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Blocking Crash South of Firth Claims One

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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: August 20, 2019 at 11:13 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

Final Update:

On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 8:05 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a crash on U.S. Highway 91 at N 400 E, just south of Firth, in Bingham County. A juvenile was driving a 1996 Ford F150 southbound on Highway 91 and attempted to make a left turn onto N 400 E. Behind this vehicle, Alan Bankhead, 57, of Blackfoot, was riding a 2011 Victory Cross Roads Motorcycle. Bankhead clipped the rear of the Ford F150 and was thrown from the motorcycle.

Bankhead was transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. Next of kin has been notified.

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Update:

All lanes are now open.

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Idaho State Police are on scene of a blocking crash, on U.S. Highway 91 at N 400 E, just south of Firth. Currently, all lanes are blocked on the highway while they investigate the scene.

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Man arrested after allegedly trying to shoot officers

Authorities say a shoplifting suspect pulled a gun and tried to shoot police in Northern California but the gun jammed. KCRA-TV says 29-year-old Jason Knapp was arrested Tuesday afternoon after … Click to Continue »


Boulder boy, 12, doesn’t make it home after football practice; search underway

A 12-year-old boy has been reported missing in Boulder and police are asking for the public’s help in locating the boy.

The mother of David Delacruz contacted police at 9:15 p.m. saying that her son had not returned home from football practice Tuesday, according to a news release. He was last seen near Casey Middle School, 1301 High St., police said.

David is 4 feet tall and 100 pounds. He was wearing a red shirt, jean shorts and blue tennis shoes.

Search and rescue dogs, and a drone, are being used in the search for David. Teams are searching in the area of the 3100 block of 34th Street.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 303-441-3333.


Update: Crash With Lane Blockage South of Firth, Now Clear

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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: August 20, 2019 at 10:43 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

Update:

All lanes are now open.

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Idaho State Police are on scene of a blocking crash, on U.S. Highway 91 at N 400 E, just south of Firth. Currently, all lanes are blocked on the highway while they investigate the scene.

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Rolling Barrage sees dozens of motorcyclists raise PTSD awareness in Kelowna

Dozens of motorcyclists are riding between Halifax and Burnaby to raise PTSD awareness.


3 hurt as dump truck plows into LA apartment building

Authorities say three people have been injured after a dump truck smashed into an apartment building in Los Angeles. About half of the truck wound up inside the building in … Click to Continue »


3 hurt as dump truck plows into LA apartment building

Authorities say three people have been injured after a dump truck smashed into an apartment building in Los Angeles. About half of the truck wound up inside the building in … Click to Continue »


NDP calls on Alberta government to release committed funding for assisted living facility

"The government has stated its priorities are to reduce health care costs. This is an opportunity for them to do precisely that."


‘This is the definition of community’: Hundreds show for Old East Village benefit concert

The concert comes less than a week after a gas explosion rocked London's Woodman Avenue.


*Update* Crash Blocks Eastbound US20 in Rexburg

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Idaho State Police

District 6 1540 Foote Dr.

Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828

(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 08/20/19 9:53 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

*Update*

The eastbound lanes are now open.

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The Idaho State Police is investigating a crash eastbound US20 at milepost 337 near Rexburg in Madison County. The eastbound lanes are currently blocked and traffic is being diverted to the offramp. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Two bears put down by wildlife officials in Boulder County over weekend

Two bears were put down over the past weekend in Boulder County by wildlife officials, each for different reasons, at a time when the animals are ramping up their activity in preparation for the winter hibernation season ahead.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Kristin Cannon said a 190-pound sub-adult male was discovered Saturday on the University of Colorado Boulder campus in a courtyard near the CU Museum of Natural History, with no good way to get out. Wildlife personnel felt they could not safely leave it where it was so they immobilized it with a tranquilizer.

The bear had ear tags, showing it had been previously relocated by CPW from Niwot to the Rainbow Lakes area near the Boulder Watershed back in May. Because that relocation didn’t take, Cannon said it was taken to a CPW facility and put down.

“(Relocation) was unsuccessful, because it ended up right back in the middle of the city a few months later. If it had not been ear-tagged, we probably would have relocated it. But that didn’t work, in this case,” Cannon said.

The second bear was trapped after breaking into a cabin in Fourmile Canyon, where multiple break-ins have been reported. After being captured in a cabin on Saturday morning, the bear was put down late Saturday or early Sunday at a CPW facility, the determination having been made it posed a threat to humans.

“With those kinds of bears, we feel there’s a higher likelihood they are going to be dangerous, if they are willing to break into houses to get food. We are going to remove that bear,” Cannon said. “With that bear, it was a little bit more the bear’s behavior, as opposed to the bear in town, where it was in a bad location.”

Cannon said her agency has now killed three bears in Boulder County this season. The other incident involved a bear that was previously tagged and relocated out of north Boulder in 2015, and behaved aggressively when confronted by rangers when encountered once again near Oak Avenue in north Boulder on July 2. Wildlife officials believed that same bear had also bluff-charged a man on Hapgood Street in Boulder in June, in 2017 on Norwood Avenue in Boulder, and yet again in 2016 in Ward.

Cannon said the death of the bears was not the desired result in any of the cases that have cropped up this summer in Boulder County.

“It wasn’t done without careful thought and consideration,” she said. “We just really sometimes are backed into a corner on these. We didn’t have any other reasonable options.”

At this time of year, bears are in a feeding frenzy called hyperphagia, which CPW describes as “an instinctive metabolic response to the approaching change of seasons.”

From now through a time that ranges between early November and mid-December, bears will be focused on feeding in preparation for their hibernation, devoting as many as 20 hours a day to foraging.

During that time, wildlife officials urge residents to avoid giving bears any added incentive to frequent the city, such as leaving out food or unsecured trash, and to haze them away back into the wild where an abundant natural food supply awaits and the chances for a fatal encounter with humans is far less likely.


Crash With Lane Blockage South of Firth

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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: August 20, 2019 at 9:23 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

Idaho State Police are on scene of a blocking crash, on U.S. Highway 91 at N 400 E, just south of Firth. Currently, all lanes are blocked on the highway while they investigate the scene.

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Whaley Bridge: Boy recreates dam drama with toys

Four-year-old Freddie McManus learnt all about the operation to save the town from a dam burst.


Southern Alberta farmers harvest wheat for charity

Southern Alberta farmers are once again working together to battle world hunger by doing what they do best. The Taber and District Foodgrains Project is ready for harvest.


Hospital warning signs cast doubt on Hong Kong police claims over reasons for delay in investigating assault complaint against officers

A claim by Hong Kong police to explain delays in investigating two officers caught on camera beating a handcuffed suspect in a city hospital has been called into question, after the Post found signs warning of 24-hour video surveillance on site.The incident involving a 62-year-old man, surnamed Chung, happened at around 2am on June 26 inside a “disturbed patient room” at North District Hospital, Sheung Shui.It was revealed by security camera footage which was subsequently given to Chung’s…


Mainland backlash over ‘political decision’ by Twitter, Facebook amid US-China tensions

Twitter and Facebook’s move to close Chinese accounts they accused of spreading disinformation about the Hong Kong protests has angered mainland internet users and academics, who called it a “political decision” made against the backdrop of US-China tensions.About 10 hours after the two US social media companies announced they were suspending certain accounts on Monday, it had become the second top search on China’s Twitter – Weibo.Twitter, Facebook and most other Western social media platforms…


Suspects Sought in an Armed Robbery (Knife) Offense: 1600 Block of 8th Street, Northwest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Third District seek the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects in reference to an Armed Robbery (Knife) offense that occurred on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the 1600 block of 8th Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 11:58 pm, two suspects entered an establishment at the listed location. The suspects brandished a knife and demanded the U.S. currency and alcohol. The victim complied and the suspects fled the scene.

 

The suspects were captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below:

 

Anyone who can identify these individuals, 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. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime, including armed robbery, committed in the District of Columbia.

 

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Magdalene Laundries victim Mary Cavner to get compensation

Mary Cavner was forced to work at a Magdalene Laundry after her father died when she was 11.


Superintendent sides with coach after parental outcry over football player discipline

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A north Alabama superintendent is standing behind a head football coach after parent complaints about player discipline.

Our investigative team is looking into allegations that Douglas football coach Jamison Wadley directed his team to do physical discipline that led to injuries.

Parents told WHNT News 19 the Douglas High School football team was instructed to do bear crawls, which is a full-body exercise, walking on all fours on Monday morning.

Parents and players told us coaches told the players to perform those bear crawls across asphalt the length of the football field and back.

Concerned parents contacted WHNT News 19 after pictures of injuries to players hands began circulating online.

