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  • Four arrests made in MAX beating seen on YouTube

    01/14/2012 1:22:20 PM PST · by bkopto · 70 replies
    KPTV Portland OR ^ | Jan 12, 2012 | Staff
    Two women will be arraigned Friday on charges stemming from the beating of a teenage girl on a MAX train. YouTube video from the Dec. 26 attack surfaced this week, sparking outrage in the Portland area. It showed a 14-year-old girl being attacked by three other passengers on a MAX Green Line train in southeast Portland. The cell phone video also showed others who appeared to be celebrating the attack. It didn't appear that any MAX passengers tried to intervene or stop the attack. On Thursday, police arrested 38-year-old Selena Harris, her 18-year-old daughter Rakeshia Burns, and Burns' 16- and...
  • Suzy Wu (Saturbray)

    01/14/2012 8:45:54 AM PST · by bray · 6 replies ^ | 1/14/12 | bray
    Do not LOVE the world or anything in the world. If anyone LOVES the world, the LOVE of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 Most people in America think Oregon is this beautiful state on the Pacific coast that has forested mountains with lakes full of trout. They imagine this state somewhere in the west that is a place to vacation and get away from the big city to escape city life with all of its fast pace and dog eat dog world. Nothing could be further from the truth, it is a natural wonderland but this...
  • Gay activist seeks Scout tree recycling boycott

    01/08/2012 9:01:43 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 32 replies · 1+ views
    KGW ^ | January 5, 2012 | KGW staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland man is urging people to boycott the Boy Scout Christmas tree recycling program to challenge the organization's position on gay rights. Richard Kuhns posted flyers throughout the Laurelhurst neighborhood where he lives, complaining of the Boy Scouts’ national stance against gays. Local Boy Scout leaders said the tree recycling program has traditionally been one of their biggest yearly fund-raisers. Boy Scouts of America issued a statement Thursday that said in part, "The BSA recognizes that some do not agree with its position on this single issue, but values the freedom of everyone to express their...
  • Portland might wait 5 years on (shovel-ready) paving projects (can't afford it)

    01/07/2012 5:39:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1+ views
    KGW ^ | 1/06/12 | Staff and Tim Gordon
    Portland might wait 5 years on paving projectsby Staff and Tim Gordon Updated yesterday at 2:09 PM PORTLAND - Portland's Bureau of Transportation says it can't afford to do some big repaving projects. Southwest 4th Avenue was scheduled to be repaved. That project is on hold, along with others the bureau hoped to contract out over the next five years. Potholes riddle SW Oak St. through downtown Portland. The street was targeted for a big repaving makeover but now fixing the cracks and patches will have to wait. "Of all infrastructure, the transportation infrastructure is visible above ground, so...
  • Neighbors sue Ashland Gun Club(OR)

    01/06/2012 7:31:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 5 January, 2012 | Vickie Aldous
    Three neighbors have sued the Ashland Gun Club and the city of Ashland, alleging that lead ammunition is contaminating the environment and stray bullets are striking one of their properties. Cathy DeForest, her husband, Leon Pyle, and Dr. Edward Kerwin filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Medford on Dec. 23. They are represented by attorney Tom Dimitre, who is also chairman of the Rogue Group Sierra Club. The gun club has operated on city-owned land east of the Ashland Municipal Airport since the 1960s. It has a lease agreement with the city for use of the site. DeForest...
  • A man with a gun

    01/05/2012 6:10:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 4 January, 2012 | Caleb
    For Christmas, I picked up the Woolrich Elite Fleece Tactical Vest because I wanted a more discreet way to carry a full size handgun without having to resort to the “I’m a photographer/going fishing” vests that I have. As I mentioned previously, up here in the Pacific Northwest, a dude in a fleece vest is about as inconspicuous as you can get. There’s really only one month out of the year where it might look slightly out of place, but even in the summer we get temperatures that are chilly enough to justify wearing the vest. It’s comfortable, warm, and...
  • Postal closings’ value questioned (Oregon's mail-in-ballot system, prescriptions)

    01/01/2012 6:18:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Register Guard ^ | 12/29/11 | Saul Hubbard
    Postal closings’ value questionedDozens turn out in Springfield to air concerns about a plan to close a processing center By Saul Hubbard The Register-Guard Published: Midnight, Dec 29, 2011 First-class next-day delivery could be a thing of the past, and a letter mailed in Eugene would travel 100 miles up and down Interstate 5 to Portland before arriving at its local destination, if the U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with a proposal to close its Gateway processing center in Springfield. Where will that leave veterans and seniors who rely on mail-order medical prescriptions, small businesses who require prompt mail delivery...
  • Family of Maj. Gen. Marion Carl doesn't want war hero's killer released from prison

