Searching For A Great Newark Apartment For Rent

There are seemingly countless reasons why someone might search for a new apartment in the Newark area. The location itself is extremely appealing for a number of reasons. The history, educational resources and overall atmosphere of the area are unrivaled. The key to finding a terrific abode, however, is simply being willing to do a bit of research in advance.

Those looking for a wonderful Newark apartment for rent are likely to feel a little bit overwhelmed, at least at first. However, there is no need to fear, because with a few handy tips, the process can be greatly simplified. A first step to locating a Newark rental is to start considering which neighborhoods are most appealing. This can be done by taking personal tours or talking with folks who live in each locale.

Then, it is time to begin perusing listings of available properties. Once it is decided how many bedrooms, bathrooms and other amenities are required, this process becomes easy. Filtering options based on budgetary and style considerations will narrow the list of apartments even further.

Once several good prospects have been identified, it is necessary to make appointments to see them in person. This is vital, because listing photos are often quite different than the reality of a given space. What looks great online may be wholly inadequate in actuality. Therefore, visiting each potential rental home is essential.

Once a favorite listing is chosen, it is time to talk rental terms with the property owner. Though it is often the case that rental price and other conditions will be articulated in the listing itself, it never hurts to make at least some attempt to negotiate more favorable ones.

If agreement is reached, it is time to carefully review the proposed lease agreement for the Newark apartment for rent. This should be done in a measured, deliberate fashion so that no unpleasant surprises emerge down the road. For an extra layer of confidence, it may be wise to have an attorney take a look as well.

After the lease is signed and move-in tasks have all been completed, life in the new apartment can begin in earnest. Given Newark’s proximity to wonderful stretches of coastline, beach resorts and historical sites of interest, living in this Delaware community will never be boring.

Choosing to move into a new apartment in the Newark area can pay real dividends in terms of local attractions and overall quality of life. Though students find the town especially appealing, there really is something to suit every demographic.

By heeding the guidance provided in the paragraphs above, searching for the perfect place to live need not be the daunting chore many might expect. By putting in the time and legwork discussed in the preceding paragraphs, anyone can find the residence that is perfect for their lifestyle.

With apartment dwellings available in an impressive range of styles, price points and neighborhood types, living in Newark, Delaware is something that just about everyone can fully and wholeheartedly enjoy.

Community offers feedback on plan to save historic Newark mansion

The Krueger-Scott Mansion is at the center of a redevelopment project that will restore the 19th-century house after decades of decay.

For the group of around forty people gathered in the basement of Abyssinian Baptist Church to discuss the future of an iconic Newark landmark, a quote from the Bible posted on the wall said it best – it’s time to build.

"We believe in the potential of this project," said Carmelo Garcia, deputy mayor and director of economic and housing development, regarding a plan to restore the vacant Krueger-Scott Mansion, a palatial Victorian-era house built at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Court Street, after decades of dormancy. "We want to do something groundbreaking and transformative that will catalyze this area."

The Friday night community meeting was held to answer questions about the approximately $30 million restoration project, which is meant to be a mix of living space and work space.

Avi Telyas of Seaview Development Corporation, the developer who is partnering with the city on the project, noted that 66 apartments, both market rate and affordable housing, will be built on the back of the property, along with 16 workshops for small entrepreneurs all inside a seven-story building.

Telyas tried to allay concerns about the future of a nearly one-acre urban farm established by the Greater Newark Conservancy that is already on the property, saying that he hopes to work with the non-profit organization to move the farm to a greenhouse on the site.

"We want a community design to help you kickstart your business," Telyas said, adding that he hopes that the project will break ground later this year, with completion time approximately 14 months.

The mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1888 on what was then known as High Street by German beer baron Gottfried Krueger at a time when Newark was renowned for its production of lagers and ales. Krueger built the mansion in response to the construction of rival brewer John Ballantine’s opulent home downtown, now part of the Newark Museum.

It was purchased by local entrepreneur Louise Scott-Rountree in 1958, who used the site to run a cosmetology college and other businesses and that became a de facto community hub in the Central Ward.

For Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree, her mother’s namesake, the project brings back memories of the house she lived in more than 20 years, but also opens a window to the future.

"My mother would love this, but what’s more important is what’s going to be there," Scott-Rountree said. "We have to be mindful that whatever we do in the community has to benefit the community. Then you have to know the community that you’re in. It’s not suburbia."

