While Phish has just kicked off their historic thirteen-night residency at Madison Square Garden, it’s still a joy to look back at their storied history. When Phish was on in 1997, they were on a whole different level. The band toured relentlessly during that era of their career, with their performance at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, constituting a show no one would soon forget. Their 7/23/97 itself is chock full of highlights, including one of the best “Julius” performances ever in the opening spot. The show also features an unusual “You Enjoy Myself” in the second set, that moved from a jam section reminiscent of “Scent of a Mule” into a bust out “Rocky Mountain Way” jam session, eventually concluding the set with “Chalk Dust Torture.”However, when fans talk about 7/23/97, it’s the “Ghost” that comes to mind. The 27-minute version really grooves through the many instrumental themes of Phish’s repertoire, gliding from porno funk to melodic to dark to feedback. It’s quite the testament to Phish’s ability to jam, as the whole thing flows cohesively through the different themes. This is some top-shelf Phish.Listen to the 27-minute version of “Ghost” below, courtesy of astavely56.You can also check out full audio from the show below, courtesy of fromtheaquarium, as well as the Phish.net setlist below.Setlist: Phish | Lakewood Amphitheatre | Atlanta, GA | 7/23/97Set 1: Julius, Dirt, NICU > Dogs Stole Things > Ginseng Sullivan, Water in the Sky, Limb By Limb, Split Open and Melt, Billy Breathes, PossumSet 2: Punch You In the Eye, Ghost > Sample in a Jar, You Enjoy Myself -> Rocky Mountain Way Jam > Chalk Dust TortureEncore: FrankensteinNotes: Ghost included Spooky and On Your Way Down teases. YEM included a Jeopardy! theme tease, a very unusual SOAMule-like jam segment, and did not have a vocal jam. Chalk Dust included Rocky Mountain Way teases.
Rock and Rock Hall of Famers Steely Dan have announced an upcoming nine-show spring residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV, the band’s second Reelin’ In The Chips residency at the Sin City hotel and casino.Steely Dan kicks off their Venetian spring residency on Wednesday, April 24th, followed by shows on April 26th and 27th, as well as on May 1st, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th and 11th. Founding member Donald Fagen will be joined by his regular touring cast featuring guitarists Conor Kennedy and Jon Herington, keyboardist Jim Beard, bassist Freddie Washington, drummer Keith Carlock, as well as a four-piece horn section and three backing vocalists.Tickets for Steely Dan’s upcoming residency go on sale this Saturday, February 9th at 1 p.m. (PST) here.For a full list of Steely Dan’s upcoming tour dates and more information on the Vegas residency, head to the band’s website.
New report documents urgent need to replace youth prisons with rehabilitation-focused alternatives “Just Mercy,” the film based on the memoir of the same name by Harvard Law graduate Bryan Stevenson, ends with a sobering statistic: For every nine people executed in this country, one person on death row has been exonerated.Yet, at a talk in Boston following a recent screening of the film — which stars Michael B. Jordan as a young Stevenson, M.P.P./J.D. ’85, working to free innocent death row inmate Walter McMillian, played by Jamie Foxx — Harvard Law School Professor Carol Steiker noted that makes the United States No. 1 in a problematic category.“We remain today the only developed Western democracy that continues to retain the death penalty,” said Steiker, who directs the Criminal Justice Policy Program at the Law School and has written extensively on capital punishment. She called the U.S. practice something of a “historical accident” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to declare it unconstitutional in 1972 because governing statutes “gave sentencers too much discretion that yielded arbitrary and discriminatory results.”Blowback from the court of public opinion, a crime wave, and the administrations of two Republican presidents who appointed five justices to the court soon led to another pendulum swing. Four years later, the “American death penalty was back in business with a vengeance, as we might say. And for the next 25 years — the 25 years that included the story of Walter McMillian’s conviction and death sentence — American death sentences soared,” said Steiker. “So from 1976 to about 2000, the U.S. quickly went to being one of the world’s leading executors every year.”,But then things changed again. Beginning in 2000, the death penalty began a “free fall” spurred by the use of DNA evidence, said Steiker. “The public discovered that in fact many people, not just Walter McMillian, had been tried and wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for crimes that they didn’t commit … That fact, more than anything else, has moved the views of many people in the American public against the death penalty.”Thirty states still have the death penalty, but its use is at record lows. According to a report by the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, 2018 marked the fourth consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions and 50 death sentences, reflecting