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Feb
13

Once prestigious UNAM auditorium in the hands of ‘anarchists and punks’ – Mexico News Daily

An auditorium at the National Autonomous University (UNAM) that once hosted luminaries such as French statesman Charles de Gaulle and Italian philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco has fallen into disrepair after being in the hands of self-styled anarchists and punks for almost 20 years.

According to a report by the newspaper El Universal, the Justo Sierra auditorium at Mexico Citys University City was first occupied by rebel students in September 2000 just months after the end of the longest strike in the universitys history.

Today it serves as the home and workplace of members of four collectives that are continuing its near 20-year history as a bastion of anti-authoritarianism. A vegetarian fonda, or small restaurant, a tattoo parlor and a screen printing workshop all operate in the auditorium but access to bona fide members of the university community is limited at best.

Students cant freely use the auditorium now dubbed the Che Guevara in homage to the Argentine-Cuban revolutionary are prohibited from taking photos or videos of its interior and are met with stern responses if they ask too many questions of its occupants.

Its not surprising that not all students are happy about the situation.

I believe that the [university] community should take [back] the space. I agree with there being self-managed spaces but why in a university ? At the start, the takeover was important but those there today dont have very democratic attitudes. Theyre closed off and dont lend themselves to dialogue, said literature student Andrey Palma Mrquez.

El Universal reported that the auditorium, named after UNAM founder Justo Sierra, had its glory days, hosting events featuring not only de Gaulle and Eco but also other influential figures of the 20th century including Argentine novelist Julio Cortazar, Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti, Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda and Mexicos own literary superstar Octavio Paz. It was also once a rehearsal and performance space for the universitys philharmonic orchestra.

The seats have not been removed from the auditorium but the ceilings are cracked as a result of the twin earthquakes of September 2017. The bathrooms are in a state of disrepair, stink of urine and feces, and both vulgar and revolutionary graffiti is scrawled on the walls, El Universal said.

Other walls in the auditorium are plastered with anarchism-related images and messages in support of a range of social movements and leaders. Punk or ska music blares incessantly from two speakers, making it difficult for students anywhere in the vicinity to study.

One unidentified student told El Universal that the auditorium is now home to a kind of very strange polygamous, communist commune, adding even children have been born here.

El Universal noted that the occupants are aware that they could be evicted at any time and have stockpiled fire extinguishers, cudgels and shields similar to those used by riot police to stave off any attempt to kick them out.

If a confrontation over the auditorium were to ensue, the scenes would likely be similar to those seen at the UNAM campus in recent months, where thousands of students have been striking and protesting against gender violence and sexual assault by professors.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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Feb
13

This Celebrity Tattoo Artist Will Cover Up Your Tattoo of Your Ex with Your Favorite Food – Yahoo Entertainment

Valentines Dayis one of those holidays everyone celebrates a little bit differently. Some opt for the classics by sending flowers or surprising loved ones with nice jewelry, while others make bold romantic gestures like getting a permanent tattoo in their lovers honor.

But some who have gotten ink featuring their partners name knows that the tattoo is forever, but the relationship may not be. So this year, DoorDash and celebrity tattoo artist Mister Cartoon (n Mark Machado) are here to help.

This Valentines Day, the food delivery service partnered with the iconic Los Angeles-based tattoo artist to offer a handful of lucky winners the chance to cover their exs name with a sketch of their favorite food.

Why food? Love comes and goes, foods going to last forever, DoorDashs Head of Consumer Marketing, David Bornoff tells PEOPLE.

Some people that fall in love end up getting a partners name tattooed on them, and that could go either way. Either thats a great thing or a lot of the time it doesnt work out and now youve got this regrettable little thing stuck on your wrist, DoorDashs Head of Consumer Marketing, David Bornoff, tells PEOPLE. Some people really carry that around, and it impacts them. We talked to some people who are now in new relationships or theyve remarried and they still have their exs name tattooed, which can be like a spot or like a stain, Bornoff continued.

In a recent survey commissioned byDoorDash, over 63% of Americans that have tattoos from a past relationship regret it, and of these, over 50% of tattooed Americans would like to get it covered up with another tattoo.

