Bicycle Day is the annual celebration of Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman’s first intentional ingestion of the chemical compound, LSD-25, after accidentally discovering the compound’s nature three days earlier. Named for Hoffman’s trippy bicycle ride home from the lab that fateful day, each year on April 19th, folks come together to celebrate the world’s first acid trip all the way back in 1943. One of the largest Bicycle Day celebrations occurs in San Francisco, California, and brings musicians, visual artists, and speakers together to pay tribute to America’s counterculture and all things psychedelic. This year, San Francisco’s Bicycle Day celebration will be occurring in a new venue, The Midway, and is likely to be a spectacular tribute to the occasion.Renowned artists Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Android Jones will be front and center all evening, creating visual art that reflects the setting. Bureau of Sabotage will headline the event, reconvening the supergroup consisting of Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Co, Allman Brothers), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation), and John Kadlecik (Furthur, DSO). Other acts appearing include Ott, Papadosio, Phaelah, Govinda, and Eliot Lipp in addition to a bunch of other musicians, performance artists, visual artists, and more.You can check out more information about the event here and purchase tickets here.
U.S. Coal-Generated Electricity Drops to Less Than 30% Market Share in February FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Jeffrey McDonald at Platts:Coal dropped to 29.6% of US utility-scale power generation in February as natural gas and renewables each captured greater market share, the US Energy Information Administration said Thursday.The agency’s Electric Power Monthly showed that coal generation totaled 92.9 GWh in February, down 18.3% from January and 26.9% from the same month a year ago.Natural gas and renewables comprised 31.3% and 17% of the total energy mix, respectively, up from 31.1% and 14.9% in January. For renewables, it was the highest monthly grab of the energy pie since April 2014. Natural gas has topped coal for seven of the last eight months, including the last six months of 2015, according to EIA data. Prior to 2015, coal was always dominant to natural gas for power generation.A year ago, coal comprised 37.9% of electric power generation while gas made up 27.2% and renewables 14.1%. That share began dropping with coal-fired plant retirements resulting from implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and falling gas prices.Full article: EIA says coal drops to 29.6% of US energy mix on generation declines
Regimented Palace registered their sixth clean sheet in 11 games by throwing 10 men behind the ball where possible, and squeezing toothless Stoke between the lines. Puncheon took his time for the crucial finish, that came after good work from Yannick Bolasie and Adrian Mariappa. Palace’s goal hero could have doubled his tally but for a fine late save from Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, who also denied Marouane Chamakh and Joel Ward in the same sequence. Despite some late jitters though, Pulis felt Palace fully merited victory against his former club, ending the week he turned 56 with a belated birthday gift. “It’s a pleasing result for us, because we need to win home games, and to get a clean sheet was good,” said Pulis. “I was hoping and praying we’d get a second goal but Butland made some great saves. “I felt more nervous in the last 10 minutes when they pushed (Ryan) Shawcross up front and just played balls into the box. “You’re hoping one of those doesn’t drop to someone, luckily it didn’t, and fortunately for us. “We broke ever so well at times, created good opportunities from that and we should have scored more goals.” Frustrated Stoke manager Mark Hughes admitted his side deserved to come away with no reward from Selhurst Park. Stoke are now without an away Premier League win in nine matches, with Hughes admitting concern at the Potters’ away record. “It was a low-quality game from both sides I would suggest, there wasn’t a lot of guile and creativity shown,” he said. “We didn’t have enough creativity in that final third to cause them enough problems of note. “And that’s where we are at the moment, we’re okay at the back and into midfield, but then we get to a point where we find it difficult to create those clear-cut chances. “So it’s disappointing that we were unable to really build a performance that would enable us to take the game away from Palace. “We’ve been talking about our away form and we really felt this was a game we could win, but we gave away that goal and after that it was always going to be difficult.” Pledging to sharpen up his side’s defending, Hughes conceded Stoke had allowed Puncheon far too easy a path