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Clay Shoot fundraiser

first_img Facebook Facebook WhatsApp The Life CenterA clay shoot has been scheduled benefitting the Life Center Foundation starting at 9 a.m. Friday at Jake’s Clays, 13301 FM 1379, Midland.Individual, team and bronze, silver, gold and platinum sponsorships are available. The Life Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. By admin – April 5, 2018 Pinterest Twitter Twitter Local News Clay Shoot fundraiser Pinterest Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Drive like you care about the lives of othersNext articleDon’t Mess with Texas Trash Off admin WhatsApplast_img read more

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An enduring Christmas groove

first_imgMelancholy, upbeat, serene, and infectious are just some of the words that describe Vince Guaraldi’s quintessential holiday soundtrack, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” whose unforgettable blend of jazz and carols has enchanted listeners for 50 years. The music, many agree, is the backbone of the beloved animated special starring cartoonist George M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” gang.“I think the music was crucial to its success because that was the first time a cartoon had used jazz, had used adult music, and that raised it a certain level,” said Lee Mendelson, the show’s executive producer, in a 2003 interview.Mendelson had originally tapped Guaraldi to create the music for a “Peanuts” documentary that never aired. When it came time to score the Christmas special, he called Guaraldi again, and lightning struck.For many, including Harvard Law School faculty assistant Brad Conner, the composer’s fusion of Latin rhythms and blues riffs with traditional Christmas music served as an introduction to jazz. As a boy growing up in West Virginia, Conner loved the show’s animation, but it was Guaraldi’s music that captivated him.Guaraldi’s sheet music is pictured in Harvard’s Music Building. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerA Charlie Brown Christmas At HarvardHarvard Law School’s Brad Conner, an accomplished pianist, talks about his love for the Peanuts holiday special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and plays from its evocative score by jazz composer and pianist Vince Guaraldi.“That was in many ways my only way to get exposure to jazz … that jazz music hit me and I realized how excited it got me, and it still does.”A professional pianist and for 25 years half of the duo Ben & Brad (with fellow HLS staff member Ben Sears), Conner has been practicing Guaraldi’s score to prep for holiday gigs. He loves the music, he said, because, “Whatever Vince Guaraldi tapped into, he tapped into something that moves my soul.”Millions of others would agree.last_img read more

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Roanoke Valley is the Perfect Fall Backdrop

first_imgAfter a day exploring the mountains, fill up with the best local food Virginia’s Blue Ridge has to offer. Sit in front of a fire while you dine on a bison burger or brown beans and cornbread from The Swinging Bridge Restaurant. If you’re looking for comfort food, check out some of the best at The Homeplace. Stop by Ruth’s Place for breakfast served all day. And don’t forget to try the pies, freshly baked every day, from The Hub Restaurant. The mountains of Virginia’s Blue Ridge make the perfect fallbackdrop when you visit the Roanoke Valley for a few days of outdoor adventureand leisure. Stay Awhile These trails offer stunning views of the leaves turningcolors and the valley below. Want to take in the fall landscape without getting out of the car? Go for a scenic mountain drive along Route 311 as you drive over Catawba Mountain and Potts Mountain. Take the car off road on the Potts Mountain Jeep Trail for steep climbs and incredible views. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to make a stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head north or south for views off of “America’s Favorite Drive.” Climb the Mill Mountain Star Trail to see the Roanoke Star and views of the valley. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join your trip. While at Mill Mountain Park, check out the mountain biking trails and wildflower garden. Take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the RoanokeValley when you visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Visit the Homestead Creamery for all of your favorite ice cream, including a seasonal pumpkin flavor. Call ahead for a tour of the farm and manufacturing area. Don’t miss the hay rides, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes at Layman Family Farms, Sinkland Farms, and Jeter Farm. Head out of the city to Smith Mountain Lake State Park for miles of shoreline to explore. The 13 miles of trails will take you through hardwood forests to quiet coves and waterfront overlooks. Spend a relaxing day on the water, paddling and fishing for bass. Stick around for a beautiful sunset over the lake. Plan your visit for November in time for the Smith Mountain Lake Chili and Craft Festival at Bridgewater Marina. Taste your way through the valley with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail. With nearly 30 different stops, you’re sure to find a craft beer, wine, or spirit that fits your style. Don’t forget to download the Cheers Trail Passport (text ‘CHEERS’ to (540) 253-4311) for awesome savings on drinks and merchandise.   Hikers of all abilities will find a trail to experience the Peaks of Otter. On a clear day, you can see for hundreds of miles from Sharp Top Mountain, Flat Top Mountain, and Harkening Hill. Flat Top Trail offers a strenuous hike to the top of the tallest of the three sister peaks. Stroll along Abbott Lake Trail, an ADA compliant loop around the water. Take the Fallingwater Cascades Trail, a 1.6-mile loop, for views of a waterfall. Stick around after the sun goes down for brilliant views of the night sky. If you’re looking for a full weekend of hiking, try Virginia’s Triple Crown. Begin your weekend with a hike to Dragon’s Tooth as you walk along streams and test your bouldering skills. Make your way to McAfee Knob and the iconic overlook that makes it one of the most popular spots on the Appalachian Trail. Finish your trip off with Tinker Cliffs, featuring almost 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Complete the Triple Crown in sections or connect the three legs with a 32-mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. last_img read more