Mister Cartoon, who is known for his black and gray, fine line style, says designing a cover-up tattoo is a whole different beast than designing fresh ink. Its always twice as hard as a regular tattoo. Because a regular one, I just make the pattern, I stick it on and go, Cartoon explains. [A cover up] is way more intricate as far as the detail goes and you want to camouflage it. You dont want to make it look like a coverup.

Why not just get the tattoo removed? Well, the pro revealed that going under the laser feels like a belt sander on your arm. It feels like a saw taking their skin off. Cartoon says it hurts three times as bad as a tattoo.

Mister Cartoon hard at work in the studio | DoorDash

PEOPLE sat down with one lucky contest winner, Chris Messer, to hear what this Valentines Day experience meant to him.

Messer had the name of his ex-wife, Caprice, tattooed on the inside of his left arm since 2010, and ever since getting divorced, hes been trying to find the perfect cover-up.

For, maybe, four or five years now, Ive been trying to just find the right artist with the right style that I want, and I was willing to pay whatever it takes to get it, he explains. He applied for the contest, and found out he was a finalist whileout for pizza with his sister. To honor the moment, Messer decided on a slice of pineapple and onion pizza to cover up his Caprice tattoo.

Chris Messer shows off his original tattoo | DoorDash

Im convinced that Im going to be able to go to a pizza parlor and get free pizza with it, especially on National Pizza Day, Messer jokes.

Chris Messer shows off his new tattoo | DoorDash

Why did a renowned tattoo artist like (who has inked Beyonc, Travis Scott, Justin Timberlake, and Snoop Dogg) decide to partner up with DoorDash for this creative collaboration? Mister Cartoon says he wanted to change peoples lives.

People [with their exs names tattooed on them] are bummed every day. They get up to shower and their spouse looks at it. They get into an argument and this stuff goes deeper than people even know. I know how passionate people are about covering their stuff, he says.

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Feb
13

Patient Handling Equipment Market Is Evenly Poised To Reach A Market Value Of US$ XX Mn/Bn By 2017 2024 – TechNews.mobi

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Feb
13

Irish boxer speaks about prayer and Rosary tattoo – The Irish Catholic

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A professional Irish boxer has revealed he regularly prays before fights and that he had Rosary beads tattooed on his neck so hell never lose them.

Well-known boxer Michael Conlan, from Belfast, was speaking on RTs The Tommy Tiernan Show when he revealed the story behind his tattoo.

I always prayed before a fight but I could never bring the Rosary beads in with me so I just decided one day Ill get them tattooed on me so it saves me having to carry them all the time and losing beads, you know what I mean? he said.

When asked what he prayed, Mr Conlon said three Our Fathers, two Hail Mary and hope to God that Im going to win. He admitted when he had done a lot of training and felt more confident he would just stick with the Our Fathers.

He added: If Im praying, I dont pray for the win, I just pray for the safety of me and the opponent, whether its him winning or me losing, or me winning, as long as we both come out safe Im happy.

During his amateur career Conlon was one of Irelands most successful boxers, receiving a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics and a gold at the 2015 World Championships among many other wins in major competitions. He decided to go professional after the 2016 Olympics and is enjoying a successful career.

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Feb
13

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Feb
13

Suicide, a sporting tragedy: Judo genius haunted by his Olympic pain – The Telegraph

As June Fallon looks down at the two framed photographs on the fireplace of her son Craig, she briefly gathers herself before making an admission.

Nobody knew Craig, she says. He never opened up to people. He was here, there and everywhere. Even I dont understand him and hes my son.

It is now six months since British judo lost arguably its greatest ever exponent. Craig Fallon was 36 when he was found on the morning of July 15 near a campsite at the Wrekin, a Shropshire beauty spot between Telford and Shrewsbury.

Fallon had died by suicide and, as news of his passing reverberated across every continent of this truly global sport, the tributes multiplied for a fighter likened variously to Harry Houdini and a character from The Matrix.

Neil Adams, the only other British judoka simultaneously to hold world and European titles, said simply that Fallon was a genius and one of the greatest lightweights in history.

He was also a complete enigma.

