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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Snoop Dogg Finds Jah: Reincarnated as Snoop Lion

It's only Rastafari and One Love from here on out for the former rapper.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Snoop LionBreaking News! This is no joke!

After a recent trip to Jamaica Snoop Dogg found himself warmly embraced by the island and its people and has declared he's over the hip-hop lifestyle.

"I'm tired of rap ... I want to bury Snoop Dogg ... I found Rastafari," said the artist we shall now know as 'Snoop Lion.' Seriously. This is real.

Check out the trailer for the new film Reincarnated that follows Snoop's journey and was made in partnership with VICE films and Snoopadelic Films.

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Man, this isn't that big a jump for the rap mega-star. I mean he already smokes a ton of herb, and transitioning from a canine to a feline isn't so far fetched, is it?

As Snoop has said himself, he's getting old (40) and rap wasn't cutting it anymore. He's had a higher calling.

“I’ve always wanted to perform for kids, my grandmother and people around the world that love me, can’t accept the music that I make. This reggae music is the music of love, happiness and struggle,” Snoop recently told reporters.

Snoop Lion has already tapped Diplo and Major Lazer to help him with his new album.


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One for the books

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

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Hot Spot or Hot Seat: Development position on the chopping block as accolades roll in

Entrepreneur Magazine’s August edition features an article that calls Bend the nation’s next hot spot for entrepreneurship.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Entrepreneur Magazine’s August edition features an article that calls Bend the nation’s next hot spot for entrepreneurship. It’s an interesting piece that touts Bend’s livability and outdoor recreation as draws, but also its highly educated workforce, many of whose members relocate from larger metro areas only to find that their best chance at a good paying job is to start their own business.

The piece includes quotes from Silicon Valley and Seattle area refuges and homegrown success stories like 10 Barrel’s Garret Wales, who helped grow the fledgling Bend brewery into a regional powerhouse. Locally grown Bend Broadband also gets a shout out for helping to set the stage with its early and aggressive expansion of its rural high-speed cable and Internet service that set that stage for some of the region’s now rapidly growing tech start-ups, according to the story.

Interestingly, the story touts the region’s aggressive promotion of business through the use of development incentives. The writer quotes Economic Development for Central Oregon’s (EDCO) Jim Coonan on the importance of the public private partnership. There’s a bit of irony in that Coonan is currently trying to lobby local leaders find a way to keep him from being laid off as a federal grant that has funded his position is soon to expire. Local lender Bank of the Cascades recently pledged $60,000+ toward the extension of Coonan’s employment and Deschutes County is prepared to kick in another $20K. EDCO is asking the city of Bend for another $12,000 to keep Coonan on board.

Read the full Entrepreneur story here.


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Monday, July 30, 2012

Thomas Bray Convicted of Rape

Thomas Bray, former Central Oregon Community College instructor, was convicted of rape today.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Thomas Bray, former Central Oregon Community College instructor, was convicted today on six counts including rape in the first degree, strangulation and sodomy relating to a violent sexual encounter with a woman he met on match.com in February 2011.

Bray, a former anesthesiologist, was found not guilty on five other counts related to a sexual relationship he had with one of his students, also in February 2011.

Neither woman will be identified by the Source to protect their privacy.

Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Tiktin delivered his verdict today after a two-week trial that concluded last week. Bray had previously waived his right to a jury trial.

He began his remarks by complimenting both the district attorney’s office and Bray’s defense attorney, Stephen Houze, on their competent efforts.

Tiktin then explained why he found Bray not guilty on charges related to his former student, with whom Bray had a sexual relationship for several weeks in February 2011 while she was enrolled in his anatomy and physiology class at COCC.

The majority of Tiktin’s explanation centered on the lack of evidence to corroborate the claims made by the student. He also cited a number of texts sent by the former student that showed she seemed to be a willing participant in the “non-traditional” and “rough” sex she had with Bray.

In one instance, Bray texted the former student saying “We’re done. Ok?”

She replied “I don’t want to move on. I want you,” Tiktin read aloud to the court. And then later, “Please. I’ll do anything.”

The day after she sent those texts, the former student learned Bray had had sex with the women he met on match.com. The student then told police that Bray had raped her and tried to strangle her.

“Jealousy is a possible motive to fabricate or embellish,” Tiktin told the court in relation to her allegations.

