Front Row Motorsports found themselves at the front of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice Saturday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway as David Ragan led the way.Ragan clocked the fastest lap at 127.487 mph in the No. 38 Ford, turning it on his second lap of the session. Ragan will start 23rd in Sunday’s Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).RELATED: Final practice results | Sunday’s start time moved upChase Elliott ticked off the second-fastest time at 127.073 mph in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Denny Hamlin finished the session in third at 126.997 mph, followed by Kurt Busch in fourth (126.537 mph).Michael McDowell backed up Front Row’s effort by completing the top five with the fifth-fastest time at 126.295 mph in the No. 34 Ford.The final five minutes of the session did not treat Stewart-Haas Racing well, though. Busch, who was slated to start on the outside pole alongside his younger brother, Kyle Busch, lost control of the No. 41 Ford at the exit of Turn 2 and hit the inside wall nose-first. Clint Bowyer also found trouble, running into the left-rear quarter panel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Trevor Bayne, causing damage to the right-front fender of the No. 14 Ford.RELATED: Full Bristol schedule | Complete starting lineupThe No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team of Austin Dillon and the No. 00 StarCom Racing team of Landon Cassill served 15-minute practice holds for failing qualifying inspection twice.Due to an inclement weather forecast, the start time for Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race at Bristol has been moved up to 1 p.m. ET on FOX.Second Practice RecapIt was Kyle Larson who rocketed to the top of the speed charts in Saturday’s second practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway.Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, laid down a lap of 129.004 miles per hour to win the session in preparation for Sunday’s Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).RELATED: Practice 2 results | Best 10-lap averages | Full Bristol scheduleMartin Truex Jr. finished second in the session at 128.952 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola notched the third-fastest time (128.943 mph), while pole-sitter Kyle Busch (128.934 mph) and Kasey Kahne (128.830 mph) rounded out the top five.Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson, who will start last on Sunday after the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team was forced to change tires following Friday’s Busch Pole Award qualifying session, finished out the session in ninth with a lap of 128.563 mph.The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team of Austin Dillon served a 15-minute practice hold in this session for unapproved adjustments, while the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing team of Harrison Rhodes and the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management team of Chad Finchum served 15-minute holds for arriving late to qualifying inspection.
Production on film and television projects may still be on pause thanks to COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped Amazon Studios from acquiring the rights for a biopic project focusing on late outlaw country legend Merle Haggard, who died on his 79th birthday back in April 2016. According to a report shared by Deadline on Tuesday, Oscar-winning actor Sam Rockwell has signed on to play Haggard, while Robin Bissell will direct and co-write film’s script alongside Merle’s widow, Theresa Haggard.The biopic will be based on Haggard’s 1981 memoir, Sing Me Back Home, which told the story of his humble beginnings in California in the years following the Great Depression and his journey through country music beginning in the early 1960s. Haggard’s career led him to become a country-western icon after gaining national fame for his 1969 hit, “Okie From Muskogee”. The song came at the height of the Vietnam War era, although the attention frustrated Haggard as he thought the counterculture movement did not understand the true nature of war. Haggard’s 1968 single, “Mama Tried”, became a live favorite of the Grateful Dead, who covered the high-energy country tune throughout their career.Related: Watch Bob Weir Perform “Mama Tried” In Tribute To Merle Haggard At The Ryman AuditoriumRockwell will reportedly do all of his own singing for the film, which will pick up during the years when Haggard was an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, where he watched the first prison performance from Johnny Cash. Along with telling the story of his career beginnings through the 1960s, the film will also focus on Merle’s complicated love affair with his singing partner and future wife Bonnie Owens.The untitled film project currently has no official release date, and it will be tough to gauge when film production will be able to resume in cities like Los Angeles where businesses are under threat of closing again due to COVID-19. Haggard was remembered by many following his death in 2016, including longtime colleagues and friends like Willie Nelson.[H/T Deadline]
