Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello + posts Courtesy: GoFrogs.com Twitter Previous articleThe Skiff: Orientation EditionNext articleBrodziansky joins Williams in Summer League, added to Cavaliers roster Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Linkedin Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Benton McDonald Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ printFormer Horned Frog basketball player Kenrich Williams officially joined the Denver Nuggets’ Las Vegas Summer League roster Monday.The NBA Summer League is hosted in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City and is a chance for NBA teams to develop their newly drafted players, while also giving undrafted players like Williams, a chance to make the teams’ official roster for the regular season.Williams went undrafted in last week’s NBA draft despite being a projected second round pick by The Ringer, Sports Illustrated, and Bleacher Report. He was the 64th ranked player on ESPN’s pre-draft rankings. The 6’8” power forward was knocked down draft boards for his age, 23, and his lack of one specific elite skill.However, he has a knack for rebounding and the versatility to guard multiple positions on the defensive end, something that is critical to sticking around in the NBA. ESPN ranked him as the eighth best undrafted free agent available.Williams was named second team All-Big 12 his senior season after averaging 13.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.Williams and the Nuggets begin their games July 6 at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit ReddIt Twitter
1995The inaugural issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors, a quarterly insert in C-ville Weekly. BRO’s first editor John Blackburn uses the term “ecosports” in his letter from the editorNearly 100 mostly costumed runners toe the line for the first annual Blue Ridge Burn 10K in Charlottesville’s Walnut Creek ParkThe first Lord of the Fork Race is held on the class V Russell Fork1996BRO’s first motto makes its appearance on the cover: Spend your money on sports—we’re freeThe first 7,600 acres of DuPont State Recreational Forest are purchased by the state of North Carolina1997Canaan Valley’s White Grass Ski Touring Center is featured for the first time in the pages of BRO1998BRO becomes a monthlyBRO publishes its first swimming hole issue1999The region’s first 100-mile bike race launches: the Shenandoah Mountain 100Professional mountain biker Sue Haywood becomes the first female mountain biker to be sponsored by West Virginia2000The region’s first 24 hour mountain bike races launches: 24 Hours of SnowshoeThe Priest and Three Ridges are designated as wildernessThe Barefoot Sisters, Susan and Lucy Letcher, hike the A.T. barefoot; the next year, they turn around and thru-hike the A.T. southboundNorth Carolina unanimously votes to invoke eminent domain to acquire Triple Falls, thereby securing the final part of DuPont State Recreation Area2001Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine opens its southern edition office in Asheville, N.C.The hemlock woolly adelgid is first observed in the Smokies after already decimating hemlock populations in Shenandoah. The adelgid will go on to wipe out nearly all hemlocks in AppalachiaBridge Day is cancelled for the first time due to post-9/11 security concernsBig Sandy River in W.Va. is named one of the country’s most endangered rivers Report after a 250-million gallon chemical spill, 20 times larger than the Exxon Valdez spill2002Kristen Eddy becomes first woman to win an Iron-distance event overall, besting men and women at Odyssey Off-Road Iron TriathlonBRO highlights naked adventures, including nude 5Ks and naked paddling events2003Blue Ridge Outdoors names its first Southeastern Athletes of the Year. Among them are road cyclist George Hincapie, mountain biker Sue Haywood, paddler Chris Hipgrave, triathlete Allison Hardy, runner Keith Dowling, and ultrarunner Anne Riddle Lundblad.BRO publishes its first Best of the Blue Ridge AwardsWill Harlan completes a 72-mile run of Appalachian Trail through the Smokies to raise awareness for air pollution. It plays an important role in North Carolina’s lawsuit against TVA coal-fired power plants, forcing 14 power plants to install pollution-control devices. Will Harlan later sets the unsupported record running the A.T. across the SmokiesCave Dog sets the South Beyond 6,000 speed recordEric Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber, is found hiding out in Nantahala National ForestCongaree National Park becomes South Carolina’s first national parkEarthquakes rock the Blue Ridge near Richmond2004Lee Barry, 81, becomes the oldest person to thru-hike the A.T.Blue Ridge Outdoors publishes its first (and only) April Fool’s editionBon Jovi sponsors elite West Virginia mountain biking teamBRO publishes “Old School,” one of its most popular stories, about grown-up Jay Hardwig returning to fifth grade P.E. class for the Presidential Fitness TestTour de Georgia attracts the world’s top cyclists to Brasstown Bald, including Lance ArmstrongTennessee’s Buffalo Mountain becomes the South’s first major wind farmBlake DeMaso becomes the new owner of BRORick and Liz Weber purchase their first parcel of land in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and begin developing Muir Valley, a climbing area that is now home to over 400 different climbs2004The 500th mountain is flattened, razed, and destroyed by mountaintop removal mining in AppalachiaLeanna Joyner hikes the A.T. in a red skirt; later, she becomes voice for the trail by working for Appalachian Trail Conservancy2006BRO adopts “Go Outside and Play” mottoU.S. National Whitewater Center opens in Charlotte, N.C., one of only two artificial whitewater courses on the East Coast2007BRO gives away a brand new Nissan vehicle loaded down with gear to a lucky reader2008BRO publishes “In Search of Bigfoot,” which becomes our most popular story of the yearNational Park Service makes it legal to carry weapons