FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBryan Steffy/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Famed biker Travis Pastrana completed three historic motorcycle jumps that the late stunt performer Evel Knievel attempted in his illustrious career.At the event “Evel Live” in Las Vegas, Pastrana jumped 143 feet over crushed cars and 149 feet over the fountains at Caesars Palace to conclude the event. His longest jump, the second of the night, was 192 feet over Greyhound buses on an Indian Scout FTR750 motorcycle.Pastrana, who was wearing a costume similar to those worn by Evel Knievel, said afterwards, “It’s just such an honor to live a day in Evel’s footsteps and literally his boots. To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here. I proposed to my wife here. I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here. This was definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”Knievel attempted to jump the Caesars Palace fountain as one of his early stunts, but did not make it and sustained serious injuries. Knievel did jump over crushed cars in 1973 and Greyhound buses in 1975 in California and Ohio respectively.Knievel died in 2007 at age 69.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund July 9, 2018 /Sports News – National Travis Pastrana completes iconic Evel Knievel jumps
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill today released a statement in response to Wednesday’s order granting Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc.’s motion for preliminary injunction involving the judicial bypass procedures enacted in Senate Enrolled Act 404.“The challenge of this law is nothing more than an attempt to give courts rather than parents the legal guardianship of children. When an unemancipated minor undergoes even the most basic medical procedures, the involvement of a parent or legal guardian is typically required. However, for the time being, Wednesday’s injunction essentially encourages a minor to go it alone through the emotionally and physically overwhelming procedure of aborting a human being. We will always support the authority of parents to know what is going on with their children and continue to defend Hoosier parents,” Hill said.“This law already enables judges to determine that some minors could have extenuating circumstances in their relationships with their parents that make notification unwise or unsafe. In these instances, judges have full authority to waive the notification of parents. By requiring minors to notify their parents, Senate Enrolled Act 404 increases the likelihood that minors will go through this process with the support and guidance needed.” abotation
J&J Printing beat Harrington’s Auto Body, 18-11J&J: Jalaiyah Smith-11, Cynia Smith-3, Samantha Boehm-2, Cayla Johnson-2Harrington’s: Annie O’Neill-5, Abbey Cruz-4, Megan Feeley-2 Score by QuarterJJ: 1st-9, 2nd-0, 3rd-4, 4th-5, O/T-0, F-18HAB: 1st-0, 2nd-0, 3rd-5, 4th-6, O/T-0, F-11Hendrickson’s defeated Harrington Auto Body, 14-12Hendrickson’s: Anasol Pavesio-6, Isabella Coppola-5, Madison Klimansky-3Harrington’s: Annie O’Neill-10, Abbey Cruz-2Score by QuarterHEN: 1st-5, 2nd-3, 3rd-3, 4th-3, O/T-0, F-14HAB: 1st-2, 2nd-2, 3rd-4, 4th-4, O/T-0, F-12Harrington Auto Body won against Hendrickson’s, 19-18Annie O’Neill wins game with 2.5 seconds left with game-winning lay-upHarrington’s: Annie O’Neill-8, Megan Feeley-6, Mackenzie Finn-4, Melanie Hernandez-1Hendrickson’s: Elizah Ramirez-11, Isabella Coppola-5Score by QuarterHEN: 1st-2, 2nd-6, 3rd-6, 4th-4, O/T-0, F-18HAB: 1st-5, 2nd-3, 3rd-3, 4th-8, O/T-0, F-19
The British Sandwich Association (BSA) is to beef up its code of practice, turning it into a health and safety guide for bakers, foodservice and retail sandwich bar operators.The first draft of the Food Standards Agency-backed scheme will be developed in January 2008 with a consultation period to follow.The draft of a separate guide for sandwich manufacturers will also be available for consultation later this month, with a launch date scheduled for September 2008.”There is great inconsistency in the way that enforcement is handled by environmental health officers,” said BSA director Jim Winship. “Following a listeria outbreak at one site earlier this year, we found there was no protocol for reopening a factory once it had been shut down voluntarily. The intention of the guide is to address this.”
