Trump insider and National Enquirer exec leaving Postmedia board of directors

first_imgDonald Trump insider David Pecker is stepping down from the board of Canadian media giant Postmedia Network Canada Corp.The company that owns several of Canada’s biggest daily newspapers says Pecker tendered his resignation so that he can better focus on his other business interests.The CEO of American Media Inc., publisher of the tabloid National Enquirer, was reported last week to have been granted immunity by U.S. federal prosecutors in return for information in their probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.“David noted that it is important for him to focus his efforts on ensuring that his businesses are best positioned for continued growth,” said Postmedia lead director Peter Sharpe in a news release.Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey thanked Pecker for his service since being appointed to the board of directors in October, 2016.According to a company regulatory filing, Pecker earned fees of $117,500 for about 11 months of service in the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2017, and had perfect attendance for nine meetings of Postmedia’s board and five meetings of its compensation and pension committee.His departure is effective immediately.The Associated Press has reported that the Enquirer kept a safe containing documents about hush-money payments and damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:PNC)last_img read more

Police looking to identify men in Oakville armed robbery

Police are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying two suspects involved in an armed robbery in Oakville.It happened on Monday around 3:00 a.m. when two men with handguns entered the Shoppers Drug Mart at 2501 Third Line in Oakville.The men told the pharmacist to fill a bag with drugs before taking off on foot.The suspects were seen getting into a burgundy SUV, possibly an older model Ford Escape, traveling southbound on Third Line.No injuries were reported during the robbery.One suspect is described as being 20 to 30 years old with a slight accent, wearing a black Adidas sweater with blue logo on front, a black baseball cap, a black and white bandana, dark pants, black gloves and white shoes with a dark stripe on the side.The other is described as being 20 to 30 years old, with tanned skin, a thin build, wearing a grey hooded zip up sweater, a yellow bandana, dark pants and black gloves with white logos.Anyone with information is asked to contact police. read more

Iowa State Is A Contender Finally

For most of the century-plus that Iowa State has been playing college football, the Cyclones have toiled in misery, the doormat of virtually every conference they’ve been a part of. That neighboring programs at the University of Iowa and University of Nebraska rose to national prominence, in part at the expense of the Cyclones, no doubt made this fact more painful for the faithful in Ames.But despite losing to Iowa in the first game of their season, the No. 16 Cyclones are the class of the region this year.At 6-3, Iowa State’s record doesn’t jump off the page, but coach Matt Campbell has turned the program around. In 2017, Campbell’s second season on the job, the Cyclones snapped a seven-year streak of losing records and capped the season with a win in the Liberty Bowl — just the fourth bowl victory in school history.Now currently on a five-game winning streak against conference foes,1A feat never before accomplished by the team. including two wins over ranked opponents, Iowa State has a chance to play in the Big 12 championship game if it beats Texas on Saturday and Kansas State next week, and West Virginia loses either to Oklahoma State or Oklahoma. The Cyclones haven’t won a conference title since before the television was invented, last doing so when they were a part of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Even being ranked this late in the season has the Cyclones on the brink of another accomplishment: The team has finished a season in the Associated Press rankings only twice in school history — and never higher than 19th. By comparison, their rival to the west, Nebraska, has finished 48 seasons in the rankings.Iowa State is 12.89 points better than the average team this season, according to Sports Reference’s Simple Rating System. That would be the team’s third-best season of all time and the best mark since 1976. Not bad for a program that, through the 1990s — despite having a transcendent talent at running back — averaged an SRS of negative-4.7 and won less than 26 percent of its games.Campbell, at least at podiums, is hardly satisfied. “I think what’s exciting is that I sit here right now knowing that our best is still out there,” he said after the team’s most recent win. Iowa State’s five-game winning streak coincides with Campbell’s decision in early October to play true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, who spurned a scholarship offer from Alabama. Purdy’s Total Quarterback Rating of 85.0 trails only Shea Patterson of Michigan (85.2), Kyler Murray of Oklahoma (95.3) and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama (95.8).Purdy has an elite target in Hakeem Butler, the successor to recently graduated star receiver Allen Lazard. At 6-foot-6, Butler is a ball-hawking skyscraper who ranks second nationally in yards per reception (22.7) and share of receptions resulting in a first down or touchdown (86.1 percent). Add in a bruising tailback like David Montgomery — a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection from a season ago who has amassed 1,108 yards after contact over the past two seasons, the fifth most of any running back — and the Cyclones have a frightening offensive triumvirate. In the seven seasons under Paul Rhoads, Campbell’s predecessor, Iowa State never ranked in the top 50 in offensive efficiency, but the team is on track to crack it for the second season in a row.But the pulse of Iowa State’s success is in the dominant defense installed by Campbell and defensive coordinator Jon Heacock. This season, the Cyclones rank 13th in defensive efficiency at 79.22 — 8.79 points higher than any previous season in the previous 10 years and 30.62 points higher than their average over that stretch. Iowa State leads the Big 12 in rushing yards allowed per attempt (3.1), opposing passer efficiency rating (125), yards allowed per play (4.94) and opponent drive score percentage (25.9 percent), among other metrics.The Cyclone defense displayed its chops on Oct. 13 against West Virginia, which touts a top-five passing offense (337.3 per contest) and top-10 scoring attack (40.89 per contest). Will Grier, a likely Heisman finalist, was held to a season-low 100 passing yards, and the Mountaineer offense managed just 7 points. (West Virginia finished with 14 total points, but 7 came by way of a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown.) “We didn’t do anything right,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said afterward.Iowa State’s toughest assignment left on the regular-season schedule comes Saturday against No. 15 Texas, before the Cyclones close with matchups against Kansas State and Incarnate Word.2The last game was added after Iowa State’s first scheduled game was canceled because of bad weather. But that last game, scheduled for Dec. 1, would be canceled if Iowa State can reach the conference championship.For decades, conference foes worked Iowa State like a speed bag on Saturdays, turning Jack Trice Stadium into a virtual burial ground. Opposing coaches like Tom Osborne at Nebraska and Hayden Fry at Iowa inflicted substantial punishment, year after year. But under Campbell, the cardinal and gold have shown that they won’t be pushed around. FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rating pegs the Cyclones higher than it does Central Florida, a team largely crowdsourcing its playoff candidacy but that does have the nation’s longest current winning streak. A win Saturday in Austin, a game some consider to be the program’s most significant in the past decade, wouldn’t vault Iowa State into the playoff conversation. But it would rubber-stamp a growing notion: The Cyclones — yes, those Cyclones — are finally ready to contend.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

