Slant 9-1-2016

• It’s the season for senior photos. South Eugene High School senior Jillian Henry headed over to Mount Pisgah for some shots of her in the wild. She got more than she bargained for when a naked man and his dog photobombed her shots. She posted them on Twitter with the comment “Love my senior pics.” The images have been retweeted more then 25,000 times and gotten more than 70,000 likes, and the story has been picked up at Jezebel, Buzzfeed, The Oregonian and in the UK. Way to start your senior year with a bang!

• Beware of traffic in Eugene-Springfield and on I-5 before and after the Oregon-UC Davis football game at 2 pm Saturday, Sept. 3, at Autzen Stadium. Or look at it this way: Do your driving around town or off to Portland between 2 and 5 Saturday afternoon. Better yet, float the river on this September afternoon. It’s usually uninhabited on game days.

The Register-Guard looks like it’s made some positive changes lately under the leadership of its newest publisher Logan Molen. We see some brighter editorials and perhaps a return to investigative reporting. But that the daily decided to pursue and not settle the case over Serena Markstrom Nugent, the popular former reporter fired for checking emails, has been a surprise. As arts writer and former R-G journalist, Bob Keefer pointed out in court, Nugent brought younger, hipper readers to the R-G. That’s something print media should capitalize on.

• The Democratic Party of Oregon has gleefully announced that Donald Trump will not be campaigning in our state after all. Oregon hasn’t supported a Republican since 1984, the year of Ronald Reagan’s landslide, so it was weird that we were on Trump’s schedule, but then, what’s not weird about the Trump campaign? EW endorsed Bernie in the primary, and it’s not that easy to switch to Hillary, but every day the Donald reminds us that we must.

• Not one Oregon school landed in the top 10 greenest schools in the Sierra Club’s national list this year. Portland State was 14, Lewis and Clark was 16 and the University of Oregon was 18. We didn’t find Oregon State in the top 50. The prime reason the UO was so low could have been the Sierra Club’s new question: “Has your institution made a public decision to sell its investments in any fossil fuel companies?” The University of Oregon has not.

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