LSD Residue On 1960s Synth Sends Repair Tech On Accidental “Trip” [Watch]

first_imgLysergic Acid Diethylamide, more commonly known amongst the cool kids as “LSD,” has been the culprit of countless wild adventures since its psychedelic properties were accidentally discovered by Swiss chemist Albert Hofman in 1938. One of the more recent stories involving the hallucinogenic drug brings back memories of the San Francisco music scene of the 1960s, when musicians and adventurous minds alike would use LSD for liberation from the squares of normal society.According to a fascinating new report from San Francisco-based news outlet KPIX 5, one of their own Broadcast Operations Managers recently stumbled upon a vintage Buchla Model 100 synthesizer. While attempting to repair it, the technician unexpectedly ingested a dose of LSD from residue which had apparently remained on the digital instrument from many years ago.Related: Read Butch Trucks’ Acid-Fueled Story About When ABB & Grateful Dead Members Played NYE In 1973Last year, a technician manager named Eliot Curtis had volunteered to repair a vintage synth owned by Cal State East Bay. The instrument was initially brought into the university’s ownership by a pair of avant-garde musicians who taught in the school’s music department back in the 1960s. The synth eventually fell out of favor with the curriculum and was stored in a cool, dark closet where it was left for decades—allowing for the ideal conditions for keeping LSD’s potency intact over a long period of time.While attempting to repair the old piece of music equipment, Curtis discovered a crystalline-like residue stuck under one of the knobs and attempted to remove it using his fingers. It turns out that residue was leftover LSD from the bygone era, and within an hour Curtis had begun to feel the effects of the mind-altering substance. What began as tingling in his fingers eventually stuck around for nine hours as Curtis continued to feel how the drug was impacting his nervous system. Fun times, right?Hear the entire story in the video below.KPIX 5 – Synth Repair Leads To LSD Trip Report[Video: KPIX 5]Don Buchla, the inventor of the Buchla Model 100 and known user of LSD in the 1960s, happened to be friends with Grateful Dead sound tech and LSD supplier, Owsley “The Bear” Stanley. It hasn’t been confirmed whether the LSD that got into Curtis bloodstream by way of skin contact came from the same legendary supply cooked up by Stanley, but it certainly makes for a fun possibility to think about during your next trip.At the very least, the report should bring an optimistic smile to the faces of Deadheads to know that some of the high-quality, pure LSD which circulated around the San Francisco area back then, is still around and active in some hidden parts of the world in 2019.[H/T KPIX 5]last_img read more

Lawyer says Pelosi laptop hasn’t been recovered from suspect

first_imgHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A defense lawyer says a laptop stolen from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the U.S. Capitol attack hasn’t been recovered by investigators. Public defender A.J. Kramer told a federal judge Tuesday that investigators didn’t find it in Riley Jean Williams’ car or home in Harrisburg. The 22-year-old Williams is accused of helping steal the laptop, which a Pelosi aide has said was only used for presentations. Prosecutors say there’s evidence Williams directed others to delete data after the attack. A judge in Washington restricted Williams’ internet access while she awaits trial.last_img

