Category: Community Written by News One
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, the Detroit Pistons defeated the New York Knicks for the first time since 2011.
The thrilling victory was on their home court, The Palace, which made it even sweeter. But the highlight of the game happened in the stands.
The State Farm dance cam was making its way through the crowd, when an adorable young fan started exuberantly pop-locking in the stands. Clinton Shannon Sailes Sr, known to Detroit fans as “The Dancing Usher” took it as a challenge; what happened next is pure viral magic.
Watch the hilarious dance-off below:
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:52
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
(CNN) -- The dining room has had a difficult few decades. TV dinners and tray tables long ago brought dinner into the den. Then family lives began to revolve less around dinner than mobile phones, long work hours and extracurricular activities.
"I think there has been a (recent) change in the role of the dining room that hasn't been seen since the invention of the television," said interior designer and classical architect Trey LaFave.
Still, everybody seems to want a dining room -- even if just for big meals like Thanksgiving dinner.
"Let's face it," LaFave said, "you still need a place to eat when the preacher stops by and you have to let people know that you were raised right!"
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So, you're forgiven if you look up from your stove on Thanksgiving morning and realize you haven't decorated the place where you'll dine. It's a room filled with history that reflects hundreds of years of food and family traditions -- even if they've changed over time -- and that can serve as your inspiration for how it looks.
A taste of tradition
Before the 18th century, there were no dining rooms as we know them, said Shax Riegler, the executive editor of House Beautiful magazine. Most people didn't have separate rooms for dining, and the ultrawealthy were more like to have a grand hall to enjoy meals. Typically, servants set wooden boards on trestles to serve as tables, which were removed as people finished eating, said Riegler, who taught a course at the Rhode Island School of Design about the history of dining.
As houses changed in the 1800s and later, rooms were assigned specific roles, he said. In the dining room, families showed off their wealth and good manners. The practice of eating a meal became more casual after World War II, Riegler said.
The kinds of dining rooms featured in House Beautiful today often do double duty, he said. Trendy dining rooms double as libraries these days, he said, "even in houses where the house is big enough to have a room that doesn't really do anything else."
For some people, decorating and furnishing the dining room can inspire more frustration than creativity.
"It's this dread people have of doing things right. Those old fears of 'Am I doing this properly?' and 'Would Emily Post approve?'" Riegler said.
LaFave, who grew up in Georgia, knows the pressure of social expectation.
"In the South it is said that there are certain pieces that you must have in your dining room: a sideboard, a huntboard and a sugar chest," LaFave said.
Instead of a point of stress, he thinks of his dining room as a place to remember those who came before. LaFave used only antiques in the dining room of his historic Atlanta home, including his family's sugar chest. Inside the lid, there's a list typed by his grandmother, Earline, of everyone who owned the chest dating back to 1790.
"I think the dining room is the perfect place for fine family antiques, because they are seen but they don't get used as much -- and therefore can be well preserved, yet well appreciated," LaFave said.
Heirlooms can also come in the form of a plate or fork, Riegler said.
"People remember their grandmother or great-grandmother every year because they use (inherited) china," he said. "That really makes them feel connected to their family's heritage. If you have those kinds of antiques and heirlooms, it's wonderful."
Just don't be afraid to use them, he said. Fine bone china, silver cutlery and crystal glasses may have to be washed by hand, but they are designed to be used.
Decorating the dining room
But what if you just want to spruce up your dining room before the big meal? There are some quick additions and fixes you can make to give the space some character.
Dining rooms are generally used at night, LaFave said, so make sure to test decor choices then. Windowpanes, mirrors, crystal glasses, polished wood, fine china and silver tableware all reflect light, which you can use to your advantage.
The soft light of a chandelier or candles will be multiplied by the reflective surfaces often found in dining rooms, so dark colors can easily be used on the walls. But decorating a dining room is also about creating a backdrop for great food, great wine and great company, LaFave said.
"There should be many eclectic objects or collections that will catch your eye at different times throughout the evening," he said. "Maybe the objects themselves become part of the dinner conversation. Think about what focal points will welcome your guests as they enter to sit down for dinner. Think about what they are seeing when they are actually seated at the table throughout dinner."
Think also, Riegler said, about the centerpiece you put on the table. Flowers shouldn't block the view of your guests when they are seated. Make floral arrangements short or very tall, so that people can see past them. Riegler also recommends beautiful serving dishes for meals served family-style.
