San Francisco Barber Shop Welcomes All for Free Haircuts

first_imgTraduccion en español aquí.San Francisco Barber Shop offered free haircuts Sunday night at its shop at 3166 16th St. near Guerrero Street.“We wanted to introduce ourselves to the community alongside getting all the businesses on 16th Street together to do something for the community,” said Christopher Diez, a co-owner of the shop.Diez and his partner Anton Cura worked with Saints of Steel, a non profit that serves underprivileged kids, veterans, as well as the homeless. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img With only two weeks of promotion, mostly on social media, the shop was packed Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with people dropping in to check out the event, that included a D.J. and an art exhibit. A steady flow of clientele filled up the shop’s seats for haircuts.“A lot of the donations are gonna go to Mission related charities like the 16th Street navigation center for the homeless,” Diez said, “It’s the first, but the first of many charity events that we hope to host.”Diez and Cura, who were both born and raised in San Francisco, opened the shop six months ago.They plan to hold another pop up event in December.SF Barber Shop. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSF Barber Shop. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSF Barber Shop. Photo by Lola M. Chavez last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham says its been a tough few days

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says it’s been a tough few days at Saints as he prepares his charges for the Super 8s clash with Huddersfield tomorrow (Thursday).“It’s been a tough week,” he said. “It never gets any easier watching a defeat and when your players don’t perform to their standards. A lot of things can come out of a defeat though and you can learn more from those experiences than when you win.“It gave me the chance to get a good look at the players who want to stand up and graft and to be fair I probably didn’t praise some of them after the game. There were a few that really busted their backsides for me and wanted to win as they do week in week out. It is the guys who didn’t do that and finding out why they didn’t and discovering their motives now and to the end of the year.“There were a few home truths as I really expected the players to rise to the occasion on Friday and have a crack. But I thought we just did enough in the first half. Hull had a go in the second to see how we would respond and we didn’t. That lack of response concerned me. We had a real tough day at training on Monday and we will see what happens.”He continued: “I’ll shoulder every bit of blame there could possibly be for the performance of the side. I’ve not changed what I have been doing. Me and my coaching staff still work as hard as we ever do. We give the players the information they need and make them better players.“But sometimes you can’t give them will and want. Sometimes I wish I could take the field and lead by example. When they cross the field my job is kind of done but their lack of will and want surprised me and everyone. You can learn a lot from a loss and hopefully this has given us a kick up the backside for the rest of the season.“After the weekend I saw the response I wanted to see from all my senior players and hopefully we can kick on now.“The players understand the situation, where we are at and what could happen if we do the right things. That is the motivation.”Saints take on Huddersfield this Thursday and it’s fair to say games between the two sides have been humdingers over recent seasons.Twice Luke Walsh has dropped a goal to take the spoils for Saints.“They are a real good side,” Keiron added. “They have a big pack and lots of strike over the field. Joe Wardle is one of my favourite players and he deserves an international call up. He is a back rower who adds so much venom to the side. Danny Brough is underrated too and is one of the best organisers and kickers in the comp.“They are a well organised and drilled side. It is always a tussle with them that goes down to the finest of margins.”Tommy Makinson was named in the 19 man squad this week and should return if he continues to progress and tick all the boxes following his leg break in June.The game comes a little early for Captain Jon Wilkin though – he should return against Leeds in September whilst Atelea Vea is progressing well.Tickets for Thursday’s home game with Huddersfield are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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Highway Patrol investigating fatal crash in Monkey Junction

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  — A Lincolnton man was hit and killed by a vehicle in the Monkey Junction area Sunday night.The call for first responders came in a little before 9:30 p.m. Sunday for a person hit in Monkey Junction, along South College Road where it turns into Carolina Beach Road.- Advertisement – First Sgt. King said the driver was not speeding or impaired and is not facing charges. According to First Sgt. King with the State Highway Patrol, Randy Dean Williams, 51, died after walking in front of a moving truck.last_img

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Murdered owners estate proceedings force Cape Fear Serpentarium to close

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Serpentarium in downtown Wilmington is closed until further notice.Nine months ago the owner of the serpentarium, Dean Ripa, was killed.- Advertisement – The serpentarium remained open and operated under an LLC.RELATED: Wife called 911 hour before fatal shooting of Dean RipaIt closed last week because of Ripa’s estate proceedings, according to a post on Facebook.Related Article: Free hurricane benefit concert Saturday in WilmingtonThe business said it hoped to re-open in mid-April.Ripa’s wife, Regina, is charged with first degree murder in his death.last_img

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Lake Waccamaw ends the hunt for alligator permits

first_img Mayor Daniel Hilburn says the board did not think they had enough information to move forward.Also, some residents were concerned about hunting around their homes, even though officials were only talking about hunting in the creek areas.In the end, the board voted against allowing the Wildlife Resources Commission come in and do an in-depth study on issuing permits. Alligator in Lake Waccamaw (Photo: WWAY) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Don’t expect to be able to alligator hunt in Lake Waccamaw.The board of commissioners voted three to one against the idea.- Advertisement – last_img

