In 2014, the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan shuttered its doors, with the fan-favorite venue hosting many of our favorite bands over the years in addition to being the venue of Gov’t Mule‘s 1996 live album, Live At Roseland Ballroom and Phish‘s 2000 taping for VH1‘s Hard Rock Live. After its sale, the 92-year-old venue was demolished, and per a report from The New York Times, a new luxury apartment building will replace it.Dubbed ARO, the luxury building will stand at 62 stories, with the first two floors offering shopping and the remaining 60 housing 426 apartments in addition to indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a basketball court, and a landscaped outdoor sundeck. As The New York Times reports, studio apartments in the ARO, “[start] at $2,800 to a duplex penthouse whose price has yet to be determined. Seventy percent of the units are studios and one-bedrooms (the latter will rent for $3,695 and up), and all have ceilings of nearly 10 feet and marble bathrooms. Apartments on the upper floors offer views of the Hudson River, Central Park and the Midtown skyline.”However, while this new building is certainly a turn from what used to be the Roseland Ballroom, the ARO is hoping to keep some of its ties to the past. The building will also house memorabilia from the former venue, including concert posters and photographs plus the venue’s old signage as decoration.[Video: animalnewyork][H/T The Gothamist]
BUFFALO – A City of Jamestown man has plead guilty to possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday that 23-year-old Omar Vera-Velazquez entered the plea in a Buffalo courtroom.Prosecutors say that Vera-Velazquez sold and distributed heroin in the Jamestown area in September 2019 and possessed various firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking in order to protect himself, his drugs, and his drug proceeds.Police raided his home on Bowen Street in Jamestown last year seizing four firearms, ammunition, two pistol magazines, approximately 60 grams of a heroin and fentanyl substance, two scales, several empty plastic baggies, and packaging materials. Image by Jamestown Police.Prosecutors say Vera-Velazquez is scheduled to be sentenced in March and faces five years to life in prison. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In the late 1930s, thousands of German Americans spent their summers at Yaphank’s Camp Siegfried. They were greeted by a Nazi-saluting welcoming party as their train—the “Siegfried Special”—screeched to a halt. The journey wasn’t complete until they made a two-mile march to their lakeside enclave festooned with swastikas and teeming with unabashed pride for the Fatherland and its sinister, mass-murdering leader.They’d walk passed streets named after Nazi luminaries: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and Hermann Goring, to name a few. Many people came after receiving postcards from the German-American Bund, a pro-Nazi organization in the United States, promising a bucolic summer haven.“For at the camp you will meet people that think as you do…cheerful people, honest and sincere, law abiding!” declared one postcard advertising the camp.Once they made their way into the encampment, some adults donned Nazi military regalia while their children were subjected to Nazi propaganda.As was customary, kids dressed in Hitler Youth garb were instructed to sing Nazi songs.“When Jewish blood drips from the knife,” they spewed, “then will the German people prosper.”The pro-Nazi camp endured for four years, right until World War II broke out.“They wanted to propagandize as much as possible German-American youth,” says Steven Klipstein, assistant director of the Suffolk Center on The Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding.With the exhibit called “Goose Stepping on Long Island: Camp Siegfried,” the nonprofit group, based within Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), is bringing one of the most mysterious and perplexing periods of Long Island’s history back to the forefront on SCCC’s Riverhead campus. It is on loan from Queensborough Community College.Running through March 31 on the campus’ Montaukett Learning Resource Center, the exhibit can be disorienting at first.When Jill Santiago, the group’s Holocaust Educator, tells her students about what happened on LI eight decades ago, they are often astonished, she says.“This is not an easy population to shock, so if you can shock them, you can see there interest immediately spikes,” explains Santiago, who is also a history professor at SCCC.The exhibit displays photos from German American Bund camps in the US just before World War II. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)On Wednesday, about three dozen people perused the exhibit’s powerful, disturbing photos while Klipstein provided an account of what life was like on suburban Long Island before World War II. Enjoying refreshments, visitors got a chance to check out photographs from a German-American Bund rally in 1939 at Madison Square Garden, which attracted thousands of people, as well as a large number of opponents who gathered outside the arena.The photos also document people gathered around a stage featuring a podium flanked by the American and Nazi flag, Hitler-sympathizers greeting new arrivals at the Yaphank train station, children wearing matching uniforms, and camp-goers waving Nazi flags as dozens of onlookers performed the “Heil” salute.Not all of the displays are as provocative; a number simply show kids frolicking in the lake and adults mingling on the lawn.