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Tuesday November 24, 2009 - Times viewed: 8051
Katelynn Johnson remembers a full soda bottle whizzing past her head shortly after Oregon's dramatic win over the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Ducks cheerleader



"We were waiting for the players to get off the field through this narrow opening, and we were cheering and waiting," the 21-year-old senior said Monday. "Stuff was flying in every direction, and the players were getting hit."



Then something struck her, said Johnson, a sociology major who plans to move to New York City to work as a model and a nanny when she graduates next spring.



"I thought, 'Ow, my head,'" she said, just as a University of Arizona police officer yelled at the cheerleaders to grab their stuff and move to the center of the field to get away from flying debris. 

As Johnson moved, fellow cheerleader Nick Brown asked her if she was OK. "I guess I didn't look right."



Johnson collapsed on the field. Those around her said she was struck squarely in the head by a bottle of water. Technicians tended to Johnson for several minutes before she was taken away.



"There were ma ...
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Friday November 20, 2009 - Times viewed: 7685
Oregon homeowners have the 31st highest rate in the nation of mortgage foreclosures or loans that are three months past due, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association report for the third quarter of 2009. The report released Thursday, Nov. 19, shows that 5.7 percent of all Oregon homeowners with mortgages were either in foreclosure or were more than three months behind in payments from July through September. Nationally, the rate was 8.9 percent.

Among Oregonians with weak credit who took out subprime loans, 23.3 percent were either in foreclosure or at least three months behind on payments during the third quarter. The national rate was 28.7 percent.

Among Oregonians with prime loans, 3.9 percent had similar problems, while the national rate was 6.3 percent.

During the third quarter, Oregon had the nation's 44th-highest rate of homeowners who were late on their payments, and the 21st-highest rate of homeowners in foreclosure, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Oregon has a lower-than-average number of homeowners with subprime loans, but a higher-than-average number of homeowners with alternative or "Alt A" loans. Those include ...
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Thursday November 19, 2009 - Times viewed: 7706
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Vandals sprayed graffiti on Keller Auditorium in downtown Portland ahead of a visit by former Vice President Al Gore. A spokeswoman for the auditorium said there were several areas where graffiti was found by police. She said two exterior walls were hit as well as sidewalks and the entrance to the building.

One message said, "Change the system, not your light bulbs." Another message said, "Don't buy false solutions." Gore will be discussing climate change at the auditorium Wednesday night. The auditorium spokeswoman said the graffiti is likely related to Gore's visit. "It's under investigation by police and they haven't shared any of that information with us," she said. "But that's the assumption that it's related to tonight's speaker."

A group named Americans for Prosperity plans to hold an event across the street from the auditorium to show a counter-point to Gore's message. However, the group condemned the overnight vandalism. Gore authored the book "An Inconvenient Truth." The best-seller touched on the threat of and the solutions to global warming. He is now promoting his new book entitled &quo ...
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Tuesday November 17, 2009 - Times viewed: 7761
PORTLAND, Oregon - Powerful winds blew across the coast Monday night, reaching nearly 100 mph in some areas and causing significant damage to a building under renovation in Seaside. Power flickered off and on in Seaside at about 10 p.m. and flooding on Highway 101 forced ODOT earlier in the day to conditionally close a portion of the highway just south of Seaside to low-profile vehicles after water rose to over a foot. One car from California stalled and had to get help from a tow truck. "We saw another car go through, so we thought we could go through also", said the driver of the car. Seaside police struggled in the wind to close off one block of Broadway Avenue after a huge gust of wind tore off part of the old courthouse's roof that's under renovation and blew wood and debris 40 feet into the street. Obviously, this (the roof) wasn't completely done and the weather, I think, caught up to them", said Robert Gross, Seaside police chief. "The wind, as you can see tonight, is pretty strong and it got underneath and took part of that roof off". Police decided to leave the debris where it was for the time being because they said they are concerned that with several hours of high w ...
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Monday November 16, 2009 - Times viewed: 7716
At least for now young students have a new school. Teachers and staff from Marysville Elementary School stream into Rose City Park Elementary. School buses are pulling up to the school, giving students a first glimpse of their new surroundings.



Banners welcoming students hang over the entrance to the building.

Volunteers spent all weekend getting the huge building all cleaned up and kid-friendly again. It was closed two years ago due to budget cuts.

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Teachers say they think the kids will love their temporary school because it's three stories tall.  Marysville was only one story tall.



As students arrived, electricians were working on one last detail: turning on exterior lights. "This is the last thing," said Portland schools electrician Bob Jacobs.



Over the weekend, scores of volunteers descended on the school to get it ready for Marysville students.

Marysville’s head custodian said the fire appeared concentrated in kindergarten and third grade classrooms. She said fire alarms went off during lunch period and the children filed out in an orderly fashion.

