NASCAR founder’s great-grandson wins K&N East race

first_img“It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win. This is a track with so much prestige.”—Ben Kennedy Ben Kennedy captured his first career win in dominant fashion — leading the NAPA Auto Parts 150 wire-to-wire as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its inaugural visit to Five Flags Speedway on Saturday. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. Kennedy grabs first career K&N Pro Series East win in home state of Florida Earlier in the day, Kennedy established himself as the one to beat at the half-mile track in his home state — topping the speed chart in practice and winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.The 21-year-old from Daytona Beach held off multiple challenges throughout the 150-lap event and maintained command even after his sizeable lead was erased by a late-race caution.”It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win,” said Kennedy. “This is a track with so much prestige, and this is phenomenal.”Fifteen-year-old series rookie Gray Gaulding had to settle for second, with John Van Doorn third. Brett Moffitt came home fourth, followed by Kenzie Ruston. Bryon Ortiz, Dylan Kwasniewski, Sergio Pena, Ryan Gifford and Brandon Gdovic completed the top 10.Kennedy, the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., got his first NASCAR win last year in the Euro-Racecar Series in Tours, France. This was his first win in the U.S. and came in his 30th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start. His previous best finish was third (twice).Kennedy was one of five drivers in the field with previous experience at the Pensacola track. He has twice competed in Super Late Models at Five Flags.The NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be televised on SPEED on May 2 at 3 p.m. ET.The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule is the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 25.For more results, audio, photos and information, go to read more

Fishermen’s wives turn discarded fishnets into saleable handicrafts

first_img“‘Yung mga fine mesh nets hinditinatapon lang, mayroon pang use ‘yun. Na-engganyo din kami para walangmaraming basura dito sa aming coastlines,” Villarta said. MIAG-AO, Iloilo – Fishermen’s wivesare turning nets that litter their coastlines into sources of income. They arerepurposing them into corsages, decorations for baskets, bayong, hats and more. Originally, six women were trained byan officer from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority tomake decorative flowers out of the nets. This was held in University of thePhilippines Visayas (UPV). BY ANGELIKA N. BUERGO One of the first six women who trainedunder the program, Mary Sol Villarta, said the women in their community weregiven the opportunity to work from their own homes, thereby helping theirfamilies. Training was again conducted in UPVfor 17 more additional women from four municipalities – Oton, Tigbauan, Mia-gaoand San Joaquin. “Nag-training kami gamit ang fine meshnets na ginagamit rin namin dito sa aming coastal areas, kasi mayroon kamiditong sahi at ‘yung tinatawag na bulldozer [trawls] na ginagamit sa ginamos,”she explained. “I started it because of my environmentand conservation advocacy, particularly my concern about ‘ghost fishing’ wherediscarded nets kill marine wildlife,” she said. Gilles said these women are nowskilled enough to train other women in the community. Villarta said they are also looking toinnovate such as integrating larger nets to their products. “Fisherfolks are the poorest of thepoor and the women have no opportunities for other livelihood because theycould not leave their families and work elsewhere. When conditions don’t permitfishing, the families suffer,” Gilles said. Additionally, she said, they alsocollect nets from sacks of onions, gingers and other spices sold in the marketand old mosquito nets. “Pagkatapos ng lunch, wala nangginagawa ang mga nanay. ‘Yun ngayon ang ginagawa nila – gumagawa sila ng mgacrafts sa mga discarded nets,” she said. Gilles, on the other hand, saw theprogram as a way to “combine livelihood formation with conservation.” Mary Sol Villarta, Glenda Dela Torre,Herminia Edula, Lilian Sisonrojas, Imelda Pastidio, and Conchita Fabularconwere the first women to train under Coast 22. The Coast 22 women are fullyresponsible of the business process – from sourcing materials and cleaningthem, production, and sales. According to Gilles, Coast 22 targetedwives of fishermen because they could not leave their houses to work. Therecycling of nets became their alternative livelihood. “Doon naman sa merkado, mayroon namanmga sako ng fine mesh nets na ginagamit sa bawang. Hinihingi rin namin doonpara magamit. ‘Pag hindi na ginagamit, tinatapon lang ‘yan doon sa basurahan.Ba’t pa itatapon kung pwede pa naman siyang magamit?” she said. Fine mesh nets, according to Villarta,were the predominantly used nets in their community in Barangay Kirayan Sur tocatch small fishes processed into ginamos (fish paste). Gilles founded Coast 22 after her UPalumni group in Chicago funded a marine protected area (MPA) project incollaboration with UPV. After she conducted research on thepossible livelihood program to provide assistance for coastal villages, shefocused Coast 22 as a pilot program in Miag-ao. The women are part of Coast 22, asocial enterprise founded by Almira Gilles. It advocates the protection of theenvironment through sustainable livelihood. The products produced by the localswere also sold and exhibited in Chicago./PNlast_img read more

