Lecture examines works of Percy

first_imgDr. John O’Callaghan, associate professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, discussed the life and literature of author Walker Percy in a lecture Tuesday. The talk was part of the Catholic Culture Literature Series: Strangers in a Strange Land, run by the Center for Ethics and Culture. The four-part series centers around four Catholic-American authors and the contributions they have made to Catholic literature. A recurrent theme in Percy’s works was his feeling that many people knew “how to be in the world and not of it,” O’Callaghan said. Percy’s own childhood was quite traumatic, and it is surprising he was able to step outside this viewpoint, he said. Born in southern Alabama, Percy did not convert to Catholicism until his adult years. At the age of 12, his father committed suicide and not long after, he lost his mother in a car accident, O’Callaghan said. He said these events had a profound affect on Percy and influenced many of his writings. He is well known for works such as “The Moviegoer” and “The Thanatos Syndrome.” O’Callaghan discussed the fact that this Catholic author touches on many subjects, including racism and class. Percy’s moral sense is visible in his outrage “at the cross burning of a Roman Catholic Archbishop of New Orleans who said that segregation was a sin,” Callaghan said. Percy goes farther as to criticize the stoicism of many of his friends and relatives who allowed this to occur, he said. O’Callaghan said this portrayal of ethical strength caused him to reflect on his own education in a Catholic school, questioning why he never read Percy as a part of his curriculum. He said one friend told him Catholic schooling was “all about works and little about faith,” which caused him to ask, “are we any better now?” It is clear after this lecture that whatever Percy was discussing, it was always done with comedy, O’Callaghan said. He said he had a “characteristic humor sly beyond belief,” which gave him a “more universal appeal than just another southern writer.” Callaghan said faith is not something that can be made up, but must be experienced. “We do not produce religious experience,” O’Callaghan said. “[The] sacred comes to us as a kind of message.”last_img read more

State is leading by example on gun laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As we have seen time and time again, guns can do great harm when they end up in the wrong hands. The gun enthusiasts of New York state have demonstrated that they take seriously their responsibility of gun ownership. Most gun owners I know lock their guns and ammunition away when not in use, teach their children safe gun-handling and hunting skills, practice with their guns and abide by the state laws put in place.After reading John Cropley’s Oct. 15 Gazette article, “N.Y. is home to low gun death rates,” it also sounds like New York state shop owners are doing their part as well.The article states that shop owners inspect their merchandise when it arrives to make sure it conforms to state laws, complete necessary paperwork and offer more safety classes and marksmanship training. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?center_img Mr. Cropley’s article also notes that the police are busy doing their job enforcing the Safe Act regulations. From 2013 to Sept. 2017, there have been 17 arrests for failure to register legally owned assault rifles, 123 arrests for possession of high-capacity magazines, 816 arrests for illegal possession assault rifles and 338 arrests for illegal possession of fully automatic weapons. When you think of the damage that can be caused by just one automatic weapon with high-capacity magazines, these arrests are even more impressive.The cooperation between gun owners, shop owners and law enforcement has helped to make New York one of safest states in the nation when reviewing firearms death rates. There were 144 fewer firearms deaths in 2014 than in 2005 in New York, and our state has the fourth-lowest death rate from firearms in the nation.There’s much more to be done to continue this trend.The mental health component and the need to improve the nation’s ability to do background checks are two areas in need of significant improvement. I feel that New York state citizens have set an admirable example as to how reasonable gun laws, and gun ownership, can co-exist.ROBERT KARANDYBurnt Hillslast_img read more

No new cases reported locally

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 481 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today.  A total of 28,705 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 189,330  tests have been reported to ISDH at a 15.2% positive rate and 57 new deaths were reported for a total of 1,678 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, no new cases or deaths were reported.  Decatur County has a total of 220 positive cases and 31 deaths, Franklin County has 106 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County has 108 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img read more