Revered abroad and yet virtually unknown and unheralded in his own country; supremely motivated and obsessed by judo, and yet he might go three days when depression would make it impossible to speak or leave his bedroom; one of only three British men to become world judo champion and yet someone who regarded his career as a failure; and he was an artist , both in judo and with a paintbrush in his hand, who was painfully shy and would not verbalise his struggles.

June says that Craig summed up how he felt about judo in a short video filmed shortly before he died last year and shown at his funeral.

When Im on the mat, and Im fully engaged... its the one time I think Im truly happy, he said.

June is seated in the front room of her Wolverhampton home alongside Fitzroy Davies, Fallons long-time coach, friend and mentor. Most of Craigs belongings are still upstairs. We are six months on and I cant touch my sons stuff, she says.

Ive not unpacked anything. I just cant. Davies then tells me about the last time he spoke with Fallon. It was only a few weeks before he died and, out of the blue, he had suggested paying for them to watch the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham in Madrid. I was, Craig you aint got no money to spend. I said no and that was really the last proper conversation we had. Theres a lot I didnt say. Thats the hard part.

June has previously turned down requests to speak about her sons life but she now feels ready and there is plenty that she wants to say about mental health in sport, especially in this Olympic year. There are a lot of people suffering, she says. A lot in the same boat. I want to make sure they talk and get the help. You have to listen and watch these people. Sport isnt everything. You need something to back it up. These big governing bodies cant get away with ruining people.

Craig, says June, was a dot when he was young. His size meant he was bullied but he tried judo after a friend joined a local club. It became Craigs world. It meant everything to him. From eight... until what happened. Davies, who ran the rival Hardy Spicer Club in Birmingham, never brought food to local judo tournaments and it soon became an unspoken routine that June would bring some spare meatloaf wrapped in tinfoil. This went on until Fallon was 15 and a change at Wolverhampton Judo Club left him looking for somewhere to train. He was the man at Wolverhampton but my guys were older; they were crazy, Davies says. He had some wars.

Fallons progress was phenomenal. He was right-handed but learnt to fight even better left-handed to maximise the benefits of being unorthodox. He would dance on the mat like a judoka equivalent of Floyd Mayweather.

He was also a winner and trained with a ferocity that Davies has never seen before or since. He would be out running even on Christmas Day, says June. The hurt at losing became evident when he was beaten in the national junior finals and Davies could not find him for six months. Eventually I found him playing pool in a pub with his mate Leon. Gradually I persuaded him back.

So what was he like as a young man?

Quiet he had to know you, June says. If he didnt want to do something you couldnt get him to. But if he was doing something, it was done just right.

Davies nods. I would think, I knew you for two years and didnt hear a sentence but now I cant stop you talking. Once Craig let you in, you had a friend for life.

Fallon became Commonwealth champion in 2002, aged 19. He then won the prestigious Paris Open in 2003. He became world champion in Cairo in 2005 when he was just 22 before adding the European Championship the following year. We had some fantastic times, June says.

Fallon remains Britains only male judo world champion this century but there was one title he naturally wanted above all others and which, with the arrival of National Lottery funding and UK Sports no compromise mantra, mattered above all others to British Judo. Fallon had the Olympic rings tattooed on an arm when he was 15 and his first tilt would come six years later in Athens in 2004. He seemed to be cruising when, with just four seconds of his last-16 tie remaining, he lost concentration and succumbed to a match-winning ippon.

Davies can still vividly recall them seated together in the stands for two hours after the defeat. Out. No aftercare. Nothing. We immediately said Beijing is the one.

Four years. Prepare. And he did. He got everything near enough right and then the powers that be June completes the sentence, ... messed him up.

Fallon was by this time already showing signs of mental health difficulties and sleeping was a major problem. He could be awake at 3am or 4am and competing the next day, Davies says. But nothing was spoken about and Davies readily admits he was ignorant then about mental health. June had previously supported her sons passion by combining cleaning jobs with her early-morning shift at the Post Office.

Centralised funding would be a game-changer for many athletes but a double-edged sword for Fallon. They have got the players depending on the Lottery money and can dictate, Davies says. It was controlling.

Davies said that Fallon would be needlessly told to attend certain training camps and was effectively forced to compete in the 2008 European Championship, even though he had qualified for the Olympics by winning the previous years World Cup and wanted to focus exclusively that year on Beijing.

