Tuesday blog – This Tuesday http://thistuesday.org/ Tue, 10 May 2022 20:32:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thistuesday.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile-120x120.png Tuesday blog – This Tuesday http://thistuesday.org/ 32 32 Nationals select Carl Edwards Jr. contract. https://thistuesday.org/nationals-select-carl-edwards-jr-contract/ Tue, 10 May 2022 19:15:02 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/nationals-select-carl-edwards-jr-contract/ The Washington Nationals announced the following roster changes on Tuesday. Contract selection of right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. Option right-handed pitcher Andres Machado at Triple-A Rochester Transferred right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson to 60-day disabled list Edwards Jr., 30, joins the Nationals after going 1-0 with three saves and 0.63 ERA (1 ER / 14.1 1 […]]]>

The Washington Nationals announced the following roster changes on Tuesday.

Contract selection of right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr.

Option right-handed pitcher Andres Machado at Triple-A Rochester

Transferred right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson to 60-day disabled list

Edwards Jr., 30, joins the Nationals after going 1-0 with three saves and 0.63 ERA (1 ER / 14.1 1 IP) in 13 games for Triple-A Rochester. He struck out 17 batters, walked four, and held opposing batters to an average of .068 (3 for 44). Edwards Jr. allowed his only earned run on April 8 at Toledo (CLE) and then pitched 11.2 scoreless relief innings — with only one hit allowed — in his next 11 appearances. He didn’t allow a base runner in four appearances before having his contract selected.

A veteran of seven Major League seasons, Edwards Jr. threw a 3.77 ERA and 12.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 206 Major League outings. Since 2015, he ranks third among relievers with a batting average of 0.166 opponents. Only Josh Hader (.138) and Craig Kimbrel (.164) have held their opponents to a lower average over that span.

Machado, 29, has appeared in 10 games outside the Washington bullpen. He posted a 2.45 ERA (3 ER/11.0 IP) with eight strikeouts and five walks.

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Crossword Blog: The Confusing Life of AJ Jacobs | Crossword https://thistuesday.org/crossword-blog-the-confusing-life-of-aj-jacobs-crossword/ Mon, 09 May 2022 10:31:00 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/crossword-blog-the-confusing-life-of-aj-jacobs-crossword/ A new book and a hunt in progress AJ Jacobs hails from the “my journey” school of non-fiction and takes a magpie approach through around 20 varieties of puzzles, sharing tidbits and examples. So the reader who has recently fallen down the extreme sudoku rabbit hole might want to start with the chapter describing treasure […]]]>

A new book and a hunt in progress

AJ Jacobs hails from the “my journey” school of non-fiction and takes a magpie approach through around 20 varieties of puzzles, sharing tidbits and examples. So the reader who has recently fallen down the extreme sudoku rabbit hole might want to start with the chapter describing treasure hunts; the word game lover might enjoy contemplating the crucial difference between a maze and a maze.

Search for books by AJ Jacobs in the Guardian Bookstore

The climax is titled “Chess Puzzles (Chess Problems)” and the pacing slows appropriately. Jacobs offers his chess set to former world champion Garry Kasparov, who describes himself as “the first knowledge worker whose job was threatened by machines”. The author and grandmaster enjoy contemplating why and how people like to answer riddles, clues, and codes. When Kasparov solves a problem (or riddle) that involves sacrificing a queen and notices that a machine player doesn’t have the concept of sacrifice, there is an exchange that I found very encouraging:

Should we then try to eliminate our irrational psychological barriers when solving problems?
“You can’t do that,” Garry said, “because then we’ll lose our humanity.” This would, he says, have catastrophic effects in other areas of life.

Like, I suspect, many of us, Jacobs places the crossword puzzle at the center of the puzzle. We start with his excitement at having been an answer in the New York Times riddle, and the fun and poignant difference it makes when you wonder if you’re fodder for a Tuesday or for a Saturday.

We have already talked here about a strange decision made by Stephen Sondheim. Wishing to convert American solvers to the delights of British-style puzzles, he compiled some himself – but in the form of our newspaper’s weekend puzzles, without black squares and demanding, tearful endgames; i.e. the most difficult crosswords ever. Similarly, Jacobs centers his puzzles chapter around an evil Spectator puzzle from Pabulum, which means we get a little glimpse of the Spectator editor which locally defines itself as Maskarade. Beginners are, as always, redirected to start with the Guardian’s quiptic, the Observer’s Everyman, or the Times’ quick cryptic.

One aspect of The Puzzler is time-sensitive: the intro (available here) contains a coded message, which unlocks a series of bespoke puzzles for which US readers can receive a cash prize but which UK solvers could enjoy for the urgent and varied challenge.

Our next book

Harry Palmer solves a crossword
Harry Palmer solves a mysterious clue. Photography: ITV

Len Deighton’s spy Harry Palmer is bent on solving the strange clue, so many of us watched ITV’s The Ipcress File revival, hoping for Morse-like crossword appearances in the plot .

