Local Artist Supports Anti-Bullying Group

By Brian Wright
Gumption Contributor

Corey Courtier, a local artist, is showcasing his work in downtown Phoenix next Friday night (Sept. 7 from 6 – 9 p.m. @ 600 N. 4th St. Phoenix, Ariz., 85004). He is doing a special, live and interactive art piece, which will be auctioned off for charity. The charity is called “I Will Not Bully.”
Press release from the artist:  Join us at the upscale Skyline Lofts Gallery in downtown Phoenix for a FREE live public interactive painting with Artist Corey Couturier to help fund bullying-prevention tools and awareness to Arizona’s children. The local Artist is inviting the public to include their handprint in the ensemble and will auction off the final masterpiece donating the funds to I Will Not Bully, Inc. Come ready to mingle with Mr. Couturier, see his original artwork, participate in the public painting, pickup bullying -prevention information, enjoy free food, music and prizes. The event is open to the public.
Below is a screenshot from Mr. Courtier’s homepage: <http://coreycouturier.com/>. Also visit www.iwillnotbully.org for more information.
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ASU X-Country Opens in Flagstaff

The Sun Devil men will look to defend their team title at the George Kyte Classic.

Aug. 29, 2012

For the PDF file, click here: 2012 George Kyle Classic – ASU Meet NotesGet Acrobat Reader

TEMPE — The Arizona State University cross country programs will open up the 2012 campaign this weekend at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff, Ariz. The meet is the first of 11 scheduled competitions on the Sun Devil slate this season. The competition will consist of two races, with the women’s 5,000-meter race getting underway at 1:30 p.m. to be followed by the men’s 8,000-meter run at Buffalo Park.

MEET HISTORY: George Kyte

Historically, the Sun Devils have had two individual winners and two team victories at the George Kyte Invitational recording at the 2005 and 2011 events. The first individual victory was recorded in the women’s 5,000-meter run by Jenna Wrieden as she covered the course in 17:56.8. The team victory was recorded by the men that same year as the Sun Devils scored 35 points for the win. Darius Terry won the men’s race last season and led the team to a victoryas they scored an impressive cumulative total of 26 points. Continue reading

Will.i.am premieres song — from Mars

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Rapper will.i.am can boast of an accomplishment that is out of this world: His latest single premiered from Mars, making it the first song to debut on another planet.

The Black Eyed Peas singer wrote the song, “Reaching for the Stars,” to mark the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on the Red Planet this month.

A far cry from his regular hip-hop tunes, it features a 40-piece orchestra set to a futuristic beat.

The song is set to transcend time and cultures, he said.

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Don Nelson now a Hawaii businessman, done as NBA coach

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We told you a few days ago that soon to be NBA Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson was done coaching. As in not coming back to the mainland at age 72, other than to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

But don’t think he’s slowed down.

He’s a businessman in Hawaii now, as the Associated Press reports.

These days, he’s Nellie, the entrepreneur. From his new shaved ice stand, to coffee plants and koa trees, to all his rental properties and a wedding venue in the works right off the beach, the 72-year-old Nelson is about as far removed from his old basketball life as he could be…

“I invested my fortune on Maui,” he added with a smile. “Those are the fun things I’m doing.”

Mmmm… Hawaiian shave ice… (read that out loud in your best Homer Simpson voice).

Good for Nelson, who never struck…

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ASU Women’s X-Country Going the Distance

Second-year head coach Ryan Cole and defending Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year Shelby Houlihan lead the Sun Devils into a new season.

Aug. 28, 2012

By Chenea’ Schacher

TEMPE – As school comes back into session this Fall semester, Arizona State University’s women’s cross country season is getting back underway.  With the Sun Devils returning 10 runners and adding seven strong newcomers, the team is looking to improve on last year’s NCAA Championship showing.

Four of the Sun Devils returning to the roster had an NCAA appearance last year. Sophomores Shelby Houlihan and Macy Bricks along with red-shirt seniors Natasa Vulicand Hailey Hanna will look to take the newcomers back to the championship this season.

“We are pretty fortunate right now that all of the girls are back on the team, healthy and excited to get into the season,” head coach Ryan Cole said. “We just need to manage their emotions, time and energy so that they stay healthy and excited as we move through out the season. I think we are going to have a pretty good fall.” Continue reading

Ask Techland: iPad with a Keyboard or MacBook Air for an Adult Student?

