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Four-time cancer survivor sees dream come true, plays in college football game

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first_imgOctober 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Four-time cancer survivor sees dream come true, plays in college football game Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — After his cancer diagnosis in high school, Casey O’Brien had been told that his football career was over. O’Brien, of St. Paul, Minnesota, had spent his entire childhood playing different sports, including football, but then he got a pain in his left knee that would not go away, he said during a speech, according to ESPN.In December 2013, when he was a high school freshman, O’Brien was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer.He’d go on to beat cancer four times, even as he joined the University of Minnesota’s football team as a walk-on placeholder for the Golden Gophers.In all, O’Brien underwent chemotherapy and 14 surgeries, including a knee replacement.On Saturday, though, he was able to prove that determination breeds success when he stepped foot on the field in Piscataway, New Jersey, as a Golden Gopher wearing No. 14. It was a moment the college sophomore had been waiting for.During Saturday’s game, he took the field for the first time and held the ball for an extra point in the fourth quarter.“There’s been so many ups and downs and nights in the hospital and surgeries … that has gone into this moment. … This is what I’ve dreamed about and tonight it got to come true,” he told the Big Ten Network on Saturday.Afterward, he got hugs from his team and then was seen giving an emotional embrace to University of Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck.“It was a special moment with Coach Fleck. I mean there’s one coach in the country that took a chance and gave me a spot to walk on. And I just thanked him. … He means the world to me,” O’Brien told the Big Ten Network.Fleck told the Big Ten Network after the game that “when you think courage, you think Casey O’Brien.”“He’s an unbelievable person and he’s been through an awful lot. … No one can ever take away that he played college football in the Big Ten. … It was pretty emotional,” Fleck said.The Gophers went on to seal their win against Rutgers, 42-7. After the game, O’Brien was seen running over to share the moment with his parents.O’Brien shared some advice to others who watched him take the field against incredible odds.“Don’t give up because you can make it happen. … Go Gophers!” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dixie State, Utah Valley split weekend series

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first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah (AP) — Fardaws Aimaq posted 13 points and 13 rebounds to lift Utah Valley to an 87-72 win over Dixie State in the first game of the weekend series Friday.Trevon Allfrey led the Trailblazers with 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.In game two on Saturday Hunter Schofield had a season-high 31 points as Dixie St. edged past Utah Valley 93-89.Trey Woodbury led the Wolverines with a career-high 27 points. Tags: Dixie State Trailblazers Basketball/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC Written by February 13, 2021 /Sports News – Local Dixie State, Utah Valley split weekend serieslast_img read more

Forecastle Festival Welcomes Largest Crowd Ever For The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes & More [Gallery]

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first_imgLoad remaining images Louisville’s Forecastle Festival had a record breaking year this past weekend, welcoming more than 65,000 attendees over the course of three days at scenic Waterfront Park. Major acts from all over the map including The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Gary Clark Jr., Brandi Carlile, Big Gigantic, Grouplove, Dr. Dog, Ghostland Observatory, and Shakey Graves fronted the bill, drawing in fans of all genres for three days of music, art, and family-friendly activities.Check out some of our favorite highlights from the weekend, by John J Miller Photography.Death Cab for CutieDanny BrownAlabama ShakesBrandi CarlileSpeedy OrtizGrouploveBen Harper & The Innocent CriminalsThe Avett BrothersAndrew McMahon In The WildernessMoon TaxiFull Gallery:last_img read more

Phil Lesh Will Play A Three-Night Halloween Run With Amazing Friends At The Capitol Theatre

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first_imgBeloved Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh just wrapped up a two-night stand at the new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, treating fans to back-to-back killer performances with a stacked lineup of players. With those shows in the books, Lesh has set his sights on the next visit to the New York area – Halloween.Lesh will play for three nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, with shows on October 28th, 29th, and 31st. The lineups for each show can be seen below:OCT 28: Larry Campbell, Luther Dickinson, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, John Molo, Teresa Williams, & Nicki Bluhm (Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers)OCT 29: Luther Dickinson, Scott Metzger, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, John Molo, & Nicki BluhmOCT 31: Larry Campbell, Luther Dickinson, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, John Molo, Teresa Williams, & Nicki BluhmTickets go on sale next Friday, and can be found via the Capitol Theatre website.last_img read more

Bells and Robes Take Fans On Refreshing Electronic Journey In New Music Video With Swain

