The Daily Astorian | The Daily Astorian Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:31:45 -0400 en The Daily Astorian | Globe launching documentary film series Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:52 -0400 BOSTON (AP) The Boston Globe is getting into the documentary film business.

The newspaper says it's launching a new series of documentary films, and it also plans to present a documentary film festival next year.

Its new GlobeDocs series was kicking off Thursday evening with a screening of "The Irish Pub" at Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Janice Page, the Globe's movies editor and deputy managing editor for features, calls New England "a hotbed of outstanding documentary filmmaking." Page said the Globe hopes the new series will get people talking about people, places and ideas.

The newspaper said the series will expose New Englanders to films they otherwise might not have an opportunity to see.

Guantanamo prisoners in protest over women guards Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:30 -0400 MIAMI (AP) Some prisoners in the highest-security unit of the Guantanamo Bay detention center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them around the U.S. base in Cuba, lawyers for the men say.

Prisoners designated by the government as "high-value detainees" because of their alleged involvement in terrorism recently began refusing to meet with defense lawyers appointed by the Pentagon to defend them against war crimes charges unless the military agrees to use only men to escort them to meetings, according to several lawyers involved.

The men are devout Muslims and their religious beliefs include a prohibition against physical contact with women who aren't related to them. Marine Corps Maj. Derek Poteet, who represents accused terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, said his client refused a meeting Thursday because of the use of female guards for escort duty, a practice that was halted in 2007 but recent resumed.

Lawyers for Mohammed, who is charged with orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack and other prisoners have asked the military to agree to use only men for the duty but so far not gotten a response.

"We are not asking for anything new," he said. "We are asking to go back to where it was, when they respected and accommodated their religious objection to being touched against their will by a member of the opposite sex."

The protest is confined to Camp 7, a section of Guantanamo thought to hold about 15 of the so-called high value detainees and it is not publicly known how many are involved or how often they have refused to leave their cells for a legal, medical or other appointment that would require an escort. The U.S. holds a total of 149 prisoners, a majority of whom live in a communal setting that requires little to no physical contact with troops.

Lawyers for high-value prisoners have been reluctant to speak in detail about the protest, in part because they realize their clients are unlikely to engender much public sympathy. But they also say it's a serious issue for the detainees.

"It is a religious sensitivity that is well-grounded in religious belief and no detaining power can abuse that," said Walter Ruiz, who represents Mustafa al-Hawsawi, another of the defendants in the Sept. 11 case.

U.S. officials have long touted the military's respect for religious belief at Guantanamo, where each cell is adorned with an arrow pointing in the direction of Mecca for daily prayers and special meals are served during the holy period of Ramadan. A base spokesman, Navy Capt. Thomas Gresback, wouldn't discuss the objection to female escorts in any detail, declining even to confirm whether there has been a protest but said there are no changes planned.

"We have no intentions of changing the assignments of the members of the ... guard force based on gender," Gresback said.

The legal team that represents another Sept. 11 defendant, Walid bin Attash, has filed a legal challenge to the female escorts, arguing that it violates his constitutionally protected religious freedom. Prosecutors have not responded and no hearing has been scheduled on the issue. Lawyers say the dispute is likely to add further delay to proceedings that have been stalled repeatedly since the arraignment in May 2012 if they can't meet with their clients to discuss defense efforts. "I will be down there next week and I hope it's not a wasted trip," Poteet said.

Stolen life-sized plastic horse recovered Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:19 -0400 TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) A life-sized, molded plastic horse that vanished from atop a south-central Idaho store in Twin Falls earlier this week has been recovered.

Vickers Western Store owner Jim Vickers tells The Times-News ( that a young man called Thursday morning to say they spotted the horse near Devil's Corral in Jerome County.

Vickers says he went out and retrieved the horse that needs a few repairs but will soon be back atop the store.

The horse that's been on the store's roof in Twin Falls since 1962 vanished Monday night.

Vickers says the horse isn't worth much money but it has great historic value.


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Burrito chain urged to drop 'illegal' from name Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:31 -0400 FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Some people are urging the Colorado burrito chain Illegal Pete's to change its name because of the way the word "illegal" has been used to describe immigrants.

The Coloradan ( ) reports that about 30 people gathered in Fort Collins Wednesday to ask owner Pete Turner to change the name of the chain, which is about to open an outlet there.

It's part of a bigger campaign nationally against what critics refer to as the "I-word." They think using the word to describe a person is dehumanizing.

Turner says the name is a reference to a novel he read in college and that "Pete" refers to his name and his father's.

Protesters likened the name to a racial slur used against African-Americans or hanging a Confederate flag in the restaurant's window.


