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The Heimlich case, one year later

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It’s always interesting when the big boys come to town. Sports Illustrated and the New York Times both have chimed in with lengthy — in SI’s case exhaustive — takes on Oregon State University pitcher Luke Heimlich.

Spielberg and “The Post”: Some thoughts on truth and the movies

I saw “The Post” last night. And the first thing I did when I got home was fire up the computer and test it. How close to the real story was it? What liberties did director Steven Spielberg and his team take with the story of the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War?

Kamp, Yruretagoyena Latest Casualties in Football’s “Super Size” Era

As of last Thursday, two of Oregon’s big men, junior OL Andre Yruretagoyena and junior DL Sam Kamp, have officially retired from college football. Both Yruretagoyena and Kamp cited health concerns and will forgo their final seasons of playing eligibility, the latest in collegiate career casualties stemming from football’s...

The Art of the Oregon Long Snappers

Oregon doesn’t use its long snappers — true freshman Tanner Carew and redshirt freshman Connor Johnson – as much as other teams in college football use theirs. The long snapper is a specialist center, a hired cannon that is accepted as its own skill position within...

Register-Guard to sue UO after district attorney denies appeal requesting records from sexual assault case

The Lane County District Attorney rejected two newspapers’ appeal for the University of Oregon to disclose public records from the sexual assault case involving three former Oregon men’s basketball players: Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin. One newspaper, The Register-Guard, will sue the UO in Lane County Circuit Court as a result.

“The rejection of our appeal leaves us with no option but to file a lawsuit against the university,” Register-Guard general counsel Wendy Baker said in the paper Tuesday. “Oregon Public Records law exists to preclude this kind of secrecy among our public servants.”

The other newspaper involved in the joint appeal, The Oregonian, is considering its options, according to its managing editor, Therese Bottomly.

The joint appeal came in response to hundreds of heavily redacted records released to multiple news outlets, including The Emerald.

On May 9, The Oregonian requested “any emails, text messages or electronic or print records written or received by Oregon president Michael Gottfredson and Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens between March 8 to the present regarding sexual assault allegations against Oregon basketball players.”

The Register-Guard sought similar types of records from Gottredson and Mullens, along with head men’s basketball coach Dana Altman with regards to the alleged sexual assault in March involving Dotson, Artis and Austin. The Register-Guard also requested communications involving a UO athletic department employee named “Cassie,” who the alleged survivor referred to in the Eugene police report from the case.

Those records couldn’t be disclosed under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) because they involved UO students, according to the UO. In their opinion released Monday, District Attorney Alex Gardner and Chief Deputy District Attorney Patricia Perlow sided with the UO.

KATU-TV and The New York Times also appealed the UO’s redacted records. KATU requested to be added to The Register-Guard and Oregonian’s appeal and was also denied.

None of the three former players were charged with a crime, due to what Gardner cited as a lack of evidence. However, the players were dismissed from the team and suspended from the university in the subsequent months.

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Where Did The Week Go…

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If they gave out irony awards, the winner would undoubtedly go to the production set of an upcoming film.

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, based on the biblical story, is filming in Oyster Bay, New York. The location was chosen specifically because hurricanes almost never hit the Northeast, and certainly not at this time of year… normally.

Aronofsky built his ark to the measurements outlined in the bible in terms of the height and width. Measuring 450 feet long and 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide, the structure is outdoors and may have been severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

According to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, the storm has set a “new record” for fallen trees and as a result, no one from the Noah production has been able to get to the ark to see what remains.

Russell Crowe as Noah.

In Noah, which is set to hit theaters on March 29, 2014, Russell Crowe plays the hero, who is tasked by God to build an ark to save a male and female animal of every species before a torrential downpour washes away the rest of life on the planet.

It remains to be seen weather (see what I did there) Noah’s ark will be seaworthy once the crew has a chance to see it, but in the mean time, consider this event a sign that authenticity should only have to go so far.

Emma Watson, who co-stars in the film, summed up the event perfectly.

“I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost @DarrenAronofsky @russellcrow @MattyLibatique,” Watson tweeted Sunday night before the storm.

Netflix Instant Pick: Get the Gringo

Get the Gringo is a film that was released straight-to-disc earlier this year. Normally an action movie that avoided theaters has two things in common: It stars Wesley Snipes, Val Kilmer, Steven Seagal or Steve Austin and it’s probably terrible. Fortunately for Gringo, it surprisingly avoids both.

Starring Mel Gibson, Gringo begins with Driver (Gibson) being apprehended by the Mexican authorities following a botched robbery. But unlike every other American who’s ever lived, Driver prefers to be sent to a Mexican prison rather than an American one because it keeps him one step closer to a bigger stash of cash hidden south of the border.

Sent to a prison that apparently doesn’t believe in bathing, Driver must use his gifted grifter skills to survive fellow inmates, corrupt policemen and guards, and an outside force aware of his secret stolen loot. Being the only “white guy” there, Driver befriends a 10-year-old boy who helps him not only navigate through the prison, but also plan an escape.

An oldschool action movie.

Mel Gibson has had a rough few years to say the least. Once an A-list actor and director, Gibson has seen his star fall considerably following a number of incidents involving the police and ex-wives. Personally, I could care less about actor’s personal lives as long as they can continue to churn out entertaining movies (see Tom Cruise).

Get the Gringo shows that Gibson is still capable of being a movie-star. Perfectly balancing the hard-nose tough guy with a sly sense of humor, Gibson effortlessly carries this entertaining thriller down unexpected paths. Reminiscent of his performance in Payback, Gibson plays a character not entirely likable, but still worth rooting for.

At 56, Gibson is certainly showing his age (You can practically count the rings on his face), but with Get the Gringo, Gibson proves why he’s still worth seeing. Hopefully his next film returns him to the big screen where he belongs.

N.Y. Times Circulation up 40%

The Audit Bureau of Circulation released a report Tuesday showing that The New York Times’ circulation has jumped 40 percent. But don’t think that significant increase is because of print circulation. As expected, the Times has seen its digital side create most of the revenue.

Where the nation’s newspaper circulation was down 0.2 percent to the same period last year, the Times has seen its Monday-Friday circulation increase mainly because of digital subscription packages. The Times now has about 25 percent more digital subscribers during the week than print subscribers. On Sunday however, print subscriptions still exceed digital.

Newspapers aren’t dead yet.

The increase of digital usage and the decrease of print usage is no surprise, but to see overall circulation numbers up for The New York Times is a welcome sight. There always seems to be this notion that people (young in particular) only get their news from things like The Daily Show. To see that the most respected newspaper in America is seeing a rise in circulation in any form shows that people still value good, hard-nosed American journalism.

While late-night talk shows and 3-minute videos on the Internet offer a convenient way of consuming news, it’s still important that we stay informed by reading from the professionals and learning every facet to a story. At the very least it’ll make you feel smarter.