Load remaining images Tucked away from the small Metropolis of Omaha, NE stands the Sumtur Amphitheater. There beneath a cloudy sky, Umphrey’s McGee played an outstanding show for a smaller-than-usual crowd that made the concert even that much more intimate. With the concert tickets being those small raffle tickets, the seclusion and smallness of the show was intact from the beginning.They began the show right at 7:30 and opened with “Room to Breathe”. Followed was “Piranhas”, a newer number that has only been played a couple of times. “Prowler” was next, but the show didn’t really get going until they played “Bright Lights Big City”. It had a good jam, and the irony of the song in a place where no skyline was visible was well done. They played “Draconian” and then the rarer instrumental “End of the Road”. During the entirety of the first set, some fans on the rail were jamming out to Umphrey’s while building a small tower made of beer cans. It reached a nice height and even guitarist and singer Brendan Bayliss took note of it when he said, “For the record that was a very impressive beer can structure my friends.” Umphrey’s then closed out the set with “Rocker II”.The second set was much better executed than the first. It opened with a monster “Der Bluten Kat” with a “Sociable Jimmy” sandwiched in the middle. “Miami Virtue” was probably the improvisatory highlight of the night, as they built the peak to a soaring level. The improvisation was vintage Umphrey’s at their best, and they didn’t want to end it just because they were getting ready for the next song. So they segued it seamlessly into “The Floor”. You could hear “The Floor” coming a mile way, and it was easily the best (and really the only true) segue of the night. “Search 4” saw an extended jam for the outro that was an unexpected surprise as most versions are straightforward. They closed the set with “Andy’s Last Beer”. As per usual, during the bridge, Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, and Andy Farag led the crowd in a clap that went to the abnormal time signature of the song. Omaha folks have something to be proud about; they did a good job of clapping to the beat.The show ended with an encore of The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”. It was a standard version, and Umphrey’s ended at exactly 10:30. Either they honored a contract that said they would end at such a time or the boys saw the lightning in the distance and didn’t want to get caught in anything bad. So as concertgoers exited the venue happy with the performance Umphrey’s provided, they were also treated to the occasional flashes of light that only Mother Nature can provide. Umphrey’s continues on their Midwest run tonight with a show in Des Moines, IA.– words and photos by Daniel OjedaSETLIST 6/25/15:Room to BreathePiranhasProwlerBright Lights Big CityDraconianEnd of the RoadRocker IIDer Bluten KatSociable JimmyDer Bluten KatMiami Virtue ->The FloorAugustSearch 4Andy’s Last BeerBaba O’Reilly
ENGLEWOOD, N.J., Sept 10, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Medicare data shows heart attack patients treated at Englewood Hospital have better survival rate than those treated at any other New Jersey hospital. Click here to read full story. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center was among the top three hospitals in the U.S. for the lowest heart attack mortality rate, according to new government data. According to newly released statistics from the Center for Medicare Services (CMS), heart attack patients with Medicare coverage who received treatment at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center had a better chance of surviving over a 30-day period than those treated at any other hospital in New Jersey. According to the data, Englewood Hospital’s 30-day mortality rate for heart attack patients was 12.4 percent–significantly better than the national average of 16.1 percent cited by the Medicare study.
RANSON, W.Va. (AP) – Authorities say they have found no traces of a chemical agent inside a small-town post office in West Virginia where a package exploded and spewed an unidentified white powder.The scare prompted officials to quarantine 15 workers Friday, though none has shown signs of illness.Ronald Fletcher, a firefighter with Citizens Fire Company, has been designated the spokesman about the incident at the U.S. Post Office in Ranson. He says a robot inspected the air for chemical agents, but so far the tests are coming back negative.Fletcher says the quarantined workers were being sheltered inside a school bus. Residents in the area were told to stay inside as a precaution.Employees told police they heard a pop and then saw a shower of white powder around 7:45 a.m.