Poland Round 12 Vive Kielce with highscoring win over Zaglebie Lubin

Kielcelubinmalchertomczak ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Sweden smashed by France – Only Norway with 4 points! Next Story → Battles for semi-finals begins: Hungary or Montenegro to get keys of “Kombank Arena”? Another high-scoring win for Vive Targi Kielce in the Polish Championship. Battle against Zagłębie Lubin showed that Polish Champions always approach to every game with full concentration. Since their first goal they were gradually increasing advantage and despite of Lubin’s goalie, Adam Malcher‘s good attitude, there wasn’t even one draw in this match. From 48. to 52-minutes Vive’s players scored six goals, with no response from the hosts! The meeting ended a goal from Bartłomiej Tomczak, raising the score to 44:29 for Kielce.Zagłębie Lubin: Malcher – Stankiewicz 8, Kozłowski 1, Szymyślik 6, Gumiński 2, Przysiek 3, Kużdeba 1, Przybylski 5, Bartczak 1Vive Targi Kielce: Losert, Szmal, Buchcic – Tkaczyk 2, Olafsson 4, Tomczak 6, Jurecki 6, Bielecki 4, Lijewski 1, Strlek 5, Stojković 4, Zorman 1, Cupić 6, Buntić 1, Musa 4″TEXT: Ida Baran read more

Woman killed in 4vehicle crash on SR 500 in east Orchards

first_imgPolice suspect an impaired driver may have caused a four-vehicle crash that killed a Vancouver woman Tuesday morning east of Orchards.The crash blocked both lanes on state Highway 500 for several hours.Washington State Patrol troopers were called to the crash on state Highway 500 near Northeast 182nd Avenue just before 9:30 a.m. and arrived to find four vehicles involved.According to the State Patrol, Pamela S. Alexander, 53, of Camas was heading west on Highway 500 around Milepost 9, about a mile east of the Vancouver city limits.Alexander’s SUV went over the center line, the State Patrol said, and hit the rear of an eastbound pickup driven by Maria D. Zepedachaparro, 38, of Vancouver.Alexander’s SUV then slammed head-on into another eastbound vehicle, an SUV driven by Jonna D. Porteous, 68, of Vancouver.The crash sent Zepedachaparro’s pickup over the center line, where it struck the fourth vehicle, a sedan driven by Eric M. Mazemke, 44, of Washougal, who was heading west.Porteous died after being taken to a hospital. Alexander and Mazemke were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for their injuries. Both had been treated and released Tuesday afternoon, according to the hospital. Zepedachaparro was hurt but not hospitalized.last_img read more

