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#1 Glenwood Canyon • Interstate 70 • Rockslide • Colorado • Glenwood Springs I-70 Emergency Closure in Glenwood Canyon (rockfall)

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Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver, CO. 121K likes. CDOT builds and maintains interstates and highways (no local or residential roadways), and supports other modes. Safety is our top priority.


I-70 closed through Glenwood Canyon due to rockslide

Post Independent, Aspen Times papers delivery delayed

Staff report

February 5, 2019

Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon is closed in both directions Tuesday morning due to a rockslide just west of Grizzly Creek. The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol say to expect I-70 to be closed through the canyon for most of day, and possibly longer. Alternative routes are advised.

CDOT  reported the rockslide to Twitter around 1 a.m., and said in a 6 a.m. press release that there is no timeframe on when the road will be opened.

CDOT spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said that no vehicles were involved, and there were no injuries.

“There is a significant amount of debris on westbound deck, and some damage to retaining wall,” she said. “Our geohazards team is on the way to assess the damage.”

In a Twitter post, the Colorado State Patrol said crews will be evaluating safety at daylight. It suggests an alternative route of Highway 131 (Wolcott) to U.S. 40 (Steamboat Springs) to Highway 13 (Rifle). “Do not use Cottonwood Pass,” the tweet says.

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The Glenwood Canyon is CLOSED in both directions due to large rockslide. Crews will be evaluating safety at daylight. Expect extended closure. Alt Route is HWY 131 (Wolcott) to HWY 40 (Steamboat) to HWY 13 (RIFLE). DO NOT USE Cottonwood Pass!#BREAKING #cotraffic

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Cottonwood Pass and numerous other high mountain passes are closed in the winter, including State Highway 82 over Independence Pass east of Aspen.

Motorists are advised that the northern detour via U.S. 40 is a 203-mile alternate route that will take about three hours and 50 minutes to travel, according to CDOT. “This detour adds 146 miles and about three hours to a regular trip from Wolcott to Rifle on I-70,” according to a 6 a.m. CDOT news release.

An optional southern alternate route for those traveling between Grand Junction and the Front Range through the Salida area uses a combination of U.S. 50, U.S. 24 and U.S. 285.

“For safety, crews will wait until daybreak to further evaluate the size of the rockslide and any damage to the roadway,” CDOT said. “CDOT's geohazards team has also mobilized to the scene.”

With snow in the Glenwood Springs-area forecast through Wednesday, travel advisories are out for other western Colorado highways, as well. The state’s passenger vehicle traction law and a requirement for commercial vehicles to use chains are in effect for State Highway 133 over McClure Pass south of Carbondale.

The stretch of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is prone to rockslides, in particular the section west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel. A major rockslide on Feb. 15, 2016 resulted in a near week-long closure in both directions and lengthy detours north via U.S. 40 and south along U.S. 50. The canyon was open to one lane only in both directions after six days, but using a pilot car to guide traffic in alternating fashion for several weeks. I-70 through the canyon was not fully reopened until the middle of April that year, after some $5 million in emergency repairs.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Aspen Times newspapers are being sent through an alternative route and not expected to start delivery in Glenwood Springs until after 10 a.m. You can find the e-Edition of the Post Independent by clicking here. To read the Aspen Times e-Edition, click here. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

#2 Dakota County, Minnesota • Explosion • Hampton • Structure fire LIVE: Chopper 5 over structure fire in Dakota County


UPDATE: The Dakota County Sheriff's Office now says one person was killed and another was severely injured in the house explosion Tuesday morning in Hampton Township http://kstp.mn/bbl41 Chopper 5...


1 killed, 1 badly burned in house explosion south of Hastings

The explosion was reported just after 6 a.m. Tuesday.


UPDATE 10:45 A.M.

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office says that one person died in Tuesday morning's house explosion in rural Hampton, Minnesota.

Deputies and local fire departments were sent to the scene of the explosion at 24705 Lewiston Boulevard at 6:14 a.m., and found a man wandering around with severe burns to his body.

The man told deputies that he was looking for his wife. He was transported to Regions Hospital Burn Center for treatment.

A search for his wife continued and around 8:55 a.m. a body was recovered "from within the blast debris," the sheriff's report says.

"It is believed the man and his wife were the only occupants inside the home at the time of the explosion."

The identity of the victim will be released following proper notification of family members.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

8:30 a.m.

An explosion was heard and felt in Dakota County this morning, with images later showing that a structure had been leveled by the blast.

KSTP had a live video from a helicopter above the scene that shows the wreckage left by the explosion, and while the exact location isn't clear, the TV station says it's on Lewiston Boulevard. That's a road that runs north/south on the east side of Hampton.

Other comments indicate that the explosion was felt in Farmington and heard in Hastings, which are eight and 12 miles away, respectively.

It's not clear if anyone was inside the structure at the time of the explosion.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

#3 North Magnetic Pole • Compass • Magnet Wild Compass Swing!

North Pole Journey

Have you ever seen this happen? Wild compass behavior near the Magnetic North Pole from 2010. Always bring a good GPS!


Earth's magnetic north pole is hurtling toward Russia

The north magnetic pole has been heading for Siberia at a rate of around 34 miles per year.

(CNN)The north magnetic pole has been drifting so fast that it could be a problem for smartphone maps and navigation systems.

