South Florida jammers The Heavy Pets will be keeping plenty busy this summer, as the band has announced a full slate of summer tour dates, beginning this weekend at The Green Parrot down in Key West, FL. The group will travel along the East Coast as they make their way to Saratoga Springs, NY on 7/1 for a post-Phish SPAC 80’s Dance Party at Putnam Den, and will continue bringing their blend of rock, funk, disco, reggae jams all the way through to September’s Catskill Chill Music Festival.All-Star Zappa Tribute & Heavy Pets 80’s Dance Party Slated For Phish SPAC After PartiesAlong with their 80’s Dance Party, the tour will display many different looks from the Pets, with select shows and festival sets being their “Walrus” tribute to The Beatles. As for the many original shows, the band is touting an entire set of brand new material. Check out a full list of tour dates below.The Heavy Pets – Set II – Live @ The Culture Room, 9-7-2013, courtesy of Adam Firtel:The Heavy Pets Summer Tour Dates 20166/3-4 2016 The Green Parot – Key West FL6/9/2016 Barrelhouse South – Savannah, GA 6/10/2016 Calico Room – Wilmington, NC 6/11/2016 The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC6/12/2016 Sweetwater Sunday Series / The Deck @ House of Blues – North Myrtle Beach, SC6/29/2016 Nectar’s – Burlington, VT6/30/2016 The Waterhole Upstairs Music Lounge – Saranac, NY7/1/2016 Putnam Den – Saratoga Springs 7/2/2016 Wheelhouse Tavern – Narragansett, RI7/3/2016 Sterling Stage Ameribeat Festival of The Arts – Sterling, NY7/4/2016 Mine Oyster – Boothbay Harbor, ME 7/7/2016 Iron Works – Buffalo, NY7/8/2016 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA7/15/2016 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL7/16/2016 Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA8/19/2016 American Beauty – NYC8/20/2016 The Blueberry Jam – Cazenovia, NY8/25/2016 Hempfest – Lancaster, NH9/16/2016 Wormtown Music Festival – Greenfield, MA9/21/2016 Scarlet & Grey Cafe – Columbus, OH9/23/2016 Resonance Music & Arts Festival – Thornville, OH9/24/2016 Catskill Chill Music Festival – Lakewood, PA
With a major primary in California scheduled for tomorrow, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hold a voter rally in San Francisco, CA yesterday. A number of performers turned up for the occasion, including Dave Matthews, Fishbone, Fantastic Negrito, and John Dexter Stewart, with special guest talks from Dr. Cornel West, Shailene Woodley and Danny Glover.Matthews took the opportunity to play a four song solo acoustic set, starting with new song “Samurai Cop” (a solo debut) before playing “Ants Marching,” “Don’t Drink The Water,” and the finale, “Mercy.” The powerful music was a welcomed addition to the voter rally.Thanks to Bernie2016tv Live’s stream, you can watch Dave Matthews set below, starting around the 40-minute mark.
Mike Lee wears blue and gold gear when he fights. As he steps into the boxing ring for a match, a Notre Dame banner hangs behind him. In his last year of college, Lee, a 2009 Notre Dame alumnus, was interviewing for jobs in the business world and training for his final Bengal Bouts tournament. Now, he is two weeks away from his third professional boxing match, which will take place on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. But he keeps his amateur roots at the forefront. “Notre Dame was such a huge part of my life,” Lee said. “I’ll always be a huge fan of Notre Dame, and always be involved. … We get a ton of support from the Notre Dame community, which is why we wanted to wear blue and gold.” Lee’s fight, a four-round light heavyweight bout against Keith Debow of St. Louis, will be part of a headlining event that will feature boxing star Manny Pacquiao fighting Antonio Margarito for a world championship. “This next fight is by far the biggest fight of my career,” Lee said. “… There should be 75-80,000 people there.” Lee turned professional in January and signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing, the promotional company that represents Pacquiao as well as many other top boxers. He trains in Houston and won both of his first two matches, which took place in Chicago and at the Palms in Las Vegas. “Things are going well,” he said. “I’ve been training in Houston, just getting better and better. I’ve gotten a lot of good comments from the boxing world, from fighters, from writers.” Top Rank decided to place Lee on the Nov. 13 fight card, albeit with a little help. “I met Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys,” Lee said. “When this fight came around, he apparently told Bob, ‘I want that kid, Mike Lee from Notre Dame, on the card.’ “It’s a big deal to be on this card, so I’m excited. They only have their top prospects.” He said many Notre Dame alumni who live in the area will be coming to show their support. “We have a lot of alumni clubs coming to this fight,” he said. “The fan base is especially great from Notre Dame.” Lee, of Wheaton, Ill., donated a travel package for the event to Champions for Children’s, a charity auction that benefits Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. “The auction is an annual auction that they hold, they have a lot of Chicagoland athletes,” Lee said. “They approached me and we wanted to do something.” The travel package includes air travel, hotel and ringside tickets for the event. The auction will be on Nov. 12. “I wish I could be there,” Lee said. “But they told me it should auction for a lot of money, and it will go towards the hospital. And then I’ll be able to meet the people who came after my fight. I’m glad the hospital wanted me to be a part of it.” Boxing and charity have always gone together for Lee. A three-time Bengal Bouts champion, Lee was a captain of the club in his senior year, and was one a part of one of the first group of boxers who traveled to Bangladesh in the summer of 2008. “Staying involved in charity as well as doing what I love is important to me,” Lee said. “I think Bengal Bouts was the platform that started everything for me in terms of being involved in charity and really getting involved in many different levels. I just want to use my success and the publicity I’ve been getting to help out some people along the way.”
