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24 Jun 19
Patricia Mora

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today president, and Rachel Shelley, Booker High School principal, at the 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place Sept. 13 from […]

24 Jun 19
Patricia Mora

Major Productions Studio of Dance (located in Ellenton inside the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex) announced that they won the national title for the 11 and under productions for Fusion Dance Competition. Their routine, “A Day At The Park,” also received the following placements during a trip to Daytona June 18 to 22: Platinum, 1st […]

24 Jun 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Whatever was keeping Hootie & The Blowfish from performing together for the past decade or so, the band finally figured it all out last year and announced its official return to the road, dubbed the Group Therapy Tour, with Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies in tow. The jaunt hit FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on cool and clear Sunday night and the packed house happily relived the ’90s and sang along to each and every song, plus a few fun covers delivered by Hootie & The Blowfish as well as Barenaked Ladies. The tour will hit the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, June 25, as well. #gallery-1969416-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1969416-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1969416-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1969416-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish performs at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies performs at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) The Barenaked Ladies perform at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish performs at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Hootie & the Blowfish perform at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish performs at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish performs at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish performs at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) From left, Mark Bryan and Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish perform at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) It’s basically just three hours of familiar hits and songs that the crowd — which was about the median age of 40 — knew from popular TV shows such as “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory.” It wasn’t just purely nostalgic, however, as both bands were on point, seemed super into it and happy to be there and were both so personable and funny. Barenaked Ladies also just released an album last year, “Fake Nudes,” and Hootie & The Blowfish have a new one on the way. As we look back and reminisce on Sunday’s show, here are five of the best moments from the Group Therapy Tour. ‘Hold My Hand’ Hootie & The Blowfish vocalist-guitarist Darius Rucker could not stop smiling during the band’s monster hit, “Hold My Hand.” After he strummed the first few chords, the fans were on their feet, swaying and singing along to every single lyric. As the chorus kicked in, the singing got louder, fans raised their hands into the air or grabbed the hand of the person next to them. It must feel pretty good that a song you wrote more than 25 years ago still has that sort of enduring impact on a crowd. That was true of much of the band’s set since it is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its debut album, “Cracked Rear View,” which also spawned hits such as “Let Her Cry,” “Time” and its encore, “Only Wanna Be With You.” All of those songs got a huge response during the show. @HootieTweets and @barenakedladies join forces for "With a Little Help from My Friends" @FivePointAmp pic.twitter.com/gEqxHlLtyA — kelliskye (@kelliskye) June 24, 2019 Countrified hits Aside from the college rock band that made him famous, Rucker has also enjoyed a lucrative career as a country music singer-songwriter. He didn’t totally abandon those country roots for this outing as he was still sporting a pair of pointy cowboy boots to go along with his blue jeans, untucked T-shirt and well-formed baseball cap. The guys busted out the mandolin a few times and had the fiddle player from Rucker’s solo endeavor join in on a few songs including the Christian hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” mixed with the band’s “Desert Mountain Showdown.” Just last year, Rucker came to FivePoint Amphitheatre with country music power trio Lady Antebellum and said as he was discussing the upcoming Hootie & The Blowfish tour with Lady A’s Charles Kelley, he said he may not play “Wagon Wheel.” “Charles said to me, and I quote, ‘Darius, if you don’t play this song in a Hootie & the Blowfish show I’m going to punch you right in the throat.’” Kelley was right, it was a huge hit with this crowd. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Comedy galore The guys in Hootie & The Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies all have big personalities. Barenaked Ladies were the perfect warm up for the evening providing not only a bunch of hit songs such as “One Week,” “It’s All Been Done,” “If I Had $1,000,000” and fan favorites like “The Old Apartment” and “The History of Everything/The Big Bang Theory Theme,” but a lot of humor came with it. Vocalist-guitarist Ed Robertson was making up songs about getting a haircut in Irvine and eating at The Hat “World Famous” Pastrami. He also settled the big debate over who exactly Hootie is in the Blowfish. “Darius isn’t Hootie,” he said. “It’s actually Mark. Darius was getting all tired of everyone calling him Hootie.” So there it is, guitarist Mark Bryan is actually Hootie, if we want to believe Robertson. Rucker broke out in laughter mid song during “I Will Wait” and later explained it was because he looked to his right to see bassist Dean Felber playing and then to his left to see Bryan doing a windmill on guitar. “I just thought, I’m 53 years old and we’ve been doing this since we were 19 and look at where we’re playing now.” Rucker also later discovered his fly was down during the show. “Oh my God my zipper is down and no one told me,” he said with a laugh as he zipped it up. “I saw you looking at my zipper dude, that is messed up.” Help from friends It was a super cool moment early in Hootie & The Blowfish’s set to have Barenaked Ladies come back out on the stage for The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends,” which Rucker delivered à la Joe Cocker’s version. Both bands also recognized other artists that helped lift them up in their careers. For Hootie & The Blowfish it was R.E.M., a band Rucker credited for his group’s success before launching into a cover of  “Losing My Religion.” Barenaked Ladies also thanked singer-songwriter and their friend Sarah McLachlan for their career boost and teased the audience that she’d come out during “The History of Everything.” “Wouldn’t that be great?” Robertson asked the crowd. “Yeah, but she’s not here.” The covers and mash-ups There were a lot of covers and fun mash-ups during the show Sunday night. Barnaked Ladies had Robertson belting out Lady Gaga’s parts in “Shallow” and transitioning into Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” They also did Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” and Panic! At the Disco’s “High Hopes.” Drummer Tyler Stewart also jumped off the kit to belt out Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to perfection and Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” to wrap up their set. Hootie & The Blowfish played its cover of 54-40’s “I Go Blind,” Radney Foster’s “Fine Line” and the song they did for a Led Zeppelin tribute album, “Hey Hey What Can I Do.” They did a medley that included the band’s “Old Man and Me (When I Get to Heaven),” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and Digital Underground’s “Freaks of the Industry.” Rucker and Bryan also performed a beautiful cover of Tom Waits’ “I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love With You.” Hootie & the Blowfish: Group Therapy Tour With: Barenaked Ladies When: Sunday, June 23 Where: FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine Next: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets: $29.50-$185 Information: 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.
24 Jun 19
Laura Loomer Official

