Mark & Dave: Does Bernie need an opening act?
Keeping Portland Weird ... People are still talking about last weeks huge turnout for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Officials put the crowd at close to 30,000 maniacal fans. Lets remember, 80,000 turned out for Obama in 2008. But then again, The Decemberists were there too. Maybe Bernie needs an opening act?
What can Uber do that you cant? Turns out they get what they want from City Hall. Our gallant reporter at the Trib, Steve Law, is following the cozy relationship Uber and Lyft appear to have with Charlie Hales and Steve Novick, a relationship the real cab companies covet. If true, heres a thought: Maybe Uber and Lyft could complain about the potholes for us and the mayor will finally fix them.
The city council is talking about the Memorial Coliseums future ... again. This time theres talk of cutting trees to once again showcase its architecture along with bringing back the old lighting to make the grand dame shine again. Arent we just putting lipstick on a pig? The Coliseum has run its course. Cutting trees and changing lights will do as much good as an 85-year-old getting a facelift. It may look a little fresher, but the seats still sag.
If youre like us, youve lost track of all the developments in the Newberg city manager/police chief scandal. How can you keep up with all the back-biting, illicit relationships, lying, cover-ups, you name it. We hope the folks at HBO are taking notes, because this could be the plot to save next seasons True Detective.
Vancouvers new waterfront project is closer to reality. The Dock Restoration along the Columbia will be home to residential units and shops. The bad news? Its still in Vancouver. The good news? It faces south, so you can still see Portland.
Survey says ... What runners think about when they run: If you said, How much they hate running, you get a kiss from the host. Ever wonder what drivers think about when theyre driving? Were guessing its how much they hate bikes.
Should airlines start weighing passengers to determine fares? One overseas airline is weighing passengers and their carry-on bags for safety reasons, and industry insiders are speculating that heftier fliers may soon start paying an additional fee. Were not sure about weighing people, but we do support a pre-flight grooming and smell test. We know you would, too.
Pitchfork radio pitchman Glenn Beck named Portland the No. 1 city in America to avoid like the plague. Everyone knows if theres a plague to avoid, its California during a water shortage. Of course this is the same Glenn Beck who told us to buy gold when it was around $2,000 an ounce protect yourself, he said, protect yourself. God help us.
Finally, North Koreas vice premier was reportedly executed by firing squad for disagreeing with the supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un. Just a sneak preview of what a Trump administration might look like.
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