Photo illustration of Mayor Carlos Gimenez (Getty, iStock)Restaurant dining rooms in Miami-Dade County can reopen beginning on Monday, more than a month after restaurants were ordered to close indoor seating due to spiking coronavirus cases.Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said restaurants will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity indoors, as long as tables are spaced at least six feet apart with a maximum of six people per table. He said the decision came after consulting with medical experts and the White House.The countywide 10 p.m. curfew will remain in effect. Gimenez said that the county will revisit pushing the curfew to 11 p.m. after Labor Day weekend. He also added that he plans to keep the beaches open, though that can change.Individual cities may be stricter with the reopening guidelines, but cannot be less restrictive than the county.Gimenez called it the “first step” and said “we must keep our guard up.”The announcement comes as the uptick in coronavirus cases begins to slow in Miami-Dade. The 14‐day average positivity rate in Miami-Dade is 10.29 percent as of Tuesday, according to the county’s New Normal dashboard.To date, Miami-Dade has had 153,385 cases and 2,277 deaths. Statewide, 605,502 positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported, and nearly 11,000 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.Gimenez said restaurants will be required to keep doors and windows open if possible, and keep the air conditioning running. Diners can only remove their masks once food and drinks are present on their tables, and must wear masks when they leave their tables.Countywide, a number of restaurants have either closed permanently, been unable to offer outdoor dining, or have decided to close temporarily due to the effects of the pandemic on their businesses. Shortly after the mayor announced restrictions in July, restaurant owners protested that decision.Casinos and bars will remain closed, though Gimenez hinted that casinos may be able to open sooner than bars.Write to Katherine Kallergis at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Yesterday, in response to the proliferation of Phish-bashing taking place in the Facebook group Ween Appreciation Society (WAS), I created a sarcastic meme, which elicited a public statement from Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo aka Dean Ween. In his statement, Mechiondo addressed what seems to be a very vocal minority of Ween-ers who spend a good portion of their days bashing Vermont’s favorite sons, Phish, anytime the band is mentioned in the Ween forum.He also admonished any group admins who exercise censorship and delete posts that mention Phish. Later on, that very meme post I created, and on which Mickey commented, was deleted, some say by Mickey himself. But of course, the screenshot always prevails.In the post, addressing the haters, Mickey commented that “Phish are in this for the right reasons and will be around long after you quit whining about your dislike for them.” He continued, “If you wanna delete Phish posts, then you just got trolled.” Melchiondo, who is likely not a fan of Phish, has made statements that make clear his respect for Trey Anastasio and Phish, and for their longevity, commitment and artistry. “Dudes that go and play and spend our lives on our crafts, we’re all in it together… the eternal song…been going on forever and always will. We’re all a part of it.”Mickey, who clearly gets it, has never been one to mince words, and has done his fair share of bashing in the past, but there’s nothing like age to bring things into a clearer perspective. On longevity, he expounded “You don’t get a 30-40 year career by having no talent and not working VERY hard. You make sacrifices for the love and conviction of what it is that you do…No musician, none, no one has the right to judge another musician’s music, no matter how awful it sounds to your ears, no exceptions, not even for Michael Bolton.”On Phish’s fans and the hating he added, “Phish has a passionate fan base, so passionate that they will travel anywhere to see them, much like fans of Ween, albeit on a larger scale. Making fun of something is fun, I’m more guilty of it than anyone, but to dedicate a lot of time to a band you don’t like…well, then you are the weak one in that case, because rather than speak up about what it is that moves you, you are wasting your life and energy on hating. My 2 cents.”So, the wash is out, and it’s hanging up. Clearly, there will always be a “connection” between these two bands, if only for the fact that Trey Anastasio’s favorite band is Ween, let alone the fact that Phish covers “Roses are Free” and promoted Ween to the phanbase early on in their career. I can accept that and I celebrate it, for along with the Dead, these are my favorite artists. As a matter of fact, for this satiated Jew, The Dead, Phish & Ween make for my Holy Trinity; The Father, the Son and the Holy Boognish. So the next time you see something you don’t like on Facebook, scroll on, and go censor yourself. Now we know just “What Deaner Was Talking About.”@dannysteinman
