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Boris Becker Returns to Germany After Release From British Prison
"German tennis legend Boris Becker has returned to Germany after serving 8 months in a British prison, Becker, who has lived in the UK since 2012, traveled immediately back to Germany after being released. The three time Wimbledon champion had been sentenced to 30 months in prison in April for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he was declared bankrupt, Becker's lawyer said the tennis star has served his sentence, and is no longer subject to penal restrictions in Germany, Karen
Miranda Devine's Big Takeaways From 'The Twitter Files'
"Joining us now is Miranda divine author of laptop from hell and New York Post columnist. Miranda, welcome back to the program, Miranda. We certainly learned a lot this last weekend thanks to the Twitter files. What was the great revelation or biggest takeaway in your opinion? Thanks, Charlie. Look, I think what was useful was I guess that there was a lot of conversation going on in Twitter about whether or not they were going to censor our story and say it was material. And probably the most interesting for me was James baker, who was Twitter's what is deputy general counsel. I think one of its top lawyers. Who joined Twitter just 5 months before the 2020 election. And he previously had been the FBI's top lawyer. And he was heavily involved in all the Russia collusion scams from the alpha bank to the, you know, stealed off the air crossed by a hurricane, et cetera and so he was there was an email that met taidi who's the sub stack journalist who was tasked by Elon Musk to disseminate the Twitter files on Friday. He put out an email which unfortunately had the date and time shorn off it for some unknown reason. And that was from James baker on a presume the day that Twitter sends it our story in October of 2020. And he was weighing in four censorship. So James Becker, I think, is a crucial figure in this. He was a crucial figure throughout the sort of dirty tricks that the FBI or a cabal inside the FBI were playing to try and undermine and dislodge Donald Trump throughout his administration,
Candy, cash, gifts: How rewards help recovery from addiction
"For an increasing number of Americans addiction treatment involves not only hard work but also earning rewards Harold Lewis and Connecticut has been fighting drug addiction for years Things have changed since he started earning small prizes I'll take the stop and shop gift card It's for attending meetings and staying in treatment for opioid addiction Psychologist Sarah Becker at northwestern university says rewards programs are powerful Biologically the use of substances lights up the same part of the brain that is lit up when a person wins the lottery falls in love or experiences something really positive and exciting Studies have shown rewards work better than counseling alone for addictions It's working for Harold Lewis It makes recovery fun because recovery should be fun because you're getting your life back And the Biden administration backs the method in its national drug control strategy I'm Ed Donahue
The latest in sports
"EP sports arm Josh Valtteri was a busy day on the diamond and let's start with the mets which continued their winning ways More from correspondent Dave ferry The mets lead the NL east by three and a half games over the braves following New York's 8th win in 9 games 9 5 at Washington Daniel Vogel back's first Homer since joining the mets was a Grand Slam in the 5th inning It's always good to hit home runs But more importantly we want a series And it was really really good team win Pete Alonso smashed his 28th home run A two run shot that gives him a national league leading 86 RBIs Chris Bassett tossed 7 scoreless settings to help the mets finish 5 and one on their road trip Bassett allowed 6 hits and a walk I'm Dave ferry In New York the Mariners got early power to get past the Yankees 7 three Newly acquired Luis Castillo was staked to a 6 zero lead before he towed the rubber for the first time as a Mariner It's always good going up there with so much like a little bit of a cushion I mean I go up there a little bit with more of a plan a little bit more relaxed when I get up there Castillo allowed three runs over 6 and two thirds innings Nick Castellanos 8th inning home run proved to be the game winner as the Phillies won in Atlanta three one ending a strong road swing for a Philadelphia team battling for an NL wild card spot I lost yesterday to be able to get this win and to come back 5 and one on the road trip Every game is important especially within our division In the NFL the league is reportedly seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year plus a fine and appealing a disciplinary officer's decision to suspend Cleveland brown's quarterback deshaun Watson for 6 games for violating the league's personal conduct policy The NFL's appeal gives commissioner Roger Goodell or someone he designates authority to impose a stiffer penalty And a big blow to women's college basketball as one of the sport's most recognizable faces Yukon star Paige Becker's will miss the entire upcoming season with a torn ACL I'm Josh rowntree AP sports
"becker" Discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast
"All right, thanks for the phone call, Peter, 8 8 8 9 6 6 HR N, the number of the call to talk to track announcer Kurt Becker, 888-966-4776. Kurt sailing Owens second question was, is there one race in history? You would have liked to have called. Oh, there's a terrific question, especially if one enjoys racing history. I would say that there's not one that no, here's why. Here's why I say no. The reason I say no is because I enjoy going back and listening to the race calls of the individuals who did call these great historic races. I'll give you an example. I've always said that if you want to erase that is fundamentally very sound as a race call, go back and listen to chick Anderson's call of the 1977 Kentucky Derby won by Seattle slew. I just think as far as method and approach, it was a tremendous call. Mike bataglia. Mike's call of the 1981 Kentucky Derby won by pleasant colony. That's one of my all time favorite calls. You go back and listen to delivery is just so smooth as he works his way through that big bulky field and there's all this chaos as typically happens during that charge into the first turn and I loved the fact how Mike never loses his composure. It's just a steady, consistent type of delivery. So I actually enjoy going back and listening to that type of thing. I will say this, Mike. You think about maybe the most memorable race in the modern era secretariat winning the Belmont by 31 lengths and I've shared this with Mike before. Folks who know me know I'm reluctant to call a close photo finish. And there are a couple of reasons for that, not the least of which is at keenland, the booth is a long way from either of the two finish lines, but I had to laugh because I had a coworker at kingdom to tell me one day. He said, you know, I think if you could go back in time and if you could have called secretary Belmont win by 31 legs, you would have said it was too close to call. Fantastic story and thanks for the questions, Sally Ellen. Tom sends in from Maryland and wants to know Kurt, which is harder to announce. NASCAR, thoroughbred races, harness races, or an auction, and why? These are situations that all involve a different skill set, Tom, and they each present their own challenges. And there's different types of pressure that go with each. I would say that the most pressure probably falls to calling either harness races or thoroughbred races. And the reason for that is it all falls on you. You are the only voice people are hearing. If you get lost, if you lose your train of thought, if you can't see if there's a glare from the sun or what have you, you've got nowhere to turn. At least on a NASCAR broadcast, I've got a team of coworkers and fellow broadcasters, and I know I can always punt to them if I'm in a tough spot with the auctions. It's the same thing. At least even though you're the only announcer on the stand, you've got the auctioneer. You've got the ring man. You've got plenty of other folks that you're working with who at least give you of nothing else a sense of, I'm not the only person out here. I'm not on an island by myself. So I would say harness and thoroughbred for that reason are the two most difficult of the four that Tom has mentioned. Then if I had to narrow it down further, I would say at least my experience is thoroughbred is more difficult, at least for me. Maybe because of the fact I grew up with harness and from the time I was a kid, I felt more comfortable with it. The other thing is harness racing so often. And this has changed to some degree over the years, but a lot of times you're talking single file racing or you've got one line of horses on the inside lane one on the outside lane. Doesn't mean it's still not difficult to call, but with thoroughbred racing, you seem to have more of a free wheeling running style horses in every lane of the racetrack without having to pull a race bike. I think it gives a thorough bread more maneuverability to change lanes, go right, go left, squeeze through and opening on the rail. And of course, you've got the jockeys wearing silks registered to the owner, unlike harness racing, where most drivers have colors that are registered to themselves personally. So you've got to get used to different silks, different owner silks from race to race. So for all of those reasons, at least for me, I've always found of the four that Tom has mentioned. NASCAR, harness racing thoroughbred racing or auction announcing, I would suggest that for me, thoroughbred racing is the most difficult. All right, Kurt, we're down to about one minute left here in the segment before we have to get to that commercial break. The final question comes from D Wayne Lucas, who wants to know what the hell is herb doing on the show? This is fantastic. Mike is referring to the fact that back in 2013, I was part of the horse racing radio network coverage of the Preakness stakes that was won by oxbow trained by Wayne Lucas. And I thought it was really neat. I thought it was a great story and here's the coach and he's back winning a Triple Crown race. So a few months later, I saw Dwayne in the corridor at kingdom at the September sale. And I introduced myself, I said, mister Lucas, I said, my name is Kurt Becker. I'm the track announcer here at keenland. I said I just wanted you to know I thought it was fantastic to see you win the oxbow. And he was very congenial. He smiled warmly. He shook my hand. He said, thanks her. I appreciate that. You know you've made it when. Absolutely. No question when the coach calls you herb, you know you've made it, but I always get it. That's why some of my fellow announcers Larry colvin Travis stone. If you ever notice on Twitter, they will often call me her, or they will sign it hashtag herb, and that's the reason why. It's a great story. Kurt Becker, ladies and gentlemen, Kurt appreciate you taking the time to answer our listener questions. On this segment, next week, folks will have a chance to call in and talk with none other than the big a Anthony stabile, who will be joining us on wood Memorial Day from aqueduct, and you'll get a chance to call.
