Hang With Bruce Hornsby And Some Wild Animals This Weekend At The Home Of LOCKN’

first_imgThis Saturday, April 29, Bruce Hornsby will perform at A Day At The Downs Wine and Wildlife Festival, a unique event taking place at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, VA (otherwise known as the home of LOCKN’ Festival). Attendees can spend the day tasting wine from some of Virginia’s top wineries while mingling with endangered species including the Bongo Antelope, Lemurs from Madagascar, the Australian Red Kangaroo, African tortoises, and many many more. Musical entertainment will be provided by Hornsby, Erin Lunsford and Michael Coleman.Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative wine glass, tasting from participating wineries, animal photo-ops, demonstrations and music performances. VIP tickets include a meet & greet with Bruce Hornsby and special shaded tent and VIP bathrooms. Camping is also available. For more information, visit InfinityDowns.com. The event benefits The Wildlife Conservation Center in Nelson County.Enter to win a pair of tickets below!last_img read more

VA extends benefits to Air Force reservists exposed to Agent Orange

first_imgUp to 2,100 Air Force reservists who may have been exposed to harmful levels of Agent Orange on contaminated cargo planes are now eligible for disability benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA). The VA announced its decision on June 18, 2015 after a VA-ordered report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), issued in January, concluded that the reservists were likely exposed to unsafe levels of dioxin, the toxic chemical in Agent Orange.“The VA has been dragging its feet on this for about five years,” said Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who chaired the IOM committee that issued the report. “It was a painful process, but in the end we were gratified with the results.”During the Vietnam War, C-123 cargo planes were used to spray Agent Orange, a defoliant. Between 1972 and 1982, those planes were also used for stateside cargo and training missions. Until now, the VA has accepted Agent Orange-related disability claims only from those who served in Vietnam. The VA also previously claimed that the cargo planes had been decontaminated and that therefore the reservists couldn’t have been exposed.But those who became sick after flying and working on the planes, as well as several senators and congressmen, had pushed in recent years to have the VA extend disability benefits. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Hidden Spaces: The Sunken Garden in Radcliffe Yard

first_img 6Laura Amrein, assistant director for admissions at Harvard Graduate School of Education and proctor for Hollis Hall, read much of Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World” in the Sunken Garden. 3Caitlin Abber, reading for class, is a first-year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Across from busy Cambridge Common and a short walk from Harvard Square is a step-down space with a bubbling fountain, and a mossy, secluded upper level. Hidden behind a four-foot-tall stone wall, this tranquil place is a lunchtime retreat for some and a place to read for others. In late May it is the setting for the Children’s Theatre performance at Harvard’s Arts’ First celebration.Abutting Radcliffe Yard and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the garden was built over a number of years by the grounds’ staff following no single recorded plan. It underwent a major renovation in 2008 by Landscape Artists Stephen Stimson Associates. According to Stimson’s site, “The expanded garden plantings now extend the blooming seasons from early spring until late October and incorporate a large area of native shade loving perennials and ground covers.”Young and old travel from near and far to the Radcliffe sunken garden to sit and enjoy this splendid oasis in the city. 14Bill Wendel ’77 had just attended a conference on homelessness. 9James Graham ’17 (right) takes a break from class to converse with friends Matthew Bennett (left) and Alex and Marcus Rhodes at the Sunken Garden. 7A gargoyle decorates the base of a bench. 4This quiet refuge is across Garden Street from the Cambridge Common and abuts the Graduate School of Education on Appian Way and Radcliffe Yard at Radcliffe Institute. 12Benches on shady edges are popular meeting spots. 8Secluded spots abound.center_img 1A four-foot brick wall encircles the Sunken Garden in Radcliffe Yard. 10On the south side is a horseshoe-shaped bench 11Larsen Hall provides an overview. 5Early in the morning, a pedestrian heads past the garden toward Harvard Square. 13Edwin Taveri (left) and Rafael Bello repair cracked bricks. 15A canopy of trees offers shade to garden-goers. 2Interior benches and trees surround a swath of grass.last_img read more

Lakers’ Anthony Davis happy for former coach Monty Williams’ hot start with Suns

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs While the Lakers did get Rondo healthy enough for a 15-minute restriction in Tuesday’s game, he’s not been medically cleared to play in back-to-backs.That might be some of the thought process in sitting Troy Daniels (left knee soreness) on Tuesday night even though he was cleared to play. Vogel said he didn’t want to put Daniels at risk after he injured his leg in Monday’s practice.In general, Vogel said, he’s more likely to tweak his rotation on the second game of a back-to-back than the first.“We digest how tonight goes and then make decisions on tomorrow night,” he said.center_img Davis said he never thought about the possibility of Williams becoming his coach in L.A. – he was still occupied in New Orleans at the time. But he was happy to see Williams find some early success with his new team.“I expected nothing less from him coming in,” he said. “He wanted to be back on the front of the bench and be a head coach and he’s proving why he should be there.”RONDO TO SIT OUT WEDNESDAYWhile the Lakers were glad, on one hand, to get Rajon Rondo back after the veteran point guard missed the first nine games of the season, they already knew that he wouldn’t be playing on Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors.Related Articles PHOENIX — These days, it’s hard to know what comments will get a coach fined for tampering. So Monty Williams tried to be cautious as he considered a question about Anthony Davis.“All I’ll say about Anthony is I really care about him,” Williams said. “That’s all I’ll say. If I get fined for that, too freaking bad.”The Phoenix Suns coach has a history with Davis, who he coached for three years in New Orleans. A lot has changed since 2015, when Williams was dismissed after a first-round playoff sweep, but the two men remain close.When Davis watched the tape of the Suns, who were 6-3 entering Tuesday night, he said he saw characteristics he expected from a Williams-coached team. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Everything that they’re doing right now: toughness, great pace, they play hard,” Davis said. “Their roster fits Monty’s style and his system. And when I played with him it was a great time. He was a great coach.”There was a chance, at one time, that Williams could have been Davis’ coach again. The Lakers strongly considered Williams a candidate during their offseason coaching search, but they never officially extended him an offer.Instead, Williams took a job offer from the Suns, becoming the franchise’s fifth head coach in as many seasons. Williams said he was more conflicted about his current job at the time, assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, than he was about a possible Lakers offer.“I didn’t have a process of choosing anything,” he said. “(Suns owner Robert) Sarver offered me a great opportunity. If anything I was torn about it was the playoffs with Philly and trying to figure out how to balance a job opportunity and the present job I had. So that was my mindset during that time.”So far, the turnout has been a win-win for the Lakers, who started 7-2 under Frank Vogel, and Williams, who has inspired some optimism for a Phoenix franchise that hasn’t done much winning lately. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more