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December 2013

Vandals strike Obama plaque at Nobel Peace Park in Eugene

Someone carved an obscenity into the plaque honoring President Barack Obama’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize at a park honoring all of America’s winners of the award.

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Fire destroys family’s piece of the American Dream

A fire destroyed all of the Kersteter-Johnson family’s photographs and clothes as it burned through their piece of the American Dream on December 29.

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Ducks Enter Tough Pac 12 Conference – Escape Road Mostly Unscathed

The Oregon Ducks Football team just finished off an 11-2 season with a 30-7 victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl. Now that their season is complete it’s time to focus on another sport that is worthy of your attention. The Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs are off to solid starts in 2013 and look to continue into the new year.

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A Life Cut Short – Be Safe As You Ring In This New Year

I began to beat him with my fists, screaming at him that it wasn’t true! “You’re lying to me” I yelled at him; the tears rolling down my face

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Vern Gray "Untitled" 12 x 16 Acrylic on Wood

December 31 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines

Tim Chuey: Cloudy with patchy fog and a slight (20%) chance of rain this afternoon, Minimum Wage increase, ER lawsuit, dog rescued from fire, Rowe Frosh of the Week again, Ducks take down Texas

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OSU wins role in testing unmanned aerial systems

A “Pan-Pacific Test Site” with locations in Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii, is among six sites designated Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration to help test and develop unmanned aerial systems.

Oregon State University is one of the partners in the Pan-Pacific Test Site, OSU officials said, along with the University of Alaska, the lead partner in the site.

Rick Spinrad, vice president for research at OSU, said the announcement is a big deal for the university — and for the growing unmanned aerial industry in Oregon. “This will be a terrific asset for our researchers and students,” Spinrad told the Gazette-Times Tuesday morning.

Three areas in Oregon already are designated for use in the new test site: The Warm Springs Reservation in the central Oregon Cascade Range, the Pacific Ocean off Tillamook and areas near Pendleton.

The addition of sites in Hawaii and Alaska in the Pan-Pacific Test Site means that researchers can access a wide variety of terrain for testing the unmanned flights.

The designation as one of the six national test sites means that researchers and others can stage flights in those areas without going through the cumbersome process of getting certificates from the FAA for individual flights.

Congress has charged the FAA with integrating the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles into the nation’s skies by 2015. The six test sites will explore issues involving airspace use, safety, certification, technological development, environmental and human factors and other issues.

The other sites announced Monday include universities or facilities in Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia.

See Wednesday’s Gazette-Times for more details. 

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FishDuck Post-Bowl Commentary

I hesitate to state that Oregon’s Alamo Bowl was tainted, but it had to generate the most ambivalence of any Duck football post-season game I’ve watched.  I can’t decide if I’m excited or forlorn, which is a curious state in and of itself, for a fan as intense as I — and what you deserve.  Tuesday morning is generally when my analysis …

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Oregon Ducks Take Down Texas in the Alamo Bowl

The Oregon Ducks defeat the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl in Nick Aliotti’s final game as defensive coordinator.

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