Sheriff: Woman trying to shoot someone in road rage incident ends up shooting husband in head

Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_imgiStock(DODGE CITY, Ala.) — A woman was allegedly trying to shoot someone in a road rage incident in Alabama when she ended up shooting her husband instead, authorities said.The alleged road rage altercation took place at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday on a highway in Dodge City and carried over to a home in Bremen, according to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.Erica Cole was trying to shoot an unidentified person, according to the sheriff’s office, but instead a bullet struck her husband, Nicholas Cole, in the head.Erica Cole was arrested for attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment, authorities said.Nicholas Cole was hospitalized and listed in stable condition, according to the sheriff’s office.Erica Cole had a bond hearing on Sunday and is in custody on $30,000 cash bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for July 22.Her attorney did not immediately comment to ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


A ‘Railway War’ Is About to Break out in the South Caucasus

Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_imgThe November 10 declaration that instituted a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia also established new east-west and north-south transportation corridors across this corner of the South Caucasus, thus complicating and intensifying the “railway wars” that have gripped the region at various periods since the turn of the 20th century (see EDM, August 1, 2017 and November 12, 13, 2020). These newly available land corridors promise to not only increase the number of participants vying for their use but also multiply the possible routes across and in and out of this region. In particular, Azerbaijan and Turkey may be able to develop a direct rail line connection thanks to Moscow’s pledge to guarantee Baku’s ability to cross the Armenian district of Zengezur. At the same time, however, Armenia and Iran may now be able to build a railway across Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan exclave. As a result, Russia’s long-sought ability to dominate both the north-south and east-west rail connections in the South Caucasus is likely to have actually been (at a minimum) reduced because of new competition from others; and it may even be thoroughly compromised as a result of these developments. This novel reality, thus, sets the stage for the kind of brewing “railway war” familiar to students of the Middle East before 1914 but less readily recognizable today (see EDM, February 26, 2019, April 3, 2019, February 20, 2020, March 24, 2020).After the November 10 ceasefire declaration, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced that he had issued preliminary instructions to restore rail links between Azerbaijan proper and its exclave of Nakhchivan—giving tangible content to the transit corridor called for in the document that ended the latest Karabakh war. Because such a line will allow for a direct rail connection through Nakhchivan to Turkey, this development will have the greatest geopolitical consequences. Turkish officials have responded in turn by declaring this the fulfillment of their long-desired connection between the region’s two Turkic countries. Adil Karaismailoglu, Ankara’s minister for transportation and infrastructure, said that Turkey “plans to extend a railroad toward Nakhchivan” as part of a $5.7 billion project involving the construction of new rail lines and ports, uniting the railways of Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, first of all through the Baku–Tbilisi–Kars Railroad and then via Nakhchivan (Anadolu Agency, RBC, November 12).To date, neither Armenia nor Iran has been similarly explicit. After all, the November 10 declaration makes no reference to Yerevan’s hopes for unblocking routes to Azerbaijan and Turkey. However, both Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have made clear that Yerevan expects the opening of routes for its use to Iran via Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan, implicitly suggesting that these overland corridors will eventually involve rail lines as well (Kavkazsky Uzel, November 13). According to the Armenian prime minister, “[T]he opening of communications will have essential significance for the Armenian economy.” And Lavrov, for his part, agreed, noting that “Armenia has suffered more than the others from the ceasing of operation of trade and transport ties… Now, in correspondence with the agreement […] all these links are being restored.”One aspect of this situation neither Pashinyan or Lavrov has mentioned is this: According to the joint ceasefire declaration, Russian peacekeepers are to have a key role in the operation of routes between Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan; but that accord says nothing about Russian troops on the ground potentially also guaranteeing Armenian passage through Nakhchivan. Yerevan and possibly Moscow may seek parity, but Baku almost certainly will never agree to that. Although, if a conflict arises on this point, that could call into question Azerbaijani access to Nakhchivan across Armenia’s Zengezur region. And that, in turn, could put the entire November 10 arrangement in jeopardy.Armenia will undoubtedly try to achieve parity, but Azerbaijan is unlikely to accept more Russian soldiers on its undisputed territory. Yet conflict over the issue of Armenian passage through Nakhchivan could call into question Baku’s access via Zengezur to the Azerbaijani exclave and might even threaten all or parts of the broader accord.At the same time, of course, all these plans for new railroads or the re-opening of pre-existing ones that have been blocked for the last 25 years lay down a potentially delayed landmine. The state of rail lines in much of Azerbaijan—both in the formerly occupied territories and in other parts of Azerbaijan that led up to these and were largely inactive—means that Baku will have to spend enormous sums to refurbish those railways so they can be used again. Baku and Ankara have the funds for that; Yerevan does not. And that raises the question as to whether Armenia can attract investments from Russia or from the West. That may give Moscow time and leverage over the situation, but less than many assume, Moscow commentator Aleksey Chichkin argues (Stoletie.ru, November 24).The Russian writer points out that even before World War I, Russia viewed the projection of railways in this region as “the Trans-Siberian of the Trans-Caucasus,” an indication of just how much importance Moscow gives them. Russia’s Trans-Caucasus railroad was built in stages, between 1865 and 1949, with the branch line going to Turkey in 1899 and to Iran in 1911. During the 1930s and 1940s, Soviet Moscow built the line between Baku and Nakhchivan through the Meghri region of Armenia, parallel with the Iranian border. This rail network allowed for the development of trade, but it was especially important for the supply of war materiel from the West to the Soviet Union during World War II. Trade and passenger traffic expanded after that conflict. Experts predict that goods and passenger traffic will rise 20 percent or more with the restoration of these lines (Stoletie.ru, November 24).Moscow is hoping it will be able to continue to dominate the network. But the November 10 accord brings in new players and will likely force the Russian authorities to make concessions and compromises. How far it will go remains to be seen, but battles over rail lines, where they go and how much they can carry are likely to define the post–November 10 South Caucasus as well as the role of Russia and other countries in that region.last_img read more


