Here’s how to make your own Kobe Bryant bobblehead, desktop doll

first_imgMaybe you can’t stand the thought of Kobe Bryant retiring.Well, it’s in the process of happening, but if you want to keep him around (metaphorically, of course), you can make one of your very own.Rookie Kobe or current Kobe? That’s your call. We have both.Click here to find out how. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Gary Sanchez injury update: Yankees catcher on IL with groin strain

first_img MLB trade rumors: Ranking Yankees targets by potential impact MLB trade rumors: ‘Chances are pretty high’ Mets move Zack Wheeler before deadline Sanchez, 26, is slashing .229/.299/.508 with 24 home runs through 77 games. The Yankees enter Wednesday’s series finale in Minnesota with a 65-35 record, the best record in the American League and tied with the Dodgers for the best mark in the majors. Obviously the Yankees’ medical staff didn’t like the answers it found Wednesday morning. New York recalled Kyle Higashioka from Triple-A. He figures to back up Austin Romine in the meantime. center_img The Yankees have proven remarkably resilient in the wake of a never-ending stream of injuries this season. Now they’ll get another test as their All-Star catcher heads to the shelf again. Gary Sanchez landed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a left groin strain, the team announced. He left Tuesday night’s game against the Twins after grounding out to short for the final out of the eighth inning. Sanchez previously missed two weeks in April with a calf strain, and spent two stints on the IL last season due to a right groin strain. But he told reporters after injuring himself Tuesday night that he doesn’t see much similarity between that and the current issue. “It is nothing like last year. The pain is completely different,’’ Sanchez said, via the New York Post. “But we will have to wait and see (Wednesday) to see where it is at.’’ Related Newslast_img read more

A Kansas bill moving local elections from April to November causes worry for some Wellington school board, council members

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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Deanne · 333 weeks ago It appears that the local governments & school districts are concerned that more people will be inclined to vote during normal November elections making it harder to get the limited number of voters that they need to pass their special election items. If they truly have good ideas that need to pass they should pass on merit not on the date of the election. Report Reply 1 reply · active 332 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down MJE · 332 weeks ago If people care about an issue, then they’ll go vote, no matter when the election is held. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Whatever · 333 weeks ago Waiting until November would mean exactly that. The city works on a timeline and most of the special taxes/items of consideration come to term in April. This would create large gaps in funding to ALOT of projects and businesses that count on the April polls for voting. If thIs happens you can expect to see more businesses and projects either closing or taking longer than necessary to complete. The school district has to know what funding they will have to set the next years budget. It makes since for them to want to keep the April date. Report Reply 0 replies · active 333 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down MJE · 332 weeks ago 1. It doesn’t make sense to elect school board members in the fall, after the school year has started, and have members coming and going in the middle of the school year. 2. If people are casting votes for city council and school board members not because they care and they’ve made an informed choice, but because they’re at the polls anyway to vote for the state races, how meaningful are those votes, anyway? When people care about a race or an issue, they take the time to go vote. Low voter turnout in the spring is merely a symptom of apathy. Encouraging apathetic people to go cast a vote in a race when they’re uninformed about the candidates and issues doesn’t do anyone any good. 3. Why does the state need to tell municipalities when to hold local elections? If a town or school district wants to hold elections in the fall to get more people to vote or simply to avoid the trouble or expense of having to have the polls open for a spring election, then they should be able to make that choice. If a school district or town wants to hold spring elections so the same school board members serve the entire school year, then they should also be able to make that choice. Local elections should be a local issue, period. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two impeding bills have been moving their way through the Kansas House and Senate that would change the dates of local elections from April to November. It’s a proposal that has little support amongst either the Wellington City Council or the school board – and their staffs.Currently the bills, one in the house and one in the senate, could be consolidated and passed into law that would move local elections from the first week of April to the first week of November on odd numbered years.Both bills have moved out of committees and are now being voted on each chamber’s floor. The bills’ supporters said it is to improve voter attendance. According to state figures, turnout for fall statewide elections was in the upper 60 percent. Turnout for local elections in the spring wavered around 15 percent.The theory is if the local elections are moved to the fall then there would be more voter participation in city council and school board elections.But the fear amongst many in the Wellington school board and city council is it will make local politics partisan – attaching the Republican and Democrat labels to the candidates. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss in his Thursday report to the school board stated that moving the elections to the fall would be a logistical nightmare.“We would be having to change school board members in the middle of the school year,” Weiss said.Down the street, Wellington City Manager Gus Collins didn’t express much enthusiasm for the proposal either.“I guess my biggest concern is for the first time in years, this kind of legislation has legs,” Collins said.Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields said if a vacancy occurs within the city council, the appointment would go to a party precinct committee instead of the council itself.Shields said it would not save the city any money because election expenses are the county’s.Some local officials believe this is a disguised political power play by the Republican majority.“This is a way for the tea party to consolidate power,” said Bob White, Wellington school board member.Weiss said he has been contacting area representatives but has not heard any response, except for one who gave him a non-invasive answer.“A lot of school districts are passing resolutions against the proposal,” Weiss said. “But so far it is falling on deaf ears.”Neither Wellington governmental entity passed any resolution against the proposal. But it has occurred elsewhere. This week the Wichita City Council voted unanimously against the proposal stating it will lead to political gridlock which is occurring at the Kansas State House.Currently, the bill would have school and city elections on odd number years instead of the even number years for Presidential and state races. Some legislatures have expressed the desire of running the local elections on even number years to run congruently with state and federal races.Also, there is nothing in the legislation that requires partisanship.Wellington City Council member Vince Wetta warned that items can be put in and out of a bill at anytime.last_img read more

