Porter movie nominated

'Door to Door,' the made for TV movie about Bill Porter, the disabled door-to-door salesman from Portland, received 12 Emmy nominations Thursday from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Porter, who has cerebral palsy, gained attention in 1995 with a story in The Oregonian by Tom Hallman Jr. The story was later picked up by Reader's Digest and ABC, leading to the 2002 movie by TNT.

The show received 12 nominations, all under the heading of outstanding miniseries, movie or drama, including made for TV movie, William H. Macy for actor, and Helen Mirren and Kathy Baker for supporting actress. It also was nominated for casting, cinematography, Steven Schachter for best director, editing, makeup, single camera sound mixing and Macy and Schachter for writing.

The winners will be announced Sept. 21 in Los Angeles.


Enron affiliate bankrupt

Portland General Holdings Inc., a Portland-based subsidiary of Enron Corp., joined its parent company in filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection June 27.

PGH was the holding company for Enron's nonregulated businesses in Portland, and all but one of its board of directors were PGE employees. They included Portland Energy Solutions, MicroClimates and Portland General Distribution, a telecommunications start-up.

None of PGH's subsidiaries are included in the bankruptcy filing. However, there are some concerns that Portland General Holding's creditors could pressure the subsidiaries for money.

'Any time a company goes into bankruptcy there is always a chance creditors will look to subsidiaries for money,' said Michael Dougherty, senior affiliated interest analyst with the Oregon Public Utility Commission.

PGE executive vice president Fred Miller said they do not expect its affiliate's bankruptcy to impact them. The bankruptcy action has no bearing on city of Portland efforts to buy or condemn PGE, he said.

PGH, whose filing will be consolidated with Enron's bankruptcy proceedings, owes PGE $10 million. A $1.1 million loan to Portland General Distribution and $3 million loan to Portland Energy Solutions are included in that amount.

Last fall, state regulators raised questions after PGE executives agreed to give Enron the rights to $27 million it was owed by PGH. PGH has reported losses in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Enron still owes PGE $105 million.


Vandals strike statue

The Joan of Arc statue that stands in a traffic circle at Northeast 39th Avenue and Glisan Street in the Laurelhurst neighborhood was vandalized Monday night.

Damage is estimated at more than $5,000.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council, which oversaw the statue's restoration in June last year, learned of its defacement Tuesday.

Vandals threw a gallon of black paint on the gold statue and stole the garland from the statue's head.

Monday also was Bastille Day, a date that commemorates the start of the French Revolution. Peggy Kendellen, the arts council's public art manager, said she has no idea if the move was motivated by anti-French sentiment, the urge to destroy something or both.

An empty paint can and empty cans of beer were found near the scene.

'I guess they made a party of it,' Kendellen said.

The Joan of Arc statue was originally dedicated on the spot in 1924. The arts council oversaw the sculpture's restoration last summer through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and private donors.

Anyone who knows anything about the crime should call Kendellen at the Regional Arts & Culture Council, 503-823-4196.


Ashcroft to visit Portland

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will visit Portland today as part of a tour of major West Coast cities, according to Barry Sheldahl, an assistant U.S. attorney.

'The attorney general visits with Department of Justice employees in major cities every four or five years,' explained Sheldahl, who said Ashcroft is scheduled to meet with U.S. judges and employees with the U.S. attorney's office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Ashcroft also is scheduled to hold a news conference this morning after meeting with the members of the FBI's Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Sheldahl said Ashcroft visited Sacramento, Calif., last week and will go on to Seattle after the Portland stop.

Tribune staff

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