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February 22, 2017 03:39 PM

This Facebook Live video was posted by Angie Spencer from the Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. State officials ordered the protest camps to be cleared out today, Feb. 22, by 2 pm.

Spencer lists herself as a "PTSD Specialist. PhD Candidate. Human & Civil Rights Advocate. Oceti Oyate, All Nations."

News site Buzzfeed has been there covering the removal, as has The Atlantic.

Local DAPL water protector Janie Coverdell is still at Standing Rock. She posted to her Facebook page this morning that she was on her way back  to the Sacred Stone Camp,  and "There will be a blockade of sorts. Armed forces will not be allowing entry in a few days or so..not even food/firewood."

Coverdell is fundraising to cover the cost of her trip to Standing Rock. She gave up her job to join the protest, she writes on her GoFundMe page. To donate, go here

February 17, 2017 02:54 PM

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with Al Franken and six other U.S. senators, sent Secretary of Defense James Mattis a letter requesting information about Steve Bannon’s position within the newly reorganized National Security Council.

The letter also requests more information about the reorganization and asks Mattis if the DOD “was consulted prior to” the changes.

Bannon is one of the founders of Breitbart news, which has promoted racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic propaganda — but he has denied being a white nationalist saying "I'm an economic nationalist. I am an America first guy," according to a Wall Street Journal interview.

President Trump called for the reorganization of the Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council in a presidential memorandum that, in the words of the senators' letter, “downgraded the roll of the Chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on the NSC Principals Committee while placing Mr. Bannon as a regular attendee of these meetings.”

The senators write: “We are concerned that the unprecedented elevation of a political operative to the senior leadership of the NSC may compromise the national security decision making process and put American lives at risk.”

The letter also states Bannon claims to be a “‘Leninist’ who wants to ‘destroy the state’ and ‘bring everything crashing down.’”

The senators are requesting a response from Secretary Mattis by March 1. The full letter is below.

February 16, 2017 01:00 AM

Staged lab photo courtesy of OSP

Melissa’s Law was enacted in Oregon to ensure the transparency of tracking and testing rape kits. But when Eugene Weekly requested the mandated reporting numbers under the new law it was hard to get answers. 

EW was also unable to tour a lab and see how rape kits are dealt with. In lieu of a tour, EW was sent staged photos.

The two-page summary EW received detailed the following numbers of SAFE kits obtained by Oregon State Police in 2016: total number of SAFE Kits received 1,281; total SAFE Kits completed 757; total number of pending SAFE requests 742. 

The report was emailed to Eugene Weekly by OSP Forensic Director Capt. Alex Gardner, the former Lane County District Attorney. Gardner, who declined to be interviewed by phone or in person, would only communicate via email. He then stopped responding to emails before clarifying the breakdown of the numbers in the two-page report. The number of kits received, processed and pending didn’t add up, and it would take several weeks for officer Bill Fugate to provide an explanation.

“I’m not a mathematician, but those don’t seem to add up,” says OSP Public Information Officer Bill Fugate. He says the state crime lab’s capacity is what it was able to process — 757 kits. 

However 757 completed kits, plus 742 request, equals 1,499 kits, not 1,281.

Under Melissa’s Law, SAFE kit numbers are required to be reported to the Oregon Legislature by Jan. 15. After requesting the totals reported to the Legislature and repeatedly asking how the numbers were calculated, this reporter sent several dozen emails, made two calls to Gardner, a dozen calls to Fugate and an exchange of text messages to Fugate seeking an explanation for the numbers.

On Feb. 10 via text, Fugate “confirmed that these numbers are correct.” 

He includes a screen shot with the original numbers. 

 He wrote that the way he reads it was in 2016 OPS received 1,281 kits and completed 757, but he says some of those could have been received before 2016, and the same with the pending kits.

EW asked, “How far does that number date back?” 

“I’ll check when I have time,” Fugate replied. 

On Feb. 6, the number of SAFE kits processed was changed to 1,236. An email from Fugate read: “When we ran the initial computer reports SAFE kit requests were showing “completed” after our biologists checked “complete” on their portion of the process, but before the requests were finished with DNA processing. That error was caught and corrected before the final legislative report went out.” 