Mascot Answers

first_imgDid you take my quiz from yesterday about local mascots from years ago?  If so, see the list below and check your answers.Versailles LionsVevay WarriorsHolton WarhorsesGuilford WildcatsSunman TigersWhitewater ElkhornsNew Point GiantsOsgood CowboysNorth Dearborn VikingsNapoleon Bearcatslast_img

Wigan take Albrighton on loan

first_img Latics have moved to bolster their wide options with Scotland international Shaun Maloney facing an extend spell out as he remains troubled by a hip injury. “Marc has shown what an outstanding player he is time and again in the Premier League, and he is someone I have tried to sign in the past, so I’m delighted to bring him on board to strengthen our squad,” boss Owen Coyle told Wigan’s official website. “He’s at a young age with the potential and scope to get even better; he’s quick, dangerous and pleasing on the eye and I feel he’s going to really enhance the attacking options we have at Wigan Athletic, particularly in light of Shaun Maloney’s absence.” The 23-year-old has featured just once for the Barclays Premier League club this season and has found his first-team opportunities limited ever since Paul Lambert was appointed manager last summer. Albrighton shot to prominence during Gerard Houllier’s sole season in charge at Villa Park, scoring six times in 33 appearances and was called up to the England Under-21 squad in September 2010. Wigan have confirmed the signing of Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton on a 28-day loan.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

