The Beatles have announced a new limited-edition “Beatlemania” pinball machine in partnership with Stern Pinball Inc. and Ka-Pow Pinball.The new machines have been manufactured in three different editions—Diamond, Platinum, and Gold—with only 100 Diamond Edition units and 250 Platinum Edition units produced. While the Diamond and Platinum machines are already sold out, the Gold Edition units are available now via The Beatles’ online store—for the meager price of $10,000.Notes the product description of the Gold Edition machine on The Beatles Store website, “Only 1964 units will be produced in recognition of the year in which the world forever changed when Ed Sullivan introduced America to four young mop-topped musicians from Liverpool, England.”The machine pays specific tribute to the “Beatlemania” era—the early days when the band went from pop hitmakers to international cultural sensations as they made their way across the pond to the U.S. The “Beatlemania” pinball machine will feature nine Beatles songs from that fateful era including “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Ticket To Ride”, “All My Loving”, “Help”, “Drive My Car”, “It Won’t Be Long”, “I Should Have Known Better”, and “Taxman”.As the product description continues, “The game also features iconic introductions by Ed Sullivan along with custom speech and callouts by Hall of Fame disk jockey, Cousin Brucie.”The announcement of the new pinball machines dedicated to The Beatles comes on the heels of a similar band-oriented machine announced by Stern Pinball and Primus last month.Watch a product preview video for the new The Beatles pinball machine below:Beatlemania Pinball Teaser Video[Video: Stern Pinball]
Another week with little rain and temperatures in the 90s and low 100s has causedsevere drought conditions to expand into southwest and central Georgia. Only in southcentral Georgia did drought conditions improve last week.Timely rains in the next few weeks will be critical for many in Georgia agriculture.Even among some producers who have been irrigating, concern is growing over the level ofwater remaining in some irrigation ponds. Lack of Topsoil Moisture CriticalThe Georgia Agricultural Statistics Servicereports that moisture is short to very short in 81 percent of the state’s soils. Last yearat this time, soil moisture was short to very short in 46 percent of the soils. Theaverage over the past five years is 33 percent.GASS rated more than 50 percent of soybeans and pastures in poor to very poorcondition. A third of the state’s cotton is rated poor to very poor.The lack of topsoil moisture is most critical in southwest Georgia, according to theAug. 14 Crop Moisture Indexvalues. The CMI is a measure of soil moisture in the root zone of crops.Crops DamagedThe CMI value for southwest Georgia shows a potential for dryland crops to be ruinedbecause of dryness. Actual crop losses will depend on the growth stage of a crop and itsability to withstand drought conditions. Timely rains will save some crops.The CMI indicates that dryness may severely cut crop yields in west central and centralGeorgia.Soils in northeast and east central Georgia are excessively dry, with crop yieldprospects reduced.Abnormally dry soils are found in northwest and north central Georgia, and crop yieldprospects are deteriorating.The topsoil moisture in south central and southeast Georgia is rated as short.Through mid-August, all major cities in Georgia were below normal for monthly rainfall.Rainfall totals (and monthly deficits) through Aug. 17 were: Athens, 0.55 inches (-1.61inches); Atlanta, 0.10 (-2.02); Augusta, 0.49 (-2.06); Columbus, 0.80 (-1.39); Macon, 0.22(-1.88); and Savannah, 1.61 (-2.59).4 Regions in Severe DroughtLong-term conditions according to the Palmer Drought Severity Indexindicate that northeast, west central, central and southwest Georgia are in severedrought. North central, east central and southeast Georgia are in moderate drought.Mild drought conditions are found in the northwest and south central regions of thestate.The PSDI is most useful in hydrological aspects of drought.Stream flows across the state are generally running in the 10th percentile range. Manywater systems have begun either partial or total outdoor watering bans.Above-normal Rainfall NeededSoil moisture loss from evapotranspiration ranged from 1.25 to 1.5 inches across thestate last week. Above-normal rainfall will be needed just to keep up with soil moistureloss through evapotranspiration.To end the long-term drought, more than half a foot of rain is needed across most ofthe state. The best hope for long-term drought relief is a tropical weather system.You can get updates on drought conditions in Georgia and across the Southeast at the University of Georgia drought Website. Or call your county ExtensionService agent.Get updated weather conditions at the GeorgiaAutomated Environmental Monitoring Web site.
Spurs extend streak at home to 26Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs rebounded from a rare loss and beat the Denver Nuggets 101-86 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten at home.San Antonio extended its franchise record for consecutive wins at home to 26, including a record 17 straight to open this season.The Spurs got off to a sluggish start coming off an 88-84 loss in Houston on Friday night.Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili both sat out after playing big minutes in a physical matchup against Houston. The duo’s absence enabled the Spurs to show off their depth in another blowout victory at home. LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points and nine rebounds, Boris Diaw had 16 points and Tony Parker added 13 points. Boban Marjanovic had 10 points and David West added 10 points and six assists starting in place of Duncan.But it was San Antonio’s veterans that enabled the bench to get extended minutes.Parker had a 19-foot jumper and layup off a steal that gave San Antonio a 43-31 lead with 4:21 remaining. Parker had all 13 of his points in the second quarter on 6-for-8 shooting.Leonard took the lead in the third, draining a pair of 3-point attempts in scoring 10 points in the period.San Antonio finished 7 for 10 on 3-pointers.Denver, which was without starters Danilo Gallinari and Emmanuel Mudiay, trailed by double digits throughout the second half.Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets off the bench, scoring 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Will Barton added 16 points and Gary Harris was the only starter in double figures with 10. Clippers star Blake Griffin has a partially torn left quad tendon and is expected to miss at least two weeks.The Clippers said Griffin was injured during their victory over the Lakers on Friday night and an MRI on Saturday revealed the tear. He did not travel with the team to Utah for its game and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.Griffin is the Clippers’ leading scorer with 23.2 points per game. He also averages 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.Josh Smith replaced Griffin in the starting lineup against the Jazz. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error