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    Crews return to remodeled, seismically stable fire station 1 – Herald and News - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The crew of Klamath County Fire District 1 has moved back into station 1 after a $2.3 million seismic retrofit and remodel for the station built in the 1940s.

    Station 1 is the third KCFD1 to receive state grant funding to make the buildings more stable in case of an earthquake. Station 1 received grants from Business Oregon and tapped into the departments reserve funds for an additional $350,000 in upgrades and repairs..

    While the district ensures the seismic stability of stations to be able to serve the community in the case of a natural disaster, Chief Greg Davis said it was also a good opportunity to upgrade the old stations.

    Our living facilities have needed some improvements for quite some time, he said. Weve been planning this out, putting in for those retrofits over the last couple of years, and as weve been awarded those grants, its a pretty good, opportune time to make some improvements.

    From left to right: KCFD1 Chief Greg Davis, retired Battalion Chief Tom Morehouse and Station 1 Captain Kyle Shultz at the remodeled Gettle Street station.

    The department avoided going out for taxpayer funding or levies, which Davis said is a testament to the departments planning for the future.

    When you actually put people in these positions to live in these facilities for a third of their lives, and then, we want them to be alert and ready to serve their community, Davis said. And so providing a pretty livable space, something that we can actually maintain and take care of, means a lot.

    Station Captain Kyle Shultz said the upgrade sets them up for the long haul of providing services to the growing community.

    The importance is not what we need currently because you have to plan for the future, he said. Because our communitys not getting any smaller. Were not getting any slower. We get busier and busier every year, which means we need the ability to function in the fire station.

    Station 1s three crews of six respond to about a third of the districts calls for service. During the remodel, the stations crews worked out of station 3 on Mitchell Street near Fred Meyer. The ambulance crew was housed in station 2 on Hilyard Ave. near Klamath Community College.

    Construction took about nine months to rework the second floor and add improvements to the first floor. The top floor of the station had been added onto over the years as the district grew, which created a sort of patchwork layout with about five different levels on the second story.

    The living quarters of the station received some badly needed upgrades, with a bunk room now becoming individual dorms and the restroom also getting added privacy with doors on toilet stalls and shower stalls.

    The remodeled kitchen in KCFD1 station 1 that received a $2.3 million seismic retrofit, in addition to an update.

    Making the living spaces more comfortable was particularly important, Shultz said, because crews spend 48 hour shifts as the station before having 96 hours, or four days, off.

    The station is more functional for the crews with the hodgepodge layout now streamlined with work spaces downstairs and living spaces upstairs.

    It is also more practical for firefighting, with a new ventilated turnout room where crews keep their gear. The room will help decrease the amount of fumes and soot the crews inhale when they come back to the station. The station also improved its decontamination room and expanded the engine bays to allow for more room around the fire engines that are bigger these days than they were when the station was built.

    The new and improved turnout room at KCFD1 station 1 features better ventilation to keep crews safe from fumes that cling to firefighting gear.

    Retired Battalion Chief Tom Morehouse spent years living out of station 1 before he hung up his boots in 2016.

    I wish I couldve worked in this, he said about the new and improved station. After all the additions to the station, it had gotten to the point that it was cobbled together. It was hard to work with, and it was falling apart. And Im really happy that they were able to get the grants and they were able to afford an improvement. I think its a big improvement.

    Shultz said it feels good to be back at the station hes been at for six years of his almost 20-year career with KCFD1. As much as the modern design is more comfortable, he said he also appreciates the features of the old station that stuck around, like the brick faade on the first floor.

    Its nice because youre back in your little community thats yourswe all serve the community, right, but this is our response area, he said. Its comfortable, its clean, and I couldnt be happier to be back at this station.

    KCFD1 Captain Kyle Shultz looks down one of two fire pole that remained in the remodeled station 1 on Gettle Street near Dairy Queen.

    Next up is station 4 near Oregon Institute of Technology. That station is in the design phase of a similar, grant-funded seismic retrofit.

    For a look inside the remodeled station and a tour of the station before construction, visit the H&Ns YouTube channel.

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    Review: Italian film paints story of love, loss and betrayal – Ithaca College The Ithacan - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Last paradiso / L'ultimo ParadisoSilver Productions

    If modern soap operas no longer carry enough drama and passion, look no further than Lultimo paradiso, The Last Paradiso. Directed by Rocco Ricciardulli, this Italian film paints a narrative of love, loss, vengeance and betrayal while class warfare ensues throughout a village in the Apulia region of Italy in the 1950s.

    Inspired by true stories Ricciardulli heard from his mother during his youth, the story follows Ciccio Paradiso (Riccardo Scamarcio) as he fights for better living conditions for himself and his fellow villagers. The community is composed of olive farmers who live under the thumb of Cump Schettino (Antonio Gerardi), the mayor of the village and owner of one of the largest olive farms, who refuses to pay them living wages. As Ciccios movement gains momentum, tensions mounting in his private life begin to take precedence. Ciccio, despite being married, falls madly in love with Schettinos daughter, Bianca Schettino (Gaia Bermani Amaral). After Ciccio mixes business with pleasure, chaos ensues in the lives of the Paradiso family and their village. The complex twists and turns in the characters lives and high-stakes scenarios give this film the feel of an Italian soap opera.

    Though interesting and jampacked with conflict, the plot is confusing as characters stories grow increasingly tangled with one anothers. Deeply hidden family secrets emerge around every corner, throwing more complications into this already dense narrative. Most notably, rather than using the established cast of characters to resolve the conflicts created, new and estranged characters come completely out of left field with little to no set up. These sporadic additions muddy the overall denouement of the story.

    As a whole, the writers are unsuccessfully torn between telling two stories. On one hand, they depict the rise and fall of Ciccio and how his own selfishness is his greatest enemy. At the same time, they depict Italy post-WWII as it grapples with immense inequality following the fall of its fascist regime and the placement of a weak government. At times, Ciccios personal conflict serves to successfully mirror the socioeconomic conflict in Italy, but more often than not, these dual plots come across as cluttered and difficult to follow.

