As the fastest of three cars to crack 190 mph in the one and only NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, Austin Dillon will roll off last in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2. Dillon turned a lap at 190.789 mph, nearly half a mile an hour faster than his track record. Track Qualifying Record: Austin Dillon 06/16/12 37.8201 190.375 # Car Driver Team 1 15 * Carl Long RWR Ford 2 74 * Juan Carlos Blum # Oleofino’s Chevrolet 3 00 * Ken Butler III JW Demolition Toyota 4 52 * Joey Gase Donate Life Chevrolet 5 23 Scott Riggs(i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 6 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Toyota 7 24 Blake Koch VIP Poker Toyota 8 46 * JJ Yeley(i) Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 9 4 Landon Cassill Flex Seal Chevrolet 10 01 Mike Wallace Brooklyn Products International Chevrolet 11 42 * Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 12 40 Reed Sorenson E-Swisher.com Chevrolet 13 51 Jeremy Clements Diamond Pistons Chevrolet 14 10 * Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 15 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 16 44 Cole Whitt Takagi Tankless Water Heaters Toyota 17 79 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Uponor Ford 18 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota 19 92 * Dexter Stacey # Maddie’s Place Ford 20 11 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Toyota 21 20 Brian Vickers Dollar General Toyota 22 16 * Chris Buescher Ford EcoBoost Ford 23 22 Joey Logano(i) Discount Tire Ford 24 70 Johanna Long Foretravel Chevrolet 25 43 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers Ford 26 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. # Worx Chevrolet 27 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Alliance Truck Parts Ford 28 6 Trevor Bayne Roush CleanTech Ford 29 7 Regan Smith TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet 30 54 Kyle Busch(i) Monster Energy Toyota 31 60 Travis Pastrana Roush Fenway Racing Ford 32 99 Alex Bowman # St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Toyota 33 32 Kyle Larson # Cessna Chevrolet 34 5 Brad Sweet Great Clips Chevrolet 35 77 Parker Kligerman Bandit Chippers Toyota 36 2 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Chevrolet 37 33 Paul Menard(i) Menards/Rheem Chevrolet 38 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 39 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare Chevrolet * Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series Dillon’s fast lap earns right to roll off last in Coors Light Pole Qualifying
Soul’d Out Productions, the group behind Portland, Oregon’s Soul’d Out Music Festival, is suing California’s popular Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The suit was filed at the U.S. District Court’s in Oregon on Monday.Portland Business Journal reports that the primary issue is a “contractual restriction” that prevents artists who have been booked by Coachella from playing “at any other festival or themed event within a distance that extends over 1,300 miles” for five months before or after Coachella. Soul’d Out Productions alleges that the so-called radius clause is a “monopolistic practice” that has injured its business, which is located over 1,000 miles from the site of Coachella. The suit claims that Coachella’s practice violates federal antitrust laws, as well as antitrust laws in Oregon and California. The plaintiffs allege that the radius clauses limit consumer choice and force promoters and fans alike to pay higher prices, adding that artists have declined to perform at the Soul’d Out Festival as a result of Coachella’s radius clause. “We seek no less than to operate in a fair and open environment,” Soul’d Out Productions co-owner and co-founder Nicholas Harris reportedly said in a release. “But as our industry has become more consolidated, it is subjected to more and more corporate tactics that penalize the public. Music, and the culture that births it, is not a commodity to be exploited. It is meant to inspire and enrich our lives.”Evidently, Soul’d Out’s goal is “to bar Coachella and its AEG affiliates from enforcing any performance contracts that contain such a radius clause, and also seeks treble damages from injuries caused by their unlawful actions and attorneys’ fees spent bringing this lawsuit.” The company is currently represented by Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC.As previously reported, Coachella will return to the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA over the next two weekends: April 13-15 and April 20-22. Beyonce, Eminem, and The Weekend are set to headline, and many of the fest’s biggest performances will be streamed online for free.The Soul’d Out Festival, on the other hand, will feature Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Wyclef Jean, Tipper, Noname, and more when it takes place April 18-22.[H/T Portland Business Journal]
