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Court: State not required to fully fund school goals

The Oregon Court of Appeals The Oregon Court of Appeals is the state intermediate appellate court in the U.S. state of Oregon. Except for death penalty cases, which are reserved to the Oregon Supreme Court, and tax court cases, it has jurisdiction to hear all civil and criminal appeals from circuit courts,  ruled Wednesday that lawmakers are not obligated ob·li·gate  
tr.v. ob·li·gat·ed, ob·li·gat·ing, ob·li·gates
1. To bind, compel, or constrain by a social, legal, or moral tie. See Synonyms at force.

2. To cause to be grateful or indebted; oblige.
 to "provide sufficient funding to meet the quality goals" for public schools, as required by a ballot measure voters approved in 2000 by a ratio of 2-to-1.

The court noted that the ballot measure allows the Legislature an alternative, which is to explain why sufficient funding is not available. The state has never met funding goals and the gap is growing each biennium bi·en·ni·um  
n. pl. bi·en·ni·ums or bi·en·ni·a
A two-year period.

[Latin : bi-, two; see bi-1 + annus, year; see at-
, the court said. Four consecutive legislatures have issued reports stating why school appropriations are insufficient.

The ruling is in a 2006 lawsuit filed by the Oregon School Funding Defense Foundation, comprising 17 school districts, including the Eugene, McKenzie, Siuslaw, Creswell and Crow-Applegate-Lorane districts. Foundation spokeswoman Kathryn Firestone said the group will appeal.

Man enters guilty plea to software counterfeiting

A Eugene man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges for counterfeiting computer software valued at more than $1 million and selling it through online auctions, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Oregon.

Jeremiah Joseph Mondello Joseph N. Mondello is the current chair of the New York State Republican Committee.

Preceded by
Stephen Minarik Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee
2006 – present Succeeded by
, 23, pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal copyright infringement Noun 1. copyright infringement - a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
infringement of copyright

plagiarisation, plagiarization, piracy, plagiarism - the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
, aggravated identity theft and mail fraud. Sentencing is set for July 23.

Court records indicate Mondello initiated thousands of separate online auctions between December 2005 and October 2007, using more than 40 fictitious names and online payment accounts using personal identity information he stole online in order to sell copies of counterfeit software. Mondello generated more than $400,000 in personal profit as a result.

The case is part of a Department of Justice initiative to combat online auction piracy.


Clinton plans brief stop in Junction City today

JUNCTION CITY - Sen. Hillary Clinton will make a stop in Junction City today that is closed to the public.

The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 senator will visit with a homebuilder around midday and also a local family, discussing the economy with both, before heading up to Portland for a town hall event in advance of Tuesday's primary.

Obama to visit Roseburg for a town hall meeting

ROSEBURG - Sen. Barack Obama announced he will stop in Roseburg on Saturday for a town hall meeting at the high school.

Obama is battling Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the free event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Roseburg High School Roseburg High School is the only high school in Roseburg, Oregon, United States. Shooting incident
At 7:45 a.m. on February 23 2006, 14-year-old freshman Vincent Wayne Leodoro shot and wounded a fellow student, 16-year-old sophomore Joseph Monti, using a 10mm pistol.
, 400 W. Harvard Ave.

Tickets are required and can be picked up today between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Roseburg Obama for America Office, 850 Mosher A mosher is a person who is crossed between goth/punk/skater they have long hair and listen to music like slipknot and metal music. Some people call them headbangers. At certain music shows they have something called a mosh pit, basically its a fight pit with loads of people bashing each other.  Ave., Roseburg, Space at the event is limited.

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Date:May 16, 2008
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