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November 27th, 2014

A beautiful ode to to grandfathers, moms, and discovering what being an adult means. This is a post from

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Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. W. Somerset Maugham

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November 26th, 2014

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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The best summer of her life is only the beginning for 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis. With the support of her family and passion for sports

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November 25th, 2014

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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The Portland Bike Theft Summit is Wednesday December 10th. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post Save the Date

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A curb-protected bike lane proposed for WalkerRoad would serve Nike’s campus, but hasbeen delayed until 2019.(Image: Washington County, modified by BikePortland) Nike is planning to spend millions of dollars to build parking garages for 2,500 cars on its growing Washington County campus, but it’s not yet clea

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Here’s a new one on me: I spent a night of dreams romantically pursuing someone. Nope, no idea who, seems to be someone made up out of whole cloth by my dreaming brain. It certainly doesn’t correlate in the slightest to anyone I know. (Everyone may now breathe a sigh of relief!) Also, it was …

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Join BridgePort Brewing for their 6th annual Ebenezer Pub Crawl through Multnomah Village in beautiful Southwest Portland. As always, this tradition will undoubtedly spread the holiday cheer. Dust off your Santa hat or bust out your wacky Christmas sweater and come join the crawl on Thursday, December 4th! The Ebenezer Pub

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November 24th, 2014

After a significant grant victory, Oregon's largest walking advocacy group had plenty to celebrate Saturday. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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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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A sampling of BikePortland comments from the late Kirke Johnson reveals a dedicated and helpful bike advocate. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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BikeCraft, the holiday gift fair for bike lovers, is back. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post Tenth annual BikeCraft s

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This week's best bike links start with what we hope is a pretty funny one. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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There aren't many outdoor activities that embrace wet, cold, and muddy weather quite like cyclocross does. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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Silly. Clever-ish. Photography. Location. Bawdy. Overindulgent. Cast. Score. Sheep. yes.Filed under: 10 Word Review, Film, In My Opinion Tagged: 10 Word Review, a million ways to die in the west, Film, film reviews, movie, movie reviews, opinion

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Sweet. Funny. Heart. Quiet. Lost. Journey. Music. Feel. Characters. Yes.Filed under: 10 Word Review, In My Opinion Tagged: 10 Word Review, Film, film review, lucky them, movie, movie review, opinion, reviews

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Paul is the custodian of a nuclear missile silo, living alone in the vast underground structure. More interested in his passi

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By John A. Charles, Jr. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently issued a report describing the deteriorating condition of Oregon highways. The authors estimate that the cumulative cost to the state economy from poor roads will be $94 billion …

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Colorado Springs’ TRiNiTY BREWiNG has recently hit the national and international stage again with some notable awards and humbling mentions. Earlier this month TRiNiTY BREWiNG was awarded two Silver medals at Chicago’s Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB) and has also been listed as one of the Top 25 beers in the w

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ESCONDIDO, CA (Nov. 20, 2014) – Stone Brewing Co. will celebrate Portland, Oregon’s Holiday Ale Festival from December 3 to 7 with events throughout the city featuring special-release and one-off beers, as well as appearances by Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham and Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak.

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Roscoe’s 5th Annual Holiday Beer Summit will be celebrating all of the flavors and beer styles that are perfect for the holiday season. Some of the beers will be fresh, like Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom Cask Fa La La La and super-fresh stone enjoy by 12.26.14 IPA, but many will be rare vintage kegs! […]

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November 23rd, 2014

650b, porteur, and a baguette. Time to shop!

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  Portland, Ore. (Nov. 19, 2014) – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, will celebrate the holidays this month by hosting a seasonally inspired Lunation Dinner. Executive chef Michael Molitor’s delicious menu will feature the best of the region’s bounty paired wit

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by Aaron Moran Next year we’ll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. There have been several major wars in the intervening decades – Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq – and countless smaller conflicts, but, thankfully, …

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Kale, chocolate, pepperment – three great tastes that DO NOT

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November 22nd, 2014

One of our interior doorknobs fell apart an

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My sister dropped by last night to return my Bissell rug shampooer. She’s selling her truck and wanted to create a not-mildewy vibe for the new owner. I bought the shampooer on Craigslist probably four years ago, and it’s since been borrowed by at least six different people. It’s one of those items that&

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan, Nov. 20, 2014 — Central Michigan University’s College of Science and Technology is brewing a certificate program in fermentation science by combining scientific knowledge with hands-on experience in modern brewery production processes. The brewing of a malt beverage is very scientific and can b

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon’s November quarterly economic forecast was made public last week. The report revealed that the state is continuing its slow recover from the Great Recession. Several Democrat state elected leaders issued glowing reports suggesting that happy …

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Paso Robles, CA—Brewmaster Matt “Merlin” Brynildson and his team of brewing magicians at Firestone Walker Brewing Company have done it again, racking up top honors for the third consecutive year at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition. Indeed, Brynildson was on hand in Germany to accept the competition’s a

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November 21st, 2014

Cat and Mite

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We didn't all love math when we were 15, but most of us probably liked buying stuff. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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The United Streetcar test track in north Clackamas County

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The more cargo bikes, the better. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post Two cargo bike projects worth backing o

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EnSelle, a road bike shop in southwest Portland, will close its doors at the end of this year. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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Torn between his guilt and the fraternity of the team, a young athlete struggles to recon

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by NW Spotlight KOIN TV in Portland ran a rather astonishing story Tuesday night. The story was about a sex education conference held each year in Seaside, OR – the Adolescent Sexuality Conference. KOIN reported that children as young as …

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Just as Santa has eight reindeer, so does Lompoc have eight different holiday beers, including one brewed for Hanukkah. The annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will celebrate the release of them all on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4pm to Midnight at the newly renovated Sidebar, Lompoc’s barrel tasting room

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November 20th, 2014

Today is Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day and I wanted to quickly recognize the following people, but before doing so, I want to thank all the contributors that make the Ubuntu Community what it is. Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph Elizabeth is a stellar community contributor who has provided solid leadership and mentorship to th

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Brewery known for its NW style sour ales hires on a number of new employees, expands location

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Starting next year, two beers will be added to the Ninkasi Brewing "Flagship Series" and will be made available year-round in all Ninkasi distribution areas. Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, and Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, will join Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis

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As Executive Director of Portland Code School, I’m getting out and about a lot these days into Portland’s increasingly robust tech community, which is bristling with venture-funded entrepreneurial life. Our graduates are a foundational part of the ecosystem, helping to provide continuity of brain power for all these new

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