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first_img Google+ Mail Linkedin Facebook Twitter WOAY – The Amway Coaches poll released its preseason rankings Thursday, with both West Virginia and Virginia Tech in the top 25.After neither team received votes in the 2016 preseason poll, the Mountaineers will begin 2017 at #20 while the Hokies are ranked #22.That means a pair of ranked teams have an opportunity to move up the rankings after Week 1, depending on the result of their September 3rd meeting at FedEx Field, which will be aired on WOAY.WVU is the fourth-highest ranked Big 12 team after Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State. Virginia Tech is the fifth-highest ranked ACC team, after Florida State, Clemson, Louisville and Miami.The Associated Press preseason poll will be released later this month. Previous PostGrand Opening of Holler Art Gallery Pinterest Home Sports News Sports Mountaineers, Hokies Both in Preseason Top 25 Next PostDavid Witt Ready for First Year With Cavaliers Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More SportsSports NewsVirginia TechWVU Mountaineers, Hokies Both in Preseason Top 25 By Matt DigbyAug 04, 2017, 00:11 am 991 0 Tumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgHome NewsWatch Local News Greenbrier Community Hosts Luncheon For Federal Workers Pinterest Linkedin Facebook Local NewsNewsWatch Greenbrier Community Hosts Luncheon For Federal Workers By Kassie SimmonsJan 26, 2019, 18:47 pm 629 0 Next PostBreaking: Police are searching for missing Fayette County juvenile LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WOAY) – Federal workers are waiting for their overdue paychecks, but the community around them still shows their support until they are back on their feet.“The feedback we get from them is that it really relieved a lot of their stress,” said Florian Schleiff, who helped organize the event. “They can suddenly meet with people in a neutral place. At the moment they don’t have money to go to any restaurants or anything,so this is really like a vacation place for them.”Furloughed employees missed their second paycheck on Friday, January 25. To help make ends meet, the Mountwell Commons and Greenbrier County Health Alliance provided free lunches for federal employees and their families on January 12th, 19th and 26th.“It’s just amazing, the outpouring of all the people that suddenly bring food,” said Schleiff. “We have had several people show up with movie tickets and Kroger cards. I mean, several hundred dollars each. It’s been a really good experience.”Volunteers dedicated their time to cook and serve meals. Some assembled to-go boxes for federal employees who missed the luncheon due to their shift at the federal prison.Schleiff said employees from the USDA, TSA, U.S. Forest Service and federal prisons have attended the luncheons. Kassie Simmons Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism.During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing.Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about.Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com. Google+ Tumblr Twitter Mail Previous PostMultiple cars stolen in Beckleylast_img read more

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first_img Check out the Highlights from Meadow Bridge’s 14-0 win! Facebook Home Sports News Sports The 5th Quarter: Clay-Battelle @ Meadow Bridge Google+ Tumblr Previous PostThe 5th Quarter Game of the Week: Fayetteville @ Valley Next PostThe 5th Quarter: Greenbrier West @ Midland Trail Twitter SportsSports News The 5th Quarter: Clay-Battelle @ Meadow Bridge By Nolan KnightSep 01, 2018, 00:46 am 535 0 Mail Linkedin Pinterest Nolan Knightlast_img read more

