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Clemency granted

President Barack Obama has granted clemency to 20 people, including two from Oregon.

Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

Arts and entertainment calendar

Arts and entertainment calendar from Dec. 18, 2014.

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Rat Rods: Vintage vehicles make rusty rides

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — Peter Duvaloois' rat rods are way cooler than your car.

TD harriers perform well at West regionals

The Dalles High Cross Country harriers Jony Nelson, Emily Morin and Avery Cardosi kept their offseason running schedule intact with a tough test.

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Hawks hit the mats in La Grande

Linebarger goes 3-1 to score second place; three others win at Muilenburg Classic

Riverhawk swimmers take another step forward

15 athletes stake claim to personal records in St. Helens

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Editorial cartoons from Dec. 18

Editorial cartoons from Dec. 18, 2014

Letter to the editor: Kudos to Griffith

To the editor: Kudos to Dave Griffith for choosing to close on Sundays. This will allow his employees to have an extra day to spend with their families.

Letter to the editor: Christmas memory

To the editor: It was Christmas, 1945. WWII was over and my dad, Benjamin E. Veatch was a Marine aboard a ship docked in Shanghai harbor, China. He and fellow Marines were longing for home after serving their country. Dad was eager to get back to his young family in Mosier, Oregon.

Letter to the editor: A big thank you

To the editor: A very belated, nevertheless majorly huge thank you to Captain Ed Goodman, of The Dalles police, nameless passersby, two PUD young gentlemen who helped tremendously and took our dog to the vet while we were in the ER at MCMC, to the EMTs and all those others who helped when our vehicle went over the bank on Interstate 84.

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Editorial: Drop costly state clean fuels program

The Oregon Legislature seems likely to give yet another lease on life to the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, even though its best option would be to simply kill it — and it has an easy way to do exactly that.

Senators vote no on spending bill

Walden said measure was a bipartisan compromise

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Ranchers gain ‘big wins’ in fed budget

Walden says $1M in wolf funding is one benefit

For the record from Dec. 18

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Dec. 18, 2014.

Dufur girls lose one in Heppner

Still in the early parts of the regular season, the Dufur girls’ basketball team is in the midst of finding a rhythm and flow to the game.

Rangers hit the court

Boys squad goes 1-1 at Heppner Kickoff Tournament

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Huskies finish strong against Lyle

Girls team shakes off cobwebs in second half, but comes up 10 points short

Holiday fun

Christmas is just around the corner and parents can add to the excitement of the season by taking their children to the “Santa in the Downtown” event on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Community members are invited by The Dalles Main Street to have their picture taken with Santa, enjoy sleigh rides, sip hot chocolate, and savor baked goods while enjoying story time.

Body of missing man found in Wasco County

The remains of a Portland man were found Monday about one mile from his vehicle in Mosier and Wasco County Chief Deputy Lane Magill said there was no evidence of foul play. Magill said Joseph Sizemore, 42, had been reported missing by his family on Sept. 7.

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