That is, when people used to go to church. Before the coronavirus.“I just don’t think it’s ever going to be the same,” Ms. Graham, 65, said. “Because I felt like it was beyond political. It was personal.”On the other side of Pennsylvania, 300 miles to the east in Monroe County, a cellphone salesman named Austin Garone said he was exhausted by the thought of telling an ex-girlfriend which way he had voted. By Sunday morning, a semblance of serenity had returned to Maplewood. Mr. Kurland, a digital designer and a musician whose garage loudspeakers had rocked his neighborhood, mowed the lawn. His wife, Ms. Kumar, a psychologist, walked the family’s two black Labradors.That the president of the United States was tweeting again about a stolen election did not perturb them. They had already danced for joy in their driveway.Contributing reporting were Mike Baker from Seattle; Campbell Robertson from Mercer County, Pa.; Sabrina Tavernise from Monroe County, Pa.; and Will Wright from Louisville, Ky. The sounds of something unleashed — banging pots, honking horns, primal shouts — burst from all directions in Maplewood, N.J. And as another Queen song boomed from the muscular loudspeakers in his garage, Zack Kurland stood at the edge of his driveway, arms raised like Rocky.We are the championsWe are the championsHis wife, Neena Kumar, came running and leapt into his arms. News had just arrived that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had been declared the winner of the presidential election of 2020, and now the two were twirling in an impromptu public dance of triumph.- Advertisement – It has been a hard four years for Ms. Graham, with various political disagreements, including with sons who went from supporting Mr. Obama to supporting Mr. Trump. Especially difficult was the brutal mocking of Democrats — in other words, people like her — on social media by members of her church. Their disdain was so vitriolic that she had trouble attending Sunday services. These small moments reflect the sizable fissure in the collective American psyche that Mr. Biden sought to begin closing in his speech on Saturday night. With a stand of American flags behind him, he said the time had come to restore the nation’s soul; to embrace the first three words of the Constitution: “We the people.”Mr. Biden knows from experience how difficult such simple sentiments are to attain. Another historic moment not long ago — the 2008 election of the country’s first Black president, Barack Obama, with Mr. Biden as his vice president — also prompted dancing in the streets. And it, too, was framed as a moment of healing unification. The feeling did not last. MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — A late-morning stillness had settled over a November Saturday in a cozy blanket of suburban serenity. Suddenly, at stadium-level blast, there came the shattering rock ’n’ roll roar of victory:We will, we will rock youWe will, we will rock you- Advertisement – “Whether certain of my family members will elect to not attend certain events because my husband and I are there — that’s possible,” she said. But Mr. Biden still recognized a need to sound the call, once again, for the nation to come together. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric,” he said. “To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again.”His words seemed directed as much to the individual American as to the nation at large, as if to recognize the gaping rifts created over the four tumultuous years since Mr. Trump was elected. Friendships have fractured. Workplace relationships have cooled. Family gatherings have been altered by fears that a request to pass the salt might somehow lead to a political brawl.In Trump-solid Mercer County, Pa., a retired special education teacher named Beverly Graham, a Democrat, celebrated the big news on Saturday by pouring a glass of honey whiskey. She drank it in quiet toast, then tackled the chore of cleaning the bathrooms. – Advertisement – Updated Nov. 8, 2020, 8:15 p.m. ET The moment evoked an iconic American image: a World War II sailor spontaneously kissing a woman in a nurse’s uniform in Times Square after the news of victory in Europe. Only instead of V-E Day, this was V-B Day: Victory for Biden. But not everyone was dancing. Triumph in a foreign war unifies a country; triumph in an election has the lurking potential to further divide. And by Sunday morning, some of the celebration and grieving had melted away to expose a difficult question for divided families and a divided nation:Now what?- Advertisement – Mr. Garone ultimately decided that the president had not done so. But he is not volunteering that he voted for Mr. Trump in 2020.“If she asks, I’ll tell her,” he said. “But if not, I won’t mention it.”And in Louisville, Ky., a lawyer named Dustin Meek said that she had spent considerable time trying to navigate the political schism between herself, a self-described progressive Democrat, and her family in her Trump-supporting hometown of Ashland, 190 miles to the east.“We’ll start out the evening saying, OK, no discussion of politics,” Ms. Meek, 54, said. “But inevitably, a joke will be thrown, or something will come up and people will poke, and honestly, I have to say, it has strained the relationships.”“It’s hard,” she added.She and her family members cannot seem to even agree on what constitutes “fact,” she said. They follow right-wing news websites, while she favors more traditional news sources that Mr. Trump has encouraged his followers to distrust.Ms. Meek expressed hope that the less inflammatory rhetoric of a new president would ease things. And she said that she would not allow politics to get in the way of attending future family gatherings. They had broken up in 2016 over politics, mostly, after he voted for Mr. Trump — a choice, he said, she found incomprehensible. This time around, she had been calling, texting and sending long Facebook missives, all to persuade him not to vote for Mr. Trump again.“People just hate Trump so much,” Mr. Garone, 26, said. “It’s an emotional reaction and they lose their sense of reason.”He said he had told his ex-girlfriend, still a close friend, that he would not vote for Mr. Trump if she could demonstrate that he had infringed upon her rights as a bisexual woman. True, a record number of more than 75 million Americans had voted for Mr. Biden, the Democratic challenger, and his running mate, Kamala Harris, the first woman elected as vice president. Also true was that more than 71 million others now had to grapple with the concept that their candidate — Donald J. Trump, the Republican incumbent — would most likely be branded by his own worst epithet: loser. If Trump loyalists were honking their horns at all on Saturday, it was probably to clear rejoicing Biden supporters from the streets. And the only hope being offered by their leader was a vow to challenge in the courts what he asserted, without evidence, was a fraudulent election.By refusing, for now, to publicly accept the election results, Mr. Trump was all but inviting dance-interrupting discord. And some accepted his invitation.Trump supporters held “Stop the Steal” rallies outside state capitols across the country, though their cries of electoral corruption sometimes came as news of Mr. Biden’s declared victory was lighting up smartphones everywhere.In Sacramento, Calif., videos captured confrontations that devolved into physical assaults; some in the scrum wore the black-and-yellow polo shirts often associated with the Proud Boys, a far-right, pro-Trump group not unfamiliar with violence. Another video, from Salem, Ore, showed a man in Proud Boys apparel discharging what appeared to be pepper spray, after which a crowd battered a vehicle with fists and a baseball bat.
