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5 enormous ocean threats in 2015

Together, we’ve done amazing things for our oceans in 2014. But a batter can’t dwell on past victories the next time he steps up to the plate. He has to focus on the task at hand. And let me tell you, looking at this list of five enormous ocean threats in 2015 it’s obviously our turn to step up.

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1. Indiscriminate fishing gear killing thousands of threatened or endangered sea turtles. Gear like drift gillnets and trawls trap and drown turtles, causing them to die a cruel and painful death. Turtle excluder devices can decrease these senseless deaths of sea turtles by 97 percent – but we need laws at the state and national level requiring fisherman to use them. How much pressure we can apply on these government officials depends on how much you can support our efforts right now.

There are three days left before 2015. Renew your commitment to Oceana now and your tax-deductible gift will help fund our work to protect sea turtles and our oceans around the world >>

2. Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Despite Shell’s disastrous attempt to drill off the coast of Alaska in 2012, the company remains determined to drill in the Arctic regardless of the threat to the environment. Thanks to your support, Oceana has helped keep Shell out of the Arctic for the last two years, but we need you again now to keep polar bears safe from the threat of oil spills.

Click here to renew your commitment to Oceana now to help protect polar bears from potential oil spills caused by Shell’s reckless pursuit of drilling in the Arctic Ocean >>

3. Barbarically slicing off sharks’ fins – just for soup. The brutal practice of shark finning has caused some shark populations to decline by as much as 99 percent in the last few decades. With Oceana this year you helped uphold shark fin bans in a number of U.S. states and told GrubHub to take shark fin off the menu. But there’s still much work to do to protect our sharks by eliminating shark fins from the marketplace.

Will you renew your commitment to Oceana today to help take shark fin off the menu in 2015 >>

4. SEISMIC BLASTS. Used to located oil and natural gas deposits below the ocean floor, seismic blasting off the United States East Coast threatens the few remaining critically endangered North Atlantic right whales with hearing loss. For these whales, which rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce, this could be a matter of life or death.
Renew your commitment to Oceana now to help protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from seismic blasting in 2015 >>

5. Know what seafood you’re eating? Think again. You could unknowingly buy frozen shrimp not meant for consumption but display in decorative tanks – that’s just one example of the sort of seafood fraud Oceana uncovered this year. Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing and seafood fraud will continue to lead to overfishing, rip off consumers and hurt honest seafood businesses in 2015. But with your support, Oceana can continue to expose these abuses and help ensure that all seafood is safe, legally caught and honestly labeled. Don’t you want to know what you’re eating?

By renewing your commitment to Oceana now, your tax-deductible gift will help tackle Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing and Seafood Fraud in the New Year >>

These challenges are great – but that only means we need to be greater. For the sake of the oceans’ amazing wildlife, mesmerizing underwater habitats, and for ocean lovers everywhere, I hope you can support us as we look to 2015 and the work ahead.

The Most Shocking Investigations of 2014

The investigations in 2014 were some of the most shocking yet. This is just a peek into the cruelty against angora rabbits,sheep, cows, and baby monkeys that PETA and our affiliates documented this year. Help PETA reveal more animal abuse in 2015 by donating now: LINKWatch the full investigations:

The Truth Behind Angora Fur: LINK
Dairy Farm Exposed in Eyewitness Footage: LINK
Sheep Killed, Left to Die for U.S. Wool: LINK
Sheep Punched, Stomped on, Cut for Wool: LINK
Baby-Monkey Experiments Exposed: LINK
Horse Racing Exposed: LINK

Animals Bashed, Frozen Alive, Drowned, and Starved at Dealer: LINK

Bowl Week Underway for the Terps

Courtesy Maryland Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif.After arriving in San Francisco Wednesday evening, the Maryland football team hit the field for its first practice in the Bay Area at Laney College Thursday afternoon in preparation for its matchup with Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl on Tuesday.
In an effort to keep the team on a normal routine, Thursday’s practice resembled a normal Tuesday game-week practice for head coach Randy Edsall’s squad.“It is a normal Tuesday practice for us,” said Edsall. “That is one of the reasons we can out when we did. We came out yesterday to get acclimated so we could get right into our weekly routine. This will be a normal Tuesday for us, and tomorrow will be a normal Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and so on. It puts us right into game mode. We already put the game plan in back home and practiced that. Now we are going to do the same thing here. We hope there is a lot of retention, they are sharp, they are crisp and we can go out and get things done we need to get done to prepare for a very talented and tough opponent in Stanford.”

