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Mondial du Lion – more than an eventing World Championship

For the fourth consecutive year, the Mondial du Lion hosted the Selle Francais Championship for three-year-old horses over the last three days. Despite the unprecedented behind-closed-doors scenario, Les Espoirs du Complet (Eventing Hopes) nonetheless brought together an informed and international audience at each workshop, and once again impressed the actors of this large-scale event. The […]


PS-Online Auction: October 18-20

The PS online auction collection of young stallions bred by Paul Schockemöhle leaves nothing to be desired. Ten two-and-a-half-year-old dressage stallions of the finest bloodlines will be auctioned from October 18-20, 2020 via www.ps-online.auction. Viano PS (Vivaldi) is none other than Vivaldon's full brother. Secret's Ferrari PS (Secret) is the half-brother of the Grand Prix horse […]


CONGRATULATIONS KWPN for an historic hat-trick in the 2019-2020 WBFSH world rankings

For the first time in the history of the WBFSH rankings, one studbook has completed a hat-trick, sweeping all the others aside to head the leaderboards in showjumping, dressage and eventing. A remarkable feat that deserves the warmest congratulations. In the November issue of World Breeding News, follow a studbook analysis of how KWPN climbed […]


Holsteiner licensing and sale: October 29-31

As breeding events are being permitted under strict hygiene requirements with a limited number of spectators, it means the Holstenhalle will welcome and celebrate the Holstein horse from October 29-31. A total of 69 prospective stallions have been carefully prepared for the event, with their breeders and owners eagerly awaiting an outcome that will have […]


Hanoverian stallion licensing and sale

From October 20-24, the Niedersachsenhalle will become alive with young stallions, when 76 representatives of the 2018 vintage will be presented. This year, the licensing and stallion sales for Hanoverians and Rhinelanders will be divided into two parts: Jumping (29 stallions) and dressage (47), with the licensing and sales taking place on the Thursday and […]


Eventing championship auction during Mondial du Lion

On Saturday, October 17 at 07:30 p.m., the third sale of Selle Français champions will take place in the studfarm arena at the Mondial du Lion during the eventing World Breeding Championship for Young Horses. The sales catalogue is already online, together with x-ray reports. Photos and videos will be available for viewing during the […]


Argentina: Online auction of 3yo products

Haras Solaguayre invites you to participate in an online auction, opening on October 19 and running until 18:00 hours (Argentina time) on October 25. A total of eight three-year-old products will be sold, including sons of outstanding mares in sport and in breeding with renowned stallions such as Contendro I, Adagio de Talma, Kannan, Con […]


SF auction event for young mares concludes

Following the first Selle Français championship auction held after the foal competition last month, the event for mares closed yesterday. The success and feedback from this second sale served to strengthen SF desire to further develop a project to help with the marketing of championship products. This service has confirmed interest and responds to a […]


Saint-Lô selected as equestrian prep centre for Paris 2024 OG

The Pôle Hippique de Saint-Lô was selected on October 5 by the organizing committee of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be a preparation center for the 2024 Games in the disciplines of showjumping and dressage, as well as para-training. From now on, the Pôle Hippique de Saint-Lô will appear in the catalog […]


It’s all about Trakehner horses

October in Neumünster is traditionally all about horses - and that will also be the case this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Trakehner Stallion Market takes place from Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, October 17, it will be a small-scale reunion with German and foreign guests in compliance with Covid-19 hygiene restrictions. The […]


Can genetics turn stallion selection into a science?

The horse genome contains all the information required to direct the growth and function of a foal, from conception to death. This enormous ‘text’ is organized into chromosomes, much like the volumes of an encyclopedia. The domesticated horse possesses 32 unique chromosomes, and most cells carry two copies of each chromosome for a total of […]


Holsteiner foal championship reflects current breed quality

The national VTV/R+V foal championship showed some of the finest foals of 2020, when champions, reserve champions, and placed foals of several districts came together. There were 34 in total: 16 fillies and 18 colts. This championship was held in conjunction with the state championships for jumping, with breeding and sport goes going hand in […]


Danish Warmblood foals will go under the hammer

On Saturday, October 17 from 15.30 CET, 17 carefully selected Danish Warmblood foals will go under the hammer of auctioneer Casper Cassøe. The auction will take place during the dressage World Cup at Vilhelmsborg in the well-known format of a hybrid auction, where there is both an audience in the arena (restricted access due to […]


New auction results

Results from the following auctions have been added to the database: 2020-09-02 - Midden Nederland foal auction (NED) 2020-09-05 - Houten Stal Brouwer foal auction (NED) 2020-09-09-  Trigon foals auction - September group 1  (NED) 2020-09-12-  Hanoverian online foals auction from France and Great Britain  (GER) 2020-09-18-19- Zangersheide foals Quality  auction (BEL) 2020-09-19 - Hanoverian […]


Brazilian Sport Horse XV National Festival

From November 10-15th, the Clube Hípico de Santo Amaro, in São Paulo, will open its gates to welcome the entries and some public to the XV National Festival of the Brazilian Sport Horse. In 2020, the organizaters are expecting more than 500 horses to circle the arena between exhibitions, showjumping, presentations, and an exclusive breed […]


The return of the ‘E’ line…

At times, sport horse breeding seems a bit like alphabet soup, as the cognoscenti air their knowledge, tossing off the various stallion lines identified by their initial letter. Thus, for some years the emerging dressage horse breeding industry was dominated by the big three: D(onnerhall), R(ubinstein), and W(eltmeyer). Nowadays, the D line continues to dominate […]


KWPN horses in international driving

By Charlotte Dekker / KWPN Photography: Dirk Caremans and Krisztina Horvath The KWPN harness horse enjoys unprecedented popularity as a driving horse, for more than 63% of the singles results are linked to a KWPN horse which is registered in the harness horse breeding direction; the same is true for more than 72% and 70% […]


NZ competition season reopens…. At last!

By Sally Reid Photography: Cornege Photography The New Zealand 2020-21 competition season is finally under way after a series of Covid-19 complications and cancellations. The first FEI-level competitions have now been held in eventing, jumping and dressage, to the delight of breeders, owners, and riders across the country. And, so far, Hanoverians have put themselves […]


British Columbia’s vibrant breeding industry

By Chris Gould / CWHBA Photography: Courtesy CWHBA, Totem Photographics Canada's most western province is this month's feature in our ongoing series about Warmblood breeding in Canada. Most people are familiar with the slogan ‘Beautiful British Columbia’ as a tourist mecca, but few people are aware of its vibrant Warmblood breeding industry. With a vast […]


Past champions deliver foal champions in Lithuania

By Elena Zobova Photography: Elena Zovoba The 2020 Baltic Hanoverian Breeders’ Association (BHVŽAA) foal evaluation event took place at the home ground of the Petraitis family – the Audruvis horse facility in the northern region of Lithuania, where local horses were bred and raised for decades. The event was brilliantly organized by the BHVŽAA team, […]


Dressage young horse French champions crowned

By Press Release / Jean Llewelly Photography: Les Garennes Having accommodated a change of dates due to coronavirus, the two-week event, will conclude with the national showjumping finals that run from September 29 to October 4 in Fontainebleau. Statistically, the dressage competetion saw an overall increase in entries from 2019, especially in the two older […]


Solid prices for high quality foals at Nordic auction

By Thomas Bach Jensen / DWB Photography: Ridehesten.com In fact, five foals were sold for more than €30,000 and no fewer than three foals changed hands for €50,000 and higher. The collection was comprised of 15 quality foals out of which 13 sold for an average price of €25,000. The beautiful black filly Gørklintgårds Blackberry […]


A special year: 17th Bavarian Elite Warmblood Foal Auction

By Press release / Jean Llewellyn Photography: LVDP For the first time, the September auction of the Bavarian Horse Breeders Association was integrated into a sporting event when the well-known Wiesn tournament of the Reitakademie München e.V. offered a top-class setting for the collection of the 17th Bavarian Elite Warmblood Foal Auction selected by Sales […]


National equine health data: Knowledge is power

By Sonja Egan / HSI Advances in reproductive technology, such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer, have enhanced the dissemination of superior breeding genes. These artificial reproductive techniques have also strengthened specific sport horse breeds and populations through targeted cross-breeding programmes. However, these techniques have also accelerated the potential spread of abnormalities via hereditary genetic […]


New Dutch and German dressage champions 2020

By Claartje van Andel Photography: FEI On the same third weekend of September both in Ermelo, the Netherlands and Balve, Germany, the respectrive national dressage championships took place, and saw Edward Gal with a stallion, Glock’s Toto Jr, and Isabell Werth riding her mare, Weihegold, reign supreme. While in Balve a number of mares were […]


Berlin: A special stallion and a wonderful sporting career

By Adriana van Tilburg Photography: Peter Llewellyn, private collection, and courtesy Yeguada Campos Berlin/ex Caspar was a very special stallion. Following a wonderful competition career with Dutch brothers Wim and Gerco Schröder, he proved himself to be an exceptional sire. He passed away in September 2020, at the age of 26 at the Stud ‘de […]


Donnerhall: Paying tribute to a legendary dressage sire

By Christopher Hector Photography: Peter Llewellyn and FEI Bred by Otto Gärtner, the great stallion was born in 1981 and died in 2006, but not before he established a dynasty that continues to dominate international dressage to this day. Donnerhall was the founding stallion at one of the first truly glamorous private studs – Grönwohldhof. […]


The Brazilian Sport Horse ‘gold’ broodmare program

By Roberta Milano (Translation: Luis Rocco) Photography: Courtesy ABCCH This project aims to identify and disseminate the quality of the Brazilian Sport Horse Breeding Association (ABCCH) broodmares, for the valorization of their products and to promote their greater use in the marketplace. It’s necessary, in the first instance, to understand the general guidelines of the […]


Polish ‘hybrid’ auction and new dressage champions

By Agata Grosicka Photography: Lukasz Kowalski September was a busy month in Poland, which saw the first ever Polish ‘hybrid’ auction, as well as the 2020 dressage championship. Both events took place in Radzionkow, at the premises of Cichon Dressage. The third edition of the Cichon Foals Auction was the first ever Polish hybrid auction. […]


Breeding stallions: What is progressive motility?

By Paul Loomis The most commonly used measure of semen quality is sperm motility, specifically ‘progressive motility’. But what exactly does that mean and how is it determined? The minimum post-thaw ‘progressive motility’ generally recommended for commercial distribution of frozen semen is 30% to 35%. This article will address some of the factors that can […]


Oldenburg medal winners set price peaks in Vechta

Oldenburg friends from all over the world secured their future stars in the 19th Elite Foal Auction with first-class pedigrees. In the dressage foal collection, the legendary Donnerhall line impressed with a strong moving Damon Hill son...


A tribute to legendary stallion: Donnerhall

The great stallion was born in 1981 and died in 2006, but not before he established a dynasty that continues to dominate international dressage. Donnerhall was the founding stallion at one of the first truly glamorous private studs – Grönwohldhof...


BWP foal championship 2020

Schwarzgold, Fürst Jazz, Echo van't Spieveld, Kasanova de la Pomme, Charisto vd Heffinck, and Comme d'Api vd Hacienda Z – are the sires of the BWP national foal champions for 2020...


Gal and Werth, new Dutch and German 2020 dressage champions

Stallions reigned in the Netherlands, while mares came out on top in Germany at the respective national dressage championships in Ermelo and Balve, respectively.... 


What do you know about Brazilian Sport Horse breeding?

A special project created by the ABCCH aims to identify and disseminate the quality of broodmares, in order to evaluate their products and provide greater awareness in the global marketplace....  


SF online auction of 2020 female champions: October 5/6

Don’t miss this opportunity to acquire one of the best Selle Français 2020 champions from among the two- and three-year-old fillies. Thirteen finalists, selected regionally by SF judges, present excellent pedigrees, exceptional qualities, and the best genetics, and will be offered for sale on the platform www.the-best-horses.com Noteworthy are the paternal origins from the bloodlines […]


Burlington man hit by race car at Cayuga, Ont. racetrack

OPP say the man was on the racetrack when he was hit.


Covid-19: UK could face 50,000 cases a day by October without action – Vallance

"Speed" and "action" are required to halt the rise in cases, the UK's chief scientific adviser warns.


‘A number’ of Leyton Orient players have coronavirus

Leyton Orient confirm that "a number" of first team players have tested positive for coronavirus.


Son detained for strangling his father

Joshua Perry, 28, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.


Taking the knee ‘will not bring change’ – QPR director of football Ferdinand

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand says the impact of taking a knee in support of Black Lives Matter "has been diluted".


‘Dewgarita’: How to make the Mountain Dew margarita Red Lobster’s now serving

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dew you feel like having a margarita?

Mountain Dew recently announced its “Dewgarita,” a new green drink being served at Red Lobster chain restaurants — the soda brand says the drink pairs well with Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

In a recipe broken down by Claire Lower, of LifeHacker, the Dewgarita can be made at home like this:

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce Mountain Dew syrup, which can be made by pouring 1 cup of Mountain Dew into a sauce pan and bringing it to a boil, then a simmer and then allow the soda to reduce to 1/4 a cup. Chill.
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice

Glasses can be rimmed with salt or Tajín seasoning for an even further sweet-salty taste.

Cheers!


Watch: Trout air-dropped into mountain lakes by airplane in Colorado

DENVER (KDVR) — Fish falling from the sky? That’s Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) pilots stocking mountain lakes with thousands of trout by dropping them from an airplane.

About 380,000 trout have been stocked by airplane into 330 lakes in Boulder, Grand, Jackson and Larimer counties.

“It’s efficient,” Fish Culturist Doug Sebring said. “We can get a large quantity of fish into high mountain lakes that are basically only accessible by foot or horseback.”

CPW wildlife pilots Larry Gepfert and Denise Corcoran fly the 1¼-inch trout to the destination lake and “they just float on down once deployed from the airplane at about 100-150 feet above the lake,” said CPW officials.

“They are so small and they don’t have a lot of mass to them, so their acceleration rate is pretty low,” Gepfert said. “Their heads are the heaviest parts, so they tend to go head first and drop straight into the water.”

The trout, bred at the Mount Shavano Hatchery in Salida, are transported for stocking while they are very small. It takes about two years for the fish to become at least 10 inches long, which is the legal catchable size for trout in Colorado.


Derry Hill crash: Funeral held for Corey Owen

The funeral of the Tesco worker was the second to be held following the crash which killed four men.


Pedestrian critically injured after being hit by truck in Scarborough

Emergency crews were called to Warden and Lawrence avenues at around 6:20 a.m. Monday.


Colorado hospital staffing rules that nurses say don’t protect patients are under review

Rules that nurses in Denver-area hospitals say leave patients vulnerable to shoddy care could change next year, if medical stakeholders and the Colorado health department can reach an agreement to raise the state’s staffing minimum or give nurses a greater voice.

Colorado requires hospitals to staff one nurse per unit at all times. Units vary in size and scope, with some larger general units and others that are more specialized, like patients recovering from burns or organ transplants.

Hospitals still can be cited by federal inspectors for insufficient staffing even if they meet the state requirement, but that typically only happens when a patient dies or is seriously harmed — and there’s evidence that nurses and other staff were too overwhelmed to prevent that harm.

Relatively few hospitals in Colorado actually have only one staff member on each unit, but nurses are still being overworked and “burning out,” said state Rep. Kyle Mullica, an Adams County Democrat and emergency room nurse who is involved in the discussions.

The Colorado Nurses Association has been pushing to raise the state’s requirement to two people per unit. Colleen Casper, the association’s executive director, said one could be a certified nurse assistant or other support-staff member, if the tasks don’t require a higher level of training.

“Patients don’t go to the hospital unless they need nursing care,” she said. “I don’t see how we can still be arguing about what is safe staffing.”

Amber Burkhart, director of public policy for the Colorado Hospital Association, said she understood that the idea of a two-person rule was off the table, because it doesn’t address the different models in urban and rural hospitals, as well different staff skill levels. The hospital association, the nurses association, Mullica and others have been working together on ways to ensure there are enough staff on duty, while allowing for a more “nimble” response, she said.

A two-person rule “really is a stable number and doesn’t take into consideration the flexibility that is needed,” Burkhart said.

