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– you know that Americans gamble as much as a trillion dollars every year and now thanks to a big change those numbers are about to — turning your living room into a virtual casino. Hours — An estimated fifteen million Americans are already considered at risk for gambling addiction. At least — bricks and mortar casinos you can see somebody. On line. Starting now. Now we’ll have to fight that addiction had told Matt Gutman ABC news client.



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March Madness Round of 32 betting action includes Kentucky on odds slate

UAB is 9-0 ATS in its last nine games as an underdog and 6-1 SU in its last seven as a dog.

No. 5 seeds.

UCLA is 11-3 ATS over its last 14 games but just 1-5 ATS in its last six Round of 32 appearances. 1 Kentucky continues its push towards perfection on Saturday against Cincinnati in one of the Round of 32’s many interesting matchups.

In addition to being dominant as a double-digit favorite, Kentucky is also 11-5 ATS in its last 16 appearances in the Round of 32.

The No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. 11 vs. The UNDER is 13-3 over Butler’s last 16 games as an underdog, and the Bulldogs also played to nine straight UNDER results to end the season.

No. The Tar Heels are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and No. The last time these two teams met in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, UNC crushed Arkansas 108-77. 11 seed has met a No. No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats are 10-0 SU and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games as a double-digit favorite. Many of the trends in this one point to the Wildcats; Cincinnati is just 2-6 ATS as a double-digit underdog since 2008 and 2-8 ATS in the Round of 32 since 1997.

Notre Dame is just 1-4 SU in its last five trips to the Round of 32.

. No. 3 Notre Dame vs. 5 Arkansas for Saturday on the March Madness betting lines. 11 UCLA will mark just the third time since 1996 that a No. 9 Cincinnati.

Kentucky is a 16.5-point favorite according to sportsbooks monitored by No 14 matchups, the No. 11 seed cruised to an easy win and cover.

No. 4 North Carolina is a 4.5-point favorite over No. 14 UAB vs. The Wildcats will look to continue their dominance on Saturday in the Round of 32 against No. In each of the last two No. Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 Butler could be a game in which points are hard to come by. 4 seeds are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games against No

VAT: Will the U.S. Adopt a Value-Added Tax?

But that isn’t happening. A useful rule of economics is that if something cannot go on forever, it will stop. Raising that is an excellent way to reduce competitiveness.

Cut spending: If government spending were brought into line with revenues, new taxes wouldn’t be needed. By the end of the year, the Office of Management and Budget says the gross federal debt will stand at $13.8 trillion. President Obama has pledged no tax increases for 95 percent of the population, and most Republicans flinch at the “T” word in any form. “We have to think about really revamping the tax system,” said Volcker, who’s best known for successfully beating down inflation while serving as Ronald Reagan’s Federal Reserve chairman. fiscal trends are unsustainable. “I don’t think we should go in this direction.”

About 150 countries have a VAT. “I think America has prospered because the general level of taxation has been lower than Europe,” says Chris Edwards of the libertarian Cato Institute, who prefers spending cuts to new taxes. In addition to Volcker, the head of the Senate Budget Committee, Kent Conrad (D-N.D), has mused that a VAT has “got to be on the table,” and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has murmured sweet nothings about it. (Interestingly, though, many GOP economists favored a VAT in the 1980s, and Margaret Thatcher supported the VAT when a Tory government instituted it in the U.K.). The deficit for 2009 alone was a cool $1.4 trillion, and it’s projected to hit $1.6 trillion this year. “There’s very little chance in the next few years,” says Ben Harris, a senior research associate at Brookings, a left-of-center think tank, “but a substantial chance in the next decade or so.” And Ryan Ellis, tax policy director at the right-of-center Americans for Tax Reform, who loathes the idea, says of the VAT, “I think it’s coming, in the next five to 10 years certainly.”

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The U.S. For example, in his book, 100 Million Unnecessary Returns, Columbia law professor Michael Graetz proposes a 10 to 14 percent value-added tax, but earners making less than $100,000 would pay no income tax at all, and other income and corporate taxes would be reduced. And its very simplicity and lack of visibility — no tax returns, no obvious hurt at the cash register — raises suspicions that a VAT is a stalking horse for higher spending. That number is hard to knock down because the majority of federal spending is for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, all of which are set to grow briskly as baby boomers retire. As Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan economic advisor who supports a VAT, puts it, “The U.S. (High VAT taxes back home are one reason that Europeans love to shop in the U.S.) A VAT is also relatively simple to administer, so its “dead weight” — the distortion it imposes on the economy above and beyond the price of the tax itself — is minimal.

Americans as a whole did not squawk when spending rose during the Bush administration, and in electing Barack Obama, they voted for bigger government. Ellis, of Americans for Tax Reform, points out that even if federal tax revenues return to their 40-year average of 18 to 20 percent of GDP (in 2009, it dipped to about 15 percent), the spending promises on the books for 2010 and beyond start at some 25 percent of GDP. “It is almost literally impossible to close the gap on spending alone,” says Michael Linden, associate director of Tax and Budget Policy for the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

Find new sources of revenues: If more juice cannot be squeezed from the income and corporate tax code, the logical alternative is to tap a wider base. Even if a VAT started at a low level, say 5 percent, it’s easy to increase the rate, as Europe has proved time and again. It has three options.

Until recently, discussion of a U.S. An increase much above that is counterproductive, reducing incentives to work and invest while creating incentives to find tax shelters and other ways to avoid paying. It comes in different shapes and sizes, ranging from 5 percent in Japan to 25 percent in Sweden. government’s fiscal gap is widening by the hour. needs a money machine.” A VAT, because it touches every transaction, is just that: The Congressional Research Service estimates that each one percent of a value-added tax would raise $50 billion. It’s easy to see why it’s popular: As a broad-based tax that’s easy to collect and hard to see, a VAT can rake in a lot of money.. Because lower income people spend a higher portion of their earnings, it may hit them particularly hard.

Despite long-standing political opposition, the VAT is starting to get attention for the simple reason that it may be the best among several bad options. VAT had been limited to the back rooms of think tanks and cocktail hours of high-minded conferences. And the income tax well is neither wide nor deep enough to fill more than a small piece of the $13.8 trillion hole. That’s one reason the VAT is considered highly efficient — it’s hard to dodge since each link in the VAT chain keeps an eye on the rest.

