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By the Rev. Tim SchenckMore Content NowPerfection is overrated. In general, yes, but specifically when it comes to Christmas pageants. I mean, who doesn’t love bloopers at the Christmas Eve pageant service? I don’t mean a Clark Griswold blow-up-the-Christmas-tree disaster, but Mary dropping the “holy doll” or one of the shepherds going off script never fails to bring a smile.I’ve witnessed my fair share of extracurricular...

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

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Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hairstylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.

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MURPHY — Hidden Valley broke out of the gates quickly and never trailed in pulling away from Eagle Point, 56-34, in nonconference boys basketball action Wednesday night.The Mustangs (6-2) notched their fourth straight victory by...

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PORTLAND — Thomas Robinson was rewarded with a standing ovation during his very first NBA start.Robinson had 15 points and 16 rebounds while starting in place of injured center Robin Lopez, sparking the Portland Trail Blazers to a...

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EUGENE — Oregon unveiled its tallest player, 6-foot-10 center Michael Chandler, and he scored 13 points off the bench to help lead the Ducks to a 79-56 victory over Cal State Northridge on Wednesday night.Chandler, a junior college...

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When the trains start running through Ashland again, will there be oil trains or passengers?— Dave H., AshlandWell, Dave, we have a very short answer for you, followed by some...

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Thursday, Dec. 18Mah Jongg: Experienced and beginner adults 50 and older are invited to play Mah Jongg, a tile game of Chinese origin, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., Ashland.

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FridaySouthern Oregon Concert Band: The community band, directed by Martin Behnke, will present "Faces of the Holiday Season," its annual holiday concert featuring handbell quartet Tintinnabulation and The Rogue Trombones, at 7 p.m.

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Dec. 18, 1914Loris Martin, notorious game poacher, and for years defiant of game laws, slayer of Game Warden A.S. Hubbard at his cabin nine miles east of Trail yesterday afternoon, is in the county jail, and the body of the victim lies...

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News of dangerous diseases diagnosed in Jackson County has health officials concerned, and for good reason. It should concern parents, too, but too many still resist vaccinating their children.The Jackson County Public Health Division has...

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