Some nurses reported staffing was shorter since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but inspection documents show concerns dating back several years.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reviews all its regulations on a routine basis. This year, the review of staffing regulations coincided with nurses at multiple hospitals owned by HealthOne reporting they were overwhelmed. Multiple nurses and a doctor at metro-area HealthOne hospitals told The Denver Post that understaffing in some cases led to an increase in preventable pressure sores and infections, and a failure to regularly provide basic hygiene care.

According to state inspection records, a COVID-19 patient died at HealthOne’s North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton in May when no one was available to change the batteries on a machine measuring blood oxygen levels, allowing the patient’s deterioration to go unnoticed. The records showed some employees had complained about short staffing, but the issue wasn’t addressed.

HealthOne has always been committed to providing “exceptional” care and supporting employees, and multiple hospitals have been recognized for their care quality, said Stephanie Sullivan, assistant vice president of media relations and video content for HCA Healthcare, which owns the Denver-area HealthOne hospitals.

Stakeholders, like associations representing hospitals and nurses, will continue to meet to work on writing possible regulations, although the Colorado Board of Health has the final vote. Any changes likely won’t take effect until some time next year.

Elevating their voices

One area of discussion that seems to have broad support is requiring input from frontline employees on each hospital’s required master staffing plan, Burkhart said. The group also is discussing a requirement that hospitals have an oversight process, so staff have someone to go to if they have safety concerns, she said.

“The goal is to ensure we’re elevating the voice of nurses,” she said.

Strengthening the staffing plan is an important first step, because it would give nurses and others grounds to file a complaint with the state health department if their employers aren’t using the safe ratios in the plan, Mullica said. The health department could then compare the plan and actual staffing, to determine whether a hospital violated the conditions of its license, he said. It’s extremely rare for a hospital to lose a license, but the process allows the health department to demand changes to get back into compliance.

“As soon as you attach something to licensure, it takes a whole new meaning,” he said.

Frontline staff already are involved with annual and as-needed staffing reviews at HealthOne hospitals, Sullivan said. The network is sufficiently staffed, she said, with the number of staff on each unit based on how sick patients are, and what skills different providers have.

“We believe it is important that our nurses have a voice in decisions about the high-quality patient care we provide,” she said.

UCHealth reported it already has at least two staff members on every hospital unit, and SCL Health said it is starting a “nursing workforce optimization” initiative to include more frontline input on staffing and other issues. Other large Denver hospitals didn’t respond or referred questions to the Colorado Hospital Association.

Nurse representation on staffing committees is a positive development, but it still doesn’t offer certainty they’ll have the support they need to keep patients safe, Casper said. When nurses feel strained, that contributes to turnover and makes for worse care, she said.

A unit “functions best when the team knows each other,” Casper said.

No easy solutions

There aren’t any easy solutions to staffing, said a nurse leader with a HealthOne hospital, who spoke to The Post on condition of anonymity to protect her job. Other hospitals have the same problem, she said.

It makes sense to only bring in the staff you need for a given shift, but the need can change quickly, the nurse leader said. One example is that if a patient at risk of suicide comes in, a certified nursing assistant has to stay with that patient at all times, meaning one less staff member is available to help with all of the other patients’ needs.

Any solution needs to look at support staff as well as nurses, the nurse leader said. Some units in HealthOne hospitals no longer have certified nursing assistants available, so nurses have to answer call lights and help with hygiene, as well as giving medications and documenting all the care patients receive, she said.

“That’s killing them, and that’s why so many of them are leaving,” she said.

Sullivan said HealthOne’s turnover is actually lower than in many hospitals.

“We are proud that nursing turnover across HealthOne hospitals is at an all-time low — lower, in fact, than national averages,” she said.

Another problem is that the number of nurses and assistants needed varies over the year, so those that work on a call-in basis move on when they aren’t getting many hours, and aren’t available when demand picks up again, the nurse leader said. That’s a problem that defies easy solutions, since hospitals aren’t going to pay to hold onto nurses they don’t need every day, she said.

“If anybody can figure it out, they’ve got their ticket to paradise,” she said.


He earned a big salary while collecting a CalPERS pension. His penalty could set new standard

Most everyone agrees the former City of Industry controller shouldn’t have been able to return to work at twice the pay while also collecting a retiree’s pension. Yet a proposal … Click to Continue »


Newsom wants to step up climate fight as wildfires rage. But will Californians pay up?

When Gov. Gavin Newsom declared recently that “we have to step up our game” and accelerate California’s fight against climate change, it triggered a question in Chris Rufer’s mind: How … Click to Continue »


Extra $300 unemployment money is gone. How will people survive without it?

Losing $300 a week in unemployment benefits means Pearl Jow has to live off $110 a week. It means Stephanie Hannah’s family could run out of money in three months. … Click to Continue »


Birmingham police officer struck by car while responding to report

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Birmingham police officer is now in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle while on a call Monday morning.

According to Sgt. Rodarius Mauldin, the officer was hit at the Lakeshore Ridge apartment complex regarding a call of burglarized vehicles. Mauldin said he was alert during the time of his transport to UAB Hospital.

Mauldin said the officer was reportedly approaching a silver SUV believed to have several suspects inside. The car then hit him and fled the scene. Police pursued the car, but lost them along I-59 South right before the Arkadelphia Road exit.

The officer’s condition is unknown at this time. A vehicle carrying the BPD chaplain was seen heading to UAB Hospital.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the silver SUV involved in the case is encouraged to contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-1700.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.


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Denver weather: Warm temperatures, smoky skies expected for metro area

It’s going to be a warm and smoky day in the Denver metro area, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature will reach a high of 86 with smoky conditions expected during the day Monday. Winds may gust upward of 15 mph.

It will cool off in the evening, dropping to 57 with partly cloudy skies.

Tuesday could see a high of 83 with a slight chance of showers between noon to 3 p.m. There’s a chance of thunderstorms rolling in later in the afternoon. The evening will cool off to 56.

Sunny skies with highs in the 80s are expected through the rest of the work week with lows falling to the mid 50s.


Kansas duck race marks 25 years, highest number of ducks compete since 2015

On your mark, get set, quack.

In Kansas, Lake Shawnee held its 25th annual Topeka Duck Race. More than 10,000 rubber ducks adopted – the most since 2015.

The rubber ducks were released and raced down the lake, with the winner receiving a 2012 Ford Focus as a prize.

The owner of duck number 27 was one lucky duck, because it won $1 million!

The race organizers were impressed with the support this year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The race benefits charities and non profits across northeast Kansas.


Scituate Barracks

Media Contact: Major Christopher J. Dicomitis, Administrative Commander and Public Information Officer, Rhode Island State Police, 401-764-5603 or rispdps@risp.gov

*No arrests to report.


Lincoln Woods Barracks

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Hope Valley Barracks

Media Contact: Major Christopher J. Dicomitis, Administrative Commander and Public Information Officer, Rhode Island State Police, 401-764-5603 or rispdps@risp.gov.

No arrests to report.


Plymouth stabbings: Man faces five attempted murder charges

A 54-year-old man is charged with five counts of attempted murder after the stabbings in Plymouth.


CDC updates website, says ‘growing evidence’ coronavirus spreads through the air

ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance for how COVID-19 spreads, going beyond just respiratory droplets and surfaces.

The CDC’s website updated late last week says, “it is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.”

There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.

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Previously, CDC had said it just spread between people who are in close contact, and through “respiratory droplets or small particles,” plus surfaces where those droplets land.

The website also now lists using “air purifiers to help reduce airborne germs in indoor spaces” to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The United States has more than 6.8 million cases and nearly 200,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to data on Monday from Johns Hopkins University of Medicine — Coronavirus Resource Center.


One U.S. Supreme Court frontrunner has Alabama connection

One of the two frontrunners to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court currently sits on a federal appeals court serving Alabama.

Barbara Lagoa is a bilingual first generation Cuban American, and was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court.

She has been described by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a “top-flight legal talent” and apparently President Donald Trump feels the same way.

Currently, Lagoa serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which covers Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

At 52, she would be the youngest member of the court.

If she’s selected and appointed, she would be a conservative voice on the court for decades.

From a political context, Florida is Trump’s biggest battleground state, and analysts believe a nomination could make inroads with Hispanic voters.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he would nominate a black woman, but will not release a list of potential nominees.

So far Trump’s potential nominees to fill the Supreme Court seat include Lagoa, Allison Jones Rushing, and Amy Coney Barrett.

Judge Barrett, currently sitting on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge, is considered the other frontrunner.

According to CBS, the president is conferring with his top advisors including the vice president, white house counsel, his chief of staff, and son in law Jared Kushner about the nomination and expects to announce his selection this week.


Zendaya becomes youngest lead drama actress to win Emmy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zendaya said her “heart was filled” when she saw her fellow nominees, including Jennifer Aniston, cheering on the “Euphoria” actress for becoming the youngest drama lead actress to win an Emmy.

The 24-year-old Zendaya became emotional after she took home the trophy for her role in the HBO series, scoring one of the few long shot victories Sunday night. She is only the second Black actress to claim the lead drama actress award, following Viola Davis’ groundbreaking 2015 win for “How To Get Away With Murder.”

Zendaya’s family and friends screamed, cheered, hugged and cried behind her as the stunned actress accepted the award in what appeared to be a hotel suite.

“I usually don’t cry,” she said in a virtual backstage interview. “I got through it without letting it take over me. It was a very emotional moment. I still can’t believe it myself. It’s pretty crazy.”

On “Euphoria,” Zendaya plays Rue Bennett, a teenage addict struggling with her sobriety and recovery on the series that delves into sex, drugs, trauma and identity among high-schoolers.

“I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there,” she said. “I know our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that,” but she thanked them for “doing the work.”

Zendaya said she was grateful to share the moment with family and friends despite the coronavirus pandemic, which has restricted interaction with loved ones.

“I think it’s moments like this that we really have to hold on to and cherish,’’ said the actress, who overcame a strong group of nominees that included Aniston, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer, Laura Linney and Sandra Oh.

“I definitely felt like this wrapping of love around me as I was sitting here,” Zendaya continued. “I’m just trying to take it all in. Just being grateful for the moments that we do have of joy and happiness.”


Huntsville Police investigate early-morning shooting, no foul play suspected

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police confirm there was a shooting early Monday morning on Gawain Street.

Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill confirmed one person died in the shooting, but also said no foul play is suspected.


Normal learning hours resuming Monday for in-person Madison County School students

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Many Madison County School students returned to normal hours of in-person learning Monday, but around 30 percent of students will continue learning online.

The students came back on a staggered schedule last week, and several safety measures are in place:

  • Facemasks are required on buses and in classrooms
  • Classrooms are set up to allow for social distancing
  • Plexiglass separates work stations where there is assigned seating
  • Nurses will be in every school, with an isolation station set up incase of potential illness

Virtual students will continue learning online through October 23.


Billy Kee: Former Accrington Stanley striker rebuilding his life as a bricklayer

Having retired from professional football because of mental health issues, Billy Kee is rebuilding his life working on a building site near Leicester.


Horse sinking in mud rescued at Colorado park

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – First responders saved a horse that sunk in mud at the Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood, Colorado on Saturday. 

West Metro Fire reports the owner was walking the horse near the lake when it spooked, got into a muddy area, and started sinking. At one point, the horse was having a hard time keeping its head out of the mud.

Lakewood Animal Control, West Metro Fire and Bear Creek Lake Park Rangers responded to the call.

Firefighters used plywood as a platform as they dug down through the mud far enough to free the horse, using a rope to pull him out. 

“We were able to surround the horse and continue to free it’s legs so it could upright itself and climb out,” West Metro Fire’s Lieutenant Aaron Giesick said.

Lakewood police explain the horse was treated on the spot by an emergency veterinarian. The horse is expected to fully recover.

With drier conditions causing water to recede statewide, Geisick says pet owners, parents and park goers should keep an eye on their footing when coming remotely close to water, even if it looks dry.

“One step out into it, it will start pulling you in,” he said, adding “As you work yourself out further, you are going to get pulled deeper and deeper and the suction effect makes it hard to get out.”

Should you find yourself sinking, Giesick says the best thing you can do is stay calm and call out for help instead of tiring yourself out.

“Try not to work a whole lot, the more you work the deeper you get pulled in. You should try to make yourself a big target, keep yourself above, stay calm and let other people get you out.”


Thyroid medications recalled across US, at least 4 people reported problems

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — Two types of thyroid medications are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The NP Thyroid tablets made by Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC have possibly led to at least four reports of adverse effects.

According to the company statement, several problems, including heart issues, could be associated with the recalled drugs.

Patients being treated for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), who receive sub potent NP Thyroid®, may experience signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) which may include, fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, puffy face, hair loss, slow heart rate, depression, swelling of the thyroid gland and/or unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight. There is reasonable risk of serious injury in newborn infants or pregnant women with hypothyroidism including early miscarriage, fetal hyperthyroidism, and/or impairments to fetal neural and skeletal development. In elderly patients and patients with underlying cardiac disease toxic cardiac manifestations of hyperthyroidism may occur, such as cardiac pain, palpitations or cardiac arrhythmia.

Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC in fda statement

NP Thyroid 15 and NP Thyroid120 are being recalled because testing found the lots to be sub-potent.

“The product may have as low as 87% of the labeled amount of levothyroxine,” according to the FDA announcement.

The prescription drugs were sent to pharmacies across the country.

“Patients who are currently taking NP Thyroid® from the lots being recalled should not discontinue use without contacting their healthcare provider for further guidance and/or a replacement prescription,” according to the FDA announcement.

Product NDC Lot # Exp. Date
NP Thyroid® 15, Thyroid Tablets, USP, ¼ grain (15 mg) 42192-327-01 M327E19-1 October 2020
NP Thyroid® 120, Thyroid Tablets, USP, 2 grain (120 mg) 42192-328-01 M328F19-3 November 2020
15 mg tablet picture
Recalled Product Photo via FDA
120 mg tablet picture
Recalled Product Photo via FDA
NPThyroid15, Thyroid Tablets, USP, ¼ grain (15 mg), 100 tablets, front label
Recalled Product Photo via FDA
NPThyroid120, Thyroid Tablets, USP, 2 grain (120 mg), 100 tablets, front label
Recalled Product Photo via FDA

Patients are encouraged to contact the company with questions and report adverse effects to the FDA.


Supreme Court set to hear provinces’ appeals over Trudeau’s carbon tax

The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear appeals in three separate cases to determine if the federal carbon-tax legislation is constitutional or if it encroaches unacceptably on areas of provincial jurisdiction.


Manchester Arena Inquiry: Gifted Nell Jones ‘irreplaceable’

Families share a personal insight into the lives of those who died in the Manchester Arena bombing.


Throne speech’s usual grandiose ceremony to be paired down amid coronavirus 

The public galleries will be empty, apart from just four reporters who'll be allowed in.


Hunt continues for James Bond guns stolen in raid

The Walther PPK handgun used in A View to Kill was one of the four deactivated weapons stolen.


Ilkay Gundogan: Manchester City midfielder tests positive for coronavirus

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus.


Hong Kong protests: murder suspect at centre of extradition bill crisis will surrender to Taiwan authorities ‘once borders reopen’

A murder suspect whose case triggered Hong Kong’s extradition bill crisis will hand himself over to the Taiwan authorities once borders between the two jurisdictions have reopened, according to the priest supporting him.Reverend Canon Peter Koon Ho-ming also said on Monday that he would travel ahead to Taiwan when the coronavirus situation improved to help lay the groundwork for Hongkonger Chan Tong-kai’s plan to submit to the self-ruled island’s justice system.Murder suspect at centre of…


Kidnap charge after injured woman found on A6 in Leicestershire

Chay Bowskill, 19, and Rocco Sansome, 18, are due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court later.


Madison City Schools offering flu vaccines to students

MADISON, Ala. – Once again, Madison City Schools will be offering the flu vaccine to students across the district’s schools.

The vaccine is provided and given by Vaccinating Alabama Kids in Schools, a north Alabama company.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the staggered school start, the dates of the flu clinics are staggered as well.

Each school will email the required consent form to parents around one week before the clinic date. MCS says to be on the lookout for the email.

If interested in getting the flu vaccine, parents will need to print the form from the email, fill it out, and sent it with their child to give to their teacher.

If parents don’t get the email, they will also be able to download the form from the MCS website under Health Services, along with a master schedule of all flu clinics for the schools.

