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ST ALBANS BARRACKS / DLS

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE     CASE#: 19A203467   RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Bojan Brkovic                             STATION: St. Albans                    CONTACT#: (802) 524-5993   DATE/TIME: July 16th,, 2019, 1820 hours LOCATION: Swanton Road, St. Albans, VT   VIOLATIONS: Criminal DLS ACCUSED: Charles. P.


Pedestrian hit on St. Clair Avenue in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One person was taken to the hospital after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday evening.

HEMSI spokesman Don Webster said a person was hit in the 500 block of St. Clair Avenue around 5:30 p.m.

The person was taken to Huntsville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Webster said.

St. Clair Avenue was blocked off while police worked on the scene.


Alabama A&M attends SWAC Media Day in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – SEC Media Days are not the only event going on this week, the SWAC held its Media Day at The Westin in Birmingham.

Alabama A&M Head Football Coach Connell Maynor helped lead A&M to its first winning season since 2012 in his first year as head coach. That means the expectations on The Hill are high entering 2019.

“We don’t want to stay flat, we don’t want to go backwards, so we don’t want to have another winning season, we want to have an opportunity to compete for a championship. We need to beat the teams that we beat last year and of course, we got to beat Alcorn, Southern, and Grambling. We play all three of those guys on the road this year so we got a very tough schedule but we’re up for the challenge,” said Maynor.


Orange County reaches settlement in homeless lawsuit

Orange County has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed after officials moved to shut down a homeless encampment on a riverbed. County supervisor Andrew Do says the agreement won … Click to Continue »


Report finds California government IT security flaws

California's state auditor raised alarms Tuesday about information security in some state offices and called for additional oversight and regular assessments. The report from Auditor Elaine Howle comes amid scrutiny … Click to Continue »


As temperatures climb in California and nationwide, a new push aims to keep workers safe

Last month, on a day that was sweltering even by Phoenix standards, Filiberto Lares knew he wasn’t well. An airline caterer, he said he had spent hours moving between the … Click to Continue »


Police looking for ICE protesters who desecrated American flag

Aurora police are asking for the public’s help in identifying six people who pulled down an American flag and two other flags at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Aurora last week.

The group had broken away from the 2,000 people protesting the Trump administration’s planned immigration roundups Friday outside the ICE facility and headed toward the front of the building. The detention center is privately run by The GEO Group.

The incident made national headlines as it sparked outrage from various elected officials. Organizers of the Lights for Liberty Protest called the protesters rogues who endangered other attendees and detracted from the message of the protest.

The protesters removed the American flag and attempted to burn it, and they replaced the three flags with the Mexican flag, an upside-down “thin blue line” flag that with red spray paint, and a flag with “F##k the Cops” written on it, according to Aurora police.

Following the incident, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz released a statement explaining that officers chose not to immediately intervene when the incident occurred to protect “the large majority who were acting peacefully, and the safety of the officers.”

“Our folks were more than ready to decisively engage had we witnessed assaultive behavior or damage to the building or surrounding property that could jeopardize its security or public safety,” he wrote. “Beyond the removal, attempted destruction of the US flag, replacement of the flags, and some signs and poles being put on the main doors and windows, the protesters did not engage in behavior that warranted immediate intervention.”

GEO/ICE representatives wanted to address the demonstrators immediately, but police asked them to hold off until they spoke with protest organizers, who ultimately urged the crowd to leave and the situation calmed down, Metz wrote.

Aurora police reviewed video and photo footage of the incident and released photos Tuesday, including of a man whose face is covered that can be seen dragging the American flag across the grass, a man holding the flag with the statement about cops, a woman holding up a cell phone, and a group of four people walking near the facility. The images can be seen on the police department’s website.

Aurora police have not yet made any arrests in the incident, police spokesman Matthew Longshore said.

Anyone with information that can help police identify the individuals in the photos can email apdcrimetips@auroragov.org or call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 where they can remain anonymous. Tipsters could be eligible to receive an award up to $4,000.


London Anglican priest backs same-sex marriage despite governing body decision

Rev. Kevin George's show of solidarity was marked by a special service held in a London church on Sunday.


Guntersville City Council passes new pet sale ordinance

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - Guntersville City Council passed a new ordinance to not allow pet stores to purchase animals from commercial puppy mills and resell them. This includes all pets including dogs and cats.

Guntersville mayor Leigh Dollar says this does not affect "hobby breeders."

“You have a friend or family member that has a dog and wants to have puppies — that does not affect them whatsoever," says Dollar. "In the retail aspect, you can't buy them from a commercial operation."

Dollar says this is a proactive measure and there are no current issues with this in the city of Guntersville.

"Our pet stores now are great and cooperate with all our rescue organizations," she said.

The mayor says Guntersville was not seeing a problem with pet stores buying commercially, but the council wanted to go ahead and push the ordinance to prevent future problems.

A veterinarian at Lake Guntersville Veterinary Services is excited the city council passed the ordinance.

"There's a lot of very adoptable, wonderful animals in this shelter and this will protect them and keep the big retail pet sellers from coming in," says Dr. Martha Bargo.

Bargo says the overpopulation of animals in Guntersville is a problem and it is important to help stray animals find homes.

"I try to encourage people to look at your shelters before you go out and purchase animals, especially from pet stores," Bargo said.

Several other cities have passed similar ordinances in north Alabama such as Huntsville and Athens.

The new ordinance passed on Monday and went into effect immediately.


I 89 NB Exit 5 ( Northfield)

I 89 NB Exit 5 (Northfield) is now open for traffic Thank you for your patience     Regards VSP Middlesex       I 89 NB Exit 5 (Northfield) is currently shut down due to construction.  Traffic is being diverted off exit 5.  This closure will be lasting an hour.    Motorists should expect delays in the area, or seek alternate routes. Please drive carefully. Regards VSP


Kinderhook man arrested for recent burglaries

Columbia County, New York – On July 13, 2019, the New York State Police from the Livingston and Kinderhook barracks arrested Elmanuel Casiano, age 55, of Kinderhook, NY, for three counts of Burglary in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 5th degree, two counts of Petit Larceny, Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, all class A misdemeanors.


Military supplier to pay $11M over whistleblower claims

A Southern California company will pay the U.S. government $11million to settle allegations that it sold electrical connectors to the military that lacked proper testing or had failed tests. The … Click to Continue »


Kidnapping suspect jumped into Kern River. A two-hour standoff ensued, police say

A kidnapping suspect who held Bakersfield police at bay for two hours Monday in the rushing waters of the Kern River was in custody Tuesday after surrendering to officers. Police … Click to Continue »


AMBER Alert

Alert Status: 
Active
State Issued For: 
Arizona
Missing Subject's Full Name: 
Ryder Kirkley
Blaze Kirkley
Suspect(s): 
Melissa J. Gladden
Jerry J. Kirkley
Missing Since: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 3:30pm
Suspect Image: 
Alert Description: 
Blaze Kirkley and Ryder Kirkley were abducted from DCS custody at approximately 0730 hours on 7/16/19 by Melissa Gladden and Jerry Kirkley. The parents are known drug users, there is probable cause for arrest for Melissa and Jerry, who have a history of domestic violence. Jerry Kirkley is known to carry weapons. If located please call 911.
Missing From: 
Florence AZ
Florence, AZ 85132

United States

Vehicle State/License Plate : 
(LA/C618802)
Current Age: 
4m/2y
Vehicle Make & Model: 
Dodge pickup truck
Gender: 
Male
Race: 
White
Vehicle Year: 
2008
Eye Color: 
Green/ Green
Vehicle Color: 
Gold
Hair Color: 
Brown/ Brown
Current Height: 
2'01/2'09
Current Weight: 
15lbs/28lbs
Missing Subject: 

Former naval base employee sentenced to 70 months in prison

A former civilian employee at a Southern California naval base who took $1.2 million in kickbacks has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison. Fernando Barroso, who was a … Click to Continue »


Post Master arrested in Salt Point

Pleasant Valley, New York – On July 15, 2019, the New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks arrested Robert L. Simone, age 57, of Poughkeepsie, NY, for Unlawful Surveillance in the 2nd degree, a class E felony.


**Additional Update ** Crash Blocking US95 South Of Weiser

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For Immediate Release: 07/16/2019 4:26 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

*****UPDATE*****

On July 15,2019, at approximately 3:43 P.M., Lois G. Bridge succumbed to her injuries. Next of kin was notified.

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** Update **

On Sunday, July 14, 2019, at approximately 9:36 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash on US-95 near Sunnyside Road, south of Weiser.

Christine M. Dove, 48, of Weiser, driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla, was traveling southbound on US-95. Lois G. Bridge, 71, of Weiser, driving a 2008 Ford Escape, was traveling northbound on US-95.

Dove's vehicle drifted off the right shoulder of the roadway. Dove overcorrected, coming back onto the roadway and continued into the northbound lane, where she collided head-on with Bridge.

Christine Dove and her passenger, Roy E. Dove, 67 of Weiser, succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Next of kin have been notified.

Bridge was transported via air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Dove's two juvenile passengers were transported via ground ambulance to Weiser Memorial Hospital in Weiser.

All occupants, with the exception of a Roy Dove, wearing a seat belt.

The north and southbound lanes of US-95 were blocked for approximately four hours.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Idaho State Police is investigating a crash northbound on US95 at mile marker 79.5, south of Weiser.

All lanes of travel both northbound and southbound are blocked. Motorists should expect delays.

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Draft ferry schedule shows long gaps in service to coastal communities

An Alaska Marine Highway ferry docked in Skagway. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)

The Alaska Department of Transportation has released a draft winter schedule for the Alaska Marine Highway System with long gaps in service to coastal communities across the state.

Legislators approved $46 million for the state ferry system for the 2020 fiscal year. That’s roughly half the amount of state funding it received last year. According to Alaska Department of Transportation spokesperson Aurah Landau, the service gaps aim to keep costs down.

“The proposed ferry service is based on funding levels for fiscal year 2020,” Landau said. “The gaps in service are times when no vessels are available to provide service to those communities. There are service gaps in this year’s schedule because of vessel layups. Those are typical. They happen every year. There are also cost savings service gaps for some areas.”

The proposed schedule would end winter ferry service in Prince William Sound altogether. It would also suspend service to Southwestern communities such as Kodiak and Homer from January 12 to April 30. In Southeast Alaska, there would be no service to Upper Lynn Canal communities from November 1 until November 14 and again from January 15th to March 1st.

In addition, mainline voyages from Bellingham, Washington will face reductions.

The Alaska Department of Transportation will accept comments on the proposed schedule until July 26.

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B.C. man who died of rabies identified as ‘inspiring’ martial arts instructor

Condolences for the man are pouring in, describing him as "an amazing person who has built so many kids' confidence," and "a remarkable and inspiring young man."


Peterborough tattoo artist helping others restore their confidence

Peterborough medical micro-pigmentation specialist Kyla Gutsche is volunteering her skills to help people who have sustained life-altering injuries.


Night Music: July 13th, 2019

Here is the Night Music Playlist for July 13th with Kirk Waldhaus. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

Title
Artist / Composer (if known or if blank the artist or unknown)
Album
Label
Song Duration

8:00 – 9:00

Double Trouble
David Berger / Warren
Sing Me a Love Song
SST 2207
4:47

Rhythm Method
Chuck Bergeron
Loyalties
Gayle Force 9501
8:20

Gayle Force
Chuck Bergeron
Loyalties
Gayle Force 9501
8:14

Things She Said
Jeff Berman
Things She Said
Palmetto PM-2002
7:21

The Pitch
Jeff Berman
Things She Said
Palmetto PM-2002
5:03

Fun Ride
Warren Bernhardt / Evans
Warren Bernhardt Trio
dmp CD-441
4:09

Rainbows
Warren Bernhardt
Warren Bernhardt Trio
dmp CD-441
7:01

Lonely Woman
Steve Berrios / Coleman
First World
Milestone MCD-9234-2
4:32

9:00 – 10:00

No Blues
Lubriphonic
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
3:37

The Covenant
Nasar Abadey & Supernova
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
5:41

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Nicolas King / Crewe
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
4:56

Big Apple Suite: Big Apple Blues
Matt Savage
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
3:04

Love is a Mystery
The Blue Gardenias / Cleary
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
4:13

Nice and Easy
Sylvia Thompson / Bergman
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
2:51

El Diesel
Miguel Mambo and Carte-Blanc / Shinn
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
4:11

In the Presence of Her Man
Michelle Cruz
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
3:51

Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Casey Kilroy / Berlin
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #1
Oasis Manufacturing
2:15

Two-Fold
Jolley Brothers
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #3
Oasis Manufacturing
6:01

I Love the Way You’re Breaking My Heart
Margie Nelson / Dreke
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #3
Oasis Manufacturing
3:44

Sixth Sense: II. Say It Softly 41
Cory Barnfield / Yasinitsky
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #3
Oasis Manufacturing
3:07

Christmas Eve, Sweetheart
John Stevens
Oasis Jazz Vol. XI, #3
Oasis Manufacturing
4:50

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Magnitude 4.3 earthquake rattles San Francisco Bay Area

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 has rattled parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. There are no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck Tuesday afternoon 9 … Click to Continue »


Flooding in Arkansas shows how tropical moisture can enhance storms

The remnants of Hurricane Barry are moving north through Missouri as of Tuesday, but the system’s feed of tropical moisture is still flowing over Louisiana and Arkansas too. That moisture contributed to intense flooding over Arkansas Tuesday morning. The flash flooding even washed out the roadway along HWY 301 according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation:

A set of thunderstorms stalled near the city of Nashville, Ark. early Tuesday morning and dumped between 10” and 20” of rain based on radar estimates; the highest reported measured totals are around 9” to 10” through noon.

Thunderstorms are a lot like water pumps. Even though we sometimes describe raining ‘coming down in buckets,’ a storm really behaves more like a pump pulling in water from all around it and pouring it out in one place. That’s how we can get some of these incredible rainfall totals over small areas in tropical air masses.

Another aspect of tropical systems that worsen flooding is their movement. These thunderstorms stalled over one portion of Arkansas because there wasn’t any kind of ‘feature’ (like a cold front or quick moving jet stream) to help usher them out of Southern Arkansas. That’s because tropical systems often slow down over land; they lose the forward momentum that they had over the ocean when they run into the coastline, which leaves communities in their path with days of rain and storms. That means not only can the rainfall itself become excessively heavy, but it can also last an excessive amount of time.

