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The 30-year sentence given the would-be Portland bomber was substantial, though it may strike some as a little too light. While on one hand no one died in the 2010 incident – in which a college student was in part set up by federal agents with a fake bomb – his intent to carry through with mass murder was clear. At his sentencing hearing, he was reported as being shocked to hear himself talk in such an enthusiastic way about the actions he was planning to take. The case could make for a useful study of mass-killer mindsets, since some of the fog (in this case) seems to have risen.

Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Rose Beal, rights advocate, dies (Boise Statesman)
Developer asked to add more mixed uses (Boise Statesman)
Transportation secretary visits UI (Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Nez Perce gill netting raises concerns (Lewiston Tribune)
Profiling Moscow’s new fire chief (Moscow News)
Commission candidate Freeman back as write-in (Nampa Press Tribune)
New police chief named for Middleeton (Nampa Press Tribune)
Rain makes mud of Pocatello road project (Pocatello Journal)
Pocatello mosque begins operations Friday (Pocatello Journal)
Crop disaster designations in 11 counties (Pocatello Journal)
National Republicans run Balukoff attack ad (TF Times News)
Bujak afoul of lawyer ethics rules, court says (TF Times News)
TF commission race centers around pensions (TF Times News)

Portland bomb plotter gets 30 years (Portland Oregonian, Corvallis Gaazette)
Candidates face off in Corvallis ward 6 (Corvallis Gazette)
OSU students reshuffle on parking (Corvallis Gazette)
New-style crosswalk signal at Eugene (Eugene Register Guard)
Still unclear future on water/electric land (Eugene Register Guard)
KF talking about pot tax numbers (KF Herald & News)
Reviewing construction at Henley Elementary (KF Herald & News)
How GMO politics may shape OR elections (Medford Tribune)
Some wolves may be delisted as endangered (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Bond for local collection planned for 2015 (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Feds allow for extending CRC debts (Portland Oregonian)
Legislation would toughen restraining orders (Salem Statesman Journal)

Officer cleared in Kitsap shooting (Bremerton Sun)
Tidal energy testing dropped, funds gone (Port Angeles News)
Seattle monorail extension back on ballot (Seattle Times)
Inslee urges oil train risk reduction (Vancouver Columbian)
Profiling Clark Commission candidates (Vancouver Columbian)
Pot prices expected to drop with more harvest (Yakima Herald Republic)

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