On Tuesday, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired played Winston’s in San Diego. For the show, DJ Williams tapped fellow Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe musician David Veith for keys, as well as Chris Stillwell of Greyboy Allstars on bass, Max MacVeety of Lyrics Born on drums, and the Slightly Stoopid horns made up of Andy Geib and Daniel Delacruz. As a surprise, Karl Denson joined the group for the last three songs of the first set as well as the majority of the second set, helping out with both Shots Fired originals as well as a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”DJ Williams’ will play the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood on Friday. While Karl Denson may not make the show, Rashawn Ross from Dave Matthews Band is slated to hold it down on the trumpet. Check out a video of Karl Denson with DJ Williams’ Shots Fired below!
This year’s unseasonably cool spring has left middle and north Georgia virtually mosquito free so far. But with the return of warmer nights that old familiar buzz won’t be far behind. When mosquitoes do finally make their comeback, there should be plenty of them, said Elmer Gray, an entomology research coordinator with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Recent heavy rains have resulted in plenty of good habitat for mosquito larvae and may result in larger populations across Georgia. “Anything that can hold water is holding water and will be holding water for the foreseeable future,” he said. “We’re above average for rainfall, and there is plenty of habitat for the nuisance mosquitoes. A lot of the rivers flooded, so the river bottoms have a lot of water in them.” Gray says any containers outside your home that’s holding water can be a habitat for mosquitoes.” So far, cool nighttime temperatures have slowed the development of the mosquito larvae in all those containers and river bottoms. As nighttime temperatures start to warm, however, they should quickly mature into the buzzing, biting bugs that vex spectators at Little League baseball games and backyard barbecuers. “We’re right here on the front door of it because the nighttime temperatures are about to get a lot warmer,” Gray said. The good news is that despite the impending increased mosquito population, Gray believes Georgia and the rest of the nation will not see the record-breaking number of West Nile Virus cases the country saw last year. Nation-wide drought in 2012 brought more of the birds that carry West Nile Virus in contact with the mosquitoes that transmit the flu-like illness to humans because there were fewer watering holes. The drought left plenty of near-empty, swampy storm drains that provided plenty of breeding habitat for the Southern House Mosquito — the species of mosquito most often linked to West Nile. That combined with a warm spring that gave mosquitoes a head start resulted in a long, dangerous and precedent-setting mosquito season. For the first time, all 48 contiguous states reported at least one case of the virus in 2012. In total, doctors reported seeing more than 5,300 cases of West Nile virus last summer and 243 of those patients died from the disease. “This year is the complete opposite,” Gray said. “It’s been a very cold spring over most of the country, and there has been little West Nile activity as of yet, which is a good thing.” Flood waters and full storm drains have helped wash many Southern House Mosquito larvae out of their breeding ground. This means their populations should be much smaller — possibly reducing the number of West Nile cases this year. However, nuisance mosquito species — one’s that do not carry disease — will be out in full force. While they’re not as dangerous, they are annoying. “Containers that hold water are perfect breeding habitats for nuisance mosquitoes like the Asian Tiger mosquito,” Gray said. “This is a daytime biting mosquito, the one that bothers us when you get home in the afternoon and are trying to enjoy a beverage and a barbecue.” Eliminating habitat, where possible, is the key to reducing populations and defending your summer afternoons. “You need to be diligent about getting outside and dumping all of those containers out because that’s the biggest source of habitat around our homes,” he said. “Here in Athens our biggest mosquito problems are the ones we breed ourselves.” Larvicidal briquettes, available at most home improvement stores, will kill mosquito larvae in retention ponds, fountains and other water features that homeowners can’t easily empty. Other ways of fighting the buzzing swarms include making sure window screens are in place and in good repair and stocking up on EPA-approved insect repellent. Gray recommends products containing DEET, the only EPA-approved repellent safe enough for toddlers and babies as young as two months of age. Parents should still read each product’s instructions before applying it to their children. Parents should apply the spray to their hands and then rub it on their children’s arms and legs. Small children have a habit of sticking their hands in their mouths, and if they apply themselves there’s a good chance they’ll ingest some of it,” Gray said. For more information about mosquito control, visit the UGA Extension publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications. and search for stinging and biting pests.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The jobless rate in Indiana held steady in October at 5.7 percent, according to new data released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.It marks the tenth month in a row for the state’s unemployment to remain lower than the national average at 5.8 percent.Indiana grew 5,500 private sector jobs in October, led mainly by the Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Manufacturing sectors.Over the past year, Indiana has consistently led the nation in Manufacturing growth, with more than 24,000 jobs added since last October.Locally, Decatur County remains below the state average with unemployment reported at 4.7 percent.The rate in Dearborn County is 5.1 percent and unemployment is 5.2 percent in Franklin County. Jobless numbers in Ripley County are 5.9 percent.Fayette County has the state’s third-highest unemployment rate at 7.1 percent.
