All posts by Chris Shorr

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a lifelong Portlander who works with mentally ill and marginalized adults at Amistad Inc.. He has worked on a lobster boat, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.

Paramedic earning $15 an hour gives take on fast food workers demanding the same amount

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In a post that’s headed towards viral territory, a paramedic from New York gave his take on fast food workers demanding $15 an hour in pay. Jens Rushing- the man who wrote the original post- also makes just $15 an hour, and his sentiments regarding the fast food worker’s raises might surprise you: Following the recommendation […]

Popular Portland band seeks public’s help finding stolen guitar

Photo from the North of Nashville Facebook fan page.

Anyone who’s followed the Portland music scene for the past several years has heard about the band North of Nashville. The band, which was founded in 2010, plays a hybrid style of country described as “contemporary country with an outlaw attitude,” and has cultivated a loyal local following as well as regional and national recognition. […]

LePage compares a man ‘beating his wife’ to Eves’ charter school hiring

Photo- Troy R. Bennett, BDN.

On Thursday, the announcement by Maine House Speaker Mark Eves (D) that he has filed a lawsuit against Maine Governor Paul LePage made headlines across the state and nation. Filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, the civil suit alleges that LePage was acting out of “personal rage, vindictiveness and partisan malice” when he threatened […]

Owner of Portland diner defends screaming at baby


A Sunday morning Facebook post by Darla Neugebauer, owner of Marcy’s Diner in Portland, defending her actions after screaming at a baby in her restaurant for crying, went viral within hours. The post, which garnered over 1000 shares, 1500 likes, and 4500 comments by Sunday night, has since been deleted, but not before triggering a torrent of both negative […]