Lettuce is hitting the road this winter with a 23-date Beyond The Clouds tour! Following their shows on Jam Cruise and Gem & Jam Festival, the future funk collective will kick off tour in early February through the end of March, including a two-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY before closing with a double header at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY. Select dates will include support from The Motet or co-bill with Galactic.The announcement of the tour comes hot on the heels of the release of the band’s contemporary jazz fusion album, Witches Stew. Recorded live at the 2016 Catskill Chill, the album is a tribute to Miles Davis, one of Lettuce’s biggest influences, and is an interpretive take on the historically experimental and lauded Bitches Brew era. Bringing forth an eerie, ethereal, and psychedelic reimagining to what was one of the most impactful periods in Miles’ legacy, Lettuce showcases the technical mastery and visionary expertise they are revered for.Fan club pre-sale for the Beyond The Clouds tour is available now. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 19th at 10am EST. Full routing below. For additional ticket information, head to the band’s website.LETTUCE BEYOND THE CLOUDS TOUR DATES:NEW DATES IN BOLDJanuary 17 Miami, FL @ Jam CruiseJanuary 27 Tucson, AZ @ Gem and Jam FestivalJanuary 28 Tucson, AZ @ Gem and Jam FestivalFebruary 7 Atlanta, GA @ Variety PlayhouseFebruary 8 New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater*February 9 Houston, TX @ House of Blues*February 10 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q*February 13 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las VegasFebruary 14 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park*February 15 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre*February 16 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*February 17 Portland, OR @ Roseland TheaterFebruary 18 Seattle, WA @ ShowboxFebruary 20 Missoula, MT @ The WilmaFebruary 22 St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre^February 23 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre^February 24 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall^February 25 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues^March 22 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount* March 23 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre* March 24 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre* March 26 Hartford, CT @ Infinity Hall March 28 Richmond, VA @ The National March 29 Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger March 30 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater March 31 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater*With support from Motet^Co-bill with Galactic
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that the coronavirus lockdown in England will remain in place until at least March 8 as he ruled out any imminent return to school for most students. In a statement to lawmakers, Johnson also confirmed new restrictions for travelers arriving in England from countries deemed to be high-risk. He said Wednesday that the U.K. remains in a “perilous situation” with more than 37,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, nearly double the number during the country’s previous peak in April. While dashing any hopes that students would return to classrooms after a mid-February school break, Johnson said the March 8 aspiration is based on progress on the vaccination front.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Registered Democratic and Republican voters across Long Island will head to the polls Thursday, Sept. 10 to choose the candidates they want to see on the ballots on Election Day, Nov. 3.The biggest primary on LI this cycle is in Nassau County, where Democrats will decide whether they want acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas or challenger Michael Scotto to face Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray in the general election.In Suffolk, Democrats in the Town of Islip will choose between party nominee Thomas Licari, a political newcomer, and challenger Rick Montano, a fiery former county lawmaker, in the race to challenge Republican Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. In the Town of Riverhead, Republicans will choose between Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and the party’s pick to replace him, Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio. And in Glen Cove, Glen Cove City Councilman Anthony Gallo is challenging incumbent Mayor Reginald Spinello for the GOP line.What follows is a voter’s guide to who’s running for these top posts. Voters searching for their local polling place should contact the Nassau or Suffolk boards of elections.Nassau County District Attorney Democratic Primary Madeline Singas, left, and Michael Scotto, right.Madeline SingasThis Manhasset resident was named acting Nassau County District Attorney in January upon taking over for her predecessor and former boss, Kathleen Rice, now an elected Congresswoman. A career prosecutor touting more than 20 years of experience, Singas led the Special Victims Bureau before becoming Rice’s top deputy. Her priorities include prosecuting public corruption, gangs and heroin dealers. Her office has been investigating Nassau’s troubled contract procurement process and has urged the county legislature to ban officials from using taxpayer money to mail residents newsletters that double as thinly veiled political ads. She also said she’s pushing for stricter drug dealing laws, drug