The pole has been the friend of navigators for millennia, beckoning compass needles from virtually every point on the planet. And unlike the geographic north pole, which is fixed, the north magnetic pole has been slowly migrating over time -- moving across the Canadian Arctic toward Russia since 1831.
But its swift pace toward Siberia in recent years at a rate of around 34 miles per year has forced scientists to update the World Magnetic Model -- used by civilian navigation systems, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and US and British militaries -- a year ahead of schedule.
"Due to unplanned variations in the Arctic region, scientists have released a new model to more accurately represent the change of the magnetic field between 2015 and now," the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Information wrote in a press release Monday.
The model, which is commissioned by the British and US military agencies, is typically updated every five years, the most recent being in 2015. But the agency explained that the "out-of-cycle update ... will ensure safe navigation for military applications, commercial airlines, search and rescue operations, and others operating around the North Pole."
And while the model's primary user is the military, it has found its way into Google and Apple's civilian mapping systems. The difference will be minor for civilian purposes, however, and the changes are largely limited to latitudes above 55 degrees. "For most users below 55 degrees north, there is no real difference," Ciaran Beggan, a geophysicist at the British Geological Survey, which creates the map with the NOAA, told CNN.
Scientists first noticed the change in 2018 thanks to a "huge amount of satellite data," which showed the pole had gone beyond the model's predicted area, Beggan said.
The drift is caused by processes deep inside the planet, he said. Earth's magnetic field is created in its liquid outer core, which is made of liquid iron and nickel. "As it flows it creates an electronic current and that current makes a magnetic field -- which drifts with the hot runny core," he said.
There have been a few theories about why the pole's movement has increased in recent years -- from around 6 miles a year between 1900 and 1980 before accelerating to around 24 to 31 miles a year in the past two decades. Some scientists think a jet stream of molten liquid is pushing the north pole, while others have suggested that the south and north magnetic poles are reversing positions.
There is nothing to worry about, Beggan said. "It is unusual behavior in historical terms, (by) geological scales it is not unusual," he said. "The magnetic field (changes) continuously, but it is partly because of its natural behavior," he added.

Unexpected magnetic north pole changes mean new world magnetic model map

Shane McGlaun - Feb 5, 2019, 6:35 am CST


Unexpected magnetic north pole changes mean new world magnetic model map

It might sound like something out of a Hollywood disaster movie, but the world’s magnetic northern pole has changed. The magnetic north pole is the point that compasses point to as north and is important to all sorts of navigation technologies. The northern magnetic pole always moves, resulting in a new map of the World Magnetic Model (WMM) every five years.

However, the magnetic north pole is moving faster than normal resulting in a new out of cycle release for the WMM. Normally, new WMM maps are released every five years, and the next release was due at the end of 2019. Since unplanned variations occurred, the map update was released out-of-cycle.

The next official WMM release will be WMM2020 and will launch next year. Updates are made to ensure that navigation is safe for military applications, commercial airlines, search and rescue operations, and other needs around the North Pole. WMM data is also used by NASA, the FAA, U.S. Forest Service, and for mapping and satellite tracking. Smartphone users also rely on WMM data for accurate compass apps, maps, and GPS.

For an idea of how much change has happened over the years, the declination of Denver International Airport has changed a bit over 2.5-degrees in the 22-years since it opened. Declination is important to compasses as it helps correct navigation systems for a variety of uses. Declination is the difference between true north and where the compass points to.

With the magnetic field of the Earth changing more than predicted, the values can be off requiring an out-of-cycle update such as this. The magnetic field changes due to unpredictable flows of the Earth’s molten core. Currently, the northern magnetic pole is moving from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia.

#4 Marquette County, Michigan • Upper Peninsula of Michigan • Ice storm • Marquette Board Of Light & Power • Power outage • Storm • Upper Peninsula Power Company Winter in Marquette County – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.mp4

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Marquette, MI

Aristotle said, "To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold." and boy do we have a lot to appreciate!


Ice storm problems linger into Tuesday


MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A historic ice storm is slowing down central Upper Michigan again Tuesday, and

Several schools and businesses were either closed or opened late because roads were covered with ice and frozen slush from Monday's rain.

Scattered power outages continue in Marquette County. UPPCO's outage map shows less than 100 customers are without power in western Marquette County, and the Marquette Board of Light and Power outage map shows outages throughout the City of Marquette, Negaunee Township and Chocolay Township.

UPPCO says nearly 5,800 customers have been affected by Monday's storm, and numbers are expected to change as additional adverse weather conditions develop through the end of the week.

“We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience as we restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” said Brett French, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for the company. “Our crews and contractors will be working throughout the day to address unsafe conditions and restore service to our customers. Tree trimming crews will also be working to remove ice-covered trees and tree branches that may affect the power lines in anticipation of the winter storm that is now being forecasted for Thursday.”

Marq-Tran is only running previously scheduled door-to-door appointments. No fixed routes will be run Tuesday.

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Crews worked through the night to restore power to the customers that were affected by yesterday’s ice storm. Approximately 128 customers are still without power as of 7:00 am. Work will continue until service has been restored to every customer.

Ice storm causes nearly 7,000 power outages in Marquette County

Ice storm causes nearly 7,000 power outages in Marquette County

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - Significant ice across the U.P. has played a key role in damages throughout throughout Marquette County.

Several downed power lines.

Multiple broken traffic stops

Dozens of flooded roads.

All adding up to nearly 7,000 power outages countywide.

The Marquette Food Co-op was one of many business that lost power this morning, having the potential to spoil much more than plans.

"It’s kind of amazing to see the staff kick into action, they just went right for it to protect all the food, make sure all the refrigerator doors were closed tightly to try to preserve the food for as long as we can and monitor temperatures at the same time," said Sarah Monte, the outreach director at the Co-op.

Throughout the day, the Marquette County had a full work force to restore outages and clear roads.

Thankfully for the food co-op, their power was one of the first to be turned back on.

"Luckily for us the power came back on before we had to worry about anything related to food safety ," said Monte.

Other businesses were not so lucky.

"Many people have already lost power and with the continued rain and freeze the branches start falling down cracking and that’s going to be a problem with fires," said Marquette County Sheriff, Greg Zyburt.

Going into the evening as conditions worsen, the Marquette County Sheriff heaves a warning.

"We are concerned about with the people loosing power and the cold temperatures so if you have an alternative method of heating your place you may want to think about that."

UPPCO and BLP hope to restore power by tonight however, the trees continue to fall on power lines, slowing their process.

Both power companies encourage customers to report any issues or outages throughout the storm.

