A’s Matt Chapman no longer ‘a mess’ after a rough patch at the plate

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s big bats have been quieter than usual recently but manager Bob Melvin isn’t concerned. He canceled batting practice before Friday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, noting the team appeared “sluggish” in an 11-3 loss the night before.Asked about Matt Chapman, who has been off his game since returning from an ankle injury, Melvin said he’s the last player he worries about.Chapman doesn’t worry much these days, either, even if numbers from the past few weeks might prompt …last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillCan a service member in his 30s use funds in a traditional IRA to pay for college?Like all IRA owners, service members who withdraw funds from a traditional IRA before age 59 ½ are subject to the 10% early withdrawal penalty with a few exceptions. One of these exceptions is to pay for qualified higher education expenses. Funds withdrawn will be subject to the early withdrawal penalty, however, if they are in excess of the actual amount of expenses.When determining the amount of money needed to withdraw, service members should take into account any distributions from 529 plans, scholarships, grants, and other tax-free payments, such as gifts or inheritances they have received during the year. Qualified higher education expenses for the IRA exemption include tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment as well as room and board as long as the student is attending school at least half-time.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars answered by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on May 27, 2013.last_img read more

Make a Film Foundation Premieres Zombie Film Created With Johnny Depp to

first_imgMake A Film Foundation (MAFF), a non-profit film wish granting organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions, will present a premiere of The Black Ghiandola at a fundraising benefit screening to be held on Saturday April 22nd at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.MAFF and Richard Chamberlain, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Anthony Conti, Johnny Depp, Catherine Hardwicke, Adele Rene, Tamika LamisonRed Carpet starts at 6:00 p.m.The Black Ghiandola film fulfills the dream of 16-year-old Anthony Conti who suffered from stage four adrenal cortical cancer. He stars in the project along with Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Chad L. Coleman, Richard Chamberlain, Penelope Ann Miller, Keith Allan, Jade Pettyjohn and Pritesh Shah. The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures) and Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy).The Black Ghiandola is about a boy who risks his life to save a young girl he has grown to love – after his family has been killed in an apocalyptic world of Zombies. Conti’s idea went from conception to completion in only one month, with the generous help of top professional talent that donated their time and energy to the project.According to Tamika Lamison, founder and executive director of MAFF, “Make A Film Foundation teams critically ill children with notable actors, directors, producers and writers. We believe that the art of filmmaking not only helps children make a personal statement about what they are going through, but it is also offers them a sense of hope, while also building their self-esteem.”During this special event, J.K. Simmons will accept the Mentorship Award for his work with MAFF. Mohamed Bzeek, a man who has committed himself to caring for and fostering terminally ill children until they die, will receive the Humanitarian Award.There will be a panel discussion led by moderator, Leonard Maltin (American Film Critic and Historian) with cast and crew, and a musical performance by Adam Gontier, of “Saint Asonia” as well as a VIP pre-reception and a post-event dessert reception for all.Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers, producers and directors who help them to create short film legacies. Over 100 documentaries and four short narrative films have been completed so far.For further information about MAFF, or to order tickets to the event ($25 for Screening and $100 VIP with Reception and Gift Bag), or to donate, please visit: www.makeafilmfoundation.org;To purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more