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Portland's Newest Bridge Named after Simpsons' Character

(Portland, OR) -- Fans of the popular animated TV series -- The Simpsons -- will love the name of Portland's newest pedestrian bridge.  The creator of the show -- Matt Groening is a Portland native and graduate of Lincoln High School but until yesterday, there was no public acknowledgment of his success in his hometown.  Yesterday, city officials announced the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 405 in Northwest Portland will be named the Ned Flanders Crossing, after one of the long running series' most iconic characters.  Transportation Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says it shows Portland can build great things -- and have some fun, too.

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