Harvard wins Cambridge Go Green Award for Blackstone project

Posted On Mar 2 2021 by

first_imgHarvard University has been awarded a city of Cambridge Go Green Business Award, which recognizes business and institutional leaders for their efforts to create a more sustainable city.The award, in the energy category for a large organization, was given to University Operations Services (UOS) for the 46 Blackstone St. project, a 44,000-square-foot project that converted former industrial space — and a brownfield site — into office space.The project, completed in May 2006, has received a platinum certification — the highest possible and the first at Harvard — from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.Its green features include ground-source heat pumps for cooling the building; features that reduce summer energy use 42 percent below code; and features that reduce water use by 43 percent. It includes conversion of a former parking lot to green space, use of environmentally responsible materials, drought-tolerant plants, and metering equipment to monitor the building’s energy efficiency. Recycling and reuse of construction debris from the renovation resulted in more than 99 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills.Thomas Vautin, UOS associate vice president for facilities and environmental services, said the Blackstone project is a valuable example that shows what’s possible when sustainability is incorporated into project design.“The Blackstone office renovation project has been a truly valuable learning experience for us,” Vautin said. “It illustrates that it is possible to perform major renovations of an historic structure to create high performance and a wonderful work environment — all in a very cost-effective way.”The award, to be given at today’s (May 17) ceremony at the City Hall annex, is the second in three years for Harvard. Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative won a Go Green Business Award in 2004 for its efforts to spur energy conservation, energy-efficient purchasing, and green-power purchasing on campus.last_img read more


