first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Since casting a vote to nominate her brother-in-law to become the Republican vice presidential candidate in July 2016, Denise Pence has been nothing but proud. “It was just a moment in time you never forget,” she said.Months before Vice President Mike Pence became part of the Trump team, Denise Pence looked forward to casting her vote for Donald Trump as an Indiana delegate at the Republican National Convention. She calls herself a day one Trump supporter.“I always knew Trump was going to win,” she said. “I didn’t know that his running mate was going to be my husband’s brother.”But she was confident they would win.Denise Pence, of Columbus, is married to the vice president’s oldest brother, Greg. It’s been nearly a year since Mike Pence was elected to his new role, and Denise and Greg Pence are still adjusting to the attention they often receive when in public. Nothing but graciousness, positivity and niceness has been given to the couple, she said.“Gregory is the eldest of six and Mike looks like him,” Denise Pence said. “Even if we are in another state or country, people will often do a double take or when we check into a hotel with our last name, they’ll ask if we are related to Mike.”Despite Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence being busy in their new role, Denise Pence said they are settling in well in Washington and still always make time for family.“When you go to visit them, nothing is different, it’s just like hanging out with family,” Denise Pence said. “We are happy for the time we get to spend with them and they’re happy with the time they get to spend with us because they are so busy.” The tight-knit family spent election night together with about 16 family members sitting in the Hilton Midtown hotel in New York City, anxiously waiting for an outcome.“We were waiting forever,” she said.While the polls said the election was going to the Democrats, Denise Pence said she knew the numbers were wrong.“NBC Chicago interviewed me that night and they asked me how I felt and I told them I felt really strong that Donald J. Trump was going to be the next president of the U.S.,” she said.The reporter, she said, quickly rebutted the polls said otherwise. Denise Pence stuck to her guns, saying she hadn’t been polled and knew numerous other people who weren’t polled so it couldn’t be right.“I think when Donald Trump and Mike won, it was shocking to them and a lot of people,” Denise Pence said. “A lot of people were really in shock, but I wasn’t at all.”Then after what seemed like hours, the numbers came in — Denise Pence’s brother-in-law would soon be sworn in as the second in command of the country.“It was just a moment in time that is hard to describe,” she said laughing. “It was really, really awesome.” By Adrianna PitrelliTheStatehouseFile.comcenter_img Denise and Greg Pence alongside 32 members of their family traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. The couple had seats on the main stage where Pence was sworn in. Afterward, they attended the post-inauguration luncheon, the vice president’s ball and watched their hometown band, Columbus High School, in the parade.“It was a really fun time and again just a moment in time you will never forget, seeing your brother-in-law become vice president,” she said.FOOTNOTE: Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgTo the Editor:On Saturday, October 20, the Bayonne Civic League, in conjunction with Grace Lutheran Church, dedicated its first Little Free Library in an effort to continue its work giving back to Bayonne, the city we all call home. This work would not have been possible without the assistance and the support of Boy Scouts of America Troop 25 of St. Vincent DePaul Church. Many thanks to Troop leaders, Mr. Matt Klimansky and Mr. Jan Egan, for their leadership and Jackson DiLullo for his hard work and his willingness to “do his best” and to “help other people.” Thank you! DAN WARDlast_img read more

first_imgIn his weekly update to the public posted on Friday, Mayor Jay Gillian asked Ocean City residents and visitors to take note of the 2014 dates for some of Ocean City’s major events.The text of his letter is as follows:Dear Friends:With Memorial Day less than 100 days away and the snow (finally!) melting, it’s time to mark your calendars and look forward to another exciting year of special events in Ocean City.This year’s calendar has more than 200 family-friendly events featuring many of Ocean City’s traditional favorites including the Spring Block Party scheduled for Saturday, May 3 and the Night in Venice celebration scheduled for Saturday, July 26. In addition, we’re expanding some of our popular events including this year’s “Great Egg Hunt”. The Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants will hold two egg hunts — one on Saturday, April 12 and one on Saturday April 19, both at 2:30 p.m.  Rain dates are April 13 and 20.If you plan to attend the April 12 Great Egg Hunt, be sure to bring the family early that day to enjoy the annual Doo Dah Parade, featuring over 500 Basset hounds.  The parade begins at noon and takes place from 6th to 12th Streets on Asbury Avenue and ends on the Boardwalk at the Ocean City Music Pier.For a complete list of Ocean City’s 2014 events, visit www.ocnj.us or call 609-525-9300.Have a great weekend!Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

