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  • Mall says U.S. flags on kiddie train must go

    07/29/2012 5:56:19 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 77 replies
    KATU ^ | 7/29/2012
    CLACKAMAS, Ore. - A fight over the American flag is brewing at the Clackamas Town Center. The manager of the children's train at the mall says he's being forced to remove flags that he uses to decorate the train ride. Why? The mall told him the flags are against policy. Thomas Phelps said he was floored when he got a letter from mall management telling him that the flags were "unapproved visuals." That reference didn't sit too well with Phelps, who also happens to be a military veteran. "That is dedicated to veterans and military, police, firefighters, EMTs - all...
  • Was Portland State right in expelling student as safety risk? The student says no; the university

    07/28/2012 5:15:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 25 July, 2012 | Bryan Denson
    Henry Liu was a promising graduate student in Portland State University's conflict resolution program. He had excellent grades, with law school on the horizon. But his academic career swiftly derailed last spring after he confided to a classmate that he was upset with a faculty member and mentioned guns in the same conversation. Liu's classmate told campus police that her friend felt a lot of hatred and said of one assistant professor, "He could get shot." Liu, a gun enthusiast, denies making any such threat and says he never intended to harm anyone. Yet Portland State officials took swift and...
  • Three Portland area veterans, all Obama supporters, describe their lunch with the president (No Ham)

    07/26/2012 6:26:21 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 26, 2012 | Jeff Mapes
    The three veterans who had lunch with President Barack Obama Tuesday in outer Northeast Portland didn't just happen to wander into the Gateway Breakfast House. All have connections to the Obama reelection campaign and were presumably chosen for good political reasons.
  • Busted… Team O Plants 3 “Surprised” Veterans at Out-of-the-Way Diner to Speak With Obama –

    07/25/2012 4:37:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/25/12 | Jim Hoft
    What a coincidence! Obama just happened to find three friendly veterans in a booth at a Portland diner this week. It was a “surprise stop.” At least, that’s what local King5 told us.
  • Portland, Oregon protestor photos

    07/25/2012 10:27:55 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 3 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 07/24/2012 | The Oregonian
    The links take you to the protest photos for Obama's visit to Oregon yesterday. http://photos.oregonlive.com/oregonian/2012/07/demonstrators_during_obama_vis_33.html http://photos.oregonlive.com/oregonian/2012/07/demonstrators_during_obama_vis_36.html http://photos.oregonlive.com/oregonian/2012/07/demonstrators_during_obama_vis_38.html
  • Police: Man broke into Eugene homes to view porn websites

    07/23/2012 1:07:43 PM PDT · by Stoat · 34 replies
    KATU.com ^ | July 19, 2012
    Police: Man broke into Eugene homes to view porn websites   Antone Forrest Deedward Owens  EUGENE, Ore. - The woman came home to find her computer on, displaying pornography. Nearby, she found lubricant, towels and a cell phone. As she picked up the cell phone, she saw a man standing outside her rear sliding glass door. She called 911 as the man shouted at her, threatening to break the door. He managed to open the door and stormed inside, threatening to kill the woman as he grabbed the phone and lube before fleeing the home at Van Buren and...
  • For all of you "Tenth Amendment Lovers"

    07/21/2012 12:33:14 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 8 replies
    I SPY Radio ^ | 7/21/12 | I SPY Radio
    This One is for All You Tenth Amendment Lovers brought to you by The I Spy Radio Show NOTE: You can download this 42 minute interview after Noon today, or listen live as described below. Saturday, 11a.m.- noon (West Coast time). Listen live on KYKN (1430-AM) or, if you’re outside of the Salem (Oregon) listening area, go to www.kykn.com and hit the listen live button. Guest: Ken Ivory, Attorney and State Representative for Utah This week: We talk with Rep. Ken Ivory from Utah, about states’ rights—and individual rights. If you’re a big believer in the Tenth Amendment, you won’t...
  • Gun turn-in tries to collect more unwanted weapons(OR)

    07/21/2012 10:48:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    portlandtribune.com ^ | 20 July, 2012 | Peter Korn
    With gang violence on the increase in Portland, nonprofit Ceasefire Oregon is increasing the incentive for people willing to turn in unwanted guns at its Aug. 18 gun turn-in. Each workable gun given to authorities at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum parking lot — no questions asked — will net a $75 Fred Meyer gift certificate. The 2012 Gun Turn-In is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the parking lot on the north side of Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Last year’s event brought in 261 guns, up from 142 in 2010 but a decline from the 424 turned...
  • Cops seize 6 pounds of meth