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Question: 

“Could I ask your advice about buying an iPad? I want to get one for my husband as a gift — mostly I was swayed by the fact that you can get that little keyboard and then you wouldn’t have to lug around a laptop (my husband’s a student). So do you think it’s worth it to get an iPad with all the bells and whistles, rather than, say, getting a MacBook Air?”

Doug Responds:

Great question. When I was a college student between 1997 and 2001, I tried every which way to take digital notes without lugging a laptop around everywhere. They were heavy and had laughable battery life back then. I would have been a good iPad-plus-keyboard candidate, but due to how the pesky fourth dimension known as “time”…

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Problem solved — Pippen back on Dream Team for NBA 2K13

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Scottie Pippen is back on the Dream Team.

Not that he technically was ever off it, he still has a gold medal at home to prove he was in Barcelona in 1992 along with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and the rest of the Dream Team.

However, this year’s NBA 2K13 is going to have the Dream Team on it and the first version was without Pippen because he could not reach a licensing deal with the game’s makers. Everyone else could, not Pippen. So he was left off. And that created a buzz on the Web about why this just seemed wrong.

Problem solved — the two sides have reached a deal, 2K Sports announced.

Now when you play the Dream Team against this year’s Charlotte Bobcats, you will have Pippen to go to for some lock down defense. Just to make sure you win by 150.

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ASU Men’s X-Country Eyes Championships in ’12

A strong core of upperclassmen and several exceptional youngsters will lead the way this season.

Aug. 27, 2012

TEMPE – With the Fall semester about us, the 2012 NCAA cross country season is ready to get underway.  For the Arizona State University men’s team, that means a shot at redemption after some missed opportunities last season left the team painstakingly shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

This year’s team returns the an exceptional balance of seasoned veterans and talented youngsters that could provide the perfect combination to make the Sun Devils a contender for the Pac-12 Championship in October and to be competitive at the national level as well.

“We built some nice momentum during the (2012) track season and seeing the emergence of Nick Happe on the track and the way Darius Terry running was outside,” head coach Louie Quintana said. “That momentum has carried over into the summer and we are exciting about the foundation coming into the fall.”

Quintana says that he is relying on the mantra of keeping things simple in practice and getting better every day.

“Our minimum expectation is to qualify for the NCAA Championships as we have been painstakingly close two years in a row and that’s not a great spot to be in,” Quintana said. “The conference is pretty wide open this year and no team is a ton better than the next so naturally we think that if we can improve a lot at the conference level, we will have a chance to win the whole thing.”

Here a look at your upcoming Sun Devil men’s cross country season:

SENIORS

Perhaps the greatest strength on this year’s cross country team will be the senior leadership.  The team returns Nick HappeDarius Terry and Doug Smith to the roster and all have been consistent point-scorers through their careers at Arizona State.

In 2011, Terry started the season strong with a victory at the season-opening George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff, Ariz., and had a strong run at the Griak Invitational as well.  Injuries began to take their toll on the junior though and after a rough outing at the Pac-12 Championships, Terry was forced to sit out the team’s appearance at the NCAA West Regional Championships. 

This year though, Terry looks to be back to form and has been the top runner through the summer for the squad. The 2011 1,500-meter All-American redshirted the track season but set personal records at the distance as an unattached athlete.

Nick Happe saw a steady emergence as one of the top runners in the program, finishing as the team’s lead runner through most of the races in 2011 and earning NCAA  All-West Region honors in the process.  Happe carried that momentum to the track, running under four minutes in the mile indoors and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the process.

“I expect Nick and Darius to race together and provide low scores for us,” Quintana said. “We feel confident that if we keep them healthy, we will be successful.”

Doug Smith is another gritty veteran who is bouncing back from an abdominal sprain but is someone that Quintana feels can add some depth to the bottom part of the team’s scoring line-up.

The team also brought in Zach Zarda as a graduate student after spending his undergraduate career at Kansas University.  Zarda was an NCAA West Preliminary qualifier on the track at 5,000 meters and is someone that Quintana feels can make an immediate impact on the team.

“He’s been running 100 miles a week over the summer and is riding some momentum into the fall,” Quintana says. “I think he could be a great surprise for us.”

