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From left, Darby Schoenfield, an LSU Communication Disorders junior major, and Katherine Burley, an LSU senior Economics major, work to free the pink prize from the soft muddy lake bottom and getting extremely wet in the process. The pair were using children’s kayaks. Painted wooden flamingo lovers brave the chilly waters of City Park Lake to retrieve the pink prizes Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Flocking the lake is a tradition of the Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and the several dozen flamingoes don’t sit for long in the cold water before being rescued.

From left, Darby Schoenfield, an LSU Communication Disorders junior major, and Katherine Burley, an LSU senior Economics major, work to free the pink prize from the soft muddy lake bottom and getting extremely wet in the process. The pair were using children’s kayaks. Painted wooden flamingo lovers brave the chilly waters of City Park Lake to retrieve the pink prizes Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Flocking the lake is a tradition of the Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and the several dozen flamingoes don’t sit for long in the cold water before being rescued.

After getting one pink prize, from left, Darby Schoenfield, an LSU Communication Disorders junior major, uses an oar to pull Katherine Burley, an LSU senior Economics major, closer to help free the other pink flamingo from the soft muddy lake bottom. The pair were using children’s kayaks. Painted wooden flamingo lovers brave the chilly waters of City Park Lake to retrieve the pink prizes Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Flocking the lake is a tradition of the Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and the several dozen flamingoes don’t sit for long in the cold water before being rescued.

From left, Darby Schoenfield, an LSU Communication Disorders junior major, and Katherine Burley, an LSU senior Economics major, after working to free the pink prize from the soft muddy lake bottom paddle to round up the oar that got away in the process, but the bottom half of the oar remained stuck in the mud upon retrieval. The pair were using children’s kayaks. Painted wooden flamingo lovers brave the chilly waters of City Park Lake to retrieve the pink prizes Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Flocking the lake is a tradition of the Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and the several dozen flamingoes don’t sit for long in the cold water before being rescued.

From left, Darby Schoenfield, an LSU Communication Disorders junior major, and Katherine Burley, an LSU senior Economics major, work to free the pink prize from the soft muddy lake bottom and getting extremely wet in the process. The pair were using children’s kayaks. Painted wooden flamingo lovers brave the chilly waters of City Park Lake to retrieve the pink prizes Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Flocking the lake is a tradition of the Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and the several dozen flamingoes don’t sit for long in the cold water before being rescued.

From left, Darby Schoenfield, an LSU Communication Disorders junior major, and Katherine Burley, an LSU senior Economics major, work to free the pink prize from the soft muddy lake bottom and getting extremely wet in the process. The pair were using children’s kayaks. Painted wooden flamingo lovers brave the chilly waters of City Park Lake to retrieve the pink prizes Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Flocking the lake is a tradition of the Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and the several dozen flamingoes don’t sit for long in the cold water before being rescued.

After getting one pink prize, from left, Darby Schoenfield, an LSU Communication Disorders junior major, uses an oar to pull Katherine Burley, an LSU senior Economics major, closer to help free the other pink flamingo from the soft muddy lake bottom. The pair were using children’s kayaks. Painted wooden flamingo lovers brave the chilly waters of City Park Lake to retrieve the pink prizes Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Flocking the lake is a tradition of the Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and the several dozen flamingoes don’t sit for long in the cold water before being rescued.

From left, Darby Schoenfield, an LSU Communication Disorders junior major, and Katherine Burley, an LSU senior Economics major, after working to free the pink prize from the soft muddy lake bottom paddle to round up the oar that got away in the process, but the bottom half of the oar remained stuck in the mud upon retrieval. The pair were using children’s kayaks. Painted wooden flamingo lovers brave the chilly waters of City Park Lake to retrieve the pink prizes Monday Jan. 30, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La. Flocking the lake is a tradition of the Krewe of Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade and the several dozen flamingoes don’t sit for long in the cold water before being rescued.
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Newaygo County Emergency Services issued the following statement, “Consumers Energy has issued a condition D for the Hardy Dam due to some concrete blocks needing repair in the spillway of the dam. There is no threat to the dam at this time, and no plans to release water or anything from Hardy Pond.

