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The Insides Of The Legendary Detroit Dive Bar Kovacs Are Up For Auction

Kovacs was one of Detroit’s iconic dive bars that shuttered in a few years ago Detroit’s Delray neighborhood.

According to one source, the space at 6986 West Jefferson operated as a hotel and saloon since 1896 and the bar harkens from 1936.

The last operators were Bob and Delores Evans and the contents of the bar – featured in two movies,”Hoffa” and “Vanishing on 7th Street” – are being liquidated in a cash-only estate sale today and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Per the posting:

We are liquidating the contents of a 100 year old bar in DelRay. All contents must go – even the antique Art Deco bar counter and back cabinets. Some items include kitchen appliances accessories (coolers, ice maker, stove, etc.), tables, chairs, tablecloths, washer/dryer and even a player piano.

There are other items not pictured, like vintage solid wood doors and a solid wood workbench.

Here are some pictures that are sure to bring back among the Dive Bar connoisseurs among us.

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PGA of America partners with i3 Sports, Sina to create dedicated digital presence in China

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.  – The PGA of America has partnered with Hong Kong-based i3 Sports to create a dedicated digital footprint in Greater China via social media and Web channels.

Under the multi-year licensing agreement, i3 Sports will create and implement a digital media strategy that localizes the PGA’s vast library of content and distributes it via wide-reaching platforms, including a dedicated microsite on Sina Sports leading website—which reaches more than 200 million unique visitors a month.

“The opportunity to showcase the unparalleled expertise of PGA Professionals, as well as deliver engaging PGA.com content through i3 Sports in Greater China is a tremendous growth-of-the-game opportunity,” said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. “This partnership will enable us to expand the PGA of America’s global outreach in this emerging market through highly popular Web and social media outlets.”

The content will include articles, social profiles and expert PGA Professional video instruction, along with highlights from PGA of America events. In addition, monthly features on PGA Professionals in the region will be covered, as well as promotion of PGA Junior League Golf, which is launching in China this summer.

“The team at i3 Sports is excited to work on delivering PGA of America content throughout Greater China,” said Raymond Roessel, Founder and Managing Director of i3 Sports, and a PGA of America Professional since 1998. “The content will include industry-leading instruction, profiles of PGA of America Professionals working in Greater China and news from the PGA of America, which operates major championship events, including the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.”

“Sina Sports has worked on successful partnerships with i3 Sports in the past, and we’re delighted to now offer exclusive PGA of America content via Weibo and a dedicated microsite,” said Sam Lee, Sina Sports’ Head of Content Acquisition and Strategic Partnerships. “Our golf and sports fans are always looking for top-quality videos and stories, so we’re looking forward to promoting a wide variety of content from such a world-renowned organization, dedicated to the growth and enjoyment of the game of golf.”

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, with 28,000 professionals who daily work to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.
For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

About i3 Sports
i3 Sports specializes in sports events and media, and has owned and/or worked on the Shui On Land China Golf Challenge, two Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods matches in China, the Derek Jeter/Hideki Matsui exhibition in Tokyo, Atletico Madrid’s visit to Shanghai and the Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong. For more information about i3 Sports, visit ii-int.com, and follow @i3Sports on Twitter and Instagram, and find us on Facebook. 

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Tahoe Top 5: Create the perfect outdoor ambiance with furniture, accessories, and must-have items from experts at …

This summer, why not take the opportunity to create the perfect outdoor living space at your Lake Tahoe home?

Mountain Home Center on Brockway Road in Truckee is equipped with the experts and the items to design every aspect of your patio and yard so you can take full advantage of long summer days with family and friends.

“We provide comforts for every mountain home,” said the store’s owner, Alissa Just.

And she isn’t kidding. From large furniture pieces to small decorative details, Mountain Home Center is designed to outfit any mountain home, inside and out.

Linda and Donnie Snipes traveled to Mountain Home Center from their place in south Reno for the store’s unique items and their quick, affordable services.

“We ordered our porch furniture here,” Snipes said.

“They processed the order and delivered the pieces all the way to Reno and everything was done at a good price.”

To help get your wheels turning, Just has offered her top five tips on the quintessential items every mountain homeowner needs this season.

1. Everyone Loves Bubbles

There’s nothing like relaxing after a long day in a perfectly heated tub. Mountain Home Center offers a large selection of hot tubs, accessories and saunas.

They’ve taken the guesswork out of maintenance as they can help repair tubs purchased from their store.

2. Roast Marshmallows

Summer nights are perfect for s’mores, and you can build your own gooey treats roasted straight over your fire pit, or simply lounge and enjoy the view.

At the home center, shoppers will find fire pits and tables with different stones and decorative colored glass to accentuate your home’s décor.

3. Kick Back

With comfy lounge furniture your family and guests will have the best seat outside the house.

Durable outdoor furniture is low-maintenance, but packs a big punch of personality on the patio.

Whatever your living space dimensions, Mountain Home Center carries Adirondack chairs, bistro sets, chaise lounges, benches, rockers, and more — there’s sure to be a piece that will fit perfectly.

