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'Portlandia Bookstore' Declares War on Portlandia

Portland store was made famous on the show

(Newser) - Portland's In Other Words bookstore is well known to Portlandia fans as the fictional Women and Women First bookstore featured in sketches on the show—but it's safe to say ties have been severed between the bookstore and the show, considering a sign that appears on the bookstore'... More »

Someone Stole a Professional Snuggler's Snuggle Mobile

Portland, obviously

(Newser) - Some jerk—very possibly someone who didn't receive enough affection—stole the Snuggle Mobile this week in Portland, Oregon. KATU reports the bright orange Snuggle Mobile is owned by professional snuggler Shanya Luther. Professional snugglers "provide platonic touch to those seeking physical human connection," KATU helpfully explains.... More »

Police Chief Who Accidentally Shot Friend, Lied Resigns

Controversy still swirling around Oregon incident

(Newser) - Portland's police chief, Larry O'Dea, resigned Monday amid criminal and internal investigations into whether he was forthright after accidentally shooting his friend during a camping trip on the other side of the state. O'Dea, 54, had been chief for little more than a year when he went... More »

Mom Finds Guy in Her Kid's Bedroom, Shoots Him

Woman killed 59-year-old intruder in Portland

(Newser) - A man is dead in Portland after a 33-year-old woman returned home early Sunday to find him in her kid's bedroom, police say. Authorities say the woman arrived with her 5- and 10-year-old children in tow only to realize the 59-year-old man had somehow gotten inside during their absence,... More »

'Non-Binary' Is Now a Legal Gender in Oregon

'I'm a mixture of both; I consider myself as a third sex'

(Newser) - In what may be a first-of-its-kind ruling in the US, an Oregon court ruled Friday that Portland resident Jamie Shupe is officially and legally neither male nor female but non-binary, Jezebel reports. According to the Oregonian , the 52-year-old Army veteran was assigned the male gender at birth but never felt... More »

Only in Portland: Bold Bird Interrupts Sanders Speech

And just like that, 'put a bird on it' was relevant again

(Newser) - You know what they say: When in Portland, do as the Portlanders do. The Oregonian reports Bernie Sanders put a bird on it during a rally at the Moda Center in Portland on Friday. According to CNN , Sanders noticed a small green bird land near where he was speaking and... More »

11 Least Religious Cities in the US

Yup, Sin City makes the list

(Newser) - Haven't yet found God and don't plan to? You might feel right at home in Portland, San Francisco, or Seattle. Those are the least religious cities in the country, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute picked up by MarketWatch . Here are the 11... More »

South Park Co-Creator Helps Save 3 Sequoias

Matt Stone's donation helping keep the trees from developers

(Newser) - The co-creator of South Park is helping save a trio of sequoias under threat from development in Portland, Oregon, which means "Lorax Dave" the protester might finally be able to come down, KATU reports. According to the Oregonian , the trees were planted in the mid-1800s, but developer Everett Custom... More »

'Heroic' Teen Rescues Woman From Burning Car

Phillipe Bittar, 19, barely had time to react

(Newser) - An Oregon State University student is being called "heroic" for rescuing an elderly woman from a burning car while others stood by shooting videos. Phillipe Bittar, 19, says he didn't have much time to react yesterday afternoon when he saw the car at a Chevron station in Portland,... More »

How One Woman Won the Home She Wanted: Pizza

Portlander's offer of pizza for life could easily reach $10K in pies

(Newser) - In an effort to stand out as a buyer in the competitive housing market in Portland, Ore., one woman who was helping her young son land his first home offered the sellers not only two free months of rent and $26,000 over the asking price of $249,000, but... More »

Portland Woman Wants $100K for Bad V-Day Service

Having made reservations for 2, she tried to dine alone on Valentine's Day

(Newser) - Was it bad service, bad timing, or blatant racism? Either way, Kathleen Hampton, a self-described small-business owner, is suing Enzo's Caffe Italiano in Portland, Ore., for $100,000 for the way she was treated on Valentine's Day, reports the Oregonian . Having made reservations for two, but arriving alone... More »

Why Thousands of Selfies Feature This Carpet

Portland airport's floor covering is a celebrity in its own right

(Newser) - Today, Portland, Oregon is parting ways with a beloved friend: a rather unattractive carpet in the city's international airport. The turquoise floor covering with odd geometric designs was originally installed in 1987, when its look was perhaps a bit more in style; yesterday, workers began removing it, KGW.com... More »

Man Arrested in Portland Shooting Linked to Gangs, Police Say

2 injured in attack also have gang ties: officials

(Newser) - A "person of interest" arrested after a school shooting yesterday in Portland, Oregon, has ties to gangs, police say. Authorities haven't said whether Lonzo Murphy, 22, was the gunman in the attack , which left three hospitalized, the AP reports. Two of those hurt are also linked to gangs,... More »

At Least 3 Shot Outside High School

Police believe Portland attack may be gang-affiliated

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire today on several young people outside an alternative high school in Portland, Oregon, wounding four and fleeing on foot with two other people, police tell the AP . The victims are all students at Rosemary Anderson High School or in affiliated job programs: a 16-year-old girl in... More »

Hug Between Officer, Kid at Ferguson Rally Is a Hit

Image out of Portland goes viral

(Newser) - One image from the many Ferguson rallies held around the country in the wake of this week's grand jury decision continues to gain traction. As the Oregonian explains, it's from a rally on Tuesday in Portland. The photo by freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen shows Portland Police Sgt. Bret... More »

To Ease Homelessness, Portland Eyes Micro-Homes

One design costs $20K—just over annual cost of an emergency shelter room

(Newser) - It isn't cheap for Portland, Ore., to house its sizable homeless population. An emergency shelter room costs $16,000 a year and lacks basic plumbing, and there aren't enough rooms to prevent 2,000 people from setting up shelters under bridges, on sidewalks, and in abandoned lots throughout... More »

Portland's City Water Tests Positive for E. Coli

Residents told to boil it until further notice

(Newser) - Residents of Portland got some more not-so-great news today about their water: The city wants everybody to boil it for the time being because three separate E. coli tests came up positive, reports the Oregonian . The advisory affects 670,000 people, though a city official called the risk "relatively... More »

Teen Says He Didn't Actually Pee in Portland Reservoir

Well, Dallas Swonger says it in a much more swear-filled way than that

(Newser) - The Portland teen accused of peeing in a city reservoir on Wednesday insists he didn't do it—in a relatively NSFW defense. "Yeah, it's f---ing retarded, dude," 18-year-old Dallas Swonger tells Vocativ in what the site calls an "expletive-filled interview" given as Swonger smoked a... More »

Portland to Pepper-Sprayed Protester: You Owe Us $7K

College student protester refuses to drop appeal

(Newser) - The city of Portland, Ore., is trying to claw back $7,116 from an Occupy protester one of its police officers pepper-sprayed in the mouth. Elizabeth Nichols sued the city for excessive force, claiming that she suffered excruciating pain in her eyes and throat after the incident, along with nightmares... More »

Storms Strike US South, Killing 5

More snow, sleet set to fall over the weekend

(Newser) - Real-live winter in the South? You bet: Unlikely ice storms hammered southern states yesterday, depriving thousands of power, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, and killing at least five people, CNN reports. It's not over, either: Storms are poised to strike regions from Dallas to Memphis until tomorrow and Arkansas... More »

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