first_imgGREGG NAMES HALE AS RUNNING MATE(Indianapolis State Representative,  State Representative Christina Hale known for bipartisanship)INDIANAPOLIS – Citing her record of bipartisan accomplishment, today John Gregg, Democratic candidate for governor, named State Representative Christina Hale as his running mate.A former chief communications officer with Kiwanis International, Hale is completing her second term representing the Northside of Indianapolis in the Indiana House of Representatives.“In Christina Hale, I’ve found a partner who shares my commitment to working across the aisle to get things done,” said Gregg, a former university president and Indiana House Speaker. “Throughout her career, Christina has demonstrated that she is a consensus builder, a problem solver and someone who isn’t afraid to take on the tough issues. That’s exactly the type of leadership Indiana needs.”In the Indiana House, Hale has worked with Republican majorities on legislation to support small business, fight crime, combat sexual assault, lower utility rates and bring attention to the state’s water and sewer infrastructure needs. She currently serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development; Insurance; and Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications committees.“I know John Gregg to be a good man and a great leader. He is committed to finding solutions and getting the work of the people done and so am I,” said Hale. “We share an ambitious vision for all Hoosiers to create solid economic opportunities and strong schools, while responsibly addressing the ever-pressing needs of our failing infrastructure and our state’s drug and crime problems.”Prior to serving in the state legislature, Hale worked at Kiwanis International, a global service organization, in various roles within state government and as a newspaper reporter.A graduate of Purdue University, Hale was born and raised in Michigan City. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Chris, and has an adult son, Owen.For more information on John Gregg, Christina Hale or their campaign, please visit or call 317-510-1876.Christina Hale BiograhphyWith a wide array of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Christina Hale has earned a reputation as a hard worker who can get things done.Born and raised in Michigan City, Christina was a single mom who earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University while working full-time and raising her son.Christina worked as a reporter for the LaPorte Herald Argus before being selected for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and studying abroad for a year. She returned home and moved to Indianapolis to serve in state government. Christina worked in various roles at the Indiana Department of Commerce and the Indiana Professional Standards Board before being named a special assistant to Governor Frank O’Bannon overseeing the state’s boards and commissions.Christina chose to take her interest in public service onto a larger stage by joining Kiwanis International in 2004. A global service organization, Kiwanis provides leadership opportunities for youth and serves the needs of children worldwide. As chief communications officer, she spearheaded communications worldwide, developed partnerships with U.S. corporations to increase programing, oversaw offices and staff across the United States, Europe and Asia and managed budgets in multiple currencies.In 2012, Christina was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives representing the Northside of Indianapolis in House District 87. As a state lawmaker, she has worked with Republican majorities to improve the lives of Hoosiers by focusing on job creation, leading the fight to reduce sexual violence against girls and women and cracking down on crime. Christina has also pushed legislation to address Indiana’s skyrocketing utility costs and bring attention to the state’s water and sewer infrastructure needs. She currently serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development committee and is the ranking Democrat on both the Insurance and Utilities, Energy, and Telecommunications committees.Deeply involved in her state and community, Christina is a member of the Indiana Commission on Latino Affairs, the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, the Heartland Film Festival, Indiana Humanities, the Domestic Violence Network, the Film Indy Advisory Board and has served on the Indiana Career Council and the Indiana INTERNnet board. She has been named a ‘Small Business Champion’ by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, a ‘Distinguished Public Servant’ by the American Legion of Indiana, a Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal and ‘Legislator of the Year’ by Indiana School Counselors Association.Christina lives in Indianapolis with her husband and son.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Quick Hits: Mountain Valley Pipeline halted + Plastic In Your Poop?