WG girls basketball reaches sectional AA semis, falls to C-NS

first_imgDown three, 40-37, F-M worked it to the outside where Lexi Kellish, scoreless to that point, drilled a 3-pointer with 2.0 seconds left, tying the game and sending it to overtime.Somehow, WG regrouped from this blow, scored the first six points of the four-minute extra period and never got caught, led by James, who earned 12 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and OT.Cunningham had to work hard for her 15 points as Molly Benetti put in 13 points, while no other F-M player other than Fish hit double figures, Ava Angello getting nine points and Kendra Broddus eight points.Having worked so hard to reach the semifinals, WG, the no. 3 seed, now looked to turn around two regular-season defeats to no. 2 seed C-NS.The latter of those two games, a 60-52 decision in early February, had the Wildcats put a scare into the Northstars, who needed 36 points from its star junior forward, Jessica Cook, to pull through.With a berth in the sectional final against top seed Baldwinsville at stake, C-NS swarmed the Wildcats from the outset. In the first 90 seconds alone, the Northstars forced two turnovers and converted baskets off them.WG grabbed a pair of slim leads during that first quarter, but it didn’t faze C-NS, and that proved true even when Cook picked up two early fouls and went to the bench.While Cook sat during the second period, C-NS held the Wildcats without a point for more than six minutes, the relentless pressure more than atoning for some struggles on the other end.Trailing 20-11 at halftime, WG then saw Cook return in the third quarter and proceed to take the Wildcats apart with a series of powerful moves to the basket.By the time this surge was done, Cook had 16 points in that period, on her way to 23 points overall, and the game was far out of WG’s reach.No Wildcats player scored in double figures as Cunningham led them with eight points. Meredith James had seven points, with Molly Coyne getting six points and Mollie James five points.Given that it had to replace the incomparable duo of Mackenzie and Madison Smith, the fact that WG went 15-7 this winter was a tribute to how many different players stepped up their games, and kept on playing well even after point guard Erin DiPaola went to the sidelines with a late-season injury.In 2020-21, Meredith James will be gone, as will Julia Logana, Abby Bednarski, Emma Garvey, Ellen Kearney and Grace Miller, but having Cunningham, Coyne, Benetti, DiPaola and Mollie James should keep the Wildcats as contenders.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even though it lost twice to the Wildcats in the regular season and did not have its leading scorer, Lexie Roe, in the lineup, F-M relied on tough half-court defense to force a string of Wildcats turnovers in the first half.Meanwhile, Lily Fish picked up nine of team-high 15 points in the second quarter, and the Hornets led through much of the game’s middle stages, stretching that margin out to five twice in the third period.WG fought back, and it remained tight through the homestretch. They entered the final minute tied, 37-37, but WG appeared to put it away with a Catie Cunnigham basket, defensive stop and Meredith James free throw. Each of the last two years, the West Genesee girls basketball team extended its reign as Section III Class AA champions at the direct expense of Cicero-North Syracuse.So it only figured that the Wildcats’ title run would end at the Northstars’ expense in Sunday’s sectional semifinal at SRC Arena, its offense not able to generate much in a 57-32 defeat to the Northstars.Just getting to this game was tough enough, WG getting pushed to overtime in last Tuesday’s sectional quarterfinal by no. 6 seed Fayetteville-Manlius before defeating the Hornets 53-46.center_img Tags: girls basketballWest Geneseelast_img read more

Students Talk Back takes on education

