Narcotics Agents Ran An Undercover Drug Sting At Widespread Panic’s Tour Closer

first_imgWhile Widespread Panic was wrapping up their winter tour with a killer performance at the Civic Center in Savannah, GA (Watch highlights here), it seems local police were working on a performance of their own. The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, ran an undercover operation at the concert, ultimately arresting eight fans on felony drug charges.The agents actually attended the concert, where they were able to purchase controlled substances like LSD and heroin, as well as a cannister of nitrous oxide. The report in Savannah Now indicates that US currency and a vehicle were also seized in the operation. The report also features this damning parking lot photo:Naturally, the connection between drugs, law enforcement, and Widespread Panic conjures the memory of Troy Goode, who lost his life after being restrained by authorities outside of a WSP show last summer. More on that story can be read here. When law enforcement and live music cross paths, the result is never pretty. That’s why organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance exist, to get people help without damning them for their actions.If you’re heading to a concert, be safe!last_img read more

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Mitrovic’s Brace Crash Eagles Flight in London

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeTwo second half goals by Fulham forward, Aleksandar Mitrovic, gave Serbia 2-0 victory over Super Eagles last night in London. It is Nigeria’s second warm up game ahead of the World Cup 2018 in Russia.The defeat is the second for Nigeria’s Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr, out of the 14 games played by the three-time African champions under his watch. The under-strength Eagles, without the commanding influence of John Mikel Obi and dependable central defender, Leon Balogun, were simply poor on the night.The match which the handlers were hoping to use to sample the playing style of Nigeria’s second Group D game against Croatia at the World Cup in summer, largely exposed the inadequacy of the defenders and midfielders.Serbia’s much experienced players with class act proved too much to be handled by the backline that featured Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem who stood in for injured Leon Balogun, William Ekong, and Tyronne Ebuehi also starting at right back instead of Abdullahi Shehu. They left upcoming Francis Uzoho largely at the mercy of the sharp Serbian forward line.Wilfred Ndidi and Ogenyi Onazi were perhaps Nigeria’s outstanding players of the night, as they were involved severally and in all sectors on the turf at The Hive, giving as much as they got.Uzoho made the first save on eight minutes as he palmed away Mitrovic’s shot close to the edge of the box.The barrage of attack continued against Eagles with a few attempts by Victor Moses and the Nigerian forward line to even up upfront.On resumption for the second half, Odion Ighalo replaced Moses but the substitution appeared ineffective as it did not add any bite to the potency of the Nigerian attack force. Eagles lost the playmaking steam from the left of the channel, though the China-based forward was bright in the middle.Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic had a good chance to put Serbia ahead on 60 minutes after he was left unmarked from a corner only to see his strike end up in the hands of Uzoho.But Mitrovic found space in the box to score two goals. to condemn Nigeria to defeat. The lively Mitrovic stabbed home the opening goal on the 68th minutes after good attack move from the left. He got his second on 81st minutes to take the game beyond the Eagles.TV replays showed Serbia’s 13th minute ball scramble inside Eagles box actually crossed the goalline before Uzoho retrieved it but centre referee Craig Pawson waved play on.After the 1-0 victory over Poland last Friday and this defeat to Serbia, Eagles next game in the pre-FIFA World Cup build-up is the send forth match against Democratic Republic of Congo in Nigeria on Monday, 28th May, to be followed by a prestige game against England’s Three Lions at Wembley five days later.EAGLES STARTING XI (4-3-3) – Francis Uzoho – Tyronne Ebuehi, Brian Idowu (Ola Aina 85), Chidozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong – Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi (John Ogu 77), Joel Obi (Moses Simon 77) – Alex Iwobi (Junior Ajayi 88), Victor Moses (Odion Ighalo 46), Ahmed MusaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Talk Back tackles Cal education

first_imgA panel that included former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools and StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee took a close look at some of the biggest problems facing education in the Golden State and also considered viable solutions to a system that ranks among the lowest in the nation.Radical reform · Michelle Rhee, Catherine Shieh and Ben Austin (right to left) debates the challenges facing California public schools. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe  Wednesday panel was part of Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics’ Students Talk Back series, this one with focus on education reform in the state of California.Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur moderated the panel, which included USC College Democrats finance director Catherine Shieh and USC College Republicans member Haran Sivakumar, both of whom spoke about education reform from a student perspective, and Ben Austin, a former member of the California State Board of Education and founder of reform group Parent Revolution.The discussion began with an overview of the type of policy environments that foster productive reform in education. Rhee’s organization, which is committed to reforming American public education, recently gave California an ‘F’ on its national report card. Rhee emphasized that states that are willing to cross party lines and work toward nonpartisan reform strengthen their education systems. She cited Massachusetts as one such example.“Massachusetts usually ranks among the highest in the nation when it comes to education,” Rhee said. “StudentsFirst gave it a ‘D+’ grade because of its inefficient policy environment. Instead of rejecting the criticism, state legislators saw it as an opportunity for improvement, and have been working towards closing the state’s achievement gap.”Throughout the discussion, however, the theme of legislative inaction remained dominant. Shieh, whose internship for a congressman included serving as a field representative to the U.S. Department of Education on his behalf, emphasized the lack of dialogue taking place between teachers and policymakers. Austin agreed that when it comes to education, power is in the wrong hands.“This type of politics is too important to be left up to the politicians,” Austin said.Austin was instrumental in the passage of California’s 2010 parent trigger law, which allows the parents of children in underperforming schools to bring in new teachers and leadership, or even vote to turn the school in to a charter school.“Parent trigger is a transfer of power from the legislators who are upholding the status quo to the parents, whose chief concern is the children,” Austin said.Sivakumar voiced the frustration of many by questioning the funding priorities of the state, which ranks fourth-highest in teacher pay but does not have the student performance data to match.“How long can we look to increase tax revenue to fund a system that is completely broken?” Sivakumar said.Panelists stressed the importance of the education issue, and encouraged college students to get involved in reaching the solution.last_img read more

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