Vanessa Guillen’s family to get full benefits after her death deemed ‘in the line of duty’

first_imgU.S. ArmyBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Army has informed Spc. Vanessa Guillen’s family that they are entitled to her full Army benefits because her death was “in the line of duty,” according to an Army statement.“The Army briefed the Guillen family Oct. 20 on the results of the line of duty investigation into Spc. Vanessa Guillen’s death,” said a statement released by Fort Hood on Tuesday.“This investigation concluded that Vanessa’s death was ‘in the line of duty,’” the statement said. “The Army conducts a line of duty determination for all Soldier deaths.”“This determination establishes that the Guillen family is entitled to a variety of Army benefits for Vanessa’s service to our nation,” said the statement.The compensation includes her servicemembers’ group life insurance, her final pay and allowances, and help with the cost of her full military funeral, as well as other benefits, the Army said.“The III Corps leadership remains in contact with the Guillen family to keep them informed of the additional actions being taken at Fort Hood, and what policies are being revised to ensure Army culture continues to put people first and honors Vanessa’s life,” the statement added.Guillen disappeared from Fort Hood on April 22, triggering an investigation that eventually led to the discovery of her remains on June 30. Investigators then quickly determined that she had been murdered by fellow Spc. Aaron Robinson, who later took his own life as law enforcement closed in on him.The Guillen family’s claims that she had been sexually harassed at the base led to a moment of reckoning, leading current and former members of the military to step forward with similar claims. Investigators said they have not found any information to prove that Guillen was sexually harassed.Guillen’s family also complained that Fort Hood authorities did not make finding Guillen a priority and said that base leadership did not keep them informed of developments in her case.Last week the Army announced new changes that will prioritize efforts to locate soldiers when they do not report for duty, instead of listing them as Absent Without Leave (AWOL) as has been the norm.A service member who does not return to duty after 30 days is dropped from the rolls and listed as a deserter. The military services do not make it a priority to look for deserters.The hunt for Guillen this summer led investigators to the remains of Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales, who disappeared from Fort Hood in August 2019, just weeks before he was to leave the Army. He was listed as AWOL and dropped from the rolls after the 30-day period.Army investigators later determined that his death was the result of foul play while he was on active duty.That conclusion led to the restoration of his rank and military benefits for his family, including the costs associated with his military funeral.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Extension Academy

first_imgFor more information on UGA Extension’s impact in Georgia, visit extension.uga.edu. Fifteen University of Georgia Cooperative Extension employees graduated this month from the 2018-19 UGA Extension Academy for Professional Excellence — an internal program aimed at developing the next generation of leaders.The program is designed to teach leadership skills to early- and mid-career UGA county Extension agents, state specialists and personnel from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Ultimately, the training is an effort toward fulfilling UGA Extension’s mission of helping Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible individuals.Extension Academy participants completed three leadership institutes offering intensive, three-day personal and professional development trainings facilitated by the CAES Office of Learning and Organizational Development (OLOD).Participants in the leadership program have been identified as potential leaders for the organization, or are current leaders, who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills.”Extension Academy is the first tier of leadership-development training for professionals working in UGA Extension and is closely aligned units within our college. This class of graduates look forward to potential leadership opportunities with the organization and will lean on the information and network they gained in this program as they lead,” said Lauren Griffeth, UGA Extension leadership specialist and organizer of the academy.Tripp Williams, UGA Extension county coordinator in Columbia County, says he learned a lot about his management style and how it affects his team through the Extension Academy.“I was able to identify leadership strengths and opportunities for growth to achieve our office goals and my personal career goals,” he said. “I feel the leadership academy is a vital part of continuing education for Extension agents as it equips us to be confident leaders in our offices, communities and state.” Kelle Ashley, the UGA Extension 4-H and youth development agent in Oconee County, applied for Extension Academy because she saw the program as an opportunity to grow professionally.“Extension Academy was a great experience.  After each session, I felt ‘recharged.’ I’d return to my county office with a plan to take on new challenges both professionally and personally,” Ashley said. “This experience was also a great way to connect with colleagues from around the state. Creating this new network of Extension professionals has helped me better appreciate how each one of them brings value to our organization.” The opportunity to receive advanced leadership training in a small setting is what convinced Clark MacAllister, UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Dawson and Lumpkin counties, to participate in the program.  “I had been in Extension for a few years and I had established a decent reputation in my counties. This allowed me some room to take time for extra trainings,” said MacAllister, who joined UGA Extension seven years ago. “Even though I still feel ‘new’ in some ways, I’ve got to be a good example to the younger Extension agents coming up behind me.”He said the Extension Academy courses helped him learn more about himself with an end goal of helping him better interact with others.“The program makes you look inside and examine your own personality; how you are perceived by others and how you react to stress and conflict,” he said. “I learned how small actions can have big consequences when you are interacting with coworkers. It was uncomfortable at times to discuss my own personality habits, but in understanding these I can now adjust to become a better leader within my office and my community.”After completing Extension Academy, MacAllister says he would recommend the program to other Extension agents who are interested in expanding their leadership skills.                              This year’s Extension Academy participants are:Leigh Anne Aaron, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Oconee and Morgan countiesKelle Ashley, 4-H agent, Oconee CountyStephanie Benton, 4-H agent, Early CountyPam Bloch, 4-H agent, Gwinnett CountyKasey Bozeman, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Liberty and Long countiesPaul Coote, director, Burton 4-H CenterTim Davis, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Chatham CountyClark MacAllister, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Dawson and Lumpkin CountiesMerritt Melancon, public relations coordinator, UGA Extension, Office of Communications and Creative ServicesSusan Moore, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Laurens CountyJustin Shealey, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Echols CountyHeather Shultz, 4-H livestock programs coordinator, UGA ExtensionCindee Sweda, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Spalding CountyTrish West, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Bryan CountyTripp Williams, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Columbia Countylast_img read more