Forlan believes in Atletico Madrids advantage

first_imgDiego Forlan is in support of Atletico Madrid despite the star-studded Juventus side ahead of their last 16 Champions League first leg tie.Forlan once made a strong claim that Juve were poised to win the Champions League after they signed Ronaldo last summer.However, the 39-year-old – who won a Europa League with Atleti in 2010 made it clear he is backing the Spaniards to spring a surprise.“It’ll be a tough game for both sides,” he told Football Italia via“They are two very similar teams, equipped with strong squads and who never give up.“Today the difference is certainly represented by Cristiano Ronaldo, but Atletico Madrid also have great players like Griezmann, Morata, Diego Costa and their No 13, Jan Oblak.“This is why I have no doubt in regarding Atletico as favourites for the victory.”The former Uruguay striker spent the 2011-12 campaign with Juve’s rivals Inter but netted only two goals for the Serie A side.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…On this day in 2010, Diego Forlán single-handedly won the Europa League for Atlético Madrid with a brace vs. Fulham in the final.— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) May 12, 2017“On balance, I’d have liked to play more for Nerazzurri,” he added.“Unfortunately, however, I had a lot of injuries, which limited my performance levels. As for Juventus, I remember the rumours but there was never anything concrete.“I never received an offer from the Bianconeri.”Juventus are still aiming to win their first Champions League title since 1996 and a win over the Rojiblancos will be a huge statement of intent.last_img read more

Car slams into Pembroke Pines nail salon no injuries

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a driver crashed into a nail salon in Pembroke Pines.Pictures shared by police on social media captured the driver’s white Kia Soul partially inside Lovely Nails, located in the area of Northwest 196th Avenue and Sheridan Street, Thursday afternoon. Officers are on scene at Lovely Nails (19511 Sheridan Street) regarding a traffic crash where a vehicle drove through the business’s front entrance. No one was injured inside of the business, and the driver has no injuries.— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 13, 2018No one was hurt.Officials said the building sustained structural damage, and the business will remain temporarily closed pending repairs.The cause of the crash remains under investigation. last_img read more

Cookbook project aims to get Alaska foods on school menus

first_imgA new cookbook intended for Alaska schools and other institutional kitchens is coming out soon.The cookbook is called “Make it Local: Recipes for Alaska’s Children.” It is a collaborative project involving the education and natural resource departments of the State of Alaska, along with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service.Download Audio(Chef Danielle Flaherty prepares some brussel sprouts at a recent cooking demonstration at the Galena Pool)The project was funded by a USDA grant, with a goal of getting more locally produced vegetables and proteins onto school menus.Cooperative Extension Research and Development Chef Danielle Flaherty developed the recipes for the new cookbook. She acknowledges that most institutional chefs are limited in their time and resources, so the recipes try to make it as easy as possible to cook from scratch with healthy, local ingredients.“There’s a fish stick recipe that really simplifies the process of breading fish. Instead of a very laborious process in which you have to touch every single piece of fish four or five times, this is more of a “dump” type recipe. Or there are some recipes that use kale, for example, which use a food processor. You just run it through with a slicing blade and it shreds it really fine. You don’t have to get it very well stemmed. So we have tried to think about the process of production cooking.”Using local meat and seafood donations in Alaska schools is a popular idea, but Flaherty says there are some financial considerations that might serve as a disincentive.“A lot of schools are being reimbursed for school lunches. Of course there are a lot of great things happening with that in feeding hungry kids in Alaska. But there are some technicalities that make it challenging to get reimbursed for meats caught with a game permit or a subsistence permit.”Chef Flaherty also wants to see Alaska fruits and vegetables used in new ways, which might extend their usage into the winter. For example, locally-grown zucchini can be shredded and frozen, and then added to a variety of dishes throughout the year, ranging from tacos to muffins.The “Make It Local” cookbook is being printed now, and is due to be distributed at the School Health and Wellness Institute in Anchorage at the end of the month.All school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program will be getting a copy, in addition to Head Start agencies and child care centers participating in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.last_img read more