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Wilmington resident reacts to public housing smoking ban

first_imgA smoking ban at public housing facilities in Wilmington will go into effect on July 31 (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Smoking in public housing facilities, soon to be banned nationwide.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development passed the ban in November 2016. It will go into effect on July 31.- Advertisement – The new rule will be adopted by the developments run by the Wilmington Housing Authority. WHA commission chair Betsy Kahn thinks this is a positive change.“From a health standpoint, sure, it’s a healthier environment,” Kahn said. “If someone moves out of a unit, it makes cleaning that unit faster and certainly reduces the potential for fires in units.”Audrey Barnes is a smoker who lives at Eastbrook Apartments in Wilmington. She has a mixed opinion on the ban.Related Article: US Labor, HUD secretaries get first-hand look at Florence impact in Wilmington“The smoking ban, as far as within the unit, I can completely understand, but residents standing outside of their apartment or in their yard or whatever, I just think is a bit much,” Barnes said.Barnes does think the new rule could help change her lifestyle and she may be less likely to pick up a cigarette in the future.“Knowing that I’m not supposed to be smoking on the property within a unit. Of course, I’m not gonna go all the way to the front to smoke a cigarette or when I leave so I think eventually, I won’t be smoking as much or it’ll help cut back,” Barnes said.Kahn says WHA has been working with residents and employees for several months to make these changes happen.This ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco, although there may be restrictions on those in some areas.Under HUD rules, tenants can be evicted after three smoking violations.last_img read more

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Southport approves sale of old wastewater treatment plant

first_imgSOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — It’s a done deal in Southport.City leaders voted Tuesday night to sell the old wastewater treatment plant against the wishes of nearly 100 residents, who packed the special meeting.- Advertisement – The 5-1 vote came with backlash, but city leaders say it was an offer they didn’t want to pass up.A month ago, a bid for the wastewater treatment plant crossed the Board of Aldermen at a weekend retreat. In less than a month, the sale to the Southport Marina is done.“The city has done something that it should be ashamed of,” resident Lowe Davis said. She like many neighbors have been outspoken against the sale since it was introduced.Related Article: Pitching a “bold future,” Cooper unveils 2-year budget offerAt least five aldermen, including the mayor, see the $650,000 sale as a relief. The plant was sitting unused with a possible clean up cost of $250,000.“The cost may be even more than that to clean the property up,” Mayor Jerry Dove said.The core of the debate was whether the city should allow the Planning Board to be involved in the sale. It’s common practice when issues of land development come up that local laws require planners to know the ins and outs. That’s not the case with sale of surplus property, according to City Attorney Michael Isenberg.Some municipalities work to open the process of sale of surplus land as a request for purchase or RFP. Mayor Dove says this bid came before them, and they opened an upset bid process for anyone to offer more money for the plant property. No upset bids came in.“The company that wants to buy this has agreed to partner with us to have all of those things; a nice, what I’m going to call, a water park,” Dove said.The original vote to move on the bid was 4-3. The final one was 5-1, with Alderman Karen Mosteller pushing for the issue to be tabled and for the city to follow the unified development ordinance and consult with the Planning Board.“Let’s not settle for what’s been brought to us by a special interest just because today we can’t see the opportunities beyond it,” Mosteller said.“They’ve just pushed through all of the usual processes and procedures in order to make this happen without asking questions,” Davis said.Aldermen Lora Sharkey and Robert Tucker went on to say the planning board has never been involved in sale of land before the 2004 ordinance was adopted. Sharkey, in fact, made a motion that the old statute in the UDO referencing that practice be repealed. That passed the board 5-1 and will be an issue for another night.The Board of Aldermen also approved a resolution to oppose two new pieces of legislation in the state legislature. One would privatize ABC liquor stores. Another would take the jurisdiction and revenue control away from towns or cities and give that power solely to the county with the local governments reaping in a percentage of revenue, according to City Manager Bruce Oakley.last_img read more

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One similarity between Psy and Bill Gates

first_imgPsy and Bill Gates are helping Rotary end polio around the world Advertisement Psy and Bill Gates are helping Rotary end polio around the worldWhat do technologist turned philanthropist Bill Gates and South Korean rap sensation Psy have in common? Both have achieved major accomplishments in the tech world: Psy’s is the first video to hit 1 billion YouTube views and Gates was one of the leaders of the personal computer revolution.They’re also both taking part in the global fight to end polio. Through his foundation, Gates is a leader in the worldwide movement to eradicate the disease. And in February, Psy joined Rotary’s “This Close” campaign as a celebrity ambassador.On Sunday, Gates tweeted an Image of Psy from the Rotary campaign, highlighting the artist’s contribution to the movement.South Korean aid generosity saves lives. At Nat’l Assembly today – even @psy_oppa is helping w Polio eradication. twitter.com/BillGates/stat…— Bill Gates (@BillGates) April 22, 2013 – Advertisement –  Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

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Canon Unveils New Compact Cameras with a Date Button and a Built

first_imgImage Credit: Amazon Advertisement Japanese-based imaging and optical product manufactures, Canon Inc. on Monday unveiled three compact cameras; IXUS 185, IXUS 190, and PowerShot SX430 IS that capture 20 Megapixel quality pictures as well as movies in HD 720p, with optical zooms that give a closer detail.The IXUS 185’s 8x and the IXUS 190’s 10x optical zooms recline back into their bodies, which are so compact they can easily be slipped into a pocket or bag, while ZoomPlus digital doubles the zoom range, perfect for getting those hard to reach shots while still at full resolution.For really long distant scenes, the PowerShot SX430 IS’s impressive 45x optical zoom puts you at the heart of the action, while the 90x ZoomPlus takes you even closer.The 2016 Canon PowerShot SX420 IS predecessor of the PowerShot SX430 IS. Photo Credit: Canon – Advertisement – With each press of the shutter, Canon’s Intelligent IS helps to ensure images are crisp, with minimal blur. Eight modes constantly adapt to the scene that’s being captured, from on a tripod to panning whilst shooting a child running, while Dynamic IS supports during movie shooting.Newly added features: Newly introduced to each of the cameras is the new Date Button, which adds a date and time stamp to images for a visual reminder of when precious moments took place. Another new feature allows users to share snaps directly to social sites with the built in Wi-Fi or, with the IXUS 190 and PowerShot SX430 IS, by tapping the camera and your phone together to make an automatic wireless connection, thanks to Dynamic NFC.source: IT News Africalast_img read more

