Arcata nets another win

first_imgLilli Bowman had eight aces and Arcata High varsity volleyball found no trouble against Ferndale at home Wednesday night, beating the Wildcats in straight sets 25-17, 24-7 and 25-3.Arcata (6-3) jumped out to an early 8-7 advantage and went on to win the first set. The one point advantage early in the first set was the closest the contest would be all night as the Tigers hitting was on full display. It came as no surprise to Arcata, however, as striking was something the team focused on all …last_img

Is “Intelligent Design” the New Cussword?

first_img1Alan Cutler, “Science and Religion: 200 Years of Accommodation,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5740, 1493-1494 , 2 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1116362].2Donald Kennedy, “Emperors on the Ice,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5740, 1494 , 2 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1118709].OK, we’re going to do the Darwin Party a favor, and list all their talking points as bullets.  Readers are invited to print these out alongside our Baloney Detector and exercise their critical thinking skills:Evolution is a fact.Evolution is science.Creationism is religion.Intelligent design is just creationism in disguise.ID refers to the supernatural, which is disallowed in science.Evolution is comparable to the law of gravity.Intelligent Design is comparable to alchemy and belief in a flat earth.Evolution is supported by massive amounts of evidence.ID has no evidence.Science must be naturalistic by definition.ID only finds fault with evolution and has no answers of its own.Evolution promotes fruitful research.ID brings science to a halt by saying God did it.ID is just another “god-of-the-gaps” non-answer.Evolution employs natural laws, not miracles.Evolution has been highly successful in explaining living things.Evolution helps us understand medicine.Evolutionists will solve their problems given enough time (and funding).Nothing in biology makes sense apart from evolution.ID advocates are religiously motivated.The principle of “separation of church and state” precludes ID being taught.ID is unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court said so.ID can be taught in religion, history and sociology classes, but not in science class.“Teaching the controversy” is just as dangerous as teaching creationism.There is no controversy over evolution among scientists.Evolutionists are motivated only by love of the truth.Teaching ID would require teaching every culture’s creation myth equally.Allowing alternatives to evolution is like allowing Holocaust-deniers to have equal time in history class.Evolution is falsifiable.ID is not falsifiable.Evolution does not need to explain the origin of life.Evolution does not need to explain the origin of the universe.ID needs to answer the question, “who designed the Designer?”ID is a “disingenuous euphemism” (Dawkins) for religious advocacy.Educators and politicians must not give in to the pressure from the ID zealots.Parents and teachers may wish to print this list in one column, and the types of propaganda tactics, logical fallacies and smokescreens from the Baloney Detector in another column, and have students draw lines connecting them (multiple lines per item are permitted).  Or, they can make a game of the exercise, like a Scavenger Hunt – the student who reads Dawkins’ article and finds the most big lies wins.  Suggested prize: [root] beer.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The phrase “intelligent design” is being bandied about everywhere.  Pro-Darwin scientists generally put it in quote marks with palpable derision; it has practically sunk to the level of the older cussword, “creationism.”  Yet a groundswell of support for I.D. continues not only in America but in other countries.  Here are recent events, attacks and counterattacks about evolution, intelligent design and education:Aussie Glossy:  The transcript of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation story aired Aug. 30 featured proponents and opponents of the proposal to permit intelligent design as an alternative to Darwinian evolution in public schools down under.  The report was interspersed with scenes from the ID film Unlocking the Mystery of Life.Rusher Flusher:  William Rusher, writing Aug. 31 in Human Events, thinks the label “evolutionism” is too nice.  He thinks “accidentalism” would be more appropriate.  He finds irony in Darwinists referring to the Scopes Trial, when this time it is they who are forbidding the competition to be taught.The Case Against I.D.:  Karl Lembke in Opinion Editorials defends the position that Darwinism (as he carefully defines it) is scientific, and intelligent design is not.  He insists that methodological naturalism is a rule of science and claims evolution is falsifiable.Albuquerque Quirk:  The school board is trying to come to a consensus on how to teach science now that more and more students and parents are asking questions and complaining about the Darwin-only policy.  Rick Cole, New Mexico Science Teacher of the Year in 2001, who elevated his high school’s science fair from non-existent to award-winning status, taught intelligent design alongside evolution for 11 years.  He used the controversy to help his students learn to think critically about the two positions, until a single phone call from an atheist brought down an order from the department chairmen for him to stop.Big Guns:  Big-time Darwin defenders Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne came out swinging in The Guardian, intent on stuffing intelligent design into the science trash can once and for all.  