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Poll suggests support

A new poll suggests that a majority of Portland area residents would support a Rose City major league baseball team.

According to the Oregon Stadium Campaign, which commissioned the poll, 56 percent of the 600 Oregonians surveyed said they'd support Portland's efforts to attract a team. Another 34 percent said they didn't support the idea, while 10 percent were undecided.

'I'm encouraged, because given the current climate, we thought some people might have difficulty supporting it,' said David Kahn, who heads the Oregon Stadium Campaign. 'But this shows an understanding that supporting baseball at this time might be a positive for this economy, and certainly not a detriment and no drain on our services.'

The poll also found that 56 percent of respondents were likely to attend a baseball game, the committee reported.

Kahn and other baseball backers will present the results to Major League Baseball officials during a March 20 meeting in Phoenix. The league is meeting with representatives of cities that hope to lure the Montreal Expos when the team relocates in time for the 2004 season.

Grove Quirk, a Portland polling company, did the poll for the Oregon Stadium Campaign.

COURTS

Judge rules on Addy suit

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Marshall Amiton has ruled that Portland reggae musician O.B. Addy must take a back seat to his uncle, nationally recognized West African drummer Obo Addy.

Amiton said that Obo Addy, 67, established his name as a recognized trademark in the last three decades, and that his 40-year-old nephew's use of the initials O.B. caused confusion among the music-loving public.

To remedy the situation, Amiton said in his ruling Wednesday that O.B. Addy must put the initials of his first name in quote marks so no one mistakes him for Obo Addy. That means O.B. Addy's band may have to be marketed as I & I Reggae, featuring 'O.B.' Addy.

'We brought this case to stop the confusion, and I believe Judge Amiton's ruling accomplishes that objective perfectly while at the same time vindicating Obo's position entirely,' said Jeff Pitzer, Obo Addy's Portland attorney.

HEALTH

Uninsured week begins

About 890,000 Oregonians under 65, or 29 percent of that age group, had no health insurance at some point during 2001 and 2002, according to a report released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a New Jersey-based philanthropy that makes grants to health-related programs and research.

The report was released to launch a national public-awareness campaign called Cover the Uninsured Week, which began Monday and runs through Sunday.

Events in the Portland area this week include:

• Free screenings for high blood pressure and other medical conditions, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at a health fair in downtown Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square.

• Also on Wednesday, an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rockwood Neighborhood Access Center, 800 N.E. 181st St., with information in English and Spanish about medical services available to uninsured patients.

For more information about the report or local events, visit www.covertheuninsuredweek.org or call 503-226-9353.

Ñ Tribune staff