"becker" Discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast
"Kurt about calling he's on fire, so there you go. Well, that's a tremendous memory that LT has and LT is exactly right. I called races at Louisville downs, the old harness track on poplar level road in Louisville, Kentucky, which is long since now has become the Churchill bounds training center. And I was at Louisville downs in the fall of 88 through the winter of 88, 89. And yes, I remember the late Bill king, who was the proprietor of Louisville downs, a great guy did a lot for me. The racing secretary was a man by the name of Mick Myers. I actually shared an apartment with Dan Klein from the broadcast service and photo finish department. So that brings back a lot of fun memory. So Louisville downs was a terrific place because it was a half mile race track. So as far as your sight lines, it was the fish in a barrel type of scenario where you could always see the horses and see them clearly they had great night racing programs there. The other thing I remember regarding the phrase horse making a big rally and saying he's on fire. I backed away from that type of thing as I transitioned to thoroughbreds for a couple of reasons. Number one, I learned that handicappers, if you're gonna give a big call like that, as I got more experience, you better darn well be certain that horse is gonna win. If you start giving a big call down the stretch, the so and so is on fire and then they run fourth or third, they're gonna be people saying, hey, mister track announcer, what happened to the horse you were just carrying on about. And the other, the other thing is when I went to keenland because of keenland having not had a track announcer for their first 60 years, that was that was a transition where one had to be careful. And you didn't want to come in and overpower the audience or overpower the listener. So even now after 25 years at candle and I'm still a little careful to maybe a little more subdued about my delivery, I had a buddy one day that he sent me a text and he said you can loosen up a little bit. You sound like you're reading the phonebook to the rotary club. So I guess there's a balance that you eventually find, but I think we've loosened up somewhat at keenland over the years. If you have ever wanted to talk to track and answer Kurt Becker, here is your chance, HR and nation, the number to call 888-966-4776. That is 8 8 8 9 6 6 hr, Kurt, another email question for you. Sally Ellen in Maryland has a couple of questions, actually. She said, although mister Becker is an icon as the first announcer at keelan, is there another track he would like to call a race. Interesting. That is interesting. I've been fortunate to call races at a number of other tracks weather as the full-time track announcer or on a substitute basis, for example, my para mutual thoroughbred experience began in Chicago and I was fortunate to call at Hawthorne, the old sportsman's park, Arlington park. It's heartbreaking to me, especially being a native Illinois to realize that as things now stand two of those three tracks are no longer active, but I'm grateful and I've had a chance to call it all three of those in the Chicago area. I have had a chance to fill in a turfway park years ago for Mike the taglia for a program or two. Tom durkin and John embryo, they asked me to fill in back 2008 when Tom was tied up with the NBC gig with Triple Crown coverage. I got a chance to go out and call races at Belmont park for a couple of weeks that spring, which was absolutely a thrill. As far as the question, is there any track that you haven't called where you would like to call? I will say this. I'm satisfied, being the track announcer at keen. I should have mentioned also Churchill dance, my goodness. To have the chance from the folks at Churchill to be the track announcer for a couple of seasons and call The Kentucky Derby. I will always owe a huge debt of gratitude to the folks at Churchill downs. That that is something I always take great pride in being able to say that I had a chance to do and the folks to this day I always enjoy chance to go over chat with them there and good friends on the Kentucky circuit. But Sally Ellen had technically asked, is there a track you haven't done yet? No, I've never really looked and said, oh, I wish or want to be the track announcer there, but I will say this, there are track announcers I certainly envy and I'm a Midwest guy, flat land, cornfields, bean fields, wheat fields, which are fine, but I will say Frank Mira Madi out there at Santa Anita. That backdrop with the San Gabriel mountains, that is absolutely beautiful. I love the beauty of Caitlin and I still rank Caitlin number one, but as a Midwest guy who doesn't get to see the mountains very often. I think Frank's got a great working environment. All right, I'll get to Sally Ellen's second question here momentarily. Kurt, but Peter is an Albany. Peter, go ahead. You are on the line. You are hosting the show with Kurt Becker. Well, it's an honor to speak to the most iconic course racing announcer that I've ever heard in my lifetime. My question is this. I know you only do the keenland meets, the spring and the fall meet, which are about three, three and a half weeks. I had heard through somebody's that the reason why you won't do more calling than those two, three week meets is because you do ask her. Is that true or is that not true? There is some truth to that. The truth lies in the fact that Peter's right. I do play by play for the folks at motor racing network, which is a network radio coverage of NASCAR for the top three divisions, the Cup Series, the Xfinity series, and the camping world truck series. Now, with that said, it's not that I am opposed to doing more track announcing if it would fit around the schedule I've got. That's one thing about motor racing network. I've got to give them a lot of credit here because they understand I grew up in a horse racing family. Although it was a standard bread family, they know that horses are something that go back literally to my childhood. So every year, what motor racing network does, they're kind enough to say, send us your candle and dates. And we will work you into our schedule around that. Now, with that said, that's not to say that there couldn't be another opportunity, I suppose, that would come up down the road, but I've been fortunate because I enjoy both sports. I love both sports. So right now, I'm content that I get to have a foot in each world, so to speak..
"becker" Discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast
"All right, well, without further ado, I welcome my good friend, the multi talented Kurt Becker to the program, you be the host that is time for you to host the show, HR and nation. Kurt appreciate the visit, my friend. Thanks for taking some time. Hey, Mike, it's good to be on with you. And you know, when you started this, I know this has been a recent feature that you've added with you be the host and I think it's really it's fantastic. It's a good chance for to hear from the public and exchange a few thoughts I'm looking forward to it. Yeah, Kenny mcpeek Jose Ortiz are the record holders thus far. They have each received 8 either phone calls or emails or social media questions. So aid is the record. We'll see if Kurt Becker can break it today. By the way, we're going to go right to the phone lines. We're not wasting any time. Bobby from bayside is on the line. Bobby, you're hosting the show. You're on with Kurt Becker. Go ahead. Hey, good morning, everyone. Kurt, how you guys call a horse race and get all the names and positions in place correctly and then end up flares that come down to stretch. I cut my teeth with a guy named Freddie cappuccino. To me was like the Babe Ruth. And then I actually had a chance at the right with Dave Johnson when he was calling him out cahokia down so I had a good friend of mine going to college out there. We got to interact with him a little bit, but you guys are amazing how you were able to keep that your most memorable race that you called that sticks in your mind. I'd appreciate hearing that, all right? And you guys run a great show. I enjoy it very, very much. Thanks, Bobby. Well, as Bobby appreciate the call, the as far as the most memorable race that I've called. It's really hard to get past American pharaoh winning the breeders cup classic and the reason I say that is the fact that, you know, for many, many years, the policy was that whoever did the race call for network television would actually also do the track call. So by the time that king host of the breeders cup the first time in 2015, that policy had changed. And so I was grateful. First of all, just grateful to have the opportunity because not all track announcers had ever had that chance when the breeders cup came to town and, you know, here's keenly in their first year of hosting it and you get the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and then he wins the breeders cup classic. That was, that was a special day and truly a special weekend. I remember looking through the binoculars when American pharaoh came off the final turn and at the back of my mind, that actually just for a brief second went through my mind. It enjoyed this because you may not ever have a chance to see something like this or describe something like this again. But I love the fact that Bobby mentioned Freddie cap asella, or Freddy was the voice of the New York racing association. I had heard his name, he was before my time, Mike, you took me with you and the HR RN crew out to Saratoga back in 2012 for the traverse stakes. And on Travers mourning, the New York racing association of the folks at Saratoga, they were playing old footage of past editions of the Travers on the big screen on the infield, and there were a lot of Freddie cap of cellar race calls. And I mean a chill went down my spine. It was amazing to hear 'cause I had never heard a Freddie cap to sell a call. But the man could put together a terrific stretch call, and then Bobby also mentioned Dave Johnson. And Bobby mentioned cahokia downs. Well, my hometown where I grew up and where I still live is about an hour and a half, if not less, from where cahokia sat and my late father was a standard bread steward, and he actually worked with Dave Johnson back in the 60s when Dave was calling both hardest and thoroughbred races on the metro E greater St. Louis circuit. So Bobby, I pulled out a few things there that brought back some fond memories. All right, thanks for the phone call, Bobby, 8 8 8 9 6 6 four 7 6 four 7 7 6. The number to call if you want to talk to Kurt Becker, you are hosting the show, HR and nation, this segment is all about you. 8 8 8 9 6 6 hr, you can also email the show. Mike at horse racing radio dot net and Kurt we do have a few folks who have emailed questions for you. So let me get to those as we await another caller. LT from Louisville wants to know. Well, first of all, he says, he was an identifier at red mile and Louisville downs. And he said, Kurt was probably 19 years old and was calling races at Louisville downs for the first time and didn't know how to get to Louisville down, so he followed me. After Louisville down's closed, I had to go get a real job and the guys I worked with were into racing and Kurt got the keenland job and I told them this guy is a great race caller. He said he used to call horses rallying from behind as here comes Mack Lebel, for example, middle of the track, he's on fire, and he said, ask Kurt about calling he's on fire, so there you go. Well, that's a tremendous memory that LT has and LT is exactly right..