But Feb. 10, EW received a voicemail saying the initial report was correct and reported to the Legislature. Fugate says the numbers didn’t add up because “there are some anomalies that occurred.”

EW initially requested a tour of an OSP forensic lab on Dec. 29, 2016. After sending multiple requests and reminders, on Feb. 3, EW received an email about a tour that read, “whenever we do these evidence needs to be removed from the work areas and other sensitive information to ensure evidence integrity … so tours are disruptive. Adds to backlog.” — Corinne Boyer

February 16, 2017 01:17 PM

"PyschoSuperMom" Lauren Mayer writes and performs an anti-Trump folk song — the Ballad of Donald vs. Nordstrom takes on the Donald's battle with department store Nordstrom over dropping his daughter Ivanka's line of clothing.

So heed the tale I'm telling while these chords strum

About when Donald Picked A Fight With Nordstrom

His insults and his lies just made their stock price rise

It's the ballad of Donald vs. Nordstrom.



February 16, 2017 01:25 PM

Eugene musician Mike Scheidt is best known as mastermind behind Eugene-based, internationally acclaimed "doom metal" band Yob.

Scheidt recently underwent a dramatic health scare, and he needs some support to cover medical costs. His story even made it to the national music press. Vice's Noisey picked up Scheidt's story as an op ed.  

You can donate to Scheidt's medical costs at his GoFundMe page here.

February 10, 2017 07:29 PM

Environmental groups that have long fought to preserver the coastal old growth of the Elliott State Forest are celebrating today.

The public forest was recently threatened with privatization, but today Gov. Kate Brown released a plan to keep the forest public and in her statement addresses its value as habitat and as a carbon sink. 

Cascadia Wildlands, one of the earliest conservation groups to agitate to save the Elliott, released a statement in response, saying the group is:

… encouraged by the governor's leadership toward finding a lasting solution for the Elliott State Forest that maintains the forest in public ownership. There are still a number of details that need to be worked out and elaborated on, and we look forward to continuing to working toward a solution that safeguards all the public values of the forest, including protecting old growth and mature stands, wildlife habitat, clean air and water and recreation.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters celebrated as well, sending out an email blast that says, "With almost nothing but bad news on the environment coming from Washington D.C., it’s phenomenal to see real leadership here in Oregon."

Brown's statement in full is below.

The Elliott State Forest was created in 1930, through consolidating tracts of Common School Fund forest land scattered across Oregon. Since the mid-1950s the Elliott has produced in excess of $400 million for Oregon schools. About 90 percent (82,500 acres) of the Elliott State Forest is owned by Oregon's Common School Fund – a trust fund for K-12 public education that is overseen by the State Land Board as trustees.

Since 2013, because of harvest limitations prompted by a lawsuit over federally protected species, owning the Elliott has cost the Common School Fund more than $4 million. We must change the way we own and manage the forest, ways that benefit Oregon's schools and children for the long term.

Oregon's public lands — our forests, parks, and beaches — are irreplaceable assets. Even in the face of complicated challenges, we must strive to protect the values Oregonians hold dear.

Today I propose my way forward for the Elliott, a plan I believe is in the best interest of future generations of Oregonians.

• The Elliott is Oregon's first State Forest, and has been a State Forest since 1930. Under my plan, the Elliott State Forest would remain in public ownership, with either the state or tribes owning the land.

• A bond proposal would be developed to include up to $100 million in state bonding capacity to protect high value habitat, including riparian areas, steep slopes, and old growth stands. The investment will go into the Common School Fund and decouple a portion of the forest from the Common School Fund trust lands.

• On the remainder of the forest, we will re-enter into negotiations with the Federal Services for a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will allow for sustainable timber harvest while protecting endangered and threatened species. We expect that harvest to average about 20 million board feet per year over the long term – the next 100 years of this state forest's history.

• We hope to work with the tribes to regain ownership of their ancestral lands while protecting the Common School Fund.

When the state adopted the protocol to sell the Elliott, there was no established value for the forest. Because we followed the protocol, we have an appraised value of $221 million.

