Zombies, Racism, and Craigslist on EDN: The News Week in Review
Eugene was a hot topic on the Internet this last week. Not the city, though, sorry. Everyone has been reading about Mr. Eugene, first name Rudy, a 31-year-old man from Miami who took “bath salts. Ingredients in bath salts — usually concentrated with a substantial dose of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) — can cause hallucinations, psychosis and dangerous behavior — and apparently transform someone into a zombie!. As the drug first surged in use, authorities described its effects as a high similar to LSD-induced trips that could sometimes include amphetamine-like palpitations and paranoia.  After consuming this substance, Mr. Eugene was discovered chomping on another man’s face and neck before he was shot and killed by police. But fear not, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially announced on Thursday that zombies don’t exist.” 
Zombies might not exist, but racists do, as Lane County was reminded last week when four people chased and threatened a 15-year-old Springfield teenager due to his skin color. The victim told police an older yellow pick-up passed by slowly with four occupants…The victim tells police the truck circled the block and passed again, this time the occupants were yelling racial slurs, and threatening to hurt him. He told police that he tried to walk away, but, was chased into a gravel parking lot where the driver tried to run him over.  Springfield promptly condemned the incident. In conjunction with the Community Alliance of Lane County, the city held a rally against racism. Marilee Woodrow, a Springfield City Councilor, said
“the city is absolutely behind the rally. We are all appalled at what happened. This rally, we all support it. This is something important to gather the community together for good. I hope it sends the message that Springfield will not stand for racism.” 
Speaking of raising a finger: A Lane County woman says she stumbled upon what appears to be a human finger inside a glass bottle while on a beach trip near Reedsport. Tracie Bindrim says while looking for treasures along a secluded beach outside Reedsport she found …a finger. 
Fingers were not the only things discovered on the beach this week. A Japanese dock floated across the Pacific Ocean after last year’s tsunami. State parks employees and scientists scrambled to identify and contain any invasive species that may have hitched a ride on the structure. And now they have to figure out what to do with the 66-foot-long, 8-foot-tall behemoth.  Apparently Japan doesn’t want it back.
We do want Edward J. King, Jr., back, though. Edward King Jr. — co-founder of King Estate Winery, avionics pioneer and a lifelong entrepreneur — died Sunday at home at the age of 90.  King was considered an icon of the Oregon wine industry. 
What we don’t want, on the other hand, is the highly contagious bacterial infection known as pertussis, or whooping cough. Over the course of 2012, the disease has reached near-epidemic status in Washington state and has since passed into Oregon. According to Oregon Immunization Program spokesperson Susan Wickstrom, the state of Oregon reached a yearly total of 248 cases in May, compared to 102 cases at the same time last year. As of May 21, 2012, Lane County has seen five cases of whooping cough. Already this year in Oregon, Wickstrom says, there have been 10 infants — three months old or younger — hospitalized as a result of whooping cough.
Whooping cough is no fun, but online games are. The local gaming industry, therefore, was ecstatic to find out that, Zynga, the world’s largest social game company, has acquired Eugene game developer Buzz Monkey and plans to expand the 50-employee Eugene studio. 
Buzz Monkey wasn’t the only thing in Oregon to get a new boss. On Monday the Trail Blazers hired Neil Olshey to be their new general manager. Just a few days ago, it was reported that Olshey had reached an agreement to remain GM of the Los Angeles Clippers. But after contract negotiations with the Clippers broke down, Portland was able to hire Olshey. 
In other news, Eugene Daily News is finally being treated like a real newspaper. Meaning, people talking trash about EDN on Craigslist. That’s right, this last week EDN — at long last — received the attention of trolls, aka internet forum intellectuals. Apparently EDN is “another rag out there” that is “all pro-Occupy slanted opinionated crap journalism.” that engages in “guerrilla marketing schemes” to advance our “radical Nazi” agenda.   Who knew.