“There’s a lot to Laverne Cox,” said the actress Monday afternoon when asked to describe her upbringing.In an interview with Brianna Suslovic ’16 and Maddie Studt ’16, Cox, one of the breakout stars of the acclaimed Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” spoke about everything from her Southern roots to her activism and rise to fame as a transgender African-American actress.“Growing up in Alabama, I didn’t have the language, but I knew I was feminine,” she said. “I was bullied as a kid from preschool on, chased home from school everyday.”Being transgender and black has made her work harder to be taken seriously in her craft, Cox said.“I’ve sometimes overcompensated out of insecurity, or fear that I’ve not been good enough, or people are going to make these assumptions about me anyway,” she said. “Now I’m learning that I am enough as I am. When we hustle for worthiness, we don’t believe inherently that we deserve that worthiness. I’m trying to be authentically myself, while remaining teachable in the process.”On “Orange Is the New Black,” Cox portrays Sophia Burset, an imprisoned transgender woman. The show has been lauded for showcasing marginalized voices and bringing transgender issues to the forefront of popular culture.“Our characters are written with such depth and humanity and such multidimensionality,” said Cox.Before joining the show, Cox produced and starred in VH1’s “TRANSForm Me” and was a contestant on VH1’s “I Wanna Work for Diddy.” But with the popularity of “Orange Is the New Black,” said Cox, “everything has changed.”“I can’t walk through the airport now,” she said. “And I love all of you, but if you see me in the airport, I am not ready to talk!”The biggest life change, she divulged, is having a broader platform to be an activist for transgender people. “I’ve been talking about this for years, and now people are listening,” she said. Cox has been an outspoken supporter of CeCe McDonald, an African-American transgender woman who was jailed in 2012 for stabbing and killing an attacker, and regularly speaks about violence against transgender people of color.Delving into life on the set of “Orange Is the New Black,” Cox said that while filming season two, the cast bonded more than during season one. “We sing a lot on set,” she said. “Mostly Beyoncé!” The new season premieres on Netflix on June 6.As far as plot spoilers go, Cox was mum, allowing only that Lorraine Toussaint comes onboard to play a character named Vee, and that viewers are in for a shakeup. “It’s major,” she promised.When asked whether she believed Hollywood would ever cast transgender actors in nontrans roles, Cox was positive. “I do believe that,” she said.In her own career, Cox said she wants to keep acting, work with great directors on great projects, and “continue to be challenged.” In discussing the “sensationalized, trivialized” ways that transgender stories are presented in the media, Cox said, “There’s a focus on transition and surgery, and I believe that objectifies trans folks, and that becomes the only takeaway.”Discussing how to combat ignorance about transgender people, Cox said, “It’s up to each and every one of us to have those conversations and spark those conversations. You can even use ‘Orange Is the New Black’ as a jump-off. I believe if we approach people with love and empathy, I think that can be the beginning of a wonderful revolution.”At the end of the conversation — which was sponsored by the Harvard Foundation, Office for the Arts at Harvard, Harvard College Women’s Center, Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, Queer Students and Allies, and Office of BGLTQ Student Life — Cox was overwhelmed by an impromptu Harvard Veritones performance of the show’s theme song, “You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor.“I want a copy of that for the cast!” she said. “They’d love that!”
