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April 20th, 2014

Michael and Dana breakfasting. with Dana, Ardee, and Alexandr & Michael at Shari’s Restaurant & Pies – View on Path.

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April 19th, 2014

Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Nickel arcade air hockey afternoon :) on Flickr.

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Zandr showing what a shark he is. Air hockey FTW!! with Ardee and Alexandr & Michael at Wunderland – View on Path.

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Mikey throwing down some sick air hockey chops. with Ardee and Alexandr & Michael at Wunderland – View on Path.

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April 18th, 2014

Not allowing cars to cross it is not only insane, but it's a symbol of dysfunction.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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If you’ve been around the Portland food scene for a while, you were probably familiar with Robert Reynolds and his cooking school. Robert was an institution in the community, and when he died in 2010, a dedicated group of people formed Good Keuken, a new school in his honor. Now that school has closed, at least [&

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Ten restaurants will be joining the Portland Street Seats program this year. Street Seats is a program of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that allows businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park. Based on similar programs in

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The City of Portland's general fund has a few million dollars to spare, and Commissioner Steve Novick is mounting an unusual campaign to spend some of it on safer street crossings.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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PBOT's Mark Lear laid out priorities for spending revenue raised by a new street fee.(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland) The City of Portland is slowly leaking out more details of their plans to create a new fee to boost transportation investment. At a town hall meeting in North Portland last night, Mayor Charlie Hales, PBOT Di

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The latest word from the city: early May. Hopefully.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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Is it out of line for one person on a bike to aggressively criticize another for ignoring a stop sign in a safe situation?Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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The spring hiring boom continues here in America's bike industry mecca. Last week had had a record nine job listings and this week we've got eight. Whether you're a wonk or a wrench, we've got some great opportunities for you. Check out the latest jobs posted to our Job Listings via the links below... Active Transportation

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April 17th, 2014

We are moving into our new house next week. And that, right now, is pretty much everything. But here’s us, you know, hanging out. I didn’t think they could get cuter. But somehow, they do.

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This is my 20,000th tweet. Umm, yay I guess? — Alex Mills (@Viper007Bond) April 18, 2014 Since September 6th, 2008: Signed up for a Twitter account due to rmccue and Jeffro2pt0's naggings on #wordpress. No clue if I'll actually use this or not… — Alex Mills (@Viper007Bond) September 6, 2008

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The upcoming PhpStorm 8 features built-in WordPress support, as explained in this support document. However what’s the best way to set up your WordPress install in order to write plugins? Here’s my personal answer — feel free to suggest alternatives in the comments section. When working on a WordPress plug

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It was recently announced that Kenji Bunch will take over as the artistic director of Fear No Music, one of Portland foremost new music ensembles, at the end of this season. Stepping down from that leadership position is Paloma Griffin Hébert, who will continue to play violin with the ensemble. In the meantime, Fear No Mus

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It's that time again... And we've got the best bike rides and events in the area all dolled up for you in a nice, bloggy package.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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This is one of the reasons I never “like” a brand on social media. From the NY Times, General Mills, one of the worlds largest food companies, has quietly added language to its website that customers give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities,

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“Can a coffee machine connect 2 strangers? After a year in the making, watch the Coffee Connector finally make its debut in a conference at the Time Warner Center in New York” How would you feel about having to make friends with a stranger in order to get coffee out of a vending machine? Not […]

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Hooray! There's a new (albeit very small) section of bike path along Marine Drive, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer will help inaugurate it next Tuesday.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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What's the deal with PBOT and diversion on neighborhood greenway projects? We were curious too so we asked.Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here.

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PBOT Director Leah Treat last summer.(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland) Nine months into her position as the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Leah Treat appears to be finally ready to spread her wings. We've noted here at BikePortland that for someone in charge of one of America's marquee transportation systems

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By “Miss Nelson”, Salem Elementary Teacher, As a teacher, I try not to spend too much of my own money on my classroom, but when it comes to new books that the kids are dying to read, I find it hard to resist. One particularly challenging demographic is the reluctant, below-grade-level, male reader. Lots of […]

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April 16th, 2014

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We are incredibly fortunate that cellist Alban Gerhardt has performed with Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony several times over the last few years. Their ongoing collaboration continues to strive for the highest levels of musicianship as was witnessed on Sunday, April 6th, when they performed Shostakovich’s Second Cel

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Like any other piece of software, fonts are governed by licenses. The premier legal authority on fonts and intellectual property in the United State, Frank Martinez Esq. of The Martinez Group will show how font licenses function, and how your organization …

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April 15th, 2014

Spaghetti with friends and family :) with Dillon, Dana, and Ardee at De Nicola’s Family Italian Restaurant – View on Path.

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by Dan Lucas I have been somewhat horrified at the headlines about the budget problems in Polk County. Things have gotten so bad that Polk County now goes for 14 hours a day without sheriff’s patrol and the sheriff’s office … Continue

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Welcome to Tasty Type, our series that’s all about having fun with typography and stuff to eat—or in this case, drink. For our third Tasty Type, we wish you a very Hoppy Earth Day on April 22, 2014. We decided to celebrate Earth …

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Welcome to this month’s Dig This Design, our series dedicated to showcasing the websites we think are making waves on the web. It’s purpose is to recognize our peers—the creative teams and companies that are filling the web with beautiful …

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April 14th, 2014

The Portland branch of Fogo de Chão (fo-go dèe shoun), the large southern Brazilian churrascaria chain, will open for dinner on Friday May 2nd in the old NikeTown space. The restaurant which has eight locations in Brazil and 23 around the United States, features gaucho servers patrolling the restaurant with an endless

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“Everyone seemed so happy!” Is Viagra-laced ice cream the hot new thing? It was if you were a guest at a recent party held by someone who would rather not have his name disclosed. In response to a request from a well to do customer, “Edible inventor” Charlie Francis of South Wales created a blue-c

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon The National Tax Foundation rates Oregon as the 16th highest tax state in the nation. Oregon’s high taxes matches with its big spending ways. U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that Oregon is the 17th biggest …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. Last year the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32%. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which receive twice-yearly checks from an endowment known as the Common … Continue

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April 13th, 2014

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by NW Spotlight Obama’s administration: “a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” Remember back in January 2009 when President Obama said in a memo to his administration “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level …

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April 12th, 2014

You had one job Safeway. #16ounces with Dillon at Safeway – View on Path.

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Metro has long advocated development to take a "compact urban form." It's rather unsettling to see the Oregonian adopt that principle by moving to a tabloid form. I've had trouble reading it for the last week, perhaps because I'm old-fashioned...

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"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another plan

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The aftereffects of my celebration of the demise of the Columbia River Crossing took longer to wear off than I expected. I think I'm back to normal now. Today's paper Oregonian (the story doesn't appear to be online) reports that...

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by NW Spotlight Oregon’s Republican primary race for U.S. Senate made the Wall Street Journal late yesterday. The article by Fred Barnes, with the subtitle “Republicans in Washington [D.C.] picked an ‘electable’ primary candidate. They may need to rethink what …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett The national employment report for March was both encouraging and misleading. On the positive side, the rate of unemployment held steady at 6.7 percent. The report stated that nearly 200 thousand net new jobs had been … Cont

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