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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Dirk VanderHart on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Corporate naming rights are the worst. Just as we'd all finally begun to get comfortable with the overly corporate/Jedi name Jeld-Wen Field, it's been scrapped in light of new money. Now, the Timbers play in Providence Park, which, granted, at least brings back the alliterative charm of the old PGE Park moniker. Still I say: Ugh.

A bill that would put a marijuana legalization question to voters in November gets its first work session in the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.

Portland Public Schools and its teachers' union will continue mediation today, after a meeting yesterday didn't lead to a contract agreement. The Portland Association of Teachers says it will hold the first educator strike in district history beginning February 20, if a deal isn't reached. Meanwhile, PPS indicated yesterday it plans to close schools for three days beginning Feb. 20—for "staff training."

House Speaker John Boehner is trying to shepherd through a bill that will increase the country's spending limits rather than staging another calamitous (for Republicans) stand-off. In what's described as a shocking turnaround for Boehner, and victory for the president, the bill doesn't also include spending cuts.

The economy is sluggish, but the new chairwoman of the Federal Reserve says the bank's oft-debated policies for lowering interests rates and righting the ship are working.

Today in scrutinizing Chris Christie, the Washington Post looks back on questionable deals New Jersey's now-governor struck with law-breaking corporations, back in his days as a federal prosecutor.

Have any of you played this game "Flappy Bird"? If not, maybe don't. Ever.

The old-school Italian mafia. Apparently still a thing.

MEDAL COUNT:

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The weather's nasty, but at least we're back on familiar, sodden, gradually less-slushy ground.

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I've thrown away my toys, everybody. Even my drum and trains. Clearly. (Warning: Unnerving video, either in general or divorced from the context of the '30s. Men inexplicably carrying enormous candies on their person.)

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