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October 9, 2012 04:13 PM

Here's a video from New York about not riding your bike in the bike lane. This is exactly why you need to know your rights — don't miss the surprise ending!

In other bike news, the number of bikes sold in Italy has overtaken the number of cars for the first time since WWII.

And in more serious bike news, I don't know that critical mass is the most productive way to advocate for bikes, but these black-and-white dressed people's reaction in San Francisco is not super safe, to say the least:

And this Grist story about the guy trying to mandate bike licenses in Portland is kinda hilarious.

October 1, 2012 05:00 PM

I don't know why all the marijuana videos keep finding their way to my screen, y'all, but this video is ticking up in the page views and the pro-Measure 80 folks would probably like you to see it before you vote.

September 27, 2012 09:48 AM

EcoSalon released its list of 2012's top 10 most ridiculous quotes about women, and they're SO ridiculous that Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's comment about rape and pregnancy didn't even make the list (though maybe it should have). In case you've been living under a rock, here's what he said, possibly confusing human women with ducks:

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Rush Limbaugh also had a gem or two that didn't make the list:

"So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."

I wonder what EcoSalon and I missed? We probably don't want to know. Barf.

September 20, 2012 09:11 AM

The push to treat marijuana like alcohol is getting a lot of attention. And no visual aid works as well as a Big Green Pot Superhero:

 

The brief Oregon part starts at 1:44.

September 19, 2012 03:05 PM

Tonight at 5 pm, ODOT is holding a Oregon Passenger Rail project open house at the Atrium Building, 99 W 10th Ave, to talk about the possibility of high-speed rail between Portland and Eugene. For more information, check out www.oregonpassengerrail.org

September 14, 2012 01:10 PM

City Council will certainly get an earful Monday night. The 7:30 pm public hearing schedule at the downtown library Bascom-Tyson room includes these three topics:

  1. Ordinance on bikes on sidewalks in the downtown core
  2. Ordinance on the Downtown Public Safety Zone
  3. Ordinance on a plastic bag ban

This oughtta be good!

August 23, 2012 02:10 PM

Today we were excited to hear that 2011 Next Big Thing Co-Champions (Co-Things?) Betty and the Boy won the Northwest String Summit Band Competition on Aug. 10.

Betty and the Boy

Want to catch this year's winner? Paul Quillen and Volifonix face off at 1 pm Saturday at the Eugene Weekly/KRVM stage at the Eugene Celebration.

August 9, 2012 01:51 PM

Most of us know of someone who has fallen on hard times lately, and a lot of those people have kids. The folks at Delacata want to help a family by supplying school supplies for a child's upcoming school year. From their Facebook page:

 

We want to help you provide your child with school supplies for the upcoming 2012 school year. We will choose one winner - write us and tell us your story - one winner will be chosen at random for a 2012 SCHOOLYARD MAKEOVER!! (*children ages 6-17*) The winner will be announced by AUGUST 24th

Contact Stephen at delacata@live.com

August 1, 2012 10:06 AM

Another one:

 

On July 19, a downtown officer saw a subject he recognized and who he was aware had violated a restraining order during a recent incident. Two officers contacted the subject and verified that he had violated the order and needed to be arrested. During the arrest, the subject attempted to flee and violently fought with officers.  As he was struggling, officers discovered he had an illegal switch blade tucked in the back waistband of his trousers. After the subject was handcuffed and he calmed down somewhat, a search revealed he was in possession of nine individually packaged portions of marijuana and several 20 dollar bills.  He was lodged in the Lane County Jail and charged with Violation of a Restraining Order, Resisting Arrest, Escape, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. The arresting officer asked that the court consider a 90 day exclusion.

The subject has previously been on probation for Coercion and Assault 4 (felony). He has been arrested locally for Criminal Mischief twice, Violation of Park Rules once, Criminal Trespassing three times, Violation of Restraining Order four times, Assault five times, Coercion once, Delivery of a Controlled Substance twice, Public Indecency once, Physical Harassment twice, Escape once (in addition to the new incident), Interfering with a Police Officer, Identity Theft, and Supplying Contraband - knife (to a correction facility).

The subject is a black male with a Eugene address on W. 10th Avenue

August 1, 2012 11:38 AM

EW film critic and former arts editor Molly Templeton got some love on Jezebel for her response to the New York Times Book Review's How-To Issue, which included 2/8 cover stories from women, which were about cooking and raising kids. I love how Molly explains her objections:

There is nothing wrong with cooking and raising children; there are lots of things right and wonderful with these pursuits. They are also, as I'm sure I don't need to tell you, traditionally female tasks, and when you take into consideration the VIDA stats, the history of gender imbalance in literature and journalism and the world at large, you might find yourself a little frustrated by the fact that it's 2012 and we are still too often relegated to writing about deeply gendered topics. (Of the 18 bylined reviews and essays in the issue, five are by women.)

Check out the awesome Tumblr she made in response. If you're a woman or girl, submit something!
July 20, 2012 12:09 PM

Another exclusion request:

 

In the afternoon of July 18, a downtown officer saw an adult man mingling with a number of teenagers in the Park Blocks. The man was contacted when he violated one of the posted park rules. The officer ran a record check on the 26-year-old man and found there was a warrant for his arrest. It was also determined that he was in the park in violation of an administrative park restriction. He is currently on probation for Possession of Heroin and Marijuana Delivery within 1000 Feet of a School.

