I have not had a drink in years and the one time I do this I what happens. I will never drink again.Portland, Ore. resident Justin Gilpatrick • Reacting on Facebook to an ordeal in which he got drunk, fell asleep in a dumpster (rather than driving home), was picked up in a dump truck and was compacted with the trash — twice. He lived to tell about it, obviously, only having suffered minor injuries, but a pal of his who chose to drive drunk instead of dumpster-diving got into a three-car crash, though he didn’t get any life-threatening injuries, either. Enjoy your sobriety, Mr. Gilpatrick.
A very rare occurrence, especially in the U.S.: An Oregon man in his 50s contracted the “Black Death” plague while trying to remove a dead rodent from a stray cat’s mouth. While somewhere between 1,000 and 3,000 instances of the plague— yes, the same plague that devastated a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century — only ten to fifteen instances happen in the U.S. each year (this being the fifth incidence of plague in Oregon since 1995). Instances of plague are so rare that vaccination against it is no longer sold in the States, although it does exist. The man was still in critical condition in a hospital in Bend, Oregon as of Friday, and is being treated with antibiotics. (EDIT: As ajoyner notes below, New Mexico has had a number of cases, strangely, in affluent areas.) source
They just got turned around. They sought some shelter in a hollowed-out tree and basically they stayed in the same place. But it was heavy vegetation where they were.Curry County, Ore. Sheriff John Bishop • Discussing the disappearance and later recovery of a family of mushroom pickers who spent six days lost in an an Oregon forest. Considering their situation — lost in a forest in freezing temperatures for roughly six days — the three family members (husband and wife Belinda and Daniel Conne and son Michael) came out of the situation relatively unscathed, with the three suffering only minor injuries. It helped that they largely stayed in the same spot. While the trio could see the helicopters circling them overhead, they had no way of sending them a signal informing them of their presence, slowing things down. The trio were lucky — former CNet editor James Kim died under similar circumstances five years ago. source (via • follow)
jacjacattack asks: i read your post about the oregon blogger, crystal cox, and i would love to hear your thoughts on the now-official divide between journalist and blogger, since you guys are (to my understanding) a bit of both. do you think that the court case will significantly change anything in the blogosphere? has it impacted how you run (or would run) shortformblog? (great blog by the way; very informative. thank you!) x
» SFB says: It’s early, and the decision only affects bloggers in Oregon at this point — and that’s only according to one judge. But now is a good time to definitely comb through journalist shield laws and figure out which states need updating. Seattle Weekly, which broke the story, talked to Bruce E. H. Johnson, the man who wrote the shield law in Washington, and he said this about the case: ”I believe the shield law would have been applied [in Washington state]. Oregon’s law was probably written before blogging was accounted for.” So, the real question is how to get these laws updated for an era where a “journalist” is anyone with a camera phone and a Twitter account. To answer your question: It’s too soon to say it’s had a chilling effect, but if it goes the wrong way, it certainly could. — Ernie @ SFB
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buntsfromaleftcoastgirl asks: Regarding the Postal Service announcement yesterday about slow-downs, my local Oregon NPR station noted this morning that the slow-down would effect Oregon's vote-by-mail as ballots have to be returned--not just postmarked--by election day. Oregon officials are pushing to get voter's pamphlets and ballots to Oregon voters sooner so they can be returned with enough time to slog through the USPS.
» SFB says: Good to know. Here’s the story, for the curious. This is another example, to us, about how a one-day delay in receiving mail will cause a ripple effect far beyond the Postal Service. To put this in Netflix terms: This is the U.S. Postal Service’s Qwikster. — Ernie @ SFB
(Note: quick clarification thanks to danielholter)
A smart federal, state and local law enforcement investigation caught a criminal tonight bent on mass destruction and murder in our city.Portland, Oregon Mayor Sam Adams • Quoted in a Tumblr post about the whole deal with the attempted suicide bomber, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, in his town. Yeah, that’s right. The mayor of Portland has a Tumblr, which is pretty freaking rad. It’s even more rad that they caught the dude before he could do any serious damage. But we offer a conditional, here: Tumblr buddy theonlyplformat makes a pretty great point about this incident. Why wait until he’s about to blow something up? Why not stop him four months earlier when he had already made the threat? (via inothernews)