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  • Dec 9-15, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 49

News

  • Winner Take All:  The high-stakes power play in the prosecutor's office
  • Local News
  • Winner Take All: The high-stakes power play in the prosecutor's office

    The campaign for Deschutes County district attorney officially ended in May when ex-prosecutor Patrick Flaherty defeated his former boss and longtime D.A. Mike Dugan. Seven months later, though, there are more questions than answers about how the district attorney's office, a vital piece of our local criminal justice system, will operate under Flaherty's leadership. With just a few weeks to go before the official transition, the county has yet to sign off on Flaherty's most important hire, a chief deputy to replace, Dugan's longtime right hand man Darryl Nakahira, whom Flaherty informed earlier this year that he would not be retaining past Dugan's term. Flaherty has already identified Portland area prosecutor Traci Anderson as his top choice for the post.
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Opinion

  • Runaway emus, fake Jeffersons and a cure to your earthquake paranoia
  • Editorial
  • Runaway emus, fake Jeffersons and a cure to your earthquake paranoia

    Jurassic Park, Bend Edition This past Thursday, Source staffers received an alarming press release from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. Apparently, an emu, the flightless bird usually found in Australia, was captured in northwest Redmond. This not only prompted staffers to declare "Second Wayward Emu Located" the best e-mail headline of the day, but also, upon reading the press release, to realize that the emu is not just a flightless bird, but a capable assassin.
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  • A Rush to Judgment  on Bridge Creek
  • Editorial
  • A Rush to Judgment on Bridge Creek

    When the Central Oregon Builders Association, Central Oregon LandWatch and the developer of the Old Mill District - among others - all think there's something sketchy about an idea, it's probably worthwhile to pay attention. The Bend City Council paid attention - sort of - but then voted last week to go ahead with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the Bridge Creek water system anyway.
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  • Free America and Assange: Whatever will become of Wikileaks?
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Free America and Assange: Whatever will become of Wikileaks?

    The author is reporting from a cell in Britain, patting Julian Assange on the back. By the time you read this, America will have added another trillion (or several trillion if/when anyone reads the bill) dollars to our shared debt. On the eve of this incredibly stupid moment and hot on the heels of President Obama's "Deficit Commission" recommending that we don't do dumb things like spend hundreds of billions on war machines we'll never use or give tax breaks to rich people who don't really help the economy because they don't live hand-to-mouth like the rest of us poor folks, let's play the game, "Who Said That?"
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Going Once, Going Twice...

    Yes, it's really almost over. The Source's annual Charity Auction is coming to a close this week, but it's not too late to score a great deal for a good cause. There are still dozens of items there for the taking, ranging from motorized scooters to hand-knitted scarves.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • War on Terror?

    <!-- @font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Bold"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Roman"; }@font-face { font-family: "MercuryTextG3-Italic"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.LettersHead, li.LettersHead, div.LettersHead { margin: 4.5pt 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: MercuryTextG3-Bold; color: black; text-transform: uppercase; font-weight: bold; }p.SourceBODY, li.SourceBODY, div.SourceBODY { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9pt; line-height: 12pt; font-size: 9pt; font-family: MercuryTextG3-Roman; color: black; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } --> One expects an expanded perspective from the Source, so it was with disappointment that I read Bruce Miller's recent column headlined "The Terrorist Threat Gets Too Close For Comfort." (Wandering Eye, 12/2) In it, Mr. Miller informs us that "the threat of terrorism came home to Oregon... as the FBI foiled an alleged plot to detonate a huge bomb next to Portland's Pioneer Square." This might sound picky, but did the FBI "foil" the plot or did it "create" the plot? It courted and groomed the teenage suspect, built the bomb (and so is accountable for its "hugeness"), and loaded the bomb into a delivery van. That doesn't sound to me like "foiling" the plot. A few years ago, Rolling Stone magazine published the sort of article that is all but extinct in the mainstream media. It described one case after another in which the FBI has entrapped dead-end losers into concocting feckless terror plots under the watchful eyes of undercover agents. The article begins with a case in which the FBI paid $8,500 to a former crack dealer with a conviction for attempted robbery to encourage a would-be jihadist to blow up a mall in Illinois. Since the "jihadist," a video game store clerk with no car and less than $100 in the bank, could not afford any weapons of mini, much less mass, destruction, the FBI informant arranged to get him four fake grenades and a neutered hand gun in exchange for some used stereo speakers. The other cases described in the article are equally dubious, and bear a striking similarity to the recent escapades in Portland.

