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A spy fights for redemption

Moviegoers looking for entertainment without superheroes or CGI effects have a first-class alternative in “A Most Wanted Man,” an intelligent and suspenseful thriller about agents fighting the war on Islamic terror. The film features one of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s final performances, as a man dealing simultaneously with potential Muslim terrorists and with power struggles inside his own clandestine organization. It is an adaptation of the novel by John Le Carre. Gunther Bachman (Hoffman) is a prematurely aging chain-smoking spy who has been relegated to duty in Hamburg after some kind of snafu at his previous posting in Beirut. Hamburg...

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Guitars Under the Stars & SWPICKS

Several H-U-G-E rock stars are performing at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon for Oregon Summer Concerts, LLC production of “Guitars Under the Stars”! This lineup is studded with amazing artists including Floater, Ty Curtis, Gary Hoey, Pat Travers, Tony MacAlpine, Bruce Bouilet, Larry Mitchell, Travis Larson, Jennifer Batten, Ed to Shred, Points North, Triaxe, Splintered Throne, Agnozia, Earth to Ashes, Black Powder County, Summer Soundtrack! Headlined by Lita Ford this festival also boasts camping, on-site vendors, and of course weekend pass rates! The 35 acre park features state of the art power infrastructure and room for plenty of attendees...

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Fifth and last in a series about poets born in 1914

1914 (#5) Dylan Thomas is the last in our series of poets born in 1914, the same year as William Stafford. As with Stafford, the centennial of Thomas’s birth is being commemorated world-wide, centered at his hometown of Swansea, Wales. A prolific writer of poems, fiction, screenplays, and memoirs, his first book of verse was published when he was 18. His best know collection, Deaths and Entrances (1946) sold out its first printing of 3000 copies within a month, and in his early 30s Thomas was firmly established as one of the most important English language poets of his...

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Embrace downtown food carts

Who’s afraid of food carts? Not me. I’m thrilled that the City Council recently approved revisions to a food cart ordinance, thanks largely to the Salem Food Cart Association and Councilor Diane Dickey. Now food carts can stay in a location for as long as business dictates and cluster together in pods. Before they had to move every six months and be 500 feet apart. Great news. Food carts are a big success in Portland, drawing national acclaim from Bon Appétit magazine and CNN. So what’s not to like about having a vibrant food cart scene everywhere in Salem,...

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We Can Build Small Business Success, Together

July 1st I set out to meet with as many small business owners as possible in the month of July.  As a small business owner and the son of a man who has operated a local small business for more than 30 years, I was familiar with many of the challenges and opportunities associated with making a family business profitable.  But I wanted to learn more. In my travels around the area, I heard the stories of the men and women who go to work and run their own business every single day.  These entrepreneurs have little time for...

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