Following the arrest, officers discovered the subject was in possession of heroin, marijuana and accouterments of marijuana distribution. He was arrested for the warrant, Trespassing (violating a park restriction), Possession of Heroin, and Unlawful Distribution of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School.

The subject has a local criminal record that includes 45 arrests in which he was lodged in the jail, and 26 arrests in which he received a citation in lieu of being lodged at jail. His arrests have been for Possession of Marijuana, Giving False Information to a Police Officer for a Citation, Violation of Park Rules, Delivery of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School, Criminal Trespass, Consuming Liquor on Unlicensed Premises, Failure to Appear, Delivery of Marijuana to a Juvenile (two separate incidents not including that which led to his arrest on the 18th), Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property, Physical Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

The subject is a white male, age 26, of Eugene.

July 13, 2012 08:12 AM

We've been compiling exclusion zone requests. Here are the last few to come in:

 

On July 7, a Eugene Police officer was driving by the Park Blocks when he heard what sounded like an argument and a subject being slapped.  As a security officer waved the officer over, the Eugene police officer saw a man and woman in an altercation. According to a witness, the man had struck the woman in the head at least once. As the police officer approached the two subjects, the male suspect fled. When the officer began to pursue him the suspect yelled vulgarities at the officer and the woman stepped in front of the officer to block his way. Other officers arrived and helped to control the two intoxicated subjects. Officers arrested both for Disorderly Conduct. Because the male suspect had been seen striking the woman he was also charged with Physical Harassment. As he was taken into custody he fought with officers, which led to an addition charge of Resisting Arrest.

The suspect has previous arrests for Harassment (domestic violence), Parole Violation, Inhaling Toxic Vapors, Burglary, Theft, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Criminal Mischief and Assault in the Fourth Degree (Felony/domestic violence).

The suspect is a white male, age 23, of west Eugene.

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On July 7, a Eugene Police downtown officer saw a subject standing on the sidewalk near Broadway and Olive drinking from a can of beer while blocking the way of people passing by. The subject has chronically consumed alcoholic beverages in public places in the downtown area. He was arrested for Possession and Consumption of Alcohol on Unlicensed Premises.

The suspect has more than 40 arrests for Consuming Alcohol on Unlicensed Premises, more than 30 arrests for Disorderly Conduct and 40 arrests for Trespassing. He has also been arrested a number of times for each of the following: Interfering with a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief, Physical Harassment, Menacing, Resisting Arrest and Violation of the Downtown Public Safety Zone. He has been arrested at least once for the charges of Possession of Heroin, Robbery, Intimidation, Urinating/Defecating in Public, Noise Disturbance and Escape from Custody.

The suspect is a white male, age 38, no residential address.

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On July 5, officers were called to the location of a theft at 99 W. Broadway. The suspect had tried to walk out of the store with food he didn't pay for and then damaged property in the store when the food was taken from him. Officers found the suspect a short distance away.  When contacted the suspect became violent and assaulted one of the officers. He was arrested for Theft, Criminal Mischief, Assault and Resisting Arrest.

The suspect has previous arrests for Parole Violations, Criminal Trespass, Resisting Arrest, Prohibited Camping and Assault IV (Felony).

The suspect is a white male, age 20, no residential address.

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On June 16, a woman's wallet was stolen from her purse while she was at the LTD transfer station at W. 10th Ave and Olive St. The suspect used the victim's credit cards and through our investigation was identified.  After he was lodged at the Lane County Jail for Third Degree Theft, Identify Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, one of our downtown officers checked on his history. As it turns out, the suspect, a 32-year-old man, sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl near the Owen Rose Garden a few days after stealing the wallet. The suspect was charged with Sodomy and Public Indecency as a result of that incident.

The suspect also has previous local arrests for Criminal Trespass, Strangulation, Consuming Liquor on Unlicensed Premises, Criminal Mischief, Physical Harassment, Theft, Urinating or Defecating in Public, Contempt of Court, Giving False Information to a Police Officer, Violation of a Protective Order, Fourth Degree Assault, Interfering with the Making of a Police Report (domestic violence), Coercion, Kidnapping, Burglary, Menacing (domestic violence), Contempt of Court, Telephonic Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.

The suspect is as black male, age 32, no residential address.

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On July 10, downtown officers were called to the location of two subjects in an alley.  The complainant believed the subjects were in possession of a bottle of an alcoholic beverage. When officers contacted the two men they learned that one had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Officers searched the subject and found that he was in possession of nearly three ounces of marijuana (a felony), more than $200 in cash and a bottle of bourbon.

The subject was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Consuming Alcohol on Unlicensed Premises.  He was also arrested under authority of a warrant stemming from a parole violation.  Officers requested a 90-day-exclusion.  The subject has previous arrests for Criminal Trespass, Parole Violation, Consuming Liquor on Unlicensed Premises, Littering, Park Rules Violation, Disorderly Conduct, Theft, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Forgery, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of a Forged Instrument, Possession of Heroin, Attempt to Deliver Heroin and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana.

The suspect is a white male, age 36, no residential address.

July 9, 2012 11:36 AM

PCRM reports that new, reportedly healthy kids meals that fast food joints are rolling out are just ... not so healthy.

Click through to see the other worst offenders.