Thursday, December 31, 2015

What in the World—Looking back at 2015's headlines

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 11:08 AM

It will be hard to forget 2015. Several mass shootings took place in the US (VOX), 31 American troops and seven Afghan troops were killed in Afghanistan after their helicopter was shot down—making it the deadliest day in the 10 year conflict (NBC). The war in Syria has displaced nearly 12 million people—which is the largest number of immigrants to flee to Europe since World War II(The Washington Post), and social injustice news dominates daily headlines (The Atlantic). 

And while this year was marked with loss and tragedy, some great news also made headlines. The Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states (NPR). Nasa snapped some epic photos of the nonplanet Pluto (The New York Times). No new cases of ebola have been reported as of Dec. 20, according to the BBC. After the Charleston church shooting, 20,000 people gathered on the Ravenel bridge for the Bridge to Peace event (The Post & Courier). And finally, big news for the planet as 195 nations signed a climate deal at the Paris climate talks committing to monitor and report their carbon emissions (The New York Times). 


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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 12/30/15

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM

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Pacific Northwest snowpack levels above normal

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 7:31 AM

The Pacific Northwest snowpack levels are far above their normal levels this year. That’s according to the latest numbers released by the National Weather Center in Portland. The data shows some areas are at 150 percent of normal. Central Oregon is 143 percent of normal while certain locations in southern Oregon have more than 200 percent of average snowpack. Last winter, above average temperatures were responsible for the lack of snow in the region. (KLCC)

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ruling allows Navajo Nation to continue its lawsuit against Urban Outfitters

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 11:13 AM

The Navajo Nation’s lawsuit against retailer Urban Outfitters has been upheld by a federal court judge. In 2012, the tribe filed suit against the clothing store in New Mexico’s U.S. District Court after accessories and clothing labeled Navajo were sold in stores and online. U.S. District Judge Bruce D. Black decided the suit could continue citing the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which was established to safeguard Native American culture property by Congress in 1935. According to the AP, court documents filed by Urban Outfitters stated that “the tribe lacks standing to the claims because it cannot show injury in fact,” but Black’s ruling allows the tribe’s suit to move forward citing it had shown “injury in fact.” (AP/KNAU) Urban Outfitters no longer sells Navajo branded clothing on its website.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 12/23/15

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Oregon's new automatic voting registration law begins Jan. 1

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 11:05 AM

On Jan. 1, Oregon’s new automatic voter registration law goes into effect. It’s the first automatic voting registration law in the U.S. Anyone who renews or obtains a new Oregon ID or driver’s license will be automatically registered if they are eligible to vote. People who wish to opt out of the registration system have three weeks after being enrolled. The law is expected to bring in tens of thousands of new voters each month, according to OPB. (OBP)
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 12/16/15

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Karma is very real for Martin Shkreli

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 1:43 PM


Poor Martin Shkreli. The chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc is having one hell of a year. First he becomes the target of the American media and becomes the most hated man in the country for raising the price of life saving AIDS medication by 5000 percent.
Then he purchases the only copy of a legendary Wu-Tang Clan album for $2 Million, followed by the founder of Wu-Tang, RZA, openly speaking out against him just days later. Now Martin is beefing with RZA as the world watches and laughs.
But then today hits, in what some might call an early Christmas present to the world, Shkreli is arrested for fraud by the FBI. According to Reuters, the indictment says he made false representations to MSMB investors to draw in over 3 million in investments. To pay back investors Shkreli and an accomplice misappropriated 11 million in assets and sham investment deals. The truly sad part of the whole thing: now poor, poor Shkreli won't be able to see Star Wars tonight. Karma is real, America.. Be nice.
Just in case you think I'm being harsh, here is a quote from Shkreli when asked him if he would consider sharing the Wu-Tang album with the world: " I’m not going to play it for no reason. If Taylor Swift wants to come over and suck my dick, I’ll play it for her" Classy all the way to prison. 
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Google Releases the Top Searches for 2015

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 10:31 AM

At the end of the year Goggle summarizes what people globally were searching for over the last twelve months, in their Year of Search. 

Here are the top overall global searches for 2015:

1. Lamar Odom 
2. Charlie Hebdo
4. Jurassic World
5. Paris
6. Furious 7
7. Fallout 4
8. Ronda Rousey
9. Caitlyn Jenner
10. American Sniper

The top Google searches for the United States in 2015 was fairly similar:

1. Lamar Odom
2. Jurassic World
3. American Sniper
4. Caitlyn Jenner
5. Ronda Rousey
6. Paris
8. Chris Kyle
9. Fallout 4
10. Straight Outta Compton

Google has also made a microsite for searchers to explore these topics further. 
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Troy Field Hearing Date Change

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM

The Troy Field public hearing has been changed for a third time. Communications Director Justin Finestone said in an email that the hearing date was changed again because the City received several public comments asking for an afternoon hearing so that people interested wouldn't have to miss work. Finestone said the hearing will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the Deschutes Services Building, which will accommodate more people than the City Council chambers. 

Troy Field Public Hearing
Deschutes Services Building, 1300 NW Wall Street
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 4:00 PM in the Barnes and Sawyer Meeting Rooms 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 12/9/15

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Donald Trump Wants to Ban Muslims from Entering the US

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

At a rally in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina yesterday, Donald Trump announced that he wants to ban Muslims from entering the United States. "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," he said to a cheering crowd. He also suggested that people should have reported the San Bernardino shooters sooner. "I watched the next door neighbor saying 'oh well we didn't report them because we didn't want to racially profile' or 'we didn't want to profile'," he said. "Give me a break." (NBC)

Mount Pleasant is a few miles north of Charleston, South Carolina where nine African Americans were killed by a white gunman in June while attending a church service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal. (CBS)
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