What people dont understand with mental health is that if you change something the balance is out, June says. Its like someone with autism. You keep on to someone and you have lost them. Many times you could see the confusion.

June says that Fallon was physically still at his best peak ever before the 2008 Olympics and was confident of at least a medal. He was fighting on the first day but fate would wreck his final preparations. The British Olympic Association had based the judo team in Macau but a hurricane struck and Davies, Fallon and training partner Gavin Davies were left waiting for two days to discover whether they would even make it to Beijing.

When they did arrive on the day before the competition, the Chinese taxi driver got lost and they had to walk the final three miles to the accreditation centre with all their luggage. They did not reach the village until 4am and Fallon still needed to lose 1.5kg. A defeat by Austrias Ludwig Paischer a double European champion but an opponent Fallon had beaten the previous five times ended his gold-medal hopes and he finally finished an exhausted seventh. After training for this moment since he was eight, the decisive fight lasted five minutes.

Beijing tore him to bits, June says. He felt a failure and that haunted him. Fallon would later even have the tattoo of the Olympic rings covered up.

He lost his funding and drifted away from judo before returning to win the national championships in the higher weight class of 66kgs. Davies wanted Fallon to fight for his place in the London Olympics at 60kgs but, following a period training in Camberley in 2011, he sent a message to June simply saying that he loved her.

It sounded alarm bells. Tina and Al [Fallons sister and brother] drove down to Camberley and fetched Craig, Davies says. He was drained and battered. He said to me, Im retired. Im done. He wouldnt tell anybody why. And once he made up his mind about something, that was it.

June says that the demons really started from 2008 and Davies snorts when I ask what support there was following Beijing. Or, indeed, once he had retired and was transitioning from life as an elite athlete. Youre joking? he says. These players give their soul to judo and then all of a sudden, boom, next man in. You hear it from the athletes in other sports. What is the next pathway? It used to be about the medal in sport. Now it is about the funding first.

British Judo said that Fallon received medical support during his career, as well as specialist care during the troubled stages of his life, but that lessons had been learnt and much had changed in the 12 years since Beijing as mental health issues became less stigmatised.

Britains only other two male world champions: Adams and Graeme Randall, were made MBEs following their triumphs but there would be no accolades for Fallon.

It was also noticeable that in the years he became World and European champion in one of the biggest participation sports on the planet, there was no place on a BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist that included eventual winner Zara Phillips, Andy Murray for reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon and Jenson Button for finishing sixth in the Formula One drivers championship.

June repeatedly says that Fallon was thrown to the kerb. Fallon would coach wherever possible and visit schools or deliver masterclasses across the continent where he was idolised. He had to scrimp and save to make ends meet, Davies says. The birth of a son brought new purpose. Senior coaching jobs in Austria and then with the Welsh Judo Association followed but what June calls a black hole became ever deeper. He sought help for depression in 2017. He didnt want people to know, even those close to him, June says. When Craig got depressed he couldnt get out of bed. He couldnt move. As the years went by, it was getting harder and harder. That big, black hole took him. He was too far in.

The tragic facts of what happened on Sunday, July 14 2019, were presented at Fallons inquest in November. Shropshire coroner John Ellery reported that Fallon had mental health issues including depression and personal relationship issues which set the background for what may have happened.

Fallon had dropped his six-year-old son off earlier in the day and sent a series of messages to his partner, Rebecca Dunning, of which the last was at 6.05pm. His car was found at the Wrekin where Rebecca and Fallons brother Alex had been looking for around three hours before calling the police. The failing light meant that the search had to be abandoned until sunrise and hisbody was then found shortly after 5am the following morning. Fallon had sent a letter to Rebecca, with whom he had been living since 2012, in which he said remember this was my choice.

Fallonconveyed hope that others could be helped. Whether its sport or something Ive always had I dont know, he wrote. But depression is very much a problem in sport. Maybe you can help, youve seen and lived with it for years and others need help. June and Davies also tell me about one particular person Fallon advised by telling him to follow simple steps for well-being. Hed say, Go for a run, eat well, drink water, sleep and it will shape your mind. It helped this person and he was really grateful, says June. I think his legacy would be to not suffer in silence, for help to be there and to help others. Thats why we are here.

