Thus far, 2017 has been treating String Cheese Incident well. The band recently wrapped up their Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival tour, which saw the band play intimate venues in ski towns close to the band’s heart and integral to their formation years ago. String Cheese is also on the precipice of releasing their latest album, Believe, which is due out April 14th and available for pre-order here. However, sometimes when things seem to good to be true, they are, and fans of SCI are learning this the hard way with the sudden news of Michael Kang’s future departure from the group.In an official statement from String Cheese sent out this morning, the band notified the public that the beloved Michael Kang will be leaving the group following a recent diagnosis of severe lactose intolerance, sending shockwaves throughout the jam band community. You can read the band’s full statement below.It’s with heavy hearts that we bring the news that Michael Kang will have to stop touring with String Cheese Incident for the foreseeable future. After doctors diagnosed him with severe lactose intolerance in early January, Michael insisted he would keep playing, citing that if Kyle Hollingsworth could play their New Years run with a broken wrist, he wasn’t going to let a little indigestion stop him. Unfortunately, medical experts have insisted that he take some time off to focus on his health. The recent Roots Revival tour was bittersweet for us, as Michael specifically wanted to relive some of the good old days with Cheese before his departure. He plans to pursue non-dairy musical endeavors during his tolerance break, and we are so excited to see what he cooks up. You can expect to see him play with Phish, The Disco Biscuits, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce, Cake, and Blackberry Smoke in future months. He also has plans in the works for an Allman Brothers Band tribute dubbed ‘The Almond Butters Band,’ so keep an eye out for announcements about this exciting new project in the future.
Readmond’s lawsuit contended the roadway was in a dangerous condition and lacked safety features and controls, such as a median guardrail, the county memo said. Several fatal collisions have occurred in that general area, which is heavily traveled by east Palmdale commuters and by travelers seeking a shortcut between state Route 138 and the Antelope Valley Freeway. In the 2001 crash, an Acton man was killed. In January 2004, a Canyon Country man died in a four-vehicle traffic collision that occurred when a pickup truck drifted over the center line and collided with the victim’s sedan. Two motorists died in September 2002 on Pearblossom Highway just east of Sierra only minutes apart in separate collisions. [email protected] (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The schedule for the improvements depends on acquisition of rights-of-way and completion and approval of environmental studies, the report said. In the meantime, county workers will install by May flashing beacons at curve advisory signs and add additional signs at other locations. A county counsel memo said if Readmond’s case had gone to trial, he likely would have sought damages of $850,600. In defending the lawsuit, the county spent $54,255 in attorney fees and $21,811 in other costs. Readmond, who at the time of the crash was 38, was driving his pickup truck south on Sierra Highway and collided with another pickup that crossed the center line, the memo said. Readmond suffered a broken leg, which required hospitalization and the insertion of a steel rod in his leg, the memo said. PALMDALE – A Palmdale horseshoer injured in a head-on crash on a problem stretch of Sierra Highway was awarded a $199,000 settlement Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Darin Readmon sued the county after crashing on what he claimed was a dangerous curve in the four-lane road south of Palmdale. Several fatal crashes have occurred in the area, where Sierra meets Pearblossom Highway. The July 2005 crash occurred at the same location as a December 2001 head-on collision that killed one man and severely injured a Palmdale couple, who eventually received a $1.75 million settlement. The county Department of Public Works now plans to realign Sierra Highway with a 12-foot-wide striped median and paved shoulders, according to a county staff report.
Pochettino has been linked with replacing Zidane at the Bernabeu 1 Mauricio Pochettino has said he would “have to listen” if Real Madrid called him, but has maintained he is happy at Tottenham.The Spanish giants are hunting for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane quit this week following Saturday’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.Pochettino, in Spain for the launch of his book ‘A New World’, signed a new five-year deal at Tottenham last month but has been installed as the favourite to replace Zidane at the Bernabeu.“When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them but it doesn’t depend on me,” he is reported to have told Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.“I’ve signed a contract and I’m very happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we’re growing together.“Now I want to focus on planning for next season and keep out of all the speculation.”Zidane explained his decision to leave Madrid less than a week after claiming a third Champions League title in a row as “time to go out at the top” in Thursday’s press conference.Real’s LaLiga struggles, finishing third and 17 points behind fierce rivals Barcelona, no doubt factored in World Cup winner Zidane’s decision.Pochettino quickly shot to the top of bookmakers’ lists for Zidane’s replacement, despite only signing that new deal with Spurs last week.“I take it naturally, it does not affect me at all, I am involved in a spectacular project where the motivation is tremendous,” Pochettino told Spanish sports daily AS.“I renewed my contract recently for another five years, I am happy that people at Tottenham are happy with me.“I live in the present, that is the most important thing. I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be.”It is understood that there is no buy-out clause in Pochettino’s new Spurs deal, and no verbal agreement with chairman Daniel Levy that the 46-year-old could leave if Madrid come calling.Zidane was understood to be under contract at Madrid until 2020, before quitting in the wake of guiding Real to their 3-1 Champions League final triumph over Liverpool.Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, Italian Maurizio Sarri and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp have all been linked to Madrid, alongside Pochettino.Germany boss Joachim Low meanwhile has ruled himself out of the running to become the next Real manager.Low told a Germany press conference: “I can completely rule it out. I’m sure they will find a strong successor but that is not for me to worry about.“I am here with Germany in the World Cup now.”