WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joey Logano reaffirmed his mastery of the road course at Watkins Glen International, but it took a three-wide restart late in Saturday’s Zippo 200 for the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to get the job done.After winning his fourth straight NASCAR Xfinity Series pole at the 2.45-mile track, Logano took teammate Brad Keselowski and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ryan Preece three-wide into Turn 1 after a restart on lap 75 of 82.RELATED: Results | Standings | Stage 1 results | Stage 2 resultsLogano’s move forced Keselowski wide and Logano cleared his teammate before the entry to Turn 2. But Keselowski wasn’t finished. He hounded Logano relentlessly until spinning in Turn 1 with two laps left.That gave Logano a comfortable margin, and he cruised to the finish line 3.362 seconds ahead of charging AJ Allmendinger, as Keselowski fell to 10th at the end. Allmendinger passed third-place finisher Justin Allgaier in the final corner to secure the runner-up spot.“That was all I had,” said Logano, who came to the green for the final restart with six-lap fresher tires than Keselowski. “He was definitely faster. I thought the tires would have been enough to be faster than him.RELATED: Logano celebrates 50th national series win “I had a good restart and got in front of him, and he dogged me. These Xfinity cars draft quite a bit down these straightaways, and it’s hard to pull away. It felt good to race each other really hard, so it’s cool to see Penske cars doing that.”The victory was Logano’s third in four races at WGI, his second in four starts this season and the 30th of his career, breaking a tie with Matt Kenseth for seventh on the all-time list.Preece came home fourth, his fifth top 10 and fourth top five in six 2018 starts. Aric Almirola completed the top five.RELATED: Cars race in the rainLogano won the race’s first stage before a rainstorm forced a change to rain tires. Allmendinger showed his road racing superiority by pulling away to win the second stage before the sun came out and dried the track.Allmendinger drew a one-lap penalty for sliding too far and pitting outside his stall during a fuel-only green-flag stop on Lap 52, but he fought back to finish second after two late cautions bunched the field.“Just a dumb mistake on my part,” Allmendinger said. “I was coming in for fuel there, and it was still a little bit damp on pit road… I rolled in and slid a little more than I expected and got the nose over the line, and they’d already started to refuel.“I just knew that, once we got the yellow, I was going to have to start roughing people up an driving up through there as hard as I could.”Christopher Bell fell short in his attempt to match Sam Ard’s series record of four straight victories. Bell recovered from a pass-through penalty (for crewmen over the wall too soon on a Lap 16 stop) and finished ninth.But Bell holds the series lead by 22 points over Cole Custer, who finished sixth on Saturday. Daniel Hemric (16th) is third, 23 points back, and fourth-place Elliott Sadler trials by 26 points.
[H/T Rolling Stone] Steve Earle made his second appearance on Rolling Stone‘s virtual In My Room series on Tuesday, where the singer-songwriter paid tribute to his late son Justin Townes Earle with a trio of tracks from J.T. Released on January 4th, which would have marked Justin’s 39th birthday, J.T. features Earle’s renditions of 10 songs recorded by his son and one original.Prior to his performance, the patriarch of the Earle family gave some background on the events surrounding his son’s death for the first time since Justin died on August 20th of a probable drug overdose. Steve unequivocally stated that 2020 was the worst year of his life, “and that’s saying something. I’ve kind of done some self-inflicted stuff, I’ve had some bad years of my life.”Of his grieving process following Justin’s death, Steve said,But the only thing I knew to do was make a record, and people have asked me ‘that must have been incredibly hard to do’ but the truth is I think the best I’ve been since this happened is when we were actually making the record. I don’t know how to explain it, but that’s just what I do. It’s just a way for me… cathartic, I’m not sure if that’s the word, I think it’s just a way for me to say goodbye and a way for me to make sure that I was giving him his due because we do the same thing. And just like every other record, I made this record for me. And it’s dedicated to Justin and his memory, but it happened because I needed to do it.Steve chose “They Killed John Henry” for the first song of his In My Room session. Off 2009’s Midnight at the Movies, Steve said that he was always jealous of this song because somehow he had never recorded his own version of the classic John Henry folk song, an unbelievable feat for an outlaw country artist with nearly 40 years in the business. Next came arguably Justin’s most celebrated song, “Harlem River Blues”. Steve