Angels feel sting of recent losses to losing opponents

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “It happened to us last homestand, too; (last-place clubs) Baltimore and Detroit rolled in and we won two of the seven games, so that was extremely frustrating. Pittsburgh (50-69 entering Wednesday) obviously has a better record than those two teams, so we’re not happy losing any game, but that’s even more tough to swallow.”Third baseman David Fletcher, who did his part to help the cause Tuesday with four hits, a walk and and three runs scored, said the Angels haven’t been looking past opponents, they’ve just been struggling.“I don’t think there’s any letdown,” he said. “Every game we go out there and try to win, doesn’t matter who we’re playing against.“Obviously, we haven’t been playing well the last week or two. But I don’t know if it has to do with losing to a bad team. Every team’s got good players, I guess just the fact that the last week and a half, two weeks, we haven’t been playing well.”RAMIREZ’S SUSPENSION KICKS INNoé Ramírez is back, except he isn’t. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM – A loss is a loss, but some are tougher to take, Angels Manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday before his ballclub took the field to try to avoid a three-game sweep by the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angel Stadium.The Angels came out of the All-Star break hot, going 9-3 to climb to a season-high five games over .500. They’ve cooled significantly since, falling five games below .500 with Tuesday’s loss.Adding to the ignominy of the slide, nine the Angels’ last 14 losses have come against teams with losing records.“Yeah, its frustrating, that’s very true,” Ausmus said. “A lot of times you look at the beginning of the season and you think, ‘If we beat the teams we’re supposed to beat, then we’ll be fine.’ That being said, we don’t have the personnel that we thought we had when the season started. “It boils down to how it goes with our starters,” Ausmus said. “The bullpen becomes even more critical.”Ramírez said the league was “stern” regarding his appeal, which he dropped after it was made clear he wouldn’t be allowed to reduce the number of games he was suspended, though he was able to diminish his fine some.PUJOLS PLAYS FOURAusmus inserted veteran slugger Albert Pujols into the Angels’ lineup for the fourth consecutive game Wednesday, a relatively rare stretch this season, when Ausmus typically has paced Pujols by limiting his consecutive starts to three.“I think the days off have helped him keep on the field and off the injury list,” Ausmus said. “But I also openly admit that his workout regimen is extremely strict and he follows it, and that’s a huge part as well.” After being sidelined with a viral infection, the right-handed pitcher was activated Wednesday from the injured list after coming through a simulated game without issue Tuesday. But being activated triggered Ramírez’s three-game suspension for hitting Jake Marisnick with a pitch on July 16.To create space for him, the club optioned right-hander Jake Jewell to Salt Lake.The Angels will have to play with 24 players for the next three games, which won’t necessarily do any favors to Ausmus’ struggling ballclub.Related Articleslast_img read more

