Watch: Part 2 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. docuseries

first_imgThe episodes will air on Tuesdays between now and the Feb. 26 Daytona 500 (two episodes will air the final week). MORE: Part 1 RELATED: Visit the Nationwide 88 Facebook page RELATED: Timeline of Junior’s injury and recovery The second episode of “Unfinished Business,” a six-part series that documents Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return to competition in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, was released Tuesday on the Nationwide 88 Facebook page.   Nationwide is the primary sponsor of Earnhardt’s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and came up with the idea for the series.   In Chapter 2: The Art of the Helmet, Earnhardt goes deep on the reasoning behind his colorful race helmets, and the man who designs the skull. </p>last_img read more

Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. divide stage wins at Michigan

first_imgKyle Busch emerged from a shootout with one lap remaining in the stage to secure a Stage 2 win Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in the Consumers Energy 400.RELATED: Race leaderboard | Stage 2 resultsBusch’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota led just one lap in the second stage — the final one — after a late-stage restart. The outcome marked Busch’s series-leading ninth stage win this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.Stage 1 winner Martin Truex Jr. held on for second place in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota at the end of Stage 2. Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Erik Jones rounded out the top five.Pole-starter Brad Keselowski, who had led a race-high 67 laps by the end of Stage 2, survived a prolonged spin with the Team Penske No. 2 Ford on Lap 115. Keselowski avoided contact with the outside wall and continued with minimal damage.WATCH: Keselowski goes for a spinThat caution period set up a one-lap shootout to the stage finish, which ended in a three-car crash involving Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric with Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola.Sunday’s event — the 23rd of 36 points-paying races this season — is scheduled for 200 laps (400 miles) at the 2-mile track. 8Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports3 2Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing9 2Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing9 5Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing6 4Joey LoganoTeam Penske7 6Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports5 3Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske8 7Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske4 STAGE 1Martin Truex Jr. showed early strength, driving from the back of the pack and fending off teammate Denny Hamlin for a Stage 1 victory Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.RELATED: Stage 1 resultsTruex — making his 500th career start — led 15 of the 60 laps in the opening stage. His Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota dropped to the rear of the field in pace laps after inspection trouble, but Truex made up the ground quickly and scooted to the front with a fuel-only pit stop. The effort marked Truex’s third stage win of the Monster Energy Series season.Hamlin led six laps and was a close second in the opening stage of the Consumers Energy 400, his JGR No. 11 Toyota just 0.138 seconds behind at the green-checkered flag. Pole-starter Brad Keselowski in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford led the opening 39 laps and finished third in the first stage. Joey Logano and William Byron rounded out the top five.A pair of contenders ran into early trouble. Jimmie Johnson was forced to pit road on Lap 15 after a scrape with the Turn 2 retaining wall. Two stops for repairs and tires dropped the seven-time champ’s No. 48 Chevrolet to last place, seven laps off the pace at the end of the stage.MORE: Johnson off early paceKevin Harvick also made an unscheduled stop while running in second place, puncturing a tire on the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford after running over debris. Harvick recovered to finish sixth in the stage. FinishDriverTeamPoints 10Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing1 9Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing2center_img 4Joey LoganoTeam Penske7 1Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing10 3Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing8 7Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske4 10Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing1 1Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing10 8William ByronHendrick Motorsports3 6Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing5 5William ByronHendrick Motorsports6 FinishDriverTeamPoints 9Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports2last_img read more

