People are growing marijuana illegally in national forests – and it’s ravaging them

first_imgCBS News 24 August 2018Family First Comment: The pot industry is anything but environmentally-friendly, and here’s another example. It seems very ironic that the Greens are pushing the legalisation of the marijuana industry!www.SayNopeToDope.nzSome of America’s most pristine forests are under assault by illegal marijuana cultivation that is ravaging the environment. Federal narcotics agents destroyed more than 1.4 million marijuana plants last year, according to the U.S. Forestry Service, and thousands of pounds of trash and numerous toxic chemicals were also removed.It’s so rugged in the San Bernardino National Forest that federal agents searching for marijuana are sometimes lifted from place to place by helicopter, reports CBS News’ John Blackstone, who joined agents in Southern California as they confronted the illegal and dangerous growing operation.“We have a marijuana garden down here with unknown number of plants and as of right now an unknown number of suspects,” said Dan Briot of the U.S. Forest Service. He is overseeing the undercover operation.Armed officers from the Forest Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife go in first. When they determined the area is safe, at least relatively safe, they let us follow.What they found there was about 50 pounds of marijuana cut and ready to be taken out of the forest. They didn’t catch the cultivators but they did catch their crop, a big one, of at least 5,000 plants. All the plants left behind are difficult to eradicate because the marijuana plants are growing beneath the trees there, all of it fed by a somewhat sophisticated irrigation system.The people growing the marijuana created a makeshift reservoir in the national forest by diverting water from a nearby natural stream. The problem almost isn’t so much the marijuana, it’s the damage that they’re doing to the forest.“The environmental damage is huge,” Briot said.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Two injured in weekend Ripley County crash

first_imgRipley County, In. — Ripley County investigators believe alcohol and speed were factors in Saturday, May 5 crash on County Road 350 N near County Road 225 E.Around 2 a.m. police say Dillon Engel, 20, of Batesville, drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a group of trees head-on. Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in the crash.Engel and passenger, Kyle Taylor, 24, of Indianapolis, were taken to Margaret Mary Health for treatment. Engel was later transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known.last_img

Plenty of firsts accompany Whitwell in Wednesday Modified win at Las Vegas

first_imgR.C. Whitwell won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature Wednesday evening at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. (Photo by Tom Macht, VEGAS, Nev. (March 5) – Wednesday was a night of firsts for R.C. Whitwell on the half-mile Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Whitwell topped the first of four qualifying heats, then led all 25 laps of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature on opening night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown. The Arizona native and recent California transplant took the $750 checkers in his first night out in the Bill Henderson-owned Victory Circle ride. Forty Modifieds ran at LVMS in the first of two midweek events. Josh Vogt, Kyle Heckman, Logan Drake and Brad Pounds rounded out the top five in the feature.“The track was very racy. I ran the high side to the middle most of the way,” said Whitwell, after making his first non-Duel In The Desert visit to the Dirt Track, “and (teammate) Kyle ran a lower line. It was a pretty good night for us.”Vogt made up ground as Whitwell negotiated traffic in the late going but ran out of laps.The victory was the IMCA first of the season for Whitwell, who also ran third in the West Coast Late Model main at LVMS on Wednesday. Modifieds race for a top prize of $750 again Thursday night at the Dirt Track. Feature results – 1. R.C. Whitwell; 2. Josh Vogt; 3. Kyle Heckman; 4. Logan Drake; 5. Brad Pounds; 6. Jay Marks; 7. Mike Wedelstadt; 8. Rob Sanders; 9. Chad Ayers; 10. Troy Morris Jr.; 11. Tony Kinkade; 12. Greg Mancebo; 13. Bill McIntosh; 14. Joe Haresky; 15. Bryan Wulfenstein; 16. Joseph Altig; 17. David Karst; 18. Tim Dower; 19. Ryan Roath; 20. Jeff Sheppard Jr.; 21. Dan Fitzgerald; 22. Matt Crafton.1st heat (top four) – 1. Karst; 2. Vogt; 3. Kinkade; 4. Bill McIntosh; 5. Roath; 6. Altig; 7. Paul Jones; 8. Kersey; 9. John Laughlin; 10. Billy Griffin.2nd heat – 1. Whitwell; 2. Heckman; 3. Drake; 4. Sanders; 5. Fitzgerald; 6. Clay Daly; 7. Anthony Merritt; 8. Jason Pike; 9. Rick Durica. 3rd heat – 1. Pounds; 2. Crafton; 3. Marks; 4. Ayers; 5. Tim Ward; 6. Morris; 7. David Breaux; 8. Robby Chiles; 9. Dan Snowden; 10. Eric Evans. 4th heat – 1. Dower; 2. Mancebo; 3. Wedelstadt; 4. Sheppard; 5. Wulfenstein; 6. Haresky; 7. Steve Stultz; 8. Patrick McIntosh; 9. Joey Franklin; 10. Mark Allison. 1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Morris; 2. Roath; 3. Altig; 4. Breaux; 5. Chiles; 6. Snowden; 7. Kersey; 8. Jones; 9. Ward; 10. Laughlin; 11. Billy Griffin; 12. Evans. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Wulfenstein; 2. Fitzgerald; 3. Haresky; 4. Stultz; 5. Durica; 6. Allison; 7. Pike; 8. Franklin; 9. Merritt; 10. Travis Rider; 11. Patrick McIntosh; 12. Daly.last_img read more

