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Wreck sends truck into Tennessee River near Scottsboro

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – A pickup truck ended up in the Tennessee River after a wreck that involved an 18-wheeler Monday morning, Alabama State Troopers said.

The wreck was reported around 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of Alabama Highways 35 and 40, which is on the east side of the Tennessee River near Scottsboro.

Alabama State Troopers said an 18-wheeler lost control turning from 40 onto 35, overturned and spilled its load of large metal beams. One of the beams hit a pickup and pushed it into the river, troopers said.

Some people nearby with a boat helped get the pickup truck driver out of the water, troopers said.

Troopers said there were only minor injuries, but the driver of the 18-wheeler was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital.

Crews were still picking up beams off the road around 2:15 p.m. and traffic was moving slowly in the area.


Colorado, Washington scientific groups remove job posts over LGBTQ policy at BYU

SALT LAKE CITY — Two well-known scientific groups have dropped job postings from their websites from Brigham Young University because of the school’s LGBTQ policies, igniting a debate on whether research organizations should take a stance on social issues.

The Washington-based American Geophysical Union and the Colorado-based Geological Society of America took down the ads amid mounting pressure from members, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday.

Both groups say the ads require applicants to abide by the school’s honor code, which includes a ban on homosexual behavior. Members of both nonprofits criticized the ads as discriminatory.

The Geological Society of America, which has 27,000 members, told the newspaper it has returned the $800 cost of the job post to BYU.

BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins declined to comment.

The Provo, Utah, university is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and mandates students follow the code that also prohibits premarital sex and the consumption of alcohol among other rules.

The code prohibits “not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”

As a private school and religious institution, the school can legally maintain the honor code.

Benjamin Abbott, a professor in BYU’s College of Life Sciences, believes dropping the ads limits diversity in religious ideologies.

“It removes an opportunity for a diverse candidate from outside of the BYU system from finding the job,” Abbott said. “If we want to learn from and potentially influence others, we shouldn’t cut them off.”

Ellen Alexander, a doctoral student in geology at UCLA who identifies as LGBTQ, was one of several people who complained on social media after the American Geophysical Union initially declined to take the ad down.

“That ideology does not deserve an equal seat at the table,” Alexander said. “It’s not a belief. It’s discrimination.”

Other national groups have previously faced controversy for collaborating with BYU. The Society for Political Methodology apologized in April 2018 for holding an annual conference at the school. The group said many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender participants declined to take part. As a result, the group relocated several conference events off-campus.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, sltrib.com


Don Cherry out as host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following poppy controversy

Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans


‘Returned soldiers’ needed for Saint John Remembrance Day services

Official says modern day soldiers don't consider themselves veterans, which means fewer soldiers taking part in Remembrance Day services.


Trash Pandas to debut mascot at Bridge Street tree lighting

MADISON, Ala. – The Rocket City Trash Pandas mascot will make its debut later this month.

The mascot will make its first public appearance Nov. 22 at the annual holiday tree lighting at Bridge Street Town Centre, the team announced Monday.

“The Rocket City Trash Pandas are truly honored to take part in this North Alabama holiday tradition,” Trash Pandas President and CEO Ralph Nelson said in a news release. “As our gift to the community, we are presenting … or should I say, ‘unwrapping’ our mascot.”

The mascot will be unveiled just prior to the tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. He will sign autographs at the Trash Pandas Emporium after the tree lighting.

The mascot doesn’t have a name yet. Season ticket holders and Trash Pandas Nation members will get a chance over the next two weeks to vote on the proposed names:

  • Apollo
  • Buzz
  • Cosmo
  • Crash
  • Jetson
  • Sprocket

Trash Pandas Nation members are people who have bought licensed team merchandise at the Bridge Street store or on the Trash Pandas online store. Fans who want to vote but don’t receive an email ballot can get one by signing up online at the team website.

Opening day for the team’s inaugural season is April 15 at Toyota Field in Madison.


Man ‘broke neck during chiropractor treatment’ in York

John Lawler, 80, became like a "ragdoll" and died the following day in hospital.


FA Cup second round draw: Chichester City get away league club draw

Chichester City, the lowest ranked team left in the FA Cup, will travel to League One opposition in the second round.


Sask. swimmer named Special Olympics Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year

Tianna Zimmerman, a swimmer from Engleford, Sask., has been named Special Olympics Canada's Female Athlete of the Year.


Regina cenotaph adds plaques honouring RCMP, Navy

Plaques honouring Canada's Navy and the RCMP have been added to the cenotpah in Regina's Victoria Park.


Re: VT RT 14 Newport

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Kingvale resort, known for winter sledding on way to Lake Tahoe, up for sale: Check it out

A 297-acre winter recreational area off Highway 80 on the way to Lake Tahoe is for sale for $6 million. Kingvale Recreational Resort, located in Soda Springs, hit the market … Click to Continue »


Check out Kingvale resort on way to Tahoe for sale for $6 million

Kingvale Recreational Resort, a popular winter sledding area on the way to Lake Tahoe, near Donner Summit on Highway 80, is for sale for $6 million. … Click to Continue »


Fortnite makers sue Quebec video tester for allegedly leaking game element

The maker of the wildly popular game Fortnite is suing a Montreal video game tester for allegedly leaking a new online map ahead of its release date.


‘I am here’: Nova Scotians condemn Don Cherry’s poppy comments

On Remembrance Day, an immigrant, a veteran and a politician condemn comments from Don Cherry suggesting new immigrants don't wear poppies.


Canada’s broadcast watchdog says it can’t take any more complaints about Don Cherry

The rush of complaints has overwhelmed the CBSC’s “technical processing capacities.”


Denver’s light Monday snowfall shows timing often matters more than totals

“How much snow am I going to get?”

It’s usually the first question any meteorologist will get about an upcoming snowstorm. But if snow is in the forecast, the main thing you should probably ask instead is: “When is it going to snow?”

Most of the Denver area only saw about 1 to 3 inches of snow Monday morning, but a “volume of accidents” were reported on area roadways, Denver International Airport briefly had a ground stop, and a large swath of the metro area was placed under accident alert. And yes, that all came from “only” an inch or two of snow.

A layer of ice underneath the morning snowfall created additional issues and headaches for commuters on Monday. But the primary cause for Monday morning’s travel woes across the metro area was simply the timing of the snow and ice.

Some of the United States’ most famous snow-related traffic disasters came from just an inch or two of snowfall — think about Washington, D.C.’s 2016 traffic fiasco due to just an inch of snow, and Atlanta’s famous 2014 “Snow Jam” came from only 2 inches of snow. It’s often as a result of when that snows, rather than how much actually fell.

You might even remember last month here in Denver, when another morning commute was seriously hampered by a relatively light amount of overall snowfall.

Schools and businesses will typically close ahead of a major snowstorm, for example, ahead of an anticipated 6 inches or more. But those decisions are often made based on the amount of expected snowfall, rather than the possible societal impacts from it.

If it only snows an inch, but it happens during a burst of heavier snowfall right in the middle of a commute, that’ll probably have a greater impact on commuters than several inches of overnight snowfall.

In addition to the amount of snow that might fall, it’s worth placing added emphasis on when that snow might fall, particularly if it might impact a weekday commute. Check the National Weather Service’s timing on any winter weather alerts for an idea if a commute could be impacted or not.


Met officer denies protecting sister over indecent child video

Supt Novlett Robyn Williams denies that "sympathy" stopped her reporting her sister to police.


Fitchburg Man Arrested for Illegal Possession of Two Firearms in Lunenburg

On Saturday evening, at approximately 9:19 p.m., Trooper Donald Wilmot was patrolling on Massachusetts Avenue in the town of Lunenburg, when he stopped a 2006 Ford Freestyle for motor vehicle violations. A registration query also revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle, HAYDEN D. COLLINS, 25, of Fitchburg, to have an active warrant from…


Dramatic video shows plane slide off runway at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport due to icy conditions

CHICAGO — A plane slid off a runway Monday morning at O'Hare International Airport.

The incident was reported around 8 a.m.

According to American Airlines, American Eagle flight 4125 slid off the runway due to icy conditions. All 38 passengers and three crew members were removed from the aircraft and transported safely back to the terminal.

The Chicago Fire Department confirmed no one was injured and that the situation is secured.

As of 8 a.m., 189 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport while 93 flights were canceled at Midway International Airport due to snowy weather conditions.

Video in player above provided by Joseph Lian.


Clear sky tonight means you could see “fireball” meteors, despite full moon

The skies over Colorado are supposed to be clear starting Monday afternoon and extending into the night, and that means you just might get to see a “fireball” from the Northern Taurid meteor shower as it reaches its annual peak overnight.

A fireball over the east coast Sunday night was reported by 33 observers, concentrated in Virginia, Maryland and the greater New York City area.

Just what are fireballs, you ask?

“Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than normal,” according to a post on the International Meteor Organization’s website. “A great majority of the material orbiting in outer space are tiny sub-millimeter sized bits of stone, ice, or metal, or a combination of these materials. These are known as micrometeoroids or simply space dust. These tiny fragments cannot produce enough light to be seen when encountering the atmosphere and yet they contribute many tons of material to the Earth’s weight each year.

“As the size of these objects approach a millimeter, they begin to produce enough light to be seen upon entry to the upper atmosphere as ordinary meteors,” the International Meteor Organization reported. “Due to the velocity at which they strike the Earth’s atmosphere, fragments larger than 1 millimeter have the capability to produce a bright flash as they streak through the heavens above. These bright meteors are what we call fireballs, and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them.”

Let’s be clear: We’re not suggesting great balls of fire could be exploding over your head tonight. According to a post on the American Meteor Society’s website, fireballs are about as bright as the planet Venus at sunrise or sunset. At those times, Venus appears like the brightest star in the sky, although it’s actually a planet between Earth and the sun.

Some fireballs are intense, though. “A bolide is a special type of fireball,” according to the American Meteor Society, “which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation.”

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Meteor aficionados love to watch for fireballs, reporting them to the American and international meteor organizations when spotted. On Nov. 2, a fireball was visible over much of Colorado and was reported by 34 observers, including multiple reports in the greater Denver area. If you weren’t looking up that night at around 7:30, apparently you missed something pretty cool.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through concentrations of interplanetary debris, often from a disintegrating comet. The Northern Taurids are active from Oct. 20 through Dec. 10, and their period of activity overlaps that of the Southern Taurids (Sept 10-Nov. 2). The Southern Taurids peaked a month ago. Both are debris fields left by the same meteor. They are not known for exceptional frequency of visible meteors, but they are known for producing fireballs.

Working against potential meteor visibility: The sky tonight will be bright because the moon is almost full.


N.S. Transport Department reviewing closure of busy toll road due to early snow

Motorists became trapped on the Cobequid Pass highway during the snowfall when trucks spun off the slick road in a hilly portion of the route.


One man dies in officer-involved shooting in Lakewood

One man died in an officer-involved shooting in Lakewood late Monday morning, though details are still scarce about what occurred or prompted the shooting.

The shooting took place in the 1500 block of South Harlan Street, Lakewood police said on Twitter. A man was shot, though police did not say who shot him, and  he later died at a hospital.

All police officers involved in the shooting are uninjured, according to Lakewood police. Authorities also said they recovered a weapon at the scene but did not specify where it was found.

Members of the public are asked to avoid the area.



Veteran helped by Alabama deputies could reconnect with son

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — A social media post about a veteran wearing an oxygen mask while walking down a road may help connect the man to his estranged son.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that the Gulf War veteran attempted to walk about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Walker County to Huntsville for an appointment Wednesday because his car wasn’t working.

A Walker County deputy worked with other deputies to transport him to and from his appointment at the VA. News reports identify him as Gerald Baldwin.

The post has more than 150,000 shares. Baldwin’s son Lance in Pennsylvania saw the story and recognized his father. He told news outlets Sunday that the two hadn’t spoken in about five years. He now plans to reach out to his father.


Checkup Denver: Safe2Tell tips jump, judge rejects new abortion-related rule and more Colorado health news


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Good morning, Colorado!

I’m heading to Grand Junction on Tuesday for the last of our community conversations on youth suicide in Colorado. The off-record-conversations have given us an opportunity to meet with communities around the state and hear how we can improve our coverage of teen mental health and suicide.

While we are nearing the end of this part of the project, we still want to hear from Coloradans. If you are interested in us hosting another community conversation or in having us come to you, let us know. You can also weigh in with story ideas and feedback through our callout form or by emailing health@denverpost.com.

Don’t forget: The Nov. 30 deadline for our teen essay contest is approaching.

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, call the Colorado Crisis Line at 1-844-493-8255.

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Communications supervisor Linde Brinkhoff handles a Safe2Tell call at the Colorado State Patrol’s Denver regional communications center on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.

Tips to Safe2Tell jumped 28% last school year

Safe2Tell, the anonymous hotline for students to report potential school threats or violence, continues to see a record number of tips. 

During the 2018-19 school year, Safe2Tell received more than 22,330 tips, and of those, 19,861 were actionable, meaning they weren’t duplicates, pranks or hang-ups, according to an annual report released by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Safe2Tell has seen the number of suicide-related tips increase in recent years, with the hotline receiving about 3,660 of those reports last school year. Drugs and bullying were also top reasons for why students or others made reports with the program, according to the report.

Read more here.

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FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York.

Colorado teen sues Juul, alleges e-cigarette giant isn’t warning public of vaping dangers

A Colorado teenager has filed a lawsuit against Juul, the e-cigarette maker, alleging that the company “intentionally targeted adolescents” in marketing campaigns while not warning the public “of the dangers of Juul.”

Mohammed Aldawoodi, 19, began using Juul products in 2016, and as a result, suffers from nicotine addiction and has permanent injuries that will require lifeline medical treatment, he claims in his lawsuit.

The lawsuit does not allege that Aldawoodi suffers from the severe vaping-related illness that has sickened more than 2,000 nationwide and led to the death of almost 40 individuals.

Read more here.

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Canada ‘welcomes’ move by Gambia to file genocide case against Myanmar at UN court

Systemic violence by the Myanmar government forced more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee.


What you get for $7-a-month Disney Plus subscription

"The Simpsons," ''Cinderella" and several movies from the Star Wars and Marvel universes will share a streaming home Tuesday as Disney Plus debuts. Subscribers will initially get more than 500 … Click to Continue »


First 100 guest receive treats at Ulta Beauty grand opening in Madison

MADISON, Ala. – Attention beauty gurus!  A new Ulta location is coming to Madison.

The new store will located at 8201 US Highway 72 in the Target shopping centre. The beauty store chain will carry a wide variety of hair products, makeup, fragrances, skin and nail care items, and even more, including an onsite salon.

The grand opening festivities are scheduled for Friday, November 15th at 10:00 a.m. and continue daily through Sunday, November 17th in Madison. Each day, the first 100 guests* will receive an Ulta Beauty treat – valued $5 to $100.

Must be 16 or older.

Ulta Beauty has an additional store at the Bridge Street Town Centre and on Bob Wallace Ave off Memorial Parkway.


Trowbridge premature twins weighed less than 1lb each

Talia and Oliver Keates were told Ashley and Joe's survival chances were "near to nothing".


TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Dignitary Visit

Monday, November 11, 2019

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and Wednesday, November 13, 2019, a visiting dignitary will travel to the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this visit, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking from Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:00 p.m. to Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.:

  • F Street between 15th Street and 1/3 of the way toward 13th Street, NW
  • West curb lane of 14th Street between F Street and 1/3 of the way toward G Street, NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 15th Street and 14th Street, NW

 

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 4:30 a.m. to Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.:

  • F Street between 15th Street and 14th Street, NW

(The parking garage in the block will be accessible from 15th Street, NW)

  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 15th Street and 14th Street, NW

(Hotel traffic will have to enter at 15th Street, NW)

 

All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.

The public should expect parking restrictions along the street and should be guided by the posted emergency no parking signage. All vehicles that are parked in violation of the emergency no parking signs will be ticketed and towed.

Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also wishes to remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated.


New class of veterans inducted into Madison County Hall of Heroes

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Seven war veterans who put their lives on the line protecting their country were inducted into the Madison County Military Hall of Heroes.

The seven were inducted Nov. 8 and honored during the Veterans Day parade Monday in downtown Huntsville.

Here are this year’s inductees:

  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Robert Davis is a Vietnam veteran who received the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals with valor and a Purple Heart.
    Davis said he got his Purple Heart about a week after going to Vietnam, while he was flying a Huey.
    “We were landing into a field that had high reeds in it, and unfortunately, a Vietcong guy had run into the field out of the village when he heard us coming to hide,” Davis said. “And we were almost going to land on top of him so he popped up in front of us and aimed and shot.”
    Davis said he was hit in the leg, and medics bandaged it so he could get back to flying. After that, he said he convinced the Army to put him in a Cobra attack unit so “I could shoot back.”
  • Lt. Col. Charles “Skip” Gill served in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with valor, Air Medal with valor, the Army Commendation Medal with valor and a Purple Heart.
    Gill spent 23 years in the military, enlisting right out of high school.
    Gill said in the field in Vietnam, he was put in charge of his troop after his commander was wounded by mortar and rocket fire. His company found an enemy camp the next day, and the conflict that day earned him his Silver Star and Purple Heart.
    “But it was all the other young men that you live with day in and day out that really were responsible for the actions that took place,” Gill said. “They’re the ones that need to be recognized, because they were great young men.”
  • Col. Dave Roesler is a Vietnam veteran who received the Army’s Silver Star, Bronze Star with valor, Army Commendation with valor and Purple Heart.
    Roesler entered the Army in 1959 and stayed in until retiring in 1990. During his time, he served all over the world.
    Roesler went to Vietnam as a supply officer and then because commander of a troop. During the Tet Offensive, his unit went after an enemy battalion trying to get out of Tam Ky into the mountains.
    “And in we went, and the first thing that happened was we got into it, bad,” Roesler said.
    He was awarded his Silver Star as a result of that day.
    “Today I care most about the seven I didn’t bring home alive,” he said. “And I grieve them to this day.”
  • Sgt. Maj. Eugene Cope served in Vietnam and received the Soldier’s Medal, the Army Commendation with valor and five Purple Hearts.
    Cope was in the Army’s bomb disposal program in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969.
    “I was an instructor at the school, and I taught all about what to expect when you get to Vietnam,” Cope said. “I got over there and it was just like I said it was, except it was a hundred times more bad than what I was telling them about.”
    The dangerous job of bomb disposal in Vietnam meant Cope and others risked their lives removing booby traps and IEDs so soldiers could get into an area. He said he was shot many times, but five were serious enough to warrant his Purple Heart medals.
    “As far as we were concerned, we were the elite of the elite,” he said. “You know you had to do your job well, and you still had a good chance of getting killed or getting wounded. I was lucky I walked away.”
  • Col. Michael Ray Williams served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and received the Air Medal with valor and Purple Heart.
  • Col. Curtis Donald Potts served in the Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Joint Service Commendation Medal with valor.
  • Staff Sgt. Jewell Toney served in the Air Force during the Korean War and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Toney passed away March 27, 2019.

NV Energy hires fire mitigation specialist in Nevada

The largest utility in Nevada has hired its first fire mitigation specialist. NV Energy Vice President Kevin Geraghty announced the hiring of Mark Regan, the fire marshal for the last … Click to Continue »


OPP looking for 47-year-old missing woman from Sharbot Lake

Karmjit Grewal was last seen on Oct. 31, according to OPP. Police say she has long black hair, is 5'6", and weighs 177 pounds.


Aurora police released a portion of body camera footage from officer shooting outside apartment complex

Aurora police released a portion of body camera footage from an Oct. 20 shooting provides audio of a woman screaming “A guy has a big ass gun in his hands,” in the moments before an officer fires at a man.

