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Candidate Criticized After Mocking 'City of Roaches'

Oregon governor contender Betsy Johnson takes heat over her label of Portland

(Newser) - An independent candidate for governor of Oregon took an interesting approach to building support, criticizing the state's largest city by suggesting the bloom is off the City of Roses because of homelessness. Betsy Johnson's comments appeared this week in a New York Times newsletter , the Bulletin reports. "...

Wreck That May Have Inspired The Goonies Is Found

Discovery of hull timbers in Oregon sea caves echoes Spielberg's cult classic

(Newser) - Remains of a legendary 17th-century shipwreck that reportedly inspired the cult classic The Goonies have been found—though not by a band of hilarious misfits. Pieces of the hull of the Spanish galleon Santo Cristo de Burgos were raised from sea caves in a state-protected area of Manzanita, Oregon, this...

Too Many People Are Getting Stranded on Mount Hood
A Mount Hood 
Rescuer Is Worried

A Mount Hood Rescuer Is Worried

Veteran doctor lays out the problems, including too many unprepared climbers

(Newser) - Christopher Van Tilburg is a mountain rescue doctor who heads out with other volunteers when climbers, skiers, and snowboarders get into trouble on Oregon's Mount Hood. In an essay for Outside , Van Tilburg sounds a little exhausted. The crews typically handle a "few" cases per year, but they'...

Millennials, You May Want to Head to This State

Washington ranks first in WalletHub's rankings for most appealing places for the 26-41 set

(Newser) - Whether you call them Generation Y or millennials, the group wedged between Generation X and Generation Z—ie, those born between 1981 and 1996 —has its own particular wants and needs when looking for a place to settle down. WalletHub wanted to figure out the most appealing states for...

Printer Errors to Slow Count in 2 Places

Counties in Oregon, Pennsylvania say the results will be accurate

(Newser) - Printing mistakes will force local election officials in Pennsylvania and Oregon to redo thousands of mailed ballots, a laborious process that could delay results for some closely contested races in Tuesday's primaries. In Pennsylvania, where GOP primaries for governor and US Senate are drawing national attention, officials in Republican-leaning...

'Surprising Twist' in Trial of Oregon Romance Novelist

Prosecutors say Nancy Crampton Brophy slipped in conversation with cellmate

(Newser) - In what the Oregonian calls a "surprising twist" in the murder trial of Oregon romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, a prosecutor last week argued that a new witness should be brought in to testify as a rebuttal witness after the defense presents its case—because, Senior Deputy District Attorney...

County Acts After Public Dissection of WWII Veteran

Teary officials in Multnomah County, Ore., move to ban for-profit display of human remains

(Newser) - The widow of a World War II and Korean War veteran who thought she was donating his body to science was aghast to learn that it was instead dissected in front of a paying audience at a Portland hotel last October. Now, as the Oregonian reports, the Multnomah County Board...

'How to Murder Your Husband' Writer on Trial for That Very Thing
Trial Begins
for 'How to Murder
Your Husband' Writer
the rundown

Trial Begins for 'How to Murder Your Husband' Writer

Nancy Crampton Brophy's trial is expected to last 7 weeks

(Newser) - That a novelist who once wrote an essay titled "How to Murder Your Husband" was accused of doing that very thing led to a sea of headlines in 2018. More than three years later, Nancy Crampton Brophy is on trial in the June 2, 2018, death of husband Daniel...

You No Longer Need to Live in Oregon to Use State's Assisted Suicide Law

State drops its residency requirement

(Newser) - Oregon will no longer require people to be residents of the state to use its law allowing terminally ill people to receive lethal medication, after a lawsuit challenged the requirement as unconstitutional. In a settlement filed in US District Court in Portland on Monday, the Oregon Health Authority and the...

