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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...