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Unpleasant wake-up call for UW

first_imgWednesday was a busy day for the Badgers both on and off the practice field.When the football coaches found out that five starters would have to miss Wednesday night’s practice because of conflicting exam times, the team changed the starting time from 7:30 p.m. to 6:15 a.m., ensuring a busy day for some of the players.However, the change was not necessarily for the better, as UW head coach Bret Bielema called the practice “the worst of the spring,” ripping into the team after practice, preaching the need for consistency and accusing them of “going through the motions.””I knew that coming in early in the morning would be a little bit of a change of pace,” Bielema said. “But we were just sloppy and approached everything [that way] from stretching to how we handled ourselves.”It was easy to see why Bielema was so upset, as Wednesday morning’s practice wasn’t nearly as crisp as others had been earlier in the spring. For the second time, UW worked out in full pads, but this session was much less physical than the first all-pad practice last Saturday.Several players even showed up late, including running backs Dion Foster and Dywon Rowan, who didn’t show up until an hour into practice.However, Bielema was all smiles for one tardy Badger, offensive lineman Eric VandenHeuvel, who is most notable for replacing the injured Joe Thomas in the Capital One Bowl. VandenHuevel had not practiced much this spring due to a foot injury.”VandenHeuvel got out there today, and while he was in there, I thought he made a difference,” Bielema said. “We’re hoping to have him a solid two weeks here at the end. … He’s right on the verge. It’s just a situation where we don’t want to push him [too hard] because we obviously want him in the fall.”Some of the stars from Wednesday morning were junior receiver Paul Hubbard, who did drop a pass but enjoyed a very solid day otherwise. Sean Lewis and Travis Beckum, who have both changed their position to tight end, made several nice catches across the middle.Also, defensive back Shane Carter continued to impress, knocking away one pass and almost coming up with a gorgeous interception off quarterback John Stocco, but losing the ball as he hit the turf after diving and getting full extension.Junior defensive back Johnny White also came up with a pick during drills.On the injury front, receiver Jarvis Minton, who is out for the remainder of the spring with an undisclosed injury suffered last week, was seen on the sidelines playing catch, wearing a black protective boot that extended up to his right knee.last_img read more

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Residents, DPS urge students to be aware of surroundings