Part of Newark’s cultural memory is of a time when Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was named High Street, and when High Street was called Millionaires’ Row. For one resident, the next projected wave of redevelopment that the project represents, another sign of a rapidly changing Newark, was met not with nervous trepidation but with raised expectations.

"I remember Newark when we had a middle class and an upper-middle class. That’s what has to come back." said Alif Muhammad, 65, a Central Ward resident. "I want to see market-rate apartments in the area, because I remember how beautiful it was. So I don’t have a problem."

Another resident addressed the idea of increasing socioeconomic mobility in Newark.

"My impression of this project is very different than a lot of projects that you see. Even if you go over a few blocks, they’re building housing with plans to have a percentage to be for low or moderate income. But there is no plan to help people get to the place where they can even afford low or moderate income," said Pastor Linda Ellerbe of Israel Memorial A.M.E. Church. "This is an opportunity for people to have a space to work and to live, but to also have the support to be successful."

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U.S. Stocks Tumble as Italian Woes Jolt World-Wide Markets

Investors around the globe retreated from stocks following a turn toward political upheaval in Italy, with the Dow industrials dropping more than 400 points and U.S. Treasury yields posting their largest daily decline in nearly two years.

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Six years after the eurozone stepped back from the brink of a breakdown, a violent selloff in southern European debt bled into broader financial markets. Investors sought the safety of the U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen, which rallied sharply.

With banks leading the downturn Tuesday, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by 1.5% and 1.8% respectively, in early-afternoon trading. The Stoxx Europe 600 closed 1.4% lower.

“There’s an existential threat hanging over the single currency if we head into more elections this summer, I don’t know how we get away from that now, given the scale of the financial implications,” said Kit Juckes, chief foreign exchange strategist at Société Générale.

Indicating the worry about Italy’s future, the government’s borrowing costs skyrocketed Tuesday. An auction of six-month Italian debt, which sold for a negative yield as recently as April, drew a yield of 1.213%, with lackluster demand from investors. The country’s two-year bond, which offered a negative yield as recently as two weeks ago, exploded Tuesday to as high as 2.69%.

Italy’s woes rippled across the eurozone, driven by investor worries that an exit by the bloc’s third-largest economy could force others out—as gauged by the spread between the 10-year government bonds yields of each country and Germany’s. For Spain, these spreads widened to their widest levels in a year, and for Portugal to the widest since September.

On Sunday, Italian President Sergio Mattarella blocked the formation of a euroskeptic coalition government formed of the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement and the League parties, raising the prospect of new elections. Investors worry a new vote could strengthen the hand of anti-euro zone forces.

“We must never forget that we are only ever a few short steps away from the very serious risk of losing the irreplaceable asset of trust,” said Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco said in a speech Tuesday.

The euro dropped to its lowest level against the dollar since July 2017, falling 0.6% to $1.155 after European markets closed. Investors also piled into the safe-haven Japanese yen, which traded for 108 versus the dollar, compared with 110 as recently as last week. Yields on 10-year Treasurys fell to 2.816% Tuesday from 2.931% at the end of last week.

Amundi Asset Management, Europe’s top investor with €1.4 trillion ($1.6 trillion) under supervision, had already cut most of its exposure to Southern European debt this year and is now “in a wait-and-see mode,” said Isabelle Vic-Philippe, its head of eurozone government debt.

Dickie Hodges, a bond-fund manager at Nomura Asset Management, a firm with ¥50 trillion ($457 billion) under management, said he had removed all his holdings in Italian and Spanish debt and reduced Portuguese ones.

While neither believe the eurozone will break up, they expect the market turmoil to continue—making eurozone bonds unattractive for now.

The spread between different eurozone government bonds is seen by some as a key gauge of how likely the bloc is to survive, rather than of economic performance. Even after two Italian antiestablishment parties reached an agreement for a new government earlier this month, Italian debt was mostly unruffled.

It was the news that the proposed government might seek to break eurozone rules—and had even drafted plans to exit from the euro—that brought back echoes of the 2011-2012 sovereign debt crisis, which European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is credited with ending with the promise to do “whatever it takes to preserve the euro.”

It is unclear how much bonds can sell off and for how long, investors said, because their worth ultimately depends on a political decision to keep the eurozone together.