“It’s horrible — it hurts me just to see them,” said Stephen Stone, whose son was among those players.  “I want the school to do something to ensure the parents that their children can go to school and be safe.”

Stone believes the coaches went too far in their discipline to the players. “You can’t inflict harm and physical injury upon our children and think we’re just going to turn a blind eye.”

Other parents we spoke to who declined to go on camera say discipline like this is necessary to toughen up the players and prepare them for success.

We reached out to Douglas High School to get their view of what took place, they referred us to Marshall County School administrators.

Superintendent Cindy Wigley says she is aware of the situation and while nothing is more important than student safety, students must also be held accountable.

Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley released the following statement about the incident:

“There’s nothing more important than the safety and integrity of our students.  You’ve heard me say that on more than one occasion.  It’s never been more true than today.   I want to address a situation at Douglas High School that occurred yesterday.  Due to rumors and talk, it has gotten out of control. It’s my job to help you understand what has happened.   A situation took place early yesterday morning. It involved a coach and some players.   It was brought to my attention and I have addressed the situation.   Unfortunately, since that time, an individual outside our school, specifically a parent, has become involved.  This has threatened the safety of our coach, players and other parents at the school.  I will not tolerate threats, harassment or physical abuse against any of our staff or students. While there were unintended consequences from the coach’s actions, students must also be held accountable for their actions.  Knowing all the facts about what has occurred, I want the community to know that I support our coach, who wants nothing but the best for our student athletes and the school he serves. I have asked sheriff’s deputies to help patrol the Douglas High School campus to keep our students, staff and parents safe. I will continue to do so. Please help me do all I can to keep our students in a safe and friendly environment.  Help me protect our students by helping manage rumors and talk that is unhealthy. Thank you.”

The superintendent did not specify what she meant by unintended consequences.

Others in the community are ardently sticking by the coaches. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says it has taken two incident reports and are reviewing the allegations.

Football coaches have drawn more scrutiny in recent years over player safety.  The Alabama High School Athletic Association says it doesn’t have guidelines for discipline but it does have detailed rules regarding football player contact and heat safety.

 


Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) Offense: 3400 Block of Connecticut Avenue, Northwest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District have announced an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) offense that occurred on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, in the 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue, Northwest.

 

At approximately 1:59 am, the suspect and victim were engaged in a verbal dispute at the listed location. The suspect brandished a knife and attempted to stab the victim. The suspect then fled the scene. No injuries were reported.

 

On Tuesday, August, 20, 2019, 21 year-old Melvin Cruz-Sorto, of Mount Rainer, MD, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).

 

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Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) Offense: 3400 Block of Connecticut Avenue, Northwest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District have announced an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) offense that occurred on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, in the 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue, Northwest.

 

At approximately 1:59 am, the suspect and victim were engaged in a verbal dispute at the listed location. The suspect brandished a knife and attempted to stab the victim. The suspect then fled the scene. No injuries were reported.

 

On Tuesday, August, 20, 2019, 21 year-old Melvin Cruz-Sorto, of Mount Rainer, MD, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).

 

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Back-to-school uniform swap-shop is Dorset mum’s mission

Laura Mulley started the swap shop after her children grew out of their good quality uniforms.


Nova Scotia child’s lost teddy with dead mother’s recorded message found in Alberta

"To the woman who found it, thank you for getting it back for me from the park and I wish I met you."


Driver crashes into pole mid-chase, starts doing ‘yoga-type poses,’ Calif. cops say

A Northern California car chase ended with a crash last week — and perhaps with some downward-facing dog. Deputies in Mendocino County said a driver struck a utility pole during … Click to Continue »


Arrest Made in a Burglary Two of an Establishment Offense: 5300 Block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District have announced an arrest has been made in reference to a Burglary Two of an Establishment offense that occurred on Friday, May 10, 2019, in the 5300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest.

 

At approximately 11:20 am, the suspect unlawfully entered an establishment at the listed location. While inside, the suspect took merchandise and fled the scene.

 

On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 20 year-old Enoch Russell of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Burglary Two.


Arrest Made in a Burglary Two of an Establishment Offense: 5300 Block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District have announced an arrest has been made in reference to a Burglary Two of an Establishment offense that occurred on Friday, May 10, 2019, in the 5300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest.

 

At approximately 11:20 am, the suspect unlawfully entered an establishment at the listed location. While inside, the suspect took merchandise and fled the scene.

 

On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 20 year-old Enoch Russell of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Burglary Two.


West Lane Hospital patients ‘at high risk of avoidable harm’

Two patients died in two months at the Middlesbrough centre, which has been rated inadequate.


Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019

Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews

Alaska wildfire officials reassess cause of McKinley fire

Associated Press

Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of the McKinley fire, which burned at least 50 structures along the Parks Highway.

‘Nothing survived. It’s just ash.’ In a trickle of information, fire evacuees learn fate of homes

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Fire managers said this afternoon it will be four to six days at the earliest before residents who evacuated from the McKinley fire can return to their properties.

Wildfires crimp Alaska’s major transportation corridor, halting tourist operations, delaying groceries

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Wildfires in Southcentral Alaska are causing major traffic problems on some of the region’s busiest roads, affecting locals, buses filled with tourists and trucks trying to re-supply grocery stores.

5,000-acre fire continues to burn outside Levelock

Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham

A wildfire estimated at 5,000 acres continues to burn at the edge of the Bristol Bay village of Levelock. At 9:00 p.m. last night, those fighting the fire reported that it had crossed some of the control lines on the west side of the village, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Dunleavy repeats calls for closing budget gap, paying full dividends

Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – Juneau

Governor Mike Dunleavy says next year he’d like to close the billion-plus-dollar state budget gap.

University of Alaska regents vote to end financial exigency

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously approved a motion to end financial exigency. The vote overturns a declaration that allowed for the expedited elimination of academic programs and firing of faculty, even those with tenure.

EPA hears testimony on air plan

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Fairbanks yesterday to gather input on a new plan to reduce local wintertime fine particulate pollution.

Alaskan Joe Balash resigns as assistant secretary of Interior

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

One of the highest placed Alaskans in the Trump administration has resigned.

Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The legislature’s attempt to add funding to the Alaska Marine Highway System has been blocked. Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his line item veto power to eliminate $5 million added by lawmakers in the wake of a $40 million cut that could mean long gaps in service.

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney visits Nome to discuss public safety

Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome

Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior visited Nome yesterday for an event called “Reclaiming Our Native Communities”, a roundtable discussion on public safety hosted by Kawerak.

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The Latest: 2 rescued after Northern California plane crash

The Latest on a plane crash near San Francisco (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Authorities have rescued two plane after their small plane crashed and sank in the ocean south … Click to Continue »


Suspect Sought in a Burglary Two Offense: Unit Block of V Street, Northwest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Third District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to a Burglary Two offense that occurred on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, in the Unit block of V Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 4:34 pm, the suspect entered a garage at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene.

 

The suspect was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/RRTI7zmuGw8

 

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.


Suspect Sought in a Burglary Two of an Establishment Offense: 200 Block of Upshur Street, Northwest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Fourth District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to a Burglary Two of an Establishment offense that occurred on Sunday, August 18, 2019, in the 200 block of Upshur Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 3:04 am, the suspect forcibly entered an establishment at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene.

 

The suspect was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below and in this video: https://youtu.be/WRZuSPlwZAk

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.


2 children dead at Ontario home; mother hospitalized

Authorities say an infant and a teenager have been found dead inside a Southern California home under suspicious circumstances and their mother has been hospitalized. Police say the children's father … Click to Continue »


Suspect Sought in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) Offense: 5300 Block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

NEW HAVEN BARRACKS / EXCESSIVE SPEED

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19B502287 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Christopher Hein                              STATION: New Haven Barracks                     CONTACT#: 802-388-4919   DATE/TIME: August 20, 2019, at approximately, 2052 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Shard Villa Road


Traffic Signal Work: Barnett Shoals at Gaines School Road on Wed., Aug. 21 from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

The Barnett Shoals Road at Gaines School Road traffic signal will be in flash mode on Wed., Aug. 21 from 8:00–10:00 a.m. for a signal upgrade. Treat flashing red lights as stops.


Crash Blocks Eastbound US20 in Rexburg

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Idaho State Police

District 6 1540 Foote Dr.

Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828

(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 08/20/19 8:14 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

The Idaho State Police is investigating a crash eastbound US20 at milepost 337 near Rexburg in Madison County. The eastbound lanes are currently blocked and traffic is being diverted to the offramp. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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‘Men have always taken the glory’: Why more women are becoming farmers

A growing proportion of the UK's farmers are female - we meet some of the women joining the industry.


