It is evident the camaraderie between Dixon, a junior strong safety, and Musso, a fifth-year free safety, have carried their bond onto the gridiron. The duo have accounted for nine of the Badgers’ 21 interceptions, Musso with five and Dixon with four.Some interceptions have been more important than others. Dixon’s first one of the season, against Louisiana State University during the season opener, sealed the game. Musso’s latest, which came on Saturday against Purdue, was mostly inconsequential but his one-handed catch made highlight reels. After Musso’ second interception against Illinois, Dixon immediately found his buddy on the sidelines and excitedly proclaimed:“Who the best safeties in this country?!”Football: Breakdown of Badgers’ upset over LSUThe Wisconsin Badgers played a spoiler game against fifth ranked Louisiana State University with a 16-14 upset victory in college Read…In the team’s comeback win over the University of Minnesota, Musso’s interception in the back of end zone sparked a four interception performance in the second half and led the Badgers to their 21 unanswered points. Despite losing by double digits for the first time in 23 games at halftime, Musso grabbed Paul Bunyan’s Axe and gave an inspiring speech that woke up the team going into the second period.The safety position, thought to be the biggest question marks on the UW defense, if not the entire team, has evolved into one of its strengths, thanks to the efforts from Musso and Dixon.Dixon, when asked whether or not he and Musso are the best pair of safeties in the nation, stood firm in his belief.“I feel like we’re the best at what we do,” Dixon said. “I’m not thinking about anybody else being better than me, so of course.”When asked what exactly they are best at, the experienced veteran made it as cut and dry as it comes.“Keepin’ them out the end zone,” Dixon said. “Win games for our team. That’s what we do. Making turnovers is just part of it. It’s not about me. It’s not about Leo. It’s not about any individual on this team.”Football: Leo Musso’s halftime speech, defensive stinginess in second half keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison for 13th straight yearLeo Musso studied the faces of his teammates on the University of Wisconsin football team and saw expressions of shock. Read…Their friendship, both on and off the field, began last season when they were both backing up the departed Michael Caputo and Tanner McEvoy. The paths they took to that point were so different, yet resembled each other.Dixon, a black man, fought his way out of poverty from Florida, then battled injuries and position changes once at UW. Musso, a white, Waunakee, Wisconsin native, was one of the state’s best high school running backs statistically, but endured a shift to safety and years of waiting in the wings before he got his shot. In this time of divisiveness in the U.S., their story of friendship provides hope in what some seem as a dark time.But it was in those practices last season with the second team, though, they realized their potential to become playmakers on the field.“The kind of guys we are and the mentality that we bring to the game helped us gel well together,” Musso said. “We know what to expect out of each other. I think more than anything, we trust one another. That’s I guess what’s kinda been the key to our success.”Earlier last week, UW head coach Paul Chryst raved about Musso, not just about his play but the way he carries himself as a teammate, calling him “a tremendous leader, a guy everyone could go to.”Dixon also sees that in Musso. As to why Musso has developed into that role, he says it’s because of his roots.“I’m a Wisconsin kid,” Musso said. “I take a lot of pride in playing for this school and playing for my home state, obviously growing up 15 minutes away from here. I guess I just kind of a good feel for what Wisconsin’s all about … we’re built up of no five-star dudes, very seldom four-star dudes, just no-star, two-star group of guys. And we have to rely on being smart, tough and dependable, as cliche as it sounds, that’s really all you can rely on.”Musso’ collegiate career has a life span of just three more games at most. At the end of the season, one chapter of the Musso-Dixon will close. Dixon says he tries not to think about it. He’ll have one year left, and he’ll have to do it without his brother.If he wanted to give Musso a going away present, what would it be? A Big Ten title? A special memento?“A smile,” Dixon said.“The wins, the gifts, the presents, it will all fade away, you know what I’m saying?” he said. “As a brother, I try to give him something more than that — some genuine love that stays with you for years.”The two now put their friendship and dominance to the test as they travel to Indianapolis to take on No. 7 Penn State University in the Big Ten Championship game. As two guys who have been around for a couple of years, they will look to erase the memory of the last time the Badgers went to Indianapolis in 2013, a crushing defeat to Ohio State University. The word “brotherhood” is thrown around loosely while describing teammates on a football team. Too often, that true weight of the term pales insignificant when compared to the actual definition.But what if two teammates, who come from completely different backgrounds and walks of life, form a bond so close they become just that — brothers? Such is the case with the University of Wisconsin football team’s starting safeties Leo Musso and D’Cota Dixon.“We’re like brothers,” Dixon said. “We genuinely care about each other. I think it’s one of those relationships where you meet someone in college and you have a lifetime friendship with them.”