[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
September 1, 2008 Regular News Fifth Minority Mentoring Picnic set for November Fifth Minority Mentoring Picnic set for November Mark your calendars for November 1 and join more than 1,500 lawyers, judges, minority law school students, guests, and family members for the Fifth Minority Mentoring Picnic in Hialeah. Held at the Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th Street, close to Miami International Airport, the picnic’s purpose is to match minority law students with mentors. Students wear “Need Mentor” stickers and lawyers sport “Need Mentee” stickers to help find each other, while rubbing elbows with Supreme Court justices, Bar Bar leaders, and other legal luminaries. The picnic begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m. The tradition continues as students are expected to arrive from all Florida law schools and leave with one or two mentors they can call on for inspiration and guidance. Picnic organizer John Kozyak, a Miami lawyer, helps introduce students to mentors and follows up with students after the picnic is over. Come hungry, as the picnic features an international feast, including Jamaican jerk chicken, Cuban paella and arroz con pollo, Haitian curry goat, and plenty of barbecue, burgers, and hot dogs. “This is a real family event and children love the activities,” Kozyak said, where the fun includes rock-climbing, volleyball, and kayaking. A large number of voluntary bar associations are participating. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Association of Corporate Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, Bilzin Sumberg, Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, and Kozyak Tropin & Thorckmorton are among the platinium sponsors. For directions to Amelia Earhart Park, to RSVP, and to see photos from past picnics, go to http://www.kttlaw.com/picnic. If you have specific questions, e-mail Kozyak at [email protected] or call him at 305-377-0654. (Park admission is $5 per car and car-pooling is strongly encouraged.)
Blackwell, Self pick up Medal of Honor Awards THE FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION presented its Medal of Honor Awards to Bruce B. Blackwell of Orlando for his long-time pro bono service to the profession and those in need of legal services and Kathleen “Katie” Self, executive director of the Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc., and a pioneer in the implementation of Teen Courts across Florida. The awards were presented at the Foundation’s annual dinner in conjunction with the Bar’s recent Annual Convention. Blackwell, a partner in King, Blackwell, Downs & Zehnder, is a past Foundation president and currently serves as a trustee of the Foundation’s endowment trust. He also is a past president of the Orange County Bar, past member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and current president of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. Blackwell’s nomination letter was signed by 42 leaders of the legal profession. Described in the nomination as a “workhorse for our profession who leads by example,” Blackwell has a reputation for taking on tough pro bono cases and often going well beyond providing legal help. After handling a pro bono landlord-tenant case, for example, Blackwell and his family decided to invite the family’s eldest daughter, a teenager named Sabrina Wiggins, to live with them while she finished high school and applied for college. Wiggins is now a veterinarian who credits much of her success to Blackwell and his family. Self began serving as the executive director of Florida’s first Teen Court in 1989 when it was still a fledgling project of the Junior League of Sarasota. Self essentially volunteered her services during the Teen Court of Sarasota’s start-up years. Since that time, she has overseen the program’s growth from 60 delinquency referrals that first year to a current caseload of 500 at-risk youth and more than 250 student volunteers annually. In its 22 years, the program has served about 7,800 at-risk youth using a widely emulated model of juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention in which student volunteers serve as peer mentors by participating as defense or prosecution counselors, clerks or bailiffs during a sentencing hearing supervised by volunteer adult judges and attorneys. Under Self’s leadership, Teen Court of Sarasota has grown from a program with an annual operating budget of $5,000 to a nonprofit organization with an operating budget of $300,000. July 15, 2011 Regular News
