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Artist Casey DeCotis finds 'American Beauty' in photography

Make some vroom for Casey DeCotis, for he’s capturing the “movement, testure and nostalgia” of the road machines of America’s yesteryear.The local artist, a former Nightowl photographer for FLORIDA TODAY, also moonlights as a DJ in downtown Melbourne. Previously, his work has been showcased at Robot Love and Christopher Maslow Gallery.Sarah Albers of Derek Gores Gallery recently chatted with DeCotis about his “old cars” photography exhibit “American Beauty.” It opens at the DGG on Friday night.QUESTION: Tell me about your background. Has photography always been your art form of choice?DeCotis: When I was little, I was fascinated with artists, and wanted to be really good at drawing and really good at painting. I was okay, but never up to what I expected an artist to be.My father (Mark DeCotis) was a journalist. I was surrounded by photography, photojournalism. I was exposed to a lot of art as a child. My grandfather, aunt and sisters used to have cameras and take a lot of photos. I thought maybe I would be a graphic designer. I took a lot of art classes and one of my required classes was photography. Got a camera, a 35 mm, and instantly fell in love with making images with a camera. And that was it! I changed all my classes to photography and dove in headfirst. It was immediate. I loved looking at images. I was drawn to it.Q: What’s it like to be a photographer?DeCotis: I’m not your average everyday photogr...  

Johnson a steady star for USF volleyball

Making the University of Sioux Falls volleyball program a competitive one in the ultra-tough NSIC has been an at-times a painstaking process, and truth be told, it isn’t a finished one.Coach Joel McCartney is now in his fourth year at the helm, and the Cougars are – for the second year in a row – firmly in the thick of the race in what is year in, year out the very best conference in Division II volleyball.Along for every step of the way has been senior outside hitter Emily Johnson.One of McCartney’s top recruits since taking over the program, Johnson burst onto the scene as a true freshman and hasn’t looked back. After an all-state prep career at Platte-Geddes High, Johnson is in her fourth year as a starter for the Cougars. After four seasons as an impact player, she’s starting to pile up some impressive numbers.With 293 kills and 198 digs on the season, Johnson has now racked up 1,440 kills entering this weekend’s big home matches against MSU-Mankato and seven-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul. She’s also closing in on 1,000 career digs (currently at 952) to go with 231 blocks and 132 service aces. USF volleyball statistical records only go back as far as 2002, but it’s possible Johnson’s kills total is the most by any player in school history. She’s led the team in that category every year of her career. Either way, she’s clearly done a little bit of everything in helping...  

6'6" Matthew Dunphy, Late-Comer to Swimming, Verbally Commits to Tennessee

Breaststroker Matthew Dunphy from the Winchester Swim Team has verbally committed to the Tennessee Volunteers. Dunphy admits that he was a potential pickup for the Volunteers. “My times aren’t all that impressive, I think it was more of my potential,” Dunphy said of his connection with Tennessee. “This is my third year swimming and I haven’t ever swum year round yet.” Specifically, Dunphy, a lifelong football player, wasn’t even swimming summer league until a few years ago. He says he “knew (the strokes) a little from swimming for a couple of months in 2nd grade,” but that he was basically starting from scratch. That framing makes his breaststroke times that-much more impressive. In yards, he’s been 58.16/2:06.60 in the 100 and 2o0 breaststrokes plus 1:54.93 in the 200 IM. In long course he’s even better, with long course bests of 1:06.77 and 2:24.02. Not surprisingly, he’s still dropping significant time, including four seconds as a junior in the 100 yard breaststroke and thirteen seconds as a junior in the 200 yard breaststroke. At 6’6″ tall, Dunphy has great size and is a great athlete, and could be a Breeja-Larson-like story for Tennessee. Larson also is a breaststroker, also is very tall, and was also a relative late-comer to swimming. ...  

