ZAP Fitness elite runners will compete for top marathon title this weekend The California International Marathon will host the US Marathon Championships this weekend in Sacramento, California. The event is the national championships for marathon running in the United States. Winners take home the title of the American National Marathon Champion and a purse of $20,000. The diverse field of runners includes seasoned veterans and marathon newcomers. ZAP Fitness, a training center for Olympic hopefuls in Blowing Rock, NC will send 5 athletes to compete in the race. Joanna Thompson is coming off a 10thplace finish at the Boston Marathon in April. Andrew Colley, Matt McClintock, Joe Stilin and Josh Izewski are each making their marathon debuts and have sub-64-minute half-marathon personal bests. The oil and gas industry renews push for offshore drilling despite a ban by Florida voters Florida voters recently approved an amendment to the state Constitution banning offshore drilling along the coast. In response, the Florida Petroleum Council released a report detailing a projected $2.5 billion in revenue that could be made possible from personal and corporate income tax, property tax and sales tax as a result of offshore drilling. Opponents of offshore drilling point to industrial disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that dumped 184 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and produced massive losses in Florida’s tourism and seafood sectors. Opponents also point out that oil represents a very small portion of Florida’s economic activity. Rare Mandarin duck inexplicably makes home in Central Park A rare and colorful Mandarin duck native to East Asia has recently been spotted at the Central Park Pond in New York City. It’s presence baffles birders because the Mandarin duck does not live in the US outside of zoos. Theories on the bird’s arrival in Central Park include a daring escape from a local zoo, though no zoos have reported a missing Mandarin duck, or an escape or dump by a private owner. Observers note that the duck has a black bank around its leg, indicating that it was once privately owned. No matter its origin story, the New York Postreports that the duck is integrating well with its surrounding wildlife, including mallard ducks—a staple on the Central Park duck scene.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] A Syracuse lacrosse player is facing charges of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest after damaging a car owned by the SU men’s lacrosse head coach early Monday morning.Kevin Drew, a senior defensive midfielder, was charged by Syracuse police Monday on the 1500 block of Lancaster Avenue, confirmed Sgt. Gary Bulinski of the Syracuse Police Department. A police officer observed a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer hit a parked Toyota at 3:31 a.m. on the 400 block of Broad Street.The officer then chased the Trailblazer at speeds of 50 miles per hour. The area speed limit is 30 miles per hour. Once the vehicle pulled over, Drew — the only one in the car — did not follow police commands to get out of the vehicle with his hands up.Drew told police the car belonged to a roommate. The registered owner of the vehicle is men’s lacrosse coach John Desko. Desko told The Post-Standard on Tuesday that his son, Tim Desko, also a member of the lacrosse team, is Drew’s roommate.Syracuse police charged Drew with a total of nine counts, according to police records. The counts were resisting arrest, speeding, passing a stop sign, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving while intoxicated, DWI with a BAC greater than .08 percent, aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or greater and failure to comply with a police order.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJohn Desko released a statement through SU on Tuesday: ‘We are aware of what happened and fortunately no one was injured. Kevin has been indefinitely suspended from the lacrosse team. We will continue to monitor this situation moving forward and handle the matter internally.’Drew is not the first member of the men’s lacrosse team to be arrested since August. A Syracuse men’s lacrosse player and a signee who was set to begin his freshman year at SU this fall were arrested Aug. 7.Logan Tousaw, a sophomore defender for Syracuse, and an 18-year-old from Clifton Park, N.Y., were arrested in Lake Placid and charged with attempted petit larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree conspiracy and reckless endangerment of property. The 18-year-old male was also charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a forged instrument. The 18-year-old had his name omitted because of his youthful offender status.Drew played in all 17 games for the Orange in 2011 and was named to the All-Big East Second Team. He racked up six goals, an assist, 33 ground balls and 11 caused [email protected]—Sports Editor Michael Cohen contributed reporting to this article. Comments