In a trickle of information, fire evacuees learn fate of homes


Burned cars in the subdivision off the Parks Highway by milepost 90.5 by the McKinley Fire (Photo courtesy of Dave Straub)

When residents fled the worsening McKinley fire on Saturday and Sunday, many left their homes not knowing if they would ever see them again. Ned Sparks, who lives off Mile 91 of the Parks Highway, banged on neighbors’ doors until State Troopers told him to evacuate.

“I came out of there with the jacket I’m wearing,” Sparks said Tuesday. “Two t-shirts, and a pair of Crocs. And I don’t think I have anything else.”

On Tuesday afternoon, state fire mangers announced that it will be another four to six days at the earliest before residents who evacuated from the McKinley fire can return to their properties. But some displaced residents are learning about whether their homes survived from neighbors, local responders, and social media. Now, begins an inventory of what is lost and coming to terms with the long process of recovery.


Randall “Ned” Sparks at the Upper Susitna Community and Senior Center (Photo: Casey Grove – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)

Since the weekend, Sparks and his wife Erica have have stayed at the Upper Susitna Community and Senior Center, set up as an evacuation shelter for people who live on the north side of the blaze.

For five years the Sparks have been renovating a home on Yancy Drive. Sparks had cleared a wide defensible perimeter around the house, and on Sunday he was hoping that would protect it. But the wind-driven blaze was too intense.

“One of the neighbors called me and said ‘It’s gotten bad. It’s real bad,’” he said.

The neighbor described flames licking his vehicle’s bumper and hearing propane tanks explode as balls of fire broke over the tops of trees, engulfing everything.  

“In a matter of 15 minutes almost everything on Yancy and Wild Bill Way went up in smoke.”


Burned homes in the subdivision off the Parks Highway by milepost 90.5 by the McKinley Fire (Photo courtesy of Dave Straub)

Including Sparks’ house. He says he didn’t have homeowners insurance owing to complications from how the former shell of a building was financed and renovated.

“No one would write us a policy,”
Sparks said, blaming cumbersome regulations and unhelpful insurance companies.

The couple lost tools, building
materials, snowblowers, a side-by-side, clothing, all their cold-weather gear.
Plus the years of work rehabbing what was supposed to be their retirement home.

But Sparks has no plans to leave.
In fact, the support of the community and selflessness of volunteers over the
last few days has galvanized his resolve to rebuild and recover.

“The generosity of people has been magnanimous,” Sparks said. “You would not believe the outpouring of…not sympathy, but of compassion.”

State fire managers estimate at least 80 structures have been destroyed by the McKinley fire. But until they can comprehensively assess the extent of the damage, families like the Sparks are in a kind of limbo, waiting to learn what’s been burned and what might have survived.

Not far from the Sparks’s home is the property Tracy Stroop lived on for four years, which had finally started to feel like a proper home.

“I miss my house. I loved my cabin. I had four out-buildings,” Stroop said Tuesday. “Nothing survived. It’s just ash.”


Tracy Stroop sits behind her German Shepherd Malakai on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Phillip Manning – KTNA, Talkeetna)

Stroop learned about the
destruction from the Talkeetna fire chief, who showed her a video on his phone
of the burned areas. Somehow, despite the broad swathe of ruin, her vehicle was
spared.

“I have a white truck with a kayak on the back of it, and it’s perfect. It’s sitting there like it was just pulled in and parked,” Stroop said. “That’s what’s crazy. And he even said that: ‘sometimes you don’t know why certain things survive.”

Dave Straub lives in a subdivision off milepost 90.5. He, too, fled in a hurry to escape a wall of flames rushing toward his house over the weekend.

 “We were lucky to get out with our lives,”
he said over the phone Tuesday. The former competitive musher was able to get
all of his sled-dogs to safety, as well.

Despite being in the epicenter of the blaze, Straub’s home is still standing. He believes that’s because firefighters from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire department rushed in, aided by overhead helicopter water dumps. He’s grateful, given that so much else around him is destroyed.


Burned homes in the subdivision off the Parks Highway by milepost 90.5 by the McKinley Fire (Photo courtesy of Dave Straub)

“The other side of the
subdivision is completely gone,” Straub said of a development on the east side
of the Parks Highway. “There’s very few structures left over there.”

A nearby RV park burned. So did
many of the buildings around Camp Caswell. Only now, Straub says, as people
start taking stock and receiving information is the extent of the fire damage
becoming clear.

“The first couple days our
minds were going 40 different directions. But right about now everything’s
finally sinking in,” he said.

“I was lucky. But there are
people that lost everything. I’m sick about it,” Straub said.

The State’s Division of Forestry
says it will take days to complete its assessment of what the McKinley fire burned,
and what it didn’t.

Reporting
for this story was contributed by Casey Grove and Phillip Manning in Talkeetna,
and Abbey Collins in Anchorage.

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Update: Crews recover body of missing man in Lake Champlain

  STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE     Crews recover body of missing man in Lake Champlain   NORTH HERO, Vermont (Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019) — Vermont State Police divers have recovered the body of a fisherman who was reported missing Tuesday between North Hero and Alburgh on Lake Champlain. Search crews


Barking police surrounded flats as man barricaded himself in

Police surrounded the flats in Barking, east London, as nearby residents were evacuated.


Small plane with 2 aboard crashes in Northern California

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08-20-19 Missing person located: Paul D. Chew (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section, Area I
Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No. 19-065412

 

 

Media Release (Update)

Hawaiʻi Island Police report that 79-year-old Paul D. Chew who was reported as missing has been located in Hilo. He is reported to be in good condition.


08-20-19 Missing person located: Paul D. Chew (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section, Area I
Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No. 19-065412

 

 

Media Release (Update)

Hawaiʻi Island Police report that 79-year-old Paul D. Chew who was reported as missing has been located in Hilo. He is reported to be in good condition.


Guidelines say more women may need breast cancer gene test

WASHINGTON — More women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially if they’ve already survived cancer once, an influential health group recommended Tuesday.

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This undated fluorescence-colored microscope image made available by the National Institutes of Health in Sept. 2016 shows a culture of human breast cancer cells.

At issue are genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. When they’re mutated, the body can’t repair damaged DNA as well, greatly increasing the chances of breast, ovarian and certain other cancers. Gene testing allows affected women to consider steps to lower their risk, such as when actress Angelina Jolie underwent a preventive mastectomy several years ago.

Most cancer isn’t caused by BRCA mutations — they account for 5% to 10% of breast cancers and 15% of ovarian cancers — so the gene tests aren’t for everyone. But mutations cluster in families, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has long recommended that doctors screen women who have relatives with BRCA-related cancers and refer those who might benefit from gene testing to a genetic counselor to help them decide.

Tuesday, the task force expanded that advice, telling primary care doctors they should also assess women’s risk if:

–they previously were treated for breast or other BRCA-related cancers including ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancers, and now are considered cancer-free.

–their ancestry is prone to BRCA mutations, such as Ashkenazi Jewish women.

Why screen breast cancer survivors? After all, they already know there’s a risk of recurrence.

Take, for example, someone who had a tumor removed in one breast in their 40s a decade ago, when genetic testing wasn’t as common. Even this many years later, a BRCA test still could reveal if they’re at risk for ovarian cancer — or at higher than usual risk for another tumor in their remaining breast tissue, explained task force member Dr. Carol Mangione of the University of California, Los Angeles. And it could alert their daughters or other relatives to a potential shared risk.

“It’s important to test those people now,” Mangione said. “We need to get the word out to primary care doctors to do this assessment and to make the referrals.”

Private insurers follow task force recommendations on what preventive care to cover, some at no out-of-pocket cost under rules from former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The recommendations were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Cancer groups have similar recommendations for BRCA testing, and increasingly urge that the newly diagnosed be tested, too, because the inherited risk can impact choices about surgery and other treatment.

Identifying BRCA mutation carriers “can be lifesaving, and should be a part of routine medical care,” Drs. Susan Domchek of the University of Pennsylvania and Mark Robson of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who weren’t involved with the new guidelines, wrote in an editorial accompanying them.

But too few high-risk women ever learn if they harbor BRCA mutations, they wrote. For example, cancer groups have long recommended that all ovarian cancer patients be tested, but several studies have found testing is done in less than a third.

Don’t skip the genetic counseling, said the task force’s Mangione. BRCA testing can cause anxiety and sometimes gives confusing results, finding mutations that might not be dangerous — things the counselors are trained to interpret. There’s a shortage of genetic counselors, particularly in rural areas, and she said counseling by phone can work.

There’s a wide array of gene tests, some that search just for BRCA mutations and others that test dozens of additional genes at the same time. There’s even a direct-to-consumer kit sold by 23andMe — but Domchek and Robson warned it only detects the three mutations found most in women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, not dozens of other mutations.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.


