Extraordinary rendition

first_imgThanks to our readers once more for their response to our caption competition last week. Kudos to Luke Bray of Finsbury Park in London for unmasking the systematic outrage perpetrated on gingerbread folk, with this entry: “The US administration admitted that the CIA’s coffee breaks had gone a little too far.”Seldom do humble gingerbread rights activists, such as ourselves, get the opportunity to right such a wrong. That is, until the gods toss us a bone, as they did this week when an invitation dropped on Stop the Week’s desk to attend the IDDBA bakery exhibition in Houston, Texas, in June. Organisers have lined up no less than George Dubya Bush as a keynote speaker the former president who, you could not fail to recall, was accused of approving some prisoner hospitality that could, at best, be described as ’unwelcoming’. Justifably tagged the ’Show of shows’ or should that be ’show trial of show trials’? – Stop the Week is drawing up its placards and booking the flights. The Justice for Gingerbread campaign starts here.last_img read more

Puppies sniff out student stress

first_imgWet noses warmed student hearts at the first “Puppy Days” event, held at Notre Dame’s Knights of Columbus building Friday. The event, sponsored by student government’s Constituent Services Committee and Circle K, brought five dogs and a rabbit from the Humane Society of St. Joseph County to campus to relieve student stress, event coordinator Lizzie Helpling, a sophomore, said. “Because we live on a college campus, we’re isolated from ‘petable’ animals,” she said. “Talking to my friends, pets are what they miss most at college.” More than 500 students attended the event, five times the number organizers planned for, Helpling said. “From having a dog at home, I know how relaxing it is to pet an animal,” she said. “This gives students a taste of home and shows them the responsibilities of owning a pet just out of college.” The Humane Society welcomed the chance to come to campus, outreach coordinator Genny Carlson said. “I’m glad there are so many students who love animals,” she said. “We always look for events like this.” Carlson brought dogs she knew could handle a crowd, such as Jack, a chow mix known affectionately as “Happy Jack.” Another dog, a yellow lab and Shar Pei mix named Alex, spent the morning at a grade school before visiting Notre Dame. “I saw him coming in from the school and brought him right here,” Carlson said. “It gets them out of the shelter for an afternoon. They get lots of love and dog treats.” Many students said they attended the event because they miss their pets from home. Freshman Katie Bascom said she attended because she misses her golden retriever, who lives 600 miles away from campus. “I actually didn’t come because of stress,” she said. “I miss my dog.” Bascom said she would love to attend another Puppy Days event featuring another popular pet. “I would love to see kittens here,” she said. “Everyone loves to play with kittens.” The Humane Society saw the event as a chance to promotevolunteering opportunities to students, she said. “For volunteers, we want people who have the time to dedicate to [the animals,]” Carlson said. Sophomore Lindsay Rojas said the event helped her cope with being away from her pet Shih Tzu, Gizmo. “I couldn’t pick a favorite [dog],” she said. “It really helped with stress.” On-campus service organization Circle K volunteers support at the Humane Society, senior Jessica Choi, leader of that volunteering effort, said. “It means a lot to me that we got the Humane Society out to campus,” she said Friday. “The project died down, and I’ve been trying to revive it for the last three years. Bringing it back as a project and event, especially with all these people here, is amazing.” Choi said Circle K is always looking for more volunteers to add to the group, which trains the animals for adoption by walking them and spending time with them. “In terms of volunteers, we want dedicated people with lots of love for service and animals,” she said. “They have to have a lot of time.” For more information on the Humane Society and volunteering with Circle K, visit http://www.humanesocietystjc.orglast_img read more

Artist, scholar Mary Kelly to join USC faculty

first_imgMary Kelly, a distinguished artist, scholar and educator, will join the USC faculty this fall as a Judge Widney Professor. According to USC News, Kelly will be the first fine artist and the first woman to be honored as a Judge Widney Professor. Named after USC’s founder Judge Robert Maclay Widney, the title is reserved for exemplary individuals from the arts, sciences, humanities, business and leadership fields. Kelly is known for her project-based work surrounding topics such as sexuality, identity and historical memory in the form of large-scale narrative installations. According to USC News, her works have influenced the evolution and critique of conceptual art. Her early arts, which explores the mother-child relationship through a series of works focused on war, and her most recent work on intergenerational history have driven and informed discourse surrounding feminism and postmodernism art. As a Widney Professor of Art, Kelly will join the Roski School of Art and Design faculty to mentor and educate Roski students. Previously, she held a 21-year tenure as a distinguished professor of art and critical theory at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kelly’s work has been exhibited at MOCA Los Angeles, MOCA Chicago, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Generali Foundation in Vienna, the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, The Vancouver Art Gallery, the Whitney Museum in New York and more. Her work as also been featured in international exhibitions such as The Whitney Biennial, The Biennale of Sydney and documenta 12. Kelly is acclaimed for her theoretical writings on art. Her published works include Imaging Desire and Post-Partum Document. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and honorary doctorates from the University of Wolverhampton, in England and Lund University in Sweden.last_img read more

