In addition to the new Speedfox mountain bikes, BMC has just unveiled three new skinny tired bikes. There’s something for every budget and style, whether it’s cyclocross, adventure riding or just good ol’ fashioned road riding.For pure pavement, there’s the new entry level (but still carbon) Teammachine SLR03, an affordable way to get the Swiss brand’s racy road bike in a very upgrade worthy package. Three builds will be offered, all on the same 1230g carbon frame (size 54, with hardware). Overall, it’s very similar to the higher end SLR02, but adds an even smaller size 47 to the mix to fit more riders than ever… Also offered are a 105 (left) and Tiagra builds. All come with their full carbon Compliancepost, which works in concert with the TCC frame and fork to improve overall comfort. It comes standard with an 18mm offset, but 3mm and 30mm offset posts are also available. More tech info on TCC is here. Frames use their DTi cable routing, which means it works with both mechanical and electronic groups even though mechanical shifting cables are run externally. All three bikes spec durable Continental Ultra Sport 700×28 tires and have an integrated chain catcher, both of which should help keep you on the road and out of the shop.BMC-Racing.com Further up is the Shimano 105 build. Directly above is the Tiagra (left) and Sora (right) bikes. Pricing TBD.2015 BMC CROSSMACHINE CX01After taking a break from offering a cyclocross bike, BMC returns with the Crossmachine CX01, bringing with it all the frame tech they developed for the GF01 endurance road bike.The CX01 blends their oversized lower half with wispy seatstays and cyclocross geometry to help riders lay down the power without getting beat up over the rough grass patches. It also borrows the layup tech from their SLR road bikes to bring the frame in at just 1,100g (size 54) with all hardware. It’s disc brake only, designed specifically for 140mm rotors on the frame. The fork will handle up to 160mm, but the bikes will be spec’d with 140s all around. Those mini rotors will be grabbed by the new SRAM Force CX1 Hydro group, which means a 1×11 drivetrain. (Editor’s note: Actual spec is the all new FORCE CX-1 Hyrdo lever. This group was not available at the time that BMC took the photos, they had to substitute to get photos out with the release of the bike.) Wheels are DT Swiss R23 Spline, tires are Continental Cyclo X King 700x35c. Cockpit uses their carbon Compliancepost with BMC bar and stem, too. A Fizik Arione saddle rounds it out. Claimed bike weight is 7.7kg (16.98 lb).The frameset, which includes the hardware, fork and seatpost, comes in at a claimed 1,540g (3.4 lb).Five sizes will be offered when they come available later this year, hopefully just in time for ‘cross season. Unless you’re in Florida.2015 BMC GRANFONDO GF02 CARBON Not quite sure if you wanna ride off road or on? The Granfondo is a great bike for testing the waters on less than ideal pavement and country roads with no pavement (we reviewed the original GF01 here). Originally launched as an alloy bike beneath the top end carbon GF01, the 2015 model becomes a carbon fiber bike, too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get a disc brake option out of the gate, you’ll have to pony up for the GFo1 Disc introduced at Eurobike last year for that.The top model is the GF01 Ultegra, shown above. The key difference is in the layup, which results in heavier bikes as you move up the price range:SLR01: frame 790g / frameset 1,360gSLR02: frame 970g / frameset 1,530gSLR03: frame 1,230g / frameset 1,860gEven at the bottom, though, you’re still getting their TCC (Tuned Compliance Concept) layup and design, which helps smooth the ride and soak up vibrations. It’s even UCI approved should you get into it enough to start racing.It’s available in five sizes (47, 51, 54, 57 and 60cm) with the new smallest 47cm size aimed at riders below 164cm tall. The 47cm frame is actually about 30mm shorter than the SLR02’s 48cm size.
Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn at this year’s State of the City luncheon.Leawood continues to attract national attention as safe place to call home with a number of great amenities — but the city is keeping an eye on a few developments outside its control that could affect the quality of life there, Mayor Peggy Dunn said Wednesday.Delivering the annual State of the City address before more than 100 people assembled at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection — which she noted has grown to become the largest Methodist congregation in the country since its foundation in 1990 — Dunn noted a slew of recognition the city had received over the past 12 months, including being named third best small city in America by the website WalletHub.But Dunn noted a handful of circumstances that could affect city government in the coming year. Among her top concerns was the situation surrounding the state’s K-12 funding formula. Dunn indicated that the possibility the state could have to invest an additional $600 million to address the Supreme Court’s latest ruling gave her pause.“The state legislators [last year] passed a budget they believed would shore up the financial future for the next several years. This belief was altered dramatically when the Kansas Supreme Court rule in October that school funding is still inadequate and unfair,” Dunn said. “The resolution will undoubtedly impact each of us.”It was the second year in a row Dunn raised concerns about the effect of the legislature’s actions regarding Kansas’s finances.With Board of County Commissioners members Steve Klika, Jason Osterhaus, Ed Eilert and Ron Shaffer in attendance, Dunn also noted the ouster of longtime County Manger Hannes Zacharias.“[The departure of Zacharias] was a big surprise, since the county has long been recognized for excellence, which we anticipate and hope will surely continue,” she said.Among the other highlights of her address, Dunn noted:That significant flooding over the summer had caused damage to city property, and that the city was working on a plan to address flooding issues in the future.The northern part of the city has seen a wave of teardown/rebuild projects. Of the 53 new single family home permits the city issued in 2017, 27 were for rebuilds in part of the city north of I-435.That the city had seen the opening of the new Variety KC Playground at Leawood Park, which is just the second fully accessible playground in the KC area.
Emergency responders were on the scene after drivers got stuck on a flooded Mission Road near Village Presbyterian Church in August 2016. Photo credit Don Austin.Engineers and Prairie Village Public Works officials on Tuesday revealed their proposed fix to the growing flooding problems on Mission Road near the Village Shops.The plan calls for construction crews to essentially eliminate the dip in the road that lets Brush Creek spill over the street and up against homes on the west side of Mission.A cross section diagram presented at Tuesday’s open house meeting shows how raising the grade by approximately four-and-a-half feet would create a barrier that would keep the creek from threatening homes:If completed, the project would largely alleviate the threat of flooding to seven houses currently in or adjacent to the flood hazard zone, which is marked by the yellow line in the diagram below. The new flood hazard zone would end at the east edge of Mission Road:Engineers said Tuesday that the stretch of Mission that would be altered by the project is approximately 800 feet long.The city also introduced a proposal to upgrade Schliffke Park, which sits adjacent to the creek north of Tomahawk Road, in conjunction with the road project. Currently, Schliffke Park is dominated by a narrow parking lot and has negligible recreation features. The park upgrade would replace that large swath of impervious surface with green space, picnic tables and a 10-foot wide trail:Public works will consider feedback from residents on the plan before bringing the project to the city council for consideration in the coming months. The project, which would be eligible for cost-sharing for stormwater management, would be considered for inclusion in the 2020 projects plan.