RaceSaver Sprints run Wednesday at Jackson

first_imgJACKSON, Minn. – The Heartland Steel Racesaver Sprint Cars presented by Wyffels Hybrids will be added to the Jackson Motorplex program on Wednesday, July 18 with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the LMSS Touring Series.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will be racing for $600 to win, plus IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and state points, plus a new Keizer wheel.Hot laps are at 7 p.m. for the draw/redraw show.last_img

EPL: Burnley battle for Europa League ticket

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Norwich City vs. Burnley Venue: Carrow Road Kick off: 5:30Burnley make the trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City this evening needing maximum points to retain any hope of qualifying for next season’s Europa League. Meanwhile, the Canaries play host to the Clarets in a game, which marks their final home fixture, before their relegation from the Premier League.Having been held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, Burnley must now rely on an unlikely set of results to secure a return to the Europa League.Nevertheless, despite the frustration of a missed opportunity on Wednesday night, Sean Dyche will be satisfied that his team managed to extend their recent unbeaten run to six matches.The Clarets have now recorded 27 points from their most recent 14 outings, a return which can only fill Dyche with confidence ahead of the next campaign.With Norwich and Brighton their remaining two opponents, Burnley have the opportunity to end the season with form which is on par to that of second-placed Manchester City. Although maintaining that over an entire season is a considerably tougher ask, there will be a feeling that Burnley are well equipped to challenge for the top seven again next season.Despite having relegation confirmed last week, Norwich will be determined to end a nine-match losing streak before the end of the campaign.On occasions, Daniel Farke and his players can count themselves unfortunate to have put together such a demoralising run, particularly having pushed Manchester United all the way in the FA Cup quarter-finals.However, the Canaries have barely laid a glove on either West Ham United or Chelsea in their last two outings, which should prompt a more attack-minded performance on Saturday.Farke will hope that results in a goal for Teemu Pukki, who has not found the back of the net since January 22. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis, Tettey, McLean, Cantwell, Steipermann, Hernandez, Pukki. Burnley possible XI: Pope, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Vydra, Wood.Tags: BurnleyCarrow RoadEuropa LeagueNorwich CityPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic promises to keep his cool in Wear-Tyne derby

