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  • The quest to end lost airline luggageThe quest to end lost airline luggage

    LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit. As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually belongs on that flight. If one bag didn’t, a red light would flash and the belt would stop until somebody acknowledges the mistake and reroutes the luggage. This is the future of baggage handling. Delta Air Lines is investing $50 million to soothe one of air travel’s biggest headaches: lost and delayed luggage. Delta carried nearly 120 million checked suitcases last year, collecting $25 in fees, each way, for most domestic bags. For that price, fliers expect their suitcase to be waiting on the carousel when they arrive. Delta already has one of the airline industry’s best luggage handling records — just 1 out of every 500 bags failed to arrive on time — but hopes that by deploying a RFID, or radio-frequency identification, tracking system globally it can improve further. If the system works, other airlines are likely to follow. Ultimately the bag tag might be replaced with permanent RFID readers in our suitcases, reducing the chances fliers in the future will start a vacation missing their swimsuit. “It’s a very smart move,” says Henry Harteveldt, founder of travel consultancy Atmosphere Research Group. “It’s one that will help increase customer confidence that their bags will arrive with them.” RFID wirelessly identifies tags attached to items. The technology is widely used at warehouses to track goods but Delta’s rollout is the first global use for passenger bags. To better understand the technology, think about your local supermarket. If every grocery item had an RFID tag, cashiers wouldn’t have to scan each product at checkout. Instead, the groceries would pass by a scanner and be instantly registered. Shoppers could even leave everything in their cart, having it all tallied at once. The same principles apply to checked luggage. Most airlines today use barcodes on tags to identify each suitcase — each tag has its own unique 10-digit number — and make sure it is loaded onto the right plane. But reading each barcode with a handheld scanner is time consuming. Often, a bag or two aren’t scanned or error messages are missed by workers focused on getting planes out on time. Delta designed its system to stop those errors. At the airline’s 84 largest airports — accounting for 85 percent of its passengers — Delta will have 1,500 special belt loaders with RFID readers built in. Those loaders — like the one DaRosa was using — stop when a bag for a different flight is accidently placed on the belt. “It’s amazing technology,” says DaRosa, a ramp supervisor who has been testing the technology at Baltimore Washington International Airport. “It’s going to totally eliminate a bunch of careless little errors.” Replacing handheld scanners allows ramp workers to use both hands to lift bags, reducing injuries and speeding up the loading and unloading process. RFID also shortens the time needed to find and remove a bag from a plane at the last second. All of that means more on-time flights. Delta is also using RFID to track bags through the labyrinth of conveyor belts below terminals. If bags fall off a belt at a particular curve or get suck at a junction, Delta will now have enough RFID readers — about 5,200 globally — to pinpoint the trouble spot and fix it. The Atlanta-based airline says it plans to have the system online in 344 airports by the end of August. The new tags look like traditional ones. But if held up to the light, passengers can see a fingernail-size chip and a credit card size antenna inlayed inside. By the end of this year, fliers will be able to track their bags through the Delta smartphone app, getting push notifications at each step of the journey. If a bag misses its flight, passengers are also notified instantly. That way passengers “aren’t standing at a baggage carousel waiting for the last piece of luggage to come off to realize their bag isn’t there,” says Sandy Gordon, Delta’s vice president of airport operations for the eastern U.S. Most passengers’ bags do arrive on time. But there are so hiccups, with 1 out of every 500 bags Delta carried last year failing to do so. It’s a record surpassed by only Virgin America and JetBlue Airways, which both have smaller and simpler route networks. Twice as many were delayed last year on American Airlines, according to statistics reported to the Department of Transportation. Bags often get delayed when bad weather forces tight connections or passengers are rerouted onto new flights. Of the 245,000 bags Delta mishandled last year, 208,000 of them arrived within three hours, according to the airline. Another 25,000 were reunited with passengers within 12 hours. The remaining 12,000 were either lost or took more than 12 hours to be delivered. Installing RFID isn’t going to solve all of Delta’s baggage problems. But the airline estimates a 10-percent reduction in delayed bags. That means about 25,000 fewer bags the airline has to deliver to passengers’ homes, offices or hotel rooms. For the past five years, Australian airline Qantas has offered a permanent RFID bag tag that fliers can purchase for about $23 and use when flying the airline domestically. Several big airports, including those in Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Milan and Tokyo, use RFID to track bags through parts of their systems. But Delta, the world’s second largest carrier by passenger traffic, is providing the most-comprehensive tracking the industry has seen to date. Airlines have long found RFID too pricey but the cost has dropped. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas says it currently pays 12 cents for each RFID tag, down from 21.5 cents a decade ago. Traditional tags cost the airport 3 cents. Delta refused to say how much it’s paying for RFID bag tags, except that it is less than 10 cents each. The new tracking system won’t follow every suitcase. There are limitations. It includes bags checked at the gate and claimed at a baggage carousel. But items like strollers or bags checked at the gate for regional jets — those picked up at the arriving gate — currently aren’t tracked with RFID. If a Delta passenger connects onto a flight with a Delta partner like Air France, the traditional barcode tag takes over for the final leg of the journey. However, an Air France passenger connecting to a Delta flight gets a RFID sticker added to the traditional tag when their luggage first enters Delta’s possession. And nothing is preventing the airline from losing your bag if any of these tags get ripped off along the way. __ Follow Scott Mayerowitz at twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/scott-mayerowitz. The post The quest to end lost airline luggage appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Kennedy Center finds new voices with 15 years of Page-to-StageKennedy Center finds new voices with 15 years of Page-to-Stage

    WTOP's Jason Fraley previews the Page-to-Stage Festival Jason Fraley | August 29, 2016 6:30 pm http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PAGE-TO-STAGE-jfray.mp3Download audio WASHINGTON – Labor Day weekend will bring plenty of barbecues. But if you’re staying in the nation’s capital, you might also want to head to the Kennedy Center to check out the 15th annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival from Saturday through Monday. Featuring more than 50 performances from theatre companies across the D.C. area, the festival looks to highlight new creative voices, providing a staging ground for young playwrights to show their stuff. “Sixteen years ago, Molly Smith at Arena Stage hosted a great conference called ‘Who Needs New Plays?’ Everybody in town said, ‘We do,'” curator Gregg Henry told WTOP. “They said the Kennedy Center is neutral territory for all the theater companies in town, so we decided to host a free event for all the theater companies in Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis — the larger D.C. area.” While theater companies were on board, organizers weren’t sure whether audiences would respond. “We thought, ‘Labor Day Weekend? Who’s gonna come on the last holiday weekend of the summer? We’re nuts,'” Henry said. “Thirty-five hundred people later, we realized there’s something here: 3,500 people showing up for readings, open rehearsals, the equivalent of an open-mic night. Just the curiosity factor: they love what’s new and want to see something before anyone else gets a chance.” How does Henry select which new plays to highlight? “The curation process is just me keeping my eyes open and my ears open,” Henry said. “Who’s doing interesting work? What young company has revealed themselves at the Fringe Festival or at the Source Festival? And who’s stretching the definition of new theater?” Indeed, every play at the festival is making its first public appearance in front of an audience. “It’s all first-time stuff,” Henry said. “It’s a great opportunity for the playwrights, or let’s call it ‘ the creative squadron,’ for them to get their new work in front of an audience, get audience feedback, test it out, see what needs trimmed, see what needs a lot more rewrites. It’s a great testing ground. A creative team needs the equation to be made complete, and that completion is an audience.” Expect stripped-down productions with raw performances by actors still holding their scripts. “Many of them have gotten rewrites just that morning or many of them spent the hour beforehand making cuts or putting in edits,” Henry said, saying you can still see notes in the margins. “It’s all done pretty much in neutral clothing, no sets, no costumes, unless there’s an absolutely necessary prop. It’s kept that simple so the audience’s imagination can run as wild as the play wants them to.” Are there any festival success stories that have gone on to become renowned playwrights? “Oh yeah, quite a few,” Henry said. “And we have quite a few renowned playwrights actually living in Washington and working in the Washington, D.C. community – Renee Calarco, Allyson Currin, Ken Ludwig, John Strand, Bob Bartlett, Gwydion Suilebhan – these are all people who’ve had works from the beginning, from Year One after 15 years at Page-to-Stage. And they keep returning because I think they see it as a good chance to grow as a writer, to connect with audiences and to share.” Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance, with first-come, first-served seating. These performances are staged throughout the Kennedy Center complex, including both Millennium Stages and the various special events lounges on either side of the opera house. Making the most of the vast interiors, playwrights are practically popping out of every crack of the Kennedy Center. “Every nook and cranny in the Kennedy Center,” Henry said. “The building is so beautiful with the white marble and the red carpet, but it’s great to see young artists and more established artists sitting on the steps with a script in their hand, getting ready to share something with the audience.” Participating theaters include Forum Theatre, Mosaic Theater Company, First Draft, Brave Soul Collective, Initiative Student Theatre, New Sass, The Welders, Monumental Theatre Company, Crash of Rhinos, Pinky Swear Productions, Venus Theatre Company and African-American Collective. Meanwhile, Arts on the Horizon stages theater for infants, Catholic University showcases work from its graduate playwright program, and there’s even productions from a local juvenile detention center. “Apparently, the class really grabbed hold of this project,” Henry said, maintaining anonymity for the facility. “This is a chance for kids to talk about something that was grappling their circle of friends, they had a great writing teacher to get them to express it and talk about dramatic form and to use the language that they’re used to using, which in this case happens to be the language of hip-hop.” The playwrights are now finished at the detention center, but their colleagues are showing support. “Their class, who is still at the detention center, are coming down to be there to see the work, so I think that’s pretty damn thrilling,” Henry said, beaming. “By bumping up against other young artists and seeing other kids, mostly from the D.C. and Baltimore community, who are using language and expressing themselves in a dramatic form … who knows what step that’s going to encourage?” On top of the scheduled performances, it’s also a great networking opportunity for young creatives. “This year we’re going to try to make good use of the networking opportunity,” Henry said. “We’ve got this huge events space on the Roof Terrace called The Atrium. It’s enormous and we’re actually converting it into a speakeasy, lounge, bar, food area with a performance space, where if people want to get up and share some work, they can do that. But otherwise it’s really a chance to just congregate, talk to audiences, talk to each other, and pick the brain of a more experienced playwright.” That’s right, the Kennedy Center will transform its Atrium and Roof Terrace into a café and beer garden, partnering with Restaurant Associates to provide beer, wine and spirits at a reduced price. There will also be a karaoke after-party inside the Atrium at 9 p.m. Saturday. Then on Labor Day, the Atrium will serve free, first-come-first-served hot dogs, chips, and soda beginning at noon. “It’s a rich, rich menu,” Henry said. Yes, the food menu may sound exactly like Labor Day, but at Page-to-Stage, it’s all a labor of love. Click here for the full schedule. Listen to the full interview with Gregg Henry of Page-to-Stage below:  WTOP's Jason Fraley chats with Gregg Henry of Page-to-Stage Jason Fraley | August 29, 2016 1:53 pm http://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/page-to-stage-interview.mp3Download audio The post Kennedy Center finds new voices with 15 years of Page-to-Stage appeared first on WTOP.