On Sunday, in a sermon at the Memorial Church at Harvard, congregants got an intimate glimpse at how one incident 50 years ago changed race relations in America forever.“I was there, at a tipping point in history,” recounted the Rev. Clark Olsen, S.T.B. ’59. On the night of March 9, 1965, in Selma, Ala., Olsen witnessed a murder that persuaded a reluctant Congress to pass the landmark Voting Rights Act, signed into law five months later. It barred literacy tests, opened challenges to the practice of poll taxes, and eliminated other traditional Southern impediments to black suffrage.That March night in Selma, Olsen had just finished dinner with two other Unitarian Universalist ministers, James Reeb and Orloff Miller, both from Boston. All three were white, and had come to town for “Turnaround Tuesday,” an event designed as a peaceful answer to the “Bloody Sunday” march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge two days before. Martin Luther King Jr. had called on clergy from across the country to attend the March 9 protest. More than a thousand appeared — nuns, priests, rabbis, and ministers.Olsen, then a minister with the Berkeley (Calif.) Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, had seen graphic television coverage of Bloody Sunday, a mayhem of tear gas, whips, clubs, and charging police horses that wounded scores of protestors and awakened a nation.After witnessing the violence from his living room, and propelled by a Unitarian tradition of action and advocacy, Olsen answered King’s call (with the aid of airfare from two friends). “It seemed like the right thing to do,” he said.That Tuesday night, Olsen and his companions were just passing Selma’s Silver Moon Café when three or four men, shouting racial epithets, raced across the darkened street and attacked. From behind, one of them swung a club with full force against the left side of Reeb’s head. Miller dropped to a prayer position ― pacifist training he had received that day. Olsen, late getting to Selma, missed the training. He ran. One of the assailants chased him down and punched him, knocking his glasses into the street.Reeb, 38 years old and the father of four children, lay in the street babbling incoherently. There was no blood, but his skull was fractured and the internal bleeding was massive. A run of bad luck and bad blood slowed the ambulance ride to a Birmingham hospital 93 miles away: a flat tire, a broken radiotelephone, a car full of harassing white supremacists, and an indifferent state trooper. Early on, at a blacks-only infirmary near the scene of the beating, Olsen held one of Reeb’s hands during his last moments of consciousness. The dying minister “squeezed and squeezed” his friend’s hand as the pain intensified. “Then his hand went limp,” said Olsen.Reeb’s death 37 hours later, on March 11, set off a chain of protests in U.S. cities and at 80 American embassies overseas. It propelled the United States into a new era of civil rights. It awakened the public to race hate.Olsen said his friend’s death set in motion dramatic legal changes. He also lamented that the death of a black man three weeks earlier had gone unnoticed in the seats of power. The February death of 26-year-old Alabama church deacon and voting rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson — shot during a peaceful protest ― did not occasion a single call from or to the White House, said Olsen. But within a few days of Reeb’s demise, President Lyndon Johnson made or received 57 phone calls about the incident.Of the disparity, Olsen wrote later: “Surely that was a stark lesson about the problem of race in America.” (Jackson’s killing did have an effect on history, however. It inspired the Selma protests that, in turn, changed the world.)By March 15, during a televised address to a joint session of Congress, LBJ equated Reeb’s death with other turning points in American history, including the battles of Lexington and Concord, and the Confederate surrender at Appomattox that ended the Civil War.It has been 50 years and one month since Olsen turned around and saw a man swing a club against Reeb’s head. He has told the story hundreds of times to tens of thousands of people. He recounted it in “Murder in Selma,” a 1998 film on CNN. He still feels anger and sadness and guilt about Reeb’s death, and he is abidingly puzzled by the failure of Alabama justice in 1965. (An all-white jury acquitted the perpetrators.) But Olsen has distilled the incident into what he called a message of “justice and love.”To his listeners in Memorial Church, Olsen offered the central lesson he’d learned as a witness to a pivotal moment in American race relations: “Whenever you see any instance of injustice, stand up,” he said. “Don’t be a silent witness.”Olsen’s visit was part of a two-day commemoration of Selma, and the Civil Rights era, centered on the 2015 William Belden Noble Lecture by documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. Nelson screened his film “Freedom Summer” (2014) in Boylston Hall on Sunday. On Monday at 7 p.m. he’ll deliver the Noble Lecture at the Memorial Church Sanctuary following a conversation with President Drew Faust.Before his sermon, Olsen participated in an intimate mid-morning Faith and Life Forum in Memorial Church’s Pusey Room. “Being here is a gift to me,” said Olsen, who spent 1955 to 1959 at Harvard, and last preached in Memorial Church as a student 56 years ago.The conversation revealed the origins of the man who witnessed that murder in Selma, and his lifelong desire to break out of the boxes culture had created for him. He was the boy of 12 who spent six months in bed with rheumatic fever; the boy of 16, sick again, who was not expected to live to be 21. “I was glad to be alive,” Olsen said, a feeling that has stayed vividly with him. “I felt the gift of life, the gift of possibilities.”