“What is it you are trading? You don’t really know, because the implications of that tail-risk are very binary,” meaning either the euro holds together or it doesn’t, said Charlie Diebel, head of rates at Aviva Investors, which has £350 billion ($466 billion) under supervision.

Aviva had previously benefited from a rally in Italian government debt and was hoping for Spanish bonds to deliver a similar return. It has now slashed exposure to Southern European bonds.

Back in 2012, Mr. Draghi’s support managed to quell concerns that market turmoil could end up forcing a country, such as Greece, Portugal, Spain or Italy, out of the eurozone. But this time around, the risk is about a country choosing to leave, added Société Générale’s Mr. Juckes, so “it’s not clear what the ECB can do. It’s not really a liquidity issue.”

The banking sector is seen as especially vulnerable to write-offs in its large holdings of government debt, as well as people taking their money out of Europe.

Italy’s UniCredit and BPER Banca ended the day down by over 5%, while Société Générale and Deutsche Bank dropped by 2.9% and 4.6% respectively. The KBW Bank index fell by 3.5%.

The politics-driven selloff comes as global-growth expectations have diminished, driven by disappointing economic data in the eurozone.

To be sure, fund managers who bet on the resolution of the eurozone’s 2011-12 debt crisis often reaped large rewards, as bond prices rebounded and yields dropped in the subsequent years. That has left some investors looking for opportunities to re-enter European government bond markets

“I think lots of active fund managers will be looking to take positions. People have thought that the ECB might stop its purchase program in September, that doesn’t seem so likely now,” said Darren Ruane, head of fixed interest at Investec Wealth and Investment.

“I would bet that a lot of bond fund managers are coming to that conclusion and looking for attractive entry points,” he added.

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The Woodlands finishes third at Class 6A state golf tourney

GEORGETOWN – Before the playoff hole took place at Legacy Hills Golf Club early Tuesday evening, it was already a redemption story for The Woodlands girls golf team.

After 36 holes of golf at the UIL Class 6A Tournament, the Lady Highlanders were tied for second place with powerhouse Lake Travis, the three-time defending state champions.

The Lady Cavaliers won the playoff hole on No. 18 by two strokes (all five girls from each team plays the hole) and the Lady Highlanders took third place.

Austin Westlake won going away with a 589 (290-299). It’s the Chaps’ first state title since 2011. Lake Travis goes home with silver at a 604 (303-295) while The Woodlands won bronze (303-301).

Houston Memorial fell short by just four strokes at 608 (294-314).

Last year, The Woodlands went home earlier in the day in 10th place. It was quite the turnaround this year.

"We can take this five bunch of girls and go anywhere in the country and compete," The Woodlands coach Chad Handley said. "It means a lot to us. Redemption from last year. They’ll never know how proud of them that I am."

For senior Kenlie Barrett, it was a thrill to finish her high school career with a medal.

"For The Woodlands to come in as the underdogs, it’s a big accomplishment for our whole team," she said. "It’s a fantastic feeling to win third at state. Especially in Texas."

Handley was proud with how his team played both days.

"The kids fought hard for two days," he said. "There are so many good girls golfers in Texas. We just beat nine really good teams. The teams should be proud to be here."

Karina Benavides led the way for the Lady Highlanders with at tied for 11th place finish at 71-76 (147), which was 3-over par. Barrett and Hana Bowment both tied for 22nd at 8-over par.

Avery Blake was tied for 36th while Daira Moreno was tied for 51st.

"We definitely put the heat on all the girls today," Handley said. "We weren’t going to take anything for granted and we wanted as many birdies as we could get."

The Woodlands finished second in the District 12-6A tournament and were third in the Region II-6A tournament.

The Lady Highlanders were tied for third coming into the final round.

"After we finished our round yesterday and they told me we were tied for third, I was like ‘are you serious?’," Barrett said. "It’s a really good feeling to finish my senior year like this."

For Memorial, Zoe Slaughter led the way. She finished tied for 11th at 3-over par (71-76-147). The Lady Mustangs finished fifth as a team last year.

"I was absolutely proud," Memorial coach Holly Paulk said. "They really have skill that they don’t know they have. That’s honestly our main battle is to get them to understand how good they are to believe in yourself. You’re only going to be as good as you believe you are."

