“READERS FORUM” AUGUST 18, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Are you pleased with all of the new development in downtown Evansville?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our siteFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

John Oliver Embraces Long Island at NYCB Theatre in Westbury [REVIEW]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Halfway through his routine at NYCB Theatre at Westbury last Friday, British-born political satirist John Oliver whipped out his smart phone and searched “Long Island Big Duck.”The search result prompted him to instantly fall to his knee and become consumed by laughter.Oliver apparently makes it his mission to uncover strange facts about each American town he visits. For example, seeing a sign for a library in Boise, Idaho, prompted him to wonder why it’s punctuated with an exclamation point—he learned it was paid for by a charitable donation. Here he wondered out loud why any region would need a giant duck. Long Island’s response: why not?The famed Big Duck wasn’t the only weird fact that Oliver uncovered: a more extensive search noted another popular, err, destination.“What’s the Commack Motor Inn?” Oliver asked the crowd, which erupted in the kind of laughter you get when nearly everyone is on the joke except for the naïve few.“Hourly rates!” yelled a man in the audience. Oliver let that one sink in for a few seconds.He appeared to take as much joy from the back-and-forth with the appreciative crowd as those who paid to see the popular comedian in a very different format than they’re used to.Oliver just completed the first season of his new HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” which ended with rave reviews. In that provocative program, Oliver sits behind a desk and does the news, though he does not accept the title of journalist. For years, he worked as a “correspondent” on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” and then took over for Stewart while he was away producing his film “Rosewater.” Oliver’s unofficial late-night audition impressed HBO bosses, who later offered him his own show on Sunday evenings, considered prime-time real estate on the subscription-based network.On “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver predominantly focuses on politics, sometimes for the laughs and other times to raise awareness, like when he discussed how the US government fails to welcome into this country Afghan interpreters who were crucial to the military’s effort against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Sometimes the comedian spurs people into action. Take, for example, when he encouraged the masses to deluge the Federal Communications Commission with letters supporting Net Neutrality. The day after the show aired, the FCC Tweeted that its comment system was experiencing “technical difficulties” due to “heavy traffic.”Since cable consumers have to pay a separate charge to watch HBO, the network’s shows are not judged by TV ratings so it’s hard to analyze how well their exclusive productions are performing. But Oliver’s success can be judged by the Internet’s reaction to his show in the days and weeks after it airs: His segments spawn dozens, if not hundreds, of articles from news organizations and his YouTube clips can hit upwards of 7 million views for a single video.In short time, he has become just as effective, or even more so, than Stewart, his mentor, and fellow satirist Stephen Colbert, whose Comedy Central show will come to an end this week.Oliver rarely holds back during “Last Week Tonight,” often discussing topics that irk him—America’s drone war, police militarization, student loan debt—and feverishly pounds away at them. But he was less audacious during his stand-up routine in Westbury, briefly mentioning recent news events like last week’s Senate torture report. He gave his two cents and then moved on.Oliver seemed content with discussing rather more innocuous topics: how a pigeon wandering around Newark Liberty National Airport reinvigorated seemingly lifeless travelers, how a “Frozen Dead Guy Day” in Colorado came to be, and recalling a letter to the editor that a local Boise newspaper received from a reader aghast at his bewilderment over the unusual “Library!” sign.Taken together, this was Oliver’s portrait of America: a spectacularly diverse country with idiosyncratic communities that we understand but regrettably take for granted. Oliver, however, seems to prefer the US to his home country, which he admonishes for pillaging other lands in its failed quest for world domination. To be fair, he has problems with US policy as well, but he finds America’s peculiarities—the Big Duck, for example—unbelievably charming.The strategy seemed to sit well with the nearly sold out crowd. He drew huge laughs when he discovered the history of the Big Duck and took jabs at LI for its omnipresent traffic. When he asked the crowd for examples about what made Westbury unique, he was amused when a woman muttered: “There’s no Eastbury.” When he admitted to his youthful futility on the soccer field, the crowd seemed to let out a giggle all at once, prompting Oliver to shout: “Fuck you, Long Island!”Some Oliver fans may have been eager to hear him dissect politics and touch upon a range of issues affecting the country. But Oliver does that on Sunday nights.The Englishman often mentioned how much he adores this country and how grateful he is for the opportunities he’s been afforded since coming here. His retelling of his experience across America was his way of giving back.Thank you, John, for reminding us all just how wonderfully weird this place we call home truly is.last_img read more

