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Coronado to host first official road race in Southern California since pandemic began

CORONADO, Calif. — For the first time since the pandemic began, San Diego will hold its first official road race.

Coronado’s Crown City Classic is back on after being cancelled last year.

More than 2,000 people have signed up for the annual event, that, like many, was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

“Yeah. Super stoked. I’m glad everything is opening back up,” said Travis Luckhurst.

“It’s good something is coming up and we’re able to be a part of it,” said Eric Hare.

The Crown City Classic is now in its 48th year.

In 2020, when California was still under color coded restrictions, large scale in-person races weren’t allowed.

That left vendors and charities that rely on race proceeds without work and critical funding.

“T-shirt companies, medals, there’s all kinds of down the road effects this pandemic has had and now we’re open and these people can get back to work,” said Jamie Monroe, the owner of Easy Day Sports, the company behind Saturday’s race.

He says not only are businesses benefitting from it, but this race is something runners have been waiting for.

The last official road race was the Los Angeles marathon back in March of 2020.

People from all over are taking part in the Crown City Classic, including elite athletes.

“And then you’ve got Olympic trials athletes more than most years because they’re all waiting to run the first race back,” said Monroe.

The Crown City Classic takes place Saturday, at 7 a.m., followed by Coronado’s annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m.

That’s not a mistake, this year the parade is on Saturday the 3rd, not the 4th.

As for the race, it’s comprised of both a kid race, a 5K and 12K run.

Why 12K? It’s 7.4 miles to represent Independence Day, a day Coronado’s mayor says this town is all about.

“Our kickoff to summer. This is our kickoff to normalcy. We have a lot of things scheduled. This is gonna be a normal Fourth of July weekend as far as we’re concerned,” said Richard Bailey.

There’s still time to sign up for the race up until the day of. There’s also a virtual option for those who are unable to attend in person.

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Author: Shannon Handy (Reporter)
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Elvis Presley: Graceland’s unseen rooms – Inside bedroom Aunt Delta used when tours began

Five years after Elvis Presley’s death, Graceland was opened to the public for tours. But from 1982 until her death in 1993, The King’s Aunt Delta continued to live at the Memphis mansion and use a bedroom next to the kitchen while guests were looking around. Express.co.uk recently took part in a virtual live tour of Graceland, which included a look inside a number of unseen downstairs rooms including this space she would use in the daytime.
During the 1980s, Graceland’s kitchen was also not part of the tour, so that Aunt Delta could use it and the bedroom next to it.

Our tour guide, on-site archivist Angie Marchese, said on the live stream: “We call it Delta’s bedroom because this is a room she would use a lot during the day when we opened up for tours and then she would use the other room at night.”

The other room is the master bedroom that’s seen early on in the in-person tour. Prior to Delta, it was used by Elvis’ mother Gladys until her death in 1958 and then The King’s grandmother Minnie Mae until she died in 1980.

Entering the bedroom Delta used in the day, Angie pointed out its simple design and the TV and cable box from the early 1990s still intact.

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On the chest of drawers was a framed picture of Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla, his daughter Lisa Marie and Priscilla’s son Navarone Garibaldi.

Interestingly the drapes were a royal blue, having been put up in the late 1970s, while the carpet had been replaced shortly before Delta’s death in 1993.

Angie pointed out how one of the drawers contains the china that Lisa Marie uses for meals when she and her family visit Graceland.

The archivist herself knew Delta for the last four years of her life and described how at the end of the touring day. the guides would signal to her that she could come out and use the rest of the mansion in the evening.

After this, Delta would know that she had free run of the house and used it as she would in Elvis’ lifetime.

Angie added: “She would often change stuff on the dining room table.

“So you would come in one day and the placemats would be blue, the next day they could be red.

“You didn’t know what colour the dining room table was going to be decorated.”

Angie added: “Edmund her Pomeranian sometimes would run out in the Jungle Room in the middle of the day.

“And then you’d hear her yell at him to get back into the kitchen. So it was always a lot of fun when Delta was around.”

The Elvis expert also pointed out how near the kitchen in one of the cupboards was a Southfork Ranch mug The King’s Aunt used.

Angie reckons this was gifted to her by Priscilla who was starring in the TV show Dallas which featured the ranch.

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It Began As an AI-Fueled Dungeon Game. It Got Much Darker

OpenAI said the service would empower businesses and startups and granted Microsoft, a hefty backer of OpenAI, an exclusive license to the underlying algorithms. WIRED and some coders and AI researchers who tried the system showed it could also generate unsavory text, such as anti-Semitic comments, and extremist propaganda. OpenAI said it would carefully vet customers to weed out bad actors, and required most customers—but not Latitude—to use filters the AI provider created to block profanity, hate speech, or sexual content.

Out of the limelight, AI Dungeon provided relatively unconstrained access to OpenAI’s text-generation technology. In December 2019, the month the game launched using the earlier open-source version of OpenAI’s technology, it won 100,000 players. Some quickly discovered and came to cherish its fluency with sexual content. Others complained the AI would bring up sexual themes unbidden, for example when they attempted to travel by mounting a dragon and their adventure took an unforeseen turn.

