Duo Charged With Endangering The Welfare Of A Child Following Check

first_imgShare: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) Stock Image.RANDOLPH – Two Town of Randolph residents were charged for allegedly endangering the welfare of a child following a welfare check on Church Street in Randolph Wednesday.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says Alexandria Renner, 27, and Carrie Renner, 54, allegedly left an 8-year-old unattended in a residence for an undisclosed amount of time.Deputies did not specify if the child was taken from the home, or, if Child Protective Services are involved.Both were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in Randolph Town Court on a later date. last_img

Odds & Ends: Anna Kendrick Finds Mr. Right & More!

first_img View Comments Big Fish Will Tell Tall Tales in Beantown Big Fish may have closed on Broadway earlier this season, but the musical is getting ready to make a splash in Boston! SpeakEasy Stage Company will present the New England premiere of the tuner based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Tim Burton-helmed film. Book writer John August and composer Andrew Lippa will craft a re-imagined, more intimate version of the show, set to open at the Wimberly Theatre in March of 2015. Changes will include reducing the cast from 30 to 13 in addition to brand new bluegrass orchestrations. Hugh Jackman’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Tony winner and 2014’s Tony host Hugh Jackman and West End vet James McAvoy, recently teamed up with Michael Fassbender to blur some lines on Graham Norton’s TV show. Check out the stars of X Men: Days of Future Past’s take on Robin Thicke’s track below. One look at Jackman’s hips move has us wishing that June 8 would hurry up and be here already—you just know he has an epic opening number planned for this year’s awards. Norm Lewis Will Live The Dream New Phantom Norm Lewis, Chapman Roberts and many more Great White Way favorites are getting together for an all-male tribute, The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream. The one-night-only gala event will include song and dance numbers from Motown,The Lion King, Dreamgirls, Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Porgy and Bess, and honor jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The show will take place at Carnegie Hall on June 23. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony Nominee Anna Kendrick Finds Her Mr. Right Broadway alums Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell are joining forces in Mr. Right. According to Deadline, the movie will be directed by Paco Cabezas from a script by Max Landis. Kendrick will play an unlucky in love woman who finally thinks she’s found Mr. Right, only to discover he’s a reformed hit man. As you do. Tori Amos Hopes The Light Princess is Broadway Bound Tori Amos is producing a cast recording of her musical The Light Princess, which had its delayed premiere at London’s National Theatre in 2013. Radio.com reports that the singer-songwriter is also hoping to bring the show to the Great White Way: “That’s the plan, that’s the dream,” she said. Hugh Jackman Norm Lewis Star Fileslast_img read more

UGA Campus Arboretum

first_imgThe University of Georgia Campus Arboretum Initiative, sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Horticulture, has announced the winners of its 2015 Memorable UGA Campus Trees and Shrubs Photo Competition. Thirty-nine students, from second-year undergraduates to doctoral candidates participated in the contest, which is organized to celebrate the campus’s uniquely lush tree canopy. “The UGA campus nourishes many gorgeous and significant trees,” said Donglin Zhang, contest organizer and Michael A. Dirr Endowed Chair Professor for Woody Plant Instruction and Introduction. “We want our students to be part of it and to share their vision and appreciation of our beautiful campus trees.” This year’s first place winner was Katharine Rose Hall, a senior studying communication sciences and disorders in the UGA College of Education. Her photo juxtaposes the crown of a North Campus Ginkgo tree with one of the UGA Holmes-Hunter Academic Building’s Corinthian columns. Landscape architecture student Mackenzie Katherine Bourne’s photo of a water oak on North Campus won second place. Suraj Upadhaya, who is pursuing his doctorate in integrative conservation in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, won third place with his photo of a South Campus street scene that celebrates the vibrancy of the campus canopy in autumn. Other student photographers who earned honorable mention include Jennifer C. Bloodgood, Seung Woo Ha, Maulesh S. Trivedi, Gabrielle Rosenthal, Kristina Casmir Naso, Victoria Viktorovna Sorokin, Martinique Edwards, Sean Tackett, Jonathon Matthew Ray, Moon Jeong Kang, Matthew Michael Nahrstedt, Katie Morgan Landers and Jacob Harrison Schindler. The University of Georgia campus in Athens, Georgia, is unique because the entire campus is considered an arboretum. Led by famed, now retired UGA woody ornamental plant breeder and horticulture professor Michael Dirr, the UGA Campus Arboretum committee launched the project in the 1990s, providing interpretive signage for more than 150 specimens and creating a walking tour of the campus’s trees. Today, instructors use the arboretum as a living laboratory in horticulture, forestry, landscape design, biology and ecology courses. A self-guided walking tour of campus trees continues to draw fans of city trees to campus. The UGA Campus Arboretum committee works to increase access to the campus’s specimens by mapping each tree in Google Maps. As the keepers of UGA’s arboreal legacy, the current committee hosted the photo contest to help document the trees that have become part of the campus’s personality. The winning photographs and honorable mentions are on display at hort.uga.edu/research/arboretum.last_img read more

