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The Case took on a life of it's own

2020.09.12 23:58 baronesslucy The Case took on a life of it's own

(This is told by the viewpoint of a family friend)
The church that 90 year old Joan Stiller had attended for decades was a thriving church in the 1970's, 1980's and then went into a decline. There were only 10 members left, nearly all old women. I'm the youngest at age 60. This particular Sunday only 6 members were in attendance, along with a visiting couple. Joan and Siobathan were the ushers who had the church collection bags. As the organ music played, they walked thru the mostly empty pews. The couple had been coming to the church for a couple of weeks and I noticed it was ever since Siobathan had come home.
Siobathan liked being a usher even though she wasn't a member of the church and never would be.
The Florida town of Joyful had about 8,000 people and was right in the middle of the bible belt. The church that we attended wasn't your typical bible belt church. It was more of a main line denomination but stricter than most main line denominations. We were seen as outsiders and outside the norm in the town. We are ignored (never invited to anything in town) and that is about it and this was how it was for Siobathan growing up.
Joyful is about 15 miles west of Lakeland.
When Siobathan was 6 years old, 8 members of her family were killed in a tragic boating accident in the Gulf of Mexico. She was sick that day and stayed with Joan. Terrible tragedy.
Siobathan was a model and a dancer. She lived in California and came to visit her great-grandmother several times a year. She had done several music videos, one of which was very racy. No one in the church knew anything about it except for me, as I say they are older and don't really associated with anyone in town who certainly would have told them. None of us shopped in the town as we felt unwelcome the few times we did.
I was like a surrogate mother to Siobathan as there were many things she could tell me but not her grandmother. I would listen and be non-judgmental. I had told her that this racy video could come back to haunt her. It would in a terrible way.
I was the church secretary at the Joyful Church and had erased messages on the church phone. People had called and expressed their opinion about Siobathan and the video. As you can imagine, all of the comments very negative.
On Monday evening, I went to get the mail, and several tapes were in the mail. I knew what were in the tapes. I gave them to Siobathan to destroy.
Our church's headquarters are in Lakeland and I received a call from the board of directors. They want to know if Siobathan is a member of the church. I tell them she isn't. She left the church after high school, I told them. They asked me if Joan is aware of the video. I say that she's isn't. We talk a little more and then I hang up. They never asked me about the videos.
I attended the church school in Lakeland as did Siobathan.
The next day at about 6:00 am, Siobathan is at my door calling out to me. I opened the door and she's crying. Her grandmother apparently died during the night. I called police. No funeral home would take her in town so we had to call a funeral home in Lakeland.
A couple of days later the funeral is held in Lakeland at the church's headquarters. The majority of members about 5, 000 live in Lakeland. There is only one other church which is in Joyful.
Calls keep coming to the church about the racy video. Siobathan felt like everyone in church was judging her. No one said anything to her about it.
I felt uneasy for Siobathan being alone as I had a bad feeling that something bad was going to happen to her. I asked her to say at my home but she declined and said that she would okay. At 9:00 pm, I said goodnight to her.
I got ready for work and drove to Lakeland. I then went on to Tampa to attend a training class which was part of the day. I went back to work and everyone was looking at me with concern.
"What is going on?" I asked.
I knew that something wasn't right and when I saw the company Chaplain, I knew something bad had happened. I started sobbing when I told that Siobathan had died in a house fire. The fire had started shortly after I left for work. It appeared that the fire was arson and she had died of smoke inhalation. She had gotten out of the house and then had collapsed in front of the house.
You can imagine my shock when I saw the pictures on the local TV news. My house came very close to being burned down.
Siobathan had written up a will a couple of months earlier and I was the executor of her will.
You remember when I said that this was going to end badly for her. It did but this wasn't the end of it.
I called several funeral homes in Lakeland and several refused to take her. Finally one did. The church made it clear to me that she would have no church funeral or burial in the church cemetery due to her immoral behavior. This didn't surprise me.
I had a memorial service for her and only one other person came (his name was Eric and he had left the church years ago. He had also taken her to the prom and was a good friend).
She was cremated and I took the Urn as there was no burial plot to put her in. Believe it or not, someone stole the Urn a week later (my house was ransacked as well).
The attacks of her were all over the internet. Then soon I was being attacked as well. I didn't exactly live a saintly life when I was younger. This came out as well. I was told by the board of directors that the only reason I wasn't kicked out of the church was because my grandparents were founding members and it would make the church look bad.
I withdrew my membership from the church I attended before I was kicked out. People that I knew all my life in the church turned their backs on me.
I still had membership in the main church in Lakeland but it been months since I step foot into it and I doubt that I ever will again.
The killer of Siobathan was caught. I wanted the trial moved to Orlando but it stayed in Joyful. The racy video was actually filmed in the guest bedroom of my house. I was away on vacation and the room had been changed around. I didn't realize this at first. One of the band members on the witness stand said that this is where they filmed the video.
"She cheated with my man." the caller said to me.
I said nothing and then finally I said she wasn't a member of the church.
"Does that make it okay?" the caller said.
"No, it doesn't." I said.
The caller then accused me of erasing phone mess sages that she left on Joan's old landline hone which I did but I said nothing. The caller then hung up.
The caller was the common-law wife of one of the band members who was a known cheater. They had known each other for 20 years, and had a 15 year relationship which was one and off. They had 3 children together.
I knew about this long before the caller did and had to admit this in court.
"Did you know about Siobathan 3 pregnancies?"
A gasp in the courtroom.
"Yes, I did."
"What happened?"
"She told me she was no longer pregnant and I didn't ask any more questions."
"Did you know what she did?"
"No, I didn't. Assumed she had miscarriages..." I said.
Only one actually was. I didn't know this but Eric had testified earlier that he had taken her to a doctor because she didn't feel well.
They had to ask him several questions before he had to admit that she had ended 2 pregnancies.
I could just imagine what people were saying and thinking being that this was in a conservative religious bible belt town.
Everyone knew I was trying to protect Siobathan. I danced around the questions in a way that I didn't have to directly answer the questions but you could read between the lines. I did say Joan knew nothing about this and people didn't like my answer when I said,"This was a private matter."
I was asked directly if I had this procedure done. I never have which was the truth. I'm sure they looked it up because the defense didn't challenge me on this one.
The next hour was spent talking about my private life. I never had children as I physically couldn't and it didn't surprise me when the defense attorney said that God was punishing me. The judge made no attempt to warn him about making these types of comments. I was also blamed for my failed marriage.
I wasn't surprised at the verdict. The murderer smiled at me. I just glared at him.
The jury acquitted the killer on murder charges but he was convicted on arson charges. I later heard some of the jurors admit that they knew this guy murdered Siobathan but couldn't convict him of this. They really didn't want to convict him of arson but couldn't get around it as he admitted to this.
He got no prison time but got 10 years Probation. At the sentencing, I was allowed to speak and I said everything I felt in a calm manner. I also criticized the juries decision and accused them of putting others at risk. I also criticized the harsh judgement Siobathan received.
The killer had the last word and made a sexual comment about Siobathan and the band members. I looked at him and told him that he was pathetic.
I had seen a woman attending the trial who sat in the back. She was the person who had called me about her cheating partner. She went nuts and got a couple of punches in before being taken away by police. The killer had a bloody nose. As she walked by me with handcuffs on, she told me that I was pathetic and an enabler. I recognized her British accent from the phone call. I ignored her.
Sad story with no good ending. Oh and one last thing, the couple who was at the Joywell church were paid big bucks to put on youtube a video of Siobathan and Joan taking up the church collection. After Siobathan died, I heard that no one saw them again after that.
I sold my house and moved to Lakeland. Found another church that I really liked.
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2020.09.10 10:35 SimNews_ MSFS Includes Hundreds of Photorealistic Cities

MSFS Includes Hundreds of Photorealistic Cities

As we have learned, the entire Earth of the next-generation Microsoft Flight Simulator is based on Bing Maps satellite imagery, filled with’s auto-generated objects, such as houses, trees, and windmills. A few hundreds of cities, strictly speaking of 341, mostly in North America and Europe, have been presented more accurately by using photogrammetry.
In some cities, the data may be a few years old, which can be seen as old commercials in some of the billboards. More highly modeled cities will come in the future as World Update for sure, although there is no confirmation on this yet. Below is the list of highly modeled cities, organized by countries and states (United States).


  • Canberra
  • Darwin City
  • Gold Coast
  • Hobart
  • Newcastle
  • Wollongong


  • Brussels


  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Hamilton
  • London
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Quebec City
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Winnipeg


  • Copenhagen


  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Bordeaux
  • Lille
  • Marseille
  • Montpellier
  • Rennes
  • Rouen
  • Strasbourg


  • Aachen
  • Augsburg
  • Berlin
  • Bremen
  • Brunswick
  • Dresden
  • Duisburg
  • Halle (Saale)
  • Hamburg
  • Karlsruhe
  • Kiel
  • Leipzig
  • Magdeburg
  • Mannheim
  • Mönchengladbach
  • Munich
  • Münster
  • Nuremberg
  • Oberhausen


  • Bologna
  • Catania
  • Florence
  • Milan
  • Naples
  • Palermo
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Verona


  • Alicante
  • Barcelona
  • Córdoba
  • Madrid
  • Marbella
  • Murcia
  • Pamplona
  • Seville
  • Valencia
  • Vigo


  • Zürich

United Kingdom

  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton


  • Anniston
  • Auburn
  • Birmingham
  • Decatur
  • Dothan
  • Huntsville
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Spanish Fort


  • Anthem
  • Carefree
  • Catalina Foothills
  • Drexel Heights
  • Flagstaff
  • Lake Havasu City
  • Mesa
  • Oro Valley
  • Peoria
  • Phoenix
  • Prescott
  • San Tan Valley
  • Tempe
  • Tucson
  • Yuma


  • Little Rock


  • Agua Caliente
  • Anaheim
  • Antioch
  • Bakersfield
  • Castro Valley
  • Chico
  • Concord
  • Davis
  • Desert Hot Springs
  • Downey
  • Elk Grove
  • Fairfield
  • Foster City
  • Fremont
  • Fresno
  • Glendale
  • Hanford
  • Hollister
  • Hollywood
  • Inglewood
  • La Habra
  • Lodi
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Los Gatos
  • Madera
  • Manteca
  • Modesto
  • Moreno Valley
  • Oceanside
  • Oxnard
  • Palm Springs
  • Palmdale
  • Perris
  • Porterville
  • Redding
  • Reedley
  • Richmond
  • Sacramento
  • Salinas
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Ana
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clarita
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Monica
  • Selma
  • Simi Valley
  • Stockton
  • Temecula
  • Ukiah
  • Visalia
  • Yuba City
  • Yucaipa


  • Boulder
  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver


  • Bridgeport
  • New Haven
  • Stamford


  • Dover
  • Wilmington


  • Brandon
  • Clermont
  • Daytona Beach
  • Deltona
  • Flagler Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Gainesville
  • Gulf Breeze
  • Immokalee
  • Jacksonville
  • Key West
  • Lake City
  • Lakeland
  • Leesburg
  • Marco Island
  • Miami
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Ocala
  • Okeechobee
  • Orange Park
  • Orlando
  • Pace
  • Palatka
  • Palm Bay
  • Palm Beach
  • Palmetto Bay
  • Panama City
  • Pensacola
  • Poinciana
  • Port Charlotte
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Sarasota
  • Sebring
  • Spring Hill
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • Tarpon Springs
  • Titusville
  • Universal Studios Florida
  • Venice
  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • Winter Haven
  • Winter Park
  • Zephyrhills


  • Atlanta
  • Brunswick
  • Columbus
  • Gainesville
  • Griffin
  • LaGrange
  • Macon
  • Marietta
  • Peachtree City
  • Riverdale
  • Roswell
  • Savannah
  • Sea Island
  • St. Marys
  • Statesboro
  • Valdosta


  • Carbondale
  • Champaign
  • Chicago
  • Kankakee
  • Marion
  • Rock Island
  • Springfield


  • Fort Wayne
  • Indianapolis
  • Kokomo
  • Michigan City
  • South Bend


  • Des Moines


  • Topeka
  • Wichita


  • Louisville


  • Baton Rouge
  • Monroe
  • New Orleans
  • Shreveport


  • Augusta
  • Portland


  • Baltimore


  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • Lowell
  • Springfield
  • Worcester


  • Ann Arbor
  • Detroit


  • Farmington
  • Minneapolis


  • Gulfport
  • Jackson
  • Laurel


  • Columbia
  • Jefferson City
  • Kansas City
  • Springfield
  • St. Louis


  • Lincoln
  • Omaha


  • Carson City
  • Las Vegas
  • Reno

New Hampshire

  • Concord

New Jersey

  • Edison
  • Middletown
  • Newark
  • Toms River
  • Trenton
  • Willingboro

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque
  • Bernalillo
  • Las Cruces
  • Los Lunas
  • Santa Fe

New York

  • New York
  • Niagara Falls
  • Syracuse

North Carolina

  • Durham
  • Greensboro
  • Raleigh
  • Winston-Salem

North Dakota

  • Bismarck
  • Fargo


  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Toledo


  • Oklahoma City
  • Tulsa


  • Beaverton
  • Portland


  • Abington
  • Harrisburg
  • McCandless
  • Norristown
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

  • Providence

South Carolina

  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Goose Creek
  • Greenville
  • Summerville

South Dakota

  • Pierre


  • Memphis
  • Nashville


  • Amarillo
  • Austin
  • Brownsville
  • Corpus Christi
  • El Paso
  • Fort Worth
  • Galveston
  • Houston
  • Kingwood
  • Laredo
  • Longview
  • Lubbock
  • McAllen
  • Midland
  • San Antonio
  • The Woodlands


  • Salt Lake City


  • Norfolk
  • Richmond


  • Everett
  • Seattle
  • Tacoma


  • Appleton
  • Fond du Lac
  • Green Bay
  • Janesville
  • Madison
  • Milwaukee
  • Oshkosh
  • Sheboygan


  • Cheyenne
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2020.07.17 09:25 Cicero1982 Your Pre Market Brief for 07/17/2020

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2020.06.05 16:57 Fwoggie2 Supply chain Covid-19 update June 5th June

Good afternoon from the UK. It’s Friday 5th June.
Yes, it’s me again. I’m back, hello to one and all. Apologies for a dearth of supply chain posts of late; my workload exploded and then mid last week out of a clear blue sky I got made redundant, just 4 weeks before the company’s fathers day peak sales event. Make of that what you will because I am very confused as to what I did wrong or how I could have prevented it.
It’s a heck of a time to be made redundant in the UK; our prime minister Boris Johnson only yesterday warned of “many many job losses” to come whilst a mini voxpop of ex-chancellors (the job title for the head of our finance ministry) conducted by the BBC included a quote from Lord Darling (Labour) who thinks unemployment could reach levels not seen since the 1980s (link), a view also echoed by the Bank of England’s chief economist (link). For context as to what that means, at the worst point in March 1984 just over 3m people were unemployed which the independent office of national statistics estimates was 11.9% of the workforce (link). I guess I am the beginning of a wave (no oceanfreight puns intended).
If anyone else in the UK is in the supply chain / logistics game and also job searching, try your luck with (mid to senior roles) (same company but lower level roles) (£100k+ roles only)
Several recruiters I’ve spoken to already all say that there are not that many jobs up for grabs at the moment but there’s been a surge of candidates onto their books. It sounds like it’ll be a bun fight for me. So far Amazon are thinking about an application from me for a transport program manager role whilst I’ve past the first stage (CV screening) for a supply chain role with Aldi. Aldi offered me a job about 2 years ago but I turned it down because it wasn’t until the last minute before they explained that it was a night shift role - that wouldn’t have worked with my then-fiance’s mental health needs.
For anyone job hunting both in the UK and beyond, if you would like to work for one of the top 25 supply chains in the world (as ranked by Gartner - an influential industry trends analysis company), the 2020 rankings came out here just over two weeks ago. I leave you to google the individual company career websites on that report.
If I missed out any decent UK recruitment agencies or search sites in the supply chain sphere please let me know (especially in the contracting space); I need a job fairly quickly.

