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With the lights dimmed as they sit barefoot on mats, students at Thurston Middle School are usually quiet and contemplative as they practice yoga during physical education class.

This week, however, was quite different as students screamed and cheered loudly while competing in the school’s fourth annual Epic Challenge.

Nearly 800 students raced each other and raised money by finding sponsors as they competed in a weeklong event of physical activities. The Epic Challenge is the Laguna Beach school’s biggest fundraising event of the year and aims to promote a healthy environment, bodies, minds and kids.

Recently named a “school to watch” by the California Department of Education and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, Thurston Middle School was one of only two schools in Orange County to make the list. Pioneer Middle School in Tustin was also named.

“Our main goal is to create the 21st century classroom,” said Principal Jenny Salberg. “[Epic] is an amazing opportunity for kids to participate in team building.”

Along with technological advancements in the classroom, where students use iPads to create marketing campaigns or take virtual field trips to the home of Anne Frank, Thurston also focuses on physical health. program where teachers try to incorporate lifelong fitness goals,” Salberg said. “Teachers challenge and motivate students individually, based on each student’s needs.”

Co chairs Yvette Beebe and Kristi Matheson estimate the event will raise $35,
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000. programs and the rest will go to teacher support. Past Epic fundraisers have helped fund a shade system for classrooms, buses for field trips and classroom supplies.

The students competed in tug of war, a variety of races and minute to win it puzzles. But most students seemed to favor the potato sack races.

“Sack racing was my favorite because I like jumping a lot and it was really fun. I like to do exercising,” said 11 year old Janine Johnson.

The potato sack race was also eighth grader Beebe Bedell’s favorite, mostly because everyone was falling, she said. Beebe likes to eat a balanced diet with a combination of her favorite foods, cookies and salads, she said.

“We don’t have this type of thing in France. The sack race is my favorite because everybody was falling and cheering,” said seventh grader Coline Levieux, who moved from Grenoble, France, a little over a year ago.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The man accused of plowing a car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia had been photographed hours earlier carrying the emblem of one of the hate groups that organized the America Back campaign.

Vanguard America denied on Sunday any association with the suspect, even as a separate hate group that organized Saturday rally pledged on social media to organize future events that would be than Charlottesville. mayor of Charlottesville and political leaders of all political stripes vowed to combat the hate groups and urged President Donald Trump to forcefully denounce the organizations that had promoted the protest against the removal of a Confederate statue. Some of those groups specifically cited Trump election after a campaign of racially charged rhetoric as validation of their beliefs. The violence and deaths in Charlottesville at the heart of American law and justice, Sessions wrote. such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated. charged James Alex Fields Jr. with second degree murder and other counts after the silver Dodge Challenger they say he was driving barreled through a crowd of counter protesters, killing a woman and wounding at least 19 others. Hours later, two State troopers were killed when the helicopter they were flying in as part of a large scale police effort at the rally crashed into a wooded area outside the city.

In a photo taken by the New York Daily News, the 20 year old Fields was shown standing with a half dozen other men, all wearing the Vanguard America uniform of khakis and white polo shirts. The men held white shields with Vanguard America black and white logo of two crossed axes. The Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee was in the background. is an exclusively white nation, and uses propaganda to recruit young white men online and on college campuses.

In a Twitter post, the group said it had handed out the shields anyone in attendance who wanted them, and denied Fields was a member. our members are safe an (sic) accounted for, with no arrests or charges. blog posts after the violence, the Daily Stormer, a leading white nationalist website that promoted the Charlottesville event, pledged to hold more events are going to start doing this nonstop, the post said. are going to go bigger than Charlottesville. We are going to go huge. chaos erupted as neo Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacist groups staged a rally to protest the city of Charlottesville plans to remove the Lee statue. Peaceful counter protesters arrived and marched downtown, carrying signs that read lives matter and two sides quickly clashed, with hundreds of people throwing punches, hurling water bottles and unleashing chemical sprays. Some came prepared for a fight, with body armor and helmets. Videos that ricocheted around the world on social media showed people beating each other with sticks and shields. Amid the violence, the Dodge Challenger tore through the crowd.

