Kendrick Lamar has released his highly anticipated soundtrack for Black Panther, the latest addition to Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe. The hip-hop icon was tapped to curate the release, which features tracks from SZA, James Blake, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Ghostface Killah, BadBadNotGood, Mos Def, Thundercat, Run The Jewels, Tyler The Creator, GZA, Method Man, and many more.Kendrick was chosen for the project by director Ryan Coogler, who said in a press release, “I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store.” As Kendrick explains, “The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision.”Black Panther is set to hit theaters on Friday, February 16th. The soundtrack, on the other hand, can be streamed, which can be streamed below. Dubbed Black Panther: The Album, the compilations also includes collaborative tracks from Schoolboy Q & 2 Chainz, Khalid & Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples & Yugen Blackrock, Anderson .Paak & Ab-Soul, among others.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Yesterday, David Byrne celebrated the release of American Utopia, his first solo album in more than a decade. To help mark the occasion, the former Talking Heads frontman stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a chat and a performance.Byrne spoke with Colbert about his musical about the infamously extravagant former Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos, and the dictatorial family that ran the country at that time. On that note, he asked Byrne if there was anyone in the Trump administration that he would want to write a musical about. As Byrne explains:Oh, I was thinking about this earlier. I was thinking about Jared Kushner. … I was just thinking If I had to write from his point of view–obviously, you have to write from his point of to get the audience to buy into what he’s feeling. And obviously, he has the face of stone. You don’t see any feeling, just the stare. But you know something’s going on in there. And I think it’s, his thing is, “I can’t let what happened to my Daddy happen to me.” … Daddy went to jail for doing some bad things.Jared, it’s like a Greek tragedy. Everything that Jared does takes him closer to…what happened to Daddy! And he can’t stop it, it’s almost like “everything I do is like this magnet pulling me toward my fate.” … But Jared has a face of stone, so the acting part must be hard, I think.The pair also went on to speak about Byrnes ongoing endeavor to cataloging “reasons to be cheerful under Trump.” Byrne goes on to explain this “quite serious” endeavor, including a story about a Republican mayor in Texas oil country who put party politics aside for the greater good.Finally, Colbert told a story about how he skipped Talking Heads’ now-legendary “Stop Making Sense” tour when he was in college to be a responsible student and write a paper that was due the next day. He asked Byrne, “Did I make the right choice?” Byrne danced around his answer, asking what Colbert’s friends said when he decided to skip it and eventually siding with the friends’ point of view…because, let’s face it, you done messed up, Steve.David Byrne Interview[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]Later in the show, Byrne took the stage for an incredible, beautifully choreographed performance of “Everybody’s Coming To My House” with an identically-dressed ensemble that moved throughout the theatre during the performance–often around Colbert himself, who played along with amusement. You can watch David Byrne’s The Late Show performance below: David Byrne – “Everybody’s Coming To My House”[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]You can catch David Byrne’s American Utopia tour in a city near you this year. For a full list of upcoming shows, head to Byrne’s website.
