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Woman Seeks Over $865K in Wreck With Modest Mouse Singer

Isaac Brock says he fell asleep when he bumped into city of Portland truck

(Newser) - The lead singer of the alternative rock band Modest Mouse was sued Wednesday in an Oregon court for nearly $1 million over a traffic accident last year, the AP reports. Isaac Brock was cited after the Aug. 3, 2016 accident for crashing into a city of Portland pick-up truck when... More »

Mom Sues Hospital for $8.6M After Suffocating Her Newborn

Monica Thompson was heavily medicated when staff left him to nurse

(Newser) - Monica Thompson tried for 12 years to get pregnant, so when she had her first child, Jacob, she called him her "miracle baby." Tragically, he didn't live past day 10. Now the mother of a toddler girl, Thompson is suing Portland Adventist Medical Center in Oregon for... More »

Oregon Cops Fatally Shoot Man Trying to Steal Helicopter

Man was armed, police say

(Newser) - A man was fatally shot by police Monday after seizing a helicopter at gunpoint near Portland, Oregon, the authorities said. The man, who was not been identified, hopped a fence at Hillsboro Airport and then approached a flight instructor and a student who were inside a helicopter that was warming... More »

He Died a Hero in Portland, Then Someone Stole His Ring

Police release video, pics of man they think stole Rick Best's ring, backpack

(Newser) - Rick Best was a dad, Army vet, and employee of the city of Portland, Ore., who had his life snatched away last Friday on a MAX train there after he stepped in to defend two Muslim teens. But that wasn't all that was taken from the 53-year-old, police say:... More »

Lots of Shouting at Portland Train Suspect's First Court Appearance

Outbursts both inside, outside the courtroom

(Newser) - The man police say fatally stabbed two men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade shouted "you call it terrorism I call it patriotism!" during his first court appearance, the AP reports. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was in Multnomah County courtroom Tuesday afternoon facing two... More »

Portland Mayor to Alt-Right Rally Organizers: Cancel

In the wake of Friday's murder of 2 men who defended Muslim teens

(Newser) - The mayor of Portland, Ore., is pleading with organizers of two upcoming alt-right rallies to cancel them in the wake of Friday's train stabbings that left two dead and one injured, the Oregonian reports. Ted Wheeler also says the city won't be issuing any city permits for such... More »

Girl Targeted on Train Thanks Portland Heroes

Survivor posts poem from hospital bed

(Newser) - Oregon man Micah David-Cole Fletcher has written poems denouncing prejudice against Muslims and he truly walks it like he talks it: The 21-year-old university student came within millimeters of death in Portland on Friday when he tried to defend two girls from a man on a train shouting anti-Muslim abuse... More »

Meet the Heroes Who Died Defending Girls in Portland

Ricky Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche are dead; another recuperating

(Newser) - New details are emerging about the three victims of Friday’s stabbing attack in Portland, two of whom died. People reports that Ricky John Best, 53, was killed at the scene of the attack while Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, died later at the hospital. Police say a third victim, 21-year-old... More »

Suspected Portland Killer Is Self-Described White Nationalist

He was seen giving Nazi salutes, yelling slurs at event last month

(Newser) - Jeremy Christian, the man suspected of yelling anti-Muslim hate speech at two women then killing two men who came to their defense Friday in Portland, is a "known right-wing extremist and white supremacist," the Portland Mercury reports. According to the Washington Post , the 35-year-old Christian was seen at... More »

Bros to Basketball Fans: 'Consent Is a Slam-Dunk!'

Brocial Justice's feminist flyers draw attention outside Blazers games

(Newser) - "Our society is often more legit for dudes, let's use that privilege to give others the alley-oop!" So reads a flyer being handed out at Portland Trail Blazers games by a group of dudes going by the name Brocial Justice. The Oregonian reports the group started passing... More »

It's Easier Than You Think to Accidentally Steal a Car

Inadvertent car thief was supposed to pick up her friend's car and chose poorly

(Newser) - Accidents happen. Like, sometimes you steal a car without even meaning to. Surveillance video taken Tuesday night in Portland, Ore., shows a woman unlocking Erin Hatzi's red Subaru in Hatzi's driveway and driving off, the Guardian reports. Hatzi tells KGW it didn't seem like a normal car... More »

'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 »

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