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Loren Parks, the industrialist who has spent millions backing hard-ass ballot initiatives—like 1994's Measure 11, which created costly mandatory sentencing rules—has cut off the tap. The Oregonian chalked it up to a dispute over money with Parks' latest benefactor, Kevin Mannix. Parks, now in his 80s, doesn't talk to reporters, so it's unclear whether he's looking for a new suitor or quitting politics. If it's the latter, we hope he keeps up his other passion: sexual hypnotism. Parks, on YouTube, offers creepily frank therapy to poor souls suffering with sexual issues. DENIS C. THERIAULT


The long-awaited "one-stop shop" for domestic violence victims will finally open its doors Wednesday, September 8. Domestic violence is on the rise locally, but until now victims had to criss-cross between government offices to file a restraining order, apply for counseling, and see a lawyer. The $2 million Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services will provide all that in one place, even letting victims file restraining orders via video chat ["One-Stop Shop," News, June 3]. The shelter is a big win for Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who secured $1.76 million in city funding for it. SARAH MIRK


Portland's on-again, off-again Minor League Baseball franchise, the Beavers, likely played their last game Monday, September 6. The team is leaving PGE Park to make way for Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers. Owner Merritt Paulson failed to persuade city leaders to pour in tens of millions to build a ballpark somewhere else—including the site of the Memorial Coliseum. While a certain other paper in town loudly wept this week about the departure of a team that's already jilted us twice before, we're not so sure. Also, Mr. John Canzano, bike lanes aren't "silly." Especially if they keep people out of their cars—and out of earshot of your radio program. DT

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