Moore, Purdue’s standout receiver, returned for his first game of the 2020 season and made his mark early with the Boilermakers’ first score. The Gophers struggled to contain him as Moore hauled in 15 receptions for 116 yards, but Minnesota had a stellar performance from its own in Chris Autman-Bell. The redshirt junior led all Gophers receivers with five catches for 129 yards.Through the first four games, Minnesota was easily the worst rush defense in the Big Ten. The Gophers initially looked to be improving, holding Purdue to only 31 yards on 11 attempts in the first half. But the unit came back down to reality in the second half as the Boilermakers finished with 125 yards on the ground.The Gophers were susceptible to big plays throughout the game, including a 47-yard touchdown reception by David Bell bringing the Boilermakers right back into the game coming out of halftime. Minnesota and Purdue went on to exchange touchdowns on the next four possessions.Both teams were without key players coming into the matchup due to either injury or COVID-19. Defensive linemen Keonte Schad, Rashad Cheney Jr. and Boye Mafe along with defensive back Benjamin St. Juste were sidelined for the Gophers. As for Purdue, backup Plummer was pushed into the starting role, as starter Aidan O’Connell did not travel to Minneapolis with the team. Plummer finished with 367 yards and three passing touchdowns.Minnesota will travel to Madison next weekend in a border battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe against Wisconsin. After the win, Fleck talked about how this game meant a lot to the program given the condensed season along with the challenges society is facing with COVID-19 among other issues. The Gophers wore the phrase ‘End Racism’ on the back of their jerseys.“This win isn’t going to go down as one of the greatest wins in Gopher history, but I told [the team] I’ll never forget this day,” Fleck said. “I’ll never forget this game because of what it meant, what it represented, how they won it, with all the adversity. That’s ‘Row the Boat.’ That’s the culture.” Gophers survive against Purdue after questionable penaltyMinnesota almost blew an 11-point lead but were saved by an offensive pass interference penalty followed by an interception.Emily UrferGophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, Nov. 13. The Gophers fell to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 35-7. Brendan O’Brien, Sports ReporterNovember 20, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn a back-and-forth game Friday night, Minnesota survived 34-31 against Purdue thanks to a questionable penalty toward the end of regulation.The Gophers almost surrendered an 11-point lead they had going into halftime. Purdue’s quarterback Jack Plummer threw a touchdown pass to tight end Payne Durham that would have given the Boilermakers a three-point lead.Instead, offensive pass interference was called on Durham and nullified the score. The next play linebacker Josh Aune was the hero for Minnesota and came up with a game sealing interception. The turnover was the first time in the second half the Gophers’ defense stopped the Boilermakers’ offense.“When I saw the replay, it could have probably went either way but there’s a lot of contact,” head coach P.J. Fleck said. “It’s a bang-bang play and those things get called. It happened to swing our play and again I didn’t get a great look at it.”Missed opportunities in the kicking game for Purdue helped the Gophers come out victorious. Late in the first half, linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin blocked a field goal attempt after a touchdown by Rondale Moore was overturned and ruled incomplete. The Boilermakers later missed another field goal in the second half.In what has become automatic, Mohamed Ibrahim logged another impressive performance of more than 100 rushing yards and multiple rushing scores. Ibrahim added three touchdowns to his season total.
