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Wake Forest Basketball Recruiting: 2018 Official Big Board, Analysis, and Updates

Wake Forest Basketball Recruiting: 2018 Official Big Board, Analysis, and Updates

Who are the top 2018 prospects that could end up in the Black and Gold?

The 2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons basketball recruiting class is officially set in stone after 4* C Olivier Sarr signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month for the Deacs. The class finished 36th in the overall 247sports Composite Team Rankings, a nice 25 spot jump from 2016 and just 4 spots below where the Collins, Crawford, and Moore trio ended up. Seeing Wake Forest’s recruiting class once again finishing around the likes of Michigan, West Virginia, and Indiana is welcome progress, but there is still room to improve given the program’s current momentum.

Fortunately, an NCAA tournament bid and a 3* –> 1st round draft pick story will do wonders for Danny Manning’s recruiting pitches in this upcoming cycle. So who are the potential targets you should be on the lookout for as we head into the always-exciting summer recruiting months? I’ve compiled a list of the Top 25 Wake Forest 2018 prospects you should know with some relevant information on each to make things easier. Let the speculating and analysis begin.

Below you will find the link to the Google Spreadsheet I created with all of the realistic targets for the 2018 recruiting class for Wake Forest. It does not include a few recruits who have been offered, but seemed to barely ever consider the Deacs (Spoiler alert: 5* Zion Williamson will sadly not be a member of the 2018 WF recruiting class no matter how often we dream or send kind tweets his way). The list compiles information regarding each recruit’s ranking, notable offers, last visit to campus, AAU team, and more. There is also a section labeled “Hype Level” that is particularly relevant to their overall recruitment to the Deacs. This individual section takes into account the following factors: 1) Wake Forest’s overall interest in the recruit 2) The recruit’s overall interest in Wake Forest and 3) Where the recruit stands in the overall recruiting process.

Prospects with a “High” rating were labeled that way because they have either been on campus numerous times, listed WF as one of their top schools recently, or analysts are predicting Wake Forest to be one of their leaders. Prospects with a “Medium” rating might have visited Wake Forest and shown strong interest, but updates are lacking as to how the situation currently is. Prospects with a “Low” rating are those that either have just been offered so it is too early to tell their interest or are very unlikely to end up at Wake given recent updates. In general, the “Hype Level” column is entirely related to how strong the mutual interest is between Wake and the prospect and thus how interested you should be in their recruitment. “High” level guys have a fairly decent shot at picking the Deacs, while “Low” level guys probably won’t even have Wake in their final lists. “Medium” guys will more likely than not move to one of the other levels as the cycle rolls on and the staff’s prioritization becomes clearer. The breakdown between “High”, “Medium” and “Low” recruits goes like this:

The spreadsheet also allows you to filter each column however you please. You can filter by Name, Rank, Offer Date, etc by simply hovering your mouse over the column letter and clicking the downward arrow. After selecting the downward arrow, you can select “Sort Sheet A-Z” or “Sort Sheet Z-A” to filter the database whichever way you want. Check it out for yourself after the bump:

After looking at the spreadsheet, there may be a few things that stand out at first glance. First and foremost, you can see just how North Carolina focused the staff’s recruiting strategy has been this cycle. 12 of the 25 names on this list play HS ball in North Carolina and live within a couple hours from campus. That’s even more NC based than in 2016 where it looked like Wake might pull its entire class from the Hoop State at one point.

Of course, there are clear benefits to this strategy, most notably being the amount of face time the coaches can get and the unofficial visit opportunities for each recruit. The obvious example in this year’s class is probably John Newman III, who just last week took his umpteenth visit to Wake after being offered by the staff in June 2016. His ability to come to numerous home games and be around the team constantly will be a major reason for his commitment if he does indeed end up in the Black and Gold. Of course, this strategy is only effective if the local area actually has solid talent, which is certainly the case in 2018.