More than 100 faculty, students, and staff from the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology gathered Wednesday in the Bauer courtyard to mark the promotion from associate to full professor of Kevin Eggan, Konrad Hochedlinger, and Amy Wagers. Each has made significant stem cell-related discoveries in recent years.The event included barbecue, music, and a cake decorated with an image of the three. There was also a dunk tank — not exactly the thing that comes to mind when you hear “Harvard professor,” but entertaining, and enticing, nonetheless. Department co-chairs Douglas Melton, Xander University Professor, and David Scadden, Jordan Professor of Medicine, presided over the festivities, congratulating the trio on their achievements and welcoming them to the tenured ranks.In mostly lighthearted (and brief) comments, Scadden talked about some of the quirky features of the job, including a strange encounter here and there, and shared the results of a Google search for the term “professor” that found, among other things, an opinion poll calling it the most overrated profession. Surveys, however, don’t capture everything, Scadden said.“They don’t talk about the deep satisfaction that comes with a job dedicated to creating new knowledge, to mentoring young people, and that makes you part of a community that deeply cares about the world,” he said.Of the three new professors — who mingled and chatted during the event — only Eggan braved the dunk tank, climbing onto the seat and daring anyone to try to dump him in the water. There were several hits with the big yellow softballs; the throwers seeming to relish dumping him in the drink, particularly when he was brazen enough to stand on the seat.A dripping Eggan said that the tenure decisions of all three coming close together was particularly gratifying, because they all arrived at Harvard at roughly the same time and have come to know each other well.“This is something you look forward to your entire professional life,” said Eggan, who came to Harvard in 2003 as a junior fellow of the Society of Fellows.Wagers, who gave birth to her son, Henry, two weeks ago, claimed to have a doctor’s note excusing her from the dunk tank. She found out about the tenure decision while in Japan at a stem cell conference. Melton broke the news during a Skype call one morning, and, later that day, Wagers chased the sun home through multiple time zones.“I flew back, so the day I got tenure was the longest day of my life,” Wagers said. “I’ve wanted to be a scientist since I was 10.”Hochedlinger, more than 10 years removed from leaving the University of Vienna for doctoral and postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he was relieved to find out he had survived the review process when Scadden sent him a text message saying, “Congratulations, Professor.”Eggan said the celebration was part of belonging to a community that has grown since the department was established in 2007 as Harvard’s first to span two faculties — the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School.He’s already looking forward to the pig roast in September.
State election officials are bracing for two trains on a possible collision course this fall: potential record turnout for the Nov. 3 general election, and an expected surge of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly COVID-19.Besides health concerns over so many voters clustered together in line, election officials also fear that poll workers, who are often older than 60 and thus at higher risk for COVID complications, will be hard to find this fall. Just such staffing shortages prompted some states to significantly reduce the number of polling locations during the recent primaries, contributing to hours-long waiting times in predominantly African American precincts in Georgia, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. In response, most states are considering more socially distanced methods, with voting by mail or curbside voting among the most popular.And those are just some of the logistical problems. Like mask-wearing, adapting election preparations to the COVID-19 era has quickly taken on an ideological cast in some parts of the country, as Democrats and Republicans fight over which voter requirements and restrictions should be lifted in light of the pandemic and which should remain in place, all of which has many fearful that Election Day could be shaping up to be a disaster.“I am very, very, very worried about November,” said E.J. Dionne ’73, visiting professor in religion and political culture at Harvard Divinity School and a veteran political journalist. “I don’t think we’re doing enough to get ready for Election Day.”And at this point, there’s not much time or available money for cash-strapped state governments to get it done, said Miles Rapoport, former secretary of state in Connecticut and now senior practice fellow in American democracy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).One of the biggest hurdles for election organizers and voters is handling a total overhaul of our typical practices. In 2018, just 23.1 percent of those casting votes mailed their ballots, while 59.6 percent voted in person, according to U.S. Census data. With a possible huge shift to mail-in voting, states would have to adjust systems and processes for storing, printing, and distributing ballots and staffing levels to receive, sort, and count incoming ballots, which may arrive any time right up through Election Day. In addition, the public will need to be instructed how to complete the ballots and reminded of deadlines to mail them back. Declaring the winners in state and national races may be delayed by days or even weeks, depending on the deadlines states set, if a majority of voters opt to vote by mail.While every state permits citizens who