What a difference a year makes.A year after getting stomped in the swamp, the 20th-ranked Wisconsin men’s basketball team returned the favor taking down the 11th-ranked Florida Gators 59-53 in the Kohl Center Tuesday.The result was still in doubt with Wisconsin (2-0) up by three with less than 10 seconds left on the clock when junior point guard Traevon Jackson effectively iced the game with a 17-footer to give the Badgers a two possession lead over Florida (1-1).“He’s been in so many tough situations, I wasn’t trading [Jackson] in those last five minutes,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said.Though he hit the biggest shot of the game, Jackson was part of the reason the Gators were able to claw back into the game down the stretch, committing three turnovers with less than 10 minutes left in the game.Florida began to run a trap and full court press in the second half that caused problems for Wisconsin’s ball handlers.“I thought it changed momentum for us and gave us a chance,” Florida head coach Billy Donavon said of his team’s press.Jackson had trouble dealing with Florida’s press that forced all five of his turnovers in the final 13 minutes.“Obviously it was up and down,” Jackson said of his second half performance. “Five turnovers is terrible, but get it out of the way now … I have to take better care of the ball, especially when a team’s coming to trap.”A game-icing shot by Jackson seemed like wishful thinking in the first 10 minutes of the game when Wisconsin started 2-9 from the field, spotting Florida a 16-4 lead.“When you shoot an airball as your first possession as a team, I don’t know if that’s a good omen,” Ryan said.Michael Frazier II did his part to put Florida in front early, hitting three shots from downtown in the first seven minutes, but Wisconsin’s sharpshooter would have an answer.“Sam Dekker,” senior guard Ben Brust answered when asked how the Badgers dug themselves out of their early hole.After starting 0-2 with two turnovers to begin the game, sophomore forward Sam Dekker hit two straight threes followed later by an emphatic dunk to bring the deficit to 24-18.Dekker’s burst sparked a 25-10 run by Wisconsin to end the first half, giving the Badgers a 29-26 lead that they never gave back.“We started getting some stops defensively and settled in,” Brust said “We got out and running which had them scrambling on defense. We just settled down and started playing basketball.”Wisconsin went to the locker room with a three-point lead at halftime despite taking zero free throws in the first half.“I thought we could have done a better job of attacking and getting some things going to the rim where you do get people to use their hands more and that’s what we did in the second half,” Ryan said.The Badgers continued their momentum in the second half, reaching their largest lead of 11 with 11:57 left before mistakes allowed the Gators — finishing with 20 points off turnovers — back in the game.Though Wisconsin struggled to close out from the free throw line, going 8-14 from the stripe, and Florida’s Frazier doing his best to keep the Gators alive with a game-high 20 points the Badgers were able to fend off Florida’s late-game surge.Dekker led all Wisconsin scorers with 16 points and earned the praise of Donovan who coached the Sheboygan native on the U-18 USA team in the summer of 2012.“He’s reckless with body, he has no regard for his body and I really respect that,” Donovan said. “He plays really hard. I think his offensive game has really blossomed over the last year.”Freshman forward Nigel Hayes and junior forward Frank Kaminsky gave Wisconsin a presence in the paint but it was the 6-foot-1 Brust that led the team in rebounds with nine.“They’re not afraid of contact, they’re not afraid of size. Those things don’t even enter their mind,” Ryan said of his guards. “They’re not afraid to stick their faces in because they know they don’t have a Hollywood career later.”With the win over Florida, Wisconsin improves its home-opener winning streak to 16 games.17,249 fans filled the Kohl Center to watch the matchup of top-25 teams and helped fuel Wisconsin’s comeback win.“They sure got fired up tonight,” Ryan said. “We needed it.”