A VAT could be a useful part of a larger reform. corporate tax rate (35 percent) is already among the highest in the world. At some point, the politics we have voted for have to be paid for. At some point, even Congress will recognize this fact and be forced to act. But nearly every other industrialized nation has one, and the idea is beginning to spread. But make no mistake: a 10 percent VAT would raise the cost of everything 10 percent. In the most common method, the VAT is assessed on a good at each stage of production and distribution — when the raw material is sold, when the product is manufactured, when a store stocks up, and when the consumer buys it. That’s just one idea. And the logical way to do that is to pass a VAT. Press the buttons of almost any tax wonk in Washington and a different plan spits out; a VAT is part of most of them.

The VAT also comes under attack for being regressive. But crisis can create opportunities for reform, and America’s fiscal position is close to crisis. That’s real money.

What’s to Love and Hate About a VAT?

Neither party shows enthusiasm for taxing you if you are not a plutocrat. No one in either party seems interested in taming these leviathans. The VAT, a levy on all the goods and services you consume, is not a “toxic idea,” he added.

© 2010 CBS Interactive Inc.. In fact, interest in a VAT is cropping up all along the ideological spectrum (albeit more often along the leftish end).

This process effectively hides the VAT from open view — unlike state sales taxes, the VAT is buried in the price of the good, not assessed at the cash register. Ditto for taxing big business more heavily. Top tax rates are already likely to go up to almost 40 percent.

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The case for a VAT is simple: The U.S. Current U.S. This may be the opportunity to take another real crack at our complicated and inefficient tax code, something last done in 1986.

The Best of the Bad?

The VAT’s efficiency in raising money is also why some oppose it. A VAT is likely to be part of the answer.

Tax the rich: Always a popular idea, but the math doesn’t add up. should consider using a European-style value added tax to help bring the deficit down, said White House adviser Paul Volcker in response to a question from CBS at a panel discussion in New York City Tuesday night. When a business calculates its VAT payment, it deducts the tax paid at the previous stage, based on records every company along the chain keeps. But what about by 2020? The odds narrow sharply. Alan Greenspan, for one, considers the VAT “the least worst way” to narrow the budget gap.

To be sure, no one expects a VAT to join the tax code this year or next. The U.S

My 50 Favorite Books of 2014 | Peter Dreier

The key event in that drama was Bobby Thomson’s famous 9th inning walk-off home run that won the pennant for the Giants. Kurlansky describes the many factors – the great black migration out of the South, changes in recording technology, Motown, urban racial segregation, the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, the blues, jazz, and gospel music, and others – that led to the song’s creation and its enduring popularity.

Michael Katz, The Undeserving Poor: America’s Enduring Confrontation with Poverty — Katz completed a major update of his classic book shortly before he died earlier this year. Pawel shows that the cult-of-personality surrounding Chavez made it difficult for the United Farm Workers to sustain their many victories in the fields, among consumers, and in the political world. The book is fascinating throughout but political junkies will particularly enjoy her analysis of how the banking lobby uses its influence to get Congress to do its bidding in ways that hurt consumers and the larger economy. This is an eye-opening and wonderfully written expose of the “American pastime.”

Robert Kuttner, Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility — Over the past year, a grassroots movement has emerged to address the epidemic of consumer debt, including millions of “underwater” homeowners victimized by predatory loans, students overwhelmed by costly college loans, and families over-extended on their credit cards. Rosa Parks — The real story of Rosa Parks is much more interesting than the myth of a quiet seamstress whose single act – refusing to move to the back of a segregated Montgomery bus – sparked a boycott that launched the modern civil rights movement. Now, thanks to this book by his grandson, I’ve learned that Abramsky he was an extraordinary historian and bibliophile, a world-renowned student of Marxism as well as Jewish history, and the center of a global network of scholars and activists. His book challenges the view, voiced by Occupy Wall Street and many other academics, that in recent decades big business has become better-organized and more politically adept. If you liked Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation – which focused on the abusive working conditions of agricultural, slaughterhouse, and food processing workers as well as the quality of our diets — you’ll enjoy this book. Thousands of Earth Day organizers and participants devoted their lives to the environmental cause. This small book packs a powerful punch. Or perhaps the corporate establishment has moved so far to the right that the Koch brothers are no longer on the lunatic fringe.

Sasha Abramsky, The House of Twenty Thousand Books – In 1969, on a whim, I took a course on Jewish history at University College-London taught by Chimen Abramsky. The authors introduce us to people and events usually ignored by mainstream media but which have made LA a more inclusive, democratic, and livable city. It is a brilliant indictment of the racism of our society and our criminal justice system.

Bernie Sanders, The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class — On Friday, December 10, 2010, Bernie Sanders stood on the Senate floor and galvanized millions of Americans with an eight-and-a-half-hour filibuster decrying a deal that preserved tax cuts for the super-rich and all it symbolized. If you’re going to a dinner party with conservatives, read this book first. The course was way over my head but I enjoyed listening to Abramsky’s lectures, given in a thick Jewish accent. Cameo appearances by Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, Barack Obama, and Warren’s allies among progressive organizers and activists enliven the book and it is a wonderful read.

Ellen Cassedy, We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust — Before the Holocaust, Lithuania (where my grandmother was born) had a large and thriving Jewish community, despite widespread anti-semitism. Klein is hopeful that campaigns to divest from fossil fuel companies, to stop the Keystone pipeline, and to invest in green jobs and public transit will not only improve the environment but also challenge corporate power and raise awareness about the dangers of unregulated economic growth.

Adam Rome, The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation – Just like the Southern student sit-ins in 1960, the first Earth Day in 1970 seemed to come out of nowhere. It is my personal and idiosyncratic list of books I found interesting and/or fun to read (or in a few cases, re-read) and that I think others will enjoy, too. In this accessible, easy-to-read primer, economists Reich, Jacobs and Dietz explain why these business lobby groups are crying wolf.

Jeanne Theoharis, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. They call it “school reform” but it is really about privatization – charter schools, high-stakes testing, bashing teachers and their unions – and draining students and funding from our public schools. (He voted several times for Norman Thomas, socialist candidate for president). It was this research, while teaching at Harvard, that pulled her into politics, first as an expert, then as an advocate, next as a consultant to Congress, and then as a reluctant candidate for the U.S. The tragedy revealed the dark side of globalization. Because of her activism, Parks had a wide circle of black and white friends and allies, which helped make the bus boycott successful. Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right – We’re in the midst of a resurgence of worker organizing in America, but our nation’s outdated and one-sided labor laws make all efforts to win union victories an uphill battle. Banks get bailed out by taxpayers. Jones, The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights – Jones reminds us that the modern civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on Washington, was led by socialists and radicals, who understood the necessity of building a coalition between the civil rights and labor movements in order to win social and economic equality for African Americans.

