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first_imgNational Parks get trashed as government shutdown continues National Parks across the country have taken a hard hit during the government shutdown, reporting overflowing garbage cans, near-capacity pit toilets, and bad behavior from visitors who are bringing in dogs and drones and off-roading vehicles. Although visitor’s centers are closed, ranger programs are cancelled, and staffing is down to a skeleton crew, park gates remain open—free of charge—and people are flooding into the parks. By some estimates, 27 million tons of garbage has been brought into the parks since the shutdown. In some cases, volunteers have stepped up to remove trash and try to keep the parks clean. In the past, parks closed entirely during government shutdowns. The decision to keep parks open is part of a contingency plan put into place last year allowing a small staff to stay on the payroll. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reaches most distant object visited by humankindJust minutes into the New Year, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made it closest approach to a small, icy world nicknamed Ultima Thule, 4 billion miles away. It’s the most distant object visited by humankind and in the days and months to come, scientists expect to receive pictures and scientific data beamed back to earth by New Horizons. Scientists think that Ultima Thule may be unchanged from the solar system’s early days, and that data collected about the distant world could lead to new discoveries about the origin of the sun and planets. Scientists will now begin counting craters, mapping the surface, looking for moons and rings around Ultima Thule and identifying materials on the surface. By doing this work, they hope to gain a better understanding of the thousands of small bodies in the Kuiper belt, a region beyond Neptune littered with icy debris. Plastic straws are officially banned in D.C.On January 1, 2019, Washington, D.C. became the second major U.S. city to ban plastic straws in restaurants and other businesses. Businesses have until July to make the change before any fines kick in. Possible alternatives to plastic straws include hay straws, paper straws and reusable straws. Americans use and toss between 170 million and 500 million straws each day. Worldwide, it is estimated that straws account for 4 percent of plastic pollution found in the oceans by volume. D.C.’s straw ban was passed in 2014 as part of the same legislation that banned Styrofoam food containers but has not been enforced until now. Seattle was the first major U.S. city to ban plastic straws back in mid 2018.last_img read more


first_imgA question that I get asked quite a bit is “Why are you so weird?”I’m kidding.I mean, kind of.The question is, “How did you start in the Credit Union industry?”That story is exactly why I am so passionate about the CU Movement.At the time, I was working in radio.I spoke about Justin Bieber way too much to feel comfortable with my life, but I enjoyed it.I had fallen on some hard-medical times and my family was suffering because of it.The holiday was coming up and my son was a toddler.I couldn’t fathom not giving him a holiday.I remember driving in the snow to my local bank.Don’t hiss at me.I didn’t know what a credit union was yet!I went into my banker and I asked for a $300 to $500 holiday loan.I explained what was happening in our lives and how it had dinged our credit score, but quickly pointed out that I had never been overdrawn and always had deposits.He did some tapping on him keyboard and excused himself to the central printer where my financial life history was printing out.That wait is excruciating.After what seemed like an eternity, he came back and sat down across from me.He set the papers down, folded his hands neatly on his desk and said;“We won’t be giving you a loan and based on what I see here you probably will never own your own home either.”I remember feeling hot.The warmth crawled up my toes, to my legs, and eventually I could feel my face flush.Without saying a word, I got up and went to the teller line.I asked to pull my funds and close my account.I could feel the lump in my throat like a wad of sand needing to be choked down.I made it to my car before the tears began to fall.I was humiliated.I wanted to wipe all of the items off of his desk and tell him how wrong he was.I wanted to tell him that I didn’t choose my health issues.I wanted to explain a million things to him that he would have never truly heard anyway.I drove down the street to a temporary location of a new credit union in town.I didn’t even know what a credit union was in comparison to a bank.With my son in mind, I just felt desperate.There was such a difference in how