The next thing you might notice about the spreadsheet is its intense weight towards wings over big men and Point Guards. 72% of the top 25 recruits on the big board play either the 2 or the 3 at the HS level. Even more astonishing is that of the three big men on the list, only 1 has been offered and landing McCormack looks incredibly doubtful with his recent interest from Blue Blood programs such as Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas. Wake will likely need a big man in the 2018 class given the fact it will only have Moore, Sarr, and Japhet-Mathias as post players at the end of next season.

It’s incredibly odd that Manning’s approach to Power Forwards and Centers has been far quieter than in past seasons on the surface at this stage in the cycle. Then again, the staff has landed foreign 4* bigs late in the recruiting season in each of the last two years (Sarr and SJM), and it’s quite possible they are going with a similar plan in 2018. One would think that Manning could use the rapid growth of John Collins over the last two years to convince virtually any 4* Power Forward to heavily consider Wake on the spot. Perhaps they are going to use the current month of AAU ball to evaluate their options and take it from there.

You’ll also notice that 7 players have their rows highlighted gold to stand out from the rest of the list. This is because these are the seven players who at this point look most likely to potentially become a Demon Deacon when it is all said and done. Let’s take a deeper look at each recruit and where they stand currently in the process.

2018 Prospects That Deserve Your Attention

Jaylen Hoard, 5* 6’8 SF from Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC)

Hoard might be the recruit you are most familiar with given his connection to 2017 commit and fellow Frenchman Olivier Sarr. Hoard and Sarr were teammates at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships and also met up in North Carolina during the latter’s official visit in February. The 6’7 forward transferred over to the US prior to his junior season and currently plays at Wesleyan Christian Academy, the same school Brandon Childress graduated from.

Scout ranks him as the #14 prospect in the entire 2018 class, which would make him the first 5* commit since Al Farouq Aminu in 2008. likes our chances at the moment given our early investment in his recruitment. The Sarr connection obviously can’t hurt either. More suitors will come in aggressively over the summer as he shines on the AAU circuit, but Wake looks like the leader right now and will do everything it can to stay there in the coming months. Expect a decision after his travels with the French National Team and Team CP3 conclude this summer.

Sharone Wright Jr., 4* 6’5 PG from West Florence (SC)

Wright Jr. has been one of the Deacs’ top Point Guard prospects for the better part of the last year now. The 6’5 guard from Florence, SC stated in an interview in the fall that Wake Forest was coming after him the hardest and that sentiment remained true in an interview last week with Phenom Hoops Report. In it he mentioned how he talked to the staff “all the time” and was looking to schedule an unofficial visit in the coming weeks to check out the campus.

While he’s listed as #199 on the 247 Composite, 247sports actually has him as a 4* recruit and a Top 130 player in the nation. His versatility and size at the Point Guard position would be extremely valuable for Danny Manning who wants players he can slot in at multiple positions. Expect an official decision from Wright between the end of the AAU season and beginning of the school year (Late July/Early August).

Drue Drinnon, 4* 5’11 PG from Pebblebrook (GA)

Drinnon is an agile 4* PG from Commerce, GA that Wake first offered back in June 2016. He mentioned to 247sports over the weekend that UGA, Georgia Tech, and WF were the three schools coming after him the hardest, which coincides with what he’s been saying for the last couple of months.

Personally, I think the local schools have a slight advantage here simply given how long they’ve been on him. UGA has been recruiting Drinnon since the 8th grade and Pastner was in contact with him back in his Memphis days as well. The one advantage Wake has over these programs is the most recent NCAA Tournament bid and the brand new Shah Basketball Complex in development. It will be a lot clearer where Wake stands in Drinnon’s recruitment at the end of the AAU season, as it still feels fairly early right now.

Isaiah Mucius, 4* 6’8 SF from St James (MD)

The momentum seems to be very much in the Deacs’ favor with the 6’8 wing from St. James in Maryland. Two Crystal Ball predictions for Wake Forest in the last 3 weeks is encouraging news as Danny Manning looks to add yet another consensus 4* recruit to his squad. Mucius is a long, athletic wing who can score efficiently around the rim and takes pride in his defensive effort. He’ll be able to defend multiple positions at the college level and his potential is about as high as anyone’s in the 2018 class.