Documentary Featuring Fuerzas Comando to Air on Univision

first_img A documentary about this past summer’s Fuerzas Comando special forces competition and exercise will air on November 25 on Univision. The competition was held in Colombia and included troops from the United States, and 20 Western Hemisphere nations. The documentary focuses on the intensity of the annual competition, the unique Special Forces skill sets, and the tight-knit camaraderie between the region’s brotherhood of elite warriors. Special Operations Command South serves as the lead U.S. Military organization that coordinates the competition. Check out a preview of the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=192KRMjbUdI&feature=relmfu. By Dialogo November 23, 2012 Paraiso Pictures, which also produced “Inside: FARC Hostage Rescue” for National Geographic, has worked closely with U.S. Special Operations Command South during the past two years to produce the film. For the past nine years, U.S. Southern Command has sponsored Fuerzas Comando, which promotes military-to-military relationships, increased interoperability and improved regional security. I’M WATCHING SPECIAL FORCES ON UNIVISION. IT IS A SHAME THEY ONLY NAME THREE OR FOUR COUNTRIES THAT AREN’T EVEN AT THE TOP. I SEE THAT URUGUAY WITH 3 MILLION INHABITANTS IS FIGHTING THIRD AND FOURTH PLACE, AND FOR MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR THEY HAVE NOT NOMINATED IT AS IT DESERVES. I WONDER WHY IT IS… Just wondering if this show really aired on November 25th? And can you please tell me what time it aired?Thank you!last_img read more

Valley Stream Man Charged With Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Valley Stream man has been arrested for allegedly shooting to a Queens man to death in a parked car last week, Nassau County police said.Orlando Ortiz, 31, was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly gunning down 50-year-old Richard Baccus of Rosedale.Homicide Squad detectives said Baccus was found Dec. 23 dead of gunshot wounds inside a BMW 525 in a parking lot near Ay Caramba on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Ortiz will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

Trump tells Navy to destroy Iranian gunboats if they ‘harass’ American ships

first_imgWhile the Navy has the authority to act in self-defense, Trump’s comments appeared to go further and were likely to stoke tensions between Iran and the United States.In a briefing at the White House later on Wednesday, Trump said the military would not be changing its rules of engagement.”We’re covered, we’re covered 100 percent,” Trump saidSenior Pentagon officials said that Trump’s comments on Iran were meant as a warning to Tehran, but suggested that the US military would continue to abide by its existing right to self-defense instead of any changes to its rules. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had instructed the US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea, but said later he was not changing the military’s rules of engagement.Close interactions with Iranian military vessels were not uncommon in 2016 and 2017. On several occasions, US Navy ships fired warning shots at Iranian vessels when they got too close.”I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” Trump wrote in a tweet, hours after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps said it had launched the country’s first military satellite into orbit. “The president issued an important warning to the Iranians, what he was emphasizing is all of our ships retain the right of self-defense,” Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist told reporters at the Pentagon.The United States should focus on saving its military from the coronavirus, an Iranian armed forces spokesman said on Wednesday.Earlier this month, the US military said 11 vessels from the IRGCN came close to US Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.”At one point, the Iranian vessels came within 10 yards (9 m) of the US Coast Guard cutter Maui.While such interactions at sea occurred occasionally a few years ago, they had stopped recently.Tensions between Iran and the United States increased earlier this year after the United States killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in a drone strike in Iraq.Iran retaliated on Jan. 8 with a rocket attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad base where US forces were stationed. No US troops were killed or faced immediate bodily injury, but more than 100 were later diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.Topics :last_img read more