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WKU's Doughty close to breaking own school records Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:33 -0400 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Western Kentucky senior quarterback Brandon Doughty is happy breaking his school passing records if it helps the Hilltoppers get a win.

And WKU (2-4, 0-3 Conference USA) definitely is need of a victory.

Doughty enters Saturday's game against Old Dominion (3-4, 1-3) as the nation's No. 2 passer and needs 358 yards to break his single-season mark set last season (2,857). He's four touchdowns shy of breaking Kawaun Jakes' school record of 22 set in 2012.

Doughty's goal this weekend is turning all of the offensive success into WKU's first C-USA win and ending a two-game slide.

"Records are nice and all, but I'd give up all those numbers for victories," Doughty said. "We have to find a way to start winning football games."

WKU aims to finish better after blowing double-digit halftime leads in back-to-back losses. The Hilltoppers' offense has scored just one second-half TD in both of their past two games.

WKU's 31-14 lead at Florida Atlantic ended in a 45-38 defeat as the Hilltoppers gained just 99 yards after halftime. UAB scored 21 unanswered points to erase a 27-14 deficit in its 42-39 comeback victory.

First-year WKU coach Jeff Brohm said he won't ask more from Doughty to bail out the Hilltoppers. Brohm's mission is getting a backfield averaging 130 yards rushing per game to contribute more toward balancing things out.

"We need to take a little pressure off of (Doughty) and we need to utilize Leon Allen and Ace Wales and find ways to run the ball and get the ball in their hands," Brohm said. "If you ask a pocket quarterback to do everything, that's hard to do."

Doughty is certainly doing his part for an offense ranked fifth nationally at 547 yards per game.

He averages 416.7 yards per game, success that he chalks up to an experienced receivers corps and a second season under Brohm, who served as offensive coordinator/QBs coach under Bobby Petrino last season.

WKU is among three teams with six different receivers having 20 or more catches; three have more than 30 receptions. Four Hilltoppers receivers rank in the top 10 of C-USA in receptions per game.

Their contributions have put Doughty on the brink of adding to his own records, which he couldn't have imagined after throwing eight interceptions in a three-game stretch early last season. Doughty rebounded to lead WKU to four straight wins to close last season and will look to those targets to get the Hilltoppers rolling again.

"I think it says more about the players around me," Doughty said of his achievements, referencing new NFL career TD passes leader Peyton Manning when talking about the team effort.

"He said that someone has to call the play, the offensive line has to block, and the receivers have to catch the ball. So there's a lot that goes into it.

"Those guys work really hard to get open and block for each other to get yards. It's fun to throw to those guys and let them go to work."

Detectives find body in brush south of Seattle Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:19 -0400 SEATTLE (AP) King County detectives working on a missing person case found a body Thursday in a brushy area behind homes in the White Center area south of Seattle.

The sheriff's detectives were investigating a tip that a woman had been killed earlier this year in nearby Burien.

The county medical examiner's office is working to identify the body.

Allegiant flight returns safely to Vegas airport Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:20 -0400 LAS VEGAS (AP) An Allegiant Airlines flight returned shortly after takeoff to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a report of possible engine trouble.

Allegiant spokesman Micah Lillard says flight 580 took off for Bellingham, Washington, about 9 a.m. Thursday and landed safely just than 15 minutes later, after the crew reported unusual vibrations in the left engine.

Lillard says the twin-engine Boeing 757 had 129 passengers and seven crew members aboard.

No injuries were reported.

Lillard says passengers boarded a replacement aircraft that departed Las Vegas for Washington state just before noon.

Hackenberg, captains regroup Penn St. amid losses Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:41 -0400 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State's captains called the team together during an off week to address its two consecutive losses. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg says it helped steer the Nittany Lions in the right direction as it prepares to face Nov. 13 Ohio State.

The sophomore, in a job with equal parts responsibility and adversity, is facing the pressure of rejuvenating an offense that has scored only two touchdowns in three Big Ten games.

Despite engineering early-season, game-winning drives against Central Florida and Rutgers, Hackenberg has faced intense pressure, including 20 sacks and plenty of knockdowns.

Penn State (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) has dropped consecutive games to Northwestern and Michigan after four straight victories. Next up on Saturday is a home game against No. 13 Ohio State (5-1, 2-0), a team that has won 18 straight conference games and defeated the Nittany Lions 63-14 last season in Columbus.

Hackenberg said he and the other captains called the meeting to clear the air.

"A lot of us had to get some things off our chest and we did," Hackenberg said. "I think that was good. I think it was establishing the expectations again and making sure that we're doing everything we can and making sure that we get the job done.

"There were a good amount of guys that spoke," he said. "We're moving in the right direction."

