Elephant makes entrance

A 12-foot-tall bronze elephant, weighing 6 tons, arrived at the Port of Portland on Monday. The massive cargo Ñ which took up the space of six containers Ñ made its journey to Portland from Xi'an, China, on the Yang Ming shipping line.

Costs for shipping and installation of the elephant are being covered by in-kind donations from the city, the Port of Portland and local businesses.

The bronze elephant is a gift to the city of Portland from Chinese businessman Huo Baozhu, the owner of Five Rings Cultural Relics, a foundry sanctioned by the Chinese government to reproduce Chinese antiquities. Huo, who lives in Xi'an, is dying of a rare blood disorder.

The elephant was accepted under the Regional Arts & Culture Council Public Art Donations policy. City entourages have traveled to China twice during the cultural exchange process.

Hoffman Construction Co. has begun preparing a base for the creature near West Burnside Street in the North Park Blocks.

A citywide ceremony is planned for Dec. 14 to celebrate the elephant's arrival in the park blocks, where it may stay between three and five years.

Talks continue about moving the elephant to Chinatown once the Portland Development Commission's Chinatown Redevelopment project is finished.


New bandage unveiled

Production will begin in Tigard this week on an innovative hemorrhage-control bandage that is designed to keep soldiers from bleeding to death on the battlefield.

The bandages, invented at Portland's Oregon Medical Laser Center, were given quick approval by the federal Food and Drug Administration this month. They will be produced by HemCon Inc., a new Tigard company that has a contract with the U.S. Army to supply an initial batch of 5,000 bandages by April. Shipments will begin in mid-January, said Dr. Kenton Gregory, director of the laser center, based at Portland St. Vincent Medical Center.

The bandages are made from chitosan, a biological substance found in shrimp shells that causes blood to clot quickly. The bandages adhere to wounds and can be applied on the battlefield, allowing wounded soldiers to be moved.

The Department of Defense has given the center nearly $10 million to develop new kinds of wound treatments, including the chitosan bandage. A portion of the grant will be used to develop a similar bandage for internal wounds.

The bandages also will be made available to hospitals and ambulances.


99 meals to be given away

A large delivery operation gets under way Thanksgiving morning, and it will mean a feast for 99 Portland area families who otherwise likely would have faced a sparsely laid table. The food will go to 99 Cascade AIDS Project clients and their families; United Way has arranged for Pazzo Ristorante, Red Star Tavern & Roadhouse, and possibly other donors to provide the fixings.

United Way spokesman Chad Coffelt says this is the first time United Way has worked with Cascade AIDS Project, whose clients are mostly gay and bisexual men.

He says a United Way vice president was enthusiastic about working with Cascade AIDS Project following a conversation at a recent presentation. Coffelt denies United Way chose Cascade AIDS Project to make good following the flap over its funding of Boy Scouts, which has been criticized for its policy of excluding gays.

Cascade AIDS Project Executive Director Thomas Bruner says he is delighted his group's clients will get a meal and says he is not second-guessing United Way's motivations.

'For the 99 families who get a Thanksgiving dinner who wouldn't otherwise, who cares?' he says.


Two wounded in shooting

An apparent barroom argument led to a shooting Sunday night, police said. Two men were shot inside their car after leaving the Shamrock Bar & Cafe at North Interstate Avenue and Skidmore Street. Police were still looking for the shooter at press time.

Ricky Lee Greenwood, 21, was shot several times in the back and arms. Donnell Lamarr Watson, 22, was shot in the leg.

Although Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center would not release their conditions, the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Blazers booed, cheered

Fan reaction to the latest Portland Trail Blazers controversy is mixed.

Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace were cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana while returning from a game in Seattle on Thursday night. A smattering of boos greeted both players when their names were announced at Saturday's home game. But Wallace was greeted by more than 500 fans at Westfield Shoppingtown Vancouver mall on Sunday night during his annual Christmas ornament drive.

Wallace and Stoudamire face misdemeanor possession charges in Lewis County, Wash. If convicted, they could spend at least one day in jail.

It is unclear whether the two Blazers will fight the charges. Although they apologized to fans at a Friday news conference, Wallace claimed the full story has not yet come out. 'All I've got to say about it is the truth will come to light,' Wallace said.

Stoudamire and Wallace both were passengers in Stoudamire's yellow Hummer when the vehicle was stopped for speeding near Centralia. Police found approximately a couple of grams of marijuana in an unlocked glove compartment. The driver, Edward L. Smith of Portland, was not cited.

For Stoudamire, it is the second marijuana bust this year. Lake Oswego police found approximately 1 pound of marijuana in his home in February. All charges were dismissed after a Clackamas County judge ruled the search illegal. The Clackamas County district attorney has appealed the dismissal.


Bail denied for Weaver

Ward Weaver will sit in jail until his trial Ñ now set to begin Sept. 16 Ñ a Clackamas County Circuit judge ruled Monday.

Neither side called witnesses at Monday's bail hearing, which Oregon City attorneys joked afterward lasted exactly 'as long as it takes to say 'hell, no.' '

Judge Robert Herndon said his ruling was based on an investigator's affidavit that included previously undisclosed evidence tying Weaver to the deaths of Ashley Pond, 12, and Miranda Gaddis, 13. The evidence included Weaver's fingerprint on tape used to seal the box in which Miranda's body was found on Weaver's property.

Earlier this month, the Clackamas County district attorney's office and Weaver's attorneys opposed the Portland Tribune's attempt to obtain documents related to searches of Weaver's property on the grounds that their release would impair Weaver's right to a fair trial and impede an ongoing investigation of his crimes. The DA's office could not be reached for comment on how the information contained in the investigator's affidavit differed from the information it has attempted to keep confidential. Judge Herndon had not ruled on the Tribune's requests as of Monday morning.


Architects vie for job

Organizers of the proposed aerial tram linking the North Macadam area to Oregon Health & Science University have picked seven worldwide architectural firms as semifinalists to design the transit system.

The seven selected are:

Angelil/Graham/Pfenninger of Zurich, Los Angeles (of which Sarah Graham, a Portland native, is a principal); Barkow Leibinger, Berlin; Hodgetts & Fung, Los Angeles; Guy Nordenson, New York City; SHoP, New York City; Bernard Tschumi, New York City; and UNStudio, Amsterdam.

The Portland Aerial Transportation Inc. board plans to interview the firms Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 and narrow the semifinalist list to four in the next two weeks, said Portland Aerial Transportation President Pat LaCrosse.

'These are top-notch designers,' he said. 'We're pleased. But you've got to remember we're picking a designer, not a design. Once we have four the jury will take over.'

The board also added three new jurors to the committee that will select the firm to design the tram. It chose Diana Snowden Goldschmidt, former PacifiCorp executive and former interim superintendent of Portland Public Schools; Brad Cloepfil, principal with Allied Works; and Robert Frasca, principal and co-founder of Zimmer-Gunsul-Frasca. Four additional jurors from outside Portland will be named by mid-December to complete the seven-member committee.

The City Council approved the Portland Aerial Transportation plan Nov. 14 and contributed $150,000 to the design competition.

Ñ Tribune staff