Monday, July 21, 2014

What in the World: MH17, Obama's Executive Order, the Death of a Governor, Escaped Inmate, Poetry, and Christopher Walken Dancing

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

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MH17:
The search continues for evidence in the case Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over war-torn Ukraine. All eyes are currently on pro-Russian separatists, who are totally helping their cause by allegedly impeding the investigation. (CNN)

JOBS: President Barack Obama signed this morning an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Though Oregon bars this type of workplace discrimination, it is still legal in 32 states to fire or harass someone at work for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. (Huffington Post)

R.I.P.: Former Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh, the son of Syrian immigrants and the state's last Republican governor, died of kidney failure last night.  Atiyeh, who held this office from 1979 to 1987 and is credited with leading Oregon out of the recession in the 1980s, was 91. (Oregon Live)

PRISON BREAK: A Deschutes County Jail inmate escaped last night while on a work crew and is still on the loose. Keith Allen Schmidtke was being held on charges of identity theft, first-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. (KTVZ)

POETRY: In truly important news, the New York Times is debating whether or not poetry matters. We think it would help if people stopped using "poet voice." (NY Times / City Arts Online)

And finally, because it's Monday, this mash-up of Christopher Walken dancing in movies (via 22 Words).



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