    12/30/2011 9:31:44 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 30 replies
    Oregonlive ^ | Friday, December 30, 2011, 8:18 PM | Tom Hallman Jr.
    The son of a war hero murdered 13 years ago near Roseburg said today that a judge's decision to overturn the killer's death sentence makes him worry that the man eventually will get out of prison. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Marion Carl, one of the country's most decorated aviators, was gunned down in June 1998 as he was trying to protect his wife from Jesse Fanus, a local 18-year-old with a history of arrests. The case attracted national attention because Carl was the Marines' first flying ace in World War II and a record-setting speed pilot later. Bruce Carl, who...
  • New laws: No caffeine in beer, shark fins in soup [Teach Gay History; Free College-Illegal Aliens]

    12/27/2011 12:32:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Starting Jan. 1, getting shark fins, caffeinated beer, cough syrup or a tan is going to be tougher than it was in 2011. The National Conference of State Legislatures issued Monday its annual list of laws set to take effect in 2012, and there was nothing but bad news for connoisseurs of shark-fin soup. Oregon and California passed laws prohibiting the sale, trade, or distribution of the fins, which are considered a delicacy in China. California also became the first state in the nation to require a prescription for obtaining any drug containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in...
  • Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

    12/26/2011 7:17:55 PM PST · by dayglored · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Register (Brit Tech) ^ | 2011-12-16 | Lester Haines
    Mumbo-Jumbo Mystic Impervious To Cops' Electric Blasters For those of you who've ever wondered, like you do, whether the Jedi lightsabre or the Taser is the more effective weapon, we're delighted to report that the electric dispenser of justice is no match for Obi-Wan Kenobi's mighty glowing tool. David A. Canterbury earlier this week went on the rampage at a Portland Toys R Us store, assaulting three customers with a plastic replica of the Jedi weapon. Cue swift intervention by law enforcement operatives, who found 33-year-old Canterbury wandering in the parking lot, "talking incoherently", and still swinging his Star Wars...
  • Just Out, longtime Portland media fixture, shuts down, cites recession(Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/26/2011 4:46:49 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 24 replies
    OregonLive ^ | Monday, December 26, 2011, 3:24 PM | Janie Har,
    Newsmagazine Just Out is shutting down, according to a note on its website Monday. The publication has served Portland's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer community since 1983. The online notice states simply that "three years of recession have taken their toll." Publisher Marty Davis confirmed the closure in an email to The Oregonian: "Just Out has closed its doors and shut down its computers." She said in a follow-up email that there are no plans to continue online. Local blogger Byron Beck broke the news on his site, linking to an 11 a.m. post on Just Out's Facebook page....
  • Aloha couple wakes up to man beating them with tiki torch(OR)

    12/26/2011 6:54:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies ^ | 25 December, 2011 | Staff
    ALOHA, Ore. – An Aloha couple woke up Christmas morning to a man hitting them with a tiki torch. Washington County deputies are investigating the incident, which started with a home invasion, according to spokesman Bob Ray. It happened at a home on 209th Street. According to Ray, a man believed to be on drugs broke into the back door of the home while the couple was asleep, grabbed a bamboo tiki torch and took it into the bedroom where he beat the couple with it. The husband, who has not been identified, grabbed a handgun in self-defense and a...
  • A Democrat reaches across the aisle on Medicare (Liberal Senator Wyden works with Paul Ryan)

    12/17/2011 9:32:17 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/17/11 | M Barone
    t's highly unusual in a presidential debate for two Republican candidates -- the two leading in current national polls -- to heap praise on a liberal Democratic senator... Politicians' praise is sometimes bestowed overlavishly, but in this case it was well merited. Ryan-Wyden represents a major step forward in public policy and gives hope that the Medicare entitlement can be rendered sustainable. The Ryan-Wyden proposal provides for continuation of the current Medicare program for those now over age 55. For those younger, it would introduce in 2022 a "premium-support" system that would allow Medicare recipients to choose between the current...
  • Occupy Portland Mom Places 4-Year-Old Daughter On Train Tracks During Protest To Shut Down Port

