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Talent council meets Wednesday

The Talent City Council will consider two new ordinances at its meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St.

The first, recommended by the Talent Planning Commission, would alter the Talent Land Division Ordinance to modify the requirements for traffic impact studies. It would also create rules limiting flag lot partitioning.

The second ordinance would declare the city of Talent&

s intention to utilize the emergency management procedure outlined by the national incident management system.

The council will also request a modification to the Kamerin Springs development, discuss contributing funds to the State Housing Alliance and do a preliminary review of the Talent Police Department expansion plan during the meeting.

$10.5M for Homeland Security

PORTLAND &

Portland received $10.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, up from $8 million last year and $6.7 million in 2003.

In spite of the large increases over the last two years, Portland&

s share was among the smallest of the nation&

s 50 largest urban centers. Grants falling under the Urban Area Security Initiative ranged from $207 million for New York to $5 million for Louisville, Ky.

Over the last year, Oregon&

s relationship with the federal government was strained when Gov. Ted Kulongoski excluded the Portland area from state homeland security grants, saying the city was already receiving federal money.

Former Oregon leader dies at 86

EUGENE &

Charles Porter, who served two terms in Congress and then spent decades fighting for his beliefs, died Sunday from complications of Alzheimer&

s disease. He was 86. A congressman from 1957 to 1960, Porter endorsed several unpopular ideas, such as admitting China to the United Nations and trading with China in non-strategic materials. He also backed disarmament and called for a halt to nuclear testing.

In 1958, after Porter was warmly welcomed in Venezuela, the Roseburg News-Review wrote that &

Porter&

s speeches sound as if they were made by Khrushchev.&

Porter, who opposed the Vietnam War, unsuccessfully tried for re-election in 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966 and 1972. On a local level, Porter is perhaps best remembered for his fight to remove a hilltop Christian cross from Skinner Butte. He sought to have the cross removed ever since it was erected by two Eugene businessmen in 1964. The first lawsuit to remove the cross was filed in 1965 and the issue wasn&

t decided until the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the cross unconstitutional in 1997.

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My father, who was a Christian, would say his greatest accomplishment would have been taking the cross down from Skinner Butte,&

Porter&

s son, Sam Porter, told the Register-Guard newspaper Monday.

As a lawyer, Porter fought against a nuclear plant in the Eugene area and the use of rate-payers money to promote it; for tubal ligations by choice for social and economic reasons; for decriminalization of marijuana; and for statutory status reviews of institutionalized mentally retarded people.

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He was willing to take on the power structure, whether it be big business or forces of money or the powerful, in an effort to preserve people&

s rights and civil liberties,&

state Sen. Floyd Prozanski said Monday.

In 1975 Porter demanded under the Freedom of Information Act that the CIA turn over the file it was keeping on him. The 222-page document dealt largely with Porter&

s peace activities and his efforts to abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee. In 2001, he wrote a resolution seeking to impeach the five Supreme Court justices who voted to stop the presidential ballot recount in Florida. He said their decision was transparently political and &

tarnished the integrity&

of the court.

Porter is survived by a daughter, Anne Cooper of Seattle; three sons, Don of Seattle, Chris of Springfield and Sam of Eugene; and five grandchildren.

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Staff and wire reports