PSU Welcomes Students from Saudi Arabia Barred from Canada Universities

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Portland State University (PSU) is dipping its toe into a contentious international feud.

This morning, PSU announced it has removed a few admission barriers for students from Saudi Arabia enrolled in Canadian universities who were ordered by their own government to leave the country this month.

The estimated 8,000 students were recalled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after Canada's foreign affairs minister criticized the Saudi government for arresting women's rights activist Samar Badawi on August 1. Not only did this critique inspire bin Salman to suspend all scholarship programs for Saudi students in Canada, it prompted him drop all new trade deals with Canadian businesses, stop the import of Canadian wheat, and freeze all direct flights to and from Canada.

In response, PSU has offered an expedited admissions process and waived the undergraduate admission fee ($52) for Saudi students transferring from Canada universities. At least five Saudi students living in Canada have applied to PSU—and 40 have show interest—since last Wednesday, according to PSU's International Admissions Counselor Karen Hanson.

A PSU website dedicated to this transfer process reads: "As an institution with a commitment to serving diverse learners, we are confident that PSU will provide an innovative environment for you to continue your studies."

PSU currently has 236 Saudi students—the second-largest international population on campus.

The Trump administration has avoided getting involved in the Canada-Saudi Arabia spat over human rights, for now. It's unknown which other US universities, if any, have specifically reached out to the displaced Saudi students to help them continue their education.

Asked if this decision is at all a statement on the international debate, PSU spokesperson Kurt Bedell said: "We just feel for these students, some of them are just two credits short from graduating and don't know what to do. We are just signaling our support to students from Saudi Arabia."


Good Morning, News: Seattle Plane Heist, Charlottesville Anniversary Rallies, Stephen Miller's Uncle 2020

Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

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Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a woman at the 1-year anniversary of her daughter's death. Win McNamee / Getty Images

Good morning, Portland. We're looking at a high of 95 today, the perfect temperature to kick off BURGER WEEK! Here's the news you need to start your day.

Patriot Snare: A Vancouver racial justice group cancelled a rally on Saturday after violent alt-right-ers Patriot Prayer threatened to show up. The group intended to protest the recent arrest of a Black man who was pummeled a member of Patriot Prayer.

Dancing Bears Begone: Multnomah County has banned all live-animal circuses or performances from operating anywhere in the county. I'm mostly including this for the Portland Tribune's glorious lede: "Lions and tigers and bears — nope."

Wait, So Journalism's Not Dead? There's a new online media outlet in Salem, staffed by a bunch of great reporters!


Up in the Air: A ground control employee at the Sea-Tac airport managed to steal an airplane and fly it above Seattle for an hour before crashing it into a Puget Sound island. The man didn't survive the crash. The mysterious incident has ignited a conversation about airport security measures.

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Things to Do Monday!

The Portland Mercury's Burger Week Begins!
From Monday August 13 - Saturday August 18, at 50 of Portland's finest restaurants, you'll find one-of-a-kind burgers that exist only for the Mercury's Burger Week brought to you by New Seasons Market! And even better? Each of these wondrous creations will cost a mere $5! Special thanks to Jim Beam, Widmer Brothers Brewing and Oregon's Finest for supporting Burger Week.
Aug 13-18, Various Times and Locations, check the Burger List for participating restaurants and burger availability


T-Rextasy, Ruune, Kids' Table
New York punk band T-Rextasy played their first show the night before their senior prom and have since dropped an excellent debut LP (2016’s Jurassic Punk) and the new single “Girl, Friend.” Tonight they’ll play all-ages venue and community center Marrow PDX, which is entirely volunteer-run and features shows booked by youth performers.
8 pm, Marrow PDX, $5-15, all ages

Dead Girls
Author Alice Bolin reads from Dead Girls, a critical essay collection examining literature, pop culture, and American society, and the ways women are often used as props in men-focused narratives. Bolin will be joined in conversation by poet Ed Skoog, author of Run the Red Lights.
7:30 pm, Powell's Books on Hawthorne, free

The Turnout
Every second, third, and fourth Monday of the month, the Secret Society and the Turnout join forces to bring you some form of live storytelling, interviews, stand-up comedy, improv, or music from a rotating cast of local acts. For details on tonight's show, click here.
8 pm, The Secret Society, $10

David Foster
The Canadian musician, composer, producer, and arranger known for producing some of the biggest songs of the 20th century brings his solo stuff to the Newmark for a rare and intimate Portland performance.
8 pm, Newmark Theatre, $79-99