education programs in schools and expanding treatment for non-violent offenders. The most high-profile case she prosecuted involved the first-degree murder conviction against Leonardo Valdez Cruz, who killed his girlfriend, Joanna Bird.Michael ScottoA Port Washington native and former Manhattan prosecutor for more than 20 years, Scotto currently has a Garden City-based white collar criminal defense attorney practice that also offers internal investigations and monitorships. In the city, he worked his way up the ranks to lead the Rackets Bureau, which investigates organized crime, and served as Deputy Chief of the Investigation Division. He also prioritizes prosecuting public corruption, gangs and heroin dealers. If elected, among the changes he said he would bring to the office include ensuring that the same assistant district attorney sees a prosecution through from beginning to end. He also said his office would be more proactive, pragmatic and efficient. Scotto’s most high-profile prosecution reportedly included the conviction of 38 contractors, union officials and mobsters in a major racketeering case.Riverhead Town Supervisor Republican Primary Sean Walter, left, and Jodi Giglio, right.Sean WalterThis three-term incumbent sparred with local GOP leaders, who nominated a councilwoman to replace him, but he’s still running for another two-year term because he has unfinished business. Walter is now the primary challenger for the Republican line that helped him unseat his Democratic predecessor six years ago. A former town attorney, Walter opened his own private practice focusing on real estate, estates and litigation before he was elected supervisor in 2009. If re-elected, Walter says his agenda includes closing the town’s budget gap, revitalizing the downtown area and developing the former Grumman site known as the Enterprise Park at Calverton, or EPCAL for short. Even if he loses the GOP primary, he’ll still be on Riverhead’s November ballots on the Conservative Party line.Jodi GiglioThe Riverhead Republican Committee nominated this two-term town councilwoman instead of the incumbent supervisor in May, setting off an unusual primary race. She touts her town credentials as a developer, real estate investor and land-use consultant as giving her better experience required to lead the town than the current administration. She prioritizes lowering taxes, protecting the environment, growing the economy and improving residents’ quality of life. She campaigns on the promise to improve the downtown area, balance the budget and develop EPCAL, which she said should be both economically and environmentally practical. If she loses the GOP primary, she will still be on the ballot in the general election on the Independence and Reform party lines.Islip Town Supervisor Democratic Primary Thomas Licari, left, and Rick Montano, right.Thomas LicariThe Islip Town Democratic Committee nominated this attorney, volunteer firefighter and small business owner from the Fire Island community of Kismet to run for supervisor. This first-time candidate briefly served as a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney in the 1970s. His main selling point is his legal experience dealing with real estate development, zoning applications and town violations. If elected, he believes he can better handle the clean-up of Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, where authorities allege politically connected contractors dumped toxic debris. He also takes issue with zoning and code enforcement in the town’s minority areas.Rick MontanoThis former Suffolk County legislator, who was unseated by Monica Martinez two years ago after a decade in office, is mounting a comeback. The former federal prosecutor was the only Democrat who didn’t caucus with the Democratic majority in the county legislature. Now that he’s out of elected office, he’s applying that independent streak to the local political party, which he hopes to shake up by leading a slate of town candidates and a primary challenger to Martinez, who conceded the court battle and will only appear on minor-party lines on Election Day. If elected, he too hopes to better serve Islip’s minority communities.Glen Cove City Mayor Republican Primary Reginald Spinello, left, and Anthony Gallo, right.Reginald SpinelloThis Glen Cove native, first elected to the city council in 2011, was tapped by GOP leaders to run for his second two-year term as mayor of one of the only two cities on Long Island. His campaign goals are to continue his efforts to create jobs, lowering commercial taxes and improving the quality of life by cracking down on illegal housing. His priorities also include improving citizen outreach, organizing events for the community and supporting the needs of seniors and veterans. If he loses the GOP primary, he will still appear on the city’s ballots this fall on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence party lines.Anthony GalloA two-term city councilman, Gallo is a lifelong Glen Cove resident and small business owner who is challenging the incumbent for the Republican line. Gallo believes that it’s time for a change in administration. His priorities include reopening Crescent Beach, stopping the sale of the Coles School, balancing the budget, making government more efficient and restricting overdevelopment. He is also pushing for “a true mixed-use waterfront destination” and, if elected, aims to use his background as a physical education teacher and coach to encourage the youth to have active and healthy lifestyles. If he loses the primary, he reportedly plans to mount a write-in campaign.