We don’t expect the same kind of set-up here in Alabama, but we may get some small areas where rain is much heavier and persistent than others. Be on the lookout for some flooding early Wednesday if those storms set up shop near you overnight!

For more details on your local forecast check out our forecast discussion here: whnt.com/forecast


Algo Nuevo July 14th, 2019

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Here’s the Sunday, July 14th, 2019 edition of Algo Nuevo con Dave Luera —Something New with Dave Luera.

If you have questions, comments or music requests for host Dave Luera, send email to algonuevo@alaskapublic.org or post your comment at the bottom of this post.

All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

Song Title
Artist Name
Album Title
CD Label
Duration

Samba Pa Ti
Santana
The Best of Santana
Columbia
449

Toma Mi Amor
Ernestine Romero
Gracias Senor
EWR Productions
328

Gracias Senor
Ernestine Romero
Gracias Senor
EWR Productions
318

Bendiciones A Mi Madre
Ernestine Romero
Gracias Senor
EWR Productions
308

Una mLinda Y Hermosa Mujer
Los Cruizers
Music to My Heart
Maracas Music
447

Besos De Amor
Los Cruizers
Music to My Heart
Maracas Music
300

Un Rinconcito En El Cielo
Los Cruizers
Music to My Heart
Maracas Music
418

La Del Mono Colorado
Los Cruizers
Music to My Heart
Maracas Music
421

The Long and Winding Road
Mazz
Porque Todavia Te Quiero
Freddie
324

Porque Todavia Te Quiero
Mazz
Porque Todavia Te Quiero
Freddie
411

Por El Amor De Una Mujer
Mazz
Porque Todavia Te Quiero
Freddie
421

Happy Birthday
Los Cruizers
Amazing Tejano Oldies
Maracas Music
326

Las Mananitas
Liberty Band
Puro San Anto
TMR
338

Ranchera Medley
Liberty Band
Puro San Anto
TMR
433

Oldies Medley
Liberty Band
Puro San Anto
TMR
609

De Rodillas Te Pido
Lorenzo Antonio
Exitos Rancheros
Striking
347

Ranchera Jam
Lorenzo Antonio
Exitos Rancheros
Striking
518

Que Vengan Los Bomberos
Ernestine Romero
Para Ustedes
EWR
331

Te Extrano Mas Y Mas
Ernestine Romero
Para Ustedes
EWR
321

Un Ratito
Ernestine Romero
Para Ustedes
EWR
338

Lamparitas
Jonathan Chavez
Polka Pesadilla
ATM
312

Come On, Let’s Go
Jonathan Chavez
Polka Pesadilla
ATM
309

Una Cruz De Madrea
Jonathan Chavez
Polka Pesadilla
ATM
348

Despacito
Severo Y Grupo Fuego
Promo
SVM
433

Yo Quiero Bailar
Severo Y Grupo Fuego
Promo
SVM
333

Maldito Amor
Los Arenales
Promo
Tex Sound
419

Los Dos Sabemos
Stefani Montiel
Amor Supernatural
VMB
335

Chupa Cabra
Rudy Palacios
Mi Musica, Mi Orgullo
ES-335
419

Hermosisimo Lucero
Los Cucuys
Me Sigo De Frente
CHR Records
307

Yo Tengo Una Novia
Los Cucuys
Me Sigo De Frente
CHR Records
304

Mariachi Mix
Michael Salgado
Club Mix
Freddie
1128

Aguita De Melon
Abel Lucero
Los 15 Grandes 2013
El Baile Grande
326

Que Casualidad
Campeones Del Desierto
Los 15 Grandes 2013
El Baile Grande
326

La Bamba
Ray Camacho
Pecadora
Cobalt
505

Escondidas
Simpatico Featuring Ernestine Romero
Lo Mejor De NM Music 2019
Atlantis
357

Amazing Grace
Los Cruizers
Amazing Tejano Oldies
Maracas Music
446

El Gallo Copeton
Los Cruizers
Amazing Tejano Oldies
Maracas Music
341

La Mira
Pete Dominguez Orchestra
Recuerdos
Goldust
321

Let There Be Peace on Earth
Santana/Isley Brothers
Power of Peace
Starfaith
413

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Tobacco 21

Frequently asked questions about the recent Springfield ordinance raising the legal sale age of tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old


Bayhealth to host ‘A Matter of Balance’ program

Bayhealth will host "A Matter of Balance," an award-winning eight-week program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 7 to Sept. 25 at the Bayhealth Physician Practice Office, 315 N. Carter Road, Smyrna.The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls and is geared towards adults age 60 and older. Comfortable clothing is recommended along with stable footwear for the course. Participants must be able to walk and stand. [...]


Man faces felonies after 1,000 guns seized from LA mansion

A 58-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to dozens of felonies after a raid at a Los Angeles mansion uncovered more than 1,000 guns. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Girard … Click to Continue »


Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt discusses tweet that led to NCAA violation

HOOVER, Ala. – Tennessee Volunteers Head Football Coach Jeremy Pruitt discussed a tweet, that led to an NCAA violation, he made earlier this year about his alma mater winning a state basketball championship.

In March, when Plainview won the 3A State Basketball Title, Pruitt tweeted congratulating them on their back-to-back state titles, something that most would think is okay, but the NCAA didn’t agree. Pruitt didn’t pay a fine or really get in trouble for supporting his team, but the NCAA did find the support of the Bears to be a level 3 violation.

WHNT News 19 asked Coach Pruitt on his initial reaction when he found out his tweet wasn’t allowed.

“Let me tell you something I don’t tweet. I got someone to do that for me because I was excited and happy for my alma mater. I was excited for those guys and the people associated with Plainview High School, so maybe I jumped the gun a little bit,” said Pruitt.

Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers kick-off the season against Georgia State on August 31 at 2:30 p.m. ET.


Containment efforts keep Swan Lake Fire away from communities

The Swan Lake Fire on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Kale Casey/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Fire crews are making progress in ensuring the Swan Lake Fire stays far away from people and infrastructure.

The fire, burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, was sparked by lightning in early June. It’s grown to over 100,000 acres.

Fire fighters are not trying to put out the whole blaze. To the north, crews are letting the fire burn naturally.

Suppression efforts are focused on the southern section of the fire, to protect nearby communities.

And crews now have 50% of that portion of the fire contained. Steven Bekkerus is a public information officer for the Swan Lake Fire. He says environmental factors, paired with active suppression efforts, are contributing to the progress.

“And there are still crews out there working to make sure it doesn’t grow,” Bekkerus said. “The weather and terrain have helped. It has cooled off from where it was a couple weeks ago. But also the fire is reaching those upper limits, those upper elevations where there just isn’t the fuel to burn.”

Right now, Bekkerus says there is a lot of helicopter activity along the Sterling Highway, near Upper Jean Lake. He asks drivers in the area to be particularly careful.

“We don’t want to have them out there working and have them hit by people watching the helicopter and fire operations trying to get a good picture,” Bekkerus said. “That’s not worth somebody’s life.”

Bekkerus says fire growth has mostly stalled in the last few days. But, he says the area is still dry, and fire activity is expected to pick up again as temperatures warm.

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St. Johnsbury Barracks / Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 19A404025                                      RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Nicholas Cianci STATION: VSP St. Johnsbury                      CONTACT#: 802-222-4680   DATE/TIME: 7/16/2019 @ 1514 hours STREET: US Route 5 North TOWN: Fairlee LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS:


Syphilis outbreak declared in Alberta amid ‘rapid increase’ in cases

Alberta has seen a "sharp increase" in the infectious and congenital syphilis rates, leading the province's chief medical officer of health to declare a provincial outbreak.


Fire risk leaves Tuolumne County residents scrambling to find affordable insurance

Ronda Davish enjoys living in Cedar Ridge, a neighborhood about 15 miles northeast of Sonora. And yet after 19 years spent in the quiet foothills of the Stanislaus National Forest, … Click to Continue »


Planned Parenthood to defy Trump abortion referral rule

WASHINGTON — Federally-funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration’s ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options.

“We are not going to comply with a regulation that would require health care providers to not give full information to their patients,” Jacqueline Ayers, the group’s top lobbyist, said in an interview Tuesday. “We believe as a health care provider it is wrong to withhold health care information from patients.”

Waves to a Planned Parenthood ...
Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

FILE – In this June 28, 2019 file photo, Ashlyn Myers of the Coalition for Life St. Louis, waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member in St. Louis, Mo. The Trump administration says its new regulation barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions is taking effect immediately.

The fallout from the confrontation between the Trump administration and the clinics remains to be seen, but groups like the American Medical Association have been warning that many low-income women could lose access to basic services like contraception. Planned Parenthood’s announcement came on a day when it also replaced its president, although it’s unclear if there was any connection.

The Department of Health and Human Services formally notified the clinics Monday that it will begin enforcing the new regulation banning abortion referrals, along with a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions. The rule is being challenged in federal court, but the administration says there is currently no legal obstacle to enforcing it.

It’s part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to remake government policy on reproductive health.

There was no immediate response from HHS to Planned Parenthood’s decision, which came as the group abruptly announced the departure of its president, physician Leana Wen. Political organizer Alexis McGill Johnson was named as acting president.

With about 400 affiliated clinics, Planned Parenthood is the largest provider in the federal family planning program for low-income women, known as Title X. The program does not pay for abortions, but until now clinics had been able to refer women for the procedure. Planned Parenthood clinics have long been a target for religious and social conservatives closely allied with the administration because the clinics separately provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood acted after its Illinois affiliate and an independent provider, Maine Family Planning, announced they were dropping out of the federal program.

Ayers said Tuesday that Planned Parenthood clinics will stop accepting federal money and tap emergency funding as they press Congress and the courts to reverse the administration’s ban. She said she’s not sure how long that backup funding will last.

The federal family planning program serves about 4 million women annually through independent clinics. Taxpayers provide about $260 million a year in grants to clinics. But that money by law cannot be used pay for abortions.

The family planning rule is being challenged around the country in court cases that have yet to resolve the core issues involved. However, a nationwide preliminary injunction that had blocked the administration was recently set aside, allowing HHS to begin enforcing the rule.

Other administration regulations tangled up in court would allow employers to opt out of offering free birth control to women workers on the basis of religious or moral objections and would grant health care professionals wider leeway to opt out of procedures that offend their religious or moral scruples.

Abortion opponents welcomed the Trump administration’s action.

“Ending the connection between abortion and family planning is a victory for common-sense health care,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, which wants to abolish abortion, said in a statement.

Religious and social conservatives are a bulwark of President Donald Trump’s political base.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the woman.

Under the Trump administration’s rule, clinic staff would still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients, along with other options. However, that would no longer be required.

Another requirement that clinics and abortion providers cannot share physical space would take effect next year.

The AMA is among the professional groups opposed to the administration’s policy, saying it could affect low-income women’s access to basic medical care, including birth control, cancer screenings and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

Religious conservatives see the regulation as a means to end what they call an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers.

Although abortion remains politically divisive, the U.S. abortion rate has dropped significantly, from about 29 per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 1980 to about 15 per 1,000 in 2014. Better contraception, fewer unintended pregnancies and state restrictions may have played a role, according to a recent scientific report. Polls show most Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

The Trump administration’s policy echoes a Reagan-era regulation that barred clinics from even discussing abortion with women. It never went into effect as written, although the Supreme Court ruled it was appropriate.

The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule took effect requiring “nondirective” counseling to include a full range of options for women. The Trump administration is now rolling back the Clinton requirement.


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Wisconsin residents save golden retrievers from China meat trade

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTMJ) — Wisconsin residents made some new four-legged friends after saving dogs meant for the meat trade in China.

It was all thanks to power of love and one Wisconsin group called Wisconsin Adopt a Golden Retriever.

The 30-hour journey to America is only the beginning of what these dogs may have gone through in their short lives.

Today, they are healthy and happy thanks to their new foster parents.

One-year-old Odin is doing great with Milwaukee’s Lisa Southern, who plans to adopt him.

“When I brought him home it was two in the morning and it took about an hour to get him out of my car,” Southern said.

She did not realize until he came home that he had lost his left eye.

“I don’t even want to imagine what would have happened had he not been brought over,” she said. “Everything I’ve heard about the China meat trade has been awful.”

Joel Wellhoefer rescued a golden named Artie who arrived in Wisconsin in rough condition in June.

“For all we know she could have been someone’s pet before she was picked up by the meat trade,” Wellhoefer said. “Oh yeah, double ear infection – we took her to the vet the next day and had to power scrub her ears.”

These animals are now coming out of their shells thanks to the organization, which has been rewarding to more than the animals.

“She has this permanent smile whether her mouth is open or closed she’s always smiling,” Wellhoefer said.

“And he has brought me so much joy and every single day I’m with him I’m amazed at his progress,” Southern said.

The goal is to save at least seven more golden retrievers this year.

“They’re skin and bones,” said board member Holly Roge. “One had a slash, a huge slash, across its neck, but for the most part they think they can save them all.”

Rogue said they are working with an animal rights group in China to rescue them, adding, “I’ve also learned about the kindness of others through the people in Shanghai.”

Adding up the airfare and medical bills, it costs this group $1,000 to save each dog.


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Windsor man found not criminally responsible for carjacking and crash

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Missing 2-year-old who vanished during Michigan camping trip found alive

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"Gabriella was found in good condition and even in good spirits for a little girl who had been out in the woods all night," Michigan State Police tweeted.

Gabriella Vitale apparently wandered away from the campsite while the family was packing up to leave early Monday morning.

She was wearing a pink jacket, which police found several hundred yards away from the family campsite. Dozens of people from several law enforcement agencies along with 10 police dogs searched into the night for the missing girl.

Police found Gabriella after she walked to a nearby residence about a quarter mile to a half mile west of where she had last been seen.  The location was on the outskirts of where officers had been searching.

She was taken to an area hospital to be checked after going over 24 hours without water, but first responders say she was in good shape.