Combo of psychological skills and magic sets Akshay Laxman apart from other

first_imgAkshay LaxmanPR HandoutAkshay Laxman, who is a graduate in psychology is one of most prominent magicians of India. The combination of his magic and mind reading skills sets him apart from the other magicians.Magic is the most exciting thing ever. Whenever we watch a magic show, it leaves us wondering how did they do it. Today we would like to tell you about Akshay Laxman who is arguably the most prominent magician of India.Akshay was born in the city of dreams Mumbai. Since his childhood, he had developed his interest in magic. He used some tricks when he was just a child. As he grew up, his interest in magic grew as well. He read and learned through the books about magic. Akshay also watched a lot of movies to learn the art of storytelling so that he can use it in his magic tricks and shows.At the age of 18 after finishing his school, he chose to graduate in Psychology so that he can mix the Psychology of human mind and magic to one and make it a an extraordinary art. That is how he became a mentalist who could read minds and perform magic.In the starting phase of his career, Akshay Laxman had to struggle a lot, he would perform at small shows in very less money just so that he can support his family expenses. He would travel and change three Mumbai local train each day to get the film city to give auditions for tv shows just to get a chance but it did not work. One day he got an opportunity to perform in India’s Got Talent, and he performed in front of Karan Johar, Malaika Arora, and Kiran Kher. Even though he didn’t go further in the show, his performance fascinated Karan Johar.One day he got a call asking him to perform for Amir Khan personally. He was shocked by how Amir Khan knew about him then he got to know that Karan Johar gave him Akshay’s number to Amir and praised his magic show.After performing the magic show for Amir Khan and his family personally, He received a standing ovation from Amir and his entire family. Amir Khan also made a testimonial video for him which changed Akshay Laxman’s life. He got famous, and then he was called for Sony TV show Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega where we became the winner of the episode in which he performed and from then on his career took a rocket speed.Today Akshay Laxman has performed all over the world in countries like USA, UK, Myanmar, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, South Africa, Amsterdam, Thailand, Israel, etc. He is famous all over the world and lives a luxuries life. He has performed in front of many A list celebrities and billionaires like Shahrukh Khan, Neeta Ambani, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Dutt and many more. He majorly performs for corporate company events 60% of his shows take place outside India.Akshay Laxman is now a world-renown magician and is also considered the best magician in India. His Psychological skill of mind-reading and magic combination sets him apart from other magicians and makes him unique and best of his profession.last_img read more

US Democrats pick Perez to lead party

first_imgTom Perez addresses the audience after being elected Democratic National Chair during the Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Atlanta. Photo: ReutersUS Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.Members of the Democratic National Committee, the administrative and fundraising arm of the party, picked Perez on the second round of voting over US Representative Keith Ellison, a liberal from Minnesota.Following one of the most crowded and competitive party leadership elections in decades, Perez faces a challenge in unifying and rejuvenating a party still reeling from the Nov. 8 loss of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He immediately made Ellison his deputy.After losing the presidency and failing to recapture majorities in Congress, party leaders are anxious to channel the growing grassroots resistance to Trump into political support for Democrats at all levels of government across the country.“We are suffering from a crisis of confidence, a crisis of relevance,” Perez, a favorite of former Obama administration officials, told DNC members. He promised to lead the fight against Trump and change the DNC’s culture to make it a more grassroots operation.Perez, the son of Dominican immigrants who was considered a potential running mate for Clinton, overcame a strong challenge from Ellison and prevailed on a 235-200 second-round vote. Ellison, who is the first Muslim elected to the US Congress, was backed by liberal leader US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.The showdown between candidates backed by the establishment and progressive wings of the party echoed the bitter 2016 primary between Clinton and Sanders, a rift Democrats will try to put behind them as they turn their focus to fighting Trump.Those divisions persisted through the months-long race for chair, as many in the party’s liberal wing were suspicious of Perez’s ties to the establishment and some Democrats raised questions about possible anti-Semitism in Ellison’s past.Some Ellison supporters chanted “Not big money, party for the people” after the result was announced.But both Perez and Ellison moved quickly to bring the rival factions together. At Perez’s urging, the DNC suspended the rules after the vote and appointed Ellison the deputy chairman of the party.“I am asking you to give everything you’ve got to support Chairman Perez,” Ellison told DNC members after the vote. “We don’t have the luxury, folks, to walk out of this room divided.”TRUMP’S NIGHTMAREPerez said the party would come together.“We are one family, and I know we will leave here united today,” Perez said. “A united Democratic Party is not only our best hope, it is Donald Trump’s nightmare.”Trump took a dig at Perez and Democrats in a tweet offering his congratulations on the election.“I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!” Trump said.Perez and Ellison wore each other’s campaign buttons and stood shoulder-to-shoulder at a news conference after the vote. Perez said the two had talked “for some time” about teaming up, and Ellison said they had “good synergy.”“We need to do more to collaborate with our partners in the progressive movement,” Perez said, adding he and Ellison would look for ways to “channel this incredible momentum” in the protests against Trump and against Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan.Sanders issued a statement congratulating Perez and urging changes at the DNC.“It is imperative that Tom understands that the same-old, same-old is not working,” Sanders said. “We must open the doors of the party to working people and young people in a way that has never been done before.”The election offered the DNC a fresh start after last year’s forced resignation of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who stepped aside when the release of hacked emails appeared to show DNC officials trying to help Clinton defeat Sanders in the primaries.Both Perez and Ellison have pledged to focus on a bottom-up reconstruction of the party, which has lost hundreds of statehouse seats under Obama and faces an uphill task in trying to reclaim majorities in Congress in next year’s midterm elections.Perez said he would redefine the role of the DNC to make it work not just to elect Democrats to the White House but in races ranging from local school boards to the US Senate, pledging to “organize, organize, organize.”“I recognize I have a lot of work to do,” he said. “I will be out there listening and learning in the weeks ahead.”Perez fell one vote short of the simple majority of 214.5 votes needed for election in the first round of voting, getting 213.5 votes to Ellison’s 200. Also on the first ballot were four other candidates—Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown, election lawyer Peter Peckarsky, and activists Jehmu Greene and Sam Ronan.Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, withdrew just before the voting, while Brown, Greene and Ronan dropped out after the first round.last_img read more