    The film beautifully matches color with on-screen conflict. At the beginning of the film as Ciccio and Biancas love blossoms and there seems to be nothing but hope for the farmers uprising against Schettino the film utilizes natural lighting. Additionally, the characters wear brighter and more vibrant costumes in the first half of the film. With the emergence of doom and as the conflicts begin downward spirals, the lighting becomes white and gray. For the second half of the film, the characters costumes also shift to being much darker. This creates an effective visual strategy that enhances the viewers emotions.

    The forbidden romance between Ciccio and Bianca is the most enticing element of the film. The dialogue written between the two characters is melodic. Their most poetic lines, like, Every time I see you, its like my head is on fire and I cant make sense of anything, whisk the audience off into the dreamscape of these two lovers. Scamarcio and Amarals performances are extremely compelling, and their chemistry is palpable. Despite Ciccio already being married, the filmmakers do an excellent job of getting the audience to root for these star-crossed lovers.

    Though well-intentioned, Lultimo paradiso crammed as much as it could into its story, making it overwhelming at times. This periodpiece romance is packed to the brim with drama and convoluted twists that may captivate some viewers but leave others confused and browsing for other titles.

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    Apple TV+ Shows ‘Physical,’ ‘Schmigadoon’ and ‘Lisey’s Story’ Coming This Summer – MacRumors - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Apple today shared additional details on upcoming Apple TV+ series "Physical," which Apple says is "coming soon." There are 10 episodes of "Physical," with the show described as a dark comedy.

    Set in the idyllic but fragile beach paradise of sunny 1980s San Diego, "Physical" is a half-hour dark comedy following Sheila Rubin, a quietly tortured, seemingly dutiful housewife supporting her smart but controversial husband's bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She's also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image... that is, until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics.

    At first hooked on the exercise itself, Sheila's real road to empowerment comes when she discovers a way to merge this newfound passion with the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business. The series tracks her epic journey from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a powerful, confident economic force, as Sheila transforms into someone we take for granted today (but was entirely radical at the time) -- the female lifestyle guru.

    "Physical" stars Rose Byrne as Sheila Rubin, and Rory Scovel as her husband Danny. The show was created by Annie Weisman, who has worked on shows like "About a Boy," "Suburgatory," "I Feel Bad," and "Desperate Housewives." Apple has not provided a specific release date for "Physical," but says the series will premiere in summer 2021.

    Apple also shared a first look at "Lisey's Story," a TV series that's also set to come out in summer 2021. Starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen, "Lisey's Story" is based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, who created the show.

    A third series premiering this summer is Schmigadoon!, a musical comedy that is set to star Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key. The series is described as a parody of iconic musicals, with the two main stars playing a couple on a backpacking trip that's meant to reinvigorate their relationship.

    They come across the magical town of Schmigadoon, where everyone lives in a studio musical from the 1940s. They're unable to leave until they can find "true love."

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    Democratic Asian-American lawmakers to form second group that will include Republicans – Fox News - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is branching out to welcome House Republicans into a new bipartisan group, a shakeup that reflects the historic diversity of the newly elected GOP class.

    Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., chairs the group of Asian-American House members, which is currently made up exclusively of Democrats. But the election in November of California Republicans Michelle Steel and Young Kim prompted Chu to find a new way to work across the aisle.

    "We are going to be starting a bipartisan API (Asian Pacific Islander) caucus," Chu saidFriday.

    FILE: Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. At a House Armed Services hearing on military suicides Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, Chu testified, and in a dramatic moment described the death of her nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, 21, who put a gun to his head and killed himself while in a foxhole in Afghanistan after fellow Marines allegedly hazed him one night. (AP)

    Steel and Kim, along with Democrat Marilyn Strickland of Washington, are the first female Korean American women to serve in Congress.


    Chu said she gavethe new Republicansa choice to join Democrats in the existing CAPAC or to form a new bipartisan caucus where they can work on issues of common concern, including the uptick in violence and bigotry against AsianAmericans during the coronavirus pandemic.

    "It seems that the bipartisan API caucus may suit our purposes more because there are certain specific things that we want to work together on and it can lead to more productive conclusions and more productive kinds of relationships where we can support each other on these issues and get something done," Chu said.

    Steel and Kim both won in swing districts in California and are part of the most diverse class of GOP freshman in history. Itincludes women, veterans, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and first-generation immigrants.


    The new additions to Congress have forced traditionally Democratic caucuses to examine their membership, including the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Chu previously said Republicans would be allowed to join the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, but her announcement Friday signifies they've gone down a different path with a new bipartisan group.

    BUENA PARK, CA - DECEMBER 18: Young Kim, left, and Michelle Steel were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November, 2020. Kim represents the 39th congressional district and Steel the 48th congressional district in California. They were photographed in Buena Park, CA on Friday, December 18, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images) (Getty Images)

    Chu's comments came during a CAPAC news conference Friday on the rise of violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic. The House Democrats placed varying levels ofblame on former President Trump for inciting the anti-Asian sentiment by using terms like "Kung flu" and the "China virus."

    "Hegave people permission to be openly racist and openly bigoted and it manifests itself in violence," Strickland said Friday of Trump's words and actions.


    Stop AAPI Hate, a group that has been tracking the uptick in incidents againstAsian Americans, released a report this month that documented 2,808 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hatebetween March 19, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020. At least126 of those accounts involved the elderly.

    CAPAC representativeswerejoined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus to denounce the incidents of hate and to call on the new Biden Administration Justice Department to meet with the Asian American community to combat hate crimes.

    "Forover a year our community has been fighting two viruses, not just the COVID-19 pandemic, but that of anti-Asian hatred and discrimination," said Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., who authored a resolution that passed the House in September to denounce anti-Asian sentiment.


    "We demand this xenophobia and violence end at once," Meng added.

    Steel, R-Calif., this week has been circulating her own resolution condemning hate crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In a letter to her colleagues seeking support for her effort, she cites the recent fatal attack onan 84-year-old immigrant from Thailand,Vicha Ratanapakdee, in San Francisco.


