Troy can see the Blue Ridge Mountains from his apartment beside the interstate in downtown Asheville. But the nine-year-old had never hiked in them until last month.Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has helped create the Trail Blazers Youth Adventure Club. Children from inner city communities are learning outdoor skills on a series of adventures throughout the summer. Kids from public housing projects learn about the plants and animals while hiking, swimming, and exploring the summits and waterfalls of Southern Appalachia.Currently the Trail Blazers are borrowing an old bus that has seen some miles. However, the Trail Blazers are hoping to raise $4,000 to purchase their own used 15 passenger van. View photos and a short video about the Trail Blazers’ efforts to grow their hiking program here.
He also is charged with one count of robbery in the 2nd degree in connection with another armed robbery that happened on March 15 at the Speedway gas station at 63 Main Street. BINGHAMTON (WBNG)- Binghamton Police have arrested a man who allegedly committed two armed robberies at two separate gas stations. Pruitt is being held for arraignment. Binghamton Police arrested 34 year old Lucas Pruitt of Binghamton on Wednesday morning. Pruitt is charged with one count of robbery in the 2nd degree in connection with an armed robbery that happened at the Kwik Fill gas station at 263 Main Street on March 9.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker says he likely missed out on a fundraising boost by being excluded from last night’s debate among the Democratic presidential candidates.“It’s exposure that is incredibly valuable,” Booker said in Des Moines. “It has always led for us to a spike in contributions…The first hour after the last debate beat any fundraising day that we had in the entire campaign.”Booker spoke to reporters as the debate was nearing its conclusion, touting metrics like the number of precinct captains he’s recruited for Caucus Night as a different measure of his campaign’s progress.“Three or four months ago if you’d told me I was going to miss a debate, we would have thought it would have been a mortal blow,” Booker said,”but the reason why it’s not is because this last month or two – since the last debate — has been an avalanche of on-line supporters, people saying we want him on the stage and now we realize we have to fight for him to be on that stage.”As his competitors traded verbal jabs in front of a national television audience, Booker was in the basement of his campaign’s Des Moines office, calling likely Iowa Caucus-goers along with about 30 other campaign volunteers.“I’m here in Iowa doing what you need to do to win,” Booker said. “…We’ve already seen an uptick in the polls. I think my staff showed me four polls where we hit four percent since they closed the debate criteria for this one. We’ll see which ones are qualifying polls and I’m just very confident I’ll be there in January.”The next Democratic presidential candidate debate will be held in Des Moines on January 14.“This debate is over now?” Booker asked the reporters in Des Moines who’d been asking him questions for 15 minutes.“They’re talking about the wine cave right now,” Iowa Starting Line founder Pat Rynard said, a reference to Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg debating the location of one of Buttigieg’s fundraisers.“Are the really talking about the wine cave?” Booker replied.Another reporter asked: “Do you have any experience with a wine cave?”“I know this actually loses me votes probably every time I say it, but I’ve never actually drank in my life,” Booker said, with a laugh. “So if I was going to have a cave in my house, I’d put something better than wine (in it). I might make it a sci-fi tribute, with a great TV for me to watch episodes of Star Trek.”Today, Booker is embarking on a bus tour with stops in Adel, Fort Dodge and Sioux City. On Saturday, he’ll be in Sioux Center and Spencer before traveling to Mason City, where he’ll appear at the Historic Park Inn Hotel Ballroom at 7:30 PM.
Clinton N’Jie in action for Tottenham 1 Clinton N’Jie is determined to stay and fight for his place at Tottenham despite interest from Marseille.The 22-year-old forward arrived from Lyon in August in an £8.3m deal but failed to start a single Premier League game during his first season in England.He made a total of 14 appearances in all competitions but did not find the net once in a forgettable campaign for the youngster.Given his struggles in north London, a summer move back to France has been suggested.talkSPORT told you yesterday that Marseille were seemingly ready to approach Spurs about a switch, potentially as part of a swap deal with Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.N’Jie scored seven goals in 37 Ligue 1 outings for Lyon and Marseille reckon he could rekindle his best form back across the Channel.But, according to L’Equipe, N’Jie has held showdown talks with Mauricio Pochettino to discuss his role for next season amid the interest from Marseille.And, although he knows competition for places will be even greater, it has been reported that he is willing to stay at Spurs and force his way into the first team.
Athlete Lolo Jones has slammed erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey, saying people should boycott the movie because it glamourises unholy sex. “Funny how some people think there’s nothing wrong with 50 shades of Grey. God didn’t create sex for that purpose. Watch another movie,” she posted on Twitter Tuesday about the Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan-starrer, reports tmz.com. Jones, who’s also a devout Evangelical Christian explained that the film’s hypersexual plot can make people feel that sex for pleasure is the answer to emotional pain.