It's another step in the 19-year-old's growth as a leader. Hackenberg remained committed to Penn State out of high school in Fork Union, Virginia, despite NCAA scholarship sanctions levied during the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

He played one season under Bill O'Brien before O'Brien left coach the Houston Texans, then adjusted to coach James Franklin and a new coaching staff.

Hackenberg threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 20 touchdown passes as a freshman but has only five TD passes this year. He tossed 10 interceptions in 12 games last season; this year he has seven during the first six games.

He's playing behind an offensive line that has just two scholarship players, including a redshirt freshman. But he leads the Big Ten in passing yards at nearly 273 per game, already has set three Penn State records and continues to impress Franklin.

"When you're having some challenges and having some issues, how you handle that really shows people's true colors," Franklin said. "Christian's a guy who's been great about taking responsibility, about asking, 'What can I do better, what can I do more of, how can I help this team be successful?'"

Hackenberg has been openly frustrated at his unit's lack of consistency and inability to establish a running game, but he relishes his role as a leader.

"Especially at a place like Penn State, there haven't been many other guys (sophomores) to do that, and it's an incredible honor for me," he said. "I just continue to do my job the best I can and hold everyone to a higher standard and hold myself to that standard as well. If you're not holding yourself to that standard, they're not really going to follow you."

Optimism remains high, Hackenberg said, even with a potent Buckeye team looming.

"We're almost there; it's right there," he said. "You can't give up on it. When guys do that, you lose all progress that you've made. And these guys won't do that."

Arizona near-unanimous pick by media to win Pac-12 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:25 -0400 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Just about everybody agrees except for one person, apparently that Arizona is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 again this season.

How everything else shakes out is up for debate.

The Wildcats were the near-unanimous choice to win the conference Thursday, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes in the preseason media poll. Utah was picked second and Colorado third by reporters who cover the league. UCLA, which was chosen fourth, received the other first-place vote.

"I could see where Arizona is the unanimous or almost unanimous No. 1 pick. I think that's clear-cut," rival Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said. "As for the rest of the league, you could probably put everybody in a hat, shake it up and have just as good a chance at predicting the order of finish as we are able to do sitting here."

Following UCLA in the poll is Stanford, Washington, California, Oregon, Arizona State, Southern California, Washington State and Oregon State.

In what figures to be a rebuilding year for most of the league, Arizona should keep the conference relevant.

The Wildcats are No. 2 in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll, the only Pac-12 team that's ranked. The Associated Press preseason poll will be released Oct. 31.

Arizona won the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles before finishing one shot shy of the Final Four, falling 64-63 in an overtime thriller to Wisconsin. The Wildcats lost Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Johnson and fourth-overall pick Aaron Gordon to the NBA, but coach Sean Miller still has a ton of talent in Tucson.

Forwards Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will lead the way for the Wildcats along with center Kaleb Tarczewski, point guard T.J. McConnell and guard Gabe York. Standout freshman Stanley Johnson also should contribute immediately.

"We're excited about our season," Miller said. "We've been together a brief period of time, but I think we have the makings of a team that can go on and do some great things."

The Pac-12 put six teams in the NCAA tournament last season, three reached the round of 16 and Arizona was the only one that advanced to the regional finals. If the conference wants to continue the strong showing this year, new stars will need to emerge after most of the best players departed.

Nine players from the Pac-12 were taken in the NBA draft, tying the Atlantic Coast Conference for the most of any league.

UCLA had three players Zach LaVine, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson selected in the first round, and its heralded recruiting class was hit with a couple of big blows. The NCAA ruled freshman Jonah Bolden academically ineligible to play this season, and Colorado State transfer Jon Octeus was reportedly denied admission before ending up at Purdue.

Of course, no team in the country had a worse offseason than Oregon.

The Ducks lost five players to graduation, then dismissed Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin after a student filed a police report alleging she was sexually assaulted by the players. Prosecutors decided there wasn't enough evidence to criminally charge the players, who said the sexual contact was consensual.

Oregon coach Dana Altman said it will be a challenging season with depth and experience issues and the toughest task for him will be managing the "ups and downs."

The conference's newest members Utah and Colorado could be Arizona's toughest competition.

Utah, picked to finish last two years ago, has improved every season under fourth-year coach Larry Krystkowiak. The Utes are coming off their first winning season since 2008-09, and Delon Wright is among the best players in the Pac-12.

Colorado returns all of its key contributors except for guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in January. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in June.

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins guided his team to a surprising run to the Sweet 16, earning him an undisclosed extension. But the Cardinal had two players Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell taken in the draft, leaving point guard Chasson Randle with a lot of unproven teammates to support.

Arizona State, Washington and USC all face difficult climbs up the conference. And the league's three new coaches California's Cuonzo Martin, Oregon State's Wayne Tinkle and Washington State's Ernie Kent are hoping to inject energy into their underperforming programs.