    "Stories like this are horrific and senseless," Steel wrote to her colleagues this week. "Unfortunately, this is one of many instances where Asian-American and Pacific Islanders have been targeted. Congress must come together and speak out."

    So far, no Democrats have signed on to her resolution, Steel's office said.

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    Mittal vs Ambani battle heats up as Airtel beats Reliance Jio to become the top telco in the country – Business Insider India - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Airtels strong showing in the second half of calendar year 2020 has helped it maintain an upward trajectory in terms of market share. While Airtel added over 22 million shares between July to December 2020, Jio managed to add only a little over 11 million.

    Airtels shares have jumped by over 40% since September, as the telco continued to build on its subscriber growth each month.

    We like Bhartis calibrated approach in shaping up its non-telecom digital service offerings aligned with its homes and enterprise businesses, which is perhaps under-appreciated for now but may drive significant growth in the medium term, stated a Kotak Institutional Equities report dated February 18, 2021, reiterating its bullish stance on the company.

    Airtels net subscriber additions were almost double of Jios



    Airtel records 3.8 million new subscribers in September more than twice that of Reliance Jios additions

    Mukesh Ambani says Jio will rollout 5G services by June 2021 and it will go beyond IndiaZ

    Simply put, Airtel says all it now needs is spectrum to deliver 5G services at a speed of up to 900 Mbps

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    NBL Cup round table the big talking points – ESPN - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The NBL has hit its first major checkpoint of the 2021 NBL season, so there's no better time to take a step back and analyse what we've seen this far.

    The entire league has descended on Melbourne for the inaugural NBL Cup - where we'll see 36 games over four weeks - and there's enough of a sample size to properly gauge some of the big talking points going into the event.

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    Our Roundtable is back to answer some of those burning questions.

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    Currently at 6-0 going into the hub, is Melbourne United far and away the best team in the NBL?

    Olgun Uluc: They really are. At a risk of sounding like a broken record, United just has so many top-tier pieces to be a contender, but then boast near-perfect role players to make them the title favourite.

    When healthy, United just has too many weapons, and the chemistry seems to be at a point where everyone knows his role going into each game. But then, even in their game against the Hawks - where they were missing Chris Goulding, Shea Ili, and Jo Lual Acuil Jr. - they could then lean on the likes of Mitch McCarron and Jock Landale to be their superstars. Those two players have taken a step back, relative to their ceiling, for the betterment of the team; as much as the talent makes them the favourites to win it all, that type of selflessness is what clearly separates them from the pack.

    Kane Pitman: Yes. It's really that simple and to this point, Dean Vickerman's squad hardly look like they have needed to get out of second gear.

    Mitch McCarron leads United in minutes per game at 28.9 per outing. That number is good for 20th in the league, while Jock Landale and Scotty Hopson are still warming up at 26 minutes per night.

    Dominant on both ends with the deepest roster in the league, there is daylight between United and the rest at this point.

    Steve Smith: Yes. And it's not really close right now. There's a considerable gap to the next best team, which right now is prrrrrobably the Illawarra Hawks but could well be the South East Melbourne Phoenix imminently. United's sheer depth of talent means they can be without the likes of Chris Goulding and Shea Ili and still barely miss a beat. The additions of the surprising and hugely entertaining Yudai Baba and Mr Everywhere Jack White means Melbourne has an embarrassment of backcourt riches. Throw in MVP frontrunner Jock Landale, the ever-present Mitch McCarron, as well as Scotty Hopson, Jo Lual-Acuil and the steady veteran presence of David Barlow and this is a squad that is absolutely built for a special season.

    Hot and cold: Which new import has impressed you the most, and which has been the big disappointment?

    Uluc: When you look at the production and consistency of the new imports in the NBL, and then add pure effort into that equation, John Mooney has been the guy who's impressed me a whole lot.

    Sure, part of it is the big-man vastly exceeding expectations, but really, it's just the fact that he's been such a vital piece on both ends of the floor, has already developed a nice rapport with Bryce Cotton, and is, as advertised, a rebounding machine. There were questions as to whether he'd be able to match the impact that Nick Kay brought to the Wildcats and, early on, he seems to be doing exactly that, and probably more.

    As for the most disappointing import, it has to be Lamar Patterson. We've seen flashes of what he's demonstrated he can do in the NBL, but they've been few and far between, and the Breakers are paying a big price for it. He's looked a step slow, apathetic at times, and doesn't look to fit well with the other creators on that team.

    Pitman: When Olgun, Steve and myself re-convened for the second NBL episode of Ball and the Real World my guys were shocked I didn't pump up my preseason MVP pick, Keifer Sykes.

    The reason for that was that just days before, Bryce Cotton had destroyed the Phoenix in a big-time win for the Wildcats. If you want to be a guard in the MVP discussion you have to beat the best, and Sykes' has delivered since that night.

    The Phoenix are 2-0 against the Wildcats since that initial loss, with Sykes averaging 21.5 points and 7.5 assists in those matchups with Cotton.

    As far as disappointments go, it's low hanging fruit but I did think Donald Sloan would be a nice veteran guard to play alongside Josh Giddey as the teenager found his feet as a pro. Instead, Sloan was incredibly underwhelming and the 36ers have moved on within a month. Let the Giddey show roll on!

    Smith: John Mooney had some wraps on him before he set foot on the court for the Wildcats but I think he's been better than advertised. Perth would be a shambles right now if not for his borderline metronomic frontcourt performances. There's a steadiness to Mooney that is almost reassuring. It seems like you already know what you're going to get every time he plays -- steady scoring at a high percentage clip, double-digit rebounds and a veteran presence that belies his relatively youthful 23 years.

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    The biggest disappointment without a shadow of a doubt has been Lamar Patterson. The Breakers had high hopes for the dual All-NBL First Team nominee but he simply hasn't lived up to expectations so far. He's currently averaging just 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. This stands in stark contrast to his NBL career averages of 18.8 points, 5.8 boards and 4.0 dimes. New Zealand has enough on its plate being the Forever Road Team, having a highly-credentialed import come in out of shape and woefully under-performing shouldn't be one of them.

