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Video: OSU Football Players Had A Very Intense Dodgeball Match Yesterday

first_imgA dodgeball goes flying as the Ohio State football team plays dodgeball.Ohio State Football DodgeballOhio State held its Champions Club dinner yesterday, and the team took part in a slew of activities as well, including softball, cornhole and dodgeball. The dodgeball game got really intense, and the action was captured via a GoPro worn by defensive lineman Tommy Schutt. Schutt seems to be pretty good at the game. The Buckeyes may be all business on the field but they can still have fun together off of it.last_img

Shoppers take to their phones for Cyber Monday deals

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Weeks of deals didn’t stop people from heading online to shop on the Monday after Thanksgiving.Cyber Monday is on track to becoming the biggest U.S. online shopping day ever, according to Adobe Analytics, the research arm of software maker Adobe. By 10 a.m. Eastern time, $840 million had been spent online, up nearly 17 per cent from a year ago, Adobe said. And more people are picking up their phones to shop: Web traffic from mobile devices, including tablets, is expected to top desktop computers for the first time this year, Adobe said.When Frank Yanover browsed Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals through his phone, he wasn’t looking for anything in particular. But he spent $300 on a Vitamix blender that he had eyed before, which he said was a $200 discount.“I never bought it because it was so expensive,” said Yanover, who is retired and lives in Hollywood, Florida.Over the holiday weekend, he bought an iPad from Best Buy through his phone and then picked it up at a store. And using his voice-activated Echo, he bought Amazon’s $30 Echo Dot for his bedroom, which was $20 off.Others seem to be doing the same. The Echo Dot was the top-selling electronic item on Amazon, followed by the Fire TV. Board games, Fingerlings and Legos were bestsellers in Amazon’s toy section.Over at eBay, one $745 Apple MacBook Air was sold every five seconds, the company said. And J.C. Penney said its top-selling items on its website were towels, $25 diamond stud earrings and a Liz Claiborne bag that has a built-in phone charger.Target and Toys R Us offered 15 per cent off most items. Walmart.com tripled the amount of items available on its site from last year. But Amazon is expected to be the big winner over the holiday season, with Bain & Co. expecting the online retailer to capture 50 per cent of all online sales growth this year.The shift to online shopping has been noticeable even before Cyber Monday. At a Toys R Us in Toledo, Ohio, on Friday, the parking lot was about half full. Melissa Wetzel, who said she would also do some shopping online, said her Black Friday in-store shopping had been relaxing since she didn’t have to fight the crowds.“It’s been pretty easy,” she said. “I guess most are shopping online.”__Associated Press writer John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Canadian firm says it has found largest diamond ever unearthed in North

first_imgCompanies in this story: (NYSE: DDC-N)The Canadian Press YELLOWKNIFE — A Canadian mining firm says it has unearthed the largest diamond ever found in North America.Dominion Diamond Mines says the 552-carat yellow diamond was found at its Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories in October.It says the stone “far surpasses” the previous record-holder, known as the Diavik Foxfire, which was found at the same mine in 2015.Dominion, which owns 40 per cent of the Diavik mine, says in a statement that the find “is completely unexpected for this part of the world and marks a true milestone for diamond mining in North America.”It says the gem will not be sold in its rough form, and the company will find a partner in the coming weeks to cut and polish the stone.The company says it’s too early to determine a value for the giant diamond, but the Diavik Foxfire eventually yielded two stones that sold for US$1.3 million.“The colour and texture of the diamond are a unique example of the journey that natural diamonds take from their formation until we unearth them,” Kyle Washington, chairman of Dominion Diamond Mines, said in a statement Thursday.“Our Diavik Mine has produced some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world, and this one certainly tops the list.”last_img read more

