[selfie]NEJC Shout Outs! Click here to post YOUR message, and share it with thousands of northeast Johnson County residents for just $5. Say happy birthday, promote a garage sale, wish a local sports team good luck — whatever![/selfie]Brownback signs law that will supersede Prairie Village’s open carry ban. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will prevent municipalities from regulating the way in which guns are carried within their limits. The bill will effectively render Prairie Village’s ban on openly carried weapons moot. It takes effect July 1. [Revision to Kansas gun law — KMBZ]SM East, Spencer take Free State Invitational golf tourney. SM East had another strong showing on the golf course Wednesday, with the Lancers taking both the team and individual titles at the Free State Invitational at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence. Andy Spencer shot a 69, besting the second place finisher by four strokes. His Lancer teammates Corey Knabe and Worth Blackman finished among the top ten, both shooting rounds of 69. SM East took the tourney title with a team score of 301.NEJC homes on remodeling tour. The 17th annual Remodeled Homes Tour will take place this weekend with 22 remodeled homes open for visitors. The homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at any home on the tour. Four Prairie Village homes are on the tour, three in Fairway and three in Leawood. Alzheimer’s Association helping pair med students with patients. A report from Fox 4 details a program the Prairie Village-based Alzheimer’s Association coordinate to help physicians in training learn about working with people suffering from the disease. [Med students gain insight into Alzheimer’s by pairing with patients — Fox 4]Mission Road Antique Mall hosts annual “Tax Free Open House” Saturday. Thrifty antiquers may want to make note that this Saturday is the Mission Road Antique Mall’s annual “Tax Free Open House.” During the event, the mall will pick up the 9.375 percent sales tax on all purchases.SM North, SM East students win in business plan competition. Two northeast Johnson County students were among the winning entrants in the First National Bank Business Plan Competition for Shawnee Mission High School Students. SM East’s Noah Marsh, the wooden bow-tie impresario we told you about last month, took second in the competition. SM North’s Corben Tannahill took third.Lancers look to keep momentum rolling on the pitch. SM East’s girls soccer team notched a decisive 7-0 victory over rival SM South Tuesday, bring them to 6-3-1 on the year. They face SM West tonight. This year’s Senior Night game will be against SM West on May 1.Latest rankings have Lancers baseball team at third in Kansas. SM East’s baseball team continues to excel, beating Lawrence Monday to move to 8-2 on the season and to the top of the Sunflower League standings. The Lancers were third in the state behind Blue Valley West and Olathe East in the latest ranking from Prep Baseball Report of Kansas. SM East faces the Creighton Prep Bluejays out of Omaha this afternoon in Lawrence.Amnesty in Roeland Park. In April and May, Roeland Park residents get some time to clean up a few common violations with no penalty. Trash container storage, brush piles and tree limbs are some of the common violations. The city is giving homeowners a 60-day period to correct any violations. After May 31, property owners and residents will need to be in compliance and second notices may be issued. Compliance is required within 10 days after a courtesy notice is received.
Biamp conference room solutions are now approved by Zoom for use with both Zoom software and Zoom Rooms. Thus, Biamp now supports bidirectional mute synchronization to share mute or unmute commands with Zoom. (This means Biamp microphones display mute status — red or green — and pass mute commands to the overall system with the push of a button.)The testing was conducted by Zoom and Biamp together on Biamp’s Devio SCR and Tesira platforms, working with Zoom and Zoom Rooms. The latest Tesira and Zoom releases enable the new features.The certification covers Devio, Parlé, Tesira and the EX-UBT.
Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson was a freshman All-American last year.TUSCALOOSA – A starter from his first college game, Cam Robinson was the quiet, no-so-gentle giant that immediately anchored the left side of Alabama’s offensive line last season.But as he enters Year No. 2, the towering 6-foot-6, 323-pound sophomore left tackle is ready to embrace his new role as “offensive veteran.”A freshman All-American last year, Robinson is one of only two returning starters to a record-setting offense last season that saw the Crimson Tide rack up program highs in total yards, passing yards and average yards per game, among other accolades.And as the second-most experienced player on Alabama’s rebuilt offense with 14 starts under his belt, there are certain responsibilities that he’s had to take on, including being a bigger leader.“I’m trying to be more vocal. Naturally, I’m not a big vocal leader. I try to be more lead by example,” Robinson said. “(But) I’m definitely trying to take the next step in being more of a vocal leader and helping guys out.”But given his pedigree as the nation’s top offensive lineman a year ago, Robinson will certainly be counted on to shoulder more in 2015, especially when he’s protecting the blind side of whoever ultimately wins the job as Alabama’s starting quarterback.“We return two starters — Ryan Kelly and Cam Robinson — who are very good players, and they need to lead us up front,” second-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said.Kelly, entering his third year as the starting center, is of course the undisputed offensive captain.And it’s from Kelly’s example that the usually quiet and reserved Robinson is slowly being able to take from as he develops more leadership responsibility.“I think I’m beginning to embrace it,” Robinson said. “But, obviously, hands down, no question asked, Ryan Kelly is the leader of the offense — the offensive line, the offense. So I try to do a good job mimicking what he does, because he’s becoming more of a vocal leader, he’s a great leader for us.”Still, it’s Robinson who has many pro scouts drooling over his NFL potential and the Tide coaching staff believing he can continue to evolve into the kind of blocker that the rest of the offense can get behind, both literally and emotionally.“Yeah, he’s the total package,” Alabama senior defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson said of Robinson. “Those long arms can get on your nerves every now and again trying to go against him and stuff like that. And Cam, he’s a great player. He’s improved all around the ball, all around in his whole game.”The key, Robinson said, has been his overall understanding of how things are done at Alabama, and his ability to grasp more of what it’s like to perform at the level that comes with competing for a national championship every year.“How comfortable I am in the offense. It’s not exactly how I’ve matured physically as how I’ve matured mentally,” Robinson said. “(It’s) my comfort in the offense, and I have a better understanding of what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to do it.”This has certainly been a help as the Tide breaks in three new starters along the offensive line — even while at least one spot is still being fought for — and the group attempts to mesh together in preseason camp. Because, as Robinson knows, the ultimate success of an offense starts up front.“I think it’s real important that we come together as one unit. I think we’re kind of starting to begin that process right now, so I think we’re doing a pretty good job of gelling,” Robinson said. “And it’s important that the offensive line especially works as one unit. So I think we’re doing a good job of doing that.”Which is why, despite some apparent bumps and bruises this fall, including knee and shoulder injuries, Robinson hasn’t allowed himself to miss much practice, preferring to work through the pain.“One thing that our coaches preach to us is mental toughness, so I think that’s big in determining how an injury affects you,” Robinson said. “If you have a lot of mental toughness and you’re willing to work through it … it’s just a combination of those two things. I think anybody, if you want to, you’ll be able to work through it.”And if not, Robinson will be there to show his teammates the way. read more