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Opening night postponed at Shawano

first_imgSHAWANO, Wis. (May 2) – Due to saturated grounds, Shawano Speedway has pushed its opener back one week.Shawano will hold an open practice session Friday, May 9 beginning at 6 p.m. and the 2014 racing season will kick off Saturday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Sanctioned divisions running at Shawano this season are the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.last_img

Nikias’ letter warns about rave dangers

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias warned students to think twice before attending raves in an e-mail sent Wednesday.Nikias advised students to be “cognizant of your choices and to make wise decisions during your time here at USC.”In the letter, Nikias mentioned that several venues near campus­­ ­— including the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Los Angeles Sports Arena and the Shrine Auditorium — routinely hold raves. These events, Nikias said, “present serious risks to all who attend.”The Shrine | Daily TrojanThe letter went on to list some of the common effects of the drug ecstasy, which is frequently linked to the rave scene.“Ecstasy, which is common at raves, produces a number of adverse reactions that may include disorientation, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks and hallucinations,” Nikias wrote. “These reactions, even in mild forms, can create a ripple effect of dangers that lead to catastrophic consequences.”The letter comes about two months after a USC freshman fell from the sixth floor of Birnkrant Residence Hall after attending Hard Haunted Mansion, a rave at the Shrine Auditorium.LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon told the Los Angeles Times that based on a police investigation report, it appeared the student had consumed alcohol, marijuana and ecstasy during the rave on Halloween night.This summer, a 15-year-old girl died at the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Coliseum. The girl did not meet the minimum age requirement of 16 to attend the rave, and doctors told family members that she had ecstasy in her system, according to the Times. More than 185,000 people attended the two-day event, and approximately 120 people were taken to emergency rooms, according to the Times.The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission plans to meet next week to decide if it will allow the Electric Daisy Carnival to occur this June.Pasquale Rotella, the owner of Insomniac Inc., one of the two companies that holds raves at the Coliseum, issued a statement in response to Nikias’ letter.“Insomniac’s events aim to cultivate and enrich the human mind and spirit through the arts — a goal that is perfectly in tune with USC’s own mission statement,” Rotella said. “We are eager to meet with President Nikias to provide more information to him and to address his concerns.”Insomniac Inc. is hosting another rave, Beyond Wonderland, on March 19 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino.Denzil Suite, USC’s associate vice president of Student Affairs, said Nikias’ letter to the student body was intended to raise awareness about raves.“I think it was prompted purely out of concern for the well-being of the students,” Suite said. “Some students attend raves and he just wanted to make sure they are making good choices if they decide to do so.”Linda Dahl, a sophomore majoring in political science and history, said that although the message seems well-intentioned, she thinks USC should not implicitly link drugs and raves.“The intent of the message is good, but just because you go to a rave doesn’t mean you have to do ecstasy,” Dahl said.Dahl said that it would be better if USC discouraged drug use in general.Some students do not believe the message will change the minds of those who attend raves.“If you are a raver, then you’ll go to a rave no matter what,” said Michael Cheng, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.Carol Jun, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said she believes the message will raise awareness, but not alter students’ decisions to attend raves.“[The people who go to raves] already know about the drugs and they still go to them,” Jun said. “[The message] raises awareness, but I don’t think it will reduce the number of people who go to raves.”Suite said he believes the message was not meant to change students’ decisions about raves, but to inform students about how to make healthy decisions.“It’s easy when students are in an environment like this to succumb to the moment,” Suite said. “By giving this information we hope that students will make good personal choices if they decide to attend.”last_img read more

Cubs feel ‘pretty fortunate’ to sign Jonathan Lucroy, says Joe Maddon

first_imgThe Cubs are thankful they landed Jonathan Lucroy.Chicago needed a catcher after trading away backup Martin Maldonado at the deadline shortly before Willson Contreras suffered a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out for about a month. Jon Lester calls himself ‘weakest link’ in Cubs rotation after allowing 11 runs Craig Kimbrel injury update: Cubs put closer on IL with knee inflammation But, despite the elimination of August waiver trades this season, the Cubs managed to add Lucroy — a two-time All-Star — after he was released by the Angels and became a free agent Wednesday.”To get a player of that caliber right now with everything that’s going on for us, the misfortune, we’re pretty fortunate with the new rules,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters, via MLB.com. “If you just put everything in a box and talk about them all, it’s pretty fortunate.” Related News “We had Maldonado traded away,” Hendricks said. “So yeah, to kind of just fall into that, have a guy available of (Lucroy’s) stature, I think it’s unbelievable. To have him be able to come in, obviously, it’s going to be a pretty easy transition, I think. He’s a guy that’s been around, knows what he’s doing, and he knows some of the guys on this team.”The Cubs finished play Wednesday in first place of the National League Central with a 62-52 record. Lucroy missed about three weeks after he broke his nose and sustained a concussion in early July when he was involved in a collision at home plate with the Astros’ Jake Marisnick. Lucroy is fully healthy now and he’ll split time with fellow Chicago catcher Victor Caratini, Maddon said.”Victor’s done well. This doesn’t put Victor on the shelf,” Maddon said. “They’ll both play. I’ll just try to figure out the best way to do that. I’ve not been around Jonathan a lot. I know he’s had that pretty severe injury this year. But apparently everything is well, but I want to talk to him and see how he’s doing and keep an eye on all of that stuff. It definitely makes us deeper again.”Lucroy, 33, has struggled this season as he’s slashing just .242/.310/.371 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 74 games. But, he’ll provide tremendous value for the Cubs behind the plate, pitcher Kyle Hendricks said. Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher (hamstring) expected to miss 4 weeks, report sayslast_img read more

Trump hits back at LeBron James over racial division comments

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. That echoed comments he made in January that Trump had “given people and racism… an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear.”Indeed, this week’s exchange is just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president.In June, Trump said that neither the Cleveland Cavaliers — James’ previous team — nor the Golden State Warriors would be invited to the White House following the NBA Finals.He was responding to remarks by then-Cavs star James and Warriors ace Stephen Curry, who both said they would not attend a White House reception.Last year, Trump also withdrew an invitation to the NBA champions Warriors after Curry and several teammates indicated misgivings about attending a White House event.James described Trump as a “bum” following the furor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Astros edge Dodgers in World Series rematch Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “He’s kind of used sport to… divide us and that’s something I can’t relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white. You know?” said James, who on Monday opened an elementary school for at-risk youth in his native Akron, Ohio.Trump’s comment sparked huge reaction on Twitter from James’ backers.“We got your back @KingJames Someone sure sound like they wish they was you.”, tweeted linebacker Bobby Wagner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.James, who ranks seventh in career National Basketball Association scoring, also told CNN Tuesday he would “never sit across” from Trump, whom he accuses of emboldening racists.“I think (racism’s) always been there. But I think the president in charge now has given people — they don’t care now, they throw it to your face,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In an interview on Tuesday — also broadcast late Friday — James told CNN he believed Trump “is kind of trying to divide us.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins FILE – President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable on immigration policy at Morrelly Homeland Security Center, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Bethpage, N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)US President Donald Trump sniped back at NBA great LeBron James late Friday, days after the basketball player and philanthropist accused him of fueling racial divides in the United States.“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, (CNN presenter) Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do,” the president tweeted of the Los Angeles Lakers player.ADVERTISEMENT Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more