first_img Press Association He told the club’s official website, “There will be a lot of passion at the next game, but I do not want to make the same mistake that I did against Arsenal and do something stupid. “I want to stay on the level. I know they will try to provoke me, but I will keep my head strong and try to score goals and help my team-mates. “It’s a derby. I am only 21 but I have played in a lot of big derbies, big games, and I can say I know how to play these games and score goals in them. “I hope I will continue with my goals and score in my first game against Sunderland.” Newcastle will run out at the Stadium of Light determined to avoid a record sixth successive defeat by their neighbours, but buoyed by last Sunday’s 6-2 home victory over Norwich, their first of the new Barclays Premier League campaign. The game will pitch Magpies head coach Steve McClaren against Black Cats counterpart Sam Allardyce – the two were competitors for the England manager’s job back in 2006. Allardyce will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of his three immediate predecessors at Sunderland and secure a derby victory in just his second game at the helm. McClaren said: “Whatever manager it is, it’s the Premier League, it’s the biggest league in the world and you are pitting yourself against some of the biggest managers in the world and in Europe, and Sam is one of them. “He’s had an excellent career. He has great experience in the Premier League and every club he goes to, he does a very good job. He will do that at Sunderland.” Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has vowed not to be drawn into doing “something stupid” in the heat of the Wear-Tyne derby. center_img The 21-year-old Serbia international heads into Sunday’s clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light having collected five yellow cards and one red in just 11 games for club and country so far this season. However Mitrovic, who was also sent off for former club Anderlecht against Bruges – the biggest clash in Belgian club football – earlier in his career, insists he has learnt his lesson after receiving his marching orders against Arsenal in August and serving a three-game ban. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSaints, Pelicans owner Benson tests positive for coronavirusNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says Gayle Benson hasn’t been hospitalized and has continued to work from home. Benson has been sole owner of both New Orleans franchises since her husband, Tom Benson, died in March of 2018.PGA-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt canceled Friday’s practice after what he called “a few more positive tests.” Pruitt had adjusted the schedule for Saturday to allow his players to take part in an on-campus march against racism. — A person with knowledge of the situation says Auburn’s football team has canceled its last two practices because of issues related to COVID-19 after positive tests this week. It wasn’t clear how many players, coaches or others tested positive. — North Carolina State has allowed 12 programs to resume workouts after the school paused all athletics activities earlier this week, but football remains on hold for now. In a statement Friday, athletics director Boo Corrigan said the school plans for another round of testing for the football program and will make a decision on next steps.— North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the school will begin football and other fall sports without fans at home because of the pandemic. Cunningham says the restriction will last through September. NFL-SAINTS OWNER-VIRUS Associated Press — The Blue Jays pulled out a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Randal Grichuk’s (GRIH’-chuhks) two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernandez hit longballs in the fourth inning of Toronto’s ninth victory in 12 games.— Mike Trout’s 11th home run of the year was the difference as the Angels downed the Mariners, 3-2. Andrew Heaney struck out 10 and limited Seattle to a run and four hits over 7 2/3’s.— Derek Dietrich’s solo homer broke a 2-2 tie in a four-run seventh that sent the Rangers past the Dodgers, 6-2. Texas starter Mike Minor scattered four hits over six innings and left with a 2-0 lead.— Ty France drove in four runs and Zach Davies didn’t allow an earned run over 5 2/3 innings to lead the Padres’ ninth win in 11 games, 10-4 over the Rockies. Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while France and Manny Machado added three hits apiece.— Scott Kingery launched a three-run, walk-off homer in the 11th inning to lift the Phillies past the Braves, 7-4. Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura belted two-run homers for the Phils, who almost wasted a good starting pitching performance after Zack Wheeler held Atlanta to one earned run over 5 2/3 innings. NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka overcame a faulty first serve and reached the finals of the Western & Southern Open following a one-day break in the tournament prompted by her call for racial justice. Osaka sparked the break by announcing she would drop out of the tournament rather than play a semifinal match Thursday against Elise Mertens. The 2018 U.S. Open champ pulled out a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Mertens on Friday.Osaka will face resurgent Victoria Azarenka, who beat Johanna Konta 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Western & Southern final for the first time since 2013, when she beat Serena Williams.In the men’s bracket, top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) overcame more neck problems and advanced to the finals with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOOO’). Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) beat fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 6-3 to reach a final for the first time in 26 months. MLB-NEWSJudge on IL againUNDATED (AP) — The Yankees have placed right fielder Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured list again with a strained left calf just days after the star slugger returned. Judge was activated Wednesday but aggravated the injury in a game at Atlanta and was removed in the sixth inning. In other major league news:— Two people with knowledge of the trade tell The Associated Press that the Athletics have acquired infielder 2019 All-Star infielder Tommy La Stella from the for infielder Franklin Barreto. La Stella is in the final year of his contract with the Angels, who acquired him from the Cubs in November 2018. He is batting .273 with four homers and 14 RBIs this season while playing second base and first base for struggling Los Angeles. Also on the major league schedule:— The Astros-Athletics game in Houston was the 11th to be boycotted by big league players since Wednesday. The two teams took their positions on the field and headed toward the clubhouses after a moment of silence. A Black Lives Matter T-shirt was draped across home plate.— The sizzling White Sox wasted a one-run lead in the ninth before Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) hit a walk-off blast in the bottom half to give Chicago its 10th win in 11 games, 6-5 versus the Royals. Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert also homered for the White Sox, who lead the AL with 62 round-trippers.— Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBIs as part of the Indians’ 20-hit attack in a 14-2 laugher over the Cardinals. Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) chipped in two-run homers as Cleveland moved into a three-way tie with Minnesota and Chicago for the AL Central lead.— Ryan Yarbrough worked into the seventh inning and two relievers completed a five-hitter in the Rays’ 2-0 shutout of the Marlins. Yarbrough struck out five and allowed four hits over 6 2/3 frames of Tampa Bay’s 12th win in 15 games. McIlroy, Cantlay share BMW leadOLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay share the lead as the only players under par through two rounds of the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields. Cantlay fired a 2-under 68 and McIlroy shot a 69, leaving them 1 under at the midway point. Cantlay holed a 50-foot chip for birdie and holed out a 50-yard wedge for eagle.Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson are one shot back, while Tiger Woods could be two rounds away from ending his season. Woods had to make a 35-foot par putt on his final hole to shoot 75, leaving him nine shots behind.LPGA-WALMART NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP — The Reds picked up a 6-5 win over the Cubs behind Tyler Mahle (MAH’-lee), who gave up two solo homers but no other hits while fanning 11 over 6 2/3 innings. Eugenio Suarez, Jess Winker and Freddy Galvis (GAL’-vees) smacked solo homers in Cincinnati’s third victory in a row.— Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) belted two of the Brewers’ four home runs in a 9-1 rout of the Pirates. Ryan Braun and Jacob Nottingham also left the yard to back Corbin Burnes, who fanned 10 while firing three-hit ball over six shutout innings.— Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick hit back-to-back homers in a five-run third that highlighted the Nationals’ 10-2 dismantling of the Red Sox. Trea Turner and Victor Robles had three hits apiece and Josh Harrison also homered to back Max Scherzer, who struck out 11 over six innings.— The Diamondbacks’ eight-game losing streak is over after Starling Marte and Christian Walker drove in two runs apiece in a 7-4 decision over the Giants. Winning pitcher Zac Gallen was terrific and opening the season with six straight no-decisions, holding San Francisco to a run and five hits over seven innings.— The Tigers-Twins doubleheader in Detroit has been postponed because of bad weather. One game will be made up as part of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sept. 4. Any plan will need the approval of university presidents and chancellors. The person told the AP that the Big Ten will only play if certain benchmarks related to the coronavirus — such as transmission rates, testing capacity and availability, and testing accuracy — are met in each of the 11 states that are home to the league’s 14 schools.The Big Ten announced on Aug. 11 it was postponing its fall football season because of concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pac-12 and some smaller conferences soon followed suit.The Big Ten and first-year commissioner Kevin Warren have faced pushback and criticism ever since, including a lawsuit filed by eight Nebraska players who want the decision overturned.In other pandemic-related college sports news:— Seven members of the Kansas State football team have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first outbreak since the Wildcats convened for summer workouts in June. The Wildcats will continue to practice for the season-opener Sept. 12 against Arkansas State. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR drivers don’t plan to skip Saturday’s race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of social and racial injustices. But Bubba Wallace says that decision should not be interpreted as “turning away from the dark and evil acts that have taken over our nation.” The 26-year-old Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the Cup series and has been a leader in pushing NASCAR for more diversity and its recent ban on the Confederate flag at racetracks. He was the first driver to address any action potentially planned at Daytona as other sports leagues have reacted to the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin. MLB-SCHEDULESmith homers in first game since boycottUNDATED (AP) — Dom Smith was tearful on Wednesday, grateful on Thursday and gleeful on Friday afternoon.center_img In a joint statement released Friday, the sides say they will immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners, that would focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. Play stopped Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the court for their playoff game against Orlando to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and acts of racial injustice. There have been no games since, while players met among themselves and with coaches and owners before an agreement to resume was reached. All 13 teams remaining in the postseason scheduled practice Friday.Players are calling on people to vote, hopefully in their home arenas. Many within the league of primarily Black players have focused on the importance of voting and the need for places in inner cities where minorities can do so safely. Madison Square Garden is one of eight arenas ready to open its doors on Election Day. Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rovers said Miami is working hard to make its facility available. Thunder guard Chris Paul pointed out that practice facilities would be helpful if arenas can’t be secured.The players and the league will also immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners. The coalition will focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. Update on the latest sports NHL playoffs to resume this weekendUNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s second-round playoff series will resume this weekend with three games each on Saturday and Sunday after players prompted the league to postpone two days of action to protest racial injustice.The postponements of four games to be played Thursday and Friday have led the NHL to push back the potential completion of the second-round schedule by as many as two days should three of the series require a Game 7. RACIAL INJUSTICE-MOTORSPORTSNASCAR plans to race, Wallace says fight for racial equality goes on Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRACIAL INJUSTICE-NBANBA prepares to restart after protest pauseLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoffs are set to resume Saturday, after the league and the National Basketball Players Association detailed the commitments that made players comfortable continuing the postseason. And the NBA and players will work with TV networks to create advertising spots during the remainder of the postseason to promote greater engagement in the election process and their communities.NBA-MAVERICKS-PORZINGISPorzingis to miss rest of Mavs-Clippers seriesLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) will miss the rest of the Dallas Mavericks’ series against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a torn ligament in his right knee. The team said it is looking into treatment options but added that Porzingis wouldn’t be medically cleared the rest of the series. Porzingis averaged 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the first three games of the series.NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE CHANGES — The White Sox acquired speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson from Pittsburgh and reinstated Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list. Dyson is batting just .157 this season, but he swiped 30 bags last year. The White Sox sent international signing bonus pool money to the last-place Pirates for the 36-year-old Dyson. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAP Source: Big Ten working on multiple options for footballUNDATED (AP) — Big Ten coaches, athletic directors and medical personnel are working on multiple plans for staging a football season, including one that would have the league kicking off as soon as Thanksgiving weekend.A person with direct knowledge of the conference’s discussions told The Associated Press the conference is in the early stages of a complicated process that also involves broadcast partners and possible neutral site venues. Smith belted a tiebreaking solo homer while the New York Mets scored five times in the sixth inning to beat the Yankees, 6-4 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The homer came two days after he made an impassioned statement about racial injustice in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Mets responded by rallying around Smith on Thursday, staging an on-field demonstration with the Miami Marlins before the two teams boycotted their game.The Yankees led 4-1 until the Mets homered three times in the sixth. Pete Alonso tied it with a three-run blast and Jake Marisnick gave the Mets breathing room with a solo shot.Clint Frazier belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs for the Yankees, who have dropped six straight since a six-game winning streak.Smith also hit an RBI single in the nightcap, but the Mets completed a sweep by defeating the Yankees, 4-3 on Amed Rosario’s two-run, walk-off homer off Aroldis Chapman in the seventh. The Mets scored nine of their 10 runs in the doubleheader from the fifth inning on.The opener of the doubleheader was the first game on Jackie Robinson Day. Robinson first met with Dodgers owner Branch Rickey on Aug. 28, 1945 to discuss breaking the color barrier in baseball, and the 1963 March on Washington was held on the same day. Jackie Robinson Day is usually April 15, the day of his first major league game. The date was moved when the major league season had to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Three-way tie at LPGA eventROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Jackie Stoelting returned from a 14-month maternity break to take a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.The 34-year-old played her first nine holes in 5-under 30 and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 64 to join Anna Nordqvist and rookie Esther Lee atop the leaderboard.TENNIS-WESTERN & SOUTHERNOsaka to face Azarenka, Djokovic vs. Raonic August 28, 2020last_img read more

