SweetWater 420 Fest Announces Initial 2019 Artist Lineup

first_imgToday, SweetWater 420 Fest has announced the first wave of artists on the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place from Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st, 2019 at Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of Atlanta, GA.The 2019 SweetWater 420 Fest lineup is led by Athens rockers Widespread Panic, who will perform four sets at the festival across two nights. The initial announcement also includes The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Rebelution, Moon Taxi, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Turkuaz, and KNOWER, and promises “boatloads more coming early 2019.”The annual event, which is becoming one of the premiere live music events in the South, has made a habit of booking the best an brightest acts in the jam scene and beyond. The 2018 edition of SweetWater 420 Fest featured performances by The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sturgill Simpson, Vulfpeck, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Greensky Bluegrass, The Motet, The Record Company, The Infamous Stringdusters, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, Marco Benevento, Southern Avenue, and many more.We can’t wait to see what other talented artists will be added to the 2019 SweetWater 420 Fest lineup in the coming months. We’ll keep you updated as the additions begin to roll in.For more information on the 2019 edition of SweetWater 420 Fest, or to purchase your tickets now, head to the festival website here.last_img read more

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Flavor Flav Pleads Guilty to Driving With Suspended License

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Flavor Flav, the Roosevelt-native rapper of Public Enemy fame, admitted to driving on Long Island without a license two years after he was pulled over while en route to his mother’s funeral.The 56-year-old hip hop artist, whose given name is William Drayton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. In exchange for his plea, a speeding charge was dropped.“This has been going on for two long years and I’m glad it’s over,” Flav, speaking in a soft voice, told Nassau County Judge Terence Murphy.He’s facing similar charges—plus counts of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, open container and more—in Nevada, which he now calls home.The New York charges came after police stopped Flav for speeding 79 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Meadowbrook State Parkway on Jan. 9, 2014, but released him on a desk appearance ticket. His license had 16 suspensions on it at the time, authorities have said.Assistant Nassau County District Attorney Stephanie Palma asked Murphy to sentence Flav to six months in jail, but the judge instead gave the rapper time served—a few hours in jail—and ordered him to pay a $3,500 fine after lecturing him to get his act together.“You have a personal responsibility, and your ignoring that is the basis for many of these issues,” Murphy told Flav. He added that Flav’s mother’s funeral was a “mitigating circumstance but it doesn’t give you the privilege to disobey the laws of New York State.”Flav said through his lawyer, Todd Greeberg, that he wanted to “thank the court for your compassion and understanding” throughout the case. His demeanor was remarkably toned down from prior appearances, including one in which he rapped to reporters.Outside the courthouse, Greenberg told reporters that there were “extreme mitigating circumstances in this case. There was no intent whatsoever to violate the law.”last_img read more

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Governor Wolf’s Week, October 2 – October 8, 2016

first_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf’s Week, October 2 – October 8, 2016 October 07, 2016 The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf announced several economic development projects across the state. He made stops in Scranton, Bethlehem, and Pittsburgh to announce the new projects.The governor also attended the White House Rural Forum in State College where he stressed the need for more resources to fight the current opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania.Fighting the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic is a top priority for the Wolf administration. This week, Governor Wolf also encouraged the FDA to expand access and development of abuse-deterrent opioids as another potential step in combating the health crisis of substance use disorder.Governor Wolf’s Week, October 2 – October 8, 2016Monday, 10/3/16GO-TIME: Centralized Grant System to Streamline, Consolidate Application ProcessGov. Wolf Announces $3 Million in State Funding for Lackawanna College Expansion ProjectGov. Wolf Announces $1.5 Million in State Funding for Ben Franklin TechVentures ExpansionTuesday, 10/4/16Governor Wolf Encourages FDA to Expand Access and Development of Abuse-Deterrent OpioidsGovernor Wolf Announces a New State/Federal Partnership to Bring $28 Million to Help Farmers in Bay Watershed Improve Local Water QualityWednesday, 10/5/2016Governor Wolf Signs Eight Bills into LawGovernor Wolf Pushes Need for Opioid Addiction Resources at White House Rural ForumGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Honor 10 Women as Pennsylvania’s 2016 Distinguished DaughtersThursday, 10/6/2016Governor Wolf Appoints Ahmeenah Young to the Gaming Control BoardGovernor Wolf Makes Schools That Teach Stop in PittsburghGovernor Wolf Announces 57 New Jobs with Relocation of MNG Direct in Bucks CountyFriday, 10/7/2016Governor Wolf Joins Federal, State and Local Officials to Open New Lower Hill Infrastructure in PittsburghHighlights from The BlogJoin Us in Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Robust Manufacturing IndustryOne Week Left to Register to Vote in PA!September Surge: Pennsylvanians Love Online Voter RegistrationLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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Two injured in Ohio County hunting accident