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The wall is not supposed to be tilted, so engineers examined to see if any voids were beneath the surface, DeDoes added. Crews did not find anything, so the road was reopened.
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The waterworks hovered near during the hours that made up our final days during this surreal week. The unexpected announcement Monday came as a blow. Though many of us expected change to our six day a week publication at some point, we figured it would be gradual; perhaps cutting the Monday edition, for example, or paring us back to two or three days a week. But for the hammer to crush publication entirely wasn’t something we prepared for. The emotions have crossed an understandable range shock, disbelief, anger, sadness and fear, along with speculation about why this happened and what, if anything, could have been done differently. In a workplace of 55 people, it is impossible to know about everyone’s lives but I heard some of their stories. One person, who left the big city to carve out a rural existence near Kamloops, is the sole wage earner for he, his wife and their four children. Another was eight months away from turning 55, the point he figured would provide a comfortable enough pension to survive. One couple with two school aged children are now both out of work. Someone whose spouse just underwent an organ transplant and relies on him to provide for them is jobless. Someone whose marriage recently ended is now wondering how he will pay the mortgage on the large house he has been unable to sell. I uprooted our comfortable life in the Kootenays with a house that was nearly paid off to move here for the city editor position. Now I will be competing with my former peers for any applicable local jobs. Our stories are, no doubt, similar to those of others who lost their jobs in recent years the common thread is none of us knows what the future holds, whether we will have to move to obtain work or take jobs outside our chosen field. But beyond what this change will mean to each of us personally, will be the greater impact on the community. Those who told your stories with such passion, insight and care will be gone from your lives. Smaller papers can do a good job; I know, I’ve worked at many. But they won’t have the staff with the level of expertise and community knowledge that The Daily News had, nor will they have enough reporters to allow the necessary time to provide the in depth coverage some stories deserve. And this gap will leave the community a more hollow place. Since becoming editor a few short months ago, it felt like there was a new spirit of collaboration evolving in the newsroom and I mourn for what might have been, for all the stories that won’t be told. The Daily News is leaving me when I had only begun to know her. I give credit to the staff here for soldiering through this difficult final week; we agreed we weren’t doing it for Glacier, we were doing it for ourselves and our loyal readers because you continued to deserve the best we could give. We appreciate your loyalty and want you to know it has been a privilege to be a part of your lives.
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Hardee’s plans a Twin Cities blitz in the next five years.

Hardee’s recently announced a five year expansion plan that will increase its Minneapolis/St. Paul area presence four fold, from 21 locations to 80. But those of us without a “minimum net worth of $1 million” (a Hardee’s franchisee candidate requirement) are more concerned with where exactly this new invasion of fast food is going to land. Good thing we have a map.

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A Queen Park art gallery is seeing more action than usual because of local artist Rosalie H. Maheux racy piece called Sacred Circle XII.

From afar, the 33 square inch work looks like a stained glass rose fit for a church. But upon closer inspection, it a collage of hardcore pornographic images involving women engaging in oral and anal sex.

Ontario PC women critic Laurie Scott said she a publicly owned government building, Macdonald Block, has chosen to display graphic and sexually explicit images of women.

of the aims or intent of the artist, Ontarians expect their government to lead by example in combating the sexual objectification of women, Scott said in a statement Thursday. fact that a publicly housed gallery has been allowed to not only display but to sell images of this nature is very worrisome. psychedelic mandala like piece, priced at $1,100, is part of the 30 Under 30 exhibit that runs until July 24 at the John B. Aird Gallery.

The artist couldn be reached for comment, but told CityNews her goal was to create a reaction. She said Sacred Circle XII is a feminist comment because she using other women bodies to form flattering geometric shapes.

The gallery falls under the jurisdiction of the province Treasury Board Secretariat, but its minister, Deb Matthews, deflected questions to an independent board of directors that operates it.

The gallery art director, Carla Garnet, hung up on the Sun Thursday.

don want to talk, bye, she said.

Two other co presidents of the gallery board Jowenne Herrera and Sarah Morison couldn be reached.

No word whether the piece will be removed.

Gary Michael Dault, the curator of the exhibit, which showcases 30 Canadian artists under 30 years old, said he surprised people get upset over issues that 100 years old. images are so small, that in order to peer at them and be offended by what you see, you really have to inspect closely, Dault said in a phone interview from his Napanee home. the fact that it located in a government building got to do with anything? The government so squeaky clean it can even imagine the world sometimes looks at pornographic images on the Internet? said as far as he knows, the government didn pay the artists in the show. He said he chose Maheux piece because of its intricate technical qualities.

she doing is downloading what already there, like going to a library and taking out a book, he said. she did is she sanitized the pornographic images by making them into a mandala a transcendental image used in some religions as an aid to meditation. What she saying is human beings are trivial, but maybe they can be made to see a brighter, stronger ambition for themselves. visitors perused the piece Thursday morning. Some were shocked, others simply shrugged their shoulders.

think people are too sensitive, Dave Stirling, 53, said. art. If you go to any galleries in Europe you going to see some degree of nudity, so suck it up. A lot of art galleries are government owned or sponsored. disclaimer at the entrance reads: Exhibit contains images intended for a mature audience. OPP officer said he often walks through the gallery, but has never seen much excitement.