Joseph E. Lambert

first_imgJoseph E. Lambert, age 91 of Batesville, died Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at his home. Born May 14, 1928 in St. Nicholas, Indiana, he is the son of Sophia (Nee: Hausman) and Clarence Lambert. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Following the service, he would work at Batesville Casket Company as an assistant foreman 38 years before retiring in 1993. He married Bernice Hoog September 2, 1957 at St. Louis Church and was a member of the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Batesville Eagles Club Aerie #1130.Many will remember Joe from his two passions, four wheeling and old tractors. He was able to share his love of four wheeling with his sons and grandchildren, often going on outings with them. This was something he was able to do and enjoy even into the first part of this year, at the age of 91. Joe also collected old tractors, taking part in parades, tractor shows and power of the past shows throughout the area. He was a member of the Pioneer Engineers Club in Rushville and a regular at their annual event. Joe liked camping as well, which was another hobby he shared with his family. Although he didn’t have a favorite team, he enjoyed watching football in addition to being an avid Euchre player. His family noted his fondness for chewing tobacco and that his nickname was “Mr. Fix It.” Apparently, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. People were always dropping items off and Joe typically had it repaired and returned them back to them with little to no delay.He is survived by his wife Bernice; daughter and son-in-law Judy and Bob Bordner of Niceville, Florida; sons and daughters-in-law Gene and Wende Lambert, Tim and Marianne Lambert and Dale and Julie Lambert, all of Batesville; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Marceda Eckstein, Ruth Springmeyer and brother John Lambert.Visitation is Sunday, December 22nd, from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, December 23rd at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hospice or the Pioneer Engineers Club.last_img read more

India is future boxing powerhouse, says World Boxing Organization (WBO) member Leigh

first_imgNew Delhi: Asserting that India has the potential to emerge as a boxing powerhouse, WBO member Jack Daniel Leigh said that the soon to be launched Mega Boxing professional tournament could become just the right platform to help the sport grow in the country.Scheduled to be launched in Gurugram on November 30, Mega Boxing will have professional fighters from India and several other countries.Leigh, who has been a member of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) since 1996, feels that the tournament will provide the right platform to Indian boxers who aspire to enter the world of professional boxing.“In India, everyone wants to do a league. However, boxing is an individual sport. Therefore, it was essential to develop a structure which has individual fighters pitted against each other and not teams, much like how WWE, UFC, and ONE Championship work. Other sports, which primarily have individuals competing against each other, such as Formula 1, Moto GP and Golf, also helped us define the dynamics of Mega Boxing,” Leigh told IANS.“This would essentially mean regular promotions for the Indian talent and possibility to integrate with the international professional boxing network. The overall concept is inspired from the Sylvester Stallone hosted reality show, The Contender, which in the past, has given some middleweight world champions, through the selection of raw talent, subsequent coaching, and proper platform,” he added.“Hopefully, by the end of the year, we shall discover an Indian fighter who can challenge for a title fight in Vegas.”Pointing out that India has all the conditions required to produce world class boxers, Leigh said that the country needs to carry its success in amateur boxing to the professional level.“Two key ingredients for the growth of professional boxing are present in India, population and poverty (only a poor guy would want to get punched in the face for money and fame). Further, India is significantly underdeveloped in the sport. Moreover, for India now, the medals need to be converted into belts.“India has the talent. Not many people might be aware, but an Indian professional boxer Pradip Singh Sihag, who was also a participant in The Contender Australia, was a middleweight champion in Asia and held multiple titles. And Vijender Singh now also holds a couple of WBO Super-Middleweight Asian titles. One only needs to look at India’s success in amateur boxing at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and other world competitions. However, graduating from the amateur circuit to the professional one would need more concerted efforts as it requires training in certain skill sets, preparation, right guidance, and platform,” he said.“A platform such as Mega Boxing would give talented boxers a chance to perform, get more top quality fights for building up their career and go on to get fights at international levels. In addition, there are more than 130 academies in India and more than 13,000 boxers from the age of 8 to 18+. That is a huge talent pool, which if directed properly, can make India a top nation in professional boxing in the world,” he added.However, Leigh felt the system in India needs to improve in order to help Indian boxing reach its full potential.“Professional boxing is scattered in India and India lost a few years in the sport with the amateur federation shut for almost 4 years till end-2016. Hence, the prime crop of those times lost out on many opportunities. Mega Boxing would help the future crop in not losing out as such,” he asserted.“Entertainment tax on professional sporting events needs to be reconsidered in order to promote the sport, especially when it comes to a sport such as boxing, which appeals to both the urban and rural markets. Educating boxers about the fact that if they perform in professional boxing events, their selection can’t be hampered in international amateur competitions due to AIBA ruling in favor of such participation.”Leigh, who is also the chairman of the WBO’s Australian chapter, was excited with the commercial possibilities afforded by a huge market like India to emerging professional tournaments like Mega Boxing. IANS Also Read: World Boxing Organizationlast_img read more