I was treated.I was able to see the loan officer right away.When I told her my story, I could see water welling up in her eyes.She was empathizing with my every word.That credit union gave me the loan that day and I was forever changed for it.A few months went by when I saw the ad in the paper for a position at that new credit union.I didn’t even think twice.I applied.I wanted to be that person for someone else.That person that could change someone’s life simply by listening.I worked at that credit union for several years.I was sent to the National Credit Union Foundation’s CUDE (Credit Union Development Educator) program and came out of that a completely ignited ball of energy for the movement.I have been blessed to grow, morph, and become exactly who and where I want to be within this industry.All of that because someone was kind enough to not just listen, but to HEAR me.Two short years later, I did buy my own home.That banker telling me that I would never be able to do that was ringing in my ears.I sent him a personal open house invitation with a note on the bottom.“Not one person in this world has the right to judge someone based on 3 numbers. Not weight. Not credit. Not checkbook amount.”He didn’t show up to the event.More wine for me. 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nanci Wilson Nanci started her credit union journey due to lack of kindness.That fact is what led her to close her bank account and open up at a credit union.Ultimately … Web: https://www.universityfederalcu.org Detailslast_img read more


first_imgThe 2020 CMA Awards will be one of the few awards shows this year to have a live audience amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“As safety is our top priority, we have worked tirelessly over the past several months to fully transform Music City Center into a breathtaking setup that resembles the very first CMA Awards Banquet and Show from 1967, and ensures our nominees, performers and their guests a fully safe and physically distant environment,” executive producer Robert Deaton said in a statement. “We are honored, in this very challenging time, to help provide an escape and deliver a live awards show experience unlike any other this year.”Scroll down for a list of all the nominees.Entertainer of the YearEric ChurchMiranda LambertCarrie UnderwoodKeith UrbanLuke CombsFemale Vocalist of the YearMiranda LambertAshley McBrydeMaren MorrisKacey MusgravesCarrie UnderwoodMale Vocalist of the YearEric ChurchLuke CombsThomas RhettChris StapletonKeith UrbanVocal Group of the YearLady ALittle Big TownMidlandOld DominionRascal FlattsVocal Duo of the YearBrooks & DunnBrothers OsborneDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineMaddie & TaeNew Artist of the YearJimmie AllenIngrid AndressGabby BarrettMorgan WallenCarly PearceAlbum of the YearJon Pardi – Heartache MedicationAshley McBryde – Never WillOld Dominion – Old DominionMiranda Lambert – WildcardLuke Combs – What You See Is What You GetSong of the Year“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert“The Bones” – Maren Morris“Even Though I’m Leaving” – Luke Combs“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice“More Hearts Than Mine” – Ingrid AndressSingle of the Year“I Hope” – Gabby Barrett“Beer Never Broke My Heart” – Luke Combs“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert“The Bones” – Maren MorrisMusical Event of the Year“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber“Be a Light” – Thomas Rhett with Reba McEntire, Lady A, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban“The Bones” – Maren Morris feat. Hozier“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert with Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee BriceMusic Video of the Year“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert“Homemade” – Jake Owen“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice“Second One to Know” – Chris StapletonMusician of the YearJenee Fleenor (Fiddle)Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)Rob McNelley (Guitar)Ilya Toshinsky (Guitar)Derek Wells (Guitar)Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “There’s one tweet in there that really stuck in my head,” he explained. “It said, ‘Why doesn’t he step down and have entertainer of the year be for the next generation.’ I 100 percent agreed. So with all the love in the world and all the gratefulness, because the last thing I want to do is seem ungrateful to the CMAs and everyone who’s voted for us, we’re officially pulling ourselves out of entertainer of the year.”Other top nominees include Combs, 30,  (with six nods), Maren Morris (five nominations), Dan + Shay, Jay Joyce and Carly Pearce (four each) and Justin Bieber, Ashley McBryde and Urban (three each).