MCS also reminds parents:

  • The vaccine is completely optional – the consent form is required; no form, no vaccine
  • There are no out of pocket costs with the vaccine, but insurance will be billed
  • If a child has no insurance, parents can indicate this on the consent form and they will receive the vaccine for free
  • Insurance information must be complete for students to receive the vaccine
  • Only flu shots will be given, no flu mist

Wandsworth apologise over emergency ‘grab and go bag’ tweet

Wandsworth Council advise social media users to prepare a bag in case of emergency evacuation.


Brand new supercar seized for no insurance

The £150,000 Aston Martin supercar was seized because of the "manner of driving".


Robbery

6700 block of Odana Rd
Madison police were called to the 6700 block of Odana Rd for an armed robbery. Two victims, who were on foot, were approached by a smaller black & #8230;


Rail franchises axed as help for train firms extended

The rail franchising system has been scrapped and a £3.5bn survival scheme for train firms extended.


Two deny Darren Wright Foundation charity fraud

Scott Wright and Melissa Wright entered not guilty pleas at Bristol Magistrates' Court.


NOAA Aerial Photography Shows Damage On Gulf Coast From Sally

NOAA’s remote sensing division flew over hurricane damage along the Gulf Coast to provide information for homeland security and emergency response requirements. While the worst of the surge and flooding has receded, there’s still plenty of structural damage in the wake of Sally to look at.

This data is publicly available and quite interesting to look at. It’s high resolution, so you can zoom in close to see your favorite beach spots and see what they look like today. Check out the interactive map that NOAA has provided.

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BRITTANY ALERT – Rio Rancho Police Department – Jesse Tony Martinez

BRITTANY ALERT - Rio Rancho Police Department - Jesse Tony Martinez
Sandoval County - The following is information for the distribution of a Brittany Alert from the Rio Rancho Police Department (RRPD). If you have information on this Brittany Alert, please contact the RRPD at (505) 891-7226.

RRPD is asking for the public's assistance in locating Jesse Tony Martinez. Martinez is a 25-year-old Hispanic male, 5’4” tall, weighing 124 pounds, with short brown hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen on September 20, 2020, around 8:00 p.m. at 4601 Huron Drive NE in Rio Rancho, NM. He was last seen wearing a grey shirt and light blue jeans. He is believed to be barefoot and not wearing any shoes. Martinez is non-verbal and his whereabouts are unknown. Jesse Tony Martinez is missing and believed to be in danger if not located.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Brittany Alert is asked to call RRPD at (505) 891-7226 or dial 911.



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*Correct Date* Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian North of Malad

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Idaho State Police

District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1

Pocatello, Idaho 83204

(208) 239-9800 FAX: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 21, 2020 2:15 a.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

*Correction: this occurred on Sunday, September 20, 2020*

On Saturday, September 20, 2020, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a vehicle vs. pedestrian fatality crash on I-15, near Devil Creek Reservoir, north of Malad City.

Andrew Delacruz, 24, of Pocatello, was involved in a rollover crash on Old Malad Highway. He then climbed up a hill to I-15, where he attempted to flag down traffic.

Chad Miller, 33, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was driving northbound on I-15 at milepost 21 in a 2009 Ford Flex, when his vehicle struck Delacruz in the middle of the lanes. Delacruz succumbed to his injuries on scene. Next of kin has been notified.

Miller and his two passengers were not transported.

The crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Swanage coast rescue: Fisherman pulled from water after boat sinks

A boat went to his aid after he made a mayday and let off flares off the Dorset coast, near Swanage.


Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian North of Malad

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Idaho State Police

District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1

Pocatello, Idaho 83204

(208) 239-9800 FAX: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 21, 2020 2:15 a.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

On Saturday, September 20, 2020, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a vehicle vs. pedestrian fatality crash on I-15, near Devil Creek Reservoir, north of Malad City.

Andrew Delacruz, 24, of Pocatello, was involved in a rollover crash on Old Malad Highway. He then climbed up a hill to I-15, where he attempted to flag down traffic.

Chad Miller, 33, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was driving northbound on I-15 at milepost 21 in a 2009 Ford Flex, when his vehicle struck Delacruz in the middle of the lanes. Delacruz succumbed to his injuries on scene. Next of kin has been notified.

Miller and his two passengers were not transported.

The crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Hong Kong parents queue up as application period opens for preferred primary school spots

Anxious parents flocked to Hong Kong’s top schools on the first day of applications for discretionary Primary One placement on Monday, with competition fiercer this year as more eligible children vie for the most desirable spots.Government figures show there are about 59,200 six-year-old pupils eligible to apply for primary school places in the 2021-22 academic year, about 3,500 more than in 2020-21.Applying in the discretionary stage, which began on Monday, allows parents to choose their…


Two dead and one critically injured in Cornwall crash

The three were in one vehicle involved in the two-car crash near St Austell, police say.


Ahead of throne speech, Canadians see coronavirus pandemic, jobs as top concerns: Ipsos poll

Ipsos recently asked 1,000 respondents to think about the upcoming speech from the throne and pick up to two top priorities out of a dozen pressing issues Canadians are facing.


Rochdale man dies after being hit by car following attack

The man in his 30s was left lying in the road in the early hours of Sunday, say police.


Five Lincolnshire police officers injured at unlicensed music event

They were monitoring a gathering of about 200 people, Lincolnshire Police say.


Hong Kong domestic helper loses Court of Appeal challenge against ‘live-in’ rule

The Court of Appeal has ruled against a domestic helper challenging the controversial Hong Kong government requirement that she and 380,000 fellow workers must live with their employers.Filipino Nancy Almorin Lubiano lodged the city’s first such judicial challenge in 2017, arguing for a choice to live away as they called the mandatory rule unconstitutional for the threat it posed to helpers’ fundamental rights, in violation of international charters.‘Live-in’ rule sees helpers made to work on…


Bodies of man and woman found in Hong Kong flat after security guard reports bad smell to police

Firefighters broke into a Hong Kong public housing flat in response to a report of a bad smell and found the bodies of a middle-aged man and woman, police said on Monday.Emergency personnel were called to Yat Sin House, in Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate, at 11.42am, after a security guard detected a bad smell coming from a ninth-floor flat and called police.“Firefighters broke into the flat and found a man and a woman dead inside,” a police spokeswoman said.She said the two victims appeared to be…


Hong Kong’s Hang Heung bakery falls victim to mooncake counterfeiters ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival as shop marks 100th anniversary

Hong Kong’s century-old Hang Heung bakery has fallen victim to mooncake counterfeiters, customs has revealed after seizing 340 boxes of the bogus treats bearing the shop’s forged trademark, along with 200 fake redemption vouchers.The suspected ringleader of the enterprise accused of making the counterfeits in mainland China was held during a raid of a Yuen Long warehouse on Friday, senior superintendent Tse Kwok-keung, of Customs’ Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau, said on Monday.Green…


AbbyPD investigating shots fired into empty vehicle

Abbotsford police are investigating a report of shots fired into an unoccupied vehicle over the weekend. Police received reports of the sound of gunfire at about 11:35 p.m. Saturday near Firhill Drive and Upper Maclure Road. Officers located a vehicle with gunshot damage parked in the residential neighbourhood. There’s no evidence to suggest the vehicle...


26th CWHBA Fall Classic Breeders’ Sale goes online…

For 25 years the Canadian Warmblood Alberta Chapter has hosted the Fall Classic Breeders' Sale. Over those years the Fall Sale became known to buyers across North America as an auction to attend to see what quality Warmblood riding horses, mares, young stock and embryos would be presented for sale. This year marks The Fall […]


New model projects manageable increase in Colorado’s COVID-19 cases — so long as people keep up precautions

A new report modeling the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado suggests the state could continue to see more cases in the short term, but they’re not likely to reach unmanageable levels unless people further relax their precautions.

The model, from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado School of Public Health, attempts to gauge how much social distancing the public is practicing, how many people are currently contagious and how many others they’re likely to spread the virus to.

If most people continue behaving roughly as they do now, cases are projected to increase over the next two months, but not get out of control. If significant numbers of Coloradans stop taking precautions, it’s possible there could be more intensive care patients than beds in the winter or spring.

“It looks like we’re in a place where things are stable or very slowly increasing,” said Beth Carlton, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the Colorado School of Public Health.

The number of people who are currently infected is relatively low at this point, which decreases the odds that any particular person has the virus and could give it to you, Carlton said. But it’s still important to wear masks and avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces, she said, because the more people you encounter under conditions where the virus spreads easily, the less the numbers work in your favor.

Models lay out possible scenarios based on certain conditions continuing. They haven’t been as successful in predicting the course of this pandemic as they are with some diseases because people have tended to change their behavior more drastically than usual, buckling down as cases rise and reducing their precautions when they start to fall again.

As schools reopen and other parts of life return to normal, the average person will have more close contacts, Carlton said. What’s unknown is how many of those contacts will be high risk, she said.

“Now we know there are ways to interact with people that are lower risk,” she said.

Another models suggest a similar trajectory, at least in the short term.

Projections from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s PolicyLab showed cases stabilizing or slightly increasing over the next two weeks in 14 Colorado counties. The model attempts to account for changing weather, along with levels of social distancing, because respiratory viruses spread more easily in the cold, said Dr. David Rubin, director of PolicyLab.

Even areas of Colorado that have seen an increase in cases, like Boulder County, don’t look too bad at this point, Rubin said. Boulder County’s positivity rate has remained low compared to some university communities, and that indicates that the University of Colorado Boulder and local health officials may be succeeding in keeping the virus contained in the student population, he said.

“They’re not out of the woods, but there’s not a clear indication things are getting worse,” he said.


Surge in coronavirus cases forcing Trudeau to scale back on green ambitions: sources

Trudeau is expected to pledge federal money for child care, and to tailor the employment insurance program to cover all Canadians, including the self-employed


What does the orange dot on my iPhone mean?

(NEXSTAR) — Apple unveiled several new products earlier this week and rolled out iOS 14 for existing devices. However, one new iOS 14 feature is confusing some users.

What does the orange dot mean?

A new security feature included in iOS 14 will display an orange dot at the top of your iPhone when an app is actively using your phone’s microphone. A green dot indicates an app is using your camera. The dots also display in the control center.

“An indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. And in Control Center, you can see if an app has used them recently,” according to a news release from Apple.

Users will also need to give an app permission to use the microphone or camera on the phone.

The software upgrade serves as a refresh for iPhone 6 and later models and is described by Apple CEO Tim Cook as a “huge release that will transform the core experience of iPhone.”

The new iOS includes new ways to organize apps, a new feature called App Library, and even the ability to unlock your car (at least if you own a BMW) with your iPhone.

According to CNN Business, other iOS 14 upgrades include the ability to watch videos while scrolling through other applications and a feature where incoming calls won’t take over your full device.

There are also changes to group chats in the form of pinned messages, mention notifications and group photos.

Earlier this week, Apple introduced a cheaper version of its smartwatch, its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its trend-setting products while many consumers are forced to scrimp during the coronavirus pandemic.

The scaled-down Apple Watch follows on the heels of a budget iPhone the company released five months ago as the economy cratered and unemployment rates rose above the levels reached during the Great Recession more than a decade ago.

Apple also took the wraps off a new high-end watch model, a next-generation iPad and a couple of new subscription services during a virtual event held Tuesday. The company normally also rolls out its new iPhones at this time of year, but production problems caused by the pandemic have delayed their release until at least October.

CEO Tim Cook didn’t mention iPhones during Tuesday’s one-hour presentation recorded at the company’s massive, but now mostly empty, headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The Apple Watch has never come close to rivaling the iPhone’s popularity, but it does dominate the market for smartwatches. Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley estimates about 51 million Apple Watches will be sold this year, a 5% increase from last year. The research firm GlobalData pegs Apple’s share of the $64 billion smartwatch market at roughly 60%.

The new discount model, called the Apple Watch SE, will sell for $279 and be available beginning Friday. The price is a markdown from the $399 that Apple is asking for the next version of its higher end watch, the Series 6. Apple watches have been selling for an average of $377, based on Walkley’s calculations.

Apple added more features to help the watch monitor its owner’s health, including a sensor that can read blood oxygen levels. The feature, specific to the Series 6, could be timely, given that COVID-19 frequently attacks the lungs.

Apple also announced a new fitness subscription service tailored for its watches for $10 per month, as well as a new option that will bundle its existing music, video, news and gaming services into a package that will cost $15 to $30 per month.

Tens of millions of people already subscribe to Apple’s various services, helping the company double its revenue during the past four years within a division that creates products for the more than 1 billion iPhones, iPads, watches and other devices that the people already use.

The services division also includes Apple’s app store, which is under regulatory scrutiny for charging a commission of up to 30% for products sold through other companies who have no other option but to use the store to reach the mostly affluent consumers who buy iPhone products.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Royalton Barracks /Careless and Negligent Operation & DLS

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE          CASE#: 20B203012 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Matthew Chin                               STATION: Royalton                       CONTACT#: 802 234 9933   DATE/TIME: September 17, 2020 / 4:58 PM INCIDENT LOCATION: Ridge Road in


Traffic Safety Unit

Media Contact: Major Christopher J. Dicomitis, Administrative Commander and Public Information Officer, Rhode Island State Police, 401-764-5603 or rispdps@risp.gov

On September 17, 2020 at 9:17 PM, Troopers arrested Joel L. Kennedy, age 32, of 22 Pekin Street Apt #1, Providence, Rhode Island for


Woman critically injured after being hit by car in Scarborough

Emergency crews were called to Brimley Road and St. Clair Avenue East at around 6 a.m. Friday.


Premiers likely to ask for billions more in health care ahead of feds’ throne speech

Quebec's Francois Legault, Ontario's Doug Ford, Alberta's Jason Kenney and Manitoba's Brian Pallister plan to hold a news conference in Ottawa to spell out what they hope to see in the speech.


Coronavirus: London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled

Mayor Sadiq Khan says "we simply can't afford to have numbers of people congregating".


Schools set dates to transition from virtual to in-person learning — but is this legal?

School boards offering virtual learning also give students the option to go back to the classroom, but only at certain dates throughout the year.


Divers find shipwreck that may be missing WWII submarine

Divers have found what they believe is the wreck of a U.S. Navy submarine lost 77 years ago in southeast Asia, providing some details for a stirring, but little-known tale from World War II.

The USS Grenadier left Pearl Harbor in 1942 on its initial war patrol.

Its first five missions took it to Japanese home waters, where it sank six ships and damaged two others. After it was damaged by a bomb, the crew scuttled the sub, and all 76 of them were picked up by the Japanese. All but four of the crew members survived the war.

The divers sent photos and evidence from the dives to the u-s naval and history and heritage command to verify that they found the submarine.

The hope is to have the wreck be turned into a heritage and historical site so it can be protected.


Ant Group gets the green light for mega IPO in Shanghai’s Star Market as China pulls out all stops to help tech champions raise funds

Ant Group, China’s largest digital payments provider by volume, received the green light to proceed with its blockbuster listing on Shanghai’s Nasdaq-style stock market just four weeks after filing, as regulators showed off their keenness to pull out all stops to help national champions raise capital.With the nod, the paperwork for Ant Group’s estimated US$30 billion initial public offer (IPO) – the largest in global financial records – will pass to the China Securities Regulatory Commission…


Mason Greenwood: Manchester United asked for forward to be rested and not called up for England

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United asked for Mason Greenwood to be rested and not called up by England for Nations League duty.


Passengers stuck on plane wing during evacuation

Faced with a large drop, some people re-entered the smoke-filled cabin to find another escape route.


Geoff Parling: Australia hire ex-England lock as coach

Former British and Irish Lions second row Geoff Parling is appointed Australia forwards coach by new head coach Dave Rennie.


Bestival death: Ceon Broughton will not face retrial

The Crown Prosecution Service says it will take no further action against Ceon Broughton.


As Canada’s Jamal Murray excels in NBA Playoffs, commitment on and off court lauded

“He carried himself like a star. He carried himself like one of this team’s best players and most important pieces, and the Nuggets really took after his resolve and his resilience.”


De Montfort students blackface photo disciplinary action taken

De Montford University will not reveal what has happened to the students pictured in blackface.


Vancouver firefighters battle two residential building blazes

Two fires in Vancouver at almost the same time forced 45 people from their homes.


Trevor Chadwick statue to show ‘Purbeck Schindler’s generous nature’

The Trevor Chadwick Memorial Trust is raising £80,000 for a statue to be placed in Swanage, Dorset.