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Attorney and political activists denies involvement in passport scam

first_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Attorney and political activists denies involvement in passport scam by: – June 6, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Attorney at Law & political activist Mr. Bernard Wiltshire. Photo credit: uwpdm.comOn June 2, 2011 it was reported that Attorney at Law and political activist Mr. Bernard Wiltshire had been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a passport scam in Dominica and that he was assisting the police with their investigation.It was further reported that Mr. Wiltshire may have been the recommender on one of the passport forms and made a declaration that the photograph was a true photograph of the applicant.However, Mr. Wiltshire has denied claims of his involvement in what is believed to be a passport scam in Dominica.Bernard Wiltshire who was questioned by the police last Thursday and subsequently detained for ten hours by the police explained that he signed a passport form in 2006 for a man believed to be a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica.In a statement on Friday, Wiltshire said he was merely assisting a man who claimed that he had lost his passport, and was unaware that the individual was a scammer.“I had nothing to do with any passport scam. I knew nothing about it. The police never accused me. Some gentleman came to me in 2006 and asked me to do a statutory declaration because he had lost his passport. He filled out his passport form and he asked me if I could sign the form on his behalf. He also had an old passport…this man had committed three scams…I didn’t know the person really…except that I think I had been introduced to him before,” he said in an interview with Kairi FM radio.Dominica Vibes News will provide further reports and updates on this story.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Chinese top Boracay foreign visitors since start of 2019

