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Just Compassion suspect previously assaulted police officer

Officials have yet to release cause of death for man found in backyard of Tigard houseless resource centerFive days after a man's body was found at a Tigard resource center for homeless individuals, authorities have yet to release the cause of his death, other than that it's believed to have been a homicide. A look into the suspect's criminal history shows he had convictions for robbery, theft and assaulting a police officer. On Sunday, June 27, the body of William Mayberry, 53, was found at a backyard area of the Tigard Just Compassion, 12280 S.W. Hall Blvd., with Tigard police...
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OPINION: Holding the gas industry accountable

Diana Delgado Gonzalez: 'We must make sure they are not more powerful than the people.'In every life, in every movement, there are moments that define the path forward. For me, one of those life-defining moments as an individual was when I realized that children and I suffered for years with shortness of breath, headaches, and constant problems with our eyes because we couldn't afford to pay the high heating bills that would have kept mold from infecting our home in the winter. That is why I stood up and spoke out to help pass a bill last year that is...
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