The Action Network: Best props picks for Darlington

Posted On Mar 2 2021 by

first_imgThese drivers are very evenly-matched over the past three Darlington races. While Truex has run more fast laps (109) than Harvick (82), Kevin has the better average finish and average running position, and has led considerably more laps (236 vs. 134).Pick: Harvick3. Kyle Larson has never finished outside the top four in a stage at Darlington. Does that streak continue? Yes or No?Similar to my answer to question No. 1, there are simply too many variables at play to be able to bank on a top-four finish in both stages.Pick: No4. The last repeat winner at Darlington was Jimmie Johnson in 2004. Does Brad Keselowski defend his win on Sunday? Yes or No?Download the FREE Action Network app to finish reading this article and get the rest of PJ Walsh’s NASCAR Props Challenge Picks. The Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.After the final off week of the season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) heads to Darlington Raceway in South Carolina for one of my favorite race weekends of the year.Darlington is an old-school track with a rough surface that shreds tires, putting more emphasis on mechanical grip than aero. With little grip later in runs, cars are very hard to drive, making this a driver’s racetrack.In addition, the Southern 500 is the official throwback race of the season, meaning teams will be honoring paint schemes from the past. Sunday’s race will focus on 1990-94.Because Darlington is so unique, I’ll look at recent Southern 500s to make my NASCAR Props Challenge picks in order to pinpoint drivers with the ability to properly manage tires early in runs to therefore have speed toward the end.1. Denny Hamlin has the best average finish at Darlington (6.2) among active drivers. Does he finish in the top five? Yes or No?Hamlin is among seven (!) drivers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook with odds of 6-1 or shorter to win Sunday’s race.He’s clearly one of the favorites, but expecting a top-five finish is a little too rich for my blood.Pick: No2. Which previous Darlington winner will finish higher? Kevin Harvick or Martin Truex Jr.?last_img read more


National Archives Unveils Civil War and Reconstruction Records Online

Posted On Feb 27 2021 by

first_img“The national archives is one of the best kept secrets of our federal government,” said filmmaker Ken Burns, renown for his PBS documentary, Civil War. Burns came to Washington last week to unveil the searchable online database. “Now, the digitization of these records means that everybody can search their personal stories with a click of a mouse.”Tomorrow, April 12, is the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Fort Sumter in 1861, marking the start of the American Civil War in Charleston, SC.In an effort to provide the Union Army with more troops, President Lincoln signed the Enrollment Act in March 1863 subjecting men ages 20-45 to a draft. Men’s names were recorded on consolidated lists from which draftees would be selected. The consolidated lists for 27 states filled more than 600 registers-now digitally indexed and available at www.ancestry.com/nara/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Archives and Ancestry.com have published millions of online Civil War records once restricted to the National Archives building.The newly digitized records will be free to the general public for one week ending Thursday and to Ancestry.com members thereafter. (The website offers a 14-day free trial, during which you can access all records.)The stars of the new Civil War collection are the draft registration records from 1863-1865. These nearly 275,000 records were previously only available by request in original form at the research center.last_img read more


Boy With Cancer Gets Secret Gifts for Over a Year

Posted On Feb 27 2021 by

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn the last 14 months, more than a dozen mystery packages have arrived for a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer and, often, for his three siblings and parents. They frequently appeared after Dylan’s “really bad days” and tough chemotherapy treatments, said Laurie Full, his mom, who blogs about their experiences.Packages would show up outside their Illinois home, sometimes arriving when the family was inside the house, but never with any trace of the source’s identity, other than the signature “Dylan’s Secret Pal.”(READ the story in the Chicago Tribune)Thanks to Sarah Jean for submitting the link on our Facebook Page! – File photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Powell family waiting with Nathan

Posted On Jan 26 2021 by

first_imgFor weeks Nathan Powell’s parents have been switching out watch duty in his hospital room. The 6-year-old Nederland boy has a form of autism and just had a heart operation. His 3-year-old brother Tony, who has standard autism, is allowed visits in Nathan’s Texas Children’s Hospital room in Houston. “Nathan’s operation this past Friday was a success. There were no complications. They were able to implant the ICB,” a defibulator/pace maker, Michael Powell, Nathan’s father, said. “It’s a state-of-the-art device on the market for less than a year. We’ve been told the industry has seen miraculous results in a short amount of time. Doctors are confident it will help Nathan,” Powell said. He and his wife Margaret, Nathan’s mother, have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston as medical teams treat their son’s congestive heart failure and dilated cardiomyopothy. Nathan also has Asberger’s, described as a highly-functioning spectrum of autism. A benefit link sale, with prizes, for Nathan’s medical expenses will be at Bruce’s Market Basket, 6001 39th St., Groves on Saturday, July 12. Times have not been announced. An account for donations is set up at DuPont Goodrich Credit Union. The number is 700639700. For information, call 727-2351 for information. Powell is the produce manager at Mercado de Familia on College Street in Beaumont. It is the only Hispanic-themed store in the Market Basket family, Powell said, and added that his work family has been supportive. “Very much. They’ve bent over backwards to make sure I never missed a pay check. I’m very fortunate. It takes a lot off our minds to focus more of our mental energy on our children and not worry as much about money to pay the bills,” Powell said. He told another anecdote of support. “When we got to Houston, our vehicle overheated. We found und out we were facing $800 in repairs,” he said. People pitched in for the repairs. Nathan is currently hooked up to tubes in his hospital bed, but his father said he has several stuffed toys and Transformer figures. Given his autism, he has his own way of communicating, but has an aversion to talking to relatives on the phone, Powell said. Contact this reporter at [email protected]last_img read more