"becker" Discussed on Encyclopedia Womannica
"Wander media network, I'm Jenny Kaplan, and this is a manica. This month we're talking about visionaries. Before today's visionary, female artists didn't paint themselves nude. Let alone nude and pregnant. A groundbreaking expressionist. This artist reimagined the way female bodies in all their forms were treated by western art. Let's talk about Paola motors on Becker. Paola Becker was born on February 8th, 1876. She was the third child of Matilda and Carl Voldemort, a strict and artistically inclined couple who lived in Dresden Germany. From an early age, paulus parents were invested in her creative pursuits. At one point, her mother took on a border to help pay for art lessons. When Paolo was 16, she was sent to stay with her aunt and uncle in London. Though she returned to Germany just a few months later, her time abroad and in classes at St. John's wood art school, sparked a passion for painting that would burn for the rest of her life. Back home, Paul's parents were anxious for her to learn a trade. She was unmarried, and they worried about her ability to support herself as a single woman. So Paola agreed to a two year training program for governesses. She completed the course but spent much of her time taking art classes and communing with local artists. Paola never made it as a governess. Instead, she convinced her father, Carl, to center art school in Berlin. The agreement was that it would be two months. Paula stayed for two years. On breaks, she would visit an artist colony in Forbes Veda in northern Germany. And when she finished at the drawing and painting school of the association of women artists in 1898, she moved to the colony permanently. At warps vada, Paola found inspiration in the surrounding natural landscape, far from industrial Germany. But what caught her attention most acutely were women in nature. One etching of hers from the period features a blind woman walking in the Woods. She's bent over, but calm, her detailed hands outstretched. One of paulus Friends, the poet Reiner rilke, wrote the Paula depicted, the things and objects of warp's Veda, which nobody else had seen or could paint in that way. At Forbes Vader, Paolo found something else, too. A husband. Automotor son was one of the colonies founders, and the two married in 1901. Aside from providing Paolo financial security, the marriage seems to have been a rather unhappy one. Paulus spent much of their married life shuttling between Forbes Veda and Paris. In diary entries, she wrote a loneliness. Of mourning the idea that she had a soulmate. And she implied that it took years before she and auto consummated their marriage. In 1906, she fled to Paris effectively leaving Otto. She wrote, I am becoming something. I'm living the most intensely happy time of my life. That year, Paola produced some 80 paintings, focusing on still lifes and portraits. She also painted her first nude self portrait. Her career it seemed was finally taking off. Otto desperate to make the marriage work came to Paris, too. And in March of 1907, Paola became pregnant. Paolo followed auto back to warp's beta and for a time fell into a creative rut. She wrote in letters to her sister that she didn't want to be known as someone who spent her days changing diapers. But in her third trimester, Paola found a new source of inspiration. Her own changing body. In 1907, she painted self portrait with two flowers in her raised left hand. In which she was visibly pregnant. To her, it was a symbol that motherhood did not mean the end of her art. Tragically, that painting would be one of Paul's last. On November 2nd, Paola gave birth to a daughter whom she named Matilda after her own mother. A few days after Matilda's birth, Paul has started complaining about pain in her legs. Her doctor prescribed bed rest. Just 18 days after giving birth, Paula died from a postpartum embolism. She was 31 years old. Powell's dream of being known as an artist of becoming something, became a reality in her absence. She's now recognized as having revolutionized the way women's bodies were treated in western art. Departing from the idealized eroticized nude. Her legacy can be seen in the works of artists like Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman and Jenny holzer. In 1927, Paola became the first woman artist to have a museum dedicated entirely to her work..
A Stroll Through Racing History: September 11th
"On september tenth. Two thousand one keeneland association in lexington kentucky opened its annual september. Yearling sale a colt by leading sire storm cat. Top the opening session at five point. Five million dollars the final crop of legendary sire. Mr prospector was attracting considerable interest. As well it was business as usual but the following morning as handlers presented yearlings to prospective buyers in the bar area and as consigners were busy rushing updates to the sales pavilion images of coordinated terrorist attacks on the united states began. Filling newscasts being streamlined. On television monitors located throughout keeneland sales complex there were horrific images from new york from washington dc and from pennsylvania the nation was thrown into chaos on the keeneland sales grounds individuals who only moments earlier had been preoccupied with selling and buying horses suddenly stopped. They stared in disbelief struggling to comprehend what was unfolding on the east coast. Keeneland officials immediately announced that the start of the sale will be delayed by one hour but then as the depth of the attacks became more fully known. The decision to the way became a decision to postpone with keeneland. The mount saint that the sale would not continue until the following day at the earliest given that it was tuesday. Only eleven tracks across the country rescheduled the host. Live racing the downs at albuquerque delaware. Park fairmount park fair. Plex finger lakes great lakes downs. The meadowlands mountaineer racetrack philadelphia park prairie meadows and sunray park all eleven canceled. Most racing facilities would remain closed the following day as well at keeneland the president. Nick nicholson announced the formation of a red cross relief fund. It raised one hundred thirty thousand dollars within the first twenty. Four hours in the midst of the shock. Anger and sadness. There was also a stronger sense of community beginning to emerge
"becker" Discussed on My Family Thinks I'm Crazy
"And like the like that that type of thing and i'm getting it right now with you guys. And then how can i consider plans of maybe making it more connected and understanding with him. And that's my final step of the four quadrants like that. So i know where i'm at and then now at now flipping around. Where's he at. What's it like to be peter becker. For example. what is it like to be that guy who grew up in the bronx you know and you know literally had to fight on the street. What is it like to be that guy right. now it's eighty five year old man. What's he feeling emotionally when he sees my facebook posts all my god. Okay i can imagine the the the frustration and sadness. Because i'm i'm pretty outrageous with what i post there. Sometimes score to him probably.