Pixabay Stock ImageALBANY – The Senate and Assembly voted this week to partially repeal legislation that previously shielded health care facilities from lawsuits during the COVID-19 health crisis.In April, when the virus was raging in New York State, a law was added to the state budget that gave nursing homes, hospitals, and health care facilities liability protections while treating coronavirus patients.A statement from the legislature says the amended provisions aren’t meant to disregard the sacrifices of health care workers, but rather balance their protections with the rights of patients.“We could never possibly repay our heroic health care workers for all of their selfless service during this health crisis.,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, “this legislation ensures that New Yorkers have access to legal recourse against bad actors, while acknowledging the unimaginable sacrifices of our health care workers.” Local Senator Jim Tedisco offered an amendment to this bill on the floor Thursday night, to create A state panel with subpoena power to investigate the thousands of nursing home deaths in New York State during the pandemic, saying that families need answers about what happened to their loved ones.“If you’re loosening [protections] up, providing liability at some level, you should be finding out exactly what took place with the loss of all those lives,” Senator Tedisco said on the floor. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
More than 400 Georgia 4-H youth, leaders and volunteers visited Atlanta for Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol, sponsored by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, on Feb. 6 at the Georgia State Capitol Building and the Georgia Freight Depot. This annual leadership and civic-engagement event connects 4-H youth with Georgia legislators, provides students insight to the legislative process and allows them to thank legislators and donors. Georgia 4-H has participated in 4-H Day at the Capitol for more than 30 years.“This annual event honors 4-H’ers who are leaders among their peers, recognizes national 4-H winners, and provides an opportunity of 4-H members to interact with their elected officials and learn about how our state’s governance is conducted,” said Arch Smith, state 4-H leader and director of 4-H. “The opportunity to visit and interact with legislators and community leaders as well as the Georgia General Assembly hopefully will encourage 4-H members to develop their leadership interests.”Following the Capitol tour and visit, 4-H’ers enjoyed a luncheon sponsored by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. First Lady Marty Kemp, Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-11) and Sam Pardue, dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, encouraged the 4-H’ers to continue serving their counties and communities through 4-H participation. Bacon County 4-H’er Cora Jane Tyre and Gwinnett County 4-H’er Aromal Saji presented on their participation in One Georgia 4-H, an urban-rural 4-H exchange program, designed to teach students about the diversity of their home state. Several 4-H youth members were recognized for their outstanding achievements in leadership and citizenship as well as those who have excelled in contests on national levels.“One of the highlights for our 4-H’ers is the chance to meet their legislators in person,” said Jason Estep, Extension 4-H specialist for leadership and civic engagement programs. “The legislators are very approachable, and meeting them helps youth to understand that these leaders are just regular people who have decided to serve their communities as elected officials. No doubt the experience has inspired some of our 4-H members to consider a future in public service themselves.” The day’s activities concluded with a picture of the delegation with a number of representatives and senators. Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.
