‘Shorty-Rock’ brings national title back to the city of champions

first_imgWINNING TEAM PERFECTLY PROPORTIONED & CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL BACK Bransom’s amazing back is an incredible work of art that seems chiseled from granite on Mount Olympus. Now “Shorty-Rock” is stepping down to earth to wreak havoc in the professional ranks.She exudes boundless energy to go with a strength level that would surprise many—she has performed 100 pushups in succession and one exercise Shorty Rock feels is irreplaceable is the chin-up.“People are shocked when they see that I can do 10 sets of 20 reps of unassisted chin-ups,” Bransom said. “My best body part is my back and I’ve never seen anyone with a championship level back that hasn’t done chin-ups.”Though turning professional doesn’t necessarily hold any special guarantee for success, Bransom’s immediate future is already looking sweet.“Right now my diet consist of cupcakes,” said the national champion. “Right now Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.”She still lives in Pittsburgh where football is king and bodybuilding is unheard of. Through fanatical hard work and determination, along with the help of her trainer and father, Cecil Rice, she managed to reach her goal of competing in and winning a national championship.Then, much like Cinderella, she found the magical evening was over and the next day she was back home in Pittsburgh just ordinary Denine Bransom.“I couldn’t have done this without my God-given physical abilities,” said Bransom. “I couldn’t have done this without my father, (who is a certified personal trainer), and Sadiq Durham, my workout partner.”Shorty-Rock has the blood, guts and overwhelming desire to drive herself to the absolute limits, when pretenders and wannabes cry defeat.“Don’t cry to me,” said Rice. “I tell the people that I train to either do it or go home. Diehard people go everyday. Seven days a week. We are in the pit everyday between 10 a.m. to noon and I have anywhere between six to 12 people that I’m training. I tell Denine that we work hard because we are competing against the best in the world.”Shorty-Rock has many accomplishments to her credit. She is a graduate of Duquesne University. She works 12 hours a day as a registered nurse and never misses a workout.“I love my job. I work as a nurse from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.,” said Bransom. “And I work out between 10 a.m. to noon, seven days a week.”Denine realizes that documentation beats conversation every day of the week.“What helped me is that I recorded every workout for a year. I wrote down everything that I ate,” said Bransom. “I am all business about building my body to be the best bodybuilding competitor I can be. Bodybuilding has become my life. Training hard, eating clean, muscle growth and keeping my body strong and fit everyday.”Bodybuilders are like actors on stage, with their physiques telling a story of dedication and sacrifice. The next act in Bransom’s storybook career might just conclude the way she mentally rehearses it—on top of the professional bodybuilding would where she belongs! Denine Bransom, a woman who’s come to be known as “Shorty Rock,” (as she prefers to be called), is thundering up the bodybuilding rankings and is ready to challenge the world’s best. Bransom, a Pittsburgh native, recently won a national bodybuilding championship and now has got her motivational radar locked onto the top professional shows. Bransom isn’t exactly your typical girl next door (but she certainly would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood). She’s got exotic beauty, a very well-balanced physique and contest-winning muscularity, which was obvious when she won the overall ’‘09 OCB Yorton Cup National Bodybuilding & Figure Championships that took place last month in the Washington, D.C., area. Her look has given women’s bodybuilding a shot of sex appeal, and it’s redefining what a female physique artist should embody.“I was a cheerleader in high school and a figure and fitness model,” Bransom said. “But after I ruptured a disk in my back I turned to bodybuilding.”Every muscular inch of Bransom’s perfectly proportioned physique portrays a princess waiting to be crowned queen. Like a hooded cobra, her victorious, v-shaped back blends seamlessly into a tight, streamlined steel city waist.last_img read more

Family Fun Day at Lacey Community Market on Saturday

first_imgSubmitted by City of LaceyMagic, marimba music, and a myriad of reptiles will delight all ages at the Lacey Community Market in Huntamer Park this Saturday, August 9. In addition to free entertainment, the market will also feature more than 60 vendor booths offering flowers, produce, food, bakery treats, hand-crafted gifts, and re-purposed treasures.The theme of Saturday’s market is Family Fun Day! Kids will enjoy free face-painting, hands-on activities, balloon animals, and inflatable rides including the 21-foot mega-slide and a bounce house. The entire family will be entertained at our main stage by “Reptile Man” Scott Petersen and his menagerie at 11:00 a.m., the joyful Mukana Marimba band at noon, spell-binding magician Michael Budd at 1:00 p.m., and a Zumba dance party at 2:00 p.m.In addition to unique vendors, great food, activities and entertainment, the market also offers plenty of free parking and a pet-friendly atmosphere.The Lacey Community Market is held every second Saturday in the summer at the beautiful Huntamer Park, just four blocks from the freeway on Woodland Square Loop at College Street, behind the Lacey Fred Meyer. Market times are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. New vendors are welcome. More information can be found on the city’s official website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/market. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Updated Elo Ratings For World Cup Teams