Tuesday’s practice opened with special teams work specifically kickoff return before moving into some individual work. Practice closed with four team sessions, a bout of 7-v-7 and extra point and field goal work.

At the conclusion of practice, former Terp Jon Condo, currently with the Oakland Raiders addressed the team along with former Morgan State, Baltimore Colts and Raiders star Raymond Chester. Each player shared a few words of wisdom as the Terps prepare for the Cardinal.

Maryland returns to the practice field Thursday morning before heading downtown for the Foster Farms Bowl press conference and a trip Alcatraz in the afternoon.

Maryland and Stanford are set for a 10:05 p.m. ET kick off Tuesday from Levi’s Stadium.

Maryland and Stanford are set to kick off from Levi's Stadium on Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET
Courtesy Maryland Athletics
Maryland and Stanford are set to kick off from Levi’s Stadium on Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET

Terps Head to Bay Area for Showdown with Stanford

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland is set to meet Stanford for the first time in program history in the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is set for 10:05 p.m. ET on Dec. 30. It is Maryland’s second bowl berth in as many seasons and its 26th all-time.
This is Maryland’s second appearance in San Francisco’s annual bowl game. The Terps traveled to the Bay Area in 2007 when the bowl was known as the Emerald Bowl. Maryland fell to Oregon State, 21-14.
Maryland has played some of its best football away from home. The Terps have won five road games this season, the most in the Big Ten, and the highest total for a Maryland team since 1984. The Terps have won seven of their last nine games away from home.

Live Coverage

Maryland’s matchup with Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl will be broadcast live on ESPN and streamed live onWatchESPN at 10 p.m. ET. Dave Flemming (pbp), Greg McElroy (color) and Shelley Smith (sideline) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the Maryland Sports Radio Network with Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) on the call. The game can also be heard on ESPN Radio and SiriusXM channel 84. For a listing of ESPN Radio affiliates in your area, click here.


Head coach Randy Edsall handed out the 2014 team awards Monday afternoon. Here is a list of this year’s recipients.
The George C. Cook Memorial Award (Presented to the senior student-athlete that maintains the highest GPA) – C.J. Brown and Nathan Renfro (virtual tie)
The George Boutselis Memorial Award (Presented to the student-athlete who both lettered in football while attaining the highest GPA on the team) – P.J. Gallo
Public Service Award Sal Conaboy
Dr. John E. Faber Iron Man Award – Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil
The A.V. Williams Award (Presented to the student-athlete that best displays outstanding and conspicuous sportsmanship) – Cole Farrand
The Alvin L. Aubinoe Unsung Hero Trophy (Presented to the student-athlete that best displays the true meaning of teamwork) – Michael Tart
The James M. Tatum Memorial Award (Lineman of the Year) – Darius Kilgo
Special Team Player of the Year Brad Craddock
Defensive Player of the Year Andre Monroe
Offensive Player of the Year – C.J. Brown
The Ray Krouse Memorial Award (Team MVP) – William Likely
Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award Jeremiah Johnson


