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Dec 22,2006
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon has voted to join a coalition of hundreds of organizations opposing the Palestinian Anti-Terrorist Act of 2006 (S 2370). In an unexpected move last week before adjourning, the House passed the Senate version of the bill, paving the way for it to be signed into law by the President. This Act imposes draconian economic and diplomatic sanctions against the Palestinian people for exercising their right to vote in legislative ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The FBI released a preliminary report earlier this week detailing January -- June 2006 crime data based on the submissions of 11,535 law enforcement agencies in the United States. Each of these agencies had to submit three to six comparable months of data to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for January through June of both 2005 and 2006. Statistics from the report include the following: Portland saw less than a one percent increase in ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Heating oil customers in the Portland metropolitan area now have an easy time choosing Oregon-made biodiesel blends to keep their homes warm.  Deluxe Fuel, First Call Heating & Cooling, and Priestley & Sons Oil recently joined Star-Oilco in offering regular heating oil blended with 20 percent biodiesel.  The biodiesel is made from waste cooking oils at SeQuential Pacific’s Salem biodiesel plant.“Biodiesel is becoming mainstream because our customers want it.  There’s something very personal and accessible ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The Oregon Zoo's rare ocelot kitten made his much-anticipated debut Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to see the adorable kitten in person, welcome him to the zoo and learn his new name. "He is growing by leaps and bounds," said Mitch Finnegan, zoo veterinarian. "He is about half the size of his mother at only 3 months and will eventually outweigh her." Closely following in mom's footsteps, the kitten has ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The Oregon Air National Guard will be extra vigilant again this Christmas Eve as they work closely with the U.S. Air Force to scan the skies for the arrival of Santa Claus. Both Oregon Air Guard flying units, the 142nd Fighter Wing (FW) in Portland and the 173rd FW in Klamath Falls, will again partner with the Air Force and the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) to track the annual journey of the "Jolly ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The Office of the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy Wednesday morning on the deceased Mt. Hood climber who was found in one of two snow caves located by search and rescue personnel on December 17. According to Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. Larry Lewman, the cause of death for Kelly James, 48, was hypothermia from exposure to the cold environment.  Dehydration may also have been a contributing factor, he added, and chemical tests ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
A commercial truck driver was cited for careless driving after he lost control when he attempted to pass a slower moving semi-truck and trailer as the vehicles approached an icy curve, causing both trailers to collide, and one to jackknife and spill its load.  All three lanes of Highway 97 were blocked for two hours, said Oregon State Police.   Rusty Graves was cited for careless driving when he attempted to pass a semi-truck with trailer as they approached ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has finished the third phase of a multi-year project to develop a digital statewide geologic map and to compile the geologic data in a database form for the entire state. This report brings together the best available geologic mapping and data from all relevant published and unpublished sources: state and federal agencies, university thesis work, and other documents. This updated map and data, Oregon Geologic Data ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
University's Fowler Memorial Lecture will explore artistic expression in the post 9/11 era. Steve Kurtz, an artist and professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, will talk about the convergence of art, technology and radical politics during a free public lecture at the University of Oregon on Jan. 25. Kurtz made national headlines several years ago when he was accused of bio terrorism after police found lab equipment and books on bio ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
More Americans will travel this Christmas-New Year's holiday than ever before. AAA estimates that 64.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holidays, a 2.2 percent increase from last year's 63.5 million travelers. "Because hotel rates and air fares have risen only slightly from this time last year, Americans will not hold back when making travel arrangements this holiday season," said AAA Oregon Senior Vice President Beth Van Horn. "This ... [full story]
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