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Lakers’ sluggish start results in 114-96 loss to Timberwolves

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAdd to that the fact they were coming off a double-overtime loss in Houston the night before, and the fatigued Lakers were not in the best place to begin with. Tyler Ennis played 45 minutes in Houston, Brandon Ingram played 44 and Kyle Kuzma played 43.Julius Randle scored 15 points and Ingram had 14 for the Lakers, who fell behind 16-0 to start the game. Kuzma, the team’s leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, played just 18 minutes and scored all six of his points in the third quarter.“I’ve been banged up the past four games. It’s a reoccurrence,” he said. “It’s my thigh … been getting hit same part every game.”After scoring a franchise-best first 17 points Sunday against the Pacers, Minnesota nearly broke the record.Wiggins scored nine of their first 16 points this time, adding an alley-oop feed for a dunk by Butler and grabbing a couple rebounds during the run. The Lakers, who had eight of their 24 turnovers in the opening 12 minutes, got within 30-18 by quarter’s end. All of the Lakers’ first-quarter points came from the bench after the starters were pulled 3:36 into the game.“The turnovers are the most frustrating part,” Coach Luke Walton said. “I can’t blame just turnovers on them going up 16-0 and us not playing with energy, and us not putting pressure on the defense even though that was the whole message going into the game.”With their early lead whittled to as little as five points early in the third quarter, the Timberwolves went on a 13-0 run late in the quarter to seemingly put away the Lakers.Towns started it with a dunk and jumper, and Wiggins added a pair of jumpers. A 3-pointer by Tyus Jones gave Minnesota a 91-72 lead with 1:11 to play.The Lakers got within nine early in the fourth before Butler scored the next six Minnesota points to help push the lead to 103-88.TIP-INSLakers: They wore their light blue throwback uniforms with MPLS on front. … Ball (left shoulder sprain) missed his fifth straight game. … Caldwell-Pope likely missed his last road game due to a legal travel restriction stemming from a March 2017 incident. The Lakers are not away from Staples Center until Jan. 13. … The Lakers open a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.Timberwolves: Butler has at least 20 points in eight straight games. … Center Gorgui Dieng had 17 points off the bench. … Towns had four fouls (three offensive). … Minnesota is 11-1 at Target Center against Western Conference foes; 2-5 vs. Eastern Conference teams.center_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue, left, tries to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Corey Brewer, right, shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, left, and Corey Brewer look on in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones, left, gives chase as Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends against Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, attempts a layup as he is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson,right, tries unsuccessfully to block a shot by Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, tries to reach the ball as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots as the Lakers’ Josh Hart defends during the first half of Monday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, gets off a pass as Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. Butler led the Timberwolves with 28 points while Clarkson led the Lakers with 20. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, left, lays up as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau shouts instructions to his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue, left, tries to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NextShow Caption1 of 23Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — A game that didn’t set up well for the Lakers on paper quickly got out of hand, and they never could recover from another early deficit.Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves started fast and held off the struggling Lakers 114-96 on Monday night.Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota win for the seventh time in eight games and 10th time in 13.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench for the Lakers, who have lost seven in a row and 10 of 11. The Lakers were once again missing three starters: center Brook Lopez (ankle), and guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (legal) and Lonzo Ball (shoulder).last_img read more

Peyton Manning says ‘we’ll see’ to becoming NFL executive

first_imgSo you’re saying there’s a chance? Related News Could we see Peyton Manning working in an NFL front office? Never say never.Manning was asked that by TMZ Sports on his way out of a restaurant Wednesday night, where he indicated he wouldn’t say no if the right opportunity came along. “I kind of like being a fan,” Manning said. “[I get to] go to a lot of games … see the Broncos play, Colts play, see the Giants play … so I’m kind of enjoying doing that part of it right now but we’ll see.” Browns’ Myles Garrett eager for ‘more freedom to be the player I want to be’center_img NFL approves new field for Azteca Stadium; Chiefs-Chargers set for Nov. 18 Manning reportedly has been approached by front offices since he retired at the end of the 2015 season but has remained only an occasional commentator when it comes to working in the NFL.His career spanned nearly two decades, winning a Super Bowl with the Colts, then the Broncos before calling it quits. Apparently, he’s enjoying watching his brother Eli Manning play for the Giants, although the younger Manning’s career likely is winding down, which could open up Peyton’s schedule quite a bit.last_img read more