on trailsDouble amputee Scott Rigsby completes Kona Ironman2009BRO profiles The Last American Man—primitive living legend Eustace Conway, who is now featured in the History Channel’s Mountain Men seriesAsheville’s Andrew Holcombe paddles the infamous class V stretch of the Green River Narrows in 4 minutes and 18 seconds, a Green Race recordPisgah hosts the East’s first mountain bike stage raceRapid Transit paddling videography crew releases The Eddy FeelingBRO highlights the natural fitness movement, introduced by Erwan LeCorre, the world’s fittest manMatt Kirk sets the unsupported speed records on both the Benton Mackaye Trail and the Bartram TrailBRO owner Blake DeMaso launches a sister publication in Colorado called Elevation OutdoorsBRO partners up to host the first Festy Experience on Devils Backbone Brewing Company property in Roseland, Va.2010BRO features stand-up paddleboarding on the cover for the first time.Pat Keller notches the first descent of Linville FallsToby MacDermott, Will Lyons, Pat Keller, Dustin Marquart, Nate Elliott, Andrew Holcombe, and John Grace make a first descent of Upper Creek2011The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially declares the eastern mountain lion extinctJennifer Pharr Davis sets the fastest speed record for a supported thru-hike of the A.T. in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutesRoadside Crag closes in the Red River Gorge due to climber misuse2012The Appalachian Trail celebrates its 75th anniversaryBRO contributing editor and gonzo paddler Chris Gragtmans notches first descents of 75-foot Desoto Falls and 90-foot Noccalula Falls. His exclusive feature for Blue Ridge Outdoors becomes the year’s second most popular storyThe year’s most popular story is “The Greenest Man in the Mountains,” a tribute to an old-time Appalachian mountain man who lives more organically and close to the land than even the most dedicated eco-village hippiesThe Red River Gorge Climbing Coalition successfully purchases the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational PreserveYAMA Mountain Gear owner Gen Shimizu unicycles the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, covering 2,754 miles in 89 days with only one wheel2013Jess Daddio’s “Mountain Lion Mystery” becomes one of BRO’s most popular stories of all-timeColumbus Georgia opens its Columbus Whitewater Park on the Chattahoochee RiverThe Southeast experiences the wettest summer season to date with some states receiving over 45 inches of rainfall. Kayakers are stokedMatt Kirk sets record for unsupported thru-hike of the A.T. in 58 days, 9 hours, and 38 minutesChris Gragtmans’s and Ashley Woodring’s story “How to Date a Kayaker” becomes our most shared story everJoanna Swanson and Bart Houck become the first thru-hikers of the Great Eastern Trail2,600 acres burn in the Linville GorgeRichmond-based runner Zoë Romano becomes the first person to run the entire Tour de France route2014Travel editor Jess Daddio launches her Live Outside and Play adventureOver 130 acres burn at the Endless Wall climbing area in the New River GorgeCanaan Valley resident John Logar wins the revered Iditarod Trail Invitational in AlaskaBill Irwin, the first blind man to solo hike the A.T. (with his guide dog, Orient) in 1990, dies at age 73Editor in chief Will Harlan publishes Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America, which highlights Southeastern conservation hero Carol Ruckdeschel and her fight to save Cumberland IslandWilderness celebrates its 50th anniversary. Jess Daddio highlights wilderness in the September feature story, and BRO launches its Wilderness Hike Challenge, which has already attracted over 300 participants.Asheville’s Natalie DeRatt earns a spot on the 2014-2015 USA Bobsled and Skeleton TeamKentucky hosts its first ever 100 mile race, the Cloudsplitter Ultra, on the Pine Mountain TrailThe Holtwood Play Park opens in Pennsylvania, a win for Mid-Atlantic playboaters2015BRO launches a college ambassador program and an athlete team
As coronavirus cases exploded across the world, federal medical workers tasked with screening incoming passengers at USairports grew alarmed: Many were working without the most effective masks to protect them from getting sick themselves.Screeners with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked their supervisors this week to change official protocols and require stronger masks, according to an internal document reviewed by Reuters. On Friday evening, they learned their worst fears were realized: Two screeners, both working at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), had tested positive for the virus.“Sad news,” a senior quarantine official at the CDC wrote in an email Friday evening to colleagues about the two workers. The email, reviewed by Reuters and not previously reported, said the two screeners will be quarantined until March 17. “Let us keep our colleagues at LAX in our thoughts.” US doctors, nurses, emergency responders and government health workers say they are increasingly concerned at what they see as inadequate protections and preparation for workers in the trenches. Many complain of poor training and communication in the workplace as well as insufficient equipment and staffing.At the CDC, spokesperson Kristen Nordlund said the airport medical screeners receive the protective gear they need, depending on their roles.The CDC recommends that so-called “secondary” screeners, who meet with passengers who have traveled to certain countries, such as China, wear a surgical mask, gloves and eye protection, Nordlund said. Secondary screeners are advised to stand six feet away from passengers they observe and do not wear the sturdier N95 masks, also known as respirators, because they aren’t exposed to symptomatic travelers, she said.N95 masks are designed to protect screeners from the smaller pathogens such as coronavirus which can penetrate deeper into the lungs. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, surgical masks are not designed to block very small particles, such as those transmitted by coughs and sneezes, and do not provide complete protection because of the loose fit.Nordlund said that CDC’s guidance calls for screeners who meet with people exhibiting obvious signs of illness to wear N95 respirators and other protective gear.But people infected with the coronavirus do not necessarily exhibit obvious signs of illness.“Surgical masks won’t protect us from getting the virus – they just protect us from infecting someone else,” the CDC medical official involved in screening said. “We want to know why we can’t wear N-95 masks. It’s crazy.”“You might as well have a tissue over your face for all the good it will do,” the official added.The CDC spokeswoman, Nordlund, referred specific questions about the LAX screeners, including about what kind of facial protection they were wearing on the job, to the Department of Homeland Security, which she said employed the two workers as contractors on behalf of CDC.DHS could not be immediately reached for comment on the workers’ masks.In the meantime, dozens of health care screeners and other employees at LAX believed to have come into contact with the stricken screeners have been ordered to self-quarantine until March 17, the CDC medical official told Reuters.‘A little bit of an oversight’The US Department of Health and Human Services did not respond to the specific safety concerns raised by the nation’s health care workers. But a department spokeswoman said the administration is working with companies that manufacture the equipment, including N95 masks, “so we can rapidly arrange contracts to buy supplies to protect the American people.”Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for Preparedness & Response, said at a Senate hearing on Thursday that historically the plan for protecting front-line health care workers has been to focus on routine influenza, which can be prevented by vaccines or treated with antivirals. Coronavirus is not influenza.Not preparing more respirators for an outbreak like coronavirus was a “little bit of an oversight and has significant implications for today,” Kadlec testified.He said the government just authorized the purchase of 500 million respirators, which it expects to receive in the next six to 12 months. “So that will ramp up,” he said. Earlier, officials had said they had 13 million on hand.The shortage of medical gear, including N95 masks, is endangering healthcare workers across the world, the WHO said on March 3, calling on governments to move quickly to boost supplies and stop speculation and hoarding.The CDC’s airport screeners are part of the healthcare workforce at risk. But a health expert involved in the US government response said the problem was more widespread. State and local first responders – firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and police – are expressing the same alarm.“We know the level of expertise and training the people we put on the front line need, but we’re not even close to having it,” said the expert, who was not authorized to speak on the record.Prepared on PaperOn Thursday, the union National Nurses United (NNU) released a nationwide survey of registered nurses finding that fewer than half of respondents said their employer has informed them of how to recognize and respond to possible coronavirus cases. Less than a fifth said their bosses have a policy to address employees with suspected or known exposure, and less than a third reported having enough protective gear on hand at work should cases surge, according to NNU.“They have all of this stuff written down but then we go and talk to our nurses in these facilities and absolutely none of it is being implemented,” said Jane Thomason, the lead industrial hygienist with the Health and Safety Division of the National Nurses United. “We’re seeing a majority of employers are not prepared.”NNU has petitioned the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt an emergency temporary standard to require protections for health care workers in an infectious disease epidemic.‘Not sustainable’Around the globe, there are now nearly 102,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 94 countries, with close to 3,500 deaths, most of them still in China, the WHO reports. But already the relatively small number of cases in the United States is testing the limits of the country’s preparations.In Washington state, with about 70 cases thus far, the rapid surge in suspected cases swamped the protections put in place at hospitals and health centers.One doctor at a major hospital system wrote in email to professional peers around the country that his staff is quickly burning through supplies of protective gear and struggling to properly fit workers with masks.“Not sustainable,” he said.The March 3 email, shared with Reuters by a recipient on condition that the doctor’s name and affiliation be withheld, said the heavy volume of cases scotched plans to furlough workers who had been potentially exposed to the virus.In one example, the doctor wrote that treating just two patients led to the potential exposure of 350 people. Instead of keeping the staffers at home, the physician said, they were allowing them to work and monitoring them for symptoms.“This has been a long four days,” he wrote. Topics : The news was not surprising to some CDC screeners.“It was bound to happen,” said a veteran CDC medical official involved with screening who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They are assuring us we are safe. If we were safe, screeners would not be getting sick.”The struggles within the CDC, an agency that advises the country’s health systems about how to protect people against the virus, underscore the difficulties confronting health workers across the nation and illustrate a challenge for the Trump administration, which has faced criticism over its response to the outbreak.Trump on Feb. 26 described the risk from coronavirus as “very low.” Cases, however, have now been reported in more than half of the 50 US states and 19 people have died.