1 – Kicker Brad Craddock became Maryland’s first-ever Lou Groza Award winner when he was presented the honor at the 2014 Home Depot College Football Awards. Craddock has made 18-of-19 field goal attempts this season.
2 – Defensive back William Likely has taken two of his six interceptions back for touchdowns. His two interception returns for touchdowns are tied for first amongst FBS teams. In addition, Likely, as a sophomore, has already tied the career record at Maryland.
4 – Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is only the fourth Terrapin wideout all-time to have at least two 50-catch seasons. Diggs has 52 catches this season after totaling 54 as a freshman in 2012. He joins Jermaine Lewis (1992-95), Geroy Simon (1993-96) and Torrey Smith (2008-10) as the only receivers in school history to accomplish the feat.
6 – Against Michigan (11/22), defensive back William Likely picked off his sixth pass. That total led the Big Ten and is tied for seventh in the FBS. The sophomore has returned his six interceptions for 170 yards, a single-season school record and the second-highest total nationally.
8 – Maryland placed eight players on the 2014 All-Big Ten team, the most players to earn all-conference honors in the Randy Edsall era. Kicker Brad Craddock and defensive back William Likely led the group. Craddock and Likely earned first-team honors from the coaches and media.
17 – The number of years since Maryland last had two 100-yard rushers in the same game. Brandon Ross and C.J. Brownrushed for 108 and 107 yards, respectively, against Rutgers (11/29). LaMont Jordan (135) and Brian Underwood (114) accomplished the feat at Temple on Sept. 27, 1997.
24 – The number of career sacks for defensive lineman Andre Monroe. The senior lineman is a half of sack shy of becoming Maryland’s all-time sack leader. Monroe currently is tied with Mike Corvino (1979-1982) for the career record.
94.7 – The percentage of field goals made by Brad Craddock this season. It is a Maryland single-season record and currently leads the nation. For his career, Craddock has converted 81.7 percent of his field goal tries, which is a program record and the 17th-highest average among active FBS kickers.


Quarterback C.J. Brown recorded his ninth career 100-yard rushing performance in the regular-season finale against Rutgers. Brown rushed 107 yards and a touchdown, and passed for 195 yards and two scores. For his career, Brown is now responsible for 57 touchdowns and is Maryland’s all-time record holder. Brown currently has 6,898 total offensive yards for his career, which ranks second all-time. Brown is within striking distance of becoming only the second player in Maryland history to eclipse 7,000 total offensive yards for his career and passing Scott Milanovich (7,111) for the all-time mark.

  • Brown increased his career passing total to 5,167 yards against Rutgers and is only the sixth quarterback in school history to eclipse the 5,000-yard plateau. He currently ranks fifth in school history. In addition, with 1,731 career rushing yards, Brown is one of 10 active FBS players to pass for 5,000 or more yards and rush for 1,000 or more yards in a career.
  • Brown ranks fourth in school history in completions with 422. Milanovich holds the program record with 650.
  • Brown has nine career 100-yard rushing performances. It is the most all-time for a Terrapin quarterback and is the fourth-highest total in program history. LaMont Jordan holds the program record with 18 from 1997-2000. In addition, Brown’s total ranks fourth nationally among active FBS quarterbacks.
  • Brown has accounted for 6,898 yards of total offense in his career. He ranks second on Maryland’s all-time list and 22nd nationally among active FBS players.
On The Offense


Wide receiver Stefon Diggs leads the team in receptions (52) and receiving yards (654). Diggs hit season highs in catches (9) and receiving yards (130) against Iowa (10/18). Diggs ranks second among active FBS career leaders in all-purpose yards per game averaging 147.52 yards.

  • Diggs has eight career 100-yard receiving games, which ranks second in school history. Jermaine Lewis (1992-95) holds the record with 15.
  • His 3,983 career all-purpose yards is the 24th-highest active total nationally.
  • He is tied for third in Maryland history with Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006-08) with 2,036 career receiving yards.
  • Diggs is averaging 5.8 receptions per game and 72.7 receiving yards per game, which ranks second and fourth in the Big Ten, respectively.

Running back Wes Brown has been the chosen short-yardage back for the Terps late in the season.

  • Brown leads all running backs with five touchdowns.
  • Four of his five touchdowns have come from one-yard out.
  • Over the last two games, Brown is averaging 4.1 ypc.
On The Defense


  • Sophomore defensive back William Likely led the Big Ten in interceptions (6) and tied for second in passes defensed (14).
  • His six interceptions are the tied for the seventh-highest single-season total in school history and are the most for a Maryland player since Tony Jackson in 2001.
  • Likely has returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns, which is tied for the highest total in the nation. He is also tied with six other players for the most in Maryland history, and is tied for the second-highest single-season total in Big Ten history.
  • His 14 passes defensed are the most for a Maryland player since Curome Cox had 14 in 2002. Domonique Foxworth had 22 the same season.


