Five legends inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame in Class of 2020

first_imgJoe Gibbs, the third member of the Class of 2020 to enter the Hall, capped more than two decades of excellence with his fifth Cup championship in 2019, courtesy of driver Kyle Busch. The victory of the No. 18 Toyota in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway was the second for the elite driver, and it completed a season in which Joe Gibbs Racing drivers won a record 19 of 36 points races.Gibbs’ induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame also had a bittersweet aspect, since it came barely more than a year after the death of his son, J.D. Gibbs, who was integral in building JGR’s success as president of the organization. J.D. Gibbs passed away on Jan. 11, 2019.J.D.’s brother, Coy Gibbs, performed the induction honors, after an introduction by JGR drivers Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin—and a video appearance by former President George W. Bush. Gibbs, who coached the NFL Washington Redskins to three Super Bowl wins, is the first person to be inducted into both the NFL Hall of Fame (1996) and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.“Whatever he puts his mind to, he achieves it, whether it’s winning the Super Bowl, Daytona 500, NASCAR Championship or just being a great family member,” Hamlin said of the man known simply as “Coach.” “I’m proud to have raced my entire career for a man I’ve looked up to my entire life.”RELATED: First wins at Joe Gibbs Racing | Memorable 1-2 finishes by JGRAll told, Gibbs has accumulated 176 Cup victories as a car owner—third behind the 268 of Petty Enterprises and the 256 of NASCAR Hall of Fame owner Rick Hendrick—and fielded the cars for Labonte’s championship in 2000 and for two of Stewart’s three titles, in 2002 and 2005.Gibbs also has been a prolific winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, with his drivers having won 165 races and two driver championships, with Kyle Busch in 2009 and Daniel Suarez 2016.“We had 17 people our first year,” Gibbs recalled of his initial—and successful—plea for sponsorship to Norm Miller of Interstate Batteries. “At that point, JGR was born. I was so nervous coming from football over to racing. How were we going to be accepted, the family, everybody?“I just want to say big thanks to everybody here. The NASCAR family—just unreal. I want to say to the France family: thanks for your guidance, leadership and the way you accepted us. The fans, the fellow competitors, all you guys … that meant so much to us as we took off in racing.“The problem was, you’ve got to win.”That’s exactly what Gibbs did. After a barren inaugural season in 1992, he fielded the race-winning car for Dale Jarrett in the 1993 season-opening Daytona 500.WATCH: Gibbs’ first win comes in 1993 Daytona 500Current Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher introduced Labonte, a fellow Texan.Labonte, the fourth member of the 2020 class inducted Friday night, follows his brother, Terry Labonte, into the NASCAR Hall of Fame—becoming part of the second “brother act” to earn that distinction, the first being Glen and Leonard Wood. Years earlier, with his Cup championship in 2000, Labonte became the first driver to win titles in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series (1991, with his family team) and in NASCAR’s premier division.Labonte won 21 Cup races and 26 poles during a career that spanned 26 years. His most prolific period came in the 1999 and 2000 seasons, when he collected nine of his 21 victories. During his championship season, Labonte took the checkered flag in the vaunted Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Labonte developed an obvious fondness for Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the claimed six of his 21 wins.PHOTOS: Bobby Labonte through the yearsTerry Labonte, a member of the class of 2016, inducted his brother.“To be inducted along with legends, to be added to the Hall with the previous inductees and to be a part of NASCAR, I’m very, very grateful,” Bobby Labonte said. “From as early as I can remember, there were two things I did as a kid. I raced quarter midgets in South Texas, and I watched my brother race.“I idolized him. So, after all these years, I stand before you, following in my brother’s footsteps. I’m even wearing the same tie he wore on his induction night.” Stewart’s long-time hero, A.J. Foyt, provided an introductory video, citing Stewart’s accomplishments in a wide variety of racing disciplines, but concluding with the statement, “But you know, Tony, you could never beat me.”Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick followed with an introduction from the stage.Stewart, Friday night’s final inductee, earned two of his three NASCAR Cup titles with Gibbs before embarking on a partnership with Gene Haas to form Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. In 2011, Stewart won five of 10 Playoff races, including the season finale at Homestead, to claim his final championship in a tiebreaker over Carl Edwards.The quick-witted Stewart retired from full-time Cup racing in 2016 after winning his 49th and final event at Sonoma Raceway that same year. As a co-owner with Haas, he fielded Harvick’s championship-winning car in 2014. Since its inception, Stewart-Haas has accumulated 55 Cup wins and 53 poles.RELATED: Every Stewart Cup win | ‘Smoke’s schemes through the years Stewart said he felt honored to be one of such a small number to become a NASCAR Hall of Fame member.“I’m not old … or, at least, I don’t feel like I’m old,” said Stewart, who was inducted by Haas. “I’m still racing. In fact, I’m racing now more than I ever have in the past. And in my mind, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is there to honor the completion of one’s career… “But in the eight months since being nominated to this year’s class, I’ve come to appreciate what an honor it is. I’m one of just 55 people to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. And, considering that NASCAR has been around for more than 70 years, I think that’s pretty much nuts for me to be here. It truly is an elite group, and it’s incredibly humbling to be a part of it.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In an emotional ceremony Friday night at the Charlotte Convention Center, two champion drivers at NASCAR’s highest level; the owner who fielded cars for both of them; one of the hardest chargers in the history of the sport; and the crew chief/engine builder who guided that driver to victory in the 1980 Daytona 500 all took their places in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Ushered into the Hall were three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart, 2000 champion Bobby Labonte, five-time champion car owner Joe Gibbs, 19-time Cup winner and beloved broadcaster Buddy Baker and 19-time race-winning crew chief Waddell Wilson.RELATED: Hall of Fame merchPHOTOS: Every member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame | Scenes from the HallIntroduced by driver Corey LaJoie, Wilson was the first member of the class of 2020 to be inducted.The fourth crew chief ushered into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Wilson turned wrenches for a wide array of NASCAR stars, including Baker and fellow NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip and Benny Parsons.In his second start with Baker, and his second start as a crew chief at NASCAR’s highest level in 1980, Wilson guided Baker first to the Daytona 500 pole and then to the race win. Baker led 143 of the 200 laps and took the checkered flag under caution ahead of Allison, the only other driver on the lead lap.WATCH: Wilson gets first win with BakerEleven years later, Wilson got his final victory as a crew chief in the spring race at Darlington with driver Ricky Rudd.“Well, I have plenty of stories about races and individuals that I could share with you all, but I don’t want to tell my stories,” said Wilson, who was inducted by daughter Lisa Hawkins and sons Gregg and Freddie Wilson. “What I want to do is to thank all of the people that helped me throughout the years.“I have been blessed to work with some of the best and most talented people in NASCAR, and I will always be grateful.” Known as NASCAR’s “Gentle Giant,” Baker was the second member of the class of 2020 to be enshrined, with sister Susie Baker accepting the induction for her brother, who passed away in 2015. With a heart and passion for the sport commensurate with his 6-foot-6 frame, Baker ran his first race at Columbia (S.C.) Speedway in 1959 and his last at Talladega in 1992.In between, he won 19 times in NASCAR’s premier series, the first victory coming in the fall race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1967. Baker had a predilection for the big races on the larger tracks, and numbers among his wins the 1970 Southern 500 at Darlington, the 1972 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and the 1980 Daytona 500.Baker went to Victory Lane four times at Talladega, NASCAR’s largest oval, and swept both races there in 1975. The Gentle Giant was especially adept at qualifying, as his 38 poles attest. He is credited with mentoring Ryan Newman, currently foremost among active Cup drivers with 51 poles.Appropriately, it was Newman who introduced the late driver, who was also known as “Leadfoot.”“The only thing faster than his wit was his speed in a race car,” Newman said of the man whose 177.602 mph speed record for the Daytona 500 still stands. “…Once he got out front, no one was getting by him.” Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford and current board member of the Ford Motor Company, received the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR from NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France and Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of NASCAR Lesa France Kennedy.At the NASCAR Hall of Fame dinner that preceded the induction ceremony, long-time broadcaster Dick Berggren was honored with the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.last_img read more