Oregon, Rutgers, and Wake Forest were the 3 schools on him the hardest according to an article earlier this month, with the staff notably using Chaundee Brown as a part of their recruiting pitch. He’s looking for a family atmosphere at the next level and a place where he can get significant minutes as a freshman, either as a starter or bench player. Mucius is exactly the type of recruit Wake Forest should be going after heavily in this new era under Danny Manning; A smart, humble kid with excellent measures and the potential to be an All-Conference player after a few years in the ACC. Sign this kid up, Danny.

Nate Laszewski, 4* 6’7 SF from Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)

You don’t traditionally see Wake Forest heavily competing for high-level New England prospects given the sheer distance between the respective parties. The Big East, Big Ten, and northern ACC schools usually take care of that market, but there’s a chance Wake could steal a Top 150 New England prospect in the form a Nate Laszewski in 2018. Danny Manning offered the 6’7 SF back in early November, and brought him to campus for the Duke and NC State home games shortly thereafter.

The other visitors when the Deacs took on the Pack were arguably the Deacs’ top two 2019 prospects in 5*s Christian Brown and Wendell Moore, 4* 2018 SG John Newman, and 2017 commit Olivier Sarr. That sounds like a “high priority” group if you ask me. Laszewski’s strength is undoubtedly his outside shot, and from watching his highlights he looks like a whole lot like former NC State guard Maverick Rowan. His quick release and length would make him an asset from day 1 for the Deacs at the ACC level. Wake should be a contender in this one until the very end unless spots fill up before his decision.

Aaron Wiggins, 4* 6’6 SF from Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC)

Wiggins was noted by Scout as one of the standouts of the AAU weekend after dominating for Team CLT on the Under Armour tour. He averaged 23.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and shot 53% from 3 in NYC to earn himself probably a half dozen more offers by the time this week is over. Despite the intense competition, Wake has a few advantages in the chase for his signature due to the fact he is Jaylen Hoard’s teammate at Wesleyan Christian Academy and we’ve been intensely after him since the winter.

On Saturday, the 6’6 SF listed Wake, Maryland, and UVA as recruiting him the hardest, though the Terps are the only team with a Crystal Ball prediction. Wiggins excels at creating his own shot and can score efficiently from all three levels on the court, which is a player trait Wake Forest has lacked at times in recent years. If his HS teammate Hoard commits first, does Wiggins potentially follow suit? That is certainly an intriguing option to consider.

John Newman III, 4* 6’5 SG from Greensboro Day (NC)

I’m not sure there is a player in the 2018 class that has visited campus more times than John Newman III this cycle. The furthest back I could find evidence of a Newman visit was September 2015, and he’s been to Mother So Dear numerous times since then for games and unofficial visits. Originally a low 3* recruit, Newman is now listed as a 4* on 247’s rankings and the #27 SG in the country.

His defense has always been listed as one of his strengths, but he’s really developed his offensive game as well to become one of Team CP3’s best weapons on the AAU circuit. He averaged the 2nd most PPG on the team at the Hampton, VA event shooting 69% from the field, 83% from the line, and 67% from 3. Given Wake Forest was the second High Major program to offer and the significant interest appears mutual, I wouldn’t be surprised if Newman becomes the first commit of the 2018 class. His stock will continue to rise over the summer and there’s a great chance he’s the initial piece to a recruiting class that brings Wake Forest back into the Top 25 of the National Team Rankings.

Other Relevant Recruiting Info

Longtime target Devon Dotson Is Probably Headed Elsewhere

-4* PG Devon Dotson has been considered a top Wake target since the fall of 2015 prior to his breakout sophomore season with Providence Day. The staff was adamant in getting him on campus early and often, hosting him for plenty of games and visits throughout the last two seasons. However, as his profile increased due to exceptional play, so did his offers, with the likes of Kansas, Louisville, and Villanova all reaching out since July. Once considered the leader in his recruitment, Wake wasn’t even mentioned as a school coming after him the hardest in a recent update. This being said, there’s a very solid chance Danny Manning and the staff got the memo that Dotson had interests in going elsewhere and backed off. I listed him as a “Medium” Hype Level in the spreadsheet with the expectation of dropping that to a “Low” unless something dramatic happens later this month.