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first_img Since I was thinking about bond yields, I called Dr. Lacy Hunt (one of the more brilliant economists in the country, and not just in my opinion). He has been forecasting interest rates for a long time and been the guiding light at Hoisington Asset Management, which has established perhaps the best track record I know of on bond returns. They have been long bonds for quite some time, which has been the correct position, if a difficult and lonely one. Most bond managers think rates are set to rise. Not Lacy. He thinks we will get close to 2% on the 30-year bond and has said so for decades. Dr. Gary Shilling wrote his first book in 1998, called simply Deflation, and followed it up recently with another great work, titled The Age of Deleveraging. He first went long bonds in 1982, which has been one of the great trades of the last 30 years. He lists a whole host of reasons for a deflationary period over the next few years. The “Muddle-Through” economy is deflationary The argument for deflation is rather straightforward. The boom in the US and much of the world from 1982 until 2008 was partially the result of financial innovations and massive leveraging. That process has come to an end, and the private sector is deleveraging and will do so even further as the economy softens and we slip into the next recession. Governments are approaching the end of their ability to borrow money at reasonable rates in Europe, and soon in Japan, and eventually in the US (and that time is not as far off as we would like). I described the whole process in my book Endgame. Assuming the US government deals with its coming deficit crisis in a realistic manner, the results will be deflationary – a big assumption, I grant you! The next big deflationary force is the slowing of the velocity of money. Very simply, money velocity is the rate at which money moves through the economy from one transaction to another and is a good barometer of economic vitality. It has been falling for five years, pretty much as I wrote it would back in 2006. We are now close to the historical average velocity of money; but, since velocity is mean-reverting, it will continue to fall until it bottoms well below the historical average. This cycle takes years, not months, by the way. A slow-growth, muddle-through economy is deflationary. High and persistent unemployment is deflationary. Absent some new piece of data that I just don’t see right now, rates in the US are going lower and are going to stay low for longer than any of us can afford to bet against them. I think the Fed will respond if the government does finally act in a fiscally responsible manner (which would be inherently deflationary), by fighting that deflation with the only tool it has left: the outright monetization of debt. They will call it something else, of course, but that will not alter the bottom line: the money presses will run day and night. They will be able to monetize more debt than you can shake a stick at, and do so without causing a repeat of the 1970s Great Inflation. Yes, it will eventually catch up with us – there is no free lunch – but they are betting on keeping the lid on actual price inflation by raising rates and cutting back on the money supply. We are some years away from that, but we had better listen when The Inflationator says, “I’ll be back.” Anybody who says they know the timing is a lot more confident in their crystal ball than I am. But I think I can see out a year or so, and it looks like continued low rates and deflation. By the way, just to appease the gold bugs out there, given my deflationary call, I will note that quality gold stocks were up hugely during the deflationary Great Depression of the 1930s. Even with the dollar on the gold standard. Just saying. A Quadrillion Here, A Quadrillion There And speaking of more money than we can imagine, and the wholesale monetization of government debt, I’d like to close with an instructive vignette from the Land of the Rising Yen. You may remember Everett Dirksen, the Republican Senator from Illinois who, back in the 1960s, was credited with saying, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you are talking about real money.” Thorough research fails to confirm that he actually used that line, although one reporter claims he asked Dirksen about it and received the reply, “Oh, I never said that. A newspaper fella misquoted me once, and I thought it sounded so good that I never bothered to deny it.” But that quote has lodged in our collective memory; whether or not he said it, it does make a salient point. Today we have become rather casual in our use of the word trillion. “A trillion dollars” slips so easily from the tongue, but it’s just too big a number for most of us to even fathom. Estimates of the total stars in our galaxy run between 100 and 400 billion. A trillion barrels of oil would fuel the world for over 30 years. One trillion seconds is almost 32,000 years. The mind boggles. Yet today we think almost nothing of adding a trillion dollars every year to the already bloated US debt! In fact, economists like Paul Krugman fume that we are not adding more trillions to the debt each year, as if debt carried no consequences. By this thinking, Greece should not be forced to suffer any austerity because it has taken on too much debt. Rather, other nations should be taxed to give Greece the money that will enable them to go even deeper into debt – debt that it cannot and most likely will not repay! So, I must admit that when I came across this next item, it gave me pause. We turn now to a report published by Bloomberg and authored by my friend Dr. Gary Shilling, talking about the massive debt that has been accumulated by Japan. Gary argues that Japan is reaching a critical point where its debt cannot be financed except by extreme monetization by its central bank, because turning to world markets to sell the debt will drive up interest rates to unsustainable levels. I have made similar arguments. Says Gary: “As Japan’s government debt of 1,085 trillion yen matures over time, it will be subject to … higher refinancing rates. The average maturity of Japanese government debt is six years and 11 months. Yet 17 percent of that debt matures this year, 52 percent in the next five years and 76 percent in the next decade. Markets anticipate, so Japanese bonds throughout the spectrum will probably plummet in price and leap in yield at the first sign of a current- account deficit, maybe even before.” One thousand trillion yen. That’s 32,000,000 years’ worth of seconds. Yes, I know the yen has two extra zeros in relation to the dollar, but we are talking about one quadrillion yen. Are we really ready for the word quadrillion to enter the lexicon in what is supposed to be the developed world? In the case of Japan, we are apparently already there. A hundred years ago, a deficit of US$1 billion would have been unthinkable. We actually had balanced budgets during most of our first 200 years, except during wars and economic crashes. And now we talk trillions, albeit in the wake of inflation that has made the word trillion less than it was 100 years ago. Will our grandchildren in the latter half of this century talk quadrillions? Or quintillions? Is that even thinkable? Let’s just hope the word quadrillion doesn’t come into common parlance any time soon. This article is a reprint from the World Money Analyst. [John Mauldin is a highly sought-after contributor to major financial publications including The Financial Times, The Daily Reckoning, as well as a regular guest on CNBC, Yahoo Tech Ticker, and Bloomberg TV. He also contributes to World Money Analyst – a service that regularly provides up to date coverage on issues and opportunities for international investors. Click here to learn more about our 100% risk-free test drive – including three highly actionable special briefings designed to get you started on the right foot right away – but only available for a limited time.] John Mauldin, International Man I am frequently asked in meetings or after a speech whether I think we will have inflation or deflation. “Yes,” I readily reply, trying hard not to smirk, as the questioner tries to digest the answer. And while my answer is flippant, it’s also the truth, as I do expect both outcomes. Following the obligatory chuckle from the rest of the group comes a follow-up request for a few more specifics. And they are that I expect we will first see deflation and then inflation, but the key is the timing. Recessions are by definition deflationary. Deleveraging events are also deflationary. A recession accompanied by deleveraging is deflationary in spades. That is why central banks worldwide have been able to print money in amounts that in prior periods would have sent inflation spiraling out of control. This drives gold bugs nuts, but they are not factoring in the velocity of money. If velocity were flat, inflation would be quite significant by now. But velocity has been falling and is going to fall further. The US Fed and the ECB are going to be able to print more money than we can imagine without stoking inflation … at least for a while. One of the longtime champions of the deflationary outlook has been my friend David Rosenberg (formerly chief economist at Merrill and now with Gluskin Sheff in Toronto). He has been talking for years about a target of 1.5% for the 10-year US bond. Today, as I’m writing this, we got down to 1.5% and did not even pause, ending the day at 1.47%. I will also note that I spoke with Rich Yamarone, the chief economist at Bloomberg, and he said he believes we will scare 50 basis points (the 10-year T-bill hits 0.50%) before we are through. To which Rosenberg replied in a later conversation, “He’s nuts!” Look at this table of 10-year bond yields:last_img read more

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first_imgInvestigators are interviewing several people of interest at this time.This is the thirteenth homicide in Tuscaloosa County this year. TUSCALOOSA –  Tuscaloosa Police Department requested homicide investigators assistance at Broadmoore Gardens Apartments around 4:15am Friday morning.At approximately 3:55 am, Tuscaloosa Police Officers responded to a shooting call at this location and found 25-year-old Decarlos McAlpine, Jr. deceased in his vehicle.McAlpine suffered multiple gunshot wounds.last_img