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DAVY RUSSELL Punchestown Festival Thursday

first_imgTougher day at Punchestown on the second day but the racing is just so competitive. Delta Work ran his heart out in the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle but I couldn’t quite peg back Next Destination – one of SIX winners on the card for Willie Mullins – not a bad day at the office !I have five booked rides at Punchestown on Thursday. I checked the weather forecast tonight and there seems to be plenty more showers on their way.ThursdayPUNCHESTOWNTYCOON PRINCE (4.15pm)As in previous seasons his form just seems to taper off and he will need to be on his game to figure in this competitive handicap chase. I was onboard when he won a beginners chase at Leopardstown over Christmas but his form in 2018 has dropped. With the Mullins horses running so well I can see one of their outsiders Townshend being a danger despite coming into this having been pulled up in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham. He never jumped at Cheltenham and that’s usually his strength so if he can sort that department out he could run well.DIAMOND CAUCHOIS (5.30pm Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle)Has had a brilliant season so far and stays this three mile trip well. Am encouraged to see more rain on the horizon for this one as the softer the better. In fact ‘borderline unraceable’ would be his perfect going! Again, I’d be most worried about a Willie Mullins trained runner. This time Bacardys who was just getting into it in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham before meeting interference and then falling at the last. He won the Champion Novice Hurdle at this meeting last year and even though Penhill will be many peoples idea of the winner I think Bacardys can run a big race.GUN DIGGER (6.05pm)Just the 25 runners here and it’s as competitive a race as you will see all week. My fella has blinkers on for the first time as he has a habit of switching on and off in his races so hopefully they will help him concentrate. That said, he’s had a pretty good season and is another that won’t mind any more rain. Folsom Blue has been going really well over the larger obstacles and switches back to hurdles where he has a 16lb lower rating so is one of many dangers lurking.PETIT MOUCHOIR (6.40pm Ryanair Novice Chase)I was disappointed to only finish second to Diego Du Charmil in the Doom Bar at Aintree but he got very wound up in the preliminaries so it goes without saying that he needs to put that behind him. He will need to bring his A game to the table and frankly Footpad his B game as I’ve got ground to make up on the favourite from both the Arkle Chases at Cheltenham and Leopardstown. He would also ideally want drying ground which I don’t think we are going to get. He’s definitely up against up.MOONLIGHT ESCAPE (7.15pm)She switches back to hurdles after unseating on her chasing debut at Limerick and looks in at the deep end here. It looks wide open mares novice hurdle with Glens Harmony looking the obvious one.Best Of LuckDAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

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Rices Ric Stoll available to comment on death of Osama Bin Laden

first_imgShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 612-702-9473EMAIL: druth@rice.eduRice’s Ric Stoll available to comment on death of Osama Bin LadenRice University political scientist Ric Stoll is available to comment on the death of Osama Bin Laden, the “mastermind” of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.To speak with Stoll, contact David Ruth at 612-702-9473 or druth@rice.edu. AddThislast_img

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Biochar quiets microbes including some plant pathogens