MLB wrap: Twins club 4 homers to rout Tigers, on pace for season home run record

first_imgThat offense has powered the Twins to a 43-21 record and a comfortable 10 1/2 game lead over the Indians in the AL Central.Sunday’s win marked the final leg of a 10-game road trip against the Rays, Indians and Tigers. The Twins finished 6-4 on the trip, but manager Rocco Baldelli said it was nice to have a breather Sunday after some close games.“We’ve played some difficult games on this trip,” Baldelli said (via the Minneapolis Star Tribune). “We have played some difficult teams. All these teams, they played us tough. To have one game at the end that was a slightly lower-stress environment, it’s actually nice for our guys, because they have kind of been locked in every game we have played.”Studs of the NightMets right hander Noah Syndergaard pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up only one hit and struck out seven in a win over the Rockies.Mariners slugger Edwin Encarnación hit a pair of home runs and drove in three in a win over the Angels.DH Yandy Díaz had four hits, including a home run, and scored a couple of runs in the Rays’ 6-1 win against the Red Sox.Marlins left fielder Austin Dean went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in a loss to the Braves.Dud of the NightIndians starter Shane Bieber gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees.HighlightsThe Nationals hit four straight home runs in the eighth inning in a 5-2 win over the Padres, with Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon going deep. Washington, which also hit four straight in a game against the Brewers in 2017, becomes the first team to accomplish the feat twice. Yankees’ Brett Gardner’s angry helmet toss goes horribly wrong It was just another day at the office for Twins sluggers, who are on a record pace for home runs. With an MLB-leading 125 home runs, the Twins are on course to hit 316, which would shatter the season record for home runs by a team (267) set just last year by the Yankees.What’s especially remarkable about the home run surge is the fact the Twins are making good contact at the plate. They have an MLB-leading .274 team batting average while registering the third-fewest strikeouts of any team. Minnesota leads the majors with 382 runs scored. Related News Yankees trade rumors: New York has spoken with Blue Jays about Marcus Stroman Ronald Acuña Jr. ties it up with a three-run blast in the ninth.Better watch out or Rougned Odor might do something crazy like try to steal home.What’s Next?Mets (32-33) at Yankees (40-24) 7:05 p.m. ET — Everyone knows what the Yankees have done this season despite a rash of injuries to key players, but the Mets have been playing well lately, winning four of five. Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA), just back from the paternity list after welcoming a baby daughter, goes for the Yankees, against veteran lefty Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA). Angels’ Shohei Ohtani homers off Yusei Kikuchi in first Major League face-off The Twins continued their homer-happy ways Sunday, hitting four more to key a 12-2 rout of the Tigers. Nelson Cruz got the party started with his 11th home run, a two-run shot off Detroit starter Ryan Carpenter in the first inning. Cruz has now homered in four straight games.Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sanó also homered for Minnesota. Jake Odorizzi yielded only one run in six innings, striking out eight, to run his record to 9-2.last_img read more

County attorney: If Hoyt steps foot in Sumner County, he will be charged for July’s Wellington Subway robbery

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Mark · 360 weeks ago Its the footlong bandit. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 360 weeks ago maybe they can send a sub in his place to prosecute Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Tim Hoytby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If Timothy Hoyt, 43, of Belle Vista, Ark. is extradited to Sumner County from Altoona, Iowa, he will be facing charges of aggravated robbery, a level 3 felony, for the July 17, 2013 robbery of the Wellington Subway on 715 North G Street.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he will make formal charges if he steps foot in Sumner County. A conviction of aggravated robbery could result up to 247 months in jail, depending on his criminal history.But there are a lot of external factors surrounding Hoyt, who is accused of multiple offenses in four states including Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Iowa. Currently, Hoyt is in custody in Altoona, Iowa for allegedly robbing a Papa Murphy’s Pizzeria on Aug. 7. He has been charged with first-degree robbery and remains in Polk County Jail on $25,000 bond.Spencer said Hoyt is also being investigated for a bank robbery and is currently awaiting an interview from the FBI. If it is a federal offense, then he can be tried in any state. Federal offenses take precedence over state cases. Spencer anticipates the Polk County Attorney will not bring Hoyt to trial until the federal government is complete with its investigation.Then typically, because Hoyt is currently in Iowa, that state will prosecute. Spencer said if Hoyt is sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Sumner County will not worry about extradition. However, if Hoyt is acquitted, sentenced to a lesser charge, or is found guilty but is proceeding with appeals, then Sumner County will look to transferring him here to be charged.That would require a waver of extradition and two Sumner County Sheriff deputies to escort him from Iowa to Kansas.Hoyt is accused of walking into the Wellington Subway wearing a dark colored sports jacket and black baseball style cap with an unknown logo. He allegedly removed a pistol from his waistband and ordered the clerk to hand over the cash from the register. Spencer said he obtained $286 in cash before exiting the restaurant.Hoyt is also accused of robberies of Subway Sandwich Shops in Missouri at Nixa and Joplin, Mo.last_img read more