to the winning finish. “We’re better than that, and we can’t allow consecutive errors to happen in Premier League games, because inevitably they lead to goals,” he said. “That allowed the lad to shoot in the six-yard box, and they scored the winning goal. “Those frailties in our defence need to be worked on and that’s something we’ll address.” Southampton loan forward Puncheon fired Palace to a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Stoke at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The 27-year-old’s cool finish was in stark contrast to his much-maligned penalty howler in Palace’s 2-0 defeat at Spurs last weekend. Puncheon met the final whistle with palpable relief, wiping tears from his eyes and punching the air in delight, as Palace eased out of the relegation zone. Puncheon was clearly happy to move past a week of controversy, after his Twitter spat with Neil Warnock, that included threats of legal action from the former Palace boss. But Eagles manager Pulis played down Puncheon’s unsettled week, saying he never had any doubts his loan recruit would come good. “We had no problems with Punch, he missed a penalty albeit by a great distance, but that’s what happens in life,” said Pulis. “You get ups and downs, especially being a professional footballer. “The most important thing was for him to get back on and do what he does best and that is play football. “He’s a good player, he can do things, create chances and score goals, and that’s more like falling off a bike for the first time. “You make sure you get back on that bike quickly and start pedalling again.” Match-winner Jason Puncheon never showed signs of his horror-show penalty miss at Tottenham affecting his form against Stoke, according to Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis. Press Association
“We’re thrilled to be able to delve into the world of Laney College for our fifth season and to have had the opportunity to document the incredible grit and drive of these JUCO players in Oakland,” director Greg Whiteley said.While this will be the final season of “Last Chance U” as we know it, Netflix has approved a spin-off show titled “Last Chance U: Basketball.” As you might suspect, that will focus on JUCO college basketball players, but won’t air until 2021.MORE: Where are the star players of Netflix’s “Last Chance U” now?Last Chance U Season 5 release dateThe fifth season of “Last Chance U” will air on Tuesday, July 28. All episodes will release at the same time, and will premiere at 3 a.m. ET, or midnight PT. Previous seasons of “Last Chance U” have lasted eight episodes, so it’s safe to assume we’ll get the same amount for Season 5. Netflix’s description for the new season states: “The award-winning docuseries heads to Laney College in Oakland, California, where coach John Beam and his players are known for excellence on and off the field.”Why is Last Chance U at Laney college?The season before Netflix arrived, Laney went 11-2 and was the 2018 California Community College Athletic Association Football champion. The team is led by Hall of Fame coach John Beam, who entered his 40th year of coaching at the time of filming. He was also voted the CCCAA Football Coach of the Year the year before filming.From the East Bay Times:In all, Beam has coached more than 100 players who went on to play Division I football, and more than 20 who wound up playing in the NFL, including former Broncos and Raiders running back C.J. Anderson and ex-Steelers Pro Bowl tackle Marvel Smith. … He’s mostly proud that more than 90 percent of the players at Laney wind up graduating or transferring to Division I schools.After covering a pair of controversial coaches in the first two seasons, a change of pace in Season 5 covering Beam should provide fans with a dramatic new look into college football. Why is Last Chance U ending?In a statement, Whiteley said, “With this series, we always wanted to give viewers a raw behind-the-scenes look at junior college athletics and we’re excited to expand the LCU legacy onto the court with JUCO basketball.”Reading into the quote, it feels like Whiteley has covered what he wanted to in college football and wants to give viewers a look inside a different college sport.Whiteley also directed the Netflix series “Cheer,” which took an inside look at college cheerleading. The first season of “Last Chance U: Basketball” will cover the East Los Angeles Community College basketball team. Netflix’s documentary series “Last Chance U” is coming to an end — sort of.The popular television show is returning for Season 5 and is moving on from coach Jason Brown. This follows a trend we’ve seen from the show after it moved on from East Mississippi Community College after two seasons. We then got Coach Brown at Independence Community College in Kansas for two seasons. The fifth and final season will focus on Laney College, located in Oakland, Calif.