He concluded that the charges against Bray relating to her allegations could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt and he therefore found Bray not-guilty on five of the 11 charges against him including two counts of rape in the first degree, strangulation and assault in the second degree.

Tiktin then laid out rationale for finding Bray guilty on all six counts relating to the woman he met on match.com. Tiktin said he found the woman credible and complimented her on her observation skills and consistency in recalling events over the past year and a half.

Tiktin said the woman was not discredited by filing a $2 million civil suit against Bray, in part because she did not file the suit until after the Deschutes County Circuit Court delayed in prosecuting Bray. That made the woman believe she would not get justice through criminal proceedings, leading her to file the civil suit, Tiktin said.

He also said her use of marijuana in the days prior to the assault, and her failure to disclose that to a nurse, did not discredit her. Tiktin said it was clear the nurse was asking her specifically if there had been drug use the night of the assault.

Tiktin said it was clear beyond all doubt that on the night of Feb. 26, 2011, Bray repeatedly spit on, slapped, choked and pulled out the hair of the victim. He also called her a whore, subjected her to violent vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse and oral sodomy.

He called the encounter a “sadistic, prolonged, violent sexual assault” and said that, based on her testimony and the evidence of her injuries, there was no chance she had fabricated the incident.

After finding Bray guilty of two counts of rape in the first degree, two counts of sodomy, and separate charges of strangulation and assault, the victim burst into tears and was consoled by women to her left and right.

Bray rocked back in his chair and was soon after escorted from the courtroom by a Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputy.

He will be held without bail until sentencing. 


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Friday, July 27, 2012

New Thai Restaurant for Old Typhoon Spot

A new Thai restaurant is moving into the old Typhoon! location on Bond Street, on the first floor of Franklin Crossing.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM

A new Thai restaurant is moving into the old Typhoon! location on Bond Street, on the first floor of Franklin Crossing.

The restaurant, called Noi, is owned by a Seattle-based Thai family with two existing restaurants in that city, said Darren Powderly, president of Compass Commercial, which assisted in the leasing of the property.

 “It is really high quality authentic Thai,” said Powderly. “It’s going to be as good, if not a lot better than Typhoon!”

Typhoon! went out of business earlier this year after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry charged the chain of restaurants with multiple violations of state civil rights laws. BOLI found that the company “used its leverage over workers recruited from Thailand to impose lower pay, longer hours and unfavorable contract terms,” according to a December news release from the agency.

The same owners of Typhoon! had leased a second space in the Franklin Crossing building called Bo Restobar. That location was also closed when the company went out of business. The former Bo space, which features a bar and full kitchen, has not yet been leased, said Powderly.

Powderly said that Noi purchased Typhoon!’s restaurant furnishings and kitchen equipment, but has also acquired a great deal of equipment and décor from Thailand, where the family that owns Noi maintains strong ties.

The lease for the space was actually signed in Bangkok by several family members, said Powderly.

Noi has applied for a liquor license and should open within the next few months.

 

 


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Jackson County Water Hog Gets Jail Time

An Eagle Point man who constructed a man-made lake in his backyard complete with docks, boats and stocked fish, has received a 30-day jail sentence a $1,500 fine for storing the water behind an illegal dam.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 10:25 PM

An Eagle Point man who constructed a man-made lake in his backyard complete with docks, boats and stocked fish, has received a 30-day jail sentence a $1,500 fine for storing the water behind an illegal dam.

According to the state Water Resources Department, Gary Harrington has been flouting regulators and the courts attempts to get him to remove his dam and artificial lake for more than a decade. Two previous attempts to get Harrington to comply were unsuccessful, with Harrington refilling his reservoir the day after his previous probation expired.

In addition to jail time, Judge Timothy Gerking ordered that the head gates be chained open and the dams breached once the reservoirs have drained.


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Get the Folk Outta Here.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Lots of options for fresh, free folk tonight. Harley Bourbon plays Country Catering Company's party on the patio from 4:30-8:00. Josh Hart performs at Common Table at 7:00pm and the Show us Your Spokes series continues at Parrilla Grill with the Moon Mountain Ramblers taking the stage at 7:00pm ($5).