Machete man allegedly fights with, spits on Port Arthur Police

Posted On Jan 26 2021 by

first_img The fight to arrest the man didn’t stop, police said.The suspect reportedly used his knee to strike another officer in the chin as she was trying to restrain him from behind.Once secured, Gregory leaned around the edge of the Plexiglass partition and spat a mixture of blood and mucus into an officers’ face, then leaned over and tried to do the same to another officer.Police had to stop and re-secure Gregory as he was violently kicking the Plexiglass partition and when an officer went to remove him from the back seat to hobble his legs again, he intentionally spat another mixture of blood and mucus onto an officer’s face and person.He was finally subdued and hobbled again and brought to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.He is in jail on a $50,000 bond for assault of a peace officer/judge, $50,000 for harassment of a public servant, $10,000 for harassment of a peace officer, $50,000 for assault peace officer/judge. Police were able to get him in handcuffs and had to carry him to a police car as he continued to thrash violently while screaming for them not to take him to jail.Gregory continued his behavior, locking his legs out in front of him and refused to get in the passenger compartment.He had his leg braced against car seat and one of the officers “had to strike him in the back of the leg to break the tension and place him in the rear seat.”Gregory continued thrashing around and an officer attempted to place a leg hobble on him to prevent him from kicking. While doing this, Gregory turned and kicked the officer in the chest four to five times with both, feet causing pain. A transient who reportedly walked down a Port Arthur street swinging a machete at cars and street signs July 24 and subsequently fought with the arresting police, threatening to kill them, has been indicted.The suspect, identified as Tracy Allen Gregory, 26, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury this week for two counts of assault on a peace officer, second degree felonies and one count of harassment of public servant, a third degree felony.According to the arrest warrant, Port Arthur Police were dispatched to the 500 block of 10th Street in reference to the man with the machete. Officers located him walking westbound in the 3700 block of Seventh Street.center_img The man was detained and allegedly started ranting that he would not talk to officers. He placed his hands in the shape of a pistol and pointed it at one officer and said, “You’re gonna get shot in your (expletive) head,” and then said “If you take me to jail you die today,” according to authorities.Officers attempted to calm the man down but he refused to calm down or cooperate and made repeated threats against officers, police said.Due to the threats to kill and harm other officers, the officers attempted to place him under arrest and he began thrashing his body around, violently kicking his legs and placing his arms underneath himself, refusing to comply with commands to stop resisting.last_img read more


Zachary Levi on First Date Fans, His Tangled Musical Past and Why Every Actor Should Aim for Broadway