JUNIORS

The strength of the ASU juniors might come from the emergence as a team leader of Steven Schnieders over the course of the summer.  A Pac-12 point-scorer in two consecutive years, Schnieders has upped his mileage to over 100 miles of training per week and is someone that Quintana is confident can provide great depth to the program.

Though not a junior, sophomore Garrett Baker-Slama is in his third year with the program and is right up there with Schnieders in terms of mileage and assuming a leaders role on this year’s team.  A raw talent, Baker-Slama came to the Sun Devils with just one year of competitive running experience after spending the majority of his prep career as a soccer player.

“These are two walk-ons that were under-heralded and under-recruited,” Quitana said.  “They’ve gained the respect of their peers and teammates and are going to provide great depth for us.”

The Sun Devils also brought in junior college transfer Garrett Seawell out of American River College in California.  There, Seawell was the state junior college cross country champion and broke the course record in the process.

“Garrett is someone who has the ability to compete on the big-time stage,” Quintana said. “Coming out of junior college, he was undertrained and we have been trying to grow his mileage some but he is a guy with great experience.”

The team will also look for contributions out of Matt Estlund, someone that Quintana has said always seems to come our strong in September before petering out as the season goes on.  Quintana says Estlund’s training has been focused on flipping that as the team wants him to be running well in October.

SOPHOMORES

As mentioned, Garrett Baker-Slama will be the leader amongst the sophomores this season. Accomplished on the track, Baker-Slama is also one of the team’s top student-athletes and has maintained a 4.00 GPA thus far at Arizona State.

“Our team has a 3.49 GPA and that’s the top GPA on campus,” Quintana said. “We have to use our best asset if we are going to compete well each week and that’s our brain.”

Andy Cannata will also provide depth as a sophomore to the program.

FRESHMEN

The bulk of this year’s team will come out of the freshmen ranks.  Redshirt frosh Daniel Wong will see his first action this year after a strong spring that saw him take third at the U.S. Junior Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Ryan Herson had another strong unattached year last season and will look to carry that momentum to his redshirt freshman season.

“Ryan has run as fast as any unattached freshman I have ever had,” Quintana said. “Both he and Daniel are running 100 miles a week this summer and are in a training zone with the older guys.”

Herson and Wong were high-level recruits coming out of high school and Quintana looks for them to help bridge that gap between the veterans and the youngsters on this years team.

The team welcomes C.J. Albertson this year as a true freshman that could make an immediate impact on the team.   He was arguably one of the top cross country runners in the nation at the prep ranks early last fall before an injury slowed his season.  Despite that, Albertson went on to make it to the finals at the Footlocker Championships and comes by way of Buchanan High School, home of ASU great Kyle Alcorn.

“If he stays healthy, he’s probably one of the top freshmen in the country,” Quintana said. “He has an even keel about his demeanor that will help him in distance running and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s running with the front two or three guys by the end of the season.”

The team also welcomes redshirt freshman transfer Jeff Bickert by way of Cal Poly SLO.  Quintana described Bickert as being very fit and someone that could have an immediate impact on the team after a strong summer of training.

Arizona State will open the season on Saturday at the George Kyle Classic in Flagstaff, Ariz.  Complete meet notes will be available on Wednesday, August 29.

Former ASU Wrestler Eddie Urbano Passes Away

Urbano was ASU’s second NCAA Champion and a two-time All-American during his time as a Sun Devil.

Aug. 26, 2012

TEMPE – The Arizona State University wrestling program is sad to announce the death of historic wrestler Eddie Urbano, who passed away this weekend in Tucson, Ariz.

Urbano was a two-time All-American at Arizona State at 150 pounds in 1984 (3rd) and 1985, when he became just ASU’s second NCAA Champion in school history and the first since Curley Culp in 1967.

Urbano was the first NCAA Champion for legendary ASU coach Bobby Douglas, and set the groundwork for the team’s first and only NCAA Championship in 1988.  Urbano was a two-time Pac-12 Champion at 150 pounds as well.

“The Sun Devil Nation and wrestling community at large is greatly saddened by the sudden death of Eddie Urbano,” ASU head coach Shawn Charles said.  “Eddie was an outstanding wrestler, a great coach and an awesome friend.  He will be greatly missed.”