a long-term decline of capital punishment.The film follows Stevenson’s earliest days with the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, and his struggles to fight for McMillian in the face of racism, intimidation, and malfeasance. Stevenson joined the nonprofit organization that counsels those who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons, those unable to pay for effective representation, and those who have been denied a fair trial, in 1989, a year after he met McMillian. Stevenson proved that prosecution witnesses had been pressured to lie on the stand, and McMillian’s conviction was overturned and he was released in 1993, after six years on death row for a crime he had not committed.But not all of Stevenson’s clients are innocent. In the movie, he also fights for the life of Herbert Richardson, a Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who was charged with murder after planting a bomb on the porch of a woman who had broken up with him. Richardson was executed in 1989. Teaching other lawyers “how to advocate on behalf of guilty defendants, how to advocate for their lives, how to put on what’s called a mitigating case, how to basically show a jury … the humanity of a person, about how a person is more than the worst thing they have ever done, and how to plead to a jury for mercy, for just mercy,” is another of Stevenson’s lasting legacies, said Steiker. “The eloquence of [Stevenson’s] example is that hope is morally chosen, not empirically demonstrated. We have to choose to be hopeful, we have to choose to believe.” — Cornell Williams Brooks For D.C. writer Clint Smith, a prison reading program confirms the power of fiction to drive ‘radical empathy’ Youth justice study finds prison counterproductive Prison education at Harvard Related The formerly incarcerated, activists, and academics convene to discuss University’s programs, ties Judging a book Cornell Williams Brooks, who took part in the discussion with Steiker, said the film should “be studied like a casebook and a point of meditation.”Brooks, professor of the practice of public leadership and social justice at Harvard Kennedy School, sees lessons for aspiring lawyers and policymakers in Stevenson’s embrace of proximity, the notion of getting as close as possible to the suffering and despair of those in need. “Bryan doesn’t interview his client from across the room; he is proximate, he is close, he is in touch with his client,” said Brooks. And he is in touch with his client’s “story as a human being.”Brooks also highlighted the importance of storytelling in the film and the ways in which Stevenson brings multiple voices to McMillian’s defense, adding a “moral gravitas” to the narrative and allowing his “humanity to come to the fore.”For Brooks, the film also delivers on hope.“The eloquence of [Stevenson’s] example is that hope is morally chosen, not empirically demonstrated,” Brooks said. “We have to choose to be hopeful, we have to choose to believe.”,Steiker and Brooks urged students to think about the broad range of approaches available to them to work against the death penalty, including arguing for someone’s innocence and humanity, the skyrocketing costs from administering the death penalty, and the idea of forming coalitions with unlikely advocates such as prison wardens, guards, and police officers.“Lots of things appeal to different people,” said Steiker. “You’ve got to study your target audience and you have to know what’s going to appeal to them.”More broadly, Brooks encouraged his listeners to consider a historical framing when confronting institutional racism in the criminal justice system and beyond. “Talking about lynching, talking about the new Jim Crow, talking about stop-and-frisk being a digitized 21st-century version of slave captures and slave patrollers” is key, he said. “Simply telling the truth about racism [is] necessary but not always sufficient.”“It’s time for us to take a step back … it’s a question of reflecting on what our moral values are as a society,” said Lina Iddisah, who is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the Kennedy School.Stevenson has pushed the historical narrative forward in Alabama with his most recent efforts, including the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and the nearby National Memorial for Peace and Justice dedicated to thousands of victims of racial injustice and lynching. Though not in attendance for the talk, which was sponsored by the Law School and Kennedy School, he made a brief appearance, introducing the film in a three-minute video. “I think we are living at a time when we have to be resolute in combatting the politics of fear and anger,” said Stevenson. “Fear and anger is what gave rise to the wrongful conviction of William McMillian. It’s what allowed institutions to turn their back on fair and just treatment. We are living at a time where in too many communities our system treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent. There is a presumption of dangerousness and guilt that gets assigned to some people — black people, brown people, people who are different — and to combat this we need a community of people who are just willing to talk about what justice requires.”
