Saturday, December 7, 2013
From staff and news services
Navy to convene panel to probe submarine fire
The Navy is convening a special panel to investigate the fire that damaged the submarine USS Miami while it was in dry dock for an overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the river between Maine and New Hampshire.
All other investigations will be folded into the committee's probe, which was ordered by U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.
Early estimates put the fire damage at $400 million. It started on May 23 after burning material was sucked into a vacuum cleaner.
Lt. Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a Navy spokesman, says the goal is to gain a detailed understanding of what happened to ensure nothing similar happens in the future. He says the Navy has not yet concluded whether the submarine will be repaired or retired.
More tickets to Mumford & Sons on sale today
A block of tickets for the sold-out Aug. 4 concert by British folk rockers Mumford & Sons on Portland's Eastern Promenade will go on sale at 10 a.m. today.
The $69 tickets will be on sale until 6 p.m. at Port City Music Hall, at 504 Congress St. At 10 a.m. Saturday, remaining tickets will go on sale online at gentlemenoftheroad.com.
A total of 3,000 tickets are to be sold.
Tickets went on sale for the day-long music festival event June 1, and sold out that day. The show's local promoter, Lauren Wayne of the State Theatre, has said she expects as many as 12,000 people for the show. In announcing the new block of tickets Thursday, Wayne did not explain why more have become available.
The show will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 4 and will include performances by St. Vincent, Dawes, Maccabees, the Apache Relay, and Haim.
Homeless group opposes bid to stop median panhandlers
Advocates for the homeless plan to oppose a proposed ordinance that would prevent panhandlers from standing in median strips in Portland.
Members of Homeless Voices For Justice and staffers from the Preble Street Resource Center plan to speak against the ordinance when it comes before the Portland City Council on Monday, said Betsy Whitman, community organizer with Homeless Voices for Justice.
Proponents say that standing on median strips poses a safety hazard for both passing vehicles and the panhandlers. The ordinance would prohibit anyone from standing on a median.
But Whitman said that panhandling on the street is not dangerous. However, it does bother some people who simply don't want to see homeless people on their commute, she said.
"It's uncomfortable to see the homeless in our community," she said. "The way to address that isn't to make the homeless invisible, but to provide services and change the systems that are creating homelessness."
Man undergoing hospital evaluation after shooting gun
A Marlborough Road man has been taken to a hospital for evaluation Thursday after firing a handgun in his North Deering neighborhood.
Police were called to the house at the corner of Marlborough Road and Ivaloo Street at noon by neighbors who said they heard gunshots coming from the house, said Cmdr. Gary Rogers.
When police arrived the man followed officers' instructions and put down the gun. He told officers he had fired at two men but police suspect he was delusional.
Police shut down nearby streets while they searched the man's house for potential evidence or victims.
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