Credit: PixabayWith the holiday season in full swing, CU Boulder experts can speak with media about a wide range of holiday-related topics.On the holiday blues: June Gruber, an assistant professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience, can discuss what drives depression and anxiety around the holidays and how to beat it. Her research suggests that striving too hard for happiness can have its downsides and that “emotional diversity” is often the best recipe for mental [email protected] music and caroling: Thomas Riis, director emeritus of the American Music Research Center, can discuss the role of music and caroling during the holiday season. Riis says the carol originated as a dance song, and he traces the origins of modern door-to-door caroling to the 19th century. Download audio [email protected] On shopping tips: Donnie Lichtenstein, a marketing professor in the Leeds School of Business who has studied holiday sales for decades, can discuss how to get the best deals and avoid picking bad gifts. Download soundbites for TV or audio clips for radio. [email protected] worship in the digital age: Stewart Hoover, director of the Center for Media, Religion and Culture can discuss how digital technologies like Bible apps, confession apps, virtual pilgrimages and digital prayer mats have changed the way people worship. [email protected] the promise and perils of “smart” gifts: Computer Science Professor Dan Massey can discuss the potential pitfalls of internet-enabled gifts like smart speakers and home security cameras and what consumers can do to keep them from being hacked. Prior to joining CU Boulder, Massey was a program manager in the Cybersecurity Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he focused on cybersecurity for automobiles, medical devices and building controls. On the history of Christmas and Hanukkah: Samuel L. Boyd is an assistant professor in Religious Studies and the Program for Jewish Studies with an expertise in the Bible, ancient Judaism, and ancient Christianity. He can discuss the origins and early history of Christmas and Hanukkah.Contact: Lisa Marshall, CU Boulder media [email protected] 303-492-3115 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Dec. 18, 2018
L4LM is sad to report that longtime Toto bassist Mike Porcaro has passed away at the age of 59, after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Porcaro’s death was confirmed by his brother, Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, who wrote:“Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother.”Mike joined the band in 1982, just after their triple-platinum Toto IV record was released. He continued through four studio albums, only resigning from his position when he was diagnosed with ALS in 2007.R.I.P. Mike Porcaro.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, walks off the field with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) following a 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Andy Reid refused to take the easy path. His aggressive decision made Kansas City’s fading road to the postseason decidedly more difficult.Needing all of an inch on fourth down deep in Pittsburgh territory late in the first half Sunday, Reid ordered the Chiefs to go for it. Alex Smith stuffed the ball into Jamaal Charles’ gut. The Steelers stuffed Charles right back into Smith.The emphatic stop gave the Steelers momentum that would carry them to a 20-12 victory. While Pittsburgh is heading to the postseason after a two-year absence, Kansas City (8-7) needs to beat San Diego next week and hope for plenty of help to salvage a playoff berth.“There’s a certain mindset here that we’ve been working with here the whole season,” Reid said. “When you’re put in that situation, you strap it on and go get the thing.”Not this time. Cruising along in mid-November, the Chiefs have lost four of five. While they outgained the NFL’s top-ranked offense 327-288, they also surrendered six sacks and failed to reach the end zone. Six drives into Pittsburgh territory ended with four field goals by Cairo Santos, Charles’ fumble and the failed fourth-down attempt.“I think there are so many little things that happened,” Smith said. “They’re not big things, but just little stuff that gets magnified.”Kansas City came in second in the league in red zone touchdown percentage but failed to cross the goal line against a Pittsburgh defense that is starting to show some of its signature snarl. Jason Worilds had two sacks and 36-year-old James Harrison added 1.5 as the Steelers found enough resolve to keep Kansas City at bay.Charles was held to just 29 yards rushing on nine carries. While Smith completed 31 of 45 passes, almost all of them were short and intermediate routes that did not test Pittsburgh’s depleted secondary. The Steelers played without safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor, but the closest Kansas City came to the big play it was desperately needed was an overthrow by Smith with Albert Wilson wide open in the third quarter.