Weapons Violation

5700 block of Piping Rock Rd
On 9-18-20, multiple callers in the 5700 block of Piping Rock Rd called reference to multiple shots fired. As Madison Police Officers were in route & #8230;


CCTV released of man wanted for NHS worker mask attack

Police believe the assault began when the victim avoided the attacker, who was not wearing a mask.


Citigroup to offer 6,000 jobs to youths in Asia-Pacific over three years to combat Covid-19’s impact on employment

Citigroup said it plans to offer 6,000 jobs and 60,000 training opportunities for youths across the Asia-Pacific region over the next three years to help cushion the impact from the global coronavirus pandemic, as unemployment rises in shrinking economies amid lockdowns.Citi and the Citi Foundation will commit US$35 million together to help create economic opportunities and employability for youth from low-income and underserved communities in the region by 2023, according to a press statement…


Hong Kong employers who did not use Covid-19 wage subsidies to retain or pay staff ‘should face higher penalties’

Penalties should be increased for Hong Kong employers as nearly a fourth of those joining the government’s wage-subsidy scheme have sacked staff or failed to use all the aid to pay workers, unions have urged.Those making the demands included a representative of an established employers’ group, the Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises Association’s honorary chairman Danny Lau Tat-pong, who called on the government to ban bosses violating the rules from applying for the next round of subsidies…


East Kent baby death hospital ‘must listen to patients’

East Kent Hospitals is being investigated over 15 baby deaths at its maternity units.


2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup: Amy Turner named England intern

Former England scrum-half Amy Turner is the coaching intern for the Women's team at the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.


Hongkongers return to Ocean Park, pubs and karaoke as social-distancing rules further downscaled

Revellers flocked to Ocean Park’s reopening on Friday as bars and karaoke lounges were among the Hong Kong entertainment venues welcoming back customers under the latest relaxation of social-distancing measures.The theme park in Aberdeen opened its doors from about 10am after closing for more than two months during the city’s third wave of Covid-19.‘Fourth wave may be worse’: Hong Kong eyes Covid-19 vaccine for double populationMost of the first 20 or so visitors waiting outside the gates early…


Topsy-turvy union flag gets complainant in a flap

A woman is sent an "absolutely bizarre" anonymous letter about the "correct way" to fly a flag.


Three men hurt in Coventry shooting

The attack in Coventry saw two victims seriously injured and another suffer minor injuries.


PRESS RELEASE/LITTERING INCIDENT

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#:20B203003 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: SGT. ERIC HUDSON STATION: ROYALTON                      CONTACT#: 802-234-9933   DATE/TIME: 09-16-20 6:32 pm INCIDENT LOCATION: OLD CROSS ROAD, BROOKFIELD VIOLATION: DUMPNG SOLID WASTE, MORE THAN ONE CUBIC FOOT, BURNING


State Historical Society creates listing of statues in South Dakota

The South Dakota State Historical Society recently prepared a list of statues in the state.


SILVER ALERT – Santa Fe, NM – Charles Jones

Santa Fe, NM – The following information is for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. For information related to this Silver Alert please contact the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office at (505) 428-3710

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Charles Jones (73). Mr. Jones was last seen at 9:45 p.m. on September 17, 2020, at the Denny’s Restaurant on Cerrillos Rd. in Santa Fe. Mr. Jones is described as 6’02” tall, weighing 275 pounds with hazel eyes and grey hair. It is unknown what he is wearing. He is driving a white Toyota Prius with a yellow New Mexico License Plate of 952-WPB with an unknown direction of travel.

If you know of the whereabouts of Charles Jones, please contact the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office at (505) 428-3710 or call 911.


Weapons Violation

1300 Block Loreen Dr
On 9-17-20, multiple callers called about hearing multiple shots fired in the 1300 block of Loreen Dr. Once Madison Police Officers arrived on & #8230;


Stonehenge autumn equinox cancelled by English Heritage

Around 30 pagans and druids were offered access but turned it down as it would not be "fair".


Veteran Australian judge James Spigelman resigns from Hong Kong’s top court two years before end of term

A veteran Australian judge has resigned from Hong Kong’s top court two years before his original term is set to expire, with the Chief Executive’s Office saying no reason was given for the move.According to the government gazette published on Friday, the appointment of James Spigelman as a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal had been withdrawn by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor from September 2.A spokesman for Lam’s office said: “The chief executive revoked his…


Silver Alert

Alert Status: 
Located
Preliminary Information of Missing Subject: 
The City of Peoria Police Department is looking for Joseph Lombardi, a 71 year old white male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and 225 pounds. He has Gray hair and Blue eyes. Joseph was last seen at the Walmart, located at 21655 North Lake Pleasant Parkway at approximately 11:30am on Thursday, September 17th. He was wearing a black in color Under Armor tee shirt, and gray colored shorts. Joseph is possibly driving his gray, 2010 Nissan Murano SUV, displaying an Arizona license plate of, ANF4749.
Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Peoria Police Department
Date Subject Went Missing: 
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:30am
Last known location: 
21655 N Lake Pleasant Parkway
Walmart
Peoria, AZ 85382

United States

Point of Contact (Name): 
Officer Martin #13788
Point of Contact (Number): 
(623) 773-7061
Missing Subject's Full Name: 
Joseph Charles Lombardi
Vehicle State/License Plate : 
AZ/ANF4749
Missing Subject: 
Release Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Vehicle Make & Model: 
Nissan Murano
DOB: 
Saturday, November 27, 1948
Vehicle Color: 
Gray
Gender: 
Male
Vehicle Year: 
2010
Height: 
5'10"
Weight: 
225lbs
Hair Color: 
Gray
Eye Color: 
Blue
Race: 
White

Deputy accidentally shoots himself at California gun range

A deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff Department accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gun range earlier this month, officials said. The accident happened Sept. 3 but the … Click to Continue »


How can Hong Kong allow the throwing of 29 pets off high-rise building to go unpunished?

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Hong Kong politician’s Legislative Council ousting upheld in Court of Final Appeal

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Democratic and Republican leaders express willingness to work together on stimulus relief bill

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — After weeks of stalled negotiations on a new stimulus relief bill, Democratic and Republican leaders both expressed a willingness to work together again but they are still hundreds of billions of dollars apart from each other and from the White House, on their respective stimulus measures.

“We want to have an agreement. And we will stay until we have an agreement,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a Thursday morning press conference focused on the importance of testing.

Pelosi asserts Democrats have been the more flexible party on negotiations for a stimulus package.

Under her leadership, Democrats’ HEROES ACT called for more than $3 trillion for various stimulus measures. Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have since come down to a $2.2 trillion package.

“We have compromised,” said Pelosi. “We came down a trillion dollars, we asked them to go up a trillion dollars. Instead they went down.”

Republicans’ most recent stimulus package, introduced last week in the Senate, totaled somewhere between $500 billion and $700 billion. The bill, according to sources within Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, called for $300 billion in new spending and hundreds of billions more in additional funding that was repurposed from previous stimulus measures.

The Republican bill is about $800 billion less than where President Trump stands. The President expressed support for larger deal worth $1.5 trillion Wednesday.

“Oh I want to be back at the negotiating table,” said House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. “I don’t believe Speaker Pelosi actually wants to come to an agreement.”

In a policy reversal, McCarthy says Republicans are willing to compromise on some Democrat priorities like adding funding for struggling state and local governments. The most recent GOP stimulus bill had no money for state and local governments. When asked if that may change, McCarthy said they already put $100 billion towards the states.

“No, we put $100 billion already toward the states,” said McCarthy. “I think the states need help and assistance, we’re more than willing to help with that.”

“It’s a moving target right now,” said Alabama Republican Gary Palmer.

Palmer said he wants a deal, but said Democrats included too many non-pandemic related issues in their bill. 

“It needs to be directly related to what the businesses and states are dealing with,” said Palmer

Michigan Democrat Dan Kildee says both sides agree on many of the most important priorities like funding for testing, schools and unemployment. He said Republicans, mainly Sen. McConnell, have to meet Democrats halfway on spending.

“He was at a trillion, now he’s at a half a trillion. Back home we’d call that bad faith negotiation,” said Kildee.


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Family offering reward for information into the death of beloved family pet, Sushi

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. — A Tuscumbia family is heartbroken over the loss of a family pet and Police say foul play is suspected in its death.

Dr. Mark McIlwain and his family are devastated by the loss of their beloved family pet, Sushi. McIlwain said the family was nursing the baby goat when the mother couldn’t.

Even after being reintegrated into the pasture, McIlwain said Sushi would still go to the house for his bottle.

The day after Labor Day, the family was confused when Sushi didn’t show for breakfast.

Tuscumbia Police later informed the family of a grisly discovery.

“On Tuesday morning we received a call from a local cemetery that’s adjacent to the neighborhood and the goat’s head was located in the cemetery,” Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said. “It was not placed on a grave; it was not done like any kind of ceremonial thing. It looked like the goat’s head had been cut off with a knife.”

When speaking with McIlwain, Chief Logan said the doctor didn’t know of anyone who would want to do this.

“He does so much for the community; I just don’t see that being the catalyst behind whatever took place with the little goat,” Logan said.

The chief said other area law enforcement agencies haven’t reported similar crimes and unfortunately, nothing was caught on surveillance video.

You can help the McIlwain family find out who did this to Sushi by calling the Shoals Area CrimeStoppers tip line at (256) 386-8685.

Your anonymous tips are eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest—and The McIlwain family is also offering a reward of $2,500.


News 19 is taking over 9 p.m. on North Alabama’s CW

News 19 launched a new newscast at 9 on North Alabama’s CW, so you can get your primetime news before 10. We hope you’ll join us!

News 19 at 9 p.m. is anchored during the week by Shevaun Bryan, Greg Screws, and Jason Simpson. Seriously, who doesn’t like getting their daily dose of important news an hour early?

Every day of the week News 19 at 9 will feature a different way to connect with our viewers. We will feature STEM, Wellness, and Trending stories every week. We will be Taking It To The Streets and asking for your opinions, as well as sharing Something Good.

News 19 asked what the brand new newscast means to our team:

“I’m happy and thankful, the station is producing another newscast to better serve our viewers. People work hard and are busy with their families. By adding another newscast, we give them another option for watching what we do and we appreciate it. The night shift here at WHNT is a great group of people. I tell people I haven’t worked a day in my life. It’s a great group and I’m happy to be co-anchoring with Shevaun and hanging with the night shift.”

Greg Screws, News 19 Anchor

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we’re giving the people what they want: MORE GREG. No, but seriously, we’re only a few days in but it’s been so fun bringing the News at 9 to our viewers. The show has different weekly features, like Taking it to The Streets and Trending Now, that add a different flavor from our normal newscasts. Now that The Valley’s CW is part of the News 19 family, we’re excited to put our stamp on, continuing to be your go-to place for news, weather, and sports – and now, you can catch the big headlines and be in bed by ten!”

Shevaun Bryan, News 19 Anchor

“It’s not “just another newscast.”  There’s really no such thing as that.  Every time we come on TV, there are things that we want to tell you that will impact your life.  I’m excited to be a part of News 19 at 9 on North Alabama’s CW because it gives me another opportunity to share something I love with our community: the weather.

I’ve been fascinated by weather my entire life, and even on the days that seem like the same-old, same-old, there’s always something new to see and share. 

News 19 at 9 is also another chance to help you get ready for what the weather will throw at us; it can change quickly, so the more connected and available we are, the more you’ll know about how to do life with the storms, heat, cold, rare but occasional snowfall, and everything else we face!”

Jason Simpson, News 19 Chief Meteorologist

This newscast is in addition to Football Friday Overtime, which started August 21, and airs Friday nights at 10:35.

If you’re unsure where to find WHDF North Alabama’s CW on your TV, we have the channels for cable and different cable providers here:


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Black Lives Matter mural in Massachusetts vandalized one day after its completion

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — A Black Lives Matter street mural in Springfield has been defaced the day after it was completed.

According to the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, the vandalism appears to be from the burnout of a car and was found early Tuesday morning.

Citing “zero tolerance” for such vandalism, Sarno said the police will review the video footage from surveillance cameras and will find out who is responsible. He released the following statement:

“Upon hearing about the vandalism on the Black Lives Matter mural this morning, I immediately instructed Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and our city team to review the video footage from our surveillance cameras on Court Street to investigate this act of intolerance. We will find out who did this and the individual(s) will be held responsible. In addition, I have instructed our dedicated city crews to repair the vandalism on the mural and our city street.” 

Our community came together peacefully over the weekend in a show of unity, mutual respect, and understanding. Unfortunately, there are still some in our community that looks to divide us – my goal will always be to unite us. There will be zero tolerance with regards to the desecration of any monument in our city.” 

The city finished painting the mural Monday morning. It covers both lanes of a street near City Hall. It was a multi-day project that was organized by City Councilor Tracye Whitfield.

“It was meant to raise awareness that the Black Lives Matter fight is very significant,” She said. “It symbolically stands up to the powers that be that deny black people their humanity.”


Collège Sainte-Anne unveils plans to rebuild, while incorporating site’s past

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Lawmakers weigh pros and cons of compensating student athletes

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) ─ Senate lawmakers are continuing their examination of the potential impact on schools and student athletes if those athletes were paid for their work on the field.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing Tuesday to weigh the pros and cons of paying student athletes.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, argues the NCAA has exploited its student athletes for far too long.

“It’s the only multi-billion-dollar industry in this country where we allow for the employers to collude in order to fix the wages of a majority of their employees,” Murphy said.

Murphy said being a student athlete is like having an unpaid full-time job.

Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, said the average college football player spends 44 hours per week in their sport alone.

Democrats on the HELP Committee argue that many college athletes struggle with food and economic insecurity, while their universities and coaches make millions.

“I don’t know why we decide to keep it from athletes who are producing an incredibly and increasingly valuable service,” Murphy said.

Republicans on the HELP Committee believe student athletes are already compensated through their education.

“If that student athlete wants to keep the money for himself or herself, that student athlete should become a professional,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said.

Alexander said allowing certain student athletes to be paid isn’t far to the athletes in less-popular sports.

“I do not see a good ending to allowing a few student athletes to be paid by commercial interest while most of their teammates are not,” Alexander said.

he said he does support some revenue sharing, however.

“If money is paid to student athletes for their name image and likeness, it should benefit all student athletes at that institution,” he said.


Feds not planning to cut military spending to rein in deficit amid coronavirus: Sajjan

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Elderly dog saved from being euthanized after losing home in Creek Fire

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Walmart closes dozens of stores in the path of Hurricane Sally

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Walmart closed over 50 stores in the path of Hurricane Sally.

Walmart’s Emergency Operations Center monitors hurricanes and other potential disasters in real-time.

In a statement, Walmart said it assesses the status of our facilities and will continue to operate as long as it is safe to do so.

A map has been built to help customers plan for the storm and possible effects.

This map will continue to update in real-time to give users the most up to date information available.


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Three dozen backcountry huts pause reservations for this winter while navigating COVID-19 concerns

Big changes are coming to reservation procedures for three dozen Colorado backcountry huts this winter because of COVID-19 concerns.

The process for new reservations has been frozen while previously confirmed reservations are being adjusted in order to ensure that only single parties use the huts this winter. As a result, some who had reservations are forfeiting them.

“We are happy and delighted to report that the huts are going to be open this winter,” said Ben Dodge, executive director of the 10th Mountain Division Huts Association. “We had to make a few changes to address COVID-19. The (reservations) closure we currently have in place is very temporary. The only reason we are not accepting new reservations is because we are currently reconfiguring all of the reservations that have already been made for winter, many of which are multiple parties booking into one hut.”

10th Mountain, a non-profit organization named in honor of the 10th Mountain Division World War II “ski troops” who trained for mountain and winter warfare in the high country between Aspen and Vail, was formed nearly 40 years ago. It was inspired by hut networks in the Alps, including the famous Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. 10th Mountain currently owns a dozen huts and manages reservations for two dozen more that are owned by other entities, including five in Summit County.

In normal years, users could reserve one spot or the entire hut. For many, part of the fun was sharing the hut with newly met like-minded strangers, often with meals turning into smorgasbords of shared dishes.

That won’t happen this winter, though, because of the pandemic.

“Which is unfortunate, in my viewpoint, because that is one of the joys of going to the hut — meeting new people whom we share a lot with,” Dodge said. ”The concerns with COVID were such that even people with similar interests and like minds may have dramatically different viewpoints on COVID-19 and what it takes to be comfortable with it at the hut. We wanted to make sure there was less chance of controversy, discord, user conflicts at the hut that might have been caused by different viewpoints with multiple parties.”