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAs you do your spring cleaning this year, don’t be too quick totoss away old items. They could make for quirky outdoor gardenfeatures. Volume XXXINumber 1Page 26 University of Georgia specialists say home flower gardens canbecome new homes for old, neglected items. And the would-be junkbecomes yard art.Heirloom gardens are typically full of plants reminiscent ofgardens from the Old South. What better, more creative way tolabel your selections than with china plate name markers?Other yard art ideas include using an old wheelbarrow or woodenchest as a planter. A brass headboard from an old bedroom suitemay seem useless, but in a flower garden it becomes an attractiveminifence or clear indication of a flower bed.If you can’t find odds and ends to perk up your flower gardens,UGA experts suggest turning to colors or scents for unique gardenideas. You can easily plant a patriot garden with red, white andblue flowers. Or put in a fragrant garden by selecting flowerswhose scents you enjoy.Gardening by heartDesign a memorial garden by installing plants in a heart-shapeddesign. As a tribute, select plants that were your loved one’sfavorites.If water’s in short supply in your landscape, consider installinga xeriscape garden. Xeriscape gardens typically include plantsthat require less water and are more drought-resistant. Placingthe garden near your downspout will allow rainwater to be used asa water source.To put rainwater to further use, install a rain garden.Rain gardens are designed to capture and absorb storm waterrunoff. Most of this water runs off hard surfaces like sidewalks,driveways and roofs.Rain-garden plants must be able to survive flooding for 48 hours.They must also be able to tolerate prolonged periods of dryweather, too, and even drought.Research, Education GardenTo get up-close and personal flower gardening ideas, visit theUGA Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga. At the garden,homeowners can see several theme gardens, including the new raingarden.Other theme gardens on the site include children’s, herb,xeriscape, rock, water, butterfly, heirloom, turf, native plantand antique rose gardens.Admission to the R&E Garden is free. It’s open from May throughSeptember from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5p.m. Sundays. For more information on the garden, call (770)467-6012. Or see the garden’s Web site at www.griffin.edu/garden.To see creative yard art and memorial and heirloom gardens, visitthe teaching garden on the grounds of the Senior Citizens Centerat 1001 Univeter Road in Canton, Ga.The garden was installed by UGA Master Gardeners in CherokeeCounty, Ga. For directions, call the Cherokee County CooperativeExtension Office at (770) 479-0421.For more gardening ideas, see the UGA Georgia Center for UrbanAgriculture Web site at www.ugagarden.com.(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
The University of Georgia Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day will be Sept. 7 at the UGA Tifton Campus, starting at 8:30 a.m.Showcasing two of Georgia’s most important crops, worth $1 billion annually, the field day will show participants the latest work by UGA and U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers in breeding, economics, weeds, diseases, soil fertility and entomology.The field day is free and includes lunch. To RSVP, call (229) 386-3006, or e-mail [email protected] by Sept. 2.
But Megateo met his demise when Troops and police officers converged on the kingpin’s hideout in the mountains of Catatumbo, where he and his men tried to fire a homemade rocket as an assault team descended in a helicopter. However, the weapon backfired and Megateo was killed instantly, while 10 of his men died in an ensuing gunfight with Soldiers and police. He had been in several paramilitary groups, eventually becoming second-in-command of a drug-trafficking group led by Pedro Oliveiro Guerrero, who worked with Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha and the Castaño brothers to secure drug routes and carry out extortion rackets in the southeastern departments of Vichada, Casanare, and Meta. Eventually, Pijarvey supplanted Guerrero — who went by the alias “Cuchillo” — after the latter drowned in a stream trying to escape during a gunfight between his drug-trafficking group and Armed Forces Commandos in an area between Meta and Guaviare in December 2010. Pijarvey inherited Cuchillo’s criminal structure, which he renamed Bloque Libertadores del Vichada, and its illegal businesses, according to the National Police. But less than five years later, Troops caught up to Pijarvey, who had evaded capture during a National Police operation in late 2014. Pijarvey was killed by a DIASE sniper during a gunfight with Troops who had converged on his hideout on September 27, after receiving information of his whereabouts 12 days earlier. Pijarvey’s death, meanwhile, caused his narco-trafficking group to dissolve. Megateo, 39, led the only remaining faction of the EPL, a guerrilla group that demobilized in the early 1990s and controlled vast coca fields in the department of Norte de Santander, according to Army intelligence. Authorities had offered a reward of 2 billion pesos (US$646,120) for information regarding the whereabouts of Megateo, who had committed crimes in the area for nearly 20 years and had escaped from at least 14 operations by security forces over that time. Operation takes out drug kingpin Pijarvey “Pijarvey was like a trademark, a myth, or a legend,” said Sergeant