click to enlarge Bravo Screenshot The face you make when you are dead on the inside With a certain bittersweetness, we've reached the final installment of the fifth season of Southern Charm. Thanks for taking the journey with me. Before we get started with our final episode, let's take a brief look back at what has happened this season. We'll go cast member by cast member, and for the sake of fairness we'll go in order of achievements this season – most to fewest – starting with Cameran. Cameran grew and birthed a human child using her body. Even more incredible, she has continued to care for what is basically a helpless, unformed ball of skin that shits and pisses everywhere. And I'm not just talking about Shep! (Trumpet sound: Wwha-wwha-whaaahhhhh. Booooo, that joke sucks.) With Cameran in mind, you should have learned at least one thing from her story arc this season: If you've ever questioned someone's reasoning for wanting to be a parent or criticized … [Read more...] about Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: A funny thing happened on the way to Patricia’s gala
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HUNTINGTON — Growing numbers of Americans in their 80s love their jobs and have no plans to retire, and one of those is Tom Bell."At age 86 I am just thankful to wake up and put my feet on the floor," Bell jokingly said. "Really, I feel truly blessed with a wonderful wife, a great job, a great mayor and great board of directors."Today, Bell is the economic director for the City of Huntington and the executive director of the Huntington Municipal Development Authority (HMDA). In this position he has been instrumental in development of Kinetic Park. "I am particularly proud in this job is that the board allowed me to purchase back the Owens-Illinois plant after it had gone out of business and I was able to sell it," Bell explained. "That gave us the cash we needed to pay off the loans for Kinetic Park. Also, one of my greatest joys was talking Amazon into staying in Huntington and relocating to Kinetic Park."In the past, Bell has served as former Mayor Kim Wolfe's chief tax deputy … [Read more...] about At 86, HMDA head has brokered business success, sees great things happening
Here are 10 change-makers who are working to improve the Baltimore area with their courage, innovative thinking and leadership:Munir Bahar36, founder of COR Health Institute, martial arts instructorAfter years going in and out of jail and using drugs and alcohol, the East Baltimore resident decided to transform his life with martial arts.“I needed the self-discipline, and I needed a tool to help me grow, professionally as well as physically,” said Bahar. He also co-founded the now-defunct 300 Men March in Baltimore, launched to stop violence. It was all a part of a promise he made to the city “to do whatever's necessary to bring the violence down,” he said.Now, Bahar uses his experiences growing up and his expertise in martial arts to teach and transform the city, one child at a time. He created a dojo in East Baltimore after the uprisings in April 2015 to teach boys who are considered to be the most neglected and affected by city crime, violence and … [Read more...] about 10 people who make the Baltimore region better: Torrey Smith to Kondwani Fidel
Sports MLBA new season of Major League Baseball (MLB) is around the corner, with Opening Day scheduled for March 29.The free agency has seen a number of big moves, with the likes of J.D. Martinez, Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta joining new teams, and the race to dethrone the Houston Astros promises to be fascinating to watch.Newsweek has picked five things to look out for over the next seven months.1) How will the new signings perform?There has been no shortages of major players moving teams during the off season. Giancarlo Stanton moved to the New York Yankees to form what on paper is a mouth-watering power pairing alongside Aaron Judge, as the duo hit 59 and 52 home runs last year respectively. Only one team in history—the Yankees in 1961—boasted two players who hit 50 or more home runs in the same season.Recommended Slideshows37Who Will Be Invited to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding?51In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World15In … [Read more...] about MLB Opening Day 2018: Five Things to Look Forward to This Season
DRIVING THE DAY – A snazzy collection of charts and graphs will accompany this a.m.’s Healthcare.gov progress report, a senior administration official tells Playbook: “Marking their goal of improving the site by the end of November, administration officials … will release a progress report on the efforts to fix HealthCare.gov. Loaded with charts and chock full of data about site performance, the new report is the most in-depth look at the administration's effort to improve HealthCare.gov for the vast majority of users. The Obama administration's turnaround expert Jeff Zients will host a briefing call at 9 a.m. to unveil the report.” Also on the call: Julie Bataille, director, Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. --“Administration readies for crucial website update,” by Brett Norman, with Susan Levine (former WashPoster, now a POLITICO) and Kyle Cheney: “Zients is … expected to say that tech … [Read more...] about WELCOME TO DECEMBER! — THE SENTENCE IN TODAY’S NYT that will make a few people with .gov addresses cringe — WHAT OBAMA BOUGHT at Politics and Prose
Here’s the unedited Director’s Cut version of my column in the paper tomorrow . . . OAKLAND Will Jose Canseco be booed or cheered here this summer when he shows up for the A’s 1989 World Series 25th anniversary celebration? More to the point, will he Canseco strangled by any of his ex-teammates during introductions? Sorry, we must wait for the weekend of July 18-20 to learn the answer. But I salute the A’s for finally starting to get their history right in terms of reunion parties and promotions. Bless the Athletics front office for doing so. It’s about time. And I’m not talking just about the 1989 team. This weekend at O.co Coliseum, the 1974 World Series champions will be honored in a 40th reunion celebration. Saturday evening, all eight starting position players from that 1974 team—Billy North, Campy Campaneris, Sal Bando, Reggie Jackson, Gene Tenace, Joe Rudi, Ray Fosse and Dick Green–are scheduled to take the field for bows … [Read more...] about A’s Reunion Of 1974 World Series Champs This Weekend Should Be Excellent–But What Happens When Jose Canseco Shows Up For This Summer’s 1989 Reunion?