Each AL Playoff Teams Biggest Strength — And Weakness

Boston Red Sox (7 percent World Series probability) Strength: That ridiculous offense.To say the Astros are a great hitting team would be an understatement. They’re not merely great by 2017 standards. They rank among the most explosive offensive teams in major league history. Only three teams since 1901 — Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig’s 1927, 1930 and 1931 New York Yankees — had a better wRC+ than Houston did this season, which explains how they racked up nearly 900 runs and led the majors in offensive WAR by a mile. Led by MVP-candidate second baseman Jose Altuve and his .957 OPS, six Astros ranked among MLB’s top 37 hitters by WAR, with a seventh (first baseman Yulieski Gurriel) clocking in at No. 48. And the damage they did to opposing pitchers could have been even greater had shortstop Carlos Correa not missed 42 games at midseason: With Correa in the lineup, the Astros scored 22 percent more runs per game than they did without him. (He’ll be at full strength for the playoffs — be afraid, AL pitchers.)Weakness: Fielding … and the bullpen.The Astros bolstered their starting rotation with the last-minute addition of erstwhile Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who has been extra sharp since joining Houston. But there are still some holes in the team’s run-prevention corps: Aside from Ken Giles and goose-egg darling Chris Devenski, the Astros have few impact arms waiting in the bullpen. And on defense, they’ve been the eleventh-worst fielding team in MLB according to The Baseball Gauge, with zero position players who could be fairly classified as stellar with the glove. Houston’s starters aren’t the liability they’re sometimes made out to be, and this lineup might score so many runs that it won’t matter anyway, but the Astros might have reason to worry in tight postseason contests. Houston Astros (16 percent World Series probability) The MLB playoffs are finally upon us, and to help set the scene, we’re previewing the division-series field — sorry, Twins — for each league. For every team, we picked out their most important strength, plus the one weakness that might trip them up en route to the World Series. Now all that’s left is to watch it all play out in what should be one of the most exciting postseasons ever. First up is the American League. Cleveland Indians(25 percent World Series probability) Strength: Pitching.According to The Baseball Gauge’s wins above replacement meta-metric,1Which averages aspects of the versions of the WAR stat found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, in addition to Baseball Gauge’s own WAR metric. Specifically, for this article I set the meta-metric to average together every option equally in each category, with no regression for fielding metrics and the positional adjustment not included in offensive and defensive WAR. no team in baseball got more value out of its rotation or its bullpen this season than the Indians, who boast two of the AL’s top 10 starters (Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco) plus its second-best reliever (Andrew Miller). That trio helped Cleveland’s staff lead the majors in strikeout rate, walk rate and home run rate,2The fielding independent pitching triple crown! despite having to face those pesky designated hitters.3Who, granted, aren’t quite as pesky as they used to be. And don’t sleep on the back end of this rotation, either — Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer had strong seasons as well — or a defense that ranked sixth best in baseball. If pitching and defense truly win championships, nobody is better equipped for October than the Tribe.Weakness: Offensive star power.If the Indians do have a weakness — and admittedly it’s something of a stretch to say this about a team that cleared 800 runs scored — it’s their lack of truly dominant bats in the middle of the batting order. Cleveland is a good hitting team — it ranked third in weighted runs created plus (wRC+, a measure of offensive production that’s adjusted for park and league effects) this season — but third baseman Jose Ramirez was the team’s only hitter to rank among the top 25 in offensive WAR. (DH Edwin Encarnacion and shortstop Francisco Lindor ranked 35th and 43rd, respectively.) The midseason acquisition of solid-hitting right fielder Jay Bruce helped in this department, and the Tribe had an MLB-best .843 on-base plus slugging in September, led by a surging Encarnacion. But if we look at the whole season, Houston had four of the top 25 hitters by WAR (more on that later) and even Arizona had two. Again, though, that might be nitpicking. This team is really, really good. Strength: Underlying talent.Even by the standards of baseball’s most successful franchise, the Yankees had a fine year in 2017, winning 91 games and dragging the AL East race down to the season’s final weekend. (The Red Sox also helped in that department.) And there’s a strong case to be made that the pinstripers are much better than their record indicates. New York had an 18-26 record in games decided by 1 run, one of the worst marks in baseball. Yet according to context-neutral stats such as WAR, the Yankees also had one of MLB’s best bullpens — not what you would expect if a team was truly shaky in close games. Between bad luck in those kinds of contests and slightly unlucky sequencing,4Meaning the difference between a team’s actual run differential and what we’d expect based on its underlying stats. This can be attributed to how much a team sequences its hits and walks, concentrating them within innings (which helps scoring), or scattering them across innings (resulting in fewer runs). Much of that is a function of luck, but it can have a profound effect on a team’s record. the Yankees won 11 fewer games than their stats would have predicted, the biggest shortfall in MLB. New York’s 102 wins “on paper” is a much better descriptor of how good it is than its 91 wins in the standings — and that makes the Yankees one of the postseason’s most sneaky-dangerous teams, especially now that they’re through into the division series.Weakness: Offensive inconsistency.Just like its best player, Aaron Judge, this Yankee offense tends to run very hot or very cold. While New York’s runs allowed per game remained pretty constant throughout the year, its scoring rate bounced around between incredible (with particular spikes in early May, June and most of September) and mediocre (see late May, as well as practically all of July and August), resulting in the fifth-largest standard deviation in runs per game of any team in baseball. Judge himself was responsible for this to a large degree, hitting like a runaway MVP in the first half, then cratering for a month and a half before recovering in September. If Judge and company go cold again — and New York’s pitchers can’t offset the drop after a taxing wild-card game — the Yankees’ playoff run could end quickly. New York Yankees (8 percent World Series probability) Strength: Preventing runs.The Red Sox had the second-best earned run average (adjusted for park effects) in the AL during the regular season, and there’s a lot credit to go around for that. Recent hiccups notwithstanding, Boston’s starting rotation ranked fourth in MLB by WAR, led not only by Chris Sale’s historically dominant numbers but also by under-the-radar seasons from Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red Sox bullpen, headlined by AL-leading closer Craig Kimbrel, finished third-best in WAR and often outpitched its overall numbers in important moments. Defensively, Boston ranked fourth in WAR, anchored by Sandy Leon behind the plate and the strong glovework of Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the outfield. And Boston might be even tougher to score against in October, with lefty David Price coming back from injury to play what appears to be an Andrew Miller-esque role out of the Sox bullpen.Weakness: Power hitting.Somehow, a team that put almost 900 runs on the board a year ago registered as barely above-average this season, despite the rising tide of baseball offense. Why? Many of Boston’s scoring issues can be traced back to a mysterious power outage that saw them rank third-to-last in isolated slugging (ISO) during the regular season. Among Boston’s nine 2017 regulars5Qualified with at least 200 plate appearances. who were also with the club last season, eight saw their ISO drop, and by an average of 37 points. Compounded by the retirement of David Ortiz, who departed with one of the greatest career-ending seasons ever, the Red Sox’s slugging woes left them ranked 20th in offensive WAR a year after they led all of baseball in the metric. (Aging vets like Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez failed to pick up Ortiz’s slack, and almost all of Boston’s young hitters fell off their 2016 form.) After another month of poor hitting, don’t be surprised if this offense is a major source of anxiety for Boston in the postseason.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Magnus Carlsen Is Again The World Chess Champion