Urbano started a stream of talented wrestlers making their way to ASU from Tucson as he posted a career record of 105-17-1 with the Sun Devils.  Those 105 victories rank Urbano 17th on ASU’s all-time wins list despite only competing for three years as a Sun Devil.  He finished his career with 52 dual victories, good for 11th in ASU’s all-time record books.

As a senior, he helped ASU win the Pac-10 team title and was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.  Urbano was inducted into the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.  Urbano also earned a junior college national title during his time competing at Pima Community College in Tucson.

Urbano will be remembered for his passion and commitment to Arizona State wrestling, and as former collegiate and roommate Mike Davies points out, an award-winning smile.

“The first thing you would notice about him was that, it was ear to ear…a genuinely happy smile,” Davies remembers. “He was so full of life and fun to be around.  This is a really sad day for ASU Wrestling.”

Davies recalls Urbano as a guy that went out of his way to help others out and to be a mentor.  Davies credits Urbano for pushing him and making him a better wrestler in their year they spent rooming together, as well as for introducing him to real Mexican food. 

“I was from Cleveland, so my idea of Mexican food was Taco Bell,” Davies said. “The first week we lived together, Eddie had his grandmother (a Mexican native) bring up some homemade food and I have been hooked ever since.”

Fellow teammate and eventual Olympian Gary Bohay was another who remembers Urbano by his iconic smile and uplifting personality and passion to the sport.

“Wrestling was his life and he just worked so hard to be successful,” Bohay said.  “He was a huge competitor and a wrestling junkie.  His NCAA championship really catapaulted ASU to national prominence.”

RIP Eddie Urbano 🙏 You will definitely be missed and remembered asfunny, intelligent and kind; but most im instagr.am/p/Ox5C-arxVm/

— WildFlower (@_JayMoreno) August 26, 2012

A Tucson native, Urbano became one of the first native Arizonans to win an NCAA Championship (Culp came out of Yuma, Ariz.).  Urbano was a state champion in high school at perennial powerhouse Sunnyside High School and is part of an elite history at that program that has served as a pipeline for numerous Sun Devil talents through the years.

RIP Eddie Urbano. @asuwrestling As a kid, I’d follow him everywhere Did not want to be like Mike, wanted 2 be Eddie!

— Danny Felix (@Toxicpaint9) August 26, 2012

“When you talk about ASU wrestling and wrestling in Arizona, you have to mention Eddie Urbano,” Davies said. “We lost one of our greats and one of our leaders.”

After his time at Arizona State, he became the 1988 Olympic Trials runner-up at 68 kg.  Following that, he went on to couch across the state and the city of Tucson, helping numerous individuals go on to achieve their collegiate wrestling dreams.

“Eddie was special type of guy.  He was a great athlete and a real kind-hearted individual. I have nothing but a tremendous amount of grief for what’s happened.” said Douglas in a phone interview. “It’s hard for me to verbalize about Eddie.  He will be missed more now than what people could imagine.  He did a lot of good and he’s a great example to a lot of minority and poor kids and kids that came from tough backgrounds.”

Arizona State will provide details for memorial services as soon as they become available.

Arizona has lost another tremendous athlete prayers and condolences go out to the family of Coach Eddie Urbano. Sad day for wrestling. #pray

— Anthony Birchak (@abirchakMMA) August 25, 2012

Yes, it is sad. Eddie Urbano is an @asuwrestling legend and will be missed. He had 1 of the greatest inside trips I’ve ever seen. @franco52

— Aaron Simpson (@aaronsimpson) August 26, 2012

Sun Devil Athletics Olympic Recap

Former Arizona State student-athletes nabbed two gold medals and one bronze in London.

August 2012

TEMPE, ARIZ. – Sunday brought a close to the 2012 London Olympics and the Sun Devils made their university and respective countries proud with numerous impressive performances throughout the two weeks of non-stop action.

With 17 current or former student-athletes in competition, Arizona State had the 13th-highest total of Olympians of any Division I school in the country.  With three medals earned over the course of the competition, the Sun Devils had the 21st-largest haul of any Division I institution as well.

Thanks to James Harden (men’s basketball/USA) and Amy LePeilbet (women’s soccer/USA), ASU brought home two gold medals for the first time since 2000 and brought the all-time total of gold medals to 25.

