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Teen's Urine Ruins 38M Gallons of Portland's Water

19-year-old cited for public urination

(Newser) - Rest assured, Portland, Oregon: The water you drink is very, very clean. How sanitary? This sanitary: Water Bureau administrators are willing to flush 38 million gallons of the stuff and clean the open-air reservoir in order to make sure there's not the most miniscule amount of human urine in... More »

City to Girl: You Can't Sell Mistletoe, but You Can Beg

11-year-old runs into rules of vendors and panhandlers

(Newser) - An 11-year-old entrepreneur in Portland, Oregon, got a strange lesson in grown-up economics when she tried to sell mistletoe near the city's public market, reports KATU . A security guard informed her she'd have to move outside the city park's boundaries—or she could just plunk down on... More »

Portland Again Rejects Fluoride in Bitter Vote

Stays biggest city in US without fluoridation

(Newser) - The good voters of Portland, Ore., have once again rejected plans to add fluoride to their water to combat tooth decay, keeping it the biggest American city without fluoridation. The city voted 60% to 40% to stay fluoride-free last night, the fourth such rejection since 1956, the Oregonian reports. Fluoridation... More »

Oregon Brewing Up a State Microbe

Saccharomyces cerevisiae , or beer yeast, would be first state microbe

(Newser) - US states have official flags and official flowers, but Oregon could become the first to have a state microbe—and a delicious microbe, at that. Oregon's microbe of choice is the Saccharomyces cerevisiae, better known as ale yeast, and the bill's sponsor hopes the measure will show appreciation... More »

Pilot Loses Consciousness 'Somewhere Over Oregon'

Meanwhile, another flight was diverted due to an unruly passenger

(Newser) - A pair of jets made emergency landings last night, in unrelated dramatic incidents. In one case, an Alaska Airlines jet bound for Seattle had to make an emergency landing in Portland, after its pilot lost consciousness "somewhere over Oregon," an airline spokesman tells the AP . A doctor on... More »

Ex-Roommate: Shooter Planned to Move to Hawaii

Might have been upset when plans fell through

(Newser) - It's not much, but the Oregonian has tracked down an acquaintance of mall shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts who provides an inkling of what was happening in the 22-year-old's mind: The acquaintance, who lived with Roberts for a few months earlier in the year, said Roberts had recently sold... More »

Police ID Oregon Mall Shooter

But don't know motive of Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22

(Newser) - Police have identified the gunman in yesterday's mall shooting near Portland, Oregon, as 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts, reports the AP . They say they still don't know what prompted Roberts to don a mask and open fire with a semiautomatic rifle but say he acted alone. He had no... More »

Oregon Mall Shooting Gunman Wore Hockey Mask

Witnesses describe chaotic scene

(Newser) - Hundreds of people ran or took cover during chaotic scenes as a gunman opened fire in an Oregon mall yesterday, killing 2 people before apparently taking his own life. "I heard two shots and got out of the chair. I thought a red suit was a pretty good target,... More »

Couple Wins $2.9M for 'Wrongful Birth'

Would have terminated pregnancy if they knew baby had Down syndrome

(Newser) - An Oregon couple has been awarded $2.9 million in a case centered not around wrongful death, but wrongful birth. Ariel and Deborah Levy said they would have terminated their pregnancy had they known their daughter would have Down syndrome—but they were continually told the child would not. On... More »

Occupy Protest Partly Shuts Down Ports

Demonstrations hit California, Oregon, and Washington

(Newser) - Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters turned out today for a demonstration that succeeded in partially shutting down some of the West Coast's busiest ports. Authorities closed two terminals in Portland after arresting two people with weapons who claimed to be heading for the protest, the AP reports, while... More »

New Contender for Best 'Occupy' Photo

Female protester in Oregon takes pepper spray in the face

(Newser) - When an 84-year-old woman got pepper-sprayed in the face at Occupy Seattle, it seemed like an easy winner for "iconic" Occupy photo. Not so fast: Photographer Randy Rasmussen of the Portland Oregonian snapped an image yesterday of a young woman also taking a blast of pepper spray directly in... More »

Cops Storm Occupy Portland

50 Busted, Protesters Take to Streets

(Newser) - Hundreds of defiant protesters took to the streets yesterday after cops stormed Occupy Portland encampments and busted 50 people. Mayor Sam Adams ordered the camps shut because of what he called unhealthy conditions and increased crime triggered by drug users and thieves drawn to the sites, reports AP . Authorities erected... More »

Gore Won't Face Charges in Masseuse Case

Oregon woman alleged 'sex poodle' assaulted her

(Newser) - A prosecutor says former Vice President Al Gore won't be prosecuted over allegations by a masseuse that he groped and assaulted her in his Portland, Ore., hotel room in 2006. DA Michael Schrunk said in a statement today the case has numerous problems and isn't appropriate for a criminal prosecution.... More »

America's Top Stoner Cities

Daily Beast ranks America's pot-loving locales

(Newser) - In honor of today's date, 4/20—and the pot-steeped lore of those numbers—the Daily Beast has ranked the nation's 40 "highest cities," where weed culture reigns supreme. To read the full list and see how it was compiled, click here . The top 10:
  1. Eureka, California
  2. Tallahassee, Florida
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Bike Lane's Next Detour: Fast-Food Drive-Thru

OK, McDonald's isn't on board, but there's a movement

(Newser) - With more cities making room for cyclists, advocates of the two-wheel lifestyle (no-emissions class) are taking aim at another preserve of the gas-powered set: the drive-thru window. One Oregon cyclist got local chain Burgerville to change its policy after being refused service, and a movement was born. “If it’... More »

Nation's First Marijuana Cafe Opens in Portland

It welcomes those licensed to smoke it legally

(Newser) - A cafe in Portland, Oregon, made a little history yesterday when it became the first in the nation to legally open its doors to pot smokers. The Cannabis Cafe welcomes those who are licensed by the state to smoke marijuana for medical reasons. It doesn't sell pot to members—that's... More »

'Brutal' Heat Wave Bakes Pacific Northwest

(Newser) - A heat wave continues to pummel the Pacific Northwest, the AP reports, though tomorrow will likely bring some relief. Temperatures at Seattle’s airport could easily break the 1994 record of 100 degrees today; yesterday, temps in Portland came within 1 degree of the 1984 record of 107. The region... More »

Salt Lake Tops Best Airports List

(Newser) - Some airports just seem to be charmed when it comes to on-time departures. Travel + Leisure ranks the 10 best in America based on percentage of flights delayed:
  1. Salt Lake City: Last year's winner continues its reign, cutting delays by 2% from 2008, to just 12%.
  2. Portland, Ore.: At 15%,
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NYC Ranks No. 1 in Road Rage

City's drivers are angriest in the US

(Newser) - New York drivers are the most aggressive and angry in the US, an annual road rage survey finds. Gotham cut off Miami, which had zoomed to the top of the list the past 4 years, Reuters reports. "New Yorkers were most likely to wave their fists or arms,"... More »

Portland Mayor Will Stick With Job Despite Intern Affair

'I can still contribute,' says Adams

(Newser) - Portland Mayor Sam Adams has decided not to step down, pending state criminal investigations, after admitting he lied about an affair with a teenage legislative intern. "I know I've screwed up and let people down," the city's first openly gay mayor told the Oregonian. "But I still... More »

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