The impact hurled people into the air and blew off their shoes. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed as she crossed the street.

was a wave of people flying at me, said Sam Becker, 24, speaking in the emergency room where he was being treated for leg and hand injuries.

Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety. Video caught the car reversing, hitting more people, its windshield splintered from the collision and its bumper dragging on the pavement. Medics carried the injured, bloodied and crying, away as a police tank rolled down the street.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, police in riot gear ordered people out of the streets, and helicopters circled overhead, including the one that later crashed. Both troopers onboard, Lieutenant H. Bates, one day shy of his 41st birthday, were killed.

Trooper Jay Cullen (left) Trooper Berke M. M. Bates (right) (Photos courtesy of the Virginia State Police Facebook page)

Officials have not provided a crowd estimate but it appeared to number well over 1,000.

McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, both Democrats, lumped the blame squarely on the rancor that has seeped into American politics and the white supremacists who came from out of town into their city, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson plantation.

Fields mother, Samantha Bloom, told The Associated Press late Saturday that she knew her son, who had recently moved to Ohio from his hometown in Kentucky, was attending a rally in Virginia but didn know it was a white supremacist rally.

thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump not a white supremacist, Bloom said.

Trump criticized the violence in a tweet Saturday, followed by a press conference and a call for swift restoration of law and order. condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, he said.

The many sides ending of his statement drew the ire of his critics, who said he failed to specifically denounce white supremacy and equated those who came to protest racism with the white supremacists. The Rev. Jesse Jackson noted that Trump for years questioned President Barack Obama citizenship and his legitimacy as the first black president, and has fanned the flames of white resentment.

are in a very dangerous place right now, Jackson said.

Speaking at a news conference on Saturday, McAuliffe said he spoke to Trump on the phone, and insisted that the president must work to combat hate.

On Sunday, he reiterated that the angry political rhetoric needs to stop.

Trump to come out stronger against the actions of white supremacists, McAuliffe told reporters at the First Baptist Church in Charlottesville. are Nazis and they are here to hurt American citizens, and he needs to call them out for what they are, no question, York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched an online petition Sunday calling on Trump to denounce Saturday white supremacist rally.

The violence prompted responses from around the country, including in West Virginia and Florida, where activists and others pledged to work to remove Confederate statues in their cities, staged protests against white supremacy, and planned candlelight vigils in support of Charlottesville and in honor of the victims. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Look your best while at work throughout the week by flaunting the right combination of shoes, shirts and accessories. Pair tan coloured leather brogues with wine hued cardigan and herringbone muffler, suggest experts.

Ishaan Sachdeva, Director at Alberto Torresi, Akshay Narvekar, Founder at Bombay Shirt Company and Siddharth Saigal, Founder at Wrap Studio, have given few inputs:

A combination of white collared shirt with candy blue stripes, chinos and brown leather formal shoes can impart a poised look to the beginning of the week and beat the Monday blues.

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I’m assuming we all know about Lonzo Ball’s new shoes. The base pair sells for $495, and the super deluxe edition will run you over a grand for kicks that look like they belong to an over exuberant server at Applebee’s.

There’s a lot at play here, and my feelings are conflicted, so I broke the situation down in the best way I could: old Western movies. I’m the Man with No Name (ignore the heading above).

Athletes deserve a larger share of the money they garner for the industries that they’re competitively obliged to be part of, especially when it comes to endorsements. Their successes rarely trickle back to their communities, and all the money they receive is run through a bigger company first. This subject matter has been talked about since the Fab Five wore black socks in Ann Arbor, and the movement to pay college players for the considerable revenue they bring in has recently picked up steam.

Eventually, this sort of thing had to happen. The “Big 3” of shoe companies, Nike, Under Armour and Adidas, have cornered the market on promising young players so profoundly and forged such a monopoly on endorsements with the top talent that challenging them seems impossible. But it’s not. A player run, collectively owned and cooperatively operated endorsement brand is a great idea for the modern sports age.

And it’s super sick that Lonzo is using his talent to give jobs and opportunities to his family and those around him, who had a huge role in getting him where he is today.

