Oregon In Brief

Minors may get access to bar venues


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will consider whether to allow minors to enter live music clubs that sell alcohol.

Those with ties to the Portland music scene seem to largely support the proposal, as do minors who like the jazz and indie-rock bands that play clubs rather than arenas.

"I've reached the age where most of my friends are over 21, and they get to go to all this stuff and I don't, which is really frustrating," said Alice Kersting, a 20-year-old fan of indie rock who co-chairs the Multnomah Youth Commission, which held a hearing on the issue Monday at Portland City Hall.

State rules limit minors to the few concert venues that don't serve alcohol and places that are large enough to keep drinkers physically separate from minors.

The proposed rule change, which the OLCC will consider next month, would allow minors and drinkers together at clubs as long as the venue has a plan, such as the use of wristbands, to limit minors' access to alcohol.

Pedophile blogger leaving Portland


Jack McClellan, the pedophile blogger who moved from Southern California to Portland this summer, says he won't be spending the winter in rainy Oregon.

McClellan said the treatment he received last week from Portland's transit police forced him to return to the Los Angeles area.

Though McClellan claims he is sexually attracted to young girls, he said he has never molested one. He started a Web site that advises other pedophiles about the best public places to watch young girls, such as parks and libraries. Outrage over it led McClellan to be hounded out of Washington and California earlier this year, and gained him national notoriety.

In choosing to move to Portland, he cited its reputation as a "haven for offbeat people." But in a cell phone interview with The Oregonian on Monday, McClellan said he's done with the city.

Pastor sells Bible to fix church


A Shady Cove pastor hopes a water-stained Bible can help repair his water-damaged church.

"I believe when you have a need, God gives you a seed," said the Rev. Jack Bacon, pastor of the Shady Cove Assembly of God.

The seed is a 1599 Geneva Bible that Bacon got from his son for Father's Day. The Geneva Bible is the version experts say was brought to America by Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower.

Bacon plans to give pages from the antique Bible to the faithful in return for donations that will be used to fix his church's leaking roof and flooded basement.

Bacon's son, Daniel, bought the Bible at a yard sale.

"He bought it for a dollar, and it's priceless," Bacon said.

Priceless, however, might be on the high side of estimates.

Terry Pruett, a local Bible collector and minister, said a fully intact Geneva Bible, in good condition, would likely bring between $4,000 and $8,000. But Bacon's Bible has suffered extensive damage during the past four centuries.

"" The Associated Press

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