Feuer Goes After Carl’s Jr. for Wage Theft   
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Monday that he is taking legal action against the Carl’s Jr. fast-food chain for alleged wage theft. The company is accused of failing to pay 37 workers at seven of its Los Angeles locations the minimum wage of $10.50 per hour from July through December of last year. […]

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          L.A. County’s Website Hacked   
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors website was hacked Tuesday, with someone substituting a pro-Islamic State group message for links to county information. The site at www.bos.lacounty.gov was restored Tuesday night. “No breach of data occurred and no personal information was compromised,” a county spokesman said. Before county technicians took the site offline, a […]

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          L.A. Zoo Admission Goes Up Saturday   
Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo will go up by $1 starting Saturday, under action taken today by the City Council. The council formally approved the hike, which was outlined in the 2017-18 budget passed by the panel and signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti last month. The new prices mean general admission will be $21 […]

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          Solis Calls for Plan to Stop Cruising in East L.A.   
The County Board of Supervisors passed a motion Tuesday to look into developing a plan to curtail vehicles cruising in East Los Angeles, an activity that is disturbing local residents, shutting down bus service and creating traffic hazards for both cars and pedestrians, according to the supervisor who represents the area. The organized but unpermitted […]

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          LAPD Stations Offer Safe Exchange Zones for Internet Sellers, Buyers   
Los Angeles police on Tuesday unveiled an “e-commerce exchange zones” program in which people who buy or sell items via internet sites such as Craigslist may conduct the transactions in the lobbies of nine police stations. “This is an innovative idea designed to increase public awareness about the risks of robberies and thefts involved in […]

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          Ex-LAUSD Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Case Linked to Child Sex Attempt   
A former Los Angeles Unified School District police officer pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge linked to an attempt to solicit a 15-year-old girl for sex. Mauricio Edgardo Estrada, 29, entered his plea to using an interstate communications device such as a computer or telephone to plan a paid sexual encounter with the minor. […]

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          Red Hot Chili Peppers Accidentally Write Song About New Hampshire   

LOS ANGELES—Unexpectedly penning lyrics about colorful autumn foliage and summer cottages on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers accidentally wrote a song about New Hampshire, sources reported Friday. “We just got into the studio and started jamming, and for whatever reason, we just ended up with this track about the Granite State,” said lead singer Anthony Kiedis, adding that he had no idea he and his bandmates had anything say about the pumpkin festival in Laconia “until we grooved on it a while.” “It’s definitely not the direction we intended to go in, but Flea started slapping this funky bass line that got everyone thinking about the pristine waters of the Piscataqua River. Before I knew it, I’d already freestyled two verses about how freaky it is that the state doesn’t have a sales tax.” At press time, the band ...


          ‘No longer Waiting for Godot’: Musk’s new tunnel venture begins under LA (VIDEO)    
Preview Elon Musk’s plan to build a network of tunnels under major cities and eradicate traffic has gotten underway in Los Angeles, the SpaceX entrepreneur has announced.
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          Pac-12 Basketball Pairings Announced   
Cal returns to the home-and-home tradition of playing both Los Angeles schools in Pac-12 play, as new Bears head coach Wyking Jones opens up the conference schedule with Stanford.
          Elon Musk digs giant hole under Los Angeles and will let people put their cars in it   
Tesla and SpaceX founder hopes that the huge holes can let people travel across America more quickly
          Who won the latest Air Force launch contract? Colorado's ULA? Or SpaceX?   
United Launch Alliance won a $191 million space launch contract for an experimental Air Force project, beating out SpaceX to launch the STP-3 mission in two years. The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles on Thursday awarded Centennial-based ULA the contract after reviewing bids by ULA and Elon Musks’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX. STP-3 is slated to launch atop one of ULA’s Atlas V rockets from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the mission occurring…

          En búsqueda del sentido   

Una vida si propósito es una vida sin felicidad, afirma La Mère en su escrito sobre Educación[1]. Tengan un propósito. Y recuerden que de la calidad de ese propósito dependerá la calidad de sus vidas. Que vuestro propósito sea elevado, generoso, desinteresado;  de esa manera sus vidas serán  preciosas para ustedes mismos y para los otros. 

Esta es la invitación de Marc De La Ménardière y Nathanaël Coste, realizadores de la película, “sin productor, ni conservantes” En búsqueda del sentido. Este experimento colaborativo, que recorrió desde la India hasta Guatemala, se inicia cuando estos dos amigos que  han vivido en orillas distintas, sienten la necesidad de hacer  un alto en el camino y reflexionar sobre cómo funciona el mundo, la relación con la naturaleza y la finalidad de la vida.

A partir de diálogos y entrevistas con biólogos, activistas, filósofos, indígenas, científicos indagan y buscan respuestas sobre los desafíos que tenemos como sociedad, como humanidad. Vandana Shiva, Doctora en física cuántica y Premio Nobel Alternativo, Satish Kumar, fundador de la Universidad Shumacher, Pierre Rabhi autor del libro Hacia la Sobriedad Feliz, Rabhi Frédéric Lenoir, filósofo y sociólogo, José Luis Tenoch curandero, Marzo Quetzal, la profesora de yoga Chaty Secaira, Trinh Xuan Thuan, astrofísico autor del libro Le Cosmos et le Lotus, Cassandra Viethen directora del Institute of Noetic Sciences, Bruce Lipton, biólogo molecular autor del libro La biología de la creencia y Jules Dervaes, Jardinero urbano de los Angeles comparten sus reflexiones y responden las preguntas de Marc.

Para destacar la forma innovadora como se logró la realización de la película, gracias a la participación, compromiso y aportes de 963 suscriptores y benefactores. Novedosa también la invitación que hacen a difundir la película y organizar presentaciones. Una de estas invitaciones es a los docentes para que promuevan espacios de reflexión con “aquellos que construirán el mundo del mañana”. Las cifras de esta aventura son interesantes: 4837 proyecciones, 525 socios, 1800 embajadores, 45 países y 21 idiomas.

Podemos o no estar de acuerdo con los planteamientos, afirmaciones, enfoques, conclusiones y recomendaciones que exponen los diferentes interlocutores, pero los animo a verla, deliberar, reflexionar y difundirla.

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[1] Education. Sri Aurobindo Asharam Trust 1981-2008.Pondichéry.


          The Resurgence of Matt Kemp: How He Went from $160M Bust to Potential All-Star   

ATLANTA — On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts.

The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.

His swings, like his demeanor, are relaxed.

He looks comfortable. Happy. Free to be himself and free of distraction.

At 32, Kemp is having his best season since 2011, when he was 26 and playing for the Dodgers. He's hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He's reminding baseball fans of the player who nearly won the National League triple crown in '11, when he led the league with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, finished third with a .324 average and also stole 40 bases.

Back then, it seemed like he would be a Dodger and a superstar for life.

But life beyond baseball was swirling around him.

There was the tabloid fodder—like dating Rihanna in 2010. There was the expectations-setting eight-year, $160 million contract extension. There were the injuries. And then there was the trade to San Diego. The weight gain. Then a second trade, this time to the Braves, and chatter about his San Diego mansion not selling at auction. He admitted in a post on the Players' Tribune that he had "let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships" get to him, which earned him a "reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate."

He was trending dangerously toward another label: bust.

But not so fast. Kemp's story wasn't finished. Not yet.

His resurgence in Atlanta—and his jaw-dropping transformation in the offseason—is eliminating any inkling of those perceptions. He's hitting. He's healthy. By all appearances, he's having fun.

And the Braves organization loves him.

"He is one of our leaders," manager Brian Snitker says. "He is a guy in the clubhouse that people respect. … He's just a great guy to have around."

The difference?

It's simple, Kemp says. He was hurt then. He's not now.

"It was just very frustrating," Kemp says. "It wasn't fun because sometimes I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. I was working hard and doing what I needed to do.

"It's hard to overcome injuries. It takes time, and once you get past those injuries, then you start to become more successful again, and the confidence level comes up, and you get that swag that you once had.

"It'd be tough to hear some of the things that might have been said, like, 'He lost it.' I didn't lose it. With injuries and things like that, it's not easy."


Kemp is in the Braves clubhouse, comfortably settled in a soft black leather chair as some teammates nearby shoot pool. Conversations surrounding him provide a pleasant hum.

He looks laid-back, wearing a black T-shirt that reads "EQUALITY" on the front and "42" on the back, in homage to Jackie Robinson.

The topic of conversation is recent incidents of racism in sports. Seventy years after Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, it remains one of the game's constants. The hate comes in various forms. Trolling on social media. Screaming obscenities from the stands. A fan in May uttered the N-word and threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Racism isn't exclusive to MLB in the realm of sports. Someone painted the N-word on a gate at LeBron James' Los Angeles home before the 2017 NBA Finals started, according to the L.A. police.

Kemp acknowledges fans have spewed hate toward him dating back to his days in the minor leagues. He declines to name the cities where it occurred, "but it definitely happens, for sure," he says.

"That's not new to me or to LeBron or to Adam," Kemp says. "It's something that you've got to deal with all the time. Like LeBron said, it doesn't matter how much people admire you, how much money you have, how famous you are. Racism is still alive. It's sad. It's disappointing. I guess it's something that I guess we have to deal with. It's tough to deal with, but it's sad."

He didn't pay attention to things like that when he was younger. Maybe it didn't exist because all he was doing was playing ball and wasn't yet famous. Maybe he just didn't recognize it. He's not sure.

"But when you get older you start to realize, like, 'Dang. They just really said that,'" Kemp says. "It's kind of crazy."

Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Kemp and his cousins were "pretty much" the only African-Americans on his teams, he says. A two-sport athlete, his basketball teammates teased him for playing baseball—"What are you doing? Why do you have the cleats and a glove? You play basketball," he recalls them saying—as football and hoops were more popular where he lived.

"[My friends] never came to games," Kemp says. "They didn't know how good I was. They didn't know that the scouts were coming to see me play."

He's shown a photo of himself from his childhood.

He says he's not sure how old he was, but the picture depicts him holding a bat and taking a mighty cut—"I don't know if I was swatting flies. Hopefully I don't swing at pitches like that now," he wisecracks—with a look of determination on his young face, long before the glitz and the glamour ever entered his life.

"You look at a picture like that, and that's like—that's me as a kid dreaming about playing baseball, and now I'm living that dream," Kemp says. "Not a lot of people can say they're living their dream."

Kemp grew up in a single-parent household, with his mom, Judy Henderson, a nurse. Even though Atlanta is more than 800 miles away, it was easy for him and a cousin to get hooked on the Braves, whose games were broadcast on TBS.

"We, like, lived for the Braves," Kemp says. "We'd come home after school, turn on the TV and watch the Braves play baseball games. It was the best thing in the world."

The dream became tangible in 2003, when the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round out of high school. Three years later, he was playing at Dodger Stadium. The lights seem to shine brighter in Hollywood, and he showed signs of becoming a budding superstar in 2009, when he hit .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

His marquee season was in 2011. He finished second to Ryan Braun in the MVP race, but after Braun's subsequent PED admission, many think Kemp should have received the award. As a consolation prize, he did win his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards that year.

Life was fast-paced. He ascended the fashion ladder, seen as one of the best-dressed players in baseball. Paparazzi surrounded him when he dated Rihanna in 2010. His average dipped to .249 that season, but he still hit 28 home runs.

Fast forward to seven years later in Atlanta, with a reporter trying to tiptoe around the Rihanna question with Kemp. It elicits a laugh from him.

"I think that life. That's just part of L.A.," Kemp says. "You're in an industry where you meet famous people. You have famous friends. That's just part of being in L.A. I mean, that took a little getting used to, but the injuries were something I was never used to. That was harder on me that anything."


The injuries. There were many of them. A snapshot:

Kemp had two stints on the disabled list for hamstring injuries in 2012. The first one ended his streak of 399 consecutive games, which at the time was the longest streak by an active player. In late August, he injured his left shoulder after crashing into a wall at Coors Field, but he continued to play. In the offseason, Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff. Doctors told him not to swing a bat until January.

Kemp made trips to the DL in 2013 for a right hamstring strain and joint inflammation in the surgically repaired shoulder. His return to the lineup that July lasted for one game, as he suffered a left ankle injury when sliding into home plate, a play in which Kemp later said he wasn't running hard. He headed back to the DL.

Kemp returned in mid-September, but it was a short stay. He missed a game later in the month because of soreness in his left ankle and was ruled was out for the playoffs. Kemp had a minor surgical procedure to clean up his left shoulder and also underwent microfracture surgery on the ankle. He ultimately played just 73 games in 2013, and he would start the 2014 season on the disabled list.

Through it all, the low point was suffering the ankle injury and eventually needing surgery, Kemp says.

"My shoulder was tough, but I think the ankle was the toughest because I was used to being a speed guy, stealing bases," he says. "Now it's not as easy to do that because my ankle doesn't allow me to be as fast as I once was. But I've just got to deal with it."

In 2014, his last season with Los Angeles, then-manager Don Mattingly moved Kemp out of center field, first putting him at left and then later in right. After the season, the Dodgers traded him to San Diego. While he put up solid numbers (.265 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI in 2015, and .268 with 35 HRs and 108 RBI in 2016), he was a guy with a lengthy injury history and a huge paycheck playing for a bad team.

His mammoth 2011 campaign continued to get further away in the rearview mirror.


2011 was also the year when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was a rookie, first met Kemp.

"He was on another level," Freeman recalls. "Every time he got up to the plate, I was like, 'Oh no, here it comes.'"

Through a mutual friend, Melvin Upton Jr., who played for both the Braves (2013-14) and the Padres (2015 through part of 2016), Freeman and Kemp hung out a couple of times. Since Kemp arrived in Atlanta, he and Freeman have grown close. Freeman calls Kemp's personality "infectious."

"It's a great personality," Freeman says. "He draws people to him, and you just want to be around him. Every day, obviously when I'm healthy, we would go get our Starbucks together, we go out to the field together, we do pretty much everything together. ...

"He wants to win. He works hard every single day, and that rubs off on other people."

Kemp's intensity is visible. But so is the joy, which he credits to his teammate and friend.

"Honestly, you know who has a lot to do with that is Freddie," Kemp says. "I've played with a lot of guys that like to have fun and joke around, but he's just one guy that—I honestly never see him, like, mad."

The chemistry worked in the lineup, too. In the 56 games he played with the Braves in 2016, Kemp hit .280 with 12 home runs and had an OPS of .855.

"It was great," Snitker says. "You get a guy, a middle-of-the-order lineup guy like that, he was a welcome addition. It lengthened our lineup, kind of broke up all the left-handers we had going."

With Kemp on the team, opponents could no longer "pick and choose" who they pitched to. "He legitimized what we had going on," Snitker says.

But not all was perfect. At the end of the 2016 season, Kemp wasn't always finishing games, playing seven innings before being replaced for defensive reasons in left field.

"Every time that happened to him, he'd come up to me in the dugout and say, 'This is embarrassing. I don't want this to happen anymore,'" Freeman says.

Heading into the offseason, Kemp was healthy, which hadn't happened often in the last few years. He took advantage of it and got to work, saying there were "no limits."

When asked what was the catalyst for change, Kemp all but shrugged it off.

"I haven't really had too many offseasons where I didn't have to rehab anything," Kemp says. "That's a big difference. You know, if you go into an offseason hurt and you have to rehab the whole offseason, that's just very frustrating. I was pretty much able to work out and do whatever it is I wanted to do."

Snitker says Kemp told the team at the end of the 2016 season, "You're going to see a new me when I get here."

"And he did," Snitker says. "Obviously, he was very dedicated to that and worked his tail off. It was real refreshing when you came in and saw the guy's dedication to what we're trying to do, so it was really good to see, and it told you a lot about the person."

Freeman got updates from Kemp during the offseason—sometimes in mid-workout.

"I got FaceTimed every week...usually when he was on the elliptical," Freeman says. "He was doing two-a-days. He would do lifting in the morning, and he would come back and do conditioning later in the day."

When Freeman was with his wife in Bal Harbour, Florida, celebrating their anniversary, he ran into Kemp. The change was already noticeable.

"You could tell after a month-and-a-half, he was already looking different," Freeman says. "People were asking me what was he looking like, and I wouldn't tell them. I said, 'You guys can just find out for yourself,' and he came to spring training obviously so much better. I think he had lost like 25 pounds."


Kemp's work continued through spring training and into the season, and the results are evident in his numbers. He started the season 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs in his first four games. He made a brief trip to the 10-day DL for a tight right hamstring in April, and he missed one game in June with left hamstring tightness. Aside from that, he has picked up where he left off. On April 29 at Milwaukee, he became the first Brave to hit three home runs in a game since Mark Teixeira did it in 2008. He hit his 250th career home run on May 31.

Kemp says there's been no change in approach. It's just a byproduct of being healthy and putting in the effort.

"He was first there, last to leave, was very consistent in all his workouts, and he was always out there doing his drills, in the weight room, workout room, practices, everything," Snitker says of Kemp's spring training work. "It was really good to see—and even now. I mean, the guy shows up to play every day. That's the thing. He's signed on to play the games, so he is a guy you can depend on every day. You know he's going to be there for you."

The house in San Diego hasn't sold yet, and Kemp doesn't know if there will be another auction. These days, his home base is in Prosper, Texas, about three hours away from Midwest City.

How long he stays in Atlanta remains to be seen. Despite his production, the Braves are under .500 and are struggling to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East. Could Kemp get dealt for a third time? Speculation is slowly heating up, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today mentioning him as one of the top 25 players who could switch teams this summer.

But even as the team rebuilds, Kemp is a good fit in Atlanta. He helped protect the Braves' cornerstone, Freeman, in the lineup—before Freeman fractured his wrist in May—and his teammates are thankful he's there.

"It's nice to be able to have a guy like him—and Freddie and some of the other guys—but he's kind of my big brother," shortstop Dansby Swanson says. "I feel like he's always got my back. He kind of, like, protects me. ... He'll take me out to dinner when we're on the road and kind of just gives you that family thing. We've been able to hit it off really well, and I feel like I can go to him and trust him with a lot of things. So he's special to have around, and I am definitely very, very grateful to have him."

Will this get rid of the critics? Even if it doesn't, Freeman doesn't think that factors into Kemp's mindset.

"We play in a game of what-have-you-done-for-me-now, and the thing is last year people said he wasn't very good, but he had 35 home runs and [close to] 110 RBI," Freeman says. "That doesn't happen. He's a superstar. He's been a superstar his whole career.

"After his 2011 year, he had shoulder surgery and he dealt with hamstring problems. It's hard to compete at a high level when you're not feeling good every day. ... I don't think he's trying to put away what people are saying; he was just doing him. And if it comes along the way that it shuts people up in the process…"

Freeman pauses, and then says, "But that's not his ultimate goal.

"He's here trying to win and get back to the playoffs because he hasn't been there in a few years either, just like I haven't. That's his main goal. It's not about shutting people up, and people can say whatever they want about him, me...that just comes with the territory.  If we go 0-for-4, then they say we should be benched and stuff like that, but if we get two hits the next day, we're the greatest people ever. That just comes with it.

"But he's not trying to do that. He's just trying to do his job and help win games."

There's another element as well, and it's visible when Kemp's megawatt smile is caught on TV broadcasts. He's having fun, reminiscent to children who are playing simply for the love of the game.

"I've been playing baseball since I was four years old," Kemp says. "It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be super-duper serious. I mean, you get serious at times, and of course you get competitive and you want to win, but I think a lot of people forget about having fun."

 

Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. Follow her on Twitter: @ByJillMartin.

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          Bartolo Colon, Mets Reunion Reportedly Under Consideration   

The New York Mets will consider a reunion with veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon, but they're skeptical of his struggles this season, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. 

The Atlanta Braves announced Thursday they'd be designating 44-year-old for assignment after he produced a cringeworthy 8.14 ERA in 13 starts this season.

Colon spent the past three years with the Mets, producing a 44-34 record with a 3.90 ERA. He showed impressive consistency while throwing over 190 innings per year, winning at least 14 games each season.

He even earned his fourth All-Star nod last year while producing a 3.43 ERA. He's also a former Cy Young award winner, having taken home the prize in 2005 with the Los Angeles Angels.

Limited room in the Mets rotation caused him to sign with the Braves in the offseason on a one-year, $12.5 million deal. However, he struggled mightily with his new team, allowing six or more runs in each of his last four starts.

Meanwhile, New York suddenly has a need for starting pitching with 80 percent of its opening day rotation on the disabled list, including stars Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey.

Although the club entered Thursday with a 35-42 record and is unlikely to give up much for a new starting pitcher, Colon could be the perfect fit.

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          Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits   
NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings ... but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events. "Meetings" come in diverse and innovative formats like Mississauga, Canada's Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo; Pangani, Tanzania's Social Media Surgery ; and Birmingham, United Kingdom's Summer Tech for Good Social in a local pub. Join us at your local group. It will be fun — we promise! Find your closest NetSquared group Upcoming Tech for Good Events This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. If you're holding monthly events gathering the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group. Africa The targets need to be linked like so: --> Jump to events in North America or go international with events in Africa and Middle East Asia and Pacific Rim Europe and United Kingdom Central and South America ## North America ## Africa ## Europe ## Asia and Pacific Rim --> North America Monday, July 3, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Wednesday, July 5, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Thursday, July 6, 2017 San Francisco, California: Tech for Good Monthly Mixer Friday, July 07, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Tips and Tools to Doll Up Your Data | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Naples, Florida: How to use Technology to Communicate and Manage Volunteers Vancouver, British Columbia: Full Spectrum Civic Engagement Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Nonprofit Organizations, Civic Data, and Civic Faith Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix: QuickBooks Made Easy Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Los Angeles, California: Summer Social Phoenix, Arizona: Data Management: What Nonprofits Need to Know San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Monday, July 17, 2017 Kitchener, Ontario: Mail Management Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Westmoreland Marietta, Georgia: Easy SEO Fixes for Your Nonprofit Jasper, Indiana: Social Media Wednesday, July 19, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Portland, Oregon: QuickBooks Made Easy Thursday, July 20, 2017 Seattle, Washington: QuickBooks Made Easy Friday, July 21, 2017 San Francisco, California: Mobile Apps for Change Demo Day at the Salvation Army Monday, July 24, 2017 Nanaimo, British Columbia: "Free Money" (Microsoft Volume Licensing and Google for Nonprofits) Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Buffalo, New York: Why Nonprofits Should Use TechSoup and NetSquared Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, July 26, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Friday, July 28, 2017 Seattle, Washington: Roundtable for New Nonprofit Executives Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Naples, Florida: Tech4Good SWFL Meeting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Allegheny Wednesday, August 2, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Phoenix, Arizona: Defining and Targeting Your Audience: Marketing for Nonprofits Thursday, August 3, 2017 Cleveland, Ohio: How to Remarket to Website Visitors via Facebook and Twitter Monday, August 7, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Ottawa, Ontario: Review Progress on Data Analysis Projects Wednesday, August 9, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Los Angeles, California: Web Accessibility: Designing Inclusive User Experiences Friday, August 11, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Optimizing Your Communications for Mobile | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Wednesday, August 16, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: The Internet of Things: You Only Live Twice? Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, August 23, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Asia and Pacific Rim Saturday, July 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: Strategy of Data Collection for Nonprofits Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: YouTube for Nonprofits Africa and Middle East Saturday, July 1, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Monday, July 3, 2017 Beirut, Lebanon: Lebanon's Digital Big Bang — An AltCity Info Session Friday, July 7, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, July 8, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, July 14, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 15, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 21, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 22, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 28, 2017 Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Creating Apps and Other Tech Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 29, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: WhatsApp for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Sunday, July 30, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Friday, August 4, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, August 5, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, August 11, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 12, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 18, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 19, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 25, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 26, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Sunday, August 27, 2017 Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: Instagram for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Europe and United Kingdom Saturday, July 1, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2017 Monday, July 3, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Leith Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Professionnelles du Logiciel Libre Monday, July 10, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Data Analysis for Nonprofits Tuesday, July 11, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: User Research and Service Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Tech for Good — Law and Justice Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Bath, United Kingdom: Design for All — Technology for Everyone, Accessibility, and User Experience Thursday, July 20, 2017 Milngavie, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Milngavie Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Dublin, Ireland: Design Thinking For Good: IBM Health Corps Tuesday, August 1, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: Organisation Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom: Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Monday, August 14, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Summer Tech for Good Social Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Paudex, Switzerland: RdV4-0.ch: 2. Objets Connectés — IoT Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Thursday, August 31, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Edinburgh Image : Michele Mateus / CC BY Siobhan Aspinall with Umbrella at The Digital Nonprofit 201 : Elijah van der Giessen via Michele Mateus / CC BY-NC 2.0 --> spanhidden
          No Shelter From the Woj Bombs   

On Wednesday, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out some cataclysmic NBA news.

This was a blockbuster move—the Los Angeles Clippers’ stellar point guard signing up to play with recent MVP runner-up James Harden—a transaction huge enough that it may affect which team loses to the Golden State Warriors in next year’s conference finals.

If you read the replies to Wojnarowski’s tweet, though, one of the biggest NBA trades in years seems secondary—overshadowed by the man who broke the story.

In the parlance of NBA Twitter, Wojnarowski dropped a “Woj bomb,” hence the deployment of mushroom cloud GIFs.

In his 10 years at Yahoo—the company gave Wojnarowski his own website, the Vertical, in 2016—the NBA reporter built a reputation as the basketball world’s Eye of Providence, a mysterious, all-seeing entity who breaks news with terrifying speed and accuracy.

Judging by the reaction to his tweets, one might get the sense that he is actually the one setting these deals into motion—that teams make moves because Wojnarowski reports them rather than the other way around. It’s all part of the mythos of Woj, a cult of personality devoted to a man who doesn’t seem to have much of a discernible personality beyond “reporter who is always on Twitter.”

On Saturday, Wojnarowski will be joining ESPN, a move that coincides with (and in certain exceedingly nerdy circles perhaps overshadows) the start of the NBA’s free agency period. For years, his identity has been wrapped up in the fact that he doesn’t work for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He’s been known to pick at ESPN in his columns, sometimes referring to them as an unnamed “cable sports company.” His defection to the world’s most powerful sports media company at once feels surprising and inevitable. It’s a marriage of questionable harmony but undoubtable impact, the equivalent of hiring a T. rex to hem your pants.

In his tenure at Yahoo, Wojnarowski has been a one-man wrecking crew, often out-scooping the world’s sports media hydra on the strength of his connections and unparalleled ability to type with his thumbs. Earlier this week, in his last days at the Vertical, he broke the news that Jeff Van Gundy—who works for ESPN—will be coaching USA Basketball’s World Cup qualifying team.

Wojnarowski’s unique ability to delight his fans and bedevil his rivals has been most evident during the NBA draft, when he managed to report, via Twitter, the upcoming selections well before they’re announced on ESPN’s live broadcast. The fact that one guy could ruin the drama and pageantry of a manicured television event infuriated ESPN execs and undoubtedly contributed to the company’s decision to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

In tandem with Wojnarowski’s hiring, ESPN laid off a number of talented NBA reporters, many of whom covered individual teams and contributed postgame recaps and analysis. They also terminated Marc Stein, who has long been Wojnarowski’s biggest competitor. Stein is a prodigious reporter in his own right, and many within the company have expressed dismay at his departure. Given that it seems like the network is shifting toward breaking news and scoops, there’s only one logical explanation for laying off Stein: ESPN’s suits feel it’s important to have Wojnarowski be the unquestioned leader of their NBA scoop machine. If you’re looking for an explanation for why that might be, you should ask someone who has better sources than I do.

ESPN, which pays $1.4 billion annually for the rights to televise NBA games, wants to claim total ownership of almost every NBA storyline. The network’s coverage of the NFL provides an instructive example. In 2013, Deadspin did a nice play-by-play of a story the network created out of thin air and subsequently covered to death. It began on SportsCenter, when one of ESPN's NFL pundits said, “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” ESPN got Kaepernick’s response to the statement, and that response was then covered at length on the network’s myriad shouting-head programs. The pundit who made the comment eventually became a featured guest across its various platforms, and the issue was debated for days until a natural endpoint was reached. (It somehow became about Tim Tebow.)

ESPN has been built to trim every last edible bit from a story, and with basketball’s greatest rumormonger and scoop-getter at its disposal, there’s no telling what the Worldwide Leader will now be capable of. My best guess is it will look a lot like what Gustavus Swift did to cows back in the 19th century.

Swift owned and operated one of the largest slaughterhouses in Chicago, but selling salted pork scraps wasn’t enough for him. In the late 1800s, the market demanded fresh beef, which meant cattle were shipped live to Eastern population centers where they would be butchered and sold after transit. Swift had a nose for inefficiency, and he got a great whiff of it with each and every steer-filled boxcar that passed through Chicago on its way east. If his company could somehow slaughter and butcher the beef in Chicago, he’d be able to expand his operation while more efficiently meeting demand.

To facilitate this, Swift hired an engineer to design a refrigerated train car that could ship dressed meat over long distances without sacrificing freshness. The Swift-owned cars were loaded with ice in Wisconsin, packed with beef at Swift’s Chicago slaughterhouse, and then sent east and sold for maximum profit. The supply process was so efficient and direct, a side of beef in the freezer of a New York wholesaler would hang off the same hook as the cow from which it was cut back in Chicago weeks prior.

It is perhaps a bit on the nose that the process Swift pioneered is known as “vertical integration.” The man ESPN lured from the Vertical will provide the grist for a never-ending mill of debate shows, news programs, and interview segments. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the NBA receives as much attention on Twitter during summer free agency as it does during the regular season. ESPN is counting on its ability to grab that attention by harnessing the multikiloton power of the Woj bomb.

Consider, though, that the two biggest NBA stories of the past five years—LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State—got broken via personal essays published in Sports Illustrated and the Players’ Tribune respectively, not via reporters on Twitter. If a player is savvy enough, he can circumvent the scoop machine and take ownership of his own breaking news, Adrian Wojnarowski be damned.

If history is any indicator, the establishment won’t give up the means of production without a fight. In the words of Karl Marx, “Tune into First Take for more reaction.”


          Exclusive: India presses Microsoft for Windows discount in wake of cyber attacks   

By Euan Rocha

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India is pressing Microsoft Corp to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks.

Microsoft officials in India have "in principle agreed" to the request, Gulshan Rai, India's cyber security coordinator, told Reuters over the phone on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft in India declined to comment on the matter. Officials at the company's headquarters in the United States and regional headquarters in Asia also declined to comment.

If Microsoft agreed to such a discount, it could open up the global software giant to similar requests from around the world. Rai said the government was in talks with Microsoft management in India. It is not immediately clear whether any other countries were seeking similar deals.

Rai said India began talks with Microsoft after the WannaCry ransomware attack last month, noting that both WannaCry and this week's attack, dubbed by some cyberexperts "NotPetya", exploited vulnerabilities in older iterations of the Windows OS.

"The quantum of the price cut, we expect some detail on in a couple of days," Rai said, adding the Indian government expected the company to offer the software at "throw-away prices."

"It will be a one-time upgrade offer to Windows 10 and it will be a discounted price for the entire country," said Rai, who was hand-picked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the country's first cyber security chief.

Rai declined to be more specific, but said he was confident that it would be "less than a quarter of the current price."

Rai, who has over two decades of experience in different IT areas including cyber security, said his team began coordinating with government agencies and regulators to push for OS upgrades soon after the WannaCry attack began on May 12.

The government's quick action helped minimize the impact of the NotPetya attack, which affected two of India's container port terminals, he said.

The government has also worked with banks to ensure that some 200,000 of the more than 240,000 ATMs in the country, most of which run on older Windows XP systems, have been upgraded with security patches released by Microsoft following the WannaCry attack, Rai said.

This is just an interim solution, however, said Rai, because although the patches fix vulnerabilities in older OS versions, they retain the limitations of those versions.

"New OS versions have different architecture, much improved architecture and much more resiliency," said Rai.

PRICE-SENSITIVE

Windows 10 Home currently retails for 7,999 rupees ($124) in India, while the Pro version of the software typically used by large companies and institutions costs 14,999 rupees ($232).

Roughly 96 percent of an estimated 57 million computers in India currently run on Windows, according to Counterpoint Research. Apple- and Linux-based systems account for the rest.

Given that only a small minority of Windows users in India already have Windows 10, Microsoft could be forgoing several billion dollars of potential revenue if they agreed to sell just the more widely used Home version of Windows 10 at a quarter of its current Indian retail price.

In the price-sensitive Indian market, people using computers in households or small businesses often do not upgrade their OS given the steep costs. The wide use of pirated Windows OS versions, which would not automatically receive security patches, exacerbate the vulnerabilities.

In light of the attacks, Rai said, the government "wants to incentivise the common man to upgrade their systems".

The WannaCry attack in May affected a state-run power firm in western India, while the NotPetya attack this week crippled operations at two port terminals in India operated by shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, which was affected globally.

($1 = 64.5175 Indian rupees)

(Additional reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal in Mumbai, Salvador Rodriguez in San Francisco and Jeremy Wagstaff in Singapore; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)


          Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs   
Downtown Los Angeles, silhouette-like with palm trees.

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          Commentary: Strategy for California’s Next Drought   
Summer day with the skyline of Los Angeles with water patterns of lake in forground, California

How to prepare the state’s urban areas for droughts of the future.

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          California Assembly Speaker Urges Dialysis Company to Stop Retaliating Against Workers Who Support Union, Improving Patient Care, Reports SEIU-UHW   

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and five other state legislators recently urged dialysis corporation DaVita to stop retaliating against employees who support forming a union in their workplace and a bill to improve patient...



          California Labor Commissioner Citation of General Contractor for Subcontractor's Wage Theft Affirmed   

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su issued citations of $249,879 against Irvine-based general contractor Deacon Corporation, along with its subcontractor, Lafayette-based Champion Constructions, Inc. This is the first time...



          Vandal TV: Gameplay comentado de Super Mario Odyssey   
Probamos el esperado plataformas de Nintendo.