“The camp is really being advertised as a place for German Americans to get together with like-minded people…but there was definitely an anti-Semitic tone to it, and very anti-communist, eulogizing Hitler,” Santiago says.The plot of land in which the camp existed was owned by the German-American Bund, but was eventually transferred to the German American Settlement League in 1937. The camp itself, which came under intense government scrutiny, was abandoned in 1939, after Frtiz Kuhn, national leader of the German-American Bund, was arrested for embezzlement and Germany invaded Poland.A lawsuit filed last October by a Yaphank couple unable to sell their house in the area rekindled interest in the camp. Philip Kneer and Patricia Flynn-Kneer, who both have German roots, were trying for six years to sell their home but couldn’t because of the league’s “racially restrictive policies” that only permitted purchasers to be of “German extraction,” according to the federal complaint. Both parties reached a settlement in January stipulating that the league will welcome new homeowners irrespective of their race or ethnicity. It also agreed to refrain from using any Nazi-related symbols on the property.The original property was purchased by the Bund in 1935, and at its height welcomed approximately 100,000 people to the camp. Many of the people lived in the tri-state area and either enrolled their children in the camp for most of the summer or came for celebratory occasions, like “German Day.”“They wanted to transform America into a Nazi system,” Klipstein told the audience.Kuhn, a frequent visitor, had dreams of being the American Fuehrer if the Nazi’s won the war, and gave a speech at the camp one summer about the importance of properly educating children about the group’s “ideals.”“The youth of our great Bund are the hope, the life line of our organization. Through them we must live into the future,” he said, according to testimony he gave a Congressional committee investigating “Un-American propaganda activities” in the United States. “It is, therefore, necessary that we must stand united behind them, educate them, and raise them to manhood and womanhood with our ideals imbedded in their hearts. We must fight together for their freedom.”“We [must] work to win over the youth of all German-Americans and some day when our labor has reaped its reward we shall hear fine and strong German-American youths come marching from the east and west, from the south and [north]—marching onward to build a greater nation,” he said, according to testimony.German-American children received more than a lesson in “ideals” at the camp.Every Sunday morning, according to the committee’s report, boys and girls would join separate ranks to greet “storm troopers” arriving to the camp.“Some of the scouts march behind the German swastika and the American flag to the railroad station 2 miles away through Yaphank,” according to the report. “They line up at attention beside the track and, as the train pulls in, their arms are outstretched in a Hitler salute to the arriving guests.”There’s little evidence available to definitively say how many people joined the Bund, which Kuhn maintained was nothing more than a political organization with divisions in the east, midwest and western part of the country. But the government believes the Bund had as many as 25,000 loyal followers.In its report, the committee said that testimony from several witnesses “establishes conclusively that the German-American Bund received its inspiration, program, and direction from the Nazi Government of Germany through the various propaganda organizations which have been set up by that Government and which function under the control and supervision of the Nazi Ministry of Propaganda and Enlightenment.”The rally at Madison Square Garden in 1939 turned out to be the Bund’s last hurrah. That same year, Kuhn, its leader, was arrested by the feds. It’s also important to note that, although the camp was a bastion for Nazi sympathizers, it did have its detractors. Namely, those in the surrounding communities saw them as a “menace,” according to Klipstein, and camp efforts to expand into Riverhead were thwarted by Riverhead Town.All these years later, Klipstein says it’s important to shine on a light on what he calls Long Island’s “checkered past.”“As much as we repeat the message [of intolerance] these things still happen,” he told the audience.The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding continues to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, but also tackles hate crimes, slavery, and modern-day human trafficking.“This exhibit is really about examining a period of history that’s not very well known and kind of promoting the idea that we have to take a stand against things that are rooted in prejudice of hate,” Santiago says.“Goose Stepping on Long Island: Camp Siegfried” runs through March 31. It is located at Suffolk County Community College’s Montaukett Learning Resource Center in Riverhead. The exhibit is free. Special tours can be arranged by calling 631-451-4700. The exhibit is on loan from the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College.
