BUY TICKETS: See the races at KansasRELATED: Full weekend schedule for KansasThe Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are at Kansas Speedway this weekend.Below are the stage lengths for each race. Click here to bookmark stage lengths for every race this season.Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Race is Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, FS1)Stage 1: Ends on Lap 80Stage 2: Ends on Lap 160Final Stage: Scheduled to end on Lap 267Camping World Truck Series (Race is Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1)Stage 1: Ends on Lap 40Stage 2: Ends on Lap 80Final Stage: Scheduled to end on Lap 167 read more
The Lake Havasu dredging project has been put on hold because of the thick lake weed. Floating lake weed patches are particularly thick in the area at the moment due to prevailing wind and current conditions causing frequent clogging of the jet drive intakes on the dredge boat.According to the Lake Havasu Marine Association President, Jim Salscheider, the project to increase lake’s depth in that area is about halfway complete and only needs about five more days of work.The overall depth of the channel has been increased by approximately 1-1/2′ to 2-feet and now ranges in depth from 4-1/2 to over 7 feet.Dredging will resume as soon as it is determined that water and weather conditions are more favorable to complete the project, likely in early October.[mappress mapid=”21002″] read more
John Chavis is leaving his position at LSU as defensive coordinator to take the same position at Texas A&M, according to several media reports.Chavis, 58, has been LSU’s defensive coordinator since 2009. He had previously been at Tennessee from 1989 to 2009.Chavis is in line for a larger salary at Texas A&M. The Aggies will reportedly pay him $1.7 million per season. LSU had offered him a three-year, $4 million contract.His LSU defense in 2014 ended the regular season atop the SEC’s total defense category. During his time in Baton Rouge, he produced seven first-team All-Americans on defense at LSU and was the 2011 Broyles National Assistant Coach of the Year. read more
It’s time to test whether your love of Starbucks is stronger than your hatred of fruitcake.Because Starbucks just started selling a FRUITCAKE FRAPPUCCINO. It’s a hazelnut cream flavor and it has dried fruit and cinnamon blended in, and caramel and a little green tea powder on top.If you’re intrigued, they’re only available this weekend. Unlike actual fruitcake, which lasts forever.
California Highway Patrol program catches L.A. cargo crooksThe California Highway Patrol Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP) in February arrested 15 members of a suspected theft crew in Los Angeles County following a seven-month investigation of organized commercial burglary. The total value of the stolen cargo was more than $1 million. Those arrested are alleged to have spent their days driving through industrial areas looking for merchandise, according to CTIP. At night they would return to likely spots, cutting holes into warehouse doors and loading stolen products into vans. Some businesses made the suspects’ jobs easier by leaving pallets of merchandise outside for quick pickup and delivery. The thieves targeted boxes of clothing, shoes, cosmetics and electronics and sold some of the merchandise to a Long Beach, California, couple. The CTIP said it expects to make more arrests in the case. The suspects were charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property. California formed the CTIP program in 1994. Security directors from such organizations as the Western States Cargo Theft Association, California Trucking Association and National Cargo and Security Council Transportation meet with law enforcement monthly to discuss recent trends, losses, suspects and active investigations. [Source: Transport Topics]Casino employee arraigned in Easter promotion schemeA former host at Mohegan Sun Pocono casino in Pennsylvania accused of participating in a scheme to rig an Easter sweepstakes in 2014 was arraigned Tuesday. Kenneth Rowlands, 32, of Kingston, surrendered before District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to participate in a rigged contest. Spagnuolo arraigned Rowlands at Luzerne County Central Court and released him on $15,000 unsecured bail. Rowlands was accompanied by his attorney, Peter Moses. Authorities allege Rowlands was in on the scheme that involved two other casino employees — Robert Joseph Pellegrini, 52, a former vice president of player development, and Colin Ray Boecker, 32 — plus casino patron Mark Heltzel. According to criminal complaints: Boecker set up the Easter sweepstakes, which offered patrons the opportunity to select plastic eggs that contained cash prizes and free slot credits. Rowlands had to make sure Heltzel was made aware that a certain egg contained the grand prize of $10,000, which he picked on April 27, 2014. Heltzel then gave some of the cash to Pellegrini, Boecker and Rowlands. Boecker, of Tonawanda, New York, and Pellegrini are facing similar charges. They have not been arraigned.Heltzel, 