We know the Elliott is worth far more to Oregon's children than $221 million. By investing in and protecting the highest quality habitat, areas where forest management is the most vulnerable to expensive and lengthy lawsuits, we are protecting marbled murrelets, owls, and coho salmon. At the same time, sustainable forestry management on the remainder of the land can generate continued financial returns for Oregon schools.

We also know Oregon forests are a carbon sink, holding an estimated 3 billion tons of carbon. Growing trees is something the Elliott does well, and in public ownership the forest will help the state meet our climate goals. That, too, benefits Oregon's school children, and all Oregonians for generations to come.


February 8, 2017 05:06 PM

Tsunami Books has been an institution in the South Eugene neighborhood for over 20 years, but the beloved book shop is facing serious problems that may shut it down this summer without community support. Read the press release below.

 Public Show of Support regarding The Future of Tsunami Books.

The Lease for Tsunami Books is up June 30, 2017.  There are other major business concerns that want to take over the lease for this property beginning July 1, 2017.  We do not want to leave, but do not yet have the financial resources to stay. We have asked for, and kindly received the opportunity to deliver a proposal for a minimum five-year lease to the building owners no later than March 31.  At the very least, the rent will double.

 On December 28, 2016, a Public Meeting was held.  Thirty-nine people participated.  Since then a growing number of motivated members of the community have stepped up to help, and after five meetings a highly creative plan is being formulated.  The key question is: is there truly enough support from the Community that is Tsunami Books to energize this movement to do what we can to secure a new lease?  Please drop by the Bookstore, even for a moment, on Wednesday, February 8, from 10 am-9 am.  That’s the day we’ve picked as Show-of-Support for Tsunami Day.  We’ll be taking a head count, we’ve got a very simple 5-question form we’d like you to fill out, with copies to share with your friends. Volunteers from the ad-hoc committee and Scott (prez and gm) will be here all day to answer your questions. The newspapers, tv, and radio are all being notified.  Let’s share a laugh and a tear of joy, and get on with the effort to make our own good way in this crazy new world.

Thank you.

February 6, 2017 03:51 PM

We woke up today and it was cold, pouring rain and Donald Trump is still president and he and his cronies are still making shit up.

Luckily we have Randy Rainbow to help us sing our blues away.

For like 5 minutes.

And in case you are one of EW's many readers who doesn't have TV and stays off Facebook and somehow missed Saturday Night Live and Melissa McCarthy's take on Sean Spicer, let this be our gift to you. 

In some strange new, probably temporary, strategy, Trump did not take to Twitter Sunday morning to call SNL "Not Funny" and predict it's demise and Spicer told Fox News that McCarthy's spoof of him was "cute."

February 4, 2017 04:59 PM

Eugene Weekly is getting reports of local businesses, including Old Nick's Pub, being tagged with Nazi graffiti the night of Feb. 3.

Photo of graffiti at Old Nick's Pub by Emily Nyman.

A post on the Pacific Northwest Anti-Fascist Workers Collective Facebook page reads:

Please share:

The first picture is the boreal. The second two are old nicks. They were tagged last night by the local neo-nazi contingency. Nazis are coming after our show spaces. Not in the abstract, but they are making material threats against the two most visible punk/metal venues in Eugene Oregon. I'm asking all of you to push back on this disgusting nonsense. Please come out to every show. Even if you don't like the music. Just come out and support the venues. Hang out outside, have a drink (at old nicks) go back and forth between the two, but COME OUT AND SUPPORT THEM. The nazi contingency wants to intimidate them out of business, please stand by your community and make that impossible. Thanks.

The post also features photos of another swastika as well as the number 88, which is said to be numerical code for "Heil Hitler" as H is the eighth letter of the alphabet. 


Eugene police spokesperson Melinda McLaughlin confirmed that cases of "criminal mischief (bias)" were investigated at 107 Van Buren Avenue (Jerry and Walt's Auto Care) and 211 Washington Street (Old Nick's). The police report says that officers investigated two cases of swastikas painted in the Whiteaker neighborhood. "There were no leads or suspect information."