How Big Can This Class Really Be?

-With Dinos, Wilbekin, and “Grad Transfer to Be Named Later” all leaving after this year, Danny Manning will at least have 3 scholarships available for the 2018 class. Of course this doesn’t take into account the high probability that another spot opens up due to common attrition, the NBA draft, etc by April of next year. This being said, expect the staff to take 4 commits in this class with the most likely combination being 2 wings, 1 PG, and 1 PF/C. At this moment in time, that combination is most likely to be:

1 of Sharone Wright Jr/Drue Drinnon

2 of Jaylen Hoard/Isaiah Mucius/Aaron Wiggins/John Newman/Nate Laszewski

1 of a PF/C that is currently not on our radar.

Personally, if three of the five 4* wings want to commit I’d take all of them and figure out positions later. Yes, the team in 2018 might be slightly undersized, but you’d have arguably one of the best small ball lineups in the nation based on talent alone and the class would have the potential to finish in the Top 15 for the first time since 2007.

It’s also not totally out of the question for there to be 1 extra available scholarship given the rise of transfers in the college game and Bryant Crawford’s decision about his senior season being a factor. In this case, you go after one of the best grad transfer bigs on the market, promise him a starting role and 25+ mins a game, and solve your undersized issue right there. See, there is a way you can have your cake and eat it too! The cake also would taste like a Preseason Top 25 roster heading into Danny Manning’s 5th year at the helm. Yes please.

Thanks for reading everybody and be sure to stay tuned to Blogger So Dear for more recruiting updates as the AAU season continues to heat up. If you have any questions then feel free to comment down below, as this is a fluid situation. For more frequent Wake Forest recruiting news you can follow me on Twitter @DeacFan3. Go Deacs!

You Need To See Virginia’s Enchanted Flower Forest For Yourself Before Spring Is Over

You Need To See Virginia’s Enchanted Flower Forest For Yourself Before Spring Is Over

One of the most beautiful aspects of Spring in Virginia is that it doesn’t last forever. The ephemeral blooms are all the more captivating when we realize they can be enjoyed only for a brief season. Fortunately, there’s one place in particular that showcases the most beautiful blooms this time of year. Here’s more on the Enchanted Forest exhibit at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, your perfect springtime destination.

Mayra F./YelpThe Enchanted Forest exhibit can be found at the north end of this 175-acre garden.
Norfolk Botanical Garden/FacebookYou’ll immediately notice the bright blooms of the Azaleas, drawing you deeper into the forest.
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Cross over the scenic footbridge and you’ll find yourself secluded in a fairytale-like world.
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The blooms are surrounded by a peaceful forest filled with hickory, oak, and pine.
Norfolk Botanical Garden/FacebookThere are plenty of places to rest along the way, such as these tree stump chairs.
Norfolk Botanical Garden/FacebookVisitors can choose to enjoy a stroll along the paved road or the wooded trail.
Norfolk Botanical Garden/FacebookThe woodland trail offers beautiful views of the lake, a perfect place to stop for a picnic.
Norfolk Botanical Garden/FacebookThis time of year, it’s difficult to imagine a more picturesque stroll.
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Beneath the shade of this blossoming cherry tree is the perfect place to reflect on the surrounding beauty.

Have you visited the Enchanted Forest exhibit at Norfolk Botanical Garden? If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences there! If you enjoyed reading about this attraction, you might also be curious to learn more about The Secret Garden Hike In Virginia That Will Make You Feel Like You’re In A Fairytale.

Hokies seek third straight ACC home series win versus #12 Virginia

Hokies seek third straight ACC home series win versus #12 Virginia

After taking series against Florida State, sweeping BC, Hokies have won five straight ACC home games

Virginia Tech Game Notes

The weekend series: The Hokies return home to the friendly confines of English Field at Union Park, where Tech has won eight of their last 10 and six of seven. The series will begin on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m., continue Friday with the same start time and conclude on Saturday with a first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
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Virginia Tech vs. #12 Virginia
April 13-15, 2017

English Field at Union Park
Blacksburg, Virginia

Gameday Information
Thursday, April 13 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14 – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 15 – 1 p.m.

