Noah Gragson steals not one, not two, but THREE kisses during ‘graduation’

first_imgBold move, young man.(Hey — it worked for Squints. As you may recall, he and Peffercorn wound up getting married in “The Sandlot.”)We’re not entirely sure who Gragson’s favorite musician is, but there’s a pretty solid chance it’s Ben Harper. RELATED: Gragson learns the hard way what happens when @DaleJr retweets youFriday night was a pretty good night for Noah Gragson.The Camping World Truck Series rookie picked up his first career 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway en route to a seventh-place finish — the second-best result of his young career.That alone constitutes a solid evening, but the 18-year-old Gragson also received his high school diploma from track president Eddie Gossage — a la Erik Jones — during driver intros. Pretty cool!But Gragson wasn’t done.Moments after receiving his diploma, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver decided to pull from the Michael “Squints” Palladorous book of tricks and Wendy Peffercorn (verb) a couple of unsuspecting Texas Motor Speedway girls, who were shocked at first but laughed and took it in stride.last_img read more

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Photos: Responders Cut Man Free from Trash Can

first_imgABERDEEN, Scotland — A 52-year-old man was taken to hospital last night — after getting his head stuck in a bin. The unusual incident happened at the Castlegate, Aberdeen, around 5:45 p.m., when passers-by noticed the man struggling to break free. Worried onlookers called 999, and all three emergency services attended. Grampian Fire and Rescue officers used a high-powered saw to cut off the top of the bin and he was freed within 15 minutes. The saw can cut through metal, brickwork and timber and is normally used for rescuing people trapped in vehicles. The man, who is believed to be local, was delivered to the care of a waiting ambulance crew, who took him to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was treated for facial cuts before being released. A spokesman for Grampian Police said: “We are unsure what he was looking for or what he had lost – and whether he found it. “We can also confirm that there were no criminal charges resulting from the incident.” People in the area were bemused by all the activity. Bar worker Ian Anderson was rushing to nearby Archibald Simpson’s pub to start his shift when the drama unfolded. He said: “I thought it must have been a fire that had been put out by the time I walked past – because there was no smoke or flames. “When I got to the pub and people told me the real story, I could not believe it. “Everyone was talking about it, and having a laugh about the commotion it caused.”last_img read more

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200 Converge on Grand Central Station in Guerilla Comedy Mission (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOn a recent Saturday two hundred New Yorkers sycronized their watches, converged on the grand concourse of the world’s largest train station and froze in place like statues while hundreds of travelers gawked in awe at the Grand Central Station spectacle.The “flash mob,” as such groups are known, was organized by Charlie Todd whose website ImprovEverywhere.com is dedicated to causing “scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” Check out more about Imrove Everywhere in this special report by ABC News: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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World’s First Malaria Vaccine to Help Prevent Deaths in 3 African Countries

first_imgAfrica bears the greatest burden of malaria worldwide. Global efforts in the last 15 years have led to a 62% reduction in malaria deaths between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429,000 people died of the disease in 2015, the majority of them young children in Africa.CHECK OUT: First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper BodyThe RTS,S’s pilot program will be conducted on children ages 5 to 17 months old in hopes that it will drastically reduce infection throughout the poorest regions of Africa. The study will assess the efficiency of the vaccine by delivering four injections of RTS,S to infants in high-risk areas for the disease.“The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine”, said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa.”Give Your Friends A Daily Dose Of Good News: Click To Share (Photo by Dr PS Sahana Kadamtala Howrah, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe world’s first notably effective malaria vaccine is set to save thousands of lives throughout Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi starting in 2018.The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa is introducing the RTS,S; the first malaria vaccine to have successfully completed a Phase III clinical trial – which was completed in 2014 – to Africa.last_img read more

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Matthew Amendt & Stephanie Berry Nab Title Roles in Classic Stage’s Repertory Dracula & Frankenstein

first_imgMatthew Amendt & Stephanie Berry(Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com | Jemal Countess/Getty Images) Dracula View Comments Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company has announced full casting for its upcoming revivals of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Dracula, adapted by Kate Hamill and directed by Sarna Lapine, will begin previews on January 14, 2020; Frankenstein, adapted by Tristan Bernays and directed by Timothy Douglas, will start performances on January 30. Both plays will open on February 17.The Dracula cast will be headlined by Matthew Amendt (Bernardt/Hamlet) as Dracula, with Laura Baranik as Druscilla, Michael Crane as Jonathan Harker, Kelley Curran as Mina Harker, Jessica Frances Dukes as Doctor Van Helsing, Lori Laing as Marilla, Jamie Ann Romero as Lucy Westenra and Matthew Saldivar as Seward. They will be joined by the previously announced adaptor Hamill in the role of Renfield.The two-person Frankenstein company will include Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Stephanie Berry (Sugar in Our Wounds) as Frankenstein/The Creature alongside Rob Morrison as The Chorus.Rounding out the production’s creative team will be John Doyle (scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design, Frankenstein), Robert Perdziola (costume design, Dracula), Adam Honoré (lighting design) and Leon Rothenberg (sound design).Classic Stage has scheduled six-show weekends, allowing audiences to see both plays in one day. Both productions will play in repertory through March 8, 2020. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 8, 2020center_img Related Shows Star Files Matthew Amendtlast_img read more

