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A new study into gang activity in the Portland area suggests the problem has declined generally in recent years, but has increased in pockets of east Multnomah County.
Ben Affleck wrote the screenplay, directed and stars in this bloated genre exercise, which never slows down enough to pack any real emotional impact.
Vancouver, Washington and Caldwell, Idaho have a great many differences. One is an urban center north of densely populated Portland. The other a fairly small city in a relatively rural area. But in both places, people have been grappling with gang-related violence. In Caldwell, the sergeant in charge of street crimes says it couldn't have gotten much worse than in the summer of 2004 when he says there were 130 shootings in one month. He says some people were sleeping in their bathtubs because they were afraid of the drive-by shootings. Seven years later — with considerable help from the federal government — the problem has been contained, but he says he does not see a time when gangs will not be a problem. Vancouver has its share of gang activity — including one recent case that's still unsolved. And we'll also check in on how effective some of Portland's efforts have been in reducing gang violence.
A murder indictment in Eugene, a near-death in Yamhill County, and a shootout, stabbing, and surge of graffiti in the Keizer-Salem area have law enforcement officials concerned about a rise in gang activity around the state.While the Crips and Bloods dominated Oregon's gang scene in the 1990s, a group from Central America known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, has more recently moved in. Both followed the traditional gang route into the Northwest: driving up I-5.
Author Ben Westhoff talks with Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti about Tupac's influence on modern rappers, and the inherent contradictions of gangsta rap.
Governor Kitzhaber visited Northeast Portland Friday to talk about the problem of gang violence, and how to improve the economy.