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Mark & Dave: We've got a ticket to ride, just not to cheaper loo

Up in the Air


TriMet unveiled its new e-ticket app where riders can now buy and use fares from smartphones. TriMet is the first transit agency to use the locally produced app and promises it will be easy to use. Didn’t anyone ask: Do we really want TriMet drivers looking at more cell phones?

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Another list: Allstate Insurance ranks Portland almost dead last in the ninth annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. Expect some kind of collision once every 7.9 years. However, if you take TriMet drivers out of the equation, the numbers improve greatly.

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In Washington, Cowlitz County is having a difficult time finding enough people to serve on juries. Officials have a word of warning, not showing up for jury duty is a misdemeanor — those who skip out could face jail time. So, when you think about it, the only thing worse than serving jury duty is having your fate decided by 12 people who were not clever enough to get out of jury duty.

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State Rep. Phil Barnhart says Oregon lawmakers shouldn’t wait for a ballot measure to legalize marijuana, they should just write their own. He wants legislation to tax marijuana. Anyone else smell an audit? Weed smokers are probably not the best record-keepers. And, oh yeah, by the way, Barnhart is from Eugene — go figure.

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Sweet Cakes, the Gresham bakery that denied a lesbian couple a wedding cake on religious grounds, has closed its doors and will become an at-home/online enterprise. They blamed negative publicity for their lackluster sales. Come on, its 2013, denying to do business with anyone is a bad business move. And let’s not forget, the name was Sweet Cakes.

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Two lesbians, celebrating their out-of-state nuptials, were denied entrance into an Old Town gay bar because they were wearing their wedding dresses, a violation of the club’s “no bachelorette attire.” Add that flaunting gay marriage in front of customers in a state that doesn’t allow it is also bad form. It wasn’t a bakery, it wasn’t a cab, it was a gay bar with a fairly cogent explanation — and they’re taking heat for it? The irony is a straight bar nearby took in the couple and their entourage. Another lesson about diversity — and money — in the city of Portland, only this one took a more circuitous route.

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Mark & Dave economic indicator: Burning Man, the “anti-capitalist festival” in the Nevada desert is dedicated to self-expression, art and self-reliance (everything Occupy was not), and it’s become the place to drop out of life for a few days. You’ll know the economy is truly better when the crowds start dwindling year to year. What working person has time to run around naked in 100-plus degree heat? This year’s Burning Man drew a record 61,000 participants. We’re not out of the woods by a long shot.

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So a Portland Loo competitor can build the same thing and sell it for less than 50 cents on the dollar, thus undercutting Portland’s ability to make money in its own loo business? The city is suing Roseburg’s Romtec, Inc. for copyright infringement — not for building a better (mouse) trap? The private sector proves again it can do it more effectively than government and for less. We’re pretty sure this is going to raise your water bill.

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The new cast of “Dancing With the Stars” includes Bill Nye and Jersey Shore’s Snooki. Not sure how they’ll do on the ballroom floor, but maybe the Science Guy can find a cure for Snooki’s skin. The popular opinion is that he’ll be the first “star” to flame out starting next Monday. But a vote against Bill is like a vote against, well, your childhood. We predict a deep-in-the-pack finish for the Northwest nerd, no matter how geeky the dance. We’re cheering for you!

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Like Cali, Like Oregon? Lawmakers in California are considering a move to digital license plates to replace old-fashioned metal plates. Cops could just scan you and email a ticket. Good idea, since most people pulled over for speeding are in a hurry anyway.

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Citing water rights and fire fees and an overall lack of representation in Sacramento, Siskiyou County voted 4-to-1 to secede from California and are inviting Oregon’s southern counties to join them in forming (here it comes again) the state of Jefferson. It’s fine with us. They can have everything ... except Bandon Dunes.