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More protected lanes for bicyclists pop up in cities

Bicycle Lanes

Cities increasingly are building protected lanes for bicyclists, finding that they bring economic as well as environmental benefits to communities. Last year, cities built 40 of the so-called green lanes, according to the Bikes Belong Foundation's Green Lane Project, an organization working with six cities — Austin; Chicago; Memphis; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco and Washington — to add them.


3 Dead, Including Gunman, in Oregon Mall Shooting

A gunman opened fire in a suburban Portland shopping mall Tuesday, killing two people and wounding another as people were doing their Christmas shopping, authorities said. Witnesses described a scene of chaos and disbelief as a gunman wearing some sort of camouflage outfit and a white mask shot an initial burst of fire and then more rounds at Clackamas Town Center. Shoppers tried to find safe areas as teams of police officers began entering the mall to find the shooter.


The Associated Press: Police: Boys, 7 and 11, attempt robbery with gun

Two boys, ages 7 and 11, are accused of trying to rob a woman with a loaded gun, police said Sunday. The boys tried to carjack a 22-year-old woman who was in her family's truck waiting for her parents in a church parking lot, Portland police said in a statement. Ami Garrett, of southeast Portland, told officers that when the boys approached her, the younger boy told the older boy to "show her your piece."


'Occupy' camps provide food, shelter for homeless

Occupy Wall Street protesters from Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta are trying to distinguish between homeless people who are joining their movement and those who are there for the amenities.

Senh: That's an interesting development. It can easily derail this movement.


National Book Awards 2011 Finalists Announced

National Book Awards 2011 Finalists Announced

There were plenty of surprises in the the shortlists for the 60th annual National Book Awards, which were announced today Portland, Oregon. The awards, probably the most prestigious book awards in the USA behind the Pulitzer Prize, have previously been given to Jonathan Franzen, Philip Roth, Alice Walker and William Faulkner.


Video: Reservoir drained after man pees in water

A portion of a Portland, Ore., reservoir, which supplies drinking water to the city, was drained after a 21-year-old man was caught on surveillance video urinating in the water. The incident will cost tax payers more than $30,000.


Mailman suspended for defecating in yard on route

A Portland, Ore., mail carrier caught on camera defecating just feet from a home along his route has been suspended, the U.S. Postal Service says.


Odd behavior prompts United to divert flight headed for Portland

Odd behavior prompts United to divert flight headed for Portland

The man in the aisle reportedly would not return to his seat. Passengers said another man with him repeatedly stood up and kept asking how long until the plane arrived in Portland. Yet another man was reportedly reading a book about weapons, according to a passenger seated next to that person. All three were taken off the plane in Chicago.


Oregon Teen Arrested in Plot to Bomb Holiday Event

F.B.I. officials said that the Somali-born suspect thought he was detonating a car bomb in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland on Friday night, when in fact he had been set up in a sting operation.


Oregon Police Reopen Gore Massage Inquiry

Oregon Police Reopen Gore Massage Inquiry

The police are reopening an investigation into a Portland massage therapist’s allegations that former Vice President Al Gore groped her at a hotel in 2006.


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