New Orleans Musicians Get Funky For Bernie Sanders

first_imgLoad remaining images Saturday, February 27th was unofficially Bernie Sanders Day in the city of New Orleans. The city held not one but two musical fundraisers in support of Senator Sanders’ presidential run, as well as the NOLA March for Bernie. The march ended at 30/90 on Frenchmen Street, where New Orleans Musicians for Bernie Sanders, a group including Brian Stoltz (The Funky Meters), Russell Batiste, Billy Iuso, Claude Bryant, Smokey Brown, Marc Stone, Joe Krown (Joe Krown Trio), Janna Slasaw, Laurie Lehner, Josh Paxton and more. The show was cover-free but donations were encouraged.The Maple Leaf Bar hosted Bern Fest, which brought Bernie supporters and music lovers to the beloved bar for one of their famous crawfish boils and an amazing lineup of musical acts including Sam Price Duo, Eric Benny Bloom & Gemini, Smoke ‘n Bones, and Pirate’s Choice. With bellies full of crawdads, New Orleanians supported Sanders by getting funky, of course.Musicians included Eric Benny Bloom (Lettuce, Pretty Lights, Sonic Bloom), Luke Quaranta (Toubab Krewe, Pirate’s Choice), Billy Franklin (Smoke N Bones, OTRA), Khris Royal (Khris Royal & Dark Matter), Sam Price (Honey Island Swamp Band, OTRA), Raja Kassis (Antibalas, Pirate’s Choice), Terrence Houston (George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Toubab Krewe), Max Moran (Donald Harrison Jr., Neospectric), Sam Dickey (Benyoro, Pirate’s Choice), Cliff Hines (Mike Dillon Band), Kyle Roussell, Thomas Glass, Doug Dietrich, Kyle Sharamitaro, Kyle Cripps, Amy Trail & more. Profits from the event went to the Bernie Sanders campaign.Check out the full gallery from Bern Fest below:last_img read more

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Student government changes hands

first_imgWhen outgoing student body president Grant Schmidt and vice president Cynthia Weber entered office a year ago, the duo was determined to enact initiatives to make student government relevant to the student body.“We didn’t take on personal preferences,” Schmidt said. “Students were constantly giving us feedback. It made our jobs a lot easier.”The administration soon found the best way to find out what students cared about was not through formal student surveys, but just by talking to students.“A lot of it is informal,” Weber said. “If you want to get the real opinions of students, you just need to be a real student.”From large programs ranging from the restructuring of commencement and the introduction of Transpo Route 7A to small things like having baskets of mints outside the dining halls, Schmidt and Weber said they attempted to focus their agenda on improving everyday student life at the University.“The student body at Notre Dame is on its toes,” Weber said. “They care about everything.”Weber said by taking care of the everyday essentials of student life, student government was able to boost its credibility in tackling worldwide social justice issues through programs such as the Global Water Initiative.“Things like Transpo, which did get a lot of exposure, allowed us to use the support for other programs,” Schmidt said.Schmidt, who described his administration as “responsive,” said he was forced to tackle issues that arose at the last minute, such as improving off-campus safety after two Holy Cross students were abducted in September and sponsoring aid initiatives following the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.Another goal of the Schmidt-Weber administration was to improve student government’s relations with the University administration.“Student government is right now and hopefully will be consulted before every major decision,” he said.Schmidt said there were not any major initiatives he wished his administration could have tackled, although he said he wished the changes in du Lac, the student handbook, had been enacted during his term and the University had not chosen to move the pep rallies to Irish Green.In addition, Weber said student government needed to become more involved in the academic side of the University in the long term.When asked what advice they had for the incoming administration of sophomores Catherine Soler and Andrew Bell, Schmidt and Weber said the focus needs to be on the students.“Be present and energetic, and love the honor of serving the students at Notre Dame,” Weber said.Furthermore, Weber said the pair should continue to foster close ties with the administration but also stand up for what is needed.“The ability to respectfully disagree is key,” she said.Schmidt said the pair should also be aware of the complicated dynamics of community relations in the city of South Bend.“We currently have a very good footing with the city of South Bend,” he said. “But community relations is not something that just stops.”Ultimately, Schmidt and Weber feel their time in student government has been productive and personally fulfilling.“We wanted to be present throughout Notre Dame,” Schmidt said. “And we feel we positively changed the brand of student government.”Schmidt, who is a senior, plans to attend law school next year, while Weber, a junior, said she wants to focus on her studies and become “informally involved in the University.”“It really has been a privilege to serve in student government, especially at Notre Dame,” Schmidt said.last_img read more

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Lady Raiders Top Lady Eagles In Volleyball Action

first_imgThe South Ripley Varsity Volleyball team beat county rival JCD tonight in a 4 set match. SR came out on fire taking the first set 25-9. SR took the second set 25-18. Momentum swung JCD’s way the third set with JCD winning 23-25. SR took the fourth set 25-20 to close out the match.Stats for the SR Raiders.Toria Tucker: 28/29 attacks 11 kills, 8/11 blocking (5 solos, 3 assisted), 8/9 serving; Laken Farrell: 20/24 attacks 3 kills, 4/6 blocking, (2 solos, 2 assisted), 12/14 serving; Morgan Peetz; 19/20 attacks 5 kills; Elizabeth Bodenberg: 53/54 setting 16 assists, 19/19 serving 3 aces; Kayla King: 49/51 setting 11 assists, 12/12 serving 2 aces; Mercedes Bowling: 15/15 attacks 6 kills, 13/14 serving 1 ace; Mariah Gentile (Libero): 18/22 Digs, 10/13 serve receive; Kiley Sparks: 17/17 attacks 11 kills, 6/10 blocking (4 solos, 2 assisted), 17/20 Digs, 22/22 Serving 4 aces, 6/7 serve receive; and Julia Rea: 7/7 attacks 2 kills.“We improved our serving game from 11 miscues on Tuesday night, to 4 tonight, plus our serve receive was more consistent”. “I was proud of the way the team responded every time JCD would try to make a run at us”. “Playing them is always an emotional game, and tonight was no different”. “I think the fans enjoyed watching some great volleyball tonight!  Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.last_img read more

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Tips to Keep Food Safe During Power Outages

first_imgPerishable food, which includes meat, poultry, seafood, milk and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen, could cause illness if consumed. With power outages likely during and after Hurricane Dorian, it is important to know how to keep food safe in your refrigerator and freezer for as long as possible, and when to throw away items. Freeze anything in your refrigerator that can handle freezing, such as milk, fresh meat and poultry and leftovers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends setting your freezer temperature at or below zero degrees and your refrigerator temperature at or below 40 degrees before storm conditions begin. The refrigerator will typically keep food cold for about four hours if it remains unopened. If an outage lasts longer, move perishable items into coolers and surround them with ice, in order to keep the temperature at or below 40 degrees. Fresh mushrooms, fresh uncut vegetables, fruits, herbs and spicesBreads, rolls, cakes, muffins, quick breads, tortillasOpened vinegar-based dressings, Worcestershire, soy, barbecue, and hoisin saucesOpened fruit juices, opened canned fruits, dried fruits, raisins, candied fruits, datesPeanut butter, jelly, taco sauce, mustard, catsup, olives, picklesRemember to stay tuned to 850 WFTL for all the information you need before, during and after Hurricane Dorian. After power is restored, check the freezer thermometer. If you do not have a freezer thermometer, check each package to determine its safety. If the food is 40 degrees or below or contains ice crystals, it is safe to cook or refreeze. Food should be safe in a half-full freezer for up to 24 hours, and up to 48 hours, if the freezer is full. Since water expands as it turns into ice, make sure to not fill any container more than three-quarters. Freeze containers of water in order to make ice that will help keep food cool. Buy dry ice or block ice if it is available in stores. Air-tight freezer bags should work as well, although you should make sure to store them on the bottom of the freezer, or in a shallow box or baking pan. Avoid putting bags of water on wire-rack shelves, as they could be difficult to remove after freezing.If you have an ice maker, set it to make as much ice as possible. Also, freeze gel packs. Have coolers handy to store what you plan to eat or drink during an outage. Before the storm: Arrange food items close together in the freezer so they stay cold longer.During a power outage: Keep the fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible in order to keep the temperature cold. Raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish, or seafood, or soy meat substitutes. Lunch meat, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, or dried beefSoft cheeses such as cottage, cream, bleu, Roquefort, Brie, shredded cheeses, Monterey Jack, mozzerella, and ricottaFresh eggs or foods cooked with egg. Dairy products, including milk, sour cream, buttermilk, evaporated milk, soy milk, heavy cream, yogurt and eggnogOpened baby formula, custard, puddings, quicheSliced fruits, cooked vegetables, tofu, pre-washed greensCasseroles, soups, stews, potato salad, cheesecake, custard pie, refrigerator biscuits, rolls, cookie doughCooked pasta, fresh pasta, cooked rice, cooked potatoesFish sauces (oyster sauce), creamy-based dressingsOpen mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and horseradish if above 50 degrees for more than eight hours However, not all refrigerated foods need to be thrown away. Foods you can keep include: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ foodsafety.gov site, items that you should throw away if they are exposed to temperatures greater than 40 degrees for more than two hours, include:last_img read more

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The patience of Job

first_imgWell, well, well the Pittsburgh Steelers smacked around the Titans almost as if it was the Titans offensive line that was on life support as opposed to the Black and Gold. But wait, in regards to getting it, I suggest that the Black and Gold use the first four rounds of the 2012 draft to “get it” and draft, O-line, O-line, O-line and if anyone worth his salt is available, D-line. Draft a young group that can learn the system together and learn to depend upon themselves, together. Toss the entire group into the furnace so that their mettle can be tried and tested collectively.This was supposed to be a very close game that was leaning toward the Titans in spite of what the odds makers were saying as opposed to what the “men from Vegas” were really thinking. The truth of the matter is at this point in time the Steelers could barely even field an offensive line to even break the huddle to face the Titans. Hell the Steelers might as well not have even shown up; att, wrong answer. The Titans held the ball until 8:21 of the first quarter. At that point I was thinking hey; here we go again as soon as Big Ben gets the ball just go deep baby, just go deep. However, Steelers wide receiver/kick returner Antonio Brown made short work of the Titans special teams unit returning the ensuing kick-off back to the 50 yard line. I’m sure that was not the way that the special teams coach drew it up because if it was; it was trash.All of the yelling and screaming that Steelers Head “Honcho” Mike Tomlin allegedly did behind closed doors may have brutalized a few eardrums and tenderized several souls because against the Titans, the offensive line looked like a group of All-Pros that had been together for several years. When things get rough, sometimes we want to rely on self as opposed to those around us. Divide and conquer. See boys and girls the Holy Scriptures tell us that: “The first test Satan gave to Job was to take away all of Job’s animals even killing the servants that were with the animals but Job did not curse God like Satan wanted Job to do.” Job was not trying to get all that he had lost back at once; he remained diligent and was totally focused on survival, just plain making it. There are times, especially in the world of sports and particularly in the brutal realm of professional football, that injuries will destroy a variety of personnel groupings and who your teammates are will vary from minute to minute but they should not be called out even indirectly because their worth and value should not be minimized. They cannot and should not be publicly reprimanded when the “team” falters but allowing the spotlight to shine on one or two individuals when the “team” realizes success. There is an old saying in sports that goes something like this: “you cannot bench the money.” The Steelers are but a year or two away from rebuilding and lo and behold that are not even remotely prepared to face the challenge.There is a trend developing in the NFL. Draft good young players, throw them into the “Serpentine fire” and let them become hardened by battle. First year quarterbacks Andy Dalton of the Cincy Bengals and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers have individually taken more snaps than Steelers second or third string quarterback Dennis Dixon has taken in three plus years. There have been several occasions that Big Ben has been “allegedly” injured and instead of taking that week off to recuperate he went out threw two or three picks, lost the game and attributed the poor performance to his injury, the defense, the offensive line or his food stamps not arriving in time but in all fairness to Mr. Roethlisberger, “against the Titans ya done good.” Not let’s see. Coming up to face the Steelers “unleaded” offensive machine are Jacksonville, Arizona, New England and Baltimore. Hmm, will the “O” stutter or soar? Who knows, the Shadow knows.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. He can also be heard on the “Odd Couple” sports show as the NFL/AFC North analyst Wednesdays from 11-11:30AM on WCWA 1230AM, Fox Sports Toledo, Ohio.) Prior to the Steelers/Titans clash at Heinz Field in which the men of Steel gave the fellows from Tennessee their comeuppance by the score of 38-17 there was loads of talk about how much better off Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was since he signed with the Titans. In a recent AP article on Washington Post.com, Hasselbeck himself even said that “You can draw up all the fancy plays that you want and mismatches and personnel groups. But if you can’t block for it, then that stuff’s no good. It’s trash. We’ve got a great group of guys up front playing the offensive line. They’re well-coached, and they just work together as a unit. I mean talk about teamwork. Here [with the Titans] they give it the first priority, and it’s not the case in most places.” last_img read more

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