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April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

Some know him as a co-founder of the Weather Underground, aka the Weathermen, a Vietnam-era group that bombed public buildings in protest of the war. Still others know him as a respected author, thinker and professor of education, even as the writer of a comic book.

Some know him as a co-founder of the Weather Underground, aka the Weathermen, a Vietnam-era group that bombed public buildings in protest of the war. 

Still others know him as a respected author, thinker and professor of education, even as the writer of a comic book.

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

Activists gathered at the Eugene downtown post office on Tax Day, April 17, “to challenge militarism and corporate greed and to call for the re-ordering of federal spending and tax priorities from supporting war and Wall St. to meeting human and environmental needs,” according to Michael Carrigan of CALC. 

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

Eugene’s 32rd Take Back the Night (TBTN)/ Recobrar la Noche may be unusually quiet this year due to the mandatory reporting policy implemented by UO last fall. The new guidelines state that all university workers are required to report cases of sexual assault reported to them to the Department of Public Safety, with or without the consent of the survivor. 

April 25, 2012 10:00 PM

In Afghanistan

•  1,931 U.S. troops killed* (1,927)

• 15,672 U.S. troops wounded in action (15,594)

• 1,131 U.S. contractors killed (1,131)

• $522.1 billion cost of war ($520 billion)

• $154.2 million cost to Eugene taxpayers ($153.6 million)

 

In Iraq

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

• Finalists for the executive director of Lane Council of Government will speak and take questions from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, April 19, at the Hilton Vista Room. A final decision is expected at the LCOG board meeting April 26 in Veneta. 

• A candidates forum for North Eugene’s County Commission race, sponsored by Harlow Neighbors, will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, April 19, at North Park Community Church, 3484 Harlow Road.

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

The Hayward Historic District is a new nonprofit business association involving owners of Eugene City Bakery, Prince Puckler’s, Studio One Café, Tom’s Market, Beppe and Gianni’s, Ume Grill, Bare Body Waxing and Sun Automotive. The mission is to promote the area’s dining and business services as the neighborhood near campus gears up for the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials. “Many of us felt overlooked at the 2008 Olympic Trials,” says Chris Hogle of Studio One.

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Bus tours generally take you fun places; they take you sightseeing. But a recent bus tour took Lane County participants on a trip into environmental justice — or the lack of it. Small houses cringed in front of smokestack plumes and neighborhood residents told of days the smell of chemicals have them hiding in their houses, their children stricken with asthma attacks. This isn’t happening in some big dirty city in some other state. It’s in west Eugene.

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

As the May primary lurks closer and closer, campaign money and endorsements are piling up in the county commissioner race for South Eugene. The Pete Sorenson vs. Andy Stahl contest seems a bit of a liberal against liberal, green against green match-up, but race-watchers say it’s more clearcut than that. 

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Earth Day was first observed in 1970. Forty-two years later it’s still going strong and the Earth still needs saving. Here in Eugene and the surrounding area, a lot’s going on to commemorate the occasion. How do you decide what to do? It won’t be easy, but here’s a roundup of some local happenings going on for Earth Day 2012. For more events, see our Calendar.

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Unions. They brought you the 40-hour, five-day workweek; they fight for health care and they’re a font of music you can sing along to. “Solidarity forever/ solidarity forever/ the union makes us strong.”

George Mann will be bringing his labor and folk music to Eugene at 8 pm Friday, April 20, at the Whiteaker’s Reality Kitchen. The show is sponsored by Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice, AFSCME Local 3214 and the Lane branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

April 18, 2012 10:00 PM

The UO neither supports nor opposes the efforts of its faculty to unionize, a spokesperson says. It just objects to the all-encompassing and overlapping categories of tenured professors, tenure-track professors, adjunct instructors, faculty of graduate and professional degree programs, emeritus faculty, postdoctoral scholars, research associates and fellows, visiting faculty and supervisory employees as parts of the same union.

April 11, 2012 11:00 PM

Not only do Lane County residents know who most of their county commissioners are, they like the ones they know, according to a survey done by the Lindholm Company. Commissioners Rob Handy and Pete Sorenson, who are up for re-election, both scored well in the survey. 

Sid Leiken, a former Springfield mayor and now county commissioner for Springfield, topped the list both in name recognition, 70 percent, and in favorability ratings, 36 percent favorable, 12 percent unfavorable. Leiken is not up for re-election this cycle and is the current chair of the board.