will be away or otherwise absent on Election Day to vote by mail, known as absentee voting, many require such voters to have a reason that meets strict criteria, such as illness or work conflicts, before they can receive a ballot. Far fewer permit voters to do so by right, like Colorado where everyone votes by mail, or as a matter of preference.,This spring, at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown, 11 of 16 states, including Massachusetts, that usually allow absentee voting only with an approved excuse, temporarily lifted that requirement for the primaries. Though Massachusetts will now offer that option for the general election in November, many of those states still have not yet announced whether they’ll do so this fall. Connecticut, New Jersey, and California, among others, will send ballots directly to all registered voters, while other states, including New York, Illinois, and Michigan, will allow anyone to vote by mail, but will require they first request a ballot, an extra step that may discourage some, say proponents of mail-in voting.About $400 million was set aside for election upgrades in the first congressional bailout package approved this spring. It’s a good start, Rapoport said, but to get states ready and operating on a more level playing field, an estimated $4 billion is needed to pay for things such as updated voting lists, new machines to scan mail-in ballots, postage, and development of new, more robust procedures to handle the expected influx of mail-in ballots. So far, that hasn’t happened.Rapoport and Dionne have been thinking about these issues for a while as part of a working group convened by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at HKS and the Brookings Institution that has been looking at how the country could improve civic participation by revising how voting and elections are conducted. In a new report, the group proposes requiring all adults to vote, framing it as a civic responsibility similar to jury duty, and allowing any voter to cast a ballot by mail.Miles Rapoport, former secretary of state in Connecticut and now a Kennedy School fellow, is part of a working group convened by the Ash Center and the Brookings Institution exploring how the country could improve civic participation. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard StaffThough the federal government can provide money and offer assistance, states control every aspect of voting except the date of Election Day, such as how elections are run, how and when voter registration takes place, the methods used to cast votes, what ballots look like, and how close races are handled.That local control comes with a price.“The core problem with the U.S. is you don’t have a single expert federal authority that runs elections that could have lots of resources, lots of expertise. You have 50 political secretaries of state; you have thousands of counties, all of which administer their own elections, and so, you’re never going to have uniform improvement or uniform competence when you have such a decentralized electoral system,” said Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos, an election law expert at Harvard Law School.Despite this era of political polarization, there are some bipartisan efforts at both the state and congressional level to ensure every registered voter can safely participate in November, Rapoport notes. But legal challenges by Republicans to block or limit the use of mail-in ballots suggests that politics will drive some states’ decisions about how to adapt voting to the pandemic.“There certainly is, among some Republican strategists, the idea that if fewer people vote, that is a political benefit to [them], and if COVID-19 provides a reason for refusing to make adjustments that they know would advance turnout, that’s really problematic for our democracy,” said Rapoport.Many Republican-led state legislatures and governors oppose expanding mail-in voting, and where Democratic governors and state legislatures have pushed ahead with it, a number of Republican groups and party affiliates have filed suit to block those efforts. Democrats in Texas are in federal court seeking to expand that state’s narrow criteria for voting by mail to include anyone who fears risks of COVID-19. “The core problem with the U.S. is you don’t have a single expert federal authority that runs elections that could have lots of resources, lots of expertise.” — Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Harvard Law School But the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts ’76, J.D. ’79, appears to be very interested in the way elections are run, which could open the door to potentially important judicial review in the coming months, he said.“I think as soon as you see lower courts mandating mail-in voting or mandating that there are more polling places … [this] Supreme Court might insert itself into those cases,” said Stephanopoulos.Critics point to the Court’s 2013 decision to lift voter protections that had been established in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to guard against disenfranchisement efforts against African Americans in nine states, mostly in the South, as facilitating voter suppression. Split along ideological lines, the 5-4 decision opened the door to a rash of new measures put in place in Republican-controlled states that made it harder for African Americans and others who typically vote for Democrats, like college students, to cast ballots, many Democrats and others argue.Shuttering polling places in populous cities, forbidding college students to vote where they attend school, disenrolling voters if they have not voted in two consecutive elections, instituting signature “matching” requirements, and accepting only state-issued IDs or concealed-carry gun permits in order to vote — but not college IDs from state universities — are among some of the efforts critics say are designed to suppress Democratic voters. Republicans say they protect from voter fraud.