So far we haven’t received much. Harry solves a clue on a bed in episode 2:

“The monastic order enjoys breakfast.”
Eggs Benedict.
I’m starving.

As we have already discussed here, fictional crosswords are likely to include clues that are almost but not quite cryptic.

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Horse Underwater in the Guardian Bookstore.

Given the care ITV has put into this series (catch-up viewers will miss the old-school TV period continuity announcements), we can expect more, ideally starting with the next Harry Palmer story. Horse Under Water is the only one that hasn’t been adapted for the screen, and the chapter titles look like crossword puzzles.

Let’s open the comments and meet up in four weeks? We could start with whether we prefer the name of the main character in the adaptations (Harry Palmer) or in the books (where he has none).

Old books of the book group

Find a collection of explanations, interviews and other useful material at alanconnor.com

Alan Connor’s partly but not primarily cryptic shipping forecast puzzle book can be ordered from the Guardian Bookstore

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White Center Blog » Archive » What You Might Not Know About The Cannabis Trade And How It’s Regulated, @ North Highline Unincorporated Area Council May Meeting https://thistuesday.org/white-center-blog-archive-what-you-might-not-know-about-the-cannabis-trade-and-how-its-regulated-north-highline-unincorporated-area-council-may-meeting/ Fri, 06 May 2022 03:54:29 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/white-center-blog-archive-what-you-might-not-know-about-the-cannabis-trade-and-how-its-regulated-north-highline-unincorporated-area-council-may-meeting/ By Tracy RecordsWhite Center Now Editor The cannabis trade and how it is regulated was the focus of tonight’s May meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council. Here is what happened : STATE LIQUOR AND CANNABIS BOARD: Lt. EP Hackenberg manages this region. He noted that there were seven stores in the White Center/North […]]]>

By Tracy Records
White Center Now Editor

The cannabis trade and how it is regulated was the focus of tonight’s May meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council. Here is what happened :

STATE LIQUOR AND CANNABIS BOARD: Lt. EP Hackenberg manages this region. He noted that there were seven stores in the White Center/North Highline area.

It showed the revenues and taxes paid by those seven stores alone — public information under the terms of the measure that legalized cannabis — $5.5 million in taxes last year alone:

There were two processing facilities during the year – West Coast Premium Products and Kush Mountain Gardens – but Lt. Hackenberg wasn’t sure if they were still in operation. However, their “tax footprint” is/was negligible.

A big task for his agency, compliance checks:

So far this year they’re 86% compliant, but historically it’s more like 95%. He also acknowledged recent thefts targeting cannabis retailers — including ones that resulted in three deaths, one budtender, two thieves — and said they were offering safety tips to stores. (This advice is available on the LCB website.) He clarified that his agency is not a primary law enforcement agency, so it does not respond to or investigate crimes like these – local law enforcement does. Then he added that there’s one thing his agency has in common with local law enforcement: They hire.

In Q&A, NHUAC Liz Giba wondered if security measures would be codified/regulated, or just left to stores. For one, they’re required to have cameras, Lt. Hackenberg said, but he’s seen no evidence that anything else will be required. “We want to give them options on how they can be more confident in running their business.” NHUAC Barbara Dobkin asked if he had any data on store robberies and other crimes in this area. He had no specific NH ventilation. And there have been different groups/individuals of burglars – there is no single group responsible for everything.

Next was the officer Eric Thomas of the LCB. He was there to talk about the education/law enforcement division. He showed the numbers for alcohol and cannabis companies – with the former far outnumbering the latter:

The White Center area falls under the purview of one of 15 cannabis enforcement officers statewide — he’s the one right now, responsible for 285 licensed locations — and one of 48 retail liquor enforcement officers, which has 127 approved locations to keep tabs on. A discussion with him clarified that there are five operating marijuana stores and one processor in the White Center/Top Hat area. WALCB also has “compliance consultants”, two of whom work in King County. Here’s what officers like him do:

He said they check 7 locations a month, and location often helps determine priority – a store not far from a school, for example, would be a high priority. If he receives a complaint about a company, he has 60 days to investigate. He also performs “final checks” during regular night shifts each month. The division also devotes many hours to education. “We place great importance on education in law enforcement.”

Want to file a complaint? You can do it online. You can do this anonymously but as an officer, he prefers to be able to speak with the complainant, to get more details. If he knows who the complainant is, he can go around and explain how the investigation went.

In Q/A, Agent Thomas was asked about plans to ban menthol cigarettes. He said he didn’t expect that to be a problem — they managed to handle the flavored vape ban, and it’s likely to be similar. Next question: Suppose you receive a complaint about a bar serving minors. How do you investigate? This will often lead to a compliance check, or even monitoring, if he has information about a specific employee and a specific time of day. He investigated this kind of complaint at North Highline in 2020 and it generated a violation, which can result in a $500 fine or multi-day license suspension. He said the company failed several compliance checks and could have lost its license; instead, they sold the business, and now there’s a new licensee in the same location who passed their checks.