Facing Virginia: In a series that dates back to 1900, the Cavaliers and Hokies have faced each other 181 times entering the weekend – which recently passed the rivalry with VMI (177 games). The series is 97-84 in favor of Virginia, but Tech is 45-32 overall at home and 17-13 at English Field at Union Park. Since 2012, the 15 games have been dominated by the home team, with Tech winning just once at UVa (March 9, 2012 – 10-8 in 11) and the Cavaliers winning just once in Blacksburg (April 26, 2013 – 15-6).

A five-game winning streak:As stated, UVa’s last win in Blacksburg was back in 2013, so the Hokies have won five straight over the Cavaliers at English Field at Union Park (April 27, 2013 – 5-3, 11-6 and March 13-15 – 2-1, 3-1, 6-5). That’s the Hokies’ longest winning streak at home over their in-state rival since a six-gamer from April 1990-April 1994, which is also tied for the longest win streak ever at home. Tech first set the record with a six-game home win streak over UVa from April 1979-April 1985.

Another five-game winning streak: With Tech’s three-game sweep of Boston College two weekends ago, it pushed the team’s home win streak in ACC games to five straight – the second longest home winning streak in a single season in ACC play. Back in 2010, the team won six straight home ACC games – #9 Miami (April 11, 4-2), BC (April 30-May 2, 9-4, 3-1, 10-5), Duke (May 14-15, 11-3, 18-8) – a season the Hokies went 11-4 at home. The longest win streak overall was a seven-game home winning streak in ACC games, when the 2013 squad won its last four (April 27 – 5-3, 11-6 over Virginia and May 16-17, 13-2, 5-3 against Wake Forest) and opened the 2014 season with a sweep of Pittsburgh (March 14-15, 11-5, 11-10, 11-7).

Winning three straight ACC home series: This weekend, the Hokies will be looking to do what only two other teams have done in the history of the ACC, win three straight home ACC series. The 2010 squad holds the record when that team won all five of its ACC home weekends, while the 2012 team won three in a row over BC, #6 Miami and Maryland). Only three other times have the Hokies won two home series in a row – 2009, 2013 and this season.

Tech stays in front, leads nation in home runs: The Hokies and Wake Forest have been battling back and forth recently for the nation’s lead in home runs. With its four hit Tuesday at Radford, Tech stayed in front of the Demon Deacons who also hit four versus Coastal Carolina the same night. The Hokies currently lead by one at 63-62, as Wake Forest did not hit a HR at Elon Wednesday night. Since the Hokies joined the ACC (2005), Tech has surpassed 40 home runs hit in a season six times and 50 just four times. Tuesday, they passed the 2011 team, who hit 60, and have their sights set on the most home runs hit by a Tech team in an ACC season set by the 2010 squad with 81.

Things to Do In Forest, Virginia

Things to Do In Forest, Virginia

Today we’ll talk about some of the top attractions located in Forest, Virginia and what this city has to offer. The first thing we’ll talk about in Forest, Virginia is the Appalachian Trail. This trail is accessible to most of the Blue Ridge. The Appalachian Trail is a great place to visit to get in touch with nature and see the wonderful mountains that Virginia has to offer.

The next thing to do in Forest we will mention is the Bedford Museum and Geological Library. This attraction holds many collections from Bedford’s earliest Native American encounters. To get into the Bedford Museum there is no admission charge but donations are accepted; it is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. This is a great place to go and learn a little bit about Virginia’s heritage.

The next on our list that we will talk about is the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway offers 460 miles of picture perfect tourist photography and a lovely drive. Blue Ridge Parkway was designed to be a scientific overlook in the mountains, and today it is used as a motorway for vehicles and bikers to use. There are maps available for the parkway at the Bedford Welcome Center that offers lots of information about the parkway and surrounding areas.