To that end, 10th Mountain is working with existing reservation-holders to convert multi-party reservations to single parties. Those with reservations are being contacted in order of when their reservations were made, “using first in time, first in right,” as Dodge put it. They are given the opportunity to keep the reservation, but they must meet a minimum number of spots which will vary depending on the hut and which organization manages it.

“An example would be, if you and I booked a hut as a party of two, and we were the first ones to book, we would have right of first refusal,” Dodge said. “We would be contacted by 10th Mountain, and we would have the opportunity to maintain that reservation, but we would have to meet the minimum. At the huts we own and operate, that is 12 people. If we really don’t want to pay for 12 people, we would decline. We would get 100% credit for our reservation. Then 10th Mountain would go to second-in-time and allow them to do it, so on and so forth.”

Dodge said the decision on minimums was not intended to maximize revenue, but to make sure hut occupancy was maximized within the parameters of COVID-19 concerns and the need for single-party use.

“It was made to further our mission, provide a backcountry hut experience, and to allow as many people as possible to have that experience.” Dodge said. “We felt if we allowed a group of two or three that was first in time (making the initial reservations), if they had the ability to get the whole hut and just for that two or three or four, we were removing up to eight or nine spots available to the public.”

Dodge said the re-booking process has been going on for several weeks and it may take a couple more. At that time, it will we resume taking new reservations.

In most huts, users bring sleeping bags, which they place on fixed wooden cots, dormitory style. Hut users have always been responsible for cleaning huts and sweeping floors before leaving, but they will be asked to do more this winter. 10th Mountain will provide disinfectants.

“We expect them to clean and disinfect the hut as they arrive, and to clean and disinfect the hut when they leave,” Dodge said. “We did away with pillows, we did away with flannel sheets on the mattresses. We went with polyurethane mattress covers, which we had fabricated by a gal in Leadville, a seamstress. They can be cleaned in place with the disinfectants and cleaners that we provide.”

Dodge knows many backcountry enthusiasts will be disappointed if the change in procedures due to COVID means they will miss out on a hut trip this winter.

“We understand that there are winners and losers in this,” Dodge said. “The losers really are the ones who like to book smaller parties. A lot of those folks aren’t going to want to pay for 12 spots and only bring seven or eight people. I don’t judge the success of what we do by the numbers and how much money we make. I can only judge it by how good is that hut experience. We’ve decided, given COVID, it’s a better experience with single-party groups.”

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09-15-20 Unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle incident results in numerous charges for a pair of Kailua-Kona men

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Edwin A. Buyten
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266
Report No: 20-069663

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Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested and charged two men, a 32-year-old and a 28-year-old both of Kailua-Kona with Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle and other related crimes stemming from an incident that occurred Friday evening (September 11, 2020) in Kona. Police have identified the individuals arrested and charged as Benedict Taketa and Luke Kaniaupio.

Shortly before 8:05 p.m. Friday evening, Kona Patrol officers responded to the parking lot of a business establishment in the 75-1000 block of Henry Street for a report of two men breaking into a car. Upon making contact with the victim, he informed officers that he had confronted the suspected men at which time one of the men aggressively approached the victim holding a set of channel lock-pliers and was making threats.

As officers arrived, both men fled in a SUV heading onto Henry Street in a westerly direction. A short time later the suspect vehicle was involved in a traffic accident causing injuries that required hospitalization to two juveniles that were located within the SUV that fled the scene.      

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section continued this investigation.

After conferring with prosecutors, Taketa was charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle in the first degree, terroristic threatening in the second degree, reckless driving, reckless endangering, theft in the fourth degree, resist order to stop, two counts of criminal property damage in the first degree, four counts of assault in the third degree, assault in the second degree, and three counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree. Taketa’s bail was set at $124,000

Kaniaupio was charged with driving without a license, reckless driving, reckless endangering,  unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, theft in the fourth degree, resist an order to stop, two counts criminal property damage in the first degree, four counts of assault in the third degree, assault in the second degree, and three counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree. Kaniaupio’s bail was set at $124,000.

Both men were transported to Kona District Court for their initial court appearance on Monday (September 14, 2020).  

Police ask that anyone who may have information regarding this incident to call Detective Carrie Akina at (808) 326-4646 ext. 277 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Police also want to remind residents to be vigilant, always secure their vehicles, and do not leave items of value in them. Also, to report all suspicious activity to the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.


09-15-20 Puna man dies in fatal off-road accident

Hawaiʻi Police Department                                                         
Puna District                                                  
Sergeant Ryan Pagan
Phone: (808) 935-3311
Report No. 20-070406

 

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an off-road incident in which a man died after falling from a Puna coastline cliff.

At about 2:42 p.m. yesterday (September 14), police responded to a report of two men needing assistance after falling from a cliff in lower Puna.

Police arrived to find a group of friends were riding dirt bikes in an area known as “Sand Hill”.  One of the dirt bike riders, Duane Correa, a 20-year-old male, went over the cliff on his dirt bike and died after falling about 30 feet.  

Delton Correa, an 18-year-old sibling, attempted to assist and also fell sustaining non-life threatening injuries.

Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel responded with a helicopter and extricated both victims.

Duane Correa was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:47 p.m.. An autopsy has been order to determine the exact cause of death.

Delton Correa was airlifted to the Hilo Medical Center for further treatment and is listed in satisfactory condition.

Police are continuing the investigations which have been have classified as a Coroner’s Inquest and Public Accident.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Officer Devin Ah Chong at (808) 965-2716 or via email at devin.ahchong@hawaiicounty.gov.


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Ohio school reinstates football players who had police flags

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio high school reversed the suspension of two football players who defied administrators by carrying flags that signal support for law enforcement at the start of a game.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the players for Ohio’s Little Miami High School led their teammates in running onto the field at the home game Friday, the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The school said on Monday it suspended the students but reversed the decision on Tuesday.

In a statement, the president of the school board says the school found the players’ actions were not political, but did show insubordination. 

The school says a pregame ceremony honored the victims of the attacks. 


VIDEO: Floating fire ants, the hidden hazard in Sally’s path

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — There are all kinds of reasons to stay out of flood waters from Hurricane Sally and other storms on the Gulf Coast, snakes, gators, downed power lines. But there’s also a hidden hazard that could leave you burning for days, literally.

Floating islands of fire ants sound like something out of a nightmare or a horror film. But they are real, and they are painful if you get mixed up with one. WKRG News 5 photographer Jason Garcia has been covering storms for decades. So it was no surprise to him that he was able to capture an island of the irritating insects on camera at Civitian Park in Pensacola.

Fire ant attacks can be quite painful, causing huge white pus-filled sting marks, even causing entire limbs to swell. WebMD.com offers several suggestions for treating the stings.

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Rangers euthanize bear after finding it scavenging on human remains in national park

SWAIN COUNTY, N.C. (WATE) — Backpackers in one of the country’s most visited national parks made a gruesome discovery late last week.

Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reported that backpackers found a human body Friday afternoon and a bear feeding on the remains.

The deceased man has been identified as Patrick Madura, 43, of Elgin, Illinois.

The man’s remains were found across the creek from a campsite off of a park trail. The campers left the site to find cell reception to report the incident to authorities.

Rangers and wildlife officers rushed to the scene after communication staff received the report just after 7 p.m.

“The decision to euthanize a bear is never made lightly,” said Jamie Sanders, a spokesperson for the park. “Our bears are iconic figures at the Smokies. But unfortunately, there are some dangers associated with bears. We do have history, although very rare, of bears not only stalking visitors, but attacking, even killing, and scavenging on remains of people.”

GSMNP closed the campsite and the trail following the incident.

Park officials applauded the campers’ report of the incident.

“If a bear is actively stalking you off the trail as you’re hiking, we want to know about it because that’s a dangerous situation,” Sanders said.

For more information on what to do if you encounter a bear while hiking, please visit the park website.


California firefighters work to protect historic observatory

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2-year-old pulled from Norfolk county pool in ‘near drowning’: OPP

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Kenney unconcerned with OPEC demand drop, says ‘real world’ needs oil and gas

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Guelph city hall in lockdown as police investigate

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Colorado’s new Lost Wages Assistance unemployment program hits a snag already

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is gearing up to start paying out $300 in extra weekly unemployment benefits to qualified Coloradans, with more than $459 million ready for distribution, state officials said.

Efforts to distribute that Lost Wages Assistance program money hit a snag Tuesday.

High demand has clogged the certification process the labor department is using to verify that people are eligible for federally funded payments, officials wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday morning.

“We are actively working to resolve these issues,” the post reads. “If you experience problems, please try again later today. It is not necessary to schedule a callback for these issues.”

The department is working with Google, its technology vendor, to expand capacity on the department’s virtual agent system, Cher Haavind, the labor department’s deputy executive director, said in an email. People collecting state unemployment benefits are being asked to use that automated system to confirm that they lost their job or wages because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a requirement to collect the $300 extra payments.

People collecting benefits through the federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program do not have to certify because that program is already reserved for people impacted by the coronavirus.

The state opened up its certification process last week and, so far, more 8,000 people have been able to certify, Haavind said in an email Tuesday. People who qualify for the payments should have been informed about their eligibility via email or an outgoing call campaign.

President Donald Trump established the Lost Wages Assistance, or LWA, program through an executive order last month. The money, $300 per week for qualified unemployment recipients with an option for an additional $100 per week contribution from the state’s themselves, is being drawn from Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Colorado was among the first states to apply for and among the first states to be approved for the limited pot of money.  As of Tuesday morning, the state labor department had been approved for roughly $459.88 million in FEMA dollars, covering payments for the weeks between July 26 and Aug. 29, officials say. Colorado has applied for money to cover a sixth week, the week of Aug. 30 through Sept. 5, but has not yet been approved, Haavind said Tuesday.

Payments are expected to start being processed on Friday or Saturday. The first three weeks, covering July 26 through Aug. 15, will go out first as a lump sum with subsequent weeks to follow, according to Haavind.

Around 350,000 people in the state are qualified to collect LWA money, state labor officials say. Six percent of the state’s unemployed workers, however, will not qualify because their unemployment benefits amounts are too small.

People who collected less than $100 per week do not qualify, per federal rules, leaving some of the state’s most vulnerable people with no additional subsidy to cover their needs since the $600 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program expired on July 25.


Colorado voting and mail-in ballots: Frequently asked questions

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, but registered voters in Colorado will receive mail-in ballots after Oct. 9. With national concern about the veracity of mail-in ballots, Colorado has become a focal point. Colorado began statewide vote by mail in 2013, although some counties used it before that.

Voters and potential voters will have questions about how voter registration works, how mail-in ballots work, how ballots are counted and more. The Colorado News Collaborative and its members, including The Denver Post, want to answer those questions.

Here’s this week’s big question:

Do I have to request a ballot from my county clerk or the Secretary of State?

Not if you’re an active registered voter. County clerks automatically will begin mailing ballots to active registered voters on Oct. 9. A voter is considered active if they’ve voted in the most recent general elections or updated their address or other registration information

A recent nationwide mailer from the U.S. Postal Service insinuates that voters must request mail-in or absentee ballots. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is suing the Postal Service, saying the mailer is misleading and could disenfranchise voters.

A federal judge issued an order late Saturday to halt the mailings, and the Postal Service asked that he reconsider the order on Sunday. On Monday, the Postal Service said it already delivered 75% of the mailers.

Find out if you’re registered at GoVoteColorado. And get your county elections office information.

Have a question we haven’t answered yet? Submit it here.

Read on for more information.

Voting

What if I’ve moved?

This link also will allow you to change your address.

What if my name changed?

You’ll need to fill out this form and take it to your county clerk or mail it to the Colorado Secretary of State.

What’s the difference between an “active” voter and an “inactive” voter?

As mentioned above, a voter is considered active if they’ve voted in the most recent elections or updated their address or other registration information. A voter is considered inactive if their county clerk receives returned mail to them marked “undeliverable.”

Under federal law, clerks must wait two general election cycles before removing inactive voters from the database. Again, you may check GoVoteColorado to see if your registration is active and update your information if it isn’t.

How long do I have to register?

You must register by Oct. 26 to get a ballot in the mail (but you’ll need to return it to a vote center or drop box). But you may register and vote in person at vote centers through 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Ballots

When will I get my ballot in the mail?

The first day ballots may be mailed is Oct. 9, a Friday, and they must be sent out by Oct. 16 at the latest. Check with your county clerk’s office for information on when they will send out mail ballots.

How do I know if my ballot was received?

Voters statewide may sign up to track your ballot online. You’ll get notifications via email, text message or phone (you may choose) when your ballot is mailed, and when it has been received and accepted. A dozen Colorado counties already offered ballot tracking, so if you’re already signed up, there’s no need to do it again.

What if I don’t get my ballot?

Check GoVoteColorado to see if your ballot has been mailed. If it has been mailed and you haven’t received it, contact your county clerk’s office and ask. Not every county will send ballots out the first day possible. But they need to hear from you if you don’t receive yours.

How do I return my ballot?

Ballots must arrive at a vote center or county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. Nov. 3. You may mail your ballot back, if there’s enough time for it to arrive. You may also deliver it to drop boxes at your county clerk’s office or other locations in your county. Beginning Oct. 19, you may deliver it to voter centers staffed by election workers. About 75% of Colorado voters return their mail ballots to drop boxes, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Are drop boxes safe from tampering?

Yes, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. They are under 24-hour video surveillance and are emptied every day by a team of bipartisan election judges. The sturdy, metal boxes are bolted to the ground.

If I send my ballot back by mail, will it get there?

The Secretary of State recommends delivering ballots in person in the final eight days before the election. If you mail them before that, they should arrive in time.

I don’t want to vote by mail. I want to vote in person.

Colorado will open about 330 vote centers beginning Oct. 19. You may vote there in person starting then through 7 p.m. Election Day with some limited weekend hours.


This story is brought to you through COLab, the Colorado News Collaborative, a nonprofit bringing together more than 50 newsrooms across Colorado to better serve the public. Learn more at colabnews.co


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09-15-20 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Torey D. Keltner
Program Manager
Phone: (808) 961-2305

 

Media Release

During the week of September 7, 2020, through September 13, 2020, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested thirteen (13) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  One of the drivers was under the age of 21.  

So far this year, there have been 655 DUI arrests compared with 782 during the same period last year a decrease of 16.2 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were:

DUI Arrests by District
District Weekly Total   Year to Date
       
Hāmākua 0   4
North Hilo 0   2
South Hilo 6   176
Puna 4   142
Ka’u 0   8
Kona 2   254
South Kohala 1   56
North Kohala 0   13
       
Island Total 13   655

There have been 535 major accidents so far this year compared with 677 during the same period last year, a decrease of 21 percent. 

To date, there were 13 fatal crashes, resulting in 13 fatalities, compared with 14 fatal crashes, resulting in 14 fatalities for the same time last year. This represents a decrease of 7.1 percent for fatal crashes, and 7.1 percent for fatalities.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island-wide. 


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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — A group of bipartisan lawmakers calling itself the Problem Solvers Caucus released a $1.5 trillion coronavirus aid proposal that includes a second round of $1,200 direct payments to Americans.

The package also includes $500 billion for cities and states, unemployment insurance of $600 a week, increased SNAP benefits and rental assistance.

The group of House lawmakers behind the aid plan includes 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans.

The Problem Solvers Caucus says its plan is ultimately designed to bring both sides back to the negotiating table following last week’s rejection of a $500 billion aid proposal pushed by Senate Republicans.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of relief. Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues on a morning conference call that “we have to stay here until we have a bill.” That’s according to a Democratic aide speaking on condition of anonymity but authorized to quote her remarks.

Though the development sounds positive, it’s unclear if it could spark new talks that would result in any real action. In a period now marred by election-season political combat, the chief negotiators for each party have shown no real signs they’re ready to make a compromise. However, their public comments remain optimistic.

“I think there’s many areas of this where there is an agreement between Democrats and Republicans,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a Monday interview with CNBC. “There are some areas where we have differences on the amounts. But I will continue to work on this. I told Speaker Pelosi I’m available anytime to negotiate.”

Top lawmakers and aides have offered glum assessments both publicly and privately.

Veteran Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley said it’s “sad” there will be no virus aid deal, though he also said the outlook for the economy may not be as bleak as he once thought.