No hay demasiadas dudas al respecto. Super Mario Odyssey ha sido uno de los grandes juegos de la feria E3, celebrada hace escasos días en la ciudad de Los Angeles. En Vandal os ofrecimos unas completas impresiones sobre la aventura del fontanero para Nintendo Switch, que ha conquistado a la crítica especializada, alzándose como el mejor juego del citado E3. Ahora, en Vandal TV, os traemos un gameplay comentado.

Vídeo:



Nuestras impresiones en Vandal


"Casi nos han tenido que arrebatar el mando de las manos, es imposible dejar de jugar a Super Mario Odyssey, pierdes la noción del tiempo en su divertidísima propuesta, y es un juego que derrocha encanto por los cuatro costados, al que no vas a poder resistirse si eres fan del personaje, sobre todo de su vertiente más aventurera. "

"El juego que te hará comprar una Switch, con la gorra"

"Para poder disfrutarlo ya solo hay que esperar al 27 de octubre, y no se nos ocurre un juego mejor para justificar la adquisición de la nueva consola de Nintendo, que está vez sí, parece que ha empezado con el pie derecho."

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Vandal TV: Gameplay comentado de Super Mario Odyssey
          Seismic Blasting Would Deafen Marine Mammals   

Seismic Blasting Would Deafen Marine Mammals

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is just one of the marine animals that seismic testing off the East Coast would harm.

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is just one of the marine animals that seismic testing off the East Coast would harm.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Imagine an underwater blast so loud that it can be heard by marine mammals that are 2,500 miles away. That’s the level of noise generated when companies fire airguns to blast the ocean floor with sound in order to find oil and gas deposits.

Such seismic testing could begin soon off the U.S. East Coast after Trump ordered federal agencies to reconsider the Obama administration’s five-year ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. On June 6, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed five authorizations for companies on the hunt for oil and gas. These companies want to conduct seismic surveys of the Atlantic seabed.

The noise would have serious impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, which rely heavily on sound to communicate, navigate and find prey. Flooding the ocean with noise from seismic surveys could inflict permanent hearing damage on these creatures, leaving them deaf and stranded. At the very least, seismic blasts would disrupt the animals’ behavior hundreds of thousands of times and could drive them away from vital habitats.

By granting these five proposed authorizations, the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow marine mammals to become casualties of oil and gas exploration. But it’s not too late—the service is taking public comments on these proposed authorizations until July 6. Below, you can tell the service to deny these dangerous permits, and protect whales and dolphins from seismic airgun blasting.

Take Action! Send your comment to the National Marine Fisheries Service today, and tell the agency that marine mammals deserve a fighting chance.


The following numbers demonstrate how devastating these seismic surveys would be:

240 decibels

Approximate volume of seismic airgun blasting underwater. For a little perspective, one of the loudest animals, the blue whale, makes calls louder than 180 decibels. When you go up by 10 decibels, it means a sound gets 10 times more intense. So a seismic airgun blast is 1 million times more intense than a blue whale call—powerful enough to deafen one of these massive creatures.


2,500 miles

How far seismic blasts can travel underwater—approximately the distance from New York City to Los Angeles. That means it’s possible for a whale near Florida to hear seismic surveys operating off the coast of South Carolina.


200,000 square miles

Area of the Atlantic Ocean that the proposed seismic airgun surveys would blast. The airguns discharge resounding booms at 12 to 16 second intervals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months on end.


350,000

Approximate number of times in one year that whales and dolphins will be harassed by seismic blasting, according to permits drafted by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The service estimates that nearly 2,000 of the exposures will be loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss, which would severely impede the marine mammals’ ability to communicate and find food.


28

Species of marine mammals that the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow companies to harm, if the agency’s proposed authorizations are finalized. Six of these species are endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, including the North Atlantic Right Whale—a critically endangered species with a population of less than 500.


          Kiválóan harsonázott Los Angelesben Beke Márk   
Nagy sikerrel mutatkozott be Los Angelesben Beke Márk harsonás. A 16 éves kecskeméti srác a harsonás világfesztivál döntőjében második lett, ahova tanárával, Kuna Lajossal utazott ki.
          AT&T Demos 650 Mbit/s using LTE + LAA   
AT&T and Ericsson announced that they have conducted a live LTE-LAA technology field trial, during which initial wireless data rates of more than 650 Mbit/s were achieved in downtown San Francisco.

AT&T noted that LTE-LAA technology is expected to play a key role in its push to achieve theoretical peak speeds of 1 Gbit/s at selected small cell sites by the end of this year. In addition, the technology also constitutes a key element as the operator works to upgrade the network and increase speeds in its 5G Evolution markets.

The operator stated that while 5G standards are yet to be finalised, it is seeking to lay the foundation for future wireless networks leveraging the 5G Evolution program and technologies including LTE-LAA as it aims to begin delivering 5G wireless data speeds as early as late 2018.

AT&T previously demonstrated the ultra-fast speeds enabled by LTE-LAA at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it showed mobile user speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s utilising LTE-LAA combined with carrier aggregation, 4 x 4 MIMO and 256QAM.

LTE-LAA combines unlicensed spectrum with licensed spectrum through carrier aggregation to increase overall network capacity and enable faster, more reliable wireless speeds. The technology is designed to co-exist with other unlicensed spectrum technologies such as WiFi via a feature termed 'listen before talk', which allows fair coexistence between LTE-LAA and WiFi.



  • AT&T announced in April that as part of its 5G Evolution program it planned to begin offering higher speed, lower latency services for wireless customers with the latest devices in 20+ major metro areas by the end of the year. The new wireless capability was initially available in parts of Austin, where AT&T wireless customers with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ are able to access faster 5G Evolution Internet speeds.
  • AT&T stated at that time that the higher speed service would be expanded to Indianapolis in the summer, with plans to extend it to markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Francisco.

          T-Mobile trials LAA enabling 741 Mbit/s data rate on commercial network in LA   
Deutsche Telekom unit T-Mobile in the U.S., serving nearly 73 million customers, has announced what it claims is a network first with the demonstration of a mobile broadband data session live in the field utilising License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network.

The field testing, which was launched in Los Angeles, achieved a 741 Mbit/s download speed using 80 MHz of aggregated spectrum.

T-Mobile also claims to have become the first national U.S. wireless carrier to make LTE-U available to its customers. LTE-U uses publicly available 5 GHz airwaves to increase existing LTE capacity and enhance the performance of its advanced 4G LTE network. T-Mobile LTE-U technology is now live in select locations in Bellevue, Washington, Brooklyn, New York, Dearborn, Michigan, Las Vegas, Nevada, Richardson, Texas and Simi Valley, California.

For T-Mobile customers in these locations, LTE-U is available immediately to users with compatible smartphones. The company noted that LTE-U provides similar speed and capacity increases as the technologies it introduced in the fall of 2016, when it launched carrier aggregation, 256QAM and 4 x 4 MIMO, while utilising less licensed spectrum.

T-Mobile noted that the FCC announced it would permit LTE in unlicensed spectrum earlier this year, thereby allowing wireless providers to use unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band that is often under-utilised. T-Mobile then began to rollout new network hardware to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum. LTE-U and LAA-enabled devices and equipment share under-utilised unlicensed spectrum without affecting other users on the same band, including those using conventional WiFi.

The company stated that LAA enables greater carrier aggregation than LTE-U, allowing mobile operators to combine larger amounts of unlicensed and licensed spectrum. T-Mobile added that as part of its plans to further densify its mobile network, it will begin deploying small cells featuring LAA functionality later in 2017.



  • T-Mobile confirmed in February that that it was deploying LTE-U technology following FCC certification of suitable equipment from strategic partners Ericsson and Nokia. At that time, the operator stated that using LTE-U it would enable customers to utilise the first 20 MHz of under-utilised unlicensed spectrum on the 5 GHz band to gain LTE capacity.



          Tiffany Haddish Snags ‘From the Hood to Hollywood’ Stand-Up Special   
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*Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish takes the stage in her first stand-up special, “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood,” premiering on Friday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. The hour-long special was filmed at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, and the Los Angeles native will tackle subjects ranging from “her early […]

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          Adam West Has Voiced Five More Episodes of ‘Family Guy’   

Forever remembered as the TV Batman of the 1960s, Adam West was also celebrated in recent years for his role as Mayor West in Family Guy. The star sadly died on June 10 this year at the age of 88, with the city of Los Angeles honouring him by shining the bat signal on City […]

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          Maersk reopens terminal at Port of Los Angeles as it recovers from cyberattack   

The Port of Los Angeles' largest shipping terminal reopened Friday as Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk said its cargo terminals and port operations were returning to normal after a strikingly virulent and disruptive outbreak of malicious software.

Maersk, which leases the terminal, reopened...


          Essential Arts & Culture: Visceral border art, a 'guileless' Wilshire Grand, must-see African sculpture   

Happy Fourth, Los Angeles! May your buns be firm and your apple pie sweet. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly dose of important culture news and dog videos:

A visceral border experience

Mexican film director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has created a VR experience...


          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   

Two House Democrats want Congress to look into possible conflicts of interest in the Trump administration’s handling of investigations into Pasadena’s OneWest Bank — a bank formerly headed by now-Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and Al Green (D-Texas) said...


          Linux Plumbers Conference: Containers Microconference accepted into Linux Plumbers Conference   

Following on from the Containers Microconference last year, we’re pleased to announce there will be a follow on at Plumbers in Los Angeles this year.

The agenda for this year will focus on unsolved issues and other problem areas in the Linux Kernel Container interfaces with the goal of allowing all container runtimes and orchestration systems to provide enhanced services.  Of particular interest is the unprivileged use of container APIs in which we can use both to enable self containerising applications as well as to deprivilege (make more secure) container orchestration systems.  In addition we will be discussing the potential addition of new namespaces: (LSM for per-container security modules; IMA for per-container integrity and appraisal, file capabilities to allow setcap binaries to run within unprivileged containers)

For more details on this, please see this microconference’s wiki page.

We hope to see you there!


          Umami Burger At The Grove Grand Opening Party   

Jaden Smith and Sam Nazarian at Umami Burger Redesign Launch Party at The Grove in HollywoodLOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Umami Burger continues on its quest to push boundaries and break the mold within the social dining space with a new design by world-recognized DESIGNAGENCY from Toronto, and new Umami-ta

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          Комментарий к записи Не шути про азиатов и говори нихао: 5 правил дипломатических отношений с Китаем (hizinfite)   
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          Events: openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017, Diversity Empowerment Summit North America, Technoshamanism in Aarhus, ELC Europe   
  • openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 Tokyo, Japan

    It is our great pleasure to announce that openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will take place at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, Japan on October 21 and 22.

    openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors, and users) in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun. Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

    This event at Tokyo is the fourth in openSUSE.Asia Summit. Following the first Asia Summit in Beijing 2014, the Asia Summit has been held annually. The second summit was at Taipei in Taiwan, then in Yogyakarta in Indonesia last year. The past Asia Summits have had participants from China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Germany.

  • Program Announced for The Linux Foundation Diversity Empowerment Summit North America

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the program for the Diversity Empowerment Summit North America, taking place September 14 in Los Angeles, CA as part of Open Source Summit North America. The goal of the summit is to help promote and facilitate an increase in diversity, inclusion, empowerment and social innovation in the open source community, and to provide a venue for discussion and collaboration.

  • Technoshamanism in Aarhus – rethink ancestrality and technology
  • Last Chance to Submit Your Talk for Open Source Summit and ELC Europe

          TS127: Los Angeles Winters, Jurassic Park, Kelly Blazek, Homophobic Stress   
Get our your umbrellas and your light jackets, Los Angeles! It's time for our winter! Bryan and Erin try to stay warm while they chit-chat about Jurassic Park becoming a reality, Kelly Blazek's epic email takedowns of everyone who is jobless in Cleveland, and a new study that says people who hate gay people die sooner. Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die See Us! TSPOD Live shows Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! shadethrowing@gmail.com Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS FeedProud member of Max Fun Podcasting Network 
          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


Regional Editor Spotlight:

Christy Brooks
Los Angeles Contributing Editor

Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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          TS97: Throwing Shade Live @ The Virgil Los Angeles with Louis Virtel   
Hip hop hooray for our new mayor, Leah Remini and our wonderful guest, Louis Virtel, but hip hop shame on emails from New Jersey surgeons and Torrence doctors who diagnose gays with sexual deviancy.  See TSPOD live on our East Coast tour! Buy tickets here Subscribe and Rate on iTunes @gibblertron & @bryansafi #tspod shadethrowing@gmail.com Official Max Fun Page Facebook page RSS Feed
          Resetting Tire Pressure TPMS Light on Fiat 124 Spider (2016)   
Resetting Tire Pressure TPMS Light on Fiat 124 Spider (2016) – The Fiat 124 Spider is a two-seater rear-wheel drive car presented by the Italian car manufacturer FIAT at the Los Angeles car salon on November 18, 2015, to be launched
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          East Hollywood Arson Fire Arrest Points Out the Importance of the...   

The Los Angeles-based consulting group comments on a recent article that, from arson to natural events, fire has many causes and many safety strategies are needed.

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          Who the Hell is Eric Garcetti and Why Will It Cost $1000 to Meet Him on Dec. 12th? Gil’s Son Wants to be Mayor of Los Angeles   
TweetLos Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti wants to be The Next Mayor of Los Angeles, so he’s coming up to the 415 to try to raise some cash. Lots and lots and lots of cash. Here he is, the son of Gilbert Salvadore Iberri “Gil” Garcetti. (Junior sort of looks like the guy what sold […]
          iMobie PhoneRescue Can Now Download and Restore iCloud Backups in iOS 10.3 or Later, Even for Latest iOS 11   
LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 30, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- iMobie Inc., a leading iOS and Android software developer, today announced its top-notch data recovery software PhoneRescue now is able to download and restore iCloud backups in iOS 10.3 or later, even for the latest iOS 11. With its minimalistic yet refined UI, users can choose to only download what they need for recovery, and all data will be kept 100 percent safe and secure.
          Doc Rivers: Seeing Chris Paul leave Clippers to join Rockets 'bugs me'   

Doc Rivers is upset he couldn't make it work in Los Angeles.


          6 Things We Learned About Why Port Of Los Angeles Truckers Can’t Afford To Work   
By now, most retailers have become sensitive to media reports of labor abuses in their supply chains — but a new report from USA Today suggests that abuses occurring during the last leg of a product’s journey — from the port to the store — may have escaped attention. In the report, companies like Target, Costco, Hewlett-Packard, LG, and …
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          Omnishambles   

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we’ll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations…for churches only. That’s right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.

But you know, the fabric of space time. Undulating and whatnot. About that:

After Trump did his dumbass Trump thing that he does, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to justify the president’s behavior as some kind of proportional response to bullying (????), and when asked who she could point to as a role model, she defaulted to God. That’s fine, but you’d think a couple human role models would be useful in a pinch. Maybe keep a couple of those in your back pocket. Just a thought.

More fun was the op-ed by Mika and Joe themselves, where they threw so much shade it looked like an eclipse. They said Trump wasn’t mentally healthy enough to watch Morning Joe, and made the charge that Trump had blackmailed them with the threat of a negative National Inquirer article.

David Roberts at Vox tries to come to grips with what the hell is wrong with the man, and why it’s so hard to figure it out:

Trump defies our theory of mind because he appears to lack a coherent, persistent self or worldview. He is a raging fire of need, protected and shaped by a lifetime of entitlement, with the emotional maturity and attention span of a 6-year-old, utterly unaware of the long-term implications of his actions. ... Politicos and journalists need a story in which Trump’s stumbling and grasping can be construed as a savvy media strategy, a “distraction” from some other wrongdoing he has going on, or a “pivot” from his current omnishambles. Those are all versions of political maneuvering with which they are familiar. They need for Trump to want things, to be after things, to have a plan. ... But there’s no there there.

CFI Los Angeles chief Jim Underdown recoils at the utter plausibility of The Handmaid’s Tale, and laments that the star of the TV version, Elizabeth Moss, is herself a Scientologist:

What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series.   

Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz does a great service, cataloguing how Alex Jones’ Infowars store and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop store and the Moon Juice store all sell the same snake oil.

Speaking of Alex Jones (if we must), he had a guest, Robert David Steele, who said this:

This may strike your listeners as way out but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride. So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.  

Now, Jones does seem to distance himself from this idea a tad (“Well I don’t know about Mars bases”), but don’t give him too much credit! Or any! Because then he says this:

I know they’ve created massive, thousands of different types of chimeras that are alien lifeforms on this earth now. 

Just in case you’re wondering, NASA denies the allegation. Well, of course they would. Pfft.

In Bizarro America, aka Canada, a new survey shows that the electorate would prefer an atheist, gay, or transgender prime minister over an evangelical Christian. 

CFI’s new intern Andy Ngo thinks back to the Orlando massacre one year ago, and how the discourse about it has been too diffuse, asking, “While it is imperative to prevent and condemn discrimination against Muslims, why does that have to come at the cost of speaking openly about religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism?”

South Africa will no longer have single-religion public schools. (A group lobbying for this change, the Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie, has the greatest acronym ever: OGOD.) 

Australian homeopathics company Brauer is being investigated for promoting an ebook that advocates the use of homeopathy to treat babies and toddlers.  

Theologian and sociologist Peter Berger has died at the age of 88. I don’t know much about most of his work, but his book The Social Construction of Reality blew my mind when I read it in college a million years ago. 

Quote of the Day:

This. This is wonderful. You’re welcome.

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          Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin to meet with Phoenix Suns   
Clippers star Blake Griffin to meet with Suns
      
 
 

          Elon Musk says first segment of LA tunnel complete   
If you ever want to take on a crazy project and see results in a little over six months, call Elon Musk. He's already making progress on his stuck-in-traffic daydream of tunnels beneath Los Angeles. This week he tweeted The Boring Company's tunnel boring machine, cheekily named Godot, completed the first tunnel portion. According to Musk, we're "no longer waiting for Godot." Related:
          Visit EMAG at Westec 2017 Booth 2025!   
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          Bioscience Entrepreneurs, Investors Connect at Cal State LA for First Look L.A. 2017    
Newswise imageCal State LA hosted some of the region's leading bioscience research institutions at the Los Angeles Venture Association's (LAVA) First Look L.A. 2017
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          Maersk reopens terminal at Port of Los Angeles as it recovers from cyberattack   

The Port of Los Angeles' largest shipping terminal reopened Friday as Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk said its cargo terminals and port operations were returning to normal after a strikingly virulent and disruptive outbreak of malicious software.

Maersk, which leases the terminal, reopened...


          How an eye for property and a stellar reputation landed this agent 2 multimillion-dollar listings   
Santiago Arana, a top real estate agent in Los Angeles, has found that partnering with the right people can reap rewards -- and listings ...
           14 charged in Mexican Mafia gang-linked LA jail assaults    
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          “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying” Fan Event in San Diego   
 Join us for an evening of Buffy themed Giveaways, Trivia, and Cosplay Contests! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announces the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Boxed Set available for Pre-order at San Diego Comic-Con Fox Consumer Products Reveals New Merchandise Details Los Angeles, CA (June 27, 2017) – Iconic...
          Essential Arts & Culture: Visceral border art, a 'guileless' Wilshire Grand, must-see African sculpture   

Happy Fourth, Los Angeles! May your buns be firm and your apple pie sweet. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly dose of important culture news and dog videos:

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          Albuquerque, Orlando Removed From 2017 Wizard World Schedule; Several New Cities To Be Added   
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          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   

Two House Democrats want Congress to look into possible conflicts of interest in the Trump administration’s handling of investigations into Pasadena’s OneWest Bank — a bank formerly headed by now-Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and Al Green (D-Texas) said...


          The Clippers Divide: Chris Paul Rift With Doc Rivers Motivated Departure   
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Now that Chris Paul is officially a member of the Houston Rockets there will be a myriad of reports trying to break down the “hows” and “whys” of the departure of a future Hall of Fame point guard from a team that desperately needs his presence. Let’s face it, the Los Angeles Clippers have been […]
           Suspect livestreams shootout with Los Angeles police    
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          Plini: Cascade - .strandberg* plus US tour dates   


play-through of an excerpt from "CASCADE"
listen + buy : http://plini.co/handmade-cities
touring North America this August & September
general + masterclass tickets : http://plini.co/shows

august:

18 • Philadelphia, PA • Voltage Lounge
19 • Richmond, VA • Capitol Ale House
20 • Spartanburg, SC • Ground Zero
21 • Orlando, FL • Backbooth
22 • Atlanta, GA • Masquerade
24 • Dallas, TX • Curtain Club
25 • Houston, TX • Walters Downtown
26 • Austin, TX • Barracuda
28 • Tempe, AZ • Rebel Lounge
29 • Los Angeles, CA • The Roxy Theatre
30 • San Francisco, CA • DNA Lounge

september:

1 • Vancouver, BC • Astoria
2 • Seattle, WA • El Corazon
3 • Portland, OR • Lolas
5 • Salt Lake City, UT • Loading Dock
6 • Denver, CO • Moon Room
7 • Kansas City, MO • Riot Room
8 • St Paul, MN • Amsterdam
9 • Chicago, IL • Beat Kitchen
10 • Detroit, MI • The Loving Touch
12 • Toronto, ON • Sneaky Dees
13 • Montreal, QC • Bar Le Ritz
14 • Boston, MA • Once Ballroom
15 • Brooklyn, NY • Knitting Factory



signature guitar : https://strandbergguitars.com/boden-p...

Chambered Swamp Ash body
Figured Australian Blackwood Veneer on Solid Maple Top
Natural Finish
Roasted Maple neck
Ebony fingerboard
25.5″ – 25″ scale
24 Stainless Steel frets
Plini signature inlay on 12th fret
Suhr™ H-H SSV/SSH+ pickups
.strandberg* EGS Pro 4 Tremolo Bridge & String Locks
Average Weight 2.3 kg (5 lbs)

i use Dunlop Primetone Jazz III XL 1.4mm picks
and D'Addario NYXL 10-46 strings


Plini - "CASCADE" - .strandberg*

          Membangun tim adidaya instan   
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          Tommi lenti í LÍFSHÁSKA í Bandaríkjunum! – „Við héldum að við myndum drukkna“!   

Leikarinn og parkour snillingurinn Tommi býr núna í Los Angeles. Hann fór ásamt vinum sínum í rafting niður ána Wenatchee og þar lentu þeir í því að velta bátnum. Tommi var með Gopro á sér svo atvikið náðist allt á upptöku. „Við héldum að við myndum drukkna“ sagði Tommi í Facebook-færslu sinni.

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          Celebrate Hackaday’s 10th Anniversary: October 4th in Pasadena   

We’ve had a bit of fun today with a post about our 10th Anniversary, now here’s the real deal.

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, October 4th you should join us to help commemorate 10 years of happy hacking. The day-long event comes in many pieces. We’ve put together workshops, a mini-conference, a day-long build, and we’ll cap it all off with a party.

Hackaday is a global community though. If you can’t be there in person you should set the day aside to do some hacking in your lair, or maybe even get …read more


          Escapedom: Westwood’s premiere escape room   

When you hear about the city of Westwood, CA, most people will attribute it to the location of UCLA. And as a Los Angeles native, I can say Westwood is

The post Escapedom: Westwood’s premiere escape room appeared first on Nerd Reactor.


          Cover Reveal : Famous Love by Lelly Hughes    

Title: Famous Love
Author: Lelly Hughes
Release Date: July 3rd, 2017
Cover Designer: Prezidential Visions
Genre: Romance Contemporary


 



Under the bright lights of Nashville, Levi Austin is a country music superstar whose life is rocked by the tragic death of his former wife, leaving him to raise their two daughters. Now faced with having to tell his girls, and making the hard decision about where they’ll live, Levi packs his bags and rushes off to Los Angeles—the last place he wants to be, but the one place where no one will recognize him.

Zara Phillips loves two things: her husband Van, and the band she created with her brother, Reverend Sister. To her, her life is perfect until she discovers that her high school sweetheart husband is cheating on her. The paparazzi are relentless, forcing a devastated and heartbroken Zara to stay hidden until the record label demands she shoot a video for the band's new single, driving her out of seclusion. 

Two people collide from opposite worlds. Neither knowing who the other is, yet both intrigued by one another. When Levi spills hot coffee on Zara, everything changes. He’s focused on his daughters, trying to do what’s best for them while Zara is determined to get away from everyone and everything in Los Angeles. 

When Levi offers her sanctuary at his home in Nashville, Zara jumps at the opportunity to disappear… with the hopes that Levi comes with her. 

What transpires next are the lives of two very different people finding their path along a very bumpy and unforgiving road, who are tested by their loved ones, the media and one ex that doesn’t want to go away quietly.


   

From FAMOUS LOVE, by LELLY HUGHES. 
Used with permission. All rights reserved.

You’re never prepared for that moment. It could be anything from finding out you’re pregnant or learning that your band, the one you’ve been in since you were seventeen, has just been nominated for a Grammy. I wish my moment were one of those, but unfortunately, mine comes in the form of finding out my husband of ten years, Van Phillips, has been having an affair. 

And how does one find this out? Well, if you’re me, you walk into your publicist’s office to find your husband banging her assistant. I mean I’m happy that it’s not my publicist bent over her desk with my husband pounding into her because that would really ruin my day. 

There is no recovery for something like this. Even as I stand here with my mouth open with tears streaming down my face, nothing fixes this. Not the look of regret that he gives me as he pulls out of her and quickly stuffs himself back into his pants. Not the “oh shit” look she flashes as she hurries to fix her skirt, making me wonder where the fuck her panties are. 

You’re not prepared when your publicist actually walks into her office oblivious that two people were just fucking on her desk and she asks if you’re ready to get to work on your next tour. 

What the fuck does someone do in this situation? There isn’t a handbook on how to handle your husband when he gets caught cheating, let alone when you find out he has been unfaithful, although there should be because it seems to happen more often than not in Los Angeles. It’s clear that I should’ve taken some classes on how to handle my emotions by the death glare he’s given me. It’s as if I’m supposed to “man up” and pretend as if nothing has happened. Like I am somehow at fault here. 

Unfortunately, that is exactly what I do because I’m moving on autopilot, still trying to decipher if what I saw was real or an optical illusion because I can’t fathom why my husband would cheat on me. It’s not like we don’t have a healthy sex life. In fact, he had no qualms taking care of my needs this morning. Apparently, I didn’t take care of his, though. 

I take one of the two seats in front of Laura’s desk, cringing when she sets a pile of folders in the spot where my husband had her assistant bent over, the same one who is now scurrying away to fetch coffee. Not that I would drink anything she hands to me because for all I know she’s trying to kill me so she can have my cheating-ass-bastard of a spouse all to herself. Newsflash, Trina… Trisha… Tanya, whatever the fuck her name is… she can have him. As far as I’m concerned this is unforgivable, and the fact that he’s sitting down next to me as if nothing has happened makes my skin crawl. 

Oh God, he fucking smells like her cheap ass perfume too. I pretend to gag, except I’m really gagging since my stomach is doing its own version of gymnastics and I have a feeling that I’m about to lose my breakfast all over Laura’s desk any second now. I lean away and not so subtly move my chair farther from him. He reaches out to touch me, but I glare at him. I throw so many daggers that I’m imagining each one hitting him square in his chest. He must understand that I don’t want to be fucked with right now because he pulls his hand away.

That is until the tart walks back in with two cups of coffee. Laura doesn’t look up from the paper she’s reading when her mug is set on her desk, but my husband, he fucking perks up like this bitch is his only means to feed his caffeine addiction. And because I am living in some alternative universe, she has no qualms about brushing up against his arm and making sure he can see her tits when she unnecessarily bends over to give him his coffee.

“That’s it, I’m out of here,” I say as I stand up.

Laura looks up quickly, she’s confused and rightly so.

“Sit down, Zara,” Van has the nerve to say. I can’t even be bothered to look at him so I look at Laura and smile as best I can because right now shit hurts inside and all I want to do is break down and cry.

“I walked in a few minutes early for our meeting and found Van and your assistant fucking on your desk. You might want to sterilize it and find a new assistant because if you don’t, I’m walking.”

I don’t need Laura to say anything. The wide eyes and open mouth are enough for me to know that I’ve shocked her. Behind me, I can hear Van yelling my name, but he’s not following me. No, he chose to stay back with the bimbo instead of getting up and chasing after his wife to tell her how sorry he is and that what he did was a mistake. But I know better. I could tell by the look on his face that he was only sorry that he didn’t get to finish before he got caught.


Lelly Hughes is named after her grandmothers. She's a dreamer who writes words to tell stories about falling in love. Ocean fanatic. Loves the feel of warm sand.

FAMOUS LOVE is her first novel.

 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lellyhughes/
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2teVswh



          Los Angeles Guitar Quartet   
Group 28 thumb Wed, Sep 13 07:00 PM until 10:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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          NEWS: The Dickies verbally abuse Vans Warped Tour crowd member; release statement!   
Long-running Los Angeles based punk rock band The Dickies have reportedly been kicked off their remaining scheduled appearance dates of this year’s Vans Warped Tour following an incident that occurred at yesterday’s date in Metairie, LA in which frontman Leonard Graves Phillip verbally abuses a member of the crowd. A short video of the incident […]
          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   

Two House Democrats want Congress to look into possible conflicts of interest in the Trump administration’s handling of investigations into Pasadena’s OneWest Bank — a bank formerly headed by now-Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and Al Green (D-Texas) said...


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          Prog News, Press Releases : new steven wilson song   
Author: Catcher10
Subject: new steven wilson song
Posted: June 30 2017 at 09:00

Just listened to the song on the train to work......Pop to the n'th degree. I am not sure what radio station here in the US will play it, maybe in Los Angeles, NY places like that but in other cities I struggle thinking it will get airplay. Not because the song is not pop, but because nobody in the mainstream knows who SW is.

I am totally fine with the song, he will get more women to his live shows because of this album. But I don't think he will become more pop-ular....
It worked for Genesis, Yes, PF, PGabriel, Phil Collins..these were/are all monster bands in rock, prog, psych and very popular on the FM dial, Porcupine Tree and SW are not.

I wish him well always and I want all artists, specially prog, to get their due (money), these guys put serious hours into their craft and get probably minimum wage salary when you count the hours they clock.

Like I said before, this album will not fare well with the furrow browed prog-elitist that populate this site. If you enjoy good music without a label then you may enjoy it.

I wonder what path he will take after this album, I do think it will sell well, but I think in live shows he will get slammed if most of the show is songs like this and not from back catalog.
He is insanely talented, but I suspect this album will hurt his reputation for those without an open mind. From that perspective I say let it roll and press those records and ship them!

Prog is such a dead genre today that maybe this will serve as some kind of wake up call......

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Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles is adding new photography specializations to both its undergraduate and graduate offerings - including an expanded MFA in Film, Television & Photography.LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three years ago, Mount Saint Mary's University launched an MFA in film and television that was quickly named one of "five film schools to watch" by The Hollywood Reporter. This fall, the University's MFA in film, television and — now —...



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          June 10th Photo   
It's been awhile since I've posted! I don't have much to say other than I was in Los Angeles in late October with TVN while they did their promotional tour. We had a blast! It's almost winter time, so hibernating is probably what I'll be doing until spring. I'll occasionally post some photos of this year, if I have time. This blog will eventually be dead whenever we get the new website up.

Below is a photo I shot of a beautiful supercell in Eastern Colorado on June 10th of this year. (If you look closely in the foreground, you'll see Robert Seaman filming for the Storm Chasers show) This is why I chase.

Edit: The Facebook link on the right doesn't work right now......I've temporarily deactivated my account until the first chase of the season.