DR Congo boat accident kills 50

first_imgMap of the Democratic Republic of Congo locating the towns of Mbandaka and Monkoto on the Momboya river. AFPFifty people died in a boat accident on a river in remote northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said on Friday.The accident happened on the Momboyo river Wednesday night, Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of Tshuapa province, told AFP, saying: “We found 49 bodies on Thursday and another one this morning.”The boat had been transporting passengers and a large amount of goods from the town of Monkoto to the city of Mbandaka in Equateur province, local residents said.”The causes of the sinking and the number of people missing are not yet known. The provincial government has already sent a team there to find out more,” Mboyo said.He added, however, that the boat had been travelling by night — something that is illegal under government safety measures — and did not have lights.Accidents are a frequent hazard on the DRC’s rivers and lakes, due to decrepit boats, overloading, lack of safety equipment and the fact that few Congolese know how to swim.In February, at least 14 people were reported missing when two boats sank on the Congo River.- Reliant on river boats -In Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million people, families on Friday mourned those who died in the accident.”My brother, his wife and their son were on the boat. I have not found their bodies, but there is no sign that they are alive,” said Bienvenu, a mechanic.The Equateur province has separately been affected by an outbreak of Ebola that began in Bikoro, 600km north of Kinshasa, and has spread to Mbandaka.The outbreak, officially declared on May 8, has so far killed 22 people, with 52 cases reported as of May 23, according to the latest figures from Congolese health ministry.”Why are all these misfortunes happening at the same time here in Equateur? We have not yet finished with Ebola, and then many people die like this,” said another resident, who identified himself as Gilbert. “It’s mysterious.”Most of the region’s population rely on boats that criss-cross the many rivers and lakes as a low-cost form of transport.But in the absence of an organised public transport system, private businesses have invested in the sector.Activists often accuse these operators of failing to follow safety regulations.At least 14 people were missing after two boats sank on the Congo River in February.last_img read more

