ND Washington Program allows students to spend a semester in D.C.

first_imgMany Notre Dame students choose to leave campus to study abroad at some point during their academic journey, typically in the fall and spring semesters or the summer months. However, Notre Dame also offers the opportunity to study and pursue an internship in Washington, D.C. during the fall or spring semesters through the University’s partnership with the University of California Washington Center (UCDC) consortium. The ND Washington Program accepts 16 students each semester and is open to students of all majors.Claudia Francis, the program’s assistant director, said the program is not only for students who are interested in all things politics.“It’s also great for students that might just have a passion or a cause that they want to act on and have some time doing that while building their resume,” Francis said. Junior Stephen Vukovits was in Washington, D.C. last spring, and said he chose the Washington Program because he wanted practical experience working in D.C. on policy issues.  “I particularly chose to do it sophomore year because I wanted to get the experience early on, so I could learn what kind of policy work I am interested in … which then allowed me to return in the summer with more knowledge and a more particular career path I would enjoy,” Vukovits said. Also in Washington, D.C. last spring was senior Kendrick Peterson, who said he wanted an experience that gave him skills he could use to enhance the activities he was already doing on campus.“I decided when I was thinking about studying abroad or going somewhere that I would pick somewhere that gave me some type of foundational value,” Peterson said. Francis said all students participate in a three-credit internship while taking classes at UCDC, but there is one seminar class and a companion course to it solely for Notre Dame students studying in D.C. “All Notre Dame students take a course [on] foundations of public policy. It actually counts as a second philosophy course,” Francis said. “The companion class to that is another three credit called Public Policy Visits.” In the companion class, students visit a different organization throughout D.C. each week, often through an alum connection of the University, Francis said. The internship, public policy seminar and companion course serve as the three core components of the program. Students then choose two elective courses to take through the UCDC consortium with students from many different universities.The internship is customizable for students. In the past, students have interned with politicians, media organizations, business hubs, museums and more, Francis said.Francis said Washington, D.C. is often attractive to applicants interested in advocating for something they are passionate about.  “Students can intern with a member of Congress, they can intern at an advocacy organization, an NGO. … They could work at a think tank, doing some research on areas that are [of] particular interest to them, either academically or personally,” Francis said.Vukovits interned with the government relations at lobbying and law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. “The experience taught me about the intersection of business, politics and policy, and how all of the different interest groups work together to enact policy change,” Vukovits said. “It really exposed me to different avenues in how congressional committees work, how cooperation and bipartisanship can happen behind the scenes to sort of make the deals needed to pass laws.”Peterson went a different route with the internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. “I worked at the Human Rights Campaign as a political organizer against hate legislation in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi,” Peterson said. Both Peterson and Vukovits said they enjoyed studying and living in community with students from other universities. Vukovits said hearing what people liked and didn’t like about their work provided insight into what kinds of jobs he might enjoy in the future. “I really enjoyed learning from the other students in the program because everyone had such different internships that the whole program really exposed me to the different careers,” Vikovits said. “Having everyone share that feedback within class as well in our class discussions just made the discussion even richer.”Peterson said he enjoyed connecting with students different than him. “Meeting people that were so radically different than me was amazing, and I found some of my greatest friends. We still have a texting group chat at this moment,” Peterson said. The student application deadline for fall 2020 and spring 2021 of the Washington Program is December 1.Tags: nd washington program, study abroadlast_img read more