“If you’d asked me two or three weeks ago I’d say very, very negative,” Grassley said. But with the job market improving and “the whole world kind of getting out of this pandemic, (this) depression, we’re in” Grassley said, there’s “a lot less of an impact than I would have thought two weeks ago.”

“What is of overwhelming importance to Democrats is keeping coronavirus alive as a political issue,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. “They’d rather have no bill, zero funding and a political weapon than have a bill and allow Republicans to say that we helped Americans.”

The stalemate is politically risky for all sides heading into the fall election, and both sides accused the other of acting primarily with political calculations in mind. Democrats said GOP senators need to “check a box” and vote on any kind of relief bill before exiting Washington to campaign while Republicans said Democrats were intent on denying Republicans a political win.

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Sunday, Captain America himself appeared to have accidentally shared a picture of himself in the buff, causing the NSFW photo to go viral and spark memes and jokes from fans and fellow celebrities across social media.

The photo of the body part, assumed to be actor Chris Evans, was accidentally posted to his official Instagram account and quickly taken down.

Rather than expressing embarrassment, Evans, best known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, returned to Twitter on Monday night with a different message, tweeting: “Now that I have your attention…. VOTE Nov. 3rd!!!”

Monday night, Evans’ “Knives Out” costar, actress Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted her support of Evans’ use of the flub.

Evans, 39, is known to be a vocal critic of Pres. Donald Trump, and has previously blasted Trump’s response to COVID-19 in America and even called the 45th President a “dumbs***.”


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LeBron James challenged to match reward to capture gunman who ambushed deputies

LOS ANGELES (NEXSTAR) — The Los Angeles County sheriff is challenging basketball megastar LeBron James to match reward money offered to capture a gunman who shot two of his deputies Saturday night.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KABC Radio he hoped James would double the reward of $175,000. It’s made up of $100,00 from the county and $75,000 from private individuals.

“I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community,” said Villanueva.


A screen grab from a security camera video released the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows a gunman walking up to sheriff’s deputies and opening fire without warning or provocation in Compton, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Authorities were continuing the search for the gunman who opened fire on the deputies’ patrol car. The officers, a male and a female who graduated from the academy 14 months ago, are expected to recover.

Villanueva added he appreciates James’ thoughts on relations between Black people and the police but that, “we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.”

James has been quite vocal about issue of police relations with African Americans going as far as saying Black people are “terrified” over the issue of police misconduct.

To this point, Sheriff Villanueva is waiting to hear back from the Lakers star.

“Let’s see what he does. I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any,” he said.


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The two boats were captured floating away by MJ Bosarge as water rose in front of his vehicle.

“Ooh, it’s crushing the dock,” Bosarge says as the ship careens downstream.

The second ship can be seen closer to shore, but Bosarge says it was also loose on the waterway.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to preside over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics and give him a boost ahead of the November U.S. election.

In a White House ceremony aimed at showcasing presidential statesmanship, Trump will host more than 700 guests Tuesday on the South Lawn to witness the sealing of the agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Trump and his allies hope the occasion will burnish Trump’s credentials as a peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Emirati and Bahraini foreign ministers are to ink the deals before the crowd, which will include representatives of supporting nations from the Washington-based diplomatic corps but few other dignitaries from overseas. Some congressional Democrats who have offered muted praise have been invited to attend.

In addition to the individual bilateral agreements signed by Israel, the UAE and Bahrain, all three will sign a trilateral document, officials said. The agreements are dubbed the “Abraham Accords” after the patriarch of the world’s three major monotheistic religions. Trump is expected to sign as a witness.

The agreements won’t end active wars but will rather formalize the normalization of the Jewish state’s already warming relations with the two countries. And, while not addressing the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they may pave the way for a broader Arab-Israeli rapprochement after decades of enmity, a pair of wars and only two previous peace deals.

Skeptics, including many longtime Mideast analysts and former officials, have expressed doubts about the impact of the deals and lamented that they ignore the Palestinians, who have rejected them as a stab in the back by fellow Arabs. Netanyahu has insisted that Israel’s plans to annex West Bank settlements is only suspended and remains on the table.

Yet even the harshest critics have allowed that the agreements could usher in a major shift in the region should other Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, follow suit, with implications for Iran, Syria and Lebanon. Other Arab countries believed to be close to recognizing Israel include Oman, Sudan and Morocco.

“These agreements are a huge accomplishment for the countries involved and have led to a tremendous sense of hope and optimism in the region,” said Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, who led the negotiations. “Instead of focusing on past conflicts, people are now focused on creating a vibrant future filled with endless possibilities.”

The Palestinians have not embraced Kushner’s vision.

A poll released Tuesday found that 86% of Palestinians believe the normalization agreement with the UAE serves only Israel’s interests and not their own. Fifty-three percent of Palestinians described the agreement as a “betrayal” while 17% said it marked the “abandonment” of their cause.

The poll, carried out by the respected Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, found that 92% of Palestinians are opposed to Trump’s Mideast plan. The poll, carried out Sept. 9-12, surveyed 1,270 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

Palestinian activists held small demonstrations Tuesday in different parts of the West Bank and in Gaza, where they trampled and set fire to pictures of Trump, Netanyahu and the leaders of the UAE and Bahrain.

Trump remains undeterred, telling “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that the Palestinians are “difficult” to deal with. Eventually, he said, “Palestinians will be brought in because all of their supporters, all of the people that give them lots of money are coming into the deal so otherwise they’ll be left out in the cold.”

Tuesday’s ceremony follows months of intricate diplomacy headed by Kushner and Trump’s envoy for international negotiations, Avi Berkowitz, that first bore fruit Aug. 13 when the Israel-UAE deal was announced. That was followed by the first direct commercial flight between the countries, and then the Sept. 11 announcement of the Bahrain-Israel agreement.

The specific contents of the individual documents to be signed were not known ahead of the ceremony. While officials said they would hew closely to the joint statements issued when the deals were first announced, it remained unclear if the agreements would require further action by the three governments or what binding obligations they would commit each to enforcing.

A senior White House official said Monday the UAE-Israel agreement would be longer and more detailed than the Bahrain agreement because there had been more time to finalize it. Still, the lack of clarity even a day before the ceremony has raised some suspicions about the durability of the agreements.

Even in Israel, where the accords have received widespread acclaim, there is concern that that they might result in U.S. sales of sophisticated weaponry to the UAE and Bahrain, thus potentially upsetting Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.

“They’re very wealthy countries for the most part … some are extraordinarily, like UAE,” Trump said. “And they would like to buy some fighter jets and I personally would have no problem with it.”

Meanwhile, a politically vulnerable Netanyahu is facing questions about appearing at such a large event just days after he announced a new nationwide lockdown to fight a surge in coronavirus cases that will impose severe restrictions on movement and gatherings. The White House encouraged those attending Tuesday’s ceremony to wear masks.

And while the UAE and Bahrain have a history of suppressing dissent and critical public opinion, there have been indications that the agreements are not nearly as popular or well-received as in Israel. Neither country sent its head of state or government to sign the deals with Netanyahu.

Bahrain’s largest Shiite-dominated opposition group, Al-Wefaq, which the government ordered dissolved in 2016 amid a yearslong crackdown on dissent, said there is widespread rejection of normalization.

Al-Wefaq said in a statement that it joins other Bahrainis who reject the agreement to normalize ties with the “Zionist entity,” and criticized the government for crushing the public’s ability to express opinions “to obscure the extent of discontent” at normalization.

In the UAE, there has been speculation that Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, widely seen as the country’s day-to-day leader and architect of the Emirati push to improve relations with Israel, is steering clear of the signing ceremony.

Although Emirati protocol dictates that the foreign minister and not the crown prince of a specific emirate be dispatched to represent the country in lieu of the UAE’s president, who’s rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke more than six years ago, there’s speculation the crown prince is not attending the White House ceremony for political reasons.

He may not want to be seen throwing too much of his support behind Trump weeks ahead of a U.S. presidential election in which the outcome is far from certain.

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Associated Press writers Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Joseph Krauss in Jerusalem contributed to this report.


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By Michelle Crouch, Kaiser Health News

Denver dental hygienist Jennifer Geiselhofer often cleans the teeth of senior patients who can’t easily get to a dentist’s office. But until recently, if she found a cavity, there was little she could do.

“I can’t drill. I can’t pull teeth,” said Geiselhofer, whose mobile clinic is called Dental at Your Door. “I’d recommend they see a dentist, but that was often out of the question because of mobility challenges. So visit after visit, I would come back and there would be more decay.”

But now Geiselhofer has a weapon to obliterate a cavity with a few brushstrokes.

Silver diamine fluoride is a liquid that can be painted on teeth to stop decay. Fast, low-cost and pain-free, the treatment is rapidly gaining momentum nationwide as the cavity treatment of choice for patients who can’t easily get a filling, such as the very young or the very old.

“It has been life-changing for my patients,” said Geiselhofer, who has been using the treatment for about 18 months.

Geiselhofer has not been able to go into nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but she uses the liquid on the older adults she visits in private homes. She also uses it to treat the cavities of patients in homeless shelters, jails and Head Start programs ― now wearing greater protective gear, including gloves, a surgical mask, an N95 mask and a face shield.

The topical medication is an especially good option for seniors, dental industry experts say, because dental care has remained a major gap in health insurance coverage despite poor dental hygiene being linked to heart disease and other health problems like diabetes and pneumonia. Medicare doesn’t cover most dental care, and patients on a fixed income often can’t afford treatment. But because of the effectiveness and low cost of silver diamine fluoride, more state Medicaid programs now cover it — and older adults who pay out-of-pocket can afford it outright.

Silver diamine fluoride has been used in other countries for decades, and studies have proved it safe. Its biggest downside is that it permanently turns the decayed area black — a turnoff, in particular, for people with decay on a front tooth.

Dental providers say the black spots can be covered by tooth-colored material for an extra cost. For older adults, Geiselhofer said, a dark spot is a small price to pay for a treatment that stops cavities quickly, with no drilling, needle prick or trip to the dentist required.

Oral care a problem for older adults

Silver diamine fluoride was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2014 for reducing tooth sensitivity. But its off-label use to treat cavities was quickly adopted. It made headlines as a trauma-free treatment for tooth decay in children under age 5.

Pediatric dentists have embraced it as a solution for kids who can’t sit still for treatment and whose parents want to avoid general anesthesia. In 2018, the then-president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, James Nickman, said that, aside from fluoridated water, the topical cavity fighter “may be the single greatest innovation in pediatric dental health in the last century.”

But today, with more older Americans keeping their natural teeth than in decades past, the treatment is also serving as a boon for a different generation. Because of insurance gaps and the prohibitive cost of most dental treatments, many seniors miss out on preventive care to stave off dental decay, putting them at risk for dental disease that can trigger serious health problems. About 27% of Americans age 65 and older have untreated cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Residents in long-term care facilities are at especially high risk, studies show. Medications cause their mouths to dry, promoting decay. They also may have cognitive issues that make it difficult to practice good oral care. And many are either too frail for traditional dental treatment or too weak to be transported.

Dental hygienists lead the way

Take 87-year-old Ron Hanscom, for example. A patient of Geiselhofer’s, he has been in a Denver nursing home since he had a stroke six years ago, and needs a mechanical lift to get into and out of his wheelchair.


Jennifer Geiselhofer, via Kaiser Health News

About 27% of older adults have untreated tooth decay. Dental hygienist Jennifer Geiselhofer treats seniors with silver diamine fluoride, a cavity-fighting alternative to getting a filling.

On a visit to Hanscom’s nursing home earlier this year, before the pandemic, Geiselhofer spotted a cavity under one of his crowns. After checking in with his dentist, she used a small brush to paint on the silver treatment.

“It’s a good thing she had the silver, because I couldn’t get to a dentist’s office — no way,” Hanscom said. “She did it right in my room.”

Across the country, dental hygienists provide much of the care to patients like Hanscom who otherwise might never see a dentist. They also see patients in homeless shelters, schools, jails and low-cost medical clinics. Since the pandemic hit, Geiselhofer said she has received a flood of requests for in-home care from seniors who are too nervous to go into a dentist’s office, but she has turned them down because she is too busy caring for underserved populations.

Many states allow hygienists to work directly with patients in public health settings without a dentist’s supervision, and Colorado is one of a few that allows them to set up a completely independent practice.

Because the silver treatment is relatively new in this country and can leave a stain, the Colorado state legislature passed a law in 2018 that says hygienists must have an agreement with a supervising dentist to apply it. The law also requires them to get special training on how to use the liquid, which at least 700 hygienists from across the state have completed.

Other states, including Maryland and Virginia, have no special requirements for applying the cavity treatment but require some supervision by a dentist, said Matt Crespin, president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. In those places, hygienists apply it under the same rules that govern the application of other fluoride products.

Preventing new cavities, too

Studies show silver diamine fluoride stops decay in 60% to 70% of cases with one application. A second application six months later boosts the treatment’s long-term effectiveness to more than 90%.

In addition to killing cavity-causing bacteria, the treatment hardens tooth structure, desensitizes the tooth and even stops new cavities from forming. Applying the liquid on the exposed root surfaces of older adults once a year is “a simple, inexpensive, and effective way” to prevent cavities, a 2018 study concluded.

One of the most important benefits of the application on older patients is that the liquid can reach decay that forms under existing dental work such as crowns and bridges, said dental hygienist Michelle Vacha, founder of Community Dental Health, which runs clinics in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado.

Previously, a dentist would have had to remove the crown, drill out the cavity and make a new crown — a traumatic, time-consuming procedure with a typical cost of $1,000 or more, Vacha said. Unable to afford the cost, many patients would instead have the tooth pulled.

The paint-on liquid is significantly cheaper than traditional treatment. Estimates vary, but a private dentist may charge $10 to $75 for one application, compared with $150 to $200 for a filling. Hygienists often have lower fees. At Vacha’s community clinics, the cost is $10 a tooth.

About half of state Medicaid programs now reimburse for the treatment, said Steve Pardue, scientific officer of Elevate Oral Care that distributes Advantage Arrest, the main brand of the topical medication used nationally. Reimbursement rates range from $5 to $75 per application.

More private insurers — about 20% to 30% of them — have also started covering it, Pardue said.

Coming soon to a dentist near you?

A small but growing number of mainstream dentists have begun to offer the treatment to all patients, not just the youngest and oldest.

It’s a good option for those who have anxiety about dental work or concerns about cost, said Dr. Janet Yellowitz, director of geriatric and special care dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

A 2017 survey by the American Dental Association found that almost 8 in 10 dentists had never used the treatment. The ADA doesn’t have more recent statistics, but ADA spokesperson Matthew Messina said anecdotal reports indicate usage is increasing dramatically.

Yellowitz noted that dentists still have a financial incentive to drill and fill. She has made presentations highlighting the benefits of the silver solution at national conferences.

“We’re trying to get everyone to use it,” she said. “It’s a slow process because we’re asking dentists who have been trained for their whole careers to do things one way to completely change their mentality. It’s like asking them to go to another country and drive on the other side of the road.”

Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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Imperial Oil ramps up Kearl oilsands mine output after diluent pipeline restored

The Calgary-based company was forced to shut down the operation, with capacity to produce 240,000 barrels per day of bitumen, a few days after a leak was detected in the Polaris pipeline near Fort McMurray on Aug. 29.


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Dance for Diversity this Friday in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Healthy Huntsville to host a free, family-friendly dance fitness event on Friday, September 18th.

‘Dancing for Diversity’ kicks off at 6 p.m. and the party doesn’t stop until 8:30 p.m. at S.R. Butler Green at Campus No. 805.

Organizers say that attendees will learn from a different dance instructor every 15 minutes to include Zumba, cardio hip hop, Bollywood, line dance, and more.

Healthy Huntsville and Parks & Recreation say they are dedicated to continuing to offer activities that meet local and state health guidelines. Organizers say they will have 6 feet separation markers on the grassy area at Butler Green and face masks and hand sanitizer at the Healthy Huntsville tent.

This event is open to all skill levels.

Dancing for Diversity instructors include: (subject to change)

  • Lynelle Lamons: Dance Fitness
  • Jane Thygerson: Kid’s Zumba
  • Melissa Benson and H-Town Line Dancers: Soul Line Dance Exercise
  • Daniel Weldon: Zumba
  • Karissa Spears: Kardio Dance Fitness
  • Mandie Juvera: Zumba/Latin
  • Amy Haygood: Zumba
  • Crystal Bunnett: Zumba
  • Ananya Arora: Bollywood Dance

You can RSVP and learn more on Healthy Huntsville’s Facebook page.