Colorado Supercell
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          'X Factor' Michael Jackson Night Has Singers On Edge   

Meanwhile, Paula Abdul has been absent from the set since her final group was eliminated last week.
By Jim Cantiello

<P><i>MTV News' own Jim Cantiello is exclusively covering "The X Factor" rehearsals. Read on for his fly-on-the-wall backstage report!</i> </P><P> </P><P><b>LOS ANGELES</b> &#8212; "The X Factor" top seven are back on the lot after their first (and only) mini-vacation of the season. And as the Thanksgiving tryptophan wears off, the anxiety of another double elimination is setting in. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="'X Factor' Star Astro Teases His Michael Jackson Song Night Performance" id="vid:714741" width="240" height="211"></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>Adding to the stress? "The X Factor" is tackling the songs of <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/jackson_michael/artist.jhtml">Michael Jackson</a> on Wednesday night (November 30), on the 29th anniversary of <i>Thriller</i>'s release, no less. </P><P> </P><P>One of the contestants is so stressed over the theme he's emerged as a total perfectionist. During Monday's rehearsals, he had already nixed multiple arrangements the show had provided him. "This is the most unprepared I've felt on a Monday," he said to his mentor as they rushed out of Stage 36. There was a camera crew chasing them to capture the drama &#8212; as well as the ensuing late-night emergency meeting with the vocal coaches &#8212; so don't be surprised if some of this intense footage ends up in your living room. (This afternoon's dress rehearsal went swimmingly, for the record.) </P><P> </P><P>Meanwhile, one contestant had a full-on battle with his/her mentor over a chair. The mentor said, "Sit and sing." The contestant said, "Again?! How about I do something on my feet for Michael Jackson week?" Another mentor came to the defense of the contestant. In the end, the contestant is sitting after all. Don't worry, contestant. The eerie arrangement of an MJ classic is what folks are going to be buzzing about. No one will care if you sit or stand. In the control room, I spied one of the bigwigs utter the word "brilliant!" after the contestant's dress rehearsal. </P><P> </P><P>Another hot topic: wardrobe! When paying homage to one of the biggest music icons ever, it's tempting for the stylists to include clothing nods to Michael's various looks. But several singers are worried they'll look too much like Jackson impersonators, which has caused many a headache in the wardrobe trailer. But stylist June Ambrose is still able to keep things light in the midst of the drama. While waiting around for a contestant's last-minute fitting, she started an impromptu MJ dance party on the lot. Crotch grabs and "woo" included! </P><P> </P><P>Lastly, Paula Abdul's sunny energy has been noticeably absent on the CBS lot now that all her groups have been eliminated. She went from being the most hands-on mentor to an on-set ghost. "The X Factor" family can't wait to welcome her back for her first live show as strictly a judge. What do you think she's been doing with her newfound free time? </P><P> </P><P><b>You can catch Jim on the "X Factor Pepsi Pre-Show," streaming at 7 p.m. ET tonight on <a href="http://www.thexfactorusa.com/" target="_blank">TheXFactorUSA.com</a>!</b></p>

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          'X Factor' Michael Jackson Night Has Singers On Edge   

Meanwhile, Paula Abdul has been absent from the set since her final group was eliminated last week.
By Jim Cantiello

<P><i>MTV News' own Jim Cantiello is exclusively covering "The X Factor" rehearsals. Read on for his fly-on-the-wall backstage report!</i> </P><P> </P><P><b>LOS ANGELES</b> &#8212; "The X Factor" top seven are back on the lot after their first (and only) mini-vacation of the season. And as the Thanksgiving tryptophan wears off, the anxiety of another double elimination is setting in. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="'X Factor' Star Astro Teases His Michael Jackson Song Night Performance" id="vid:714741" width="240" height="211"></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>Adding to the stress? "The X Factor" is tackling the songs of <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/jackson_michael/artist.jhtml">Michael Jackson</a> on Wednesday night (November 30), on the 29th anniversary of <i>Thriller</i>'s release, no less. </P><P> </P><P>One of the contestants is so stressed over the theme he's emerged as a total perfectionist. During Monday's rehearsals, he had already nixed multiple arrangements the show had provided him. "This is the most unprepared I've felt on a Monday," he said to his mentor as they rushed out of Stage 36. There was a camera crew chasing them to capture the drama &#8212; as well as the ensuing late-night emergency meeting with the vocal coaches &#8212; so don't be surprised if some of this intense footage ends up in your living room. (This afternoon's dress rehearsal went swimmingly, for the record.) </P><P> </P><P>Meanwhile, one contestant had a full-on battle with his/her mentor over a chair. The mentor said, "Sit and sing." The contestant said, "Again?! How about I do something on my feet for Michael Jackson week?" Another mentor came to the defense of the contestant. In the end, the contestant is sitting after all. Don't worry, contestant. The eerie arrangement of an MJ classic is what folks are going to be buzzing about. No one will care if you sit or stand. In the control room, I spied one of the bigwigs utter the word "brilliant!" after the contestant's dress rehearsal. </P><P> </P><P>Another hot topic: wardrobe! When paying homage to one of the biggest music icons ever, it's tempting for the stylists to include clothing nods to Michael's various looks. But several singers are worried they'll look too much like Jackson impersonators, which has caused many a headache in the wardrobe trailer. But stylist June Ambrose is still able to keep things light in the midst of the drama. While waiting around for a contestant's last-minute fitting, she started an impromptu MJ dance party on the lot. Crotch grabs and "woo" included! </P><P> </P><P>Lastly, Paula Abdul's sunny energy has been noticeably absent on the CBS lot now that all her groups have been eliminated. She went from being the most hands-on mentor to an on-set ghost. "The X Factor" family can't wait to welcome her back for her first live show as strictly a judge. What do you think she's been doing with her newfound free time? </P><P> </P><P><b>You can catch Jim on the "X Factor Pepsi Pre-Show," streaming at 7 p.m. ET tonight on <a href="http://www.thexfactorusa.com/" target="_blank">TheXFactorUSA.com</a>!</b></p>

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          Whitney Houston Remembered By Beyonce   

'She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman,' Beyonce says in a statement to MTV News about Houston, who died Saturday in L.A.
By Jocelyn Vena

<P>One day after pop music <a href="/news/articles/1679035/whitney-houston-dead-celebrity-reaction.jhtml">lost one of its icons</a> and greatest voices, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/houston_whitney/artist.jhtml">Whitney Houston</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/knowles_beyonce/artist.jhtml">Beyonc&#233;</a> is opening up about the death of the pop superstar. She recalled meeting the singer for the first time 15 years ago, just as she was breaking into the industry herself. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="Whitney Houston: Life And Music Of An Icon" id="id:1679030" width="240" height="211"></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>"The loss of Whitney Houston is painful. I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind," she said in a statement to MTV News. "She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her." </P><P> </P><P>Beyonc&#233; continued in the statement that Houston's killer vocal abilities helped make her the superstar she was. "I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life's memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song," she said. "She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her." </P><P> </P><P>Her statement comes on the same day that Houston will be remembered at the 2012 Grammy Awards. B's "Dreamgirls" co-star Jennifer Hudson will lead the <a href="/news/articles/1679040/whitney-houston-grammy-tribute.jhtml"> Grammy tribute to the late icon</a>, along with Houston's longtime friend and collaborator, Chaka Khan. </P><P> </P><P>She joins a long list of divas who have recalled Houston's undeniable influence on their own careers, including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera. </P><P> </P><P>"Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston," Mariah Carey wrote about the <a href="/news/articles/1679049/whitney-houston-dies-details.jhtml">loss of Houston</a>, who was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel on Saturday."My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth." </P><P> </P><P>It's not only pop divas who are recounting her influence, but also <a href="/news/articles/1679063/whitney-houston-dead-grammys-2012.jhtml">producers from the world of EDM</a>. "She had the swagger and she had the voice," Diplo told MTV News during our pre-show live stream. "I was listening to a bunch of records last night, and I was amazed at how deeply I felt about her records as a child." </P><P> </P><P><b>MTV News' Sway and James Montgomery will be live from the <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys/">Grammys</a> red carpet all evening to get reactions from music's biggest stars on the death of Whitney Houston. Watch reactions and remembrances at MTV.com.</b> </P><P> </P><P><i>Share your condolences with Whitney's family and friends on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mtvnews/posts/381732435187118&rdquo" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page.</i></p>

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          Anna Chlumsky, Shemar Moore to announce Emmy nods   

The nominations will be released July 13 at the TV academy's headquarters in Los Angeles. The event will stream live on Emmys.com.


          Bridges takes chilled approach in heated political rhetoric   

In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Jeff Bridges attends the Global Green USA 14th Annual Pre-Oscar Party in Los Angeles. Bridges has played a president in the movies.


          The Agency and Giveback Homes Building a Better LA for Fifth Year in a Row   
Last week, The Agency and Giveback Homes partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) for the fifth year in a row for a build day in Downey, California. Several volunteers from The Agency spent the day putting the finishing touches on new homes within a multifamily community by adding paint to the interior walls and shingles to the exterior. The community will be home to six families—all of whom are excited to be new homeowners and build a solid foundation for their families to grow and thrive. “This home will provide us peace of mind, happiness, and most of all something to pass on to our children,” said Juan Salazar, whose family is one of the community’s new homeowners. It was an exceptionally memorable day for The Agency’s Kathrin Nicholson, who has volunteered for every build day The Agency has been a part of over the past five years. “I love finding someone the home of their dreams, but to actually help build it yourself for someone in need is beyond gratifying,” said Kathrin. Check out the photos from the build day below. Find out how you can get involved by visiting Habitat LA’s website.  
          NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin To Get Traded If Nets Sign J.J. Redick This Summer?   

Jeremy Lin #7 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles up the court during an NBA game.

Jeremy Lin is looking to bounce back next season after an injury-riddled first year with the Brooklyn Nets. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Lin could be on his way out of Brooklyn this summer. The Nets are reportedly looking to find a more suitable backcourt mate for newly-acquired point guard D’Angelo Russell.

The NBA trade rumors involving Jeremy Lin started after the Nets traded Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Russell and Timofey Mozgov. Lopez was the longest-tenured Nets on the roster but he was still traded. It does not erase the fact that Nets general manager Sean Marks is not afraid to part ways with loyal players like Lopez and possibly Lin.

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          Hazardous Waste Testing in California to Prevent Costly Fines and Legal Proceedings   

In May, the  Los Angeles Daily News  published an article about legal challenges facing two business owners of a recycling company. According to the article, the two men are facing close to 20 charges filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. - - The business recycles scrap metal, appliances, electronics and other materials. The owners face charges due to a number of alleged environmental issues, including the improper handling and disposal of asbestos, lead, copper, cadmium, zinc an...

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           Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/30/17   

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          We Lost a Dear Friend of Public Libraries and Public Schools: Joan Kramer of Los Angeles | Diane Ravitch's blog   
We Lost a Dear Friend of Public Libraries and Public Schools: Joan Kramer of Los Angeles | Diane Ravitch's blog:

We Lost a Dear Friend of Public Libraries and Public Schools: Joan Kramer of Los Angeles

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Joan Kramer, a hero of public libraries, public education, and the common good, died a few days ago.
Joan was a hero to all who knew and loved her.
This is a tribute from some of her friends who knew her well.
Here she is testifying before the Los Angeles Unified School District board on behalf of libraries.
She had a fantastic blog, beautifully illustrated. I recommend that you read it.
You can see her beautiful spirit in her words. I especially loved her story about Allen Funt, the Candid Camera guy.
Farewell, Joan. We will miss you. Your followers will carry on and multiply, to spread your message about the values of literacy, knowledge, civilization, and the power of the public space.
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          Friday News Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all   
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all:

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Los Angeles Times: Cheerleading for Privatization and the Trum-DeVos Agenda

The Los Angeles Times editorial board published an editorial today chastising the California Teachers Association for resisting privatization of public education via charters. I assume that this editorial was in no way influenced by Eli Broad, who subsidizes the Times’ education coverage, which is a blatant 

We Lost a Dear Friend of Public Libraries and Public Schools: Joan Kramer of Los Angeles

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Big Oil Sells Fossil-Fuel Love to Children in Elementary Schools

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National Education Policy Center: New Research on Virtual Charter Schools

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New school board member Kelly Gonez isn't as pro-charter as many donors to her campaign - LA Times:

New school board member Kelly Gonez isn't as pro-charter as many donors to her campaign


 Incoming Los Angeles school board member Kelly Gonez at times sounds little like someone charter-school backers would spend millions to help elect, which they did.

In a recent interview with The Times, she said charters in general would be better places if their employees belonged to unions. (Most don’t.) And she said she’d like to see limits on the growth of charters — publicly funded but privately operated campuses that typically are set up as nonprofits in L.A. Unified. (That position, when expressed by board member Steve Zimmer, prompted a successful pro-charter effort to defeat him.)
With the May election of Gonez and Nick Melvoin, charter backers for the first time can claim a majority on the seven-member Board of Education. Here is a look at where she says she stands.

The top of Gonez’s to-do list

  • Making sure LAUSD graduates are ready for college-level work
  • Creating more welcoming, supportive campuses, with better access to counselors
  • Supporting teachers by involving them in training and leadership opportunities
  • Making sure community members have meaningful input
  • Bringing different factions together for the sake of students

The district and charter growth

“For me, charters shouldn’t be authorized unless they are actually needed,” in neighborhoods where district-run schools have struggled and where there are not sufficient alternatives, including other charters or district programs, Gonez said.
Unrestrained charter growth, she said, would be a threat to the financial health of the district by pulling away enrollment. But rather than making charters a “villain,” the district must attract families by helping traditional schools become “outstanding across the board,” she said — and by offering options parents want, such as magnet schools and dual immersion, where students receive instruction in a foreign language to become bilingual.
“Parent demand is definitely for more and different school models,” said Gonez, who taught this past school year at a charter that shares space with a traditional school.
She said she supports strong district oversight of charter campuses to ensure they are New school board member Kelly Gonez isn't as pro-charter as many donors to her campaign - LA Times:
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          Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/29/17   

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          Look at possible conflicts of interest in Trump team's OneWest Bank probes, 2 Democrats urge   

Two House Democrats want Congress to look into possible conflicts of interest in the Trump administration’s handling of investigations into Pasadena’s OneWest Bank — a bank formerly headed by now-Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

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          Maersk reopens terminal at Port of Los Angeles as it recovers from cyberattack   

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          Gunman Kills Doctor and Himself in Bronx Hospital Shooting; 6 Others Hurt - New York Times   

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Gunman Kills Doctor and Himself in Bronx Hospital Shooting; 6 Others Hurt
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          Republicans grow increasingly anxious about heading home without a health plan - Washington Post   

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Why some inside the White House see Trump's media feud as 'winning'
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          Pence-Kobach voting commission alarms states with info request - CNN   

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Pence-Kobach voting commission alarms states with info request
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          'We got a mayday!' Small plane crashes onto 405 Freeway in Orange County - Los Angeles Times   

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'We got a mayday!' Small plane crashes onto 405 Freeway in Orange County
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          Dopo Nemo arriva Dory, pesciolina da record    
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          Small plane crashes on Los Angeles freeway; two injured   
LOS ANGELES — A small plane crashed on the 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport on Friday morning, sending smoke billowing above Santa Ana and forcing the closure of the freeway in both directions, according to KTLA. The plane is on the southbound freeway near the MacArthur Boulevard exit. The Cessna 310 aircraft landed on the freeway short of the runway at 9:35 a.m, the Santa Ana airport tweeted.  The airfield is closed to arrivals, but departures are not affected. […]
          ‘Butchering a load of people with a machine gun’ Baby Driver’s Lily James describes costar Eiza Gonzalez   
LOS ANGELES — Fast cars and good music fill up the new film, ‘Baby Driver.’ FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards asked Eiza Gonzalez and Lily James to name their favorite jam song. (Watch the video above to hear what they chose.) Baby Driver is getting good reviews for its action and cast. It stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jon Bernthal. Eiza and Lily say they still can’t believe they’re in the movie. “Every time I watch it and they […]
          Prisoner of War: A Novel of World War II   
33198196Spradlin, Michael P. Prisoner of War: A Novel of World War II
June 27th 2017 by Scholastic Press
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Henry has had a difficult life on the family farm in Minnesota. After the death of his mother, his father took up drinking and abusing him, so at the age of 15, he signs up for the Marines, with his grandfather vouching for his age. He survives basic training and is sent to the Philippines. Just as his commander is ready to send him home for being underage, the Japanese attack. Henry (nicknamed "Tree"),along with his friends and protectors, Gunny and Jamison, must try to stay alive during the bombings, and when the Japanese take them prisoners. Henry has some problems with anger management, and makes lots of bad choices, angering a guard he refers to as "Scarface" and getting beaten regularly. He does manage to save an Australian soldier, and the alliance with this group helps when Gunny is taken for "questioning". Japanese prison camps were brutal, and Tree ends up spending several years there. The prisoners show a lot of resourcefulness when it comes to outsmarting guards, obtaining medicine and food, and helping each other, but conditions are such that not everyone will survive.

There are a lot of World War II books, and yet I always need more for my readers who find it fascinating. A lot of books set during this time period take place in Europe, but there is a small number set in the Pacific theater. This is an excellent addition to books such as this author's Into the Killing Seas, Salisbury's The Hunt for the Bamboo Rat and Lynch's The Liberators, as well as excellent nonfiction titles like Farrell's Pure Grit, and Weintraub's No Better Friend. I've been reading  middle grade World War II fiction for twenty years, and those are the only Pacific theater titles I can muster, so there is a need to more!

Spradlin's book is especially effective because it takes into account what younger readers want, which is action, adventure, and violence, with what the adults handing them the books want, which is a certain depiction that war is not a great option. Henry's enlistment is done out of desperation over his situation at home, which was not unusual at the time. While the story doesn't glorify war, it does celebrate the men who banded together to help each other survive, and showed the triumph of human will under impossible circumstances. The other thing that young readers like is anyone undermining authority, and the prisoners certainly managed to get the better of their captors on many occasions. I imagine that Hogan's Heroes was wildly popular with 12 year old boys when it was on television, for just this reason.

The historical details are rich and interesting; it had never occurred to me that the guards at the prisons camp were the less successful soliders, but it makes sense. The heat and humidity of the jungle, the food rations or lack thereof, and the historical background are all effectively portrayed, and will hold up to the scrutiny of the most well informed war buff.

Books about war are not my favorite, and Tree certainly makes a lot of choices with which I wholeheartedly disagree, but Prisoner of War will get the most reluctant reader avidly turning the pages to see what fate holds for our underage protagonist.

Need more books for your tween war monger? Check out this World War II podcast.



32713131Ure, James. W. Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins
July 1st 2017 by Chicago Review Press
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

While I am intrigued by this "Women of Action" series, this read more like a scholarly tome than a middle grade book. I'm glad to know about these, and will keep them in mind for my REALLY hard core war buffs, but will most likely not purchase and will rely on students getting this from the public library. If I had an unlimited budget, or if World War II was officially in our curriculum, I'd buy it.

From the Publisher
"Of the 38 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) confirmed or presumed dead in World War II, only one--Gertrude "Tommy" Tompkins--is still missing. On October 26, 1944, the 32-year-old fighter plane pilot lifted off from Mines Field in Los Angeles. She was never seen again.

Seized by the Sun is the story of a remarkable woman who overcame a troubled childhood and the societal constraints of her time to find her calling flying the fastest and most powerful airplane of World War II. It is also a compelling unsolved mystery.

Born in 1912 to a wealthy New Jersey family, Gertrude's childhood was marked by her mother's bouts with depression and her father's relentless search for a cure for the debilitating stutter that afflicted Gertrude throughout her life. Teased and struggling in school, young Gertrude retreated to a solitary existence. As a young woman she dabbled in raising goats and aimlessly crisscrossed the globe in an attempt to discover her purpose.

As war loomed in Europe, Gertrude met the love of her life, a Royal Air Force pilot who was killed flying over Holland. Telling her sister that she "couldn't stop crying, so she focused on learning to fly," Gertrude applied to join the newly formed Women's Air Force Service Pilots. She went on to become such a superior pilot that she was one of only 126 WASPs selected to fly fighter planes. After her first flight in the powerful P-51 Mustang, her stutter left her for good.

Gertrude's sudden disappearance remains a mystery to this day. Award-winning author Jim Ure leads readers through Gertrude's fascinating life; provides a detailed account of the WASPs' daily routines, training, and challenges; and describes the ongoing search for Gertrude's wreck and remains. The result of years of research and interviews with Gertrude's family, friends, and fellow WASPs, Seized by the Sun is an invaluable addition to any student's or history buff's bookshelf."


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          On This Day   
June 30 ...

In 1859 French acrobat Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched. In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act became law. In 1908 the "Tunguska event" occurred when a meteorite exploded over Siberia, completely leveling about 800 square miles of forest. In 1921 President Harding appointed former President Taft Chief Justice of the United States. In 1934 Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of political and military leaders in Germany. In 1936 the novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published in New York. In 1962 Los Angeles Dodger Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax pitched his first no-hitter in a game with the New York Mets. In 1963 Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1971 a Soviet space mission ended in tragedy when three cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 11 were found dead inside their spacecraft after it had returned to Earth; also on this day, the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified when Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. In 1984 John Turner was sworn in as Canada's 17th prime minister, succeeding Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In 1985 39 American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held 17 days. In 2004 a federal appeals court approved an antitrust settlement Microsoft had negotiated with the Justice Department; also on this day, the Iraqis took legal custody of Saddam Hussein and 11 of his top lieutenants, a first step toward the ousted dictator's expected trial for crimes against humanity; and, after nearly seven years of travel, the international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit.
          Sofia Coppola’s THE BEGUILED Gripping closing film at Moscow Fest -Review by Quendrith Johnson   

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

There was a time when Sofia Coppola could be at an awards show and overlooked as a famous daughter; not anymore, not for years now since LOST IN TRANSLATION.

But in her new film, THE BEGUILED, which is a retool of a 1971 Clint Eastwood starrer, she really comes of age as a visionary writer/director. Even in what is considered a remake of a movie based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, it has a distinctive feel that's all hers. The film opens June 23 in New York and LA, wider on June 30.

With an all-star cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, you get a sense of why this movie won Best Director at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival. Picture a Southern all-girls boarding school during the battle-weary Civil War era, and a wounded enemy soldier appears. John McBurney (Colin Farrell) adds testosterone to a very delicate and well-mannered yet highly complex microcosm of women led by a formidable Headmistress named Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman).

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“This is my dream cast,” Sofia Coppola admits. “When I was writing it, I was picturing Nicole as Miss Martha. She always surprises me. Watching her, I’ve never seen anyone like that, she does so many different things at once.” She adds that the whole cast is on a par with Kidman. You want to use a word like confection for the ethereal feel, but that description doesn’t do justice to the depth of rich multi-layered images that float on the screen like Spanish moss.

“This is very much a Sofia film,” Colin Farrell explains. “It’s very much aesthetically beautiful. She wrote every word of this. Her way feels maybe more right than some [as far as directing], there’s an immense lack of tension on the set, very playful. She’s incredibly easygoing and generous to her core it seems.”

Farrell is underscoring the fact that a remake can often feel like a re-do of someone else’s vision. But if you look at the 1971 version, two minutes into the film, Eastwood is literally hitting on a twelve year old, with “not too young for kisses.” And even though the fabulous Geraldine Page stars as his Miss Martha, there’s a creepy feel to their interplay, down the line.

So that’s essentially the breaking point for the 2017 Beguiled. It takes a left turn at the way the heightened sexual tension is framed.

“I didn’t know the movie and I watched it, and it really stayed in my mind. I watched it. It was so weird, and I thought ‘how would I do my version?’” I thought it would be interesting to do the same story but from the female characters' point of view.”

Elle Fanning, who plays Alicia, describes her character as kind of an empowered seductress, but still innocent in a real way. “Anything Sofia does I think is incredible, it was also like, ‘yeah.’ Because it was all these girls and women — and Colin of course— they hold the power.”

“The original film had been made from a guy’s point of view, so I went back to the book. Because I just liked the premise,” Coppola adds. “It’s such a crazy, extreme premise about power between men and women in such an extreme situation. The idea of looking at wartime from the point of view of the women left behind.”

“You try to make it personal. Try to relate to the characters because it’s such a different time. And yet I loved that it had elements that were familiar to me, this feminine beautiful world. A beautiful feminine world with violence and very gothic.”

“My tendency is to be on the subtle side. Colin was teasing me: ‘Oh, this is an action movie to you, there’s guns... there’s blood.’ It’s been fun to have this mix of beautiful dresses and a little gore. We had smoke machines everyday, and candlelight… a really ethereal look that is specific to this story.”

“Colin is a good sport about being our sex object in the movie, but he has to be dangerous and threatening, and romantic in the movie.” Farrell plays a mercenary soldier paid $300 off the boat from Ireland to fight as a Yankee, so he's neither North nor South, but emblematic of the unspoken ever-present struggle for control between the sexes.

When the crushing attractions flare up between Farrell’s character and the many flavors of female in this strange closed world hunkered down  under siege of musket fire in a distance, Beguiled really poses some interesting questions about how women express their sexuality. Yet there’s a brutality to their mannered world that Farrell’s soldier-on-the-mend only begins to realize when it’s too late.

Not that every movie needs a memorable line, but when his John McBurney yells out “You Vengeful Bitches,” in a thick Irish accent, it’s an instant classic. Probably because Nicole Kidman’s Miss Martha is so poised and possibly inherently evil at the same time, in a nice way.

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Kirsten Dunst, who plays wronged love interest Edwina, sums up Sofia Coppola’s deft directing hand best, as “she doesn’t second guess herself. I’ve known her for so long, I’m working with my friend, you can’t really beat that.”

Since he is outnumbered in this eerie thriller, Colin Farrell gets the last word. “I’m surrounded by extraordinary talent. Watching these extraordinary women do extraordinary work. There’s an amazing sense of camaraderie. It’s been a joy.”

Don’t miss what the women have in store for their wounded houseguest, it’s a very rewarding fight to the finish.

Focus Features awards-buzzworthy film THE BEGUILED rolls out in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, June 23, with wider release on June 30.

Directed by Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Somewhere”)

Written by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan and the screenplay by Albert Maltz and Grimes Grice

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard.  

93 Minutes I Rated R

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          Apple secrets: Most leaks come out of the mothership   

LOS ANGELES - Apple is known for its secrecy, but journalists and bloggers have nonetheless reported about many of the company's recent products beforehand.

A new report now suggests that most of these leaks come directly from Apple employees, as opposed to contract manufacturers.

The Outline got its hands on a recording of an internal briefing on Apple's fight against leaks. The company is running an internal global security team to fight leaks, and hunt down leakers.

The team is being led by former members of US spy agencies, and reportedly spent three years on investigating, and eventually unmasking, one leaker.

These kinds of internal investigations aren't unheard of in tech. Most of the big tech companies employ internal security teams for this very purpose, and often use a number of tricks to unmask leakers.

However, Apple is unique in that it manufactures large numbers of devices in secrecy in order to be able to sell the next iPhone just days after it is being announced.

In the past, this often led to leaks coming out of the massive factories in China that make Apple's products.

But Apple and its contract manufacturers have reportedly been able to crack down on leaks at manufacturers in recent years.

In 2013, employees at factories assembling the iPhone stole some 19,000 enclosures before the device was even announced, and then sold them on the black market.

In 2014, that number was down to 387. By 2016, Apple only had 4 stolen enclosures.

These enclosures are particularly sensitive for Apple, since they reveal the screen size, ports and other key elements of a device.

However, while leaks overseas have been stopped, there is still plenty of leaking going on at Apple itself.

That why the company is encouraging employees not to talk to anyone, not even their families, about their work. That approach seems to have its limits, as the leaked recording about leaking shows.

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          NFL Quarterback Philip Rivers Partners with Groove Ring   

Los Angeles Chargers', Philip Rivers makes Groove Ring his choice both on and off the field.

(PRWeb June 30, 2017)

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          AIDS nonprofit reaches deal over contested Hollywood office high-rise   

The nonprofit group that pushed unsuccessfully this year for a crackdown on Los Angeles “mega-developments” has reached a settlement in its legal fight over a planned Hollywood office complex.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation agreed to drop its lawsuit after the developer, Hudson Pacific Properties,...


          National Episcopal leader bars L.A. bishop from selling Newport church   

The top bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States has barred the bishop of the Los Angeles diocese from completing a planned sale of the St. James the Great Episcopal Church property in Newport Beach.

The sale, which was to close Monday, came to light this month as Bishop J. Jon Bruno...


          Suspected Mexican Mafia 'soldiers' charged in series of violent attacks at L.A. County jail   

Fourteen people, including 12 Los Angeles County jail inmates, have been charged in connection with a series of violent prisoner assaults orchestrated by the Mexican Mafia, authorities announced Friday.

Members of the notorious prison gang directed associates in the county jail to assault or kill...


          L.A. Trade-Tech algebra innovations spark uproar — and an internal investigation   

Faced with dismal success rates, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College was desperate for new ideas to help some of the city’s most underprepared students gain the math skills needed to earn a degree or transfer to a four-year university.

The college, like many of its California peers, had fallen...


          Firefighters battle wildfires in Malibu and Calabasas   

Firefighters were responding to two brush fires Thursday in the mountains west of Los Angeles: a large wildfire in Calabasas and a blaze in Malibu that was threatening some homes.

The Topanga fire was reported near Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. The California Highway Patrol...


          Cal State L.A. student to get $210,000 after federal jury finds LAPD officer used excessive force   

A Los Angeles Police Department officer acted with malice when using excessive force against a college student from Whittier, a U.S. district court jury has found.

Daniel Garza, a 28-year-old kinesiology student at Cal State L.A., won $210,000 in damages on Monday after filing a lawsuit against...


          PODKAST: Slik var det å være på E3-messen   

To av tre deltagere i ukens DoubleJump var i Los Angeles.


          2017 Los Angeles Rams Team Outlook   
Senior Fantasy Football Expert Shawn Childs provides an in-depth preview of Jared Goff and the young Los Angeles Rams heading into 2017.
          Connecticut Sun Defeat Seattle Storm, 96-89   

The Connecticut Sun were not happy with the way they played Tuesday against Los Angeles, a loss they attributed to failed execution.

It was also the second straight defeat for a team that had won its previous five and the Sun are not interested in taking steps back in their chase for their first...


          A New Show of Dennis Hopper's Photos is Opening in Los Angeles   
Over 400 photos from Hopper’s ‘Lost Album’ will be exhibited at the Kohn Gallery beginning July 8.
          For sale - Vintage 1984 Los Angeles olympic games anz money box - Auction   

Worrolong 5291, Australia
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          The Anaheim Ducks have won the Pacific Division five years in a row but did not reach the Stanley Cup Final during that span. The San Jose Sharks did, in 2016, and the Los Angeles Kings hoisted the Cup for the second time in three years in 2014. Of l   
The Anaheim Ducks have won the Pacific Division five years in a row but did not reach the Stanley Cup Final during that span. The San Jose Sharks did, in 2016, and the Los Angeles Kings hoisted the Cup for the second time in three years in 2014. Of l
          Louis Vuitton X Supreme Pop-Up Location Revealed   

Supreme X Louis Vuitton made the official announcement confirming the pop-up locations for their Fall Winter 2017 collection. The capsule collection is shown at Paris Fashion Week Men’s in January alongside Vuitton’s own. FALL WINTER 2017/18 MENSWEAR COLLECTIONS The collection will be available June 30th at pop up locations in Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, London, Miami and Los Angeles. […]

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          iMobie PhoneRescue Now Can Download and Restore iCloud Backup in iOS 10.3 or Later, Even for the Latest iOS 11   

LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- iMobie Inc., a leading iOS and Android software developer, today announced its top-notch data recovery software PhoneRescue now is able to download and restore iCloud backups in iOS 10.3 or later, even for the latest iOS 11. With its minimali...



          VIDEO: “All Or Nothing” Captures Emotional Moment Jeff Fisher Was Fired   

NFL coaches get fired often. That’s nothing new. But catching that moment on video doesn’t happen that often. The NFL documentary “All or Nothing: A Season With the Los Angeles Rams” followed the team around last season and happened to capture the moment Jeff Fisher let his assistant coaches know he was just fired. “Unfortunately, […]

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          Dallas as the Mexican food capital of the US? The Snooze makes me laugh   
Whether for traditional Mexican food or modern frou-frou, Leslie Brenner's call on Dallas to work for and claim this mantle makes me laugh.

First, on the traditional side, and the first modernization wave, Texans don't know real Mexican, outside of places in and near the Valley. Traditional generic Ameri-Mex foods were largely invented outside of Texas, like the burrito in Tucson. What Texans misspell and call "chili" is laughed at in New Mexico, the home of the oldest Mexican-American culture in the US.

Cali-Mex is, if not better than Tex-Mex by a lot, is by at least a bit.

Plus, Los Angeles can easily top Dallas on the frou-frou side. And per capita, Santa Fe, I mean Fanta Se, surely can.

As far as traditional, early modern plus frou-frou together, I'd take Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Tucson and Denver ahead of Dallas. Through out the frou-frou, I'd take Las Cruces.

Hell, I wouldn't even take Dallas first in Texas. For the whole enchilada of all three timespans together, I'd take San Antonio first. Austin might be second.

Through out the frou-frou, and El Paso is ahead of all. Lower Valley cities probably are, too.

Besides, knowing Leslie Brenner's food review history with the Snooze, I know how many jars of salsa to take this idea with. And, given the snootiness that has sometimes involved, maybe she and her Mexican food aspirations for Dallas are being hoist by the same large petard.
          Charlieho Sheena žaluje další žena kvůli nákaze virem HIV   
Herec Charlie Sheen ví od roku 2011, že je HIV pozitivní. Teprve v listopadu 2015 se k tomu ale přiznal veřejně. A to proto, že čelil žalobě své bývalé partnerky Scottine Ross, kterou prý na tento fakt neupozornil. Teď se stejnou žalobou přišla nejmenovaná Ruska, která ji podala u soudu v Los Angeles.
          New Porsche 911 GT2 RS makes full Goodwood debut   
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Ultimate 690bhp Porsche 911 GT2 RS arrives at Goodwood after making surprise debut in Los Angeles


          Plane crashes into truck on US freeway in Los Angeles   
A twin-engine Cessna was carrying two people who both survived and are being treated at a nearby hospital.
          Glen Keane, Other Disney Artists Show at GRworks ‘First 10+’ Exhibition This Weekend   
Glen Keane and other Disney artists will be joining their contemporaries in participating in the GRworks 'First 10+' art show taking place this weekend at the Robert Reynolds Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Featuring original art (some of which can be sampled on the official website), the exhibition kicks off this evening with its opening [...]
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          Maersk's L.A. port terminal remains closed after global cyberattack   

The largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles remained closed Thursday as Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk continued to grapple with effects of a cyberattack that rippled across numerous countries Tuesday.

The terminal, leased by Maersk, has been closed since early Tuesday, and there...


          Elon Musk a achevé la première section de son tunnel anti-bouchons   
La lutte d’Elon Musk contre les embouteillages qui minent la ville de Los Angeles avance bien. The Boring Company vient […]
          Elon Musk : le tunnelier Godot a commencé à creuser son tunnel pour éviter les embouteillages (FuturaSciences)   
Le prolifique entrepreneur Elon Musk a révélé que le perçage d'un premier tunnel avait débuté dans le sous-sol de Los Angeles. L'idée est de créer des tunnels pour y transporter les voitures sur des plateaux électriques glissant à 200 km/h.
          Report: Bell Currently Training In LA While Waiting For Long-Term Deal   
With four weeks remaining before the start of training camp in Latrobe, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell remains unsigned. Bell, however, is currently training in Los Angeles “and feeling healthy after offseason groin surgery,” according to a Friday evening report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. The Steelers have until... The post Report: Bell Currently Training In LA While Waiting For Long-Term Deal appeared first on Steelers Depot by Dave Bryan. Go Steelers!

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          Cavs Rumors: Latest Buzz on Paul George Trade, Carmelo Anthony and More   

The tension coming from the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer is, in a word, palpable.

After LeBron James and his defending champs bowed out of the Finals to the new superteam on the block, the front office has to worry about the fact the King might opt out in 2018 and consider his options on the open market.

Of course, having a King around gives the team access to scenarios most teams wouldn't dream about—like pursuing names such as Carmelo Anthony or Paul George.

With free agency about to open, let's step back and look at some of the notable rumblings around the Cavaliers.

         

Buyout Shopping

The Cavaliers haven't done much to negate Golden State's gigantic advantage in the superteam race yet in large part because the front office doesn't have much in the way of assets to sling at other teams.

Forming a juggernaut like the Cavaliers around LeBron has a way of doing that to the team.