first_imgShare1MEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduBiochar quiets microbes, including some plant pathogensSynthetic biologists at Rice probe biochar’s impact on microbial signaling   HOUSTON — (Sept. 30, 2013) — In the first study of its kind, Rice University scientists have used synthetic biology to study how a popular soil amendment called “biochar” can interfere with the chemical signals that some microbes use to communicate. The class of compounds studied includes those used by some plant pathogens to coordinate their attacks.Biochar is charcoal that is produced — typically from waste wood, manure or leaves — for use as a soil additive. Studies have found biochar can improve both the nutrient- and water-holding properties of soil, but its popularity in recent years also owes to its ability to reduce greenhouse gases by storing carbon in soil, in some cases for many centuries.Rice University graduate student Shelly Hsiao-Ying Cheng shows the tool she created with Rice biochemist Joff Silberg to conduct two experiments in the same dish, one where biochar had a chance to interfere with a microbial conversation and another where it didn’t.The new study, published online this month in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, is the first to examine how biochar affects the chemical signaling that’s routinely used by soil microorganisms that interact with plants.“A potted plant may look tranquil, but there are actually a lot of conversations going on in that pot,” said study co-author Joff Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology and of bioengineering at Rice. “In fact, there are so many different conversations going on in soil that it was impractical for us to determine exactly how biochar was affecting just one of them.”So Silberg and colleagues used the tools of synthetic biology — and a refined experimental setup that Silberg initially drafted with his son’s spare Lego bricks — to establish a situation where just one microbial conversation was taking place and where biochar’s effects on that conversation could be measured.The study is the latest from Rice’s interdisciplinary Biochar Research Group, which formed in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008 when the city of Houston called for ideas about how to get rid of the estimated 5.6 million cubic yards of fallen trees, broken branches and dead greenery left behind by the storm. The Rice Biochar Group won the $10,000 grand prize in the city’s “Recycle Ike” contest and used the money to jump-start a wide-ranging research program that has since received support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, Rice’s Faculty Initiative Fund, Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability and Rice’s Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering.The cell-signaling study grew out of a previous investigation by one of the group’s founding members, Carrie Masiello, associate professor of Earth science. Masiello and another member of the group, Rice biologist Jennifer Rudgers (now at the University of New Mexico), were investigating the combined effects of adding biochar and nutrients to soils. In all but one case, the biochar and nutrients seemed to enhance one another. In the lone exception, a soil fungus that was typically beneficial to plants began growing so rapidly that it impeded plant growth.Joff Silberg“All of these organisms, to a much greater extent than we probably understand, are talking to each other all the time,” Silberg said. “Microbes talk to microbes. Microbes talk to plants. Plants talk to microbes. And they each make decisions about their behavior based on those conversations. When we started talking about these results, my first thought was, ‘You’re probably interfering with a conversation.’”There was no practical way to isolate the conversation that was likely being interfered with in the previous experiment, but Silberg thought of a way to create engineered microbes to test the idea of whether biochar could interfere with such a conversation.His lab began by working with Matt Bennett, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice, to make use of two tailored forms of E. coli bacteria created by Rice graduate student Chen Ye. One strain “spoke” with a type of chemical communication commonly used by soil microbes, and the other “listened.” Unlike the fungi that use this communication method in soil, the E. coli could be grown in clear agar gels in a petri dish, which meant the researchers could more easily observe them under a microscope. The team next inserted florescence genes into each organism, which caused them to glow different colors — red for speaking and green for listening.“We needed a way to conduct two experiments in the same dish, one where biochar had a chance to interfere with a conversation and another where it didn’t,” Silberg said.Working with his son’s Legos, Silberg constructed a pair of rectangular platforms that sat parallel in the dish, about one inch apart. Agar was added to fill all parts of the dish except for the areas blocked by the bricks. Once the agar gel had set, the rectangular platforms were removed to create two empty parallel troughs. One of these was filled with clear agar, and the other was filled with agar containing biochar. “Speaker” organisms were added to the middle of the dish, and “listeners” were placed on the opposite side of each trough.Graduate student Shelly Hsiao-Ying Cheng refined Silberg’s Lego design and used tools at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen to create a set of sturdy platforms for repeated tests. The group then ran dozens of microscopy tests with Dan Wagner, Rice associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, to see how different formulations and amounts of biochar affected cell signaling.Carrie Masiello“In every case, we observed significantly less green light from the opposite side of the biochar, which meant the E. coli on that side had trouble hearing the sender,” Silberg said. “That upheld our hypothesis, which was that biochar could interfere with cell signaling, most likely by binding with the fatty-acid molecules that the speakers were using to broadcast their message.”The team found that biochar that was created with higher temperatures was as much as 10 times more effective at shutting down conversations. The researchers said this finding was significant because it jibed with the results from a 2012 study by Masiello that found that biochars created with higher-temperature processes were more effective at holding water and nutrients.“Biochar can be made in processes that range from 250 to 1,000 degrees Celsius, and there’s mounting evidence that the temperature can dramatically affect the final properties,” Masiello said. “Ultimately, we’d like to create a simple guide that people can use to tailor the properties of their biochar.”Silberg added, “Some microbes help plants and others are harmful. That means there’s good communication and bad communication going on in the soil at the same time. We think it’s likely that some biochars will knock out some conversations and not others, so we want to test that idea and, if possible, come up with a way to tailor biochar for the microbial diversity that’s desired.”Study co-authors include Ye Chen, Xiaodong Gao, Shirley Liu and Kyriacos Zygourakis, all of Rice.###High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/09/0930-BIOCHAR-colors-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University graduate student Shelly Hsiao-Ying Cheng shows the tool she created with Rice biochemist Joff Silberg to conduct two experiments in the same dish, one where biochar had a chance to interfere with a microbial conversation and another where it didn’t.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityA copy of the Environmental Science and Technology study is available at:http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es401458sLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. AddThislast_img read more

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Researchers grind nanotubes to get nanoribbons