As June then gets up to straighten the photographs, she tells me about the necklace she always wears with the words mum and son inscribed on one side and June and Craig on the other.

She also shows me some of Fallons paintings. One is of a lions head and another depicts a woman in black. When he died, letters came from around the world Australia, Belgium, Russia, Austria, France and were all about what a nice gentleman he was and how much time he always had to help children in judo, she says. Its a tragedy, but the suffering stopped. His suffering stopped. Im just going day by day. What happened will never go, but Im hoping nobody else has to go through it. I want to get the awareness out.

Davies also shows me a band on his wrist that was given to him by the Austrian club where Fallon coached and which says: The legend will never die.

As we drive back to the station, Davies says that he thinks about Fallon constantly but that this should be the last time he talks publicly about him. Davies is the sort of volunteer who sustains sport in this country and, when I ask if he is still teaching judo, he gets excited about one of the members of the University of Wolverhamptons team. That coaching buzz remains, even if there is then a pause before he adds: But I know that there will never be another like Craig.

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13

Demi Lovato opens up about the spiritual meaning behind new tattoo – Yahoo News

Demi Lovato opens up about the spiritual meaning behind new tattoo originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com

Fresh off her show-stopping performances at the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards, Demi Lovato finally returned to Instagram after a self-imposed hiatus by opening up about her beautiful new tattoo.

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The 27-year-old candidly revealed on Tuesday a photo of the new ink on her back, writing, "I recently went dark on social media in preparation for my Grammy and Super Bowl performances but while I was off socials I got this incredibly meaningful tattoo done by Alessandro Capozzi" -- a NYC and LA-based celebrity tattoo artist.

The "Anyone" singer went on to praise Capozzi, whom she met through producer Scooter Braun, saying it "was an experience" working with him.

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The two collaborated on the design because the singer didn't know what she wanted at first. The design came together as Lovato shared details about "my life and where I was at in that moment" which resulted in the two creating "a combination on images that best symbolized the spiritual awakening I was having."

Lovato went on, "Having a fallen angel being lifted by 3, pure, angelic doves (the Holy trinity) as her inner light is being guided by a higher consciousness, and the disintegration of her dark wings was representing the darkness I was shedding."

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"Alessandro - you are extremely talented and I cant wait for more!!" gushed Lovato.

Capozzi was quick to respond to the "Cool for the Summer" singer's post and sweetly wrote back, "You are an incredible human. I could see you went through a lot and how that shaped you into becoming such a confident and strong woman."

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The tattoo, titled "Divine Feminine Destruction Effect XVIII," was first revealed by the celebrity tattoo artist in December.

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Feb
13

Dubs in limbo after the All-Stars – INQUIRER.net

At the halfway point of the NBA season, nobody is writing off the Golden State Warriors yet.

But with a record of 12 wins and 43 loses, the worst in the 15-team Western Conference and the entire league, the Dubs are projected to be great again next year, not after the All-Star Game in Chicago this weekend.

By necessity, teams in the cellar claw their way to the playoffs after the All-Stars.

The Warriors, however, will be hard pressed to make it to the round of 16 and the postseason after reaching the finals and winning the Larry OBrien championship trophy in three of their previous five campaigns.

The team fancied by Filipinos in the Bay Area of California and the Dubs nation the world over has fallen on hard times.It is reeling without Stephen Curry. The marksman, a two-time MVP, will reportedly miss at least another month with a broken hand that has caused him to miss all but four games this season.

When it rains, it pours. Already without Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, who are now playing for other teams, the Warriors are also without Klay Thompson, who tore an ACL in last years Finals. Stars Draymond Green, Kevon Looney and DAngelo Russell, until his trade to Minnesota earlier this week, have also missed time.

If you have been following Golden State lately, youd say there isnt much incentive for the franchise to start winning. Thats because it owns the 2020 first round pick and could just laze on the couch waiting for a future star.

Playoffs or not, we still want to see Steph Curry in action again, my Sacramento buddy Danny Vivar said on Messenger. His presence on the court will reenergize the fans. But of course it wont be much fun if our Dubs were not in action in the postseason.

There wont be much fun for punsters either.

