TriMet going ‘app-ward’

You know how overused the saying “there’s an app for everything” is? Well, it will remain so, because it’s true. Take for instance the one I recently learned about in my Zumba class that allows you to donate the calories you burn toward world hunger. Don’t ask me how, but now your fat-burning could save a life. Remember that the next time you’re tempted to skip a sit-up.

Brad Paisley, LL Cool J, do-rags and iron chains

Brad Paisley wanted to start a national discussion on race with his song “Accidental Racist.” He definitely got people talking. The song, recorded with rapper and actor LL Cool J, incited a flurry of reactions, but more for how poorly it handled the subject of race than for its ability to provoke discussion.

Not just boys being boys

A few weeks ago, Mike Rice, the men’s basketball coach for Rutgers University, was fired after ESPN broadcast a video in which he was seen physically and verbally abusing his players.

Oregon hospitals report errors

Since January 2011, at least 82 violations have been reported in Oregon hospitals, according to a report by KATU News. These violations include a surgeon mistakenly operating on a child’s left eye instead of the right and a nurse accidentally connecting a nasogastric tube to oxygen instead of suction, sending the patient into cardiac arrest.

Stop-and-frisk reaches a milestone

The New York City Police Department has carried out 5 million stop-and-frisks in the last
10 years, according to the Associated Press. The practice allows police to detain, question and pat down anyone who they “reasonably suspect” has committed or is about to commit a crime. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, both major proponents of the practice, claim it’s the reason the city’s crime rates are decreasing, according to an NBC News report.

Slower traffic— keep right

The “Slower Traffic Keep Right” signs we see posted along our freeways may soon be more than just a good idea in Oregon—they might become law. If Oregon Sen. Ginny Burdick has her way, it will be illegal to drive in the left lane of the freeway unless you’re passing someone. Until very recently, I hadn’t given it much thought. Then I drove to California for spring break, and the proposal took on a whole different meaning.

Oregon’s tuition equity bill on its way to passing

A tuition equity bill is on its way to the Oregon Senate, and if legislators do what’s right, it should pass. The bill seeks to offer in-state college tuition to undocumented high school graduates who currently face out-of-state rates regardless of how long they’ve lived in Oregon. Portland State President Wim Wiewel is all for it, but it’s a controversial idea—a similar bill failed in 2011.

College Scorecard makes it into the SOTU speech

These days almost every other political speech echoes the woeful tale of the American student. Our plight is discussed in grim correlation with our country’s future. No pressure. We made it into the State of the Union—it wouldn’t be a good one if there weren’t a few depressing statistics, right?

What’s in a name?

A 15-year-old Icelandic girl is suing to keep her own name. Blaer, meaning “light breeze,” is apparently not acceptable, according to the Icelandic government. Why? Because the word “takes a masculine article” and is therefore not one of the 1,853 female names that parents can choose from when naming their girls, according to an Associated Press report.