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img Broadway has long been on your mind. When did you first experience it? I was probably 17 when I saw Annie Get Your Gun. That was the first time I had come to New York with my parents. As a kid, you hear about Broadway. If you live on the east coast, you have a good chance of going to see a Broadway show, but not if you grow up in Southern California. The closest I ever got was when my grandma brought me and my older sister to see Cats at the Pantages, but I was so young that I didn’t really remember the experience, per se. I remember liking it a lot, because there were people prancing around as cats. As a kid, you’re like, “That’s weird!” First Date Did seeing live shows inspire you to do theater? I did a lot of theater because I loved doing theater. Not because of anything that I had necessarily seen, but as much as one can be fated or created to do something, I believed that that was my fate. Other kids were great at baseball or basketball or football; some kids were super brainiacs and understood calculus at 10 years old. I just loved entertaining people. Related Shows View Comments Fans love you for being the voice of geeks everywhere. Would you ever produce your own geeky musical? I’ve got all sorts of crazy ideas for the stage. Especially if I can simultaneously breathe some new, fun energy into it. I’m appreciative that I’ve been embraced the way I have by Broadway, but I hear people talk about how it’s tough trying to get younger audiences excited about going to the theater. I would love to make something where the cool thing is to go to a Broadway show!  Star Files You seem to be genuinely enjoying the stage door, which isn’t every actor’s cup of tea. The fact that I do stage door the way I do doesn’t mean other people do it wrong, because I’m a ham and I enjoy interacting with people. If our show was three hours and intense and draining, I don’t know that I’d be able to do what I’m doing now. The reality is, I have an hour-and-a-half show with no intermission. If I weren’t at the stage door, I might be doing the actual show, as opposed to shaking some hands and kissing some babies. And if I’m ever going to have a future in politics, I’ve got to start now. This summer, Broadway audiences have been swooning over the latest TV star to make the leap onto the stage. Former Chuck headliner Zachary Levi is earning raves for his performance as a newbie blind dater (who gets set up with Krysta Rodriguez) in the new Broadway musical comedy First Date. There’s a lot to love about Levi, who sat down with Broadway.com to chat about his surprising history in musical theater, his tenure in Disney’s Tangled and his Huckleberry Finn dreams. Your Chuck co-star Yvonne Strahovski made her Broadway debut last season. Did she give you any advice? No! I love Yvonne and I wish I could have seen her in Golden Boy. I was in London the whole time she was doing it, but everyone said she was fantastic. I’m trying to get her to do another show, because I’m planning on being here for a while. I want to stay in New York. I want to do more Broadway, if I can. I’d like to experience different things—a musical, a comedy, a drama—and I just love the city so much. When did you figure out you could sing? I’m still figuring that out! I love singing and I’ve always loved singing. You only know you can do something based on people’s reactions to what you’re doing. I mean, I can think I’m a great chef, but if nobody hires me to cook their food, then I’m probably not a good chef. That’s a very humble perspective. It’s all community theater at the end of the day. You have to stay connected to your fan base and appreciate the people that are spending their hard-earned money to come and see you. And I get a lot out of it. I think that maybe more than anything, if I’m created to do something in this world, it’s to make people happy. And if that can make people happy, then it’s a fun thing to be able to do. Broadway fans might be surprised to know that you landed the role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, but had to pass when Chuck got picked up. I’m really glad I had no say in it, because at one point, I honestly had no idea what to do. I had booked the pilot for Chuck but we hadn’t shot it yet, so my agent said, “While we’re waiting, Mel Brooks is doing Young Frankenstein on Broadway. You wanna go audition?” My only goal was, don’t suck. Never did I think I would get that job, and I’m assuming that a fair amount of people were like, “Who is this schmuck Mel Brooks wanted to play the lead in this musical?” But the decision was made for me because the Chuck pilot was in first position. I hope I get to work for Mel and Susan [Stroman] one day. There was so much talent in that cast, but it wasn’t my fate. So suffice it to say, you’ve found a home on Broadway. I feel like all actors should. Because there’s nothing like it, and it’s amazing. And especially when you have a show like First Date, which is such a blessing because there’s a lot of laughs in it. Making a thousand people laugh every night? It’s the greatest drug in the world. See Zachary Levi in First Date at the Longacre Theatre. How about re-watching your other stuff? [Laughs.] I often apologize for Alvin and the Chipmunks—which, by the way, is a good movie and the kids really love—but it’s one of those movies where the rewatchability is tough for adults, particularly because of the high-pitched voices. But with Tangled, adults come to me and say, “You haunt me. I’ve heard your voice three times a day because my kids won’t stop watching Tangled.” I never feel like I have to apologize for it because although they kind of rib me for it, they actually like the movie, too. Zachary Levi Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2014 Your big singing debut was in the Disney movie Tangled. How do you feel about hearing those songs now? I have a lot of friends with kids, so Pixar and Disney movies would constantly be put on, and Tangled was a favorite, so I’ve heard it many times. It’s awkward! Eventually I had to give in to it, because people really love the movie, and I do as well—I think it’s an excellent movie. How has the Broadway experience compared to your expectations of it? So much of what I’m experiencing, like freaking out about not losing my voice, is specific to being in a musical. I’m definitely dealing with my own insecurities as far as being the newbie, but I’m also feeling surprisingly comfortable because I did so much theater growing up. Theater is still theater, you’re just doing it on the highest level and with big houses. So you want to do more Broadway. Any dream roles? I wish I was young enough to play Huck in Big River. I would love to do a role where I get to break the fourth wall a lot. I remember seeing The Boy From Oz and how engaging and charming Hugh Jackman was. I loved playing Jesus in Godspell. I believe wholeheartedly that the little production we did in Ojai at Libbey Bowl could translate to a Broadway stage. The problem is that the shows I would love to do—like Bye Bye Birdie or Godspell—have recently been revived. But who knows? Take us back to your first time on stage. When I was six, we did church summer camp skits and plays, which is when I first started memorizing lines and being on a stage. I remember I was so nervous that I puked before one of the shows and my mom had to bribe me onto the stage by promising she’d buy me a Nintendo game. I guess I have Nintendo to thank for my career. Have you advised other actor friends of yours to come to the stage? A lot of kids—aspiring actors—come up to me and ask for one bit of advice, and I always say theater. Always, always, always. I think a lot of young actors want to skip to the riches and fame and fortune of TV and movies, but you don’t ever learn how to build a character like you do in theater. There are so many safety nets and so many tricks in filmmaking that you don’t learn the craft. This is where the craft is, and that’s why I’ve missed it so much. You just recorded the cast album for First Date. That’s good validation, right? I have yet to hear the put-together cast album, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m super stoked that we got to do it, because I know it doesn’t always happen, and especially out of the gate like this. We recorded it after our opening weekend, so it’s pretty fresh.last_img read more