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Shavit is an elegant writer whose prose will keep you reading this book even though it is filled with more paradoxes than hope.

Michael Stewart Foley, Front Porch Politics: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s — This period of American history gets a bad rap. Why, for example, do so many Americans believe that global warming is not a serious problem? It isn’t an accident or just a matter of ignorance. Van Ronk was a colorful character and a great storyteller (as well as an influential songwriter, arranger, and guitarist) and the book is filled with fascinating stories about his encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and older luminaries like Woody Guthrie and Odetta.

Clayton Sinyai, Schools of Democracy: A Political History of the American Labor Movement — Many political pundits and politicians look at today’s labor movement and see a “special interest” group that represents only 11% of the workforce. Cassedy visited the country to explore her own roots and to see if there was any hope for reconciliation and renewal. Ravitch makes clear what is right about public education, how policy makers are failing to address the root causes of educational failure, and how we can fix it.

This is not a “50 best books of 2014″ list. This is social history at its best. The film’s protagonist is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002), one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk music revival. The song was supposed to be about the joyousness of dance, but events overtook it. Theoharis has uncovered aspects of Parks’ personal and political life that other biographers missed. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from the shakers on our table. Some of these books were published in 2013 or even 2012 but I just got around to reading them this year. She makes a compelling case to see Parks as an early feminist through her work courageous efforts to bring to justice white men who’d raped black women. It is filled with hidden gems about the class, racial, and political differences within the women’s movements and recovers some of the lost history of fascinating people and events that influenced the various wings of women’s rights activism over the past century.

David Kirp, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools — There’s a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students. Kuttner shows that we need more public borrowing and investment to revive a depressed economy, and more debt forgiveness of ordinary Americans. The campaign was one of the most important civil rights stories of the 1930s and 1940s. Public health, consumer, and workers rights groups are winning some battles in their war with agribusiness and food manufacturers, but it is an uphill fight

William P. (also a brilliant organizer) has now republished and updated. I’m embarrassed to admit that although she was one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century, and I attended a few of her readings, I didn’t know much about her background and I knew very little about her poetry. Their book documents 115 little-known sites where struggles around racial, class, gender, and neighborhood injustice took place. This book isn’t as much fun as Michael Moore’s documentary, “Sicko,” but it is filled with facts and insights that will keep you reading.

Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry, Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements – This sweeping history of American feminism challenges the conventional wisdom. One of the lessons of Pawel’s book is the importance of training and empowering grassroots leaders and to embrace what organizer Ella Baker called “group leadership.”

Mark Kurlansky, Ready For a Brand New Beat: How “Dancing in the Street” Became the Anthem for a Changing America — In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote “Dancing in the Street.” The song was by Martha and the Vandellas, with lead singer Martha Reeves arranging her own vocals. Lamb shows how white mainstream sportswriters perpetuated the color line by participating in what their black counterparts called a “conspiracy of silence”.

Paul Loeb, The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times — Loeb has thoroughly updated his book but it remains an upbeat antidote to cynicism and apathy. This biography reveals Veeck’s battles with his fellow owners and the many innovations (some pretty wacky) he brought to baseball.

Laura Pulido, Laura Barraclough, and Wendy Cheng, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles — This isn’t the tourist guide that the LA Chamber of Commerce wants you to read. This is an inspiring biography of an inspiring women.

Paul Dickson, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick — Veeck, who at different times owned the St. He names names — Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Frito-Lay, Nestlé, Oreos, Capri Sun, and many more – and shows how the industry misuses advertising and science to hook us, and campaign donations to keep government off their backs. Diaz not only tells the inside story of the National Rifle Association and its gun industry allies but also explains what it will take to defeat the gun lobby.

Dave Van Ronk with Elijah Wald, The Mayor of MacDougal Street: A Memoir — This is the book that inspired the film “Inside Llewyn Davis” about the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. The Kochs have been able to accomplish this because America’s ruling class is no longer as politically and ideologically cohesive as it once was. She was a veteran activist and a committed radical who throughout her adult life challenged segregation and pushed for voter registration when doing so require enormous courage. Not surprisingly, Greenberg was one of the few white ballplayers who supported and encouraged Robinson when he entered the major leagues in 1947.

Diane Ravitch, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools – Historian Ravitch, a former US. The Koch brothers and their allies in the energy industry have spent a lot of money funding so-called “research” and propaganda outfits designed to confuse the people and create a public “debate” over the issue even though all credible scientists disagree with the “denial” view.

Lane Kenworthy, Social Democratic America — Drawing on the successes of European and even Canadian social democracies, Kenworthy shows how a more generous and better-designed set of government policies can improve living standards, security, and opportunity for Americans. He challenges a cherished tenet of today’s financial orthodoxy: that spending less, refusing to forgive debt, and shrinking government–“austerity”–is the solution to our economic crisis. I re-read it a few weeks ago when I was preparing to speak at a teach-in at Occidental College about the epidemic of killing of black men (Michael Brown, Eric Garner, etc) by local police. Centered on a college campus, it revolves around the lives of five people whose secrets, hopes, ambitions, anxieties, and loves will keep you engrossed from beginning to end.

Jim Vrabel, A People’s History of the New Boston – Vrabel is the Howard Zinn of Boston. Kuttner explains how we got into this mess. But he was (and is) also a courageous and committed radical activist. Nearly ninety percent of Union City’s high school students are earning their diplomas and sixty percent of them are going to college. During the Holocaust, Lithuanians were known for collaborating with genocide, which destroyed all but a tiny remnant of Jewish life. Although he documents that public opinion favors this bold progressive agenda, it says little about how to create the political will to get elected officials to translate these ideas into laws.