#5 Pointwest Bank • Hewitt • McLennan County, Texas • Bank robbery Bank – Home

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Officials capture bank robbery suspect that shot at officer

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -The McLennan County Sheriff's Office said that were pursuing a bank robbery suspect on Tuesday morning. They said stopped him near University High School.

Officials on scene said he is in police custody. Police said the suspect shot an officer that was responding to the bank robbery. He is in stable condition.

The Hewitt Police Department said he was shot in the upper torso.

The bank robbery happened at 9 a.m. The FBI is at the scene of the robbery.

There were K9 officers searching the area. They recovered the suspect's weapon, backpack and gloves.

There is a traffic block on New Road, so find an alternate route.

The sheriff's office, the Robinson Police Department, Texas Department of Transportation and the Waco Police Department are on the scene.

Midway ISD said that nearby campuses are on lockout, which means all students are kept inside the building. University High School and Alta Vista Elementary are also on lockout.

The lockout was put on for a precautionary measure when they heard of the pursuit.

They said the robbery happened in the Hewitt area at the Pointwest Bank.

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Local officer shot while responding to bank robbery

FBI agents arriving at the bank. (Photo by Ke'Sha Lopez)
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HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) A Hewitt police officer was shot Tuesday morning as he responded to a bank robbery that led to a chase that ended near University High School in Waco.

The robber opened fire as the officer arrived at Pointwest Bank at 420 North Hewitt Dr. in Hewitt, Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin said.

The officer was near the bank when the robbery was reported, he said.

The officer returned fire, he said.

Information about the officers injuries wasn’t immediately available, but Devlin said the officer was in stable condition.

Preliminary reports indicated the robber was armed with a shotgun.

The officer was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.

The chase ended in a crash near Garden Drive and Wingate Drive, northeast of the high school, where the robber's truck struck the fence of a corner house.

The robber ran after the crash, but was captured.

Midway ISD schools near the bank were locked down because of the incident.

University High School and Alta Vista Elementary were also placed on soft lockdown.

Officers were searching an area near the scene of the crash on both sides of Highway 77 roughly bounded by Cloverleaf Drive and Darden Drive, evidently for the weapon used in the holdup.

The bank was ringed with crime scene tape.

More than a year has passed since the last time an officer was shot in Central Texas.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was shot to death on Nov. 23, 2017, after a traffic stop on Interstate 45 near Fairfield.

Dabrett Black, 33, of Lindale was later arrested near Prairie View.

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#6 Chinese New Year • Associated Press • Korea • Lunar calendar

Lee Hsien Loong

Happy #ChineseNewYear everyone! May your year be prosperous and abundant in health and happiness! 祝大家猪年大吉,诸事圆满! - LHL (PMO Video)


Asia celebrates Year of the Pig

From the dragon dancers parading through Yangon to the fire-eaters entertaining crowds in Manila, millions of people across Asia are ringing in the Lunar New Year on Feb. 5, 2019.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated across the continent, from Vietnam, where it is known as Tet, to South Korea, where it is called Seollal. Celebrants take part in religious rituals, community events and family reunions.

People flock to temples to light incense sticks to pray for good fortune and health. Everywhere, the color red dominates — on lanterns, clothing and signs.

At a temple in China, performers dress in elaborate costumes from the Qing Dynasty.

In North Korea's capital, crowds celebrate by bowing and placing flowers before statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

Images of cute swine abound as this year marks the year of the pig, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac's rotating cycle.

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Children play with live teacup pigs, a rare pet in the country, ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown area of Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 1.

A participant burns joss sticks as he prays
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A participant burns joss sticks as he prays at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Feb. 5.

Ethnic Chinese Thai devotees burn incense sticks and
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Ethnic Chinese Thai devotees burn incense sticks and pray at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand, on Feb. 5.

Dancers perform traditional lion and dragon dances in
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Dancers perform traditional lion and dragon dances in celebration of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 5.

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Crowds jostle to grab festive items being thrown at them during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 5.

Participants take part in a flame-breathing dragon dance
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Participants take part in a flame-breathing dragon dance during the Lunar New Year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 5.

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Performers are silhouetted as they stand during a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair at Ditan Park in Beijing on Feb. 5.

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People light sticks of incense in a cauldron as they pray at the Lama Temple in Beijing on Feb. 5.

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A performer dressed as an emperor, center, participates in a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair in Ditan Park in Beijing on Feb. 5.

In the Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, photo, multiple
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Multiple dragon dancers take part in Lunar New Year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 5.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, photo, people
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People hold floral bouquets and sticks of incense as they pray at the Lama Temple in Beijing on Feb. 5.

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A fire-eater performs during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district of Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 5.

Dragon dance performers snake through the crowd during
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Dragon dance performers snake through the crowd during the celebrations of the Lunar New Year on Feb. 5, in the Chinatown district of Manila, Philippines.

Performers stand during a Qing Dynasty ceremony in
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Performers stand during a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair at Ditan Park in Beijing, on Feb. 5.

#7 University of Connecticut • Susan Herbst • President


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Katsouleas named new UConn president

Updated 11:40 am EST, Tuesday, February 5, 2019

He is set to take office on August 1, once Susan Herbst steps down after eight years as president of the state’s flagship university.

Katsouleas, 60, rose to the top of a list of more than 200 candidates assembled by a 44-member search committee and received the blessing of Gov. Ned Lamont. Katsouleaus currently serves as provost and executive vice president at the University of Virginia.

Lamont was on hand for the unanimous Board of Trustees vote which took place on campus in the Wilbur Cross building on campus. He said Katsouleaus has a lot of work to do.

“Tom’s reputation is one of advocacy and relationship-building, a key attribute for president of our flagship university,” Lamont said. He said he is counting on Katsoleaus keeping up the momentum Herbst started in building the reputation of the university.

The new president will get a five year contract with an overall cash compensation of $675,000 plus a car and housing compensation.

“Go Huskies,” Katsouleas said after being introduced.