None of the cameras picked up a group of four white men that matched Bernstein’s descriptions, the reports said. “Althea Bernstein and her family appreciate the detailed investigative efforts by all involved this case,” the statement said. “Althea’s injuries are healing and the support of our community has been invaluable in that regard. We continue to maintain our family privacy and will not be granting interviews at this time.” FBI Joins Investigation after WI EMT is Attacked, BurnedProtecting EMS Personnel from AssaultPennsylvania EMTs, Paramedics Push for Stricter Assault Prosecutions But footage does show her in Middleton, a suburb about 15 minutes from downtown Madison, just before 1 a.m. GPS data from her phone corroborates that as her location, the reports said. “She stated, “˜I know what happened to me,’” Harris wrote. Harris told Bernstein’s attorney, Andrea Sumpter, during a meeting Tuesday that no one planned to file any charges against Bernstein, saying there’s no evidence she colluded with anyone to make a false report and there was no evidence she was involved in any of the destruction during the protest. She drove away, put out the flames, and was treated for burns at a hospital, she said. Detectives were unable to find any surveillance video that shows the alleged attack taking place, but they did find footage indicating the woman wasn’t in the city at the time she says she was attacked, according to investigative reports. An arson dog found no trace of a lighter or other incendiary device in her car and investigators found the car wasn’t damaged. Tests did reveal a substance consistent with lighter fluid on her shirt, however, and her medical records indicate she was treated for burns hours after the attack allegedly happened. MADISON, Wis. (AP) – There’s not enough evidence to prove that a group of white men set a young biracial woman on fire during a chaotic night of protests in Wisconsin’s capital city this summer, federal prosecutors said Friday. When confronted by Detective Justine Harris in August, Bernstein said she didn’t understand why there wasn’t any evidence of the attack. She said she was worried about what might happen when the reports were made public, saying she had been threatened on social media and that investigators were treating her like a suspect. Photo/Madison Police The alleged assault came during a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the Capitol and an attack on a state senator. A group of up to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man after he shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. The statement said investigators conducted extensive interviews as well as an exhaustive review of traffic and surveillance cameras as well as digital and forensic evidence, and couldn’t establish that the attack occurred. According to investigative documents, Bernstein told the responding officer she is Hispanic and Black. Madison police on Friday released more than 150 pages of reports detailing the investigation. Traffic and surveillance camera footage shows Bernstein’s vehicle stopped only once and that no one was around the car. The footage also shows that her window was closed throughout and that she was traveling in the right lane, not the left as she told investigators. Althea Bernstein, 18, told police she was attacked by four white men while driving through a protest in downtown Madison around 1 a.m. on June 24. Bernstein said she was stopped at a red light when she heard someone yell a racial slur and one of the men sprayed her with lighter fluid through her open window and threw a flaming lighter at her, setting her neck and face on fire. Bernstein’s family issued a three-sentence statement through the Madison Police Department saying they appreciate investigators’ work. Someone also threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break into the Capitol, only to be repelled by pepper spray from police stationed inside. The violence prompted Gov. Tony Evers to activate the National Guard to protect state properties. Madison Acting Police Chief Vic Wahl issued his own statement, saying detectives were unable to “locate evidence consistent with what was reported.” Harris told Sumpter that Bernstein had clearly suffered injuries to her face and that detectives were interested in whether someone else had hurt her in a different way than she had alleged. Related Sumpter said she had no alternative information from Bernstein or her family about how she was burned and “acknowledged that there can be many reasons why a victim might not want to be forthcoming about who caused injuries,” Harris wrote. A team of federal, state and local investigators probed the allegations as a possible hate crime. On Friday, the U.S. attorney’s office in Madison issued a statement saying the investigation was closed without charges filed. Sumpter didn’t immediately respond to messages Friday.