Efe Ambrose- Super Eagles Not Shut at Me

first_imgEfe-Ambrose In spite of having been shut out of the Nigerian national team for more than three years now, Ambrose Efe still believes that his Super Eagles career is not over. The 2013 AFCON gold medalist gave Kunle Adewale, an insight into the Eagles’ campaign in Egypt, his time with Derby County and Frank Lampard and many moreAfter a scintillating Round of 16 encounter between Nigeria and Cameroon, which the Super Eagles won 3-2, Nigerian soccer fans are beginning to be optimistic that the team might go on to win the trophy, a sentiment which is also shared by Efe Ambrose.“I always believe the Super Eagles will shine in the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, and in every tournament the first math is key, a test which the team passed and with luck on their side they have the potential to go all the way. “Some of the players like Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo are well experienced to know what it takes to represent ones country.”Asked to rate the better team between the 2013 AFCON winning team to the present one, Ambrose is of the opinion that there is no basis for comparism .“Nobody gave us a chance to win the tournament that year and the willingness to prove doubters wrong was what kept us going and we had the belief that we can win and we played as a unit. And I can also see that unity and love in this present squad and when a team is together it’s always very difficult to beat.”Since the expiration of his short contract with Derby County, Ambrose is in search of another club and he’s optimistic that he will hear good news from his agent soon.On why he did not feature much in Derby County’s failed attempt to gaining promotion to the Premier League, Ambrose said Frank Lampard is in a better position to answer the question, saying however that he felt honoured to play for Derby and under the present Chelsea manager.“Efe hasn’t played a competitive match since the end of December. It was good for us to have a look at him in this way. Efe is here outside of the window and if he can come in then great,” Lampard had said of Efe then. “I have found him very nice, very good, very friendly, so as a character I think he would be great for us anyway,” Lampard had said.He went on to outline some of the defender’s strengths with a move seemingly moving closer.“I watched a lot of him, I know his strengths. He is a tall defender, very committed, wants to play on the ball, and quick. It is just about making sure about his level of fitness and that both sides are happy it is going to work.”“I had other offers from abroad so when my agent called me and said Derby were interested and they had put an offer to us, with Lampard, I said there is no second choice. That should be the first choice because for me, I’ve known Lampard since he was at Chelsea as a player, and he has been my hero and someone I’ve always enjoyed watching play football. He is a legend so when he told me about Derby and Lampard, I’ve always watched the Championship and known about the passion,” Ambrose said.“Sometimes you never know where football will take you but for me, it’s a dream to play down in England so getting the opportunity to play here is amazing,” Ambrose said.“It was an honour that Derby and indeed Lampard saw me as such an important player to be signed on and I really enjoyed my time there. Lampard is a wonderful manager and am optimistic that in the next three or four years he will be rated as one of the best coaches in the world like Pep Guardiola,” he opined.In spite of Gernot Rohr not looking at his direction for a place in the Super Eagles, Ambrose is optimistic he still has something to offer the German-born tactician.“For me, I have not yet retired from international football and I’ll still continue to work hard for a place in the Super Eagles team. Age does not matter in football, it is form that matters, which means I can still very much play myself into the heart of the national team managers.”Ambrose is perhaps best known for his five-year stint at Celtic, where he replaced the former Owls captain Glenn Loovens and was a teammate of Gary Hooper, but the Nigerian spent the best part of two years at Hibernian before engineering his own release.After a good performance at the junior ranks, former national team coach, Stephen Keshi invited Ambrose Efe to the Super Eagles ahead of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the defender did repose the trust ‘Big Boss’ had on him as he stood like a Rock in the defence en route Nigeria’s third AFCON success. Dip in form; not having enough playing time however robbed Efe of his ambition of having a part at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.After failing to pin down a regular playing time under Coach Bredan Rogers at Celtic and as a way of playing himself back to reckoning into the national team after been ignored in two successive 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria respectively, Ambrose sought a loan deal to English second-tier side, Blackburn Rovers, but the non-issuance of work permit made him return to Celtic.The 30-year-old had stated that he is ready to continue “working hard and training hard. It’s difficult as a player you want to play, but as you know football has its ups and downs you have good days and bad days. For me I keep working hard and training hard, I enjoy every moment I spend on the training field.“The manager has told me, he has seen me he knows my quality and the kind of player I am, but the most important thing for me is to start playing so when I start playing he can see me in a different way,” Ambrose was quoted as saying by The Scotting Sun.Ambrose started his professional career at Kaduna United in 2006 and two years later, he was loaned to Bayelsa United for the 2008–09 season but remained with Kaduna United after helping them win promotion.He joined Israeli Premier League club FC Ashdod in June 2010 and left in 2012 to join Scottish Premier League club Celtic on a three-year contract.Ambrose was a member of the Nigerian national under-20 football team at 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He later represented Nigeria U-23 and played two games at the 2008 Summer Olympics.He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations playing five out of six games was named in the 2013 African Cup of Nations team of the tournament. He says winning the AFCON was his biggest achievement and one of the greatest moments of his life.He was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trade for Moss? A tough question

