Portland police put hoods and headphones on Arrested Protesters
Portland police put hoods and headphones on Arrested Protesters Doug Brown

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Protesters blocked the gate to the ICE building yesterday afternoon in SW Portland, in an act of civil disobedience to draw attention to the cruelty of deportations. Five protesters were linked together with duct tape-covered tube. Police put hoods and headphones on the protesters as they removed them from the tube, claiming it was for their protection from sparks and loud noises. There were no sparks or loud noises, though.

A new report from the Chicago academics overseeing federally-mandated changes to the Portland Police Bureau says the police are still struggling with de-escalation and the use of force, we reported.

Dirk VanderHart on the $258.4 million housing bond: "It's been nearly a year since Portland voters approved a housing bond. Now the city might finally have a notion of how to spend it."

"The Rose Quarter, it seems, has embraced Right 2 Dream Too," we reported yesterday. "In a joint statement Tuesday, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Amanda Fritz's offices announced the homeless rest area had inked a 'good neighbor agreement' with nearby business and neighbor groups, the city, and Portland Police, partly with a goal of developing 'a successful model together that other neighborhoods can look to as a template and replicate in their community.'"

Salam Noor, the state's chief schools officer, was forced out yesterday by Gov. Kate Brown "because she was not satisfied with his ability to execute her vision for Oregon's education system," the Oregonian reported.

More drama for Zoom+Care, in the Portland Tribune:

The owners of the Zoom+Care health clinic chain will pay $285,000 in fines to the state as part of a settlement over their failed health insurance plan, as well as nearly $2.2 million to ensure that medical claims for the plan's remaining members are paid through the end of the year.

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