The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Nope, this is not a marathon of Peter Jackson’s landmark live-action trilogy—though why would you want it to be that, anyway? Who told you sitting for 12 hours in a theater with odorous strangers watching that pillow fight for the 20th time was a worthwhile endeavor? Whoever it was lied to you. Anyway, this Rings represents the first real crack at adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic by over-ambitious animator Ralph Bakshi. Bakshi’s Rings has a few notable moments (some of which Jackson lifted for his own adaptation) and there’s always a weird otherworldliness to the visuals that makes the fantasy just a little more fantastical. But the budget running out on Bakshi means you’ll end up with only half a story (the film ends after Helms Deep), and a mess of badly adapted, badly acted, badly designed characters gesticulating wildly at literally everything. As a film? It’s a loud, tone-deaf mess. As a rough draft of the trilogy that would come decades later? It’s a fascinating, fitfully entertaining rotoscoped document of failed vision. BOBBY ROBERTS
4:15 pm & 9:25 pm, Academy Theater, $3-4

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!


Timbers' Unbeaten Streak Ends With Home Loss to Vancouver

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The streak is dead, and in bitter fashion.

One game away from setting the all-time franchise record for most consecutive games unbeaten, the Portland Timbers were upended 2-1 by their Cascadian rival the Vancouver Whitecaps on a tumultuous, drama-filled Saturday night at Providence Park.

How'd it happen? The Timbers again conceded a bad early goal, just as they did in matches on this long homestand against Montreal and Houston, but this time, they never quite managed to claw their way back.

The game was ultimately decided in a three minute stretch at the end of the first half, when Diego Valeri dragged a penalty wide of the left post and was punished for it when the smallest player in MLS, 5'2 Christian Techera, buried a header on the other end of the field to extend Vancouver's lead to two.

Despite a redemptive penalty conversion for Valeri in the second half, part of a Timbers onslaught that yielded an extraordinary 26 shots, the Whitecaps hung on for one of the biggest wins of their season — and celebrated in front of their supporters tucked high in the southwest corner of the stadium like they knew it.

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Portland Burger Week: $5 Burgers in Deeper South Southeast Portland

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IT’S BACK. The only time of year that matters—the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week—is finally here!

From Monday, August 13-Saturday August 18, at 50 of Portland’s most beloved restaurants, bars, and brew houses, you’ll find fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers that exist ONLY for the Mercury’s Burger Week! That’d be great on its own, but it gets better: Each of those fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers is only $5!

The Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is brought to you by the Mercury (natch), but we couldn’t do it without our burger-lovin’ pals at New Seasons Market, Jim Beam, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Oregon’s Finest!

Here are all the delicious burgers you can eat in deeper south Southeast Portland for just $5:

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The Lamp's Harissa Cracklin' Burger

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TriMet Study On Racial Bias Based on Incomplete Data

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A recent study of TriMet’s fare enforcement indicates that TriMet is not racially biased when citing those who didn’t pay fare. But the way the data was collected for the study may mean the analysis is incomplete.

The study, conducted by Portland State University (PSU) criminal justice professor Brian Renauer, specifically analyzes fare evasion citations issued by TriMet on the MAX between March 2016 to March 2018.

Over that period of time, 18 percent of fare evasion citations on the MAX were issued to Black riders. This is similar to the results of a 2016-2018 TriMet rider survey conducted on MAX trains that found 17.8 percent of fare-evaders were Black. Because those numbers are so close, PSU’s study concludes that TriMet does not have a racial bias problem with fare-related punishment.

But TriMet’s data collection process has some holes.

First, most citations were given at just a few specific MAX stations: over 50 percent of all fare enforcement occurs at just 10 stations in the whole system, which could affect the accuracy of the data. The focus on just a few MAX stations might also make it way easier to skip fare in most other parts of town.

Additionally, TriMet employees were the ones responsible for determining and recording a fare-evaders race, meaning the racial data could be inaccurate. The data also includes 2,000 riders (out of 48,000 total) whose race was marked “unknown,” simply because an inspector didn’t know a person’s race—Renauer says those incidents aren’t useful for study, and adds that the problem is one of inspector training.

The study on fare evasion and racial disparity, released Wednesday at a TriMet board meeting, also showed that Black riders have a disproportionate rate of “exclusions” — a punishment reserved for people who repeatedly break TriMet rules or skip paying fares. Excluded riders are banned from using any TriMet service for between 30 and 90 days.