Many Vermont Families Now Eligible for Weight Loss Program

first_imgFor Immediate Release: Contact: Leigh TofferiSeptember 8, 2004 (802) 371-3205Many Vermont Families Now Eligible for Weight Loss ProgramBerlin, VT Thousands of Vermonters and their families are now eligible for discounts in Vermont on memberships in Weight Watchers®, the leading weight-loss organization, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announced today.These discounts are the first of a selection of services in a new non-benefit discount program the states largest health insurer is making available to its members and their families for no additional cost, according to Kevin Goddard, Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs.Goddard cited numerous studies that state that obesity substantially increases a persons risk of developing many chronic health conditions. The results of these studies, according to Goddard, were the primary motivation for launching the new program partnering with the popular weight loss program.Approximately 120 million Americans are overweight and obese, according to the Centers of Disease Control, and are therefore at increased risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, and many cancers. Obesity costs the U.S. economy more than tobacco or alcohol – about $117 billion per year – and is a factor in rising health insurance premiums.Weight Watchers offers a comprehensive weight-loss program that combines a science-based eating, activity, and behavior modification plan with weekly meetings and group support.How one loses weight directly affects an individual’s long-term weight-loss success, and at Weight Watchers, members learn how to eat more healthfully, increase physical activity, and handle all the challenges encountered to achieve and maintain weight loss, said Karen Miller-Kovach, VP, Program Development and Chief Scientific Officer at Weight Watchers International, Inc. Its about losing weight and keeping the weight off for the long term.Simply showing a BCBSVT identification card at a Weight Watchers site in Vermont will enable members and their families to receive free registration when joining a traditional weekly meeting in most Vermont counties.Goddard described the health plans new non-benefit discount program, called BlueExtras, as part of a suite of consumer support or empowerment instruments BCBSVT has developed to give individuals the tools they need to improve their health status and remain healthy.Our members will find this new program helpful for obtaining services not normally covered by their health insurance benefits, Goddard explained. The new BlueExtras program will add even more services in the near future for our members as they try to enhance their lifestyles to include healthy activities. Were pleased to welcome Weight Watchers to this new program.Weight Watchers is America’s trusted name in weight loss and the global leader in weight-loss services, with approximately 46,000 weekly meetings in 30 countries. Weight Watchers mission is to help people reach and maintain a healthy weight. At the heart of Weight Watchers are weekly meetings which provide the coaching and tools to help people make the positive changes required to lose weight and keep it off. To learn more about Weight Watchers services, products and publications, visit WeightWatchers.com. To find the nearest Weight Watchers meeting location, call 1-800-651-6000 or click on the Find a Meeting link at the top of the WeightWatchers.com homepage.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the states oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

Massapequa Man Phoned in Bomb Threat, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Massapequa man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up a Woodbury building that houses a credit and debit card service company eight months ago, Nassau County police said.Frank Zezulinski was charged Sunday with falsely reporting an incident and released on an appearance ticket before he’s due back in Nassau County court Nov. 25.Police said the 24-year-old suspect called an employee of Cardworks on Crossways Park Drive West and made the threat over the phone on March 14.The 26-year-old woman who answered the phone and her manager reported the incident police, who did not say what led them to Zezulinski.last_img read more

