Big Gigantic Has Launched Their Own Strain Of Marijuana

first_imgWith the legalization of recreational marijuana in various states, it’s no surprise that musicians are taking the opportunity to brand some of this newly-legal product and call it their own. Saxophonist/producer GRiZ was among the first to team up with growers to create Griz Kush, and of course rappers like Snoop Dogg have been involved with weed for years.The newest artist to get in that game is Big Gigantic, as the beloved duo has just detailed a new strain of weed called Cookies & Dream. Personally curated by Dominic Lalli of Big G, the strain mixes Blue Dream with Girl Scout Cookies, and was grown up by Native Roots in Colorado.To celebrate the new plant’s release, Lalli and Jeremy Salken will be at the Native Roots shop tomorrow at, you guessed it, 4:20 PM![H/T This Song Is Sick]last_img read more

COMPLETE CONTROL: Syracuse beats Johns Hopkins at own game, in transition 13-8 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dylan Donahue’s lightning-quick disallowed dagger highlighted everything Johns Hopkins couldn’t do.Streaking down the right hashmarks, Donahue took a transition pass from Drew Jenkins before diving toward goal, faking a shot and burying the ball in the bottom-left corner. The goal was waved off, but it didn’t change that the Orange always outran the Blue Jays.What was supposed to be a tale of two games – open play for the Orange, slow dissecting by the Jays – fused into one. And SU took both.Buoyed by a 6-1 first quarter and only slowed by the second, No. 7 Syracuse (4-1, 1-0 Big East) saw off No. 5 Johns Hopkins (5-2) in front of 6,292 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. The Orange outplayed the Blue Jays in the possession game as JHU found little alternative to feeding leading scorer Brandon Benn in close. Hopkins conceded mistakes on top of those SU forced, allowing the Orange to control much of the game, even when it wasn’t playing its preferred breakout attack.“Off the ball any time a team is moving like we were, all six guys,” SU head coach John Desko said, “it makes it hard for the defense to focus on the ball, and as a result, I think that’s why we were able to get so many goals.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Johns Hopkins defense drowned in that pressure in the first quarter. After the Blue Jays’ Holden Cattoni opened the scoring on a man-up at the 11:50 mark, the Orange gradually went to work in its own half-field offense.JHU’s Phil Castronova shadowed JoJo Marasco. The midfielder dodged around the back of Pierce Bassett’s goal, ducked his shoulder into Castronova, then backed away to dump a stomach-high pass into Luke Cometti, who equalized on the left side netting.In 24 seconds, Henry Schoonmaker and Hakeem Lecky sent the Orange on its way. Both players blew past their markers and fired easy goals past Bassett. It was the heart of a 5-0, five-minute run for SU that stripped the Blue Jays of their trademark patience.Mike Poppleton won the faceoff down 4-1, darted straight to goal and was denied by the post. As Sean Young, in his first start, continued to deny Benn, the Blue Jays’ offense collapsed on itself. The Orange’s focus was clear, but JHU failed to find a way around it.“That was very obvious, but when that happens as an offense you’re supposed to attack from other areas,” JHU head coach Dave Pietramala said. “… There’s five other guys out there.”The Blue Jays’ only semblance of an alternative spark came when the attack ran through Wells Stanwick. On the few occasions he escaped his defender, JHU looked dangerously potent. He jumpstarted a 5-2 second quarter for Johns Hopkins with a man-up left wing shot at 10:32 and added a pair of goals later in the quarter.Hopkins took all the momentum into halftime, but the Orange rediscovered its rhythm after the break. When JHU got men behind the ball, SU was content to pull it out to the point, work the perimeter and wait for Cometti or Derek Maltz to tear open shooting lanes for Scott Loy or Billy Ward. And when Hopkins forced an entry pass for one of its 17 turnovers, the Orange gladly sprinted the other way in transition, dusting the Blue Jays and damming their comeback attempts.“We just want to take it one possession at a time. But they kept answering. We would answer, they would answer,” Bassett said. “So a lot of credit to them, but we did not play very well when we tried to answer back.”After the game, Pietramala stared at his stat sheet bewildered. Statistically his team had stuck with the Orange outside of the first quarter, pushing back and staying within four goals well into the fourth.With JHU still within four with 3:30 left, the Orange swatted away one more JHU pass and trotted into its set attack. Resisting the urge to strike quickly, Cometti pulled the ball out for Ward to dance with around the perimeter.The Orange faithful rose to its feet with three minutes remaining as if SU had the game won. Thirty seconds later, Marasco peeled up from behind the cage and picked out Donahue waiting to the right of Bassett’s crease.He faked to the upper right corner and shot to the left, and sprinted away in celebration before the ball finished nestling into the net. This dagger stuck.Said Pietramala: “They found the open guys … they played like a hungry team today, and we didn’t do that.” Comments Published on March 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Football: Methodical offense of Badgers stacks up well against Cornhuskers