Iowa State Official Ousted After Bombarding Colleagues With Tupac Lyrics

first_imgDo you know anyone who might be overly obsessed with a particular band or artist? Do they routinely make a point to share that artist’s lyrics with friends, family, and co-workers, with a line always locked and loaded for any situation? Do they follow said artist around on tour all summer? If they do, they may be in danger of becoming the next Jerry Foxhoven, who was recently ousted from his job as a Director at Iowa’s Department of Human Services, with many speculating it was due to his overly-shared love of late rapper Tupac Shakur.Related: moe. Superfan Details The Incredible Journey To His 200th Show At Red RocksAccording to a report shared by the Associated Press, the former Drake University law professor who spent the last two years with Iowa’s social services agency routinely shared lyrics and inspirational quotes of the late rap superstar with his coworkers via company email and special events. Foxhoven would host “Tupac Fridays,” where he played Shakur’s music in his office, and celebrated his own 65th birthday by sharing Pac-themed cookies decorated with the words “Thug Life,” in reference to Tupac’s well-known motto (and tattoos).After Foxhoven was asked by Gov. Kim Reynolds to step down from his role at the Department of Human Services last month, the agency released 350 pages of email correspondence from Foxhoven during his tenure which contained the words “Tupac” or “2Pac.” The emails ranged in subject matter from marking the anniversary of Shakur’s death to using Skakur’s lyrics to symbolize love on Valentine’s Day. They even feature Foxhoven attempting to use his love for the rapper to improve the overall culture in the workplace as he quoted lyrics, “It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes” from Shakur’s “Changes”.Foxhoven was essentially canned the first day back to work after he sent an email to everyone at the agency on June 14th encouraging them to mark Shakur’s birthday over the weekend by listening to one of his songs. The email conveyed the oft-quoted Tupac parable, “Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are 2 steps ahead.”A state government official has since commented on Foxhoven’s dismissal, stating, “As the governor has said, a lot of factors contributed to the resignation of Jerry Foxhoven and now Gov. Reynolds is looking forward to taking DHS in a new direction.”Not all of Foxhoven’s colleagues were opposed to his proclivity for using Tupac lyrics for camaraderie and inspiration. One of his former co-workers sent an encouraging response to one of his emails, saying, “I love your 2pac messages … and the fact that you still send them (despite the haters) makes me appreciate them even more.”Although Iowa law requires state agencies must release the “documented reasons and rationale” when employees resign instead of being terminated, the governor’s office has refused to elaborate on the non-Tupac factors which led to him being forced to resign.For his part, Foxhoven isn’t convinced that his Tupac oversharing was the reason he was asked to step down. “I think it’s a coincidence,” he told the New York Times.[H/T AP]last_img read more

Sheryl Crow Shares Video For “Lonely Alone” Feat. Willie Nelson [Watch]

first_imgSheryl Crow has shared her official video for “Lonely Alone”, a new original tune featuring Willie Nelson which appeared on her latest studio album, 2019’s Threads.The video for Crow’s country western-inspired song sees the veteran rock singer/guitarist channel the beauty of nature to welcome viewers in before her backing band for the song—which includes drummer/producer Steve Jordan—enters the screen as they all play their respective parts from their homes or creative spaces. The easygoing acoustic track continues on as Crow and Nelson trade off lead vocal duties while quick shots of beautiful outdoor scenery and Willie’s Texas farm fade in on occasion to help offset the fact that much of the world is still stuck inside these days as we head into the coming fall months.Watch the new video for “Lonely Alone” in full below.Sheryl Crow – “Lonely Alone” feat. Willie Nelson[Video: Sheryl Crow]Earlier this summer Crow was one of the featured performers who appeared on Nelson’s 4th Of July Picnic virtual festival event.last_img read more

After Breakthrough Trials, Alzheimer’s Vaccine That Uses the Body’s Immune System May Soon Be Tested on Humans