first_imgNew study finds plastic in our poopA new study out of Austria recently found plastic in human feces. Researchers recruited eight people from nations across the globe and instructed them to keep a food journal for a week before a stool sample was taken. All of the subjects ate some food wrapped or packaged in plastic and six of them ate seafood. The Environment Agency Austria then tested the samples using newly developed analytical procedures to test for 10 different types of plastic. They found that the participant’s poop contained nine of the 10 types of plastic. Critics of the study point out that the study’s sample size is very small and the research has not gone through the peer-review process yet. There’s also the possibility that, considering how many flecks of plastic are around us, the plastic could have been contaminated from the lab or another source. Microplastics have been found in our salt, beer and seafood, and a study earlier this year found that 114 plastic fibers fall onto the average dinner plate during a 20-minute meal.State board to reconsider key permit for Mountain Valley PipelineLast Thursday the Mountain Valley Pipeline was dealt a serious setback when Virginia’s State Water Control Board decided in a vote of 4-3 to hold a hearing to consider revoking Mountain Valley Pipeline’s water quality certification. The board issued the certification one year ago, which allowed construction of the pipeline to move forward. The certification was based on the board’s finding that there was “reasonable assurance” that streams and rivers would not be contaminated. Since then, Mountain Valley has been cited more than 300 times for violating regulations limiting runoff and washing harmful sediment into nearby streams. Mountain Valley announced last week that construction of the 303-mile pipeline is 70 percent complete through Virginia and West Virginia. No date has been scheduled for the hearing.WNC man to bike 5 states in support of hunger reliefIn 2019, Gabriel Whitlock of Fairview, NC will bike 1,480 miles round-trip from Asheville, NC to Little Rock, AR in support of hunger awareness and sustainable agriculture. A former intern at The Lord’s Acre, a non-profit giving farm in Fairview, NC that donated nearly 170,000 servings of fresh organic produce to people in need in 2018, Whitlock is hoping to raise awareness about hunger, solutions to hunger through fresh food production, and issues of racial equity in the food system. Along the way, Whitlock will pass through the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas, stopping for farm stays and giving small group presentations. His destination is an agriculture conference in Arkansas. “I thought a bike tour would be a way to build community and awareness about giving gardens,” said Whitlock. “These farms can quite literally transform the food system.” Every mile Whitlock clocks is a fundraiser for The Lord’s Acre. To launch his ride and the fundraising campaign, Whitlock will appear at the Fairview library on January 7, 2019.last_img read more

Brooke Alexander searches for role she was recruited for

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 21, 2019 at 1:30 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew In the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, Brooke Alexander started to laugh as her father’s shot sunk through the basket. For once, she was rebounding for Mike. She grabbed the bouncing ball, but turned to launch a 3-pointer of her own while her mother and grandparents snapped photos from the right corner. It was Nov. 23, one day before Syracuse’s game against then-No. 1 Oregon and less than an hour before the Orange’s walk-through.Mike swung the ball back to his daughter, and she made a second. He remained underneath the basket and continued to rebound as Alexander’s streak reached three, then five, then 10. “Her form’s probably the best it’s ever been,” he recalled thinking.It was the form that Alexander had developed by jumping on trampolines and off of bleachers, allowing her to mesh elevation and optimal release points into a true jump shot — something she called a rarity in women’s basketball. The stroke that caused Syracuse assistant coach Vonn Read to email Alexander through the transfer portal last April, starting a process that revolved around one point: A vision of her as the next Miranda Drummond, SU’s all-time leading 3-point shooter.But a day after shooting around with her family, she played only two minutes against Oregon and Syracuse’s dream of Alexander having a Drummond-type impact continued to fade. She bought into Read’s initial pitch, yet has struggled to earn minutes off the bench for the Orange (5-4) — let alone the starting lineup.