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first_imgReported and Written by WVUA 23 Reporter Erin McNallyRoad rage can happen anywhere and a new bill has been introduced through the Alabama legislature aiming to reduce it.The bill is called the Anti-Road Rage Act and was proposed by Alabama lawmaker Phillip Pettis.The bill makes driving in the left lane for more than a mile and a half without passing a vehicle in the right lane a ticketable offense. Driver E.J. Harrell said he has mixed feelings about the proposal.“I think it’s helpful at least so that way you know people can, you know, keep going if they need to keep going,” Harrell said. “But at the same time, if I’m traveling for a long distance and I want to stay in the left lane to keep going fast, if I have to go behind somebody that’s slower than me, afterward I might be a little more upset.”Drivers around Tuscaloosa agree that even though they may not give in to road rage, it’s frustrating getting stuck behind a driver in the left lane.“It’s aggravating,” driver Jack Vaughan said. “Particularly if you’re in a hurry. I never let it bother me because I’m retired and I get away with it.”Some drivers said they don’t see how it will be enforced.“I mean unless you’re gonna sit there with the police sitting there the entire time riding in those lanes, how are you really going to know how long they were over there,” driver Sonja Clifton said. “So unless you’re going to give me my own little plaque to do it myself, it’s kind of pointless.”last_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – After a bomb scare, Panathinaikos lost 80-67 to explosive Spanish power Barcelona in a meaningless Euroleague group encounter.The 15,000 Panathinaikos fans at the stands were forced out at half-time as the sniffer dogs came in to ensure the phone call about a bomb was no more than just a hoax, Kathimerini said.Spooked by the incident, Barcelona’s players almost refused to return while half the stadium emptied out in fear before police didn’t find any device.A shaken Barcelona, which led 40-23 at the half, seemed discombobulated in the third period, letting the Greens crawl abck to within 53-47 behind DeMarcus Nelson.Recovering its poise, Barcelona grouped to run away with the win at the end and finish in first in the group, leaving the limping Greek power Panathinaikos in third after playing without injured guards Lefteris Bochoridis and captain Dimitris Diamantidis. Antonis Fotsis led the team with 14 points.The two teams will meet again in the second group stage of the Euroleague as they are in the same pool of eight teams that also features Real Madrid, Euroleague champ Maccabi Tel Aviv, Galatasaray, Alba Berlin, Zalgiris Kaunas and Red Star Belgrade.In the other group Olympiakos will face CSKA Moscow, Malaga, Armani Milano, Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce Ulker, Laboral Kutxa and Nizhny Novgorod.last_img read more

