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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 »

Vegans Furious Over Doughnut Shop's Job Ad

'No non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions'

(Newser) - An Oregon doughnut shop is hiring—just not any vegans or vegetarians. A job ad for Pip's Original Doughnuts in Portland describes the ideal candidate as someone with "a friendly, outgoing personality," but "no non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions" that "would stop you from tasting, accurately... More »

Cops: Man Tumbles Out of Moving Car to Extort Cash From Mom

Maybe he could've asked for an advance on his allowance instead?

(Newser) - In a scene resembling something out of a cheesy B-action movie, a man with his hands tied behind his back and a bag over his head fell out of a moving car on an Oregon highway over the weekend, the apparent victim of a kidnapping attempt. But investigators in Camas,... More »

After 11 Years, Misty the Cat Has Returned

Thanks to a microchip

(Newser) - Misty the cat disappeared from her Portland, Ore., home in 2005. Her owners, Dean McCrea and Meredith Warren, finally gave up searching, thinking the gray feline had fallen victim to a coyote that had already killed another cat in the neighborhood. But last week, 11 years after she went missing,... More »

10 Most Well-Read Cities in America

Seattle, Portland, Washington top the list

(Newser) - Living near Amazon's headquarters apparently prods people to pick up a book. Seattle is the most well-read city in the country for a second year in a row, according to Amazon's annual list—based on purchases of print or electronic books, magazines, and newspapers in major cities over... More »

Cops: Portland Police Chief Shot Buddy, Lied About It

Larry O'Dea placed on administrative leave

(Newser) - Portland's police chief has been placed on administrative leave amid claims that he accidentally shot his friend, then lied about it, reports the Oregonian . When questioned by reporters on Friday, Larry O'Dea, a 29-year bureau veteran and police chief since January 2015, publicly admitted to shooting a 54-year-old... More »

School Cancels Dance Over 'Unsafe' Dirty Dancing

'It's over the top, sexual,' says a district spokesperson

(Newser) - Administrators at a Portland, Oregon, high school have canceled an upcoming winter dance because of concerns about dirty dancing. A Portland Public Schools official says dancing has made some students at Cleveland High School feel unsafe. "This is way worse than dirty dancing. It's over the top, sexual... More »

Portland Thieves Take Off With Tofu Truck

Vehicle was eventually found—but not the tofu or organic juice that was inside

(Newser) - In what could be the most Portland crime ever, the hapless driver of a refrigerated truck for a Seattle natural-foods wholesaler reported his tofu-laden vehicle stolen Tuesday, the Oregonian reports. The driver made a morning stop at a Safeway, but came back out after 20 minutes or so to find... More »

In Portland, 'For Sale' Signs Specify 'No Californians'

Portlanders are frustrated with rising home values

(Newser) - Real estate signs are typically pretty straightforward things, but in Portland they're getting weirdly specific—with stickers popping up featuring a map of California in a red circle with a slash through it. It's not entirely clear who's behind the "no Californians" signs, reports the Oregonian ... More »

Dog Plummets 14 Stories From High-Rise ... Into Man's Arms

Ted Nelson saved bichon frise's life after it got caught on apartment ledge

(Newser) - Call it luck, coincidence, or a lifesaving sixth sense. An Oregon man happened to glance out his apartment window Saturday morning, saw a dog precariously perched on a ledge 14 stories high in a building across the way, and took action. "There was a dog that had ended up... More »

Greenpeace Being Fined $2,500 an Hour for This

13 protesters are dangling from an Oregon bridge to stop a ship

(Newser) - Greenpeace is trying to prevent a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Oregon to go drill for oil in the Arctic in a most unusual—and, it now seems, expensive—way. The protesters have since yesterday been dangling from St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River using ropes and pulleys.... More »

'Pink Chicken' Mystery Solved

Birds' owner says he dyed them to 'make people smile'

(Newser) - Portland's pink chickens are no longer a mystery. Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice, and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to "make people smile." Owner Bruce Whitman of Portland says the prank... 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 »

Portland Strippers Fight for Their Rights

Entertainers looking for better working conditions

(Newser) - If you've got a fetish, chances are Portland, Ore.—apparently dubbed "Pornland" in some circles, per the Week —has a strip joint that's got you covered. But for every vegan strip club (yeah, that exists), there are others that are "dilapidated and not maintained,... 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 »

Uber Agrees to Quit Portland ... for 3 Months

City will revamp laws to allow service to operate

(Newser) - Uber has ended its dispute with authorities in Portland, Ore., by agreeing to stop operating in the city while it updates its laws to allow the service. The agreement yesterday came days before a judge was to hear the city's lawsuit against the ride-sharing service, reports the Oregonian , which... 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 »

Suspect Arrested in Oregon School Shooting

22-year-old suspect may have gang ties

(Newser) - Police in Portland have arrested a suspect in the shooting that injured three people outside an alternative high school yesterday. Authorities say they stopped a vehicle around 1:30am today and arrested a 22-year-old man. A handgun was found in the vehicle. Police were searching an apartment about half an... More »

Portland Sues to Stop Uber

Drivers could face arrest, city says

(Newser) - Portland is playing hardball in an effort to stop Uber: The Oregon city has warned that Uber drivers have until 5pm Thursday to stop picking up riders or they could face arrest, heavy fines, and having their vehicles impounded, the Oregonian reports. Portland has filed a lawsuit seeking an order... More »

Next for Starbucks: Delivery

Coming in the second half of next year

(Newser) - Want Starbucks but don't want to get out of bed? There's an app for that—or there will be soon. In an earnings call yesterday, the company shared a lower-than-expected forecast for the quarter ending in December, but it also shared this tidbit: Members of its loyalty program... More »

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