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Vermont opposes president’s efforts to stall energy efficiency standards

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that the State of Vermont joined two multi-state actions to force the US Department of Energy (DOE) to finalize energy conservation standards for several consumer and commercial products. Efficiency standards are crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money for consumers. The standards apply to items such as ceiling fans, portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and commercial boilers.“The delay of these common-sense efficiency standards is going to have a negative effect on the environment and Vermonters wallets,” said Attorney General Donovan. The DOE published new energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans as a final rule on January 19, 2017, with an effective date for the rule of March 20, 2017. The President’s Administration has since delayed the rule’s effective date twice – most recently pushing it back to September 30, 2017– asserting that seeking public input on the delay would be “impractical, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest.”The six standards being blocked by DOE offer dramatic air pollution reductions, as well as energy- and cost-savings to consumers and businesses. According to DOE estimates, the standards would combine to eliminate emissions of 292 million tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, 734 thousand tons of the pollution that creates soot and smog, 1.2 million tons of the potent climate change pollutant methane, and over 1,000 pounds of highly-toxic mercury, over a 30-year period. Over this same period, the Appliance Standard Awareness Project estimates that the efficiency standards would together save over 443 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity – the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of over 36 million households. The DOE itself estimates that the six standards would provide net savings to consumers and businesses of approximately $23.8 billion.In addition to Vermont, the coalition of states filing a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, challenging the delay on efficiency standards for ceiling fans includes the Attorneys General of the states of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the City of New York. The same coalition, plus the Attorney General of Maryland, is sending a 60-day notice of intention to sue to the DOE regarding the other standards.Related documents:Petition for Review (3/31/17)(link is external)Notice of Intent letter to DOE Secretary Perry (4/3/17)(link is external)Vermont AG: April 7, 2017last_img read more

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Spotted in NEJC: More hawks on the roam

first_imgTaylor Bennett reports this red-shouldered hawk above flew right over the family dachshund last week just before this picture was taken.Carol Tucker also sent in the hawk picture below. Her comment was that this is probably the reason for a lack of birds in the backyard recently.last_img

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Gophers softball begins head coaching search

first_imgGophers softball begins head coaching searchThe Gophers have a void to fill after the sudden departure of head coach Jamie Trachsel. Nolan O’HaraApril 30, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGallery|15 PhotosCourtney DeutzThe Gopher softball team stands during the national anthem on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.A spring break series in Hawaii, a canceled season and now a head coaching search. It’s been a whirlwind last two months for the Gophers softball team. On April 23, in the midst of an already uncertain time, reports emerged that head coach Jamie Trachsel would be leaving Minnesota to become the next head coach at Ole Miss. A day later, the University athletic department confirmed Trachsel’s resignation. In a press release, Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced the University has already identified “several candidates” to fill the void left after Trachsel’s sudden departure. Here’s a list of six possible candidates.Piper Ritter — Assistant coach, University of MinnesotaThe Gophers may not have to look far to find a replacement. Ritter has been with Minnesota for 13 seasons as the pitching coach, developing pitchers the likes of Briana Hassett, Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen and most recently Amber Fiser. In the shortened 2020 season, Fiser’s dominance in the circle continued, posting a 2.17 ERA and racking up 145 strikeouts. In her first season at Minnesota, sophomore Autumn Pease posted a 2.12 ERA with 62 strikeouts on the year. Given the Gophers’ pitching strength in recent years and Ritter’s already established relationship with Fiser, Pease and the rest of the team, it would make sense if Minnesota decided to go with the inside hire. Jessica Merchant — Associate head coach, StanfordMerchant spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at the University under former Minnesota and current Stanford head coach Jessica Allister. Allister led the Gophers prior to Trachsel’s tenure, and together in their seven seasons, Merchant and Allister guided the Gophers to a 290-107 record. Notably, Merchant and Allister directed the Gophers to a program best 56-5 record in 2017. Merchant, an offensive-minded coach, would work directly with the strong bats of sophomores Natalie DenHartog and Emily Hansen, junior Hope Brandner, freshman Sydney Strelow and senior MaKenna Partain if she decides to return in 2021. Given her previous success at the University and familiarity with the upperclassmen on the roster, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Merchant take the helm as the next Gophers’ softball coach. Gretta Melsted — Head coach, Augustana  While Melsted has spent 15 seasons as the head coach of Augustana, she will likely be on the list to take over for the Gophers in 2021. An Albert Lea native, Melsted has led Augustana to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Division II National Championship victory in 2019. Her consistent success as a head coach at the Division II level may not be as visible as some on the Division I level, but after 15 seasons, it certainly isn’t a fluke. John Tschida — Head coach, St. ThomasA long-tenured and the all-time winningest (highest win percentage) Division III coach, Tschida has spent 20 seasons at the helm at St. Thomas. In that time, he has guided St. Thomas to a 766-139 record, making six College World Series appearances and winning two national titles. Prior to his tenure at St. Thomas, Tschida spent 10 seasons coaching at St. Mary’s, leading them to a national title in 2000. He was the first coach to win NCAA championships at two schools. Overall, Tschida has a 974-183 record in his coaching career. His resume speaks for itself. Darren Mueller — Head coach, North Dakota State UniversityAnother long-tenured coach, Mueller has spent 19 seasons across the western Minnesota border as the head coach at NDSU. In 2009, NDSU made the jump to Division I, and Mueller was ready. NDSU reached the NCAA Super Regional that season and has won 10 Summit League tournament championships in the last 12 seasons. Mueller has a 654-366 record in his time at NDSU. Perhaps after 19 seasons, Mueller is looking for a new opportunity. Jen Walter — Head coach, University of Minnesota-Duluth Walter has led the Bulldogs for the last five seasons and guided UMD to a 156-87 record in that time. Prior to her tenure at UMD, she spent 16 seasons across the street as the head coach of St. Scholastica. In her first season at UMD, she led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in four seasons. Walter is another highly respected Division II coach that could be in the running for the position at Minnesota.last_img read more