Last season, when the Dubs played in the NBA Finals, they eventually lost to the Toronto Raptors. Filipino diehards localized their championship anxiety all in the name of fun.

A doctored video clip starring Curry went viral on social media after the Raptors took a 2-1 lead in the best of 7 Finals.

The producers of the clever video made it look like Curry was speaking in the Ilocano language with a Cordillera twang.

Golden State, said Curry in the video, was outplayed by the North because Durant and Thompson skipped Game 3 to fly to the highlands of Luzon to visit Apo Whang Od, a famous tattoo artist in Tinglayan, Kalinga.

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13

Damon Stoudamire reflects on Portland Trail Blazers tenure with mixed emotions: We had a good run here; Rip – OregonLive

It was 22 years ago today, a few hours before Valentines Day, when Damon Stoudamire was reunited with his first true love.

The hometown Portland Trail Blazers, after a monthlong flirtation, traded for the kid who grew up in Northeast Portland, won two state championships at Wilson High School and earned the NBAs Rookie of the Year award, flaunting his diminutive stature with a Mighty Mouse tattoo inked on his right arm.

Stoudamires arrival was a coup for the Blazers, delivering the sleeping giant a dynamic point guard in his prime. And it was a made-for-television moment for Stoudamire, a lifelong Blazers fan who grew up a couple neighborhoods away from Memorial Coliseum.

But more than two decades later, his eight-year Blazers tenure elicits mixed emotions. On the one hand, Stoudamire memorably lived out his dream, guiding his hometown team to some of the most successful runs in franchise history, which included three 50-win teams and two trips to the Western Conference finals. On the other hand, he was a prominent figure of the Jail Blazers, a notorious era of Blazers basketball that always will be remembered more for its off-the-court transgressions than its on-the-court success.

After Stoudamires departure, Brandon Roy captivated Rip City and helped usher the franchise out of its darkest period, LaMarcus Aldridge evolved into a franchise cornerstone and Damian Lillard matured into perhaps the most iconic player in Blazers history. Along the way, it has become easy to forget that Lillard was not the first Dame to patrol point guard for the Blazers.

So what about the original Dame? How does he view his place in Blazers history?

Man, Stoudamire says, "its funny you asked that. Im going to take the conversation to another space. Lets leave me out of the equation and just talk about the whole thing.

Stoudamire, it turns out, has a few things hed like to get off his chest.

RENO, NV - NOVEMBER 09: Head coach Damon Stoudamire of the Pacific Tigers walks down court near the end of the second half of the game between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Pacific Tigers at Lawlor Events Center on November 9, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Devich/Getty Images)Getty Images

"THAT FRUSTRATES US ALL"

Stoudamire can be an elusive, if not reluctant, interview. He bailed on a scheduled talk at the last second late one night because he needed some alone time in his Portland hotel room. He rescheduled a second interview because of a conflict. And finally, almost begrudgingly, he reached out nearly two hours late during a third attempt. But when he finally does chat, Stoudamire is engaging, honest and generous with his time, showing why he was a go-to-interview and de facto spokesman for the controversial teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

But Stoudamire is also hesitant. Although no subject is off limits, some subjects generate restrained responses, spoken through gritted teeth. Hes moved on. Hes made peace with his past. Hes happy. More than anything, he doesnt want to sound bitter, he says, several times.

So, occasionally, he starts to open up only to pull himself back, leery of presenting the wrong tone.

Ive moved on, man," Stoudamire says. "Im 11 years from my last basketball game and Im damn near 15 years from the last time I put on a Blazer uniform.

But he also cant help himself. A seemingly innocuous question elicits a ramble revealing the hurt and awkwardness he feels about his hometown and how history will view his place on his beloved team, which he still follows to this day. He clearly carries a little pent-up frustration about how people remember his most successful seasons in the Rose City.

From a basketball standpoint, we did some pretty good things, Stoudamire says. Ultimately, we didnt get a championship. But at times, from afar watching and I think I can speak for most of the people that played on the decent teams we had in Portland its disappointing that they dont recognize us. They just look at it and they only talk about the Jail Blazers situation. I think that frustrates us all.

The captivating run to the 1999 Western Conference finals? The dominant and deep 2000 team that won 59 games and came within a fourth quarter meltdown of a trip to the NBA Finals?

