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April 29, 2013 01:30 PM

Online and in the May 6, 2013 Sports Illustrated NBA center Jason Collins writes:

I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.

For the full first-person story, go to Sports Illustrated's website.

For the backlash, go to ESPN where, according to Think Progress "An ESPN sportscaster went on the air on Monday to publicly gay-bash Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out Monday morning in an emotional op-ed, the first active male player of a major American sport to come out. Speaking on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Chris Broussard said that he would 'not characterize [Collins] as a Christian.'”

April 26, 2013 12:28 PM

Some authors revel in rejection, others hide from fame, but when you get a chance to go see authors, established or up and coming, read their stuff, you get a chance to see the man or woman behind the curtain. Why judge a book by it's cover when you can come check out the writer?

In the next week we have a cornucopia of authorial riches. On Sunday, April 28, Donna Henderson, author of The Eddy Fence (Airlie Press, 2009) and Oregon Book Award finalist Sara Burant, author of Verge (Finishing Line Press, 2012)will be introduced by poet Carter McKenzie. The event benefits Beyond Toxics, which says:

These featured Oregon poets offer works of deep attention to the natural world and to our place in it. Whether in praise of the forces of nature or in elegy from environmental devastation, their poems rise out of protest against indifference to and appropriation of our resources and communities.Through precise and luminous language driven by the willingness to witness both the beauty of the natural world and the damage that threatens it, each poet offers in distinctive ways a new capacity for inhabitance. These are poems rooted in fierce gratitude for what sustains us all.

Then on Tuesday April 30 it's Oregon Writers Night at Sam Bond's when authors Daniel Kine and Eliot Treichel will be reading from Kine's Up Nights and Treichel’s recently released collection of short stories, Close is Fine. The event is all ages from 6-8 p.m. Kine and Treichel  follow the reading with a short question-and-answer session.

April 26, 2013 12:39 PM

The voter registration deadline for the May 21 Special Election is Tuesday, April 30. People who are not registered to vote in any Oregon county may register online at www.oregonvotes no later than 11:59 pm Tuesday, April 30. The online option is available only to those with a valid Oregon driver’s license, DMV-issued identification card, or learner’s permit.

 

Other registration options are to submit a voter registration form to the Elections Office by 4 pm Tuesday, or mail a voter registration card to the Elections Office with a postmark no later than Tuesday, April 30.

 

New voters who will turn 18 on or before the May 21 Election Day may register by the April 30 deadline and receive a ballot, even if they are still 17 on the deadline date.

 

For any questions on voter registration and elections in Oregon, go to: www.lanecounty.org/elections/or call Lane County Elections at 682-4234.

April 25, 2013 11:22 AM

Fossil Fool

UO's Bike Music Festival returns for the fifth time Friday, April 26. If you've never seen a pedal-powered stage, head down to the EMU Amphitheater or to Cozmic.

Events on campus start at 3 pm with slam poet Jared Paul, and the event rides on to Cozmic at 8 pm with Fossil Fool (pictured above), "the only MC who can rock a mic while he rides his bike," performing en route, according to the BMF's press release. "He is the inventor and producer of the Soul Cycle — an on-board audio system for bikes — and founder of Rock the Bike."

To find out when and where Gritt & Grizzle, My Goodness, Marv Ellis, Grey Matter Jugglers, Eleven Eyes and Medium Troy perform, check out the UO's page.

April 25, 2013 04:53 PM

A press release from Oregon House Democrats today, April 25:

Today the Oregon House of Representatives passed legislation that would give local governments more power to prevent vacant foreclosed homes from becoming neighborhood eyesores.

 

More than half of all foreclosed homes in Oregon are vacant, but current law does not assign responsibility for the upkeep of these abandoned properties. This situation has created problems for neighborhoods throughout the state as eyesore properties introduce criminal activity and harm property values.

 

House Bill 2662A prohibits property owners from neglecting foreclosed properties, requires property owners to post notice of who to contact in case of problems, and allows local governments to fine property owners if a nuisance arises that the owner does not address.

 

Rep. Lew Frederick (D–Portland) has been working for years on legislation to help neighborhoods deal with blighted properties and empty, foreclosed homes.

 

“I’m proud of my colleagues for supporting legislation that will help neighborhoods address this very real problem,” Frederick said. “Squatters have turned some properties into drug labs, or camped in the structures allowing garbage to accumulate. This bill gives neighbors and municipalities a very basic tool for controlling the local effects.”

