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The Grateful Dead Was Featured In A Clue On Tonight’s Jeopardy! Episode

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first_img“What is The Grateful Dead?”If you were a contestant on tonight’s episode of Jeopardy!, you would have won some money by saying that phrase. In a category called “Endlessly Rocking,” the show featured the following clue:Nice to see that jam bands are still being represented on Jeopardy! A few have made their way onto the show before, including Phish, Widespread Panic, and more.last_img

A professor’s journey to belief

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first_imgHarvard Kennedy School Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad bears a famous name and is the progeny of an equally famous religious leader. He was born into the counterculture of the 1960s, to parents inspired by the mysticism of Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran, and spent his early childhood on the South Side of Chicago within the community of the Nation of Islam, the religious and political group led by his great-grandfather, Elijah Muhammad.On Wednesday night, beneath the bright lights of the main hall of the Smith Campus Center, Professor Muhammad reflected on these, and other, defining forces of his life, in the first installment of a new series of conversations hosted by Muslim Chaplain Khalil Abdur-Rashid. Titled “Life Matters,” the series presents an opportunity for Harvard students to learn from the experiences of esteemed members of the University community, through dialogue addressing the role that religion, spirituality, and ethics have played during their lives.Throughout the evening, Muhammad shared insights from a life that in many ways he has “grown into,” beginning with his reflections on how it has always been a work in progress to understand the significance of sharing Gibran’s name. In seventh grade, an English teacher gave him a signed copy of the poet’s most renowned work, “The Prophet,” a gift that Muhammad says marked “the first time in my life I realized how important my namesake was, and I began to read and study and I realized that I could make something of this, in terms of his legacy, and my own.”Bearing the name wasn’t always easy. As a child, he said, he often had to explain it to his public school classmates (the majority of Nation of Islam students attended religious schools, but he did not); his seventh-grade yearbook described him as Kahlua Muhammad. Later in life, he said he was denied financial aid for a Ph.D. program when a member of the search committee admitted concern that he was affiliated with the Nation.The Nation forged a large part of Muhammad’s cultural identity, but it was not the only influence. His mother, “a product of the ’60s” who never joined the Nation herself, raised him with the humanist values by which she lived her life — concepts that became more prominent in his upbringing when his parents divorced. By the time Muhammad was “7, 8, 9, the world I had known as a small child completely transformed and changed … I was an orphan within a context of a religion that was most prominent in my life.”For much of the rest of his youth, Muhammad was neither Muslim nor Christian, in any traditional sense, even as he was powerfully influenced by the culture of the Nation. In 1984, when he was 12, he met a lasting mentor, “a Jewish dude from Edison, N.J.,” who hired him to fix computers for University of Chicago professors. He was the first Jewish person Muhammad had known well. Time spent with this mentor, whose own perspective was largely secular, helped expand Muhammad’s worldview beyond the South Side. As he grew, religion provided a rich source of knowledge and understanding, but in general involved more culture than belief.“My parents never positioned their own faith journey, no matter how active or engaged it was personally, as some litmus test for how to judge the character of other people,” said Muhammad. “It was less about what they said and more about how they treated people.”,“My parents never positioned their own faith journey, no matter how active or engaged it was personally, as some litmus test for how to judge the character of other people. It was less about what they said and more about how they treated people.” — Khalil Gibran Muhammad, pictured above, left At age 18, Muhammad became more intimately associated with a specific system of beliefs when he entered his first real relationship, with a woman who was active in the Pentecostal tradition. Since then, Muhammad has identified as a Christian. The beginnings of his journey in this faith were accompanied by his mother’s newfound interest in going to church, and in the proliferation of the megachurches that marked American spiritual life in the early 1990s. His Christianity was solidified when he met and married his wife, Stephanie Lawson, a Southern Baptist who grew up in Florida.“My Christianity and my experience with religion has always turned on its grounding in a distinct black church tradition,” he said, “and that’s been fortified by the fact that my family — I now have three children — has depended upon religious communities for our cultural nourishment.” This was especially the case when Muhammad taught at Indiana University, in Bloomington, which had a very small black population compared to where he grew up.There have been significant challenges in Muhammad’s life, and he shared some of those. When he was very young, the death of his father’s younger brother Omar, and the devastating grief of his family, shook Muhammad in a way that made him mortally afraid of the deaths of himself and his parents. News stories during the Cold War would send him into a tailspin; an exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science that foretold the death of the solar system when the sun is extinguished — in 7 to 8 billion years — caused him to break down on the spot.Today Muhammad is a prominent professor of history and a respected author. His book “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America” won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. But early on, it wasn’t evident that he would have a successful career in higher education. In high school and college, he says he regularly slept through class. Later, working as an accountant at a prominent firm, he would frequently hide in the office’s bathroom stalls to take naps. At 22, he was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a condition he has managed without medication for the past two decades. (Asked about his advice for students who may be suffering from a similar condition or disability, he said, “If you are experiencing something that makes you do something that other people don’t do, get help. Don’t wait … It definitely changed my life.”)As the evening drew to a close, Abdur-Rashid asked Muhammad a final, encapsulating question, “Why does life matter?”“For me, the older I get, the harder it is to imagine that my life is not fundamentally about the people in it,” he said, “and that the thing that I can control is how I love those people, how I model the values that I have, in particular because I have three children and a partner who has been my best friend for 20-plus years now. For me, life matters because life is a gift, for ourselves and for those people we experience life with. And if we experience those people with greater love and compassion and care and sensitivity, then it all makes sense.”last_img read more

