Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. SESSIONLOWER SEATSUPPER SEATSTICKETS SOLD Friday evening186.25107.952,375 Thursday evening163.0087.552,235 Sunday233.70130.752,760 Saturday248.45136.402,825 There are eight cities hosting March Madness games this weekend, but none with ticket sales hotter than Louisville, Ky.; Omaha, Neb.; and Seattle. That’s what happens when NCAA tournament games are basically home games.The demand for tickets there shows how valuable ostensible home games are to ticket sellers, if not to fairness lovers. Kentucky, Kansas and Gonzaga — the first or second highest-ranked teams facing off in the hot-ticket cities — all play their home games less than 300 miles from their tournament host cities. Omaha gets a double dip of local teams, with No. 7 Wichita State playing there as well.To get the list, I used data provided by two online ticket marketplaces, ScoreBig and SeatGeek. Connor Gregoire, a SeatGeek spokesman, sent data based on sales made via the site’s ticket search engine. Alison Burnham, vice president of pricing and analytics for ScoreBig, sent data for tickets available on her site and elsewhere on the secondary market.I compared average prices for top-tier seats, and, separately, for the cheap seats. Also, some sessions are more attractive than others — people would rather go to a weekend session than one during the week, probably both because of the convenience and because weekend sessions tend to feature tighter games. In addition, weeknights beat weekdays, and Fridays beat Thursdays, perhaps because it’s easier to travel without taking two days off work. Since 2011, Friday afternoon sessions have averaged 19 percent higher prices for the best seats, 30 percent higher prices for the cheaper seats and 26 percent more sales on SeatGeek. Thursday afternoon$131.95$67.802,175 So I compared apples to apples: How did Thursday afternoon sessions, for instance, compare to average prices for that session this year?After controlling for variables unrelated to which teams were playing, Louisville was clearly the hottest ticket among the four cities holding Thursday/Saturday sessions. Omaha and Seattle were the Friday/Sunday winners.1Venues sell four types of tickets: For each of the two round-of-64 sessions, for the single round-of-32 session, and for all three sessions combined. In each host city, I looked at ticket demand for each of the four ticket types in three ways: prices of more-expensive seats, prices of cheap seats and volume of ticket sales. That’s 12 points of comparison in all. Louisville and Omaha were above average in 11 of the 12 categories for their sessions. Seattle was above average in every ticket-price category, though below average in three of the four ticket-sale-volume categories. The ScoreBig data, used as a reality check, was similar, with Pittsburgh also making a strong showing.From a last-minute ticket-buyer’s perspective, the main question might be, how much is the least I can pay to get in? To answer that question, SeatGeek sent along daily figures for the ticket at the fifth percentile of listing prices for each session. Even these seats, some of the cheapest available, have stayed expensive for the round-of-64 sessions that feature quasi-home teams in Louisville, Omaha and Seattle. But for other sessions, prices have fallen. For instance, on Wednesday, tickets to the Thursday afternoon session in Louisville — the one that featured four teams not named Kentucky — could be had for just $14. Friday afternoon156.7588.052,740
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A Virginia-based health care management firm is opening a call center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on the first floor of a building used by the Air Force’s Financial Services Center.Advance Health is leasing the space through the enhanced use leasing program (EUL). Base officials worked through the governor’s office of economic development and the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority to court Advance Health, which was looking for a more central and western location for a call center, reported the Rapid City Journal.“We have our first success with that program,” said Scott Landguth, director of the Ellsworth Development Authority.The call center will employ about 17 people in July, with the workforce rising to 40 by the end of 2015, according to Advance Health. In three to five years, the company could employ up to 200 workers.At a ceremony Tuesday, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) applauded the arrangement, saying it will provide good-paying jobs for western South Dakota, income to offset the base’s operating costs and an added reason to keep Ellsworth off a future BRAC list.“It also makes it highly likely that we’ll be able to do this again. I’m hopeful that Advance Health will be the first of many enhanced use leases we can put into place at Ellsworth Air Force Base,” Daugaard said.The space in the Financial Services Center building opened up after nearly 400 workers were let go in 2011. The remaining Financial Services Center employees work on the second floor.