Katsoleaus called UConn a vital piece of Connecticut’s economic engine but pledged to keep students as his number one priority. He wants to double the university’s research dollars over the next decade. He said he also enters the job with eyes wide open as to the state’s financial situation. UConn has experienced steady budget cuts over the past several years.

“Tom is clearly the right candidate at the right time to lead UConn forward,” said Thomas Kruger, chairman of UConn’s Board of Trustees. “He has a deep and comprehensive understanding of what makes a major research university work and what success looks like.”

Katsoleaus said he is anxious to get out an visit UConn’s branch campuses, pledged to support athletics, including UConn’s struggling football team, and promised to be accessible to students.

On past campuses he is known to have scooted across campus on a personalized skateboard. No word if he is bringing it to UConn.

An inventor and researcher, Katsouleas (pronounced Kat-soo-LAY’-es) taught for 14 years at the University of Southern California before becoming dean of engineering at Duke University. He said he has two teenage children who still live in California who will visit him during breaks.

He landed at the University of Virginia in 2015 but announced his intentions to leave when the president who hired him announced her intentions to step down.

Herbst had a package that before bonuses totaled $899,000.

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan said UConn made a fantastic choice.

“I am excited for Tom as he takes on this new challenge,” Ryan said in a prepared statement.

Teresa A. Sullivan, Virginia’s president emerita, said Tome combines a strong research and teaching background with a principaled approach to administering higher education.

“He is unafraid of challenge, whether they be intellectual or organizational,” Sullivan said, also in a prepared statement.

He is also not a stranger to academics in Connecticut. Tarek Sobh, an executive vice president at the University of Bridgeport, calls Katsouleas a friend and good colleague.

“We worked together to establish a Grand challenges scholar program in UB since 2015,” said Sobh, who is also an enegineer and computer scientist. On 67 college campuses, the only one approved in Connecticut is at UB. The program prepares students to solve problems and is part of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges program.

“In a nut shell, he is the kind of leader needed for public universities in the 21st century economy,” Sobh said.

Katsouleas was a finalist last year for president of the University of Utah. That job when to someone internally. Katsouleas has two physics degrees from UCLA. He is considered a leading scholar of plasma science. A plasma is an ionized gas with enough energy to free electrons from atoms or molecules and to allow both to coexist.

At UConn, officials are counting on Katsouleas to help the university grow the state’s economy. He is said to have met privately with Lamont on two occasions, the second time with invited business leaders.

Founded in 1881, UConn has an overall enrollment of 32,257 spread over five campuses, a law school and medical school.

UConn Names Thomas C. Katsouleas as 16th President

Thomas C. Katsouleas, president designate. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Thomas C. Katsouleas, a leading plasma scientist and engineer with deep academic roots in teaching and research, has been appointed the 16th president of the University of Connecticut.

UConn’s Board of Trustees unanimously confirmed his appointment Tuesday at a special meeting, capping a highly competitive six-month national search. His term as president begins Aug. 1, 2019.

Katsouleas, who is currently executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, comes to Connecticut with the endorsement of Gov. Ned Lamont, who welcomed Katsouleas on Tuesday before an enthusiastic crowd in the Wilbur Cross Building.

“UConn is a vital piece of Connecticut’s economic engine, and I look forward to working with Tom in ensuring that the university and our state’s economic development team, large corporations, small businesses, and start-ups alike are working together to help develop a pipeline of talent and an environment that supports business development and economic growth,” Lamont said.

“Tom’s reputation is one of advocacy and relationship-building, a key attribute for the president of our flagship university,” he added. “I look forward to connecting him with business leaders, our agency commissioners, members of the nonprofit and advocacy community, and others as we work toward a Connecticut that is forward-thinking, strategic, and welcoming to new graduates, businesses, and entrepreneurs alike.”

Katsouleas has been executive vice president and provost at Virginia since 2015, having been appointed to the position after serving for seven years at Duke University as the dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

He was among more than 200 applicants for the position, which President Susan Herbst is leaving this summer when her contract ends after eight years in the job.

He plans to spend a significant amount of time in Connecticut in the coming months to prepare for the job, working with Herbst and others to prepare for a smooth transition.

“Tom is clearly the right candidate at the right time to lead UConn forward, and we are delighted he has decided to come to Connecticut,” Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Kruger said Tuesday.

“He has a deep and comprehensive understanding of what makes a major research university work and what success looks like. We were drawn to Tom’s vision of what the future of UConn can be and how we as a university can work with the Governor and his administration to help support the Governor’s economic vision for the state,” Kruger noted.

“We are confident in Tom and his ability to work closely and effectively with our Governor, the board, the General Assembly, our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors. He knows the vital role UConn plays in the life of our students and faculty, and for the economy, workforce, culture, and communities of our state,” he added. “We are pleased with our choice, and we are excited about it.”

Katsouleas earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in 1979 from UCLA, after transferring there from Santa Monica Community College, and stayed at UCLA to pursue and receive his Ph.D. in physics in 1984.

He was a researcher and faculty member at UCLA for seven years after receiving his Ph.D., before joining the University of Southern California faculty as an associate professor of electrical engineering in 1991, becoming full professor in 1997. He also was an associate dean of USC’s engineering school and vice provost of information technology services.

Katsouleas is a leading scholar in the field of plasma science and has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications. He has deep roots in academe, having served a term as president of the Faculty and Academic Senate at USC during his time in its engineering school.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). While at Duke, he also created the Grand Challenge Scholars Program of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a program now emulated at more than 120 universities across the U.S. and in several countries around the world.

Katsouleas’ wide portfolio of responsibilities at Virginia complement the work he will take on at UConn, with both schools featuring a rich array of academic degree programs, large academic medical centers, competitive NCAA Division I athletics teams, and esteemed professional schools.

“I’m honored and humbled to be appointed president of the University of Connecticut, one of the most outstanding public research universities in the nation and one of Connecticut’s greatest assets,” Katsouleas told trustees on Tuesday.