A brief recap of all the London action from a Sun Devil viewpoint can be found below: Continue reading

Obama, Romney Share Similarities On Health Care Statutes

By Derek Evans, Apprentice
The Gilbert Gumption

     Everyone knows that President Barack Obama is a Democrat and his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s a Republican. These two men have different political ideologies, but they aren’t as divergent as you might imagine. This might surprise some, but when it comes to healthcare they have similar healthcare – which is likely to be an important issue come November.

Both support legislation that some have dubbed “universal healthcare.” In 2010, Mr. Obama singed the Affordable Care Act into law. [Read more about the law at U.S. Department of Health & Human Services‘s website – http://1.usa.gov/NeNrvG]. The GOP, who are at least publicly against the notion of universal healthcare, decided to vilify the new law by nicknaming it “Obamacare.”

The nickname stuck and, with the president himself embracing the term. In 2006, Mr. Romney signed into law a piece of healthcare legislation similarly referred to as “Romneycare.” [To see the entire document, visit the State of Massachusetts’s website – http://1.usa.gov/MREaqz].

While there are similarities between these two pieces of legislation. Both laws, however, have some prominent differences. According to an eye doctor  in Colorado, Ben’s blog [http://bit.ly/P6O2ku] “Romneycare” was only 70 pages, while Obamacare was more than 2,000 pages.

Romney vetoed portions of the bill, which is known as a line-item veto. Several states allow their governor to utilize a line-item veto. The president, however cannot.

Congress passed The Line Item Veto Act of 1996, but the U.S. Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional in Clinton v. New York City, (1998), because they considered it to be a violation of Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution. The Constitution vests Congress with the power to craft legislation; the president can sign, or refuse to sign, only the entire packaged bill. [Source/Read more: http://anse.rs/NpdjRY]

In the late 1990’s, former President Bill Clinton tried to use a line-item veto. The Supreme Court ruled federal legislators could not use a line-item veto. According to Ben’s blog [http://bit.ly/P6O2ku] “Romneycare” didn’t raise taxes, while “Obamacare” does. The website appears to display a bias towards Romney and his signature legislature, which means his assertions should be checked against a more reliable source.

Romney has made an effort to distance himself from the term “Romneycare” and its implication that the two laws are similar. While there are differences, the principal idea behind both statutes share many similarities.

     For those interested in federal politics, this mere similarity may be insignificant, but the effet it may have on the election could prove interesting.

Op-Ed: Facebook Users “Like” Tucson Mass-Murderer

By Matt Lewis, Editor
The Gilbert Gumption


In cyberspace exists a “Public Page” on Facebook with a Wikipedia entry on the mass murderer who killed six and wounded several others in a shooting outside a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz. As of Tuesday, Aug. 7 the “Jared Lee Loughner” page had 134 “likes.” Another page, simply titled “Jared Loughner” has 50 more fans. I hope I am not alone in saying that I am disgusted that this evil man has nearly 200 fans on Facebook and possibly countless others on other social and underground media websites. The reason this post is so short is not because I cannot articulate my feelings, but because this disgusting fact leaves me speechless.

 

Op-Ed: Media Professionals Mingle, Don’t Mix Well (Twitter: #UNITY12)

Diversity groups struggle to play nice with others

By Matt Lewis

The deadline has come and passed for the UNITY: Journalists, Inc. Convention. The conference of professional and student journalists printed its last few grafs of this year’s story in Las Vegas, but the fun doesn’t stop there.

This coalition brings together four groups (now five): the Asian American, Native American, Black, Hispanic and Gay/Lesbian minority trade organizations every four years. Unification of these four happens in near-lock step with the Summer Olympic Games.

The results of the “Discrimination Games” (@ UNITY) are still out, however. What am I talking about you ask… read on to find out.

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Tonight on AC360: Ungodly Discipline

Anderson Cooper 360

Some parents, school administrators, and church leaders across the country believe it’s necessary to physically discipline children in their care. CNN’s Gary Tuchman spoke with those who do it because, they say, they’re acting in the name of God.

The AC360° investigation began when parents of 7-year-old Lydia Shatz pleaded guilty, and were sent to prison, after their young adopted daughter was beaten to death. They claim they were following teachings in a book by Michael Pearl. Pearl co-authored “To Train Up a Child” with his wife as a guide for parents on raising their children in accordance with the Bible.