Police Continuing to Investigate Fatal Crash in Towson

Just before 10:30 a.m. on August 20, 2019, Baltimore County Police responded to East Joppa Road near Edgeclift Road, 21286 for a single vehicle crash. It was determined that a 2010 Nissan Altima was traveling east on Joppa Road when it left the roadway and struck a pole.

The driver, the only occupant inside the vehicle, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The driver was identified as Barry Martin Beynon, 74, of the 5000-block of Willow Branch Way, 21117. Crash team officers are continuing their investigation at this time.


For Hong Kong protesters, the choice is clear: be violent and fail, or use peaceful pressure and succeed

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‘Disgusting’: Shopper horrified by worm crawling on fish at New York Costco

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — A man was in the check-out line at a New York Costco recently when he said something caught his eye – and turned his stomach.

Jack Sanchez, a Manhattan hair stylist, told WPIX he spotted something moving under the plastic wrap of the Fresh Wild Sockeye Salmon in the cart of a woman ahead of him.

“That’s disgusting,” Sanchez immediately thought, then he pointed it out to the woman, who then asked to speak with the store manager.

Jack says the manager told them “It was pretty normal that salmon had a worm or parasite.”

Jack said he expected the manager to remove all the salmon from the refrigerator cases, but that didn’t happen. The manager simply took the package of salmon away, but not before Jack shot cellphone video of the worm.

A quick internet search brings up pages of posts from Costco customers across the country complaining about finding worms in the salmon. Most included pictures of the parasites moving around on the raw fish. Two years ago, Japanese tapeworms were found on salmon at multiple Costco stores in San Diego.

This is not just a Costco issue, according to Professor Don Schaffner at the Rutger’s Center for Advanced Food Technology. Schaffner said there are many types of worms and other parasites that can be present in both wild and farm-raised salmon. They do pose a potential health risk.

Consuming raw or undercooked fish containing live parasites my cause cramping, nausea, diarrhea and weight loss. Less common are serious reactions, including intestinal blockage and inflammation of the bile ducts.

Professor Schaffner said, “In a really bad infection, you might die. A lot depends on how big a dose of parasites and also how healthy in your immune system."

Schaffner said consumers are taking a risk by eating salmon sushi, cold smoked salmon and salmon ceviche if they are made with raw, fresh fish. The good news is that you can reduce the health risk from parasites to almost zero by properly heating or freezing the fish. The coldest part of the fish has to be cooked to a temperature of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit to kill the parasites.

Schaffner advises using a thermometer at home and insisting the restaurant do the same when ordering salmon. As for freezing, fish needs to be frozen for at least seven days at a temperature of -4 degrees Fahrenheit to kill parasites, according to the FDA.

Schaffner said to ask if the sushi, cold smoked salmon or ceviche are made from frozen fish. If so, it can be eaten with confidence.

WPIX reached out to Costco’s corporate spokesman at the company’s headquarters in Seattle to ask what type of quality control is used to deal with the potential of worms in the seafood it sells, but, as of Tuesday, the local TV station had not received a reply.


Decatur Sunday morning alcohol sales ordinance passed

DECATUR, Ala. - Mimosa drinkers get excited! You can now enjoy one with your Sunday morning brunch in Decatur.

The Decatur City Council approved an ordinance allowing alcohol sales to begin at 10a.m. on Sunday mornings instead of noon.

Many bars and restaurants offer alcoholic beverages, but lost out on revenue due to the previous Sunday alcohol sales restrictions.

One local brunch cafe says this is a great change for businesses, but it's ultimately about customer satisfaction.

"So many of them that we talk to, they do come in because they know someone in their party may want a cocktail, or beer, or a mimosa, or Bloody Mary," explained Tyler Jones, owner of Whisk'd Cafe. "So mainly for us, it's going to be another two hours of revenue. Minimal, because we don't do a lot of alcohol sales here on Sundays anyway."

The new Sunday sales ordinance is effective immediately.


Fatal hit and run remains unsolved nearly a year later

DECATUR, Ala. - In October of last year, a car hit a man and left him for dead near the intersection of 12th Avenue Northwest and 3rd Street Northwest.

The victim, Ricardo "Wiggie" Brown, was transported to Decatur-Morgan hospital where he died shortly after his arrival.

Brown's family says they feel like they have been left in the dark.

Police have not yet been able to close the case.

"It's been rough on the whole family. It really has," explained Rhonda Jones, Brown's cousin.

Jones remembers her cousin and said her family's still healing from his loss. And they are still searching for answers nearly a year later.

"Decatur is too small, like I said the last time. Decatur is too small for no one to know what happened," explained Jones. "Everyone knew him, it's not like he's not from here or he was a stranger. Everybody knew Wiggie."

Police said they have a few clues about the car involved.

"We're asking for any body shops in the area that who have worked on a late nineties model, early 2000s model Nissan Maxima, Altima or Ford Taurus specifically with front end damage to contact us," explained Sergeant Mike Burleson of the Decatur Police Department.

Jones said no one deserves to be left to die.

"He wasn't a perfect person. None of us are," she said.

"Just because someone has a checkered past doesn't mean that someone else had the right to take their life and we push through these investigations and go off the leads that we have," added Burleson.

Police said they are still weeding out leads and looking for witnesses to the crime.

Depending on their findings the person responsible could face a number of criminal charges.

 


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Williston Barracks/ CMV Crash/ I89 Safety Corridor

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Sask. dairy farmers match milk donations for Saskatoon Food Bank program

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08-20-19 “Cop on Top” for Special Olympics

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Administration Services Section
Sergeant Jason Grouns
Safety Coordinator
Phone: (808) 961-2269

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Media Release

Once again, the Hawai‘i Police Department is proud to sponsor the 18th Annual “Cop on Top” fundraiser for Special Olympics Hawai‘i. This event will be held in East and West Hawai‘i at the Hilo and Kona Walmart Stores on August 22, 2019, 7:00 a.m. to August 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

For three straight days, law enforcement officers will spend their off-duty time perched on top a 14-foot scaffolding at the Hilo and Kona Walmart Stores, eating, sleeping and raising awareness for Special Olympics Hawai‘i within the community. Donations collected from “Cop on Top” directly benefit Special Olympics Hawai‘i and their efforts to provide sports programs for athletes year-round, including opportunities to participate in regional and national competitions. Since 2001, “Cop on Top” has raised more than $3,437,236 for Special Olympics Hawai‘i athletes statewide.

During this year’s event, there will be numerous, great incentives through donations made by many local sponsors. Special Olympics Hawai‘i will also be giving away visors, caps, and t-shirts to those who donate.

For more information, visit http://sohawaii.org/letr/cop-on-top/.


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Denver to pursue short-term contracts with private prison companies while permanent solutions sought

City officials in Denver will pursue short-term contracts with two private prison corporations while they look for alternatives to the community corrections services that the companies provided until their contracts were unexpectedly ended by Denver City Council earlier this month.

The city will ask council to approve a six-month contract with GEO Group and a year-long contract with CoreCivic, according to a source close to the negotiations who was not authorized to speak on the record. The city will also convene a panel of community members to brainstorm long-term solutions, the source said.

If approved, the contracts would provide more certainty for the more than 500 people living at the companies’ six halfway houses. Since the Aug. 5 council vote, the residents faced the possibility of returning to jail or prison should the companies decide to close the facilities.

The new contracts would also address back pay for the two companies, which have been operating six halfway houses without pay since the vote. Without a new contract, there is little to prevent the companies from shuttering their facilities, officials have said.

RELATED: Hundreds in prison limbo after Denver council breaks up with halfway house operators

Councilwoman Robin Kniech said Tuesday that she supported the short-term contracts because they would allow the city to end its relationship with the companies without disrupting the lives of those in the programs.

Kniech voted to end the $10 million contracts earlier this month, but has been in continuous conversation with city officials since then about solutions. She said other councilmembers also support the short-term contract solution.

Councilman Paul Kashmann, who was not present for the council vote, also said he supported continuing services for those at the facilities. Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, who led the effort to end the contracts, did not respond to a reporter’s call Wednesday evening but previously said she would support temporary contracts.

Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday afternoon visited a CoreCivic facility that provides 90-day addiction treatment and spoke briefly to some of the men who live there. The men told him that the employees at the location had helped them and that they were stressed by the uncertainty surrounding the future of the facilities.

“It’s messed up coming so far along and I wake up every day thinking I could go back to prison again,” said one resident, who said he had 12 days left in the program.

The city and the community panel will now have to find a location to provide community corrections services in a city where zoning rules make doing so difficult. Hancock said the city would consider buying the existing buildings.