“I want to thank you for placing your confidence in me. I will spend each and every day working to justify that confidence and meet your expectations in the years ahead,” he said.

Among his many goals at UConn, Katsouleas expects to focus strongly on supporting innovation, enhancing the University’s connections with alumni and philanthropic supporters, and capitalizing on the state’s investments to aggressively expand UConn’s impact on the economy and innovation.

“One of my highest priorities is to grow research at UConn. That means making strategic investments in faculty and facilities with the goal of doubling research here over the next seven to 10 years,” he said.

“Good public universities are pillars supporting their state – serving its needs and supporting its economy,” he added. “Great flagship universities with their satellite campuses and partners, including state and community colleges, are the crown jewels of the state – uplifting the mind and spirit not just of their own students, but of the surrounding communities and the entire state.

That is what we are here to do, and I’m incredibly proud to contribute to that mission.”

As the top academic officer at Virginia, Katsouleas currently leads six undergraduate and six professional schools with enrollments of more than 16,000 undergraduates and more than 6,700 graduate students. In addition to focusing on the research and academic enterprises, he has a special interest in ensuring the quality of the student experience through ensuring diversity, shared values of respect and responsibility, and recruiting highly talented faculty whose backgrounds reflect those of the students they teach.

“The University of Connecticut has made a fantastic choice, and I am excited for Tom as he takes on this next challenge,” University of Virginia President Jim Ryan said. “For the past four years, Tom’s responsibilities have been both vast and varied, and he has handled them with grace and kindness. Tom has also been incredibly generous to me over the past year, and it has been a joy to work with and learn from him. I look forward to watching him make an even bigger difference in his new role.”

Katsouleas is also passionate about teaching and the value of designing courses in ways that help students learn in authentic, experiential ways that best prepare them for transitioning their knowledge later into successful careers.

Teresa A. Sullivan, Virginia’s president emerita, congratulated UConn on selecting Katsouleas, who she described as “well positioned to offer a vision and strong leadership as president.

“Tom combines a strong research and teaching background with a principled approach to administering higher education.  He is unafraid of challenges, whether they be intellectual or organizational,” she added.

Katsouleas has welcomed challenges in all aspects of his life even before his academic career, be it pushing himself in athletics or perfecting the intricate research involved in plasma science and the related fields in which he has distinguished himself.

As a college junior, he transferred from Santa Monica Community College to UCLA – where he ended up being late to his first calculus midterm, immediately dropped his pencil, and could only listen helplessly as it rolled away down the sloped floor, and eventually ended up with an “F.”

But as he said in keynote remarks at Virginia’s fall convocation last year, rather than throwing up his hands in defeat, he adjusted, with perseverance and help from mentors. In the end, he graduated summa cum laude.

In his spare time, Katsouleas enjoys sailing, swimming, surfing, water skiing, and other water sports. In fact, the former ocean lifeguard has jokingly noted that he competed “briefly, proudly, and ingloriously” as a student-athlete playing water polo during his college days.

He’s also been known at past universities to scoot across campus on his personalized skateboard, explore the surroundings by motorcycle, and is as comfortable discussing plasma physics as he is catching a wave.

“I look forward to bringing to the UConn presidency an ambitious agenda, a lot of energy, and my skateboard,” he said.

Katsouleas’ resume, high-resolution downloadable photos, and other information are available at: presidentdesignate.uconn.edu

Katsouleas will be UConn’s 16th president. Meet all 16, going back to the University’s founding in 1881, in this video


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Guest list: Here’s who you’ll see at the State of the Union

Cardi B won’t be there, but undocumented worker who worked at Trump’s golf club will

President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Two of his former housekeepers will look on from the House chamber. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address Tuesday night. Two of his former housekeepers, both immigrants, will watch from the House chamber.

Each member of Congress gets at least one ticket for a guest, and though some bring family members, many are accompanied by a constituent whose story helps illustrate a policy priority.

For example, despite some speculation that the freshman congresswoman would be accompanied by Cardi B, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Monday that her guest would be Ana Maria Archila of the Center for Popular Democracy. Archila called attention to the issue of sexual violence when she confronted then-Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol elevator and challenged him to vote against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Trump said Friday there is a “a good chance” he could declare a national emergency at the southern border to unlock Defense Department dollars for a wall Tuesday night. And the February 15th deadline for a House and Senate panel to broach a deal and avert another government shutdown approaches.

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Victorina Morales, an undocumented who worked as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, until she went public to the New York Times, will be the guest of Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey.

Morales is living proof that Trump’s depiction of immigrants as murderers and drug dealers, the “scourge of society,” is false, Coleman said.

“I’ve invited Victorina so that he may look her in her eyes to tell his lies to a familiar face,” Watson Coleman said in a statement.

Here is who’s on the guest list for Tuesday.


Sen. Lamar Alexander,  R-Tennessee: A.B. Culvahouse, Jr., Ambassador of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of Australia and a Tennessean.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin: Diane Whitcraft, a constituent with multiple sclerosis who stopped taking a drug after 23 years because she could not afford it.

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey: Edward Douglas, who faced a lifetime sentence in 2003 for selling crack cocaine, but was released in January thanks to a criminal justice reform bill called the First Step Act passed by Congress in December.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois: Toby Hauck, an Aurora, Illinois, air traffic controller and Air Force veteran and one of the more than 8,000 Illinois federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York:  Navy Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann, a transgender service member and the president of SPARTA, an LGBT military advocacy organization focused on transgender military advocacy.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California: Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik, an air traffic controller and a mother of three who lost her home in the Travis wildfire, and soon after went without a paycheck during the 35-day shutdown.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota: Bethlehem Gronneberg, founder and CEO of uCodeGirl, an organization promoting the education of girls in STEM fields like software development and engineering.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine: Margo Walsh, the owner and founder of MaineWorks, a Portland employment agency, and co-founder of Maine Recovery Fund, which provides services for people in recovery for substance abuse.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota: Nicole Smith-Holt, a constituent whose son died because the family was unable to afford his insulin.