Assistant band director details drill design process

first_imgEver wondered how the Notre Dame marching band pulls off exciting and engaging halftime shows with over 400 students on the football field?In a Monday lecture in the O’Neill Family Hall of Music, Sam Sanchez, assistant Notre Dame Band director, discussed the technical and creative elements that occur behind the scenes of the student marching band.While giving a brief history of marching bands as a whole, Sanchez said the practice has its origins in the military field since it was used as “a coordinated effort to move troops around and to intimidate the enemy.” He also said the military influence has sometimes caused people to not want to be involved in the marching band. Sanchez explained that most college marching bands have their own signature step and style, and that Notre Dame has been doing the high step since 1930.Sanchez also said the Notre Dame band has experienced some fraught history, especially surrounding the military background of marching band processes.“In the 1960s and 1970s, the Notre Dame Band got really small because there was a lot of tension with the Vietnam War, so you didn’t get a lot of people who wanted to do this thing that actually represented a little bit of an old military style,” he said. Sanchez said about half of the new students in the band have never marched before coming to Notre Dame, making the learning process a steep improvement over the football season.“On the first day, the first thing we do is we line everyone up, and we have them march out,”Sanchez said. “Even our new members do this, and they don’t quite know what’s going on yet, but you learn by doing. We have just get them out there and get them started.” By the end of the season, Sanchez said band members know how to step and hold their instruments correctly, making for a cleaner performance and a “striking difference” when comparing practice sessions.Sanchez said he first became interested in drill design — the craft of designing the charts and movements of the marching band on the field — when he was a freshman in high school. “I thought marching band was the neatest thing ever … and so what I did was once I started getting into it, I asked my director for drill paper. I started kind of writing my own shows, and I made my own drill tour,” Sanchez said. “I think I knew I wanted to be a band director at the age of 14.”While he admitted that teaching drill charts and movements to the entire college band at once can be challenging, Sanchez said he feels that simplifying the movements makes a huge difference for himself and students. “We only have a certain amount of time around our students, so I love simplifying everything as much as possible,” he said. “Some people try to make things way too complicated, and it doesn’t always need to be that way. Sometimes you can go simple and things are still really effective and they work.” The visual process of the shows are often the most critical since they engage directly with the audience, Sanchez said. He explained that Notre Dame often uses logos of the University, citing the cloverleaf, leprechaun and the Holy Cross symbol as examples of a way to connect the crowd to the performance.“We always do [the Holy Cross] for our national anthem, and we make the Holy Cross formation on the field for them. It’s really something that means a lot because that’s their brand, that’s their symbol,” Sanchez said. “Then, when we make an ND [on the field]. The symbol can arouse a sense of pride, and we can make a visual connection with our audience. The symbols help make a lasting memory and your audience will remember these things.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, drill design, Notre Dame Band, Notre Dame Marching Band, o’neill family hall of musiclast_img read more

What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks? ‘Tis Shakespeare in Love!

first_imgPerformances have officially begun for the stage adaptation of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, and after seeing these gorgeous production photos, we’re seriously considering booking a ticket to London immediately to check it out. Adapted by Lee Hall and directed by Declan Donnellan, Shakespeare in Love tells the story of Will Shakespeare, a promising new playwright who is tormented by writer’s block. When he finds his muse in the form of noblewoman Viola De Lesseps, their forbidden love inspires him to write the greatest love story of all time—Romeo and Juliet. The new production features Tom Bateman as Shakespeare, Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola and Tony nominee Paul Chahidi as Henslowe. Check out these photos of the new show, then see Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre! View Commentslast_img read more

