first_imgMay 29th marks a particularly enjoyable anniversary in the history of the Grateful Dead, as the band’s 1971 concert at the Winterland Arena would forever be known as the “Acid Punch Show.” While the Dead’s musical performance was certainly memorable – as were many from this golden era of the band’s career – it was the crowd that makes this show that much more memorable.According to the story, some people snuck in two garbage cans full of spiked cider in through the backstage doorway, with a guard’s permission, and passed them around inside the venue. With New Riders Of The Purple Sage and more on the bill, the psychedelic grouping certainly inspired the acid test of the evening. Thus, the “Acid Punch Show” was born.A number of people describe the scene outside the venue from the night, with one particularly poignant quote to summarize the rowdy affair. A user named “Saint Michael” on says, “[my] starkest memory was coming out of the show and seeing this naked guy on top of a car howling at the moon with San Fran’s finest standing there laughing with each other waiting for him to come down.” What a party!On the other side of things, 21 people were unfortunately hospitalized after unknowingly drinking some of the cider and experiencing hallucinations. While the people were all fine in the end, promoter Bill Graham did briefly run into trouble with the city for this stunt. Fortunately for Graham, no one was ever able to tie the “Acid Punch” to the venue itself, and the case was dropped.Without further ado, sit back, relax, and raise a glass of punch (with or without LSD – that’s up to you) to the storied “Acid Punch Show” from May 29th, 1971. Incidentally, this was also the first time the Dead played Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land.”The recording can be heard below.last_img read more

first_img3. Shira Elias Hosts Karl Denson, Corey Frye, & More During Stand-Out Jazz JamShira Elias is a force to be reckoned with as a singer for the funk powerhouse Turkuaz. During her jazz jam last night at the Bliss Lounge, she also proved that she’s a formidable bandleader. From soulful covers of Erykah Badu to more classic jazz and R&B tunes, she organized a top-notch performance from start to finish. While her show was packed to the eaves with fans and numerous musicians stopping by to check it out, she invited out the likes of Karl Denson, Nigel Hall, DJ Williams, Kenneth Crouch, Corey Frye, Alvin Ford Jr., and more.4. Roosevelt Collier Invites Robert Randolph, Nigel Hall, Erica Falls, & More To Ring In The SunriseAs the night wound to a close, Roosevelt Collier kept the party going until sunrise during a jam-packed all-star super jam. Collier compiled an all-star crew to keep the party going, including sit-ins from Robert Randolph, Nigel Hall, Erica Falls, and members of Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, Galactic, and more. It was truly one of the can’t-miss sets of the boat, and we loved the group’s takes on Rufus & Chaka Khan’s “Tell Me Something Good” and their gospel-esque jams to close out the set.5. Voodoo Dead Turn On Their Love LightAfter their performance on the Pool Deck’s main stage, Voodoo Dead returned for an encore preformance yesterday at the Stardust Theater. With a lineup of George Porter Jr., Jeff Chimenti, Steve Kimock, Dan Lebowitz, and Tom Hamilton, the group laid high-energy takes on classics from the Grateful Dead catalog. It’s hard to see this group of all-stars perform and not be blown away by the immense amount of talent on stage, and it’s clear that the band was thoroughly enjoying their time together. Highlights of the set included the set-closing combo of “Turn On Your Love Light” into “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad”.6. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Rage The Late NightPigeons Playing Ping Pong have undoubtedly been blowing up in recent years, and based on their performance in the Spinnaker Lounge, it’s clear why. The band was dialed in from their starting take on “Porcupine” and kept their high-energy funk-based jams tight through to Pizazz‘s “Doc” and “Melting Lights”. While it was a fun-loving show from start to finish, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s take on Prince’s “1999” was a standout moment.[Cover photo: Jason Koerner/Jam Cruise Facebook] On Wednesday, January 17th, Jam Cruise 16 set sail from Miami, beginning a five-day musical excursion that will detour through Central America and the Carribean before returning to port on January 22nd. Following a jam-packed day at sea on Thursday, on Friday, Jam Cruise kicked into high gear following a pit stop at the boat’s first destination, Roatan, Honduras.Mid-afternoon, after all the cruisers returned to the ship from Roatan, The Main Squeeze started off the night’s festivities with a raging sail-away set. From there, the yellow-themed night offered up top-notch performances by Voodoo Dead, Lotus, Galactic, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The New Mastersounds, and The Marcus King Band, plus surreal jam sessions hosted by Roosevelt Collier and Shira Elias.With three or four sets of music running simultaneously throughout the night and into the early morning, it was impossible to catch everything. However, here’s a list of six of our favorite moments from Friday, day 3, of Jam Cruise 2018. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more coverage from the Norwegian Jade.1. Lotus Drum Jams Through A Speaker IssueAfter Lotus’ late-night set on the first day, expectations were high for the group’s performance on the Pool Deck main stage. The group rose to the occasion and then some, with a groove-oriented set drawing heavily from the band’s older catalog. Ahead of the set, Director of Artist Programming Annabel Lukins reminisced about the band’s long-standing history with Jam Cruise, including the fan-led movement years ago, GLOTS—an abbreviation for “Get Lotus On The Ship.”While the set was stellar from beginning to end, highlights included a laidback take on “Spaghetti” that segued into “Flower Sermon” and the show’s blissful set closer, “Umbilical Moonrise”. However, the true stand-out moment came during “It’s All Clear To Me Now”, when a technical issue caused the speakers to cut out just as the jam was reaching its climax. Proving that the group is composed of class acts, the entire band seamlessly segued into a extended percussion jam as the issue was fixed. As the speakers cut back in mid-percussion jam, Lotus quickly picked up where they had left off, dropping straight back into the song’s peak. 2. The Main Squeeze Rages Their Sail-Away SetAfter a quick stop in Roatan, Honduras, The Main Squeeze got the party started early with the first set of the day at the Pool Deck’s main stage. This is the rock-funk band’s first time on Jam Cruise, and they certainly rose to the occasion, delivering a set chock full of funky and gritty rock tunes. The band’s charismatic frontman Corey Frye offered up soulful vocals and easily captivated the packed crowd from start to finish. Highlights of the set included the group’s cover of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” as well as the group’s surreal set-closing cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. During “War Pigs”, just as the song hit its shred-heavy climax, it started pouring rain. While many fled to the outskirts of the deck to seek cover from the downpour, the band raged on and the fans who remained center stage celebrated the show’s triumphant close.last_img read more

first_img Dear Evan Hansen Related Shows Star Files Ben Paltt in ‘Dear Evan Hansen'(Photo: Margot Schulman) After celebrating its official opening night on May 1, Dear Evan Hansen has extended its off-Broadway engagement. The Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson musical, starring Ben Platt, will now run at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre through May 29. The production, directed by Michael Grief, was originally scheduled to play through May 22.In addition to Platt in the title role, the cast features Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Cynthia, Rachel Bay Jones as Heidi, Laura Dreyfuss as Zoe, Mike Faist as Connor and Will Roland as Jared. Tony nominee John Dossett and Kristolyn Lloyd round out the cast as Larry and Alana, respectively.All his life Evan Hansen has felt invisible. To his peers, to the girl he loves, sometimes even to his own mother. But that was before he wrote the letter—that led to the incident—that started the lie—that ignited a movement—that inspired a community—and changed Evan’s status from the ultimate outsider into the somebody everyone wants to know. But how long can Evan keep his secret? And at what price?center_img View Comments from $89.00 Ben Plattlast_img read more

first_imgVermonters around the state will get a chance to comment directly to the Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) about the proposed annual budgets of their local hospitals.  On August 4 the Vermont Health Care Administration, a division of BISHCA, will hold a public hearing from 1:30 pm to 5 pm to hear comment about the fourteen hospital budgets now under review by the Administration.   BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell and Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Davis will lead the hearing at the Vermont Department of Labor, 5 Green Mountain Drive in Montpelier.  For the convenience of Vermonters around the state, ten additional sites will provide an interactive video link-up to the hearing: Bennington  – Senior Citizen’s Service Center, 124 Pleasant StreetBrattleboro – Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd, Room 125Lyndonville – 1001 College Road, Lyndon State CollegeMiddlebury – 51 Charles Ave, Hannaford Career Center, 2nd FloorNewport – North Country Union High School, 209 Veterans Ave.Rutland – 8 Stratton Road, Stafford Technical Center, Room 108Springfield – 307 South Street, Howard Dean Education Center, 2nd FloorSt. Albans – Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans, 4 Hospital DriveWRJ – Community College of Vermont, 145 Billings Farm RoadWilliston – Blair Park, 451 Lawrence Place To help interested parties prepare for the hearing, BISHCA will post on its website copies of the hospitals’ budget summaries as well as copies of each hospital’s budget narrative.  The website will allow posting of comments for review by BISHCA, and these comments can be read on the site by the public.   ‘Vermont is breaking new ground in its work with hospitals on spending and cost containment,’ said Commissioner Kimbell.  ‘This is an opportunity for me to learn from the people in the hospitals’ communities.  They are the ones impacted the most by these budgets.’last_img read more