noted that this was the first song his son ever played on national television—on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2011, backed by a young guitarist named Jason Isbell—and one that Steve himself performed earlier this month on Jimmy Kimmel Live.Finally, Steve Earle closed his In My Room session with his lone original track on J.T., “Last Words”. The song recounts his final conversation with Justin on the phone, which ended with the two of them saying that they loved each other. Steve wrote the song three days after Justin died and it serves as a fitting eulogy to a talented songwriter and, more importantly, a loving son.Watch Steve Earle’s second appearance on the In My Room virtual performance series from Rolling Stone.Steve Earle – In My Room
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is seeking $1.2 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers in federal Bankruptcy Court to recoup unpaid medical costs for Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was severely beaten by rival fans in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. The city’s effort – spelled out in recent court filings – follows the Stow family’s lawsuit against the Dodgers in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming that lax security and other problems contributed to the March 2011 attack after an Opening Day game.Click here to read the full story.
Major changes are in the works for next year’s Student Government Association (SGA) at Saint Mary’s. Senior Emily Skirtich, SGA chief of staff, introduced the new structure in a slideshow presentation Monday night. “We’ve broken up [SGA] to cover all aspects of student life,” Skirtich said. “We don’t want to have the power consolidated in one place.” The voting body will be restructured into five councils and one senate. The updated SGA will have a minimum of 15 new elected positions under the new Student Senate, comprised of four rising seniors, four rising juniors and four rising sophomores, in addition to three first year students who will be elected next fall. “[SGA is] a small, sample population of the student body,” Skirtich said. “That’s why we broke it up by class — to get fair, objective representation.” Senators’ responsibilities will include voting on the SGA budget and approving legislation for the Student Activities Board, Residence Hall Association, Student Diversity Board and Class Boards. Senior Liz Busam, SGA executive treasurer, said the Senate’s job will be to effect change on campus. “The job of the Senate is to be a governing body that is able to pass legislature and make changes,” Busam said. SGA will include a six-branch split of executive powers, run under the direction of the student body president and vice president, as well as the vice presidents of internal and external affairs and finance, respectively. The Council of Activities, Council of Class Boards, Council of Committee Chairs, Student Academic Council and Council of Clubs will also offer new opportunities for student involvement. The new Council of Committee Chairs offers a minimum of 30 new appointed positions for students. Ten committee chairs are being proposed to SGA on Wednesday, including a Committee for Social Concerns, an International Committee, a Committee of Food Services, a Sustainability Committee and a Committee of First Year Concerns. “I think the new structure will really help the flow of information from those who make the decisions down to those who are affected by them,” Busam said. “Overall it’s going to benefit the student body and make everything we do more efficient.” The student body president and the vice president of internal affairs choose the committee chairs. Each committee chair will have the power to appoint a minimum of two and a maximum of five members to their committee. “You have a voice and an opinion in a lot of the big issues that are going on around Saint Mary’s.” Skirtich said. “It’s really increasing student participation … Our old structure just wasn’t serving all the purposes that 2012 necessitates. I think it’s important for future posterity and for future Belles. It’s a step towards a better student government.” The Student Academic Council will be comprised of academic representatives chosen by the educational departments to serve as liaisons between those departments and the student body. The Council of Class Boards will contain the president and vice president for each class of Saint Mary’s students, as elected by the students. The Council of Activities also has elected positions, and contains the offices of Resident Hall Association president and vice president, the Student Activities Board president and vice president and the Student Diversity Board president and vice president. The Council of Clubs will include the presidents, vice presidents, and treasurers of the approximately 80 clubs on campus. “We’re trying to streamline a lot of our efforts, collaborate forces and operate more efficiently,” Skirtich said. Informational meetings will be held for those interested in running for next year’s student government positions Feb. 15 and 16 at 6 p.m. in the student government office of the Saint Mary’s Student Center.