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Salem-News.com (September 01, 2015 00:43)

Salem City Council Approves Early Pot Sales for 21+

The Oregon Legislature gave each city the chance to legally opt out of recreational marijuana sales

(SALEM, Ore.) - marijuana leafThere’s excitement in the air! Salem has joined the cities in Oregon that have gone with the State’s voters, and will allow recreational marijuana sales.

At 6:30 pm Monday, a large crowd made their way into the Salem city council chambers. There was a lot of wariness in regard to this meeting, with business owners and concerned citizens anxious to know what Salem politicians would decide.

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Salem-News.com (August 24, 2015 12:30)

Salem-News.com + Readers = Honest Reporting

Freedom of Speech is nothing without the opportunity to be heard.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Bonnie King, Paul StanfordA gentle late summer reminder that Salem-News.com gets by largely thanks to the generosity of its readers. In other words, your contributions truly matter! They ensure that we can continue to bring you voices, analysis and eye-witness reporting you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.

Salem-News.com brings voices from outside the typical reporting arena, and exposes the truth from beneath, and within.

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Salem-News.com (August 25, 2015 16:03)

President of Kush Bottles Named to Oregon Liquor Control Commission Marijuana Subcommittee

Appointment will help customers immediate access to regulation changes and policy updates that impact their business

(LOS ANGELES) - Kush bottlesBen Wu, president of Kush Bottles, North America's premier supplier of customizable child-resistant packaging solutions and accessories for the legal cannabis industry, was named to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission Recreational Marijuana Rules Advisory Technical Subcommittee on Packaging.

Wu is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on compliance issues relating to packaging, labeling, and child-resistance.

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Salem-News.com (August 29, 2015 02:50)

The First-Ever Salem Hempfest at Riverfront Park

Grab your friends and come on downtown to learn a lot about Hemp. (No smoking allowed)

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem hempfestThe Salem Hempfest is finally fully budded and ready to harvest. That’s right... it is time to come together in Oregon’s capital city and share information about the plant that brings fuel, food and fiber to the world: hemp.

The big event starts Saturday at 11 am and will go through 11 pm, centered in Riverfront Park’s "Hot Boxin" Amphitheater. There will be 25 Bands/DJ's, multiple speakers, vendors, a beer garden, and food booths. Admission is free and it is open to all ages.

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Salem-News.com (August 30, 2015 20:58)

Future of Taliban Role in New Era

As the death of Mullah Omar was publicized, the Taliban's supporters took steps to replace the Taliban with the ISIS, and that is why they propose to negotiate with the Taliban.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Mullah Mohammed Omar As the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar was publicized, it appeared that the process of replacing the Taliban with ISIS has just started in Afghanistan.

For many years, the sponsors of Taliban have made use of both Al-Qaeda and Taliban to achieve their own goals in the region.

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Salem-News.com (August 30, 2015 21:16)

British Actors, Film Directors and Writers Demand Immediate Sanctions Against Israel

“Netanyahu is clearly committed to the continuation of the occupation, the settlements and the blatant flouting of UN resolutions...” - Miriam Margolyes

(SALEM, Ore.) - Miriam MargolyesAccording to Global Research, a group of English actors, authors, academics and architects have called on the UK government to push for immediate sanctions on Israel until it abides by international law and ends its occupation of Palestinian land.

They join other big names from the world of film and rock music, as well as 20,000 members of the public, who have signed a petition which delivered at the Houses of Parliament.

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Salem-News.com (August 30, 2015 22:52)

One ISIL Takfiri Terrorist Killed in Druze Attack on IDF Ambulance

Over the last two years, Israel has provided medical care to hundreds of ISIL terrorists from Syria... Druze called on Israel to stop treating injured fighters.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Israeli ambulance attacked150 demonstrators from the Druze community attacked an Israeli military ambulance carrying injured Syrians, killing one person, police said.

The ambulance carrying two injured Syrian Takfiri alleged terrorists was attacked near the Druze town of Majdal Shams in the southern foothills of Jabal al-Shaykh mountain (Mt. Hermon), north of the Golan Heights.

