During the game, the host’s dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier mixed breed, spends the evening hanging out near the poker table munching on a meaty hambone.,Nonetheless, this oft vilified dog (pit bull is actually not a breed, but an umbrella term that includes many breeds that descended from bulldogs and terriers), boasts many devoted advocates and dedicated defenders who passionately proclaim the pit bull “breeds” should not be condemned because of a few bad actors.,Initially, pit bull breeds were was trained for bull baiting and dog fighting, and evolved tremendous jaw strength and an aggressive swagger along the way.,Pit bulls accounted for 284 (that’s 66 percent) of those deaths despite the fact that the dog represents only about six percent of the country’s entire canine population.,That’s right, it was my former student’s whose-life-I-saved dog that attacked me and sent me to the ER that night, an event which, in a remarkable coincidence, also occurred the week before Christmas as did his alcoholic misadventure more than forty years before.

Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process.,Kuzma had 22 points in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers to get the crowd on its feet and scoring on consecutive goaltending calls.,Detroit's Blake Griffin, averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, was held to 16.,Ball hit a 3-pointer and Kuzma had five points before James came on the court to cheer his teammates during a timeout.,Lakers: James (left groin strain) is set to be re-evaluated Friday and won't travel with the team for its game in Utah.

— An officer responded to a two-vehicle crash on North Lincoln Avenue at East State Street at 1:51 p.m. Thursday in which a southbound vehicle struck the rear of another vehicle stopped at the traffic light.,— Police responded to a 2800 block East State Street business at 5:57 p.m. Thursday in reference to an irate customer and found a woman who admitted yelling at an employee regarding service to her mother.,— Officers responded to a 100 block North Ellsworth Avenue business at 6:04 p.m. Thursday in reference to a possible domestic dispute between a man and woman and found both individuals outside the business.,— Ruth A. Evans, 76, Salem, was cited for failure to control following a two-vehicle crash on South Broadway Avenue near East Wilson Street at 8:44 p.m. Thursday in which she was northbound and struck a legally parked vehicle.,— At approximately 8:22 a.m. Dec. 29, officers responded to the 200 block of Glenwood Avenue in East Palestine to assist the East Palestine Police Department with a domestic dispute complaint.

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Training for an Ironman—a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run—requires a minimum of 20 hours per week for six months, the equivalent of adding a part-time job to the athlete’s schedule.,But not only do endurance athletes survive this insane schedule, they thrive on it, often registering for races the morning after their last one.,Whether you’re planning an Ironman or your company’s five-year strategy, you can apply some practices of endurance athletes to your own professional life.,Since they have so little time to waste, endurance athletes plan every aspect of their day to death.,With time on their hands before a big race, endurance athletes will forecast any and all potential disasters.