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — Two of the Toronto Blue Jays’ most reliable pitchers made some uncharacteristic mistakes, and the Baltimore Orioles made them pay. Matt Wieters hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the eighth inning to lead Baltimore to a 5-3 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night. That ended Grilli’s streak of 13 games (13 innings) without allowing a run. “He’s been unbelievable,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said about Grilli. “We’re not sitting where we’re at right now without him, that’s for sure. He got a couple outs and the walk and then Wieters — everybody in their lineup can do that to you. We’ll bounce back tomorrow but, shoot, he’s been fantastic.” The Orioles pulled within three games of the first-place Blue Jays, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. After losing the opener 5-1, the Orioles will look to gain more ground in the series finale Wednesday. Michael Saunders drilled a two-run shot off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez that tied the game 3-3 in the seventh. In the eighth, Jonathan Schoop walked and Wieters homered off Grilli (4-2), his 12th of the season. “You never want to walk anybody,” Grilli said. “Just made some good pitches that he laid off of. They were down and away off the plate. He did a good job of not swinging at balls.” Brad Brach (8-2) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Zach Britton got his league-leading 39th save. Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ fell short of tying Boston’s Rick Porcello for the major league lead with 18 wins. Happ allowed three runs and six hits with three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. “I wasn’t at my best tonight but this is an elite team, especially at home,” Happ said. “They’re tough. I think I made a couple mistakes; they made me pay. But we battled them all night. I gave us what I had tonight, which wasn’t a ton but it was enough to keep us in the ballgame.” Manny Machado hit his 34th homer of the season and 100th of his career for Baltimore. Steve Pearce went deep for the 13th time this season. Baltimore’s Pedro Alvarez, who got a rare start against a left-hander, managed two hits against Happ and is 6 for 12 in his career against him. Jimenez started in place of the injured Chris Tillman and allowed three runs and nine hits with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the second on a two-out, RBI single by Kevin Pillar. Jimenez then retired the next eight batters before allowing another single to Pillar in the fifth. Pearce tied the game 1-1 with a homer in the bottom half of that inning. Two batters later, Machado drove Happ’s 0-1 pitch over the wall in center field for a two-run homer that gave Baltimore the lead. “We finally found some barrels on the balls and we’re able to drive in some runs in key situations,” Machado said. “Whenever you can take advantage of a guy like that after the year he’s having and how he has been pitching.” OWNING THE O’S Saunders has hit safely in 12 of his 14 games against the Orioles this season. He is batting .434 with seven doubles, six home runs and 14 RBIs over the span. TRAINER’S ROOM Orioles: CF Adam Jones performed drills but was held out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game with a left hamstring strain. … Tillman (right shoulder bursitis) could potentially throw off a mound this weekend. However, the original target dates of Sept. 9 or 10 for his next start appear unlikely, manager Buck Showalter said. UP NEXT Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.99 ERA) will be recalled from Class-A Dunedin to make the start. He spent the past 10 days in the minors to limit his innings. Sanchez has gone 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against Baltimore this season. Orioles: Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.59 ERA) has lost his past three decisions. In his last outing against the Yankees, he lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and six hits. The post Blue Jays fall to Orioles 5-3 on Wieters’ homer appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Wieters’ homer leads Orioles past Blue Jays 5-3Wieters’ homer leads Orioles past Blue Jays 5-3

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter considered taking Matt Wieters out of the game after the catcher took a hard foul ball off his mask in the fifth inning. That proved to be a game-changing decision. Wieters hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the eighth to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Baltimore pulled within three games of the first-place Blue Jays, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. After losing the opener 5-1, the Orioles will look to gain more ground in the series finale Wednesday. “It’s a big game,” Wieters said. “We’re going to be playing a lot of teams in the division, so there are going to be a lot of big games. I think the key is to be able to enjoy this one and move on tomorrow. We’ve got to come back and win another one tomorrow.” Michael Saunders drilled a two-run shot off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez that tied the game 3-3 in the seventh. In the eighth, Jonathan Schoop walked and Wieters homered off Grilli (4-2), his 12th of the season. “Matt took a ball right in the kisser tonight and I’ve seen a lot of people come out of the game,” Showalter said. “We would have taken him out of the game, mostly because he took one in the same place last night.” Brad Brach (8-2) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Zach Britton got his league-leading 39th save. Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ fell short of tying Boston’s Rick Porcello for the major league lead with 18 wins. Happ allowed three runs and six hits with three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. “I wasn’t at my best tonight but this is an elite team, especially at home,” Happ said. “They’re tough. I think I made a couple mistakes; they made me pay. But we battled them all night. I gave us what I had tonight, which wasn’t a ton but it was enough to keep us in the ballgame.” Manny Machado hit his 34th homer of the season and 100th of his career for Baltimore. Steve Pearce went deep for the 13th time this season. Baltimore’s Pedro Alvarez, who got a rare start against a left-hander, managed two hits against Happ and is 6 for 12 in his career against him. Jimenez started in place of the injured Chris Tillman and allowed three runs and nine hits with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. “After first couple of innings,” Jimenez said, “I was able to use my sinker a lot. It was really good, everything was down, and we got a lot of guys hitting ground balls.” The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the second on a two-out, RBI single by Kevin Pillar. Jimenez then retired the next eight batters before allowing another single to Pillar in the fifth. Pearce tied the game 1-1 with a homer in the bottom half of that inning. Two batters later, Machado drove Happ’s 0-1 pitch over the wall in center field for a two-run homer that gave Baltimore the lead. THE BIG TEN The Orioles have three players — Chris Davis, Machado and Mark Trumbo — with at least 10 home runs in August. It’s the first time in club history they accomplished that feat. MOVES Orioles: RHP Logan Ondrusek and OF Julio Borbon were outrighted to Double-A Bowie. Both players were designated for assignment over the weekend and cleared waivers. TRAINER’S ROOM Orioles: CF Adam Jones performed drills but was held out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game with a left hamstring strain. … Tillman (right shoulder bursitis) could potentially throw off a mound this weekend. However, the original target dates of Sept. 9 or 10 for his next start appear unlikely, Showalter said. UP NEXT Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.99 ERA) will be recalled from Class-A Dunedin to make the start. He spent the past 10 days in the minors to limit his innings. Sanchez has gone 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against Baltimore this season. Orioles: Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.59 ERA) has lost his past three decisions. In his last outing against the Yankees, he lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and six hits. The post Wieters’ homer leads Orioles past Blue Jays 5-3 appeared first on WTOP.