"This is a room about indulgence," said Riegler, who recently published "Dishes," a colorful guide to dinner plates.
If you live in an apartment or a space that doesn't have a separate dining room, that doesn't mean you need to decorate it differently, LaFave said. The same rules apply, but remember that in small spaces everything must have more than one use.
"In my New York apartment, I have a round English Regency leather-top table with beautiful Greek Key embossing that I use as center table with all of my books stacked around and on top of it," LaFave said. "If I want to have a small dinner party, four rented chairs, a crisp white linen table cloth to the ground, some candlelight, china that I have had since I was a child -- and poof -- dinner is served!"
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:44
Category: Community Written by News One
Base Of Operations: Jersey City, N.J.
Why he is a Community Hero: As an assistant director of Rising Tide Capital, an organization committed to assisting entrepreneurs, Keith Dent help to facilitate programs in the working-class cities of Jersey City, Newark, and Orange.
From their headquarters in Jersey City, Rising Tide Capital serves to promote the entrepreneurial spirit by way of an innovative 12-week program known as the Community Business Academy.
After completing the program, Rising Tide continues to provide an array of services to the graduates as they embark on their business journey. Assistant Director Keith Dent has been instrumental in facilitating the program in some of the most under-served communities of color within Essex County.
NewsOne spoke with Mr. Dent,and while he fell short of calling himself a community hero, he did offer that his strong faith leads him to do the work he performs with Rising Tide.
“I think the one thing that definitely drives me is my faith in the lord,” shared Dent. “And also, trying to be the best individual I can be. I’m trying to use the gifts God gave me to give to others.”
Although it isn’t written in Rising Tide’s mission statement that they focus on communities of color, Dent says by virtue of the group location and the needs of those in the county, they naturally serve that demographic.
“We’re located in an area where people of color primarily live in Jersey City’s Greenville section, if anyone is familiar with the city, they know many residents of color live there,” said Dent. “So we tend to service those individuals, based on not only our location but our model.”
Dent says his organization targets their program’s focus on areas where jobs are scarce, and have worked with formerly incarcerated individuals, victims of domestic violence, immigrants, veterans, and the chronically unemployed.
Dent, a graduate of Georgetown University, credits his wife and father as people who inspire him, and says that while his work with Rising Tide Capital is definitely challenging, it is also rewarding as well.
“I enjoy doing what I do because I get to see what graduates from our program create. That’s the great thing about it. To be able to be on the sidelines and seeing them create something from nothing,” said Dent.
He added, “You always want to hope that what you’re doing has impact, and my former students and graduates tell me all the time we’ve helped them. I feel great about that.”
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:04
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
(CNN) -- The wicked wintry weather that pummeled the West Coast is now barreling across the country, threatening to wreck millions of holiday travel plans just before Thanksgiving.
More than 300 flights have already been canceled in the Dallas-Fort Worth area -- not exactly a bastion for snowstorms. Sleet and freezing rain will keep blanketing parts of the Southern Plains and Southern Rockies on Monday.
And after the storm deluges parts of the South with rain Monday evening, it'll start zeroing in on the Northeast, the National Weather Service said. And that could spell more travel nightmares.
It's not just the bad timing that has travelers riled up. In many of the places, this kind of weather isn't supposed to happen.
Bad weather may waylay holiday travelers Wild weather out West
"This is not Texas weather, man," driver Ron Taylor told CNN affiliate KTVT. "This is Alaska, or Idaho."
Even parts of Lubbock, known for its warmth and flatness, turned into a snowboarding park as several inches of snow covered the western Texas city.
How cold is cold?
An Arctic air mass will probably keep temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal along the East Coast through Thursday. But even if the system fails to deliver heavy snow, fierce winds could still hamper air travel, forecasters said.
Airlines flying in and out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport "pre-canceled about 300 departures to reduce the number of stranded travelers" Sunday in anticipation of the harsh weather, the airport's official Twitter account said. And 10% of flights at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport were also canceled because of the weather Sunday.
Then there's the snow. New Mexico could see up to 8 inches accumulating through Monday.
Massive rainfall, too
Heavy rain is expected to fall from Texas to Georgia on Monday and over the Carolinas on Monday night, with some sleet and snow mixed in for northern parts of that swath. The heaviest rain is expected across parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.