4. Cheers!

Acrylic glassware makes functionality beautiful with chic styles in an array of colors, that won’t break.

Enjoy entertaining al fresco with your dream outdoor kitchen utensils and dishes. Mountain Home has just about every gadget you can think of to make cooking and serving outdoors easy, with a beautiful presentation.

5. Join the Club

The Big Green Egg is a summer must-have according to Just.

“There’s almost a cult following with these barbecues and smokers,” she said.

Grill, smoke, roast, and bake dishes all summer long with one of these bad-boys; Big Green Egg is hailed as “the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market, delivering better results — and more flavor — than all other conventional cookers combined.”

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.

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Choosing the right cookware


Personal Liberty Poll

We go to great lengths to eat right, avoid GMO foods and foods laced with pesticides, antibiotics and steroids. But if we truly care about our health we will give as much consideration to the cookware we use to prepare our food as we do the food we eat.

Our bodies are already under a full-time chemical assault. In addition to the chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers used on our foods while they are growing and the chemicals they are exposed to during processing, there are chemicals in the packaging.

We don’t want to exacerbate the problem by using cookware that emits poisons into the air or leaches them into our food. So the cookware in which we prepare our meals is as important as our foods.

Non-stick cookware is a source of polyfluoroalkyls and perfluoroalklys, also known as PFAS. PFASs are fluorinated chemicals that create the non-stick surface. When heated, PFASs release perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – also known as C8 — a long-chain perfluorinated chemical linked to a host of health problems. Among them are thyroid disease, infertility in women, organ damage and reproductive problems.

About 12 years ago a lawsuit against DuPont uncovered evidence that the company had hidden information about known health hazards from its Teflon-coated cookware. In 2004, DuPont agreed to pay up to $343 million to settle the lawsuit alleging that PFOA, used in the manufacture of Teflon at a certain plant, had contaminated drinking water nearby. The Environmental Protection Agency determined that PFOAs were likely carcinogens. In response, DuPont settled with the government and agreed to phase out PFOAs. But it replaced them with perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which are just as harmful.

The EPA likewise considers PFCs as likely carcinogens, yet they continue appearing in coated pans, furniture, stains, protective sprays, food wrappers, paints and cleaning products.

If you use cookware coated with Teflon or similar products like Greblon, Silverston, Supra or Excaliber, you should remove them from use. You should also avoid cooking with kitchen utensils made from nonstick materials and silicone.

Ceramic-coated cookware consists of a metal pan coated with ceramic coating. The pan is usually made of aluminum. While the ceramic coating (if it’s made by a reputable American company to current standards) will not leach toxins, if the ceramic coating becomes chipped, cracked or worn it can leach aluminum and even lead (if it’s an old pan and lead was used in the processing).

Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases. Aluminum cookware is often coated, but, like in ceramic-coated, the coating can wear off resulting in exposure to aluminum leached into foods. And the human body stores aluminum in the lungs, brain, tissues and bones, which leads to muscular problems, memory loss and other issues.

Copper is a soft metal that begins leaching into the foods quickly in the heating process. Exposure to copper results in copperiedus, or copper poisoning. Acute symptoms of copper poisoning include vomiting (including blood), hypotension, melena, coma, jaundice and gastrointestinal stress.

Some copper pans are coated – but many of them are coated with compounds containing nickel. Nickel is a carcinogenic metal known to be an environmental and occupational pollutant.

The New York University School of Medicine warns that chronic nickel exposure has been connected with increased risk of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological deficits, developmental deficits in childhood, and high blood pressure. Nickel has also been linked to liver damage and breast cancer.

Glass, stainless steel and cast iron cookware are all far superior to Teflon – and ceramic-coated, as well as aluminum and metal cookware. Neither glass nor stainless steel leaches toxins. Cast iron will leach some iron during use, but Americans don’t get enough iron from their diets, so any iron that gets into the food from the pans is beneficial.

Unlike aluminum, copper and lead, which are toxic heavy metals, iron is an essential mineral. It’s an important part of hemoglobin, which transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues, and a component of myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles. Iron is essential for normal cell function and synthesis of some hormones and connective tissues.

I’ve been cooking with cast iron cookware for decades and I wouldn’t cook with anything else. And when I cook I use only stainless steel or wooden utensils.

I have pans more than 100 years old and they function better than new because the more they are used the better the seasoning becomes. Properly seasoned and cared for, cast iron is truly non-stick, lasts forever, is multifunctional and provides health benefits.

Next week I’ll discuss how to choose, season and properly care for your cast iron cookware.

H/T: HealthyandSmartLiving.com

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JJ Redick says Sixers in position to grow into ‘one of the elite teams …

Since the award’s conception in 1967, four Phillies hurlers have won the NL Cy Young: Two of them are incredibly obvious and two of them are absurdly not. Any fan who’s ever stepped foot inside the Citizens Bank Park gift shop could probably guess Steve Carlton (72, 77, 80, 82) and Roy Halladay (2010), arguably the two best Phillies pitchers of the last 50 years, as the first two. But the next two are not Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Curt Schilling, Jim Bunning, Rick Wise or even Brad Lidge. They are, instead: John Denny in ’83, and Steve “Bedrock” Bedrosian in 1987. 

