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City of Florence hosting virtual Memorial Day program

FLORENCE, Ala. – The City of Florence will host its annual Memorial Day program, but there are several changes to the program to comply with state health orders.

The biggest change – the ceremony will be streamed on the city’s Facebook page, and you are encouraged to watch there instead of going to Veterans Memorial Park.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with Florence Mayor Steve Holt and Lauderdale County Commission Chairman Danny Pettus set to speak.


Guy Laliberté to attempt to resume ownership of Cirque du Soleil amid financial woes

Founded in 1984, the circus is now carrying close to US$1 billion in debt and has been forced to suspend its operations entirely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Williston Barracks / DUI #1

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A102192 RANK / TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Justin Wagner                            STATION: Williston                    CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: 5/24/2020 at approximately 11:55 PM INCIDENT LOCATION: Shelburne Rd. @ Laurel Hill Dr., South


Update: 4 year old Quavian Culver was located at approximately 11:00 pm Sunday night.

Update: 4 year old Quavian Culver was located at approximately 11:00 pm Sunday night.


Accountability group seeks whistleblower protection, transparency amid COVID-19

An ad-hoc transparency group is calling on governments to make crucial records related to the COVID-19 pandemic open by default as a measure of accountability to Canadians.


Dust storm brings high winds, power outages to Australia

This is an incredible sight out of Australia. A photographer took a timelapse of a dust storm Sunday that passed through the western part of the country.

The dust storm left more than 50,000 people without power. This, as a cyclone hit a cold front on the southern part of Australia, bringing heavy rain, and raising emergency level storm warnings.

The Australia Broadcasting Corporation reported wind speeds of up to 82 miles per hour – making them the strongest wind gusts in 15 years.


Wreck causes early Tuesday morning power outage in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Parts of Madison County lost power early Tuesday morning.

According to Huntsville Utilities, a vehicle hit a power pole outside an HU substation.

Power was lost in an area between Bobo Section Road and Beaver Dam Road and from Old Railroad Bed Road to Murphy Hill Road.

The power was out for just over an hour, with the outage lasting from 3:41-4:58 a.m.

Power was also temporarily lost in the Harvest area while crews were working. That outage affected areas between Mckee Road and Nick Davis Road and from Love Branch Road to Pulaski Pike. That outage lasted four minutes.


One-year-old Virginia chef wins hearts and fans online

A one-year-old in Virginia is cooking up a worldwide fan base thanks to his skills in the kitchen.

Meet Chef Kobe.

His joy for cooking has earned him more than a million followers on social media. His fan list includes celebrities like famous chef and TV show host Rachel Ray.

Fame isn’t going to his adorable head and neither is all that camera time. His parents say Kobe really enjoys the attention.


Fire hits Potterspury Hobby Fish shop

The A5 at Potterspury in Northamptonshire is closed while fire crews tackle the blaze.


Coronavirus and sport: Government publishes ‘phase two’ contact training guidelines for elite sport

The government publishes new guidelines for elite athletes returning to contact training when individual sports deem it safe.


Kingston’s Belle Park becomes unofficial campground; city gives campers June 5 move-out date

A Napanee mother and her 13-year-old daughter move into Belle Park with their emotional support pig and dog.


Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s trade declines in April, but drop-off eases slightly

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on Hong Kong’s trade, although the rate of decline narrowed slightly in April, according to government figures released on Monday.Exports fell by 3.7 per cent against a year earlier to HK$309.5 billion (US$39.89 billion), less than the 5.8 per cent drop recorded in March, according to the Census and Statistics Department.The value of imports fell by 6.7 per cent against a year ago, to HK$332.8 billion in April, following an 11.1 per cent decline in…


Chad Gordon shooting: Torched moped linked to killing

Chad Gordon was shot in the head at close range after answering his front door on 18 May.


New Haven Barracks / DUI / Negligent Operation

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 20B501265                                       RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Ovchinnikoff STATION: VSP New Haven                          CONTACT#: (802)-388-4919   DATE/TIME: 05/25/2020 at 0038 hours STREET: E. River Rd. TOWN: Lincoln LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS:


Hong Kong lawmaker Raymond Chan launches private prosecution over alleged assault during chaotic Legco meeting

Opposition lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen has initiated a rare private prosecution against a pro-establishment colleague over an alleged assault in Hong Kong’s legislature earlier this month during a chaotic meeting over control of a key committee.The People Power chairman filed the legal action against Federation of Trade Union lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung in Eastern Court on Monday, accusing him of common assault in the Legislative Council complex during a House Committee meeting on May 8.Section…


‘Tutor king’ Weslie Siao gets 14 months in jail for orchestrating online leak of university entrance exam questions

A star tutor in Hong Kong’s competitive private education sector was jailed for 14 months on Monday for leaking public exam questions online to boost his business.Tuen Mun Court ruled that Weslie Siao Chi-yung had dealt a blow to the integrity of the city’s examination system by instructing two teachers to give him confidential materials about the 2016 and 2017 university entrance tests while they served as examiners for the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority.The two teachers,…


Shaftsbury Barracks/ DUI #2

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B301670 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sergeant Seth Loomis                              STATION: VSP - Shaftsbury                      CONTACT#: 802-442-5421   DATE/TIME: 5-25-20/ 0229 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Vermont Route 7A near Myers Road, Shaftsbury,


N.S. mass shooting ‘completely senseless,’ Mounties said. Experts disagree

“Motive is a very narrow way of looking at it. What we’re talking about here is the problem of male violence.”


Liverpool beat AC Milan: Memories of the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ by those who were there

Jerzy Dudek, Stephen Warnock, Mark Lawrenson and Colin Murray remember Liverpool’s famous comeback to beat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.


Coronavirus: no new Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong

Hong Kong recorded another Covid-19 free day on Monday, extending its streak of no locally transmitted cases to 11 days.The number of infections in the city remains at 1,065, with four related deaths.Last week, there were eight new cases on Thursday and two other infections on Friday, all among people who had returned from overseas.The last time the city had a locally transmitted case was on May 14, when a 62-year-old man tested positive. His 66-year-old wife and five-year-old granddaughter…


Warehouse fire devastates San Francisco’s fishing industry

A huge fire that tore through a warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf has destroyed fishing gear used to deliver about two-thirds of the city's fresh seafood, threatening to disrupt … Click to Continue »


Hong Kong representative on China’s top legislative body touts website as way for residents to submit views on national security law

Residents worried about Beijing’s planned national security law for Hong Kong can submit their views to the National People's Congress via an online platform, the city’s sole delegate to China’s top legislative body said a day after thousands protested against the law.But while NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) member Tam Yiu-chung also touted consultations with the Hong Kong government and the city’s Basic Law Committee, local political scholars said they saw little chance of meaningful input…


Hong Kong’s Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma issues rare public rebuke of judge who compared protesters to ‘terrorist army’

Hong Kong’s chief justice issued a rare rebuke of a sitting judge on Monday, and warned that expressing “unnecessary political views” threatened to erode the public’s faith in the legal system.Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li said judges should refrain from any views on controversial matters, as he revealed that District Judge Kwok Wai-kin would continue to be barred from handling political cases.Last month, Kwok expressed sympathy for tour guide Tony Hung Chun when jailing him for stabbing…


Derby Barracks Domestic Assault

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A501810 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Debra Munson                                         STATION: Derby                     CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 5/24/20 / 2045 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Glover, VT VIOLATION: Domestic Assault   ACCUSED:


VSP Westminster / DUI

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE CASE#: 20B102303 TROOPER: Tpr. John Waitekus                            STATION:  Westminster barracks                     CONTACT#: (802) 722-4600   DATE/TIME:  05-24-20 at 2030 hrs. INCIDENT LOCATION: 300 West Hill Rd. Putney, VT. VIOLATION: DUI     ACCUSED: Teresa M. Bratton


Coronavirus: National Grid worker returns home for brief respite

Chris Jarvis slept in an isolation pod at work for six weeks to help keep the country's power supply on.


Shaftsbury Barracks / DUI #1

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B301666 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Nicholas Grimes                             STATION: Shaftsbury Barracks                    CONTACT#: (802) 442-5421   DATE/TIME: May 24th, 2020, at 2125 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Shaftsbury, VT VIOLATION: 23 VSA


Woman dies in head-on car crash in Aurora

A woman has died after it appeared she had driven her truck into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with another vehicle Sunday afternoon, according to Aurora police.

The woman, who was driving a silver Nissan Titan, appeared to have been driving west on Quincy Avenue near Harvest Street when she crossed the center line and collided with a black Ford F-150 traveling the opposite direction, police say.

The woman was transported to a hospital, where she later died from her injuries. The two in the Ford suffered minor injuries, according to police.

The identity of the driver has not been released. Neither alcohol nor speed were “contributing factors in this accident,” according to a release from Aurora police.

Those who witnessed the accident or may have more information can call Detective Doug Daufeldt at 303-739-6303.


George Kruis: England and Saracens lock to move to Japan at end of season

England and Saracens lock George Kruis will join Japanese Top League side Panasonic Wild Knights on a one-year contract at the end of the season.


Hong Kong braces for flash flooding as forecaster issues red and amber rain alerts, and education chiefs suspend afternoon schools

Hong Kong’s Observatory issued a red rainstorm warning signal for the city at 10.35am on Monday.Classes at afternoon schools have been suspended, and the forecaster said further heavy rain could cause serious road flooding and traffic congestion.“Heavy rain will bring flash floods, and flooding is occurring or is expected to occur in watercourses,” it said. “People should stay away from watercourses.”The signal was downgraded to amber about an hour later.Hong Kong’s rainstorm warning system has…


Police and Fire are searching for a 4 year old black male, Quavian Culver,

Police and Fire are searching for a 4 year old black male, Quavian Culver, in the area of Hickman Dr and College Ave. The child was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans and has a thin build


Honoring our heroes on Memorial Day

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –

This year, Memorial Day will be different. We won’t see as many gatherings because of the Covid-19 health crisis. And if events are held, we’ll be reminded to practice social distance. Either way, we can still honor the memory of America’s fallen heroes.

Memorial Day weekend is usually the unofficial start to summer. People hit the road to go on vacation or stay home and grill burgers or hot dogs. But Memorial Day is more than just a day off from work and the end of a three-day holiday weekend. The day comes with a heavy price.

Memorial Day started as Decoration Day. Flowers, wreaths and flags decorated the graves of those who died in service to our country. The first was in 1868. The final resting place of more than 20 thousand civil war soldiers who fought and died for the union and confederacy were decorated in Arlington National Cemetery.

152 years later, a small American flag will be placed on the grave of each man and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice to our nation. They gave their life defending America. They died protecting and preserving the freedoms that we enjoy every day.

There are memorials across our country that serve as a fitting tribute to those who are no longer with us. We may not know their names or their faces, but they deserve a moment of our time.

On Memorial Day, we remember more than 1.2 million of our brothers and sisters who died bravely in U.S. wars and conflicts the past 244 years. From the American revolution to the war in Afghanistan, we should take time to stop and remember, even it`s something as silently saying thank you for your service.

At the same time, let’s also remember the sacrifices their families have made as we continue to enjoy the freedoms their loved ones gave their lives to preserve.


Colorado restaurants shut during COVID-19 pandemic soon could reopen

Colorado restaurants closed for weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic soon could reopen for limited dining under guidelines that state health officials finalized Sunday evening.

No more than 50 people, or half of normal maximum occupancy, would be allowed to dine at restaurants that adhere to the guidelines and restrictions. Food pickup and delivery still would be encouraged.

Gov. Jared Polis is expected to lay out details Monday. No date for reopening has been given.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials have been working with restaurant owners during the past week developing guidelines and protective protocols that restaurants would have to follow.

Outdoor dining also would be encouraged. State health officials are recommending that restaurants work with local authorities to receive permission for expanded outdoor dining.

Health officials said any restaurant that can adhere to the guidelines can reopen. Among the requirements:

— Tables would have to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

— Restaurant employees would have to wear face masks.

— All surfaces and shared spaces would have to be cleaned and disinfected between seatings.

— Groups of people dining together would have to stay together with no mingling.

— No more than eight people could sit together.

— Restaurants would have to encourage or require reservations.

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River safety buoyed by frequent users of the South Saskatchewan

Inland Marine Technologies and the Saskatoon Canoe Club have partnered to install signs on the South Saskatchewan River showing the waterways traffic restrictions.


‘Tis The Season For Misleading Forecast Models

As we get into the summer months, a word of caution to those of you model watchers out there: don’t take the bait.

Forecast models this time of year struggle, because often what drives rain chances aren’t large scale weather patterns, but small scale boundaries and processes that can be difficult to see in real time, let alone model properly. Take today for example. Our highest resolution convection allowing model (CAM) suggested a few isolated showers and storms across North Alabama in the afternoon, with nothing in Middle Tennessee.

So, what actually happened? No rain this afternoon in North Alabama, and in Middle Tennessee…

Another thing to watch out for: hurricanes in the long range model runs. This time of year, there’s almost always a model showing a big hurricane past a week out. The GFS is showing one now entering the Gulf around June 8. This is not likely. The models tend to do this. It’s something that often gets a lot of attention on social media, and doesn’t end up doing much.

So, a word of caution. Know where your weather information is coming from. Models are great tools, but they don’t replace the trained eye of a meteorologist (and many of the pages that post model data like this aren’t run by meteorologists. Just enthusiasts. We’ll keep you informed this summer. And we’ll let you know once something important has piqued our interest and attention. Until then, take what the models say with a grain of salt, and be wary of those who post a few too many model runs.

Alex Puckett
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Calgary city council to vote on conversion therapy ban bylaw Monday

Calgary city council could make history with a vote on a proposed bylaw banning conversion therapy on Monday.


White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

RICHMOND, Va. — Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days.

It’s not going to happen.

A review by The Associated Press found that at least half of the states are not going to meet White House’s deadline and some aren’t even bothering to try.

Only a handful of states, including West Virginia and Rhode Island, have said they’ve already tested every nursing home resident.

Many states said the logistics, costs and manpower needs are too great to test all residents and staff in a two-week window. Some say they need another week or so, while others say they need much more time. California, the most populous state, said it is still working to release a plan that would ensure testing capacity for all residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities statewide.

And still other states are questioning whether testing every nursing home resident and staff, regardless of any other factors, is a good use of time and money.

“At this time it would be fairly useless to do that,” said Nebraska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Anthone, adding that the state would have to repeat the tests almost daily to get more than a snapshot in time, and the state doesn’t have the capacity when there are others who need to be tested.

Anthone said the state was going to stick with the CDC’s guidelines, which call for testing individually when nursing home residents show symptoms or collectively if there is a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in a home.

The varying responses by states to nursing home testing is another example of the country’s patchwork response to the pandemic that also underscores the Trump administration’s limited influence. The president has preferred to offload key responsibilities and decisions to states and governors, despite calls for a coordinated national response.

“All of this is probably not as well thought out as it could have been.” said Dr. Jim Wright, the medical director at a Virginia nursing home where dozens of residents have died. “It sounds more like an impulsive type of directive rather than one that has been completely vetted by providers on the ground.”

On May 11, Trump heralded his administration’s efforts to boost coronavirus testing and said the U.S. had developed the “most advanced robust testing system in the world, by far.” That same day, Vice President Mike Pence hosted a private conference call with the state’s governors, where White House adviser Dr. Deborah Birx requested that each state target nursing homes to help lower the virus’ death toll.

“Start now,” Pence added, according to a recording of the call obtained by the AP.

Trump said later that day at a news conference that he was thinking of making it a mandatory requirement.

“I think it’s very important to do and I think, frankly, some of the governors were very lax with respect to nursing homes,” Trump said.

Birx acknowledged Friday that the two-week recommendation was a challenge but said it was needed because of the particular vulnerability of nursing homes.

“We should never be discouraged by those who can’t get it done,” she said. “We should be encouraged by those who have shown us that it can be done.”

Nursing homes residents, who are typically older and often have underlying medical conditions, have been particularly hard hit by the virus. More than 36,000 residents and staff have died from outbreaks at the nation’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities, according to an AP tally. . That is more than a third of all deaths in the U.S. that have been attributed to the virus.