    12/14/2011 3:42:39 PM PST · by Just4Him · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Weazel Zippers ^ | 12/14/2011 | ZIP
    Occupy Portland Mom Places 4-Year-Old Daughter On Train Tracks During Protest To Shut Down Port of Portland… She’s a lock for the “mother of the year” award.
  • (Obama supported) Occupy shuts down 3 West Coast ports

    12/12/2011 7:41:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/12/2011 | ap
    More than 1,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters blocked cargo trucks at some of the West Coast's busiest ports Monday, forcing terminals in Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore., and Longview, Wash., to halt operations. While the protests attracted far fewer people than the 10,000 who turned out Nov. 2 to shut down Oakland's port, organizers declared victory and promised more demonstrations to come. "The truckers are still here, but there's nobody here to unload their stuff," protest organizer Boots Riley said. "We shut down the Port of Oakland for the daytime shift and we're coming back in the evening. Mission accomplished." Organizers...
  • Home invasion leads to melee, death(OR)

    12/12/2011 4:12:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 11 December, 2011 | NA
    PORTLAND — Police have identified the man who died after a home invasion as a 33-year-old Portland man. Donny Peterson was brought to a hospital with a stab wound on Friday night and died soon after. Portland police said the home invasion was the result of an ongoing conflict, but Portland police Lt. Robert King declined to elaborate Saturday. Police said Peterson was accompanied by his brother, 37-year-old Wilson Peterson. Wilson Peterson has been charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. Police have not disclosed how Donny Peterson received the mortal injury, but said the homeowners will not face charges...
  • Liberal Portland mayor emerges as Occupy critic

    12/10/2011 1:44:04 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 10, 2011 | Dan Cook
    Portland Mayor Sam Adams is a self-described strong liberal, but despite sharing the politics of many anti-Wall Street protesters who rocked his city, he has also emerged as one of their harshest critics. Adams told Reuters this week in an interview at City Hall in Portland that the movement had lost its focus.The Oregon mayor's running argument with the Occupy movement, much of it conducted openly over Twitter, points to a similar rift between left-wing protesters and liberal politicians in cities across the country, from Los Angeles to Atlanta.Occupy protesters have denounced economic inequality and the perceived undue power of...
  • Occupy Ports: West Coast occupiers unite (Will try to shut down numerous W. Coast ports)

    12/09/2011 10:47:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies · 1+ views
    The Global Post ^ | December 9, 2011 | Stephanie Rice
    OAKLAND — As anti-Wall Street protesters attempt to regroup and settle in for winter after a series of police raids that stripped much of the movement of its signature camps, protesters on the West Coast are staging a comeback. On Dec. 12, Occupy movements from Seattle to San Diego say they will shut down their local ports, temporarily stopping the flow of capital on the West Coast. Organizers say they aim to disrupt the business of the “1 percent” — in this case, the corporations that own shipping terminals and do business at the ports. If successful, shutting down the...
  • 19 arrested as Occupy Portland protesters clash with police

    12/04/2011 1:58:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    KGW ^ | 12/04/11
    19 arrested as Occupy Portland protesters clash with policeby Associated Press & KGW Staff Updated today at 12:35 PM PORTLAND -- Nineteen Occupy Portland demonstrators were arrested in a clash with police Saturday night after the protesters set up tents in the downtown Park Blocks in defiance of city rules. **SNIP** The Occupy Portland website then declared, "We have a park!" It said "the kitchen is open" and invited the public to bring love, tents, sleeping bags and snacks.
  • A Bold Way to Save Education in America

    12/02/2011 5:15:24 AM PST · by 1010RD · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 12, 2011 | Art Robinson
    The American tradition of public education began in one-room school houses when frontier farm families hired dedicated teachers to teach their children. When I attended public schools in the 1950s, I received an excellent education. American schools were rated the best in the world. Those schools prepared me for Caltech, and Caltech prepared me for a wonderful life in science. I owe my career and accomplishments to the great start I received in the public schools. Those public schools were locally controlled and locally funded. Teachers and parents worked together on the content of curriculum, student discipline, and all aspects...
  • Food stamps used for Frappuccinos

