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Some poor beleaguered souls working at a 7-Eleven in Oregon were just trying to serve up some Big Gulps and hot dogs when their microwave suddenly exploded. They called the cops, and when the proper authorities checked out the situation, they didn't find a bomb. Instead, they say it contained a urine sample.

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When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon's founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the American west.

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Google's bringing fibre to a special city - whichever city can prove its worth. Portland just threw down some heat by creating its own beer, "Gigabit IPA". It goes up for a taste-test tomorrow. Will it woo the Goog?

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the bush. Walking. Bushwalking, I guess you'd call it. But back in those days, all you had was a map and compass and maybe – if you were lucky – some skill in using the two. These days, there are gadgets like the new Garmin Dakota and Oregon 550 to help you work out which way is north...