Eco-Friendly Bamboo Bikes: a New Way to Pedal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBamboo has captured the imagination of American manufacturers — providing the material for everything from plush tee shirts to baseball bats to flooring. Count in a bicycle shop owner whose bamboo bikes could “provide rudimentary transport — and jobs — in the emerging world,” where bamboo is abundant. (LA Times) Thanks to Andrew for the link! (photo: Iron Man Bike of bamboo) ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Port Neches Police arrests & blotter: Jan. 27–Feb. 9

first_img Jan. 31A person was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 3100 block of Merriman.Feb. 1A person was arrested for driving while intoxicated and possession of a firearm by a felon in the 800 block of Magnolia.Feb. 2A person was arrested for assault in the 3100 block of Ronshire.A person was arrested for resisting arrest, search or transport, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 2400 block of Eighth Street.An officer also arrested a second person for public intoxication in the 2400 block of Eighth Street.A person was arrested for assault, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in the 1100 block of Sun.Criminal mischief was reported in the 6000 block of Sara Jane Road.Theft was reported in the 2000 block of 10th Street.Criminal trespassing was reported in the 1900 block of Seventh Street. Jan. 28No reports.Jan. 29Assault was reported in the 400 block of East Second Street.Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information was reported in the 1400 block of Dallas.Jan. 30No reports. The following individuals were arrested by Port Neches police from Jan. 27 to Feb. 9:Derek Moore, Jr., 20, other agency warrant(s)Keyaeiro Cook-Johnson, 30, possession of a controlled substancePaul Malone, 42, driving while intoxicated and possession of a firearm by a felonKent Pittman, 61, assaultJohn Toups, 25, resisting arrest, search or transport, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernaliaAmanda Courville, 26, public intoxicationGrady LeBlanc, 37, assault, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felonGlenn Semien, 25, other agency warrant(s), evading arrest/detentionBarbara Barker, 46, public intoxicationJoshua Fortune, 41, two counts of possession of a controlled substanceCasey Blackwell, 26, other agency warrant(s)Julio Cibrian, 18, possession of tobacco productsJosue Gonzalez, 28, other agency warrant(s)Caleb Avila, 27, theft from a person and assault.Port Neches police responded to the following calls from Jan. 27 to Feb. 9Jan. 27A person was arrested for other agency warrant(s) in the 2400 block of Nall.Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information was reported in the 2000 block of 10th Street.center_img Feb. 3Criminal mischief was reported in the 1900 block of Seventh Street.A person was arrested for other agency warrant(s) and evading arrest/detention in the 800 block of Ridgewood.Feb. 4Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 700 block of Ridgewood.Credit/debit card abuse was reported in the 2800 block of Reynolds.Harassment was reported in the 1500 block of Nall.Feb. 5Failure to stop and give information was reported in the 1200 block of Nall.Forgery was reported in the 500 block King George.Theft was reported in the 2700 block of 12th Street.An officer investigated two reports of assault as well as arrested a person for public intoxication in the 200 block of Grigsby.Feb. 6No reports.Feb. 7A person was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance in the 600 block of Magnolia.A person was arrested for other agency warrant(s) in the intersection of Merriman and New.Assault was reported in the 2900 block of 11th Street.A person was arrested for possession of tobacco product(s) in the 1800 block of Nall.Feb. 8No reports.Feb. 9A person was arrested for other agency warrant(s) in the 1000 block of Montgomery.A person was arrested for theft from a person and assault in the 400 block of Ave. F.last_img read more