    12/01/2011 3:42:47 PM PST · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    KPTV Fox 12 ^ | 30 Nov 201 | Natalie Brand
    SALEM, OR (KPTV) - Food stamps for Frappuccinos? It may sound shocking, but the FOX 12 Investigators discovered you can use an Oregon Trail Card, which is part of the food stamp program, to purchase the luxury drink at certain Starbucks counters inside grocery stores. With the help of Jackie Fowler, who has an Oregon Trail Card, FOX 12 went to an in-store Starbucks within a Safeway in Salem. Fowler purchased a tall Frappaccino and slice of pumpkin bread and paid for both using her Oregon Trail card. POLL: Should food stamps be allowed at Starbucks counters? "It's crazy," said...
  • In Oregon, a profile in incoherence

    12/01/2011 6:54:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 1, 2011 | Jeff Jacoby
    Mary Archer's death in 1981 was horrific. Gary Haugen, her daughter's former boyfriend, broke into her home in Portland, Ore., where he raped the 39-year-old, then beat her to a lifeless pulp using his fists, a hammer, and a baseball bat. He pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to life in the Oregon State Penitentiary. In 2003 Haugen murdered again. He and another prisoner used handmade "shanks" to stab a third inmate, David Polin, 84 times. When Polin, despite those wounds and loss of blood, somehow still clung to life, Haugen finished him off by bashing in his skull with...
  • Portland homes with anarchists raided (OWS: Body armor, weapons and drugs)

    11/28/2011 11:48:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    KGW-TV ^ | November 28, 2011 | Jacqueline Sit and staff
    PORTLAND -- Police have raided three vacant Northeast Portland homes taken over by anarchists who claimed they were part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Police were tipped off about the situation Sunday. Responding officers found that the squatters had changed the locks on the homes. Police said it looked like the squatters were ready for battle. Inside the homes, police found anarchist literature, drugs and weapons, including machetes. “There's the body armor in there, the bucket of projectiles: broken up concrete, rocks,” Portland Police Sgt. Jeff McDaniel told KGW. “There was some body-armor-type stuff for someone who might want...
  • A Response to Oregon's Governor on Capital Punishment

    11/29/2011 7:24:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | November 29, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    The governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, announced last week that he would not allow any more executions in his state during his time in office. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, gave five reasons for his decision. My response follows each one. 1. "I refuse to be part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer." This has become one of the most frequently offered reasons for objecting to capital punishment -- that because the system is not equitable, no murderer should be put to death. This is a reason that is devoid of reason. If a system is not equitable, you don't...
  • Oregon halts all executions in blow to US capital punishment system

    11/24/2011 3:55:07 AM PST · by sunmars · 103 replies
    Oregon’s Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber has said he will allow no further executions in the state while he is in office. Mr Kitzhaber said he was stopping the death penalty as he considered it to be morally wrong. The move will be a blow to the US system of capital punishment. The move effectively halted the scheduled execution of convicted killer Gary Haugen, who had waived his appeals and was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Dec 6. “It is time for Oregon to consider a different approach,” Mr Kitzhaber said in a statement. “I refuse to be a...
  • Ore. governor bans death penalty for rest of term

    11/22/2011 7:10:47 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2011 | JONATHAN J. COOPER
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday imposed a moratorium on the death penalty for the remainder of his term, saying he's morally opposed to capital punishment and has long regretted allowing two men to be executed in the 1990s. Kitzhaber's decision gives a temporary reprieve to a twice-convicted murderer who was scheduled to die by lethal injection in two weeks, along with 36 others on death row. It makes Oregon the fifth state to halt executions since 2007.
  • Portland Oregon: Lower Flags To Honor Dead Gangbanger

    11/21/2011 10:39:13 PM PST · by Veggie Todd · 28 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 11-21-11 | Kate Mather
    The Rev. Miriam Méndez admitted to the crowd of about 50 gathered Monday at the East Portland Community Center that Julio Cesar Marquez's life was short. But his 13 years were influential, she said: "We know he has touched many." Mendez spoke at an anti-violence vigil honoring the teen, whose body was found two weeks ago in a Northeast Portland alley. He died of blunt-force trauma and gunshot wounds, becoming the city's youngest gang-involved homicide victim in at least a decade. Marquez's family, friends and other community members braved a cold rain to remember the eighth-grader, who liked to dance...
  • Top pensioner at Oregon Public Employee Retirement System: Mike Bellotti at $41,000 a month.

