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White House Coronavirus Task Force Members testify before Senate

first_imgThe White House Coronavirus task force is testifying live before congress Tuesday. The nation’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, plans to warn Congress about the consequences of reopening too quickly from coronavirus lockdowns. Dr. Fauci is testifying before a Senate committee Tuesday remotely and is expected to warn that if the country is too quick to reopen, there will be “needless suffering and death.” Fauci will explain that if guidelines aren’t followed, there could be multiple new outbreaks of the respiratory illness. The White House has released a phased plan for states to follow, but many states are moving on with their own reopening plans.last_img read more

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Heads up! Lakers get used to looking out for unexpected assists from LeBron, Lonzo and Rondo

first_img“They’re not afraid to pass, and they might not even be looking at you,” McGee said. “You just gotta be ready for it.”The learning curve is sometimes unpredictable. It helps that Ball has played with many of his teammates for the last year, and some players have already gotten used to watching for him. As an example, Coach Luke Walton cited that Kyle Kuzma learned as a rookie during Summer League that “if I just run out every time, I get 10 extra points a game.”And yet the lessons continue. Last week at a practice, Walton also cited two players who ran the floor but weren’t actually looking for the outlet pass from Ball – which sailed dangerously close to their heads.“There’s no way to have a timeline,” Walton said. “Some players will already figure it out.”While the trio of playmakers share an uncommon eye for passing lanes, their different styles affect how the passes will come. James might have a little more velocity on the ball, and his height changes the angles and lanes he might see. Many younger Lakers have played down the “awe factor” of playing with James and the other veterans, saying each player has their role. And yet sometimes the veil still drops.“Some of the passes that ’Do and Bron do, sometimes you just watch them like, ‘How are they human? How do they see that? How do they get the ball there?’” second-year guard Josh Hart said. “So definitely an adjustment playing with guys like that who will find you even when you don’t think you’re open.”So far, there hasn’t been any nitpicking about how those passes arrive. When asked if teammates have taken time to find where he likes the ball, McGee replied: “It’s not gonna be hard with LeBron and Rondo.”While the Lakers haven’t yet brought Ball back into competition, Walton has listed him as a full participant in practice, so teammates who haven’t played with him before are getting a chance to get reps with his style.Related Articles That’s the dream, and the Lakers have a handful of the league’s best passers – Rondo, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball – to make it happen. But there’s also at least an adjustment period: While those players might have some of the best court vision in the NBA, it can take a minute to get the awareness to always be ready for their passes.Byron Scott once said of playing with Magic Johnson, “I learned that you always watch him.” On this year’s Lakers team, there are at least three players who can toss a pass at teammates with little to no warning. Rondo – well, his opening play showed his flair for the dramatic, then he proceeded to notch 10 more assists in his 23-minute preseason debut. McGee and Brandon Ingram were his favorite targets. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers There’s definitely promise: While the Lakers committed 21 turnovers in their preseason opener, only three came from James and Rondo. Walton said the team has to improve its execution and offensive activity, but that they believe with those two (and presumably Ball when he returns), the team’s playmakers will keep a keen eye for finding the right pass.Everyone else just has to be ready to receive.“We want ’Zo making those passes now to teach the guys, we get out and run, every time, and keep your head up,” Walton said. “It is not just ’Zo. If you cut and you are open and you get out and run and Rondo has it or LeBron has it, they are going to hit you too. So it is the mentality more of hey, every time I cut … if I can get myself open, one of these playmakers are going to find me.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions EL SEGUNDO — It took only four seconds for the Lakers to lay out their vision.No sooner had JaVale McGee landed from the opening tip than he darted through a crowd of Denver Nuggets looking the wrong way. He was going for the hoop.Rajon Rondo hurled a pass from midcourt for an opening dunk, showing the potential that the Lakers have been talking about for the previous week: a team that can strike with speed at any moment. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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Iowa Great Places officials to visit Mason City Friday

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City city officials on Friday will be hosting state officials and board members from the Iowa Great Places program as the city is a finalist for re-certification in the program.Iowa Great Places recognizes Iowa communities that build upon their authentic assets as a place-making strategy. Mason City was originally named an Iowa Great Place in 2007 during the second year of the program which was an initiative of then-Governor Tom Vilsack, with the city’s application focusing on the components of its Vision Iowa application in rehabilitating the Historic Park Inn, renovating the Mason City Public Library, construction of the Architectural Interpretive Center, and improvements to the downtown streetscape.Mayor Bill Schickel says the city’s re-certification application focuses on the redevelopment of Willow Creek utilizing the Willow Creek Master Plan. “We’ll be showing them the riverfront. We’ll be hosting them, showing them the community. Great Places, because it provides additional resources for Mason City, better than $500,000 was provide for those projects, we hope to be able to replicate the same thing by showing our state partners that the Mason City riverfront, the riverwalk that we plan in this area, can really be a showcase for the state.”The Iowa Great Places delegation will also tour the River City Renaissance project sites during their visit late Friday morning.last_img read more

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Dragon Boats Glide On Budd Inlet

first_imgBy Kathryn MillhornNot many sports require dotting I’s before you can begin.  Or ‘eyes’, in the case of Dragon Boat races.  Legend has it that a dragon was carved in ancient China which was so realistic the artist refused to dot its eyes, for fear it would fly away.  When he did, at the urging of the people, away it soared, as do the magically carved and painted boats in each race hosted at the annual Saint Martin’s University’s Dragon Boat Festival.This year’s festival, to be held at Port Plaza on Budd Inlet Saturday, April 27, will be no different.  32 teams will compete:  12 competitive, 8 intermediate, and 12 community teams (with little or no experience).  Each team contains up to 20 rowers, with a drummer and steerperson, using boats provided by the Washington Dragon Boat Association.  Teams come from Seattle and Portland, as well as around Puget Sound and Olympia, and are comprised of high school teams, cancer survivors, retirees, businesses, a school district, and Tumwater city employees.  No formal training is required but community teams are required to attend 1-2 practices sessions (1 ½ hour each) while intermediate and competitive teams practice independently.  Participants in this free festival receive t-shirts and medals as well as a day filled with spectators, booths, and community.Josephine Yung, Saint Martin’s Vice President of the Office of International Programs and Development, facilitated the first such festival in 2005.  She has become a fan of the sport, acknowledging that “The more I learned about dragon boat racing, the more fascinated I was of the sport that traces back to two thousand years ago in China.  The event promotes cultural diversity, team-spirit and community togetherness.  I felt offering a fun, free, family-oriented cultural festival was a good way for Saint Martin’s University to give back to the community – a community that we have been a part of since 1895.”Anyone interested in dragon boating can try out practices for free courtesy of the Washington Dragon Boat Association.  In Olympia, volunteers meet at the Swantown Marina (1102 Marine Drive NE, Dock A) on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoons.  Questions can be directed to Shiela Marsh at 253-302-0316.  Life jackets and paddles are provided, dress to get splashed and bring a love of the water!But beware, paddling in the great Northwest has its crazy moments.  According to one practice log for the Sea Otters Dragon Boat Team:  “great practice today…. sun, when we left the dock, wind when we were out in the open, drenching rain as we were coasting into the dock and piercing hail as we were tying up… all on a Sunday afternoon!!…but it feels so good to be on the water!”Photos courtesy of Steven Herppich Photography Facebook101Tweet0Pin7last_img read more

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