Traveller brides are relying on ABC Cakes in Shotton to make their Big Fat Gypsy Weddings extra special.The Flintshire firm, which features on Channel 4’s hit programme, opened in 2007 and has had an influx of orders for travellers’ weddings over the past few years. The company had had 14 orders from the traveller community by January and, since the programme was aired on TV, owner Gill Broadfoot said they had had numerous enquiries.”It’s gone a bit manic,” she said, adding, “We were first asked to do a castle and it went from there. They asked if we could do big and I asked, ’How big?’.” The biggest cake had 17 tiers and 20 smaller cakes around it.
GroceryAid, the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund, has revealed that more than 14,000 people turned to them for assistance in the 12 months ending 31 March 2017.Compared to last year, the figure rose by 27%, while welfare also grew to £4.5m and 58% of those supported by the charity were of working age. GroceryAid also saw a 17% increase in the number of people enrolled onto the Carers Programme, which now stands at almost 700 grocery colleagues.Steve Barnes, chief executive of GroceryAid, said the company was proud to support so many people, but added that it marked an escalation in the numbers needing assistance.“Now, more than ever, we need our industry to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with colleagues who need help,” Barnes said.Barnes also paid tribute to the “outstanding support” of the charity’s 362 volunteers, while Ruston Smith, chairman of trustees acknowledged the “exceptional work of volunteers up and down the country”.
Umphrey’s McGee made themselves right at home in the churchlike Atlanta venue The Tabernacle, spending three days treating fans to their potent brand of rock and roll jamming. Umphrey’s put down great performances on the first two nights, including a big opening night and a surprise Tool cover on night two, but kept mostly fixed on original music for their grand finale.Longtime favorites like “No Diablo” and “Second Self” highlighted the show’s first set, as well as the second-ever performance of the band’s newest song “Cut Off,” which debuted on New Year’s Eve. The first set closed with an extended take on “Utopian Fir,” only setting the mood for more improvisational prowess in the second half.After opening with “Bright Lights, Big City,” the band dished out both parts of their “Cemetery Walk” composition, playing them back to back for the first time since early 2016. They then brought out a cover of “The Song Remains The Same,” rocking the Led Zeppelin tune with an unmistakeable ease. They would ultimately close out the set with a big “1348” sandwich that incorporated “In The Kitchen” and “Higgins” before returning to “1348.” The show ultimately closed out with a performance of “Pay The Snucka,” a great encore to a rocking show.Listen to the full audio from last night’s performance below, courtesy of taper Dillon Fries, as well as the full setlist from All Things Umphrey’s.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 1/15/17Set 1: Rocker Part 2, No Diablo, Kabump > 2nd Self, #5, Cut Off, Utopian FirSet 2: Bright Lights, Big City, Cemetery Walk > Cemetery Walk II, The Song Remains the Same, 1348 > In The Kitchen > Higgins > 1348Encore: Pay the Snucka with The Spirit of Radio (Rush) tease[Cover image by Phierce Photo]
As arts and humanities encounter the digital age, their intersection remains a hot topic among literary scholars. In a Saturday lecture titled “What’s all the Fuss about the Digital Humanities?,” assistant professor of English Matthew Wilkens explored this junction and the ramifications of technological advancement in literary scholarship.The lecture, the penultimate installment of the Snite Museum’s Saturday Scholars series, explored the emerging field of digital humanities, an area of research that uses technological tools to investigate patterns in literary and cultural expression. Wilkens said recent decades have seen a transformation in the perspectives literary scholars adopt toward great literary works and believes the field of digital humanities helps answer the new questions that come as a result.According to Wilkens, literary scholars are shifting away from questions that ask what universal messages readers can gain from the traditional literary cannon and said “the questions have become much larger, and much more culturally oriented.”“In the last few decades, there’s been something that we’ve described under the blanket term ‘the cultural turn,’ in which we’ve started to ask questions that involve what writers like Shakespeare or writers of great books can tell us about the culture in which they were produced,” Wilkens said.Wilkens said he hopes literary scholars will use computational tools to analyze larger amounts of contemporary literature, rather than focusing on the tradition canon of great texts.