Rules expert Desmond Duffy to be 2018 England Golf President

first_img Rules expert Desmond Duffy has accepted the nomination to become President Elect of England Golf for 2017 with a view to becoming President in 2018. “I am proud and thrilled,” said Desmond (image © Leaderboard Photography), who has refereed at all levels of the game, including at eight Open Championships. “I am looking forward to meeting a lot of old friends throughout the country, making new ones and visiting many clubs that, even after 24 years of refereeing, will be new to me. What joy!” Desmond was a keen footballer in his teens but was prompted to try golf by the simultaneous arrival in his parish of a golf-playing priest and a new professional at Catterick Garrison Golf Club. He took lessons, joined the club and began a notable golfing career in which he held a single figure handicap for 52 years. Even now, approaching his 80th birthday, he plays off 11. For the past 48 years Desmond has been a member at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, where he has been Captain and club champion and is an honorary Vice-President. He deeply treasures the club and credits it with putting him on the path towards the national golfing stage. First he became involved with the Northumberland Golf Union – where he has been President – and then went on to represent his county on the English Golf Union (now England Golf). He joined the Tournament Panel and, over the years, has refereed at eight Open Championships, at the Walker Cup, the Palmer Cup, on the European Tour, European Senior Tour and at English amateur events. Alongside his refereeing duties he has been a member of the EGU Board, represented England on the Council of National Golf Unions and been a member of the R&A Rules and Championship Committees. He has been a member of the PGA Rules Panel since 2002. “I have had a wonderful career refereeing at every level and visiting not only most of the British Isles but Europe as well. All that I owe to Bamburgh, Northumberland and England, each has been an important step along the way,” he said. In his professional life Desmond trained as a quantity surveyor and worked in building contracting, eventually retiring as joint managing director of Tower Construction in Alnwick, Northumberland. His interests outside golf including sitting as an education appeals panel member for seven local authorities in the North East and supporting his church. Desmond’s wife, Erika, is a member at Bamburgh Castle and is the handicap secretary for the ladies’ section. The couple have two children, Caroline, who lives with her husband and three children in Morpeth; and Paul, who lives with his wife and two children in New Zealand. 30 Jun 2016 Rules expert Desmond Duffy to be 2018 England Golf President last_img read more

England’s Emily Toy wins the 2019 Women’s Amateur

first_img15 Jun 2019 England’s Emily Toy wins the 2019 Women’s Amateur England international Emily Toy produced the best performance of her career to win the 116th Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down.The 21-year-old defeated Amelia Garvey of New Zealand by one hole in the 18-hole final over the renowned links on the east coast of Northern Ireland.Toy is the first English player to win the title since Georgia Hall in 2013 and has earned a spot in the AIG Women’s British Open at Woburn in August thanks to her triumph.The 2017 R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament champion has also gained exemptions into the 2019 Evian Championship, as well as the US Women’s Open and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship next year.Toy, from Carlyon Bay Golf Club in Cornwall, said: “It’s amazing to win. I played solidly all week. I stayed in the moment in the final and handled my nerves.”She added: “I was saying to my parents last week I’ve got to do the qualifying for the AIG Women’s British Open but I’m in now, so how cool is that?“It’s amazing to have these major opportunities now. I look forward to a couple of days of rest and then it will all sink in.”Toy, who is ranked 450th in the world, ended Garvey’s hopes of becoming the first New Zealander since 1986 to claim the trophy.After both players made birdies on the third hole of the final, Garvey went ahead at the 5th after Toy’s bogey. However, Toy hit straight back at the 6th after a glorious approach set up a birdie.The pair exchanged bogeys before another dropped shot from Toy handed Garvey the lead at the 11th. Just when it looked like the University of Southern California student may pull clear, she bogeyed the 14th to return the contest to all square.Toy let a chance slip at the 16th when she three-putted but made no mistake with a 20 foot putt for birdie at the 17th.A par at the last was good enough for victory as Toy joined a roll of honour that also includes Anna Nordqvist (2008) and Céline Boutier (2015).In her morning semi-final against Linn Grant, the Englishwoman also shone to defeat the Swede, ranked 25th in the world, by two holes.Toy remarked: “I really struggled this morning off the tee but I found the fairways this afternoon which gave me the chances. My putting was also really solid from long distance.“I went to Australia in January and won the New South Wales stroke play qualifying, but given it was a match play tournament it didn’t really feel like a win. I’ve been hunting a win down and been playing quite nicely this year so to do it here is amazing.“I was ranked about 800 in the world at the start of the year but I’ve been ticking down the rankings, especially after the way I played in Australia. Hopefully I can come down a few more spots after this week!”The Pam Barton Memorial Salver was awarded to Toy with runner-up Garvey receiving The Diana Fishwick Cup. The 117th Women’s Amateur Championship will be played at Kilmarnock (Barassie) from 23-27 June 2020.The championship also showcased other England players with Mimi Rhodes, 17, (Burnham & Berrow, Somerset) reaching the quarter-finals; and Bel Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire) making it in to the last 16.  Top qualifier Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer, Norfolk), Georgina Blackman (Chelmsford, Essex),  Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) and Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) all won their first round matches to make it into the final 32. The Yorkshire pair of Nicola Slater (Lindrick) and Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield) were among the 64 match play qualifiers.Image credit: The R&A/Getty Images Tags: elite golf, Emily Toy, England teams, Women’s Amateur Championshiplast_img read more