Claiming that there is “no evidence” in favor of intelligent design, but “massive” evidence for evolution, they say, “The weight of the evidence has become so heavy that opposition to the fact of evolution is laughable to all who are acquainted with even a fraction of the published data.  Evolution is a fact: as much a fact as plate tectonics or the heliocentric solar system.”    Amidst this bluster, however, they did admit in some depth that there are deep and serious debates between evolutionists that are “genuinely challenging” – such as neutral vs. adaptive selection, group selection, punctuated equilibrium, cladism, evo-devo, the Cambrian explosion, mass extinctions, interspecies competition, the relative roles of natural and sexual selection, the evolution of sex, evolutionary psychology and Darwinian medicine – yet they argue that I.D. is “not an argument of the same character as these controversies” because it is “religious,” not “scientific.”    David Berlinski, as usual, was quite amused by all this.  He wrote to Evolution News inviting people to read Coyne and Dawkins’ diatribe, “endeavoring not to laugh, chortle, snicker, hoot or whistle,” which he claimed could not be done.  He was gratified to see them finally admitting that “Darwinian theories are simply riddled with problems for which Darwinian theories have no answers,” as critics have been saying for years.  “The list of problems that Coyne and Dawkins have produced could be extended far into the night,” Berlinski says, “but it’s a good beginning.  That they use the deficiencies of Darwinian theory to argue against ID is an added pleasure.”Spectator Sport:  Paul Johnson in The Spectator wrote a correspondingly vicious attack against the evolutionists, especially Richard Dawkins, who he called the “ayatollah of atheism.”  He senses a “groundswell of discontent at this intellectual totalitarianism” and predicts its collapse: “The likelihood that Darwin’s eventual debacle will be sensational and brutal is increased by the arrogance of his acolytes, by their insistence on the unchallengeable truth of the theory of natural selection – which to them is not a hypothesis but a demonstrated fact, and its critics mere flat-earthers – and by their success in occupying the commanding heights in the university science departments and the scientific journals, denying a hearing to anyone who disagrees with them.”  Case in point: Iowa State, where Discovery Institute says the “thought cops” and “inquisitors” are leading a crusade against astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez (08/30/2005).Red Blog:  Homunculus is trying to get a debate going on ID on the blog.  Rob Crowther on EvolutionNews was glad he got the definitions right, but suspects he will be “inundated by rabid Darwinists irked by such an insightful post.”Don’t Teach the Controversy:  John Derbyshire on National Review votes against teaching the controversy over Darwinism.  To him, Darwinism is accepted science and ID is not.  Plenty of good scientists are religious people, he agrees, and so are some Darwinists.Ho-Hum, Old Stuff:  Alan Cutler reviewed Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature by Keith Thomson (Yale, 2005) in Science1 and treated the design-vs-naturalism debate like it’s as hoary as the hills.  He pointed out that the question in Robert Boyle’s time was not whether science and God could be reconciled; “It was whether science and atheism could be reconciled, and the answer seemed to be a definitive no.”  By popular consent now, though, Darwin settled the question once and for all; “According to Thomson, it was principally Darwin’s theory that, by removing the necessity of a designer, doomed natural theology.”  Interestingly, Cutler cut down natural theology not as much for its scientific arguments as for its theology.  In his opinion, William Paley’s divine watchmaker is little more than a “compassionless technocrat” –Natural theologians had long been criticized for emphasizing God the Creator over God the Redeemer.  Paley’s book nowhere mentions Jesus.  When Darwin grieved over the death of his beloved daughter at the age of ten, Paley’s watchmaker God was cold comfort at best.  It was this, as much as any intellectual argument, that undermined Darwin’s Christian faith.  Natural theology’s theology was ultimately as unsatisfying as its science.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)(See 09/01/2005 commentary.)  When Thomson devoted a mere few pages to the current intelligent design controversy, Cutler dismissively remarked, “This is enough.  The answers to their arguments are basically the same as the answers to Paley’s.”Dumb design:  In a short piece on the evolutionary water-to-land transition, Science Now used the phrase “intelligent design” as a Darwinian counterthrust.  Robert Carroll described the awkward stance of presumed primitive tetrapod Ichthyostega: “It’s not a very intelligent design,” he chuckled.  (For more on Ichthyostega and the evolution of tetrapods, see “Evolution of the Darwin Fish,” 08/09/2003.)Friendship Evo-evangelism:  Science editor2 Don Kennedy liked the movie March of the Penguins (08/19/2005) so much, he thinks it could provide a teachable moment for Darwinist evangelists to use on the ignorant: “By all means see March of the Penguins.  Better still, you can accomplish a good work by inviting an advocate for ‘intelligent design’ to accompany you.  After the show, buy him or her a beer, and ask for an explanation of just what the Designer had in mind here.”  If that advocate were Paul Nelson, undoubtedly he would have a counter-question ready in response, as he hands Kennedy a Diet Coke.last_img read more