first_imgI’ll admit it. Coming into this year, as hard as it is to believe, I was a total Seinfeld neophyte. I might have seen a total of two episodes over the years. I didn’t have anything against the show, it was just one of those things where everyone seemed to like it, and I didn’t want to be just another person jumping on the bandwagon, watching it just to say I did so. Kind of shoddy logic, I grant you, but that was the case. This year has been different. With roommates who nearly worship the show, I have watched the show more and am gradually starting to pick up on some references to the show dropped in conversation. Plus, going off my earlier-in-life logic, there has never been a better time to start seriously watching the show. With all the uproar and outrage over the Kramer comedy club catastrophe, you would either have to be a racist or truly like the show to start in on it now. I bring this up not as an audition to be an ArtsEtc. writer (God help me if I had to work for Voss), but because a scenario from the show played out for me this weekend. In the episode in question, Kramer is trying to give Jerry suggestions for new things he should incorporate into his act. Jerry rebuffs the advice, to which Kramer responds with something to the effect of, “It’s better than anything you come up with!” That was me this weekend. Without a column idea for this week, I suddenly had many friends eager to throw their two cents in. I was told to write about everything from America’s Next Top Model to an inflammatory Brian Butch article on CBS Sportsline. After all, it’s better than anything I normally write about. Luckily for me, this past week bailed me out by being chock-full of interesting developments in the world of sports. And since the cast of Seinfeld is one heck of a comedic team, it is only fitting these three storylines involve teams as well.The Bucks lost two of three games as they continue their yearlong downward spiral that could eventually land them near the top of the lottery. I have never really been one to root against my team, or for losses. Even two years ago when the Packers struggled to a 4-12 record, I wanted the Packers to win every game down the stretch even if it meant dropping out of the Reggie Bush chase. My resistance to the “I want my favorite team to lose” line of thinking goes back to the days when wearing my Bucks Starter jacket to school meant getting made fun of because they sucked at the time. Couple that with the fact that I hate to lose at anything myself, and it just feels unnatural to hope you lose games.That said, I am thinking about giving it a try this season. Injuries and poor coaching have killed the Bucks this year, and their season is dead, even in the dreadful Eastern Conference. Between that and the fact that Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are potentially at the top of the class, I am starting to look ahead to the draft.If the lottery were held today, the Bucks would have a 12.1 percent chance of landing the first pick, giving them a better than fighting chance for the top prize. With plenty of games against some of their competition (Celtics, Bobcats and Grizzlies) they could potentially earn even more ping-pong balls. If that were to happen and they drafted Durant, the Bucks would be in great position to contend in the East next season, with a lineup of Redd, Durant, Villanueva, Bogut and a point guard to be named later. And if you don’t think I did the ESPN lottery simulator for 15 minutes just to see the Bucks end up with the No. 1 pick, then you don’t know me.Like