Prominent conservative influencer Ali Alexander has reported that Washington Examiner editors are investigating their writer Tiana Lowe‘s so-called “exclusive” reporting on Ilhan Omar. “Told that Washington Examiner editors are investigating Tiana Lowe’s blog from yesterday,” Alexander tweeted. “They’re comparing her information with Star Tribune, PJ Media, and Alpha News work following accusations of plagiarism. Have […]

24 Jun 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police and friends are investigating the disappearance of a University of Utah student who hasn’t been heard from since she flew back to Salt Lake City last Monday after visiting family in El Segundo, California. Police have issued a missing persons poster for MacKenzie Lueck but say they have no […]

24 Jun 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By DEB RIECHMANN and KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday targeting Iran’s supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups. The sanctions follow Iran’s downing of a more than $100 million U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz that has ratcheted up tensions. Trump pulled back from the brink of retaliatory military strikes on Iran last week, but is continuing his pressure campaign. The targets of the new sanctions include senior military figures in Iran, blocking their access to any financial assets under U.S. jurisdiction. “These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran until the regime abandons its dangerous activities and its aspirations, including the pursuit of nuclear weapons, increased enrichment of uranium, development of ballistic missiles, engagement and support for terrorism, fueling of foreign conflicts and belligerent acts directed against the United States and its allies.” The sanctions work to deny Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his close aides access to money and support. Iran’s naval commander, however, has warned that Iranian forces would not hesitate to act again and shoot down more U.S. surveillance drones that violate Iranian airspace. The U.S. said the drone was flying over international waters. “We confidently say that the crushing response can always be repeated, and the enemy knows it,” Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Tensions have been escalating since Trump last year withdrew the U.S. from a global nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran. Iran has decried the U.S. sanctions, which essentially bar Iran from selling its oil internationally, as “economic terrorism.” Earlier, Trump suggested that the United States should not protect ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz without compensation from other countries. The U.S. blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers this month near the strait, denouncing what it called a campaign of “escalating tensions” in a region crucial to global energy supplies.
24 Jun 19
Lee's Summit Tribune

In an effort to reduce violent crime in and around Raytown, Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough has formed an ad hoc committee for the purpose of exploring avenues to reduce violent crime throughout the City of Raytown. This initiative will be a collaborative effort between the Police Department, community leaders, members of Jackson County C.O.M.B.A.T., and […]

24 Jun 19
News Directory

Washington – Immigration, a force that helped build the United States, now divides the country like some other issues. Enter Steve Kuhn. In the last few months, the rich native Minnesota, a high profile hedge fund master, has entered politics for the first time with a proposal for a new work visa aimed at greatly […]

24 Jun 19
CauseACTION Clarion

A University of Utah student vanished after she took a Lyft ride home from the airport. Mackenzie Lueck, 23, landed at Salt Lake City International Airport June 17, according to a press release from the Salt Lake City Police. The college student texted her parents around 1 a.m. to let them know she had landed […]

24 Jun 19
Mountain Democrat

Bill Rozak Tahoe Daily Tribune There are a number of hiking options in the high country, but for those summit worshippers, mountaintops will likely be difficult to reach until late summer. Most hiking trails that aren’t covered by a historic snowpack, are muddy and wet and resemble streams more than paths. “It is really snowy […]

