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May 28th, 2015

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

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May 27th, 2015

A walk along the Allegheny down to The Point, where two rivers (the Allegheny and Monongahela) make one (the Ohio), but they call it three. The old version of new math, perhaps?  What a fantastic day that was, with what felt like the whole of Pittsburgh out enjoying the weather. On bicycles, running, walking, strolling, [&

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The miniature procession, called La Petite Parade, is the newest addition to the Rose Festival's grand traditional parade.

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Day 3 of the Rose Festival's Treasure Hunt.

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In "She Is King," which opens Thursday, May 28, at the CoHo Theatre, documentary theater artist Laryssa Husiak zooms in on three broadcast interviews King gave between 1973 and 1981. Speaking by phone from Minneapolis, Husiak detailed her inspiration for the show, what it was like portraying a living icon and how

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A line-up designed for those obsessed with the odder corners of pop culture could prove to be a garden of geeky delights.

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I am a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding on July 4th. My boyfriend has known about the wedding for 18 months but wants my permission to accept his parents' invitation to a baseball game instead.

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"Early Warning" is the second novel by Jane Smiley in a planned trilogy.

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H.W. Brands' new biography of Ronald Reagan is his best yet, says reviewer Richard W. Etulain.

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Brian Doyle writes about the inspiration for his new novel "Martin Marten."

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May 26th, 2015

Samantha Hess, Portland's "professional cuddler," turns up on the Season 10 premiere auditions of "America's Got Talent." Her cuddling prowess wins her three judges' votes, good enough to move her foward.

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The theater has agreed to sell its property -- a former Wells Fargo bank branch at 818 S.E. 6th Ave. -- to Mill Creek Residential Trust, an apartment developer.

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The 2015 World Series of Poker kicks off on Wednesday, May 27, with the first of 68 tournaments at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The initial event, named "the Colossus" is expected to attract more than 10,000 players.

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Album Review: A$AP Rocky surprise releases solid second album "At. Long. Last. A$AP," with cameos from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, M.I.A., Schoolboy Q and more.

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This summer, Taqueria Nueve owners Billy Schumaker and Brent Richford, the duo that reopened Taqueria Nueve last year, will begin sizzling al pastor on the trompo from a new cart parked just in front of the restaurant.

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TLC pulls episodes of its hit reality show, "19 Kids and Counting" in the wake of allegations that Josh Duggar, eldest son of Joe Bob and Michelle Duggar, molested underage girls when he was a teenager.

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Ruby Jewel, the two-location home of ice cream, sundaes and ice cream sandwiches, will add a third store this summer,

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Beloved Portland Vietnamese soup and sandwich shop, Ha VL, will be opening a second location in Southeast Portland sometime this summer, Andy Ricker reports on Instagram.

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Food for Thought is a weekly roundup of agriculture, food science and neat food-related articles.

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A tiny restaurant run by a father-and-son team offers a surprising variety of cheap, filling Mexican fare.

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For his solo exhibition at the Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland photographer Frank Barnett has distilled a selection of powerful black and white portraits, some going back 50 years.

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The sixth, and newest, outpost of Bunk will open May 27, just in time for the Timbers' next home game against DC United. For now, the location will only be open during games.

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Filippino Lippi1457 - 1504FlorentineLost to his father in Round 1.Crushed fifteenth century German Stefan Lochner in

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May 25th, 2015

Michael5000 at the imdb Top 250, part

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In the last blog post, I showed you how to make a Raspberry Pi emulator using the Open Source project RetroPie. In this post, I will share with you some interesting tricks involving keyboard mapping and save states. There are many games that provide some sort of save-game functionality. Maybe that happens through a battery

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May 24th, 2015

It’s time for another Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that. Celebrity Homing I was reading through the Sunday paper this morning when I came across the syndicated Hot Properties column which features celebrities selling their insane multi-million dollar estates. I

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May 23rd, 2015

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) I have received a lot of phone calls and emails on the subject of marijuana, which advocates say we should call cannabis, but for the sake of brevity in this update I will call it … Contin

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László Moholy-Nagy1895 - 1946Hungarian; worked in Germany and U.S.

