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- Why is PDC's former top exec suing Portland? (It's not job-related) City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland delays action on citywide Ban the Box proposal for former felons from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Troubleshooter: Multnomah County's only covered bridge in need of attention from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants a second term. Will he be challenged? from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland considering banning certain insecticides on city property from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Steve Novick on why roads 'rot' as utility bills go up: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Two Birds, No Bush from Dingleberry Gazette
- N. Portland property with stunning downtown, river views could be next city park from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland re-examining trademark process, fees in wake of Pabst brew-ha-ha from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland reexamining trademark process, fees in wake of Pabst brew-ha-ha from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- D.A. says Portland's Columbia Building won't go to cops: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman racks up absences, analysis shows from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Mayor Charlie Hales wants opinions on Soul District: Portland City Hall Roundup from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland police oversight threatened by leak, union intimidation from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland plan to help ex-offenders find jobs takes shape from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Remember Dan Weidinger? OPB News follows up with the Bull Run's Lone Ranger from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Should Portland help ex-offenders, require employers to wait to know criminal history? (Poll) from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- David Shaff talks Randy Leonard, Mount Tabor reservoirs, earthquakes (Q&A) from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Before shutdown, how many jobs did United Streetcar deliver? from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland Streetcar collisions? Nearly 1 a week, reports say from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator, is retiring from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Nick Fish names Sonia Schmanski as next chief of staff from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Cold Shoulders from Dingleberry Gazette
- A Red Shirt/Red Dress Red-Letter Day from Dingleberry Gazette
- Previews of Coming Unattractions from Dingleberry Gazette
- Coltrane and Bronet’s spring break massacre continues from UO Matters
- HLGR demands retraction of this post: Klinger says archivists “resigned”, Coltrane got Rudnick to rewrite Walkup’s report on Archives release, no followup from Coltrane on deleted docs from UO Matters
- Steve Duin: Coos County whiffs on lodging taxes at Bandon Dunes from Steve Duin
- Why did Doug Park go wacko over the Presidential Archives release? from UO Matters
- Earthquakes are a constant from Lelo in Nopo
- Universities’ massive solar tax scam under criminal investigation from UO Matters
- University tried to silence faculty blogger with sex harassment allegations from UO Matters
- Steve Duin: Workers' comp investigator disputes 2013 TriMet stabbing accounts from Steve Duin
- Harbaugh, Kent, Oriard and Wright: Are big-time college sports worth it? from UO Matters
- Why I love Oregon from UO Matters
- Kim Sheehan and Tim Gleason won’t share PAGIA agendas, Coltrane wants $151.78 from UO Matters
- Coltrane and Bronet make two wrongs right from UO Matters
- Don Kahle praises Trustee Ginevra Ralph for raising the question from UO Matters
- Steve Duin: Sweet Cakes by Melissa, sour grapes by Aaron from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Compromising obsessions at the U.S. Attorney's office from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Mary Schamehorn and Bandon's photographic memory from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: OHSU settles Priscilla Schmidt medical negligence claim for $950,000 from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: At the Capitol, the Democrats regroup and the Republicans fume from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: A vaper-free workplace in Multnomah County? from Steve Duin
- Beer and Dragons – Phandelver 4 and 5 from beerdrinker.org is a beer drinker
- Steve Duin: John Kitzhaber and Patricia McCaig, dancing in the dark from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Two governors front and center at Portland screening of 'A River Between Us' from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Oregon Real Estate Agency only reprimands license of Sandra Bittler, realtor in Elmo and Meliitta case from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Time and justice at odds on Oregon's Death Row from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: One last game with Ahoefa Ananouko at the Roosevelt High gym from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: At the University of Oregon, 22,000 doses of vaccine reality from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Kate Brown didn't recognize John Kitzhaber's phone number or his bizarre behavior from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Tony Kriz and the search for an 'Aloof' God from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: The fantasy world of Governor John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes from Steve Duin
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- Steve Duin blog: This Day - Feb. 12 - in Cylvia Hayes from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: In battle of nerves, John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes are well-armed from Steve Duin
- Lost Mines of Phandelver – Session Three from beerdrinker.org is a beer drinker
- It's Time to Climb a Mountain from Lelo in Nopo
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In Vino Veritas

Kirkland, Napa Cabernet 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve, Napa Meritage 2011
Kramer, Chardonnay Estate 2012
Forlorn Hope, Que Saudade 2013
Ramos, Premium Tinto, Alentejano 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve, Rutherford Cabernet 2012
Bottego Vinaia, Pinot Grigio Trentino 2013
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2011
Pete's Mountain, Elijah's Reserve Cabernet, 2007
Beaulieu, George Latour Cabernet 1998
Januik, Merlot 2011
Torricino, Campania Falanghina 2013
Edmunds St. John, Heart of Gold 2012
Chloe, Pinot Grigio, Valdadige 2013
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2013
Kirkland, Pinot Grigio, Friuli 2013
St. Francis, Red Splash 2011
Rodney Strong, Canernet, Alexander Valley 2011
Erath, Pinot Blanc 2013
Taylor Fladgate, Porto 2007
Portuga, Rose 2013
Domaine Digioia-Royer, Chambolle-Musigny, Vielles Vignes Les Premieres 2008
Locations, F Red Blend
El Perro Verde, Rueda 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red 2010
Chloe, Pinot Grigio, Valdadige 2013
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2013
Kirkland, Pinot Grigio, Friuli 2013
St. Francis, Red Splash 2011
Rodney Strong, Canernet, Alexander Valley 2011
Erath, Pinot Blanc 2013
Taylor Fladgate, Porto 2007
Portuga, Rose 2013
Domaine Digioia-Royer, Chambolle-Musigny, Vielles Vignes Les Premieres 2008
Locations, F Red Blend
El Perro Verde, Rueda 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red 2
If You See Kay, Red 2011
Turnbull, Old Bull Red 2010
Cherry Tart, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Cabernet, Oakville 2012
Benton Lane, Pinot Gris 2012
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Reserva 2008
Haden Fig, Pinot Noir 2012
Pendulum Red 2011
Vina Real, Plata, Crianza Rioja 2009
Edmunds St. John, Bone/Jolly, Gamay Noir Rose 2013
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 26
Ayna, Tempranillo 2011
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Haley's Block 2010
Apaltagua, Reserva Camenere 2012
Lugana, San Benedetto 2012
Argyle Brut 2007
Wildewood Pinot Gris 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo Reserva 2007
Santa Rita, Reserva Cabernet 2009
Casone, Toscana 2008
Fonseca Porto, Bin No. 27
Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011
Alamos, Cabernet 2011
Cousino Macul, Cabernet, Anitguas Reservas 2009
Dreaming Tree Cabernet 2010
1967, Toscana 2009
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011

The Occasional Book

William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 80
At this date last year: 89
Total run in 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

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