"becker" Discussed on My Family Thinks I'm Crazy
"No reason to do that with the exception of getting the medical license and getting the say so and permission slip to then have this gang. I've got the gang of oriental lesson above me. The the hawaii board of acupuncture who basically is here to protect me in case anyone like you wants to try to attack me. And pretend that i hurt you. You know like that. And and i don't even have to have Actual malpractice insurance. They will stop like any attack coming at me. Like directly very simply with the legality of do have forty thousand dollars to file a dispute of practice against me. 'cause that's not counting what you have to pay a lawyer. You're going gonna need that. Forty thousand just to file it just file it. So do you have that like that. That kind of thing you've been have open and shut case where like you can show that beforehand. There wasn't a screwdriver. That i left inside of you and then afterwards i opened. You open sewed in and left some scalpels and other tools and stuff in hardware. That's findable inside of you barring that evidence. You're not gonna win a malpractice suit. You know like that you're just not gonna and against acupuncturist you're just not gonna now though say that's the case i mean for most people do suffer. I mean obviously. In the case of darryl becker i don't you know. Imagine you'd be hurting any of your patients but there are real doctors out there. Who have you know committed malpractice and. I'm wondering if you think you know this hospital. Industrial complex in a whole you know is more protective of the doctors who kind of experimenting on.
Prosecutor Calls R. Kelly A "Predator" as Racketeering Trial Begins
"Of R and B Star R. Kelly is underway in New York and opening remarks. The prosecutor Wednesday said the criminal trial is about a predator who used his fame to manipulate women and Children. The trial centers around a number of sex abuse claims. Defense attorney Nicole Blank. Becker, though, said it would be a stretch to believe that Kelly could have orchestrated the elaborate criminal enterprise He is charged with running. The trial stems from years of allegations that the 54 year old Kelly sexually abused women and girls.
R. Kelly Trial Underway In Brooklyn, NY Federal Court
"The first witness in singer R. Kelly's racketeering trial is expected to continue to testify Thursday in New York I marches are a letter with the latest your other pieces she was sixteen and a member of R. Kelly's fan club when he invited her to his mansion in twenty ten in order to take off her clothes she says he told her to lie about her age their relationship continued for six months with Kelly getting more controlling she says when she broke what were called rob's rules he slapped her and choked her until she passed out Kelley's lawyer Nicole blank Becker said in opening statements the alleged victims were fans who knew what they were getting into and juror should not assume everyone is telling the truth
"becker" Discussed on Masters in Business
"I wouldn't say less about lessons. On that part i would say it is a great career. So if you get a chance you know go for it do it. I don't think it'll be disappointed. Advice in general. That i give to college grads and i've got i've got two kids that have just graduated from college. The last couple of years. And i have three kids in college and so i do spend a lot of time thinking about about this and and talking about it whether they take my advice or not. I don't know. But i certainly am happy to share so one. Is i think too many college kids when they graduate that they're going from this place of happiness and joy in college too. I'm going to work for the rest of my life and it's going to be miserable and my biggest piece of advice is if you don't find joy in what you do in your career right you got to change your mind around there. I i know when i first got out. I loved doing what i did. Because the people. I got to meet and the lessons that i learned and understanding how different businesses worked and to me that was incredibly exciting and stimulating. So the first thing is find joy in what you do you may do it for a long period of time but it's not forever and you're gonna learn things are going to be great stimulating motivating and so that's number. That's number one. The second thing is to realize that it's not supposed to be easy. If you've got took a job in it's easy you're a not working hard enough or be. Well that's the main the main the main thing or you're setting your too low right you should be thinking about something that's going to stimulate you and challenge challenge you More so it's not supposed to be easy so get over it and go back to point number one. Still find joy in what you do. The third one fits into that same vein as well which is be curious again. The most frustrating thing that i see with with With people when they don't want to understand what they don't ask questions but they don't find out kind of things about how things operating how things work and the last part i would say is advice that we give is be part of a great team. I know when. I look back in the best parts of my career. It has always been being part of a team of people that are not competing with each other but that are working together to compete externally to drive a business forward that has always been incredibly motivating stimulating inspiring to me and so i encourage college grads to find that team where they're going to be inspired quite quite interesting and our final question. What do you know about the world of banking and startups and investing today. That you wish you knew back in ninety three when you first joined silicon valley back prob- probably the biggest thing. And i think it's hard until you've gone through cycles is to realize that The challenges they will come up. You'll learn from those challenges. But they're going to be over a lot faster than you think you get so caught up in how challenging. How big of an issue it is. You'll get past it so don't stress out as much as you do. When those challenges occur. You'll get you'll get through it. You'll be better off and things will be okay. That's terrific stuff. Thank you greg for being so generous with your time we have been speaking with greg becker. He is the ceo of silicon valley bank. If you enjoy this conversation well be sure and check out our podcast extras where we keep.
"becker" Discussed on Masters in Business
"In. This is a great one greg becker. He's the ceo of silicon valley bank. Where he's worked since nineteen ninety-three and where he served as president and ceo of sv financial group and silicon valley bank since two thousand eleven. This is really a wide ranging and fascinating conversation for somebody who is right at the nexus of everything from venture capital to life sciences. Too thin tack to you. Name it but from the perspective of a commercial banker really located at the bulls eye of the innovation economy not just in the united states but for the entire world. I found this conversation to be absolutely fascinating. And i think you will also with no further ado. My discussion with silicon valley bank ceo. Greg becker. This is masters in business with barry reynolds on bloomberg radio. My extra special guest. This week is greg becker. He is the president and ceo of silicon valley bank where he has worked since nineteen ninety-three since two thousand eleven he has been running the place Both as ceo of s vp financial group and silicon valley bank. Greg was named to worth magazines. Power one hundred. Most influential people in global finance. Greg becker welcome to bloomberg. Thanks berry great to be here. It's really great to have you here and doing this live in person now so when i look at silicon valley bank the question that comes into my head is is this a bank that does some venture capital or is this a vc that offer some banking services. Well we are bank. So let's be clear about that. We're a bank that caters to a very specific industry and then does a lot of things to support those companies in those industries so it's about innovation companies. All around the world. We start within very early. We support them with commercial. Banking private banking investment banking and asset management. So all those things fit together to help this. These innovation clients. So you've been with the bank since ninety three. What was your first role there. How did you arrive at silicon valley bank. Yes so i started out as a loan officer. So lending money to companies and i came from another bank that worked with more traditional companies. My manager at the time was leaving to join silicon valley bank. He encouraged me to join him. And i did and it was phenomenal. It's been an incredible incredible career. But i started out lending money to early stage technology companies at silicon valley bank in nineteen ninety-three. Now that sounds like a very high risk sort of loan that typical banks don't make. How do you go out vetting alone to accompany. That is brand new is a startup. Doesn't have a long financial history. How does that process differ than traditional bank lending. Yeah well it's changed a lot in twenty eight years so when you think about it Way back when i first started the loans were much smaller. There were you know does not these choices for these companies. It was really lending money in a very a call. It more conservative way than we do today. In venture capital those are the two ways that companies were were financed. And then today when you think about it it's all about capital m. debt lending money it's about venture capital from all different sources. And so how you go about. Lending money to these companies is. It's really about pattern recognition. It's about understanding who the investors are. It's understanding what market there and there's a whole series of things that we do but we've been doing it for so long and adapting this lending capability that we've learned to do it really well and both safely but also in a way that it's hard for other people are doing so. You're there in the nineties. That was quite an exciting period when everything was just going up. How did you handle the other side of that. When when the dotcoms imploded. What was the bank doing. How bad were losses in. How did you manage them. When i think back at that ninety nine two thousand two thousand and one time period it was such an interesting time described as the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in ninety nine in the beginning of two thousand. Everything was going well. Everything was going well with our companies. They were growing so fast. They were getting started and going public within a few years. There was just such a euphoria at that time period and then very quickly march of that year now is the barons article that came out and all of a sudden everything changed and it went from everything was going well to everything was going poorly and what was fascinating about that time. Y- it's actually my view. It's the time when you built the best relationships going through difficult times with venture capitalists and companies. You found out who you were as an institution and so much as i don't want to ever go back to that time period. There were a lot of good lessons. Learned that at that time period but yeah we took losses. It was challenging time for us. It took us a few years to get back into what. I'll call a nice growth mode back in that kind of two thousand three two thousand four but i look back at it fondly. I learned i learned a lot about the institution. I learned a lot about how to lend money. And i learned a lot about how to build relationships at that time period and if i remember correctly the the barons article featured howard marks and was titled amazon dot bomb is at the Like january two thousand. I couldn't remember what month was. I thought it was march but march was when the pre-announcements began i don't remember if it was intel or dell. Y2k pulled a lot of tech purchases. Forward so the first quarter was not surprisingly very light and at those high levels didn't take a lot to send the boulder down that the hill so so that turned out as difficult as it that turned out to be very formative. I don't know if that's the right word but certainly valuable for the bank in its relationships with all the various players in silicon valley. It's the entrepreneurs it's the vc's who else is in that ecology that that you had to deal with. Yeah told professional service providers in the innovation business..
