Personal connections for 2020 600 Miles of Remembrance

first_imgIn honor of Memorial Day, NASCAR Cup Series drivers and accompanying on-track vehicles in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) will carry the name of a fallen military member on their cars.For some drivers and teams, it’s an extra personal connection. Read on to see some of the stories.MORE: Every fallen servicemember honoredChip Ganassi RacingKurt Busch and the No. 1 Chevrolet will honor Construction Electrician Petty Officer Second Class (US Navy) Phil Grieser on the No. 1 GEARWRENCH Chevrolet. Grieser served with the father of Doug Newell; Doug is an electrician tech at Ganassi. Grieser was killed from injuries suffered by a rocket attack near the camp of Seabee team 1013 on May 18, 1969, in VietnamDoug, through his father, had been in contact with the brother of Phil Grieser, Mark Grieser, who lives in Ohio. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR races currently are running without fans. Knowing they could not attend the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 as fans, Grieser, his wife Ann and their family drove down to the Chip Ganassi Racing shop to see the car in front of the shop — and, specifically, to see Phil’s name on the car.Gaunt Brothers RacingDaniel Suarez and his GBR brethren will honor the memory of U.S. Army SPC Ronald David Rennison of Dubuque, Iowa, who was killed in action Feb. 25, 1991, along with 27 other individuals by a Scud missile strike in Dhahran in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. There is a personal connection between SPC Rennison, who was 22 at the time of his death, and the GBR Toyota team. Rennison’s younger brother, Randy, was a high school friend of GBR road crew mechanic Barry Boeckenstedt. Randy Rennison served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Korea at the time of his brother’s death. — Courtesy Gaunt Brothers Stewart-Haas RacingThe windshield header of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford Mustang will carry the name of Private First Class Andy Krippner of Garland, Texas, who lost his life in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in 2011. Krippner spent just six weeks in Afghanistan and celebrated his 20th birthday days before his death. He lost his life when the Army vehicle he was in hit an improvised explosive device. The other soldiers killed in the attack included SSGT Kristofferson B. Lorenzo, 33, of Chula Vista, California; PFC William S. Blevins, 21, of Sardinia, Ohio; and PVT Thomas C. Allers of Plainwell, Mich. The soldiers were part of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.Bowyer’s SHR teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola will honor Lorenzo and Blevins on their Ford Mustangs Sunday.SHR fabricator Matthew Ridgway joined that battalion after the incident and said he “knows them as well as you could know someone you’ve never met based on the stories from fellow soldiers (I) served with.” — Courtesy SHRRichard Petty MotorsportsFallen Tuskegee Airman, Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson will have his name displayed above the windshield of driver Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet. as part of NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 Memorial Day tribute at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 25, 2020. The car will also be painted to resemble the iconic A-10 Thunderbolt II, right down to the tiger shark teeth on the grill.The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. Pilots, navigators, maintainers, bombardiers, instructors and support staff all trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 15,000 sorties during World War II in Europe and North Africa.Dickson, who was assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron, flew 68 missions during WWII. On December 23, 1944, he was returning from a reconnaissance mission when his Mustang P-51 experienced engine failure. His plane crashed along the Italy-Austria border, according to the Pentagon. Searches of the crash site were unsuccessful, and in 1949, the military declared his remains non-recoverable. — Courtesy U.S. Air ForceTeam PenskeNo. 2 Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski will compete with SSGT Michael Donovan Reep’s name atop his windshield in Sunday night’s 600-mile event. Reep, a member of the 27th SOCES (Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron) out of Cannon Air Force Base, lost his life in Columbia, South Carolina in 2015.In the tweet below, Keselowski had the honor of giving Reep’s family the chance to be the first to see the Ford Mustang with his name on it via a video call.last_img read more

Australian Herbs Could Replace Dangerous Sodium Benzoate in Foods, Beverages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“An inventor has developed a blend of native Australian herbs that he says functions as an effective preservative for foods and beverages, and can be used to replace artificial preservatives such as sodium benzoate.” (Natural News) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Free Bicycles Help Keep Indian Girls in School

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe daily trip to high school was expensive, long and eventually, too much for Indian teenager Nahid Farzana, who decided she was going to drop out. Then, the state government gave her a bicycle.Two years later, she is about to graduate from high school and wants to be a teacher.The government program, designed to help girls in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, has been so successful at keeping teenage girls in school, the bike giveaways have spread to neighboring states. The female literacy rate in some states (53 percent) is more than 20 points below that of rates for males.(READ the story from CS Monitor – or the Dec. 2011 story in CurentInternational.org)Photo from CurrentInternational.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Homeless Veterans Get Needed Pampering