"I feel like I've been a big bear in hibernation," said Kent, who returns to the sideline after working as a broadcast analyst for the Pac-12 Networks. "And now you get a chance to come out and eat."


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Titans' Lewan expected to avoid assault case trial Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:42 -0400 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) A lawyer for Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan says he expects to reach a deal with prosecutors that would allow his client to avoid trial in a Michigan assault case.

During a hearing Thursday in Ann Arbor, both sides asked a judge to cancel next week's trial.

Defense attorney John Shea says the request was made "in anticipation of a resolution of the case to be placed on the record next Thursday."

Lewan is a former Michigan offensive tackle. He's accused of punching an Ohio State fan after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season.

Lewan says he was breaking up a dispute and wasn't involved in a fight.

He's charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery.

Titans: Rookie Zach Mettenberger will start at QB Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:34 -0400 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday and feels this is an opportunity to see what the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU can do.

The Titans had stuck with Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011, since hiring Whisenhunt in January. But Locker has missed 17 of a possible 39 starts and finished only three games this season because of injuries.

Mettenberger will become the fourth rookie quarterback to start this season , the third quarterback for Whisenhunt.

Mettenberger dropped to the sixth round after tearing his left ACL on Nov. 29 playing for LSU but led the NFL this preseason with 659 yards passing.

Whisenhunt had promised he would be more patient with quarterbacks in his second time around as an NFL coach. He reached the 2009 Super Bowl in Arizona with Kurt Warner, but the coach cycled through quarterbacks after the veteran left. Whisenhunt started Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and finally Brian Hoyer in his final season in 2012.

Once in Tennessee, he inherited Locker who was coming off a Lisfranc injury to his right foot that cost him the final seven games of the 2013 season. The Titans did not pick up Locker's option for 2015 in May, even as they stood behind him as their starter.

But Locker hurt his right wrist in a loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 21. He missed a loss at Indianapolis and then started Oct. 5 against Cleveland where he threw for a touchdown and ran for another TD before hurting his right thumb on a helmet. Charlie Whitehurst, now in his ninth season, started three of the past four games with the Titans losing two of those. They failed to hold a late lead last week in losing 19-17 at Washington.

Fans have been clamoring to see Mettenberger with the Titans losing five of their last six. This franchise also needs to give people a reason to use their tickets and come to the stadium where they have won only two of their last nine home games.

Mettenberger fits the profile of the quarterback Whisenhunt has had the most success with in Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh. Mettenberger is 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds who can stand in the pocket, and he has a strong arm throwing for 3,082 yards last season at LSU. With Locker's injured thumb, Mettenberger also had taken some practice work with the starters over the past two weeks.

He will be the first rookie this franchise has started since 2010 when Rusty Smith started at Houston when Vince Young had just been placed on injured reserve and veteran Kerry Collins was hurt. Smith lost 20-0.



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Federer beats Istomin in Swiss Indoors 2nd round Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:29 -0400 BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Top-seeded Roger Federer again had to fight back from a set down before beating Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors on Thursday.

Federer struggled in the opening set, and even walked toward his chair early in the first game before realizing there was still a point to play.

Istomin had taken just a set off Federer in five previous meetings, last year in Basel, but the Uzbekistan player took the lead after breaking in the sixth game.

However, Federer fought back and clinched the match with a love service game, much to the delight of the home crowd.

He next faces either Vasek Pospisil of Canada or fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

Didier drops lawsuit over campaign Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:14 -0400 SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Republican U.S. House candidate Clint Didier has dropped his federal lawsuit against a volunteer for his opponent's campaign over an alleged misuse of state resources.

Didier had originally sued opponent Dan Newhouse, also a Republican seeking the House seat from central Washington, plus Newhouse's campaign and volunteer Christopher Voigt, who is the executive director of the state's Potato Commission.

The Spokesman-Review says U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice had ordered Didier to be deposed on Friday by attorneys for Voigt and the potato commission, but Didier dropped the lawsuit on Thursday.

Newhouse and his campaign had already been dropped from the lawsuit on Oct. 16.

Didier had contended that Voigt used his commission account to send emails encouraging people to attend a Newhouse fundraiser and donate to his campaign.


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AP Top Entertainment News At 2:47 p.m. EDT Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:47 -0400 Halle Berry: Underneath, most women love underwearKeira Knightley to make her Broadway debut in '15Tax trial for 'The Situation' set for DecemberJames Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9Exhibition at Atlanta's High features CezanneIggy Azalea, 'Gone Girl' up for Logo TV awardsNY court backs EMI over Duke Ellington royaltiesSam Smith, 5SOS, Blige to perform 2014 AMAs]]> New Mexico wants home of noted artist recognized Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:51 -0400 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Artist Luis Jimenez is credited with helping transform the definition of public art in the U.S. with his larger-than-life, debate-provoking fiberglass sculptures.