University assisting in effort to make sure everyone counts

first_imgThe national 2010 census is beginning to wind down, but USC is just beginning its effort to make sure students are counted.Census workers arrived on campus Wednesday, setting up shop at customer service centers in USC Housing facilities on and off campus where they’ll be working 12-hour shifts until April 20.Making it count · USC Housing is working with the Census Bureau to make sure that as many students are counted as possible. Students are supposed to fill out the census in Los Angeles. – Larry Lin | Daily Trojan USC Housing sent campus-wide e-mails Monday informing students about the census and why it’s important for them to participate. Students living in dorms are being instructed to pick up their forms in the Customer Service Center lobby and return them to housing staff. Although some students living off campus received their forms in the mail, others received the forms from R.A.s on their floor.The university and the Census Bureau are making a special effort to make sure students are represented because they are a traditionally undercounted group, said Sandra Alvarado, a spokesperson for the Census Bureau.“Students are harder to count,” she said, looking at a map showing return rates for areas across Los Angeles. USC’s 90007 zip code had a return rate of 30 percent.“That’s really low,” Alvarado said. “Right outside in the neighborhoods is 43 to 46 percent. Nationwide, the current rate is 60 percent.”Alvarado said it is important that students fill out their forms where they live to attend school, not at their family homes.“We’ve been doing a lot of outreach to community leaders and hit up some of the campuses with presentations and materials,” she said. “Students should be counted where they live for most of the time. We just want to make sure college students are informed about the process, so we don’t double count.”Although some students were confused about the process, others found it was relatively painless.“There were a zillion signs talking about the census,” said Allison Dorr, a sophomore majoring in international relations, who filled out the forms in Fluor Tower. “And L.A. needs the money, so I might as well.”Leah Mireles, a sophomore majoring in international relations who works in housing, was handing out forms and checking off students’ names on a list. She said many students had already filled out the forms.“A lot of people have come,” she said. “There was a line where I live.”Mireles said she wasn’t sure the census effort would reach all the students at USC.“I think it would be almost impossible to set out to do it, but we have signs and we’re trying to get as many people as possible,” she said.But Maria Rico, a census worker on campus, said they would not stop trying until they had contacted every student.“If we’re missing someone, we have to call them back,” she said.Alvarado said students reluctant to complete the census should think about the impact it would have on their community and the services they want to see 10 years from now. Because of undercounting in the 2000 census, she said, not enough money is given to Los Angeles today.“Ten years ago, we didn’t count everybody, 20 years ago the same, and now we’re paying the price,” she said.last_img read more