The 45-second clip was released Monday morning along with commentary from deputy Chief Paul O’Keefe, who says the man was armed when an officer fired. The man who was shot was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.

The first 30 seconds show shaky footage as the officer moves through an alley at an apartment complex 9121 E. 14th Ave., and then women screaming and running toward the officer as he enters a parking lot.

The officer tells the women to get back and then yells “drop the gun” twice before firing at the suspect.

The view of the suspect is unclear and a firearm isn’t visible in the video.

Police were responding to a disturbance outside the apartment building at 1:43 a.m. at 9121 East 14th Avenue. Denver police notified Aurora that a gunfire detection system had noted gunshots in the area.

O’Keefe said the suspect ignored the order to drop the weapon and turned toward the officer with the gun in his hands.The officer fired and the suspect jumped into an apartment window.

Police later found an AR-15 in the room into which the suspect fled, O’Keefe said.

The man was shot several times. He is expected to live, O’Keefe said.

Three other people who were injured by the gunman were also hospitalized following the incident, O’Keefe said.

The officer-involved shooting remains under investigation. The officer who fired a weapon has been placed on administrative leave, per protocol. The officer has been working with Aurora police for a year and a half and has not been involved in other officer-involved shootings in Aurora.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Agent T. Fredericksen at 303-739-6106.

Police released only a small portion of the body-worn camera footage from the primary officer after he first arrives on scene. O’Keefe said the department released what it deemed appropriate without compromising the investigation.



Belleville Knights of Columbus erect gravestone for ‘victims of abortion’

The gravestone erected by the Belleville branch of Knights of Columbus was dedicated to 'all victims of abortion.'


Dad jumps on Disneyland rope bridge to show kids it’s safe, visitors say. It broke

A father trying to convince his children that a rope bridge at Tarzan’s Treehouse was safe ended up shutting down the Disneyland attraction Sunday afternoon, MiceChat reports. The man jumped … Click to Continue »


Southbound SH3 at Mile Post 0.3 Reopened

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737 Max expected to resume commercial service in January: Boeing

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines said Friday they were pushing back the resumption of flights because of the 737 MAX grounding until early March.


VT RT 14 Newport

VT RT 14 in Newport Town between the VT RT 100 and VT RT 105 intersection and the VT RT 14 and alderbrook rd intersection will be temporarily closed due to a structure fire in the area. Please avoid the area. We have no details on the fire at this time. Crystal Golden Emergency Communications Dispatcher II M.A.T Member WILLISTON PSAP 2777 Saint George Rd Williston,


Hong Kong plunged into commuter chaos as protesters block roads and target rail services – with turmoil expected to continue for another day

A citywide anti-government protest plunged Hong Kong into transport chaos throughout Monday, crippling metro, bus and cross-border services and making it difficult for millions of commuters to get home after work.The turmoil was expected to persist on Tuesday as defiant protesters vowed to keep fighting after a 21-year-old student was shot and critically wounded by a police officer on Monday morning.The embattled MTR Corporation was once again badly affected as protesters vandalised the rail…


11-year-old Calgary girl organizes No Stone Left Alone expansion for 5,000 veteran headstones

An 11-year-old girl is behind a No Stone Left Alone ceremony honouring more than 5,000 servicemen and women at a cemetery in Calgary.


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Archie Spriggs death: Father’s fears before murder ‘dismissed’ by Shropshire social services

Matthew Spriggs tried to protect his son before he was killed by his mum, an inquest hears.


Oklahoma police chief killed, officer charged with murder in Florida

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — A police chief from Oklahoma is dead on the Gulf Coast, and one of his officers is charged in his murder.

Mannford Police Officer Michael Patrick Nealey was booked into the Escambia County Jail Monday morning on a murder charge.

Nealy is accused of killing Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller Sunday night. The two were on the Gulf Coast to attend a conference, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said the two men got into a fight at the Hilton Inn on Pensacola Beach. Miller died as a result of his injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

The 2019 Southeast Public Safety Conference is being held at the hotel this week.

Miller, 44, had been the Mannford Police Chief since 2007. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a news release. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”


Uber CEO walks back comment on Saudi writer’s slaying

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Amid Remembrance Day ceremonies, UN and NATO veterans offer reminder that help is available

Angus Cameron said young men and women have "seen some pretty terrible things" in a variety of wars and may suffer from hidden damage that his group can help with..


Felton man wins $101,035 lottery prize

The winner bought his ticket at the Goose Creek store in Felton


How to prevent frozen pipes in the winter

Colder weather is beginning to creep its way into Kentucky and that means possibly dealing with frozen pipes. What are some ways to prevent this from happening?

Frozen water lines typically occuer in areas such as crawl spaces or along the outside walls where unprotected plumbing tends to be more vulnerable. These tips can help avoid dealing with this kind of headache:

  • outdoor water spiket with icycles hanging on it with a brick backgroundMake sure you have disconnected garden hoses from your home. If you have an irrigation system or sprinklers, make sure it is turned off and drained.
  • Search your house for un-insulated water pipes, especially in unheated areas. Check attics, crawl spaces, and outside walls. Consider wrapping pipes with insulation sleeves. Another option is electric heating tape but follow manufacturers’ instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations with caulking to keep cold air away from pipes.
  • Drain and shut off entirely the water to any unoccupied residence such as a summer or vacation home. A loss of power during a winter storm could cause pipes to freeze.
  • Set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees if you’re going out of town. Although you may be able to get away with a lower temperature, this setting is safe for pipes.
  • When below-freezing temperatures occur, keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets supplied by pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces. This will help prevent the water in them from freezing. Also, keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Make sure you know where your main water shut-off valve is located inside your home so that you can shut off your water quickly in the event of a water pipe leak. This valve is often located in a utility room or closet or in the basement.

“We want our customers to understand the importance of protecting the pipes in and around their homes before extreme weather or below freezing temperatures set in,” said Kentucky American Water Vice President of Operations David Farrar. “By taking a few simple steps, customers can prevent serious and costly damage to their homes this winter.”

Visit kentuckyamwater.com for more tips on water-related matters.

 

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A speeding Porsche crashed into the second story of a building in New Jersey, killing two people

Two people died Sunday in New Jersey after their speeding car lost control, launched off an embankment and flew into the second story of a building, police said.

The car, a red Porsche Boxster convertible, was “traveling at a high rate of speed” when it hit a median and eventually crash-landed into the second-story offices of Exit Realty Elite, Toms River Police said.

The car was driven by Braden DeMartin, 22, police said. DeMartin and his passenger, 23-year-old Daniel Foley — both of Toms River — were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The two are believed to have been the only occupants of the vehicle.

The building, which the real estate agency shares with a software company and a family therapist, has been deemed “unsafe,” police said.

Isaac Kesserman, owner of the building, said no one was inside at the time of the crash.

The accident occurred on Hooper Avenue between Indian Hill Road and College Drive around 6:30 a.m. The area was shut down for about seven hours.

The crash is currently under investigation by Toms River Traffic Safety officers.


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#2 UK Basketball vs Eastern Kentucky University

by Claire Ramsay

 

After a big win vs #1 Michigan State at Madison Square Gardens in the Champions Classic, UK basketball was coming into this game with momentum. The Colones of Eastern Kentucky University came to visit the Wildcats at Rupp Arena on Friday, November 8. As past UK teams have learned the hard way, you don’t take any team lightly.

Coming out with a big bang, this team took that knowledge of never playing like you’ve already won to heart.

UK started So. Ashton Hagans (UK G), So. Immanuel Quickley (UK G), Fr. Kahlil Whitney (UK F), GR. Nate Sestina (UK F), and Jr. Nick Richards (UK F).

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The cats would take the colones on a 14-0 run before they got on the board at the 12:57 mark, keeping them scoreless through their first 15 possessions.

With a bit of an EKU run, they closed the gap to 37-23 with 2:38 left on the clock. Of course, UK wasn’t going to let them get any closer than that. To end the first half, the cats went on a 9-0 run making the score 46-25. Keeping EKU at 27.3% shooting. Quickley was the scoring leader going into the half with 10 points.

Coming into the second half, UK began its original starting line up and would go on a 10-0 making the score 60-28. On two separate occasions, the cats lead by 44 points with many point streaks inbetween.

So far, ball sharing has not been a problem for this wildcat basketball team. Seven players having nine points or more in the game with quite a few assists to boot. “That’s what we would like to have. I mean, you know, that means you’re passing the ball, I loved the fact we had 17 assists. But — or 18 turnovers, way too many, Tyrese had four at half. I said, What are you going to do, a double-double? 10 turnovers and 10 points? What are you doing? So, he didn’t have any in the second half,” said UK basketball head coach, John Calipari.

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Richards would get his second double-double of his career with 21 points and 10 rebounds plus four blocked shots.

Sestina got his first double-double as a Wildcat with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Quickley ended the game with 16 points and five assists.

Hagans dominated on all spectrum’s of the game with 11 points, a career-high-tying 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.

As wildcats, both Keion Brooks Jr. and Whitney had their first double-figure scoring game with 11 points.

Final Score: UK 91 – EKU 49

Kentucky continues its eight-game home-stand on Tuesday, November 12 vs. Evansville. That game can be seen on the SEC Network.

 

 

Photo gallery by Austin Johnson/ACE

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BOULDER — In 26 days, Boulder woman Laura Knoblach finished the equivalent of 20 Ironman Triathlons and set a world record for a Double Deca Ultra Triathlon last week in León, Mexico.

After swimming 48 miles in a pool (yes, a swimming pool), biking 2,240 miles in 4.3-mile laps and running 524 miles in 1.3-mile laps at León’s Metropolitan Park — add it all up and it equals the driving distance from Denver to Atlanta and back — Knoblach finished in 633 hours, 41 minutes and 39 seconds. That was more than nine hours faster than the previous women’s world record.

“You walk the last lap with your crew and anyone who feels connected to you as a racer,” said Knoblach, 24. ”It’s special. It’s very personal. And to be honest, it felt really surreal. You’ve done this race for a month. It didn’t feel like I was actually finishing it, and it really didn’t set in. I was mainly just relieved that I could sleep. I told a friend, ‘I think I’m going to wake up and think I have to do more loops tomorrow.’”

More than a month after finishing the swimming portion, Knoblach still has red blotches on her neck caused by chlorine burns. It looked a lot worse when she dragged herself out of the pool, though.

“It looked like someone had taken a piano wire and tried to strangle me,” she said.

Those marks will disappear soon, but she carries emotional scars that aren’t as obvious — until she shares the story of how her background has shaped her life as an ultra-endurance athlete. Last year, she made national headlines after accusing her father, a powerful politician in Minnesota and chairman of the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee, of molesting her for years. She told her story to Minnesota Public Radio, which reported that then-Rep. Jim Knoblach “inappropriately touched her for most of her life.” He denied her claims but ended his re-election campaign after she came forward.

Chatting about the endurance athlete’s life in a Boulder diner last week, Knoblach, who’s quick to laughter and radiates a warm joy, readily made the connection between the pain of her childhood and the physical pain that comes from ultra-triathlons.

“I think being a positive person and looking for challenges to try to better myself is the reason I get up,” Knoblach said. “My senior year of high school, I spent most of my nights sleeping in my car at friends’ houses. I moved out the day after I turned 18. I don’t think there’s anything in life that’s harder than that. I keep looking for it — there’s nothing harder than that.”

The ultra-endurance world brought her community. The lifestyle became like therapy.

“It absolutely was,” Knoblach said. “I lost my entire family when I came out about my dad. I’d really lost them before. But for you to make a step like that, it takes having a community of people in your corner, and the ultra-tri community was the people in my corner.”

Knoblach spoke out about her father in September 2018. Disowned by her family back in Minnesota, she spent last Christmas with Shanda Hill, a Canadian ultra-triathlete who finished second to Knoblach in last week’s ultra.

“My first Christmas I spent without my family, I spent with her,” Knoblach said. “I spent it actually with a bunch of ultra-triathletes; we all went to Canada and spent Christmas together. It was the best Christmas I’d had in my entire life.”

Hill, who says Knoblach is “like my little sister,” believes Knoblach not only survived her background but thrives because she chose the path of positivity.

“That’s what is really beautiful about Laura and some of the other athletes who have come through extreme adversity,” Hill said. “You will see this a lot in ultra-sport because it takes some really special people. They’ve come through adversity and they realize, ‘That’s not going to kill me. I’m going to make the most of each moment.’ It’s a fascinating group of people.”

It is a very small group, though. Only four men and four women made it through the Double Deca, although there were other athletes on the course at the same time doing shorter distances — Ironman times three, times five and times 10, or “deca.” An Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike portion and a marathon (26.2 miles).

“At the end of the day, it’s brought a lot of meaning into my life,” Knoblach said. “You can imagine that this is a group of very inspirational, uplifting, kind, positive individuals. When you spend a month bonding with them, it changes you, and I think it makes you a better person. To me, that’s what matters: Is this enriching to my life? Is it enriching to who I am as a person?’ And it really is.”

Knoblach did her first triathlon, the Boulder Ironman, in 2015 while a student at the University of Colorado. It took her 15 hours, 34 minutes, 36 seconds, but before she crossed the finish line, she was already planning her next one. Triathletes usually start with shorter distances than the Ironman, but Knoblach started there and immediately decided that 140.6 miles of swimming, riding and running just wasn’t enough.

“I don’t know why I thought of this, but I was like, ‘Is there anything longer? Give me more,’” she said. She followed it up with a double, a triple and two decas before the León event.

During her 53-hour swim in León, she took a nap for an hour and a half. Then, because of the chlorine burns, she decided to take 12 hours between the end of the swim and the beginning of the bike segment. She used the downtime for sleeping, eating and treating her burns.

Deciding how much rest time to take in events like these involves balancing multiple factors. The clock starts with the first swim stroke, and competitors are timed until they cross the finish line in the run. It doesn’t stop when they take breaks.

“The longer you sleep, usually the faster you can go and the better recovery you have,” Knoblach said. “But also, the longer you sleep, the longer (you are) off the course. You need to find a balance of sleeping where it’s just enough for your body to recover a little bit, just enough for you to not fall asleep on the bike and not fall behind your competitors.”

Knoblach got four to six hours of sleep a night over the 12 days on the bike. On the running days, she tried to sleep six hours daily, because running is harder on the body. She skipped her last sleep break, though, because Hill wasn’t far behind.

“She was too close for comfort, so I decided to pull an all-nighter,” Knoblach said. “Actually it was an all-dayer, because during the run, I switched my sleep schedule to sleeping between noon and 4-5 p.m. and running all night because it was cooler. I don’t do well in heat.”

Most successful ultra-endurance athletes are in their 30s or beyond, so at 24, Knoblach is young compared to others succeeding in the sport.

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“Laura has a really beautiful mind,” said Hill, 37. ”There’s a lot of people that could have the body to do almost anything, but they don’t have the mind for it. Somehow, at a young age, she harnessed that.”

And somehow, she’s not bitter about the pain of her childhood, as it helped her find joy in pushing her body to the limit.

“I don’t have time to be bitter,” she said. “There’s times when I am, and it’s frustrating. Especially with my mom. I miss her. I don’t know if I’ll ever talk to her again. But when people are so deeply unhealthy and so deeply dysfunctional, it’s like, ‘Maybe this is just their loss, go create a life for yourself that doesn’t involve them.’

“Yeah, I wish they could be a part of it, and it still hurts that they’re not,” she said. “But to a certain degree, it’s like, ‘I have my life, I have my people, it’s a shame that they’re not one of them because I wish they were.’ But it is what it is.”

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Blockage Southbound SH3 at Mile Post 0.3

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Artist Anuar Maauad and Black Cube are giving away 100 free editions of this artwork, but there’s a catch

Artist Anuar Maauad’s “Share” is the kind of work that’s hard to put in a box. Which is a little ironic since it comes in a box.

The piece is just a collection of jumbled letters, really — 28 total, all caps — though when you put them together, they read like this:

“TO SHARE IS PRECIOUS PURE AND FAIR.”

If you go

Black Cube Nomadic Museum is placing editions of “Share” across Denver. Participants receive the work, as a gift, and must agree to display it publicly for at least one year. Info at blackcube.art or via email at hello@blackcube.art.

And who can argue with that idea: short, sweet and almost proverbial, and it just happens to be a lyric from Marvin Gaye’s 1976 hit song “I Want You.”

But as another proverbial saying puts it: It’s not what you sing, it’s the way that you sing it. Maauad is expressing his sentiment in a polished golden color, and in a font that looks a lot like the one used for the recognizable “TRUMP” logos attached to the exterior of hotels and office towers across the globe.

While Maauad’s letters are a lot smaller, maybe 2 inches tall, “Share” is also meant to be displayed on buildings. There will be 100 editions of the work, and they will be given away for free to people and institutions willing to install them in highly visible places. Expect to start running into different versions of “Share” on houses, schools and storefronts across Denver over the next few months.

With its connections to the Trump name, it’s easy to see the artwork as a political move, a literal act of opposition to the president of the United States.

And that, it must be said, is a logical leap for viewers to make. Trump — both the man and the brand — stands as a symbol of greed and excess, as an accumulator of wealth, not a sharer. This isn’t just a speculative political understanding of the controversial president or his philanthropic habits; there’s evidence of his selfishness. One bit: Trump actually shut down his charitable Donald J. Trump Foundation in 2018, after regulators found that it was “functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” as New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood put it to the media.

Maauad understands that people will interpret the work that way, and he’s fine with that. He’s Mexican, so Trump isn’t his president or his problem, really, but he’s no supporter of the administration, either.

Still, he insists, his work — sponsored locally by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Black Cube roving art museum — is more than a poke at a public figure. “It’s a conversation,” he said. “It’s not about criticizing Trump. It’s an observation on the duality of things, but on a small scale.”

Though, with rather large intentions. Maauad wants viewers to look broadly at “the celebrity of wealth” in general, and the way we admire those who take over those who give. More than that, he wants to send up a warning about “pop culture becoming something that it’s not.” As in, it’s probably not the best place for people to find their intellectual and social leaders.

He sees the sculptures as mini-monuments to a politician, albeit an unusual one and, in that way, “Share” fits neatly into both his career-long body of work and his cultural background.

Maauad has long used reconfigured monuments as a way of expressing big ideas. They are a common language in Mexico, he says, with bronze statues of political leaders thrown up as a matter of course. In the United States, we tend to wait until a hero is dead before we memorialize them. In Mexico, they can also be a way of honoring the living, and winning his or her favor.

The practice fuels an entire industry of metal foundries in Mexico, he points out, and keeps alive the craft of making intricate bronze sculptures by hand. Mexican bronze is well-regarded across the globe, and the high quality of its products are reflected in the “Share” pieces; they’re shiny and precise and impressive to behold.

One of Maauad’s best-known works actually used a recently created bronze statue of a political leader as its source. The statue was rejected by the politician because he thought it made him look fat. Maauad rescued the discarded piece from the trash and melted it back down, turning the metal into two-dimensional, abstract wall sculptures that questioned the process of memorialization and the way it uses a common art form to freeze one version of history for eternity.

“I’m always trying to understand what art is and how we value it and the power structures behind everything,” he said. “That’s what I like to play with.”

That said, “Share” doesn’t have the feel of an artist playing. Maauad has a serious reputation as both a maker and supporter of art. He’s a significant figure in Mexico City’s contemporary art scene and well-known there for founding Casa Maauad, a residency program that supported a world-wide lineup of emerging artists until it closed for a lack of funding in 2017. Respected Denver artist Adam Milner is an alumnus of the program.