He made the announcement Thursday at a joint appearance with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the company headquarters in Hawthorne, California. NASA is planning its first manned flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon early next year.NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine says the capsule will be put into orbit in the first quarter of 2020 if “everything goes according to plan.”Bridenstine says the development of the Crew Dragon was key to achieving NASA’s top priority of “launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil” for the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — A tense rescue unfolded at a high-rise building in North Palm Beach on Monday morning.Crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue rescued a man, who appeared to be window washer that was stuck dangling on the side of a building, which was located at 100 Lakeshore Drive.After about 15 minutes, while residents watched nervously from their balconies, rescuers safely lowered the worker to the ground.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)NEW YORK (AP) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered the swiftest, strongest penalty he could, then called on NBA owners to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team for making racist comments that hurt the league.Almost unanimously, owners supported the commissioner Tuesday, as he handed down one of the harshest penalties in the history of U.S. sports.“We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views. They simply have no place in the NBA,” Silver said at a news conference.Sterling, 80, is banned for life from any association with the league or the Clippers, and fined $2.5 million – the maximum allowable under the NBA constitution. If three-fourths of the other 29 owners agree to Silver’s recommendation, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981.Players and others cheered Silver’s quick action, with union officials saying that if the league’s punishment hadn’t included a mandate for Sterling to sell the team, players were considering boycotting playoff games, including Tuesday’s Golden State Warriors-Clippers matchup, the team’s first home game since the scandal erupted.“We wanted to be a part of this decision, and we wanted Adam Silver to know where we stood. And we were very clear that anything other than Sterling selling his team was not going to be enough for us,” said Roger Mason Jr., the first vice president of the players’ union. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league, in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Filmmaker Spike Lee, right, watches as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)“We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins,” the Clippers added in a statement.Sterling’s Clippers have been one of the most incompetent franchises in pro sports, and would have been home by now in most of their seasons. But this team is a title contender led by Doc Rivers, a black coach whom Sterling brought from Boston and paid $7 million a year.Rivers canceled practice Monday and declined a meeting request from Sterling. He wouldn’t address whether he would return next season if Sterling were still in control.That might not be an issue if the owners vote to oust the owner.Sterling is estranged from his wife and had been dating Stiviano, 31. In court documents, Stiviano describes him as a man “with a big toothy grin brandishing his sexual prowess in the faces of the Paparazzi and caring less what anyone else thought, the least of which, his own wife.”Silver said when he first heard the audio, he hoped it had been altered or was fake, but thought it was Sterling. And it doesn’t matter if Sterling didn’t realize he was being recorded, Silver said.“Whether or not these remarks were initially shared in private, they’re now public, and they represent his views.” Sterling’s comments – which were recorded by his girlfriend and released by TMZ on Saturday – harmed the league, Silver said. Sponsors were threatening to abandon the NBA, and criticism was coming from fans on social media and even the White House.Sterling criticized V. Stiviano – purportedly the female voice on the tapes – for posting pictures of her with Black athletes Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp.“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with Black people. Do you have to?” Sterling asks the woman on the tape.“Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multiethnic league,” Silver said.In this May 4, 1981, file photo, Donald Sterling, a Los Angeles based attorney, speaks with reporters after a news conference in San Diego, where it was announced that he purchased the then-San Diego Clippers basketball team for $13.5 million. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)The NBA’s longest-tenured owner keeps his team for now – and Silver said he didn’t know if Sterling would fight to do so permanently.But he can’t attend games or practices, can’t be involved in any personnel decisions or participate in board of governors meetings.Just three days after the scandal broke, and hours before the Clippers hosted their biggest game of the season, Silver apologized to some of the league’s black pioneers while meting out a punishment he believed would satisfy outraged players and fans.Silver said the ban applied only to Sterling and there had been no discussions about whether he could sell to a family member.Many owners supported Silver, and none of them publicly defended Sterling.“We applaud the firm punishment handed out today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and appreciate the swiftness with which the NBA conducted its investigation,” Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said in a statement.The fine will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts, Silver said.Sterling, with an estimated net worth of about $2 billion, did not comment, though Silver said he did not apologize for his remarks. Silver said Sterling confirmed that he was the person on the audiotapes.Silver hasn’t even been on the job three months and already had to face a crisis that threatened the league not only financially – with several companies ending or suspending their sponsorships of the Clippers – but more importantly, socially.The NBA survived the Indiana Pacers’ brawl with Detroit Pistons fans, and referee Tim Donaghy betting on games he officiated. But this brought a different level of outrage, particularly because the league could have done something sooner about Sterling, who has faced federal charges of civil rights violations and racial discrimination in his business dealings.“This has all happened in three days, and so I am hopeful there will be no long-term damage to the league and to the Clippers organization,” Silver said. “But as I said earlier, I’m outraged so I certainly understand other people’s outrage.”After the announcement, the Clippers’ website had a simple message: “We are one.”