Indian River County superintendent recommends later start date

first_imgThe Superintendent for Indian River County schools is recommending the start of the academic school year in Indian County be pushed back to August 24th.Superintendent Dr. David Moore made the announcement on Monday, ahead of Tuesday’s planned school board meeting.“We can not rush an opening of schools. We can not use children as an experiment. Their instruction is too valuable. It is too important. We need to get this right on day one,” Moore said.If the school board does not side with Moore’s recommendation then classes will begin on August 10th.Despite the recommendation to start school later, parents still had until last Friday to choose how their child will take classes.” We are not, by any means, going to get this wrong,” Moore said. ” We are going to create a system that ensures that all students are provided quality instruction on Day 1.”Parents where given the option to allow their child to attend in-person instruction, virtual school with full-time online instruction at home, or transitional distance learning which involves full-time online instruction/live streamed lessons at home.On Monday, the school district plans to begin distributing district-loaned laptops to students who have opted for online learning.According to Moore, about 22% of students and their families have opted for the online instruction, while the others plan to attend classes in person.Students and staff who will be in the in-person setting will be required to wear facial coverings especially when riding a bus or in the hallways between classes.Both students and staff who have tested positive will also not return to school until they have been symptom-free for at least 10 days and have had no fever for three days.“We need to ensure our faculty and staff fully understand these procedures, and have the time not only to understand them but fully embrace them, so that when our students come to school, they are safe,” Moore said.last_img read more

Lacey Museum Hosts “A Midsummer’s Ice Cream” Event

first_imgSubmitted by The City of LaceyAs part of the first annual Lacey Days celebration, officials at Lacey’s history museum are offering free ice cream to the first 100 visitors on Friday, July 10th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.“Lacey Days is all about reconnecting with friends and neighbors and a big part of that is learning about who we are and where we come from,” said Museum Curator Erin Quinn Valcho. “A visit to the Lacey Museum is a wonderful, free way to discover Lacey’s surprising past and learn something about the community we call home.”The city’s Historical Commission is organizing the educational evening – called “A Midsummer’s Ice Cream” – which will provide free ice cream with toppings donated by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Event highlights include oral presentations about the city’s rich and diverse history by volunteers in period costumes, Michaels is sponsoring free craft and coloring activities for kids, the Lacey Fire Department is bringing its antique 1945 Seagraves fire engine, and a barber shop quartet will be performing to entertain visitors.The museum is located within the Lacey Historical Neighborhood at 829 Lacey Street SE, and is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment by calling (360) 438-0209. Lacey Days is a two-week event from June 27th through July 12th that features community events and activities. For more information, please visit Facebook309Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

City of Olympia Seeks Input on Early Learning and Emergency Sheltering

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia is updating the Comprehensive Plan Action Plan and is seeking community member input on early learning and emergency sheltering. Everyone is invited to take an online survey available between now and March 31 at: Input from the surveys may lead to new strategies or actions being added to the Action Plan.In 2014, the Olympia City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Plan with a vision for how our community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. The Action Plan is our community’s “to do” list, with strategies and actions for how we’ll achieve that vision. Each year we will update our Action Plan to include what we’ve done and what actions we want to continue or start next. Visit to learn more about the Action Plan.There are many strategies with actions that are already underway in 2017. In addition, City Councilmembers have identified the following two topics this year on which to explore possible new strategies and/or actions:Early learning.The Action Plan has a strategy of providing high-quality birth to 12-grade education.Early learning includes high-quality childcare and/or interactive and positive learning experiences for children age birth to 5. Whether or not children have benefited from quality early learning is often measured by a child’s readiness to enter kindergarten at age 5. Emergency Sheltering. The Action Plan also has a strategy for ensuring all community members have access to housing. During times of very cold and wet weather, emergencies, or disasters, individuals and families in our community may find themselves without access to permanent or temporary housing. How might our community respond to a critical and/or expanded need for shelter space?last_img read more