Alas, this doesn't mean the Cavaliers won't have options soon. According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the team will keep an eye on two potential buyout options—Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony:

Wade is an interesting angle for the Cavaliers to consider because it'd be a throwback to their days with the Miami Heat. The 35-year-old guard just picked up his player option with the Chicago Bulls because it comes in around $24 million.

Still, with Chicago's new direction after shipping away Jimmy Butler and building around Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, Wade is a bit of an odd fit and might find himself on the market after a little negotiation.

Anthony is an entirely different story.

His New York Knicks just parted ways with president Phil Jackson, though the damage between the team and superstar forward might be irreparable at this point as the front office heads for a rebuild of its own. Given Anthony's no-trade clause, it's hard to see him agreeing to a transaction when he could hit the open market.

Now would be a good time to mention Stephen A. Smith of ESPN reported Anthony would indeed accept a buyout so he could join the Cavaliers.

Viewed in a vacuum, the Cavaliers adding one of Wade or Anthony isn't a bad thing, though neither is a defensive stopper who could better help defend the likes of Kevin Durant.

Such options do exist, though.

             

Quietly Working the Trade Phones

One of the quieter items surrounding the Cavaliers as of late is apparent trade discussions with the San Antonio Spurs.

While this isn't as flashy as the above or what follows below, the Cavaliers chatting with the Spurs about veterans is right in line with what the team actually has to offer via trade.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported the Cavaliers opened a dialogue with the Spurs about veteran guard Danny Green:

Green is an interesting option for Cleveland because he serves two purposes—he'd be a critical depth option and also has a 2018 player option the Cavaliers could hope he declines, freeing up more cap space to use while trying to keep LeBron in town.

Green is 30 years old coming off a season in which he averaged 26.6 minutes and posted 7.3 points. Nothing eye popping here, but a nice way for the Cavaliers to land some affordable depth at the 2, provided San Antonio's asking price isn't too high—and it shouldn't be if the Spurs are intent on shedding cap so they can pursue big-name free agents.

Again, make sure to keep this one in mind. If nothing happens on the buyout market, the odds the Cavaliers hit up the Spurs about this again seem strong.

                 

Banking on PG13 for the Long Haul

By now, the idea of the Indiana Pacers dealing Paul George and his landing with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers seems about as obvious as the Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball.

And we knew Ball and the Lakers coveted one another for years.

The Cavaliers, at least, hope to throw a wrench in these plans. Stein noted recently that the team had found itself involved in talks with the Pacers and Denver Nuggets for George while shipping away Kevin Love.

A third team would indeed help the Cavaliers compensate for a lack of assets. It's hard to imagine he wouldn't want to come to town and play next to LeBron, either. On paper, he'd be the defensive stopper the team desperately needs, sticking on Durant and letting LeBron run wild on the offensive end of the court like he's accustomed.

But what about the long term? If George joins and the Cavaliers don't win a ring, can the front office convince him to sign a long-term deal? Even worse, what if both LeBron and George leave together?

Rest easy—according to USA Today's Sam Amick, who spoke with people close to the situation, George wants to win:

"Hell-bent as he is on signing with the Lakers, George also won't close a window of opportunity. So if the Cavs can convince Pritchard to either take on four-time All-Star forward Kevin Love or send him to a third team in exchange for more suitable assets, then George will play his heart out alongside LeBron James and remain open to the idea of re-signing next summer if James were also to return."

Of course, this isn't a guarantee of anything. The Cavaliers still have to go out and perform after making a franchise-altering deal.

But at the least, fans worried George might be a rental can rest easy and hope LeBron can convince him it's worth sticking in town.

Putting something like that on LeBron's shoulders has a relaxing effect.

         

All stats and info via ESPN.com unless otherwise specified

Read more Cleveland Cavaliers news on BleacherReport.com


          Travel ban takes effect but less chaos expected   
WASHINGTON – A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.

The new rules, the product of months of legal wrangling, aren't so much an outright ban as a tightening of already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Refugees are covered, too.

Administration officials promised that implementation this time, which started at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT), would be orderly. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage said his agency expected "business as usual at our ports of entry," with all valid visa holders still being able to travel.

Still, immigration and refugee advocates are vowing challenge the new requirements and the administration has struggled to explain how they will make the United States safer.

Under the temporary rules, citizens of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen who already have visas will be allowed into the United States. But people from those countries who want new visas will now have to prove a close family relationship or an existing relationship with an entity like a school or business in the U.S.

It's unclear how significantly the new rules will affect travel. In most of the countries singled out, few people have the means for leisure travel. Those that do already face intensive screenings before being issued visas.

Nevertheless, human rights groups on Thursday girded for new legal battles. The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups challenging the ban, called the new criteria "extremely restrictive," ''arbitrary" in their exclusions and designed to "disparage and condemn Muslims."

The state of Hawaii filed an emergency motion Thursday asking a federal judge to clarify that the administration cannot enforce the ban against relatives – such as grandparents, aunts or uncles – not included in the State Department's definition of "bona fide" personal relationships.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer met with customs officials and said he felt things would go smoothly.

"For tonight, I'm anticipating few issues because, I think, there's better preparation," he told reporters at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night. "The federal government here, I think, has taken steps to avoid the havoc that occurred the last time."

Much of the confusion in January, when Trump's first ban took effect, resulted from travelers with previously approved visas being kept off flights or barred entry on arrival in the United States. Immigration officials were instructed Thursday not to block anyone with valid travel documents and otherwise eligible to visit the United States.

Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, said the rules "would slam the door shut on so many who have waited for months or years to be reunited with their families.

Trump, who made a tough approach to immigration a cornerstone of his election campaign, issued a ban on travelers from the six countries, plus Iraq, shortly after taking office in January. His order also blocked refugees from any country.

Trump said these were temporary measures needed to prevent terrorism until vetting procedures could be reviewed. Opponents noted that visa and refugee vetting were already strict and said there was no evidence that refugees or citizens of those six countries posed a threat. They saw the ban as part of Trump's campaign promise to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

Lower courts blocked the initial ban and a second, revised Trump order intended to overcome legal hurdles. The Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the revised ban but exempted travelers who could prove a "bona fide relationship" with a U.S. person or entity. The court offered only broad guidelines.

In guidance issued late Wednesday, the State Department said the personal relationships would include a parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States. It does not include other relationships such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles. On Thursday, the State and Homeland Security departments had both expanded the range of bona fide relationships to include fiancés.

Business or professional links must be "formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading" the ban. Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules.

Refugees from any country will face similar requirements. But the U.S. has almost filled its quota of 50,000 refugees for the budget year ending in September and the new rules won't apply to the few remaining slots. With the Supreme Court set to consider the overall ban in October, the rules could change again.

The travel ban may have the largest impact on Iranians. In 2015, the most recently available data, nearly 26,000 Iranians were allowed into the United States on visitor or tourist visas. Iranians made up the lion's share of the roughly 65,000 foreigners from the six countries who visited with temporary, or non-immigrant visas that year.

American journalist Paul Gottinger, said he and his Iranian fiancee applied for a visa nearly a year ago but are still waiting on a decision. Gottinger says they were to wed at a Japanese garden in his parents' home state of Minnesota this month but postponed the ceremony until August because they had not yet received the visa.

Now, he expects they will have to delay again.

"Every twist and turn of the courts, we're holding our hearts and our stomachs are falling to the floor," he said by phone from Turkey.

The new regulations are also affecting the wedding plans of Rama Issa-Ibrahim, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

She is Syrian-American and had planned to get married this fall. While her father in Syria may be able to get a visa, her aunts and uncles may well be blocked.

"I would love for them to be at this wedding, and unfortunately, they aren't going to be able to be here," she said, adding that the ceremony would be postponed.

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Associated Press writer Amy Taxin and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles and Michael Noble in New York contributed to this report.


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          Trump loves to say media companies are 'failing' — here's how they're actually performing   

Trump watching Super BowlReuters/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump often labels media companies as "failing." He's taken shots at BuzzFeed during press conferences. He's repeatedly pounded on CNN, and particularly enjoyed that network's recent journalism stumble.

And of course, Trump has hammered the MSNBC show "Morning Joe" this week, causing a political firestorm that has stretched across both parties.

If you follow the advertising business, you'd not be surprised to hear that traditional media business models are under a lot of pressure as consumer consumption habits are going through rapid changes driven by technology.

But here's an ongoing question: are the media companies Trump refers to as failing" actually failing? 

Here's a look at how these companies are performing from an audience and financial perspective.

 

"Failing" CNN

Screenshot via CNN

CNN is a frequent Trump target.

But CNN just enjoyed a 39% jump in it ratings for adults aged 25 to 54, reported Variety.

It's true that a few years ago, CNN was really struggling. But lately all of cable news networks have enjoyed a resurgence, as Ad Age's Anthony Crupi noted recently on Twitter.

Performance- 

Nielsen says that CNN averaged over 1 million viewers during prime time during the second quarter of this year.

Financials-

CNN's parent company Time Warner pulled in  $7.74 billion during its most recent quarter, a jump of 5.8% versus last year, reported Deadline. But ad sales were down for the company's cable networks.



'Low rated' 'Morning Joe'

Morning Joe

This week, President Trump has been in attack mode when it comes to the MSNBC show.

Performance-

"Morning Joe" averaged just under 1 million viewers during the second quarter of this year, according to Nielsen. That's up from roughly 600,000 average viewers a year ago and lands MSNBC just behind Fox News in the morning news race, per Nielsen.

Financials-

MSNBC has been on a recent ratings surge, and SNL Kagan says the network will pull in $267.8 million this year, reports Variety. Parent company NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp., pulled in close to $7.9 billion during the first quarter this year, up 14.7% versus the same period last year, reported the Los Angeles Times.



'Failing New York Times'

Getty Images/Mario Tama

President Trump has frequently referred to the New York Times as "failing."

It's true that at the height of the recession, the Times had to borrow money from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. But recently, the company has seen a surge in subscriptions and scoops thanks in part to Trump. But there's no question newspapers continue to grapple with a declining circulation and print advertising landscape.

Performance-

The Times' website exceeded 94 million unique users in May, per comScore, a jump of 36% from last year. 

Financials-

The Times reported that it now has over 2.2 million digital-only subscribers. However, print ad revenue slipped 18% during its most recent quarter. Overall revenue landed at $399 million in the first quarter, up 5% versus the same period in 2016.



'Failing pile of garbage' Buzzfeed

Getty Images/Kimberly White

At a press conference earlier this year, Trump referred to BuzzFeed as a "failing pile of garbage."

Performance-

According to comScore, BuzzFeed reached over 80.1 million unique users in May, an increase of 8% from the previous year. BuzzFeed has launched several sub-brands on social media platforms, such as the food-focused Tasty–which boasts of nearly 87 million followers on Facebook. Overall the company says it generates 9 billion views a month across all of its distribution outlets.

Financials-

BuzzFeed has received two rounds of investment from NBCUniversal, putting its valuation at $1.5 billion. The company is projecting $350 million in revenue this year, according to Bloomberg.



#AmazonWashingtonPost

Thomson Reuters

This past week, President Trump took a shot at the Washington Post and Amazon.

 Actually, Amazon doesn't technically own the Washington Post, founder Jeff Bezos does. 

Performance-

The Washington Post's web traffic exceeded 80.7 million unique users in May, up 28% versus the same month in 2016, according to comScore. The media company has produced a number of big scoops this past year.

Financials-

The company does not report its revenue publicly, but according to Politico Washington Post went on a hiring spree following the 2016 election. 



ABC, CBS, other TV networks

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.

Trump has labeled several other big TV networks as 'failing' though it's not always clear what he's referring to.

Performance-

CBS has one of the top shows on TV in "The Big Bang Theory," while ABC has a long-running hit in "Scandal."

Financials-

While primetime TV ratings continue to shrink, ABC just reported that it was able to achieve high single-digit rate increases during the recently completed "upfront" ad sales period.

Meanwhile, CBS said that its first quarter revenue was $3.34 billion down from $3.59 billion during the same quarter last year when the network aired the Super Bowl.



Vanity Fair "way down, big trouble, dead"

Vanity Fair/Annie Leibovitz

Last year, Vanity Fair posted a scathing review of one of President Trump's restaurants, and he did not like it.

There's no doubt that Vanity Fair is facing a tough market for print advertising. Still, the company reported an immediate jump in business following Trump's tweet.

Performance-

Vanity Fair nabbed 13,000 new subscriptions within 24 hours of Trump's social media response, according to Poynter. The magazine says it reeled in 107,460 new subscribers from December of last year through June, a jump of 365% from the same time period the year prior.

Financials-

Parent company Conde Nast is private and does not report revenue data publicly.



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Northwestern has added a potential impact player in the post with the commitment of power forward Pete Nance.

The 2018 prospect announced his decision on Twitter:

According to Scout, the 4-star recruit is the No. 77 overall player in his class and No. 18 at his position.

Nance comes from an NBA family as the son of Larry Nance and the younger brother of current Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. While that's a lot to live up to, his talent makes him a high-upside addition to the Wildcats.

Nance could add weight to his 6'8", 210-pound frame, but he is a skilled player for his size who make things happen on the offensive end. Not only can he hit outside jumpers if left open, he can create looks for himself off the dribble with an impressive mid-range game.

Even without the same level of athleticism as his brother, he could fit perfectly in Northwestern's system as the squad tries to build on its recent success. The program reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in history last season and returns a lot of talent ready to improve upon that result in 2017-18.

With 3-star point guard Jordan Lathon also headed to Evanston, head coach Chris Collins has the makings of a quality class for 2018.

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La superproduction, qui a coûté 175 millions de dollars, s'est construite sur le rapprochement de deux mastodontes, Marvel et Sony: un rare exemple de coopération entre studios rivaux.

"C'était l'un de ces moments +Ça ne sera jamais possible mais on peut toujours en rêver+ chez Marvel", s'est amusé Kevin Feige, président du studio, lors d'une présentation à la presse dimanche à New York (nord-est des États-Unis).

En 1999, Marvel a vendu "Spider-Man" à Sony, le décrivant alors comme le "joyau de la couronne" de son empire de la B.D., pour une somme estimée à sept millions de dollars. Et ce à une période où les super-héros ne se transformaient pas nécessairement en jackpot une fois adaptés sur grand écran.

Depuis, l'homme-araignée est devenu la tête de gondole de Sony, décliné en cinq films qui lui ont rapporté la coquette somme de quatre milliards de dollars entre 2002 et 2014. Après Batman, il est même le personnage de dessin animé le plus lucratif.

Mais le dernier opus, "The Amazing Spider-Man: le destin d'un héros" (2014), avec Andrew Garfield dans le rôle-titre, a déçu la critique et été considéré comme un échec commercial.

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Sentant le vent tourner, la présidente de l'époque chez Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, a donné son accord en 2015, après des mois de discussions, pour que Marvel produise une nouvelle fournée de "Spider-Man".

Le premier de cette série doit sortir le 7 juillet sur les écrans américains, avec le Britannique Tom Holland, 21 ans, dans le rôle-titre. Ce sera également le premier "Spider-Man" de "l'univers Marvel" au cinéma, composé d'une quinzaine de films portant sur d'autres super-héros: Thor, Captain America, Hulk... La franchise a rapporté la somme faramineuse de 11,8 milliards de dollars depuis le premier film sorti en 2008, Iron Man.

Pour cette collaboration Sony-Marvel, selon le Los Angeles Times, Sony a versé une somme qui n'a pas été divulguée à son partenaire, mais conservera les profits tirés du long-métrage, dans lequel il a obtenu le droit de faire apparaître un des personnages fétiches du public, Iron Man.

En retour, Sony permettra à Spider-Man de combattre aux côtés d'autres super-héros dans le prochain "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) de Marvel.

Amy Pascal, elle, a perdu son poste dans la foulée d'un scandale de piratage chez Sony, mais a négocié dans le cadre de son départ de pouvoir co-produire "Spider-Man: Homecoming" avec Kevin Feige.

"Cela a commencé par un déjeuner avec Kevin et je n'arrive pas à croire que nous en soyons là aujourd'hui. C'est assez génial", s'enthousiasme-t-elle.

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Ce genre de collaboration n'est pas totalement inédit dans l'histoire des majors hollywoodiennes.

La Paramount et Warner Bros. ont ainsi travaillé main dans la main par le passé sur quelques films comme "Interstellar" (2014) ou "Watchmen - Les Gardiens" (2009). La même Paramount s'était également entendue avec Fox lorsque le budget de "Titanic" (1997) menaçait de faire couler la production. Mais ces ententes demeurent de rares exceptions.

La trame du nouveau "Spider-Man" prend la suite immédiate de "Captain America: Civil War", dans lequel Peter Parker se découvre en super-héros lanceur de toile. Il revient chez sa tante May, sous l'oeil attentif de son nouveau mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) et la menace du Vautour (Michael Keaton), le nouveau méchant de l'histoire.

L'idée de Marvel a été d'imprégner le personnage de l'esprit de la bande dessinée originelle de Stan Lee et Steve Ditko.

Les critiques sont dithyrambiques et les attentes énormes autour de ce nouvel opus, dont les spécialistes estiment qu'il devrait atteindre la barre symbolique des 100 millions de dollars de recette pour sa sortie.

La collaboration a offert l'opportunité, explique le réalisateur Jon Watts, "de placer enfin Spider-Man là où il est logique qu'il soit, dans l'univers Marvel", ce qui "ouvre la porte à de nombreuses nouvelles sortes d'histoires".


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Ghostlight Records will launch a special new label imprint, Ghostlight Deluxe with the latest release from celebrated actress and singer Jessica Molaskey, Portraits of Joni, on Friday, July 28. The album will be available for pre-order starting on Friday, July 7.

Ghostlight Deluxe will be curated by John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey.

Featuring Molaskey's distinctly innovative interpretations, this album mixes elements of jazz, pop, folk and Americana into a uniquely powerful and poignant celebration of the iconic songwriter, Joni Mitchell. Portraits of Joni is produced by Jessica Molaskey, with John Pizzarelli serving as co-producer and Rob and Marcie Orley as executive producers. Album guest stars include Jazz luminaries Larry Goldings, Randy Brecker, Harry Allen and John Pizzarelli.

Jessica will be performing selections from the album in concert in Seattle (July 27-30), New York (August 8-12), Los Angeles (August 17-20), Santa Cruz (August 26) and Escondido, CA (August 27).

Starting on Friday, July 7, customers that pre-order the album via Apple Music will immediately receive the single "Help Me." For more information on the recording, visit www.sh-k-boom.com/jessica-molaskey-portraits-of-joni.

"Our mission at Ghostlight Deluxe," explains Jessica, "is to give theater artists an opportunity and a home to make solo recordings that are singular to their unique talents. Whether it be jazz, pop or the Great American Songbook, we are committed to making albums with the highest quality arrangements and musicianship that integrate all these styles. It is the challenge of Broadway actors to be chameleons, to step into a character and become someone other than themselves. What happens when a Broadway singer decides to step out of costume? What happens when they decide to expose their authentic self through song? Ghostlight Deluxe will produce recordings that don't necessarily feel the need to reach to the back of the balcony, but can effortlessly reach our hearts."

Kurt Deutsch, Ghostlight's founder and president, adds "John and Jessica have been my friends for 20 years. Their technical artistry, stylish interpretations and pure love of music are unparalleled. To collaborate with them on Ghostlight Deluxe is an honor for me and will be a joy for all to hear."

Reflecting on Portraits of Joni, Jessica says, "Joni Mitchell writes songs like a painter. One brush stroke here, another stroke there and you have a portrait of a fully realized soul. I continue to be amazed by how she can create a whole person with her words and music." Album highlights include contemplative takes on many of Mitchell's most popular composition such as "A Case of You," "Chelsea Morning" and the iconic "Both Sides Now," in addition to sly jazz-laced versions of "Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" and "Raised on Robbery."

When Portraits of Joni debuted as part of Lincoln Center's "American Songbook" series at The Allen Room, Molaskey was praised by Stephen Holden in the New York Times for her "uncompromising psychological realism along with an element of surprise that few singers bring to their material. In her voice, joy and pain are so intertwined that they're almost the same thing."Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal raved "Joni Mitchell would have to look hard to find a better interpreter and champion than Jessica Molaskey, a highly astute singer and interpreter who's proven her worth repeatedly in the fields of Broadway, cabaret, and jazz." In the Village Voice, David Finkle said "If Joni Mitchell isn't singing her own songs, it's hard to imagine anyone singing them better than Molaskey, a singer whose smoky voice carries the intellect and emotion necessary to capture Mitchell's often chilly immediacy."

Her husband John Pizzarelli, who will release his own album Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 the same day, is featured in a special combination of Mitchell's eternal "The Circle Game" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Waters of March." According to the New York Times, the songs are "transformed a merry-go-round contemplation of the life cycle into an exalted hymn to the natural world." The classic "Little Green" is a vocal duet with their daughter Madeleine Pizzarelli. "All I Want " is presented as a tour-de-force piano solo by Larry Goldings, merged with Jessica's haunting vocal on "Blue."

"Joni's self portraits are beautiful and fragile and often filled with conflict and joy," continues Jessica. "Like the young Joni in 'In France They Kiss on Main Street,' she experienced her coming of age 'under neon signs' in a pinball arcade, while her mother was 'fading in a suburban room' or the overwhelmed Joni in 'A Case of You,' wallowing at the bar and drawing his face "on the back of a cartoon coaster in the blue TV screen light. These portraits are now timeless treasures of a new generations' Great American Songbook. They have been indelibly etched in my heart and soul forever."

Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows including the revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, which was nominated for nine Tony Awards. She appeared in A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center, Parade (directed by Hal Prince), Dream, Tommy, Crazy for You, Les Misérables, City of Angels, Chess, Cats and Oklahoma! She most recently played the role of Marie in the City Center Encores! production of The Most Happy Fella. Off Broadway credits include Songs For A New World, Dream True, Wise Guys (Stephen Sondheim, Sam Mendes), and Weird Romance (All Original Cast Recordings).

Ms. Molaskey has five critically-acclaimed solo albums and has performed in concert from Lincoln Center to Carnegie and Disney Hall to the Montreal and Monterey Jazz festivals. For the past decade she and John Pizzarelli have enjoyed a two-month, sold-out engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York, to which Stephen Holden wrote in the New York Times: "They are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium. They are caviar in a world of canned tuna. Once you've acquired the taste, there is no substitute."

She has written songs for a dozen recordings, including the "Greed," part of a commission for Audra McDonald's Seven Deadly Sins at Carnegie Hall and "Cradle and All" with Ricky Ian Gordon for PBS American Songbook. Jessica recently played opposite Ms. McDonald, as Sister Bertha in the NBC-TV version of The Sound Of Music Live! She and her husband host the weekly radio show "Radio Deluxe," which airs in sixty cities around the United States and in Canada.

"PORTRAITS OF JONI" TRACK LIST:

1. Help Me

2. Dreamland / Carey

3. A Case of You

4. The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines

5. Marcie

6. In France They Kiss On Main Street

7. The Last Time I Saw Richard

8. Raised on Robbery

9. Little Green

10. The Circle Game / Waters of March

11. All I Want / Blue

12. Chelsea Morning

13. Both Sides Now

14. Big Yellow Taxi

Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings - building a library of over 150 records in the last 17 years, featuring some of the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway's brightest stars. Founded by Grammy Award winner Kurt Deutsch, Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight has won three Grammy Awards (for The Book of Mormon, In the Heights and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical) and is a frequent nominee, most recently for the OBCR of the 2016 "Best Musical" Tony Award nominee Bright Star by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Other notable recent releases include the 2017 "Best Musical Revival" Tony Award nominee Falsettos, the 2016 "Best Musical Revival" Tony Award nominee She Loves Me, the 2015 "Best Musical" Tony Award nominee Something Rotten! andDisney's Newsies. The label has also released solo albums from Patti LuPone, Billy Porter, Sutton Foster, Adam Pascal, Lea DeLaria, Kelli O'Hara, Ben Vereen, Christine Ebersole and more. The label continues to support the new generation of musical theatre composers with their extensive relationships with Michael John LaChiusa and Michael Friedman, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Pasek & Paul, Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Shaina Taub, Dave Malloy, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk and Adam Gwon. The label recently created a new joint publishing venture with Razor & Tie to represent songwriters that fuse theatrical and pop music. Sh-K-Boom Entertainment is a producer of the acclaimed film version of The Last Five Years, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. www.sh-k-boom.com


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          George Clooney Moving Amal, Alexander And Ella To Los Angeles For Safety Concerns?   
They were said to be planning on raising their children in England for the first couple of years of their lives, but according to a new report, George Clooney is now planning on uprooting the family he now has with wife Amal over concerns for their safety.
          Sean Kennedy's Killer May Get Early Parole   
On May 16, 2007, Elke Kennedy got a call that's every mother's worst nightmare: her son was in critical condition at the hospital. Elke and her Greenville, South Carolina community soon came to realize that her openly gay son, Sean, was brutally and fatally beaten in what would be considered a hate crime in 31 states and the District of Columbia, but not in South Carolina. Now, less than two years after his tragic death, Elke was made aware that he son's killer, Stephen Andrew Moller, may be getting early parole this February.
Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy

Through the foundation she started in her son's name, Sean's Last Wish, Elke is calling on the community for help:
The parole board is currently conducting an investigation to decide whether to allow him to have a parole hearing, so it is critical that they hear from you that Stephen Andrew Moller violently murdered Sean Kennedy and should serve the remainder of his sentence!
Creager and Kennedy

GLAAD's Cindi Creager, Director of National News, with Elke Kennedy

This fall, glaadBLOG caught up with Elke as part of GLAAD's "Share Your Story" series. Elke has spent the time since her son's tragic death as a community advocate, working toward LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation. Elke has also contributed a chapter, “What I know now about losing a son” for Crisis, a book edited by Mitchell Gold. (Last year, GLAAD partnered with Gold to urge people to share their stories with friends and family during the holiday season.) Elke has done just that--shared her story with friends, family, and the nation. She's worked with GLAAD to help share her story with local and national media. As Elke said:
Each story I hear, each person I talk to assures me that I am doing what I need to be doing.
Elke's story of dedicating her life to working for change for LGBT people, in her son's memory, is an inspiration. GLAAD invited Elke to attend the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in both New York and Los Angeles as an honored guest.  In his speech to attendees GLAAD President, Neil Giuliano, made special mention of Sean Kennedy’s story and of Elke Kennedy’s work supporting LGBT people. [kaltura-widget wid="emp01pvqo0" width="410" height="364" /] To take part in Elke's letter writing campaign, please click here.
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          Wizard World Cancels Two But Plans More for This Year and 2018   
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          ESPN to Exclusively Air Two Top Rank Championship Fights in August   
Two-division world champions VASYL LOMACHENKO and TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD return to the ring in August, in separate world championship events on ESPN. Lomachenko will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against two-time world title challenger and top-10 contender MIGUEL "Escorpión" MARRIAGA, Saturday, August 5, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Two weeks later, Crawford, the 2014 Fighter of the Year, will risk his WBO, World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring magazine world titles against undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) world champion Julius Indongo in a battle of undefeated 140-pound world champions. Crawford vs. Indongo will take place Saturday, August 19, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. Both events will be televised live and exclusively at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app.
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          Essential Arts & Culture: Visceral border art, a 'guileless' Wilshire Grand, must-see African sculpture   
Happy Fourth, Los Angeles! May your buns be firm and your apple pie sweet. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly dose of important culture news and dog videos:

A visceral border experience

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          Teamen klara i Global Poker League 2016 – Här är namnen   

Under gårdagen valde Global Poker Index ut sina spelare till Global Poker Leagues andra upplaga. Eventet ägde rum i Los Angeles, USA – och pokerfansen kunde självklart vara med och följa spektaklet i realtid på livestreamingtjänsten Twitch.

Det hela kommenterades av pokerlegenderna Daniel Negreanu och Phil Hellmuth. Valet av pokerspelare skedde i fyra rundor, baserat på 200 slumpmässigt utvalda namn som matades in i en databas tidigare i februari.

En oförväntad händelse som Twitch-följarna fick vittna till var ett avslöjande från kommentatorerna, som av misstag råkade berätta att Antonio Esfandiari hade bett organisatören om att få sitt namn borttaget från urvalet.

Rome Emperors gruppledare, Max Pescatori, var först ut med att välja sina spelare. Först ut att bli invald i årets Global Poker League blev den italienska pokerstjärnan Mustapha Kanit.

Nedan följer en lista på samtliga team i Global Poker Leagues nästkommande upplaga, inklusive totala karriärvinster och GPI-rankning.

Rome Emperors (162): $16.291.715

Spelare
GPI-rankning Karriärvinster
Max Pescatori (ITA)
134
$4.176.786
Mustapha Kanit (ITA)
31
$5.497.875
Dario Sammartino (ITA)
39
$3.251.024
Timothy Adams (CAN)
355
$2.546.978
Walter Treccarichi (ITA)
249
$819.052

Montreal Nationals (456): $33.927.265

Spelare
GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Marc-Andre Ladouceur (CAN)
627
$1.704.748
Mike McDonald (CAN)
18
$12.949.811
Martin Jacobson (SWE)
273
$15.045.724
Pascal Lefrancois (CAN)
1005
$2.577.792
Xuan Liu (CAN)
359
$1.649.190

New York Rounders (15): $45.227.670

Spelare GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Bryn Kenney (USA)
6
$8.743.544
Jason Mercier (USA)
3
$16.356.296
Thomas Marchese (USA)
24
$12.404.012
Kevin MacPhee (USA)
5
$5.424.937
Jason Wheeler (USA)
36
$2.298.881

San Francisco Rush (359): $20.969.816

Spelare
GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster 
Faraz Jaka (USA)
64
$5.066.962
Phil Galfond (USA)
594
$2.339.619
Anthony Gregg (USA)
522
$10.476.457
Kitty Kuo (TAI)
308
$1.091.426
Anton Wigg (SWE)
306
$1.995.352

Las Vegas Moneymakers (1022): $36.909.402

Spelare
GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Chris Moneymaker (USA)
4616
$3.588.654
Anthony Zinno (USA)
3
$5.337.383
Jonathan Duhamel (CAN)
21
$17.592.802
Jake Cody (ENG)
363
$4.132.822
Jonathan Little (USA)
106
$6.257.741

Sao Paulo Metropolitans (551): $14.022.147

Spelare GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Andre Akkari (BRA)
1851
$1.466.727
Darren Elias (USA)
35
$3.505.319
Byron Kaverman (USA)
1
$6.757.855
Thiago Nishijima (BRA)
374
$1.784.213
Joao Pires Simao (BRA)
493
$508.033

London Royals (303): $38.742.913

Spelare
GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Liv Boeree (UK)
177
$2.997.943
Igor Kurganov (RUS)
137
$10.218.893
Vanessa Selbst (USA)
321
$11.728.256
Chris Moorman (ENG)
793
$4.107.768
Justin Bonomo (USA)
88
$9.690.053

Moscow Wolverines (242): $13.649.398

Spelare GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Anatoly Filatov (RUS)
424
$1.298.838
Dzmitry Urbanovich (POL)
16
$4.190.393
Vladimir Troyanovskiy (RUS)
42
$4.199.228
Andrey Pateychuk (RUS)
116
$2.873.717
Sergey Lebedev (RUS)
612
$1.087.222

Los Angeles Sunset (305): $28.025.439

Spelare GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Maria Ho (USA)
852
$1.708.584
Fedor Holz (GER)
9
$7.549.491
Olivier Busquet (USA)
117
$6.857.079
Eugene Katchalov (UKR)
317
$8.669.109
Chance Kornuth (USA)
228
$3.241.176

Berlin Bears (152): $44.808.217

Spelare GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Phillip Gruissem (GER)
406
$9.731.202
Brian Rast (USA)
38
$16.313.290
Sorel Mizzi (CAN)
110
$11.148.823
Dominik Nitsche (GER)
13
$5.164.231
Jeffrey Gross (USA)
193
$2.450.671

Paris Aviators (132): $30.800.318

Spelare GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster 
Fabrice Soulier (FRA)
206
$5.829.817
Bertrand Grospellier (FRA)
192
$10.922.427
Davidi Kitai (BEL)
10
$6.757.706
George Danzer (GER)
205
$2.249.980
Mike Leah (CAN)
48
$5.040.388

Hong Kong Stars (556): $3.110.185

Spelare
GPI-rankning
Karriärvinster
Celina Lin (CHN)
880
$581.359
Weiyi Zhang (CHN)
823
$253.446
Raiden Kan (HKG)
220
$866.303
Dong Guo (CHN)
372
$554.374
Diwei Bryan Huang (SIN)
486
$854.703

 

 

 



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          Global Poker Index satsar på ny unik världsturnering i poker – i en glasbur   

I led med ”sportifieringen” av pokern satsar Global Poker Index, med pokerentreprenören Alex Dreyfus i spetsen, på en ny världsturnering i poker. Projektet förväntas starta under de närmsta månaderna.

Den berömda pokerentreprenören Alex Dreyfus är mest känd för sin roll på världens största pokerrankningssida Global Poker Index. Under de senaste åren introducerade han en rad nya pokerrelaterade projekt, bland annat Global Poker Masters som gick av stapeln under fjolårets första EPT-stopp i Malta. Han har länge drömt om att få omvandla pokern till en sport och har nyligen lagt patent på en ny slogan, ”We Sportify Poker”.

Idéerna såväl som förslagen från Dreyfus har varit många. Utöver en andra GPM-upplaga i år kommer han introducera en ny internationell pokerliga, Global Poker League. Projektplaneringen har pågått under en längre tid och igår lade man fram detaljerna i ett nytt pressmeddelande.

I pressmeddelandet framgår det att man beräknas vara igång med Global Poker League någon gång under de första tre månaderna i 2016. Projektet kommer involvera 12 olika team från hela världen. Dessa kommer att delas upp i så kallade ”conferenes” eller geografiska inledningar, där man inkluderar Amerika, Europa och Asien.

I den amerikanska indelningen förväntar man sig forma lag i New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Toronto och Sao Paolo.