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was sworn in today as the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), at their summer conference in Philadelphia. NASS is the nation’s oldest, non-partisan professional organization for state officials. Condos will serve the one year-term ending July 2019.As a member of NASS, Secretary Condos has been very active in promoting voter participation and election cybersecurity. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence(link is external) and the U.S. Senate Rules & Administration Committee(link is external) on behalf of NASS to discuss what the states are doing to protect elections from cyber threats and attacks. Secretary Condos previously served on the NASS Executive Board as President-elect and Treasurer.Vermont Secretary Jim Condos and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.”I am honored and grateful to my peers for their confidence in me to lead the Association, particularly as we approach this important election cycle,” said Condos. “We have a lot of work to do and I look forward to collaborating with Secretaries of State, nationwide, to increase voter access to the ballot box and to protect the integrity of our elections by fending off cyberattacks on our democracy from our foreign adversaries.”Secretary Condos will be replacing Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who has served as NASS President for the last year. Said Condos, “I want to thank Secretary Lawson for her tremendous leadership as President. It has been an honor to serve on the Executive Board under her stewardship, and I’m incredibly grateful for her exceptional guidance turning the many challenges we have faced this year into opportunities to grow our work and better serve our constituents across the country.”“Secretary Condos and I have worked closely alongside each other on the Executive Board this past year, and I think he will serve the organization well as President,” said Secretary Lawson. “I have been impressed with his collaborative nature working with our peers from both red and blue states. Our strength as an organization rests within our ability to work across the aisle in a non-partisan manner, and I believe that Secretary Condos will carry this work forward with excellence.”Condos has served as Vermont’s Secretary of State since January 2011, and is the fourth Vermont official to lead NASS as President since its founding in 1904. Vermonters who previously held the post of NASS President are: Deborah Markowitz (2006-2007), James H. Douglas (1986-1987), and Howard E. Armstrong (1956-1957).Source: Secretary of State 7.16.2018
Related This past weekend, the Iberoamerican Triathlon Association held its congress meeting, as well as the Iberoamerican Championships in the Yucatan Peninsula in Merida, Mexico.During the Congress, which was chaired by the President of the Spanish Federation, José Hidalgo, delegates addressed many challenges and opportunities for the future of triathlon in Latin America, as well as upcoming projects that will take place throughout 2016.It was also agreed the host city for the next Iberoamerican Championships will be Cuba for medium and long distance races. Puerto Rico will host the next congress and the Latin American Championship in 2017.ITU notes that it is ‘extremely proud that our counterparts at the Mexican Federation have taken on this important leadership in the Latin American area.’ This is a joint effort between ITU, the Spanish Federation and the Mexican Federation. The conference in Merida represents the culmination of this work.After an important day of debate among congress deleates, races were held on Sunday. The day of competition started at 07:30 with the start of male and female elite competition. Only half an hour after they competed, more than 1,500 people participated across various age groups in the open competition.ITU adds that it was most exciting to see the large number of women taking part in the different events, which in some cases exceeded 40% of race participants.‘The growth of women’s triathlon in Mexico has been so successful that in some races, more than 51% of the entries are women. This is something the entire triathlon family should be proud of.’www.triathlon.org