first_imgJiangzang Zhang, a teaching assistant for an electrical engineering class, planned to return a midterm during office hours Wednesday morning. Zhang said he was surprised when Ying Wu, a student who is typically one of the first to arrive, had not shown up.“She’s usually one of the first people there, and I couldn’t see her,” Zhang said. “After about 1 p.m., the news came out.”After checking Facebook, Zhang learned that Wu and her friend Ming Qu had been fatally shot around 1 a.m. The shooting took place near the intersection of Raymond Avenue and 27th Street, about three blocks west of Vermont Avenue.“I was really shocked, actually,” Zhang said. “And I also feel sad because she’s somebody so close. I’ve known her for about a year.”Zhang said Wu and Qu, both 23-year-old graduate students from China studying electrical engineering, were studious and diligent.“Those people are incredibly hardworking, study at the library until 1 a.m. and then go back home,” Zhang said. “It’s not because they go to a party or something.”In the wake of the double homicide, USC students and residents of Raymond Avenue expressed grief and shock and reflected on safety precautions near campus.J.P. Chehade, a graduate student studying civil engineering, said he feels safer because of the security presence on campus.“I wouldn’t feel OK if the security wasn’t there when I have to walk back to my car,” Chehade said. “Security makes a difference.”Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle said the incident emphasizes the importance for students to remain aware of their surroundings.“What it points out is that all of us — students, faculty and staff — have to be ever vigilant because this situation may occur wherever you may be,” Carlisle said.Sam Levy, a junior majoring in civil engineering, said the shooting has not changed his perception of safety around USC because of its distance from campus.“I saw the location, which seemed pretty far from campus,” Levy said. “Double homicide is pretty big, but I feel like it was far enough away where I don’t feel any more in danger now than I was before. Raymond and Normandie doesn’t feel that close to me.”Several residents of the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue said they were woken by the gunshots early Wednesday.“I remember I was sleeping,” said Johnny Rivera, a 22-year-old student at East Los Angeles College. “I was so deep into my sleep. I just dropped down to the floor, and I kind of panicked because I have my sisters in the house and everybody.”Rivera said, in recent years, more USC students have moved into the area. He said USC students should remain aware of their surroundings, but some of the concerns about safety are exaggerated.“I’ve lived here my whole life, situations like this don’t occur that much,” Rivera said. “They should be aware, but it’s not even as bad as they say it is, like in movies.”DPS has not had a report of violent crime in that neighborhood this year, Carlisle said.“This particular crime occurred in an area that doesn’t have a history of violent crime,” he said.Lynn Rossi, a Raymond resident who works as an armed security guard, said she also heard the gunshots Wednesday morning. Sitting on the wooden porch of her residence, Rossi said she believes the neighborhood is generally safe.“I think it’s safe for students, but I do think there needs to be better security in this area in general,” Rossi said. “There should be more patrols through here.”Though the neighborhood is about three blocks outside DPS’s patrol boundaries, Carlisle said DPS has some license plate recognition cameras on the perimeter of the neighborhood and some video patrol cameras in the community.“It’s a tragic crime, one that’s very rare,” Carlisle said. “It’s an aberration and our hearts go out to the families of these poor students.” Joey Kaufman contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Russian London 2012 gold medallist stripped of title

first_imgLondon 2012 gold medallist Mariya Savinova has been stripped of her 800m title and banned until 2019.The Russian has had all her results from July 2010 to August 2013 annulled after being found guilty of doping.Savinova beat South Africa’s Caster Semenya into second at the London Olympics and the 2011 Worlds in Daegu.The 31-year-old also beat Britain’s Jenny Meadows into to bronze at the 2010 Europeans. Both athletes could now have their medals upgraded.Savinova will also lose her 800m gold from the 2011 World Championships and the European Championships in 2010.And she will forfeit a World Championship silver from 2013 and will be suspended for four years, backdated to 2015. A Court of Arbitration for Sport statement read: “On the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport (ABP), Mariya Savinova is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010 (the eve of the European Championship in Barcelona) through to 19 August 2013 (the day after the World Championship in Moscow).”As a consequence, a four-year period of ineligibility, beginning on 24 August 2015, has been imposed and all results achieved between 26 July 2010 and 19 August 2013, are disqualified and any prizes, medals, prize and appearance money forfeited.”The backgroundSavinova was one of five Russian athletes named in a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report into doping.She has not raced since 2013 after being suspended during an investigation sparked by the release of undercover footage filmed by whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova.Should the International Olympic Committee decide to reallocate the medals from the London 2012 final, Semenya would be awarded a second gold after she claimed the 800m title in Rio last summer. Savinova is now the second Russian finalist from that race to have been retrospectively banned – after Yelena Arzhakova – while a third – bronze medallist Ekaterina Poistogova – is also under investigation for doping.last_img read more

