Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian

Maxine Bernstein

The Oregonian

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Maxine:

Discipline over toy phone ‘contraband’ in Oregon prison prompts legislative hearing

Corrections chief Colette Peters says: 'We have to focus on those small slips in behavior.' → Read More

Toy manufacturers file legal challenge to Oregon’s newest rules under state’s Toxic-Free Kids Act

The new rule requires manufacturers to remove or replace substances on a list of “high-priority chemicals of concern” from toys for children under age 3. → Read More

Man who told President Biden ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ on Christmas Eve call claims he was joking

"I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I am frustrated because I think he can be doing a better job," said Jared Schmeck, 35, of Central Point, Oregon. → Read More

Judge sends Portland, feds back to mediation to work out differences on police body camera policy

The feds are pushing the city to equip officers with body cams to meet the demands of a 2014 settlement over police reform. → Read More

Portland police will no longer pursue minor traffic infractions and will limit car searches

If police do stop drivers, officers must explain that the motorist can deny a request to search their cars. → Read More

Portland police fatally shoot man in Lents Park

The man who was killed was a white male in his 30s, according to three sources with knowledge of the investigation. → Read More

Youth climate activists try to revive federal lawsuit with a different strategy

The attorneys for the young plaintiffs in Julianna v. United States now are asking a district judge to allow them to amend their suit to seek a more limited outcome: a court ruling that the nation’s fossil fuel-based energy system is unconstitutional. → Read More

Portland stand-up comedian accused of throwing rock at officer agrees not to participate in counterprotest as condition of release

Christian Burke, 24, a local stand-up comedian known as "Creme Brulee,'' is accused of throwing a rock towards a federal officer on Aug. 22. → Read More

Man under investigation in fatal shooting after pro-Trump rally allegedly took loaded gun to earlier Portland protest

Michael Reinoehl was accused of carrying a loaded gun to an earlier Portland protest. → Read More

Portland protests draw thousands Thursday, no state, federal police in sight

It was the first night of relative calm in weeks, since the escalation of force against protesters by federal officers. → Read More

Wall of Moms, Don’t Shoot Portland sue federal Homeland Security, Justice Departments

A federal suit representing the Wall of Moms protesting at downtown Portland demonstrations has been filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, arguing federal officers are violating their rights to free speech, assembly, unlawful seizure and due process. They say they've been tear-gassed and shot at with rubber bullets, bean bags, pepper spray, by officers who have overstepped… → Read More

Judge knocks down NBA star Kawhi Leonard’s claim that Nike stole copyright of his ‘Klaw’ logo

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman ruled that the Klaw design that Nike designers helped create with Leonard marked an “independent piece of intellectual property’’ that was distinct from the original sketch that Leonard initially conceived and shared with Nike. → Read More

Oregon prepares for coronavirus surge: New online tool will help track its spread, direct sick to open hospital beds

A new tool from the state of Oregon allows you to run through a list of symptoms you might be feeling and see your risk for COVID-19. → Read More

Report accuses ex-West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus of racist, sexist and homophobic remarks, behavior

The report was kept confidential for 12 years, and only released by the city attorney Wednesday night in the wake of a growing scandal involving the wrongful arrest of a Portland black man as a favor to then-Chief Timeus's fishing pal. → Read More

Man accused of raping woman in downtown Portland building in 2013 after sexual assault kit evidence tested

A 40-year-old Portland man with a lengthy criminal record has been charged with first-degree rape, accused of sexually assaulting a 30-year-old woman in a downtown Portland building in 2013. → Read More

Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

The practice came under fire in a federal courtroom in Portland → Read More

The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

A defense lawyer says police had manipulated his client's mugshot so it more closely resembled the face of the suspected serial bank robber, He's urging a judge to throw out any witness identifications based on the fabricated photo. → Read More

Portland's police chief calls for anti-mask law

Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said Wednesday the city, police and community need to take a different approach for violent protesters → Read More

Portland mayor, police chief send messages of support to LEOs amid protest criticism

The mayor also responded to a rebuke from the police union president that he has handcuffed officers from taking swift action against brawling → Read More

Lieutenant removed from Rapid Response Team as Portland police investigate his texts with Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson

Portland Police Bureau also schedules "listening session'' for next Thurs., Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear public's concerns. Meanwhile, president of Portland police commanding officers' union blasts mayor and city commissioner for their "rush to judgment.'' → Read More