West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James joined Jen and Bill Wednesday morning on The South Florida Morning Show to talk about re-opening the city as the coronavirus pandemic subsides.Mayor James says he will open the city carefully and will follow the data. His main concern is the health of the most vulnerable.The Mayor says he hopes that the city will be able to celebrate 4th on Flagler and honor the city’s 125th anniversary on July 4th. The mayor thanked the residents of West Palm Beach for their patience and for complying with his and the state’s executive orders to socially distance and to stay-at-home. He admits, however, that the shutdown of the city has really hurt the businesses of West Palm Beach. Listen to the full interview here.
Facebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceAfter nearly two decades as a landscape designer, Jill McFarland is now a landscape architect.“Most people already thought I was one,” she laughed. “Even my kids!”Jill went to architecture school at the University of Minnesota and earned her master’s in landscape architecture at the University of Virginia in 1998.Jill McFarland with her two children. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceBack when she started architecture school, Jill hadn’t yet heard about landscape architecture. But when she did, it was an easy choice.“I like dirt,” she said, “and I don’t like making things exactly rectangular.”For 19 years, she used that down-to-earth nature and preference for softer lines to balance her career and family life, waiting until her kids outgrew the tiny stage to start taking her exams.“I actually passed all my tests three years ago,” she said. “My longtime coworker Trent Grantham was the one who really kept on me and encouraged me to get all my stuff sent in.”Nationally, landscape architects take four exams to earn their license, and in Washington state, applicants must answer additional questions regarding the Growth Management Acts, State Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Shoreline Management Act.“Jill has been in the business for a long time and has a great eye for the profession,” SCJ Principal Landscape Architect Jeff Glander said. “We’re all proud she stuck with it and followed through on her dream to get her license.”“Everyone here has been so supportive,” Jill said. “But no one is more proud than my dad. He wants me to send him a copy of my certificate to hang on his wall.”SCJ is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. The dynamic company has locations in Lacey, Centralia, Vancouver, Seattle, and Wenatchee, Washington.The privately-held, majority women-owned firm is nationally recognized and the recipient of two top places to work awards in the recent years. For more information, visit the SCJ Alliance website.
[singlepic id=957 w= h= float=none]LINCROFT – In only its eighth year, the Brookdale Community College Lacrosse program is one of the most successful programs within Brookdale’s highly accomplished athletic program.The 2014 team won its fifth consecutive NJCAA Region XIX lacrosse title defeating top-seed Union County 11-8 in the championship game. This year’s squad not only hopes to make it six region titles in a row but get their first win in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament after falling to CCBC-Essex in the quarterfinals last season as the sixth seed.The Brookdale Lacrosse program was established in 2008 under the leadership of current head coach Steve Heller. Heller was a three-time All-American selection while playing for Army from 1991-1993. While at Army, Heller led his team to three Patriot League titles and was an All-Patriot League pick in each of his three years in the league. He broke Army’s career scoring record racking up a staggering 130 goals and 74 assists while at West Point.He also helped engineer one of the biggest wins in Army lacrosse history as the cadets upset Maryland 15-11 in the first round of the 1993 NCAA National Lacrosse Tournament before losing to No.1 seed North Carolina in the quarterfinals.Before starting Brookdale’s lacrosse program Heller was head coach for the Army prep team for seven seasons. And because of Heller’s connection to the Army program the Blues are able to travel to West Point each year for a preseason game against an Army prep team that is filled with DI recruits.Heller is extremely optimistic about this year team and even though they lost last season’s top goal scorer Tom Dougherty to graduation they return four of their five-top scorers from a year ago. They’ve also brought in midfielder T.J. Coleman – a second-team All-Shore pick from Saint John Vianney – where he scored 30 goals and had 30 assists last season as a senior.