Black riders accounted for 22.1 percent of exclusions over the past two years—about 4.3 percent higher than would be expected, considering that they only account for 17.8 percent of fare evaders. But Renauer says that disparity is explained by the small number of people with repeat violations. According to Renauer, there are about 56 Black chronic fare evaders who account for 26 percent of all Black exclusions. “If those repeat exclusions had only been excluded once, it would reduce the overall exclusion rate by 4 percent,” Renauer told the TriMet board at the Wednesday meeting.

Those 56 repeat violators aren’t the only constant reoffenders—each racial category had a significant number of people who got caught avoiding paying fare frequently. But the data shows that the repeat offenders among Black riders seem to skip paying fares on a more regular basis, which bloats the statistics for the overall category.

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Portland Burger Week: $5 Burgers in Deeper East SE Portland

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IT’S BACK. The only time of year that matters—the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week—is finally here!

From Monday, August 13-Saturday August 18, at 50 of Portland’s most beloved restaurants, bars, and brew houses, you’ll find fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers that exist ONLY for the Mercury’s Burger Week! That’d be great on its own, but it gets better: Each of those fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers is only $5!

The Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is brought to you by the Mercury (natch), but we couldn’t do it without our burger-lovin’ pals at New Seasons Market, Jim Beam, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Oregon’s Finest!

Here are all the delicious burgers you can eat in further east Southeast Portland for just $5:

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Nick's Famous Coney Island Sweet & Spicy Carnival Burger

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Alice Bolin's Dead Girls Explores Why Everyone in the Northwest Is so Obsessed with Serial Killers

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Alice Bolin's debut collection of essays, Dead Girls, illuminates a mystery that has plagued me ever since I moved to the Pacific Northwest: Why is everyone out here so obsessed with serial killers?

Bolin approaches the question with a suite of four essays that lay out the mechanics of what she calls the "dead girl" trope, pulling from many specimens of noir and any other narrative instigated by the horrific murder of a beautiful, young, white girl.

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If You’re Not Eating Crawfish, You’re Summering Wrong

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Perhaps no New Orleans meal is more iconic than the crawfish boil: heaps of spicy crawfish dumped on newspaper-draped tables, with corn and potatoes for garnish.

Always best with a cold beverage, it’s a hands-on party that involves finding the biggest crawfish you can grab, separating the head (sucking on that bit is optional, but tasty), and squeezing out the meat from the tail. You will get messy, and it’s not an activity for anyone who can’t handle their meal staring back at them. If you’re game, though, it’s an experience unlike any other.

This summer, crawfish boils are popping up around Portland faster than you can pull a mudbug from a bayou swamp. If a trip to NOLA isn’t on your list, here are a few places you can snag a mighty fine boil.

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Fast Burgers, Burger Week Burgers, and Old-Fashioned Crawfish Boils: Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap-Up

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Burnside Brewing's "Cornholio Burger" | Photo by Meg Nanna

It is happening again. Burger Week starts on Monday and lasts all the way through Saturday with 50 burgers from 50 different restaurants, bars, and strip clubs. What comes on a “Fat Brando” or a “Crazy Carl?” Want to know what the secret ingredient is on “The Very Stable Genius Burger?” Visit our special Burger Week website, where we give you the rundown on each of these burgers. (And that special ingredient is Cheetos, but you already knew that.) Collect 'em all!

In other Mercury news, we reported that the Boiling Bowl plans on bringing pho back to the old Toast & Pho space on NW 21st, possibly by next month. Our critic rounded up the best spots in town to get your crawfish boil on and she also visited Micah Camden’s new and incredibly busy fast food burger drive-in concept Super Deluxe. Her takeaway: “When Super Deluxe was good, it was VERY good. But when it was bad, I was temper-tantrum-level mad.” Still, she thinks the team will work out the kinks for a business that’s only been around a month.

The O this week rounded up and ranked Portland’s best pizza by the slice. Of the 10 spots it visited, the top honors went to Baby Doll, Scottie’s, and Ken Forkish’s Checkerboard Pizza in the Pine Street Market space.

Willamette Week visited the new Italian eatery, Corzetti, over on NE Prescott and 15th. It was…not impressed. Some dishes worked, like the Tuesday night cast iron chicken special, but the paper says it’s not the destination restaurant it could be. Which is an interesting point. Should we expect chefs to open destination joints? Is it okay to open an unfussy restaurant that caters to its neighbors?