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Salem-News.com (August 30, 2015 23:01)

Israel to Build Fence Along Jordan-Israel Border

Israeli officials believe the fence is necessary to prevent Iran from arming Palestinians in the West Bank.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Israeli border fenceAccording to a Reuters report, Israel's security cabinet approved a decision to build a fence along the Jordan-Israel border.

The first 30-kilometer-long segment of the fence will be constructed between Eilat and the future site of the Timna international airport.

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Salem-News.com (August 31, 2015 13:17)

Salem Police Participating In Traffic Safety Campaign

Increased awareness is important all year long.

(SALEM, Ore.) - safety firstThe Salem Police Department is participating in the third of three traffic enforcement campaigns. The campaign began on August 24 and will run through September 6.

The increased patrols are during the daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt, child restraint violations and cell phone use.

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Salem-News.com (August 23, 2015 22:22)

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates: A Bitter Rivalry Over Yemen

Wielding influence in Yemen won’t result in stability and security, neither in Yemen, nor in its neighboring countries.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Airstrike in YemenThe precarious situation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its neighbors, namely United Arab Emirates, deteriorated recently over sharing power and influence in Yemen—the most impoverished Arab nation.

This, as [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Emirati forces in particular intervened directly to support militias loyal to ex-President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, which in return rendered the Yemeni crisis a ground for intense rivalry between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

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Salem-News.com (August 25, 2015 23:25)

Who Masterminded the Diyarbakir Blast?

Özkan claims that the Diyarbakir blast was a piece of MİT's puzzle.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Diyarbakır blastTuncay Özkan, Turkish journalist, writer and politician, and one of the leaders of The Republican People's Party, revealed important information about the Diyarbakır bomb attack in a secret meeting with a representative of Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP) in Ankara.

According to Özkan, Hakan Fidan, the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) designed a secret plan to create unrest in the HDP election campaign.

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Salem-News.com (August 25, 2015 23:40)

Strategic Divisions Between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Fragile peace with much at risk.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Egypt Saudi Arabia mapAccording to Euro news reporter Faiza Garah, the rift in relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, has begun to widen.

She mentioned some factors explaining their current differences in her article, including Egypt's opposition to the ground invasion in Yemen, and strategic differences between Egypt and Saudi Arabia for reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Salem-News.com (August 28, 2015 01:30)Video

Potland Appeal WINS: Oregon Hempstalk 2015 Is ON!

"Hempstalk is a Smoke free, drug free, family friendly event!" said many people on stage in 2014.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - hempstalk courtDespite Shawn Rogers' decision to deny Portland's annual Hempstalk event for 2015, the Customer Service Center Manager for Portland's Parks & Recreation department overturned that ruling today thanks to the endless efforts of Paul Stanford and more than 60 Portland cannabis activists determined to have our rights and festival respected.

"We won and the City Council and Mayor of Portland voted to grant our appeal and overturn the Park Bureau's denial of the Portland Hempstalk Festival's permit for 2015. Final date to be announced. Yeah!" said Stanford.

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Salem-News.com (August 23, 2015 22:37)

Willamina 230-Acre Fire is 50% Contained

Four cabins along East Creek Road are under a Level 1 evacuation. Willamina Creek Road and East Creek Road are closed north of the junction with Coast Creek Road.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Willamina FireExcellent progress on containing the Willamina Creek Fire was made today. The fire has not grown since Friday night.

Increases in acreage shown in these updates over the last few days reflect the GPS data collection work that has been completed which has resulted in more accurate mapping. The final acreage is not expected to increase from today's total.

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Salem-News.com (August 24, 2015 18:03)

The Iranian Threat

Who Is the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - IranThroughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that "the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons for more than a generation..."

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Salem-News.com (August 24, 2015 18:25)

Who Sent Saudi Documents to WikiLeaks?

Who stole the Saudi documents, and why?

(SALEM, Ore.) - Saudi cablesWikiLeaks' publishing of "The Saudi Cables" (https://wikileaks.org/saudi-cables/) - more than half a million top-secret documents from Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry, has gained significant media attention in recent days.

The released documents, which expose Saudi involvement in regional affairs and also its hostile policies towards Iran and Syria, in addition to its allies, has triggered a wave of concern & uncertainty in different countries.

