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Salem-News.com (September 22, 2014 22:10)

Police Chief Joseph McNamara, Who Fought to End the Drug War, Dies at 79

Retired San Jose Police Chief Leaves Behind a Remarkable Legacy of Public Service and Activism

(MONTEREY, Calif.) - Joe McNamaraMcNamara spoke out publicly against the drug war long before the issue had come to the political forefront. He was a speaker and advisory board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.

“When you’re telling cops that they’re soldiers in a Drug War, you’re destroying the whole concept of the citizen peace officer, a peace officer whose fundamental duty is to protect life and be a community servant,” said McNamara at a presentation for the International Conference on Drug Policy Reform in 1995.

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Salem-News.com (September 22, 2014 20:41)

Driver Dies Following Serious Injury Crash - Highway 99E south of Oregon City

Car trouble ends in tragedy near Oregon City.

(OREGON CITY, Ore.) - Salem-News.comThree people were transported to a Portland-area hospital and one of the individuals died after arrival. All lanes were open about 6:00 p.m.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup with two occupants was southbound on Highway 99E at milepost 16 when the driver pulled over and stopped due to a problem with the pickup on a limited shoulder about 3 feet wide and partially in the right hand lane.

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Salem-News.com (September 22, 2014 00:01)

Rally for Immediate Coordinated Federal Response to the Prescription Opioid/Heroin Crisis

They will not ignore you if they know you are not going away.

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - undertreatment of painOn September 27 and 28 I will be speaking at the FED UP Rally in Washington, DC calling attention to the national health epidemic - prescription opioids/heroin and the mounting death toll.

It is anticipated there will be a huge outpouring of families from all over the country who are "fed up" with the FDA picking the pockets of pharma by approving more and more opioids as a pay to play. For the past 12 years I have been exposing the prescription opioid/heroin Holocaust fueled by profiteers without consideration of the loss of life. My involvement in this journey for justice was as a result of the death of my daughter, Jill in 2002 to prescribed OxyContin.

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Salem-News.com (September 22, 2014 19:25)

Flood Risk in Oregon Increases Due to Worse-than-Normal Fire Season

The upcoming rains may be another challenge for many.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon-firesAreas in Oregon downstream of wildfires are at greater risk for flooding this year, and authorities are urging home and business owner in affected areas to purchase flood insurance.

"Fires have increased flood potential downstream from burned areas and home and business owners in those areas should look into purchasing flood insurance before the rainy season begins," said Christine Shirley, National Flood Insurance Coordinator (NFIPC) for ODLC.

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Salem-News.com (September 21, 2014 02:44)

Oregon Body-Art Center Celebrates First Birthday with BBQ Potluck

All are welcome to enjoy the afternoon with great artwork, food, and camaraderie.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon Body-Art CenterThe Oregon Body-Art Center celebrates its first birthday with a community BBQ on Sunday. Founded by experienced tattoo artist Mike Kondash in 2013, the Oregon Body-Art Center has enjoyed sustained success since its inception.

“It’s a great chance for people to meet tattoo artists and see them at work. Examples of their tattoos will be displayed, and plenty of flash to look at,” Kondash said. “Come and get to know the people who work here.”
The event kicks off at 1 p.m.

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Salem-News.com (September 22, 2014 12:26)

Fatality Following Bicycle vs Pickup Crash on Hwy 131

This accident took place between Netarts and Tillamook, on a road with no shoulders.

(TILLAMOOK, Ore. ) - bicycle fatalityOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook.

OSP was notified this morning that the bicyclist died from injuries sustained in the crash early Monday morning at a Portland-area hospital. An enforcement decision is pending.

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Salem-News.com (September 16, 2014 11:38)

Over 2 Trillion Becquerels of Radioactive Waste in Pacific in Only 10 Months

This enormous amount of Radioactive Waste flowed from Fukushima Plant into the Pacific Ocean

(MONTREAL) - Fukashima radiationAt least 2 trillion becquerels’ worth of radioactive material flowed from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean between August 2013 and May 2014, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has admitted.

The rate of release was 10 times higher than TEPCO’s pre-meltdown threshold for radioactive material.

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Salem-News.com (September 16, 2014 17:02)

Cascade Policy Institute Gives Support to Measure 91 for Marijuana Legalization

Oregon Think Tank Supports Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - measure 91Cascade Policy Institute’s Board of Directors recently voted to support the latest marijuana legalization initiative, Measure 91, which will be on Oregon’s November ballot.