Stately Lattingtown ‘Money Pit’ Mansion up for Grabs

first_imgThe house was given the name “Northway” by William McNair, a successful businessman who purchased the property in 1916. Through the decades, the house has changed hands many times.Its first owner was financier Henry Wolcott Warner, who built the estate in 1898. In the late 1940s, it was sold to Eric Ridder of the Knight-Ridder publishing syndicate, the  second largest publisher in the nation at the time. Ridder was also an Olympic gold medalist in yachting.In the ’80s, developer/builder Steven Thurman purchased and subdivided the 26-acre estate, selling off for development all but five and a half acres. A decade later, “Northway” was bought by Dr. James Badia, a radiologist who sold Feeks Lane in 2002 to its current owners.“They did a complete renovation, spending millions of dollars to restore the home to its original beauty,” says Kirschenbaum. “It’s impeccable. It looks like it has history, but there is nothing a buyer has to do.”The home that Kirschenbaum describes as “move-in ready” features a large kitchen, oversized banquet dining room, large living room and den. The lower level has a recreation area and gym. The homeowner — a well-known and well-regarded designer — added her design expertise to the property by using a white, gray and neutral palette throughout the house to create a clean, crisp look that is current with today’s style.Maintaining the home’s integrity was vital, explains Kirschenbaum. During the renovation, they were able to restore original wood floors in the living room, as well as leaded glass pane windows and hardware. Some of the new construction included the installation of elaborate molding throughout the house, double sheetrock in place of the original plaster, and utilities upgrades including a generator, security camera, and audio sound system.It also included rebuilding the driveway, removing the original clay facade with sand and the addition of gates for additional privacy.Additional highlights are a new pool house with a recreation room, changing area, laundry room, bathroom, and a small kitchen that is near the in-ground saltwater pool. Kirschenbaum points out that the brick veranda overlooking the property that runs the length of the house is one of the charming details of the house.“The French doors that run along the kitchen, dining room and foyer give full access to the veranda so when the homeowners are entertaining in the spring and summer the doors are open,” she says. “It is incredible to look out at the water views.”The house’s three levels possess water views of the Long Island Sound.“Even though it is a very large house, there is a lot of warmth and intimacy,” says Kirschenbaum. “The ideal buyer would be a family because it is a large home. It is also a perfect home for someone who loves to entertain.”For additional information on this property at 199 Feeks Lane in Lattingtown, contact Lois Kirschenbaum, co-listing agent at the Wheatley Heights office, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty at 516-526-7425 or [email protected] or Margaret Trautmann, co-listing agent at the Locust Valley office, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty at 516-361-4646 [email protected] kitchen with top-line appliances, center island, fireplace and breakfast room.Grand entry foyer with bridal staircase, gleaming wood floors and fireplace.Baronial dining room with fireplace, French doors and oak wood floors.Exquisite resort setting with pool, pool house, formal gardens and brick terrace. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This sprawling Lattingtown estate on Feeks Lane is such a vision of beauty it caught Hollywood’s eye.If it looks familiar, that’s because it was the set of The Money Pit, the 1986 Steven Spielberg comedy starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. A quarter-mile, evergreen-lined private road introduces the federal colonial sitting on 5.4 acres.“You get that wow factor when you drive up to the house,” says Realtor Lois Kirschenbaum of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is so spectacular.”The stately home features eight bedrooms, eight full baths, two half baths, eight fireplaces (some with original mantels), and a six-car detached garage, and is on the market for $5.9 million. That’s down from $12.5 million after nearly four years in the market.last_img read more

Batesville principal earns District 10 honor

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) announced that Batesville High School Principal, Mr. Andy Allen, has been selected as the 2018 District 10 High School Principal of the year. District 10 is located in southeast Indiana and is made up of Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Hancock, Jennings, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, and Union Counties.District High School Principals of the Year are elected by their peers. One principal is honored from each of the 12 districts. From these 12 District High School Principal winners, one is chosen as the 2018 State High School Principal of the Year. The State winner will be announced at the IASP award celebration this fall.last_img read more

Jared Payne racing to be fit for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup clash against Italy

