Local Colorado Residents Mistake Bassnectar Festival For Earthquakes

first_imgFollowing Bassnectar‘s two-day Bass Center festival at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, residents of the Stapleton neighborhood of Commerce City–which surrounds the venue–filed a formal complain to city claiming that the bass from the concert rattled their homes. As resident Joe Quillin said in a statement to the Commerce City City Council, “I thought it was an earthquake. I looked and realized it was bass.”Quillin claimed that the board was negligent for ever issuing a permit to the notoriously loud and booming artist, angered by the fact that the city did not research the act’s music before giving the event their blessing: “To issue a permit for that kind of noise into Sunday morning is ridiculous!”Despite the anger of his constituents, Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford maintains that city imposed the most stringent ordinances possible to permit the event and refuses to denounce Bassnectar, defending the concert for staying within the outlined noise thresholds of 85dBA for treble tones and 105dBC for bass tones. Ford says that Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was established in a remote area with the understanding that the events would get loud, and cautioned anyone living in the area that noise from concerts and sporting events should be expected. “There has to be a reasonable expectation that it is going to be loud,” he said. This is not the first time Bassnectar (a.k.a. Lorin Ashton) has encountered trouble with noise ordinances in Colorado. Last year, after performing at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, local residents were so angry that they petitioned the venue to cap decibel levels below the volume where the producer usually operates, effectively banning his return to the venue. Ashton bounced back from this setback last year with the Bass Center event at Dick’s this year, so we’re sure that the producer will figure out a way to get around these latest grievances and continue to get loud in CO.[Via CBS Denver]last_img read more

Nicotine letdown

first_imgNicotine replacement therapies (NRT), specifically nicotine patches and nicotine gum, did not improve smokers’ chances of long-term cessation in a study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Massachusetts Boston.The study appears Jan. 9 in an online edition of Tobacco Control and will appear in a later print issue.“What this study shows is the need for the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees regulation of both medications to help smokers quit and tobacco products, to approve only medications that have been proven to be effective in helping smokers quit in the long term and to lower nicotine in order to reduce the addictiveness of cigarettes,” said co-author Gregory Connolly, director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at HSPH.In the prospective cohort study, the researchers, including lead author Hillel Alpert, research scientist at HSPH, and co-author Lois Biener of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Survey Research, followed 787 adult smokers in Massachusetts who had recently quit smoking. The participants were surveyed over three time periods: 2001-2002, 2003-2004, and 2005-2006. Participants were asked whether they had used a nicotine replacement therapy in the form of the nicotine patch (placed on the skin), nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler, or nasal spray to help them quit, and if so, what was the longest period of time they had used the product continuously. They also were asked if they had joined a quit-smoking program or received help from a doctor, counselor, or other professional.The results showed that, for each time period, almost one-third of recent quitters reported to have relapsed. The researchers found no difference in relapse rate among those who used NRT for more than six weeks, with or without professional counseling. No difference in quitting success with use of NRT was found for either heavy or light smokers.“This study shows that using NRT is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long term than trying to quit on one’s own,” Alpert said. He added that even though clinical trials have found NRT to be effective, the new findings demonstrate the importance of empirical studies regarding effectiveness when used in the general population.Biener said that using public funds to provide NRT to the population at large is of questionable value, particularly when it reduces the amount of money available for smoking interventions shown in previous studies to be effective, such as media campaigns, promotion of no-smoking policies, and tobacco price increases.Smoking cessation medications have been available over the counter since 1996, yet U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that the previous adult smoking rate decline and quitting rates have stalled in the past five years.Funding for the study was provided by the National Cancer Institute, State and Community Tobacco Control Interventions Research Grant Program.last_img read more

176 Dead in 737 Plane Crash in Iran

first_imgThere are no survivors after a plane crashed near Tehran with around 180 passengers and crew on board.Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was bound for Kiev when it went down shortly after take off today.Emergency responders rushed to the area but reported the fire was so heavy that any rescue was impossible.The Boeing 737 (not the MAX) reportedly crashed after experiencing technical issues. The Prime Minister of Ukraine confirmed there are no survivors. He says the country’s embassy in Tehran is now trying to clarify the circumstances of the crash. Boeing released a statement saying they are gathering more information. The plane involved is a 737, but it is not a 737 Max that was involved in the two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia due to system failures.Again the cause 0f this crash is under investigation, but there us widespread speculation the crash is linked to the missile launches from Iran.last_img read more

Trojans open Pac-10 tournament with win over California

first_imgComing into the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament against California, the Trojans were desperate to earn a quality win in order to improve their credentials before Selection Sunday in order to be invited to participate in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.When the USC men’s basketball team (19-13) only made 1-11 shots to start the game, and Cal (17-14) jumped out to an early 11-3 lead Thursday afternoon at Staples Center, the Trojans found themselves in even more of a frantic position.“Our mentality was that we were desperate,” said USC coach Kevin O’Neill. “We needed to do something well.”After it took USC five minutes and 24 seconds to score its first points, on a three-point basket by junior guard Jio Fontan, the Trojans settled in, playing better defense and overcoming the initial shock that Cal started in a man-to man defense instead of a zone.USC went on to defeat Cal, 70-56.Senior guard Marcus Simmons made a three-point basket as time expired in the first half, capping a 26-11 run by the Trojans to end the opening half.The Trojans went into halftime with a 35-27 lead after making half of their twelve three-point attempts.USC shot 50 percent in the second half, and extended their lead to as large as 18 points.USC’s leading scorer, junior forward Nikola Vucevic, did not make a field goal in the first half, and committed three turnovers. He was called for two early fouls, causing him to only play 11 minutes in the opening half, and 27 minutes in the game. He finished the afternoon with seven points and five rebounds.“Nikola has carried us in a lot of games,” O’Neill said. “It was our turn to carry him tonight.”Even with Vucevic limited, the Trojans controlled the glass, outrebounding Cal on the offensive end 11-5, and converted 14 second-chance points compared to two for the Golden Bears.Freshman guard Maurice Jones led the Trojans with 16 points and four assists off the bench. USC is now 6-1 since replacing Jones in the starting lineup with senior guard Donte Smith.“I come out more aggressive now,” Jones said.Senior forward Alex Stepheson had 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.“[Stepheson] anchored our whole team tonight both offensively and defensively,” O’Neill said.Smith had 14 points on 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc, and Fontan had 12 points and four assists.Cal guard Allen Crabbe, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, paced the Golden Bears with a game-high 21 points.The Trojans held Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez, who was named First-Team All-Pac-10, to four points, his lowest total since playing against USC on January 22.Depth continues to be an issue for USC. Playing with a seven-man rotation, two Trojans picked up four fouls, and two others were called for three fouls. Six USC players were in the game for 27 or more minutes.“Our job as players [after the game] is to get off our feet as much as possible, and to get ready to play again,” Simmons said.USC has a quick turnaround. The Trojans will next play the winner of first-seeded Arizona and ninth-seeded Oregon State in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament on Friday at 6:00 p.m.“Every game is a must win,” Fontan said. “Our mentality the last six or seven games is that [each game] is the most important game of the season, and then the next game is even more important than the last one.”The Trojans did not compete in the Pac-10 tournament last season due to NCAA sanctions after winning it in 2009.last_img read more