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Gangs And Social Media

Prosecutors and police worry that social media use may actually be accentuating gang related violence in Portland.

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Study Shows Multnomah County Gangs Decline, Shift East

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.


Poll: Oregonians Concerned About Gangs

A new OPB and Fox 12 poll shows more than half of those surveyed think gang activity is on the rise, but far fewer think it is doing so in their communities. Portland police say they are seeing a second generation of kids drawn to violence.


Affleck's 'Live By Night': An Ambitious, Frenetic But Overstuffed Gangster Film

Ben Affleck wrote the screenplay, directed and stars in this bloated genre exercise, which never slows down enough to pack any real emotional impact.


Kendrick Lamar, 'God Is Gangsta'

The two-part video for "u" and "For Sale?" tackles issues of race and mental health, as well as the contradictions Lamar faces as a result of his own success.

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Graffiti, Gangs and Growth

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.

'Original Gangstas' Author On Tupac's Legacy And Early Hip-Hop's Influence

Author Ben Westhoff talks with Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti about Tupac's influence on modern rappers, and the inherent contradictions of gangsta rap.

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Confronting Northwest Gangs

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.

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Governor Visits Northeast Portland To Talk About Gangs And The Economy

Governor Kitzhaber visited Northeast Portland Friday to talk about the problem of gang violence, and how to improve the economy.


Brazil Relocating Gang Bosses Following Deadly Prison Riot

More than 50 inmates died at the remote Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex during a grisly, 17-hour standoff believed to have originated as a clash between rival gangs.

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