first_img Should New Zealand-born Payne fail to beat his foot problem in time to face Italy, then head coach Joe Schmidt could opt to slot Munster’s Keith Earls into the outside centre berth. Earls featured at 13 in Ireland’s 35-21 World Cup warm-up victory over Wales in Cardiff and stood up well, albeit against a mix-and-match home line-up. Should Earls step into the centres then Luke Fitzgerald would most likely start on the wing, with Dave Kearney taking the other wide berth. Feek has admitted Ireland must select from strength against Italy, where victory will secure their place in the quarter-finals. Cian Healy has been pushing hard after recovering from neck surgery just in time to make the World Cup, with Feek relishing the loosehead’s battle with Leinster club-mate Jack McGrath. “I think the best team to beat Italy has to take the field, yes,” said Feek. “And I think we had a good hit-out against Canada but now we’ve got to get that quarter-final and we’ve got to get out of the pool. “So we’ve got to move on now. “That’s not saying the team that plays this week will play next week. “But the team that plays this week will be the one we think that can best combat Italy. “That competition between Cian and Jack, that’s always been there. “Both of them respect each other for what they do and I think they’ve got different strengths. “Jack’s had some consistent form of playing really well, then Cian’s come back and he’s done really, really well to get back. “And I think in some ways part of him is really, really grateful to be playing here right now, and I can see the fires starting to burn. “He wants more, and he wants that jersey back already. “So it’s exciting to have those two going hammer and tongs at each other.” Simon Zebo has rejoined the Ireland camp after heading home for his grandfather’s funeral, and would slot in for Kearney at full-back if required. “If guys have had niggles they get through this afternoon, they will be assessed in the morning and then it’s selection from there,” said Ireland’s scrum coach Greg Feek. “So Rob ran around and a few guys looked pretty good so fingers crossed for the rest of the week. “Jared Payne didn’t train today. “He’s just got a bit of a bruise on his foot, he didn’t train, so we’ll see how he goes for the rest of the week, and maybe. “Rob trained so now it’s just a matter of how he goes from that. “Normally you like to give them a run and then assess that, to see if they wake up with anything, if it’s sore or whatever. “So from here we’ll be able to assess that.” The Ulster centre sat out training on Wednesday with a bruised foot and now faces a race against time to be ready for the crucial Pool D encounter. Rob Kearney is another doubt to face the Azzurri at London’s Olympic Stadium as he continues to recover from his gluteal strain. Jared Payne must prove his fitness on Thursday to be eligible for selection for Ireland’s pivotal Rugby World Cup clash with Italy on Sunday. Press Associationlast_img read more

New World champion to be crowned in 100 hurdles as Jamaicans crash out

first_img(SPORTSMAX) – All four of Jamaica’s challengers to the United States dominance over the 100-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics, including the defending World champion, crashed out.The Jamaicans, with four athletes in the semifinals of the hurdles expected casualties with four Americans and Sally Pearson also in the mix. However, nobody expected what was to happen.Pearson won her heat in a fast 12.53 seconds to relegate the United States’ Nia Ali, 12.79, to the second automatic qualifying spot, while Netherlands heptathlete, Nadine Visser, 12.83, edged Jamaica’s Megan Simmonds, 12.93, to third.Simmonds was on the bubble, but was to be run out of a non-automatic spot in the very next race, as Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson finished third in 12.88, to briefly hold the last spot.But that wasn’t the story of the second heat, as defending World champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica crashed into the first hurdle and never recovered, knocking almost every other hurdle to finish fifth in a pedantic 13.14.The United States’ Christina Manning got out early and controlled the race to win in a more conservative 12.71, while Belarus’ Alina Talay ran a season’s best 12.85 to finish second for the second automatic qualifier.The Jamaicans had one more chance to have an automatic qualifier in the final. However, Burton, who wasn’t terrible over the hurdles, faded to fifth in 12.94 in a race won by another American, Dawn Harper Nelson in a season’s best 12.63.Germany’s Pamela Dutkiewicz, was second in 12.71, but again, that was not the story of the heat, as world record holder, the United States’ Kendra Harrison hit the first hurdle and looked for all the world to be out of it, much in the same vein as the defending World champion.Harrison, however, showed real resolve in recovering to finish third in 12.86, to hang on to a non-automatic qualifying spot, pushing out Thompson by just two hundredth of a second.last_img read more