The custodian al ...
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Saturday November 14, 2009 - Times viewed: 7785
Oregon was the first state to de-criminalize marijuana, first to introduce the Bottle Bill, and Oregon has now opened another chapter in U.S. marijuana history when on Friday 13th, about three dozen people christened the nation's first cafe for licensed residentsto sit down, sip coffee and smoke marijuana. "Welcome to a place of our own," said Madeline Martinez, a leader in the state's medical marijuana movement and the leading force pushing to open the Cannabis Cafe in Portland. "Welcome to freedom." Excited patrons spilled down the outside steps at 700 N.E. Dekum St. as the cafe prepared to open at the appointed hour -- "420" being slang for using marijuana. In line were military veterans, grandmothers, young workers, men and women, old and young, black, white and Latino. Gordon Cederholm, 45, of Milwaukie has lived with HIV for 25 years and said he was skeptical about using marijuana as medicine when he got his Oregon card less than a year ago. "At first, I thought: What does being a pothead have to do with it?'" he said. "I didn't know the benefits in marijuana. Now, I find that I'm a better person when I smoke." Kris Koa, 57, a retired nurse from Gresham, rode the bus ...
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Friday November 13, 2009 - Times viewed: 7757
BAKER CITY, Oregon - Nearly everyone aboard a van carrying was thrown from the van when it rolled several times on an icy Oregon highway and killed two of 16 Colorado church members. 14 survivors, all young, were injured, some critically. The van ran out of control and rolled on I84 near Baker City in eastern Oregon. Their church in Federal Heights, Colorado, held a candlelight vigil. 20-year old Joshua John Pischura, of Geneva, Ohio, died shortly after the van crashed and Taune Nicole Winter Pepper, 23, of Deer Trail, Colorado, died Thursday afternoon after being flown to a Boise, Idaho hospital, authorities said. Five other passengers with serious or critical injuries were also flown to Boise. Three were taken to a hospital in La Grande, Ore.; and six were treated and released from St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City, Oregon State Police said. State police said they believe that at least 13 of those aboard were ejected during the crash. The nine women and seven men were members of the Rocky Mountain Masters Commission, a training program affiliated with the New Life Worship Center, said Christy Gimer, center spokeswoman. They were on their way to a conference in Po ...
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Thursday November 12, 2009 - Times viewed: 7783
BETHANY, Ore. – Suffering from depression, according to police, a Bethany man shot and killed his wife and nine-year-old son before killing himself, police said. Mukesh Suthar, his wife, Varsha and their son, Ronak, were found dead at the NW Oak Creek residence of the Bethany neighborhood. Police released the names to the media on Thursday. Detectives said they believe that Mukesh shot his 39-year-old wife and his son, then shot himself with a handgun. All three were pronounced deceased at the scene. Chandubhai Suthar of San Jose, Calif. told the Oregonian newspaper that he was the father of Mukesh. He said he called authorities on Tuesday, Nov. 10, after not speaking with his family for a longer-than-usual period. On Wednesday evening, Thompson said all the evidence pointed to murder-suicide. People who knew the family that lived in the home, and claimed to be friends, told investigators that it was a family of three – a husband, wife and child. A forensic analysis would confirm the conclusive evidence, Thompson said, adding, “at this point it's clear that's what happened inside the house.” Neighbors were shocked and described the community as very ...
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Wednesday November 11, 2009 - Times viewed: 7771
TUALATIN -- In Tualatin a man with a rifle opened fire, killing his wife and injuring two of her co-workers. The gunman fired multiple shots inside Legacy MetroLab-Tualatin shortly before noon, said Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker. The shooter was found dead at the scene, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Barker said. A 63-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds was flown ...

