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February 9, 2015 02:08 PM

Sam Smith and Beck (ah-hem, white dudes in general — we're looking at you Eminem for winning Best Rap Album) may have swept the Grammy Awards last night  (Smith nabbed Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album while Beck won Best Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Engineered Album-Non-Classical) but Australian singer-songwriter Sia, comedian Kristen Wiig and dancer Maddie Ziegler stole the show performing Sia's "Chandelier." The performance was crazy, silly, emotional — a refreshing change of pace from the staged and canned performances that usually grace the stage at the Grammys. Wiig proves herself here again as a top physical comedian and Ziegler has proven herself as someone to watch.

Check out the Grammy performance here.

Can we please bring Sia to Eugene please?

Sia and Ziegler, age 12, paired up for the 2014 music video for "Chandelier," which has been viewed more than 520 million times. That's right 520 MILLION TIMES. Check it out below.

February 9, 2015 10:54 AM

We're big fans of Stepahnie McMillan and wish we had more space for her cartoons and essays. You can find her website here:

February 9, 2015 03:34 PM

The Los Angeles Times has a story today about California's experience with a open primary with top-two candidates advancing to the general election, regardless of party. A similar law was turned down by Oregon voters in November. So far, the promises made by top-two advocates in California, such as improved primary turnout, have not materialized in the first couple of election cycles.

See http://wkly.ws/1xs

February 4, 2015 02:03 PM

You might want to get advance tickets for the Greta Matassa shows as they could sell out. See thejazzstation.org

February 4, 2015 02:52 PM

Leave it to Ninkasi to bring the last word on just how awesome craft beer is. After a Budweiser superbowl commercial (not the one with the cute puppies and horses) knocked microbrew, accusing craft beer of dissecting and fussing over our favorite sudsy stuff, Ninkasi had something to say. Just watch the video.

February 4, 2015 01:39 PM

Robert Reich shows why we should object to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest trade agreement in history, that has gotten little public attention.

February 4, 2015 02:44 PM

In this age of autocorrect, what would happen if the word "tornado" got dropped from your computer's spell-check function and was replaced. If you were writing a news story about the weather, it might read something like this ...

Authorities in Arkansas were picking through the debris left by a massive tomato that plowed through the Little Rock area Sunday. Fifteen people were killed in Arkansas, while separate tomatoes killed one person in Oklahoma and another in Kansas. The tomato that slammed into Vilonia, Ark., on Sunday grew to about half a mile wide and was among a rash of tomatoes that rumbled across the center and south of the country overnight. The National Weather Service warned that more deadly tomatoes would strike in parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee on Tuesday.

January 30, 2015 02:22 PM

Stephanie McMillan sometimes appears in Eugene Weekly cartoons, expressing her views on how unfettered capitalism has encouraged tyranny, corruption and shocking inequality of both capital and opportunity in the U.S. and around the world. She has a knack for being playful and funny as she tackles tough issues.

January 30, 2015 10:33 AM

The way archers are portrayed in films and even literture is not how they actually performed in warfare centuries ago. In this video, Lars Andersen has perfected an ancient art.

January 30, 2015 04:21 PM

An Oregon hydrologist looks at where we are regarding rain and snow as of late January. Can we make up the loss of snowpack? Maybe.

January 28, 2015 05:11 PM

Fox News is an easy target to lampoon, but it takes someone like John Cleese to do an analysis like this.

January 27, 2015 02:46 PM

Here's information from Lane County about the annual homeless count:

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the Human Services Division, Lane County’s anti-poverty program, along with its nonprofit partners, will conduct a one-night count of people who are homeless in Lane County.  The annual Homeless Point in Time Count (PIT) reaches throughout the community to people sleeping on the streets, vehicles, parks, camps, and other places not meant for human habitation. Emergency shelter and transitional housing programs designated for people who are homeless are also counted.
 
The one-night count takes place across the state of Oregon each January.  It provides a snapshot of the problem of homelessness to help policymakers target resources to the areas of the state experiencing the greatest need.  This valuable data identifies the needs and gaps in services for homeless people in order to inform local planning efforts. The 2015 One Night Homeless Count will include both sheltered and unsheltered.  This count is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides nearly $3 million in housing and services to single adults, families and youth who are homeless in Lane County.
 
During last year’s sheltered count, 649 individuals were counted in Lane County.  This number includes homeless community members who were used local emergency shelter and transitional housing programs designated for people who are homeless. Every other year, we include what’s known as the “street count” which includes those counted on the streets, under bridges, in parks, at food pantries, schools, day access centers and churches.  The unsheltered number was 1,102 in our last street count (2013).
 
This year’s count has the participation of 24 agencies that administer multiple programs; they have contact with people who are homeless, including outreach programs, day access centers, and food pantries, dining sites, medical vans and other places where homeless people use services.  Results from the 2015 count will be available in March 2015, once the individual demographic information from the forms is analyzed and tallied for accuracy locally and at the state level.
 
This year’s includes new participating agencies with an expanded effort from local veterans groups. Community Supported Shelter Rest Stops, Occupy Medical and LILA (working with people with disabilities) and Eugene Municipal Court are joining this year’s count.