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Supply chain news in depth

The future of city centre last mile deliveries is in UCC’s, but it’s a tough nut to crack - has an interesting case study from the Dutch city of Nijmegen. Big trucks are often used to deliver into city centres but cause various social problems - traffic jams from double parking in restricted zones, high levels of emissions and pose particularly high risks to pedestrians and cyclists. A new trend of UCC’s (Urban Consolidator Centres) has emerged to try to combat the problem. The idea works around having a cross docking operation on the edge of a city centre where trucks deliver from multiple retailers. At the UCC the orders are sorted and passed on to for final mile delivery by more suitable forms of transport including cargo bikes (examples here from Babboe here) or smaller delivery vehicles such as 2 tonne vans. Ford Transits or Fiat Ducatos are two examples of existing vans but new entrants offering electrical vehicles are posing a threat to the incumbents such as Street Scooter (link, the website is in German only). So far so good, but there are a lot of issues with even setting a UCC up; often they require significant amounts of land with good highway access and the buy in is required from the freight carriers (which will be reluctant in case of incurring increased costs).
Nijmegen’s Binnenstadservice has managed to buck the trend and make the UCC a success. Three critical success factors were identified; the operation was set up as a non-govermental organisation (NGO) meaning the trucking companies wouldn’t view it as a competitor, the truck companies have bought into the costs because it releases their trucks faster to return back to their own hubs for new tasks and receivers generate additional revenue streams including storage, home deliveries for bulky items, payments for collection of packaging waste for recycling and support for online retailers. Meanwhile local businesses benefited as well because the UCC provided them with additional delivery options including staggering large deliveries that would otherwise not be possible due to limited storage space on their own premises. Within the first three years truck kilometers had reduced by 5% due to the improved delivery efficiencies and studies have suggested that the total possible reduction could be as high as 32%.
Fast forward to today and there are now 10 UCC’s operating across the Netherlands, all servicing their local city. The question though is whether the success is translatable to other countries such as the US. Europeans value their city centres and the streets in their own right plus noise and particulate pollution problems are much higher up the political agenda than in US cities. UCCs are essential in the Netherlands because the government has set a target of zero percent carbon issues from cargo deliveries by 2025. Time will tell whether UCCs can be introduced elsewhere but without strong political support they are almost certain to wither and die.

Supply chain news in brief


Several asked if they can send me $/£/€ via Patreon (in some cases because I've saved them time or money, others for no reason at all). I don't need the cash (that's lovely though) but as you may have read above, food bank charities are getting really hit hard with all this panic buying. Please consider giving whatever you'd have given me to a foodbank charity instead:
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2019.12.28 03:18 millsc616 The Sarasota "Mummy Murder": The Mysterious Death of Chandler Steffens

I first heard about this case during the Walker Family episode of "The Trail Went Cold," and ever since I have been down the rabbit hole desperately trying to piece together information about it. It's so horrifying, and the sources are few and far between. I've tried to piece together what I can from articles, so I apologize if there is any contradictory information, and will gladly edit this post if anyone has better sources!
In 1955 in Sarasota, Florida, two high school sweethearts -- senior football player Chandler "Chan" Steffens and sophomore Betty Jane Thompson -- got married. Chan was the grandson of the former chairman of Scripps Howard, which owned several newspapers, and Betty was the daughter of a wealthy celery businessman.
Chandler hadn't always had an easy life. In 1950, his parents, Nina and Kenneth, had divorced. His mother lived in New York, while his father and stepmother spent most of their time in Mexico, as Chan's father wanted to avoid paying alimony payments to his ex-wife. (There was actually a warrant in Sarasota for Kenneth's arrest for failure to pay these dues.) In 1954, he quit the football team because he didn't want to follow training rules. Chan was contradictorily described by teachers as "nervous," "erratic", but also "sharp," and "extroverted."
Nevertheless, he and Betty seemed to be deeply in love and got married. After Chan graduated high school, he was accepted to the University of Ohio, and the couple moved to Cincinnati where they had two children, Michael and Patrice.
However, due to the stress of raising the family, Chan dropped out of school his junior year. In 1959 the family returned to Florida so he could attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. The marriage became even more strained. Chan would leave at night without telling Betty where he was going, and apparently treated her as more of a homemaker than a romantic partner. They also fought frequently. In a newspaper clipping I found from the Tampa Bay Times dated August 12 1959, Betty said that he "cursed her" and "criticized her in front of her friends", and that he "always found fault with her." He showed little affection and apparently believed he had married too young.
While Chan stayed at Gainesville to attend summer school, Betty moved back to Sarasota with her children and lived with her parents, eventually filing for divorce on July 14, citing "extreme cruelty." Chan finished the summer school semester and, on August 5, he drove to Sarasota to reunite with Betty. His attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the divorce suit. The couple decided to give their marriage another try for the sake of their young children.
Betty's father L.T. Thompson told a journalist in the Lakeland Ledger, “Betty seemed very happy when they got back [together].” It must have gone well, as Betty promised to drop the divorce proceedings and return to Gainesville for Chan's senior year.
That evening, August 5, 1959, Chan stayed at 934 Yale Court, a house that was owned and rented out by his stepmother. Here is a photo of the house.
It was said that Chandler had a bad habit of not locking the doors and liked to prop open the door to get air moving while he slept, as it was summer in Florida and temperatures were hot. His stepmother had actually left him a note reminding him to lock the doors, as there was an increase in crime in the area. Very few people would have known he was staying there.
In the early morning of August 6, he woke to the living room sofa on fire. Though he attempted to put it out, the fire was so strong he had to call the fire department. He told the patrolman that he had no idea how it started, and I suppose it was written off as accidental -- though given the events that happen later, this is now a highly suspect event.
Despite the fire, the next morning, Chan and Betty went to the Ringling Shopping Center and then had dinner with Betty's parents before heading to Smack's, a popular local hangout, where they met with several friends. By 10pm Chan said he would like to go to bed, as he was likely still feeling the effects of the fire. It is believed he dropped Betty at her parent's house so she could care for one of their children who had fallen ill, and then headed home.
The next morning at 11:45 am, Betty arrived at the house; Chan had promised to call her, but hadn't yet.
When she came in, she stumbled upon a gruesome scene. She ran out of the house screaming and needing sedation.
Chan was found deceased, in his underwear, in his bedroom. (This photo shows where the body was). The coroner estimated Chan’s time of death as sometime between 11pm and 3am. In totality, the crime scene painted a gruesome picture: Chan was tortured, possibly for hours, before being killed.
It is believed he was bludgeoned as he slept, his feet bound with two rope behind his back, and then choked repeatedly with a cord from an electric fan. The killer then closed the windows and blinds and turned on the lights, fashioning a mask of surgical tape around Chan's face and leaving two nostril-holes for respiration, hence the "Mummy Murder" nickname.
Chan was stabbed three times with a cork-handled knife, the kind used by scuba divers: in the abdomen, right shoulder, and in the right side between his ribs, a wound that nicked his lung. Police found four separate imprints of the bloody knife on the bed sheets, indicating that perhaps the killer took time to set the knife down between stabbing to look at or admire his work. The killer slashed Chan's throat from ear to ear, severing an artery. It would have taken him ten minutes to bleed out; he had flung himself in agony from the bed to the floor. This was the ultimate cause of death.
The assailant then washed in the bathroom and packed up his tools and one of Chan’s towels, stole $70 from Chan's wallet, but police believe that was merely an afterthought and that robbery was not the motive). The killer was in the room for a minimum of 40 minutes. “Whoever killed Steffens was in no hurry,” Lieutenant Arthur Johnson later told a reporter from The Ocala Star Banner. “We believe he spent a minimum of forty minutes and probably more in the act.” Said another investigator, “It took time and care to make [the mask]. It’s not the sort of thing an ordinary prowler would do. The tape was wound and cut expertly; it was very cleanly done.”
No alcohol was found during his autopsy, and there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle; police assumed the killer came and left through an unlocked side door. Neighbors heard nothing during the attack. Chan's room was neat and orderly, with his pants still folded over the chair. However, one resident noted that "most of the houses in that neighborhood are empty" during the summer, choosing to spend their time in the North.
There were, however, fingerprints lifted from the tape that authorities had sent to the FBI for comparison. Investigators initially believed the tape came from a hospital, but Lt. A. E. Johnson, who has since passed away, believed the knife, rolls of tape, and rope had been stolen from a kit at a lifeguard stand in Lido Beach, which had not been reported at the time because it seemed trivial.
Police were baffled, and quickly looked at members of his immediate family for clues. Chan was the beneficiary of trust fund which paid approximately $175 per month and owned $5,000 worth of Scripps Howard stock. However, while he was the heir to a fortune worth $250,000, his life was insured for just $15,000, so police figured that if Betty wanted his estate she would likely have waited for Chan’s inheritance since it was so much more. Police also dismissed the idea that this was the work of a hitman, as the kill took several hours and required time and effort to make the mask. Betty and her family were soon cleared from suspicion, as were their friends who might know that he was staying in Sarasota.
Police wondered if perhaps someone from Chan's past wanted revenge, but that too seemed odd -- he had only been back in town for 48 hours, and he was staying in a rental property that wasn't even his.
Therefore, police Chief Francis Scott told The Sarasota Herald Tribune there was a general consensus that a “sex pervert” was to blame for the “mind-and-body torture slaying," and they believed it may be a person 25 years old or younger. Could it be a strange mystic ritual killing? A sex game gone wrong? They interviewed some members of the gay community of Sarasota, including an unnamed “male hairdresser” who left town shortly after the crime, but everyone was cleared. They also cleared many local sex offenders. More than 400 people were interviewed.
So now we get to why this case was mentioned in the Walker episode. The Walker murders (link to info here) occurred in December 1959 in Osprey. A suspect in that murder, Stanley Mauck, was a utility work who had coincidentally taken meter readings at both the Walker Home and the home where Chan was killed. It seemed an unlikely coincidence, but detectives were unable to find any hard evidence tying the meter reader to either crime. Mauck was eventually committed to a mental hospital for admitting to his psychiatrist he had an uncontrollable urge to kill his wife and two small children. Could Mauck have fatefully stumbled upon Chan during his brief time at the house?
For a while, there were no leads. Then, on August 13, 1960, Tampa department store clerk James Leland Webb approached a sleeping stranger and bound the victim’s hands before suffocating the man with a plastic bag. He was spotted and apprehended, saying he got a thrill out of seeing "relaxed flesh." In his car, detectives found “a strange device with a four-inch pencil shaped handle and a needle about four-inches long.” However, detectives were unable to place him in Sarasota at the time of Chan's death. Webb was declared unfit to stand trial for the other murder and was also committed to a mental hospital.
The only other case that sparked investigators attention occurred in a suburb of Philadelphia in October 1963. 23-year-old James F. Robinson was found handcuffed and bound in chains in his bedroom in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Several strips of adhesive tape had been wound around his head. The similarities were striking: both victims were attractive young men found in unlocked homes in wealthy areas, and both had connections to the world of publishing--as mentioned before, Chan was an heir to a Scripps Howard fortune, and James Robinson was the son of the former vice president of Curtis Publishing. But the similarities ended there. The tape in Swarthmore was one inch less wide than the one used in Sarasota, Robinson was found fully clothed, and Robinson had been choked to death by his belt, not stabbed. Pennsylvania authorities eventually became convinced James Robinson died in a self-inflicted Houdini stunt gone wrong, although his family remained skeptical.
More than three decades after Chan’s murder a childhood acquaintance of Betty Steffens attempted to revive media interest in the crime, but no new leads were forthcoming. In 1988, the mask was sent to the FBI for testing, but no fingerprints could be found.
Two sleuths, who are mentioned in the 1994 newspaper clipping I included, say they personally have it narrowed down to "five people," and believe that the whole sex game/kinky element was done to throw off police.
There are obviously so many questions here, and with so little information out there I'm just hoping someone is able to come forward with an answer. I would love to hear other people's theories. Again, sorry that most of this information is not viewable unless you are able to go onto, but I'd be happy to provide screenshots of what I found.
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2019.12.17 18:18 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ June 8, 1987