African-American goalie cornerstone of U.S. soccer team—and envy of others

first_imgAt home and abroad, Howard’s athleticism, unshakable confidence and leadership have won the Everton goalkeeper rave reviews. And despite being “in agony” from bruised—maybe broken—ribs, he made six saves to seal the Americans’ 1-1 draw with England on Saturday night at the World Cup.“He did a great job of taking a tough hit, and staying in it and playing really well,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said Sunday. “… When you see the way Timmy handled himself after the collision last night, you’d certainly expect he’ll be on the field again.”Howard is expected to play Friday against Slovenia after U.S. team medical staff examined him Monday and decided no further tests were needed on his bruised ribs.Goalkeeper has been a source of strength during the U.S. team’s resurgence in the last 25 years. The hand-eye coordination American kids develop playing baseball, football and basketball make them naturals in goal, where cat-quick reflexes and sure hands are a must.But there’s a certain steeliness that sets great keepers apart from merely very good ones, and few are stronger than Howard, clearly the cornerstone of the U.S. team.Howard was born in North Brunswick, N.J., to Matthew Howard, an African-American, and Esther Howard, a native of Hungary. His parents divorced when he was three years old, and Howard lived with his mother, a project manager for a cosmetics distributor. His father, a long-distance truck driver for a health care firm, nonetheless maintained a presence in his life. It was his father, in fact, who was determined to get Howard and his brother, Chris, involved in sports. Before the two could walk, he bought them equipment for various sports to see which games they preferred. Tim showed a preference for basketball and soccer.He was still in grade school when he was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes tics and abrupt, involuntary sounds and utterances.It was in sports that Howard found his comfort zone. He played basketball and soccer growing up, and excelled at both. His high school basketball team made the state finals, and he was later pursued by the Harlem Globetrotters.But it was soccer where he really shined.He was playing on U.S. youth teams before he could drive, and was 19 when he made his debut with Major League Soccer. In his third full season, he was voted MLS goalkeeper of the year, still the youngest player to win the honor.Two years later, Howard was on his way to England to play for Manchester United.“There’s challenges flying in everywhere. It’s nonstop action,” Howard said. “It’s end to end, and that’s what makes it different than other leagues. For me, it’s hardened me. I think I was criticized a lot when I was over there and I bounced back. I feel like I was able to take my lumps and get better, so I’ve definitely become hardened and more resolute.”He had little choice.After a spectacular debut season with the Red Devils—he was the Premier League’s goalkeeper of the year—he found himself stuck behind Edwin van der Sar at Manchester. He was loaned to Everton in 2006 and has blossomed there, developing into one of the league’s top goalkeepers.“To go to Everton and see how everybody loves Tim Howard and how they show him so much respect, it was pretty amazing,” said U.S. teammate Jozy Altidore.Howard is a commanding presence in goal, and not simply because of his size (listed at 6-3 and 210 pounds). With his shaved head and a ferocity that is palpable, the sight of him charging forward is enough to make any opponent hesitate.His teammates aren’t immune to his intensity, either. Howard is constantly shouting instructions at fellow Americans or screaming at them to make corrections. There is little time—or room—for niceties in the chaos of a game, and time and again Saturday night the cameras caught him in full-throated roar.Asked about Steven Gerrard’s goal just four minutes into the game, Howard was unsparing.“I was pretty annoyed because the marking was a little too lax,” he said. “Particularly for the beginning of a game when you’re supposed to be really up for it.”Such bluntness is easily forgiven by his teammates. Unlike some countries—England, this means you—the Americans know they’re in good hands whenever Howard is around. He doesn’t have bad games—“Tim’s just Mr. Consistent,” Clint Dempsey said—and has bailed them out more times than they can count.The Americans have won 31 of his 52 appearances, including last year’s upset of top-ranked Spain in the Confederations Cup, and advanced to their first final at a FIFA event. Howard was so stellar that he was awarded the Golden Glove as the cup’s best keeper.And he is as tough as any athlete, in any sport.In the 29th minute Saturday, the sprinting Heskey slammed into Howard, the studs of his shoes catching the American squarely in the chest. Simply watching the collision produced cringes, and Howard writhed in pain on the ground for several minutes. He grimaced several times when play finally resumed and needed a painkiller at halftime, yet time and again he saved the Americans in the second half, at one point leaping to punch a shot by Frank Lampard back and over the crossbar.“I’ll be even more sore the next couple days, but maybe it’ll get me out of training,” Howard said after the game. BIG SAVE—United States goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the World Cup group C soccer match between England and the United States at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, June 12. by Nancy ArmourJOHANNESBURG (AP)—The lone fan in the blue U.S. Soccer T-shirt looked woefully out of place surrounded by dozens of England supporters—until he turned around.Of course. Tim Howard’s name was emblazoned across his shoulders.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…The age of “thuggery”