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Horse Racing Tips

first_imgCAYMANAS TRACK LIMITED TIPSTERS’ COMPETITION Racedate : 20/02/2016CABLE SPORT NETWORK TRACK & POOLS RJR DAILY GLEANER—————- —————- —————- —————-1. MIND SET MIND SET MIND SET MIND SET2. EL SALDADO EL SALDADO EL SALDADO SLEW DI CLOCK3. SILVER CLOUD ORIGINAL TRAIN #SILVER CLOUD SILVER CLOUD4. ITALIANO ITALIANO ITALIANO #ITALIANO5. MISTER BONES MISTER BONES MISTER BONES BIG DATA6. SPORTING CLAY #PRINCE OSHAUN SPORTING CLAY SPORTING CLAY7. NOLAN HILL NOLAN HILL NOLAN HILL #NOLAN HILL8. #GIRSHOM WHO’S BOSSY SURE MAN SURE MAN9. BURNING MEDIC ALEXANDER NO COINCIDENCE BURNING MEDIC10. #SOUTHERN CRUISE FUTURE KING #FUTURE KING FUTURE KING11. PUDDY POOH CAMPESINO POKER STAR POKER STAR12. FREE AS A BIRD #RUNNER RUNNER FREE AS A BIRD FREE AS A BIRDNEWS TALK 93 WESTERN MIRROR STAR KLAS—————- —————- —————- —————-1. TURBO MACHINE CAT MIND SET #BALLON D’OR BALLON D’OR2. RED EAGLE LAZZA LAZZA EL SALDADO3. DRIPPING IN GOLD SILVER CLOUD #SILVER CLOUD ORIGINAL TRAIN4. #ITALIANO ITALIANO ITALIANO #ITALIANO5. BIG DATA MISTER BONES MISTER BONES BIG DATA6. SPORTING CLAY PRINCE OSHAUN SPORTING CLAY PRINCE OSHAUN7. #NOLAN HILL NOLAN HILL NOLAN HILL #NOLAN HILL8. GIRSHOM SURE MAN WHO’S BOSSY SURE MAN9. ROMAN SPY BURNING MEDIC ALEXANDER ROMAN SPY10. FUTURE KING #FUTURE KING TARANIS SOUTHERN CRUISE11. POKER STAR #POKER STAR POKER STAR POKER STAR12. FREE AS A BIRD SPROUTING WINGS SPROUTING WINGS FREE AS A BIRDCVM TV TVJ IRIE FM POWER 106—————- —————- —————- —————-1. KIRI BALLON D’OR #MIND SET MIND SET2. RED EAGLE LAZZA RED EAGLE EL SALDADO3. ORIGINAL TRAIN SILVER CLOUD SILVER CLOUD DRIPPING IN GOLD4. AGAKHAN ITALIANO ITALIANO ITALIANO5. MISTER BONES MISTER BONES BIG DATA BIG DATA6. ALDEBARAN PRINCE OSHAUN SPORTING CLAY PRINCE OSHAUN7. #SWEET DESTINY #PHOTOGENIC NOLAN HILL NOLAN HILL8. SURE MAN #MISS ADDI #OMEGA #GIRSHOM9. BURNING MEDIC ALEXANDER BURNING MEDIC #CAUSE FOR CONCERN10. RED FLAG FUTURE KING FUTURE KING FUTURE KING11. POKER STAR UPPA TUNE UPPA TUNE POKER STAR12. RUNNER RUNNER FREE AS A BIRD FREE AS A BIRD FREE AS A BIRDJAMAICA OBSERVER SPORTS GLOBE—————- —————-1. BALLON D’OR BALLON D’OR2. LAZZA LAZZA3. ORIGINAL TRAIN ORIGINAL TRAIN4. ITALIANO #ITALIANO5. #BULLET RAJ BIG DATA6. #MAGIC CITY MAGIC CITY7. NOLAN HILL #NOLAN HILL8. SURE MAN WHO’S BOSSY9. BURNING MEDIC ALEXANDER10. FUTURE KING TARANIS11. UPPA TUNE POKER STAR12. SPROUTING WINGS FREE AS A BIRDlast_img read more

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