Libby Winans of Plano East was the individual gold medalist. She was an impressive 9-under par. Anne Chen of Clements finished second place at 6-under par. Jennie Park of Lewisville Hebron finished third.

Leading individuals for Greater Houston included Katy Tompkins’ Elina Sinz and Klein Oak’s Amelia Mckee. Both finished tied for fourth place at 3-under par.

Cooper’s storied career comes to a close

Montgomery High School senior Hailee Cooper played her last tournament as a Montgomery Lady Bear at the UIL Class 6A championship.

The future University of Texas Longhorn was tied for seventh place at 1-under par (73-70-143) after shooting 2-under par on Tuesday.

Cooper capped a storied career for the Lady Bears. She was an individual state champion in 2015 atop many other accolades.

"At the banquet, I mentioned that she won 25 tournaments," Montgomery coach Kirk Thomason said. "She won regional three times, district four times. She never shot in the 80s in 80 rounds. On top of that, she’s a great person."

Montgomery, which drops down to Class 5A next year, finished in sixth place. The Lady Bears reached the state tournament all four years while in Class 6A with a third, two fourth place and a sixth place finish respectively.

Also at the Class 6A tournament

A year after taking sixth place, Kingwood returned to Legacy Hills Golf Club and finished 10th this year in the Class 6A championship. The Lady Mustangs were led by Marybeth Belnap who finished 9-over par (75-78-158).

Katy Seven Lakes finished in seventh place, just four shots back of Montgomery in sixth. Last year, Seven Lakes finished in ninth place as a team. Isha Dhurva finished 2-over par (72-74-146) to lead the Lady Spartans.

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The 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth Comes to Elizabeth this Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ – Cyclists of every skill level are readying their bicycles in anticipation as the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that will roll through the city.\ this coming Sunday.

This year’s ride, which is titled “Destination Elizabeth,” will begin and end at City Hall, is a family-friendly, 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic neighborhoods.

Registration is still open online at and For those needing a bicycle, arrangements have been made by the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization, which include a helmet, at

Walk up registrations are $25 each and also welcome. The registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the ride begins promptly at 9 a.m.

The Tour is open to all ages if the participant can keep a moderate pace of 10 miles per hour and is able to ride 15 miles, there is a bail-out at the halfway mark. Helmets are required for all riders. Members of the Elizabeth Police Department will also be on hand to escort cyclists on a route with rolling intersection closings and assist where needed.

Elizabeth is a destination City which boasts of great history, cuisine, and diversity. Groundwork Elizabeth and the City help to organize the Tour, assisted by the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization, the Bicycle Committee, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are all working with the City to promote the theme and the Tour.

The event site is also home to vendors, nonprofit organizations and for the first time, it will feature a Wellness Center on the plaza in front of City Hall, courtesy of the City of Elizabeth’s Health and Human Services Department.

City Hall, which is located at 50 Winfield Scott Plaza in New Jersey’s 4th largest City. The event will go on rain or shine.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit organization Groundwork Elizabeth, whose mission is to build more sustainable communities. For more information, contact Groundwork Elizabeth at 908-289-0262.

Sponsorships, along with the commitment by Energy partner Elizabethtown Gas, help fund the Tour. Sponsors include: Elberon Development Group, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Brounell and Kramer Realtors, Harbor Consultants Inc., T&M Associates, Rotary Club of Elizabeth, State Farm Insurance office of Angel Rodriguez, Investors Savings Bank, Universal Peace Federation USA, Atalanta Corporation, BJ&M Auto, Tropicana Diner, the Gateway Family YMCA, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, the Election Fund of Carlos Torres, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, Infineum USA LP, the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, the Historic Midtown Special Improvement District, the Elizabeth Housing Authority, Donald T. Alosio, Jr. DC, Hilton Newark Airport Hotel, Residential Home Funding, Stanley J. Appraisers. In-kind supporters such as Rock ’n’ Joe, IKEA, Gargiulo Fruit, Navy Veteran Printing, NJ American Water, and others add to the base of supporters who make the day a special event. is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @TAPElizabeth.

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The system is rigged: Let’s provide legal help for Newark evictions

If we can acknowledge that decent housing is a fundamental necessity, then we can also agree that your home is worth a fair legal fight when it is under threat.