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"And i can't say i'm a huge fan. But he is a fan of music. Yes and doesn't mind champing any of anything to be likes which i can certainly get behind and appreciate so. That's the redeeming factor connection point. There had to come clean on that one. Sorry yeah no no good. So what was the last show you saw. Before everything closed at lascaux i saw was why oke at musical williamsburg i think it was like march fourth or fifth last year Wow that's a good one is great. Wanna go out. And i love that and i remember like it was obviously the time when like especially in new york was starting to feel weird like you know. No obviously when was wearing a mask. But like you're in a room crowd of people and someone coughed. You kinda like you kinda like cringed up a little bit But i remember. Yeah i remember 'cause i live within walking distance of music on. I remember walking home that night and just thinking to myself like if like this is the last time. I'm gonna do something like this for a really long time and when we are so not. We're getting close to the end. Do you have a show on horizon. I you know. I i don't yet i. I'm sure i'm sure. I will go to something sooner than this but We just announced a fall river. Damian dorado co headline to our which super excited about and it's not till september But there's something sort of poetic and romantic about for show back being a client show. I feel like. I think it would be really cool to like. Get back in it. You know seeing one of my artists. But that's still what three three and a half months away and i don't know if i can make it that long. I mean i'm not. I'm not going a little loser. But like yeah. No i'm with you on that..
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"She's got the original theme song at the end of that movie and we've seen some really really nice traction from that over the past couple of weeks and i'm hoping that kind of keeps us going at least through the summer before we have to you know think about what What we want to drop next. Yeah no that's that's a great opportunity for sure. I have not seen it. But i've heard not highly recommend. Yeah i do unto merch side. I work with john at least on some stuff at ambient. Obviously this past year watching all of that unfold for him right with seoul was pretty exciting as well just as a fan But no that's that's that's great. What are some of the other creative endeavors than that. You were able to stumble into and kick up last year. I mean i think one of the other ones which is probably no surprise just like having the time to just double down on like strip. Dc type stuff like the the you know what what what makes the hardcore fans super happy and excited you know And i saw that with both both sondra an inaugural ville who again have the luxury of having fan bases of twenty years in in both those fronts. We've put together really nice. Like sandra had a record that came out and over the summer and you know we put together a really nice package that ended up. Just going gangbusters. As far as as far as dc merged store And then with oscar ville You know was already kinda going to be a stopgap year. I guess like there wasn't going to be new music but We ended up in college ising in in putting together in releasing a a four l. p. Live box set of basically twenty years of river live like like will will wills an amazing archivist of his shows and again ninety percent of the credit goes to him as far as like building this thing up from the ground but it was really fun to again more sort of like that fan boy level. Like one of the things that you hold in your hands and like this is a piece of art type of and again. That's something that. I don't know if i would have had really the chance to product manager if i was busy doing other stuff And like touring stuff and again like that was just like it was. It was such a nice piece that we were able to price it at a point where you know it. It put some decent dough in in wills in wills pocket and helped him out in a year where he wasn't making a ton of other income especially from touring but also like something that the fans just ate up in sold out and like so sort of a win win on that front. So i think you know. I think if you talked to a lot of managed they'll say the same thing but like an labels to like vinyl. Dc that stuff was you know. I would act of labels probably had banner year last year because.
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"And it's like okay. I'm not like i'm not the guy. The management guy who's used to setting up. A bunch of rights started reaching out to publishers and other managers and labels and And within the past year. I feel like we. Alex is written with jack knifed lee to like all the like all these like big some big names and like in some not big names but like some really great songs have come out of it and i feel like there's no way that would have happened if she was in. La for a week and we were setting up a bunch of sessions. You know 'cause a like yeah. No those things always get canceled the last minute or like someone super late or whatever his found it was way easier just to reach out to like just like throw a hail. Mary reach out to a manager of of another artist. iraq Just like hey like are they. Are they doing correcting with ever be interested in more often than not there was at least a like a facetime. Hang nice to meet you a chat going on and i again. I feel like that's something that we wouldn't have gotten as far on if we tried to do all of that in person. I hope that something. That's here to stay. I think the idea that like someone in australia can write a great song with someone in l. a. You know And you don't. I mean sure like the magic of the room is israel but like you can still write a great song. You know by By doing remote so like that was that was one example that i felt really was it was a was a benefit for something. Born out of Something that only happened in pandemic times. Yeah yeah and. I think you touched on something that i totally agree with. And i think has a high likely hood of continuing. Is that ability to connect in create across distances. I mean it seems like that should be once we all get over last year and the emotional drain of what that is fast forward two or three years from now. It seems like that would be like a great opportunity for more artists to collaborate and connect and it also the editor kind of byproduct of that sounds like Also happened for for alex In this timeframe is just connecting with other artists. Seems like unless you're out touring and playing shows that gives you that opportunity. But i mean there there needs to be. I think maybe even more proactive community building around that you know in general for artists..
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"All these massless. People like smiling like watching. His shows like as a manager even sort of freaked me out but like you know. But like he was because he was not in the us he was he was able to make money and sustained. Sustained career. In with alex to australia had a very different approach to all the lockdown than us like. They're their worst version. Is is wayward pony but like you know because of that like they stomped out you know many times. Last year they were able to stamp out in cases. Where like alex could go into the studio in Cut a couple of songs or she was able to play. Shows like sushi was also able to be much more active than any artists. Were in the us so it was like i was kind of living vicariously through them being able to actually do shit. You know yeah yeah. It's almost like an alternative universe like how through two thousand nine hundred person. It's like how does how is this happening. Well you know that brings up a good point. Because i think the real challenge with the pandemic class cheer this up in several conversations. And it's really interesting in a way because a lot of people have different opinions on it. I mean as a as a manager anybody working industry especially agents obviously for the most part It was a pretty devastating year financially from a business perspective. But once you realize and could wrap your head around the magnitude and time sensitive component of what was really going on and if you could ride out that twelve. Let's call it sixteen eighteen months between the start of the pandemic. And when things really start to kick into gear here in the next few months later this summer at least domestically here in the states that i would think opens up an opportunity for certain minded artists and or manager kind of get creative a different kind of way. So yeah you both. Those cases are incredibly rare being a norway and australian able to work under those conditions last year. But i imagine there's probably some advantage to having you in the midst of this in the heart of it in new york thinking about it from more of a i guess. A scaled back and lockdown perspective during pandemic. i mean head space wise. I imagine you must've had a bit more room to get collaborative and creative with your approach..
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"It's just really cool to be a part of these part of these moments. That i wasn't a part of initially as far as the releasing of these records but still participating in in some elements of their career in these in. These seminal records. Yeah yeah that's great. I remember a tour. He did with ed hardcore here in the states when i was managing josh rouse and we had to peripheral hanging out with him that day when they were nashville and augusta. Two of them together just curious like to so full alive. Enjoying being an estates and touring and playing shows together and Yeah it's yeah. I mean like i said at the top of this. I'm definitely a big fan of your whole roster and yeah. It's kind of endearing exciting to hear that kind of similar place. You're at getting an opportunity to work with. Really great artist is not a an easy thing to come by by any means. How did you end up getting to work with alex lahey too 'cause i mean that was somebody else that i didn't realize until recently you guys are connected on but somebody else been keeping a close eye on over last several years as a fan to so i actually started working with her at a very similar time as is sandra it. Was you know again that that end the twenty nine thousand nine was was interesting because i mean i had no idea what was coming in twenty twenty but like it was that timeframe where i was starting to have conversations with other companies and i was also looking to to start working with more more artists in the anticipation that i would be bringing them in having the bandwidth to be able to support that Right right and Alex actually reached out to knee by way of Recommendation via chris watson secretly canadian And you know. Alex signed a dead oceans part of obviously secretly group And she's australian and she has an australian manager who's now micromanager lee and they were looking for a us co-manager because Alex was planning. She got one visa and was planning to move to the. Us full-time last year and they wanted to have someone here to be to run point at all things. Us in europe And again i was a situation where was like massive massive alex fan. I was super excited to see that. Email yeah. She was coming through Coming to the states on tour in august twenty nineteen We met up. Had a good meeting had a good coffee I have not seen her in person during the flesh sense and have now been working with her for a year and a half but But yeah that's how that one came up with. That one was like i guess that that her day on our two examples of like obviously younger younger artists that I was just a fan of but you know that..
