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Road Rage: Bikes and Cars Battle

Traffic laws were not written for bicycles. That’s not just a mantra for militant bicycle advocates. It’s a basic fact. Bicycles are tacked to the vehicle code as an afterthought. The law reads, “Every person riding a bicycle upon a public way is subject to the provisions applicable to and has the same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle.”...

MyDeathSpace.com: Where the Internet Goes to Die

A website called MyDeathSpace.com is making dying today a whole lot more public. The site is basically an archive of the dead, from celebrities like the recently deceased Whitney Huston to the everyday deaths of people around the world. ...

New Corvallis Halfway House: Shepherd House Looks to Expand to Corvallis

There is a local man who believes that all of us, especially those coming from dire straits, deserve second chances. If people are ready to try a new approach to become the person they were truly meant to be, and embrace hope, love, and their community, Peter Martin is willing to be that helping hand....

That Tingling Feeling: First International ASMR Day

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (colloquially referred to simply as the "brain tingles") is not officially recognized as a condition by the medical community, but there is a rapidly-growing contingent of us online, swapping videos of people doing nothing more than quietly telling each other what's going on in their lives....

Co-Existing with Cougars: Are We the Real Predators?

Jayne Miller is a woman of vision and passion, although having grown up on a 7,000 acre cattle ranch, it may be surprising to some where her adamancies lie. You see, while many have heard tales of ranchers’ frustrations towards feline predators whittling away at their livestock, or the campfire hearsay of cougar encounters in national parks and suburbs, Jayne wants to tell a different story....

Karly’s Death; 7 years later – DHS case worker’s careers continue

Karen Spears Zacharias began her presentation last Thursday evening by reading one of the most poignant passages from her book, A Silence of Mockingbirds. The passage, from chapter eleven, is a true celebration of Karly Sheehan and of a father’s love for his daughter....

The Trouble with U.S. Health Care, and a Possible Solution

According to the International Federation of Health Plans, we pay more for every single procedure compared to Spain, France, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Canada, India and Switzerland. There was only one exception: it costs more to have cataract surgery in Switzerland. And our costs are expected to rise....

Corvallis’ Hidden Housing War

The infatuation with OSU and its students seems to have helped to hide a growing problem: college towns come with college kids, and college kids come with parties. Late night rock out sessions, doing God knows what behind closed doors. The issue, however, seems to be that the doors have opened and students have come pouring out into the quiet neighborhoods around the city....

The Whiteside: Working On Act 2

Right in the middle of downtown Corvallis is a relic from the past. Old-timers have colorful stories and memories of their time there, but if you've lived in Corvallis for less than 10 years, odds are you have never been inside the Whiteside Theatre....

Habitat Helps Philomath Family

Driving up to and seeing Carmon Thomas’ Philomath home for the first time would give you no indications there are any problems with it. In fact, when you enter the home and see its’ warm, cozy environs, you still only see a home perfectly suited to fit most family’s needs....

Sustainability Mythbusters

It's hard to sort out myth from reality when it comes to what benefits the environment and what harms it. Here are a few common beliefs about sustainability…and the truth or fiction behind them. ...

GMO: Frankenfood or Green Revolution?

The biotech companies tout it as a “Green Revolution,” a way to feed a growing population on limited land with high-yield wheat or drought-resistant corn. Critics view them as “Frankenfoods,” monsters with unnatural DNA that present a threat to human health. ...

BHT: The Newest Petrochemical in Your Box of Food

During my hunt for the perfect pet food, I kept seeing three letters that would later became grounds for automatic rejection: an ominous compound known only as “BHT”. But what is this mystery substance, and why is it appearing in dog food all of a sudden?...

Yoga for Better Sex: Try Mula Bandha

We’ll begin with geography: in your minds eye find the territory between your pubic bone, your tailbone and your two sitting bones. It is an oval-shaped set of muscles that literally prevent your organs from falling out between your legs....

Gentlemen, Dress Like You Want It!

Fashion is a statement of who you are, and who you are isn’t always reflected in current fashion trends. So here is a list of advice that can span all the avenues of fashion from 3-piece suits to punk. Spring is all about reinvention and renewal, so suck it up, fellas: you’re getting a makeover....