NYT obit on Dr. Frank Jobe, who passed away yesterday at age 88:
On a July night in 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe, the orthopedist for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was sitting in the stands at Dodger Stadium watching the ace left-hander Tommy John face the Montreal Expos.
In the third inning, John threw a pair of wild pitches and heard the sound of a “collision” coming from his arm. He had torn an elbow ligament, which almost certainly meant the end of a pitcher’s career.
But Dr. Jobe performed a pioneering operation, transplanting an unneeded tendon from John’s right wrist into his left elbow, where it functioned as a new ligament. John went on to win another 164 games over 14 seasons, retiring from the game at age 46.
Dr. Jobe, who died Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif., at 88, was renowned as the father of Tommy John surgery, a landmark in sports medicine that has been duplicated thousands of times and has saved the careers of numerous athletes, most of them pitchers. His death was announced by the Dodgers.
Dr. Jobe was born in Greensboro, the son of a postman.
Who is this man and what has he done with John Hammer? The author of this Rhino article on the downtown Greensboro performing arts center is surprisingly non-skeptical:
Only in politics do things this crazy happen. The council spent over two hours discussing whether or not the city would accept a gift of $35 million from some of its wealthiest citizens. In most circles, whether or not to accept a gift of $35 million is what is called a no-brainer. And while most people would expect some strings, one-third of the Greensboro City Council believes that it should not accept a gift of $35 million because there were strings and something could go wrong.
…(Council member Marikay) Abuzuaiter spent some time on what to do about a donor shortfall. It had already been explained that the Community Foundation would take out a loan and give the city $30 million. Is it possible that at some point the city could be held responsible for some of that $30 million? Of course, it is possible. It is possible that when they are digging the foundation of the building they will discover oil and instead of a performing arts center there will be a huge oil derrick at that location. It is possible. It’s possible for pigs to fly, but it isn’t very likely, so most of us don’t walk around worried about a pig flying overhead doing what pigs do.
No doubt the council does what it does –talked it to death, which is why said earlier that Mayor Nancy Vaughan lost control of the meeting when she indulged a speaker from the floor asking questions instead of speaking his piece. It’s actually pretty simple –the Community Foundation’s getting a loan and they will either pay it back with private donations or they will not. I thought City Manager Jim Westmoreland tactfully put it well when council member Tony Wilkins pinned him down on the ‘blank-check’ question —the city’s role in GPAC will be at the (political) will of future City Councils. True enough, even though we know exactly what future councils would do.
Bottom line is this pig’s flying. What it does while overhead remains to be seen.
Interesting N&R front-pager on the burden the ticket sales tax will place on local arts organizations:
As Triad Stage begins selling season-pass renewals for 2014-15 this week, it will add state sales tax to the price for the first time.
A state law that took effect Jan. 1 expanded the sales tax to admission charges for entertainment and live events, such as concerts, plays, movies, museums, and professional and college sports.
In Guilford County, that adds 6.75 percent to the cost of admission.
At downtown professional theater Triad Stage, that will tack $16.54 onto its $245 top, six-play season pass.
Like other nonprofit organizations, it can’t afford to absorb the cost.
“It’s definitely disappointing,” said Richard Whittington, Triad Stage’s managing director, a view echoed by other nonprofit performing arts groups.
Interesting in the sense that the $1 “arts sustainability tax” that would benefit local arts groups was a major point of contention during Tuesday night’s Greensboro City Council debate over the downtown performing arts center. One of the more interesting parts of the debate was council member Mike Barber’s statement that he might attend the Alice in Chains concert at the Cherokee casino, and that if tickets are already $105, then another dollar won’t really make that much difference.
I realize N&R reporter Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane probably had this story in the hopper before Tuesday night’s debate, and the new sales taxes covers a wide range of entertainment options, including movie theaters.
By the same token, some might consider it at best bad timing —at worst duplicitous —- for arts groups to be complaining about a ticket tax when they themselves stand to benefit from a ticket tax.
Latest revelation from court documents:
ACSO officers commonly send anti-Latino emails without consequence. Captain Mario Wiley emailed several other ACSO employees a link to a game premised on shooting stereotypical Mexican figures, including pregnant women and children, as they attempt to cross the U.S. border. Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many “wetbacks” one has killed.
Johnson tells the Times-News DOJ “wants me bad” and there’s “a lot of lying going on.” No telling how this will be resolved.
At last night’s meeting the Greensboro City Council voted 6-3 to approve an agreement with the nonprofit Community Foundation on the construction and operation of the proposed downtown performing arts center. Council members Tony Wilkins, Marikay Abuzuaiter and Sharon Hightower were the ‘no’ votes.
Discussion quickly became somewhat heated —Community Foundation president Walker Sanders was barely into his power point presentation when Wilkins started asking hard questions, concluding that the agreement basically amounted to a “blank check.” Fellow council member Mike Barber responded by saying –incredibly —that council members should vote on the agreement based on whether or not they believed the performing arts center would profitable.
Eventually debate bogged down —Mayor Nancy Vaughan lost control of the meeting when she allowed a speaker from the floor to ask a series of questions about the agreement. While there were a lot details, in the end it boils down to basically two scenarios.