“We look really good, I feel really good about our offense,” Heller said. “With our four scorers back, T.J. coming in and picking up a few other kids this is potentially the best offensive group we’ve had here in the eight seasons of the program.”Heller also feels this is the deepest offense he’s ever fielded. “Lack of depth is something that’s always challenged us. We definitely have more depth on offensive this year then we’ve had in the past and that’s great.”Heller likes to rotate his offensive players and they need to be able to play all six positions, and be comfortable playing them. His philosophy is to create matchup problems with his ability to interchange his players between midfield and attack allowing him to create different player personnel options depending on the game situation.All-Region XIX selection Dan Bury and freshmen Jake Deitrich (Newton H.S.) and Joe Collins (Monroe Township H.S.) will get the start at the attack position. Bury is a true attacker and scored 41 goals his senior year at Brick Memorial. Last season as a freshman he was second on the team in goals scored (27) and first in assists (20) and total points (47). Dietrich was an Independence Division honorable mention pick in the NJAC Conference as a senior while Collins was a first-team All-Greater Middlesex Conference selection as a senior in 2013 when scored 42 goals and had 41 assists for 83 points.“Jake’s 6’4″ and is a tall lanky kid,” Heller said. “When he gets his shoulder down and goes forward he’s a nice attacker. He’s really just learning his skill set and at 6’4″ he needs to learn to go north and south and forget about playing that small-man game. He’s done well for us and we expect him to continue to do a good job.”Collins teammate at Monroe, Andrew Dooley, is back at midfield after scoring 16 goals with nine assists in only 10 games last season. Dooley was also first-team All-Greater Middlesex as a senior when he netted 44 goals and had 31 assists. Joining Coleman and Dooley at the starting midfield spots is returning sophomore Nick Paolillo (Howell H.S.). Paolillo was third on the team in goals (22) and points (29) last season for the Blues. Both Dooley and Coleman were chosen captains.“Bury is a traditional attacker,” Heller said. “He’s left handed as is Dooley and Colman. With three lefties, that gives us a lot of flexibility and a unique way to attack defenses; that’s a nice feature to have.”Sophomore Ben Talcott is back after a short stint with the Blues in 2013 and will be used as both attacker and midfielder. As a senior at Howell in 2012 he tallied 22 goals while assisting on nine othersAlso, sophomore midfielder Tyler Verdoni will see an increased role this season after seeing action in 14 games last season with one start, as will short stick middies Jimmy Montgomery (Neptune H.S.) and Dom Parente (Monroe Township H.S.) both in their second season at Brookdale.Defensively the Blues are not as deep and have been hurt by the loss of All-Region XIX defenseman Ryan Raslowsky (Allentown H.S.) who’s out indefinitely after recently undergoing back surgery. However, Heller expects him back at some point around midseason and ready to go for the playoffs.“Our defensive concept is going to focus more on team defense rather than the individual,” Heller said.“The defense has a lot of potential and is very athletic, but it’s also a little raw on the stick-skill side of the game. We don’t have the great one-on-one guys; it’s a six man unit. But with our athletic ability we feel we can be pretty good.”Sophomore Nick Caruso (Red Bank Regional) – a midfielder last season who scored 10 goals and had 7 assists – volunteered to switch positions and is now playing long-stick middie and defense and has been a quite a pleasant surprise.“In our Army Prep scrimmage he did an amazing job on defense and I could not believe how good he was at the pole (long stick),” Heller said. “If the job he did against Army was any indication of what he’s capable of….. he may have missed his calling and found a home as a traditional defender.Another surprise has been the play of freshman Jack Kelly (Shore Regional) who’s been so impressive he was given a captains tag. He came in as an offensive-minded midfielder, was switched to long stick and it’s been a match made in heaven.Freshman Oliver Warnes (Manasquan H.S.) and sophomore Chris Schmidt (Howell H.S.) will anchor the defense along with Kelly and Caruso. Caruso and Kelly will switch with each other between poll (long stick) and defense. Scott Zackman (Red Bank Regional) was a late arrival to the team but has shown he’ll help the team on defense.“Both Oliver and Warnes are very athletic,” Heller said. “They’re both raw but are really learning how to play defense and like what I’ve seen of them.”In goal for the Blues will be Todd Bitsko (Freehold Township H.S.), who after playing football at Gettysburg College for a year decided to return to lacrosse. At Freehold Township he was All-Shore in football and lacrosse.“What’s great about this team is that their extremely coachable,” Heller said. “This is one of those groups that will listen. They really want to become better players and the whole teams like that. It’s a fun team to coach; they get along well and have a lot of chemistry. They’re starting to learn their strengths and weaknesses and it’s a group of kids which I think we can do some really fun stuff with this year.”— By Mike Ready
