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(SALEM) - Police & Fire: Oregon State Police: Critical Injury Crash Highway 30 near milepost 66 west of Clatskanie. Crash involves a single vehicle. Emergency responders are on scene and the road is completely blocked. No further information for release. Traffic updates check www.tripcheck.com. UPDATE
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Alliances of Catholic activists are attempting to convince Pope Francis that four Papal doctrines are unjust in light of new understandings, and should be changed. Vatican apologists believe that to change would require historical evidence that Papal Infallibility was an ancient error.
(NEW YORK) - The election of Pope Francis has been welcomed with excitement and hope by faithful Catholics, both liberal and conservative, who seek change in our troubled Church.
This first Pope from the Americas is from Argentina, a humble man who identifies himself with the downtrodden, he proudly says “My people are poor and I am one of them”, a different view than would be expected from the Vatican hierarchy, bringing about hope for positive change among Catholics.
Rather than fix disastrous practices, Monsanto is trying to buy a better image.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - It's easy to see why Monsanto was voted the world's most evil corporation for 2013.  Two examples from just the last 30 days might almost be enough to win the title all on their own.
Last week, 20 environmental activists were brutally assaulted for protesting the biotech giant in Argentina.  And in the November 5 election, Monsanto broke spending records to defeat a Washington ballot initiative that would simply label genetically engineered food (GMOs).
"After a male subject quickly exited, he was shot and injured by the Salem Police detective..."
(ALBANY OR) - Oregon State Police say a Salem Police detective driving an unmarked car shot a man on a public freeway Thursday night. It happened when the detective decided to pull a truck over for speeding and reckless driving on Interstate 5 near Halsey in Linn County.
The use of unmarked police cars in traffic stops is an extremely controversial subject that Salem-News.com has written about many times in the past.
"A lot of worried people are out looking for you right now. Your friends are sharing their concern and spreading the word. And the community is doing everything they can to find you." - family statement
(CLACKAMAS) - Police say 13-year-old runaway Samantha Dodson is endangered. They believe she may have left with 40-year-old male Kelsey McCune. Authorities believe Dodson and McCune, age 40, may be using public transit.
They may also have camping equipment. The Sheriff's Office is concerned about Dodson's welfare because of the record-cold temperatures expected to last for days.
Mr. Burwick spent 25 years in the Navy and an additional 11 years with the City of Salem as a Parking Enforcement Official, he retired in 1980.
(SALEM) - On Wednesday the 4th the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to what appeared to be a motor vehicle crash in the 5600 block of Center Street NE. Tragically this was not the case.
According to family George Burwick age 76 left his residence in the 4800 block of Lancaster Drive NE on the evening of the 3rd. Mr. Burwick had been suffering from some memory loss according to Harlen Bell Mr. Burwick's son. Mr. Bell stated, "I think he just got lost."
We were caught taking a disastrous nap, and the enemy exploited that gap.
(SALEM) - We were caught taking a disastrous nap, and the enemy exploited that gap.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7th, 1941 as "a day that will live on in the infamy of man", refering to the massive sneak attack that day that nearly wiped out America's entire Pacific fleet. Many were killed and injured. Most young people today know little of how that came about.
Mandela the man who negotiated a peaceful change, who forgave, who apologized, who sympathized, who showed a way for nations to live up to the standards of our children...
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Nelson Mandela's story, if told as a novel, would not be deemed possible in real life. Worse, we don't tell such stories in many of our novels.
A violent young rebel is imprisoned for decades but turns that imprisonment into the training he needs. He turns to negotiation, diplomacy, reconciliation. He negotiates free elections, and then wins them. He forestalls any counter-revolution by including former enemies in his victory.
Group seeks support of international inquiry and UN-backed referendum in NE Sri Lanka.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - In a letter to newly sworn US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Tamils for Obama congratulated her and reminded her of the widows and orphans left from the Sri Lankan civil war.
TfO also mentioned the need for an international commission of inquiry into war crimes that were committed by GOSL and a referendum (South Sudan model) for the future of northeastern Sri Lanka.
We need more leaders like Mandela in this world...
