Comcast Customer Call Goes Viral

SAN FRANCISCO — “We’d like to disconnect please,” said Comcast customer Ryan Block over the phone. “Okay. So why is it you don’t want the faster speed?” said a Comcast employee. All Ryan Block wanted was to cancel his Comcast Internet and cable subscription. But the Comcast guy wasn’t going to have it. “I’m just … Continue reading »

67 Giant Snails Seized at LAX

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted some interesting cargo at LAX–67 live snails! The snails arrived from Nigeria, bound for San Dimas, California. Accompanying paperwork indicated they were for human consumption. However, a team of entomologists identified them as Giant African Snails, an extremely invasive species. They’re one of the world’s largest … Continue reading »

Minimum Wage Hike Approved in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Supporters of a minimum wage hike in San Diego packed city hall Monday night. Council members bypassed the voters and approved minimum wage increase starting at $9.75 next year to $11.50 by 2017 including five earned sick days. “Not making enough money working both jobs, I’m struggling and I have to live … Continue reading »

Vietnam Memorial Replica Proposed

MEDFORD, Ore. – A group of local veterans and lawmakers is trying to make Medford the first city on the West Coast to build a replica Vietnam Memorial. Representative Sal Esquivel, Medford City Councilor Eli Matthews, and Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit President Russ McBride have started fundraising for the wall. On Saturday, the group gathered … Continue reading »

Pesky Insect Damages Local Fruit

TALENT, Ore. — A fruit pest is more prevalent this year in the Rogue Valley. The spotted wing drosophila is a tiny bug.  It damages fruit by injecting eggs under the peeling of ripened fruit.  When the eggs hatch, maggots appear. The infected fruit is hard to detect at first. It starts as a pin … Continue reading »

Fire Burns Timber, Threatens Homes

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Around 2 p.m. today, a wildfire broke out in the Moccasin Hills subdivision north of Sprague River, Oregon. Currently, the fire is reported to be around 75 acres burning on private land in heavy timber and brush and threatening structures. The following interagency resources are presently assigned to this incident: 19 engines, … Continue reading »

Oregon Veteran Suicide On The Rise

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority recently released a study that said suicide is the number one cause of death for Oregon veterans under 45 who likely served in Iraq or Afghanistan. On average, from 2008 to 2012, veteran suicide increased from about 40 suicides per 100,000 people to nearly 50. The study showed that … Continue reading »

Man Charged with Assaulting Boy

LEBANON, Ore. — Lebanon police have charged a 26-year-old man with the assault and strangulation of a 4-year-old boy. Police say Hugo Avilez is the boyfriend of the child’s mother and lives with the family. The boy was brought to the hospital in Lebanon on Monday. Based on his injuries, the hospital staff alerted police … Continue reading »

Asante Named in Top 100 Hospitals List

MEDFORD, Ore. — Staff at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center took time out of their schedules to thank employees Thursday, after the hospital achieved some national recognition. The hospital was named one of the top 100 large community hospitals in the country by Truven Health Analytics. Asante was also designated one of the top 15 … Continue reading »

Ashland Safe Drinking Water Scam

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland has received reports of an unnamed company trying to sell bottled water to local households in the city. The company claims due to drought conditions this year, the water supply in Ashland is not suitable to drink. The company also claims the city’s water is coming from Emigrant Lake and is … Continue reading »

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