Excitement and anticipation, present throughout the evening, filled the air long before Kim Kardashian the first notes were played. With the highly expressive and lively presence of the orchestra, and especially its conductor, Maestro Hirai, the concert quickly reached and maintained a high energy level. The international makeup of the check this out chorus, orchestra, and soloists further helped achieve a shared sense of humanity and common purpose that included also the audience. On several occasions, the audience could not hold their appreciation; even inadvertently interrupting the Ode to Joys final intricate and powerful layering of the string sections with a thunderous applause. The end of this concert part was followed with a very long and emotional reaction on the part of the audience.
USA Basketball Honors Huskies
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From left, Morgan Tuck 16 (CLAS), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 15 (CLAS), head coach Geno Auriemma, Moriah Jefferson 16 (CLAS), Bria Hartley 14 (CLAS), and Breanna Stewart 16 (CLAS). (Bob Stowell 70 (CLAS) for UConn) Five Huskies were recognized for their USA Basketball accomplishments on Tuesday before the womens basketball game against Houston at Gampel Pavilion. Moriah Jefferson 16 (CLAS), Morgan Tuck 16 (CLAS), and Breanna Stewart 16 (CLAS) led Team USA to the U19 World Championship gold medal in Lithuania last summer. Bria Hartley 14 (CLAS) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 15 (CLAS) led Team USA to the 2013 World University Games gold medal in Russia last summer. Stewart Kim Kardashian also was honored Tuesday afternoon as the 2013 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year for the second time, having won it in 2011 while still in high school, and is the youngest repeat recipient of the award. She is one of only five athletes to be honored more than once, including former Husky Diana Taurasi 05 (CLAS), who won it in 2012, 2010, and 2006.
Quiet year for disasters in USA; not so in Europe
Photo in USA TODAY leads family to missing N.Y. man In an amazing twist of fate, one family's prayers have been answered. A missing man has been found, thanks to an Associated Press photo published by USA Today. VPC David Andreatta, The (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle 10:21 a.m. EST January 6, 2014 Nick warms himself on a steam grate with three other homeless men by the Federal Trade Commission, just blocks from the Capitol, during frigid temperatures in Washington on Jan. 4, 2014. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP) Family members recognized their relative in an AP photo of a cold homeless man They had last seem him on New Year's Day The AP photographer who took the picture helped them locate him SHARE 3993 CONNECT 243 TWEET 116 COMMENTEMAILMORE They say a picture is worth a thousand words.