Report: Iowa stun gun policies woefully inadequate

DES MOINES, Iowa – Researchers who looked at law enforcement policies in Iowa dealing with the use of stun guns to subdue unruly people are recommending new uniformity standards and safety benchmarks to address what they called a “troubling” lack of consistency when employing the devices.A two-year study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the University of Iowa College of Law Clinic issued Monday found that “Iowa law enforcement policies on these potentially fatal devices are woefully inadequate in providing clear, dependable instruction to officers in the field who must act quickly in often tense and sometimes dangerous situations,” according to results issued Monday.The 66-page report noted more than 265 Iowa law enforcement agencies currently are using stun guns — commonly referred to by the trade-name Taser — as an alternative to lethal force. It also found that the number of agencies employing the electro-shock weapon as a way to momentarily disable or incapacitate a person by delivering an electric shock is on the rise. In Iowa, at least two people have died immediately after law enforcement used stun guns on them; nationally the number of people who have died from the use of stun guns topped 500 since 2001, the report noted."The risks inherent in Taser use demand careful and uniform regulation in Iowa. However, no law in our state requires comprehensive uniform policies or governs the content of...  

Social dance classes offer partner dances, foster community

By: Sarah Wishingrad | Staff Writer October 20, 2014 0 Comments (RAGHAV MEHROTRA/The Stanford Daily) One of the most popular series of classes offered at Stanford is social dance, which gives students the opportunity to learn common partner dances and interact with students from a variety of fields in a fun and relaxed environment. Richard Powers, a social dance instructor, has seen the program grow and change drastically since he began teaching 22 years ago. “I switched it to more non-competitive social dance, including today’s music,” Powers said, explaining how the classes used to center around competitive ballroom dancing. The changes certainly paid off; Social Dance 1, the introductory class, is incredibly popular and almost always has a waiting list. Most students hear about the class by word of mouth. Powers said that the most common students he teaches are freshmen, who heard rave reviews from upperclassmen and seniors who had taken it during last spring quarter after hearing about it for the past four years. “My freshman year here, everyone was talking about it, ‘Oh, you have to take social dance once when you’re at Stanford, it’s one of those classes, up in the realm of 106A,’” said Melissa Carvell B.A. ’13, who now works as a teaching assistant. Some students, like Carvell, who ...  

Adobe report finds massive 43% growth in online video watching

We’re wasting more time than ever watching video, and we’re increasingly doing it online, a new Adobe report has found. What’s more, “online” no longer means “on a computer” — it increasingly means viewing videos on a smartphone, a game console, or a set-top box like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV. People on the Internet watched 38.2 billion free videos online in the second quarter of 2014, a remarkable 43 percent jump over the same quarter a year ago. Almost three fifths of those videos were viewed on smartphones. Above: People watched 38.2 billion online videos in Q2 2014, according to Adobe’s research.Image Credit: Adobe And advertisers spent 25.8 percent more money in the same period, thanks in part to an average of two video ads per free video shown. And unique monthly visitors to video sites more than doubled, increasing by 146 percent year-over-year. It’s not just free videos (like YouTube and Vimeo) that are growing: Adobe found that TV show viewership online — via “authenticated viewing,” or views where someone has signed on via a username and password — has jumped an amazing 388 percent year-over-year, with an 85 percent increase in the number of people watching these shows. And desktop PC-based video viewers are shifting to “over-the-top” (OTT) set-top boxes and game consoles. The study is based on data collected from sites using Adobe Analytics and Adobe...  

China's RMB Predicted To Be Top Three Currencies In Five Years

Like our Facebook page and follow us now on Twitter @chinamoneypod. China's RMB will become one of the three most important international currencies in the next five years, together with the U.S. dollar and the Euro, says David Daokui Li, a professor at Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management. The Japanese Yen and the British Pound will gradually be replaced by the RMB in international trade and financial transactions, he predicts at the Cross-Border RMB Fifth Year Anniversary Forum hosted by the China Society For Finance And Banking in Beijing yesterday. The Chinese government should not openly announce this objective as a policy goal, he advises, as this would cause too much concern for the governments and societies of countries such as the U.S. and Japan. The RMB has already become the seventh largest reserve currency in the world as more central banks have or are preparing to put their foreign reserves in RMB, says Hu Xiaolian, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, at the same forum. Cross-border trade settlement in RMB has expanded to RMB4.8 trillion during the first three quarters this year, up from RMB3.58 billion in 2009, according to data from the PBoC. RMB cross-border trade settlement has taken up close to 25% of total sino-foreign trade volume. David Daokui Li suggests that the capital account reform in China should follow a gradual process, allowing Chinese companies and residents to use foreign curren...  