Rosalie Maheux Sacred Circle XII has raised plenty of eyebrows while on display for a few weeks at the John B. Aird Gallery in Macdonald Block at Queen Park. But why is it art?

it in a gallery, that seems to be a pretty controlled space, but art has always been a forward thinking medium and artists tend to explore ideas that expand certain notions about what is acceptable, said Natalie Waldburger, Ada Slaight chairman of contemporary painting and print media at OCAD University. context is appropriate. said the piece be quite a feminist statement. the time and place we at where female artists are asserting their voice and their own sexuality, it a really important piece for that. She making the choices and she honestly savvy about the role of sexuality in a woman life. Brower, a lecturer in museum studies at the University of Toronto, who is familiar with Maheux work, said it a relevant commentary on society relationship with porn.

course it art, he said. needs to talk about things that are affecting people lives. It reflecting that with the Internet, images of hardcore porn have gone from things on the top shelves, hidden away, to things that are relatively prevalent in the culture.
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This is the eighth of a series that examines where the Buffalo Bills stand at each position heading into training camp, which begins July 27. Today’s installment looks at defensive back.

You can argue the New England Patriots paid far too much to sign Stephon Gilmore as a free agent.

To some, the five year contract that guarantees the cornerback $40 million isn’t commensurate with the way he played for most of his five seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Yes, he was good, often very good. But that kind of money?

The Patriots do have a way of getting the most out of their investments, even the ones that occasionally prompt head scratching. If nothing else, they succeeded in taking away an important piece of the defense of another AFC East team which happened to rank sixth in the NFL last season in passing yards allowed per game (with an average of 223.9).

And that’s where the conversation about the Bills’ secondary, which has undergone some of the biggest of the many changes on the team, has to begin.

It’s hard to expect immediate improvement with a cornerback pairing of Ronald Darby who did not play as well last season as he did in his rookie year in 2015 and his transitioning to a new defense and a rookie, first round draft pick Tre’Davious White.

It’s also hard to expect immediate improvement with two new safeties free agent acquisitions Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer who have yet to be starters for a full NFL season and who are also learning a new scheme.

Here’s the breakdown at defensive back:

Returning: Ronald Darby (CB), Kevon Seymour (CB), Colt Anderson (S), Joe Powell (S) and Shamiel Gary (S). Sanders (S).

Better, worse or the same?: Worse.

In 2016, Darby fell well short of his sensational rookie season. He could very well rebound, but it won’t be easy given that he was drafted to fit Rex Ryan’s pressure oriented scheme of the past two years that required cornerbacks to mainly play man to man coverage. In the Sean McDermott Leslie Frazier defense, he must get acclimated to working within a zone based system, and that could take time.

White’s performance during offseason practices drew high praise from McDermott, who said the rookie looked much more like a second or third year veteran. Still, there’s plenty for White to learn and opponents will no doubt seek to challenge him on a regular basis.

Seymour, Wright, and Johnson will compete for the nickel cornerback spot. Each is capable of filling the role adequately and providing solid depth.

The Bills had no choice but to part ways with safeties Aaron Williams, who was never the same after the neck injury he suffered early in the 2015 season, and Corey Graham, whose play had diminished greatly in his 10th year in the NFL.

They are starting over with a pair of newcomers: Hyde, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, and Poyer, formerly of the Cleveland Browns.

Hyde has spent much of his four professional seasons as a utility player, and his versatility is a plus. But the Bills are putting him in a key role as the quarterback of their secondary. It will take time for Hyde and Poyer to develop chemistry with each other and with the rest of the secondary as they also deal with learning a new defense.

Safety depth is a huge question mark. Among the candidates are Anderson, whose bigger contributions are expected to come on special teams, and Powell, who finished last season as an injured member of the practice squad and whose limited football background that includes the junior college and semi pro levels.
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This is Anaheim, where the Rally Monkey resides and expectations are as young as Game 5 national anthem singer. But still, we need to know how the Angels, a team that showed such grit and elan in beating baseball $208 million monster, New York, in the AL Division Series, became such a complete zero in the AL Championship Series, wandering Anaheim like a fleet of the homeless.

What caused Vladimir Guerrero an atrocious 1 for 20 in the ALCS and 7 for 38 in the postseason, producing averages of .050 and .184, respectively to start swinging the bat like Vladimir Putin? How did Chone Figgins go from chief pest to docile pet?