Brisbane’s auction clearance rate is its highest since May 2017, according to CoreLogic.THE number of homes sold under the hammer in Brisbane blitzed the competition at the weekend, with the auction clearance rate hitting its highest level in nearly two-and-a-half years.The Queensland capital recorded an auction success rate of 57.1 per cent from 93 auctions, which is the best result since May 2017, when the clearance rate hit 59.6 per cent, according to preliminary figures from property researcher, CoreLogic. CoreLogic auction market commentator Kevin Brogan said Brisbane was the most improved capital city market in the country when it came to auction clearance rates, with buyer confidence surging in recent weeks. RELATED: Negotiations continue for castle and property guru’s house Brisbane is proving to be the most improved auction market in the country, according to CoreLogic.“What’s really interesting about Brisbane is that (the clearance rate) started the year in the mid to high 20s and took until the end of April to reach 40 per cent,” Mr Brogan said.“But then the first week of August had just over 50 per cent and last week, the clearance rate was 56.8 per cent.”Mr Brogan said the fact the clearance rate had been in the 50s for a number of weeks now suggested the sustained strength of the improvement. Auctioneer Jason Andrew auctions a house at Gordon Park. Picture: Darren England.He pointed out an anomaly in January when the auction clearance rate in Brisbane was 92.9 per cent, but that was only based on 17 auctions — too small a sample size to count.“You can’t deny two interest rate cuts and more on the way, certainty around capital gains tax and negative gearing … tax cuts and APRA’s changes to the loan serviceability buffer have had an impact,” Mr Brogan said.Ray White’s Ascot branch sold seven from 10 properties at its ‘Super Saturday’ auction day at the weekend. Auction clearance rates have made a dramatic improvement in Brisbane. Picture: Mitch Bear.A three-level house set high on an exclusive Hamilton street was the top seller — fetching $2.35 million.Six bidders registered for the auction of the property at 6 Mikado Street — three from interstate — but the lucky buyer was a family from the suburb of Teneriffe.Around the corner in Clayfield, a four-bedroom period home sold under the hammer for $1.285 million.Marketing agent Oliver Jonker of Ray White – Ascot said the property at 17 Bayview Terrace attracted seven registered bidders. MORE: Auction bidders told: ‘25 seconds, that’s all’ This home at 17 Bayview Tce, Clayfield, sold at auction for $1.285 million.In Kedron, a whopping 19 registered bidders competed for an original post-war weatherboard home at 59 Eleventh Avenue. Marketing agent Dwight Ferguson of Ray White – Ascot said the auction “went crazy”. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“The auction opened at $400,000 and moved up in $50,000s and then $20,000s to finally sell at $840,000, which is the highest price for land value in the Avenues,” Mr Ferguson said.“All sorts of owner occupiers, family home builders, and developers were on this one, but it sold to a local family.” This house at 59 Eleventh Ave, Kedron, sold at auction. This house in Kedron’s ‘The Avenues’ sold for $840,000.Ray White Queensland chief auctioneer Mitch Peereboom said the higher end of the market was performing well and buyers were willing to compete.“That is stemming from confidence in the Brisbane market, which bodes well for the future,” Mr Peereboom said.On Brisbane’s east side in the sought-after suburb of Bulimba, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house sold under the hammer for $1.475 million.Marketing agent Joanna Gianniotis of Place – Bulimba said the buyer of the property at 24 Waterline Crescent had not even inspected the house.She said they were moving to Brisbane from Adelaide, had a budget they needed to stick to, but desperately wanted to live in Bulimba — no matter the house. This house at 24 Waterline Cres, Bulimba, sold at auction for $1.475m.