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Only two teams missing. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) August 30, 2016 It is my understanding there is a Nats scout on the ground. https://t.co/KOvnS7VSc4 — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) August 30, 2016 Kevin Costner: Why Would Tebow Not Try? For what it’s worth, current Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has spoken about Tebow’s dream to play in the big leagues on several occasions recently. Here’s what he told The Sports Junkies during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance on Aug. 10: *My thoughts are he’s a great athlete, one of the great college football players of all time and great personality. He seems like a great guy. I don’t know the man myself, but carries himself very, very well. Extreme, huge long shot that he can make it at his age. If he came out of high school and was a baseball player, who knows? I’ve never seen the man play — I wouldn’t venture an opinion on him. All I know is guys who haven’t played in 10 years that are 28 years old, I would consider them extreme long shots. The one thing about this game is, fellas, it is a tough game to play, man. It is a difficult game to play. I was with the White Sox when Michael Jordan entered that foray of attempting to be a baseball player. You know, there was no greater athlete than him at the time and he struggled mightily to do it. It’s a tough game to play. To me it’s the most difficult game to master. It takes the longest period of time. And I describe it as, ‘Go for it, Tim. If somebody gives you an opportunity, that’d be great.’ But long shot. It makes for a good story, but it’s just, he would defy all odds if he were to make it to the big leagues. *I’ve never seen the man play. If I were to see him play and evaluate him, I’d give you a more firm opinion. It’s just, he would be the first, the first ever to do it so, like I said, extreme long shot. But it’s a good story. *This game is so hard to play. It is so difficult to hit a baseball when a guy’s throwing it 95 with movement and splits, and sliders, and cutters, and up-and-in and then down-and-away. It’s just a tough game to play, man. *We’ve got about 200 minor league players that I’m worried about right now and we’ve really evaluated all these guys. We put a lot of time into these players. I don’t want to shortchange anybody, because I’ve never seen him play, but it’s unlikely. The Junkies broached the topic with Rizzo again on Aug. 24, when news first broke of Tebow’s workout date: “I don’t think that we have assigned a scout to see him,” Rizzo said last Wednesday. “We’ve got our guys with hopeful playoff aspirations and playoff teams to look at, potential free agents for next year. Our coverage that we have and our assignments, we’re spread pretty thin and we’re not going to take somebody off of their assigned coverage to go see him. I’ll put it that way.” So, to answer the question raised by the headline above, who knows? 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  • Ellicott City seeks heroes as town continues to rebuildEllicott City seeks heroes as town continues to rebuild

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At one point the belt was even more popular in WWE than the world title. Flash forward to present day and WWE is adapting once again. This time, the influences of Ring of Honor and others have given birth to the Cruiserweight Classic and resurrected a full division of smaller wrestlers on Monday Night RAW. One of the wrestlers most responsible for the change is yet to step inside Vince McMahon’s ring. His name is Adam Cole. He’s a budding global superstar and one of only three men to be crowned ROH World Champion on multiple occasions. It seems the path in front of him is much the same as his friends who traveled before him and are now seen by millions of people each week. Cole is one of the newest members of Bullet Club and is getting ready to embark on a duel career in New Japan Pro Wrestling and back at home. Sound familiar? You’re one of three guys in history to hold the Ring of Honor World Championship more than once. You’re literally carrying history around your waist. How does that sit with you? The big question I get asked is does it feel any different the second time? And it definitely does. The first time I won the Ring of Honor World Championship I was a kid — I was 23 years old. Now I’ve matured and gotten to travel the world. I’ve wrestled main event matches as a main event guy for Ring of Honor. So holding this championship for a second time you can enjoy it a little bit more. My family was there… it was an awesome time for me. In other promotions, 15-time champions or 12-time champions are commonplace. But in Ring of Honor it’s different. Even though this is only the second, what type of meaning does this have for you and the promotion? It’s huge. The number one factor is that it shows you the type of talent that are holding the Ring of Honor World Championship. If you go back and look at the lineage of the Ring of Honor World Championship… the guys that have held that belt are the who’s who of professional wrestling. And the guys who were able to win that belt are generally able to keep that belt for a very long time. It’s very rare that a repeat champion happens. So, it shows you how important and how much these guys fight for this championship. To be on that elite list of the guys who have held the title more than once… I’d certainly say it’s my number one accomplishment in pro wrestling so far. Tell us about the moment you learned you were becoming a two-time champion. It was like a roller coaster for me. I remember coming back from injury. I had major surgery — three different types of surgeries on my left arm. And I remember coming back and just being more focused than ever to get back in that title picture. Fortunately for me, that happened all throughout 2015. And then the news came to me that I was joining New Japan Pro Wrestling’s hottest faction — heck, the wrestling world’s hottest faction — Bullet Club. So I’m like, ‘yes, stuff is really really turning around for me now. I’m going to get to go over to New Japan.’ And then after I found out I was going to be ROH Champion again I would up getting diagnosed with pneumonia and losing 15 to 20 pounds. I remember thinking it was going to derail my Ring of Honor Championship run. But fortunately I was able to come back — a little bit lighter than I would have liked —but I was able to come back and perform and get back in the gym and work hard and get ready for the title match. It all worked out in the end. Credit: Ring of Honor Wrestling What sort of trickle effect are you noticing that WWE’s NXT brand and the Cruiserweight Classic are having on independent promotions and Ring of Honor? Is attendance up? I’ve noticed for sure that we have more and more people who are watching Ring of Honor and attending our live events. You can see generally across the board for pro wrestling that the power of the Internet is finally showcasing its strength. Years ago, people used to say, “Don’t listen to the Internet. The Internet is just a vocal minority. That’s not something you need to pay attention to — you need to pay attention to the live crowds.” Well, in 2016 the live crowds are people who are on the Internet — everybody is on the Internet. Everybody is voicing their opinion and saying what they like and don’t like. You see that in what WWE fans or pro wrestling fans in general expect from a pro wrestler. You can see that effect in WWE. You can see that effect in Ring of Honor. And another big factor for Ring of Honor as far as live attendance is that we’ve gotten on television. I’m seeing more and more people who come up to us at autograph signings and say, “I’m a huge fan of you guys. I watch you guys on TV all the time. I just started watching you six months ago.” So, because of that and the effect the Internet has on the industry, that’s a big reason that not just WWE and Ring of Honor, but pro wrestling across the board has grown so much. WWE is evolving… seemingly trying to catch up to where Ring of Honor was not long ago. How are independent promotions and ROH continuing to push the industry forward and stay ahead of the competition? WWE has always been very smart about at least trying to evolve and stay ahead of the curve. You can see that now more than ever with the Cruiserweight Classic, NXT, their top stars on Monday Night RAW and Smackdown. I’ve been asked before whether that threatens you guys. Does it make ROH or Pro Wrestling Guerrilla worried? Not at all. To me it just compliments what we’re doing here in ROH a lot more. And on top of that, a lot of these guys getting opportunities in WWE are my friends. So to get to see them travel the world and become the megastars that they are is really cool. Ring of Honor has always been a company that focuses on youths and being a true alternative. You can see more than ever with ROH associating itself with NJPW and CMLL down in Mexico — these other companies are top companies in the world of pro wrestling and have been for years. That’s a way for ROH to stay ahead of the curve. Not only are we always looking for new hungry young talent, but we’re taking the top talent from Japan and Mexico and we’re bringing them to American soil. So, even the most die-hard wrestling fans are going to be able to say, “God, I would love to see Tanahashi live. I would love to see Okada live. I want to see the stars of CMLL live.” That’s a different way that I believe our company is always staying ahead of the curve and delivering and offering something that WWE doesn’t offer. Fewer people are tuning in to watch wrestling on TV, but we’re seeing an explosion in online viewership. Do you have any concerns that traditional ratings aren’t what they once were and that we’re headed for a digital future? I think so. I think that the quicker we accept that’s the route we’re going the better it will be for everybody as far as the wrestling industry goes. Don’t get me wrong… there’s nothing cooler than saying, “Hey friends or parents … you can watch me on television at this time on this channel.” People from our generation get very excited because that’s what we know our entertainment platform as — television. However, more and more the younger generation is always on their iPads, they’re always on the Internet, they’re always on YouTube, they’re always on websites. They’re watching everything from either their phones, laptops or iPads. The generation underneath us really watches their entertainment and shows on the Internet. The Internet as a platform I think is really fantastic. Promotions who didn’t have a chance to showcase themselves (can now do that) on a broader platform. More and more people are getting to check out these unknown promotions and popular promotions like Ring of Honor have more traffic on the Internet. I think it’s great. It’s the wrestling industry moving forward and evolving like it always has. That’s the reason pro wrestling has stayed alive and relevant for so many years. Credit: Ring of Honor Wrestling What’s your take on pro wrestling dirt sheets? For some reason wrestling insiders are often frowned upon even though the NFL, MLB, MMA all have beat writers. There are good wrestling journalists and bad wrestling journalists. That’s for sure. But that is like any job, any profession, that follows and reports on anything. I’m sure that musicians feel like there are good and bad journalists. Pro athletes in football and hockey feel like there are good and bad journalists. I think that it’s fantastic there are good wrestling journalists out there who voice their opinion and give fans an option to check out a show or maybe it’s not one they want to check out. At the end of the day this is a way for someone else to make a living. I can tell you many times that we do a show that a respectable journalist really enjoys and talks about how great it is — we’ll have a couple hundred people check out the show who otherwise wouldn’t have. So, that’s a positive across the board. But at the same time he’s not going to sugarcoat it. If he felt like we didn’t deliver like we could have, he’s not going to promote it and say how fantastic and awesome it was. So then maybe people won’t check out the show. That encourages the wrestlers and promotions to stay on top of their game and always deliver the best that it could. It’s another platform to expose our product and to get people talking about our product. I don’t think you should hang on every single thing that wrestling journalists say, but I think journalists who report wrestling for what it is have a respected opinion. They certainly have their place in the wrestling world and show to fans what the wrestling product brings. Has wrestling become a full-time job for you or are you still moonlighting in the “real world?” It has. Fortunately for me, right around the time I won the ROH World Championship the first time I was able to just wrestle. I didn’t have to have any other form of income or any other job. As I sit here talking to you at 27-years-old, this has been the best year of my career both professionally and financially. I’m really blessed and lucky. I remember being a 9-year-old kid and just saying, “Man, it would be really cool just to survive off of pro wrestling.” And being able to do more than that is really cool. I try to remember that 9-year-old kid in me that says that was my goal — pretty awesome. Are you getting recognized more often now that you’re champion for a second time and getting global exposure? Definitely! Whether it’s at airports or going out to eat. But, I’m not going to kid anyone and say I’m mobbed. That’s certainly not the case — absolutely not. I definitely have some people come over and recognize me every now and then and say hello or ask for a picture. And it’s from multiple promotions. I’ve had one match so far in New Japan Pro Wrestling and I had a guy recognize me from there. I’ve had multiple people recognize me from ROH and PWG. It’s cool. You’d be amazed. I’d say about 70 percent of wrestling fans who watch it are closet fans. They can’t wait to talk about it when they know someone is a wrestler or someone else is a wrestling fan. But they’re not going to go up and ask if anyone watched Monday Night RAW last week? Do you ever try to impress friends or family by putting on a ROH or NJPW t-shirt so you’ll get recognized in public? Do a little showing off? (laughs) I should do that! That’s a good idea! I’m actually not big on wearing t-shirts that involve myself when I’m back home. You’ll probably see me quicker in a Dalton Castle t-shirt or a Young Bucks t-shirt before you see me in my own t-shirt. What does the future hold for you? Is WWE still the goal or are you comfortable where you are? I know this is going to be a rather generic answer, but it’s the truth and it’s really how I feel. Pretty early in my career I made the decision to focus on the task at hand. Very early on I used to obsess with, “Oh man I gotta get to WWE. I gotta do everything I can to get to WWE because they’re number one and they’re the best.” It goes without saying that WWE is the largest professional wrestling company in the world. But there are a lot of other companies — a lot of other ways to make an impact. And I have the chance right now as a two-time ROH champion to make this title run as good as I can. I’m about to start my career in New Japan Pro Wrestling. I have a lot of roadblocks and a lot of things I have to accomplish that are set in front of me right now. If you were to ask me if I ever want a WrestleMania moment someday, I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t want a WrestleMania moment. That is in my sight line and something that I’ve thought about quite a bit. But right now I’m focused on growing with Ring of Honor and making it as big as it can be. I’m focused on trying to become a star over in Japan. The coolest part of professional wrestling right now is that any one of your favorites… they can wind up wherever. You see guys in WWE who are leaving to come and work the independent schedule, the ROH schedule, the PWG schedule. And then you see all of your independent favorites ending up in WWE. This is the closest thing to me that we’ve had since the Attitude Era with guys popping up in different promotions. It’s an exciting time for the wrestlers, it’s an exciting time for the wrestling fan and I’m just going to enjoy the ride. Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room. Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.

