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The Morning Press Panhandling Rose Garden road work dogs

first_imgLooking south on Northeast 138th Avenue from Northeast 36th Street, crews continue working on what will be one of the city’s last large road projects in the foreseeable future, as there’s no money for capital improvement projects beyond the 2014-15 biennium. This week’s top stories and news you may have missed:Felida woman strives to raise awareness about panhandlers’ use of handoutsTeri Joy first noticed Heather’s bulging belly as she drove under the Interstate 5 overpass on Northeast 99th Street in Hazel Dell. Eight months’ pregnant, she held a small cardboard sign at the side of the roadway, asking for some charity. In the corner of the overpass sat Heather’s boyfriend, Steven Joy — Teri’s stepson.Anguish punched Teri in the gut.“You want to cry, but you can’t because you’re so mad. You want to shake him, but at the same time hold him and hug him,” she said in an interview.As she drove home, hauling her Costco groceries, she thought back to an idea that had idled in her mind for months.What if she made her own sign? What would she say?At her home in Felida, she unloaded the groceries and flipped over one of the cardboard boxes. She stared at its blank, white canvas before printing a message: “Please stop giving my kids money for heroin.”Read the full story here.Rose Garden renamed Moda Center at the Rose QuarterThe Portland Trail Blazers announced an agreement Tuesday with a regional health and dental plan provider to change the name of the Rose Garden arena to the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Moda Health, an Oregon-based company that also provides plans in Washington and Alaska, finalized a 10-year arena naming rights deal with the Blazers on Monday. Comcast Sportsnet Northwest reported that the price was “up to $4 million annually,” but neither the team nor Moda Health would confirm that number.last_img read more