Now, state preservation officials are pushing to get the home and studios of the late artist in southern New Mexico on the National Register of Historic Places after the sites were added to the state's list of significant cultural properties earlier this week.

"Even though his work is relatively recent, there's really a consensus among art historians and museum curators and art critics on his importance in late 20th century American art," said Steven Moffson, state and national register coordinator with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.

New Mexico has forwarded the nomination to the National Park Service. A decision is expected before the end of the year.

Known for his colorful and massive sculptures of Mexican cowboys, fiesta dancers and wild mustangs, Jimenez helped open the door for other Mexican-American artists. He was sought out by dozens of cities to create public art and now he's represented everywhere from a busy walkway at the University of New Mexico to the steps of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Born the son of an award-winning craftsman, Jimenez helped fabricate and paint the neon signs his father's shop sold to businesses throughout the U.S. But it was the trips he took to Mexico City with his family when he was young that started his artistic wheels spinning.

"He was always amazed how art was accessible to everyone," said his widow, Susan Jimenez. "That really helped, I think, to form his opinion of art, that it doesn't have to be locked up in a museum. It can be on the street and it can influence people in a positive way."

Jimenez found success with the New York gallery scene during the 1960s and became a master at blending his Mexican-American heritage with the political and social issues of the day.

But it wasn't until he moved back to the Southwest that he began creating his large sculptures. More than 40 cities have commissioned his art.

Most of those works were drawn, sculpted with clay and eventually molded into large fiberglass forms at his studios in the village of Hondo, at the edge of the Sierra Blanca and Capitan mountain ranges.

Jimenez and his wife converted a 1902 adobe school house and New Deal-era gymnasium into their home. Two miles down the road was a separate property known as the Apple Shed, where he applied finishes to his monumental works.

During his more than 20 years living and working in Hondo, Jimenez created nearly all his public sculptures in the studios, including "Sodbuster," ''Southwest Pieta," ''Border Crossing" and his largest and last piece, "Mustang," a blue horse with fiery eyes that sits outside Denver International Airport. A portion of that sculpture fell in his studio and killed him in 2006.

Susan Jimenez has left the studios much as they were when Jimenez was alive.

"You walk through and see hundreds of paint cans and all the equipment for spray-painting and casting fiberglass molds. You see all the raw rolls of fiberglass. Even drums of raw clay are still there," Moffson said.

That's rare, Moffson said, because most historic and cultural properties date back several decades, if not centuries, and much of the materials and stories that were once inside the bricks and mortar are long gone.

Jimenez taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Houston, mentoring many young artists along the way. Despite his rejections of labels such as Mexican-American, Chicano and Hispanic, his wife said he was proud of his heritage and liked to focus on depicting daily life.

"My working-class roots have a lot to do with it," Luis Jimenez said once during an interview. "I want to create a popular art that ordinary people can relate to as well as people who have degrees in art."

Wildlife crashes increase in Oregon Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:20 -0400 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The number of reported auto crashes and injuries involving wildlife on state roads has increased dramatically in the past decade, according to an analysis by The Oregonian.

Here's a look at what the analysis found:

Between 2004 and 2010, the number of reported wildlife collisions accelerated from 626 to 1,087. The state Department of Transportation began including previously unavailable nonfatal crash reports the numbers in 2011, increasing the numbers to 1,199 in 2011 and 1,283 in 2012. The total dropped slightly in 2013, to 1,274.

The number of people injured in car-versus-wildlife collisions accelerated by 55 percent from 270 in 2004 to 418 in 2013. In 2012, the number of injuries from such wrecks reached 525.

After six deaths in 2008, the number of people killed when motorists hit wildlife has dropped to three each year since 2011.

You're more likely to hit a wild animal in Lane County than any other county. Between 2004 and 2013, there were 689 crashes, with the vast majority happening on dry roads and at night.

With hunting season, the arrival of deer mating season and darkness falling earlier, most traffic collisions with deer in Oregon happen in October and November.

Simon Wray, a conservation biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the increase in collisions over the past 10 years is consistent with a national surge.

As for why the numbers have climbed, Wray and other wildlife experts can only speculate.

Deer populations in Oregon are mostly decreasing. Although population of black tails, which make up a small part of the overall deer population, is "more stable," any increase would be insufficient to account for the large growth in collisions.

That leaves the state's growing human population (an increase of 300,000 since 2004), which means more cars on the road, as a primary suspect. The number of traffic accidents overall has jumped by more than 8,000 a year since 2004.

Another possible culprit: Drivers addicted to their cell phones.