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreChamindu Amarsinghe was speechless this week to hear he will get $81,597 of the cash he found while cleaning the toilets at a Melbourne television station.The immigrant found a sanitary bin flush stuffed with $100 notes, too many to count, and immediately called his supervisor.For his honesty, the the cleaner-turned-fast food worker, who’s now studying IT in New Zealand, was rewarded with most of the money.(READ the story and see a photo in the Herald Sun)Thanks to Lola Collins for submitting the link – photo by oemebamo via Flickr and CC license AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLISTEN to this fun story on the radio, with The Good News Guru (GNN founder), or READ the FULL story below…This dedicated group of New Jersey high school students worked tirelessly for six months to bring a beloved sci-fi movie to life on their small stage—so, imagine their excitement when it suddenly brought Hollywood A-listers to their side. As the star of the original 1979 blockbuster, she of course was seated in the front row and—along with the rest of the 830 audience members—was visibly floored by the performance. She also happily autographed costumes and chatted with the players.Later, the troupe received one final surprise when representatives from the New York Conservatory of Dramatic arts offered each actor a $10,000 scholarship, and a $1,000 summer program scholarship to each cast and crew member. Teens at North Bergen High School put together a stage adaption of Ridley Scott’s blockbuster film Alien, and despite having only a $3,500 public school budget for set and costume design, their play was life-like, scary, and a huge success.With a production crew of 20 students and a cast of 9, the production was filled to the brim with nail-biting tension, show-stopping special effects, and a terrifying black extraterrestrial costume (made entirely out of found materials).WATCH: Pop Star Grieving His Own Loss Helps 83-Year-Old Widower Check Off Bucket List After Wife’s DeathAfter some of the frightened audience members uploaded clips of the performance to social media, the teens became internet famous and Hudson County residents begged them for an encore.When the students admitted they didn’t have enough money for a second performance, director Ridley Scott sent them $5,000 and said in a letter:MORE: Another Story of Keanu Kindness – Actor Delights Passengers After Plane Makes Emergency Landing“My hat comes off to all of your creativity, imagination and determination to produce such an ambitious show. Limitations often produce the best results because imagination and determination can surpass any shortfalls and determine the way forward — ALWAYS.”If that wasn’t enough to thrill the students, as the kids putting on that second showing of ‘Alien: The Play’ last week to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, who should show up to the sold out performance but Sigourney Weaver. Originally produced as a fundraiser to try to jumpstart a drama club at the school, the play’s success has undoubtedly made a huge difference.(WATCH the news coverage below)Be Sure And Share The Out-Of-This-Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Joined by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Green Mountain Power today announced a new initiative called “eHome,” a first in the nation holistic home energy services program. The first home in the program is in Rutland and is called the Energy Home of the Future. This is the first of a 100-home pilot project. It will serve as the model for energy efficiency, weatherization, and the use of innovative new alternative energy technology tools such as high tech thermostats and smart electrical plugs. As part of the program, Green Mountain Power will work with customers to update existing homes to help them use less energy, save money, improve comfort, and reduce fossil fuel use.Secretary Moniz was in Rutland on Friday and toured the Energy Home of the Future as part of his visit. He called the home the “pathway to the future” and lauded GMP and its partners for the important work they are doing to demonstrate the full value of energy efficiency and innovation.”Efficiency and the emphasis on efficiency, including in this house, is really, really the pathway to the future. We cannot solve our energy and climate challenges without efficiency playing a huge role. So that’s what you see being played out here in front of us and I want to thank the Borkowskis,” said Secretary Moniz after touring the Energy Home of the Future.US Energy Secretary Addresses Vermont Energy SummitPrior to the Rutland visit, Secretary Moniz was up Route 7 in Middlebury. There, he spoke at a Vermont Energy Summit as part of a first-hand look at how Vermont is on the cutting edge of transforming its energy systems from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.In remarks at Middlebury College, Moniz focused on the need to reduce the cost of clean energy. Vermont, he added, “really looks unique” in terms of public and private cooperation on energy issues.Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) welcomed the energy secretary to the state. The department Moniz heads, the delegation said, is an “indispensable partner in almost all of Vermont’s clean energy success stories,” including the first-in-the-nation statewide smart grid, Montpelier’s district heat project and Rutland County’s path-breaking efforts to improve energy efficiency at homes and businesses. During the 90-minute energy summit, Moniz was joined by the congressional delegation and Goverrnor Peter Shumlin for the wide-ranging discussion of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change. The delegation highlighted Vermont’s role in leading the nation in developing advanced energy storage, smart grid integration and resiliency, cold weather heat pumps, efficiency retrofits, clean energy research, and agricultural methane digester technologies.“I believe this small state can lead the nation, which can lead the world. And that is, in fact, what we need to do,” said Sanders, a member of the Senate energy and environment committees.“The Third National Climate Assessment shows the fast-evolving impacts of global climate change – effects we have already felt in Vermont,” Leahy said. “The Secretary’s strong comments make it clear that not much time remains for us to get this right. We’ve made a strong case this weekend for the strengths that add up to make the City of Rutland, our dairy farms and Vermont as a whole ideal partners for the Energy Department on a variety of energy solutions.”“The secretary’s visit today demonstrates that Vermont is a model for the nation in our approach to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change,” said Welch. “I applaud his strong leadership on these issues and am confident he will be going back to Washington with some practical Vermont ideas to make progress for the country on these issues.”RUTLAND, VT–(Marketwired – May 16, 2014) – GMP. Senator Sanders office. PHOTO: Secretary Moniz, right, with Governor Shumlin.
The fourth annual Carson City Off-Road event taking place on June 28-30, 2019 in Carson City, NV, is dedicated to Carson City native and visionary trails community leader, Joel Dunn. Born and raised in Carson City, Dunn has not only witnessed the evolution of Nevada’s state capital but has also been a driving force in its transition into a recreation-focused community.Joel Dunn started his journey at the ripe age of 14, dragging baseball fields for Carson City Parks and Recreation. After a short stint with Nevada Tourism, Joel worked in marketing for Western Nevada College for more than a decade before coming back to Parks and Recreation where he spent the better part of 17 years developing group events – particularly softball tournaments – that brought thousands of people from around the country to Carson City.“Between 1998 and 2013, the economic impact of sports tournaments was significant,” said Dunn. “During my time with Parks and Recreation, we increased the economic impact of tournaments from $3 million to $17 million.”Dunn and his wife Sheri consider themselves a softball family, with a daughter who competed at the national level and Dunn himself a coach for three national championship teams. But Dunn realized that sports tournaments aren’t enough to sustain Carson City tourism economically.The catalyst for change came in 2013 when the Wall Street Journal published an article stating that Carson City was one of the least likely communities to recover from the recession. When the Carson City Board of Supervisors saw this article, it set off a recreation movement – changing the future of Carson City for the better, and Dunn has played an instrumental part.But the big question is when it comes to rebranding a community to attract a younger generation of residents and visitors, why make trails the focus?“While working for Parks and Recreation, I was aware Carson City acquired a significant amount of open space through a tax measure the city had adopted,” said Dunn. “I sat down with the open space advisory board and Juan Guzman to develop a plan around trails and recreation.”Dunn saw the impact mountain biking had on other American West communities like Prescott, Moab, Sedona, and Park City, and thought it might work for Carson City as well. Carson had the land and the trails, now they just needed the people and a way to bring them in. In 2013, Dunn became Executive Director of the Carson City Visitor’s Bureau (now known as the Culture and Tourism Authority) and began efforts around rebranding Carson City as an outdoor recreation destination. Dunn didn’t waste any time, and within two years attracted Epic Rides and the Carson City Off-Road, helping to put the community in the national spotlight for mountain biking.“Bringing Todd Sadow and the Epic Rides crew to Carson City was the showcase we needed to solidify our town as a recreation-focused community,” said Dunn. “But for us, it’s not as much about the event as it is about driving the culture change in our community. Who are the next 15,000 people moving to Carson City going to be? We want those who value and appreciate outdoor recreation.”Since 2013, thanks to efforts around outdoor recreation, trails and well executed social media marketing, Dunn and his team at the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority (CTA) have largely driven the generational shift that’s happening in the community.Not only are more families moving to Carson City, but transient occupancy tax revenue from hotels has doubled since 2013 from US$1.2 million to US$2.4 million. And since the redevelopment of Carson City’s downtown in 2016, vacant storefronts have dropped from 19 to only two on West Carson Street. But what Dunn is most proud about is what the CTA has been able to give back to the community financially.