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Tuesday in Portland: PPS students head back to school, woman sentenced for stabbing TriMet driver

Emily Scarvie
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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, Aug. 29 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. PPS students head back to school, welcome new security measures

Almost all students in K-8 Portland Public Schools return to the classroom on Tuesday, as do 6th, 9th and 12th graders. Middle schoolers in grades 7-8 and high schoolers in grades 10-11 begin Wednesday. Kindergarteners start on Sept. 5 and Pre-K and Head Start children begin on Sept. 11.

Many schools in the district will be welcoming new security staff this year. PPS says the “campus safety associates” will be focusing on building rapport with students and de-escalating unsafe situations. They will be unarmed and don’t have badges, as they are not police officers.

2. Woman sentenced to over 8 years for stabbing TriMet driver

After admitting to stabbing a TriMet bus driver in March, a woman was sentenced to more than eight years in prison on Monday for the attack, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney.

Ana Karen Perez-Velador, 28, stabbed the driver in the leg on March 13 after the driver asked her and a companion to get off the bus, as it had reached the end of the line. The driver was alone on the bus with the two people at the time of the attack. After being stabbed, the driver escaped the bus through the driver’s side window.

Perez-Velador admitted to stabbing the driver on Monday and entered guilty pleas to second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and coercion. Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Dailey gave her a 100 month (8 years, 4 months) sentence. She’ll be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

3. Portland tech community's annual fun run returns after year off

Following a one-year hiatus, the Portland tech community’s annual charitable fun run is returning in October. Elemental Technologies launched the 4K 4Charity run in 2014. The company made software to encode video for online streaming, and the race’s name and 4-kilometer distance refer to the high-definition 4K video standard.

The race continued after Amazon Web Services bought Elemental in 2015. COVID-19 disrupted the annual event, with participants running individually in 2020 and 2021 after making pledges online. The event didn’t happen last year, but a new startup, Field Day, is reviving the race.

Now called 4K4Community, the race will take place at 4 p.m. on Oct. 10, starting and finishing at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Proceeds benefit Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center and Rosemary Anderson High School.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow with all the latest Portland news.

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