How did a team that hit .270 during the regular season and led the majors in average with runners in scoring position suddenly freefall to a .175 average in the five games, and struggle to get the meager 11 runs and 27 hits they did? The average is the lowest ever for a five game LCS and the 11 runs the second lowest.

How did they allow the Chicago White Sox to throw four straight complete games in an era where they are endangered, and win the series in five games, 4 1, with their 6 3 Game 5 win? How did they take their first lead since Game 1 in the fifth inning and then allow Jose Contreras to retire the last 15 hitters?

was tough, Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said about watching Guerrero flail at the plate, his stroke messed up beyond comprehension. count on your better players to play well, and I sure no one is more disappointed than Vlad.

hitting all season was not consistent. But the way we finished the season, and the way we hit against New York, I thought we were a hit team. tough to lose, but we put our hearts into everything we did, and it just didn work out. The simplest answer, and the one the Angels chose after the series ending 6 3 loss, is that they were beaten by a better team with a pitching staff reminiscent of some of baseball all time best.

In assessing the loss and the team that beat them, they found a lot of comparisons to the 2002 Angels team that made an incredible run to the World Series title.

Lights out pitching, in this case starting pitching compared to Anaheim bullpen in 2002. Timely performances from players like Joe Crede, who reminds one of Scott Spiezio. Paul Konerko playing the role of Troy Glaus,
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took it to us pretty good, said second baseman Adam Kennedy, who had two of the Angels five hits Sunday. had good arms and a good game plan and made good pitches. It was a great display of how to pitch. do what we do, only they did it better, pitcher John Lackey said.

The Game 5 loss may have ended the series, but one can speculate all winter on exactly when the series turned on the Angels. Pierzynski of the White Sox and Angels catcher Josh Paul, and produced the Great Chicago Firestorm. The Angels disappeared thereafter. need to move on about that, Lackey said.

Can it be traced to the executive offices of Fox Sports, the network that forced the Angels three games in three nights in three cities playoff schedule? No one wants to say they were fatigued, but anyone who flies knows what jet lag feels like. is tired this time of the season, Scioscia said.

Did it occur when Bartolo Colon blew out his shoulder in Game 5 of the Yankee series, shuffling the Angels pitching staff? No one in red wanted to use that as an excuse.

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William H. Macy has shared that men in Hollywood, himself included, feel they attack in Hollywood.

The Shameless star collected the gong for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series at the ceremony held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, beating nominees Anthony Anderson of Black ish and Master of None Aziz Ansari among others.

And according to editors at the New York Daily News, in a candid chat in the press room, he aired his views on the Time Up initiative, founded by Hollywood actresses to fight sexual harassment and assault in the industry.

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The original Air Jordans were so coveted that some people were mugged for their footwear. Now, those shoes are being remarketed to the public as retro, hitting the market in extremely small quantities.

Representatives from Nike and its Jordan brand division were unavailable for comment and declined to say how many of the shoes had been sent to retailers nationwide.

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Rankin owns 120 pairs of shoes, which he refuses to wear more than three times each (“creases make your shoes look bad”), and is the beneficiary of a unique deal with his mom: shoes for good grades.

Rankin’s shoes, all in mint condition, could be worth a fortune on eBay, where the Retro 13’s are already being auctioned for up to double their retail value of $150.
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Since opening six months ago, the Horseshoe Casino has illuminated downtown like a beacon of . well, what exactly?

There are plenty of questions surrounding the Horseshoe Casino’s economic viability (the division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. that operates Horseshoe filed for bankruptcy protection in January) and long term impact on Baltimore, but I decided to leave the number crunching to the economists and the political pontificating to the talking heads. Instead, as a previous patron of Maryland Live, Delaware Park and numerous Atlantic City casinos and not to mention a nightlife reporter and critic for The Sun I wanted to finally see the glitzy spectacle in person. and bar crawl through Horseshoe’s bars and casual restaurants. The goal was not to definitively review these spots, but to provide an account of a singular, bouncing around experience. It wasn’t quite the experience you would have you likely will not have a Horseshoe hired public relations person, who was unobtrusive and there mostly to monitor our photographer, trailing you but the aim was simply to capture a visitor’s first Horseshoe experience one Friday night in February.

I hoped for a packed dance floor and signs of questionable hedonism. But it was too early for that type of action, so instead, we were treated I guess? to a “Deal or No Deal” type of promotion. Selecting from 10 suitcases with different amounts inside, a Silver Spring woman named Karen Taylor eventually won $1,538, which seemed fun for her and not so much for the other 70 or so patrons that watched.

