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    “Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory” by Peter Hessler will be reviewed by Staci Simonich at noon Wednesday as part of the Random Reviews series at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

      The Spring Creek Project is seeking proposals from people of all backgrounds and interests to visit or stay at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek for short periods of time (half a day up to 3 days) to study and write about the Shotpouch place itself, its history or philosophy or bird species or wi…

        Feeling the holiday spirit? Does everything you touch get ruined? You're in luck: We're looking for some Charlie Brown inspired Christmas trees. If your tree just needs a little love, then we want to see it.

          Do you have a forgotten favorite? We want to read it. Send your book reviews of 300 words or fewer to wendy.kieffer@

          In Neuzelle, Germany, a beer brewery has developed a beer in powder form, the first of its kind, in order to reduce the heavy carbon footprint of beer exports. So that next time you order a beer from the Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle, you might have to specify how many spoonfuls of serving you wa…

          The 2023 housing market may not be great for either buyers or sellers. But for current homeowners hoping to play both roles, it could be the right time. When entering the housing market, current homeowners have to consider twice the (often conflicting) circumstances — they are the seller, trying to get the best price for their...

          Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted “hand on heart” that he did not lie to lawmakers about government parties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The House of Commons standards committee questioned Johnson on Wednesday over misleading statements he made to Parliament about a slew of parties that breached lockdown rules.  If the committee concludes he deliberately lied, Johnson could face suspension or even lose his House of Commons seat. He told the committee that the rule-breaking events were wrong and “I bitterly regret it.” But he said that “If anybody thinks I was partying during lockdown, they are completely wrong.” The “partygate” scandal helped hasten the end of Johnson's premiership.

          U.S. officials are reporting two more deaths and additional cases of blindness linked to eyedrops tainted with a drug-resistant bacteria. The eyedrops from were recalled in February and health authorities are tracking infections from the outbreak. In the latest tally, 68 people had infections, which has caused a total of three deaths and eight cases of people losing their vision. That's according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak is considered particularly worrisome because the bacteria driving it is resistant to standard antibiotics. The recalled drops were manufactured by Global Pharma Healthcare in India.


          For the first time in three decades, the U.S. has a new favorite dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club. Adorable in some eyes, deplorable in others, the sturdy, push-faced, perky-eared, world-weary-looking and distinctively droll French bulldog became the nation's most prevalent p…

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