(SACRAMENTO) - I should not be shocked over my own personal reaction to this news I suppose, but it hurts and it makes me very sad. It isn't the loss specifically; this great man more than did his part while living on this earth. It is quite honestly, the lack of men like him that makes me shudder.
There are no rivals for this courageous leader who took up arms and led a revolution against an apartheid government that treated Black Africans with no dignity, instead relegating them to a second class lifestyle below the whites.
More than 4,000 militants, according to Afghan officials, have laid down arms and joined the government-backed peace process over the past one year, a claim rejected by Taliban outfit as baseless.
( PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan Xinhua) - Fourteen members of the Taliban insurgent group laid down arms and surrendered in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan Province on Saturday, provincial police chief Aminullah Omarkhil said.
"A total of 14 Taliban militants handed over their weapons to police and joined the peace process in Dande Ghori district on Saturday morning," Amarkhil told newsmen at a press conference.
In Hinduism, Lord Shiva, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, forms the great triad of Hindu deities. Moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism. There are about three million Hindus in USA.
(RENO) - Upset Hindus have urged Asheville (North Carolina, USA) based Asheville Brewing Co. to apologize and withdraw its Indian Pale Ale beer carrying image of Lord Shiva, calling it highly inappropriate.
This beer, named as “Shiva”, displays the image of Hindu Lord Shiva in Nataraja form.
It's the most popular show on FirstAmendmentRadio.com.
(SALEM) - Tim King is the scheduled guest for the Barry Chamish radio program this Tuesday evening, 3 December 2013. Tim is known for taking on huge human rights issues in the world along with Genocide and War Crimes. He has reported from Iraq and Afghanistan and is also a passionate advocate for Veterans, motorcyclists and the human race.
Barry is the outspoken reporter from Israel considered to be Israel's top investigative journalist. Barry's writings anger, empower and educate his Israeli and American readers with his candid review of political developments.
Oppressed people do not and should not have to explain their oppression to their oppressor, nor tailor their resistance to the comfort of the oppressors and their supporters.
(RAMALLAH The Electronic Intifada) - In recent years, western discourse surrounding the Palestinian cause has employed a few new — and superficial — adjectives to describe Palestinian resistance: Palestinian “nonviolent” resistance, Palestinian “peaceful” resistance, Palestinian “popular” resistance, Palestinian “unarmed” resistance. And the ever so popular Palestinian “Gandhi-style” resistance.
This discourse has been adopted by the Palestinian popular struggle committees...
A much respected expert investigation indicated there was as high probability that Arafat was poisoned with polonium.
(LONDON) - I don’t wish to offend readers other than perhaps those of the parties of my headline, but I have to say that it, the headline, was the first thought that came into my mind when I learned from the BBC that, according to leaks to the French media, a team of French scientists do not believe Arafat was poisoned and that he died of a “generalized infection.”
And I have to ask, if he really did die of a generalized infection, why the hell did the doctors at the French military hospital fail to detect it before he died?
The affected residents of the six targeted buildings will meet with Treasure Island officials Tuesday night to learn details of the relocation plan and to express concerns about the effort.
(SAN FRANCISCO) - About two dozen families are being forced from their Treasure Island homes so the Navy can clean up toxic material buried in the old waste disposal site beneath the townhouse units.
"A letter we got last week was the first we heard of it," said Paris Hayes, who has lived in his Bayside Drive unit for more than 10 years. The residents will be moved out in stages, with the first group leaving in April and the last gone by July.
Pope Francis does not have to make a gift to Netanyahu of either the Vatican 1917 Jaffa report or Scott Anderson’s book, should the two leaders meet in Tel Aviv. What he can do is prepare for his meeting by reading both the Vatican document and Lawrence In Arabia.
(CHICAGO) - With the U.S. Congress safely in his back pocket, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned his charm offensive on the Vatican. How is that working out for him?
It does not look promising. The Prime Minister forgot the first rule of charm school: Target your prey gently.
Trichloroethylene meets the criteria for listing as known to the State to cause reproductive toxicity under Proposition 65, based on the findings of U.S. EPA (U. S. EPA, 2011a), as outlined below.
(IRVINE) - The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) intends to list the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) as known to the State to cause reproductive toxicity under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986.