first_imgThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics kicked off its first Students Talk Back event for the spring semester in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon.The discussion, “Raising the Bar for California Schools: Teacher Evaluations and Student Testing,” focused on policy discourse that could potentially improve the future of the California educational system.The panel featured Beth Shuster, education editor for the Los Angeles Times; Mike Stryer, vice president of district and union policy for Teach Plus, one of the nation’s largest teacher voice organizations; Jacob Ellenhorn, director of public relations of USC College Republicans; and Kevin Sanchez; former K-12 executive aide of Harlem Children’s Zone.Co-moderators included Dan Schnur, executive director of the Unruh Institute, and Danni Wang, editorial director of the Daily Trojan.Schnur fostered discourse among panelists and audience members when he discussed the results for the 2012 Vergara decision. Vergara v. California, is a closed case that included nine public school students who filed a suit against inconsistencies found among California statutes with regard to the educational system. The decision was reached in August 2014 when Judge Rolf M. Treu of the California Superior Court found the evidence to be unconstitutional. Shortly after, the ruling was appealed by California Gov. Jerry Brown.Stryer discussed how the case produced two opposing groups.“To me it is a very misunderstood ruling. You saw both sides saying either, ‘This is great because it is ending tenure, use of seniority and due process.’ [And others] saying, ‘Isn’t this terrible? It ends these hard fought protections that are absolutely vital,’” Stryer said.Wang asked Stryer to explain the recently released Teach Plus poll results, which covered issues such as teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissal.“At Teach Plus, we are a teacher voice organization really looking to amplify the voice of teachers and policy issues,” he said. “What we set out to do was to really look at what are the views of California teachers around these critical issues.”Recently, Teach Plus took part in an independent polling study which gathered results from 506 teachers in California to understand issues that directly affect them.According to Stryer, the poll found that teachers highly valued tenure, but felt it should be an earned professional benchmark. Teachers also believed that classroom performance should be part of layoff decisions when layoffs are necessary, that their struggling colleagues should be better supported. Teachers identified themselves as passionate about having a strong voice in policy development and implementation.Shuster expressed her concern toward teachers who are unable to express their voice to the community.“I think what happens sometimes is that the teachers’ union people who have a very strong point of view get their message out and a group like Mike’s teachers that are representing classroom teachers don’t often get their voices out,” Shuster said.Schnur opened the discussion for school choice and privatization.“Whether you are talking private schools or school vouchers, there is no shortage of proposals in the mix about how to decide where a person ought to go to school and who ought to make that decision,” Schnur said.Ellenhorn commented on California’s current educational system.“What we are looking at right now is a government-run system that basically sets up a monopoly on where you have to send your children — you don’t have a choice,” Ellenhorn said. “If you live in a bad neighborhood, and you can’t afford to go anywhere else, you are stuck at that school.”Sanchez discussed why increased high school graduation rates cannot account for a more able generation of students moving to the workforce.“In late April 2014 the state’s superintendent office released a news report stating that California‘s graduation rate was the highest it’s ever been at 80.2 percent and LAUSD had a graduate  rate of 67.9 percent but given that California’s graduation rate is so high, I think it’s interesting to think about what that means … I’m not sure if anyone in this room can say we are doing a fantastic job as a state,” Sanchez said.Shuster ended the discussion by posing a question to Stryer.“Should teachers get paid more to work in these schools?” Shuster asked.“I think that there is a myth out there that our strongest teachers don’t want to teach in the lowest performing schools because it is difficult. That is simply not true,” Stryer said. “When strong teachers are given the support and the opportunities to succeed they absolutely will go into those schools.”Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Mike Stryer is the executive director of Teach Plus, one of the nation’s largest teacher’s unions. He is actually the vice president of district and union policy for Teach Plus, one of the nation’s largest teacher voice organizations. The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.last_img read more