Finally, Eater reported that Kachka just started its lunch program at its new space over on SE 11th. The Wild North food cart just started offering brunch at the Cartlandia pod. SuBe, the Old Town sushi restaurant that opened in 2014, is closing this month. However, the owner teased that he’s working on a new, as-yet-unnamed concept, so we’ll all need to stay tuned. Lastly, it shared the news that Laika software engineer and food blogger Nick Woo has created the listicle to end all listicles: He’s aggregating the best restaurants in Portland based on metadata gleaned from this town’s food journalists. And he’s just getting started. Read the story, and then visit his feastmeatswest website for even more of the story.


If You Eat Meat, You're in a Lot of Bad Company

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Rare species of homo sapiens eating vegan food at Plum Bistro, earlier this year. BROOKE FITTS

Editor's note: This piece was originally published by our sister paper The Stranger in Seattle.

Maybe living in and visiting so-called enlightened, liberal oases like Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles distorts one's perception, but a recent Washington Post article presented depressing statistics about the number of vegetarians and vegans in America. WaPo author Maura Judkis reports the findings of a new Gallup poll revealing that only 5 percent of the population considers themselves vegetarian and 3 percent vegan. (Yes, liberals are much more likely to practice vegetarianism and veganism than conservatives, according to Gallup.) These numbers have remained fairly static since 1999. This is bad news, if you care at all about the environment—and maybe even your own body.

As I noted in The Stranger here, here, and here, going meatless (and dairyless, if you're hardcore) benefits not only physical health, but that of this pale blue dot that Carl Sagan accurately described as "the only home we've ever known," this third stone from the sun (per Jimi Hendrix) whose demise we're diligently hastening. Read George C. Wang's "Go vegan, save the planet" and study the infographic in the post "Animal Agriculture Is the Most Destructive Industry Facing the Planet Today" for further information.

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Timbers v. Vancouver Match Preview

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It's been a busy week for the Portland Timbers, with the club shipping Vytas to D.C. and bringing back Jorge Villafaña and Lucas Melano back ahead of the close of the summer transfer window on Wednesday night, and, on Saturday night at Providence Park, it might conclude in historic fashion.

Last week, the Timbers tied their club record 15-game unbeaten streak with a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. This week, they go for the record outright in what should be a highly entertaining Cascadia clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps (8:00 p.m., TV on ROOT Sports).

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Portland Burger Week: $5 Burgers in Central Southeast Portland

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IT’S BACK. The only time of year that matters—the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week—is finally here!

From Monday, August 13-Saturday August 18, at 50 of Portland’s most beloved restaurants, bars, and brew houses, you’ll find fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers that exist ONLY for the Mercury’s Burger Week! That’d be great on its own, but it gets better: Each of those fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers is only $5!

The Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is brought to you by the Mercury (natch), but we couldn’t do it without our burger-lovin’ pals at New Seasons Market, Jim Beam, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Oregon’s Finest!

Here are all the delicious burgers you can eat in central Southeast Portland for just $5:

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EastBurn's Big Mike

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The 34 Best Movies to See in Portland This Week

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From The Princess Bride to a documentary about Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, we've got you covered.

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Good Morning, News: Nike Lawsuit, ICE Occupier Assaults a Man, RBG Celebrates 25 Years on the Supreme Court

Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

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Good morning, Portland! Man, the air quality sure seems off today, huh? It's going to get up to 90 today, but there's a small chance of rain over the weekend that could be our salvation. Let's get to the news!

Trump's national security team scrambled to set up an agreement on NATO ahead of last month's summit in a semi-successful attempt to prevent the president from undermining the decades long alliance. In other words: members of his own team are working behind his back to help him succeed.

Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for 25 years on the court! May she have at least six more.


Deportation halted mid-flight: A refugee mother and her young daughter are plaintiffs in a case against the government related to changes in who is allowed to apply for asylum. The feds deported them in the middle of the case, and upon finding out, Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered that the plane they were on turn around and come back to the US.

Prosecutors are expected to rest their case in the Paul Manafort trial today after several weeks of detailed testimony from bookkeepers on the man's messy finances. The defense may begin its arguments today or Monday, and the focus will surely be on how Rick Gates, Manafort's right hand man, is an unreliable witness.

Melania Trump's parents just became US citizens thanks to Trump's favorite bogeyman: chain migration. Oh right, this is the Trump administration: family-based migration is only a problem if you aren't white.

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