UPDATE: Left wing Matt Cooke has decided not to appeal his 7-game suspension. He doesn't want any more distractions for the Wild in the playoffs. The Wild had a very optional practice this morning and flew to Denver, where it plays Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. So, we know Game 6 at the X will be an elimination game Monday night. The only question is whether it will be Minnesota with its back against the wall or Colorado. The road team hasn’t won a game in this series yet. If the Wild wants to advance to the second round, it will need to change that. “Obviously the next game is going to be a big one,” coach Mike Yeo said. “The team that wins that is going to be a little more in the driver’s seat here, so they have two games at home and we’re going to have to win a game in their building. I would certainly like to make that be the next game.” Yeo said it’s important the Wild doesn’t … [Read more...] about Wild hits the road; updated Avalanche quotes
The Eagles media staff puts out a list of all the quotes that come from the press conferences and locker room interviews after each game.You’ll note that there was plenty of commentary about the President Donald Trump’s commentary and stance about players not standing for the National Anthem, which was the storyline that dominated the third Sunday of the NFL season.There was also lots to say about the Eagles’ amazing 27-24 win over the Giants on Jake Elliott;s 61-yard field goal as time expired:Eagles Head Coach Doug PedersonOn what was going through his mind on K Jake Elliott’s kick.DOUG PEDERSON: Quite honestly, I had so much confidence standing there, calmness. I just watched him kick a couple kickoffs extremely deep into the end zone, and it was pretty awesome. Sounded like a cannon off his foot, great snap, great hold, protection was there. Yeah, awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome.On what field goal distance he was comfortable with Jake at the start of the … [Read more...] about EAGLES-GIANTS POSTGAME QUOTES: Lots of talk about unity, Trump and a long field goal
By Tim Grobaty | [email protected] | Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: January 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm | UPDATED: January 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that Mineo Gonzalez, in trying to unseat incumbent 9th District Councilman and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, has set a near-impossible task for himself. Richardson has an unblemished record in a sometimes forgotten district that he has energized and improved in his first term and doesn’t appear to be open to any serious attack by Gonzalez. Further, he has a decent amount of money that he’s raised to ward off competition in the April 10 election. Instead, Gonzalez is the sole opponent in the race. Richardson has admitted, “I don’t plan to spend a bunch of money on this campaign. I raised it, but if I only have one opponent, I don’t think it makes sense to spend a lot of money.” If things look dismal for Gonzalez, a 41-year-old accountant who has lived most of his life in Northtown, … [Read more...] about Phony website makes uphill battle steeper for challenger in Long Beach’s 9th District
What’s the secret to being a great teacher? The four finalists for Miami-Dade’s annual Teacher of the Year contest — chosen from the county’s roughly 18,000 public school teachers — have some ideas. Inspiring students takes passion, hard work and perseverance, they said. Above all, a great teacher finds a way to connect with each child as an individual, not as a test score. The winner of the 2019 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year will be announced on Jan. 25 along with the rookie teacher of the year. The awards dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center at 711 NW 72nd Ave. The winner will compete for the state title. Here are the finalists: North Region: Molly Winters Diallo, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Miami-Dade teacher of the year finalist Molly Winters Diallo from Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High on Jan. 12, 2018. PEDRO PORTAL … [Read more...] about What makes a classroom click? Meet four great teachers who make it happen.