- Advertisement – Lambert will also face off against Luke Combs, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category.Garth Brooks made headlines in July when he opted to withdraw himself from the category, which he has won seven times. The “Friends in Low Places” singer, 58, sparked backlash in 2019 when he won the award, beating out Underwood, 37, Church, 43, Urban, 53, and Chris Stapleton. Some fans had high hopes that Underwood would take home the award as the first woman to be nominated in the category in three years.Brooks told the Tennessean in July that one particular tweet helped him make the decision.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – CMA Awards 2020 See Complete List WinnersDarius Rucker and Reba McEntire. Matt Sayles/AP/ShutterstockCountry strong! The 2020 Country Music Awards honored top acts with the help of cohosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker at the Music City Center in Nashville on Wednesday, November 11.Miranda Lambert earned the most nominations in seven categories, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. The “Bluebird” singer, 36, is officially the most-nominated female artist in CMA history with 55 total nominations. McEntire, 65, previously held the record and earned her 51st nod this year.- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgLaurel, In. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department made 13 drug arrests over a 17-day period in Laurel and Posey Township.Police arrested Shella Rose Halpin, 53, Bailey Halpin, 17, Johnie Raymond Hammons Jr., 28, Terry Lance Purcifull,27, Anthony James Blevins, 22, Travis Barrow, 30, Johnie Ray Hammons Snr., 54, Kimberly Hammons, 49, Tanya Littleton, 46, Justin Lee-Wayne Peters, 29, Larry Lewis, 54, Richard David Reese, 25, and Arnold Bulmer, 58.All face multiple drug related charges.last_img


first_imgThe University of New Mexico is not a perennial powerhouse.The school began playing baseball in 1899 but has advanced to the NCAA postseason only once. When it comes to ranking the greats in baseball history, USC is certainly at or near the top. New Mexico is not.Versatile · Sophomore right hander Ben Mount will get the start on Saturday against New Mexico after pitching in relief last weekend. – Avi Kushlan | Daily TrojanBut make no mistake about it, the Lobos can play. Just ask No. 3 Texas.Two weeks ago, both teams opened the season in Austin, Texas, where then-No. 1 Texas dropped two of three games to unranked New Mexico.Now, nobody is taking the Lobos lightly.The Lobos (6-3) come to Dedeaux Field for a three-game series with the Trojans (4-4) that starts tonight. And UNM brings a lot of firepower.Junior catcher Rafael Neda has picked up right where he left off in 2009. Through nine games, he’s hitting .447 with a team-leading two home runs and 10 RBIs. Last season, he finished the year batting over .400.Two of his teammates, senior outfielder Chris Juarez and senior first baseman/outfielder Justin Howard, are also hitting over .400 for the season. Howard is one of the most patient hitters on the team, sporting an on-base percentage of more than .500 to complement his hitting.The Trojans will counter with a slightly different rotation than the one they’ve used the last two weeks.Sophomore pitcher Andrew Triggs (1-0, 5.11) will make his third start of the season in tonight’s contest. Triggs has 11 strikeouts in just over 12 innings of work.Senior pitcher Kevin Couture      (0-0, 3.12) will also make his regular start Sunday. He pitched only one and two-thirds innings last Sunday against UCLA, leaving the game at Dodger Stadium early after being hit by a line drive in the second inning. But he is ready to go for the series finale.Saturday’s start, however, will go to sophomore Ben Mount, instead of sophomore Chad Smith. Mount (0-1, 4.05) has pitched well for the Trojans as a starter and a reliever.He made his lone start of the season on Feb. 23 against Loyola Marymount and went six strong innings. On Sunday, he relieved Couture and went four and one-third innings while allowing three runs.He took the loss in the game last Sunday but pitched well in defeat. Now, he joins the weekend rotation, at least for this series.The Lobos are in the middle of a five-game road trip. They traveled to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to take on New Mexico State and split the two-game series. They won the first game 9-6 before dropping Wednesday’s contest, 17-8.USC last played UNM in 1985 at Dedeaux Field. The Lobos won, 7-1, but the Trojans lead the all-time series 3-1.Tomorrow’s game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, and Sunday’s matchup will begin at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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