Hamlin’s 2016 Daytona 500-winning car comes home — literally

first_imgDenny Hamlin’s 2016 Daytona 500-winning car had been on display for the past year in Daytona, but now the car has come home — quite literally.  The Joe Gibbs Racing driver tweeted a photo Thursday night of the car safely tucked away in his house — yes, you are reading that correctly. In his house.   Hamlin also identified the other cars pictured for an inquisitive mind on Twitter.last_img

Joey Logano, Kyle Larson sound off on late-race incident

first_imgKyle Larson and Joey Logano made contact — twice — with two laps remaining in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. The first was unintentional, the second perhaps less so.In the waning laps of the annual All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet skipped up the track and sent Logano’s No. 22 Ford into the outside wall. Logano collected his car and drove back down into his groove and hit Larson from behind, sending the No. 42 spinning through the infield grass and bringing out the caution flag.WATCH: Logano, Larson tangleLogano didn’t outright say he dumped Larson intentionally, although his voice inflection and body language indicated he did.“He just ran me into the wall, and we collided after that. So that’s his fault. Oh well,” Logano said on pit road after the race.When pressed later, Logano’s answer was similar.“He shouldn’t have fenced me,” said Logano, who finished third. “I got all tangled up off the wall and back loose sideways here and there, and there he is. What do you want me to do?”Larson, who drives for Chip Ganassi Racing, said his car got tight, which led to the initial contact. And although he didn’t like the shot from Logano and felt it was intentional, he understood it on some level.RELATED: Full race results“I was just trying to carry as much throttle as I can,” Larson said. I just got really, really tight. I tried to bail. He tried to leave me as much room as he could … but I shoved him into the wall, and he obviously retaliated. It is what it is I got. I want to be frustrated because I got wrecked on purpose, but I put him in the wall, too.”Larson’s crew chief, Chad Johnston, was a little more direct when asked about the incident.“I think Kyle’s probably taking too much of the blame because it looked like he had plenty of room up there and he ran it into the wall,” Johnston told NASCAR.com. “But for some reason, those guys over there don’t like it when you race ’em. Pretty sure that’s what we get paid to do, and they get paid a lot of money to do it, so I’d say suck it up and let’s go race, you know?”Contributing: Zack Albertlast_img read more

The Rolling Stones Offer Up Fan-Requested “Get Off Of My Cloud” In Arizona [Videos]

first_imgOn Monday night, The Rolling Stones continued their 2019 No Filter Tour with a performance at Glendale, AZ’s State Farm Stadium.The Rolling Stones opened up their set with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” before working through “Let’s Spend The Night Together”, “Tumbling Dice”, and “Sad Sad Sad”. Up next was a fan requested rendition of “Get Off Of My Cloud”, played by the band for the first time this year. Following “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “2120 South Michigan Avenue”, the band moved over to their acoustic b-stage and offered up “Sweet Virginia” and “Dead Flowers”.The Rolling Stones – “Sad Sad Sad”[Video: dnewton98]The Rolling Stones – “Get Off Of My Cloud”[Video: dnewton98]The Stones picked up the pace as they worked through “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Honky Tonk Women” before Keith Richards stepped up to take the vocal lead on “You Got The Silver” and “Before They Make Me Run”. The band continued up with “Miss You”, “Paint It Black”, “Midnight Ramble”, “Start Me Up”, and a set-closing “Brown Sugar”. The Rolling Stones returned to deliver a two song encore of “Gimme Shelter” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.The Rolling Stones – “Dead Flowers” / “Sympathy For The Devil”[Video: dnewton98]The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”[Video: qsysopr]Next up for The Rolling Stones is the band’s No Filter Tour-closer at Miami, FL’s Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, August 31st. For ticketing and more information, head to the The Rolling Stones’ website.Setlist: The Rolling Stones | State Farm Stadium | Glendale, Arizona | 8/26/2019Set: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Let’s Spend the Night Together, Tumbling Dice, Sad Sad Sad, Get Off of My Cloud, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Sweet Virginia, Dead Flowers, Sympathy for the Devil, Honky Tonk Women, You Got the Silver, Before They Make Me Run, Miss You, Paint It Black, Midnight Rambler, Start Me Up, Brown SugarEncore: Gimme Shelter, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfactionlast_img read more