A plume of methane flares at a natural gas hydrofracturing site in Wetzel County, W.Va. Photo: Ray RenaudRose Baker can no longer drink the water from her well. About four years ago, natural gas drilling companies came into Wetzel County, a rural area in West Virginia near its border with Pennsylvania. Now, Baker and her neighbors have to keep their taps turned off, as their wells are full of methane and a long list of hazardous chemicals.“We didn’t have a problem until they started drilling here,” Baker says.Natural gas development has increased exponentially in the past decade in the United States, fueled, in part, by the search for a cleaner-burning domestic fuel source. But does the environmental harm inflicted by extracting the gas outweigh its benefits?Wetzel County sits atop the second largest natural gas deposit in the world. The Marcellus Shale stretches from New York through Pennsylvania and West Virginia and into parts of Maryland, Ohio and Virginia. Contained within this formation could be as much as 516 trillion cubic feet of gas — enough to meet the country’s needs for roughly twenty0 years based on current usage levels (however, only 50 trillion cubic feet, or two years worth, is recoverable using current drilling techniques).Until recently, shale gas, which is contained in small pockets within this rock thousands of feet beneath earth’s surface, had been too costly to tap. Technological advances in a process called hydraulic fracturing — hydrofracking, for short — have changed that. The process involves pumping millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals at extremely high pressure into a well to cause cracks in the rock so the trapped gas can escape. Of the 750 different chemicals used in fracking fluid, 29 are known or possible carcinogens. Most of the others have not been tested or researched for their toxicity.In November 2008, Baker’s neighbor and sister-in-law, Bonnie Hall, noticed her water had turned gray and started to smell bad after a second gas well was drilled near her home. A water test came back positive for methane and the toxic chemicals benzene and toluene. Chesapeake Energy and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection both said the cause was spilled gasoline from her neighbor’s property — a mile away. Hall blames the pollution on the gas well being drilled through her aquifer.“That’s kind of scary, because that’s our drinking water supply they’re going through to get to this natural gas,” Hall says.The gas industry disputes the claims of Baker, Hall, and others.“We have multiple layers of steel casing and cement that, if done properly, ensure that the hydrocarbons and fracturing fluids cannot, in any way, shape or form, communicate with freshwater aquifers,” says Travis Windle, a spokesman for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a natural gas industry group. 1 2 3
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Australia on Thursday reported the biggest one-day rise in COVID-19 cases in more than a week, denting optimism that a stringent lockdown of its second-largest city will soon be lifted.Authorities said 127 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the past 24 hours, up on the 109 cases recorded on Wednesday and the biggest one-day jump since Aug 28.The bulk of the cases were detected in Victoria state which reported 113 new cases in the past 24 hours, despite the state capital, Melbourne, nearing the end of a six-week lockdown. Queensland state accounted for the remaining two cases.Australia has now recorded more than 26,000 COVID-19 cases, while the death toll rose to 678 after a further 15 people in Victoria died.Although strict restrictions have helped to prevent the spread of the virus beyond Victoria, they have wreaked havoc on the economy, with official data on Wednesday showing Australia had entered its first recession in three decades. Topics : As result, state authorities said Australia’s second-largest city – home to 5 million people – may have to continue with restrictions beyond the planned Sept 13 end date.”I can’t rule out that we have to continue [with some] rules. I simply can’t,” state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.Victoria in August imposed a nightly curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s movement and ordered large parts of the local economy to close to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported 12 cases, a day after it posted its biggest one-day spike in new infections for two weeks.
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” That injury bug that hit the football team seems to be at it again with the wrestlers at Wellington High School.The Crusaders took a depleted lineup to Rossville in northeast Kansas for a dual on Friday and a tournament on Saturday.This marks the second consecutive year, WHS has wrestled in Rossville in northeast Kansas. WHS head coach Mitch McComb said he wanted to wrestle a different group of grapplers than what he sees down here. Rossville head wrestling coach Curt Brecheisen is also a WHS graduate.The Crusaders nearly won the Rossville Tournament last season, but this year finished 12th with 65 points. On Friday they participated in a double dual, losing to Rossville 40-18 and Junction City 59-18.As far as the injuries are concerned, it isnâ€™t good.First thereâ€™s the latest in the Andrew Pelkey injury news.After looking to have clearance from the doctor this week, he was advised that his knee is still not ready for competition for another month.McComb said he can practice but he canâ€™t compete against other teams. The earliest Wellington would have him would be the final dual match against Concordia before regional.When asked what the difference is between practice and a wrestling competition, McComb said he was told that in practice you can control the situation but not so when competing against other teams.Another injury blow came in Rossville when Graysen DeJarnett, at 140, injured his arm. He is listed as questionable in the key league match with Mulvane Thursday.Daniel Schmidt is also banged up at 106.This isnâ€™t a good time for Wellington’s wrestling team to have injuries. The Dukes embark on league play this Thursday when traveling to Mulvane for at 7 p.m. for a dual.