Five years ago, when Michael Ronan worked on helping Seattle get the bid to host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, he had no idea that his then-toddler daughter would become one of the Games’ biggest stories. But indeed she has. Eight-year-old Frannie Ronan from Kirkland will be competing in Level 1 gymnastics and will be the youngest competitor in the Games. Two weeks ago, at a special event in her honor at the Xfinity store in South Lake Union, she was not only greeted by a crowd of well-wishers but a life-size cutout of herself (“two Frannies,” she said), which she posed next to for photos. Special Olympics USA Games Seattle | July 1 – 6 More info Special Olympics 101: Map, explainers, schedules and more She's addressed the U.N. and met President Obama, now Seattle's Devon Adelman is paddling for gold With history-making sponsorship deal, this track duo pushes for inclusive definition of 'athlete' Unified teams like this Federal Way football squad … [Read more...] about Meet the youngest Special Olympics USA Games competitor: 8-year-old gymnast Frannie Ronan
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Northwest Indiana music legend Tom Lounges has amassed a massive record collection in his decades-long career of writing about, talking about, booking and promoting musical acts.Now he's putting his gently "pre-loved" vinyl records, as well as CDs and cassettes, up for sale at the Tom Lounges' Record Bin in downtown Hobart. The new record store, which opened Friday at 218 Main St., doubles as a mini museum with posters and other music memorabilia and a live 24/7 online radio station, Lounges DJs, at regionradio.live."It has a rock focus, but we'll sell all kinds of music, including easy-listening, oldies, comics, R&B, metal, hip hop, country, dance albums and waltzes," Lounges said. "But it's primarily rock."Vinyl sales hit a Nielsen Music-era record high with 14.32 million albums sold last year, an increase of 9 percent, according to Billboard. Vinyl records accounted for 14 percent of all physical albums sold, another Nielsen Music-era record.In an age of Spotify and streaming, … [Read more...] about Tom Lounges opens record store/radio station/mini music museum in downtown Hobart
TASTE TEST: Dream of the '90s alive in Tomato Bar's Porklandia Remember when people were eating pizza? Vegan pizza, gluten-free pizza? Pizza with a spicy alfredo base, a pesto base, an oil and garlic base? Pizza topped with portobello mushrooms, hardwood-smoked bacon, artichoke hearts and goat cheese?There's a place where that idea still exists as a reality. And I've been there.The tomato sauce never runs dry at Tomato Bar, a modern pizzeria with locations at 79 U.S. 41 in Schererville and 2310 Laporte Ave. in Valparaiso.Cory and Blair Muro, the duo that's also behind Ricochet Tacos and The Market in Valparaiso, run the gourmet pizzeria where chefs toss spinning discs of dough in an open kitchen that features a custom-made 3,000 BTU rotating oven, a Homer Simpson Pez dispenser and a Stormtrooper standing sentinel next to a can of ingredients.Tomato Bar specializes in "outside-the-box" pizzas like The Buff, which includes a Buffalo sauce base, … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Dream of the ’90s alive in Tomato Bar’s Porklandia. Le Peep in Valpo offers brunch for the whole family.
TASTE TEST: Grab some heat with Mexico Lindo's huevos rancheros PORTAGE — Mexico Lindo Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill is unassuming from the outside but provides a bright and enjoyable atmosphere within.Decorative vines surround the walls and dividers and uplifting tunes carry down from the speakers. A pleasant mural adorns the eastern wall and a colorful bar area also proves inviting.Mexico Lindo, 5908 U.S. 6, offers many staples, including taco, burrito and fajita dinners and platters. However, the establishment is sure to appeal to those looking for some spice and fiery flavor in their meals.One selection, the Pollo a la Diabla, advertises it comes with a signature spicy sauce along with rice and beans. One server said it will take a "Mexican macho" to stomach it.If you're looking for something a little lighter, but still something with a slight zest, consider the huevos rancheros option off the breakfast side of the menu.This dish is served up with two eggs over easy … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Grab some heat with Mexico Lindo’s huevos rancheros
PHILADELPHIA -- Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers made a bold statement when they unveiled their new slogan for the upcoming 2017-18 NBA season. "Welcome to the moment," the Sixers declared. The team's official Twitter account posted that message for the first time late in the evening on June 22. Earlier that night, the Sixers had completed a trade with the Boston Celtics to get the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and selected Markelle Fultz. Finally, it seemed like the Sixers had arrived. There were two top selections on the roster, a transcendent talent in center Joel Embiid, some nice complementary pieces and enough flexibility to add veterans like JJ Redick. The Sixers seemed on the precipice of returning to NBA relevancy after five sometimes painful seasons of rebuilding and retooling. On Saturday night in South Philly, the Sixers hosted the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Philadelphia entered the postseason after winning 52 games -- the most since their 2000-01 … [Read more...] about ‘You dream about those moments’: Philadelphia 76ers arrive in NBA Playoffs with a bang