For Some, Impatience Grows for Cops’ Arrests in Breonna Taylor’s Death

first_imgTaylor’s death March 13 has attracted attention from stars like Lizzo, Jada Pinkett Smith and Beyoncé, who wrote an open letter last week urging Kentucky’s attorney general to move swiftly. Millions have signed an online petition demanding justice for Taylor. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has said state laws and the city’s collective bargaining agreement with police require a process to be followed before an officer can be fired. “It’s definitely taking too long, it’s definitely frustrating,” said Kirstia Drury, 32, who joined street protests in Louisville after Taylor’s death. “If someone even so much as shot a police dog, they would’ve already been convicted and halfway to prison.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The outcry has reverberated for weeks online and at demonstrations nationwide: Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. Police Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting FiredBeyoncé Wants Officers Charged in EMT’s DeathFamily of EMT Killed by Police Hires Civil Rights Attorney The FBI also is investigating the officers’ actions and exploring potential civil rights violations. Police announced Tuesday that Brett Hankison had been fired for violating rules on the use of deadly force. Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly remain employed but are on administrative reassignment while the case is investigated. “An investigation of this magnitude, when done correctly, requires time and patience,” Cameron, Kentucky’s first Black attorney general, said last week. Taylor was shot eight times. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire when police burst in, shooting Mattingly. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but prosecutors later dropped that charge. “She’s frustrated, she feels grief and pain from the loss of her daughter,” 2X said. “But I constantly remind her how this system works.” Attorney General Daniel Cameron, whose office is reviewing the investigation by Louisville police, has declined to offer a timetable. The officers are entitled to due process, and if investigators believe they should be charged, it takes time to build a case that would hold up in court. Calls for action against the officers have gotten louder during a national reckoning over racism and police brutality following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Officials there are prosecuting four officers involved, including bringing a murder charge against the officer who pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck on May 25.center_img Christopher 2X, a longtime anti-violence activist in Louisville, said the resources put into the investigation by local, state and federal officials has reassured him, and he urged protesters not to get too frustrated with the wait. He’s executive director of advocacy group Christopher 2X Game Changers and has often served as a conduit between the Black community and Louisville officials during conflicts. Walker told police he heard knocking but that he didn’t know who was coming into the home and fired in self-defense. Mattingly was shot in the thigh and recovered. A man holds a photograph of Breonna Taylor on her birthday as he kneels with other protesters on Atlantic Avenue during a solidarity rally for George Floyd on Atlantic Avenue, Friday, June 5, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March and Floyd, a black man, died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) The narcotics detectives had a search warrant to enter Taylor’s home, one of several “no knock” warrants issued by a judge in a drug investigation. No drugs were found at Taylor’s home. No-knock warrants, typically used in drug cases over concerns a suspect could destroy evidence if police announce their arrival, have been banned in a new Louisville law named for Taylor. “They murdered that girl in her own house,” said Ashley Kidwell, who drove up from Atlanta to join Louisville protests in early June. “We’re going into July, and there’s been no justice served.” He often speaks with Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, who has called for the three officers to be fired and charged in the killing. That has left people, from protesters to celebrities, wondering why justice is slow to come in Taylor’s case. Previous Coverage A termination letter said Hankison, who is white, violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” shot 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment. The letter, written by the acting police chief in starkly personal terms, also said Hankison violated rules against using deadly force. But three months after plainclothes detectives serving a warrant busted into her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment and shot the 26-year-old Black woman to death, only one of the three officers who opened fire has lost his job. No one is facing criminal charges. “I think the game changer is the federal intervention here,” he said, adding he’s never in two decades seen a racially charged police shooting in Louisville get so much attention from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department.last_img read more

