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The ballot proposal would change the name of the town nestled in the Cascades foothills, and best known for its boating and skiing, to Detroit Lake.

Builder Doug DeGeorge told the Detroit News that “Detroit” carries an unsavory image. He expects the measure will pass, but said the village means no offense to the Rust Belt city often associated with crime, corruption, failing schools and a troubled auto industry.

Detroit City Councilman Gary Brown said Oregon residents are making a big mistake because the Motor City will one day return to its previous glory.


Terror suspect left activities trail online

NEW YORK | A New York City police unit that tracks terror threats on the Internet played a key role in the arrest of a New York man accused of trying to join the Taliban by enlisting in the U.S. military.

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh was arrested last week in Hawaii on charges he made false statements in a terror probe. He is in federal custody and will appear eventually in New York.

NYPD detectives began surfing the Internet for information about Mr. Shehadeh the same day he arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2008 with a one-way ticket to Pakistan.

The investigators found evidence against Mr. Shehadeh that helped make a suspected terrorist case against him.


No pay raises for state workers

RICHMOND | Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Tuesday his next state budget won’t include pay raises for state workers and might eliminate support for NPR.

Mr. McDonnell, a Republican, made the comments during his monthly radio show on WTOP in Washington, D.C. The governor is drafting amendments to the final year of the current two-year state budget.

“It’s a tough economy. We just cut $10 billion out of the budget in the last 2½ years,” he said in response to a question about raises from a Virginia Department of Transportation employee. “They’re not in the budget and I don’t see adding one of those this year.”

State workers are scheduled to receive a 3 percent bonus this fall, but have gone without a raise since 2007.

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