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Accused of selling drugs, Howard Jones's attorney sought to lower his client's bail from $150,000 insisting that Jones would not think about fleeing. At that very instant, Jones sprinted out of the front door of the courtroom. He was caught fifty minutes later and his bail was raised to $500,000.

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Ridin' the Rails: Willamette Shore Trolley:
Lake Oswego, Oregon
The Willamette Shore Trolley is operated by the Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society. The line takes you on a beautiful journey along the Willamette River in a authentic antique trolley car. Sites along the way are:
  • The 1,396 foot Elk Rock Tunnel. With an "S" curve between its portals, the mid section of the tunnel is in total darkness.
  • Travel over several trestles, including the 686 foot Riverwood Trestle.
  • Tremendous views of the Willamette River.
  • Beautiful homes and mansions line the right of way.
  • Authentic street running along Moody Street.
  • The Lake Oswego end of the line has shops and restaurants As well as the River Place end in Portland.
  • The Portland end is a short walk or bus ride to all of downtown Portland attractions.
The one way trip is 45 minutes long. Allow 2 hours for round trip travel.

Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!

  • If a train station is where the train stops, what is a work station?
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Great place to figure out how to use a voting ballot! For the rest of us with a brain, a place to relax and have fun!!
Zihuatanejo's bay offers safe haven from storms and is a favorite with boaters of all types. Within the bay are 5 main beaches: La Playa Principal (located in front of the town itself), Playa La Madera (a 5 minute walk from town), Playa La Ropa (5 minutes from town by car or about a 20 minute walk), Playa Las Gatas (at the extreme southern end of the bay; accessible by water taxi from the pier or a footpath along the rocky coast from La Ropa, there is no road), and Playa Contramar (at the northern end of the bay: accessible by boat or footpath). Not only do we have some of the most beautiful Mexican beaches, but some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! There's also plenty of other activities: Fishing, snorkeling, scuba, mountain biking, surfing, golfing.....BINGO
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If you find yourself lost in a voting booth, and totally confused by the ballot.... Don't panick and Don't wander off alone! Just go outside....find an 8 year old....and they'll show your dumb ass how to use it! Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!
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Historic Wallace, Idaho--ATV Capital of the World.
First, we built the world's largest trail system with over 1000 miles of ATV trails. Then, Mayor Debbie declared open streets for ATV riders. Pretty soon there were articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, ATV, Dirt Wheels and 4 Wheel Action Magazine. And to top it off, within only three years, Silver Country's Historic Wallace, Idaho was named the ATV Capital of the World by Dirt Wheels Magazine!

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  • Al Gore Trusts Washington, D.C.
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Scientific American: Who Were the First Americans? Scientific American: Who Were the First Americans? Site features information on who the first Americans might have been. If your answer to the question above was fur-clad mammoth hunters, guess again. The first people to settle the New World may have been fisher- folk and basket weavers. . .

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From the editor:
Seniors Not Stupid?:
I saw a person in the newspaper hold a poster with the saying, "Seniors Are Not Stupid". And that is very, very true! Let's look at this fact: A group of 8 year olds were given the same ballot as the one used in Palm Beach county, Florida. They used colors instead of names, and these children had no problem with the ballot. So in effect, to those of you adults who could not understand a simple ballot: You Are Not Stupid....let's just say ...."You Are, Dumber Than A Box Of Rocks!"
And to Jesse Jackson, you might want to lead that tribe of yours, that can't read a ballot, from the welfare line to the classroom! There is no limit to race, color, religion.....if you can't comprehend something as simple as a better take a good look around you, and find an 8 year old to explain it!

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This irresistible cake features the delicate flavor of mandarin oranges with boiled caramel icing. The combination is unexpected and truly wonderful. Serves 16.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups drained mandarin oranges
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature


  • 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and sugar. Stir in oranges, followed by vanilla and eggs; mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes.

Using a fork, punch holes all over the hot cake, through to bottom of pan. The cake will fall.

Combine icing ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil three minutes. Pour evenly over hot cake.

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