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North Alabama law enforcement agencies recognize National Police Woman Day

September 12 marked National Police Woman Day. Law enforcement agencies across North Alabama took to social media over the weekend to recognize the women in blue serving and protecting our communities.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office expressed their appreciation for the women that serve as deputies, investigators, and SROs locally and across the country on Facebook.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said they were grateful for their contributions to law enforcement.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office thanked their female uniformed and civilian members for their dedication and professionalism.


Postal Service asks judge to reconsider order barring it from sending vote info in Colorado

The U.S. Postal Service on Sunday asked a federal judge in Colorado to reconsider an order barring it from continuing to distribute a mailer that the state says contains confusing information about Colorado’s mail-in voting system.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold filed a lawsuit Saturday against the Postal Service, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the Denver postmaster to stop delivery of the flyers, which are being distributed nationally, to Colorado voters.

U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez issued a temporary restraining order late Saturday stopping the mailings.

“The notice, if distributed, will sow confusion amongst voters by delivering a contradictory message,” Martinez wrote.

The USPS mailer tells voters they must request a mail-in ballot for the November elections. In Colorado, every registered voter receives a mail ballot.

The mailer also recommends that voters mail back their ballots at least a week before the Nov. 3 Election Day. Griswold argued that could make people believe they must mail their ballot in but voters in Colorado can mail their ballots, drop them off at drop boxes or voting service centers, or vote in person.

Griswold argues in the lawsuit that “these false statements will disenfranchise Colorado voters, including its uniform military and overseas voters; mislead them about Colorado’s election procedures; infringe Colorado’s Constitutional rights to conduct its elections; and interfere with the Secretary of State’s ability to oversee Colorado elections. These false statements will confuse Colorado voters, likely causing otherwise-eligible voters to wrongly believe that they may not participate in the upcoming election.”

The USPS said it is sending the mailers nationally to promote the successful delivery of mail ballots. Worries about the coronavirus pandemic are likely to induce millions of U.S. voters to vote by mail for the first time.

The postal service asked Martinez on Sunday to reconsider, arguing that more than 200,000 postcards were in the process of being delivered. It said the judge’s order would be “extremely burdensome, requiring examination of mail by thousands of postal employees.” It added it had ceased processing of other Colorado-bound postcards.

Colorado has more than 3.5 million active registered voters.

Griswold said Colorado first learned Thursday about the mailers and expressed its concerns to the Postal Service. A Postal Service official told the state that most deliveries had been halted by Friday night, according to a state court filing on Sunday.

Griswold, a Democrat, has criticized Dejoy over Postal Service changes that slowed processing and delivery. She has lambasted as baseless President Donald Trump’s statements that mail-in voting is prone to fraud. Colorado also has joined a multi-state suit asking a federal judge to undo service cuts at the Postal Service, saying the integrity of the upcoming election is at stake.

Also named in Griswold’s lawsuit is the regional postmaster for Albuquerque, which services parts of far southwest Colorado.

Martinez set the next hearing in the case for Friday.


Crews respond to house fire in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Firefighters responded to a house fire in Huntsville Sunday night.

Multiple units responded to the home on Edinburgh Drive around 8:30 p.m. Firefighters said two people and a dog were able to get out safely.

Crews put out the fire shortly before 10 p.m.


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Huntsville City Schools begin staggered return to classroom Sept. 14

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools students not enrolled in the district’s virtual academy will return to the classroom starting Monday.

Students will return using a Cohort A, Cohort-B staggered schedule. Pre-K through 8th grade will go back the week of Sept. 14. Grades 9-12 will go back the week of Sept. 21.

Families are asked to keep students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms home from school.

All students and staff will be required to wear masks. The school system said social distancing will be practiced as much as possible.

Health stations too take staff members’ temperatures as they enter the building will be available at every school, according to HCS. All classrooms will also have cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.


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CSP releases more info on weekend crashes that killed 4 across Weld County

Four people are dead after three separate crashes this weekend across Weld County.

Just before 4 p.m. Friday, Colorado State Patrol responded to a collision at U.S. 85, north of Colo. 392. It was later determined the 16-year-old girl driving a 2005 Nissan sedan continued through a stop sign west of the highway when a southbound 1997 Ford pickup collided with the sedan, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

The driver of the Nissan, as well as a 37-year-old man who was riding in the car with her, and the driver of the pickup, a 39-year-old Evans man, were all taken to North Colorado Medical Center. The driver and passenger of the Nissan were both declared dead at the hospital. The Weld County Coroner’s Office has not yet publicly identified them. The Evans man sustained moderate injuries.

Troopers do not believe drugs, alcohol or excessive speed were factors in the collision.

After 5 p.m. Saturday, troopers responded to a crash on westbound Interstate 76, near mile marker 49, outside of Roggen. Troopers determined the 59-year-old man driving a 2016 Freightliner with a trailer went off into the right shoulder, where he struck a guardrail and went off the right side of the road. Lewis said the semi began to roll before striking a second guardrail and coming to a stop.

The driver was declared dead on scene. He has not yet been publicly identified. Troopers do not suspect drugs, alcohol or speed were factors.

About 5:30 p.m. Saturday, troopers responded to a collision at Weld County roads 16 and 71, in Roggen. Troopers determined a 28-year-old Roggen woman was driving a 2016 Honda sedan south on Weld 71 when she entered the intersection at Weld 16. She continued past the stop sign, according to Lewis, where she was struck by a 17-year-old Roggen girl driving a 2007 Subaru east on Weld 16.

The 28-year-old was declared dead on scene. She has not been publicly identified. The 17-year-old was taken to Platte Valley Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Troopers believe the 28-year-old might have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to Lewis.

As of Thursday, the Colorado Department of Transportation recorded 26 fatal crashes so far this year in Weld County, killing 32 people. This weekend’s crashes bring that total up to 29 crashes with 36 dead.

From January to September 2019, there were 35 fatal crashes across the county that killed 40 people.


Sally takes aim at the Gulf, but north Alabama should prep for gusty winds, heavy rain

Tropical Storm Sally continues to strengthen as it moves northwest over the Gulf of Mexico. As of 7pm Sunday, its maximum sustained wind speeds were 60 mph, which makes Sally a strong tropical storm. Additional strengthening is forecast to occur through Monday, when it will likely be a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall near New Orleans late Monday into Tuesday morning.

Very heavy rainfall is expected for the Gulf Coast, including New Orleans, which could 6-10 inches of rain. Mobile could also receive as much as 20 inches of rain, sparking major flooding concerns for anyone still located along the coastline.

Sally’s impact to north Alabama

We’re likely to see some rain and impacts from Sally later this week as it turns northeast after landfall and moves into Alabama. The question that we still don’t know the answer to is where exactly and when that turn northeast actually happens.

Depending on when that turn occurs, we could see a whole lot of rain and perhaps some stronger storms. As of this writing, rainfall will be heaviest along Sand Mountain, where as much as 6 to 8 inches of rainfall is possible through Thursday evening. This much rain in a short amount of time will produce potentially threatening flash flooding.

Wind gusts may also reach as high as the 30-40 mph through Thursday evening, with local wind gusts near 50 mph along Lookout and Sand Mountains.

In addition, a potential for severe weather (including tornadoes) exists, especially if Sally’s center of circulation continues to move through the heart of north Alabama.

We will continue to update you regarding the heavy rain and wind threat, but be aware that if you live in an area prone to flash flooding and/or tree damage, you may want to prepare for Sally’s arrival this week.

Track Sally using our interactive map below. In addition, the News 19 Forecast Discussion page is available by clicking this link.


Pres. Trump holds rally in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (NewsNation Now) — President Donald Trump held a rally in rural northern Nevada Sunday night, ahead of two campaign events in Las Vegas.

The Trump campaign announced plans for a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport in rural Douglas County Saturday at 7 p.m. PT./10 p.m. ET. The airport is roughly 45 miles south of Reno.

Trump originally planned a 5,000-person event in a private hangar at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. But the airport authority warned Wednesday that would violate the gathering restriction.

Douglas County spokeswoman Melissa Blosser told the Reno Gazette Journal Friday that adequate social distancing will be in place at the Minden event but “no one from Douglas County will be enforcing anything.”

Trump plans to host a “Latinos for Trump” roundtable Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He’s scheduled a 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET rally at a manufacturing facility in neighboring Henderson before a campaign stop Monday in Phoenix.

The campaign for Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden is hosting virtual events Saturday, including a press conference with the mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren.


Fishing tournament fundraiser for Hazel Green burn victims happening Sept. 19

HAZEL GREEN, Ala – It has been nearly a year since five people were injured in a bonfire explosion in Hazel Green. James Boyle and Natalie Prescott suffered severe burns in the explosion and are still recovering. 

James returned home from Vanderbilt’s Burn Center in April after more than four months in the hospital. Eighty-five percent of his body suffered extensive burns. 

“We are waiting any day now to get his prosthetic fingers to get his hands more mobile. He’s doing everything he can without them,” said John Boyle, James’ father. 

The road to recovery has been harder due to COVID-19.

“Before the shutdown, he would get monthly services. Now, he’s going to be months behind in recovery. Maybe a year,” John said. 

Bills continue to mount for both families. That’s why the Boyles decided to host a fundraiser.

A fishing tournament will be held on September 19 at Madison County Lake to benefit both James and Natalie. The top three tournament winners will take home half of the profits. The other half will be split between both families to cover medical expenses.

“Events like this keeps them involved with the community. Keeps the community involved with their recovery. Every day and every week we see God’s work in them and on them,” John said. 

Fishing starts at 6:00 a.m. The entry fee is $20 along with a small fishing fee at the lake. There will be prizes vendors and food. For more information on the tournament, visit the event’s Facebook page.

If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, a GoFundMe campaign was set up for James.


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El Paso Republicans lash out against Colorado GOP Chair Ken Buck

Faith shaken in the Colorado Republican Party after yet another local dustup, El Paso County GOP officials are considering a vote of no confidence in state party Chair Ken Buck, hoping to quash the chances of a second term for him in that role.

Missy Ward, a member of the El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee, told The Denver Post on Sunday that Buck committed “gross malfeasance” in refusing to support the committee’s effort to remove the county party treasurer, and a no-confidence vote could be taken before the Nov. 3 election.

Other local Republication leaders, such as state Rep. Larry Liston, don’t want to take an official vote, although they, too, say Buck and the state party can no longer act with neutrality toward Colorado’s largest Republican county.

“Ken Buck should go back to being a congressman and let somebody else who can be objective and reasonable and fair be the next state party chair,” said Liston, also a member of the local executive committee.

A no-confidence vote would have little tangible impact on Buck, but comes at an awkward time as a major election approaches — one in which he is on the ballot in his position as U.S. representative for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District.

“The State Party continues to work with County Partners on the internal challenges they may find themselves in,” Colorado GOP spokesperson Joe Jackson said Sunday in response to a request for comment from Buck. “Our team is focused on winning elections, electing Republican leadership, and delivering results for all Coloradans.”

Buck has offered to mediate disagreements between El Paso County Republican factions multiple times.

The new objections mark the third time Buck has been drawn into a county party controversy this year, with the other two situations arising in El Paso and Weld County.

El Paso Republicans say Buck’s actions have caused consternation, created grudges between party members and besmirched the party as a whole at a time when the focus should be on the re-election of President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

The “ridiculous” issues distract voters during a critical juncture, said State Rep. Lois Landgraf, of Fountain, who also questioned Buck’s neutrality. She said he is simply dividing the state party further.

“I guess the state party doesn’t care about El Paso County,” Landgraf said.

The latest friction in El Paso County began when the county party voted overwhelmingly in mid-August to remove treasurer John Pitchford, Liston said. During a radio interview, Pitchford — an unelected member of the county party — had called more than a dozen locally elected Republicans racist for censuring county party Chair Vickie Tonkins, who is Black.

Tonkins was censured after she asked on the party’s official Facebook page whether people believed the coronavirus pandemic — which has killed nearly 200,000 people nationwide and nearly 2,000 in Colorado — is a “PSYOP (Psychological Operation).”

Party officials also had issues with how Pitchford was performing as treasurer, Ward said. Despite a vote from the county’s executive committee to remove Pitchford, Tonkins rejected the move, Liston said. She cited procedural concerns in her decision, and the matter was appealed to the state party.

“It’s enough, it really is. We can’t get anything done,” Ward said. “And it’s just this one group of fringe radicals. They refuse to follow the laws.”

On Saturday, Buck wrote to the local executive committee saying that he and the state executive committee reviewed the matter but took no action other than to say the issue should be resolved after the Nov. 3 election.

Buck did condemn Pitchford’s on-air comments and ask that the treasurer refrain from making more public comments — a move that El Paso County Commissioner and executive committee member Stan VanderWerf said was at least a small step in the right direction.

But still VanderWerf and Holly Williams, his fellow commissioner and committee member, said they were disappointed in the decision. Both said they were not in favor of a no-confidence vote and would rather handle the disagreement after the election.

That new meeting will likely only be postponed into oblivion, however, Ward predicted. Plus, she and others said they have no faith in any new meetings with the state party.

“Why would anybody go to another meeting and participate in anything with GOP headquarters?” Landgraf said.

State Rep. Tim Geitner of Falcon also expressed his disappointment with state party leadership, which he said has abandoned candidates and elected officials in El Paso County and stripped the local executive committee of its power by allowing a “dictator-like rule.”

“One thing is certain, if Sen. Gardner and President Trump are to be successful, it will be because of hundreds of volunteers that have been working with local candidates to get out the vote, as well as the well-organized Trump ground campaign despite the deliberate sabotage of the county party leadership,” Geitner said in a statement.

Neither Tonkins nor Pitchford returned messages seeking comment.

Earlier in the year Buck pressured an El Paso County GOP leader to submit caucus vote results to the state that were contrary to the actual results. The Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation is currently investigating following a request from the left-leaning ProgressNow Colorado to have Buck, an attorney, disbarred.

And a complaint was filed with the Colorado Attorney General’s office in May alleging election fraud and corruption among several Weld County Republicans, including one of Buck’s aides.


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Community support continues for injured Morgan County investigator during Sunday fundraiser

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office held a fundraiser Sunday to help support one of their own.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Investigator Caleb Brooks was critically injured by a bull at his home in August. After several surgeries, his wife Madeline said doctors determined he needed a small intestine transplant.

Community members lined up in their vehicles outside the American Legion in Decatur to purchase grab-and-go plates for $12. The sheriff’s office said over 700 plates were sold! Plates consisted of chicken, fish, shrimp or a combo and included fries, hushpuppies, slaw, and tea.

An event organizer said proceeds would help offset Brooks’ medical expenses.

As of Sunday night, a GoFundMe campaign for Caleb and his family has raised over $33,000. People can also donate to the Caleb Brooks Donation Fund at any Redstone Federal Credit Union location.

A Facebook group, Our Story #Praying4Brooks, has also been set up by his family to provide updates.


Affidavit: Garden City nightclub security attacked after confronting man about cocaine deal

A 22-year-old man could face a felony charge after police say he fought with nightclub security earlier this month in Garden City.

About 11:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Garden City police responded to El Rodeo Nightclub, at 510 25th St., where a drunk man was reportedly fighting with security. On arrival, police found security had detained 22-year-old Rigoberto Rangel-Medrano, who was in need of treatment for pepper spray exposure.

A security guard told police he saw Rangel-Medrano enter a restroom and engage in a drug deal. The guard told Rangel-Medrano drugs weren’t allowed on the premise and told him he had to leave, according to court documents. It’s unclear from court documents whether the guard saw the other person involved in the drug deal, but online arrest records maintained by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office indicate Garden City police did not arrest anyone else that day.

Rangel-Medrano became verbally aggressive with security, the guard told police. At one point, the guard asked Rangel-Medrano what he placed in his back pocket, and Rangel-Medrano pulled his face mask from his right rear pocket. The guard saw a bag of what appeared to be cocaine inside the mask, he later told police.

Security began to escort Rangel-Medrano out of the club, when he swung at a guard and punched him in the face, according to court records. The victim said Rangel-Medrano broke a $400 pair of glasses and an $800 phone in the struggle. The guard continued to bleed from his nose after police arrived.