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"I think in a way that was both sort of mutual between myself in an andrea in the company. It was like the time to consider making a the move to a larger management firm indoor or one that had you know some new york more of a new york based to it like i have found myself increasingly feeling. Just sort of like an isolated island not by not by anyone's fault. Just because you know when you're so head down your own stuff it's sometimes hard to look up and you know. I think it's a good point. And i think sometimes it i also even felt guilty that i wasn't contributing more enough to like the larger companies. you know. I was just so laser focused on my artists that i felt like you know The value that was bringing to the company and other ways just was it was harder. You know being being remote and stuff like that so In a very sort of organic way. We're like okay. I think maybe it's time you know So late twenty nineteen early twenty twenty started having a bunch of budget conversations with coming over and bringing my roster you know as you can imagine As of march twenty twenty all of those conversations Pretty much died on the vine if not went on an indefinite hiatus soak. I found myself in a moment. Where i you know those conversations again. Were just all paused. I was still you know working off of mild company email address but technically not working for the company Andrea was very gracious to sort of. Let me continue working off that that email. While i was figuring out my next thing i was just like really head school head down in like the work and sandra record out and then at some point i was just like you know what like just do it like i was seeing you know so many of my agent friends who had unfortunately been let go paradigm were were sort of rising from the ashes now with their with their new companies and there was this sort of new boutique and enterpreneurial spirit happening again. I think last year which in a way to me is only good thing. Yeah completely agree. I can know. I can do this like it's not much about my immediate today is going to change.
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"I was never really into place for like Shepherding way a mine very different from mine works in sort of helping them like being the other half of their brains in the world So so yeah. I mean like i was decifit. Pretty good actors in relatively organized in in sort of the results driven and whatnot so So yeah like. That was where i really started working with artists. That would say In about a year year. And a half in i. I picked up my first client at the time. This band called empires Rock band from chicago So i had something. That was my own project which felt really exciting to have ownership ownership on and And then in two thousand nine And i will say. I feel like the minneapolis. These days but especially in the management side. Chicago is a much smaller seen. I think than some people realize i mean. Obviously the time there were a lot of booking agents agencies but not a lot of management companies Yeah that's a fair point. I yeah i mean. I used to book shows before i as i was beginning the manage and between flour and billions and. I'm sure i'm forgetting one or two others but yeah it was definitely more of a book. Totally an agency hub in a management hub. That's an stoop point so so probably a small group of folks like yourself. That probably knew each other. Pretty well i assume or maybe not i did you. Did you guys kind of pow around a little bit more with the agents. I guess at that time. Okay but yeah. I mean in two thousand nine then Andrea truly new. That's how we know each other was looking to to hire someone There was a vacancy economists management. And you know i you know. I looked at that as an opportunity because andrew bird was one of my favorite artists at the time And i kinda got the blessing in a weird way from from From doug in whatnot to to pursue that he was making some changes to his business structure and stuff. So it was. It worked out really well and you know i would say so. Yes within two thousand nine. I i started working with andrea andrew and hayley bonner at the time Fellow minnesotan and. Yeah that's where. I kind of really felt like.
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"W. experti- radio station that summer She says promotions intern senior year ago. Got my my marketing degree and Yeah i mean. I i realized you know i didn't want to work for you. Lied in market boxes or some other boring product or something you know. It's like. I really wanted to give this ago. I'll say like my lived with three other guys my senior year and one One went to bed school and is now in orthopedic surgeon. One went to harvard now like a biomedical engineer. One was making six figures. Today stepped off campus. And i moved back into my childhood bedroom in got unpaid at aware records expert management chicago. Yeah that was the start of it all Yet one of one of your former guests mark cunningham was the one who interviewed in hired me for that internship. He's the guy giving candy my first My first chance the industry. Yeah so see. I mean hit the ground that summer in you know as far as aware records in a square management like i think i was just i was right place right time at the summer of oh six because that was the summer that john mayer's continuum was coming out Randy carlisle's first record was blowing up. nadkarni was having a big moment. The they were managing the fray It was really like a good time for aware. In squared so I the law that summer in very much in the diy approach that has always been so the aware records ethos to Right and In yeah like. I know but by the end of that summer i wasn't really sure what that was going to like. Lead me to give me as a step I was thinking about actually going back to school to get a to get another degree or like you know. Work my way to get an mba or something like that It was a day. I wasn't scheduled to to work or wasn't scheduled to go in and be an internet day. And i had nothing else to do so i so i just went in any way and it happened to be the day that Jason rio who Was a manager at the time now. works for live nation. He he sat down at just the intern desk. That day was just kind of shooting the shit with everyone just like. Hey you know what to do after this like if you could do anything in the music industry what would it be and he asked me and i said i think i might be coming back to school. I might just get a degree. And he's like. I might have a job for a guy who needs need extra hands so he. He introduced me to a man named douglas rack. I don't know if you know doug now. Yeah i do feisty management yup and then became feisty junior ice he hired me that fall of two thousand six in In yeah like again. My my sort of started. This always a straight up being day. Today you know learning the ropes of booking flights and scheduling crass in settling merchan- just really learned how to handle people who think creatively because.
"becker" Discussed on Tough Love: Artist Management
"He worked at economist. Artists management with andrea trillion where he helped steer careers of artists such as andrew bird and margot and nuclear so and so's we chat about the many challenges and opportunities that were born out of the pandemic and how the need for community often can carve path to new creative endeavors. A hope you enjoy my chat justin. Hi my name's justine becker. I'm.
How Can You Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People?
