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first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—The Jennings County Sheriff’s Office is currently attempting to locate Terry Malone Jr. who is wanted on a Jennings County Arrest Warrant.If you have any information on Mr. Malone’s location contact Jennings County Central Dispatch at 812-346-4911 or you can leave an anonymous tip on the Tip Line at 812-346-0342.last_img

Badgers, School of Education team up to promote literacy in spring football game

first_imgLiteracy programs will receive funds raised from the Badger football spring game set for April 12, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said in a press conference Monday.Keeping with tradition, the Athletic Department will donate the proceeds from the scrimmage to a campus initiative, this year it’s the UW School of Education’s turn. The union between the athletics department and the School of Education will mark the fourth consecutive year of an on-campus partnership.Julie Underwood, the dean of the School of Education, also attended the press conference, thanking the Athletic Department for their partnership.On the partnership with the School of Education, Alvarez said, “I feel it is a win-win situation and shows that [Badgers’ athletics] helps and is a part of the campus. It generates interest and attendance in the spring game, as well as financially supports initiatives within [the School of Education’s] program.”“UW Athletics is an incredible partner with the academic side of our [university],” Underwood said, noting that through the partnership. “The School of Education will get a chance to showcase its interest in student literacy and work with athletics to showcase the game.”The School of Education is currently focusing on an initiative to improve student literacy. Jessica Doyle, the former state First Lady, and Mark Tauscher, a former Badger football player, will also team up with the School of Education to promote this initiative.Underwood said the initiative focuses on “how to teach reading to children better, improve teachers who teach reading and encourage early access to books.”The annual game is set for April 12 and tickets for the game go on sale Wednesday for $5.last_img read more

Mapping schedule for Lakers, Clippers was tougher than ever for NBA

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Think Tinseltown isn’t big enough for two NBA contenders? Imagine being in charge of scheduling for two teams that share the same building.It’s always a challenge for NBA schedule makers to figure out the sliding puzzle that is Staples Center between the Lakers and Clippers, two tenants that are rarely atop the league at the same time. This season, that task is even harder. Each is anticipated to be among the best teams in the league and each has a pair of superstars.That created intense demand to put both teams on the NBA’s national television schedule often. At least 76 Lakers or Clipper games will be broadcast on either TNT, ABC, ESPN or NBA TV this season (all four in-town match-ups are on national television). Tom Carelli, the NBA’s vice president of game schedule management, says the league’s research shows that is 20 percent more national TV games than the two rivals have ever combined for.“It’s an incredible challenge,” said Carelli, who described it as the hardest year ever to schedule one of the league’s most tricky venues. “But it makes it easier that the parties we deal with, the Lakers and Clippers, are really cooperative.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers “We are beginning to see that there are people who are attracted to the brand who are outside of Los Angeles,” said Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations. “We know there are Clippers fans in lots of different cities now and hopefully that’s something that can help with performance as we travel to other NBA cities, and that’s good for the league and the sport overall.”The league, in general, is looking for a viewership boost. Regular-season viewership last year dropped five percent, which Commissioner Adam Silver attributed, in part, to LeBron James’ move out West. That has led to a few subtle changes, such as Western Conference teams playing some games at earlier tip-off times in an effort to slide into Eastern Conference windows. That specifically affects Staples Center: The Lakers, for example, have nine fewer 7:30 p.m. Pacific time tip-offs than the previous season.Overall, the league views the parity not just between the two L.A. powers but among the league overall as a force that could drive interest this season – no matter when the games are tipping off.“There’s so many interesting, well-stocked teams,” Carelli said. “I’m a fan, so I’m really interested to see how it’s gonna play out.”Mirjam Swanson contributed to this report. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant center_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead To put the challenge in proper perspective, it bears reminding that Staples Center also hosts the L.A. Kings, who play 41 regular-season home games. Staples Center also hosts one of the longest unmovable events during the NBA calendar: the Grammy Awards, which is second only to the three-week San Antonio Stock and Rodeo Show.Add that to some lesser-known preferences that individual teams have: Avoiding conflicts with certain holidays (such as Halloween and Thanksgiving); not wanting to butt up against NFL games (especially on Super Bowl Sunday); preferring not to play on Mondays; trying to schedule trips to fly fewer miles, while also avoiding back-to-backs.While the NBA offers several sample schedules in the months leading to the official schedule release in early August, it’s hard to change much at all once the lengthy list of concerns is considered. Tim Harris, the Lakers’ president of business operations, uses the analogy of trying to move an unwieldy ocean liner in a narrow harbor – there’s only so much free space.“There’s some landmines out there that everyone wants to avoid, but the ability to do mass changes is hard because it has a domino effect,” he said. “The league, if they move one, it’s tough on others.”Much of the league’s scheduling is done via computer algorithm, but Carelli calls it a “computer sandwich,” because human input is applied both before and after the process. League schedulers are armed with plenty of tools, including maps of team locations, TV schedules, historic schedules, statistics and arena dates. Carelli said the staff “lock ourselves” into the room during crunch time. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory After striking off specific dates that don’t work, they feed that data to the computer.“The computer runs, you let it run overnight and give you a metric,” Carelli said. “Then when you look at it, you look at things like back-to-back mileage. … You tweak this way, tweak that that way, then run it through the computer and check it again.”NBA fans might be surprised to learn that this process starts as early as November, as the Lakers, Clippers and Kings all submit data to Staples Center, which then haggles with the league over dates. The NBA looks forward to the NFL and NHL schedule releases, which helps them narrow down on certain days.Some Staples Center-specific concerns include the Lakers’ and Clippers’ desire to spread out the visits of certain powerhouse teams even if it makes some sense for Eastern Conference teams to play both on one trip. If a visiting team such as the Philadelphia 76ers, for example, visits two different times, the Lakers and the Clippers might get suite holders and premium ticket holders to come twice for that opponent.That’s taken somewhat of a backseat as the league has gotten more attuned to cutting down flight miles. The Lakers, for example, will play both New York and Brooklyn on the same trip this year on back-to-back nights after taking two separate New York trips last year. It’s one of the reasons both the Lakers and Clippers have cut down about 10,000 miles of flying this season with even fewer back-to-backs than the previous year.“I think that’s an overall goal of the process,” Carelli said. “We’re getting better at it. We’re understanding ways to do that and trying to be as efficient as possible.”The Lakers and Clippers demand can be measured by how the NBA’s TV partner’s snatched them up: Turner and ABC/ESPN split the Lakers-Clippers series, plus each team’s games against the Warriors, Portland, Philadelphia and Boston. Both the Lakers and Clippers also prominently feature into both broadcasters’ “tentpole” game nights, including playing each other on opening night and Christmas, with big games before Thanksgiving (Lakers at New Orleans, the first Saturday ABC game (Clippers at New Orleans) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Lakers at Boston).The Clippers got a taste of high-level national demand during the Lob City era, but they’re hopeful that this marks the start of a more permanent placement in the national palette.Related Articleslast_img read more