Police found the bag, which tested presumptive positive for half a gram of cocaine, according to court records. Rangel-Medrano was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief, a Class 6 felony, third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and misdemeanor drug possession. He was taken to the Weld County Jail, from which he has since been released.

The Weld District Attorney’s Office has a deadline of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to file formal charges in this case.


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TBI: Deadly carjacking/shooting suspect ‘no longer threat’ after chase; female hostage safe

(WKRN) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reporting that a suspect who was accused in a carjacking and shooting that killed one person earlier Sunday morning in Coffee County along Interstate 24 is ‘no longer a threat.’

According to the TBI, 29-year-old Dangelo Dorsey from St. Louis, Missouri led investigators on a brief chase along I-24 East before crashing his car at mile marker 156 near Kimball, TN. As of 4:45 p.m., both sides of the interstate are shut down and are not supposed to be cleared until 8 p.m.

Investigators say Dorsey had a female hostage in the back seat of the vehicle, she is reportedly safe.

The original incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning when a carjacking occurred at mile marker 97 on I-24 West near Beechgrove, TN. In addition to the carjacking, TBI said several shootings occurred that led to one person being killed. The details surrounding the original incident are still not immediately clear.

TBI and other agencies in multiple counties were acting on leads all morning and afternoon and investigating other carjackings that may have been related. Just before 2 p.m., TBI put out a BOLO for the suspect, Dorsey, who was wanted and considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Additional details regarding Dorsey’s capture are not yet available. Investigators did say, however, that he no longer poses a threat to the public. The TBI will be holding a news conference at 7 p.m. and will provide more details then.


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Black Lives Matter march in Westminster draws about 100 people, counter-protesters

About 100 people marched through Westminster Sunday afternoon in a small Black Lives Matter demonstration that was met by a handful of counter-protesters who drove by the group in pickup trucks and muscle cars, honking their horns, flipping their middle fingers and shouting phrases such as “Loser” and “America.”

The Black Lives Matter protesters reacted by chanting about how President Donald Trump should be voted out of office and by attempting to block the view of the passing vehicles with umbrellas or signs. They also returned the middle fingers.

The counter-protesters seemed to be outnumbered, with the same half-dozen or so vehicles buzzing past the larger group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators every few minutes, driving laps around the pedestrian protesters.

The Black Lives Matter group started its march around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of West 144th Avenue and Orchard Parkway before walking to McKay Lake and holding speeches. Around 2 p.m., instead of walking back to the starting point, organizers decided to ferry marchers back to the start in vehicles, in part because of the tension between the protesters and counter-protesters.

The march, organized by Caravan for Justice and students in Adams County, was billed as youth-led. Children and teenagers walked at the front of the group and gave several of the speeches.

Fin Joyce, 16, said he attended because he wants justice for people such as Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after he was violently stopped by Aurora police in 2019.

“There is strength in numbers and it shows — with all of our physical bodies here in this space — that this is what we want as citizens, for our fellow people to be safe,” he said as the crowd chanted in the hot sun.

“I want justice for anyone who has died due to racism and the racist system in this country.”


Someone Shared a Photo Album with You? Be Careful!

Online photo sharing has become a popular method for families and friends to easily share photos with each other. Top photo-sharing platforms include Google, Facebook, and Instagram with more than 95 million photos and videos shared each day. Unfortunately, this popularity also has a dark side.

Over the last few months, consumers have reported a surge in photo-sharing scams. Google Photos, in particular, has been targeted by scammers trying to take advantage of users. The message states that someone has shared a photo album with you. The scam notification usually comes by text or email with a link to the “album”. The URL seems real. The no-reply email address appears to be a legitimate Google address. But there’s a problem. The URL is really a wolf in sheep’s clothing – made to look official by Google’s own goo.gl URL shortener. The message – a phishing scam pure and simple!

If you click on the link, you’ll be prompted to sign-in to Google. If you follow through, you’ll give scammers exactly what they want – your log-in credentials. They now have access to all the Google apps you use including Gmail, Google Calendar, and more. To make things worse, every other app or account that you access using your Google credentials has also been compromised! So how do you protect yourself?

  • Never click on a link in a message sent to you out of the blue. If you ever receive a notification from any photo-sharing platform, stop and think before clicking. Do I have an account with this platform? Do I recognize the person listed as the sender? If you don’t use the platform or don’t recognize the sender, then don’t click on the link.
  • If the message appears to be from a friend or family member, but they don’t normally share photos with you, call them first to verify that they are the sender.
  • Hover over the link – even shortened ones – to be sure it’s taking you to a legitimate website.
  • Immediately change all account passwords, if your Google account has been compromised and you have linked other accounts to it.
  • Google offers options for making your Google Photos Album safer for friends and family.
  • Report this and other scams to bbb.org.

Source: BBBNA, BBB.org, Google.com, Kaspersky Daily, Bernard Marr & Co.

To report a scam, call your BBB at 256-533-1640 or go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.


Sheriff: Deputy on video punching Black man in Georgia fired

JONESBORO, Ga. (NEXSTAR/AP) — A sheriff’s office in Georgia said Sunday it fired a deputy seen on video repeatedly punching a Black man during a traffic stop.

The deputy was being let go for “excessive use of force,” the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. It did not identify the deputy, but said a criminal investigation has been turned over to the district attorney’s office.

Roderick Walker, 26, was arrested and beaten after Clayton County sheriff’s deputies pulled over the Lyft rideshare vehicle he was riding in Friday with his girlfriend, their 5-month-old child and his stepson for an alleged broken taillight, his attorney, Shean Williams of The Cochran Firm in Atlanta, said Sunday. The deputies asked for Walker’s identification and got upset and demanded he get out of the vehicle when he questioned why they needed it since he wasn’t driving, Williams said.

The subsequent arrest, captured on video by a bystander and shared widely, shows two deputies on top of Walker, one of whom repeatedly punches him. Walker is heard saying “I’m going to die,” and “I can’t breathe.” Williams said his client lost consciousness at least twice during the beating.

“My reaction to the video is that it just shows unfortunately another incident where an African American male’s civil rights have been violated by people and officers and law enforcement who have the duty first to protect and serve,” he said.

Walker was arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers and battery. Williams demanded his release on bond.

The sheriff’s office said a court denied bond for Walker because of outstanding warrants, including a felony probation warrant out of Fulton County for cruelty to children and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


Orillia OPP looking for missing man known to frequent London, Windsor, Huntsville

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City of Calgary report shows 89% of residents following mask bylaw

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DUI / crash

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE          CASE#: 20B104290 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Thomas Roach                                STATION: Westminster                      CONTACT#: 802-722-4600   DATE/TIME: 09/12/2020 at 2100 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Henwood


Governor Ivey urges Alabamians to stay vigilant as Sally approaches

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — As Tropical Storm Sally continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is asking residents to remain aware of the latest forecasts over the next few days as the system moves toward the northern Gulf coast.

“As we head in to a new week, we are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Sally.” Gov. Ivey said in a statement released late Sunday morning.

“It is likely that this storm system will be impacting Alabama’s Gulf Coast. While it is currently not being predicted as a direct hit to our coastal areas, we know well that we should not take the threat lightly,” she said.

Tropical Storm Sally gained strength Sunday morning, with winds up to 60 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters expect the system to continue moving northwest, approaching the southeast coast of Louisiana late Monday or early Tuesday.

Governor Ivey expressed her concern for residents to our west as the system moves in that direction: “We offer our prayers and support to our friends in Louisiana as they are expected to once again be in the path of severe weather.”

Alabama’s Emergency Management team along with local and regional emergency management agencies are monitoring Tropical Storm Sally’s progress. The main threat to portions of south and southwest Alabama will likely come from copious amounts of rain, according to forecasters. Tidal surge may also become problematic for coastal Mobile and Baldwin Counties, according to the National Weather Service.

“I urge everyone to stay tuned in to your local, trusted weather news source and to remain aware as this storm approaches,” the Governor said.

“While COVID-19 remains a threat, do what you can to protect your health, but if necessary, remember that getting yourself and your family to safety in the event of severe weather takes precedent. We will continue monitoring everything from the state level. Stay vigilant, Alabama.”


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Death Investigation

1800 blk. of Portage Road
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Google Doodle honours Terry Fox, on anniversary of first run

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Grizzly that attacked man near Pemberton was protecting cubs, won’t be killed: officials

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Oregon State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting – Lake County

On September 12, 2020, at approximately 2:32 P.M., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Interstate 8 Motel in Lakeview for a reported 10-15 shots fired.

As the first arriving deputy awaited backup, a male subject exited a motel room with a handgun. The subject pointed the firearm at the deputy and refused commands to drop the weapon the deputy fired one round and the suspect went back into the room and closed the door.  

Oregon State Police SWAT team responded to the scene. Upon entering the motel room an adult male was located deceased.

Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section and Oregon State Police Forensics Division responded to the scene to investigate.

As protocol the involved deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave. 

Any further information will be released by or with the permission of the Lake County District Attorney's Office.


New Haven Barracks / Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B502358 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. R. Normile STATION: New Haven                      CONTACT#: 802-388-4919   DATE/TIME: 09/13/2020, 1026 Hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Forge Hill Rd. in the Town of Lincoln VIOLATIONS: -Violation of Abuse Prevention Order


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Hong Kong police officer suspended after being charged with assaulting girlfriend during argument

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Aline Chretien, wife of former PM Chretien, dead at 84

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Paddle boarder, 10, rescued half a mile off Norfolk coast

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Community campaign raises money to keep Toronto man in his home

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Cameron Peak fire has destroyed 54 buildings; blaze remains stable Sunday


Canyon Lakes Rangers

As the snow melts off from earlier this week, firefighters are actively extinguishing hot spots like these along the Cameron Peak fire perimeter and around structures.

The Cameron Peak fire has destroyed 54 buildings, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, including 25 residential structures.

The fire, which has burned 102,596 acres, or about 160 square miles, did not grow Saturday as snow and moisture continued to keep the blaze stable, according to fire officials. The fire started Aug. 13, is 4% contained and is burning in the Roosevelt National Forest west of Fort Collins.

So far, 29 outbuildings and 25 residential structures — including two homes lived in full-time — have been destroyed and two more structures were damaged by the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office. All property owners of damaged or destroyed property have been notified.

The majority of the destroyed homes were located in the Monument Gulch area, according to the sheriff’s office. Two homes and several outbuildings were also damaged around Archer’s Poudre River Resort, south of Colorado 14.

On Saturday, firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions to build direct fire line along Buckhorn Road, Pingree Park Road and and Colorado 14, and worked on indirect lines around residential areas as an extra precaution, according to a Sunday update on the fire operations.

Fire officials expect higher temperatures in the mid-60s Sunday to melt snow in the area, but still expect fire activity to remain low Sunday. Firefighters will continue to build direct lines on the west, north and east edges of the fire, officials said in the update.


Wildfire map

Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and could lag real-time events. Incident types are numbered 1-5 — a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire with few personnel involved. Find more information about incident types at the bottom of this page.


Coronavirus: Illegal house party host fined £10k apologises

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Suspect Sought in a Robbery (Snatch) Offense: 1300 Block of Constitution Avenue, Northeast

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Fist District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to a Robbery (Snatch) offense that occurred on Saturday, September 12, 2020, in the 1300 block of Constitution Avenue, Northeast.

 

At approximately 11:00 am, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. One of the suspects snatched property from the victim then both suspects fled the scene.

 

One of the suspects was captured by a surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below:

 

 

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


Coronavirus pandemic takes harsh toll on young adults’ mental health, poll finds

By Cheyanne Mumphrey and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Associated Press

PHOENIX — The coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of young Americans, according to a new poll that finds adults under 35 especially likely to report negative feelings or experience physical or emotional symptoms associated with stress and anxiety.

A majority of Americans ages 18 through 34 — 56% — say they have at least sometimes felt isolated in the past month, compared with about 4 in 10 older Americans, according to the latest COVID Response Tracking Study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Twenty-five percent of young adults rate their mental health as fair or poor, compared with 13% of older adults, while 56% of older adults say their mental health is excellent or very good, compared with just 39% of young adults.

In the midst of the pandemic, young adults are navigating life transitions such as starting college and finding jobs, all without being able to experience normal social activities that might be especially essential for people who are less likely to have already married and started their own families. Some young people are just beginning their adult lives amid a recession, and older members of the group are already experiencing their second.

Christina Torres, 32, a middle school teacher in Honolulu, had to postpone her June wedding and was not able to travel to her grandmother’s funeral in California because of the pandemic. She misses being able to deal with stress by going to the gym and getting together with friends.

“And so it’s hard to not feel really hopeless sometimes, especially because the numbers keep going up,” she said.

The study found that younger Americans also consistently show higher rates of psychosomatic symptoms, like having trouble sleeping, getting headaches or crying, compared to other age groups. The likelihood of experiencing such symptoms decreases with age.

One possible explanation for the age gap could be that young adults have less experience dealing with a public health crisis, said Tom Smith, who has directed NORC’s General Social Survey since 1980. Smith, 71, says he grew up being told not to play in the dirt because of the risk of contracting polio.

“This experience facing a pandemic is completely new for most younger adults,” he said.

Torres thought some of the hardship her generation is experiencing now could be attributed to their lack of historical context, compared with her parents’ generation.

“So it kind of feels like, oh my God, can this get any worse? When is it going to get better?” she said. “It doesn’t feel like it’s going to get better.”

Young adults also face constant exposure to social media, which could make negative feelings about the virus even worse. The survey found that frequently watching, reading or talking about the virus is consistently linked with higher rates of negative mental health symptoms.

Wayne Evans, 18, a freshman at North Carolina State University studying remotely after being sent home because of virus cases at the school, said social media provided daily reminders of COVID-19.

“In some ways social media has added to my stressors, yes. Just the information overload that’s unavoidable on social media platforms can be distracting,” he said.

The survey found 67% of young adults, but just 50% of those older, say they have at least sometimes felt that they were unable to control the important things in life. And 55% of 18 to 34 year olds say they have felt difficulties piling up too high to overcome, compared with 33% of older adults.

In Arizona, Desiree Eskridge, 17, decided to study remotely in California for her first year at Northern Arizona University partly because she did not want to risk spreading COVID-19 to her family, which is prone to sickness. She also worried she would get sick and have to pay back a student loan for a semester she could not finish on the campus.

She did move into her grandparents’ house so she could still be more on her own. She relies on friends who are living on campus and taking the same classes to explain things she did not quite understand during lectures and has to schedule extra Zoom appointments with her professors for additional help.

“It’s extremely stressful, but me being home makes it a little easier because I can do it all in my own time and my own space and I don’t have to be in this new environment where I have to learn everything all over,” she said.

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St. Albans // Larceny // Request for information

  VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A204063 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:    Trooper Seth Boudreau                      STATION:     St. Albans CONTACT#: 8025245993   DATE/TIME: 09/13/2020 at 1125 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: 11 Faywood Rd. Grand Isle VIOLATION: Larceny     SUMMARY OF


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Enfield stabbing: Murder arrest after man’s death

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St. Albans // Request for Information

    VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A204062 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:    Trooper Seth Boudreau                      STATION:     St. Albans CONTACT#: 8025245993   DATE/TIME: 9/13/2020 at 0742 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Construction Dr. & Woods Hill in Swanton     SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:


Three teens killed in vehicle crash in central New Brunswick: principal

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Denver weather: Warm, sunny and dry for most of the week

Sunshine and warm weather is in store for the Denver area Sunday, with high temperatures reaching the mid-80s.

The warm and dry weather will continue all week, with highs most days in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service at Boulder.

The region might see some mildly gusty winds on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and those winds are expected to calm down later in the week.

No significant rain is expected Sunday or through the rest of the week.


Suspect Sought in a Burglary One Offense: 1800 Block of Ontario Place, Northwest

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Third District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to a Burglary One offense that occurred on Saturday, September 12, 2020, in the 1800 block of Ontario Place, Northwest.

 

At approximately 9:58 am, the suspect entered an occupied residence at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene.

 

The suspect was captured by a surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below:

 

 

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


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John Nerger discusses Space and Rocket Center fundraiser

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Even the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the state’s top tourist attraction, has not been immune.

The center said it needed $1.5 million to keep the doors open, and supporters came up with that amountand more.

The question of course: Why didn’t the center ask for enough money to solve all its financial problems?

Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission Chair John Nerger said it’s not an easy question to answer, but it came down to transparency.

You can watch our full interview with Nerger below:


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