first_imgOhio County, In. —Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting accident that seriously injured a hunter and slightly injured a second. At approximately 09:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Officers were contacted about a waterfowl hunter that was shot while in the field near Aurora.Adam Daugherty, 30, of Lawrenceburg, sustained a gunshot injury to his left ankle while waterfowl hunting.Jeremy Legge, 37, of Petersburg, Kentucky sustained a gunshot injury to his right ankle.Adam and Jeremy had concluded their hunt with two others and were standing outside the hunting blind when the firearm involved discharged injuring both of them.Adam’s firearm had been propped vertical inside the hunting blind when a dog reentered the blind, knocked the firearm over, causing the firearm to fall over and discharge.Adam was taken to HighPoint Health to receive medical treatment. He was later transported to University of Cincinnati for further treatment.Jeremy transported himself to a doctor for medical treatment.The firearm involved was a 12 gauge Browning Maxus that did not have the safety engaged.Indiana Conservation Officers, Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and Dearborn County EMS were on scene.The investigation is still ongoing at this point.last_img read more

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Meade delight as Monksland makes winning debut over fences

first_img Monksland eventually came home a length and a half clear, much to the delight of Meade. He said: “We said we’d take our chance over fences and see how it goes and if it didn’t work out we could go back to hurdling. “His schooling went great and he has spent half his time swimming as well. When he jumped he jumped well. “We thought with the Grade One at Christmas he might struggle but if he took to jumping fences you wouldn’t know where he could go. “You’d have to be happy with his first run over fences. He did run in a point-to-point but that was his first chase. “He was good other than the second-last first time when Sean did well to stay with him. “That’s his first winner for me and I’m delighted for him. I’ve been very pleased with what he’s been doing. He has great hands and horses jump great for him. “He comes in to ride a couple of mornings and does a lot of schooling. He’s a really nice lad too.” A three-time Grade Two winner over hurdles, Monksland warmed up for this assignment by chasing home Arctic Fire in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan earlier this month. Noel Meade’s charge was sent off a 5-2 chance in the hands of Sean Flanagan and he assumed control at the top of the straight, always looking as though he had the beating of favourite Roi Des Francs. Monksland made an ideal start over fences as he lifted the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Beginners Chase at Gowran Park.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Two Florida Police Officers Find Out They’re Related

first_imgTwo Florida police officers just found out that they are related bringing a whole new meaning to “joint task force.”Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy David Stull reached out to Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds to let him know they are half-brothers.Stull was adopted as an infant, but recently submitted DNA to 23andMe to learn more about his family history.They both share the same father and both became law enforcement officers.The two central Florida men met for the first time in late July.last_img read more

