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CUNA, league, CU grassroots efforts bring victory in Texas

first_img continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Texans overwhelmingly voted in favor of two credit union-backed amendments to the state’s constitution Tuesday. CUNA, the Cornerstone Credit Union League and Texas credit unions advocated strongly in favor of the amendments, one of which allows credit unions to offer prize linked savings accounts.“Credit unions did a great job working to pass both measures,” said Caroline Willard, president and CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League. “I appreciate the support of our member credit unions, league staff, CUNA and the other associations working together to pass these two amendments which will help borrowers and savers in Texas.”CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said CUNA is “proud to partner with Cornerstone in this coordinated campaign to educate voters about the value that passage of these two initiatives would bring to credit union members across Texas.”Proposition 2 allows borrowers the option to refinance a home equity loan into a conventional loan and provides access to additional options and lower rate products, rather than being limited to only refinancing into a home equity loan.last_img read more

Whicker: Padres are finally playing for something, and Kirby Yates is there to protect it

first_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury A few weeks later the Angels waived him. They only got Yates the previous fall, when the Yankees waived him. He was pushing 30, not a good time to have so many ballclubs waive him goodbye.But San Diego picked him up, let him explore the dimensions of his new toy, and now the 32-year-old Yates has set an unofficial record for Oldest Overnight Sensation.The Padres had won 18 games going into Friday night’s series opener with the Dodgers. Yates had saved 14 of them. He had given up one earned run in 16 innings, with 25 strikeouts and five walks.“It’s hard to get better than perfect,” Manager Andy Green said.Yates became relevant last year, even though the Padres weren’t. He was the setup man who made San Diego feel comfortable with trading All-Star closer Brad Hand to Cleveland, thereby getting catching prospect Francisco Meija. Yates struck out 90 in 63 innings last year with an 0.921 OPS. SAN DIEGO — Kirby Yates felt a baseball career slipping through his fingers.So he split them.On April 13, 2017, he stood on a shivery mound in Salt Lake City, pitching for the Angels’ Triple-A team against Sacramento. Two innings, no hits, five strikeouts, almost exclusively on a split-fingered fastball that dove like a seagull.“I don’t know how many swings and misses I got that night, but there were a lot,” Yates said Friday. “Consistent movement, swings and misses. I thought, OK. I can work with this. I can run with this a little bit.” Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ center_img The Padres haven’t had a winning season since 2010. But they brought in Eric Hosmer last year, bought Manny Machado this year, and were averaging nearly 30,000 paying fans per game before the three sellouts this weekend.This is a major transfusion of self-esteem for a city that still has abandonment issues over the Chargers. A fleet of prospects is approaching – agent Scott Boras calls it “hot lava” – and 20-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. was already erupting, with a .300 average and a .910 OPS, when he hurt his hamstring last week.The average MLB crowd is down by 419 fans per game. Baseball isn’t the flavor of the millennium, or so we’re told, and the authorities think they can force-feed the game by changing long-standing rules. Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers closer, stares down that reasoning.“People have been coming out to watch this game for, what, 150 years?” he said. “They should just leave it alone and let us play. The reason people aren’t coming out is because a lot of these teams are losing 100 games, not trying to win. That’s the great thing about this team. Every year we’re committed to winning.”This year the Padres are, too. They can thank Kirby Yates, and how he followed the forkball in the road. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching He had also closed before. He did that for the Durham Bulls in 2013, with numbers very similar to his 2017 performance here, and 20 saves besides.“I kinda thought my stuff was good enough,” Yates said. “But I got hurt in 2015 and I couldn’t really get the feel of my slider again, couldn’t recapture it. I didn’t know if trying to find it again was the right move. What if I couldn’t?”By then he was with the Yankees, and he noticed how Nate Eovaldi, Chasen Shreve and Masahiro Tanaka were using their splitter for carvery.He discussed grip techniques with them, and how the ball moved, and after the 2016 season he played a lot of catch with former Rays pitcher Alex Cobb. This April, nearly 46 percent of Yates’ pitches were splitters. You risk injury with that pitch, but Yates would reply that nine seasons in the minors aren’t a healthy choice either.“It’s exciting when they call in, and there’s all that noise,” Yates said, “but I try to create my own adrenalin on the mound. For some reason, I feel more relaxed when I get out there.”Yates grew up in Kauai, was drafted by the Red Sox in high school, turned them down, and then got hurt. He went to Yavapai JC in Prescott, Ariz., and signed with Tampa Bay, undrafted. His brother Tyler had put in 238 major league games, so it wasn’t just a trans-Pacific dream for Kirby.“It’s the old ‘brotherly love’ thing – if he can do it, so can I,” Yates said, smiling. “He taught me how to throw when I was 11, and when I saw him go through the ranks and get drafted and all that, it gave me some hope.”Because Kirby held that hope, the ninth inning at Petco Park suddenly means something.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Initiative to name damaged bridge for Eyman

first_imgEVERETT — An initiative has been filed to name the damaged Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge for anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.The Daily Herald reports that a Bothell man filed an initiative to the Legislature on Wednesday to put Eyman’s name on the bridge that fell into the water when it was struck by a truck with an oversized load.The measure filed by Nicholas Santos says the Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge would be “dedicated to the efforts of Tim Eyman to reduce Washington state tax revenues and the collapse of the Skagit River bridge on May 23, 2013.”Supporters need to turn in 246,000 signatures of registered Washington voters by Jan. 3. Lawmakers could enact the initiative or put it on the November 2014 ballot.last_img