Indianapolis, In. — The DNR Division of Communications earned four awards for its magazine, Outdoor Indiana, at a recent Association of Conservation Information (ACI) conference. ACI is a non-profit organization of natural resources communicators. Members represent state, federal and Canadian wildlife conservation and parks and natural resource agencies as well as private conservation organizations.Outdoor Indiana magazine itself, overall, earned third place in the nation in the annual contest.The magazine’s calendar, which appears in every November-December issue, earned second place in the nation in the calendar category.Senior writer Nick Werner earned second place in the “Magazine Destination, Historical or Cultural Article” category for an article on Indiana’s waterfalls. The article, titled “737 and Counting,” appeared in May-June 2017.Staff photographer Frank Oliver’s photo of a Skamania steelhead earned third place for photography. The photo ran as the June photo for the 2018 calendar. The fish is shown jumping the sea lamprey barrier on Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana.The rest of the Communications staff who works on the magazine includes Marty Benson, managing editor; John Maxwell, photographer/writer; Erin Hiatt, graphic designer; Jessica Sparger, business manager; and Amy L. Guyer, subscriptions manager. Former DNR Communications director Phil Bloom, who retired in Sept. 2017, served as editor for the issues submitted for review.For the overall magazine award, the DNR submitted two issues, July-August 2017 and May-June 2017. Each issue is a collaborative effort that also includes contributors from outside the DNR Division of Communications. Outside contributors for those issues were Roger Hedge and Andrew Reuter of the Division of Nature Preserves; Jill Vance of the Division of State Parks; and former DNR employees Sarabeth Klueh-Mundy, former herpetologist with the Division of Fish & Wildlife, and Benjamin Hess, formerly of the Division of Nature Preservers.Outdoor Indiana publishes six times a year. Subscriptions are $15 for one year (six issues, a 27 percent savings) and $28 for two years (12 issues, a 42 percent savings). Subscribe at OutdoorIndiana.org or by calling (317) 233-3046.
Aubameyang, who has one year left on his deal, has held talks with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta about an extension. However, FCInterNews claims the striker has rejected the proposal from the north London side, which would have offered him the same terms amid Arteta’s plans to rebuild his side. The source says Arsenal‘s project has not convinced Aubameyang, who wants to compete at the highest level. As such, the prospect of joining Inter Milan in Serie reportedly “fascinates and intrigues” the Gabon international. Antonio Conte has persuaded former Premier League stars Christian Eriksen, Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young to Italy in the past 12 months and hopes he can do the same with Aubameyang.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCristiano Ronaldo Turns His Hotels Into Coronavirus Hospitals?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhonePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art Inter’s move for the attacker hinges, however, on the sale of Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona. The Spanish giants have earmarked Martinez as their top target to replace Luis Suarez and have made several bids. Inter turned down the latest offer – of €70million plus Junior Firpo – but the feeling is that the Argentine will leave. read also:Barca prioritise Arsenal’s Aubameyang if Martinez deal fails Indeed, the prospect of playing alongside his compatriot Lionel Messi is a huge one for Martinez. Therefore, Conte has reportedly signed off plans to move for Aubameyang if his current striker departs. And Aubameyang is keen to be the focal point up front in an exciting Inter side, if given the chance. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has rejected Arsenal’s offer of a new contract and is “fascinated” by the prospect of joining Antonio Conte at Inter, according to a report.
Police were able to track down a man from who is suspected to be connected to a triple shooting last year in Lake Worth Beach that left one person dead.Police arrested the Riviera Beach 21-year-old, Alan Asbury III, on Tuesday and he faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.Police say is accused of fatally shooting David Goodman in the backyard of a home on South G Street in September.The shooting also left two others injured, James Edwards and Jean Cajuste.According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit, Edwards told police he was sitting outside when the people inside a passing gray Nissan started shooting at them.During the investigation, police found surveillance video, text messages and social media posts to link Asbury to the crime.Police found that Asbury sent a text message to his cousin saying that he bought a handgun. When detectives questioned him, Asbury said that he was robbed from the gun on the same day he bought it.However, investigators said that Asbury sent an Instagram message to someone with a picture of the gun on his lap three days after the shooting.Asbury is facing multiple charges and is being held without bond at the main Palm Beach County jail.
