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December 20th, 2014

The Willamette Valley Wineries Association Food Drive just kicked off this month.  Bring two cans of food to our tasting room and get 10% off your purchase now through December 20th.  You can also donate funds online and help Team Carlton move from second place to first.  (Click Team Carlton in the roster on the [...]

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December 19th, 2014

My friend Theresa at D’-Tail Pet Grooming on Washington St. had one of her own dogs pass away recently. Mavis the pug was something of a mascot at the shop, and never let her paralyzed back legs stop her from doing whatever she chose to do. Theresa honored Mavis with this adorable holiday window display, […]

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Deodorant. Cup Noodles. Lip balm. A bag of candy. Socks. Tea. A toothbrush and tube of toothpaste. Microwave popcorn. A $3 gift certificate to Dutch Bros.

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Today Funko announced that Frozen Series 2 Pop! Vinyl figures and Frozen Mystery Minis will be coming to a store near you in February 2015. The new Pop! figures are Young Elsa and Anna along with Coronation Elsa and Anna plus Summer Olaf! Funko will also be releasing Frozen Mystery Minis. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, […

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Beginning this Friday, December 19th, 2014 and lasting until 11:59 PM Monday evening, December 22nd, 2014, Dark Hall Mansion will make its Standard edition Laurent Durieux “It’s a Wonderful Life” print available to all buyers via a timed edition. For those not familiar with timed editions the process is qu

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Today MONDO will release a poster by Anne Benjamin for the film Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The film opens on Christmas Day and you can view the trailer here. This is MONDO’s final release of 2014. Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster [

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Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this v

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December 18th, 2014

Meet MiP, the balancing robot from WowWee ($100). Perched atop unique dual wheels, this multifunctional and autonomous robot is more than just a toy. Powered by an iOS or Android smartphone, your eyes will light up at what MiP can do. MiP responds to motions, be it your hand or an object. Your new buddy […]

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SALEM — John Anthony Duran, 36, was charged with first-degree manslaughter Thursday for allegedly starting the fire that caused the death of his father at their duplex just north of Jefferson.

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On Saturday, the Corvallis Repertory Singers sing out with Christmas and holiday cheer in their annual “Candlelight & Carols” winter concert. It’s a tradition — something the Repertory Sin…

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This snowman was a-swingin’ on a swing in a yard on 6th Ave. the other night. I think it’s great he can take time out to have a little fun, especially since it’s been relatively warm here lately, and there’s no snow to be seen. We’d all do well to remember to have a bit […] The

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Barnes & Noble at The Grove is honored to welcome legendary comic creator, Stan Lee, when he visits on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2PM, to discuss Convergence. In his first prose novel, factions, each comprised of people who harness animal power from the Chinese zodiac, fight to control the fate of the world. (This [&

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December 17th, 2014

More than four years after the arson fire that damaged the Salman Al-Farisi Mosque in Corvallis, religious leaders and law enforcement gathered once more on Wednesday, to remember. They came t…

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PORTLAND — LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-97 Wednesday night with both teams …

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JEFFERSON — An 81-year-old man died in a fire early Wednesday morning at his duplex, and his son was arrested on second-degree manslaughter and other charges later that day.

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A damaged car is hoisted up by a tow truck on Circle Boulevard near Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday evening. Multiple police and fire crews were on hand after six vehicles were involved in two cr…

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By some strange cosmic turn, the minds of 3 Leg Torso and the Wanderlust Circus simultaneously lit up with the same brilliant vision.

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"The Interview" stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as TV journalists involved in a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea

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Well, really late fall day if you’re goi

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Looking for a holiday cocktail to make at home or try around town? We have 20 ideas from local bartenders.

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Holdfast, the modernist-bent pop-up from chefs Will Preisch and Joel Stocks, will be moving soon.

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Find out more about this year's diverse mix of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

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"The Interview" stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as TV journalists enlisted by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un.

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Looking for something to do right before the holidays? Our weekly restaurant and bar events listing has something for everyone.

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Local fans of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" are getting an extra gift this weekend -- a visit from one half of the award-winning sketch comedy duo.

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The deck may be in our favor. One way HeyLets ranked states is by counting the number of times folks shared vacation photos. And why would Oregonians need to vacation elsewhere?

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My favorite TV holiday tradition is coming to an end with the Dec. 19 "Late Show with David Letterman," as Darlene Love performs "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for the last time on Letterman's show.

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After nearly 1,000 votes, an indie rock veteran topped our annual album poll.

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I've covered live events in and around Portland all year -- here are my best photos from 2014.

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On Wednesday, the U.S. and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of animosity and import embargoes.

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This six-episode series examines, with scathing insight and dark humor, the myriad ways technology brings out the worst in people.

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Welcome to Best Bets, a weekly column in which the Oregonian's arts desk separates the wheat from the chaff of upcoming theater, classical and dance performances.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America's…

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This rich and comforting Italian dish is decadent without being too fussy. That makes it perfect for Christmas, New Year's Eve, or other celebratory meals.

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Coconut is a favorite holiday flavor, and here it's paired with rich chocolate in a pie featuring a crust made of shredded coconut and butter.

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Cider fans will want to swing by Bushwhacker Cider tonight for some rare treats from Finnriver Farms.

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The Restaurant Crawl: A (somewhat) regular roundup of (mostly) national restaurant news, links, video and more.

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For one group of women, consisting of entrepreneurs, lawyers, an engineer and a realtor, among others, bubbly isn't merely a sensory and social delight. It's also a cerebral exercise.

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The town Christmas tree has a new location this year, and is now a live tree in front of Regis High School on Regis St. I missed the lighting ceremony a couple of weekends ago, so I’m glad I finally got a chance to get a shot of it. The post

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In June of 1962, three men escaped from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, pushing off from the banks of the small island and disappearing into the night. They were never seen again.

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Hobbits don't have beards.

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At this phase of the holiday season, I find myself flipping through the tried-and-true section of my recipe collection, ever on the hunt for stress-free creations that will fulfill any of the …

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DC Collectibles announces a 12 inch statue featuring the Joker and Harley Quinn in a very recognizable pose. Both Harley and the Joker appear in their original brightly colored costumes. The statue’s sculpt is highly detailed and presents a wonderful representation of the original art design. This highly detailed statue o

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December 16th, 2014

Backers of a measure to ban genetically engineered crops in Benton County delivered a stack of initiative petitions, tied up with red ribbon and topped with a festive bow, to Elections Supervi…

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The addition to the grade school is looking pretty good. I last posted a photo of it in October. The insides of the rooms appear to be unfinished, but it’s coming along nicely. The post Even More Progress appeared first

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Today MONDO will release Aaron Horkey’s The Fellowship of the Ring, closing out his Lord of the Rings poster series that’s been three years in the making. The poster depicts Gandalf’s battle against the Balrog in the Mines of Moria with an incredible attention to detail. Additionally, timed with the

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December 15th, 2014

If Gary Payton II didn’t have a famous father, he might not have the second triple-double in Oregon State men’s basketball history.

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It didn’t rain today, so I took the

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Oregon State University researchers studying tiny marine organisms have a big problem: how to efficiently identify and classify the myriad types of plankton captured in tens of millions of pho…

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SYDNEY — The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, too…

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