Another great place to check out while in Forest, Virginia is Emerson Creek Pottery. Emerson Creek Pottery has a unique reputation among customers for their hand-painted and handcrafted pottery. They have very distinguishable pieces that are unlike any others due to the craftsmanship of the people who create them.

In conclusion, if it sounds like a place you would like to visit we suggest going online and doing a little bit of research to better your understanding of the area. You can also find deals and coupons for travel deals and admissions to other great tourist attractions within Forest. We hope you find yourself in Forest, Virginia soon. You’ll never forget your experience there.

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As a woman, you face challenges related to your health every day. You are ruled by your hormones that fluctuate over the years, dropping dramatically as you approach menopause. Keeping your weight under control can be a struggle. If you want to trim your body down to your ideal weight and maintain it, you need to drop some bad habits that are working against you. Once you get your body on the right track, you can watch those unwanted pounds melt away.

Brewery Makes Beer from ‘Toilet Water’

Would you drink beer made from toilet water?

The brewers at one popular brewery in California are betting you would.

Stone Brewing of San Diego unveiled a new beer made from water that “comes from the toilet,” according to </span>ABC 10 News in San Diego.

Granted, the water for the brew, called Full Circle Pale Ale, is not made from water directly from the toilet, but it does use recycled water from the Pure Water San Diego program, the channel reported.</span>

Trump Welcomes Iraqi PM Ahead of Coalition Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Iraq’s prime minister and a large Iraqi delegation to the White House on Monday, for talks aimed at further coordinating efforts to defeat Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq.

As the meeting opened, Trump praised Iraqi government efforts to face down the extremist group, and then told Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that he hoped to discuss the “vacuum” created when IS fighters seized control of large swaths of northern and western Iraq in 2014.

FBI Director Debunks Trump Claim that Obama Wiretapped Him

FBI Director James Comey has debunked President Donald Trump’s explosive claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him in the weeks before last year’s presidential election and also confirmed that his agency is investigating whether Trump campaign aides criminally colluded with Russian interests to help Trump win.

“We don’t have any information that supports (Trump’s) tweets” claiming that Obama eavesdropped on him at his Trump Tower headquarters in New York, Comey told the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

IRS, States and Tax Industry Warn of Last-Minute Email Scams

IRS, States and Tax Industry Warn of Last-Minute Email Scams

IR-2017-64, March 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned both tax professionals and taxpayers of last-minute phishing email scams, especially those requesting last-minute deposit changes for refunds or account updates.

As the 2017 tax filing season winds down to the April 18 deadline, tax-related scams of various sorts are at their peak.

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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf yesterday reminded Pennsylvanians to prepare for the coming winter weather, and assured residents that state agencies are taking steps to ensure they and local communities are ready to respond and prepared for the worst.

Facebook Founder, Wife Expecting 2nd Child Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are expecting their second child.

In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg says his wife Priscilla Chan is pregnant with a girl. The couple already has a 1-year-old daughter.

In his post, Zuckerberg writes that he’s happy his first daughter, Max, will have a sister. Zuckerberg says he grew up with three sisters and they taught him to learn from smart, strong women. He also says his wife grew up with two sisters.

Zuckerberg says he and his wife can’t wait to welcome the baby and do their best to raise another strong woman.</span>

Asia Trip Poses Numerous Challenges for Tillerson U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, making his first trip to Japan, South Korea and China as the top United States diplomat this week, is expected to expand the effort to find new options for dealing with North Korea and the nuclear and military threat it poses to the region and to the world.

Pyongyang’s provocative gestures, such as firing multiple missiles into the Sea of Japan this month, have been so strident that Washington said it is “moving farther away” from considering the option of a direct engagement with the North Koreans and their mercurial young leader, Kim Jong-Un.

RECALL: Chairs

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Superfoods For Your Heart

In America, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. The most important thing you can do for your heart and your general health is to eat well. In countries where almost no processed food is eaten, heart disease is extremely rare. Your risk of heart attack and stroke is lowered by 35% if you consume a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. Here are some of the most heart-healthy superfoods you can eat.