Those wildly successful seasons have been forgotten amid the memories of malfeasance featuring yellow hummers, marijuana arrests, domestic violence allegations, obscene gestures to fans, practice sucker-punches, altercations with officials and more.

Everybody recognizes mistakes youve made, Stoudamire says. Ive accepted them. Ive owned them. I took the punishment. Whatever. You just kind of move on. I honestly dont put a whole lot of thought into it, but it does kind of sting when you look back at it. When you sit back and watch the Blazers and I do watch the Blazers they go to the conference finals last year, have a great season, and all the announcers say they havent been back to the finals in 19 years. Well, we went to the conference finals two years in a row. Did we underachieve? No question. I think we had a championship team. We didnt do what we needed to do. Did some off-the-court problems contribute to that? No question. It did.

But I think we had a good run here. Probably more than anything for me, what stands out the most, when you look around at sports, people move on. But I dont know. We get caught up in this time warp, they always talk about what ifs, what ifs, what ifs. I get it. But we actually did go to two conference finals. We did have some good seasons, had some 50-win seasons, did some pretty good things here. But no one talks about that, no one seems to remember that.

Looking back, although he refuses to say as much, Stoudamires transgressions pale in comparison to those of his teammates. His misdeeds involved three marijuana-related incidents over a two-year span, the last of which resulted in a $250,000 fine and three-month suspension by the team. Today, recreational marijuana use is legal in 12 states, including Oregon.

Bring up the cultural shift surrounding marijuana use to Stoudamire and he bites his tongue.

At this juncture of the game, that would just be trying to justify what I did, Stoudamire says. I cannot win that debate. You make mistakes. People move on. We can sit up here and rattle a lot to things about why time has moved on. It would just me be justifying what I did was nothing. At the time, it was something.

Besides, Stoudamire would rather be remembered for off-the-court deeds of a different kind. While many professional athletes lean on community involvement to boost their brands, Stoudamires heart was always into helping his hometown, where he was a fabric of the community throughout his playing days. His public contributions were widespread and included a $250,000 donation in 2002 to save Portland Interscholastic League sports, free basketball camps, sponsorships of youth teams at Peninsula Park and contributions to Head Start and Self Enhancement Inc. But he also quietly made countless other charitable donations and privately paid the funeral costs for numerous needy families.

And while his old neighborhood has been transformed by gentrification and Portlands popularity Thats not the Northeast Portland I was raised in, he quips Stoudamire never forgot his roots.

I did a lot for this community and you cant take that back, he says. At the end of the day, Im one of their own, Im from here. Who can play games (at the Moda Center) and look in the stands and know half the people? That gives you a totally different perspective. I always say this, the one thing that happened is I came home, for better or for worse. How many people are actually from Portland that made it? Im one of the citys own. I consider myself to be a Blazer for life.

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 25: Head coach Damon Stoudamire of the Pacific Tigers huddles with his players during a timeout in the first half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at McCarthey Athletic Center on January 25, 2020 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)Getty Images

TIGERS ON THE RISE

Its a winter Thursday evening on the University of Portland campus and a sparse crowd at the Chiles Center is a little more robust than normal because a familiar face is in the building.

Stoudamire, who now coaches mens basketball at the University of the Pacific, is making his annual trek to Portland and the stands behind the Tigers bench are filled with his family, high school teammates and old friends from the neighborhood. Stoudamire, 46, roams the sideline with grace and coolness, sporting a burnt red suit that fits impeccably well. Besides the hint of grey sneaking into his neatly-cropped hair, he looks just like the player who used to run point across town at the Rose Garden.

While Pilots coach Terry Porter patrols the sideline like a typical coach, pacing, flailing his arms and barking at officials, Stoudamire is eerily calm. He does not rise from his seat on the bench until a quarter of the way through the first half, and when he finally does, he spends most of the time standing in one spot with his hands tucked into his pants pockets.

Stoudamire became coach at Pacific four years ago when the team was embroiled in an NCAA probe, the result of infractions committed by former coach Ron Verlin and his staff. Because of the investigation, Stoudamire coached his first three seasons with a team on probation, handicapped by a scholarship reduction and recruiting limitations. Pacific limped to a 39-58 record.

