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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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June 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Google exec yields to concerns, will sell Portland home

Here’s a follow-up to a news item from Tuesday: PORTLAND (AP) — A venture capitalist has opted to sell his recently purchased northwest Portland home to neighbors instead of demolishing it. Kevin Rose is a general partner for Google Ventures. Earlier this year, he paid $1.3 million for a house built in 1892. He initially planned to…

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June 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Will Google exec raze 122-year-old Portland house?

Wednesday update: Demolition of the home was averted late Tuesday when Rose agreed to sell the home to neighbors. Original story from Tuesday: The comments are rolling in hot and heavy today on an Oregonian story about a neighborhood protest against plans to demolish a house in Portland’s Willamette Heights. The Oregonian’s Steve Duin has…

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June 20, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Diversity training for Portland mayor and top police

The Associated Press PORTLAND — The city of Portland is sending about 16 white male managers to a three-day seminar called “White Men as Full Diversity Partners.” Most are top-level leaders from the police bureau, including Chief Mike Reese. Mayor Charlie Hales also plans to attend. Hales told KATU the $56,000 spent on the diversity training seminar is worth…

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June 19, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Thursday Memo: Pot brownies … Cat on the move … Summer sun

Pot brownies given to teens: A Puyallup man is accused of supplying marijuana extract that prosecutors say his 16-year-old daughter used to make brownies that later sickened several of her classmates. Cat: ‘I don’t want to move’: George the cat traveled 12 miles, crossing three highways and neighborhoods where coyotes are known to…

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June 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Wildcat sanctuary agrees to pay attack fines

PORTLAND (AP) — A suburban Portland wildcat sanctuary has agreed to pay $5,600 in penalties related to a fatal cougar attack on its head keeper. The Oregonian reports that a settlement agreement between WildCat Haven Sanctuary and the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division says the nonprofit will drop its appeal of citations assessed in…

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