Print Edition for the week of
Feb. 9 - 15, 2012

Vol. 12, No. 38
Ruel Pascual


When Is Segregation Legal?

State Sued By Advocacy Groups over Segregating Workers with Disabilities

Net Failure

Volunteers Sound Alarm over Flaws in Portland's Disaster Response Plan

Fight Between Friends

Q&A with Portland Planned Parenthood Prez David Greenberg

In Other News


The Creepiest Love Songs of All Time

A Special Valentine's Day Playlist

Take Your Medicine

The Pharmacy's Rock and Roll Lifestyle

The Final Frontier

Vektor Is Light Years Ahead of the Fleet

Up & Coming

Highlights in Music the Week of February 9-15

Movies & TV

The Young Ones

A PIFF That Looks Younger Than Ever

The Blueprint

So Some Stuff Happens in Safe House I Guess

Blood, Honey, and a Trojan Horse

Angelina Jolie Brings a Dog into the Bosnian War

Buster Keaton and Time-Traveling Hipsters

Making a Little Time for Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Bombad Three Dees!

Ooo! Da Phantom Menace! Deesa Besto Star Warsie!

Geek Out

3D Done Right

Film Shorts

In Which We Hit It and Quit It

Food and Drink

All Shook Up

Oven and Shaker's Italian Comfort Food



Pam Houston's Contents May Have Shifted Travels the World with Grace

24/7 Jihad

The Mirage Reverses the Roles in the War on Terror

A Month of Letters

Mary Robinette Kowal's Hand-Written Challenge

Theater & Performance

Madame Butterfly

Portland Opera Takes on Puccini's Tale of Love and Betrayal

Tour Guide to Shakespeare

Portland Center Stage's Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline.



Tantalizing, Romantical Love Notes—Written by You! The Mercury Reader!

I, Anonymous


(UPDATED) Are You Ready for Comic Book Men? Hell, is Anyone?

Here's That Care Bear Reboot You've Been Waiting For

Announcing: Communion

Tonight in Music


TriMet Bus Driver Assault!

Good Morning, News!

Chris Brown: The Quiz

It's Happening Tonight!

Shoot This Truck

Planned Parenthood Exposed!

Google Wants to Get in Your House

Google Briefly Acknowledges the Existence of Gay Couples—and Princess/Frog Couples—on Valentine's Day

Nicolas Cage: Vampire, Clone, Hero

From the Mercury Mailbag!

Situation Tense at SE New Seasons Over Firing, Says Worker

In Which Bobby Roberts Attempts to Ruin the One Thing That Made Me Happy Today

Would You Buy a Mini-iPad?

After Gay Controversy, Romance Writers Contest Canceled

American Income Inequality Looks a Lot Like 1928

The Other Breakfast Club Archetype: The Class Clown

Two Queer Media Outlets Launch in Portland

PIFF Liftoff

Santorum Gets Glitter Bukkake'd

Good Morning, News!

The Return of Purity Bear!

Let's Play the Game of Love Thrones

Tonight at Helium: Amy Schumer

The Walking Dead Chitty-Chat Club!

Kirk Cameron Makes Doc About America's "Growing Pains" (GET IT?!?!?)

It's Happening Tonight!

About That Rift Between Occupy and the Longshore Workers...

Krugman: Severely Conservative Lunatics Running the GOP Asylums

New Paris Laws Give Bikes Okay to Run Red Lights; Ooh-La-La!

"Dear Sugar" Revealed as Portland Author Cheryl Strayed

The Republican Race Is Getting Democrats Excited About Voting

Bare-Bones Report Released on Police Bureau's Work with JTTF

Required Viewing: Alternate Version of Clint Eastwood's Halftime-in-America Commercial

Grand Jury Clears Cops in Shooting of Bradley Morgan

Should Portland Ban Cops From Using Horses and Pepper Spray to Bust Up Protests?

Good Morning News!

Tonight in Music

Give and Take

Gold Star: The Mercury's Web Comment of the Week!

Sneaky Peek: Louis CK on Parks and Rec!

By the Numbers: Charting Change on North Williams

Lackthereof's New, Free Album Was Recorded in a Single Day

Today in You Are Tiny and Insignificant: Special Valentine's Edition!