Latitude cofounder Nick Walton acknowledged the problem on the game’s official Reddit community within days of launching the game. He said several players had sent him examples that left them “feeling deeply uncomfortable,” adding that the company was working on filtering technology. From the game’s early months players also noticed, and posted online to flag, that it would sometimes write children into sexual scenarios.

AI Dungeon’s official Reddit and Discord communities added dedicated channels to discuss adult content generated by the game. Latitude added an optional “safe mode” that filtered out suggestions from the AI featuring certain words. Like all automated filters, however, it was not perfect. And some players noticed the supposedly safe setting improved the text-generator’s erotic writing because it used more analogies and euphemisms. The company also added a premium subscription tier to generate revenue.

When AI Dungeon added OpenAI’s more powerful, commercial writing algorithms in July 2020, the writing got still more impressive. “The sheer jump in creativity and storytelling ability was heavenly,” says one veteran player. The system got noticeably more creative in its ability to explore sexually explicit themes, too, this person says. For a time last year players noticed Latitude experimenting with a filter that automatically replaced occurrences of the word “rape” with “respect” but the feature was dropped.

The veteran player was among the AI Dungeon aficionados who embraced the game as an AI-enhanced writing tool to explore adult themes, including in a dedicated writing group. Unwanted suggestions from the algorithm could be removed from a story to steer it in a different direction; the results weren’t posted publicly unless a person chose to share them.

Latitude declined to share figures on how many adventures contained sexual content. OpenAI’s website says AI Dungeon attracts more than 20,000 players each day.

An AI Dungeon player who posted last week about a security flaw that made every story generated in the game publicly accessible says he downloaded several hundred thousand adventures created during four days in April. He analyzed a sample of 188,000 of them, and found 31 percent contained words suggesting they were sexually explicit. That analysis and the security flaw, now fixed, added to anger from some players over Latitude’s new approach to moderating content.

Latitude now faces the challenge of winning back users’ trust while meeting OpenAI’s requirements for tighter control over its text generator. The startup now must use OpenAI’s filtering technology, an OpenAI spokesperson said.

How to responsibly deploy AI systems that have ingested large swaths of internet text, including some unsavory parts, has become a hot topic in AI research. Two prominent Google researchers were forced out of the company after managers objected to a paper arguing for caution with such technology.

The technology can be used in very constrained ways, such as in Google search where it helps parse the meaning of long queries. OpenAI helped AI Dungeon to launch an impressive, but fraught application that let people prompt the technology to unspool more or less whatever it could.

Author: Tom Simonite
This post originally appeared on Business Latest

Then a Hacker Began Posting Patients’ Deepest Secrets Online

The next morning, Jere checked Twitter, where he was both horrified and relieved to learn that thousands of others had received the same threat. “Had I been one of the only people to get the mail, I would have been more scared,” he says.

Vastaamo ran the largest network of private mental-health providers in Finland. In a country of just 5.5 million—about the same as the state of Minnesota—it was the “McDonald’s of psychotherapy,” one Finnish journalist told me. And because of that, the attack on the company rocked all of Finland. Around 30,000 people are believed to have received the ransom demand; some 25,000 reported it to the police. On October 29, a headline in the Helsinki Times read: “Vastaamo Hacking Could Turn Into Largest Criminal Case in Finnish History.” That prediction seems to have come true.

If the scale of the attack was shocking, so was its cruelty. Not just because the records were so sensitive; not just because the attacker, or attackers, singled out patients like wounded animals; but also because, out of all the countries on earth, Finland should have been among the best able to prevent such a breach. Along with neighboring Estonia, it is widely considered a pioneer in digital health. Since the late 1990s, Finnish leaders have pursued the principle of “citizen-centered, seamless” care, backed up by investments in technology infrastructure. Today, every Finnish citizen has access to a highly secure service called Kanta, where they can browse their own treatment records and order prescriptions. Their health providers can use the system to coordinate care.

Vastaamo was a private company, but it seemed to operate in the same spirit of tech-enabled ease and accessibility: You booked a therapist with a few clicks, wait times were tolerable, and Finland’s Social Insurance Institution reimbursed a big chunk of the session fee (provided you had a diagnosed mental disorder). The company was run by Ville Tapio, a 39-year-old coder and entrepreneur with sharp eyebrows, slicked-back brown hair, and a heavy jawline. He’d cofounded the company with his parents. They pitched ­Vastaamo as a humble family-run enterprise committed to improving the mental health of all Finns.

For nearly a decade, the company went from success to success. Sure, some questioned the purity of Tapio’s motives; Kristian Wahlbeck, director of development at Finland’s oldest mental health nonprofit, says he was “a bit frowned-upon” and “perceived as too business-minded.” And yes, there were occasional stories about Vastaamo doing shady-seeming things, such as using Google ads to try to poach prospective patients from a university clinic, as the newspaper Iltalehti reported. But people kept signing up. Tapio was so confident in what he’d created that he spoke about taking his model overseas.

Before “the incident,” Tapio says, “Vastaamo produced a lot of social good.” Now he is an ex-CEO, and the company he founded is being sold for parts. “I’m so sad to see all the work done and the future opportunities suddenly go to waste,” he says. “The way it ended feels terrible, unnecessary, and unjustified.”