Review: FSA’s Stout SL-K Stem

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_imgCatch up on all of our Project 1.2 posts here!Stems aren’t the most glamorous of components.  For the most part, they all work- and those that don’t don’t tend to survive on the market long.  While the Reasonably Priced in our Reasonably Priced Carbon Project 1.2 singlespeed build theme ruled out every full-carbon stem on the market, FSA’s SL-K stem does have a carbon fiber face plate and happens to match not only our build’s white fork but also its unidirectional carbon SL-K seatpost and Gravity Light handlebar.  Is its dash of carbon just for show, or is it a key piece of the puzzle?  Hit the jump to find out…FSA claim that their Carbon Structural Integration process, which combines carbon fiber outer layers with aluminum inners, adds strength and stiffness to alloy components without the expense of full-carbon construction.  While we can already hear commenters’ cries of window dressing, the approach is not unusual: Ritchey claim that their similar construction adds 16% to their Carbon Matrix C260 stem’s stiffness.  In this case, we’d be surprised if a CSI face plate adds that much to a stem’s stiffness- but limiting the carbon used does keep the stem’s price from getting too far out of control.Our 90mm stem weighs in at 150g with white paint- no flyweight, but not anchor material either.  The unidirectional carbon fiber matches FSA’s SL-K and Gravity Light handlebars nicely- tying everything together both physically and aesthetically.  More importantly, the stem is stiffer than most, easily handling all of the anger a pair of DH-strong 740mm bars can transmit.  It’s not as stiff as Syntace’s steroidal Megaforce– but is much closer to that stem than lighter XC and road alternatives.  Throughout our time together, the FSA has been quiet and creak-free and its rounded clamp hardware is more than welcome for when things go wrong.While its carbon/alloy face plate probably can’t be directly credited with any major benefit, it does pull the finishing kit together nicely.  More importantly, it has served as a solid connection between our bar and fork.  While lighter riders may be just as happy with a lighter alternative, bigger XC, road, and trail riders will appreciate the SL-K’s solidity.  $90 in black, $100 in white.marcfullspeedahead.comlast_img read more