“Since our rebranding in 2013, the CTA has been able to give US$80,000 to our local trails organization, Muscle Powered, to use for environmental studies in building new trails,” said Dunn.After retiring from the CTA in 2017, Dunn is still busy leaving his mark on the community in the form of a custom furniture business – Reclaimed NV – where items are made from reclaimed steel and wood. His latest handmade creations are two massive outdoor benches at the Firkin and Fox that thousands of visitors will gather around after a day out on the trails – trails that he helped create – bringing Dunn’s impact on the community full circle.Founded in 1999, Epic Rides produces events that celebrate the many positive aspects of mountain biking. Events such as the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center, Tour of the White Mountains, Grand Junction Off-Road, Whiskey Off-Road, Carson City Off-Road, and the Oz Trails Off-Road are popular with participants ‘because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport.’www.epicrides.com Related
Ensemble Real Estate Solutions recently celebrated its partnership with Maricopa County Medical Society (MCMS) at its [email protected] membership event. The partnership is representative of Ensemble’s induction into the MCMS Preferred Vendor Program.The MCMS Preferred Vendor program was established to provide its members a select group of pre-qualified vendors who deliver exceptional value and outstanding customer service to the medical industry. Ensemble was selected through a negotiation process in which MCMS identified vendors of services that its physician members typically use.“We are pleased that MCMS has elected to partner with Ensemble as a Preferred Vendor. We are looking forward to the added value that Ensemble can bring to the association.” said Bill Molloy, Managing Director, Ensemble Real Estate Solutions. “We are committed to assisting MCMS members with their unique needs through a variety of services including: brokerage services (tenant representation and leasing), asset and property management, development and construction management, consulting services, acquisition and sales.”Ensemble entered the Preferred Vendor program in August, 2013. As a Preferred Vendor, Ensemble will actively engage in membership events to offer its industry expertise, offer special incentives to MCMS Members and contribute articles to the organization’s magazine, Round-Up.
Savills Studley represented utility software company iFactor with its long-term lease agreement at the new Hayden Ferry 3 development under construction in Tempe.Ryan Bartos and Matthew Coxhead of Savills Studley’s Phoenix office negotiated the transaction on behalf of iFactor; Bryan Taute of CBRE represented the landlord, Parkway Properties, Inc.iFactor signed a lease for 17,000 square feet to accommodate future growth. The new space is located on the fifth floor of the building and will create an open floor plan to encourage collaboration. The firm has grown over 38 percent in 2015 and expects to grow an additional 45 percent within the next two years.“We were able to negotiate deal terms at Hayden Ferry 3 that will help iFactor attract and retain great talent, including a great signage package and lease flexibility that accommodates their future needs from a growth perspective,” said Bartos. “Situated in the rapidly developing Downtown Tempe area, the location gives employers access to an abundant pool of talent with the largest public university in the country – Arizona State University – located only five minutes away, while also providing an amenity-rich downtown vibe that the millennial workforce is attracted to.”The new iFactor office will feature a number of collaboration spaces and video conferencing in meeting rooms to support communication between employee teams and the utility companies using iFactor software. The Tempe-based company currently occupies 8,000 square feet of space at Hayden Ferry’s second building and expects to move into its new space in December.Over the last 24 months, Bartos and Coxhead have completed three transactions within the development and are consistently impressed with Parkway Properties’ ability to think outside the box to maximize tenant satisfaction.“It is exciting to see local firms continue to flourish in this market and we look forward to seeing iFactor’s future success,” added Coxhead.Hayden Ferry 3 offers custom-build, modern office space that features views of the Tempe Town Lake and the surrounding area, an on-premise gym facility and close proximity to Mill Ave, which touts a variety of restaurants. Phoenix’s light rail is located only a few blocks away.