Source: Price Chopper. SCHENECTADY, NY (05/14/2009; 0800)(readMedia)– Price Chopper Supermarkets,Neil Golub, Price Chopper’s President and CEO will be joined by Jerry Golub, EVP & COO for the company, Tony Pomerleau, Pomerleau Real Estate, Al Voegele, Town Manager, Dick Paquette & Marc Landry, Selectmen, and other town officials to cut the ceremonial ribbon May 19 to officially open the new 24 hour Colchester store at Porters Point and Prim roads. The new location for Price Chopper represents an area in the Burlington market that will fill in a void in the company’s marketing coverage.
As health care continues to take center stage on Capitol Hill and across the country, students and professionals from the Keck School of Medicine traveled to Sacramento this weekend to lobby for single-payer health care.Hosted by the California Health Professional Student Alliance, Lobby Day 2010 served as a venue for more than 500 medical students and professionals to appeal to state legislators in hopes of gaining support for a statewide, single-payer health care bill.The USC group California Student Physicians for Healthcare Reform helped spread the word about Lobby Day and recruited nearly 50 Keck students and professionals who are passionate about single-payer health care.“For me it was attractive to get started and learn about how I can make an impact in health care and in California,” said Kristen Gregory, a second-year medical student and co-president of CSPHR.More than 450 people attended the lobby day, according to Chris Scannell, Lobby Day chair and a fourth-year Ph.D. medical student at Keck.On the first day of the conference, participants were trained on the issue and ways to approach it with legislators. Then, participants spent the second day speaking with legislators after a rally that drew as many as 1,000 people.Scannell said the group was hoping to engage legislators — particularly those with Republican affiliations — to generate discussion in advance of a key vote on the billing slated for later this week.The bill, known as SB 810 or the California Universal Healthcare Act, would create a public agency to provide every resident of California with health insurance through a single-payer health care system.The single-payer SB 810 bill has passed through the California legislature twice before but was vetoed twice by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.“In the past, it’s been divided along strict party lines,” Scannell said. “It seems like [this time] they were willing to talk about it.”Scannell said many opponents of the bill are concerned about the costs of implementing a single-payer health care system.“You raise taxes in order to implement this, but that’s the case with any type of social program you enact in the beginning,” he said.Some citizens and lawmakers are also against increasing government involvement in health care, Scannell said, but he and others who participated in the Student Lobby Day argued that health care is one of few public services that remains privatized.“We already have police, fire, postal services … These are all sources we rely on and we would never think of privatizing them and I think health care’s the same,” he said.In light of the upcoming governor’s race, students who attended Lobby Day are hopeful the bill will eventually pass and take effect, according to Scannell.“This will be kind of a changing of the guard with the new governor election … It’s important that we’re [at Lobby Day] again this year to show support for it,” Scannell said.Aaron Case, a second-year medical student and CSPHR member said he felt the event was an effective way to reach out to legislators and have an impact.“I went in there and told my story about how I was a poor, struggling musician without health insurance. I was scared about it most of the time,” Case said.Case said he has been able to convince legislators to back the bill in the past, and he hopes Lobby Day will continue to garner support in the future.“This is the first time I felt like I was actually talking to somebody who was going to be able to do something about this,” he said.
With Trevon Hughes in foul trouble, sophomore guard Jordan Taylor helped UW upset Purdue at home.[/media-credit]Coming off a tough loss at No. 11 Michigan State earlier in the week, Wisconsin needed a big win over No. 4 Purdue to salvage a split in its first two games against the Big Ten favorites. With an upset over No. 5 Duke already on their r?sum?, the Badgers knew a second win over a top-five team at the Kohl Center was not out of the question.Still, most fans and members of the media would tell you they weren’t entirely convinced that Wisconsin could beat Purdue. Not with the way the Badgers had played in their loss at MSU and not with the way the Boilermakers had been playing to start the season.They were undefeated, after all.Plus, after senior point guard Trevon Hughes went to the bench with two fouls just over six minutes in, the Badgers’ chances of victory began to look bleak. Could UW really contend with the nation’s fourth-best team with its star point guard riding the bench? But with his team up 10-6, sophomore guard Jordan Taylor stepped in for Hughes, and the Badgers didn’t miss a beat. Taylor’s play, especially in the first half, was the key to the game, according to Purdue head coach Matt Painter.“Taylor was the difference in the game,” Painter said. “Any time you can bring somebody off the bench and get 23 points on 11 shots, that’s pretty impressive.”Still, Hughes and fellow senior guard Jason Bohannon didn’t play too poorly either. Hughes scored 14 points in the game, nine of which came in the second half, on a night when he couldn’t miss — 3-for-3 from the floor, 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 6-for-6 at the line. Bohannon added 20 points of his own, which gave the UW guards a total of 57 points on the afternoon, or nearly 80 percent of the Badgers’ offensive output.Wisconsin led 8-0 to open the game, and the energy in the building never let up over the next 37:36. UW lost its momentum and trailed by as many as four points in the first half, but rallied back and caught fire before holding its largest lead of 14 points just over five minutes into the second half.Junior forwards Keaton Nankivil and Jon Leuer — who fractured a bone in his wrist during the game but played through it — combined to go 3-for-20 from the field, scoring six points combined. Wisconsin’s other starter, Tim Jarmusz, did not score in the game.Taylor scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half, playing 17 minutes while Hughes had to sit after just six. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan agreed with Painter about Taylor, whose efforts kept them in the ball game at a very crucial moment.“That could have been a 10-15 point half in their favor,” Ryan said. “You tell me how it was that score at halftime? My answer would be because of Jordan Taylor.”It was the high point of the season for the Badgers, and the win put them in the conversation for the Big Ten regular season crown.