February 3, 2017 01:02 PM

It started with the Netherlands: ""We totally understand it's going to be America First — But can we just say 'The Netherlands Second?'" a Dutch TV show asked, adding in a Donald Trump-cadenced voice, "We speak Dutch. It's the best language in all of Europe. We've got all the best words. All the other languages? Failed. Danish? Total disaster."

The video went viral, with YouTube currently clocking in at more than 17 million views.

The Swiss response soon followed: "We are not flat, like for example, the Netherlands. Total disaster," the cheeky and inuendo-filled video intones in Trumpian tones. "Like the KKK we also like to ride on horses and burn things."

As a Dane, my favorite is Denmark's response, also using the Trumpified vocal talents of Shaun Streeter. "We know you like golden showers, excuse me, golden towers, and we  have one, the golden tower in Tivoli Gardens," and offering to turn its windpower to oil.

Lithuania, Portugal and Germany have all weighed in as well, and you can see all the videos at everysecondcounts.eu.

If you are laughing at Trump, Europe is laughing with you. If you are horrified by Trump, well, Europe is horrified too. 

January 31, 2017 12:52 PM

In a Jan 31 email to Lane Community College faculty and students, LCC President Mary Spilde writes of the recent executive orders from President Donald Trump temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and that the orders affect four LCC students. She adds that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are still in limbo. 

Spilde's full statement is below.

Like many of you I have been dismayed and disappointed over the Presidential Executive Orders issued last week, particularly because of the impact on our students. These Orders were not processed or implemented in an orderly way causing a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety and extreme hardship for immigrants and refugees. The situation remains very fluid but along with our colleagues in our national associations we are monitoring events very carefully.

This kind of action does not align with the core values Lane lives by. It conflicts with the board policy on non-discrimination. I simply want to reaffirm our commitment to these values and policies and state that now, more than ever, we are unwavering in our commitment to equity and inclusion and to our students – all of our students. Lane is strengthened and enriched by the insights and culture brought by our international students and others and I believe that their presence contributes to international understanding and peace.

We have four students from one of the affected countries. We are reaching out to these students, listening and responding as we can. Our IESL and International Programs staff have been proactive in arranging activities to support students.

Of course, the impact of such reckless Orders goes far beyond these students. As Martin King said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere … Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

For example, our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are still in limbo. Next week the board of education will take up a resolution on this matter that was deferred from an earlier meeting because of the snow storm. I expect the board to take a stand on behalf of our students.

I will keep you apprised of these issues as we learn more. For now, I ask that you reach out to one another and our students with compassion, caring and empathy.

January 27, 2017 05:24 PM

London’s Ballet Boyz, the company founded in 2001 by two principal dancers from the Royal Ballet, were in Portland Wednesday, Jan. 25, to perform at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Co-artistic directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt offered an eclectic, engaging evening of dance, featuring a company of 10 male dancers in a show presented by Portland’s White Bird Dance.


Opening the show, Rabbit, choreographed by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg, took a thoughtful journey into a whimsical, at-times darker place, juxtaposing simple moments of interconnection with the focus and weight of group dynamics.


Although the costume designer isn’t credited, the piece is all about the rabbit heads, worn by nine out of ten dancers at one time or another. These heads are arresting and charming at once, with the scruffy, approachable ease of a well-loved favorite toy, but utilized with terrific effect by the dancers themselves.


A costume palette of grays and muted charcoals and browns gives the effect of yesterday’s schoolboys, late for class.


In a series of gentle interludes, the piece explores carrying and connecting, with sinewy, playful gambits into energy and force.


The mask work is first rate — dancing full-out while wearing a rabbit head cannot possibly be too fun — with dancers careening through intricate and bouncy folkdance patterns and lively rolls and falls, while maintaining their rabbit gaze.


Lighting design by James Farncombe offers an amber glow, or a gray glower, depending on the mood.


But the piece never tips over into the maudlin or scary, though there is something about the dynamic — between the central dancer and all these rabbits — that evokes a childlike response to the unknown.


