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highland: But when David DeLaO took over prior to last season, his primary goal was to make opponents think twice about looking forward to playing the Rams, according to NOW Magazine. We want to be competitive, the Highland Tech football coach said. For years, Highland Tech found itself on the wrong side of countless gridiron beatdowns. It's what I tell my guys all the time. For years, everyone wanted to push Highland Tech around. Don't worry about anyone else, just do what we do and not let anyone push us around. ( As reported in the news.

stuart cramer: The three-day tournament will take place at Martha Rivers Park in Gastonia, with the first pair of games kicking off Monday at 5 p.m, according to NOW Magazine. Games will also take place on Wednesday and Saturday. Among the local teams taking part include Ashbrook, East Gaston, Highland Tech, Hunter Huss, Lincolnton, North Gaston, South Point and Stuart Cramer. The regular season got underway last week. Here's a look at the eight teams in this year's event, as well as the other squads in the local coverage area. However, the Gazette Cup presents the tournament's eight participants with their first opportunity for hardware. ( As reported in the news.

state titles: For the first time in more than a decade, the Mustangs finished with a losing record, according to NOW Magazine. And despite shocking top-seeded Pisgah in the opening round of the 2AA playoffs, they were forced to look on as rival North Lincoln seized its share of the spotlight. Accustomed to being in the conversation for conference and state titles, the 2018 season served as somewhat of a shock to the system for the East Lincoln football program. Last year was up and down, up and down, said East Lincoln football coach David Lubowicz. We talk about the standard all the time. We had some injuries early, at one point last year we had seven starters on offense riding the bench. ( As reported in the news.

players hope: Football again is a big deal in Clover, according to NOW Magazine. While participation is considered down in many communities nationwide, Blue Eagles head man Brian Lane has those in the South Carolina town straddling the state line buying in. With added bodies, coaches and players hope it also equates to more wins for the Blue Eagles. Our numbers are really up, he said. When I first got here, we just had about 54 kids overall. We have around 40 seniors, and a total of 140 guys in the program. ( As reported in the news.

kick returner: Pep' was special, said Bessemer City football coach Larry Boone, according to NOW Magazine. He had skills and talent that you just can't replicate. One would be hard-pressed to find a role Jaquaylen Pep Hardin didn't fill for Bessemer City a season ago. His graduation left the Yellow Jackets with plenty of holes to fill - quarterback, defensive back, punt and kick returner among them. You have to pound the rock, you have to be able to run the football, Boone said. While it'll take more than one young man to fill his many roles, Bessemer City is sticking with a formula that has brought it so much success through the years. ( As reported in the news.

school piloted: Our teachers really came up with this idea because the first few weeks are always lost to routine, lost to trying to figure out how to be a student and building up that endurance throughout the day, Principal Scott Lewis said, according to NOW Magazine. There's no nap anymore, so kids have to build that endurance up. During the first week of August, Pleasant Grove Elementary School piloted a four-day kindergarten readiness camp to aid its youngest students in adjusting to school before the official first day Aug. 26. And then there's the emotional piece, too. We're leaving the tears here this week so on Aug. 26, they're ready to roll. Kids are crying the first few days, so we're getting all of that out of the way now the parents crying, too, because their baby's leaving. ( As reported in the news.

conference championship: I think this group is better than improving just one spot, said Pruitt, who guided Cherryville to a 4-8 overall record and 2-5 conference mark a season ago, according to NOW Magazine. I think we have the potential and the ability to challenge for a conference championship. In fact, Pruitt says the Ironmen have the potential to do even better than the fifth-place finish predicted in a preseason poll of the conference coaches. Pruitt's sunny outlook is fueled by better-than-average depth at the skill positions, the presence of two top offensive lineman, and the potential of new additions. Four players who made all-conference last year and one who made the list in 2016 return SPC specialist/returner of the year Cruyff Fleurine, leading team rusher Chapel Moss, center Jace Brittain 6-3, 275 linebacker Sean Kostiuk, and defensive end J'son Pitts, an all-conference performer two years ago. I am excited about the amount of experience we have and how all the pieces are going to come together, he said. ( As reported in the news.

depth chart: Senior running back/linebacker Jamal Littlejohn and quarterback James Woods are two newcomers Gibson believes will play major roles and have big impacts for the Wolves this season, according to NOW Magazine. This will be Woods' first season and he will be competing with Amontre Finger and E.J. Manjerres for the starting position on the depth chart. I think last year we just needed more confidence early because once they gained confidence we finished the season pretty good, Gibson said. Like Littlejohn, he will double on defense. He will return to the Wolves after spending last season with the Roswell Hornets in Georgia where he was primarily an outside linebacker finishing with 46 tackles, one sack, an interception and one forced fumble. Gibson plans to have a little more run oriented offense at the start of the season centered around Littlejohn. ( As reported in the news.