Nearly 2,000 direct jobs created by ARRA funds awarded to Vermont

first_imgChief Recovery Officer Tom Evslin reported by teleconference to the General Assembly today that $55,966,939 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds reimbursed to Vermont State government by Washington created or retained 1990.86 “direct” jobs in the state.  The preliminary numbers were produced using detailed federal guidelines which state that “jobs” are full time equivalents (FTEs) calculated from payroll data, that is, two half time workers during the reporting period count as one FTE.  These numbers are taken from 51 reports submitted by Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery (ESR) to the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as part of the required “1512” reporting.  The reports may be corrected by the state until they are made public on October 30 and Evslin predicted that there will be corrections.Direct jobs created with these funds are the positions counted for today’s reporting purposes.  That means that the people working “directly” on a bridge project are counted however “indirect” jobs like the people who made the steel used in the bridge, and “induced” jobs, like the people who work in the stores where the bridge workers and steel makers are able to shop because they have jobs are not counted.Federal projections of ARRA impact do include direct, indirect, and induced jobs which means state reports reflect only a portion of the jobs actually created or retained by ARRA. Neither the states nor the federal government distinguish between jobs created and jobs retained.The State of Vermont reported 510.8 jobs in a program run by the Department of Labor for dislocated and disadvantaged workers including youth. Highway construction accounted for 474.61 jobs.  State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF), a part of ARRA given to states to shore up their budgets in a time of declining revenue, paid for 421.4 jobs in public safety and 375.12 in local school districts.However, Evslin cautioned that it is highly unlikely that all the teachers and public safety officials whose positions were paid with SFSF funds would have been terminated if the ARRA funds were not available. “The State would almost certainly have funded these positions even if the ARRA money wasn’t available or had been used elsewhere,” he said.Evslin continued “without SFSF and Medicaid funding to help Vermont fill massive deficits caused by the recession, there would likely have been more layoffs throughout state government and perhaps even higher taxes. Even with these funds, we still face the challenge of how we are going to fund these positions a year from now when the ARRA funds dry up and revenues still have not rebounded to previous levels.”The State has received an additional $120,974,211 in other stimulus funding which is not subject to 1512 reporting and for which job estimates are not prepared by the states; almost $105 million of this was reimbursement for Medicaid expenses. Moreover, organizations which receive ARRA grants and loans directly from the federal government are required to report directly to OMB; information they filed will also become public on October 30 but is not available to State officials until then. No reports are required from individuals who received ARRA tax cuts or credit or from other individual beneficiaries.Some of this funding indubitably produced indirect and induced jobs as did the money allocated by the State for Economic Development. For example, Vermont Economic Development Authority estimated that 563 jobs have been impacted by the ARRA-funded interest rate buydown which is part of Governor Jim Douglas’ SmartVermont program. These jobs are not reportable under federal 1512 guidelines.Although reports from other states are not yet available, Evslin predicted that Vermont will compare favorably in how quickly it put stimulus money to work creating jobs. “We know, for example, that VTRANs has gotten projects out and going faster than most other states – even other cold weather states. We deliberately used federal money before state money to pay salaries and for other expenses to reduce the amount the state needs to borrow to save interest dollars as well as to meet the intent of ARRA that this money be put to work quickly. Our agencies overall have done a good job of establishing or expanding programs quickly.”Quarterly ARRA job counts from all states will eventually decline as the money is spent. They may also decline from quarter to quarter due to seasonal factors like the end of the construction season and the termination of summer jobs.The legislative teleconference was arranged by Senator Jane Kitchel and Representative Janet Ancel and the Joint Fiscal Office. Kitchel and Ancel are the legislative liaisons to the Office of Economic Stimulus and Recover; they meet biweekly with ESR when the legislature is not in session and weekly during the session to ensure close coordination between the Administration and the Legislature on the implementation and use of ARRA funds.Source: Agency of Administration. 10.15.2009###last_img read more

Vermont Boys & Girls Clubs to receive $1 million

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Wednesday announced that Vermont’s Boys and Girls Clubs have been awarded more than $1 million by the US Department of Justice to help fund activities and programs administered by the Clubs.Leahy announced the award during a tour of the Boys and Girls Club in Rutland.  The Rutland Boys and Girls Club is one of six active Clubs in Vermont, and it has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Justice Department.  In March, the Club received a merit award for best overall programming among Boys and Girls Clubs across the country with budgets under $500,000.  Since 1997, the Rutland Club has received over $1.5 million in grant funding.‘It has been a privilege to support the Boys and Girls Clubs in Vermont,’ said Leahy.  ‘I see the very real difference these clubs make in the lives of young people.  They deliver results, creating safe spaces for young people to grow up free of drugs and crime.  We all know that our nation’s success lies with our children, and the Boys and Girls Clubs are crucial to that success.’As well as being a former prosecutor, Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its subcommittee that handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual budget bill for the Department of Justice, which runs the program that grants funding to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  Since 1997, Leahy has helped secure $10.7 million for Vermont’s Boys and Girls Clubs.  In 2008, Leahy successfully appealed to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to restore crucial funding that was set to be slashed for clubs in Brattleboro, Burlington, Washington County, White River Valley, Rutland City and Vergennes. Leahy has been a longtime champion of efforts to strengthen and expand Boys and Girls Clubs across the country, especially in rural areas like Vermont.  In 2001, after the Bush administration recommended the elimination of funding for the Boys and Girls Clubs, Leahy organized and led a strong, bipartisan coalition in Congress to restore funding for the Clubs. He is the author of the bipartisan Boys & Girls Clubs Centennial Reauthorization Act, which will authorize appropriations for the Boys & Girls Clubs through 2015.The Clubs are represented in all 50 states and reach millions of youths each year, providing after-school, evening, weekend and summer programs.  The Boys and Girls Clubs have demonstrated their effectiveness in keeping children and young adults off the streets and away from the influences of drugs, crime and gangs.Source: RUTLAND, Vt. (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2010) ‘ Leahy’s office.# # # # #last_img read more