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0608_GRINDING-5-WEB.jpgRice University materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan, left, and graduate student Mohamad Kabbani led a team that produced graphene nanoribbons from functionalized carbon nanotubes by grinding them. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Watch a video about the research at http://youtu.be/kcXyF0H6ONURead the paper athttp://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150615/ncomms8291/full/ncomms8291.htmlFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Ajayan Research Group: http://ajayan.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0608_GRINDING-1-WEB.jpgResearchers led by materials scientists at Rice University discovered that altering carbon nanotubes with carboxyl (COOH) and hydroxyl (OH) groups and grinding them together produces nanoribbons. The find could lead to novel nanostructured products with specific properties. (Credit: Mohamad Kabbani/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0608_GRINDING-4-WEB.jpgRice University graduate student Mohamad Kabbani displays graphene nanoribbons produced by grinding functionalized carbon nanotubes. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0608_GRINDING-3-WEB.jpgRice University graduate student Mohamad Kabbani grinds nanotubes with a mortar and pestle. A chemical reaction takes place as the altered nanotubes are forced together, unzipping them into graphene nanoribbons. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)center_img FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareEditor’s note: Links to a video and images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduResearchers grind nanotubes to get nanoribbonsRice-led experiments demonstrate solid-state carbon nanotube ‘templates’ HOUSTON – (June 15, 2015) – A simple way to turn carbon nanotubes into valuable graphene nanoribbons may be to grind them, according to research led by Rice University.The trick, said Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan, is to mix two types of chemically modified nanotubes. When they come into contact during grinding, they react and unzip, a process that until now has depended largely on reactions in harsh chemical solutions.The research by Ajayan and his international collaborators appears in Nature Communications.To be clear, Ajayan said, the new process is still a chemical reaction that depends on molecules purposely attached to the nanotubes, a process called functionalization. The most interesting part to the researchers is that a process as simple as grinding could deliver strong chemical coupling between solid nanostructures and produce novel forms of nanostructured products with specific properties.“Chemical reactions can easily be done in solutions, but this work is entirely solid state,” he said. “Our question is this: If we can use nanotubes as templates, functionalize them and get reactions under the right conditions, what kinds of things can we make with a large number of possible nanostructures and chemical functional groups?”The process should enable many new chemical reactions and products, said Mohamad Kabbani, a graduate student at Rice and lead author of the paper. “Using different functionalities in different nanoscale systems could revolutionize nanomaterials development,” he said.Highly conductive graphene nanoribbons, thousands of times smaller than a human hair, are finding their way into the marketplace in composite materials. The nanoribbons boost the materials’ electronic properties and/or strength.“Controlling such structures by mechano-chemical transformation will be the key to find new applications,” said co-author Thalappil Pradeep, a professor of chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Chennai. “Soft chemistry of this kind can happen in many conditions, contributing to better understanding of materials processing.”In their tests, the researchers prepared two batches of multi-walled carbon nanotubes, one with carboxyl groups and the other with hydroxyl groups attached. When ground together for up to 20 minutes with a mortar and pestle, the chemical additives reacted with each other, triggering the nanotubes to unzip into nanoribbons, with water as a byproduct.“That serendipitous observation will lead to further systematic studies of nanotubes reactions in solid state, including ab-initio theoretical models and simulations,” Ajayan said. “This is exciting.”The experiments were duplicated by participating labs at Rice, at the Indian Institute of Technology and at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. They were performed in standard lab conditions as well as in a vacuum, outside in the open air and at variable humidity, temperatures, times and seasons.The researchers who carried out the collaboration on three continents still don’t know precisely what’s happening at the nanoscale. “It is an exothermic reaction, so the energy’s enough to break up the nanotubes into ribbons, but the details of the dynamics are difficult to monitor,” Kabbani said. “There’s no way we can grind two nanotubes in a microscope and watch it happen. Not yet, anyway.”But the results speak for themselves.“I don’t know why people haven’t explored this idea, that you can control reactions by supporting the reactants on nanostructures,” Ajayan said. “What we’ve done is very crude, but it’s a beginning and a lot of work can follow along these lines.”Co-authors are Rice graduate students Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, Sehmus Ozden and Yongji Gong; Pedro Autreto, Gustavo Brunetto and Professor Douglas Galvao of the State University of Campinas, Brazil; Anirban Som and K.R. Krishnadas of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras; Robert Vajtai, a senior faculty fellow at Rice, and Ahmad Kabbani, an adjunct faculty member at Rice and a professor of chemistry at the Lebanese American University, Beirut.The research was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative; the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, CAPES (Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) and the São Paulo Research Foundation; the Center for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the State University of Campinas, and the Nano Mission, Government of India.-30- http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0608_GRINDING-2-WEB.jpgRice University graduate student Mohamad Kabbani grinds nanotubes with a mortar and pestle. A chemical reaction takes place as the altered nanotubes are forced together, unzipping them into graphene nanoribbons. 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Baker InstituteKinder Institute paper Public private stakeholders have role to play in

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute/Kinder Institute paper: Public, private stakeholders have role to play in fixing Houston’s flooding problem HOUSTON – (Oct. 17, 2017) – The private sector can play a major role in fixing the serious problems that all levels of government and the development community, as well as their engineers and lawyers, have created in regard to flooding in Houston, according to a paper by an environmental expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: Shutterstock.com/Rice University.The paper, “The Role of Public and Private Stakeholders in ‘Solving’ Houston’s Flooding Problem,” is a joint publication of the Baker Institute and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. It was authored by Jim Blackburn, a lawyer, professor in the practice of environmental law at Rice, Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar and co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center. It outlines a range of actions that will need to be taken by federal, state and local governments as well as the private sector.“This effort needs to be coordinated, swift and effective,” Blackburn wrote. “It needs resolve and vision. And swift action, resolve and vision often arise from the private sector.” Several of Blackburn’s key recommendations follow.One way the private sector can become engaged is through the formation of a nonprofit corporation dedicated solely to moving Houston into the 21st century relative to flooding and “resilience thinking,” Blackburn said. “At this time, no nonprofit is specifically focused upon flood resilience or has the independence from current policies and political leadership to be able to make the hard choices that are before us,” he wrote. “This new nonprofit will only stay in existence until adequate steps have been taken to address this problem and then will dissolve. The nonprofit is not intended to be an institution but, rather, is intended to solve this true public-trust issue.”Blackburn said the nonprofit should be based on a vision of a city that manages rather than attempts to “control” flooding. “Houston needs to make room for its bayous and creeks much like the Netherlands has ‘made room for the river,’” Blackburn wrote. “The Dutch breakthrough concept recognized that planning and understanding hydrology were as important as dikes and engineered solutions, and that they had to work together. Houston needs green ribbons where space has been opened up for water flow along every bayou system in all parts of town, rich or poor, Anglo or Hispanic or African-American or Asian. This is an equitable approach to the future that involves both buyouts and new policies.”On the federal level, there are many actions that must be pursued by Houston’s congressional delegation and senators, Blackburn said. “First and foremost, they must undertake immediate action to address the mess that is the Addicks and Barker reservoirs,” Blackburn wrote. “These dams have been classified as two of the six most dangerous in the United States, and special operating policies have been developed based upon these findings. We need these dams repaired and restored to first-class condition.”In the Texas Legislature, the first priority is to change Chapter 359 of the Local Government Code, Blackburn said. Section 359.079 exempts Harris County from having to construct projects for which it charges developers an impact fee. “A situation arising from this provision involved White Oak Bayou, among others, whereby Harris County charged developers an impact fee to be paid in lieu of building a detention pond; this fee was supposed to be used to construct a ‘regional’ detention pond,” Blackburn wrote. “However, Harris County did not collect enough money and did not build the reservoir — even though Harris County ‘knew’ that the failure to build the reservoir would flood people downstream.”Locally, Harris County needs to become more transparent on flooding issues, Blackburn said. “For too long, Harris County has focused on those who are yet to come rather than on those who live here now,” he wrote. “New growth and development can no longer be subsidized by harming existing development, as it has in the recent past, including during Harvey. Our flooding on Brays, Buffalo and White Oak bayous and Cypress Creek has been worsened by our failure to control the downstream impacts of upstream development, which essentially subsidizes new development upstream. That policy and that attitude must change.”Historically, the city of Houston has left most major flood protection and flood management decision-making to Harris County, Blackburn said. “This policy has not served the city well,” he wrote. “In the future, the city of Houston should take an active role in county flood work and must fight to protect the homes and businesses within the city limits. This can be done in several ways. But it must be done. First, the city of Houston should work with Harris County on the creation of a buyout fund (for properties in areas that have flooded multiple times). Depending upon the amount of the buyout that is pursued by Harris County and FEMA, the city of Houston should stand ready to supplement such a fund with city funding. The city has a significant problem with recurrent flooding of certain areas and properties. Those properties should be clearly identified, and the city should utilize its full power to assist in securing adequate and equitable buyout funding.”The region has much work to do to take charge of the city’s future course, Blackburn concluded. “Both the private sector and the public sector have critical roles in making sure we do what is necessary to choose the path to a successful future for all of us,” he wrote. “The ideas set out in this document are one person’s view of what needs to be done. I hope all readers will consider this document as a starting point of a discussion. I hope that our current elected officials will take this in the spirit in which it is offered — a call to action. But we must act. We simply cannot continue doing things the way we have been doing them.”To interview Blackburn, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Paper: www.bakerinstitute.org/research/role-public-and-private-stakeholders-solving-houstons-flooding-problem.Blackburn bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/jim-blackburn.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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Haas Hosts Discussion With Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao

first_img regions: San Francisco Haas Hosts Discussion With Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao Ellen Pao, the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, spoke at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business last week, discussing her tumultuous time as Reddit CEO, her new book, and the difficulty women face in business culture.The Berkeley Forum and Asian-Americans@Haas co-hosted the discussion, which was moderated by Berkeley sophomore Shaina Zuber.Prior to her much-publicized stint with Reddit, Pao, a Harvard Business School MBA graduate, worked for law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, WebTV, and several Silicon Valley companies, including BEA Systems. She joined Reddit in 2013 as the head of business development and strategic partnerships, and quickly filled in for the recently-departed CEO Yishan Wong in late 2014. She and the company had a mutual agreement for her resignation the following year. Last month, she released “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change” (Spiegel & Grau), which chronicles her unsuccessful 2012 gender bias lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, as well as her time in Silicon Valley and with Reddit.Pao discussed her seven years as a junior partner at Kleiner Perkins as a way to touch upon a number of topics related to how we need to work together to level the playing field for women and people of color.“Throughout my career, there would be little things I noticed but brushed off,” she noted. Pao argues she was routinely excluded from communication, meetings, and decisions.“Despite evidence showing that the women’s investments were doing better than the men’s, none of the women, who seemed to have more education and work experience, received promotions,” she recalled.Pao says her colleagues distanced themselves from her and avoided in-person contact during the lawsuit. However, she did receive encouraging private messages that commiserated with her battle and confirmed the company’s sexist culture.Pao emphasized “the importance of workplace relationships in career-building.” She concluded, “Everyone has a voice. There is a systemic problem where people are not being included. And we need to change the whole system so everybody gets included fairly.”You can read more from the Pao interview here.Save About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer center_img Last Updated Oct 12, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Related13 SPU Alumni to WatchIn celebration of Seattle Pacific University’s 125th anniversary, the school created a list of 125 alumni to watch. The list consists of notable GOLD alumni—alumni that have graduated within the last decade. Each of the individuals on the list was chosen for their remarkable leadership skills and the success they’ve achieved…October 17, 2016In “Featured Region”Haas Names New Executive FellowHaas School of Business has recently named Debby Hopkins as a new Executive Fellow, according to a press release from the school. Hopkins is Citi’s Chief Innovation Officer and CEO of Citi Ventures. Haas created their Executive Fellowship in 2007 so that respected businesspersons could advise the dean, faculty, and…July 21, 2015In “News”Berkeley Haas Opens Fall 2017 With Its Largest Full-Time MBA Class Ever and New BuildingLike many top business schools this time of year, the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley is welcoming its incoming class of MBA students—but at Haas it’s a bigger group than ever before moving into brand-new digs that promise to be among the greenest in the nation.…August 25, 2017In “Featured Home”last_img read more

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Stay or Go Tribe Gives Conflicting Messages to Protest Camp

