Doug Brown

Oh you thought the Merc's Doug Brown was done asking anarchists what was up with their May Day behavior? You thought wrong.

As someone who'd never want to smoke pot around strangers in public, I can say that Cliff Robinson, Ted Wheeler, and Chloe Eudaly are correct when they say I should be able to smoke pot around strangers in public.

A speeding car seemed to purposefully slam into nearly two dozen pedestrians in Times Square yesterday, killing one person and injuring 22 more. The driver, a Navy veteran, isn't suspected of having terrorist motives, but people who know him describe him descending into paranoia recently. Not good.

The hunt for Kyron Horman is still on, KGW reports. A grand jury looking into the boy's 2010 disappearance has been meeting lately and there are reports of new searches.

We reported last year Portland would launch an app that lets you pay for parking by phone. It just did....and it's cat-themed? We use the exact same service as Chicago (and lots of others). So for context, below is a shot Chicago's site, then Portland's. :|


As Secretary of State Dennis Richardson suggests that the state might have paid millions in medical costs for people who didn't actually qualify for Medicaid, the OHA is suggesting everyone cool it. The agency says there's no proof, currently, that Richardson's numbers are realistic.

Clark County deputies killed a 66-year-old inmate at a Vancouver hospital yesterday. It's not entirely clear what led to the shooting.

A Portland principal who abruptly quit last week was suspected of forging teacher signatures on evaluations he'd never bothered to carry out, the O reports.

The city's facing a lawsuit from a young Black man who says he was just trying to ride his bike home from work in 2015 when he was roughed up by a police officer.

Swedish prosecutors have ceased their rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who's spent years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. That doesn't mean Assange is a free man.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says something surprising: Donald Trump wasn't lying when he said he'd made up his mind to fire former FBI Director James Comey prior to Rosenstein writing a memo recommending as much.

Also: The NYT has more on Trump's weird communications with Comey.

Meanwhile, Trump is headed on an overseas trip, first to Saudi Arabia. And he's still a toddler. From the AP: "When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine. At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids."

No. Dear god no. This is the worst story you'll read today.