“We’re looking at a lot of different options,” he said. “At this point everything has to be on the table.”


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Alaskan Joe Balash resigns as assistant secretary of Interior


Joe Balash, left, on a visit to Arctic Village in June. Balash is the Interior Department official who has been leading the federal government’s planning process in advance of opening the Arctic Refuge to oil development. He resigned Monday. (Photo by Nat Herz / Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Assistant Interior Secretary Joe Balash, one of the highest placed Alaskans in the Trump administration, has resigned.

His boss, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, announced it by tweet Tuesday afternoon.

Balash was confirmed in 2017 as Interior’s assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management. He oversaw the Bureaus of Land Management and Ocean Energy Management. He’s been working to prepare for the first oil lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In his resignation letter, Balash does not cite a reason. He said he’s proud of the work he’s done, including lifting regulations on resource extraction industries, and the environmental work on ANWR.

“Implementing your executive orders promoting energy independence and economic growth are a career highlight that I will one day tell my grandchildren about,” Balash wrote in his letter, addressed to President Trump.

In a brief phone call, Balash said he’s resigning to pursue another opportunity, which he said he’d describe at a later date. His resignation takes effect Aug. 30.

Balash grew up in North Pole and previously worked as Alaska’s commissioner of Natural Resources as well as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.

The post Alaskan Joe Balash resigns as assistant secretary of Interior appeared first on Alaska Public Media.


Prosecutors say Indiana man used eBay to become a ‘millionaire shoplifter’

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. -- Court documents explain how police say an Indianapolis man ran a million dollar shoplifting scam.

Hamilton County prosecutors say the crimes spanned several counties and had been going on for years.

Police believe the suspect, Ryan Walker, would swap UPC bar codes on high dollar items at stores like Target and Walmart.

After paying pennies on the dollar, Walker would allegedly turn around and sell those same items on eBay for significantly more than he paid.

In one example, the accused thief walked to the toy aisle at the Target on Michigan road in Carmel and picked up a Lego Star Wars set worth $169. Police say Walker slapped a fake bar code on the box and checked out for just over $20.

Police claim that crime was duplicated countless times spanning nearly a decade at Target and Walmart stores in Carmel, Fishers, Avon and Plainfield, allowing Walker to pocket over $1 million.

In another example of how the scam worked, prosecutors claim Walker bought a $200 electric toothbrush at Walmart, but used a fake UPC code to pay just $24.97.

Police say Walker sold the model on eBay for $122.50, profiting $97.53 from just that one sale.

The affidavit shows Walker's eBay account received in excess of $1.1 million since it was created in 2010.

From March 2018 to March of this year prosecutors believe Walker sold 302 sewing/cutting machines, 285 electric toothbrushes, 233 Lego sets and much more.

After several months of investigating, police searched a storage unit they claim Walker rented as well as his home. Court documents say officers found dozens of stolen items with fraudulent UPC codes taped to the boxes.

Walker remains behind bars in the Hamilton County jail, facing a variety of criminal charges.

Before his arrest, prosecutors say Walker had seven active warrants from four different counties for similar crimes.


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AP preseason All-America team

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team.

Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years, was joined on the first-team offense by Clemson running back Travis Etienne in the list released Tuesday and presented by Regions Bank . Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was a first-team selection on defense. Clemson and No. 2 Alabama tied for the most first-team selections with three.

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, an All-American last season, was selected to the preseason first-team, along with defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses.

Senior defensive tackle Derrick Brown is the first Auburn player to be recognized as a first-team preseason All-American since 2014.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, was selected to the second team.

Led by Alabama, the Southeastern Conference placed eight players on the first team, one more than the Big Ten.

The AP All-America team is sponsored by Regions Bank this season, the first time the venerable player honor roll that dates to 1925 has ever had a presenting sponsor.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Trevor Lawrence, sophomore, Clemson.

Running back — Jonathan Taylor, junior, Wisconsin; Travis Etienne, junior, Clemson.

Tackles — Andrew Thomas, junior, Georgia; Walker Little, junior, Stanford.

Guards — Shane Lemieux, senior, Oregon; Ben Bredeson, senior, Michigan.

Center — Tyler Biadasz, junior, Wisconsin.

Tight end — Albert Okwuegbunam, junior, Missouri.

Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, junior, Alabama; Tylan Wallace, junior, Oklahoma State.

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, sophomore, Purdue.

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, sophomore, Syracuse.

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Young, junior, Ohio State; A.J. Epenesa, junior, Iowa.

Tackles — Derrick Brown, senior, Auburn; Raekwon Davis, senior, Alabama.

Linebackers — Dylan Moses, junior, Alabama; Isaiah Simmons, junior, Clemson; Joe Bachie, senior, Michigan State.

Cornerbacks — Bryce Hall, senior, Virginia; Paulson Adebo, junior, Stanford.

Safeties — Grant Delpit, junior, LSU; Andre Cisco, sophomore, Syracuse.

Punter — Braden Mann, senior, Texas A&M.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, junior, Alabama.

Running backs — D'Andre Swift, junior, Georgia; Eno Benjamin, junior, Arizona State.

Tackles — Trey Adams, senior, Washington; Calvin Throckmorton, senior, Oregon.

Guards — Tommy Kraemer, senior, Notre Dame; John Simpson, senior, Clemson.

Center — Nick Harris, senior, Washington.

Tight end — Jared Pinkney, senior, Vanderbilt.

Wide receivers — Laviska Shenault Jr., junior, Colorado; Justyn Ross, sophomore, Clemson.

All-purpose player — CeeDee Lamb, junior, Oklahoma.

Kicker — Rodrigo Blankenship, senior, Georgia.

DEFENSE

Ends — Kenny Willekes, senior, Michigan State; Julian Okwara, senior, Notre Dame.

Tackles — Leki Fotu, senior, Utah; Marvin Wilson, junior, Florida State.

Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, junior, Northwestern; Evan Weaver, senior, California; Shaquille Quarterman, senior, Miami.

Cornerbacks — Kristian Fulton, senior, LSU; CJ Henderson, junior, Florida.

Safeties — Alohi Gilman, senior, Notre Dame; Jordan Fuller, senior, Ohio State.

Punter — James Smith, junior, Cincinnati.


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Looking for a cool down? There’s at least a chance it gets cooler in the next two weeks!

Last week, we tossed out an idea from one particular long-range model. It showed a major cool down around September First. We are seeing other guidance move that direction now, but it does not look like the kind of ‘cool’ you might be hoping for!

Longer-range ensembles like the EPS (European) suggest cooler air inching southward into Alabama between August 30th and September 4th. ‘Cooler’ here is relative! It doesn’t mean 60s by day and 40s by night; it most likely means 80s by day and 60s by night. At any rate, at least it’s not 100ºF with a heat index of 108ºF!

So what does the modeling show us now?  These are ensembles; ensembles typically take out the extremes of individual model runs and give us a better picture of what the future could be like.  It’s more about watching trends than ‘nailing’ a specific number

Both the GFS and ECWMF ensemble show a trend toward cooler but not ‘cool’ weather through early September:

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By the way, the first day of Fall is just over one month away: September 23rd. Our ‘average’ final 90-degree day of the year is also around September 26th. Beyond that, the long-range guidance gives us a 25% chance (or less) of another day at or above 90ºF through October 3rd.

Looking for the rest of the forecast? It’s always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

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Westminster Barracks / Simple Assault

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Battle over Mobile toll bridge project could have implications across Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Residents in south Alabama are in a pitched battle over the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project – largely because the plan includes charging motorists a toll to help pay for the project.

The project's future could have implications across the state, if Alabama officials find charging motorists tolls enables more road and bridge projects to be completed.

There are strong feelings on both sides. Alabama residents already pay taxes, including gas taxes, that are used for roads and bridges. At the same time, supporters of tolls, including some elected officials, like the concept because they are specific, user-based taxes.

The Mobile I-10  project carries a $2.1 billion price tag. The aim is to relieve traffic pressure on the Wallace Tunnel while creating a six-lane bridge over the Mobile River and Bayway bridges and new interchanges.

The State of Alabama says the project can't be done without the tolls. Estimates are $6 a trip for the full distance.

Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon tells WHNT News 19 that toll bridges make sense.

"Bridges seems to be the best-understood projects for tolling," he said. "Because it’s a reason for it, it’s right there."

So, if it could happen in south Alabama, what does that mean for north Alabama?

"I can’t specifically name things here in north Alabama that could be toll projects, because I don’t think we’re at that point yet," McCutcheon said.

The Alabama Legislature passed a phased-in 10 cents a gallon gas tax this year, but drivers could see other costs in the future.

"Yes, I think tolling needs to be part of our state’s plan moving forward," Speaker McCutcheon said.

WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown says toll roads are fiscally conservative.

"You ride on it, you pay for it," he said. "You don’t ride on it, you don’t pay for it."

But, imagine paying extra to drive to work or school every day.

"Toll roads are inherently fair and they’re hated by the public," Brown said.

McCutcheon said Florida's had good success with toll roads, but he believes for a toll system to be successful, drivers need a choice.

"If you’re going to have a toll road, you need to give people an option," McCutcheon said. "If they choose not to use the toll, then give them an option.


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Westminster Barracks/Domestic Assault

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‘Molly of Denali’ creators help Juneau kids find their own voices


Nanibaa’ Frommherz (left) and Izzy Kizer participated in a voice acting workshop led by creators of “Molly of Denali,” organized by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO)

The new animated children’s TV show, “Molly of Denali,” is the first national children’s show to feature an Alaska Native lead.

Some of the show’s creators came to Juneau this month. As part of their visit, they put on a vocal acting workshop to help local kids find their own voices.

Joel Price said he didn’t really know what his father had signed him up for.

“Um, just meeting some fancy people,” Price said.

Those fancy people included the creative producer of “Molly of Denali,” Princess Daazhraii Johnson, and the voice of Molly herself: Sovereign Bill.


Tlingit and Muckleshoot actress Sovereign Bill poses at a voice-over workshop at KTOO Public Media before the Juneau premiere of the PBS KIDS show “Molly of Denali” Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Photo by Sheli DeLaney/KTOO)

For the record, Price said they weren’t actually very fancy at all, just really nice.

Price was one of 13 kids in the workshop on self-expression and voice acting. It was held the day before a community screening of the show in Juneau. Both events were organized by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. KTOO provided the space for the workshop.

Johnson kicked things off with some energizing warm-ups, reaching for the stars on tippy toes, shaking everything out.

When everyone was good and stretched, Johnson and Bill talked about their work and then walked through the basics of vocal acting. The kids got to put it into practice right away, recording some public service announcements, which will air on KTOO.

That was Izzy Kizer’s favorite part of the afternoon.

“I thought I would stutter, or lisp, or mumble or something like that,” Kiser said. “And I actually surprised myself that I didn’t do any of that in the entire recording. I thought I did kind of good.”

Twelve-year-old Kizer is happy to see “Molly of Denali” on the air. The show takes place in a fictional village in Interior Alaska. Molly and many of the characters are Athabaskan. Kizer hopes the show will broaden perspectives.

“Not many people really acknowledge our culture,” she said. “They think we live in, like, igloos with polar bears and penguins, but really we don’t.”

Kizer, who is Tlingit, has some ideas of her own for a kids show set in Southeast Alaska. The main character would be a grizzly bear, Kizer’s favorite, and it would feature other regional animals, like seals and wolves.

“They would solve problems, like, act like people in real life,” she explained, “and they would talk and stuff, and it would be cool.”

Ideas like that are exactly what the workshop’s organizers hoped to hear. Emily Edenshaw is director of business and economic development at Tlingit & Haida, and she helped put together the event.

“There were 13 youth today. If one of them gets the tiniest bit of hope that, ‘Maybe I can do this,’ or, ‘I want to do this’ — this is why I do the work that I do,” Edenshaw said.

Edenshaw, who is Yup’ik and Iñupiaq, said she’s been watching “Molly of Denali” at home with her kids. It’s a powerful experience, she said, watching as a family.

“Being a 35-year-old woman, and I’m having the same experience as my nine-month-old daughter and my 13-year-old,” she said. “My kids are never going to grow up in a world where they’re not going to be able to see themselves represented.”

After the workshop, Johnson offered some short and sweet advice for any kids who want to get involved in the arts: Explore, have fun and be curious.

It’s the kind of thing “Molly of Denali” might say.

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Partnership brings additive manufacturing to Jemison High School

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville City Schools and Auburn University have partnered to bring additive manufacturing to Jemison High School.

Staff and students showcased the program Tuesday that involves metal 3-D printing.

The collaboration with Auburn allows students and faculty to get training from Auburn's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, in an effort to further education and workforce development.

Students work on different projects involving metal printing, and instructors say it gives them a boost for work in the aerospace and automotive fields. They say some students have been hired straight out of high school.

"Not everyone is going to go to college," said Jemison advanced manufacturing teacher Matthew Basaraba. "And so I'm trying to give them those tools and those skills to be able to go on to an industry where they're going to still make $60,000-$70,000 a year without having to have a college degree."

And if a student does want to go further, the opportunities don't stop with a diploma. Auburn offers a degree in additive manufacturing, and so does Calhoun Community College.


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Pedestrian Fatally Struck on I-10 Mile Post 155 South of Las Cruces

Dona Ana, NM - On August 20, 2019 at about 5:40 a.m. New Mexico State Police investigated a crash where a pedestrian walking across I-10 was fatally struck by several vehicles. The incident occurred on I-10 around mile post 155 south of Las Cruces, NM.

The initial investigation determined that for unknown reasons, a pedestrian was walking across the lanes of travel of east bound I-10. The pedestrian was struck by an east bound 2015 Toyota, and then struck again by an east bound 2019 Nissan. After the initial two impacts the pedestrian was struck at least two more times by a Hyundai and a Chrysler. The pedestrian, David Holguin (40) of Las Cruces sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The drivers of the vehicles were not charged with any crime, and their identities will not be released. No other injuries were reported.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The incident is currently under investigation by New Mexico State Police Uniform Bureau and the New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.


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Wildfires crimp Alaska’s major transportation corridor, halting tourist operations, delaying groceries


A line of traffic Tues., Aug. 20 just south of the Parks-Talkeetna Spur junction. (Photo by Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media)

Major wildfires that flared up in Southcentral Alaska over the weekend caused road closures and delays on some of the region’s busiest road corridors, forcing re-routes and long delays for travelers, buses filled with tourists and trucks trying to re-supply grocery stores from Soldotna to Fairbanks.

Both the Sterling and Parks highways — major transportation corridors north and south of Anchorage — experienced temporary closures due to the fires. As of Tuesday morning, both the highways were passable but slow with pilot, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.

But officials warn they may close again with little notice.

There’s a lot of very erratic fire behavior and so it tends to change very rapidly,” warned Meadow Bailey with the Alaska Department of Transportation.

Bailey said the state is advising travelers to avoid driving through fire areas unless it absolutely necessary.

“The traffic is really, really heavy, there are a lot of long wait times and additional travelers just make that situation even more difficult,” said Bailey.

For one major trucking company, this has resulted in significant delivery delays and forced truckers to take alternate routes to both the Kenai Peninsula and Fairbanks. According to Paul Friese, vice president of sales and marketing for Lynden Transport, some cargo bound for Fairbanks had to travel up the Old Glenn Highway, instead.

“We’re kind of juggling to figure out what’s next, and surviving and getting through it, but it’s been certainly a challenge,” said Friese.

Getting chilled and frozen goods to grocery stores on the Kenai has been a big issue, said Friese.

“We were able to get some vehicles down there and then they closed the road en route so we had drivers that have sat for I think 10 or 12 hours on the highway waiting to get through,” said Friese.

Fred Meyer director of corporate affairs Jeffery Temple said the road closures on the Sterling highway have impacted their ability to restock the store’s Soldotna location. But that store should be re-supplied today, he said,

“We do have five trucks that are ready to go – they’re waiting to get on the one lane that is, as I understand it, being opened,” Temple said.

Tourism companies in Southcentral Alaska have also been dealing with a logistical mess due to the fires.

Josh Howes, president of Premier Alaska Tours, said at about 5 p.m. Sunday night, their company had 1000 tourists in buses stuck at the Talkeetna Junction trying to get through the fire.

“Most of them had flights out on Monday to fly home before they had to get to a cruise ship on Monday,” said Howes. “We waited and waited, hoping that there would be an opening at some point, and at 11 o’clock at night, we finally had to turn everybody around and go back to Denali or Fairbanks,” where they had to find hotel accommodations for them all during peak summer tourist season.

“It was pretty significant, for sure,” said Howes.

Reporter Nat Herz contributed.

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MPD’s Weekly Firearm Recoveries: August 12, 2019 to August 19, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Every day, the Metropolitan Police Department works to recover and investigate illegal firearms in Washington D.C. In addition to our patrol officers, the Department has specialized units—such as the Gun Recovery Unit (GRU), Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU), and Crime Suppression Teams (CSTs)—who work tirelessly to safely and respectfully secure illegal firearms and get them off of our streets. From Monday, August 12, 2019, through Monday, August 19, 2019, MPD detectives and officers recovered 33 firearms in the District of Columbia.

 

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all guns recovered in the District of Columbia.