NEW YORK — When it comes to AllStar first basemen

first_imgNEW YORK — When it comes to All-Star first basemen, Pete Alonso and Luke Voit are on track to become New York’s power couple.Alonso hit a three-run homer in the first inning off an ineffective James Paxton, J.D. Davis and Carlos Gómez also went deep, and the Mets beat the Yankees 10-4 Tuesday for a split of their day-night Subway Series doubleheader.Alonso’s home run was his 22nd, the second-most for an NL rookie before the All-Star break, trailing only Cody Bellinger’s 25 for the Los Angeles Dodgers two years ago. The drive on Paxton’s eighth pitch of the at-bat and 11th pitch of the night left the stadium almost as quiet as it was in the afternoon, when the stands were about a quarter full at the start for the makeup of Monday night’s rainout.New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, rear, runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Voit hit a three-run homer off Zack Wheeler in a five-run fourth inning as the Yankees overcame a three-run deficit to win the opener 12-5. After falling out of the AL East lead for the first time since the morning of May 19, the Yankees (41-25) moved back into a tie with Tampa Bay atop the division.Both first basemen experienced their first Subway Series featuring fulminating fans.“I thought this was a blast,” the 24-year-old Alonso said. “I’m really looking forward to the ones at Citi Field. This environment was nuts.”Voit was demoted to Double-A by the St. Louis Cardinals a year ago this week. Now he’s vying for a spot in the All-Star Home Run Derby.“It’s crazy, man,” he said.New York Yankees’ Luke Voit runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Voit has 30 home runs in 103 games since the Yankees acquired him July 28 for pitchers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos. The 28-year-old took over at first base from the repeatedly injured Greg Bird and has 16 homers this year. He is the leader at his position in the first results of fan voting for All-Star starters.“This team is giving me a lot of confidence to go out and do my job every day,” he said. “It’s just having fun in the locker room. I never feel like I’m a deadbeat.”He made his big league debut with St. Louis in 2017 but was behind Matt Carpenter and then José Martinez.“There’s nothing worse than when you’re in the minor leagues and you’re hitting good, too, and you’re just stuck,” he said. “There’s been multiple guys throughout the history of baseball that have been in that same situation, and for me to finally get a chance, you don’t want to ever look back on it and you want to roll with it.”Gio Urshela hit a tying, two-run homer in the five-run fourth, had four RBIs and was a triple short of the cycle, ending a stretch of 15 at-bats without a hit. Gary Sánchez had three RBIs and tied for the AL lead with his 20th home run .Masahiro Tanaka (4-5) gave up a three-run homer to Jeff McNeil that put the Mets ahead 4-1 in the third but rebounded to win for the first time in a month. Pitching on six days’ rest after the birth of his daughter Friday and the rainout, Tanaka allowed five runs — four earned — in 6 2/3 innings.Wheeler (5-4) gave up a career-high nine runs — five earned — in 4 2/3 innings. He has not won consecutive starts this year, and his 13 home runs allowed are one shy of his 2018 total.“My slider wasn’t very good today. The changeup wasn’t really working,” Wheeler said. “The fastball was about the only thing going for me.”Coming off a five-hit shutout of San Francisco, Jason Vargas (3-3) extended his scoreless streak to 17 innings in the night game before the Yankees closed to 6-3 in the third. Davis hit a two-run homer off Chance Adams in the fourth, and the Yankees put two on with one out in the bottom half when Vargas found a groove and retired his last eight batters.“I think that third inning got them fairly aggressive, and we were able to get back in the rhythm of things, making pitches down in the strike zone,” Vargas said.New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Mets (33-34), who have not been over .500 since May 3, won for only the fifth time in their last 23 road games.Paxton (3-3) remained winless in three starts since a trip to the injured list caused by left knee inflammation. He gave up a season-high six runs, seven hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings, departing after RBI singles from Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos and Adeiny Hechavarría.“I’ve dealt with failure before, and I’ll bounce back like I have before,” Paxton said.WEB GEMYankees left fielder Brett Gardner made a sprawling backhand catch on McNeil leading off the opener.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: 2B Robinson Canó (left quadriceps) was 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Syracuse, OF Brandon Nimmo (neck) was 0 for 3 with two walks, and LHP Justin Wilson (left elbow) allowed one hit in a scoreless first. … RHP Noah Syndergaard left before the opener because of strep throat.Yankees: OF-DH Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 4 with a solo home run as the DH for Class A Tampa in a doubleheader opener and could rejoin the Yankees on Monday. … RF Aaron Judge could start a rehab assignment this weekend with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … RHP Dellin Betances strained his lat muscle while pitching to batters in a simulated game Friday and won’t throw for a few weeks. … RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder strain) threw on flat ground for the first time since May 9.UP NEXTMets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-6) starts Thursday when the Mets start a homestand against St. Louis and RHP Jack Flaherty (4-3).Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ (6-3) opens a series Thursday against the Chicago White Sox and RHP Iván Nova (3-5).By: Ronald Blum, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgThe world is in a transitional toilet state.Bathroom innovators are working on ways to make toilets cleaner, safer and better for the environment. In the meantime, there are many types of toilets in the world — and all those options can be confusing.There’s the Western-style toilet — the white porcelain throne with a built-in flusher. In some parts of the world, people might use a squat toilet, which usually involves planting your feet on either side and hovering over a toilet bowl that’s set in to the ground. Or a toilet could just be a hole in the ground.According to the World Health Organization, 2.3 billion people “still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines.”The U.N. is calling for “adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all” by the year 2030.As progress is made, there will be a need for toilet education. Indeed, there’s an abundance of toilet signage.The images may seem unusual to some — um, why is that guy standing on the toilet lid to do his business? But the signs perform an important function, says Hope Randall, a communications officer at PATH, a nonprofit focused on global health, including water and sanitation.Signs can help communicate healthy and safe hygiene practices — especially to those who may not have had much experience using certain kinds of toilets, she says.And what better day to share them than World Toilet Day — Nov. 19? Jack Sim, a Singapore entrepreneur and head of the World Toilet Organization, created the commemorative day in 2001. In 2013, it was declared an official U.N. day. The aim is to raise awareness about the need for more toilets.Some of the signs in this post came from our readers, eager to share what they’ve seen on their toilet expeditions. Others are from Instagram. And some are from Doug Lansky, author of Signspotting, a series of books on funny warning and advice signs.The topic of toilets is especially popular.The signs that encourage sitting instead of squatting, however, may not be sending the best message.Research has indicated that our intestines may function better in a squatting position, both Lansky and Randall point out.”Plus, it’s more hygienic to squat,” Lansky says. “Squatters think it’s gross that we put our butts on the same seat that other people put their butts on.”Goats and Soda reader Lawrence Duffee captured this photo at the Episcopal Church South Sudan Guest House in Yei, South Sudan, in September 2012. He has been working as a humanitarian aid worker in the country since 2010.In an email to NPR, Duffee explained that many people in South Sudan practice open defecation or use pit latrines. “Being in a country where most people practiced open defecation or, at best, used pit latrines, I imagine being confronted for the first time with what you term a ‘vaulted toilet’ likely caused confusion leading to some unfortunate results,” he wrote to NPR.And then there are the unmistakable images that highlight the importance of toilets in the first place.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgIn his 40 years of working with people who struggle with addiction, David Crowe has seen various drugs fade in and out of popularity in Pennsylvania’s Crawford County.Methamphetamine use and distribution is a major challenge for the rural area, says Crowe, the executive director of Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission. And opioid-related overdoses have killed at least 83 people in the county since 2015, he says.Crowe says his organization has received just over $327,300 from key federal grants designed to curb the opioid epidemic. While the money was a godsend for his county, he says methamphetamine remains a major problem.And here’s the hitch: Crawford County, which lies south of Lake Erie, on the Ohio state line, can’t use the federal opioid grants to treat meth addiction.”Now I’m looking for something different,” Crowe says. “I don’t need more opiate money. I need money that will not be used exclusively for opioids.”The federal government has doled out at least $2.4 billion in state grants since 2017, in hopes of stemming an opioid epidemic that killed 47,600 people in the U.S. in that year alone.But state officials note that drug abuse problems seldom involve only one substance. And while local officials are grateful for the funding, the grants can be spent only on creating solutions to combat opioids, such as prescription OxyContin, heroin and fentanyl.According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 states — including California, Pennsylvania and Texas — have reported that opioids were involved in fewer than half of their total drug overdose deaths in 2017.Also, the federal cash infusion is guaranteed for only a few years, which throws the sustainability of the states’ efforts into question. Drug policy specialists say the money may not be adequate to improve the mental health care system. And more focus is needed on answering the underlying question of why so many Americans struggle with drug addiction, they say.”Even just the moniker — ‘the opioid epidemic’ — out of the gate, is problematic and incorrect,” says Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. “This was never just about opioids.”States have received the federal funds for opioids primarily through two grants: State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis and State Opioid Response. The first grant, authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act, totaled $1 billion. The second pot of money, $1.4 billion (approved as part of last year’s omnibus spending bill), sets aside a portion of the funding for states with the most drug poisoning deaths.For Ohio and Pennsylvania, the need was great. Nearly 4,300 and 2,550 residents, respectively, died from opioid-related overdoses in the two states in 2017. Ohio was awarded $137 million in grants; Pennsylvania, $138.1 million.State officials say the federal money enabled them to invest significantly in programs like training medical providers on addiction, offering more points of access for treatment and providing interventions for special populations, such as pregnant women.The grants also stipulate a minimum amount of money for every state, so even areas with reportedly low opioid-related overdose death rates now have considerable funds to combat the crisis. Arkansas, for example, reported 188 opioid-related deaths in 2017 and received $15.7 million from the federal government.Statistics show 2,199 people in California died from opioid-related causes in 2017, though its opioid death rate was one of the 10 lowest in the country. The Golden State received $195.8 million in funding — more than any other state.”This funding is dedicated to opioids,” said Marlies Perez, a division chief at the California Department of Health Care Services, “but we’re not blindly just building a system dedicated just to opioids.”Mounting evidence points to a worrisome rise in methamphetamine use nationally. The presence of cheap, purer forms of meth in the drug market coupled with a decline in opioid availability has fueled the stimulant’s popularity.The number of drug overdose deaths involving meth tripled from 2011 to 2016, the CDC reports.And hospitalizations involving amphetamines — the class of stimulants that includes methamphetamine — are spiking.The problem of meth addiction is hard to address, doctors say. Treatment options for this addiction are narrower than the array available for opioids. In light of the increase in deaths related to other substances, are these restricted grants the best way to fund states’ response to opioids?Bertha Madras, a professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School and a former member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, says the federal government has responded well by tailoring its response to opioids because those drugs continue to kill tens of thousands of Americans per year.However, Madras adds, as more people living with addiction are identified and other drugs rise in popularity, the nation’s focus will need to change.Beletsky emphasizes that the grants are insufficient to support fixes to the mental health care system, which must respond to patients living with an addiction of any kind.People addicted to a particular substance typically use other drugs as well. Controlling addiction throughout a person’s life can be akin to playing whack-a-mole, says Dr. Paul Earley, president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, because they may stop using one substance only to abuse another.But specific addictions may also require specific treatments that cannot be addressed with tools molded for opioids, addiction specialists say, and the appropriate treatment may not be as available.”I think we have to really begin to self-examine why this country has so much substance use to begin with,” Madras says.Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit, editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