“Now we can do the show and tell the story and have it just be about that, which is great.” Did you go back and watch your performance of “Omar Sharif” on the Tony Awards telecast?Oh, God, no. Oh no, no, no. I have not watched that. No, that Tony performance. No, no, no.Even though you didn’t see it, did you expect your hand to get such an intense close-up?I’m so glad that I filed my nails before I went on because I kind of had an idea they were going to zoom in on it. I think the less aware I was of what was happening, the better because it was one of the most nerve-racking things I have experienced. I was very nervous.What moves you about the culture explored in The Band’s Visit?Getting to go to Israel and the actual town Bet Hatikva is based on was an incredible experience. I was reading some Israeli fiction and watching Israeli movies and TV series just trying to absorb as much as I could of the modern culture. Getting to go there—it shifted from something I imagined in my head to something I got to stand in and be among. I would love to go back because we were only there for a short amount of time; there are so many interesting and fascinating, beautiful places there. Related Shows The Band’s Visit Katrina Lenk has appeared on Broadway in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Once and Indecent, and, of course, her Tony-winning turn as Dina in The Band’s Visit. What began as a small off-Broadway production based on a barely known 2007 Isreali movie of the same name, The Band’s Visit has turned into one of the most highly acclaimed musicals in recent memory, winning 10 Tony Awards including Best New Musical. Lenk is currently leading the cast with a mesmerizing performance alongside Broadway newcomer (and original film star) Sasson Gabay. Here, Lenk discusses life since her acceptance speech, how visiting Israel impacted her performance, and why she will never reveal the backstory she created for her character. What is it like working with original The Band’s Visit film star Sasson Gabay, who has stepped into the role of Tewfiq?Working with Sasson Gabay is this bizarre meta thing because I saw the film and I’ve seen him in other films. I met him in Israel briefly when we were there, too. To now to have the man that played Tewfiq in the film be on stage with me—it’s like this weird, “Whoa, what’s happening” kind of place. It’s also such a gift as an actor to get to work with someone who was there at the birth of this story. And he’s wonderful to work with on stage and very present and authentic and generous and so funny and fascinating. I look forward to going and learning things about him every night. Click for More from the Broadway.com Photo Shoot You’ve brought up your obsession with octopuses on Show People and how you would love to play James Bond in our Secrets of the Tony Nominees video. Big question: Would you rather have a pet octopus or be the next James Bond?Why you make me choose?! Oh, no! A pet octopus or play James Bond? [Long pause.] I’d rather play James Bond because I bet that octopus would not really be that happy being a pet, and it should just be free in the world of water. And maybe while playing James Bond, I could pet an octopus. “Everything you see and hear and don’t hear in The Band’s Visit is very intentional…I get more interest or more investment in what’s happening and the mystery leads to more thoughtfulness.” In the show, we see the inside of Dina’s home and get a glimpse into her life. Tell me about that world.Everything you see and hear and don’t hear in The Band’s Visit is very intentional. We had an amazing creative team. When they made the set [designed by Scott Pask], every little thing has a reason that it’s there. A lot of that inspiration also comes from the original film and how when you’re not told something outright, your tendency to investigate and look in the background to see where you can get details kicks in. I think [that] engages us as actors and audiences. I get more interest or more investment in what’s happening and the mystery leads to more thoughtfulness. “Working with Sasson Gabay is this bizarre meta thing… It’s also such a gift as an actor to get to work with someone who was there at the birth of this story.” View Comments Photographed by Emilio Madrid-Kuser at The Jane Hotel | Styling by Sarah Slutsky | Hair and Makeup by Eric Vosburg | Video shot by Mark Hayes and Alexander Goyco | Video edited by Mark HayesInterview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Katrina Lenk Congratulations on all of your success! Has it hit you yet that you’re really a Tony winner?The moment where everything hits you has not happened yet for me, I confess. I have the Tony back now. They engraved it and my name is on it, but I’m still like, “Whose is that? Why is that in here?” So, it feels like it happened to somebody else, or I read about it.How has life been post-awards season?I thought it would be super relaxing, but it’s taking a while to unwind. This last week was the first time all of us were able to just do the show and realize that that pressure has lifted. Now we can do the show and tell the story and have it just be about that, which is great. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Star Files Has becoming a Tony winner changed your life?I don’t think it has yet. And I don’t know that the expectation of it changing one’s life isn’t necessarily a good one to have. Getting to work and continuing to work is a wonderful thing, and I hope that it gets to keep happening. I don’t know that there’s a change. I mean, I am wearing a jacket with a little ruffly sleeve [for the Broadway.com photo shoot], so that’s a change. Do you ever think about what that night would have been like for Dina if the band didn’t come to Bet Hatikva?Oh, my gosh. Yes. Before I go on stage I imagine what Dina expects her evening to be. Every day you open the door and you expect it to be a certain way. For Dina, I definitely have an idea of what would happen that day, and it wouldn’t be that exciting.Did you create a backstory for Dina’s life before we meet her in The Band’s Visit?There’s a backstory for Dina, and it can change depending on where I’m leaning any particular night. But since the show is always the same, there’s this wonderful flexibility. I will never tell my backstory because I love for people to imagine what they think happened to her or what happened in her life. I’m mostly excited about that.