“What we’d like to do instead is find ways to get some kind of information from that huge body of texts, and one way to do that would be to treat those texts as the material for data analysis,” he said.Wilkens elaborated on some of the tools in the digital humanities such as literary text mining — a technique that analyzes word patterns in large volumes of texts — geolocation extraction and network analysis, and how he was able to use these tools to complete his research on American Civil War literature. Wilkens said the tools allowed him to discover surprising trends in location-based literature, and said these types of literary works were often overlooked in history, yet provided valuable insights about the time period.“It makes it easy, when we focus on the really canonical stuff, to lose sight of whats going on in a lot of day to day fiction that we might want to know something about,” Wilkens said.Wilkens said several scholars are critical of the advance of digital humanities because they feel it might alter the unique essence of humanities and they would like to retain at the core of the humanities a sort of feeling for books.“There’s some legitimate fear of change,” he said. “If we start adopting quantitative methods, I think there’s little doubt that literary studies and other humanities are not going to look the same 20 or 30 years down the road thirty or fifty years from now.”Wilkens said while he understands the concerns, he sees digital humanities as a way of complementing and expanding scholarly research in the arts, rather than the destroying its essence.“[Digital humanities tools] are a range of approaches that are reshaping the way that literary studies work and more broadly reshaping the way the humanities work in order to do better the things that we already want to do,” he said.Tags: Digital humanities, Matthew Wilkens, Saturday Scholars, Snite Museum
View Comments Tony and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick is having a moment. She’s not filming Super Bowl commercials and talking Beyoncé on Conan. Now she’s chatting with MTV about how she and Tony winner James Corden got to watch three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep sing the show-stopping “Last Midnight” on the set of the Into the Woods film. Kendrick jokes about how hearing Streep sing could be auctioned off for tons of money but she and Corden were just the “goons that got to be in the room.” Click on the video below to see Kendrick also reveal why she ran ran away from Johnny Depp and how he repelled her!
Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) notified House leaders today that he will be seeking significant disaster relief for Vermont due to the catastrophic damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. It is expected that Congress will need to appropriate additional disaster assistance funds to pay for federal recovery efforts in Vermont and elsewhere. ‘Vermont is responding promptly and energetically to repair and rebuild,’ Welch said in the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. ‘But we cannot do it alone. Upon our return to Washington, I will be asking to work closely with you and our House colleagues to provide Vermont with the federal assistance it needs to help itself recover. Vermonters have always supported disaster relief for communities around the country hit hard by natural disasters, and we always will. Now we ask for the support of our colleagues to assist Vermont.’ The damage caused by Irene in Vermont is extensive. Some areas received over 11 inches of rain in under eight hours. Over 250 roads are closed and 36 bridges have been heavily damaged. Six state highway bridges have been completely destroyed. Road washouts have left nearly a dozen towns cut off, accessible by emergency vehicles only. The full text of Welch’s letter is copied below. Congress is scheduled to reconvene on September 7th. Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi, Tropical storm Irene dumped up to eleven inches of rain on Vermont in eight hours. It caused unprecedented damage: washed out roads throughout the state; destroyed and damaged bridges, public buildings and homes; and shuttered businesses vital to our economy. Vermont is responding promptly and energetically to repair and rebuild. But we cannot do it alone. Upon our return to Washington, I will be asking to work closely with you and our House colleagues to provide Vermont with the federal assistance it needs to help itself recover. Vermonters have always supported disaster relief for communities around the country hit hard by natural disasters, and we always will. Now we ask for the support of our colleagues to assist Vermont. Sincerely, PETER WELCHMember of Congress