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Addictions Recovery Center gets $25,000 donation
By Will Maetzold/KTVL.com

MEDFORD, Ore -- With the exchange of a $25,000 check Friday morning, the Addictions Recovery Center is now able to expand its services.

The check was presented by Providence Medford Medical Center and will go towards a new medically modified detoxification center.

"Not all that care needs to be in a hospital," Cindy Mayo of Providence said. "We wanted to partner with an organization that could make an impact in creating a healthier community together."

With the donation, an existing facility will be remodeled to provide medical treatment.

"This will allow patients to go through a detoxification program that's not in a hospital but medically managed and supervised in a very safe way," Mayo said.

Addictions Recovery Center executive director Christine Mason said this donation is a great commitment from a partner in the community.

"It really is essential for us to start this project to have community support," Mason said.

Mason said this new service means many of the patients won't have to leave the area for the treatment they need.

"This program would allow people entering programs throughout the region to have withdrawal management so that they can enter treatment," she said.

Medford Police Department Deputy Chief Brett Johnson was also on hand at the check presentation. He said the money will help to fight a rising drug problem in the city.

"If it can help take people out of the cycle of addiction and crime it's a win-win for the community," Johnson said.

Johnson said people addicted to drugs are often more likely to commit crimes, which makes it all that more important for the treatment to be available.

"The addiction drives the criminal behavior," he said. "I think it's going to help impact that. It can take someone and give them some long-term care."

The Addictions Recovery Center hopes to have the new program running by next year.

Sony defends shelving 'Interview' after Obama criticism
NEW YORK (AP) — Amid mounting pressure and criticism from President Barack Obama, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has defended the company's shelving of "The Interview."

In an interview Friday with CNN, Lynton insists that "we have not given in and we have not backed down." The studio pulled "The Interview" from theaters Wednesday after hackers officially linked to North Korea made terrorist threats against theaters showing the comedy.

Lynton said the President, the media and the public "are mistaken" about the situation, insisting that Sony can't determine what movie theaters play on their screens. After Wednesday's threats, Sony told theaters they could drop the film if they chose to, and all major chains did. Sony then canceled the release altogether. Lynton says Sony doesn't have the interface to release it online itself.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

News10 Afternoon News Break Dec. 19
1. Red Zone in Ashland is packed with Raider supporters as they make history in Daytona Beach, Flordia. The game kicked off at noon and many bars, like the Red Zone, are standing room only for the game. It has been a long road for the Raiders over the last few years. The players will make history stepping on the turf for the championship game. The Raiders are the eighth seed going 12-2 this season. The Marian Knights are 11-2. This is the 59th annual NAIA Championship Game. Many supporters are watching the game and are excited to see their hometown university put everything on the line to bring home the title. 

2. Other big news in Ashland -- The Mount Ashland Ski Park is now open. This weekend, The Sonnet Lift is running (that's the beginner hill). At this point, the park is still trying to figure out when to open more lifts. Lift tickets for this weekend are $7. 

3. The Mount Shasta Ski Park opens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All three lifts will be open with 15 runs available. Lift tickets are $49 for adults and $27 for 8 to 12 year olds.

4. Tonight is the official reopening of the Ashland Skate Rink. The celebration was delayed to allow time for the roof to be installed. The activities begin at 6 p.m. The rink is located across the street from Lithia Park. 

5. The Addicitions Recovery Center is getting money to help with its programs from Providence Medford Medical Center. The hospital presented a check for $25,000 to go toward a medically monitored detox center. This new service means patients are able to stay at the addicitons recovery center for their treatment. The hospital says this donation is part of its mission to improve the community. The Addictions Recovery Center hopes to have its new services ready for patients by next year. The Medford Police Department says this new service will help with the city's rising drug problem. 

6. The ACCESS Food Bank is about to get a major donation. Sherm's employees will pull in with a semi-truck full of food donations at 1 p.m. -- that is 23,000 pounds of food. The Olsrun family has made the donation for the past 14 years. 

7. If you want to help ACCESS feed local families, plus take in some holiday cheer, Greystone Court opens Saturday. The homes on Greystone go all out with their lights and decorations. Santa will even show up Saturday through Christmas Eve from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Residents will be acceptiong food and cash donations for ACCESS. An estimated 4,000 cars are expected to tour through the cul-du-sac this year. 

8. City officials say it has been a good year for businesses in Grants Pass. Hundreds of new business licenses were issued through the year with new clothing stores, breweries and restaurants opening. Many of the new businesses are trying to appeal to the younger generation. City marketing officials say hotels have reached 90 to 100 percent occupancy during the peak season and between 60 to 80 percent occupancy during the off season. 

9. An earthquake rattled the Salem area Friday morning. Scientists say the 3.2 magnitude earthquake happened at 6 a.m. about 25 miles west of town. The 9-1-1 calls received from residents said they felt shaking, but no reports of damage.

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