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March 17th, 2004 WW Editorial Staff | Winners & Losers
 

"We always get our man!"

     
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WINNERS

Canadian cops had reason to crow after they nailed Portland's own Tre Arrow--high-profile activist, erstwhile congressional candidate, serial shoplifter and accused eco-terrorist. Police in Victoria, B.C., busted Arrow, who was on the FBI's most-wanted list, for attempting to secure a five-finger discount at a hardware store Monday. The hirsute, oft-barefoot former Michael Scarpitti awaits extradition and judgment on arson charges. His crimes against fashion will be tried in a higher court.

Protesters let out a raucous cheer when the Oregon Supreme Court struck down a disorderly-conduct law because of that whole "freedom of speech" thingamajig. Portland police frequently used the law to jail uppity lefties who refused to go away when told to; cops won't be able to do that anymore.

Conservationists pumped their fists at news from the U.S. Geological Survey: Statewide water usage dropped 12 percent over the past five years, despite a quarter-million-human increase in Oregon's population.

The first condor egg laid in Oregon in more than 100 years dropped last Wednesday at 12:50 pm, courtesy of our own pair of California-born condors. The couple, Tama and Mandan, is credited with 11 chicks thus far. Their keepers say we can expect to add another notch to the bedpost in the first week of May.

LOSERS

Baseball fans took a spikes-up slide this week. The O reported that almost no one running to replace Mayor Vera Katz sees a major-league team as a priority. That means the Vera'nator has only 10 months to lure steroid-fueled diamond beasts to a new Portland stadium before political momentum expires. Save us, Dwight Jaynes, save us!

The police career of former bureau spokesman and KGW reporter C.W. Jensen may finally be at an end. Mayor Vera Katz handed a pink slip to the captain, who was accused of cheating on meals reimbursement in 1999 and instructing a subordinate to do the same. Jensen has one dice roll left: He plans to file a grievance and plead his case with an arbitrator.

Last year, architecture and design fans gushed about the proposed aerial tram between Oregon Health & Science University and the new North Macadam development. But after tram board members revealed the project was massively over-budget, the architect went back to her drawing board and replaced the competition-winning chic with cheap.

 
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