A lot of the work that came out of Casa Maauad delved into bronze or the making of monuments, so Maauad is familiar with the power that objects have when you cast them in metal and put them on public display. People pay attention to them. They believe the messages they send out.

As a piece of art, “Share” gets its power by leaving its message a little obscure and by forcing viewers to interact with it. Most memorials carry with them a sense of certainty — you look and you admire. But “Share,” which employs text as well as familiar materials, asks you to interpret its symbols on your own.

For some people, that will be as simple as reading the words and agreeing with its positive nod to acts of generosity, to the purity and fairness of sharing. Maybe it will even inspire acts of generosity.

But others will be stopped by that famous font and the ridiculousness of its size. Those people will read it again, and probably again, and repeat that practice as they encounter it at different locations over time. What does it mean to share, and do we, as a society, really value sharing over hoarding? Which of those practices do we truly reward with our respect (and our votes)?

“Share” also gets strength — physical strength — from the fact that it is cast in bronze. Politicians come and go; social attitudes change. But bronze stands up to time and weather and, as history has shown, even the upheaval of civilizations.

By employing a material for the ages, Maauad has created a think piece with the ability to outlast Trump the man, and Maauad the artist, and the moment of cultural change we are all experiencing collectively right now.

There will be 100 versions of “Share” across Denver. Their meanings will evolve over time, and they will be very hard to put back in a box.

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UK Football vs. University of Tennessee

Blue!

White!

Orange?

Just walking through downtown Lexington throughout the day on Saturday, November 9, Lexingtonians knew who was in town for the big football game later that night.

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UK alum, Josh Allen, talking with Lynn Bowden (UK QB/WR). Photo by Austin Johnson/ACE

Tennessee fans flooded Lexington with their Orange and White gear ready to watch their Vols play the Wildcats of UK.

Even UK alums Josh Allen (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Terrence Jones (former Houston Rockets) had to come and watch this rivalry in person.

The biggest stat to come from the game is the fact that UK finally scored points on their opening drive.

Moving the ball all the way down the field from the UK 25, the cats were able to run-off 10:18 from the clock to get a touchdown.

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Lynn Bowden (UK QB/WR), AJ Rose (UK RB), and Kavosiey Smoke (UK RB) combined for 75 yards to get that touchdown and put the cats on top of UT with 6 points. Chance Poore’s (UK K) point after touchdown was good to make it 7-0.

UT received the ball on their own 25 yard line after a touchback. They would end up going three and out, forcing them to punt. Josh Paschal (UK DL) ran after Paxton Brooks (UT P) and blocked the punt, allowing Drew Schlegel (UK TE/FB) to recover the ball on UT 26 yard line. 

This recovery would set-up Smoke for a 22-yard rush touchdown to put UK up 13-0. With a block PAT, unfortunately this would be the last time UK would put points on the board.

The Vols wouldn’t get their first points until the second quarter with a field goal by Brent Cimaglia (UT PK). Making the score 13-3 going into the half. However, UT sidelines kept things interesting when the coaching staff got a penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

UT got the ball in the beginning of the third quarter on their own 25. They passed and ran the ball all the way down for a touchdown and a good PAT, making the score UK 13- UT 10.

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The cats would go three and out, giving UT the ball back. This drive by the Vols would in fact be the nail in the coffin for UK. They went 68 yards to get another touchdown and go on top 13-17.

Bowden would end up rushing for 114 yards with 26 carries. He passed for 25 yards, throwing 7 attempts with 4 catches. With 8 carries, Smoke ran for 58 yards and one touchdown. Rose ran for 44 yards with 16 carries and one touchdown. The biggest catch for UK was by Josh Ali with a 12 yard reception.

The Final Score: UT 17 – UK 13

Next week (11/16) the University of Kentucky visit Vanderbilt at 3:30 pm.

 

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Traffic Fatality: Intersection of 37th Street and Ridge Road, Southeast

Monday, November 11, 2019

Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic fatality involving a single vehicle that occurred on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in the intersection of 37th Street and Ridge Road.

 

At approximately 10:59 am, a silver 2015 Chevrolet Spark was backing out of a parking space in the 300 block of 37th Street, Southeast, when the driver struck a parked vehicle. After striking the parked vehicle, the driver drove away northbound on 37th Street, Southeast at a high rate of speed. Once reaching the intersection of 37th Street and Ridge Road, Southeast, the driver lost control of the vehicle, struck a light pole and proceeded into a metal fence, coming to rest in the front of the Unit block of Ridge Road on the sidewalk.

 

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the driver to a local hospital where he was admitted to surgery. The passenger of the vehicle was also transported to an area hospital for medical treatment of non-life threatening injuries. On November 10, 2019, the driver of the vehicle succumbed to his injuries.

 

The decedent has been identified as 72 year-old James Whitehead, of Northwest, DC.


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‘Don’t wait until Nov. 11’: London marks Remembrance Day

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Morning commuters could find icy roads following freezing drizzle overnight

Front Range roads are icy Monday morning after snow and freezing drizzle fell overnight.

“We advise motorists to use slower speed and allow themselves plenty of time to travel,” said Phil Embry, a shift leader with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

A weather system that dusted the metro area with up to 2 inches of snow included freezing drizzle. Roads, especially overpasses, bridges and access ramps, may be slick.

But at 6:45 a.m. traffic was “moving pretty good,” Embry said. “Our theme is icy conditions.”

Denver and other metro area communities went on accident alert in response to a number of wrecks.

“We have a volume of accidents we’re concerned about,” said Sonny Jackson, Denver Police spokesperson.

The accident alert is expected to be in effect until noon in police districts 3 and 4, Jackson said.

Both Centennial and Wheat Ridge were placed on accident alert.

At 7:15 a.m. the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there had been too many crashes for deputies to respond to.

All runways at Denver International Airport are open and so far this morning there have been 34 delayed and 10 cancelled flights, said Alex Renteria, DIA spokesperson. The number of delays and cancellations is normal for an average day at the airport, she said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


Remembrance Day in Edmonton: Where you can attend a ceremony in the city

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7 people, pet escape overnight 2-alarm house fire on Citadel Estates

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California passed a law letting troops buy CalPERS pensions. It has never worked

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North Alabama high school football teams show out in round one of playoffs

This week kicked off high school football playoffs.

Here’s a look at the top plays from round one of the playoffs.

Play number five comes from JPII vs. Brooks. This one is brought to you by two of our former players of the week. Falcons quarterback Seth Brown goes deep downfield for Sean Zerkle who hauls in the catch for the score.

For play four we've got Collinsville vs Colbert County. Panthers quarterback Kaleb Jones finds Michael Tucker downfield. Tucker makes a big catch. It looks like he's gonna get tripped up, but he's too quick and runs it all the way in for a 61-yard touchdown.

Play three is courtesy of the Muscle Shoals Trojans. Quarterback Logan Smothers passing to Kolby Smith with 51 yards there. Smith scores the touchdown.

Play number two comes from Madison County hosting Corner. Austin Mills rolls out of the pocket. They got him wrapped up, oh wait no they don't. Mills flips it to Quamain Gamble, and he's gonna do the rest.

Our top play this week goes back to JPII vs. Brooks. This time it's from the home team. Lions on the march. Carson Daniel hits Kobe Warden over the middle. He stays on his feet and even hurdles a guy until he's finally brought down. A huge gain for Brooks.


Happy Birthday to Tammy Reese, CEO of Visionary Minds!

 


A New Leash on Life hosts 22nd annual Big White Tent Pet Adoption Event

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A New Leash on Life hosted its 22nd annual Big White Tent Pet Adoption Event on Sunday in Huntsville.

The event pulls the animals most at risk of being euthanized and gets them spayed or neutered and brings them to the event to help them get adopted.

Typically, between 125 and 175 animals get adopted during this event. The animals adopted range from dogs and cats to even rabbits and pigs.

"And so events like this make it very convenient for the public to come and adopt a fully vetted animal for a very low fee, basically. And every fee is a donation," said A New Leash on Life Director Debbie Dodd.

Dodd said the goal of these events is to help try and keep the no-kill rate of animals up for adoption at or above 90-percent.


Wish granted for young hockey super-fan at Sunday’s Havoc game

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A young hockey lover is finally getting his shot.  A wish to attend a Los Angeles Kings hockey game was granted Sunday night for twelve-year-old Jacob Brown.

Jacob Brown started playing hockey at the age of four. He's always been a huge fan of the Huntsville Havoc and Los Angeles Kings.

"I just love hockey so much and I love to skate on the ice and hit the puck in the net," said Jacob Brown.

We first met Jacob Brown a few years ago when he took on an important role with the Huntsville Havoc as team captain.

He was asked to join the team after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

After a three year battle with cancer, Jacob is now in remission. He was at the Havoc game on Sunday for a moment he has been waiting for.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Jacob's wish to fly to Los Angeles for a Kings hockey game.

"Since with Jacob it was a celebrity wish, we had to reach out to the California Make-A-Wish branch and then reach out to the Kings Association," said Jacob's mother Mary Brown.

After a year and a half wait, Jacob is ready to lace up his skates.

"I'm looking forward to skating with the team and meeting all the players," said Jacob.

Jacob will be traveling to Los Angeles soon, but in the meantime is back on the ice with his own teammates here in Huntsville.


Wounded veterans celebrate Heroes Week 2019 in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Dave and Buster's family entertainment center served as a place for heroes to gather on Sunday.

The Semper Fi Community Task Force hosts 'Heroes Week' and gives military veterans the opportunity to release and relax. Whether that be at a formal event, on a yacht cruise, or even here at an arcade.

Steve Mozian served in the Vietnam War, and now he serves as the Heroes Week chairman.

Mozian helps organize the event annually.

Wounded heroes from all branches of the military, their spouses, and caregivers are flown to Huntsville for a week of red carpet treatment ahead of Veterans Day each year.

Mozian said his input in organizing each trip is personal.

"Veterans of my generation came back from war and we were denigrated," he explained. "Most of us made a silent vow that we would never let a generation of veterans come back, or serve their country and be treated the way we were."

Events like these give veterans the opportunity to meet, exchange experiences, and build relationships.

Mozian said this is the least he could do to show vets the love he never received after the Vietnam War.

"Every morning when you get up and go out and get in your car and go drive to work or go drive your children to school," he explained.  "There's a young man or young woman, somewhere in the world, defending your right to do that."


November 15th, 1989: Gone but never forgotten

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – November 15, 1989, marks the 30th anniversary of one of Huntsville’s deadliest days. An F-4 tornado wedged its way down Airport Road, rolling over two mountains before ending on Dug Hill Road. 19 families lost loved ones that day. One of those was the McCord family.

Walking down the sidewalk in front of the old Huntsville Hospital Emergency Entrance, Robbin McCord pointed to some doors and said, “That’s where the patients that were ambulatory came in.” Robbin was the director of the hospital’s emergency room for 11 of the 30 years he worked there.

He remembers November 15th, 1989 as one of the worst days of his career. Sitting in a trauma treatment room, Robbin told me, “We knew things were happening and it might not be a good day.” The first patient arrived in a Huntsville Police Department patrol car.

“And it didn’t stop,” Robbin said, “Kept coming in and coming in and we’re talking with HEMSI, the police department and Crestwood. Everybody’s communicating and it’s just not stopping.” The floodgates were open. “People just keep on coming so then you know, this is going to be bad,” he added.

“You’ve got physicians directing people, you’ve got charge nurses, what I assigned myself to do because somebody had to do it was taking bodies to the morgue,” Robbin told me, “People were trying to find loved ones that, they can’t find them.” Robbin’s day was about to get worse.

His family couldn’t get in touch with Louise McCord. “My stepmother who was just like a mother to me,” Robbin said, “that’s how much I loved her.” Louise worked at Goldbro Jewelry at Westbury Mall.

When Robbin heard the tornado made a direct hit on Airport Road, he called he said. “He said yeah, she’s working so I haven’t heard from her,” Robbin recalled, “Well, she probably just can’t get to a phone.” The call never came.

Robbin sighed and said, “I kept coming up with reasons that she wouldn’t contact him.” He was holding onto hope Louise was okay. “Oh certainly, certainly, cause you don’t think your loved one is involved,” he said, “You want to say, no they’re not. There’s some reason she’s not contacting us.”

A police officer told him to check the funeral home. “He said Robbin, you might want to go to Spry,” Robbin remembers, “I think she might be there.” That’s when it hit him that Louise was gone. Taking a deep breath, he said, “I didn’t tell my dad.”

Robbin waited along with other families who were there to see if their loved ones had been brought there. When he went back, he looked at his stepmother’s hands hoping to identify her by her rings. But they were missing. “And then I looked at her clothing and I said, I think those are her clothes,” he remembered, “And then I finally accepted, that’s her.”

Robbin drove to his dad’s house. “I had to break the news to him, and I called my brother and my sister up and told them,” he said, “You just don’t think those things are going to happen to you, you just don’t.”

A week or so later, an HPD officer knocked on their door. “He had known Louise. He had worked there as an off-duty policeman and he found her body and took her rings off,” Robbin said choking back tears, “because she’d always said she wants her granddaughters to get her rings.”

Today, Louise’s rings are family heirlooms that will be treasured forever. “She was a wonderful lady,” Robbin said, “She didn’t have to treat me as her own child, but she did.”

There are so many heartbreaking stories of loss from that day. Robbin’s is just one of them. He adds the city is much better prepared now than it was 30 years ago to deal with a natural disaster. In 1989, Huntsville Hospital had two trauma rooms. Today, there are six trauma bays. Each can handle three patients at a time. And there are 82 treatment rooms in the ER.


Hong Kong protests: calls for an amnesty or a pardon for those convicted must be resisted

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Beth Holloway assists in efforts to find Aniah Blanchard

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Aniah Blanchard’s family is receiving support from a person who is familiar with what they are going through.

Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee disappeared while taking a class trip to Aruba in 2005, is helping Texas Equusearch try to find Blanchard.

Since Natalee’s disappearance, Beth Holloway has been an advocate for missing children.

A reward for information on Blanchard‘s whereabouts is up to $105,000.


Judge issues gag order in Aniah Blanchard kidnapping case

OPELIKA, Ala. – A gag order has been put in place in the case against the man accused of kidnapping Aniah Blanchard.

According to WIAT, the Lee County district attorney said there has been a gag order put in place, prohibiting him and 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed’s legal team from speaking on the details of the case.

Yazeed was arrested on Friday morning in Escambia County, Florida after being sought for the disappearance of 19-year-old Blanchard, who disappeared on October 24.

Yazeed has been charged with kidnapping and is now in jail in Opelika.


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One person in critical condition after wreck on Highway 72

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One person is in critical condition after a wreck on Highway 72 on Sunday night, according to authorities.

Huntsville Police said the wreck happened at the intersection of Highway 72 and Paramount Drive.

The person was taken to Huntsville Hospital, according to authorities.

Officials believe a medical issue caused the wreck.

 


The Romer’s tree frog: green group and scientists thrilled by endangered amphibian’s surprise appearance Tai Po wetlands survey

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Hong Kong protesters must call a truce for the district council elections – or let Carrie Lam win the day

We are entering week 23 of the protests and guess who is winning? Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

Christmas came early for Lam.

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Attorney representing Dana Fletcher’s family demands answers and transparency

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Ben Crump, nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney representing Dana Fletcher’s family, will address the media on Monday.

(Photo courtesy of Lynn Faust)

Fletcher was killed by Madison Police officers outside of a Planet Fitness on October 27. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that Dana Fletcher reached for a gun and pointed it at Madison Police officers before they shot and killed him.

According to a media release, Attorney Ben Crump is “demanding answers and transparency” in the officer-involved shooting that left Dana Fletcher dead.

The press conference will start at 3 p.m. at the Reunited Fellowship of Deliverance in Huntsville.

Cherelle Fletcher, wife of Dana Fletcher, and Shayla Fletcher, sister of Dana Fletcher, will be present at the press conference. Pastor James M. Jones, Sr. and community activist Frank Matthews will also be in attendance.

WHNT News 19 will have a crew at the conference.


Hong Kong police No 2 Chris Tang expected to take over as city’s top cop next week

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Arkansas fires coach Chad Morris, who went 4-18 in 2 seasons

Arkansas fired football coach Chad Morris on Sunday after 22 games and no Southeastern Conference victories over nearly two terrible seasons.

Morris finished 4-18 and 0-14 in the SEC. Arkansas made the move less than 24 hours after the Razorbacks lost 45-19 at home to a Western Kentucky team quarterbacked by former Razorback Ty Storey. Morris’ only victories came again Eastern Illinois, Portland State — two FCS teams — Tulsa and Colorado State.

“As part of my continued evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that a change in leadership is necessary to move our football program forward and position it for success,” athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “It is clear that we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially within the Southeastern Conference.”

Morris is the second Power Five coach to be fired after last than two seasons on the job in eight days. Florida State fired Willie Taggart after 21 games last Sunday.

A year after a $160 million stadium renovation and expansion, Arkansas had its two lowest-attended games since a previous expansion in 2001.

Morris said Saturday that he still felt he was the man for the job, but he offered an honest assessment of where the program stood.

“It’s going to take some time,” he said. “This is not an overnight fix, and we’ve seen that now for two years. We’re all frustrated. We’re all incredibly frustrated. We have a big youth movement on this team and a lot of young guys that are contributing and are going to be tremendous football players. But where we are right now with these guys, we’ve got some major deficiencies that we have to fix.”

Morris was hired from SMU in December 2017 after Arkansas fired Bret Bielema. SMU went 14-22 in Morris’ three seasons in Dallas, though the Mustangs improved each year, capping at 7-5 in 2017. Before that, Morris was offensive coordinator at Clemson.

Morris, a Texas native, was a successful high school coach for years before becoming offensive coordinator at Tulsa. After one year, he was hired away by Clemson, where he coached and recruited Deshaun Watson.

Morris was Arkansas’ choice after former Razorbacks offensive coordinator and current Auburn coach Gus Malzahn declined the job. Morris was hired on Dec. 6, 2017, just weeks after Arkansas named Yurachek athletic director.

He struggled throughout and hit a new low on Saturday. Western Kentucky, a member of Conference USA, scored on all five of its first-half possessions to take a 35-7 lead.

“I’m very disappointed that we were unable to send our seniors out any better than that,” Morris said after the game. “It was not at all what was intended for these guys today.”

Arkansas owes Morris just over $10 million in buying out his contract. The university is still paying Bielema as part of an $11.8 million buyout. Earlier this month, the Razorback Foundation, a private organization which handles payments for the buyout, asked Bielema to repay the $4.2 million paid him so far, believing Bielema’s job as defensive line coach for the New England Patriots negated the terms of the deal.

Yurachek said a national search for the next coach will begin immediately. Assistant coach and former Razorback quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

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AP Sports Writer Cliff Brunt in Oklahoma City and AP freelance writer Eric W. Bolin in Fayetteville, Arkansas, contributed to this report.

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‘Because they were women’: Book to honour Polytechnique victims

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Edmonton organization looking for help identifying alleged thief after trio of donation boxes stolen

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Titans rally, spoil Mahomes’ return beating Chiefs 35-32

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forcing Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to settle for a bunch of field goals gave the Tennessee Titans a chance to stay close.

Ryan Tannehill and a cornerback only activated off injured reserve a week ago helped make the Chiefs pay for their fifth and sixth attempts.

Tannehill threw a 23-yard touchdown to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds left, and Joshua Kalu blocked a last-second field goal attempt to beat the Chiefs 35-32 to spoil the return of NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

“It’s fun to win a game like that, battle back in the fourth-quarter at home and find a way to win is a ton of fun,” Tannehill said.