Tuchman spoke with the Pearls who explain their method of spanking, and say they’re not to blame for Lydia’s untimely death. To demonstrate the technique and force that’s used, Mr. Pearl hits Tuchman during the interview.

Also in the program, former students of a religious boarding school in Montana…

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Upton brothers hit 100th career home runs on the same night

HardballTalk

Here’s something pretty cool.

Justin Upton launched a long home run to left field off Phillies’ right-hander Kyle Kendrick in the top of the second inning tonight for the 100th home run of his career. Less than an hour later, his big brother B.J. Upton connected for a solo shot to center field off Orioles’ right-hander Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the fourth inning. And guess what? It was also his 100th career home run. Wild stuff.

You can watch video of Justin’s homer here and B.J.’s blast here. The brothers have actually made a habit out of this sort of thing, as Rays communication assistant Patrick Kurish passes along word that they have homered on the same day 13 times over the course of their careers, including 10 times since the start of 2011. They each launched their 99th career homers on July 20.

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Android this week: Google Wallet opens; Android 4.0 grows; T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note tested

Gigaom

The Google Wallet(s goog) mobile payment service hasn’t yet taken off, partly because of limitations. Wallet originally launched on a single smartphone — Sprint’s(s s) Nexus S — hasn’t been embraced by other carriers and was limited to a single credit card option. Wallet works well for payments in places that accept it and with some changes this week, more people could be using it in the near future.

Google expanded Wallet support beyond the original Citi MasterCard, so that it now works with other MasterCard(s mc) options, Visa(s v), Discover(s dfs) and American Express(s axp). Google says it works with debit cards as well and the service is more secure: Card information is stored in the cloud, not on the device itself. And Wallet can be disabled remotely if your phone or tablet is lost; I tested that this week and it works. With these changes, plus support on…

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Better Late Than Never: ‘The Who’ Fans Redeem Canceled 1979 Concert Tickets for 2013 Show

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When Rhode Islanders purchased their tickets to see The Who in 1979, they probably didn’t expect to wait 34 years to attend the show. That show ended up being canceled, but fans who kept their tickets — as souvenirs or scrap alike — now have the opportunity to see slightly older, grayer versions of the rock legends more than three decades later. Lawrence Lepore, general manager of the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, has graciously offered seats at the February 26, 2013 Who concert to anyone who can scrounge up their ’79 tickets.

Then-mayor of Providence, Buddy Cianci, canceled the 1979 concert citing safety concerns. Two weeks before the Providence concert’s scheduled date, 11 people died in a stampede before a Who concert in Cincinnati. The Who have not visited Providence since.

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Lithuania gives USA a real test, but LeBron passes it in 99-94 win

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There is a script for beating the USA, we talked about it before the Olympics: Pack the paint on defense and hope they miss threes, play good transition defense, don’t turn the ball over, and have a hot shooting night yourself.

Lithuania did almost all of that, playing their best game of the Olympics by far.

But there is no script for stopping LeBron James.

With the USA down USA 84-82 in the fourth, LeBron scored 9 of the USA’s final 17 points to lead the USA to a hard-fought 99-94 win. A win that keeps them undefeated (4-0) in Group A play and headed to the medal round.

For three and a half games LeBron had been a facilitator, a guy doing all the little things for Team USA. But when it was on the line for real LeBron reminded everyone he was the best player on the face…

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Google’s product pruning continues unabated

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It’s been over a year since Google CEO Larry Page promised to get his teams more focused on fewer projects. And boy has he: In the last 12 months Google(s GOOG) has shut down several dozen products. He’s not done either. On Friday afternoon the axe was brought down on on three more products, as well as some of the company’s official blogs.

In an official blog post written by Director of Engineering Max Ibel, Google said it’s doing away with Google Apps for Teams, Google Listen and Google Video for Business.

Apps for Teams is shutting down in exactly a month, on Sept. 4. Current users will be converted to standard Google Accounts. Google Listen, a podcast search and discovery feature, was made redundant by the Google Play app store. Google says Listen is not going away entirely, but after Nov. 1 the search function will be disabled…

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Russia upsets Spain, chance of USA/Spain gold medal rematch almost dead

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We almost certainly will not have a rematch of the 2008 Gold Medal game from Beijing.

But how about a rematch of the controversial 1972 Olympic Gold Medal game won by Russia? That we could get.