“I’ve got to do a better job of getting Brooke minutes to give her a chance to contribute like I know she can,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said two weeks ago. Zero starts, 43 total minutes and just two 3-pointers indicate the graduate transfer’s lack of impact in a Syracuse frontcourt filled with returning depth from last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse was supposed to be the final stop where everything came together, the ending of a college journey that began at Liberty and pivoted to the University of Texas Arlington. There, Alexander had completed her transition from a pass-first to shoot-first player and ranked sixth in the Sun Belt Conference for 3-point shooting percentage last season.Growing up, she was the player that learned flashy passes early and used accelerated court vision to execute them over her head and behind her back in middle school. Alexander learned, though, that wasn’t what colleges looked for. They wanted to know if she could shoot, if she could turn defensive rebounds into points.When training with Carlos Ratliff of the West Texas Basketball Academy throughout middle school, Alexander was taught a shot with three different release points: a low one for far 3-pointers, a higher shot for launching over players and a regular jump shot that depended on the right blend of elevation and finish. Ratliff had her jump from the bleachers onto the ground to practice the release point, and on the trampoline to imitate the lift a proper jumper needed.“A lot of women’s basketball is either layups or 3s,” Alexander said. “Mid-range is something that I felt separated me.”But it still took time to initially crack the Liberty rotation. The Flames already had a senior starting guard, and Alexander resorted to rebounds, blocks and assists for her contributions. As the season progressed, Alexander became indispensable during Patriot League play, making her first start against Winthrop on Jan. 16 and leading Liberty to a 13-3 record when in the primary rotation. Head coach Carey Green said they would’ve won their conference-deciding finale had Alexander not caught the flu.A transfer closer to her home of Frisco, Texas rekindled a relationship with UTA head coach Krista Gerlich that had started when she was first recruited out of high school. But Alexander quickly discovered her offensive strengths didn’t mesh with many mid-major approaches. UTA relied on slashing to the paint with a small-ball offense that featured a 6-foot-1 guard at center last season. Alexander’s 3-point and jump shot reliance was a secondary option both years.In two seasons at University of Texas Arlington Alexander averaged 5.2 points, 1.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.Corey Henry Photo EditorThe UTA staff moved Alexander to small forward, a change from her previous ball-handling roles, Mike said. She was the Mavericks’ best 3-point shooter and took most of her shots from beyond the arc, but only averaged 7.4 points per game — fourth on the team. Ratliff called Alexander’s three years in Arlington “wasted.”“She walked into a team at UTA where the coach had decided that they wanted to play a certain way and it was ‘put an odd-man out,’” Ratliff said. “Brooke was the odd-man out.”Gerlich and associate head coach Talby Justus both declined interviews for this story.That’s why Syracuse stuck out to Alexander as a grad transfer location: She would finally have the freedom to shoot in Hillsman’s offense. If she wasn’t open, she could double pump-fake and shoot anyway, Hillsman said. And if she didn’t shoot, she’d sit on the bench. Alexander could spot up for star point guard Tiana Mangakahia, she imagined at the time, though Mangakahia has since been ruled out for the season as she recovers from breast cancer treatment.But even Hillsman’s system proved to have limited shooting opportunities for Alexander, who averages a meager 1.4 points per game through 10 contests. Other guards and forwards have leapfrogged Alexander on the depth chart, and she’s mostly used to give rotation players short breathers or in the waning minutes of a blowout.“(Hillsman) just really values my 3-point shot and he wants me to look for that the most and that’s something that I understand,” Alexander said. “In a role I understood coming in here.”With under five minutes remaining in Syracuse’s Dec. 8 win against UMBC, Alexander circled around the 3-point arc as a screen moved aside one final defender. Alexander’s hand thrust in the air, waiting for an Alisha Lewis pass. It was a set play designed for Alexander off an inbounds pass, one intended to create an open 3-pointer for her. And it worked.Alexander released the ball with the closest Retriever defender in the paint, but it spun out of the rim. Alexander’s second missed 3 since she checked in a minute earlier lengthened the gap between her last made 3 – the season opener against Ohio. She still hasn’t sunk one since then.“I’ve never had a coach that if you miss 100 shots in a row and you hesitate on the 101st shot, then he’s gonna take you out,” Alexander said. “Not because you missed the 100 shots, because you hesitated on the 101st shot.”That’s why when Lewis dribbled down the court three minutes later after a UMBC make, Alexander ran parallel to the point guard and stuck both her hands out. She took another open shot, and it bounced out again. Her head dropped briefly, but then perked up.Alexander’s form was there, and that was a start. So as Elemy Colome corralled the offensive rebound, Alexander set her feet again, extended her hands and waited for a pass.“I still believe in that,” Alexander said about the vision of her in Drummond’s role. “I still think that’ll happen for me.” Commentslast_img read more