first_imgAubrey BruceAs I sit down to pen this, my first Black History Month work of 2014, I will in good faith, not in bad taste or laziness write a few more syllables, words, sentences and paragraphs’ regurgitating the supposed “benevolence” of  Branch Rickey.“Rickey [the legendary] Major League Baseball (MLB) executive [was] elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. Mr. Rickey was born on December 20, 1881 and died on  December 9, 1965.  The time of his birth and death is significant, very significant to the body of communiqué.Rickey’s claim to fame was that “he [broke] Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson and for drafting the first Afro-Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente.Rickey played for the St. Louis Browns and New York Highlanders from 1905 through 1907. After struggling as a player, Rickey returned to college, where he learned about administration from Philip Bartelme. Returning to MLB in 1913, Rickey embarked on a successful managing and executive career with the St. Louis Browns, the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals elected him to their team Hall of Fame in 2014.” (Wikipedia)Most of us should be asking the question as to why there was a color barrier in place requiring it to be broken in the first place?  Was it Branch Rickey or President Barack Obama that said; “It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.”August 28, 1945 was the day Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a minor league baseball deal but at that time many “mad men” remained at the core of our social and economic system, running our government, our country’s corporations and our sports teams who continued to implement and maintain “indentured servants” practices that continue until this day.As far as sports ownership and management goes Blacks may have exited the end zone of racial bias in the corporate  and sports world but a “touchback” has been declared because they have not been afforded many opportunities to return the “kickoffs of opportunities” into the “red zones” of success.I have decided to take a break.   turn on “Morning Joe” the MSNBC television program semi-dedicated to the Republican Party, right wing “killo-sophy,” oops, I meant philosophy.   This is the “super preservative” gun carrying, flag waving, disenfranchising and war mongering faction of our society that incessantly ridicules Black Americans and all that we stand for.After the previous couple of weeks ridiculing a few Black athletes, the “panel” moves on to discussing the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.I met Hoffman on September 11, 2002 at the Lennox Lounge in Harlem.  I, along with former Pittsburgher, bassist Chris Sullivan, along with Long Island native and long time Harlem resident, jazz/pop vocalist Barbra Sfraga.We were doing a tribute to the victims of 911. Sfraga and I performed the Donny McClurkin song; “We Fall Down But We Get Up.”After the set, Hoffman who was hanging out with comedy legend Jackie Mason told me how moved he was. Jackie Mason wrote on a piece of paper that I was an awesome talent.  I still have a laminated copy of that autograph.I am saddened by the death of Mr. Hoffman because such a brilliant talent has now been silenced, forever.  Had the suspected drug allegedly ingested by him been legal, he could have left the shadows of iniquity and the drug that secretly pleased him and killed him may have been administered under a supervised conditions, do you remember Michael Jackson?No one will be calling Mr. Hoffman a ruffian.However, Seattle Seahawk defensive back Richard Sherman was labeled a “thug” by all of the “conservative” media outlets because he dared to exude an air of confidence after a hard fought victory against the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII.Sherman’s performance on the field was legal, it was his braggadocio that wasn’t.CNN.com had this to say about Mr. Hoffman.  “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a rare breed in Hollywood. The actor could disappear into — and transcend — any role He seemed to care more for his craft than celebrity. Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46. He had the booming voice of a deity but often played schlubs and conflicted characters. He could be heartfelt and giving, as with his male nurse in “Magnolia” or rock critic in “Almost Famous,” or creepily Machiavellian, such as the gamemaster in the latest “Hunger Games” movie.”My ear is pinned to the wall am I losing my hearing?  I am not hearing nor am I reading the word; “thug.” reflecting on his death.“In 1884 Sigmund Freud treats his depression with cocaine, and reports feeling “exhilaration and lasting euphoria, which is in no way differs from the normal euphoria of the healthy person…You perceive an increase in self-control and possess more vitality and capacity for work…. In other words, you are simply more normal, and it is soon hard to believe that you are under the influence of a drug.” [Quoted in Ernest Jones, *The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, Vol.1, p.82]Was Freud a hooligan? It was declared legal over 113 years ago that it was okay for Whites to use drugs but it was forbidden for people of color.  In 1901 The Senate of the United States of America [adopted] a resolution, introduced by Henry Cabot Lodge,” to forbid the sale by American traders of opium and alcohol “to aboriginal tribes and uncivilized races.” These provisions are later extended to include “uncivilized elements in America itself and in its territories, such as Indians, Alaskans, the inhabitants of Hawaii, railroad workers, and immigrants at ports of entry.”  (Lectlaw. com)In 1901 Branch Rickey was 20 years old.  His opinions were already formed. The opinions about Black athletes must be reformatted for anything or anyone to be changed.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or  412.583.6741last_img read more