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Improved performance from Team Transpacific

first_imgTEAM Transpacific and their Toyota Alteeza produced one of the most talked-about performances last weekend at the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s Drag Championship.The much talked-about Alteeza, featuring a highly modified 2JZ engine wowed fans, especially its battle with Team Mohamed’s Nissan GTR Goliath.Driven by Rameez Mohamed, the car exhibited brute force as it rocketed down the track oftentimes being pushed by its extra-large rear wheels. And that’s nothing short of what the owner, Krishna Ramsewack, is aiming for.In an interview after the meet, the Team boss confirmed that he was impressed by the performance of the car but still believes there is more to be extracted. “The idea when we started to build the car was that we wanted to have a very fast car on the strip. We built it when the strip was only 1 000ft and now that it has been extended, we know we’ve gotten faster.”“It has been my project car for about 2 to 2 ½ years and it’s nice to be seeing the benefits of it. Sunday was just a taste of what is to come.”The team principal added, the best moments were seeing how the crowd reacted to it and watching it bullet down the straightaway.“The nice thing about the car as well is that it is all locally built. It’s tuned by a guy named Mervin out of Tech Point Tuning but the rest of the car has been modified right here.“Moving forward, I know we will get the car faster and more stable before the next event. We have a goal and we are going to reach that.”The car was built by Balram Auto Mechanics.last_img read more

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Best of 2011’s March Madness