But along the way, Stoudamire changed the culture and rebuilt the roster, and the Tigers are on the rise. Heading into tonights rematch at home against the Pilots, Pacific is 19-8 (7-4 West Coast Conference) and tied for third place in the WCC behind BYU and perennial national power Gonzaga. With one more victory, the Tigers who already own their most victories since joining the WCC in 2013 would record their first 20-win in seven years.

Weve tried to build this thing brick by brick and not take any shortcuts, Stoudamire says. Were moving in the right direction and Im looking forward to the future.

His coaching style varies depending on the moment and hes just as inclined to wrap his arm around one of his players to offer a word of encouragement as he is to unleash profanity-laced instructions. He says he tries to recruit high-character kids who are eager to learn and he avoids recruits with meddlesome parents, no matter how talented they may be. His goal is to foster an environment where the last player on the bench is treated the same as the leading scorer. He refuses to play mind games and operates with an open-door policy.

You have to build a solid relationship with these kids or theyre not going to let you coach them, Stoudamire says. I try to be honest with them, let them know exactly where they stand. Once you do all that, theyll let you in, theyll allow you to be a father figure off the court.

There was a time when people in Portland would have scoffed at the idea of Stoudamire as a father figure. But he continues to shape his own legacy, slowly but surely easing away from the cloud of the Jail Blazers.

My worth is way more than basketball, he says. Everybody went on to have success. Thats what defines you the further you get away from the game. You asked about my place in Blazers history. It doesnt matter. Im not worried about how they define me. I did what I did. And then I just moved on. I guess Im different. I didnt retire. I didnt turn in papers, didnt have a press conference or a big thing. Im just not playing no more.

Theres nothing that I would change. I think everything happened for a reason.

Joe Freeman | jfreeman@oregonian.com | 503-294-5183 | @BlazerFreeman | Subscribe to Oregonian/OregonLive newsletters and podcasts for the latest news and top stories

This story is part of The Oregonian/OregonLives ongoing series, Rip City 50: The moments, people and events that have shaped the Trail Blazers first 50 seasons.

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Feb
13

A Day In The Life: Nikki Time – Lavender Magazine

Where did you grow up? In the hills of Oregon

Where do you live? Uptown, Minneapolis

Who do you live with? My wife, Mrs. Jodie Time, and three dogs: Frank, George and Neco

What is your occupation? Owner and tattoo artist, Minneapolis Tattoo Shop

When did you come out? 2005

Howd that go? I was very fortunate to have great support from my family and friends. But society was really hard, and still can be, but its definitely changed so much over the years.

When do you wake up? Depends on if my wife keeps me up watching reality TV with her! Typically 9 a.m.

Phone alarm or old school alarm? Google Home alarm, my phone alarm, and my wifes phone alarm.

Whats the first thing you do in the morning? Wake my dogs up and annoy my wife.

Breakfast? Half a bagel

Coffee? A must

Cream or no? Cream, always start your morning with some sugar!

How do you spend your commute: Spilling my coffee as I walk to work.

What do you nerd out for (Gaming, music, history, etc.)? Fishing (catch and release, of course). I hardly catch anything, but love being outside!

What music have you been digging lately? Always a fan for 80s hair bands!

Is your work space tidy or a hot mess? Tidy, hot mess of organization!

Whats been your favorite job? Tattoo artist

Favorite weeknight meal: Go out, take out, or cook in?Going out for Vietnamese Pho

On a usual weeknight, you are doing what? Have nightly dinner with my wife and drawing

Bedtime: 1 a.m.

Favorite weekend activity: BBQn at the lake with my friends and family.

What are you most proud of and why? Starting Minneapolis Tattoo Shop from the very beginning. I had a dream: I saw a for rent sign in a store front, got a few butterflies in my stomach, and just went for it. I opened my doors with only seven dollars in my pocket, and a 24 pack of top ramen. Almost a decade later, I have had the pleasure to work with some amazing tattoo artists, and build great relationships with my clients.

Words of wisdom to share: Stay humble and work hard. Always remember where you started and show appreciation to the people who encourage and support you. If its your friends, family, co-workers or strangers, at some point we all help each other along the journey of life.

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