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The Portland Aerial Tram is a 3,300 linear foot aerial tram rising 500 feet over Interstate 5, the Lair Hill neighborhood, and Terwilliger Parkway and connecting OHSU and the Marquam Hill to the South Waterfront District. Construction of the Tram will be completed in winter 2006-07 and will serve as a catalyst for the South Waterfront redevelopment and the continued emergence of OHSU as a top-tier medical research institution. Designed by agps architecture and Doppelmayr-CTEC, the tram will provide approximately a 3 minute ride between the two areas, with views of Mt. Hood and Downtown Portland.
Planners project that in the first five years, the aerial tram will support about 1,500 round trips a day for activities in the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, the university's first building in the South Waterfront. Because the aerial tram is part of the public transportation system and open to the public, planners expect ridership to exceed this estimate. Twenty years from now when the South Waterfront is more mature in its development, about 5,500 OHSU-related round trips are expected each day.
In Dreams from My Father, Obama writes about smoking marijuana and trying cocaine during his teenage years. Inviting journalists to contrast his earlier admission with Bill Clinton's "didn't inhale" remarks made during the 1992 presidential campaign, Obama recently stated: "I inhaled—that was the point." Obama added: "It was reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy; teenage boys are frequently confused."
Reviewing Obama's career in the Illinois State Senate, commentators noted his ability to work effectively with both Democrats and Republicans, and to build coalitions. In his subsequent campaign for the U.S. Senate, Obama won the endorsement of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, whose officials cited his "longtime support of gun control measures and his willingness to negotiate compromises", this despite his support for some bills that the police union had opposed.
Pinochet introduced a new constitution allowing him to remain as president until 1989.
The new constitution also entrenches the military's domination of the government and allows Pinochet to restrict freedom of association and speech and to arrest or exile any citizen, with no rights of appeal except to Pinochet himself.
He ordered many of the purges that saw more than 3,000 supporters of the Allende regime killed, thousands more tortured, and many thousands more again forced into exile.
The military government dissolved Congress, suspended the constitution and opposition parties were outlawed. Shortly after came a night-time curfew and strict limits on the media.
From a UN report: the UN Committee against torture affirmed that military rule from 1973 to 1990 had been characterized by gross human rights violations, such as extra judicial executions; executions following trials without due process; mass arrests of people held in concentration camps in extremely harsh conditions - many of whom ''disappeared''; widespread torture and ill-treatment; and imprisonment for such crimes as challenging the coup or belonging to certain political groups. The report stated that the repressive methods used against political detainees by the previous government had included torture and ill-treatment.
The kid is sick, but I am really starting to like the color pink.
My right knee and left wrist both ache, but the weather is nice.
The house is a mess, but I am excited to go work out tonight.
My car made a weird noise today, but I got to read an extra two hours this morning.
I'm low on money, but I found four new songs to download.
My neighbors husband left her, but the new Dean Koontz book was released.
My friends grandbaby died, but I might have a job offer by next week.
An editor of CNet was found dead in Oregon, but tomorrow is a free lunch day at work.
1) World Peace
2) A coffee table
3) A new couch
4) A house (just a small ranch house with a basement and 2 or 3 bdrms)
5) A new president
6) A button-down, long-sleeve dress shirt from Lands End
7) Shoes shoes shoes!
8) A necklace, something simple, something that sparkles with diamonds or rubies or something similar
9) A cure for leukemia
10) Adobe Photoshop (since my not-so-legal version won't work!)
11) My car loan paid off (really, it's less than $4500!)
12) No more fighting in Darfur (a smaller request than World Peace)
13) The end of the KKK and the Aryan Nation (they are so ridiculous -like a high school club of unpopular kids gone bad)
14) A new Palm Pilot or maybe a new MP3 player, I can't decide...
15) Cooking skills (not lessons, I want the skills needed to cook)
16) A laptop (not Dell, they suck)
17) The collapse of Wal-Mart, or better management for it
18) To wake up and be 5 sizes smaller
19) My phone bill paid
20) A new rug for my living room
21) 24 movie passes (so I can go to a movie with my son every month)
22) Kitchen table, square-I don't like my round one
23) A really nice flatware set, for at least 8
24) Contact lenses so I can shed these glasses and be FREE
25) The super power of invisibility
26) A KitchenAid Mixer
27) My ex-husband to not be a dead-beat dad
28) A new comforter for my bed...something soft and beautiful and plush in an olive green like color.
29) Will Smith's phone number
30) A trip around the world