April 11, 2012 11:00 PM

“If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a speculum — it sucks,” Breeze Harper said to a predominantly twenty-something audience at the UO on April 7. “But the speculum is this commodity that came out of the suffering of African American slavery.”

April 11, 2012 11:00 PM

Former prostitute and porn star Annie Sprinkle has come out of the closet as an ecosexual. Sprinkle, a leader in the sex-positive feminist movement, will be coming to Eugene and leading an “ecosexy walking tour” from 3 to 4:30 pm Thursday, April 12, outside the EMU at UO. 

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

Animal advocates almost didn’t get a chance to tell the Board of Lane County Commissioners what they think of the plans to make major changes to the way the county deals with its stray pets. The public was allowed to comment April 5 at a commissioners’ meeting, but only after Commissioners Rob Handy and Pete Sorenson made repeated requests to have the animal control issue added to the agenda.

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

• Local organizations are hosting community meetings to share current information and science on marine debris left by the Japanese tsunami in 2011 from federal, state, and local experts. Lane County events will be at 6 pm Thursday, April 12, at Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Hwy; at 10 am Friday, April 13, at the Florence Fire Station, 2625 Hwy. 101; and at 3 pm Saturday, April 14, at the EWEB Training Center, 500 E. 4th Ave. in Eugene. Contact rachael@solv.org

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

GloryBee Foods will host its annual Bee Weekend April 13-14 at its new location, 29548 B. Airport Road. This community event is “packed with beekeeping education, distribution of pre-ordered packages of live bees, honey sampling and additional activities.” Dick Turanski, founder and beekeeper, will demonstrate bees installation into hives. Friday demo times are 9:30 and 11 am, 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 5 pm, and Saturday at 8:30, 10 and 11 am. The store will be open until 12:30 pm Saturday.

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

In last week’s Chow! story “Angels in the Rye,” the location of the restaurant called Rye was incorrect. Co-owner Kiyallah Heatherstone tells us the restaurant is at 444 E. 3rd Ave., just off the Ferry Street Bridge. The phone number at Rye is 953-3473.

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

A coalition of peace, justice and labor activists are organizing a series of actions on Tax Day April 17 demanding that Congress redirect war dollars and increase taxes on the top 1 percent to fund education, job creation, universal health care and other vital services.

At 11 am Tuesday, people at Eugene’s downtown post office at 5th and Willamette will be invited to participate in a “penny poll.” Participants will be given 10 pennies to put in jars representing a six-category breakdown of the federal budget.

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

• Weyerhaeuser Springfield, (541) 988-7502 or 974-2062, plans to ground spray Velpar DF, Accord Concentrate, Transline, Garlon 4 Ultra on 5 acres near Parsons Creek, T16S, R02W, S09. See ODF notice 2012-771-00280.

• Lane Electric plans to spray Finale in and around the Fox Hollow substation

April 11, 2012 10:00 PM

Matthew Robinson says, “The main reason I’m running is to promote more honesty in politics,” but that seems disingenuous to those who question his last-minute entry into the May Democratic congressional primary against Rep. Peter DeFazio.

His father, Tea Party darling and Republican congressional candidate Art Robinson, is running again this year against DeFazio, and according to an email he sent to supporters, he did not ask his son to engage in a head-to-head with DeFazio for the Democratic primary.

April 4, 2012 11:00 PM

• An Envision Eugene community forum organized by Downtown/Westside neighborhoods will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, April 5, at the Hult Center Studio downstairs. Email terri.l.harding@ci.eugene.or.us or call 682-5635. The next forums will be at the same time April 10 at Sheldon Community Center, and April 12 at South Eugene High School. 

• West University Neighbors general meeting will be at 7 pm Thursday, April 5, at Central Presbyterian, 555 E. 15th Ave. 

April 4, 2012 11:00 PM

• An Envision Eugene community forum organized by Downtown/Westside neighborhoods will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, April 5, at the Hult Center Studio downstairs. Email terri.l.harding@ci.eugene.or.us or call 682-5635. The next forums will be at the same time April 10 at Sheldon Community Center, and April 12 at South Eugene High School. 

• West University Neighbors general meeting will be at 7 pm Thursday, April 5, at Central Presbyterian, 555 E. 15th Ave. 

April 4, 2012 11:00 PM

Luminare Press is a new business that provides affordable services for authors who are interested in indie (or self) publishing, including book editing and design, e-publishing, printing, distribution and marketing. “We bridge the gap between writing a manuscript and making a book,” says owner Patricia Marshall, who has a background in magazine publishing, editing and creative nonfiction. See www.luminarepress.com or call 554-7574.