I mean, beside the gross vicariousness that uses Lonzo as his father’s proxy for relevance?

The whole thing stinks of privilege. LaVar Ball decided the ludicrous price seemingly on a whim, telling Dan Le Batard “I figured that’s what the shoe was worth. Before justifying his prices, Ball offered this sage nugget of business savvy:

“You see, when you are your own owner, you can come up with any price you want.”

The reality is that many NBA players don’t come from enough wealth to create their own brand and produce their own merchandise. I keep trying to find legitimate reasons for the items to be so expensive, but all I see is arbitrarily expensive, obviously average products that use high cost as part of their aesthetic quality. It’s conspicuous consumption, and it’s gross.

LaVar has also become an impetus for his son’s success. For the first time in the companies’ histories, all refused to offer a top tier prospect a deal. And sure, his father’s omnipresence may not totally dissuade teams from selecting his very talented son in the upcoming NBA draft. But if there were two equal prospects, one with non intrusive parents and the other with a dad who pulled him into a whirlwind of talent commodification at his expense, who would you prefer drafting?

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The situation would definitely be better if Ball was a superstar pulling a few strings and get other high profile athletes join him on a professional endeavor that would no doubt be hugely financially enticing. Hey, that may actually work (I’m still looking for a job, BBB).

But he’s totally unproven, still well over a month away from even being drafted, and is forcing league decision makers to consider his off court inclinations before his on court brilliance.

Now that’s a bad business model.

The tale of Lonzo Ball is sure to be compelling, whether he becomes the NBA’s next big thing or flames out as a third string bust in Phoenix (wouldn’t the funniest scenario be if he just ended up totally average?).

His Big Baller Brand ties have already raised the league’s collective eyebrows, and my advice to Lonzo would be to make everyone remember just how dominant he is as soon as he gets back on the hardwood. As the first true face of Big Baller Brand, it’s likely that the company’s success will come hand in hand, for better or worse, with Lonzo’s. Better keep shootin’.
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All of which, in some form, must make his challenge of trying to have a second act all the more challenging. No one expects a second act in sports. There was only one Miracle on Ice. Only one Perfect Season Dolphins.

Players have their time, and teams have runs, but maybe only two athletes had full second acts. There was Muhammad Ali, who was effectively suspended from 25 to 29 for refusing to fight in Vietnam and was a champ before and after; and Kurt Warner, who was seemingly out of football between being a dominant Super Bowl quarterback.

That’s it. That’s the rare company Tiger tries to join. He played his first event in a year last week in Los Angeles. And missed the cut. And he’s 42. And he’s coming off back surgery. And he’s just happy to be healthy enough to play back to back events.

“I’m starting to get the feeling again of playing tournament golf, where you know each and every shot counts,” he said. “I’m looking at where I need to putt the golf ball. I’m looking at forecasts.

“Before, you’re at home, who cares where the wind is coming from? But now playing tournament golf I’m starting to get the flow again. I missed it.”

He said he felt, “a little exposed” with three different 3 puts on the back nine last Friday in Los Angeles. He worked on his putting. He’s not in “catch up mode.” He only used his driver four or five times Wednesday.

At one point Wednesday, Tiger was asked about preparations he would make for The Masters in April compared to previous years and he gave a telling response.

“Compared to previous years, you know or like 10 years ago?” he said.

There’s a difference. And that’s what he might be embracing. He isn’t he Tiger of 10 years ago. It doesn’t sound like he’ll try to be the one of laser focus and intimidating glare, either.

They say Tiger, for a change,
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is showing his heart. He flew with Justin Thomas across the country to Los Angeles for that tournament last week. Thomas is the fourth ranked player in the world. The Young Tiger would never do that.

“At Torrey Pines, Tiger would have come on to any range in his heyday, and he’d nod respectfully at whomever, and he would go and do his work,” Padraig Harrington said. “He’d have his manager standing right behind him deflecting everybody away from getting near him.

