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Tribune wins top honor

The Portland Tribune front page has been named Best Front Page among the country's largest newspapers in a contest sponsored by the Inland Press Association and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. The front-page contest takes into account the paper's reporting, writing and presentation.

The Tribune also won first place in the Personality/Individual profile category for a story by reporter Peter Korn about Oregon Health and Science University cancer researcher Brian Druker.

The Inland Press Association is a trade association of more than 1,180 newspapers, the majority of which are dailies. The awards were presented Oct. 16 at the association's 121st annual meeting in Chicago.


Chasse task force meets

Portland Mayor Tom Potter will ask the City Council for $250,000 in one-time funds from this year's budget surplus to immediately start Crisis Intervention Training for all Portland police patrol officers.

Although the council will not vote on one-time requests until Nov. 28, Potter hopes the training can begin immediately.

The request is in response to the in-custody death of James Chasse Jr. on Sept. 17. Chasse parents said their son was mentally ill.

After Chasse's death, Potter appointed a Mental Health/Public Safety Task Force to study how the mentally ill are cared for in Portland and their interactions with the police. Its first meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. today in the Rose Room at Portland City Hall.

Contest to name tram

City Commissioner Sam Adams is asking the public to name the two Portland Aerial Tram cars that arrived at the Port of Portland over the weekend. Suggestions can be submitted to Adams' Web site, www.commissionersam.com.

The specially designed tram cars were manufactured in Switzerland for approximately $1 million. Adams called their arrival 'another milestone' in the construction of the tram that will connect the South Waterfront urban renewal area to Marquam Hill.

The lower station is on the north side of the OHSU's new Center for Health and Healing. The upper tower is outside OHSU's new Patient Care Facility.

- Tribune staff