"The use of cell phones while driving has been shown to be a significant distraction that can cause accidents, and is likely to be a factor in animal-vehicle collisions," said Wray, who has worked as one of Fish and Wildlife's transportation liaisons on ODOT projects.

Despite the increase in collisions, Oregon and Washington do better than most U.S. motorists when it comes to reacting to wildlife darting out of the woods and onto the road, according to national studies by State Farm Insurance.

Using claims data from around the U.S., the national insurer has ranked Oregon 35th on its annual report on "deer-vehicle collision frequency" for two years in a row. Washington is even better, landing 44th on the list.

The odds of your vehicle colliding with a deer in Oregon are 1 in 323, the study shows. West Virginia tops the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to run into a deer, with motorists facing a 1-in-53 chance.

Wray said his belief that distracted driving is playing a role in more collisions with animals is based largely on a hunch.

"But the likelihood of not seeing an animal or being able to avoid a collision with an animal is a factor of driver speed, light conditions, topography, vegetation, animal movement patterns, time of year, time of day, size of the animal, and the speed of the animal approaching the roadway," he said. "Any distraction that takes a driver's attention away from the road will increase the chance of (a collision)."

In recent years, Fish and Wildlife officials have encouraged ODOT to put up more highway fencing and to build more wildlife underpasses or overpasses to reduce animal-vehicle collisions, or AVCs.

Oregon has only one wildlife passage, along U.S. 97 south of Bend.

"Since monitoring began there about 16 months ago, the project has recorded a 90 percent decrease in AVCs in the area," Wray said.

Wray said investing in wildlife passages would benefit the Oregon economy in myriad ways, from reducing property damage and keeping highways clear for freight to increasing the sale of deer tags to hunters who spend money at restaurants and hotels.

Using a complex formula of economic benefits, including the price of traffic deaths and injuries, the Bend wildlife passage will have made up for its $3 million price tag by 2024, Wray said.

"We not only expect to have avoided enough AVCs to pay for the passage structure; we will actually be in the black to the tune of almost $3.5 million," he said.


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Winning numbers drawn in '10 Spot Midday' game Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:21 -0400 HELENA, Mont. (AP) The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the Montana Lottery's "10 Spot Midday" game were:


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Outside expert to look into 1996 E. Idaho killing Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:24 -0400 IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) Southeastern Idaho officials have approved spending up to $25,000 for an independent investigation into the 1996 slaying of an 18-year-old woman and subsequent conviction of a man whose guilt has come into question.

The Post Register reports ( that the Bonneville County Commission on Wednesday approved a request from Bonneville County Prosecutor Bruce Pickett to hire an independent investigator.

The decision follows reports from Judges for Justice that cites flaws in the Idaho Falls Police Department's investigation into the rape and killing of Angie Dodge.

"I feel I do not have sufficient information at this point to proceed with any formal legal action," Pickett said. "However, due to the nature of the allegations and the questions raised by the reports, the Bonneville County prosecuting attorney's office requests funds be made available to hire an independent expert."

Christopher Tapp was convicted of the killing and sentenced to life in prison. But Judges for Justice said he was coerced by police into making a false confession after being threatened with prison or death, and offered potential deals for immunity.

Tapp has long maintained he didn't kill Dodge.

"I think it's a good move for the county," said Tapp's public defender, John Thomas. "I think it shows good faith on the part of the prosecutor."

"I think it sounds like a reasonable thing to do," said retired Judge Mike Heavey, co-founder of Judges for Justice. "I think a lot of people would have put their head in the sand like an ostrich."

Pickett said he will conduct a nationwide search for someone "not previously involved in the case, with no prior knowledge of the facts." He also said the person would have experience in crime scene reconstruction, suspect interviews and homicide investigations. It's not clear when the outside expert will be hired.

Carol Dodge, Angie Dodge's mother, has said she believes Tapp is innocent. She attended the commission meeting.

"I think that it's a great idea, and it benefits Chris," she said. "He's been in prison for (18) years. And there is absolutely no scientific, physical evidence putting him there at the crime scene. The only thing that puts Chris there is his confession."

She said she shared a common pain with Christopher Tapp's mother, Vera Tapp, who declined to comment.

"Here you have two mothers, and we have similar situations, all caused by the same situation," Carol Dodge said. "I lost my daughter, my only daughter. And Vera Tapp lost her only son. So that makes us equal. Will she ever see justice in her lifetime? Will I ever see justice in my lifetime?"


Information from: Post Register,

James Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:58 -0400 NEW YORK (AP) CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show."

Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson, who after a decade in the host chair exits on Dec. 18. The show will continue to originate from Los Angeles.

Corden, a 36-year-old British star, won a Tony Award in 2012 for his role in the play "One Man, Two Guvnors" and appeared in the recent film "Begin Again" with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. He hosts a sports-oriented game show in Britain, and also acts in and writes the BBC series "The Wrong Mans."