“He came on the range at Torrey Pines . He high fived a few people, had a few chats. Stopped and had a couple of chats with me. He was enjoying himself. No sign of his manager or anything like that. Clearly he doesn’t have the intensity that he had 10 years ago.

“That intensity 10 years ago, certainly, that intensity created an aura. He’s mellowed. That’s just the way he has changed. And can he be the guy he was 10 years ago? Just like me, he can’t be. Things have changed in who he is as a person.”

Harrington then talked of Tiger’s changed game, and outlook, before saying something interesting: “He has to try and be the version he is now, and that’s plenty good enough to win tournaments.”

On the 18th fairway Wednesday, someone walking with Tiger pointed at a spot and said, “Remember this?” Tiger motioned to a side hill spot 10 yards away.

“It was there,” he said.

There in 2012, Woods hit a 5 iron from 212 yards into the pin and made the putt to finish a round of 62. That Tiger is gone. This Tiger is older, more fragile and after something more elusive than magical moments like that.
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I went for this motherboard for 2 main reasons! One it would work perfectly with my intended CPU ( more later ) and secondly it has all the hardware on board for all the needed Home Theater features!

It has Full HD 1080p Blu Ray playback capability, a S/PDIF In/Out with support for HD 7.1 channel audio and last but not least it supports DDR3 memory.

AMD is a good option for building a HTPC, because they have some nice cpu that try to keep your power consumption low. Meaning your machine also won heat up that much and because of this you don need to have high speed ( noisy ) fans! Also with the chosen motherboard I able to upgrade to a 6 core AMD if I want. For now I chosen the 4 core 605e, because these e models only have a thermal design power of 45w!!

I just love the design of this case! It just looks stunning and has enough space to serve my purpose I wanted to add one normal HD and one SSD ( more on this later ). This case incorporates a 380Watt EarthWatts power supply, so the total consumption of power is regulated!

The only drawback of this case is the absence of a IR receiver but I didn want to buy the Antec Fusion Remote because, this case, has a LCD screen that is not needed in my setup and I also dislike the volume button ( because the sound is regulated through my receiver ).

For some people the silver front could also be a drawback, but I not that difficult

IR Receiver: Antec Veris Multimedia Station Basic

This was the most difficult thing to choose! Because I always thought to use this IR, but I read many with it on different forums in combination with Logitech universal remotes!! And I own a Logitech Harmony One that I wanted to use in cooperation with the HTPC

After much reading I decided to still have a go with it and now that the HTPC is in use, I have to say, I can complain

I have to admit it takes some setting and tweaking to get it working, but at the end I content! ( cfr my second post on software for more settings details )

One of the main features my HTPC needed to get was Blu Ray playback! So to get this working, I needed to install a Blu Ray drive. I just opted for one of the cheapest Blu Ray roms because, writing Blu Ray is not something I foresee to be doing on the HTPC.

Hard disks: Intel SSD 80Gb X 25M and Western Digital Caviar Green 1Tb

For me a HTPC should be available fast and should be reasonable quiet, but also needs to be able to contain a lot of media data! To get best of both worlds I opted for a SSD as primary HD to boot from and a normal HD to store the media on! In time I could get an extra NAS if more storage is needed

I have to say that a SDD drive to boot from is just fantastic! The speed is enormous, when you see it in action, you just keep wondering why not all pc are equipped with a SSD!!!
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Nothing but positive reactions when running the HTPC on a SSD.

The motherboard supports DDR3, so went for that. I added 4Gb because the Windows 7 operating system is 64bits so all memory is used and 4Gb is more then enough for a good HTPC.

Well that it for the hardware, stay tuned for the software list in the second blog post. This example will also use jqPlot to draw a dynamical graph from the given data.

I have to say, this graph plugin just looks stunning and is easy enough to use with much tweaking options!!

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Can anyone learn to pole dance; You may have already mastered those amazing moves in pole dancing, but with bare feet. This time, you need to take on the challenge of doing your energetic and dance routines with actual pole shoes that will be part of your final performance. Therefore, you need to choose carefully and to make sure that these shoes for pole dancing will boost your act positively and not ruin it.

