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November 3rd, 2010 WW Editorial Staff | Murmurs
 

This Is Not An Attack Ad.

     
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  • Troubled financier Andy Wiederhorn’s 20,000-square-foot West Hills home, which has an assessed market value exceeding $9 million, and his beach compound were slated for foreclosure auction last month. But the sales have been deferred until next year. Via email, Wiederhorn says he is pursuing loan modifications and has “no plans to sell either property...these dates have been changed multiple times for over two years.”

  • Our story last week about 21-year-old Desmond Moore’s arrest in Washington County (“A Peck of Trouble”) had a happy ending. A grand jury on Oct. 27 declined to indict Moore on charges of first-degree sex abuse, and Moore was released from jail after eight days. Moore’s mother, Lisa McCall, a K-8 assistant principal for Portland Public Schools, told WW her son’s arrest came after Moore, who is African-American, kissed a 22-year-old white woman at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus. McCall said she was relieved the charges were dropped but is still disturbed her son was arrested and that the Washington County District Attorney’s Office took the case to a grand jury.

  • Can trees fight crime in Portland? A new study from the Pacific Northwest Research Station in the U.S. Forest Service shows some might. But before you get out your seeds and watering can, make sure you know what kind of trees to plant. Using Portland crime data from 2005 to 2007, researchers concluded that large trees on a front lawn were associated with fewer property and violent crimes, while numerous small trees were linked to an increase in property crime. Researcher Geoffrey Donovan says large trees may indicate to criminals that an area is well cared for, while several small trees might serve as cover for thieves.

  • Jesse Cornett’s political fortunes have risen slightly since his crushing defeat in the May primary to City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. As the only publicly financed challenger against the three-term incumbent, Cornett campaigned hard on the idea he would like to run Portland’s Bureau of Transportation, if elected. But Saltzman won re-election with than 50 percent of the vote in the nine-candidate primary. Cornett, however, did win another recent contest: The Lents Neighborhood Association picked him as its transportation chairman. Unlike in the Saltzman race, Cornett was unopposed this time.

  • More than 700 picketers, speakers and participants turned out last weekend for Portland’s Rally to Restore Sanity, a local version of Jon Stewart’s similarly titled Washington, D.C., gathering. Attendees at the Oct. 30 rally under the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland listened to conflict resolution experts such as Willamette University law professor Richard Birke. Among the signs in evidence: “I Can See Russia” and “I Am Moderately Upset.”
 
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