Holt: At ESPN, Life of Rick Reilly simply not worth living

first_imgOh, how the mighty have fallen.No, I’m not talking about USC’s LOL-inducing loss at Washington or the Red Sox coughing up two six-run leads to the Royals Monday night. In fact, I’m not even talking about an athlete. This giant is one of my own brethren — sports writer Rick Reilly.It’s not his career that’s hurting, as Reilly is in the second year of a five-year, $10 million contract with ESPN (!). He still pumps out his “Life of Reilly” columns on a regular basis, in addition to doing other stories for ESPN The Magazine and hosting a TV show.Reilly probably became most well-known for being Sports Illustrated’s back page columnist from 1997 to 2007, where he made a name for himself with his human interest pieces. He joined SI as a writer in 1985, where his great feature pieces earned him a weekly column.But this isn’t your father’s Rick Reilly.Now he churns out uninspired drivel about being a Cowboys cheerleader and spends time berating Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech. His appearance as a guest anchor on SportsCenter was painful — he reacted to a highlight of Florida A&M’s LeRoy Vann returning two punts for touchdowns by exclaiming, “Why, that’s Vann-tastic!”Ugh. What is it about ESPN on-air time that ruins people that used to be respected? Remember when Lou Holtz was remembered as a decent college football coach? Now he’s more known for his unintelligible “pep talks” and the metric ton of spittle that flies out of his mouth every time he speaks. I don’t want to see Reilly reduced to making bad puns and sounding awkward during SC’s top 10 plays of the day.The Rick I used to know is one of the reasons I wanted to become a sports writer in the first place. He made you care about the people he was writing about, and his features were almost poetic in their prose. But as the years ticked by, there was a decline in quality that culminated with his transfer to the evil empire of sports media. Now that he’s got more money than a sports journalist has any right to, his attention to detail (and quality and everything else that makes a good article) has fallen off a cliff.Earlier this year, sports website ran an article containing excerpts from Reilly’s best work, which like Metallica’s or Prince’s, came from the ’80s and early ’90s. Take for example this lead from a 1994 SI feature:“On a refrigerated, colorless Saturday morning in the no-McDonald’s town of Walnut, Ill., Kenny Wilcoxen walked along the street carrying the letter he had waited for his whole life, the one that meant that after 20 years he was finally going to ref the state high school football finals. On the other side of the letter, written neatly in blue ink, was his suicide note.”Now that’s sports writing. Contrast the previous passage with this bit from his recent column ranting about how everyone but him has a hole-in-one: “…when I read the next story about a legless 104-year-old blind nun who got her first hole-in-one Tuesday while a live wombat chewed on her clavicle…”As much as I want that to be funny, he pulled the humor equivalent of hitting into a double play — you just wish he had never swung at all. It’s sad to see someone who once challenged Sammy Sosa to take a drug test has resorted to cheating at golf as column inspiration. To emulate one of his classic analogies, Rick Reilly is like the high school senior who stops trying once he’s been accepted to his first choice of college.Now I don’t know if he has less time to spend on his writing at ESPN or if he just doesn’t care anymore (which I can’t blame him for, since he’s rolling in the dough). If he was just a — dare I say it — sellout, I could handle that. But now he’s a sellout whose columns suck out of control. A guy who defined sports columns is now largely irrelevant in the area that made him famous.The saddest thing truly is the drop in Reilly’s quality of writing. Now more than ever, sports journalism needs people to produce pieces of writing that stand head and shoulders above the majority of the muck that is the sports blogosphere. Everyone has a story to tell, but it’s how you articulate it that counts — and Reilly was one of the best.The best-case scenario is that the real Reilly is being held captive in a dark room deep somewhere in ESPN’s offices. Maybe the network signed him to a contract to accurately create a witless, awkward copy — a Robo-Reilly. Not only would that explain a lot, but it would go a long way toward me forgiving him for starting a February column with the line “I’ve been fired more than pottery.” That lead worked less than a less-making machine.I’m a little sad and a little angry, but mainly disappointed in Reilly’s fall. He’s getting paid twice as much as he was at SI to produce garbage; it’s like doubling Emeril Lagasse’s salary just to have him cook burgers at McDonalds. I haven’t been this disappointed in someone I admired since I found out David Ortiz juiced. This isn’t an attack on Reilly’s success though, which he has earned. However, if Reilly is the flagship example of being on top of the sports journalism world, then I think I’ll toil in obscurity, if it will save my dignity.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Got any favorite old-school Reilly pieces? Agree that he’s sold out? E-mail him at read more