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    Predict who you think will be in the top-four at the end of the season.

    Uluc: Melbourne United: See above. It's tough to see them ever falling from the top spot.

    South East Melbourne Phoenix: There have always been two tiers in this NBL season: United, and then the rest. Well, with the addition of Ryan Broekhoff, along with some of the flashes we've seen thus far, the Phoenix are built to be at the top of that second tier.

    Illawarra Hawks: It will be interesting to see how this team operates when Deng Adel and Cameron Bairstow are full healthy, but the heart of Brian Goorjian's group has been what they do on the defensive end, as well as the production from Tyler Harvey and Justinian Jessup. They have the weapons to keep stacking on wins.

    Sydney Kings: Health will be the big factor here. When healthy, I truly believe the Kings can compete with any team in the NBL, but whether they can ever get to that point is the big question. Adam Forde's team is keeping its head above water for now, which gives me reason to think that they can then pounce when all of their pieces are 100 percent.

    Pitman: Melbourne - This one is a no brainer.

    Illawarra - Brian Goorjian coaching a playoff team, who would've thought?! I can't help but watch Justinian Jessup and think Steve Kerr would like him curling around screens in the Golden State offence however....

    Phoenix - The Phoenix still need to tighten up things on the defensive end but unlike last season I feel they have the personnel. The guard rotation was a concern with far too much reliance on Kyle Adnam until the Ryan Broekhoff news dropped. Their offence was powerful to just got better.

    Breakers - Despite the sluggish start the Breakers have only played five games. I'm keeping the faith.

    Smith: Melbourne United, Illawarra Hawks, South East Melbourne Phoenix and ... the Adelaide 36ers.

    I hate saying the current top-four will still be exactly that at the business end of the season but the fact remains that United is a clear title favourite, the Hawks have hardly put a foot wrong and both the Nix and the 36ers have just significantly upgraded their rosters in areas that were previously considered weaknesses. It's hard to see Sydney recovering from an absolutely brutal run of injuries, both Queensland teams lack consistency and Perth is going to continue to suffer from a lack of depth to help out their dynamic import combo. As for the poor Breakers, they've been dealt an incredibly unkind hand in a high stakes game.

    Who or what has surprised you most so far?

    Uluc: The partnership of Isaac Humphries and Daniel Johnson wasn't supposed to work, but we've seen flashes of a really fun and productive duo.

    It helps that Humphries is playing at a Defensive Player of the Year-type level, and that Johnson is basically on track for a 50-40-90 season, but the actual chemistry seems to be there, and it's helped the 36ers look decent early on in the season.

    We thought it could be a turnstile defensively, but Humphries is leading the league in blocks and doesn't appear to be slowing down. On the offensive end, there was potential for a logjam, but both bigs can play inside-out, pass the ball well (especially to each other), and have effectively taken turns running a two-man game with Josh Giddey. It had the potential to be a disaster but, so far, they're performing as arguably the best frontcourt in the NBL.

    Pitman: Illawarra's import duo. Tyler Harvey and Justin Simon have been electric on the surprise team of the league so far.

    The NBL is hardly lacking for primetime weapons at the guard position and Simon's ability to defend on the perimeter and protect the rim has been simply stunning for a player at his position.

    Offensively, Harvey has been on a tear. Third in the league for scoring and pouring in 42 percent of his tries from deep, the American has consistently bent opposition defences with the ball in his hands.

    Smith: OK, I thought Tyler Harvey would be good. But not THIS good-good. As Hawks coach Brian Goorjian noted earlier in the season, Harvey just has a will to win.

    Third in the league in scoring at a 21.9 points per game clip, the former Eastern Washington Eagle is also hitting 42% of his attempts from beyond the arc, hitting some absolutely audacious shots in the process with that picture-perfect jumper. Combine that with an ability to not only get hot in a hurry but to make it a sustained scoring burst and the Hawks have themselves a guard who can hurt opposing teams in so many ways, especially with that lethal floater that has given teams absolute nightmares.

    It's not just the elite scoring though; Harvey has helped give the Hawks an on-court presence and identity that they desperately needed after the circus that was LaMelo Ball's lone NBL venture last year.

    Fact or fiction: Cairns Taipans and New Zealand Breakers are, as their records indicate, the two worst teams in the NBL.

    Uluc: I'd lean toward fiction here, but I'm not confident in it.

    With the Taipans and Breakers, we have a pair of teams who just don't seem close to figuring out their identity. Mike Kelly's Taipans don't look like a team that brought the majority of its roster back, because there just doesn't seem to be any cohesiveness, especially on the defensive end. Replacing DJ Newbill's output was always going to be difficult, but the Taipans haven't been able to find that consistent piece, if it exists at all.

    The Breakers get somewhat of a pass because of the mental toll being perennially on the road takes, but, with the talent that roster possesses, it's still fair to say they've been quite disappointing. Again, the firepower is there to make us believe they'll find their way - it was the reason we all thought they'd be an obvious finals team - but there's a saying about too many cooks in the kitchen, and that's what the Breakers look like right now.

    Pitman: Cairns have been by far the biggest disappointment of the NBL season so far. Unlike New Zealand, there really is zero excuse for the slow start. This is only amplified when you look at the healthy stretch of home games they had to start the season.

    Ranked second last in offensive and defensive efficiency (, the Taipans problems expand to both ends of the floor. Now onto the Breakers with the next question....

    Smith: I hate saying this for two very different reasons but it's absolutely true right now. The Breakers - as mentioned earlier - have been dealt the absolute worst of hands. It's borderline impossible for them to find a playing rhythm when they can't enjoy all the benefits that entails playing in the friendly confines of home. Never mind the ancillary advantages of staying in your own home, sleeping in your own bed and being around family and friends. All the things every other team in the NBL currently enjoys. Combine that with the sub-par performances of Patterson as one of the three main offensive options and it's an absolutely sure-fire journey to Struggle Town.