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87654321abcdefgh The supercomputer analyzing the game quickly jumped to show the biggest advantage of the match thus far — nearly three pawns in Carlsen’s favor.“This is terrible,” said Robert Hess, a grandmaster commentating for Chess.com. “This is just losing.”Carlsen waited over nine minutes to make his 24th move, his clock dwindling to four minutes as he strained to find the winning line. He opted instead for one that liquified pieces in order to simplify the board and the grandmasters entered a rook-and-pawn endgame with Carlsen up a pawn. It appeared to be an endgame that Caruana could hold — another draw — but he fatally erred on his 37th move. He grabbed a white pawn, but lost a critical tempo. His pieces were now too slow to stop Carlsen’s advance. Carlsen’s two advancing pawns became unstoppable. Caruana resigned on the 55th move in the position below. Blood had been drawn at last! Caruana took back the white pieces for Game 2, sorely needing a win. The game began just as the controversially drawn Game 12 had, in the Sveshnikov Sicilian. Caruana played aggressively, pushing a pawn far up the board early on, and following it with an aggressively placed queen and knight. But he pressed too far on move 26, in the following position. He pushed his pawn another square, to c7. But that pawn could be captured, and Caruana’s queen was soon in dire trouble. He resigned two moves later.“The second game was very bad,” Caruana said later. “A real low point.”As Game 3 began, Caruana needed to win two consecutive games against the best in the world. Caruana abandoned his favorite opening with black, the Petroff, and the game began with another Sicilian opening — a major theme of the match, and one that could give chances for black.But Carlsen navigated the position nimbly, even opening up an advantage in the middlegame. Caruana continued to press — what choice did he have? — but his position collapsed. He resigned on the 51st move. After 15 games over nearly three weeks, this was the final position on the final board. White’s two queens are a fitting symbol of Carlsen’s dominant performance. Regardless of the lopsided tiebreakers, and regardless of (or, perhaps, because of) the 12 straight draws, it is safe to say that we have just witnessed a match between the two best chess players in the world.“I wouldn’t say it was easy,” Carlsen said. “It was only at the end that I was able to trick him,” he said of the first tiebreaker game. He added that he thought Caruana was his strongest challenger. (Sorry, Sergey.) And he defended his decision to offer that draw in Game 12. In hindsight, I suppose, it’s hard to argue with him.At the post-match press conference, Carlsen was asked about other grandmasters’ criticism of his draw offer in the final game of regulation. “They’re entitled to their stupid opinions,” he said. He went on to say that more emphasis should be placed on rapid and blitz games, rather than the lengthy “classical” ones that have traditionally been used to determine world champions. In classical chess, he said, Caruana has just as much right to call himself the best in the world.It was a mutual appreciation society after the close match. And a graceful Caruana’s opinion is now one probably universally shared: “I think the results show that he’s the strongest player in the world,” Caruana said. “I look forward to the opportunity to make another bid for the title.”If Caruana gets back to the world championship, Carlsen will be there waiting for him. 87654321abcdefgh read more

