Portland's infamous raging grannies went on trial this week, on charges of criminal mischief and unlawful application of graffiti for daubing the walls and floor of the military recruitment center on NE Broadway with fake blood on Good Friday, April 6. They expect a verdict on Thursday, December 13.

The four grannies, and one grandpa, are determined to use their trial to draw attention to the military's ongoing recruitment of young men to fight in Iraq. "We remember the crucifixion of Christ as an unjust death. The deaths of US soldiers and of Iraqis are also tragedies," said one of the grannies—Ann Huntwork, 75, in a press release dated Monday, December 10. MATT DAVIS


Two Southwest Portland doctors filed a city petition on Monday, December 10, seeking to provide health insurance "to all children attending the Portland Public Schools."

Drs. Gregg and Marcia Coodley filed the petition, and must gather 27,255 signatures from Portland voters by July 3, 2008, to qualify for the ballot. They did not return a call for comment by press time, and their website——wasn't up yet.

If the initiative passes, the city would fund the first two years of the program, with school districts picking up two-thirds of the tab beginning in the third year. The initiative text estimates the cost of basic coverage at $4.05 million for 9,000 children, or about $450 per child. AMY J. RUIZ