Trump Nuclear Deal Would Be Good For North Korea

first_img Share Evan Vucci/APPresident Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday.President Trump offered assurances that North Korea would benefit from any deal it reaches with the U.S. regarding its nuclear program, amid uncertainty about whether negotiations between the two countries will actually take place.North Korea has threatened to cancel talks between its leader Kim Jong Un and Trump scheduled for next month. Pyongyang said it viewed the joint military exercises held by the U.S. and South Korea as a provocation and that it would not give in to one-sided demands to give up its nuclear weapons.Despite the threats, Trump said his administration continues to be in touch with North Korea about planning the logistics of the summit with Kim.He said it would be in Kim’s best interest to work with the United States to ease tensions in the region.“The best thing he could ever do is to make a deal,” Trump told reporters during a White House meeting Thursday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.North Korea complained about remarks from White House national security adviser John Bolton that the U.S. could follow the Libya model for denuclearization of North Korea.Libya gave up its nuclear weapons program, but years later Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed in an uprising backed by NATO forces.Trump attempted to clarify Bolton’s comments, saying Bolton was referring to the approach the U.S. would take if talks failed.If a deal is reached, Trump said Kim would be able to remain as the head of North Korea and the U.S. would provide strong security protections for the regime.“He’d be running his country. His country would be very rich,” Trump said.North Korea has faced crippling economic sanctions due to its pursuit of nuclear weapons.North Korea’s threats to scrap the meeting with Trump represented a striking potential setback between the U.S. and North Korea, after weeks of warming relations between the two countries.Last week, Trump had said he and Kim would try to make the summit a “very special moment for world peace.”But, Trump seemed to speculate China might be behind the shift in rhetoric from North Korea.“I think things changed a little bit when they met with China,” Trump said. “There has been a big difference since they had the second meeting with (China’s) President Xi.”China is North Korea’s longtime ally, but the two countries have had disagreements over North Korea’s nuclear program. The U.S. has relied on China to help bolster its sanctions against North Korea.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Back 2 School Drive

first_imgRising Over Standards and Excelling with Diamonds on the Rise are having their 2nd annual back to school drive on August 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at 2520 Francis Street, Baltimore. Please join us for a carnival style day filled with fun, free food and supply giveaways.Donations and Vendors are welcomed. Contact 443-379-9396 or email

This Dead Space Plasma Cutter Replica Wont Kill Aliens but Looks Great

first_imgIf you’re a hardcore survival horror game fan, you’ve probably already played Dead Space through to the end, and you’re planning on picking up your pre-order of Dead Space 2 as soon as you can today, now that the game is in stores. What you may be missing from your Dead Space collection however is this Dead Space Plasma Cutter replica, complete with scorch-marks on the front, light-up effects, and a beautiful display-case to keep it safe when you’re not whirling it around in your living room, pretending you’re being attacked by necromorphs. The plasma cutter replica is large enough to hold in your hand, and has a rechargeable battery inside with about 30-minutes of play time before you have to plug it back in. It’s just less than 3 pounds, and if you just have to have one, you can pre-order it now for $219 list price. Entertainment Earth says they’ll begin shipping in March.last_img read more

Black Cat Celebrates International Cat Day

first_imgToday, August 8th, is International Cat Day. This day was started in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to help raise awareness of animal welfare issues. It’s also a great excuse to share pics of cats on the internet!That’s why today we’re going to share some fan art of the coolest cat in town, Black Cat. Black Cat aka was introduced over the course of Amazing Spider-Man #194 and #194 by Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard. Her father, Walter Hardy, was a cat burglar and she decided she wanted to follow in his footsteps. From there, Black Cat would have on again/off again interest in Spider-Man, but not Peter Parker. In fact, eventually finding out that Peter was Spider-Man was a big disappointment to her. Over the years Black Cat would go from adversary to anti-hero. She’d patrol with Spider-Man one day, and try to start a crime syndicate the next. She’d work solo, or team up with Heroes For Hire. In the early days, Felicia Hardy was a victim of the old tired tropes that female comic characters often faced. She was a victim of abuse from an ex-boyfriend that led her to push herself to be stronger; she wanted to break up with Spider-Man because she felt like she was hurting him too much, and more. While all of those elements haven’t aged as well, the character herself has evolved into so much more, and we can all be happy about that!My introduction to Black Cat like many 90’s kids was through Spider-Man: The Animated Series. In that version of Spider-Man, Felicia Hardy was an important character early on, replacing Gwen Stacy in the Mary Jane and Peter Parker love triangle. It was all very Betty and Veronica. By the time Felicia Hardy becomes Black Cat, it’s season four of the series, and we really care about Felicia Hardy as a character. She ends up being manipulated by Kingpin into getting super powers in a somewhat similar way to the comics. In the comics, however, she was Black Cat before getting powers and after they were removed by Dr. Strange.So go out and celebrate International Cat Day! Go through your Spider-Man back issues, check out some great Black Cat fan art, or watch Spider-Man: The Animated Series on Hulu. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.View as: One Page Slides1. Bob Q2. Petr Bohacek3. Art Thibert4. Haley S5. Dima Ivanov6. Gabriel Hardman7. Paul Renaud8. Lyfaye9. Bnie10. Humberto Ramos11. CJ Rasmussen12. Adi Granov13. Mike McKone14. Yester Dey15. Brenden Swan16. Brian McCarrie17. Sean Patty18. Lucas M19. Elena L20. David Serretlast_img read more