Send e-mail for the 200 dpi image. J. Cannon UGA CAES One of the surest signs that fall is upon us is the appearance of pumpkins for sale along the roadside. If the pumpkins are ready for harvest, the frost upon them can’t be far behind. The search for the perfect pumpkin has become almost as important as scouring the woods for the perfect Christmas tree. Pumpkins come in many shapes and sizes, and people’s preferences vary. The miniature has become popular among those who dabble in decorative design. The giant is a challenge for the competitive at heart. The pie pumpkin, usually 3 to 6 pounds, is the culinary choice. And the jack-o’-lantern types are a cut above for those who like to carve. So where do we find the one that will satisfy our own holiday desires? Linus waited in the pumpkin patch each year for the great pumpkin. This course of action may only lead, however, to frustration and frostbite. BIG ORANGE ORBS just wait to be picked out and carved for Halloween. These pumpkins are grown for jack-o’-lanterns, but pie and ornamental varieties are also widely available. Most pumpkins you’ll find in Georgia weren’t grown here, though, said a University of Georgia horticulturist. Some produce markets or specialty farms may allow you to pick your own from the field. Those, you’ll know, are Georgia-grown treats. The best pumpkin may only be an afternoon’s drive away. Or it could be waiting at the local supermarket. Many roadside markets, produce stands and local grocers offer pumpkins. A growing number of farms, too, offer hayrides to the field and let customers select their own pumpkins. This is akin to the stroll in the forest looking for the right Christmas tree or the Thanksgiving morning turkey hunt for the day’s main course. Just don’t expect to always find a locally grown pumpkin. Georgia farmers grow only about 600 acres of them each year, although that figure has been rising slightly. Most of the pumpkins grown in Georgia are in the northern third of the state, although there are a few south Georgia growers. Plant viruses and insect pressure make growing pumpkins in south Georgia hard to do. Many of the pumpkins sold in Georgia were grown up north and in the Midwest. Some come from states such as Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and North Carolina. Don’t give up hope, though, for just the right local pumpkin. Your chances of finding it are better if you search local markets and on-farm sales outlets. Then, of course, there’s always the challenge of growing your own. This is often not possible. But if you have a big yard and don’t mind filling some of it with vines, give it a whirl. For harvest near Halloween or Thanksgiving, don’t plant pumpkins until early to late June, depending on the variety. Never plant until danger of frost has passed. Pumpkin varieties vary in size and color. To grow your own, start by selecting the right variety for your use. It takes proper care throughout the season to grow the long-awaited Big Orange Orb you will cherish until it’s ladled into the pie crust or melts into the compost pile. If you decide to grow your own, consult the county Extension Service office for details. Don’t expect to break the world record (more than 1,000 pounds). It’s virtually impossible to grow competitively large pumpkins in the Georgia climate. Limit your competition to local and state fairs. How do you pick the proper pumpkin? Choose one with a hard rind and a dull color. Declining vines indicate a ripe pumpkin, too. Pick pumpkins before frost and leave at least 3 to 4 inches of stem on the fruit. One caution: Southern-grown pumpkins usually can’t be stored as long as those grown in other areas. The pumpkin is a true American vegetable. It originated in the Americas and still holds a fond place in our hearts. Whether in the backyard or in uncharted fields, our search for the perfect pumpkin will always be a yearly delight. read more
The St Louis Golf team was finally able to participate in their 2nd match Thursday night. St Mary’s of Greensburg welcomed St Louis and South Decatur to a 3-way match at North Branch. The host Knights came out on top with a team score of 191 followed by South Decatur with a 222 and St Louis with a 235.Scoring for St Louis included Eli Vogelsang, Cayden Pohlman, Cody Mohr and Abe Streator. The golf team’s next match is Monday at North Branch.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.
With no game scheduled for Saturday, USC’s first bye week of the season, the Trojans began using the additional practice time Tuesday to refresh and work on technique as they prep for California.Second look · Freshman quarterback Max Wittek (left) took reps during Tuesday’s practice. Wittek has been with the team since the spring. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanUSC is fresh off a 48-41 win over Arizona, which featured record-breaking performances for the Trojans.Junior quarterback Matt Barkley surpassed Carson Palmer’s mark of 454 passing yards for the most passing yards in a single game by a USC quarterback with 468. Barkley also earned honors as the Pac-12 Player of the Week — the second time Barkley has been chosen in the last three weeks.Sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods was five yards short of breaking the school single-game record for most receiving yards after notching 255 receiving yards.On Tuesday, however, USC coach Lane Kiffin decided to give Barkley a short rest, opting to give freshman quarterback Max Wittek more reps.—The offensive line played a vital role in allowing Barkley to find his receivers on Saturday as the signal caller was not sacked. After a dismal game against Arizona State, offensive tackle Kevin Graf went back to the film room to correct his mistakes. Graf admits he was not focusing entirely on the opposing team.“Instead of focusing on the other team for the first couple of days, I focused on myself and what I needed to change,” he said.Graf plans to use the bye week to keep working on his technique to refine his game.“Since we have so much time, it is a really good time to freshen up on the technique and everything I need to work on,” Graf said.—Junior safety T.J. McDonald believes the bye week has come at a perfect time for the Trojans.“Coming off of a team like Arizona, we know that they had an explosive offense,” McDonald said. “We bent a little bit, but we didn’t break and we came out with the ‘W’.”McDonald had two interceptions against Arizona, his first two of the season.“It was a great feeling,” he said. “They finally came at the right time and against a quarterback that hadn’t thrown any for the whole year.”—With a week off before playing California on Oct. 13, the Trojans are using the extra time to rest and recover.“It has come at a great time for us, especially with our issues on defense,” Kiffin said. “We have spent some extra time, so hopefully we can get Torin [Harris] and Lamar [Dawson] back.”USC’s depth on the defensive side of the ball has been lacking. As senior linebacker Chris Galippo had to play every snap against Arizona State and Arizona, the coaching staff was also forced to mix and match players. Redshirt freshman Anthony Brown, as a result, got his first career start to replace Harris.McDonald stressed the importance of utilizing the bye week effectively.“The biggest thing is that we don’t take this time and just rest,“ he said. “Of course we need to rest our bodies and get healthy, but at the same time we’re going to stay in shape and actually get more conditioning.”—The Trojans will face the Golden Bears in familiar terrain: AT&T Park. The Trojans last played there in the 2009 Emerald Bowl against Boston College.Graf said he is excited for the match-up.“It’s different but it is going to be fun,” he said. “We are going to play in the Giants’ stadium so it should be a lot of fun.”Kiffin emphasized the need to not let games like Saturday’s, in which the USC defense gave up a school-record 37 first downs and allowed quarterback Nick Foles to throw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, cloud the players’ collective mindset.“We’ve got to be careful that we are not overreacting to a game or two,” Kiffin said. “We have to take it all in and look at who we are playing.” read more
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SACRAMENTO – As he took countless jump shots around the perimeter, Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. did more than show off his latest efforts to expand his game. His work during morning shootaround on Thursday also revealed Nance’s hope to play when the Lakers (4-4) play the Sacramento Kings (4-5) Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center.The Lakers are officially listing Nance as questionable after suffering a concussion this week that left him out of Tuesday’s loss against Dallas. Still, Lakers coach Luke Walton said he feels “hopeful” Nance will return against the Kings. “He’s good,” Walton said. “He has one more part of the test to pass.”Walton said he did not know what the latest test entails. The Lakers have not offered specifics, either. But according to the NBA concussion protocol, players have to complete stationary bike, jogging, running and agility drills without any symptoms before advancing to non-contact and contract work with the team. Based on that criteria, it appears Nance has completed the bike, jogging, running and agility drills without showing symptoms. Team doctors will reevaluate Nance before tonight’s game. He has averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 minutes while shooting 61.1 percent from the field in 20 minutes as a reserve. If cleared to play, Walton said Nance will not have a minute restriction since his return hinges on not having any symptoms. Meanwhile, Lakers rookie center Ivica Zubac has been on the inactive roster in recent days because of a sore back. read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is defending the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America, saying “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests” sparked by George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.Barr will tell members of the House Judiciary Committee at a much-anticipated hearing on Tuesday that the violence taking place in Portland, Oregon, and other cities is disconnected from the death of Floyd, which he described as a “horrible” event that prompted a necessary national reckoning on the relationship between the Black community and law enforcement.“Largely absent from these scenes of destruction are even superficial attempts by the rioters to connect their actions to George Floyd’s death or any legitimate call for reform,” Barr will say of the Portland protests, according to a copy of his prepared remarks released by the Justice Department on Monday.Barr will also touch on other controversies that have shadowed his tenure, including his handling of the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia, which he derisively refers to as “the bogus ‘Russiagate’ scandal.”The testimony underscores the Justice Department’s ongoing effort to differentiate between increasing violence in some cities and the death of Floyd, which civil rights prosecutors are investigating as a potential crime. Massive but peaceful demonstrations had followed Floyd’s death in May.The attorney general, speaking as Congress and the public pay respects to the late Rep. John Lewis, will acknowledge to lawmakers that Floyd’s death struck a chord in the Black community because it reinforced concerns that Blacks are treated differently by police. But he will also condemn Americans who he says have responded inappropriately to Floyd’s death through what he said was rioting and anarchy.“As elected officials of the federal government, every Member of this Committee – regardless of your political views or your feelings about the Trump Administration – should condemn violence against federal officers and destruction of federal property,” Barr says. “So should state and local leaders who have a responsibility to keep their communities safe. To tacitly condone destruction and anarchy is to abandon the basic rule-of-law principles that should unite us even in a politically divisive time.”Civil unrest escalated in Portland after federal agents were accused of whisking people away in unmarked cars without probable cause; they were detained and later released. And in Washington, D.C., peaceful protesters were violently cleared from the streets by federal officers using smoke bombs and pepper balls ahead of a photo op by Trump in front of a church, where Barr had accompanied him.The attorney general has defended as necessary the broad use of law enforcement power to deal with the situation, but the department’s internal watchdog has opened investigations into use of force and other tactics by agents in both cities.The hearing on Tuesday marks Barr’s first appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, bringing him face-to-face with a panel that voted last year to hold him in contempt and is holding hearings on what Democrats allege is politicization of the Justice Department under his watch. It comes during a tumultuous stretch in which Barr has taken a series of actions cheered by President Donald Trump but condemned by Democrats and other critics.Barr makes reference in his prepared statement to that antagonistic relationship, saying that “many of the Democrats on this Committee have attempted to discredit me by conjuring up a narrative that I am simply the President’s factotum who disposes of criminal cases according to his instructions. Judging from the letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your agenda today.”Beyond the federal response to the demonstrations, Barr is also expected to be pressed in detail about his intervention in criminal cases arising from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The hearing will provide Barr with a forum to offer his most detailed account to date for his actions in the criminal cases, which he has said were taken in the interests of justice and without political pressure.Those include the Justice Department’s decision to drop the prosecution of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn — a request now tied up in court — and his firing last month of the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, whose office oversaw investigations into allies of the president.Barr also pushed for a more lenient sentence for another Trump ally, Roger Stone, prompting the entire trial team’s departure. That decision was at the center of a separate hearing before the same committee last month, when one of the prosecutors alleged that politics from Justice Department leadership had influenced the handling of the sentence.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday on MSNBC that Democrats want to question Barr about how Trump “is undermining the Constitution of the United States.” Barr previously rebuffed the House committee and Pelosi said that “we hope that he will show up.”In the past, Barr has said that Flynn, who pleaded guilty as part of Mueller’s probe to lying to the FBI, should never have been charged and that the original sentencing recommendation for Stone — also charged in the Mueller investigation — was excessive.Barr’s opening statement does not delve into the details of the case, though he will insist Tuesday that Trump has not attempted to interfere in those decisions and has “played a role properly and traditionally played by Presidents.”Republican lawmakers have been overwhelmingly supportive of Barr’s performance and are likely Tuesday to help him push back against some of the Democratic criticism. Even among the GOP members, though, Barr faces pressure to deliver results soon on an investigation that he initiated into the origins of the Russia probe.It is not clear when or how that investigation, being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, will end, but Barr has said he hopes to have results by the end of the summer. read more
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