Winooski River Basin water quality management plan completed

first_imgToday, the Agency of Natural Resources announced the approval of the Winooski River Basin (Basin 8) water quality management plan. This plan reflects years of work in the Winooski River Basin to evaluate the health of the basin. Secretary Markowitz said, â I am proud of the work done by our basin planner Karen Bates. Her excellent work with the communities in the Winooski River Basin has resulted in a plan that will allow Vermont to protect and improve the water quality in the area for years to come.â The Basin 8 water quality management plan provides an overview of the health of the basin and a description of the priority future and ongoing steps to restore and protect the quality of its surface waters. Karen Bates said, â In this plan we focused both on improvement of water quality and also the health of the aquatic habitat that is vital to our fisheries. We could not have completed this work alone. I am pleased to report that this plan reflects the recommendations of local watershed groups, residents, a variety of stakeholders, the Agency of Natural Resources and natural resource professionals from other state and federal agencies.âThe central component of the water quality management plan is the implementation table, which includes specific actions to address threats to surface waters in the basin. Examples of some of the priority actions in the plan include implementing steps to address bacteria in the Huntington and Mad Rivers, and Allen Brook; mapping stormwater systems and detecting illicit discharges in village centers; working with towns to apply for Better Backroad grants and to include protections for fluvial erosion hazard zones and buffer zones in local zoning; and making contacts with farmers to promote agricultural programs that address water resource concerns. Neil Kamman, program manager for the Monitoring Assessment and Planning Program, said â This is the third of four plans the Agency will issue this spring, all of which reflect a transition to the new Tactical Basin Planning Process. In the coming weeks, citizens in most regions of Vermont will have opportunities to engage in the tactical planning process by providing input to draft plans and assisting with new plans. The Agency will be increasingly reliant on tactical basin plans to direct funding to the highest priority work that addresses stressors to our surface waters.â  ANR 5.24.2012last_img read more

Five towns get nearly $600K to hire more officers

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Monday announced that five rural Vermont law enforcement agencies will receive a total of nearly $600,000 to help hire new officers through the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program. The program covers a large portion of the costs that communities face when adding officers to their ranks, thereby supporting the goals of community policing.“These funds are critical to small law enforcement agencies that would otherwise find it too costly to bring a new officer on board,” said Leahy, a longtime champion of the program who continues to support its funding through his role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “With the increase in opioid abuse and its inherent problems, our law enforcement agencies and officers are stretched to their limits. This is the type of federal spending that just makes common sense.”The funding provides up to 75 percent of the entry-level salaries and benefits of full-time officers over a three-year period, with a required 25 percent local match. Each of the five Vermont grants will allow the respective departments to hire one new officer.The FY 2017 grants include:Essex County Sheriff’s Department – $113,169Franklin County Sheriff’s Department – $93,583Hardwick Police Department – $125,000Orange County Sheriff’s Department – $125,000Village of Winhall Police Department – $125,000In the case of Franklin County, the new funding will help hire a School Resource Officer in Fairfax for grades K-12, according to Franklin County Sheriff Robert Norris.Leahy said he was pleased that this year’s grant awards would be helping some of the state’s most rural populations, noting, “Our small law enforcement agencies are being asked to do more every day to meet the needs of their communities.  We know the challenges of illegal drug use hit our small towns just as they do our larger cities, and our law enforcement partners need  resources to fight this epidemic.”               Since the program was signed into law in 1994, COPS Hiring grants have supported hiring more than 130,000 law enforcement officers throughout the country.  Last year the Burlington Police Department received a $625,000 COPS Hiring grant to help the city hire five additional officers over a three-year period.Source: WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017) — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)last_img read more

Talk Amongst Yourselves: Overall impressions of this year’s Kansas legislature

first_imgTeachers packed the gallery in the Kansas House late Saturday night to protest a bill that would have stripped them of some of their due process rights. Photo via Twitter, Devin Brick Wilson (@ksucats96).The Kansas legislature has had quite a session. Bills on gay marriage and spanking earlier in the year made their way into national headlines, while the debate over bills on school finance and teacher tenure have made the closing days of the session increasingly controversial.Register to continuelast_img read more