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  • DC reports slight improvement in students’ math, reading scoresDC reports slight improvement in students’ math, reading scores

    WASHINGTON — D.C. school officials unveiled new citywide Common Core test scores Tuesday showing only slight improvements from last year. Just over one quarter — 27 percent — of students taking the PARCC exams in D.C. public and charter schools scored at or above the college or career-ready expectations on the English portion. That’s up from 24 percent last year. Just one quarter of students matched that achievement level on the math exams — up from 22 percent last year. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. Despite the fact that a high number of D.C. public and charter school students still aren’t meeting the exam’s benchmarks, Kaya Henderson, the outgoing D.C. public schools chancellor, said the incremental progress is actually a good sign. “If we had come to you where our scores were off the chain, you would tell us we are cheaters, right?” Henderson told reporters during a briefing Tuesday. “But when we show you slow, steady progress, you say it’s not fast enough. Well it can’t be both, right?” The PARCC exams measure students’ proficiency in English language arts (ELA) and math. Students considered proficient have to score at level 4 or higher. In 2016, 27 percent of students scored proficient on the English portion and 25 percent scored proficient on math. (Source: D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education). Continuing to defend the progress being made, Henderson said, “What I’m here to say is, I’m proud of our charter schools; I’m proud of our public schools. We will continue to push.” Some individuals schools, including one top-rated high school, reported some surprising results. Scores on the English portion of the PARCC test dropped by as much as 30 points at Wilson High — a school that’s long been seen as a bright star in the District’s school system. Asked about the Wilson scores, Henderson said the steep drop on the English exams there may be a result of timing: The PARCC tests and AP exams fell within the same week. A high score on the AP, or advanced placement, exam can lead to college credit. “What we saw in a lot of cases were students not completing the entire exam,” Henderson said, referring to the PARCC test. She added that more than 100 parents wrote to her office asking that their children be allowed to opt out of the PARCC tests in favor of the AP exams. She added that the timing of the exams is something the school system will look at. Benjamin Banneker High School, meanwhile, saw double digit gains on test scores in English and math. Scores were up by 24 percent on the English portion and 30 percent in math. Principal Anita Berger told reporters she has the best job in the District and attributed the gains to the hard work by teachers and the students. She called the gains “proof that hard work pays off.” At the same briefing, Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked about the process for choosing the next schools chancellor. Henderson announced last year this would be her final year as chancellor of the D.C. school system. Bowser was asked if the school system should move in a different direction under a new school chief. “I think overall we’ve seen the scores move in the right direction, so if you’re asking me do we want to continue to move in the right direction, the answer is yes, obviously,” Bowser said. The post DC reports slight improvement in students’ math, reading scores appeared first on WTOP.

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The Gamecocks are in serious rebuild mode and the most intriguing question they have to answer is who will play QB as Muschamp hasn’t named a starter yet. Vandy is coming off a 4-8 season, but there’s an experienced group of starters back and the Commodores should be better this season. This game can at least whet your appetite in preparation for the rest of the weekend. Friday 9 p.m. ET (FS1) – Kansas State @ #8 Stanford Bill Snyder’s group lost a significant number of players from last year’s team, yet he always seems to get the most out of his talent. On the other side, fans get their first look this year at Cardinal uber-weapon Christian McCaffrey, who is a Heisman candidate. The Cardinal will be breaking in a new starting QB, so expect to see plenty of McCaffrey featured in this and every game this season. Saturday 12 p.m. ET (ABC) – #3 Oklahoma vs. #15 Houston (NRG Stadium) This is when the real fun starts. 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Charlie Strong on the other hand has Longhorns boosters restless following 6-7 and 5-7 years. He has a true freshman QB at the helm this year in Shane Buechele and you get the feeling that if he can’t turn in a 8-9 win season, then his job is in trouble. Monday 8 p.m. ET (ESPN) – #11 Ole Miss @ #4 Florida State The Rebels have the best quarterback in the SEC in Chad Kelly. The Seminoles have one of the top running backs in the country in Dalvin Cook. Both teams have a bunch of talent back on offense and run similarly high-tempo systems. Expect a shootout to close out the first weekend with a bang. Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.

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    WASHINGTON — Police arrested two people after a shooting at a McDonald’s restaurant in D.C. earlier this month. On Aug. 12 around 11:30 a.m., there was a shooting in the bathroom of the McDonald’s in the 600 block of F Street Northwest — next to the Verizon Center. One man was shot in the face in the incident. He was transported to an area hospital in serious, but stable condition. On Tuesday, D.C. police arrested two people in the crime. Police arrested a 17-year-old boy from Capitol Heights, Maryland and 20-year-old Lafayette Booker from DC. Both are charged with assault with intent to rob. A 15-year-old boy was arrested the day after the crime charged with assault with intent to kill. Below is a map with the location of the shooting: The post Police arrest 2 after DC McDonald’s shooting appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Redskins Cut Veterans Perry Riley, Jr. and Stephen PaeaRedskins Cut Veterans Perry Riley, Jr. and Stephen Paea

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  • Amtrak’s $2.4B Acela investment includes Union Station upgradesAmtrak’s $2.4B Acela investment includes Union Station upgrades

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  • Actor Gene Wilder, Star of Mel Brooks Movies, Dies at 83Actor Gene Wilder, Star of Mel Brooks Movies, Dies at 83

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Wilder started his acting career on the stage, but millions knew him from his work in the movies, especially his collaborations with Mel Brooks on “The Producers,” ”Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein.” The last film — with Wilder playing a California-born descendant of the mad scientist, insisting that his name is pronounced “Frahn-ken-SHTEEN” — was co-written by Brooks and Wilder and earned the pair an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay. “Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time, is gone,” Brooks wrote in a statement Monday. “He blessed every film we did together with his special magic and he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed.” With his unkempt hair and big, buggy eyes, Wilder was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in “Young Frankenstein” or bilking Broadway in “The Producers.” Brooks would call him “God’s perfect prey, the victim in all of us.” But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozing gunslinger in “Blazing Saddles” or the charming candy man in the children’s favorite “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” His craziest role: the therapist having an affair with a sheep in Woody Allen’s “Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex.” Tweeted Jim Carrey: “Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there’s a heaven he has a Golden Ticket.” Cloris Leachman, Wilder’s “Young Frankenstein” co-star, tweeted, “Oh, Gene, it’s too soon!” Wilder was close friends with Richard Pryor and their contrasting personas — Wilder uptight, Pryor loose — were ideal for comedy. They co-starred in four films: “Silver Streak,” ”Stir Crazy,” ”See No Evil, Hear No Evil” and “Another You.” And they created several memorable scenes, particularly when Pryor provided Wilder with directions on how to “act black” as they tried to avoid police in “Silver Streak.” But Wilder would insist he was no comedian. He told Robert Osborne in a 2013 interview that it was the biggest misconception about him. “What a comic, what a funny guy, all that stuff! And I’m not. I’m really not. Except in a comedy in films,” Wilder said. “But I make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special. But when people see me in a movie and it’s funny then they stop and say things to me about ‘how funny you were.’ But I don’t think I’m that funny. I think I can be in the movies.” A Milwaukee native, Wilder was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933. When he was 6, his mother suffered a heart attack that left her a semi-invalid. He soon began improvising comedy skits to entertain her, the first indication of his future career. He started taking acting classes at age 12. In 1961, he became a member of Lee Strasberg’s prestigious Actor’s Studio in Manhattan. That same year, he made both his off-Broadway and Broadway debuts using the stage name Gene Wilder. He won the Clarence Derwent Award, given to promising newcomers, for the Broadway work in Graham Greene’s comedy “The Complaisant Lover.” A key break came in 1963 when he co-starred with Anne Bancroft in Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage,” and met Brooks, her future husband. 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In 1991, he testified before Congress about the need for increased testing for cancer. That same year, he appeared in his final film role: “Another You” with Pryor. Wilder worked mostly in television in recent years, including appearances on “Will & Grace” — one of which earned him an Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor — and a starring role in the short-lived sitcom “Something Wilder.” In 2015, he was among the voices in the animated “The Yo Gabba Gabba! Movie 2.” As for why he stopped appearing on the big screen, Wilder said in 2013 he was turned off by the noise and foul language in modern movies. “I didn’t want to do the kind of junk I was seeing,” he said in an interview. “I didn’t want to do 3D for instance. 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  • Amtrak to make high-speed service from DC speedierAmtrak to make high-speed service from DC speedier