Related Mountain biking event, Garmin Titan Desert, is expanding its footprint with the launch of the Titan Series. Landing in Saudi Arabia for the first time, and taking place from 29th January to 1st February 2020, a new off-road new experience in the Middle East awaits a limited field of 150 riders.The organising team adds that amateur cyclists from Spain, Andorra, France, Germany, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Italy and Luxembourg will ‘encounter all the ingredients that make the Garmin Titan Desert a special experience.’Athletes in Saudi Arabia will encounter four stages and a 376-km route concocted by the organisers in the region of Ha’il, in the north of the country. With a mixture of rocky and sandy terrain, riders will be test over 3,424m of elevation gain.85% of participants in Saudi Arabia have previously taken part in the Garmin Titan Desert in Morocco, which in 2020 takes place from 19-24 April. This popular event will see 700 riders take on a 639-km route in the Merzouga region of Morocco, split into six stages with a total gradient to climb of 7,629 m.‘This race has already cast its spell on five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain, as well as Sylvain Chavanel, who also took part in the 2019 edition.’www.titanseriesksa.com
As coronavirus cases continue to surge throughout the region, District officials said at a Monday news conference that they don’t plan to reinstate a stay-at-home order for D.C. yet.Their reasoning is simple: People probably won’t follow it.D.C. Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said that her office could move “to a stay-at-home posture. But that would not necessarily be widely acceptable by the residents of our community.”“And the degree to which we get adherents to that immediately may also be debatable, now nine months into the response,” she added.Asked about how compliance has been for wearing face masks, as well as mask enforcement and penalties, Mayor Muriel Bowser said D.C. residents and businesses have been “amazing.” But she added that mask compliance during the holidays has been difficult.“And we still have a few more months of this and going into the cold weather, all of that I think has been difficult for people,” Bowser said. “We have a wonderful suite of guidance. But the thing about human beings, they will be human beings.”More Coronavirus NewsSign up for WTOP alertsLatest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and VirginiaAre you stockpiling necessities again? Some have regretsWhy Black Americans don’t trust a coronavirus vaccineMd. health dept. procurement chief fired in midst of Korean test kit controversyLooking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.High school sportsD.C. announced more adjustments to its Phase Two reopening plan as well Monday, specifically prohibiting high-contact sports:BasketballBoxingFootballHockeyLacrosseMartial artsRugbySoccerWrestlingHigh school extracurricular sports activities and competitions for D.C. schools (DCPS, public charter schools, private schools and parochial schools) are also suspended.The D.C. State Athletic Association announced Monday that it was putting the brakes on the start of the 2020-21 athletic calendar. Though winter sports practice had been rescheduled to start Dec. 14, member schools will need to pause any sports activities.The DCSAA said it aims to start the 2020-21 athletic calendar on Monday, Feb. 1. Winter sports then would start practice Feb. 1, fall sports practice would begin in March, and spring sports practice would begin in late April.Rec centers and sports clubs are prohibited from hosting physical sports and organized athletic activities for high school-aged athletes.Middle school-aged teens and younger can participate in organized drills and clinics for high-contact sports, as long as two criteria are met: the athletes are in groups of no more than 12, and the activities do not involve actual physical contact with one another.For students at every grade level in physical education, classes must not involve activities where students might come within 6 feet of one another.Additionally, D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation will stop issuing permits for organized sports and team play on DPR fields.Stimulus checks for DC residentsBowser said Monday that D.C. residents will be getting a one-time $1,200 stimulus check to aid in COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts. Residents must be receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — which ceases at the end of the year — and work in the District.“This local stimulus payment … goes to D.C. residents who have filed for pandemic unemployment assistance as of Nov. 30. We estimate that we can reach about 20,000 Washingtonians with these payments,” Bowser said.D.C. residents who work outside of the District are not eligible.“The pandemic unemployment assistance program was developed for those that are not necessarily eligible for the traditional unemployment insurance program,” said Unique Morris-Hughes with the D.C. Department of Employment Services. “So that means if you’re a gig worker, a 1099, someone who doesn’t have sufficient work history, or may not otherwise be eligible for the traditional unemployment insurance program.”Earlier Monday, Bowser sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden, urging the incoming administration to give the District more money to deal with the pandemic.“The District of Columbia was shortchanged $755 million in the CARES Act,” the letter reads.