first_imgThis year, the number of internationalvisitors is expected to hit the a million mark with the increase in theservices of low-cost carriers and sustained travel demand from sourcemarkets.  Chinese still dominates foreign arrivals in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. According to the Malay Municipal Tourism Office, a total of 389,885 Chinese tourists visited the world famous from January to October 2019. AKEANFORUM/BOYRYANZABAL China together with Korea remained asthe top two sources of market, recording an 81 percent total of internationaltourist arrivals from Jan. to October. Korean tourists came in second with334,201 tourist arrivals. The Malay Municipal Tourism Officerecorded a total of 389,885 Chinese tourist arrivals from Jan. to Oct. thisyear. Aside from Chinese and Koreans, theDepartment of Tourism is also targeting new market sources to attract moretourists in the country. (With a reportfrom Akean Forum/PN)center_img Boracay Island registered 941,868arrivals last year despite the six-month temporary closure toaddress environmental and infrastructure problems.  The total foreign tourist arrivals werealso comprised of Americans with 1,533; Russians, 1,002; Saudi Arabians, 964;Australians, 763; Britons, 733; Japanese, 617; and Germans with  444. They were followed by Taiwanese touristswith 28,455 arrivals. BORACAY – Chinese topped the list offoreign tourists who visited the world-famous island since January 2019,according to the municipal tourism office of Malay, Aklan. last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league hoped to resume Friday or Saturday. President Donald Trump criticized the NBA’s action, telling reporters that the NBA has become like “a political organization.”The WNBA also called off its three games for a second night.In related developments:— The NHL postponed its Stanley Cup playoff games scheduled for Thursday and Friday in response to the Blake shooting. The decision was reached by the league and the NHL Players’ Association, and was made after members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance asked the NHL to postpone the playing of games. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane says the HDA strongly feels this sends a clear message that human rights take priority over sports. — Joc Pederson was the hitting star in the Dodgers’ 2-0, Game 2 victory, hitting a solo homer and scoring an insurance run on Will Smith’s double. Seven pitchers combined on a two-hitter as Los Angeles completed the sweep. The Dodgers won the nightcap despite collecting just three hits.— Cole Tucker singled home in the go-ahead run in extra innings and the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 4-3 in Game 1. The seven-inning game went to extras tied at one before the Bucs scored three times in the eighth, including an RBI single by Bryan Reynolds and an error by third baseman Brad Miller. Chad Kuhl delivered six innings of one-run ball for Pittsburgh.— The Pirates came away with a sweep as Erik Gonzalez and Adam Frazier provided RBI singles in a 2-0 decision over the Redbirds. Cody Ponce earned his first big league victory by pitching into the sixth inning of his first start, limiting St. Louis to five hits.— There was a thrilling end to San Diego’s 10-7, Game 1 win over the Mariners. Wil Myers hit a game-ending three-run homer with two outs in the Padres’ seven-run seventh. Manny Machado homered twice and had four RBIs, and Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. hit his big league-leading 13th homer an estimated at 448 feet onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building. — Rookie José Marmolejos hit his first grand slam and Shed Long Jr. also connected in a six-run first that carried the Mariners to an 8-3 victory and a split of their twinbill with San Diego. Manny Machado also went deep for his third home run of the doubleheader. Defending men’s champion, Rafael Nadal, and 20-time Grand Slam title winner Roger Federer are also among those absent in New York this year. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic did decide to play.The U.S. Open begins Monday. — The missing father of Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander turned up early Thursday at a ranger station at a Florida state park. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said in a Twitter post Thursday morning that 65-year-old Jean Alexandre walked up to the ranger station at the Kissimmee (kih-SIH’-mee) Prairie Preserve State Park. He was reported to be in good health and will be reunited with this family. His son, cornerback Mackensie Alexander, was jailed Wednesday on a misdemeanor battery charge after deputies say he beat up a man who had last seen his father.— 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan called off practice after losing two more key players this week to injuries. Shanahan opted to hold a walkthrough instead of a full practice a day after a physical session with a roster with a number of players hurt.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OLSON OBITWildcats coach Lute Olson diesTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime Arizona basketball coach and Hall of Famer Lute Olson has died, according to his family. Players took their positions, then reserves and coaches filed out of both dugouts and stood silently for 42 seconds to honor Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in modern major league history. Both teams then returned to their clubhouses, leaving only a Black Lives Matter T-shirt at home plate.It was yet another MLB game to be boycotted following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last weekend.Oakland’s game at Texas was among six other major league contests that were postponed Thursday as teams boycott over racial injustice. Also postponed were Philadelphia at Washington, Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Minnesota at Detroit, Colorado at Arizona and Boston at the Blue Jays in Buffalo, New York. Without much apparent guidance from MLB, teams were left to make decisions for themselves.The only games being played Thursday are doubleheaders, three of which were makeup games following Wednesday boycotts:— Clayton Kershaw struck out four and didn’t walk a batter over six scoreless innings Thursday, leading the Dodgers past the Giants, 7-0 in the opener. AJ Pollock belted a two-run homer and Dodgers star Mookie Betts reached 1,000 hits in his 824th game with his sixth-inning single. Austin Barnes doubled in two runs to highlight the Dodgers’ four-run fourth, when they also got RBI singles from Joc Pederson and Corey Seager. Jaguars’ Conley calls on NFL QBs to lead charge for changeJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Chris Conley called on “figures who are the face of the league” to do more to help fight social injustice.The sixth-year pro made it clear Thursday he was talking about the NFL’s top quarterbacks, the ones who have the most influence in games, in locker rooms and in communities. Think Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson, for starters.Conley said those in the NFL “who are irreplaceable” need to step up, but he doesn’t see it happening. He says there are leaders in the league who are speaking up and willing to make a sacrifice.In other NFL news: Olson spent 24 seasons with the Wildcats, revitalizing a fan base in the desert while transforming a program that had been to the NCAA Tournament just three times in 79 years before he was hired in 1983.Arizona began a string of 25 straight NCAA Tournament appearances in Olson’s second season. The streak would have been the third-longest in NCAA history, but the 1999 and 2008 appearances were later vacated by the NCAA for impermissible benefits to players and recruiting violations. The Wildcats won the 1997 national championship under Olson with a team led by Mike Bibby, Jason Terry and Miles Simon. Olson’s Arizona teams reached the Final Four four times and lost the 2001 national title game to Duke.The cause of death wasn’t immediately released by his family.PGA-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP — The Reds knocked off the Brewers, 6-1 in Game 1 as Jesse Winker homered twice and prized prospect Jose Garcia singled in his first big league at-bat. Cincinnati starter Sonny Gray allowed four singles over five scoreless innings, striking out four and walking two. Omar Narvaez (nahr-VY’-ehz) accounted for Milwaukee’s run with a sixth-inning homer.— Eugenio (AY’-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez slammed a two-run homer and Wade Miley combined with two relievers on a one-hitter as Cincinnati blanked Milwaukee, 6-0 to complete a sweep. Winker and Kyle Farmer produced two hits and an RBI in the nightcap. Luis Urias singled off Miley in the third inning for the Brewers’ lone hit.MLB-BLUE JAYS-MARINERS TRADEMariners trade Walker to Blue Jays for player or cashSAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mariners have traded right-hander Taijuan (TY’-wahn) Walker to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player or cash. Walker was 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts this season, with 25 strikeouts and eight walks. He is 33-33 with a 3.95 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons. RACIAL INJUSTICE-SPORTS2nd day of NBA playoff games halted over racial injusticeUNDATED (AP) — An unprecedented walkout over racial injustice has postponed a second day of the NBA playoffs. The NBA decided to postpone three more games Thursday to join the three that weren’t played Wednesday, when players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues. The Milwaukee Bucks initiated the action in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Matsuyama leads amid tough conditionsOLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah) birdied two of his last three holes for a 3-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Tyler Duncan through one round of the BMW Championship. Matsuyama carded one of only three rounds under par on a course that was long, tough, firm, fast and nothing like the last two weeks on the PGA Tour. Dustin Johnson opened with a 71 after winning The Northern Trust last week to move to No. 1 in the world. Tiger Woods finished with three straight bogeys for a 73. Woods needs to finish around fourth to have any hope of returning to East Lake next week in Atlanta to chase the $15 million bonus for the FedEx Cup winner. TENNIS-US OPEN-DRAWOsaka-Gauff rematch could happen in US Open’s 3rd roundNEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 16-year-old Coco Gauff could face each other at the U.S. Open again. The tournament draw set up a possible third-round rematch. Other potential women’s quarterfinals: No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova vs. No. 8 Petra Martic; No. 2 Sofia Kenin vs. No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka; and No. 3 Serena Williams vs. No. 7 Madison Keys.Only two of the top eight women in the WTA rankings entered the hard-court tournament. Among those missing are No. 1-ranked Ash Barty and 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEBoycotts highlight MLB scheduleUNDATED (AP) — It was a typical start to a major league game Thursday at Citi Field as players from the New York Mets and Miami Marlins stood in their dugouts for the national anthem. August 28, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — Georgia wide receiver Dominick Blaylock will miss the 2020 season following his second serious knee injury in two years. Blaylock, a part-time starter in 2019, was one of the team’s top returning receivers and return specialists.Georgia says Blaylock, a sophomore, hurt his left knee on Wednesday in a non-ontact drill. Blaylock will need surgery and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2021 season. In other college football news:— A group of Nebraska football players filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a jury to force the Big Ten Conference to reinstate a fall football season. The lawsuit in Lancaster County District Court in Lincoln contends, among other things, the players lost opportunities for development in football, will lose exposure for possible professional football opportunities and won’t be able to market themselves in order to eventually capitalize on name, image and likeness revenue opportunities. The Big Ten had no immediate comment.NFL-JAGUARS-CONLEY’S CHARGE — Several NFL teams canceled practices. The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and Washington Football Team all decided to not take the field Thursday. — The tennis tours paused play Thursday at the Western & Southern Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.— Football practices were canceled at Boston College, Kentucky and South Florida in joint decisions made by coaches and players. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSNo. 4 Georgia loses WR Blaylock to season-ending knee injurylast_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff Weekly Bookings: Dec. 23 to Dec. 30, 2013