Second varsity eight stands out

first_img“We learned a lot, and if our [first varsity] had done better Saturday morning, I’d come away pleased with the weekend, but that just leaves a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth,” Davis said. “I am very satisfied with what the second varsity eight did and what the [first varsity four] did. They performed the way we expected.” The Gophers usually carry thick sponges to soak up water that gets in the boat, but the unexpected downpour flooded Minnesota’s watercraft, and water splashed at the rowers’ legs as they slid forward in their seats with every stroke.  Mari Sundbo was the main force behind the second varsity eight’s solid performance.  But the Gophers’ top boat didn’t have as much success as Davis would have liked over the weekend. Minnesota finished sixth out of seven teams in both Saturday races before ending on a bit of a high note Sunday, besting Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.  “Our first varsity four and our second varsity eight performed as well as we were hoping for,” head coach Wendy Davis said. “Our first varsity eight had just a horrible Saturday morning, and then they recovered well.” Minnesota’s first varsity four showed steady improvement at the Clemson Invite over the weekend.  Second varsity eight stands outDaily File Photo, Liam James DoyleUniversity rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on April 14. Jack SatzingerApril 20, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSophomore McKenzie Lukacs had to improvise during Minnesota’s second varsity eight on Sunday morning, as a heavy rain shower caught the rowers by surprise in the middle of the race. The Minnetonka native said it was tough to race in the rain without sponges Sunday. The second varsity eight finished fourth in both of its Saturday races. Minnesota topped host Clemson in the morning with a time of 6:57.4 and then finished behind ranked Virginia, UCLA and Texas teams that afternoon.  Still, the boat’s body of work over the weekend showed that it is starting to gain some momentum.  “And then I wrung it out,” Lukacs said. “I personally love rowing in the rain. Nothing’s more dramatic than having water falling on you, and you’re at the start waiting to go fast.” Minnesota’s first varsity eight, led by Lynn Hodnett and coxswain Taylor Gainey, has also shown steady improvement this season, besting many of its times from last year.  So Lukacs bent down and used her long-sleeve shirt to soak up the little water she could to help keep Minnesota afloat en route to a fifth-place finish.  “We’ve really had a lot of great flow in the boat. Everyone’s working really hard and working well together, and I think as a unit we all want to go 100 percent every race,” Sundbo said. “Progressing from fall and the winter workouts, getting all that training in, has really paid off.” Minnesota’s second varsity eight likely would have finished higher than fifth Sunday if it had carried sponges like most of its opponents did, but those rowers andlast_img read more

Some of the best psychology websites

first_imgEmail PsychCentralFrom their about page: “Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, our award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to consumers.”The NeuroSkeptic columnFrom their website: “Neuroskeptic is a British neuroscientist who takes a skeptical look at his own field, and beyond. His blog offers a look at the latest developments in neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology through a critical lens.”Psychology TodayFrom their about page: “Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody’s favorite subject: Ourselves. On this site, we have gathered a group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick. We’re a live stream of what’s happening in ‘psychology today’.”Scientific American MindFrom Wikipedia: “Scientific American Mind is a bimonthly American popular science magazine concentrating on psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By analyzing and revealing new thinking in the cognitive sciences, the magazine tries to focus on the biggest breakthroughs in these fields.”Research DigestFrom their about page: “We digest at least one new psychology study every weekday. Published by the British Psychological Society since 2005, this blog aims to demonstrate that psychological science is fascinating and useful while also casting a critical eye over its methods.”PsyBlogFrom their about page: “This website is about scientific research into how the mind works. The studies I cover have been published in reputable academic journals in many different areas of psychology.”MindHacksFrom WikiPedia: “Mind Hacks is an ongoing psychology and neuroscience blog that publishes daily news and commentary on mind and brain issues. It won a Scientific American Science and Technology Web Award in 2005 and was listed as a Top 30 science blog by The Times in 2010.” Share on Twitter The National Institute of Mental Health news pageFrom their about page:  “The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”The Association for Psychological Science news pageFrom their about page: “The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.”The Public Library of Science’s Mind and Brain blogFrom Wikipedia: “PLOS (for Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit open access scientific publishing project aimed at creating a library of open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license.”Psychiatric TimesFrom Wikipedia: “Psychiatric Times is a medical trade publication written for an audience involved in the profession of psychiatry. It is published monthly by MJH Associates and is distributed to about 50,000 psychiatrists monthly.— —Below are some more websites that are not exclusively about psychology, but often feature quality articles about psychological research.The ConversationFrom their about page: “The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.”ScienceAlertFrom their about page: “ScienceAlert is an independently run news website that covers the most important developments in the world of science and scientific research, while sharing fun, interesting information.”Medical News TodayFrom their about page: “Medical News Today (MNT) is owned and operated by Healthline Media UK Ltd., a leading healthcare publishing company. There are offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. MNT is within the top 10 most popular health websites worldwide, as reported by Comscore, with more than 90 million monthly visits.”— —Think we are missing an important website? Let us know. Share on Facebook LinkedIn PsyPost features summaries of the latest discoveries in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, sociology and similar fields. The website is focused on highlighting and explaining research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.You can stay up-to-date on brain and behavior research by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or subscribing to our newsletter.But maybe PsyPost is not enough for you. If you’re looking for even more news about psychology and neuroscience research, check out the websites below. Share Pinterestlast_img read more