Merrick Teen Charged With Head-on Drugged-driving Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Merrick teenager has been arrested for driving while high on drugs, veering into the opposite lane of traffic and causing a head-on crash on Ocean Parkway on Tuesday night, police said.Cody Becker, 19, was driving a GMC Denali westbound west of Tobay Beach when the SUV crossed over the center median, into the eastbound lanes and struck a Honda Accord traveling in the opposite direction shortly after 8 p.m., New York State police said.The 62-year-old Oak Beach man driving the car was airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.Becker was treated and released for minor injuries at NUMC. His was not injured.Becker was charged with reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana.He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

NCUA to accept good faith MLA efforts; NAFCU concerns remain

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA said Tuesday that its examiners will accept credit unions’ “reasonable and good faith efforts” to comply with the Military Lending Act rules that went into effect this week, according to Letter to Credit Unions 16-CU-07.NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt said the association appreciates NCUA’s consideration of good faith efforts, but she noted NAFCU still has concerns about the rules. NAFCU has noted ambiguities resulting from the Defense Department’s recent interpretive guidance on the rules, particularly relating to hybrid purchase money loans and share-secured loans that some credit unions think could lead to litigation risk.NAFCU has also urged the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council to delay compliance examinations of the rules until March 3, 2017 – giving the industry six months to test its systems.In its letter, NCUA said credit unions must also guard against third-party liability.“Credit unions should understand that NCUA’s acceptance of good faith efforts for supervision purposes does not shield a credit union from the third-party liability that can arise under the MLA,” NCUA wrote. “Your principal and most immediate goal should be to ensure servicemembers and other covered borrowers are receiving the consumer protections the MLA provides.” continue reading »last_img read more

New York State Police investigate two robberies in Otsego County

first_img(WBNG)-The New York State Police are investigating two separate robberies that happened in Otsego County early Friday morning. The suspect didn’t display a gun but said he had one. The suspect is described to be 5’4″ to 5’6″. They are wearing a surgical type mask and a dark hooded sweatshirt. According to State Police’s Facebook page one robbery occurred at approximately 2:37 a.m. at the Mirabito on State Highway 23 in Oneonta and then about three hours later another robbery occurred at the Mirabito on County Highway 48 in Otego at 5:38 a.m. If anyone has any information in regards to the two robberies you are to call State Police in Sidney at 607-561-7400.last_img

CDC issues bioterrorism-response guidebook for coroners

first_img The document includes a description of the pathologic findings and diagnostic specimens and tests for each of the Category A (high-risk) bioterrorism agents: those that cause smallpox, anthrax, plague, tularemia, botulism, and viral hemorrhagic fevers. Understand their role in surveillance for bioterrorism Cooperate with public health laboratories in the Laboratory Response Network Jun 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a guidebook to help medical examiners and coroners detect and respond to bioterrorism. The report also includes a table linking pathologic syndromes seen on autopsy with potential terrorism-related illnesses, plus numerous photos of tissue specimens from victims of diseases such as anthrax, plague, tularemia, smallpox, and Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Communicate with laboratories, public health departments, emergency-operations centers, law enforcement, and other agencies CDC. Medical examiners, coroners, and biologic terrorism: a guidebook for surveillance and case management. MMWR Recommendations and Reports 2004;53(RR08):1-27 [Full text] Properly collect and document data from death investigationscenter_img Collect reimbursement for bioterrorism-related expenses and locate possible funding sources Understand jurisdictional, evidentiary, and operational issues Besides providing detailed guidance for medical examiners and coroners, the report is designed to help other public health officials understand the role of medical examiners in bioterrorism preparedness and response. “Medical examiners and coroners (ME/Cs) are essential public health partners for terrorism preparedness and response,” the CDC says in its summary of the 27-page booklet. “Medicolegal autopsies are essential for making organism-specific diagnoses in deaths caused by biologic terrorism.” The guidebook includes information designed to help medical examiners and coroners: Minimize risk of infection when conducting autopsieslast_img read more