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January 4, 2015

Express clerk's silence foiled train robbery

The masked outlaw planned the job out carefully, and thought he was ready for anything. But he met his match in the cool-handed express man, and had to leave almost empty-handed.
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•1901
•Saginaw

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January 11, 2015

Dynamite used to be a regular part of Oregon life

Just a few dozen years ago, nearly anyone in Oregon could easily get all the high explosives he or she might want — if not by buying it, then by mixing a few common ingredients together with some old sawdust.
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•Statewide

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January 18, 2015

How to rob railroad trains with dynamite: Tips from the pros

Award-winning criminal mastermind/ motivational speaker Blackie DuQuesne shares a few key insights for aspiring train robbers on how to avoid “n00b mistakes” on a railroad heist.
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•Statewide

323

January 25, 2015

Criminals and dynamite are a long tradition in Oregon

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•Statewide

324

February 1, 2015

When the rebel flag flew over Oregon soil

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•Franklin (near Elmira)
•1862

325

February 8, 2015

Cow Creek Canyon robbers weren’t afraid to blow stuff up

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•South Douglas County
•1895

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February 15, 2015

Bold bandits robbed express train three miles from Roseburg

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•Roseburg
•1897

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February 22, 2015

Lafe Pence’s crazy plan: Wash mountains down to fill lake

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•Portland
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