Did Apple just kill the iPod?

The iPod Mini put the iPod in many more people’s pockets. Source: NewsComAu APPLE this morning released its sales figures for the fourth quarter of its 2014 fiscal year. As expected, iPhone sales are through the roof and Mac sales are doing pretty well also. However, iPad sales are dipping and the iPod has dropped off so much Apple has made a move that all but signs the iPod’s death warrant. Apple currently divides its products between iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, iTunes/Software and accessories. As of Q1 2015, the iPod will lose its own category and be put into a new category called “Other Products” that will include Beats and Apple TV. It’s significance in the company is officially at an all time low.When the iPod was released in 2001, it revolutionised how people listened to music and immediately became the companies flagship product. Up until the iPhone’s release in 2007 it was still the golden child of the company before its use was slowly made irrelevant by smartphones. While the iPod Touch helped keep its relevance in the market for a while, cheaper Android phones and greater iPhone penetration soon made it harder to justify an iPod Touch as well. In the first discal quarter of 2008, 42% of Apple’s revenue came from the iPod, while in the fourth quarter of 2014, less than 1% did.It d...  

State girls tennis: Tech returns with confidence

MINNEAPOLIS – After one match in its last trip to the state tournament, the St. Cloud Tech girls tennis team was in a familiar position.The Tigers were staring at another winless appearance.They bowed out early in 2012 by losing their first two matches. They lost their first match in 2013, but they won twice in the consolation round and returned to St. Cloud with the consolation title trophy.Last year’s state appearance was a learning experience for the Tigers.“We learned that we are capable of playing with the best teams in the state,” Tech senior doubles player Sam Eisenreich said. “Fifth place exceeded my expectations for the team. Now, we have to go in with confidence, knowing that we can win some games at state.”The unseeded Tigers will play third-seeded Minnetonka in the Class 2A quarterfinals at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota.The Tigers have seen limited action against the Skippers this season, outside of an early-season scrimmage when their players met up in individual tournaments.“Jill Kedrowski and I played their No. 1 doubles team twice,” said Eisenreich, who is paired with Katie Williams in team competition. “The second time we played them, we lost in a second-set tiebreaker so we got a little closer to winning.”Tech (17-1-2 overall) is led by No. 1 singles player Taylor Tarrolly and her sister, Katelyn, at the second singles spot. Taylor is a soph...  

Edison girls volleyball rally falls short

The Thomas A. Edison girls volleyball team showed a lot of fight night against undefeated Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference match Monday.The Spartans rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it before falling to the Tigers, 3-2 in Elmira Heights in the final regular-season match.Tioga won by scores of 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 17-25 and 25-12."I'm really proud of the girls with the way they make these comebacks — even though it gives me a heart attack," Edison coach Kerry Harter said. "It doesn't surprise me because they have been doing that all season."Edison (14-2)), the Large School South division champion, will host undefeated Trumansburg at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for the IAC Large School title.Tioga (16-0), the IAC Small School South division champion, will host North division champion Groton for the IAC Small School title on Friday.Edison was down 21-15 in the first set but rallied to get to within 23-21. In a close-fought second set, Edison took the lead for the first time at 17-16 and led by 23-21 before Tioga rallied for the final four points.After taking the first two sets it looked like it was going to be another sweep for the Tigers, who had handed Edison its only other loss this season in three games at Tioga. The Spartans, down twice by double digits in the third set, rallied to win it at 25-22. Trailing 19-8, Edison scored 17 of the final 20 points.McKenzie Slaven, who had six aces, served out the final three points.Edison was down again in the fourth set,...  


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