Kenyans Dominate 2018 Okpekpe Road Race

first_imgSpeaking to newsmen, Kibet said the weather affected his time. “I want to thank God for winning this race. This is my first time here. The course was not easy especially the finishing point. The starting point was okay but the finishing point was hilly.“The organisation need to put in more for the race to get the gold label. The rain made my time worse.”Meannwhile, the immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and Solomon Dalung, Minister of Sports, defied the heavy downpour which began 10 minutes after the VIP race kicked off to participate in the road race.Other dignitaries in the VIP race category were Edo State Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu, Edo First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, wife of the deputy governor, Mrs. Maryann Shaibu, former Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Clem Agba among others.The Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Prof Igantius Onimawo, led students and top management of the institution to run against cultism. Prof. Onimawo said cultism has become a menace to the society that needs to be eradicated.Speaking with journalists after the race, Shaibu said the state will use sports to curb the issue of illegal migration. He said sports has become a veritable tool for getting the youths productively engaged and as such, Edo Government would invest in the development of the sector.He said aside the current renovation of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium to international standards, the government has concluded plans to also build 20 mini stadiums across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.“We have a renewed commitment to invest massively in sport development because of it numerous benefits to the government and the people.“You will agree with me that the state has the challenge of illegal migration; we are going to use sports not only to check this, but put a final stop to it. We will be using sports to productively engage the youths and as such, keep them off things that will pose danger or inimical to their lives and the society.“This is where the plan of building mini stadium across the council areas comes in. With sports facilities close to them, they will be kept busy at all time,” he said.The deputy governor noted that the recently rebranding of Bendel Insurance, was part of the government’s renewed commitment to sport development in the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Adibe Emenyonu in Benin CityIt was a day of glory saturday for Kenyan athletes as they made a clean sweep in the male category of the 10km Okpekpe road race as Kibet Alex, ran 29 min 46 seconds to come first, Simon Cheprot who won the 2016 edition came second finishing in 30.29 while Ronoh Timothy took third with a time of 30.39.In the female category Ethiopian Yani Dera Dida came firstr and was followed by two Kenyans , Tuei Sandra Chebey and Kipyokei Diana who came second and third respectively.last_img read more

Opponent preview: Everything you need to know ahead of Syracuse’s matchup with Wake Forest