The family released this statement Tuesday afternoon:

“We would like to express our thanks to God for keeping our sweet Gabriella safe. Thank you to the countless public safety officers, first responders, and those that helped locate our girl. We are forever grateful to the Fairview Community, especially the local, state and DNR officers. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers as we hold Gabriella in our arms.” - Alyssa Bijarro, mother of Gabriella


DeMatteis sworn in as Department of Correction commissioner

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Middlesex Barracks/Fire Investigation

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Carper, Whitehouse release report on Trump EPA Science Advisory Boards

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Del-One FCU announces staff additions, promotions

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Report finds California government IT security flaws

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James Clemens alum and Georgia Bulldog Monty Rice earns high praise from his head coach and team

HOOVER, Ala. – James Clemens alum Monty Rice, who finished the 2018 season third on the team in tackles, earned high praise from his Bulldog squad in Hoover at SEC Media Days.

Georgia Junior Starting Quarterback Jake Fromm describes Rice’s leadership skills as impressive.

“Monty, he’s doing a really good job really taking care of his body. He’s growing as a vocal leader on the team, you know, doing a good job coming into that role. Really excited to see what he can do for this football team you know for the defense and how he can step up and be a great leader for this football team,” said Fromm.

Head Coach Kirby Smart had positive remarks on Rice.

“Yeah, Monty is a kid that came in early, enrolled early, and was able to kind of help us a lot. He kind of got dinged up last year and it was tough on him because he’s a good football player. He’s been healthy ever since. We think he’s going to be a tremendous asset for us he’s going to be in thick competition at inside linebacker where we’ve got three or four guys that are fighting for two starting jobs and we think Monty is going to be right in the middle of that,” said Smart.

Rice is entering his junior season and the sky really is the limit for the Tennessee Valley native.


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Effort to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy working to coalesce around legal grounds

Meda DeWitt, who is volunteering as a spokesperson for the recall effort, speaks to the crowd at the Writer’s Block bookstore in Anchorage on July 15, 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska Public Media)

A group of about 100 Alaskans unhappy with Gov. Mike Dunleavy met at an Anchorage bookstore Monday to discuss launching a recall campaign.

“There’s a lot of remorse — buyer’s remorse,” Meda DeWitt, a spokesperson for the effort, said before the event.

The event was originally intended to kick off the signature-gathering effort, which is being organized by a group now calling themselves “Recall Michael J. Dunleavy.”

But organizers put the official recall launch on hold until August 1, due to “overwhelming public interest,” according to the press release. And, according to co-organizer Nathaniel Markowitz, they need more time to legally vet the statement in the application describing why they want a recall, which is limited to 200 words.

“We have no doubt that this is going to result in a legal fight, so it’s a matter of winnowing that statement of grounds down to our strongest 200 words,” Markowitz said.

DeWitt said there is also the matter of coming to a consensus.

“Now that we’ve come out in the public, there’s other recall efforts around the state who are coming forward as well, who, as we’re coming together as a group, would like to review it,” DeWitt said.

Under Alaska statute, the grounds for a recall are lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption. 

At the event, organizers said the governor’s budget vetoes are not the sole reason they want to pursue a recall. But the vetoes were cited repeatedly.

“This is a ruinous, economically devastating set of vetoes that this governor has handed down,” Mike Mason, another one of the co-organizers, told the crowd.

A political action committee called Future North registered with the state in February and is backing the recall effort. Its fundraising website reports raising about $6,900.

Aside from needing a solid legal case, organizers must jump through several more hoops before a recall can move forward.

To apply, they must collect 28,501 signatures, or 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election. To actually hold a recall, they would then need signatures from 25 percent of the number of voters in the last general election — that’s 71,252 signatures.

Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond, from Anchorage, attended the event and said she was planning on signing on.

“It’s so frustrating because we’re back to square one, we’re back to where we were on February 13 when he presented his budget for the first time,” Drummond said.

Drummond did not say that she and and other Alaska lawmakers opposed to Dunleavy were discussing assisting the recall effort.

“I haven’t really talked with colleagues about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them signed up” she said.

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City sets Aug. 2 deadline for Magee House stabilization work

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Madison Police: Someone is barricaded, likely with weapons. Avoid Kyser Boulevard.

MADISON, Ala. – The Madison Police are asking people to avoid the area of Kyser Boulevard near Sullivan Drive.

Police say someone, who is likely armed with weapons, is barricaded inside one of the homes on Kyser Blvd., in the area of the Charleston Oaks Apartments.

Police are asking everyone to avoid the area.

WHNT News 19 has a crew on the scene. We’re working with police to get the latest information.


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Drug Investigation

2400 block Calypso Rd.
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Jonathan Jennings working out with Ottawa Redblacks’ starting offence

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AG Frey Joins Coalition of 18 AGs Urging Regulators to Protect Workers from Harmful Anticompetitive Labor Practices

AUGUSTA - Attorney General Aaron M. Frey today joined a coalition of 18 states in submitting comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging collaboration between regulators to protect workers from anticompetitive labor practices that depress wages, limit job mobility, and limit opportunities for advancement. In an official comment letter submitted in connection with the FTC's hearings on competition in the 21st century, the Attorneys General argue that regulators should increase their focus on antitrust enforcement in the labor market and use their authority to crack down on harmful practices - like anticompetitive non-compete and no-poach contract agreements - in addition to considering how workers are impacted by proposed mergers. The comments highlight recent efforts by state Attorneys General to crack down on anticompetitive activity and identifies areas for future state and federal collaboration in antitrust work around labor issues.

"It is important in a constantly changing economy for workers to be able to advance their careers, develop professionally, and seek better compensation when there are opportunities to do so," said Frey. "Non-compete clauses and no-poach contract agreements are frequently used against workers to depress wages and limit mobility. In fact, Maine took significant action this year to prohibit non-compete agreements for certain workers. The FTC should follow suit ban these practices for low-wage workers and also examine how mergers impact our workforce."

Antitrust laws work to protect competition in markets that benefits consumers and workers. These laws also work to prevent harmful practices such as monopolization, price-fixing, and market allocation, which can result in higher prices, depressed wages, decreased supply of products, or lower quality products and services. State Attorneys General and the FTC have a strong interest in protecting the competitiveness of markets and can work independently or collaboratively to take enforcement action to stop antitrust law violations.

Antitrust enforcers are increasingly considering how mergers impact labor markets. State Attorneys General have been active in bringing enforcement actions against companies who impose restrictive contract agreements that limit workers' ability to obtain competitive wages and benefits.

Recent antitrust actions brought by state Attorneys General have also confronted labor issues. In March 2019, a coalition of 14 Attorneys General secured a settlement with four fast-food chains to stop using no-poach agreements, which prevent employees from leaving one fast food franchise to work for another franchise in the same chain. These restrictive agreements prevent low-wage workers from pursuing better paying jobs and deny franchisees the opportunity to hire skilled employees of their choice. Several Attorneys General joined similar settlements with a fifth chain in July 2019.

In their comments, the Attorneys General urge the FTC to consider the following labor considerations in antitrust matters:

Impact of company mergers on workforce: Antitrust enforcement should consider whether merging companies have specialized workforce needs and/or are within the same geographic area with a small workforce. A merger with either of these factors could result in fewer jobs and limited ability for specialized workers to switch to other types of work. If it seems like one of these labor market conditions could apply, enforcers could gather information from the human resources departments of the merging companies and competitors to better understand the labor needs and hiring practices that might occur.

Effect of non-compete, non-solicitation, and no-poach agreements on worker job mobility: These types of agreements can limit the job mobility of workers. Non-compete agreements prevent employees from seeking work with a competing company. Non-solicitation agreements prohibit employees from soliciting employees of their current employer to move with the employees to a new job and may effectively act as a non-compete agreement. Certain types of no-poach agreements prevent employees from leaving one franchise to pursue a better job at another franchise in the same chain. Because of this harm, the letter urges the FTC to ban non-compete agreements for low-wage workers, as many states have done, and intra-franchise no-poach agreements.

The FTC's recent series of hearings over the past months have been a useful and welcome dialogue on antitrust issues facing today's government antitrust enforcers. The Attorneys General's Comments emphasize the importance of advancing antitrust enforcement to protect workers in today's rapidly evolving economies and collaborating with the FTC to do just that.

The comment letter was led by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine and joined by the Attorneys General from California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington.

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Sushi ingredient is spontaneously combusting, causing restaurant fires

The same phenomenon that causes overheated compost piles to spontaneously combust has been causing fires in sushi restaurants.

The culprit is deep-fried tempura flakes, also known as agedama or tenkasu, which have been linked to five restaurant fires in Wisconsin alone, the New York Times reports.

Fire investigator Kara Nelson says the flakes, used to give sushi rolls some crunch, are made by deep-frying batter, putting it through a colander, and letting the mixture rest in a bowl for hours, often overnight. She says the dense piles often do not allow heat to dissipate properly and they end up igniting after anywhere from three to 10 hours.

Security camera footage from a Madison restaurant showed the mixture combusting six hours after it had been left to cool.

“As they deep fry it in batches, they put it into a colander or a mesh strainer in batches, so they’re basically adding heat every time,” Nelson tells Wisconsin Public Radio. She says the batches were sometimes piled together in a metal bowl, which trapped the heat.

“So the heat builds and builds, and once it hits ignition temperature, that’s when a fire occurs,” Nelson says. She says her department has been trying to spread the word about the fire hazard. Her department recommends spreading the batter out on a baking sheet so heat can dissipate—and says restaurants should make the mixture in the mornings so they can keep an eye on it during the day instead of leaving it unattended overnight.

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Grab the sunscreen because the Yampa River has opened for tubing

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Conditions on a Colorado river are meeting standards for commercial tubing companies to open their doors for the first time this summer.

Steamboat Pilot & Today reported Monday that parts of the Yampa River flowing through Steamboat Springs have slowed and lowered enough for tubing season to launch.

Backdoor Sports owner Peter Van De Carr says he has sent 24 tubers downriver already, but is limiting operations to older teens and adults depending on daily conditions.

Van De Carr says Yampa is no lazy river and features water drops over rocks and other obstructions.

City and company officials encourage tubers to use life vests on the water at all times.

The river opened for tubing in mid-June last year.

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Grassroots group restores creeks in Southeast

Biologist John Hudson is standing by Pat Creek in Wrangell. He works for the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, a grassroots group playing its part in water resource management. (Photo by June Leffler/ KSTK)

A conservation group is restoring fish habitat: one humble creek at a time. The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition recently trudged through one of Wrangell’s streams to improve fish passage. It’s one of many projects throughout Southeast to give salmon a helping hand.

An ordinary salmon’s life cycle is nothing less than a Herculean feat. They spend years fending for themselves and feeding in the open ocean. But it often all starts — and ends — in the tiniest of creeks.

It’s here on Pat Creek where hired help of the watershed coalition are felling second-growth spruce trees. They’re stick into the stream banks. 

“We really want it to look natural,” said SAWC Executive Director Rob Cadmus. He calls the work a sort of reverse logging. “We’re not trying to create something that’s new, we’re trying to put it back the way it would be if it wasn’t logged in the first place.”

But it has been logged. Heavily in the 1960s and ‘70s. Cutting this close to the stream isn’t legal anymore. But the damage is done. 

So, the group recently spent two weeks in June trying to undo it. 

With funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Sustainable Salmon, the group cut down 31 trees. The woody debris from the logs creates shade from the sun, shelter from predators and slows down the water for juvenile salmon.

Watershed coalition biologist John Hudson explains the problem here.

“What happens to a channel is it becomes very uniform and kind of boring, it lacks all its complexity. For lack of a better term, it looks like a bowling alley, very flat and wide,” Hudson said.

He says that lack of obstacles creates a lot of white water.

“Wonderful if you’re a pink or chum salmon, because you’re just coming up here to spawn and then your offspring are just heading right to the ocean,” Hudson said. “But if you’re a king salmon or sockeye, and there are sockeye here, or Coho, the little fish need places to live, and they don’t like bowling alleys.”

Pat Creek is just one of streams that the coalition is working to restore habitat on. Others include Skagway’s Pullen Creek and Switzer Creek near Juneau.

The state’s done its part by removing culverts and breaching abandoned logging roads to help with fish passage. 

So, after all this work and more than $150,000 spent, how many more Coho, pink, chum and sockeye might be saved by this stream work? Hudson doesn’t want to guess. He says there are too many other factors impacting fish survival.

“The ocean where they spend most of their lives is another ballgame where their numbers fluctuate there. And what we did here has no effect on the ocean’s ability to help salmon survive and grow,” Hudson said.

This project won’t count returning salmon. But Hudson says the science shows efforts like these increase the survival of juveniles. The coalition will keep an eye on this stream over the next two years.

“So we’re going to go with the physical monitoring, and just assume if you build it they will come,” Hudson said.

The coalition is planning more stream projects, such as improving habitats and water quality monitoring in Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley’s wetlands and Jordan Creek. 

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Nestle introduces a new kind of refined sugar-free chocolate

Nestle has introduced a new chocolate bar without added sugar as the company tries to stay ahead of changing consumer tastes and trends.

The Swiss company announced Tuesday a new KitKat bar that distills its sweet flavor from a cocoa fruit without any added refined sugar. The 70% dark chocolate bar is made using the entire cacao fruit, including the pulp around the cacao bean that is typically thrown away.

Using a new patented technique, Nestle is turning the pulp into a powder and adding that to chocolate as a sweetener instead of refined sugar. Nestle says the powdered pulp is sweet thanks to its fructose, a type of sugar from fruit. The company claims the new chocolate has “no compromise on taste, texture, and quality.”

The KitKat will go on sale in Japan later this year before expanding globally in 2020.

The innovation comes as consumers are shying away from processed sugar, according to Gustavo Setrini, an assistant professor of food studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

“Consumers are very concerned about the health characteristics of their food, and also of environmental and social impact, now more than ever,” he told CNN Business.

But, he noted, the new KitKat isn’t “substantially healthier,” because it still contains sugar. Although the new bar contains the fruit-derived fructose, regular chocolate bars are loaded with sucrose, an unhealthier type of sugar.

“It’s sugar, just from another source,” he said.

Still, Satrini said the new bar is better for you compared to a regular KitKat bar because it’s 70% dark chocolate, which contains more health benefits than other chocolate types like milk chocolate.

In addition to shifting consumer habits, Nestle and other cocoa manufacturers need to innovate because of global warming and other threats to their cocoa supply.

