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NO, RON FRASHOUR, the cop fired for the fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell in 2010, won't be back in uniform any time soon. But in a decision announced by Mayor Sam Adams late Friday, October 19, Frashour has been reinstated as a Portland police officer and will receive nearly two years' worth of back pay. He'll remain on paid leave, however, while a legal battle over his dismissal works its way through the Oregon Court of Appeals. An arbitrator and the state Employment Relations Board had both ordered the city to reinstate Frashour; the city is challenging that. The Mercury had first reported that Frashour's return was "legally possible." DENIS C. THERIAULT

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A massive Metro study of 6,450 households has good news: People are driving less and walking, biking, and riding transit more—not just in Portland, but also in the 'burbs. From 1994 to 2011, vehicle miles traveled per person in the region dropped 16 percent, while commuters' transit use nearly doubled (10.9 percent of people now commute by bus or train). In 1994, only one percent of people in the region (including Vancouver) biked to work. Now 4.6 percent do. Also in the survey: Only 28.5 percent of the region's adults own a bike. SARAH MIRK

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But now some more bad news! The first-ever study of the health troubles posed by the Port of Portland's long-discussed plan to pave over 300 acres of West Hayden Island has made clear what's in store for the hundreds of neighbors who live near the project. Toxic air pollution—the kind that could cause cancer—will increase dramatically. At the same time, observers and advocates warn, property values for those neighbors will wind up plummeting. Presumably balancing out the awful ledger? The study points to new hiking trails. Yay. DCT

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