Not feeling the folk? The Boxcar String Band will be blending rockabilly and blues at Silver Moon Brewing tonight at 9:00pm ($5) and Richmond rapper  The Jacka is at the Domino Room with Krypto and S.B. at 10:00pm ($18).

 

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'What the Festival' Starts Today

What the Festival. In White River Canyon. July 27-29. Do it.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Man, I don't usually get into this kind of shit.

Lots of wasted kids flopping around, loads of bands I may or may not have heard of and may or may not like. And festivals are expensive. 

But WTF is going to be different. I know it. It's got broad appeal with everything from DJs to button pushers, to world fusion indie rockers.

And no, it's not just another beats-based wannabe Burning Man. Why not? A) Because it's in Oregon's high desert which is decidedly better than northern Nevada. B) They have a hookah lounge, splash pool, spa, art and even showers! Clean hippies! Everybody wins!

The VIP shit is already sold out but you can join the rest of us plebeians in GA for $180, good for the whole weekend (July 27-29).

I'm most psyched for Bonobo, the experimental U.K DJ who plays so-called "post-party intellectual chill-out" music.

Dig it:

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Redmond City Manager Resigns

David Brandt announced today he is resigning from his post as city manager of Redmond.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

David Brandt announced today he is resigning from his post as city manager of Redmond after serving in the position for three years.

Brandt has accepted a job as the city manager of his hometown of Cupertino, Calif, according to a city of Redmond new release.

Apple, Inc., is headquartered in Cupertino, a town of about 60,000.

Brandt was hired by the city of Redmond in July 2009. The former city manager of Redmond had been Mike Patterson, who resigned in December of 2008 after being arrested for assaulting his wife. He later pled guilty to an assault charge.

In January, Mike Patterson became the city manager of Florence, Colo., a town of about 3,600, according to that city’s website.

Brandt's last day will be August 30.

 

 


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flasking in School: LAHF celebrated in the hallways of a NJ high school

Larry and His Flask covered by some high-school kids on the last day of school. In the hallway. Well done.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Larry and His FlaskThis is great for so many reasons. 

One, it proves that the reach and appeal of Larry and His Flask is immense. I mean, these are high school kids in N.J.!

Two, it's kids taking the music to the people! And in such good style too, just like the LAHF boys. What they lack in raw talent they make up for in passion and energy. Good show—well done fellas. And keep it up.

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Local author hits #1 on Amazon

Bend Author Michael Harris’ book “Falling Down, Getting Up” hit #1 on Amazon.com earlier this week in the categories of yoga, alcoholism and stress for the United States and Canada.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Bend Author Michael Harris’ book “Falling Down, Getting Up” hit #1 on Amazon.com earlier this week in the categories of yoga, alcoholism and stress for the United States and Canada.

The founder of Bend’s Bikram Yoga studio writes in the book, which was published earlier this year, about an accident that, as a 12-year-old, nearly killed him.

Alcohol and drug abuse followed for the next 15 years, culminating in threats from doctors that he would lose his legs if he didn’t change his ways. He did.

The book tells his story.

“I’m above cloud 9 here,” Harris told the Source Thursday. “It’s like wahoo! Yippee.”

Visit his website for more information. 

 

 


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Let's Rock, Bend. Our Age-Adjusted Picks for Thurs Night.

Wondering what to do on a stellar midsummer Thursday evening? Bend has plenty offer tonight, music wise. Here’s our age adjusted recs.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Wondering what to do on a stellar midsummer Thursday evening? Bend has plenty offer tonight, music wise. Here’s our age adjusted recs.

 

All Ages: Igor and the Red Elvises

       Straight out of the Soviet Bloc, this klezmer kitsch rockabilly craziness nearly defies categorization, but it’s pure fun. Drake Park 6 p.m.

Ages 21-30: Slaughter Daughters, Avery James and Wild Eyed Revolver. 

        A night of sweat soaked, post-folk acoustic-electric Americana at the Horned Hand. 8 p.m. $5.

       SPL, VTRN etc.

       Locally grown dub, house  and hip hop spins at Astro. 9 p.m.

Ages 31-43 Igor and the Red Elvises after party

       The R-rated reprise of the Munch and Music performance. Players Bar and Grill. 10 p.m.$10.

Age 43+ Ottmar Liebert

       New age fretboard master brings his six string, world music to the Tower. 7:30 $29.

 


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