Researchers Invent ‘Perfect’ Soap Molecule That is Better For the Environment

first_imgThe new OFS soap eliminates the hard water problem by using a naturally derived source that does not bind strongly to minerals in water. The researchers found that OFS molecules were shown to form soap particles (micelles) even at 100 times the conventional hard water conditions. As a result, a cleaning product’s ingredient list could be significantly simplified.“The impact of OFS soaps will be greater than their detergent performance,” said University of Minnesota chemical engineering and materials science graduate student Kristeen Joseph. “OFS is made from straight carbon chains derived from soybeans or coconut which can readily biodegrade. These are really the perfect soap molecules.”RELATED: High School Implements Later Start Times, Sees Dramatic ImprovementsThe researchers also use nanoparticle catalysts to optimize the soap structure for foaming ability and other cleaning capabilities. In addition to biodegradability and cleaning performance, OFS was shown to foam with the consistency of conventional detergents, which means it could directly replace soaps in existing equipment such as washing machines, dishwashers, and consumer products.The invention of new soap technology is part of a larger mission of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), a U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Frontier Research Center led by the University of Delaware. Initiated in 2009, the CCEI has focused on transformational catalytic technology to produce renewable chemicals and biofuels from natural biomass sources.(Source: University of Minnesota)Clean Up Negativity: Click To Share With Your Friends – Photo by Ani Bee, CC   Born Before 1965? Claim These 11 Senior Rebates Now! SeniorDiscountHub x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >68,625AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The new study is now online and will be published in the next issue of the American Chemical Society’s ACS Central Science, a leading journal in the chemical sciences. Authors of the study include researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Delaware, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sironix Renewables, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation and Argonne National Laboratory.RELATED: FDA Finally Bans Antibacterial Soaps Containing Triclosan and 18 Other Chemicals“Our team created a soap molecule made from natural products, like soybeans, coconut and corn, that works better than regular soaps and is better for the environment,” said Paul Dauenhauer, a University of Minnesota associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science and a co-author of the study. “This research could have a major impact on the multibillion-dollar cleaning products industry.”Conventional soaps and detergents are viewed as environmentally unfriendly because they are made from fossil fuels. When formulated into shampoos, hand soaps, or dishwashing detergents, these soaps are mixed with many additional difficult-to-pronounce and harmful chemicals that are washed down the drain.CHECK OUT: World’s Largest 3D Printer Makes Almost Zero-Cost Homes Out of MudFunded by the U.S. Department of Energy, researchers from the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation developed a new chemical process to combine fatty acids from soybeans or coconut and sugar-derived rings from corn to make a renewable soap molecule called Oleo-Furan-Surfactant (OFS). They found that OFS worked well in cold water where conventional soaps become cloudy and gooey rendering them unusable. Additionally, OFS soaps were shown to form soap particles (called micelles) necessary for cleaning applications at low concentrations, which significantly reduces the environmental impact on rivers and lakes.The new renewable OFS soap was also engineered to work in extremely hard water conditions. For many locations around the world, minerals in the water bind with conventional soaps and turn them into solid goo.MORE: SuperMeat Promises Real Meat With No Harm To Any Animals“I think everybody has had the problem of trying to get shampoo out of their hair in hard water–it just doesn’t come out,” said Dauenhauer.To combat this problem, most existing soaps and detergents add an array of additional chemicals, called chelants, to grab these minerals and prevent them from interfering with soap molecules. This problem has led to a long list of extra chemical ingredients in most conventional cleaning products, many of which are harmful to the environment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment.The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and hard water. The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is licensed to the new Minnesota-based startup company Sironix Renewables.last_img read more

Lady Indians wrap up 20-4A softball crown

first_img Leading hitters: PN-G — Romero 3-3; Kaylee Powell 2-3; Hayley Kiker 2-3; Dykes 2-3; Kate Fawcett 2-2. “We set a goal to be district champions,” PN-G head coach Brooke Fontenot said. “This was a big accomplishment for our team. It’s my first time as a head coach to be district champs alone. Last season, we shared the title with Nederland and [Little Cypress-Mauriceville]. As a coach and a team, it was a nice accomplishment. It was well deserved by this team. They are good competitors, good athletes that have put in hard work this season.”PN-G starting pitcher Megan Romero (5-3) earned the victory, allowing just one hit in four innings of work. Romero also struck out four while walking none and went 3 for 3 at the plate. Batterymate Caitlynn Dykes was 2 for 3 and came up with a big hit to get the Lady Indians on the board early.In the top of the first, Kate Fawcett walked and moved to second when Kristin Braye reached on an error. Dykes followed with a three-run home run to give PN-G the early 3-0 lead. BEAUMONT — Mission accomplished.The Port Neches-Groves softball team reached the first of many goals this season as they clinched the District 20-4A title with a 15-0 victory over Beaumont Central in four innings Tuesday at Jaguar Field.PN-G finished district play with a 12-2 record, finishing a game ahead of second-place Nederland, and are 22-9 overall. The Lady Indians will face the fourth-place finisher from District 19-4A, either Crosby or Goose Creek Memorial.center_img Port Neches-Groves 15, Beaumont Central 0, 4 inningsPN-G 352    5    —    15    15    0Central    000    0    —    0    1    2Megan Romero and Caitlynn Dykes; Wilson and Basha. W — Megan (5-3). L — Wilson.last_img read more

