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Eugene softball steps up to the plate

EUGENE, Ore. — Regie Valenti wound up and threw a pitch during a co-ed softball game in Roseburg, Ore. The batter smacked it right back up the middle. The ball hit Valenti, a 51-year-old mother from Cottage Grove, in the … Continue reading

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Trying to get the (soft)ball rolling

It’s still raining in the end of May, which has presented some challenges to my enterprise story about Eugene’s adult softball league. The softball season started last week, and every night I tried to go to a game to interview … Continue reading

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Enterprise Story Update

My enterprise story is going to focus on Eugene’s adult softball league. Eugene’s athletic department administers the league through the recreation services department. Eugene fields 220 teams of 12 to 20 people each. There are some highly competitive teams, but … Continue reading

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A Passion for Books

Peter Ogura didn’t want to be an ambulance chaser. One day, he drove by a florist having a going out of business sale, not knowing that it would change his life for the next 19 years. On a whim, he … Continue reading

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Writing my profile

On Friday, I interviewed Peter Ogura, who has owned Black Sun Books on Hilyard Street for almost 19 years. I previously interviewed Peter’s wife, Michele Miller, for a group J361 assignment about residents’ opinions of the Amazon neighborhood. Miller told … Continue reading

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Amazon residents react to bin Laden death with suspicion, unease

Eugene residents react to bin Laden death with suspicion, unease By Haley Hirai Staff Writer, J361 Blog EUGENE, Ore. — As they watched on television or found out from friends on Facebook, residents of Eugene’s Amazon neighborhood met the news … Continue reading

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Q&A with SF Chronicle Giants Beat Writer Henry Schulman

Henry Schulman is the Giants beat reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and has covered the Giants for more than twenty years. Follow him on Twitter or read his blog, The Splash. Before the Giants game in Pittsburg this morning, … Continue reading

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Failed Love at the Beanery

The Allan Bros. Beanery on Hilyard Street bustles with the grinding of a coffee maker, whirs of a blender, and beeping of a toaster. Eclectic music and the loud chatter of the constant stream of customers blend into a continuous … Continue reading

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Getting to know the active Amazon

People who live and work in the Amazon area are a happy bunch. The Amazon is a neighborhood with plentiful bike trails and parks, and recreation was a common interest among the residents we chatted with. Rita Kingsbury, a 28-year … Continue reading

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Top SF Giants Tweeters

1. Let’s start from the source! The San Francisco Giants’ official Twitter account (@sfgiants) tweets important plays during the game. The Giants also tweet behind-the-scenes pictures from the field or clubhouse. 2. Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) is the Giants beat writer … Continue reading

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