Mondelez International, which makes Toblerone, Cadbury and Milka, announced in April an increase in funding for Cocoa Life, its program that provides educational and financial support to cocoa farmers in order to improve crop yield.

Climate change is “clearly something that we need to pay significant attention to,” Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put previously told CNN Business. Over the past several years, he added, Mondelez has seen more variability in crops and unexpected cost inflation driven by climate change.


Nestle introduces a new kind of refined sugar-free chocolate

Nestle has introduced a new chocolate bar without added sugar as the company tries to stay ahead of changing consumer tastes and trends.

The Swiss company announced Tuesday a new KitKat bar that distills its sweet flavor from a cocoa fruit without any added refined sugar. The 70% dark chocolate bar is made using the entire cacao fruit, including the pulp around the cacao bean that is typically thrown away.

Using a new patented technique, Nestle is turning the pulp into a powder and adding that to chocolate as a sweetener instead of refined sugar. Nestle says the powdered pulp is sweet thanks to its fructose, a type of sugar from fruit. The company claims the new chocolate has “no compromise on taste, texture, and quality.”

The KitKat will go on sale in Japan later this year before expanding globally in 2020.

The innovation comes as consumers are shying away from processed sugar, according to Gustavo Setrini, an assistant professor of food studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

“Consumers are very concerned about the health characteristics of their food, and also of environmental and social impact, now more than ever,” he told CNN Business.

But, he noted, the new KitKat isn’t “substantially healthier,” because it still contains sugar. Although the new bar contains the fruit-derived fructose, regular chocolate bars are loaded with sucrose, an unhealthier type of sugar.

“It’s sugar, just from another source,” he said.

Still, Satrini said the new bar is better for you compared to a regular KitKat bar because it’s 70% dark chocolate, which contains more health benefits than other chocolate types like milk chocolate.

In addition to shifting consumer habits, Nestle and other cocoa manufacturers need to innovate because of global warming and other threats to their cocoa supply.

Mondelez International, which makes Toblerone, Cadbury and Milka, announced in April an increase in funding for Cocoa Life, its program that provides educational and financial support to cocoa farmers in order to improve crop yield.

Climate change is “clearly something that we need to pay significant attention to,” Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put previously told CNN Business. Over the past several years, he added, Mondelez has seen more variability in crops and unexpected cost inflation driven by climate change.


Protesters demand end to chuckwagon races, rally outside Alberta premier’s office

Six horses died competing in the chuckwagon races at this year's Calgary Stampede.


Protesters demand end to chuckwagon races, rally outside Alberta premier’s office

Six horses died competing in the chuckwagon races at this year's Calgary Stampede.


Norwich autistic teenager James Triggs named Student of Year

James Triggs is named student of the year, two years after being asked to leave his previous college.


Norwich autistic teenager James Triggs named Student of Year

James Triggs is named student of the year, two years after being asked to leave his previous college.


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Oneonta man arrested on five counts of petit larceny

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Online report: Kelowna ties for fifth where Canadians would move to own a home

Toronto, Halifax and St. Catharines and Niagara lead the list in a report from Finder.com.


Online report: Kelowna ties for fifth where Canadians would move to own a home

Toronto, Halifax and St. Catharines and Niagara lead the list in a report from Finder.com.


Been drinking? Virtual designated driver doesn’t need to be in the car to drive

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Richfield Springs man arrested after domestic dispute

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Man arrested after threatening another with axe

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Endwell trooper arrests two after he seem them acting suspiciously

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Pakistani sisters conjoined at the head are separated after 50 hours of surgery

Parents push their two daughters in two strollers after a successful 50-hour surgery to separate them.

(CNN) — A pair of Pakistani conjoined twins are finally living independent lives after a 100-strong team of British medical experts spent 50 hours performing complex surgery to separate them.

Safa and Marwa Ullah came as a bit of a surprise when they were born in January 2017 as their mother had not known she was expecting twins — let alone craniopagus twins, who are joined at the head.

Around two in five sets of craniopagus twins are stillborn or die during labor, while a third more do not survive the first 24 hours. Fortunately in the sisters’ case, a wealthy benefactor offered to cover the costs of their long journey from home in Charsadda, Pakistan, for the surgery at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

According to its website, GOSH “is one of only a few hospitals in the world to have the infrastructure, facilities, and team of experts” to separate conjoined twins. It has carried out the procedure more times than any other hospital worldwide. Born by cesarean section, the girls emerged with their skulls and blood vessels fused together. Since arriving in Britain, they have undergone three operations between October of last year and when they were finally separated on February 11.

Such a procedure is extraordinarily rare; according to GOSH, the chances of craniopagus twins undergoing surgery is around one in 10 million. Around 5% of conjoined twins are craniopagus cases.

After consultation with their doctors in Pakistan, the London hospital welcomed them to the Bumblebee Ward where various experts — from craniofacial, neurology and psychology specialists, to nurses, radiologists, and physiotherapists — spent four months treating them.

Consultant neurosurgeon Noor ul Owase Jeelani and craniofacial surgeon Professor David Dunaway led a team of 100 staff members.

Now, five months after the last operation, the hospital has told the twins’ tale. A short animation video released by GOSH explains the procedure, while separate footage sees the medical team recount their efforts.

Jeelani explained that conjoined twins are “very, very unusual,” but even more so those joined at the head.

The secret of the “very complex procedures,” according to Jeelani, was breaking it down to smaller and “much more manageable steps.”

The experts used virtual reality to create an exact replica of the girls’ anatomy in order to visualize their skulls and the positioning of their brains and blood vessels.

“For the first two to three procedures we focused on separating out the brains and blood vessels,” Jeelani said in the GOSH video.

Once this was completed, a piece of plastic was used to keep the two structures apart. “Internally we had two separate kids,” the neurosurgeon added.

The focus was then external, as the team used the girls’ own bone at the top of their skulls and “tissue expanders” to stretch their skin over their heads.

Though the girls are said to be doing well, the surgery was not plain sailing. During one of the operations they started to bleed after clots formed in Safa’s neck and she began to transfer blood to Marwa, reported the UK’s Press Association (PA).

When Marwa’s heart rate fell, doctors feared they would lose her — so they decided to give her a key vein she shared with her sister. This resulted in Safa suffering a stroke less than 12 hours later.

As a staff nurse on Bumblebee ward, Lydia Lowe got to know the children well. “Safa has always been a bit boisterous; she’s always been the first to count or speak,” she recounted in the GOSH video.

Lowe described Marwa as “more cheeky”, adding: “As soon as Safa goes to sleep Marwa comes out to shine.”

Having been discharged on July 1, the girls are said to be doing “well” despite the many challenges ahead. Their mother Zainab Bibi, 34, is currently residing with them in London where they are undergoing daily physiotherapy. Their father died of a heart attack before they were born, but their uncle and grandfather are on hand to help.

Bibi, who had seven children prior to the twins, said in a statement: “We are indebted to the hospital and to the staff and we would like to thank them for everything they have done. We are extremely excited about the future.”

Jeelani said he was optimistic that the twins would be walking by their third birthday.

“From our personal point of view, it has been great to get to know the girls and their family. Their faith and determination have been so important in getting them through the challenges they have faced. We are incredibly proud of them,” Jeelani and Dunaway added in a statement.


Trooper recognizes man that has warrant, arrested on several charges

On July 14, 2019 at approximately 5:09 p.m., New York State Police at Newfield arrested Kurtis R. Stone, age 27 of Enfield, NY for the misdemeanor of Bail Jumping in the third degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree and the violation of Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.


Woman arrested after domestic dispute in Endwell

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Oxford man arrested for assault

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Kellyanne Conway asks reporter ‘what’s your ethnicity’ during interview on Trump tweets

The tweets have prompted condemnation from world leaders including the U.K.'s Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.


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Yousef Makki stab death: Father ‘will never stop fighting for justice’

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Troop C DWI and DWAI arrests

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Home explosion offers deadly reminder to check on gas lines, California utility says

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Woman pleads not guilty in Las Vegas manicurist murder case

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Colorado’s health exchange premiums expected to drop 18% – if feds approve reinsurance

For the first time since Colorado started its health insurance exchange, the prices people pay for coverage are expected to drop — by a statewide average of 18.2% — next year if the federal government approves a new state program called reinsurance.

For families on the Western Slope, who pay some of the highest insurance premiums in the country, the savings is expected to be nearly $9,000 a year. The Colorado Division of Insurance projects the average savings for Pueblo County at $6,696 annually and $3,369 for metro area residents.

“I mean, that’s just transformational in terms of saving families money,” Gov. Jared Polis said at a press conference Tuesday.

Reinsurance is basically a pool of $260 million in state and federal dollars that Colorado plans to use in 2020 to help cover some of the most expensive medical bills among the 250,000 people in the state’s individual market. The idea is that this alleviates some of the burden on insurance providers, which in turn lower their premiums.

Minnesota’s reinsurance program, for example, dropped its individual premiums by 11.3% and Alaska’s declined by 26%.

Colorado’s reinsurance program is still waiting on final approval from the federal government, but Colorado Insurance Commissioner Mike Conway said he’s all but certain that will happen this fall. Seven states already have their federal waivers.

The final rates for 2020 health insurance premiums will be released in late September or October.

“We’ve been working on this for years … ,” said Sen. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale. “But my caution on this is this doesn’t do anything to really lower the cost of health care.”


Colorado’s health exchange premiums expected to drop 18% – if feds approve reinsurance

For the first time since Colorado started its health insurance exchange, the prices people pay for coverage are expected to drop — by a statewide average of 18.2% — next year if the federal government approves a new state program called reinsurance.

For families on the Western Slope, who pay some of the highest insurance premiums in the country, the savings is expected to be nearly $9,000 a year. The Colorado Division of Insurance projects the average savings for Pueblo County at $6,696 annually and $3,369 for metro area residents.

“I mean, that’s just transformational in terms of saving families money,” Gov. Jared Polis said at a press conference Tuesday.

Reinsurance is basically a pool of $260 million in state and federal dollars that Colorado plans to use in 2020 to help cover some of the most expensive medical bills among the 250,000 people in the state’s individual market. The idea is that this alleviates some of the burden on insurance providers, which in turn lower their premiums.

Minnesota’s reinsurance program, for example, dropped its individual premiums by 11.3% and Alaska’s declined by 26%.

Colorado’s reinsurance program is still waiting on final approval from the federal government, but Colorado Insurance Commissioner Mike Conway said he’s all but certain that will happen this fall. Seven states already have their federal waivers.

The final rates for 2020 health insurance premiums will be released in late September or October.

“We’ve been working on this for years … ,” said Sen. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale. “But my caution on this is this doesn’t do anything to really lower the cost of health care.”


California indictment alleges MS-13 hacked victims to death

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Personal information at risk due to state government’s spotty oversight, audit finds

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Letter written in prison, confessing sex crimes, gets Turlock bank robber rearrested

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Teen killed in overnight crash on Flagstaff Road in Boulder County

One person was killed and three others were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Flagstaff Road early this morning.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said a 2004 GMC pickup went off the road in the 1000 block of Flagstaff Road at about 1:51 a.m. Tuesday.

A 19-year-old man was pronounced dead on scene. Three other people, two 21-year-old women and a 22-year-old man, were taken to the hospital with serious to minor injuries.

Flagstaff Road is down to one lane between Gregory Canyon and Panorama Point while crews investigate the crash and try to get the truck out of the area.

The road had been completely closed for a few hours, but one lane was opened at about 7 a.m. There will be delays, and drivers are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.

Lewis said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved at this time.


Moncton groomer calls for better policing of the industry following ‘disturbing’ Facebook video

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Woman killed, man injured in crash at Westminster bus stop

A woman was killed and a man seriously injured in Westminster last week when a vehicle hit them as they waited at a bus stop, Westminster police said.

Police responded to the crash at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the 7000 block of Sheridan Boulevard, Westminster police said in a news release Tuesday.

The 16-year-old driver stayed at the scene while police responded, according to the release. The juvenile was arrested and released.

Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol contributed, but they believe distracted driving contributed to the crash.

The Adams County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the woman who was killed.

No charges have been filed. Police said it will take several months before the investigation is completed and they make a determination about charges.


Central Valley could see more ‘dangerously hot’ days from climate change. Here’s how many

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07-16-19 Body recovered near South Point

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Ka‘ū Patrol Division
Captain Miles Chong
Phone: (808) 939-2520
Report No. 19-055744

 

Media  Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police have initiated a Coroner’s Inquest in connection with a body that was recovered from the ocean near South Point in Ka‘ū.

At 9:43 a.m. Monday morning (July 15), the Hawai`i Fire Department (HFD) received a call from divers who reported locating a submerged body approximately 200 yards off shore from Green Sands Beach.  HFD divers located the body of an unidentified adult male under 50 feet of water and brought him to the surface before being air lifted to shore by the fire department’s helicopter.

The victim was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where the official pronouncement of death was made at 2:36 p.m.  An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are continuing their investigation to determine if the body is that of a male swimmer who went missing in waters off of Green Sands Beach Saturday evening (July 13).

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Officer Douglas Phillips, of our Ka‘ū Patrol Division at (808) 939-2520.


FW: Missing Person Case # 19A403991

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‘Uber of boats’ expands to Canada, offers short-term water sport rentals

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85 Bureau of Land Management jobs will move to Colorado

Eighty-five federal jobs will move to Colorado as part of a Bureau of Land Management headquarters relocation, the agency told lawmakers Tuesday.

In a letter to U.S. senators, BLM formally announced it will place its new headquarters in Grand Junction, but most of the new Colorado positions will be located at an existing Lakewood office.

Fifty-eight positions will move from Washington to Lakewood, where BLM’s state office and national operations center will take on a larger role. Twenty-seven employees will be located at the new BLM headquarters in Grand Junction, according to a letter from BLM to senators.

“It’s going to benefit the entire state,” said U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, on KOA Newsradio Tuesday morning. “You’ll see some jobs in Denver, you’ll see some jobs in Grand Junction. But this was never really about the jobs, it was about the decision-making.”

“They’ll be very high-paying jobs, because it’s the director (and) deputy director of the BLM,” he said of those coming to Grand Junction.

