Committed to Junction City

The state’s new mental hospital is drawing fire—and it hasn’t even been built yet.


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The road for the Oregon State Hospital in Junction City stretches across an open field, waiting to lead people to the state’s newest mental health facility. State officials have spent $61.8    More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The First 30 Seconds

The city hopes to shield the mentally ill from excessive force by putting the right cop on the scene.


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It’s an otherwise slow Monday night, but Officer Casey Hettman is tense. He and two other Portland police officers move through...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Vigil for Street Musician Kirk Reeves Spotlights Suicide Prevention

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More than 200 people huddled under the Hawthorne Bridge on Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil to remember "Working" Kirk Reeves—the 56-year-old street musician who for a decade played trumpet at the bridge's onramp in his distinctive white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse ears, until he shot himself earlier this month.Mayor Sam Adams declared Sunday as "Kirk Reeves Day," and an assembly of trumpeters and ...   More
 
Monday, November 19, 2012 AARON MESH

Homeless, Not Faceless

Occupy Portland forced the city to face its persistent problems with homelessness.


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The homeless were back occupying the spaces under the Burnside Bridge on Monday, one day after their downtown real estate had been reclaimed by the city over the weekend. The city shut down the    More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Federal Investigators Mum On Thursday's Portland Police Shooting (Updated)

Bob Day Police Shotgun Less Lethal

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The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to comment to WW whether and how the shooting of an apparently mentally ill person by a central precinct police officer last week will affect a recently launched DOJ investigation of the Portland Police Bureau. Nevertheless, it's clear DOJ officials will be looking over the bureau's shoulder as it investigates the incident internally. On Thursday, Officer ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 COREY PAUL

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