After a TriMet bus plowed through a group of pedestrians, killing two people, last spring, the public transit agency is installing a strange new announcement system on 10 buses. On Tuesday, March 1, engineers unveiled external speakers on #14 and #15 buses that will engage whenever the steering wheel is turned and shout, "Pedestrians, the bus is turning!" No word on whether TriMet could snag Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones for the voiceover. SARAH MIRK

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The new I-5 bridge planned to span the Columbia River will look a lot like the Marquam Bridge if the leaders in charge of the Columbia River Crossing get their way. The bridge design for the $3.6 billion project was canned last month—after years of work—when an expert review panel said the design was seriously flawed ["Bridge Fail," News, Feb 10]. The experts then put three new designs on the table, all of them costing $10 million to $100 million less than the original design. Oregon and Washington's highway departments went against the recommendations of the project's design advisory group by choosing the cheapest look, a flat truss bridge, over cable-stayed and arching options. SM

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Following the lucrative pay raise and perks given to hundreds of rank-and-file Portland cops last month, Portland City Council on Wednesday, March 2, is poised to follow suit by approving a contract that gives a few dozen police commanders, lieutenants, and captains a pay bump of their own. The three-year contract with the Portland Police Commanding Officers Association (PPCOA) delivers a three percent salary hike, plus a one percent fitness premium. And, yes, just like members of the Portland Police Association who agreed for the first time to random drug and alcohol testing, members of the PPCOA will get their piss tested, too. DENIS C. THERIAULT