His arrival is part of CBS's late-night overhaul, which also next year will see David Letterman depart the "Late Show" (which airs an hour earlier), to be replaced by Stephen Colbert.

WVU QB Trickett gets scare from dad's health issue Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:37 -0400 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Quarterback Clint Trickett walked off the field after one of West Virginia's biggest wins in years and was hit with the news that his dad, Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, had suffered a heart attack.

His mother, Tara, told him in person Saturday after the Mountaineers beat Baylor in Morgantown.

"That first time after you hear your dad had a heart attack ... it's an emotional event," Clint Trickett said.

His worries were eased after hearing his dad's voice on the phone from the hospital.

"You talk to him and he's perfectly fine, so once I talked to him things calmed down and everything was good," Clint Trickett said. "He was back to his normal self."

Rick Trickett missed the Seminoles' win Saturday night over Notre Dame.

By Tuesday, he had returned to practice for the second-ranked Seminoles.

"It opens your eyes, anytime that happens," said Clint Trickett, who transferred from Florida State after graduating in 2013. "You've got to cherish more time that you have with him.

"I want him to live forever. I love my dad."

The scare was the part of a roller-coaster day Saturday for the Trickett family.

Clint Trickett had a stomach bug and needed an IV at halftime. Despite that, he threw three touchdown passes as the Mountaineers beat Baylor 41-27 for their first win over a top-five ranked opponent in seven years.

The win put West Virginia into the thick of the Big 12 race. But it's only the start of a challenging stretch for the 22nd-ranked Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1) , who travel to Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1) on Saturday. After that, West Virginia returns home to face No. 10 TCU, then has a road game at Texas.

Trickett has thrown for more than 300 yards in eight straight games, a striking turnaround for a player who had seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions in seven starts a year ago.

The about-face coincides with a team that has already surpassed its win total from a year ago.

"It's nice to win games and get recognized," Trickett said. "Each player is getting recognized. Each player personally is relieved because last season was so long injury-wise, losing-wise, confidence-wise.

"And now life's a lot better when you're winning."

Trickett is now considered among the nation's elite quarterbacks, ranking near the top in passing yards (2,525) and completion percentage (68.2).

"We haven't exceeded expectations, and we haven't met expectations," he said. "We're working toward them. That's our mindset."

Last year's 30-21 victory over then 11th-ranked Oklahoma State was one of the few highlights both for Trickett and the Mountaineers. He hurt his throwing shoulder near the end of that game, suffered a concussion against Texas, and West Virginia finished 4-8.

"They have a quarterback who has matured and is playing with confidence," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. "He's considerably better than what he was eight or 10 games ago in my opinion."

Burns' series gives PBS a ratings milestone Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:54 -0400 NEW YORK (AP) Ken Burns' series "The Roosevelts" earned PBS its biggest audience in two decades, making it the documentary maker's third most popular film after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery."

PBS said the seven, two-hour episodes that aired last month had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. The most popular was the first night, on Sept. 14, which had 11.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company.

"It was power, it was sex, it was death, it was betrayal," PBS chief programming executive Beth Hoppe said on Thursday. "But it was also World War I and World War II and the president of the United States and his wife. It was this epic tale but it was told in a very intimate way. It was a lot like 'Downton Abbey,' but it was real.

The series gave PBS its highest weekly viewer average since 1994, when Burns' series "Baseball" aired. Although the "Lewis & Clark" documentary in 1997 had more viewers, "Baseball" was stretched across a longer period, so PBS had a larger weekly audience when the sports documentary aired.

PBS went wall-to-wall with the history of Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, airing each episode twice on a given night and making them available online; full episodes were streamed more than 1.85 million times, PBS said. Streams were not included in the individual episode viewing figures.

There was evidence that many people used streaming to keep up with the series as it went along, Hoppe said. After the opening episode, the fifth night FDR's first two terms and the preparations for World War II had the most popular episode.

Each person who watched "The Roosevelts" saw an average of nearly four hours of the series, PBS said.

Burns is working on a shorter documentary on cancer that will air in a few months for PBS. His next big documentary series, on the Vietnam War, is scheduled to air on PBS in 2016.

Questions raised by UNC-Chapel Hill bogus courses Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:43 -0400 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A report detailing the academic and athletic scandal that has lingered over the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill raises a number of questions about what's next for the university and its athletics programs. Here's a look at some of the questions raised and what will happen next.


The investigation found more than 3,100 athletes and everyday students took no-show classes in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department for nearly two decades, resulting in artificially high grades while faculty and university administrators either missed red flags or looked the other way. Almost half the students enrolled in these bogus classes were athletes, more than 10 times their proportion in the overall student population. Athletics staffers steered players to the classes when they struggled to meet the grades required to continue competing.