“We just needed to capitalize on some of the plays that were called in the red zone and we would have been in good shape,” wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said.Instead, the Chiefs head home looking to stop an alarming trend under Reid. While Kansas City is vastly improved since his arrival, the Chiefs lost six of their final eight games a year ago, including a meltdown against Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs.This time around, Kansas City will be fortunate just to get to January.The Steelers will be there after Ben Roethlisberger passed for 220 yards and a touchdown and Le’Veon Bell added a score. Pittsburgh (10-5) faces Cincinnati next week for the AFC North title.“We’re going to treat that like a playoff game like we’ve had the last three weeks,” Roethlisberger said.Roethlisberger wasn’t as dynamic as he’s been at times this season but led a pair of long touchdown drives. The second ended with a 3-yard strike to Antonio Brown that gave Pittsburgh a 17-6 lead late in the third quarter. Roethlisberger briefly went to the locker room with a right knee injury but returned after a Kansas City field goal to guide a 12-play, 70-yard march that ended with Shaun Suisham’s 23-yard kick with 4:04 remaining to all but clinch it.The teams spent the first half trading methodical drives, but Kansas City kept getting bogged down near the end zone. Three times the Chiefs drove inside the Pittsburgh 20. Three times they failed to cross the goal line.The first ended with Santo’s 23-yard field goal.The second included a flip from holder Dustin Colquitt to tight end Travis Kelce on fourth-and-4 at the Pittsburgh 11. Kelce converted it, but three additional downs produced a single yard and another kick from Santos.Kansas City at least managed points that time. The Chiefs came up empty when Timmons and safety Will Allen hammered Charles late in the half.“Most of these games we lose it is not because another team is whipping us,” linebacker Tamba Hali said. “We shoot ourselves in the foot sometimes and do not know how to bounce back from it.”NOTES: Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston sacked Roethlisberger once to give him 18 sacks on the season. … Kansas City’s streak of having a wide receiver fail to catch a touchdown pass reached 18 games and counting, though Bowe had a pass in the end zone clang off his hands in the second quarter.___Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Blackwell added, “For those who know Sheryl Swoopes, she’s a glass half-full individual. While Loyola may have made its decision not to move forward with Sheryl, she leaves there knowing for herself that being a coach who cares for players isn’t improper. These last few months have been a long road for Sheryl. However, Sheryl went in knowing who she was as a coach, a professional and as an individual. Sheryl trusted a process and that process worked. Things are of record. We are comfortable with the outcomes. Yet, we’re disappointed with the recent decision of Loyola and the three seasons that were reduced to three sentences.” “Last week I was looking forward to what lied next, right after the holiday,” Swoopes said. “We’d been planning to greet eight of the 12 committed student-athletes to campus today. I’ve heard people speak of Transformation Tuesday and now I experience it. I’m disappointed that I won’t have the opportunity to be there on this Tuesday as ‘Coach Swoopes’.” Former Loyola University Women’s Head Basketball Coach Focuses on What’s Best for Students COLUMBUS, OH, July 5, 2016 – “In turn of the recent events, despite its impact to her personally and professionally, Sheryl has been focused on one thing,” said Kimberly Blackwell, agent and representative for Sheryl Swoopes. “Her priority, as always, is a focus on the student-athletes.” “It’s my hope that the student-athletes will be provided a full explanation of what has unfolded,” Swoopes shared. “As students, they deserve truth and transparency. All I can say at this point is that I do feel vindicated. I was one hundred percent pleased with what I thought clearly supported all I’ve ever tried to provide as a coach, an employee and the woman of character my mother has raised.” “Sheryl’s a proven champion, both on and off of the court. As her agent for now more than 10 years, even in times of loss or adversity, Sheryl is a consummate professional. I’ve seen her come back from a torn ACL and win a WNBA MVP the next season. One thing I know for sure, Sheryl Swoopes will rebound from this too.”