Lakers finally top Clippers in Round 3 of LA rivalry

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers An emphatic dunk by Davis and the final six Lakers points all scored by James signaled the victory lap for the Lakers, who increased their lead over the Western field to 6-and-a-half games. Their two biggest wins of the season so far might be the ones they just got.“No matter what was going on throughout the game, we just held our composure, continued to get stops, continued to execute,” James said. “It was a good weekend for us.”Davis actually led the Lakers effort with 30 points, standing out during a six-minute third-quarter stretch and extending the lead while James was on the bench. It’s an area where the Lakers have shown improvement in recent weeks, aided by the red-hot shooting of Avery Bradley who was 6 for 12 from 3-point range and had a season-high 24 points. Rajon Rondo also led the critical bench stint, chipping in seven assists.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsKawhi Leonard of the Clippers guards Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles guard Paul George defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles guard Paul George, left, yells as he scores while forward Montrezl Harrell watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Los Angeles center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles center Ivica Zubac, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Among the players at least, the Lakers and Clippers have tried defiantly to declare that their series, played in the same building and chasing the same title, is not a rivalry.In a way that’s been true: For a true rivalry, each side needs to demonstrate that they can win.After five months of chasing, the Lakers (49-13) finally got that moment on Sunday at Staples Center in a 112-103 win against the Clippers (43-20), who had won the first two meetings. That moment rose to a crescendo in the final minute, as LeBron James (28 points, 9 assists) took Marcus Morris to the rack for an and-one lay-up, sparking a standing ovation and M-V-P chants at a supposed Clippers home game.Coming off beating the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, the Lakers put together their most impressive weekend of the season so far, beating the two clearest outstanding opponents left on their regular season resume. For the Clippers, it ended a six-game win streak that many felt reflected the true potential of a fully healthy roster.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFor the city of Los Angeles, it meant one thing only: The rivalry is officially on. And a series that many in each locker room see as an inevitable Western Conference clash has some added fuel.While there’s one more regular season installment — an April 9 game that is likely to see both teams conserving energy for the playoffs — Anthony Davis was among those starting to dream ahead to the postseason.“The best type of games is when you come out of there with bloody lips and scratches, and you know guys taking charges and guys chirping,” he said. Those the type of games that you live for, the fun games in basketball that every player in this locker room wants. It was a fun game today.”At the forefront was James, who again attacked from all over. Guiding the most controlled effort the Lakers have had against their crosstown counterparts (only 12 turnovers), James attacked the paint no matter who was in front of him — including Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers’ two-way star. He successfully converted four and-one drives to the rim among his 14 free throw attempts on the evening.On the other end, the Lakers held the Clippers to under 40 percent shooting, with James also playing defensive shifts on Leonard and George. While the Clippers tightened a double-digit Laker lead to six points with just over four minutes to go, the rest of the team outside of Leonard (27 points) struggled to score in the final stretch. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Clippers’ Paul George led all scorers with 31 points. After missing the opening-night match and struggling to shoot on Christmas, George was the toughest scorer to stop. He was 6 for 16, including three 3-pointers, and 10 for 11 at the line. As he initially started out hot, the Clippers led by as many as nine points.But the long-range shooting largely didn’t show up Sunday, as the Clippers were just 7 for 31. The one standout from the Clippers’ bench was Montrezl Harrell, who had 20 points. Ball movement slowed, as the Clippers were held to a season-low 12 assists — compared to 15 turnovers.In the previous two games, the Clippers had always seemed to carry the edge in pure, frenetic energy. After Sunday’s loss, they acknowledged the Lakers bested them in that particular department.“They came out with a lot more juice,” Pat Beverley said. “You beat a team twice, you gotta expect that third time you play them. They game-plan really well. You have to give them a lot of credit, they came in ready to play today.”Davis said the Lakers adjusted in their offensive game plan by dribbling less and passing to shooters more quickly in penetration. Frank Vogel cited his team’s better trust in their interior defense, as the Lakers guards were more on top of Clippers’ shooters.The roster adjustments that both teams have made since the last meeting on Christmas subtle effects: Clippers starter Marcus Morris was 0 for 9 from the field, while Lakers reserve and brother Markieff Morris had 4 points and 5 rebounds in just over 16 minutes with his new team. Reggie Jackson had 8 points for the Clippers, but played just 14-and-a-half minutes.The Clippers weren’t flustered by losing their undefeated mark in the series, but Doc Rivers said he found himself making frustrated points to assistant Ty Lue as the game slipped away.“You rather learn in wins, it’s more enjoyable to be honest, but I saw a lot of things during the game,” River said. “Ty is my computer and I load him all game, every game I do it. I felt like I was talking to Ty way too much tonight about things that we were not doing, things we should do. You lose when you do that.”There was a bit of pressure eased off the Lakers, who had been pressed to find a way to beat the team across the hall. For the Clippers, it was their first loss with a fully healthy roster, which up until Sunday had offered them a sheen of invulnerability.That didn’t escape the Lakers’ attention.“Wasn’t there like a stat they’re 10-0 full strength, something like that?” JaVale McGee asked reporters. “Welp. It’s one loss now.”last_img read more