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts: Varshini Prakash, executive director and co-founder of Sunrise, a movement of young people working to stop climate change.

“Varshini is a powerful voice of her generation, leading an historic movement of young people who recognize that climate change is the most important issue facing the planet and its leaders,” Markey said.

Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona: Isaiah Acosta, a 19-year-old rapper born without a jaw, who is an advocate for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Networks Hospitals.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada: Dr. Michael Moradshahi, a second-generation American and licensed psychologist. Moradshahi served in the Department of Veteran Affairs and currently works in the Indian Health System (IHS) in Reno. He worked without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah: McAdams will bring his brother-in-law Sam, who voted for Trump in 2016.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon: Albertina Contreras, a mother detained in solitary confinement and separated from her 11-year-old daughter Yakelin when she sought asylum from domestic violence in Guatemala.

“We must bear witness to the suffering that Trump’s child separation policy inflicted,” Merkley said.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio: Jamael Tito Brown, mayor of Youngstown, the beneficiary of a recent U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grant.

Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada: Tanya Flanagan, a constituent and county employee who has survived breast cancer three times, who would be at risk of losing health care coverage without the Affordable Care Act's protections for patients with preexisting conditions.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland: Lila Johnson, a grandmother and primary breadwinner, who has worked as a general cleaning services contractor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for more than two decades. As it stands, Johnson will not receive compensation for the 35 days the government was partially shuttered.

Van Hollen and Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn. have introduced legislation to ensure low- to middle-income federal contractors, including janitorial staff and food service workers, receive backpay for income lost during the shutdown.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona: Maj. Bryan Bouchard, a retired Bronze Star recipient.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina: Pastor Andrew Brunson, a North Carolina native who was imprisoned in Turkey, and his wife Norine Brunson. Brunson was arrested during a crackdown after a failed military coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He was released last year.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts: Sajid Shahriar, an employee of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development furloughed during the government shutdown. Executive vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3258, Shahriar organized rallies in Boston to urge an end to the shutdown.


Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona: Border Patrol Agent Art Del Cueto.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon: Blumenauer will not attend the State of the Union address, but has asked Nate Mook, executive director of the Word Central Kitchen, to take his place. Word Central Kitchen, founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, provides food to people in need, and distributed meals to federal employees during the shutdown.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon: Alexandria Goddard, who helped organize Portland's March for Our Lives while a student at Sunset High School. Goddard is currently a freshman at Portland State University.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois:  Tom Mueller, a soybean farmer whose income has taken a hit from trade policy under the Trump administration.

Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-California: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County CEO Erik Talkin, who distributed food to furloughed workers during the 35-day partial government shutdown.

Rep John Carter, R-Texas: Robert Chody, the Williamson County sheriff.  Carter said in a statement that Chody was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before taking the helm in Williamson County.

Rep. Judy Chu, D-California: Ryan Hampton, an advocate who was able to receive treatment for opioid addiction only to see his friend die in a sober-living facility due to lack of training and resources. Hampton will argue Trump is ignoring the opioid crisis by obsessing over a non-solution.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island: Jamie Green, an air traffic controller at T.F. Green International Airport.

“I’m hoping that Jamie’s attendance will remind the President that his reckless governing style comes with a human toll attached,” Cicciline said.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey: Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant who worked as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Morales represents “the face of Donald Trump’s hypocrisy,” Coleman said.

The president stalled a budget deal for weeks, leaving federal paychecks in limbo, “by demonizing immigrants as the scourge of the country,” Coleman said in a statement. “Meanwhile, CEO Trump led a company that has relied extensively on the hard work of undocumented immigrants like my constituent Victorina to keep his resorts clean and his putting greens trimmed.”

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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Virginia: Amer Al-Mudallal, a chemist and 22-year veteran of the chemical safety division of the Environmental Protection Agency. Both Amer and his wife, another EPA employee, were furloughed and missed their paychecks during the partial government shutdown.

Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minnesota: Katie Brenny, who Craig describes as a cattle farmer, businesswoman, and community advocate.

Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida: "Coast Guard family" Petty Officer Chris Gutierrez and Chelsey Gutierrez. Gutierrez is stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.

Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-South Carolina: Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin, a Republican, who endorsed Cunningham over his GOP opponent Katie Arrington last year.

Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas: Laura Robeson, a mother and health care advocate from Prairie Village, whose 7-year-old son Danny was born prematurely and has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and cortical vision impairment.

“Hosting her as my guest for the State of the Union is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of allowing insurance companies to discriminate against people based on their medical histories,” Davids said.

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois: Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews, who was instrumental in the emergency notification and disaster recovery efforts when a tornado struck the congressman’s hometown on Dec. 1, 2018.

Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pennsylvania: Jami Amo, a survivor of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Amo became a gun safety activist after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.

Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-New York: Michael Hickey, who exposed elevated levels of toxic PFOA chemicals in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh after his father died of cancer.

Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Ralph Velez, a federal employee at Orlando International Airport who worked without a paycheck during the partial government shutdown.

“I hope that the president can see the economic turmoil and stress that his decision to shut down the government has caused, and that he does not repeat that mistake on February 15th,” Velez said in a statement.

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida: Manny Oliver, who started the organization Change the Ref after losing his son Joaquin in the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-California: Charlene Downey, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain.

Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas: Senaida Navar, a DACA recipient and an adjunct instructor at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-New York: Yeni Gonzalez Garcia, a Guatemalan mother separated from her three children at the Arizona border last year.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania: Justin Cangro, 16, whose 20-year-old brother Jared died of an overdose in July 2016.

“It’s a huge way to be able to honor someone who is gone, and to put a face behind not just the ones that we lost,” said mother Tracy Cangro.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tennessee: Gov. Bill Lee will join Fleischmann as his guest and meet with the entire Tennessee delegation.

