Good morning, Portland! Okay, I know it's probably not a good morning for a lot of you, after watching Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic snap in half during double overtime last night. I've been told to avoid the video, as it's apparently brutal—sending good, healing vibes Nurkic's way!
Here are the headlines.
LOL: Michael Avenatti, the kind of attorney who has a "gallery" section on his website, has been charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from a little shoe company in Beaverton, among other crimes.
Mueller Time is Relative: Attorney General William Barr, a man who looked at Jeff Sessions last year and thought, "yes, I want to be in his shoes," apparently had access to Robert Mueller's special report weeks ago. That means he had ample time to decide how to frame it to the public.
according to a Pentagon memo signed at the end of last year, all of Google's military drone AI work on Project Maven is completely exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. That's really bad!— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) March 25, 2019
Small Towns, Big News: Several small-town Oregon newspapers will be up for sale soon. As a former small-town Oregon newspaper reporter, I know it's a thankless job, and you need an owner who understands news—paging Les Zaitz, perhaps?
ICYMI: E-scooters, which apparently are not that thing where you take ecstasy and ride your childhood razor scooter around the Pearl District, are coming back to Portland. PBOT's trying to make sure they serve the whole city—but a lot of transit advocates have beef with the new rules. Here's a good thread spelling out the frustrations.
Something's Not Right on the Columbia: Several fossil fuel projects along the lower Columbia River have climate activists on edge lately. Here's Street Roots' deep dive into the issue.
Follow the Dark Money: Under current Oregon campaign finance law, it's easy for a donor to obscure their identity by donating to a 501(c)(4), or a social welfare nonprofit. Campaign finance reform advocates want to get rid of that gaping loophole for anonymity.
Advice to Live By:
Once we are dead, we don’t know about it, so think of being alive! 1950— Susan Sontag's Diary (@sontagdaily) March 25, 2019