Although we’re loyal to the Soccer Power Index (SPI), the system  we use to produce FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup projections, we’re also big fans of the World Football Elo Ratings.Unfortunately, the Elo ratings website has not been updated since the World Cup began. So we followed their instructions for calculating their ratings and ran the numbers ourselves:Brazil, as before, ranks as the world’s best team per Elo. But the Netherlands has made huge gains and now ranks No. 2, just ahead of Germany. Spain’s rating has fallen the most, 116 points, taking the team from second to sixth.Elo and SPI are highly correlated and they’ve fared well against other methods of predicting World Cup results so far, including betting lines.

Manchester United defender set for Hertha Berlin loan move

first_imgManchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 20, is close to joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.The Dutchman spent the entirety of last campaign at Crystal Palace and made 21 appearances in the Premier League as the Eagles avoided relegation.Fosu-Mensah played in Manchester United’s friendlies in the United States but has once again been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.He will look to continue his development under Hertha manager Pal Dardai and the club that finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.Fosu-Mensah is a utility player and can comfortably slot in either as a central defender or at full-back.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.He has been on the books of Manchester United since 2014 when he joined the club’s youth setup from Ajax.Jose Mourinho has moaned about the lack of transfer activity despite signing the duo of Fred and Dalot. Reports claim the United hierarchy informed the Portuguese gaffer to raise cash from the sale of players to fund his transfer.Manchester United are in action against Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly before they commence their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.last_img read more

Handanovic urges Inter to bounce back

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanović is looking ahead after their Champions League exit on Tuesday night.Inter Milan were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after failing to beat PSV at San Siro, and Handanovic has called on his teammates to bounce back from the disappointing result as soon as possible.“Today is a new day and we’re now looking ahead. We’re back in action on Saturday, and playing and winning is the best medicine in situations like this,” Handanovic told the club’s website.We knew we had to win our game without thinking about what was going on elsewhere, but unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do so.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have missed out on our objective, but come February we’ll be treating the Europa League as a new opportunity, as will the other teams with a chance of winning it.“We have a team that can go all the way. We haven’t even reached the halfway stage of the season and we’ve still got targets we want to achieve.“We’ve played well in recent games, but unfortunately, we haven’t managed to pick up the results we wanted. We need to find that spark again.”last_img read more

FEMA Disaster Assistance Team On Kenai Peninsula Until Saturday

first_imgAlaskans have until February 28 to apply for the Alaska Individual Assistance program online atReady.Alaska.gov or call 855-445-7131. FEMA representatives will help individuals apply for disaster assistance and offer advice on appealing eligibility decisions. The temporary office is located at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski. You must apply for Federal Individual Assistance even if you have already applied for State Individual Assistance. The major disaster declaration issued on January 31 for the state of Alaska makes federal funding available to eligible affected individuals in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough. The FEMA temporary office is open 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday, ending March 2. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A FEMA disaster survivor assistance team is available for the next couple of days on the Kenai Peninsula to help residents who were affected by the November 30 earthquake.last_img read more

Heavy Snow Expected On Eastern Kenai Peninsula

first_imgAccording to an advisory issued by the National Weather Service, a low pressure  system moving in from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to drop 2 to  3 feet of snow in mountains, with up to 2 feet of snow along the  Seward Highway corridor from Turnagain Pass south to Moose Pass. Travel will be difficult in mountainous areas due to the heavy  snow and will be difficult at sea level due to slick roads from  rain falling on top of snow. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Heavy snow is expected starting Wednesday and continuing into  Friday for the Eastern Turnagain Arm, Turnagain Pass, and south to around Moose Pass along the Seward Highway. Temperatures will warm enough at sea level for snow to transition to rain. Avalanche danger will be increasing in the mountains  during this time. Check the current avalanche forecast at  www.cnfaic.org Use caution if you need to  drive, especially along the Seward Highway. A continued surge of  warmer and wetter systems are expected into the weekend bringing continued heavy precipitation.last_img read more

Nipsey Hussle Beloved LA Rapper And Activist Lived As A Patron To

first_img Nipsey Hussle, Beloved L.A. Rapper And Activist, Lived As A Patron To His Community Facebook News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 1, 2019 – 4:52 pm Remembering Nipsey Hussle Twitter The GRAMMY-nominated rapper was fatally shot outside of his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles, on SundayJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 1, 2019 – 12:06 pm GRAMMY-nominated rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 31), police confirmed. He was 33.Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, highlighted life in South Los Angeles and the socio-economic struggles people in the community faced, from single mothers working to feed their families to his own rise from financial struggle, through his poignant lyrics. He released his much-awaited official debut album, Victory Lap, in February 2018 after years of releasing several mixtapes, including The Marathon mixtape. For Hussle, creating the album was a weaving of his experiences and represented a coming full circle on his own terms. “We want to just hear great lyrics, great music, great flow and great storytelling and so I just wanted to really be intentional that that was the goal with the album,” he told the Recording Academy. “You know, I even had a conversation with the label people and it was just like, you know, the heads of the label, but what do you all expect from me on this one? Because for me, but my goal, my big picture goal to move forward and to make a step toward what my goal is as an artist, I need to make something really authentic and really organic on this first one.”The debut album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st GRAMMY Awards and was a project that Hussle made with fans in mind.”When I went into recording this album I [had] a ton of mixed tapes … So I just went back through all of my projects and I listened and I put myself in the mindset of a fan. And I was like what made me a fan in it, you know? And each project had two or three moments that people really held onto,” he said. “Some have more than others and I wanted the album to be a collection of those moments. I didn’t want to be nostalgic, but I wanted to be aware of why they’re connected.Hussle, a native of the Crenshaw district in South Los Angeles, was also an entrepreneur and activist who was heavily invested in his community. A day before the launch of his album, he opened a co-working STEM Center in the area called Vector90 Too Big To Fail. He owned a clothing store on Slauson called The Marathon Clothing.Beyond being a businessman and an artist, Hussle was also a loving father of two. Fatherhood served as an inspiration for his music:”Fatherhood has affected and inspired me deeply … when I went about doing music, I was really in the studio, spending the night, you know, sacrificing my personal time. Just really putting all my energy and time into the studio and I thought that was the most effective way to do it, he said. “But then having a kid, my daughter years back and then my son recently, it made me understand a balance and you might even get more inspired leaving the studio some time, going out and living and just taking her, your daughter, your kids somewhere and you might come back and what you’ve been trying to do sitting in this room wasn’t going to get done sitting in this room.You had to go out and breathe a little bit and come back in and you refresh and you ready to go. “Hussle saw life as a metaphor for a marathon that included not only his resiliency, but also his community’s. “Make sure that you stick to what you believe in,” he said. “The story that I’m telling on this album made the moment that I’m in even more special and important because it shows you the distance and the ground we covered.”Hussle is survived by his girlfriend, actress Lauren London, and his two children.One Take: Nipsey Hussle On L.A., Ice Cream, Kendrick Lamar & MoreRead more Nipsey Hussle Lived As A Patron To His Community nipsey-hussle-beloved-la-rapper-and-activist-lived-patron-his-community Email last_img read more

Fort Worth Native Apollo 13 Actor Bill Paxton Dies At 61

first_imgVANESSA LUA / FLICKRBill Paxton was a film festival regular in North Texas. Here, he’s at the Dallas International Film Festival in 2010.Bill Paxton, who as a boy in Fort Worth witnessed John F. Kennedy’s final day and who grew up to be a Hollywood stalwart in such films as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic,” has died from complications after surgery. He was 61.A representative of Paxton’s family issued a brief statement Sunday on his death. The statement says, “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”LISTEN: The KERA radio story.On screen, Paxton went just about everywhere — from an F5 tornado in Oklahoma (“Twister”), to the bottom of the sea (“Titanic”), to the moon (“Apollo 13”) and beyond (“Aliens”).He was even in Fort Worth the day Kennedy was killed. There’s a black-and-white photo of him from 1963, a wide-eyed little boy whose head bobs above the crowd.“It was rainy that morning,” he says in the narration for the documentary “JFK: The Final Hours.” “But nobody cared. You see, it wasn’t every day you got to see President Kennedy…. What we didn’t know is President Kennedy was going to die in just a few hours.”So sad to hear of Bill Paxton.Good guy.Great actor.Proud Texan.Here he is—the kid lifted up—at JFK’s hotel the morning of 11.22.63 pic.twitter.com/UqTGStLmo6— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) February 26, 2017 In 2013, Paxton spoke at Texas Christian University about that day a half-century earlier. Watch Paxton’s remarks about his experience in this video, courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.The draw of HollywoodPaxton lived in Fort Worth until age 18. Then he set out for Hollywood, to work in the art department for “B” movie king Roger Corman, who helped launch the careers of numerous actors and filmmakers.His acting career started with minor turns in films like “Stripes” and “The Terminator,” eventually landing the supporting role of Chet in “Weird Science.” With that Texas twang, he often was cast as a sort of outlaw or cowboy….his character in “Predator 2” was even nicknamed “The Lone Ranger”.His colleague and friend, James Faust, artistic director of the Dallas International Film Festival, says Paxton was relentless.“He was a workhorse, especially as a character actor,” Faust says. “He loved to get in new parts, and he loved reading scripts and he just loved making films.”Paxton never lost his love for Texas. He helped create the Lone Star International Film Festival in Fort Worth. In 2007, when Faust helped start what was then the AFI/Dallas festival, Paxton returned to host panel discussions and mentor young filmmakers.“He was sort of like our actor patron saint, our version of De Niro in Tribeca.”On one trip back, Paxton sat down with KERA’s Krys Boyd on Think and talked about the difference between acting in drama and comedy.“I love to do comedy roles,” he said “Dying is easy. Comedy isn’t.”He had just taken on what would become a landmark TV drama — in HBO’s “Big Love,” as a Utah businessman with three wives.“I just heard it was about polygamy and I thought what the heck is that?… “When I read it, I saw it was about so much more than that, finding this weird lens to refract contemporary morays about society and what’s taboo.”Krys Boyd talks with Bill Paxton on KERA’s “Think,” March 22, 2007.Paxton’s movie credits included some of the biggest moneymakers of the past 40 years, from “Titanic” and “Apollo 13” to “The Terminator” and “Aliens.” He died on Oscar weekend, yet was never nominated. He did earn four Golden Globe nominations and one from the Emmys.He was acting in the CBS series “Training Day” at the time of his death. The series premiered on Feb. 2. The network has not yet announced if it will air the completed episodes.Paxton was married to Louise Newbury and had two children.Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Sharelast_img read more

At Baltimores Carroll Park Cookout Gang Members Seek to Provide Positive Example

first_imgChildren line up to have their face painted by De Bowman at a community cookout in Carroll Park on June 20. The event’s lead organizer was Eric Bowman, a member of the Bloods who has dedicated himself to uplifting his community. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)The DJ played clean versions of hip-hop hits from the golden era to today. Children had their faces painted before hitting the dance floor to whip and nae nae to the entertainment of older relatives. There was free food, school supply giveaways, and local residents signed up for assistance with utility and other bills.It was your standard community event on June 20 in Baltimore’s Carroll Park, except that its lead organizer, Eric Bowman, did not belong to a church or a grassroots advocacy organization. He is a Blood, an unapologetic member of the notorious street gang who is nonetheless determined to show that there is more to gangs than making a living on the streets.“What I am (a gang member), that’s me, I was raised in it, I was born in it, that’s me [but that] doesn’t mean I have to be negative and I’m not,” said Bowman. “But no, I’m not going to change who I am. Just because I am a Blood doesn’t mean that I interact with negativity and stuff like that, because I don’t. I know what it is to be there, and I don’t want to be in there. If you actually want to change things, you want to elevate, you want to move forward, you have to change the way you think.”Charles Littlejohn is a Piru—a gang closely affiliated with the Bloods—but said events like the cookout organized by Bowman are important because they show that there is more to gangs than violence and negativity, and that they can be a positive force in the community, especially where youth are concerned.“We’re taking a stand,” said Littlejohn. “It’s not about us anymore, it’s about the generation that’s under us, our kids. We don’t want our kids to grow up the way we grew up, or have to go through what we’ve been through. So we’re just trying to give them a different outlook to let them know that the route that we took, they don’t have to take that route because there are more choices and there are better opportunities out there for them than there were for us.”One community member, Lorenzo, came to the cookout to find out whether he could assist with the event and earn community service hours towards his probation requirements. Like Littlejohn, Lorenzo spoke of the importance of events like this being organized by persons who have lived the street life and the impact that can have on youth.“[The kids] need more of this right here, to show them that there’s more out here than just the streets and what’s going on in the streets,” said Lorenzo, adding, “That’s what we need more of to show these kids that there’s more to living than just what they’re seeing on the TV. That TV, that’s fabricat[ed] living…This right here, what they’re doing in this park right now for the community, now that’s living.”Bowman agreed, saying he understands that he is a role model and that kids look up to persons like him.“We’re role models. So [if] they look up to us, why not give them something positive?” said Bowman.Maryland Senate majority leader Sen. Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore City) made a brief appearance at the cookout, and spoke of the importance of different communities having the chance to get to know each other as they work toward the betterment of the city.“It’s always good when we are mixing, integrating, talking with each other, sharing opportunities with each other,” said Pugh. “It’s important for us to see each other in different lights, and as I said during the unrest in Baltimore, what people saw was a microcosm of Baltimore. We have the very rich, the very poor, Black, White, but all of us working together is going to help make a better Baltimore.”[email protected]last_img read more