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeThe SPSCC Drama Program has teamed up with former Timberline High School theater director Brenda Amburgy to bring a top Broadway hit back to Olympia after ten years. La Cage Aux Folles, the musical that inspired the film The Birdcage, will hit the Minnaert Center stage from May 10 to May 19, 2018.Directed by Amburgy and produced by SPSCC drama professor Lauren Love, the collaboration on this production gives SPSCC students a unique opportunity to work with professional actors, technicians, and production personnel. From set design to costume and makeup, the local theater community and SPSCC students have joined efforts to pull off the Tony-Award winning musical.A set meeting of La Cage Aux Folles, a SPSCC Drama Production happening May 10-19, 2018. Photo courtesy: SPSCC“This is providing an opportunity for an internship that really is beyond anything I dreamed of,” said Love about the impact on her students. “I’d love to see this collaboration continue with the community. It helps us grow and helps the community grow.”Amburgy, a beloved staple in Olympia’s theater scene after a 33-year career at Timberline High School, describes her love for La Cage Aux Folles: “It’s about two partners who have a son. There’s a problem and they have to solve it. And as a family, you solve problems with love and patience and understanding. It really is that simple.”After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the ‘family business’: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the “star” performer ‘Zaza’. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.“What I’d like to see is that, during the finale, the audience is singing along with the song and that they are forgetting about their troubles and know that we’re all one,” said Amburgy.Auditions are open to the community on the Minnaert Center stage on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open roles include solos or group numbers featuring the entire cast and the Cagelles.The show will open on May 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at SPSCC and will run through May 19. Limited tickets are available for a Mother’s Day brunch and matinee combination on May 13, 2018. Tickets are on sale through The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
Facebook99Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Joint Animal ServicesIt’s hard to believe we are past the two-month mark since we at Joint Animal Services and many other organizations, had to make the difficult decision to close our doors to the general public and learn how to navigate a world with COVID-19.I have been so proud of the way our staff and foster homes have handled this uncertain and ever-changing time, maintaining a steadfast commitment to ensuring the health and welfare needs of the animals who depend on us.It is vital that as we prepare to relaunch our programs and services, we continue to keep our staff and volunteers healthy so that we can be here for the animals.This is why we will be taking a thoughtful and measured approach to our staged relaunch, with the following principles guiding every decision:Staff and volunteer health and safetyAnimal welfareCommunity healthWe know people are eager to return to a sense of normalcy in their lives with their pets – we are too. But we also recognize that if we rush to open, we could jeopardize the health of our staff and greater community. Although we’re prepared to be flexible, we want to avoid having to go backwards at any point, which could compromise the care of our shelter animals who have nowhere else to turn.Staff will continue to be available by phone Tuesday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Beginning June 2, 2020 Joint Animal Services will be open by appointment during our regular business hours: Tuesday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the following services:AdoptionsLicensingStray Drop OffsReclaimsOwner SurrendersOwner Requested EuthanasiasField Service Officers will address calls and complaints seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.To learn more about ways to donate, please go to the Animal Services website. Critical items can also be purchased directly from the Shelter’s Amazon Wish List and shipped directly to Animal Services. Please note that we are only able to accept unopened bags of food at this time.For information about local impacts of coronavirus on humans and guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, please follow the dedicated page on the Thurston County Health Department website.