ManagementLast updated on July 3rd 2019 at 0137

first_imgManagementLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 01:37 pmThe U.S. Small Business Administration approved the following loan guarantees in April:Milwaukee County Al Hafez Enterprises LLC, 6800 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, $598,000, First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co.; Buzz & Suds Corp., 120 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek, $337,000, The Huntington National Bank;Buzz & Suds Corp., 120 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek, $30,000, The Huntington National Bank;D&M Heating and Air Conditioning SSG LLC, 4227 S. 13th St., Milwaukee, $350,000, Sunset Bank & Savings;H & S Enterprises LLC, 6001 N. Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee, $1 million, Byline Bank; MKE MindBody Wellness Inc., 3174 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, $50,000, Celtic Bank Corp.;MKE Tuk Tuk LLC, 6650 W. State St., Unit #2, Milwaukee, $48,700, Associated Bank;New Paradise Realty Inc., 7625 W. Appleton Ave., Milwaukee, $722,000, First Chatham Bank;Old Hwy. 70 LLC, 9287 N. Broadmoor Road, Bayside, $150,000, United Midwest Savings Bank;Poiema Automation Inc., 8331 W. Calumet Road, Milwaukee, $100,000, Wells Fargo Bank;Self Storage LLC, 6003-6045 Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee, $987,500, Byline Bank;The Chef’s Table LLC, 500 S. Third St, Milwaukee, $341,600, Wisconsin Bank & Trust;Ozaukee County RW Shaw Construction Services, 1306 Sixth Ave., Grafton, $150,000, First Home Bank;RW Shaw Construction Services LLC, W75 N846 Tower Ave., Cedarburg, $150,000, First Home Bank;SP Mart LLC, 223 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, $1.3 million, Byline Bank;Racine CountyCheddarHead Holdings-2 LLC, 2860 S. Green Bay Road, Suite 300, Mount Pleasant, $150,000, Old Plank Trail Community Bank;Kessler Irrigation and Lawn, 34622 63rd St., Burlington, $162,800, Associated Bank;Ross Holdings LLC, 8420 County Highway V, Caledonia, $208,000, WBD Inc.; Tanin Auto LLC, 7012 State Road 31, Suite 100, Racine, $125,000, Educators Credit Union;Sheboygan CountyOdd Jobs Plumbing LLC, W. 8006 Highway SS, Adell, $54,500, Landmark Credit Union;Walworth CountyAqua Revival LLC, 1417 Racine St. Unit D, Delavan, $350,000, Falcon National Bank; Aqua Revival LLC, 1417 Racine St. Unit D, Delavan, $2.1 million, Falcon National Bank;PolyPail Inc., 1615 Grebby St., Delavan, $194,600, BMO Harris Bank;Washington CountyElite Tool & Manufacturing LLC, N171 W21048 Industrial Drive, Jackson, $450,000, Cornerstone Community Bank;Elite Tool & Manufacturing LLC, N171 W21048 Industrial Drive, Jackson, $100,000, Cornerstone Community Bank; Legacy Subs LLC, N96 W15360 County Line Road, Germantown, $260,000, BMO Harris Bank;Maxmar LLC, 2325 Richfield Parkway, Richfield, $977,000, WBD Inc.;Techplex LLC, N115 W19150 Edison Drive, Germantown, $286,000, WBD Inc.;Waukesha CountyBG Holdings II LLC, 2350 Corporate Drive, Waukesha, $1.5 million, WBD Inc.;Blocker LLC, 200 W. Summit Ave., Wales, $226,700, Waukesha State Bank; Board Together LLC, W189 S7773 Racine Ave., Muskego, $78,600, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.;Centec Security Systems Inc., W33 N727 Westmound Drive, Waukesha, $100,000, First Bank Financial Centre;Cranker Real Estate LLC, W226 N735 Eastmound Drive, Waukesha, $570,000, Waukesha State Bank; DeMore’s Innovative Design Inc., N56 W19868 Silver Spring Drive, Menomonee Falls, $50,000, Associated Bank;Go Pak LLC, 206 Enterprise Road, Suite Five, Delafield, $1.3 million, WBD Inc.;Hometowne Windows & Doors Inc., 2911 South 160th St., New Berlin, $19,800, Landmark Credit Union; Irrigation Works Inc., W244 S8440 Industrial Drive, Big Bend, $340,000, The Huntington National Bank;Irrigation Works Inc., W244 S8440 Industrial Drive, Big Bend, $25,000, The Huntington National Bank; Jahnke & Jahnke Assoc. LLC, 711 W. Moreland Boulevard, Waukesha, $168,000, Fifth Third Bank;Little John Property LLC, S34 W29942 Little John Drive, Genesee, $214,000, WBD Inc.;Marcomatic Industrial Controls Inc., W134 N5345 Campbell Drive, Menomonee Falls, $4.4 million, Byline Bank;OFP Ingredients LLC, 140 S. Concord St., Oconomowoc, $1 million, Capitol Bank; R2 Properties LLC, 1904 MacArthur Road, Waukesha, $262,000, WBD Inc.;Saave Organization LLC, 1005 Richards Road, Suite E, Hartland, $100,000, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.; Silver Summit Inc., 921 Friedman Drive, Waukesha, $35,000, U.S. Bank;The Anxiety Center Acquisition LLC, 15850 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 208, Brookfield, $250,000, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.;Village Primary Care Providers LLC, 1111 Delafield St., Suite 219, Waukesha, $20,000, U.S. Bank. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Whats New in TechnologyLatest News for Entreprene

