“Melissa” was always Duane Allman‘s favorite song to hear his brother sing. So ten years after his death, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, and “Dangerous” Dan Toler took the stage at NBC Studios to perform the emotional song in his honor.Gregg Allman would often recount memories of his brother Duane at the dinner table, asking him to “play that song… the one about the girl.” While the core of the band died in the early 1970s, when Duane and Berry Oakley died in motorcycle accidents a year apart from each other, the last 40+ years have been dedicated to prolonging the life of the music through the remaining members, and whatever iteration of players the original bandmates recruited throughout time.The music stayed strong for 45 years, until the Allman Brothers Band officially played their last show in October of 2014. While Gregg, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe all played in their respective bands outside of the ABB, there was still hope that the band would reunite for a 50th anniversary. With the deaths of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks this year, we regret to realize the time has passed.Gregg Allman’s voice and songwriting has proved timeless already, and will continue to warm our hearts for years to come. Watch the 1981 performance, and take a moment to let it sink in.
If you were unable to attend the ceremony in person, you can watch it by clicking here. “It means so much because at first we didn’t think we were going to have anything. We just thought we were going to get a diploma in the mail,” said graduating senior Jenna Kaufman. “It means a lot to be with your friends and stuff.” The separation of the ceremonies was necessary due to New York State guidelines limiting in person graduations to 150 attendees. “20 people is better than none,” Melendez said. “I’m glad I got to hear everyone’s speech and get my diploma. It means a lot. I’d rather get to do it in person than just get it in the mail or anything.” Fellow gradate Andre Melendez agreed. Students were permitted to have a limited number of family members in attendance and anyone unable to attend could watch the ceremony live on YouTube. The ceremonies kicked off at 8 a.m, and continued until around 4 p.m. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Johnson City High School held several separate commencement ceremonies throughout the day honoring more than 170 graduates. 12 News caught up with students outside the ceremony who say they were grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the occasion in person.
Published on September 5, 2014 at 9:55 am Facebook Twitter Google+ The school can change, the value of the trips doesn’t.When it comes to volleyball at most any level or school, away tournaments are what many teams refer to as “business trips.” They are also great opportunities to provide bonding experiences. That’s exactly what Syracuse is looking for in its first away tournament this weekend.“It’s always a big deal getting out of school and the comfort of Syracuse,” graduate right side Stacey Smith saidThe Orange (2-1) is headed to Illinois on Thursday for the Windy City Invite where it will face DePaul (1-2) on Friday at 6 p.m., Illinois-Chicago (0-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday and Chicago State (1-3) later that day at 8. Syracuse defeated Chicago State and Illinois-Chicago in their last meetings and took the match to four sets before falling to DePaul in 2012.“The first tournament is (like) everyone is going on a blind date,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the Big Orange tournament behind SU, the second tournament gives him a chance to get to know his team a little better.While on campus, the upperclassmen do not get to see the freshmen outside of practice due to class schedules. That leaves a small amount of time off the court and the road swing will give the players a chance to build chemistry.Yelin is often finding ways for the team to bond. The Orange will go out to dinner, see a movie or go or shopping as a team.Though Smith joined the team in July, the team’s other six additions arrived only a month ago. Regardless, Yelin expects all the players to assimilate on and off the court.“If you’re a freshman, I’m not going to take this into consideration and give you an excuse,” he said. “If you are, and deserve to be a starter, we are going to treat you like everyone else. It’s no excuse.”Aside from improving cohesion, the returning players know there’s also on-court kinks to work out. After struggling with miscommunication on the court at last weekend’s tournament, Yelin emphasized the team’s first touch — either serve or serve receive — among other issues to correct, junior middle blocker Monika Salkute said.Junior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk agreed with Yelin’s criticism, saying that if the team focuses on upgrading in those areas, its overall play will improve.With a handful of tests ahead, the coaches are hoping that off-court chemistry will transfer on-court and the season beyond.The players collectively agree that further cohesion is needed in order to clean it up on the court and focus on being more disciplined in their play.“In volleyball, since there is no contact, you can use your ability,” said Yelin. “But you have to be so disciplined to know how to use it. Playing scrappy – that’s not our game.” Comments
Lance Armstrong is coming clean on his truthfulness.A surprisingly candid Armstrong was profiled on Night 1 of the two-part ESPN documentary “Lance,” with doping one of the first topics discussed on the show. While doping was touched on throughout the episode, it seems like we’re going to get more insight into the mentality of Armstrong and the rest of the dopers this weekend. Nobody dopes and is honest. You’re not. The only way you can dope and be honest is if nobody ever asks you, which is not realistic. The second somebody asks you, you lie. Now, you might — it might be one lie, because you answer it once, or in my case, it might be 10,000 lies because you answer it 10,000 times. And then you take it a step further, and you reinforce it, “F— you, you don’t ever f—ing ask me that question again.” And then you go sue somebody. So that’s why it was 100 times worse. ‘Cause we all lied.MORE: Armstrong unaware if doping caused cancerArmstrong’s once-celebrated cycling career is tarnished, as the (now stripped) seven-time Tour de France winner was under investigation by USADA and later admitted to doping resulting in the stripping of the titles in 2012. It also resulted in a lifetime ban from cycling.While other former teammates of Armstrong admitted to doping — and there’s still rampant speculation as to how clean the sport is today — none have been quite as profiled and scrutinized as Armstrong. We’ll see if answers continue to come to light on Sunday. With Part 2 of the doc hitting television sets Sunday, ESPN teased one question that everyone’s wondering: Why lie?