first_imgThe NCAA Tournament is always great, but you know it’s been especially great and full of Madness when you find yourself asking people if they managed to get any of their Final Four teams correct.Every tournament is filled with highlights and great stories. Here’s the best-of-the-best from the 2011 tournament nobody saw coming.Best coach – Shaka Smart, VCUWith all the hullabaloo surrounding VCU’s improbable and grand march to the Final Four, there was never a shortage of efforts in finding out just who their coach was.Smart’s story went from obscurity to well documented in a matter of two weeks simply because March Madness enthusiasts couldn’t get enough of him.Most pundits loudly criticized his team’s presence in the tournament field, and he responded by leading them past five teams from power conferences (11th-seed USC, sixth-seed Georgetown, third-seed Purdue, 10th-seed Florida State, and first-seed Kansas).From the success of his team, to the stories of his journey to VCU, to the footage of him playing defense against his players in practice, Smart’s orchestration of the Rams’ journey from First Four to Final Four was the cr?me de la cr?me story and achievement of the tournament.Best player – Kemba WalkerEvery time UConn came away with a victory, it seemed like head coach Jim Calhoun was caught on camera hugging his star guard Kemba Walker. And for good reason.To slightly step away from the NCAA Tournament for a moment: UConn put together one hell of a masterful postseason. The Huskies won five games in five days – the first team to do so – in order to win the Big East Tournament. Then they won the six games necessary to win the NCAA Tournament.And none of it would have been possible without Walker.Of all the players in the tournament who participated in more than one game, Walker finished fourth in scoring by averaging 23.5 points per game. He also dished out 5.7 assists per game and hit .898 percent of his shots from the line.But the stats don’t do much justice. Walker proved to be as prolific at being a clutch college basketball player as anyone before him. Walker hit fade away jump shots with swift deftness and navigated past defenders – in midair – toward the rim like he could fly.Biggest tear jerker – Jacob Pullen’s post-game interviewWisconsin fans should be familiar with this one. In the round of 32, Wisconsin K.O.’d Kansas State and its senior guard Pullen in a 70-65 thriller.In what came to be the last game of his college career, Pullen showed tremendous heart in his effort to keep his career alive, scoring 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting.Pullen simply scored at will – the most memorable instance coming in the second half when he faked a behind-the-back pass on a breakaway to skip past Jordan Taylor for an easy layup. Taylor had the last laugh though, blocking Pullen’s last-second 3-point attempt to tie the game.Pullen poured out his heartbreak in the post-game press conferences, fighting back tears and eventually succumbing to them as he described his dashed wish of leading the Wildcats to the Final Four.Most heartbreaking moment – Butler comes up empty handed againLast year, the Bulldogs had the perfect setup – a Cinderella championship game appearance to be played just miles their campus. Evocations to “Hoosiers” were all over the place. But then a fateful half-court, buzzer-beating heave rimmed out.Although everyone was quick to remove the “Cinderella” tag from the Bulldogs this year, they were still just as unexpected to reach the finals again, especially since star guard Gordon Hayward departed for the NBA over the offseason.Yet they did it again with the young wizard Brad Stevens and the goofy-looking but dependable Matt Howard, only to lose in an ugly championship game to UConn.In 10 tournament games over the pat two years, Butler has defeated six teams seeded higher than itself, including two No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.The storylines seemed to emerge once again this season. The scruffy Bulldogs from the humble Horizon League had an ultra-rare (especially for them) second chance at a national championship – and a shot at redemption – but again the basketball gods said nay.Funniest moment – Josh Harrellson pegging Jared Sullinger in the chest with the ballEnough crying – lets talk about something funny.In the first half of a third round game between Kentucky and Ohio State, forward Harrellson came down with an offensive rebound in front of OSU’s Sullinger. Harrellson landed inches from the baseline and appeared to lose his balance.To avoid turning the ball over, Harrellson promptly turned around as he began to fall over, took a full wind up and slammed the ball into Sullinger’s chest, near his collarbone, from about three feet away. A resounding THUNK could be heard, and Sullinger could only step back in exasperation from the force of impact. Meanwhile, the ball flew out of bounds, and Kentucky retained possession.Although what Harrellson did had its practical reasons, it reminded me of vivid memories on the playground in elementary school. One kid would get so frustrated he’d resolutely catapult the ball at someone else. Good times.Best game – #8 Butler 71, #1 Pittsburgh 70While Butler again fell short on the biggest of stages, it still brandished quite a bit of magic once again during this tournament.There were many great finishes during the first weekend of this year’s tournament, but Butler-Pittsburgh provided a contest that featured both teams playing well and a finish that earned it an “Instant Classic” label.The contest had plenty of the ingredients for a great game. Both teams shot well: Butler shot .462 from the field while Pittsburgh hit .565, including .545 from the arc. There was even a comeback: The Bulldogs had to rally from a 12-point deficit with 10 minutes remaining in the second period.There were two great individual performances: Butler’s Shelvin Mack scored 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while Pittsburgh’s Gilbert Brown scored 24 on an 8-of-11 clip.Both teams had interesting backgrounds. Butler, the Cinderella from a year ago, was coming off a buzzer-beating winner against Old Dominion two days before and was attempting to make another inspiring run to the Final Four. Pittsburgh had been to the tournament 10 seasons in a row, and despite being a popular Final Four pick in previous seasons, never got past the Elite Eight.And lastly, there was a jaw-dropping ending. Both Mack and Brown committed colossal fouls in the final seconds. Mack seriously jeopardized his team’s victory by fouling Brown on a midcourt heave with 1.4 seconds left.Brown made the first free throw to tie the game at 70, but after missing the second, Pittsburgh’s Nasir Robinson inexplicably fouled Howard on the rebound.That sent Howard back to the line, where he hit the game-winning free throw, handing one-seeded Pittsburgh another disappointingly early exit from the tournament.Just like that the fortunes of one team were dashed, and the others’ blossomed. And then those fortunes quickly reversed.Oh, how the Madness can toy with people.Elliot is a junior majoring in journalism. What do you think were the best parts of the 2011 NCAA Tournament? Tell him about them at [email protected]last_img read more

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Soybean rust study will allow breeders to tailor resistant varieties to local pathogens