    Cairns is a different matter entirely. The Snakes were a pre-season favourite to return to the postseason but the absence of DJ Newbill has hurt them far more than most of us anticipated. The expectation that role players would step up to fill the void hasn't quite been realised and subsequently the Taipans blew a golden opportunity to stash some early wins in an extended home stand at the Snag Pit. A 2-6 record (2-5 at home!!) is well below a passing grade for them but the NBL Cup gives them a chance to turn that around quickly if they can string together some stretches of cohesive basketball.

    Which team needs the NBL Cup - a lot of games in a really short amount of time - the most?

    Uluc: The Perth Wildcats have largely relied on two players so far: Bryce Cotton and John Mooney. Trevor Gleeson's team has also played four of its first five games against the South East Phoenix.

    It's a weird situation to be in, so entering the NBL Cup - where they'll play eight games, against a different opponent each time - could be beneficial for the Wildcats in a heap of ways.

    First, just getting reps in against different teams will be huge; getting reps is important, but doing it against a variety of opponents can't be understated. The quick turnaround with games could also play a big role. With so many games in such a short amount of time, Cotton and Mooney will need to take a step back at some point, forcing others to step up. In this quick succession of games, Gleeson can get a good look at who else can make a consistent impact on the offensive end, and build on that with the next game just around the corner.

    In the same way the 36ers have already figured out significant parts of their offensive identity by playing a whole lot of games in a short amount of time, the Wildcats may be able to earn the same sort of progress.

    Pitman: Coming into the season I had the Breakers reaching the postseason with a huge asterisk next to their name. Being removed from their home base and living permanently on the road loomed as a monumental challenge.

    While it's still not home, the NBL Cup will give the Breakers a nice stretch of games in one city where they can begin to find some rhythm and perhaps run Lamar Patterson back into some vintage form because 10.4 points per game from the star forward isn't going to cut it.

    Smith: As mentioned, the Cairns Taipans could turn their woeful start around in a hurry if they can find some momentum in the early stages of the NBL Cup. But I think the South East Melbourne Phoenix could well be in the same boat. Every time the Nix has taken a loss they've bounced back in spectacular fashion; look no further than the 56-point turnaround against the Wildcats in the space of three days. The addition of Boomers sniper Ryan Broekhoff to the squad at the back end of the Cup is obviously a welcome boost, but South East Melbourne also has a tremendous opportunity to consolidate its position inside the top four with eight games, if not all at home, at the very least in their home city. Keifer Sykes looks more and more like an absolute steal each game, and with Mitch Creek shouldering plenty of the load at both ends and Yanni Wetzell continuing to look comfortable, the Phoenix will be a handful for everyone, never mind when Broekhoff suits up and locks in from deep.

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    Braves: What will the lineup look like on Opening Day? – - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Braves may make a couple more acquisitions between now and Opening Day, but their starting lineup looks to be set in stone unless the universal DH is agreed upon at the final hour. Any additions made between now and late March will most likely be focused on strengthening their bullpen and bench. Perhaps Alex Anthopoulos has a blockbuster trade up his sleeve, but I would be pretty shocked. The Braves should be very confident in the starting lineup they have heading into 2021.

    As you can see, not much changes from last years lineup in the NLCS. Acua thrives in the leadoff spot, and with Marcell Ozuna back in the fold, there is no reason to move him from there. He will also move to right field full-time, where hes looked extremely comfortable in the past, now that Cristian Pache has arrived.

    The two-hole is really the only spot I see up for grabs. Both Albies and Swanson have hit there and had a lot of success. Im expecting Albies to have a monstrous bounce-back campaign after an injury-plagued 2020, and hes shown much more consistency over his career than Swanson. However, Dansby is trending up, so it wouldnt surprise me if he etched his name on the second spot in the order permanently this season.

    After that, I have Freeman moving back to the three-hole.Brian Snitkerspoke to the media yesterday and said he hasnt figured out what the lineup will look like yet, but its obvious Freeman will hit third if there is no DH in the National League. There will be significantly more RBI opportunities for him there.

    Ozuna and dArnaud continue to protect Freeman in the order, followed by Swanson, who Ive already discussed, Riley and Pache. Perhaps Riley moves up at some point. Hell have to show more consistency, but his power makes him a middle-of-the-order threat if he can cut down on his strikeouts.

    I have Max Fried taking the ball on Opening Day this year, and there isnt anyone more deserving. The strides hes made over the last couple of seasons have been astounding, and I dont expect it to stop. His stuff gets better every year, and his bulldog mentality is what every ace needs. Nobody should be trusted more to get the Braves going on the right foot than the lefty out of Santa Monica, California.

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    Animal Crossing: New Horizons will get Super Mario Bros items on March 1 – SlashGear - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Next week will bring a free Animal Crossing: New Horizons update and with it will come Super Mario Bros-themed items for players to get. Nintendo announced the news during its Nintendo Direct broadcast today, also revealing a new Mario Golf game, a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter, and more.

    The new update will add fashion and furniture with themes from Super Mario Bros, a sneak peek of which was offered during the broadcast (check out the tweet below to see it). Youll be able to get the themed items from Nook Shopping starting on March 1.

    If you pay attention to the end of Nintendos teaser video, youll see a quick scrolling list of the Super Mario Bros items coming to the Nook Shop, including a mushroom mural, Princess Peach dress and shoes, the Wario outfit, block flooring, Yoshis Egg rug, shells, Thwomp, the question block, and more.

    In addition to being able to place these items anywhere on your island, youll also be able to acquire and place two warp pipes these will be useful as ways to quickly travel from one part of your island to another.

    The new additions are in celebration of the prolonged Mario 35th anniversary, one of the multiple Mario-themed things weve seen from Nintendo in recent months. Be sure to check out Nintendos Direct for all the new announcements, as well as the timeline below for the biggest news.