53, of Dallas, has not been charged in this case, but pleaded guilty in another. The alleged contest rigging happened before Pellegrini was involved another scheme with Heltzel and former casino waitress Rochelle Poszeluznyj, 40, of Kingston. Pellegrini, Heltzel and Poszeluznyj were charged in 2016 in the scheme that ran from May 2014 to April 2015 and involved the theft of personal identification numbers, or PINs, from gamblers. The numbers were then used to create duplicate rewards cards with $478,000 in free play credits. Heltzel gambled with the cards and split the winnings with Pellegrini and Poszeluznyj who stole the PINs. Heltzel was sentenced last August to 18 months in federal prison. Poszeluznyj was sentenced to six months on house arrest and two years on probation.[Source: Times Leader]Toys ‘R’ Us will sell or close all US stores, according to CEOToys “R” Us is set to file liquidation papers Wednesday (March 14) evening in advance of a bankruptcy court hearing on Thursday, reported The Record. Toys “R” Us CEO David Brandon spoke about the company’s fate to employees in a conference call, calling it a sad day, according to the report. He also said the brand would be missed. However, the decision to liquidate might not sink the retailer totally. CNBC reported that the toy giant is eyeing one plan that would keep some stores open ever after it liquidates the company. Under the proposal, the company would sell its stronger Toys “R” Us Canadian division, along with some 200 of its most profitable US stores, to a new buyer. Although there is no definite buyer yet, there are several circulating, according to CNBC. Toys “R” Us, which filed for bankruptcy in September, currently has more than 700 remaining US locations, between its namesake and Babies “R” Us banners. In related developments, the U.K. arm of Toys “R” Us on Wednesday announced it will be closing its store base within six weeks. [Source: Chain Store Age]- Sponsor – Man robs JCPenney store, threatens LP associate with knifePolice in San Antonio, Texas, arrested a 33-year-old man after he allegedly robbed a JCPenney and threatened a loss prevention associate with a knife. Investigators say Roland Pena was caught on camera stuffing a pair of jeans inside a shopping bag at South Park Mall on SW Military Drive around 1 p.m. on February 22nd and then putting on a new pair of shoes before walking toward the elevator. A police affidavit states Pena was confronted by a loss prevention associate, who said Pena took off the shoes but kept the jeans in the bag. Investigators say Pena pulled out a knife as he walked toward the store exit and told the LP associate to stop following him. Pena has been charged with aggravated robbery. [Source: News4SA]Retail jobs increased by over 46,000 in FebruaryRetail industry employment increased by 46,400 jobs in February over January, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said today. The number excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Overall, the economy added 313,000 jobs, the Labor Department said. “This substantial gain in retail jobs is a significant positive sign regarding the health and viability of the industry,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “It is stronger than expected and there were broad gains across most retail sectors. Beyond retail, labor markets continued to strengthen in all industries in February, and more jobs throughout the economy will mean more consumers shopping in retail stores. With tax reform in effect, consumer confidence increasing and strong underlying economic fundamentals, 2018 is off to a good start and we expect a prosperous year ahead.”The February increase was more than four times the gain of 10,800 jobs seen in January over December. The three-month moving average in February showed an increase of 10,600 jobs.General merchandise stores were up by 17,700 jobs, fueled mostly by gains at warehouse and supercenter stores, while clothing and accessories stores were up by 14,900 jobs and building materials stores were up by 10,300 jobs. There were declines totaling 5,400 jobs spread across health and personal care, sporting goods and miscellaneous stores. Kleinhenz noted that retail job numbers reported by the Labor Department do not provide an accurate picture of the industry because they count only employees who work in stores while excludng retail workers in other parts of the business such as corporate headquarters, distribution centers, call centers and innovation labs. Economy-wide, average hourly earnings in February increased by 68 cents – 2.6 percent – year over year. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, unchanged for the fifth straight month. [Source: Business Wire]ATM debit card fraud hit 10 percent in 2017A new report has revealed that there was a 10 percent increase in the number of payment cards compromised at US ATMs and merchants in 2017. “The number of compromises and the number of card members impacted set a new record last year,” said TJ Horan, vice president of fraud solutions at FICO. “While most devices are safe, fraudsters are developing new technology and methods for hacking ATMs. This is why it’s important for consumers to be cautious when withdrawing cash, and also for them to check their account regularly and confirm that all the transactions on their debit card are legitimate.”The data – which is taken from the FICO Card Alert Service that monitors hundreds of thousands of ATMs and other readers in the US – also showed that compromised card readers at US ATMs, restaurants and merchants went up 8 percent in 2017.ATM hacks have proven to be a real concern for consumers and financial institutions. Earlier this year, Diebold Nixdorf and NCR Corporation – the two biggest ATM makers in the world – warned that hackers are going after ATM machines in the US with tools that can force the machines to spit out cash. A confidential alert was sent to banks from the U.S. Secret Service that hackers are targeting standalone ATMs that are usually found in drug stores, big-box retailers and drive-thru ATMs. And while financial institutions are launching cardless ATM transactions in which customers can use their mobile phones to withdraw money, Krebs on Security found that feature can be hacked, with criminals using stolen bank account usernames and passwords to quietly take cash out of ATMs. In its report, FICO offered tips to keep payment card info safe, including staying away from an ATM that looks odd, or where your card doesn’t enter the machine smoothly; avoiding an ATM if anyone is hanging around nearby; calling your bank immediately if your card is captured inside of an ATM; requesting a new card number if you believe your card has been compromised; and checking your transactions frequently. 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Cagliari: Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racial abuse during his side’s 2-1 victory against Cagliari in Serie A. The Belgian striker was on Sunday was targeted with monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the decisive spot-kick which sealed the match for Inter Milan. The 26-year-old former Manchester United striker looked in anger towards the stands before confidently converting his second goal in as many games for the Italian side. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe fans’ actions were condemned by Inter defender Milan Skriniar in a post-match interview. “There are things that must not be in football,” BBC Sport quoted Skriniar as saying. “Cagliari have a history for this,” said European football’s anti-discrimination body Fare. It should be noted that former Juventus forward Moise Kean was also on the receiving end of racial abuse by Cagliari fans at the same stadium last season. When asked about the chants, Inter boss Antonio Conte, however, said: “I really didn’t hear anything from the bench. However, it is true that more education is needed in Italy in general.” Cagliari was heavily criticised on its social media channels but the club has not yet addressed the incident which took place on Sunday. read more
A number of children’s hospitals were subject to fake gun calls Sunday night, including the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.Police say someone called and reported seeing a gun in the building on Shaganappi Trail NW, around 8:30 p.m.The hospital was immediately put on lockdown, while officers searched the building.Nothing was found, and the lockdown was lifted an hour later.Similar gun calls were made about the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and SickKids in Toronto around the same time Sunday.Nothing was found in either of those locations. read more
Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole insists Alexis Sanchez didn’t become a bad player overnight and expects he will improve under Ole Gunnar SolskjaerSanchez has only scored four times in 32 appearances for United since completing his transfer from Arsenal last year.This marks quite a drastic turnaround from the stunning form he showed at the Emirates Stadium with Sanchez finding the net 80 times in 166 games at Arsenal.Injuries have also played a part in the Chilean star’s struggles at Old Trafford with interim coach Solskjaer stating that he hasn’t had a chance to prove himself yet.And Cole is backing the 30-year-old to come good under his old team-mate Solskjaer at United after struggling under Jose Mourinho.“You never become a bad player overnight,” Cole told ESPN.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“When he left Arsenal for Man United, he joined a team which was totally different. You have to change as a player, which is difficult.“His work ethic is the same, but while he has given the ball away too much, it has been because he’s been trying things because he wanted to produce a pass or score goals.“He will improve because everyone else has improved since Ole took over.“Alexis has got good pace and he never stops running or closing down. He’s like a little kid with a new football who wants to show how good he is. He was like that at Arsenal where he scored goals.”United will take on Brighton at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday. read more