It was a rainy Thursday in the City of Roses. TriMet driver Lahcen Qouchbane was tooling the No. 96 bus down I-5, just coming into the treacherous Terwilliger curves. Those curves had caused more accidents than any in Portland, and were especially deadly when wet. But Lahcen didn't care. He was reading his Kindle, even steering with his elbow when necessary to turn the pages. Everything was cool, until that nosy passenger pointed a cell-phone camera at him, catching 60 damning seconds of video.
Next thing Lahcen knew he was all over YouTube. Then TV. Then he was suspended, and finally fired. But hey -- rumor has it he was reading Killing Trail by Charles Gramlich, so it was all worth it. And now that he's no longer driving, Lahcen has even more time to read. Rumor has it he's now zipping through A Policeman's Lot by Gary M. Dobbs. A storybook ending, no?