Frank Zappa’s Hollywood Hills Estate Has Been Sold Off For Over $5 Million

first_imgAfter being listed by the Zappa Family Trust earlier this summer, the late Frank Zappa‘s Laurel Canyon home has sold for $5.25 million. The beautiful compound, contained on a relatively small half-acre of land in the Hollywood Hills, was purchased by Zappa in the late 60’s for just $74,000 and came under the ownership of his family after his death in 1993. The faux-Tudor house (built in the late 1930’s) boasts six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 6,759 square-feet of multi-level living space, and features a variety of quirky embellishments,like the dragon mural in the formal dining room, porthole windows and doors salvaged from vintage submarines. It also features various architecturally unusual reading nooks and creative work spaces. In addition to the main house, the land also includes two architecturally adventurous detached guest houses and an additional attached guest apartment. Other features of note include a double-height art gallery with parquet flooring, Zappa’s sprawling recording studio, and “The Vault,” a storage chamber beneath the house where Zappa kept his private archives under lock and key during his lifetime. The terraced, tree-shaded grounds include a hodgepodge of decks and patios, a greenhouse, swimming pool, roof top tennis court, and lush gardens with mosaic accents. The sale of the house is another step in the ever-contentious disputes between the surviving Zappas regarding control over and rights to the Zappa Family Trust. You can see a gallery of photos of the house here.last_img read more

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Best Turkey Trot Runs for Thanksgiving in the Blue Ridge

first_imgWith Halloween long gone and most of the leaves already red-brown on the ground, November is suddenly here and it’s only a short time before the most bountiful holiday of the American calendar year.But one side dish that has become as unique a part of the Thanksgiving celebration as cranberry sauce and the Macy’s Day parade is the Turkey Trot.Depending on your location, a Turkey Trot can range anywhere from a brisk 5K to an all-out marathon. But what all these races have in common is that they are held on Thanksgiving with the goals of both raising money for charity and burning last minute calories before the big meal.Here are six top Turkey Trots happening Thanksgiving morning throughout the Blue Ridge.Boar’s Head Turkey Trotboars-head-turkey-trot 2If you’re a central Virginia resident, you can work up a Thanksgiving day appetite by joining the Boar’s Head Turkey Trot. In true Charlottesville tradition, the Boar’s Head Inn hosts the University town’s 33rd annual Turkey Trot to raise money for UVA Children’s Hospital new Battle Building complex. The one 5K race can be run or walked and begins at 9:00 am, racers are encouraged to arrive by 8:15 am. The course circles through the beautiful Ednam forest. This year the top five male and female racers will be recognized and the top male and female overall will be awarded a fully cooked turkey prepared by the Old Mill Room at the Boar’s Head Inn.Richmond 10K Turkey TrotLooping around the campus of the University of Richmond, the Richmond Turkey Trot 10K will run from 9-11am on November 27th (Thanksgiving Day). The race is a city favorite and sells out at its 1600 participant limit. The course can be challenging, running mostly on hilly streets with about a ½ mile on trail by the campus’ lake. There is a free kids run before the main race at 8:30. All participating runners receive their own Turkey Trot t-shirt while first, second, and third place earn $75, $50, and $35 gift certificates. Additionally, the top male and female earn $50. The last day of registration is November 26th. If interested register here.ChattanoogaLocal Chattanoogan Health Club, the Sportsbarn, is hosting a four-race Turkey Trot extravaganza at the Sportsbarn’s East location on Lee Highway. The pre-feast races all begin Thanksgiving morning: the One Mile Fun Run (every Turkey Trot has one of these) and 6/10 mile Kiddie-K run start at 8:30am, the three mile walk starts at 8:45 am (canines welcomed) and the 8K starts at 9:00 am. Cheaper pre-registration ends at noon the day before but participants cans still enter the day of the race for a slightly higher price ($15). The proceeds will benefit the Kidney Foundation of Chattanooga and donations are encouraged.Lynchburgturkey-trotThe Turkey Trot worth running Thanksgiving morning in Lynchburg begins downtown at the intersections of 8th and Main Street in front of the Wells Fargo. The races offered are a 5k, Fun Walk course beginning at 9:00 am and the Youth One Mile Course at 8:00 am. Registration will continue until thirty minutes before the race but prices will rise as Thanksgiving nears. All participants will receive a Turkey Trot race shirt and winners are awarded their very own smoked Turkey. The Trot is sponsored by Wells Fargo and proceeds will benefit the programs of Virginia nonprofit, Humankind, which provide and promote residential health care, early childhood development, Mental Health Services, Economic Empowerment, Safe and Healthy Living,RoanokeStarting at the Suntrust Plaza, the Drumstick Dash is a 5K race that begins Thanksgiving morning at 9:00 a.m. and winds through downtown Roanoke. The Dash is sure to put families in the spirit of giving, permitting racers of all ages to participate in one of four categories: runner, walker, baby in stroller, and dog on leash. Rain or shine the Dash will go on, awarding the top three overall male and female as well as the top three male and female in the 40 and over division and 14 and under division. Proceeds provide food, shelter, and clothing to the 350-plus people serviced by Rescue Mission Ministries, Roanoke.AshevilleOn Thanksgiving morning in Asheville, expect a busy Pack Square Park for the cities Jus’ Runnin 5K Turkey Trot & Gobble Wobble 1 Mile Fun Run. This will be the 5k Trots 14th year. The event is sponsored by Earth Fare and a portion of the proceeds will be given to the MANNA Food Bank. The Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. while the Trot starts at 9:15 a.m. sharp. Both races begin and end at Pack Square Park.–David Hollerith is a freelance writer, Virginian, and outdoorsman currently residing and writing in Nashville, Tenn.last_img read more

