February 28, 2004 |
A one-acre tent city established by Portland's homeless has won the right to be called a campground, a designation that makes it legal. The 60 residents of the area, called Dignity Village, have battled for four years to gain legal recognition for their encampment of tents, scavenged planks and cardboard boxes, all of which violate the city's zoning codes if defined as housing.
January 18, 2004 |
Responding to citizen complaints of foul-mouthed law enforcement, the police chief in this laid-back Northwest city has told its 950 officers to not cuss so much in the line of duty. The directive, which says officers must "self-report" each time they use a swearword on the job, took effect Jan. 1. Those found guilty of unnecessary swearing would face counseling and -- in extreme cases -- official reprimand.
November 25, 2003 |
Two members of the so-called Portland Seven terrorist cell defiantly defended their actions and condemned the government's case against them Monday before being sentenced to 18 years in prison. Patrice Lumumba Ford, 32, and Jeffrey Leon Battle, 33, both American Muslims, pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to wage war against the United States; the pair, along with fellow radical Muslims, had tried to join the Taliban to battle U.S. troops in Afghanistan shortly after the Sept.
May 22, 2003 |
With their public school system a national laughingstock thanks to the comic strip "Doonesbury," voters in Portland, Ore., decisively approved the state's first-ever county income tax to prop up the city's ailing schools. The new tax, characterized by one of its organizers as "an act of desperation," will keep Multnomah County school districts from falling into a budgetary abyss, losing hundreds of teachers and dozens of school programs.
October 5, 2002 |
The latest strike in the war on terrorism hit a neighborhood that for many residents is a steppingstone to their American dream of middle-class prosperity. Before sunrise Friday, FBI agents rousted three suspected terrorist cell members at a pair of southwest Portland apartment complexes, startling children readying themselves for school and parents up early for work with the sight of their neighbors being arrested.
September 15, 2002 |
When the doors of the MAX light-rail train whooshed closed, my husband and I settled contentedly into our seats. Steps from baggage claim at Portland International Airport, we had bought two tickets from a machine ($3.10 total), strolled to a train and skipped the whole nonsense of renting a car, waiting for a bus or catching a costly cab. We were bound for downtown Portland, one of my favorite places. I love its vibrant streets, its restaurants, its stores.
November 22, 2001 |
Portland police are refusing to help the FBI question Middle Eastern immigrants hauled in as part of the terrorism investigation, saying the practice violates Oregon law. The Justice Department asked local law enforcement agencies around the country for help in tracking down 5,000 men for questioning about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But Acting Police Chief Andrew Kirkland refused.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2001 |
Hunched over his racing bike, David Russell flies down a paved path paralleling the majestic Columbia River, past houseboats and yachts and through a little Portland neighborhood that resembles a Cape Cod village. Russell hangs a right onto a bike path that spills him onto a steel bridge spanning the Columbia, and then he zips into Vancouver, Wash. No time today for coffee at the Vancouver cafe where local cyclists hang out. The real estate broker has a house to show and needs to get home.
November 12, 2001 |
Do Jump! is in town, and members of the Portland, Ore., troupe are climbing the walls of the Geffen Playhouse because, apparently, they just can't help themselves. There's Shirsten Finley, grabbing onto a ceiling beam in the lobby for a spontaneous round of chin-ups. There's Aaron Wheeler-Kay clawing his way like Spiderman up the theater's brick wall. And over there, gripping the edge of the Geffen stage 4 feet above the floor, Kelli Wilson vaults herself into a handstand.
November 8, 2001 |
Less than a year after getting federal recognition, the American Indian tribe that welcomed the Lewis and Clark expedition to the mouth of the Columbia River is in danger of losing its status. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton told the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Tuesday to review the Chinook Indian tribe's federal recognition.