The Titans (5-5) only had a chance after a bad snap by the Chiefs on Harrison Butker’s fifth field goal attempt of the day. Kansas City coach Andy Reid blamed communication for the snap taking holder Dustin Colquitt by surprise, and he threw the ball away in desperation for an intentional grounding call, setting the Titans up at their own 39.

Tannehill scrambled for 18, hit Anthony Firsker for 20 yards and then found Humphries who ran in for the TD. Tannehill also ran for the 2-point conversion for a 35-32 lead.

The Chiefs (6-4) had a final chance with Mahomes. He drove them down, setting up Butker for another field goal try from 52 yards.

Kalu blocked the kick with his left hand, and the Titans ran onto the field to celebrate. Kalu wound up at the bottom of a pile, and he said he kept getting closer each time watching the Chiefs’ cadence, hands and eyes. The block was a blur but not his decision to jump at the snap.

“As soon as I hit it, it was automatic joy,” said Kalu, recently activated from injured reserve.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid, now 1-8 all-time against Tennessee, said he wanted to see a replay of the blocked field goal thinking Kalu was offside. But Reid took the blame for the loss.

“We were in position to close it, and we didn’t get that done,” Reid said. “My responsibility. Then we were too sloppy.”

Derrick Henry ran for 188 yards, including a 68-yard TD that put Tennessee up 20-19 with 5:58 left in the third. His 1-yard TD with 6:26 remaining pulled the Titans within 29-27.

Tannehill finished with 181 yards passing and ran for 37 yards for the win.

The loss spoiled the best passing game this season for Mahomes as the Chiefs outgained the Titans 530-371. Mahomes threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns. His best play came with the pocket collapsing around him when he jumped up to throw over the linemen to Mecole Hardman who ran for a 63-yard TD with 11:54 left and a 29-20 lead.

“The knee feels fine, and I’m glad to get through another game,” Mahomes said of his knee and ankle that had been hurting last month.

Mahomes looked very healthy playing for the first time since dislocating his right kneecap Oct. 17. He got lucky when his first pass first ruled an interception was overturned by replay for Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro trapping the ball on the ground. Mahomes capped the Chiefs’ first drive with a 3-yard shovel pass to Travis Kelce.

The Chiefs sacked Tannehill four times and also forced a fumble but could only turn that into one of Butker’s four made field goals.

Tannehill got the Titans going with a 52-yard throw to Kalif Raymond, then he hit Anthony Firkser for a 9-yard TD. Then rookie linebacker David Long forced a fumble by Damien Williams, and linebacker Rashaan Evans picked up the ball, juked away from Mahomes and ran 53 yards for a TD and a 13-10 lead with 6:14 left in the second quarter.

INJURIES

The Chiefs came in with left tackle Eric Fisher still healing up from a groin injury that has kept him out all but the first two games of the season, and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif missing a second game with an ankle. Late in the first half, Kansas City lost an offensive lineman on consecutive plays. First, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz hurt a knee and went to the sideline, snapping the NFL’s longest active snap streak at 7,894 snaps. Then Martinas Rankin, who started at right guard, moved over a spot and hurt his right knee on the next play. He was carted to the locker room and did not return. Schwartz returned.

Reid said defensive end Emmnuel Ogbah tore his right pectoral muscle.

PENALTY WOES

Three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan apologized for leading the Titans in penalties, including a trio Sunday. He said no needs to call him out on having a team-high nine penalties in six games after being suspended for the first four.

“It’s not intentional,” Lewan said. “I do not mean to do it. My intentions are good. I’m just trying to finish and it’s killing the team.”

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Play Chargers in Mexico City on Nov. 18.

Titans: Bye, then host the Jaguars on Nov. 24.

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A New Leash on Life says PACT Act is a step in the right direction

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.

A New Leash on Life Director Debbie Dodd says the bill is a step in the right direction.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, or PACT Act, was approved by the Senate on Tuesday. The bipartisan legislation, which passed the House last month, expands a previous law passed in 2010.

Current federal law prohibits animal fighting and only criminalizes animal cruelty if the wrongdoers create and sell videos depicting the act.

Under the PACT Act, a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals and sexually exploiting them. Those convicted would face federal felony charges, fines and up to seven years in prison.

Dodd says the bill is for the best. "It helps protect the public from these people who are very, very cruel," says Dodd. She has seen the results of animal abuse.

"I've got one right now, a cruelty case, at my house but he's just scared of everybody," says Dodd. "He's been very, very mistreated and he'll come around, but he's got to learn to trust."

Right now, all 50 states have laws in their books against animal cruelty on the state level.

If President Trump signs the bill, authorities can go after the wrongdoers because they will have federal jurisdiction and will not be bound by state laws. They can also prosecute criminals if the cruelty occurs on federal property.

"It's a step in the right direction as far as federal law is concerned, but I'd like to see improvements," says Dodd.

The improvements Dodd mentions is in the list of exceptions:

  • a customary and normal veterinary, agricultural husbandry, or other animal management practice;
  • the slaughter of animals for food;
  • hunting, trapping, fishing, a sporting activity not otherwise prohibited by Federal law, predator control, or pest control;
  • medical or scientific research;
  • necessary to protect the life or property of a person; or
  • performed as part of euthanizing an animal

Alabama representatives Bradley Byrne and Matha Roby co-sponsor the bill.

The bill has been endorsed by the National Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.


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Protester shot with live round in Hong Kong as chaos breaks out during Monday commute

A protester trying to block a road in Sai Wan Ho was shot with a live round on early Monday morning as commuters in Hong Kong face traffic disruption with major thoroughfares being blocked across several districts.

The planned disruptions come after the death last Friday of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology student Chow Tsz-lok, days after he fell in a car park near a police dispersal operation in Tseung Kwan O, where tear gas had been fired.

Protesters are expected to set up…


Hong Kong NGO shows care homes how they can stop the misery of restraining elderly to beds, wheelchairs and even toilets

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British Steel agrees £70m rescue with Chinese firm

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Neighbours rally to support Duff Court fire victims

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Champion of Champions: Neil Robertson beats Judd Trump 10-9 in dramatic final

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Think You’re Getting a Good Deal on Cable? It Could be a Scam

One of scammers’ most common tactics is to impersonate someone you trust. BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/ScamTracker) is getting reports of scammers impersonating cable company representatives. Con artists claim to offer a great deal on your service, but it’s really a way to trick unsuspecting customers into shelling out hundreds of dollars for nothing.

How the Scam Works

You receive an unsolicited call offering you reduced rates on your cable bill. Speaking to the “customer service representative” may be quite convincing. Many scammers use the same hold music as big-name cable companies and duplicate a company’s caller menu. When speaking with the representative, they seem very professional. The caller explains that the company is offering a special promotion. If you pay for a few months upfront, you can receive discounted monthly rates for the months that follow.

Then, things get fishy. Instead of using the payment information your cable company already has, they ask you to purchase pre-paid debit cards to make the up-front payment. Don’t do it! If you purchase the cards and send the information to the caller, your money will be lost for good.

How to Avoid the Cable Impersonator Con

  • Be cautious when answering unsolicited calls or emails. Legitimate companies that you already do business with may call you, but they won’t pressure you to pay in a new way.
  • If someone shows up at your doorstep, verify their identity. If you weren’t expecting a visit, ask the person for their ID and then call your cable company to verify that they are an employee.
  • When in doubt, verify special deals with your cable company. If you are unsure about a promotional offer you’ve been presented with, get the customer service number from your cable company’s official website or your latest bill. Call the company directly to make sure the offer is real.
  • Never make payments with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers. Scammers prefer these payment methods because there is nothing you can do to get your money back. Unlike debit or credit cards, successful wire transfers and prepaid cards can’t be contested later. Remember, legitimate companies almost always accept checks and credit cards as the primary means of payment.

For More Information

For information about scams impersonating your cable company, see these resources from Direct TVCox CableVerizon, and Xfinity.

For more ways to avoid utility scams, see the BBB Tip: Utility Imposter Scam and visit BBB.org/AvoidScams.

If you’ve been the victim of a similar scam, report it at BBB.org/ScamTracker. Your first-hand experience can help other consumers recognize scammers’ tactics before it’s too late.

Source: BBB.org


Farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan struggling to harvest snow-covered crops, while Manitoba saw ‘miracle’ snow melt

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Denver weather: Icy roadways could lead to a messy Monday morning commute

If you look at snow and ice totals alone, Monday morning’s snow and ice doesn’t look particularly impressive.

Commuters along the Front Range will likely wake up to around an inch of snow and ice on Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service’s official forecast as of Sunday morning. It will also likely still be snowing lightly during the commute on Monday, though, again, it probably won’t be snowing particularly hard – if at all.

But even with lighter expected snow and ice totals, it’s still enough to potentially create lots of travel disruptions on Monday morning.

As the colder air mass rapidly moves in overnight, the cold, dense air will sink to the surface — potentially leaving a narrow layer of warm air just above the surface. That could be significant, as it likely means that tonight’s precipitation will initially start as either freezing drizzle or light freezing rain.

In addition to that, warm weekend temperatures will have the ground on the warmer side. That will likely melt the initial precipitation as it reaches the surface, and as cold temperatures take hold — most areas will wake up to temperatures in the low 20s on Monday morning — it will freeze the initial melted precipitation. All of this could well happen just in time for Monday’s morning commute.

As the freezing drizzle changes over to light snowfall early Monday morning, there may be a glaze of ice underneath the snow, especially on bridges and overpasses that freeze over first. It’ll likely still be snowing during the Monday morning commute, with the layer of ice underneath the snow.

Snow and ice amounts won’t be particularly impressive with this system. Most areas in the immediate Denver metro area probably won’t see more than an inch or two of snowfall. The ground may also be just warm enough that the majority of Monday’s snow and ice melts, and roadways stay mainly wet.

But the timing and possible icy parameters of Monday’s system — likely just before and during Monday morning’s commute — could lead to extra disruption. Plan for a possibly slick and slow ride into work on Monday morning.


Keystone pipeline back in service after North Dakota breach: company

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Hwy 38 – Douglas County

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, at approximately 2:45 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 38 near mile post 25 approximately 10 miles west of Elkton.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 GMC Canyon Pickup, operated by John Norlin (84) of Roseburg, was traveling on Hwy 38 when for unknown reasons left the roadway and struck a tree.

Norlin sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

One lane of Hwy 38 was closed for approximately four hours after the crash.

OSP was assisted Scottsburg FD, ODOT, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

(No photos are available)

 


Seattle defeats Toronto in Major League Soccer championship

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Woodstock, N.B., honours Indigenous veterans ahead of Remembrance Day

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A deadly weekend on Colorado roads results in 6 fatal crashes in 12 hours

The Colorado State Patrol is urging drivers to slow down, not drink and drive and wear their seatbelts after six fatal crashes in just 12 hours.

“6 families, 6 communities that are forever and permanently changed by the loss of a life that mattered,” Col. Matthew Packard wrote on Twitter. “Safety on our roadways is everybody’s responsibility, we must be better!”

The first crash in that 12-hour period occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday in the Peach Valley area of Delta that left one high school senior dead.

The crash, at the intersection of 2100 Road and East Road, also left three others injured, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office.

A vehicle was driving fast and lost control, according to CSP. Only one vehicle was involved in the crash.

When sheriff’s deputies responded, they found two Delta High School students and two recent graduates, authorities said in a news release. One high school senior was pronounced dead and two others were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where they are in critical condition. Another was taken to Delta County Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition.

The students have not been publicly identified.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and victims in this serious accident and to all the first responders who responded to this scene,” the sheriff’s office said in the release. “This accident will have a profound and lasting impact on our community, students and first responders.”

Troopers responded to another three crashes in Weld County, one in Cortez and one in Larimer County, Cpl. Ivan Alvarado said.

  • At 10:15 p.m. Saturday at Weld County Road 18 and Weld County Road 37, a vehicle was found to have rolled into a ditch and the driver, the only person involved, was found dead, Alvarado said. It’s unclear how long the driver was down before a passerby found the victim and reported the crash to police.
  • At 1:16 a.m., at Highway 392 and Weld County Road 68, another single vehicle rolled over and the sole occupant, the driver, was ejected from the vehicle and died, Alvarado said. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, he added.
  • At 2:20 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 25 at mile marker 235 in Weld County, a vehicle hit a pedestrian who was walking in the center lane. The driver was headed northbound before striking the pedestrian who landed in the left shoulder of the left lane and died of injuries, Alvarado said.
  • At 7:33 am at Highway 160, mile post 32 in Cortez, a head-on collision between a semitruck and a sedan occurred, and the driver of the sedan died of injuries suffered, Alvarado said.
  • And at 9:30 a.m., on Larimer County Road 54G, west of Taft Hill Road, a two-vehicle head-on collision involved three people, and one passenger died of injuries, Alvarado said.

Investigators are looking at a variety of factors that contributed to the crashes, with alcohol a possible factor in at least a couple, as well as excessive speed, according to CSP.

The crashes involving ejections were because the occupants of the vehicles were not wearing seatbelts, Alvarado said.

“This was a bad weekend, and unfortunately, we cannot say any of this is weather-related,” he added.

Authorities say they’re frustrated because they constantly remind people how to drive safely, but fatal crashes for these reasons continue to occur.

“We’re begging people to slow down, to not drink and drive and always wear your seatbelt and make sure everyone in the vehicle you’re driving is wearing their seatbelt,” Alvarado said.


This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Nov. 10, 2019

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St. Johnsbury Barracks / Leaving the Scene of an Accident

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A406371 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Tyler Davidson                               STATION: VSP ST. Johnsbury                     CONTACT#: 802-222-4680   DATE/TIME: 11/10/19 at 0145 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Wheelock Road, Sutton, VT VIOLATION:


A guide to Remembrance Day ceremonies in Halifax

Halifax Transit buses and ferries will be operating on holiday service throughout the day.


Michael Bloomberg files to run in Alabama Democratic primary

(CNN) — Michael Bloomberg on Friday filed to run in Alabama’s Democratic presidential primary in 2020.

Representatives of Bloomberg submitted paperwork with the Alabama Democratic Party in Montgomery to put his name on the ballot for the Super Tuesday contest on March 3. A party spokesman said they are reviewing the paperwork.

The reason Bloomberg is filing in Alabama is strictly because of the state’s early filing deadline. The state’s filing deadline is Friday.

Bloomberg also plans to file in Arkansas’ Democratic primary before the state’s Tuesday deadline, Bloomberg spokesman Howard Wolfson told CNN Friday evening.

Candidates for president hoping to be on the ballot in Arkansas must file before Tuesday, November 12, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State. Wolfson said that Bloomberg plans to make that deadline as part of his possible 2020 run.

Wolfson also told CNN in a statement that the former New York City mayor plans to skip the first four primary contests.

“If we run, we are confident we can win in states voting on Super Tuesday and beyond, where we will start on an even footing,” Wolfson said in a statement that was first reported by The Washington Post.

“But the late timing of our entry means that many candidates already have a big head start in the four early states, where they’ve spent months and months campaigning and spending money. We have enormous respect for the Democratic primary process and many friends in those states, but our plan is to run a broad-based, national campaign.”

The move is the clearest sign to date that the former mayor is seriously considering following through with something he has been weighing for weeks.

If he runs, Bloomberg would be embarking on a strategy that has never been successful: bypassing the first four states on the Democratic calendar. Party officials in Iowa and New Hampshire expressed disappointment over the decision, which was particularly curious given the influential role of independent voters in New Hampshire.

Despite filing the paperwork in Alabama, Bloomberg has yet to make a final decision on a run, a Bloomberg spokesman told CNN on Thursday.

Bloomberg’s possible entrance comes as former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign struggles to break out of the Democratic field and as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a liberal lawmaker who has railed against billionaires like Bloomberg, rises in the Democratic primary campaign. A possible Bloomberg bid would be sure to dramatically shake up the Democratic primary process.

Bloomberg has privately expressed concerns about the strength of the 2020 field, according to a person familiar with his thinking. And a Democratic strategist who has previously worked with Bloomberg said the former mayor is reconsidering his options, in part, because of the outcome in this week’s elections in Virginia, where investments from his gun control group helped Democrats win control of the General Assembly.

A CNN/Des Moines Register poll in March found that Bloomberg was one of the least popular candidates considering running for the Democratic nomination. The poll found 27% of Democratic likely caucusgoers viewed him favorably, compared with 38% who had an unfavorable view.

Bloomberg publicly entertained a 2020 bid earlier this year, traveling the country to meet with voters and determine whether a run was possible. He told reporters during this public speculation that he was seriously considering a bid, to the point that he had decided he would self-fund a campaign.

But Bloomberg decided in March that he would not run for president, even though he had been leaning toward it for months.

Bloomberg, however, has begun to rethink that decision, in part, because he does not believe any of the current candidates are positioned to defeat Trump.


Huntsville Hospital, urgent care centers merge

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Huntsville Hospital Health System and Urgent Team Urgent Care & Walk-In Centers are forming a partnership to create a network of urgent care and family care centers in North Alabama.

Al.com reports beginning Dec. 2, Urgent Team Walk-In Urgent Care locations in Decatur, Florence, Huntsville, Muscle Shoals, and Madison will be rebranded as Huntsville Hospital Urgent Care centers. All of the centers will be open seven days a week and provide treatment for injuries, illnesses, and conditions that are urgent, but non-life threatening. Walk-ins are welcome or patients may schedule a same-day or next-day visit online.

Huntsville Hospital Health System Chief Operating Officer Jeff Samz called it an “exciting initiative.” He says the partnership will help fill the gap in consumer and employer health demand.


LSU-Alabama scores most-watched game of season for CBS

The LSU-Alabama game drew 16.636 million viewers for CBS, making it the most-watched college football game of the season.

CBS said LSU’s 46-41 victory against Alabama, a matchup of the AP Top 25’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams, scored a 9.7 rating, the highest for any regular-season college football game on any network in eight years.

The Tigers and Crimson Tide kicked off in the afternoon for the first time since 2010 because CBS had used its one night game on Notre Dame-Georgia in September. That was the previously most-watched game of the season at 9.349 million viewers.

Overall, the “SEC on CBS” is having its best year through 11 weeks since 1990, averaging 7.091 viewers. That’s up 39% from last year’s 5.088 million.

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More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25


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His dad has been deployed 10 times. This is his message to other military kids

(CNN) — Davidson is only 9 years old, yet he’s been the man of the house eight times while his dad serves his country.

His father, Dave, is a Green Beret on his 10th deployment. The family lives in northern Virginia while Dave is stationed somewhere overseas. Davidson is used to not having his dad around, but he never forgets him.

“Sometimes it’s fine because we actually do a lot of fun things while he’s away, but it’s also sad because he’s just not here,” Davidson told CNN. “My mom sometimes breaks down and cries a lot because she misses him. And it’s not really hard for her because I help her, but it’s just she misses him.”

From 2001 to 2015, 2.77 million service members have been deployed overseas, many of them mothers and fathers leaving families behind.

Davidson sees the world matter-of-factly, approaching his dad’s deployments with the strength that many military families display.

“I don’t even know where he is, but I think he’s fine because he’s a good, strong guy,” he said.

Each family deals with the hardship in their own way. This is how Davidson’s family does it. They asked that CNN not use their last name for security reasons.

‘My mom cried and I was pretty scared that my dad was going to die’

Davidson helps his mom, Elizabeth, whether it’s holding his youngest sister or reading bedtime stories to his three younger siblings.

But Davidson does more than read books. When he was 6, he wrote a book about about what a military parent’s absence means to a child.