2 former Buckeyes headed to MLS

Former Ohio State men’s soccer teammates Matt Gold and Konrad Warzycha are headed for Major League Soccer. Defensive midfielder Gold and attacking midfielder Warzycha heard their names called in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft. The two were selected by Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City, respectively, making them the 11th and 12th players in program history to earn MLS draft selections. Soccer pundits didn’t think highly of Gold’s draft stock, but Toronto selected him with the 43rd overall pick. The selection confirmed Gold’s suspicion that he and Warzycha might “do better than what was expected.” Gold described his performance at the MLS Player Combine as an up-and-down affair, saying, “The first day, I couldn’t have played better; the second day was the opposite; and the third day was somewhere in between.” Despite not being sure how much he helped himself at the combine, Gold got the news he had been waiting for. “I was at a loss for words when I found out,” Gold said. “I’m really excited.” Warzycha, the 46th overall pick, was also excited while describing his emotions about being drafted in spite of a self-described “average” combine performance. “You never see this day coming,” Warzycha said. “It’s surreal; I’m on cloud nine.” In joining Sporting KC, Warzycha will reunite with former OSU teammate Roger Espinoza. They spoke shortly after today’s selection was announced. “I got a chance to talk to Roger, and he told me about the new stadium in Kansas City and the fans,” Warzycha said. “I think this is going to be a great fit.” read more

