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In Afghanistan

• 2,143 U.S. troops killed* (2,142)

• 17,939 U.S. troops wounded in action (17,887)

• 1,263 U.S. contractors killed (1,263)

• 12,793 civilians killed (12,793)

• $584 billion cost of war ($581.7 billion)

• $172.5 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($171.8 million)

 

In Iraq

$3 if you wear all black and $6 if you don’t will get you admission to the benefit show for grand jury resistors at the Lorax on Alder Street on Nov. 9. Grand juries are used in federal court cases to determine whether there is “probable cause” to believe that an individual has committed a crime and should be put on trial.

It’s difficult to read about Haiti without feeling heartbroken. The Caribbean country caught the world’s attention nearly three years ago when an earthquake killed thousands and left over a million Haitians homeless.

Haiti has suffered greatly from deforestation, with 98 percent of its original tree cover destroyed. Rife with mudslides, floods and soil erosion, the country is an environmental disaster in need of a hero. That’s where Chavannes Jean-Baptiste comes in.

It’s been a particularly bad academic year thus far in terms of sexual violence on and around campus. In the past month, three sexual assaults were reported to the UO Police Department alone, and sexual assault prevention advocates say that’s consistent with the “red zone,” the first six weeks of fall term when a high rate of sexual violence is reported. On Nov.

“We know beyond a shadow of a doubt humans have affected the composition of the atmosphere and almost beyond a shadow of a doubt that global warming is related to that,” says Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI). In this election season, climate change didn’t come up until after the presidential debates, but superstorm Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath meant the topic hit the headlines before the election was over.

Every four years around presidential election time, the Electoral College gets attention for a few weeks, then fades into the fog of obscurity for four more years. But who are Oregon’s seven electors, how did they become electors and what do they do?

President Obama’s victory this week does not automatically make him president for four years, but it kicks off a long and formal process that leads up to his inauguration at noon Jan. 20, 2013. Seven electors will (ideally) represent us and cast their votes for Obama and Biden in Salem Dec. 17.

That’s Cool New & Used is a new retail shop at 1000 Bertelsen Road, Suite 3, in Eugene. The locally owned and operated store offers antiques, gift items, video games, housewares, used furnishings and collectables. They also do repairs and refinishing. Call 343-3642 for hours or find the store on Facebook. A website in under construction.

• The Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets at 5:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Eugene Public Library.

• The Metropolitan Policy Committee is holding a public hearing related to “West Eugene EmX preliminary engineering funds” from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Eugene Public Library. 

In Afghanistan

• 2,142 U.S. troops killed* (2,135)

• 17,887 U.S. troops wounded in action (17,834)

• 1,263 U.S. contractors killed (1,263)

• 12,793 civilians killed (12,793)

• $581.7 billion cost of war ($579.3 billion)

• $171.8 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($171.1 million)

 

In Iraq

The lush and productive Courthouse Garden east of the U.S. Courthouse in Eugene has garnered national attention as an innovative collaboration between the city of Eugene, the University of Oregon, local businesses and the judicial system, but it may get bulldozed and paved over if a local credit union or another private business buys the 1.9 acres of city-owned property.

More changes may be afoot for the local animal welfare services scene. After city and county funding cuts led to the jettisoning of the Lane County Animal Services (LCAS) program in favor of Greenhill Humane Society running the shelter and splitting up the welfare officers by city and county in July of this year, questions abound as to whether or not the LCAS Advisory Committee may be next on the chopping block. 

While many Eugeneans have already settled on voting for Democrats or Republicans in the Nov. 6 election, other parties are on the ballot, and third parties are actively registering new voters. According to the Oregon Blue Book, about 26 percent of Oregon voters were registered with third parties or are unaffiliated with a party.

As evidenced by the infamous anti-Islam video that attracted a whirlwind of attention after it was alleged to have been linked to the Benghazi embassy riots in September, religion continues to remain a touchy subject these days. For Saba Mahmood, a professor of anthropology at UC-Berkeley, it’s a topic that she hopes to understand more clearly through her studies of religious issues in Egypt.

People in their late teens and early 20s don’t have the best track record when it comes to voting. That’s why around election time, voter registration volunteers show up on college campuses, encouraging students to fill out their registration cards. The registration deadline has passed, but now it’s up to students to follow through and vote. 

Just days before Hurricane Sandy smacked into the East Coast, turning New York City streets into waterways, a tsunami advisory was issued for the West Coast from Alaska into California, as well as Hawaii, as a result of an 7.7 earthquake off the coast of British Columbia. These water disasters, or near disasters — the tsunami was in the end rather small — call to mind the 2011 Japanese quake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear plant dangers that arose.

Eugene police are once again coordinating the collection of warm clothing, boots and other various winter weather items to be distributed to community service agencies that help the homeless community stay warm this winter. 

Officer Randy Ellis has spearheaded the collection for the past several years and last year West University Neighborhood residents Don and Anne Dezarn pledged to match up to $2,500 of funds collected after seeing the success of previous years and the impact on this vulnerable population.

Two Eugene businesses, Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company and Vanilla Jill’s, have teamed up to create “Jack & Jill’s Courtyard” located on 3rd and Blair across from the back of Ninkasi in the Whiteaker. We hear it’s a great food destination with meat and vegetable pasties available from Cousin Jack’s cart and frozen yogurt, ice cream, vegan treats, soups, salads and more available at Vanilla Jill’s.

Opportunity Village Eugene is looking for warehouse space to store building materials and “construct pieces of tiny houses to be assembled on the site when we get one.” Email Finn Po at finnpo@efn.org

In Afghanistan

• 2,135 U.S. troops killed* (2,134)

• 17,834 U.S. troops wounded in action (17,790)

• 1,263 U.S. contractors killed (1,263)

• 12,793 civilians killed (12,793)

• $579.3 billion cost of war ($577.7 billion)

• $171.1 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($170.6 million)

 

In Iraq

Developers have tried repeatedly to turn the steep-sloped land into houses. Each application has been defeated, but the developers keep trying. The Nobles have started the Be Noble Foundation in order to save the Beverly property and turn it into a permanent part of Eugene’s parks and open spaces.

Here are our selected picks in contested races and issues.

Capstone’s student housing project not yet under construction at 13th and Olive has hit a legal snag, losing an Oct. 11 Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) ruling to neighborhood advocate Paul Conte on the city’s vacation (termination of public right to use the street) of West 12th Avenue between Olive and Willamette. 

Oregon is facing the prospect of coal trains rumbling through the state bringing coal, and coal dust and increased diesel fumes, thanks to several proposals for coal export terminals along the coast and Columbia River. Gov. John Kitzhaber and Sen. Jeff Merkley have requested an extensive federal environmental review of the effects of exporting coal to Asia, having it burned there and blowing back to the Northwest. Local governments have attempted to weigh in on the coal issue as well. 

With the next City Council decision on the downtown exclusion zone — which allows banning people from the downtown core prior to conviction of a crime — a year away, civil liberties activists already seeking the data they need to fight the zone. But on Oct. 17, Eugene Police Department records manager Joan Quaempts denied the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) request for a public records fee waiver for documents related to past exclusions, quoting a $2,284 fee for the records. EW was a party in the request.