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  • Free Wi-Fi Available at 6 D.C. Metro Stations — For NowFree Wi-Fi Available at 6 D.C. Metro Stations — For Now

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  • Man killed near Metro station in DCMan killed near Metro station in DC

    WASHINGTON — A man was shot and killed near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station in Northeast late Monday night, D.C. police said. Police say they responded to a call about a man who had been shot in the 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue just before midnight. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Later Monday, police identified the man as 24-year-old Tony Jermaine Gates, a Southeast D.C. resident. Police are looking into a motive and a possible suspect. Police are released a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information can contact police at 202-727-9099. WTOP’s Sarah Beth Hensley contributed to this report. The post Man killed near Metro station in DC appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Emailed threats received at Virginia Tech, William & MaryEmailed threats received at Virginia Tech, William & Mary

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Campus police at the College of William & Mary say someone on the campus received a threatening email that's similar to threats emailed to people at Virginia Tech. Dozens of people at Virginia Tech got the threatening email Monday. Police said the message "included a threat ...

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  • Community input sought in search for new DCPS headCommunity input sought in search for new DCPS head

    WASHINGTON — The search is on for a new leader of D.C. Public Schools as Chancellor Kaya Henderson prepares to step down. The public is invited to get involved during a series of public forums starting Tuesday night. Over the next three weeks, the DCPS Rising Leadership Committee will host community meetings to discuss potential candidates and get feedback from the community: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St. NW Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Savoy Elementary School, 2400 Shannon Place SE After the selection process is over, the committee will provide D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser with its final recommendation. Henderson will resign at the end of September after nearly six years on the job. John Davis, the current chief of schools, will become interim chancellor until the mayor finds a permanent replacement. The post Community input sought in search for new DCPS head appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Women’s Soccer | Hoyas Maintain Offensive DominanceWomen’s Soccer | Hoyas Maintain Offensive Dominance

    Behind a pair of goals from senior forward Grace Damaska, the Georgetown women’s soccer team (3-1-0) cruised to a 4-1 victory over Colorado College (2-2-0)  Sunday to wrap up a four-game homestand. Damaska, coming off a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Delaware on Thursday, continued her torrid start to the season by attacking the Tigers’ fullbacks with pace and scoring Georgetown’s two goals in the second half of the match. Supporting Georgetown’s offensive effort was junior midfielder Rachel Corboz, who was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week last week thanks to her hat trick and assist in Georgetown’s  6-0 season-opening win against Towson (0-3-1). Throughout the match, Corboz continuously thread balls into the paths of Damaska and sophomore forwards Amanda Carolan and Caitlin Farrell. “In our scouting report we knew that their defense, their outside backs in particular, were going to be not as athletic as Caitlin [Farrell] and I, and then [freshman forward] Casey [Richards] and [freshman midfielder] Paula [Germino-Watnick] when they came on,” Damaska said. “So we knew from the start that our strength was going to be to go one-on-one against them, and we clearly had a lot of success with it.” Head Coach Dave Nolan seemed pleased with the team’s ability to deal with Colorado College’s 4-4-2 formation, an abnormality in the women’s soccer game. “They’re a very well-coached team,” Nolan said. “And they played a certain way, which we hadn’t faced to this point in the season. So we knew we were going to have some things we needed to do a little bit differently to break them down, or try and rough up their shape a little bit and get them to adjust to us instead of us adjusting to what they do.” Less than three minutes into the match, Damaska used her pace out wide to turn her defender and earn an early penalty, which Corboz dispatched for her fourth goal on the year. Graduate student forward Crystal Thomas calmly steered home Georgetown’s second goal just before the break, but immediately after halftime Colorado College’s sophomore attacking midfielder Lauren Milliet provided an assist for senior forward Dana Gornick to cut the deficit to one. “It was a good goal on their part, and I need to look at the video to see where it broke down for us,” Nolan said. “I don’t think it was anything in regards to lack of focus or lack of attention, I just think kids make good plays and they scored a really good goal.” However, only 10 minutes later, the Tigers were again behind two goals again as Damaska rounded the keeper and finished after latching onto a Corboz through ball, her fifth assist of the season. Damaska notched her second of the day just 10 minutes after her first; junior defender Liz Wenger sent a long ball from near the midfield line that Damaska won in the air. “I’m feeling hot right now, and want to keep scoring as much as I can and do what I can for the team,” Damaska said. “It’s good to come out of this home stretch 3-1. Obviously we would have prefered 4-0, but going into Rutgers and our first away game, it’s a good place to be.” The Hoyas’ defense has been humming along quietly, conceding just four goals over four games, despite allowing three to No. 5 Stanford (3-0-0). Despite rarely using substitutions in the back, Nolan seems confident in the quality of his defenders. “We have depth at the back,” Nolan said. “I just, as a coach, I’m conservative. I always feel it’s very difficult to throw defenders on in the middle of a game. It’s like changing the goalkeeper. … It’s harder for the defenders to get up to speed because by the time they do, sometimes mistakes have been made, and mistakes at the back lead to goals.” The back four of graduate student Corey Delaney, juniors Wenger and Drew Topor and freshman Sarah Trissel have played the majority of the minutes, with Wenger again in for the full 90  minutes Sunday; graduate student Marina Paul came off the bench to play in defensive midfield, and freshmen Vashti Williams and Meaghan Nally provided depth as outside backs late on. Georgetown next travels to No. 22 Rutgers (3-0-1), fresh off a 2-0 victory over No. 10 UConn (3-1-0), for a match on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.The post Women’s Soccer | Hoyas Maintain Offensive Dominance appeared first on .

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  • Trickle-Down Bigotry AboundTrickle-Down Bigotry Abound

    What does it mean to be a Muslim in the United States? For many of us, that includes some form of consistent discrimination or prejudice, whether on the streets or in the classroom. Islamophobia has become one of the most poignant issues for Muslim Americans, a community that makes up less than 1 percent of the American population. According to a 2015 Brookings Institute poll, 61 percent of Americans held an unfavorable opinion of Islam. Dealing with the consequences of consistent anti-Muslim rhetoric in the media and in politics, Muslims’ struggle for an acceptance into the broader American community has been exacerbated by the most recent election cycle. Awareness about Islamophobia arguably took off in 2015 after the Chapel Hill murders of Deah Baraka and Yusor and Razan Abu-Salha in what was reported to be a “parking dispute.” Muslims around the United States, myself included, held vigils and protests to raise awareness about the largely unaddressed yet prevalent Islamophobic culture present in America. Islamophobia has become increasingly discussed in the media here in the United States and in other countries such as Britain and France. One of the largest sources for the rise of Islamophobia has been domestic politics and the media’s portrayal of the violence in the Middle East. With terrorist organizations and militancy movements throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa, media reporting has caused the religion of Islam to be closely tied to groups such as Boko Haram, the Taliban and the Islamic State Group. These two things have been so closely tied together that Sheldon Adelson’s famous quote, “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Islamic” has taken hold in much of the American psyche. Others have gone even further, as the Republican presidential candidates seemingly took up a competition to make the most Islamophobic statements. When all the frontrunners of the 2016 Republican Party start saying that the United States should never have a Muslim president — Ben Carson — or that police should “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” — Ted Cruz — we know there is a problem. No one has made the issue of Islamophobia bigger than Donald Trump. By calling for a ban on Muslim immigrants and the registration of Muslim-Americans into a database, Trump’s bigotry and discourse on “radical Islam” provides some Americans with a justification for displaying their discomfort toward Muslims. Many see Trump as the symbol of free speech, and with his attacks against Islam, supporters are more emboldened to act. Such a rise in Islamophobia stems from the effect of “trickle-down racism.” It does not even matter if Trump wins the 2016 presidential election; the rhetoric and statements have already caused current and future damage. By becoming the American symbol for a pattern of xenophobia, he has already begun a movement that will impact the United States for years to come. With every statement directed against Muslims, the more and more the average American citizen will begin to believe such things to be fact. This does not just apply to Muslims either; whether it is the comments about Mexicans or the LGBTQ community or women, the fact that Donald Trump is able to say these things without consequence results in others believing they can and should do the same. The second thing is that this rhetoric causes “normalized Islamophobia” in politics, media and culture. Awareness of Islamophobia has definitely increased in this past year, but at the same time, so has Islamophobia in general. Consistently pairing terrorism and Islam together causes an association and, over time, people forget there is a difference. Media groups ranging from Fox News and Breitbart News Network talk about Islam in a negative light over and over again, causing people to be more readily used to Islamophobia and less willing to speak out against it. Although Islam’s image has become increasingly negative over the past few years, many more people have also developed strong interests in learning about and studying the religion, culture and society of Muslims. There is now also more potential in raising awareness about the issues of Islamophobia. Georgetown has been doing work in this field through the Bridge Initiative, a research center established in April 2015 that seeks to educate American society about Islamophobia. Yet at the end of the day, the pervasive effects of the normalization of prejudice will permeate long after “The Donald” fades from the stage, and combating Islamophobia will likely turn into a lengthy struggle as opposed to a simple flashpoint of this election.   Saad Bashir is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service.The post Trickle-Down Bigotry Abound appeared first on .