first_imgAccording to a paper published last week in NPJ Vaccines, the team reported it had engineered a vaccine using virus-like particles (VLPs, for short) that eliminated the tau tangles in mice that had been bred to develop symptoms like those affecting human Alzheimer’s patients.MORE: Be Sure and Floss! Researchers Say Good Dental Health ‘Substantially’ Decreases Risk of Alzheimer’s“We’re excited by these findings, because they seem to suggest that we can use the body’s own immune system to make antibodies against these tangles, and that these antibodies actually bind and clear these tau tangles,” said Nicole Maphis, a PhD candidate in UNM’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.Maphis and her colleagues found that when the vaccine was given to mice, they developed antibodies that cleared the tau protein from their brains – and the response lasted for months.VLPs are derived from viruses that have their genomes removed, leaving only their outer protein shell. Lacking a genome, they’re unable to reproduce, but the body’s immune system still recognizes them as foreign invaders and manufactures antibodies to neutralize the proteins attached to their surface. In this case, a portion of tau protein on the surface of the VLP triggers an immune response, leading to the elimination of the tau tangles.When she tested the animals in a battery of maze-like tests, mice receiving the vaccination performed remarkably better than those that hadn’t. MRI scans showed that the vaccinated animals had less brain shrinkage, suggesting that the vaccine prevented neurons from dying.CHECK OUT: Broccoli Isn’t Just Good For You – Scientists Find It Holds Molecule That Could Be the ‘Achilles’s Heel’ of CancerMaphis also found significantly fewer tangles in both the cortex and the hippocampus – areas in the brain that are important for learning and memory, and which are destroyed in Alzheimer’s.“These results confirm that targeting tau tangles using a vaccine intervention could rescue memory impairments and prevent neurons from dying,” Maphis said.The vaccine was created with help from UNM scientists David Peabody and Bryce Chackerian. The pair helped pioneer the use of VLPs to create vaccines targeting dengue virus, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus and amyloid beta protein (which is also present in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients).LOOK: Girl Born With Backwards Legs Walks for the First Time Thanks to ‘Miracle’ SurgeryThough moving a drug like this from bench to bedside can cost millions of dollars, the team hopes to obtain research grant funding to commercialize the vaccine in order to create an injection that could be tested in human patients within the next few years.(This study was supported in part by an Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center grant from the National Institute on Aging to Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois) – Reprinted from the University of New Mexico(WATCH the news coverage below or our international viewers can watch the video on the KRQE website)Don’t Forget To Share The Groundbreaking News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAlzheimer’s disease is a progressive memory disorder that currently affects 43 million people worldwide.Behind the memory impairments, there is a perfect storm of destruction in the brain, stemming in part from accumulations of a protein called tau. Normally a stabilizing structure inside of neurons, tau can accumulate in long tangles that disrupt the ability of neurons to communicate with one another.In groundbreaking studies at the University of New Mexico, however, researchers have developed a vaccine that could prevent the formation of the tau tangles and potentially prevent the cognitive decline typically seen in Alzheimer’s patients.last_img read more

Kathryn Barnes Markle

first_img She leaves behind a legacy of charm, wit and laughter that will forever be remembered and missed by all she encountered.Kathryn is preceded in death by her parents.She is survived by her daughter, Alexa Markle and her husband, Teri Gibson of Lucas, Texas, her son, Frank Markle and his wife, Melissa of League City, Texas, three grandsons, Spenser Gunaca and Clayton Gunaca both of Dallas, Texas, and Nathanael Markle of League City, Texas.She is also survived by her brother, Robert Gerald Barnes of Houston, nephew, Robert Barnes, Jr. of Beaumont and niece, Dana Turner of Beaumont. Visitation will be on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Service to honor Kathryn’s life will be at 1:00 PM Monday in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson.Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Kathryn Barnes Markle, 81, of Richardson, Texas and former resident of Port Arthur passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at her home in Richardson.She was born on September 23, 1938 in Houston, Texas.She was raised by her parents, Thomas Gerald Barnes and Margaret Crow Barnes in Port Arthur.center_img Kathryn graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1956.Kathryn was a devoted mother to her children and loved her precious dogs.After her children were older, she worked as a coordinator at UTMB Galveston for over 10 years. Kathryn’s favorite place was the beach, she loved any place with a view of the water and enjoyed many years living on the beach in Galveston Island.last_img read more

Payday loan borrowers pay more in fees than original loan

first_imgDesperate consumers often turn to payday loans as a financial quick fix, but many get stuck in a “revolving door of debt” in which they end up paying more in fees than their original loan was Melanie Hicken More than 60% of payday loans are made to borrowers who take out at least seven loans in a row — the typical point at which the fees they pay exceed the original loan amount, according to a study of more than 12 million loans made over 12-month periods during 2011 and 2012 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.Also known as cash advances or check loans, payday loans are typically for $500 or less and carry fees of between $10 to $20 for each $100 borrowed, according to a separate CFPB report last year. A $15 fee, for example, would carry an effective APR of nearly 400% for a 14-day loan. Yet, payday lenders defend these loans as a source of emergency cash for consumers who are unable to secure more favorable credit products. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Judges receive anti-bias training