Tuesday November 10, 2009 - Times viewed: 7667
PORTLAND, Oregon - Fire crews raced to a school in Southeast Portland Tuesday afternoon. All students and staff have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported. Flames and heavy dark smoke poured from the Marysville Elementary School the school just before noon. The school has an enrollment of 460 students. The fire quickly went to three alarms. All children are reported to have been evacuated and are safe.The school facilitates student in kindergarten through eighth grade. At 85 years old, it is one of the oldest schools in the city. Fire alarms reportedly rang as the fire began, prompting an orderly evacuation. One witness said she thinks the fire started near a gymnasium. Another woman who lives near the school and was once a student said she smelled a burning odor before the fire broke out. ...
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Monday November 9, 2009 - Times viewed: 7811
Father of seven children, ages 3 to 14, had been reported missing near Breitenbush Lake. A rescue team on snowmobiles called off their search Saturday night but resumed on Sunday when they found Mark Shaver, 43, of Eagle Creek and his children in good condition. Sixteen inches of snow had fallen around them and the family van was stuck. The sheriff's office says Shaver had extensive survival training and frequently camps with his children. Mark Shaver and his kids slept in the van for two nights until they were rescued unharmed early Sunday by the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The children included a 3-year-old and 5-year-old, and the oldest was 14. By the time rescuers reached the family, the snow was estimated to be more than 30 inches deep in some areas, according to Lt. Sheila Lorance, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Shaver had no cell phone. But he and his family were otherwise well-prepared for two nights in the snow. "They had warm clothes," Lorance said. "They had food and shelter. They did some of the right things." Shaver is an experienced outdoorsman with wilderness survival training. It's not unusual for him to take the entire fami ...
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Sunday November 8, 2009 - Times viewed: 7873
Clackamas County is scheduled to open its H1N1 flu clinic Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The plan is to distribute vaccine to those in priority groups. All forms of vaccine will be available on these days. The clinic is located at 168 Warner-Milne Road in Oregon City at Red Soils campus. The clinic will be located next to the OSU extension building and just across the entrance to Portland General Electric. They will accept walk-ins from the only. There is an effort to streamline the vaccination process, reduce traffic congestion and cut back on waiting periods. The clinic will issue time-stamped tickets. The World Health Organization's flu chief said the swine flu virus has now become the predominant flu strain worldwide. In some countries, swine flu accounts for up to 70 percent of the flu viruses being sampled, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO's top flu official. While most people recover from the illness without needing medical treatment, officials are also continuing to see severe cases in people under 65 ? people who are not usually at risk during regular flu seasons. "We remain quite concerned about the patterns that we're seeing," Fukuda s ...
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Saturday November 7, 2009 - Times viewed: 7891
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon State police arrested a for driving while drunk after he called 911 to report his marijuana ahad been stolen. However, the 911 dispatcher had trouble understand understanding him because he was vomiting as he was driving and attempting to explain what he wanted. Hoover told the 911 operator he was angry because someone had broken into his parked truck at a local tavern in Salem and taken an expensive jackeet, $400 in cash and some of his marijuana. Deputies drove to Hoover's home but couldn't locate him. Then Hoover called 911 once again to complain that deputies had not arrived. The 911 dispatcher had trouble understanding Hoover because he was driving and stopping several times to vomit. He was driving, upset that authorities were not working harder to recover his stuff. Deputies found Hoover's truck then Hoover himself who was walking nearby. He told officers he was looking for " .. the jerks stole my truck." He was arrested on the spot for driving under the influence. 21,000 people have Medical marijuana permits in Oregon. There was no immmediately suggesting that Hoover had such a medical permit. ...
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Friday November 6, 2009 - Times viewed: 7855
PORTLAND, Oregon - Detectives found the bodies of two adults and a child in Southeast Portland Thursday. It happened at the home on SE 123rd Avenue south of Stark Street. Police confirmed the discovery of three bodies at 10 a.m. Portland Police identified the three as 29-year-old Ceantwan Lorenzo Barr, 28-year-old Tameka Yvonne Medina, and 4-year-old Ashawn Medina-Barr. A man claiming to be a relative of one of the victims said the alleged shooter and his longtime girlfriend were going through a breakup. He said he thinks the shooting occurred days ago. The bodies were discovered Thursday when a family member gained entry to the rental house with the landlord. Detectives think the man shot the woman and the child then took his own life with a handgun found at the scene. A missing persons report was filed Wednesday night, but police said they did not have justification to enter the house. ...
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Thursday November 5, 2009 - Times viewed: 8043
Funds are available from for a conservation easements on nearly 300 acres of critical habitat near Salem — preserving and restoring rare oak savanna and prairie habitat and endangered species such as Fender's blue butterfly and Kincaid's lupine. BPA's $965,000 contribution meets part of its requirement under the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act for mitigating the effects of its dams on wildlife and habitat. The easements restrict development and call for management of the property in perpetuity. In the Willamette Valley, it's just the beginning of BPA's influence on conservation. About 19,000 acres were affected by the six power-producing dams in the Willamette basin. BPA has funded about 6,200 acres of mitigation, said Dorie Welch of BPA. The most recent acquisitions protect some of the rarest habitats in the Willamette Valley. Oak woodlands, oak savanna and prairie, the majority of which are held by private landowners, are subject to the typical pressures of a populated fertile valley: conversion to agriculture or development. "Land use has changed over the last 10 to 15 years so we've seen land prices increase and population incr ...
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Wednesday November 4, 2009 - Times viewed: 7833
CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- While on top of his submerged truck near Carver, a driver called 911after he ran off the road and leeped over 140 feet into the Clackamas River. Clackamas County Sherif Detective Jim Strovink said it was " ..an incredible sight". "The nose of the truck was facing upriver and the cab was almost submerged, probably three-quarters of the way filled with water," The ODOT dump truck driver told dispatchers he blacked out while driving along Highway 224 and ended up flying some 140 feet into the river. He called 911 while sitting on his truck hood, partially submerged, waiting for help. " Trees along the highway probably slowed the vehicle down enough that it perhaps saved the driver's life," Strovink said. A marine rescue team from the Sheriff's Office reached the driver by boat and got him to shore by mid morning. There were apparently no serious injuries, Strovink said. The truck was as a Ford flatbed dump which was part of a fleet of Oregon Department of Transportation vehicles. ...
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Monday November 2, 2009 - Times viewed: 61490
SALEM, Oregon - Gay rights activists launched a campaign today to urge Oregonians to reverse their vote of five years ago and support same-sex marriage. Basic Rights Oregon, the state's largest gay rights group, aims to put on the Oregon ballot as early as 2012 an initiative asking voters to lift the constitutional ban on gay and lesbian marriage that passed in 2004. The goal is "to allow sam ...


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