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA host of services were available to homeless veterans and their families at the 2nd Orange County Stand Down in Costa Mesa. Veterans and their families could receive medical care, legal advice, housing and employment assistance, as well as massages and acupuncture treatments.“I see a lot of love for the people who served … I plan on staying here the whole weekend.” (READ the story from the Orange County Register)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Charles Thomas Norman

first_img His stories about driving his official car, flags waving, through work sites would continue to entertain Charles’ family even until just recently before his passing.After his discharge from the Air Force, Charles moved back home to be with his mother, whom he adored, and to attend Baylor University.Charles studied Biology and Business while at Baylor, and he eventually went to work for Kraft Foods.Charles’ natural charm and excellent interpersonal skills served him well during his years with Kraft. Charles Thomas Norman (85) passed away peacefully on February 13, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.Charles entered the Norman family as the youngest child of Lonnie Dee Norman and Mary Glenn Norman when he was born on July 31, 1934.As a child in Axtell, Texas, Charles was a natural-born charmer; his parents and older siblings doted on him. As he grew he became a loyal, devoted brother and a life-long friend to his schoolmates.After graduating from Axtell High School in 1953, Charles joined the US Air Force, where he worked as a surveyor.Charles was popular with his peers and his officers in the Air Force, and he would remember that time fondly throughout his life.center_img Working as the Regional Sales Representative for the Dallas territory, Charles earned several awards for sales leadership.It was during this time that Charles met the love of his life, a baton-twirler fifteen years his junior named Betty Lou Geldmeier.Betty and Charles were married in 1969, and were together nearly every day until her passing in 2018.The couple made their first home in Garland, Texas.There, after three years of marriage, Betty and Charles welcomed their first and only child, a son.They named him Jason Glenn, an homage to Charles’ beloved mother, Mary Glenn.From the day he was born, Jason was Charles’ pride and joy.Soon, the family embarked on a new adventure when Charles decided to leave Kraft foods and North Texas to live nearer to his brothers in Southeast Texas.The trio eventually settled in Beaumont. In 1972, Charles founded Norman’s, a company that would encompass the businesses of Norman’s Shoes, Norman’s Men’s Fashions, and George Wilson’s Menswear throughout the nearly fifty-year span that Mr. Norman would preside over it.In business, as with all things, Charles Norman brought his whole-hearted dedication.He worked tirelessly, until just a few days before his death, to provide for his family.There was nothing Charles did that he didn’t give one-hundred percent attention to.Whether the work was a Friday night football concession stand shift for the United Methodist Men or a meeting of the church Finance Committee, Charles could be counted on to be all in.While his businesses weathered economic downturns, major natural disasters, and the loss of many friends throughout the years, Charles was a force in his own right.He moved faster and accomplished more in a day than most people around him ever could.He was a character in the true sense of the word; one never knew what he might say or do next.He was quick-tempered but also quick to forgive.His ability to love was unsurpassed. Charles treasured babies, old Gospel songs, the company of his friends, family, and customers, and weekends at the lake.He enjoyed traveling, taking cruises with Betty and Jason and then road-trips later with the grandchildren in tow.He was extremely proud of the three kids that called him “PawPaw.”Recently, he had found solace and pleasure in the congregation of Trinity UnitedMethodist Church in Beaumont.Charles is preceded in death by all eight of his siblings and his wife of 49 years.He is survived by his devoted son and best friend, Jason, and daughter-in-law, Kesha, along with their three children: Anna Norman of Fort Worth, Texas, and Lily Norman and Jay Norman of Beaumont, Texas.Charles also has two living sisters-in-law: Betty Ruth Norman of Beaumont and Sally Norman of Mansfield, along with numerous nieces and nephews.A gathering of Charles Norman’s friends and family will be held at Broussard’s Mortuary on Major Drive in Beaumont, Texas.Charles will be buried beside his wife in Riesel, Texas after a graveside service.His pall-bearers will be: his nephews, Aaron Norman, Charlie D. Norman, Morris Norman, Junior, Rod Norman, and Tye Norman; and his great-nephews Tye Norman and Chaz Norman.last_img read more

Best Bets for the Weekend: Fall festivals like you’ve never seen

first_imgScarecrow Festival. Photo credit: City of ShawneeHang on to your hats, folks – this weekend is a whirlwind of fall festivals:Register to continuelast_img

Driver of 1934 Ford taken to hospital after wreck in Lenexa

first_imgThe accident occurred on K-7 near 83rd Street. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.Lenexa Police are investigating after a man driving an antique car lost control and spun off Kansas Highway 7 south of 83rd Street on Thursday evening.Lenexa and Shawnee firefighters were dispatched to respond with Johnson County Med-Act to the crash at 6:30 p.m.Initial reports from the scene indicated that the driver had been ejected. First responders arrived to find that the driver had not been ejected and was still sitting inside the car.The car, a 1934 Ford Roadster, did not have seatbelts. Radio traffic indicated that when the car spun around, the driver slid across the bench seat from behind the steering wheel to the passenger’s door.The driver was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.No other details were immediately availablelast_img