state championships: In the past 20 years, the program has been one of North Carolina's most consistent, winning 10 or more games in all but six, according to NOW Magazine. During that stretch, South Point has claimed 16 conference titles and three state championships. South Point may not have been in mind for whoever coined the phrase, yet with the Red Raiders' track record the notion certainly applies. Last year was another noteworthy season for the Red Raiders, unbeaten in regular season play and earning the Southwestern 2A title. Finishing the job and keeping the program's chain intact serve as twin goals for South Point as the 2018 season nears. However, they finished short of their goal, losing to conference rival Shelby in the second round of the state playoffs. ( As reported in the news.

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high-desert area: They were then turned over to state child-welfare workers, according to NOW Magazine. Two men were arrested during the search. Taos County Sheriff's officials said Saturday the children ranging in age from 1 to 15 were removed from the compound in the small community of Amalia 145 miles 233 kilometers northeast of Albuquerque and in an isolated high-desert area near the New Mexico-Colorado border. Siraj Wahhaj was detained on an outstanding warrant in Georgia alleging child abduction. It was not immediately clear Sunday if either had retained an attorney.A 3-year-old boy reported missing from Georgia's Clayton County since December 2017 was not among the 11 children found at the compound. Lucas Morten was jailed on suspicion of harboring a fugitive, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said. ( As reported in the news.

homes: The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said another 440 buildings, including barns and warehouses, have also been destroyed by the fire, which is now the seventh most destructive in California history, according to NOW Magazine. The huge Redding-area blaze, which started July 23, forced 38,000 people from their homes and killed six. A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home. It has scorched 180 square miles and is 35 percent contained. North of San Francisco, a fire threatened homes in an old ranching and farming area near Covelo. New blazes continued to explode and threaten more homes in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State. ( As reported in the news.

production director.a: The production is the largest performance so far with a whopping 38 cast members, according to NOW Magazine. Most are between the ages of 9 and 18. Students have been hard at work practicing for their upcoming production of the classic Beauty and the Beast, kicking off the school's 35th anniversary. An ensemble of younger kids will host a preshow, singing Beauty and the Beast. They're all really cute, said Director Lauren Parker, who also serves as the playhouse's Artistic and Production Director.A large portion of the cast is double-cast. The kids will also do the opening scene prologue and will appear throughout the show. ( As reported in the news.

department drop: But efforts made in the last two years have done little to change the department's makeup, according to NOW Magazine. Of 179 sworn officers on staff, 157 are white, 14 are black, six are Hispanic and two are listed as other, according to information released by the department. Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said July 11 his agency is consistently working to increase diversity. Since July 2016, the percentage of white officers has risen from 88 to 89 percent, while black officers have seen their representation in the department drop from 9 percent to 8 percent. Less than 63 percent of the population is white. Twenty-seven percent of Gastonia residents are black, according to July 2017 U.S. census data. ( As reported in the news.

cocoa seeds: This doesn't surprise me, as it's long been known that chocolate is a psychoactive substance by itself, according to NOW Magazine. It clearly is a stimulant due to the caffeine in the cocoa seeds. Here's some quick tips to bring down the effects of too much THC. ByNikki Lastreto Published on July 26, 2020 Share Tweet2 CommentsA study was recently released stating that chocolate cannabis edibles are difficult to accurately test for cannabinoid levels. Plus, it also contains that bit of bliss that prompted a scientist to bestow the Greek name theobroma on the active ingredient, literally meaning food of the gods. No doubt then it has a similar effect when made into cannabis edibles. When mixed with entheogenic substances, such as magic mushrooms, you are guaranteed to come on faster to the experience. ( As reported in the news.

email interview: Montpetit began Queer ASL as a drop-in club in Victoria in 2009, according to Georgia Asian. After she relocated to Vancouver in 2011, she continued to teach ASL and developed a curriculum in 2012 that has since been taught by a total of six teachers. After Montpetit started hosting an ASL American Sign Language club in her living room, she soon recognized a need for queer people to learn ASL in safe spaces. Montpetit explains, in an email interview, that their primary focus is to teach ASL with an anti-oppressive framework . She says they emphasize gender-neutral language, avoiding things like teaching the signs for man or woman by pointing to students. In Queer ASL, we only identify each other as a person, and introduce gendered signs using iconic images and characters, such as the Flintstones, instead of assuming how students identify. Mainstream ASL classes also tend to include activities where students go around assuming people's gender identities, which leads to misgendering, she says. ( As reported in the news.