first_img Show Discussion Stay or Go? Tribe Gives Conflicting Messages to Protest Camp By The Associated Press December 8, 2016 Updated: December 8, 2016  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US BISMARCK, N.D.—For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it’s time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.The conflicting requests show how the camp’s purpose has widened beyond the original intent of protecting the tribe’s drinking water and cultural sites into a broader stand for Native American rights.Camp occupants are working through the confusion, said Jade Begay, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. “The rest of the world just needs to hold tight and be patient,” he said.Since August, the camp on federal land near the reservation and the pipeline route has been home to thousands of people protesting the four-state $3.8 billion pipeline designed to carry oil to a shipping point in Illinois.After the camp endured two recent severe storms, Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault declared this week that it’s time for the demonstrators to disband.Archambault said there’s no reason for people to put their lives at risk because no additional pipeline work is expected for months. The company building the project, Energy Transfer Partners, and the Army Corps of Engineers are battling in court over permission to dig under the Missouri River reservoir that provides the tribe’s drinking water. It’s the last big unfinished segment of the 1,200-mile pipeline. Ray Franks, of New York, carries a case of water into a mess hall at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. on Dec. 6, 2016. An overnight storm brought several inches of snow, winds gusting to 50 mph and temperatures that felt as cold as 10 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Ray Franks, of New York, carries a case of water into a mess hall at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. on Dec. 6, 2016. An overnight storm brought several inches of snow, winds gusting to 50 mph and temperatures that felt as cold as 10 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/David Goldman)“We understand this fight is not over,” Archambault said. “But the fight is not here, at this moment.”Native American rights activist Chase Iron Eyes, an enrolled Standing Rock tribe member who made an unsuccessful bid for Congress this fall, implored pipeline opponents to stay in a social media post this week.The camp rejoiced Sunday when the Army announced that it would not issue an easement for the pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe, but it’s unclear what might happen when pipeline supporter Donald Trump enters the White House in January. The dispute also could be decided by a federal judge.Related CoverageNorth Dakota Pipeline Protesters Vow to Stay Despite Victory“We are not in the clear by any means whatsoever,” Iron Eyes said. “This is not a time for celebration. If it’s a time for anything … it’s a time to honor all the sacrifices that have been made” by camp occupants. More than 500 have been arrested since August.The camp began as a peaceful, prayerful protest of the pipeline. It has since drawn in people who believe the dispute represents an overall stand for American Indian rights.Iron Eyes said protesters need to stand up for other tribes and treaty rights. “We don’t stand in a place to tell people to leave,” he said.State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said the state isn’t surprised by the competing messages, noting the “different agendas” of people in camp.A motorist checks the condition of an exit ramp before attempting to drive out of the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. on Dec. 6, 2016. An overnight storm brought several inches of snow, winds gusting to 50 mph and temperatures that felt as cold as 10 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/David Goldman) A motorist checks the condition of an exit ramp before attempting to drive out of the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. on Dec. 6, 2016. An overnight storm brought several inches of snow, winds gusting to 50 mph and temperatures that felt as cold as 10 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Camp occupants are “working on finding a middle ground and some sort of compromise” through informal discussions, according to Begay, who lives in Tesuque, New Mexico.“These kinds of decisions don’t happen in just a day or two,” she said. “We need to consider everybody’s safety, everybody’s goals, the different points of view.”Related CoverageArmy Corps Blocks Route of Dakota Access Oil PipelineThe Corps recently declared the camp area closed to public access and said those who remain are trespassing, but the agency is not issuing citations. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has also called on camp occupants to leave, and Sen. John Hoeven issued a similar plea Wednesday from the floor of the Senate.Iron Eyes said he believes the calls for people to leave the camp are aimed at limiting liability, and he said those who stay do so at their own risk. But he implored people “who understand the inherent risks of staying in a North Dakota winter to stand with us, because this pipeline is not finished, and we have to stand strong and stay vigilant.”Archambault acknowledged the efforts of people who came from around the world to support the tribe. But, he said, “their purpose has been served.” center_img Share Campers shovel out an exit ramp at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. on Dec. 6, 2016. Many Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents who’ve gathered for months in the camp are committed to staying despite wintry weather and demands that they leave. An overnight storm brought several inches of snow, winds gusting to 50 mph and temperatures that felt as cold as 10 degrees below zero. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Share this articlelast_img read more

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Trump Reacts to London Terror Attack in Series of Strong Tweets

first_imgHe added to his original tweet: “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years.Must be proactive & nasty!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017 Share President Donald Trump denounced the terrorist attack on a London commuter train on Friday, Sept. 15, in a series of Twitter posts.An explosion hit a packed rush-hour train at 8:20 a.m. local time at Parsons Green underground station in West London. Passengers were sent to the hospital with burn wounds and other injuries suffered in a stampede to escape the scene, according to witnesses.A total of 18 people were taken away for medical treatment, none with serious injuries.Trump urged more proactive steps, such as better policing of internet use by terrorist groups.“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump posted to Twitter. “Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!” Share this article Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017center_img Trump also pointed out the success his administration has had so far fighting ISIS. “We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years. Must be proactive & nasty!” Show Discussion US President Donald Trump walks to the White House in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017 US Pictures taken at the scene showed a white bucket in flames containing a freezer bag on the floor of one train carriage. It appeared that there were wires coming out of the top of the bucket.Photos of the exploding bucket taken by Twitter user 'Rigs.', Rigs wrote: Photos of the exploding bucket taken by Twitter user ‘Rigs.’, Rigs wrote: “Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door.” (Twitter/Rigs via Storyful)In a presidential address at the end of August on the war in Afghanistan, Trump explained that he would be expanding the authority of U.S. armed forces to target terrorists and criminal networks in Afghanistan.“Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge,” he said. Trump Reacts to London Terror Attack in Series of Strong Tweets By Cindy Drukier, Epoch Times September 15, 2017 Updated: September 15, 2017last_img read more

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Sister of Sharon Tate Speaks Out After Manson Death