What about hookah lounges? asked the NHUAC Pat Price. One that has been the site of some trouble in the area is on their radar, Officer Thomas said. They “continue to work” there, he said. He also noted the Taradise Café situation, in which “many agencies” were involved, the county found a violation that shut it down, and it all happened before the untimely death of its owner; now the building is in different hands. He’s also been asked about White Center’s unlicensed cannabis stores in the past; The WALCB participated. Two different owners. two raids, the second was led by King County, he said. They got a tobacco license, applied for a liquor license, but it didn’t work out when an investigation revealed links to the previous owner. Overall, Thomas said, they work pretty stealthily – no uniforms, no marked cars, “you don’t see us around…often customers, employees don’t even know we’re there to observe the operations”.

Overall, “we want successful retail operations in our community,” Thomas emphasized.

Do they get a lot of complaints? They are starting to ramp up, but less than a dozen so far this year. He added later in the meeting that he had just done compliance checks and six out of seven went well.

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Kennamera regular guest, was unable to attend the meeting, but NHUAC also heard of Marissa Jaureguiwho coordinates the local Drug-Free Youth Coalition. She spoke about youth trends and said her organization has worked with Cascade Middle School and Evergreen High School, and has worked in the White Center area for a decade.

Seeing family and/or friends using substances influences young people’s choices, she noted. She also showed results from a survey showing that substance use has increased among young people in the area over the past year:

Why do they use? Many reasons:

Understanding is key when it comes to having conversations about this with young people. She also talked about the physical facts of addiction and addiction. Cannabis is increasingly used among young people…. (because of) a misperception that you cannot become addicted. Smoking, vaping and dabbing are the most common ways young people use cannabis. It affects memory, learning, sports performance, even a risk of psychosis and schizophrenia with more intensive use. Regarding alcohol, memory and learning are affected, and in this case, the younger you start drinking, the more likely you are to become dependent. And then there’s nicotine – something young people start using without knowing much about it, and then they become involuntarily addicted. It is often used in vaping – along with many other dangerous and mysterious chemicals.

She also mentioned fentanyl since there was a recent discovery of cannabis associated with it – you could ingest it and not know it, but “the risk of overdose is high”. It also appears in pills.

When does the coalition meet? he was asked. There’s a big event next Tuesday, online:

ADVERTISEMENT: Price noted that the white center library is open again and is trying to replenish attendance, and the White Center Library Guild is looking for new members (watch soon for more). The guild will have its sidewalk sale at the library on July 15th and 17th. … Meanwhile, on July 16, the Kiwanis White Center will host his pancake breakfast at the WC eagles HQ, 8am-12pm… Giba also reminded everyone that the King County Council continue to work on the North Highline sub-area plan (among other planning matters) and encourage attendance at the May 24 and June 28 meetings online at 9:30 a.m.

NEXT NHUAC MEETING: 7 p.m. on June 2, online, before the summer break.



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McCue thrilled to win Women’s Player of the Season award – Blog https://thistuesday.org/mccue-thrilled-to-win-womens-player-of-the-season-award-blog/ Wed, 04 May 2022 15:09:09 +0000 https://thistuesday.org/mccue-thrilled-to-win-womens-player-of-the-season-award-blog/ McCue delighted to win Women’s Player of the Season award – Blog – Derby County arrow_downward Catch up on social media arrow_downwardOpen social networks Derby County Women’s Sherry McCue spoke to RamsTV after winning their Player of the Season award on Tuesday night. Watch more ”,””],”responsive”:{“0”:{“items”:”int|1″,”margin”:”int|0″,”stagePadding”:”int|0″},”480″:{ “items”:”int|2″,”margin”:”int|10″,”stagePadding”:”int|0″},”768″:{“items”:”int|3″,”margin”: “int|25″,”stagePadding”:”int|0″},”992″:{“items”:”int|4″,”margin”:”int|30″,”stagePadding”:”int|0 “},”1200”:{“items”:”int|4″,”margin”:”int|37″,”stagePadding”:”int|0″},”1499″:{“items”:”int |4″,”margin”:”int|35″,”stagePadding”:”int|0″}}}”> Read more ”,””],”responsive”:{“0”:{“items”:”int|1″,”margin”:”int|0″,”stagePadding”:”int|0″},”480″:{ “items”:”int|2″,”margin”:”int|10″,”stagePadding”:”int|0″},”768″:{“items”:”int|3″,”margin”: “int|25″,”stagePadding”:”int|0″},”992″:{“items”:”int|4″,”margin”:”int|30″,”stagePadding”:”int|0 […]]]>
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