Davidson’s book is finally coming out just in time for this Veterans Day. It’s called “Brave for my Family” and was published under a pen name, Davidson Whetstone. His father illustrated the book.

When Davidson was 3, his dad was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan days before Christmas in 2013.

“My Mom cried and I was pretty scared that my Dad was going to die,” Davidson wrote in the book. “We got on an airplane to Washington, DC.”

Dave was flown to Germany and then to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he underwent several surgeries. Shrapnel hit him in the face and down his right side, missing his carotid artery by millimeters. He lost peripheral vision in his right eye and shrapnel remains in his body today.

Davidson said he doesn’t remember how he felt when he learned about what happened to his dad. He just remembers being grateful to see and hug him.

“I wanted to write the book because I wanted to show other kids that they won’t have to be scared when their dads are deployed to countries that war is going on and scary things,” Davidson said.

Seeing the illustration of Dave in the hospital brings back the emotions of what happened.

“When you look at it in the book, it just looks so real,” Elizabeth said in between tears. “It brings me back to that day where I walked in and I saw him hugging Davidson and all his shrapnel wounds.”

She remembers thinking, “OK, Jesus, you’re still here and we’ll get through this.”

As Dave recovered in the hospital, a visitor showed up Christmas 2013 and promised Dave they’d do lunch sometime. In 2014, the visitor came through. The whole family went to Vice President Joe Biden’s house and broke bread.

Together they wrote a book

A few years later, the father and son decided they wanted to share their story. Dave suggested the idea of a book.

Dave was home between deployments, so he and Davidson would sit together after church on Sundays and work on the book. Davidson would write and his dad would draw. It was their time together.

Drawing had always been a passion and a way for Dave to organize his thoughts when he was young.

“After losing half the vision and near sight in my dominant eye, it became much more difficult to draw,” Dave wrote in an email from overseas.

“But, illustrating Davidson’s story gave me a strong motivation to create a meaningful representation of our family’s sacrifice and courage. It also allowed me to spend time recalling and appreciating the details of our family’s experience, and to come to terms with some things,” he wrote.

Dave said he feels grateful to have his family in his life, especially his wife, who raises their four children while he’s away.

“I can’t express how proud I am of my whole family, and how immeasurably blessed I am to have each of them in my life. I am so proud of Davidson for writing this book, but if I’m being honest, this is only a snapshot of his talents and passion as a good young man.”

‘They know that we talk openly about why he does what he does’

Dave and Elizabeth knew each other in college, but they didn’t date until later. They had a whirlwind romance, getting married in 2008. Dave went to Special Forces training. Military life is the only life Elizabeth has known from the time they met.

Several months after Davidson was born in 2010, Dave went on his third deployment. Dave has been gone for some part of almost every year of their marriage, ranging from three months to a year for training or deployment, Elizabeth said.

“I have four kids and it’s busy at home,” Elizabeth said. “When I stop and someone really wants to know about our life, it’s kind of the reality of yeah, it is sad. I do miss him, and it is hard, but I’ve done things that I never thought I could have done by myself with four kids.”

Elizabeth cares for her children and homeschools them. The family talks about why Daddy is gone so often. The older children seem to understand why.

“This is all I’ve known, that their daddy goes away because it’s for us, for our country and to keep us safe,” she said. “They know that we talk openly about why he does what he does.”

Having a partner deployed can be a challenge, especially for a family with small children.

When she had strep throat earlier this year, Elizabeth had to take all four children with to the emergency room. Their homeschool co-op set up a meal train for Elizabeth, and others in her circle sent encouraging texts.

Families find ways to stay connected

“Deployment can be a profound experience for families and most families come through it fine,” said Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. “Military families are known for being resilient. But it also can expose families to a wide variety of challenges, and particularly if somebody’s injured.”

MacDermid Wadsworth is a professor who has studied military families for 20 years. In that time, research has shown that service members, their spouses and their families have exhibited higher rates of mental health symptoms tied to a deployment, she said. If a service member is exposed to trauma or is injured, the risk goes up.

“There’s a lot of concern about deployments that happen early in children’s lives because it’s coming at a time where kids are learning how to relate to others,” MacDermid Wadsworth said. “How kids do is very much a function of how parents do.”

Keeping in touch with the deployed family member is a big part of staying close as a family.

“There’s been enormous creativity over the last few years in helping folks to stay connected during deployment,” she said. “There are lots of examples of clever care packages and storybooks that are really well suited for kids and parents who are separated.”

The toughest sacrifices are the ones his family makes

Dave calls his family when he can, but he also sends audio recordings or videos for Elizabeth to play for the children. He has one of him reading daughter Lily James’ favorite book.

“It’s changed a little with every child I have had,” Elizabeth said. “When I just had Davidson, I had all these books that Dave would read, and we would videotape him, and I would play it for him.”

Each time Dave goes out on a mission, Elizabeth and her children pray for his safe return. He recorded himself praying, and the kids pray along with the recording when he’s not at home.

While Americans are grateful for the sacrifices that service members make for our country, it’s the sacrifices that they don’t see that are the hardest, Dave said.

“I have been wounded in combat, and I have lost close friends,” Dave wrote. “But, for me some of the toughest pills to swallow are not being there for first words, first steps, first Christmases, first birthdays, and all the moments that you’ll never have again. The hardest thing is watching my kids grow up in pictures.”

So is waving goodbye as he heads on another deployment.

“We know what It’s like to have a spouse deployed. He’s on his 10th deployment,” Elizabeth said. “We hope this book will be an encouragement to other military kids and families.”

Proceeds from the book will go toward organizations like Green Beret Foundation that support military families and wounded warriors.

People sometimes ask how they can help military families. Elizabeth says the little gestures go a long way.

“We are so strong and I feel like we’ll get it done no matter what,” she said, “but it’s so sweet when someone does the littlest act of kindness to our family because it helps so much.”

Texts of encouragement, like “I’m praying for you” or “I’m thinking about you” have comforted the military mom. And, she said, people should befriend military kids. They have to move around a lot. Davidson has moved nine times in his 9 years of life.

For other military children, Davidson has a message.

“I want people to feel brave, not afraid and happy because your dad’s going to be OK,” he said.


Labour’s Keith Vaz will not stand for re-election

Mr Vaz, who was suspended from the Commons after a drug and sex inquiry, says he is retiring.


Man dies in Hawaii after falling into a lava tube in his yard

An elderly man died after falling into a lava tube on his property in Hilo, Hawaii, police announced on Wednesday.

The man was reported missing after he wasn’t heard from or seen in several days, according to Hawaii Island police. When they went to his home in Kaumana on Monday they discovered the man had plummeted 22 feet below the surface through a soft area of ground on his property into a lava tube, according to a press release.

According to the US Geological Survey, lava tubes are natural channels through which lava travels beneath the surface. Tubes form by crusting over of lava channels and pahoehoe flows. Kaumana Caves Park near Hilo is a destination for hikers that can explore the lava tubes created by an 1881 flow from Mauna Loa.

Police Maj. Robert Wagner told Big Island Now that it appeared the man had been trimming branches when he fell through the soft ground.

Rescue teams were able to rappel into the lava tube and bring the man back up. He was transported to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the press release said.

Police have not released the man’s name, as his family has not been notified. An autopsy Tuesday determined he died as a result of injuries consistent with falling, police said, and no foul play is suspected.


Convicted murderer in Iowa who ‘momentarily died’ claims life sentence has been served

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa inmate serving a life sentence says he should be a free man after he became ill, momentarily died, and had to be revived at the hospital. But the courts are having none of it.

Benjamin Schreiber was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1997 after being convicted of first-degree murder. In March 2015, he developed large kidney stones that led to septic poisoning, according to court documents.

He eventually fell unconscious in his cell and was taken to a local hospital, where he was resuscitated five separate times, the documents say.

According to the Iowa Court of Appeals, Schreiber “claims he momentarily died at the hospital, thereby fulfilling his ‘life’ sentence … Because his sentence has been fulfilled, he argues, he is imprisoned illegally and should be immediately released.”

A district court previously denied Schreiber’s motion. And on Wednesday, the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision.

In its opinion, the appeals court said a “plain reading” of Iowa law says defendants guilty of a class A felony “must spend the rest of their natural life in prison, regardless of how long that period of time ends up being or any events occurring before the defendant’s life ends.”

“Schreiber is either alive, in which case he must remain in prison,” Judge Amanda Potterfield wrote, “or he is dead, in which case this appeal is moot.”

An attorney for Schreiber did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday morning. It’s unclear whether Schreiber plans to take the case to a higher court.


St. Albans / Violation Conditions of Release

VSP News Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A205432

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper
Boudreau                            

STATION: St.
Albans                   

CONTACT#:802 524 5993

DATE/TIME: 11/10/19

INCIDENT LOCATION: 1503 Colton Rd.

VIOLATION: Violation of Conditions of Release

ACCUSED:


19B106475/Simple Assault & Unlawful Mischief/Westminster Barracks

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B106475

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Max
Trenosky                            

STATION: 
VSP-Westminster                   

CONTACT#: 802-254-2382

DATE/TIME: 3:19 pm 11-09-19

INCIDENT LOCATION: 645 Cambridgeport Road, Grafton, VT

VIOLATION: Simple Assault & Unlawful Mischief


Moe to speak about carbon tax, equalization, with Trudeau

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Wildcats Conclude Final North American Cup of 2019

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AP Top 25: LSU landslide No. 1; Minnesota jumps into top 10

LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 matchup, and Minnesota moved into the top 10 for the first time in 57 years.

After two weeks of historically close voting at the top of poll, LSU received 54 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. Ohio State was No. 2 with five first-place votes and Clemson was third with three first-place votes. Alabama fell two spots to No. 4.

Georgia was fifth, followed by Oregon and Minnesota at No. 7. The Gophers won Saturday’s other matchup of unbeaten teams, defeating Penn State at home. The Nittany Lions slipped four spots to No. 9.

No. 24 Indiana is ranked for the first time since 1994, snapping the longest poll drought among Power Five conference schools.

POLL POINTS

It wasn’t a great week for Alabama, but the Crimson Tide did extend their record for consecutive weeks in the top five of the AP poll. Alabama has been among the five highest-ranked teams for 66 weeks, a streak that started on Nov. 8, 2015.

The second-longest streak of top-five appearances is Miami, which had 55 from Oct. 8, 2000-Oct. 26, 2003.

— Minnesota has its best ranking since it reached No. 5 in 1962 and finished 10th.

IN-N-OUT

Indiana had a great off week with the help of another Power Five school that had not been ranked in years. Wake Forest slipped out of the ranking after a loss at Virginia Tech. The Demon Deacons earlier in the year earned a ranking for the first time since the 2008.

The Hoosiers (7-2) already have their first seven-victory season in 12 years and will head to Penn State next week trying to win as a ranked team for the first time since late in the 1993 season. The previous time Indiana was ranked, it moved into the rankings on Sept. 18, 1994, after beating Kentucky to get to 3-0. Ranked No. 25, the Hoosiers visited No. 16 Wisconsin, lost 62-13, and have not been ranked since.

Now that Indiana has snapped its drought, the Hoosiers’ in-state rivals have the longest run of being unranked among Power Five schools. Purdue hasn’t been ranked since 2007. The next-longest droughts are Kansas (since 2009), Illinois (2011) and Rutgers (2012).

— No. 22 Texas moved back into the rankings after beating Kansas State and knocking the Wildcats out of the Top 25.

— No. 25 Oklahoma State moved back into the Top 25 for the second time this season.

— San Diego State fell out after losing to Nevada.

CONFERENCE CALL

For the sixth time this season, three of the top five teams are from the SEC.

Big Ten — 7 (Nos. 2, 7, 9, 14, 15, 23, 24).

SEC — 5 (Nos. 1, 4, 5, 11, 13).

American — 4 (Nos. 17, 18, 20, 21).

Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 10, 12, 22, 25).

Pac-12 — 2 (Nos. 6, 8).

ACC — 1 (No. 3).

Mountain West — 1 (No. 19).

Independent — 1 (No. 16).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 5 Georgia at No. 13 Auburn. Another top-10 opponent for the Tigers.

No. 7 Minnesota at No. 23 Iowa. The Gophers still have work to do in the Big Ten West.

No. 24 Indiana at No. 9 Penn State. The Nittany Lions look for a bounce back before their showdown with Ohio State.

No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 12 Baylor. Could be first of two meetings, with a Big 12 championship rematch.

No. 21 Navy at No. 16 Notre Dame. The Midshipmen have an opportunity to give the American Athletic Conference a statement victory.


The real “fake news”: Routt County residents receive unsolicited copies of controversial newspaper

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Earlier in the week, local radio personality Shannon Lukens found a surprising package in her mailbox.

It was an unsolicited copy of The Epoch Times, a conservative news outlet with ties to a cult-like Chinese spiritual group called Falun Gong, whose leader has claimed he can levitate and perform healing miracles. Since President Donald Trump took office in 2016, the New York-based nonprofit newspaper has seen immense growth in both readership and revenue, which it has pumped back into Trump’s reelection efforts.

At first glance, the newspaper appears legitimate. Its professional-grade design and high-quality photographs give it the look and feel of mainstream publications like The New York Times or The Washington Post. But a closer look into the articles and The Epoch Times itself reveals troubling misinformation and an obvious political bias.

Lukens was unsettled by the unsolicited copy of the weekly publication, so she researched it online.

“That’s when I started being skeptical,” she said.”

Read the full story from our partner at steamboatpilot.com.


The real “fake news”: Routt County residents receive unsolicited copies of controversial newspaper

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Earlier in the week, local radio personality Shannon Lukens found a surprising package in her mailbox.

It was an unsolicited copy of The Epoch Times, a conservative news outlet with ties to a cult-like Chinese spiritual group called Falun Gong, whose leader has claimed he can levitate and perform healing miracles. Since President Donald Trump took office in 2016, the New York-based nonprofit newspaper has seen immense growth in both readership and revenue, which it has pumped back into Trump’s reelection efforts.

At first glance, the newspaper appears legitimate. Its professional-grade design and high-quality photographs give it the look and feel of mainstream publications like The New York Times or The Washington Post. But a closer look into the articles and The Epoch Times itself reveals troubling misinformation and an obvious political bias.

Lukens was unsettled by the unsolicited copy of the weekly publication, so she researched it online.

“That’s when I started being skeptical,” she said.”

Read the full story from our partner at steamboatpilot.com.


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The festivities kick off on Friday, November 15 outside the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Skating starts at 4 p.m. with multiple perks until 5 p.m.:

  • Free popcorn and hot chocolate
  • Free skate rental
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On top of this, the first 25 skaters get free museum passes and will be entered into a drawing for a family membership to the museum.

Skating lasts until 10 p.m. on Friday and regular hours go into effect the next day:

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  • Friday: 4-10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon-8 p.m.

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  • Nine and younger: $10
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On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house.

Just a little over a quarter-mile upstream, the 92-year-old Spencer Dam was straining to contain the swollen, ice-covered Niobrara River after an unusually intense snow and rainstorm. The workers had tried but failed to force open the dam’s frozen wooden spillway gates. So, fearing the worst, they fled in their truck, stopping to warn Angel before driving away without him.

Minutes later, the dam came crashing down, unleashing a wave of water carrying ice chunks the size of cars. Angel’s home was wiped away; his body was never found.

“He had about a 5-minute notice, with no prior warning the day before,” Scott Angel, one of Kenny’s brothers, said.

State inspectors had given the dam a “fair” rating less than a year earlier. Until it failed, it looked little different from thousands of others across the U.S. — and that could portend a problem.

A more than two-year investigation by The Associated Press has found scores of dams nationwide in even worse condition, and in equally dangerous locations. They loom over homes, businesses, highways or entire communities that could face life-threatening floods if the dams don’t hold.

A review of federal data and reports obtained under state open records laws identified 1,688 high-hazard dams rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition as of last year in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The actual number is almost certainly higher: Some states declined to provide condition ratings for their dams, claiming exemptions to public record requests. Others simply haven’t rated all their dams due to lack of funding, staffing or authority to do so.

Deaths from dam failures have declined since a series of catastrophic collapses in the 1970s prompted the federal and state governments to step up their safety efforts. Yet about 1,000 dams have failed over the past four decades, killing 34 people, according to Stanford University’s National Performance of Dams Program.

Built for flood control, irrigation, water supply, hydropower, recreation or industrial waste storage, the nation’s dams are over a half-century old on average. Some are no longer adequate to handle the intense rainfall and floods of a changing climate. Yet they are being relied upon to protect more and more people as housing developments spring up nearby.

“There are thousands of people in this country that are living downstream from dams that are probably considered deficient given current safety standards,” said Mark Ogden, a former Ohio dam safety official who is now a technical specialist with the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.

The association estimates it would take more than $70 billion to repair and modernize the nation’s more than 90,000 dams. But unlike much other infrastructure, most U.S. dams are privately owned. That makes it difficult for regulators to require improvements from operators who are unable or unwilling to pay the steep costs.

“Most people have no clue about the vulnerabilities when they live downstream from these private dams,” said Craig Fugate, a former administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “When they fail, they don’t fail with warning. They just fail, and suddenly you can find yourself in a situation where you have a wall of water and debris racing toward your house with very little time, if any, to get out.”

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This combination of photos provided by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, shows the Spencer Dam near Spencer, Neb., in Nov. 2013, top, when it was holding back water on the Niobrara River and again in March 2019, after the dam failed during a flood. State inspectors had given the dam a “fair” rating less than a year earlier. Until it failed, it looked little different from thousands of others across the U.S., and that could portend a problem.

It’s unclear whether Angel, a 71-year-old Vietnam War veteran, declined to flee or simply ran out of time after workers with the Nebraska Public Power District warned him that water was overtopping the dam near Spencer, a town of fewer than 500 residents.

An attorney for Angel’s wife, who wasn’t home when the dam broke, has filed a $5 million lawsuit alleging negligence. It claims the power utility failed to properly maintain the dam, train its employees or inform the Angels of dangerous conditions.

Even though the Angels’ home was squarely in its path, the dam was rated as a “significant” rather than “high” hazard, meaning it wasn’t required under Nebraska law to have a formal emergency action plan. About 20% of state-regulated high-hazard dams nationwide still lack emergency plans, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains the national dam inventory.

When last inspected in April 2018 , Spencer Dam’s “fair” rating was accompanied by an ominous notation: “Deficiencies exist which could lead to dam failure during rare, extreme storm events.”

Tim Gokie, chief engineer of Nebraska’s dam safety program, said the warning was due to past water seepage the power utility addressed by installing a drain system. Ultimately, Gokie said, the rising Niobrara River simply overwhelmed the concrete and earthen dam, which was built in 1927 to generate hydroelectricity, not for flood control.

“The fact was that it was just an unprecedented situation,” Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker said. “It was beyond what everybody anticipated.”

Nebraska was among the states hardest hit by storms and floods this year that have caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to roads, dams, utilities and other infrastructure in 28 states, according to an AP analysis.

A National Climate Assessment released by the White House last year noted growing frequency and intensity of storms as the climate changes. That can push some dams beyond what they were designed to handle.

Even if kept in good condition, thousands of dams could be at risk because of extreme rainstorms, said Fugate, the former FEMA official.

“These are like ticking bombs just sitting there, waiting for the wrong conditions to occur to cause catastrophic failure,” he said.

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The nation’s dams are categorized as high, significant or low hazard in the National Inventory of Dams database. High hazard means loss of human life is likely if a dam were to fail. A significant rating means no deaths are likely, although economic and environmental damage are possible.

There is no national standard for inspecting dams, leading to a patchwork of state regulations. Some states inspect high-hazard dams every year while others wait up to five years. Some states never inspect low-hazard dams — though even farm ponds can eventually pose a high hazard as housing developments encroach.

