May your journey to Resurrection Day be filled with blessings and peace | Faith

Jessica Wong

Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

The Lenten journey is rapidly leading followers of Jesus to the events of Holy Week and crucifixion. These 40 days (excluding Sundays) symbolize the time our Lord spent in the wilderness after baptism by his cousin John. There he underwent hunger, thirst, spiritual battles and temptation unlike any other person.

Centuries of church tradition have taught us there

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After worst-to-first journey, James Madison begins CAA tournament play as top seed Sunday | College Sports

Jessica Wong

“It’s been a pretty awesome season for us,” said senior forward Zach Jacobs, the 2016-17 Times-Dispatch All-Metro player of the year out of Trinity Episcopal. “And we’re sitting in a lot different place than we were last year.”

Even after the turnover JMU experienced, Jacobs said that, from Day 1, the Dukes knew they had a lot of talent. Jacobs averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds last season, and led the team with 24 blocks.

Joining him as the Dukes’ lone other senior was guard Matt Lewis, who led JMU and was fifth in the conference at 19 points per

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Steve Schallenkamp: Were humans born to run? One woman’s journey of discovery | Sports

Jessica Wong

Recently I made the assertion that running was primordial, meaning existing from the beginning from our earliest development. In the distant past, humans survived by being hunters and food gatherers. Anthropologists and evolutionary biologists have concluded that this need resulted in humans adapting and becoming the best endurance animals on the planet.

The top speed a human can sprint is approximately 23 miles per hour. In the animal kingdom, that is slow. A lion can run up to 40 mph and a cheetah nearly 80 mph. Humans were not going to outrun their prey.

Humans are bipedal and relatively hairless.

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Texas’ Jase Febres starting to feel himself again after long journey back from surgery

Jessica Wong

AUSTIN — Jase Febres hasn’t been right ever since the Texas senior underwent microfracture knee surgery last March.

But the bounce has started to return, and so has the confidence to cut and sprint and rise for feathery jumpers.

And that stroke, smooth and effortless, is a thing of beauty. Febres’ right hand, the release hand, waves to the hoop like it’s an old friend as the ball arcs toward the net. As far as form goes, no one in burnt orange is more pure.

Finally, Febres is getting a chance to display that deep-range prowess again. He played 39

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Widespread vaccinations are seen as one path on the journey back to normalcy in the Covid-19 pandemic

Jessica Wong

If they’re vaccinated, they will come.

At least, that’s the hope of many state and federal officials who are trying to envision the road ahead in the coronavirus pandemic.

If more people get vaccinated, there will be more people who are protected against Covid-19. That means fewer people will get sick and be hospitalized, more state and local restrictions will be lifted, and the economy will more quickly get restarted.

It’s a balancing act now seen in Southern California, where some mass vaccination sites at stadiums and other entertainment venues will be sharing space with those businesses as

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