Nursing home operators have said the lack of testing kits and other resources have left them nearly powerless to stop the virus from entering their facilities because they haven’t been able to identity silent spreaders not showing symptoms.

The American Health Care Association, the main nursing home trade group, said more than half of its members said they were unable to test all residents and staff within two weeks because of a lack of access to testing. The group also estimates that testing every nursing home resident and staff member would involving testing nearly 3 million people at a cost of $440 million.

Even with the tests, nursing homes struggle to find people to administer them and carve out enough time to perform them.

New York, one of the nation’s leaders in nursing home deaths, said this past week it has sent out enough kits to all nursing homes to test every resident though it remains unclear whether they will be done by the deadline.

Delaware Gov. John Carney announced a plan May 5 for universal testing of all residents and staff in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, but the testing program is voluntary. On Friday, the state said three-quarters of long-term care facilities had requested testing kits, and that weekly testing of staff would be mandatory starting in June.

Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris said meeting the White House’s recommendation would mean testing 50,000 people in two weeks when it took three months for the state to test 150,000 people.

“It’s just not possible,” he said.

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St. Albans Barracks//DLS

                                           STATE OF VERMONT                                 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY                                           VERMONT STATE POLICE   PRESS RELEASE                 CASE# 20A202190 TROOPER: Dylan LaMere                                                               STATION: St. Albans Barracks                      CONTACT# 802 524


St. Albans Barracks//DUI,LSA

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE                                                                                                                                                      PRESS RELEASE                 CASE# 20A202191 TROOPER: Dylan LaMere                                                               STATION: St. Albans Barracks


Muslim communities in Edmonton adapt to celebrate Eid al-Fitr amid COVID-19 restrictions

In celebration of Eid al-Fitr, Muslim communities in Edmonton have had to adapt due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Edmonton-area businesses band together amid COVID-19 pandemic

A makeshift conglomerate of Edmonton-area businesses in the building and design community is working together to be stronger during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Fatal encounter with Colorado Springs police prompts investigation

A fatal encounter between Colorado Springs police officers and a man reported as having a weapon Sunday morning has prompted an investigation.

The man died after police tried to arrest him, which led to a struggle and the use of a Taser, according to a summary by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder released Sunday evening. When the Taser appeared ineffective and the man continued to struggle, the summary said, police “controlled” him take him into custody.

“At this time the suspect became limp,” it said.

This happened Sunday morning in Colorado Springs, in the 2700 block of Ashgrove Street, when five officers were dispatched about 9:55 a.m. after a report that the man had a weapon. Police contacted the person who made the report and were told the man was involved in “a disturbance” with neighbors.

When the man collapsed, police called paramedics and tried to revive him. The man was unresponsive and died at the scene.

The coroner is to determine the cause of death. The police were uninjured and have been placed on leave. Elder will lead the investigation, which is required under state law when police use force that leads to the death of a suspect.

El Paso County authorities declined to release the name or age of the suspect or provide other details about this case.


Saskatoon man says neighbour saved daughter from burning house

"He's a hero," Alvin Albert said of Wayne Ermine, who alerted Albert's daughter to the fire.


Can we trust that Beijing’s security law will target Hong Kong’s violent minority only?

After an extraordinary year marked by months of civil unrest and the Covid-19 outbreak, there were hopes that normal life might finally return to Hong Kong. But as most of the world continues to battle the deadly pandemic, Hong Kong faces an existential threat of a different kind.Beijing’s decision to impose a new national security law on the city has plunged it into a new era of fear and uncertainty. The details are not yet known and officials are scrambling to offer reassurance. But once this…


Police responding to shooting in Danville

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Decatur police are responding to a shooting in Danville Sunday.

WHNT News 19 has a crew heading to the scene to get more information.


City of Huntsville to host Memorial Day program virtually

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the City of Huntsville’s Memorial Day program will be held virtually.

“We know the people of Huntsville recognize the great sacrifices of our military, past and present, and we hope this virtual presentation on Memorial Day will allow us to join together in grateful remembrance of the men and women who gave their lives for our nation,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said in a release.  

The ceremony will be held Monday, May 25 at 8 a.m. on the following platforms:

The program will continue to run on HSV TV May 25-31 and will be available to view on-demand on City Video.

This year’s event was filmed at the Veteran’s Memorial and features Mayor Tommy Battle, General Gustave F. Perna, AMC Commander, Redstone Arsenal; Max Bennett, CW4 Army, retired; Joe Fitzgerald, North Alabama’s Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army; and Jim Henderson, AUSA Chaplain. The wreath laying ceremony will include Mayor Battle and Col. Mike Izzo, Alabama National Guard; Gold Star Families representatives Lori Woeber, and her sons Jacob, Nathan, and Owen; and NAVFOC President KC Bertling and Sam Bertling. Music is provided by Dr. David Spencer, performing “Taps” on the trumpet, and Huntsville Fire & Rescue’s Bagpipe Corp performing “Amazing Grace” for the wreath-laying ceremony.


Coronavirus: Kelowna council eyes turning Bernard Avenue into a street patio

One of Kelowna’s main strips could be transformed into a big outdoor patio space just in time for the Canada Day long weekend.


RCMP’s provincial policing contracts posing ‘sustainability challenges’ for the force: memo

The demand for RCMP officers in the provinces and territories outstrips the force's capacity to recruit and train them, causing shortages that have led to officer health and wellness concerns, says a Public Safety Canada document.


Hong Kong researchers to study ozone formation, PM2.5 in Greater Bay Area to check air pollution

Hong Kong’s researchers are planning to study two of the most persistent cross-boundary air pollutants in the Greater Bay Area.The Environmental Protection Department is embarking on a three-year project to study ozone pollution in the Greater Bay Area, while an academic at Chinese University is tracking PM2.5 particulates that affect people with lung and heart problems.Medical experts blame air pollution for causing up to 1,000 premature deaths every year in Hong Kong among vulnerable groups,…


Suzanne Morphew search: Investigators finish search of property near Salida

The authorities investigating the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew were looking for more clues Sunday night after concluding a three-day search of a residence east of Salida.

Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office

Suzanne Morphew

They’ve received hundreds of tips, but Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze is seeking more.

“Someone has that key piece of information in this case that will help us locate Suzanne, and I’m asking our community members to continue to use the tip line (719-312-7530) to provide any information, no matter how inconsequential the tip may seem,” Spezze said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation and Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents joined in the search with Chaffee County deputies at the residence on County Road 105. Investigators went to that site based on leads and wrapped up their search about 5 p.m. Sunday.

“They were unable to make any connection,” Spezze said. The owner was fully cooperative and not connected with the disappearance, he said. Details of the search weren’t made available.

Morphew, 49, was reported missing May 10 after riding her bicycle, authorities said. A neighbor called Chaffee County dispatchers and reported a disappearance.

Since then, authorities searched an area near Maysville after finding a personal item.  A dive team searched along waterways. Spezze asked residents who have home security cameras to save their footage. The investigators, under a search warrant, have taken control of Morphew’s home.

No searches were planned for Monday, but authorities said they would follow up on leads.


Hot air balloons take flight for Alabama Jubilee with changes

DECATUR, Ala. – The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic has been floating over our area for 43 years.

Hot air balloons took to the skies Sunday morning in Decatur. Despite COVID-19, the community got to enjoy the popular tradition.

The highest summer attraction in Decatur

Hot air balloon pilots gathered in Decatur for the first time in 1978. The annual jubilee is a tradition enjoyed by many generations of fans.

“My dream has always been to ride in a balloon more than once,” Alexi Chadwick said. “I’ve got in the basket, but I’ve never flown.”

It’s an event the 10-year-old gets to watch her grandmother run every year.

“I think it’s the third oldest ballooning event in the United States,” Alabama Jubilee President Ramona Evans said.

What a view!

The event sparks excitement for balloon lovers and summer lovers alike.

“It’s a lot of work,” Evans said. “You get to see the result right away because when you look into the faces of all the people out looking at the balloons…there’s just nothing like it.”

Because of COVID-19, organizers had to make major changes to this year’s event to keep within health and spacing guidelines.

That meant fewer balloons and no vendors. The festival’s annual car, tractor and arts and crafts shows didn’t happen this year. And Alexi won’t be flying.

Live it UP – literally

“It’s just sad because I know a lot of people like the jubilee,” Alexi said.

But come 2021, organizers said the sky will be covered in colorful hot air balloons for everyone to enjoy.


Coronavirus: Winnipeg parks busy, but not unruly

Winnipeg parks did not appear packed Sunday, but dozens of people and families set up in Assiniboine Park on the first weekend of relaxed limits on the number of people allowed at social gatherings.


California woman arrested for posting racist notes at homes

A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area has been arrested on suspicion of posting handwritten messages at several homes, targeting Asian Americans and suggesting that those not native to … Click to Continue »


Coronavirus: soaring reliance on single-use plastics stalls zero-waste movement

In a setback for the zero-waste movement, single-use plastics are seeing a resurgence during the new coronavirus pandemic.


Woman rows across Atlantic in memory of childhood sweetheart

Julie Paillin's partner died last year just 11 weeks after rekindling their childhood relationship.


Coronavirus: The unseen key workers keeping things going

Our toilets still flush and our homes still have power in lockdown thanks to these key workers.


Coronavirus: A young carer’s lockdown video diary

Faith has kept a video diary during lockdown as she helps care for her dad.


Coronavirus: NHS nurse shares lockdown journey of carrying triplets

The 29-year-old discovered she was having triplets just as the coronavirus outbreak reached the UK.


Coronavirus: Lockdown leads to walkabout discoveries

Limits on movement have led people to discover interesting spots they were previously oblivious to.


UK turns to delivery cream teas during lockdown

Sweet treat deliveries see a surge in interest during lockdown, search data suggests.


Nearly 70 new coronavirus deaths in Canada as Ontario sees highest case jump since May 8

Overall, Canada reported more than a thousand new cases and 69 new deaths, bringing national figures to 84,686 cases -- including more than 43,000 recoveries -- and 6,424 deaths.


Body recovered from Little River Canyon Sunday

FORT PAYNE, Ala. – The body of a 23-year-old male was recovered at Little River Falls at Little River Canyon National Preserve Sunday afternoon.

Park rangers said the victim had been swimming in the river near a group of friends when he went below the water and didn’t resurface.

The man was not identified. Officials said he was from out of state.

National Park Service rangers, Fischer Rescue Squad, Fort Payne Fire Department, and
DeKalb Ambulance Service all responded to the scene for the rescue and recovery. Officials said the body was recovered around 3 p.m.


After COVID-19 cancelled grad, a Campbell Collegiate senior is fighting to get it back

A Regina high-schooler is listing signatures and solutions on a petition to bring graduation ceremonies back after cancellation.


Coronavirus: How lockdown brought a village closer together

A huge volunteer effort has brought Piddlehinton's 500 residents closer together.


COVID-19 testing ramps up in Colorado as confirmed cases rise to 24,174

Testing has confirmed 24,174 cases of novel coronavirus in Colorado, and 1,332 people infected with the virus have died, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tally Sunday evening.

The number of cases was up by 210, with five more deaths since Saturday.

The number of people tested for COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the virus, reached 150,308, the latest state records show. More than 2,500 people were tested in one day. The actual number of people in Colorado with COVID-19 is thought to be several times higher than the number confirmed by testing.

On Sunday, state records showed 4,119 people have been hospitalized with the virus since it first was detected in Colorado in March.

State health officials were tracking 264 outbreaks at nursing homes, factories, prisons and other group settings.

The health department has changed the way it reports deaths related to the virus, listing the number of fatalities among people with the virus (1,332) as well the number of deaths directly attributed to COVID-19 on a death certificate — 1,088.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby or, possibly, be inhaled into the lungs.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control officials say the virus is more likely to spread when people are in close contact with one another — within about 6 feet. It’s possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Heath experts say they’re still learning more about this virus.

But it is clear that the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily. Health officials monitoring the continuing COVID-19 pandemic say it appears to be spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles.

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Located 9 year old child from the area of Old Winterville Rd.

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Three Saskatoon residents fight fire with garden hoses

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**Update 2** Lane Blockage I-84 Near Milepost 46.5, in Meridian

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(208) 846-7550

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For Immediate Release: 5/24/2020 4:04 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

**Update 2**

On May 24, 2020, at 1:05 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle crash westbound Interstate 84 at milepost 46.8, in Meridian.

The driver of a 2016 Ford F150 pickup was driving westbound on Interstate 84 when they experienced a medical issue. The pickup left the roadway and came to rest in a canal. The driver was not transported.

The right lane was blocked for one hour while crews worked to clear the scene.

The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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**Update**

All lanes of travel are back open.

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White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Sunday broadened its travel ban against countries hard-hit by the coronavirus by denying admission to foreigners who have been in Brazil during the two-week period before they hoped to enter the U.S.

President Donald Trump had already banned travel from the United Kingdom, Europe and China. He said last week that he was considering similar restrictions for Brazil.

The U.S. leads the world in the number of confirmed cases, followed by Brazil, now Latin America’s hardest-hit country. Third on the list is Russia.

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany cast Trump’s latest move as one designed to “protect our country.”

The ban on travel from Brazil takes effect late Thursday. As with the other bans, it does not apply to legal permanent residents. A spouse, parent or child of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident also would be allowed to enter the country.

Brazil has reported more than 347,000 COVID-19 cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University count. It also has recorded more than 22,000 deaths, fifth-most in the world.

The U.S. has the highest number of infections, at more than 1.6 million, and has seen more than 97,000 deaths.


Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) Offense: 1600 Block of Good Hope Road, Southeast

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Seventh District announced an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) offense that occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2020, in the 1600 block of Good Hope Road, Southeast.

At approximately 8:14 pm, the suspect and victim were engaged in an altercation at the listed location. During the altercation, the suspect brandished a knife and stabbed the victim. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers. The victim sought medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

On Saturday May 23, 2020, 52 year-old Patrica Samuel, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).


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Intoxicated/Impaired Driver

4810 E Washington Ave
MPD Officers were sent to the Citgo Gas Station for a male subject who was dancing around his parked vehicle, and also yelling at store patrons. & #8230;


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Arrest Made in a Kidnapping, Robbery and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) Offenses: 1400 Block of Perry Place, Northwest

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division announced an arrest has been made in reference to a Kidnapping, Robbery and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) offense that occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2020, in the 1400 block of Perry Place, Northwest.

approximately 4:30 am, the suspect encountered the victim, inside a residence, at the listed location. The suspect demanded the victim’s debit card and PIN number. The victim complied. When the suspect discovered the victim provided the incorrect PIN number, the suspect held the victim against their will. The suspect then brandished a knife and stabbed the victim. The victim was able to flee the scene. Responding officers apprehended the suspect. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

On Saturday May 23, 2020, 55 year-old Rochell Ardell Crowder, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Kidnapping, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife), and Robbery.

This case remains under investigation.

Anyone who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.


Operation LASER: A timeline of the Canadian Forces deployment to seniors homes

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Excitement, nervousness among Montreal retailers preparing to reopen

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Missing 9 yr old black in the area of Old Winterville Rd

Missing 9 yr old black in the area of Old Winterville Rd


Coronavirus: Bottle drive raises money for the Lakeshore General Hospital

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Coronavirus: Mississauga mosque celebrates socially distant Eid with drive-thru gift handouts

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Bricks laid to honour RCMP veterans and their widows at new memorial site

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Derby Barracks/Crash Injury

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Shaftsbury Barracks/ Excessive Speed

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A Chick-fil-A in San Antonio hosted its own high school graduation for employees

(CNN) — The Class of 2020 is graduating at a strange time, with ceremonies canceled across the country and many going virtual.

But at one Chick-fil-A in San Antonio, Texas, store employees got creative to celebrate their school graduates.

In an outdoor ceremony, a store employee called the graduates’ names as those in attendance dutifully wore face masks and gloves. They walked down a red carpet, where they received a fancy graduation stole and a gift basket, before posing for photos.