Food Outbreak Scan for Aug 22, 2014

first_imgFour salmonellosis cases tied to recalled nut butterFour illnesses in four states have been confirmed in a Salmonella outbreak likely associated with recalled nut butter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an update yesterday.Connecticut, Iowa, Tennessee, and Texas have each reported one case, the CDC said. Illness-onset dates ranged from Jan 22 to May 16, and patients’ ages vary from 3 to 83 years, with a median of 36. One patient required hospitalization.”Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that almond and peanut butter manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is the likely source of this outbreak,” the CDC said.The Food and Drug Administration isolated the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup from environmental samples collected from an nSpired Natural Foods facility during routine inspections in January and July. And on Aug 19 the company, of San Leandro, Calif., recalled certain lots of almond and peanut butter because of potential contamination.The recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger.Aug 21 CDC update Aug 20 CIDRAP News Scan on recall Multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to bearded dragons called overThe CDC this week declared that a Salmonella outbreak linked to pet bearded dragons is over after affecting 166 people in 36 states. The numbers are up from 150 cases in 35 states reported in the previous CDC update, on Jun 12.The outbreak involved two strains: Salmonella Cotham (160 cases) and Salmonella Kisarawe (6 cases). Illness-onset dates ranged from Feb 20, 2012, to Jun 30, 2014. Patients’ ages ranged from less than 1 year to 79, with a median of 3 years; 59% of patients were 5 years old or younger. Thirty-seven percent of cases involved hospitalization.Of 10 isolates collected from patients, 1 was resistant to ceftriaxone, an antibiotic used to treat serious Salmonella infections, the CDC said.California had the most cases, with 27, followed by New York and Wisconsin with 12 each.”Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with pet bearded dragons purchased from multiple stores in different states,” the CDC said.The agency added that, although the outbreak is likely over, Salmonella infections from contact with bearded dragons are expected to continue at low levels. It advised pet owners to wash their hands after touching the reptiles—which can carry the bacterium without appearing ill—or their environs.Aug 20 CDC updatelast_img read more

EH Town Budget Headed For Approval

first_imgA public hearing was held concerning the East Hampton Town budget for 2019 on November 1 at Town Hall. The final budget, at $80,717,380 is slightly over, by $55,000, what was originally proposed.“We got the seal of approval from the state comptroller,” Len Bernard, who heads the town’s division of finance, told the board. He added that the town’s strong credit rating, AAA from Moody’s, will continue.The budget needs to get final approval from the board by November 20, under state law. The East Hampton Town Board is expected to pass a final budget at its November 15 meeting. The board voted to approve a motion by Kathee Burke-Gonzalez to add $5000 to the budget for the East End Special Players, a group dedicated to “enhancing the lives of learning-disabled adults through the theater arts,” according to its website. The increase brings the town’s contributions to the group for 2019 up to $15,[email protected] Sharelast_img read more