Oregon's Next Governor Will be the First Bisexual to Head State 

Politico has an interesting profile on Kate Brown, Oregon's next governor who will serve until November 2016 in an interim role. According to the website, the 54-year-old Brown was first elected to the state House in 1992 and moved to the Senate a few years later where she became the first woman to serve in the role… » 2/14/15 11:30am 2/14/15 11:30am

Oregon Strippers to Lobby Legislature for Better Working Conditions 

A group of Oregon strippers are planning to lobby the state legislature to implement better health and safety requirements for strip clubs, including better security and a requirement to display a poster about entertainers' rights. It's the first time a group of dancers have used the legislative system to push for… » 2/02/15 7:40pm 2/02/15 7:40pm

Oregon Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Expenses

Oregon became the fifth state to expand its Medicaid coverage to include the often staggering costs of transgender medical bills. It joins California, Massachusetts, Vermont and the District of Columbia, all of whom already offer coverage for gender dysphoria. Oregon's expanded coverage includes reassignment surgery,… » 1/11/15 12:00pm 1/11/15 12:00pm

Drunk Birds Sing Drunkenly, Science Says

A new study has found that when you get zebra finches totally wasted, they become noticeably worse at singing. They probably think they sound awesome, though. Then they probably want to fly somewhere to get little bird-sized burritos before crying into a bird-sized phone to some ex-birdfriend, before spending the rest… » 12/29/14 7:15pm 12/29/14 7:15pm

Mother, Boyfriend Murdered 4-Year-Old Because He Might Have Been Gay

On August 14th, 2012 four-year-old Zachary Dutro was rushed to a Portland, Oregon hospital. When examined, doctors discovered that Zachary was dying from tears in his bowel caused by abdominal trauma. He was taken off life support two days later. At the time, his mother Jessica Dutro-Bogess and her boyfriend Brian… » 3/29/14 5:41pm 3/29/14 5:41pm

Woman Apparently Mauled to Death at Wildcat Sanctuary

Despite all the squee propaganda on the Internet (fun fact: the Internet is run by a cabal of savage predators with the secret purpose of convincing the huge contingent of potential prey items, i.e. humans, to believe that baby predators are cute and harmless), wildcats are dangerous. Like, really, really dangerous. … » 11/10/13 12:00pm 11/10/13 12:00pm

Woman Is Awarded $900,000 After Suing The Man Who Gave Her Herpes

If you knew for sure that someone had given you genital herpes, would you sue them? One woman in Oregon did, and now she's won her case and is getting $900,000 for her pain and suffering. It all began when the 49-year-old woman met her 69-year-old date on eHarmony. They'd been out a few times and enjoyed each other's… » 6/05/12 11:55pm 6/05/12 11:55pm

Track Coach Fired After She Went to Prom With a 17-Year-Old Student

If you were a married woman who worked with children, you think you'd know better than to go to the prom with one of your students. But apparently Melissa Bowerman, 41, did not. She and her husband Jon Bowerman, 73, are the volunteer track coaches at a small high school in Eastern Oregon. In a strange twist, Bowerman… » 5/21/12 11:55pm 5/21/12 11:55pm

Man Strips Down at Airport Security to Protest the TSA Getting All Up…

There are plenty of reasons to dislike the TSA—any organization that hates cupcakes as much as they do should certainly be given some serious side eye. But one traveler got so fed up with them bothering him that in a burst of rage he got naked in the security line at the airport in protest. It's like when the… » 4/18/12 11:55pm 4/18/12 11:55pm