Published on November 30, 2014 at 11:54 pm Contact Josh: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ When Danielle Minott checked in to Syracuse’s game against Jacksonville on Nov. 22, the freshman guard had no points, no steals and one rebound in just six minutes played over two games.Syracuse led 9-3 at the 16:40 mark of the first half, and in 2:33 of playing time, Minott hit a jumper and picked up both an offensive and defensive rebound. The short spell was a microcosm of Minott’s ability and athleticism, and a glimpse at why some Syracuse players see Minott as a mini Brittney Sykes.On Monday at 7 p.m., Minott and No. 22 Syracuse (4-1) return home for a game against Vermont (0-5). With Sykes still recovering from a torn right ACL and the Orange playing an inferior opponent, Minott will likely see her first extended minutes in the Carrier Dome. “When (Danielle) starts to figure out what we’re trying to do on the floor, she’s going to be explosive for us,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said, after Minott played just four minutes against Fordham on Nov. 16. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Like I told you last year about (then-freshman guard) Alexis Peterson, trust me, Danielle Minott’s next. She’s a very good player, and she’s going to help us.”While Minott sees limited action behind a guard rotation of Peterson, Cornelia Fondren, Diamond Henderson and Maggie Morrison, the Miami Country Day (Florida) School product has shown flashes and versatility in limited action.Against Jacksonville, Minott played a season-high 15 minutes and scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and came up with two steals while playing a wing position in SU’s 2-3 zone. As a sophomore in high school, Minott led Parkway (Florida) Academy to the Class-3A state championship game, but the Panthers lost by 15 to P.K. Yonge. Minott then transferred to Miami Country Day, where the Spartans reached the state title game. As a senior, Minott’s annual appearance in a state title game looked doubtful. The Spartans had a series of injuries early in the year, and the team went through what head coach Ochiel Swaby called a “gauntlet” schedule with a rotation of only six players.“But she carried us,” Swaby said. “When we walked out of the gym, everyone wanted to know who this kid was. Who’s D. Minott? Who is this kid? I had college coaches at major schools say, ‘How did we miss this kid?’” Minott led the Spartans to a 26-3 record and the school’s first state championship, in any sport, in its 75-year history.“I guess the third time was just meant to be,” Minott said. “I just had this mentality that I didn’t want to lose three times, ended my high school career right and start my college career on a good note.”Swaby said that he was “amazed” with Minott’s raw strength and elevation on her jump shot. He also praised her leaping and rebounding ability and said she was as strong as most high school players he’d seen.But with four experienced guards in front of her now, Minott will continue to adjust to only receiving sporadic playing time and make the most of her opportunities. “She has to go through that adjustment period,” Swaby said. “But once she gets her confidence back up and she’s feeling good about herself again, her true talent and her skill set will come to the forefront.” Comments
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charter CollegeCharter College Lacey hosted its graduation ceremony on Friday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the James Koval Center for the Performing Arts, 600 Sleater Kinney Road NE, in Lacey.Lacey Campus President Dr. Bruce Higdon welcomed the graduates and their families. He was joined on stage by Lead Pharmacy Instructor John Cohen, who presented the student awards; and student speakers Justin Sturdevant and Kristy White, both medical assistant students. The keynote speaker was Blake Knoblauch, from the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce. The national anthem was sung by Thaisy Kirkhart and Sturdevant.“There is nothing more important to us than the success of our students,” said Higdon. “We are so very proud of all of our graduates.”Graduates:Certificate in Medical AssistantMelissa Agnew*Amber Allen*Andrena Barkdull*Andrea Benningfield*Nelcybeth Berry*#Donna BlakeAlyssa Callahan*Annalicia CastroMarilin Cervantes-ValdezSarah Chidester*#Stacie Coffeen*#Katie CreechJordon DoctorsJudith Eitemiller*Samantha Fleck*#Brittany GageAmanda GilesJasmine Gregorio*#Erikamarie Guzman*Jordyn Hipfner*#Danielle JoyceKayla LindleyDawnya NaderKimberly Nolan*Shellby Oppelt*Eskai PayneHafsah Prohim*Jasmine Rodriguez DuranKelsie SmithHongngha Son*Phelisia SpangKristan Stengel*#Justin SturdevantMadisen StriplinSherry WallaceShennaya WashingtonAlexis Westberg*#Kristy WhitePharmacy TechnicianDaelyn Joy*Natacia Cruz*#Elizabeth LorenzanaCristina Rogers*Angelique HaskellQuin Scott* Associates of Applied Science in Allied Health (through Charter College Vancouver)John Cohen*Brittany Shultz*Irma Roman*Graduated with Honors, a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher.#President’s Award Recipient: Graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 (Certificate programs) or 3.9 or higher (Associate programs).Charter College Lacey offers residents of Thurston County career education opportunities in health care with blended on-campus programs in Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician. Their innovative Blended Learning curriculum combines hands-on classroom experience with online course work, offering students more flexibility with their schedules, and allowing them to work and manage family life. For more information, visit www.chartercollege.edu.