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Portland mayor’s plan to reduce gun violence this summer lacks detail

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced a new gun violence initiative last week that is big on ambition but short on specifics. Shareef Khatib, who spent 13 years working in various roles at two of the top USAID contract recipients on overseas development projects overseeing U.S. foreign aid, will take the helm of Portland’s latest gun violence reduction initiative, a yet to be defined $2.4 million program.

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Search for dead orca in coastal Oregon waters ends

An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the case surrounding a dead orca floating off the Oregon Coast has been closed, without any successful retrieval of the mammal’s body.