US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), US Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont), and Governor Peter Shumlin (D-Vermont) announced Friday that the US Department of Transportation is releasing $1 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief (ER) Program to repair roads and bridges damaged in a series of strong storms that struck Vermont earlier this year. US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx called members of the Vermont congressional delegation this morning with the news. In a joint statement Leahy, Sanders, Welch and Shumlin said: ‘This is a much-needed infusion of federal funds to help towns throughout Vermont repair roads washed out by several storms this year. We appreciate Secretary Foxx and the US Department of Transportation for responding so promptly to Vermont’s urgent request.’ Beginning in May and continuing into July, a succession of storms brought heavy rainfall and flash flooding that resulted in numerous road closures throughout Vermont. Some 30 separate road segments, of both state and local roads, were closed due to damage from the storms. In particular, a shoulder section of I-89 southbound in Williston was damaged, causing the closure of one lane and leading to severe backups. A section of Manhattan Drive in the City of Burlington was washed out, and a section of Vermont Route 15 in the Town of Essex experienced slope failure. The following counties were affected by these storms: Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor. The federal ER program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events. These funds are awarded to a state after the president or a governor issues a formal emergency declaration and the state files a request for ER help for the cost of damages to its eligible highways. Eligible repair work includes emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, to minimize the extent of damage, or to protect the remaining facilities, as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition. Also on Friday, Leahy, Sanders and Welch wrote to President Obama, supporting Governor Shumlin’s request for disaster assistance for flood damage sustained during the period of June 25 through July 11. Their letter is posted on the Leahy, Sanders and Welch websites.WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, July 26, 2013) ‘Vermont congressional delegation
The Shawnee Mission School District has created a series of Web pages that detail the specifics of the two questions on the special mail ballot that is scheduled for January in the district.One of the questions asks voters to approve a $223 million bond issue that will be used for a variety of upgrades, including rebuilding several elementary schools, improving security at a number of schools, building a new aquatic center and improving technology. The second question asks district voters to approve keeping the local option budget (LOB) at 33 percent of the general fund for future years.The school board had the authority to raise the LOB from its 31 percent to 33 percent only for this school year without voter approval. The increase this year brought in about $3.6 million in additional revenue for the school. The money raised through the LOB goes for operations. The bond money goes entirely to capital projects. Neither of the proposals anticipates any increase in tax rate.The pages the district has posted include a list of projects planned for the bond issue, a list of FAQs about the proposals, a comparison of tax rates with surrounding districts and an explanation of the ballot and voting particulars.All of those pages can be accessed here.