– Vi har arbetat med det här länge och fört många diskussioner på hur vi ska göra för att omvandla pokern till en sport. Med vår lansering av Global Poker League så vågar jag påstå att vi har tagit ett stort steg i rätt riktning, säger Alex Dreyfus.

– Detta kommer inte vara ”en ytterligare pokerturnering”. Vi vill tvärtom få till något nytt och spännande, fortsätter han.

Den ljudisolerade glaskuben

En skiss av hur glasburen kommer se ut och hur den ska placeras.
En skiss av hur glasburen kommer se ut och hur den ska placeras.


De 12 lag som ska ingå i Global Poker League kommer få spela poker under 14 veckor. Speleventen kommer antingen arrangeras på nätet, i en tv-studio eller framför en stor publik i en arenabyggnad.

Ett koncept är att placera spelarna i en ljudisolerad glaskub mitt på en stor scen, omringad av pokerfans. På det sättet kommer spelarna aldrig få höra vad som sägs ute i publiken. Parallellt med pokerspelen inne i glaskuben kommer man även sända live med analyser och förhandsvisningar av spelarnas kort.

I varje lag kommer det finnas fem spelare där tre av dessa väljs ut från GPI:s rankningslista över de tusen bästa spelarna på sajten. De sista två kommer vara Wild Cards.

Turneringsstrukturen är inte klar än, men Dreyfus vill man arrangera en större finalturnering, GPL World Champions. Det här eventet kommer troligtvis äga rum i slutet på sommaren 2016.

Om idén realiseras så skrotar GPI casinohusen. Istället kommer man välja större arenor i USA. Pressmeddelandet tyder även på att eventet kommer vara annorlunda än de pokerevents vi tidigare sett. I Global Poker League kommer pokerspelarna få betalt för att spela. Utöver det kommer de också belönas med olika bonusar om de vinner.

Kostnaderna kommer täckas av sponsorer, biljettförsäljning, merchandise och livesändningarna. Mer om Global Poker Week kan du hitta på eventets officiella hemsida: http://www.globalpokerleague.com/



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          This Day In Dodgers History: Sandy Koufax Throws First Career No-Hitter   
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          Cody Bellinger Is The New Star In Hollywood   
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          Dodgers: Escobar plunking that cleared benches unintentional   
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          Kleinflugzeug legt Bruchlandung auf US-Highway hin   
Spektakulärer Unfall in den USA: Ein Kleinflugzeug mit zwei Menschen an Bord hat am Freitag auf einer Autobahn im Bundesstaat Kalifornien eine Bruchlandung hingelegt. Dabei ging das zweimotorige Flugzeug in Flammen auf. Die beiden Insassen hätten den Crash überlebt und seien in ein Krankenhaus gebracht worden, berichtete die "Los Angeles Times" unter Berufung auf die Feuerwehr.
          Kleinflugzeug legt Bruchlandung auf US-Highway hin   
Spektakulärer Unfall in den USA: Ein Kleinflugzeug mit zwei Menschen an Bord hat am Freitag auf einer Autobahn im Bundesstaat Kalifornien eine Bruchlandung hingelegt. Dabei ging das zweimotorige Flugzeug in Flammen auf. Die beiden Insassen hätten den Crash überlebt und seien in ein Krankenhaus gebracht worden, berichtete die "Los Angeles Times" unter Berufung auf die Feuerwehr. Der Verkehr kam zum Stillstand. Mehrere Spuren des Highways mussten vorübergehend gesperrt werden.
          Kershaw Goes to Work vs. Angels   

By Charles Jay The Los Angeles Dodgers had a huge head of steam as they barreled into their Freeway Series against the Los Angeles Angels, as they had chalked up ten victories in a row, But now they have lost two of three, although they kind of like their chances of getting even on Thursday, […]

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          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


Regional Editor Spotlight:

Christy Brooks
Los Angeles Contributing Editor

Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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          PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Opens 7/5 at Peninsula Players Theatre   

A magical adventure is in store for audiences at Peninsula Players Theatre when its production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" by Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys," "Addams Family") opens July 5. Based on the novel by humorist David Barry and suspense novelist Ridley Pearson, "Peter and the Starcatcher" is a grown-up's prequel to Peter Pan featuring swashbuckling pirates, mischievous mermaids, spirited seafarers, a trunk full of magic starstuff and the adventures of a nameless orphan boy and his new friend Molly. This Tony Award-winning play will light up the theatre-in-a-garden with its stardust and transport audiences to a Neverland they never knew through July 23.

Lord Aster, a Victorian English gentleman and starcatcher, and his 13-year old daughter, Molly, are at a busy port about to embark on a secret mission for the Queen. A starcatcher collects dust that falls from shooting stars, a dust that possesses incredible magical properties.

The adventure begins when the trunk is loaded onto the wrong ship and Molly, an apprentice starcatcher and the story's hero, seeks the aid of three orphan boys. The new friends are chased by Black Stache, the infamous marauding, yet well-versed villain, who seeks the stardust for his own malicious use.

"The cast of 12 plays a multitude of characters with a huge amount of zest and imagination, and tells the fabulous story of how a boy became Peter Pan and how an island became the magical Neverland," said Peninsula Players Artistic Director Greg Vinkler. "When the play ends, we are right at the beginning of the J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan adventures. This magical piece of theater is filled with a great deal of humor and delightful musical numbers. All of the sound effects are performed live on stage by two musicians playing more than 40 instruments!

"There is a distinction between theater for adults and that crafted for children. Though 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is based on a series of books written for young adults, the playful nature of the story is crafted for an adult's attention span. It is brilliantly hilarious and most age groups will enjoy it. Audiences will embark on a pirate's adventures, encounter spectacular mermaids and discover the secret to eternal youth!"

Nick Vidal and Henry McGinniss are three orphan boys begin chased by pirates in rehearsal fo Peninsula Players production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." Newcomer Matt Crowle (a Joseph Jefferson Award-winner and nominated choreographer) directs the cast of 12 featuring Matt Holzfeind as Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Emma Rosenthal as Molly and Kyle Hatley as The Neverland's vicious captain, Slank. Hatley, Holzfeind and Rosenthal were recently seen in Peninsula Players world première of "The Actuary."

Crowle's directing and choreographic credits include "Singin' in the Rain," "Crazy for You" and "White Christmas." As an actor he performed in the Broadway company of "Monty Python's Spamalot" and tap danced across the country with Tommy Tune in the national tour of "Doctor Dolittle."

Also under Crowle's direction are Peninsula Players veteran performers Harter Clingman ("Alabama Story," "The Full Monty") who portrays Black Stache's First Mate, Smee, and who is also serving as associate director of the play; Jackson Evans ("The Full Monty") is Molly's very British nanny Mrs. Bumbrake; Sean Fortunato ("Lend Me a Tenor," "Chicago") portrays the terror of the seven seas, Black Stache, who is in search of a hero worthy of his villainy; Joe Foust ("The 39 Steps," "The Game's Afoot") portrays Grempkin, the scornful schoolmaster of the lost boy's orphanage; James Rank ("A Little Night Music," "Sunday in the Park with George") is cast as Molly's father, Lord Aster. Making their Peninsula Players debut are Karl Hamilton, Dan Klarer, Henry McGinniss and Nick Vidal.

Hamilton portrays Alf, an old sea dog, and the orphan boys who befriend Molly are portrayed by Klarer (Ted), McGinniss (Peter) and Vidal (Prentiss).

Bruce Newbern ("Always...Patsy Cline," "Nunsense") is the percussionist and Valerie Maze ("The Full Monty," "Cabaret") is Musical Director and keyboardist. Newbern calls Door County home and plays guitar for Bubble and Squeak, an eclectic Irish band. Maze's credits include conductor at Drury Lane Theatre, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare and assistant conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The artistic company and creative team has numerous regional, off-Broadway and Broadway credits.

Clingman and Vidal were castmates in the first national tour of "Peter and the Starcatcher;" Hamilton's credits include off-Broadway's "Ride the Cyclone;" Klarer, a Door County performance veteran, recently performed in "Whistling in the Dark: A Sherlock Homes Adventure" with Rockford, Illinois' Artists' Ensemble; and McGinniss recently won the Best Actor in a Principal Role - Musical at the non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards for his portrayal of Bat Boy/Edgar in "Bat Boy the Musical."

The creative team for this production includes regional and award-winning designers crafting the world of "Peter and the Starcatcher." The team includes scenic designer James Maronek ("A Little Night Music," "Chicago," and Broadway's "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?"); lighting designer Emil Boulous ("The Hollow," "Alabama Story"); costume designer Kärin Simonson Kopischke, ("Alabama Story," "Dial M for Murder") sound designer Christopher Kriz ("The Actuary," "The 39 Steps") and properties designer Jesse Gaffney ("Butler," "Nunsense").

Peninsula Players works with members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), United Scenic Artists (USA) and Actors' Equity Association (AEA) for its productions. Peninsula Players is a member of AEA, the union of professional actors and stage managers, and employs professional actors. Company members work in regional theaters from Los Angeles to New York and internationally, as well as in film, television and radio. Many of the directors, designers and cast members are recipients of or have been nominated for Chicago's prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award and other regional theater awards.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" had its Broadway premiere on April 15, 2012 and ran for 319 performances, winning five Tony Awards and eight Lucille Lortel Awards, which recognize excellence in New York Off-Broadway theater, as well as Obie and Drama Desk awards.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" is sponsored by a Friend of the Players and True Essence Healing Arts - Margaret and Dale West.

Join Molly and the lost boys as they battle the dashing pirate Black Stache and his crew to keep their treasure safe and save the world! Discover an island where a time table is never planned and dreams are born. Witness a nameless lad be christened Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" performs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. July 5 through July 22 with a 4 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 23. Individual ticket prices range from $38 to $44. Groups of 15 or more receive a discount. For more information or to reserve tickets phone the Peninsula Players Box Office at 920-868-3287 or visit the website at www.peninsulaplayers.com.


          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


Regional Editor Spotlight:

Christy Brooks
Los Angeles Contributing Editor

Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


          Brewers trade Nick Franklin to Angels   
The Milwaukee Brewers traded utility player Nick Franklin to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday for a player to be named or cash. Franklin had been designated for assignment on Tuesday. The Brewers claimed Franklin off waivers from Tampa Bay in April. He hit .195 in 53 games, mainly as a pinch-hitter.
          Jay-Z gets personal and deep on new album - 4:44'   
Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 cr The Sounds will be fighting for the title of 'Music City' as the Honky Tonks while the Round Rock Express will be called the Dance Halls for FILE - In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Beyonce and Jay Z watch during the first half in Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles. Jay Z opened up about his relationship with Beyonce on his new album, "4:44," which was released June 30, 2017.
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          Banoffee – Ripe   
Australian native electronic songwriter Martha Brown, a.k.a. Banoffee, has been developing her project since 2013. When her last EP Do I Make You Nervous?, she knew that she needed a bold change to move forward with her music. She then moved to Los Angeles, a change that has strongly influenced […]
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          Johnny Depp reaparece en fiesta de Aerosmith (6 de Agosto 2012).   

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Johnny Depp fue la sensación de la noche en la fiesta que organizó Aerosmith en un club privado de Los Angeles luego de su show en el Hollywood Bowl. La estrella de “Piratas del Caribe” se le vio en todo momento acompañado por “bellas mujeres”, según fuentes que asistieron a la reunión privada.
Con una pashmina y un sombrero, Depp, de 49 años, fue una de las tantas estrellas que desfilaron por la fiesta en el club Pink Taco, entre ellas, Jim Carrey y Lana Del Rey.
Sin embargo, el “Joven Manos de Tijeras” fue el más requerido por los fanáticos, la prensa en general y por muchas de “las chicas que pudieron asistir a la fiesta” , señaló una fuente anónima que estuvo en la celebración.
“Aerosmith alquiló todo el lugar... una de las fiestas más grandes que recuerde... legendaria”, dijo la fuente que participó de la misma, tras el concierto que brindó la banda de Steven Tyler en el Hollywood Bowl.
La relación entre Depp y la banda estadounidense es de larga data. El actor inclusive participa en el nuevo álbum de Aerosmith, “Music From Another Dimension”, donde canta en la canción “Freedom Fighter”.
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          Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 260   

This is the transcript for episode 260 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. Author and journalist Alex Marshall discusses broadband infrastructure and the role of planners. Listen to this episode here.

 

Alex Marshall: Broadband is a type of infrastructure. So, it's a planner's job to think about how do we develop a system and to have the citizens connect to the system.

Lisa Gonzalez: This is episode 260 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. I'm Lisa Gonzales. Author, journalist and fellow, Alex Marshall visits with Christopher this week about broadband as infrastructure. They also discuss the role of planners, as broadband has transitioned into a necessity for economic development, education, municipal services, and many other critical uses. Before we get started, we want to remind you that this commercial-free podcast isn't free to produce. Take a minute to contribute at ILSR.org. If you're already a contributor, thanks. Now, here's Christopher with Alex Marshall.

Christopher Mitchell: Welcome to another edition of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. I'm Chris Mitchell and today, I'm speaking with Alex Marshall, an author, a senior fellow at the non-profit urban planning organization, The Regional Plan Association, and that's in New York City, and a columnist for Governing Magazine. All in one person. Alex, welcome to the show.

Alex Marshall: Thank you. Nice to be here.

Christopher Mitchell: Alex, you and I have gone back and forth for a lot a years, actually. You came in town, one of the places you visited and promoted your book, The Surprising Design of Market Economies, a book that I whole-heartedly recommend. And I think we're going to talk about that later in the interview, but first I wanted to ask you more about planning. You are a planner. You do a lot of thinking about planning. You write about this sort of thing and the role of broadband within planning. Maybe the best place to start is just what's the historic role of planners been within the relation of broadband?

Alex Marshall: Well, I think planners tend to view it correctly as another form or branch of essential infrastructure. So, it is the duty of planners to think about infrastructure and what are the systems we need, how should it be provided, where should it be laid out, what are the systems. Good planners think about that and have different answers to that. I'm just preparing to give a talk out in Los Angeles next week, which is a conference on infrastructure. I was just thinking of a line that a transportation planner said once a long time ago that I liked. He said, "Transportation is a system. You can't have a little bit of transportation." And I think that applies to infrastructure. For infrastructure to be infrastructure it has to be a system. You can't have a little bit of infrastructure. And broadband is a type of infrastructure. It needs to be a system. And so to that extent, it's a planner's job to think about how do we develop a system. What's the best way to have a system and to have the people, the public, citizens connected to the system?

Christopher Mitchell: When we think about that sort of system, what are the daily things that planners do that will impact how a system is developed or conceived of, or how it would impact my daily life that a planner is thinking about these things in a better way or a worse way?

Alex Marshall: Planners work for various people. There are non-profit planners, such as the organization that I'm part of, The Regional Plan Association, who basically do studies and then lobby to get them done. But there are the planners that work for all levels of government, and their actions often have eventually have more of a force of law where you either implement laws or work with legislatures or city councils to have plans in place that actually make it possible or deliver service directly, or make it possible for service to be directly. With broadband, it is mostly at the city level, but the planners are often a key interphase between providers of broadband and the public. They help decide how that's going to happen, how that's going to be provider. And they can either facilitate it or make it more difficult and have a say in who's providing it.

Christopher Mitchell: I get a sense that, considering that I just spoke at the American Planning Association recently in New York City, that planners are really getting excited about being more involved with broadband and recognizing that they have to get involved. And I'm curious if you have an advice for some of these people who are excited and are trying to figure out how to plug in, regardless of where they might be. What are some of the things that planners should be thinking about right now?

Alex Marshall: I think planners should be thinking about who's in charge. Who controls and who owns things. There is a tendency, sometimes, among planners, as there is among the general public, to have subject list sentences or subject list thoughts. You sort of say, "Well, this broadband is really great. Let's help spread it," or "Let's help have some good planning for it without totally talking about who's in charge," basically. Is the private telecommunications company? Will it be the city? If this isn't essential technology, who is owning it? That's always a good question. Who owns it? Who controls it? To keep those questions foremost in your mind, if you're a planner, is a good one because if the public is not ultimately in charge, then usually you're going to have some problems.

Christopher Mitchell: In presumably, one of the ways the public could be in charge would be to, not only building a municipal city-wide network, which you've written and, like me, you support the ability of cities to decide for themselves if that's a good decision, but also planners might be responsible for ensuring that a city is a deploying conduit and, perhaps, fiber optics in ways that would lower the cost for a new entrant to come to town, or something like that.

Alex Marshall: Cities help basically establish the marketplace. Is it an open market? Is it a market where only one or two players can be? Does the city provide some of the services and then business comes in. As I say in my book, Surprising Design of Market Economies, the arenas that businesses operate are instituted by government, so we should think about what kind of arenas or public squares or business squares the governments are doing.

Christopher Mitchell: It's a good connection to what I really wanted to jump into with you. And that is this idea of the surprising design of market economies. And I'll throw at you something that I hear a fair amount of, which is that if government would just get out of the way, we would see markets work amazingly well and we wouldn't have broadband problems. And I'm curious how you respond to that common notion.

Alex Marshall: Thanks for throwing me that softball in a way because I did write a book about that. It's basically just a misunderstanding of how markets work. You can't have markets without government. So, asking government to get out of the way so business can do its job is kind of nonsensical. You can't actually have business without government. You can have property. They all depend of government, basically. Warren Zevon had the song, to have markets you need "lawyers, guns and money." You have a government that's involved in every step of the way. It's not only a referee for fair play, but it also lays out the playing field and decides what the goals are and where the lines are, and on and on and on. These are all public choices. We often miss what government is doing in the areas that it does it so well, we just don't think about it. Property rights, they actually work relatively well, most of the time, so we don't really think about the fact that these were all based on laws that say who owns what, how you own it, what happens when someone else says you own something. A lot of physical infrastructure that we depend on goes back to government and, again, we just don't tend to think about it when it works well.

Christopher Mitchell: One of the things that I think people really never really think about is just the idea of the corporation. And the idea an entity that has limited liability and can live forever and has a number of benefits that, frankly, allow certain kinds of businesses to do very well. I'm not talking about just big corporations. I'm talking about the ability of people to turn into a corporation and then do things. I'm curious if you can just tell us a little bit about that idea.

Alex Marshall: Yes, yes. Corporations is another great example. We've gotten so use to them, we just accept them as if they are laws or nature. Act like they've always been there. Ironically, they often become a symbol of private enterprise. But, a corporation is a creation of government. Someone called it a "mini republic." It's a grant of authority and a grant of special powers from the government and that is done through something called a charter. A government of some type issues this charter, a state, usually, or the federal government, and they create something called a corporation that has these special powers. Originally, they were only granted for public purposes. They would be like a university, or a monastery, or building a road. In the 19th century, they gradually became opened up to just purely for profit enterprises. Then, eventually, got granted that you could do it just by right. Anybody could start a corporation. You used to have to get a special authorization from the legislature. We've forgotten that these corporations that we talk about, from Apple down to a little neighborhood corporation is created by government. We, the people, who control the government, can change those rules, redesign those charters, redesign those powers they have. They've been, in a lot of ways, very effective tools, corporations. But, I think it would be better if we remember that they're ultimately creations of the people and answerable to them.

Christopher Mitchell: One of things that I often think about when people say, "If government just got out of the way," I think it would be interesting if Comcast had to negotiate with every land owner to put a utility pole in their property. You can imagine the kind of patterns that might exist when you have perhaps ten properties in a row and two of them say, "No." Comcast has to detour around the neighborhood to try and find landowners who are willing to give them, at a reasonable cost, access to put a pole in their yard. Just things like that I think people just take for granted.

Alex Marshall: Yes, exactly. For infrastructure, it's always done in the public right of way. It's either done through utility poles or in the streets. If government got out of the way and said, "Look, we're getting out of the way. We're not going to allow you to use our streets because we don't want to impede you," and then they had to buy up their own right of ways for all their line. It would be completely unworkable. So, again, the idea of government somehow getting out of the way doesn't even really make sense.

Christopher Mitchell: What I want to engage you on related to in to your book. You talk about roads and the gas tax. I feel like roads are often used to discuss broadband systems as a comparison. And I think it's a very good comparison. I'm curious if you would agree that roads and broadband have a lot of commonality.

Alex Marshall: Tell you what I think about roads and then we'll see if we can reach broadband. I think roads are pretty neat because they're mostly an example of government doing its job really well. The roads and street systems in this country, whatever their flaws, mostly work really well and we don't even think about. It's an example of, basically, pure socialism, really. Government owns all the streets. They're mostly paid for through taxes not user fees. It's like 90% through just taxes of some sort. And I walk out my door here in New York City and no one charges me to walk down the street, or to ride a bicycle on it or drive a car, or walk on the sidewalk. It's just open to anybody. And it's a system. It's a network. It's not a little fragmented thing. You don't have different streets owned by different people or different roads and you have to pay each one. It's an example of government doing its job really well. Laying out a system, charging it through mostly general taxation. It works pretty well. I mean, there are obviously ways it could be improved, but I would like to see broadband something similar, where the government lays out the municipal fiber networks. The analogy is not exact. You probably would have to charge something. I would like there to be system on broadband that functions as well as our road and street network.

Christopher Mitchell: Well, there's a couple of follow ups and one you noted, which is why the gas tax not a user fee?

Alex Marshall: That's something I love to talk about because it does, at first glance, appear to be a user fee. You go, "Well, I go up to a pump and put some gas in and drive away, and then I use the road. So, it's kind of a user fee." But, it's not really a user fee because it's not connected to any particular street. I compare it to what if every time you went shopping for groceries, you paid a tax on avocados, and then government could use that in any way it wanted for the agriculture system or even something general. That wouldn't be a user fee. It's just a way of taxation. And it's similar to gas. It's just a system the government has of taxing. It's not a user fee because it doesn't relate to any one road.

Christopher Mitchell: Right. I think that's a compelling argument. One of the other things I think about is that the roads were developed before we had technology that was capable of, basically, tracking any individual or any piece of equipment that uses the roads and, perhaps, charging them a pro rata share of their use. I think some libertarians would think this would be great. Then we could actually charge the roads appropriately. And I'm curious how you react to our ability to do that. Should we take advantage of that now?

Alex Marshall: With caution, that's to say we should take advantage of that with caution. Oregon has been experimenting with a program where you do have little things in your car and it would rate how much you use the roads and then charge you accordingly and, I also believe charge you higher when there's congestion. All of those actually do have some potential, but you have to be careful because infrastructure has wide benefit to people as the public, as the state. When you do something like build a road network, you want it used as widely as possible. You just put a lot of money into this. And you want it used widely. You don't want everyone thinking twice before they step out their front door. So, generally, actually you don't want to charge for the use for any kind of infrastructure, unless it's overused. Unless it's congested or you need to ration it somehow. Libertarians usually don't understand this basically. We've gotten so into the rut of thinking, "Oh, you charge for services. That's efficient." They don't understand the logic of basic infrastructure, actually, as it has a different logic. It's that we, as a society, benefit when we pay for this service or institution generally, and then have it used as widely as possible. Education is another big example. We decided 150 years through a big, long, dragged, drawn out political fights that everyone would have a right to a public education, and that we as a society work better when people know how to read and write. We don't say everyone has to pay at the door to enter a school, and that if you can't, then you can't come in, and that the schools have to survive solely on those fees.

Christopher Mitchell: That's actually one of the other things I think you point out in terms of one of things government does that people don't notice is creating an educated work force for the market to be able to take advantage of. I don't want to get sidetracked. You led me right back to where I wanted to end up with broadband because there's that issue of when we worry more about who's paying and if they're paying for their fair share when there's congestion and overuse. With modern broadband networks, we don't really have to worry about that as much. If we need more broadband, it takes a little bit more electricity. It doesn't take to put in a bigger router, or something like that, with a fiber network. We don't need to go mine more coal or dig new water wells. And this is an issue that has been interesting to me in that even the municipal networks that you and I often support, they have more or less just adopted the cable model of trying to figure out how to make individuals pay. There's these tiered plans to try and make people who use more pay more, and sort of complicated. And one of the downsides of that is that low income households find it difficult to afford access.

Alex Marshall: Yes, that's probably a big mistake, basically.

Christopher Mitchell: But the reason I compare it to roads often, is that people don't realize how much of the roads were built by tax payer dollars, and it makes sense to do that. I think that because there is a cable and telephone industry that government should not just steamroll because many of us are frustrated with our service. We actually have a situation in which I could see Americans in many cities supporting using general tax payer dollars to build open fiber networks that would enable multiple business models to use them and lower the cost of entry so we could achieve numerous ends. But, I feel like this metaphor of the road is important for making that point.

Alex Marshall: I think you've actually come up with a better frame work than me. In a way, you think of the roads or the broadband fiber optic network as the streets. Maybe the cable companies would be the car companies. Government builds the roads and the car companies build the cars, and you buy the cars if you want to use the roads. Does it sort of hold up if the govern could build the fiber optic networks, and then various companies could actually bid or even operate on the same network? Does that hold up?

Christopher Mitchell: Right. Yes, there's multiple ways of doing it and, in some ways, it's actually, again, analogous, in that you could even imagine the public operates transit service next to buses. You can imagine services that are aimed at different audiences. Some are private, some are public. But anyway, I think one of the things that we have to come back to is thinking about infrastructure more broadly rather than just thinking about internet as this thing we got from cable and telephone companies narrowly.

Alex Marshall: Yes. Something I keep getting excited about is the comparison to electricity back in the 1920s and 30s, when people were aware that electricity was not just an amenity. It wasn't just something that made life better if you could get it, kind of like internet in the early days. It was actually essential. There gradually became these big fights about who was going to provide electricity, and similar to internet companies now, telecommunications companies, there are people who begin to resent the power companies who felt like they were providing bad service at a high price and not rolling it out very quickly. And when they did roll it out, charging too much for it.

Christopher Mitchell: Just to jump in briefly, of course. The cycle repeats itself because the gas lighting companies were the enemies at the end of the 1800s, and electric companies were seen as delivering people from that horror.

Alex Marshall: The tyranny of the gas companies who were, of course, laying their pipes, again, in the public streets. Power has some good results in some places. Some cities and towns manage to get public power, and they generally, still today, operate better than the ones who don't have it. There are very small places, like Wilson, North Carolina, and there's very large places like Los Angeles. The government provides electricity and it seems to work well and to be stable. And now many of those same towns that have public power, it's relatively easier for them to start offering broadband as well, to lay out fiber and to use their existing customer base and booking systems to do all that. But, it's a political issue. I would like a see a presidential candidate campaign on this the way Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in 1932. He was very open about it and very strong. He gave a famous speech in Portland, Oregon in September of 1932 where he very strongly came out in favor of public power and basically said if private enterprise can't do the job, then it's a duty of government to step in and do it. Such a great speech because he talks so clearly and boldly. It's a real model of a great speech. I encourage any of your listeners to look it up. The Portland speech by Franklin Roosevelt.

Christopher Mitchell: Yes, I've read it and I wholly second your endorsement. As we finish up, I want to make one more note, which is a note that I'd made when I first read your book a few years ago. And that is, one other thing that government does that many of us forget about, and it's really important as we deal with the idea of bandwidth caps because this is a question of who measures and how accurate is that measurement. We've seen some of the cable companies that have these caps saying, "All right, well you've hit your limit," and sophisticated technical people will say, "I've been measuring my data usage and I'm nowhere near my limit." One of the things government does is make sure that measurements are fair. You had noted that whether you're talking about a meter or a yard or a liter or a quart, whatever, we know that a liter is a liter in New Orleans as well as in San Francisco, and a quart is a quart no matter where you go because of government.

Alex Marshall: Yes, that's, again, a fascinating thing. These things we don't even think about and, which people take for granted, that the reason we have standard units of measurements, and a pound or meter is the same wherever you go is because government actually, at one point, actually created a standard of what a pound is, or what a yard is, or meter. And actually in the case of yards and pounds, they actually created these golden yard sticks that were super expensive and stored in Washington. Then copies were made of that and then distributed around the country. It doesn't just happen.

Christopher Mitchell: Well, thank you for coming on this show and, I think, opening people's eyes. And I hope that some of these folks will check out your book because I think about it on a regular basis as I'm doing this work.

Alex Marshall: Well, that's great. Thank you very much, Chris. And keep up your really good work. You and your organization are real assets to this country. So, keep it up.

Lisa Gonzalez: That was Christopher with author Alex Marshall. Be sure to check out Alex's books at your local independent book seller. He's released several titles, including The Surprising Design of Market Economies, Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities, How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken. We have transcripts for this and other Community Broadband Bits podcasts available at MuniNetworks.org/broadbandbits. Email us at podcasts@MuniNetworks.org with your ideas for the show. Follow Chris on Twitter. His handle is @CommunityNets. Follow MuniNetworks.org stories on Twitter. The handle is @MuniNetworks. Subscribe to this podcast and all of the other ILSR podcasts, Building Local Power and the Local Energy Rules podcast. You can access them on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Never miss out on our original research by also subscribing to our monthly newsletter at ILSR.org. Thank you to Arne Huseby for the song, Warm Duck Shuffle, licensed through Creative Commons, and thanks for listening to episode 260 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast.


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          Why some inside the White House see Trump's media feud as 'winning' - Washington Post   

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          Auditions in Los Angeles, Lead & Speaking Roles in TV Pilot “Fourth Down”   
“Fourth Down” Pilot Series casting lead and supporting roles. Location: Los Angeles, CA Type: TV Pilots The “Fourth Down” TV Series is now in pre-production in the Los Angeles area and there is a casting call for lead and supporting roles. Waymaker Women Entertainment is producing the series. Peering into the lives of the women […]
          Analysis: U.S. fund managers seek consumer stocks that Amazon can't conquer   

By David Randall

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's game-changing move to upend the grocery business with a surprise deal to buy Whole Foods Market Inc compounds a problem already vexing fund managers: how to play U.S. consumer spending when the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is threatening to take over retail.

Amazon's relentless growth and destruction of value among traditional retail rivals is forcing active fund managers to look for bets in areas they think Amazon can't or won't reach.

Emerging options include theme restaurant chains, recreational vehicle makers and sellers of stuff that's just too heavy to ship via Amazon's network. Meanwhile, some fund managers are increasingly convinced the only way to play consumer spending is to move away from brands and retailers and into logistics and supply chain companies, essentially betting e-commerce will render most consumer companies obsolete.

The challenge of investing in consumer companies comes a time when the category would typically shine.

Low unemployment and a solid housing market boost consumer stocks, yet companies in the category - excluding Amazon - are up just 5.2 percent for the year, or about 3 percentage points below the broad S&P 500 as a whole, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Amazon shares, by comparison, are up about 30 percent.

BIGGER DISRUPTION THAN WAL-MART'S

Amazon now accounts for about 34 percent of all U.S. online sales and should see that number grow to about 50 percent by 2021, according to a Needham research note.

Amazon's growing dominance is in some ways akin to the rise of Wal-Mart Stores Inc in the early 2000s, when its rapid growth and move to branch out into groceries raised concerns it would put other retailers out of business. Yet Amazon's greater online reach and purchase of a top-shelf grocery store chain makes it far more formidable, said Barbara Miller, a portfolio manager at Federated Kaufmann funds.

"I've been in this industry for twenty-five years and this is the biggest transformation we've seen in the consumer space," she said.

While Wal-Mart put many small mom-and-pop stores out of business, Amazon is dragging down national competitors like Target and Macy's with its combination of low prices, broad range of inventory, and speed, she said.

At the same time, Amazon is expanding its e-commerce dominance when more shoppers are online, suggesting more pain ahead for competitors. E-commerce sales grew 14.7 percent in 2016, nearly triple the 5.1-percent growth rate of traditional retailers, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

BUGS AND COFFEE: THE HUNT FOR SURVIVORS

Fund managers say Amazon's growing dominance is forcing them to shift long-held strategies, by either putting less money into consumer stocks overall or by focusing on companies that can compete alongside Amazon or may be attractive buyout targets.

The company's outsized 15.4-percent weighting, more than double the next-largest stock in the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary index, is problematic for fund managers who typically will not hold any positions greater than 5 percent of their portfolio in order to manage risk.

Josh Cummings, a portfolio manager at Janus Henderson funds, is avoiding shares of direct competitors of Amazon, such as Target Corp, Kroger Co, and Wal-Mart, and instead focusing on companies with "idiosyncratic" attributes, he said.

Starbucks Corp, for instance, offers an experience that Amazon would find hard to match, he said, while Servicemaster Global Holdings, parent company of pest control company Terminix, is largely immune from e-commerce competition.

"Could Amazon decide they want to be in the business of spraying for bugs? It doesn't seem likely," he said.

Miller, the portfolio manager at the Federated Kaufmann funds, said she is moving away from stores that could be found in a mall, focusing instead on companies like Dave & Busters Entertainment Inc and Wingstop Inc that offer food-based experiences. She also owns shares of Camping World Holdings Inc, which sells a mix of goods and services ranging from roadside assistance to accessories to the growing recreational vehicle market.

"This is a company with a strong membership base that has the sort of scale in its niche to rival Amazon," she said.

Jeff Rottinghaus, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price U.S. Large-Cap Core Equity fund, said he owns Home Depot Inc shares because its stores essentially function as warehouses and much of its merchandise is too heavy or bulky to profitably ship quickly online.

Gary Bradshaw, a portfolio manager at Hodges Capital in Dallas, said he expects that portfolio holding Wal-Mart will become more aggressive in acquiring small, private companies to broaden its online reach.

The company announced a deal to buy men's wear company Bonobos for $310 million in mid-June, following purchases of outdoor gear retailer Moosejaw and online shoe store ShoeBuy. Wal-Mart acquired online retailer Jet.com in a $3.3 billion deal last August.

"They're going to do whatever it takes to compete with Amazon. They may be losing the battle at the moment but that doesn't mean that they will back down," he said.

Other investors are getting their consumer exposure by focusing on behind-the-scenes companies that power the growth of e-commerce.

Laird Bieger, a portfolio manager of the Baron Discovery Fund - the top-performing small-cap growth fund year-to-date - said he is focusing on companies like CommerceHub Inc, which works with companies such as J C Penney Co and Best Buy Inc to allow them to sell more products online and ship directly from manufacturers.

