The Port of Portland will soon learn whether its biggest shipping partner will ditch the Rose City. Even if Hanjin Shipping Co. departs—no longer handling almost 80 percent of cargo shipped through the port—dockworkers are going to get paid while they wait for new work to arrive.
The executive director of the Portland Development Commission flouted city ethics rules when he didn't report being wined and dined—along with a host of others—by the developers working to build a now-scuttled Trader Joe's on NE MLK. That's the ruling of the City Auditor's Office, anyway. Patrick Quinton will receive a warning.
After weeks of escalating clashes with the government—and on the verge of a tenuous peace agreement— Ukranian protestors have forced President Viktor F. Yanukovych to flee, and have taken over his palace. They're letting the citizenry stroll its grounds, "gazing in wonder at the mansions, zoo, golf course, enclosure for rare pheasants and other luxuries, set in a birch forest on a bluff soaring above the Dnepr River." Tensions between the opposition and the government largely centered on Yanukovych's decision to spurn Europe and the West in favor of renewed bonhomie with Russia.
A brief rant: The good people at the Portland Bureau of Transportation will sometimes tease me because I'm always asking about Portland's promised bike share program. I think they think it's ridiculous that I'm so concerned about a project that's running more than a year behind initial projections and was just dealt a potentially significant setback when a planned-on supplier went bankrupt. Well, I'm not alone at least. Seattle reporters are asking very similar questions about the system up there, which has almost the exact same challenges as Portland. And Seattle doesn't even know if it'll get a system off the ground this year. Just saying.
Mexican marines have captured the world's most-wanted drug lord, a dodgy Mexican kingpin known as "El Chapo." I feel like American drug lords don't have nicknames, and I feel like that's a shame.
Ted "The Nuge" Nugent, meanwhile, has a decent nickname, I guess. He also has some apologizing to do ("not necessarily to the president") for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." Classy.
In Michigan tragedies other than Ted Nugent, the City of Detroit formally unveiled its path out of bankruptcy yesterday. As expected, retired city workers lose. Big time.
Your Olympics hockey dreams are dead. Time to find some new dreams.
Wait. Russia's leading the medal count now? Sketchy.
Cherish the pseudo-sun while you can.