United States shutdown solution no closer after crisis meeting
In Atlanta, this weekend’s TomorrowWorld music festival organizers warned on its website of zero-tolerance for MDMA use, but noted: “If you or someone around you has taken something that you are concerned about or need help, it is important that you tell our staff. We are here to help and never judge.” The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms involving MDMA has jumped 123 percent since 2004, according to data compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network. In 2011, the most recent year on record, there were 22,498 such visits. In the New York concert deaths, the medical examiner found lethal mixtures of MDMA and methylone, a synthetic stimulant, the DEA said. “It’s exactly the same phenomenon that occurred with ecstasy a decade ago,” said Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and an expert on MDMA. “Ecstasy had terrible reliability and it’s the same with Molly. Though it’s being marketed as pure MDMA, it’s a hoax.” Overdose symptoms can include rapid heart beat, overheating, excessive sweating, shivering and involuntary twitching. Grob said references in pop culture can fan misconceptions. Miley Cyrus admitted in July that a lyric in her new dance anthem “We Can’t Stop” was a reference to Molly. Last year at a Miami concert, Madonna, the mother of a teenager, asked: “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” She later said she was referring to a friend. The illusion that MDMA is somehow less harmful has been branded with Molly, according to Anna.
Corporate leaders have warned that a debt ceiling crisis could be a disaster. Theres precedent for a government shutdown, Blankfein said. Theres no precedent for a default … and Im not anxious to be part of the process that witnesses it. Congressional leaders, meanwhile, made no progress toward ending the stalemate. Reid placed a phone call to Boehner, which the Senate leader called cordial. Reid also sent a letter to Boehner, saying that Senate Democrats would negotiate only after the House approved a temporary budget to reopen the government. But his offer, which Reid cast as a new one, did not amount to much. Reid essentially said he would he would negotiate once the House dropped its current demands, which House Republicans said was not a negotiation at all. The entire government is shut down right now because Washington Democrats refuse to even talk about fairness for all Americans under Obamacare, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. Offering to negotiate only after Democrats get everything they want is not much of an offer. The House is attempting to restore some government functions piecemeal. On Wednesday, leaders approved three smaller funding bills, which would provide money for national parks and museums, the District of Columbia government, and the National Institutes of Health. The House is planning to vote on Thursday to fund the National Guard and the Veterans Administration. But so far, Democrats have remained united, opposed to any partial approach to funding the government. Obama has vowed to veto such measures.
International music sensation Pitbull to perform post-race concert at 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
“Don’t Stop The Party” comes on the heels of Pitbull’s two million-selling single “Back In Time,” the chart-topping anthem from the action-adventure-comedy Men In Black 3. “The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix is one of the largest sports parties in the country, and a live performance by a worldwide sensation like Pitbull will be the perfect end to an awesome day of racing,” Circuit Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Geoff Moore said. “We know how much race fans like personal access to the racetrack, and this year we’re hosting a track invasion right after the Formula 1 race to let guests literally walk in the tire treads of their motorsports heroes. We will transmit the live Pitbull concert into our large, high-definition video boards and sound system around the circuit, so fans who want to see the track for themselves won’t miss Pitbull’s performance. We’re really excited to add these elements, which are included with the price of admission, to what will be a sensational entertainment line-up at this year’s Grand Prix in Austin.” This unique race-day experience is available to fans with three-day tickets as well as Sunday-only tickets, which start at $129 per person. Tickets for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX can be purchased online at www.circuitoftheamericas.com (under the EVENTS section of the website) or www.ticketmaster.com . For information on personal seat licenses for Formula 1 events and other motorsports and entertainment programming at Circuit of The Americas, call the Circuit’s Sales Team at 512.301.6600 and press “1” to be connected to a sales representative. For individuals, groups and companies looking to experience the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX race weekend in a special way, Circuit of The Americas Official program, Circuit of The Americas Experiences ( www.COTAExperiences.com , 866.801.6975), is offering racing enthusiasts a turn-key elevated race weekend experience to the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. About Circuit of The Americas Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. It is the first racing facility in the United States purposely built for Formula 1 racing and is designed to host a variety of sports and entertainment events. The Circuit is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, which was named the 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and is the new North American host of the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games. Additionally Circuit of The Americas welcomes spectators from around the world for some of the most prestigious national and international motorsports series, including MotoGP, V8 Supercars, GRAND-AM Road Racing, American Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championships. Circuit of The Americas’ 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and sporting use. Its signature 3.4-mile, 20-turn undulating racetrack features remarkable elevation changes and a number of challenging turns patterned after some of the world’s iconic Grand Prix tracks. The Austin360 Amphitheater is an expansive outdoor live music space, featuring the largest permanent stage in Central Texas and the capacity for 14,000 guests.