first_imgPennsylvania boaters take heed: mandatory life jacket requirements began Nov 1 Some questioned if it could ever be done, but on October 12, Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s best marathon runner, ran the marathon distance of 26.2 miles in under two hours. The extraordinary run took place in Vienna, Austria on a flat course. Kipchoge ran alone but was aided by 41 pacers. He ran the distance in an astounding 1:59:40, maintaining an average pace of 4:35 per mile.  Although this is the fastest marathon ever run, his feat will not be counted as a world record. The run was not a race; it was orchestrated for Kipchoge alone. In addition to being aided by 41 pacers that shielded him from the wind, he was also assisted by a crew of cyclists that delivered him water and fuel when he needed it. Kipchoge also wore a pair of controversial Nike running shoes, which Nike claims saves runners energy and translates to faster running times.  Eliud Kipchoge is the first person to run a sub-2-hour marathon A mother and her teen were out hiking on a popular New Jersey hiking trail when a rabid coyote attacked them. The mom, Robyn Weber, says that she and her son were hiking at Point Mountain Preserve when a coyote approached them and bit her leg, refusing to let go. When the coyote did eventually release her leg it began following the duo and next attacked Weber’s 15-year-old son, biting him several times in the face, leg, arms and foot. Both hikers were treated with a series of shots to prevent them from contracting rabies.  New Jersey mom and teen attacked by rabid coyote while out hiking Fall is the perfect time to paddle the waters in search of fall foliage but the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding boaters that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, all boaters are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket during the cold weather months. The requirement covers times when the boat is moving or anchored and includes boats 16 feet in length or less including kayaks and canoes. The requirement covers all Pennsylvania waters. The attack took place in Hunterdon County and the county health department says that there has recently been a spike in animals testing positive for rabies. Since January 2019, 24 coyotes, cats and raccoons have tested positive for the disease.  “The water temperature is dropping rapidly beginning this time of year,” said Ryan Walt, PFBC Boating and Watercraft Safety Manager. “Even on sunny days when air temperatures are comfortable and even feel warm, the water can be cold enough to put boaters at risk for sudden cold water immersion [cold water shock]. A life jacket can keep you afloat and alive.” Historically, nearly 80 percent of boating fatalities in Pennsylvania happened because boaters were not wearing life jackets.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo March 06, 2013 Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was born on July 28, 1954, in the rural town of Sabaneta, in the western Venezuelan plains. His parents were school teachers and he was the second of six siblings. According to his own website, it was his history teacher, José Esteban Ruiz, who introduced an adolescent Chávez to the schools of thought of liberator Simón Bolívar and Karl Marx, one of the fathers of communism. But young Chavez’s favorite passtime at the time was baseball. Hugo Chávez enrolled at Venezuela’s Military Academy, in Caracas, not for his desire to become a soldier, but because he knew that the Army had very good baseball coaches and his dream was to become a pro in the Majors. Despite being a good lefty pitcher, Chávez knew that he wasn’t good enough to play professionally, and decided to continue his military studies, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Military Arts and Sciences, and earning the rank of second lieutenant, with which he got into the Army. His first mission was to command a communications platoon attached to a counterinsurgency military force which was responsible for pursuing the Red Flag Party guerrilla members in the Cumaná region. In 1977, Chávez was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as communications officer to the Tactical Operations Center in San Mateo, where he first received practical training in counterinsurgency tactics. It was then that his sympathy for the guerrilla movements he was tasked to counter, peaked. From 1978 to 1979, Chávez served as squadron commander for Maracay’s “Bravos” Apure Armored Tanks AMX-30 Battalion. A succession of promotions ensued until he was named company commander and chief of the Physical Education Department of the Venezuelan Military Academy from 1980 to 1981. According to Venezuelan presidential website,, Chávez was promoted to captain in 1982, and in 1983, together with some fellow officers from the academy, secret founded the Bolivarian Revolutionary Movement (MRB-200), in which the number 200 makes a direct reference to the founding of the movement on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Simón Bolívar. The movement established as its political objective restoring “bolivarianism” in Venezuela, through a Bolivarian Revolution. In 1990, he was promoted again to lieutenant colonel, and in 1991 was assigned as commander of the 42nd “Coronel Antonio Nicolás Briseño” Paratroopers Brigade, based in Maracay. From that position, Chávez and other MRB-200 leaders, planned and led a coup d‘état against then-President Carlos Andrés Pérez, but the rebellion failed and Chávez realized it was useless to keep fighting. He agreed to giving up with the condition of being allowed to speak to his co-conspirators on national television. In front of the cameras, Chávez announced that his objective of taking power would unfortunately not be achieved “for now,” and asked his collaborators to disarm. Chávez’s address became known as the “For now” speech, and prompted many people to take the phrase as a promise that he would one day return. Those famous words lasted less than two minutes, but jettisoned him into his political career.last_img read more

