A Multnomah County grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing in the March 4 police shooting of Santiago A. Cisneros III, an Iraq War vet who cops say fired a shotgun at two officers atop a Lloyd District parking garage. Officers Brad Kula and Michele Boer shot Cisneros, 32, after they "encountered" him, police say, and he fired first, missing both. Cisneros had told a Seattle TV station in 2009 that he had attempted suicide at least once before, months after leaving Iraq. Hours before the shooting, he was spending time at the camping protest outside Portland City Hall. DENIS C. THERIAULT


Tuition equity—pushed for a decade by immigrant-rights advocates—will finally become the law of the land after a historic 19-11 vote last Thursday, March 21, by the Oregon Senate. HB 2787, which won approval from the Oregon House in a more climactic vote last month, will grant in-state college tuition to Oregon high school graduates who'd been brought to the United States illegally. The savings for undocumented kids could amount to more than $77,000 over four years. Governor John Kitzhaber has promised to sign the bill. DCT