The NY Times is always writing things about Portland, Oregon and how great it is. This obsession sometimes turns creepy. In “Soccer Sets Portland Abuzz (a Chain Saw Helps)” while the Grey Lady does not go so far as to say that Portland hipsters invented soccer, she does suggest that Portland has perfected the formula for adoption of European-style soccer in the U.S. As goes PDX, she argues, so goes the rest of the nation.
Only later in this piece full of glowing references to Portland’s unique superiority (“a counterculture sense,” “a healthy mix of men and women in their 20s and 30s,” stadium design “hailed as a model of urban planning”) do the countours of this perfect formula emerge: the ironically named Merritt Paulson, son of the former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, jiggered a deal that cost Portland money to host the team.
Critics also felt that Merritt Paulson was heavy-handed in his dealings with the financially strapped city, which ultimately agreed to pay for about a third of the cost of the renovating the stadium, using money from ticket taxes and parking receipts at entertainment facilities, like the Rose Garden, home to the N.B.A. Trail Blazers, in Portland.
“Why the Paulson family needed public money is beside me,” said Jack Bogdanski, a professor of tax law at Lewis and Clark College. “He came into town highly suspect in my book.”
I love the NY Times and I love my hometown, but a fluff article about a wealthy team owner raiding the treasury for a vanity project could have been framed very differently.
Pseudo-scientists have confirmed what has long been suspected: We’re all whores. Dirty, dirty whores. Citing work by unknown and probably fictional researchers, LA Weekly confirms your sluttiness:
It should be no surprise that the city that’s home to the porn industry, Hugh Hefner and Charlie Sheen is also the place where people have the most sex in America.
The latest Trojan “U.S. Sex Census” puts L.A. at the top of the horn-dog heap:
We have it 135 times a year, beating out runner up Houston (125).
You disgust me. Also, call me; I thought we had a nice time.
Joy Resmovits at HuffPo reports, “Librarian Positions Cut In Schools Across The Country” [emphasis added]:
Weiss Suits’ story is just one of many. As school districts work to accommodate budget shortfalls, teachers aren’t the only education professionals to be let go or reshuffled. Librarians, said Nancy Everhart, president of the American Association of School Librarians, along with arts teachers and music program directors, are more vulnerable.
“Anything that is not a classroom where you have 30 kids in front of you for six, seven hours a day is probably a soft target in today’s economic times,” she told HuffPost.
And as advances in technology and the wealth of information available online can appear to make rooms filled with books obsolete, librarians find themselves on the chopping block more and more often.
I suppose the word “appear” makes this passage sting slightly less, but I would have liked more on the usefulness of media specialists and how they are vital to the mission of schools.