The Latest: Colts to allow 2,500 fans at season opener September 4, 2020 ___Mississippi fans can have their faces in the stands — for a price — even if they can’t get into the games.The school is selling fans cutouts with photos of themselves for $55. They’ll be placed in the stands for football, soccer and volleyball games.Fans must wear Ole Miss attire in the photos. Attendance will be limited to 25% of capacity for football games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium because of COVID-19.The first 500 orders for football games will be placed behind the goalposts. The rest will be placed throughout the lower bowl of the stadium. ___Table tennis events will return in China in November.The International Table Tennis Federation says World Cup events for men and women will be held in China after the country took over hosting duties from Germany and Thailand.The Chinese table tennis federation says “we are able to come out from the darkness and to celebrate our return to the table.”The ITTF froze the world rankings in April when all international competitions were postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 16 top-ranked men and women will compete at the ITTF Finals. World Cup events will have 20-player lineups of no more than two from each country.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports That number was determined following discussions with the Marion County Public Health Department and set to meet local, NFL and CDC guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19. But the Colts will not operate their Touchdown Town outside the stadium until further notice. Colts staff will meet with local health officials as early as next week to discuss capacity for future games.“Our top priority always will be the health and safety of fans, players and staff, so we must take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe, which includes a reduced stadium capacity on game day,” said Pete Ward, the team’s COO. “We will continue to work with local health officials on steps that will allow our season to go on as safely as possible with fans in the stands. And we continue to appreciate the patience of all our fans as we navigate the fluid nature of this pandemic.” Next week, the team will release specific health and safety procedures for 2020 home games, which also will include requirements for fans and stadium employees on game days. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ The Indianapolis Colts today will allow a maximum of 2,500 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium for the team’s home opener Sept. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Comments No one attempted to alleviate Syracuse’s worst home loss in more than a decade. Not Jim Boeheim. Not his players.‘The worst loss I’ve been a part of,’ junior point guard Scoop Jardine said.It was a loss that stunned the Carrier Dome crowd into dazed silence. That made Boeheim question the effort of his players. That caused both the SU head coach and his players to admit to the shaken confidence that has come with a three-game losing streak.And it all came as the worst-shooting team in the Big East — Seton Hall — roared into the Dome and put up its best 3-point shooting performance of the season against Syracuse’s once-feared 2-3 zone defense.The Pirates made their first seven shots — and first three 3-pointers — en route to shredding No. 9 SU’s zone early and taking a commanding lead into the half. Seton Hall (9-12, 3-6 Big East) didn’t slow down, pulling away in the second half for a 90-68 victory over the Orange (18-3, 5-3) in front of 21,950 inside the Dome on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘To be honest, I’m a little disappointed in some of the effort tonight,’ Boeheim said. ‘We’ll see what we can do about that.’The 22-point loss is Syracuse’s worst home loss since Feb. 7, 1998, when the same Seton Hall program beat the Orangemen 85-61 inside the Dome. And this season, after the second-best start in program history, Syracuse has now lost three consecutive Big East games. In all three of those losses, SU’s zone has been exposed and decimated.‘Our defense is bad,’ SU shooting guard Brandon Triche said. ‘I’m playing defense bad.’Jeremy Hazell was the immediate difference-maker in Tuesday’s second meeting between the Orange and the Pirates. Hazell didn’t play the last time his Seton Hall squad squared off against Syracuse on Jan. 8, a game in which the Pirates started 0-of-17 from 3-point range.This time, Hazell was in the starting lineup and changed his team’s fortunes right from the opening tip. Fifteen seconds in, he got the ball beyond the 3-point line. Seventeen seconds in, there was no chance for another 0-of-17.‘Any time someone gets hot, you need to make an adjustment,’ sophomore forward James Southerland said. ‘Contain him a little more. We didn’t adjust.’The Orange’s failure to adjust let Hazell and a slew of other Pirates get hot early. On Seton Hall’s next possession — after Hazell’s opening 3-pointer — forward Fuquan Edwin hit a long jump shot from the right corner. Seton Hall made its next four shots, and then Jeff Robinson capped off the opening rally with a 3-pointer near the exact same spot where Hazell started it.Five minutes in, SU had given up a whopping 19 points. And though SU’s offense scored 11 points in that same span, it couldn’t keep up. And it was Hazell leading the charge with 14 first-half points.