Joshua Freeman, American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home 1945-2000 – This is the best history of postwar America, when the U.S. Ruck presents the hard facts of Major League baseball’s racist history, from its demolition of the Negro Leagues (without providing owners and players adequate compensation) to the exploitation of desperate players in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and other Latin countries. He draws on interesting on-the-ground observations in communities like Newark, Detroit, Houston, Oakland, and New York City to illustrate his themes. Smith explores the roots of Belafonte’s cultural and political radicalism in New York’s inter-racial left-wing circles in the 1940s and 1950s, the influence of his hero and role model Paul Robeson, his close ties to Martin Luther King and other civil rights figures, and his principled stances to challenge the Cold War blacklist, make films and TV shows that featured black performers and displayed black culture in a positive light, and used his celebrity to promote human rights around the world, including his involvement with the anti-apartheid movement. Harbach’s first novel follows that tradition, but you don’t have to love baseball to love this warmhearted story. But, in fact, FDR has plenty of opposition from business, ideological conservatives, and racists who viewed New Deal reforms as an opening wedge toward government control of business, racial integration, and even socialism. Americans are addicted to foods that cause dangerous and costly health problems, shorten their lives and kill them. Vrabel chronicles the great struggles of the post-war era, including urban renewal, welfare, poverty, tenants rights, highways, gentrification, school integration, Vietnam, community development, and jobs. One of their biggest successes occurred earlier this year in Seattle, which adopted a $15/hour municipal minimum wage. I’ve read lots of reviews from different perspectives, so I feel like I’ve already read the book. The first is Hector Tobar’s Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free. An influential Israeli journalist, Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, to explain why Israel is stuck in an existential crisis with no easy answers. became the world’s most powerful and affluent nation, but still had to confront its fundamental contradictions. In this pathbreaking book, Sharkey shows how the consequences of ghetto poverty have long-lasting consequences over many generations.. After hundreds of interviews and prodigious archival research, he’s written the best book about that city’s history, from the perspective of the activists who battled the powers-that-be to reshape Boston into a more livable city. Many of Kuttner’s themes are echoed in House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi, economists at Princeton and Chicago, respectively.. Most white Americans knew nothing about this story because mainstream newspapers said little about the color line and less about the efforts to end it. He weaves his subsequent family history with Israel’s history, recognizing the contradiction of idealistic socialists and Holocaust survivors colonizing the country in ways that brought prosperity to many Jews and Arabs but also brought misery and expulsion to many Palestinians. It reminds me of George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier and Michael Harrington’s The Other America. Now more and more cities want to emulate Seattle, and business groups are worried. If we don’t fix it, nothing else will matter. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. The 1970s and 1980s included grassroots movements around ending nuclear war and nuclear power, gay liberation, women’s equality, Vietnam, agribusiness’ attack on family farms, community organizing for tenants rights and against gentrification, and many other causes.

Judith Smith, Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical- Harry Belafonte is best known as a multi-talented singer and actor who popularized calypso music and became a superstar in films, television, records, and nightclubs. But his athletic accomplishments didn’t stop the racism he faced on and off the field, including among teammates, fans, and especially many sportswriters. It is often identified as the disco decade and the “me” decade. It describes the ties between progressive era activists, muckraking journalists, and reform-minded politicians who, in different ways, challenge the growing influence of America’s corporate titans.

David Owen, The Conundrum — What would an environmental sustainable society look like? Owen, a writer for The New Yorker, explores this question by challenging the conventional wisdom and quick fixes. Veeck was a brilliant entrepreneur and showman who preferred sitting in the bleachers to the box seats. In this engrossing, readable book, Rivoli chronicles the round-the-world odyssey of a T-shirt, from Texas cotton-growers to an African used-clothing bazaar, to reveal how the global economy really works. The number of Latin Americans, by contrast, has exploded to over one-quarter of all major leaguers and roughly half of those playing in the minors. The second book is Frank Bardacke’s Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers. We already have the technology and knowledge we need to live sustainably. Sasha Abramsky has also produced a five-minute video about the book that is worth watching on its own. After reading this book, you’ll never look at the business of baseball in the same way. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Chicago White Sox, was probably the only socialist to own a major league baseball team. We worked together on several political projects and I enjoyed her wonderful enthusiasm for life and her great sense of humor. As Kirp writes, Improbable Scholars offers a “playbook, not a prayer book” for school reform.

Tom Diaz, The Last Gun: Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It — The gun lobby isn’t as powerful as many journalists and politicians think it is, but in politics, perception is power. For that perspective, read Klein’s This Changes Everything.

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Pete Seeger, Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words — With Pete’s permission, sociologist Rob Rosenthal and musician Sam Rosenthal spent more than a year dumpster diving through the filing cabinets and boxes in Seeger’s home in Beacon, New York. One could view this as a rip-off, but Pafko at the Wall is so well-written that it is worth reading on its own, even if you aren’t a baseball fan. Shortly after Parks died, the New York Times referred to her as “the accidental matriarch of the civil rights movement.” But Parks was no accidental heroine. Along with Nelson Lichtenstein’s The State of the Union and Boyer and Morais’ Cold War era Labor’s Untold Story, this is the best one-volume history of American workers and their unions.

Ira Katznelson, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time — It is easy to look back and think that the coming of the New Deal, in the midst of the severe Depression, was inevitable. All three are books of moral outrage and journalistic description.

Harvey Kaye, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great – Kaye has a different take on the New Deal. It is workers and consumers who have shouldered the burden of belt-tightening. It belongs on the bookshelves of every activist, regardless of the cause.

Robert Cottrell, Two Pioneers: How Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball — and America — Greenberg and Robinson were pioneers on and off the baseball field. The problem, he says, is our over-consumption and making consumer goods more “efficiently” doesn’t address this addiction. This book is a revised version of the prologue of DeLillo’s huge novel, Underworld. Read Rome’s book along with Robert Gottlieb’s 2005 groundbreaking book, Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement, which links the contemporary environmental movement to earlier progressive movements for workers’ rights, consumer protection, and urban social reform.

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Sasha Abramsky, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives — This lively, well-written book is part travelogue among America’s poor and part sociological analysis of why we have so much misery amid so much affluence. The real story of Thomson’s feat – including the controversy around an allegation that he was the beneficiary of a sign-stealing arrangement – is told in Joshua Prager’s gripping 2008 book, The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World.

Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor, The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less – Why do many other countries spend less on health care but have healthier populations than the United States? The authors document that social and economic conditions have a bigger impact on our health than the provision of medical care. In confronting anti-semitism and racism, they not only changed baseball but they also changed American society by challenging stereotypes and speaking out against bigotry. He talked about corporate greed, the bankrupting of the middle class, and the outrageous political influence of big business. If we spent more addressing these conditions – including public health, environmental, and economic inequities – we could spend less on crisis-oriented medical care. The book is part history (about his grandparents’ background and their social, political, and intellectual milieu) and part memoir (about how Sasha absorbed that world of matzo balls and Marxism in his grandparents’ London home). That’s what Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson argue in their must-read analysis, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. Senate. Missing from Watts’ analysis is any discussion of power – or what some would call ideological hegemony. He pulled together many insights and helpful tips in this book, which his son Fred Ross Jr. Local Chambers of Commerce warn that local laws that raise wages will “kill” jobs and destroy the economy. Every city should be so fortunate to have a book like this.