WILMINGTON, MA — Boston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, June 23, 2018.Doors open at 4pm. Live music at 4:30pm. The action begins at 5pm with the Third Place Game — The Harbor Horrors vs. The Nutcrackers. More live music at 6:30pm. The Championship Game — The Wicked Pissahs vs. The Cosmonaughties — takes place at 7pm. An After Party starts at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the game, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package. Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE. Learn more about the league HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On June 15In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On May 18In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On August 3In “Sports”
New video and 911 call transcript excerpts from yesterday’s police involved shooting in #Brooklyn. NYPD received several calls from neighborhood residents about a man pointing a gun at people on the street.View yesterday’s remarks by @NYPDChiefofDept: https://t.co/yW8E6o6JGj pic.twitter.com/jw1FNoi7Ob— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 5, 2018Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Kevin Hagen/APSeveral people protested after police shot and killed a man in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday. The man reportedly had bipolar disorder and was known in the area.Updated at 12:30 p.m. ETPolice officers in New York City fatally shot a black man who was pointing what appeared to be a gun at them on Wednesday, police said.The object turned out to be a metal pipe with a knob on the end. The man reportedly had bipolar disorder.Officers responded to three 911 calls at around 4:40 p.m. describing a man wielding “a silver firearm” and “pointing it at people on the street” on a corner in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, the NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan told reporters.Four of the five police officers who responded to the scene fired on the man after he took a “two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers,” Monahan said.New York Police DepartmentAn image apparently of Saheed Vassell during the confrontation, as pulled from security camera footage and provided by the New York Police Department.The man, identified by The New York Times as 34-year-old Saheed Vassell, was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital.Vassell’s father, Eric Vassell, told the Times that his son had bipolar disorder and had been hospitalized multiple times in recent years.Vassell told the New York Daily News that his son refused treatment and had not taken medication for the condition in years.Joel Rose/NPRA makeshift memorial for Saheed Vassell, 34, stands Thursday in the lobby of the apartment building that neighbors identified as his father’s residence.“We were always worried for him. We would say should anything happen to him, we just have to do what we can do,” he told the newspaper.Residents told news outlets that the younger Vassell was well-known in the neighborhood as “mentally ill but generally harmless.”“All he did was just walk around the neighborhood,” 38-year-old Andre Wilson, who said he knew Vassell for 20 years, told the Daily News. “He speaks to himself, usually he has an orange Bible or a rosary in his hand. He never had a problem with anyone.”New York Police DepartmentAn image of the pipe found at the scene of the police shooting, provided by the New York Police Department.“Every cop in this neighborhood knows him,” resident John Fuller told the Times, saying police should have been familiar enough with Vassell to not shoot him.Three of the four officers who fired at Vassell were not in uniform, Monahan said. He told reporters that they fired a total of 10 rounds at Vassell. None of them were wearing body cameras.The Times spoke to witnesses who said that “the police officers appeared to fire almost immediately after they got to the corner around 4:45 p.m. Some of the witnesses said they did not hear the officers say anything to the man before firing, while another witness said she heard the officers and the man exchange some words.”Vassell had a 15-year-old son with former partner Sherlan Smith, 36. She told the Daily News: “He was a good father. He wasn’t a bad person. No matter how they want to spin it, he wasn’t a bad person. … Too many black people are dying at hands of police officers and it’s about time something be done.”As many as 200 onlookers gathered at the scene, resident Shaya Tenenbaum told The Associated Press, and several of them shouted at police. Protesters carrying Black Lives Matter signs arrived later in the evening, the Times reports.Members of the crowd “wept” at how the shooting fell on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.The police shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, ignited protests in Sacramento, Calif., that have lasted weeks.At the @NYPD77Pct providing a preliminary update for New Yorkers regarding the police involved shooting tonight in #Brooklyn, within the confines of the @NYPD71Pct. https://t.co/CHyGZvhHno— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) April 4, 2018 Share
By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROThe elders got things started Saturday afternoon on Park Heights Avenue as a diverse rainbow of community members and supporters prepared to march in celebration of Baltimore Ceasefire 365’s first year anniversary.“I like that this march started with our elder men leading the charge,” Williams, Ceasefire supporter said of her favorite part of the day. It is a challenge Baltimoreans have increasingly embraced over the course of a year of quarterly Ceasefire weekends.Volunteers and participants in Baltimore Ceasefire 365 parade (Photo by Deborah Bailey)Baltimore’S Ceasefire is a call for a cessation in violent deaths over a 3-day weekend period. This, the fifth Ceasefire took place August 3-5.“People who say ‘where are our men don’t see them because they don’t come into the community to see them’” Williams added as a strong contingent of men of all ages joined the parade route.Elders, men and women, artists and griots, marching bands, parents and children representing more than 30 organizations, marched down Park Heights Ave., determined to own the day and rebrand the city. Youth from the local Epic Premier Marching Unit added a soulful step and swagger to the mission of transforming Baltimore’s streets one block at a time as supporters of Baltimore Ceasefire 365 once again put out the call started August 2017. This weekend, Ceasefire organizers are issuing the call with more supporters and a sense of dynamism.“Events like this bring a lot of positive energy to the neighborhood. As the momentum continues to grow, it’s going to become increasingly difficult for someone to commit a violent crime during a Ceasefire weekend,” said Kevin “Ogun” Beasley, co-visionary of Baltimore Ceasefire 365.“We came from all over the state today; from Frederick, Harford County, Prince Georges County,” said Jennifer Singleton, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.“The majority of homicides that happen in Maryland happen in Baltimore and that’s got to become all of our problem,” Singleton said.“I’m just trying to spread some love and stop the violence,” said Janaah Lucas, from the local group the Love Gang. “I’m marching in memory of my niece.”Lucas recently lost her niece to gun violence and saw Baltimore Ceasefire as one way to change a violent culture that Lucas says does not reflect the resilience and creativity of Baltimoreans.“Events like this remind us of who we are… Look at all the love out here,” Lucas said.“Just the love and the smiles and people jumping in and blowing horns… This is what the spirit of Baltimore really is,” said Erricka Bridgeford co-visionary of Baltimore Ceasefire 365.“I’m just so glad Baltimore showed up to love itself,” Bridgeford said.