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-5-1987 1-12-1987 1-18-1987 2-2-1987
2-9-1987 2-16-1987 2-23-1987 3-2-1987
3-9-1987 3-16-1987 3-23-1987 4-6-1987
4-13-1987 4-20-1987 4-27-1987 5-4-1987
5-11-1987 5-18-1987 5-25-1987 6-1-1987
Rewinder note: No rewind posts next week or the week after, as I'll be traveling for the holidays. We'll resume after the new year on January 7.
  • The biggest story of the week is Jim Duggan and Iron Sheik arrested on drug charges. They were arrested at 2:20 pm on May 26 in Middletown New Jersey on their way to that night’s show. When pulled over they were discovered to have been smoking marijuana, and Duggan had been drinking a bottle of beer while driving. They further found more marijuana on Duggan and three grams of cocaine in Sheik’s shaving kit. They were released later that day and worked the show, but it also hit the news in several major cities. And since the two were in a major feud, this is doubly embarrassing to WWF that they were traveling and doing drugs together. News reports all had it that they’d been suspended, but WWF fired both later that week. Dave’s understanding is that Sheik is highly unlikely to work for WWF ever again (he’ll be back in February). Dave is more optimistic that Duggan will eventually be brought back, though he imagines it will require a character tweak. This is extra embarrassing for Duggan, because his home town of Glens Falls, New York was scheduled to have Jim Duggan Day this week. Also Jim Duggan Sr. is the chief of police in Glens Falls.
  • How fans will treat this is unknown, but in the long run, this should be pretty meaningless. The kayfabe issues here won’t be a big deal, because the fans who do believe choose to believe and will eventually forget about this. Some fans may lose confidence in wrestling, and this does hurt Duggan’s character, at least in the short-term. Dave doesn’t know if WWF had rules about faces and heels traveling together, but he’s pretty sure that’s not allowed anymore due to the high publicity of WWF’s guys. WWF has also begun fining faces and heels who drink together in public. While this will be forgotten soon (Hi past Dave, it hasn’t), it does serve as a reminder that wrestling is big enough right now that it can’t afford too much of these kinds of incident. Imagine if it were Hogan in Duggan’s place and the effect it would have on WWF.
  • WWF’s Director of Operations, Jim Barnett, attempted suicide this past week. There was a point where it was uncertain he’d make it following an apparent self-induced pill overdose. Barnett is one of the biggest names in the business. He graduated from Harvard and got in the business with Fred Kohler in Chicago in the early 50s, becoming one of the most powerful promoters in wrestling over the next 30 odd years. His reputation is one of being in the right place at the right time, and he had a knack for building up a promotion big in the short term before bailing out before burning out the territory. He and Kohler attempted a national promotion through their tv exposure on the Dumont Network in the early 50s, but when they lost tv that fell off. From there he went to Detroit and built them up before the bottom fell out in the early 60s, after which he went to Australia and supposedly made millions before leaving due to tax issues. He next went to Atlanta and ran Georgia Championship Wrestling in the 70s, before losing control of the promotion to Ole Anderson in the early 80s, after which he went to WWF right at the cusp of their initial moves toward going national.
  • New WWF hires this week include Rick Rude and the Midnight Rockers, both of whom were tag team champions with the NWA and AWA, respectively at the time of signing. Rude just up and disappeared this past week with no reason given and missed his NWA dates. Over in Crockett country, they subbed Vlatimir Petrov in for him on May 24, then announced Ivan Koloff was replacing him as Manny Fernandez’s partner on the May 26 taping. At both shows they announced Rude as injured, which will make them look like dopes if he debuts on WWF tv within the next two weeks. As for the Rockers, on May 25 they dropped the belts on their way out to Boris Zhukov and Soldat Ustinov, before debuting five days later by challenging the Hart Foundation to a title match. Rude probably won’t be a huge loss for NWA, but the Rockers were the biggest draw in AWA and WWF probably found them very appealing after Curt Hennig backed out of signing.
  • Over in Japan, the big story is that Genichiro Tenryu seems to want to leave All Japan. Tokyo Sports reported that Tenryu went to Baba several times wanting singles matches against his usual tag partners Jumbo Tsuruta and Hiroshi Wajima, but was refused, and so he’s looking to get out. Tokyo Sports speculates that if he leaves, many of the younger wrestlers will follow his lead out of loyalty to their friend. At this point more losses could well kill All Japan. Meanwhile, Riki Choshu is rumored to have approached Tatsumi Fujinami about starting a new promotion.
  • Regarding Piper’s appearance in Portland recently, Dave has seen the tape and thinks most of the rumors are unfounded. Piper wasn’t familiar with the angles or the younger wrestlers and just ranted and raved as usual, which made the show a lot better but makes no implication that he’s joining them regularly. The talk show interview also doesn’t seem to indicate much to Dave. Dave’s sure Piper will eventually return, but not as a promoter in the Portland circuit. Also, he broke his wrist 10 days before Wrestlemania and wrestled the match anyway because too much was on the line. He’s also recently filmed an ABC pilot with Lyle Alzado, a former NFL player. And speaking of wrestlers turned actors, by the time you read this you can see Jesse Ventura in the new movie Predator.
  • Dave finally got a new typewriter. Reading these issues just got ten times easier.
  • The tv tapings this week should give a good idea of how some of the new WWF hires will be used. DiBiase and Bigelow will be mostly in Japan until August, but with Duggan out and Jake Roberts undergoing surgery on June 4, there’s a lack of drawing babyfaces, so Savage may make his turn soon to fill that gap. The Rockers coming in is probably the end of any hope for Martel and Zenk as major team (and when Martel and Zenk came in, the Rougeaus were the team with the rocket). They just never got as over as hoped, and it’s obvious that WWF fans don’t really see tag teams as a draw but rather as interchangeable, so if the Rockers want to get over they’ll probably need to have a big breakout win early. Like the tag titles.
  • JYD and Paul Orndorff will be coming back to WWF in mid-June. Orndorff didn’t get the recommended surgery and just rested up for 11 weeks. To Dave’s surprise, they’re giving JYD another chance.
  • [UWF] Sting turned face at the May 31 tapings. He had a match with Terry Taylor, then got beat down by Taylor, Eddie Gilbert, and former partner Rick Steiner. Chris Adams made the save for Sting, so it’s looking like we have a new team and some potential feud configurations.
  • Missy Hyatt is back in UWF as of MAy 30. They’ve given her a Piper’s Pit format show, but this time they’ve put her in her element as “a heel bitch type.”
  • UWF had a big card on May 27 headlined by Ric Flair vs. Jim Garvin and a bunch of other big names but only drew $23,000. Dave wasn’t impressed until he realized they had 8 inches of rain and a tornado that night. The Tulsa show the next night had even more issues, as the weather kept Luger, Flair, Taylor, and Gilbert from making it, and they offered a $3 discount for seats at the next Tulsa show as a make-good.
  • WCCW drew a $9000 gate with 1100 fans on May 25, which is their best number in a few months. They had Kevin Von Erich saying he couldn’t believe Brian Adias would try to kill him in the ring a few weeks back, and Dave just can’t believe how low WCCW will go. Also Dingo Warrior is back and getting a push because they’re hurting so bad.
  • Congratulations to Mike Rotunda and his wife, because they just had a baby boy. This makes Blackjack Mulligan a grandfather. Yowie wowie.
  • Happenings in Florida: a bounty from Sir Oliver Huperdink on Ed Gantner (they love bounties in Florida), a Rotunda-Dory Funk match for the Florida title that was really good, rookie Johnny Ace getting a push, and lastly Kevin Sullivan’s promos have gone really weird. He’s started calling Dory Funk “Terry” and when asked about his match with Ed Gantner in Lakeland started talking about fighting Badnews Allen in Daytona Beach that night. Only, that match happened in February.
  • Jerry Jarrett’s CWA is clearly working with AWA, as he did an interview for AWA tv and Jeff Jarrett has been named AWA rookie of the year. Dave says Jeff may be the lightest wrestler anyone is attempting to push on a national level. Meanwhile, Tommy Rich was doing an autograph signing for some girls when one of them attacked him and it was Jerry Lawler in drag.
  • Not much news in AWA land, but we do get to look forward to Madusa Miceli challenging Sherri Martel for the women’s title on June 28.
  • Riki Choshu’s latest supposed debut date is June 12 against Tatsumi Fujinami. This match will be under the IWGP tournament final which will probably have Inoki and either Masa Saito or (Dave cannot believe he’s saying this) Konga the Barbarian, but it will have all the interest if it happens. Speaking of guys Dave can’t believe are going to be working New Japan’s July tour, Dingo Warrior is scheduled and is getting a big build up which shows how out of touch with the American scene New Japan is.
  • The opening night of All Japan’s latest tour did a terrible 4.7 rating on tv. Dave credits the worst lineup of foreigners in recent memory and a bunch of Japanese wrestlers with no charisma.
  • All Japan Women’s tv is consistently doing better ratings than the men lately. Unlike the men, women pro wrestlers will be eligible for the women’s amateur freestyle wrestling tournament on June 21, so AJW will be sending seven wrestlers for the tournament. Dave’s incredulous that a pro promotion, especially one as popular as AJW, would send their wrestlers to compete legitimately and potentially get beaten. 17-year old rookie Chiaki Ichikawa, who just made it through AJW’s grueling try-outs, is the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing. Get out of the way, Inokiism, Matsunaganity is running wild.
  • In other joshi news, Devil Masami is in her last year wrestling as she’s now 25 years old. Unless AJW makes an exception, she’ll hit mandatory retirement age when she turns 26. She’s planning to tour Canada in July. AJW has also recently had four injuries, including serious injuries to Bull Nakano and Liones Asuka. On May 22, Chigusa Nagayo and Yumiko Hotta wrestled Yumi Ogura and Kazue Nagahori for the latter’s tag belts in a best of three falls match that Dave is told is one of the best matches of the year. Also Shinobu Kandori has decided to unretire and will be rejoining JWP on May 27.
  • Owen Hart had a really good match in Stampede recently against Angel of Death. He put his North American Title on the line against Angel’s wager of $10,000 and won, but was then attacked by Jerry Morrow, who stole the money after headbutting Owen in the balls repeatedly. Owen won with a tombstone piledriver.
  • Observe this, brother: Dave is surprised that Stampede Wrestling acknowledges the Observer on air and in its programs. He never thought he’d see the day when a promotion would acknowledge the Observer.
  • Wrestling historian Tom Burke writes in about pro wrestling behind the Iron Curtain, as raised in a letter from the April 6 issue. The short answer for Cuba is no, but several Eastern Bloc countries have, including Poland, Hungary (where tournaments were held on Sunday mornings to try and counter the popular appeal of Sunday mass. Ross Hart wrestled in one of these tournaments), and Yugoslavia in the 1960s and 70s. Burke asks Dave if he ever foresees a return of regional promotions as the dominant force, as well as a return to “the art of wrestling” in terms of style. Dave doesn’t see it happening, because technology has come to wrestling and is necessitating the industry adapt or die. On the same token, Dave expects wrestling to evolve at least for the near future toward a faster-paced display with less actual grappling.
  • Dave is bored of the NWA. The only thing they’ve got going on right now that keeps him awake is Jim Cornette, and even Ric Flair’s promos are getting tiresome.
  • Scott Steiner, who won the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship in his first pro match last year, lost the title to Greg Wojokowski. He’s said to be moving in with his brother Rick, so we might expect him to pop up on UWF cards now and again.
NEXT WEEK: Honkytonk Man wins the IC title, more on Duggan/Sheik, more on Lawler suing over the king gimmick
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2019.11.25 00:32 aotex Longest Active Minor League Affiliations

A brief snapshot of each team's longest standing minor league affiliation, from youngest to oldest:

Milwaukee Brewers - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Appleton, WI - A -Midwest League) - 11 seasons
A partnership between two Wisconsin teams seems like a no-brainer, but this is the "youngest" oldest affiliation in Major League Baseball. The Timber Rattlers trace their history back to the Appleton Papermakers of 1909, and the franchise has played affiliated baseball since 1942. Nevertheless, they have had partnerships with nine different teams (including the likes of the St. Louis Browns, Boston Braves, and Washington Senators) before signing on with the Brewers in 2009.

Arizona Diamondbacks - Visalia Rawhide (Visalia, CA, A-Advanced - California League) - 13 seasons
The Visalia Oaks began a relationship with Diamondbacks in 2007; two years later they were rechristened the Rawhide. Baseball in Visalia dates to 1946, and the franchise has played in the same stadium (Recreation Park) through nine names and nine different parent clubs.

Texas Rangers - Frisco RoughRiders (Frisco, TX - AA - Texas League) / Spokane Indians (Spokane, WA - Short Season A - Northwestern League) - 17 seasons
The Rangers brought their AA presence close to home when they partnered with the newly established Frisco RoughRiders in 2003. While Frisco was a totally new venture, Spokane has baseball roots going back to 1892. They also began a partnership with the Rangers in 2003, their second tenure with the parent club (they were also aligned with Texas from 1973-1975).

Los Angeles Dodgers - Ogden Raptors (Ogden, UT - Rookie - Pioneer League) - 17 seasons
Los Angeles and Ogden have been affiliated since 2003. The Raptors originated as the Calgary Cardinals in 1977, also playing in Salt Lake City and Pocatello, Idaho before settling in Ogden in 1994. This team is currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Miami Marlins - Jupiter Hammerheads (Jupiter, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 18 seasons
The Marlins and the Hammerheads began their partnership in 2002. The Hammerheads were originally a long-time affiliate of the Montreal Expos, and were known as the West Palm Beach Expos from 1969 to 1997.

Houston Astros - Tri-City ValleyCats (Troy, NY - Short Season A - New York-Penn League) - 18 seasons
The Astros and ValleyCats have been affiliated since 2002, the first year of the the ValleyCats' existence. The team had previously based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as the Pittsfield Astros (and before that, the Pittsfield Mets).

Los Angeles Angels - Salt Lake Bees (Salt Lake City, UT - AAA - Pacific Coast League) - 19 seasons
The Angels began an affiliation with the Salt Lake Stingers in 2001. The Stingers became the Bees in 2005, renewing the name used by Utah's first professional baseball team starting in 1915. The current Bees began play in 1994.

San Diego Padres - Fort Wayne TinCaps (Fort Wayne, IN - A - Midwest League) - 21 seasons
Fort Wayne and San Diego began their relationship in 1999. The TinCaps franchise has a history winding back to 1947, and the team has had many identities in cities in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and (now) Indiana. They were the Fort Wayne Wizards when they first affiliated with the Padres, later becoming the TinCaps in 2009.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Altoona Curve (Altoona, PA - AA - Eastern League) - 21 seasons
The Altoona Curve were established in 1999 as a result of major league expansion creating a need for more minor league clubs. The Pirates and the Curve have been affiliated since the 1999 season.

Oakland Athletics - Midland RockHounds (Midland, TX - AA - Southern League) - 21 seasons
Oakland and Midland began their partnership in 1999. Midland has been home to Double-A baseball since 1972, enjoying fairly long affiliations with the Cubs and Angels before joining up with the Athletics.

Tampa Bay Rays - Hudson Valley Renegades (Fishkill, NY - Short Season A - New York Penn League) - 24 years
The Rays have enjoyed a fair deal of continuity with minor league teams in their young history, and they still have affiliations with three teams from their inaugural season in 1998. The Durham Bulls and Princeton (Devil) Rays have both been partnered with Tampa Bay from early on, but the Hudson Valley Renegades are technically the oldest affiliate, playing under the Devil Rays banner as early as 1996, two full years before the major league club took the field.

Seattle Mariners - Tacoma Rainiers (Tacoma, WA - AAA - Pacific Coast League) / Everett AquaSox (Everett, WA - Short Season A - Northwest League) - 25 seasons
Seattle made two lasting affiliation changes in 1995, on the higher and lower ends of the minor league hierarchy. The Rainiers date back to the Tacoma Giants of 1960 and the AquaSox date back to the Everett Giants of 1984.

New York Yankees - Tampa Tarpons (Tampa, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 26 seasons
The Tampa Yankees were established in 1994, and have always been affiliated with the New York Yankees. The team re-branded as the Tarpons in 2019, harking back to another Tampa franchise with the name that played for about thirty years.

Colorado Rockies - Asheville Tourists (Asheville, NC - A - South Atlantic League) - 26 seasons
The Rockies' affiliation with the Tourists almost goes back through their entire history, but not quite. Asheville's professional baseball history dates back at least to 1897, with the Asheville Moonshiners. The Tourists are the only Single A affiliate Colorado has ever had; the team did not have one in their debut 1993 season (although they did have the A-Advanced Central Valley Rockies and the Short Season A Bend Rockies).

Washington Nationals - Harrisburg Senators (Harrisburg, PA - AA - Eastern League) - 29 seasons
Don't let the name fool you - this affiliation predates the Nationals' existence by almost 15 years. Professional baseball in Harrisburg has roots going back to the 1890's, with the Senators moniker being used as early as 1894. The Montreal Expos began their partnership with Harrisburg in 1991, and the relationship survived the Expos' relocation and re-branding.

Cleveland Indians - Akron RubberDucks (Akron, OH - AA - Eastern League) - 31 seasons
This affiliation started when the Vermont Mariners moved to Ohio and became the Canton-Akron Indians, starting their new identity and new partnership in 1989. The minor league club became the Akron Aeros in 1997, then re-branded again as the RubberDucks in 2014.

San Francisco Giants - San Jose Giants (San Jose, CA - A-Advanced - California League) - 32 seasons
San Jose has had a professional baseball team since 1962, starting with the San Jose Bees. Their affiliation with the San Francisco Giants began in 1988.

Toronto Blue Jays - Dunedin Blue Jays (Dunedin, FL - A-Advanced - Florida State League) - 33 seasons
There have actually been two different incarnations of the minor league club aligned with Toronto: the short-lived Dunedin Blue Jays of 1978-79, and the current iteration, which started play in 1987. Dunedin is also the major league Blue Jays' spring training home.

Chicago White Sox - Birmingham Barons (Birmingham, AL - AA - Southern League) - 34 seasons
Professional baseball in Birmingham dates back to at least the Birmingham Coal Barons in 1885. The current incarnation relocated from Montgomery, Alabama in 1981, and has partnered with the White Sox since 1986. They achieved some notoriety outside the baseball world in 1994 when Michael Jordan played with the team during his basketball hiatus.

Baltimore Orioles - Frederick Keys (Frederick, MD - A-Advanced - Carolina League) - 38 seasons
The Orioles affiliated with the Hagerstown Suns in 1981, then maintained that relationship through the team's relocation in 1989. Professional baseball has been a presence in Frederick since 1915, although there was a gap of several decades from 1930-1989 where the city did not have a team. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Atlanta Braves - Danville Braves (Danville, VA - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 38 seasons
Atlanta's relationship with the Appalachian League Braves goes back to when the team was located in Pulaski, Virginia, starting in 1982. Atlanta affiliated with the Pulaski Braves for eleven seasons, then the team moved to Danville, where they continue to play today. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Chicago Cubs - Iowa Cubs (Des Moines, IA - AAA - Pacific Coast League) - 39 seasons
The Iowa Oaks had several different affiliates during the first twelve or so years of existence, but finally struck a lasting relationship when they joined up with the Cubs in 1981. The spent their first year as a Cubs affiliate as the Oaks, then changed their name the following season.

