Portland’s new commuting toy: Robo-style ‘puzzle parking’

We’ve seen the future, and there are no parking valets.

Not human ones anyway.

At a 51-unit green apartment complex at Southeast 20th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, developer Gerding Edlen is showing off the largest residential robo-parking system of its type in the U.S.

Portlanders can expect to see more like it soon, as building owners and managers increasingly turn to automated systems that stack cars, saving money and minimizing the amount of space needed for parking.

“Over time,” development manager Damin Tarlow said today, “people are going to realize this is a wonderful solution to a common problem.”

For decades, the car-park solution in high-density urban areas was to dig deep holes or go multi-story. So 20th century.

Instead, the new system at The 20 on Hawthorne building allows 29 cars to be parked in an area that would usually fit 10.

“Watch this,” Tarlow said as he

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America’s First 2016 Chevrolet Volt For Sale Arrives At A California Chevy Dealer

2016 Chevrolet Volt has arrived at California Chevrolet dealer Rydell Chevrolet, making it the first second-gen Volt in the United States. The dealer states that more than a hundred other units will be arriving as well, as it claim to be the largest Volt dealer in Southern California.

General Motors has indicated that more units are on the way to the 11 other CARB-friendly states that are on tap to receive the new Volt first. These include:

If you don’t live in one of these states and want the new Volt for yourself, then fret not — the new D2XX-based EREV will go on sale nationwide during the 2017 model year.

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Canzano: WSU’s Mike Leach… "They want to ban smoking, but legalize marijuana?" – The Oregonian

Washington State coach Mike Leach said this week that votes in the Northwest that have created the legalization of marijuana havn’t changed the way he does business in Pullman.

He has a bigger issue with the hypocrisy of politics in general.

“We still test. If I catch ’em, I still cut ’em,” Leach said. “Your partying can’t get in the way with playing. I think marijuana does with football. The hangover guy comes back swinging the next day. A lot of times those marijuana guys, the whole energy to go whack somebody the next day isn’t quite there. I think it’s destructive for football. It’s probably helpful for some other stuff…. it’s not good for football. I haven’t had a problem with it.

“We test for it, if you’re dirty, I cut you.”

Leach gave a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday’s radio show. Podcast here.

Leach on politics and elections:

Leach on QB Connor Halliday’s injury:

“The

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Texas Man’s 1980 Cadillac DeVille Stolen Five Times In Five Years

The 1980s weren’t exactly a high point for the automotive industry. Fuel restrictions cut power, and design during this time fell to an all-time low for many mass produced cars. That’s why it seems ever so strange that a 1980 Cadillac DeVille has been stolen not once, not twice, but five times over the last five years.

Retired Rev. Edward Moore says the car has been stolen each time from an assisted living center for senior citizens in San Antonio, Texas, according to local KSAT12

This time, the car was found on an empty tank of gas, and Moore had to pay to have the car towed to a gas station. He also needs to use a screw driver to start the 1980 Cadillac DeVille since the steering column, which has been replaced before, has been smashed open yet again during the theft.

Police have said it’s not uncommon

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Today in History

Today is Sunday, Aug. 7, the 220th day of 2016. There are 146 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 7, 1789, the U.S. Department of War was established by Congress.

On this date:

In 1782, Gen. George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned officers.

In 1882, the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence.

In 1927, the already opened Peace Bridge connecting Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, was officially dedicated.

In 1942, U.S. and other allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. (Japanese forces abandoned the island the following February.)

In 1959, the United States launched the Explorer 6 satellite, which sent back images of Earth.

In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution,

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Boy Scout "perversion files" list several ex-leaders from area troops – Eagle

In early 1977, allegations about an assistant scoutmaster having sex with boys rocked the old St. Joseph’s Church in Haverhill, then home for Boy Scout Troop 27.

Stories grew rampant about the 27-year-old scout leader inviting boys to stay overnight at his home, where indecent exposure and fondling were common. One boy accused the troop leader of performing “an unnatural act” on him.

A father who was on the troop committee consulted with a lawyer and the police for assistance after reporting that his son was a victim of sexual abuse by an adult leader “who should not be allowed to stay in scouting.”

But despite the controversy, police never prosecuted the assistant scoutmaster for the alleged sexual crimes. Neither he nor the Boy Scouts were named as defendants in any lawsuits.

When confronted by the chairman of the troop committee, the man refused to meet with the committee to discuss the allegations, resigned

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Waring’s Stam invited to U14 National Camp

Holly Stam, an eighth grader at Waring School, has been invited to take part in the U14 National Team training camp in Portland, Oregon on June 1-8. The Ipswich resident has played club soccer with Aztec since she was on the U11 team.

Stam is one of 48 elite players including five goalkeepers invited to the camp. The girls will stay in dorms and work with Youth National Team coach April Kater and other members of the U.S. soccer coaching staff. Stam was identified as one of the top players in the country in her age group and received a letter from Whitney Stipetich, director of soccer operations at the University of Portland.

The philosophy of identifying talent has been changed and the focus is more on the grassroots level now. Instead of one large camp for a hundred players this year there will be three, including another in Florida later this

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Rejuvenated thrower – Eagle

The glory is gone but the adrenaline still flows a bit and the competitive enjoyment remains for Andover’s Ralph Bakkensen.

The 64-year-old attorney is a former shot putter and discus thrower from track crazy (Portland) Oregon who was a state high school champion and then threw at Stanford courtesy of a full track and field scholarship.

Back then, track and field was in his blood, thanks largely to his older brother by seven years, John, who was a discus star in high school and later went to Harvard, where he set numerous school records in the throwing events. He had a best throw of 201-1 and just missed making the Olympic team.

“He was my idol, my champion, and I wanted to be like him,” said Bakkensen, who specialized more in the shot put “because my grandmother said we shouldn’t be competing in the same event.”

“I wanted to be like him and, while

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Marblehead’s Flanagan finishes ninth at 119th Boston Marathon

BOSTON — There isn’t anything holding Shalane Flanagan back from returning to next year’s Boston Marathon. She made it clear a year ago that she’ll continue to run her hometown race until she wins and after yesterday’s finish it would seem as though Flanagan will be back again.

The 33-year-old Marblehead native, who finished the 119th Boston Marathon in ninth place in the women’s elite race with a time of 2:27.47, hasn’t lived in Massachusetts for several years but still considers herself a hometown girl.

“I love you Boston. Thank you for getting me through a tough run. So proud of the Americans, especially Desiree Linden,” Flanagan tweeted after the race.

It was the fifth year in a row that a Kenyan has won the women’s Boston Marahton. This time it was Caroline Rotich, who wore the gold olive wreaths around her head after clocking in at 2:24.55. The winner battled down Boylston

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Train derailment spills oil, sparks fire in Oregon – Eagle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A train towing a highly volatile type of oil derailed Friday in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, igniting a fire that sent a plume of black smoke high into the sky and spurring evacuations and road closures.

Eleven cars derailed in the 96-car Union Pacific train and at least one ignited, releasing oil alongside tracks that parallel the region’s treasured Columbia River, said Aaron Hunt, a spokesman for the railroad. All the cars were carrying Bakken oil, a type of oil that is more flammable because it has a higher gas content and vapor pressure and lower flash point than other varieties.

The accident immediately drew reaction from environmentalists who said oil should not be transported by rail, particularly along a river that is a hub of recreation and commerce.

“Moving oil by rail constantly puts our communities and environment at risk,” said Jared Margolis, an attorney at the

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