â€œWith the injuries and our youth we donâ€™t have anyone 132 pounds and below who are not first year wrestlers,â€ McComb said.This is not to mention a couple of other junior varsity wrestlers, who are out. Gabe Smith, a freshman, is out for the year and Ian Groom, also a freshman, is questionable with an injury at 182 pounds. Zach Bodkin at 152 pounds did not go to Rossville because of an injury.â€œThe future is good because we have so many young wrestlers,â€ McComb said. â€œBut right now, it stinks, because they are so young and injured. Iâ€™m not sure how many open weight classes we will have when we travel to Mulvane.â€As far as the Rossville weekend, there were some positive notes.â€¢Matt McComb, a heavyweight freshman, went 2-4 in his varsity debut and was 2-2 in the tournament finishing seventh.â€¢Skylar Brand at 220 was 5-1 and lost his only match in the championship finals. He pinned all five of his opponents in victory.â€¢Aaron Fair, finished 4-2 and fourth in the tournament, losing an overtime match for third place at 195.â€¢Vincent Ast was 2-3 for the weekend at 170 pounds, but finished fourth in the tournament. His only losses were to highly ranked opponents.â€¢DeJarnett before getting hurt was 3-3 at 145.Other Wellington wrestlers struggled.â€¢Admad Mohammed, a wrestler from Yemen, was 0-4 for the weekend. However, two of those wrestlers were undefeated.â€¢Andrew Wolf was 1-3 for the weekend at 120.â€¢Kadin Heacock at 126 was 1-2 in the tournament. He wrestled two ranked opponents at the dual on Friday.Overall point totals for the tournament were: Santa Fe Trail 206, Clay Center 193, Hutchinson County 171, Rossville 144.5, Pleasant Ridge 133.5, St. Maryâ€™s 113.5, Republic County 98, Sabetha 96, Donavan West 83.5, Riley County 72, Wellington 65, Hiawatha 45, Perry- Lecompton 35, Maur Hill 29, Topeka Hayden 14, Immaculata 6.5.Follow us on Twitter.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United captain Harry Maguire believes the Red Devils are on the right track towards contending for the Premier League title again.United have not won the league since Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013 and were a mammoth 37 points behind leaders Liverpool when the Premier League season was put on hold due to coronavirus last month.However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were on an 11-match unbeaten run before the shutdown with Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka beginning to repay the lavish sums spent on them last summer and January signing Bruno Fernandes making an immediate impact.“I knew when I first came to Manchester United that Ole said to me loads and loads it’s a building process but we’ll be where we want to be.” Maguire told Sky Sports.“There are plenty of aspects we need to improve to get to the top of where we want to be. We don’t want to be challenging for this Champions League spot, we want to be challenging for titles.“We know there’s still a lot of improvement to get there, but we’re on the right track and I’m sure eventually we will get there.”United sat fifth in the table when matches were suspended and still in the running for silverware in the FA Cup and Europa League. Should the season be able to be completed in the coming months, Solskjaer’s options could be strengthened by the return from injury of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.Pogba has been restricted to just eight appearances all season by a persistent ankle problem, but Maguire hopes the French World Cup winner and Fernandes can form a potent partnership in midfield.“He’s been brilliant since he’s come in, off the field around the training ground, he’s a leader and wants to win, everything he does he wants to win, you can tell he’s been brought up with that attitude,” Maguire added on Fernandes.“He’s just given us that little bit more life and creativity in the middle.“We’ve got Paul to come back as well, who I’m sure will probably make himself (Fernandes) lift his game even more.“We have a lot of competition in that centre midfield now, they know they have to be on their game to keep their spot, so I’m sure we’ll see the benefit.” Share on: WhatsApp
Pittsburgh’s Jamel Artis, right, and Philadelphia’s Andre Gibbs chase a loose ball in the second half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon ordered his players to run, run and then run some more during the offseason, determined to make sure the Panthers could keep pace in the new-look ACC.Through the drudgery, Dixon kept reminding the Panthers about the transformation of former forward Lamar Patterson, who evolved from role player into vital cog during his senior season last winter thanks in part to a more athletic frame.“Guys saw results of Lamar having a great year,” Dixon said. “He was in the running for ACC Player of the Year. Gradually we got down to the weight we had as a goal for him his freshman year when he arrived here. They saw success he had as a lighter, quicker player.”Pitt is hoping for a similar trajectory for sophomore forward Michael Young, one of three returning starters for a 26-10 team that lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament last spring. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Young — described as “He Man” by teammate Sheldon Jeter — is decidedly more sculpted than he was as a raw, unfinished product a year ago.Young will move into the center spot vacated by the departure of Talib Zanna and brings a polished offensive game the Panthers have lacked in the post in recent years. The early returns have been promising. Young averaged 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in a pair of exhibition wins, mixing crisp post play with a deft outside touch.“We’ve never really had a guy that skilled that can play (center),” Dixon said.Young’s development is crucial to taking some of the pressure off Pitt’s perimeter, particularly early in the season while senior guard Cam Wright recovers from a fractured left foot.The Panthers will find themselves well-tested before their second season in the ACC begins. Pitt will spend Thanksgiving in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, a field that includes No. 2 Arizona and No. 16 San Diego State plus BYU, Missouri and Kansas State.Going west without their leading returning scorer isn’t ideal, but Dixon believes it’s a chance for serious growth for a rotation that will likely include only four upperclassmen.“These guys are determined to do something special,” Dixon said. “On paper we look like a young team … but I felt the summer and having a lot time together we really did some positive things.”Pittsburgh forward Durand Johnson talks about his recovery from an injury that cut last season short for him during the school’s annual media day for the upcoming NCAA college basketball season on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)What else to look for as Pitt tries to get past the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009:JOHNSON’S JUMP: Junior swingman Durand Johnson was in the process of making the leap from spark off the bench to budding star when he tore the ACL in his right knee in January. Ten months later, the excitable Johnson is back to provide the Panthers with an emotional boost. An ankle injury in September slowed him at the start of practice but he appeared to be his shot-happy self while scoring 19 points in an exhibition win over Philadelphia.MR. ROBINSON’S NEIGHBORHOOD: Junior point guard James Robinson will need to take on a more prominent role in the offense. Robinson makes good decisions with the ball — look no further than his 3.4 assist/turnover ratio — but Dixon would like it if Robinson called his own number more often.CAM CAN: Wright was a revelation at times last season. His scoring average jumped from 4.3 points per game as a sophomore to 10.5 as a junior. He’s the team’s best slasher, and his ability to get to the line will be crucial once he returns.“D” UP: For most of Dixon’s 11-year tenure, the Panthers have relied on a rugged defense. That identity is changing as he recruits faster, more offensively skilled players. Still, the quickest way to earn playing time is developing toughness on the other end of the court. Dixon chastised his players for being too passive during the exhibition season and challenged them to pick up the intensity.ROUGH ROAD: Pitt’s second year in the ACC will have a decidedly familiar feel. The Panthers will play both Syracuse and Louisville — old rivals from the Big East — twice this season. Throw in the trip to Hawaii and conference games at Duke and defending conference champion Virginia and Pitt will have to fight to earn a trip to the NCAAs for the 11th time in Dixon’s 12 years on the job.
“It will be a challenge, but we are confident in what they can do and we expect to bring back a trophy.”The Las Vegas Invitational — the largest rugby tournament in North America — will take place February 12 – 14 and will be played alongside the USA Sevens international rugby tournament held annually in Las Vegas.The LVI is considered the premier amateur rugby events in the United States, featuring athletes and match-ups across a wide-range of rugby divisions and age groups.Hickson, who played for the LVR Bombers during his high school days, is joined by Vancouver Rowers teammates Patrick Davis and Josh Doherty.Hickson is a member of the Vancouver Rowers Rugby Club. The club recently repeated as Okanagan Spring Brewery League Provincial Champs. A former graduate of the L.V. Rogers Rugby program has landed a spot on the provincial U23 Men’s team that will be competiting in the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens, February 12-15.Sean Hickson of Nelson is one of the dozen players named to the squad in a recent release on the BC Rugby website.”Both Jon Thiel and I are extremely excited about the potential of this group of players, who range from 18 to 22, and what they can do in Vegas,” said Coach Danny Weidner.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAmari Cooper isn’t only a different receiver with the Cowboys. He’s apparently trying his hand at news-breaking now, too.Cooper told The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins Thursday that Raiders coach Jon Gruden didn’t want to trade him, rather that owner Mark Davis spearheaded sending Cooper to Dallas for a 2019 first-round pick in late October. Watkins also included in his story that Cooper said former Raiders general manager …
BOSTON — Gus Nyquist’s Sharks debut got overshadowed by the continuing drama related to Erik Karlsson’s groin injury. It got spoiled by the team’s lackluster performance against the Boston BruinsKarlsson left Tuesday’s game in Boston after he appeared to re-tweak a groin injury that sidelined him for 10 games over the last two months (more coming). In addition, Evander Kane insists that he took a cheap shot from Zdeno Chara and the Sharks lost their fourth straight game against a potential …