That’s because Russia defeated Spain 77-74 Saturday, giving Russia the top spot in Group B. It’s an upset, although if you have watched Russia play in these games you know it’s not as big of one as you would have thought a week ago. Russia has been good.

Russia is now 4-0, Spain 3-1 in group play. Spain will finish second in Group B (unless they fall to Brazil in the last game of the group, in which case Spain would be third… but that’s unlikely and would have people thinking badminton).

What that means is that Spain — considered the second best team at the Olympics — will be on the USA’s side…

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Summer vacation


   Summer vacation always reminds me of California, driving around with my girlfriends in our still-wet bathing suits, windows down, music blaring, with no particular destination in mind. While I’m not a teenager anymore, I’m planning on doing pretty much exactly that this week. Yesterday I flew to L.A. to see my SoCal friends, Monday I’m heading up to San Francisco to spend time with everyone at home and then I’m ending the week in Tahoe for a good friend’s wedding. I have few specific plans, which to me, is exactly what summer vacation is all about.

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Same-Sex Couples Stage ‘Kiss-Ins’ at Chick-fil-A Restaurants Across the Country

NewsFeed

Gay couples embraced at Chick-fil-As across the country Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern time in protest of president Dan Cathy’s belief in “the biblical definition of the family unit.” The PDA protests came just two days after what former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee declared to be “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” during which thousands patronized Chick-fil-A restaurants to demonstrate their opposition to same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A broke a single-day sales record Wednesday.

Turnout was fairly underwhelming across the country, especially compared to the success of the week’s earlier protests. In Decatur, Ga., near the company’s headquarters, about two dozen protesters gathered, the New York Times reports. They waved signs with slogans like “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not eating,” and “Eat Mor Equality.” In Orlando, turnout was also low, with around a dozen protesters gathering at a Chik-fil-A outpost to wave rainbow flags and chant slogans.

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Signs of abuse in Syria rebels’ pow camp

Anderson Cooper 360

The battle rages on in Syria for control over the country’s largest city, Aleppo. CNN’s Ivan Watson, who is in Syria, calls it a “grinding urban battle.” Despite being outgunned by the Syrian Army, rebels are making significant advances, and claim to have captured a police station on Tuesday. Syrian State TV provided contradictory information and claimed government forces liberated that police station, though they lacked the video evidence provided by opposition groups.

Ivan Watson reports that the Free Syrian Army is receiving boxes of ammunition from across the Turkish border, though it is unclear where the shipments originated. The shipments mainly consisted of light ammunition and RPG rounds. RPGs—or rocket propelled grenades—have been key in the rebels’ fight against al-Assad’s more heavily armed forces.

In the words of one opposition fighter, “They’re giving us just enough to keep this revolution alive, but not enough to give us a decisive…

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Hulu shows off new shows – why one of them needs to be a hit

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Speaking at the tail end of a two-week summer gathering of television critics in Beverly Hills Tuesday, Hulu senior VP of content Andy Forssell conceded his company stands out as a little bit of an “odd animal” at the event.

“We’re not a TV network and we’re not a studio. We’re a distributor … But we share a lot of DNA with you,” he told the dwindled gathering of about 70 exhausted TV bloggers and newspaper writers.

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Indeed, just like Hulu’s broadcast-network corporate cousins, ABC (s DIS), Fox (s NEWS) and NBC (s CMSCA) — which earlier rolled out their series talent and producers in daylong sessions at the Television Critics Association press tour — Hulu needs a hit.

The company has not released an updated subscriber number for its premium Hulu Plus platform since…

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Music heals shooting victim’s brain

Anderson Cooper 360

Less than two weeks have passed since 22-year old violist Petra Anderson was shot four times in theater 9, but she is on the road to recovery with the help of her doctors, family and the healing power of music.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained how music may be helping Petra recover. “If you think about trying to sing a song, for example, there are several different parts of your brain that are immediately harnessed,” Gupta said. The tunes are often played by her boyfriend, who is a professional clarinet player. “In someone who is just learning to walk, if you find a song with a particular cadence to it, you can learn how to reestablish your rhythm,” said Gupta.

Petra’s recovery has been considered a “miracle,” because the bullet that went through her brain was just millimeters from striking in a way that could have been more damaging and…

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