Willy Casallas of DIASE, one of the lead investigators who tracked down Pijarvey. “He was known ever since he was a part of the Autodefensas del Llano [a paramilitary group that operated in Colombia’s eastern plains in the early 2000s]. He was a part of the old guard, and with his death his group crumbled.” “Everything revolved around Megateo,” said Brigadier General Jorge Humberto Jerez Cuellar, the Commander of the Army’s Second Division. “Now his group is scrambling to reorganize and find a new area of operations since the area they were in is no longer safe.” The group charged drug traffickers 400,000 pesos (about US$138) for safely transporting each kilogram of cocaine across the Venezuelan border and 300,000 pesos (US$103) for processing every kilogram of coca paste. Colombia’s National Army and National Police recently conducted two separate operations that resulted in the deaths of two leaders of major criminal organizations in the country’s northern and eastern departments. “He was in charge of 150 men…He had consolidated control of the department of Vichada and of the border with Venezuela. And for a while now, he was planning to expand to Villavicencio.” Like Megateo, Pijarvey had been a criminal fixture for years. By Dialogo November 30, 2015 [untranslatable] guerrillas The return toward drug trafficking again is critical In the northeastern region of Catatumbo, a raid by the Army’s Second Division on October 1 culminated in the death of Víctor Ramón Navarro, who went by the alias “Megateo” and had headed the Popular Liberation Army (EPL, for its Spanish acronym). Four days earlier, the National Police’s Anti-extortion and Anti-kidnapping Directorate (DIASE) killed Martín Farfán Díaz, who went by the alias “Pijarvey” and had been the leader of a drug-trafficking group in the eastern plains of central and southern Colombia. Megateo, who threatened and paid off local residents to cultivate illegal coca crops and act as lookouts, was known for his lavish tastes – he drank only expensive whiskies – and his abusive ways with women. He pursued mostly underage women, some of whom were marked with tattoos of his face.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police officers rescued a kayaker who lost his gear, became stranded and was clinging to a pylon after being swept up in a strong current at the Old Inlet breach on Fire Island.Timothy Miller was kayaking in Bellport Bay his kayak capsized, he lost his paddle and swam to a small island and then tried to swim to shore but the current was too strong, police said.Miller called 911 with his cell phone at 8:08 p.m. and held onto a pylon until Marine Bureau and Aviation Section officers responded with two police boats and a Suffolk County helicopter that guided the vessels through the shallow water.The 39-year-old Patchogue man was cold and exhausted when he was pulled from the water at 8:32 p.m. and later taken to a local hospital.
Sometimes the best gift doesn’t need to be wrappedby: Liz MoyerThe red sweater might be a good fit for your nephew. The flat-screen television would probably look great in your daughter’s living room.But here is something to keep in mind as you draw up your holiday list: Sometimes money is the most appropriate present.Done right, it can also be thoughtful. Financial gifts can launch a child on a lifetime of good habits, help a student graduate without heavy debt, ease the strain of an unexpected medical bill or bolster a loved one’s retirement account.“A sensible gift can teach children about the power of savings and self-discipline as well as philanthropy, with returns that can long outlast toy or gadget fads,” says Timothy Speiss, a partner in charge of the wealth-advisory group at EisnerAmper, an accounting firm based in New York.Giving also can be nearly as good as receiving, thanks to the tax benefits associated with some financial gifts. The givers can often reduce their tax bills by, for example, shifting income-producing investments to family members who pay taxes at lower rates or taking deductions on charitable gifts.Here is a guide to financial gifts that can provide lasting value to the recipients — and, in some cases, pay off for you as well: continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Strong retirement planning can make a person’s twilight years the best part of his or her life, but many Americans have not adequately prepared for retirement. The potential financial ramifications of this problem are becoming more pronounced as baby boomers rapidly enter retirement age.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2029, all baby boomers will be over the age of 65, and the number of people above retirement age will dwarf the number of people below age 18 by 2056. These individuals are realizing the impending reality of retirement, and many are unsure of their own preparedness. Credit unions can appeal to these individuals with programs that help them effectively save for retirement before it is too late.Baby boomers feel the pressureThe baby boomer generation is hitting retirement age during the next few years, but a remarkably small number of this cohort feel confident about their savings. A new survey, from the Insured Retirement Institute, discovered that just 60 percent of baby boomers have savings for retirement. More alarmingly, that number represents a decline from previous surveys. As of last year, 8 in 10 boomers said they had saved for retirement. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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