    07/20/2012 7:55:56 PM PDT · by AuntB · 26 replies
    KTVL Medford, Or ^ | July 20, 2012 | Ktvl
    MEDFORD, Ore. -- Law enforcement officials have taken more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine off the streets. On July 13, agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations contacted Miguel Angel Rebolledo-Aviles, 23, on a commercial bus line that was passing through Medford. They found one unclaimed bag that had 6.6 pounds of methamphetamine, according to a press release from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement. Federal law enforcement officials asked MADGE officers to help in the investigation. Once the investigation was complete, police arrested the suspect on the suspicion of unlawful distribution of a controlled...
  • Naked TSA protester protected by Constitution

    07/19/2012 4:27:58 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 33 replies
    RT ^ | July 19, 2012 | Unattributed
    If you ever want to strip down naked at Portland International Airport, congratulations — there’s now a legal precedent that puts you in the clear. John Brennan, 50, was found not guilty this week over indecent exposure charges filed earlier this year. On April 17, Brennan was attempting to fly out of Portland International in the state of Oregon when a routine security screening raised a red flag. After a TSA agent allegedly identified traces of nitrate on Brennan’s body, the would-be passenger stripped off his clothes in what he says was an act of protest.
  • 'Flash rob' targets Troutdale Albertsons

    07/17/2012 8:44:11 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 67 replies
    KGWNews Portland ^ | 6/18/12 | KGW staff
    TROUTDALE -- A flash mob targeted a Troutdale store last weekend and investigators are trying to identify the suspects. Investigators said as many as 40 kids entered the Albertsons store at 25691 SE Stark Street at the same time late Saturday night and started stealing things. Raw video: Flash robbery Security officers chased the thieves out, but no one was captured. They also left employees pretty shaken up, including one woman who was in tears after getting terrorized by the robbers. Investigators have not said exactly how many items were taken. "Basically it looks like they went in, just to...
  • City's Gun-Crime Exclusions, So Far, Mostly Affect Black Portlanders

    07/17/2012 4:54:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    portlandmercury.com ^ | 16 July, 2012 | Denis C. Theriault
    Nearly two years after Mayor Sam Adams first announced plans for a package of local gun ordinances meant to ease gang shootings—including a controversial plan to exclude gun criminals from shooting hotspots—an oversight committee has released a report that, at first blush, appears to confirm some of the worst fears raised by civil liberties advocates. So far, of 42 people convicted or charged with a gun crime, and then given an exclusion, 36 are African-American. In other words, 75 percent of everyone told they can't come back to one of the three zones, in downtown, along Interstate 5 in North...
  • Police: Man playing with gun shoots TV; bullet goes into nearby home(OR)

    07/17/2012 4:45:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    katu.com ^ | 16 July, 2012 | NA
    SALEM, Ore. -- Police said a Salem man who had been drinking while playing with a gun ended up shooting his own television. The incident happened just before midnight July 14 in the 4000 block of Cranston Street Southeast in Salem. Steve Birr of the Salem Police Department said Robert Edward Walters, 54, was entertaining himself and his dog with a laser scope on his gun. He eventually pointed it at someone on the television and pulled the trigger, forgetting the gun was loaded. The bullet went through the wall into an adjacent home where five people were. One of...
  • TODAY'S BIRTHDAY

    07/16/2012 5:37:59 AM PDT · by Phlap · 8 replies
    Ref Desk ^ | 07/16/2012
    Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century.
  • Fossilized human feces hints at long-lost, 13,500-year-old West Coast culture

    07/12/2012 2:19:04 PM PDT · by Sopater · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 12, 2012 | Gene J. Koprowski
    <p>Maybe the 1992 movie Brendan Fraser film Encino Man wasn’t too far from the mark?</p> <p>Fossilized human feces and other evidence from a West Coast cave demonstrates the existence of a long-lost, 13,500-year-old American culture, scientists said Thursday.</p> <p>The fossilized feces, known to researchers as a coprolite, from the Paisley Caves in Oregon has turned assumptions about the history of the Americas on its ear.</p>
  • (Your Government Dollars At Work) Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot

    07/11/2012 7:37:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Cadling.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | Sean McLachlan
    Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot Last week we reported on how the U.S. National Ocean Service publicly denied the existence of mermaids in response to a joke documentary on Animal Planet. Meanwhile, another federal agency has taken a different course. The Bureau of Land Management in Oregon & Washington has released this video titled "Bigfoot and the BLM." In it, people, who I assume to be BLM staff, are asked about their belief in Bigfoot and the narrator gives handy tips about where to go looking for the mysterious creature. Is this all just a bit...
  • Court docs detail [homosexual] attack on boy in Wendy's restroom

    07/11/2012 7:05:57 AM PDT · by kevcol · 118 replies
    NewsChannel 8 (Portland) ^ | July 10, 2012 | KGW.com Staf
    PORTLAND – Court documents obtained by KGW Tuesday outline details of the kidnapping, stabbing and strangling of a 10-year-old boy in a restaurant’s restroom. According to the affidavit, the victim's family was on the way home from from a camping trip and got a flat tire, which was why they stopped. They initially parked at the Les Schwab next door to the Wendy's, but the store wasn't open. Then, they boy walked over to the Wendy's on Northeast Sandy Blvd. to go to the restroom, while an older cousin waited outside. Charges filed into court allege Adam Brown, 49,...
  • Hunting your own dinner (pro-hunting)

    07/10/2012 2:01:11 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    CBC Books ^ | 07/09/2012 | unknown
    For most of her life, journalist Lily Raff McCaulou was against hunting. Like her parents, and many other urbanites who grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, she saw it as a cruel sport and felt hunters were trying to satiate a lust for blood. But when her reporting career took her from big cities to rural Bend, Oregon, she found herself in an exotic new land. Nearly everyone hunted, for sport and for food. Like any good journalist, she wanted to learn more about her community, even if it meant immersing herself in hunting. Much to her surprise, she...
  • Police identify 12 suspects in Troutdale 'flash rob' case (Troutdale, Ore.)

    06/20/2012 7:29:41 PM PDT · by B Knotts · 25 replies
    KOIN-TV ^ | 6/20/2012 | Kacey Montoya
    TROUTDALE, Ore. -- Police say they have identified 12 teens who ransacked a grocery store in Troutdale Saturday night as part of a 'flash mob.' Sgt. Steve Bevens, spokesman for Toutdale police, said the 'flash rob' happened Saturday around 11:15 p.m. at the Albertsons store on Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 257th Avenue in Troutdale. Bevens said 30 to 40 black teens, all minors, rushed the store to cause chaos, overwhelming employees as they ran through the store throwing things from shelves, stealing items, throwing produce on the floor. "We are working to get more information and have put a...
  • Professor fired after expressing climate change skepticism

    06/20/2012 6:39:47 AM PDT · by DFG · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/20/12 | Daily Caller
    Oregon State University chemistry professor Nicholas Drapela was fired without warning three weeks ago and has still been given no reason for the university’s decision to “not renew his contract.” Drapela, an outspoken critic of man-made climate change, worked at the university for 10 years. In the early years of his career, he published a number of textbooks, received a promotion to senior instructor and, in 2004, received a Loyd F. Carter award for outstanding and inspirational teacher. In 2007, Drapela began giving talks on his own climate change skepticism. He often and openly questioned the science behind man-made global...
  • Michelle Obama Jokes About Solar Car Explosion at OSU Commencement

    (CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama joked about the explosion of a solar-powered car when encouraging graduates of Oregon State University to persevere through life’s challenges. One of the examples she gave was of a student who faced severe burns when the $100,000 solar-powered car he helped build exploded and left him with severe burns. “But when he took it out for a test drive last summer, it caught fire and exploded, and Nicolas sustained second- and third-degree burns on his arm, face and leg. But instead of throwing in the towel, within a month, the team was back at...
  • Michelle Obama Jokes About Solar Car Explosion at OSU Commencement

    06/18/2012 10:53:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/18/12 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama joked about the explosion of a solar-powered car when encouraging graduates of Oregon State University to persevere through life’s challenges. The first lady was the commencement speaker Sunday at OSU in Corvallis, Ore., where her brother, Craig Robinson, is the men’s basketball coach. “In those darkest moments, you will have a choice,” the first lady said. “Do you dwell on everything you’ve lost? Or do you focus on what you still have, and find a way to move forward with passion, with determination, and with joy?”
  • Ashland buried treasure stolen?