Denny’s presence on this esteemed list is surprising but explicable. In his first season with the Phillies after coming over from the Indians, Denny was dominant, going 19-6 with a 2.37 ERA, throwing seven complete games and letting up a staggeringly low nine homers in over 240 innings of work on the season. What’s more, he helped lead an aging Phillies squad — the “Wheeze Kids,” you may recall — to 90 wins and the NL pennant. His K/BB numbers weren’t phenomenal, and arm issues robbed him of the chance to ever repeat his dream season, but his profile as a Cy Young winner in ’83 was nevertheless a relatively complete one. 

Bedrosian, on the other hand, is both unexpected and not easily understood. Glancing at his stat line from ’87, one is given the impression of a highly productive reliever that stops just short of being elite — a 2.83 ERA with 74 Ks and 28 BBs in 89 innings, and more homers (11) than Denny gave up in ’83 with nearly thrice the workload. His calling card on the season was his number of saves: 40, a career high and best in the NL that year, though hardly a record-setting number — Dennis Eckersley had 45 for the A’s the season before. He was hardly the secret sauce to any particular Cinderella Phillies season, either: The team finished 80-82 that year, easily missing the playoffs. 

And yet when the BBWAA convened in 1987 to elect the league’s best pitcher that season, it was Bedrosian that they concluded upon. Not that such stats existed at the time, but the reliever’s 2.1 WAR that season ranks him the lowest among all winners of the award. So what gives? 

Well, first you have to put it in historical context and remember that award voters were really, really impressed with closers in the 1980s. More strictly regimented reliever usage in the late ’70s into the ’80s (and the emergence of star closers like Rollie Fingers and Goose Gossage) led to closers being used more explicitly in save situations, and racking up gaudy numbers and increased renown that people had never seen before from the role. Consequently, six relievers won the Cy Young in the 13 years between 1977 and 1989, compared to just two in the 28 seasons since. Two of them — Fingers and Willie Hernandez — won the MVP, too.

Still, of those six winners, Bedrosian’s stats from his winning season are easily the least superficially impressive (aside from the number of saves, anyway) and he did it for a team that finished under .500. And if it was a so-close-so-many-times sort of lifetime achievement award, strange dude to honor: Bedrosian never received another Cy Young vote in any other year before or since. There had to be another explanation. 

Indeed, there was: The competition that year suuuuuuuuuuucked. Bedrosian (57 Cy Young vote points) narrowly edged out the award’s 2nd and 3rd place finishers, Rick Sutcliffe of the Chicago Cubs (55 points) and Rick Reuschel of the Pirates and Giants (54), but those guys’ profiles were hardly overwhelming: Sutcliffe went 18-10 with a 3.69 ERA and over 100 walks, and Reuschel had an ERA over 4 with the Giants after getting traded mid-season and only 13 Ws on the year, back when that number still really mattered to voters. 

Other potential candidates were similarly unconvincing with their Win-Loss records: Orel Hershiser went 16-16 and Nolan Ryan (who actually led the league in Ks and ERA) went 8-16 for the disappointing Astros. Dwight Gooden missed about 10 games. Bob Welch — who actually might’ve had the best resume of all these guys with his 15-9 record, 3.22 ERA and over 250 IP, and definitely the best WAR (7.1) — was likely overshadowed by presumed staff ace Hershiser. (An L.A. Times article from the time on Bedrosian’s win was entirely framed around Hershiser being snubbed, with Welch barely even mentioned as a footnote.) 

Indeed, it seems narrative simply favored Bedrosian at the time. 40 saves was a nice round number, and Steve also had earned the distinction that season of being the first reliever to ever earn saves in 13 consecutive appearances — not exactly a DiMaggio-like streak, but enough of a hook to hang a Cy Young campaign on. And though the Phillies ended up finishing well outside of the money in the NL that year, they were actually in the race until early September, before a 1-8 stretch essentially doomed the season — still, close enough for Bedrosian to emerge as an early candidate. Then, of course, there was the super-cool nickname: Bedrock, presumably at least partly inspired by the closer’s fabled reliability. Streak + narrative + nickname… plenty of award pushes have been built on less. 

30 years later, Bedrosian may stand as the worst Cy Young winner in the award’s history, and he’s since been eclipsed in Philly reliever lore (for reasons both good and bad) by Mitch Williams, Brad Lidge, Jonathan Papelbon and maybe a couple others. Nonetheless, he’s in the record books for all-time, a rare glittering prize during one of the most ignominious stretches of modern Phillies baseball, and for that, he’ll always be remembered — even as just the answer to a trivia question — which is better than can be said for most of the late-’80s Phaithful. (Dude, nobody knows who Von Hayes is.)

[baseball card courtesy]

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