first_img Published on January 3, 2018 at 12:30 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Syracuse (12-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) heads to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on a two-game win streak to face Wake Forest (7-6, 0-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. After a six-game win streak, the Demon Deacons have dropped two straight, including their ACC opener to North Carolina. This game is important for both teams, as Wake Forest hopes to avoid dropping to .500 again and Syracuse wants to prove that, unlike last season, it can win on the road consistently.The Demon Deacons’ center, Doral Moore, detailed to reporters that Wake Forest will attack Syracuse’s 2-3 zone like many other teams, with dribble penetration in the middle or finding a cutter at the free-throw line.“I’ll be able to move a lot more, not too many people are going to double-team me or front me,” Moore said. “I’ll be able to move around and catch lobs if we can get into the middle of the zone. We can get any shot we want as long as we penetrate the zone and get through it, we’ll be fine. I’m excited about that.”Here’s everything you need to know about the Demon Deacons.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 5-0AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast time they played: Last season, Andrew White nailed a clutch 3 from the right corner with 1:23 left to push the Orange past the Demon Deacons and get back to .500 in league play. White totaled a then-season-high 27 points as Taurean Thompson chipped in 18 and Tyler Lydon posted 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists. John Collins, Wake Forest’s sophomore big man, scored 23; the Atlanta Hawks later selected him with the 19th pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Syracuse’s victory sparked a five-game win streak that included a court-storming against Florida State and an ill Tyus Battle drilling a game-winner at Clemson.The Wake Forest report: The Demon Deacons’ season in a word: Inconsistent. There’s the four losses in the team’s first five games against Georgia Southern, Liberty, Drake and Houston. (Win against Quinnipiac.) There’s the six-game win streak, including a victory over Illinois. There’s the 19-point loss against Tennessee on Dec. 23. Then there’s last Saturday, when WFU erased a 10-point deficit to lead by four with four-and-a-half minutes to go against North Carolina, one of the best teams in the country. The Demon Deacons never scored again, losing by four, but their performance showed the team was far from the early-season version of itself.In terms of production, Wake Forest is something of a Virginia Tech Lite on offense. The Demon Deacons are the 31st most efficient offense in the country, per kenpom.com, and shoot well from beyond the arc (38.7 percent) and inside it (52.2). The offense primarily runs through 6-foot-3, 200-pound combo guard Bryant Crawford, who last year joined Chris Paul and Ish Smith as the only Deacons with at least 300 assists by the end of their sophomore season. This year, Crawford has finished 28.9 percent of WFU’s possessions, one of the highest rates in the nation, according to Kenpom, and he averages 15.3 points per game.On defense, the Demon Deacons are a middle-of-the-road squad which has its weaknesses align with Syracuse’s, because the Orange is one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country and the Demon Deacons are one of the worst at defending it. WFU, which plays some zone, has an imposing anchor in Moore, the 7-foot-1, 280-pound center who has the 22nd-best block rate in the country, per Kenpom.Also of note: Former Duke star and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas’ son, Anthony, is a junior walk-on for Wake Forest. He has played five minutes over three games and missed his only shot this season. How Syracuse beats the Demon Deacons: Crush Wake Forest on the offensive glass.WFU is one of the nation’s worst defensive teams at keeping opponents off the boards, allowing offensive rebounds 31.3 percent of the time. Syracuse is the nation’s third-best team at bullying its way onto the offensive glass (39.5 percent). North Carolina used its offensive-rebounding prowess to erase its late deficit, and Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning specifically cited the 16 second-chance points his team allowed as a main reason for the loss. SU hopes WFU hasn’t learned any better in its three-day layoff.Stat to know: 21.6More than one-fifth of Wake Forest’s offense comes at the free-throw line, collecting 21.6 percent of its nearly 79 points per game there. The Demon Deacons average about 17 attempts per game and hit 75.8 percent of them, the nation’s 37th-best rate. This is important because St. Bonaventure, which upset Syracuse on Dec. 22 in the Carrier Dome, was a similar team at the free-throw line. The Bonnies’ charity-stripe success keyed their victory despite making just one field goal in the last 11 minutes of play.Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 48 percent chance to win and predicts a 67-66 loss for the Orange.Player to watch: Keyshawn Woods, guard, redshirt junior, No. 1Woods leads the Demon Deacons in scoring (16 points per game) despite starting just four games this season. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard backs up freshman Chaundree Brown but still plays more than two-thirds of the team’s minutes. Woods transferred to Wake Forest after leading the Conference USA in 3-point shooting at Charlotte in 2014-2015, but he’s more than a specialist. Last season, he was WFU’s only player to rank in the top three for scoring, rebounding and assists. The Orange’s zone should note Woods’ location at all times on Wednesday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Heisler: It’s shaping up as Magic Johnson vs. Jerry West for grand prize, LeBron

