Weekend Pick: Russell Fork BADDLUN Adventure Race

first_imgThe 6th Annual Russell Fork BADDLUN event takes place this Saturday, October 12th in Elkhorn City, Kentucky. Wondering what in the world that stands for? It’s a blend of the words bike, paddle, run. BADDLUN. Get it?The course consists of a 13 mile bike ride, 8 mile paddle, 3 mile run, and a 20 yard swim. Unlike every other race in the world, BADDLUN doesn’t have an entry fee. With that, there are also no teams, aid stations, or prizes. It’s all for fun, people! Imagine that. The folks who started the event want to keep things carefree with a focus on the sports involved. You can read the hilariously honest course guide on their website for more details. I think it’s fair to say this is not for beginners.This year, the event will be raising money for ALS research. Keep a look out for ways to donate once you’re there.As far as sign up goes, you can register around 11:00am at the Ratliffe Hole. There will be shuttle info as well. The race will start a little after noon.The rules are simple: don’t die, don’t be weak, help others in need, have a good time, and be safe.If BADDLUN is a bit too extreme, lace up your kicks and run the Odyssey Autumn Faire 5K in Asheville, N.C. on Sunday. The rolling 3.1-mile run traverses Montford, Asheville’s most beautiful and historic neighborhood, and prizes are awarded to the best costumed runners as well as the fastest finishers. Stick around for the festival and chili cook-off afterward. More info and registration can be found here.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Photographing Your Ballot Could be Illegal

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some New York voters were so proud about participating in the democratic process on Election Day two weeks ago that they may have unknowingly broke the law by snapping a photo of their marked ballot and posting it on social media.That’s because showing another person a marked ballot is considered a misdemeanor under New York State law. Experts began bringing attention to the issue due to the high number of so-called “voter selfies” that have been taken in recent elections by enthusiastic voting Americans, and then posted on such social networks as Facebook and Instagram.“This issue has come up with the last few presidential elections,” said Jeff Hermes of New York-based Media Law Resource Center.The Empire State is not alone. A majority of states nationwide have such laws prohibiting photographs of marked ballots.The thinking behind these laws, according to Hermes, is that photos of marked ballots can be used for such illicit behavior as vote buying or voter intimidation. For example, a person looking to push a certain candidate can pay someone to vote, but ask for a picture as proof that they followed through, he said.“The majority of these laws were promulgated before it was a simple matter to discreetly take a photograph of one’s ballot with a cellphone, and then publish that image to the Internet,” Hermes explained in blog post prior to the 2012 presidential election.“It is quite possible,” he added, “that the lack of a temporal or geographic limitation on a ban on disclosure of one’s ballot is the result of nothing more than the failure of lawmakers to realize that it would even be possible to display the image of a ballot, after the ballot has been cast and the election has ended.”In New York, a person could be charged if the voter “shows his ballot after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents or solicits a voter to show the same…or places any mark upon his ballot, or does any other act in connection with his ballot with the intent that it may be identified as the one voted by him.”Critics of the laws say prohibiting ballot photos is an attack on political speech.The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is taking the issue a step further by challenging the state’s laws on photography in court. The organization filed a lawsuit Oct. 31 on behalf of three voters in the state, including an elected official, on the grounds that it violates free speech. The law went into effect there on Sept. 1.“What this law ignores is that displaying a photograph of a marked ballot on the Internet is a powerful form of political speech that conveys various constitutionally-protected messages,” the NHCLU said. “This form of speech can convey a sense of pride from an 18-year-old, newly-minted voter who is enthusiastic about voting in her first presidential selection.”last_img read more

Vunipola respects Ireland greats

first_img “They try to mix it up between their forwards and backs, but they do look to the pack for go-forward with the likes of Paul O’Connell as the engine. “If we can stop him and the rest of their forwards doing that, I think we’ve got a good chance of winning.” A tight Six Nations could be decided by points difference and it is this possibility that left England regretting the only flaw of an otherwise impressive 20-0 victory over Scotland. “It’s awesome to put 20 points on Scotland, and nil them as well, but we left a few points out there,” Vunipola said. “Just before half time and a few times in the second half there were moments when we should have been more clinical as a team. We’re growing and still got a lot to work on.” All that experience will be brought to bear at Twickenham with O’Driscoll’s final appearance in the fixture before retiring at the end of the season adding an emotional dimension. But their reputations will be forgotten by 21-year-old Vunipola, England’s marauding back row who has made a ball-wrecking start to his first Six Nations. “It’s a massive honour to play against them having seen them in previous Ireland-England games and the Lions tours where they’ve been captains,” he said. “But there’s only so much respect you can give them, because once you’re on the pitch you’re trying to beat them. “I’m young and I just go out there and try to do my job, but Ireland are obviously a great team, they’re unbeaten at the moment. “Hopefully we can be the ones to beat them.” Ireland’s rolling maul was instrumental in their 26-3 rout of Wales and Vunipola believes winning the forward battle should decide the outcome. “The maul is a big part of their game,” the Saracens number eight said. England number eight Billy Vunipola respects Ireland greats Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell, but that admiration will vanish at Twickenham. Press Association A pivotal clash looms on Saturday week when the unbeaten Irish, now second favourites behind France to win the Championship, put their Grand Slam dream on the line against Stuart Lancaster’s men. Leading the assault will be British and Irish Lions captains O’Driscoll and O’Connell, who between them have made 22 appearances against England, accumulating 15 wins. last_img read more