Transformers 4: Please Make a Note of It

TriMet Budget Cuts Rundown: Fare Increase, MAX Cuts, Killing Free Rail, Oh My!

Net Failure Update: Mediation Group Says City Emergency Plans Fall Short

Romance, Comics

How PBS Covers Presidential Blowjobs

Gary Busey Files for "Butt-horn!"—I Mean, "Bankruptcy"

SL Letter of the Day: Pill The Homos!

Recaps For the Mildly Interested: Watching Grimm on Location

Santorum-Soaked Headline of the Day

$880K Says Adventure Games Aren't Dead

Hodor Valentine's Day (feat. Señor Chang)

SL Letter of the Day: Daddy Loves Who?

SL Letter of the Day: Life Sentence

Mitt Romney Tries to Woo Detroit By Saying "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" a Second Time, in More Detail

Coming to North Williams: A New 84-unit Apartment Complex

Tonight in Music

It's Happening Tonight

SL Letter of the Day: Anger Mismanagement

"Don't Call Her Vagina A Beautiful Flower. Please Don't."

Tonight at The Portland International Film Fest

Win Valentine's Dinner for Two at Central

Why the City Hall Camping Vigil Is Allowed to Keep Its Tent

President Obama Listens to AgesandAges

Tonight in Music

Good Morning, News!

URGENT BLOGTOWN POLL: How Do YOU Feel About Jean-Claude Van Damme's Mustache?

My (Drunken) Chocolate-Free Valentine's

EMA's New Single Raises Money for Antibullying Nonprofit

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

"I Have Chickens Too!"

Driving Around With a Tied-Up Naked Woman is Apparently a Crime Even If She Agrees to Do It

It's Happening Tonight!


Did You Get a Call from Sam Adams Yesterday?

Valentine's Day Bondage Date All Kinds of Wrong

Tonight in Music

Introducing CASH Music

Madonna Throws M.I.A. Under the Bus

I Like Sony's Vita, But Save Your Money

Tonight! KATU Wants Everyone to Be Afraid of Marauding Crazy People!

Lille Boutique's Stella McCartney Lingerie Spring 2012 Lookbook

Santorum Rises

Good Morning, News!

Disgruntled New Seasons Employees Protest Firing of Worker over Alleged "Rice and Tofu Theft"

Typhoon to Release Live DVD

So Now George Lucas Is Just Trolling Nerds

A Fire Sale. Literally.

Good Morning, News!

Cabbie Crackdown Update

The I, Anonymous Blog Quote o' the Day!

And Now, Your Daily Picture of Bruce Campbell Wearing a Kilt and Carrying a Sword

New Tu Fawning! Or Should That Be Nu Tu Fawning?

Surfboard Building Class? Okay!

New Ramona Falls Song!

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Die Antwoord's Fashion Week Outfits: Kind of Obvious

Mandatory French Fries on Sandwiches: CONDEMN OR ALLOW?

Tonight: Sailor & Lula & Clarence & Alabama

Tonight at Powell's: Katherine Boo

Required Listening: Howard Stern on Ellen, JC Penney, Bullied Gay Kids, Rosie, Santorum, Bachmann, et al

"Happy Black History Month, Charlie Brown!"

Experimental Half Hour - "XXX Valentine's Day"

Recaps for Poor People: Long 30 Rock Episode is Long.

Win Tickets to Cate Le Bon!

Radish Underground 101

Good Morning News!

Lexicon Valley on "Faggot"

Police Officers Also Want You to Know "It Gets Better"

PSA: Project Runway Is on The Hunt

This Week's Mercury Music Section

Last Minute Erotic Valentines!

The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee's Grammy Dress in Progress

Community Service for Naked Valentine's Day Bondage Game

Gretchen Jones F/W '12

Police Make String of Arrests for Squatting in Vacant Houses

Chromatics Cover Neil Young

Weekend Shopper

The I, Anonymous Blog Quote o' the Day!

Required Reading: The Self-Delusions of "Self-Sufficient" Americans

Sold Out

The Specialty Store

One Day at a Time

The Week in Review

New Column!

I, Anonymous Blog

Savage Love & Sex

Savage Love

Welcoming Committee

I Love Television

I Love Television™

Into the Donkey Abyss