Pietra Rivoli, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of the World Trade – Last year more than a thousand Bangladeshi garment workers, making clothes for Walmart and other global retailers, were killed when their factory collapsed. Government debt isn’t the problem. I could make this my New Year’s resolution, but I’m not sure I want to set myself up for disappointment.

Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance — I assigned Warren’s autobiography in my Politics 101 class because it describes, better than any textbook, how American politics really works. Both efforts could have quickly become one-shot protests, but thanks to talented organizers they instead became transformational moments, launching movements that changed American society and culture. He shows how labor activists wrestled with fundamental aspects of political philosophy and the development of American democracy, including majority rule versus individual liberty, the rule of law, and the qualifications required of citizens. But Owen pays too little attention to how corporations feed our addiction to fossil fuels and use their political influence to thwart reform. It will surely whet your appetite to read the book.

Miriam Pawel, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography – Chavez was an inspiring organizer and charismatic leader, but he wasn’t a saint. But few people know about the bold inter-racial movement that laid the foundation for Robinson’s achievement. The school district — once one of the worst in the state — has ignored trendy reforms in favor of proven game-changers like quality early education, a word-soaked curriculum, and hands-on help for teachers. Multinational corporations scour the globe to get their toys, clothes and other consumer products made at the lowest possible cost. Folksinger Elijah Wald worked with Van Ronk on his memoir and completed it after Van Ronk died. I have not read Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, even though I went to high school with the guy who translated the book from French to English. He also uncovered documents that reveal the negligence that led to Clemente’s death in an uninspected, overloaded plane.

Duncan Watts, Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails Us — Watts, a sociologist as well as a physicist, forces us to rethink much we take for granted. Like Jackie Robinson, he used his celebrity to speak out on social issues. In this muckraking expose, Moss explains why by focusing on both the greed and the creativity of the food industry, which makes $1 trillion in annual sales. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable to speak on behalf of the entire business community, most individual corporations and industry lobby groups look out for themselves rather the long-term interests of “the system.” That’s what Richard Nixon was complaining about in 1974 when he told the New York Times that the trouble with the country is the weakness and division among “the leaders of industry, the bankers, the newspapers.” Nixon observed that “The people as a whole can be led back to some kind of consensus if only the leaders can take hold of themselves.” In his new book, The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite, Mark Mizruchi appears to agree with Nixon. He shares many of the views that John Mollenkopf, Todd Swanstrom, and I write about in Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century, a third edition of which was published in August.

Rob Ruck, Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game — After peaking at 27% of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one-tenth–a decline unimaginable in other men’s pro sports. This is not only a history of the UFW but also a first-hand account of the lives and work of the people who pick our food under brutal, dehumanizing conditions. Warren’s story is compelling. In fact, unions have been “schools of democracy” that have educated workers to become engaged citizens and held both corporations and government accountable. It is, instead, a guide to the city’s progressive history. was one of America’s most accomplished community organizers, training generations of ordinary people in the tools of democracy. The book won’t be published in the U.S. During the Depression, the WPA funded writers to conduct oral histories and write guidebooks about different cultures and communities that included bottom-up struggles. One of the great byproducts of this lovely book is that Pete agreed to appear on The Colbert Report to promote it. It is filled with facts, anecdotes, and arguments that will provide you with enough talking points to last until the dessert is done.

Don DeLillo, Pafko at the Wall: A Novella — This short novel describes the lives and activities of everyday New Yorkers during the 1951 National League play-offs between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. It soon became an icon of American pop culture as well as a symbol of racial rebellion. Racially segregated ghettoes exist because discrimination in housing, jobs, and schools persists despite the passage of anti-discrimination laws. in the 1940s. Katz excavates the political and ideological battles over what we should do to lift people out of poverty and into the middle class. Troutt argues that we’ve locked ourselves into distinct residential enclaves separated by income and race that stifle opportunity and distort our politics. But Sinyai points out that throughout its history, the labor movement has been a voice for all working people in their workplaces and in society. Union City kids are achieving just as much as suburban students in reading, writing, and math. They include fiction and non-fiction. Assistant Secretary of Education, is now our leading critic of what she calls the “billionaires boys club” – folks like Bill Gates, the Walton family, Rupert Murdoch, and Eli Broad who use their wealth and political influence to turn public schools into business opportunities. What keeps us going when times get tough? How have the leaders and unsung heroes of world-changing political movements persevered in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds? In the tradition of Studs Terkel, Loeb let’s people talk for themselves, describing what’s it’s like to go up against Goliath–whether South African apartheid, Mississippi segregation, Middle East dictatorships, or the corporations driving global climate change.

Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. For example, redlining by banks and the FHA in the going back to the 1950s deprived many African Americans the opportunity to buy homes in good neighborhoods, accumulate wealth, and pass on that wealth to subsequent generations. Rivoli isn’t as hard on global corporations like Walmart as he should be, but you can read between the lines and recognize that decisions made in corporate board rooms often have tragic human and environmental consequences, especially when governments – in the U.S., China, Bangladesh, Mexico, and elsewhere – look the other way.

Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding: A Novel — Many of America’s greatest novelists and novels have drawn on baseball for inspiration. If you want to learn about LA’s proud history of labor, civil rights, anti-war and other progressive movements, this is the place the start. His book is clear, concise, and well written. The Conundrum is filled with fascinating information and anecdotes about the history of energy and the quest for efficiency, which Owen says is a major part of the problem. After she managed to finish college and law school, she began studying why so many Americans fall into debt and bankruptcy. At the time I knew nothing about the man’s fascinating life. until the end of 2015, but you can buy it now through Amazon UK. He gives credit to some members of Boston’s business and political elite who recognized the need for change, but the book primarily gives voice to the outsiders and activists who challenged the status quo with cunning and courage.

Ari Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel — Anyone who cares about Israel’s future has to wrestle with this spellbinding book. She describes the UFW’s internal conflicts that ultimately weakened the organization, preventing many dynamic and committed rank-and-file leaders and staffs from fulfilling their potential within the union. Maraniss captures Clemente’s life and times, his baseball heroics, the obstacles he overcame, and his commitment to helping others. The Climate — Climate change is the defining issue of our era. Corporations get to use bankruptcy to walk away from debt. Sharkey shows that breaking the cycle of poverty will require more than equal treatment.