New York Mets - Kingsport Mets (Kingsport, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 40 seasons
The Kingsport club has typically been named for its parent team, having existed in some form since 1921 when they began play as the Kingsport Indians. They have been affiliated with the New York Mets since 1980. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

St. Louis Cardinals - Johnson City Cardinals (Johnson City, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 45 seasons
The Johnson City Yankees became the Johnson City Cardinals when they affiliated with St. Louis in 1975. Johnson City has had a baseball club in some form since at least 1910, with the Johnson City Soldiers. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Minnesota Twins - Elizabethton Twins (Elizabethton, TN - Rookie - Appalachian League) - 46 seasons
The Twins twins have been partnered since 1974, tied with the Red/Mustangs as the longest affiliation in Rookie level ball. Elizabethton has never had another major league parent club. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Cincinnati Reds - Billings Mustangs (Billings, MT - Rookie - Pioneer League) - 46 seasons
The Reds and the Mustangs have shared a relationship since 1974, the longest affiliation in the Pioneer League. The Billings club has existed since 1948, with a five year hiatus during the 1960's. They are currently marked as a contraction candidate.

Boston Red Sox - Pawtucket Red Sox (Pawtucket, RI - AAA - International League) - 50 seasons
The PawSox's affiliation with the Red Sox began in 1970, but almost ended less than a decade later, when the team (briefly rechristened the Rhode Island Red Sox) was in massive debt, taken over by the league, and effectively dissolved. However, a local businessman stepped in and was awarded a new franchise, which took over the Pawtucket Red Sox brand, maintaining a consistent identity. Change is on the horizon, however, as the team intends to relocate to Worcester, Massachusetts for the 2021 season.

Kansas City Royals - Omaha Storm Chasers (Omaha, NE - AAA, Pacific Coast League) - 51 seasons
The Royals are one of only two teams (the other being the Tampa Bay Rays) with an affiliate that has remained constant since their inception. Both the Omaha and Kansas City teams were founded in 1969, and Kansas City has never had a different AAA team. The Storm Chasers were known as the Omaha Royals through most of their history, from 1969 to 2010, briefly re-branding as the Omaha Golden Spikes from 1999-2001 before becoming Royals again. They adopted their current name in 2011.

Philadelphia Phillies - Reading Fightin Phils (Reading, PA - AA, Eastern League) - 53 seasons
Established in 1967 as the Reading Phillies, the "Fightins" (as they have been known since 2013) have never been affiliated with another franchise. Baseball in Reading dates back to at least 1858, and city has had affiliated minor league baseball off and on since 1927. The Philadelphia Phillies bought the team outright in 1998.

Detroit Tigers - Lakeland Flying Tigers (Lakeland, FL - A-Advanced, Florida State League) - 57 seasons
The Tigers began their alliance with the Lakeland Tigers in 1963. Lakeland has had a baseball team since 1960, briefly affiliating with the Indians and Giants before beginning a relationship with Detroit that has lasted for over half a century. They were renamed the Flying Tigers in 2006 as an homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, which trained thousands of pilots during World War II. The Flying Tigers play in Joker Marchant Stadium, which has served as the Spring Training home of the Tigers since 1966.
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2019.08.28 19:46 lotusscissors [GAME WEEK DAY 3] Who's Who: Defense

Time to get to know your players! Today we'll cover the first team of Narduzzi and Randy Bates' 4-3 defense.
Defensive Line
91 Patrick Jones II, RS JR DE Chesapeake, VA 6'5" 260 lbs
Jones played in 24 games through his first 3 seasons with Pitt, with 10 coming in 2017 at reserve DE, and 14 last season as our top reserve. He's known to play to and through the whistle as an intense and physical player. DC Randy Bates had high praise for him after camp, indicating breakout potential that many of us hoped for. He is backed up by Redshirt Freshmen 6 John Morgan OR 25 Kaymar Mimes on the depth chart.
97 Jaylen Twyman, RS SO DL Washington, DC 6'2" 290 lbs
Twyman was indisputably the darling of 2019's training camp. Coaches across the program praised him for his work ethic and attention to detail. Twyman idolizes Pitt great Aaron Donald, and puts the work in just like his hero. We'll be looking to see a major breakout from him this season. He played in 13 games with 1 start last season. He is backed up by Redshirt Freshmen 2 David Green and 92 Tyler Bentley on the depth chart.
10 Keyshon Camp, RS JR DL Lakeland, FL 6'4" 285 lbs
Camp played in 17 games so far in his Pitt career, with 11 starts. He started against UCF, Cuse, and Notre Dame before suffering a season-ending injury. Camp also was injured in his 2017 season. If the 4th year can stay on the field this year, he should be more than solid. He shares an OR with:
34 Amir Watts, SR DL Chicago, IL 6'3" 295 lbs
Watts has been lauded this season for his energy and leadership. Expect him to be a fourth captain at a game or more this season. He's played in 35 games in his college career, starting 14. His lone sack last year was against Baker Mayfield's favorite QB, Daniel Jones, which paved the way for our game-winning drive. He also had the first interception by a Pitt interior lineman since 2011 last season against Syracuse. The pair are backed by Redshirt Freshman 95 Devin Danielson.
5 Deslin Alexandre, RS SO DE Pompano Beach, FL 6'4" 265 lbs
While I hate not being able to list RS JR Rashad Weaver, who is out for the season with an ACL tear, Alexandre is no slouch. He played in 13 games last year, and is being praised by defensive coaches for his work ethic and ability. We'll see how he handles a starting job. He is backed up by Italian native Redshirt Freshman 87 Habakkuk Baldonado.
28 Kylan Johnson, SR OLB (Money) Dallas, TX 6'2" 232 lbs
Florida graduate transfer Outside Linebacker Kylan Johnson is the only linebacker to outright "win" a starting linebacker position on the two-deep so far. He brings experience in 25 games and an SEC background. While comparing Kentucky QB Terry Wilson to UVA QB Bryce Perkins, Johnson said he knew all too well how dangerous a mobile QB can be. He'll need that insight to succeed on Saturday. He is backed up by Redshirt Junior 36 Chase Pine.
44 Elias Reynolds, RS JR LB (Middle) Brooklyn, NY 6'2" 235 lbs
Reynolds began his starting duties as a Middle Linebacker in the wake of Quintin Wirginis' injury last season, starting 7 games and playing in 11. Reynolds has had some clutch moments - with 12 tackles and 2 TFL against Duke, and seven tackles against Clemson in ACC Championship game. He has 22 games to his name this far. He shares an OR with:
9 Saleem Brightwell, RS SR LB (Middle) Paterson, NJ 6'0" 230 lbs
Brightwell made one start last season after being moved to Money linebacker, while playing in all 14 games. He returns to the Middle linebacker position this season, where he made all 12 starts as a RS Sophomore. He has 15 starts and 38 games to his name. You may remember a certain interception from him in Death Valley in 2016...
38 Cam Bright, RS SO LB (Star) Cleveland, OH 6'0" 225 lbs
Bright is a newcomer to the Pitt first team, preparing for his first start Saturday vs Virginia. He played in all 14 games as a reserve Star linebacker last season, and was responsible for one forced fumble, and another fumble recovery. Looking forward to seeing what this guy has got. He shares an OR with:
24 Phil Campbell III, RS JR LB (Star) Kendall Park, NJ 6'1" 220 lbs
Cambell plays the hybrid Star linebacker position with experience at Safety from his 2017 and 2018 seasons, where he played 20 games with 1 start. His quickness and versatility should prove valuable in coverage as he spits starting duties this season. Look for him more on passing downs to provide the secondary with an extra boost.
11 Dane Jackson, Captain RS SR CB Coraopolis, PA 6'0" 190 lbs
Local product Dane Jackson is one of the cornerstones of this football team. He brings leadership, intensity, experience, tremendous ability and work ethic, and All-ACC recognition. Jackson led the team in pass breakups (14) and forced fumbles (4) in 2018. His 28 starts and 37 games give him some of the most complete experience on the team. I'm excited to see what the Redshirt Senior will leave us with, and hope to see him leave us for a better job on Sundays. He is backed up by Redshirt Freshman 31 Erick Hallett.
15 Jason Pinnock, JR CB Windsor, CT 6'0" 200 lbs
Pinnock returns this season after making six starts last year at cornerback. His two interceptions tied the team lead last season. Pinnock has shown a lot of ability, and now has had the experience and offseason to work to put it together. Expect him to be solid opposite Jackson. He shares an OR with:
21 Damarri Mathis, JR CB Lakeland, FL 5'11" 195 lbs
Mathis brings 23 games of experience, with two of those being starts. He looks to gain a bit more starting experience this season to hold down the for next year with Pinnock once Jackson departs. He's a talented guy, so watch for him to make some moves.
3 Damar Hamlin, SR FS McKees Rocks, PA 6'1" 195 lbs
Damar Hamlin could be the most talented player in Pitt's defense. He led the teams in his 14 starts last season with 90 tackles and two interceptions, receiving an All-ACC Honorable mention. He totals 26 games and 18 starts. He's a homegrown talent, a high recruit, and a guy with incredible work ethic and drive. Very excited to see how his season shakes out. He is backed up by Redshirt Junior 4 Therran Coleman.
12 Paris Ford, RS SO SS Pittsburgh, PA 6'0" 190 lbs
Few bear the hype and storied past that Paris Ford does. Pat Narduzzi's highest-rated recruit, a local standout in the WPIAL, and longtime friend of his on-field partner Damar Hamlin, Ford comes into this season with a lot of hype. His road has been rocky - most of his snaps were at reserve cornerback and special teams over his 9 games as a redshirt freshman. However, Paris Ford brings an incredible energy to this team. The entire defense feeds off of him. His time at cornerback has seasoned him to understand what he has to do to fit into the defense scheme and work with the other defensive backs. He has the physical ability, chemistry, drive, and passion. It's time for him to put it all together. It'll be fun to watch. He is backed up by Redshirt Senior Jazzee Stocker, who I'm honestly surprised isn't listed in an "OR" capacity. The guys in front of him are that good. The coaches see him as a third safety, and he can play either position. This group is rather deep this season.
That's all for the defense, check back tomorrow for offense!
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2019.04.14 08:05 S88ntFDW USOC Round 1 Picks

Hey all,
It's another USOC season, so it's time to do what people do best: make random picks with lower level soccer teams!!!
Hopefully I do better than last year lol
(Picks in Bold are my predictions)
FC Baltimore Christos (NPSL) v West Chester Predators (Local QualifieNPSL): West Chester Predators finished solid last year with a few penalty kicks away from a national semifinal berth against the professionally built FC Motown. Should be okay going forward. If Baltimore Christos could use players from their partner team Christos FC (Pete Caringi III in particular), it would be different story.

Richmond Kickers (USL1) v Virginia United (LQ): ...... Richmond Kickers suck lol. Like they suuuuuuck...suck. Suck suck suck. Virginia United beat Christos. Nuff said.

Lakeland Tropics (USL2) v The Villages SC (USL2): Lakeland Tropics have one of the best logos in sports, but The Villages are really really good. Also an old community full of people with herpes.....but that's neither here nor there.

South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USL2) v Chattanooga Red Wolves SC(USL1): I dont think Chattanooga is the better team, but USL1 started way before USL2. Unless Tormenta2 just naturally have cohesion, I expect the little brothers of Chattanooga is squeak by.

New York Cosmos B (NPSL) v Black Rock FC (USL2): New York Cosmos are a pro team. They'll be fine.

GAME OF THE ROUND!!!!! New York Red Bulls U-23 (USL2) v FC Motown (NPSL): Dilly Duka has left of Albania, but the rest of FC Motown's core from their NPSL title game appearance are still there. New York Red Bulls U-23s are really good and really solid. It's unfortunate that they have to play now. I expect rust, but still the best match up this round.

Milwaukee Bavarian SC (LQ/UPSL) v Forward Madison FC (USL1): Disclaimer, I love the Bavarians. I really do. However, the talent gap will be wide between these clubs. Not as wide as people would assume, but wide enough to where if this goes to extra time, I don't think MKE will withstand Forward Madison.

Laredo Heat SC (NPSL) v Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (USL2): The last time the Laredo Heat were a bad team was 2004. That includes the two years on hiatus. They'll be fine against Brazos.

Academica SC (LQ/NPSL) v El Farolito (NPSL): Academica still have goal poacher Cody Golbad (tied for second in the NPSL with 14 goals), but El Farolito is the far more superior team. El Faro should make a decent run this season.

Cal FC (LQ/NPSL PRO) v FC Mulhouse Portland (NPSL): I'm not going to lie: I dont totally understand the pacific northwest part of the NPSL. All the teams seem either good, or collectively. I do understand that Cal FC is a team in the NPSL Pro/Founders Cup tournament so their players should be better.....SHOULD BE BETTER.

Orange County FC (NPSL) v FC Golden State Force (USL2): Close match between two very even teams, but Golden State has made a deep run in the past. They seem more built for this.

UPSET OF THE ROUND!!!!!! Lansing Ignite FC (USL1) v AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL): I dont think Lansing is that good, to be quite frank. They're pretty solid, but I just don't see it. AFC Ann Arbor is coming off of two straight NPSL regional final appearances, with a solid core intact. However, they have yet to win a USOC match in their short history. This could very well be the year. Even with USL 1 already in play and the NPSL not, AFC's roster has the quality to make history (for themselves)

Reading United AC (USL2) v Philadelphia Lone Star FC (NPSL): the rebrand of Junior Lone Star, Philly has made it a mission to qualify for the USOC many times....but they barely progress in the USOC. Reading should look to extend that misfortune for the (mostly) African club.

Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) v Dayton Dutch Lions (USL2): Erie is a white sports journalists dream. They are a scrappy team that tries hard and gets into their opponents. But for Dayton, it's really simple. No Tate Robertson, no party.

Greenville Triumph SC (USL1) v South Georgia Tormenta FC (USL1): Tormenta are off to a good start in the USL 1. The Triumph aren't really. The expansion team is still finding their footing in professional soccer, and even with homefield advantage, they probably arent winning this match.

Miami FC (NPSL) v Florida Soccer Soldiers (LQ/UPSL): ...... Miami FC is going to drop a neutron bomb on FSS.

Little Rock Rangers (NPSL) v NTX Rayados (LQ): Rangers for three reasons: 1) they play defense, like annoying well. 2) If you don't play defense, they will put 8 goals on you quickly, and 3) While I love NTX and their USOC runs, the travel from Texas to Arkansas will probably do them in.

Des Moines Menace (USL2) v Duluth FC (NPSL): Not gonna lie..... I dont like watching the way Duluth plays. It's very boring and opportunistic. If they play a team that doesnt make a mistake then it's over for them. Des Moines is a team that fits that bill. I look forward to the Doritos Boys running through the BlueGreens of the Midwest.

Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL) v FC Denver (LQ): Midland-Odessa has come a decent ways from the team that could barely field a lineup in the NPSL finals two years ago. FC Denver knocked out Harpo's so they get no love from me, lol.

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2018.10.19 03:55 KayfabeSoupPBR PBR Presents... A Comprehensive Guide To The Grand Slam, Part XIII: The Big Show

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Hello again, and welcome back to my in-depth look at the history of WWE’s “Grand Slam.” First, our usual quick reminder of what makes a Grand Slam Champion...
ORIGINAL FORMAT (1997-2015): 1) WWF/WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship. 2) WWF/World Tag Team Championship or WWE/Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. 3) Intercontinental Championship. 4) European Championship or Hardcore Championship.
MODERN FORMAT (2015-present): 1) WWE Championship or Universal Championship. 2) WWE/Raw Tag Team Championship or SmackDown Tag Team Championship. 3) Intercontinental Championship. 4) United States Championship
When the Modern Format was instituted after WrestleMania 31, the World Heavyweight Championship (2003-2013) and the World/WWF Tag Team Championships (1971-2010) were discontinued and removed from eligibility. This created a whole list of wrestlers who should be considered Grand Slam Champions, but aren’t, due to the timing of when they won their championships. The most notable person on that list is Dolph Ziggler, whose exclusion is what really led to this whole discovery. After we get through the 19 official Grand Slam Champions, we’ll dive into the world of excluded superstars, plus some other stuff. So stay tuned for that.
But now, without further delay, let’s get rolling with Part XIII: The Big Show!