Gophers sweep Cornhuskers in Nebraska

first_imgSmith’s no-hitter was broken up by the leadoff batter in the sixth inning who singled. Smith battled her way out of a bases-loaded jam later that inning to halt Nebraska’s momentum. She finished with the complete game, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three. The performance improved her record to 10-4 on the season.The Gophers broke open the game in the fourth because of a DenHartog home run, an RBI single by MaKenna Partain and a bases-clearing triple by Houlihan. Ali Lindner added a two-run home run in the seventh.Minnesota gets the series sweep on Sunday, 9-3A five-run outburst in the fifth and sixth innings broke open a 2-2 tie in the final game of the series, giving the Gophers a 9-3 win.Fiser pitched a complete game, giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10. She also passed several milestones over the weekend. The win on Sunday gave Fiser her 20th win of the season. And on Friday, Fiser passed the 200 strikeout mark, finishing the weekend with 222.The offense featured a lineup change that included Houlihan in the cleanup spot. The senior responded to the shift by reaching base in all five of her at-bats, with three hits and two walks. She also added three RBIs and two runs. Houlihan lead the team in RBIs for the weekend with five and also drew four walks.“I kind of found myself expanding the zone,” Houlihan said. “My goal for the weekend was just to make sure I was swinging at pitches — at ones I could hit. I was easily as happy with the [walks] as I was with the hits.”The bulk of the runs came in the sixth inning that was capped off by a Taylor Chell two-RBI single.The Gophers will head to Madison for a doubleheader on Wednesday. It is a makeup from the previously scheduled matchup that was rained out on April 17. Gophers sweep Cornhuskers in NebraskaMinnesota improved to 13-1 in the Big Ten.Carter JonesGophers sophomore Maddie Houlihan hits the ball against Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2017. Paul HodowanicApril 22, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers kept pace in the crowded Big Ten standings with a sweep of Nebraska over the weekend.Minnesota currently sits third in the conference, trailing second-place Michigan by half a game and Northwestern by one game. The Gophers will take on the Wildcats in the final series of the regular season May 3-5.“Nebraska is a team that’s probably better than their record,” said head coach Jamie Trachsel. “I thought our pitchers did a really good job. Overall, I think we played better than Nebraska over seven innings each game and that’s why we won.”Gophers start series with 3-0 win over NebraskaThe Gophers began their series in Lincoln, Nebraska with a close 3-0 win. The game was taken over by junior pitcher Amber Fiser.Fiser pitched the complete game shutout, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and runners on first and third in the seventh to close it out. She finished with 13 strikeouts and gave up six hits and four walks.The offense finished with nine hits and seven walks but struggled to bring them home. They had at least one batter on base in each inning, but ended up scoring just three runs. Maddie Houlihan drew a walk with the bases loaded in the second inning to score the first run of the game.Hope Brandner followed through in a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, driving in a run with a single, and Natalie DenHartog added the final run later that inning with a sacrifice fly.Saturday scoring surge leads to an 8-3 winSenior pitcher Sydney Smith carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and the bats came alive in the second game of the series as the Gophers grabbed the win 8-3.last_img read more

Synthetic psychedelic drug effective in reducing alcohol intake in a rodent model of addiction

first_imgShare Share on Facebook A synthetic psychedelic substance known as 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI) reduces alcohol consumption in mice, according to new research published in Psychopharmacology. The findings could potentially lead to new treatment options for alcoholism.“Alcohol use disorder is one of the most devastating psychiatric diseases. It is responsible for untold human suffering and costs society billions of dollars. There is increasing hope that specialized therapy conducted with psychedelic drugs, under controlled and carefully designed conditions, may help people abstain from alcohol and provide meaningful remission rates,” explained study author Kevin S. Murnane, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Mercer University.In the study, male mice were exposed to alcohol and then split into a high drinking group and a low drinking group based on their consumption habits. The mice were then injected with a single dose of DOI or a placebo solution. Share on Twitter LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Email The researchers found that the psychedelic drug led to reductions in alcohol consumption in high alcohol drinking subjects. Mice injected with DOI also showed reductions in alcohol-induced place conditioning, a common measure of drug reward in animals. But DOI had no effect on overall fluid intake.The results show that “a psychedelic drug was effective in reducing alcohol drinking in laboratory animals. This supports the idea that psychedelics may be effective in humans suffering from alcohol use disorder,” Murnane told PsyPost.The researchers also found that the effects of DOI on alcohol consumption were largely reversed when mice were given another drug that selectively blocks serotonin A2 receptors.While preclinical animal models are an important starting point, there is still much to learn about the relationship between psychedelic drugs and alcohol consumption.“We must temper our enthusiasm because much additional research needs to be conducted. In particular, studies should be conducted that determine the mechanisms by which psychedelics reduce alcohol drinking. Understanding these mechanisms will allow scientists and clinicians to make psychedelics therapy as safe and effective as possible,” Murnane said.The study, “Effects of the synthetic psychedelic 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI) on ethanol consumption and place conditioning in male mice“, was authored by Aboagyewaah Oppong-Damoah, Kristen E. Curry, Bruce E. Blough, Kenner C. Rice, and Kevin S. Murnane.last_img read more

Property may be won over by ‘Tory Blair’

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