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May 22nd, 2015

Why #OregonStrawberries are so good. Red, meaty and sweet from skin to core.

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Freshly picked #OregonStrawberries #today

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Our You be the GM roundtable analyzes Meyers Leonard's breakout third season in the NBA.

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My husband’s health insurance uses an online pharmacy that dispenses 90-day prescriptions for the normal price of a 30-day scrip, so we try to use it whenever possible. However, one of my husband’s prescriptions ran out without us noticing. This meant I had to fill it at our nearby Walgreens. So me being me, I

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Portland, Ore. (May 22, 2015) – Portland Brewing unveils a limited-edition beer to kick off a perfectly paired, three-year partnership with the Portland Rose Festival. Velvet Majesty White Pale Ale is an ode to the festival’s official 2015 collector’s edition rose, “Velvet Majesty.” Like the century-old Rose Festi

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When venturing out to enjoy some craft beers it can be challenging at times to seek out your favorite brewery’s latest beer release. This can possibly be accomplished by searching the craft beer bar’s website, Twitter feed or its Facebook page. Fortunately for those of us in tech savvy Portland there have been a few

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After making a big leap in year three, what are your expectations for Meyer Leonard in hi his fourth season in the NBA?

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NEWPORT, OR – The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), Oregon State University, and Rogue Ales & Spirits are pleased to announce the release of Wasted Sea Star. Wasted Sea Star was brewed to raise awareness about Sea Star Wasting Syndrome – a pandemic killing millions of sea stars

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Oregon Senate Republicans Democrats raid K-12 education, rejecting intent of voters to spend corporate kicker on Oregon students Salem, OR – Senate Democrats are undermining the will of Oregon voters by refusing to spend the corporate kicker on K-12 education, …

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Just in time for the long holiday weekend, Fort Collins based New Belgium Brewing is mixing things up a bit for the summer months ahead with its adventurous new libation Pear Ginger Beer. Thi is New Belgium’s latest Lips of Faith offering, updating the Victorian-era ginger beer with whimsical additions of lemon peel and p

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Tax lesson found in Portland Art Museum? By Taxpayer Association of Oregon OregonWatchdog.com There I was enjoying the spectacular Italian Fashion history exhibit at the Portland Art Museum when suddenly I stumbled upon a real-life tax lesson. Near the end …

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Not since living in Colorado have I marveled at the thunderous spectacle of a spring storm. Pounding and rumbling, water sluicing quickety-quick down gutters and shimmering streets. Pittsburgh weather is, thus far, the best I have ever known, elementary school definitions of the elements, fall-winter-spring, at least. We

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May 21st, 2015

Is Nicolas Batum part of this team's long-term plans, or should the Blazers look for a new starting small forward? Here's what you, the readers, are saying about why Batum should stay or go.

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With only a little over week to go for the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival, the brewery has just revealed its festival’s collaborative beer. After last year’s highly sought after collaboration with Three Floyds, this year Firestone Walker has gone cross-continental and teamed up with Birrificio Itali

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Our You be the GM roundtable reviews Nicolas Batum's season and his future with the team in a contract year.

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SEATTLE (May 20, 2015) – Just one month away from its second annual cider competition and festival, Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce an exciting list of participating cideries and ciders for 2015. Hosted by the Northwest Cider Association, sponsored by Seattle Cider Company, Capitol Cider and

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LaMarcus Aldridge earned an All-NBA second team selection for the first time in his career.

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I downloaded the Apple Podcast app onto my phone so I can listen to Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft’s free Happier With Gretchen Rubin podcasts. I love distraction from dull tasks, I love Gretchen Rubin and I certainly love free! I’m currently reading Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits o

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Do you want Nicolas Batum back next season or should the Blazers look for a new starting small forward? Cast your vote and post your comments on why Batum should stay or go.

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by NW Spotlight Former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. It was awarded jointly to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge …

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