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Feb 29,2008
CORVALLIS, Ore. - U.S. researchers say further studies are needed to determine if there is any benefit, or harm, to the elderly in taking gingko biloba.The researchers conducted a three-year study involving 118 people over age 85 with no memory problems. Half took ginkgo biloba extract three times a day and half took a placebo. The study, published online in the journal Neurology, found 21 people developed mild memory problems; 14 of those had taken the ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
BEND, Ore. -- Hospital officials and Bend Police on Thursday revealed the identity of the patient, a 51-year old Redmond woman, who, in a suicide attempt, broke away from her escorts, ran up a flight of stairs and jumped from a second-floor balcony to the lobby of St. Charles Medical Center. She died the next day from her injuries.   St. Charles Medical Center  Cynthia "Cindy" Louise Powell, 51, was being treated at the Bend, Oregon hospital ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
GRESHAM, Ore. -- A 28-year old unemployed Gresham man was arrested Thursday morning after a special investigations unit raided his rented home and discovered a massive and sophisticated marijuana growing operation.   Huy Dang Truong (inset), marijuana growing operation discovered in the suspect's rented Gresham, Oregon home - MCSO photos  Members of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Special Investigations Unit (SIU) discovered over 400 pot plants in various stages of growth and $2,000 in cash in five rooms of ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Recognizing that problem gambling is a significant public health issue that affects thousands of Oregonians of all ages and backgrounds, Gov. Ted Kulongoski has proclaimed March 3-9 as Problem Gambling Awareness Week.As noted in the proclamation, Oregon is dedicated to reducing the serious personal, social, health and financial costs attributed to problem gambling through balanced policies and effective problem gambling services. "Thousands of Oregonians have successfully sought treatment, are in recovery with their families, and ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
BOULDER, Colo. - A columnist who wrote an allegedly anti-Asian piece has been suspended from the University of Colorado student newspaper.In a statement on its Web site, the Campus Press said the paper is reorganizing its opinion page, the Boulder Daily Camera said. It said Max Karson is being suspended pending the outcome of that change.Karson was the author of a column published last week headlined "If it's war the Asians want ... It's war ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
PROVO, Utah - A former employee of a motivational coaching business in Utah is suing after he was allegedly waterboarded in front of a sales team.Chad Hudgens is suing Prosper Inc. and his former team leader Joshua Christopherson for assault and battery for allegedly using an activity similar to the interrogation strategy known as waterboarding as a team-building exercise to increase sales, The Salt Lake Tribune said Thursday. The suit said Hudgens was told to lie ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
NEW YORK - The lawyers who represented two New York panhandlers in a class-action suit have been awarded more than $300,000 in legal fees.The lead plaintiff in the suit, Eddie Wise, received a payment of $100,000 in 2006 after a judge ruled that New York cannot make arrests for peaceful panhandling. Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled last year that panhandlers across the state should receive damages, a finding that is being appealed in federal court.The arrests ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
NEW YORK - A judge in New York has refused to allow prosecutors in Brooklyn to back out of a plea agreement with the mastermind of a body parts ring.Judge Albert Tomei said Wednesday that Michael Mastromarino had cooperated with prosecutors and lived up to his part of the agreement, Newsday reported. "There is no question in this case the defendant performed what he had to do," Tomei said at a hearing in Brooklyn Supreme Court. ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
MEMPHIS - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a close call between two FedEx planes flying over Memphis.The mistake occurred Feb. 21 as FedEx flights 527 and 257 were preparing for simultaneous takeoff on parallel runways, the Memphis Commercial Appeal said Thursday.The newspaper said it appears both the pilot and air traffic controller believed the other had transposed numerals in the flight number. The mistake put flights 527 and 257 within 100 feet of each ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
The call came in the morning of my birthday. Had to be Mom, I figured. Mom always calls on my birthday. Or maybe it was one of my two brothers, or my best friend from Baltimore.   BUSINESS BIRTHDAY GREETINGS - These days, some companies are doing a better job of remembering and sending birthday wishes than family and friends. CNS Illustration by Cristina Martinez Byvik.   Or maybe still it was my buddy Jeff, from work, who ... [full story]
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