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Three items caught our eye this week. One involved the City Council, one an educational opportunity for elementary-school girls and one the national reputation of Southern Oregon University.First, city councilors did exactly the right thing Tuesday night when they opted to start fresh next year in collecting the city's sales tax on prepared food from vendors at the Growers Market. The food vendors always had been required to collect the tax from customers and pass it on to the city,...

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Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

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

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Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school...

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A new pump station approved last week for the Talent-Ashland-Phoenix pipeline could eventually deliver to Ashland up to 3 million gallons of water a day in an emergency.The TAP project, completed in August, links Ashland to the Medford...

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Tuesday, 11:58 a.m. — A 47-year-old man was arrested on a warrant charging failure to appear on DUII charge in the first block of North Main Street.Tuesday, 11:59 a.m. — A 49-year-old man was arrested on a charge of...

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Kudos to environmental scientist Mary Heather Noble. She is the winner of the Ashland Creek Press Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature for her manuscript, “Plumes: On Contamination of Homes and Habitat.”Ashland...

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Friday, Dec. 19Danielle Kelly & Paul Turnipseed: The vocal and guitar duo will perform soul, jazz and standards from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call...

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By Peter BeckerMore Content NowAsk almost any child in Western society about what the North Pole means to them and you will likely hear it is the abode of one Mr. Claus; the domicile of eight or nine reindeer, an assortment...

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Local author and publisher Steven Scholl will present "Wine Symbolism in the Mystical Poems of Hafiz, with an Apertif of Rumi Quatrains" during this month's Friday Words and Wine event at the Weisinger Family Winery tasting room.When: 6 to...

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In this week’s edition of App Finder, we highlight the 2014’s most popular iPhone apps. Check out the App Store for more on each app, and stay tuned for next week’s roundup of 2014’s most popular Android apps.

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