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:


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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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Massachusetts Passes 3rd US Energy Storage Mandate

Microgrids & Regulation With Chris Villarreal — Episode 30 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast

It Could Take Years for Big-City Millennials to Save for a Down Payment

Bucking their rent-not-own reputation, millennials are looking forward to buying a home, but many have grossly underestimated just how much they’ll need for that all-important down payment.

Of the generation known for renting everything from designer handbags to desks in a shared office space, 79 percent say they want to purchase a home, according to a report published Wednesday by Apartment List, an online rental marketplace.

“A lot of folks said that millennials would go off and just rent,” said Jonathan Corr, chief executive of Ellie Mae Inc. in Pleasanton, California. “But as they hit those life-event years in terms of getting married, having children, they’re starting to make that transition.”

That doesn’t mean they’re ready to sign a check. Millennials in about half of large metropolitan areas are underestimating how much they’ll need for a down payment on their first home and are not saving at a fast enough pace. 


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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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Sweet dream: Ice cream stand presents itself to woman seeking her own business

As temperatures in Joplin crept into the mid-90s this past week, Megan Dale pulled the trailer that houses her health-conscious ice cream business, Pineapple Bliss, onto a parking lot on Main Street and prepared for the day’s business.

Maneuvering around the two bulky ice cream machines and other products inside the cramped trailer is difficult, and the machines sometimes put out more heat than the truck’s air conditioner can handle. As Pineapple Bliss opened for business at noon Wednesday, Dale had already worked up a sweat. 

Luckily, she’s no stranger to hard work. Working six or seven days a week for a few years to save up money, Dale’s goal was always to own her own business. She just didn’t know what it would be.

“I definitely didn’t think I’d be an ice cream truck owner,” she said.

Dale worked as a waitress and a hairstylist after attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In

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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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