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first_imgHailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Bells and Robes will lead you on a refreshing electronic journey through time and space, combining elements of live improvisation with synth-heavy sounds of the future. Fresh off the release of their experimental debut EPs, “One Should See Sound” Part 1 and Part 2, Bells and Robes offers us a more straight-forward interpretation of their sound while maintaining their veracity as avant-garde sound creators and technicians with their new track “Duality.” Blending atmospheric chill-wave and fast-paced bass lines, Bells and Robes aims to create a vibrant energy while concurrently soothing audiophiles into a fantasy-like state of reverie.Performing over self-produced “electro-soundscapes,” Luke Sipka plays keyboard behind the boards while Dean Spaniol plays drums and creates samples. With the help of up-and-coming rapper, Swain, the trio combines the vigor and brusque electronic sound of current R&B music with the ad-libbing of a live band in a way that leaves listeners feeling calm and contented. Watch the band’s first-ever music video for “Duality” below:“We are very proud of how “Duality” was realized into our first official music video as Bells and Robes. We’ve been building with a talented team of creatives in Atlanta including Swain and his collective, LNEM, Frank Murillo, who shot the video, and all the other people involved with this project. This will be the first of many to come!” the band tells us.Bells and Robes are an Atlanta-based electronica pair taking the music world by storm. The Bells and Robes name comes from a Zen Koan titled “Bells and Robes.” This parable tells readers that “to understand intimately one should see sound.” The duo combines the high energy and crisp electronic sound of a dance DJ with the unpredictable improvisation of a jam band set. With the addition of Swain’s silver-tongued, soulful rap-style, this track is an absorbing hit for the ages. Follow the band on their website.last_img read more

PREMIERE: The Fritz Shares Soul-Driven “Stuck In Between” Video From Asheville Homecoming Show [Watch]

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first_imgAsheville, NC-based dance rock band The Fritz has been steadily gaining steam since their formation in 2010. The five-piece band—consisting of guitarist Jamie Hendrickson, bassist Jake O’ Connor, drummer Michael Tillis, vocalist/ keyboardist Jamar Woods, and percussionist Mikey “Spice” Evans—take on an aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock, creating a sound that is uniquely their own with high-energy and groovy dance tracks. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following as they captivate audiences across the country.In October 2018, the quintet released their latest studio effort, ECHO, recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. The LP features Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman on trombone, and Snarky Puppy’s Chris Bullock and Justin Stanton on trumpet and saxophone.In February, The Fritz were on the road supporting Baltimore-based funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. While on tour, the quintet celebrated a special homecoming show at The Orange Peel in Asheville. During their noteworthy opening set, The Fritz delivered an exploratory 10-minute rendition of “Stuck in Between”. Backed by a prominent bass line and tight-knit groove behind the kit, The Fritz’s recent take on “Stuck in Between” hits all of the feels. The track has a slight ’80s disco vibe highlighted by Jamar Woods’ funky work on the synth. Moving out of the song’s intro, Woods takes a soulful lead on vocals as the sold-out Asheville crowd boogies along.  Before crashing back into the chorus, Hendrickson soars off into hyperspace with an ever-evolving guitar solo, backed by his faithful bandmates pushing him on.Today, Live For Live Music is pleased to debut The Fritz’s pro-shot video for “Stuck in Between”. Woods explains,It’s always a pleasure playing in our hometown.  The crowd has great energy and trusts us so we can take chances and play off what they’re giving to us.  And having our friends at IAMAVL.com being able to come out and shoot this video to commemorate the occasion just adds to the hometown feel.You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of  The Fritz’s new “Stuck in Between” video below:The Fritz – “Stuck in Between” – Live at The Orange Peel[Video: The Fritz]The Fritz has a busy 2019 ahead of them including festival appearances at Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Domefest, Suwannee Rising, Tom Tom Festival, and Sustain With Sound Festival. You can check out a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates below, and head to The Fritz’s website for ticketing and more information.The Fritz 2019 Tour Dates:3/14 – 8×10 – Baltimore, MD3/15 – Dogfish Head Brewery – Rehoboth Beach, DE3/16 – Sprout Music Collective – West Chester, PA3/17 – Garcia’s at The Capital Theatre – Port Chester, PA4/04-4/06 – Suwannee Rising – Live Oak, FL4/11 – Live at Lake Raleigh – Raleigh, NC4/12 – Tom Tom Festival Charlottesville, VA4/13 – Sierra Nevada Brewery – Mills River, NC4/25 – The Glass House – Lynchburg, VA4/26 – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC4/27 – Sustain With Sound Festival – Wilmington, NC5/16-5/18 – Domefest – Masontown, WV5/31 – The Pour House – Charleston, SC6/01 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL6/06 – Radio Room – Greenville, SC6/07 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA7/27 – Gathering at Chafees – Girard, PAView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Jonathan Slinger Tapped to Play Willy Wonka in West End

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first_imgJust the golden ticket! Jonathan Slinger will play Willy Wonka in the West End’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He will begin performances on May 4, taking over from Alex Jennings at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Directed by Sam Mendes, the tuner features a book by David Greig and music and lyrics by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Slinger’s extensive stage credits include Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II, Richard III, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Power, The Duchess of Malfi, The Coast of Utopia, Yes, Prime Minister, Uncle Vanya and Urinetown. The West End production officially opened on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the adventures of young Charlie Bucket as he and four other children win golden tickets to visit the strange and eccentric world of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. The book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel’s original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka. View Commentslast_img read more

Benchmarks

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first_img Benchmarks Judge Deboarh Pucillo (ret.) has been appointed to the board of directors of the Center for Creative Education. Judge Pucillo is a mediator affiliated with ARC Mediation in West Palm Beach, and a senior county court judge in Palm Beach County. Bruce E. Kasold has been appointed a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims by President George W. Bush. Judge Bonnie Rippingille of the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Domestic Violence Division presented “ A Day in Domestic Violence Court, ” for the girls in the Sisters of the Heart mentoring program. The program was founded by Judge Rippingille to help at-risk girls, and provide them with mentoring and cultural enrichment opportunities. Judge Paul Siegel of the 11th Judicial Circuit, recently completed his four and a half-year book project. Florida Trial Objections will be published and distributed by James Publishing in April. The book will cover substantially all of the objections a lawyer will want to make, or meet at trial. Judge David L. Levy has been elected chief judge of the Third District Circuit Court of Appeal. His term will commence upon the retirement of Chief Judge Alan R. Schwartz at the end of 2004 and will continue through the remainder of Judge Schwartz’s unexpired term in June 2005. Judge Gerald B. Cope, Jr., has been elected to a two-year term, and will succeed Judge Levy as chief judge in July 2005. April 15, 2004 Regular News Benchmarkslast_img read more

Bethpage Man Convicted of Killing Wife

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Bethpage man was convicted of killing his wife, assaulting his daughter and leading Nassau County police on a high-speed chase that ended in a fiery crash two years ago, prosecutors said.A jury found Robert Crumb, 45, guilty of second-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest Monday at Nassau County court. “This defendant brutally murdered the mother of his children, assaulted his daughter, and endangered the lives of police and the public in a reckless high-speed chase,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.Prosecutors said he killed his wife, Maria, at their Seitz Drive home, where officers who responded to a 911 call reporting an assault with a weapon, found the victim dead and the suspect fleeing the scene at 12:39 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.An argument over the couple’s impending divorce led to the slaying, authorities said. The couple’s two children tried to break it up.Police chased the suspect westbound on the Southern State Parkway and onto the Belt Parkway, where he exited at Pennsylvania Avenue and crashed his vehicle into a gas station at Flatlands Avenue, police had said.After the crash, Crumb charged at one of the officers, knocking him to the ground, causing him to lose consciousness before multiple officers then jumped onto Crumb and took him into custody.  Judge Terence Murphy ordered Crumb held without bail. Crumb faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced June 14.last_img read more

The two-fold process of fostering relationships with state and federal regulators

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first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Kane Tom Kane has been President/CEO of the Illinois Credit Union System since 2015. Since joining the Illinois Credit Union League and LSC in 2003, Tom has held several key … Web: https://www.icul.com Details Meeting regulatory compliance requirements is a complex endeavor. One of the best ways a credit union’s leadership can successfully achieve compliance goals is to develop strong relationships with state and federal regulators. This requires planning and open engagement at all times.When Should Credit Unions Engage with Regulators?Harvard Law School points to four main opportunities for relationship building.Times of Inactivity – Keep regulators informed about current and upcoming industry needs. Ask about regulatory developments and show how the credit union is working to comply.Rule Creation Process – This is the time to offer feedback on rules and point out problems the regulator may not have considered.Examination Time – Help regulators become better informed about the credit union’s purpose, practices, and compliance program.Investigation Process – A helpful attitude and sustained conversation are the keys to addressing concerns that led to investigation.Times of UrgencyUnexpected situations like the COVID-19 pandemic create the need for fast action and added communication. For this reason, the Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) has facilitated virtual townhall meetings to provide credit unions opportunities for open communication with legislators and regulators.Well-developed relationships with regulators and continuous communication can make a positive difference.  For instance, few Illinois credit unions were initially ready to lend via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). ICUL asked state regulators to permit member referrals to other credit unions offering these loans, irrespective of field of membership. In just a few days of back and forth, they agreed.A Good Internal Structure Helps Build Outside Relationships.A prepared team fosters clear discussion. A few organization tips from MetricStream Insights are below.Form guidelines for when and how to communicate with regulators and apply their feedback.Create a communication calendar with exam dates to stay on top of sharing opportunities and exam preparations.A well-structured shared folder system helps teams collaborate on responses to regulators.Plan for meetings by going over a list of the documents needed, topics to cover, who will be involved, and what information each person will be expected to know and share.Focus on Team IntegrationAn effective team works well together and according to Harvard Law School, regulators expect to see compliance leadership working with all departments to identify areas where regulations apply. Therefore, well-informed, collaborative leadership teams help credit unions gain good standing with regulators.Teamwork is crucial during uncertain times. Recently, it helped address the broad nature of an authorization by the Secretary of the Department of Financial & Professional Regulation that exempts field of membership as a requirement to participate in any government program (including PPP) based on a referral from another credit union. ICUL ‘s internal team worked to craft guidelines and a few types of agreements around it, creating a structure to accompany the authorization and reaching out to credit unions. Now, a large number of credit unions are ready to be lenders and refer members!Credit unions with sound internal structures and regular communication practices are ready to build positive relationships with federal and state regulators. These relationships will go a long way towards helping credit unions achieve their compliance goals.last_img read more