first_imgSlightly Stoopid has taken their “stoner rock” label to a new level, creating the first ever vinyl record composed entirely of hash. The one-of-a-kind concept was created for a limited edition release of the band’s single “Dabbington,” and created by manager Jon Philips.In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Philips explains that the idea was to combine “two old-school vintage mediums.” He explains that the record is more of an art piece than something you’d listen to, and hopes that something like this will ultimately help support the measures for cannabis legalization in America.They’ve already made two prototypes so far, though the first was ultimately smoked by Philips’ office mates and the second had questionable audio quality. Supposing they get the hash record right on the third try, they’ll auction the piece off to the highest bidder. Apparently making a record out of hash causes thousands of dollars, much more expensive than your average dime bag of weed.“It’s not something you’re going to plop on your turntable over and over again,” says Philips. “For now, this is an art piece.”Check out Slightly Stoopid’s hash-infused song “Dabbington” in the player below.last_img read more

first_imgTo follow the career of William Julius Wilson is to trace the evolution of the national conversation on race and class in America over the past half century.That was the overarching theme of the first full day of a three-day symposium celebrating the career of the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor Emeritus at the Knafel Center on Thursday.“One of the great functions of the University is to be a loving critic of society and of our country. Few people on our faculty have done that better,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow of Wilson, a MacArthur Prize Fellow who joined the Harvard faculty in 1996. “You have held a mirror up to our society. You have asked the toughest questions. You have challenged us as a nation, as a society, as a community to be better.”Bacow joined Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay and Dean of Social Science Lawrence D. Bobo in praising the eminent sociologist before a capacity crowd.The Thursday-morning program began with a panel on “Race Relations/Inequality in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” chaired by Mary C. Waters, the John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology. Panelists began with tributes and personal stories before engaging in a discussion of Wilson’s work.Jennifer Hochschild, the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and professor of African and African American studies, tackled the questions raised in Wilson’s 1978 book, “The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institution.” Looking at the book’s central assumption, Hochschild focused on context, asking, “Compared to what?”,Hochschild pointed out that in political terms, yes, issues of race appeared to be declining. The number of African Americans in Congress is increasing, as is white support for selected principles of racial equality, such as interracial marriage, candidates of color, and job access.However, she pointed out, in other ways race remains an issue. For example, although the number of Latinx eligible voters is rising, the number of Latinx voters is barely moving. In terms of state and federal incarceration, African Americans make up the greatest percentage by far. Although there has been some improvement, she noted that the overwhelming number of prisoners are young, poor African American men.Hochschild then turned the discussion to perception of race by displaying the results of a survey that asked whether a series of statements were racist. The respondents, who defined themselves along a liberal-conservative spectrum, rated comments about a border wall, integration, and the election of Donald Trump, among others. Hochschild said the results told her that “a large percentage of the American population just doesn’t see it.” Her conclusion was that while the importance of race is declining in some ways, largely thanks to demographics, in others it has increased.Orlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology, focused on two of Wilson’s books, his first, 1973’s “Power, Racism and Privilege: Race Relations in Theoretical and Sociohistorical Perspectives,” and his most recent, 2009’s “More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City.” Patterson said the first “draws brilliantly on history,” while the latter “probes deeply into the inner devastations of class and race oppression.”,Arguing for the importance of history and historical context, Patterson talked about the dual nature of oppression and racism.“There can be no serious study of racial oppression and inequality without fully recognizing that oppression works its evil in two ways, not one,” said Patterson.“There are the exterior structural brutalities of oppression and racism,” he said, naming unemployment and ghettoization as examples. “But we also know that 250 years of the social death of slavery and another century of the neo-slavery of Jim Crow … leave internal scars,” such as the “fragility of social relations,” as well as rage, hunger “not only for bread but for security,” and deep mistrust.Professor Jennifer Hochschild tackled the questions raised in Wilson’s 1978 book, “The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institution.”Patterson pointed out that Wilson was raised by a single mother in poverty and understands the complex nature of these issues in a way that many in the field do not. Only by again broadening the field to include study of race and class issues in other countries can sociology make itself relevant, he said.New York University historian Thomas Sugrue, Ph.D. ’92, began by discussing the narrow-mindedness of his own field in the 1980s, when he first discovered Wilson’s work. Historians then were discouraged from studying sociology, or any other seemingly related work. However, Sugrue fell hard for Wilson’s works, which he recalled discovering in a Harvard Square bookstore while pursuing his doctorate here. In particular, he was inspired by Wilson’s 1987 “The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy,” which he credited with shaping his own writings on work and the changing urban economy.Sugrue did note some flaws in the book’s approach. While Wilson dismissed simplistic early notions of African American society, he said, they both accepted a sexist view of gender roles in work. As a result, they both missed the importance of the movement of African American women into public service jobs, and how the elimination or downgrading of these jobs would affect society.“We need a more comprehensive study of class and race,” Sugrue said. But he said that even with its flaws, Wilson’s work laid the groundwork.Wilson briefly responded at the end of the session, noting that he agreed with the panelists’ major points. Responding directly to Hochschild, he said that his book had anticipated the changes she discussed. Economic class has become more important than race in some ways, he said, while the center of racial conflict has shifted from the economic to the socio-political sector.While thinking on race and class in American culture has shifted over time, the panelists agreed that Wilson’s work has both reflected and helped shape it. “Bill always wrote with a public audience in mind,” Sugrue said. “He always wrote that informed scholarship is necessary to engage on the important issues of our time.”The symposium will continue Friday at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, Douglas Elmendorf.last_img read more