“While this may not be how you guys pictured graduation a few years ago, months ago, or even days ago, we wanted to make sure that you guys were celebrated in a way that we could all be here and celebrate you guys for the accomplishment you have made,” a store employee said at the start of the ceremony. “We know it took a lot of hard work and determination, so we did not want that to go uncelebrated.”

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of many graduation ceremonies, amidst stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures.

Some school districts adapted to the new normal, doing drive-in graduations, virtual ceremonies and even door-to-door diploma deliveries.

Celebrities have also stepped up to the plate. LeBron James, for example, hosted his own prime-time TV graduation for seniors, complete with musical guests and a digital yearbook.


Edmonton officials warn North Saskatchewan River is ‘unsafe’ after Sunday morning dog rescue

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Moving Soon? Don’t Let Scammers Turn Relocation into an Expensive Nightmare

Many consumers may be moving soon, either because of the COVID-19 pandemic or other reasons. Careful research before hiring a moving company is necessary to avoid falling victim to a moving scam. Scammers can turn relocating into an expensive nightmare. These scams run the gamut from missing items, massive price hikes, and in some cases, goods being held hostage for additional payment.

How a Moving Scam Works:

There are several versions of moving scams. The simplest is getting a quote and leaving a deposit, but the “movers” never show. In another variation, the moving company quotes a price based on weight. After loading, they inform you that your belongings went over the weight estimate and the additional weight will be a lot more per pound (sometimes double).

With the most egregious scheme, everything seems to be fine. The movers quote a price, arrive on time, and load your belongings on a truck. But when the truck doesn’t show up at your new home, either your belongings are simply gone forever or are being held “hostage” and you have to pay another fee before scammers will deliver them.

Tips to Spot a Moving Scam: 

  • Watch out for signs of a fly-by-night company. Look out for company websites that have no address and no information about a mover’s registration or insurance. Another warning is if telephone calls are answered with a generic “mover” rather than a company name, or the mover uses rented trucks. Another tip-off is the moving company that doesn’t make an on-site inspection but does estimates over the phone. 
  • Be wary of unusual requests. If a mover asks for a large down payment or full payment in advance, that may be a warning sign. And if a company says it won’t return your items to you without more money than you agreed to pay, contact BBB or local law enforcement for help.
  • Get everything in writing. Check licensing with the authorities (in the U.S., use this tool from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to check out interstate movers), confirm insurance coverage, and get a written contract. Carefully read the terms and conditions of the contract, as well as the limits of liability and any disclaimers. Make sure pick-up and delivery dates are spelled out and understand how the rate is being calculated. Don’t pay cash and don’t prepay or make a large deposit. Understand the terms of the insurance coverage and consider purchasing full value protection.
  • Keep an inventory of your belongings. Make a detailed inventory of your property and number the boxes they are packed in for tracking. Know that a mover is not liable for loss or damage of contents in customer-packed boxes unless there is provable negligence on the part of the mover.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything you don’t understand. If the moving company can’t or won’t answer your questions, you might want to look for another mover.

The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) has provided Guidance for Consumers Moving During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Among their tips are to follow CDC guidelines, ask how the movers will mitigate health risks of COVID-19, and provide cleaning products and/or hand sanitizer for your movers. 

Infographic: Five Reasons Why TRUST Matters When Hiring a Mover

For more tips to help you find a trustworthy moving company, read BBB’s Tips on hiring a mover.

To report a moving scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.

To learn how to protect yourself, go to 10 Steps to Avoid Scams

Source: BBB.org


BBB Warns of Tech Company Charging Consumers Unnecessary Fees to Set Up Roku Devices

CaliGeeks, Inc., purportedly based in Garland, Texas, currently has an “F” rating with BBB Serving North Central Texas due to its failure to respond to 27 complaints filed against the business. Customers told BBB that CaliGeeks misled them into paying unnecessary fees to activate their Roku devices. The company has received 45 complaints in the last year.  This scheme has affected customers from over 25 states in the US, including Alabama. The company continues to receive new complaints, as many Americans spend more time at home due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Customers attempting to activate their Roku streaming devices and Roku enabled smart televisions told Better Business Bureau that, after seeing an error message, they were directed to call CaliGeeks, Inc. According to BBB complaints, once customers called CaliGeeks, representatives of the company posed as authorized agents or employees of Roku, Inc. Customers stated that they were subsequently charged an unnecessary activation fee ranging from $79.99 – $249.99 and were led to believe that this fee was required to enable their Roku device.

Roku, Inc., confirms on its website that there is no activation fee to initiate service. Roku specifically advises against paying any fees to enable their devices and suggests that customers ignore any requests to do so. 

The prompt to call CaliGeeks, Inc., allegedly happens when setting up electronics and smart devices. BBB cautions the public that even smart televisions can be compromised by tech savvy schemes. If customers questioned the fee, they said that they were provided reasons why the fee is now required: a new law, new policy implemented by Roku, Inc. or the device would not work without this intervention.  

BBB has issued warnings about misleading technical support schemes. However, recent events have caused an uptick in sales and use of electronic devices. “It is even more important now to be warry of schemes that involve computers and smart devices,” says Phylissia Clark, Vice President of Public Relations and Communications for BBB Serving North Central Texas. “With everyone entertaining families and working from home, our computers, phones, and smart televisions will be more vulnerable to compromise than ever.”  

BBB also warns the public not to underestimate the potential for malware to be installed on your devices. Another complainant against CaliGeeks, a resident of Highland, Illinois, told BBB, “They created a virus that cost me an additional $300 to correct. This company is corrupt.”

Due to a pattern of complaints, BBB Serving North Central Texas opened an investigation into CaliGeeks, Inc. in late February 2020. On February 20, 2020, BBB requested that CaliGeeks clarify its relationship with Roku, Inc. To date, the company has been unresponsive to BBB’s request for clarification. BBB warns consumers nationwide to be on the alert for this type of scam. If you paid a third-party to activate or access your Roku streaming device, believing that it was required, BBB provides the following tips:

  • If you see an error message, make sure that you are calling Roku and work with them directly
  • If you believe that you have interacted with a fraudulent website, email Roku (customer.advocate@roku.com)
  • Call your credit card company to request that charges be reversed
  • Check your bank and credit card statements for inaccuracies
  • Remove any software that the third-party may have installed on your devices and run a malware scan
  • Change any passwords for programs that you used on these devices, including the password to access your Roku.com account
  • File a complaint with Better Business Bureau to alert BBB of the occurrence
  • File a complaint with Federal Trade Commission
  • Be sure to include the following information in any complaint: the website address of any fraudulent website, any phone numbers that you were prompted to call, details about how you were approached to pay the fee to install your Roku device. 

Source: BBB.org

To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, go to https://www.bbb.org


Colorado National Guard to conduct Memorial Day military helicopter flyovers

Colorado National Guard pilots plan to fly helicopters over metro Denver, Colorado Springs and the Western Slope on Monday in a Memorial Day salute to Coloradans who died on missions abroad and to health care workers and emergency responders helping residents amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting at 9 a.m. until around noon, the pilots will be flying one CH-47 Chinook, two UH-60 Black Hawks, one LUH-72 Lakota, and two UH-60s. The pilots plan to fly three routes — two along the Front Range and one on the Western Slope.

“We are really excited that U.S. Army leadership has allowed us to focus some of our training hours to thank our veterans and the health care workers and first responders caring for them during these difficult times,” U.S. Army Col. William Gentle said. “This Memorial Day is unique but no less important than any other in our nation’s history. We must never forget those who have sacrificed so much to keep this great nation free.”

Colorado National Guard officials said people watching for the helicopters should maintain safe distances in accordance with COVID-19 control protocols.

Here are approximate locations and times when the helicopters likely will be visible:

Route 1

8:30 a.m. — Buckley AFB
8:45 a.m. — Centennial Airport, Centennial
10 a.m. — J.S Parker Cemetery, Parker
10:10 a.m. — Highlands Ranch
10:15 a.m. — Ft Logan National Cemetery, Englewood
10:20 a.m. — Arvada
10:25 a.m. – Thornton
10:35 a.m. — Denver
10:45 a.m. — Centennial Airport

Route 2

10:55 a.m. — Centennial Airport
11:30 a.m. — Colorado Springs
Noon — Buckley AFB

Route 3

9 a.m. — High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (Gypsum)
9:25 a.m. — Rifle
9:50 a.m. — Grand Junction
10:15 a.m. — Montrose/ Fuel
11:30 a.m. — Silverton
12:25 p.m. — Gunnision
1 p.m. — Gypsum


Crayola unveils new packs of crayons to reflect world’s skin tones

 (CNN) — Crayola will release new packs of crayons to represent the world’s skin tones, the company revealed Thursday.

The 135 year old arts and crafts behemoth developed 24 new “Colors of the World” crayons designed to represent over 40 skin tones across the world, said the company in a press release.

Crayola announced the new crayons in conjunction with UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

(PRNewsfoto/Crayola)

“With the world growing more diverse than ever before, Crayola hopes our new Colors of the World crayons will increase representation and foster a greater sense of belonging and acceptance,” said Crayola CEO Rich Wuerthele in the release. “We want the new Colors of the World crayons to advance inclusion within creativity and impact how kids express themselves.”

To ensure the crayons accurately reflect the world’s array of skin tones, Crayola partnered with Victor Casale, CEO and co-founder of cosmetics maker MOB Beauty.

The Colors of the World crayons will come in packs of 24 and 32, with the 32-pack also including four crayons each for hair and eye colors, according to the company. Each pack will also include a side panel that serves as a color reference, while each crayon label lists the color name in English, Spanish, and French.

The crayons include color names like “Light Golden, Deep Almond, and Medium Deep Rose.”

Both crayon packs are slated for release in July, in time for back to school season, said Crayola.


2 new coronavirus cases reported in Saskatchewan, active cases continue to drop

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Business-related air travel drastically slowed due to COVID-19 pandemic in Saskatoon

Foot traffic at SKYxe has dropped by roughly 90 per cent since this time last year.


VSP St Johnsbury / 20A402517

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N.L. hasn’t had any new coronavirus cases in 17 days, officials say

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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on May 24

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Colorado wildfires: Las Animas County blaze sparked by lightning burns across more than 11,087 acres

Firefighters with air support on Sunday were suppressing a lightning-sparked wildfire in southeastern Colorado that had burned more than 11,087 acres over the past four days.

“It could increase by another 1,000 acres, depending on humidity and winds,” state fire prevention division spokeswoman Caley Fisher said.

Volunteer firefighters came from two local departments and were battling the blaze, called the Cherry Canyon Fire, near cliffs in rugged terrain along the Purgatoire River on private land. It started Wednesday.

“They’ve got helicopters and an air tanker,” Fisher said.

No people or buildings were threatened. But the authorities in Las Animas County aided by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control decided to suppress this wildfire “because it is a fire and we don’t want it to get out of hand,” Fisher said. “We’ve got some pretty severe temperatures and high winds, and we don’t want it to get out of control.”

Fire crews were working to contain the wildfire on the north side of  U.S. Highway 160, east of Las Animas County Road 179 and west of Colorado Highway 109.

A nearby wildfire on about 120 acres northeast of the Cherry Canyon Fire, of unknown origin, was largely contained Sunday afternoon.


**Update** Lane Blockage I-84 Near Milepost 46.5, in Meridian

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(208) 846-7550

Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 5/24/2020 1:26 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

**Update**

All lanes of travel are back open.

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CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll Ont. to return to full production Monday

The new schedule that's rolling out Monday involves employees working two shifts instead of three, and keeping one-third of workers will off at all times.


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(208) 846-7550

Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 5/24/2020 1:23 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

Idaho State Police is on scene of a crash eastbound I-84 near milepost 46.5, in Meridian. The right lane is blocked. Motorists are advised to use caution.

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MPs to resume debate over House of Commons schedule amid coronavirus pandemic

The Liberals will seek to advance their proposal that the full resumption of Parliament be waived in favour of expanding the special COVID-19 committee that has been acting as a sort of stand-in for the Commons.


Homicide: 1600 Block of Savannah Street, Southeast

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2020, in the 1600 block of Savannah Street, Southeast.

At approximately 7:53 pm members of the Seventh District were flagged down in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious adult female, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. Additionally, a second victim, an adult male, was located at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The decedent has been identified as 71 year-old Sheila Lucas, of Southeast, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.


Homicide: 1800 Block of Gainesville Street, Southeast

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, May 24, 2020, in the 1800 block of Gainesville Street, Southeast.

At approximately 1:25 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious adult male, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 26 year-old Kayvon Kinney, of Southeast, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.


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‘No Asians allowed.’ Woman accused of posting hateful fliers, California cops say

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Toronto mayor criticized amid allegations of lack of physical distancing at Trinity Bellwoods

"The mayor will make sure his mask is on properly when he is out in public in situations where public health and physical distancing guidelines recommend wearing one," said John Tory's press secretary.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 22E – Linn County (Photo)

On Sunday, May 24, 2020 at approximately 1:29 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 22E near MP 64.5.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Subaru Legacy, operated by Brian Beveridge (48) of Scappoose, was traveling westbound on Hwy 22E and crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a Nissan Frontier operated by Matthew Baker (49) of Bend.

Beveridge sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  

Baker was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by Detroit / Idanha Fire Department and ODOT    


Blackburn shooting: Sixth murder charge over Aya Hachem death

Law student Aya Hachem, 19, died when shots were fired from a passing car near a supermarket.


Huddersfield owner Phil Hodgkinson warns ’50 or 60 clubs’ could go bust

The English football pyramid will be destroyed unless the game starts to plan beyond the 2019-20 season, says Huddersfield owner Phil Hodgkinson.


Meal service continuing for Madison City Schools students

MADISON, Ala. – Madison City Schools is partnering with local nonprofits to keep students fed throughout the summer.

Starting June 2, and every Tuesday, nonprofits will be offering a light, non-perishable food bag at Discovery Middle School.

The grab-and-go food will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

In a statement, Madison City Schools thanked nonprofits for their assistance throughout the entire national emergency.

If there are special circumstances where MCS families need food assistance, MCS says to contact social worker Briana Hawkins at bbhawkins@madisoncity.k12.al.us.

Those interested in donating should contact the MCS Development Office at lshaw@madisoncity.k12.al.us.


Alabama Secretary of State confirms absentee ballots will be only vote-by-mail option

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has confirmed there will be no direct mail voting in Alabama in the 2020 election.

In a response to a tweet from President Donald Trump, Merrill said absentee voting and physically heading to the polls will be the only option:

“Don’t worry @realDonaldTrump, WE WILL NOT have direct mail in voting in Alabama! We have provided an excuse provision for anyone that wants to vote absentee and our polling sites will be open for anyone that wants to vote in person! Keep working hard to Make America Great Again!”

-Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill


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Lincoln Has Eighth Death From COVID-19

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that an eighth resident has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln. Another 29 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln today, bringing the community total to 1,056.

Health Director Pat Lopez said the man who died was a known case. He was hospitalized at the time of his death and had underlying health conditions. On behalf of the city, Mayor Gaylor Baird extended condolences to the man's family and friends.

Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data.


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Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau President Judy Ryals says many businesses devastated by COVID-19 pandemic come from same industry

It’s easy to tick off a list of businesses hurt by the pandemic.

Judy Ryals, Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau President, says many of them are part of the same industry that’s been devastated – the tourist industry.

You can watch our full interview with Ryals below:


Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau President Judy Ryals says many businesses devastated by COVID-19 pandemic come from same industry

It’s easy to tick off a list of businesses hurt by the pandemic.

Judy Ryals, Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau President, says many of them are part of the same industry that’s been devastated – the tourist industry.

You can watch our full interview with Ryals below:


State grants variances for Garfield County churches, gyms, restaurants to open at half-capacity

Restaurants, fitness facilities and gyms can immediately re-open at half capacity after the state approved a variance request Saturday from Garfield County.

In a news release, the county states businesses must still meet social distancing requirements as detailed in the variance requests:

Five of six variance requests were granted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The only request not granted was to reopen large tourist attractions, such as the hot springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

“The request to reopen large tourist attractions was not approved, but will be reevaluated June 1,” the release states.

Read more from out partners at the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent.


Advocates applaud country star Paul Brandt as head of Alberta’s new human trafficking task force

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Hong Kong lawyer attacked by black-clad mob near protests against proposed national security law

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Havant stabbing: Man killed and woman seriously hurt

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Alabama unemployment website experiencing severe technical issues

Hundreds of Alabama residents are unable to file weekly unemployment certifications.

Multiple viewers have emailed and posted on WHNT News 19’s social media pages saying when they attempt to file their weekly certifications, the website locks them out and gives this error message:

“Your access to the Internet Weekly Claim System has been suspended.
You have had two chances to enter earnings for your claim.
Failure to call within 4 calendar days from today’s date could result in a denial of benefits.”

The system then asks applicants to call the Alabama Department of Labor’s existing benefits line at (800) 361-4524.

Multiple viewers have reported issues reaching anybody by phone as well.

WHNT News 19 has reached out to the Alabama Department of Labor and is waiting for a response on the issues.

A post on the Alabama Department of Labor’s Facebook page shows hundreds of Alabama residents are having the same issues.


‘A failed venture’: Unifor president says Canada needs better long-term care system

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El Paso County restaurants granted variance to reopen indoor dining

Restaurants in El Paso County can restart indoor dining service immediately after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment granted a variance request made by the county’s public health department.

El Paso County Public Health was notified of CDPHE’s approval, under specific guidelines, late Saturday night.

As part of the variance, restaurants are required to limit indoor seating to 50% capacity and ensure a minimum of 28 square feet per person in order to maintain six feet of social distancing. No more than 50 people can be seated inside a restaurant at a given time.

Seating must be laid out to ensure a minimum of six feet between seats at different tables, and groups cannot exceed 10 people and must be from the same household or “consistent social group.”

Restaurants have also been asked to keep information on seating and departure times for each party for 21 days. That includes taking the name and phone number of at least one adult in the group. Information will be provided to the public health department upon request if it needs to notify others of a COVID-19 outbreak.

The variance will be rescinded if El Paso County were to have more than 715 cases during a two-weed period.

Among the other requirements:

  • Self-serve buffets are prohibited. All food must be plated or served as carry-out by staff.
  • Only single use items may be provided to customers, and multi-use condiment containers are prohibited.
  • Employees who consistently come within six feet of others in the restaurant must wear a cloth face covering over their noses and mouths, unless it negatively affects their health. Facilities must make an effort to provide masks.
  • Surfaces touched often throughout a restaurant, like doorknobs, railings, countertops and bathrooms, must be disinfected every two hours.

For more information on the variance, visit elpasocountyhealth.org.


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Deadly assault suspect believed armed near Derby state park

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Ontario reports 460 new coronavirus cases, marking highest increase in over 2 weeks

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Rochdale scrapyard fire: Two 12-year-olds arrested

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Denver weather: Cooler, chance for thunderstorms Sunday

Denver will be cooler on Sunday and parts of the state could see severe weather.

The high temperature in the Denver metro area is expected to be 58 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. There’s also a good chance for rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Rain and strong thunderstorms are also possible across the plains today, especially south of I-70, the weather service warned.

Rain and snow are likely in the mountains. Locations above 10,000 feet could see 3-8 inches of snow, they said. Most mountain towns can expect to see less than an inch of accumulation, though.

Memorial Day is expected to be a bit warmer in the metro area, with high a temperature around 65 degrees and a slight chance for rain and severe weather. The sun is expected to really make a comeback on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs around 80, the weather service predicts.


Minister urges Canadian farmers, growers to access support program amid COVID-19

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Sen. Doug Jones introduces legislation to bring medical manufacturing jobs to Alabama

In Washington this week, Alabama Senator Doug Jones introduced legislation that could bring new jobs to our state.

Sen. Jones says as the COVID-19 crisis continues, we are going to have to replenish the national stockpile of masks, gowns, face shields, and medical equipment like ventilators for the future.

His legislation would create tax deductions for businesses to repurpose existing facilities or build new ones, so Alabama workers could make those items.

Jones says with so many jobs leaving existing facilities like the Goodyear plant in Gadsden, he’d like to see new health care manufacturing move in and keep those workers employed here at home.


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500 cars show up for an old-fashioned Saturday drive-in movie at MidCity Huntsville

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Organizers say about 500 cars showed up and dozens came to spread out on blankets to watch Wonder Woman at a drive-in at The Camp.

It was an opportunity to practice social distancing and still go to the movies. Employees at the camp wore masks and gloves to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, the event was shut down early due to lightning in the area, but MidCity plans to do a drive-in movie every two weeks.


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Memorial Day’s sea of flags will be missing from national cemeteries because of coronavirus

The sight of thousands of tiny American flags precisely pegged against rows of symmetrically aligned headstones in the nation’s national cemeteries has been a rite of each Memorial Day for as long as can be remembered.

This year, that symphony of flags will not be seen, the casualties of a national pandemic leaving its own mark on history.

“That’s how it is, though. It’s very sad,” said Morrison Fussner, the founder of Flags for Fallen Vets, a Texas-based nonprofit that each year places about 650,000 of those tiny flags at the base of each veteran’s grave marker in 13 national cemeteries, including the three in Colorado.

“Our whole purpose to exist is to ensure those flags get placed,” Fussner said. “It is what we do. We place them for all in a cemetery.”

But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on May 13 made it clear: No en masse placing of flags this year. Individual families may do so during a private visit to the graves, including flowers. Social distancing is encouraged.

“This year, by necessity, will be different from past Memorial Day observances,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a press release, noting the traditional laying of wreaths will continue without a public audience.

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Nina Dulacki wipes away tears during a visit to her parent’s gravestone, Edward and Antoinette Dulacki at the Ft. Logan National Cemetery on May 23, 2020.

At Fort Logan National Cemetery, that ceremony occurred on Thursday and was attended by cemetery staff.

In a nearby storage locker, about 100,000 small flags will remain until next year and the nearly 3,000 volunteers who place them in Fort Logan will remain at home, Fussner said.

“They just don’t want 3,000 people out there at the same time, and I get it,” said Fussner, himself a third-generation Marine Corps veteran. “Nothing stops us from remembering them on Monday and what that day really stands for.”

That’s how elementary school principal Ann Ramirez sees it. She and family will go to Fort Logan on Monday for the first time, to pay tribute to her late father, Korean War veteran Norman Harpole, and his wife, Vivian. The couple, married for 65 years, died just six weeks apart; Norman, 86, in March and Vivian, 84, in April.

The couple was interred on Saturday.

“For me, it is my first Memorial Day needing or desiring to visit somebody,” she said in a telephone interview. “It was getting close, and this is what you do on Memorial Day, especially because he’s a veteran. It’s a special time for families, whether there’s COVID or not.”

Anne Ramirez holds pictures, one of ...
Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Anne Ramirez holds pictures, one of her father, Army veteran Norm Harpole, left, and a picture of Norm with his wife, Anne’s mother, Vivian Harpole in front of her home May 23, 2020. Both Norm and Vivian passed away recently.

Like many of his generation, Norman wasn’t much to talk about his military service – he was an Army cook stationed in Japan – but came to understand the needs of veterans as a member of the American Legion, Ramirez said. He worked as its chaplain and ministered to veterans for many years, she said.

“He used to talk about the first time anyone had ever thanked him for his service,” she recalled. “He was tearful and grateful. For so many years he squelched that. If vets don’t take care of each other, who will? He took great honor to do that.”

At All Veterans Funeral & Cremation in Wheat Ridge, more than 60 families have chosen to delay burial at Fort Logan because of the continued restrictions on full military honors because of the pandemic.

“The entire mission of our company is to serve veterans and their families, and there’s not a time more reflective of that than Memorial Day,” said Al Kamm, who runs the business with his sister, Tommie. It was started by their late father, Vietnam veteran Tom Kamm.

“Here we are, months later (after stay-at-home orders were issued), with a holiday and nothing’s changed and it remains devastating,” he said. “It’s another layer of grief because they can’t honor them with that service they had hoped for.”

In an effort to assuage the emotions, the Kamms have begun offering cremations that include a donated retired flag. As a memorial, the Kamms also offer families several of the stars cut from those flags.

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

All Veterans Funeral and Cremation location leader, Alistair Kamm, left, and funeral director Michael Neel, demonstrate the process of cutting out stars of a retired, donated American flag at the All Veterans Funeral and Cremation Care Center May 22, 2020.

“We may not be able to do the service they deserve but we can do that,” he said, noting the preferred method of disposing of a retired flag is to burn it.

For Kay Corken of Parker, waiting to give a full military funeral to her father, Vernon Haas, is important.

The World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy hardly spoke of his time in the military, Corken said, but she understood the sacrifices he must have made and came to appreciate its significance.

A life-long Coloradan, Haas died on May 7 at the age of 94.

“Sure, we want closure, but I want him to have the service he so deserves,” Corken said. “I’m not sure when that will be and I’m not sure I won’t run out of patience. It’s hard to wait, but it’s not something we need right this second.”

A Memorial Day without the chance to visit a gravestone is different than what she had expected, Corken said, but paying homage to a proud veteran is a worthy sacrifice to make. The remains of her mother, Ruby, will be reinterred with him, Corken said.

“I want his two grandsons to understand and always remember that legacy, to have that (memorial) service embedded into their mind,” she said. “Over time people forget about the time of that great generation, the wars, and the veterans that are so important.”

She paused, her voice cracking.

“The whole thing, the ceremony, is to have that memory of him, of what he did and how he served,” Corken said. “It’s momentous.”


The president says all-mail ballots benefit Democrats and lead to rampant voter fraud. Colorado says no

At least 67 Wisconsin voters and poll workers contracted COVID-19 after participating in that state’s in-person primary election last month. Still, many Republicans from President Donald Trump on down are resisting the idea of conducting November’s election via mail-in ballot — mainly on the grounds that the results would be vulnerable to election fraud.

Colorado’s experience shows that vote by mail can be at least as secure as in-person voting while increasing turnout.

The coronavirus pandemic has raised the question of whether to implement universal, all-mail voting in the 45 states that don’t already have it. Of those states, 36 already provide no-excuse absentee ballots, but voters have to ask for them. As the virus spread through primary season, states delayed elections entirely or became entangled in legal battles and confusion. The issue is growing more urgent as states look ahead to November’s presidential election without a clear idea of how widespread the coronavirus will be then.

“What the pandemic has exposed is the significant vulnerabilities and risks with most states reliant on in-person voting as the primary method of voting,” Amber McReynolds, chief executive officer of the National Vote at Home Institute and Coalition, said.

McReynolds, a former Denver elections director, helped design Colorado’s vote-by-mail system, which is often referred to as the gold standard.

By early April, a third of states had contacted Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswoldfor advice as they tried to build their own systems before the November election. By the second week in May, election officials in all 50 states were on calls with each other about the possibility of all-mail elections. The National Vote at Home Institute rolled out a 50-state analysis and plan to expand vote-at-home policies. Griswold, a Democrat, has advocated for expanding Colorado’s system across all 50 states so every eligible voter can cast a vote during the pandemic.

Still, partisanship and misinformation may prevent many states from making changes.

Election judges process incoming ballots at ...
RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Election judges process incoming ballots at the Denver Election Headquarters in Denver during Colorado’s Super Tuesday Primary on March 3, 2020.

Popular with voters

Colorado followed Oregon and Washington state in adopting all-mail ballot elections, holding the first one in 2014. The state continues to see record turnout, according to the secretary of state’s office. In 2018, Colorado had the second highest turnout rate in the country. The switch to all-mail ballots yielded a 9.4% increase in overall turnout among registered voters for the state, even when other states were seeing a decline in rates between 2010 and 2014, according to a study by a group of university political scientists released this month. The most significant increase was among younger voters.

Nationwide, the majority of voters across the political spectrum are in favor of remote voting. An April poll from Reuters/Ipsos found that 79% of Democrats and 65% of Republicans supported giving all voters mail-in ballots in the 2020 general election.

The spread of the highly contagious coronavirus has cemented voters’ interest in that approach. In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March, a majority of respondents said they would feel uncomfortable voting in person in the presidential primaries during the pandemic.

Still, Republicans are fighting the expansion of all-mail elections across the country, while Democrats are in favor of it. The Republican National Committee and Trump’s re-election campaign have budgeted $20 million to fight Democrats’ changes to voting rules in battleground states.

The GOP’s chief argument is that voting by mail is less secure.

“It’s subject to tremendous corruption — cheating,” Trump told reporters during a White House meeting May 13 with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.

But one of Trump’s own appointees is among the many who have lauded Colorado as having among the most secure elections in the country. In the 2018 election, Colorado forwarded only 0.0027% out of 2.5 million ballots for fraud investigation, Griswold said.

“We’d love to continue to use you as an example of what other states can adopt,” then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a training in Denver in 2018.

Many Colorado Republicans such as former Secretary of State Wayne Williams are also advocates of mail voting, though Republicans opposed the effort in 2013. Paper ballots, signature verifications, a risk-limiting audit and voter list checks make it safe, supporters say.

Republicans elsewhere also believe mail-in ballots would increase the number of Democratic voters. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston last month said he agreed with the president that an increase in absentee ballots would be “devastating to Republicans.”

“Every registered voter is going to get one of these,” Ralston said. “Now I ask you … what was turnout in the primary back in 2018 or 2016. Was it 100%? No. No. It’s way, way, way lower. This will certainly drive up turnout.”

Scott Olson, Getty Images

An aerial view from a drone shows voters waiting in line to enter a polling place at Riverside University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 07, 2020. Voters waited in line about two hours at the school, one of the few polling places open in the city after most were consolidated due to a shortage of poll workers fearful of contracting COVID-19.

Colorado’s increase in turnout, however, hasn’t benefited one party over another, according to the research paper released this month. The increased turnout in 2014 for both parties was almost identical. Independent voter participation, however, increased the most. That year, Republican Cory Gardner unseated then-U.S. Sen. Mark Udall[cq comment=”cq”], and Republicans won three of four other state seats.

The GOP in other states such as Florida also has relied on mail ballots as a key tool in winning their elections.

Despite that success, Gardner has said in media interviews that he opposes efforts by congressional Democrats to help states adopt all-mail voting because states should decide how to run their own elections.

States without all-mail ballots have rules allowing voters to request absentee ballots in some circumstances, but the reasons allowed vary by state. In Texas, the Republican attorney general is seeking to force counties to reject absentee ballots that are requested solely because of the voter’s fear of catching the coronavirus.

“What’s interesting is in every single state voters have the option to request a ballot by mail, what we’re seeing right now is an inevitable huge increase in voters doing that,” McReynolds said.

That’s evidenced in states like Georgia, Wisconsin and Ohio that have had hundreds of thousands of additional absentee ballot requests, she said.

“Voters are the ones asking for this,” McReynolds said. “It’s not up to the policy makers to decide how many there will be.”

Kathryn Scott, Special to The Denver Post

Election judges Michael Michalek, left, and Adam Ballinger collect ballots from cars, bicycles, and pedestrians at the drive-through, drop-off location in front of the City and County Building on May 7, 2019.

Running out of time

Moving all states to a full vote-by-mail system couldn’t happen overnight even if with bipartisan support for the idea.

Some states have constitutional provisions about how balloting should take place, and there’s the issue of vendor supply. Ballot printers have warned that states need to decide soon if they want to have enough mail ballots ready for the election. It will also take time to updated processes and databases and train election workers.

“Even in Colorado, we phased this in over more than a decade, and even last year, we made additional tweaks in the process to make it better,” Williams said.

But Griswold and Williams believe Colorado’s system can serve as a model for others.

Williams favors a mixed approach that expands the option to get absentee mail ballots while offering in-person voting that abides by social distancing guidelines.

Griswold is advocating for Congress to act to help states get the resources they need.

“We’re just really wanting to help states think about what they need to do to quickly to expand vote by mail … The last thing any of us want to see is the pandemic used as a way to suppress voter turnout in November,” Griswold said.


Colorado wildlife agency’s past research raises questions about mountain lion hunting levels

Five years ago, Colorado Parks and Wildlife scientists found that killing mountain lions at the levels agency managers allow across much of the state — including what’s now being planned for the next decade on the Western Slope — will lead to declining numbers, contrary to the goal of ensuring stability for this species.

The CPW biologists determined, from research done between 2004 and 2014 for the purpose of guiding agency decision-making, that wildlife managers cannot let hunters kill more than 12% of lions a year without triggering a decline, according to a report summarizing results and preliminary analysis.

But in proposing a hunting rate of up to 15% a year in western Colorado, state wildlife officials appear to be overriding those early findings — and not discussing why, beyond declaring the data flawed.

The numbers from the mountain lion study, conducted by CPW scientist Ken Logan, “have since changed and are no longer valid,” agency spokesman Travis Duncan said.

State officials would not elaborate, and declined to release the completed study after The Denver Post requested it under the Colorado Open Records Act. (A final report was “still being reviewed by editors of a scientific journal,” officials said, adding that peer review and publishing is slow, and that it will be at least a year before findings are released to the public.)

The Post’s request to interview Colorado Parks and Wildlife director Dan Prenzlow was denied, a request through the agency to interview Logan went unanswered, and Logan — when contacted directly — referred queries back to a CPW spokesman.

Colorado wildlife commissioners are scheduled to vote this summer on the plan for managing mountain lions in western Colorado with hunting kill rates between 11% and 15% — while leaving in place quotas as high as 28% elsewhere around the state.

More than 1,000 residents have weighed in on the plan that will shape the future of mountain lions in Colorado a half century after bounty killing pushed the animals toward extinction. Mountain lions now number roughly 30,000 around the West but face intensifying threats such as highways cutting through their habitat. These are elusive, solitary, last-surviving large carnivores in Colorado, able to leap up to 40 feet in pursuit of deer.

Colorado wildlife authorities say they want to ensure a healthy self-sustaining mountain lion population while allowing hunting of lions for meat and minimizing conflicts with people where communities have spread onto lion habitat. They’ve estimated that 4,000 to 5,500 mountain lions live in the state, a number they say is stable or slightly increasing, based on extrapolations from density studies, preliminary data and informal assessments. Hunters last year killed 541 lions. The statewide hunting cap is set at 664.

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A mountain lion was spotted on the Uncompahgre Plateau of western Colorado by photo safari company owner Brady Dunne.

New plan to control numbers

The CPW plan would control lion numbers by letting hunters kill up to 15% a year west of the Continental Divide — using hounds and in some areas electronic calls that mimic deer in distress — with an unspecified kill rate higher than 15% on a 1,829-square-mile urbanizing area in the Roaring Fork and Eagle River valleys between Vail Pass and Glenwood Canyon.

Wildlife managers there say they received 116 calls about lions over 13 months: many sightings and occasional lions snatching pets, including one pet fatality. That area is smaller than the current 11,372-square-mile western slope “suppression” area where lions are hunted at higher levels aimed at reducing numbers. The plan says no more than 22% of lions killed could be females.

This plan for the next decade in western Colorado would leave in place current mountain lion hunting quotas as high as 28% across the rest of Colorado east of the Continental Divide. CPW officials said they may evaluate these in the future.

No fatal mountain lion attacks on people in Colorado have been reported for more than two decades, but last year a boy was bitten on the head in Bailey and a jogger in the mountains outside Fort Collins killed a lion that lunged for his face. Scientific research on whether hunting of lions reduces or increases conflicts with humans has been inconclusive.

In rejecting the Post’s requests to make Logan’s mountain lion study available, CPW officials said this “would be contrary to the public interest”  because the study is “preliminary” and subject to more analysis, and revealing data could hurt its integrity. The completed study is based on Logan’s decade of research on lions across an 870-square-mile area in southwestern Colorado.

This study was designed to find acceptable levels for “sport hunting” of mountain lions. (State rules say lions can only be hunted for their meat, but anti-hunting groups contend hunters’ main motivation is to obtain lion skins and lion heads as trophies.) Researchers captured 224 mountain lions, marked them, released them and observed what happened.

Over the first five years, hunting was prohibited in the area and the lion numbers increased, according to the 2015 state summary report presenting preliminary research results and analysis. Then over the next five years, hunters were allowed to kill 15% of the lions a year. When the lion populations decreased sharply after three years, CPW researchers lowered the hunting quota to 11% for the next two years, the report said, and the population after the five years decreased by 34%.

The scientists concluded that allowing hunting at a rate that removes 15% of lions a year would lead to “a substantial population decline in 3 years.” And they found that lion populations when hunted at levels less than 12% a year “may be sustainable.”

Montrose-based wildlife guide Brady Dunne, who runs a mountain lion photo safari company, worked for Logan conducting the CPW research from 2006 through 2013, running lion capture operations. While Dunne acknowledged he hasn’t seen the final study, he said he was familiar with the results and that, even if math and scales are adjusted for publication in a scientific journal, researchers clearly established that hunting lions at 15% a year could be ruinous.

“If they push this plan through, Colorado’s mountain lion population will be a third of what a healthy mountain lion population in Colorado would be,” Dunne said. “This is really very bad news for mountain lions in Colorado.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Rebecca Ferrell defended the agency’s approach to mountain lion management.

“CPW has been managing Colorado’s wildlife for close to 125 years, and employs some of the nation’s leading experts on mountain lion management,” she wrote in an email. “Since the 1960s our research, biologists and wildlife managers have been instrumental in bringing the population back, as well as growing population numbers for mountain lions. Our efforts are focused on maintaining mountain lions on the landscape and protecting their habitat.”

Deer, elk and wildlife balance

Colorado officials are adjusting the state’s approach to mountain lions at a time when a population growth and development boom is drawing more people into lion habitat and deer favored by hunters are decreasing, with chronic wasting disease  infecting around 5% of deer and up to 20% in some herds. CPW’s target statewide population for deer has been 560,000, but the population has dwindled from 614,000 in 2005 to about 418,000, state records show. Elk numbers remain steadier around 286,000, records show, but herds in the southwestern part of the state are shrinking and migration routes are impaired.

To try to bolster deer, CPW officials committed to a strategy that includes “predator management where predation may be limiting deer survival.” In 2016, state commissioners approved two experiments to allow increased hunting of lions on a total 3,971 square miles around Rifle and Salida to determine how lion predation may affect deer numbers — for which results have not been made public. The wildlife agency also rejected a public-records request from The Post to see that study.

Degradation of habitat amid Colorado’s commercial and residential development boom looms as a primary threat to wildlife, but CPW lacks power to preserve habitat and officials say hunting is one of the agency’s best tools for managing numbers.

Hunting also provides significant revenue for wildlife management in Colorado. Sales of hunting and fishing licenses last year generated $104 million, about 61% from hunters of elk, pronghorn and deer, state records show, with the agency’s overall budget around $231 million. Hunters from out of state pay $401 to hunt deer, $350 to hunt lions, and up to $670 to hunt elk, which pumps millions into rural Colorado. Hunters killed more than 36,000 deer last year.

But CPW carnivore program manager Mark Vieira said that efforts to control mountain lion numbers are “not about finances or generating revenue.” Colorado officials aim to ensure “a stable population,” meaning lion numbers in western Colorado would stay the same as at present, Vieira said.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation advocates “that predators be managed,” habitat stewardship director Karie Decker said. Mule Deer Foundation Colorado chapter president Jon Nestor said “we’re just worried about habitat,” declining to take a position on mountain lion hunting in the state.

Some hunting business operators favor reducing lions.

“We have too many lions. Lions are hard on deer and elk. We need to get the lions down to where deer populations can remain stable,” Cotopaxi-based Loco Mountain Outfitters owner Jim Flynn said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife via Denver7

Trail camera image of a mountain lion spotted on Aug. 21, 2019, in the Burland Ranchettes subdivision near Bailey.

Conserving Colorado’s wild species

But critics contend Colorado wildlife officials are sacrificing lions and ecosystem balance in a commercial tilt toward managing habitat primarily as a deer-and-elk hunting preserve.

“What they want to do is have more deer and elk. It is as simple as that. They want to keep hunters happy. This is not responsible wildlife management, ” said retired Colorado State University biologist Barry Noon, former chief scientist for the National Biological Service.

CPW officials were directed by lawmakers to take care of wildlife for the benefit of all residents, and only about 5% are hunters, Noon said. Agency leaders “have lost track of what their mission is,” he said. “…And anytime you see an agency muzzle their scientists, that is a really bad sign.”

Colorado wildlife managers have said they are committed to ensuring the survival of mountain lions and call them a source of pride. They point to the recovery of lions since 1965, when bounty killing ended and hunting lions as “big game” began.

“We work hard to conserve all 960 species under our care as well as the habitat they depend on. It is our agency’s duty and mission to find the responsible and sustainable balance of multiple uses on the landscape. It is a mission we take very seriously and very personally,” agency spokeswoman Lauren Truitt said in an email. “…To say we have lost track of our mission is unfounded. We invest millions of dollars and thousands of hours of staff time every year managing Colorado’s resources, the majority of which are non-game wildlife.”

National Wildlife Federation chief scientist Bruce Stein recently warned of a global extinction crisis with thousands of declining species worldwide. “Healthy ecosystems depend on the full range of species, which includes your top carnivores,” Stein said in an interview. “When you take top carnivores out…  then you saddle yourself with needing to play those roles. And humans traditionally haven’t been very good at that.”

Environmental groups including the Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians and animal rights groups led by the Humane Society are challenging Colorado’s approach to mountain lions and opposing the plan in its current form. Some lion hunters, too, oppose the plan, saying reduced lions could put them out of business.

CPW officials haven’t made the public comments Colorado residents submitted to the agency ahead of an extended April 30 deadline available, saying they’re “still being reviewed and collated.” Some residents are urging restraint in the manipulation of mountain lion numbers.

“It makes me sick. It is so wrong I could go to war over it,” said Terry Stark, 76, a retired construction worker and former hunter in Glenwood Springs. “Leave mountain lions alone. Let them make their own, natural population level. This is their environment.”


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How a La Nina could impact Colorado weather this year

It appears increasingly likely that La Nina conditions will develop in the central Pacific Ocean later this year, and that could have significant short- and long-term impacts on Colorado’s weather.

The opposite of El Nino, a La Nina means that sea-surface temperatures in the east-central Pacific Ocean are running cooler than average. In short, this creates a well-documented domino effect on global weather — including direct impacts on Colorado’s weather.

National Weather Service computer forecast models and official Climate Prediction Center (CPC) prognostications are indicating an increased probability of cooler-than-average sea-surface temperatures in the central-eastern Pacific Ocean this fall and winter. Last week, the CPC increased the odds of a La Nina developing this winter up to 45 percent – and lowered the odds of an El Nino event to just 10 percent.

El Nino and La Nina, known as the ENSO cycle, tends to have a big (although varying) impact on weather, particularly during the winter months.

La Nina tends to bring in colder and wetter winter weather to the northern United States, often putting Colorado right on the border of those impacts. That’s because the polar jet stream tends to stay a bit further north during a La Nina winter, bringing in frequent waves of colder weather and snowfall.

Because of Colorado’s central continental location, though, ENSO impacts are highly variable, and they change dramatically from one side of the state to the other. In general, an El Nino winter tends to increase snow totals in southern Colorado, due to a more active subtropical jet stream during the winter.

But, with the growing prospect of a La Nina winter in mind, that could favor northern Colorado’s winter snow chances. In general, La Nina winter storm tracks tend to favor the Pacific Northwest, and that could increase odds for a snowier winter in northern parts of the state.

In the shorter term, though, ENSO conditions are expected to remain neutral, something that could increase probabilities of a more active Atlantic basin hurricane season, but that’s unlikely to have significant impacts on Colorado’s summer weather.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season can lead to more moisture for the southwestern United States, and especially for southern Colorado. During non-El Nino summers, though, that can lead to a below average season in the Eastern Pacific. That could potentially lead to slightly lower moisture values across the Southwest this summer.

In the near term, the CPC summer outlook for Colorado generally leans warmer and drier than average.

With a possible La Nina on the horizon though, there are at least some hints that Colorado weather could see some big impacts from it, especially by this winter.


The coronavirus put summer camp plans up in the air, leaving parents scrambling for child care and entertainment

Even before Denver Zoo canceled its Summer Safari, Lesley Millhouser was reluctant to send her children to the camp that at least one of them has attended for seven years.

“It makes me nervous to put my kids out touching things because it’s a danger to others,” Millhouser said.

After surveying parents and talking to experts, zoo leaders learned others shared Millhouser’s concerns. Camp was canceled, making 2020 the first summer in 30 years the zoo won’t host school-age children on summer days, Jake Kubié, the zoo’s spokesman, said.

“This decision was made with the goal of protecting the safety, health and wellness of campers, staff, and families,” a letter to parents said. “As state and local guidelines surrounding COVID-19 evolved, so did our realization that the joy and discovery of the Summer Safari experience could not be achieved this year. ”

Nearly 400,000 children attend summer camps annually in Colorado, giving their parents a solution for daily child care and providing structure, entertainment and education for the campers. It’s also a big business, employing more than 20,000 seasonal workers every year in Colorado, according to the American Camp Association Rocky Mountains.

Gov. Jared Polis is expected to announce this week whether camps will be allowed to reopen and if so, what restrictions and health precautions will be in place. Until then, parents and children will be in limbo.

The Millhouser family didn’t wait for the governor, though. They decided their 11-year-old, Vivian, and their 8-year-old, Ivy, would stay home for the summer of 2020. Vivian especially was disappointed to miss out on two weeks at Avid4Adventure camp in Boulder. Now, they are trying to figure out summer child care, trips and other activities. To add to the complications, Millhouser also is job hunting after being laid off in April.

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Lesley Millhouser, center, gardens with her daughters Vivian, 11, left, and Ivy, 8, at their house in Denver on Friday, May 8, 2020. Lesley usually sends her daughters to camp in the summer, but the coronavirus epidemic is making her think twice.

“For a lot of people, this is what they plan on for child care,” she said. “And not just child care, but camps give kids a fun summer. If you think about taking away both….oof.”

Nationally, summer camp operators have gone in different directions as they monitor state health orders and the disease’s progression. Some are opening, some are closing, some are moving online.

The American Camp Association and YMCA of the USA coordinated to write a field guide for camps on how to operate safely, said Reid McKight, an ACA spokesman for Colorado and Wyoming. The ACA accredited camps are focused on health and safety as they try to provide summer activities.

“It’s important to think about while parents can go back to work, how do we help our young people lean into being kids again?” Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association, said. “We’ve got to provide them with activities that are educational and let them be free.”

Already, Denver Public Schools has closed its campuses for the summer, meaning all sorts of sports, academic and arts camps were forced to change plans.

Denver’s Dream Big Day Camp shifted its format from large groups playing on slip n’ slides, making arts and crafts, dancing and exploring the outdoors to organizing similar activities for home-based, small groups, camp director Mary Stein said.

“It’s important for families to know that safety is our number one priority,” Stein said. “If they feel comfortable sending their kids to camp, I highly recommend it because the kids need it.”

For June, Stein asked families to put their kids together in groups of four and choose a house for activities. Two counselors will meet them at the house, and the day will include lessons in games such as basketball and cooking. Everyone will be wearing masks and will stay in their groups for the duration of camp. In July, Stein hopes to take groups of eight on outdoor field trips that include hiking and mountain biking.

Other camps are moving online.

Roundup River Ranch in Gypsum, provides children with serious illnesses opportunities to try new things such as archery and horseback riding. This year, groups of kids will have dance parties and scavenger hunts over Zoom. For families who don’t want to participate online, Roundup will send them a box activities they can enjoy at home, executive director Sterling Leija said.

“We’re excited to try something new,” Leija said. “We believe that our kids need us now more than ever. People were not built to socially isolate. We need connection and community, and camp provides that.”

Ajax Adventure Camp in Aspen plans to open in June with day camps and new rules about group sizes and how campers will interact. “No high fives this summer, but Ajax foot-fives are the new high five!” its website says.

Children need camps more than ever, Danny Hundert, Ajax’s founder, said.