Senior Andre Monroe is Maryland’s active career leader in sacks. The product of Upper Marlboro, Md., has 24 career sacks including a team-high 9.5 this season.

  • Monroe’s 24 sacks are tied for the school record with Mike Corvino (1979-1982).
  • His 36.5 career tackles for loss rank fourth all-time at Maryland.
  • With 9.5 sacks this season, Monroe has matched his total from last season and is 3.5 sacks shy of tying the single-season school record held by Mark Duda (1982) and Bruce Palmer (1978).

Junior kicker Brad Craddock, the 2014 Lou Groza Award recipient, has made 49 career field goals and has scored 248 career points.

  • Craddock’s 49 career field goals rank third on Maryland’s all-time list.
  • His 248 career points are fourth all-time at Maryland and the third most for a kicker.
  • Craddock leads the FBS with a 94.7 field goal conversion rate (18-19).
  • The junior converted 24-straight field goal attempts. That mark is a program record.
  • In addition, his 24 consecutive made field goals tied the Big Ten record held by Ohio State’s Mike Nugent (2001-02).

For up-to-date game stories, statistics, schedules and results, and other Maryland athletic department information, please log-on to on the Internet.

Head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media ahead of Maryland's Dec. 30 clash with Stanford
Courtesy Maryland Athletics
Head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media ahead of Maryland’s Dec. 30 clash with Stanford

Terps Address Media Ahead of Clash with Cardinal

SAN FRANCISCO – Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall joined Stanford head coach David Shaw along with Foster Farms Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli and Foster Farms senior vice president Bryan Reese for an introductory press conference at the Hotel Nikko Saturday afternoon.
Edsall was joined by Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown, kicker Brad Craddock and linebacker Cole Farrand at the event.
After opening remarks from Cavalli and Reese, Edsall took the mic and addressed the gathered media to express the team’s excitement to be invited to San Francisco for their final game of the season.
“It’s been a great time [in San Francisco ] so far,” Edsall said. “It’s been an experience for us in our first year in the Big Ten. Different conference. Different venues to play in. I thought our kids handled it well. We overcame advirsity because of the leadership and will of our players.”
Following introductions by Edsall and Shaw, the media met with the student-athletes. Brown was excited to lead the Terrapins into Santa Clara in his final game at Maryland.
“Being here for as long as I have, these last practices have been emotional. I’ve kind of reflected and I’ve had a great time. I’m trying to go out for the seniors, myself, my family and the University of Maryland and get this win.”
Farrand believes the team has had a great set of practices leading up to its trip west and will be ready to play the Cardinal Tuesday night.
“We’re loving the weather,” Farrand said. “It’s really nice and I think the guys are feeding into that. We’ve had great practices this week. Everyone is really excited.”
Maryland’s players and coaches will take advantage of the sunny skies when they visit the world famous Alcatraz to close out Saturday’s activities.
The Terps and Cardinal are set for a 10 p.m. ET kick off from Levi’s Stadium Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

End of The year Gun Safety Post

This year, we saw a lot of progress in our fight to make communities safer from gun violence. Despite challenging mid-term elections, some of our biggest champions for common sense won their seats, voters in Washington State passed expandedbackground checks, and, most recently, we beat the gun lobby in a vote on the Senate floor by confirming a Surgeon General who had the common sense to call gun violence a public health issue.
Where do we go from here? Our team has some great ideas for next steps, but before we make final decisions, we want to hear from you. What should Americans for Responsible Solutions focus on in 2015?
Here’s the first question:
First survey question
More than a half million people helped make Americans for Responsible Solutions a success in our first two years. Together, we’ve accomplished a lot, but have so much more to go.
We can’t wait to hear where you think we should go next. Take our survey to let us know what matters to you.A Note from Richard Martinez:

My son was shot and killed at UC Santa Barbara in May of this year.