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  • Men’s Soccer | GU Drops Both Opening GamesMen’s Soccer | GU Drops Both Opening Games

    Few college teams send more than half of their starting lineups to the professional ranks in one year, and even fewer are able to recover quickly from those losses. This past weekend, No. 10 Georgetown (0-2-0) proved no exception, dropping a pair of 1-0 decisions to the No. 2 Akron Zips (2-0) and the West Virginia Mountaineers (1-1) at the Akron Classic tournament. Both deciding goals came in the final 10 minutes of the match. Akron earned its victory with just 36 seconds remaining in regulation, with senior defender Brad Ruhaak scoring after a series of deflections inside the Georgetown box. West Virginia scored in the 81st minute and held Georgetown without a shot for the remainder of the match. The Georgetown offense struggled consistently to create chances in both matches. The two opponents outshot the Hoyas 33-9 over the course of the two games. In the latter match against West Virginia, the Hoya offense failed to test  the Mountaineers’ goalkeeper a single time over the course of 90 minutes. “We have a lot of retooling to do based on the weekend, and have to really examine how to maximize what we have because we’re not generating enough on offense,” Head Coach Brian Weise said in an interview with guhoyas.com. The lack of attacking chemistry is hardly a surprise considering the turnover in the starting lineup from 2015. The Hoyas had to replace their entire backline and two most dangerous forwards after losing two juniors and four seniors to Major League Soccer following last season. Wiese has used 18 players over the course of the tournament as he seeks to find the right combinations of returning starters, new additions and veterans with little starting experience. “Looking at the field, there were so many new faces be it freshmen or guys getting their first real minutes in there, and you have to remember that we went through this sameThe post Men’s Soccer | GU Drops Both Opening Games appeared first on .

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  • REZK: El-Sisi’s Competent LeadershipREZK: El-Sisi’s Competent Leadership

    The state of Egypt’s economy is being blamed on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi by foreign analysts. The Egyptian economy continues to struggle despite the large sums of loans and aid poured into the country by neighboring Gulf states. Yet despite such factors, President el-Sisi and his cabinet accomplished much more than expected in two years. When el-Sisi came to power in 2014, the country had already endured two revolutions and three years of economic downfall. Power outages, terrorist groups, extremism, corruption, aging infrastructure, an unaccountable police force and an inefficient bureaucracy are just a few examples of the hundreds of challenges the government had — and still has — to deal with. There are also external factors: the unstable surrounding region, the Islamic State group, potential enemies along the Nile Basin and the threat of powerful foreign countries intervening in domestic affairs. It is impossible to expect any head of state to tackle these issues in a matter of years, but the strides taken by el-Sisi and his cabinet cannot go unnoticed. Egypt has been governed under the policy of subsidies for decades as successive governments relied on such policies for survival. Yet by continuing to borrow and spend to keep prices low, before 2014 the state had spent over $96 billion on energy subsidies, not including the cost of subsidies for other essential goods. This stagnation changed when el-Sisi came to power; many subsidies were cut and the government suddenly had the limited ability to start paying back debt. A year after el-Sisi took office, Egypt’s external debt fell 13.9 percent, $39.9 billion dollars. The cut allowed the Egyptian government to save up to 51 billion Egyptian pounds. For that reason, Egypt’s credit ratings improved and agencies like Moody’s raised Egypt’s rating outlook from negative to stable. Infrastructure is a backbone for any economy, and the most basic foundation needed today is electricity access. Egypt has historically failed to produce enough electricity to meet consumption levels. In 2011, electricity usage was 20 percent more than production. Now Egypt has a surplus of energy production and el-Sisi also boosted the use of renewable energy with new wind power plants and solar farms. In order to transform Egypt into a country of manufacturing and industry, el-Sisi has signed contracts with Russia to build Egypt’s first nuclear plant, which will provide Egypt with nuclear power in 2024. Despite difficult economic times, a parallel Suez Canal was built, costing $8.4 billion, all of which donated by ordinary Egyptians. It is not usual to see millions have confidence in a leader, not only ideologically but financially. Expectations were realized when the project came under completion in just one year and doubled the canal’s capacity from 49 to 97 ships per day. The canal is only a glimpse of the developments made in Egypt. New tunnels, development of five seaports, new industrial zones and a technology valley are projects that have already been completed. In addition, el-Sisi also began the National Roads Initiative, which set a goal to construct a 4,400 kilometers of roadways, making up 10 percent of Egypt’s road network. At this point, the flip side of el-Sisi’s current reign cannot be disregarded. Following the coup against the democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi in July 2011, which over 30 million Egyptians supported, el-Sisi imprisoned and tried hundreds of Morsi’s party members in the Muslim Brotherhood. El-Sisi has also had tension with media groups and outlets who have been accused of inciting chaos in domestic affairs. Couple this with reports of corruption and clientelism in his administration, it then becomes clear how el-Sisi’s reign, while very popular, still needs reform. Even with such a record, Egyptians did recognize el-Sisi’s coup as brave and patriotic and firmly did desire an end to the economic and political crises that plagued Morsi’s administration. El-Sisi’s grasp on security and stability makes him a hero for citizens no matter the consequences or other shortfalls of his presidency. From a certain lens, Egypt is stronger than before due to the nation’s unity under the leadership of el-Sisi. Wasil Rezk is a freshman in the School of Foreign Service. NILESCOPE appears every other Tuesday.The post REZK: El-Sisi’s Competent Leadership appeared first on .

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  • AVANCEÑA: Clinton Panders To Opposing FansAVANCEÑA: Clinton Panders To Opposing Fans

    When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks, does America believe her? Recent surveys suggest not. A New York Times/CBS poll conducted in early July showed that 67 percent of voters found Clinton to be neither trustworthy nor honest. Perhaps even more damning, 47 percent of registered voters surveyed by Morning Consult said the word “corrupt” was a fit description for the Democratic presidential nominee just one month prior. Anyone who has read or watched a news report in 2016 needs not ask why. Media outlets across the world report on issues and controversies surrounding Clinton on a daily basis, whether they concern her emails, her family’s charitable foundation or her allegedly questionable health status. Though these issues have been reported on extensively, they can still feel too complicated to fully understand or too polarized for any voter in America to get an unbiased view. While your distant uncle’s Facebook’s status may claim Clinton’s choice to use a non-State Department email server should be enough grounds to convict her for treason, truthfully, how many of us, your distant uncle included, can fathom the extent to which Clinton’s choice of an email server does or does not compromise national security? So let’s step away for a moment from the issues dominating news cycles, the importance of which I do not deny, to try to understand Clinton’s political problem in a different way — by exploring the Democratic presidential nominee’s foray into sports fandom, a world where fans are as unforgiving, self-important and loyal to the point of delusion as partisan voters. Though few and far between, Clinton’s documented experiences with professional sports fandom can help explain why millions of Americans have reservations about the trustworthiness of the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. Fandom is one of the most basic aspects of engaging with professional sports teams. At its most elementary form, fandom involves openly supporting the team you love, resenting the rivals of your favorite team and refusing to root for another team, especially a rival team or a championship team, just because your favorite group is in a slump. Clinton, who grew up in a suburb of Chicago, has openly presented herself as a Chicago Cubs fan, and she even donned her team’s gear in public appearances dating back to the ’90s. While serving as first lady in 1994, Clinton even threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs’ opening day game. In a world where the Clintons are a clean-cut, so-uncontroversial-they-are-boring family, this article ends here. However, not even Clinton’s sports fandom can escape criticism. On June 10, 1999, then-President Bill Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Clinton welcomed the reigning World Series Champion New York Yankees to the White House — customary presidential happenings. In a series of unconventional moves, however, it was the first lady who opened the ceremony, and she who donned the Yankees cap offered to her by then-Yankees manager Joe Torre. In an appearance on the “Today” show the following day, Hillary Clinton asserted that she had “always been a Yankees fan.” Katie Couric, speaking for the rest of America, asked Clinton, “I thought you were a Cubs fan,” to which Clinton replied, ‘’I am a Cubs fan, but I needed an American League team because when you’re from Chicago, you cannot root for both the Cubs and the Sox. I mean, there’s a dividing line that you can’t cross there. So as a young girl, I became very interested and enamored of the Yankees.’’ For any fan, even a fan of the star-crossed team that is the Chicago Cubs, rooting for another team, much less the New York Yankees, is suspect. Nevertheless, it is still within the realm of believable sports fandom to favor a team that does not pose a direct threat to your favorite one. However, it was the fact that Clinton made a show of her alleged lifelong Yankee fandom just one week after she announced that she was forming an exploratory committee for the Senate seat in New York that caught the attention of reporters across the country. For Clinton to suddenly express her support for the Yankees at a most politically opportune time is, well, untrustworthy. Or at least it made her look that way. And this is where Clinton’s problem lies. In her 2004 autobiography “Living History,” Clinton fought off those allegations of pandering to her New York constituents — briefly detailing her admiration of Mickey Mantle since childhood with a photo of herself, donning a Yankees cap five years before any of her New York political ambitions began in earnest. Nevertheless, this is just one of the many instances when Clinton put herself in a situation where suspicious activity, political or sports-related, was entirely plausible. Because, in the best-case scenario, you take Clinton at her word. But a similar situation happens again. And then a third time. And for someone like Clinton, whose life has endured intense media scrutiny for decades — so intense, in fact, that it allowed me, a person who was four years old in 1999, to write a column about what Hillary Clinton said about baseball in the late ’90s — these little problems add up. You can only cry wolf so many times before the villagers say they cannot trust you. Kara Avanceña is a senior in the College. The Front Runners is a shared column and appears every Tuesday.The post AVANCEÑA: Clinton Panders To Opposing Fans appeared first on .