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Midwestern growers don’t worry much about soybean rustThe fungal disease has been popping up at the end of the growing season nearly every year since 2006, but because the fungus can’t survive winter without a host plant, it’s not much of a threat to Midwest crops under current conditions.Right now, the disease only impacts U.S. soybean growers in the frost-free south, and only over-winters in parts of the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean basin.“But if the frost-free zone were to expand northward sometime in the future, there would be a greater potential for soybean rust to impact Midwestern growers,” said Glen Hartman, plant pathologist in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois and crop pathologist for USDA-ARS.Even though the major soybean-producing region in the United States is currently safe, Hartman and his collaborators aren’t willing to let the ball drop on soybean rust.“We’d like to stay ahead of the game by knowing more about the pathogen and whether strains of the fungus can overcome soybean rust resistance genes,” he said.The disease is also active and spreading in many other parts of the world. In Africa and other continents, soybean losses of up to 80% have been reported due to this disease. “People talk about walking through soybean fields and stirring up clouds of spores,” Hartman said.The team verified soybean rust first in Ghana, then Malawi and Tanzania, and most recently Ethiopia in 2016. Hartman notes that fungicides can be effective, but the chemical strategy comes with several pitfalls.“Spraying fungicides over millions and millions of acres does not always provide effective control and certainly is not environmentally appealing,” he said.The problem wouldn’t be solved with a single treatment, either. In Brazil, where losses up to 75% have been reported, producers often spray two or three times every growing season. Finally, the pathogen can develop resistance to fungicides, making them less effective.Hartman believes the way forward is finding rust-resistant soybean varieties. In a recent study, he and several international collaborators tested the ability of 10 such varieties to stand up against rust strains from around the world. None of the soybean varieties were able to resist all of the rust strains that were tested, but a few showed promise.“Soybean genotypes carrying Rpp1b, Rpp2, Rpp3, and Rpp5a resistance genes, and cultivars Hyuuga and UG5 (carrying more than one resistance gene), were observed to be resistant against most of the African rust strains, and therefore may be useful for soybean-breeding programs in Africa and elsewhere,” Hartman said.On the flip side, the researchers also evaluated which rust strains were the most destructive. It turned out that strains from Argentina were the most virulent. One of them was able to cause full-blown disease symptoms — tan spore-producing lesions on the leaves — on eight soybean lines, including two with multiple resistance genes.The study’s major conclusion is that it won’t be as simple as choosing one soybean variety with resistance and rolling it out for commercial use around the world. Instead, it will take a more tailored approach, pushing out the varieties whose specific type of resistance offers the best chance of maintaining effective resistance to local rust strains.The article, “Virulence diversity of Phakopsora pachyrhizi isolates from East Africa compared to a geographically diverse collection,” is published in Plant Disease. First author H. Murithi is from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Tanzania. Co-authors include J. Haudenshield, F. Beed, G. Mahuku, M. Joosten, and Hartman. The research was supported by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.last_img read more

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Ohio Soybean Council announces Board of Trustees election

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees has five district seats up for election this year. All eligible candidates interested in running for the OSC Board must obtain at least 15 valid signatures on the petition available at www.soyohio.org.OSC is the Qualified State Soybean Board for Ohio and manages state soybean checkoff dollars. The OSC Board is made up of farmer volunteers who direct the investments of checkoff dollars to improve the profitability of Ohio soybean farmers.Districts up for election are:District 1: Fulton, Henry, Lucas, and Williams Counties incumbent Todd Hesterman is eligible to run for another termDistrict 2: Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood Counties incumbent Nathan Eckel is eligible to run for another termDistrict 5: Allen, Hancock, and Putnam Counties incumbent Bill Bateson is eligible to run for another termDistrict 9: Delaware, Marion, Morrow, and Union Counties incumbent Bret Davis is term-limitedDistrict 13: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, and Warren Counties incumbent Amy Sigg Davis is term-limitedAll petitions must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) by mail, and must be postmarked no later than July 6, and received by ODA no later than July 13, 2018. To be eligible for election to the OSC Board, you must live in a county in the districts listed, and be a soybean producer engaged in the growing of soybeans in the State of Ohio, who owns or shares the ownership and risk of loss of soybeans at any time during the three year period immediately preceding November 15 of the current year.  Eligible producers who have contributed to the soybean checkoff and have submitted a petition with the signatures of 15 other eligible soybean producers who reside in the respective district shall be determined by ODA as candidates for election. OSC Trustees serve one term of three years, and may be elected to serve up to three consecutive terms.For questions, please contact Kirk Merritt, OSC Executive Director, at [email protected]last_img read more

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