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Older and Wiser?

first_imgThe Economist: One stereotype of wisdom is a wizened Zen-master smiling benevolently at the antics of his pupils, while referring to them as little grasshoppers or some such affectation, safe in the knowledge that one day they, too, will have been set on the path that leads to wizened masterhood. But is it true that age brings wisdom? A study two years ago in North America, by Igor Grossmann of the University of Waterloo, in Canada, suggested that it is. In as much as it is possible to quantify wisdom, Dr Grossmann found that elderly Americans had more of it than youngsters. He has, however, now extended his investigation to Asia—the land of the wizened Zen-master—and, in particular, to Japan. There, he found, in contrast to the West, that the grasshoppers are their masters’ equals almost from the beginning.Read the whole story: The Economist More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Alzheimer risk impairs ‘satnav’ function of the brain

first_imgYoung adults with genetically increased Alzheimer’s risk have altered activation patterns in a brain region that is crucial for spatial navigation. This is reported by the team headed by Prof Nikolai Axmacher from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, together with colleagues from the universities of Bonn, Nijmegen and Ulm in the journal Science, which appears on October 23.Entorhinal cortex affected by Alzheimer’s disease at an early stageAlzheimer’s patients suffer from severe memory loss and disorientation. One of the areas affected by the disease at an early stage is a brain region that is crucial for navigation. This brain area, the so-called entorhinal cortex, contains cells that fire in a spatial grid pattern, the grid cells. LinkedIn Pinterest That was shown in animal studies. In 2010, Christian Doeller, presently at Radboud University in Nijmegen, demonstrated that the grid cell system in humans can be recorded indirectly using functional magnetic resonance imaging when the test subjects navigate in a virtual environment.Grid pattern in entorhinal cortex altered in risk carriersNikolai Axmacher, together with his graduate student Lukas Kunz, Christian Doeller and other colleagues from Bonn, Nijmegen und Ulm, applied that method. The team analysed the grid cell system in the entorhinal cortex of young students with and without Alzheimer’s risk genes.“The risk carriers showed a less stable grid pattern in the entorhinal cortex – many decades before they might develop Alzheimer’s dementia,” says Lukas Kunz, who conducted the experiment at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn.Moreover, risk carriers moved less frequently in the centre of the virtual landscape, which indicates an altered navigation strategy. In the risk group, the brain activity in the memory system was generally increased. That might be short-term compensation of the reduced grid pattern, but it may also contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s dementia in the long term, according to the researchers.APOE gene is a risk factorAt present, there is no curative treatment for Alzheimer’s dementia. A potential reason is that drugs are only administered after large parts of the brain have been destroyed. Therefore, current research aims to identify Alzheimer’s dementia early on and to yield a better understanding of early disease stages.The APOE gene appears to play an important role in the development of the disease. One in six people present a risk variant and, accordingly, have a three times higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Examining young adults with the risk version of APOE may thus yield potential insights into very early stages of the disease.Better understanding of early changes in Alzheimer’s dementia“Our studies may contribute to a better understanding of early changes of Alzheimer’s dementia,” says Axmacher. “Now, it has to be verified if such changes also occur in older people at an early stage of Alzheimer’s dementia and if they can be affected by the application of drugs.” Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Share on Twitter Sharelast_img read more

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