“I think Roberts and the majority of the court are very disinclined to rule in favor of voting-rights plaintiffs,” said Stephanopoulos. “It’s really hard to come up with a neutral, good-faith defense of what the Roberts court is doing in this area, and it’s not just in these recent cases. It goes back 15 years. You can look at the Roberts court’s record on photo IDs, on the Voting Rights Act, on partisan gerrymandering, on money in politics. On every single issue that implicates elections, they’re relentlessly doing what ends up benefiting their ideological side.”Whether the Supreme Court will factor into the 2020 election isn’t clear right now. With the 2016 election decided by fewer than 80,000 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and a litigious Trump musing about not accepting the 2020 results should he lose, Stephanopoulos said the possibility that another presidency could be decided by the Supreme Court, while not likely, is not impossible.“The hope of election law administrators and scholars is that we don’t have a nail-biter of an election; we have an election where one side or the other clearly wins,” he said. “There’s a phrase: ‘We want an election result that’s outside the margin of litigation.’” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. When we can’t even agree on what is real Related Wanted: A firewall to protect U.S. elections Study shows bias of left and right extends to perceptions of verifiable fact Authors Wittes and Hennessey say he’s bucked norms and expanded power, but whether others will follow his lead is unclear Has Trump remade the presidency? The case Stephanopoulos said he’s most closely watching is one filed by the Republican National Committee and several affiliated organizations that seeks to bar the state of California from sending ballots to every eligible voter. State officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, say they want to avoid forcing citizens to choose between exercising their right to vote and risking their health. But Republicans, including President Trump and Attorney General William Barr, claim without evidence that mail-in voting invites fraud and makes it easier for foreign actors to interfere in elections. In June, the president said the “biggest risk” to his reelection is losing these legal fights to stop the expansion of mail-in voting.“We have many lawsuits going all over. And if we don’t win those lawsuits, I think — I think it puts the election at risk,” Trump told Politico.Given the decisions in prior cases where one party sought to limit voting, Stephanopoulos anticipates the courts will not side with the Republican plaintiffs. But a decision in their favor could have game-changing implications for the general election, with “all sorts of spillover effects into other states,” he said.Wherever possible, the courts have been reticent to intervene in election disputes or establish new precedents that might affect voting or create new burdens, particularly in the weeks and months before an election, unless the harm of not doing so was clear and far-reaching, said Stephanopoulos. Major bipartisan Harvard initiative seeks safeguards to ensure future voting integrity
Sophomore Parents Weekend at Saint Mary’s presents an opportunity for Belles to create stronger bonds with classmates as sisters as well as share their experiences with loved ones.Sophomore Class Council representatives Kassy Acosta and Michelle Lester worked with vice president for student affairs Karen Johnson to organize the events for the weekend. The festivities start Friday with a reception with food and drinks to allow parents and daughters to mingle.“It is a tradition at Saint Mary’s to invite the parents to campus for a fun weekend with their daughters,” Lester said in an email. “It’s a fun weekend to spend with your parents.”The weekend’s events continue Saturday and Sunday, and include information sessions on study abroad and internship opportunities, Lester said.“Saturday afternoon, the parents and students are invited to enjoy Student Activity Board’s Oktoberfest,” Lester said. “At 3 p.m., we will have our main event: the dinner. This year we will be hosting the dinner as a ND game watch party in the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom. … The football watch party is new to the weekend.”The weekend concludes with an invitation to Sunday Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto.Sophomore Parents Weekend is an RSVP-only event, but Acosta said she encourages students to attend future parent weekends to share their experiences with family members.“Sophomore Parents Weekend is an amazing opportunity for Belles to show their parents a small part of their life here at Saint Mary’s,” Acosta said in an email. “I would encourage every Belle to join in future parent weekends such as Junior Moms and Senior Dads because it encourages families to come together and make memories throughout their college journey.”Acosta has been a class representative since she was a first year student, and she said she enjoys collaborating with peers to produce fulfilling events such as Sophomore Parents Weekend.“I applied to be a Class Representative my freshman year, and I have graciously been given the opportunity to continue to represent my class and provide fun events for them to continue to grow as sisters throughout their time here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “I love being able to represent not only my class, but the Saint Mary’s … community in the most positive way.” Belonging to Class Council has given Acosta the chance to create strong friendships with other students, she said. Activities put on by the group endorse the formation of these types of bonds, Acosta said.“I am also proud of my co-rep [Lester], who has been a sister and best friend here at Saint Mary’s,” Acosta said. “Class Council has allowed me to find a place here at Saint Mary’s, and I am eternally grateful for it.”Tags: Class Council, Sophomore Parents Weekend