Erin Riccio, a Western Slope field organizer with Conservation Colorado, said the move to Grand Junction will help the local economy but won’t protect public lands if the Trump administration continues what he calls an “energy dominance” agenda that prioritizes oil and gas development.

“We’re excited that the BLM is coming to Grand Junction,” Riccio said. “But regardless of where the BLM calls home, Coloradans want a fair public process with a more comprehensive lands management focus than the ‘energy dominance’ agenda of the Trump administration and Senator Gardner.”

The proposed BLM move could face difficulties if members of Congress object. The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee stated his opposition Monday, saying it will decrease congressional oversight and force many knowledgeable BLM employees to leave the bureau.


Victoria police looking for cyclist clipped by vehicle on Blanshard Street

Police say they've spoken with the driver and want to get the cyclist's side of the story and find out if they suffered any injuries.


Westminster barracks/ theft/19B104052

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Hiker, 69, still missing in Mojave Desert amid high heat

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Knife-wielding Saint Johnsville man arrested after dispute

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Inmates apprehended for allegedly smuggling contraband at Kingston’s Joyceville Institution

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Whitehall man arrested following domestic dispute

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Woman, 21, pleads not guilty in Vegas manicurist murder case

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State Police in Troop K remove twenty-three impaired drivers from public roadways over the July 13, 2019, weekend

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Bianca Devins: N.Y. teen allegedly murdered by boyfriend, who posted photos online

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Huntsville Police searching for debit card thief, says card belonged to police officer

Photo courtesy Huntsville Police

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police are searching for a debit card thief – with a twist.

Police said an individual used a debit card number belonging to a police officer and charged over $500 at a grocery store.

Luckily, the officer caught the charge quickly, according to investigators.

Police also stated people don’t have to lose their cards to have fraudulent charges, saying credit and debit cards get cloned all the time.

They also suggested anyone unfamiliar with their bank’s online features to sign up for text alerts notifying them of transactions over a certain amount.

Anyone with information on the person’s identity is asked to contact HPD Criminal Investigations at (256) 213-4513.


Man arrested after roommate found dead on Sacramento street

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‘Ugly,’ ‘not as pictured’: Edmonton reacts to new Stanley Milner Library design

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Distillery Heights, the new town home development in the Distillery District, opens

Distillery Heights hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier today with city officials, Commerce Lexington, local business leaders and owners, along with the general public.

Photo by Austin Johnson

The new residential community is located in Lexington’s Distillery District at the corner of Oliver Lewis Way and Manchester Street. It is the first residential community and infill development in the Distillery District, a long-term vision for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government since 2008.

With mixed metals, gray brick and a hint of burnt orange, Distillery Heights has an industrial yet modern chic look influenced by the historic Distillery District area and its architecture. 

The 34-unit townhome community is separated into four buildings of two- and three-bedroom units. The first building is complete with 12 two-bedroom rooms and four models. The remaining eight are under contract or awaiting design selections from future new owners.

Photo by Austin Johnson

The second building that sits along Versailles Road is under construction now while the third building on Oliver Lewis Way will begin construction later this year. The community will be gated with green space and visitor parking available once the buildings are completed.

The standard models range from 1,872 to 2,400 square feet and feature oversized kitchen islands, stainless steel appliances, wireless garage doors and more premier amenities. Rather than having a clubhouse, townhome owners receive private garages, extra parking spaces and more green space. 

Jo Gawthrop and Melia Hord are the owners and managing members of Distillery Heights, overseeing and developing the complex. 

Distillery Heights is located at 955 Tarr Trace. Townhome models are open on the weekends from 2 to 5 pm and during the week by appointment.

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Man Seriously Injured in Lansdowne House Explosion

A man was seriously injured this afternoon inHouse explosion with fire, 4200 block Twin Circle Way, Lansdowne a house explosion and fire in Lansdowne.

The patient, reportedly 29 years old, was transported by ground to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. He originally was classified a Priority 1 patient, but later was downgraded to Priority 2.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 12:02 p.m. to a townhouse explosion with fire in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way, 21227. Callers to 911 reported an odor of gas at the location and the sound of an explosion.

First-arriving crews reported heavy fire with the back wall in danger of collapse and, at 12:10 p.m, requested a working fire assignment. Crews knocked the fire at 12:22 p.m. The home suffered heavy damage. Three other units suffered less severe damage.

The patient reportedly was working at the home when the incident occurred. A family of four was at home at the time and self-evacuated.

An investigation will be conducted by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.


Alberta’s economy doing better than expected in 2019: TD Bank

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Cory Gardner on Trump tweets: “I think he shouldn’t have done it”

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Tuesday that President Donald Trump was wrong to send tweets telling Democratic congresswomen of color to leave the country.

“I disagree with the president. I wouldn’t have sent those tweets,” Gardner told KOA Newsradio. “I think he shouldn’t have done it.”

In a series of tweets widely condemned as racist, Trump said unnamed progressive Democrats “came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and should return to the “crime infested places from which they came.”

The president’s remarks, which he defended at the White House on Monday, were aimed at a clique of four Democratic congresswomen: Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Of the four, only Omar was born outside the United States — in Somalia — and all are U.S. citizens.

“Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” the president tweeted Tuesday morning before again accusing the congresswomen of hating the United States.

Gardner, a Yuma Republican who faces a tough re-election fight next year in a state where Trump is unpopular, said the president should focus on uniting the American people, not dividing them.

“I think we have to focus on things like bringing this country together and moving this country forward,” Gardner told KOA. “Highlight disagreements, highlight the fact that we have better ideas – or you have better ideas – but I wouldn’t have sent that tweet. I just disagree with it.”

On Monday, Gardner told a conservative radio host that he was focused on other matters, declining to comment on the Trump tweets. The senator had faced flack from his many Democratic opponents, who have accused him of political cowardice for not commenting.

“Senator Gardner’s silence in the face of hate is an insult to Coloradans across every race, background and religious affiliation,” a Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson said Monday.


Ex-magistrate Nigel Stringer ‘trained rifle’ on former tenant

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Triceratops fossil excavation ends after recovery of dinosaur vertebra

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has concluded its excavation of triceratops fossils at a Highlands Ranch dig and has invited residents to come see some of the bones already on display at the museum’s fossil preparation lab.

The decision to end the excavation came after paleontologists and other workers reached a point where they did not believe there were other dinosaur bones to be discovered.

“We ended the dig with the excavation of a nicely preserved vertebra. The rule of thumb is to dig one meter around the last unearthed fossil and if no other fossils are found within that meter it is unlikely any others will be recovered,” Tyler Lyson, the Museum’s curator of vertebrate paleontology, said in a Tuesday news release.

Richard M. Wicker, Provided by Denver Museum of Nature & Science

An exposed limb bone from a newly unearthed horned dinosaur fossil is pictured at a Highlands Ranch construction site on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Richard M. Wicker/Provided by Denver Museum of Nature & Science)

Some of the bones will be placed in the “Prehistoric Journey” exhibition on the third floor, where volunteers work to clean and stabilize fossils before they are added to the museum’s collections for future research and possible displays, Maura O’Neal, museum spokeswoman, wrote in the news release.

Construction crews uncovered the fossils in May near the Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch. Museum officials once again expressed gratitude in the news release to Brinkmann Constructors and Erickson Living-Wind Crest for allowing the museum to excavate the site.

“Thank you especially to the Erickson Living team for donating the fossils to the museum,” Lyson wrote in the news release.

The fossils were discovered on private land owned by Erickson Living and it was the organization’s decision about what to do with the fossils, he said. Construction continued at the site while the museum team was excavating the fossils.

“The discovery and excavation of the triceratops fossils on campus has been a thrilling experience for our residents and staff,” Craig Erickson, executive director at Wind Crest, was quoted as saying in the news release. “It is our honor to donate these incredible artifacts to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for further study.”

Dave Rahm, Brinkmann Constructors’ project director, wrote that his construction team is very proud of discovering the dinosaur bones and participating in the excavation.

“Our team’s attentiveness to site details during excavation led to this great treasure,” Rahm wrote.

The fossils were found in a rock layer which dates back 65 million to 68 million years, the news release said.

The bones were those of a large adult triceratops, museum paleontologists said. The partial skeleton included a limb bone and several ribs of the three-horned dinosaur. A team of museum paleontologists wrapped the bones in burlap and plaster and brought them to the museum for further examination.


Regina’s 1st case of Dutch elm disease in 2019 discovered

The City of Regina says the first case of Dutch elm disease in 2019 was discovered in a tree in a yard at 222 Lincoln Dr.


U.S. Army recruiter allegedly solicited girls as young as 10 for sex while calling himself “Colorado batman”

Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a U.S. Army recruiter for investigation of soliciting girls as young as 10 years old for sex after he allegedly sent selfies calling himself “Colorado batman,” the sheriff’s department reported.

Ken Hardcastle, 31, has been arrested for investigation of internet luring of a child and internet sexual exploitation of a child, according to Arapahoe County District Court records.

“Sexy? Think again,” the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a tweet. “We worry there may be other victims. If he’s chatted with your daughter, call 720-874-8477.”

The sheriff’s office released photographs of Hardcastle that were allegedly used to lure children including one identifying himself as “Colorado batman” and another in which he is half clothed, the tweet said.


Campaign to reunite Central American families launched

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The great white pelicans of St James’s Park

Three Great White pelicans named Sun, Moon and Star have made the London park their new home.


Oregon State Police investigating theft of trailer.- Douglas County (Photo)

Oregon State Police is investigating the theft of an enclosed utility trailer which contained about $30,000 worth of striping equipment and materials. 

On July 2, 2019 the victim was driving south on I-5 in south Douglas County when he experienced a flat tire.  He left the trailer and returned on July 3 and the trailer was missing.  It appears the trailer was driven with a flat tire and the tire marks lead to the Glendale area.

Three paint stripers, similar to one in picture, were in the trailer.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper Dave Stone at OSP Roseburg office 541-440-3334


This June was the hottest ever recorded. Will July beat it?

If June felt like a scorcher, you're probably not the only one thinking so.


Heat Index expected to top 100

Friday and Saturday expected to be scorchers.


Navy vessel repairs internal oil leak and returns to operations in Mediterranean

A Royal Canadian Navy frigate that was forced back to port after an internal engine oil leak is returning to its mission. HMCS Halifax was en route to take part in an operation in the Mediterranean Sea off central and eastern Europe for six months when the leak occurred July 7. It returned to Halifax...


Be part of the record-breaking rocket launch using #GlobalRocketLaunch

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The launch is over…but organizers with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center still want you to participate. Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by launching your own rocket.

People all over (including Space Camp in Turkey) are participating in the effort by posting pictures and videos on Twitter using #GlobalRocketLaunch. Below are some of our favorite tweets using that hashtag.

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Brixham seal attack: Swimmer taken to hospital

The swimmer was off the rocks near Shoalstone Pool in Brixham when the attack happened.


Gas worker’s body recovered after California house explosion

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Auburn man gets arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On July 15, 2019, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Christopher A. Case, 23, of Auburn, New York for driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, moving from the lane unsafely, speeding, following too closely and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.


Colchester stabbing: Teen ‘drug runner murdered homeless man’

The 17-year-old denies murder, saying he was acting in self-defence when he stabbed a man to death.


Bishop Street merchants brace for more construction work

Merchants on Bishop Street in downtown Montreal are bracing for yet another round of construction work.


3 Alabama officers cleared in shootings that killed 2

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Grand juries have cleared three Alabama police officers in a pair of unrelated shootings that killed two men in January.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that a recent grand jury in Elmore County didn’t return charges against two sheriff’s deputies in the fatal shooting of 70-year-old Johnny Burney of Eclectic.

Authorities say officers saw Burney with a handgun after showing up at his home with a warrant following a report that he was selling marijuana. An autopsy report shows he was hit eight times by rifle slugs.

A grand jury also cleared a Millbrook police officer in the January death of 27-year-old Jae Wesley Hardy of Montgomery. A prosecutor says an officer shot Hardy only after Hardy shot himself in the head with a pistol.

Authorities didn’t release the officers’ names.


The Latest: HBO reclaims throne as king of Emmy nominations

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Bracebridge establishing flood relief committee to assist in distributing donations

Bracebridge was under a state of emergency due to flooding from the end of April until mid-May.


Alton man gets arrested for driving while ability impaired by alcohol in Sodus.

On July 15, 2019, Troopers out of SP Williamson arrested Frederick B. Harlee, 44, of Alton, New York for driving while ability impaired by alcohol, possession of an open container, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and inadequate stop lights.


Hongkongers besiege complaints desk of Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza demanding owner Sun Hung Kai explains why police entered mall during extradition bill protest

Hundreds of angry Hongkongers besieged the customer service centre of New Town Plaza in Sha Tinfor the second consecutive night on Tuesday, demanding explanation for police entering the premises to clear protesters during an anti-extradition demonstration last Sunday.Unprecedented violence during extradition bill clashes in Hong Kong’s Sha TinPeople were responding to an online call to gather outside the customer service centre at 8pm on Tuesday if the management failed to give a satisfactory…


Vermont State Police – Watch Commander schedule, July 15-21

  STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   Watch Commander Schedule for the week of: July 15-21, 2019   Please follow the attached instructions for contacting the Watch Commanders.   Watch Commander – North Lt. Kirk Cooper kirk.cooper@vermont.gov   Watch Commander – South Lt. Eric Albright eric.albright@vermont.gov     Watch Commander – Troop


Auburn man gets arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation.

On July 15, 2019, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Travis D. Hoskins, 23, of Auburn, New York for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended, operating a motor vehicle without valid insurance and improper restraint of back seat passenger age 4-7.


Tick removed from Kentucky man’s eye

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who went to the doctor with an irritated eye got the unsavory news that it contained a tick.

WYMT-TV reports an optometrist used tweezers to remove the tick from Chris Prater’s eye.

Prater works for an electric company and had left a job site where his crew had removed a tree from power lines when his eye started bothering him.

He noticed a tiny spot on his eye and tried to flush it several times to no avail. Finally, he went to the doctor and admits he got “scared a little bit” at the diagnosis.

After numbing Prater’s eye, the doctor removed the tick. Prater was sent home with antibiotics and steroid drops.

Prater says he uses bug repellent before he starts each work day, “but you can’t spray your eyes.”