Dam conditions are supposed to be rated as unsatisfactory, poor, fair or satisfactory. But the ratings are subjective — varying by state and the interpretations of individual inspectors — and are not always publicly disclosed.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the U.S. government has cited national security grounds in refusing to include dams’ conditions in its inventory, which was updated most recently in 2018. But the AP was able to determine both condition and hazard ratings for more than 25,000 dams across the country through public records requests.

The tally includes some of the nation’s most well-known dams, such as Hoover Dam along the Colorado River, but mostly involves privately owned dams. Many are used for recreation.

The AP then examined inspection reports for hundreds of high-hazard dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition. Those reports cited a variety of problems: leaks that can indicate a dam is failing internally; unrepaired erosion from past instances of overtopping; holes from burrowing animals; tree growth that can destabilize earthen dams; and spillways too small to handle a large flood. Some dams were so overgrown with vegetation that they couldn’t be fully inspected.

Georgia led the nation with nearly 200 high-hazard dams in unsatisfactory or poor condition, according to the AP’s analysis.

Among them is Reservoir No. 1 in Atlanta, a 180 million-gallon water supply dating to the late 1800s that has been out of service much of the past few decades. The city made repairs and brought it back online in 2017, only to shut it down again after leaks were noticed.

If the dam were to catastrophically fail, the water could inundate more than 1,000 homes, dozens of businesses, a railroad and a portion of Interstate 75, according to an emergency action plan .

Joel Iverson has previously noticed water trickling out of the dam near the brewery he co-founded, Monday Night Brewing.

“If that one goes, it’s going to wash away us and a lot of beer,” Iverson said.

The Atlanta Watershed Management Department declined the AP’s request for an interview about the reservoir and instead asked for questions in writing. When those were submitted, it declined to answer them.

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Charles Krupa, The Associated Press

In this Dec. 27, 2018, photo, Murray Beach, an investment banker who lives on the shore of Willett Pond, points out the spillway of the lake, which is located on the border of Norwood and Walpole, Mass. The spillway at the 107-year-old Willett Pond Dam is capable of handling just 13% of the water flow from a serious flood before the dam is overtopped, according to a recent state inspection report. “We are not talking of just flooding someone’s house. We are talking about covering their house,” said Beach, who belongs to a citizens group that has lobbied for years for the spillway to be repaired.

One of the most common problems for aging dams are spillways incapable of handling an extreme rainfall event.

If water can’t escape quickly enough through spillways, it could flow over the top of a dam, which increases the probability of rapid erosion that can cause it to collapse.

The spillway at the 107-year-old Willett Pond Dam near the Boston suburb of Norwood is capable of handling just 13% of the water flow from a serious flood before the dam is overtopped, according to a recent state inspection report. If the dam were to give way, it could send hundreds of millions of gallons of water into the heart of the city of nearly 30,000 people.

“We are not talking of just flooding someone’s house. We are talking about covering their house,” said Murray Beach, who lives on the shore of the 220-acre privately owned lake and belongs to a citizens group that has lobbied for years for the spillway to be repaired.

A 2017 inspection report said improvements to the spillway could cost between $1 million and $5 million. A nonprofit that owns the lake received a $215,000 state grant last year to design spillway improvements. But there is no timeline to fix it.

More than 1,300 properties lie within the dam’s inundation zone, including several shopping centers and at least two elementary schools, as well as more than 70 roads and two railroads.

Tamiko Porter, who operates a Montessori school serving some 75 students, said she was surprised to learn there was a dam upstream that could flood her school if it failed.

“Oh God, please let it happen when my kids aren’t here,” Porter said.

Norwood emergency management director Bernard Cooper said there is no imminent risk of dam failure.

“Yes, it needs work. The spillway should be rebuilt. Absolutely, no question,” Cooper acknowledged. But “there is no money in the system for that.”

Concerns about inadequate dam spillways date back decades to when the Corps of Engineers undertook its first nationwide assessment of dams posing a high risk to life and property. From 1978 to 1981, the Corps inspected 8,818 dams. About one-third were deemed unsafe due to deficiencies, and about 80% of those cited inadequate spillway capacities.

One of the dams cited for a “seriously inadequate” spillway in 1978 was Lake Sebago, located in a New York state park near the village of Sloatsburg. Forty years later, nothing has changed.

A 2018 state inspection letter warned of “inadequate spillway capacity and dam stability” and asked for an improvement plan within 30 days. None was provided.

The state dam safety office has no authority to force the state parks department to make repairs.

To modify the Lake Sebago spillway, workers would have to rebuild a road and bridge that pass over the dam. The project could cost over $15 million, said Jim Hall, the recently retired executive director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which manages multiple dams.

“That structure has been in place with the same spillway capacity for over probably 60 to 70 years and it hasn’t been overtopped,” Hall said. “Should it be improved to meet all codes? Yeah, that would be nice. Does it make it the highest priority for us to do in relation to other dam structures we have? Probably not.”

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    Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press file

    In this Nov. 30, 2017, file photo, work continues on the Oroville Dam spillway in Oroville, Calif. The scare at Oroville, the nation’s tallest dam, led to evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people, although no one was injured and the dam ultimately held.

  • Water flows down the Oroville ...

    Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press file

    In this April 2, 2019, file photo, water flows down the Oroville Dam spillway in Oroville, Calif. The state spent $1.1 billion repairing the Lake Oroville spillway, enacted new emergency plan requirements and launched a review of 93 other dams with similar spillways.

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    Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press file

    In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, work continues to repair the damaged main spillway of the Oroville Dam in Oroville, Calif. A new federal grant program is providing $10 million to 26 states, including California, with high hazard dams in need of repairs. The funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go toward preliminary steps such as risk assessments and engineering designs, not the actual repairs.

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In a 1982 report summarizing its nationwide dam assessment, the Corps of Engineers said most dam owners were unwilling to modify, repair or maintain the structures, and most states were unwilling to spend enough money for an effective dam safety program.

Since then, every state but Alabama has created a dam safety program.

But the Great Recession a decade ago forced many states to make widespread budget and personnel cuts. Since a low point in 2011, states’ total spending on dam safety has grown by about one-third to nearly $59 million in the 2019 fiscal year while staffing levels have risen by about one-fifth, according to data collected by the Corps of Engineers.

California, which runs the nation’s largest dam safety program, accounts for much of that gain. It boosted its budget from $13 million to $20 million and the number of full-time staff from 63 to 77 following the failure of the Oroville dam spillway in 2017.

The scare at Oroville, the nation’s tallest dam, led to evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people, although no one was injured and the dam ultimately held. An independent investigation cited “a long-term systemic failure ” by regulators and the dam industry to recognize and address warning signs.

California spent $1.1 billion repairing the Lake Oroville spillway, enacted new emergency plan requirements and launched a review of 93 other dams with similar spillways.

In South Carolina, after more than 70 dams failed following heavy rains in 2015 and 2016, the state tripled the personnel in its dam safety program and ratcheted up spending from about $260,000 annually to more than $1 million.

But some states have continued to pare back their dam safety programs. Thirteen states and Puerto Rico were spending less in 2019 than they did in 2011, and 11 states had fewer full-time positions in their programs.

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials says almost every state faces a serious need to pump additional money and manpower into dam safety programs.

“If you don’t have the staff to inspect a dam, or don’t have the authority to do that, you don’t know what the problems are,” said the association’s Ogden.

“If you are able to do the inspection but you can’t follow up, and you have dam owners who don’t have the resources to fix their dam, then ultimately you know what the problem is but you can’t get it addressed,” he added.

Many states face a quandary when it comes to problematic private dams when they can’t identify the owners. Rhode Island’s two-person dam safety office last year listed 32 high- or significant-hazard dams with safety concerns whose owners were unknown.

“If we don’t know the owner, then we can’t take any action to order anybody to fix it,” said David Chopy, chief of compliance and inspection for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

In some states, dams go uninspected because of exemptions in state law.

A 2013 Texas law exempts all dams on private property with a capacity of less than 163 million gallons that are rated significant or low hazard and are located outside of city limits in any county with fewer than 350,000 people. As a result, about 45% of its roughly 7,200 dams are exempt from regulation.

Missouri performs safety inspections on only about 650 of its more than 5,000 dams. That’s because state law exempts all dams that are under 35 feet, used for agricultural purposes or subject to federal regulation.

Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt attempted to significantly expand the number of dams under state supervision after the mountaintop Taum Sauk Reservoir collapsed in December 2005, injuring a state park superintendent’s family. But the legislation failed after some rural landowners expressed concerns. Then the proposal quietly faded away as new officials took over.

“Maybe it’s time to take a look at that again and make sure that our dams are safe,” said Missouri state Rep. Tim Remole, who now leads the House committee overseeing dam safety.

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Casey Riemer, Associated Press file

This March 14, 2006, file photo, shows damage after a dam burst near Kilauea, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. An earthen wall of the Kaloko Reservoir collapsed during heavy rains and sent a wave of water and mud rushing down a hillside. Seven people were killed on Bruce Fehring’s property, including his daughter, son-in-law and grandson. (AP Photo/Casey Riemer, File)

Until Angel’s death in Nebraska this year, the last fatal dam failure in the U.S. occurred on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2006.

An earthen wall of the Kaloko Reservoir collapsed during heavy rains and sent a wave of water rushing down a hillside. Seven people — including a pregnant woman — were killed on Bruce Fehring’s property, including his daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

Fehring, who wasn’t there at the time, got a phone call from a neighbor saying something terrible had happened. He was shocked by the scene.

“It took a while to register, and I went, ‘Oh my God, everything’s been washed away,'” Fehring recalled. “I mean, you have no idea the power of water (until) you see what it can do in a very short amount of time.”

Dam owner James Pflueger pleaded no contest to felony reckless endangerment and was sentenced to seven months of confinement and five years of probation. His property company pleaded no contest to seven counts of manslaughter. Prosecutors said Pflueger had filled in the dam’s spillway while attempting to make space for a waterfront development.

The victims’ families and those whose property was damaged, including actress Bette Midler, agreed to a $25 million civil settlement. Though categorized by the state as low hazard at the time it failed, Kaloko Reservoir is now listed as a high-hazard facility in poor condition . It remains largely unrepaired.

That’s also the case with Lake Dunlap Dam, northeast of San Antonio. On a sunny morning in May, one of the 91-year-old dam’s corroded spillway gates suddenly gave way. No one was hurt in the rush of water, but scores of homeowners’ lakeside docks were left high and dry, facing barren swaths of dried lakebed after the river retreated, leaving boats stranded.

The dam was the second hydroelectric facility along the river to fail within the past three years. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority responded with plans to drain a chain of four lakes because of concerns their similarly designed spillway gates also could fail.

But after property owners sued, the river authority agreed in September to a temporary injunction delaying the plan for a year. That could allow time to find funding for the estimated $90 million to $210 million to repair the dams.

“This is something that communities and states all across the country are grappling with as we are reckoning with our aging infrastructure,” said Tess Coody-Anders, a homeowner near Lake McQueeney, one of the dams slated to be drained.

“I hope that everyone will recognize that, like in our community, entire economies and ways of life have developed around what started out as a civil engineering project,” she added. “And you can’t take that away.”

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Associated Press writers Eric Gay in San Antonio and Caleb Jones in Honolulu contributed to this report.


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Bratholm and Brookes named Gopher Invite Main Draw Champions

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Minneapolis, Minn. – Junior Nick Brookes and Sophomore Simen Bratholm were named the 2019 Ski-U-Mah (Main Draw) Draw Champions after defeating Wisconsin's Scully and Soha, 7-6 Sunday afternoon at the 2019 Gopher Invite hosted by Minnesota.


Denver weather: Sharp drop in temperatures with freezing rain and snow expected overnight

The weekend’s warm and dry temperatures are expected to make way for a cold front Sunday night through Monday, bringing along freezing rain and up to 2 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Forecasters predict a sharp drop in temperatures overnight Sunday for northeast and north central Colorado, with freezing drizzle and light snow through the late morning Monday. Fog is also expected across the plains Monday night into Tuesday morning before warmer temperatures make a return, the weather service’s hazardous weather outlook stated.

Sunday’s weather in Denver calls for mostly sunny skies with calm winds in the afternoon and a high near 66 degrees, forecasters predicted. The evening is forecast to bring snow and freezing drizzle before 2 a.m. as well as snow and freezing drizzle between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and snow again after 4 a.m., with a low near 23 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts between 7 to 15 mph are likely. A snow accumulation of about half an inch is possible.

More snow is expected during the Monday morning commute in Denver, bringing a high near 32 degrees and winds up to 7 mph and about another half inch of snow during the day, according to the weather service.

The cold is expected to subside Tuesday in Denver, with a forecast high of 60 degrees.


Teenager wakes to find man raping her in Oxford

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‘You have no idea how to handle it’: Veterans say more needed for transition services gaps

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 – Klamath County (Photo)

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, at approximately 10:48 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 281. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red Honda Civic, operated by William Ogle (23) of Klamath Falls, was traveling north on Hwy 97 when for unknown reasons left the roadway and rolled several times.

Ogle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 97 was reduced to one lane for approximately one hour following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Klamath County Fire District #1 and ODOT.

 

 


Driver dead, another seriously injured following 2-car crash in Scugog: police

Investigators said the man's vehicle was southbound on Simcoe Street when it veered into the path of a grey Mazda heading northbound. 


Hong Kong protests: flash-mob ‘shopping tours’, trashed train stations and shops, tear gas and water cannons as city enters sixth month of anti-government unrest

Radical protesters played a cat-and-mouse game with police on Sunday as they staged flash-mob “shopping tours”, blocked roads and trashed train stations and mainland-linked shops amid festering anger over the mysterious death of a student.As calls spread online for demonstrators to go on mall marches, scuffles broke out between protesters and police by mid-afternoon in at least seven districts. Large shopping centres in these neighbourhoods were soon swept up in a frenzy of confrontations and…


Saint John abruptly reverses implementation of recreation cards

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Basil D’Oliveira: Buy-a-brick plea to honour cricket legend

Fans of Worcestershire star Basil D'Oliveira can take part in creating a pavilion in his memory.


Kenney defends Scheer’s refusal to answer whether he thinks being gay is a ‘sin’

The Alberta premier likened the question to a "religious test" for public officials.


Dewey County Fatal Crash

RIDGEVIEW, S.D. ? One person died Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Ridgeview.


Manchester United 3-1 Brighton: United go seventh after comfortable win over Brighton

Manchester United move into seventh place in the Premier League with a straightforward win over Brighton at Old Trafford.


Manna House stands ready to help Huntsville

The nonprofit Manna House stands ready to help those in need with food and any number of other things, but it’s not easy.

Fran Fluhler is quick to say that some of those who need help have a hard time asking for it; many of them have never asked for help before.

“About 50 percent of our line each night is people who have never had to have help and so you go to that door and look at people who are coming to get help. They’re looking down, they’re not looking up usually. They’re very awkward and uncomfortable – we want to make them feel comfortable.”

Part of Manna House’s help to the community is the annual Thanksgiving lunch. This year’s lunch is being served at First Baptist Church Huntsville on Governor’s Drive.  They’ll start serving at noon on Thanksgiving day and keep going until the food runs out.  Last year they served 1,000 people and delivered 500 meals.

You can watch our full interview with Fluhler below:


Arrows impale two homeless men in midnight attack on their camp, California cops say

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Northwestern Comes Up Short In Big Ten Tournament Battle

Northwestern Huddle

EVANSTON, IL. — Northwestern's season came to a close on Sunday afternoon  after falling short short against the Terrapins, 1-0  in the Big Ten quarterfinal match on Sunday afternoon in Martin Stadium.


Iran’s president: New oil field found with over 50B barrels

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find that could boost the country’s proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions.

The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as Iran faces crushing American sanctions after the U.S. pulled out of its nuclear deal with world powers last year.

Rouhani made the announcement in a speech in the desert city of Yazd. He said the field was located in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province, home to its crucial oil industry.

Some 53 billion barrels would be added to Iran’s proven reserves of roughly 150 billion, he said.

“I am telling the White House that in the days when you sanctioned the sale of Iranian oil and pressured our nation, the country’s dear workers and engineers were able to discover 53 billion barrels of oil in a big field,” Rouhani said.

Oil reserves refer to crude that’s economically feasible to extract. Figures can vary wildly by country due to differing standards, though it remains a yardstick of comparison among oil-producing nations.

Iran currently has the world’s fourth-largest proven deposits of crude oil and the world’s second-largest deposits of natural gas. It shares a massive offshore field in the Persian Gulf with Qatar.

The new oil field could become Iran’s second-largest field after one containing 65 billion barrels in Ahvaz. The field is 2,400 square kilometers (925 square miles), with the deposit some 80 meters (260 feet) deep, Rouhani said.

Since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, the other countries involved — Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China — have been struggling to save it. However, they’ve offered no means by which Iran can sell its oil abroad. Iran since has gone beyond the deal’s stockpile and enrichment limits, as well as started using advanced centrifuges barred by the deal. It also just began injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at an underground facility.

The collapse of the nuclear deal coincided with a tense summer of mysterious attacks on oil tankers and Saudi oil facilities that the U.S. blamed on Iran. Tehran denied the allegation, though it did seize oil tankers and shoot down a U.S. military surveillance drone.


Memorial at Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre shines light on inmate mistreatment

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Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry housing and community safety forum draws crowd

About 115 people gathered to discuss housing and community safety in a salon-style town hall at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Saturday.


Colorado, 25 other states get $10M for dams from new federal grant program

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did.

To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution for the shopping center, preschool, assisted living facility and hundreds of homes now located in its potential inundation zone.

Improvements could be coming.

Smith Reservoir is among the first batch of dams nationally to get a slice of a new $10 million grant program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for high hazard dams that have failed safety standards and pose an unacceptable risk to the public. About $130,000 will go toward Smith Reservoir.

The grants announced this fall for 26 states will pay for preliminary steps such as risk assessments and engineering designs, not the actual repairs. State or local entities are to provide a 35% match.

“I think this is a great start,” said Bill McCormick, Colorado’s dam safety chief and president-elect of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. “Certainly, we’ve got a long way to go.”

The federal grants amount to a mere fraction of the $70 billion the dam safety organization estimates it would take to repair and modernize the nation’s tens of thousands of aging dams.

An Associated Press analysis identified at least 1,688 dams that could cause particular concern — those rated by inspectors as in poor or unsatisfactory condition and located in high hazard places where people could die if they failed.

Colorado’s Smith Reservoir is one of the dams on that list. So are several others slated to receive FEMA grants, including the leaking, 177-year-old dam at Pawtuckaway Lake in New Hampshire, Minnesota’s Lake Bronson near the Canadian border and Guist Creek Lake Dam, located about 15 miles west of the Kentucky capital of Frankfort.

Some states have yet to determine which dams will benefit from the federal grants.

New York, which along with Ohio received the largest award of more than $1.2 million, plans to take applications from a pool of as many as 150 potentially eligible dams. Oregon plans to use its $260,484 grant to assess the risks posed to 16 dams from potential floods, earthquakes and landslides as a way to prioritize future safety improvements.

Fewer than half of all states have their own grant or loan programs for dams, according to the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.

Over the past decade, FEMA’s various programs have provided more than $400 million for projects involving dams, mostly to repair facilities damaged by natural disasters. Until now, there had been no national program focused solely on improving the thousands of dams overseen by states and local entities.

The Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant Program was authorized by a 2016 federal law to supply $445 million over 10 years to repair, improve or remove dams. But Congress didn’t fund the $10 million annual allotment for 2017 or 2018, and funded just $10 million of the $25 million authorized for 2019.