Big data and the credit union movement

first_imgby: Austin WentzlaffThe use of Big Data is becoming a crucial way for leading companies to outperform their peers. In most industries, established competitors and new entrants alike will leverage data-driven strategies to innovate, compete, and capture value.Big Data provides credit unions with the ability to make better, fact-based decisions that allow for the discovery of vital trends in member behavior, resulting in improved financial performance, reduced risk, and enriched relationships with members.OnApproach’s CEO, Paul Ablack, commented, “Big Data and Analytics presents both opportunity and challenge for credit unions. While credit unions are rich in data, which is growing exponentially, they lack the infrastructure to effectively integrate, store, and analyze that data. Meanwhile, credit union members are being conditioned every day to expect more personalized information at their fingertips through all aspects of their lives. This information expectation will soon, if not already, be a top strategic priority for credit unions.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Benchmarks focuses on Constitution Revision Commission

first_img March 1, 2016 Regular News Benchmarks focuses on Constitution Revision Commission FLORIDA BAR MEMBERS, attending the Benchmarks seminar at the Bar’s Winter Meeting in Orlando, participate in an exercise focusing on the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission. In Florida, the CRC convenes every 20 years to hold public hearings around the state and then places amendments to the Florida Constitution directly on the ballot for voters’ decisions. After attending the session in Orlando, attorneys will take the CRC presentation to civic and community groups in their hometowns to teach about the commission and its work. Benchmarks presentations can be downloaded from The Florida Bar website. Attorneys receive CLE credit for making Benchmarks presentations: one ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period. The Orlando seminar was presented by the Constitutional Judiciary Committee.last_img read more

Caitlyn Merzbacher adjusts to first year without her dad coaching

first_img“The difference in singles was actually a little bit of a shock to me coming from juniors to college,” Merzbacher said. “Working on my movement and quickness, attacking and moving forward on the court trying to transfer some of the doubles skills like being at the net more into singles play has been a big factor in my success.”Her doubles partner, Safdar, have known each other for a long time. Merzbacher was living in Ohio while her dad was coaching at Ohio State. Caitlyn Merzbacher grew up around the Columbus area, while Safdar lived closer to Cincinnati. They developed a unique bond even before they were teammates at Minnesota, as they saw and played against each other in junior tournaments across Ohio. The pair have used their close understanding of one another to help them on the court in the No. 1 doubles spot. Safdar said they know what each other are thinking out there and understand each other’s games well. Safdar also said Caitlyn has been a close friend for a while and isn’t surprised she is doing so well in singles matches this year.“I think something that is great about Caitlyn is that when she gets the opportunity she embraces the challenge,” Safdar said. “She shows in her play that is where she is supposed to be and she performs really well under the pressure.”Thompson said that she had conversations with Chuck Merzbacher prior to the season and said he was really helpful showing her the ropes. Thompson talked with Caitlyn Merzbacher and said she understands that she has had one coach her whole life and it would be tough to transition. “With Caitlyn, I just talked about making sure she was open to new coaching philosophies,” said head coach Catrina Thompson, who took over for Chuck Merzbacher in August. “For anybody it is tough to deal with change, but she has been incredible.” Caitlyn Merzbacher adjusts to first year without her dad coachingThe junior has gone 9-1 in singles and 8-2 in doubles this year.Jack Rodgers, Daily File PhotoJunior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9. Max BiegertFebruary 22, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintJunior Caitlyn Merzbacher had one tennis coach her whole life. Chuck Merzbacher was the women’s tennis coach at Minnesota for five years and, in his last two years for the Gophers, he coached his daughter, Caitlyn Merzbacher. Caitlyn Merzbacher, now a junior, has gone 9-1 in singles matches in her first year without her father at the helm. She has more than doubled her victory total from her first two years at Minnesota. She also plays with Mehvish Safdar in the No. 1 doubles spot, where they have gone 8-2 this year. “I definitely think it has been a good change for me too, just to be like a normal kid on the team,” Merzbacher said. “I loved having my dad as a coach, and I wouldn’t want to change anything about that, but being able to come into my own as a player and a teammate has been really nice.” Merzbacher has played in three singles spots this season. She has fluctuated between mostly the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, but she picked up a victory in her only time playing in the No. 3 spot this season. Merzbacher said it has taken her longer than she thought to get used to playing singles. She grew up playing doubles with her dad and focused more of her time on doubles than she did singles. When Merzbacher came to college, she noticed the difference of singles play right away. She said the more she played singles matches, whether it was in college or during the summer, the more comfortable she felt. Merzbacher said she needed to utilize some of the skills in doubles into her strategy for singles matches if she wanted to be successful.last_img read more