Too often, however, families that face eviction are helpless and overmatched in the cattle call of Housing Court. While 90 percent of landlords in eviction proceedings show up with a lawyer, the vast majority of tenants do not have one – if they show up at all.

You can figure out the rest: Since the only weapon against dislocation is an attorney – which are especially scarce or unaffordable in New Jersey, where the Legal Services budget has been hacked to pieces – we have an eviction epidemic, especially in the lives of the urban poor.

Mayor Ras Baraka knows how housing instability causes convulsions throughout a community – in schools, in public safety institutions, in demand for human services – so he has proposed making Newark the second city in the U.S. to provide free legal assistance to low-income residents facing eviction.

Any mayor would be alarmed by these numbers: There were 17,000 evictions filed in Newark in 2016, and very few tenants had legal help. Rutgers Law Review published a study of 40,000 eviction actions in Essex County found that in only 80 cases (two-tenths of one percent) were tenants able to present a defense, leaving the rest vulnerable to substandard living conditions, unfair rent burdens, and wrongful evictions.

Yes, a lawyer makes a difference: A tenant with counsel is 10 times more likely to prevail in court than tenants without it, a Cal-Berkeley Law School study reveals.

Newark to provide free legal aid for low-income renters facing eviction

The city council must approve the plan, and a substantial funding source needs to be established, because the legal help must go beyond court representation. It should entail all forms of advocacy, such as determining whether conditions require repair, negotiating with landlords, and dealing with court filings.

It was appropriate that Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Tuesday’s rollout, because New York City is starting to figure it out. It had no other choice: Between 1994 and 2014, there was a 115-percent increase in homelessness in de Blasio’s city. Knowing that the best way to address homelessness is to prevent it before it occurs, de Blasio formed a coalition under the city’s Office of Civil Justice to provide legal help for tenants facing eviction.

Here’s what they have learned during the phase-in: In the first 10 zip codes chosen for expanded legal help, court representation in eviction cases tripled, and evictions are down 27 percent. The burden on courts also eased: There were 17,000 fewer eviction cases heard in 2017 than in 2013.

In hard numbers, 70,000 New Yorkers have remained in their homes as a result of decreased evictions since right to counsel was initiated.

That’s like saving a medium-sized city from dissolving into despair, because the real-life impact is profound: Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond – whose seminal "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" won the Pulitzer – reminds us that eviction’s fallout includes "home, possessions, and often your job; being stamped with an eviction record and denied housing assistance; relocating to degrading housing in dangerous neighborhoods; and suffering from increased material hardship, homelessness, depression, and illness."

New York’s success has earned the attention of Gov. Murphy, whose transition team advocated a similar program for the state. We hope he keeps an eye on Newark’s progress, because eviction is no longer a silent epidemic, and its eradication should not depend on the size of a tenant’s wallet.

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Buildings in Lower Manhattan provide a backdrop to the Katyn Memorial seen from Exchange Place in Jersey City.

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Want to meet Billy and me for lunch?” he asked. He followed with a text dummy post

Z Top at Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Oct. 7, 2016. (Edison Graff/Stardust Fallout)
Dusty Hill, left and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top are shown at The Venetian Theater on Friday, April 20, 2018. (John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Review-Journal). @JohnnyKats
Ex-New York Yankees great Bernie Williams jams with Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns on Monday, Apr. 23, 2018. (John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Review-Journal). @JohnnyKats
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Month in Space Pictures: Falling stars and rising rockets

For 28 years, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been delivering breathtaking views of the universe. Although the telescope has made more than 1.5 million observations of over 40,000 space objects, it is still uncovering stunning celestial gems.

The latest offering is this image of the Lagoon Nebula, released on April 19 to celebrate the telescope’s anniversary. Hubble shows this vast stellar nursery in stunning, unprecedented detail. At the center of the photo, a monster young star 200,000 times brighter than our sun is blasting powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds, carving out a fantasy landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust. This region epitomizes a typical, raucous stellar nursery full of birth and destruction.

Spectators watch the launch of a model of the R-7 rocket, a Soviet missile developed during the Cold War and the world’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, during a celebration of the 57th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 15.

On April 12, 1961, Gagarin made history at the age of 27 by completing a single orbit of Earth in approximately 108 minutes.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this image of Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot and surrounding turbulent zones during its 12th close flyby of Jupiter on April 1.