first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos This article was originally published in Voice of America in September 2015. Read more at VOAnews.com.A virtual reality viewer that works with a smartphone and motion-tracking gloves that let workers scan inventory while management monitors production were just a couple of the new gadgets on display at a tech developers conference sponsored by Intel this week in San Francisco.[RELATED: New Technology Can Help Small Businesses Thrive]Such gadgets use embedded technology that connects them with other devices. Doug Davis, a senior vice president at Intel, said products like the VR viewer that result from such engineering “are the ones that as consumers we see, and those are kind of exciting.”But examples of technology use such as that found in the motion-tracking gloves are going to change the way businesses work, he said.“We’re starting to see a big impact in areas like industrial or manufacturing,” Davis said. “You’re now connecting machines in factories and analyzing data in ways you never were able to before.”The work gloves were developed by ProGlove, a Munich startup. Like other companies, it’s moving its applications onto the manufacturing floor.“We mainly focus on automotive manufacturing and logistics,” said ProGlove’s Sebastian Petruch. Such industries, he said, place a premium on increasing efficiency.Medical, other applicationsThe Ebola crisis inspired the invention of a portable system for storing patient records at isolated clinics in Africa. Volunteers from Google and other companies helped out, partnering with the medical charity Doctors Without Borders.Hardware engineer Ken Krieger was part of the team that developed a  hand-held server that connects wirelessly to a doctor’s tablet computer. He said the server, which stores the data, “can be sterilized – dunked in chlorine to kill the Ebola – and would support being used in very rugged, really hostile environments for technology.”Behind-the-scenes technology can keep track of temperatures in our homes and climate conditions in a farmer’s greenhouse.Anthropologist Genevieve Bell, who leads a team at Intel that studies people and technology, said that embedded technology is becoming more common, and “in the future … we will have a whole lot of things in our world, in our homes, in our businesses, in our cars that are connected.”The result, she said, is that in such endeavors as commuting, shipping and producing energy, embedded technology is increasing efficiency.Attend the Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit at the Santa Clara, California, Hyatt Regency from Oct. 12—13, 2015.  It will present a unique, unparalleled opportunity to make connections among the best and brightest in the African American tech community–from Silicon Valley and beyond. At TechConneXt you will learn the secrets to navigating the Silicon Valley community, discover opportunities with tech companies, find funding sources for your business, and connect with established tech leaders. If you are a part of the tech community or one of its many stakeholders, you simply cannot miss it! Register today at www.blackenterprise.com/techconnext. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/connected-technology-expands-into-home-workplace/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/connected-technology-expands-into-home-workplace/last_img read more

Snack Attack Fries and a Mudslide at the Automatic

first_img Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Snack Attack: Fries and a Mudslide at the Automatic Nothing says nostalgia like a late-night combo of fries dipped in chocolate milkshake. Fries and a mudslide at the Automatic. / Photo courtesy of Creative KatzWhether it’s an artisan Hot Pocket or PB & J-inspired sweets, local restaurants love to channel childhood memories on their menus. That tradition is in full force at the Automatic, where the no-frills Kendall Square bar is serving a late-night take on fries and a milkshake.From 10-11:30 p.m. on weeknights, you can pair a mini Mudslide cocktail with a cup of fries for a dippable dessert. The combo debuted this week, and co-owner and bartender Dave Cagle says the team plans to make the special available every night soon.“It’s surprisingly good,” Cagle says. “The salty, warm fries and chocolatey frozen Mudslide are a strangely perfect combination.”The shake in this equation is more grown up than your average Frosty, though. The Mudslide, on the Automatic menu simply as “frozen awesomeness,” is a mix of hazelnut-infused vodka, coffee liqueur, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and Irish cream. For this special, the sweet and creamy concoction is served as a shooter and paired with a half-order of the bar’s Standard fries.If you ever rolled through Dairy Queen or Wendy’s as a kid and found yourself loading up your fries with blobs of milkshake, the Automatic is here for you—with booze. And before long, the team could have this nostalgic fix all week long.$8, the Automatic, 50 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-714-5226, theautomaticbar.com. 000 1/31/2017, 3:24 p.m. center_img Print By Alex Wilking· Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. last_img read more