    11/21/2011 9:52:34 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 39 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | Nov. 21, 2011
    The top 10 people who get benefits from the Oregon Public Employee Retirement Systems were made public this afternoon, along with the complete list of pensioners' compensation. A Marion County judge dismissed a last-ditch effort by Oregon's public employees to block the release of individual pension information for 105,000 retirees by the state pension system. Among the data released: mean monthly allowance: $2,363.25; and 837 get more than $100,000 a year.
  • Un-Occupy Portland counters Occupy protestors at downtown rally, march

    11/21/2011 10:45:27 AM PST · by MeNeFrego · 7 replies ^ | 11/20/11 | Emily Fuggeta
    Armed with snarky signs and at least one false mustache, a group of about 10 anti-Occupy Portland protestors, who called themselves Un-Occupy Portland, stood near Ankeny Plaza to deliver a message to the Occupy movement: "We're seriously annoyed, and we want you to stop." As members of Occupy Portland gathered for a rally on the plaza, the Un-Occupy protestors held signs with sayings such as "We are the 98.999%. We are seriously annoyed with the 0.001%," "I'm bored and easily influenced," and "Un-Occupy Portland: The 98.999% for Portland Police, Taxpayers and the City's Budget."....
  • Portland [OR]tavern employee foils an early-morning robbery ['Being Armed' success story]

    11/18/2011 8:42:00 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    OregonLive ^ | November 16, 2011 | Tom Hallman, Jr.
    A 30-year-old man who allegedly tried to rob a Southeast Portland bar with a sawed-off shotgun early this morning got far more than he bargained for when he ran into an employee who goes by the nickname "Stub." Instead of leaving with cash, the man was hauled off in an ambulance.
  • Unions’ Partnership with Oregon’s Cool Schools Means Green Schools and Jobs

    11/15/2011 10:00:38 AM PST · by mdittmar
    AFL-CIO ^ | Nov 14, 2011 | Mike Hall
    The labor movement, the union-owned financial services company Ullico and the state of Oregon are partnering in a $15 million “Cool Schools” initiative that includes repairs, rebuilding and energy retrofits. Says AFT President Randi Weingarten: We’re gratified that in working together, we can ensure that our children have access to facilities which help them reach their potential. The partnership of government, unions and businesses will work with to identify appropriate investments in Oregon public schools and infrastructure of up to $15 million.Already the Cool Schools initiative—launched by Gov. John Kitzhaber (D)—has: Performed state-of-the-art audits of nearly 400 schools Negotiated with...
  • Beaverton Muslim woman who ran for Congress switches to Republican Party

    11/14/2011 7:07:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | Nov.14, 2011 | Jeff Mapes
    Saba Ahmed, the young Muslim woman from Beaverton who ran in the Democratic primary for Oregon's 1st District congressional seat, says she has switched to the Republican Party. From her Facebook page: "Never thought I would see this day, but I am officially a registered REPUBLICAN. Thank you to all the Oregon Democrats for helping me realize my Conservative Potential. Looking forward to 2012 Republican Victories!" Ahmed, who had interned for then-Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, has been a frequent participant in Democratic events. She received less than a half-percent of the votes in last week's primary. She...
  • Coast Guard Ship's Cook Saves Drowning Girl

    11/14/2011 4:27:08 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 43 replies · 2+ views
    KOMO-TV ^ | 11/14/11 | KOMO Staff
    ASTORIA, Ore. -- A Coast Guardsman was being honored as a hero Monday for his efforts in saving a woman from drowning in the Columbia River in September. Petty Officer 2nd Class Leon Doniphan, a cook aboard Cutter Alert in Astoria, had just finished his shift on Sept. 10 and was heading on to the pier when he noticed some commotion on the river's edge. It turned out, a young girl about 11- or 12-years-old, who had been swimming around the pilings under the dock, got caught in the river's current. Moments later, it was apparent she was about to...
  • I-5 traffic stop yields incendiary devices and gas masks (Occupy Portland)

    11/14/2011 2:23:07 PM PST · by granite · 22 replies
    KMTR ^ | 11-14-2011 | KMTR
    A traffic stop of a speeding vehicle led to the arrest of three men, who claimed to be Occupy Portland demonstrators, and the seizure of incendiary devices, gas masks and fireworks. Traffic Safety Deputy Ryan Postlewait saw a gray Subaru Outback going southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 245 at 8:40am. It was traveling at a high rate of speed. Using his radar, he verified the speed of the Subaru at 81mph. Postlewait initiated a traffic stop. The driver of the car was identified as William Maxwell Patterson, 21. The passengers in the car were identified as Emery Nicholas Luff,...
  • 'Occupy protesters are thieves and rapists': Frank Miller ...

