On September 18-20, Matt Butler’s entirely improvisational supergroup makes its way to NYC and PA with a stellar lineup. This rendition of the rotating cast will feature Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee, Shmeeans of Lettuce, Ashish Vyas of Thievery Corporation, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Russ Lawton of Trey Anastasio Band, and Cris Jacobs of The Bridge.It will go down at The Waiting Room in Buffalo on Sept. 18, The Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA on Sept. 19, and The Cutting Room in NYC on Sept. 20.Tickets are $20; you can get them here.
Brad Keselowski made good on a confident Babe Ruth-like prediction earlier this week when he said he expected to dominate and win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Playoff race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.Dominate, he did. After leading a race-best 192 of the 400 laps at the three-quarter mile track, Keselowski scored an impressive 2.568-second victory over Martin Truex Jr. to guarantee his position in the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. It’s Keselowski’s fourth win of the season in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford and 34th career victory.Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano was third, followed by Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. Kyle Busch finished sixth, followed by championship points leader Kevin Harvick. Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer rounded out a top 10 sweep of current playoff-eligible drivers. Although not a victory for the reigning series champion Busch, his top-10 finish was an achievement considering he started last in the field after failing pre-race inspection twice.RELATED: Race resultsDenny Hamlin, who finished 12th, still earned enough points to secure a spot in the next round of the playoffs. He led 45 laps and won Stage 1, but he was called for speeding on pit road and had to play catch up the rest of the night after serving the penalty.The only caution flags Saturday were for scheduled slowdowns – a competition caution and two stage breaks. And there were 20 lead changes among nine drivers.“It was a great race for us and the 2-team,” the 2012 series champion Keselowski said, noting he drove the same car Saturday as he used to win at New Hampshire earlier this summer. “I wanted to do a really cool burnout with it, but I want this car for (the championship race at) Phoenix.“I’m really pumped. I don’t want to look too far ahead. The next round is going to be really difficult, but still, I’m really pumped about this performance and the way we’ve run on short tracks.“If we can get to Phoenix, we’re going to be really good,” Keselowski promised, not wanting to look too far ahead despite his impressive performance Saturday.RELATED: Quick analysis of Richmond raceWhile Keselowski, 36, was clearly the class of the field, leading nearly four times as many laps as any other driver, Logano, Truex and Dillon did their best to keep him honest.Dillon’s 55 laps led was the most he has ever led in a single race in his seven-year full-time NASCAR Cup Series career. He missed pit road while coming to the pits for service late in the race – the only hiccup on his night. But his team recovered and it turned out to be of minimal consequence for an organization that has mightily impressed the first two weeks of the playoffs.Dillon finished runner-up to Harvick in last week’s Playoff opener at Darlington and now has a second top five heading to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway next week for the final race in this opening stage of the Playoffs.“To come from the back (after the speeding penalty) and finish second in Stage 2 was just so awesome,” said Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.“This race team is on fire right now and showing up when it matters.”Dillon, who won at Texas Motor Speedway this summer, has positioned himself to a much better playoff run than many may have anticipated heading to the Bristol cutoff race next week.On the other side, Truex kept up his consistent pace. His third-place run was his ninth top-five finish in the last 10 races,Only the top 12 drivers among the 16 playoff eligible will continue to contend for the season title following that Bristol race.After Richmond, the four drivers below that top-12 line include William Byron (-3 points), Cole Custer (-8 points), Matt DiBenedetto (-25 points) and Keselowski’s Penske teammate Ryan Blaney (-27 points).The series moves to Bristol for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race next Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Note: The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin and the No. 12 Team Penske Ford driven by Ryan Blaney were each found to have one lug nut not safe and secure. A fine to each crew chief (Chris Gabehart on the No. 11 and Todd Gordon on the No. 12) would come next week.
Guitarist Eric Krasno has released his new studio project in the form of a 10-track concept album titled, TELESCOPE.Related: Eric Krasno Trio Brings Fall Tour To Los Angeles’ The Mint LA [Photos]Released under the moniker KRAZ, the acclaimed guitarist’s new album tells the story of a Brooklyn brownstone and the characters living within, according to the project’s initial announcement. The album includes previously released singles “Leave A Little” and “Vacant“, and features guest appearances from Emily King and Son Little.Drawing inspiration from The Who’s Tommy and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, this passion project serves as an homage to Krasno’s home in Brooklyn for 18 years. The complete project follows three apartments, the people residing in them, and how their lives intertwine with each other.“It’s a cross-section of the different worlds I’ve lived in—from producing hip-hop records for guys like 50 Cent to performing with The Grateful Dead,” Krasno previously said of his latest project. “I always hoped to eventually combine everything. I also wanted to write from these different perspectives. This was the first time I could. I moved to Los Angeles at the end of making ‘TELESCOPE’, but this is my ode to Brooklyn. Some of the songs are based on true experiences and real people. Others are embellished. There’s definitely some of me in the songs too.”Stream Krasno’s new album in full below.KRAZ [Eric Krasno] – TELESCOPEKrasno will celebrate the album’s arrival on Friday with the continuation of his four-night, eight-set run at Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with the Eric Krasno Trio. Head to Krasno’s website for tickets and tour info.It was also recently announced that Krasno would be the one to replace late musician Neal Casal as the new guitarist in Circles Around The Sun.