Penny Dreadful, Featuring Broadway Vet Reeve Carney, is Renewed Penny Dreadful, the thriller series featuring former Spiderman Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, has been picked up by Showtime for a second season. Deadline reports that filming will go into production later this year and shoot on location in Dublin prior to a 2015 launch. Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. First Wives Club Could Be Broadway-Bound The stage adaptation of the hit 1996 movie First Wives Club, which didn’t make it to Broadway after a San Diego run back in 2009 starring Barbara Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Karen Ziemba, is once again eyeing the Great White Way. This time the tuner is aiming to open on Broadway in fall 2015, following a spring engagement in Chicago. An equity casting notice reveals that Simon Phillips is on board to direct the tuner, which has music and lyrics by Motown’s Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, along with a book by Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Rupert Holmes. Actress Anna Berger Dies at 91 Stage and screen actress Anna Berger has died aged 91, according to The New York Times. Her Broadway credits included Unlikely Heroes, The Rose Tattoo, Gideon and Twilight Walk. She was perhaps best known for her work on screen for The Sopranos and in Woody Allen’s Crime and Misdemeanors. Reeve Carney Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Reflections on Happiness The below video is eerie, touching and well worth watching. Acting legend Philip Seymour Hoffman had taped some reflections on the meaning of happiness with the philosopher Simon Critchley just a year before his untimely death in February aged only 46. The recently released interview has been made into the most extraordinary animated short by Patrick Smith and David Gerlach, with at one point the Oscar winner and Tony nominee admitting: “There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.” Heartbreaking. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files View Comments Jeremy Jordan
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaChildren need after-school snacks. But University of Georgiaexperts say parents need to help kids make snacking the healthy,safe habit it needs to be.To supply the energy they need to stay healthy and active,children have to eat more calories and more often, said JanBaggarly, UGA Extension Service coordinator in Bibb County.Children are growing fast. And they’re usually more active thanadults.But parents need to guide children to make healthy snack choices,Baggarly said. To help them do that, keep plenty of healthysnacks on hand.A nutritious snack provides food from at least one of the FoodGuide Pyramid food groups, Baggarly said. At the same time, itisn’t too high in fat, sugar or salt.”Often, children don’t get all the nutrition they need fromeating regular meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, so snacksbecome essential,” she said. “Making healthy snacks available forkids after school is a great way to keep their energy levels upand not spoil their dinner.”Plan aheadBut snacks should be planned for, she said. They shouldn’t justhappen.Baggarly suggests these nutritious snacks: cheese and crackers,peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt, hard-cooked eggs,cold cereal, fresh and dried fruits, raw vegetables and dips madefrom low-fat ingredients, popcorn, graham crackers and vanillawafers.You don’t have to leave cookies off the list, either. “Just makesure they’re made with low-fat ingredients,” she said.One way to reduce fat in cookies is by using applesauce in placeof shortening when making oatmeal cookies. This alteration alonecuts the fat by one-third.After-school drinks can add extra calories to a child’s diet,too. Baggarly said sugar drinks like Kool-Aid, soft drinks or”fruit drinks” are poor choices for snack time. Fruit juices madefrom real fruit (check the label) are much better.Milk is an excellent choice, too. “And today you can buy it in avariety of flavors, which helps its appeal,” she said.Food safetyParents help their kids make safe choices, too, said JudyHarrison, an Extension Service food safety specialist with theUGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Moms and dads need to establish some basic kitchen rules andconsider putting them in writing,” she said. “For instance, manychildren begin to use the microwave as early as age seven. Butyou may not want your child (doing this) unsupervised.”Improper use of a microwave, she said, can cause severe burns.”Teach your children to open packages and remove lids so thatsteam escapes away from their faces,” she said, “and to use potholders or oven mitts when handling hot foods.”Harrison suggests teaching your children four simple steps tokeeping food safe: clean, separate, cook and chill. Keep counters and tables clean. Choose someplace else toplace books, book bags or anything else that might contaminatefood. Always wash hands with soap and warm, running water for atleast 20 seconds before touching food. And use clean plates andutensils. Wash fruits and vegetables with cool, running waterbefore you eat them.Keep raw foods like meats away from ready-to-eat foods.If you’re warming leftovers, make sure you reheat them to 165degrees Fahrenheit. Parents should teach their children how touse a food thermometer to check the temperature of cooked food.Put refrigerated foods back in the fridge after your snack isready. If you get the milk out, don’t leave it out. Put it back. Older children who have permission to use the microwave canprepare microwave popcorn (“but hold the butter, please,” shesaid), baked potatoes or lower-fat hot dogs. Or they can reheatleftovers.Kids deserve a little refreshment after a hard day at school,Harrison said. Just make sure it’s safely prepared and good forthem.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