    06/17/2012 8:48:00 PM PDT · by bkopto · 44 replies
    Mail Tribune ^ | June 17, 2012 | Mandy Valencia
    An Ashland woman says she buried a safe containing $262,000 in gold Krugerrands in her backyard two years ago. But when she went to dig it up earlier this year, it was gone. On March 15, the woman reported to police that the safe was missing, but since then police have exhausted all leads and the case is dormant, said Ashland police Sgt. Jim Alderman. Police will not release the victim's name, because of the high dollar amount involved. The case was complicated by the woman's refusal to let anyone conduct an extensive search of her property. "She refuses to...
  • Suspects sought in Laurelhurst Park (Portland, OR) mob attacks (sons of O)

    06/17/2012 10:41:36 AM PDT · by epithermal · 11 replies
    KOIN (Portland) ^ | June 15, 2012 | Faris Tanyos
    Investigators are searching for dozens of teens reportedly involved in mob assaults on two consecutive nights in a Southeast Portland park. The Portland Police Bureau reports that a little after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, responding officers found several groups of teens roaming the park. As they were telling the teens to clear out, a witness directed them to a 14-year-old boy who had sustained facial injuries in an alleged attack. The boy told police that he was with a friend when a group of African American teens approached him, beat him up, and stole his cell phone, iPod, headphones and hat....
  • BLM hosts interactive social and economic public workshops for sage-grouse planning effort

    06/14/2012 4:26:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    fox reno ^ | June 14, 2012
    RENO -- As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are holding interactive social and economic public workshops. ... Interested partners will be guided on how to contribute social and economic information in the development of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to amend Land Use Plans throughout the Greater Sage-grouse’s range in Nevada and Northeast California. They will also provide an opportunity for individuals to provide information regarding the use of public lands resources, how public lands influence their quality of life and how the BLM and U.S....
  • Oregon man suffering from the plague is in critical condition

    06/13/2012 7:57:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 97 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 13, 2012 | Philip Caulfield
    An Oregon man is at death's door in a hospital battling a rare case of the infamous “Black Death” plague, health officials said. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was bitten on the hand while trying to pull a mouse away from a stray cat on June 2 and got sick several days later, doctors at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend told The Oregonian newspaper. The man was thought to be suffering from septicemic plague — meaning the ruthless bacteria was spreading in his bloodstream — and was in critical condition on Tuesday, doctors said. Karen Yeargain, the county...
  • Oregon sees biggest drop-off of Obama donors from 2008, analysis shows

    06/13/2012 4:32:47 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 06/12/2012 | Rebecca Elliott
    As Mitt Romney's campaign fundraising gathers steam, boosted by huge contributions to allied groups, President Barack Obama is unexpectedly struggling to keep pace — and he may be having the hardest time in the mountainous west, where moderate Democrats have made deep inroads in recent years. As BuzzFeed reported last week, 88% of donors who gave $200 or more to Obama in 2008 have yet to give that amount to his campaign this cycle.
  • Dems block McCain resolution on special counsel for leaks

    06/12/2012 12:08:03 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/12/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Senate Democrats blocked a resolution introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to introduce an outside special counsel to investigate a number of recent military and intelligence leaks. McCain introduced a resolution Tuesday expressing the Senate's support for Holder to appoint a special prosecutor. But Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) objected after McCain asked for unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to consideration of his resolution.
  • Right-to-die movement sees gains as world ages

    06/12/2012 2:30:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:32pm EDT | Emma Thomasson
    Right-to-die activists hope more countries will allow assisted suicide or euthanasia in coming years as the world population ages, but opponents are determined to stop them, a dispute that flared ahead of competing conferences in Switzerland. "We have seen over the last 20 years a general migration of positivity towards this being a just cause," Ted Goodwin, the American president of the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies, told a news conference in Zürich on Tuesday. … Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since 1942, if performed by a non-physician who has no direct interest in the death. Euthanasia, or...
  • Choose easy! The woman who used TurboTax to falsely claim a $2.1MILLION tax refund and went on a...