Drew Yurko is showcased in Persinger’s latest film, Where?Bruce Persinger has been involved with the Southern snowboard scene for the last 20 years, first as a rider, then as a team manager. Now, he’s producing ski flicks from the Mid-Atlantic that people actually want to watch. Persinger, who lives at the base of Timberline Resort in West Virginia, documented the record-breaking snow season two years ago with Right Coast, Right Time, and just released a full-length video from last season that showcases who he thinks is the best boarder in our region, Drew Yurko. The film, just released, is called Where? BRO asked Persinger to dish about filming snow flicks in the South, trespassing, and getting older.On filming ski porn in the SouthThe biggest challenge, obviously, with shooting snowboarding films in the Mid-Atlantic is the conditions. You can’t just pick your days. You have to be available to shoot powder when it snows. Then you have to shoot the park scenes when it’s 35 and sunny. I missed a few storms, but if there’s six inches on the ground, chances are I’m out there riding and filming.On local talentThere’s always been an assumption that there’s no way anyone from our region will turn pro. But I had Tom Wallisch on a team I managed here and he’s one of the biggest skiers in the country now. We’re starting to get athletes of national caliber talent, which is why we named this latest film Where? We film with Drew Yurko, who won the Eastern Snowboard Championships at Seven Springs last season. It was the biggest, best park contest of the year in the Mid-Atlantic. He’s an amazing athlete. In 2008, he was the Maryland State Running Back of the year and he comes from a gymnastics background. Filming with Drew is like playing a video game. We’re out there in the park and I tell him to hit a jump a certain way, and he just does it.On equipmentWhere? just went up today. It’s a 10-minute road trip video from last year. I think it’s some of our best work. It’s not just park riding. There’s some decent powder in there too. The Go Pro really opened up what we could film. I’m willing to put that little camera into a lot of places that I’m just not willing to put the $4,000 camera. This winter, I’m excited about doing some 3D film of some of the area’s best runs. I can get out there with the ski patrol before they open the lifts and get these runs in their pure state.On powder daysThe best powder shot I got in Where? was actually two weeks after the resort was closed. We hiked up the entire mountain. It’s a good hike to the top, at least 45 minutes. But then you’ve got two feet of snow in every direction, and it’s all pristine, no tracks. I went halfway down and shot one of the boarders coming all the way down a nice, clean run. Timberline is a small, family-run mountain. It’s no frills, but we can hike up it in the spring without getting slapped with trespassing. There were days well into May that we were setting up shots and hits on our own in the park.On riding backcountryThis year, my plan is to get more into the backcountry. I’ve ordered split boards, which a lot of people are getting into around here. I’m hoping to do some filming at Whitegrass and some of the pipelines. There are three new pipelines on my list right now. They’re similar to the pipeline coming off of Weiss Knob [above Canaan Valley], but they aren’t as grown up. They’ve been freshly cleared, as wide as a two-lane road with rolling grass. There’s even a gas line that runs straight down the mountain where I live, on the side of Timberline that most locals have never ridden.On the importance of videoOne of my projects this year is to shoot the film that will help Drew Yurko get to the Dew Tour next year. The film means so much to boarders and sponsors and fans. That’s how Tom Wallisch became known. He won the Level1 Super Unknown video contest with a film he shot and edited himself. That’s how he got his name.On getting olderI’m 36 now. I was a first generation park rat. I can’t take the beating anymore. I no longer bounce. I just splat. These kids I’m filming surpassed my level of riding when they were 16 years old. A Frontside Rodeo 540 (see below) is as far as I’ll ever go. Now, I’m more interested in the backcountry and powder.A Front What?Don’t speak snowboard? A Front Rodeo 540 is when a snowboarder launches from a jump, performing a backward flip while spinning with a 540-degree rotation. It’s impressive, no matter how humble Persinger sounds. But what’s the hardest snowboard trick? It could be the Double McTwist 1260, a half-pipe trick that Shaun White debuted for the world during the 2010 Olympics that includes three twists and two flips before landing.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Andrea Rebello’s family walking out of the church after her funeral service in Sleepy Hollow, NY. (Photo: Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Teary-eyed mourners descended on the cozy Westchester County village of Sleepy Hollow Wednesday to say their final goodbyes to the Hofstra University student tragically gunned down during a home invasion last week.Family and friends of Andrea Rebello packed St. Teresa of Avila Church, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River. Rebello grew up in the neighboring village of Tarrytown.A gentle breeze rolled over the hills as mourners sauntered into the church, many too heartbroken to talk. The hearse carrying Rebello’s coffin rolled up to the front of the church as her parents and twin sister, Jessica, emerged under a cloudy sky. Their father wrapped his arm around Jessica as the family slowly walked up the stairs and into the church.