“They’ve been cooped up all spring,” Hundert said. “If we can let them be a kid, we’ve done a great service to them in a time they might not have had that opportunity.”

Ajax created a fund for children of healthcare workers so they can attend camp for however long they need to this summer. Parents also can purchase a punch pass with a set number of days, and the pass will stay valid until all the days are used, even if it takes years, Hundert said.

“We’re trying to be as flexible as possible,” he said.

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The uncertainty has forced parents to get creative.

Millhouser ordered a swimming pool for the backyard, bought a slip-and-slide, and most importantly — at least according to her daughters — adopted a papillon puppy they named Cosette.

“They said it’s the best thing that’s ever happened,” she said.

With many camps already canceled, Dianne Myles, mother to 17-year-old son, DJ and 16-year-old daughter, TT, is putting her daughter to work in her office at Dope Mom Life, a creative content agency that specializes in video production, and she’s hoping the My Brother’s Keeper mentoring program is permitted by the governor’s orders to work with her son. For her, summer camps no longer are necessary options for child care. She just wants her children to be busy, keeping their minds and bodies active and being engaged in their community.

“We’re all trying to figure out what our kids should be doing this summer, which means we’re getting creative,” Myles said.

Myles organized a book challenge, inviting friends to join her family in reading books and writing essays. Her son will start with “The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy,” and her daughter will read “The Untethered Soul.” The family also has a summer fitness challenge, something Myles assigned because she wants to lose weight.

“It’s not the freshman 20 but I’m calling it the quarantine 20,” she said. “We’re all in this together.”

For Lakisha Gentry, a Denver mother of four who works full-time for a credit union, the governor’s orders can’t come soon enough. Already, a number of camps she relied on in the past have announced they will close. She hopes the YMCA will be able to provide enrichment programs in some form.

“They need to keep their minds busy during the summer and not just sit at home playing games all day,” Gentry said. “Right now, I don’t know what we’re going to do. I’m going to have to find something.”

 

 


Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of May 18-24

It’s no secret the coronavirus pandemic’s arrival in March triggered not just a public health emergency in Colorado, but a cascading economic disaster as well, as so much of our daily life shut down in an effort to stymie the virus’ spread.

Now, 11 weeks later, the terrible toll of COVID-19 is coming into sharper focus, and we’re seeing — as reporter Alex Burness observes in his story on today’s front page — that while the virus doesn’t discriminate by class, its harms clearly do.

The financial hit wrought by the coronavirus is exacerbating inequality in Colorado as low-wage workers are left to risk their health in essential jobs, since they’re lucky enough to have been able to keep their employment amid the growing downturn.

In today’s story, Burness talks to some of those workers, including employees at the King Soopers on Denver’s Capitol Hill, which has logged 11 cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, one death. They’re the Coloradans who aren’t fortunate enough to work from the safety of their homes.

“For $20.16 an hour,” a King Soopers manager told Burness, “I am risking my life.”

The legislature resumes its coronavirus-interrupted session on Tuesday, but it’s not clear if state lawmakers can, or have the political will to, address this widening chasm of inequality.

— Matt Sebastian, senior editor/enterprise

The coronavirus pandemic is widening the chasm between Colorado’s haves and have-nots

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Felicity Evitt, pictured on May 21, 2020, is a front-end manager at the King Soopers on Denver’s Capitol Hill, where 11 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and one recently died from the respiratory disease.


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The president says all-mail ballots benefit Democrats and lead to rampant voter fraud. Colorado says no

Election judges Michael Michalek, and Adam ...
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Election judges Michael Michalek, left, and Adam Ballinger collect ballots from cars, bicycles, and pedestrians at the drive-through, drop-off location in front of the Denver City and County Building on May 7, 2019.

The coronavirus pandemic has raised the question of whether to implement universal, all-mail voting in the 45 states that don’t already have it, but many Republicans from President Donald Trump on down are resisting the idea. Colorado’s experience shows that vote by mail can be at least as secure as in-person voting while increasing turnout, Saja Hindi reports.

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“People’s lives have been disrupted in a severe way,” said Tony Wood, chair of the board at the American Association of Suicidology. “Many people have lost their jobs. There’s no clear way forward for a lot of people.”

Colorado recorded a 40% decrease in suicides in March and April as social-distancing policies aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus kept residents home, according to provisional death-certificate data from the state health department.

The data helps paint a complex picture of the mental and emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. While suicides are down from 2019 levels, Colorado Crisis Services saw an almost 48% increase in calls in March and April compared to last year, with most callers seeking help for anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. Read more from Jessica Seaman…


Nearly half of Colorado households have lost income because of pandemic

The Denver Pavilions in Downtown Denver, ...
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The Denver Pavilions on March 17.

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As 3 Kings Tavern closes, South Broadway veterans worry about the area’s future — The Know

Closed 3 Kings Tavern on South ...
Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

The now-closed 3 Kings Tavern on South Broadway in Denver is the latest business casualty of the new coronavirus pandemic, as seen on May 20, 2020.

News that the beloved South Broadway music venue 3 Kings was abruptly closing prompted memories of the neighborhood in general — and talk of how coronavirus has only accelerated problems with affordability along one of Denver’s most established cultural corridors.

“As the neighborhood has become nicer and a destination for tourists, rent has been going through the roof,” said Martin Killorin, who founded 3 Kings in 2006 with partners Jim Norris and Jeff Campbell. “Only people with deep pockets who can afford massive rent can go in there, and that’s not going to be mom-and-pops.” Read more from John Wenzel over at The Know


How Gary Lane helped bring the Avalanche to Denver and the Stanley Cup soon followed

Gary Lane was managed various arenas ...
AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Gary Lane was managing various arenas around Denver when he helped bring the Quebec Nordiques to Denver as the Colorado Avalanche. Lane posed at his home on Wednesday.

Gary Lane has never talked publicly about his role in bringing the Nordiques to Colorado. But 25 years later, he’s still proud of the determination he had in giving Denver a second chance at the NHL. Read more from Mike Chambers…

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A few more important stories

+ Jeffco Public Schools’ fall reopening plan offers first detailed glimpse at what classes could look like in 2020-21

+ The coronavirus put summer camp plans up in the air, leaving parents scrambling for child care and entertainment

+ Colorado wildlife agency’s past research raises questions about mountain lion hunting levels

+ “The city’s records are really the people of Denver’s records”: Auditor criticizes transparency on open records

+ 3 Colorado children suspected of contracting rare disease believed to be tied to coronavirus

+ Some Colorado businesses that want to reopen face a big hurdle: Lack of coronavirus liability insurance

+ Do Colorado hospitals get extra money for coronavirus cases and deaths? Yes and no.

+ Denver accelerates airport concourse projects by up to $560 million while putting arena, expo hall plans on hold for National Western Center project

+ Colorado’s job recovery will be full of fits and starts in months ahead

+ Coronavirus model predicts potential danger in Denver this summer, little spread in Colorado Springs


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Chickens hang out in their pen at a home in northwest Denver on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)


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With supporters forbidden because of the coronavirus, the club placed more than 12,000 cardboard cutouts of fans in seats ahead of its first home game since the team returned last week following a two-month hiatus.

The crowd included photos of real season ticket holders who paid about $20 to have their life-size picture at the venue, and other cutouts featured legendary players from the club’s past.


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Fire destroys warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters brought the flames under control.

One firefighter sustained a hand injury while battling the fire at the warehouse the size of a football field on Pier 45, San Francisco Fire Lt. Jonathan Baxter said.

Baxter said after the fire subsided, investigators scoured the building to determine whether homeless people were inside.

“That is something of grave concern. That is why we’re actively trying to confirm if anybody saw anybody in this building,” he told KGO-TV.

“To our knowledge … nobody is supposed to be in the building and we are hoping … that there is no victim,” he said.

However, at least two workers told the San Francisco Chronicle they were inside the fish processing and storage warehouse when the fire broke out before dawn.

Alejandro Arellano, who works for La Rocca Seafood, was cleaning out a fish storage locker when the fire began, shortly after 4 a.m..

“I saw a lot of smoke. A few minutes later, fire everywhere,” he said. “It was very, very scary. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The fire tore through the warehouse near the end of the concrete pier, causing its walls to collapse, Baxter said. The flames singed the first fire truck to respond to the scene, forcing firefighters to turn their hoses on the vehicle to save it, he said.

More than 130 firefighters fought the flames, with some using ladder trucks to drench the warehouse from above. A fire boat was used to protect the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a liberty ship that stormed Normandy on D-Day in 1944.

“Our firefighters absolutely saved the SS Jeremiah O’Brien during this fire as flames were pinching on the side of this vessel,” Baxter said.

The ship docks by Pier 45 and is among numerous tourist attractions on the wharf, a maritime hub for cruises around San Francisco Bay as well as fishing boats hauling in the catch of the day. Visitors come for the Dungeness crabs, clam chowders served in sourdough bread bowls, the sea lions that hang out on the floating docks and shops and curiosities on Pier 39.

Shops and restaurants on the wharf have been shut by the city’s stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus and were expected to reopen on May 31.

The fire was confined to the end of the pier, well away from the Musée Mécanique and its historic arcade games and the popular restaurant Alioto’s.

Fishing companies that have been operating out of Pier 45 said the fire exacerbated an already tough business climate caused by the pandemic.

Kenny Belov, owner of the seafood wholesaler TwoXSea, told the Chronicle his building near the warehouse was not damaged but he worried a power outage on the pier could ruin the fish in his freezer.

“Not that it would ever need this, but the seafood industry didn’t need this now,” Belov said. “It’s surreal. We’ve obviously had a tough go the last couple months, with restaurants (closed). … Of all the problems in the world, this is not a big one. But it’s frustrating.”

Coast Guard crew members and police assisted by keeping other vessels away from the pier.

Fire investigators were assessing any damage to the pier and were looking into the cause of the blaze, Baxter said.


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WILLISTON BARRACKS – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE CASE# 20A102175 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sergeant Jay Riggen STATION: Williston Barracks                    CONTACT# (802) 878-7111 DATE / TIME: 05/23/2020, 11:03 PM INCIDENT LOCATION: Interstate 89 Southbound, South Burlington, VT VIOLATION:  DUI ACCUSED:  Daniel Caffry AGE: 27 CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:


More than 200 parliamentarians and policymakers from 23 countries condemn Beijing’s proposed national security law for Hong Kong

More than 200 parliamentarians and policymakers from 23 countries have issued a joint statement condemning Beijing’s move to introduce a national security law for Hong Kong and calling for governments to raise a voice against it.They expressed concerns over Beijing’s resolution at the opening of its annual legislative sessions on Friday to “prevent, frustrate and punish” threats to national security by outlawing acts of secession, subversion and terrorism in Hong Kong.The proposed law will…


NGO bids to save Hong Kong landmark Fenwick Pier, a Wan Chai icon to overseas sailors

The non-profit organisation which has run Fenwick Pier in Wan Chai for nearly seven decades is making a last-ditch attempt to save the waterfront landmark from the Hong Kong government’s demolition plans.Instead of replacing the three-storey building with a fire station, the Servicemen’s Guides Association (SGA) has proposed allowing a mix of uses including shops and restaurants that will be open to the public.Fenwick Pier has served foreign navy ships, especially from the United States, and…


Huntsville church works to abide by state, CDC guidelines

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Some area churches are getting back to the basics on Sunday mornings. The Alabama Department of Public Health and the CDC have issued specific guidance to ensure safe worship services.

One Huntsville pastor said his church has had no difficulties following guidance closely.

“I just believe that the church is essential,” explained Life Church Lead Pastor Kevin McGlamery. “In fact, our president made that declaration yesterday.”

The church is preparing for their second on-site service since the pandemic began.

The parking lot at Life Church Huntsville remains rather empty during the week. However, McGlamery says he expects his members to return at a steady pace in the weeks ahead.

“We had an incredible response last week, and we still anticipate that same thing,” McGlamery said.

But not every Alabamian is anxious to return to their church home immediately, considering the state health department confirmed a Chambers County church service was the source of Alabama’s single largest COVID-19 outbreak.

McGlamery said he and his staff have made a number of adjustments to Life Church’s sanctuary and lobby to keep congregants safe and healthy.

“Our sanctuary typically seats around 1100, and we have seats in our sanctuary for 500, with an overflow space,” McGlamery said.

McGlamery added his staff has spaced seating as best they can.

“Space between our rows, extra sanitation stations, also cleaning and sanitizing prior to, in between, and after services,” McGlamery said.

In compliance with CDC and state guidelines, refreshment stations are closed and hand sanitizer has been made readily available throughout the building

McGlamery said he encourages medically vulnerable individuals to continue tuning into the church’s live stream. However, he said he is comfortable with opening the church’s doors for worship.

“I think we’ve all been to the same Walmart, the same Publix, the same Costco, the same Sam’s and Lowe’s or Home Depot,” the McGlamery explained. “We’ve probably touched all the same spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles if it was available. And we’re doing everything that we can. One of our charges as a church has done everything we can to make sure our environment is as safe as possible, as clean as possible.”

He said the church has done well adapting to virtual engagement, but there is nothing like the live atmosphere of worship.


Huntsville Speedway back to the races following mandatory closure

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.– The Huntsville Speedway is back to the races after two months of being closed because of state health orders. Drivers and fans at the race Saturday night said they are glad to be back home.

“I’ve been coming here since I was about 11 years old and I’m excited for Huntsville Speedway to be back open,” Melissa Gregg said.

“It’s my home track,” said driver Chase Oliver. He said the pandemic has impacted the entire industry, and while he’s missed the competition, it’s also hurt many people financially.

“I make a living working on race cars, so you know, it really affected my job,” Oliver said.

The owner of the speedway said this might be their worst year financially.

“It’s hard in just a regular-season without mother nature and everything else up against you to even break even when it comes to the racetrack businesses, so now that we’re out eight weeks at least right now behind in starting our season we know we’re not going to make a profit,” Edger said.

Edger said fans are told to remain socially distant in the stands, but it will boil down to people self-policing.

“I don’t think anyone’s really going to be concerned about it. I think those that might be concerned, probably won’t come,” said Gregg.

When it comes to helping the speedway family get back on their feet following the closure, Oliver encourages people to go watch a race.

“Come, bring two or three friends. Whoever is here tonight, bring two or three friends next week. They’re going to have a big show next week,” Oliver said.

 Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for kids under the age of seven.


Shaftsbury Barracks – Crash / DUI – Alcohol / Negligent Operation

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B301655 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Ben Irwin                              STATION: Shaftsbury Barracks                    CONTACT#: 802-442-5421   DATE/TIME: May 23, 2020 / 1826 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Somerset Reservoir VIOLATION: Driving Under


Derby Barracks Request for Information

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE   CASE#: 20A500940 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Paul Pennoyer STATION: Derby CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 03/10/2020 1715 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Price Chopper Parking lot Derby, VT VIOLATION: Negligent Operation, Leaving the Scene of an Accident  


Found Property Derby Barracks

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE   CASE#: 20A501799 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Debra Munson STATION: Derby CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 05/23/2020 2100 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: VT RT 58 Irasburg/Lowell VIOLATION: Found Property   SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:   On the above date and time, a chainsaw


Middlesex Barracks – DUI / Crash

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A302056 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Benjamin Goodwin                              STATION: Middlesex                     CONTACT#: 802-229-9191   DATE/TIME: 05/23/2020 at 00:22 AM INCIDENT LOCATION: (Lower Rd in Plainfield, Vermont) VIOLATION: DUI  


Astronauts participate in dress rehearsal ahead of historic SpaceX launch

On Saturday, astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley were escorted to the rocket they’ll be launched from in just four days.

They participated in a dress rehearsal ahead of the launch scheduled for May 27. The two astronauts will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station.

Their mission will be the first American launch of astronauts since 2011 during the space shuttle program. While many are excited about the historical launch, NASA is asking people to not come out in person to see the launch at Kennedy Space Center to maintain social distancing.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m.


President Trump to attend Wednesday’s NASA astronaut launch in Florida

STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to be on the Florida coast Wednesday to watch American astronauts blast into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in nearly a decade.

It will be the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011 that U.S. astronauts will launch into space aboard an American rocket from American soil.