"Not read deeply on the following topic. I'm guessing you have. But what i have read suggests that it is a bad idea to constantly compare yourself to other people so assuming that is bad. Tell me if. I'm wrong but assuming that is bad. How can i stop. I think it is often bad to compare yourself to other people. And maybe i would go so far as usually bad but it's basic human instinct and that means we should ask ourselves i. Why do we do that because anytime we instinctively do something. There's usually a function behind. Okay why do we do that seriously. You know who doesn't do it. Children children are very egocentric. All the way up to the beginning of adolescence when they become the opposite. When you enter adolescence all you want to do is compare yourself to other people. How tall you are. How good looking. You are how popular you are. How smart you are. The raging desire for social comparison is at its peak during adolescence. It doesn't leave us entirely in adulthood. We looked to the last. We look to the right. We ask where do we stand relative to our peers. That's valuable information. Because guess what human beings are. Social animals and social animals exist in a hierarchy and the reason why we do social comparisons is because it is valuable information. So let me ask you this. Then what are the costs of that social comparison. So let's imagine that when. I compare myself to you steven on say my writing ability or my ability to read a scientific article and understand it either. I'm better than you or you're better than me because it's rare actually that we. I'm exactly the same as other person right so now what happens when i think that you're better than me. Well not surprisingly that makes me feel bad. It can have a motivating effect like oh. I need to work harder. But he make you sad. It can make you insecure. It could even lead you to quit right. I mean that's to me. One of the biggest potential costs of comparison is like oh. I'm worse than those other people at whatever it is it could be professional. Could be a hobby. Could be social. And say. Therefore i am going to withdraw from the arena gary becker the nobel laureate economist. He apparently had a roommate in college. Who was very good at math and young. Gary thought oh. I thought i was going about it but then i met my roommate it. I realized it wasn't so good. Well it turns out that his roommate went onto win something like the fields prize. I mean you know. Be careful who you compare yourself
Zhou Yusen Filed for Vaccine Patent Before COVID-19 Outbreak
"Up dead. I want you to go to this piece. Everyone, please. You can check it out my newsletter or you can just go right to it. By my friend Kyle Becker and Becker News. Here. Is that the headline in the piece? China game Wuhan lab secret military activity. Led to a February 2020 covid vaccine, patent report finds Again. If you were going to make a bio weapon, you damn well better have a vaccine first. Here's the first quote from the peace and it's quoting some research by an Australian newspaper called the Weekend Australian. It says, quote there talking about this woman Zhao use N It, says Zhao, who conducted the research in conjunction with the Wuhan Institute, University of Minnesota and the New York Blood Center, was the first to file a patent for a covid neck Covid 19 vaccine on February 24th of last year. According to documents obtained by the weekend. Australian This was only five weeks after China admitted there was a human to human transmission of the virus. What were they doing? Building a vaccine and spending all this money on a virus that they had said Don't worry. There's no human to human transmission. Does that make any sense to you only if they were lying. The holder of the patent. The piece goes on his striking Zhao use end is listed as the lead inventor on the patent application lodged by the Institute of Military Medicine Academy of Military Sciences of the People's Liberation Army of China. The report states folks again When are these media types going to remove their craniums from their rectums? And say, Holy Moses? This sounds
Boston Mayor Fires Police Commissioner After Domestic Violence Allegations
"Earlier. Today i informed dennis white of his termination as commissioner of the boston. police department. Effective immediately rat is acting boston. Mayor kim janey announcing just this hour that boston police commissioner. Dennis white is out of his job following decades old allegations of domestic violence. Wbu our senior correspondent. Deborah becker is on the story and joins us now. Deb welcome back. Thanks for joining us. Oh you're welcome so. I know this basically just came down dab and we've been looking for this waiting for this announcement for a while. Tell us what's what's the decision. Malaysia said acting their janey says dennis weight is terminated effective immediately. He's also off the police force entirely. Not even some had wondered if he might go back to being a detective. Lieutenant but that will not be the case here Acting janey says interim commissioner. Greg long will stay in that role for the time being. And she says she's forming a committee and laying the groundwork to conduct a national search for a new commissioner and she says the that search will include extensive vetting and background checks of any candidates going
A Stroll Through Racing History: Louis Quatorze
"He was a handsome bay. Grandson of northern dancer often described this regal and majestic it was appropriate. Given that he was named for a former king of france and twenty five years ago this weekend he won the one hundred twenty first running of the preakness stakes his name. Was louis tours. Fold on march thirteen. Nineteen ninety-three in kentucky. Lewis tours was offered by breeder. Georgia hoffman at the one thousand nine hundred ninety four keeneland july yearling sale but was bought back for two hundred twenty five thousand dollars off eventually sold an interest in the son of sovereign dancer to william cornacchia. And tell us contract with future hall of famer. Nick zito chosen the colts trainer. Bloomington doors whose name refers to the architecture stylings of the reign of king. Louis the fourteenth of france showed promise as a juvenile he robbed by five lengths and breaking his maiden at saratoga and he finished runner-up and both the hopeful stakes saratoga and the futurity at belmont park both of which were great one races early in his three-year-old campaign. Lacouture tour's want a pair of allowance races. At gulfstream park he was fourth in the florida derby unbridled song and runner-up beaten six skip away in the blue grass stakes at keeneland and a difficult journey the kentucky derby would relegate him to a sixteenth place. Finish some twenty two lakes behind winner. Grindstone still zito saw an opportunity in the preakness stakes with the colts. Blood work xrays following the derby reveals. No issues at the fact that neither grindstone nor beaten derby favourite song would be going to the preakness and z. Tow began believing that his horse would not only have an opportunity but also a legitimate shot at winning the second leg of the triple crown
A Stroll Through Racing History: Peter Pan
"Later today. The new york racing association will present the peter pans. Jake's a grade three tests for three year olds of the violin. Eight at belmont park. The racing world will be watching to see a potential belmont stakes. Contender might emerge from the field and has been the case many times in the past but for our purposes. We take a look back at peter. Pan himself the champion thoroughbred of the early twentieth century for whom the race is named peter. Pan was a home. Home-bred fold in nineteen hundred four for owner breeder and wall street investors. James r keene. His trainer was hall of famer. James rowe who would count peter pan among the record thirty four champions. He conditioned turf historian. Ws burke described peter pan as a bay with a narrow blaze. his head was broad between the is deepened the jowl and square at the muzzle. He had a stout neck. A beautifully laid shoulder and a deep girth and flakes. His barrel was buried. Full the ribs arching the quarters massive and the tail set low all according to vosper on another occasion fosberg described. Peter pan is a big burly bay with every evidence of constitution and a degree of courage which helped him carry his speed. When the pace was at its fiercest asks for breeding. Peter pan was the son of belmont stakes winner and two-time forcibly your command bill. His mother mayor named cinderella and one in stakes company in england at a mile and a half. His third dam was a full sister to the epsom derby winner of eighteen. Seventy two as a two year old in nineteen. Oh six. Peter pan scored his first aches victory. On june twenty eight taking the surf stakes at five and a half furlongs as the co. Second choice at the sheep's head bay racetrack in brooklyn a few weeks later on august sixth. He's on the flash bakes the same distance saratoga leading all the way under top weight of one hundred twenty five pounds as the two to one favorite
How Three Women Re-Wrote the Story of War
"Before the vietnam war there was a law that banned women from reporting on the front lines of any war for the us. When president johnson refused to officially declare a state of war in vietnam in opening appeared no ban a handful of pioneering women bought one way tickets into the battlefield they had no editors no health insurance and little or no formal training reporter elizabeth becker former washington post war correspondent in cambodia and then npr's foreign editor and then national security correspondent for the new york. Times has just published. You don't belong here. How three women rewrote the story of war. Chronicling catherine lewa a french. Photojournalist franky fitzgerald an american long form journalist and author and kate webb in australian combat reporter elizabeth. Welcome to on the media will thank. You broke his great to be with you. I wanna start with where you started. You give your initial experience very short shrift. When asked why did you cross the ocean to cover a war. When you're so young you said the short answer was a nightmare. I was all too keen to leave behind. My masters adviser had rejected my thesis on the bangladesh war of independence after. I refused to sleep with him and he said one wasn't related to the other. Just tell me what happened. This was nineteen seventy two and there weren't that many women in graduate school and he made a move. And i said no. He pressed on and i said no he rejected. The thesis. said. I had to work harder on it. Then resisted any idea that one related to the other. That even made a pass at me. So you know you're young enough that you think that you have your whole life ahead of you and wary enough that i said i'm not leaving my life in this guy's
McDonald powers Arizona past Indiana and into Final Four
"Paige Becker scored twenty eight points in the first overall seed used to huge run spanning the final two quarters to beat number two Baylor sixty nine sixty seven the Huskies actually trailed fifty five forty five late in the third quarter before scoring nineteen consecutive points ten coming from backers we got kind of stagnant and just watch everybody do their own thing with the bond once we got that problem and better and start pushing in transition getting easier buckets I'm against a really tough defense and half court I think that open up the game for us every McDonnell scored thirty three points and third seeded Arizona beat number four Indiana sixty six fifty three the pac twelve player of the year briefly left the game with a twisted ankle with two thirty five left but limped back on to the court and scored six more points I'm the ferry
Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Ruling That Overturned Boston Marathon Bomber's Death Sentence
"Radio boston. I'm donna deering and we start today with another major development in the country's largest drug lab scandal suffolk. County district attorney. Rachel rollins says that her office could vacate up to tens of thousands more criminal convictions. That were based on drug evidence tested at the now closed hinton lab. Wbu our senior correspondent. Deborah becker is reporting on the story. Deb joins us now dead. Welcome back to radio boston. Thanks for having me so deb. D. rollins is proposing to vacate any drug convictions based on results. From the hinton lab from may two thousand three to august two thousand twelve why that nine year time window will. That was the time period when two chemists worked at the hinton lab at the same time. Any dukan and sony ferrick you may remember. Both women were convicted on charges of tampering. With the drug evidence they were supposed to be testing fair conviction though stemmed from her work at the state lab in amherst but both women worked at the hinton lab. At one time. Eric worked there before she went to amherst. Rollin says what's needed is a more thorough review of all the drugs certifications that came from the hinton lab wild. Both women were working there. She calls the drug lab scandal. Systemic misconduct and a catastrophic failure of management that she says needs a complete review so all the testing done at that lab during that time should be looked at and we should point out that after both chemists were convicted tens of thousands of criminal drug convict. Convictions were dismissed because of their misconduct. We're talking about more. Give us a sense of scale here. Deb how many people might this effect will will. There's no precise number but rollins office says is that the hinton lab certified almost eighty three thousand drug samples for evidence during that time and that was in suffolk county and the massachusetts supreme judicial court which has reviewed various challenges and calls for a way to deal with all of the cases in both labs has vacated thousands of convictions based on the testing and hidden lab alone about eight thousand from hinton so the remaining seventy four thousand drug certifications that rollins talking about from suffolk county. She says her office is going to review all of those and they could be part of what she says is a global resolution to deal with these cases once and for all and thousands more convictions could be erased. But there's no exact number because one drug certification could have several drug certifications could have been done for one case so. The exact number is unclear. Got it got it. But it's it's a lot to review. So how does it work are they. Are they essentially starting deb with the assumption that all the convictions must be vacated and then working backward from there as they review the cases. How are they gonna do this well. She says she's going to convene robin says. She's going to convene a summit next month with the defense bar to start this review look at every affected case all the drugs certifications and determine next steps and she says any relief in what she's calling her hinton lab initiative is only for controlled substances convictions. And if someone was charged with something else along with drug use or possession or whatever the drug charges may have been those charges withstand this would only be drug charges in a particular case and then after that they would look at expunging records. If need be it would be a very lengthy complicated process. So our defense attorneys reacting to this well The aclu the american civil liberties union of massachusetts which was the agency really primarily involved in fighting with the s sjc to try to get some sort of resolution for many of these cases that were based on evidence tested at the hinton lab and at the amherst lab. It says it is. It's pleased that rollins has done. This here is matt siegel whose legal counsel for the aclu of massachusetts certainly would our preference and the preference of the public defenders are law firm partners for all of these cases have been dismissed when we first started calling for that step in twenty twelve. There's a saying about the arch of justice and At this point were very glad that seems to be bending in the right direction. I think as referring there to the you know the arc of the moral universals long but it bends toward justice but regardless also the State criminal defender agency. The committee for public counsel services released a statement after They heard about rachel rollins initiative the hidden lab and it also said that. It's pleased that this is happening. And it hopes that other district attorneys will do the same. So will they deb. Do you think we'll other. Da's follow suit. And i guess. I'm wondering if somehow this forces their hands if they have to. Now i don't think anyone necessarily
Kurt Becker's Stroll Through Racing History: Grindstone
"Only made six career starts but one of them resulted in a victory in the kentucky derby and burst onto the racing. Cd twenty five years ago this month with a win in the louisiana derby. His name was grindstone. A foal from the first crop of nineteen ninety kentucky derby winner dreidel rhinestones was owned and bred by lexington kentucky. Native william tian in the name of his overbrook farm center d wayne lukas grindstone raced twice as juvenile before undergoing surgery for a bone chip in a knee. But after a seven month layoff. He returned to the races with a runner-up relation allowance company at santa anita in february of nineteen ninety-six to start his three-year-old campaign. Despite having made just three career starts grindstone went to new orleans on march seventeen for the great three louisiana derby at a mile and a sixteen despite having nothing more than a maiden special weight victory to his name. Rhinestone was dispatched the two to one second choice behind local favorites arbs magic and it was arbs. Maverick stood and rhinestones way in the final furlong. Tony bentley had. The call takes me puts up. Magic hangs on the inside but it will be grindstone with the lead and sar magic. Grindstone when bill. Louisiana derby by war with terry daily with these victory that day grindstone was now part of discussions for the upcoming kentucky derby but he was lightly raced and no winner of the louisiana derby had won the kentucky. Derby splash gold. In nineteen twenty four grindstone stone would have one more prep race before heading to churchill downs. It would be the arkansas derby on april thirteen. It would be step up to a great two and a stretch out to a mile. An eight rhinestone would enter the starting gate as the eight to five favorite at once again. He would have to deal with the magic in the stretch. Terry wallace brings them home. Describe magic magic comes back. Takes at the magic of turn upset. Rhinestone was only eaten the neck that day but he would be heading to the kentucky derby with a lot of questions surrounding for one thing. Rhinestone had only made five career starts. No horse had won the kentucky. Derby on five starts or less since brokers tip in nineteen thirty-three for another. He wasn't even necessarily the best in these trainers d wayne. Lukas would be sending record. Five horses to the derby and lucas himself was reluctant to rank one above another. As for the rest of the lineup there was unbridled som- who would be the post time favorite. There was avenir from the west coast being trapped by a young trainer. By the name of bob baffert. There were skip away. Who had just set a stakes record in the bluegrass at keeneland. On the first saturday in may nineteen ninety-six. Rhinestone would have to overcome history. He would have to overcome highly talented and more experienced bows and he would have to make a furious. Run in the final furlong. But jockey jerry. Bailey had him in high gear. Dave johnson of abc sports with the goal of cracked late cabinet on the side of town. And here's optima to guide wasn't cabin on the inside was it baby. Mcquaid noted in the top urban grindstone and hit the wire together and it took five minutes for the placing judges to confirm the result of that photo. Finish but the winner of the one hundred twenty second run for the roses was grindstone. As one sports writer. Put it the kentucky. Derby distance is seventy nine thousand inches and by getting his nose in front of the wire grindstone had led only the final four but it was all that he needed five days later. Lucas announced that grindstone had been retired from racing. Following the discovery of another bone chip in the colts need may grindstone the first horse and seventy years to be retired immediately following win in the kentucky derby but he also has become the first horse in seventy two years to win both the louisiana derby and the kentucky derby he had won the first million dollar kentucky derby in history he had given lucas consecutive win and a triple crown race and he had made. Wt young kentucky derby winning owner and brief. I was never proud to stand next to mr young said lucas. Adding this is absolutely the happiest. I've ever been in my life. As a stallion grindstone would become the sire of belmont winter bird stone and the grand sire of classic winners mine that bird and summer bird following his stallion career in kentucky he would relocate to oregon and twenty ten where he would sire more stakes winners in the pacific northwest but the legacy of brian stone began twenty five years ago. This month with a win in the louisiana derby.
The Biden administration has reached out to North Korea, seeking to prevent further escalation
"Says he's been trying to contact North Korea since February, but there's been no response. A senior officials had. The White House has attempted to reach Pyongyang in several different ways to try to prevent a possible escalation in tensions, Laura Becker reports. State media in Pyongyang has yet to acknowledge the new U. S. President Joe Biden has an end to fill policy to view on North Korea, which will be unveiled in the next month. Donald Trump's efforts included three high profile meetings with Kim Jong UN but failed to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons. The U. S Secretary of state Antony Blinken. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are on their way to talk you and saw this week we're Pyongyang's arsenal is expected to be high on the agenda.
Valve Faces Lawsuit Over Allegations of High Steam Prices
"Gamer bus. Who claims valve is abusing. Its market dominance to keep prices high. Also name some other companies in this lawsuit basically. It's the lawsuit. Is claiming that valve is using its monopoly on pc gaming marketplace's to force developers to sell their games on all other digital storefronts at the same price as are offered on steam. The loss the suit says that the most favored nations provision in the steam distribution agreement in which seller greaves. Give a client in this case steam. The best term that it makes available anywhere else means that any other store fronts like becker. Microsoft cannot compete on price in are not basically available to compete at all and i do. We definitely see that. We see two or three times a year. We see a huge steam sale. Meanwhile on all these other platforms maintaining the price. Tim sweeney There was