People & parks in South Africa

first_img23 February 2004During the fifth World Parks Congress, held in Durban in September 2003, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa launched a book highlighting South Africa’s progress towards environmentally friendly practices since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.“People, Parks and Transformation in South Africa – A century of Conservation, A Decade of Democracy” shows the different phases the country has taken in environmental conservation pre- and post-1994.The first national parks to be established in South Africa were the Kruger National Park in 1926, followed by the Kalahari Gemsbok, Addo Elephant and Bontebok National Parks in 1931 and the Mountain Zebra National Park in 1937.These parks “were set aside for game animals, but early policy also included the killing of all predators,” Moosa said at the launch of the publication. “People, too, were largely excluded – indeed, the establishment of early parks mirrored the apartheid policies which gained momentum at the same time. People who owned land were forcibly removed to make way for animals, and parks became elitist playgrounds for a minority, while the majority of the population was excluded.”This, Moosa said, was no longer the case, as land was being returned to its rightful owners, with communities electing to become partners in conservation through the establishment of contractual parks.“As the 3rd most biodiverse country in the world, South Africa is putting considerable effort into addressing the shortcomings of the past. Today, when faced with the challenges of managing more than 10 000 elephants, it is hard to believe that less than a hundred years ago, we only had about 100 elephants left in the entire country.”South Africa set itself the target of increasing land under formal conservation from 5.4% in 1994 to 8% by 2010, and its marine protected areas from 11% percent to 20% by 2010.The country is well within reach of this target, with close on 400 000 hectares of land having been added to SA’s conservation areas since 1994, including the proclamation of four new national parks – the Cape Peninsula, Agulhas, Namaqua and Vembe Dongola national parks – as well as expansions to the Addo, Marakele, Augrabies Falls, Mountain Zebra and Karoo national parks.Last October, Moosa also unveiled a R76-million plan to expand seven of South Africa’s national parks through the proclamation of 121 000 hectares of land for conservation – the single largest proclamation of land for the country’s national parks since 1931.And in February 2004, Moosa announced plans for five new marine protected areas which will result in 19% of South Africa’s 3 000km coastline being protected.“We have also, during this period, proclaimed five more sites on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International importance”, Moosa told the World Parks Congress. “Five sites of outstanding cultural and natural heritage have been inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list, and more are being prepared for consideration.”South Africa has also:Put in place new policies and legislation to safeguard the country’s biodiversity that are based on principles of equity, accountability, participation, the right to a clean, healthy and protected environment, and the right to have the environment protected. Established voluntary partnerships between government, communities and the private sector to establish conservancies and biosphere reserves. Transformed the country’s institutions, included communities neighbouring parks in management committees, and made parks more accessible to the majority of South Africans. Become a full participant in global efforts to conserve biodiversity. SA has signed and ratified conventions such as the World Heritage Convention, becoming one of a few countries in the world to have promulgated legislation specifically to give effect to this agreement. Taken on a leadership role in ensuring sustainable development in Africa through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), proactively seeking to establish cross-border parks with the country’s neighbours. Four Transfrontier Conservation Areas have been established since 1994, and two more are in the pipeline.“All of this means we are committed to meeting the needs of all our people today, while safeguarding our biological heritage for future generations”, Moosa said. “Many of our plant and animal species are under threat from over-harvesting, land use changes and alien invasive species – and especially from climate change.“This is a challenge no country can deal with on its own, and we need to work with our global partners to ensure that we find ways of dealing with these threats to our globally important biodiversity, so that we can achieve our goal of sustainable development and ensure that biodiversity brings benefits to all for centuries to come.”New National ParksCape Peninsula National Park – 1998Vhembe Dongola National Park – 1998Agulhas National Park – 1999Namaqua National Park – 1999New Ramsar SitesNatal Drakensberg Park – 1997Ndumo Game Reserve – 1997Seekoeivlei – 1997Nylsvley Nature Reserve – 1998Verloren Valei – 2003New World Heritage SitesGreater St Lucia Wetland Park – 1999Robben Island – 1999Cradle of Humankind – 1999Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg – 2000Mapungubwe – reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Joburg unveils Mandela statue

first_img2 April 2004Johannesburg’s Sandton Square has been renamed the Nelson Mandela Square, and celebrated its 10th anniversary – and 10 years of democracy in South Africa – by unveiling the world’s first public statue of the man who led his country across the apartheid divide.Any toast to Mandela would have to be larger than life – and those who gathered to see his eldest granddaughter, Ndileka, uncover the statue on Wednesday agreed that the six-metre bronze statue exuded his positive vibe.With champagne glass raised high, the MC at the launch of the new Nelson Mandela Square, Basetsana Kumalo, declared: “This is a very happy statue. The dancing stance pays tribute to the spirit of joy and celebration inherent in the people of South Africa – this is the Madiba jive.”Paying tribute to her grandfather, Ndileka said: “While we honour Nelson Mandela in this statue, we are also honouring South Africa. He’s not just a grandfather to us, but to the whole nation.”Known for his humility, Madiba himself did not attend the ceremony. “He’s taking a break”, Ndileka explained.Given Mandela’s reputation as a champion of the disadvantaged, it was hardly surprising that many were surprised that Sandton Square – seen by many as a symbol of commercial and social elitism – was being renamed in his honour. “Why here? Why not in Alexandra?” some were heard to murmur.Gary Vipond, Nelson Mandela Square manager, explained: “The square is optimistic, expressive and confident, like the Madiba jive, and represents a sophisticated, eclectic, cosmopolitan success story.“The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, selected Sandton Square as their preferred site due to its geographical location in the centre of the Sandton CBD, and the fact that it is one of the largest public open spaces in South Africa”, Vipond said.The Nelson Mandela Foundation hopes to benefit directly from the statue’s tourist appeal: a donation box has been placed beside the statue. Liberty Properties, the landlords, have set the tone with a first donation of R50 000.Quick factsThe statue of Nelson Mandela is six metres tall (higher than 5.9m of the world’s tallest recorded giraffe).It weighs 2.5 tons (the weight of an adult African white rhino).It measures 2.3 metres from elbow to elbow (the maximum wing span of the African fish eagle), and has a shoulder width of 1.7m (almost the width of a luxury sedan).The statue’s shoes measure virtually one metre in length – a boot size very few could fillThe statue was sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane.Commissioned in July 2002, the statue was completed in February 2004, and moved to the Square in the middle of the night to be installed ahead of the unveiling.It’s not the first time that a shopping centre has been named after a well-loved leader. There’s also:The Washington Square shopping centre in Oregon, US, named after George Washington.The Roosevelt Square shopping centre in Seattle, US, named after Franklin D Roosevelt.The Regal Eisenhower shopping centre in Savannah, Georgia, US, named after Dwight Eisenhower.The Churchill shopping centre in Brighton, UK, named after Winston Churchill.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Jarencio takes blame for GlobalPort meltdown: ‘I wasn’t able to prepare my team’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio took full responsibility for his team’s loss to Magnolia on Tuesday night in a game where the Batang Pier blew an early 20-point lead.The Batang Pier led 26-6 late in the first quarter and were still ahead by 11 at the half before the Hotshots came all the way back behind old timers Mark Barroca and Marc Pingris in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “No sour graping, no pinpointing. Perhaps, I wasn’t able to prepare my team well,” Jarencio said in Filipino. “It’s all my fault. It was all me.”Magnolia outscored GlobalPort, 27-14, in the pivotal third period en route to an 86-79 win to secure its spot in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite the loss that sent GlobalPort out of contention, Jarencio said he liked the fact that his players fought until the final buzzer.“At least we fought and that’s all I wanted which is to see them fight. We fell short but there will come a time that we’ll have a happy ending,” he said. “As long as the players keep working hard, continue to listen and do what they’re told, we’ll continue to improve.” LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Defense, patience keys to Hotshots’ comeback win, says Barroca Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Batang Pier dropped their last two games just when their star guard Terrence Romeo returned from a knee injury.Romeo hasn’t been himself since coming back and he also took the blame for failing to show up.“We weren’t able to make shots, especially myself. I’m still far from the player I used to be. I don’t have my timing and I really need to catchup on a lot of things,” he said.The 25-year-old Romeo, who is one of the most lethal scorers in the league today, scored just 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting from the field in close to 30 minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img read more

Bengal football’s Big Three are in terminal decline

first_imgMohammedan sporting practises at its ground in KolkataIn a nation where foreign football is gaining popularity, Bengal’s Holy Trinity of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting seem to have scored self-goals. Local nurseries of talent are drying up, forcing club managements, which haven’t corporatised despite promising to do so,,Mohammedan sporting practises at its ground in KolkataIn a nation where foreign football is gaining popularity, Bengal’s Holy Trinity of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting seem to have scored self-goals. Local nurseries of talent are drying up, forcing club managements, which haven’t corporatised despite promising to do so, to rely heavily on foreign recruits to pull in the crowds. The results are evident. Sporting is now among the also-rans, relegated to the all-India second division football league. Mohun Bagan has not won the national league in a decade. And East Bengal last won it in 2003.Till the 1980s, most of Bengal’s best known footballers came from suburban towns such as Naihati, Baruipur and Amta. These places hardly churn out good footballers anymore. “Too much emphasis on cricket has meant that the average Bengali boy is not taking to football,” laments Sukumar Samajpati, ace India right-winger of the 1960s. “The infrastructure is poor,” says Trevor Morgan, the British coach hired by East Bengal in July 2010. “There has to be investment in infrastructure, in setting up football academies and spotting and grooming talent at an early age,” he says.Clubs have had to compensate with big-ticket foreign players and footballers from other states. “Getting foreigners is the best way to impress the members of a club. There’s no alternative,” says former Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia. The East Bengal squad for the 2011-2012 season, unveiled on August 8, features only nine locals on a list of 34. Mohun Bagan has 10 locals on a list of 33 players. Only Mohammedan Sporting has a majority of locals in its 21-member squad, but that’s because it has little money. “Mohammedan evokes a negative response from most sponsors,” says Sultan Ahmed, club president.advertisementA consortium of officials continues to run the three clubs. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal’s managements have remained unchanged for seven years and more than 10 years respectively. An 18-member executive committee has governed Mohammedan Sporting’s affairs for more than a decade. Contrast this with Goa, a state whose clubs have had major success in recent years. Goan clubs like Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar and Dempo are corporate entities and listed on stock exchanges.”Football in Bengal is still big, but you won’t win a thing without foreign players. The trend will continue if you do not look at nursing homegrown talent. Unless the bottom is sound, the top will continue to suffer,” says East Bengal coach Morgan.last_img read more

US-based Romero Duno impresses in front of hometown crowd for WBA Asia lightweight title

first_imgRomero Duno. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Romero Duno reintroduced himself to the Filipino audience in style after scoring a quick knockout over Kuldeep Dhanda of India in the co-main event of ESPN5’s fight card Saturday at Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.Duno, who hails from Cotabato City, Maguindanao but resides in California, hasn’t fought in the Philippines in two years and he made sure his return was a memorable one.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Flyweight bet Dave Apolinario outclasses foe to stay undefeated Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES The 23-year-old Duno hardly broke a sweat, decking Dhanda twice in each of the two rounds, including a brutal one-punch knockout that ended it at the 1:19 mark of the second.Duno won the WBA Asia lightweight title and hiked his impressive record to 19-1, with 15 knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBefore his bout against Dhanda, Duno has only fought once in the Philippines in his previous seven fights.Duno hopes to finally get a title shot this year after another impressive victory. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Jesse Williams Isnt Here for the National Anthem Refuses

Jesse Williams has been outspoken about racial injustice. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImageIt looks like the national anthem protest that was driven by Colin Kaepernick has reached Hollywood.Jesse Williams took a page out of Marshawn Lynch’s book and remained seated through “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the regular-season finale of the Ice Cube-founded Big3 basketball tournament.“We’ll stand up when you do …” read the caption the “Grey’s Anatomy” star wrote on his Sunday, Aug. 13, Instagram Live video. The statement is believed to be intended for President Donald Trump, who has been slammed for not condemning the racism that spurred the violent response to a protest of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count correlated to leaving the scene after plowing his car into a crowd protesting the white supremacists. One is dead and 19 people have been injured as a result of the collision. read more

Football Torrance Gibson signs letter of intent with junior college

Former OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson (6) carries the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson’s future in Columbus was uncertain following his semester-long suspension before the team began its 2016 season in September. On Tuesday, Gibson expressed his desire to play elsewhere, at least for the near future.Gibson signed a letter of intent with junior-college program Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A press release sent from a team’s spokesman said Gibson will enroll in the spring.Although Gibson’s signing does show his interest in playing for the Bulldogs, the letter of intent is not binding, meaning he can continue to search for other options, like from other Division I schools. Gibson is eligible to play in 2017 for MGCCC, but would have to sit out a full season if he were to transfer to another Division I school.Gibson, a native of Plantation, Florida, attended American Heritage School and was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. He came out of high school as a four-star dual-threat quarterback and rated the No. 6 athlete in the class by 247Sports.Gibson redshirted his first year at OSU while undergoing a change from quarterback to wide receiver. Gibson shined in the 2016 spring game, scoring twice. OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the wide receiver was “in the mix” for playing time this year before his suspension.“We are looking forward to having Torrance join our football program,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said in a press release. “We are confident in his abilities on the field and his character off the field, and we expect him to contribute to our team and the Gulf Coast community.Gibson is expected to play quarterback at MGCCC. He made the switch to receiver with OSU after an already deep group at signal caller forced him to make a change.Editor’s Note 12/13: Gibson’s high school has been corrected to American Heritage School. The Lantern originally published that Gibson attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. read more