• Issue of
  • Aug 21-27, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 34



  • Letters to the Editor
  • No Free Pass on Bike Death

    Letter of the Week  This week's featured letter comes from Daniel Brewster, who happens to deliver the Source's downtown route by bike and knows a thing or two about the interactions between drivers and bikers. For more on the tragic death of Keith Moon, see this week's Boot, Page 8.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Let Love Rule the Road

    Just when my faith in the local population falters, along comes inspirational words like those from "The Mailbox" contributor Heather McKenzie (8/14). After watching this morning's continued news coverage of the recently-killed bicyclist, I tended toward the negative "How many SUV drivers have been killed by bicyclists?" or "If only he'd been wearing his helmet.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • It Ain't Easy Being Green

    It's great to be poor in the green movement! Now when I ride my bike, it doesn't have to be because my car broke down three months ago and I have no way to fix it, it can be because I am reducing my carbon footprint. Now, when I eat two small organic meals a day to save money, it's because I am only taking just my fair share from the world food bank.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • No Glue Traps

    I would like to publicly thank Ace Hardware for agreeing to withdraw "Stick-Em" glue traps from their shelves. Ace Hardware readily acknowledged the inhumanity of these traps - the animals caught in the glue suffer for days before they finally die of starvation, dehydration, self-mutilation, and shock while patches of skin, fur, or feathers are torn from their bodies as they struggle to escape.


  • Culture Features
  • Micro Cosmos: The Dissident

    Never satisfied to just keeping cranking out the same signature brews, Deschutes is unveiling another ambitious, limited run specialty beer at the start of September,
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the week of 8/21-8/26

    Necktie Killer thursday 21 There's nothing wrong with ska music, even if you're part of the faction that since 1998 have believed the horn-happy style is inherently flawed. If you need a local dose of ska revival, Necktie Killer can bring it to you in a full-speed, full-fledged ska/punk/funk attack that they learned while playing music together at Redmond High School. This is why we need to keep music in the public schools people. 9pm, Long Shots Pub, 314 SE 3rd St. I.O.U.S.A thursday 21 Are you worried about the national debt? Well, you probably will be (perhaps rightfully so) after viewing this documentary that addresses our nation's problem with maintaining fiscal sustainability. Following the screening of the doc, you can look in as five of the nation's most notable financial leaders and policy experts (like Warren friggin' Buffet) discuss the issues in a town-hall style meeting live from Omaha. Tickets available at the box office or at 7:30pm. Old Mill Stadium 16, 680 SW Powerhouse Dr.

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  • Outside Features
  • Five Ring Fever: Insights from past Olympians

    Suzanne King surrounded by children sponsored by Grandmother's Education Fund Africa in Kenya.THE SECRET TO WINNING I think most athletes, no matter their talent level, fantasize about going to the Olympics. I was no different. In my early twenties, I got into bike racing and started winning on the collegiate circuit and some Northern California criteriums and track events. I lived to ride. But, put me in a road race with the likes of Katrin Tobin or Sally Zack and I was off the back like a sack of potatoes. It was pretty clear I didn't have the talent to hang with Olympians, so I had to find another way to make it to the Games. Through my career, I've ended up being fortunate to partake in the Olympic dream by working with some of the greatest athletes in history. I became the sports scientist for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Cycling Team and dedicated myself for two years to working with the athletes and coaches to use science and engineering to optimize athletic performance. I measured oxygen uptake, analyzed blood lactate, monitored heart rates, plotted pedal forces and studied drag in a wind tunnel. I created Coach Chris Carmichael's first training log (the earliest step in the evolution of Carmichael Training Systems). We had a very talented crop of junior men, led by future pro stars George Hincapie and Freddie Rodriguez. But, the standout of the squad was a 19-year former triathlete named Lance Armstrong.


  • The Blender
  • Sweating it Out at R3: And why Vengeance Creek rules the local metal scene

      Sound Check drove the dreaded 32 miles down to LaPine Friday night for the R3 Festival and learned three very important things; Vengeance Creek are Central Oregon's metal royalty, clever beat-boxing can steal the show and you can three-person sandwich grind to metal. As the sun set on a triple-digit August night, band after band played to a half-interested crowd switching between the two trailer truck stages. The crowd grew as the sun descended and the local rap group Povciti took the stage giving the crowd its promised dose of local rap and properly woke them up. Sound Check learned from this set that you can apparently find Povciti's Epic and H@ze in the Old Mill District and that they're established local celebrities. Well, if they weren't local celebrities before then they are now. The duo laid their underground hip-hop routine on thick and brought the crowd to its feet with their finale - a freestyle rap accompanied by master beat boxer Dain Strothoff. The kid can beat-box like nobody's business to every kind of beat imaginable and stole the show from right under the duo. Whoever this kid is, Sound Check contemplated that he could give Person People (keyword "could") a run for their money if accompanied by the right freestyle artist. Maybe it was the possible heat stoke, but our thirty bucks entrance fee was justified right then and there.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Credenzas and Credibility

    The Wandering Eye has been trying to deconstruct Gordon Smith's second "furniture" ad - in particular, the profound politico/socio/economic significance of the word "credenza."

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