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July 9, 2015

Augusta Southern National Drag Boat Races Are July 17-19

By Ronda Thorne

Augusta, GA - The 29th Annual running of the Augusta Southern Nationals is just around the corner! On  July 17,18, 19, 2015, the Augusta Riverfront Marina will be invaded by the stars and boats of the “Lucas Oil” Drag Boat Series.

Come and lounge on the river bank and watch the high power excitement of these drag racing hydros glide across the water at incredible speeds.  These are not your average speed boats—far from it.  You will see, hear and feel the raw power the of “Top Fuel” and” Alcohol” boats which are sure to put a smile on the faces of the young and old alike. If you have never seen”Top Fuel” boats on the water, you owe it to yourself to attend this exciting event. It is a thrill not equivalent to anything else! The grassroots of drag boat racing will also be there to show off what they have to offer. Also appearing will be the “River Racers” and “Flat Bottoms” and are always sure to please a crowd.

If the river bank is not the place you wish to be, you can purchase the Patron Badge which gives you full access to the boat house and all that it has to offer. Alcoholic beverages are available for legal age limit patrons. The boat house is air conditioned, all you need is a lawn chair or blanket and the enthusiasm to enjoy yourself to the max.

When sunset brings each race day to a close, you can take in the scenery and enjoy what Augusta has to offer their guest. This quaint small southern town has the beauty of the old South mixed in with up to the minute attractions as well.

For the past 28 years The Augusta Southern National have generated funds for the community and as an added plus, the children will get that extra spirit lifting event to show off their moves in the Georgia Special Olympics.  Proceeds from the Augusta Southern Nationals will go to the area nine Special Olympics.

Tickets in advance are $22 for the weekend, $30 at the gate. A single day, either Saturday or Sunday is $18. You can purchase your tickets at American Speed Center, Anything Goes Gifts, Boots Bridles and Britches, Four Seasons Food and Fuel, Georgia Bank and Trust or www.tixonline.com. Charge by phone at 803-278 4TIX (4849).  The Patron Badges are $60 in advance and $70 at the gate.

Friday also will hold test and tune for all racers who wish to get that jump on the field and test the water.  The admission price for Friday is only $5.00.  As for the entire event, children 10 and under are free. Saturday and Sunday gates open at 8am, racing action starts at 10. 

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Brian Sanders launches with a huge water wheelie

Facial Recognition Mirror Shows Personalized Information

By JOSEPH PAUL

Journal & Courier

West Lafayette, IN (AP) Why check your smartphone in the morning when all your notifications from the night before are displayed on your bedroom mirror?

It’s not science fiction. A team of Purdue University students has integrated a monitor into a mirror that displays the time, weather, traffic, bus routes and your class schedule all on the same reflective surface.

The invention, called MirrorMirror, employs facial recognition technology to display personalized information relevant to the user, including Tweets or Facebook posts. Its open-source framework ensures the mirror is compatible with other household technologies, such as wireless thermostats, door locks and light bulbs.

Timothy Vincent, a junior in the College of Science, said his team’s technology is making the ``smart home’’ a reality.

``There’s a lot of Internet connectivity in the house, and the mirror itself can serve as a hub,’’ he said in a phone interview. ``It can synchronize all these devices in one place you look.’’

The first prototype was built in 2014 during BoilerMake, a 36-hour ``hackathon’’ in which students develop hardware or software in exchange for prizes or recognition. Vincent developed the technology with fellow students Matt Molo, Nick Molo, John Lee and Joshua Berg.

``We thought it would be nice to have some sort of display in the house,’’ Matt Molo said in a news release. ``But we didn’t think people would want another monitor on their walls, so we made it a mirror.’’

Built in less than two days, the first model was constructed with a computer monitor, plywood and pieces of acrylic. The new version, however, has come a long way.

MirrorMirror’s latest prototype combines a thick pane of one-way glass behind a high-contrast monitor, finished with aluminum molded to the frame for a sleek look. The mirror is about 3 inches thick _ not much larger than a flat screen TV.
``It’s pretty thin, and we’re working on getting it thinner,’’ Vincent said.

The team is focusing on the project this summer, talking with venture capitalists and mulling over a launch on Kickstarter _ a popular crowd funding website _ in hopes of commercializing the technology for public use.

``At all the events where we showed our invention, people frequently were surprised that the mirror displayed real-time information,’’ Vincent said in the release. ``This usually was followed by comments of, `I want one,’ or `When does it go on sale?’ “

For now, you’ll have to make do with your normal, boring mirror.

Denver May Be Next Colorado City To Allow Pot Smokers In Bars

Denver, CO (AP) Beer? Wine? Or weed?