The now-retired department secretary started the classes with minimal requirements not long after professor Julius Nyang'oro became chairman in 1992. Although she was not a faculty member, Deborah Crowder registered students in the courses, assigned course topics and handed out A's and B's after a quick scan of final papers regardless of work quality. By 1999, Crowder began offering lecture classes that didn't meet, apparently to get around limits on the number of independent studies courses students could take. After she retired in 2009, grades for football players began sliding. Their academic counselors approached Nyang'oro, who agreed to continue the paper courses.


The long-running scandal started with an NCAA investigation into improper benefits for football players in 2010. That probe led to the firing of coach Butch Davis, a one-year postseason ban and 15 fewer football scholarships. Former Tar Heels football player Michael McAdoo sued the school after being ruled ineligible to play for academic misconduct. Documents submitted in court showed he plagiarized work on an essay that a tutor helped him assemble and listing Nyang'oro as the instructor, leading to more scrutiny. Then the academic transcript of former Tar Heel and NFL All-Pro Julius Peppers was posted online showing he might have stayed eligible to play because of unusually high grades in nine African studies courses.


Yes. It's been renamed the African, African American and Diaspora Studies Department. Three members of the department's faculty were named in the report as having some knowledge of the former secretary's shadow operation, though they may not have been fully aware of the bogus classes, the report said.


The group that accredits UNC-Chapel Hill required the school to contact some of the students who were in the bogus classes and give them an opportunity to take another at no cost, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported in August. About a fifth of the nearly 50 students took another course. The school also offered substitute classes for 304 graduates who had taken the classes, but few expressed an interest.


The NCAA this summer reopened its probe into academic misconduct and is reviewing the report by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein. Scholarships could be reduced or wins could be vacated if the NCAA determines its rules have been broken. The NCAA is big on university administrators maintaining "institutional control" over sports programs. The collegiate sports governing board cited lack of effective oversight among its reasons for hitting Penn State and Miami with penalties in recent years.


University Chancellor Carol Folt said four current campus employees are going to be fired and five others are facing disciplinary review, but Folt wouldn't identify them. The school also is taking a number of administrative steps to prevent a repeat, including expanding confidential channels for people to report problems.


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4 more workers allege racial bias at Daimler plant Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:25 -0400 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.

The four new civil rights complaints against Portland-headquartered Daimler Trucks North America bring the total to nine, all filed over the past few weeks.

The new complaints include allegations of racial discrimination and physical threats against African-American employees.

Daimler Trucks said in a statement it doesn't tolerate discrimination and is cooperating with the investigation by the state's Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Three weeks ago, state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian filed a complaint against the company after five Portland employees came forward and said they were subjected to racial slurs and physical threats.

$2.2M spent toward Snohomish County Courthouse Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:26 -0400 EVERETT, Wash. (AP) The Snohomish County Council agreed to pay a $232,000 settlement to an architectural firm that was removed from the new courthouse project over budget concerns.

The payment was to ZGF Architects of Seattle.

The Daily Herald reports ( the county has spent $2.2 million on design work, legal costs and other expenses for the $162 million building planned in Everett.

The nine-story building would hold 20 courtrooms and office space for prosecutors, public defenders and administrators.

A half-dozen business owners need to leave property on the perimeter of a county parking lot by mid- to late November to make way for the courthouse project.

"This is a losing battle for us in terms of us being able to keep our property," said Janean Jolly, who owns one of the condemned businesses. "We've accepted that."

The county's new courthouse will occupy one block of Wall Street, between Rockefeller and Oakes avenues.

The new building will replace the county's 1967 courthouse. Officials say the old building is plagued with safety and health problems, many of which can't be fixed through remodeling. It will be demolished after the new courthouse is open.

The new 250,000-square-foot court building is being designed to house 20 courtrooms, plus workspace for clerks, deputy prosecutors who handle criminal cases and public defenders.


Information from: The Daily Herald,

No. 6 Oregon looks to extend streak against Cal Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:01:38 -0400 BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Marcus Mariota hasn't given much thought to being part of the first college football game played at Levi's Stadium. It's probably because the Oregon quarterback plans to return to the $1.3 billion facility in another six weeks.

Mariota and the sixth-ranked Ducks (6-1, 3-1) are riding a modest two-game winning streak heading into Friday night's game against California (4-3, 2-3). They're in first place in the Pac-12 North and positioned to make a serious run at their first conference title since 2011.

Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and site of the Super Bowl in 2016, will host the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 5.

Mariota, the Heisman Trophy candidate who is on the verge of becoming Oregon's career passing leader, plans on being there.