Also on the bill, Javier de Frutos’ Fiction played with line, shape and pattern, as an access point to gossip, hearsay, even memoir.


In this cheeky exploration, the fanciful repetitions and ellipses in voiceover narrative — words provided by Ismene Brown and spoken by Jim Carter, Sir Derek Jacobi and Imelda Staunton — echo and reverberate throughout the fast-paced movement, like rivulets of electric current.


Centered around a portable ballet barre, used here as a climbing gym, a balance beam and even a wall, the ten dancers, clad in sweats and universal white t-shirts, seem to exhume a personal and public history, to redress masculinity only to subsume it all again and again in the fray.

January 27, 2017 05:29 PM


Want to get involved and make a difference? These are the public meetings for city of Eugene and Lane County for the next week. The content is taken directly from city and county government schedules and agendas.


 FOR THE WEEK OF January 29, 2017

All meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. For the hearing impaired, an interpreter can be provided with 48 hours’ notice prior to the meeting. To arrange for these services, contact the telephone number or email address listed for the meeting.

MONDAY, January 30, 2017
Planning Commission Regular Meeting

Time: 11:30 am

Location: Atrium Building, 99 West 10th Avenue, Sloat Room – First Floor

Agenda: 1. Work Session: Urban Growth Boundary Adoption Package

Contact: Terri Harding, 5416825635, terri.l.harding@ci.eugene.or.us

TUESDAY, January 31, 2017
Envision Eugene Community Information Session–River Road/Santa Clara Area

Time: 6:007:30 pm (Open House); presentation 6:30pm

Location: North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane, Library

Agenda: 1. One event in series of community information sessions about proposed urban growth boundary, proposed Clear Lake and Santa Clara expansion areas, new comprehensive plan land use policies, multi-family housing strategies and more. For full list of events in series visit: http://www.eugeneor.gov/2990/GetInvolved

Contact: Eric Brown, 5416825208, eric.g.brown@ci.eugene.or.us

Active Bethel Citizens Steering Committee Meeting

Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Bethesda Lutheran Church, 4445 Royal Avenue

Agenda: 1. Neighborhood Issues

Contact: Noah Kaplowitz, nsk57033@gmail.com

Southeast Neighbors Meeting

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard Street

Agenda: 1. Neighborhood Issues

Contact: Heather Sielicki, Sielicki@gmail.com

Santa Clara Community Organization Meeting

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Messiah Lutheran Church, 3280 River Road

Agenda: 1. Neighborhood issues

Contact: Jerry Finigan, (541) 6881406, jerfinigan@comcast.net

WEDNESDAY, February 1, 2017
Planning Hearings Official Meeting

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Atrium Building, 99 West 10th Avenue, Sloat Room – First Floor

Agenda: 1. Public Hearing: Crescent Place Apartments (PDT 163/TIA 164/ARA 1618)

Contact: Nick Gioello, 5416825453, nick.r.gioello@ci.eugene.or.us

THURSDAY, February 2, 2017
Historic Review Board Meeting

Time: 8:30 am

Location: Atrium Building, 99 West 10th Avenue, Sloat Room – First Floor

Agenda: 1. Incentive Program Outreach

2. Plaque Program Update

3. Historic Preservation Month Planning – May 2017 Contact: Erik BergJohansen 5416825437, erik.berg@ci.eugene.or.us

Envision Eugene Community Information Session – South West Eugene

Time: 6:007:30 pm (Open House); presentation 6:30 pm

Location: Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road, Library

Agenda: 1. One event in series of community information sessions about proposed urban growth boundary, proposed Clear Lake and Santa Clara expansion areas, new comprehensive plan land use policies, multi-family housing strategies and more. For full list of events in series visit:http://www.eugene-or.gov/2990/Get-Involved "> http://www.eugenehttp://www.eugene-or.gov/2990/Get-Involved ">-or.gov/2990/Get-Involved

Contact: Eric Brown, 5416825208, eric.g.brown@ci.eugene.or.us

FRIDAY, February 3, 2017


SATURDAY, February 4, 2017
Eugene Budget Committee

Time: 9:00 am

Location: LCC Downtown Campus, 101 West 10th Avenue, Room 112

Agenda: 1. Budget Committee Workshop

Contact: Jenna Boyd, 5416825487, Jenna.L.Boyd@ci.eugene.or.us





Monday, January 30

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Board of Commissioners Conference Room, 125 E 8th Avenue, Eugene

[Agenda: PCRF replacements, HelpDesk activity and other performance statistics, update of current technology services.]