By Tuesday, the rain will reach the mid-Atlantic states and parts of the Northeast. And that could turn into freezing rain in the southern and central Appalachians.
Deadly road conditions
The early winter storm has already contributed to at least 10 traffic fatalities.
Four people have died in Oklahoma since Friday, Betsy Randolph of the state's Department of Public Safety said. In each case, the driver was going too fast for conditions, she said. Randolph said only one of those killed was wearing a seat belt.
Three people died in a pileup on icy Interstate 40 in northwest Texas late Friday, Texas State Trooper Chris Ray said. One of those killed was a person who got out of his car to help, but got struck. And at least 20 people were hospitalized from collisions within three miles of the fatal pileup, the Oldham County sheriff said.
Two people died in New Mexico in dangerous road conditions. A 4-year-old girl who was not properly restrained was killed Friday when the car she was riding in slid off icy U.S. Highway 70, the state's Department of Public Safety said. On Saturday, a woman in her 50s died when the pickup that she was riding in rear-ended a semi-truck in heavy traffic near Gallup, New Mexico, state police said.
And in Yuba County, California, a 52-year-old died when a tree fell on top of a vehicle Thursday, the county sheriff's office said.
When will this storm end?
Most of the nastiness will end by Thanksgiving Day, though much of the Northeast will still get a layer of snow Thursday.
But much of the country will enjoy calm Thanksgiving weather -- even if it's a little more frigid than usual.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:38
Category: Community Written by news one
In a revealing interview with The Daily Mail, Conrad Murray, 60, shares intimate details of his relationship with late singer Michael Jackson, once again insisting that he’s innocent of all wrong-doing in his shocking death.
“I never gave Michael anything that would kill him,” said Murray. “I loved him. I still do. I always will.”
Murray goes on to break any semblance of friendship code by reminiscing on things that would definitely have embarrassed the singer.
“He wore dark trousers all the time because after he went to the toilet he would drip for hours.
“You want to know how close Michael and I were? I held his penis every night. I had to put a condom catheter on him because Michael dripped urine. He had a loss of sensation and was incontinent.
“Michael didn’t know how to put a condom on, so I had to do it for him.”
In addition to talking about how filthy Jackson’s room was because he was too paranoid to allow maids in to clean, Murray also claimed that the superstar wanted “porcelain, flawless skin” to distance himself from his family.
“Michael told me that Liz Taylor was more of a mother to him than Katherine ever was.
His father Joe Jackson was one of the destroyers of Michael, and Michael told me his mother was an enabler.
“The Jacksons only ever wanted money from him. Three weeks before Michael died, Joe turned up at the house and was pummeling on the gate wanting Michael to sign an agreement for a pay-per-view television show for the Return Of The Jackson 5.
“Michael said to me, ‘I’m not in the Jackson 5. That’s a thing of the past. I don’t want to be a bank for my family any longer.’ “
Murray also says that he believes Jackson accidentally killed himself:
“I received a phone call at 11.07am, and when I left Michael at 11.20am, he had a normal heartbeat, his vital signs were good.
“I left the room because I didn’t want to disturb him.
“I believe he woke up, got hold of his own stash of propofol and injected himself. He did it too quickly and went into cardiac arrest.”
As previously reported by NewsOne, Murray was released early from jail after serving two years of a four-year sentence for his role in Jackson’s death.
After a highly publicized trial in November 2011, Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for administering a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson in his home, allegedly to help with his insomnia.
At the time of Murray’s sentencing, prosecutors said that it was appropriate under the circumstances and noted it was unlikely he would serve more than half that time.
“Michael Jackson died because of a totality of circumstances directly attributable to the defendant,” the motion said. Murray had practiced “a form of highly dangerous and experimental medicine that directly resulted in Mr. Jackson’s death,” it added.
“Based on his failure to accept responsibility for the decisions he made, his complete lack of remorse and lack of insight into the danger of his criminally negligent conduct, he remains a danger to the community,” the motion stated.
During the trial, it was revealed that Jackson referred to propofol as his “milk” and insisted that he could not sleep without it.
Murray consistently denied any wrong-doing, calling Jackson “desperate and deceptive“ for not telling him that he had a history of addiction.
“I only wish maybe in our dealings with each other he would have been more forthcoming and honest to tell me these things about himself,” he said in a ‘Today’ interview days before his conviction.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:26
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