‘We haven’t had Jeremy Hazell for two and a half months,’ Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said. ‘When he’s out there, everybody looks like a better shooter. Him being out there and playing against the zone was pretty nice.’At halftime, Seton Hall had scored 43 on the Orange defense — the second consecutive game an opponent has scored 40-plus first-half points against Syracuse. And when the half was over, Seton Hall’s other numbers — along with the 43 points — told the story: 55.2 percent shooting and 63.6 percent 3-point shooting. And the Orange found itself trailing 43-30 at the break.Syracuse never threatened, failing to get any closer the rest of the way.‘Same thing has happened these last three games,’ Triche said. ‘They had a game plan — they followed it. We had a game plan — we didn’t follow it. The last three games, we’re just losing focus.’The second half only pushed the Orange further back. There was never a comeback attempt, like against Pittsburgh and Villanova. Seton Hall scored the first seven points of the half and quickly built a 20-point lead.The Pirates, who lost at home Saturday to Rutgers, picked up its first win over a ranked team this season. A team that shoots 29 percent from 3-point range on the season made 10-of-17 tries Tuesday.At the end of his postgame press conference, Boeheim called into question the effort of his players. And in the Syracuse locker room, his players wouldn’t dispute that fact, either.‘There’s really nothing you can do but move forward,’ Jardine said. ‘But it’s unacceptable to play that way.’[email protected] Published on January 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
With 30 years of AIDS and HIV research in the books, the Los Angeles and USC communities hope to stay at the forefront of research development through community involvement and a continued strive toward treating the disease.Cause · On Sunday more than 30,000 people, including local politicians and celebrities, took part in the 27th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles in Hollywood. – Photo courtesy of Brian LoweThis much was clear Sunday as an estimated 30,000 people walked the streets of Hollywood as part of AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Participants included community members and USC leaders in the field of AIDS research and development.AIDS Project Los Angeles Executive Director Craig E. Thompson said although USC has been heavily involved in treating HIV/AIDS patients, it was not until the last decade that USC increased its focus on AIDS research.“As a research university, USC has always been slower to move into doing HIV and AIDS research than some of the other universities, but is really stepping that up now and we are really pleased to see that,” Thompson said.The USC community has had strong involvement in research concerning the disease ever since Michael Gottlieb, then a 33-year-old assistant professor at the UCLA medical center, first described AIDS in 1981.Today, more than 30 million people worldwide live with either HIV or AIDS, according to a study by AVERT, a worldwide AIDS and HIV charity.To commemorate the 30th year of strong academic and medical attention to the disease, the USC Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research hosted a daylong symposium last week where doctors from USC and other universities around the country discussed the future of research in the field.USC’s increased recognition of the importance of the disease in the research community signaled to Rep. Adam Schiff that USC, and other universities, will take a leading role in the years to come.“Some of the most path-breaking research is done at our institutions of higher learning,” Schiff said. “So USC just needs to keep up the great work it’s doing, and at the Federal level we need to make sure that the funds for research at [the National Institute of Health] are continued and continue to support the pipeline of brilliant work being done at USC.”Student groups at USC are also looking to the USC community as a place for support for AIDS research and patients. Connie Chen, a junior majoring in international relations (global business) and president of the USC chapter of Face AIDS, an on-campus AIDS support organization, sees a bright future for involvement at USC.“There is a lot of interest in AIDS groups [at USC],” Chen said. “It’s just so easy to get involved.”Face AIDS also recently partnered with APLA to help increase awareness and support opportunities around USC.For Thompson, with the changing demographic of the AIDS epidemic and USC’s geographic location, the university is poised to stay at the forefront of the fight against the disease.“USC [is] uniquely positioned to take a leadership position in South Central. [It] has not been the hardest hit [community], but the epicenter [of the AIDS epidemic] is moving to South Los Angeles,” Thompson said. “USC could be poised to do more with services and things out of the campus or related to the campus because Jefferson Park is right there.”