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The Craft Brewers Conference Gives a Big Southern “Hey Y’all” To Nashville

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is a big-time trade show and industry event for brewpubs and packaging breweries that travels to a different American city each year. In early May, some 14,000 brewers and beer business people descended on Nashville, where the official CBC website greeting — “It’s Time for CBC, Y’all!” — made me want to conjure the gonzo spirit of that son of Louisville, Hunter S. Thompson. The last time I attended a CBC somewhere in the South, it was 2003 in New Orleans, and it ended up kind of crazy, in that “city-that-care-forgot” way things occasionally get there. I seem to remember Dogfish Head Read More

Volcano Watch: Hawaii’s Big Island Residents, Visitors Warned of Potential Kilauea Eruption

A series of low-magnitude earthquakes on Hawaii’s Big Island are prompting concerns that the island’s Kilauea Volcano could erupt. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that areas affected includes Leilani Estates, Nanawale Estates and the coastal area of Kapoho. Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea is located, has issued the following warning: “Due to the possibility of a new eruption and unstable geologic activity, park management closed 15,688 acres near Kilauea Volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o vent to the ocean today, including the gravel emergency-access road from the eastern gate near Kalapana to the western gate at the end of Chain of Craters Road, and all land on the makai (ocean) Read More

Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, Arrested After 40-Year Hunt, Authorities Say

The notorious Golden State Killer, responsible for 12 murders and 45 rapes across California in the 1970s and ’80s, was arrested early Wednesday morning, authorities announced. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was booked around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said at a press conference. DeAngelo is charged with the murder of Lyman and Charlene Smith in 1980 and is also suspected of killing Brian and Katie Maggiore in 1978, officials said. “We found the needle in the haystack, and it was right here in Sacramento,” said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. Sheriff Jones said evidence began pointing to DeAngelo several days ago, at Read More

Schoolhouse Rock Creator Bob Dorough, Writer of “Conjunction Junction” and More, Has Died

Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who helped create the children’s educational program Schoolhouse Rock, has died at age 94. CNN reports that he had been diagnosed with cancer last year. Schoolhouse Rock, which used music and animation to teach kids grammar, mathematics, history, and more, aired on ABC from 1973 to 1985 and was revived again in the ’90s. Dorough served as the program’s musical director and wrote and performed many of its songs, starting with “Three Is a Magic Number,” which sets the multiplication table to a melody. He was also responsible for some of the series’ most famous tunes, including “Conjunction Junction” …  Besides Read More

Who Is Palmer Luckey, The Infamous Ex-Facebook Employee

Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington D.C. this week testifying before Congress about the data leak to Cambridge Analytica that is thought to have helped Donald Trump secure the U.S. Presidency. Zuckerberg was well prepared for the line of questioning. The lawmakers, less so. They didn’t seem to quite understand the technology behind Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, or apps. Ted Cruz in particular latched onto a subject that seemed to have little to do with the proceedings. He asked Zuckerberg if he had fired Oculus founder Palmer Luckey for his political views. Zuckerberg had to assure lawmakers that he didn’t fire Luckey because of his political leaning. Senator Ted Read More

Waverly Diner in West Village Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The company behind Waverly Restaurant, a legendary diner in New York City’s West Village that serves classic American-style comfort food, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Village Red Restaurant Corp., the diner’s corporate name, filed for chapter 11 protection on Friday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The restaurant is facing potential liability in two lawsuits alleging management didn’t pay overtime to a group of former waiters, dishwashers, busboys and delivery men. Filing chapter 11 bankruptcy halts the litigation and allows Waverly Restaurant to keep its doors open as it attempts to address its liabilities. The restaurant’s bankruptcy petition estimates it has up to $50,000 in Read More

Six of the most powerful young speakers at March for Our Lives

Emma Gonzalez It was the Parkland student who silently stood on stage for several minutes. The 11-year-old’s eloquent call for awareness about violence against black women. The South Los Angeles teen who asked the crowd to chant her dead brother’s name. The most powerful moments from Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Washington came from student activists. Here are their speeches. Cameron Kasky​​​​ “Welcome to the revolution,” Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told the crowd in Washington. “We are the change .… Represent us or get out.” He and other Stoneman Douglas students said their goal is a new ban on assault Read More

San Francisco Could Win Bid To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Played every four years, the FIFA World Cup is the single most prestigious tournament in soccer—a titillating game could quite possible be played right here in San Francisco come 2026. At least that’s the word according to the U.S. Soccer Federation. United Bid, a joint effort by Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. soccer groups, named a total of 23 North American countries to be included in the FIFA Bid Book for the 2026 game. “Canada, Mexico, and the United States have joined together to deliver a United Bid that offers FIFA and its member associations the power of unity, the promise of certainty, and the potential of extraordinary Read More

Adrian Lamo, hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning, is dead at age 37

Adrian Lamo, the former hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to US authorities for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records, has died at the age of 37, according to a family Facebook post and a report from ZDNet, which cited two of Lamo’s family members and a county coroner. “With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquittances that he is dead,” his father, Mario Lamo, wrote in a Facebook post. “A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son.” It’s not yet known how Lamo died. Lamo was best known for Read More

Weather Is A Changing – What is in Store for the United States This Spring

From floods and rain to droughts and unseasonably warm conditions, here’s the weather that Americans can expect in the coming months. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its long term weather forecast for Spring 2018, the period running from April until the end of June. Importantly, NOAA’s projections are just that: projections. They’re based on probabilities churned from intense number crunching and historical data. As always, stay tune to local weather conditions for more accurate reports as the season unfolds. Temperatures are expected to be above average for the southern two-thirds of the continental United States, extending from California to the central Plains Read More