Oranges are full of vitamins and minerals that are great for heart health.

California Governor Announces Appointments



SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments:

Aimee Barnes, 35, of Alameda, has been appointed senior advisor to the Governor in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Barnes has been a partner at Allotrope Partners since 2016. She served as deputy secretary for border and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2016.

Sessions Would Recuse Himself from Trump-Russia Probe If Appropriate

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says if it is “appropriate” he would recuse himself from his agency’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.

The former senator was recently sworn in as the country’s top law enforcement official, after being one of President Donald Trump’s top surrogates during Trump’s run to the White House. Sessions is facing calls from some lawmakers, both opposition Democrats and Republicans like Sessions, to resign or at least recuse himself from the investigation because of his denial at his January Senate confirmation hearing that he knew of any Trump campaign communications with Russian officials.</span>

Accountants Blamed for Oscar Mistake Will Not Work Ceremony Again

The organizers of the Academy Awards said Wednesday that the two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants behind the mix up that saw La La Land incorrectly named best picture before Moonlight was declared the real winner, will not work the Oscars ceremony again.

A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said PwC accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz would no longer tabulate Oscar votes and hand out envelopes containing winners’ names at Hollywood’s most prestigious awards ceremony.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Announces New Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Carlos Beruff as Chairman to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). The other 14 members appointed by the Governor to the 37-member Commission will be announced in the coming days. The CRC convenes every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution and propose potential changes to be approved by Florida voters. Any potential changes to the constitution proposed by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission will be on the ballot to be voted on by Florida residents in November 2018.

White House Backs Renewal of Spy Law Without Reforms, Official SaysThe Trump administration supports renewing without reforms a key surveillance law governing how the U.S. government collects electronic communications that is due to expire at the end of the year, a White House official said Wednesday.

“We support the clean reauthorization, and the administration believes it’s necessary to protect the security of the nation,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

The law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), has been criticized by privacy and civil liberties advocates as allowing broad, intrusive spying.

RECALL: Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products

Class I Recall 016-2017

Health Risk: High Feb 28, 2017

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Is Your Gallbladder Healthy?

It’s an important part of the body that most people never thing about. It’s the gallbladder, a 4-inch, pear-shaped organ located in the upper right side of the abdomen. The gallbladder collects bile, a combination of fluid, fat, and cholesterol that helps to break down fat in the intestine. Even when the bile isn’t working as well as it should and gallstones develop, most people are unaware of a problem. That’s because, unlike the heart or kidneys, for instance, the gallbladder isn’t necessarily vital to keeping a body healthy and functioning.

Tips for Making Healthier Meals for Weight Loss

Cooking healthier for weight loss is all about making smaller changes over time. As you move through these tips don’t attempt to implement them all at once. Instead, add in one new strategy a week and make sure you master that one before moving on to another.

Pack Your Food With Veggies

This one is fun and easy to do. Every single recipe you make you should try and find ways to pack it full of nutritious and filling vegetables.

Ways to Manage Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious, chronic illness that affects approximately 30 million Americans, approximately 10% of the population. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder wherein the body fails to produce enough insulin to adequately regulate blood sugar levels.

Formerly known as “sugar sickness” or “sugar diabetes,” diabetes is classified by scientists into two main types. Type 1 is a birth condition that affects only a small percentage of diabetes sufferers.

7 Foods for a Healthy Immune System

Supporting your immune system with the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients can give your body a fighting chance against flu, colds and other infections that run rampant this time of year. Don’t forget that in addition to these super immune supporting foods you should also:
Eat a varied diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Wash your hand frequently.

1. Yogurt

Greek or European yogurt contains a whole host of probiotics or “good” bacteria that can help keep your gut healthy and running smoothly.

Army Strategist Named as National Security Adviser

U.S. President Donald Trump named a new national security adviser Monday, picking Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, a military strategist who has spent his entire career in the U.S. armed forces.