First one is the city hires a crackerjack construction manager at risk who brings the project in at or under budget. Community Foundation collects all private donations and then some. The performing arts center is a resounding success, and the arts community as a whole benefits from the $1 arts sustainability tax on ticket prices. Everything is groovy.
Then there’s the other scenario — construction costs overrun, and the CM at-risk –thinking he’s got nothing to lose — asks the city to cover those overruns. Private donors default, and the city is asked to either bail out the Community Foundation’s debt or to cover the difference. And, despite drawing some decent acts, the performing arts center never quite meets revenue expectations, and the city is asked time and again to cover shortfalls. In 20 years, the Community Foundation either doesn’t want the place or no longer exists, and a future City Council is left to ponder what to do with it.
It’s risk, we get it.
Looks like Trader Joe’s won’t be coming to Greensboro after all – not anytime soon, anyway.
“We are no longer interested in the proposed site in Greensboro, and we are not interested in any other sites in Greensboro at this time,” Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki wrote in an email. “Instead we are focusing our attention on sites in other cities around the country.”
Mochizuki did not immediately respond to a request for further information.
Question is whether or not the developer will continue to pursue the site at the corner of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road. As opponents have stated in recent LTEs, it’s not Trader Joe’s they’re opposing; it’s the development, no matter what goes there.
Update: Trader Joe’s spokesperson tells the N&R “we don’t get in the middle of political battles or discussions about zoning … we sell groceries.”
Lots of reaction to the City of Greensboro’s memorandum of understanding on the proposed downtown performing arts center. The City Council will more than likely sign off on the memorandum —possibly with a few minor revisions—-at tomorrow’s night’s meeting.
This is the item that drew the red flags:
If the City no longer desires to own, changes the purpose of, or no longer provides
operational management services to the Tanger Center, the building ownership will be transferred to the Nonprofit, subject to approval by the Board. If the Nonprofit is not still in existence, then ownership of the building will be transferred to the CFGG, subject to approval by the CFGG board of directors.
I’m not arguing with the warning that the city will do all the heavy lifting for 10 years only to give away the performing arts center to the Community Foundation or the nonprofit that “will have overall responsibility for overseeing the success of the Tanger Center,” which is what the performing arts center has been named. In fact, that could be one of the changes that council member Tony Wilkins will hopefully push.
I just hope the Tanger Center is worth giving away in 10-plus years. That’s the thing about entertainment venues and stadiums –they have short shelf lives. I foresee a scenario where the city begs the Community Foundation take the performing arts center off its hands. But if that’s the case, then more than likely the nonprofit more than likely would not be in existence —a scenario the memorandum of understanding concedes. It’s also possible the Community Foundation would no longer be in existence, either.
By now you’ve heard about Guilford County Schools’ decision to double down with Amplify even after the recent disastrous experience with Asus tablets. This time around, Amplify will go with a different manufacturer that has yet to be identified.
The Rhino’s Paul Clark says the compressed timeline to get the new tablets in the mix by next school year means the Board of Education “is stuck in a technological version of the movie Groundhog Day,” complete with inadequate public comment:
The school board, which puts even tiny decisions out for public comment, is, for the second time, making a major experimental change in the way middle-school students are taught, without asking parents.
…As often happens with the school board, however, the Amplify decision did come from nowhere as far as the public is concerned. Many of the political disasters the school board has gotten itself into in recent years have resulted from the board playing its cards too close to the vest, then being surprised by heated opposition.
Yeah well that’s the way they play it when most board members have no opposition come election year, although none other than chairman Alan Duncan is facing a challenger. Will be interesting to see what kind of campaign Monique Morgan will run, given Duncan’s standing in the community as long-time chairman and high-powered attorney.
Not the official name of the venue that hosts the Dixie Classic Fair, but petitioners wish to change the name from the recently-named ‘Winston-Salem Fairgrounds’:
The petition, addressed to Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity, says that everyone in the Yadkin River valley knows the fairgrounds as the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds, and that changing the name would erase part of the city’s “southern culture and heritage.”
About 75 people had signed the petition by Thursday evening.
Never gave a lot of thought to the name ‘Dixie Classic Fair,’ given the thorough “de-Confederatization” the South has been undergoing these many years.
Some things you just don’t walk back once they’re gone.
News breaks yesterday that the Greensboro City Council member’s husband was arrested and charged with felony possession of a stolen weapon as well as two misdeameanor weapons charges and speeding:
Marikay Abuzuaiter, who has a concealed carry permit, said that her husband never felt the need to get his own permit. She explained that her husband’s store had been robbed twice in November and during one of the robberies the clerk shot at the robber. The police took the gun that was fired into evidence. She said because of that her husband purchased a new gun and evidently it was stolen.
She said, “I just really hate that it happened.”
Today we learn the council member’s restaurant —-Marikay’s —has an IRS lien against it.
Note the Rhino ran Isa Abuzuaiter’s arrest only in its ‘Shorts” column, but the N&R buries it in the print edition under a generic headline. Traffic stop for speeding leads to weapons charges. Just on glance it could have been anybody.