first_imgKnight, Dylan James19Mulvane, KS21st and A St Wellington, KSWPDDWS12/26/13 KRGC1 Maurer, James31Mulvane, KS500 W Bridge Mulvane KsMPDDriving under the influence12/29/13 Perrine, Dennis38Wichita, KS100 S Main South HavenSUSODriving while suspended12/27/13 Wellington PD7 KHP4 Depperschmidt, David43Quinter, KS777 Kansas Star DriveKRGCTheft12/24/14 Bookings Bickerstaff, Timothy33Wellington, KS.1600 E US 166 Geuda Springs, KsSUSOPossession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Transporting open container12/28/13 12/26/13 Napper, Kelsey51Sedgwick, Ks1400 N US 81 Peck KsSUSODriving while suspended12/27/13 Conrady, Grant19Wichita, KSUS 81 / Tyler RoadSUSODriving while suspended12/27/13 Mulvane2 Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 12/23/2013 thru 12/30/2013 Brown,  Zachariah28Wellington, KS.700 S G Wellington, KSWPDAgg Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Threat12/24/13 Campbell, Aaron Kelly29Wellington, KS.1416 Michigan Wellington, KSWPDDV Battery, Interference LEO12/29/13 Pearson, Ashley N.24Wellington, KS.610 E. Hillside, Wellington KS.WPDCrimingal Damage to Property and D.V. Battery12/23/13 Oneth, Nathan31Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star DriveMPDDriving under the influence12/28/13center_img Sumner Co6 Belle Plaine0 Heard, Ernest29Wichita, KS100 Block Casino Drive, Mulvane KsKHPDriving while suspended12/28/13 Culver, Roy Navarro22Wichita, KS1210 N B Wellington, KSWPDFTA12/26/13 Suttles, Robert Andrew34Winfield, KSK-15 and TristanSUSOFTA12/24/13 Diaz-Montoya, Luis A.27Oklahoma City, OK.I-35, MP 9KHPD.W.S. and D.U.I.12/25/13 Bail Bondsman1 Littleton, Timi Dean50Billings, KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence12/26/13 Sedgwick Co11 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Caldwell PD0 Schlegel, Seth Andrew36Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star DriveKHPDUI, Driving with out license, refused breath test, refuse test for drugs12/26/13 Dugan, Dustin42Wellington, KS.1300 N B St Wellington, KsWPDDriving while suspended12/27/13 Quackenbush, Kindra31Wichita, KS4148 S Hydraulic Wichita, KsBail bondsmanFailure to Appear12/30/13 Hay, Dylan Michael24Wellington, KS.1310 Michigan Wellington, KSWPDPossession of opiate, Interference LEO12/29/13 Vestring, Joseph19Wichita, KSI35 MP 14 Wellington KsKHPDriving under the influence, Minor in possession12/28/13last_img read more