Why did Chris die? He died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. I said it the day after my son was murdered, and sadly it’s still true today.

What has changed is that millions of Americans like you have stepped up to demand more of our country and its elected officials: Not. One. More.

And it’s working. Here in California, with the help of Moms Demand Action, we passed a law that will temporarily suspend somebody’s access to guns if they’re found to be a threat to themselves or others — somebody like the man who killed my son. We can take winning strategies like this all across the country, but only with your support.

I’m asking you to join me in supporting Moms Demand Action with a year-end gift. With your support, we can save lives. Please join this fight before Wednesday’s end-of-year deadline.

Moms Demand Action and Everytown are doing something no one else has ever done before.

I’ve seen the passion that powers this movement up close. I’ve shared hugs and tears with others whose lives have been turned upside down by gun violence.

Moms Demand Action has given me a chance to share Chris’s story and a platform from which I can work so that fewer parents have to experience this pain.

Our work is fueled by gun violence survivors, moms, dads, and concerned citizens — and it’s backed by cutting edge research and policy analysis. Because of this movement, the NRA is losing its grip on our country’s state houses.

Help us move forward in 2015. Lives depend on it. I’m asking you to show your support with a year-end donation right now — before the Wednesday night deadline:

As the father of a young person killed with a gun, I know that it’s not enough to just want change. We must work hard and keep the pressure on in 2015.

Thank you for your care and support,

Richard Martinez

Richard and Chris Martinez
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best of 2014 And while you are looking back at what we did in 2014, I’m already looking ahead to what we can accomplish together in 2015.

THANK YOU for Standing With PFAW Against Right-Wing Extremism!
Take a moment to check out our video about just some of what’s in store with next year’s incoming Congress.


In case you missed them, here are some of my  favorite news articles, stories, and media clips from the past week. Please read and share!

PCRM 2014 Progress Report
 PCRM 2014 ProgressThe Physicians Committee led an international grassroots effort to convince the Taiwanese government to shelve plans for rabies experiments on beagle puppies. The beagles were spared!View a slideshow of highlights and download our progress report here.

2014 wraps up with great news for wilderness

I know that many of you are already enjoying the holidays with loved ones and friends, so I won’t keep you. I just want to take a moment to say thank you. Looking back on the past 12 months has been inspiring. All of the calls, petitions, rallies — not to mention your generous contributions — each and every one of you has done something to advance this movement in a way that makes me proud to come to work each day.
In 2014 alone, we:
  • Rallied with more than 400,000 supporters at the People’s Climate March.
  • Won three new national monuments, totaling more than 900,000 protected acres.
  • Turned out a record number of supporters at the EPA’s clean power rule hearings.
  • Petitioned — successfully — for Google, Facebook and eBay to leave ALEC.
  • Blocked the Keystone XL pipeline yet again.
America’s ‘Fish Basket’ Protected. Permanently.

Forty percent of U.S. seafood comes fromAlaska’s Bristol Bay and the surrounding region.President Obama’s recent decision to permanently protect the Florida-size area from offshore development is good news: wild seafood for the planet, jobs for the U.S., and a way of life for Bristol Bay.
Facts and photos »

Good News
New Wilderness Designated Across America

Hundreds of thousands of acres of U.S. wilderness will be preserved for future generations. After passing Congress, a bipartisan bill protecting snowcapped peaks, desert plains, and more was signed into law by the president last week.

Photos of all six places »

The New York Times Sounds Alarm
on Ocean Warming
Rising ocean temperatures are upending a marine ecosystem and the fishing industry that depends on it. Last week, The New York Times noted that the implications of this warming “should prompt the fishermen and regulators alike to plan for change before it arrives.”
Will fisheries officials listen? »
Take action
Urge Fishery Leaders to Protect Forage Fish
Higher Fuel Efficiency Would Save Drivers Money During the 4th of July Weekend
Forage species aren’t managed or monitored in some regions, so commercial vessels can fish for these animals at any time with no accounting for the potential effect on the ecosystem. But we know removing forage fish—vital to the marine food web—isn’t the way to keep our oceans healthy and our fisheries sustainable.
Protect the ocean food web »
Share the Good News
Featured Quote
“The average person doesn’t care about fisheries data, but they do care about the fish they eat.” —Daniel Pauly, marine biologist. Pauly’s full remarks at Pew event »
Latest Headlines
Pew Praises Key Recommendations to Combat Illegal Fishing
WCPFC Resorts to Status Quo for Overfished Bigeye Tuna
Featured video
Ocean White Tip