When you go shopping for pole shoes, you must know what to look for in order to eliminate certain styles and to really be able to come up with the best ones that are suitable for you.

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These are the factors you have to take into account when picking out your shoes for pole dancing:

1. Comfort. It is important that you feel comfortable in your chosen pole shoes because they may get in the way of your climbs, spins, and other moves. Select a pair with manageable heels. If you are not used to very high ones, then do not attempt to buy the ten inch shoes or even the six inch ones. Four inches is probably safe, especially for starters. Once you purchase your shoes for pole dancing, be sure to practice wearing them even when you are going about your chores in the house. Also rehearse your pole dancing act wearing them many times!

2. Materials. Avoid metals that may scratch the pole or injure you, such as studs and buckles in the design of the shoes. Additions like hooks, studs, rhinestones, and laces may also cause harm. Also choose a pair with grippe type of materials like leather, vinyl, plastic, and latex. This way, you can be assured of doing away with slippage on the pole. Also look for those with a solid plastic base so the heel will not break off during the dance.

3. Style. It is best to keep your shoes for pole dancing simple so they will be safer and will not take away the attention from your actual dance. Also I would recommend choosing a style with an ankle strap so that the shoes will not fall off during the act. You may also want to go for comfortable boots because they can protect your feet and will not fall of easily.
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Cool dudes in boss threads and foxy ladies in fly fashions from the 1970s all dancing the bump, the hustle and the bus stop.

That could mean only one thing in Buffalo: it was the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the World’s Largest Disco at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center was on like hot buttered popcorn with 7,000 people ready to party and get down.

Melissa Campbell of Williamsville and her sisters, Clarissa Campbell of Cheektowaga and Theodora Eberhardt of Lake View, all were appropriately adorned for the evening, in jersey knit wrap dresses, polyester bell bottoms, Afro wigs and mirror ball earrings.

“I’ve missed only one year since the ’90s,” said Clarissa Campbell. “It’s fun, but the biggest appeal is the charity. It’s for the children.”

The World’s Largest Disco was one of the first events ever held in the Buffalo Convention Center, back in September 1979. It was revived 15 years later as a charity event by promoter Dave Pietrowski.

“It’s fun and funny,” he said. “You know, it’s actually hysterical. People go shopping and bump into each other in these vintage clothing stores. You see people and they arrive surprised because you’re wearing a wig . and people laugh and go, ‘Hey, that’s my neighbor.'”

Pietrowski said about 6,500 of the estimated 7,000 patrons who show up annually actually dress up in garb from the era.

The fashions were creative even if an article or two among all the ensembles might have veered away from the era. However, Melissa Campbell, who has attended all 21 years of the event, preferred to be authentic, with her blond, Farah Fawcett styled wig and white vinyl platform boots. She visited vintage shops for her outfit.

“It’s definitely polyester. There’s nothing cotton involved in this outfit, but it’s shiny. That’s important to be shiny,” she said.

Campbell’s boyfriend, Ray Dion of Lancaster, didn’t have to try hard to capture that ’70s look. He already had the feathered, David Cassidy locks, which is his regular haircut, he said. Dion just added a brown polka dot shirt with plaid polyester bell bottoms and he was stylin’ like Greg Brady.

Kevin Everett of Amherst had one of the most eye catching looks of the evening a white suit, with wide zebra pattern lapels and matching bell bottom cuffs; black, 4 inch heeled platform shoes and blue and amber LED lighting piped into his suit and shoes.

Paul Righetti of Amherst, in a gaudy gold lam shirt and Jheri curl wig,
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was joined by his wife, Kathleen, who were a hot pink minidress and matching Pocahontas headband.

Phil Hawkins of Niagara Falls, Ont., sported a more casual style a tan track suit with dark brown piping, brown headband and brown, high top Converse sneakers.

“I went for the more relaxed look.” Hawkins said. The event, presented by Univera Healthcare at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and hosted by Conesus Fest for Charity, has, since its inception, raised more than $3.5 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

“We play all music from the ’70s. If there’s 7,000 people, there’ll be 5,000 people dancing at any one time. They sing the songs. We don’t play any remixed songs, we don’t do any extended play music because the people want to hear the songs the way they remember them on the radio,” Pietrowski said.