first_imgGeorge Takei & Lea Salonga in ‘Allegiance'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Allegiance View Comments Miss Allegiance, starring George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, when it shuttered on Broadway earlier this year after 113 regular performances? Never fear, the production was filmed and will be presented by Fathom Events at movie theaters nationwide for one night only on December 13 at 7:30PM local time.The event will begin with an exclusive introduction from Takei and immediately move into the musical’s presentation. Audiences will also be treated to special behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators.”Allegiance has been a passion project from the beginning,” said Takei in a statement. “This deeply-moving story based on my family’s experiences could not be more timely, or poignant, considering the current political climate. So many people around the globe have never heard about this dark part of our nation’s history, and it is an honor and privilege for me to help tell this story, so that we can avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. I am deeply grateful that almost 120,000 people experienced the Broadway production during its run, an eerie reflection of the number of Japanese Americans who were directly impacted by the events depicted in Allegiance. This event—with Allegiance coming to cinema screens all around the country—will give to so many more the opportunity to experience and see this musical, which I consider my legacy.”Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country.The cast also included Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe.center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016last_img read more

first_imgThe past few months have been one of the most challenging times I’ve faced in my adult life. Back in March, when our school system announced that schools would be closed for two weeks due to the coronavirus, I remember panicking about what I would do with my kids for two weeks while I worked. Little did I know that almost four months later they would still be home!Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. I love spending time with them, but on my schedule. Suddenly becoming a full-time, stay-at-home mom and teacher in addition to working full time was a recipe for disaster. And that’s pretty much how it played out. My husband and I struggled to balance our three kids’ different Zoom calls and assignments with our businesses. There were no breaks. When I would take a short break from work to get some lunch or tea, I would have three kids hanging on me asking for snacks or complaining about their siblings.We were exhausted. My well-planned, organized, compartmentalized life was suddenly turned upside down. Of course, I was grateful that we are all healthy and well during the pandemic. But the everyday reality of the struggles and challenges was really taking its toll. About three months in, I remember saying to my husband that if I didn’t have a break, I think I might have a breakdown.You get the picture. And perhaps you can relate. It’s times like these that I remember why it is so important to take care of myself and give myself a break. But that has been hard during the pandemic when you can’t go anywhere or meet up with anyone. I was exhausted and struggling to be my best self. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgIn addition to Stallone, The Suicide Squad cast includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Michael Rooker as Savant, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Steve Agee as King Shark, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, Mayling Ng as Mongal, and Taika Waititi among others.The Suicide Squad is currently slated to release August 6, 2021 in cinemas worldwide. Sylvester Stallone will be part of The Suicide Squad’s massive ensemble cast, writer-director James Gunn has announced. It also marks a reunion for the two, after having worked on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. There’s no word on what character Stallone will be playing, but given the fact that filming on The Suicide Squad wrapped up prior to COVID-19 lockdowns in February, there seems to be just one possibility that is being rumoured: Stallone is voicing a character that doesn’t have a human face, such as King Shark. But that’s unconfirmed and for now, his role is simply undisclosed.“Always love working with my friend [Sylvester Stallone] and our work today on [The Suicide Squad] was no exception. Despite Sly being an iconic movie star, most people still don’t have any idea what an amazing actor this guy is. 🙌,” Gunn wrote in a caption on his Instagram. Stallone later shared a screenshot of the news on his Instagram and wrote: “Working with this incredible director on this astounding project has made this an amazing year. I am a very lucky man to be surrounded by such talent.!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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