The 6 foot 2 3/4, 16 year old basketball prodigy spent her winter on the Bearcats' junior varsity squad after transferring from Tenino High School. But she will become a huge part of varsity and its scintillating rivalry against county neighbor and fellow state titan Mark Morris next year, joining returning standouts Tori Weeks and Julie Spencer to do battle with the Eaton twins and Co. When Nike was in the eighth grade, Baylor University star Brittney Griner was her idol. The 6 foot 8 Griner who stands five inches closer to the 10 foot rim than Nike was dunking in college games. Nike could touch the middle of the net. She told Jeff Zenisek, the head football coach at Tenino, that she wanted to be able to dunk as a senior. He helped Nike structure her weight training to increase her vertical leap. She was meticulous and relentless traits instilled by parents with military backgrounds, including a former track star mother and dived into a regimen of squats, cleans, benches and calf workouts. "I'm the dad who takes his kids to the movie theater and drills them on how to escape a fire," said her father, Gregory McClure, a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer. By the summer between her freshman and sophomore years, Nike was wowing skeptical AAU teammates by jumping up and touching the rim with her palm, just above the wrist. "Sophomore year, I was grabbing the rim," she said. Nike dunked with objects she could control with one hand, "tennis balls, volleyballs." She has average sized hands and cannot palm a basketball. That appears to be the only factor preventing her from dunking nonstop. West on Feb. 7. She didn't get rim checked, just couldn't quite guide the ball down and through the cylinder. In other words, she missed long. But Nike erased any doubts that she can elevate high enough to dunk, and showed the strength and athleticism to throw down. She dunked during an open gym in Tenino, just before the start of basketball season. "It wasn't a nice jam, but I tilted it over the rim," Nike said. "The guys all went crazy." One of the guys was Tenino senior Devante Harris, an all state football player. "She came from the wing, one handed dunk," he wrote in an email. "We didn't believe she could. People were excited." Harris described the dunk as "normal." It wouldn't have won any contests. But until watching his friend throw down, he knew of just "one girl before Nike to dunk, Brittney Griner," Harris wrote. "It was just amazing." Nike's most amazing trick is but one in a stuffed bag. Dunking will become the latest weapon for a versatile post dynamo who's already made a verbal commitment to ball for Washington State University. Nike was one of the best players in the competitive Southwest 1A Evergreen Division as a sophomore, leading Tenino to regionals while averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds per game. Her season included a staggering triple double in a win over Rochester on Jan. 6, 2012. Nike had 23 points, 26 rebounds and 18 blocked shots, according to The Olympian newspaper. West at her parents' behest. Her grades had declined, and she had started "getting in a lot of trouble," she said. West and "liked the student involvement and the way teachers were in control of their classrooms," said Nike. West school district. The petition was denied. The McClures accepted the decision and did not appeal. West JV, an experience her father thinks has made her a better leader, passer and teammate. She had plenty of extra time to work on the weak(er) link in her game. "I have the ugliest shot," she said, laughing. "I shoot from my forehead. I've been asked if I'm trying to nick the backboard. But my shot is getting there." Nike has worked on her defense, an easy point of emphasis at the JV level, where everything is "slow," she noted. Failure to hustle stands out so she makes it a priority. Dunking, which she hopes to perfect in the casual, open gym setting before integrating it into the Evergreen 2A Conference grind, "is about breaking the glass ceiling." There's also what she calls "the fear factor." "Other teams see me and say, 'Oh, she's tall.' I want them to see me and say, 'And she can dunk.' It's about intimdation." Nike has always been tall, usually the tallest kid in her class. She was pushing 6 0 in the sixth grade. 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"It's going to be all white and beautiful," the 45 year old ex industrial engineer explains, excitedly gesturing around what just a few weeks ago was an empty warehouse space that will eventually house 40,000 square feet of cannabis strains. state to allow recreational marijuana sales, starting Jan. 1, hopeful retailers like Williams are investing their fortunes into the legal recreational pot world all for a chance to build even bigger ones in a fledgling industry that faces an uncertain future. and across the world will not be the only ones watching the experiment unfold. Department of Justice, which for now is not fighting to shut down the industry. "We are building an impressive showcase for the world, to show them this is an industry," Williams says, as the scent of marijuana competes with the smell of sawdust and wet paint in the cavernous store where he hopes to sell pot just like a bottle of wine. for centuries, even by George Washington. The 1936 propaganda film "Reefer Madness" warned the public about a plant capable of turning people into mindless criminals. Over the years, pot activists and state governments managed to chip away at the ban, their first big victory coming in 1996 when California allowed medical marijuana. Today, 19 other states, including Colorado and Washington, and the District of Columbia have similar laws. Those in the business were nervous, fearing that federal agents would raid their shops. "It was scary," recalls Williams, who along with his brother borrowed some $630,000 from parents and relatives to open Medicine Man in 2009. "I literally had dreams multiple times a week where I was in prison and couldn't see my wife or my child. Lots of sleepless nights." That same year, the Justice Department told federal prosecutors they should not focus investigative resources on patients and caregivers complying with state medical marijuana laws but the department reserved the right to step in if there was abuse. In Colorado, the industry took off. Shops advertised on billboards and radio. Pot growing warehouses along Interstate 70 in Denver grew so big that motorists started calling one stretch the "Green Zone" for its frequent skunky odor of pot. The city at one point had more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks coffee shops, with some neighborhoods crowded with dispensary sign wavers and banners offering free joints for new customers. Local officials have since ratcheted back such in your face ads. But the marijuana movement didn't stop. Voters in Colorado and Washington state approved recreational pot in 2012, sold in part on spending less to lock up drug criminals and the potential for new tax dollars to fund state programs. The votes raised new questions about whether the federal government would sue to block laws flouting federal drug law. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper famously warned residents not to "break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly," and activists predicated a legal showdown. That didn't happen. In August, the Department of Justice said it wouldn't sue so long as the states met an eight point standard that includes keeping pot out of other states and away from children, criminal cartels and federal property. Colorado law allows adults 21 and older to buy pot at state sanctioned pot retail stories, and state regulations forbid businesses from advertising in places where children are likely to see their pitches. Only existing medical dispensaries were allowed to apply for licenses, an effort to prevent another proliferation of pot shops. Only a few dozen shops statewide are expected to be open for recreational sales on New Year's Day. Legal pot's potential has spawned businesses beyond retail shops. Marijuana testing companies have popped up, checking regulated weed for potency and screening for harmful molds. Gardening courses charge hundreds of dollars to show people how to grow weed at home. Tourism companies take curious tourists to glass blowing shops where elaborate smoking pipes are made. One has clients willing to spend up to $10,000 for a week in a luxury ski resort and a private concierge to show them the state's pot industry. Dixie Elixirs Edibles, maker of pot infused foods and drinks, is making new labels for the recreational market and expanding production on everything from crispy rice treats to fruit lozenges. "The genie is out of the bottle," says company president Tripp Keber. "I think it's going to be an exciting time over the next 24 to 48 months." It's easy to see why the industry is attracting so many people. 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Big Size Women Size 616750 001 Nike Air Foamposite Pro Yeezy,646701 001 Kobe 9 EM AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer fighting charity Wednesday and Nike severed ties with him as fallout from the doping scandal swirling around the cyclist escalated. Armstrong announced his move at the charity in an early morning statement. Anti Doping Agency released a massive report last week detailing allegations of widespread doping by Armstrong and his teams when he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. The document's purpose was to show why USADA has banned him from cycling for life and ordered 14 years of his career results erased including those Tour titles. It contains sworn statements from 26 witnesses, including 11 former teammates. Armstrong, who was not paid a salary as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, will remain on its 15 member board. His duties leading the board will be turned over to vice chairman Jeff Garvey, who was founding chairman in 1997. "This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart," Armstrong said in a statement. "Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship." Foundation spokeswoman Katherine McLane said the decision turns over the foundation's big picture strategic planning to Garvey. He will also assume some of the public appearances and meetings that Armstrong used to handle. Armstrong strongly denies doping, but did not fight USADA accusations through arbitration, saying he thinks the process is unfair. Once Armstrong gave up the fight in August and the report came out, crisis management experts predicted the future of the foundation, known mainly by its Livestrong brand name, would be threatened. They said Armstrong should consider stepping down to keep the charity from getting dragged into a debate over doping. Armstrong's inspiring story of not only recovering from testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain but then winning the world's best known bike race helped his foundation grow from a small operation in Texas into one of the most popular charities in the country. Armstrong drew legions of fans and donations and insisted he was drug free at a time when doping was rampant in professional cycling. In 2004, the foundation introduced the yellow "Livestrong" bracelets, selling more than 80 million and creating a global symbol for cancer awareness and survivorship. "As my cancer treatment was drawing to an end, I created a foundation to serve people affected by cancer. It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors," Armstrong said. As chairman, Armstrong did not run the foundation's day to day operations, which are handled by Livestrong president and chief executive Doug Ulman. Ulman had said last week that Armstrong's leadership role would not change. Armstrong's statement said he will remain a visible advocate for cancer issues, and he is expected to speak at Friday night's 15th anniversary gala for Livestrong in Austin. "My family and I have devoted our lives to the work of the foundation and that will not change. We plan to continue our service to the foundation and the cancer community. We will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters of the fight against cancer," Armstrong said. CharityWatch, which analyzes the work of approximately 600 charities, lists the foundation among its top rated organizations. That status normally goes to groups which "generally spend 75 percent or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve" and disclose of basic financial information and documents. Livestrong says it had functional expenses totaling nearly $35.8 million last year and 82 percent of every dollar raised went directly to programs, a total of more than $29.3 million. The foundation reported a spike in contributions in late August in the days immediately after Armstrong announced he would no longer fight doping charges and officials moved to erase his Tour victories. Daniel Borochoff, founder and president of Chicago based CharityWatch, said last week it may take some time for donors to digest the allegations against Armstrong. 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Another air conditioned department store that offers lots of affordable goods is Isetann, which is located beside Gateway Mall, facing Aurora Boulevard. Numerous midrange brands can be found here, at prices that are much lower than in neighboring SM Cubao. And for the really adventurous, a string of sidewalk vendors can be found selling a wide variety of items at the foot of the MRT station's staircase, opposite Farmers Plaza. Remember to haggle! Of course, after shopping your heart out here, you should reward yourself with accommodation that's better than a generic motel room. And there's no better place to stay in than the Fersal Hotel in the Cubao area. Officially known as FERSAL Hotel Tuazon Quezon City due to its location along P. Tuazon Boulevard, this hotel offers a "Stay 2 Nights, Get 3rd Night 50% Off" promo for great savings. Valid up to September 30, 2013, this is available only on the hotel's website. 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