Football Dwayne Haskins shines in Ohio State Pro Day

Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws at Ohio State Pro Day on March 20. Credit: Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerDwayne Haskins didn’t really have anything he needed to prove heading into Ohio State’s Pro Day.Already considered a top-two quarterback by many in this year’s NFL Draft class, Haskins could have sat out Pro Day completely and not much would have changed.Instead, at about 1:25 p.m., after a lack of any real excitement earlier in the day due to the absence of defensive end Nick Bosa in the drills, Haskins took the field and showed everyone exactly why he has been so highly ranked to this point.Haskins threw 50 passes from the 50-yard line and completed 45 of them, including each of his throws of 40 or more yards.Four of his incompletions were well thrown, but dropped by the receiver. In his throws inside the red zone, Haskins completed 13-of-14 passes.When you ask Haskins about his performance, he could wrap it up in one word.“Solid,” Haskins said. “I missed two of them. It pisses me off still, but I thought I did pretty well.” This type of performance doesn’t come as much of a surprise. When in full pads against actual defenses, Haskins completed 70 percent of his passes and tied for the fourth most touchdown passes in NCAA history.But on Wednesday, when none of those stats mattered, Haskins still found a way to impress with the accuracy of his arm and surprising mobility in the pocket.“I thought it looked natural; it didn’t look forced,” head coach Ryan Day said. “I think sometimes when you watch a quarterback, you’re like, ‘How is he going to throw?’ Dwayne threw the way Dwayne throws.”For the quarterback who only spent one season behind center for Ohio State, his final return to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center before heading to the pros was a bittersweet one.But Haskins knows what is now important, and he’s known what’s important before he even got his chance to start in 2018.His performance at Pro Day only pushed him closer to the same end goal he’s had since he was in grade school.“I’ve been ready for the NFL. I’ve been preparing for it for all my life, and I knew I was ready to play in the NFL before the season even started,” Haskins said. “To have an opportunity to be an early draft pick is a dream of mine since I was a little kid, and I’m just giving it all I got, every opportunity that I get.”Haskins described college pass openings as “windows” and NFL ones as “keyholes” to describe the increased difficulty he is ready to face.For Day, he said he is proud of everything Haskins did for Ohio State over the past season. He said his development will show recruits just how much can be accomplished in the program.There are about five weeks separating Haskins from his future NFL team. He leaves Ohio State with quite possibly the most impressive statistical season by any quarterback in program history.But that was not the goal for Haskins all his life, and that’s not what his Pro Day was meant to show the world.All of that is set toward the future, and for a team to have as much confidence in Haskins as he has for himself.“I feel like I’m the best player in the draft,” Haskins said. read more

Villa Boro want Bolasie

first_imgAston Villa and Middlesbrough both want Yannick Bolasie from Everton despite the close of the summer transfer window in England, according to Birmingham Mail.The winger has fallen out of favor at Goodison Park with new manager Marco Silva opting to spend around £45million for Brazilian youngster Richarlison, who plays the same position as Bolasie.Bolasie joined Everton for a then club-record fee of around £30million from Crystal Palace back in 2016 and was linked with a return to Selhurst Park this summer but that failed to materialize.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.With the loan window still very active, Aston Villa want the Congolese star to join the club on loan as they look to improve their squad for the upcoming season after decimating the squad initially due to financial issues.Meanwhile, Middlesbrough are also believed to be interested in the services of Bolasie. Tony Pulis is in search of another winger to replace the already departed Adama Traore who joined newly promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.Bolasie appears to have little or no future with Everton and he’s widely expected to leave the Toffees this summer.last_img read more