A mammoth sized mansion in Maudsland will go under the hammer

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first_imgMammoth mansionPOISED on a 4,736sq m block, this enormous Maudsland property captures hinterland views and has space for up to 10 cars. With a commanding presence in Maudsland’s new estate, Huntington Downs, the five-bedroom home was custom built in 2011 by builder Tony Trimarchi to use as his personal home. gcb realestate 20 Huntington Drive Maudsland 30 March 2017“The current owner has landscaped a lot of the sloping property and has created an outdoor entertaining area with a fire pit and timber decking so you can enjoy the views from the top,” Mr Contreras said.The property has a sustainable design with solar panels and a water tank.The master planned community is eight minutes from the motorway. 20 Huntington Drive MaudslandThe home at 20 Huntington Drive has high ceilings, concrete floors and a large open plan design.Daniel O’Halloran bought the property with his partner Yvonne Carberry in 2013.Platinum Properties Real Estate agent Antonio Contreras who is marketing the property describes the it as Maudsland’s trophy home. 20 Huntington Drive Maudsland“I have had a lot of interest from interstate buyers but predominantly Brisbane buyers with big families who are after rural living that is still convenient to town.“It is the best of both worlds with Hinterland but you’re only minutes from Helensvale.”The home includes a cabana, pool house and swimming pool.center_img 20 Huntington Drive Maudsland“There are only a small number of homes in the estate, it’s still a very new community but this home outshines most in the area,” Mr Contreras said.“It was built on a grand scale and bedrooms are larger than a regular home.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Contreras said buyers were attracted to the average homes in the estate. 20 Huntington Drive Maudsland20 Huntington Drive Maudsland5 4 10Auction: April 9, 11amFeatures: Firepit, swimming pool and timber flooringArea: 4,736sq mAgents: Joe Farr and Antonio Contreras, Platinum Properties Real Estate, Runaway BayInspection: By appointmentlast_img read more

2 drug suspects arrested

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first_imgPolice officers served the warrants issued by Judge Arville Delgado of the Regional Trial Court Branch 57 in San Carlos City dated June 17, 2020.The suspects were detained in the lockup facility of the San Carlos City police station./PN The suspects – all residents of the village – were caught on the strength of arrest warrants around 9:30 p.m. on July 21. BACOLOD City – Police arrested two persons facing illegal drug charges in Barangay Palampas, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.They were 24-year-old Morris Mariano and 42-year-old Renante Lopez, a police report showed.last_img read more

Women’s basketball earns two weekend road victories

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first_imgOver the weekend, sophomore guard Minyon Moore scored 14 points against Washington State and 9 points against Washington. Tucker Judkins | Daily TrojanAfter two tough losses at home, the women’s basketball team turned things around in Washington this weekend by finishing with two victories. Friday’s game against Washington State came down to the wire after the Trojans made a huge comeback from behind.On Sunday afternoon, USC continued its momentum with a convincing 72-61 win over Washington.It was the Trojans’ defense that made the difference in both games. Against WSU, the Trojans were down in the fourth quarter until a combined effort from the team finally gave them a 4-point lead. When WSU drained a 3-pointer, got a stop and the defensive rebound, they had a chance to take it all. However, USC would not back down, and played strong, clean defense to secure the win.“I mean we knew from the beginning that our defense was what was going to win us basketball games and that’s what we do,” Adams said. “When our offense isn’t working or we’re feeling like we aren’t doing what we are supposed to do, take care of things offensively, we just know that if we lock in and play defense and get these stops, we can win games.”They carried over that defensive fire from the final minutes on Friday into Sunday’s game against Washington. From the beginning of the game, USC was aggressive without picking up too many fouls. At the end of the first quarter, the Trojans had held Washington to only 6 points. By halftime, Washington had only managed to score 13 more points, while the Trojans finished with 40 to go into the locker room with a 21-point lead.“Our defense was really good,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “We came back in the last six minutes [on Friday] and today we played great defense in the first half and we did a real good job. We got a lot of steals, converted it to a lot of layups, so it was good.”One of the most impressive factors of the games this weekend is that the starting five players are averaging more minutes than their opponents’ starters. However, the Trojans are maintaining their fighting spirit until the end, giving everything they have without falling into sloppy or lazy defense due to fatigue. Instead, they are digging deep, still taking long range shots, and still battling for every rebound.“With our starting five, it’s just pure will and power,” Adams said. “It is just really mental for us. A lot of people, they think we were not mentally strong, but I know this team and we’re tough, tough as nails, and we’re really showing that this year and people can tell that.Next, the Trojans will face UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Friday.“It’s good to come home with two wins” Trakh said. “We have the big rivalry game against UCLA, so we will see what happens.”last_img read more