FEMA could provide less than half of what states sought — “a strong indicator that there’s high interest in the need for dam rehabilitation across this country,” said James Demby, senior and technical policy adviser for FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program.

Congress has yet to agree on an appropriation for 2020, though the law authorizes up to $40 million.

“In general, funding is severely lacking nationwide for dam repairs,” said Wendy Howard-Cooper, Virginia’s director of dam safety and flood-plain management.

“To rehabilitate a high hazard dam could cost $10 million by itself — one dam,” she said. “So more definitely needs to be done from a national level, because I don’t think states have the capacity to manage this nationwide infrastructure problem on their own.”

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Jarrow Labour hopeful Kate Osborne sorry over ‘May at gunpoint’ post

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has described Kate Osborne's post as "totally unacceptable".


Boston police seize enough fentanyl to kill over 2 million people

Nearly 6,000 grams of the deadly opioid fentanyl — enough to cause over 2 million fatal overdoses — have been taken off the streets of Boston after police busted a large-scale drug operation Thursday in Roxbury, Hyde Park and Brockton.

The massive drug seizure came about after a months-long coordinated investigation involving Boston police, Brockton police, State police, the DEA and the FBI, officials said.

According to Boston police, officers arrested Brockton residents Alan Soto, 29, and Cruz Budhai-Soto, 28, and charged both with trafficking class A drugs, distribution of class A drugs, conspiracy to violate drug laws, as well as multiple firearm-related charges. Both suspects were arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Friday.

Boston police said officers executed search warrants for Soto’s vehicle, for a storage unit on Southampton Street in Roxbury and for properties on Thatcher Street in Hyde Park and Welsford Street in Brockton, and discovered 5,700 grams of fentanyl, four illegal firearms, over $27,000 in cash and a mobile fentanyl processing lab.

With a potency 50 to 100 times the strength of morphine, merely 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be enough to kill a person, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. However, DEA officials have said that a fatal dose can be as small as a quarter of a milligram, meaning a total of 5,700 grams is enough to kill between 2.8 million and 22.8 million people.

However, despite the hefty amount of fentanyl seized, former Boston Police Department’s Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linksey said that due to the incredibly high demand for the drug, Thursday’s bust will hardly make a difference in the ongoing fight against the opioid epidemic.

“This is a large seizure for sure, but unfortunately it’s not going to drive the market down. There will be 10 people getting shipments from abroad tomorrow,” Linskey said. “It’s just a blip on the radar.”

According to preliminary data released by the Department of Public Health in August, the presence of fentanyl has risen to “an all-time high” in the state despite opioid-related overdose deaths dropping by 11 percent from 2018 to 2019.

In the first six months of 2019, there were 938 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts, 112 fewer than the 1,050 deaths in the first half of 2018.

However, fentanyl was present in 92% of overdose deaths where there was a toxicology screen in the first half of 2019, up from 89% in 2018.

“They’re doing everything that they can, but unfortunately the problem is so multifaceted,” Linskey said. “Thursday’s seizure won’t even make a difference in the short term, it’s like shuffling stuff against the tide. But you have to make the effort and do what you can.”

In a statement to the Herald, Mayor Marty Walsh said “I commend the work of the Boston Police Department and their partners who on Thursday prevented deadly drugs and weapons from making their way to Boston’s streets. Because of BPD’s successful investigation, Boston’s citizens are safer today.”


Macclesfield Town 0-4 Kingstonian: Louie Theophanous double beats strike-hit Silkmen

A strike-hit Macclesfield Town side suffer an FA Cup first-round upset at the hands of seventh-tier side Kingstonian.


3 injured in a stampede to get into rapper Travis Scott’s Houston music festival

(CNN) — Three people were trampled and hospitalized Saturday as thousands rushed to get into rapper Travis Scott’s music festival in Houston.

An Instagram video posted by the “Sicko Mode” rapper showed fans climbing over fences and a large crowd knocking down a barricade to get to the Astroworld festival.

Three people were sent to the hospital with leg injuries as they attempted to enter the festival that was expected to draw at least 50,000 people, the Houston Fire Department told CNN affiliate KTRK-TV.

Police tweeted at least one person was arrested at the festival for public intoxication, adding that they were successfully working together to “support Houston’s biggest music festival.” The sold-out event continued as planned Saturday.


Trade war hits demand but United Airlines sticks with US-China routes

United Airlines is keeping faith with its core China business despite being buffeted by the country’s trade war with the US, company executives have said.Demand for flights between the world’s two biggest economies has been “weaker than we expected”, the carrier’s president Scott Kirby conceded, and flight schedules showed it had reversed some plans to fly larger planes to Shanghai and Beijing.The Chicago-headquartered company operates 66 flights from the US to mainland China per week, more…


Leyton Orient 1-2 Maldon & Tiptree: Danny Parish scores and is sent off as non-leaguers win

Maldon & Tiptree dump League Two side Leyton Orient out of the FA Cup to reach the second round for the first time.


Leyton Orient 1-2 Maldon & Tiptree: Danny Parish scores and is sent off as non-leaguers win

Maldon & Tiptree dump League Two side Leyton Orient out of the FA Cup to reach the second round for the first time.


Hope Valley Barracks

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 11:38 AM, Troopers arrested Clifford Dennis, age 57, of 525 Hill Farm Road, Coventry, Rhode Island, for 1.) Disorderly Conduct; and 2.) Reckless Driving. This arrest was the result of a barracks investigation and locating Dennis at his residence. Dennis was...


Hope Valley Barracks

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 11:38 AM, Troopers arrested Clifford Dennis, age 57, of 525 Hill Farm Road, Coventry, Rhode Island, for 1.) Disorderly Conduct; and 2.) Reckless Driving. This arrest was the result of a barracks investigation and locating Dennis at his residence. Dennis was...


News Release/ Rutland Barracks Disorderly Conduct

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

CASE#:
19B405065                                     
                   

TROOPER: Cristopher Loyzelle

STATION:
Rutland                    

CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

DATE/TIME: November 10th, 2019 at 0235 hours

LOCATION: Route 7, in the Tow of Pittsford

VIOLATION: Disorderly Conduct

ACCUSED:


Westminster Barracks / DUI #2

STATE OF
VERMONT

DEPARTMENT
OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT
STATE POLICE

NEWS
RELEASE

       

CASE#:
19B106483

RANK/TROOPER
FULL NAME: Corporal Gary T.
Salvatore                           

STATION:
Westminster
Barracks                   

CONTACT#:(802)722-4600

DATE/TIME:
November 9, 2019 at 2329 hours

INCIDENT
LOCATION: Vermont Route 100 in the Town of Ludlow

VIOLATION:
DUI #2


Rutland Barracks DUI

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

CASE#:
19B405065                                     
                   

TROOPER: Nathaniel Nevison

STATION:
Rutland                    

CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

DATE/TIME: November 10th, 2019 at 0145 hours

LOCATION: Engrem Avenue, Rutland VT

VIOLATION: DUI/ Criminal DLS

ACCUSED: Travis Williams


Rutland Barracks/ DUI #1

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B405064

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Eden
Neary                            

STATION:
Rutland                     

CONTACT#: 802.773.9101

DATE/TIME: 11/10/19  0102 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: West St at Church St

VIOLATION: DUI

ACCUSED: Kate
Farrell              


Middlesex Barracks – DUI, Unlawful Mischief

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A305430

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr.
Crista
Maurice                            

STATION: Middlesex
Barracks                  

CONTACT#: 229-9191

DATE/TIME: 11/10/19, 0126 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: 4769 US RT 2,
E. Montpelier

VIOLATION: DUI, Unlawful Mischief

ACCUSED: Thomas


Smyrna, Milford, Camden help state police find 23 fugitives

The operation was a collaborative effort of Delaware State Police Troop 3, Milford Police Department, Camden Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, Probation and Parole, and the Department of Correction.


Smyrna, Milford, Camden help state police find 23 fugutives

The operation was a collaborative effort of Delaware State Police Troop 3, Milford Police Department, Camden Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, Probation and Parole, and the Department of Correction.


Royalton Barracks/DUI#2

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B204425

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Alex
Comtois                          

STATION:
Royalton                     

CONTACT#: 802-234-9933

DATE/TIME: 11/10/2019  0036 Hrs

INCIDENT LOCATION: VT Route 12

VIOLATION: DUI

ACCUSED: Kenneth A
Neas


Rutland Barracks/ Attempting to Elude/ C And N Operation

NEWS
RELEASE

CASE#:
19B405062

TROOPER:  Christopher
Loyzelle

STATION:
Rutland 
                   

CONTACT#:
(802) 773-9101

DATE/TIME:
November 10, 2019 @ 2325 hours

LOCATION:
Rutland, VT

VIOLATION:
Attempt to Elude/ Carless and Negligent Operation.

ACCUSED:
Thomas Trepanier

AGE:
39

CITY,
STATE OF RESIDENCE: West Rutland, VT

SUMMARY
OF INCIDENT: On November 9, 2019 at


Arrests Made in Multiple Robbery Offenses

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division announced several arrests in recent robbery cases in Washington, DC.

 

First District:

 

  • On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense that occurred on Monday, September 30, 2019, in the 100 block of H Street, Northeast. CCN: 19-174-652.
    • At approximately 9:15 pm, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. One of the suspects assaulted the victim and took his property. The suspects then fled the scene.  This case remains under investigation.

 

Second District:

 

  • On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 27 year-old Dwayne Jerome Moore, of Northeast, DC was arrested for an Armed Robbery offense that occurred on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. CCN: 19-192-753.
    • At approximately 11:37 pm, the suspects approached two victims at the listed location. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded the victims’ property. The victims fled the scene. One of the suspects located one of the victims and brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s property again. The suspect then physically assaulted the victim and took their property. The suspects fled the scene. One of the victims was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. This case remains under investigation.

 

Third District:

 

  • On Friday, November 1, 2019, two 17 year-old juvenile males, of Southeast, DC, were arrested for an Armed Robbery offense that occurred on Friday, November 1, 2019, in the 1500 block of 7th Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-195-577
    • At approximately 2:22 am, the suspects approached two victims at the listed location. One of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded the victims’ property. One of the victims complied and handed over their property. The suspects then fled the scene. The listed suspects were apprehended by responding officers. This case remains under investigation. 

 

  • On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, a 13 year-old juvenile male, of Northwest, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Snatch) offense that occurred on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, in the 1700 block of R Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-199-128
    • At approximately 3:40 pm, the suspect approached the victim from behind at the listed location. The suspect snatched the victim’s property and fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended.

 

Fourth District

 

  • On Monday, November 4, 2019, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 20 year-old William David Barnette, of Bowie, MD, was arrested for a Robbery (Snatch) offense that occurred on Sunday, July 14, 2019, in the 1600 block of Upshur Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-123-022.
    • At approximately 1:02 am, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect snatched the victim’s property and fled the scene.

 

Fifth District

 

  • On Monday, November 4, 2019, a 17 year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Pickpocket) offense that occurred on Monday, November 4, 2019, in the 900 block of Upshur Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-197-839.
    • At approximately 4:16 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect took the victim’s property and fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended.

 

Sixth District

 

  • On Monday, November 4, 2019, a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Southwest, DC, was arrested for an Assault with Intent to Commit a Robbery offense that occurred on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in the Unit block of Riggs Road, Southeast. CCN: 19-192-643.
    • At approximately 4:00 pm, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. The suspects assaulted the victim and attempted to take property. The suspects were unsuccessful and fled the scene. This case remains under investigation.

 

  • On Thursday, November 7, 2019, a 16 year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, DC, was arrested for an Armed Robbery offense that occurred on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in the 600 block of Division Avenue, Northeast. CCN: 19-199-539.
    • At approximately 9:03 am, two suspects approached the victim at the listed location. The suspects brandished a gun and took the victim’s property.  The suspects then fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers. This case remains under investigation.

 

Seventh District:

 

  • On Sunday, November 3, 2019, a 16 year-old juvenile male, of Capitol Heights, MD; a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Bladensburg, MD; a 16 year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, DC; and a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Upper Marlboro, MD were arrested for a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense that occurred on Sunday, November 3, 2019, in the 1900 block of Valley Terrace, Southeast. CCN: 19-196-875.
    • At approximately 1:50 am, the suspects approached two victims at the listed location. The suspects physically assaulted the victims and took their property. The suspects were apprehended.  

 

  • On Friday, November 1, 2019, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 30 year-old Morris Lomax, of Southeast, DC, was arrested for an Armed Robbery (Gun) offense that occurred on Friday, March 15, 2019, in the 500 block of Newcomb Street, Southeast. CCN: 19-043-754.
    • At approximately 8:53 am, two suspects approached the victim at the listed location. One of the suspects brandished a firearm and attempted to take property from the victim. The victim was able to flee the scene without the suspect taking his property. The suspects proceeded to take property from the victim’s vehicle. The suspects then fled the scene. This case remains under investigation.

 

  • On Thursday, November 7, 2019, 24 year-old Marcus Daniels, of Northeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense that occurred on Monday, October 14, 2019, in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Southeast. CCN: 19-183-703.
    • At approximately 7:32 am, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect assaulted the victim and took his property. The suspect then fled the scene.

 

As a reminder, citizens are encouraged to use the Safe Exchange Zones when conducting in-person transactions using online applications such as Craigslist and Offer Up. For more information, please visit: http://mpdc.dc.gov/release/mpd-exchange-zone-locations-reminder


Middlesex Barracks/Domestic Assault, Aggravated Disorderly Conduct, Interference with Access to Emergency Services

VSP News Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A305427

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Mathew
Nadeau           
                  

STATION:
Middlesex                    

CONTACT#:
(802)229-9191         

DATE/TIME: 11/09/19 at 1855 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: US RT 2, Marshfield, VT

VIOLATION: Domestic


3.5-magnitude quake near Palm Springs latest to rattle Southern California

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Westminster Barracks// 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic, Domestic Assault, Interference with Access to Emergency Services, unlawful Restraint and Criminal Mischief// 11-09-2019

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B106477

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Van
Valkenburgh       
                      

STATION:
Westminster                     

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

DATE/TIME: 11/09/2019, 4:00PM

INCIDENT LOCATION: Eastman Road, Grafton Vermont

VIOLATION: 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic, Domestic


Rutland Barracks / DUI #1 / MV Crash

NEWS RELEASE

Vermont State Police

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#:19B405055

TROOPER: Trooper Jeremy Sullivan

STATION: RUTLAND

CONTACT #: 802-773-9101

DATE/TIME: November 9th, 2019 1626 hours

LOCATION: Raymond Road Danby, VT

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Ethan Staples

AGE: 27

SEAT BELT: Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Poultney, VT

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Red 2012 GMC Truck

DAMAGE TO


New Haven Barracks/Arrest Warrant

VSP News Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19B503170

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Adria
Pickin             
               

STATION: New
Haven                   

CONTACT#: 802-388-4919

DATE/TIME: November 9, 2019, at approximately 1539 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: US Route 7, Town of Ferrisburgh, Vermont


Dover Athletic 1-0 Southend United

Non-league Dover knock League One side Southend out of the FA Cup as Ruel Sotiriou strikes late on in their first-round tie.


Wildcats Take Five Bouts, But Fall in Season Opener at No. 11 Virginia Tech

Tyler Morland

BLACKSBURG, VA. — In its season opener, No. 21 Northwestern dropped a tight dual that came down to the final bout, ultimately seeing the Wildcats on the other side of a 21-18 Hokies' victory. The match coined, "Mat on the Mound" showdown – took place outdoors at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park.


Search this database of police officers convicted of crimes in the past 10 years

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California’s Criminal Cops: Arrested and convicted of crimes, but still on the force

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How California police officers get lighter sentences for abuse — and keep their jobs

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"The Titans gave themselves little shot to win at Carolina due to mistakes, so key number one for this Sunday is simply cut out those mistakes, especially the penalties. Titans penalty yards are up over 60% from last season and that needs to change immediately. Key number two - get Derek Henry involved from the start. Against a powerful offense like Kansas City's, the Titans can not afford to lose time of possession as they have in recent weeks. The best way to avoid that, by pounding Henry time and time again, but to do that the Titans offense has to execute in other areas to stay on the field. Tennessee will be hard-pressed to beat Kansas City without a big effort from number 22. And finally, don't give up the big play that not only falls on the defense but also on the Titan special teams. The Chiefs have weapons to hit their opponents from everywhere. Tennessee must bottle up Kansas City all day long. A tough challenge yes, but one that the Titans must accept to be able to win."

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In a Colorado bellwether, stark divides on Trump and impeachment

John Weiland, a retired city worker in Lakewood, has never been a fan of President Donald Trump. As of late, he finds more folks are in agreement with him.

“He needs to be impeached and he needs to be censured by his people, by the GOP, at the very least,” said Weiland, a left-leaning unaffiliated voter. “They need to say, ‘Look, buddy, you’re making us all look bad.’ But I don’t know how much they think he’s making them look bad. That’s the puzzling factor for me.”

Weiland says he’s unsure whether Trump is becoming a worse president by the day, or if more information is floating to the surface. But at the very least, Trump’s mode of operation needs to shift, he says.

“It frustrates the hell out of me to watch his style of governing,” Weiland said of the president. “Congress gives (Ukraine) money to help fight the Russians and then he goes, ‘No, no, no, wait a minute. You can’t have it until you promise me this or that.’ That’s just flat-out wrong.”

After a vote in the U.S. House on Halloween, the impeachment inquiry has entered its public period, with televised hearings beginning Wednesday. Democrats will try to highlight, through closely watched testimony, any evidence the president committed impeachable offenses. If recent history is an indication, the inquiry will be divisive, stoking strong sentiments over the holidays and beyond.

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The U.S. House of Representatives votes on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry centered on U.S. President Donald Trump in in Washington, DC. on Oct. 31, 2019. The resolution, which passed by a 232-196 margin, creates the legal framework for public hearings, procedures for the White House to respond to evidence and the process for consideration of future articles of impeachment by the full House of Representatives.

In more than a dozen conversations with residents in Jefferson County, Colorado’s political bellwether, over the past several weeks, themes emerged. Democrats tended to see the impeachment inquiry as the natural next step in holding a lawless president accountable. In the eyes of many, impeachment has been a long time coming.

Republicans took aim at the impeachment process, but also questioned the substance of the allegations against Trump. They expressed deep distrust in the news media and the reporting that has been done on the president and Ukraine.

Ken Seitz, for example, says he watches only 10 minutes of TV weather nightly and no news, since he doesn’t consider any news outlets, even conservative ones, worthy of his trust.

The Republican retiree doesn’t use the word “coup” — coups are, by definition, violent, he says — so he calls the impeachment inquiry a power grab by leftists.

“The talk of impeaching Trump started before his inauguration,” said Seitz, a 63-year-old who lives in unincorporated Jefferson County.

“So, this isn’t news, this isn’t because something came up in Russia or any other place in the world. This is, to me, as a staunch conservative, a left-wing power grab and an attempt to disrupt the election in 2020. Nothing more than that. No one will convince me that it’s anything but,” he added.

JoAnn Furay, 70, sees it differently. Very differently. The Lakewood Democrat considers the president and his administration to be corrupt. She supports the impeachment inquiry and is baffled that many others do not.

“I think we need to stand up for our Constitution,” Furay said. “Our institutions are at risk right now and if nothing is done, years down the road we will say, ‘My God, look how horrible things were and how corrupt that administration was, and yet nobody did anything.’”