In addition to dancing to disco era songs, including “Funky Town” by Lipps Inc. and “Boogie Fever” by the Sylvers, VIP patrons lined up to meet and take photographs with 1970s stars.

This year, the celebrity guests included Henry Winkler, perhaps best known as Fonzie on “Happy Days,” a sitcom that aired on the ABC television network from 1974 to 1984; Cindy Williams, who was Shirley Feeney on “Laverne Shirley,” also on ABC from 1976 to 1983; Lorenzo Lamas, who played Lance Cumson on the prime time soap opera “Falcon Crest” on CBS in the 1980s; and Deney Terrio, who hosted the syndicated show “Dance Fever” from 1979 to 1985.

For Jennifer West of Clarence, it was her second time meeting the Fonz in the flesh and a first time meeting with Williams.

“I’ve been coming since 1999. They were so sweet, and (Williams) said she loved my dress,” said West.

The party also featured the R group Tavares, who performed their ’70s disco era hits, “More Than a Woman” which was featured on the 1977 “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack,
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Justin Hemings always will cherish the memory of winning the Illinois Class 3A boys golf state championship in October during his senior season at Edwardsville High.

That memory also is visible to others on a green road sign as they drive on Route 157 in Glen Carbon near the Ginger Creek subdivision. It lists Hemings as the 3A boys golf champ, right under a sign celebrating Edwardsville’s 3A boys track and field state championship from 2015.

“I always thought it would be pretty cool to have my name on one of those state champion signs, and now I drive by it just about every day,” Hemings said. “It feels pretty cool as a constant reminder that I did that.”

But Hemings, the Post Dispatch All Metro boys golfer of the year, didn’t spend much time celebrating his accomplishment of winning Edwardsville’s first golf state championship.

He graduated from Edwardsville High in December and went on to play in the spring at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Hemings played in five tournaments and had the team’s third best four round score in the Mid American Conference tournament.

“The whole dynamic is so much different than high school,” Hemings said.”In high school, you know what the plan is going to be every day, and in college it mixes up quite a bit.”

Last fall, Hemings’ plan was quite clear.

One year removed from Hemings finishing fourth in the state as a junior, Edwardsville coach Dene Schickedanz thought a state championship was a realistic goal.

“I knew at the start of the season he was a top five player and we knew he could win,” Schickedanz said. “He set a lot of school records, he shot the lowest round in school history, he just had the greatest season that we’ve ever had.”

After capping a strong regular season with a pair of medalist finishes, Hemings shot a 4 under par 67 to earn medalist honors in the regional tournament before his 76 at Spencer T. Olin qualified him for the Class 3A state tournament.

The thing that made Hemings happiest headed into the state championship,
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though, was that the Tigers won their first sectional title since 2008 and qualified for state as a team for the first time since 2012.

“I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason,” Hemings said. “We had a bigger goal to get the team through to state. The year before, we just barely fell short. I felt like I let the team down. I played the last four holes at 4 over that year. It meant a lot to me that everybody got to go this year.”

At the state tournament, Edwardsville finished fourth in the team standings with a 628, just seven shots off the pace by champion Hinsdale Central.

Individually, Hemings shot 1 over par 145 in the36 hole event Oct. 16 17 at the Den at Fox Creek to win the state title by two strokes. Hemings is the first outright Illinois boys state champion from the Metro East since Althoff’s Tim Riley won the Class A state championship in 1996, and the first area golfer to win a title in the state’s largest classification since Belleville West’s Phil Caravia in 1995.

“That was so special,” Schickedanz said. “For Justin to go up there and do that, was such a great feat. He’s a bulldog. On the golf course, he doesn’t shy away from pressure.”

Hemings said one motivation he had was one of the greats in Edwardsville golf history, former University of Iowa golfer and current professional player Chris Brant.

Instead of feeling any pressure, Hemings embraced history and took aim at bettering the best there was at Edwardsville.

“Chris was always one of the most talented golfers in the area,” Hemings said. “I always had him to look up to, so with him finishing third at state his junior year,
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I had that to try and beat.”.