Lin-Manuel Miranda from $149.00 Star Files Related Shows Daniel Breaker in “Hamilton”(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hamilton Hamilfans got their wish granted today, when Disney announced the cinema release of a filmed performance of the Tony-winning hit musical Hamilton featuring the original Broadway cast. The news might have seemed unusual for a show that is regularly at the top of the grosses chart, but Hamilton seems unbeatable on stage and screen—even at a time of year when most shows’ box office calms. This past week was proof, with the juggernaut bringing in a box office gross of $2,676,538.00 and filling the Richard Rodgers Theatre to 101.53% capacity. The filmed version of Hamilton won’t hit cinemas until late next year—and we have a feeling despite the show’s greater accessibility, audiences will continue to flock to New York to experience its pulse live on Broadway.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 2.FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,676,538.00)2. Moulin Rouge! The Musical ($1,610,318.50)3. West Side Story ($1,431,974.50)*4. The Lion King ($1,405,233.00)5. Tina—The Tina Turner Musical ($1,391,542.00)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Chicago ($575,483.90)4. My Name Is Lucy Barton ($543,547.50)*3. The Inheritance ($401,831.00)2. A Soldier’s Play ($379,764.10)1. Grand Horizons ($225,365.13)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Hamilton (101.53%)2. Come From Away (100.99%)3. Hadestown (100.69%)4. Dear Evan Hansen (100.50%)5. To Kill a Mockingbird (100.27%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. A Soldier’s Play (88.49%)4. Chicago (82.09%)3. Grand Horizons (77.88%)2. The Phantom of the Opera (77.16%)1. The Inheritance (57.40%)Source: The Broadway League*Number based on seven performances Daniel Breaker View Comments
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell again last week to a very low level, as the trend that began in mid-August continues. Overall, claims have edged down for the last seven weeks. After running marginally higher in 2016 than in 2015 for most of the year, they are now below last year’s numbers. For the week of October 1, 2016, there were 328 claims, down 25 from the previous week’s total and 24 fewer than they were a year ago. By industry, claims were slightly lower from last week, except for small increase in Construction, as Services, as usual, reported the most claims with 48 percent of the total. Altogether 2,889 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 102 from a week ago, and 138 fewer than a year ago.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).Vermont’s unemployment rate rose one-tenth to 3.3 percent in August, as the labor force and total employment decreased, along with an increase in the number of unemployed. Overall this was a slightly worse report than for June or July but only marginally so. SEE STORY.RELATED: PAI: Workers and families saw solid gains in 2015The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.
Supreme Court ends proportionality review in death penalty cases Nov 03, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Overturning what it called an “erroneous” precedent, the Supreme Court has decided that there is no requirement to weigh “proportionality” in death sentences.The October 29 decision upheld the death sentence of Jonathan Huey Lawrence for the 1998 murder of 18-year-old Jennifer Robinson in Santa Rosa County.Defense attorneys argued, in part, that the sentence was not proportional when compared with other sentences because of the defendant’s mental-health issues.But by a 5-1 majority, justices ruled that neither state statute nor Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment require a proportionality review.“We cannot judicially rewrite our state statutes or Constitution to require a comparative proportionality review that their text does not,” Chief Justice Charles Canady wrote for the majority. “Nor can we ignore our constitutional obligation to conform our precedent respecting the Florida Constitution’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment to the (U.S.) Supreme Court’s Eighth Amendment precedent by requiring a comparative proportionality review that the (U.S.) Supreme Court has held the Eighth Amendment does not.”Justices Ricky Polston, Alan Lawson, Carlos Muñiz, and John Couriel joined Chief Justice Canady in agreeing with Attorney General Ashley Moody that requiring a proportionality review violates a portion of the Florida Constitution that conforms with the Eighth Amendment.Justice Jamie Grosshans, who became the newest member of the court last month, did not participate in the decision.Saying he could not dissent “more strongly,” Justice Jorge Labarga called the decision “the most consequential step yet in dismantling the reasonable safeguards contained within Florida’s death penalty jurisprudence,” and a “highly unfortunate departure from settled law” that “jettisons a nearly fifty-year-old pillar of our mandatory review in direct appeal cases.”The decision, one of several in recent years, makes Florida even more of an outlier from the states that impose a death penalty, Justice Labarga wrote.“Sixty percent of those twenty-five states, not including Florida, conduct a proportionality review,” he wrote. “Without proportionality review, each death sentence stands on its own. Failing to consider a death sentence in the context of other death penalty cases impairs the reliability of this Court’s decision affirming that sentence.”But in the majority opinion, Chief Justice Canady wrote, “the reliance interests of death-sentenced defendants on this Court’s comparative proportionality review are low to nonexistent, as defendants do not alter their behavior in expectation of such review. In contrast, victims and the State have strong interests in this court’s upholding death sentences obtained in compliance with section 921.141.”The decision, Jonathan Huey Lawrence v. State of Florida, No. SC18-2016, can be found here.
