It was the most horrible of days – two dead and a third seriously wounded as a man walked into Clackamas Town Center with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and fired 16 shots.
The gunman, 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts, saved the last shot for himself.
Tyler killed himself before anyone had a chance to ask him what was going through his mind. When the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office released a detailed report months later, one telling detail was absent – why he did what he did.
One thing was certain – gun control advocates seized the day.
It was a late spring day in 1994 and New York could not have been more beautiful.
The area around the United Nations was basking under a blue sky; any clouds that might have thought of approaching seemingly chased away by the ebullient spirit filling the area.
It was Election Day for South Africa and scores of South African voters who were living in the United States were there to vote.
As I watched – I was there covering the historic event for The New York Post – it was impossible not to be overwhelmed by what was happening. People of all ages, almost all of them of them Black, almost all of them convinced until that moment that they would never get to vote in their lifetime.
It was 3:50 in the afternoon and Caran Johnson had just let the world know that the car accident she had been tweeting about involved her husband, Craig.
It was the end of two hours in which Johnson, a well-known listener of emergency radio in Clark County who tweets out what she hears under the name @scancouver, slowly came to realize that her life was changing.
Johnson, a mother of two who lives in Salmon Creek, has spent a lot of time over the past couple of years letting residents of Clark County know about some of the stuff they probably wish they had never heard about: fires, murders, assaults, robberies.
What happened to Johnson is a reminder to anyone who makes their living off the fact that bad things happen to good people.
In a flash, the gun went off and Tiffany Jenks, 35, was on the ground. Dead.
There were three people with her by Blue Lake Park in Fairview when it happened. And all will be behind bars Saturday when a memorial is held at Crane High School in Burns for Jenks.
Friends and family of Jenks have described her as having been a warm, caring, outgoing person who had struggled with addiction and depression ever since her father died in 2010.
She had worked as a hydrologist for the Bonneville Power Administration, a job she left around the time her father died.
In court documents released Friday, the story of the night unfolds like a movie. And since we know the ending, it’s easy to find yourself wanting to reach into the paper and shake some sense into Ms. Jenks before it is too late.
The 27-year-old woman was shot once in the head and killed in front of her daughter on Saturday. Police say the man who pulled the trigger was her husband.
She had an order of protection against him - commonly known as a restraining order.
And while he is now under arrest and there will likely be a sense of justice – he told the police he had “just f****** killed someone” – the case highlights the unfortunate truth that, in the end an order of protection is just a piece of paper.
Emilius Simpson was in London at a dinner party in his honor. He was the head of the Pacific Coast trade for the Hudson Bay Company and was getting ready to visit his cousin who was the governor of what is now Vancouver.
A woman at the party, having finished her apple dessert, took five of the seeds, wrapped them in a napkin and gave them to Simpson, asking that he plant them when he arrived on the other side of the world.
You know the old expression about the numbers speaking for themselves?
From April 2011 through June 2013, 202 people in Portland committed suicide. That’s roughly 34.4 people per 100,000, or three times the national rate, according to a report issued by the Portland Police Bureau.
Another way to look at that is there were approximately 7.5 suicides a month, or one every four days.
There were nearly twice as many suicides as homicides and traffic fatalities combined.