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By Margaret Seiler May 17, 2023


Catlin Gabel and Portland State alum Makenzie Lystrup placed her hand on Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot instead of a Bible for her swearing in as the director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, so now we’re hoping the next Portland mayor opts for a tattered copy of Fight Club or Ramona Quimby, Age 8.


The Mercedes-Benz driver who parked in the middle of Waterfront Park for a photo op with the cherry blossoms might have just wanted to be first in line for the midway at the Rose Festival this year.


Nike’s phasing out of white shorts for a lot of women’s teams it sponsors—a practical move for athletes who menstruate—is making us question the whole Memorial Day–to–Labor Day white-wearing window we’d thought was settled law.


While DIYers, mad scientists, and wild-haired inventors who give their dogs names like Copernicus and Einstein might be eager to track the progress of the “right to repair” bill in Salem (which calls for manufacturers to make replacement parts and diagnostic tools available for their products), some of us sheepishly admit we can’t even change out an iPhone screen.


The outside-security location of the upcoming Loyal Legion beer hall at PDX means we will no longer be meeting visiting friends and relatives on the sidewalk outside baggage claim; meet us at the bar, mates!

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