Chris Lamb, Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball – Everyone knows that Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line in 1947. His story starts with his great-grandfather, a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour. His most recent books are The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012) and Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (University Press of Kansas, 3rd edition, 2014, coauthored with John Mollenkopf and Todd Swanstrom

But there are three books that I haven’t gotten around to reading this year but that I definitely intend to read in 2015. Those days are long gone, but Pulido, Barrachlough, and Cheng have captured the spirit of those earlier guides. She comes by her populist sympathies naturally, the result of growing up in a family that constantly faced economic hardship. Freeman charts the astounding rise of the labor movement and its pitched battles with big businesses, the Cold War, McCarthyism, and the Red Scare, civil rights, women’s rights, and environmental activism, the New Left and the struggles over the Vietnam war, and the challenges by Third World nations seeking independence.

Patrick Sharkey, Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality — It is well-documented that poor African Americans are much more likely to live in high-poverty neighborhoods than poor whites, Latinos, and Asians. (He once spoke to my community organizing class about his stories exposing LA’s slumlords). This eloquent, beautifully written narrative will surprise you and open your heart.

Michael Moss, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us — Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese and 70 pounds of sugar. I really enjoyed Tobar’s novel, The Tattooed Soldier, as well as his reporting for the Los Angeles Times. Read Smith’s book in tandem with Belafonte’s 2011 autobiography, My Song: A Memoir.

Daniel Schulman, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty — How has the right wing of America’s business elite gained so much power? Schulman chronicles how Charles and David Koch took over Koch Industries from their father (a founder of the John Birch Society), built it into one of the largest private corporation in the world, and used their fortune to inject their ultra-conservative (and self-serving) views into the American political mainstream by funding right-wing politicians, publications, think tanks, and advocacy groups and organizing other billionaires to join them in the cause. It isn’t enough to recycle, drive Priuses, and use the right light bulbs and showerheads. It comes from processed food. This book is not only a history of a great song. Why do we believe things that are factually wrong? Why do we accept as “common sense” ideas that make no sense at all? Drawing on sociology, psychology, marketing, education, advertising, economics, religion, and other disciplines, Watt shows how even the smartest people get blinded by false assumptions and misleading ideas. He shows how FDR helped to restore Americans’ confidence in their country and their government by appealing to their hopes rather than their fears. But, in reality, it was a period of escalating activism and protest that built on and extended the movements of the 1960s. So I was pleased to read this engrossing biography that captures her remarkable life as a person, a poet, and an activist.

First, a confession. You won’t find a better summary of what’s needed, but this is a book about policy, not politics. As a result, you can watch his awe-inspiring interview with Steven Colbert, and his performance of “Quite Early Morning” and (with Colbert singing along) “If I Had a Hammer.” This was probably Pete’s last TV appearance before he died at 94 in January 2014.

Richard D. Against the odds, Warren helped push Congress to pass the Dodd-Frank bill that included her plan for financial consumer protection agency. Shavit points his finger at both the Israeli and American Jewish establishments for promoting a narrow and self-defeating agenda for co-existence with Israel’s Arab citizens and neighbors. It is an archeology of American culture. Fred Ross Sr., Axioms for Organizers — Fred Ross Sr. Progressive and left-wing activists, radical journalists, and the Black press led the effort to desegregate baseball. They’ve had to borrow to make up for lagging wages and rising costs (including increased corporate profits). Kaye focuses on FDR’s famous “four freedoms” speech as the foundation of all subsequent progressive reforms.

Dana Greene, Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life — I was fortunate to know Levertov for a few years when we both taught at Tufts in the 1970s. As Kirp shows, this is precisely what’s happening in a most unlikely place — Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan. In this masterful history, Katznelson describes what it took – mass protest, political maneuvering, and reluctant compromises – to get Congress to enact New Deal legislation.

David Maraniss, Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero — Roberto Clemente was baseball’s first Latino super-star. They pulled together Pete’s best writings – articles for magazines like Sing Out!, book excerpts, letters, Congressional testimony, notes and memos – and put them between two covers along with biographical background to put Pete’s words in their historic context. But Van Ronk was politically engaged, where the fictional Davis was alienated and politically aloof. The third book on my “to do” list is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. On New Year’s Eve 1972, he was killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. Like a good drama, it is filled with fascinating people – politicians, writers, policy wonks, activists, academics, philanthropists, and journalists – who have shaped how we view the poor and what we should do about poverty.

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – This book made a big splash when it appeared two years ago. Despite the efforts of the U.S. The result is widespread poverty, misery, injury, and, in some cases, death. He traces the forgotten link between the great Negro baseball stars, including Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, and their Caribbean counterparts touring outside the U.S. But the truth is I haven’t done the work. Earth Day helped build a lasting eco-infrastructure–lobbying organizations, environmental beats at newspapers, environmental-studies programs, ecology sections in bookstores, and community ecology centers. Kahlenberg and Marvit explain why a strong labor movement is necessary to address the nation’s economic hard times and outline a new legal strategy to level the playing field between workers and employers.

David Dante Troutt, The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America — Many working class and even middle class American communities facie chronic problems: fiscal stress, neighborhood decline, environmental sprawl, failing schools, mass incarceration, an epidemic wave of foreclosures, a shortage of affordable housing, and severe public health risks. They cover the gamut, including books about sports, sociology, history, politics, and other topics, including quite a few biographies and autobiographies.

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Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, and Miranda Dietz, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level — We’re currently witnessing a burgeoning movement of low-wage workers (for Walmart, fast-food chains, hotels, janitorial companies, etc) demanding a living wage in their workplaces and through City Hall

Page 5: “I’m not pro sports gambling. I’m just a realist.”

“I recognize that it can be very damaging to a person or a person’s family, just like other substances of potential abuse taken to extremes. Actually establishing a legal framework is another. The other leagues have — at least publicly — not wavered from their anti-legalization stance after the op-ed. “I am very sensitive to people thinking that I’m not understanding of the downsides,” he says. Or on Silver, who gained extensive knowledge of foreign revenue models during his time overseas. MLB declined to comment for this story, and the NFL refused to even reiterate its anti-legalization stance. While the NBA is still fighting in the courts to keep New Jersey from setting up its own sports-betting operation, three other states (New York, Indiana and South Carolina) have introduced similar bills this year, and a Minnesota state representative, Phyllis Kahn, has told ESPN that she’ll be introducing a sports-betting proposal early in this legislative session.

