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August 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Woman gets mental evaluation for naked pole climb

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Police say they’ve sent a 34-year-old woman to the hospital for a mental evaluation after she made a naked flagpole climb on the roof of a downtown Portland office building. Police said she stripped about midnight Wednesday, hauled down the flag and then wrapped herself in it, brandishing a lighter and fire…

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August 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Teen sentenced for carving swastika in boy’s forehead

The Associated Press PORTLAND  — An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen’s forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. In a Portland courtroom Thursday, 16-year-old Blue Kalmbach told the victim in a quiet voice that he was sorry for his actions. Kalmbach was the last of…

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August 15, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Judge orders release of Oregon coal terminal documents

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has ordered the Corps of Engineers to release documents about a planned coal terminal on the Columbia River at Boardman. Columbia Riverkeeper wanted to know why the corps agreed to an easier environmental review for Ambre Energy’s terminal than two others in Washington state. The Oregonian reports the corps…

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August 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Looking for a decrepit bridge? Portland has one for sale

By Kelly House / The Oregonian PORTLAND, Ore. — Decrepit. Obsolete. Crumbling. Unsafe. Given the harsh words used to describe Multnomah County’s 88-year-old Sellwood Bridge, a recycling complex might seem like its most logical destination once crews finish building its replacement in 2016. Instead, the county is looking to sell it. The Sellwood’s uncommon construction gives it historic value….

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August 13, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to block traffic

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police were told there was a chicken — and it was attempting to cross the road. In fact, the citizen who called the police non-emergency line on Monday evening reported that the chicken’s efforts to cross a road in a north Portland neighborhood were bringing traffic nearly to a standstill. The…

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August 6, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Portland mayor says tolls on I-5, Hwy 26 may be inevitable

The Associated Press PORTLAND. — Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says tolls on Oregon highways are inevitable. He told KOIN  the money is needed for maintenance, as federal funding fades. Hales expects tolls could be added to Highway 26 and Interstate 5 in the city. He ran into opposition from businesses and others in May when he proposed street…

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July 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Romanian princess pleads guilty in Oregon cockfighting case

By STEVEN DUBOIS / Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Romanian princess Irina Walker pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating an illegal gambling business in connection with a cockfighting enterprise in rural Oregon. Walker and her husband, John, accepted plea deals in which the government dismissed charges of animal fighting and conspiracy to violate the animal welfare act. Sentencing…

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July 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Cougar found in Portland backyard euthanized

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have euthanized a cougar that was captured in the backyard of a Portland home. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials made the decision to euthanize the animal late Friday. The decision was made for public-safety reasons because the animal had become used to the city and had lost its…

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