Beyond the Core-Deficit Hypothesis in Developmental Disorders Duncan E. Astle and Sue Fletcher-WatsonAstle and Fletcher-Watson propose that research about developmental disorders and children’s learning difficulties go beyond the hypothesis that they are due to core deficits—the view that all deficits within a diagnostic category emerge from a shared mechanistic impairment (e.g., impaired theory of mind explaining all profiles of autism). The authors suggest that this reductionist view persists because of the methodologies researchers use to study developmental deficits, including highly selective samples. Thus, researchers should rethink the way they design, collect, and analyze developmental data. The Dynamic-Processing Model of Working MemoryNathan S. RoseRose proposes a dynamic-processing model of working memory (WM) that accounts for recent evidence of dynamic short-term retention processes in WM. Evidence for these processes comes from transcranial magnetic stimulation “pinging” of brain areas to reactivate latent information in WM and affect memory performance. Because these effects cannot be explained by more traditional WM models, which posit that information is always retained in WM by sustained neural activity in buffers, Rose argues that WM depends on both sustained and selective (transient and periodic) processes and neural activity. Feel Good or Do Good? A Valence–Function Framework for Understanding EmotionsSmadar Cohen-Chen, Ruthie Pliskin, and Amit GoldenbergCohen-Chen and colleagues propose that the study of emotions should include not only how emotions make someone feel (i.e., subjective feelings) but also what they make someone do (i.e., outcomes). In the authors’ proposed framework, dimensions can be categorized along two orthogonal dimensions—”feel good” versus “feel bad” and “do good” versus “do bad.” The same emotion may have different categorizations, depending on the context. The authors use the example of violent intergroup conflicts as a complex context in which emotions that feel good can sustain violence whereas unpleasant emotions can promote conflict resolution. Children’s Language Skills Can Be Improved: Lessons From Psychological Science for Educational PolicyCharles Hulme, Margaret J. Snowling, Gillian West, Arne Lervåg, and Monica Melby-LervågHulme and colleagues review recent research indicating that some language interventions may improve children’s oral language as well as their reading comprehension. The effects of language interventions aimed at improving children’s vocabulary and narrative skills, among others, are not large, but they are significant, especially when the interventions are high quality and implemented in small groups rather than in whole classrooms. Although the authors recognize the need for further research examining the long-term effects of these interventions, they highlight the implications of these findings for education, as poor language skills likely create educational disadvantages. Regret and Decision-Making: A Developmental PerspectiveTeresa McCormack, Aidan Feeney, and Sarah R. BeckHow does the development of regret in childhood affect children’s decisions? By around 6 years, most children can experience regret, and the intensity of these emotions will increase until adolescence. Children who regret a choice are more likely to make a better choice next time, compared to children who don’t feel regret. Moreover, regret also seems to help children delay gratification and behave more prosocially. McCormack and colleagues suggest that understanding the development of regret and its impact on decision-making can inform interventions to improve decision-making in children and adolescents.
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Donjon mobilised its 400-tonne capacity derrick barge Columbia, NY to the site with its 3000-HP tug Mary Alice to lift the vessel from its grounded position. The recovered vessel was then loaded onto the deck of the Columbia, NY, lashed for seaworthiness, and successfully delivered to Savannah, Georgia, where the vessel was transloaded to a local shipyard facility for repair. Donjon successfully redelivered the vessel as planned last week.”This job is another example of Donjon’s varied capability and willingness to do whatever is necessary to successfully support the needs of an owner and his/her underwriters,” said John A. Witte, Jr., executive vice president, Donjon Marine Co., Inc.Donjon Marine provides a various marine services, including dredging, marine salvage, heavy lift transport, tug/barge transportation, demolition, pollution control and remediation, shipbuilding and repair, as well as land-based metals recycling, demolition and landfill remediation/site management. Based in New York and New Jersey, Donjon and its affiliates maintain offices, assets and personnel throughout the Northeast, with operations spanning the globe.