Paul Wight’s first WWF match was also his first televised match, AND it was his first title match! Similar to our previous subject, Christian, except it wasn’t PPV and he didn’t win. But it WAS for the WWF Championship - a step up from Christian’s Light Heavyweight Title match. Wight went to a no contest with The Rock on the February 16, 1999, episode of Raw Is War.
The Big Show’s first title win came at SummerSlam on August 22, 1999, when he and The Undertaker won the Tag Team Championships from Kane & X-Pac.
He became a Grand Slam Champion on April 1, 2012 - WrestleMania XXVIII - when he beat Cody Rhodes to win the Intercontinental Championship.
His last (for now?) title match was at a house show on May 8, 2016, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He teamed with fellow Grand Slam Champion Kane in a Triple Threat match against The Wyatt Family (Strowman & Rowan) and champions The New Day (Big E & Woods).
His last (for now?) match altogether was a phenomenal steel cage match against Braun Strowman on Raw on September 4, 2017.
Now let’s dive into the titles and reigns of The Big Show...

1: WWF Hardcore Championship: February 25, 2001 - No Way Out PPV - defeated Raven. Remember the Bradshaw article? Yeah, it’s the return of the 24/7 rule. Although not nearly as crazy as that was. Here, Big Show had a Hardcore Championship match with Raven. During the match, Billy Gunn ran in and pinned Raven to win the title. Raven immediately pinned Gunn to win it back. And finally, Big Show pinned Raven to win the title. He held the title for a shocking (by Hardcore Title standards) 22 days before losing it back to Raven on the March 19 episode of Raw Is War.
2: WWF Hardcore Championship: May 21, 2001 - Raw Is War - defeated Rhyno. This time he held the title for an entire week - still a long reign, by Hardcore Title standards - and dropped it to Chris Jericho on the May 28 episode of Raw Is War.
3: WWE Hardcore Championship: July 12, 2002 - Lakeland, Florida House Show - What was I saying about that Bradshaw sequence? Thankfully, Big Show was only involved in this one and I don’t have to type up another 18 entries. Big Show won the title from Spike Dudley and dropped it back to Bradshaw before the night was done.

1: October 19, 2003 - No Mercy PPV - defeated Eddie Guerrero. He held the title for a whopping 147 days and ultimately dropped it to John Cena in the opening match of WrestleMania XX on March 14, 2004.

1: WWF World Tag Team Championship: August 22, 1999 - SummerSlam - with The Undertaker, they called themselves The Unholy Alliance and defeated Kane & X-Pac. They only held the titles for 8 days before dropping them to The Rock & Sock Connection (Mankind & The Rock) on the August 30 episode of Raw Is War.
2: WWF World Tag Team Championship: September 7, 1999 - SmackDown - with The Undertaker, and just over a week since losing the titles, they won them back from Mankind & The Rock in a Buried Alive match. This was just the fourth episode of SmackDown. This time, they held the titles for 13 days before dropping them BACK to Mankind & The Rock on the September 20 episode of Raw Is War. That match was a Dark Side Rules match, which is a fancy way of saying that all four members of The Ministry Of Darkness were legal. However, Undertaker was on commentary so it was really a 2-on-3 handicap match wherein Big Show’s partners were Mideon and Viscera. Oh, and Tom Prichard was the guest referee. And I have no idea why that was.
3: World Tag Team Championship: November 1, 2005 - Taboo Tuesday PPV - with Kane, they defeated Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch. Considering they only ended up in this match because they lost the fan voting (that was how Taboo Tuesday was allegedly booked) for the WWE Championship match, I was surprised to learn that this impromptu pairing ended up holding the titles for 153 days! They ultimately dropped them to The Spirit Squad on the April 3, 2006, episode of Raw. Yes, THE BIG SHOW and KANE lost to KENNY and MIKEY.
4: Unified WWE Tag Team Championship: July 26, 2009 - Night Of Champions PPV - defeated…. No one. To explain: Chris Jericho and Edge had won the titles a month earlier at The Bash PPV. Edge soon tore his achilles tendon, and WWE allowed Jericho to pick a new partner. At Night Of Champions, Jericho picked The Big Show, forming JERI-SHOW! They defeated Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr) to retain the titles. Jeri-Show went on to hold the titles for 140 days before finally dropping them to D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H) in a Tables, Ladders, & Chairs match at the TLC PPV on December 13.
5: Unified WWE Tag Team Championship: February 8, 2010 - Monday Night Raw - with new partner The Miz, and now calling themselves SHOW-MIZ, they defeated CM Punk & Luke Gallows and champions Shawn Michaels & Triple H (D-X) in a Triple Threat Match. They held the titles for 77 days before dropping them to The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd) on the April 26 episode of Raw.
I don’t know when we’ll talk about those guys again, so here’s a Hart Dynasty fun fact: The Unified WWE Tag Team Championship was discontinued during their reign. This was kind of a big deal, especially for this series of articles. It wasn’t unified with the WWE Tag Team Championship. The titles that were retired were previously known as the “World Tag Team Championship,” a combination of the ORIGINAL WWF Tag Titles and the WCW Tag Titles, while the WWE Tag Team Championship was created to be the alternate tag titles, and THAT is the lineage that eventually became the Raw Tag Team Championship that we see today. So The Hart Dynasty were the final champions in a title lineage that goes all the way back to 1971.
6: WWE Tag Team Championship: April 19, 2011 - Monday Night Raw - back with Kane, they defeated Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel, aka THE CORRE (worst team name ever), in London. They held the titles for 34 days and dropped them to The New Nexus (David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty - aka Curtis Axel).

1: April 1, 2012 - WrestleMania XXVIII - defeated Cody Rhodes. Considering how long most of his title reigns were, it’s kinda surprising that THIS simple 28-day reign is the reason that Big Show is a Grand Slam Champion. At any rate, he lost the title back to Cody Rhodes at the Extreme Rules PPV on April 29.

1: WWF Championship: November 14, 1999 - Survivor Series - defeated The Rock and champion Triple H in a Triple Threat Match. He held the title for 50 days and dropped it back to Triple H on the January 3, 2000, episode of Raw Is War.
2: WWE Championship: November 17, 2002 - Survivor Series - defeated Brock Lesnar. He held the title for 28 days before dropping it to Kurt Angle at the next PPV, Armageddon, on December 15. This title reign included a no contest with The Fabulous Moolah on the November 26 episode of SmackDown. Let me repeat that. On November 26, The Big Show had a WWE Championship match against The Fabulous Moolah. Yes, that’s real life.
3: World Heavyweight Championship: December 18, 2011 - TLC PPV - defeated Mark Henry in a Chairs Match. His victory soon turned to disappointment, however, as Daniel Bryan immediately cashed in his MITB briefcase to win the title. ZERO DAYS!
4: World Heavyweight Championship: October 28, 2012 - Hell In A Cell PPV - defeated Sheamus. He held the title for 72 days before dropping it at the January 8 taping of SmackDown, where he lost in in a Last Man Standing Match against Alberto Del Rio.

1: ECW Championship: July 4, 2006 - ECW On Sci-Fi - Yes, before they were called SyFy, it was actually called Sci-Fi. Anyway, Big Show defeated Rob Van Dam, mostly because of RVD’s drug arrest, ahem. He held the title for 152 days before dropping it to Bobby Lashley on December 3. This was the Extreme Elimination Chamber match, the main event of the truly awful December To Dismember PPV.

This wouldn’t really be a “By The Numbers” spinoff if I didn’t throw a bunch of crazy-ass statistics at you, so here we go. The following numbers are the result of some pretty deep research at, and making a shit-ton of notes and charts to keep everything organized. When all is said and done, we’ll take a look at how all these Grand Slam Champions stack up against each other.
The Big Show had:
31 ECW Championship matches, in which he went 24-6-1 and had ONE title reigns, lasting 152 days.
3 European Championship matches, in which he went 3-0 and had ZERO title reigns.
29 Hardcore Championship matches, in which he went 11-13-5, and had THREE title reigns, lasting a combined 29 days.
35 United States Championship matches, in which he went 31-4 and had ONE title reign, lasting 147 days.
105 Tag Team Championship matches (80 WWF/World/WCW, 25 WWE), in which he went 74-30-1 and had SIX title reigns, lasting a combined 425 days.
***In those 105 matches, he had THIRTEEN(!!) different partners:
KANE (48 matches, 2 titles, 39-9 record)
THE MIZ (15 matches, 1 title, 14-1)
CHRIS JERICHO (13 matches, 1 title, 10-3)
THE UNDERTAKER (8 matches, 2 titles, 5-2-1)
SPIKE DUDLEY (6 matches, 0-6)
MARK HENRY (6 matches, 5-1)
RANDY ORTON (3 matches, 0-3)
TAJIRI (2 matches, 0-2)
MIDEON and VISCERA (1 match, 0-1)
KURT ANGLE (1 match, 0-1)
RIKISHI (1 match, 1-0)
And REY MYSTERIO (1 match, 0-1)***
39 Intercontinental Championship matches, in which he went 16-23, and had ONE title reign, lasting 28 days.
302 Primary Championship matches (165 World Heavyweight, 137 WWF/WWE), in which he went 13-39-1 and had TWO title reigns, lasting a combined 30 days.
Overall, he had (*deep inhale*) 544 title matches for 9 different championships, with a final record of 251-268-25, with 16 title reigns, lasting a combined 931 days, or 2.5 years (*deep exhale*).
His longest title reign was 153 days (World Tag Team), and his shortest was 0 (Hardcore & World Heavyweight). His average title reign was an impressive 58.1 days.

Once again, I discovered a Grand Slam Feud that I missed in an earlier article. When this is done, I’ll have to comb through the data thoroughly to make sure we get all of them. But at any rate, we get to add another one to the list…. The Big Show versus…… KANE!
Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (6 matches)
Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog (8 matches)
Kurt Angle vs. Edge (11 matches)
Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero (22 matches)
Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho (16 matches)
Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam (25 matches)
The Big Show vs. Kane (36 matches)

Once this list is complete and we’ve gotten through all the individual winners, I’ll break everything down and we’ll use the magic of numbers to determine who was the best Grand Slam Champion and which was the best Grand Slam Feud. It’ll be fun, I promise.
Thanks again for reading. Coming up on Part XIV… THE MIZ!

I: Shawn Michaels
II: Triple H
III: Kane
IV: Chris Jericho
V: Kurt Angle
VI: Eddie Guerrero
VII: Edge
VIII: Rob Van Dam
IX: Booker T
X: Jeff Hardy
XI: John "Bradshaw" Layfield
XII: Christian

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2018.10.19 03:31 KayfabeSoupPBR PBR Presents... A Comprehensive Guide To The Grand Slam, Part XI: John "Bradshaw" Layfield

original Facebook post

Hello again, and welcome back to my in-depth look at the history of WWE’s “Grand Slam.” First, a quick reminder of what makes a Grand Slam Champion...
ORIGINAL FORMAT (1997-2015): 1) WWF/WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship. 2) WWF/World Tag Team Championship or WWE/Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. 3) Intercontinental Championship. 4) European Championship or Hardcore Championship.
MODERN FORMAT (2015-present): 1) WWE Championship or Universal Championship. 2) WWE/Raw Tag Team Championship or SmackDown Tag Team Championship. 3) Intercontinental Championship. 4) United States Championship
When the Modern Format was instituted after WrestleMania 31, the World Heavyweight Championship (2003-2013) and the World/WWF Tag Team Championships (1971-2010) were discontinued and removed from eligibility. This created a whole list of wrestlers who should be considered Grand Slam Champions, but aren’t, due to the timing of when they won their championships. The most notable person on that list is Dolph Ziggler, whose exclusion is what really led to this whole discovery. After we get through the 19 official Grand Slam Champions, we’ll dive into the world of excluded superstars, plus some other stuff. So stay tuned for that.
But now, without further delay, let’s get rolling with Part XI: John “Bradshaw” Layfield!

John Layfield’s first match in the WWF was a dark match before a “Superstars” taping on December 19, 1995. He wrestled as John Hawk and lost to Savio Vega.
He got a new name - Justin Bradshaw - and got his first televised match on January 23, 1996. He defeated someone called Tim Patterson.
His first title shot came fairly quickly, a WWF Championship match against Shawn Michaels on the September 24, 1996 episode of Superstars. Justin was, of course, unsuccessful.
By 1999, he had become Bradshaw, one half of The Acolytes along with Faarooq. On the May 25 episode of Raw Is War, he won his first title, the Tag Team Championship, when The Acolytes defeated Kane & X-Pac.
He became a Grand Slam Champion on March 9, 2009, when - by now wrestling as JBL - he defeated CM Punk on Monday Night Raw to win the Intercontinental Championship. That’s an interesting title reign, so let’s get to it and take a closer look at the championships of John “Bradshaw” Layfield...

1: WWF European Championship: October 22, 2001 - Raw - defeated The Hurricane. Whassup wit dat??? He held the title for all of 8 days before dropping it to Christian at the October 30 SmackDown taping. IN A DARK MATCH!! We’ll cover that again next week in the Christian article.
2: WWE Hardcore Championship: June 3, 2002 - Raw - defeated Steven Richards. He held the title for 19 days before, well, all of this happened…
WWE Hardcore Championship:
3: June 22, 2002 - Cincinnati House Show - lost the title to Raven, who lost it to Spike Dudley, who lost it to Shawn Stasiak, who lost it to Bradshaw! So he ended the night as Hardcore Champion. This reign lasted 6 days.
4: June 28, 2002 - Washington DC House Show - lost the title to Shawn Stasiak, who lost it to Spike Dudley, who lost it to Steven Richards, who lost it to Bradshaw! So again, he ended the night as Hardcore Champion. This reign lasted 1 day.
5: June 29, 2002 - Madison Square Garden House Show - lost the title to Shawn Stasiak, who lost it to Spike Dudley, who lost it to Steven Richards, who lost it it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 1 day.
6: June 30, 2002 - Uncasville, Connecticut House Show - lost the title to Raven, who lost it to Crash Holly, who lost it to Steven Richards, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 6 days.
7: July 6, 2002 - Frederick, Maryland House Show - lost the title to Steven Richards, who lost it to Crash Holly, who lost it to Christopher Nowinski, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 1 day.
8: July 7, 2002 - Wildwood, New Jersey House Show - lost the title to Steven Richards, who lost it to Crash Holly, who lost it to Christopher Nowinski, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 5 days.
9: July 12, 2002 - Lakeland, Florida House Show - lost the title to Justin Credible, who lost it to Spike Dudley, who lost it to The Big Show, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 1 day.
10: July 13, 2002 - Daytona Beach, Florida House Show - lost the title to Justin Credible, who lost it to Shawn Stasiak, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 1 day.
11: July 14, 2002 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania House Show - lost the title to Justin Credible, who lost it to Shawn Stasiak, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 1 day.
12: July 15, 2002 - Raw - lost the title to Johnny Stamboli when he - Stamboli - ran into Bradshaw’s match against Christopher Nowinski and pinned Bradshaw. But Bradshaw won his title back later by pinning Stamboli backstage. This new reign lasted 7 days.
13: July 22, 2002 - Raw - lost the title to Johnny Stamboli again, but won it right back later in the night. This new reign lasted 4 days.
14: July 26, 2002 - Houston, Texas House Show - lost the title to Raven, who lost it to Justin Credible, who lost it to Shawn Stasiak, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 1 day.
15: July 27, 2002 - San Antonio, Texas House Show - lost the title to Raven, who lost it to Justin Credible, who lost it to Shawn Stasiak, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 1 day.
16: July 28, 2002 - Columbia, South Carolina House Show - lost the title to Raven, who lost it to Justin Credible, who lost it to Shawn Stasiak, who lost it to Bradshaw! This new reign lasted 1 day. He dropped the title to Jeff Hardy on the July 29 Raw, and for a wonder, DIDN’T win it back before the end of the night.
So in essence, this was all one title reign that lasted 56 days. But technically, title changes are title changes, and so it has to be considered 15 title reigns. BUT WE’RE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET!! Read on if you dare…
17: August 3, 2002 - Miami, Florida House Show - defeated Tommy Dreamer, but immediately lost the title back to Dreamer. Zero days.
18: August 4, 2002 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania House Show - defeated Tommy Dreamer, but immediately lost the title back to Dreamer. Zero days.
19: August 19, 2002 - Raw - His final, ever so brief, Hardcore Championship reign occurred during a Hardcore Battle Royal. He technically didn’t beat any one person or lose to any one person, but at one point during the craziness, he was technically champion for a short time.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the craziest shit I’ve typed so far in this series of articles.