first_imgCriminal rules panel proposes DNA testing rule Senior Editor Convicted inmates where identity is an issue should be able to get a DNA test to prove their innocence, but only for a specified time, according to the Criminal Procedures Rules Committee. That panel adopted a proposed rule, and voted to send it to the Supreme Court as an emergency amendment that would give inmates a two-year period to seek a DNA test if it could prove their innocence. The committee met January 19 at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting. DNA testing has been a high profile issue lately following news stories that a DNA test exonerated a death row inmate 14 years after his conviction, and a few months after he died in prison of cancer. Some legislative leaders and Gov. Jeb Bush have recently said they support a state law allowing DNA testing. Committee members reviewed a proposed rule and debated how expansive it should be. Some members said providing unlimited testing for an indefinite period would prove expensive and wasteful. Others said they were concerned that testing might be denied to people because they didn’t know that there was DNA evidence in their case Committee members also debated a provision requiring that identity be an issue in the case before a DNA test could be sought. Some members noted there have been cases where innocent people took a plea bargain to get a lesser sentence because they expected to be convicted, and it might be argued that a guilty plea removed any identity claim. That led to an amendment in the proposed rule that the motion for a DNA statements must include “a statement that identification of the defendant is a genuine disputed issue in the case.” The earlier draft required that identification “was an issue in the case.” After more debate, the committee approved adopting time limits on DNA appeals. Those who have already been convicted will have two years from the date of the rule’s approval to seek a review. In new cases, inmates convicted will have two years from the date of their conviction and sentencing. Some committee members argued there should be no time limit on seeking the test, but others said all inmates will know of the testing option and the courts will be flooded with petitions. “At some point, there has to be finality,” said Abe Laeser, an assistant state attorney from Miami-Dade County. “We’re going to burden the counties and we’re going to burden the court system, but at least there’s a limited period of time.” The committee voted 35-4 to approve the revised rule, and then 38-1 to submit it to the Supreme Court as an emergency amendment. The rule requires those seeking the DNA tests to file a motion listing the facts including which evidence contains the DNA and where the evidence is, a statement that the evidence has not been tested for DNA or that such an earlier test was inclusive or more recent testing technology is more definitive, a statement that the inmate is innocent, and a claim the identity of the defendant is disputed. A copy of the motion must also be served on the prosecutor. The reviewing judge, if he or she determines the motion is sufficient, can order the prosecutor to respond. Among other factors, the judge must determine there is a reasonable probability the defendant would have been acquitted if DNA evidence had been admitted at trial. The proposed rule does not address who pays for the testing except that the court may tax the cost to the defendant if the defendant is not indigent. An official notice with the text of the rule and inviting comments is set out below. Criminal rules panel proposes DNA testing rule February 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Mobile wallets continue to shake up the payments industry with new offerings entering the market on a frequent basis. The speed and convenience of these emerging payment methods make them attractive options for busy, tech-savvy consumers.Just like other payment methods, however, mobile payments run the risk of fraud. Community financial institutions (FIs) should educate their cardholders on the following best practices to avoid falling victim to fraudsters taking advantage of mobile payment platforms.Know your app — Remind consumers to only install apps from trusted sources. Some applications are not what they appear to be. While an app may advertise free games, it could instead be designed to steal personal data. Encourage consumers to review user ratings and reviews prior to installing a mobile payment app.last_img read more

