Good morning, Portland! Surprising no one, it's going to be another dang beautiful day with highs in the 70s. Hashtag blessed, etc. Here's some news to start your day:
Khashoggi Update: According to Turkish officials, Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi was tortured, beheaded, and dismembered within two hours of entering the Saudi embassy in Turkey two weeks ago. Donald Trump is taking way too long to believe the reports that paints one of his fave leaders as a lying, senseless murderer.
A Final Word: Here's Khashoggi's final column written for the Washington Post before his disappearance. A poignant line: "Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate."
Heidi's Hell: The Atlantic interviewed Heidi Cruz the first time since 2016 and it is fascinating. A nuanced, somber story of the sacrifices this ambitious Harvard grad made to support her lizard of a husband.
I endorse: Nebraska's self-deprecating tourism campaign.
Nebraska just changed their tourism motto today and I’m honestly loving the self-awareness pic.twitter.com/xpr2oj0For— Cesen (@cesenmargeurite) October 17, 2018
Worst Grandchild of the Day: Some fucked up kid baked her grandfather's ashes into cookies and fed them to her classmates. Writes the WaPo: "they were definitely an old family recipe — but not in the way you’d think."
Unappealing: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum won't be appealing the court ruling that deemed TriMet's ticket-checking practices unconstitutional. What does that mean for TriMet? The transit company will be hashing that out at next week's board meeting. Stay tuned.
Are You Even Partially Aware, Tho? Former Portland mayor Charlie Hales REALLY doesn't want to talk to the Oregonian about how his $57 million plan to revitalize Old Town Chinatown flopped. “I think you might have just cemented my conviction that talking to The Oregonian is still a waste of time! Are you even partially aware of what was accomplished in my 10 years as commissioner and four years as mayor?”
It Begins: The Blazers face the Lakers tonight in the first game of the regular season. ARE YOU READY? If you're not, get pumped up with Arthur Bradford's excellent feature on Rip City's finest in the latest Mercury.
Not a Nazi? A former Eugene business owner has filed a defamation case against left-wing activists for spreading allegations that she was associated with the white supremacy movement. The allegation forced her to leave Eugene and shutter her marijuana testing lab.