    11/13/2011 11:23:43 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13th November 2011
    Protesters from Portland to Salt Lake City face off with police trying to clear out camps. Michigan man with criminal record arrested after woman, 25, is allegedly raped in her tent. Sin City director Frank Miller rips protesters as 'losers, thieves and rapists'. While the Occupy Wall Street movement has collected support from the likes of Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon and rapper Jay-Z, not all in Hollywood circles are sympathetic... Miller wrote: 'In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft.'
  • Police Move In on 'Occupy Portland' Campsite [Liberal Establishment moves to crush OWS dissent]

    11/13/2011 4:26:10 PM PST · by Brilliant · 22 replies
    Foxnews ^ | November 13, 2011 | Foxnews
    Police began moving in on a downtown park Sunday, where a few hundred Occupy Portland demonstrators have remained in defiance of an eviction order. Police on loudspeakers warned that anyone who resisted risks arrest and "may also be subject to chemical agents and impact weapons." Demonstrators chanted "we are a peaceful protest." Mayor Sam Adams had ordered the camp shut down last night, citing unhealthy conditions and the encampment's attraction of drug users and thieves. The anti-Wall Street protesters and their supporters had flooded a city park area in Portland early Sunday in defiance of an eviction order while authorities...
  • Police Clear Occupy Portland Parks

    11/13/2011 1:13:45 PM PST · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 19 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | Nov. 13, 2011 | Faith Cathcart and various photogs
    PORTLAND, OREGON -- November 13, 2011 -- People clear trash from the camp at Occupy Portland.
  • Occupy Portland Live Stream

    11/13/2011 12:13:09 AM PST · by dixiechick2000 · 200 replies
    It's said that there are several thousand people. That's from the folks on the webcam. There are a lot of people there, but I don't know how many are looky-loos.
  • Occupy Portland Has Anger But Little More ('homeless and hopeless')

    11/12/2011 9:01:25 PM PST · by YJIeditor · 26 replies
    Youth Journalism International ^ | November 12, 2011 | Talon Bronson
    A young reporter went to the Occupy Portland camp and found lots of anger but not much more. The occupants of the camp itself were, he found, less than impressive. It's a good piece, no matter your politics. Check it out.
  • Bail Set at $1 Million for Occupy Portland World Trade Center Firebomber (Video)

    11/12/2011 12:34:36 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 12,2011 | Jim Hoft
    KGW reported: Bail for a man inside the Occupy Portland camp Wednesday on accusations related to a Tuesday Molotov cocktail fire was raised to $1 million by a judge Thursday. David Hodson, 29, was arraigned on first-degree arson, manufacturing a destructive device, possession of an explosive device and second-degree criminal mischief charges. The accusations also include vandalism to the Smart Park garage at 123 SW Jefferson, according to Portland Fire Bureau spokesman Paul Corah. Hodson was also arrested Sunday on a reckless burning charge for trash fires that were started near the Occupy Portland encampments at Lownsdale and Chapman Square...
  • $1 million bail for Portland bomb suspect [linked to Occupy Portland]

    11/12/2011 10:25:26 AM PST · by matt1234 · 18 replies
    KGW ^ | November 9, 2011 | Staff
    PORTLAND -- Bail for a man inside the Occupy Portland camp Wednesday on accusations related to a Tuesday Molotov cocktail fire was raised to $1 million by a judge Thursday. David Hodson, 29, was arraigned on first-degree arson, manufacturing a destructive device, possession of an explosive device and second-degree criminal mischief charges. --SNIP-- In an interview Wednesday morning on OPB, Mayor Sam Adams said that a suspect in the World Trade Center bombing was seen returning to the camp. Portland's World Trade Center houses the headquarters for Oregon's largest electric utility, state offices, a number of law firms and the...
  • Occupy Portland Leader: "Nobody Should Contact The Police” If They Witness a Sexual Assault

    I guess if one is sexually assaulted at an OWS occupation, the victim is being told to take one for the team.
  • City to close down Occupy Portland (Oregon) encampments

    11/10/2011 12:59:35 PM PST · by Veggie Todd · 34 replies ^ | 11-10-11 | staff
    PORTLAND -- Portland Mayor Sam Adams announced at a Thursday morning press conference that the city will be closing down the Occupy Portland encampments early Sunday.
  • Video: KGW crew harassed at Occupy Portland

