Benjamin Hochman: Right now, the Blues are the Frazier to the Avalanche's Ali. But the Blues are putting up a fight.
It’s tough sledding when going up against an Avalanche. Colorado’s players are playing better as a team than this Blues team is right now. The Blues are the Alydar to Colorado’s Affirmed, the Frazier to the Avs’ Ali. They sure put up a fight, but don’t often win. But is Colorado a seven-game series better than St. Louis? Even after Wednesday’s 4-3 St. Louis loss, I don’t know if you can make that proclamation. Not yet, anyway. The Blues have now played the National Hockey League’s top team three times in April — and lost all three games by one goal each. “We can compete with anyone. … We’re ri...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Frank Martin reflects on 'crappy' year, reacts to new contract, defends South Carolina tenure
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Frank Martin heard the offseason rumors and the narratives about a possible coaching change at South Carolina. On Thursday morning — in his first news conference in the 35 days since South Carolina's season ended on March 11 — Martin told reporters to check their sources, insisting that this offseason's timeline and the discussions of the past few weeks have been "no different" than the typical offseason. He said he took a few days to decompress after the season ended and waited two weeks before meeting with players, adding that he didn't speak publicly because he didn't want ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
From almond butter aspirations to classical recordings on cassette tapes, Chicago label Parlour Tapes is ready for its next chapter
CHICAGO — There was a time when Parlour Tapes — cassette label, event planners, and sound experiment extraordinaires — came precariously close to breaking into the nut butter business. Deidre Huckabay, Jenna Lyle and Zach Moore claim it was all the doing of Andrew Tham, their fellow Parlour Tapes owner. “A few years ago, Andrew found 90-pound bags of shelled almonds at Costco. He was like, ‘OK, here’s the deal: We can make almond butter with some of these, then the rest we have to keep in the freezer so they don’t go bad,’” Lyle recounted during a recent Zoom interview, her voice pitching. Tha...
On Gardening: A Stormburst of verbena blossoms and butterflies awaits your pollinator garden
Spring has been incredible at The Garden Guy’s house, and I am absolutely thankful for the Superbena Stormburst verbena. Swallowtails and hummingbirds came really early this year, not only in Georgia but throughout the Southeast. So while I have been waiting for lantanas, salvias, agastaches and cupheas to reach the blooming stage, the Superbenas came roaring back as if they were juiced on steroids. The runners are long, deep green and bearing huge blooms. Eastern Tiger and Spicebush swallowtails along with hummingbirds have been making them part of their daily nectaring ritual. This is my thi...
Tribune News Service
Disaster-prone Indonesia buys 500 Iridium radio devices for field staff
SINGAPORE,NNA - The Indonesian government has adopted leading-edge Iridium push-to-talk (PTT) radio devices to boost emergency preparedness while supporting the communication efforts of its field personnel working in the country's diverse island landscapes. By deploying 500 Iridium handsets, the government now has a reliable "grab-and-go" real-time satellite-supported communications solution for staff on the move, said US-based Iridium Communications Inc. in a press release. As the largest archipelago in the world, disaster-prone Indonesia is made up of five major islands and more than 17,500 ...
NNA Business News
Magic showcase balance, beat Bulls to end 6-game skid
The Orlando Magic’s balance was enough to push them past the Chicago Bulls’ two All-Stars. James Ennis scored a season-high 22 points, going 5-for-6 from the 3-point line, to lead six players in double figures as the Magic ended a six-game losing streak with a 115-106 win over the Bulls on Wednesday at United Center. Wendell Carter Jr., facing his former team, posted 19 points and 12 rebounds to help power the Magic (18-37). Gary Harris and Michael Carter-Williams, who shook off a rolled ankle, each finished with 15 points, Terrence Ross had 11 and Cole Anthony had 10 for Orlando. Zach LaVine ...
Knicks get best of Zion Williamson, beat Pelicans for season-high fourth straight win
NEW ORLEANS – Not even Zion Williamson, the supernatural athletic phenomenon, could figure out the Knicks defense. Julius Randle, on the other hand, had all the answers. Playing his first career game against the Knicks, Williamson was flustered down the stretch by a blitzing defense as owner James Dolan watched his team win its season-high fourth straight Wednesday, 116-106. Randle was again the hero with 31 points, outdueling Williamson in a power-forward head-to-head battle. Williamson had 25 points but bombed in the fourth quarter, managing just four points on 1-of-4 shooting with two turno...
New York Daily News
Joel Embiid, Sixers earn 123-117 victory as Nets play without several stars in showdown
PHILADELPHIA — So much for Wednesday night’s game serving as a barometer to see if the 76ers are legitimate NBA championship contenders. All it basically determined was that the Sixers can hold off Kyrie Irving and a bunch of Brooklyn Nets role players. That’s the team they defeated, 123-117, in a much-anticipated Eastern Conference first-place showdown. The Sixers (38-17) have sole possession of first place with 17 games remaining. This victory also enabled them to win two of this season’s three meetings against the Nets (37-18). As a result, the Sixers hold the tiebreaker and will get the hi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
‘Long time coming’: City council in Placerville, Calif., votes to remove noose from city logo
The Placerville City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to remove the noose symbol from its city logo. The “meeting has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Dennis Thomas. The issue was first raised last summer when council members discussed removing the noose. The City Council decided to delay the decision in the hopes that pandemic restrictions would be relaxed in 2021, and an in-person meeting could be held to gather input from the public, said Cleve Morris, city manager. When those hopes didn’t come to fruition, the council members brought it to debate Tuesday with over 150 people join...
The Sacramento Bee
Dell Technologies spinning off ownership stake in VMWare
Dell Technologies said Wednesday that it is spinning off its ownership stake in VMware, a California-based cloud-software company. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2021 and result in two standalone companies. Dell Technologies said the companies will continue to work together through a commercial agreement and continue co-engineering technology. Dell Technologies is one of the world's largest tech companies and one of the largest private employers in Central Texas. Dell Technologies owns about 81% of VMware’s common stock, which it gained through its acquisition ...