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Dutch to advise drought stricken South Africa on sustainable water practices

first_imgSouth Africa is seeking the expertise of the Netherlands to help manage its scarce water resources amid a severe drought. The Netherlands plans to share centuries of knowledge and expertise around water management when it sends a delegation to South Africa this week.With more than a quarter of the Netherlands below sea level and 60 percent of the country classified flood-prone, the Dutch are no strangers to dealing with water-related threats.The Dutch delegation will explore issues of water quality, sanitation, water scarcity, and water safety both in terms of rain and flooding.South Africa is currently facing a water crisis with five provinces being declared drought disaster areas, which is threatening food security in the country.The country is looking elsewhere for sustainable solutions as continues to battle a shortage of water.last_img read more

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Pig Shack/Sumner Newscow bracket contest update: 28 brackets have 3 of 4 Final Four teams

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We’ve been doing the Pig Shack/Sumner Newscow bracket contest for three years now and the The Dore/College Bowl Football contest for four years. And we can safely say, there has never been a time this late in a Newscow contest where so many people can still win it.Let’s just say if you have “Kentucky, Wisconsin and Duke” in your Final Four of your bracket, then you are still in the running.We didn’t get any brackets with all four Final Four teams. There were only two brackets with Michigan State in the Final Four with Kentucky. And if you are Gene Huck, who has Kentucky and Michigan State in the championship game, then you cheer like heck for the Spartans because you are the only one with that combination in this contest.We haven’t tallied everything individually. There were 28 brackets that had three of the four Final Four finalists. Of those 28, 17 of them have Kentucky over Duke in the championship game. Five have Duke over Kentucky. And four had someone vs. Kentucky with Kentucky winning. Kathy Bryant has Wisconsin over Duke in the Championship game. And Huck has Kentucky over Michigan State. With these number of entrees there is a chance for a tiebreaker. Tiebreakers will be the number of games right after the round of 64 (second round). Then the round of 32 (third round), etc.Good luck to the participants. We will soon know who the national championship is and who will be the winner of the $200 cash price and the second and third place gift certificate winners. (See full rules here).Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Rep Hooker testifies to ban state funding to abortion providers

first_img Categories: News 27Jan Rep. Hooker testifies to ban state funding to abortion providers LANSING – Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, testified before the House Committee on Appropriations today in support of House Bill 4145, which seeks to prohibit supplying state funds to health entities that provide or counsel to elective abortions.“This has been a passion project of mine for five years as a member of the state Legislature,” said Rep. Hooker. “I’ve voted against four state budgets where any state taxpayer funding went to an organization whose primary purpose is aborting unborn children. In 2015, there was no state-funding of Planned Parenthood and obviously women’s health care needs are being met.”HB 4145 would amend Public Act 360 of 2002, specifically preventing state funds, grants or contracts with any entity that provides elective abortions, refers pregnant women to a provider for an elective abortion or adopts/maintains a policy that an elective abortion is considered part of family planning and reproductive health services program.Rep. Hooker spoke before the committee, including answering questions and statements from membership, for just over 20 minutes.“I haven’t found a way yet to block federal funding for these organization, but we can block state funding and the goal of HB 4145 is to make this permanent,” said Rep. Hooker. “There are thousands of health care clinics that provide similar family planning services for free.”In addition to Rep. Hooker’s comments, the committee also heard testimony from Ed Rivet of Michigan Right for Life, James Muffet of Citizens for Traditional Values, Rebecca Mastee of the Michigan Catholic Conference, Dan Jarvis of Michigan Family Forum, Jim Sprauge of Pregnancy Research Counsel, constitutional law instructor William Wagner and Rep. Gary Glenn.Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, testifies in support of House Bill 4145 before the House Committee on Appropriations today in the state Capitol. The legislation seeks to ban all state funding to any entity that provides elective abortion services.The committee did not vote on HB 4145 today.last_img read more