With the Angela Athletic and Wellness Facility having recently opened its doors, new clubs are beginning to as well. One of these clubs is the Saint Mary’s Cycling Club. Club president and junior Megan Hall said she is a certified instructor who has attended spin classes for over three years. She said she hopes the club provides an entertaining atmosphere for Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students — beyond the mid-day spin classes the College already offers.“I think it’s important to have a club like this because the only real athletic club we have is yoga, and it gives girls another choice and option to exercise and be healthy,” Hall said. Hall said she wants members to feel welcomed and accepted while cycling. She said she will foster a comfortable environment in which participants feel empowered by keeping everyone in mind while planning a class and picking music.“I use a wide range of music that includes sprint songs and hill songs to get that endurance and the strength,” she said. “If at first you cannot keep up with the choreography, you can just cycle to the beat — you don’t have to do the presses or the tap backs. Just keep the beat and then you can work your way up and eventually do the hills and the climbs.”Vice president and junior Abbi Yucha said one of her primary goals is to unify everyone by bonding athletes, students and faculty members.“We want to bring everybody together,” Yucha said. “I hope to bring staff and students together in a non-academic way.” Hall said she and Yucha want the club to be a fun and fulfilling experience. “[Cycling Club] is a dance party on a bike,” she said. “I hope all participants follow the mottos, ‘Find your inner athlete’ and ‘You get out what you put in.’” The club is open to Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross community members; you can join by emailing Hall at email@example.com and Yucha at firstname.lastname@example.orgTags: Angela Athletic and Wellness Facility, cycling, Cycling club, Saint Mary’s Athletics
Second, strive to keep the fall vegetables healthy and actively growing. Healthy plants are lesssusceptible to insects and diseases. Mulches not only conserve moisture; they help reduce soil temperatures and check weedgrowth, too. It’s drought, not heat, that damages fall vegetables. So water the garden regularly when itdoesn’t rain enough. True, fall gardening will have a few ups and downs during the growing season. However, therewards of fresh vegetables will make it all worthwhile at harvest time. All the heat and sweatwill be forgotten when the food is on the table. In most cases, this won’t be a hard decision since the crops have already matured and arestarting to look ragged. Destroy everything that doesn’t look good. Put the plants in thecompost pile unless they’re heavily infested with insects and diseases. Shorter-season vegetables such as turnips and leafy greens can be delayed in seeding untilSeptember. You can still plant turnips and all of the lettuces. If weeds infest the site, turn them under or destroy them. Many gardeners also choose to addmore organic matter to improve the tilth of the soil during this preparation stage. High-quality vegetables and ample soil moisture go hand-in-hand. Failure to provide enoughwater (1 inch or more per week) will stress the plants and reduce yields. First, review pertinent literature on insects and diseases. Learn to tell the difference betweenproblem and nonproblem situations. Know what bug you’re looking at. Mulching is really important in fall gardening. When you plant, put down a layer of anorganic mulch such as straw, leaves or compost. Even a layer of newspaper can be veryhelpful. Before you can prepare the soil for the fall garden, you need to decide what to do with theremains of the spring garden. Vegetables with a 60- to 80-day maturity cycle such as collards, rutabaga, cabbage, snap beansand lima beans should have been planted in early August. However, there is hope in keeping these pests at tolerable levels if you follow a few strategies. It’s not uncommon for insects and diseases to get their share of the fall garden. Most of theproblems with insects and diseases are because their populations build up from spring throughsummer. As many other plant crops decline, lots of insects are just looking for something tohop on. For most parts of Georgia, August is the main planting month for fall gardens. Somevegetables, though, can still be planted even in mid-September. Third, check the vegetable plants often for signs of insects and disease damage. When youdetect enough damage, use an approved pesticide if that’s what’s called for. Sometimes it isn’tneeded. Aphids, for instance, may be really bad, but you can often just wash them off. Work the soil to 6-8 inches deep. Remember, poor soil preparation will yield a poor stand,and poor stands mean low yields. Mostly, though, mulches are good insulation. They help protect the roots from fluctuations insoil moisture and temperature. That not only helps in the heat that’s still hanging around butwill help insulate the roots from the cold to come. They have another benefit with leafy vegetables, as they keep water from splashing soil up onthe leaves. That will make them easier to clean up when you harvest and will put less grit inyour greens.