“Just having a conversation with him, period, has been good,” Jackson said. “He’s an established guy in the league and just everything you can get from him is a positive.”McNabb invited Jackson to train with him in Arizona in the offseason, but Jackson couldn’t make it this summer.“I like to be try to be a mentor to some of the younger quarterbacks in the NFL,” McNabb said. “I just wanted to kind of work with him and kind of prepare him for what he’ll be faced with this year as well as years to come.”It might be a good idea to take McNabb up on his offer next summer.For the first time in his football life, Jackson has missed games because of injury. He also has shown plenty of growing pains in running the offense, often struggling to hit receivers in stride and make the right reads.Backup Kelly Holcomb, who could play on Sunday if Jackson isn’t ready, came to the Vikings in a trade with Philly on the last week of the preseason. So the 12-year veteran knows what both quarterbacks bring to the table. In the midst of a difficult season, Vikings QB Jackson gets help from Eagles’ McNabbIf Jackson gets into trouble this weekend, Holcomb is ready and waiting.October 26, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint>EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) – Tarvaris Jackson’s first full season as a starting quarterback has been light years from easy.His quarterback rating and completion percentage are at the bottom of the league. There was the four-interception game at Detroit. A broken finger on a six-completion day at Dallas. Two missed games because of injury and possibly a third coming up this weekend against Philadelphia if that finger doesn’t heal up pretty quick.In the midst of all these struggles, Jackson has received some words of encouragement from a surprising source – Donovan McNabb.The Philadelphia Eagles star has seen his share of tough times and, as he nears his 31st birthday, sees himself as a mentor to younger quarterbacks throughout the league.“I’ve talked to him a couple of times and just make sure to let him know to continue to keep his head up and stay confident and continue to prepare yourself so that the team will continue to see that,” McNabb said. “Everyone will begin to follow knowing that you are working hard at it.”Be it injuries, getting booed after being drafted ahead of Ricky Williams or whether he did or did not lose his lunch in the huddle during the Super Bowl, McNabb knows all about the pressures that come with being a quarterback in the NFL.And who better for a young QB to learn from than a nine-year veteran who has made it to five Pro Bowls, four NFC championship games and a Super Bowl while playing in one of the most demanding sports towns in the country?
Women fifth, men 12th in Pre-NCAA meet Derek WetmoreOctober 17, 2010Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe menâÄôs and womenâÄôs cross country teams turned in strikingly different performances at SaturdayâÄôs Pre-NCAA meet, leading to frustration over where the menâÄôs team stands prior to the NCAA championships. The menâÄôs team placed 12th in a disappointing showing after having aspirations of beating some of the top teams in regions across the country. The womenâÄôs team, on the other hand, placed fifth in its Pre-Nationals race. Head coach Gary Wilson said the team likely received some at-large points by beating teams he thinks will be automatic qualifiers. âÄúWe ran really well,âÄù Wilson said. âÄúIt was a great weekend, and the kids did a good job.âÄù The pervading feeling in the menâÄôs locker room was quite the opposite. âÄúWeâÄôre pissed,âÄù menâÄôs head coach Steve Plasencia said. He added: âÄúGuys take it seriously, and nobody felt good about what happened. In regard to the team, we didnâÄôt think weâÄôd place twelfth. We thought weâÄôd do something for ourselves in the national standings.âÄù The finish is especially disappointing because the team is ranked fourth in the region and may not receive an automatic bid guaranteed to each regionâÄôs top two teams. So beating top teams and earning at-large points may prove to be critical this season. Senior captain Mike Torchia finished seventh for Minnesota and a surprising 169th overall. Plasencia said he was the first Gophers runner with two kilometers left when he experienced cramping in his calves. Torchia is one of the teamâÄôs top runners and a higher finish for him would have placed the team in a better standing. The team isnâÄôt using injuries as an excuse, however, and Plasencia said the injury isnâÄôt severe. Both teams have left their rosters largely in flux, and this weekend didnâÄôt prove progressive in terms of making final decisions. The womenâÄôs team wonâÄôt make the Big Ten championships roster decision this week but may opt to hold a run-off at next SaturdayâÄôs meet in Minnesota, Wilson said. The men are currently preoccupied with turning the page from the disappointing weekend in time for the Big Ten championships on Halloween. âÄú[Pre-nats was] one particular race and you move on from there. If itâÄôs more than one race then itâÄôs a trend,âÄù Plasencia said. âÄúWe didnâÄôt run as well as we wanted to today, and weâÄôll just get ready for the Big Ten meets in two weeks. ItâÄôll be a new day.âÄù After losing star runner Hassan Mead for the season, the team remained optimistic for its chances. But after SaturdayâÄôs showing, it may be gut-check time. âÄúItâÄôs in my hands but itâÄôs also a lot in the athleteâÄôs hands. WeâÄôll see what weâÄôre made of,âÄù Plasencia said.