The color-enhanced photo is a combination of three separate images taken when the spacecraft was 15,000 to 30,000 miles from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds.

Images of five galaxies have been stacked together to bring out the details in their spherical, gaseous halos. It was created by a team of scientists using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory, with the X-ray emission highlighted in purple.

In a bid to explore the outer reaches of galaxies and determine how much matter is lurking there, the team observed six different spiral galaxies and stacked their data together to create one galaxy with the average properties of multiple. By doing this, the faint X-ray emission from the halo surrounding each galaxy became clearer, and emission from background sources easier to identify and discount.

Spring arrived in the United States on March 20, but that did not stop a winter storm from dropping snow across the Upper Midwest a month later.

On April 19, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this image of the snow dropped by the storm.

A five-minute video, released by NASA on April 9, shows the surface of the moon in stunning, high-definition detail — from high peaks and deep craters to the frigid poles and their possible ice deposits.

The Moon’s Orientale basin, seen here, is a massive crater about the size of Texas.

A central peak sits within the moon’s Tycho crater. The crater is 100 million years old, which is young in geologic time, and a 400-foot boulder, its origins unknown, sits at the summit of the peak.

Like all the moon’s craters, Tycho is thought to have formed when a space rock slammed into the surface.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is wheeled into position in a clean room at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, for pre-launch testing and preparations on April 4.

The probe will be the first-ever mission to "touch" the sun. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the sun’s atmosphere, about 4 million miles from our star’s surface. Launch is slated for summer 2018.

A picture created from images from telescopes on the ground and in space tells the story of the hunt for an elusive missing object hidden amid a complex tangle of gaseous filaments in one of our nearest neighboring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud.

The reddish background image comes from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and reveals the wisps of gas forming the supernova remnant 1E 0102.2-7219 in green. The red ring with a dark center is from the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the blue and purple images are from the NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The blue spot at the center of the red ring is an isolated neutron star with a weak magnetic field, the first identified outside the Milky Way.

The lab disintegrated under intense heat as it hurtled through Earth’s atmosphere on April 2 and plunged to a watery grave in the South Pacific, Chinese officials said.

China launched Tiangong-1, which translates to "Heavenly Palace," into orbit in 2011. While operational, the prototype space station played host to Chinese astronauts on two separate missions.

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The Billy & Bernie show, played out only in Las Vegas

ZZ Top at Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Oct. 7, 2016. (Edison Graff/Stardust Fallout)
Dusty Hill, left and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top are shown at The Venetian Theater on Friday, April 20, 2018. (John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Review-Journal). @JohnnyKats
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Billy Gibbons asked to check out a video on my phone Tuesday afternoon.

Seem an odd request, yes. But in context, it made perfect sense.

It began when Marklen Kennedy, producer of the reality series “Gigolos” on Showtime and the miniseries “Texas Rising” on History, called unexpectedly.

“Want to meet Billy and me for lunch?” he asked. He followed with a text: “We are at Carlito’s, if you want to join.”

I couldn’t resist a call for burritos with Billy. The legendary guitarist and singer for ZZ Top, has been a friend and confidant of Kennedy’s for 30 years (both grew up in Houston). Gibbons and I have crossed paths a number of times since our First Friday downtown five years ago (including a memorable evening at Slash’s blazing birthday party at Bare Pool at Mirage in 2008 (Franky Perez was the singer that night, with Jason Bonham on drums and guest appearances from Fergie, Perry Farrell and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains before Gibbons took the stage).

Late in our lunch confab at Carlito’s Burritos in Henderson, Gibbons mentioned that he’d heard of the studio facilities at Bootlegger Bistro and adjacent Copa Room, operated by Ronnie Mancuso.

“I was just there last night,” I told Gibbons, explaining that I’d gone to see former New York Yankees all-star Bernie Williams play a three-song jazz set with Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns that wiped the place out.

“I have video, actually,” I said.

“A Yankee?” Gibbons said, grinning. “OK, I have got to see this.”

So we watched Williams’ performance, which marked the second time he’d performed onstage with Santa Fe (the first was a year ago almost to the day at the late Lounge at the Palms). Williams and Santa Fe drummer Pepe Jimenez grew up together in Puerto Rico and studied music at the prestigious Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

So @bw51official is planning a gig in #VegasVille. Still taking shape. He and #PepeJimenez of @SantaFeBand grew up together in #PuertoRico.