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Salem-News.com (August 24, 2015 22:13)

ISIL Demands First Formal Political Bureau in Turkey

Abu Hamza al-Baghdadi may be responsible for suicide operations especially in the city of Diyarbakir.

(SALEM, Ore.) - ISIL fightersAs reported by the TimeTurk News Agency, Turkish authorities met representatives of ISIL terrorist group (Daesh) and held talks with them a few weeks ago in Turkey.

A well-informed sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who requested anonymity, said in this regard: Abu Hamza al-Baghdadi as the head of ISIL's representatives formally asked the AK Party authorities to establish the first formal political bureau of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the city of Izmir.

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Salem-News.com (August 24, 2015 20:40)

Yemen Army Destroys Saudi Convoy in Jizan

A number of Saudi soldiers were killed during the operation while the rest fled the scene.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Saudi vehiclesYemen's army and popular committees have stopped a Saudi convoy near the military base, Jareh, in Jizan and destroyed dozens of armored Saudi machines.

The Sabanet website quotes a military source saying another Saudi convoy loaded with significant arms and military equipment was destroyed in Alkhoube district located in Jizan, adding that this caused the mass runaway of Saudi troops.

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Salem-News.com (August 25, 2015 01:08)

Well-Known Northwest Motorcyclist Irish McKinney Killed in Accident

McKinney was a generous soul, known for helping others.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Irish and Marjorie McKinneyLongtime community advocate 56-year old Irish McKinney was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident near Needles, California on Monday, Aug. 17.

Irish was well-known to the White Center/Burien-area as both an avid Harley rider as well as a tireless fundraiser for the needy, raising over $26,000 for the White Center Food Bank in the last few years, including $15,000 last year, according to Sean Robinson. “That was his passion people...helping...and the motorcycle community,” Sean told The B-Town Blog.

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Salem-News.com (August 25, 2015 23:44)

Saudi Arabia's Strategic Debacle

What's behind the facade? Read on...

(SALEM, Ore.) - Saudi troopsEuro news correspondent, Valérie Gauriat analyzes Saudi Arabia's strategic failures in her report based on documents published by WikiLeaks:

1. According to this report, Saudi Arabia spent billions of dollars to curb the growing influence of Iran and Shi'ite thought in the world by building mosques and cultural centers to export its Wahhabi ideology and spreading it in Muslim countries and Europe...

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Salem-News.com (August 26, 2015 14:59)

Northwest Youth Corps Accepting Apps for Paid Fall Job Training Programs

Great opportunities to get some real experience and get paid

(EUGENE, Ore.) - Teenagers from all over the U.S. have joined Northwest Youth Corps this summer, working outdoors and are making a difference! In its 30-year history, NYC has placed over 17,000 teenagers and young adults in programs providing them with both excellent educational and job training experience.

No experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn, work hard as a team, and travel to some of the most rugged and scenic areas Portland and of the Pacific Northwest.

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Salem-News.com (August 26, 2015 15:26)

Why Did Israel Attack Southern Syria?

This is not the first time that Israel has conducted a direct military operation in Syrian soil.

(SALEM, Ore.) - While Hezbollah fighters and the Syrian armed forces have been involved in endgame operations aimed at retaking al-Zabadani, the Israeli regime targeted positions of the resistance forces in the Golan Heights, a move that can be described as a help to terrorists besieged in that town and an attempt by Tel Aviv to directly join the clashes in southern Syria.

On Thursday, Israel targeted some border areas in southern Syria. Israeli officials stated the strikes were carried out in response to rockets fired from Syria to northern Golan Heights.

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Salem-News.com (August 26, 2015 17:58)

They're Back! DISH and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Finalizing Long-Term deal

Parties agree to short-term contract extension as long-term agreement is finalized.

(Englewood, Colo.) - DISH Network L.L.C. and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. have reached an agreement in principle that will form the basis of a long-term retransmission consent agreement for carriage of Sinclair’s local channels in 79 markets nationwide, including KATU in Portland.

Restoration of Sinclair signals to DISH’s system is underway.

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