“Andrea was a good student like Jessica,” said father Osvaldo Franklin, speaking before the funeral mass. “She was a good daughter, they came from a good family.”Franklin administered Rebello’s first communion and remembers her volunteering at the church.“The family has strong faith,” he said, adding, “this faith will help them in this moment.”Rebello’s parents and twin sister have yet to publicly speak about her tragic death during an early-morning home invasion at her off campus rental house on Friday.Dalton Smith, a career criminal and parolee who absconded from parole in February, barged into the California Avenue house around 2:20 a.m., police said, hoping to rob the four Hofstra students inside for money and jewelry.Pall Bearer’s bringing Andrea Rebello’s coffin into the church in Sleepy Hollow. (Photo: Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Rebello and Smith were shot and killed by a Nassau County police officer who felt threatened when Smith pulled his gun on the cop while holding Rebello in a headlock, police said.The unidentified cop fired eight times, striking Rebello, a public relations major, once in the head. The violent ending to Rebello’s young life has gripped both Hofstra and the Westchester area where she grew up.“She was always happy, very friendly,” said Carla Correia, a family friend who worked with Rebello’s father. “She was an example for all the kids growing up.”“She was like half of her sister,” she added while walking toward the church. “They used to be very close to each other.”Andrea Rebello (Photo: Instagram)Jessica appeared distraught as she made her way out of the funeral, her eyes peering toward the ground as Rebello’s casket returned to the hearse before she was taken to her final resting place in a Sleepy Hollow cemetery. A sea of black streamed out of the church as grim-faced mourners poured out.“It’s a big loss,” said Correia. “It’s a big question mark why this happened.”The investigation into the deadly shooting is ongoing. The Nassau County District Attorney’s office is also investigating as it does every police shooting, a spokesman said.The officer, a father with 12 years on the job, is currently on sick leave and is spending his days with close relatives and friends, officials said. The Nassau police union that represents him said Tuesday that they’re sticking behind their officer, noting that Smith, whose rap sheet dates back 14 years, should be blamed for the incident.“There’s only person responsible for what happened early Friday morning,” Nassau Police Benevolent Association President James Carver said. “And that’s the ex-con that was on parole and while on parole violated his parole and was still out there to commit more violent crimes as he did the other day.”As for the Rebello’s, the wound is still deep as they continue to cope with the tragic loss just days before the end of the spring semester.“We need to pray for the family,” said Franklin.
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Investigators in Connecticut are reporting that a suspect facing manslaughter charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend has been apprehended in Broward County.49-year-old John Shepard was arrested over the weekend after the story of his disappearance aired on Eye Witness News and prompted multiple people to call in with tips.Authorities say in 2013 Shepard had been drinking and caused a rollover crash while off-roading.His girlfriend Leah Coleman, was injured in the crash and later died from her injuries.Shepard then left the state before the police could issue a warrant.
“He’s not doing well,” Juda Engelmayer told ABC News on Tuesday evening. “He’s looking at the rest of his life and feeling dejected and despondent.”Engelmayer said that numerous friends of Weinstein offered to write letters to the judge attesting to his character, but that every single person insisted on writing an anonymous letter to protect their own reputations.“It shows you that even people who want to support you publicly would be vilified for doing so,” Engelmayer said.Engelmayer declined to comment on a series of previously unpublished internal correspondences released on Monday between Weinstein and his colleagues and defense and public relations teams in the days following bombshell revelations about Weinstein’s past that first surfaced in The New York Times and The New Yorker in the fall of 2017.The documents were unsealed this week at the request of numerous media outlets, including the New York Daily News and The New York Times.“I have lost my family,” Weinstein wrote in one draft statement dated Dec. 21, 2017, according to the New York Daily News. “I have daughters that will not talk to me. I have lost my wife. I have lost the respect of my ex-wife and generally almost all of my friends. I have no company. I’m alone. And I will be honest with you: I’m suicidal.” In addition, Weinstein’s spokesperson Juda Engelmayer says Weinstein is having a hard time being locked up after living a good life. Harvey Weinstein ‘despondent’ as he faces sentencing in New York. https://t.co/QDDxf6QEiY— ABC News (@ABC) March 11, 2020 The day has come. Queues around the block for Weinstein’s sentencing. pic.twitter.com/vgE6scOVfu— Molly Crane-Newman (@molcranenewman) March 11, 2020 (New York, NY) — Harvey Weinstein will be sentenced today after being found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape.The disgraced movie mogul is facing nearly three decades behind bars, while his attorneys have requested a five-year prison sentence, citing his age, medical issues, charitable giving and lack of criminal history. Watch live here: