ONCE CONSIDERED DEAD, the Columbia River Crossing is back in the business of jumping hurdles. The controversial project to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia and add freeway interchanges earned much-sought approval last week from the US Coast Guard, which had been considering for months whether the bridge's 116-foot height was tall enough to pass muster. The permit is a big step forward, but the Oregon-led version of the project currently being proposed has a long way to go. Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler said last week the CRC's finances are still in question, and new numbers being touted by opponents suggest proposed tolls on the bridge would result in a drastic drop in use, choking Interstate 205. DIRK VANDERHART


PORTLAND COPS say the city's suicide rate is almost three times the national average. Don't listen to them. In a report released by the Portland Police Bureau on Monday, September 30, the bureau's Behavioral Health Unit analyzed data from April 2011 to June 2013. In that time, cops responded to 202 suicides, compared to 121 homicides and traffic deaths. Police say that amounts to a rate of 34.4 suicides per 100,000 people, compared to the national average of 12.4 per 100,000. But as a state health official pointed out to the Oregonian, that's a useless comparison—the numbers rely on differing lengths of time. Even so, we're above average. DVH