All it takes is one wrong move in the woods and you could have an unwanted guest at your campsite. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to keep your family camping trip safe and secure from potentially dangerous animals.1. Eliminate odors from food and suppliesBlack bears roam all over the Blue Ridge Mountains with a population of 300,000 in the U.S. alone, making them a common concern amongst campers. Many established campgrounds throughout the Blue Ridge feature bear resistant trash receptacles to reduce the chances of bears smelling any types of food odors. It’s not only trash that will attract a bear; toiletry items such as toothpaste, soap, lotions, deodorant or bug sprays (especially citronella) should be secured from bears as well. To keep your food, supplies and gear away from bears, there are several different ways to keep them out of a bears reach. You could keep them in a hard-sided vehicle, a certified food storage container, or put it all in a bag and hang it between two trees at least 10 feet from the ground.2. Stop by the store and grab the basicsStock up your packs with flashlights and bear spray to keep in the tent at night. Flashlights can always be useful to help find things and point you in the right direction when walking at night. The bear spray, on the other hand, is a purchase that you most likely and hopefully will never use but is something worth having for that extra piece of mind when you hear rustling in the woods.3. Get loud!It might seem strange, but being loud will keep many of the furry creatures out of sight. With that said, if you have close-by neighbors, don’t cause a full out ruckus. The sounds of the campfire crackling, voices, and other man-made sounds like car engines usually do the trick in scaring off wildlife.4. Keep pets on leash… alwaysAs much as you may love and trust your pets to stay close by, it’s not worth the risk of letting them roam off on their own. An alternative to always holding the other end of the leash is buying a spiral stake to put in the ground to keep the pup close by while granting him or her a little freedom to roam.5. Be ready for the non-furry threatsWhen it comes to snakes, be particularly careful if you move logs or brush as most snakes get to moving when their environment is tampered with. If snakes are a high concern of yours in a particular area, consider wearing sturdy boots and gloves when moving such things.6. Keep your distanceMost animals will scare off easily from a far distance. However, in the instance of getting a bit too close to a bear or other animal, you should brush up on what to do in the event that you are in a face-to-face situation. While these circumstances are extraordinarily rare, it is better to be prepared than to make a wrong move.7. Wear different clothes cooking and to bedHave you ever gone to a restaurant and can distinctly smell the food even hours after you’ve left? The same happens in the wilderness. Cooking smells cling to fabric and can attract bears, making the clothes you wore while making dinner not the best pajamas. Store your “cooking clothes” in an airtight bag or container to reduce the risk of any wildlife catching a whiff.8. Keep it cleanYour campsite, that is. Continuously making an effort to scrub pots and pans and picking up trash throughout the day’s adventures will work wonders in making it less of a task to keep your site pest free.9. Consider a bear proof cooler, especially for car campingDefinitely not necessary, but it is a precaution that might be suitable for some. If your cooler is on its last leg and you are looking for an upgrade, there are always certified bear tested coolers that are sure to keep your food and beverages cold and the bears locked out.10. Know the area you are inOne of the sharpest tools you can have up against wildlife is knowledge and familiarity with the woods you will be setting up camp in. For information on the wildlife in the area, you can seek out tips from the local park ranger or wildlife official.Getting outdoors for a camping adventure is an enjoyable, freeing experience that is almost never dangerous, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be prepared in the event of an unlikely guest.
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If you think guns are the No. 1 problem in this country, think again. It’s drugs sold on the streets, in drug stores and elsewhere.The next problem is the easy buying of guns all over the United States. Most people know this is true. The government has to take a big-time look at all of this and change all the old-fashioned laws that don’t seem to work. This time, we all have to work together and get the proper laws passed in all areas to put a stop to this madness.Another law that could go into effect is to give everyone a 90- or 120-day notice to have automatic guns turned in, no questions asked. After that, if someone gives any information on someone who has an automatic gun and that gun is found by law enforcement authorities, that person faces a jail term of 10 years, plus more if other guns are found.It sounds unfair, but this is what it many take to get rid of the automatic guns that people now have. It won’t be easy, but we have to do something now, not later. We don’t need another Las Vegas event.Sid GordonSaratogaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion