Courtney Love Thinks Phil Lesh Is Her Godfather, Asks John Mayer To Investigate

first_imgLove asks Mayer for help clarifying a story from her father about his time working with The Warlocks, before they changed their name to The Grateful Dead:My insane father who briefly managed the Warlocks (and apparently stole from them), after dosing me at 4, and loads of other crazy stuff. He told me Phil (Lesh) is my godfather. It may be true. Will you find out? I was too shy to ask in Albany once on tour. Maybe he’s not. I don’t know.Love adds:And I’ll get you a nice Rolex, John. Lol lolActress/singer/songwriter Rita Wilson chimes in about Love’s inquiry in the post’s comments as well, noting that she thinks it’s a “really good story.”You can see a screenshot of the comments below:So, what’s going on here? Various speculations online and in the Grateful Dead community seem to indicate that Love’s claims have the potential to be true. Love’s father, Hank Harrison, briefly managed the Warlocks in the late 1960’s, but signs point to a falling-out with the band after Harrison tried to profit off Dead recordings and released a Grateful Dead-related book without proper authorization in the 1970’s.We’re hoping we hear back from John Mayer (or Phil Lesh), and when we do, we will make sure to let you know if Phil is Courtney Love’s godfather after all! In a recent Instagram post, John Mayer shared a photo of himself, Mickey Hart and NBA Hall of Fame-er/noted Deadhead Bill Walton backstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre during this summer’s Dead & Company tour. Things got interesting in the post’s comments, as Courtney Love, rockstar and widow of the late Kurt Cobain, had a deep question for Mayer regarding the Grateful Dead world.last_img read more

SMC hosts social media week

first_imgSaint Mary’s launched an initiative this week to engage students through the College’s social media sites and hosting educational events to help students use social media to enter the workforce. Director of Career Crossings Stacie Jeffirs said Social Media Week is modeled after a national initiative.“Several other colleges and universities have also implemented a week-long program to highlight various aspects and impacts of social media,” she said. “The Saint Mary’s Social Media Week planning committee felt as though these issues and topics are of great relevance to our students, and this led to us creating a week of programming to address these topics and issues.”Director of the Belles Against Violence Office Connie Adams said the planning for Social Media Week was a collaborative effort across campus, including groups such as Marketing Communications, Career Crossings, Athletics and Recreation, Residence Life and Community Standards, Student Affairs, Belles Against Violence, Dining Services, Admissions, Cushwa-Leighton Library and Alumnae Relations.“Those [who were] part of the [original] committee identified other departments on campus which use social media extensively and faculty who oversee department social media sites and extended the opportunity to collaborate on this week,” Adams said. “We also included students who are connected to departments as interns and student workers who use social media for more than just social use. They had some great contributions. It’s been an incredibly collaborative effort and great fun.”McCandless hall director Kelley McCarthy said she is excited about Social Media Week because of how prominent social media has become.“I love the influence social media has in today’s world,” she said. “You are able to connect with people from anywhere. My favorite use for social media is using it in my field of higher education.”Jeffirs said she is looking forward to bringing the power of social media to the attention of students this week.“Social media is a way for students to connect on a personal level, but it also impacts them on a professional level,” she said. “Students need to be ahead of the curve when it comes to knowing how to use social media in a professional way.”Nearly everyone is integrated with social media today, Adams said.“It seems that everyone’s mom and grandpa and dog are connected in some way,” she said. “An Egyptian man even named his son Facebook due to the critical role it played in the revolution there a few years ago. It’s the first thing many college students look at in the morning and the last thing they scan at night.”Adams said the Social Media Week events are both practical and fun.“With social media being in nearly every aspect of our lives coupled with the reality of its permanence and the opportunity for positive change or negative impacts, we must be conscience consumers,” Adams said. “The impact is real on our lives, regardless of whether we are students, faculty or staff.“What we are doing now, or not doing now, has an impact on things three months, three years and 30 years down the road. And how can you turn down a chocolate fountain, large posters of memes featuring beloved [College] President [Carol Ann] Mooney or other fabulous prizes, such as gift cards, t-shirts and travel mugs?”McCarthy said students should attend Social Media Week not only for the great prizes but also to better understand the impact their social media profiles have on their futures.Jeffirs said Social Media Week will feature an alumnae panel, a visit from a Google ambassador and a panel on cyber-bullying, as well as other events.“There are a broad range of topics and issues all related to various aspects of social media that we’ll be touching upon,” Jeffirs said.McCarthy said Mooney will also be taking part in the week’s events. To stay updated, students can follow the hashtag #BellesgetsocialTags: Connie Adams, Kelley McCarthy, Social Media Week, stacie jeffirslast_img read more

Warmer, More Humid Weather Returns For The Weekend

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Our taste of Fall is over, heat and humidity with a chance of rain returns for the weekend. Today will be another beautiful day with mainly sunny skies and highs in the mid-80’s.Tonight, mainly clear skies with lows in the lower-60’s.A weak system along with an increase in humidity will provide for a chance of a few pop-up showers or storms in the afternoon tomorrow, these storms will be mainly to the north. Otherwise it will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper-80’s. Monday and Tuesday will be near repeats of each other. Partly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower or storm. Highs both days in the mid-80’s.After a very brief cool down on Wednesday with highs near 80, the  hot and humid conditions could potentially return and increase into the end of this week with chances for some thunderstorms. A strong cold front will pass by later on Friday. Severe weather is possible, though it’s too early for specifics.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huntington Station Man Charged with DWI in Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Christian PivaralA 21-year-old Huntington Station man is facing driving while intoxicated charges for an alleged hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a pedestrian early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said.The driver, Christian Pivaral, allegedly struck 48-year-old Brooklyn resident Alexander Thomas, who was walking across New York Avenue just before 4 a.m., police said. Pivaral allegedly fled the scene, police said, and was apprehended on New York Avenue shortly after the crash.Thomas was admitted to Huntington Hospital with serious injuries, police said.Pivaral was also charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving seriously physical injury. An arraignment is scheduled for Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Police said the investigation is continuing. Detectives ask anyone with information to contact the vehicular crime unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Ex-North Patchogue Fire District Manager Charged With Theft

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The former manager of the North Patchogue Fire District has been accused of spending more than $5,000 of taxpayer funds on clothing, sneakers and his cell phone bill.John Drews pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to charges of grand larceny, defrauding the government and official misconduct.Prosecutors said the 46-year-old Sound Beach man used a district-issued credit card to make the purchases while he was in charge of supervising paid employees, maintaining property and purchasing firematic equipment.Drews had worked for the district for a decade until he resigned in December 2013.He was released without bail.last_img read more

Here’s how many bank accounts you really need

first_imgWhen it comes to your personal bank account, simplicity rules. Keeping tabs on a half-dozen checking and savings accounts — not to mention trying to remember user names and passwords, and worrying whether you’ve actually picked the right account in the first place — can feel like a full-time occupation.Yet minimalism doesn’t always work in practice. Complications abound, particularly when you add a spouse and children to your life.To help readers understand how many bank accounts they actually need, MONEY isolated three separate scenarios: a single 20-something recently out of college and new to the workforce; a married couple in their 40s with two kids at home; and a retiree couple enjoying life in their 60s. Then we checked with a number of banking experts to help determine a no-drama banking plan for each. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A Republican senator says Biden should receive daily briefings, and he will ‘step in’ to ensure that occurs.

first_imgWhen asked in his interview about the daily briefings, which contain a compendium of the government’s latest intelligence, Mr. Lankford repeatedly said there was “nothing wrong” with Mr. Biden receiving them so that he could prepare for the transition.Mr. Lankford said he understood why Mr. Biden had begun the transition process, given that major news organizations and television networks had called the race in his favor. But he also added that he believed Mr. Trump was entitled to press forward with his legal challenges because the race was close in several states.As for himself, Mr. Lankford said, “I’m going to wait this out.”- Advertisement – So far, only a small handful of Republican senators have congratulated Mr. Biden on his victory. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has backed Mr. Trump, saying he was “100 percent within his rights” to challenge the outcome in court. Mr. Lankford, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said he had already begun “engaging” on the matter. The General Services Administration would soon clear the way for the transition to more formally begin, he said.Emily W. Murphy, the Trump-appointed administrator of the General Services Administration, has the legal authority to begin the transition by formally recognizing Mr. Biden as the incoming president, releasing federal funds, making office space available and allowing the Mr. Biden’s team to interact with agency employees across the government. So far, she has refused to grant those permissions on the ground that the results of the election are not clear. Senator James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican who sits on a key Senate oversight committee, said on a podcast released on Wednesday that he had no objections to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. receiving presidential daily briefings, and that he would take action himself if that did not begin by the end of the week.“If that’s not occurring by Friday, I will step in,” Mr. Lankford said in an interview on KRMG radio in Tulsa, “to be able to push them and say, ‘This needs to occur,’ so that regardless of the outcome of the election, whichever way that it goes, people can be ready for that actual task.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – President Trump’s refusal to concede has already affected national security issues, as Mr. Lankford’s interviewer noted on the KRMG podcast. It was unclear when and whether Mr. Biden’s team would have access to classified information that would allow them to learn about the threats facing the United States.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Fecal transmission may be behind coronavirus’ rapid spread

first_imgThe novel coronavirus is shed in the feces of infected people, which may help explain why it’s spread so fast, according to Chinese researchers.The finding of live virus particles in stool specimens indicates a fecal-oral route for coronavirus, which may be why it’s caused outbreaks on cruise ships with an intensity often seen with gastro-causing norovirus, which also spreads along that pathway. More than 600 Covid-19 infections were confirmed among passengers and crew aboard the Diamond Princess, the ship quarantined for two weeks in Yokohama, Japan.“This virus has many routes of transmission, which can partially explain” its rapid spread, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Saturday. The agency recommends strengthening sanitation and hygiene measures to prevent fecal-oral transmission in epidemic areas. These include drinking boiled water, avoiding eating raw food, implementing separate meal systems, frequent hand-washing, disinfecting toilets, and preventing water and food contamination from patients’ stool. “The virus can also be transmitted through the potential fecal-oral route,” the Chinese CDC said. “This means that stool samples may contaminate hands, food, water” and cause infection when the microbes enter the mouth or eyes, or are inhaled, they said.Rectal SwabsRectal swabs can detect the pneumonia-causing virus in patients even when conventional oral tests are negative, doctors at the Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital in central China said in a study. The novel SARS-like coronavirus was found in oral and anal swabs, and blood — indicating that infected patients may shed the pathogen through respiratory, fecal-oral or body fluid routes, the authors said.They showed that the current strategy for detecting viral RNA in oral swabs used to diagnose Covid-19 cases “is not perfect,” the researchers said. They noted that patients may harbor the virus in the intestine at the early or late stage of disease, and that a blood test for antibodies against the virus should be considered to better understand patterns of infection.The coronaviruses that cause Covid-19 and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, bind to the same distinctly shaped protein receptors in the body that are expressed in the lungs and intestines, making these organs the primary targets for both viruses, said Fang Li, an associate professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences at the University of Minnesota, last month.Amoy GardensA virus-laden aerosol plume emanating from a SARS patient with diarrhea was implicated in possibly hundreds of cases at Hong Kong’s Amoy Gardens housing complex in 2003.That led the city’s researchers to understand the importance of the virus’s spread through the gastrointestinal tract, and to recognize both the limitation of face masks and importance of cleanliness and hygiene, according to John Nicholls, a clinical professor of pathology at the University of Hong Kong.Squat latrines, common in China, lacking covers and hands that aren’t washed thoroughly with soap and water after visiting the bathroom, could be a source of virus transmission, said Nicholls, who was part of the research team that isolated and characterized the SARS virus.Topics :last_img read more

Indian and Chinese troops man remote Himalayan outposts just hundreds of meters apart

first_imgIndian and Chinese troops were facing off on Wednesday, barely a few hundred meters apart, in a remote Himalayan region where shots were fired for the first time in decades, Indian officials said.The nuclear-armed neighbors have accused each other of firing in the air during a fresh flare-up in the Ladakh region on Monday, violating long-standing protocols to avoid using firearms along their undemarcated borders.”The situation is tense,” an official in New Delhi said, adding that Indian and Chinese troops were squaring off in close proximity in at least four locations south of the Pangong Tso lake that both lay claim to. Topics : “Both are on their own sides of the LAC,” the official said, referring to the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border.At a forward position near the Rezang La mountain pass, Indian and Chinese troops were only around 200 meters apart, another official in New Delhi said. Both officials declined to be named.On Monday, the Indian military said Chinese troops fired in the air after attempting to close in on a forward Indian position. But the China military said it was Indian troops who fired the shots, threatening Chinese border guards during a patrol.In photographs provided by sources in New Delhi from an area south of Pangong Tso taken on Monday, around two dozen Chinese troops with assault rifles hanging off their backs can be seen holding long poles with a curved blade. Reuters could not independently verify the photographs.A 70-km long patch of desolate snow desert south of Pangong Tso has emerged as the latest flash-point between the Asian giants, with some 3,000 Indian troops strung along strategic ridges and hilltops, the first Indian official said.The confrontation erupted after New Delhi mobilized soldiers late last month to occupy key heights to deter Chinese troops, whose movements suggested they aimed to occupy a hilltop that falls within territory that India considers its own, according to Indian officials.last_img read more