life wasn: Growing up in Prince George, life wasn't always easy for Tara Robertson, according to Georgia Asian. A queer-identifying woman with a Japanese-Canadian mother and Scottish-Irish father, she found herself often treated differently than the other kids in the predominantly white city. To see more of our Pride 2018 coverage, click here. Days on the playground could be tough, filled with whispers and stares from the other children and comments from the adults. It was interesting being mixed-race, she tells the Straight on the line from her office in Vancouver. Even as a child, though, she was able to draw the positives from the situation. ( As reported in the news.

love affair: Trojan united black and white youth on the streets, dance floors and at school, recalls Don Letts, the British broadcaster, filmmaker and reggae DJ, adding that the label sowed the seeds for the UK's love affair with Jamaican music . THIS IS TEMP CODE TO RESOLVE TEADS ISSUES ON SAFARAI - ISSUE-387 - START THIS WAS ORIGINALLY IN THE FOOTER EJS FILE THIS IS TEMP CODE TO RESOLVE TEADS ISSUES ON SAFARAI - ISSUE-387 - END Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Download now Yet Trojan Records' 50th anniversary this month is also a chance to look again at how the label also suffered chronic mismanagement, and bore the brunt of criticism regarding treatment of Caribbean artists in Britain unfairly, argues a long-term employee of the label, according to Rabble. The Tighten Up' budget compilations, complete with provocative artwork, introduced newcomers to the latest grooves and provided snapshots of a fast-moving genre Trojan Records Laurence Cane-Honeysett, who first worked at Trojan, is now a consultant for the label and knows as much about its history as anyone. The British reggae specialist holds two claims to fame not only helping the island's culture in the face of critical indifference and establishment suspicion, but also easing barriers for multicultural communities in the teeth of racism and rabble-rousing. At the heart of events to mark the birthday, he wants to celebrate what Trojan achieved against the odds from a cramped warehouse in Willesden, northwest London. Trojan introduced reggae to the world by making its up as it went along; its achievements far outstretched its resources. This story is a real one-off, he says. ( As reported in the news.

time: The time has come to put up or shut up, according to NOW Magazine. In other words, to choose to be legal and in the system or to continue to hide in the hills from hungry helicopters. ByNikki Lastreto Published on July 24, 2017 Share Tweet6 Comments The tension in the air up here in the heart of the Emerald Triangle is as thick as dripping rosin. Both have their benefits as well as their drawbacks. The hope is that it will provide security from the powers that be and allow us to continue to grow this plant we love so much for deserving patients. To go legal requires money and the time to understand all the current requirements, with the risk that it could all change tomorrow. ( As reported in the news.

mass .,: I can see what some idiots in my country are doing, and I can understand why other countries don't want Americans, according to National Observer. But I miss our Canadian neighbours, who are like family to us. I completely understand the border closure, said Jim Gorss, 67, who lives in Southborough, Mass., and whose family owns a cabin on McCauley Lake in the Madawaska region of Ontario. Stories of Americans being allowed into Canada in order to transit north to Alaska only to get caught sightseeing in Banff or failing to self-isolate while checking on cottages, have brought scrutiny to the discretionary power afforded to individual Canada Border Services Agency CBSA agents. Travellers must satisfy a CBSA border services officer that they meet the requirements for entry into Canada, said Louis-Carl Brissette Lesage, a spokesperson for the CBSA. Should an officer have any doubts with regards to the traveller's intended purpose, they will require the traveller to prove their purpose. For its part, the CBSA claims its agents are being strict. ( As reported in the news.

news release: As the search continues for two murder suspects linked to the deaths of three people in Northern B.C., the identity of one of the deceased individuals remains unknown, according to Georgia Asian. On July 19, Dease Lake RCMP received a report about a pickup truck ablaze south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37. For more information, see this article. Upon investigating, a passing motorist reported spotting a body about two kilometres one mile south of the vehicle fire on a highway pullout. He appears to be about 50 to 60 years old and has grey hair and a bushy grey beard. In a news release from the B.C. RCMP on July 22, the deceased man is described as a white male who is between 173 to 178 centimetres five-feet, eight inches and five-feet, 10-inches tall with a heavy build. ( As reported in the news.