    06/11/2012 8:09:04 AM PDT · by DFG · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 06/10/12 | Paul Thompson
    A woman who was given a $2.1million tax refund after filing a false claim went on a massive spending spree until she was caught. Krystle Marie Reyes was only caught after she reported the Visa card containing the seven figure sum had been lost. By that time she had already spent more than $150,000, including buying a car and other household items. The 25-year-old from Salem, Oregon, had used Turbo Tax to file her income tax return for 2011. She claimed earnings of $3million but used the tax calculator programme to claim a refund of $2.1million, Oregon Live reported. Due...
  • Wildlife groups sue US over lead bullets

    06/07/2012 4:47:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    AFP - ^ | 08 June 2012
    Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The practice can cause lead poisoning in species such as the endangered California condor, eagles, swans and more. A petition by 100 environmental groups to the EPA in March, asking for the agency to regulate the components of ammunition used in hunting under the Toxic Substances Control Act, was refused amid strong opposition...
  • Japanese dock torn off in tsunami floats to beach in Oregon

    06/07/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 7, 2012 | Nick Allen
    Video @ link...A 66ft long floating dock that was ripped from the shores of Japan during last year's tsunami has arrived on a beach 5,000 miles away in Oregon.
  • Man denies pointing gun at kids trespassing on his property(OR)

    06/07/2012 4:45:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    katu.com ^ | 6 June, 2012 | Melanie Wingo
    FOREST GROVE, Ore. – A man jailed and accused of pointing an unloaded gun at kids who were using his property as a shortcut denied Wednesday he pointed the gun directly at them. Norman Allen Van Dyke, 67, was arrested Tuesday on charges of menacing and pointing a gun at a person. A 7-year-old boy and his two 9-year-old friends got off at the wrong bus stop and took Van Dyke’s gravel driveway, thinking it was a shortcut home. Van Dyke, who was released from jail after posting bail, says trespassers have been trashing his property and when posted signs,...
  • Josephine County Sees Weapons Permit Boom(OR)

    06/07/2012 4:33:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    kdrv.com ^ | 6 June, 2012 | Yessenia Anderson
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- With only a handful of deputies on patrol, Josephine County residents are taking steps to ensure their safety. Officials say applications for concealed handgun licenses have nearly quadrupled in the last few months. The Sheriff's Civil Office is now operating with one staff member who only works four days a week for four hours. But during that time, the lines have been out the door for concealed handgun licenses. Traditionally, the civil division has seen about 4 gun applications a day, but recently the office has been taking about 10 applications a day, a 72% increase....
  • Oregon's unemployment claims drop 8% when work search required

    05/31/2012 7:50:20 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 20 replies
    Beginning Sunday, April 29, 2012, the Oregon Employment Department began requiring all individuals to report their weekly work search when claiming a week of unemployment benefits. Prior to this date, only one extension (EB) required work search to be reported. The above date translates to week number 18 in Oregon's system. So, what happened? Claims dropped dramatically! Week 16 - 114,566 weekly claims filed. Week 17 - 113,092 weekly claims filed.Week 18 - 104,437 weekly claims filed. This is an 8.3% drop! Week 19 - 104,248 weekly claims filed. Week 20 - 101,398 weekly claims filed. The statistics are taken...
  • Oregon county releases inmates amid budget cuts

    05/30/2012 9:01:44 PM PDT · by quantim · 20 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 30, 8:08 PM EDT | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Dozens of inmates ran whooping from a small town jail into the sunshine Wednesday after a cash-strapped county in Oregon's timber region was forced to release them amid budget cuts. The sheriff's office released 39 inmates, dropping the population at the jail in Grants Pass to 60 - half of them federal prisoners held on contract. "We had no other alternative based on our funding predicament," said Josephine County Undersheriff Don Fasching. "We are very concerned for public safety." About half of those released will finish their sentences on work crews. The rest were waiting...
  • Patrons carrying guns in Ohio bars: Whatever happened to ...?

