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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.

Police: Homeowner shoots returning thief’s SUV with shotgun

Police: Homeowner shoots returning thief’s SUV with shotgun »Play Video
Salem resident Bradley Russell stands in the bushes outside his house, where he waited early Tuesday morning for thieves to return and steal from his home.

A thief hit a homeowner in the leg with an SUV early Monday morning as the man was pointing a shotgun at the vehicle to stop him from driving off, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Busy week at Eugene Airport; TSA says leave fake bombs, real drugs at home

Busy week at Eugene Airport; TSA says leave fake bombs, real drugs at home »Play Video
The Eugene Airport

If you are flying this Thanksgiving or expect guests arriving by plane, be prepared: about 14,000 people will travel through the Eugene Airport this week.

“Thanksgiving is one of our busiest travel times here at the Eugene Airport,” said Tim Doll, Eugene Airport Director. “Our entire team here at EUG is ready for the influx of passengers.”

The busiest day is forecast to be Sunday, November 30, with nearly 1,600 departing passengers. An average day sees 1,280 passenger.

'Seeing them more themselves, more radiant and expressive - what could be better?'

'Seeing them more themselves, more radiant and expressive - what could be better?' »Play Video

While the kids are shaking their bodies, they're also shaking away their troubles.

Sparkplug Dance founder Rachael Carnes teaches the program at the Relief Nursery.

She said they're teaching kids how to express their emotions, especially the negative ones, in a healthy manner.

O Heroes and Oregon senator team up for turkey drive

O Heroes and Oregon senator team up for turkey drive »Play Video

Sen. Ron Wyden and athlete volunteers from the University of Oregon joined St. Vincent de Paul on Saturday.

The charity plans to feed thousands of low-income familes in Springfield and Eugene by providing them with turkey or ham plus other fixings for a holiday dinner.

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No criminal indictments in Ferguson police shooting case

No criminal indictments in Ferguson police shooting case »Play Video

A grand jury declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the county's top prosecutor said.

The grand jury heard all of the evidence in the case.

The prosecutor said the 24-hour news cycle - and social media - made the investigation difficult.

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Ferguson grand jury decision live coverage

Ferguson grand jury decision live coverage

North Bend in 4A, Harrisburg in 3A finals; Sheldon in 6A semifinal

North Bend in 4A, Harrisburg in 3A finals; Sheldon in 6A semifinal
Go Eagles. Go Irish. Go Bulldogs.

By the time North Bend takes the field Saturday in Hillsboro for the 4A state football title game, Harrisburg will be well into the 3A title game over in Hermiston.

And before either game begins, Sheldon High School will have made its case for a spot in the 6A title game.

Police: Drunk wrong-way driver causes deadly head-on crash on I-5

Police: Drunk wrong-way driver causes deadly head-on crash on I-5 »Play Video

A drunk wrong-way driver caused a deadly head-on crash on Interstate 5 early Tuesday morning, Oregon State Police said.

Holiday shopping deals start earlier this year

Holiday shopping deals start earlier this year »Play Video
December 25 is coming soon

Move over, Black Friday: This year, shoppers may find better deals earlier in the week. Diana Bray with Valley River Center said shoppers have been scoring great deals as far back as the weekend before Thanksgiving.