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April 17th, 2014

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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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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April 15th, 2014

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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April 14th, 2014

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

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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April 11th, 2014

There's a lot of buzz

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A majority of Portland residents support an $8 or $12 per month transportation fee as long as it results in improved maintenance and safety for city streets, according to a survey recently conducted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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For those in the building industry who believe that time is money, the city of Portland's new $11.8 million Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) system will speed things up in every way, city officials say.

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NewWorldNextWeek.com: Episode189 - More Good News, Seawater Fuel, Blood Moon

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After dropping in price by a couple hundred thousand dollars, a property on East Burnside Street has finally caught the eye of interested developers.

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Skanska is Requesting Sub-Contractor Bids for North Santiam School Districts. Bids are due April 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

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JE Dunn Construction is Requesting Qualifications for MEP & FP Design Assist RFQ – Oregon State Capitol Renovation Project – Salem, Oregon. RFQ Responses are due May 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

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An Ethiopian restaurant on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard may soon be making way for development.

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A Portland landmark is celebrating

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC It appears Elizabeth Furse supporters shamelessly attacked County Commissioner Bob Terry for not being a veteran when he indeed is.   Instead of asking Bob Terry to verify his veteran record, a Furse supporter decided …

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by Lars Larson The Attorney General certainly didn’t appreciate it – being challenged by Louie Gohmert, member of Congress. He went as far as to say that it was racism that led the Congressman to ask those tough questions. It’s …

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WordPress.com's resource on the art and craft of blogging got a makeover. We're excited to invite you to the revamped Daily Post!

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April 10th, 2014

As some of you may know, we have a blog series, highlighting families who use g's in unique circumstances. We are following a family living 10,000' above sealevel in Colorado and another living in a cabin in Maine. Perhaps our...

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With the goal of creating a safer intersection, Oregon Department of Transportation will build a roundabout at a site near Forest Grove where two Pacific University students were killed in a vehicle crash Monday.

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Timothy Solomon says bankruptcy sales can provide major benefits for asset purchasers, but there are some potential pitfalls.

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Three state-funded interchange projects currently are under way in the Portland-metro area, but the federal money needed to build access roads to connect those interchanges with key industrial developments in the Portland metro area may be in jeopardy.

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LAW Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP recently added Michael Van Dyke as an associate attorney in its business practice group. He focuses his practice on assisting businesses in corporate formation, business transactions and planning, ownership agreements, shareholder disputes, real estate matters, and financing and regulatory co

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NewWorldNextWeek.com: Episode188 - Good News Next Week

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Here at McBru, we often host out-of-town clients for meetings and events. And since Portland has a reputation as a “foodie” capital, these visitors often ask for advice on where to eat and drink to experience the best of Portland. That’s where I come in: I eat and drink across the city so you don’t […]

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As BridgePort celebrates 30 strong years in brewing and the title of being Oregon’s oldest craft brewery they continue to experiment with flavors. This is evident with their latest limited release in the Mettle & Mash series of beer, Hibiscus Ginger Saison. Hibiscus Ginger Saison is the third beer to be released i

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden Have you heard that the Administration has proposed transferring control over internet domain names from the United States to another entity? I join those who are concerned about any change that could leave the internet vulnerable …

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April 9th, 2014

When you think of local art shows, a few things might come to mind. Perhaps you think of your local art association, a popular local events for the arts, or an annual show organized around a particular theme. I’ve participated in a local themed show in my community for the past several years, and every [...]

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Brandon LabadiePhoto by Jeremy Rhizor I recently sat down the Brandon Labadie at my home and talked about his new role as Executive Director of Portland early music collective Musica Maestrale. We also talked about the fascinating challenges of trying earn one's way in the modern music world using a centuries-old model. 

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Book review by Michelle Barnhart of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by author Robert Galbraith J. K. Rowling = Harry Potter. Everybody knows that. And that’s why I was so surprised when, part way through Robert Galbraith’s “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, I glanced at the author bio inside the back cover and r

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We're delighted to announce that Longreads is joining the Automattic family.

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It's soup for dinner. And lunch. And so forth. Continue reading →

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The Big Book of Superheroes has a how-to chapter, with a section on "Flipping Off a Wall":

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To help celebrate Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 12 Pack release this year, the crew from Chico, California will be taking a trek across America to allow every craft brewery in the nation to join in on the fun. The Beer Camp Across America traveling beer festival, like no other, will be the largest [...]

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April is Autism Awareness Month. Today, we'd like to introduce you to just some of the many bloggers who write about autism on WordPress.com.

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April is Autism Awareness Month. Today, we'd like to introduce you to just some of the many bloggers who write about autism on WordPress.com.

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The 4th Annual TOAST: The Original Artisan Spirits tasting takes place this weekend at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. TOAST takes place this year on Friday, April 11th and Saturday, April 12th on the sky bridge level of the World Trade Center in Portland. Hosted by the Oregon Distillers Guild, the festival hou

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