Also new Wednesday: a private company — not NASA — is running the show.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. With American shuttles no longer in use, the United States has had to rely on Russia for rides to the station.

The NASA/SpaceX Commercial Crew flight test launch will carry NASA’s newest test pilots, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

They’re scheduled to blast off at 4:33 p.m. EDT from launch pad 39A, the same one the Apollo astronauts used to get to the moon.

The shift to private companies allows NASA to zero in on deep space travel. The space agency is working to return astronauts to the moon by 2024 under orders from the White House, but that deadline appears increasingly unlikely even as three newly chosen commercial teams rush to develop lunar landers. Mars also beckons.

The White House portrayed the launch as an extension of Trump’s promise to reassert American dominance in space. He recently oversaw creation of the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

“Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security,” Trump said in a statement.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is chairman of the National Space Council, also plans to attend Wednesday’s launch.

NASA has discouraged spectators, citing the pandemic, and is limiting the number of visitors inside the space center.


Coronavirus alert: as Hongkongers return from Australia and New Zealand, expert warns of summer surge in Covid-19 cases

Hong Kong could see a surge of imported coronavirus infections when travellers arrive from the southern hemisphere over the summer, according to a top infectious-diseases expert in the city, who has called for testing to be made more widely available.Professor Yuen Kwok-yung of the University of Hong Kong, who has been advising the government on the pandemic, also said restrictions on public gatherings could be relaxed further as long as people acted responsibly by wearing masks and keeping…


Minor injuries in Naugatuck crash; utility repairs needed

A crash involving a utility pole caused traffic disruptions for several hours Saturday, according to police.


Saskatoon SPCA reminding pet owners not to leave dogs in cars as temperatures rise

Last year, 194 people called the SPCA about people leaving pets in their hot vehicle.


Edmonton Ismaili Muslim community gives back during Ramadan

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Edmonton's Ismaili Muslim community is joining a national effort to give back during the holy month of Ramadan.


Leduc County residents concerned over flooding

Flooded roads in Leduc County have left residents worried not only about their transportation but also about emergency services.


Middlesex Barracks/ DUI, Gross Negligent Operation, Reckless Endangerment, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer

NEWS RELEASE   VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE           CASE#: 20A302069 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. John Gildea                            STATION: Middlesex                           CONTACT#: (802)229-9191   DATE/TIME: 05/23/20 at 02:34 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: I-89 South Bound at Mile marker 67 Waterbury, VT


French portion of bilingual stop signs vandalized in Calgary

Black spray paint obscured the French portion of the bilingual stop signs in Calgary's historic Mission district.


French portion of bilingual stop signs vandalized in Calgary

Black spray paint obscured the French portion of the bilingual stop signs in Calgary's historic Mission district.


Saskatoon Fire Department responding to two-house blaze

Firefighters are responding to a fire in the Hampton Village neighbourhood.


Hong Kong’s coronavirus success should help the city craft a positive self-narrative that pivots away from protests

Hong Kong is a vibrant place lacking a positive story of its future. Compared to many other jurisdictions around the world, Hong Kong has done well in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged cities like New York and London.The government, medical experts and health care sector each played an important part in shaping and implementing policies, and the Hong Kong community has abided by restrictions for the greater good of all.The success and failure to cope has not depended on a…


Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are delivering face masks to hospitals in rural Texas

(CNN) — Matthew McConaughey and wife, Camila Alves, are hitting the road for a good cause.

After Lincoln, the car manufacturer, donated 110,000 face masks, McConaughey and Alves loaded up their pickup and headed out to rural Texas to deliver the masks to hospitals in need.

In a photo posted to social media, the Texas native thanked Lincoln for the donation.

The donation comes during a crisis for rural hospitals across the country, as many face financial difficulty and a lack of resources.

McConaughey has done other altruistic work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor hosted a virtual bingo night for seniors last month and has urged people to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.

And this isn’t the first time McConaughey has put his resources to good use.

Last year, during the California wildfires, McConaughey volunteered by helping feed firefighters.


Are you willing to pay a COVID-19 surcharge?

New data released from Statistics Canada shows about 40 per cent of retailers closed their doors in March as losses continue to mount.


With 62% of Canada’s coronavirus deaths, Quebec remains hardest hit province

Quebec accounts for more than half of Canada's COVID-19 cases, with 23,696 cases in Montreal alone.


Fairfield PD’s Dive Team trained for underwater emergencies

Members of the Fairfield Police Department’s Dive Team trained for underwater emergencies on Friday.


Kara Jane Spencer: More than 100 musicians offer help on album

Kara Jane Spencer - who requires full time nursing care - is hopeful she can release a song in August.


Coronavirus: Spending lockdown in Henry VIII’s palace

What's it like living and working in the UK's former castles and palaces during the pandemic?


Norfolk discovery of 1,100-year-old brooch ‘will remain a mystery’

Archaeologists say the 1,100-year-old brooch was found in a delivery of topsoil dumped on a field.


Northampton boy, 7, masters lockdown rugby trick shots

Oscar's dad has been setting him new challenges but is "running out of ideas".


Coronavirus: Half of Canadians OK with returning to work but don’t want kids at school, poll shows

The Ipsos survey found that 52 per cent of respondents in Canada would be OK with going back to their workplaces, but just 22 per cent would be comfortable allowing their kids to return to the classroom.


Meet Biscuits and Gravy, the kitten born with two faces

 (CNN) — An Oregon family got quite the surprise when one of their farm cats gave birth to a litter of six kittens, including one twice as cute as the rest.

Say hello to Biscuits and Gravy, the two-faced kitten.

The adorable kitty was born on Wednesday with two noses, four eyes and two tiny mouths. Mama cat, Keenly, and his five siblings are all healthy.

“My wife went out to look at them and found five normal ones and one with two faces,” owner BJ King told CNN. “We were pretty shocked. It was so odd looking, we didn’t even really think much of it until later in the day when we realized this was actually pretty rare.”

Two-faced cats are known as “Janus” cats, named after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces — one looking into the past and the other into the future.

Although these rare kittens don’t usually survive for more than one day, a two-faced cat named Frank and Louie defied the odds and lived for 15 years, even appearing in the Guinness World Records book in 2006.

To increase Biscuits and Gravy’s likelihood of survival, the King family has to take over much of Keenly’s motherly duties. That includes regular feedings and keeping him warm.

“It’s like having a newborn baby,” King said. “We set the alarm for every two hours to feed him during the night and feed him every two hours, 24 hours a day. We are very careful to keep him warm at all times and he snuggles inside my wife’s shirt for most of the day.”

Biscuits and Gravy only has one brain stem, but can eat, suck and meow using both of his mouths. For now, the little one is doing very well, according to the family’s veterinarian.

While King said they have decided to give away the rest of the litter, Biscuits and Gravy is officially a part of their family.


Coronavirus: Learning disability theatre company moves online

Blue Apple Theatre is hosting weekly virtual sessions for its performers who are in lockdown.


Coronavirus: Care homes could ‘go to the wall’ as costs rise

Thirty out of 102 care home providers contacted by the BBC said none of their staff had been tested.


Warehouse on San Francisco wharf destroyed by massive fire

Fire investigators were assessing any damage to the pier and were looking into the cause of the blaze, an official said.


Aya Hachem’s funeral takes place in Lebanon

The 19-year-old law student was shot dead in Blackburn last week after she was mistaken for someone else.


Louise Smith: Body in Havant woods confirmed as missing teenager

Police say a body recovered from Havant Thicket in Hampshire is the missing 16-year-old.


Colorado reports no additional deaths tied directly to COVID-19 as 426 remain hospitalized

Colorado health officials on Saturday reported 1,327 people who had contracted COVID-19 have died since the new coronavirus was first confirmed in the state, and that death-certificate data shows 1,088 fatalities were directly due to the virus.

That’s an increase of three deaths of people with the virus and zero additional fatalities from COVID-19 over Friday’s tallies, though there’s a lag in reporting deaths to the state health department — particularly death-certificate data.

Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment revamped the way it reports deaths related to the new coronavirus, listing the total number of fatalities in which the person had the virus as well as the number of deaths that have been directly attributed to COVID-19 on a death certificate.

There have been 4,105 people hospitalized since the outbreak was confirmed in the state in early March, though only 426 people were hospitalized with symptoms of the illness as of Saturday afternoon, state data shows. At least 32 people since Friday either went home or were transferred to a lower level of care such as a rehabilitation facility.

Additionally, as of Saturday, there were 336 critical care ventilators being used across the state, down from 463 a month ago, according to state data.

To date, 23,964 people have tested positive for or are believed to have COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory illness causes by the virus, though health officials have said the true number is closer to 167,000.

Officials recorded 3,608 tests on Friday as the state ramps up its capabilities to better track the virus. The testing rate — 63.7 tests per 100,000 people per day — has improved drastically since the beginning of the pandemic but falls short of the 152-per-100,000 daily number that health experts say is necessary to safely monitor the outbreak.

Much of the testing has been focused on senior living facilities and other care homes, though Gov. Jared Polis on Monday announced that anybody in the state showing COVID-19 symptoms can get tested for free. Officials have confirmed outbreaks at 263 contained facilities across the state, including nursing homes, jails and factories. That’s three more than the previous day.

The state health department announces new totals daily of coronavirus deaths and confirmed cases based on what’s reported up from Colorado’s counties; though the deaths and positive test results may be announced on a particular day, they may have occurred any time in the past and are just now being reported to the state.




Winnipeg Hong Kong community protests security law proposed by China

Some protestors were willing to speak with media under the condition their full, legal names not be used out of fear of the Chinese Communist Party and for their families' safety in Hong Kong.


VSP Middlesex/ DLS-C Arrest

VSP News Release-Incident STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:20A302063 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Joseph Szarejko                           STATION: VSP Middlesex                   CONTACT#: 802 229 9191 DATE/TIME: 5/23/2020 @1612 hours. INCIDENT LOCATION: Vermont Route 100, Waterbury


London, Ont., group paving pollinator pathways in honour of World Bee Day

In honour of World Bee Day on Wednesday, a local community-led organization is buzzing about the idea of sprucing up the city's bee-friendly gardens.


Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf arrested in California

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Southern California on Friday. Leaf, 44, was arrested on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, which is about 110 miles (177 … Click to Continue »


Petition launched to save UAH hockey program

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After UAH announced its decision to eliminate hockey, an online petition was started to urge university officials to keep the program.

Tyler Curtis started the petition Friday. Though he said he was never a student at UAH, Curtis traces his love for the sport back to the Chargers’ program.

“Personally I would have never known about hockey if it were not for UAH Chargers Hockey,” Curtis said in the petition. “I lived in a very rural area of Tennessee. Fell in love with hockey because of UAH and the Channel Cats. I played for 6 years. We had clinics provided by UAH. My checking clinic and goaltending clinic was done by UAH coaches and players. I had a pair of jeans that was signed by the team one season. My whole family loves UAH hockey. Sometimes more than the hockey.”

UAH said it is discontinuing its hockey as well as its men’s and women’s tennis programs as cost-cutting measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the website says the petition has received more than 2,100 signatures with a goal of 2,500.


Saskatoon firefighters investigating three suspicious fires in one day

Saskatoon firefighters are investigating three suspicious fires that occurred on the same day just blocks apart.


Even with protests, recession and coronavirus, Hong Kong is a better bet than Singapore

The lingering anti-government protests and Covid-19 pandemic have generated panic among some people and corporations in Hong Kong, who are weighing the pros and cons of staying in the city.  

The economy has gone into a tailspin, after protests that started peacefully in March last year turned violent in June. By August, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was already describing the economic downturn as worse than that caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic in 2003…


Coronavirus: Montrealers happy with the eased restrictions but worry about second wave

As more Montrealers get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, the Quebec government continues to ease restrictions on activities. But some believe cases will continue to go up.


Coronavirus: Tracking hospitalization and recovery

We are tracking the number of people taken to the hospital for COVID-19, the number who are classified in critical condition, and recoveries. Updated every day.


Coronavirus updates and cancellations in our state

Questions about medical or social service needs, call 211, 800-560-3372, 711 (deaf or hard of hearing), or text ZIP code to 898-211, 8:30-6 p.m. M-F, 10-4 p.m. weekends or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. Official page: de.gov/coronavirus.


Coronavirus: Will Quebecers have access to public pools this summer?

As the province begins to gradually reopen, some are wondering if they'll have access to public swimming pools this summer.


More California bars, wineries, breweries can serve to-go drinks under new relaxed rules

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is relaxing some of its regulations regarding a previously announced action that allowed for bars to sell to-go drinks. Now, ABC officials said … Click to Continue »


Westminster / Vandalism / Request for Information

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE VANDALSISM / REQUEST FOR INFORMATION         CASE#: 20B102278 / 20B102280 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Nathan Jensen                            STATION: Westminster                     CONTACT#: 802-722-4600   DATE/TIME: During the night of 05/22/2020 INCIDENT LOCATION:


Saskatchewan reports 3 new coronavirus cases, 14 more recoveries

Saskatchewan's number of active coronavirus cases continues to decline as more people recover from the virus.


St. Albans Barracks\\ Grand Larceny

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A202162 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper A. Currier                            STATION: St. Albans                             CONTACT#: 802-524-5993   DATE/TIME: 05/23/2020 at approximately 0138 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Bakersfield Country Club, 7595 Boston Post Rd, Bakersfield,


Westminster Barracks / Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   PRESS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH                                                                                                             CASE#: 20B102279 TROOPER: Sgt. Buckley                                                STATION: VSP Westminster               CONTACT#: 802-722-4600   DATE/TIME: 05/23/


California DMV issues another extension for expiring licenses, driving permits

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will be pushing back expiration dates for license holders due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a news release, the DMV said the extra extensions … Click to Continue »


Family of 3 displaced after fire in Charlo, N.B.: Red Cross

No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze. 


Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) Offense: 600 Block of I Street, Northwest

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's First District announced an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred on Friday, May 22, 2020, in the 600 block of I Street, Northwest.

approximately 11:26 pm, the suspect and victim were engaged in an altercation at the listed location. During the altercation, the suspect brandished a gun towards the victim. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers. A firearm was recovered.

On Saturday May 23, 2020, 34 year-old Anthony Antonio Pleasant, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Unregistered Ammunition, and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.


See scenes from ‘Liberty Fest’ reopen rally at state Capitol on Memorial Day weekend

The "Liberty Fest" rally against Gov. Newsom’s coronavirus stay-at-home orders begins at the state Capitol on Saturday, May 23, 2020. … Click to Continue »


St. Albans Barracks//Motor Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                      Motor Vehicle Crash   CASE#:  20A202161                                     RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper LaMere STATION: VSP-St. Alban                       CONTACT


Moose Jaw to welcome Snowbirds home with huge hearts throughout the city

'I thought this would be a really good way to… show the Snowbirds and 15 Wing we support and love them,' said 15 Wing Hon. Col. Lisa Franks of the show of hearts.


Feds: Bridgeport man was ‘large-scale’ fentanyl distributor

A city man could face decades in prison after he was indicted on federal charges earlier this week, according to authorities.


Morgan County Sheriff’s Office arrests Somerville man on rape, sodomy charges

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Friday, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on charges of rape and sodomy.

According to deputies, Austin Scott Wheeler, 19, was identified as a suspect in a reported sexual assault.

Deupties found a white work van in rural Morgan County, just outside Somerville that was similar to the one he was driving in the area.

Deputies stopped the van, determined Wheeler was driving and arrested him.

Wheeler was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

He was taken to the Morgan County Jail and booked on $100,000 bond.


Coronavirus: NBA in talks with Disney to resume season at site in Florida

An NBA spokesman said the conversations were still ``exploratory,'' and that the Disney site would be used for practices and housing as well.


Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on May 23

Here is a roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for May 23, 2020.


Western University’s Homecoming 2020 goes virtual due to coronavirus

Western University says it is proceeding with its 71st annual Homecoming this year online rather than on site, due to coronavirus safety concerns.


Suspect Sought in a Burglary One and Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse Offenses: 1400 Block of South Carolina Avenue, Southeast

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in reference to a Burglary One and Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse offenses that occurred on Friday, May 22, 2020, in the 1400 block of South Carolina Avenue, Southeast

At approximately 7:00 pm, the suspect approached the victim, at the listed location, and demanded property. The suspect then forced the victim inside of a residence. The suspect brandished a handgun and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The suspect then took property and fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’6’’-5’7’’ in height, a stocky build and medium skin complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded shirt, gray shoes, and a black face covering. He is armed with a handgun. The suspect was last seen on a black bicycle that had white handgrips.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727 9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any crime committed in the District of Columbia.


Fire destroys warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War … Click to Continue »


Coronavirus: Government pledges £283m for buses and trams

But the transport secretary says social distancing will cut capacity to a fifth of the usual amount.


Watch Soon: Dr. Fauci answers your questions on ‘Coronavirus House Calls’

Have a question about the fight against COVID-19 and our “new normal?” Email the question, your name, and your city to our experts at coronaquestions@nexstar.tv to have it answered on “Coronavirus House Calls.” Watch the next episode with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Saturday, May 23 at 3 p.m. CT inside this story.

CBS 42’s Art Franklin

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — As the death toll from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to rise in the U.S., we’re looking past statistics and taking your questions to Coronavirus Task Force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci, the federal government’s top epidemiologist, will be answering your questions about the fight against COVID-19 in the Nexstar digital original, “Coronavirus House Calls,” hosted by Emmy award-winning CBS 42 Anchor Art Franklin.

In this wide-ranging interview, Fauci warns our “new normal” could be around for awhile.

“We’re not going to eradicate this virus. It is so transmissible that it’s going to be around for a while. Can we eliminate it? Likely, if we do it correctly and we get a vaccine,” Fauci said in an interview on Nexstar’s “Coronavirus House Calls.” “The new normal will likely be for at least a cycle or more through seasons…”

Fauci has described the COVID-19 pandemic as a “worst nightmare” scenario, but he’s not without hope.

“The real determining factor to put this into the history books, will be if we get a safe and highly effective vaccine,” he added.

If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.

TODAY’S EPISODE

Michael Saag, MD,
Director of the Center for AIDS Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham

In this special edition of “Coronavirus House Calls,” Fauci is answering your most pressing questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will stream within this article and on all Nexstar sites Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. Host Art Franklin will be joined by Coronavirus House Calls contributor Dr. Michael Saag.

In the meantime, check out the other episodes of Coronavirus House Calls, in which we explore topics like Vitamin D’s effect on COVID-19, travel during a pandemic, and the promising drug Remdesivir. Every weekend we assemble a panel of the most trusted doctors and healthcare professionals to answer your questions about the coronavirus pandemic.

In an era of information warfare, we’re fighting back with our greatest weapon: the truth. We’re here to talk about your concerns, differentiate between fact and fiction, and move from fear to hope as we navigate this “new normal” together.


Northwest-Shoals Community College moving all summer classes online

MUSCLE SHOALS AND PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. – Summer 2020 classes at both Northwest-Shoals Community College campuses will be held online.

The college announced Saturday all career technical and health studies courses will be taught online during June, with skills components to be taught on campus later in the summer semester.

Beginning June 1, students who weren’t able to finish their skills components in the spring will be allowed to come to campus to finish those components. Instructors will contact students with specific details.

The first mini-term and full-term classes start on Tuesday, May 26, with eight-week classes beginning on Tuesday, June 2, and the second mini-term starting Thursday, June 25.

Registration will continue online.


Coronavirus in Colorado, May 23: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

On Friday, Colorado public health officials gave Douglas County the OK to reopen restaurants, gyms, houses of worship and the Park Meadows mall at 50% occupancy. This is the first time CDPHE gave a safer-at-home order variance to a metro-area county.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 deaths have been directly attributed to COVID-19 and more than 1,300 have been associated with the illness. Health officials also announced that there were more than 23,000 confirmed cases and nearly 145,000 people had been tested.

Throughout the day, we will share the latest coverage from Denver Post journalists on the coronavirus outbreak on this page. Also, bear in mind The Denver Post relies on support from its readers to provide this in-depth coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, so please consider buying a subscription if you haven’t already.

Here are the updates from May 21.

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 228 – Linn County

On Saturday, May 23, 2020 at approximately 12:15 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 228 near milepost 10, east of Brownsville. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F-250 pickup, operated by Austyn Hillsman (21) of Junction City, was eastbound on Hwy 228  when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a Honda Pilot operated by Caleb Simonis (19) of Sweet Home.

Simonis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

There were two passengers in the Honda Pilot - a 16 year old female was transported by Life Flight to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased - a 15 year old female was transported by ground ambulance with serious injuries. 

Hillsman did not sustain serious injuries and was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide and lodged at the Linn County Jail.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Brownsville Fire Department, Sweet Home Fire Department, Albany Fire Department, Life Flight, ODOT and the Linn County Sheriffs Office. 


Pipe fix on Sandtown Road

Sandtown Road to be closed for crossroad pipe replacement near Felton. At 5665 Sandtown Road: closed for removal and replacement of a crossroad pipe for better drainage between Beagle Club Road and Burnite Mill Road, 7 a.m. May 26 until 3 p.m. May 29, pending weather.


Procession for Capt. Jennifer Casey to travel through Halifax on Sunday

The Canadian Armed Forces note the procession will begin after a homecoming ceremony at approximately 5 p.m., at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.


Waterbury man found safe after Silver Alert

WATERBURY — A city man reported missing Friday was found safely early Saturday morning, according to Waterbury police.

A Silver Alert was issued for Thomas Vann, 39, at 2:06 p.m. Friday.

Waterbury police had been notified that Vann was missing earlier that morning, according a release from Lt. David Silverio. He had last been seen Thursday afternoon.

Mann was located and determined to be safe by 12:36 a.m. on Saturday, Silverio said.

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com


State police searching for suspect in Willington homicide

WILLINGTON — State police announced Saturday that they are searching for a man suspected of killing a Willington resident.

Just after 9 a.m. Friday, troopers from Troop C responded to an incident on Mirtl Road to find two victims — both elderly men — suffering from injuries after an assault “with an edged weapon,” state police said.

One victim, identified by police as 62-year-old Willington resident Theodore Demers, later died from his injuries.

Troopers are searching for a man, identified as Peter Manfredonia, who was “seen leaving the scene of a homicide (and) serious assault on Mirtl Road in Willington.” He was described as a “suspect” by Connecticut State Police on Twitter.

Mafredonia, last seen wearing dark clothing, may be armed, police said. They asked residents not to approach him and to instead call 911.

State police asked anyone with information about this matter to contact the Eastern District Major Crimes unit with Troop C at 860-896-3200.

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com


Florence Police searching for wanted man

FLORENCE, Ala. – Florence Police said they are searching for a man wanted for domestic violence.

Devontae Montrell Goodloe has a warrant for third-degree domestic violence.

He is 6′ 3″ tall, weighs 175 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Goodloe’s location is asked to call Florence Police at (256) 760-6610 or text their tip to 274637 using keyword FPDTIP plus their message.


Pedestrian killed during hit-and-run in Denver Friday night

A pedestrian was killed during a hit-and-run crash Friday night in Denver’s Valverde neighborhood, Denver police tweeted.

An adult male was hit near the intersection of West Alameda Avenue and South Yuma Street. The individual was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Authorities are still developing suspect info.

The intersection was closed to traffic Friday night after the incident.


Bike shop owners worry about supply as business booms amid COVID-19

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Canadian NHL teams offer season ticket holders varied refund options amid COVID-19

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Sheffield Police, Tuscumbia Police, Colbert County Drug Task Force arrest five during Friday searches

SHEFFIELD, Ala. – The Sheffield Police Department, along with agents from the Colbert County Drug Task Force, and Tuscumbia Police Department executed two search warrants Friday, which lead to the arrest of five people.

Timathe Humans. Kasey Richards, Thomas Hyman, Cory Vernon, and Genoa Aigner were all arrested on different drug charges such as possession of drug paraphernalia and possession or distribution of a controlled substance.


Chatteris house fire: Family of five ‘lose everything’ in blaze

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Hong Kong airport runway incident under investigation by Civil Aviation Department

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22 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Lincoln

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that 22 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Lincoln today, bringing the community total to 1,027.

Visit COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov to access a dashboard that summarizes Lancaster County COVID-19 data.


Firefighters battle 10,000-acre fire in Las Animas County

Provided by Colorado Fire Prevention & Control

Cherry Canyon Fire.

Firefighters in Las Animas County are battling a nearly 10,000-acre fire that has threatened four isolated structures.

The wildfire sparked Wednesday morning as a result of lightning, and a combination of unseasonably warm weather and strong winds led to its spread, the Colorado Department of Public Safety said in a news release.

The fire, 10 miles northwest of Kim, has been difficult to fight due to its location near steep canyons and cliffs, officials said. As of Friday night, it was 0% contained.

Las Animas County Emergency Management, Kim Volunteer Fire Department, Fowler Volunteer Fire Department and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control have provided resources to fight the fire, the news release said.

Authorities reminded the public that Stage 1 Fire restrictions are in effect in Las Animas County.


Man injured in Teller County officer-involved shooting

A Teller County sheriff’s deputy shot and injured a suspect Friday night after the man pointed a handgun at multiple deputies, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Around 9 p.m, two deputies encountered a man who matched the description of someone wanted for felony menacing near the intersection of Highway 24 and Trout Creek Road in Woodland Park, authorities said in the news release.

The suspect then presented a handgun and pointed it at the deputies. The deputies gave the man verbal commands, which he did not follow, the sheriff’s office said.

A deputy then fired at least one round, hitting the suspect. The man was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The two deputies have been placed on administrative leave, per Teller County department policy, while the El Paso County Sheriff’s office investigates the officer-involved shooting, the news release said.

The incident marks the 27th officer-involved shooting incident this year in Colorado, and the first in Teller County. Nineteen people have been killed with another nine injured.



Overturned camper closes I-65 south in Falkville

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says an overturned vehicle hauling a camper has closed the southbound lanes of I-65 in Lacon.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, traffic is being diverted at Exit 318 (US-31 South), with extreme backups on US-31, AL-55, and Thompson Road near Hartselle.

The Sheriff’s Office said to use an alternate route or expect delays.


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Alabama Department of Labor says scammers are creating fake Facebook pages

The Alabama Department of Labor is warning people who receive unemployment benefits of scammers.

ADOL Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said the department is aware of at least one Facebook page that cloned the official ADOL Facebook page and tried to offer people bogus prizes.

Washington said the department of labor would never participate in a contest to give away money and would never charge for their services.

The fake page was removed and the Attorney General’s office is investigating.

Keep in mind, ADOL’s Facebook account is marked with the blue check, meaning it is a verified account.


Homicide: 3800 Block of East Capitol Street, Northeast

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, May 22, 2020, in the 3800 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast.

At approximately 4:50 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious adult male, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 18 year-old Antwuan Roach, of Southwest, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.


Superpod of dolphins entertains California whale watchers

A superpod of dolphins put on quite a show for some lucky boaters off the coast of Orange County, California last weekend.

At least 1,000 common dolphins were spotted just before sunset jumping in and out of the water near Laguna Beach.

Newport Coastal Adventures, which conducts whale watching tours for families, posted this video.

They said it’s not unusual to encounter pods of a couple hundred dolphins, but seeing a group this large doesn’t happen often.


Crews continue to battle wildfire in Chester Grant, N.S.

As of Saturday morning there are 14 fire departments, water supply tankers and staff with the department of lands and forestry on scene. 


Man killed in crash after police pursuit in Reading

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Ontario reports 412 new coronavirus cases, 27 deaths as total cases surpass 25K

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Douglas County restaurants, houses of worship, gyms and Park Meadows mall can partially reopen after state grants variance

Douglas County restaurants, houses of worship, gyms and the Park Meadows mall have been given the green light to reopen, albeit at limited capacity, after state public health officials granted a variance to the state’s safer-at-home order on Friday.

In a letter to county commissioners, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, approved Douglas County’s request to reopen and noted several conditions to the variance.

For indoor spaces, there is a 50% occupancy cap and a maximum of 175 people. In addition, no gatherings will be permitted at Park Meadows and instead shoppers are encouraged to move from one store to the next without congregating in the public areas.

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Safer-at-home restrictions could be put back into place if cases spike in the area, Hunsaker Ryan warned.

“If any two of the county’s triggers of a 20% increase in positive cases in 3-day rolling average over a 14-day period, more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in two weeks, a substantial increase in hospitalizations directly related to COVID-19 over a 2-week period, or the inability of TCHD to contact trace new cases within 24 hours of a known positive test result occurs, then this variance is automatically rescinded.”

The variance was approved, she said, because “Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has a strong public health surveillance system, sufficient hospital capacity, and appropriate thresholds for rolling back the variance if conditions worsen.”

Gov. Jared Polis has said that he will issue guidance for restaurant reopenings by Memorial Day.

This story is developing, check back for updates. Read the full letter below.


NASA paying people willing to socially isolate for study in Russia

If you’re loving this whole social distancing thing, listen up.

NASA is looking for people who are willing to live together with a small crew of their researchers – in isolation for 8 months in Moscow, Russia.

And they’ll pay you!

You have to be a U.S. citizen between 30 and 55 years old with a graduate degree or experience as a military officer.

And you have to speak both English and Russian.

If you get picked, NASA says you’ll experience environmental aspects similar to those astronauts will probably experience on future missions to Mars and the moon.


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Monkey on the loose in Massachusetts

Police and animal control in Massachusetts have been searching for a monkey on the loose since Monday.

They even used ATVs and drones to try and find it, but no luck so far.

Local veterinarians believe it may have been a pet that got out, but having a monkey as a pet in Massachusetts is illegal. Right now, the animal is roaming around in people’s backyards.

Local veterinarians are warning people not to approach the monkey. They say it could be carrying the herpes B virus, which can be fatal to humans.

Animal control officers have set a trap, hoping to lure the monkey with food.


Rip Current Threat Along Alabama’s Coastline Through Holiday Weekend

We’ve discussed rip currents quite a bit on the blog, and there’s a reason. They’re the biggest weather-related killer along Alabama’s beaches. They kill more people than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, or lightning. Rip currents will again be a threat through the (usually quite busy) holiday weekend along Alabama’s beaches.

Rip currents will be a threat this holiday weekend

What is a rip current?:  

“Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the U.S., as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes.

Moving at speeds of up to eight feet per second, rip currents can move faster than an Olympic swimmer.

Panicked swimmers often try to counter a rip current by swimming straight back to shore—putting themselves at risk of drowning because of fatigue.

Lifeguards rescue tens of thousands of people from rip currents in the U.S. every year, but it is estimated that 100 people are killed by rip currents annually. If caught in a rip current, don’t fight it! Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle.”

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Diagram of a Rip Current

Remember, if you get caught in a rip current, don’t swim against it! Yell for help, swim parallel to shore until you’re out of the current, and then swim back to land at an angle.

For more on rip currents, check out the video from NOAA below.What To Do If Caught In A Rip Current

For even more information on rip currents, visit the National Weather Service’s rip current website. and be sure to stay up to date with the rip current forecast for Alabama’s beaches.

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Coronavirus: Prince William thanks carers for hard work

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Oregon couple finds kitten with two faces

You won’t believe it until you see it – a family in Portland, Oregon, is caring for a newborn kitten with two faces.

It all happened when they woke up Wednesday morning to the new litter and they found one baby with four eyes, two noses, and two mouths.

They named it biscuit and gravy and say it has a rare talent.

It can meow out of one mouth while eating out of the other. B.J. King says one of his kids prompted him to post online about the kitten.

His wife, Kyla, is trying to keep the kitten alive, but she says she knows it’s unlikely to survive.

The family is just trying to enjoy the pet as long as possible.


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Pac-man celebrating 40 years of entertainment

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The game was originally called Puck-man, but the game’s American distributor feared kids would change the “p” to an “f” on the marquee.

So they changed it, and Pac-man was born.

To this day, only a handful of people have completed a perfect game – finishing with no lives lost and the maximum number of points from each level.


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