EMSC looks to expand

first_imgFew but those pursuing a health-related major know about the Emergency Medical Services of USC, a student organization comprised of emergency medical technicians that provides emergency pre-hospital care on and around campus.Since its founding in 2009, EMSC has been providing medical assistance at large events at USC, such as the Obama Rally, the Festival of Books, the Welcome Back Concert, graduation and football tailgates. EMSC is now looking to expand the range of events that they cover.Sean Neifert, the EMSC director, is working alongside Austin Churchill, the assistant director to the USG Wellness Affairs committee, to push a resolution that would increase EMSC’s reach.“We are looking at things like philanthropies and parties on the Row and other events on campus,” Neifert said. “We have a plan so that student organizations can contract with us directly instead of going to the administration, and then we can submit the forms to our adviser so that she can approve the events.”A similar proposal was made in March, but now Neifert is working on having all the details figured out.“It’s really the liability aspect,” Neifert said. “The administration has this view of us as student EMTs, when we’re really emergency medical technicians who also happen to be students. They think that our certification doesn’t mean as much, and they think we’re going to mess up when we’re on the field. I can tell you with confidence we’re not going to.”Neifert added that EMSC is not a replacement to the fire department but a valuable assistance in the moments before an ambulance arrives. He stated that the Department of Public Safety Emergency, which has no medical training other than CPR, will simply call the fire department and not provide emergency assistance in the meantime. Because most emergencies deal with intoxicated students, Neifert argues that the waiting gap can be crucial.DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said that all DPS officers receive first-aid and CPR training. In addition, some DPS officers have received EMT certification independently. Carlisle said that paramedics typically respond so quickly that it makes sense for DPS officers to wait until they arrive on the scene. He also said that DPS is starting combat medical training for officers so that they can provide more advanced care such as applying field dressings and tourniquets.Neifert, however, believes the response time is still too long.“The average response time for the fire department is six minutes, and in those six minutes a lot of stuff can happen,” Neifert said. “Six minutes of no oxygen to your brain, and you’re pretty much brain-dead.”Neifert, who also holds a job at a hospital in Orange County, explained how other universities have larger student EMT programs. He gave Johns Hopkins, Brown and UCLA as examples. The latter, for instance, has a 24/7-ambulance service completely staffed by students.“I think [UCLA] is a great model to go off of,” Neifert said. “I think, obviously, USC is definitely a different situation. It is a private school, we don’t have a hospital on campus as well, so those are definitely things we need to consider. But when you look at UCLA they really put trust in their students.”Neifert also mentioned that all members of EMSC take skills tests at the end of each semester and have training sessions twice a week. Such high amounts of training, Neifert argued, show the commitment and dedication of student EMTs. Because of this, the University has no reason not to bestow EMSC greater responsibilities.“Our administration is behind the times on how they view student safety and wellness in regards to this issue,” Neifert said. “The administration has to step up to the plate and contract with us.”Churchill, who is working closely with Neifert, explained how they plan to pursue the organization’s expansion.“What we want to do is ultimately pass a resolution in the coming weeks to show that the student body supports this,” Churchill said. “USG has a lot of direct contact with the administrators that we need to get this approved, such as DPS and Fire and Safety, there’s a lot of overlap between those that oversee EMSC and those that specifically the Wellness Affairs Committee works with.”Churchill mentioned that they could put more pressure on the administration by showing support not only from EMSC, but also from the entire student body.“This is a really important initiative for the student body, because there is that mean gap time which we have right now,” Churchill said. “Most of the transfers we have right now are alcohol-related. If we want to treat the students in the meantime, we need to expand this organization.”last_img read more