But multiple sources with direct knowledge of meetings between the leagues believe the NHL is much more open to legalization than Bettman’s comments indicate. Does it become a vehicle for betting, which may in effect change the atmosphere in the arenas?”

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Studying models is one thing. That’s yet another reason I think it needs to be closely monitored.”

Silver says he hasn’t set a timetable for the day when we can legally bet on a Cavaliers-Heat game. The opportunity for additional streams of capital from sports betting can’t be lost on U.S. Gary Bettman, the longtime commissioner of the NHL, told CNN in November after Silver’s op-ed was published: “I think there needs to be some attention paid to what sports is going to represent to young people. team owners. … And in New Zealand, sportsbook giant TAB paid more than $5 million last year in commissions to the leagues it takes wagers on.. In some areas of Australia, for example, sportsbooks pay fees to leagues based on the gross revenue made off the wagering of the games. And the NHL and MLB are both currently partnered with daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings.

In the meantime, Silver is willing to take the lead on an issue that some liken to the legalization of marijuana — socially acceptable but mostly illegal. “We have studied the New Zealand model and other models in other jurisdictions,” he says.

A united front among all the leagues would certainly help Silver’s cause for a federal solution. “We’re still in the monitoring stage,” he says. But you can bet all interested parties — the other leagues, the states, the bookmakers, the bettors — are following the developments as closely as they would a point spread.

Cuban has suggested that one way of monetizing that interest is to charge sportsbooks and casinos licensing fees to use the league’s data

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Now, the most important thing to know about “streak betting” is money management. However, the best form of “streak betting” is wagering on the totals, as it seems teams can have more success in the totals than the sides, as it’s not unusual to see a team ride out 9 overs or 8 unders on one streak. Plus, it’s 100% free to play streakcatcher. Ideally, if you can get a baseball team between series in a home and home series vs. For example; I will lay 1 unit on game number 4, if the play wins, I will then lay 2 units on game number 5, and 4 units on game number 6 and then if you keep winning, go back to one unit and start the cycle over again. This way, you are up 7 units before you go back to 1 unit and if that unit should lose, you only lose 1 unit instead of starting back to zero.

But, when do you jump on the streak? Normally, I like to jump on a team after their third win, but I recommend you examine the situation when teams face their 4th games, as they could be a coming off a 3 game home stretch and then they are on the road, which is a tough situation for any team. However, the only downfall about hot teams, you’re not the only one who knows about it, as the bookmakers are hot on their trail as well and will adjust the betting line accordingly. In fact, this is where you find streaking teams who’ve been hot on the side or a total and you ride them until one of the wheels falls off! The reason this is one of the best forms of wagering is because half of the work is done for you, as you are basically riding out a team’s sides or totals success. In fact, at the time of this write up on August 21st 2007, the Texas Rangers are on a 10 game “under streak” and the Cleveland Indians just rang up number 7 vs. Since 1996, Ron has been sending his clients to only the most reliable and Best Sportsbooks in the online gaming industry. Indians and the total is 9.0 and it’s -120 for the OVER and +100 for the UNDER and all of a sudden you see the line moving to -110 for the O/U, then -120 to the UNDER, there’s a good indication the money is starting to pour in on the UNDER.

By: ron11. Plus, if a streakcatcher player wins 3 games in a row, Belmont Sportsbook will give them a $100 betting account and 7 wins in a row, will give them a $250 free play. other teams, than that’s a nice situation to be streak betting.

Do you have a strategy when you make your bets? Do you just glance over the daily betting line without doing your homework and just go on a gut feeling or do you research your picks? How do you follow up a winning day? Do you double up and just give the Sportsbooks back their money? In fact, your betting style will determine what kind of sports bettor you are, either you’re a weekend warrior, a novice bettor looking to improve, or you’re a season vet who gambles for a living.

There’s many ways to lay a bet, you can bet on 2,3,4 or 10 games a day, you can parlay bet, bet teasers etc…However, one of the best types of betting is what I like to call “streak betting”. Let’s say for example, the line opens Tigers vs. Jim Leyland’s Tigers!

Hope this was helpful and that it brings you a small fortune.

Being informed is being sharp!

Ron Raymond is a pioneer in the online sports handicapping business. But if you’re looking for winning picks, the Streakcatcher is just another way of finding a hot hand!

Another thing you should be doing when streak betting, follow the betting line. We have a nice little feature where people make 1 pick a day, if they win their pick, they receive credit for 1 win and so on and so forth, once they hit 17 wins in a row, they will win $10,000. What I normally do when streak betting is lay 1 unit on the 4th game, and then double up until I hit the 3 game cycle. Therefore, what I normally like to do, wait until the line comes out and if the line is over -150 or so, I will normally lay -1.5, as you might get some dog money or lower spread money line. I recommend you go to and go to the “Line Moves” section and monitor the line movements, this is just another tool to help ease your mind when streak betting, knowing the money is on the same side as your bet. Therefore, if you’re looking to wager with a safe and Sportsbook Bonuses , please consider one of Ron’s Internet sportsbooks Sports Betting Systems

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Passengers Stranded All Night on Casino Boat Finally Get Evacuated

in this handout image from the U.S. I didn’t see anybody panic. Morton/AP Photo

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Tradewinds Casino Cruise’s Escapade ship, with 94 passengers and 31 crew members, got stranded around midnight in South Carolina’s Calibogue Sound. Eaton, an Afghanistan veteran, required pain medication after suffering a back injury during a hard helicopter landing, so Clark and her mother rushed to the dock with the medication when he called them this morning from another passenger’s cellphone.

All of the passengers arrived safely at the Coast Guard station at Tybee Island, Georgia, via Coast Guard cutter by 5 p.m., according to a Coast Guard spokesman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Soto.

No injuries were reported, although one passenger was taken by ambulance to a hospital as a precaution because of high blood pressure, the Coast Guard said.

Seven crew members remained on board the ship as of 5 p.m., Soto said.

The cruise was supposed to run from 7 p.m. “Everything’s lightened up.”

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Photos: Carnival Cruise Ship Stranded. A few people were maybe worried about kids being home or animals being in the house.”

PHOTO: The stranded casino boat Escapade is seen off of the shore of Tybee Island, Ga. Coast Guard.