    05/29/2012 3:19:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | 27 May, 2012 | Joe Guillen
    "Whatever happened to . . .?" is a weekly series updating some of the most newsworthy and interesting local stories covered in The Plain Dealer. Have a suggestion on a story we should update? Send it to John C. Kuehner. Today, we answer this question: Whatever happened to concerns about patrons carrying guns in bars after Ohio legislators adopted a new law last year? "It hasn't been long enough to come to any conclusions on it for sure," said Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. Police have not noticed a change either. "I haven't heard...
  • Witnesses stop armed robbery in Metzger(OR)

    05/28/2012 6:17:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    nwcn.com ^ | 27 May, 2012 | Jeff Thompson
    PORTLAND -- Two men interrupted an armed robbery at a Metzger store and held the suspect down until police arrived Saturday night. Deputies were called just after 11:30 p.m. to the report of an armed robbery in progress at the Metzger Market, at 10055 SW Hall Boulevard, according to Sgt. David Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The responding deputy arrived to find that the suspect, 21-year-old David L. Hager, was being held down by one of two people who had interrupted the robbery. Investigators said Hager had knocked on the door after the store was closed. When the...
  • Ban of Indian mascots is 'disrespectful' [Oregon Idiots Ban Indian School Nicknames--Backfire!]

    05/25/2012 6:48:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Mynorthwest.com ^ | 5/25/12 | "The News Chick"
    It's another form of disrespect. Tribes in Oregon aren't offended with schools using "Braves" "Warriors" and "Indians" as mascots. They are upset that state school leaders have voted to eliminate all Native mascots in public schools. "It's easier to ban Native American images than it is to deal with the real issue," says Shiobhan Taylor, a spokesperson for Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Last week, on a 5-1 vote, the Oregon Board of Education banned public schools from using American Indian names and mascots for their athletic teams, out of a concern they disparage native people.
  • Track coach, daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder, fired for taking senior to prom

    05/24/2012 5:17:36 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 52 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | May 24, 2012 | Cameron Smith
    The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, who has served as a volunteer high school track and field coach in Oregon, was fired on Monday after an investigation proved that she escorted a 17-year-old member of her boys track squad to the school's prom. As reported by the Associated Press, 41-year-old Melissa Bowerman, the daughter-in-law of waffle-sole inventor Bill Bowerman, escorted an unnamed 17-year-old on the Condon (Ore.) High track team to the school's prom after the runner told her he lacked a date for the prom. Bowerman, who is married to 73-year-old co-coach Jon Bowerman and also has a...
  • Americans Elect, after qualifying for ballot in 29 states, won't nominate a third-party...

    05/22/2012 9:11:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | May 17, 2012 | Jeff Mapes
    Americans Elect, after qualifying for ballot in 29 states, won't nominate a third-party presidential candidateAmericans Elect qualified for the presidential ballot in Oregon and 28 other states, but the group on Thursday said it is abandoning its effort to field a third-party presidential candidate this year. The well-funded group developed an elaborate online process aimed at attracting millions of voters who would nominate a candidate for president.  But the group said that no candidate managed to get enough voter support to participate in an online convention in June. "We will not hold a June convention," Ileana Wachtel, the group's press...
  • With one of nation's strictest rules, State Board of Education bans Native American mascots

    05/19/2012 8:55:47 AM PDT · by MovementConservative · 45 replies
    Oregonlive ^ | Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:36 PM | Ryan Kost
    Under a new rule that may be the toughest in the nation, at least 15 Oregon schools must get rid of their Native American-themed mascots by 2017 or risk losing state funding. The State Board of Education passed the new policy in a 5-1 vote Thursday afternoon. "I'm overwhelmed, but I'm holding back on my emotions -- I have a meeting to finish," said board Chairwoman Brenda Frank, a member of the Klamath Tribes. "It's been a long time coming." The decision, in the works for six years, requires schools to eliminate names like "Indians," "Chiefs" and "Braves." "Warriors" may...
  • Man gets six years in botched robbery His accomplice was killed

    05/18/2012 5:08:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    registerguard.com ^ | 18 May, 2012 | Jack Moran
    In a case that left his heroin-addicted accomplice dead, a Coburg man was sentenced Thursday to nearly six years in prison for participating in the botched robbery of a drug dealer in a southeast Eugene neighborhood. Darrin George Dubouch was convicted of second-­degree robbery and first-­degree burglary, following a brief “stipulated facts” trial in Lane County Circuit Court. Judge Ilisa Rooke-Ley found Dubouch guilty of the felony charges after his attorney admitted that prosecutors had enough evidence to prove the allegations. Dubouch, 39, was arrested Feb. 2 after he and another man — Springfield resident Shawn Connelly — forced their...
  • Oregon: Unofficial Election Results, May 15th Primary (Updated Often!)