first_imgThe Lakers’ plans/hopes go like this:1. Get a point guard — Check.That’s Lonzo Ball, who comes billed as the most gifted young playmaker since Jason Kidd, which would make him infinitely better than the maturity-challenged, scoring point guard D’Angelo Russell, whom Johnson bade farewell in his inimitable style (“He has the talent to be an excellent player… but what I needed was a leader.”)Lonzo is Magic’s Magic, an unselfish player who makes everyone around him better… or, in other words, the kind of player the Lakers haven’t had since Magic.Given their 53 percent chance of losing their lottery pick, it’s nothing short of a coup.Of course, Lonzo comes with his own maturity issues — those of his father, the mouth who keeps roaring, now guaranteeing his kid will lead the Lakers to the playoffs next season.How long before the ego-tripping LaVar, who’s only signaling his frustrations with his own life’s accomplishments, realizes that living through his son is only making it harder for Lonzo, with the entire league targeting him as if he was Michael Jordan instead of an NBA rookie?Remember Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox outscoring Lonzo, 39-10, in the NCAA Tournament, in all-out attack mode, he said, “to shut LaVar Ball up?”On Lonzo’s first night in the NBA, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid tweeted a plea to Sixers No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz to “dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.”Oh, right. LaVar might not ever realize it as long as someone in the press is there to ask him about his greatness as a father.All together, Lakerdom: “Nice job so far, LaVar. Now shut the hell up.”2. Get Paul George — Still working on that one.George, a 2018 free agent, told the Pacers he won’t re-sign and wants to play for the Lakers.Unfortunately for the Lakers, teams are lined up willing to deal for George as a one-year rental, including the Cavaliers, Celtics, Wizards, Trail Blazers … and Clippers.Indiana GM Kevin Pritchard called George’s announcement “a total gut punch,” signaling the Pacers just need time to sort through all the offers.A GM who offered multiple No. 1 picks couldn’t even get into the conversation. The Pacers told him they had much better offers.With George thinking Lakers, they have the advantage of being able to offer more for a player they expect to keep than the other teams can offer for a one-year rental.So far, that appears to have been Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson plus draft picks.It remains to be seen if the Lakers will offer Randle and Clarkson, and if that will get it done.3. Get better — With George next season, it’s doable.Without George, a sudden dramatic upturn is a longshot, no matter what you-know-who says.4. Get LeBron — Brand-conscious as James is, he might consider becoming the king of Los Angeles in his twilight years — if he thinks the Lakers are promising enough to join.Unfortunately for the Lakers, they’re hardly the favorite to land Bron.That would be the Clippers, according to their plans:1. Keep free agents Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.CP3 is still considered a safe bet to return, but Blake, heretofore said to be in love with this area, is now thinking about other places like Boston, which he said he would place on his Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities.The Celtics are targeting Blake and Utah’s Gordon Hayward, another free agent, so stay tuned to see whom they pick and who picks them.I don’t know if Blake cares about West joining up. If Kevin Durant didn’t come to Golden State because of Jerry, KD noted later how impressed he had been by West in a telephone conversation. Not many execs get you that kind of advantage but West has before.2. Keep on keeping on.The Clippers have posted win totals of 56-57-56-53-51 the past five seasons … despite Paul and Blake missing 146 games, almost two seasons’ worth.3. Get Bron.Assuming they accomplish Nos. 1-2, they would be the favorites in the Bron Derby.First of all, they would be good enough to offer Bron a chance at unseating the Warriors.Even better, CP3 is Bron’s best friend among NBA players, with each of them godparents to the other’s children.The Clippers might not even need West for this one, not that having him will hurt.Have a nice summer of imagining all the possibilities, for a change.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. Front office people aren’t normally charismatic, with top GMs such as San Antonio’s R.C. Buford all but anonymous, but the local teams have icons on the job.The Lakers, who ran out of charisma when Kobe Bryant fired up his last 50 shots in his finale, have Magic Johnson in charge … a big reason they might beat everyone to Paul George, Indiana’s 2018 free agent … now pushing for a trade to the bedraggled Lakers after years in which no star player would look at them.The Clippers are actually under their same management with Jerry West tacked on, a small move that went a long way, seeming to multiply their considerable charisma.This comes at an opportune moment with James approaching another of his many crossroads — a year from free agency with his Cavaliers once more in turmoil after the owner, whom Bron is leery of, fired the GM, whom Bron liked, amid reports that Kyrie Irving is shopping for a new home so he’s not left on the sinking ship.However it turns out, it’s enough to keep the league salivating for a year, with both local teams expected to be on Bron’s list. Now, Duel of the Laker Titans.Popular as the NBA is here with two teams playing to packed houses and pulling down hundreds of millions in local TV revenue, it’s been a long time since we were actually relevant, with the Clippers still in eclipse while disappearing early in the playoffs and the Lakers coming off No. 14-14-15-14 finishes in the West.That may be about to end. Whether it’s real or mere perception, both teams are under dynamic new management ready to rock and roll on the trade market and free agency, hoping for dramatic advances … and a real shot at the ultimate prize, LeBron James, a 2018 free agent. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more