 

In the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, the usual remedies to deal with problem properties are no longer working, he said. HB 2662A takes a step in the right direction by prohibiting owners from neglecting empty properties.

 

“Eyesore properties impact communities of any size, and any density,” House Majority Leader Val Hoyle (D–Eugene) said. “I’m pleased that the House voted to give neighbors a simple tool to deal with one aspect of the fallout from the problems created by the great recession.”

April 25, 2013 03:22 PM

April 25, 2013 04:39 PM

One lane is open from the east side for bikes and hikers up to the lava beds and summit. Check for updates and get on ODOT's alet list at

http://wkly.ws/1gj

April 25, 2013 09:24 AM

Activists gathered at the Eugene downtown post office on Tax Day April 15 “to challenge militarism and to call for the re-ordering of federal spending from supporting war to meeting human and environmental needs,” says Penny Poll organizer Michael Carrigan of Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC).

People were provided the opportunity to voice how they would spend their tax dollars when they took part in the annual Penny Poll. Participants were handed 10 pennies that they deposited in jars representing a five-category breakdown of the federal budget. A counting of pennies indicate 54 percent support for human resources, 24 percent for physical resources, 12 percent for general government, 3 percent for military and 7 percent for paying down the federal debt.

“The results are similar to past years,” Carrigan says. “If Eugene residents ran the federal government, things would be significantly different — their tax dollars would be funding social and environmental programs and not endless war.” 

April 22, 2013 04:10 PM

Occupy TV's second episode of the second season features Alternative Radio's David Barsamian and more.

April 22, 2013 04:54 PM

April 22, 2013 04:48 PM

Just heard folk icon Richie Havens died this morning, April 22, of a heart attack. He was 72. He retired from the concert circuit three years ago after a long career that began as the opening performance at Woodstock. A public memorial will be planned for sometime later. RIP.

April 18, 2013 04:39 PM

This information was just sent out to University of Oregon students and faculty:

Dear Members of the UO Community:

Today, we learned to our disappointment that doors leading to the Native American Student Union (NASU), the Vietnamese Student Association and Black Women of Achievement (VSA and BWA) had, respectively, been vandalized. We are shocked and saddened that events like that can happen on our campus.

As a community of scholars, we are committed to civility and welcoming all of our students. We are also committed to values of understanding, inclusion and mutual respect. That is why such uncivil acts have no place of abode in our midst.

The University of Oregon Police Department is investigating the incident and perpetrators will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. While our law enforcement authorities are carefully investigating the two incidents, preliminary investigations indicate that no member of our campus community appears to have been hurt in the process, and that our students continue to feel safe. At the same time, our students are shaken by the unfortunate as well as uncivil incidents, and we share their frustration.

Meanwhile, staff members at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE), which is an affiliate unit of the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), and offices of Dean of Students and Undergraduate Studies, are reaching out to the student leaders of the Native American Student Union, Vietnamese Student Association and Black Women of Achievement. As things stand now, we neither know the motivation of the perpetrators of those acts, nor do we know whether they are members of the university community. Yet, we want to reiterate that anyone found to be involved will be dealt with appropriately and according to law.

We also want to add that such sad incidents go a long way to remind us of the importance of honoring and treasuring one another. We urge everyone to cooperate and act responsibly.

Therefore, anyone with information related to these unfortunate incidents is urged to contact the UO Police Department at 541-346-2919.

Sincerely, Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Vice President, Equity and Inclusion Robin Holmes, Vice President, Student Affairs

The Vietnamese Students Association posted a response on Facebook earlier today in response to the vandalism.

It was truly upsetting to find our VSA's sign slashed, vandalized and shredded on the ground outside our office. We at UO VSA wish to promote tolerance, peace, understanding and friendship to all students, irregardless of their race or nationality. Although it is shocking and saddening to have this happen to us, we will NOT be intimidated by this cowardly and disgusting act. To the individual who did this to us, I want to make this personally clear: You do NOT scare us, you will NOT break us, and you will NOT crush our resolve to promote and celebrate our culture here at our University. We will continue, as always, to provide a family to our members, serve as a resource to our campus, and stand in solidarity against racism, prejudice, ignorance and cowardice.

April 17, 2013 04:36 PM

We found out about Bike In Shapes just a little too late for our bike-themed Earth Day issue, but this event looks geeky and fun in all the right ways. They're meeting at the new Bier Stein at 7:45 pm on Thursday, April 18 — and ending there, too. Be there or be not-a-fractal.

Neatomapsquito!