May 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – In an effort to modernize vaccine production while preparing for an influenza pandemic, the US government today awarded five contracts totaling more than $1 billion to develop cell-based technologies for making flu vaccines.The awards to five pharmaceutical companies are intended to help create an alternative to growing flu vaccines in eggs, the time-consuming production method used since the 1950s, and boost US production capacity. The money comes from $3.3 billion Congress appropriated last December for pandemic preparations by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”Today, we’re taking a step closer to preparedness by investing more than $1 billion to develop vaccines more quickly and to produce them here in the United States,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a news release.HHS listed the vaccine makers and their contract awards as follows: GlaxoSmithKline, $274.75 million; MedImmune, $169.6 million; Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, $220.51 million; DynPort Vaccine, $40.97 million; and Solvay Pharmaceuticals, $298.59 million.The announcement comes a day after the Bush administration released a 228-page plan for implementing its flu pandemic strategy. One of the administration’s goals is to develop the capacity for domestic production of enough vaccine for every American within 6 months of the emergence of a pandemic.It takes about 6 months to grow seasonal flu vaccines in eggs, and the eggs must be ordered well in advance. Growing vaccines in laboratory cell cultures promises to be a somewhat faster and much more flexible approach. The method is already used for a number of other vaccines, such as polio, hepatitis A, and chickenpox.”Our current capacity of egg-based influenza vaccine production is not sufficient to meet increased demands during an emergency,” said Leavitt. “Accelerating the development of this vaccine technology and creating domestic capacity are critical to our preparedness efforts.”With cell-based production, companies can skip the step of adapting the virus strains to grow in eggs, the HHS statement said. In addition, the method will make it possible to meet increased needs in case of a shortage or pandemic, since cells can be frozen in advance and large volumes can be grown quickly, officials said.Cell-based methods also sidestep the risk of loss of egg supplies because of various poultry diseases. Such methods also eliminate the drawback that people who are allergic to eggs can’t receive vaccines grown in eggs.The HHS announcement didn’t give details on the contract requirements or timetables, but the companies offered some information in news releases. All said the contracts are for 5 years.GlaxoSmithKline said it will use the award to speed the development of new cell-based seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines and to increase cell-culture manufacturing capability at the company’s plant in Marietta, Pa. The company said that in addition to using the HHS funds, it will continue plans to invest more than $100 million in cell-culture production at the Pennsylvania plant.MedImmune, maker of the intranasal vaccine FluMist, said it will use the contract to develop cell-based flu vaccines involving the same technology as FluMist, which uses a weakened live virus. The company, based in Gaithersburg, Md., said it plans to build “a cell-based facility in the Untied States that can produce at least 150 million doses within six months of notification of an influenza pandemic.”Swiss-based Novartis, like MedImmune, cited a goal of being able to produce 150 million doses of vaccine in a US facility within 6 months after declaration of a pandemic. The HHS contract will support product development and the design and testing of equipment.Last fall Novartis launched a US phase 1-2 study of an investigational cell-culture-derived flu vaccine, the company said. The firm expects to file for European approval of that vaccine, made in Marburg, Germany, later this year.DynPort Vaccine Corp. (DVC), a subsidiary of Computer Sciences Corp., said it is collaborating with Baxter Healthcare Corp. to develop cell-based flu vaccines. The firm said its HHS contract is worth $242.5 million, whereas the HHS announced listed the amount at $40.9 million.HHS spokesman Marc Wolfson explained that the amount in excess of $40.9 million is conditional on additional appropriations as well as meeting the requirements of the contract. Wolfson is with the HHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Washington.DynPort said its contract supports, in addition to cell-based vaccine development, the pursuit of licensing for two flu vaccine candidates: “a split virus vaccine” for seasonal flu and a modified whole-virus vaccine for H5N1 avian flu.Solvay, based in Brussels, Belgium, said its HHS contract covers the development of new cell-based flu vaccine and “the development of a master plan to manufacture, formulate, fill and package annual and pandemic influenza vaccines in a new U.S.-based facility.””Our expertise gained from building our new commercial scale, cell-based influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in The Netherlands provides a strong foundation for the development of a similar facility in the U.S.,” said Werner Cautreels, PhD, the company’s CEO.In April 2005, HHS awarded Sanofi Pasteur a $97 million contract to develop a cell-based flu vaccine. The company was the first to receive a federal contract for commercial scale use of new flu vaccine technology, the agency said.See also:Jun 27, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Momentum builds for cell-culture flu vaccines”Apr 4, 2005, CIDRAP News story “HHS funds development of cell-based flu vaccines”
From the front!The record residential sale for Mermaid Waters had previously been held by a five-bedroom four-bathroom home that sold for $2.9 million earlier this year. The house is on a huge 1900sq m at 51-53 Portobello Rd.REIQ Gold Coast zone chair John Newlands said Mermaid Waters was feeling the effects of a surging Mermaid Beach. There is no shortage of space.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoSam Guo and Julia Kuo of Ray White Broadbeach-Mermaid Waters handled the sale.“A local Chinese buyer bought it,” Mr Guo said. “It was all about the size and history of the property as well as the spectacular renovation. “ 29-31 Cessnock Close, Mermaid Waters.The vendors undertook a major renovation, transforming the house into a modern masterpiece.The two-storey residence is set out over a double 1633sq m block and has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, multiple living areas, pool, tennis court and cinema. 29-31 Cessnock Close, Mermaid Waters sold for $3.25 million, smashing the suburb record.A GRAND Hamptons-inspired Mermaid Waters mansion has sold for $3.25 million, smashing the suburb record.The luxury waterfront property at 29-31 Cessnock Close was originally built by Gold Coast identity Jenny Wong. Imagine cooking in this kitchen.It was a dated house but the vendors have transformed it into a beautiful home.”He said there weren’t many houses comparable in size and structure in Mermaid Waters. “That’s why it got such a great price.” Enjoy a dip in the pool or play a game of tennis.“Not everyone can afford to live on the beachfront but will pay a high price to live nearby,” he said.“It also comes down to the lifestyle aspect.“There’s lots of nice cafes and restaurants popping up. People used to have to travel to go to them but now they are on their doorstep.”
GUILTY VERDICT. Representative Toto Mangudadatu arrives at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on December 19, 2019, for the verdict on the decade-long Ampatuan trial. Photo by Rappler “Kung hindi nakadroga sina Unsay, kung hindi nakadroga silang magkakapatid pati ‘yung tatay, gagawin ba nila ‘yun? Walang iiwan? Gagalawin ba nila ‘yung mga babae? Malaya naman tayo eh, nasa demokrasya tayo bakit ginawa ‘yun?” he added. “Malaking mensahe na maipakita sa mga kababayan natin hindi lang sa Maguindanao kundi sa buong Pilipinas, buong mundo na tama na ‘yung power na pinapasobra, ‘yun bang palagay nila nakatitulado sa kanila ‘yung power na ‘yun hindi na mawawala,” he added. Mangudadatu lost his wife and sisters, along with other political supporters, in the November 2009 massacre. At that time, he was planning to run against the Ampatuan clan for the gubernatorial post in Maguindanao for the 2010 elections. Mangudadatu said in an interview with the media following the release of the verdict at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. “Ang gusto ko nga talagang bitay, lalo na ‘yang si Unsay pati ‘yung magkakapatid dahil grabe ang ginagawa nila. Hindi lang Maguindano massacare ang ginawa niyan,” MANILA – The convicts of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre must not only rot in jail but should be sentenced with death penalty, Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu said. Mangudadatu also said that the verdict handed down by Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes will gauge the strength of the country’s judicial system. “Ang importansya ng verdict ngayon, sa isang dekadang paghihintay, ay para makita ng taumbayan na may batas tayo, kumakagat pa rin ang batas at mahinto na rin ‘yung sobrang pang-aapak sa mga tao,” he said. Capital punishment was already abolished in the Philippines since 2006 but Mangudadatu, who is a member of the 18th Congress, is in favor of reinstating the death penalty. “‘Yung mga major crimes na katulad ng ganyan at ‘yung mga rape, itong mga drugs na sobrang dami ng pumapasok sa atin,” Mangudadatu said. The victims were on a convoy heading to Comelec provincial office in Shariff Aguak town to file Mangudadatu’s certificate of candidacy for governor of Maguindanao when they were waylaid and eventually killed./PN
Recently I stated in a blog that Donna Lamping Hoeing would be joining her sister, Cindy Lamping, in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. This is not correct!!Last year Cindy was honored as a member of the All-Star Silver Anniversary team. Donna received this same honor in 2006, and now she is being honored by being chosen as a member of the Basketball Indiana Hall of Fame. She is the first person from Batesville (male or female) to be so honored. Congratulations, Donna. You make us proud!Kurt Comer of Jac-Cen-Del will be honored this year as a member of the men’s All-Star Silver Anniversary Team. Congratulations, Kurt.
Lawrenceburg, Ind.— Four local Dearborn County seniors have been awarded by the AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County.Zac Cody, senior at East Central High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and plans to study wild life and earn a degree in ecology at Purdue University.Kara Newman, senior at Lawrence Central High School earned a $250 Future Leader of Dearborn County scholarship. Kara plans to study neuroscience at the University of Evansville. She has previously earned entry into the physician assistant program.Lawrenceburg High School graduate Holly Nutley was awarded a $250 scholarship, she plans to study interior design at the University of Cincinnati.Alex Smith, graduate of South Dearborn High School was awarded a$250 scholarship. He plans to study elementary education at Franklin College in the fall. He also will be playing hoops for the Franklin College basketball team.AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County is an organization committed to the development of a highly diverse and enthusiastic network of strong social, professional, and charitable relationships for the purpose of creating awareness of the infinite opportunities in Greater Dearborn County. We are dedicated to assisting the youth of today so they may realize their true potential and assist in their quest to identify their individual path for success.
Skipper Vlaar (knee) and Cissokho (ankle) were not risked in Wednesday’s 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Leyton Orient. Jores Okore (knee) is also sidelined although he is only expected to be out for a number of days. Brad Guzan will replace Shay Given in goal after being rested in midweek. Ron Vlaar and Aly Cissokho will return for Aston Villa for the Barclays Premier League visit of Hull. Meanwhile, boss Paul Lambert has revealed striker Darren Bent is not for sale in what appears to be a huge transfer U-turn. The £24million record signing looked to have no future under Lambert when he lost the captaincy in 2012 and was sent on loan to Fulham last season. However, Bent is back in the squad this year, along with former outcast Alan Hutton, with chairman Randy Lerner keen for Lambert to use the top earners rather than waste a wage. And with Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak recovering from serious long-term injuries, Lambert will resist any interest in Bent ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. “I do expect him to be here at the end of the transfer window,” said Lambert, who has been linked with Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. “You would keep Darren. As I said before, you do what’s right for Aston Villa. “No one will go until I say so. You keep all your players and I don’t see us letting anyone go right now. “Nobody will leave without me saying. I don’t think any player like that will move. Darren’s here and nobody will be going.” Hull’s new signing Michael Dawson could make an immediate debut as the Tigers look to put their Europa League disappointment behind them. Dawson swapped Tottenham for the Tigers on Tuesday, having been on Hull boss Steve Bruce’s radar all summer. In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of sibling Andy, who spent 10 years with the club and represented them in all four professional divisions. When Spurs visited East Yorkshire last season the 30-year-old was told in no uncertain terms he was a poor man’s version of their cult hero, but that all changed when he was paraded on the pitch at half-time on Thursday’ against Lokeren. “It was all light-hearted (last season). Had Spurs not been 1-0 down at the time I might have given the fans a wave, but it was all good fun,” he said. “The reception I got on Thursday night was massive, it was a massive welcome and I am looking forward to repaying them for signing me and I’m sure the fans will be right behind me. “Obviously Andy had 10 years at this football club and had a great career here. He played in every league for them. Now it’s down to me to get on with my own career and perform, and I’m sure he will be here supporting me and Hull City whenever he can. “I’m excited to get started now.” Dawson would be a like-for-like replacement for James Chester, who is suspended after last week’s red card against Stoke. Manager Steve Bruce made six changes for the midweek clash against Lokeren and should restore the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Nikica Jelavic, Andrew Robertson and Tom Ince to his starting XI. Press Association