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    Diablo 2 Resurrected is a strict and faithful remaster – Polygon - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Dark Wanderer visits Marius in the opening cutscene of Diablo 2. The doors to the prison swing open on their own, as if magic has forced the hinges to move. Its a memorable moment, one that establishes this presence of magic and power for the Dark Wanderer.

    But this wasnt always the case. Pre-release marketing materials for Diablo 2 featured a warden character opening the door for the Dark Wanderer. It was the original intent that the warden exist to open the door, but that character never made it into the game. It changed the context of the scene. In the shipped version, the Dark Wanderer doesnt seem invited; they open their own path.

    In Diablo 2 Resurrected, the recently announced remaster of Diablo 2, Blizzard Entertainment couldve revisited that cinematic and brought the warden back in. But no matter the original intention or what makes more sense in the scene, that goes against Blizzards philosophy for Resurrected.

    Prior to BlizzConline, we spoke to Rod Fergusson, executive producer of the Diablo franchise at Blizzard, and Rob Gallerani, principal designer at Blizzards support studio, Vicarious Visions. And after working on the industrys worst-kept secret, the pair were clear on Diablo 2 Resurrected: This is the Diablo 2 you know, warts and all.

    This isnt a remake, said Fergusson. Were not reverse-engineering it; were not rebuilding it and trying to make it look and sound like [Diablo 2]. This is [Diablo 2]. [...] Its right there, underneath the surface. The entire simulation, the engine for this game, that lifeblood of this game, is [Diablo 2] right underneath. So theres a toggle switch, a legacy toggle, that when you press the button, youll see behind the curtains, and there is Diablo 2 in 2D sprites running right there, and you can play the way that you played 20 years ago.

    In our 30-minute chat, the pair couldnt have made the philosophy for Diablo 2 Resurrected more clear. It is because it needed to be the game players remembered. Blizzard felt that most deviations, even important quality-of-life features, would be a step too far.

    Most players play with the map up while they play the game, said Gallerani. And a request we got in the play test very much from people who have never played [Diablo 2] but are used to playing more modern games will be like, I just got a quest. Wheres the dot on the map telling me where to go?

    We looked into doing something like that, Gallerani continued, and youre like, Well, it doesnt doesnt break anything, right? Its not making my character overpowered or anything like that. And it totally changed the vibe of the game.

    While a revamped minimap or icons showing you where to go may have made for a more modern Diablo experience, it didnt feel true to what Diablo 2 was 20 years ago. And Blizzards philosophy was that if a feature doesnt feel authentic, it gets canned.

    Blizzard wants to preserve Diablo 2 for Resurrected as much as it can, because even if the game is unchanged, the world it will be released into is completely different. As with World of Warcraft Classic, the wide variety of information available on the internet nowadays, and the advent of services like Discord, makes socializing while playing a very different experience. You dont need the manual when an answer to how do I complete this quest is a Discord message or a Google search away. Blizzard is counting on that the community to help ease new players into the experience.

    Diablo 2 Resurrected isnt completely unchanged from Diablo 2, though; its just that the scope of the changes is rigid and limited. Blizzard made clear improvements to the visuals, taking the game from 2D sprites to 3D models. But those models are all either based on the original games art or molded by using the original architecture. It looks and moves like Diablo 2, but in a way that makes it much easier to look at for prolonged periods of time.

    There are also some unobtrusive convenience additions. One example Blizzard gave is the Shared Stash, which allows players to move items between their characters by placing the desired item in a chest. This is a major shift from the original game, where players needed to create a mule character whose sole purpose was to move items from one character to the other. We felt like this wasnt changing how you played, said Fergusson. This is just making it better.

    The Shared Stash is one of the easiest-to-swallow pills for players it just saves time, so there are no downsides. But a feature like auto gold pickup was a little too much for some.

    We have other [features] like the auto gold pickup, which you would expect in a modern-day game that you have the ability just to walk over and hoover up the gold but maybe a purist doesnt want that quality of life, said Fergusson. And so weve actually made some [improvements] that are toggleable, and you can opt in or not.

    The actual changes in Diablo 2 Resurrected are on that level of minutiae. If it even comes close to feeling like too much of a difference from the original game, Blizzard threw in a toggle to allow players to tailor their experience.

    Many of the games major changes fit into the quality-of-life pool or the communication pool. In Diablo 2, it was easy to lose track of skill points, or assign something in a way that ruins your character. That rigidity is still there, but the game will now remind you if you havent spent your points, and tell you how to assign your abilities. Itll give you a warning that buying that skill is a permanent choice, but once you move past the warning, thats it introducing the ability to reverse that decision would be too big of a change.

    These changes all work to make Diablo 2 Resurrected a more friendly experience, but not one thats so friendly it ever stops feeling like the dark, brutal, and occasionally frustrating Diablo 2 that catapulted the franchise into gaming history. And if players have concerns that Diablo 2 Resurrected will change too much, Fergusson assured us that unlike Warcraft 3: Reforged, Diablo 2 and Diablo 2 Resurrected are two separate games; one will not override or impact the other.

    Diablo 2 Resurrected is scheduled to be released on consoles and Windows PC later this year, with a single-player beta available in a few months.

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    Whats new on the Sarasota-Manatee dining scene? Heres our weekly restaurant and bar roundup – Sarasota Herald-Tribune - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Restaurant and bar openings, closings, dining events and more for Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

    For this weeks super-sized restaurant and bar newsroundupwe have exciting openings in the University Town Center district, St. Armands Circle, Cortez and then a couple more in Sarasota. Lets begin with a new spot in UTC that should appeal to folks who are serious about their pizza and wings (and enjoy pairing the comfort food classics with craft beers and cocktails).

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    A Sarasota restaurant that specializes in pizza, craft beer and wings with two existing locations has opened its third inone of the areas busiest shopping districts.

    Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Cafe, which has locations in Sarasotas Southside Village and Palmer Ranch, opened this week at University Town Center at 8193 Tourist Center Drive. The space formerly housed fellow pizzerias Casa di Pizza andDoughbie Brothers Pizza Co.