the Bucks, the Packers will look to the draft to fill a need at running back now that Ahman Green signed a four-year contract to average negative-2.4 yards per carry running behind the Texans’ non-existent offensive line, the Green and Gold will likely draft a running back in the draft. That, however, is not the potential roster move most interesting to me.There appears to be the very real possibility that Randy Moss could join the Packers via a trade. Rare is the sports topic that I don’t know what to think about, but this is one. Moss, if he could help the team on the field and not hurt it off of it (which I think he can), would finally give Brett Favre the elite receiver he hasn’t had for most of his career.At the same time, we’re talking about someone who torched the Packers for seven years and established himself as the state of Wisconsin’s public enemy No. 1 during the late 90s and early 2000s. He ran over meter maids, admitted to smoking weed, mooned the Lambeau crowd, took plays off, left the field early and was generally a bad teammate.I honestly don’t know how the usually supportive Packer fans would react.Personally, I think I have talked way too much shit about Moss to embrace him at this point. At the same time, the Favre-to-Moss combination could be lethal, and I have a No. 84 jersey currently hanging up in my closet that with a little tape and a Sharpie could easily become a Moss jersey.Speaking of bad teammates, NASCAR apparently held a race in Mexico this past weekend. I really wouldn’t know and/or care at all except for two facts:— ESPN is committed to forcing America to like NASCAR by shoving it down our collective viewing throats at any and all possible opportunities. How else do you explain the new nightly NASCAR Now show, tons more coverage of racing on SportsCenter, simulcasting the latest race on ESPN and ESPN2 during one of their final weekends of college basketball coverage (including carrying a Spanish language broadcast of the race) and those annoying commercials. Rumor has it they are even trying to get the word “car” changed to “ESPN.”On the bright side, I now know that if you take away bumping you take away what’s good about racing; Jimmy Johnson drives for points while Kasey Kahne drives to win, and it is absolutely apprehensible to penalize someone for aggressive driving.— My roommate Dan is somewhat of a NASCAR guy and had the race on Sunday afternoon, which means I had to watch it.Anyway, Juan Pablo Montoya won in what turned out to be a somewhat controversial fashion, spinning out teammate Scott Pruett on the 72nd of 80 laps. Understandably, this made Pruett mad, but not because he lost. Instead he was mad because his “teammate” did it to him. I will be the first to admit I know next to nothing about the workings of NASCAR, but I would not classify two drivers as teammates. They may be backed by the same person, but until there is a team championship and one member’s success is directly tied to that of the other members of his “team” then I don’t see how you can call it a team.It also doesn’t help Pruett that his is just the latest instance of the seemingly weekly bickering among NASCAR drivers that, to most of the population, turns us off. Barring Will Ferrell actually joining the circuit or Lance Armstrong entering a race on his bike, this is the last time I will write about NASCAR. I promise.Ben is a sophomore majoring in political science. If you want to try and explain NASCAR or think you can come up with better column ideas than him, e-mail him at bvoelkel@badgerherald.com.last_img read more