1: April 2, 2006 - WrestleMania 22 - defeated Chris Benoit. He held the title for 51 days before dropping it to Bobby Lashley at the May 23 taping of SmackDown.

1: WWF World Tag Team Championship: May 25, 1999 - Raw Is War - with Faarooq, they defeated Kane & X-Pac. They held the titles for 35 days and dropped them to The Hardy Boyz at the June 29 taping of Raw.
2: WWF World Tag Team Championship: July 25, 1999 - Fully Loaded PPV - with Faarooq, they defeated The Hardy Boyz & Michael P.S. Hayes in a 2-on-3 handicap match. They held the titles for 15 days and dropped them to Kane & X-Pac on the August 9 episode of Raw Is War.
3: WWF World Tag Team Championship: July 9, 2001 - Raw Is War - with Faarooq, but now as the APA instead of The Acolytes, they defeated The Dudley Boyz. They held the titles for 29 days and dropped them to Diamond Dallas Page & Kanyon at the August 7 taping of SmackDown.

1: March 9, 2009 - Raw - defeated CM Punk. This was the win that made JBL a Grand Slam Champion. He held the title for 27 days before losing it to Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 25, and famously quit wrestling altogether after Rey beat him in 21 seconds. And you know what? Aside from randomly (and briefly) participating in the 2014 Royal Rumble match, he stuck to it.
One thing that really makes this title run unique is that it was short, he never defended the title - his 21-second loss to Mysterio was his first title defense since he had won it - and it was the end of his in-ring career, and yet THIS was the all-important title reign that made him a Grand Slam Champion.

1: WWE Championship: June 27, 2004 - The Great American Bash PPV - defeated Eddie Guerrero in a Texas Bull Rope Match. He held the title for a whopping 280 days, eventually dropping it to John Cena at WrestleMania 21 on April 3, 2005. This title reign was one of my personal favorites and included a number of great matches, but the one that stands out the most is his re-match with Eddie Guerrero at Judgement Day 2004. Do yourself a favor and go watch that match.

This doesn’t count for this project, but it’s a fun little trivia note that I want to throw in here. Among all of JBL’s title matches, there were two of them for the NWA North American Championship (this was during a short-lived and poorly received NWA invasion angle). One of the matches was a loss to Jeff Jarrett on the January 19, 1998 episode of Raw Is War, and the other was a disqualification victory over Jarrett on the In Your House 20: No Way Out Of Texas PPV. The neat thing about these is that Bradshaw WAS actually a former NWA North American Champion. During his brief run in NWA Dallas (early 1995), “John Hawk” won the title from Kevin Von Erich, defended it a few times against Black Bart and Tony Norris (the future Ahmed Johnson), and ultimately lost it to Greg Valentine.

This wouldn’t really be a “By The Numbers” spinoff if I didn’t throw a bunch of crazy-ass statistics at you, so here we go. The following numbers are the result of some pretty deep research at, and making a shit-ton of notes and charts to keep everything organized. When all is said and done, we’ll take a look at how all these Grand Slam Champions stack up against each other.
JBL had:
2 NWA North American Championship matches, in which he went 1-1 and had ZERO title reigns, at least under the WWE umbrella.
4 European Championship matches, in which he went 2-2 and had ONE title reign, lasting 8 days.
49 Hardcore Championship matches, in which he went 22-21-6, and with the help of the 24/7 rule, racked up EIGHTEEN title reigns, lasting a combined 56 days.
20 United States Championship matches, in which he went 8-12 and had ONE title reign, lasting 51 days.
134 Tag Team Championship matches (113 WWF/World/WCW, 21 WWE), in which he went 32-98-4 and had THREE title reigns, lasting a combined 79 days.
***In those 134 matches, he had FIVE different partners:
FAAROOQ (121 matches, 3 titles, 31-86-4 record)
BLACKJACK WINDHAM (10 matches, 1-9)
GOLDUST (1 match, 0-1)
KANE (1 match, 0-1)
And ORLANDO JORDAN (1 match, 0-1)***
6 Intercontinental Championship matches, in which he went 1-4-1, and had ONE title reign, lasting 27 days.
125 Primary Championship matches (36 World Heavyweight, 89 WWF/WWE), in which he went 43-82 and had ONE title reign, lasting 280 days.
Overall, he had (*deep inhale*) 340 title matches for 9 different championships, with a final record of 109-220-11, with 25 title reigns, lasting a combined 501 days, or 1.3 years (*deep exhale*).
His longest title reign was 280 days (WWE), and his shortest was a number of variations of 0 days (Hardcore). His average title reign was a mere 20 days, due in large part to the Hardcore Title silliness.

There were a number of wrestlers that Bradshaw faced for three different titles, but ultimately, he only ever faced four people for the Intercontinental Championship. So the opportunity for a Grand Slam Feud wasn’t really there. And so here’s our current list...
Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (6 matches)
Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog (8 matches)
Kurt Angle vs. Edge (11 matches)
Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero (22 matches)
Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho (16 matches)
Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam (25 matches)

Once this list is complete and we’ve gotten through all the individual winners, I’ll break everything down and we’ll use the magic of numbers to determine who was the best Grand Slam Champion and which was the best Grand Slam Feud. It’ll be fun, I promise.
Thanks again for reading. Coming up on Part XII… CHRISTIAN!

I: Shawn Michaels
II: Triple H
III: Kane
IV: Chris Jericho
V: Kurt Angle
VI: Eddie Guerrero
VII: Edge
VIII: Rob Van Dam
IX: Booker T
X: Jeff Hardy

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2018.09.23 22:23 cannainform2 DD on: Curaleaf, Acreage Holdings, Cresco, Trulieve, 4Front which will IPO/RTO soon

With many American companies RTO/IPO-ing soon (Trulieve next week???) and much of the information on these companies spread all over this forum I thought I would make a post of the DD I have put together. Thanks also goes out to many on this forum for their info- j0dd, 170807, cannavestments, dodgedude780, jdcyclist among others.

Some of the info was gathered from these sources:

PalliaTech (reversed IPO into Curaleaf)
· Headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, PalliaTech is located in 12 states and operates 28 dispensaries, 12 cultivation sites and 9 processing sites with a focus on highly populated, limited license states, including New York, New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts
· 100% of Curaleaf, a premier branded cannabis-based therapeutic offering, delivering premium quality medical cannabis in multiple product formats to patients through its network of branded retail dispensaries. Curaleaf’s Florida operations are the first in the cannabis industry to receive the Safe Quality Food certification under the Global Food Safety Initiative.
· 87,000 patients
· Strategic partnership with a leading medical school in Pennsylvania to receive a clinical registrant license.
· Hired Nike veteran Chris Melillo as Senior Vice President of retail operations
· PalliaTech’s subsidiaries currently operate in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon.
· Curaleaf's Florida operations were the first in the cannabis industry to receive the Safe Quality Food certification under the Global Food Safety Initiative, setting a new standard of excellence
· Massachusetts - 3 total - 2 operating
o Hanover - 2001 Washington St. Unit B, Hanover MA 02339
o Oxford - 425 Main St, Oxford MA 01540
· Curaleaf Provincetown - Coming Soon!
· New Jersey - 1 dispensary operating
o Bellmawr - 640 Creek Road. Bellmawr, NJ 08031
· Arizona
o Swell Farmacy Bell - 17201 North 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85023
o Swell Farmacy Camelback - 1040 East Camelback Road, Suite A, Phoenix, AZ 85014
o Swell Farmacy Central - 3333 South Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040
o Swell Farmacy Youngtown - 11200 West Michigan Ave, Suite 5, Youngtown, AZ 85363
· Connecticut
o Arrow Alternative Care - Hartford - 92 Weston St. Unit 16., Hartford, CT 06120
o Arrow Alternative Care - Milford - 255 W. River St., Milford, CT 06461
o Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut - 471 East Main St., Branford, CT 06405
o Caring Nature, LLC - 237 East Aurora St. Waterbury, CT. 06708
o Compassionate Care Center of Connecticut - 4 Garella Road, Bethel, CT 06801
o Prime Wellness of Connecticut, LLC - 75 John Fitch Boulevard, South Windsor CT, 06074
o Southern CT Wellness & Healing, LLC - 318 New Haven Avenue, Milford CT, 06460
o Thames Valley Relief - 1100 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville, CT 06382
o The Healing Corner, Inc. - 159 East Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010
· Florida - 11 Locations
o Dadeland - 9002 Dadeland Blvd. Miami, FL, 33156
o Daytona - 19000 SW 192 St. Miami Florida 33187
o Ft. Myers - 4480 Fowler Street Ft. Myers, FL, 33901
o Ft. Pierce - DELIVERY ONLY - Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
o Jacksonville - 6361 103rd Street Jacksonville, FL, 32210
o Lake Worth - 125 N Dixie Hwy Suite C Lake Worth, FL, 33460
o Lakeland - 3145 US HWY 98 N Lakeland Florida 33805
o Orlando - 12402 S. Orange Blossom Trail Suite 7, Orlando, FL, 32837
o Palm Bay - 1420 Palm Bay Road NE Palm Bay, FL, 32905
o Palm Harbor - 35388 US Highway 19 North Palm Harbor, FL, 34683
o South Miami-Dade - 19000 SW 192 St. Miami, FL, 33187
o St. Petersburg - 3811 Tyrone Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL, 33709
· Oregon - 1 location (partner)
o Spark Dispensary - 5103 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
· Maryland - 1 location
o Curaleaf Reisterstown 11722 Reisterstown Rd. Reisterstown, MD 21136
· Maine - 2 locations (partners)
o Maine Organic Therapy - 3 Myrick St Ellsworth, ME 04605
o Remedy - 730 Center Street (Route 4) unit 1-C Auburn, ME 04210, 730 Center St, Auburn, ME 04210
· Nevada - 1 location (Coming Soon - Nov 2018)
o 301 Edgewater Place Suite 405 Wakefield, MA 01880
· New York - 4 locations (3 operating)
o Carle Place - (Opening in early Fall!) - 255 Glen Cove Road Carle Place NY 11514 USA
o Forest Hills - 107-18 70th Road 71 Avenue Station E, F, M, R, LIRR Forest Hills NY 11375
o Newburgh - 8 North Plank Rd. Newburgh NY 12550
o Plattsburgh - 345 Cornelia St. Plattsburgh NY 12901
· Pennsylvania
o Coming soon?
· RTO very soon as they have released that they will issue stocks on the CSE between $8.50 to $11.50 CDN range implying a 3 to 4 billion market cap
4Front Holdings, LLC
· Can't seem to find much on these guys
· Will RTO soon:
· Originally just a consultant firm providing guidance through the regulatory and licensing process but in 2015 in changed and started pursuing licenses which is now its major focus
· First dispensary is in Pennsylvania and has licenses in Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts
· Tom Flow, a co-founder of MedReleaf, to its Board of Directors
· Vertically integrated “seed to sale” company with head offices at 6749 Ben Bostic Road, Quincy, Florida 32351, U.S.A.
· Cultivates and produces all of its products in-house and distributes those products to Trulieve branded stores (dispensaries) throughout the State of Florida, as well as directly to patients via home delivery.
· serves over 80,000 patients
· 450,000 square feet of cultivation facilities with a further 95,000 square feet to be added in 2018
· operates a GMP certified processing facility that produces 90 different private label, medical grade cannabis products that are sold through 17 company-owned dispensaries
· Insiders own 102,256,850 Subordinate Voting Shares, which represents 93.12% of the outstanding Subordinate Voting Shares therefore just under 7% is available for public!
· Has dispensaries located throughout Florida: Tallahassee, Clearwater, Tampa, Miami, Pensacola, Edgewater, Lady Lake (Near the Villages), Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Gainesville, North Fort Myers, Orlando, New Port Richey and Vero Beach

Cresco Labs
· Is based in Chicago and operates in 6 states and has 110,00 sq ft of cannabis cultivation in 3 facilities and service over 50 dispensaries in the state
· Facility located an hour outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
· 100% of Cresco Yeltrah-Butler which has 4 dispensaries in Pennsylvania
· June of 2018, Cresco Labs won license to operate vertically-integrated dispensaries on Ohio and building a 50,000 sq ft cultivation, manufacturing and production space
· Acquired an ownership interest in an existing Nevada operation which holds one cultivation (Currently constructing a 67,000 sq. ft), one 18,000 sq. ft. processing facility (concentrates and edibles), and one dispensary license located in Las Vegas just off the strip
· Acquired an ownership interest in an existing Arizona operation which holds a vertically integrated license with cultivation, processing, and one dispensary location near Phoenix.
· Partnered with one of the largest indoor commercial farming networks in Central Coast California (Canna-Hub). Building a new 100,000 sq ft facility which will house 9 industrial condos and 9 operating companies
· Brands: Mindys Edibles (an infused edible line with James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal), Cresco, Reserve (premium brand), Remedi
· has been awarded a certificate of operation for their hybrid greenhouse in Ohio which means they can now begin growing cannabis at its new 50,000-square-foot cultivation facility in Yellow Springs
· has 760,000 square feet of cultivation capacity – estimated to be the largest in the US
Acreage Holdings
· an investment company with an established footprint in the cannabis industry in the United States, operating in 11 states nationwide
· former speaker of the House, John Boehner to its board of advisors
· former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld on board of advisors
· planning on going public on CSE in fall of 2018
· Headquartered in New York City and currently operating in 13 states
· Will do a RTO in November
· Owns:
o Connecticut: Prime Wellness of Connecticut which operates two of nine licensed dispensaries
o New Hampshire: Prime Alternative Treatment Centers, holds one of four licenses in the state and the dispensary in Merrimack, NH serves approximately 1,600 registered patients and has a 30,000 sq ft production facility
o Florida: Owns a minority interest in a licensed, vertically integrated operator for medicinal cannabis.
o Iowa: Holds a manufacturing permit to grow and process cannabis in Cedar Rapids.
o Ohio: Provides management services to a medicinal cannabis operator.
o Oregon: Holds license to cultivate, process and sell cannabis in Oregon, operates five dispensaries and is constructing new cultivation and processing facility, including a sixth dispensary
o Illinois: Nature’s Care Company which holds one of 22 licenses to cultivate and process cannabis and holds four of 53 licenses to dispense cannabis products. The company operates two dispensaries totaling 35,000 sq ft of operational cultivation space (and an additional 35,000 sq ft under construction).
o Massachusetts: Prime Wellness Centers which holds three licenses in the state and has a 68,000 sq ft of cultivation space available for expansion three dispensaries opening in Fall 2018.
o California: HSRC Norcal which operates license to cultivate cannabis for distribution to dispensaries in the state and has a 10,000 sq ft production facility. The cultivation facility distributes to approximately 50 Bay Area dispensaries.
o Pennsylvania: Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania which holds one of 12 licenses to cultivate, process, and sell wholesale cannabis products. Completion of its 30,000 sq ft facility is expected Q2 2018
o New York: Terradiol New York which holds one of 10 licenses to cultivate, process and dispense cannabis products in New York and will operate four facilities and a 70,000 sq ft cultivation and processing facility
o Maryland: Dispensary is coming soon and will hold one of 102 licenses to sell cannabis products
o Maine: Provides management services to a non-profit medicinal cannabis licensee.
o 100 % of Kalyx Developments which is a private REIT with properties across Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Arizona State. Kalyx acquires commercial and industrial properties for lease to cannabis operators in states with legal medical and/or recreational programs. Kalyx owns 9 properties across Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona, with approximately 660,000 sq ft under management and 23
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2017.12.11 09:04 clearliquidclearjar TALLAHASSEE EVENTS 12/11 – 12/18