Craig Richard, a co-portfolio manager of the Buffalo Emerging Opportunities fund, said he has been buying Kornit Digital Ltd, which makes textile printers that can produce t-shirt and other apparel designs on demand, helping save inventory costs.

Amazon is Kornit's largest customer and has warrants to buy up to 2.9 million Kornit shares, about 8 percent of the company, at $13.03 a share over the next five years. Shares of Kornit, up 57 percent this year, traded at $19.95 on Friday.

(Reporting by David Randall; Editing by Dan Burns and Nick Zieminski)


           Brewers trade Nick Franklin to Angels    
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          Legendary Director Luc Besson Offers Moviegoers An Exclusive First Look At The Opening Sequence Of EuropaCorp's Summer Blockbuster "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"   

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          Essential Arts & Culture: Visceral border art, a 'guileless' Wilshire Grand, must-see African sculpture   
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          Los Angeles rock band Together Pangea announce Orlando show for September   
Hotly-tipped L.A. band Together Pangea have announced a North American tour with a sole Florida stop; and the host city will be Orlando. The band will embark on their "Bulls and Roosters" tour in support of their new album of the same name (on Nettwerk Records), with some all-star support acts.

Together Pangea are set to play the Social on Sunday, Sept. 24, with Tall Juan and Daddy Issues.…
          The real transgender crisis in Arkansas: health care   
Finally, the doctor is in.

While Arkansas lawmakers were wringing their hands this past legislative session over what to do about genitalia sightings in bathroom stalls — a nonexistent problem that, had the legislation passed, would have required bearded, buff men to use the ladies' room — doctors, medical students and activists were working to address a real problem: the dearth of health care for transgender individuals.

Nonscientific ideas about gender crowded out reason, as Republican state lawmakers like Sens. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas and Gary Stubblefield of Branch and Reps. Bob Ballinger of Berryville, Mickey Gates of Hot Springs and Greg Standridge of Russellville promoted bills that would have required Arkansans to wear their original birth certificates around their necks and thrown people in jail if their nudity offended. Their actions, thankfully, were stopped by a business-minded Governor Hutchinson. But Hutchinson only stanched the flow of hurt that such ignorance surely set loose, the sort of bullying that drives 45 percent of transgender teenagers to attempt suicide.

Had legislators gotten their heads out of the stalls, they could have acted to help, rather than further marginalize, their fellow Arkansans. They could have changed state Medicaid rules that disallow reimbursement for hormone therapies. They could have appropriated funds to run the Department of Health's suicide hotline. Or they could have talked to physicians who would have helped them understand that transgendered people are not freaks, no more likely to prey on people than, say, redheads or Razorback fans.

Rowan Rodgers, 27, is one of those burly, bearded guys that, had Collins-Smith's bathroom bill passed, requiring folks to show original birth certificates at the bathroom door, would have been coming to a girls' powder room near you. The Heber Springs man, born with the genital attributes of a woman but who as a toddler asked for boys' underwear on a shopping trip with his father, praised Little Rock gynecologist Dr. Janet Cathey for making his life, and that of his fiance and two kids, better. "She's a one of a kind," he said.

Cathey, along with Drs. Sara Tariq and Sam Jackson are a few of the physicians working to provide better health care for transmen and transwomen, both in clinics and the classroom, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Cathey, an obstetrician/gynecologist, sees transgender patients in clinic one morning a week at UAMS. It's work she said is the most rewarding of her life. She's been treating transgender patients for most of her 30-year career, providing hormone therapy to transmen who, in the days before social media, learned of her willingness to help by word of mouth. It started shortly after she opened her practice, when a caller inquired if she'd provide testosterone to a woman, "and I thought, 'Why not?' " It grew from there.

"I get tearful thinking about it," Cathey said. Her transgender patients "are the most appreciative patient population you could ever have. When you put someone on hormones, and they come in two months later for follow-up, and they say, 'I've just had the best two months of my life ... .' "

That she feels bonded to her patients is obvious: She does tear up while she's talking about them.

In 2009, Cathey injured her spine in an automobile accident and had to sell her practice. That left her transgender patients hanging. As she recuperated, she knew she didn't want to retire. "I thought maybe I could do a gender clinic. I knew there was a need," she said. But how could she afford to set up a new practice?

Serendipitously, she ran into Dr. Curtis Lowery, chairman of UAMS' department of obstetrics and gynecology. He asked her to help oversee the medical college's residents' clinic, and she agreed.

Cathey wasn't the only doctor who saw a need for a gender clinic. A year into her work at UAMS, she was approached by mental health professionals about setting up a gender clinic. With the same determination it took to get back on her feet again — she walks now with the help of braces and a cane — she went to Lowery and told him that's what she and another OB/GYN wanted to do. "He said, 'Just don't lose a lot of money.' "

The administration allotted her two spots for gender patients. "I said, 'Y'all just wait.' "

There is now a four-month waiting list to be seen in the gender clinic: The two spots for appointments have stretched to a morning's worth of appointments. She and Dr. Mary Racher "make about 60 patient contacts" a month. "We've seen, between the two of us, probably around 300 patients," genetic females transitioning to males and genetic males transitioning to female, in the past two and a half years, Cathey said. Men get estrogen and androgen blockers. Women get testosterone. Transmen — the term for a genetically female person who is transitioning to male — can schedule hysterectomies and breast reduction surgery.

What does she think about legislative attempts to pass a bathroom bill? "I promise you have peed next to a transperson plenty of times."

Rodgers has been a patient of Cathey's since 2015. "I was very depressed when I went in there," he said. "She knew it."

But his hormone therapy lifted "a huge weight off my shoulders. When I took testosterone ... [changes in my] energy level, my voice, it was like injecting life into myself. That's the best way I can explain it. It was definitely life-changing."

Rodgers cried after his first shot in Cathey's office. After his second, he quit having periods. "I was like, 'wow.' "

The relief and happiness that Rodgers experienced after the start of hormone therapy is common, though the reasons why have not been well studied. "There is something neurochemically going on," Jackson, the Psychiatric Research Institute resident, said. It may be that the hormones resolve the emotional conflict that transpeople experience. Hormones "change the brain so it becomes correct. ... It confirms to me that biologically, there is something there, activating the brain and the right receptors, [telling the brain] yes, this is the correct hormone situation I am supposed to be in."

The hormones alter mood so much, Cathey said, that her patients can quit taking their antidepressants. "I've seen kids come in on SSRis (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and Abilify (an antipsychotic). They come in and they won't make eye contact. In two or three months [after hormone therapy], they're animated. It's too much to think it's not biological. They're getting relief." They're getting what they need, she said.

Though some Arkansas legislators believe that men are men and women are women and never the twain shall meet, medicine knows that human gender is on a continuum.

As Arkansas Children's Hospital endocrinologist Dr. Michele Hutchison explained it, there are several kinds of gender. There is chromosomal gender: one X and one Y for males and two Xs for females. There is hormonal gender: For example, boys born with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome are born looking and identifying as female because their bodies don't respond to testosterone. Boys with Reifenstein Syndrome —partial androgen insensitivity — may be born with either male or female genitalia and may identify as either male or female. There is something called testosterone transfer in fraternal twins, when the testosterone of the male fetus is transferred to the female fetus and makes the female masculine in genital and brain structure, etc. There is physiological gender: Whether there is a penis or a vagina. There is emotional gender: Whether you feel like a boy or a girl.

"It's a complex system that goes into creating a child," Hutchison said.

Hutchison said there is an "ever-growing body of evidence" that trans children and trans adults differ physiologically from non-trans persons, though the research "is in its infancy."

Male and female brains differ in structure, chemistry and how information is processed. One study, a small brain imaging project, showed that the brains of transgender children acted like the brains of the sex with which the children identified — transmale brains looked male, transfemale brains looked female. "Of course, behavior and experience shape brain anatomy, so it is impossible to say if these subtle differences are inborn," she said.

Arkansas Children's Hospital, which has physicians on staff who address such things as ambiguous genitalia, is looking into creating a gender clinic, Hutchison said. Health care — especially mental health care, given the high attempted suicide rate — for children who identify with a gender their bodies don't reflect would be a good thing, she believes.

"The hospital treats children with diabetes, and adrenal issues and hyperthyroidism [for example]. We're so good at it now. It's a fantastic hospital. We're so good at those things that we don't lose kids. This is an area where we could quite literally save some lives," Hutchinson said. "I have goose bumps" thinking about it, she said. She said clinics in Seattle, Los Angeles and Boston offer a model to look at.

Before she transitioned, Michelle Palumbo moved to Salem (Fulton County) with her wife and four children. She showed up with long hair, wearing earrings. Folks just attributed that to the fact that she was from New York.

But Palumbo had for a lifetime struggled with feelings of being a woman in a man's body. She was a cross-dresser, and her wife was OK with that.

In 2008, after her third heart attack and after doctors told her she could die at any time, Palumbo made up her mind to transition. Because she had been a bench chemist, she made her own estrogen, a fact that she said made Cathey's jaw drop when she finally went to her for proper medication two years ago. "If there is an angel on this earth," it's Cathey, Palumbo said.

"We are not freaks," said Palumbo, 64. She considers people who think so "religious extremists"; by contrast, the member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church considers herself a "religious evangelical." Palumbo also described herself as "ticked off" at the legislature, where she testified on various anti-transgender bills in the last session.

Palumbo moved to Little Rock in September after someone she'd confided in spread the word of her transition. (She'd been binding her breasts.) Her high school daughter was getting teased at school; kids were asking, "What's between your father's legs?" Palumbo said. Her wife stopped her from raising hell at the high school, and asked her to move out. The couple is now divorcing, though Palumbo said of her wife, "there's no better person on earth."

Palumbo is of the same generation as many of the legislators who don't understand that there is such a thing as transgender identification. In fact, 30 years ago, she decided to go through conversion therapy. "I wanted to be a man," she said, and her wife at the time had grown tired of Palumbo's "internal battle of identity." Palumbo said she would buy women's clothes and wear them, and then decide to "purge that, be a man, then the cycle would start all over again."

The psychiatrist Palumbo went to told her she could "cure her," and prescribed more sex. After a year and a half, Palumbo realized there was no cure. She researched transgender issues. "I'm not a freak. I'm not nuts."

Also because of her age, she believes, Palumbo is less militant than younger people about getting pronouns right. When a nurse who was looking down while Palumbo was signing in at the doctor's office and, hearing her voice, addressed Palumbo as sir, the nurse became flustered and apologetic. Palumbo told her not to worry. "I was upset because she was upset," Palumbo said, laughing. (Palumbo's voice is not generally deep, but on occasion it can change.)

Medical settings can be problematic, though not always because providers are uncomfortable with transgender people. Palumbo said her medical chart includes information that she is transgender, and at a recent appointment, the nurse who called her in for a heart procedure had a "stone cold" look on her face. Palumbo told her if she had a problem with her gender identity, she'd like to have another nurse, "but if you misgender me [use the wrong pronoun], I'm not going to be upset. Boom! Big smile."

And another thing about coming out as an older person: "You have more guilt," Palumbo said, wistfully. "You've made relationships with more people. When you're young, it's not like that."

"You can't hold people responsible for what they don't understand."

Dr. Tariq, assistant dean for undergraduate education at UAMS' College of Medicine, teaches the practice of medicine, a three-year course, to students in their second year: how to be compassionate, effective and "savvy." About seven or eight years ago, she introduced LGBT care into the course curriculum.

Not surprisingly, the LGBT community is underserved. "The patients are very vulnerable, and not just because they have to take their clothes off and let us poke around," Tariq said. They are called on to reveal information about themselves that they have never told anyone else. She teaches her students "the most irresponsible thing you can do is ignore them."

Many of UAMS' medical students have never been knowingly exposed to members of the LGBT community. As part of the curriculum, Tariq brings in a panel of LGBT folks — most recently, two transgender persons, a lesbian and a gay man.

One of the panelists told the assembled students that when he walks into a doctor's office he looks around for signs that the clinic is friendly to gay people. Even "as a brown woman in the South, that would never occur to me," Tariq said. The panelists gave examples of bad treatment: Doctors referring them to psychiatrists, not to deal with depression, but because they believe them to be mentally ill. Doctors making no eye contact. Doctors referring them to other doctors because they are uncomfortable treating them. (Palumbo recounted the experience of a transgender friend who was upbraided by a doctor for coming in: "There are children here!" he was told, as if he were a pederast.)

Many transgender people choose to keep their body phenotype, especially since surgery is both expensive and sometimes risky. That means pap smears and mammograms for transmen, prostate exams for transwomen. It also means mammograms for transwomen, since estrogen stimulates real breast tissue. "My motive," Tariq said, is to teach her students "to leave their biases at the door."

Part of Tariq's curriculum was contributed by Sam Jackson. In his fourth year of medical school, Jackson did a rotation in primary care for LGBT patients at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. There, he worked with the hospital's transgender support group, which he said was the largest in Southern California.

"I am a story-driven person," Jackson said. "I really liked hearing the patients' stories. ... It just blew my mind." The experience left him with a passion for working with the trans community, and when he returned, Tariq asked him to share his experiences with her students.

"We've done an OK job of talking about LGBT health in the past," Jackson said. "We learn how to interview patients, take a sexual history and not be judgmental. It becomes a rote process ... and makes it easier for you to ask [questions] in a nonjudgmental way."

Now, Jackson is medical director for a clinic for transgender youths, the Rainbow Clinic, which meets quarterly at UAMS' student-staffed 12th Street Health and Wellness Center. Lucie's Place, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, partners with UAMS for the Rainbow Center. Jackson also hopes to work with Cathey's clinic to provide psychiatric care.

Cathey has heard the stories, too. She recited what a transmale told her: "I remember one of my earliest memories was I got out of Pull-Ups and was going to Walmart to get real underwear, and we go in the girls' department and my mother picks out pink panties. And I said, I want boy underwear." An 18-year-old told her, "It wasn't that I wanted to be a boy. It was that I knew I was a boy." That patient's mother told Cathey that as a child, every picture he drew of himself was as a boy, never as a girl.

"One patient who was transfemale said she was coming home from first grade and her mother asked, 'How was your day?' And the patient said, 'This girl had on a pink dress and a pink bow and could I get a pink bow?' And the mother said, 'No, that's not how God made you, you're a boy."

An older patient told Cathey that in her 30s she'd learned you could buy hormones over the counter in Mexico, and, as Cathey related, "I went over and picked out the highest dose of Premarin I could. It was like magic. The second time, the border patrol started questioning me." She was too intimidated to continue. "Those were the best six months of my life," the patient told Cathey.

"It really gets you," Cathey said. Nobody would choose to be transgender. Palumbo said the same. "No guy would decide to be a woman. ... Who would give up male privilege?"

Dating also presents new issues for some transgender people, and they seek Cathey's advice. When do they tell people they're interested in about their transgender situation? "I don't talk about my genitals on a first date," Cathy said she tells them, "and you don't have to, either." She also tells them not to reveal anything at their apartment or their friend's.

One of Cathey's patients, a transwoman, told her she'd come out to her parents as gay last Christmas, and was thinking of telling them she was transgender this Christmas. "So last year, they had a gay son and this year they have a heterosexual daughter?" Cathey asked.

Rowan Rodgers, who's been with his girlfriend for seven years, first as a lesbian woman, waited a couple of years before he told her he was transgender.

"I didn't know how she'd react. We have two children, and it's just when you live in a world where you don't know how people are going to take things ... . You hear about people disowning their children. It's just bad. If I have one regret, it's not telling her sooner.

"At first, there were a lot of questions. It was a lot she had to take in. But she was very accepting. I call her 'my constant.' "

The children, boys 11 and 13, "are wonderful," Rodgers said. "They are thriving, doing wonderful in school and so smart and the most accepting of a lot of people who I thought were my friends. They said, 'You're my dad and I love you.' "

His parents, Rodgers said, "are a different story." They call him by his "dead name," which is what transgender people call the names given them at birth. "They tell me their daughter is dead." Rodgers has tried to keep the relationship going. "So when they call and want to talk, I'm there. When they tell me they hate me, I turn the other cheek."

Caring for the transgender community has also required that Cathey become a social worker of sorts. She's made her nurse a notary to help with legal documents, and helps her patients navigate the process of changing birth certificates, which requires a name change and a letter from a physician.

One of those persons she's helped changed a birth certificate was Rodgers. "I was lucky," Rodgers said. "I got a very nice lady" at the health department's vital records office. Now, Rodgers always keeps his birth certificate with him. "I'm always scared I'm going to be hassled."

Cathey and her patients have struggled with Medicaid, and Cathey is fearful the current political situation will make things harder for her transgender patients, many of whom rely on Medicaid because of the barriers to work that an anti-transgender society presents. Medicaid will cover top surgery — mastectomy — once a transman has begun to transition and the sex on his birth certificate has been corrected, because at that point, the condition is considered gynecomastia — male breasts. But it wouldn't pay for Rodgers' testosterone.

"Reassignment surgery male to female," Cathey estimated, "is about $50,000, but that's nothing compared to a total hip replacement." She hears people complain their insurance shouldn't have to pay for gender reassignment. To them she would say, "Well, you know what, I don't want to pay for your hip surgery."

Rodgers has found a pharmacy in Heber Springs that charges him a reasonable price for testosterone. He's also had top surgery and a hysterectomy. "Right now, I'm not planning to have any other surgery. I'm fine. The breasts bothered me and having a period every month."

Rodgers is looking forward to summer. "This is the first year I get to go out and swim. That's a beautiful thing."


          2017 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team   
Meet the best and brightest high school students in the state.

The class of 2017, our 23rd, is made up of athletes, coders, budding politicians and brain experts. There's rarely a B on the transcripts of these students — in not just this, their senior year, but in any year of their high school careers.

Back in 1995, we created the Academic All-Star Team to honor what we then called "the silent majority — the kids who go to school, do their homework (most of it, anyway), graduate and go on to be contributing members of society." Too often, we argued then, all Arkansans heard about young people was how poorly they were faring. Or, when students did get positive attention, it came for athletic achievement.

As you read profiles of this year's All-Stars, it should be abundantly clear that good things are happening in Arkansas schools and there are many academic achievers who deserve to be celebrated. You should get a good idea, as well, of how these stellar students are busy outside school, with extracurricular activities, volunteer work, mission activities and more.

They'll be honored this week at a ceremony at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with plaques and $250 cash awards.

Many college plans listed here are not set in stone, as students await information on scholarships and acceptances.

CAROLINE COPLIN-CHUDY
Age: 17
Hometown: North Little Rock
High School: Mount St. Mary Academy
Parents: (guardian) Dennis Chudy
College plans: Duke University

Caroline Coplin-Chudy has a 4.4 grade point average — high enough to rank second in her class at Mount St. Mary Academy — and lost her mother to leukemia during her sophomore year, something she told us came to be a source of inspiration and drive during her academic development. "It was a big adjustment. After my mom passed away, it was just my stepdad. It's a weird realization coming to the idea that both of your parents are gone, and it's just you. ... I still think of her every single day. She motivates me to do well in everything, because my whole life I wanted to make her proud." Caroline is president of Mount St. Mary's Investment Club and of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). She's also been a regular volunteer for several years at the Little Rock Compassion Center, whose recovery branch provides meals and health resources to people suffering from addiction. Caroline said she found healing from her own grief in the friendships she forged there. As the recipient of a Questbridge scholarship, described by Caroline's guidance counselor and nominator Amy Perkins as a program where lower-income students qualify for tuition to schools with which they "match" via an early decision process, Caroline will attend Duke University on a full scholarship. "I'm going to study biology and psych, with a minor in Spanish. My plan is to work at the Duke Center for Addiction [Science and Technology] helping people with drug addictions overcome that sort of thing. It's something that I've had experience with, watching my family go through things like that."

AXEL NTAMATUNGIRO
Age: 17
Hometown: Pine Bluff
High School: Subiaco Academy
Parents: Sixte Ntamatungiro and Sylvana Niciteretse
College plans: Rice University, neuroscience

Axel Ntamatungiro grew up among books and maps dispersed throughout his home that "paint[ed] the walls with nuanced shades of knowledge." It shows. Not often can a high school senior explain, as Axel does, his love for studying the brain so easily. "Neuroscience is basically a neuron turning on and off," he said. "The fact that you have billions of these combinations that lead to consciousness, that's unbelievable." To continue learning about the mind, Axel is headed to Rice University on a full ride as a QuestBridge scholar. Maybe medical school or graduate school after that. Axel said his parents taught him a "humble intellectualism" that helped him understand "the irrationality of life." They always told him: "Work hard, but you need to realize you don't always get what you deserve." And life has been, at times, irrational and difficult for his family. Axel was the only member of his family born in the United States — in Little Rock in 1999. The rest migrated from Burundi in the early 1990s. They stayed here as the Rwandan genocide inflicted incredible damage in the area. That past was never hidden from Axel. "Instead of avoiding my questions, my parents level-headedly answered [them], telling me about Belgian colonialism, Hutu-Tutsi tension and the systematic poverty afflicting Burundi," he said. Maybe that is why Axel has never been afraid to ask big questions. He said it also helped to have a diverse group of friends who taught him new things. At his cafeteria table for lunch are kids from all over: Nigeria, Fort Smith, Japan, Bentonville and Russia. Everyone's small stories add to a global perspective, something bigger from something small, kind of like those neurons.

JADE DESPAIN
Age: 18
Hometown: Springdale
High School: Haas Hall Academy (Fayetteville)
Parents: Brenan and Tiffany DeSpain
College plans: U.S. Naval Academy, nuclear engineering

For Jade DeSpain, the question, "Where's your hometown?" isn't necessarily as straightforward as it seems. The National Merit semifinalist, swimming star and Quiz Bowler spent much of her childhood in Beijing, where her parents — both fluent in Mandarin — taught her Chinese concurrently with English (and where, she notes, she acquired an "incredible prowess with chopsticks.") "We've moved around so much that I don't really have a 'hometown,' but Springdale is the closest I've ever gotten," she said. She's made her impact there, too, tutoring students free of charge through her volunteer work with the M&N Augustine Foundation and putting in time at the Arkansas Council for the Blind and the Springdale Animal Shelter. Jade is ranked second in her class, and her high school transcript is full of aced courses in trigonometry, physics and calculus. She's also the co-founder of Haas Hall Academy's coding club, so a career in nuclear energy development — Jade's field of choice — isn't just an aspiration; it's the plan. "I have a deep appreciation for nature," she told us, citing Devil's Den State Park as a spot to which she feels closely connected, and stressing the importance of preserving natural spaces and developing more long-term options for sustainable energy. On Christmas Day 2016, Jade checked her email to find that she'd attained something she'd wanted as early as age 12: acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy. There, she'll major in nuclear engineering and complete her five mandatory post-Academy years in the Navy, after which she hopes to acquire a Ph.D. in the field.

AVERY ELLIOTT
Age: 18
Hometown: Cabot
High school: Cabot High School
Parents: Dan and Melissa Elliott
College plans: University of Arkansas, medicine

Though many of our All-Stars seem destined from birth for academic greatness, there is the occasional inspiring All-Star who has had to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. One of those is Cabot High School's Avery Elliott, who was born with nystagmus, a condition that causes involuntary eye movements that can make it hard for sufferers to concentrate and learn. Though it's hard to imagine it now, when she was in elementary school Avery found herself falling further and further behind her classmates in reading because of her condition. "That was difficult," she said. "I was behind schedule until about third or fourth grade. I would have to go home and really work with my parents to keep up with the rest of the class." Even though she struggled early on, Avery said that, in a way, the nystagmus contributed to her success and gave her a direction to follow. "I had to learn to really study even outside of school," she said. "I learned some very good study habits. But I think it also really affected where I wanted to go as far as my career. ... I really learned that a medical team can not only dispense medicine, but can really affect someone's life." A National Merit finalist who has volunteered extensively with Special Olympics and already completed 43 hours of college-level coursework, Avery has been awarded the University of Arkansas Fellowship. She plans to study medicine at UAMS after completing her undergrad degree, then practice in Arkansas. That goal has always pushed her to succeed academically. "I wanted to go into the medical field from an early age," she said, "so I knew starting out in high school that I needed to make very good grades in order to get where I needed to. I had to really learn the material, rather than just trying to ace a test."

JARED GILLIAM
Age: 17
Hometown: Cabot
High school: Cabot High School
Parents: Dan and LeAnne Gilliam
College plans: University of Arkansas, engineering

When most young people say they want to change the world, it's easy to believe that's just pie-in-the-sky thinking by someone who hasn't yet been through the Academy of Hard Knocks. When Jared Gilliam says he wants to change the world, however, there's a good chance he might actually pull it off. Jared even has a plan: He'll change the world through engineering. A National Merit finalist and AP scholar with a GPA of 4.18 and a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, Jared is well placed to do just that. A musician who plays percussion with the Cabot High Marching Band, Jared said his favorite subject in school is math. "I think I'm mostly interested in engineering because I've always been sort of a problem-solver," he said. "I've enjoyed math and science, working through things and finding solutions to everyday problems. This year, I've been in robotics, so we've spent time working on a robot to perform various tasks. I've enjoyed that a lot. I think engineering is where my ability would best be used." He'll attend the University of Arkansas, which has offered him the Honors College Fellowship. He said the drive to excel academically has always been a part of his life. "I've grown up being encouraged to do well, and I guess I have my parents to thank for that and all my teachers," he said. "I think knowing that I have the ability to do all of this, I feel compelled to do what I can to make a difference. I think life would be pretty boring if I didn't go out there and do all the things I do. I don't think I could settle for not being successful."

BENJAMIN KEATING
Age: 18
Hometown: Fort Smith
High School: Southside High School
Parents: Drs. Bill and Janice Keating
College plans: Undecided

If you were looking for a ringing endorsement of Ben Keating's character, you'd need to look no further than Amy Slater, the guidance counselor who nominated him for our Academic All-Stars roster and who said of Ben, "He is all the things I hope my son turns out to be. ... He really thinks about things, and he practices the trumpet and piano for hours a day. It's crazy, his dedication." Ben probably had something to prove here; he admits to some skepticism on the part of his mother when he announced he'd be pursuing a career in music. He's certainly proved his mettle; Ben is band president at Southside, was a principal trumpet for the 2017 National Youth Honor Orchestra, first chair for Southside's Wind Symphony and for the All-State Jazz Band and was ranked in the top-tier bands for All-State Band and All-State Orchestra each year from 2014-16. The accolades go on and on: Ben has received a Young Artist Award from the International Trumpet Guild, a Gold Medal from the National Piano Guild and superior ratings from the National Federation of Music Clubs competitions for over a decade. He plays for the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and as a volunteer musician for the Fort Smith Community Band. Ben is still deciding where to attend college, but wherever he goes, he hopes to continue playing with an orchestra. Eventually, he wants to teach at the university level. "Ultimately," he wrote, "I want to use my passion to unite people of all different races, backgrounds and cultures. In today's society that is politically and culturally divided, it is more important than ever to share the universal language of music."

KATHERINE HAHN
Age: 17
Hometown: Hindsville
High School: Huntsville High School
Parents: Shannon Hahn
College plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, biochemical engineering

Katherine Hahn is ranked first in her class at Huntsville High School, which she attends because her hometown of Hindsville is too small to support its own school system. The population of Hindsville is "about 75 people," she told us. At Huntsville High, Katherine plays bass drum in the marching band and marimba/xylophone in the concert band and runs with the Huntsville cross-country team. Her real passion, though, is science. "I think I've always wanted to go to a college that was science-based and research-based," she told us. Her high school principal, Roxanne Enix, noted her own surprise when Katherine announced that she'd take 10 credits her senior year, instead of the recommended eight. "I thought she had lost her mind," Enix stated. Those credits, over half of which are in AP classes, are what Katherine hopes have prepared her for the rigorous workload at MIT. Aiming for a career in pharmaceutical development, Katherine plans to study biochemical engineering, something she said resonated personally with her as a result of her mother's struggle with skin cancer. "Biology helps me understand why medicine does the things it does," Katherine told us. "Whenever I first started out, I wanted to do environmental stuff," she said, but turned her attention to drug delivery systems after observing so many friends and loved ones battling cancer. "I want to help stop people from being scared of losing people," she explained. Katherine, a native of Tahlequah, Okla., who moved to Arkansas around fifth grade, has served on the Madison County Health Coalition as Youth Leader and was named Student of the Year in 2017 by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and Huntsville High School.

GEORGIANA BURNSIDE
Age: 18
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Little Rock Christian Academy
Parents: Bob and Ann Burnside
College plans: Stanford University, biology and public policy

When this reporter mentioned to friends at UAMS that she'd just spoken to an amazingly poised, optimistic and intelligent young woman with a spinal cord injury, they said in unison, "You mean Georgiana Burnside." Her reputation as a teenager who at 16 was paralyzed from the waist down in a snow skiing accident but who considers the event a "blessing" no doubt goes further than UAMS, all the way to Denver's Craig Hospital, where she spent "the most memorable two months in my life," she said, and where she returns to continue her rehabilitation. What is a spinal cord injury? She answers that it is a) a life changed in a split second, b) finding out that a bad attitude is the true disability, c) a time to show off wheelchair tricks, and d) spontaneous moments of unfortunate incontinence. In her essay for the Arkansas Times, Georgiana writes, "my physical brokenness has developed wholeness in my heart about the capacity life holds for individuals regardless of their disabilities." In a phone interview, Georgiana, once a figure skater, talked about her work with Easter Seals, fundraisers for Craig Hospital, and giving talks and testimony about her faith. Georgiana has regained the ability to walk with hiking sticks and leg braces, thanks to the strength in her quads. And, thanks to support from the High Fives Foundation in Truckee, Calif., which sponsors athletes with injuries and which has paid for some of her rehabilitation, Georgiana returned to the slopes over spring break, skiing upright with the aid of long forearm equipment. At Stanford, she'll study to be a doctor, with a goal to return to Craig Hospital as a physician who'll treat other injured youths who, though they may have, like Georgiana, at first believed their life was over, will learn they have "a unique role ... enabling the advancement of society."

MITCHELL HARVEY
Age: 17
Hometown: North Little Rock
High School: North Little Rock High School
Parents: David and Susan Harvey
College plans: Likely Mississippi State University, chemical engineering

Mitchell Harvey is a big fan of the periodic table. "The elements are amazing little things," he wrote in his Academic All-Star essay. "They make up everything, yet we hardly see them in their pure form in everyday life." Mitchell decided they needed more exposure, so he started collecting examples of the elements and taking them to school for his peers and teachers to see. He extracted helium from an abandoned tank on the side of the road. He found zinc in wheel weights, grew crystals of copper with electrolysis and made bromine, which he describes as "a blood-red liquid that fumes profusely," from a "crude" homemade distillation setup and pool chemicals. Though you can buy sodium readily, Mitchell made his by melting drain cleaner (sodium hydroxide) with a blowtorch and then passing a current through it, separating the mixture into sodium metal, oxygen and water. His parents were OK with the procedure, he says, because he wore a Tyvek suit, three pairs of gloves, safety goggles and a face shield. While on a college visit in California last summer, Mitchell toured Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and was impressed by the large periodic table display exhibit there. So he decided to build one for North Little Rock High. He got money from the school's alumni group, the Wildcat Foundation, to pay for the supplies necessary to construct the 9-foot-by-6-foot display. He hopes to have it completed in the next two weeks and fill it with examples of elements he has collected, though he may need additional funding to pay for other elements. No. 1 in a class of 687, Mitchell scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He's also an Eagle Scout, and led a project to plant 800 native hardwood seedlings at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. After college, Mitchell said, he might start his own waste remediation business. "The business model I would be going for would be taking some byproduct that's hazardous and turning it into something useful."

CARSON MOLDER
Age: 18
Hometown: Mabelvale
High school: Bryant High SCHOOL
Parents: Kevin and Ruby Molder
College plans: University of Arkansas

Not everybody plays the mellophone and likes to draw up better interstate exchanges, but Carson Molder does both. The University of Arkansas Honors College-bound student, No. 1 in his class, likes to create three-dimensional schemes in his head, and has been creating road designs since he was young. But as a musician who plays the French horn in his school's orchestra and the mellophone in the Legacy of Bryant marching band, and who has won a band scholarship in addition to his Honors College reward to the UA, he said that one day he may be an audio engineer. "I'm going to put things together and see what sticks," he said of his future. Meanwhile, Carson said the internet has been his Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, taking him to new places that he otherwise could not get to. "I can count on my hands the number of times I have set foot outside Arkansas," Carson wrote in an essay for the Arkansas Times. But with the internet, "I can gaze into the redwood forests of California and the skyscrapers of New York City without leaving my desk." Without the internet, he said in a phone interview, "I would not be at the top of my class." Carson added, "It's not going to replace going out and visiting these things, but if you're a kid and don't have the money to go out, you can visit Yellowstone." Carson, who describes himself as "really ambitious," is looking forward to studying with Dr. Alan Mantooth, the director of the UA National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission. The UA, he said, "will provide me the tools" he'll need to succeed in graduate school, which he hopes will be Stanford University.

OLIVIA LANGER
Age: 18
Hometown: Jonesboro
High school: Brookland High School
Parents: Kelly Webb and Jonathan Langer
College plans: University of California, Santa Barbara, chemistry

You might think that a student who is No. 1 in her class and a National Merit finalist with nary a B on her high school transcript might not consider one of her greatest achievements her selection as her high school's drum major three years in a row. But here's the thing: Schoolwork comes easy to Olivia Langer. "I never had to work hard," she told us. In fact, her style of learning is "conversation-based," she said; she enjoys "debate without argument." But music was different: "I struggled at points, and had to put in extra work to be good." Her selection as drum major was "something I know I've worked for," she said, and she has enjoyed the responsibilities that come with it. "I like to take care of people. The band calls me band mom," she added. Beside numerous academic awards, Olivia also earned a 2017 state Horatio Alger scholarship for students who have overcome great obstacles. Hers, Olivia said, was financial: She's always had a place to stay and food to eat, but she hasn't been able to afford academic programs. "Honestly, I wasn't able to visit any of the colleges I applied to," she said. So she will see the UC Santa Barbara campus for the first time when she arrives this fall. She's considering a double major in chemistry and anthropology; she's interested in the evolutionary side of anthropology, and plans to seek graduate and post-graduate degrees.

REBECCA PARHAM
Age: 18
Hometown: Alma
High School: Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
Parents: Eileen and Rick Parham
College plans: University of Arkansas or Hendrix College

On a visit to Hanamaki, Japan, with her school, Rebecca Parham noticed that once a month all the citizens would clean the front of their homes and shops. Folks would give each other gifts, too. "It was clear people tended to think for the whole," she said. "I thought that was really nice." An avid chemist, Rebecca did not just improve her Japanese on the trip, she brought those lessons of helping the community back to Arkansas. Her work has been at the intersection of heady science and community impact. In her robotics club, she noticed that girls were less likely to participate. "I decided that was not OK," she said. So, she designed a day with LEGO kits to encourage women to pursue STEM education. That desire to make an impact goes beyond school, too. For her senior project, Rebecca designed a test for homebuyers to see if meth had been cooked on their property (yes, meth). Her parents, on hearing of this project choice, asked her to "please explain a little bit further ... ." Here's the gist: The method of meth production in rural areas has shifted to something called the Birch reduction; older testing kits would no longer work. But Rebecca thought she could produce one that could. She designed a flame test. It finds lithium compounds left behind. The process of invention was "definitely frustrating," Rebecca said, but you "learn things you never thought of before." Rebecca did not plan to spend senior year in her dorm late at night "searching online" how to identify meth production, but she has a driving curiosity toward science and how it "connects to the world." She hopes to work in renewable energy — to be part of the global community, from Japan to Arkansas — making the world a nice place in which to live.

GRANT ROBINSON
Age: 18
Hometown: Searcy
High school: Searcy High School
Parents: Eric and Lisa Robinson College plans: University of Arkansas

Grant Robinson's father is a cardiologist, and Grant long figured he would follow in his dad's footsteps. But now he's not so sure. Last summer, he was selected, among thousands of applicants from around the world, to participate in a Stanford University summer engineering program. He got to experience a taste of college life, to take advantage of Stanford's decked-out labs and to tour the area to see results of civil engineering. The most memorable part of the program? Grant's small group built a Rube Goldberg machine — a complicated gadget that performs a simple task in a convoluted way — that, by Grant's estimation, was "the most complex and aesthetically pleasing" in the program. It included an electromagnet the group handmade and chemical reactions triggered by the machine. Grant's academic achievements are the byproduct of a natural curiosity. He said he spends what little free time he has exploring YouTube, trying to figure out the way the world works. Another influence: His father, who pulled himself out of poverty to become a doctor, has always instilled in him the importance of hard work. The message clearly stuck. Grant is second in his class of 263, with a 4.27 GPA. He scored a 35 on the ACT. He's a Presidential Scholar. His classmates voted him most likely to receive the Nobel Prize. He also participated in Project Unify (now known as Unified Champion Schools), an effort by the Special Olympics to get young people with and without special needs to come together for activities. Grant helped plan a basketball tournament as part of the project. In the fall, he'll be rooting on the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas.  

JOHN SNYDER
Age: 18
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Little Rock Christian Academy
Parents: Jill and Steve Snyder
College plans: Cornell University, industrial and labor relations

Whatever you were doing by your senior year in high school, chances are you probably hadn't already authored a book, much less a book on the complicated intersection of taxation and politics. John Snyder has, though. His book, "The Politics of Fiscal Policy," explores the political aspects of economics, including the pros and cons of various governmental tax schemes and their effect on government spending. It's for sale on Amazon right now. "It's pretty concise," John said, "but I wanted a way to express all my ideas in economic terms. That was a great way to do that." A history buff who serves as vice president of his class, John has a stunning 4.49 GPA and is ranked first in his class of 129. Though he wanted to be a lawyer when he was younger, his plan now is to go into investment banking. "Ultimately I want to have my own hedge fund — this thing called an activist hedge fund — and eventually I want to be actively involved in politics, whether that's in the midst of my business career or after ... . I'd love to run for public office one day." At Cornell University, John will be studying industrial and labor relations, a field that marries his love of multiple subjects. "Basically it ties in business, law, economics and history all into sort of one degree," he said. "You can do limitless things [with the degree]. Some people go into law school, some go into banking, some go to politics. That's why I chose that degree." John said his philosophy is that we have only a limited amount of time on earth, and so we should try to make the most of our lives. "I think there are a lot of things I can do to change the way things currently are in society, whether it's related to business or in academia or public policy," he said. "If I don't play a role in that and I'm not striving to do my best, I would feel like I'm wasting my potential."

PRESTON STONE
Age: 18
Hometown: Benton
High school: Benton High School
Parents: Haley Hicks and Brec Stone
College plans: University of Arkansas, pre-med

Benton High School's Big Man on Campus — No. 1 in his class, captain of the football team, an AP Scholar, straight As — can add to his resume the fact that he helped build his home. Preston, his two brothers and his mother bounced around a bit after her divorce, from Texas to Arkansas, living with grandparents and friends, Preston said. Then the family was selected by Habitat for Humanity, and he and his brothers pitched in to build their house. "It was the first place I could truly call home and it allowed me the stability I needed to grow into the kind of student I am today," he wrote in his essay for the Arkansas Times. Preston, who also helped build a school outreach group called SERVE to help new or struggling students, also credits sports for giving him purpose. He recently volunteered to trade in the pigskin for a basketball, joining a team that played boys at the Alexander Juvenile Detention Center. "It was an awesome experience," Preston said in a phone interview. "We were a little bit nervous at first" at the detention center, he said, but the team enjoyed the game — even though they lost to the Alexander team, formed to reward inmates with good behavior. "They practice every day," Preston said. Preston has received a $70,000 Honors College scholarship at Fayetteville. He won't be playing football with the Razorbacks. Instead he is thinking of following a pre-med track that will lead him to sports medicine. He plans to go Greek, as well.

KARINA BAO
Age: 18
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Central High School
Parents: Amy Yu and Shawn Bao
College plans: undecided

Karina Bao embraces complexity. The Central High School valedictorian (in a class of 636) is a member of the school's back-to-back state champion Ethics Bowl Team, for which she said she spent hours "researching, discussing and sometimes even arguing" case studies. Unlike debate, she said Ethics Bowl is "really about the back-and-forth and considering different caveats and nuances and considerations" in issues ranging from local food to gender identity. As president of the school's Brain Club, she leads discussions on brain diseases, disorders and anatomy. It's a role for which she's more than qualified: She placed first in the U.S. Brain Bee, a youth neuroscience competition in which contestants answer questions about anatomy and make diagnoses based on patient actors. Placing No. 1 in the U.S. competition landed Karina a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to the International Brain Bee, which happened to coincide with a Federation of International Neuroscientists conference, where Karina got to talk to scientists from all over the world about their groundbreaking research. She placed fifth in the international competition. A perennial outstanding delegate winner at Model United Nations competitions, Karina said Model U.N. has helped her to "not be scared of the complexity and interconnectedness of pressing issues we face today." In her spare time, Karina volunteers on the oncology wing of Baptist Hospital. "You don't get to do much," she said. "But at least we get to talk to people and help them with whatever they need and be there to listen." In her Academic All-Stars essay, Karina echoed the same drive for understanding: "The stories other people share with me become not my own when I retell them, but a part of humanity's collective spirit to understand each other. We grow from hours of listening and crying, to empathize, to have the strength and openness to pop each successive layer of the protective bubble that keeps us from seeing the very world in which we reside."

BRYCE COHEA
Age: 19
Hometown: Greenwood
High school: Greenwood High School
Parents: Mike and Robin Cohea
College plans: University of Tulsa or Vanderbilt university, biology

Though he grew up landlocked, far from the deep blue sea, Greenwood High School standout Bryce Cohea knew from an early age that he wanted to be a marine biologist. To reach that goal, Bryce had to start early. "In the ninth grade," he wrote in his Academic All-Stars essay, "I began planning out all my classes for the next four years. I wanted to graduate top of my class, and in order to do that I would need to take every advanced placement class and get an A in every class." That's exactly what he did, too, making nothing less than a perfect grade in every class for his entire high school career. With a 4.25 GPA and a rank of No. 1 in his class of 275, Bryce has volunteered extensively with the Salvation Army and collected shoes for the homeless; he helps unload trucks and stock shelves at the food bank at his church. A National Merit semifinalist, he also has the distinction of having scored the first perfect ACT score of 36 in Greenwood High School history. "I've honestly been a good test-taker," he said. "The first time I took it, I got a 34. After that, I got the test back and I worked on whatever I missed. After a few more tries, I got a 36." Bryce was still deciding on which university to attend when we spoke to him, but he definitely plans to study science. The subject has always interested him, he said. "I'm planning on majoring in biology and then specializing after that," he said.

IMANI GOSSERAND
Age: 16
Hometown: Rogers
HIGH SCHOOL: ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
Parents: James and Hyesun Gosserand

College plans: University of Southern California, Harvey Mudd College or Columbia University, computer science or environmental science

Imani Gosserand has a journal in which she organizes the many moving parts of her life — competitive gymnastics, AP classes, computer science, Young Democrats, volunteering — into lists. Personal stuff is in there, too: bucket lists, remembrances. The journal combines the creative and the organized; it is problem-solving with an artful flare, which is how Imani operates. "I really like being able to create something of my own," she said of computer science. At a camp at Stanford University, in California, her team won the competition to program a car. Imani, not surprisingly, is good at math: She learned multiplication at age 4 and went on to skip two grades. Imani thinks schoolwork is fun. "We had a huge packet of homework problems we had to do over one of our breaks," she said. "And no one else was excited about it except for me. I was like 'Oh, I'm so excited to do all these problems!' " She brings that enthusiasm for problem-solving to bigger issues, as well. "I feel like there are so many opportunities for me because our world relies on technology, so I think I could go into any field," she said. She's excited to explore and see where she can help. "I want to meet people from around the world and hear different perspectives."

C.J. FOWLER
Age: 18
Hometown: Little Rock
High School: Central High School
Parents: Bobbi and Dustin McDaniel and Chris and Kim Fowler
College plans: Yale University

C.J. Fowler has long been around Democratic politics. His stepfather is former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. But C.J. said he decided to become more politically involved himself after he came out as gay. "The situation that I'm in is not great," he said. "People are not always accepting. But it's on me if I want to try to change that and make it better for the people who come after me. I have to make sure that my community and all marginalized communities have a seat at the table, because far too often a bunch of old gray white guys are making policies that hurt everyone else." The student body president of Central High, C.J. said he's tried to move the student council, a glorified dance committee, toward advocacy and activism for students throughout the district, whose future is being decided by those "people sitting in dark rooms." He said students too often get left out of the conversation about the district "because we're too young to have opinions. But we're not; we're living it every day." C.J. has been a fixture at Little Rock School District public comment periods. Though he can't point to any policy victories, he said at least LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore knows who he is and that he disagrees with him. C.J., who is also the executive director of Young Democrats of Arkansas, sees the backlash against President Trump as encouraging. "We're realizing that, if we're going to go all in for progressive values, we need to go all in." Rather than join the chorus of progressives in the Northeast after he finishes at Yale, C.J. says he wants to come back to Arkansas and possibly continue in politics. He admires state Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) and says he hopes if he ever holds office that he can follow her example.

SOPHIE PRICE
Age: 18
Hometown: Fort Smith
High School: Southside High
Parents: Claire Price and Scott Price
College plans: Vanderbilt University, political science

"Growing up, I would always argue with everybody," Sophie Price said. Sometimes it was just to play devil's advocate, but mostly, it was because Sophie wants to find the capital-t Truth. Some of this digging for truth is class: seven AP course just this year and 12 during her time in high school. But, some of it is also talking with people, discussing issues. "The best way to improve your argument is to hear the counters, to hear the other side," Sophie said, and often she is willing to be convinced. She wants to do the right thing; she believes in justice. Which is why after college at Vanderbilt on a full scholarship, she wants to field arguments as a judge. "My whole life I've followed this ideal that you have to do what's right," Sophie said. "I want to be a judge so I can kind of decide that." Vanderbilt was the only school to which Sophie applied. She knew it was the right one for her. She arrived in Nashville on a rainy day in January, but through the gloom, she knew. "Something about the beautiful campus and the intelligent people and these varying perspectives just sold me immediately," she said. In a few months she was back at Vanderbilt for a camp where she studied law, and it cemented the deal. "There was something so exhilarating about being able to have this case and have the facts and kind of create your own narrative and really advocate for someone that drew me in," she said. Watch out, because "everything I do, I want to give it a 120 percent," Sophie said.

MEAGAN OLSEN
Age: 17
Hometown: Fayetteville
High School: Fayetteville High School
Parents: Anjanette Olsen
College plans: University of Arkansas Honors College, chemical engineering

Fayetteville High School’s top student, with a perfect ACT score of 36, a 4.2 gradepoint average and the co-author of a paper on fractal self-assembly, is not just a bookworm. She’s a leader, her counselor Cindy Alley says, who shows “grit, motivation to succeed and a desire to help others.” She is also, Alley says, “a pure joy to be around.” In her essay for the Arkansas Times, Meagan talked about how she came to understand “ternary counters,” a base-3 method of counting in which only the digits 0, 1 and 2 are used. (Binary counters of 0 and 1 make up our computer’s “thinking,” as people with 10 fingers, we use base 10 to count.) Meagan, trying to make a “self-assembling ternary counter,” said she banged her head against “endless walls” for weeks. Then just after 1 a.m., she woke up with the answer. It’s a wise child who gives credit where credit is due: “I understood,” she wrote, “my mother’s advice about taking a break whenever I was upset.” Meagan’s paper on fractal self-assembly was published in the 22nd International Conference on DNBA Computing and Molecular Programing. She no longer lets frustration prevent her from solving a problem; sometimes, she’ll just sleep on it. Meagan told the Times she plans to attend a small conference this summer and then take some needed down time. She plans to use her degree from Fayetteville to pursue biomedical research.
             
Sean Bonner was taking pics at a Starbucks in Los Angeles before it was the stylish thing to do.
          Ha muerto Alan Thicke, el doctor Seaver de 'Los problemas crecen'    

Growingpains

Todo un clásico de las sitcom familiares de los 80 y los 90 nos ha dejado. Esta madrugada moría de un ataque al corazón Alan Thicke, famoso por haber interpretado al patriarca de la familia Seaver en 'Los problemmas crecen'. Tenía 69 años y, por lo que han publicado los medios estadounidenses, estaba jugando al hockey con uno de sus hijos cuando sufrió el ataque al corazón.

El actor (padre del cantante Robin Thicke) había nacido en Canadá y había empezado a trabajar en televisión ya a finales de los 60. Cuando se mudó a Los Ángeles en la década siguiente pasó a estar detrás de las cámaras, como productor y guionista en programas como, por ejemplo, 'The Richard Pryor Show', y co-escribiendo las sintonías de series como 'Arnold'.

Su salto a la fama sería 'Los problemas crecen', donde su personaje era un psiquiatra que trabajaba en casa. Antes había tenido hasta su propio talk show, pero fue el gran éxito de la serie por lo que sería más recordado, y lo que le ganó un puesto como uno de los actores televisivos más queridos en Estados Unidos, estatus que mantuvo en sus apariciones más recientes en 'Cómo conocí a vuestra madre' (a la que pertenece el vídeo de arriba), 'This is us' o la segunda temporada de 'Madres forzosas'.

Vía | Los Angeles Times
En ¡Vaya Tele! | 'Los problemas crecen', Nostalgia TV


          Marissa Gravel Labelle raconte son stage à Los Angeles   
À la session d’automne 2016, Marissa Gravel Labelle a effectué un stage à la Délégation du Québec à Los Angeles (DQLA), qui lui a permis de se familiariser avec les tâches d’attaché(e) aux affaires publiques et gouvernementales.
          Upcoming Gold Cup to have decidedly MLS feel on rosters   

The upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup will have a decidedly MLS feel.

Such is the case when the tournament falls in a year with World Cup qualifying the priority for many of the teams in the region and some of the bigger names make way for younger players looking for an opportunity on the international stage.

Forty-eight MLS players were on the final 23-man rosters announced Thursday for the tournament that begins next week. The United States leads the way with sixteen from MLS. That includes the likes of Seattle's Cristian Roldan, Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer and New England's Kelyn Rowe, all of whom could make their national team debuts during the tournament.

The decision to go with a heavy MLS-based roster was by design for U.S. coach Bruce Arena. The notable newcomers are joined by a handful of national team veterans, including Graham Zusi, Brad Guzan, Matt Besler and Alejandro Bedoya.

It's also a chance for those whose opportunities with the U.S. in the past year have been limited — Gyasi Zardes, Dax McCarty, Jordan Morris, to name a few — to flash in a more prominent role.

The U.S. opens the group stage of the Gold Cup against Panama on July 8 in Nashville.

"We have a large number of domestic players because our European-based players need a break. They had long seasons plus the June World Cup qualifiers, so they needed a break and then they need to start their preseasons in July."

Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was on the preliminary 40-man roster for the U.S. and his request for change in association was approved by FIFA on Thursday. Gonzalez had represented Mexico at the U-20 level.

Canada's roster includes nine MLS players, headlined by 16-year-old Vancouver product Alphonso Davies, who could become the youngest Canadian to play in a Gold Cup match. Jamaica features seven MLS players and Costa Rica has six.

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THE OTHER CUP: The quarterfinals for the U.S. Open Cup will include one of the best stories in American soccer.

USL club FC Cincinnati continued its impressive run in the tournament by knocking off Chicago on penalty kicks in the round of 16 before a crowd of more than 32,000. Goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt made three saves in the penalty shootout to send Cincinnati to the final eight against fellow USL side Miami FC. Cincinnati beat Columbus in the round of 32 before knocking out the Fire.

After failing to have a lower division squad reach the quarterfinals in 2016, the tournament is assured of having at least one lower division team reach the semifinal round.

In other action, FC Dallas beat Colorado 3-1 and advanced to face Sporting Kansas City after its 2-0 win over Houston. New York Red Bulls ousted Philadelphia on penalty kicks and will face New England after its 2-1 win over D.C. United. And San Jose ousted Seattle 2-1 and will face Los Angeles in the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup are scheduled for the second week of July.

In another non-MLS competition, Toronto beat Montreal 3-2 on aggregate in the Canadian Championship thanks to Sebastian Giovinco's goal in the closing seconds of the match.

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ROAD RIVALS: Last week's handful of rivalry showdowns went in the favor of the road teams.

The one victory by a road team went to New York City FC and its impressive 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls. NYCFC got goals from Jack Harrison and Ben Sweat to earn the club's first points ever against their Hudson River rivals at Red Bull Arena.

The two draws for road teams came in decidedly different ways. FC Dallas got a goal early in the second half from Maxi Urruti for a 1-1 draw in the Texas Derby with Houston. Seattle's 2-2 draw at Portland in a Cascadia showdown was even more dramatic thanks to Clint Dempsey's header in second-half stoppage time to pull the 10-man Sounders even. The draw dropped Portland to 2-3-5 in its past 10 MLS matches after starting the season with five wins out of the first eight.

There is one more rivalry showdown this week: the California Classico where more than 50,000 are expected for San Jose's match against Los Angeles at Stanford Stadium.

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CLEARED TO RETURN: Orlando City star Cyle Larin has been cleared to rejoin his club following his arrest for drunken driving. Larin was given an assessment by the league's Substance Abuse and Behavior Program doctors and deemed eligible to resume team activities while continuing to participate in the program locally.

Larin was arrested on June 15 after driving the wrong way on an Orlando street. He was entered into the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program and was ineligible to play for Orlando City until this week.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chicago forward David Accam was voted the league's player of the week after scoring a hat trick in the Fire's 4-0 win over Orlando. Accam also assisted on Chicago's other goal as the Fire are unbeaten in nine straight league matches.

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Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (4) holds up the trophy as the team celebrates a win over the Montreal Impact in the Canadian championship soccer final, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco (10) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Impact during the second half of the second leg of the Canadian championship soccer final, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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          Indie Music Star Chelsea Williams Hits Wondrous Creative Heights on Her Blue Élan debut, "Boomerang," out August 18   

Indie Music Star Chelsea Williams Hits Wondrous Creative Heights on Her Blue Élan debut, “Boomerang,” out August 18LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Critically hailed and top-selling independent music sensation Chelsea Williams will release her debut for Blue Élan Records, Boomerang, on August 18. The album was recorded at the Heritage Recording Company in Burbank, CA, with the gifted...



          "Landmarks Live in Concert" Presents Foo Fighters' Historic July 10th Concert at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece   
LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LANDMARKS LIVE IN CONCERT have announced a July 10th concert at the iconic Acropolis of Athens, Greece featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning rock band FOO FIGHTERS. This historic performance will be filmed to air this fall as part of "Landmarks...
          British Folk Rock Pioneers Fairport Convention's 50th Anniversary Celebrated With Lavish 7CD Box Set, "Come All Ye - The First Ten Years," And Vinyl Reissue Of Classic Album, "Liege & Lief" On July 28 Via A&M/UMe   

Seminal British folk rock band Fairport Convention’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated on July 28 with two exciting releases via A&M/UMe – a lavish 7CD box set chronicling their extraordinary first decade entitled, "Come All Ye – The First Ten Years," and a 180-gram vinyl reissue of their influential classic album, "Liege & Lief."LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Seminal British folk rock band Fairport Convention's 50th anniversary will be celebrated on July 28 with two exciting releases via A&M/UMe – a lavish 7CD box set chronicling their extraordinary first decade entitled, Come All Ye – The First...



          Doc Rivers Says Lack of Postseason Success During Chris Paul Era 'Bugs Me'   

Los Angeles Clippers head coach and president Doc Rivers said Friday that point guard Chris Paul's departure from the team bothered him because "the way we tried to do it didn't work."

According to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, Rivers also acknowledged the Clippers weren't getting the job done as constructed: "That part is over. And that bugs me. But we're not done trying to reach our goal. Sometimes you gotta do it a different way."

On Wednesday, the Clippers traded Paul to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, Darrun Hilliard, Montrezl Harrell, a top-three-protected first-round pick next season and $661,000.

After Paul was traded, ESPN anchor Michael Eaves said in a Facebook post that Rivers' coddling of his son, guard Austin Rivers, was a significant factor in Paul's decision to leave.

Doc disagreed, saying:

"Let's not make this story about Blake [Griffin] and [DeAndre Jordan] and Austin. This story is about Chris leaving. He is the one that decided to leave. That doesn't make him a villain. He had the right to do that. And I have no problem with that. That's what free agency is.

Was I disappointed with his decision? Yeah. I thought he had a better chance to win with us. He didn't agree with that. And that's fine too. ... But ain't nobody at fault. The fault is we didn't do well enough to keep him. We played a role in that. In not winning. But Chris was part a that too. He was on that team that didn't win."

In six seasons with Paul on the team and four seasons under Rivers, the Clippers never missed the playoffs.

Despite their regular-season success, L.A. was unable to get past the second round of the playoffs in the Western Conference. With Paul out of the picture, the Clips must now shift their focus toward trying to sign Blake Griffin or rebuilding.

Read more Los Angeles Clippers news on BleacherReport.com


          Blake Griffin Reportedly Clippers' Top Priority, Will Have Free-Agency Meeting   

After trading Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Clippers can turn their focus toward re-signing Blake Griffin.

The Southern California News Group's Bill Oram reported Thursday the Clippers will have an informal meeting with Griffin's agent Friday. Oram added that Griffin remains the Clippers' "top priority."

The Clippers are at least the second team that will have a meeting with the five-time All-Star power forward. The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner reported he will have an official visit with the Phoenix Suns when free agency begins Saturday.

For some, the Paul trade would seemingly push Griffin away from Los Angeles since the team lost one of its best players. According to the Turner, however, the Clippers are confident that Paul's departure increases their chances of getting Griffin to stay.

When it comes to Griffin's final decision, the stakes couldn't be much higher for the Clippers.

If he stays, then the team can remain a title contender for the short term—though Los Angeles would likely need to add another star to be a serious threat for the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference supremacy.

If Griffin leaves, then things start getting bleak for the Clippers, especially considering DeAndre Jordan only has one more guaranteed year left on his deal. While it might be a stretch to say losing Griffin would necessitate a full-scale rebuild, Los Angeles would at least be facing a few lean years before it assembled another star-laden roster.

Read more Los Angeles Clippers news on BleacherReport.com


          Blake Griffin Rumors: Free Agent to Meet with Phoenix Suns on Saturday   

The Los Angeles Clippers will have competition in their quest to re-sign Blake Griffin, with the Phoenix Suns set to meet with the free-agent forward. 

Per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Griffin's meeting with the Suns will take place Saturday. Turner added that Phoenix can offer the five-time All-Star a max contract of four years and $130 million. 

Griffin became the Clippers' top priority in free agency after they traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. 

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported the Clippers were "focused" on retaining Griffin after the Paul deal.

The Suns, who finished 24-58 last season and haven't made the playoffs since 2010, ranked 22nd in offensive efficiency and 28th in defensive efficiency in 2016-17, per Basketball-Reference.com

Phoenix has intriguing young talent, including Devin Booker and TJ Warren, to build around. Griffin would bring a star presence and playoff experience with him to a franchise in desperate need of a cornerstone player to speed up the rebuilding process. 

Read more Los Angeles Clippers news on BleacherReport.com


          Doc Rivers Denies Turning Down Carmelo Anthony Trade Involving Son Austin   

Los Angeles Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers denied a report that said he turned down a trade that would have brought Carmelo Anthony to the team in exchange for his son, Austin Rivers.

In a quick interview with TMZ, Rivers said of the report, "That's not true." 

Michael Eaves of ESPN first made the claim on his Facebook account, writing, "New York offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no."

Austin Rivers also took to Twitter to deny the allegations:

Eaves added that this led to a fallout between Rivers and Chris Paul, saying the point guard "despises" his now former head coach, per an unnamed league executive.

Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday for seven players and a draft pick, per ESPN. Despite the apparent hostility, Rivers seemed happy for the departed player.

"I wish Chris well," the coach said to TMZ, calling him "a great Clipper."

Paul had been with Los Angeles for six years, the last four with Rivers as his coach. Although the team won at least 50 games each season, it was never able to advance past the second round of the playoffs.

The Clippers lost in the first round in each of the last two years.

Read more Los Angeles Clippers news on BleacherReport.com


          Blake Griffin May Not Return from Toe Injury Until Dec. Amid Conflicting Reports   

With Chris Paul having been dealt to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, the success of the Los Angeles Clippers' offseason will be predicated on retaining Blake Griffin. But even if the All-Star forward re-signs in Los Angeles, the Clippers may not have him for the start of the regular season. 

ESPN.com's Michael Eaves reported Griffin could be out until December with a right toe injury suffered in the Clippers' first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz. Colleague Ramona Shelburne, however, cited a source saying the Clippers believe Griffin will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Griffin, 28, missed the final four games against Utah after suffering an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe in Game 3. The Clippers lost Game 7 at home in a contest that would, though unbeknownst at the time, be the end of the Lob City era.

The Houston Rockets acquired Paul on Wednesday in a blockbuster deal that sent Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins and Kyle Wiltjer along with a first-round pick to the Clippers. L.A. made the deal at the behest of Paul, who wanted to play with James Harden and could have left for nothing in exchange via free agency.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star, spent the last six seasons with the Clippers. His arrival coincided with the most extended stretch of success in franchise history, but the Paul-Griffin-DeAndre Jordan trio never made it past the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Griffin is expected to have no shortage of suitors in free agency, all armed with maximum contracts and arguably better chances to compete for a title. A source who spoke to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical categorized the Boston Celtics as the "biggest danger" to poach Griffin. Other teams like the Miami Heat could also entice Griffin into a change of scenery.

While his toe is a concern, injury issues shouldn't come as a shock to any team pursuing Griffin. He missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury and has missed at least 15 games each of the past three seasons with various ailments.  

Read more Los Angeles Clippers news on BleacherReport.com


          Ferðabann Trump tekur gildi   
Friðsamleg mótmæli á alþjóðaflugvellinum í Los Angeles í gær. Ferðabann Donald Trump Bandaríkjaforseta gegn ríkisborgurum sex ríkja þar sem meirihluti íbúa eru múslimar hefur tekið gildi. Bannið hefur í för með sér að einstaklingar sem ekki eiga „nána fjölskyldumeðlimi“ í Bandaríkjunum eða eiga viðskiptahagsmuna að gæta munu mögulega eiga erfitt með að komast inn í landið.
          Maersk reopens terminal at Port of Los Angeles as it recovers from cyberattack   

The Port of Los Angeles' largest shipping terminal reopened Friday as Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk said its cargo terminals and port operations were returning to normal after a strikingly virulent and disruptive outbreak of malicious software.

Maersk, which leases the terminal, reopened...


          Essential Arts & Culture: Visceral border art, a 'guileless' Wilshire Grand, must-see African sculpture   

Happy Fourth, Los Angeles! May your buns be firm and your apple pie sweet. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly dose of important culture news and dog videos:

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          That’s a Wrap! Thank You Social Media Week Los Angeles Community   

Thank you, #SMWLA speakers, partners, staff, volunteers, and attendees for making June’s edition of Social Media Week our best one yet!

The post That’s a Wrap! Thank You Social Media Week Los Angeles Community appeared first on Social Media Week.


          Radio station tells Grammy-winner Annie Lennox she has 'potential'   
Four-time Grammy winning singer Annie Lennox shared an email she received from a Los Angeles radio station claiming she has "potential."
          Video Just Released of Plane Crashing onto America’s Busiest Freeway   

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Southern California’s 405 freeway is the busiest freeway in the state — and the entire U.S. — but for one Cessna pilot, it appeared to be his best choice for a crash landing.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Cessna 310 was coming into a landing at John Wayne Airport in Orange County Friday morning when it angled steeply toward the freeway instead, hitting the southbound lanes in the same direction of traffic with such a hard impact that the small plane immediately burst into flames. The pilot had taken off moments before but was returning to the airport after calling in an emergency.

“We have a mayday! We have a mayday!” the male pilot frantically informed the control tower. “I’m trying to get a little altitude. I just lost my right engine.”

The two people aboard were airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition, according to NBC News

Motorist Jose Quinteros captured the entire crash on his smartphone. Be warned, it’s pretty dramatic:

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Incredibly, the plane only clipped one car on the busy freeway, injuring no one. The LA Times called that miraculous event "astonishing." Witnesses used social media to ask for prayers for those involved.

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Retired NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens — a six-time Pro Bowl selection — witnessed the crash, according to the Orange County Register. He was on the way to the airport to pick up his son, who ended up being rerouted to the Burbank airport instead.

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          Από την Καλιφόρνια στην Αριζόνα ο Μπλέικ Γκρίφιν;   

Ο Μπλέικ Γκρίφιν καλείται σύντομα να αποφασίσει την ομάδα στην οποία θα συνεχίσει την καριέρα του, με τους Φοίνιξ Σανς να ξεκινούν στην… pole position! Όπως μετέδωσε ο ρεπόρτερ της εφημερίδας «Los Angeles Times», Μπραντ Τέρνερ, ο 28χρονος πάουερ φόργουορντ έχει προγραμματίσει συνάντηση με τους ιθύνοντες των «ήλιων» το Σάββατο. Η ομάδα του Ερλ Γουότσον […]

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          Brewers trade Nick Franklin to Angels   
MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers traded utility player Nick Franklin to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday for a player to be named or cash.
          Registered Nurse (Utilization Management) - Los Angeles AFB   
CA-El Segundo, Location: Los Angeles Air Force Base Position: Registered Nurse - Utilization Management GCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. GCI gives preferential treatment to veterans. Global Consulting International seeks candidates for a full
          Har Kristen Stewart varit otrogen igen?   
Kristen Stewart, Twilight-stjärnan, är ihop med Stella Maxwell. På bilderna, från den 28 juni, ses de vara på lunchdejt på Gracia's Madre i West Hollywood, California. <br/><br/>Kristens förhållande med Robert Pattinsons tog slut 2012 när det avslöjades att hon varit otrogen med den gifte regissören <a href="http://www.posh24.se/rupert_sanders" class="person">Rupert Sanders</a>. Efter Rupert inledde hon en romans med Alicia, som då var hennes assistent. Efter Alicia gick hon till franska sångerskan och skådespelerskan <a href="http://www.posh24.se/soko" class="person">SoKo</a>. När det tog slut gick hon tillbaka till Alicia och menade att hon var riktigt kär i henne. Återföreningen höll över filmfestivalen i Cannes maj 2016 men sedan föll Kristen för sångerskan <a href="http://www.posh24.se/st_vincent" class="person">St Vincent</a>. Var med St Vincent i två månader innan hon gick tillbaka till Alicia. <br/><br/>Nu kan samma sak upprepas med Stella. Kristen har nämligen fångats på intima bilder där hon är med exet <a href="http://www.posh24.se/alicia_cargile" class="person">Alicia Cargile</a>. Bilderna är från bara några veckor efter att hon flyttat ihop med Stella, skriver Nöjesbladet. <br/><br/>– Det såg definitivt ut som om något pågick, säger en person som såg Stewart utanför Alicias hem i Los Angeles den 5 juni.<br/><br/>Personen som berättade menar också på att Kristen hade samma kläder på sig som hon hade haft på sig dagen innan. <br/>Veckan efter flög Kristen och Stella hand i hand till Paris. <br/><br/>Kristen verkar ha en svag punkt för Alicia. Enligt personen som såg dem tillsammans är Kristen bekväm med Alicia då de har gått igenom så mycket tillsammans.

          FBI Anon Responds to Questions via Victurus Libertas (@TheFreedom2Live)   
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A few of our loyal viewers and readers at Victurus Libertas know we are sometimes able to get in touch with FBI Anon.  It had been a while since we heard from our friend, so a  few of our followers have been periodically sending me emails, asking me to forward questions to FBI Anon.  I have been saving and collecting the questions along the way and I did get in touch with the now famous FBI Anon.  The questions, along with responses are as follows:


Q:  Do you think Trump is part of the swamp now that arrests have not happened and it is know that Trump took Soros money?
FBI Anon: It’s clear Kushner has done deals with Soros, including a large loan. Trump’s ties to Soros have not been a subject I have investigated.