Among the firearms recovered were:

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

  • A Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun was recovered in the 3300 block of Wheeler Road, Southeast. The following person was arrested: 21-year-old Davon Johnson, of Southeast, D.C., for Felon in Possession. CCN: 19-143-116

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

  • A Beretta 85 Cheetah .380 caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 4300 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Southeast. The following person was arrested: 17-year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License. CCN: 19-143-715

 

 

  • A Glock 17 9mm caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 200 block of W Street, Southeast. The following person was arrested: 26-year-old Demann Kenneth Shelton, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Felon in Possession, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawful Entry. CCN: 19-143-808

 

 

  • A Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver was recovered in the 800 block of P Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-143-619

 

  • A Tower Japanese Replica Flintlock .69 caliber handgun was recovered in the 2000 block of Park Road, Northwest. CCN: 19-143-727

 

  • A Glock 17 9mm caliber handgun was recovered in the 1100 block of 51st Street, Northeast. CCN: 19-143-759

 

  • A Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun was recovered in the 1000 block 17th Place, Northeast. The following person was arrested: 34-year-old Felton Pierce, of Northeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device. CCN: 19-143-900

 

  • A 9mm caliber handgun was recovered in the Unit block of Darrington Street, Southwest. CCN: 19-143-824

 

  • An Umarex XBG 4.5mm BB gun was recovered in the 1800 block of 7th Street, Northwest. The following person was arrested: 16-year-old juvenile male, of Alexandria, VA, for Possession of a BB gun. CCN: 19-143-802

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • A Glock 19 9mm caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 4200 block of Edson Place, Northeast. CCN: 19-144-496

 

 

  • A Raven P-25 .25 caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 2800 block of Q Street, Southeast. The following person was arrested: 25-year-old Brian Alexander Bridgeforth, of Carrying a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. CCN: 19-144-540

 

 

 

  • A CZ P09 9mm caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 4600 block of Benning Road, Southeast. The following person was arrested: 20-year-old Deondre Chase, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License and Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device. CCN: 19-144-609

 

 

  • A Ruger P89DC 9mm caliber handgun was recovered in the 1300 block of 5th Street, Northeast. The following person was arrested: 29-year-old Charles Earl Proctor, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Felon in Possession, and Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device. CCN: 19-144-475

 

  • A Hi-Point C9 9mm caliber handgun was recovered in the 4600 block of Hillside Road, Southeast. The following people were arrested: 31-year-old KJ Lavell Lester, of Southeast, D.C., and 51-year-old Michelle Anita Phifer, of Northeast, D.C., for Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance while Armed, and Felon in Possession. CCN: 19-144-486

 

  • A Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun was recovered in the 500 block of 16th Street, Northeast. The following person was arrested: 27-year-old Jarall Thompson, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Felon in Possession, Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance while Armed, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device, Possession of Unregistered Firearm, and Possession of Unregistered Ammunition. CCN: 19-144-610

 

  • A Glock 37 .45 caliber handgun and a Glock 19 9mm caliber handgun were recovered in the 1100 block of Mississippi Avenue, Southeast. The following people were arrested: 23-year-old Khalil Jones, of Southeast, D.C., 21-year-old Darius Anderson, of Southeast, D.C., and 27-year-old Anton Scott Thomas, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device, National firearms Act, Possession of Unregistered Firearm, and Possession of Unregistered Ammunition. CCN: 19-144-584

 

Friday, August 16, 2019

  • A Glock 17 9mm caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 1100 block of Barnaby Terrace, Southeast. The following person arrested: 16-year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of Unregistered Firearm, Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, and Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device. CCN: 19-145-042

 

 

  • A Glock 17 handgun was recovered in the 1800 block of Kendall Street, Northeast. CCN: 19-145-083

 

  • An Iver Johnson .38 caliber revolver was recovered in the 200 block of Farragut Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-145-175

 

  • An Umarex XCP BB gun was recovered in 100 block of Kennedy Street, Northwest. The following person was arrested: 31-year-old Ronald Kearney, of Southeast, D.C., for Possession of BB gun, Operation of all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, Fugitive from Justice, and No Permit. CCN: 19-145-124

 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

  • A Taurus 85 .38 caliber revolver (pictured below) was recovered in the 1800 block of Bladensburg Road, Northeast. CCN: 19-145-524

 

 

  • A Glock 30 .45 caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 3500 block of Elvans Road, Southeast. CCN: 19-145-716

 

 

  • A Ruger LC 380 .380 caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 3500 block of 13th Street, Southeast. The following person was arrested: 15-year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, and Possession of Unregistered Ammunition. CCN: 19-145-791

 

 

  • A Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun was recovered in the 3800 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest. The following person was arrested: 41-year-old Torrell O’Neal Page, of Northeast, D.C., for Felon in Possession, Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device, Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, and Resisting Arrest. CCN: 19-145-789

 

  • A Hi-Point C9 9mm caliber handgun was recovered in the 1600 block of K Street, Northeast. The following person was arrested: 31-year-old DeAngelo Robinson, of Northwest, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, and Possession of Unregistered Ammunition. CCN: 19-145-893

 

  • A Walther PPK-S .380 caliber handgun and a Kimber STS 9mm caliber handgun were recovered in the 4300 block of Anacostia Avenue, Northeast. The following people were arrested: 18-year-old Kenneth Coleman, of Northeast, D.C., and 20-year-old Anton Brown, of Northeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Felon in Possession, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. CCN: 19-145-954

 

  • An ATI Firepower Xtreme: Titan 1911 .45 caliber handgun was recovered in the 2200 block of 14th Street, Southeast. The following person was arrested: 32-year-old Christopher Lee Myrant, of Oxon Hill, MD, for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance while Armed, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol. CCN: 19-145-978

 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

  • A Taurus 709 9mm caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 4200 block of Benning Road, Northeast. The following person was arrested: 20-year-old Delonte Jackson, of Northwest, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License and Resisting Arrest. CCN: 19-146-310

 

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  • A Ruger 9mm caliber handgun was recovered in the 2200 block of Channing Street, Northeast. The following people were arrested: 22-year-old Brandon Wiggins, of Northeast, D.C., and 24-year-old Darnell Lee Knight, of Southeast, D.C., for Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, and Leaving after Colliding. CCN: 19-146-107

 

Monday, August 19, 2019

  • A Charles Daly 12 gauge shotgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 4300 block of 3rd Street, Southeast. CCN: 19-146-841

 

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  • A Walther P-22 .22 caliber handgun (pictured below) was recovered in the 4600 block of Livingston Road, Southeast. CCN: 19-146-889

 

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It is one of MPD’s main goals to safely remove illegal firearms from DC streets to reduce crime and the fear of crime in the community. The responsibility to recover firearms falls on the -shoulders of all MPD officers. We also thank members of the community for their help in creating safe neighborhoods.

 

The Metropolitan Police Department also recovers firearms with the assistance of anonymous tips made through MPD’s anonymous tip line. Anyone who has information regarding gun recoveries should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information July be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of an illegal firearm hidden in the District of Columbia.

 

 

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Air Force Academy chapel in Colorado to close in September for 3-year renovation

COLORADO SPRINGS — The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado has announced it will close its cadet chapel for extensive renovations beginning in September.


RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

People gather to say goodbye to Colorado native Capt. Ryan Hall, 30, Monday March 12, 2012, during a funeral held at the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Hall was one of four Airmen killed Feb. 18 when their U-28 aircraft crashed near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa.

KOAA-TV reports the military academy says Sept. 3 is the final day scheduled for visits prior to the chapel’s three-year closure.

Officials at the academy near Colorado Springs say a $158 million restoration and preservation project is scheduled to begin Nov. 1.

Officials say work crews are expected to remove furniture and conduct other preparation work between Sept. 3 and Nov. 1.

The chapel was originally scheduled to close in June, but the project was delayed.

The Air Force says the funds were reallocated for repairs at Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base following Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

The chapel is registered as a national historic landmark.

Information from: KOAA-TV, http://www.koaa.com


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Court Watch Colorado launches to monitor criminal justice reform implementation

Volunteers will soon become watchdogs in Denver-metro area courtrooms after the launch of a new program by the ACLU of Colorado and the Colorado Freedom Fund.

Court Watch Colorado hosted its first training for volunteers Saturday at the Central Park Recreation Center, and more than 80 people attended to learn what recent reforms passed by the Colorado Legislature affect court operations.

The organizers are monitoring compliance with specific changes:

“The courts are really working for us as community members and (Court Watch) is just trying to provide a space for people to learn more about what the courts are up to and actually have a role of holding them accountable,” said the ACLU’s Becca Curry, criminal justice research and policy counsel.