Trump called the 54-year-old McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

The president, making the announcement from his Florida retreat Mar-a-Lago along the Atlantic Ocean, said that retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting adviser, will now serve as chief of staff of the National Security Council.

Senior Trump Appointee Fired After Critical Comments

A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump’s policies and his inner circle of advisers.

Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington.

A senior White House official confirmed that Deare is no longer working at the NSC and has returned to the position he previously held at the National Defense University.

RECALL: Multiple Vitamin

Licata Enterprises Asks For Volunary Recall of Multiple Vitamin Because of A Possible Fish Allergen Health Risk

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2017



Paul Licata


Licata Enterprises of Huntington Beach, California is recalling its The Supreme One / Theravits 100 multiple vitamin (all lots) due to the discovery of a confusing labeling issue which could cause cause individuals allergic to fish oils to ingest the product in error.

Apartments Forest Virginia You Have Access To

Apartments Forest Virginia You Have Access To

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At Liberty, Gillespie tells students how faith helped him rebound from setbacks

At Liberty, Gillespie tells students how faith helped him rebound from setbacks

Ed Gillespie, front-runner for the GOP nomination for governor, told Liberty University’s convocation on Monday how his Catholic faith has sustained him through personal disappointments and professional setbacks.

Liberty is an important campaign stop for national and statewide GOP hopefuls seeking support among evangelical voters. Rather than talk about hot-button issues, Gillespie reflected on lessons he learned while bouncing back from rejection.

Gillespie cited Romans 8:28, which says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

He added: “As I look back on my past, the first part of this verse explains a lot to me — all things, including defeats and unpleasant experiences, work for the good.”

Gillespie said that while “the Atlanta Falcons are having a hard time seeing that today,” it is true in his life. “You see, some of the most disappointing moments in my life have resulted in the best things that ever happened to me.”

Gillespie recalled that when he was a senior in high school, he set his sights on an elite liberal arts college in New England.

“In retrospect, given my grades and SAT scores, it was beyond my reach. But I’d convinced myself I could get in. I didn’t, and I was devastated.”

He ended up going to The Catholic University of America in Washington where he fell in love with a student whom he thought he would marry. He said they dated for a while, but the young woman transferred to another school when they were sophomores. On one of his visits to her school, Gillespie said, the woman broke up with him.

“I was heartbroken. Despondent,” he recalled. “Thought I’d never be able to be truly happy.”

He threw himself into his studies and his work. He moved up from Senate parking attendant to an internship, and, to ultimately, a full-time job for a member of Congress.

Following President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election, Gillespie interviewed with two incoming members of Congress for a press secretary job. He did not get the job with one member of the House, whom many expected to be a rising star but then ended up losing his next election.

Instead, Gillespie got the job with a “somewhat nutty professor,” Dick Armey of Texas, who rose through the ranks to become the first GOP House majority leader in 40 years.

Gillespie said his work with Armey for more than a decade prepared him to become chairman of the Republican National Committee and ultimately, White House counselor to President George W. Bush.

In Washington, on a congressional league co-ed softball team, Gillespie met Cathy Hay, his future wife. The Gillespies will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in May.

“As it’s turned out, those feelings of devastation, heartbreak and rejection earlier in my life — while not fleeting — were temporary,” Gillespie said. “And every one of them led to lasting acceptance, love and fulfillment.

“Of course, I didn’t know then what I know now. I wish I did. And I wish I had then the relationship with the Lord that I have now, because I would have had greater acceptance and much more peace in trying times,” he said.

Gillespie said he “suffered another rejection in 2014,” when he lost a squeaker to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

“But I am a better person for having made that race. And I am a better candidate now because of that experience.”

Gillespie said he loves the passage from Romans “because it puts our past in context, and helps rid us of the corrosive effect of living with regret. And it inspires us with hope for a future in accordance with God’s will.”

Gillespie is one of four Republican hopefuls for governor in the June primary, along with state Sen. Frank W. Wagner, R-Virginia Beach; Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and Denver Riggleman, co-owner of Silverback Distillery in Nelson County.

Two candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination: Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam and former Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th.