Q:  Were you, or other FBI patriots, behind the recent FBI Twitter Vault tweet about corrupt FBI Director Hoover, while Sessions was testifying about corrupt FBI Director Comey?
FBI Anon:  This was a bit of fun we engaged in. Not myself, but others who are among dozens of agents assigned to post on our social media platforms.
Our old guide use to instruct “They should refrain from disclosing on any section of their user profiles that they work for the FBI or the Department of Justice,” the guide states. “FBI personnel must also consider each word that they post, as these posts will remain indefinitely in cyberspace.” But with the West getting wilder, certain agents go “rogue light”, as was the case with those tweets.

Q:  How do you guys get away with these tweets when traitors like Comey and McCabe are in charge, and the Inspector General is investigating these tweets
FBI Anon:  We have our own tool kits, like Socio-Spyder for instance, We realize the bureau is under increased scrutiny;  most of us feel like we should not be painted with the same brush being used on the top brass. We are well embedded on all the platforms. We can LARP with the best of them. But we are also feeling that the public has a right to demand arrests of people in high position who have committed crimes. No man is above the law. But, most Americans rightly feel talk is cheap.  It’s time to bring down the pond scum on the top of the swamp and work our way down to the monsters underneath.  As I said a year ago, how can you expect a corrupt Government to self investigate?

Q:  When is the “leave of absence” going to happen for Kushner?
FBI Anon:  It’s being arranged. Kushner has hired criminal defense attorneys – good ones. As long as they keep to Russia, and do not look too deeply into his ties with AIPAC and Mossad, he will be okay.
Q:  How likely is an American Revolution this summer?
FBI Anon:  Not likely. If anything, expect more riots, soft terror, and an Israeli lobby drumbeat to attack Iran, and overthrow Assad. But, the American people are waking up to the plans unfolding. The sudden arming of Saudi Arabia and the so called “rebels” in Syria are upsetting to Americans, who generally do not trust the Saudi government and are increasingly suspicious of Israel’s motives. Anytime you hear “Russian leaks” from main stream media, replace the word Russian with Israel. Israel wants Russia and America to be in a war stance. In this scenario, Israel gets to shoot down Syrian jets, America gets to increase arms to Saudi Arabia, and US operatives, directed by John McCain, gets to re-arm Isis. The goal is to remove Assad, build a pipeline with Saudi funding, and ultimately leave Iran and Russia vastly weakened. A true revolution will occur when the citizens take a little time to study the French revolution.

Q:  Why won’t the government stop the corruption within the unconstitutional family courts and CPS? 
FBI Anon:  Because its a money making racket. It’s a sore spot with me, because the abuse is rampant throughout the nation. Children are kidnapped by the State. Parents arrested and courts intercede on behalf of CPS to keep parents and children separate. In California, it’s horrible. The criminal justice system in both New York and California is broken, crooked, and criminal – beyond belief. We took down the Los Angeles Sheriff a couple of years back. We have eyes on a number of small towns where public corruption has existed for decades.
You can expect some news this year when we submit our findings to DOJ. Expect news also regarding Loretta Lynch, and John Brennan. There are more names, but I am not at liberty to mention them.

          Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Spotted in Los Angeles Exactly Five Years After Filing for Divorce from Tom Cruise   
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          Sheila's First Birthday in Los Angeles   

Thankful and grateful for all her blessing in life. Sheila Barrios, an Ilonggo artist who is now living her dream life in Los Angeles, California and recently married filmmaker-producer-artist OJ Baclig celebrated her first birthday in America. Sheila enjoyed a lot of surprises this 2013 as she continue to live up to her dreams as a photographer and event-wedding coordinator under their family-owned company Hopeboat Productions.
           Ilongga Artist Embracing New Life in L.A.   
A lot of great things happened for Sheila this year. Leaving her Ilongga artist status in her hometown Iloilo City, she embarked on a new journey in Los Angeles, California in September to be with her fiance, filmmaker and photographer OJ Baclig. Their inspiring wedding took place on October 19, 2013, the greatest day in Sheila's life to be able to marry his prince charming. Her next journey has become interesting and meaningful as she continue to visit more places in California. Of course, enjoying the company of the loving family of her husband and friends is also another blessing for her. She's happy because she was accepted and loved wholeheartedly. Pursuing her passion and looking for a great career, Sheila is now working for their family-owned company, HOPEBOAT Productions. They deliver and provide quality services for wedding and events photography, videography and filmmaking projects. She is keen and dedicated to learn fast and develop her "eye for art." Highlights of photos below shows how passionate and optimistic she is to embrace the new life she pursued this 2013. The most surprising experiences she had in L.A. was being able to see Hollywood - the signage, the place and the crowd, and discovering an Ilonggo specialty restaurant that serves Ilonggo food, it reminds her most of her hometown.
Surely the future is bright and promising for Sheila who now enjoys her new life in L.A. Who knows, this talented Ilongga artist will be able to find a chance to capture her music once again.






















          Sheila's Engagement + new life ahead   







Our Ilongga pop songstress and certified diva, Sheila Barrios is now officially a certified American woman engaged to his lovely fiance, OJ Baclig, a filmmaker, photographer and multi-media artist who owns Hopeboat Productions based in Los Angeles, California. Sheila and OJ will be getting married on October 19 and will have an exciting cruise in Mexico right after the wedding. Sheila who popularized several Ilonggo songs including "Ginpalangga" moved to the US on September 4, 2013. With a new life ahead with his fiance, Sheila is optimistic to pursue her dreams and remained thankful to God who blessed her with a great life.
          Sheila @ Hollywood Walk of Fame   

Superstars are immortalized in Hollywood.  Ilongga artist, Sheila Barrios explored Hollywood by checking out some famous Hollywood Walk of Fame stars including her favorite artists Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin this week. Lately, her latest trek is all about rediscovering exciting sites and landmarks in Los Angeles, California, and Hollywood is never far behind.  
          Throwback Track: Nahulat Ka [Waiting for You]   


With all the wonderful things that's been happening in the life of Ilongga pop artist, Sheila Barrios who recently moved to Los Angeles, California to start a new life. I think it's time to have a little trip back to her inspiring music as a local pop singer during her time in the Philippines, particularly in Iloilo City. The song is entitled "Nahulat Ka" [Waiting for You] which she collaborated with a good friend whose dreaming to sing. The song showed her versatility and style as an R&B artist and featured Ilonggo rapper Zpinx Angel of M.I.C. Music.

          Sheila's Latest Trip + Photography    









Ilongga pop singer Sheila Barrios who recently migrated in Los Angeles, California with his fiance, is very much inspired to travel and take photos everywhere she go. Her latest hobby is photography, since she is now a part of Hopeboat Productions owned by his fiance, OJ Baclig. Setting aside music for a long time, she's excited to become a photography artist and help in the photography/video production business of Hopeboat Productions. Her recent trip to San Juan Capistrano in California showed her radiant smile, proving that she's embracing the new change in her life as an artist.

          Sheila's First Hollywood Trip   







  
As Sheila Barrios continue to pursue her new life in Los Angeles, California, our Ilongga artist visited some parts of Hollywood and Beverly Hills where she's currently living nearby with her fiance's family. Hollywood is just a few minutes drive away from her new home. Sheila enjoyed a whole day trip in the city of stars and movies two weeks after she set foot in American soil. In the meantime, she's having a break to prepare for a very special event in her life next month. At least, one of her dreams was fulfilled for our bubbly Ilongga artist: to finally visit Hollywood where great dreams can be realized someday.   


          Sheila as part of Hopeboat Production in L.A.    










Ilongga artist Sheila Barrios is now enjoying a new life in Los Angeles, California as her upcoming dream-like wedding is coming this Oct. 19. She's now working as part of Hopeboat Films and Production owned by his fiance, producer-photographer-artist OJ Baclig. From a local based singer in Iloilo since 2010, she's now pursuing a new journey and hopefully, a promising start of her new life. If she's going to embrace music and be an artist again, time will only tell. In the meantime, she's got a great things going on with her life and her one true love that somehow changed her life.  
          Sheila's new home in L.A.    



Ilongga artist, Sheila Barrios has already arrived in Los Angeles, California, USA to finally be with his fiance, Hollywood-based filmmaker-producer-artist OJ Baclig. Their love story started when Sheila was invited by Ilonggo filmmaker and award-winning writer Peter Solis Nery to have a cameo role for his 2012 Sineng Pambansa Film Festival movie entry "Gugma sa Panahon sang Bakunawa" in April last year. Working for the cinematography of the film, OJ Baclig together with his team of filmmakers were filming with Director Peter Nery in Dumangas, Iloilo when he met Sheila. Instantly, they friendship led into a deep affection, understanding and chemistry. After the filming ended, they we're deeply in love with each other. Distance did not separate them. Instead, their love for each other grew and became serious as time goes on. Five months later, OJ came over to the Philippines together with his parents to meet Sheila's family and have a marriage proposal. This year, Sheila's optimistic fiance worked for her visa and planned their wonderful wedding. Every day of their life, since they've know each other, there was only love, respect and sincerity that bind ed them together. Even in music, they were both artistic and passionate. OJ is a choir director, a born musician and composer in L.A. while Sheila started her passion in music within their family and was unexpectedly became a popular Ilongga artist with her song "Ginpalangga" as part of RSLPhoenix Music artist group. Music and love for life radiates within their hearts, and so, their romance is a fairy-tale worth telling. 
On September 4, 2013, Sheila arrived in L.A. to finally come home to his new family and to be with his one true love. Though she may be far away from home, but still, Sheila will learn to embrace her new life in her new home and will continue to chase her dream as a passionate music artist. 
For now, let's wish them all the best of love for their upcoming wedding in October. 
Who says fairy-tale and true love doesn't exist anymore? For Sheila, being passionate, optimistic and believing in God with great hope will surely bring happiness and contentment. 

          Ginpalangga remix and Sheila's Journey   


A remix version of "Ginpalangga" the first single of Ilongga artist, Sheila Barrios was recently uploaded in youtube by a fan who obviously enjoyed her music. The song was recorded in April 2010 and released in local FM stations in Iloilo and Bacolod months after its independent music video was uploaded in youtube. Sheila has gone a long way as an Ilongga artist after her few other Ilonggo songs was played in FM stations such as "Sa Handum Na Guid Lang" and "Salamat Iloy" with Bacolod rapper Zaril. She also became a member of Ilonggo pop groups "Ilonggo 3nity" and Ilongga Divas. She was also nominated as "Best Female Artist" in the 2010 Ilonggo Music Awards by ABS-CBN Iloilo. In 2012, she had a cameo role in the 2012 Sineng Pambansa movie "Gugma sa Panahon sang Bakunawa" and contributed another theme song for the movie entitled "Nabatyagan."
This September, she will be leaving for Los Angeles, California, USA to pursue her dreams in life and be with his fiance who is a Hollywood-based filmmaker. 
"Ginpalangga" is an emotional Ilonggo song and its melody is a remake of Rihanna's "Unfaithful." But this song has obviously changed her life after a teenage heartbreak, gave her a chance to be recognized as an Ilongga artist with a unique style, and inspiration of simplicity, artistry and being humble amidst success. We have no other wish on her new journey in life but more success, happiness and she will always remain as a great rolemodel to young people that no matter what happen, as long as you have a good heart and patience, success will never be far behind. 
For the artist who made this wonderful remix of "Ginpalangga," thank you for recognizing Sheila's passion for music that somehow touched other people's lives.

          Sheila sings at Silver Wedding Anniversary    


Ilongga pop songstress Sheila Barrios together with newcomer local artists Daniel Zedane and Jen Sanchez performed timeless love songs for the 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary of Mr. Jonathan and Mrs. Pelagia Longno at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church last April 1, 2013. Sheila performed "My Valentines," a Jim Brickman classic and sang two more love songs "Your Love" and "Now and Forever" by Richard Marx at the reception party held at Emilion Function Center. This will be her last few gigs in Iloilo City before leaving the country this year to study and pursue new career in Los Angeles, California, USA. She has always enjoyed singing love songs for couples on their weddings. Sheila is noted for her soulful singing in various events aside from releasing Ilonggo hits song in local FM stations such as "Ginpalangga" and "Sa Handum Na Guid Lang." 













          Ilongga Divas 4ever!   


Just another look back on the Ilongga Divas live performance of their English single SAY at Dinagyang Festival 2012. This January 2013, the young divas are reuniting once again to shoot the official music video of SAY and released it a month after. The music video will reunite Ilongga pop songstress Sheila Barrios, young diva in-the-making Irish D. and sexy diva Cherry Callao. After their successful events and performance last 2011-2012, the trio of Ilongga artists will once again join forces to collaborate for a possible second single with a new addition to the group, Cindy Bernardo. With a possibility of Sheila's moving to Los Angeles, USA this year to continue her studies there, Cindy might replace Sheila to complete the Ilongga Divas trio once again. For now, enjoy listening to their song and beautiful voices.  
          It sounds more and more like the Clippers acquiring Austin Rivers caused a rift within the team   

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The Los Angeles Clippers as we've known them for six years ended on Wednesday when it was reported the Houston Rockets and Clippers agreed to a trade to send Chris Paul to the Rockets.

The move wasn't wholly unexpected as some NBA rumors suggested Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick, all free agents this summer, may not re-sign with the Clippers after yet another early postseason exit.

While Paul informing the Clippers he intended to leave in free agency seemingly happened for several reasons, chatter is growing that a big source was a rift with Doc Rivers, one that may have been caused, in part, from his son Austin Rivers.

In 2015, the Clippers traded for Austin, who, at the time, had been a fairly disappointing combo guard for the New Orleans Pelicans. Of course, many suggested that the trade only occurred because Austin's father, Doc, is the coach and president of basketball operations for the Clippers.

In two years, Austin has actually grown into a solid role player —  a decent ball-handler, shooter, and defender who gave the Clippers good minutes off the bench. In the summer of 2016, the Clippers re-signed him to a three-year, $35 million contract.

Now, however, it sounds like Austin's tenure with the Clippers created some chemistry issues. After news of Paul's trade to the Rockets broke, ESPN's Michael Eaves reported Paul and other Clippers felt Doc didn't treat Austin the same as other players on the team.

"Paul's relationship with Doc Rivers started to deteriorate rapidly after the Clippers acquired Austin Rivers. Several members of the team felt Austin acted entitled because his dad was both the coach and the President of Basketball Operations. In the view of the tenured players, Austin Rivers never tried to fit in, and when players tried to address the situation with him, he still did not respond the way the core of the team wanted him to. It led to resentment within the locker room, which often played out during games. One of Paul's biggest contentions with Doc was that Paul, and other players, felt Doc treated Austin more favorably than other players. He would yell at guys for certain things during games and practices, but not get on Austin in the same manner for similar transgressions."

Austin denied the report.

Eaves' report of contention within the Clippers is the strongest yet, but others have suggested that there is real fire behind the smoke.

ESPN's Zach Lowe wrote after the Clippers-Rockets trade:

"The culture had eroded. Insiders complained about a lack of accountability -- about practices and shootarounds starting late, and Austin Rivers carrying himself like an anointed superstar. (This appears to have gotten better over the past year-plus, and Rivers has clearly earned his keep as a plus reserve.)

"The relationship between Paul and Doc Rivers frayed, sources say."

Additionally, while appearing on Lowe's podcast, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said the timing of Austin's contract last season made things "awkward" on the team.

"Because he's Austin Rivers, because he's Doc's son, it's always going to be awkward for everyone involved. Even last year, it's not so much that they re-signed him, it's that they re-signed him before Jamal [Crawford]. So, if you pay him first, what does that signal to the rest of the team? That you took care of your son first. Is that Austin Rivers' fault? No, he had offers from other teams, but he's Doc Rivers' son, so it's just always going to be that way. If you have players who aren't playing as much as they want or Austin's playing a different role or Austin carries himself a certain way they don't like, whatever it is, because of who he is, it's always going to be a problem."

However, any rift caused by Austin wasn't the only thing that led to the team breaking up.

Eaves also reported that Paul was unhappy that Doc turned down a potential trade for Carmelo Anthony, while Shelburne noted that Paul wasn't happy about the Clippers' alleged doubts about signing him to a full, five-year max contract this summer.

In general, the team as a whole seemed to struggle with its chemistry. ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz had reported that Paul's demanding ways sometimes wore thin on teammates. ESPN's Brian Windhorst said Redick leaving in free agency this summer is the "worst kept secret" in the league, perhaps a sign of his growing weary of the Clippers' inner-dynamics.

There's no shame in six straight 50-win seasons and relative playoff success. The Clippers were on the verge of reaching a next level in the postseason several times, only to suffer mental collapses or untimely injuries.

But if anything, it's a sign of how delicate the balance of team chemistry can be. A move to acquire a young combo guard may have played a part in the team feeling divided and losing an All-Star point guard.

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          Trump loves to say media companies are 'failing' — here's how they're actually performing   

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President Donald Trump often labels media companies as "failing." He's taken shots at BuzzFeed during press conferences. He's repeatedly pounded on CNN, and particularly enjoyed that network's recent journalism stumble.

And of course, Trump has hammered the MSNBC show "Morning Joe" this week, causing a political firestorm that has stretched across both parties.

If you follow the advertising business, you'd not be surprised to hear that traditional media business models are under a lot of pressure as consumer consumption habits are going through rapid changes driven by technology.

But here's an ongoing question: are the media companies Trump refers to as failing" actually failing? 

Here's a look at how these companies are performing from an audience and financial perspective.

 

"Failing" CNN

CNN is a frequent Trump target.

But CNN just enjoyed a 39% jump in it ratings for adults aged 25 to 54, reported Variety.

It's true that a few years ago, CNN was really struggling. But lately all of cable news networks have enjoyed a resurgence, as Ad Age's Anthony Crupi noted recently on Twitter.

Performance- 

Nielsen says that CNN averaged over 1 million viewers during prime time during the second quarter of this year.

Financials-

CNN's parent company Time Warner pulled in  $7.74 billion during its most recent quarter, a jump of 5.8% versus last year, reported Deadline. But ad sales were down for the company's cable networks.



'Low rated' 'Morning Joe'

This week, President Trump has been in attack mode when it comes to the MSNBC show.

Performance-

"Morning Joe" averaged just under 1 million viewers during the second quarter of this year, according to Nielsen. That's up from roughly 600,000 average viewers a year ago and lands MSNBC just behind Fox News in the morning news race, per Nielsen.

Financials-

MSNBC has been on a recent ratings surge, and SNL Kagan says the network will pull in $267.8 million this year, reports Variety. Parent company NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp., pulled in close to $7.9 billion during the first quarter this year, up 14.7% versus the same period last year, reported the Los Angeles Times.



'Failing New York Times'

President Trump has frequently referred to the New York Times as "failing."

It's true that at the height of the recession, the Times had to borrow money from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. But recently, the company has seen a surge in subscriptions and scoops thanks in part to Trump. But there's no question newspapers continue to grapple with a declining circulation and print advertising landscape.

Performance-

The Times' website exceeded 94 million unique users in May, per comScore, a jump of 36% from last year. 

Financials-

The Times reported that it now has over 2.2 million digital-only subscribers. However, print ad revenue slipped 18% during its most recent quarter. Overall revenue landed at $399 million in the first quarter, up 5% versus the same period in 2016.



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          Our relationship   
Julia and I have been together for about ten years now, which is an interesting fact. We considered ourselves "together" before we laid eyes on each other in person. Why? We had spent many hours with each other via email and by daily, hours-long phone conversations. The odds are great that we knew each other better by the time we saw each other for the first time than most dating couples can claim after a year of dating.

In setting up this website, one of our intentions was to tell our own story. It is a story we have told before, using Julia's blog as the vehicle. In that case, we told it one chapter at a time over many months. Here, we will tell it the same way, but we will condense the timeline. Given that the entire purpose of this new blog is to discuss relationship dynamics and how to make one work, it only makes sense for us to get our story up and visible over a shorter timeframe.

Today, we begin at the beginning. I will post another chapter in the story in a couple of days.

----(Julia's part of the story)

After my comments about “looking for love” in my last blog entry, someone wrote me today and asked how I met my husband, Rick. It’s a really cool story, and will take more space than I’m going to allot to one blog entry, so I’ll tell it in installments!

First, I’ll start with a little background. I was married for the first time when I was 23, to someone who was just not right for me. He was my first earth-shaking love, and it took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that we were just not suited for each other, no matter how much we loved each other at essence. I kept the voice inside that was trying to tell me that well-muted for a number of years, until finally, it could not be denied anymore. Our relationship lasted about five years total, but our marriage, only 15 months. Interestingly, I had severe migraine headaches during exactly the period of time we were together. Once we split up, the migraines only came back once, and again, it was when I was not being honest with myself.

I have deduced that migraines are common occurrences when you are lying to yourself about something important—when you are not heeding your inner guidance. Not saying that’s the only cause—just that it seems to be consistent with my observations of myself and others. I learned somewhere that when the frequencies of your left and right brain hemispheres are different, it can cause migraines. Kind of makes sense with my theory, doesn’t it? Anyway, while I was crazy about my first husband, and he loved me a lot, it was a serious mismatch. I’m sure there was a karmic component to our being together, and I still feel a bond with him, but it was a powerful move in the right direction when we split up. I’m happy to say that, even though we made lousy partners, we have a nice relationship now, and he and his wife—who is very cool—have both read Recreating Eden and bought copies for friends and family. I hope to see them when I’m in North Carolina this spring.

After my marriage, I had quite an active social life, and it took me a number of relationships to see a pattern emerging: I was always magnetizing unavailable men. My first husband had been unavailable emotionally. I had another boyfriend that was still hung up on his first love and wasn’t available—actually, make that 2 boyfriends hung up on lost loves. And there were the ones that just weren’t that into me, and the one that, when things got to the deep-heart intimacy stage, freaked out and pulled away (now that’ll do a number on you!). There was one that worked on the pipeline in Alaska and was only around for two weeks of every five, and then there were (I’m sad to say) the married ones or engaged ones, or otherwise involved ones. If a man was unavailable, I was like a magnet to him. And, in many ways, that suited me fine. It was easier to be involved with a man that was unavailable. That way, I didn’t have to commit (This was something I wasn’t cognizant of at the time, but that I figured out in a later analysis). And I’m a “keep my options open” type—a “P-type” in the Myers-Briggs personality inventory. Being involved with unavailable men suited me—but only sort-of. There was a deep longing in me for true partnership—a longing to be with a man who would consider me the “love of his life,” and with whom I could build a life. Continually being involved with unavailable men did little or nothing for my self esteem, and I felt guilty about the relationships with men who were involved with other women. But for some reason, I kept creating relationships with the old pattern until one day, I just said “ENOUGH! I refuse to keep doing this! I will not be in any relationship at all until I can break this sick pattern!” And the universe took me at my word.

Eight years passed in which I did not have so much as one single, solitary date. I had erected a psychic barrier that was so powerful, I not only didn’t attract men, I did not come across one man that I was even vaguely interested in! It was as if that part of my life was utterly non-existent. And for someone who was still attractive and that had always had lots of interactions with men (as you may have surmised by my partial list of relationships above) it was quite a phenomenon to live such a life of relationship abstinence.

But all that was going to change in 1997…

I’ll tell you more of my relationship saga soon!

----(Rick's part of the story)

It only seems fitting that the story be told from both points of view, so I will chime in and take the story from the beginning to the same point that Julia has, this time from my perspective.

My first marriage was later than Julia’s: I was 28 when I got married in 1982, two and a half years after I returned home to Denver after four years in the Air Force. My first wife is the mother of all those step children you hear about now and again in Julia’s blog.

By 1995, our relationship had soured to the point that it was simply a matter of time before it ended. We separated in 1996. I then embarked on what I now see as the gradual opening of my eyes and raising of my vision. My own sense of self had been badly damaged—or, more likely, was badly damaged at the time I got married—and I needed time and relationships based more on esteem for ourselves first, and then what we could each bring to a relationship. A lovely woman who lived in the mountains east of Los Angeles and I had a relationship that lasted about four months and several trips to that beautiful part of California. We are still friends today and email each other a few times a year. Our relationship was an important step for me, because we treated each other as equals each entitled to the nurturing we could offer ourselves, and then to the magic we could build together. The magic, as it turned out, was more imagined than real.

In mid-1997, I met a woman who lived in Colorado Springs, and we were very close for a few months. I now see the value and meaning in having known this person (we are not in communication today). It was during my relationship with her that I began the long climb out of the pit of very low self-esteem I had fallen into over a period of years. She was such a loving and giving soul, and she was very healing for me. Again, though, the magic wasn’t what we both thought we saw at first. When I would talk about what I envisioned as our future, she was kind about it but clearly didn’t share my vision. I was still seeing her when I met Julia. At this point, I will let Julia take the story forward and add my comments when she does.
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          Elon Musk’s ‘Boring Company’ begins digging under LA   
Elon Musk’s underground tunneling startup, the Boring Company, has begun digging under Los Angeles in a bid to create a transportation network under the city. The billionaire tech visionary
          Ancestors – Neptune With Fire   

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          Essential Arts & Culture: Visceral border art, a 'guileless' Wilshire Grand, must-see African sculpture   

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          Maersk reopens terminal at Port of Los Angeles as it recovers from cyberattack   

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          Wimbledon 2017: Das müssen Sie wissen    

Die 131. Auflage der Wimbledon Championships (ab 3. Juli täglich im LIVETICKER) steht an.

Auf den Rasenplätzen des All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Clubs kämpfen die besten Tennis-Profis um den prestigeträchtigsten Titel der Grand Slam-Serie.

SPORT1 beantwortet vorab die wichtigsten Fragen zum bedeutendsten Tennisturnier der Welt. 

Wer sind die Favoriten bei den Herren?

Als amtierender Champion vor heimischem Publikum an den Start zu gehen, sorgt immer für große Erwartungen. Dementsprechend wird sich von Andy Murrays Auftritt viel versprochen und der Brite nimmt die Favoritenrolle an. 

Allerdings ist noch unklar, ob er die Mission Titelverteidigung überhaupt aufnehmen kann. Eine hartnäckige Hüftverletzung setzt die Nummer Eins der Weltrangliste derzeit außer Gefecht.

Als schärfster Konkurrent gilt Tennis-Maestro Roger Federer. Der Rekordsieger Wimbledons zeigte in dieser Saison mit dem Titel in Halle, dass er weiterhin zu den besten Rasenplatz-Spielern der Welt gehört. Zudem konnte er die Australien Open für sich entscheiden.

Sandplatzkönig Rafael Nadal und der dreimalige Wimbledon-Gewinner Novak Djokovic komplettieren den engeren Kreis der Favoriten.

Wer zählt bei den Damen zu den Favoriten?

Bei den Damen kann die letztjährige Siegerin Serena Williams aufgrund ihrer Schwangerschaft nicht teilnehmen. Russlands Tennis-Diva Maria Sharapowa muss nach dem Ende ihrer Doping-Sperre verletzungsbedingt passen. 

So rückt vor allem Petra Kvitova in den Fokus. Die Tschechin zählt sechs Monate nach der Messerattacke in ihrem Appartement schon wieder zu den Favoritinnen. Sie konnte in der Vergangenheit bereits zweimal auf dem Centre Court in Wimbledon triumphieren.

Wie stehen die Chancen der Deutschen?

Vorjahresfinalistin Angelique Kerber zeigte sich nach ihrem desaströsen French-Open-Aus zuletzt formverbessert. Zu den heißesten Titelanwärterinnen zählt sie aber aktuell nicht.

Ihren deutschen Tennis-Kolleginnen werden nur Außenseiterchancen zugerechnet. Immerhin sorgte Julia Görges in der Wimbledon-Vorbereitung mit dem Finaleinzug auf Mallorca für einen Hoffnungsschimmer.

Bei den Herren sind die Zverev-Brüder zwar gesetzt, zählen aber nicht zu den Topfavoriten. Alexander Zverev bewies bei den Gerry Weber Open aber, dass auf Rasen mit ihm zu rechnen ist - trotz der deutlichen Final-Niederlage gegen Roger Federer.

Was gibt es zu gewinnen?

Das Preisgeld bei den Wimbledon Championships ist im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um stolze 12,5% gestiegen. 2017 werden also insgesamt 31,6 Millionen Pfund (37,4 Millionen Euro) ausgeschüttet.

Die Sieger im Männer- und Fraueneinzel bekommen jeweils 2,2 Millionen Pfund (2,6 Millionen Euro/+10 Prozent).

Seit 2011 (14,6 Millionen Pfund) hat sich das Preisgeld in Wimbledon mehr als verdoppelt, Rekordhalter sind allerdings weiter die US Open in New York, bei denen bereits im vergangenen Jahr 46,3 Millionen Dollar (41,7 Millionen Euro) ausgeschüttet wurden.

Die deutschen Erstrundenpartien im Überblick:

Herreneinzel:

Alexander Zverev (Hamburg/Nr. 10) - Jewgeni Donskoi (Russland)
Mischa Zverev (Hamburg/Nr. 27) - Bernard Tomic (Australien)
Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) - Milos Raonic (Kanada/Nr. 6)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) - Marin Cilic (Kroatien/Nr. 7)
Florian Mayer (Bayreuth) - Viktor Troicki (Serbien)
Tommy Haas (Los Angeles) - Ruben Bemelmans (Belgien)
Dustin Brown (Winsen/Aller) - Joao Sousa (Portugal)

Dameneinzel:

Angelique Kerber (Kiel/Nr. 1) - Irina Falconi (USA/Qualifikantin)
Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) - Lesia Zurenko (Ukraine)
Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) - Dominika Cibulkova (Slowakei/Nr. 8)
Annika Beck (Bonn) - Ruben Bemelmans (Belgien)
Carina Witthöft (Hamburg) - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Kroatien/Nr. 26)
Mona Barthel (Neumünster) - Coco Vandeweghe (USA/Nr. 24)
Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) - Anastassija Potapowa (Russin/Qualifikantin)
Sabine Lisicki (Berlin) - Ana Konjuh (Kroatien/Nr. 27)


          Gegner von Kerber und Zverev stehen fest    

Vorjahresfinalistin Angelique Kerber (29) und Jungstar Alexander Zverev (20) haben bei der Wimbledon-Auslosung vermeintlich leichte Gegner in der ersten Runde erwischt.

Für etliche der bislang 15 deutschen Tennisprofis im Hauptfeld der 131. Championships im Londoner All England Club dürfte der Höhepunkt der Rasensaison dagegen bereits nach dem Auftaktmatch beendet sein.

Die topgesetzte Kerber trifft am Dienstag auf die Qualifikantin Irina Falconi (USA), Zverev (Nr. 10) bekommt es ebenfalls am zweiten Turniertag mit dem Russen Jewgeni Donskoi zu tun, der auf dem Heiligen Rasen von Wimbledon bislang noch kein Spiel gewonnen hat.

Pech hatten dagegen Jan-Lennard Struff, Philipp Kohlschreiber und Andrea Petkovic, die jeweils Top-10-Spieler herausfordern. Struff spielt gegen Vorjahresfinalist Milos Raonic (Kanada/Nr. 6), Kohlschreiber gegen den früheren US-Open-Champion Marin Cilic (Kroatien/Nr. 7) und Petkovic gegen WTA-Weltmeisterin Dominika Cibulkova (Slowakei/Nr. 8).

Mischa Zverev (Nr. 27), neben seinem Bruder Alexander und Kerber einziger gesetzter Spieler aus Deutschland, steht vor einer kniffligen Erstrunden-Aufgabe. Der Linkshänder trifft auf den Australier Bernard Tomic, gegen den er zuletzt in Eastbourne deutlich in zwei Sätzen verlor. Ex-Finalistin Sabine Lisicki ist nach ihrer Verletzungspause nur Außenseiterin gegen Ana Konjuh (Kroatien/Nr. 27).

Tommy Haas darf bei seinem letzten Start in Wimbledon auf ein Zweitrundenduell mit dem Schweizer Stan Wawrinka hoffen. Der 39-Jährige spielt in Runde eins gegen den Qualifikanten Ruben Bemelmans aus Belgien.

Herreneinzel:
Alexander Zverev (Hamburg/Nr. 10) - Jewgeni Donskoi (Russland)
Mischa Zverev (Hamburg/Nr. 27) - Bernard Tomic (Australien)
Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) - Milos Raonic (Kanada/Nr. 6)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) - Marin Cilic (Kroatien/Nr. 7)
Florian Mayer (Bayreuth) - Viktor Troicki (Serbien)
Tommy Haas (Los Angeles) - Ruben Bemelmans (Belgien)
Dustin Brown (Winsen/Aller) - Joao Sousa (Portugal)

Dameneinzel:
Angelique Kerber (Kiel/Nr. 1) - Irina Falconi (USA)
Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) - Lesia Zurenko (Ukraine)
Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) - Dominika Cibulkova (Slowakei/Nr. 8)
Annika Beck (Bonn) - Polona Hercog (Slowenien)
Carina Witthöft (Hamburg) - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Kroatien/Nr. 26)
Mona Barthel (Neumünster) - Coco Vandeweghe (USA/Nr. 24)
Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) -Anastasia Potapowa (Russland)
Sabine Lisicki (Berlin) - Ana Konjuh (Kroatien/Nr. 27)


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Loren Bouchard is the creator and executive producer of Bob's Burgers, which begins its seventh season this fall on Fox. He is also a composer, writer and actor whose other TV credits include Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Home Movies and The Ricky Gervais Show.

The Bob’s Burgers Music Album, a magnum opus soundtrack release featuring the music from the first six seasons of the Emmy-winning prime time animated sitcom, is now available. Greg and Loren will talk about the album, ukuleles, the music of the show in general, why Bob’s Burgers is character-driven, and other topics in a free-wheeling conversation that will air during our second hour.

Our first hour will pay tribute to the life and career of Adam West, the iconic actor known to three generations of television viewers around the world as Batman (and, to fans of Family Guy, Mayor Adam West). Our guest for this segment will be Joel Eisner, author of The Official Batman Batbook, plus we’ll play highlights from our interviews with actresses Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar.

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