the grocer

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I once confused an invitation to "go upstairs" with lets go upstairs and I'll comment on your library. Luckily, I was shown the door, then the bedroom, then the bed, etc. This time around, I really fuckin' needed that hand holding. I wrote to you, and you seemed eager for it go well. I thought it came out of the

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NEO-NOIR—In 1973, Robert Altman took a crack at Raymond Chandler and made one of the greatest films of the '70s: The Long Goodbye, starring Elliott Gould. The NW F

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Portland has failed spectacularly in its efforts to end homelessness. No secret there. Now the Oregonian has launched a sweeping series about

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Yesterday, I got an email from Will Fries at the Funhouse Lounge with what appears to be the latest installment o

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An Oregonian story this morning on the beleaguered state Republican Party's leadership a

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MUSIC—Tennis' songs are like a glassy/soft/rhythmic time machine that floats you back to all the best and sweetest make-out sessions you ever had. Maybe it's because Tennis

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You heard right: Portland's premiere cat cafe, Purringtons Cat Lounge, opens tomorrow a week fr

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It's a miracle in Southeast Portland! Last year, the co-founder of the Moreland Farmer's Pantry sparked debate and derision, when it

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FIRST, here's a big deal: It's been announced that tomorrow night at the Hollywood, Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell creator Matt Groening will be in a

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Something I know about you: You love chocolate, you love booze, and you love trees. That's why you DEFINITELY want to try to win TWO FREE WEEKEND PASSES to

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My 7-year-old son was asked to read a note he wrote to his entire class. The note: "Dear Mark: Would you like to go out with me and maybe give me a kiss?" Mark was mortified, the whole class laughed at my son, and his teacher went apeshit bonkers. Seeing as my son has always been a charmer with the ladies, I

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Identifying as a Republican in Oregon is an increasingly lonely affair. The party's share of registered voters has hit a new low—just 30 percent. And after another bad election cycle, in which the party's fu

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I like cats. Fuck all you dog owners. Cats rule. Dogs suck. That is all. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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Lovely Violence by The Fourth WallEAR CANDY: THE FOURTH WALL, SMALL SKIES, NEIGHBOR WAVE(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississ

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To the table full of 'parents' at the local kid friendly brewery, I don't frequent those places often. I take my son there as a treat or if I am having a meeting and the distraction that the play area provides is welcome. You and your kids were seated at one of the larger tables near the play area, while an associa

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Please, god, portland can't absorb another beard into the fold. I pray every night for a second Passover, a "beardover" if you will, to occur and wipe out these unclean and unshaven fools from our midst. A murderous midnight miracle sent from on high ( or, if you choose mine hand to carry out your work, so be it).

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Live from the Moda Center as the Portland Trail Blazers host the Orlando Magic. Another year, another rebuild for the Magic as they search for an

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TALK SHOW—Very funny Merc contributors Alex Falcone and Bri Pruett have another slam-bang edition of Late Night Action lined up for you! This month the live ta

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