While Cascade has always supported the decriminalization of cannabis on both philosophical and practical grounds, this is the first actual ballot measure in which the organization sees the positive features outweighing the negative features.

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Salem-News.com (September 17, 2014 00:07)

Gaza Children Mourn Classmates After War

More than half a million Gaza students began a new school year.

(GAZA STRIP) - gaza studentsWhen they returned to their classes after the savage Israeli war, Gaza children mourned the loss of classmates. These pictures were taken on the first school day.

“I am happy to go to school and meet friends,” Salmah Ali, 9, said. “But when I attended my class and felt very sad and my tears fell from my eyes when I recognised that my best friend Salwa and her family were killed during the war.”

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Salem-News.com (April 06, 2009 07:25)Video

Oregon (I can't go home): The Rest of the Story

The song for an Oregon woman serving a life sentence in a Turkish prison remained number one in 1974 for 9 weeks in the NW, and was number 16 on Billboard's national charts.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon sceneryFORTY YEARS AGO: The summer of 1974 has this song as part of it's soundtrack if you are from the Pacific Northwest.

It was a haunting tale by a local band, in remembrance of a young woman from Oregon who was being held in a Turkish prison.

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Salem-News.com (September 06, 2014 00:12)

What Marijuana Means to the Green States [INFOGRAPHIC]

The results are in: crime decreases in areas where marijuana is legal.

(SALEM, Ore.) - marijuanaColorado and Washington both legalized recreational use of marijuana in 2012. Since legalization, Denver’s violent crime has dropped by 10.6% and homicide is down to less than half of its 2013 level.

In July 2014, Washington made $2.4 million in pot sales. There’s a lot to consider with the legalization of marijuana. Learn more about the influence it has had on these two states.

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Salem-News.com (September 06, 2014 19:36)

Oregon's Deception Complex Fire Continues with Spotting Distance Less than a Half Mile

The Deception Complex Fire is located two miles west of Oakridge, Oregon, encompassing 2,747 acres, with 55% contained, and 1,068 total personnel fighting the fire.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Deception Complex fireFriday evening’s glow seen from Oakridge was the product of successful burnout operations on the eastern perimeter of the fire line.

A critical fire weather pattern continues today with south/southeast winds approximately 7-12 mph with gusts up to 27 mph. There were no spots outside of the established fire lines of the Deception Complex, and the intensity of the burn was kept to a low or moderate level.

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Salem-News.com (September 08, 2014 23:38)

Serious Injury Hit & Run Crash Involving Motorcycle and ATV - Highway 99E North of Brooks

OSP is seeking information to help locate the involved vehicle and operator.

(SALEM, Ore.) - hit and runOregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Sunday night's serious injury hit & run crash that occurred on Highway 99E near Waconda Road NE about three miles north of Brooks. The crash seriously injured a motorcyclist and OSP is looking for information to help locate a reported involved ATV and its operator.

On September 7, 2014 at approximately 8:41 p.m., a motorcycle operated by 48-year old Keith Miller, from Woodburn, was traveling on Highway 99E near milepost 39 when it collided with an ATV that was crossing the highway.

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Salem-News.com (September 10, 2014 07:53)

4-Year Old Lincoln City Girl Dies After Being Diagnosed with E. Coli

The girl's friend is still fighting for his life. Health officials are trying to discover the cause of the infection.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Serena ProfittLittle Serena Profitt died Monday night at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland from an infection caused by a strain of E. coli. Serena was four years old.

Her five-year-old friend, Brad Sutton, from Washington is undergoing treatment Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. where he was listed in critical condition early Tuesday evening.

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Salem-News.com (September 10, 2014 15:52)

Oregon's 12 Safest Cities Announced with Baker City Named Safest

These 12 cities had fewest reports of violent crime and property crime of all cities in Oregon.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon's safest citiesOregon is an exciting state to call home. With vast mountains, a breathtaking coastline, impressive geographic features, diverse industry and an extensive history, there is much about the Beaver State that appeals to those who are considering a place to live on the West Coast.

However, not every part of our fair state is as idyllic as others. For those looking for a town to call "home", safety is a top priority.

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Salem-News.com (September 11, 2014 22:58)

How to Buy a Home in Oregon

The stability of owning your own home is closer than you think.