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Rep Hank Vaupel Weekly Column August 27 2018

first_img Categories: Vaupel News 27Aug Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: August 27, 2018 As many of you know, “The Wall That Heals” is a mobile, 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. and is currently touring the country. It is an important way for veterans, family, and citizens to remember and honor those who gave their all in the Vietnam War and to all those who have sacrificed for their country. Along with the more than 58,000 names commemorated on the Wall, the exhibit includes an educational center, personal and historical artifacts, and information about those listed on the Wall.“The Wall That Heals” is currently visiting Livingston County as its only stop in Michigan during its nationwide tour. It arrived on Tuesday with a full motorcycle escort from Cabela’s in Dundee to the Spencer J. Hardy Airport in Howell where it was set up on Wednesday. I was honored to welcome volunteers and supporters of the Wall as it arrived and to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday. Seeing the Wall and taking part in the ceremonies was very moving. If you have not already done so, then I encourage everyone to visit the Wall and honor those who have given their lives for our freedoms. Thank you to the many people involved whose hard work gave us this opportunity. The Wall will be on display through Sunday, August 26th.***I have attended several meetings over the past week to provide updates and ideas on current issues facing the state. On Tuesday, I joined state Sen. Joe Hune and fellow state Rep. Lana Theis at the Hartland Township monthly board meeting to discuss property tax legislation currently being considered by the Legislature.Sen. Hune, Rep. Theis, and I also participated in a roundtable hosted by Congressman Mike Bishop on the topic of opioid drugs being shipped directly to patients. The continuing epidemic of opioid abuse is not something we can take lying down. Thank you Congressman Bishop for organizing and leading this discussion.***Congratulations to the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority and all the volunteers and organizations involved in making this year’s Howell Melon Festival another great success! The Melon Fest is a tribute to Howell’s community spirit and a perfect way to show off the success of downtown. I look forward to continuing this great Livingston tradition!***I wanted to take a moment to recognize a couple outstanding local residents. Guy Houseman is a 26-year employee at Consumers Energy’s Howell service center. On July 3, he responded to a house fire on Coon Lake Road to shut off the natural gas. After arriving and securing the gas, Mr. Houseman remembered visiting the house previously and knew there was a dog inside. He notified the firefighters who were able to save the 12-year-old beagle without injury. Thank you for your selfless commitment to your community and neighbors!I would also like to congratulate Howell resident and Michigan’s official Troubadour Neil Woodward on receiving the 2018 Michigan Heritage Award from the Michigan Traditional Arts Program of the MSU Museum. Mr. Woodward has dedicated over 30 years to researching, arranging, and sharing folk music, and he has traveled the state sharing his talents. This award is just the most recent of his many accolades, and we are proud of all he has accomplished!***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to [email protected] We are happy to hear from you!PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel greets volunteer John Church during the Howell Melon Fest.last_img read more

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Growth in TV and mobile subscribers helped boost P

first_imgGrowth in TV and mobile subscribers helped boost Polish service provider Netia’s mixed set of results for the second quarter.Netia added 4,000 TV revenue-generating units in the quarter, taking its total to 196,000, along with 2,000 mobile customers, taking its total to 146,000.Netia said that 53% of broadband customers on its own network now took TV services. While number of services per customer grew, but ARPU remained stable, but TV ARPU increased.On the downside, the operator saw the number of fixed line customers on its own network decline by 1,000. Netia had 1.453 million B2C customers at the end of June, including 737,000, or just over half, on its own network.Netia posted revenues of PLN343 million (€80 million), including PLN155 million from the B2C market, with the latter figure down 3% quarter-on-quarter. However EBITDA increased by 3% to PLN93 million.last_img read more

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