    11/10/2011 5:59:38 AM PST · by crazyhorse691 · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM | Frank Mungeam
    A citizen uploaded a video to YouTube on Tuesday documenting extended verbal harassment of a KGW news crew as the crew attempted to report from the downtown Occupy Portland encampment during Tuesday's noon newscast. The video shows a kerchief-wearing man who repeatedly shouts epithets at the crew, and pushes and shoves KGW employees trying to stay between the man and KGW news reporter Art Edwards. (Warning: video is unedited and contains extensive swearing - viewer discretion advised) Video uploaded by YouTube user: daylightdisinfectant News Director Rick Jacobs said KGW employees have been cursed at, pushed and shoved several times during...
  • Oregon looks to iPad to make voting easier for those with disabilities

    11/07/2011 7:48:17 PM PST · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 11/07/2011 | Ryan Kost
    Oregon elections officials are turning to iPads in a new attempt to make voting as easy and accessible as possible for disabled voters. In a small pilot program playing out during the special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. David Wu, about 12 voters have filled out their ballots on Apple's touch-screen tablet.
  • Obama Administration Backs Vatican In Pedophile Case

    05/25/2010 7:49:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 88 replies · 1,530+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 5/25/2010 | Staff
    The Obama administration in a brief to the Supreme Court has backed the Vatican's claim of immunity from lawsuits arising from cases of sexual abuse by priests in the United States. The Supreme Court is considering an appeal by the Vatican of an appellate court ruling that lifted its immunity in the case of an alleged pedophile priest from Oregon. In a filing on Friday, the solicitor generla's office argued that the Ninth Circuit court of appeals erred in allowing the lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was sexually abused in the 1960's by the Oregon priest. The...
  • Wind Farms Disrupting Radar, Scientists Say

    11/05/2011 12:54:18 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies ^ | November 05, 2011 | unattributed
    This one's really off the radar. Wind farms, along with solar power and other alternative energy sources, are supposed to produce the energy of tomorrow. Evidence indicates that their countless whirring fan blades produce something else: "blank spots" that distort radar readings. Now government agencies that depend on radar -- such as the Department of Defense and the National Weather Service -- are spending millions in a scramble to preserve their detection capabilities. A four-star Air Force general recently spelled out the problem to Dave Beloite, the director of the Department of Defense’s Energy Siting Clearinghouse. "Look there’s a radar...
  • Jeff Merkley, Senate Democrats say U.S. Constitution must be changed to control campaign spending

    11/02/2011 12:44:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 11-1-11 | Charles Pope
    WASHINGTON - Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and six other Democrats charged Tuesday that modern political campaigns - and democracy itself - are threatened by a pair of "awful" Supreme Court decisions that can only be fixed by changing the U.S. Constitution itself. The senators said during a news conference that adding a new provision to the Constitution is necessary if Congress wants to nullify a 1976 ruling that said campaign spending was the same as free speech and a 2010 ruling that removed all limits on campaign spending for special interests, corporations and labor unions. "In the mid-70s the activist...
  • Dale and Shannon Hickman of the Followers of Christ church sentenced to six years in prison (OR)

    10/31/2011 3:52:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | October 31, 2011 | Nicole Dungca
    A Clackamas County judge sentenced the couple found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in their infant son's death to more than six years in prison, rejecting their entreaties for mercy and saying their son's fate could have been easily avoided. A jury in September unanimously found Dale and Shannon Hickman, of the Followers of Christ church, guilty in the death of their son, David Hickman, who lived for less than nine hours. He was born approximately two months premature and weighed less than four pounds. After standing and hugging each other, both Hickmans were led out of the courtroom in handcuffs...
  • Oregon Supreme Court Sends 'Vested Rights' Land-Use Case Back to Yamhill County

    10/31/2011 12:05:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | Sunday, October 30, 2011 | Eric Mortenson
    Ruling on one of the final cases lingering from Oregon's dueling property rights measures, the state Supreme Court said Yamhill County made a mistake when it decided a man had the right to finish building a 10-unit subdivision. The ruling upholds an earlier Oregon Court of Appeals decision and kicks the case back to Yamhill County Circuit Court for revision. Portland attorney Ralph Bloemers, who represented Friends of Yamhill County in opposing the subdivision, said the ruling is a defeat for property owners who tried to "game the system." The case involves a subdivision begun under Measure 37 and cut...