PICO RIVERA Workers were busy Monday readying the back yard of Pico Rivera homeowner Matilde Medina, who is adding a new garage to her three-bedroom home on Spruce Street. ‘It will make a difference,’ said the 85-year-old, who otherwise could not afford the addition on what she gets from Social Security. ‘It’s so hard to get a loan from any bank when you are low income.’ That’s where the city’s Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program stepped in. This year, the program received $800,000 through the state Department of Housing and Community Development. Last year, the city received $585,000 from the department, which receives the money through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and disperses it to applying cities. ‘Our hope is to upgrade housing stock, much of which is more than 50 years old,’ said Michelle Ramirez, Pico Rivera’s housing senior manager. Whittier has a similar program, the Home Rehabilitation Program, which provide loans ranging from $2,500 to $35,000 for home upgrades, depending on eligibility, said Jeff Collier, director of community development. ‘The key is to preserve housing stock you already have, and some people don’t have discretionary money to do that,’ said Collier. ‘That’s where we step in.’ [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The program has been hugely popular. The city has a waiting list of 1,300 households that have applied. Of those, at least 20 new loans will be processed this year, Ramirez said. ‘We are hoping this will help us to get caught up, so we can open up the list that is currently closed a few years down the road,’ said Ramirez. The program provides low-cost loans, typically in the $55,000 to $60,000 range, to homeowners who meet federal income limits. For example, a family of four with an income under $52,400 qualifies, as would a five-member family with an income of under $56,600. Once a resident is approved for a loan, they are responsible for hiring a contractor. Typically, the loans go toward kitchen and bath remodels, exterior painting, roof work and room additions, Ramirez said.
Indian Super League defending champions Bengaluru FC confirmed that they will play their home games for the 2019-20 season at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru after Karnataka High Court gave them a green signal for the same.Bengaluru FC’s ‘fortess’ was under threat if the matter had not been resolved at the Karnataka High Court. In 2017, a number of athletes who train at Kanteerava had alleged that the club’s footballing activities hamper with their training. Through the inquiry process, Bengaluru FC were allowed to use the stadium but the trouble was that the deadline was getting over on October 14. The club, unaware if they’d be allowed to play their home games there, even went on to register Balewadi Stadium in Pune as the venue for home games in order to adhere to the deadline for AIFF Club Licensing. However, now that the problem is resolved, the club will play its home matches at their ‘fortress’.As Bengaluru FC gave the update on their social media handle, they also thanked the “Government of Karnataka, the Sports Ministry, the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, the Karnataka Athletic Association and all other stakeholders and associations for their support in making this happen.”Our endeavour, as always, will be to keep the flag of the state flying high in the field of sport and beyond. #WeAreBFC #RoomForMore— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) October 10, 2019 On Thursday, Bengaluru FC was also one of the six clubs to have its AFC and National License for the 2019-20 season approved with sanctions. The other five to get the license are: Chennai City FC, Chennaiyin FC, Jamshedpur FC, FC Goa and ATK.Bengaluru begin their ISL campaign against NorthEast United FC at home on October 21.To quell any and all doubts, we are playing AT the Fortress this season. 🙂 #WeAreBFC #RoomForMore https://t.co/ejHH2wYQRe— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) October 10, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. afcbengaluru fcfootballindian football First Published: October 11, 2019, 12:42 PM IST
SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics and a group representing ailing Samsung computer chip and display factory workers said Tuesday they have agreed to end a years-long standoff over compensation for deaths and grave illnesses among Samsung workers.Samsung and Banolim said they will unconditionally accept terms of compensation and apologies to be drafted over the next two months by a mediator.Banolim said it will stop its protests outside Samsung buildings, where its supporters camped out for nearly three years to demand that Samsung apologize for making workers sick and provide compensation for their illnesses.The agreement represents a breakthrough in a more than decade-old civic movement that raised awareness about the health risks from toiling in the lucrative semiconductor industry.The grassroots movement was started by Hwang Sang-gi, a taxi driver who refused to accept a settlement when his daughter Yu-mi died of leukemia in 2007 at the age of 23 after working at a Samsung chip factory. Hwang’s search for the cause of Yu-mi’s death galvanized a broader movement to hold businesses and the government accountable for safety lapses in the chip and display industries, which use huge amounts of chemicals.“It’s regrettable that for more than 10 years we could not solve the problem of workers who had no money and no power and died from diseases due to chemicals,” Hwang said at a signing ceremony attended by the mediator and Samsung, wiping away tears. “But it is fortunate that we found a way to solve the problem of industrial diseases at Samsung.”More than 100 Samsung workers have reported grave illnesses such as leukemia but only a few won government recognition and compensation for suffering industrial diseases. Increasingly, workers denied such recognition and compensation have won court victories in recent years.Judges have acknowledged the need and the importance of using state funds to aid the sickened workers even when they were unable to prove why and how they became ill, sometimes due to a lack of information about the chemicals they were exposed to.Kim Sunsig, a senior vice-president at Samsung Electronics, said accepting the proposal without condition was a difficult decision for Samsung.“Only the complete resolution of the problem would be a consolation to the sickened workers and their families and also valuable for the society,” Kim said. “We will actively co-operate with the mediation committee.”It’s a step closer to resolving one of the company’s biggest headaches as its leader Lee Jae-yong, a vice chairman and a grandson of Samsung’s founder, solidifies his leadership.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd after a pedestrian was hit and killed early Tuesday. UPDATE – DAWSON CREEK, RCMP press release shares at approximately 7:25 AM, RCMP and Emergency Services were called to the scene of a fatal collision involving a pedestrian on Highway 97 and 275 Road near Groundbirch. Corporal Madonna Saunderson, District Advisory NCO Media Relation North District, RCMP, says crews are on scene as we speak, flaggers have been called and the Hwy will be closed until further notice.Drivebc.ca says the highway is closed between the 277 road and the 275 road for 1.8 km approximately 46 km south of Dawson Creek to 47 km north of Chetwynd.Detour via Stuckey Road and 271 Road. Large vehicle detour via Fort. St. John or Tumbler Ridge.At this time there is no estimate on when the highway will re-open. Drivebc.ca Upon arrival, it was determined that a male pedestrian in his 60’s was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators.Highway 97 is currently closed in the area of the collision and will remain so until investigators have completed the scene examination. There is a detour in place and police ask that motorists obey the direction of traffic control personnel near the scene.Dawson Creek RCMP, North Peace Regional Traffic Services (FSJ), North District Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service and the BC Coroners’ Service continue to investigate this collision. At this time, the cause is undetermined.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call North Peace Regional Traffic Services in Fort St. John at 250-787-8140 UPDATE #2 – As of 12:46 p.m. – Highway 97 is now open to single lane traffic. Here is the update from Drivebc.ca – Highway 97. Vehicle incident between 277 Rd and 275 Rd for 1.8 km (46 km south of Dawson Creek to 47 km north of Chetwynd). Single lane alternating traffic. Estimated time of re-opening Tue Mar 19 at 5:00 PM MST. Next update time Tue Mar 19 at 5:00 PM MST. Last updated Tue Mar 19 at 12:38 PM MST. (DBC-6313)