Keeping Up With the Headlines: The News Week in Review


From Jerry Sandusky’s trial expanding to include incest charges [1] to a U.S. House panel trying to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt [2], keeping up with the news has been difficult this week. That’s not to even mention trying to keep with those Kardashians. But if you live in Eugene, the Kardashian part got a bit easier.

Olympic champion Bruce Jenner, a regular on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’ and a camera crew from the TV show made it to Eugene on Friday for the start of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. It’s unknown if any of Jenner’s celebrity female relatives will accompany him — namely his wife, Kris Kardashian, and his stepdaughters, Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian. But Jenner, 62, will have a 10-person crew from the show’s production company, Bunim/Murray Productions, in tow during his visit to Hayward Field and an overnight stay at The Inn at the 5th.” [3]

While the Kardashians — on the one hand — are always in the tabloids for their supposed love of plastic (the surgery kind), the city of Corvallis — on the other hand — is jumping the plastic ship.  “The Corvallis City Council took a stand against ocean pollution this week, becoming the second city in Oregon to approve a comprehensive ban on plastic bags. A second reading and final vote are still required to secure the ordinance, but all city councilors are on record in support of the bill, which they voted 8-1 to enact at Monday’s meeting.” [4]

If that wasn’t enough of a strike against plastic, Eugene has also begun talks to bag the bags. “Eugene is hoping to take down the Plastic Bag Monster. The city’s Planning and Development Department came up with a draft ordinance to ban plastic bags, but whether the plan moves forward will depend on the public. City leaders said it is very important to them to gather as much input as possible.” [5]

We don’t know if the days of “paper or plastic?” are over yet, but the days of using Black Hawk helicopters for youth development are just beginning. That’s right, the Eugene Police Department decided that, for its youth activities camp this week, they would send out the National Guard’s finest: “a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter!” “This very special and awesome ‘drop in’ visitor from the Oregon Army National Guard” was an addition to Wednesday’s “regularly scheduled activities” at the camp. [6]

Not part of anyone’s regularly scheduled activities, though, was an antique shop catching on fire. “Eugene and Springfield fire departments made their way to 12th and Willamette around 10:30 [Monday] morning after receiving multiple calls about visible flames at the top of Anastasia’s Antiques. Before they could douse the blaze firefighters had to make sure everyone was evacuated. The fire continued to grow as flames shot out of the top where four different groups of residents were living. The people and their pets made it out unharmed.” [7]

Speaking of antiques going up in flames: a 64-year-old man from Salem was arrested for exchanging meth for sex: “A 64-year-old Salem man convicted for giving two girls methamphetamine in exchange for sex was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison. Edward Randolph Johnston was found guilty Friday of 13 felony sex and drug charges. The Statesman Journal reports police arrested Johnston in October after they found a runaway girl at his home. Detectives determined he also had made a drugs-for-sex deal with at least one other underage girl.” [8]

Exchanging drugs for sex is never a good idea. But it is always a good idea to make sure you are screened for STDs. So “the mayors of Lane County’s two largest cities are getting behind an effort for people to know their HIV status. Wednesday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day.  HIV Alliance of Eugene said Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg have drawn up proclamations to support this day of awareness.” [9]

Getting tested for STDs isn’t something you might anticipate with pleasure. You might rather keep up with the Kardashians. (Or maybe you’d actually rather get tested for STDs.) But a couple things you can surely look forward to are the ” annual events that take place at Alton Baker Park each year right around the Fourth of July,” Music and The Vineyard with the Freedom Fireworks on July 4, and Art and The Vineyard from July 6 – 8. [10]

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