More stuff to do. Go and do it. It’s probably warmer there than at your house.
THE NUTCRACKER @ RUBY DIAMOND: Please click here for details and to purchase tickets.
Tally’s Independent Cinema and Theater Offerings:
MONDAY 12/11
  • Corner of Georgia & Macomb: Frenchtown Farmers’ Market. “Find your favorite local goodies now on Tuesdays! Join us at Frenchtown Farmers Market for all-local produce, eggs, gourmet jelly, and more. The market opens at 3pm and we're here unitl 7pm, so come after you pick the kids up from school or on your way home from work. We can double SNAP benefits through the Fresh Access Bucks program. Our farmers accept WIC and Senior farmers market nutrition program coupons.” 3pm-7pm.
  • Junction @ Monroe: Live Rehearsal Tuesdays. “Tuesdays are Live Rehearsals at [email protected]. Sponsored by the Tallahassee Area Musicians Guild. Utilize our complete backline and PA for rehearsals, jams, or hold auditions. Up to one hour slots (or more depending on number of signups) per artist/group.” 4pm
  • Madison Social: Trivia Social. They do half and half theme and miscellaneous, so check their FB every week for an event page. 7pm
  • Brass Tap in Midtown: Trivia. Check their FB page for the theme. 7pm
  • Cap City Video Lounge: Silent Night, Deadly Night 1 & 2. 7:30pm
  • Bird’s Oyster Shack: Trivia With John Carpenter. Lively and fun. 7:30pm
  • GrassLands Brewing Company: Trivia Factory. 7:30pm
  • Midtown Pies: Bar Trivia With Hank. 50 questions of sweet, sweet trivia. Food! Beer! Something random in a bag! 8pm/free
  • Blue Tavern: Roda Vibe. “FSU musicians and others join to create a fun musical event that everyone can enjoy. In Portuguese, Roda is pronounced "Hoda." If it doesn't make you want to dance, check your pulse.” 8pm/free
  • Fire Bettys: Now That's What I Call Tuesday! Dance Party. 8pm
  • Fourth Quarter: Trivia With Professor Jim. AUCE wings. Truly a trivia favorite. 8pm
  • Krewe de Gras: Karaoke With Pete. 8:30pm
  • Brass Tap on Gaines: Karaoke with DJRah. 9pm
  • 926 Bar & Grill: Trivia Tuesday! 9:30pm
  • Applebee’s on the Parkway: Karaoke with Amanda Goram. 10pm
  • Pockets Pool: Karaoke with Dwight. 10pm/21+
  • The Wilbury: Free Show: Keep Flying, Hungover. 8pm
  • Bird's Oyster Shack: Lab Sessions with Jim Crozier featuring Jimmy Lohman. 6pm
  • Fermentation Lounge: Quizmaster General Knowledge Trivia. “Quizmaster is hosted by Bennett Miller from 7-9pm every Wednesday, and features three rounds of general knowledge trivia (and a weekly food special). It is free to play and teams of up to 6 are welcome. The winner of each round receives a sample flight, and the Quizmaster for the night receives a $25 gift card and serious credit on Geek Street.” 7pm
  • Brass Tap on Gaines: Trivia. Check their FB page for the theme. 7pm
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings: Trivia With Greg. 7pm
  • GrassLands Brewing Company: BYOBG! Bring Your Own Board Game. “Our gracious host, Trevor Bond, will be featuring one game each week. Feel free to bring your own games to play & share.” 7pm/21+
  • Junction @ Monroe: Bike Night, Bingo, and Karaoke. 7pm
  • Hobbit (P’Cola): Trivia Factory. “General Knowledge, 20 questions + Wager Final. $25/$20/$15.” 7:30pm
  • Cap City Video Lounge: CineMashup featuring Harold & Maude and Being There. 7:30pm
  • Proof: Bar Trivia With Hank. “Drink delicious brews and show off all those random factoids you thought you’d never use. Local beer, local trivia in the heart of Tally’s Art District. They now have the MoBi food truck every week! Bar tab for 1st and 2nd place teams.” 7:30pm/21+/no cover
  • The Warehouse: Open Mic. “There is a lottery for time slots. Now smoke free!” 8pm
  • Finnegan’s Wake: Waxy Wednesdays. “Feelin' waxy, Tallahassee? That's probably just because it's Wednesday. At Finnegan's Wake, Waxy Wednesday means DJ Ryze will be hitting our floor again to spin some vinyl and get your feet moving tonight. Feeling a bit sour, girls? Not to worry- we'll also have some fantastic $5 drink specials going for all those Tallahassee ladies looking for a bit of fun. Come out and help us get the party started!” 8pm
  • The Skybox (Crawfordville): Karaoke with Mark. 9pm
  • Krewe de Gras: DÉJÀ VU Latin Wednesdays. “FREE Salsa/Mambo classes by Barry C. Williams. The duration of the class is 9-10 and having a partner is not necessary. If you've never danced Salsa/Mambo before then don't worry about it. The classes are made to be easy and fun so you can come learn some moves and then stay and dance until 2am to the sounds of DJ Jimmy Suave.” 9pm
  • Just One More: Karaoke with Roger. 9pm
  • Corner Pocket: Karaoke. 9pm
  • Bird’s: Comedy Night. I’m pretty sure this is both a performance and an open mic. 9:30pm/free
  • The Bark on All Saints: Karaoke with Nathan. “This is brand new and super fun. Nathan has all the songs you could ever want, The Bark is a great space, and there’s a very friendly crowd. If you’re not really into the fratty or country karaoke crowd, this may be your spot. They have mixed drinks, bountiful beer options, and amazing vegan/vegetarian food until 2 am – and I say that as a staunch omnivore.” 9:30pm
  • 926: Women Crush Wednesday. “Welcome Home again Ladies! Located in the Herstoric Brothers Nightclub Venue (later known as Pug Mahone's & Pug's Live), Woman Crush Wednesday, our newest weekly LGBTQ+ event, is going on THIS Wednesday at 926! Social Hour to start at 5pm with our regular Happy Hour Specials followed by Dance Music Clubside at 10pm with DJ Garion Djgg Grant. And show at Midnight! Join us for dinner and cocktails from our fabulous Menu with original items direct from our Head Chef Kyle and drinks from our amazing Bartender Rebecca ! Come join us for the newest Ladies' Night in Tallahassee! The best new way to spend your Wednesday!” 10pm/18+
  • The Bark: Girls Rock Camp volunteer meeting! “Come find out how you can get involved with Girls Rock Camp Tallahassee! We're working to build a week-long summer camp to empower girls through music, and we need your help! If you're interested in getting involved in 2018, we'll go over some opportunities and needs we have, as well as brainstorm possible outreach and fundraising events. Hope to see you there! Bring a friend!” 6:30pm
  • Grasslands Brewing: Good Morning Bedlam. 7pm
  • Blue Tavern: The FSU Andean Ensemble Concert. 8pm
  • Island Wings: Flasks of Whiskey. 8pm
  • The Bark: Mala Fides/lowlife/camp green lake. 9pm
  • Lake Ella Area: Food Truck Thursday. 6pm
  • Beef O’Brady’s: AJ Johnson Trivia. 6:30pm
  • Junction @ Monroe: Open Mic Night. “Bring your instruments and play an open slot or just come and be entertained in Tallahassee's best sounding room!” 7pm/free
  • Hurricane: Ballistic Bingo. 7pm
  • Growler Country: Singo Night! Music Bingo has arrived! “Challenge Entertainment will be hosting this new and unique game of Bingo where a song is played and you match that to your bingo card, instead of a number. We are the only place in town right now to play this new game, so come in and win prizes with every round won!” 7pm
  • Cap City Video Lounge: MST3K Thursday featuring Mitchell and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. 7:30pm
  • Skybox: $10 Cornhole Tourney. 7:30pm
  • La Fiesta: Trivia. 7:30pm
  • The Wilbury: Bar Trivia With Hank. “Picture round, current events, something scholarly, a sound round, and an oddball/pop culture round. We’re talking 50 questions of the finest trivia, hand crafted by local artisans. (Hank. Hank is the local artisans.) First and Second Place Teams win great bar tabs! Check out the Bar Trivia With Hank FB page for schedules, hints, and extra-point puzzles.” 8pm/free but please sit and drink or buy Hank shots
  • Dux (Crawfordville): Karaoke with Big Bob. $25 bar tab given away every week. 8:30pm-12:30pm
  • Midtown Caboose: Trivia Factory. “General Knowledge, 20 questions + Wager Final. $35/$25/$15, and Best Team Name gets a round of shots.” 8pm
  • Island Wings: Bike Night, Lori Kline LIVE.
  • Unique Wonders: Live Comedy with Big Hou! 8:30pm/$5
  • Junction @ Monroe: Comedy Zone: Frank Del Pizzo & Mark Evans. 9pm
  • Pockets: Karaoke Dance Party with Keith Welch. 9pm/21+
  • Brass Tap Midtown: Karaoke with DJ Rah. 9pm-Midnight
  • Applebees on Cap Cir: Karaoke with Amanda Goram. 10pm
  • Birds: Karaoke with Nathan. All the songs. $1 Pabst drafts. 10pm
  • Downtown Thomasville: 31st Annual Victorian Christmas. “Historic Downtown Thomasville, an award winning “Great American Main Street City,” invites you to come and make a memory with us this Christmas season! Take an unforgettable journey back in time to 1890’s when life was simple and true Christmas spirit reigned. Enjoy horse drawn carriages, strolling carolers, holiday shopping, live music and entertainment, delectable food and holiday delicacies and visits with St. Nick! Victorian Christmas is held on Thursday and Friday evening from 6 PM to 9 PM both nights. Both evenings feature the same great events!” 6pm-9pm
  • The Plant: PFLAG Tallahassee Monthly Meeting. 6pm
  • Blue Tavern: Chanson Blue. 8pm/$2
FRIDAY 12/15
  • 926 Lounge: The Friday Night Party. “Tallahassee's premier LGBTQA dance party night is back again! Pregame with Tom in the pub during happy hour from 4PM-9PM. The dance floor kicks into full gear at 10PM so you can rage to your faves as DJ Carben and DJ Brian Gladden keep you dancing all night. The Drag Show starts at midnight when the 926 Ladies join our hostess Sassy Black on the stage to entertain. It's a show you definitely don't want to miss, so arrive early to get a good seat!” 4pm
  • Fifth & Thomas: Backstage Garden Happy Hour. 5pm-8pm
  • Cap City Video Lounge: Fright Flicks Friday featuring Christmas Evil, Black Christmas (1974), All Through The House. 7:30pm
  • Hobbit South: Karaoke. 8pm
  • Leggetts: Karaoke with Paul. 8:30pm
  • Just One More: Karaoke with Roger. 9pm
  • Fifth & Thomas: The Luke Langford Band w/ The Grahams. 9pm
  • Island Wing Company: Friday Night Unwind, Keith Taylor Band. 9pm
  • Stetsons @ The Moon: Karaoke with Devin Cywinski. 10pm/$5/18+
  • Geo's Pub & Pool (both locations): Karaoke. 10pm-1am
  • Downtown Chain of Parks: Breakfast on the Chain. “Come have coffee & breakfast with friends on bikes! Meet up at the pavilion at the Chain of Parks (on Park Ave, between Duval and Bronough - located directly behind the main branch library) anytime between 7:30 - 9:30am. Ride your bike, bring a friend, bring your own mug and enjoy some fresh baked Maple Street Biscuit Company - FSU biscuits, hot coffee, vegan and gluten free baked goods, and of course, donuts! Big warm thanks to Community Thrift and Maple Street for supporting those of us riding our bikes as transportation.” 7:30am-9:30pm
  • Fifth & Thomas: Old Soul Revival in the Backstage Garden. 6pm
  • House of Plywood in RR Sq: Caroling at the HOP. “The tenants at the House of Plywood Breezeway Market cordially invite you out of a evening of live caroling. Refreshments will be served. Various shop owners will be doing raffles or give a-ways.” 6pm-10pm
  • Downtown Thomasville: 31st Annual Victorian Christmas. “Historic Downtown Thomasville, an award winning “Great American Main Street City,” invites you to come and make a memory with us this Christmas season! Take an unforgettable journey back in time to 1890’s when life was simple and true Christmas spirit reigned. Enjoy horse drawn carriages, strolling carolers, holiday shopping, live music and entertainment, delectable food and holiday delicacies and visits with St. Nick! Victorian Christmas is held on Thursday and Friday evening from 6 PM to 9 PM both nights. Both evenings feature the same great events!” 6pm-9pm
  • The Wilbury: David Ramirez with Molly Parden. 7pm
  • Proof: Just Chameleons. 8pm
  • Blue Tavern: Piedmont Bluz / with Belmont & Jones. 8pm
  • Fermentation Lounge: Rachel Hillman. 8pm
  • Junction @ Monroe: RoadHouse. 8pm
  • The Bark: Voyagists & Deterritory & ross co. & blacksunblackmoon. 8pm
  • Corner Pocket: The Brown Goose. 8:30pm
  • Bradfordville Blues Club: Selwyn Birchwood. 9pm
  • Fifth & Thomas: The Luke Langford Band w/ The Grahams. 9pm
  • Park at Monroe: The Downtown Marketplace. 9am
  • Corner of Georgia & Macomb: Frenchtown Farmers’ Market. “Find your favorite local goodies! Join us at Frenchtown Farmers Market for all-local produce, eggs, gourmet jelly, and more. We can double SNAP benefits through the Fresh Access Bucks program. Our farmers accept WIC and Senior farmers market nutrition program coupons.” 10am – 2pm.
  • Cap City Video Lounge: Family Fest featuring DISNEY SINGALONG! Also Nightmare Before Christmas, Return to Oz, Watcher in the Woods. Hank asks: What, no Candleshoe?. Noon
  • Gamescape: Game Tally Saturday Board Gaming. “Meeting weekly in Tallahassee, Florida, we seek to promote and offer public opportunities to learn new games and make new friends in a relaxed, fun environment.” Noon
  • Salty Dawg: Karaoke with Paul. Family friendly! 8pm
  • Leggetts: Karaoke with Cowboy Chris. 9pm
  • The Skybox (Crawfordville): Karaoke with Mark. 9pm
  • El Patron: Pasion Latina. Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton. 9pm
  • 926 Lounge: Sanctuary: Tallahassee’s Longest Running Goth Night. 10pm/$5/18+
  • Mission San Luis: Winter Solstice Celebration: Native American Festival. “Join us at Tallahassee's only National Historic Landmark / Florida's Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum for two days of Southeastern Native American dancing, music, crafts, cultural demonstrations, and storytelling. Also enjoy living history reenactments, celestial viewing with scopes, drum circles, archery, and more! Fun for all ages!” Click here for full details Runs for two days. 10am
  • Midtown Reader: Santa Claus is Coming to Midtown! - A Special Kidtown Story Hour. “Bring the whole family to Midtown Reader on Saturday, December 16th, for a very special holiday story hour! We'll have a local community leader dressed up as Santa Claus for photos and fun! Santa Claus himself will be reading HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, and helping us with great activities afterward. We'll have sweet treats, crafts, and holiday music. Get a photo taken with Santa, and enjoy the festive holiday spirit at Midtown Reader!” 11am-Noon
  • Garages on Gaines: Jeremy Matlow Campaign Kickoff. “Come meet Jeremy, learn about our platform and tell us your concerns and thoughts for the future of our city. This will be a casual meet and greet, with refreshments, pizza and live music by Pat Puckett and his band.” 4pm-7pm
  • Athena’s Garden: RHPC Yule Feast. “Come out and partake in the feast celebrating our Winter Solstice "Yule". This celebration will be a dining event. RHPC will be providing turkey, (sides to be determined). Please feel free to bring a vegetable side dish and / or a dessert to share with our community members. We do have a microwave and table top burner available in order to heat your offerings. Athena's will provide hot coffee, and hot tea, if you would like to bring a cold beverage to share please do so. We encourage you to bring your own utensils, and plate-ware as to cut down on our impact on the environment. If you aren't able to we will have plate-ware and utensils available. This event will end in time for you to be able to comfortably have time to attend Yule at Vanina Mandira starting at 10 PM.” 6pm
  • Krewe de Gras: Santa Shuffle Pub Crawl. Here are the details on this one. Hank says: Tis the season for that sort of thing. Starts at 7pm
  • The Bark: Elders/ glassgirl/ Pool Kids. 8pm/$5
  • Blue Tavern: Sir Charles Atkins with Sweetgroove. 8pm
  • American Legion Hall: Taters Funky Christmas Party. 8pm
  • Indianhead Factory: Campfire Stories @ IF / songwriter series. “Come out and make s’mores by the fire, then step inside to hear some of the best songwriters around. We’re starting this series off with a bang! We are pleased to have Jon Wilmot, Slow Low Crow, and Kelly Chavers sharing some acoustic works.” 8pm/$5
  • Bradfordville Blues Club: Honey Island Swamp Band. 9pm
  • Fifth & Thomas: An Evening with Snakeblood Remedy. 9pm
SUNDAY 12/17
  • Gaines Street and Railroad Ave: The Souk! “Join us every Sunday afternoon for brunch, drinks, shopping, music, and local vendors! Vendors: set-up is always free and we would love to have you! Contact the Wilbury for a map of available set up areas.” Noon
  • Carter Howell Strong Park: Food Not Bombs Meal Share. Noon-2pm
  • Athena’s Garden: Herb Class. 2pm
  • The Junction @ Monroe: Sunday Afternoon Bingo. “This isn't your grandma's bingo! We have a blast with some very cool folks. Cash prizes.” 5pm
  • Salty Dawg Pub & Deli: The Famous Acoustic Jam w/ Wayne, Glenn, and Bo. Open mic, free beer for performers. 6pm
  • 926: Sunday Rewind. “Your favorite songs and videos are back again this Sunday at 926 with no cover before midnight!!! 926 is proud to present another addition of the Sunday Rewind - join us as we revisit some of the best music and videos from the last 40 years. Start your night with happy hour featuring Trivia Rewind with Erik from 7 to 9 in the pub. The club side opens up at 10 when DJ Matthew East and VJ Carben will be spinning all your favorite hits and videos from the 80s, 90s and 2000s even throwing in a few from the 70s as well. Rebecca and Branden will be serving up all your favorite drinks along with our amazing 926 food.” 7pm/No cover if you are in line before 12. After 12, cover is just $5 for 18+
  • Birds: Sunday Night Tea Drag Show. 10pm/$5
  • Cap City Video Lounge and Theater: One Year Anniversary Extravaganza!
  • Mission San Luis: Winter Solstice Celebration: Native American Festival. “Join us at Tallahassee's only National Historic Landmark / Florida's Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum for two days of Southeastern Native American dancing, music, crafts, cultural demonstrations, and storytelling. Also enjoy living history reenactments, celestial viewing with scopes, drum circles, archery, and more! Fun for all ages!” Click here for full details Runs for two days. 10am
  • The Plant: December Really Really Free Market. “Bring in items you feel like others would get more use from, take items you need.” Noon-5pm
  • Blue Tavern: Jimmy Lohman. 8pm
MONDAY 12/18
  • Izzy Pub and Sushi: Quiz Night Presented by Bar Trivia With Hank. “5 rounds, 50 questions, from pop culture to serious subjects. Always a picture round and a sound round. Each question lovingly hand crafted by local artisans. (Hank. Hank is the artisan.) Add in Izzy's delicious food and drink options and you've got a brand new way to start your week out right.” 7pm
  • Junction @ Monroe: Monday Night Bingo. “Good food, good drinks, good friends, and a chance to win some big cashola! It doesn't get any better than [email protected]. Every Monday from 7pm-9pm we've got cash payouts up to $250 per game with multiple games each night PLUS a 50/50 drawing each week benefitting the Tallahassee Area Musicians Guild.” 7pm-9pm
  • Cap City Video Lounge: Kickass Xmas: Batman and Batman Returns. 7:30pm
  • Blue Tavern (N Monroe St): Lost Mondays hosted by Belmont & Jones. “Antique blues played acoustical.” 8pm/$2
  • Waterworks: Patio Theater features Batman Returns. 7:35pm/21+
  • Finnegan’s Irish Pub: Karaoke with DJ Paul Cornish and Hospitality Night. “If you're a hospitality worker, don't forget to bring your most recent paystub or work schedule to receive that sweet 25% discount!” 10pm
Keep checking back, sometimes I update. Got anything to add?
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2017.06.22 00:27 autotldr Police Officer Finds a Stray Kitten and Cuddles With Her All Night So She Won’t Be Alone