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LAKEWOOD, CO – NOVEMBER 7: JoAnn Furay, 70, of Lakewood considers the president and his administration to be corrupt. November 7, 2019. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

Across the country, it is places like Jefferson County — suburban, politically purple and ideologically moderate — that Republicans and Trump’s re-election campaign are counting on to be a roadblock to liberal incursions and impeachment, a seawall against threatening blue waves.

Trump won 42% of votes here in 2016, fewer than Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s 46% in 2012 and John McCain’s 44% in 2008. But Republicans are hoping their claims of liberal overreach in Denver and Washington, D.C., resonate, allowing them to compete here next year.

Polling on impeachment in Jefferson County, and the rest of Colorado, has been scant. A survey by several Democratic pollsters in mid-October found a slight majority of Coloradans support the inquiry and nearly half support removing Trump from office.

The poll combined results from Jefferson and Arapahoe counties, where 103 respondents — 36% of whom were Democrats and only 18% of whom were Republicans — said they supported the inquiry by a 61%-37% margin. Fifty-six percent said Trump should be impeached, compared to 39% who opposed impeachment. But the margin of error was high for those figures, and not isolated to Jefferson County, making it impossible to draw significant conclusions, the pollsters said.

Shelly Foland, a 60-year-old conservative in Golden, sees no reason for an impeachment inquiry, believes Trump is being denied due process rights, and thinks Democrats are running a secretive, behind-closed-doors investigation. With only a year to go before the 2020 election, Democrats should instead drop their investigation and allow the democratic process to play out, she says.

“I don’t believe the Ukraine call has anything impeachable in it. The Democrats have been trying to impeach the president since before he was even in office. So, this is just more of the same, after the Mueller investigation failed,” Foland said.

Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

Shelly Foland, a 60-year-old conservative, is pictured Nov. 6, 2019, at her home in Golden. She says she sees no reason for an impeachment inquiry.

Monica Shanley, a 42-year-old Lakewood Democrat, says Trump’s behavior since taking office has been appalling, the actions of a divisive bully. She says the impeachment inquiry is worthwhile, even if the Senate acquits Trump and he is not removed from office.

“If he doesn’t get impeached — or if he does, and still runs — the American public needs to know exactly what he did and why he shouldn’t be allowed back in office,” Shanley said. For that reason, she urged Democrats to make impeachment hearings as open and efficient as possible. “It has been such a long process and I know, in general, impeachment is. But I think the quicker, the better.”

Matt Van Gieson, an Arvada Republican, thinks Democrats have had it in for Trump from the beginning.

“From my perspective, it seems like the Democratic Party has had a punishment in mind since the day after the election and they’ve been continually trying to find a crime to fit the punishment,” said Van Gieson, 39. “I think President Trump lends himself to falling into traps occasionally, and I think that’s maybe what he’s done here.”

“They may have potentially found something that could, potentially, be an impeachable offense,” he added. “I don’t necessarily believe from my reading that it is, but I could definitely see how for some people it doesn’t pass a sniff test of what they would want a politician to do. It’s the closest they’ve gotten to an impeachable offense.”

Dave Nelson, an 85-year-old Lakewood Democrat, has supported impeachment for a while now. Trump, whom he politely calls “the gentleman in the White House,” is there under pretense, he says.

“He has a difficulty coming up with the truth,” Nelson said of the president. “And it seems to me like he’s in it for personal gain, rather than national interest.”


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Littleton-based Doctors Care is there for the medically underserved

RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Pediatrician Pamela Copp works at Doctors Care, a clinic that offers medical care to low-income people and the medically underserved in Littleton.

If people are reluctant to visit a doctor because their pockets are light or their insurance is non-existent, that’s where Doctors Care comes into play.

It’s the saying that pediatrician Dr. Pamela Copp abides by. And that purpose is why she chooses to spend every Thursday in retirement tending to the medically underserved at the Littleton clinic.

“I serve hard-working families and give them the care they need. These are the people that the powers that be discount,” Copp said. “They matter. They are our future leaders and need care.”

Doctors Care was founded in 1988. The clinic provides medical care to Medicaid, CHP+ and uninsured patients through a sliding-fee scale, according to its website. Doctors Care also helps patients find healthcare coverage for free, offers free referrals and consults patients to address habits that prevent them from living a healthy life.

Executive Director Bebe Kleinman has been with the organization for 20 years. With the help of a myriad of volunteers and executives, Doctors Care has become one of Colorado’s standout medical providers for low-income families, serving approximately 4,500 people in 2018.

“A lady from Arapahoe told me that she was mad at herself for not knowing of Doctors Care earlier,” Kleinman said. “It says to me that we can’t quit. We owe it to the community.”

That dedication from the top-down is what attracted Copp to the organization once she retired after 20 years in medicine.

After wading through the politics and money of the industry, Copp can retreat to the purity of helping the helpless.

“A mom once said to me, ‘I never thought I’d be on Medicaid,’ and she started crying,” Copp said. “I told her, ‘A civilized society has safety nets.’ We’ll get you on your feet. Then you move on and we move on. They enrich me with their love for their children.”

An article by the U.S. Census Bureau said that 28 million Americans were without health insurance in 2017. That number is what drives almost everyone at Doctors Care including Barb Hanson, director of marketing and development.

“Healthcare access is not a problem that will be solved,” Hanson said. “As long as that’s the case, there will be a Doctors Care.”

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The oil and gas industry provides tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue to Colorado. It’s one of the most important industries in the state.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, La, on Nov. 6.

Across the country, it is places like Jefferson County — suburban, politically purple and ideologically moderate — that Republicans and Trump’s re-election campaign are counting on to be a roadblock to liberal incursions and impeachment, a seawall against threatening blue waves.

In more than a dozen conversations with residents in Jefferson County, Colorado’s political bellwether, over the past several weeks, themes emerged. Democrats tended to see the impeachment inquiry as the natural next step in holding a lawless president accountable. In the eyes of many, impeachment has been a long time coming. Read more from Justin Wingerter.


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Activists on both sides of the issue are gearing up for an even bigger fight next year after Prop CC failed in last week’s election. Backers of CC don’t intend to stand down after the loss. Already on their menu of options is going after a full repeal of TABOR, the nuclear option in Colorado politics.

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Two major residential projects, within blocks of one another, promise to have the most lasting impact on the future of the street. Even business owners skeptical of other changes around the neighborhood see the bright side of more people calling South Broadway their home, Joe Rubino reports.

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Gordie Bailey and his mother Leslie Lanahan are pictured in this undated photograph. Bailey was 18 years old when he died in 2004 after drinking a fatal amount of alcohol as part of a fraternity pledging ritual while attending CU Boulder.

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His dad has been deployed 10 times. This is his message to other military kids

(CNN) — Davidson is only 9 years old, yet he’s been the man of the house eight times while his dad serves his country.

His father, Dave, is a Green Beret on his 10th deployment. The family lives in northern Virginia while Dave is stationed somewhere overseas. Davidson is used to not having his dad around, but he never forgets him.

“Sometimes it’s fine because we actually do a lot of fun things while he’s away, but it’s also sad because he’s just not here,” Davidson told CNN. “My mom sometimes breaks down and cries a lot because she misses him. And it’s not really hard for her because I help her, but it’s just she misses him.”

From 2001 to 2015, 2.77 million service members have been deployed overseas, many of them mothers and fathers leaving families behind.

Davidson sees the world matter-of-factly, approaching his dad’s deployments with the strength that many military families display.

“I don’t even know where he is, but I think he’s fine because he’s a good, strong guy,” he said.

Each family deals with the hardship in their own way. This is how Davidson’s family does it. They asked that CNN not use their last name for security reasons.

‘My mom cried and I was pretty scared that my dad was going to die’

Davidson helps his mom, Elizabeth, whether it’s holding his youngest sister or reading bedtime stories to his three younger siblings.

But Davidson does more than read books. When he was 6, he wrote a book about about what a military parent’s absence means to a child.

Davidson’s book is finally coming out just in time for this Veterans Day. It’s called “Brave for my Family” and was published under a pen name, Davidson Whetstone. His father illustrated the book.

When Davidson was 3, his dad was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan days before Christmas in 2013.

“My Mom cried and I was pretty scared that my Dad was going to die,” Davidson wrote in the book. “We got on an airplane to Washington, DC.”

Dave was flown to Germany and then to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he underwent several surgeries. Shrapnel hit him in the face and down his right side, missing his carotid artery by millimeters. He lost peripheral vision in his right eye and shrapnel remains in his body today.

Davidson said he doesn’t remember how he felt when he learned about what happened to his dad. He just remembers being grateful to see and hug him.

“I wanted to write the book because I wanted to show other kids that they won’t have to be scared when their dads are deployed to countries that war is going on and scary things,” Davidson said.

Seeing the illustration of Dave in the hospital brings back the emotions of what happened.

“When you look at it in the book, it just looks so real,” Elizabeth said in between tears. “It brings me back to that day where I walked in and I saw him hugging Davidson and all his shrapnel wounds.”

She remembers thinking, “OK, Jesus, you’re still here and we’ll get through this.”

As Dave recovered in the hospital, a visitor showed up Christmas 2013 and promised Dave they’d do lunch sometime. In 2014, the visitor came through. The whole family went to Vice President Joe Biden’s house and broke bread.

Together they wrote a book

A few years later, the father and son decided they wanted to share their story. Dave suggested the idea of a book.

Dave was home between deployments, so he and Davidson would sit together after church on Sundays and work on the book. Davidson would write and his dad would draw. It was their time together.

Drawing had always been a passion and a way for Dave to organize his thoughts when he was young.

“After losing half the vision and near sight in my dominant eye, it became much more difficult to draw,” Dave wrote in an email from overseas.

“But, illustrating Davidson’s story gave me a strong motivation to create a meaningful representation of our family’s sacrifice and courage. It also allowed me to spend time recalling and appreciating the details of our family’s experience, and to come to terms with some things,” he wrote.

Dave said he feels grateful to have his family in his life, especially his wife, who raises their four children while he’s away.

“I can’t express how proud I am of my whole family, and how immeasurably blessed I am to have each of them in my life. I am so proud of Davidson for writing this book, but if I’m being honest, this is only a snapshot of his talents and passion as a good young man.”

‘They know that we talk openly about why he does what he does’

Dave and Elizabeth knew each other in college, but they didn’t date until later. They had a whirlwind romance, getting married in 2008. Dave went to Special Forces training. Military life is the only life Elizabeth has known from the time they met.

Several months after Davidson was born in 2010, Dave went on his third deployment. Dave has been gone for some part of almost every year of their marriage, ranging from three months to a year for training or deployment, Elizabeth said.

“I have four kids and it’s busy at home,” Elizabeth said. “When I stop and someone really wants to know about our life, it’s kind of the reality of yeah, it is sad. I do miss him, and it is hard, but I’ve done things that I never thought I could have done by myself with four kids.”

Elizabeth cares for her children and homeschools them. The family talks about why Daddy is gone so often. The older children seem to understand why.

“This is all I’ve known, that their daddy goes away because it’s for us, for our country and to keep us safe,” she said. “They know that we talk openly about why he does what he does.”

Having a partner deployed can be a challenge, especially for a family with small children.

When she had strep throat earlier this year, Elizabeth had to take all four children with to the emergency room. Their homeschool co-op set up a meal train for Elizabeth, and others in her circle sent encouraging texts.

Families find ways to stay connected

“Deployment can be a profound experience for families and most families come through it fine,” said Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. “Military families are known for being resilient. But it also can expose families to a wide variety of challenges, and particularly if somebody’s injured.”

MacDermid Wadsworth is a professor who has studied military families for 20 years. In that time, research has shown that service members, their spouses and their families have exhibited higher rates of mental health symptoms tied to a deployment, she said. If a service member is exposed to trauma or is injured, the risk goes up.

“There’s a lot of concern about deployments that happen early in children’s lives because it’s coming at a time where kids are learning how to relate to others,” MacDermid Wadsworth said. “How kids do is very much a function of how parents do.”

Keeping in touch with the deployed family member is a big part of staying close as a family.

“There’s been enormous creativity over the last few years in helping folks to stay connected during deployment,” she said. “There are lots of examples of clever care packages and storybooks that are really well suited for kids and parents who are separated.”

The toughest sacrifices are the ones his family makes

Dave calls his family when he can, but he also sends audio recordings or videos for Elizabeth to play for the children. He has one of him reading daughter Lily James’ favorite book.

“It’s changed a little with every child I have had,” Elizabeth said. “When I just had Davidson, I had all these books that Dave would read, and we would videotape him, and I would play it for him.”

Each time Dave goes out on a mission, Elizabeth and her children pray for his safe return. He recorded himself praying, and the kids pray along with the recording when he’s not at home.

While Americans are grateful for the sacrifices that service members make for our country, it’s the sacrifices that they don’t see that are the hardest, Dave said.

“I have been wounded in combat, and I have lost close friends,” Dave wrote. “But, for me some of the toughest pills to swallow are not being there for first words, first steps, first Christmases, first birthdays, and all the moments that you’ll never have again. The hardest thing is watching my kids grow up in pictures.”

So is waving goodbye as he heads on another deployment.

“We know what It’s like to have a spouse deployed. He’s on his 10th deployment,” Elizabeth said. “We hope this book will be an encouragement to other military kids and families.”

Proceeds from the book will go toward organizations like Green Beret Foundation that support military families and wounded warriors.

People sometimes ask how they can help military families. Elizabeth says the little gestures go a long way.

“We are so strong and I feel like we’ll get it done no matter what,” she said, “but it’s so sweet when someone does the littlest act of kindness to our family because it helps so much.”

Texts of encouragement, like “I’m praying for you” or “I’m thinking about you” have comforted the military mom. And, she said, people should befriend military kids. They have to move around a lot. Davidson has moved nine times in his 9 years of life.

For other military children, Davidson has a message.

“I want people to feel brave, not afraid and happy because your dad’s going to be OK,” he said.


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With Brutal Cold On The Way, Time To Think About The 4 “P”s

Brutally cold weather is on the way later this week. Temperatures will stay shy of 40° Tuesday, and wind chills will stay below 30°. By sunrise Wednesday morning, temperatures are likely to be in the teens.

With the weather getting this cold, it’s time to start thinking about cold weather safety. Around here, that means to protect the 4 “P”s.

  1. People: Check on you r friends, family, and neighbors. If you know anyone who doesn’t have access to central heating or another way to keep warm, make sure they have a way to stay warm Tuesday. The elderly are particularly susceptible to extreme cold.
  2. Pets: Time to bring them inside, or at the very least they need a warm, dry shelter. With temps dropping into the teens, that probably won’t be anywhere outdoors.
  3. Plants: Bring those sensitive plants on your front porch inside (if you haven’t already).
  4. Pipes: If you’ve got pipes exposed to the outdoors, you need to wrap them up. Even newspaper can make a difference, but it might be worth a trip to the hardware store to find something specifically made to insulate your pipes. You should also leave your faucet running with a light stream of water to prevent your pipes from freezing.

 

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Veterans: Beware of Government Impostor Scams

One of the ways scammers trick you into handing over your hard-earned cash is by saying they’re with the government. As a veteran, you may engage with government agencies on a more regular basis about benefits and services, so hearing from them out of the blue might not seem surprising. Scammers rely on this trust, and frequently masquerade as official government representatives to get your attention.

What are government impostor scams?
A government impostor scam happens when a scammer pretends to represent a reliable government entity—like the IRS or FBI. Their goal is to gain your trust and convince you to send them money or hand over your personal information like your bank account or social security number.

Common government impostor scams
The most common of these scams reported in BBB Scam TrackerSM are tax collection scams, which represents seven percent of all reported scams by military consumers and veterans last year. Scammers often use fear and intimidation to make you feel like you’ve done something wrong, such as owing back taxes to the IRS or CRA. While most folks report walking away from these scams without falling victim, military consumers reported a median loss of $800 in 2018.

Another common government impostor scam has to do with government grants. Often this kind of scam doesn’t use fear and intimidation, but the promise of a “free” grant or scholarship in gratitude for your service to our nation. The scammer may tell you that all you have to do is pay a one-time processing fee, and then once you pay he/she runs away with your money. Veterans have reported in BBB Scam Tracker that many of these invitations come from a friend through Facebook Messenger, which can be risky if you are not familiar with these kind of social media imposter scams.

Scammers also target veterans by impersonating government agencies to obtain personal information for healthcare and medical benefits, as well as money for the care and location of loved ones. There are many ways scammers pretend to be from the government, but in all cases, the end goal is the same: they want your money and personal information.

How to spot government impostor scams
Here are some tips to stay a step ahead of government impostor scams and know if it’s actually the government or an impostor in disguise:

  • If the government needs to reach you, they will send you official documentation in the mail.
    If you get a phone call about a free grant opportunity, a direct message on social media about a prize you’ve won, or get a text about back taxes due, it’s very likely a scam.
  • Never confirm or give out your personal information to someone that contacts you unsolicited.
    Do not give out your banking and credit card information, your birth date, Social Security or Insurance number, or any other personal, sensitive information to someone that contacts you and says they are with a government agency. Your personal information is like money—protect it from scammers looking to steal your identity or your benefits.
  • The government will never ask you to wire money or send them a gift card or pre-paid debit card.
    While great for birthday or holiday gifts, these are not methods of payments intended for payment to the government. When military consumers reported a loss to a government impostor, the most common method of payment was gift cards. Scammers favor these payment methods because they are harder to trace and are often irreversible.
  • Don’t trust a badge number or name without verification.
    Con artists often spoof phone numbers, create copies of official-looking documents, and will do everything they can to seem official and earn your trust. When in doubt, disengage and contact the government agency directly to verify. This is especially important when dealing with “look alike” organizations like the “Federal Grants Administration.” It sounds legitimate but is not real. Verify legitimate government grants at grants.gov.

Fight back by reporting government impostor scams
More than 10,000 military consumers and veterans like you have reported their scam at BBB.org/ScamTracker. Search for scams being reported in your community and share your experience to help support research and education efforts.

Source: BBB.org


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Mild Sunday and Veterans Day, but big blast of cold air Tuesday

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Afternoon highs on Sunday and Monday will reach the low to mid 60s, but after that, they will plummet and stay below average through the end of the week.

This is all due to an arctic blast that will impact the eastern half of the country this week, including the Southeast.

Warm air on Monday afternoon followed by the arctic blast

Veterans Day Monday will start off on the mild side with temperatures climbing into the low 60s. Clouds will spread in from the northwest, but rain will hold off until after 12pm.

Between 3pm and 9pm, temperatures will remain well above freezing, and a light rain will fall over north Alabama.

The coldest blast of air arrives after 9pm.

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Faith in Action Alabama hosts community conversation about the criminal justice system

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WHNT News 19 has learned that jail policy prohibits this type of interaction without supervision.

"When it comes to visitation in the jail there's two things you need to think of. There's on-site and off-site," explained Mike Swafford, spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

The Morgan County Jail has very specific visitation rules and a set schedule. But there is more than one way to interact with inmates.

"For off-site, which is video visitation, similar to FaceTime, it's not through Facebook, it's a separate app," Swafford added.

The Jail Funds app, gives users the option to schedule 15-minute video calls with inmates for about 6 dollars. Registration requires users to enter their birthdate and driver's license number, and according to a statement from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office on the app, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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That's a requirement for in-person visits as well.

"On-site, we control here. There are stipulations of what can happen, can't happen. For us, minors have to be accompanied by an adult," he added.

Morgan County jailers are supposed to supervise all video calls and it's not clear what happened in this case. Now the sheriff's office says it is working to figure out how to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Morgan County Sheriff's Office said it reached out to the app's developer to find out if there's a way to better safeguard underage users. WHNT News 19 reached out as well, they have not responded to us.


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