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wymt.com/


Motorcyclist dies in crash on Hwy 101 – Coos County

On Monday, July 15, 2019 at approximately 10:30 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 279.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Yamaha Motorcycle, operated by Robert Killough (52) of Bandon, OR. was traveling south on Hwy 101 when it left the roadway and crashed.

Killough sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Coos County Sheriff's Department, Bandon Police Department, Bandon Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, and ODOT.


Lyons man gets arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On July 14, 2018, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Andrew G. Deon, 21, of Lyons, New York for driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, possession of an open container, insufficient turn signal and endangering the welfare of a child.


Facility dog program ‘Canines for Coping’ launches at Huntsville Hospital

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Getting well is about to be a little less ‘ruff’.

The Women & Children Center at Huntsville Hospital just launched a facility dog program called ‘Canines for Coping’. The new program features Asteroid, a professionally trained facility dog, to serve pediatric and adult patients.

Asteroid is described as lovable golden retriever that will bring comfort and support to patients. Asteroid provides services based on medical goals.

This lovable dog can also be present during procedures and can assist with bereavement.

This is the first hospital in the state of Alabama to offer a facility dog program.

The program is fully funded by Foundation donors.


Williamson man gets arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated.

On July 14, 2019, Troopers out of SP Williamson arrested Theodore J. Frawley, 63, of Williamson, New York for driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, moving from the lane unsafely and failure to stop at a stop sign.


Body found near St. Stephen, N.B., identified by RCMP as missing woman

Edith Lorraine Williams was last seen at the Civic Centre in St. Stephen on July 7, according to police. She was reported missing the next day. 


Lyons man gets arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation.

On July 14, 2019, Troopers out of SP Waterloo arrested Calvin J. Solomon, 38, of Lyons, New York for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, three counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle out of ignition interlock restriction and operating a motor vehicle that is rented/leased/loaned without ignition interlock device.


Auburn man gets arrested for driving while intoxicated.

On July 14, 2019, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Joseph M. Brewster, 22, of Auburn, New York for driving while intoxicated, moving from the lane unsafely, speeding and a seat belt violation.


Pete Buttigieg outraises Kamala Harris in California as new presidential numbers released

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7/16/2019 Real Talk: Opportunities for Small and Diverse Businesses

Business Assistance Office frank discussion about the challenges facing our small and diverse enterprises, as well as opportunities on the horizon.


5-year-old shot in head at rural home

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Organisers planning another mass rally in Hong Kong warn police not to reject their request as move would effectively mean imposing curfew in city

Organisers planning another mass march against Hong Kong’s embattled government this weekend have warned police that denying them a permit to proceed would effectively mean imposing a curfew on the city after the force asked them on Tuesday to postpone the protest because of safety concerns.The Civil Human Rights Front, which organised two mass protests that drew historic numbers onto the streets in June against the government’s now-suspended extradition bill, said it wanted to hold the latest…


Mayor’s Awards

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Here are survival tips for hikers lost and stranded

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England win World Cup: Andrew Strauss says ‘someone was looking down’ during final

Former captain Andrew Strauss says he felt "someone was looking down" on him and the England team during the World Cup final on Sunday.


Rabies nearly always kills when symptoms show, health officer says after Canadian fatality

A B.C. man recently died of rabies, marking the first human fatality in Canada in seven years.


Man Seriously Injured in Middle River Shooting

One man has been seriously injured in a shooting in Middle River late last night.

Police responded to a call for a shooting in the 100 block of Kingston Road around 11 p.m. and found a man, 29, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body that caused a life-threatening injury. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment but is expected to survive his wounds.

A suspect who fled the scene following the shooting has been taken into custody. His identity is withheld pending formal charges.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim and suspect are acquainted and have had an ongoing personal dispute that culminated in the shooting last night.

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is continuing their investigation into this shooting.


New funding expected to improve, expand Greater Napanee water pollution control plant

Joint funding between the federal government and the Town of Greater Napanee announced on Monday will expand the current Napanee water pollution control plant. 


Alligator living in Chicago park lagoon captured

CHICAGO — The search for an elusive alligator that was spotted in Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon is over.

The reptile was captured overnight less than 24 hours after the city hired a new expert from Florida to find it.

Frank Robb was brought in after several attempts to capture it failed.

Chicago Animal Care and Control also closed off a section of the park to keep people away. They feared all the spectators were keeping the gator in hiding.

It had been five days since the last confirmed sighting of the gator.

The 4- to 5-foot animal is expected to be taken to a zoo where it will live out the rest of its days.

A news conference is expected later Tuesday morning.


Somerset gimp suit: Second arrest after man scares woman

Police say this new arrest follows 14 reports of "a man approaching people while wearing disguises".


Greece: Suspect charged for US scientist’s slaying in Crete

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New Haven Barracks / Burglary *Update*

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE **UPDATE**         CASE#: 19B501854 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Josh Gurwicz                       STATION: VSP-New Haven                      CONTACT#: (802) 388-4919   DATE/TIME: Between 07/12/2019 and 07/15/2019 - Unknown time INCIDENT LOCATION: Weybridge Road,


Halifax’s oldest independent bakery set to close in August

Smith's Bakery and Cafe on Agricola Street announced in a Facebook post on Monday evening that its last day will be Aug. 10.


10 essentials every hiker should carry in their backpack

The Colorado Mountain Club recommends all hikers carry the following items in their backpacks:

  • Navigation tools (map and compass)
  • Headlamp
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition (CMC recommends bringing extra in case you are caught on the mountain overnight)
  • Sun protection (hat or cap, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Insulation
  • First aid items
  • Repair kit
  • Fire starter (waterproof matches, lighter)
  • Shelter (space blanket, bivy sack)

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Helen Bailey murder detective charged with stealing £9,000

David Sharpe, who helped solve the murder of author Helen Bailey, is charged with stealing from police.


‘Blood all over the floor.’ Coyote sneaks in pet door and kills dog, Calif. man says

A Southern California man discovered a gruesome scene inside his home Friday, KCAL reported. “I turned the corner and walking into the kitchen, and there’s blood all over the floor … Click to Continue »


Tuscaloosa woman charged with locking up, starving brother

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police say an Alabama woman locked her developmentally disabled brother in his room and starved him.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that 53-year-old Lynette Franks was charged with felony abuse and neglect of a protected person. She pleaded guilty last month. Her sentence starts Saturday.

Tips about neglect led Tuscaloosa police to conduct a welfare check on Frank’s 46-year-old brother in July 2017 and again that November. They say he lost more than 80 pounds (36 kilograms) between the two visits and was covered in bed sores and dried feces.

Police say Franks told officers her refrigerator and pantry were locked to prevent her brother “from eating everything.” She told them she also locked the man in his room to limit his movements.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com


A Purple Heart that was mistakenly donated to Goodwill will be returned to a sailor’s family

(CNN) — A World War II sailor’s family will be reunited with his Purple Heart medal that was accidentally donated to a Goodwill in Tucson, Arizona.

An associate sorting items at the donation center in mid-June came across the medal in a box of housewares. It was engraved with the name Nick D’Amelio Jr. and “S2C, USN.”

According to military records, D’Amelio was a seaman second class in the US Navy who was declared missing in action when the USS Little sank in the Solomon Islands on September 5, 1942.

On Wednesday, great-nephew Doug Hanna confirmed that his family is in the process of getting it returned.

“Overall, besides overcoming the shock and realization the Purple Heart was misplaced, we are anxious to have it returned home,” he said.

A year after the USS Little sank, D’Amelio was declared dead and memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Piecing the puzzle together

Goodwill shared images of the prestigious medal on social media on Monday in hopes of finding the recipient’s family. It also teamed up with Purple Hearts Reunited, a nonprofit organization that returns lost or stolen medals to veterans and military families.

“It’s important that we get it to the right family,” Judith Roman Bucasas, director of marketing for Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona, said Monday. “This guy didn’t get to make it back home.”

Hanna said the medal was kept close to D’Amelio’s sister, Louise, and she would often carry it in her pocket.

“Louise was spiritual and believed her brothers and husband were close to her in her final days,” he said. “This medal and the numbers ‘954’ brought her comfort.”

After her death, Hanna believes, the medal accidentally landed in a box of donations as family members sorted her belongings.

“The family of Seaman Nick D’Amelio Jr. are greatly indebted to the efforts of so many who have worked tirelessly to return this misplaced treasure to our family,” Hanna said.

The Purple Heart is given to US service members who are wounded or killed in combat. The US Department of Veterans Affairs says it’s “one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the US armed forces” and “the nation’s oldest military award.”

In 2016, a Purple Heart was accidentally donated to a Goodwill in Arizona, and it was reunited with the service member’s family in Missouri with the help of people on social media.


New clues on why women’s Alzheimer’s risk differs from men’s

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Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s approval rating rises a little but she remains least popular chief executive since city’s handover in 1997 amid fallout over extradition bill

The approval rating of Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has rebounded slightly to 33.4 out of 100, but she remains the least popular chief executive in the 22 years since the city returned to Chinese rule, according to a survey.But the ratings of three other top officials sunk to new lows, with Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah scoring just 21.6 out of 100, with 68 per cent of respondents against her remaining in the job as the fallout from the now-suspended…


3 dead in float plane crash in Labrador

Jean Tremblay, president of Air Saguenay, said the float plane was carrying four fishermen, two guides and the pilot.


Pedestrian woman sustains serious injuries in Monday night collision

Regina police say one woman is in hospital for serious injuries after being involved in a vehicle and pedestrian collision on Monday night.


Nova Scotia frozen food company approved for $2.1 million capital project rebate

Oxford Frozen Foods Limited, the world's largest supplier of frozen wild blueberries, is planning a $8.5 million capital investment to create an improved packaging line.


Homicide in Guadalupe County Investigated by State Police

Santa Rosa, NM – On July 14, 2019 at around 12:30 p.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a homicide that occurred in Guadalupe County near Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

Investigators learned at around 10:51 a.m., an injured male subject was lying on the ground on State Road 91 near Santa Rosa. The male subject was loaded into a vehicle and taken to Guadalupe County Hospital where he later died from his injuries. The victim was identified as William Moore (32) of El Paso, Texas. New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents as well as the New Mexico State Police Crime Scene Team were called.

The death is being treated as a homicide. The investigation is very preliminary with no details currently available. Anyone with any information about this homicide is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at (505) 425-6771 option 1.

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Security arrangements to be enhanced at Hong Kong’s book fair as extradition bill protesters vow to target booths of state-owned publisher

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DeMatteis sworn in as Department of Correction commissioner

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Child found in Florence, identified

Update: Child has been identified.

FLORENCE, Ala. – The Florence Police needs your help in identifying this child.

He is safe but was found at Wilsons Food Center on W College St.

He is approximately 3’10-4′ tall with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

If you have any information please contact Florence Police Department at 256-760-6610 immediately.


Tent city in Peterborough continues to grow as officials seek solutions

After the recent closure of a local homeless shelter, many displaced people in Peterborough have turned to camping on municipal property.


CP Rail rakes in record second quarter revenue as traffic increases

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New-to-Denver film fest highlights filmmakers of color this weekend at Newman Center

Stephanie and Floyd Rance sit in a booth at Stapleton’s Four Friends Kitchen for breakfast and a conversation.

He’s a bit of a trickster. She’s got an energy that combines the breathless with the savvy. Together they’ve got the makings of a comedy routine — or self-aware talk show. Conversation — smart, funny, engaged — is clearly a thing with them. So much so, that seven years ago they launched The Color of Conversation Film Festival, an offshoot of their Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, now in its 17th year. (The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences designated it an Oscar-qualifying fest in 2018.)

They’ve held installments of the Color of Conversation fest in the D.C. area, as well as New York City. Thursday, they’ll launch the inaugural Denver edition at the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts; it runs from July 18 to July 20.

Next week’s fest lineup includes three feature documentaries, three shorts programs — one showcasing Colorado filmmakers — and a closing night event that gives a vigorous nod to the power of television. Actor-producer-director Tim Reid, the co-creator of the Emmy Award-winning but too short-lived comedy “Frank’s Place” will be on hand. (Disclosure: I’ll conduct the Q&A.)

“Community” is a promiscuously tossed around word these days. But the transplanted couple from New York are excited by the possibility of building just that in Denver as much as they are dedicated to reflecting communities of color utilizing film. “We love what we do on Martha’s Vineyard and we clearly saw a need for more multicultural activations here,” says Stephanie Rance.

It’s been years since Denver’s black-focused gathering the Pan African Film Festival shuttered and its indomitable director Ashara Ekundayo headed to the Bay Area where she now runs her own art gallery and cultural consulting firm. Su Teatro held its latest installment of the XicanIndie Film Fest in April. And the Dragon Film Fest, featuring work by Asian filmmakers, had its fourth installment in March. But the local need for shared cultural spaces where celebratory but also hard-wrought exchanges around stories of and by people of color can occur remains.

The Color of Conversation fest’s tagline — “Add some color to your conversation” — tweaks the matter: How do we make smarter, truer, our local, regional, national conversations about our lives with each other? By talking, sure, but also listening. So with the exception of one shorts program, every screening is set to have a talk-back or Q&A component. A good thing, too. Even the most pleasing shorts collected here inspire questions. But the feature docs require some heavy lifting, some deep listening.

The fest kicks off with “Emanuel.” Last month, the Rances teased their inaugural event with a private screening of this rending documentary about the 2015 assassination of nine attendees of a prayer meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., by a 21-year-old white supremacist. The evening was moving. Not least because Polly Sheppard, one of the survivors, participated in the post-screening discussion. And it was well-attended — so well, in fact, the Newman Center moved it to a larger venue. “And [the audience] was diverse,” says Stephanie Rance. “Which,” chimes Floyd, “is a good thing for us, since Martha’s Vineyard has been primarily African American.”

Still, the screening was not without wrinkles. The young director Brian Ivie did his film — very much about forgiveness but about so much more — a disservice when he tilted the conversation toward his own conversion experience as a born-again white man. “Emanuel” deals more compellingly with the wonders and challenges of faith than his proselytizing from the stage did.