Tapio grew up in a “peaceful and green” neighborhood in northern Helsinki during a bad recession. His mother, Nina, was a trauma psychotherapist, and his father, Perttu, a priest. His grandparents gave him a used Commodore 64 when he was 10, which led him to an interest in coding. Something in his brain resonated with the logical challenge of it, he says. He also saw it as a “tool to build something real.”

The obsession endured: In middle school Tapio coded a statistics system for his basketball team, and in high school he worked for the Helsinki Education Department, showing teachers how to use their computers. Rather than going to college, he set up an online shop selling computer parts—his first business, funded with “a few tens of euros,” he says. A couple of years later, at age 20, he joined a small management consultancy.

Author: William Ralston
This post originally appeared on Backchannel Latest

A Teacher Marched to the Capitol. When She Got Home, the Fight Began.

Even the local yoga community, where Ms. Hostetter’s husband was a fixture, has found itself divided.

“It goes deeper than just her. A lot of conversations between parents, between friends, have already been fractured by Trump, by the election, by Black Lives Matter,” said Cady Anderson, whose two children attend Ms. Hostetter’s school.

Ms. Hostetter, she added, “just brought it all home to us.”

Complicating matters is Ms. Hostetter’s relative silence. Apart from appearing at protests and the incident at the beach, she has said little publicly over the past year, and did not respond to repeated interview requests for this article. People have filled in the blanks.

To Ms. Hostetter’s backers, the entire affair is being overblown by an intolerant mob of woke liberals who have no respect for the privacy of someone’s personal politics. Yet Ms. Hostetter’s politics, while personal, are hardly private, and to those who have lined up against her, she is inextricably linked to her husband, Alan, who last year emerged as a rising star in Southern California’s resurgent far right[1].

An Army veteran and former police chief of La Habra, Calif., Mr. Hostetter was known around San Clemente as a yoga guru — his specialty is “sound healing” with gongs, Tibetan bowls and Aboriginal didgeridoos — until the pandemic turned him into a self-declared “patriotic warrior.” He gave up yoga and founded the American Phoenix Project[2], which says it arose as a result of “the fear-based tyranny of 2020 caused by manipulative officials at the highest levels of our government.”

Throughout the spring, summer and fall, the American Phoenix Project organized protests against Covid-related restrictions up and down Orange County, and Mr. Hostetter’s list of enemies grew: Black Lives Matter protesters. The election thieves. Cabals and conspiracies drawn from QAnon[3], the movement that claims Mr. Trump was secretly battling devil-worshiping Democrats and international financiers who abuse children.

By Jan. 5, Mr. Hostetter, 56, had graduated to the national stage, appearing with the former Trump adviser Roger Stone at a rally outside the Supreme Court.[4]

References

  1. ^ a rising star in Southern California’s resurgent far right (www.latimes.com)
  2. ^ American Phoenix Project (americanphoenix.org)
  3. ^ drawn from QAnon (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ a rally outside the Supreme Court. (www.instagram.com)

Matthew Rosenberg

Boxing superstar Canelo to face British loudmouth Saunders in front of 100,000 – the biggest crowd since the Covid pandemic began

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will meet in front of what could be the biggest sporting crowd since the start of the pandemic a year ago, with a fight venue and date now confirmed for their title showdown.

Although the super middleweight unification bout between the masterful Mexican and the undefeated Saunders had been on the cards for some time, the clash has now been confirmed for May 8 at one of the vastest settings in the US.

Streaming giant DAZN confirmed on Friday afternoon that the WBA (Super), WBC, WBO and The Ring crown clash will take place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – and should play host to the largest crowd at a sporting event since the pandemic broke out in early 2020.

The ground can hold 80,000 on NFL matchdays, but potential attendances at the Dallas Cowboys’ home can rise to 100,000, with relaxed laws in its state now allowing capacity crowds.

While Alvarez pulled in a still-impressive 50,000 punters for his last outing there – a 2016 demolition of Brit Liam Smith – he is a much bigger draw now as boxing’s pound-for-pound king and arguably the sport’s most popular star.

Saunders is expected to be a much tougher opponent than Williams and his brother Callum, from whom Canelo snatched his current 168lb straps in December via unanimous decision.

Still, some have pointed to the fact that even if the cousin of Tyson Fury puts on a boxing clinic through the excellent jab and footwork he showed against David Lemieux for the WBO belt in 2018, he could face being robbed on the cards in the same manner Gennady Golovkin, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout were against Canelo.

“There goes Saunders’ chance of getting a decision if he had one,” warned one disgruntled punter. “70,000 Mexicans screaming every time Canelo throws a punch won’t help Saunders in the slightest.”

In any event, and despite some fans continuing to brand Saunders a “boring” dance partner for Alvarez, the build-up to the spectacle will be anything but dull.

A loudmouth often on the wrong side of the law with links to controversial former MTK boss Daniel Kinahan, the proud traveller is an elite trash-talker who will do whatever it takes to try to get in the head of his 30-year-old foe.
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