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It's the halfway mark in the Columbia River Crossing's draft environmental impact study public comment period (better get cracking—you've only got until July 1 to finishing reading all 5,000 pages!), and sparks are flying over the controversial project. Three Metro councilors are approaching the high stakes more-freeway-lanes-in-exchange-for-light-rail political "trade off" with a novel solution—a resolution calling for light rail and bridge tolls now, and a reevaluation of the need for more bridge lanes later—so you can expect fireworks at the June 5 Metro meeting. There, at 2 pm, that resolution (backed by Councilor Robert Liberty) goes head to head with resolutions from Columbia River Crossing proponent Councilor Rex Burkholder, and an attempt at a compromise from Metro President David Bragdon. AJR

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Admitted pedophile blogger Jack McClellan says two cops at Powell Butte Nature Park harassed him last Thursday, May 29.

McClellan says he was eating a sandwich in the park when a park ranger came up and started talking to him. Then, a patrol car rolled up with two cops inside.

"They told me, 'We just don't feel this is a good place for you,'" he says. "And I asked them why, and they said, 'We're afraid you might grab a kid off the trail and run off with them.' I told them I didn't know where else to go, and one of them said, 'How about Thailand?'" he continues. "The feel was, 'You're on our turf, get out of here.' I had no choice but to sit there and talk with them, but I didn't know what they were going to do." MD

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