Not easily daunted, the Rances heard the criticism of the Q&A coursing beneath the positive responses to the film and tweaked the fest’s opening-night screening; Julius Tennon, (co-founder with wife Viola Davis of JuVee Productions, which — along with and Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media — are exec producers) will join Carlotta Walls LaNier on stage for a post-screening discussion. Recently feted by the Curious Theatre Company in its Denver Stories series, LaNier was one of the nation-changing teens known as the Little Rock Nine.

The centerpiece feature, “One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal,” (3-5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20) also raises a raft of vexing questions. Directed by television producer and showrunner Jodi Gomes, the film returns to the 2009 scandal that brought down public school champion Beverly Hall and found 32 Atlanta public school educators indicted under the RICO Act — the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — typically used to prosecute mobsters. Gomes and Ernie Suggs, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter, will take the stage for a post-screening discussion of a film that poses an abundance of uneasy questions: about prosecutorial overreach, about standardized tests as measures of potential, about independent school rule in an increasingly politicized climate, about resources and scarcity, about race and racism; and, yes, about the children who suffer the consequences.

When I saw “Amazing Grace” — Sydney Pollack’s unfinished Aretha Franklin doc — I hungered for a post-screening chat. Friday evening’s reprise of the well reviewed film — which only saw the light of a screen after the legend died — will address that craving with a convo led by 9News’ Eddie Randle. (8 -10 p.m. Friday, July 19)

Friday and Saturday bring engaging shorts programs, including a Denver filmmaker showcase that offers a short teaser of local actor-turned-director Cajardo Lindsey and producing partner and wife Michanda Lindsey’s in-the-works drama, “Blackface: The Story of Nobody.” A charged undertaking, the film imagines the story of a very successful black minstrel performer (yes, there was such a thing) grabbing hold of a chance to play Hamlet on Broadway.

“People asks us all the time what our expectations are,” says Stephanie Rance about this Denver foray. “We have no expectations.” But they are committed. As is the fest host, the Newman Center. “Their success in Martha’s Vineyard, was really intriguing to me. I’m excited to see what they’ll bring, especially based on that ‘Emanuel’ screening,” says Newman Center executive director Kendra Whitlock Ingram.

As for the Martha’s Vineyard mothership, “It’s laid back,” says Caralene Robinson, a former entertainment exec turned producer and director, who first attended the Vineyard fest in 2012 as a producer of the documentary “Versailles ’73.” “A lot of the folks show up in flip-flops. However, Martha’s Vineyard is a happening place for folks of color that have houses there. You get a crowd of people who are fans of nuanced content. [The Rances] make sure they curate a very careful program that is really around topical or really strong work.”

Robinson has two films in the “Best Shorts” programs. One as director: “DisordHer,” about the way trauma and grief affect the daughter of a megachurch pastor; (1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20) One as producer: “King Ester,” director Dui Jarrod’s web series about a trans woman living in New Orleans before Katrina. (6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20)

Given the boom in episodic storytelling and its grip on viewers via streaming, cable and other platforms, it’s hardly a surprise that the fest ends with an evening acknowledging television. What does surprise, even 31 years later, is how ahead of its time Reid’s comedy “Frank’s Place” was.

In 1988, the show about a black academic who returns from his Boston university post to run his deceased father’s New Orleans restaurant, won a slew of critics’ awards as well as Primetime Emmys for writing (Hugh Wilson) and guest performer (Beah Richards). Reid will be in town to show a few episodes and discuss what went into making his and Wilson’s unusual show — it aired on CBS — and why, as critically celebrated as it was, it lived just one season. (8-10 p.m. Saturday, July 20)

“People don’t know we were picked up for a second season. We canceled literally one day before we were set to start shooting the first episode of the second season,” said Reid on the phone earlier in the week. “It was like most things with the show, unusual, and it was a very difficult demise. I’ll talk a little bit about it when I talk about the show.” Stay tuned.

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Georgia

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  • J.R. Reed, DB, Sr.
  • Andrew Thomas, OL, Jr.

Texas A&M

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  • Darrell Taylor, LB, Sr.

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Ravel Morrison signs one-year deal at Sheffield United

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Denver will be very hot Tuesday with a forecast high temperature of 96 degrees before late afternoon rain and thunderstorms could help cool things off.

Early in the day it will be mostly sunny. Clouds will build in the afternoon before a 30 percent chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m., said the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Lamar in southeast Colorado is expected to reach 102 degrees Tuesday.

Severe storms are possible in the northeastern plains with a chance for large hail and strong winds, the NWS said.

It will be slightly hotter on Wednesday, with a high temperature of about 97 degrees, the NWS said.

Temperatures will rise to about 99 degrees both on Thursday and Friday, the forecast said.

It won’t be quite as hot on the weekend when afternoon thunderstorms are a possibility both Saturday and Sunday, the NWS said.

Temperatures will peak at about 95 degrees on Saturday, 89 on Sunday and 87 on Monday, the forecast said.


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50 years ago, Apollo 11 lifted off at the same time.

In addition to video from our team, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is also streaming video from a camera mounted on top of the Saturn V rocket. You can watch both cameras below.

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Pattern Shift This Week – From Soggy To Sunshine – Widespread 90s Return

We’ve had our fair share of rain across the Tennessee Valley especially our western sections. Some parts of the Shoals are over five inches of rain for the month of July. Here is a look at the numbers for Huntsville International.  We’ve had nine days of measurable rainfall totaling 2.05″ as of Tuesday morning, July 16. Some areas have much more while others mainly over eastern zones still have less. As we know in the summertime, it’s feast or famine when it comes to thunderstorms.

 

Nine days of measurable rain at Huntsville International Airport.

 

 

Most of it came from Barry’s influence over the past few days.

Now back to reality later this week. Barry will be gone by Thursday as we transition back to our summer pattern of 90 degree temperatures and heat index values above 100°. Historically late July and early August, is the hottest part of the summer. We’ll see what happens as we officially pass the half way point of July.  The summer ridge we typically see across the southeast strengthens later this week increasing our temperatures and decreasing our rain chances. We’ll be in the middle 90s later on with a feels like temperature in the *heat advisory* category.

Stronger late week ridge brings hotter temperatures to Tennessee Valley

Here is a look at what we’ll feel later this week.

 

Possible *Heat Advisory* Friday through Sunday!

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Two eastbound lanes of U.S. 36 opened for Tuesday rush hour

Photo via twitter @ColoradoDOT

U.S. 36 at Wadsworth Blvd. remains closed through the weekend.

The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened two lanes of traffic on the highway between Boulder and Denver in time for Tuesday’s rush hour by diverting two lanes of eastbound U.S. 36 onto the westbound lanes.

The traffic shift was made 24 hours ahead of schedule, said a 5:41 a.m. CDOT tweet.

The temporary eastbound lanes are running on what had been the westbound lanes, and westbound traffic is being funneled down to two lanes as well, to accommodate the temporary lanes for about a half-mile stretch just west of the Church Ranch Boulevard and the West 104th Avenue interchange.

Anthony Meneghetti, lead engineer with CDOT on the U.S. 36 emergency repair operation, said Monday that the westbound lanes of the highway have not been compromised by the current collapse. A bridge that carries highway traffic on U.S. 36 over BNSF Railway track has been “disconnected” from the failing road and the bridge is also structurally sound and safe.

“There will be no risk at all to the traveling public,” Rollison said of the temporary traffic lanes.

Construction employees are already working on the detour where the road is falling apart between the Church Ranch and Wadsworth Boulevard exits. It’s a big project in a short amount of time, she said.

State highway maintenance workers discovered a crack in the highway Thursday night. By noon Friday, a large section of the highway had buckled. On Sunday night, the chasm was widening.


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Four days after Colorado transportation officials closed part of U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder, they are only beginning to turn to the mystery of how a five-year-old road could fall apart in such dramatic fashion.

While the Colorado Department of Transportation has pointed to water-saturated clay in the soil as the culprit, causing the ground to shift beneath the roadway, that’s only the immediate cause.

With the reopening of the eastbound lanes set for Wednesday, CDOT in coming days will begin the work of assessing blame for the situation — and deciding whether the mess could have been prevented.

The determination could affect whether the state must eat the costs for the emergency repairs or can pass them on to contractors that either built the expansion project or are charged with maintaining the roadway in a public-private arrangement.

It’s possible the section of freeway near Church Ranch Boulevard fell victim to unforeseen conditions, such as a particularly wet series of storms over the course of several months, or that inspectors missed warning signs.

But a construction expert raised questions Monday about the construction and design of the first phase of a roughly $500 million expansion of the highway.

Bruce Finley, The Denver Post

Workers survey a large crack along eastbound U.S. 36 between Wadsworth and Church Ranch boulevards on July 14, 2019.

“I would like to see the tests that were done” on the soil before construction, said Cristina Torres-Machi, an assistant professor of construction engineering management at the University of Colorado Boulder. “What were the technical studies done for that segment of the highway? How many samples were taken?”

And, just as important: How did the project’s design and construction address those challenges?

Problem soils aren’t new for the northwest metro area, and that part of 36 is close to a marshy area.

Not far away, expanding soils containing clay began posing a problem more than a decade ago for some buildings at the FlatIron Crossing mall. Burrito chain Chipotle left over safety concerns, and other businesses reported structural problems after wet soils swelled beneath their foundations.

A complication for CDOT’s coming inquiry is the complexity of the project’s contracting. While some observers are pointing fingers at a 50-year public-private partnership agreement struck with the contracting consortium Plenary Roads Denver, that outfit didn’t actually oversee the building of the section at issue — but it is charged with maintaining it.

Given the soil-shifting problem, which a CDOT engineer referred to as a “slope failure,” Torres-Machi said it wasn’t surprising that it took several years for concrete to begin buckling in the roadway and a 45-foot-tall bridge approach structure below it.

“You shouldn’t expect this to happen right after construction, but some years after construction,” she said.

CDOT deferred questions about the project’s contracts and how it will handle the issue for later, after the immediate crisis — the closure of the eastbound lanes — has passed. That direction has been closed from Wadsworth to Church Ranch since Friday.

“While this incident is ongoing, CDOT remains focused on the safety of the traveling public and staff on the scene,” spokesperson Matt Inzeo said in a statement, adding: “Once operations are stabilized, we will explore the relationship between project partners.”

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Significant damage on U.S. 36 caused by sub-structure and settlement issues is visible in Westminster on July 15, 2019.

Project had contracts for 2 phases

Those relationships are more complex than usual, due to the way the project was built.

U.S. 36 was expanded, with express lanes added, in two phases. The section where the emergency shutdown occurred was part of the first phase, which was built by a joint venture led by Granite Construction and Ames Construction in a design-build contract, a typical arrangement for a public project.

The second phase of the project was more unusual. Plenary Roads Denver won a 50-year public-private partnership agreement that began with construction work on the highway starting at 88th Street in Boulder County and going northwest. Granite and Ames joined that team, too, as the construction partners for the later phase.

After the second phase’s completion, Plenary Roads took responsibility for operating the toll lanes and maintaining the entire roadway — including the Phase 1 portion — for decades to come.

So the upshot is that Granite and Ames built the now-buckling section of the project under the first contract, while Plenary Roads’ other partners — including Ferrovial Services — are responsible now for maintaining that section under the second contract.

In a statement, Plenary Roads Denver said it was coordinating with CDOT and the department’s High Performance Transportation Enterprise, which oversees the partnership agreement, “to assess what happened on this specific section of roadway” and to make repairs.

Reached Monday, an executive with Ames Construction’s office in Aurora declined to comment, while an attempt to reach Granite Construction, based in Watsonville, California, was not successful.

Plenary Roads’ ongoing contract allows for claims to be filed when unforeseen issues arise, and in this case that could mean a claim for CDOT to reimburse it for lost toll revenue. But Torres-Machi said its maintenance responsibilities didn’t seem likely to be at fault.

“I wouldn’t think that would be something you could fix with maintenance,” she said. “I think it’s more a design problem that those collapsible soils were maybe not identified in that segment of the highway. Usually you would stabilize them before building the highway so that they’re not sensitive to water. So I would lean to a design problem.”


Colorado schools evaluating how to teach about sexual consent as required by new state law

Over the next year, school districts serving hundreds of thousands of Denver-area students will take a look at whether their sex education classes are doing enough to teach about consent.

Earlier this year, Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1032, which requires school districts that teach sex ed to include lessons about consent. Colorado doesn’t require sex ed, and districts that don’t provide it aren’t required to add the new lessons.

Sheridan School District is the only Denver-area district to report that it doesn’t have a sex ed curriculum.

Colorado’s standards for health education already recommended teaching about healthy relationships starting in sixth grade, but the new law further defines what that should include.

The Colorado Department of Education hasn’t endorsed any particular curriculum, so districts will have to determine what should satisfy the law’s requirements.

“Nothing in the legislation identifies any rules on what constitutes an acceptable lesson on consent,” said Jeremy Meyer, spokesman for the education department.

The law defines consent as “affirmative, unambiguous, voluntary, continuous, knowing agreement between all participants in each physical act within the course of a sexual encounter or interpersonal relationship.” In other words, a person not saying no isn’t enough; agreeing to one sexual activity doesn’t mean agreement to all options, or that the person agrees to that activity forever; and coercing someone to say yes is unacceptable.

The statute requires instructing students on how to give consent, recognize if someone else is giving or withdrawing consent, and avoid making unwanted advances based on assumptions.

Several Denver-area districts, including Cherry Creek School District, Englewood Schools, Adams 12 Five Star Schools and Westminster Public Schools, said they are starting the process of reviewing their sex ed lessons.

In the Douglas County School District, each school previously could decide on its own how to teach sex ed, and the district is starting to develop a more consistent curriculum, spokeswoman Paula Hans said.

Adams County School District 14, Aurora Public Schools and Littleton Public Schools didn’t answer questions from The Denver Post about their plans to respond to House Bill 1032.

Joe Ferdani, spokesman for Adams 12, said the district had started working on revising its health curriculum before the bill passed. An advisory committee of teachers, students, parents and others is evaluating how well the current curriculum matches the law and state standards.

The plan is to select a new health curriculum by September, and then to start training teachers and gradually roll it out for the 2020-2021 school year, he said.

Teaching healthy relationships

Some districts are confident their health classes already cover consent in sufficient depth. Officials at the Boulder Valley School District reported they have taught about consent for several years, and a Mapleton Public Schools representative said that district adopted a new curriculum in March that will cover healthy relationships.

