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A former Oregon Boy Scout was awarded $1.4 million on Tuesday morning, April 13, in a landmark case alleging the Boy Scouts and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allowed a man named Timur Dykes to continue working as an assistant troop leader, after he confessed that he had molested 17 children. The case gained national attention as sex abuse victim Kerry Lewis, who filed the case under the pseudonym Jack Doe #4, spent the past four weeks at Multnomah County Courthouse detailing how Dykes molested him on campouts after leaders knew of his past crimes. On Tuesday, a jury declared that the Texas-based Boy Scouts of America, Portland-based Cascade Pacific Council, and Mormon Church must share the cost of paying Lewis $1.4 million for emotional damage. A second phase of the gripping trial, which will find whether the Boy Scouts should also pay $25 million in criminal damages, will begin next week. SARAH MIRK

Over 400 aspiring condo owners packed the Hilton Grand Ballroom in downtown Portland on Sunday, April 11, hoping to win a cut-rate condo as South Waterfront's John Ross tower auctioned off the 26 percent of its units that have remained unsold since 2005. What was once a $1.14 million penthouse (with a wrap-around balcony overlooking the river and a built-in wine refrigerator in the kitchen) sold to an elderly couple for $851,000, while other units went for about $50,000 less than their list price. The City of Portland has invested millions of urban renewal money in South Waterfront, but has been unable to deliver on its goal of a new dense, mixed-use and mixed-income neighborhood. The John Ross is the second major South Waterfront tower to auction off units, while the city has not constructed a single unit of affordable housing in the district. "I'm frankly bargain shopping," explained auction bidder Silvija Mack, a former media consultant who liked the John Ross' prices, but not the area. "There is no neighborhood as of now," she said. SM

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