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You'd never see Paddington Bear take advantage of someone's food allergies, the way that Peter Rabbit does in his new movie. 

• ROSE (roz) n. One of the most beautiful of all flowers, a symbol of fragrance and loveliness. Often given as a sign of appreciation.

• RASPBERRY (raz’ber’e) n. A sharp, scornful comment, criticism or rebuke; a derisive, splatting noise, often called the Bronx cheer.

We hereby deliver:

• ROSES to news that Rep. Andy Olson's legislation aimed at closing a loophole in the state's law regarding hit-and-run collisions has cleared another hurdle in the Legislature.

We wrote about the measure, House Bill 4055, earlier this week in an editorial. On Wednesday, the bill sailed through the House on a 59-0 vote and now moves to the Senate. 

The bill modifies state statutes to add language that says drivers who aren't immediately aware that they have injured or killed someone in a crash must call 911 and perform other duties as soon as they learn they were involved.

The bill is inspired by the heart-wrenching October 2013 case in Forest Grove in which two girls were run over as they lay in a leaf pile. The driver of the car was convicted in the case, but a judge with the Court of Appeals overturned the conviction, ruling that state law does not require a driver to return to the scene of an accident after leaving and later learning that someone was injured or killed. Olson's bill aims to close that particular loophole. 

• ROSES to the Oregon State University crew that's created the university's first feature-length documentary, "Saving Atlantis." The 76-minute film, which debuted Thursday in a Portland screening, tells the story of the rapid decline of coral reefs around the world through the eyes of the people who depend on them and the scientists who are fighting to save them.

The film focuses in large part on OSU microbiologist Rebecca Vega Thurber, an associate professor who studies coral diseases. She reached out to Oregon State Productions, the university's filmmaking arm, to make several short online videos about her work. That eventually led to the full-length documentary, directed by Justin Reid Smith and David Baker. 

A showing of the film is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. on the OSU campus in Corvallis. The showing is free, but reservations are recommended. Register online at

• ROSES to the members of the Madison Avenue Task Force, which has been working since 1973 to connect downtown Corvallis with Oregon State University's campus via Madison Avenue.

The final link, the Gateway Walk between Ninth and 11th streets, is nearly complete: The median, boxwood plants and infrastructure are in place, and benches and lamp posts have been erected. Still to come is work to place banners on the lamp posts and add plaques to the brick pedestals at the Ninth and 11th intersections, but as James Day of the Gazette-Times recently reported, the heavy lifting has been done.

The $385,000 project is the result of a three-way collaboration between the task force, the city and OSU, and it dates back to an idea by former OSU President Robert MacVicar.

The project also has required amazing determination on the part of the task force members, some of whom have been working on this since the project was hatched in 1973. We'll do the math for you: It's been 45 years. That sounds about par for the course for a complicated project in Corvallis.

"We started (on the final link) is 2005 and trudged our way through two bureaucracies," said David Livingston of the task force. "And no one got mad at each other."

Our thanks go out to everyone who helped push this project to the finish line, with special thanks to the members of the Madison Avenue Task Force.  

• RASPBERRIES (or blackberries, in this case) to "Peter Rabbit," the new movie that trashes the spirit of Beatrix Potter's books and then makes fun of food allergies to boot.

In the movie, as in the books, Farmer McGregor is Peter Rabbit's nemesis. In the movie, unlike in the books, the rabbits use a slingshot to send a blackberry flying into the farmer's mouth. The farmer, you see, is allergic to blackberries. McGregor injects himself with an EpiPen and then has anaphylaxis and collapses. 

Big laughs, right?

The filmmakers and Sony Pictures this week issued an apology: "Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit's archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way." 

Well, all we can say is this: You never would see Paddington Bear acting this way. 

• FINALLY today: Are those worms in your eyeball or are you just glad to see us?


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