24 Jun 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
ANAHEIM — As the Angels approach the halfway point of the season, they are nearly halfway to being the team they want to be. With Andrelton Simmons ready to return any day now, the Angels lineup will soon be complete. What separates them from being true contenders, however, is the pitching, specifically the starters. “I feel like on any good team the starting pitching is good, end of story,” Tyler Skaggs said. “If the starting pitching is good, you’re going to win a lot of games. I do feel like we’re the missing piece.” Skaggs concedes that he and the Angels other starters have failed to live up to expectations. Angels starters have a 5.37 ERA, which ranks 26th in the majors. That doesn’t tell the whole story, though, because the Angels have used an opener 15 times. Replacing the opener innings with the primary pitcher’s performance from those games, the rotation pitchers actually have a 5.62 ERA. They’ve also combined to pitch just under five innings per game. The Angels have had a pitcher last six innings in just 19 games, the fewest in the majors. Only five times have they had a pitcher throw seven innings, which is better only than the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles. “Pitching and defense wins championships,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Starting pitching is the biggest chunk of that. We definitely need, as a whole, to pitch better. If we do, the way our offense has come around, it gives us legitimate shot at a playoff spot. So we need to pitch a little bit better.” The relievers, including the openers, have a 4.16 ERA, which is what has kept the Angels afloat. They haven’t lost a game that they’ve led after seven or eight innings. The problem is the relievers have been used 269 times, which is fourth most in the majors. They’ve used 3.4 relievers per game, lately carrying just seven in the bullpen. “Over the course of the year you’ll see that burden takes a toll on guys,” Heaney said. “It’s something that we want to try to prevent. We understand that as a starting group.” Skaggs said the starters have met several times to try to diagnose the issues or simply motivate each other to pick it up. Although they are individuals, just one performing each day, they believe they function as a unit. “I think most rotations that you see that throw well, it’s a momentum thing,” Heaney said. “It starts with one good start. With us, it’s been spurts and sputters… I think as far as getting that momentum going and feeding off each other, we haven’t done that.” It starts with Skaggs, whose combination of age, experience and recent success makes him the most logical candidate to emerge as the staff’s top pitcher. In the first half of 2018, he posted a 2.57 ERA. Trying to pitch through a groin injury scuttled his second half, and then he got off to a slow start this year. Now, though, he’s showing signs of turning the corner. He allowed one run in 12-1/3 innings in his last two starts. In the previous outing, Skaggs had thrown three scoreless innings before a power outage at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field forced him to sit for 30 minutes in the middle of an inning, which he said threw him out of his rhythm. The recent improvement has dropped Skaggs’ ERA to 4.30. Heaney is also hoping to knock a couple runs off his 5.68 ERA, through just five starts after he missed two months with elbow inflammation. After Heaney gave up five runs in Toronto last week, he and pitching coach Doug White spent extra time analyzing his performance. “I think we got an idea of what I was doing and how to fix it,” he said. Ausmus said those two are the least of his concerns: “Skaggs has looked better. I think Heaney is going to be fine. I’m really not too worried about the two lefties at all.” Otherwise, the best pitcher has been rookie Griffin Canning, who has a 3.88 ERA 10 starts into his career. Canning has impressed everyone around the Angels, although this is still his first time through the big leagues, so there are bound to be growing pains. Suarez has also shown flashes during his four starts, but a few rough innings have cost him at times. He is currently at Triple-A, although he’ll likely be back soon. Félix Peña, who pitches after an opener, has been inconsistent. The starters who have had the most trouble are the two most expensive. Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey signed for a combined $20 million over the winter. Harvey went on the injured list with a 7.50 ERA, and he’s still out with no timeframe for his return. Cahill also got hurt, taking his 7.18 ERA to the IL. Cahill is ready to return to the Angels, although they’ve discussed moving him to the bullpen. The Angels also could get JC Ramírez back soon. He is scheduled to pitch on Monday night at Triple-A, and then his rehab assignment will expire.  The Angels could bring him back as a starter or reliever. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]The trade market may also bring the Angels rotation some help. General manager Billy Eppler will have to weigh the cost to the farm system against the benefit of adding a pitcher for this year, when the Angels are essentially shooting for a wild card. Obviously, a pitcher who is under control beyond this season is more attractive, but those pitchers also cost more in prospect capital. Whatever route the Angels take, it is obvious that the rotation will need to improve if they are going to have a chance. “Once the starting staff is clicking on all cylinders,” Skaggs said, “it’s going to be a meteoric rise. Quote me on that. It will be a lot of fun.” UP NEXT Angels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 0-1, 5.68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Tyler Mahle, 2-7, 4.17), 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West
24 Jun 19
Nicholas Hood III Ministries

Our Old Testament lesson is the story where David flees Saul and enters the cave of Adullam.  His father and mother and siblings come to join him.  There are an additional 400 men who join David in the cave. Eventually, the prophet Gad comes to David and tells him he must leave the cave.  David […]