WhatsApp Previous articleWoman, 45, killed in fiery crash in LaPorte CountyNext articleBBB warns you to watch out for fake Super Bowl tickets Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter By Jon Zimney – January 24, 2021 0 594 Google+ Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest South Bend woman arrested during traffic stop, suspected of dealing cocaine Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) A South Bend woman has landed herself in jail after she was arrested for having cocaine and marijuana.On Friday, an Indiana State Trooper pulled over a red pickup truck in South Bend.A K9, Chase, alerted officers that there were narcotics, and police found 10 grams of marijuana, several packages of cocaine, and more than $7,000.The woman, Julia Alvarez, 54, who was a passenger in the truck, was arrested for dealing and multiple possession charges.She’s in the St. Joseph County Jail.The Indiana State Police released the following information about the arrest:A South Bend, IN woman is in jail for dealing cocaine following a traffic stop where Indiana State Troopers located cocaine, marijuana, and more than $7,000 United State Currency.Around 3:00 p.m. on January 22, 2021, an Indiana State Trooper with the ISP Bremen Post All Crimes Policing (ACP) team stopped a red Dodge pickup truck for a moving violation on Huron Street, just east of Olive Street in South Bend, IN.During the traffic stop, Indiana State Police K9, Chase, conducted a free-air sniff of the Dodge and alerted to the odor of narcotics. A subsequent search by troopers located approximately 10 grams of suspected marijuana, several packages of suspected cocaine weighing approximately 8 grams, and more than $7,000 United States Currency.A female passenger in the Dodge, identified as Julia Alvarez, 54 of South Bend, IN, was preliminarily arrested for Dealing Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Marijuana and transported to the St. Joseph County Jail.
It’s been an eventful few months for Stephanie Burt. The English professor began the summer by announcing her transition to female. Two months later, The Nation named her co-poetry editor with Carmen Giménez Smith. In October, Burt published “Advice from the Lights,” a book of poems about memory, gender, and identity, and her last as Stephen. She will speak Thursday at Harvard Hillel as part of the FAS Diversity Dialogues series.GAZETTE: In 2012, you published an essay in Virginia Quarterly Review saying, “I often think that I would rather have been a woman,” but adding, “I’m sure that I won’t try to become one.” What changed?BURT: At the time I didn’t think I could transition, and I found out I could. I ran an experiment and, as anyone in an experimental discipline knows, the results you get aren’t necessarily the ones you expect to get. Replicability is very important if you’re a scientist. I ran that experiment every day for several years, and I varied the inputs and got some comprehensive results and I shared the results with my trusted collaborator, to whom I am married. As scientific research can do, it produced an engineering objective and steps to take to achieve that objective.It turned out, this year, that I was ready to transition, and it was a really good idea for me to do that. I always knew I was a girl inside, but didn’t realize it was both possible and wise to do a social and medical transition. And it’s great. As you can tell, it was something I was afraid to do and didn’t want to do unless I really had to. I wasn’t ready before and I don’t regret waiting.One of the unexpected benefits of having waited so long — and therefore of coming out as trans when I’m already in an position of institutional power — is that I get an obvious chance to serve as a visible role model. That service does political and social work. It’s not as if I could change who’s in the White House or on the Supreme Court, but there is a lot of research that says people become more accepting and more comfortable with an identity that’s new to them or strange to them or historically disparaged if they actually know people who have those identities in their daily life.GAZETTE: You also have a new book of poems, one you’ve described as “a childhood book.” How so?BURT: I’ve been thinking about how to represent the idea of adolescence in poetry for a while. There are a bunch of real childhood memories in there. There are invented girlhood memories in there, and a lot of talking inanimate objects and arthropods: insects, a block of ice, a cicada, a pet fish, a hermit crab. The end of the book has a different kind of focus. There’s a lot of open space there; it has more public poems that react to the potential collapse of civil society, to the rise of Trumpism.These poems also react to the economic and geographic privilege that has always been part of my life. I’m a trans lady and a poetry teacher, but I’m also a product of a Washington, D.C., bourgeois upbringing. And of Harvard. We’re all a lot of things; if you think you’re only one thing you’re kidding yourself. I’ve tried to find the right forums for some of the things I am for quite a long time.GAZETTE: You mentioned these invented girlhood poems. Were these your unlived or imagined life as a teenage girl?BURT: This was the girl I didn’t get to be. I discovered that I could write those poems up to my, or her, senior year of high school. Did she stop having a life she could imagine, or did I not understand how to be a woman the way I thought I could be a girl? Those poems became a chapbook that Rain Taxi Editions was good enough to publish in 2015. Thanks to that chapbook, I got encouraging feedback while I was putting together the rest of the book.GAZETTE: Congratulations on your appointment at The Nation. What do you see as the opportunity and challenge of having such a public-facing editorial role?BURT: Poetry isn’t going to tell [readers] how to best, most efficiently use their time and money to make the collapse of the country less likely. Practical, what-do-I-do-next instruction doesn’t come through poetry. Calling on poetry to somehow fix democracy or explain what to do is kind of like calling a cellist to fix your drain. We need election security, candidates for local office, and more investigative journalists and union organizers. We need all that stuff and none of that is poetry, but poetry can do a lot of things. It can explain you to yourself. It can show you your feelings, or change your feelings. Poetry can give you a sense of solidarity or alienation or a sense of being in history or being apart of history. Some of what we publish and will publish in The Nation is not directly pegged to headline news, but some will be. We’re looking for poems about how not to rig an election, but also poems about asparagus and cellists and plumbers.GAZETTE: Does the desire to tell your story at the Diversity Dialogue series come from a sense of responsibility as someone in a unique position as a trans woman professor?BURT: I feel like there are probably trans people in other departments, but I assume that some aren’t out — some are stealth. I don’t know that I’m unique. I know I’m a visible woman on the Harvard faculty who has tenure. My professional responsibilities and my teaching and writing are, primarily, about poetry, but they include queer visibility and culture. I do have visibility and security here and I hope I can use that for good.I also think I was doing some good things before. If you’re trans and you can’t transition, you can try to go on living your life, and doing a lot of the other things you want to do. For some, it is overwhelmingly terrible. For some of us, the experience of not transitioning, of waking up every day in the wrong gender, is just overwhelmingly terrible, and paralyzing. For a lot of us, though, myself included, it’s more like, “Oh well, I guess I have to go through the day being socially read wrong. I’m in a body I wasn’t supposed to have. My body and the social cues around it make me feel awkward and sad when I think about them. I’m going to focus on other things and have a mostly good day.” It was like walking around with a mousetrap attached to my leg. Not a bear trap, a mousetrap. A big mousetrap. Then I turned 46, and was like, “Oh there’s a way to remove it and it no longer hurts.” It’s just better now.Interview has been edited and condensed.Seating is limited for Burt’s talk at 10 a.m. Thursday at Harvard Hillel. 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With a chance to clinch a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Saturday at Pepperdine, the men’s volleyball team enters this week with a lot of excitement. But first, the Trojans hope to send their seniors off with a nonconference win against Concordia tonight in the final regular season home game of those seniors’ career.Super senior · Senior opposite Tanner Jansen will be one of five seniors playing their last matches as Trojans at the Galen Center tonight. In his final season at USC, Jansen has recorded 3.71 kills per set, good for second on the team. Jansen sat out of the last meeting between USC and Pepperdine. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily Trojan“There’s just a little more urgency for the Pepperdine game because it is in conference,” junior setter Micah Christenson said. “No disrespect to Concordia — they’re a very good team in their league — but we’re gearing up for the MPSF tournament.”USC head coach Bill Ferguson said that redshirt senior opposite Tanner Jansen, senior libero Henry Cassiday, senior outside hitter Maddison McKibbin, redshirt junior libero/outside hitter Paul Yoder and redshirt junior outside hitter Joey Booth will all either start or feature prominently in the rotation as tonight’s game will be the team’s Senior Night. Though Yoder and Booth both have a year of eligibility left, they are academically seniors set to graduate this year instead of returning for a fifth year of school.Concordia (26-5, 4-1 Golden State) plays out of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, not the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Eagles are the defending national champions in the NAIA, but were defeated in straight sets both times they played MPSF teams this year. Concordia fell in three sets to UC Irvine (16-9, 13-8) and UC Santa Barbara (14-7, 13-7) this season. USC (15-9, 14-9) split both matches with UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara this year, with all four of those matches going five sets.Following the final home game, the Trojans will have one day to fully prepare for a game that might be the final game of the 2014 campaign for USC or could springboard the Trojans into the postseason with a lot of momentum. The Trojans currently stand in seventh place in the MPSF standings. In the 13-team conference, the top eight qualify for the MPSF tournament. The winner of the MPSF tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and Ferguson expects that two other teams from the MPSF will receive wild card bids to the tournament.Three of the teams immediately behind USC in the standings have all played fewer games than the Trojans and could leapfrog the team in the standings with strong finishes to their seasons. The Trojans can guarantee a minimum finish in the top eight with a win over Pepperdine, though they still have a chance to make the playoffs if they lose to Pepperdine depending on how the remaining competition in the MPSF plays out.Pepperdine (15-6, 15-6) defeated USC at the Galen Center on Jan. 16 in four sets by a score of 26-28, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24. The Trojans are ranked No. 8 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, with Pepperdine coming in at No. 3.Ferguson said that the team is excited about the chance to have some time off from playing to focus on things in practice and get some rest for the upcoming potential playoff run.“I’m really fired up,” Ferguson said. “We’ve got one more league match left, everybody else has got, like, three or four. We’re going to really be able to go back to work next week and work on a lot of technique and getting ready for the playoffs.”Christenson reiterated his coach’s eagerness about the push for the playoffs.“I’m very excited,” Christenson said. “Last year, we didn’t actually get the privilege to make the tournament. Just that shot to get in and win three games in a row against the best eight teams in the league, it’s going to be fun.”USC’s most recent road trip featured away games at Stanford and Pacific. The Trojans were unable to handle Stanford, losing to the Cardinal in four sets in a 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20 decision on March 27. The Trojans rebounded the following day, however, with a four-set win over Pacific by a score of 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20. The Trojans fell to Stanford in straight sets earlier this season at home by a 25-15, 25-14, 25-22 score on March 9 but swept Pacific on the season after a straight-set victory on March 7 by a score of 25-20, 25-22, 25-15.“I don’t think we played that bad against Stanford, both teams just came out really flat,” Christenson said. “But they’re the hottest team in the league, if not the country, right now.”Both the Concordia and Pepperdine games both start at 7 p.m.
English Premier League (EPL) champions Chelsea have completed the transfer of French international midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French side AS Monaco for a fee believed to be around £40m. The 22-year old powerhouse has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge and has been given the no. 14 jersey ahead of the new season.Bakayoko was instrumental for AS Monaco as the club won their first French Ligue 1 title since 2000 in addition to reaching the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.Tiemoue Bakayoko becomes Chelsea’s third summer signing after Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero and German international defender Antonio Rudiger. His £40m transfer makes it Chelsea’s second most expensive purchase behind Fernando Torres’ 2011 move from Liverpool for £50m. Related