first_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   “Right now we have one Manson family member on deck who has been granted a parole date … and it’s important for people to know that these are individuals that are still brutal monsters capable of committing heinous crimes,” Debra Tate added. “Although I’ve forgiven, I have not forgotten, and I feel it’s very important that they stay exactly where they are until they die.”“And in that way, Charlie was the least of my worries. And I actually pray for his soul,” she told ABC.At a Kern County hospital on Sunday night, Manson died of natural causes, the California Department of Corrections confirmed. He was hospitalized earlier this week.Michele Hanisee, who is head of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County, said on Sunday: “Today, Manson’s victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death,” NBC News reported.In 1971, Manson was sentenced to death for ordering the murders during two nights. He was spared two years later and was sentenced to life behind bars. While he was in prison, he carved an “X” in his forehead before changing it to a swastika.Long after Manson had largely faded from headlines, he loomed large as a symbol of the terror he unleashed in the summer of 1969.“The very name Manson has become a metaphor for evil,” the late Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Manson, told the Los Angeles Times in 1994, Reuters noted.Born Charles Milles Maddox on Nov. 12, 1934, in Cincinnati to a 16-year-old girl, Manson spent much of his youth being shuttled between relatives and juvenile detention halls. By age 13, he had been convicted of armed robbery.Reuters contributed to this report.  Charles Manson (Public Domain) US News And while you’re here … We have a small favor to ask of you. More people are reading NTD TV than ever, but ad revenues are plummeting across media websites. If you can, please share this article on Facebook so you can help NTD. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much!From NTD.tv Show Discussion Sharon Tate, who was pregnant, hairstylist Jay Sebring, heiress Abigail Folger, writer Wojciech Frykowski, and teenager Steven Parent were stabbed under Manson’s command. The following night, members of Manson’s group stabbed grocery owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, to death, using their blood to write, “Death to Pigs” and “Healter Skelter”—a misspelled reference to the Beatles song “Helter Skelter”—on the walls and refrigerator door.Prosecutors said Manson gave out knives and told his followers to kill them to start a race war.Although Manson did not personally kill any of the seven victims, he was found guilty of ordering their murders. Last surviving Tate family member needs your help. https://t.co/g9bE79fgU1— Wild Flower (@amongwldflwrs) November 12, 2017 The sister of actress Sharon Tate, who was killed by followers of Charles Manson in August 1969, has responded after Manson’s death on Sunday night.“People are saying that this should be some kind of relief, but oddly enough it really isn’t,” Debra Tata told ABC News. “While Charlie may be gone, it’s the ones that are still alive that perpetrate everything and it was up to their imaginations for what brutal things were going to be done. In an odd way I see them as much more dangerous individuals.” Tonight we don’t remember a deranged psychopath. we remember the victims of #charlesmanson . What you don’t see is Sharon Tate’s unborn baby. Sending love to @debra_tate9 pic.twitter.com/xfqEREPy4l— Michael Castner (@MichaelCastner) November 20, 2017 Share this article Sister of Sharon Tate Speaks Out After Manson Death By Jack Phillips November 20, 2017 Updated: November 20, 2017last_img read more

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FBI No 2 Steps Down Ahead of Release of Explosive Memo

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Show Discussion Recommended Video: President Donald Trump: Year 1 FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe announced that he is stepping down effective Monday, according to NBC and New York Times.McCabe made the announcement hours before a key House committee vote on Monday to publicly release a potentially devastating report on government surveillance abuses. McCabe’s retirement also comes one day after his boss, FBI Director Christopher Wray, visited Capitol to view the same 4-page memo.McCabe is named in the memo along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Director James Comey, according to the Daily Beast. Newly installed acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 11, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)According to multiple lawmakers who have viewed the memo, it contains a report on the Obama administration’s abuse of the government surveillance system to spy on at least one member of President Donald Trump’s campaign. House members who have read to document described it as “worse than Watergate” and likened it to a “palace coup.”McCabe is on terminal leave and will retire when he is eligible for full benefits in March. Trump criticized McCabe over a $700,000 Senate campaign donation that the deputy director’s wife received from a key Clinton ally while McCabe was in the midst of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s potentially criminal use of a private email server.  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov FBI No. 2 Steps Down Ahead of Release of Explosive Memo By Ivan Pentchoukov January 29, 2018 Updated: January 30, 2018center_img Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (C) is escorted by U.S. Capitol Police before a meeting in Washington, DC. on Dec. 21, 2017. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Trump appears to have known that McCabe was planning to retire.“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 23, “90 days to go?!!!”The House memo on surveillance abuses is set to be released amid renewed scrutiny of two top FBI officials who exchanged anti-Trump text messages. Among messages sent between top FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page was a discussion of an “insurance policy” in the event Trump is elected and a “secret society” within the FBI and DOJ.An informant has since told lawmakers that the secret society held at least one secret offsite meeting and consisted of top-level officials in the FBI and DOJ. The Fusion GPS dossier explained. Click for full resolution. (Epoch Times)“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok wrote in a message to page on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”Some lawmakers believe that the “Andy” in the text messages is McCabe, Fox News reported.From NTD.tv US News Share this article How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017last_img read more

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Trump Honors Band of Brave Patriots in Shanksville on 911

first_img President Donald Trump paid tribute on Sept. 11, to the “band of brave patriots” aboard a Sept. 11 flight that crashed in a Pennsylvania field 17 years ago, praising the passengers and crew members who sent the message that the nation would “never, ever submit to tyranny.”The president and first lady Melania joined an observance at the Sept. 11 memorial in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the jetliners crashed to the ground after 40 passengers and crew members realized hijackers had taken control and tried to storm the cockpit.Calling it “the moment when America fought back,” Trump said the fallen “took control of their destiny and changed the course of history.”“A piece of America’s heart is buried on these grounds, but in its place has grown a new resolve to live our lives with the same grace and courage as the heroes of Flight 93,” Trump said. “This field is now a monument to American defiance. This memorial is now a message to the world: America will never, ever submit to tyranny,” the president said.Nearly 3,000 people died on Sept. 11 when other airplanes were flown into New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in an attack planned by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Nearly a decade later, bin Laden was killed in May 2011 during a United States military operation.Trump, a New York native, made his first visit as president to the Shanksville site and paid tribute to the many lives that were lost that day. Show Discussion QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News Share this articlecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Trump Honors Band of Brave Patriots in Shanksville on 9/11 By The Associated Press September 11, 2018 Updated: September 11, 2018last_img read more

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