(SALEM, Ore.) - home ownershipAccording to a report published in the Statesman-Journal last year, the rental market in Salem has definitely been on the rebound.

Developers have come in because of the high rental occupancy rate and hundreds of new units have been built to accommodate the rental population (which is why rental prices are coming down). That’s great if you’re a renter, but what if you want to buy?

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Salem-News.com (September 15, 2014 23:15)

Outrage Over Missing Emails But Not the US Opioid/Heroin Epidemic

The US Senate Committee on Finance focuses on Lois Lerner and the IRS emails and not the prescription opioid/heroin national epidemic!! Why?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - heroin epidemicOn May 8, 2012 Senator Charles E. Grassley and Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the US Senate Committee wrote a letter to John H. Stewart, President and CEO of Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. Here is the first paragraph of the letter:

"As Chairman and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, we have a responsibility to the more than 100 million Americans who receive health care under Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP.

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Salem-News.com (September 16, 2014 18:33)

Portland: Health Advisory Issued for Willamette River

Visual observation of scum on river from southern end of Ross Island to Fremont Bridge

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - ross island bridgeThe Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory today, September 16, based on visual observation of scum on the Willamette River, extending from the southern end of Ross Island downstream to the Fremont Bridge in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring is underway to determine the species and amount of blue-green algae cells present in the river.

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Salem-News.com (September 16, 2014 19:10)

Wildfire: It's Not If, but When

Your chances improve when you take prevention measures, and maintain them

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon wildfireThis fire season has shown to be a long and grueling one. Stretching across the state from Klamath Falls to La Grande to Veneta, it started early and seems not to have an end in sight yet.

Defensible space around your home is the critical piece to improve the survivability of your home in the event of a wildfire, and there is still time to create it this fire season.

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Salem-News.com (September 18, 2014 01:13)

Oregon Politicians Living in Reefer Madness Bubble

Ending Cannabigotry is vital if patients are to be respected.

(SALEM, Ore.) - no waterServing the needs of patients is Amy Zimmerman's ongoing goal. She cares for the sick and ill and dying, providing them with medicine that they prefer, and that may be their key to a longer life, or at least one with more quality.

The Aumsville city council is attempting to ban all cultivation, dispensaries and even the use of medical marijuana. An ordinance proposal hearing is taking place Thursday at 6:30pm in Aumsville, the public is invited to join the meeting, and pro-cannabis supporters are expected to show up en masse. What happens in this tiny town may have more of an impact statewide than anyone expected.

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Salem-News.com (September 18, 2014 20:42)

Mobilize and Organize to Stop and Prevent Planet Fever!

334 organisations have signed the statement against the corporate capture of the UN Climate Summit

(LONDON) - When we, as human beings, get a fever, we immediately get worried and take action. After all, we know that if our body temperature rises to 1.5ºC, let alone 2ºC [3.6 ºF] above the normal average, there can be severe damage, while an increase of 4-6ºC [7.2-10.8 ºF] or more can cause a comatose situation and even death.

So it is, when planet Earth gets a fever. For the past 11,000 years, the average temperature of the Earth has been around 14ºC [57.2ºF].

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Salem-News.com (September 14, 2014 00:40)

The Guardian Of Big Money

Britain is on the verge of tribal and nationalist fragmentation at the time the Middle East is going through the exact same process.

(LONDON) - The Guardian is backing a "No" vote in the Scottish independence referendum. “Nationalism is not the answer to social injustice,” the paper’s editorial suggested yesterday.

Not that I want to enter this debate. I am an immigrant in the UK and I do not feel entitled to take part in this discussion. However, this tense political situation deserves our close intellectual attention.

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Salem-News.com (September 03, 2014 12:28)

Oregon Coast Aquarium Launches Operation Otter Awareness

The Aquarium’s regular line-up of sea otter-related education is in full swing!

(NEWPORT, Ore. ) - The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s resident sea otters, Judge, 14, Schuster, 3, Nuka, 1 and Oswald, 10 months, will co-host over a dozen educational activities on Saturday, September 27 when the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates Sea Otter Awareness Week.

The Aquarium hopes the effort will help stamp sea otters’ place at the forefront of Oregonians’ hearts and minds. These marine members of the weasel family play a vital role in nearshore coastal ecosystems. Sea otters, Enhydra lutris, are currently considered extinct off Oregon’s coast and are listed under the Endangered Species Act in their existing range.

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