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Reporter's Notebook: Top ways to torture the Taliban

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
The entire world is watching the debate in the U.S. Congress over torture. The hand-wringing quarrel, which pits prune-faced senators on one side against frowning sourpusses on the other, has inflicted torment and pain on millions of TV viewers who would rather be watching reruns of real torture on "Fear Factor."
The whole affair reminded me that I know something

America made a better place by Newport Fishermen's Wives

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
Nail-biting negotiations and wrenching compromises that took place at the highest levels of U.S. government in recent weeks were spurred by the efforts of a small, nonprofit group in Newport, Ore., the Newport Fishermen's Wives.
No coffee klatch, it was founded in the late '60s to promote the welfare of husbands engaged in one of the world's deadliest professions, fishing

Mother Nature’s not-so-subtle reminder

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
Parts of the coast received a total of around two inches of rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, which, when coupled with high wind gusts on Thursday, were a vivid reminder of the power Mother Nature can unleash here.
We have heard much in recent years of the need for coastal residents to be prepared for a major earthquake off the

Thank you, taxpayers

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
'Tis the season to be grateful, and as we go down the long list of people who deserve our thanks, one group that stands alone as often maligned and underappreciated is Oregon taxpayers.
A visit to the courthouse in late November found many of them crowding the treasurer's office to pay about $94 million in property tax bills that came

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