A new video spotlights Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds—and a new generation of conservation leaders. Learn what inspired the filmmakers and how they are working to make a difference.Video and Q&A »
In the News
Saving Bluefin Tuna Will Stop Waste of Great Sport Fish
The Palm Beach PostDec. 9, 2014
Obama Protects Alaska’s Bristol Bay from Oil and Gas Drilling
Los Angeles TimesDec. 16, 2014

#15 Terps Set for Saturday Tilt with Oakland

The Terps will play their final home game in 2014 when they welcomes Oakland on Saturday.
Courtesy Maryland Athletics – The Terps will play their final home game in 2014 when they welcomes Oakland on Saturday.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 15 Maryland men’s basketball team will face Oakland in its final non-conference game Saturday at 5 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

WATCH: BTN – Tom Werme (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)
LISTEN: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); Sirius 108/XM 192, ESPN 980, 105.7 FM.
TICKETS: Buy Tickets Here
STATS: Live Stats
SOCIAL: Follow @TerrapinHoops on Twitter for updates


Jake Layman was tabbed Big Ten co-Player of the Week, announced Monday. Layman, who tied his season-high in points (21) and posted a career-best in rebounds (11), led No. 17 Maryland (11-1) to a 73-64 win at Oklahoma State Sunday. A junior from Wrentham, Mass., Layman connected on 7-of-12 field goal attempts, made 3-of-5 3-point attempts and recorded his first double-double of the season. Layman has also scored in double-figures in all 12 games for the Terps this season.

• The Terps’ No. 15 ranking in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 represents Maryland’s highest ranking in the polls since Jan. 2, 2006 when Maryland was ranked 14th. Maryland is the second-highest ranked team in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin.

• Maryland is 6-1 since Wooden Award nominee Dez Wells broke his right wrist against No. 13 Iowa State at the CBE Classic. The Terps are outscoring opponents by nearly nine points a game, led by double-figure scoring averages by Jake Layman (17.3), Melo Trimble (16.6) and Richaud Pack (11.3).

• Maryland is a stellar 20-4 in the month of December under head coach Mark Turgeon, including a 4-1 mark in 2014.

• Oakland is 4-9 overall and is led in scoring by Kahlil Felder who paces Oakland with 16.8 ppg. Corey Petros provides an efficient second option, sporting a field goal percentage of 60 percent. Head coach Greg Kampe is the third-longest tenured head coach in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball. This is the first meeting between Oakland and Maryland.

terps snag road win at oklahoma state

Jake Layman tied a season-high with 21 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds as No. 17 Maryland beat Oklahoma State 73-64 on Sunday to improve to 11-1.

• Layman was three-for-five from three-point range and the Terrapins were 10-for-25 overall from long range. It is the first double-double this season for Layman, who has scored in double-figures in all 12 games in the 2014-15 campaign. FreshmenMelo Trimble and Jared Nickens had 16 and 11 points, respectively, while Richaud Pack had a season-high 10 rebounds.

• Oklahoma State has lost just five times in 198 non-conference home games dating to 1987.

layman named big ten co-player of the week

• Maryland junior forward Jake Layman earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the league announced on Dec. 22.

• Layman shared the honor with sophomore forward Troy Williams of Indiana.

• Layman, who tied his season-high in points (21) and posted a career-best in rebounds (11), led Maryland to a 73-64 win at Oklahoma State on Dec. 21. A junior from Wrentham, Mass., Layman connected on 7-of-12 field goal attempts, made 3-of-5 3-point attempts and recorded his first double-double of the season. Layman has scored in double-figures in all 12 games for the Terps this season.