first_img February 15, 2016 Regular News Judges receive anti-bias training J udges receive anti-bias training More than 20 state court judges recently attended a training session to learn how implicit biases can result in explicit behavior that may effect fairness in the courts. Judge Dawn P. Fields, diversity coordinator for the Seventh Circuit, hosted the CJE Fairness & Diversity Conference at the Beach Safety Headquarters in Daytona Beach. Thirteenth Circuit Judge Claudia R. Isom and 10th Circuit Judge Peter Estrada from the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity assisted in preparing and presenting the program. Other faculty included retired Seventh Circuit Judge Hubert Grimes, Assistant State Attorney David Cromartie, attorney Kelly Chanfrau, Assistant Public Defender George Burden, and attorney Alicia Washington. Curriculum included a presentation by County Court Judge Chris Kelly, who presented a section titled “The Level Playing Field — Jury Selection and Jury Instructions,” and Arnell Bryant-Willis, diversity initiatives manager for The Florida Bar, conducted a “Privilege Walk” exercise. Judges completed the “One Day in Three Years” educational requirement for state court judges, who are required to attend a day-long session on fairness and diversity within their first three years on the bench.last_img read more

How a bad relationship can make you ill – by damaging your immune system

first_imgThe Daily Mail: Feeling anxious about close relationships could make you fall ill  – by damaging your immune system. Not only does anxiety appear to raise levels of stress hormones in the body, it also makes it less effective at fighting off illness.…Though some scientists believe that attachment anxiety can be traced back to childhood, Dr Jaremka noted that people who feel anxious can change, over time.‘It’s not necessarily a permanent state of existence,’ she said in the study published in the journal Psychological Science.  Read the whole story: The Daily Maillast_img

The Ministry of Tourism is setting up a working group for Russian tourists

first_imgDeputy Minister of Tourism Pauletić participated in the opening ceremony of the International Moscow Fair of Tourism and Travel (MITT), which is being held from March 23 to 26 at the Expocentre in Moscow. During his stay in Moscow, Deputy Minister Pauletić met with the Director of the Sector for Tourism and Regional Policy Olga Jarilova and the Acting Director of the Sector for International Cooperation Olga Andonjeva at the Ministry of Culture. to be held at the end of April in Zagreb.This also represents a turning point between Russian-Croatian cooperation in the field of tourism. As part of the meeting to discuss activities in the field of cooperation through tourism in the next three years, a B2B workshop between Russian and Croatian travel organizers would be organized. Furthermore, the idea of ​​holding a month of Russian tourism in Croatia was proposed, so that since the Russian school holidays begin on May 25 and last until June 20, during this pre-season period, tourist traffic from Russia could be further intensified.After illogical and incomprehensible years of wandering around the issue of the arrival of Russian tourists, finally a concrete move and open cooperation in solving all problems with the aim of increasing the arrival of Russian tourists to the Adriatic. We hope that these activities will not remain only on paper and that the Ministry will be proactive because in today’s world and fierce competition, every guest is important, let alone Russian tourists who have been inclined to the Adriatic coast for years. The Ministry of Tourism points out that this year they expect the negative trend of Russian tourist arrivals to stop, and the growth of about 20 percent of Russian guest arrivals, ie approaching the numbers before the introduction of the visa regime. If the predictions come true, it would certainly be a very good reason to celebrate both in the Ministry of Tourism and all tourism workers. But it is a long way to go, but it is certainly commendable that the first step has been taken, which certainly raises positive hope. Last year, Croatia was visited by 113 guests from Russia, who spent 866 nights. Last year, Russia was also the 16th market in terms of the number of overnight stays in Croatia, with a share of 1,08% in total overnight stays.Despite the fact that the number of Russian tourists has been declining in the last few years, Russian tourists are extremely important to us because they stay in Croatia for more than eight days on average and are excellent consumers, said Deputy Minister of Tourism Pauletic.”We are talking with our Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the introduction of multiple-entry visas and how to possibly reduce the final cost of making visas for Russian tourists. What makes me extremely happy is that twice as many charter flights to Croatia have been announced this year compared to last year, and our national airline has also announced a Zagreb-St. Petersburg. ” One of the key factors in the arrival of all tourists is good transport connections, and the meeting emphasized that they will continue to further strengthen transport connections between Russia and Croatia. Furthermore, the Deputy Minister presented the Croatian tourist offer, which, in addition to the hotel, abounds in luxury private accommodation and yachting, for which Russian tourists are very interested.last_img read more