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LAW ENFORCEMENT

Tools sought to fight terror

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft called for additional federal powers to fight terrorism during a brief Portland visit Friday.

Speaking to reporters at the downtown federal courthouse while protesters rallied outside, Ashcroft said some investigative tools used to fight drug dealers and violent criminals cannot be used against suspected terrorists.

'We need to be able to use tools that are available in other crimes,' said Ashcroft, citing various subpoena and detention powers that cannot be used against suspected terrorists.

Asked about complaints that the war on terrorism is infringing on civil rights, he said: 'We never want to override the Constitution. That's our charter.'

Across the street from the courthouse, about 150 demonstrators gathered to protest Ashcroft's actions, play the drums and chant slogans such as 'Ashcroft to Guantanamo Bay for crimes against the USA.'

Inside the courthouse, Ashcroft said the controversial USA Patriot Act was essential to keep America safe.

'The USA Patriot Act allows law enforcement to communicate intelligence so we can connect the dots,' he said.

After the news conference, police in riot gear took up positions on Southwest Third Avenue with their batons at the ready. The protesters heckled the police but did not charge at them. No pepper spray was used.

EDUCATION

College to get interim head

Lewis & Clark College trustees plan on appointing former Reed College President Paul Bragdon, 76, this week as interim college president, a source close to the school said.

Bragdon, former president of Reed College and the Oregon Graduate Institute, will fill in while the school searches for a permanent replacement for Michael Mooney.

Mooney, the Lewis & Clark president for 14 years, announced his resignation last month after disclosure that he loaned $10.5 million in college money to an Idaho company that later went bankrupt.

On Wednesday, the executive committee of the college's board of trustees will recommend Bragdon's appointment to the full board. The board, in turn, is expected to name Bragdon interim president, the source said.

Brian Gard, spokesman for the college, said no decisions have yet been made about the interim president.

'We're seeking an interim president and as soon as one is elected, it will be announced,' he said. 'But it's inappropriate to announce something before the full board has a chance to deliberate.'

Robert Pamplin Jr., owner of the Portland Tribune, is a life trustee of the college. Life trustees are not involved in naming the interim president.

COMMUNITY

Dog poisonings forum set

A community forum on the suspected Laurelhurst Park dog poisonings is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Laurelhurst Club, 3721 S.E. Ankeny St. Portland Mayor Vera Katz and Commissioner Jim Francesconi, who oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, are both expected to send representatives.

'The basic purpose is to see what we can do to prevent something like this from happening again,' said association vice chairwoman Nancy Chapman.

In other developments, the reward for information leading to an arrest in the poisoning incidents has been capped at $15,000. According to Devon Jahn, public relations director for the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, fund-raisers did not want potential tipsters to hold back information in hopes that the reward would grow even larger.

Although the reward fund has been capped, Jahn said people still can help the clinic offset the $30,000 spent on the eight dogs who died. Tax-deductible donations can be made via the Web at www.dovelewis.org or by sending contributions to the Charlie Fund for Abused Animals, c/o Dove Lewis, 1984 N.W. Pettygrove St., Portland, OR 97209.

Ñ Tribune staff