Forum kicks off Thursday on how older Vermonters can avoid scams

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas and Treasurer Jeb Spaulding will join with The FINRA Foundation and AARP Vermont Thursday morning to launch a statewide campaign to protect older consumers from the growing threat of investment-related cons and scams.  The initiative kicks off at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center with a press conference and educational forum for some 300 area residents. State Police Lieutenant Robert Kalinoski will also speak at the press conference to share a personal story about how his father was taken in and eventually defrauded in Bennington. WHAT: Official launch of Vermont Investor Protection campaign followed by an educational workshop for 300 participants.WHO: Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding, John Gannon, President The FINRA Foundation, Greg Marchildon, State Director — AARP Vermont, Robert Kalinoski, VT State Police Lieutenant and son of defrauded citizenWHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 11:15 AM, press conference. Forum begins at 12 noon.WHERE: Sheraton Burlington Conference Center, South Burlington, VT Press conference on the Emerald Promanade III. Forum in the Emerald Ballroom.Open to the public. Lunch will be servedlast_img read more

Isaiah Thomas helping to free Lakers from free-throw woes

first_imgJulius Randle made all nine of his shots from the foul line less than a week after going 0-fer on five attempts in Sacramento.That night, Randle disappeared onto a practice court to address his shot and forget about his dreadful performance from the line.“I had to get it right,” Randle said. “I wouldn’t have been able to sleep that night if I didn’t go get some free throws. I had to stay after and go get some extra work.”Randle’s 9-for-9 showing was the most free throws he has made in a game without a miss in his four-year career.D-WADE RESPONSEJust in case Dwyane Wade did not make clear his admiration for rookie Lonzo Ball on Thursday night when he said he was a “big fan” of the point guard, the future Hall of Famer continued to heap praise on Ball on social media.Wade made a highlight play over Ball in the second quarter, first trying to drive baseline, then once stopped, trying to shake him twice. Finally, Wade faded away out of bounds and shot a high-arcing jumper over the backboard.Wade posted the video of the shot on Instagram and said “the defense on this play is as good as it gets,” tagging Ball. “The next generation of players in our league are special,” Wade wrote. “I’m just glad to have a few minutes against them now.”Thursday was not Ball’s first time playing against Wade. The two shared the court on Dec. 14, when Wade was still in Cleveland. Ball finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double in 38 minutes that night, while Wade scored 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench.The second matchup, Ball said, reminded him of what he remembered seeing from the 36-year-old Wade when he was growing up.“The shot on me today, I was just like, I don’t know how much better defense I can play,” Ball said.WEAR WITH ALLWith their number of healthy and available players dwindling, the Lakers on Friday signed former UCLA star Travis Wear to a 10-day contract.Wear, 27, has spent the last two years with the South Bay Lakers in the G-League after starting each of those seasons in training camp with the Lakers.A 6-foot-10 forward who attended Mater Dei before UCLA, Wear has averaged 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds with South Bay this season. He recently played for the USA men’s team in the first round of FIBA World Cup qualifying.Wear and his twin brother, David, started their college careers at North Carolina in 2009, but transferred to UCLA, where they starred from 2011-14.Travis Wear went undrafted in 2014, but appeared in 51 games that season in New York, averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per appearance.The Lakers have won four games in a row, but are without rookie Josh Hart, who started 10 straight games before suffering a broken bone in his left hand during practice in Miami on Wednesday.Hart was scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday morning in L.A.In the win over the Heat, Brandon Ingram left in the fourth quarter due to a strained left hip flexor and is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Spurs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s not a big deal,” said Thomas, who, it should be noted, made the second free throw. “I’ll try to break that record now.”Of the things the Lakers gained in their celebrated trade of Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson for Thomas and Channing Frye, free-throw shooting might have been the most overlooked.Thomas is a career 87.6 percent shooter.At 69.9 percent from the line, the Lakers remain the league’s worst free-throw shooting team. But there are signs of progress. In the seven games since Thomas arrived, the Lakers have shot better than 70 percent five times.Against the Heat, the Lakers made 21 of 26 attempts (80.8 percent). SAN ANTONIO — Isaiah Thomas did something on Thursday night in Miami that would not have been strange for any of his Lakers teammates – especially this season – but for him was a first.He missed a free throw as a Laker.Before the 2:37 mark of the second quarter of the Lakers’ 131-113 victory, Thomas had made his first 50 free-throw attempts since being traded from Cleveland.It is the most by a player to start his Lakers career.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more