A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.

Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call “limited social marijuana consumption” at bars.

The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots.

It would allow bars or clubs to allow marijuana use as long as patrons bring their own weed and comply with clean-air laws. That means the pot they consume would have to be edible, or if smoked, consumed on an outside patio the way cigarette smoking is regulated now. Outdoor smoking sites would have to be shielded from public view.

“Marijuana’s now a legal product for adults in Denver, and it’s really time that we give adults a place to use it legally and socially,” said Mason Tvert, who ran Colorado’s 2012 campaign to legalize recreational pot. “We shouldn’t be requiring that you sit at home if you choose to use marijuana as an adult.”

Colorado law prohibits recreational pot consumption “openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others.” It does not, however, bar against consumption in private over-21 clubs. The Denver measure would clarify what counts as a private club.

Marijuana dispensaries are banned from allowing on-site use of the products they sell, and from selling alcohol or food that doesn’t contain pot. The Denver proposal would allow only bring-your-own consumption.

Denver wouldn’t be the first city to allow marijuana in bars. Pueblo and Nederland have city statutes allowing limited on-site consumption at over-21 clubs.

And Colorado Springs, the state’s second-largest city, has several marijuana clubs that are tolerated if not specifically allowed by statute. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers has told the City Council that he plans to seek regulations on the clubs, The Gazette newspaper reported Saturday.

The Denver petition comes after that City Council rejected pot-friendly bars. Denver has several underground clubs where patrons use marijuana for a joining fee, but the city has intermittently arrested people for public consumption at those clubs.

The raids and arrests leave tourists with nowhere to legally consume pot they’ve bought, argued supporters of the ballot measure. Among the supporters is Jane West, an events promoter who last year arranged a “Classically Cannabis” concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

The city threatened to block the concert, citing public consumption laws. The Symphony rebranded the concerts as private bring-your-own-cannabis fundraisers, and the city dropped its objections.

West was convicted of a misdemeanor for organizing a separate cannabis-friendly event last year, a brunch at a bakery.

“An eight-person SWAT team descended on the event and shut down the brunch,” West said.

West became one of the first to sign the Denver petition.

The petitions are due by early August.

Smoking pot in a bar in Washington, CO

Baby Red-tailed Hawk Born At Raptor Center Is Positive Sign

By EMILY GALLAGHER

The Times West Virginian

Fairmont, WVa (AP) Employees and volunteers at the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center (WVRRC) recently witnessed something they have never seen before.

The WVRRC’s mission is to rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned birds of prey while providing environmental education programs to the public for the benefit of all living things.

Mike Book, the director of the WVRRC, said the raptor center, which is located on Bunner Ridge Road in Fairmont, has never had a bird born in captivity.

That is until now.

Book said employees and volunteers noticed Rusty, a female red-tailed hawk, laid three eggs while in custody at the center. He said one of those three eggs hatched and a baby red-tailed hawk was born about two weeks ago.

``It’s a unique situation,’’ Book said.

He said it is a one-of-a-kind situation for a couple of different reasons.

In the WVRRC’s 32 years of existence a bird has never been born in captivity until this year.

Book also said Rusty has been in the flight cage with two other male hawks, Rico and Stinky.

He said since the baby hawk has been born, the two males, along with the female, act as parents to the smaller one.
``When the eggs were there, all three—both males and the female—would incubate them,’’ Book said.

Megan Stewart, a volunteer with the WVRRC, echoed Book and said all three have acted like parents to the newborn.
``They’re all three very protective of the baby,’’ she said.

Stewart said since the baby hawk has been born, the adult female will protect her kin from the ground by squawking and standing near the hawk. She said the adult males will look over the baby from above.

``As soon as you walk near the cage, the hawks will start yelling at you,’’ Stewart said. ``They’ll screech and puff up, and that’s them telling you that you need to get out of here.’’

Although it’s not common for a bird to be born in captivity, Stewart said it’s a good sign. She said the birth of the baby hawk shows workers that the hawks feel comfortable where they are.

``It shows us that they’re happy, well-fed and that their needs are being met,’’ Stewart said. ``They need to be fed and feel safe to want to reproduce. It’s a good sign that they are healthy and happy.’’

Stewart said Rico has been with the raptor center since 2010 when he was hit by a bullet.

She said Rusty, who has trouble with her right wing, and Stinky, who suffered head trauma, have been at the WVRRC since 2014.

``They all have been here awhile, so we don’t know when or if they will be able to be released,’’ Stewart said.

Part of the rehabilitation the center provides for birds of prey includes teaching birds to fly, hunt and survive in the wild.

``Our goal is to release all the birds that we can,’’ Stewart said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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