Contact: Mike Finch (541-682-4232)



Tuesday, January 31

9:00 am

Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene OR 97408

Contact: Carrie Carver (541-682-4179); Devon Ashbridge (541-682-4526)

[Agenda: In the Matter of Referring Renewal of the Public Safety Five-Year Local Option Levy to the

Voters of Lane County to Maintain jail Beds and Critical Youth Services.]



Tuesday, January 31


Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene OR 97408

Contact: Carrie Carver (541-682-4179); Devon Ashbridge (541-682-4526)

[Agenda: In the Matter of Referring Renewal of the Public Safety Five-Year Local Option Levy to the

Voters of Lane County to Maintain jail Beds and Critical Youth Services.]



Wednesday, February 1

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Board of Commissioners Conference Room, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene

Contact: Mo Young (541-682-3725)



Thursday, February 2

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Goodpasture Room, Lane County Customer Service Center (CSC), 3050 N Delta Hwy, Eugene



1. 509-PA16-05478:A request for approval of a new telecommunications tower in the Impacted Forest (F-2) Zone, pursuant to the approval criteria found in Lane Code 16.264(3) and (4) and the applicable development standards of the Impacted Forest Zone (F-2) in Lane Code 16.211(8) and (12). Specifically, the applicant is proposing to construct a new 150-foot tall monopole tower camouflaged as a fir tree (commonly referred to as a “monofir”) and associated ancillary ground equipment within a 35’ x 35’ fenced compound area. At the top of the branches and lightening rod, the facility would be 164-feet in height.


Map & Tax Lot: 17-06-11-00-03100

Owner: Eric & Paula Hall

Applicant: Verizon Wireless

Agent: Centerline Solutions, Peter Mauro

Staff: Amber Bell

Hearings Official: Gary Darnielle

  1. Announcement of the nature & purpose of the hearing

  2. Announcement of opportunities for submission of information & appeal.

  3. Disclosure of ex parte contacts

  4. Report by the Director

  5. Applicant's testimony

  6. Testimony of persons in favor

  7. Testimony of other persons

  8. Any additional comments by the Director

  9. Applicant rebuttal

  10. Conclude the hearing

The Hearings Official will not make a decision on these matters at this hearing. The County Code requires that a written decision must be made within 10 days of this hearing date. To receive a copy of the Hearings Official’s decision, fill out a request form at the public hearing or call the Lane County Land Management Division at 541-682- 4287.





Wednesday, January 25

6:30 pm, Location varies, see website or call

Contact Person: Dan Carpenter (541-268-3044) coordinator@siuslaw.org; www.siuslaw.org

January 27, 2017 05:10 PM

The Roseburg News-Review newspaper published a letter to the editor Jan. 25 calling for the murder of protesters.

Though the writer does not specifically refer to the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington, the letter suggests shooting "a few of this year's crop" of protesters. 

The letter, written by Terry Stafford of Riddle, Oregon, was published online and in print under the headline "Working, tax-paying citizens they are not" and it starts off decrying protestors (spelled in the British style) for being "socialists" and "trying to bring down the United States."

The letter references the 1970 Kent State shootings of student Vietnam War protesters and was published 15 months after the Oct. 1, 2015 Umpqua Community College mass shooting in Roseburg  in which nine people were killed and eight were wounded.

Stafford writes, "How about we shoot a few of this year's crop — say a dozen at each protest to see how many were bussed [sic] in, paid well." He adds, "Of course, we will give all samples an absolutely free same-day burial at sea."

After a public outcry on the website, social media and calls and messages to the News-Review, the online letter was taken down. The editor's note  apologizes and says, "After reviewing our guidelines, which clearly state not to threaten the harm of another individual, we removed the letter. "