first_imgLet members store more than cards. To mirror a physical wallet, the digital wallet should be more than just a place to house credit, debit and prepaid cards. It should also allow members to keep track of coupons, offers and other accounts. Day noted, “This builds on the convenience of digital wallets, giving a credit union’s members another reason to go digital.” Integrate loyalty programs. A national survey of U.S. consumers revealed 70 percent had higher opinions of brands that digitized their loyalty programs. “Kohl’s has done a great job with this,” noted MacMullen. “Within the Kohl’s Wallet, consumers can see their payment cards, gift cards, Kohl’s Cash and all other promotional offerings. Plus, they are empowered to choose which discount they want to use at checkout, allowing them to save offers for future purchases.” 151SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With consumers naming financial institutions as their most trusted digital wallet providers, credit unions already have something working in their favor. The next step is translating that confidence into increased loyalty. A great place to start is understanding what members want.Recent research shows members want mobile payments. More than 32 percent of U.S. consumers surveyed ranked that option as the technology they would likely use for purchases in 2017.Mobile is slated to become a bigger presence in the coming years. One global report found that 70 percent of respondents believed mobile payments will surpass credit and cash by 2030. “Given these findings, credit unions should continue their focus on digital wallets,” said Brian Day, director of digital payments products at CO-OP Financial Services. “An increasing number of consumers are seeing the value of digital wallets, which opens the door to many new opportunities for credit unions.” Payment capabilities are just one of many functionalities contributing to consumers’ wallet loyalty.  “If consumers’ digital wallets are tied to their payment cards and other accounts, such as their gym memberships, those credit-union-issued cards remain front and center,” said Amy MacMullen, senior product manager at CO-OP. “Any way credit unions can add convenience to their digital wallets will win consumers.”Credit unions should consider the following tips from Day and MacMullen to ensure their digital wallets are go-to selections:Embrace all the “Pays.” Some members may have iPhones while others may opt for Android devices. “It’s important not to alienate one group of smartphone users with your digital pay options,” noted Day. “Offering a few different options like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay helps ensure every member’s needs are met.”center_img Offer enhanced service. Including member service capabilities within a digital wallet may be key in winning loyalty. Chatbots can give members the answers they want quickly and efficiently, for instance. “This can simplify a member’s life greatly,” noted Day. “Instead of having to exit the digital wallet to find support, the assistance they need is literally right at their fingertips.”Following any one of the tips outlined above is likely to deliver positive results, but credit unions would do well to consider implementing them all. Credit unions partnering with CO-OP Financial Services receive the added benefit of industry expertise and technology dedicated to delivering a positive mobile experience. The new CO-OP, enhanced by bench strength from recently acquired TMG, gives credit unions the tools they need to make their digital wallets top of mind. Promote it in your mobile banking app. With 48 percent of people using mobile banking apps, there is much opportunity for credit unions to get their digital wallet offerings in front of members. “Tucking reminders to enroll in a digital wallet within the online or mobile banking app can prove successful,” said MacMullen. “Frequent app users will be exposed to the marketing message several times, thus increasing the chances they enroll.” last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The owners and operators of a Commack rental complex allegedly discriminated against African American rental applicatnts by misrepresenting the availability of apartments in the predominantly white community, according to a federal lawsuit.The superintendent of the 107-unit Mayfair Garden Apartments allegedly discouraged African Americans from renting apartments by misrepresenting the availability of apartments, not showing available apartments and misrepresenting the dates apartments were available to rent, the suit claimed. Such practices are known as “redlining.”“When white testers inquired about apartments, they were provided assistance, encouragement, and accurate information,” said Fred Freiberg, executive director of the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a Manhattan-based nonprofit advocacy group that is one of the plaintiffs. “In contrast, African American testers were greeted with a mélange of misrepresentations to discourage and exclude them.”FHJC and Syosset-based ERASE Racism filed the complaint against Empire Management America Corporation and Square Realty Group at federal court in Manhattan, where the two companies are based. It also names the complex superintendent, who was unavailable for comment. Attorneys for the companies could not immediately be reached for comment.The companies are accused of racial discrimination in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act and the Suffolk County Human Rights Law. The plaintiffs are seeking future compliance with fair housing laws, unspecified monetary damages and attorney’s fees.The plaintiffs jointly funded and sponsored the investigation, in which several teams of comparably qualified African American and white testers posing as prospective renters inquired about apartments at the complex last year. The suit is the latest in a series of such cases that the advocacy groups have filed using the technique.“Discrimination is not an idea of the past,” said Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism. “As I stand here today, in 2015, we are still engaged in a fight to overcome discrimination and make fair housing a reality on Long Island, the 10th most racially segregated metropolitan region in the country.”last_img read more