Down the Road Beer Lands in Everett in Early November

first_img 000 Print By Jacqueline Cain· Down the Road Beer Co. taproom photo by Alex WeaverAt long last, the highly anticipated home of Down the Road Beer Co. is almost ready to open. The Everett taproom—and vintage pinball arcade—debuts to the public on Friday, Nov. 3.“The mantra for Down The Road, from the beginning, has been to offer a craft beer experience that’s fresh, local and inspired,” owner Donovan Bailey says in today’s announcement on DTR’s website. “From the beer to the entertainment to the atmosphere, we aim to be your neighborhood watering hole no matter where you live.”The brand new space has been under construction since last fall, but a taproom and brewery was always part of the business plan for the contract-established company. Production has already started moving into Everett, but some batches in the market were produced at Dorchester Brewing and Brewmasters Brewing Services in Williamsburg.Down the Road is now equipped to brew 4,500 barrels annually, with room to grow in Everett, says marketing director Alex Weaver. The 2,500-square foot taproom has capacity for more than 200 people, including 18 seats at a 35-foot bar. It also has a massive tap system with 36 lines.Weaver says likely about 10 beers will be flowing on opening night, and the goal is to always have about 15 different beers. And it will be a range of styles: Since launching in the Boston-area market in 2015, Bailey has introduced everything from Pukwudgie American pale ale, to the Rasenmaher Kolsch, Darkest Night imperial stout, Feyborn Berliner weisse, and more. Some new brews include a Citra dry-hopped version of Pukwudgie, and Wolfgeist Dunkel Lager.Expect the core lineup, plus a rotating selection of seasonal brews, New England IPAs, and taproom-only one-offs. Soft drinks, like cold-brewed coffee, kombucha, and root beer, will also be on draft.The bar will serve a couple snacks, and the plan is to have food trucks come by on the regular to serve in Down the Road’s parking lot. Oh, yeah—there’s a parking lot. With ample space to park. Down the Road, which is closer to the Wynn Casino project than to the “Fermentation District” where Night Shift, Short Path Distillery, and more are located, is also accessible by the 104, 105, and 109 buses from Sullivan Station.It also has “a full-blown pinball arcade,” with a number of fully restored, vintage machines including the Addams Family and Star Trek: The Next Generation.“It’s an inclusive and accessible destination for those looking for good food and drink in an atmosphere that’s light on pretension and high on fun,” reads today’s announcement.Check it out for yourself on Friday, Nov. 3. The grand opening party starts at 5:30 p.m.199 Ashland St., Everett, 617-454-4255, downtheroadbrewery.com.Photos by Alex Weaver providedPhotos by Alex Weaver provided Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. center_img Restaurant Openings Down the Road Beer Lands in Everett in Early November The giant taproom has retro arcade games, dozens of beers and more on draft, and easy parking. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* 10/19/2017, 3:00 p.m. last_img read more

The Boston Bruins Are Headed to the Stanley Cup

first_img 316 That going to the ‘ship feeling.Congrats, @NHLBruins! #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/fQAvwVxwr7— New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 17, 2019Red Sox manager Alex Cora offered some words of encouragement for the team, pointing out how many more victories they had to go for a championship win.4 más @NHLBruins.— Alex (@ac13alex) May 17, 2019 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Sports The Boston Bruins Are Headed to the Stanley Cup And Boston couldn’t be more excited. Print Boston Bruins players pose with the Prince of Wales trophy and Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the National Hockey League, following Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 16, 2019. Boston won 4-0 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)As if Boston hasn’t won enough this year, it’s time for another championship series. The Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup. It’s Boston’s third chance at a championship this year, and we all know how the other two ended up.Sadly, the pipe dream of a “Boston slam,” or a title in all four major league sports within the same year, died with the Celtics’ short-lived playoff run. But who even cares about basketball, anyway? Now we have hockey!SWEEP!Our @NHLBruins are heading to the #StanleyCup Finals!Let’s Go #NHLBruins! #WeWantTheCup pic.twitter.com/LghR7PecgH— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) May 17, 2019Slam aside, the Bruins are looking to join the Red Sox and the Patriots in the rafters. They’ll face off against the winner of the Western Conference, which will be either the St. Louis Blues or the San Jose Sharks, who lead the series 2-1.Tickets for the Stanley Cup went on sale moments after the Bruins sealed their spot Thursday night. Prices start around a comfortable $549 for the games to be played at TD Garden.dont know how u can root against the bruins- the good ppl of boston havent had a parade in literaly 3 months. the red sox world series babys might not even get a third ring before there born— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) May 17, 2019But before fans start flooding the Garden again, the city’s fans and athletes are tossing their undying support behind the Bruins.Tom Brady, whose famous AFC Championship celebration video was recreated by Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, left a comment on team captain Zdeno Chara’s post, saying, “Great win. You guys are on!! #madeforthis.” 5/17/2019, 11:27 a.m. Brady’s teammate David Andrews tweeted out his excitement for the team. Andrews was one of the banner captains for game 5 of the conference semi-finals, but he left the banner-carrying to Special Olympics athlete Justin Oates and opted instead to chug a beer coming onto the ice.pic.twitter.com/OWEtYPaU6F— David Andrews (@dandrews61) May 17, 2019 By Ellen Gerst· WE ❤️ BOSTONBring us that #StanleyCup, @NHLBruins! pic.twitter.com/oBU9NhfRNr— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 17, 2019Even outside the sports world, Boston is excited for the Bruins.Congrats @NHLBruins! Bring on the #StanleyCup Finals. #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/soZTB7cyJK— Museum of Fine Arts (@mfaboston) May 17, 2019But no matter how the series ends up, Boston will always have its two other trophies from the last year to console itself.last_img read more