Jaime Grimm-Rice, health education content specialist at Jeffco Public Schools, said healthy relationships are already part of the curriculum in fifth and seventh grades, and in high school, but the district still will review its curriculum. The younger children start with general information about personal boundaries, and get more instruction about communication when they reach middle school, she said.

Only in high school does dating, and how a relationship could be healthy or violent, become a major subject.

“We were pretty much right on target” with the curriculum, she said. “Consent is in all three of those topic areas.”

Rose Barcklow, a sexual health specialist at Denver Public Schools, said the district also teaches about consent and won’t need to make changes to comply with the new law.

Younger kids don’t learn about sex, but they do talk about assertive communication — saying what you want clearly, while not trampling on anyone else, Barcklow said. At that age, the examples discussed mostly have to do with recess games and requests from friends. Kids tend to start puberty in fourth or fifth grade, so it’s important to learn those skills early, she said.

“What we actually want is the foundation of good communication skills and the understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like,” she said.

As kids get older, they start discussing dating, and how to spot signs of manipulation and emotional abuse, Barcklow said. They also discuss how to be “allies” if they see a situation where another person could be mistreated, she said.

What is and isn’t acceptable

While the meaning of “yes” or “no” might be simple, it’s important for young people to receive clear instruction about what is and isn’t acceptable in a sexual context, said Chessy Prout, a consent activist who spoke at the National Association of School Nurses conference in Aurora in late June. Prout was raped by an older student as a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a boarding school in New Hampshire that later agreed to state oversight as student reports of sexual abuse mounted.

It’s impossible to know if the rapist would have behaved differently if he’d received education about consent, but Prout said the school could have done more to teach students to support, rather than ostracize, victims of sexual violence. She left St. Paul’s after friends shunned her for reporting the rape and other students raised money for the rapist’s legal defense.

“We weren’t taught this stuff in school,” she said.

Teachers and parents can get the message about consent across in subtle ways, like asking younger kids if they prefer a hug, a fist bump or a high-five, Prout said.

As kids get older, it’s more important to discuss how to treat other people in a sexual context, because unfortunately, not everyone has gotten the message that they can’t force another person, she said.

“This is basically just about respect… and communication,” she said.


Coloradans support state-operated retirement savings plan for private workers, poll says

More than two-thirds of Colorado voters support the state creating a retirement savings plan for private-sector employees whose employers do not offer one, according to a new survey commissioned by a political group that pushes progressive legislation at statehouses across the nation.

The results of the poll, first reported by The Denver Post, come about a week after Gov. Jared Polis appointed eight people to help study how Colorado could join a small but growing number of states that are establishing these types of programs. The new study group was created by the Colorado General Assembly earlier this year.

A total of 69 percent of the 600 registered voters surveyed were in favor of creating a plan, with a 4 percent margin of error. However, only 35 percent “strongly” supported the policy proposal. Meanwhile, just 6 percent of those surveyed “strongly” opposed the idea. Eighteen percent said they were not sure.

Democrats were the most supportive, with 80 percent favoring the plan. Republicans were the least supportive, with 62 percent in favor.

The poll, paid for by the State Innovation Exchange, was conducted by Strategies 360 via online surveys between June 21-25. The political consulting firm’s polling division has a B rating from FiveThirtyEight, a news organization that specializes in polling data. The grade was established from polling based on live interviews, not online surveys. Online surveys are becoming more in vogue, but they sometimes lack the same reliability as traditional telephone interviews and should be interpreted with more caution.

Only a handful of states including Connecticut, Vermont and Oregon have established retirement saving plans. Other states such as California, Maryland and New York are taking steps toward creating saving plans, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The state will face “a retirement crisis” if it doesn’t act, said state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, a Lakewood Democrat who sponsored the legislation creating a board to make recommendations on how the state should move forward.

“We have a new sharing economy, and these folks don’t have retirement options,” Pettersen said. “It’s will be a statewide burden if we don’t work on it together.”

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Just over half of women in Hong Kong’s labour force are working or seeking jobs, well below rate in developed countries such as Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, report finds

Just over half of the women in Hong Kong’s labour force are working or seeking jobs, a rate lagging well behind that of many advanced economies and much lower than the figure for local men, according to a study by the Legislative Council secretariat.A severe shortage of childcare places, hefty fees and short service hours were among the reasons the women’s labour force participation rate stood at just 50.8 per cent, compared with 70.2 per cent in Sweden, 65.4 per cent in New Zealand, 61.5 per…


IHOP® Offering 58-Cent Pancakes Nationwide on July 16 in Honor of Its Launch In 1958

GLENDALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To celebrate IHOP’s birth year of 1958, IHOP is serving 58-cent short stacks of its Original Buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, July 16 from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. at restaurants nationwide.

“This has been another incredible year for the IHOP brand and we’re celebrating by giving our loyal guests a can’t-beat deal on the pancakes that made us famous,” said Alisa Gmelich, Vice President of Marketing, IHOP. “For more than six decades we’ve focused on innovation across our menu and as well as how we can bring the best all-day breakfast foods and more to millions of guests every day. Whether guests visit us at an IHOP restaurant or choose to order takeout and delivery, they’ll get the same incredible dining experience we’ve been known for since 1958.”

Brothers Al and Jerry Lapin established IHOP in 1958 after finding inspiration in the tropical tastes of coconut syrup and dreaming up the idea of a local restaurant centered around pancakes. What started with one restaurant in Toluca Lake, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, has today grown into an iconic American brand with more than 1,800 franchised restaurants stretched across the U.S. and around the world.

Guests can receive one short stack of three Original Buttermilk pancakes per person, dine-in only, for 58 cents on Tuesday, July 16 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide*. Visit IHOP.com to find the nearest IHOP location.

*Offer, price, and participation vary by location.


Women’s Ashes: Kirstie Gordon & Katherine Brunt in England Test squad

Kirstie Gordon and Katherine Brunt are included in England's squad for the one-off Women's Ashes Test against Australia.


Justin Edinburgh: Football stars gather for memorial service

Glenn Hoddle, Sol Campbell and Teddy Sheringham are attending a service at Chelmsford Cathedral.


Westminster / Crash

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Hong Kong protester appears in court accused of biting off police officer’s finger during extradition bill clashes in Sha Tin

A protester accused of biting off part of a policeman’s finger during Sunday’s clashes in Sha Tin was one of two demonstrators granted bail by a court on Tuesday over alleged assaults against officers.To Kai-wa, 22, faced assault and wounding charge at Sha Tin court, two days after his arrest at New Town Plaza, a major shopping mall in the New Territories town, where demonstrators and police clashed following an extradition bill protest.To was also accused of fracturing the finger of a second…


Police: 21,000 child pornography images found in Mobile man’s home

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama musician has been accused of possessing and intending to distribute more than 21,000 child pornography videos and images.

News outlets report 30-year-old Logan Brent Maughon filed a “not guilty” motion Monday. He was charged last week with possession and dissemination of child pornography.

Mobile Police Representative Charlette Solis says police received an online tip of the allegations. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Crimes Against Children Task Force is assisting in the investigation.

Maughon has music on Reverbnation and SoundCloud. A post by a booking agency says Maughon was in a band called Something Delicious.

Maughon’s next court appearance is August 14.

It’s unclear whether Maughon has an attorney. The investigation is ongoing.


Atlanta FedEx driver transports shooting victims to hospital

ATLANTA (AP) — A FedEx truck driver in Atlanta is being credited transporting three shooting victims to a hospital.

News outlets report four people were shot Monday. Before police arrived, three of the victims flagged down a FedEx driver who took them to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The fourth person was later dropped off at the hospital.

Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Tasheena Brown says police believe the shooting was a result of a possible drug deal gone wrong. She also said the FedEx driver was being a good citizen.

The status of the shooting victims is unknown. No charges were filed Monday and the investigation is ongoing.


Woman infected with flesh-eating bacteria at Virginia beach

NORFOLK, Va. - Amanda Edwards can laugh today thinking back on her potentially fatal health scare after spending just ten minutes in the water at a Virginia beach.

"I was just like, 'Oh my goodness... my leg is gonna fall off,'" Edwards chuckled. "That’s the only thing I could keep thinking."

She told WTKR she contracted a flesh-eating staph infection during a day of fun at Norfolk’s Ocean View Beach. She said the infection spread quickly.

“The way that it was spreading, it was going up my leg," Edwards explained.

It happened last week.

“I was like, ‘It’s really hot. Let’s go to the beach.’ So, we went outside to the beach. I was only in the water for maybe like 10 minutes,” she explained.

The next day, the fun was over.

“I did not feel good. I noticed this thing that came on my leg. I ignored it for a couple days, and it just started getting bigger and bigger and bigger to the point where I couldn’t walk anymore,” she explained.

She said doctors treated the infection and said the bacteria possibly got into her skin through an open cut.

“They had to cut me open, drain it out and stuff it with some gauze. I had to keep it covered for days," Edwards, who was at the beach with friends, said.

This was around the time there was a swimming advisory.

“Please check the news and make sure there is not an advisory out because there was not signs out there,” Edwards mentioned.

The Norfolk Health Department told us germs can get into the water in different ways, like washing off of swimmers' bodies or when people relieve themselves in the water.

Health officials urge swimmers to avoid swallowing water and taking a dip after a heavy rainfall.  Don’t swim if you are ill or have a weakened immune system and swim away from fishing piers, pipes, drains and water flowing from storm drains onto a beach.

As for Edwards, she said she’s taking a break from splashing around for the rest of the summer.

“Every time I go into the water, I’m gonna think about that bad experience.”

Edwards has to continue taking antibiotics for the next two weeks.

Once you get out of the water, health officials say you should shower with soap.


Tennessee Officials: 3 kids found locked in back of U-Haul carrying drugs

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say three children have been rescued from the back of a U-Haul truck that was carrying drugs in Tennessee, and three North Carolinians have been charged in the case.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol told reporters Monday that a bystander in Cocke County called authorities last week to report seeing children being locked in the truck. Trooper Owen Caudill pulled over the U-Haul and found a 1-year-old, 5-year-old and 8-year-old locked in the back.

Temperatures hovered in the low 90s.

Authorities say troopers then noticed the smell of drugs coming from the vehicle. Authorities say a passenger surrendered some marijuana and an ensuing vehicle search uncovered crystal meth, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Eric Larue, Lakiza Williams, and Willie Green Jr. were all arrested on charges including child endangerment.


Alabama seeks site for a new veterans home

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a location in southeast Alabama to build the state’s fifth veterans home.

Al.com says the department sent out requests for site selection proposals Monday. The plan is to build a 182,000-square-foot (16,900-square-meter) home to provide skilled nursing care for 150 to 175 veterans. The minimum site requirement is 27 acres (11 hectares).

The department is considering Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike counties. These counties can submit proposals by August 15.

The department currently has four veteran’s home including the Bill Nicholas State Veterans Home in Alexander City which recently received national recognition for demonstrating their dedication to improving quality care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care.


Tennessee man convicted in killing of pawn shop owner

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of a pawn shop owner more than five years ago.

The Shelby County district attorney’s office said Monday that 35-year-old Charles Griffen was sentenced by a Criminal Court judge after Griffen was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Virak Hean.

An obituary says Hean was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Hean’s killing in December 2013 was caught on store cameras. Griffen walked into Hean’s pawn shop in Memphis with a red bag over his shoulder and shot the owner twice in the chest.

Court documents say Griffen took items from the store and escaped in a waiting car. He was arrested later.

A man charged with being the getaway driver is awaiting trial.


Police: Man killed New York teen he met on Instagram, shared photos of her dead body on gaming platform

Bianca Devins (Family Handout)

UTICA, N.Y. – A recent high school graduate — who cultivated an online following, particularly among gamers, by posting selfies — was killed over the weekend

The suspect then shared graphic photos of her dead body online, the Utica Police Department said.

Bianca Devins grew her following across several apps where she shared photos and details about her life.

The calls

Around 7:20 a.m. Sunday, police responded to several 911 calls in Utica, New York, about a suicidal man who claimed to have killed a woman, the department said.

When officers arrived, the man began to stab his neck with a knife, police said.

The suspect then laid down on a tarp on the ground. Police said the officer saw brown hair protruding from underneath the tarp, and the suspect confirmed it belonged to the woman he said he harmed.

Police identified the victim as Devins. She had extensive injuries to her neck, they said.

The pair met two months ago

Police said the pair met on Instagram about two months ago and their relationship grew into a close one.

The couple was driving back from a concert in New York City sometime after 10 p.m. Saturday. Police said an argument between the two precipitated her death.

“it is believed that he took and distributed photographs of the killing on the Discord platform,” police said. Discord is a text and video chat app for gamers.

Members of Discord who viewed the images and posts contacted the Utica Police Department.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible situation. We are working closely with law enforcement to provide any assistance we can. In the meantime, our hearts go out to Bianca’s family and loved ones,” a Discord spokesperson told CNN.

The suspect, identified by police as 21-year-old Brandon Clark, underwent emergency surgery and is expected to live, police said.

Charges will come once officials interview him, they said. CNN has not been able to determine if Clark has retained a lawyer.

Devins planned to attend college in the fall

Devins’ family issued a statement through police thanking friends and family for their prayers.

“Bianca, age 17, was a talented artist, a loving sister, daughter, and cousin, and a wonderful young girl, taken from us all too soon. She is now looking down on us, as she joins her cat, Belle, in heaven.”
Devins had planned to attend Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica in the fall, her family said.

“Bianca’s smile brightened our lives. She will always be remembered as our princess.”


Grandma arrested with loaded gun at New York City airport

NEW YORK — Officers arrested a grandma found with a loaded gun in her bag at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday morning, officials said.

Officers found a loaded gun in a grandma’s bag at LaGuardia Airport. (Transportation Security Administration)

The North Carolina woman was with two of her grandchildren, according to a Transportation Security Administration  spokeswoman. Officers spotted the gun in the woman’s red suitcase as it went through an X-ray machine.

The handgun was loaded with six bullets, including one in the chamber, officials said.

The woman told officers that she did not know that there was a gun in her bag. She said she had borrowed the suitcase.

This was the sixth firearm that TSA officers have detected at the LaGuardia Airport checkpoints so far this year. Officers found just two guns in 2018.