Cops: Man Plows Into Oregon Homeless Camp, Killing 4
Prosecutors: Man in
Crash Was Drunk

Prosecutors: Man in Homeless-Camp Crash Was Drunk

Enrigue Rodriguez Jr. allegedly had BAC of 0.15%

(Newser) - Update: Prosecutors say the man who allegedly drove into a homeless encampment in Oregon, killing four, had a blood alcohol content of 0.15% or higher. The legal limit for driving in the state is 0.08%, the AP reports. A judge this week ordered the suspect jailed without bail....

For Drivers in 2 States, Big Change Looms at Gas Pump

New Jersey, Oregon may finally allow drivers to pump their own gas

(Newser) - Out-of-state drivers heading through New Jersey or Oregon likely encounter a surprise when they stop for gas: In those states, drivers (mostly) still can't pump their own. Now, however, both states are considering legislation to finally allow the practice, reports the Hill . Rising gas prices and a tight labor...

West Coast States Are Lifting School Mask Mandates

California, Oregon, Washington say rule will be lifted March 12

(Newser) - Schoolchildren in California, Oregon, and Washington will no longer be required to wear masks as part of new indoor mask policies the Democratic governors of all three states announced jointly on Monday. "With declining case rates and hospitalizations across the West, California, Oregon, and Washington are moving together to...

Court to Kristof: No, You Can't Run for Governor

Former 'Times' columnist doesn't meet residency requirements in Oregon

(Newser) - Update: Nicholas Kristof's attempt to segue from journalism to politics hit a giant roadblock on Thursday, when Oregon's Supreme Court declared him ineligible to run for governor, reports the Hill . The court agreed with a decision made by state election officials last month that the former New York ...

Cops: Man Who Saw Bear Accidentally Shot Brother, Then Self

Oregon man was found dead after he called 911 to report accident

(Newser) - An Oregon man who told emergency dispatchers he had accidentally killed his brother apparently couldn't live with what he had done, police say. An incident report from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says a man called 911 around 7am Tuesday and said he "had accidentally shot his...

Told to Restrict Free Meals to Homeless, Church Sues City

Oregon church was told it could only feed homeless people twice a week

(Newser) - A church in southern Oregon says it is following the teachings of Jesus Christ when it provides free meals to homeless people—and it is unconstitutional for the city of Brookings to try to limit the service. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon have filed...

Here Are the 10 States People Are Fleeing

Residents are especially saying so long to New Jersey

(Newser) - Over the past year, people in the US made some major life changes—including moving out of state. Whether it was to be closer to family during the pandemic or simply a desire for a life in a less-dense area, plenty of Americans made mini-migrations across state lines. United Van...

'Chaos' at Friday Night Concert After Mass Shooting

6 hospitalized, with one person in critical condition, after shooting at event hall in Eugene, Ore.

(Newser) - Six people were shot during a concert at an event hall in Oregon on Friday night, and the suspected shooter wasn't yet in custody as of 8am local time Saturday, police said. Officers responded to the WOW Hall in Eugene after reports of a shooting around 9:30pm, police...

Clever SOS Helps Save Missing Campers

The 19-year-olds failed to return home as expected on Dec. 29

(Newser) - Two young men went missing during a camping trip in Oregon. That the story didn't end badly is thanks in part to the SOS they fashioned in the snow. Per a Coast Guard press release , the 19-year-olds headed for the Swastika Mountain area about 32 miles east southeast of...

In Oregon, 'Egregious' Poisoning Kills 8 Wolves

State wildlife officials want the public's help

(Newser) - Officials in Oregon are asking for public assistance to locate the person or persons responsible for poisoning eight wolves in the eastern part of the state earlier this year. The Oregon State Police has been investigating the killing of all five members of the Catherine Pack in Union County, plus...

He Got Poisoned, Twice, and Police Fear a Third Strike
Somebody Gave Him the
'Poisoner's Poison'—Twice

Somebody Gave Him the 'Poisoner's Poison'—Twice

Oregon's Joe Gilliam, a prominent political player, is in a vegetative state

(Newser) - Joe Gilliam has been a force in Oregon state politics for more than two decades as head of the influential Northwest Grocery Association. Or at least he had been until recently. For the better part of the last year, the 59-year-old has been in a vegetative state at an undisclosed...

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