Galina Burley, a local leader in Clark County’s Russian-speaking community, grew up in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Her Columbian blog, Exploring Sochi, looks at the local culture and issues, as well as her personal memories of growing up in the city, which sometimes reminds her of Vancouver.Check it out at http://blogs.columbian.com/exploring-sochi. Here are some edited highlights from the final week:• Feb 19: I had no idea that so many of you would read my blog or that The Columbian would publish it.I am truly honored and that is why this next blog is so hard for me to write.Some of you asked me to address the challenges of moving to America, specifically dealing with issues of being from Russia. I admit even today this subject is very emotional and hard, so please take this with a grain of salt.I moved to the U.S. in 1991.I was a teenager. I didn’t speak English when we moved, and it took two or three years for me to become somewhat fluent.For the most part, people were very nice to us. In fact, many people really enjoyed meeting me and my family, learning about our culture, language and country.
“You don’t think of Phoenix without the Phoenix Suns,” Fitzgerald said Friday. “The Suns took a chance on Phoenix in the 70s coming here with (star) Connie Hawkins and (owner) Jerry Colangelo. They took a chance on us, and I think it’s time we take a chance on the Phoenix Suns. They’re loyal to this community. I really believe this is a Suns town, people love the Suns, they were the first ones here.”Related LinksPhoenix Suns formally deny any threat to relocate the teamSuns owner Robert Sarver: I am 100 percent committed to PhoenixFitzgerald is close to Suns owner Robert Sarver, who has been hit with backlash this week after a later-corrected report suggested he threatened to take the Suns away from downtown and possibly out of the state.The Suns have denied that they have any intentions of leaving their current home in downtown Phoenix.Fitzgerald said fans should take the Suns and Sarver for their word.“He’s drastically misunderstood. I love Mr. Sarver,” Fitzgerald said. “I spent a lot of time with him. I can’t think of anybody who I trust more than him. He’s one of those guys, he’ll look you in your eye, he’ll shake your hand. He would go out of his way to help anybody he knows. Once you know him … it’s easy to love him.” Larry Fitzgerald believes in representing his adopted NFL community. The NFL’s leader in catches with one franchise has helped build the community around his Arizona Cardinals over the past 15 years.Arizona has become his home, and he’s not afraid to help it thrive — beyond the Cardinals.So Fitzgerald was disappointed that a city council vote to renovate the Phoenix Suns’ home of Talking Stick Resort Arena was delayed Wednesday. Joining Burns & Gambo on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, Fitzgerald pleaded for Valley taxpayers to consider the benefits of helping the NBA team and Phoenix find a resolution. Top Stories (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The postponed vote on the arena renovation plan on Wednesday was for a $230 million deal where $150 million would be paid for by the city while the Suns chip in $80 million. That would keep the Suns downtown until 2037. The vote was pushed to Jan. 23.Fitzgerald believes the city will benefit by keeping the Suns where they are, as a refurbished arena would bring concerts, tourism and other benefits to the area.“I think us as taxpayers, we’re looking at it the wrong way,” he said. “I think if we look at it that way, it’s easier to digest.”And for the Suns, Fitzgerald said a state-of-the-art home could bode well for the team. Just ask him how it went for the Cardinals when they left ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium for what’s now State Farm Stadium.“I played my first … two years at Sun Devil Stadium,” Fitzgerald said. “I remember looking up and wondering if this is the National Football League, sitting there with 15, 20 thousand people in attendance and just how fast it changed when we moved to Glendale.“I think the same thing could happen for the Suns. But not only for that. For the Mercury and for more entertainment coming downtown. Mr. Sarver is going out of his way to really help build downtown Phoenix.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 29 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 1, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Without a factory, there can be no vehicles.Rivian is not a startup. That’s precisely why we thought it worthwhile to post this new image of the automaker’s factory in Normal, Illinois. The factory is currently undergoing a major transformation as Rivian prepares for production of the R1T electric truck and R1S electric SUV.However, the factory itself is and was an automotive facility. It was previously used by Mitsubishi, but Rivian bought it up ages ago in preparation for production of the two aforementioned vehicles, as well as future offerings. All Rivian products will be purely electric.More Rivian News Rivian CEO Discusses Automaker’s 10-Year History: Silence Is Golden New Rivian R1T Pickup Truck Renders Show Camper, Flatbed & More Exciting times lie ahead in the electric vehicle world and perhaps Rivian will be the next automaker to make waves as big as Tesla continues to do today. Watch Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Transform Right Before Your Eyes Not a startup? No. In fact, Rivian has been around for over a decade. The automaker waited until last November at the LA Auto Show to wow the world with not one, but two working, fully functional electric adventure vehicles. Fact is, both have been in the making for years and years now.So, here’s the outside of the magical factory where Rivian will produce electric trucks and SUVs. The factory does exist. No vaporware here.There’s a lot of magic happening inside our factory in Normal, IL, but some evenings the view from outside steals the show. pic.twitter.com/6wKHkuAuv6— Rivian (@Rivian) March 25, 2019