    Owner Rami Nehme said he was not initially planninga new location so soon after the Palmer Ranch restaurantopened last year, with the original Origin on Hillview Street opening in 2016. Yet the UTC location was proposed to him,and offered a way to expand their customer base withanother thrivingcommunity.

    I try to keep (the locations)far apart, and the UTC area, obviously, its growing tremendously,Nehme said. I was shocked by the amount of cars that Ive seen there; its busy all the time.

    Origin is known for its classic and specialtypizzas, some of which feature Mediterranean flavors such as gyroor falafel-and-hummus pies, as well as its chicken wings, which are baked rather than fried. Nehme said a menu with a few new additions will debut this week as well, including a Middle EasternZaatar pizza and another featuring chicken and Origins popular trifecta sauce.

    Unlike its other locations, OriginsUTC restaurant offers full liquor with a drink list centered on classic cocktails. It has16 taps featuringlocal craft beer options, with plans to incorporatenearby breweries like Lakewood Ranchs Naughty Monk Brewery, Nehme said.

    The restaurant seats roughly 150, about 80 inside and 70 outdoors, with plans to include a sandbox for children. It also offers takeout and third-party service delivery.

    University Town Centersanticipated new business openingsthis year include several other restaurants. Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushiopened last monthfor takeout and deliverywith plans to offer dine-in as well. A Jenis ice creamscoop shop, a second location for downtown Sarasotas Selva Grill, Fords Garage,Georgies Garden Cafe, and Bar George are planning to open their doors as well.

    Originshours are 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 941-358-5850 or visit

    A Florida business offering classic and modernarcade games, Cuban food, specialty drinks andcraft beer and winehas expanded to Sarasota, joining a growing number ofnew tenants on St. Armands Circle.

    Arcade Monsters is now open in a two-floor building at 326 John Ringling Blvd., which formerly housed Surf Shack. The businessalso haslocations in the Orlando area and Brevard County.

    Founder/ownerAdrian Ravelo lives in Orlando, but has visited Lido Beach with familyfor several years,and thought there was a marketfor a business in the area that offered entertainment along with restaurant and retail.

    We decided to bring something fun to the circle,Ravelo said.

    Arcade Monsters offers more than a hundred games to play, including retro and contemporary console games, imported Japanese rhythm games, pinball, air hockey and more. Customers can either pay $16.99 for unlimited play under a current deal, or visit for a meal or a drink with no separate charge.

    The menu centers on Cuban cuisine, with dishes like empanadas, a Cuban sandwich, pastelitos and flan. It also offers American comfort food favorites like chicken wings and pizza, and combinations of both such as a Cuban cheesesteak or garlic cilantro wings.

    Its bar offers a variety of alcoholic slushies and dry ice drinks, along with canned/bottledcraft beersincluding Florida options, and wine.

    The restaurant seats around 150 with outdoor seating on the ground leveland an anime-themed balcony. The interior sportsglow-in-the-dark artwork of classic and current pop culture, video game and anime characters.

    Other new businesses that have opened recently on St. Armands CircleincludeVernona Gourmet, a full-service chophouse with live music and a deli convenience market, andThe Whiskey Barrel, which features a drink and food menu based aroundwhiskeys and bourbons. Siesta Key mainstay Meaneys Mini Donuts & Coffee House alsoopened aSt. Armands location.

    Arcade Monsters isopen from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. For more information,

    A new restaurant has opened in Cortez, featuring a familiar name and space for those who know the Manatee County fishing villages dining scene.

    Slickers Eatery is now open at 12012 Cortez Road W. in the former space of OShucks Raw Bar & Grilland most recentlyPig Out BBQ, which still has anotherlocation openon Manatee Avenue West. The new business is owned by Bob Slicker, who has worked at several restaurants over the years, including as general manager of Cortezs Swordfish Grill.

    His daughter Molly Slicker, who is creative director for Slickers Eatery, said it was always a dream of Bobs to open his own restaurant. She described the menu as eclectic plates,drawing from a variety of cuisines and types of dishes.

    Its an outlier for the Cortez area because were not mainly a seafood restaurant,Slicker said. There are a lot of those in this area, and they do a great job at that, so we are focused on really bringing fresh, different tastes to this area.

    Current dishesinclude a Cuban sandwich,pork belly banh mi andblack beans and rice with mojo pork or chicken breast. There are also seafood items such as a shrimp BLT orspaghetti and an ahi tuna poke bowl, along with numerous vegan or vegetarian options like The Slicker Spread (a crudits plate with crostini, rosemaryand garlic cannellini spreadand hummus) or meatless versions of the spaghetti and poke bowl.

    The drink menu offersa selection of craft cocktails, some with Manatee County-themed names such as the Coquina Dusk (Bacardi Silver, pineapple, mango puree, lime juice, triple secand Orgeat) and Cortez Swizzle (Patron, mezcal, aquavit, lemon juice and honey.) There are 10beers on draft, several from local craft breweries such as Bradentons Darwin Brewing Company and Motorworks Brewing.

    Slickers Eatery offers both indoor and outdoor seating and is currently reservation-only exceptfor a few walkup tables, Slicker said, with takeout also available and plans to offer delivery in the future. The restaurant plans to be open daily.

    For more information, call 941-251-9428 or visit

    A popular restaurantthat temporarily closed because of the coronavirus pandemic has reopened in a new location.

    Amore, the downtownSarasota restaurantoffering Italian and Portuguese cuisinethat closed in July, hasreopenedinthe formerSilver Starspoton Lime Avenue in the Colonial Village Shopping Center. Amore originally operated on Longboat Key before taking over the sizable location in Burns Court.

    Amore had originally planned to open its180 N.Lime Ave. location last month but reopened to the public Feb. 9 following a large renovation and overcoming some unforeseen circumstances,the restaurants owners noted in an email sent Feb. 2.

    Like a lot of people, we are victims of COVID-19 and went from profitability to liability in the larger restaurant that had 175 seats, chef/owner Tito Vitorino told the Herald-Tribune in January.We decided to scale down and offer patio seating as well as distance seating inside and takeout if desired.