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) are preparing to head deeper into the Midwest to face the unranked Cornhuskers (4-5, 2-4) in Lincoln, Nebraska.The Huskers are 4-5 so far this season, with wins against other unranked teams including South Alabama, Northern Illinois, Illinois and Northwestern. As for the No. 14 Badgers, who are 7-2 with losses to Illinois and The Ohio State University, this matchup to Nebraska may cause some concern.Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ close win over IowaThe No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) bounced back from two straight losses with a 24–22 victory over Read…Earlier in the season, Wisconsin suffered a soul-crushing loss to Illinois in the final seconds of the game, as Illinois’ James McCourt launched a 39-yard field goal to seal the victory 24–23.For Wisconsin’s sake, all Badger fans hope history won’t repeat itself in Lincoln, Nebraska.Since then, things are looking up for the Badgers at this point. Star running back Johnathan Taylor ran for his season-high record of 250 rushing yards against Iowa last week. Quarterback Jack Coan is also at an impressive 73.2% in pass completion for the season.Coming off a win for the Heartland Trophy against the Hawkeyes, the Badgers may have the confidence needed in order to win out and finish the road to the Big Ten Championship.Football: Badgers forfeit CFP hopes, Big Ten landscape remains openFor the Badgers, taking down the undefeated The Ohio State University not once but twice was their last shot at Read…The odds are stacked against the Huskers on paper. There exists little doubt that the Badgers will alter their strategy of slow, methodical drives that depends on the consistent accumulation of first downs. Wisconsin has racked up a total of 203 first downs for the season compared to Nebraska who comes short at 178.Of those first downs, Wisconsin tops Nebraska in both passing and rushing. Effectively, this demonstrates the Badgers’ ability to move the ball in a balanced manner despite Taylor’s running prowess in short yardage situations.This matchup will inevitably be another test to see if the Badgers can find success at their own game of methodically driving down the field.Besides coming home with a win against Nebraska, Wisconsin’s future in the Big Ten Championship will depend on defeating Purdue in Camp Randall for the last time this season, and taking back Paul Bunyan’s Axe as the Badgers face the No. 7 Minnesota Gophers the following week.Yet a full clinch of the Big Ten West still relies on the Gophers losing once before they play the Badgers. The most likely opponent to pull off this upset is the Iowa Hawkeyes. Wisconsin fans may very well find themselves rooting for a conference rival that they recently conquered.Football: Badgers at disadvantage among other football programsTake a look at the ESPN 300 for the 2020 high school senior class of football players. Up and down Read…There is still hope for Wisconsin to land a spot in the Big Ten Championship, but the Badgers have to take each matchup one step at a time. Every game is important and every win even more so.With that being said, this weekend in Nebraska could have the potential to either pave the road for the Badgers or crush their chances to come out on top in the Big Ten West.last_img read more

State Cultural Affairs Department hands out federal relief funds, including to 11 organizations locally

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has awarded more than one million dollars in federal coronavirus relief.The administrator of the Iowa Arts Council David Schmitz says the money was spread out to 173 organizations statewide, including 11 here in north-central Iowa. .  “The smallest grant was for a thousand dollars — all the way up to 18 thousand dollars for some of our largest groups,” Schmitz says.Schmitz says the money is important right now. “In the context of their overall annual budget — these grants aren’t going to close a budget shortfall for any of them or certainly help them make ends meet for an entire year. But what they really do is look at them as kind of like a bridge,” he says.Schmitz says that bridge will help them keep things going until they can again get back to their traditional revenue streams. “Obviously every industry has been hurting a little bit in the last couple of months. What is unique for out industry that we serve, arts and culture is they kind of lost every single revenue stream at once,” according to Schmitz. “If you think about it, admissions, once people walk in the door then they patronize the gift shop. They might sign a kid up for a class. All those things just dried up overnight.”And many of the organizations have endowments that have been hit by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “Obviously market returns aren’t looking so good this year, “Schmitz says, “so, it was just a huge and unanticipated impact all at once. These dollars are really helpful to a lot of those groups.”He says many of the organizations play a big role in their communities, and keeping them going is important. “These are people who then go out and buy groceries, they are people who spent money in their local economy. So it’s really important that these groups that are engines for the local economies can keep going,” Schmitz says.The list of grant recipients includes art, history, and children’s museums; arboretums and botanical gardens; aquariums and science centers; performing arts venues, vocal music groups, and theaters; historical societies and historic homes; film and media organizations; and arts and cultural heritage festivals.The local recipients include:$18,000 to the Surf Ballroom & Museum in Clear Lake$9000 to the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City$2500 to the North Iowa Band Festival Foundation of Mason City$2500 to Wright on the Park in Mason City$2500 to the Charles City Arts Center$2500 to the Floyd County Historical Society and Museum in Charles City$2500 to La Luz Hispana in Hampton$2500 to South Square in St. Ansgar$2500 to the Winnebago County Historical Society in Forest City$2500 to the Heartland Museum Foundation in Clarion$1000 to the National 19th Amendment Society/Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home Museum in Charles Citylast_img read more

Get Your Short Poem Displayed on Sidewalks for Spring Arts Walk

first_imgFacebook79Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaPoet Laureate Amy Solomon-Minarchi and the City of Olympia are seeking submissions of short poems (3-6 lines) to be displayed on city sidewalks during Spring Arts Walk 2017.The featured poems will be “painted” using a water resistant coating so that the poems will become visible when it rains. The poems selected will portray positive messages of art, life and nature.Please submit poems via email to [email protected] with “Writing in the Rain Submission-(your name)” in the title of the e-mail. Deadline for receipt of submissions is Monday, April 10, 2017.For more information about the City of Olympia Poet Laureate Program, please visit