Frost, I say! Did you hear me? I said FROST! In what's clearly the most important news of the day, the National Weather Service says Portland should expect to start the work week with its coldest morning yet this fall, as low as the mid- to lower 30s.
No... wait. This is probably more important. The iPod marks its 10th anniversary today. It used to look one way. And now it looks different, and also there are, like, lots and lots of them.
Hmm... maybe not that either. I know! A horrific earthquake in Turkey has flattened dozens of buildings and killed several dozen—so far—with some reports suggesting the death toll will climb into the hundreds and maybe past 1,000.
Libya has chucked its wedding ring into the Mediterranean. With the body of former strongman Moammar Gaddafi on display for looky-loos in a mall meat cooler, the country's new leaders decide it's time to declare their "liberation." They still also declare that Qaddafi/Gadhafi/Gaddafi was killed in crossfire, even though an autopsy confirms what half the world saw on YouTube: He was shot in the head.
You know that place our troops have occupied for 10 years? What's its name? Afghanistan, or something? Anyway, they totally said that if the United States goes to war with the country next door (Pakistan, I think they said? It's sooooo confusing; Stan's supposed to be a first name!), then they'd totally not support us and would support those other people instead.
What do anti-trust laws matter, anyway? Quietly, secretly, wishfully, Google reportedly is interested in buying Yahoo, the search company it dethroned—even approaching private equity firms to help it finance a purchase.
Two roller coasters race. A man loses an eyeball. So, now, the two roller coasters don't race.
Alabama is still smearing itself on the Constitution. Allegedly. To ensure white juries in death-penalty cases, African Americans are routinely kept off juries in parts of the state, a lawsuit alleges, 140 years after that kind of thing was made, you know, illegal.
Pizza pitchman Herman Cain, running for the GOP presidential nod, but maybe also just to sell books and jack up his speaking fees, started his political career as a restaurant lobbyist with close ties to Republican leaders. His main missions: fighting restaurant smoking bans, opposing reduced blood-alcohol limits to prevent drunk driving, fighting increases in the minimum wage, and opposing a patients’ bill of rights. (He might also be the antichrist.)
Once the banks get their hooks into you, they never let go. The United States is already working on a deficit reduction plan, but now a second rating agency says it wants to lower the nation's debt worthiness score.
The Portland officer who mistakenly shot a mentally ill man with buckshot instead of beanbag pellets this summer is arguing (actually, his lawyer is making the case) that his error was "directly caused" by the Portland Police Bureau's failure to safely devise standards for handling "less-lethal" weapons.
Good Morning, Occupy Portland! Occupiers complain that police data showing slightly higher nuisance crime around Chapman and Lownsdale squares aren't statistically that significant—and even the police kind of agree that the percentage increases are "misleading."
With no signs of an imminent eviction, Portland's occupation is among an ever smaller club across the country. Rat problems are leading Oakland officials to try to boot their occupation. Big Vancouver also is laying on some legal pressure.
And, yes, frost in Portland come Monday morning might make life more difficult for some occupiers. But maybe they'll remember this bit of warmth from the weekend.