Whether a classroom is virtual, at home or in a brick-and-mortar school, learning can happen anywhere. The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program uses nature as a classroom for students across the Southeast. Offered at all five 4-H centers across Georgia, this research-based education program is taught in the unique ecosystems of Georgia, from the mountains, through the piedmont and to the sea. Wahsega 4-H Center is in the north Georgia mountains of Dahlonega, Fortson 4-H Center is just south of Atlanta in Hampton, Rock Eagle 4-H Center is in the heartland of Georgia in Eatonton, Burton 4-H Center is just outside Savannah on Tybee Island, and Jekyll Island 4-H Center is on the barrier island of Georgia known as “Georgia’s Jewel.”Taking education outsideWhether they are enrolled in public, private, virtual or home-based schools, students can take advantage of these experiential learning opportunities from September through May of each school year. The EE program serves kindergarten through 12th grade youths, as well as the teachers, leaders and chaperones that attend. Experiences range in length from two hours to several days. Each 4-H center has lodging and a full-service dining hall. A typical three-day/two-night field study includes seven meals, two nights of lodging and approximately 16 hours of education. EE programs are not typical educational experiences. At one coastal site, students learn marsh ecology by walking into the marsh to feel detritus, hold fiddler crabs and see rare birds like the wood stork or the roseate spoonbill. In the piedmont, students experience life as a pioneer by using pioneer tools, playing pioneer games and visiting historic sites. In the mountains, a stream ecology lesson takes students into a cool mountain stream to sample and identify macro-invertebrates. Each center provides a different experienceWhile each 4-H center provides programming that is unique to its ecosystem, each program shares a common standard for excellence maintaining correlations to the Georgia Performance Standards. The EE program brings school concepts to life and connects students to nature by using nature as a classroom without walls. While the programs emphasize the sciences, lessons also complement history/social studies, language arts and mathematics and promote team building, skill development, communication and relationship building. In its rich 31-year history, the EE program has served close to 900,000 youths. The program reaches a large number of students but the student-to-instructor ratios are kept low, typically at 15:1 or even less. These small learning groups allow students to connect and interact with adults in ways that are not offered in typical school settings. Georgia 4-H EE also recognizes that every child has a unique learning style and that by presenting new information and concepts in a variety of ways (including visual, auditory and kinesthetic formats) students are more likely to succeed and benefit from the programming. For more information on Georgia 4-H EE, see the website www.georgia4h.org/ee or contact Melanie Biersmith, Georgia 4-H specialist, at (706) 484-2800.
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Governor Wolf Encourages Employers, Individuals to Participate in Moment of Silence for Pittsburgh Shooting Victims November 08, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Hate Crime, Press Release, PSA, Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging employers and individuals across the commonwealth to participate in one minute of silence at noon on Friday to call for peace and to honor the 11 victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.“As you take a moment to remember the 11 victims of this heinous crime, I ask that you also reflect on our common humanity,” said Gov. Wolf. “We must never forget this tragic event as we begin moving forward and continue working toward a more peaceful society. I encourage all Pennsylvania employers and individuals to join people worldwide in standing against hate and remembering those who lost their lives.”Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will lead the worldwide moment of silence during a public event at noon Friday in Point State Park. Gov. Wolf asks citizens throughout Pennsylvania to cease activities and observe the minute from wherever they may be at noon Friday.
The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Isabela municipal police station, facing charges./PN BACOLOD City – The court recommended nobail bond for the temporary liberty of a murder suspect arrested in Barangay 4,Isabela, Negros Occidental. The 56-year-old Pablo Talanas Jr. ofBarangay Elihan, Cauayan was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around8:30 a.m. on March 13, a police report showed. Officers of the municipal police stationserved the warrant issued by Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez of the RegionalTrial Court Branch 63 in La Carlota City dated Oct. 23, 2019.
INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will address the pending legal issue of same-sex marriage in Indiana.The justices are asked to consider state bans on gay marriage that have been overturned by federal appeals courts in several states. A ruling one way or the other would impact states across the nation, including Indiana.Experts say it could be months before the high court decides whether it will hear the cases or not.