    The Vitorinos have completely transformed the new restaurant into an Old World setting with distressed wood patterned flooring, tile walls and Portuguese art gracing the walls.There are 64 seats inside with plexiglass partitions between booths, and tables are socially distanced.The outdoor patio accommodates another 24 guests.

    At the previous restaurant, the menu included about 25 percent Portuguese selections and 75 percent Italian.The newAmorewill be 50/50.

    We are serving many of the favorites from Burns Court but adding more Portuguese favorites, Vitorino said.

    In addition to salads and starters, among entre options are branzino essiccato with sun-dried tomato coulis, seafood cataplana with seafood or pork and clams, and the special salted Norwegian cod fish (lagareiro).The pork loin with bifana sauce is another favorite, as well as rack of lamb andlinguini pescatore. The restaurant is also known for its desserts prepared tableside, including bananas foster and cherries jubilee.It will offerbeer plus a respectable wine list, including Italian, Portuguese and California selections.

    Amore is open 5-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 941-383-1111 or

    Authentic Neapolitan pizzas are the main attraction atAntonio Mancinisnew restaurant in Sarasota Commons.Atmosphere Neapolitan Pizzeria has opened in the former Atmosphere Italian Restaurant (originally Almas Kouzine) at 935 N. Beneva Road, featuring a brick oven as the centerpiece surrounded by a bar where customers may witness the owner crafting their pizzas.

    The restaurant has been renovated and includes 36 seats inside and out in a casual setting with Italian artwork gracing the walls. There is also a small market area with imported oils and condiments.

    A native of Italy, Mancini came to America three years ago to handle pizza making for Napule Restaurant in Sarasota.Subsequently, he opened Vesuvio Neapolitan Frozen Pizza and now has added the new pizzeria to his culinary pursuits.According to his wife, Jay Mancini, who directs the front of the restaurant, her husband has always wanted his own restaurant and is pleased to offer his hand-tossed pizzas, plus other Italian selections, desserts, beer and wines, all imported from Italy.

    All our ingredients are Italian imports except daily specials which include selections which have fresh ingredients from local markets, said Jay Mancini, who added that what makes their Neapolitan pizza different is the dough resting 24 hours before being hand kneaded and baked in a wood fire oven.

    This is what makes the crust light and airy rather than thick and doughy, she explained.And the toppings are authentic Italian like San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and Italian salami, which are on our popular Calabria pizza.

    The traditional Margarita pizza, salami and prosciutto pizzas are other options, as well as some white versions. All pizzas are personal size, from 11 to 12 inches.Atmosphere also offers fried pizza bread with assorted toppings, fried pizza dough sandwiches, and appetizers including bruschetta and salads.

    For dessert, diners may choose traditional Italian dishes such as sfogliatella,delizia al limone or ricotta and pear cake.Beer and wines from Italy are provided as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

    Atmosphere Neapolitan Pizzeria is open daily from 4-9 p.m. with plans to expand hours in the future.Takeout and delivery services are available. For more information, call 941-203-8542 or

    Sarasota Deli, which opened recently in the Mobil gas station at6104 S. Tamiami Trailby the Beechwood Avenue intersection,is offering up an array of American breakfasts and lunch selections. Owner James Pressley, who has been in the restaurant field for over 20 years, saidthe new deli is a work in progress with plans to add seating inside and curbside pickup.Currently, customers may order the homemade items online, by phone or in person for takeout or delivery through Grubhub.

    Customers tell me the food here isnt your typical gas station selections, said Pressley, who has long been involved in creative ways to enhance food.In fact, one day I plan to add some of my grandmothers recipes to the deli.

    The chef/owner is assisted by his wife, Stephanie, and employee Sam Martinez.Meats are smoked on the premises andamong customers favorites are the brisket (taco or sandwich), pork and beef. Most recipes are American fare with a twist.I tend to go bold with seasonings, said Pressley.Our food is not typical.

    The deli serves variousbreakfast selections, including favorites like croissant French toast, a breakfast burrito and biscuits with gravy.Theres also a traditional breakfast in a box anda BLT wrap.Lunch favorites include an Angus beef, pork or brisket tacos with assorted toppings. Theres alsoaburger featuring a hand-formed patty, Cuban sandwich pressed on the grill,and a ranch chicken wrap, as well assoups,salads and chili.In addition, there are sides like mac andcheese, potato salad and black bean salad.

    Sarasota Deli is open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with plans to extend the hours in the future.For more information, call941-315-0868 or visit

    P.F. Changs in downtown Sarasota is celebrating Lunar New Year with additions to the menu to mark the season.In honor of its Asian roots, the restaurant will highlight the Year of the Ox with special selections through March 30.

    Lunar New Year is a rich tradition and one were proud to honor, Tana Davila, chief marketing officer, said in a statement.We look forward to adding our unique perspective to the celebration with incredible flavors and new menu items.

    Among offerings debuting for Lunar New Year are a Fire & Ice dessert and Red Lantern cocktail.According to P.F. Changs director of culinary operations, these items allow the restaurant to further expand their elevated menu offerings and provide guests with an immersive dining experience.The Red Lantern cocktail, available for a limited time, blends Reyka vodka, Solerno liqueur, blood orange, pineapple and lemon and is enhanced with a red lantern stirrer in an illuminated glass.

    The Fire & Ice dessert combines bread pudding with vanilla ice cream encased in a chocolate shell, served flaming tableside. In addition to the spirited dessert and cocktail, holiday selections, which will remain on the menu, include Korean bulgogi lettuce wraps, miso butter lobster dumplings, Peking duck and the Rising Dragon cocktail, which are available for dine-in or takeout.

    P.F. Changs dining concept includes wok cooking, plus hand-rolled dim sum, hand chopped ingredients and scratch sauces.There are more than 300 restaurants in 25 countries.

    Located at 766 S.Osprey Ave., P.F. Changs in Sarasota is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.For more information, call941-296-6002 or visit

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