— John Katsilometes (@johnnykats) April 24, 2018

“Aaaah, this is great,” said Gibbons, who is onstage Thursday, Friday and Saturday as ZZ Top closes its five-show run at Venetian Theater. “I am loving this.”

Gibbons is a uniquely humble individual, frequently breaking conversation (and nacho noshing) to meet fellow diners. He walked over to one stunned couple and introduced himself as the real Billy Gibbons. Turns out the guy was in a classic-rock cover band that plays ZZ Top hits; the woman is the cousin of the late Latin artist Selena.

“I love strangers,” Gibbons said. “You learn a lot from them.”

He also shared a story from about 30 years ago, when ZZ Top was about to planning to release its greatest-hits album. Warner Brothers, the band’s label, wanted two additional songs to fill out the release. “A little pretentious of us, right? ‘Greatest Hits, Plus Two!” Gibbons said, laughing.

Gibbons wanted bassist and fellow vocalist Dusty Hill to take on an Elvis tune, because Hill is a notorious Presley devotee.

“Now, at the time, I thought ‘Viva Las Vegas’ was the corniest, worst song ever recorded by Elvis,” Gibbons said. “But I had this little music-making contraption and I programmed the music of ‘Viva Las Vegas’ and it was so appealing, so robust, I had to work with it.” The band was closing a tour at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, La. Elvis had played that venue in 1954 and 1955, during the legendary Louisiana Hayride concerts.

“So I told Dusty, ‘I need your vocal charms on this Elvis number that could be a bonus on the greatest hits album,’ ” Gibbons said. “Dusty didn’t want to do it. ‘I’m sooooo tired.’ But when I said, ‘You’re standing in the same dressing room Elvis stood in during the Louisiana Hayride, it’s time for you to sing an Elvis song.’ And doggone it if he didn’t belt it out.”

Gibbons shook his head and added, “The version you hear now, the recording of that song is Dusty singing in that dressing room. It was perfect.”

The band plays “Viva Las Vegas” in its encore at The Venetian. Gibbons and his wife, Gilligan, have recently purchased a home in Rancho Circle. They are renovating the estate, once owned by Brigitte Bardot (and that is another story for another time). They hope to relocate to the city full-time in six months.

“I’m looking forward to getting around and enjoying the town,” Gibbons said. Don’t be surprised to see him at a Santa Fe show.

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PGIM Fixed Income announces leadership changes to its US bank loan team

PGIM Fixed Income today announced that Brian Juliano, managing director, will be named head of the U.S. bank loan portfolio management team upon the retirement of Joe Lemanowicz later this year. Juliano has co-headed the team with Lemanowicz since September 2017. Juliano will continue to report to Robert Cignarella, managing director and head of Global Leveraged Finance.

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Juliano will also continue in his role as co-head of the firm’s U.S. CLO business together with Bent Hoyer, and will be a senior portfolio manager for CLO tranches. In his CLO-related capacity, he will continue to report to John Vibert, managing director and head of Structured Products.

Juliano joined the firm in 2000, and became a member of the bank loan team in 2003. Before joining the bank loan team he was a CDO analyst and a member of PGIM Fixed Income’s Financial Management group.

“I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Joe for a distinguished career and thank him for his many contributions to the success of PGIM Fixed Income,” said Head of Fixed Income Mike Lillard. “As part of our succession planning, we are also pleased that Brian will be leading the team as we build on our vision to be widely regarded as a premier, active global fixed income manager.”

About PGIM Fixed Income

PGIM Fixed Income, with $709 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017, is a global asset manager offering active solutions across all fixed income markets. The company has offices in Newark, N.J., London, Tokyo and Singapore. For more information, visit

About PGIM and Prudential Financial, Inc.

With 15 consecutive years of positive third-party institutional net flows, PGIM, the global asset management businesses of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), ranks among the top 10 largest asset managers in the world with more than $1 trillion in assets under management as of Dec. 31, 2017. PGIM’s businesses offer a range of investment solutions for retail and institutional investors around the world across a broad range of asset classes, including fundamental equity, quantitative equity, public fixed income, private fixed income, real estate and commercial mortgages. Its businesses have offices in 16 countries across five continents. For more information, please visit

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