Inslee Rolls out COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard With Data

first_imgFacebook133Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced a new COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard to aid the state in gauging when and how to best lift restrictions around ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in Washington.Wednesday marked 100 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington state. The governor mentioned that in the coming weeks, the state will slowly start “turning the dial” on several physical distancing restrictions in accordance with changing epidemiological and public health data.“It is important to share the information and data that informs our decisions,” Inslee said. “As each decision we make informs choices that impact the health and safety of Washingtonians, we want to show that there are multiple indicators we rely on for how we can remain healthy and open our businesses.”Read the full story on the governor’s Medium pagelast_img read more

Red Bank’s Holiday Tree To Remain on Monmouth Street

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The tree isn’t going anywhere.A Red Bank RiverCenter proposal to relocate the borough’s holiday tree to Riverside Gardens Park hit a brick wall at the borough council meeting last week.Representatives for RiverCenter, the borough’s downtown business alliance, appeared before the mayor and council last Wednesday to discuss moving the tree from 30 Monmouth Street, where it has stood in the courtyard in front of the Dublin House Restaurant for the last few holiday seasons.The organization sponsors the annual tree lighting and concert that takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving.RiverCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Adams said the park offered a more family friendly location for the tree and would be more visible there.Adams said she has received complaints from the public about the tree’s location “next to a bar” and the organization had been looking for an alternative site.Adams had attended a recent borough Special Events Committee, where she is a member, where the matter was broached, with Adams under the impression there was no opposition to it.But Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels disagreed. “There are a lot of issues that haven’t been discussed that have to be discussed,” about relocating the tree to the park, said Sickels, who also sits on the events committee.“It may not be an inexpensive proposition,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.In order to move the tree to Riverside Gardens Park, West Front Street, the borough would have to install some infrastructure to secure it that could be kept covered the rest of the year, and would also need to be sure there is sufficient electrical power there to keep the tree lit, Menna noted, inquiring as to how that would be paid for and whether or not the logistics of moving the tree had been thoroughly considered.“What we really want to do is make the residents happy,” with an appropriate home for the decorated tree, Adams told the council.“You just can’t make a decision on limited facts,” Menna told Adams. “We may not have enough time.”“To be fair it was brought up a month ago,” at the last committee meeting, Adams responded.But the council seemed steadfast, with Council member Michael DuPont adding, “If you ask me my opinion, I think (Riverside Gardens Park) is a bad location.”Menna suggested RiverCenter consider putting the tree in front of 51 Monmouth Street, the former borough police headquarters and one time borough hall. The Community YMCA now owns it, but the borough maintains a volunteer fire company and the veterans’ memorial at the site.But for this year, at least, the tree will remain in its usual location on Monmouth Street.The tree lighting and concert are conducted each year, for about the approximately 20, on the Friday after Thanksgiving—“Black Friday” for retail merchants—to promote the downtown business district as a shopping location.Borough workers install the 2010 holiday tree outside the Dublin House on Monmouth Street.last_img read more