    05/16/2012 8:54:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Secretary of State's office ^ | 05-16-12 | Secretary of State's office
    Less than 1/3 total voter turnout, but the GOP managed 40%. Note: Republican vote totals for SoS, AG and Treasurer include nonaffiliated voters who chose to vote these republican contests at the invitation of the Republican Party. View statistics by county     View county reporting status         Registered Voters Ballots Cast Voter Turnout _________________ _________________ _________________ Democrat 830,502 299,829 36.10% Republican 671,329 269,055 40.08% Nonpartisan (nonaffiliated, minor parties & others) 551,724 96,380 17.47% _________________ _________________ _________________ Totals: 2,053,555 665,264 32.40%        
  • Oregon Election Results

    05/16/2012 8:15:58 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Oregon Secretary of State's Office ^ | 05/16/2012 | Oregon Secretary of State
    Here are the results of yesterday's primary election results in Oregon: Registered Voters: Democrat - 830,502 Republican - 671,329 Nonpartisan & minor other parties- 551,724 Democrat: Obama - 252,621 Other write-ins - 13,456 Republican: Rick Santorum - 23,024 Ron Paul - 31,356 Newt Gingrich - 13,753 Mitt Romney - 180,411 Write-in Votes - 3,366
  • Shock Poll: Obama only Leading Mitt Romney by 4-Points in the Very Blue State of Oregon – 5/11/12

    05/11/2012 3:42:58 PM PDT · by Justaham · 43 replies
    A new Survey USA Poll shows President Barack Obama only leading Gov. Mitt Romney by four-points in the very blue state of Oregon. The new poll puts Obama ahead 47%-43% over Romney, in a state where Obama won in 2008 by 16%. In a Survey USA Poll done in Oregon in mid-March 2012, Obama held an 11-point lead, 50%-39%.
  • Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag

    05/09/2012 4:01:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2012
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that members of a Beaverton girls' soccer team passed around when they shared cookies. The soccer team of 13- and 14-year-olds traveled to Seattle for a weekend tournament in October 2010.
  • Portland Council wants more assurances before allowing police to put surveillance cameras on private

    05/03/2012 7:12:30 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 4 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 2MAY2012 | Maxine Bernstein
    Amid unaddressed concerns, the Portland City Council on Wednesday sent Police Chief Mike Reese back to his bureau to draft stricter policies before allowing police to place surveillance cameras on private property in Old Town and Chinatown. Commissioner Dan Saltzman echoed concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon when he asked for assurances that police wouldn't use the cameras to peep into private residences. Reese, who wants to put up the video surveillance cameras to help officers monitor drug deals, said "These cameras are not focused on anything but public right-of-ways." The chief, though, did acknowledge in...
  • State seeks okay to kill federally-protected bird in order to protect endangered fish...

    04/27/2012 8:38:34 PM PDT · by null and void · 16 replies
    East Oregonian ^ | April 27, 2012 12:00 am | JEFF BARNARD
    Oregon asks to kill salmon-eating birds 
GRANTS PASS — Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn. Now they want federal approval to shoot a sea bird that eats millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean. In an April 5 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obtained by The Associated Press, Oregon Wildlife Chief Ron Anglin says harassment has “proved insufficient” in controlling double-crested cormorants, and officials want the option of killing some of the birds. Oregon needs federal approval to start...
  • I Hunt, but the N.R.A. Isn’t for Me [barf alert]

    04/25/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 63 replies
    NYT ^ | 24 April 2012 | Lily Raff McCaulou
    EARLIER this month, Mitt Romney delivered a speech at the annual National Rifle Association convention, calling for a president “who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen and those seeking to protect their homes and their families,” presumably with guns. I’d like to remind Mr. Romney that those are distinct groups. Too often — especially during an election year — hunters and N.R.A. members are lumped together as one and the same. I’m a hunter and a sportswoman. I own guns, but not for self-defense. I support gun control laws. I would happily vote to repeal the Stand...