Easy right? But do you see the other toothbrush in the image as well? Most people will quickly spot the toothbrush on the front of the counter, but take longer — or even fail to find — the much bigger one behind it.The oversight has to do with scale. People have a tendency to miss objects when their size is inconsistent with their surroundings, according to a recent study in Current Biology. This is just the latest in a robust body of research that reveals how expectations dramatically affect our ability to notice what’s around us.Though the image above was provided by the authors of the study to illuminate their point, the study was set up slightly differently. The researchers were interested not only in what people saw — but also in how their performance compared with computers.… “What we pay attention to is largely determined by our expectations of what should be present,” said Christopher Chabris, a cognitive psychologist and co-author of The Invisible Gorilla.Relative size is just one of many pieces of information that contribute to our expectations. Without expecting something, we’re unlikely to pay attention to it, he says, and “when we are not paying attention to something, we are surprisingly likely to not see it.” Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
SIGA requests priority FDA review of its oral smallpox drugSIGA Technologies of New York City announced yesterday that it has submitted its smallpox drug TPOXX (tecovirimat) for priority review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).If approved, the oral drug would be the first FDA-approved treatment for smallpox, a disease that has been eradicated but could be used as a bioterror weapon. The news comes on the heels of media reports that North Korea could be building a bioweapons program that might include smallpox.TPOXX was developed to treat smallpox and other orthopoxvirus infections. SIGA has successfully delivered two million courses of TPOXX to the Strategic National Stockpile. No cure for smallpox currently exists, but lab personnel who work with smallpox or related viruses receive vaccination as a preventive measure.SIGA CEO Phil Gomez, PhD, said in a news release, “Based on extensive positive efficacy data in animal studies and human clinical safety data without any drug-related serious adverse events, we believe the NDA [new drug application] for oral TPOXX is well positioned for favorable, expedited review by the FDA.”SIGA expects to receive notification from the FDA in February 2018 that its filing was accepted for review, as well as confirmation of priority review status and notification of a final action date.Dec 11 SIGA news release Dec 11 CIDRAP News scan on North Korea bioweapons WHO: Flu on the rise in North America, parts of AsiaThe World Health Organization (WHO) released a new global influenza update yesterday, showing that influenza is on the rise in North America, Western and Central Asia, and Europe.In North America, the predominant strain has been influenza A, H3N2. Europe, however, has more influenza B circulating at this time. Both influenza A and B have been detected in Asia. In Western Africa, influenza A (H1N1) detections increased in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Influenza B detections were reported in Central African Republic and Mozambique.The temperate zones of South America continue to report low influenza-like illness (ILI) activity. The Caribbean and Central America also report low ILI activity.Canada, the United States, and Mexico have all crossed the seasonal threshold for ILI. Adults over 65 have accounted for most influenza cases in the United States and just under half in Canada.Worldwide, laboratories reporting to the WHO have typed 62.5% of viruses as influenza A and 37.5% as influenza B.Dec 11 WHO update Cholera outbreaks reported in Kenya, ZambiaYesterday the WHO reported two outbreaks of cholera in Kenya and Zambia, with the Kenyan outbreak involving nearly 4,000 cases.Between Jan 1 and Nov 29, Kenyan officials have reported 3,967 probable and confirmed cases of cholera, including 76 deaths. Transmission has been linked to camps, institutions, and mass gatherings. Community transmission is still ongoing in 7 Kenyan counties as of Nov 29, but 20 of 47 counties (43%) in the country have documented cholera cases this year.The WHO said the risk of widespread transmission in Kenya is high. “Despite the decline in the number of cases reported, the outbreak appears to be clustered around two major types of settings. First, the refugee camps particularly Kakuma and Dadaab, and second in the populous Nairobi capital county,” the WHO explained.In Zambia, officials have reported 547 cases and 15 deaths since late September. Most cases are in the capital of Lusaka. The districts where cases have been documented have poor sanitation and water supply. A recent influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the upcoming rainy season mean there’s a strong chance the outbreak will grow in the coming months, the WHO said.Dec 11 WHO Kenya reportDec 11 WHO Zambia report
Bluebirds visit a backyard garden with a pond Thursday lifting spirits on Barranca Mesa and around Los Alamos. These birds are highly social, usually feeding in flocks during the non-breeding season. They hunt for terrestrial insects by dropping to the ground from a low perch. Bluebirds also frequently feed on berries in trees and rely on trees both for nesting cavities and hunting perches. Source: allaboutbirds.com. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan Bluebirds visit a backyard garden with a nearby pond Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan Bluebirds visit a backyard garden with a nearby pond Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan Bluebirds visit a backyard garden with a nearby pond Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan