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Penn State football coach blasts alumni letter that criticized player’s hair

first_imgOctober 9, 2019 /Sports News – National Penn State football coach blasts alumni letter that criticized player’s hair FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.) — After a Penn State football player received a critical letter from a Nittany Lion alum, the team’s coach denounced the remarks and took the opportunity to boast about the player’s character as a student, athlete and person.“Jonathan Sutherland is one of the most respected players in our program,” Franklin said at his weekly news conference, according to ESPN. “He’s the ultimate example of what our program is all about. He’s a captain, he’s a dean’s list honor student, he’s confident, he’s articulate, he’s intelligent, he’s thoughtful, he’s caring and he’s committed.”Franklin continued, “He’s got two of the most supportive parents, and I would be so blessed if my daughters would marry someone with his character and integrity one day.”Sutherland shared a photo on Twitter Tuesday of the letter he received from Dave Petersen, who critiqued his dreadlocks, appearance and demeanor. Written by my teammate got this in the mail today, and tbh Im at a lost for words.. I also have locs, Tats, and NFL dreams too, these messages can not be tolerated, this was extremely inappropriate, racially biased, and selfish to feel like you even have a right to send this message #WeAre— ㅤ (@CjHo1mes) October 7, 2019Since the national public attention and backlash to his letter, Petersen spoke with The Tribune-Democrat and said that a racist message “was not the intent at all.”“I would just like to see the coaches get the guys cleaned up and not looking like Florida State and Miami guys,” he told the Tribune-Democrat.He added that his letter, “wasn’t threatening or anything. I was just disgruntled about some of the hairdos that we’re seeing. You think of Penn State as a bunch of clean-cut guys. And you do see so many who are clean cut. But the tattoos and the hair — there are a lot of guys with hair coming down their backs and it just looks awful. And it’s the same for the NFL and NBA, too.”The university strongly condemned the letter’s message in a reply on Twitter and a university spokesperson told ESPN that school officials stand behind their student-athletes.“At Penn State we strive to create an atmosphere that promotes inclusivity and respect,” the spokesperson said. “The well-being of students, faculty and staff members is the university’s priority. As part of this, Penn State provides a range of assistance and resources for students and employees, and we encourage any community member who needs support to reach out.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img— Jonathan Sutherland (@jay_suth) October 8, 2019In the letter, Petersen wrote, “Though the athletes of today are certainly superior to those in my days; we miss the clean cut young men and women from those days. Watching the Idaho game on TV we couldn’t help but notice your — well — awful hair.”“Surely there must be mirrors in the locker room! Don’t you have parents or [a] girlfriend who’ve told you those shoulder length dreadlocks look disgusting and are certainly not attractive,” the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, resident wrote.In the same tweet, Sutherland penned his own response to Petersen that took the high road and encouraged others to embrace what makes them different.“Although the message was indeed rude, ignorant, and judging, I’ve taken no personal offense to it because personally, I must respect you as a person before I respect your opinion,” the sophomore safety said. “At the end of the day without an apology needed, I forgive this individual because I’m nowhere close to being perfect and I expect God to forgive me for all the wrong I’ve done in my life.”Sutherland, 21, cited Colossians 3:13 — “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone” — to further point to forgiveness and thanked everyone who reached out to show him support.“Let this be one of the many examples to us that in the year 2019, people of different cultures, religions and ethnicities are still being discriminated against and it needs to stop,” he wrote.One of Sutherland’s teammates, C.J. Holmes, 21, shared a photo of the letter and said “these messages cannot be tolerated” calling it “extremely inappropriate, racially biased and selfish.” Beau Lundlast_img read more

Academic Nephrologist (3-309-1047)

first_imgThe Nephrology Division at the University of Maryland School ofMedicine is expanding their clinical programs at our Downtown andMidtown locations. In addition to inpatient and outpatient clinicalservices, this position will also be expected to be involved infocused basic/clinical research. Faculty rank, tenure status andsalary will be commensurate with experience, although we anticipatethe position will be as Assistant Professor or higher. We offercompetitive salary and excellent benefits through the State ofMaryland.When submitting your application, please provide your CV and namesof at least four professional references. You are also invited toinclude a perspective statement on equity, diversity, inclusion andcivility.Qualifications :Successful candidates must have received their MD degree from arecognized accredited university (or foreign equivalent), be boardcertified/board eligible in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, andeligible to obtain an independent medical license in the State ofMaryland. Excellent clinical and teaching skills are also requiredas instruction of medical residents and fellows is integral to ourclinical programs.For additional questions after application, please email [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgA funeral mass took place May 23 at Immaculate Heart of Mary R.C. Church, Wayne, for Stephen Thomas Borace, 75. He passed away May 19 in Wayne. He was born in Long Island City, and resided in North Bergen many years before moving to Totowa. He served in the US Navy. Mr. Borace was the co-owner of Con-Net Systems and later was employed by the Hudson County School of Technology, North Bergen as a computer technician. Mr. Borace was a former member of Our Lady of Grace RC Church, Fairview. He loved to travel worldwide with his wife, Marie and was a longtime fan and season ticket holder of the NY Giants and an avid NY Yankee fan. He is survived by his children, Marianne Ecanosti and Stephen T., Jr. and his wife Alexis; grandchildren, Alyssa and Anthony Ecanosti and Stephen, III and Francis Borace and sister, Angela Behr.Services arranged by Moore’s Home for Funerals, Wayne.last_img read more

Riot Fest’s Second Day Brings Ween, The Hold Steady, Julian Marley & More To Denver [Gallery]

first_imgThe second day of Riot Fest was a doozy yesterday in Denver, Colorado. With headlining acts from Ween, Sleater-Kinney, and Julian Marley, amongst performances from The Hold Steady, Devotchka, Yo La Tengo, The Dandy Warhols, Against Me!, and several others, Saturday’s Riot Fest and Rodeo was an all-around great time.Julian Marley played Exodus in its entirety, which included “One Love”, “Jammin’”, “Three Little Birds”, among other Bob Marley favorites; and The Hold Steady played their entire Boys & Girls in America record, which included “Stuck Between Stations”, “Chips Ahoy”, “First Night”, and other HS hits.Sunday will continue the Fest with the Original Misfits, Nas, Tyler The Creator, Bad Religion, Pepper, and more.Photographer Bill McAlaine is on the scene to capture the magic all weekend, and has already shared highlighting moments from Jane’s Addiction, Ween, and more. Enjoy photos from Saturday below: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Watch Danny Barnes Team With Yonder Mountain At NWSS For Two Barnes Originals [Pro-Shot]

first_imgJamGrass TV just debuted a new pro-shot video of Yonder Mountain String Band’s performance at the 2016 Northwest String Summit. In the twelve-minute video, banjo extraordinaire Danny Barnes joins up with the jamgrass act for his songs “Get It While You Can” and “Going Where They Do Not Know My Name.” Last summer, Yonder Mountain performed three times across Northwest String Summit, welcoming other friends such as Andy Hall, Tim Carbone, Anders Beck, Andy Thorn, Jon Stickley, and others during their Friday and Saturday performance.The 15th Annual Northwest String Summit Provided Music And Magic For AllThe collaboration captured in the video fell on the final day of the festival, July 17th, and was the first special guest to help Yonder Mountain with their final set of the weekend. Following Barnes’ sit-in, Nicky Sanders immediately came out to join the band during an “On The Run” sandwich housing the number “Black Sheep,” and later, Keller Williams came out for “Kentucky Mandolin.” To end Yonder’s set, the legendary Larry Keel took the stage for the final three songs of their set—”All The Time” through “Pockets” back into “All The Time”—and their cover-heavy encore of  Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” and Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Holland 1945.”Check out Danny Barnes’ Northwest String Summit sit-in with Yonder Mountain last summer, courtesy of JamGrass TV. Yonder Mountain String Band will be returning to the Northwest String Summit this summer, running from July 13th to 16th, and again are scheduled to perform three sets across the weekend. They will be joined by Greensky Bluegrass, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Elephant Revival, Fruition, Todd Snider & Great American Taxi, and Turkuaz to name a few other acts with whom they share the bill.Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band | Northwest String Summit (Horning’s Hideout) | North Plains, OR | 7/17/16 (courtesy of Relix)Set: Only A Northern Song, New Dusty Miller, Alison, Train Bound For Gloryland > You’re No Good, Get It While You Can*, Going Where They Do Not Know My Name*, On The Run*^ > Black Sheep*^ > On The Run*^, Adam New Song, Dancing In The Moonlight, Travelin Prayer, For What It’s Worth, Kentucky Mandolin+#, All The Time# > Pockets# > All The Time#Encore: Walk On the Wild Side#, Holland 1945#Notes: *w/ Danny Barnes^w/ Nicky Sanders+w/ Keller Williams #w/ Larry Keellast_img read more

Mexico extradites alleged member of Zetas cartel to U.S.

first_img MEXICO CITY – Mexico turned over a suspected founder of the ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel to U.S. authorities on Sept. 11 for extradition. Mexico’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office identified the suspect as Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, who also goes by the aliases “El Mamito” or “El Caballero.” Rejón was being sought by the United States on suspicion of racketeering and drug charges, a statement from the office said. The United States says Rejón led an organization that transported large amounts of marijuana and cocaine for distribution in America. The statement said he was previously “considered one of the founders of the criminal organization known as Los Zetas.” He was handed over to officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Toluca, near Mexico City. Rejón was arrested in July 2011. Mexican authorities said at the time that he was number three in the Zetas ranking. [AFP (Mexico), 12/09/2012; Excelsior (Mexico), 11/09/2012] By Dialogo September 12, 2012last_img read more

Argentinian security forces crack down on methamphetamine production

Organized crime groups, including Mexican drug cartels, are producing larger amounts of methamphetamines in Argentina, authorities said. The country is also an important transshipment point for chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs, such as methamphetamines. Ephedrine can be used legally in Argentina to make cold medicines and cough syrup. However, organized crime groups use ephedrine to produce methamphetamine. Argentina has not experienced a dramatic increase in high levels of violence related to drug trafficking, thanks in large part to the efforts of security forces. The lack of violence may be attractive to organized crime leaders who want to produce and transport drugs without engaging in bloody battles with rivals or security forces, a security analyst said. For drug traffickers, “the advantage in this country is that violence has not ensued with the trade of these drugs,” said Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, operates in Argentina. The transnational criminal organization has alliances with local gangs in Argentina, according to security analysts. The Sinaloa Cartel typically smuggles methamphetamines from Argentina to other Latin American countries, the United States, or Europe on commercial flights, Gálvez said. Some Argentine gangs are also allied with Colombian drug traffickers. “The problem now that is being detected is that provinces in northern Argentina are engaged in producing (drugs) that are no longer destined to only Europe (or Mexico and the United States), but to Latin American countries themselves,” Gálvez said. Argentine security forces dismantle meth laboratories Argentine organized crime groups work with Mexican drug cartels Among the criminal groups which are allied with Colombian drug traffickers are the Santa Fe and El Cerrito gangs. A gang which operates in the Puerto Madero region works with the Sinaloa Cartel. In August 2012, security forces in Argentina captured members of a drug trafficking gang which had connections to organized crime operatives in Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay. Federal and local police forces arrested 12 suspects, including nine Colombians, two Argentinians, and a Peruvian national. The security forces seized more than 100 kilos of cocaine in Buenos Aires. The drug trafficking group was allegedly led by John Eduard Martinez Grajalas, a Colombian organized crime operative who is known as “The Doctor.” The Doctor has connections to at least two Colombian gangs which engage in drug trafficking, the Urabenos and Los Machos, authorities said. Improving security in the air In recent years, Argentinian authorities have taken strong steps to improve security in the country’s border regions and in its airspace. For example, the National Gendarmerie, in cooperation with the Argentine Air Force, installed new military radars in various parts of the country to detect small aircraft which may be smuggling drugs. The radars were purchased in 2010 at the request of the then Defense Minister, Nilda Garré. Argentina purchased radar equipment from Spain. The equipment is used along Argentina’s northern border. In July 2011, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner launched Operation Northern Shield, in which sophisticated radar equipment was installed in the country’s northern border region. Since July 2011, Argentine security forces have detected more than 800 illegal flights in the country’s airspace. Of those, 242 were related to drug trafficking, officials said. “Currently, 4500 troops from the Argentine Armed Forces (FFAA), mainly from the Army, will be involved in surveillance and control tasks of the northern border, which includes the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Formosa, Corrientes and Misiones,” Defense Minister Agustín Rossi has said. Between January and September 2013, Operation Northern Shield led to the seizure of 52 tons of marijuana along the northern border of the country. Since July 2011, Argentine security forces have detectied more than 800 illegal flights in the country’s airspace. Of those, 242 were related to drug trafficking, officials said . Since 2010, security forces have dismantled dozens of methamphetamine labs in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Salta, and Tucumán, as well as the city of Buenos Aires, according to Argentina’s Secretary for Drug Addiction and Prevention. The Argentine Armed Forces, cooperating with local police agents, shut down at least 43 of these laboratories in 2012 alone, authorities said. By Dialogo December 16, 2013 El Chapo and other drug traffickers often smuggle cocaine or methamphetamines from Argentina into Mexico in airplane luggage, sometimes without the knowledge of the traveler who owns the luggage. For example, in November 2012, Ernesto de la Torre, a Mexican national, flew home following a vacation in Argentina. At Mexico City International Airport, security forces discovered that his luggage had been replaced with luggage which contained at least 10 kilos of cocaine. De la Torre had departed from Ministro Pistarini Airport in Buenos Aires on a Chile Airlines flight which made a stop in Lima, Peru, before proceeding to Mexico. Authorities detained de la Torre for about 10 hours, then released him after determining the luggage containing the cocaine did not belong to him, but had been placed on the airplane in his name. Security forces keep violence in check Smuggling drugs in luggage read more

‘Best Of Enemies’ Vidal-Buckley Debates Doc: Required Viewing For Presidential Mud Wars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As we plunge headfirst into election season, kicked off Thursday night with the raucous Republican debate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s interesting to consider just how we got here. The world of political punditry is diametrically divided into two distinct camps: right and left. The news comes at us through either filter, shaded by not only a shadow of subjectivity, but replete with disdain for all who share a different perspective. [See: Donald Trump.]But it wasn’t always this way.The documentary Best of Enemies—written and co-directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, who won last year’s documentary Oscar for Twenty Feet From Stardom—traces the genesis of the faux debates that operate as standard political punditry to the year 1968, when then-faltering network ABC took a gamble during the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions by changing their coverage to hosting live debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr.At the time, both Buckley and Vidal were the voices of the intellectual elite, their syntax indicative of their American aristocratic upbringings. However, despite their similar social and economic standings, they represented ideologically opposing sides: Vidal, a noted historian, novelist, and playwright, was a voice of the progressive left. He loudly opposed American expansionism and supported the Civil Rights Movement, which was coming to an explosive head at the time. Vidal had famously purported that “we are all bisexual to begin with,” and he sought to dismantle what he believed were the social constructs making homosexuality seem immoral, unnatural or criminal.Buckley stood in direct opposition to Vidal on almost every important issue of the time. As the founder of the conservative movement and the editor in chief of the National Review, Buckley took positions that supported white supremacy in the South during the early Fifties, later distancing himself when the movement grew violent. His devout Catholicism formed the foundation of many of his positions, and informed the moral authority he believed government should operate from. His economic and foreign policy opinions veered drastically from Vidal’s, and, through decades of television appearances on his TV talk show Firing Line and his editorship of the National Review—where he stayed until 1990—helped give shape to the modern idea of American conservatism. He was often credited with paving the pathway to Ronald Reagan’s presidency.These opposing ideals wouldn’t have amounted to much television drama, however, if it wasn’t for the uniquely combative debating style they both employed—and for the personal disdain with which they held each other and nearly everything their opponents represented.While Buckley arrived on set for the first debate in Miami Beach during the GOP convention to discuss issues pertinent to the presidential race at the time, Best of Enemies shows that Vidal came with two goals in mind: to personally crush Buckley by inciting him enough to expose himself, and to use the national stage in order to bring greater attention to his novel Myra Breckenridge (and in doing so, boost book sales).He accomplished both.Vidal came armed with an encyclopedic amount of knowledge about Buckley, his family, and the positions he’d taken in the National Review (including inaccurate stories and editorials based on false premises, according to veteran TV journalist George Merlis, who wrote a blog about the significance of the infamous debate). Buckley came to the set only with his innate intelligence and ample oratory skills.They weren’t enough.Vidal came out swinging, first asking how the party so inextricably intertwined with “Republican greed” could lead the country. The clearly flustered Buckley put his rhetorical prowess to good use, dismantling Vidal’s arguments and accusations as skillfully as possible. The “debates” quickly degenerated into personal and ideological attacks that grew more heated as mudslinging substituted for discussion of national policy and political discourse.Vidal succeeded in two distinct ways: in creating an avenue for marketing for his book—Buckley continued to refer to Myra Breckenridge as a pornographic and immoral work (while Vidal refused to acknowledge the National Review by name)—and in the ninth debate that served as the culmination of the growing animosity between the two, which exploded into Buckley’s striking loss of temper that Vidal regarded as the ultimate exposure of him as “cuckoo.”Vidal’s victory came in Buckley’s outburst of a gay slur and threat of physical violence against him. After Vidal called him a “crypto-Nazi” (the film shows that he’d meant to say “crypto-Fascist”), Buckley lost control of his carefully wrought image.“Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face,” he said, half-rising from his seat. “And you’ll stay plastered.”Christopher Buckley, William F.’s son and brief editor in chief successor of the National Review, once wrote that it was only due to his father’s collarbone injury at the time that Vidal remained physically unscathed in that moment.“During the Chicago debates, he was wearing a clavicle brace,” says Christopher Buckley. “It’s possible that the brace prevented the moment from being truly iconic.”Yet the damage was done. Both Buckley and Vidal knew it.“That was a disaster,” Buckley said as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.“We gave them their money’s worth tonight,” Vidal responded.In their own way, each drew from this exchange for the rest of their lives. Buckley, unable to let it go, penned a 12,000-word defense of his performance in Esquire titled “On Experiencing Gore Vidal” in August 1969. Vidal’s acerbic response in the same magazine earned him a libel suit put forth by Buckley that stretched years into their lives, further fueling the lifelong shared enmity that haunted and inspired them until their respective deaths.Their legacy is the ugliness played out on national television, disguised as reasonable political discourse.Best of Enemies was recently featured at the 2015 Stony Brook Film Festival and is currently playing at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in Manhattan. Check out for showtimes.last_img read more

ICYMI: WBNG’s Morning Round-up (June 25)

first_imgClick here for more information about LUMA 2020. Click here for more information about how Harpurs Ferry is preparing for students to return. (WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including an update on the motorcycle crash on I-88, the latest information on the coronavirus in the country, an update on LUMA 2020 and much more.last_img