November 1, 2007 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Senior Editor Jurors in Florida have been elevated to play more active roles in trials.Now, in both civil and criminal trials, they may ask witnesses questions and take notes, thanks to the Florida Supreme Court’s approval of those recommendations from the Jury Innovations Committee.“The fruits of the labor of all of those who have participated in this matter will be gleaned by the citizens of this state in the form of a more meaningful and satisfying jury experience, as well as a more efficient and more effective jury system overall,” Justice Charles Wells wrote in the October 4 opinion in case SC05-1091 that involved amendments to the rules of both civil and criminal procedures, and standard jury instructions for both civil and criminal cases.The Jury Innovations Committee of the Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council undertook what has been described as the most comprehensive review and evaluation of the jury system in the history of Florida. Out of 48 recommendations from the committee detailed in its 111-page report, in 2003 the court approved 18, declined eight, and referred 22 for further study. The October 4 opinion deals with 11 areas referred to various committees submitting reports.Allowing jurors to ask questions of witnesses was one of the most controversial innovations.The late Third District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Shevin, who chaired the committee, told the News (December 15, 2001): “The goal of this committee from the get-go was to come up with suggestions to helpbring about jurors who are more educated, who can understand the facts better, who will be much more in a position of being able to reach a conclusion, who will be more accurate about the decision-making process, who will be more confident in their verdict and decision — all of these things to get them to play a more active role, so we will have jurors who have a better understanding of the importance of their responsibility. And I would say questioning by jurors is designed to do just that.”But others — including Justice Peggy Quince — prefer that jurors simply listen to witnesses and keep their thoughts to themselves.Milton Hirsch and Brian Tannebaum, on behalf of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Miami Chapter, filed comments against that innovation: “The juror, instead of struggling to maintain a scrupulous neutrality, takes on the role of detective, inquisitor, partisan. Neutrality goes by the boards in the effort to ‘solve the case.’ But it is not the juror’s role to ‘solve the case.’ It is not the juror’s role to develop facts. It is the juror’s role to draw inferences and reach conclusions from facts developed by those whose role it is to develop facts.”Justice Quince, concurring in part and dissenting in part, wrote: “I would not adopt the proposal to allow questions by the jury. I strongly believe that it is the responsibility of the parties through their attorneys to present the evidence to the jury in the form of their questions and the physical and demonstrative evidence. In addition, I would not allow jurors to take notes except in cases where the trial exceeds three days. The collective memory of the jurors should not become what one juror may have written down.”The new Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.452 — Questions by Jurors — now mandates the judge in every civil jury trial to permit jurors to submit written questions directed to witnesses or the court.The new Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.371 gives the judge the discretion to permit juror questions during the trial under a similar procedure as the corresponding civil rule. New standard civil instruction 1.13 and new standard criminal instruction 2.13 explain the procedure to a jury.Justice Kenneth Bell, concurring in part and dissenting in part, wrote: “I agree that jurors in civil cases generally should be permitted to submit such questions. However, I also agree with what the Civil Procedure Rules Committee characterized as its ‘strong recommendation’ that, as in the new Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.371, this rule should be permissive rather than mandatory,”As for other recommendations, the court decided the following: • Standardized Juror Questionnaire s: The court concluded that the current form 1.984 in Rules of Civil Procedure is adequate for civil cases and adopts a new form for criminal cases, as proposed by the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. The use of these forms shall be at the discretion of the chief judge of each circuit. • Juror Note-taking: Revised civil (1.8) and new criminal (1.6) instructions inform jurors that they may, but are not required, to take notes during the trial, give guidance on the use of notes, and advise jurors that their notes will be destroyed once the trial is over. Standard civil instruction 7.2 is revised regarding use of notes during deliberations and a new subdivision of Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.430 — Retention of Court Records — requires the court to destroy jury notes as soon as the jury is discharged.• Juror Notebooks : The committee noted they can serve a useful function, especially in civil cases and in lengthy and complex trials. The court adopted new Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.455 and an identical criminal rule, 3.372, and amended civil rule 1.200(b) to add the potential use of jurors’ notebooks to the list of issues to be addressed at the pretrial conference.• Juror Time Management: The committee recognized research that shows juror satisfaction is directly linked to how efficiently juror time is managed. The court adopted new Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.256 that incorporates provisions of the ABA Standards Relating to Juror Use and Management and “is meant to provide meaningful guidance to the courts on how to achieve the most efficient use of juror time.”• Written Jury Instructions: The court amended Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.470(b) and Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.390(b) and 3.400 to require the court to provide the jury with a written set of instructions for use in deliberations.• Final Instructions Before Closing Arguments: The committee recommended that judges be encouraged to give final instructions to the jury before closing arguments. While current standard civil instruction 1.1 encourages this procedure and the court agrees there are advantages, it concluded “the timing of instructions should ultimately be left to the discretion of the trial judge on a case-by-case basis.”Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.470(b) is amended to allow the trial judge to orally instruct the jury either before or after closing arguments and provide appropriate instructions during the trial. If instructions are given prior to final argument, the amended rule directs the trial judge to give final procedural instructions after final arguments and before deliberations. A similar amendment is made to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.390(a).• Judicial Answers to Deliberating Jurors’ Questions: The committee urged judges to be as responsive as possible and fully answer deliberating jurors’ questions, consistent with applicable case law. In response, the court authorized publication and use of a new standard civil instruction 7.3(a), as proposed by the Civil Jury Instructions Committee.“This new instruction provides a format for judges to follow in recognizing and answering or, where appropriate, not answering juror questions.” The court authorized an identical criminal instruction, 4.3.• Read Back of Testimony: The committee recommended the court develop specific criteria for the denial of a juror request to read back portions of the trial testimony. The Civil Procedure Rules Committee declined to propose a rule, pointing out that current Florida case law gives trial judges broad discretion. The court agreed and declined to adopt any rule. But the court did authorize publication and use of new civil [7.3(b)] and criminal [4.4] jury instructions addressing the read-back of testimony. • Juror Impasse: The committee recommended that trial judges in both criminal and civil cases should be allowed to assist deliberating juries in reaching a verdict where an Allen charge has been given and the jury remains deadlocked. Jurors should know exactly what can occur if they cannot reach a verdict, that is, what a mistrial actually means, the committee said. However, the court deferred to opposition from both the civil and criminal jury instructions committees and declined to adopt amendments to current standard jury instructions. • Post-verdict Discussions: The committee recommended that judges should advise jurors of their rights to discuss or not discuss their deliberations and verdict after the trial. The committee also suggested the topic should become institutionalized training at the New Judges College and Advanced College for Judicial Education, where experienced trial judges could provide valuable insight. The court agreed with the Civil Jury Instructions Committee that current instruction 7.4 is sufficient. And the court authorized the publication and use of revised standard criminal instruction 4.2, as proposed by the Criminal Jury Instructions Committee. Jurors may take notes and, at the judge’s discretion, ask questions in both criminal and civil proceedings Florida jurors poised to play a more active role Florida jurors poised to play a more active role
âÄúFight, fight, fight,âÄù catcher Kari Dorle said. âÄúThe team that would fight the hardest I think would win that game after all those delays.âÄùAllister was particularly impressed with KochâÄôs role in MinnesotaâÄôs win. The junior pitcher had to fill in as designated player after HathawayâÄôs ejection, putting a ball in play during her first ever at-bat for the Gophers. She then came in to help out a struggling Sara Moulton in the seventh, retiring all three batters she faced and ending the game with a strikeout.âÄúKoch did a heck of a job of coming in and closing out that game,âÄù Allister said. âÄúSheâÄôs been battling all year, sheâÄôs getting better every year, and I am so happy for her and proud of her for coming in and doing what she did.âÄùThe second game began just like the first, as Minnesota gave up a first-inning run on a close play at the plate. But the Gophers were not able to rebound from the deficit this time. Michigan State pounded out 12 runs and nine hits, beating Minnesota by mercy rule, 12-2, in five innings and matching the GophersâÄô worst loss of the year.There were more tough calls in the first few innings, but the Gophers were to blame for letting the second game get away. A pair of costly errors and ill-timed wild pitches cursed the team, culminating in a nine-run top of the fifth for the Spartans.The Gophers head on the road next, playing Wednesday at Northwestern before facing off against No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor over the weekend. Even with the tough loss, the team is still looking forward to finishing the season strong.âÄúEvery time you can get on a field and play, itâÄôs a good day,âÄù Allister said. Hard-fought win followed by ugly lossThe Gophers overcame a strange rule Saturday, but Sunday were mercy-ruled.Mark Vancleave Jesse Mandell-McClintonMay 2, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThere were smiles all around this weekend for the Gophers softball team, but most of them were just the playersâÄô way of dealing with a bevy of questionable calls made by the umpiring crew.Minnesota split its fifth consecutive Big Ten series, grabbing the opening game before getting blown out in a cold and windy Sunday matchup against Michigan State.Despite a 6-3 win that secured a winning record (28-21, 6-8 Big Ten), it was a frustrating Saturday for the Gophers, as they had to battle the weather, the Spartans and the umpires in a hard-fought win.The game began with a two-hour rain delay, but that was nothing compared to the exasperating in-game delay caused by a Minnesota illegal substitution.Just as the GophersâÄô bats were coming alive in the bottom of the fourth, shortstop Jessie Hathaway reported the wrong number when she came to plate before being plunked by a fastball. The violation wasnâÄôt caught right away, as it took two at-bats for Michigan State to bring up the incident.Not sure what to do, the umpires took about 20 minutes deliberating, talking with the coaches, looking at the rule book and even consulting an iPad to help them make a ruling. Finally, they decided to eject Hathaway, who was on second with the bases loaded.Though the call killed MinnesotaâÄôs momentum in the fourth, they came back strong, sitting the Spartans down 1-2-3 in the fifth before adding two more in the bottom of the inning. The Spartans were able to add a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, but head coach Jessica Allister brought in Alissa Koch to close the game for her first career save.