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 47%. (I'm a bot)
We can't forget about the story of a kitten who almost drowned in the ocean but was saved by a marine deputy! Seeing these positive stories of people helping animals gives us hope for the future - and this story is doing just that!
When Officer Cardin of the Lakeland Police Department in Florida found a tiny, abandoned kitten hiding at the base of a lamp post at the corner of Florida Avenue and Pine Street, he immediately knew what to do for the little one.
Officer Cardin brought the kitten into the station, making a makeshift home from a records box.
When Sergent Wallace saw the baby kitten, he didn't want her to be alone all night.
Sergent Wallace named the kitten Kesley and ADOPTED HER! Kesley aptly found her human dad on Father's Day! The Lakeland Police Department adorably shared on their Facebook page that Kelsey, "Seemed to take to her new role as partner to Sgt Wallace she did fall asleep her first night on the job." Ah, cuteness overload!
Thank you, Officer Cardin, for rescuing Kesley from the streets and another thanks to Sergent Wallace, for adopting her!
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2017.02.01 05:17 Marijillionaire Terra Tech...Hiding in Plain Sight? I still like TRTC even though they currently has more than 750 million fully diluted outstanding shares and is trading at .29

Terra Tech...Hiding in Plain Sight?
Is Terra Tech an Investor and Partner with Alpha-Surterra? Disclaimer : I copied this sometime last year cant remember source
Terra Tech is a California cannabis cultivation, dispensary, and herbal plant firm with operations in California, New Jersey, and Florida. Terra Tech opened the first public dispensary, and they are connected with Oaksterdam University, which teaches cannabis classes and advocates for legalization. Terra Tech’s chemical engineer, and oil extraction expert, is Anthony Fabrizio, son of Tony Fabrizio, a Trump campaign manager, friend of Governor Rick Scott, businessman, and expert in data analysis and political polls. Tony Fabrizio use to be against cannabis legalization until his son Anthony, who works for Terra Tech, started self-medicating to treat his epilepsy, and Tony started seeing positive results with regard to a reduction of seizures. It was at this point Tony’s position on cannabis shifted from negative to positive after seeing his son improve over time. Cannabis was in fact healing his boy.
CEO of Terra Tech Derek Peterson has instituted what I believe is a brilliant model with regard to capturing cultivation in the legal states possibly to include Florida. His operations are hiding in plain sight. The Dutch model of hydroponically grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers, which Terra Tech or their partners grow in greenhouses, are harvested and sold through typical business channels to include WalMart, Target, grocery stores, restaurants’, and other garden centers. Terra Tech has several Dutch style hydroponic greenhouses growing herbs in Florida to include Palm Creek Produce in North Fort Meyers, and Sunshine Growers with 10 acres in Lakeland, Florida. There are additional vegetable and flower greenhouses spread throughout Florida. So, what is the brilliant business model being run by Terra Tech?
An article written in 2014, via quoted CEO Derek Peterson as saying “he can modify an existing greenhouse for growing marijuana within 48 hours of getting approval to do so.” Back in 2014 Peterson had been in communication with several potential Florida nurseries that had met the 30 year requirement and 400,000 plant count. Peterson’s employee Anthony Fabrizio had in fact contributed portions of materials to Alpha-Surterra’s application (Reported by Angela Bacca), which leads me to believe there may be a business connection if Terra Tech is writing portions of Alpha-Surterra’s application. In Terra Tech’s defense they could have been commissioned to assist in Alpha-Surterra’s application development, but why a California company, and specifically the son of Trump campaign manager Tony Fabrizio? Is there a business relationship, or is Terra Tech an investor in Alpha-Surterra? If there is a business connection between Terra Tech and Alpha-Surterra that means Terra Tech, with permission from Office of Compassionate Use Christian Bax, could call the Florida nurseries located geographically about Florida, and give the command to switch operations over to cannabis. Boom! Terra Tech and Alpha-Surterra could have cannabis cultivation centers spread throughout Florida up and operating within a week. Within 48 hours, given the words of CEO Derek Peterson, this means Alpha-Surterra could quickly produce thousands of pounds of cannabis, and then through a large extraction facility (Hmmm, any guesses?) convert the raw flower and sugar leaves over to cannabis oil for edibles, vape pens, tinctures, and other products. Actually, I give Peterson a lot of credit if he is setting up an operation in the open, as a regular nursery, staging equipment in warehouses, and then conceivably within 48 hours placing all these operations on-line. Bread crumbs... Reading through the annual and quarterly reports of Terra Tech, the reader will find references to Florida and cannabis in the same sentence. The reader could read through the Office of Compassionate Use online licensed nursery applications themselves viewing investor names providing they were not heavily redacted. At least one Florida judge has ruled that investor names are not trade secrets. That may be the ruling, but the investor names for Alpha-Surterra have not been made public. With three pages of investor names blacked out what names would we see? Perhaps Derek Johnson of Terra Tech? Tony Fabrizio? Governor Rick Scott? We really don’t know due to a lack of transparency with the Office of Compassionate Use. We will have to see post a successful Amendment Two if nurseries such as Palm Creek Produce, and Sunshine Growers, switch over from growing lavender and Rosemary over to cannabis strains such as Granddaddy Purple. If that is the case, and with permission for OCU Director Christian Bax, whose lobbyist Billy Rubin is close friends with Governor Rick Scott, the public may see Alpha-Surterra partnered Terra Tech greenhouses come online within 48 hours in 2017, or this could all be just one big fiction article. We will have to wait and see.
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2016.11.02 02:44 oddcanary Moving to Central FL - looking for area suggestions.

I need out of my current city! Florida is the next logical step for me. I have a stable job outside of Tampa that doesn't actually require me to be there, so commuting is not an issue - I might want to be in the office a few times a month, but wouldn't mind driving an hour plus to get there. My partner is looking to be near - but not in - Orlando. I've been looking at places in Kissimmee and Lakeland but want to hear other suggestions.
I've lived in all types of cities/towns and would be happiest in a smalleless dense area with some unique city vibes. West Coast FL is really nice but I'm looking for something more inland. I have a car to get from point A to B but I don't currently rely on it; it would also be great to live in a community that's walkable (1-2 miles) to a main street that I can just chill and stroll to. I also lead a pretty active lifestyle with my dog, so proximity to dog parks and hiking would be awesome. I know a lot of this is a tall order for Central FL, but appreciate any advice!
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2015.09.29 15:55 bwalsh3002 Cyber Security Lab

Anyone know where the new Cyber Security lab is?
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2015.08.10 19:52 lorenzosds Free Office 365 development bootcamp taking place in Florida, anyone who would like to join is welcome
• Microsoft 5426 Bay Center Dr Ste 700, Tampa, FL (edit map) Multi Purpose Room • SharePoint MVP Ted Pattison, Microsoft Technology Evangelist Joe Healy and Roy Lawson will be delivering a free, hands-on half day training session at the Tampa Microsoft Office on August 13, 2015. The sessions will start at 1 PM, but come in early with your laptop to get your machine ready for the days activities. You’ll have a few apps add-ins done before you go home.
Build Productivity Apps Over 1 billion Office users in 147 countries are looking for productivity apps. Want to serve this enormous market? Don’t miss the Office DevCamp, where you’ll learn how to apply standard web technologies to create applications that extend the familiar Office and Office 365 experience. We’ll go under the hood to explore the new Office 365 API model before building out an end-to-end example on the Office 365 environment. Not bad for a day’s work!
Presenters Ted Pattisonis an author, instructor, co-founder and owner of Critical Path Training, a company dedicated to education on SharePoint technologies. He is a 10-time recipient of Microsoft’s MVP award for SharePoint Server. For the last three SharePoint releases Ted has worked with Microsoft’s Developer Platform Evangelism group researching and authoring SharePoint training material for early adopters. Ted started working with SharePoint 2013 in March of 2011 and since that time has led a series of 5-day training classes in which he has already taught hundreds of professional developers how to get started building custom business solutions using the SharePoint 2013 platform.
Roy Lawson is a partner in Software Development Services (SDS), a niche consulting firm of eight developers founded in 2006 which has a focus on customized cloud based business solutions. Roy is the organizer of the Office 365 Developers of Tampa group, founder of the Lakeland .NET User Group, and a long-time advocate for IT professionals. He is a software architect and full stack developer with a bias towards the Microsoft platform and tools, leveraging the .NET framework and Visual Studio since 2002. Roy is currently working with the SDS team to transition the firm into a cloud-first solution provider with Office 365 serving as the foundation in a cloud-first business strategy. This gradual transition has created challenges as well as opportunities to grow in new verticals and with small and medium businesses.
Joe Healy ( @devfish // ) is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft, with primary responsibilities for the state of Florida. Joe serves a multitude of clients, from corporate accounts to broad reach events and User Groups. He lectures on various development and architectural topics focused around the .Net Frameworks, Visual Studio.NET, Windows 8, Windows Phone and associated servers. Joe an author of “Sams Teach Yourself Windows Phone 7 Application Development in 24 Hours. Agenda
Gear up and get building! This is a jam-packed, one-day training course, where you’ll get deep into the code after we gear you up with the tools and environment. Here are the topics we’ll cover:
• Overview of Office 365 Development Lets talk about O365 developer and some of the momentum around it. Put writing SharePoint apps aside for a minute, and think about the bigger picture of Office 365. O365 “Inside Out” – Excel, Word, and more as a cross-platform delivery platform for your applications? App developers should think of the Office Store for selling Office Add-Ins! Got a ton of O365 data in the cloud and want to hook it via your own LOB apps? Go O365 “Outside In” and treat O365 like a big data repository, there for you to peruse and manipulate via your own programs. In this intro to the day we’ll talk about approaches and momentum for O365. We’ll also offer up some demos of things you should build, as well as ‘next steps’ to progress forward.
• Developing Office Add-ins (formerly Apps for Office) In this short presentation we will discuss extending Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Project in Office Online and Office 2013. Learn how to interact with the contents of an Office document using JavaScript APIs and how to create Content, Task Pane, and Mail add-ins as integration points with Enterprise applications or as standalone apps. At the end of this presentation and hands on lab you should be prepared with the core knowledge necessary to build your own Office Add-In and start impressing your boss or clients with compelling solutions.
• Developing SharePoint Add-ins • Developing with the Office 365 APIs • Hands-on Labs DevCamp must-haves Note – this is a hands-on workshop. To get the most out of your session, please don’t forget to bring your laptop. In addition: • Please watch the free, on-demand Introduction to Office 365 Development video • Activate a free 30-day trial Azure account here • If you subscribe to MSDN, activate your free Azure MSDN subscriber benefits here • Install Visual Studio 2013 Pro with the latest updates, Office 365 Developer Tools Additional details are on the DevCamp: Office website.
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