United chasing Champions League place

first_imgSalomon Rondon scored the winner just after the hour mark.Midfielder Juan Mata was sent off in the first half of the match.It means they stay three points adrift of the Champions League places in the table.last_img

Coral Springs 1983 Rape Case is Solved

first_imgA man accused of raping a woman in Broward 36 years ago has been tracked down in West Virginia and is being extradited back to the area to face charges for the crime, thanks to a fresh look at her case and testing of old DNA evidence.Timothy Norris, who is now 60 and is serving a federal sentence in West Virginia for armed bank robbery, will be extradited back to South Florida for the 1983 rape. The woman, who remains unidentified, is expected to testify at his trial, said Coral Springs police spokesman Tyler Reik.The woman told police she was at her home in the Ramblewood neighborhood when she awoke to the stranger in her bedroom at 6 a.m. on August 22, 1983, with a steak knife held to her neck.The 1983 incident report says that he told the woman three times “I’m not going to hurt you.” He then got into her bed and raped her. Afterward, he told the woman, “I have loved you for months. You have very nice children and a nice husband,” before leaving.The woman says her husband was at work, and her mother and two children were asleep in the house. Although her mother heard the scream, she thought it was from one of the children, and returned to bed after checking on them.Police say the man, who is now identified as Norris, gained entry to the house through a rear door. At the time, the only identifying details they had, other than his race, were that he was clean cut, slim with brown hair, had a heavy Southern accent and wore strong cologne.The technology available to the Broward Sheriff’s Office at the time did not lead them to a likely suspect.Last March, the woman saw news accounts on social media about Coral Springs police solving another rape case from the 1980s.She then asked police to take another look at her case. That led them to identify several items of evidence, which they sent to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab for processing. This time, police were able to make a match from a sample of the woman’s clothing that had Norris’ DNA on it.Norris also has previous arrests for armed burglary, aggravated assault, assault on a female, and kidnapping.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 29, 2015)–Defending champ Fury Kapcori and Argentine-bred Catch a Flight head a competitive field of nine 3-year-olds and up in the Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes to be contested at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at Santa Anita. The Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race card, which gets underway at 11:30 a.m.Trained and owned in-part by Jerry Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori was a scintillating 5 ¾ length gate to wire winner of last year’s Precisionist, but he has been winless in three subsequent starts, including a disappointing last place effort at even money in a six furlong classified allowance at Golden Gate Fields on March 29–his first start in nine months.With Rafael Bejarano, who guided him to four consecutive wins last year away to ride Saturday in Kentucky, the 5-year-old horse by Tiznow will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke. Owned by Hollendorfer, Rick Awtrey and George Todaro, Fury Kapcori figures to be sent from the gate as he tries to recapture his form of a year ago. With two wins and two seconds at a mile and a sixteenth, he’s 17-6-5-1 overall with earnings of $520,790.Hollendorfer will also be represented by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Rousing Sermon who comes off a fifth place run at 5-1 in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29. A California-bred earner of $818,072, he has six wins from 33 starts and will likely employ come from behind tactics on Saturday.Trained by Richard Mandella, Catch a Flight attended the pace in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but never posed a threat while running third to Shared Belief, who defeated the Argentine-bred by 4 ¼ lengths. A neck winner of a mile and one eighth allowance at Santa Anita two starts back on Feb. 13, Catch a Flight, who has always been highly regarded in the Mandella camp, will make his fourth stateside start in the Precisionist.Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc., Catch a Flight is a 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway who won sprinting on turf in Brazil and at a flat mile on dirt. The Precisionist will be his first try at 1 1/16 miles. With earnings of $213,239, his overall mark stands at 13-7-0-3.Trainer Darrell Vienna’s Mystery Train lends depth to the fray, as he returns to Santa Anita following a close second in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Mineshaft Handicap at Fairgrounds in New Orleans Feb. 21. A 5-year-old Argentine-bred ridgling, Mystery Train tried gate to wire tactics in the Mineshaft and could pose problems for Fury Kapcori on the front end Saturday.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, Mystery Train was a Group I winner at 1 ¼ miles in Argentina, but is winless in four stateside tries. He’s 23-8-5-3, with earnings of $451,007.Trainer Bob Hess’s Blue Tone comes off an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29, and would relish a stalking trip on Saturday with Bay Area-based Abel Cedillo in to ride. Owned by Engelberg, Schroeder Farms, LLC and Jan Steeper, Blue Tone is 5-2-2-1 at 1 1/16 miles. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Birdstone, he’s 14-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $338,150.Overmatched at 11-1 in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Oaklawn Handicap April 11, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Sammy Mandeville was a lights-out 6 ½ length allowance winner coming from far off the pace in a 1 1/16 miles allowance at Santa Anita March 6 and would benefit greatly from a fast pace. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Rock Hard Ten, he’s owned by W.C. Racing and is 12-2-2-1 with earnings of $146,912.Claimed two starts back for $40,000 on March 8, trainer Ted West Jr.’s Motown Men seeks his first stakes win and sports a solid last-out Beyer Speed figure of 103, the result of dazzling 7 ½ length second condition allowance win at a flat mile on April 10. A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Decarchy, he’s owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC and is 27-5-6-4 with earnings of $282,459. He’ll be ridden back by a red-hot Tyler Baze.Dorine and John R. Lanza’s homebred Magic Mark has been idle since running a close third in a one mile allowance Feb. 20 and could help fuel a hot pace as his two wins from four starts at the distance have come when on or near the lead. Conditioned by high percentage Ron Ellis, Magic Mark, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Benchmark, has four wins from 11 starts and seeks his first stakes win. He has earnings of $190,604.Admission gates open at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday for simulcast wagering on races from Churchill Downs and around the country. The Grade III Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race program, which gets underway with first live race post time at 11:30 a.m. The complete Precisionist field with jockeys and weights, in post position order is as follows: Sammy Mandeville, Alex Solis, 119; Fury Kapcori, Drayden Van Dyke, 121; Rousing Sermon, Corey Nakatani, 119; Appealing Tale, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Catch a Flight, Flavien Prat, 119; Mystery Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 121; Blue Tone, Abel Cedillo, 119; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 119, and Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 119. COMPETITIVE FIELD OF NINE 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP HEADLINE 11-RACE CARD THAT STARTS AT 11:30 A.M. ON KENTUCKY DERBY DAYlast_img read more