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As the images streamed out of Charlottesville, Va., this month showing white nationalists protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, many could not help noticing the product illuminating the faces twisted into sneers of hate: Tiki torches.

Those innocuous bamboo beacons, produced by Tiki Brand, a 60 year old company, and known primarily for their presence at family barbecues, poolside cabanas, lush resort grounds and Pacific island themed restaurants, were now lighting the way for racists.

Tiki, which is owned by the Wisconsin based Lamplight Farms, denounced the white nationalists in a Facebook post on Aug. 12. “We do not support their message or the use of our products in this way,” it said. “Our products are designed to enhance backyard gatherings and to help family and friends connect with each other at home in their yard.”

Mark Werner, vice president of marketing at Lamplight Farms, issued an addendum to the statement that read: “The feedback that we have received from the public regarding our earlier statement has been very positive. We will continue to reinforce that Tiki Brand products are to be enjoyed by friends and family outdoors in a loving environment.”

A spokeswoman for the company declined to comment further.

Still, marketing specialists and risk management consultants predicted that it would be difficult for Tiki to move past the perception that it had been embraced by racist organizations.

Andrew D. Gilman, who has consulted with companies like Johnson Johnson, General Motors and Pepsi during crises, described Tiki as essentially “minding its own business” when it found itself caught up in the Charlottesville demonstrations.

“You hope that people are rational enough not to blame the innocent with the association that others are taking for it,” Gilman said. “But you cannot sit back passively and let this happen.”

He added, “When you have these things happen, it just hits you in the tummy and in the heart. You say, ‘We weren’t doing anything wrong.’ ”

This is not the first time that white nationalists and other members of the so called alt right have chosen particular products to co opt or endorse. For years, the British clothing line Fred Perry has been dogged by its affiliation with skinheads, who seemed to favor its polo shirts as a sort of uniform, along with Dr. Martens, the makers of steel toed boots. Fred Perry has denounced racist groups.

When an advertising campaign by the skin care brand Nivea this spring used the tagline “White is purity” to promote its line of streak proof deodorants, it became widely circulated on social media accounts for white supremacists, prompting the company to pull the ad.

Even the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL issued a statement after an adaptation of its team logo appeared on posters in the Charlottesville rally, reportedly wielded by members of a Michigan white nationalist group calling itself the Detroit Right Wings.

“The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Virginia,” the team said in a statement. “We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.”

The Tiki torches were probably just a matter of convenience, said Joan Donovan, lead researcher in media manipulation at the research institute Data Society, who studies hate groups and white supremacists. Torches have long been associated with the Ku Klux Klan, but those used in the past were far more likely to be homemade.

In many cases, though, these extremists and other members of the far right will latch onto brands that are already stirring controversy as a way to ride the wave of publicity. Late last year, the hate website Daily Stormer referred to New Balance as the “official shoes of white people” after a company vice president made a flattering comment about then candidate Donald Trump. The company issued forceful statements distancing itself from white supremacists.

Donovan said that the best way to counter any perception of being embraced by extremist groups is for brands to avoid even mentioning the people or groups that are trying to use their products.

“If you acknowledge and promote their existence and validate their actions in a way that even says ‘We disavow you,’ then it doesn’t give room to talk about the things you do support or find to be positive ways forward,” she said.

However, Scott Farrell, a specialist in crisis management and the president of Golin Corporate Communications, said that the use of the Tiki torches by racist groups in Charlottesville was so egregious and antithetical to the product’s good natured image that “a swift and decisive response is the only way to go.”

“I think they did absolutely the right thing,” Farrell said. “Their messaging came out fast on Saturday, it had the right tone and tenor. It’s a page of the playbook that other people should be looking at right now.”

That playbook is rapidly being rewritten, forcing chief marketing officers to remain abnormally vigilant about how their products are being perceived and adopted in the marketplace.

“Historically, risk management centered on two questions: what’s possible and what’s probable,” Farrell said. “Today, to answer what’s possible, marketers have to push themselves to the extreme margins of reality.”

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