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  • Scranton neighborhood leader calls for end of recreation authority

    May 5th, 2015

    A neighborhood leader is calling for the city to dissolve the Scranton Municipal Recreation Authority and take over its functions.

    However, Mayor Bill Courtright said Wednesday of Hill Neighborhood Association President Robert “Ozzie” Quinn’s suggestion, “I haven’t thought about doing away with it.” Instead, he is filling vacancies on the authority.

    City council is scheduled to vote tonight on backing the mayor’s appointment of Jennifer Herman to fill the unexpired term of Danny Davis, who resigned April 7. Anthony Marinucci also resigned April 7 and the mayor said he’ll be filling that vacancy, too.

    Their resignations...

    Recreation and Local Government Groups Urge Congress to Maintain …

    May 5th, 2015

    For Immediate Release
    4/29/2015
    Contact mark [dot] eller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller)
    IMBA Communications Director
    303-545-9011 ext. 115

    A new, bipartisan bill aims to reduce the maintenance backlog in the National Forest Trail System. IMBA has joined 11 national recreation and local government organizations in urging Congress to pass the National Forest Trails System Stewardship Act, a bipartisan bill to improve public access to America’s national forests.

    The legislation was recently introduced in the US Senate by Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and is identical to a House version introduced earlier this year by Representatives...

    Love fine art? Shop a juried selection of pieces at Panoply Art Marketplace …

    May 5th, 2015

    Its not just anywhere you can shop for carefully-selected fine art from dozens of local and regional artists all in one place.

    For art lovers and collectors, the Panoply arts festival in downtown Huntsville is the place to be this weekend. The Art Marketplace at Panoplyis juried – meaning the artists were selected by a panel to ensure a high quality of artwork available. The marketplaces features booths representing 85 fine artists from 11 states.

    The Art Marketplace will be set up on the Monroe Street bridge overlooking Big Spring Park and is open during festival hours this weekend.

    Professional artists will have art available for sale including painting, jewelry,...

    Recreation forecast for many California lakes looks good

    May 5th, 2015

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    Social Media is Changing the Nature of Political Campaigns

    May 4th, 2015

    When social media is involved, politics can become a very dangerous game. When every speech, appearance, and remark can be recorded for posterity journalists tend to take advantage of that fact. As a result, politicians are becoming more guarded, and some are even using social media themselves to cut journalists off at the pass.

    According to Washington Post reporter Chris Cilizza:

    [S]eeing a politician doing or saying something stupid was infinitely more powerful than reading about the stupid thing they said or did. We are a visual culture; we like to SEE things to truly understand them (or to be truly offended or impressed by them.) YouTube made that possible for every...

    Burundi locks down social media as political unrest grows

    May 4th, 2015

    As Burundi continues to be rocked by violent political protests, now concluding their fifth day, the countrys government cut off mobile access to popular social media platforms in what is presumably an effort to suppress the unrest.

    A source confirmed to the AFP Wednesday that the East African countrys telecommunications regulator, ARCT, ordered operators to block mobile access to social networks and messaging services including WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and Tango. Not all internet access is blocked, but Burundians primarily use the internet on mobile. Burundi authoritiesare likely to have blocked access to prevent social media apps being used to organize protest gatherings.

    Burundi...

    Some Sweet (Official) Elder Scrolls Sketchwork

    May 4th, 2015

    The Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel is an artbook about a video game’s story, not the video game itself.

    Yes, it’s technically an accompaniment to the Online game, and yes, it carries its name, but by being full of fictional text and general Elder Scrolls-y artwork, I guess it can appeal to people who love Elder Scrolls but don’t care for this game in particular?

    Whatever, here’s some sweet pencil art from the book (which you can get here) by artists Conceptopolis, Stuart Jennett, and Aaron McConnell.

    Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you’re...

    Laura Rathe Fine Art Presents Exhibition by Roi James &amp; Lucrecia Waggoner

    May 3rd, 2015

    Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces the exhibition Balance featuring new paintings and porcelain installations by Texas contemporary artists, Roi James and Lucrecia Waggoner, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 16th, from 5-8pm.

    As a pairing, both artists complimentary bodies of work present unique techniques and mediums, as seen in Jamess bold, yet meditative oil paintings and Waggoners dynamic and organic wall installations in porcelain and precious metals.

    The Balance collection will be on display through June 20, 2015.

    About the Artists
    Having emerged from a classical background, Austin artist, Roi James began his career...

    Voters to decide Saturday on taxes for new recreation facilities in Slidell area

    May 2nd, 2015

    Exclusive Q&amp;A: Rockets’ fired social media manager explains ill-fated tweet

    May 2nd, 2015

    One tweet cost Chad Shanks his job.

    The former Houston Rockets social media manager found himself caught up in the moment of a first-round series victory against the rival Dallas Mavericks, and he hit the send button.

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    The since-deleted tweet, sent Tuesday at 10:44 pm ET, featured emojis of a horse and a gun and the words, “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.” Shanks, who was fired Wednesday explained in an email interview with Sporting News that he didn’t expect the reaction but knows his job is to anticipate that type of thing.

    Here is the full transcript...