Pollock, Betts launch 3-run homers, Dodgers beat Giants 6-2

first_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 10th August, 2020 11:09 IST Pollock, Betts Launch 3-run Homers, Dodgers Beat Giants 6-2 AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts each hit a three-run homer, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday. AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts each hit a three-run homer, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday. The Dodgers have won nine of 12, and took two out of three from their NL West rivals. Their 29 homers lead the majors.With the Dodgers trailing 2-0, Cody Bellinger singled off Giants starter Kevin Gausman with one out and Justin Turner followed with a single off submariner Tyler Rogers (3-3) in the seventh. Max Muncy took a called third strike, but Pollock sent a 3-2 pitch to left-center for his fourth homer and a 3-2 lead.In the eighth, Will Smith drew a leadoff walk and Kiké Hernández followed with a double off Caleb Baragar. They scored on Betts’ shot to left-center after he was hitless in his first three at-bats, making it 6-2.The Dodgers had seven hits a day after getting two in a 5-4 loss. Jake McGee (1-0) got the victory with one strikeout in one inning. Mike Yastrzemski snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the fifth, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead.Yastrzemski had one of two hits for the Giants, who put just two runners on base via walks through the first four innings against Walker Buehler. In the fifth, Pablo Sandoval walked and Buehler hit Austin Slater with a pitch, putting two Giants runners on base in the same inning for the first time. They moved up on Buehler’s wild pitch.After Tyler Heineman struck out, Yastrzemski stroked a two-strike single to center, scoring Sandoval and Slater.Buehler gave up two runs and one hit in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four, but was inconsistent in his third start of the season. The right-hander issued a four-pitch walk to Yastrzemski to open the game and was wild, high and outside, until settling down. Buehler retired the side in the second and fourth before the Giants struck in the fifth.San Francisco’s Donovan Solano, the leading hitter in the majors, extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the eighth. Gausman allowed one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked none.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: RHP Jordan Humphreys was placed on the restricted list for family reasons. … LHP Jarlin Garcia was reinstated from the 60-day IL. Dodgers: SS Corey Seager, who left Friday’s game with lower back discomfort, is not being considered for the injured list. Instead, the team wants to give him a few days and reassess how he feels.GIANTS MOVESSan Francisco acquired OF Luis Basabe from the Chicago White Sox for cash. Basabe hit .248 with 104 doubles, 40 triples, 44 homers, 257 RBIs and 116 stolen bases in 598 career minor league games with the Red Sox and White Sox organizations. He will report to the alternate training site in Sacramento. RHP Trevor Cahil was added to the taxi squad. LHP Andrew Suarez was optioned to Sacramento and added to the taxi squad. INF Abiatal Avelino was designated for assignment. Written By FOLLOW US COMMENTcenter_img Associated Press Television News First Published: 10th August, 2020 11:09 IST LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Clippers’ Blake Griffin accelerating into break

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The numbers might have told the whole story, but Doc Rivers didn’t need to see them.After more than 30 years in professional basketball, his eyes have gotten pretty good at recognizing what’s happening. He knew Blake Griffin had found his stride again while the Clippers were on the road.“Sometimes guys can have great numbers,” Rivers said, “and you still don’t think rhythmically they had a great game. But his last couple games have been off the charts.”Griffin is one guy who might prefer to play straight through the All-Star break. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In three games before facing the Hawks on Wednesday, Griffin had totaled 78 points, 30 rebounds, 19 assists and just one turnover. On Monday, he was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career with averages of 26 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8 assists.It was in wins at Charlotte and Utah, two of three wins on the Clippers’ five-game road trip, that Rivers felt Griffin had truly found his groove. “I thought his last two in particular were his two best,” Rivers said, “because they were on both sides offensively and defensively.”Griffin will be staying home from All-Star weekend for the second-year, the only two occasions since his rookie season that he has not participated in the festivities. DeAndre Jordan will be the Clippers lone representative, in both the All-Star Game and dunk contest. Chris Paul will be in New Orleans in his role as the president of the Players’ Association while Paul Pierce, in his final season, will make media appearances.Playing Paulcenter_img Here’s the good news for Chris Paul: He is playing basketball and, per Rivers, “playing great.”Here’s the bad news: It’s only against the Clippers video staff.“Chris told me was playing well,” Rivers said, “and I was thinking, ‘Thank gosh, you should play well against them.’”Paul has been out since Jan. 16, when he tore a ligament in his left thumb against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Playing at all, regardless of opponent, would seem to indicate his injury is healing ahead of schedule.The original timeline had Paul missing six-to-eight weeks.Rivers said the Clippers are still being “very protective” of the All-NBA point guard. Asked what the chances were Paul could return in the Clippers first game after the All-Star break, on Thursday at Golden State, Rivers said, “I don’t know what the chances are. I literally have not asked or talked about it.”Road rulesAfter losing two games to start their long February road trip – “It felt like we’d been out on the road for a month,” Rivers said – the Clippers finally found their footing in their final three, a much-needed upswing going into the season’s symbolic halfway point.“It was huge because we’d been struggling,” Rivers said. “We just needed to right the ship and we did that.”Monday’s 88-72 trouncing of the Utah Jazz was especially satisfying.The Clippers watch the standings. They know who they’re likely to face in the postseason. Going into the break, the Jazz and Clippers are fourth and fifth in the West.“The last one,” Rivers said, “was my favorite of the group, because it was against a team we may see in the playoffs, in a big game, on the road, without Chris.“When you win a game without Chris in a big game, it makes you feel better.”last_img read more