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois: Marilyn Weisner, executive director of the Aurora Food Pantry.

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida: Kim Churches, CEO of the American Association of University Women, an organization that promotes education for women and girls.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida: Carlos Trujillo, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States. Gaetz tweeted Trujillo has been a “key advisor” to the Trump administration on Venezuela policy.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona: Beth Lewis, chair of Save Our Schools Arizona, an organization that advocates for strong public schools.

Rep. Sylvia R. Garcia, D-Texas: Devani Gonzalez, a DACA recipient who aspires to be in law enforcement but is hindered due to her immigration status.

Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine: Cynthia Phinney, president of the Maine AFL-CIO.

Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-California: Sandra Diaz, another former housekeeper who worked at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, as an undocumented immigrant. Diaz endured coercion, physical and verbal abuse, and threats of deportation from her supervisors there, Gomez said in a statement.

Diaz, who emigrated from Costa Rica, is now a legal resident and does not have to worry her attendance will tip off U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico: Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Rep. Josh Harder, D-California: John Casazza, a Central Valley walnut farmer from Hughson and lifelong Republican. Recent Chinese tariffs are "significantly hurting his business due to the lowered demand," according to a statement.

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Connecticut: Lane Murdock, a junior at Ridgefield High School student and co-founder of National School Walkout, which organized a massive student protest in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia: Faye Smith, a member of 32BJ SEIU, a contracted Smithsonian security officer who was facing eviction because of the shutdown. Smith’s recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” sparked a groundswell of support among viewers who made her video the 10th most viewed post on Twitter, shared by thousands including House Speaker Nancy Peloisi.

“President Trump, no disrespect. Miss Nancy [Pelosi] is not going to give you the wall. You need to stop holding us hostage. That’s what you are doing. You’re worried about the wall? You need to be worried about what’s going on right here,” Smith said.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland: Jacqueline Beale, Maryland state lead ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington: Lisa J. Graumlich, climate scientist and Dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington.

“Climate change is creating refugees, claiming lives and costing taxpayers billions of dollars. The Trump administration continues to push our planet down a path of destruction. Instead of tackling the problem head-on, President Trump is burying his head in the sand and handing out favors to his friends in the coal industry,” Jayapal said.

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio: Chris Green, a police officer who nearly overdosedafter being exposed to fentanyl during an arrest.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan: Cathy Wusterbarth, of Oscoda, who has advocated for all levels of government to more urgently address toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination that has been found in drinking water in her community.

“Because of Cathy’s advocacy, the state and federal government have started to act to protect public health from dangerous PFAS chemicals,” Kildee said.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois: Dixon High School Resource Officer Mark Dallas, who intervened when a former student started firing in the school auditorium last year.

Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania: Darrin Kelly, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, firefighter and president of the Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-Rhode Island: Stephen Cardi, the chief operating officer of the Cardi Corporation and president of Construction Industries of Rhode Island.

Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nevada: Sergeant Isaac Saldivar, who served in the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq. Saldivar lost two years of G.I. Bill benefits when the for-profit college he was enrolled in closed.

Rep. Mike Levin, D-California: Lucero Sanchez, a DACA recipient, student in environmental science at UC San Diego, and former intern on Levin’s campaign.

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois: Chicago police officer Gino Garcia and advocate for the organization WINGS, which provides shelter and job training for victims of domestic violence.

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa: Jeff Chapman, battalion chief of the Clinton Fire Department, who has served with the department since 1995.

Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-New Jersey: Hing Foo Lee, brother of the late patient advocate John Lee, who was profiled in the Washington Post for his determination to vote in NJ-07 while dealing with stage IV cancer.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York: Sydney B. Ireland, a high school student who successfully lobbied to join the Boy Scout Troops and is now fighting to be officially recognized as a member with a rank of Eagle Scout.

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah: The freshman congressman tweeted that he had invited his “brother in law and Trump voter, Sam.”

McAdams said during his campaign “I talked with Sam not to change his views but to understand him and voters like him.”

Rep. Grace Meng, D-New York: Jin Park of Flushing, Queens, the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient to be awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Park is to study at the University of Oxford in England in the fall but fears he will not be permitted to re-enter the country.

“Inviting Jin Park to Washington for the State of the Union will bring more attention to his plight and show firsthand how President Trump’s un-American immigration policies are shattering the lives of DREAMers,” Meng said.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida: A 15-year-old student, Uma Menon of Winter Park, the winner of the congresswoman's State of the Union essay contest.

“It is because of the young students who led the Free Speech movement and unabashedly wore black protest bands that I am able to wear political t-shirts, express my beliefs, and assemble with other students at school today,” Menon wrote in an essay on the importance of youth civic engagement.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy

Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colorado: Elias, a DACA recipient and student in chemical and biological engineering, as well as biomedical engineering at Colorado State University. Elias emigrated from Mexico at a young age.

Rep. Donald Norcross, D-New Jersey: Robert Martinez Jr., who is the International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Norcross has introduced a bill to grant federal contractors back pay for income lost during the shutdown.

"We wholeheartedly support the Fairness for Federal Contractors Act introduced by U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross to make sure these workers receive the back pay they deserve,” Martinez said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York: Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Archila made national headlines last year when she confronted then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, in a Capitol elevator and challenged him to vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Arizona: Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota: Linda Clark, who fled Liberia and found refuge in the U.S. two decades ago under Deferred Enforced Departure, but who faces deportation as soon as March because the Trump administration has shuttered the program. “The President himself has expressed open hatred towards people fleeing what he calls ‘shithole countries’ like Liberia and Haiti and now he is acting on it,” Omar said. “I hope by hearing the stories of people directly impacted he can at long last find some empathy.”

Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire: Pappas invited transgender veteran Tavion Dignard in order to call attention to the transgender military service ban.

“I came out as a transgender man because I wanted to live my authentic truth and because I wanted to be the person I needed when I was younger,” Dignard said in a statement. “Being denied that opportunity put up absurd discriminatory barriers and created serious trauma in my life.”

Congressman Chris Pappas

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine: Joel Clement, a former Department of the Interior policy expert and whistleblower, who alleged the Trump administration retaliated against him for speaking out about the threat climate change poses to Native communities in Alaska after department higher-ups moved the biologist into the accounting department.

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin: Aissa Olivarez, staff attorney for the Community Immigration Law Center in Madison, a nonprofit resource center which helps low-income immigrants with legal services. Olivarez’s practice primarily focuses on helping those who are detained and going through removal proceedings, including some of the 83 individuals arrested in Wisconsin last September, Pocan said.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-California: Kenia Yaritza Arredondo Ramos, a mother, DACA recipient and nursing student at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio: Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, which represents General Motors workers at the Lordstown plant, one of five North American plants GM is closing.

“Dave will be representing the hundreds of laid off GM Lordstown workers who deserve to be seen and heard. I thank him for his leadership, and I can’t imagine a better partner in this fight to save GM Lordstown,” Ryan said.

Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Washington: Issaquah resident Jenell Payne Tamaela. Jenell was diagnosed with stage 3c colon cancer in Summer, 2016. She has since become an advocate for better access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions, and lower costs of prescription drugs and health care coverage. Jenell and Rep. Schrier are two of an estimated 300,000 people with pre-existing conditions in the 8th District.

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama: Tiphanie Carter, wife of Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter, who was killed on duty last month.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan: Amanda Thomashow, a sexual assault survivor advocate. Thomashow, a former Michigan State University student, brought the first Title IX case against Larry Nassar at MSU in 2014, which led to an investigation and contributed to Nassar’s eventual firing from the university.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California: United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Logan Ireland, who served in Afghanistan and Qatar.

Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida: Doug Lowe, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and  Federal Aviation Administration specialist at the Orlando International Airport.

Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona: Ellie Perez, a DACA recipient, and the first undocumented City of Phoenix employee, the first undocumented member of the Democratic National Committee, and a former campaign aide.

"She's a DREAMer, which means she cannot legally work on Capitol Hill and that's a shame," Stanton said.

Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan: Jean Buller, former teacher at Walled Lake Middle School, who recently retired after 30 years in the school district, and 2018 Michigan Science Teacher of the Year.

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-New Mexico: Arlean Murillo, ambassador to the New Mexico Secretary of Education’s Family Cabinet and, as the wife of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, a volunteer with the Border Patrol Agent Family Network.

Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Massachusetts: Lawrence Police Officer Ivan Soto, worked tirelessly during the gas explosions in his community last year, responding to fires even when his own house went up in flames.

Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan: Haley Petrowski, a cyberbullying prevention advocate and Adrian College student.

Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida: Senior Chief Jeffery S. Graham, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Virginia: Linda McCray, a constituent who works at the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center and was furloughed during the shutdown.

“It cannot be overstated how destructive this shutdown has been — for our economy, our federal workers, and the families who bore the brunt of this petty power play by Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell,” Wexton said.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-New York: Commissioner Geraldine Hart, who previously led Long Island’s Federal Bureau of Investigations field office and gang task force.

Correction: A previous version of this story misreported Sen. Jacky Rosen's guest as Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Rosen will take Tanya Flanagan, a constituent.Lindsey McPherson, Katherine Tully-McManus, Simone Pathe, Bridget Bowman, John Bennett and Sandhya Raman contributed to this report.

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Sonance's new architectural speakers are made for the Sonos Amp

Stream music across multiple rooms through hidden speakers.

Sonance and Sonos are two companies pretty well-versed in the speaker biz. Sonance has been designing visually unobtrusive architectural speakers since 1983, while Sonos paved the way for multi-room wireless home audio back in 2003. Now, the pair have teamed up to deliver premium speakers that draw on each of their specialties: the first architectural speakers that can be used with Sonos Amp. In other words, speakers that are hidden in walls, ceilings and outdoors, which can stream music and other audio from over 100 services (Spotify, Apple Music and so on), throughout multiple rooms.

Under the name "Sonos Architectural by Sonance," the new in-ceiling and in-wall speakers ($600 per pair) -- available for pre-order now and general purchase on February 26th -- also come with Trueplay, which accounts for the size, construction, and furnishings of the room where the speakers are placed, and automatically adjusts the EQ for optimal sound. The outdoor speaker ($800 per pair), will be available in April. It's the first Sonos speaker designed to be used outside, and has been built to withstand a host of environmental conditions. Up to three pairs of Sonos Architectural by Sonance speakers can be powered by a single Sonos Amp -- the all-new version of which (previously only on sale in the US) will now also be available in Australia, Canada, Mexico and Europe from today.

Sonos unveils in-ceiling, in-wall and outdoor speakers


Sonos is partnering with Sonance for a new lineup of passive speakers. You can now pre-order in-ceilingin-wall and outdoor Sonos speakers.

These are weird products as you still need to connect those speakers with a Sonos Amp. In other words, you can’t control those speakers from the Sonos app without the Sonos Amp.

But if you’re building a house and you want to put Sonos speakers around the house, this lineup is a good way to make sure that everything will be optimized for the Sonos ecosystem.

The in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are designed to blend in with your walls. You can even paint on the grilles to make them disappear even more. They’ll start shipping on February 26 and you can pre-order them now — each pair of speakers cost $599.

Outdoor speakers also come as a pair. They aren’t available just yet, but they’ll cost $799 a pair whenever they ship. And they should resist to extreme temperatures, water and UV rays.

According to the company, you can plug three pairs of speakers to a single Sonos Amp. If you plan on building a giant house, you can still buy multiple Amps and stack them up.

Like other Sonos speakers, you can tune them using TruePlay. This process uses your iPhone or iPad microphone to analyze the size of your room and how your furniture affects your speaker. Sonos then adjusts speaker settings. Update: TruePlay will be available for in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.

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