The New York Times:PINCH a coin at its edge between the thumb and first fingers of your right hand and begin to place it in your left palm, without letting go. Begin to close the fingers of the left hand. The instant the coin is out of sight, extend the last three digits of your right hand and secretly retract the coin. Make a fist with your left — as if holding the coin — as your right hand palms the coin and drops to the side.You’ve just performed what magicians call a retention vanish: a false transfer that exploits a lag in the brain’s perception of motion, called persistence of vision. When done right, the spectator will actually see the coin in the left palm for a split second after the hands separate.This bizarre afterimage results from the fact that visual neurons don’t stop firing once a given stimulus (here, the coin) is no longer present. As a result, our perception of reality lags behind reality by about one one-hundredth of a second.Magicians have long used such cognitive biases to their advantage, and in recent years scientists have been following in their footsteps, borrowing techniques from the conjurer’s playbook in an effort not to mystify people but to study them. Magic may seem an unlikely tool, but it’s already yielded several widely cited results. Consider the work on choice blindness — people’s lack of awareness when evaluating the results of their decisions.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Share Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn The “Madonna-Whore Dichotomy” describes the belief that being nurturing and being sexual are mutually exclusive options for women. New research indicates that this belief is associated with ideologies that reinforce male dominance.But the findings, which appear in Psychology of Women Quarterly, suggest that endorsement of the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy can have personal costs for men as well.“One of the things that I find interesting is how some people react to the female body when it is portrayed in a sexualized versus a motherly context,” said study author Rotem Kahalon, a graduate student at Tel Aviv University and member of Nurit Shnabel’s “Improving Social Relations” Lab. Email “For example, why is it OK for some people (both women and men) to view sexualized women with revealing cleavages in sexualized commercials, yet when it comes to breastfeeding in public, they are repulsed. After all, it is the same breast.”“In other words, we wanted to understand why for some people it is hard to view the ‘tender’ and ‘sensual’ dimensions of women’s sexuality as united, and what are the consequences of such a dichotomous view of women,” Kahalon said.For their study, the researchers surveyed 123 Israeli heterosexual women, 242 U.S. heterosexual women and men, and 351 German heterosexual women and men regarding how they perceived a woman’s sexuality, whether being nurturing and sexual are mutually exclusive, and whether chaste women have more positive traits than others.Kahalon and her colleagues found that individuals who endorsed the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy also tended to endorse ideologies that reinforce inequality. In other words, both men and women who agreed with statements such as “A sexy woman is usually not a good mother” and “Women are typically either very liberal or very conservative sexually, but not in the middle” were more likely to also express sexual double standards and sexist attitudes.“Stereotypes men and women hold about women’s roles — whether they are positive, such as portraying women as ‘good,’ chaste, and pure ‘madonnas,’ or whether they are negative, such as viewing women as ‘bad,’ promiscuous, and seductive ‘whores’ — police women and limit their sexual freedom,” Kahalon told PsyPost.Men, however, were more likely than women to endorse the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy.In a previous study of 108 heterosexual Israeli men, the researchers found that the endorsement of the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy was associated with reduced relationship satisfaction. Their new study replicated those results among male — but not female — participants.“Ironically, a dichotomous view of women as belonging to one of these two roles can have personal cost for men, as men who view women in such a dichotomous way show lower levels of sexual and relationship satisfaction,” Kahalon said.