Valverdes options to replace Coutinho at Barcelona

first_imgNow that we know Philippe Coutinho will be out for three weeks at Barcelona, we give you the options that Valverde has to replace him against Betis.The bad news of Brazilian Philippe Coutinho suffering a nasty femoral muscle injury this week, have brought forward a brand new dilemma for manager Ernesto Valverde during the next three weeks.The Brazilian midfielder was already established as one of the club’s most essential players during the last few weeks, especially after Lionel Messi fell injured when he fractured his arm against Sevilla.When he first arrived in the club last season, it was believed that Philippe Coutinho would be the one who replaced Andres Iniesta as an interior midfielder but he quickly made everybody realize that his skills were better suited for a winger position and he started delivering stellar performances in all competitions.Sadly for everybody, the Brazilian suffered a muscular injury that will set him back for at least three weeks and the manager is already breaking his head as he tries to find the best replacement for him on the club’s upcoming Sunday match against Real Betis.We will give you three alternatives that Ernesto Valverde has to replace Coutinho.🔝 When you score in the @ChampionsLeague just two minutes after coming on! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/lUEcwAhhag— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 6, 2018MalcomThe also Brazilian player is fresh out of a good performance in FC Barcelona’s Champions League draw against Internazionale Milano, a match in which he scored his first-ever goal for the Catalan club and celebrated by shedding a few tears of joy.Throughout the week in the wake of Coutinho’s injury, Malcom has already expressed his excitement for possibly being that player who can perform in the same position that the former Liverpool forward left vacant for the next few weeks.On paper, Malcom is actually the most obvious choice to replace Coutinho on the left wing and the manager could show him that he trusts him after responding in great fashion against Inter a few days ago.But Valverde’s options are quite a few, let’s talk about two more.Barça Players Called For International Duty (5/5)🇫🇷 @DembouzFriday, November 16Netherlands v FranceRotterdam, Netherlands8.45pm CETUEFA Nations LeagueTuesday, November 20France v UruguaySaint-Denis, France9.00pm CETFriendly pic.twitter.com/mbNIU5lWt5David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 9, 2018Ousmane DembeleThe French youngster has also been performing well during the last couple of matches, as he has scored some goals and also provided a few assists.The problem with this player is that he usually doesn’t play on the left wing, he is more used to roaming through the right side of the field and making a change of position would be a bit odd.In fact, Dembele is actually likely to play against Betis no matter what but Valverde might end up using him on the left wing to create some discomfort on the opponent’s plans.With two sensitive injuries such as Coutinho and Lionel Messi, manager Quique Setien really has no idea how the Barcelona boss will react and which players will start the match upfront apart from Luis Suarez who has a secured spot as the main striker.⚽💪 All smiles as the hard work continues!🔵🔴 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/tIBZAh4SPw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 8, 2018MessiThe ace under his sleeve without question, Ernesto Valverde has his hands tied with Philippe Coutinho’s injury and he knows that the upcoming match against Real Betis should be taken very seriously.There are very few options of Messi actually playing this game and Valverde might end up using Rafinha as his replacement as he’s been doing lately, but Argentine has been itching to play due to the way he’s been practicing during the week and he may push the manager for some minutes in this match.Knowing that Betis usually isn’t a violent opponent, maybe using Messi for a few minutes is not such a bad idea and we could see that early comeback from the injury before the international break after all.If Messi plays this match, the manager would use Lionel on the right and place either Malcom or Dembele on the left wing to replace Coutinho’s absence.Another one joins Messi.Coutinho suffers a thigh injury and he will be out for up to 3 weeks. It’s good as he will be ready after the international break.Such injury may be good for Malcom. Valverde may rely on Dembélé and Malcom as wingers to play alongside Suàrez (4-3-3). pic.twitter.com/rQJEe8A2Ys— Ahmed Bahgat (@AhmedBahgat28) November 8, 2018Which of these alternatives do you like the most for Barcelona’s upcoming match against Real Betis? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Army Reassigns White Sands Engineer Battalion

first_imgThe Army’s 2nd Engineer Battalion — based at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., after it was reactivated in 2008 — is being reassigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, after being reorganized once again.The battalion had 500 soldiers in 2008 but as of its casing ceremony last week, it was down to 200 personnel. Two of the battalion’s companies are moving to Fort Bliss, one company is transferring to Fort Polk, La., one will be inactivated, and the remaining soldiers will be reassigned elsewhere, reported Las Cruces Sun-News.The unit, whose history dates back to 1861, now will be assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division. The unit’s departure will not impact White Sands’ weapons testing mission, according to Garrison Commander Col. Brian Michelson.“We love having troops here, and we want troops to come back, but the main mission is still going to go on, and most of what we do on a day-to-day basis will be operated as normal. Not much will change from the outside perspective,” Michelson said.The unit’s facilities, which were specifically built for the 2nd Engineer Battalion, will be temporarily “mothballed” until the Army comes up with a long-term plan for the compound.“We’re not going to let them go to waste,” Michelson said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more