• Layman is the second Maryland player to garner co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors, joining freshman
guard Melo Trimble, who earned that distinction on Dec. 1.

maryland climbs the polls

• With seven-consecutive victories to start the season, the Maryland men’s basketball team landed back in the top 25 for the first time since the 2009-10 season on Dec. 1.

• Maryland, which is ranked 15th in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll, boasts its highest ranking
since it was No. 14 on Jan. 2, 2006.

Scouting oakland

• Maryland’s showdown with Oakland (4-9) will be its first-ever meeting with the Golden Grizzlies.

• Kahlil Felder paces Oakland in scoring at 16.8 ppg. Corey Petros provides an efficient second option, sporting a field goal percentage of 60 percent. The senior also pulls down 8.2 rpg.

• Forward Jalen Hayes earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors on Dec. 22 after scoring 16 points in an overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

• Greg Kampe is the third longest tenured head coach in Division I basketball, behind Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski. He has led Oakland to three NCAA Tournament appearances since the program moved to Division I in 1997.

terps hot in december under turgeon

• Maryland is 20-4 in the month of December since head coach Mark Turgeon’s arrival in the 2011-12

• The Terps were 6-0 in 2011 and 2012 and are off to a hot start in 2014, with a 4-1 mark heading into Saturday’s tilt with Oakland.

corralling the cowboys in stillwater

• Maryland picked up a marquee road victory on Dec. 21 at Oklahoma State its last time out.

• The Cowboys were limiting teams to 35 percent from the field prior to Sunday’s matchup, but Maryland, behind junior forward Jake Layman, connected on 45 percent of its field goal attempts from the field and an impressive 55 percent in the second half.

• Oklahoma State has lost just five times in 198 non-conference home games dating to 1987.

Season Preview: Terps Think B1G in 2014-15

• With a top-10 recruiting class and his most experienced team in four years as head coach at Maryland, Mark Turgeon has the Terrapins poised for its inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference.

• Maryland, which finished 17-15 last season, boasts a balanced team featuring a mix of veteran leadership and key newcomers. Among the leaders is 2013 ACC-All Conferece and USBWA All-District III selection Dez Wells, who changed his number to 44 to honor a deceased former teammate for his senior season. Wells is joined by seniors Evan Smotrycz and Jon Graham and sophomore Damonte Dodd in the frontcourt, in addition to junior Jake Layman on the wing.

• Turgeon also hauled in the ninth-best recruiting class in the nation according to, showcasing McDonald’s All-American point guard Melo Trimble (Upper Marlboro, Md.), shooting guard Dion Wiley (Oxon Hill, Md.), guard Jared Nickens(Monmouth Junction, N.J.) and forward Michal Cekovsky (Slovakia, Europe).

Get to Know the Big Ten Conference
  • Big Ten has had seven First Team AP All-Americans over the last five years…same as ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Pac 12 COMBINED
  • Big Ten has had two of the past five Wooden Award winners
  • Big Ten has more NCAA Tournament appearances over last five years than any conference (31)
  • Big Ten has more Sweet 16 appearances over last five years than any conference (16)…SEC is second closest with 10
  • Big Ten leads all conferences with nearly 5 million alumni and more than 460,000 students.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Animals’ Week in Review

Punish Lab for Brutal Murder of Monkeys

Cynomolgus MonkeyThirteen lab monkeys roasted to death due to the negligence of the research facility that was holding them. Sign the petition to demand that the U.S. government conduct a full investigation and apply an appropriate punishment for the brutal deaths of these helpless animals.

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Praise Starbucks’ Improved Animal Welfare Policy

Guangzhou_Starbucks_01bStarbucks will work with its suppliers to phase out small cages, artificial hormones, and cruel slaughter practices. Applaud the chain’s efforts to improve animal welfare standards.

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Success: Recovery Plan Implemented to Save Rare Wild Cat

jaguarundiThe rare jaguarundi wild cat living in the inhospitable region of the the U.S.-Mexico border is under threat of extinction. Please thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for developing a recovery plan for this endangered species.