Shea Homes Arizona has found much success in the Northwest Valley for its luxury home product and recently opened the third installment of its popular community, Vista Montaña, a gated community located south of Happy Valley Road at 77th Ave. in Peoria.Vista Montaña III is an expansion of the Vista Montaña II community, which opened in March of 2014 and is near selling out. Vista Montaña III has 38, with average lot sizes of 3/4 acre plus with detached RV and non-RV garages, basement options, guest casitas, pool cabanas and more. There are six floor plans, ranging between 3,091 to over 4,869 square feet and prices start from the $514,990’s. The homes are built using the new Energy Star 3.0 rating, carry the Environments for Living designation and have solar options available. Included features are spacious bedrooms, various flexible spaces for a “custom” feel, large kitchens with expansive islands and oversized 3-car attached garages.The new models feature enhanced kitchen and master bathrooms from the original Vista Montaña community and are representative of what homebuyers in the market are looking for. All floorplans now come with an optimized kitchen that includes self-close dovetailed drawers and pullouts, upgraded appliances, a built in spice rack and Lazy Susan. The master bathrooms have been upgraded with the addition of a mega shower, which increases resale value. Buyers also now have the option of multiple detached garage options with extras that can be customized into a dorm room, guest casita, hobby space or garage workshop with bathroom, or storage loft.“In light of how popular our Vista Montaña communities have been; it only made sense to add a third community of these luxury homes,” said Shea Homes Arizona Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ken Peterson. “The continued interest in housing in the Northwest Valley is really exciting for us at Shea Homes. We hope to continue building more and more communities there.”For more information about Vista Montaña III or other Shea Homes’ communities across the Valley, call 1-866-696-7432 or visit www.sheahomes.com/newhomes/phoenix.
Share “Belief in the American Dream appears tied to defending the status quo,” said Martin Day, an assistant professor of psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland who began the research as a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton. “This research suggests that if people knew how unlikely it is to realize the dream, they may increase their demand for a better system.”Day conducted the research with Susan Fiske, Princeton’s Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and professor of psychology and public affairs. Together they are the authors of an article describing the research titled “Movin’ on Up? How Perceptions of Social Mobility Affect Our Willingness to Defend the System” that was published online Nov. 22, 2016, by the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.“Now seems like a particularly important time to understand why people don’t support a system they see as fixed against them,” Fiske said. “We show that a system that doesn’t work for them causally undermines their support.”In the experiments, nearly 850 Americans were assigned to read one of two summary reports describing social mobility in the United States or to read neither. One report described a study on the relative ease with which Americans can move up and down the socioeconomic ladder. The other report took a similar form but highlighted a message of low social mobility. Participants then answered a series of questions designed to test their willingness to defend the current system.“We repeatedly found that those who were exposed to information that conveyed a sense of low social mobility reduced their desire to defend the system as compared to those exposed to information suggesting that social mobility is healthier,” Day said.Michael Kraus, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale University who studies how people perceive and explain the attainment of social status, said the research demonstrates “that blindness about the actual lack of economic mobility in society can prevent Americans from realizing how unfair and unmeritocratic our current economic system is.”Shai Davidai, an assistant professor of psychology at the New School in New York who studies perceptions of and reactions to economic inequality, said the new research is interesting to consider in the context of recent political events in the United States.“While traditionally more conservative individuals tend to reject change and accept the status quo, this past election has been riddled with voices on the right calling for change and rejection of the prevailing forces,” he said. “Could this shift be explained by the drop in actual mobility rates in the previous decades? Are people’s subjective perceptions of mobility rates catching up with the actual decline in mobility in the U.S.?”Looking forward, Day said, the research can help influence future research by highlighting the importance of beliefs about social mobility in defending the status quo.“For example, it may be useful for future research to examine how perceived social mobility may relate to support for various programs and policies,” Day said. “More broadly, it may be useful to better understand how we can effectively reduce barriers that limit people’s opportunities to change their position in society.” Share on Twitter Is the American socioeconomic ladder sturdy, offering a good chance for people to move up and down? Or is it rickety, leaving most people stuck where they are?Psychologists at Princeton University and Memorial University of Newfoundland have found that how Americans view social mobility affects their willingness to defend the basic underpinnings of American society — such as social and economic policies, laws, and institutions.In a series of studies, the researchers found that people who think Americans have ample opportunities to change their place in society are more likely to defend the status quo than those who think people are mostly stuck in their current place. LinkedIn Email Pinterest Share on Facebook
Baby chicks are lifting spirits around Los Alamos including 5-day-old Sunny Bigfoot, a Buff Orpington under the watchful care of Colin Hoch, 11. Courtesy photo
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