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Entertainment From Turkey Creek to Lower Turkeyfoot: Thanksgiving, by the numbers From Turkey Creek to Lower Turkeyfoot: Thanksgiving, by the numbers (Video)
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.
Local Did a shelter dog detect a visitor's diabetes? Did a shelter dog detect a visitor's diabetes? (Video)
When Catherine Beeston went to look at the dogs at Greenhill Humane Society, something happened.

"They give me the paperwork, and I can't fill out that form, and my hands start to shake and my blood sugar - I started to sweat, which is usually an indication to me that my blood sugar's dropping," she recalled. "It got really bad."

She wasn't the only one who noticed.

As Beeston's blood sugar dropped, she happened to be visiting with a dog named Claire

"She just kind of turned her head and was looking at me with the oddest ... that look of, 'What the - what is wrong with you, human?'" Beeston recalled.

Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Hwy 58

Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Hwy 58
First responders move an injured man to a waiting ambulance at the scene of the crash Wednesday near Dexter Reservoir. It is not yet known whether the vehicle in the photograph was involved in the crash or not; an eyewitness described the vehicle involved as a small truck. Photo courtesy Randy Simon

A vehicle hit a pedestrian on Highway 58 about 8 miles east of Pleasant Hill on Wednesday, Oregon State Police said.

Oregon women beat Portland State, 63-56: 'We didn't play our best'

Oregon women beat Portland State, 63-56: 'We didn't play our best'
Lexi Bando (#10) shuffles around Portland State defender Lauren Holt (#5). Bando led the team with 18 points in Oregon’s 63 - 56 win over the Vikings. Cameron Shultz, Oregon News Lab

Once again, freshman Lexi Bando played beyond her years, racking up a career high 18 points and three assists, leading Oregon to the win in a nail-biter over Portland State, 63-56.

Crafting, Thanksgiving Style

Crafting, Thanksgiving Style
Local Malia Karlinsky has tons of ideas on her blog, Yesterday on Tuesday. (Image: Malia Karlinsky)

If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year - the slow creep of anxiety in preparation for the big day is already upon you. Never fear! Local blogger Malia Karlinsky has some quick, easy and adorable crafting ideas. Bonus? The kids can do them!

 

Police: 3 drive-by shootings in Salem, 2 men taken to the hospital

Police: 3 drive-by shootings in Salem, 2 men taken to the hospital
Police respond to a third shooting near the Oregon State Fairgrounds Tuesday night.

Two men were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds Tuesday night, and investigators are working to find out if three separate shootings are connected.

Vancouver PD: Officers shoot, kill armed arson suspect

Vancouver PD: Officers shoot, kill armed arson suspect »Play Video

Officers shot and killed an armed man outside a burning Vancouver apartment complex late last night after getting reports that he started the fire while in a fight with a woman. 

Some retailers refuse to open on Thanksgiving day

Some retailers refuse to open on Thanksgiving day »Play Video
Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson owns 10 locations of The Mac Store in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of his stores are in malls that will be open on Thanksgiving day.

His stores won't be open, however.

"Enough is enough," he said. "We're completely gobbling up Thanksgiving in the name of additional commerce. We're not going to participate."

Local reaction to Ferguson: More discussion, less violence

Local reaction to Ferguson: More discussion, less violence »Play Video
Alexis Lawrence

Alexis Lawrence anxiously waited for the announcement Monday evening.

"I was at home with the rest of my roommates and we had a couple of friends over while watching CNN, patiently awaiting for the decision of the verdict," said Lawrence, a member of the Black Student Union. 

When the news broke that a grand jury declined to indict a police officer of any criminal conduct in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Lawrence felt disappointed.

"We were all very sad, tears began to run from our faces," she said. "We were just really ashamed with how our justice system works in America."

Woman chasing dog hit, killed by freight train

Woman chasing dog hit, killed by freight train »Play Video
Witnesses told police the woman was chasing her dog when she was hit and killed by a train.

A woman died after being hit by a train as she tried to catch her dog as it ran across the tracks Monday night, Eugene Police said.

Police identified the victim as 35-year-old Shannon Rae Essick after making a public appeal for help.