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Remove Talk Radio Host for Spreading Fear of Pit Bulls

pitbullA talk radio host recently advocated violence against the misunderstood pit bull. Demand that she be taken off the air immediately to stop disseminating false assumptions and harmful stereotypes about this loving breed.

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Stop Coal Road in Endangered Species Habitat

2847411153_5a95495270_mThe survival of critically endangered species will be further threatened by construction of a new coal road through the Harapan Rainforest. Stop this unnecessary road from being built and help protect the Sumatran tiger and the Asian elephant.

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Applaud Animal Training Requirement for Police

pitbullAnimal handling classes will be mandatory for police officers, who will learn non-lethal methods of subduing aggressive dogs. Praise the new requirement, which will save pets from being shot by untrained police officers.

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Clean Up Oil Spill in Dolphin Sanctuary

Irrawaddi_Dolphin_jumpingA massive oil spill in a dolphin sanctuary is being cleaned up by inexperienced locals who do not possess the equipment or knowledge to adequately protect this area. Demand that the oil company take responsibility for this spill and pay professionals to remove the oil and prevent further harm.

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Praise Humane Society for Saving Neglected Farm Animals

Cattle_Dulalthok_01A farmer is being charged with animal abuse for neglecting and starving animals in his care. Please sign this petition to thank the Humane Society for saving these animals and moving them to better farms.

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Demand Rental Home Stop Endangering Bears

bear-garbageA single rental home in Mammoth Lakes is putting dozens of bears at-risk of being killed. The home, located at 2014 Lodestar Drive is constantly overfilled with vacation renters who irresponsibly leave their garbage unsecured so bears gain access. Once a bear is fed by humans it becomes habituated to that contact and may be terminated by wildlife officials. Demand this home rental stop endangering Mammoth’s bears.

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Reject Deceased Woman’s Request to Euthanize and Bury Healthy Pet

Don't Allow Healthy Pet Euthanasia in Final WillA healthy dog named Bela may soon be euthanized and buried alongside his owner if the request in a woman’s will is honored. This would be a gross injustice to this innocent dog and must be stopped. Pets should not be killed because of the death of their owners.

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Demand Improvement of Animal Care Unit Inspections

Animal_and_Plant_Health_Inspection_ServiceThe Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has wasted at least $150,000 by inspecting facilities that do not house any animals at all. These resources could be put to better use by inspecting facilities that actually have animals. Sign this petition and demand a revision to the APHIS’ inspection policy.

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Save Unique Horned Lizard from Extinction

9308938351_2c578ea547_oA unique horned lizard is experiencing rapid population declines due to human development, illegal trapping, and invasive fire ants. Demand protection for this incredible reptile.

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Rehire Teacher Fired for Animal Rights Advocacy

dairy farmA teacher was fired after posting a Facebook message critiquing the dairy industry’s treatment of cows. Ask that the district apologize for its unethical actions and offer him his job back.

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Praise Humane Treatment of Feral Cats

Feral Cat ColonyFeral cat colonies are now able to continue living peacefully in the town they call home as a result of a new ordinance. Thank the Barnegat Township Committee for permitting feral cat colonies.

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Grant Orangutan the Right to Freedom

orangutanA captive orangutan has won her freedom on the grounds that it is cruel to keep such an intelligent creature behind bars. Praise the lawyers and officials who helped assert this gentle creature’s rights.

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Save the Checkerspot Butterfly from Extinction

Checkerspot butterflyThe checkerspot butterfly’s chances of survival are steadily declining as its habitat is limited. Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the butterfly as an endangered species to ensure its protection.

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Praise Protection of Great Lakes Wolves

greywolfWolves will be placed back on the endangered species list, protecting them from being trapped and hunted. Praise the move, which will ensure past conservation efforts do not go to waste.

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Approve of Psychiatric Evaluation for Animal Torturer

Siberian-huskyA man who tortured a cat and dog will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to help determine an appropriate sentence for his horrific crime. Applaud the prosecution’s efforts to ensure that this murderer does not re-offend.

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