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  • CRAIGE: Champions League Group Stage PreviewCRAIGE: Champions League Group Stage Preview

    With all of the domestic leagues finally up and running, it seems hard to believe that there is more soccer still to come. In just two weeks, the group stages of the UEFA Champions League will join the ranks, giving us something to watch Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This year’s Champions League looks to be a little different from previous ones. For starters, Manchester United  and Chelsea both failed to qualify, opening the door for Tottenham and Leicester City to shine. Additionally, this could be the last year before the format of Champions League drastically changes: It has been rumored that UEFA wants to include four teams from each of the major leagues, instead of basing it on previous performances. Group A is made up of Arsenal, FC Basel, Paris Saint-Germain, and PFC Ludogorets from Bulgaria. This is a very fortunate draw for Arsenal, who really only face competition from PSG for that first-place spot. I would be absolutely shocked if the Gunners do not make it through, and I can only imagine that the anti-Wenger movement would grow stronger in this event. Basel always puts up a good fight, while Ludogorets are notable for knocking out Liverpool a few years ago. All in all, this is a pretty decent group. Group B is a little more interesting, including Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev, Benfica, and Napoli. Besiktas’ notable players include Ricardo Quaresma and Adriano. For Benfica, Andreas Samaris, Júlio César and Jonas  are perhaps the players you may have heard of. Dynamo Kiev is always a powerhouse in Ukraine, with only six players not being of Ukrainian descent. Napoli made headlines this summer with the departure of Gonzalo Higuaín for an astonishing €90 million, due to tensions between the striker and the team management. Any one of these teams could conceivably make it out of this group, but I am picking Besiktas and Napoli. Celtic FC, FC Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach make up Group C. This is arguably one of the toughest groups in the field. Notably, Pep Guardiola will face off against his old team while new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will try to improve upon his last Champions League experience. Barcelona, obviously, is going to advance, but it could be a tough battle between City and Celtic for second place. Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich, FC Rostov  of Russia  and PSV Eindhoven of Netherlands are drawn together in Group D. Bayern is pretty much always a virtual shoo-in to move on, even with a new coach. Rather surprisingly, Atlético has gotten off to a bit of a rough start in La Liga this year after finishing as the runner up in last year’s Champions League. As good as Eindhoven and M’  are, though, it is hard to not see Atlético and Bayern moving on. Group E is made up of AS Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow and Tottenham. This will be Tottenham’s first Champions League appearance since 2010, when the Spurs actually made it all the way to the quarterfinals. The much-maligned Radamel Falcao rejoins Monaco this year, but it is hard to see him drastically improving and leading his team onwards. Javier Hernández, formerly of Manchester United, has rediscovered his scoring form over at Leverkusen, and it should be very interesting to see what this German team can accomplish. CSKA Moscow is one of the best teams in the Russian league, so this could really be anyone’s group. Borussia Dortmund, Legia Warszawa, Real Madrid, and Sporting of Portugal round out Group F. As the defending champion, it is inconceivable to think that Real Madrid will not move on. Dortmund should finish in second, thanks to the readdition of Mario Goetze, so this is a pretty easy group. Group G is made up of Brugge, Kobenhavn of Denmark), Porto and everyone’s favorite Leicester City. It appears that the soccer gods are smiling down upon Leicester once more, because this seems like an easy group on paper. Granted, the Foxes will need to rediscover the electric form that led them all the way to the Premier League title last season, but I am fully confident that Leicester will advance to the next round. For the final group, we have Juventus, Dinamo Zagreb, Olympique Lyonnais, and Sevilla, who gained a berth  thanks to winning Europa League. Arguably Juventus should win this group, and it is difficult to bet against Sevilla with the way that the Spanish club dominates in Europa League. So there you have it: my early predictions for who will advance onwards in Champions League. While we wait for this tournament, we can focus our attention back on the thrilling Premier League, where Hull City appears to be the new Leicester. Vanessa Craige is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. The Beautiful Game appears every Tuesday.The post CRAIGE: Champions League Group Stage Preview appeared first on .

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  • To the President’s Office of GeorgetownTo the President’s Office of Georgetown

    We, the Georgetown University Student Association executive, request an explanation for the 4 percent tuition increase for the 2016-17 academic year through a town hall with the university administration. The decision to increase tuition by approximately $1,920 was announced after the board of directors met in February and was approved without the consultation of any students. As evidenced by the range of circulating articles and social media posts, students are outraged and demand action. We, the students of Georgetown, are expected to pay more than $70,000 in tuition for this academic year. As constituents of the university administration and board, we request transparency – a fair ask. The university’s 2017-20 Financial Plan discloses a projected compound annual growth rate of 5.9 percent from 2015 to 2020 with a steady enrollment cap. This number is concerning and clearly indicates an increase in tuition raises over the next couple years. Tuition has already increased a total of 18 percent since 2012. These numbers need context and explaining for students and parents who will be expected to pay 4 to 6 percent more in tuition each year. While such a tuition hike is standard for peer institutions, students at Georgetown are frustrated over the fact that these changes in tuition are only made known to them when they receive their tuition bill for the next academic year. We recognize and highly commend the university’s efforts to raise financial aid by 8 percent for the next fiscal year. We could not be more supportive of Georgetown’s efforts to assure that all students, regardless of their socio-economic background, can join our community. However, ambiguity in the university’s expenditures is what brings students to protest the lack of transparency. Students cannot be expected to sift through financial plans developed for university investors, and there must be clear, student-specific communication. How do students gain from these hikes? Do students believe this increased tuition represents the intrinsic value of a Georgetown education? The university needs to do more to answer to its most important constituent: the students. While we, GUSA, recognize the complexities of a constrained endowment and the benefits of tuition raises to financial aid, we are not privy to the decision-making process and cannot be expected to explain this continuous rise in tuition to students. The university must answer for itself. A simple town hall explaining the actual nuances behind tuition and the need for annual raises can help alleviate the current tension among the student body. University President John J. DeGioia, Vice President of Finance and University Treasurer David Rubenstein, Student Financial Services Dean McWade, Provost Robert Groves and University Chief Operating Officer Chris Augostini, we respectfully ask that you host a town hall with the student body and address the ongoing trend of tuition hikes. We ask that you answer to the undergraduate constituents who pay more than $70,000 a year to this institution. In a world where these decisions are made without the presence of students, lack of communication is inevitable. We ask that you please rectify this lack of transparency on your part. We are not asking for a reversal of this year’s hike — something we recognize as impossible. We ask for transparency, answers and an ability to play a role in conversations regarding tuition. Please do the right thing. Enushe Khan is a senior in the McDonough School of Business. Chris Fisk is a senior in the College.The post To the President’s Office of Georgetown appeared first on .

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  • MANDAL: Hot Hearts and Cooler HeadsMANDAL: Hot Hearts and Cooler Heads

    Like many intellectual disciplines, the study of biology can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Aristotle. A true empiricist, Aristotle relied not on speculation but on dissections of organisms to uncover the principles that govern life processes. However, despite his positive influence on the physical sciences, one glaring error of his stands out: “And of course, the brain is not responsible for any sensations at all. The correct view [is] that the seat and source of sensation is the region of the heart.” Aristotle was not alone in this now ludicrous position. The Egyptians also hailed the heart as the center of thought and preserved it — not the brain — after death. One pre-Socratic thinker, Empedocles, taught that blood was the medium of thought and that therefore cognition depends on cardiac function. On the other hand, other philosophers such as Alcmaeon of Croton noticed that the sense organs — the eyes, nose and mouth — all surrounded the brain. Therefore, it would be most efficient for the brain to receive these senses and direct actions accordingly. Aristotle countered with the fact that much of physical and tactile sensation comes through touch, which can be felt anywhere in the body that receives blood. Therefore, it is actually the heart that is centrally located to receive information from every part of the body. Like most of Aristotle’s positions, his argument for the heart’s supremacy was quite strong at the time of his writing. He also pointed out that the heart responds to emotion, forms first in development and is naturally hot in temperature. His premises can be viewed as more or less accurate; he just happens to be completely wrong when it comes to his thesis. One must admit that Aristotle’s picture of cognition, though incorrect, is nonetheless poetic. He does not completely dismiss the brain; rather, he describes the brain as responsible for “cooling” the heart. He describes something like homeostasis, in which the brain and heart must counterbalance one another for proper decision making. This aligns with his thoughts on the golden mean, or the idea that virtue lies in the middle of two extreme vices — so courage is a virtue, in between the vices of cowardice and recklessness. Interestingly enough, then, Aristotle still attributed mental illness to brain dysfunction. If the brain cannot absorb heat from the heart, the heart will quickly and recklessly react to any disturbance. Just think about the feeling of anger: Your heart beats faster and you feel a bit hotter. According to Aristotle’s dissections, the brain was naturally cold and in a good position to balance the heat. While we metaphorically advise the aggressors in our lives to “cool their tempers,” this advice is grounded in an ancient understanding of physiology. Unknowingly at the time, Aristotle identified the sympathetic nervous system: In response to stress, the nervous system prepares the body for fight or flight. Among many other biological changes, the preparation consists of improving blood circulation by raising the heart rate. However, this rise in heart rate is a consequence of the response, not responsible for it. Really, it is the nervous system, an extension of the brain that governs heart rate, not the other way around. But while science has moved on, Aristotle’s picture of cognition still breathes in our language. We still think of the heart as the seat of emotion and the brain as the center of cool, logical thinking. Perhaps this is further testament to Aristotle’s impressive legacy; his influence has been cast so far that even his wrong ideas have left a footprint on modern language.   Ayan Mandal is a junior in the college. Brain History appears every other Tuesday.The post MANDAL: Hot Hearts and Cooler Heads appeared first on .

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  • Men’s Basketball | Agau’s Return Inspires OptimismMen’s Basketball | Agau’s Return Inspires Optimism

    Three years and several turns of misfortune later, senior forward Akoy Agau is finally completely healthy and ready to return to the dominance he once displayed back in high school, the very dominance that caught Georgetown’s eye, bringing him to the Hilltop as a transfer from the University of Louisville in 2014. After a grueling freshman year of injuries at Louisville and another year of sitting out due to NCAA transfer regulations, then-junior Agau was more than ready to play for the Georgetown men’s basketball team. As a touted transfer and inherently versatile player —  as well as an ESPN Top 100 Recruit in his high school class — pundits and fans anticipated his skills to positively affect the success of the Hoyas in the 2015-16 season. However, one night in October of last year, right before Midnight Madness — the team’s tricked-out pep rally of sorts — that anticipation quickly turned to disappointment. Agau tore his ACL and would miss the entire season, yet another circumstance that derailed the team’s expectations for the year. “The fact that obviously I went down, various times other teammates went down, it’s not an excuse, but it was just kind of a rocky year,” Agau said in an interview with The Hoya. For Agau, the injury meant more than just the derailing of his season and the loss of a potential key piece for the team. It also formed another chapter in a frustrating college career — a laundry list of playing time issues, injuries and missed opportunities. “My college career has been rough,” Agau said. “Just from the success I had from high school and stuff that I thought was going to translate … that wasn’t the case.” Coming to the Hilltop was supposed to be a new start for Agau and a chance to play at his top two dream schools: previously Louisville and now Georgetown. “Injury: It’s been like the story of my college career,” Agau said. “The crazy thing [with the ACL injury] was we had just gotten back from a little break we had at home, and while I was home, my wisdom teeth were [sic], like, infected, so I had to get those taken out. So I took a week off, then it was that Friday [in October 2015] was my first day back up playing.” Agau, in a situation representative of his college career thus far, tore his ACL in the most unexpected of ways. “Four, five hours before Midnight Madness, we were having open gym because we had a lot of recruits in that weekend. And so, you know, we started playing, were winning a bunch of games, and then me and [junior guard L.J. Peak] were in a pick-and-roll situation,” Agau said of his injury. “I remember just rolling to the rim, [Peak] throwing me the ball, my right leg kind of planting and my momentum still kind of carrying me and one of my teammates just kind of … you know, I’ve been hit a lot harder on the basketball court, but just a slight bump and my knees just weren’t really in the right position, and I remember just it buckling and turning my ACL and just falling to the ground in pain.” In one freak accident, the entire trajectory of the season changed. Compounded with injuries to former player Paul White — who missed the whole season — and senior center Bradley  Hayes — who missed most of the end of the season — the Hoyas were without three of their key players. Throughout a 15-18, 7-11 Big East season, the team struggled with chemistry issues and both interior and perimeter defense, areas that Agau — now completely healthy  — specializes in. “I’ve always been a defensive-minded player. Also the type of player who does whatever the coach needs me. And obviously defensively I have a pretty good reaction time with blocking shots, so that’s a big thing, protecting the rim,” Agau said of his play style. “I hadn’t always been able to guard one through five, but that’s something that I’ve definitely developed through my college career while I’ve been healthy. So now having the coach put me at the five next year in a kind of small lineup, and trust that I can switch one through five and guard from the point guard to the center on the team and just having that confidence, I think it’ll be good.” With Agau as a defensive centerpiece, the added versatility, especially in today’s changing and evolving game, affords the Hoyas an opportunity to address the issues that plagued them for much of last year. The junior forward joins graduate transfer guard Rodney Pryor, junior transfer guard Jonathan Mulmore and freshman guard Jagan Mosely as this year’s new additions. As the lone big man in a class of guards, Agau looks to add a different dynamic offensively. “I love to set up my teammates; [I am a] ‘pass-first mentality’ type of guy, love getting offensive rebounds, getting the team extra possessions,” Agau said. “And then I stretch the floor whether it’s five out, playing in the post, five out with teammates, or knocking down open midrange and three point shots, so just kind of a little bit of everything.” A player like Agau, a do-it-all player in the Draymond Green mold, is especially valuable in the modern NCAA — a league that now emphasizes long-range shooting at every position and complex defensive schemes. Moreover, Head Coach John Thompson III’s Princeton offense highly relies on a passing big man, a role that Agau can fill like no one else on the team. However, another key role that Agau fills, one that most pundits and fans do not see, is that of a veteran presence, which has been around a championship-winning coach in Rick Pitino of Louisville. Last year, criticism swirled around the team in the wake of its rocky season. Beyond just personnel injuries and coaching issues, the Hoyas faced criticism of their chemistry and leadership. “While we were close last year, I think guys are really making a bigger leap forward to trusting each other more and trying to have a really good connection where it translates in every aspect of not just basketball, but even off the court,” Agau said of the team’s chemistry. “The stronger it is off the court, then it’s going to be definitely strong on the court … everyone has bought in or is taking the step to buying in.” While preseason polls and media power rankings have thus far completely overlooked the Hoyas, Agau’s journey is, in a way, a microcosm of the team’s experiences. With the greatest of expectations and disappointments both in tow for the senior and the rest of the team, together they now have a chance to put Georgetown basketball back into the national spotlight after a nearly four-year absence. The 2012-13 season was the last time the Hoyas were ranked in top 20 of any major poll. “I’ve always had a fire in my belly when I play the game of basketball,” Agau said. “But let’s just say I’m going to let those [doubters] keep sleeping. They’ll wake up on their own when they turn the TV on and they see what my teammates and I are going to be doing.”The post Men’s Basketball | Agau’s Return Inspires Optimism appeared first on .

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    Over the next few weeks, freshmen and transfers will fumble with the add-drop period while seeking to explore new opportunities and passions. But in this time of new beginnings, the editorial board challenges each Hoya to take time in looking for commonalities rather than labels and niches. It is this editorial board’s hope that a greater conscious awareness of each other’s commonalities, rather than differences, will, at most, permeate into students’ daily dialogues and discussions, or, at the very least, lead to great fraternity and understanding among all of us who call this place our home. Throughout this first month, students will find themselves resettling into old niches, be it a cappella groups, campus media, theater groups or old friend groups from New Student Orientation. For new Hoyas, such established groups will be fresh and new as they find the people who will fill out the next few years of their academic journey. Yet a look through today’s headlines, dinner conversations and Facebook yields a world filled with “othering” and divisive rhetoric. Conflicts endure, stemming from differences in religion and ideological belief, while leaders of states and countries are divided over open borders and isolationism. All the while, students here arrive from across the continent and the world to explore academic pursuits and passions together under the same roof in this nation’s capital. It would be foolish to say our Georgetown bubble is threatened by conflicts across political aisles and across the globe. Nevertheless, in a world and nation consistently divided on lines of religion, creed and politics, new and returning students have an opportunity to re-envision their communities and build themselves into men and women for others, as first envisioned by St. Ignatius. Georgetown’s students must be more conscious in looking past their own niches and comfort zones to recognize commonalities, rather than differences. It is not easy to try to force oneself to fit in with a group that is entirely unfamiliar. Certainly this editorial board does not expect all students to completely reinvent themselves in order to gain a new perspective on Georgetown and the world at large. This is simply not reasonable. Rather, this editorial board suggests that students take small steps every day to expand the parameters of their pre-existing identities. Students should listen to a guest speaker from the other side of the aisle, or attend a student cultural show from a group representing another unique cultural identity. The imagination to walk in another’s shoes is enough. Such steps are what actually allows students to further develop who they are and be able to empathize and better understand their fellow Hoyas who are not like them. On the Hilltop, where identities can be shaped by the publications for which students write for, the teams played on and the classes taken, our most effective learning and individual growth can be found in the moment when we leave comfort zones behind. It is fine and healthy to call certain groups home, but students should not forget that the people seen in classes each day, whether they belong to H*yas for Choice or Vita Saxa, College Democrats or College Republicans, all belong to a common Hoya family. While we can find our identities and comfort zones in our passions, groups and pursuits, this editorial board believes more effective learning and conversation can occur when we take a moment to appreciate our common Hoya identity.The post EDITORIAL: More Alike Than Different appeared first on .

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health center qualityHHS awards $716,598 to District of Columbia to improve 
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  • Ex-DC officer charged with taking gun into Library of CongressEx-DC officer charged with taking gun into Library of Congress

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  • Dan Snyder deemed most hated owner in NFL by Sports IllustratedDan Snyder deemed "most hated owner" in NFL by Sports Illustrated

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