Two passengers told the AP they felt the ship strike something at around 9:30 p.m., but were given little information.

Stephen B. The Coast Guard members removed people from the ship after towlines broke during initial attempts to free the ship and get it back into the water.


As the passengers were still being evacuated, Cady Clark, 23, spoke to ABC News from the cruise line’s dock in Savannah, Georgia, where she was waiting for her father, Mark Eaton, a passenger aboard the ship.

“There was a lack of sleep but they kept us entertained,” Bernard Yount of nearby Springfield, Georgia, told the AP. “I don’t really think anybody was scared. Tuesday until 12:30 a.m. Coast Guard

PHOTO: The casino boat Escapade, with 123 people aboard, is grounded 1.8 miles off the north end of Tybee Island, Ga., July 16, 2014.

PHOTO: The casino boat Escapade, with 123 people aboard, is grounded 1.8 miles off the north end of Tybee Island, Ga., July 16, 2014.

Crews first attempted to move the boat around noon once water levels reached high tide, but the towlines broke, Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen said.

Coast Guard crews today evacuated people forced to spend all night aboard an evening casino cruise that got stuck on rocks near the coast of Georgia during its maiden voyage, the Coast Guard said.

PHOTO: The stranded casino boat Escapade is seen off of the shore of Tybee Island, Ga. Coast Guard.

While stranded on the ship, lights and air conditioning continued to operate, passengers were given food and non-alcoholic beverages, and they reported sleeping on floors using life preservers as pillows, according to The Associated Press.

Eaton had been looking forward to taking the Escapade’s first cruise, Clark said, but she wasn’t sure whether he’d venture out on the ship again. Wednesday, according to the cruise company’s website.

Two other families were waiting there, too, she said.

“It was nerve-wracking, the fact that we were not being told anything,” said Dina Cook of Savannah, Georgia.

Four passengers were hoisted off the cruise ship via helicopter to facilitate their evacuation, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

“The mood with the families here, everyone has kind of got the sigh of relief right now, now that we’ve heard from the families,” Clark said. in this handout image from the U.S

Guide to Oregon vs OSU College Football Championship prop bets, live updates – San Diego Fantasy Football

According to the numbers Oregon is favored to score first, they are going to get a touchdown, and it will come just within the first five minutes:

Team who scores first wins the game

Yes -180

No +150

Tonight’s championship game between Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes is all anyone could ask for. If for that alone the new system needs to be applauded, accepted and carved into the eternal collegiate sports landscape.

Okay, so Oregon did indeed score first, a touchdown, within the first five minutes. It’s enough to make a compulsive gambler cry..

the Super Bowl of college sports..

Will either team score 3 unanswered times in the game?

Yes -325

No +250

Will They Score in the 1st 5 Minutes of the Game?

Yes -120

No -110

Except that Ohio State now has back-to-back scores, the “No” looked like a lock. Second, but more importantly, perhaps, we stand on the eve of crowing the champion secure in the knowledge that it will not go to anyone in the SEC. These teams are going to score touchdowns. That’s considerably better than what you got before the game. All true to form thus far. So, what’s next? Another interesting side bet, which is too late to get in on, but will be worth following for entertainment’s sake:

Team to Score First

Ohio State (Buckeyes) +115

Oregon ( Ducks) -145

No TD Scored in Game +15000. You’ve got to expect these teams to trade scores, and the +250 was unavoidable.

This means its 150 to 1 against no touchdowns, in the whole game. So what are you going to do to make it worth your time and attention? Why, bet on it of course!

First Score of the Game

Touchdown -350

Other +245

BORING!! Here’s a much better bet:

The first year of the College Football Playoff National Championships is an inarguable success, and that’s even before the playing of the final and decisive game. First, the distributionof bowls and participants was balanced to the point that there were relatively few complaints by pseudo-contenders who felt somehow left out. Quickly, if you can find someone to take this bet, book it.

Here is an exceptional crowd engager:

If you were in on this bet, what you got was Oregon -180 to win. Lots of them.

A cursory glance at the prop bets gives a brief summary of the predicted early action. That is except for all the many millions who do not live in these areas, did not go to either of those schools and have not developed an affinity for either of them. Imagine tough it Ohio State would have scored first. You’d be sitting with Oregon +150

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High rollers take N.J. casino for $11 million

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Rodio said the casino has the wherewithal to withstand even multimillion-dollar setbacks like those it recently experienced, adding no layoffs or cutbacks are expected as a result.

In April, Bensalem, Pa., gambler Don Johnson beat the casino for $5.8 million at blackjack, part of a spectacular roll that also saw him beat Caesars Atlantic City for more than $4.2 million and the Borgata Hotel Casino Spa for $5 million. – Lightning has struck twice at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, which has lost more than $11 million to just two high-stakes gamblers since April.

Rodio would not identify last week’s winner, citing the casino’s policy to keep the identities of its players confidential. He also did well at blackjack and mini-baccarat, Rodio said.

“There have been some players that we were big winners with,” he said.

“Mr. A centerpiece of that strategy is trying to make up lost ground in a hurry by allowing high-stakes bettors to take their best shot against the casino at table games.

“That’s just how it goes sometimes; if you bet more, you can win more,” said Tony Rodio, the Tropicana’s president and CEO. All Rights Reserved. If someone wants to take the shot, we’ll take the action.”

© 2011 The Associated Press. His winning story was first reported by The Press of Atlantic City.

Just weeks after a blackjack player beat the casino for $5.8 million, a different gambler won $5.3 million last week.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Icahn is personally very supportive of this strategy, and he understands that there are fluctuations with it,” he said.

This screen grab shows the homepage of the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. CBS

Yet despite the huge losses, the Tropicana is sticking with its new emphasis on high-stakes table games play, confident that things will eventually run it its favor.

Rodio said Icahn planned to call Johnson and personally invite him back to the Tropicana to play again soon.

Lately it’s the Tropicana that’s been getting taken.

The man left a $150,000 tip for dealers when he was done raking the casino; it was divided up among table games dealers on duty that night..

That approach had been serving the Trop well, until Johnson and last week’s gambler came into town.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn bought the Tropicana out of bankruptcy last year, and has set about trying to regain business it lost under its previous owners, an affiliate of Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corp. But he did say it was not Johnson.

Last Wednesday’s winner hit big at the craps table, where he was betting $100,000 at a time. “We have a strategy of offering the most aggressive and highest table games limits in the Atlantic City market and we’re not going to change that