Never Mind MGM Wont Be Buying Encore Boston Harbor

first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print Business Never Mind, MGM Won’t Be Buying Encore Boston Harbor Wynn Resorts will remain the owner of the new casino, for now. Photo via AP Photo/Steven SenneIt looks like the Encore Boston Harbor is still going to be a Wynn.MGM Resorts, which expressed interest in buying the casino and resort last week, has pulled out of talks with Wynn. The gambling giant faced immediate backlash once word got out that they were looking into the $2.6 billion property.“We have noted the anxiety raised by various stakeholders regarding a transaction and this troubles us at MGM,” MGM said in a joint statement with Wynn.“We only wish to have a positive impact on communities in which we operate. We think the best course of action is to discontinue discussions concerning this opportunity.”#BREAKING: Wynn and MGM Resorts confirm in joint statement that they have had conversations about the potential sale of Encore Boston Harbor. pic.twitter.com/MEfWbDcH5S— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) May 17, 2019Because a company can only own one casino license in Massachusetts, MGM would have had to sell their Springfield resort casino, which opened in August. Encore’s license is the only one the state is allowing in the greater Boston area, making it a hot commodity for casino giants.“After careful consideration, we have agreed to cease discussions with MGM Resorts,” Wynn said. “We remain committed to opening and operating Encore Boston Harbor as only Wynn Resorts is able to do.”With a potential sale off the table, Wynn Resorts is now free to concentrate on getting their new Everett location open and running smoothly. The opening is set for June 23, but Wynn CEO Matt Maddox said earlier this month that that date may be pushed back a week or two, according to the Boston Business Journal.“We’re going to make sure that it’s flawless,” Maddox said. “Clearly the regulatory complexity we’ve been through has been a challenge. And so now we’re doubling back. We may give ourselves another week, we may not.” Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 5/22/2019, 10:14 a.m. By Ellen Gerst· 000 BREAKING: Wynn Resorts won’t sell Encore Boston Harbor to MGM, which already has a gambling license in Mass. (State law prohibits companies holding more than one license.) Wynn is scheduled to open the $2.6 billion resort on June 23. $WYNN $MGMHere’s the statement from Wynn: pic.twitter.com/SRig43Y1aK— Catherine Carlock (@BosBizCatherine) May 22, 2019The talks drew political opposition from state senators, the mayor of Everett, and even the governor himself.Charlie Baker told the Boston Globe that he had expressed his concerns to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which gets the last word in deals like this. Baker said he wanted to avoid “significant disruption for either community.”“Great news,” Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria told the Globe in response to the end of the talks. “Hopefully now we can concentrate on getting it open, keeping all those residents working, and sticking with the plan.”last_img read more

Our US Open picks to win at Pebble Beach

first_imgOur staff’s U.S. Open picks to win are in. Tiger Woods is returning to the site of his most dominant victory, Brooks Koepka is trying to make it three U.S. Opens in a row and Rory McIlroy enters the week coming off a sizzling victory in Canada. Here’s who our staff likes to win at Pebble Beach.U.S. Open picks to winSean Zak, associate editor (@sean_zak): Dustin Johnson plays this course so damn well. (He plays most courses well, I suppose.) He’d be atop my list. Can he putt well enough?Josh Sens, contributor (@JoshSens): Tiger Woods. All due respect to Sean’s man, DJ, but Tiger plays Pebble even better. A second-shot course that lends itself to his strengths (iron game; patience) without placing too much strain on his driver. Bank it. A 16th major for Woods. Unless Brooks wins by 10.Rafa Cabrera Bello hits a tee shot during the PGA Championship.NewsOur staff’s U.S. Open sleepers to watch at Pebble BeachLuke Kerr-Dineen, instruction editor (@LukeKerrDineen): Adam Scott. Truth be told I was tempted to pick Brooks Koepka because why not, but Adam Scott is my guy this week. He’s had a quiet resurgence that seems to be going slightly overlooked: He has two top 10s in his last major starts (and should’ve had three if not for a terrible final round at the Masters), and he’s coming off a runner-up at the Memorial. That’s major-winning form.Alan Bastable, executive editor (@alan_bastable): Brooks … Really, no one has picked Koepka yet? When are you all going to learn? Pebble’s probably not the best ballpark for his game but he did top-10 there at the 2016 AT&T. Also, it’s been a whole month since his last major win. Dude’s due.Jonathan Wall, equipment editor (@jonathanrwall): I’ll hitch my cart to Rory McIlroy when he’s riding a heater … and I think he’s about to go on one after winning in Canada. Even if he doesn’t replicate his putting performance from last week, I think he has the game to tame Pebble.Pat Ralph, associate editor (@Pat_Ralph): Brooks Koepka. Give me the guy who’s won the last two U.S. Opens and who has been tearing up the majors over the last three years. Koepka is tied for second on Tour in ball-striking, and this course setup is going to demand excellent iron play and incredibly accurate driving. If Brooks can handle the small Pebble Beach greens and putt like he did at Bethpage last month, he’ll join Willie Anderson by having won three straight U.S. Open titles.last_img read more