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South Florida Congressman Says Impeachment is Already Underway

first_imgA South Florida politician says the impeachment process against President Trump has already begun.Congressman Ted Deutsch writes in an op-ed piece published in The Sun Sentinel,  “The question is no longer whether the House should vote to proceed with a formal impeachment inquiry. The inquiry has already begun. The Judiciary Committee may refer articles of impeachment to the whole House for a vote at any time.”While Deutsch supports impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that she is not ready to formally support it. Congresswoman Louis Frankel, who represents the Palm Beach district that includes Mar-A-Lago, echoes Pelosi’s sentiment. She tells our news partner, CBS12, “[Impeachment] is the start of the process that has to go to the Senate, and without question, the Republicans in the Senate would protect the President and probably try to exonerate him. My message to people who do not want to see President Trump in office – and I’m one of them – is in the end, it’s going to be the 2020 election.”Deutch explains that an investigation into “abuse of power” by President Trump has been underway in the Judiciary Committee since last March, and that the panel’s chairman has the necessary authority and subpoena power. He adds, “No additional step is required. No magic words need to be uttered on the House floor. No vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry is necessary.”According to The Sun Sentinel, Deutsch is the 16th of 24 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee to support impeachment.last_img read more

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Pistons Thump Hapless Knicks, 96-85

first_imgAUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Andre Drummond had his best night on the boards.He was happier about another rare feat. Drummond had 17 points and a career-high 26 rebounds to match a single-season franchise record with his 44th double-double, helping the Detroit Pistons surge to beat the New York Knicks 96-85 March 3 in a matchup of slumping teams.The Pistons had lost four straight and seven of eight. “I’m just happy we won the game,” Drummond said when asked about his career-high rebounding total.Drummond’s 26 rebounds matched Houston’s Dwight Howard for the most in an NBA game this season. “He’s a young, explosive player,” New York’s Tyson Chandler said. “We missed a lot of shots, so we helped him out.”New York has dropped seven straight games and 13 of 15. “I’m running out of comments,” Carmelo Anthony said. And, the Knicks are running out of time to rally for a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.“It’s not over yet,” Amare Stoudemire insisted. It looked like the Knicks’ skid might end after Anthony scored 10 of his 28 points in a first quarter in which they led by as much as 14 and were ahead 28-20 when it ended.“We started off slow and let them be comfortable,” Drummond said.The second-year center said the plan was to start making Anthony uncomfortable, and it worked. The Pistons outscored New York by three points in the second quarter, 30-20 in the third and started the fourth quarter with eight unanswered points.“We got a string of stops, but we couldn’t convert on the other end,” Anthony said. The Knicks, who started 8 of 15 from the field, were 9 of 18 in the first quarter.Anthony made his first four shots — all from the outside — for 10 points in six-plus minutes as New York led 14-4. Stoudemire, who scored eight points in the first quarter, made a driving dunk to lift the Knicks to a 25-11 lead.Over the next three quarters, New York barely connected on one-third of its shots. “A game like this is very disappointing,” Chandler said. “When you have that kind of lead and when you have that kind of control of the game, you should be able to win. We just went flat and let them take over.”J.R. Smith missed a lot of attempts before closing 5 of 17 from the field and scoring 16 points for the Knicks.New York’s Raymond Felton made only 1 of 9 shots and acknowledged his personal life might be affecting him professionally. He was charged last month with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and criminal possession of a firearm.“Obviously if you’re dealing with something, it’s on your mind,” Felton said. “But I try not to let that come into my job.”New York’s third guard, Tim Hardaway Jr., was 0 for 6 in front of some fans who cheered for the rookie at Michigan.“I thought our defense was pretty solid, but our offense fell apart in the second half,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “We were just flat, and we couldn’t get anything going from the outside. Raymond didn’t hit anything. J.R. didn’t hit anything. Timmy didn’t hit anything. We can’t ask two guys to score all our points.”Stoudemire had 22 points — one short of his season high — despite playing sparingly in the fourth quarter. He was on the court for 32 minutes, a day after facing the Chicago Bulls, after recently being slowed by an injured left ankle. “I feel great,” he said. “It’s a great sign.”Detroit reserves Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum each scored 16 points, helping their team’s bench outscore New York’s 36-7.Greg Monroe had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons, who are trying to climb up in the Eastern Conference standings to earn a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.(Larry Lage, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Body Recovered From Wreckage of Sala Plane

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Authorities have recovered a body from the seabed wreckage of a plane that was carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot.However, British air accident investigators have yet to say whether the body was that of Sala, who had just signed with Premier League club Cardiff, or pilot David Ibbotson. They were the only people onboard the small aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month.The Air Accident Investigation Branch says the body was recovered in “challenging conditions” with the “operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”The body will be handed over to a coroner, and police are expected to provide a confirmed identity of the body after a full examination.Investigators have not been able to recover the aircraft which was flying from Nantes to Cardiff after Sala transferred from the French city’s team. However, the AAIB says that video from a remote underwater vehicle “is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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