Grant High School student journalists investigating the Jan. 12 locker-room assault involving junior varsity basketball players have broken big news: Sources tell Grant Magazine police will not bring criminal charges. The magazine also includes a two-page letter from students involved in the incident; they say the practice of âG-ingâ has been protected for too long by a âculture of silence and secrecy.â The student magazine (thegrantmag.com) also includes stories about the culture of high-school sports and the pressure on students not to âsnitchâ when they see wrongdoing by their peers.
The former general counsel for Evergreen International Aviationâthe McMinnville-based military contractor suspected of having intelligence agency tiesâclaims in a new lawsuit that chairman Tim Wahlberg fired her for asking too many questions. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Monique DeSpain sued Evergreen on Feb. 23 in U.S. District Court in Portland, claiming sex discrimination, retaliation and violations of federal whistle-blower protections. DeSpainâs suit says she was âoutspokenâ in inquiring about the companyâs legal risks. Wahlberg, the suit says, âexpected her to work in a stereotypically appropriate manner for a woman. That is, he expected her to be deferential, compromising, affirming and quiet.â DeSpainâs suit also alleges company founder Delford Smith said of a job candidate, âHeâs great, BUT, heâs Hispanic!â DeSpain declined to comment. Evergreen, with more than $1 billion in annual revenues, didnât responded to WWâs questions.
Plans for a new charter school in Portland have hit tough times. Bridges Public Charter High School lost its contract with Portland Public Schools on Monday, Feb. 27. Bridges, a Waldorf school, was to open in September 2012 but didnât get access to federal grants it was counting on. The district may give Bridges a second chance. Meanwhile, the school board also canceled the contract for the hip-hop REAL Prep Public Charter Academy, which failed to open its Pearl District campus last fall after questions about financial problems surfaced.
Campaign cash updates: Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro), running for state labor commissioner, has snagged a second $25,000 check from Stimson Lumber. Starrâs total contributions this year have hit $80,000; the incumbent, Brad Avakian, $38,000.... Corporations may be people, but have buildings started donating money in the mayorâs race? Charlie Hales got $2,500 from the â12th & Alder Buildingâ and Eileen Brady got another $2,500 from âGlisan Property LLC.â No, itâs the Goodman family, of downtown parking lot and real estate fame, that controls both entities. Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), the other major candidate, has not received a check from a Goodman edifice. For the latest in 2012 election news, go to wweek.com/pdxvotes.