ARLINGTON, Minn. – Arlington Raceway hosts the Josh Wren Memorial this Saturday, July 16, paying $1,000 to the winner of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature.Fans are asked to wear blue, Wren’s favorite color, to do a “blue out” in the grandstand in his memory.All regular weekly divisions are on the program along with the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.Wren, who died last November at age 24 of colon cancer, had raced go-karts and later Modifieds at Arlington. He also crewed for his father, IMCA Modified veteran Jerry Wren, for many years.
800 deputies at the Chicago Police Department called out sick on Monday, reports say.This comes after 50 officers have tested positive for the coronavirus, and one officer is currently in critical condition.“And the rule that we have here is if you are near somebody positive and you’re symptomatic then you are automatically put on sick leave, on the medical,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in the Chicago Tribune report.
Hundreds of students and faculty gathered for a candlelight vigil at Tommy Trojan Wednesday night to remember the lives of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, two graduate students who were fatally shot Wednesday morning.Wu and Qu were Chinese international students studying electrical engineering. John O’Brien, executive vice dean of engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, said the school has been greatly affected by the loss.Honor · Students, faculty and administrators gathered in front of Tommy Trojan on Wednesday as part of a vigil in honor of graduate students Ying Wu and Ming Qu, who were murdered early Wednesday morning. – Ani Kolangian | Daily Trojan“I know that around the world the Viterbi community has been shaken by the news of this tragedy,” O’Brien said.The Chinese Students & Scholars Association, the USC Office of Religious Life and several other organizations on campus collaborated to host the event. Wei Nan Wang, president of CSSA, emphasized that the vigil was meant for the entire USC community.“We need to be more cautious,” Wang said. “This is for all students on campus, not just the Chinese.”Varun Soni, dean of religious life, discussed the importance of campus unification after the unexpected loss of two students.“We are struck silent, yet we feel the need to speak,” Soni said. “Now our community is even more important.”Kalgi Desai, a freshman majoring in accounting, did not know the victims personally but said she felt a connection to them.“I’m also an international student, and I came for grief and sharing the sorrow,” Desai said.A family friend of Qu, who requested her name not be disclosed, spoke in Chinese about the hardships of being an international student, according to Clayton Dube, executive director of the USC U.S.-China Institute.Denzil Suite, associate vice president for student affairs, said the Trojan Family will overcome the grief of losing two members by relying on each other for support.“I personally have been in touch with the family members and we have spoken to the Chinese Consulate, and we will continue to work with the family and the consulate to ensure that we provide all the support that is necessary,” Suite said. “I know that we are here to share pain but to also show love and remember Ying and Ming, who have touched us with their lives.”Xuan Wang, Wu’s roommate, said Wu loved to cook and study.“She was a very nice girl and very positive,” said Wang, a graduate student studying computer science. “I’m very sad about this.”USC Counseling Services has already began speaking to students who have been affected by the tragedy, said Ilene Rosenstein, director of USC Student Counseling Services.“We may all have different responses to such a vile and tragic event,” Rosenstein said. “We may be questioning why and find no reason that would ever justify such a horrific loss.”Thursday at 5:30 p.m. members of Student Counseling Services will be available to students at the Office of Religious Life.
Southeast’s Dungeness summer crab season ended on Saturday. There aren’t any preliminary numbers yet but it’s looking as if this year hasn’t got close to the bumper season crab fishermen had last summer.Download AudioTor Benson and Leif Mattern prepare to clean down the boat one last time. (Photo: KFSK/Joe Sykes)Crab fisherman Tor Benson is waiting to unload his final dungeness catch of the season at Icicle’s dock.It was a slow day and while he says he’s still making money:“It’s getting to that point where we might not. It’s a good time to end,” he said.Benson’s boat reeks from the stench of rotting crab bait after a long day out in the Alaskan sun. And deckhand Leif Mattern, cleaning bait boxes at the bow of the boat one final time says he’s glad it’s all over.“We’re all jaded from last year. Last year was a great season. It’s hard when you do that well and then you come back and it’s not so good,” he said.Many crab fishermen say last summer will go down as legendary in the history of Southeast’s dungeness fishery.Crabbers caught 4.06 million pounds earning a value of more than $12 million. That was more than double what they earned in the 2013 season.And Benson says since fishing started in June he’s caught about 30 percent of the crab he brought in last summer.“This year’s slow, last year’s an epic year, the best in a decade but that’s fishing, you have good years and you have bad,” he said.And the numbers seem to show that rather than it being a bad year, the catch has returned to somewhere close to the average season yield. While the final week’s fish tickets have not been entered yet, the crab harvest through August 13th for the 2015 season is 2.56 million pounds, close to the 5-year average of just over 3 million pounds.And Joe Stratman, who’s a crab biologist at fish and game says irrespective of the slowdown, crab quality has been good.“We’ve had nice hard-shell crabs landed to processors. Crabs generally have been hard-shell and full of meat,” he said.And much of that meat has been caught by an expanded fleet. Stratman says because of the bumper harvest last year, the number of permits reporting catches is 192, almost 30 more than average for the last five years.While many of these numbers are preliminary it seems fishing hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.And at Icicle’s dock a long, hard season has taken a toll on everyone. Juan works as an unloader at PFI and has dropped down from the factory to help take the crab up to be sorted for the final time.I ask him if he’s pleased that the crab season is over.“Yes,” he replies. “I hate crabs. No more.”And with that he starts transferring the dungies into his tote and another summer crab season scuttles swiftly to a close.