As we finished our Bud Lights (reasonably priced for a casino at $5.50), the fear of a lethargic night became planted in my head. We agreed to circle back to 14Forty later. Friday Saturday)

Before we knew it, the racially diverse crowd which had likely doubled in size since our visit earlier was dancing with a carefree attitude and a wonderful looseness.

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While 14Forty represented a question mark, B’More Beers was a clear indication of thoughtful planning. As the name indicates, the focus here is locally brewed beers. Some city bar owners could learn from the tavern’s rotating collection of 18 draft beers by Heavy Seas, Flying Dog, Stillwater, DuClaw, The Brewer’s Art and Raven Beer.

I was concerned the booming soundsystem from 14Forty would bleed into this quaint beer bar, but thankfully that was not the case.

I interrupted patron Teresa Cameron as she scrolled on her phone, and asked how often she comes to Horseshoe. She lit up and replied, “Twice a month usually on Fridays.” She rattled off reasons: excellent parking, good food, a sense of safety. But her main reason for coming was 14Forty.

“I don’t go to [Maryland] Live anymore,” Cameron said. Friday Saturday)

Celebrity chef and Flavortown monarch Guy Fieri loves Baltimore, so his own restaurant here was no surprise. We took seats at the bar, which established its casualness by partially overlapping into the casino floor. It can feel like a sit down restaurant if you go inside, or a place for a quick burger break in between slot pulls if you do not. It helps give the impression that Horseshoe flows fluidly from bar to restaurant to casino and back. (An exception is the fancier eatery Jack Binion’s Steak, which we skipped because this was not that type of trip.)

The most memorable drink of the night came from here the Monkey Wrench ($12). We worried it would be too sweet with its Wild Turkey bourbon, lemon juice and maple syrup, but the clever use of cayenne pepper cut through the layers of sugar nicely. We left, but not before a shot of frozen Fireball ($8), displayed in a fake block of ice, that was refreshingly cold and poured to the shooter’s brim. Saturday Sunday)

The hype around Johnny Sanchez was based on its high profile collaborators, chefs John Besh and Aaron Sanchez. While I’ve heard good things about the food, we were there to bar crawl, and the low lit Johnny Sanchez was the sleepiest of the bunch. Patrons quietly ate and looked at their phones while a DJ played dance music to an empty floor. Live music was coming later, but we were not willing to wait. (Isn’t relocating on a whim the true beauty of a bar crawl?) With that said, the colorful, Mexican inspired mural on the right wall and eye catching light fixtures above the rectangular bar left an impression.

Twisted Yard Bar

Located in the Baltimore Marketplace the first floor hub of eateries including Tark’s at the ‘Shoe and Lenny’s Deli Twisted Yard Bar is described as “reminiscent of . New Orleans’ Bourbon Street” on Horseshoe’s website.

Not quite. Twisted Yard Bar felt more like a kiosk with some bar seats. I had heard the slushies ($8) were delicious, but only pina colada was available. (It was flavorful, but I would have preferred the other usual option, mango.) There were ingredients missing to make a mojito as well, and the Horseshoe Golden Ale, something that should always be flowing, was kicked, too, according to our friendly and apologetic bartender. Our next stop was the sports bar TAG Bar, but we arrived to find employees taking apart the entire bar. Construction rendered it inoperable for the night. to see if the energy had changed. It was a good thing we came back. The night’s band, Lost in Paris, wasted no time in playing radio hits that inspire up on your feet dancing.

The night peaked when the Philadelphia based quintet played an on the mark cover of Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em.” The sampled melody of the ’90s hit “Rhythm is a Dancer” meshes with Jeremih’s modern R singing and the quotable rap verse by YG, and the result offered a little bit of everything to everyone in attendance. Before we knew it, the racially diverse crowd which had likely doubled in size since our visit earlier was dancing with a carefree attitude and a wonderful looseness.

A birthday party at a VIP table then rose to its feet and formed multiple lines on the floor. What seemed like a group dancing together turned into a tiny flash mob performing pop and lock dance moves. Their unbridled joy was contagious. My body refused to not join the fun.

As the band segued into Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed Delivered I’m Yours” and then into Disclosure’s “Latch,” I pulled the leader of the dance, Charles Sanders, aside. A Zumba instructor, the Columbia resident said he comes “for the atmosphere and bands.” He introduced his wife, whose birthday they were all celebrating, who said she chose Horseshoe for the special night after a friend had a birthday party here a few weeks back. For her, the city’s bars lack the club vibe she wanted. Horseshoe made an attractive alternative.

A server then delivered a bottle of Skyy cherry vodka, fake sparkler and all, to their table. I glanced around 14Forty and saw Teresa Cameron, whom I met at B’More Beers, grooving to the music.
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