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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MessageMe test today

first_imgToday (Oct. 7) the Harvard MessageMe emergency notification system will be tested. All MessageMe registered subscribers will receive a test message between noon and 1 p.m. The test message will be delivered as a text message, email, and/or voice mail message depending upon the delivery method selected by each subscriber.  No action will be required as a result of this test. Any and all emergency test messages can and should be deleted.For more information, to sign-up up for service or update your information, visit the MessageMe website.last_img read more

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Hoosier organizations urge Senate lawmakers to add cigarette tax to 2019 budget

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — This week, the Raise it for Health coalition delivered letters to Senate leadership urging lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax by $2 per pack to improve Hoosier health and prevent Indiana’s public health rankings from dropping to worst in the nation. Prior to mid-session recess, the House of Representatives failed to include the cigarette tax in their 2019 budget – dismissing Hoosier health amid a tobacco-related public health crisis.The letters, endorsed by more than 85 Hoosier business and organizations, urged Senator lawmakers to act now for the 11,000 Hoosiers who die each year from tobacco-related illnesses. They warned that Indiana currently ranks of 44th in the United States for adult smoking rates and without action this year, in the way of a cigarette tax increase, Indiana will be on the Road to 50th.“Raising the cigarette tax is the most-effective measure we can take to decrease tobacco-related diseases and increase our health ranking,” said Bryan Hannon, government relations director at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “We cannot wait another year for lawmakers to address this public health concern. They must act now.”A cigarette tax increase in Indiana would reverse the current health rankings, have an immediate, positive impact on our state and reduce the number of Hoosiers, both young and old, affected by cigarette smoke.Lawmakers have been highly unresponsive, despite strong constituent support and an outcry from the Hoosier business community. Several organizations endorsing today’s letter provided further comment.“Tobacco use is dragging down our state in so many ways,” said Nick Torres, director of tobacco control and advocacy at American Lung Association in Indiana. “Being on the Road to 50th means more and more Hoosiers will suffer and die from chronic lung disease.”“As a healthcare provider that is committed to improving the health of the communities it serves, we know raising the cigarette tax is an effective tool in improving Indiana’s overall health,” said Tory Callaghan Castor president of government affairs at IU Health.“We see the devastating effects of tobacco use in our office every single day,” said Teresa Lovins, M.D. and representative at Indiana Academy of Family Physicians. “Unfortunately, we cannot save everyone. Raising the cigarette tax by $2 would help thousands of our patients quit and prevent thousands more from ever starting.”Currently, Indiana’s cigarette tax is the 14th lowest in the nation and has not been raised in over a decade. In 2018, a poll of Indiana voters showed all party and political affiliations strongly support raising the state’s cigarette tax as a smart solution to improve Indiana’s critically poor public health.For more information about Raise it for Health click here.last_img read more

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BCA president calls for ‘immediate removal’ of Simmons

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – The president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) has called for the “immediate removal” of Phil Simmons as head coach of West Indies.Conde’ Riley, who is also on the board of directors of Cricket West Indies (CWI), has described Simmons’ decision to attend a family funeral as “inconsiderate and reckless” and claimed it has “endangered the lives” of the rest of the touring party.Simmons, who is based in the UK, was allowed to leave the West Indies training base to attend the funeral of his father-in-law at the end of last week. As a consequence, he was obliged to go into quarantine in the team hotel upon his return.In an email to board members Riley wrote: “I just heard on the radio that our head coach Mr Phil Simmons attended a funeral recently and is now being quarantined as a result. If this is true I am calling for his immediate removal as head coach.“I am being bombarded by concerned parents and members of the BCA. This behaviour is inconsiderate and reckless. It endangers the lives of those 25 young men in the UK and in fact the entire management team and cannot be tolerated.“The English press will have a feast on his judgement and I suggest we act swiftly.”Nine members of West Indies’ 14-man Test squad are from Barbados, as well as four of the squad’s 11 reserve players. Three further players – Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo – opted out of selection prior to the series due to their concerns about the pandemic.A statement from CWI at the time confirmed that Simmons had gained permission to attend the funeral ahead of the tour.“The entire process of his exit and re-entry to the bio-secure location was approved and managed by the medical teams of the CWI and the ECB and strictly followed protocols set up prior to the tour which addressed such scenarios,” the statement said.“Following his return, Simmons has been in self-isolation away from other members of the squad, exactly as had always been planned. He has so far undergone two COVID-19 tests since Friday – both of which came back negative. He was due for another test yestersday before he will re-join the squad as they prepare for the three-match #RaiseTheBat Series against England.”Simmons’ movements have been barely noted in the UK press as of now. Joe Root, the England captain, has been given similar dispensation to leave the training bubble to attend the birth of his second child. He will miss the first Test as a consequence.Riley’s email comes a week before West Indies begin the three-Test series in England with the first match scheduled from July 8 in Southampton.West Indies hold the Wisden Trophy after their 2-1 win at home last year, but have not won a Test series in England since 1988.There is wider context behind this. In 2019 Ricky Skerritt ended Dave Cameron’s six-year reign as CWI president, winning the elections by an 8-4 margin with voting conducted through a secret ballot. However, the BCA was one of the boards to nominate Cameron.Cameron now also wants to contest for the ICC chairman’s position, which is up for grabs after incumbent Shashank Manohar recently said he would not be standing for another term.Although the CWI is yet to take a formal stance on whether to support Cameron’s nomination, on Tuesday Riley told the Mason and Guest Cricket Show, hosted on Starcom Network, a Barbados-based radio station, that he would “certainly” support the Jamaican.The relationship between Cameron and Skerritt’s administration has been tense, especially of late. Last month, Cameron threatened legal action against the board unless they handed over a copy to him of an audit which had been critical of Cameron’s time in office.Simmons was also sacked as head coach by the board during Cameron’s time as president, and was reappointed to the same post by Skerritt. The coach subsequently won a legal case for unfair dismissal against CWI and received a significant payout.last_img read more

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