Culture

  • A Bike of Yarn  -   It Could be Yours
  • Art Watch
  • A Bike of Yarn - It Could be Yours

    One of the most colorful - like, actually colorful - bicycles you'll see during Cross Culture, or perhaps all weekend, is the creation by Bombing Yarn Over Bend, a local "knit graffiti" group.
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  • Our Picks 12/08-12/16: The Breast of Bend, Brent Alan, and More!
  • Picks
  • Our Picks 12/08-12/16: The Breast of Bend, Brent Alan, and More!

    Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show thursday 9 Where some may just see a pile of trash, eco-minded creative types see the latest fashions. Add to the holiday spirit the sustainable spirit of this year's Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. This fundraising event for REALMS Charter School's Arts Program features eclectic, wearable art in a runway show, as well as a live and silent auction and a gallery marketplace where contributing local artists sell and showcase their renewed creations. Stay in fashion, while staying ecologically minded. $10. All ages at 6pm, 21+ at 8pm. Century Center, 70 SW Century Dr.
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Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Cheap Fine Dining from Jen's Garden

    We just heard from Jen's Garden, the fine-dining restaurant in Sisters that rivals any of Central Oregon's upscale eateries. Starting January 5, Jen's Garden will be offering a community table option.
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  • Chow
  • Industry Roundup

    This past week was one of the most eventful restaurant weeks in recent history. Multiple restaurants closed, sold and changed hands.
  • Flexing New Muscles:  New chef and lower prices revitalize Scanlon&apos;s
  • Chow
  • Flexing New Muscles: New chef and lower prices revitalize Scanlon's

    The location of Scanlon's is perhaps an apt metaphor for a restaurant that's trying to play a lot of seemingly contradictory roles. It's fine dining, but it shares a building with the Athletic Club of Bend. It's a place where "fancy" dishes like rack of lamb with a side of ratatouille rub shoulders with Nikes, gym bags and nachos.
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Screen

  • Not Quite Legendary: Burlesque hits the right notes musically, but misses on plot
  • Film
  • Not Quite Legendary: Burlesque hits the right notes musically, but misses on plot

    Burlesque takes place during present day, which was a shock to me, as the trailer made it seem like it was the roaring '20s. The movie employs a story that's all too familiar - Ali (Christina Aguilera) moves from middle America to Los Angeles in order to make it big and escape the confines of her small town. While searching for a job as a singer or dancer, she stumbles upon The Burlesque Lounge, where she instantly falls in love with the idea of performing on their stage. Despite being turned down for an on-stage job, she grabs a tray and waitresses her way into a job slinging drinks. Ali lives on Bartender Jack's (Cam Gigandet) couch and through studying the girls' dance moves is able to convince the lounge owner, Tess (Cher), to give her a dancing job.
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  • Cowboys and Ninjas: Warrior&apos;s Way is too cute for cult classic status
  • Film
  • Cowboys and Ninjas: Warrior's Way is too cute for cult classic status

    Oddly, the only movie opening here in Bend last week was The Warrior's Way... and what a disappointment. This wannabe visually-stunning modern martial arts Western stars South Korean actor Dong-gun Jang as Yang, a Samurai warrior assassin who refuses to kill the last child of the enemy clan, adopting the baby instead. He then hides in the untamed West near a traveling circus.
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  • Fascinating!
  • Film Events
  • Fascinating!

    Do not mark your calendar! On Thursday, December 9, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC, Barbara Walters will be revealing her choice for the "10 Most Fascinating People of 2010." (Though she's revealed only eight so far.) Naturally, her choices are a sopping condom full of diaper gravy, while mine are infinitely more awesome. Let's compare:
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Music

  • Neil Diamond: Dreams
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Neil Diamond: Dreams

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, NEIL. What the hell is this? I know: You're old, you're tired. You don't want to play the game anymore. I get it. But Dreams? It's just disappointing, man - especially on the heels of Home Before Dark, which was such a great late-career album.
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Outside

  • More Cowbell: Bring on the noise of National  Cyclocross Championships
  • Outside Features
  • More Cowbell: Bring on the noise of National Cyclocross Championships

    Cyclocross was a novel sport to me last year when I went to watch friends participate in the U.S. National Cyclocross Championships here in Bend. As a road racer, I had a vague perception of cyclocross as a sort of sideshow in the world of competitive cycling. Racing hurts and when I heard 'cross racers sometimes wear costumes while they're competing, it seemed like people just didn't take 'cross seriously enough to really suffer on the bike.
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Blogs

  • The Wandering Eye
  • Dudley’s Not Sure About Taking Another Shot

    In his first one-on-one interview since he lost the election, Chris Dudley tells Portland Tribune sports reporter Kerry Eggers that he’s not sure whether he’ll run for governor again in 2014. “It’s too soon,” Dudley says.

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