“The positive lesson from our research, is that endorsing more egalitarian social ideologies and gender roles can predict more stable and sexually satisfying heterosexual romantic relationships. Our results suggest that reducing gender inequality, and the ideologies that support it, can be in the best interest of both women and men.”More research is needed, however, to confirm whether the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy causes men to have worse relationships or whether men with worse relationships become more likely to endorse the belief. Future research could also examine how men’s endorsement of the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy affects their romantic partners.“We hope that understanding the social psychological motivations underlying this dichotomous view of women could help address social phenomena, such as people’s tendency to accept the public display of women’s breasts when used in a sexualized manner (e.g., through media representations) but not maternal behaviors (such as breastfeeding),” Kahalon added.“We also hope that knowledge of the social construction of the MWD may reduce women’s feelings of guilt or shame about their bodies and sexuality, particularly those feelings that stem from cultural expectations regarding maternal modesty.”“Finally, we hope that our work will encourage both men and women to hold more complex and realistic beliefs about sexuality, which may allow them to experience more sexual freedom and more satisfying romantic relationships, even after the transition to motherhood (when the MWD can be especially problematic),” Kahalon said.“Sexual therapists and clinicians who work with couples or men who experience difficulties in their romantic relationships, could also use the knowledge gained in the current investigation to create helpful interventions to change existing beliefs about sexuality.”The study, “The Madonna-Whore Dichotomy Is Associated With Patriarchy Endorsement: Evidence From Israel, the United States, and Germany“, was authored by Rotem Kahalon, Orly Bareket, Andrea C. Vial, Nora Sassenhagen, Julia C. Becker, and Nurit Shnabe.
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Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and Chair of the joint House-Senate Conference Committee, released a summary of the benefits for California in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report.The final agreement provides critical flood protection, restores important ecosystems, and maintains ports and navigation routes for commerce and the movement of goods throughout the State of California.Senator Boxer said: “In my home State of California, Sacramento faces some of the nation’s most severe flood risks. I am so pleased that this bipartisan legislation includes critical flood control that protects lives and property in California. It also includes important reforms to strengthen our ports, including in Los Angeles and Long Beach, and restores critical ecosystems, such as the Salton Sea. I look forward to moving this critical legislation to the President’s desk to be signed into law as soon as possible.”The WRRDA conference report authorizes four new projects in California that have undergone extensive review by the Corps of Engineers and have been recommended by the Chief of Engineers, making them eligible for federal construction funding.• Natomas Basin: WRRDA authorizes over $1 billion to strengthen the levees in the Natomas Basin in Sacramento to safeguard over 100,000 residents and protect over $7 billion in property;• San Clemente Shoreline: The conference report authorizes $99 million for construction and continuing maintenance of coastal protection measures along the San Clemente shoreline. The project will protect critical infrastructure, including an important passenger and freight rail link, and increase recreational opportunities;• Orestimba Creek, San Joaquin River Basin: WRRDA authorizes approximately $45 million for flood control measures in the San Joaquin River Basin to protect the City of Newman. The project includes over four miles of levees designed to withstand a 200-year flood. It will protect critical local infrastructure, including rail, water supply, roads, and emergency response facilities. It would reduce expected annual damages by 94 percent;• Sutter Basin: WRRDA authorizes approximately $689 million for a flood control measures in Sutter River Basin, including Yuba City. The project would strengthen 41 miles of existing levees, reducing expected annual damages by approximately $50 million.The WRRDA conference report also authorizes programs and sets priorities that address California’s needs.Ports and waterways in the United States moved over 2.3 billion tons of goods in 2012, and California has some of the busiest ports in the world. These ports and waterways require dredging, maintenance and modernization to ensure the efficient, safe and timely movement of goods.[mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2014