rayshard brooks: Trump's order, Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence, was a rambling diatribe against the massive, diverse protest movement that has swept the country in the wake of Floyd's murder and the police killings of Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and so many more, according to Rabble. Juxtapose these fallen innocents with the statues Trump is desperately trying to protect Confederate president Jefferson Davis; General Robert E. Lee; John C. Calhoun, the seventh vice-president of the U.S. and a strident defender of slavery, and Roger Taney, chief justice of the Supreme Court who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision denying citizenship to African Americans. These roving shock troops, with no insignia or badges, proved to be federal agents from a slew of agencies, ordered to Portland after President Donald Trump issued an executive order on June 26, a month and a day after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Add to these the Southern military bases named after Confederate officers, which Trump has declared will not be renamed under his watch Benning, Bragg, Hood and others. In response, he is putting into practice his frightening penchant for authoritarianism, unleashing a clandestine shadow army on the citizenry, criminalizing protest as he struggles to inflame white supremacy. As more Confederate statues and shrines to slavery and genocide have fallen, so too have Trump's poll numbers. ( As reported in the news.

review b.c: It's happened since slavery all the way through today, where voices of individuals were suppressed with a knee on the neck, according to CBC. Virgo predicts that past and present racist violence will shape the way viewers see his 2015 miniseries, The Book of Negroes, when it returns to CBC for a three-part encore broadcast from Sunday to Tuesday. The visual horror of George Floyd's death is seared into our collective consciousness, the Canadian director says, because it's symbolic of a hateful, ongoing history.article continues below Trending Stories Year in review B.C. homicide cases continue after suspected B.C. serial killers found dead in MB That's not the first time that image has occurred, said Virgo. Based on Canadian author Lawrence Hill's acclaimed novel, the six-episode epic follows Aminata Diallo, played by Aunjanue Ellis, from her abduction from her West African village as a child, through her lifelong struggle to escape enslavement in the U.S. and return home. We're in a climate now where the dominant conversation is around how do we reconcile our history, and how do we move forward in the future, said Virgo, 54. Revisiting the show, Virgo said he was struck by the modern parallels to our current reckoning with systemic racism. ( As reported in the news.

salish sea: And what's more, they have two newborns, raising hopes for the endangered species, according to Georgia Asian. The orcas are not the only creatures at risk in the Salish Sea. The famed southern resident killer whales have returned to their summer home. According to the Wilderness Committee, there are 119 species in and around the inland waters between Canada and the U.S. whose survival is threatened by factors ranging from declining food sources to pollution. On Thursday July 25 the Wilderness Committee is organizing a beach cleanup at the Tsatsu Shores near the Tsawwassen ferry causeway, from 6 30 to 8 30 p.m. Preventing litter from entering the ocean is one way to help save the orcas and other endangered species. ( As reported in the news.

spending days: These types of investigations are few and far between in today's media landscape, but you know you can count on National Observer to deliver on them when you subscribe, according to National Observer. Carl's report revealed that American authorities suspect Exxon is misleading its investors by purposely minimizing the risk of climate change action on its profits. That's what National Observer's Carl Meyer reported last week, after spending days going through documents to uncover a major development in the Exxonknew saga. It's all part of the ever-growing Exxonknew controversy. What people are reading 'It's embarrassing being American'Tam warning young people to stop spreading COVID-19'Covert genocide' Province gets a 'D' on suicide prevention Bill McKibben describes it as the most consequential lie in human history . Exxon helped organize the most consequential lie in human Mathew Carr carrzee September 7, 2016 They kept that lie going past the point where we can protect the poles, prevent the acidification of the oceans, or slow sea level rise enough to save the most vulnerable regions and cultures. Just like the battle against big tobacco, American state attorneys general have been tangling with Exxon demanding to know when the oil giant realized the truth about climate change and why the company financed efforts to obscure public understanding of the science. ( As reported in the news.

brother angelo: The rotund gangster's murder was thought to bring to a close three years of underworld bloodshed that has claimed at least a dozen lives, according to Hamilton Spectator. Cops say that the body of Grant Edward Norton, 59, of Ingersoll, was discovered Sunday in a wooded area in London. Musitano, 52, was gunned down on July 10 in a brazen daylight hit at a Burlington strip mall. His family reported him missing on July 12. It was Pat Musitano's turn on Friday.POSTMEDIA He had been facing a slew of fraud charges and was on the lam. Pat Musitano, right, and his late brother Angelo, behind him, leave a Hamilton court in January 1998. ( As reported in the news.