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Eugene boy, 11, dies after hitting glass display case

An 11-year-old Eugene boy died Saturday from injuries he suffered when he slammed into a glass display case while playing soccer inside a building at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds in McMinnville.

Jorge Miguel Ventura-Sanchez and his family were attending a quinceanera, the traditional Mexican celebration of a girl's 15th birthday, McMinnville police said. Jorge and other children entered a building and started a soccer game. He crashed into the case while lunging for the ball.

He was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center in Portland, where he died at 11 p.m. that night.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Victory Tabernacle at D and 39th streets in Springfield. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at West Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Eugene.

Oregon Country Fair sees rise in attendance

Sunny skies and warm temperatures contributed to a 10 percent increase in attendance at this year's Oregon Country Fair, officials said.

There were 44,000 tickets sold this year for the three-day event held near Veneta that concluded Sunday. That total is up from the 40,000 tickets sold in 2005 but far below the record of 53,000 in 1996.

A changing perception of the fair spurred attendance, too, Oregon County Fair spokeswoman Leslie Scott said. "The fair has stopped becoming a tired, old hippie event and is now seen as a young, hip thing," Scott said.

Saturday recorded a sellout crowd of 18,000. This year's total was the largest since 46,000 attended the event in 2002.

One popular feature at this year's fair was the use of reusable utensils.

"We saved about 200,000 pieces from going into the landfill," Scott said.

R-G columnist Bob Welch wins first-place award

Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch captured first place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards presented at its 30th annual conference held recently in Boston.

Welch won in the general interest category for U.S. newspapers with 100,000 circulation or more. His three columns were entered in the upper division even though The Register-Guard's Sunday circulation is 74,583.

Among his entries was a column on Kayleen Johnston, a bartender at Shooter's Pub & Grill who donated a kidney to a woman she didn't know, and a column on returning to soon-to-be-demolished Corvallis High to salvage a drinking fountain where his mother and father had met in 1942.

Dennis Roddy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette finished second and Ernesto Portillo Jr. of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson third. The Oregonian's Steve Duin was among those receiving honorable mention awards.

It was the fifth time Welch has been honored in the contest and his third win.

Welch, 52, has been with The Register-Guard since 1989 and has been writing a three-times-a-week column since 1999.

NORTHWEST

Sex offender Web site receives 3.5 million hits

Oregon's new sex offender Web site received about 3.5 million "hits" during its first week online, state police reported Monday.

The site, which provides information on Oregon's 700 predatory sex offenders, went active on June 26 and received more than 250,000 hits on the first day. A hit occurs when a person views any single page on the Web site and does not represent the actual number of people logging on to the site.

The site can be accessed at sexoffenders.oregon.gov.

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