“The District is requesting to be made whole with CARES Act funding through a retroactive payment of $755 million, an amount that would provide equal funding to what the smallest state received through the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Washington, D.C. has a larger population than both Vermont and Wyoming. In addition, the District has provided a state-level response, and efforts to reopen and move towards the new normal requires service to a larger population than is readily apparent, as D.C. has the unique responsibility of supporting the critical continuing operations of the federal government. ”DC’s Restaurant Bridge FundThe District is aiming to provide pandemic relief to the city’s restaurants with $35 million in grants of up to $50,000. And the application period is now open.“Our restaurants and other food establishments are essential to small business community, employing our residents and driving our local economy,” Bowser said.“We know times are particularly tough as our restaurants continue to make sacrifices and implement creative service adjustments. Through the Restaurant Bridge Fund, we can help more of these business and their employees make it to the other side of the pandemic.”Applications can be done online.To qualify, restaurants:Must be located in D.C.Must employ at least one District resident, and may include owner.Must be currently open and operating.Business must have been revenue generating prior to October 1, 2020.If the business opened after March 17, 2020 and before Sept. 30, 2020, the business must have generated a minimum of $25,000 in revenue.Must have a D.C. Business License.Maximum of $10 million in annual revenue for 2019 and/or $7.5 million in revenue as of Sept. 30, 2020.Franchises must be independently owned and operated.Must demonstrate financial distress of 25% in decrease in revenue during COVID-19.Must be Local Business Enterprise (LBE) eligible.Must have a current Certificate of Clean Hands (dated within 90 days prior to application date)Read the mayor’s situational report online.DC coronavirus numbersD.C. reported 183 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total to 23,319.Four more District residents have died from the virus. To date, 701 residents have lost their lives.Track the District’s data online. Below are maps of cases by ward and neighborhood.
The study, which set out to find out how taking photographs impacts our memory, used undergraduate students as subjects. The students were led on a tour around a museum and instructed to photograph certain objects and simply observe others. The following day their memory of what they’d seen, and clicked, was tested. The result was what the study’s author, Linda Henkel of Fairfield University, describes as the “photo-taking-impairment effect.”Read the whole story: Slate More of our Members in the Media > Slate: We’ve all done it; we’ve all taken a zillion pictures on that beach vacation or at a wedding. And why not? It’s easier than ever with a camera burning a hole in our pockets at all times. Not to mention, it’s not just easier to take the well-timed photo, it’s easier than ever to share our Instagrammed lives. But is all that memory-making actually making you forget? A new study in the journal Psychological Science says it’s quite possible.
Pinterest LinkedIn Share Email An obscure psychedelic drug could help people end their cravings for one of the most addictive drugs in the world, nicotine. New research has found that noribogaine reduces nicotine self-administration in rats who are addicted to the drug. The study was published online May 20 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.Ibogaine is one of the psychoactive chemicals found in the root bark of the African Tabernanthe iboga plant, which has been used in the shamanic rituals of the Bwiti religion in Africa. Preliminary research has found ibogaine can help defeat addictions to alcohol, cannabis, cocaine and other drugs — but scientists are still in the very early phases of understanding the drug’s effects and efficacy. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Noribogaine, the primary human metabolite of ibogaine, “displays a slow pharmacokinetic clearance rate in humans and was proposed to be responsible for many of the human in vivo effects seen after ibogaine therapy,” the researchers explained.The rats in the study were able to self-administer nicotine by pressing a lever in their cage. For two hours after receiving a dose of noribogaine, the rats reduced self-administration of nicotine by up to 64 percent. A group of rats used as controls, who could self-administer food rather than nicotine, also showed a moderate decrease in self-administration of food after receiving a high dose of noribogaine. “The findings indicate that noribogaine attenuates the reinforcing effects of nicotine,” the researchers said, adding that further studies to assess noribogaine’s efficacy and side effects are warranted.