The program will run for 10 weeks and will collect data to get a better sense of pre-trial practices in courts, she said. The pilot program is starting with Denver County Court, Denver Municipal Court and Aurora Municipal Court.

Elisabeth Epps, one of the program coordinators, said the aim is not just to catch the courts violating laws or people’s rights.

“We really don’t want to catch people doing wrong, frankly,” Epps said. “We’d love to monitor good behavior and make sure it’s consistent.”

Epps recalled sitting in Aurora Municipal Court last week with some colleagues from the ACLU and hearing a judge providing defendants with their legal options but leaving out their right to appointed counsel before making a plea, granted by House Bill 16-1309.

So, the ACLU contacted the court and the issue was corrected when Epps returned later that week.

But that was just one judge in one courtroom.

“While we can’t be everywhere, we can amplify what we hear and what we know,” Epps said.

For more information about the program, go to courtwatchcolorado.org.

 


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Woman shot and killed by Denver police is identified; police said she fired at officers

A woman who was shot and killed by Denver police has been identified.

Jamie Fernandez, 31, was shot in the alleyway in the 1400 block of Osceola and Perry streets and was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

The cause of her death was from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner’s office said in a news release. Her manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

Two Denver officers, who have not been identified, have been placed on modified duty after the Thursday night shooting.

Officers were chasing Fernandez, on foot, down the alley at about 11:30 p.m. when she turned and fired a gun at them, police said. They came in contact with her while investigating an SUV described as “a vehicle of interest.”

Aurora police are investigating the shooting. Denver’s independent monitor’s office will conduct a separate investigation. The Denver District Attorney’s Office will review the case for possible criminal charges, Denver police said.



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State Police investigate fiery Interstate 87 crash in town of Elizabethtown

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Group seeks more details about raid on California reporter

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Florida man arrested after botching in-home castration surgery, deputies say

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. – Florida deputies have arrested a man for attempting to perform a castration inside his Highlands County home, WFTS reports.

Deputies were called to 74-year-old Gary Van Ryswyk’s home located on Orday Road in Sebring on Sunday, August 18.

When they arrived, Ryswyk told a deputy he had just performed a castration on a man and encountered major issues. Deputies found a victim on a bed, bleeding heavily, with a towel over his groin.

The victim was flown to a nearby hospital and is said to be stable.

During their investigation, deputies found two body parts in a pink container, presumed to have belonged to the victim.

Ryswyk had set up a room to look like a surgical center and had medical equipment and painkillers inside, according to a release.

A camera was also set up to record the procedure.

Van Ryswyk told deputies he had met the victim on the dark web on a site geared toward people who have a castration fetish.

In addition, Ryswyk told deputies he had tried to perform the procedure on the victim last week, but had to delay.

According to a release, Ryswyk told the victim that he had experience on animals and had even removed one of his own testicles in 2012.

He also said he had done a similar procedure on a man in a local motel a few years ago. It also did not end well, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Ryswyk was arrested Monday and charged with practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury, a second-degree felony.

His bond was set at $250,000.


Trudeau promises to raise issue of falling media revenues at G7 leaders’ summit

The subject resurfaced when Groupe Capitales Médias, a cash-strapped French-language newspaper chain, filed for creditor protection.


Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts


Kennicott at Hubbard Glacier. (Photo by Geraldine Young, Alaska DOT&PF)

The Legislature’s attempt to add funding to the Alaska Marine Highway System has been blocked.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his line-item veto power to eliminate $5 million added by lawmakers in the wake of a $43 million cut that will mean long gaps in service.

In a fiscal note, the governor’s office called the budget item “premature” ahead of a $250,000 study commissioned to reshape the system.

“I don’t know how it could be premature. We could see that these areas were going to be without needed services,” said Rep. Dan Ortiz, a Ketchikan independent.

He says he’s heard from coastal residents who can’t get on a plane and are facing as long as seven months with no ferries.

“They’re cut off,” Ortiz said Monday. “They don’t have access to medical care if they’re not allowed to fly because now the marine highway is not there for them.”

draft winter schedule released last month proposes no ships on Prince William Sound between October and May.

Cordova Mayor Clay Koplin predicted that’s going to hurt the state’s economy by cutting off commerce between communities.

“It’s pretty simple economics: we either do business in the state and have a ferry system and a (marine) highway we can use or we have to look for alternatives,” Koplin said Monday. “If we don’t have a ferry and a way to get in out of the community and conduct our business — it’s going to hurt.”

Just hours after the governor’s announcement, the Alaska Department of Transportation released a statement saying it was working to finalize its winter ferry schedule.

“As the winter schedule is finalized, please keep in mind that AMHS funding for the fiscal year 2020 has been reduced by $43 million and the winter schedule is fiscally constrained,” the statement said. “The 31% budget reduction from previous fiscal years will limit the adjustments that can be made to the schedule.”

The fiscal note accompanying the line-item veto notes that the ferry study is due in mid-October.

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Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts


Kennicott at Hubbard Glacier. (Photo by Geraldine Young, Alaska DOT&PF)

The Legislature’s attempt to add funding to the Alaska Marine Highway System has been blocked.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his line-item veto power to eliminate $5 million added by lawmakers in the wake of a $43 million cut that will mean long gaps in service.

In a fiscal note, the governor’s office called the budget item “premature” ahead of a $250,000 study commissioned to reshape the system.

“I don’t know how it could be premature. We could see that these areas were going to be without needed services,” said Rep. Dan Ortiz, a Ketchikan independent.

He says he’s heard from coastal residents who can’t get on a plane and are facing as long as seven months with no ferries.

“They’re cut off,” Ortiz said Monday. “They don’t have access to medical care if they’re not allowed to fly because now the marine highway is not there for them.”

draft winter schedule released last month proposes no ships on Prince William Sound between October and May.

Cordova Mayor Clay Koplin predicted that’s going to hurt the state’s economy by cutting off commerce between communities.

“It’s pretty simple economics: we either do business in the state and have a ferry system and a (marine) highway we can use or we have to look for alternatives,” Koplin said Monday. “If we don’t have a ferry and a way to get in out of the community and conduct our business — it’s going to hurt.”

Just hours after the governor’s announcement, the Alaska Department of Transportation released a statement saying it was working to finalize its winter ferry schedule.

“As the winter schedule is finalized, please keep in mind that AMHS funding for the fiscal year 2020 has been reduced by $43 million and the winter schedule is fiscally constrained,” the statement said. “The 31% budget reduction from previous fiscal years will limit the adjustments that can be made to the schedule.”

The fiscal note accompanying the line-item veto notes that the ferry study is due in mid-October.

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Rescue crews search Lake Champlain for missing man between Alburgh, North Hero

  STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE     Rescue crews search Lake Champlain for missing man between Alburgh, North Hero   NORTH HERO, Vermont (Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019) — Emergency crews including the Vermont State Police are searching for a missing man in Lake Champlain between North Hero and Alburgh.   The man is described as white, in his late 60s,


Rescue crews search Lake Champlain for missing man between Alburgh, North Hero

  STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE     Rescue crews search Lake Champlain for missing man between Alburgh, North Hero   NORTH HERO, Vermont (Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019) — Emergency crews including the Vermont State Police are searching for a missing man in Lake Champlain between North Hero and Alburgh.   The man is described as white, in his late 60s,


Delaware Train Show, Octoberfest Toy Show set for Oct. 5-6

The Delaware Train Show is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Nur Shrine Center, 198 S. Dupont Highway, New Castle.The show will feature more than 160 tables of trains in all scales and makes, accessories, slot cars and some toys. The show will include dealers from the east coast.Admission is $5; free for children 12 and younger. $10 early buyers admission begins at 8 a.m.The following day, the Octoberfest Toy Show — the east coast’s largest [...]


LSU officials: No shots fired after armed intruder reported

The university posted a message on Twitter about 3 p.m. saying an armed intruder had been reported in Coates Hall and police were on the scene. Coates Hall houses academic departments and several student support services, according to the LSU website.

The tweet advised students and others on the Baton Rouge campus to run, hide or fight. In a later post, university officials said: “The situation is ongoing. No shots have been fired, and there are no injuries. Continue to avoid the area or remain in a safe place.”

Classes are not in session at the state’s flagship university, but many students have been moving back to the school after summer break.

Police had cordoned off an area around the building with tape and several officers were present, but life on the campus appeared to go on without disruption. Students mingled at the student union across the street, and traffic flowed normally.


Chenmax Properties owner sentenced to federal prison for Ponzi scheme

David C. Weiss, U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Carl Chen, owner of Chenmax Properties Inc., a Delaware real estate investment trust and part-owner of Re/Max Sunvest Realty Co., was sentenced Aug. 19 in federal court in Delaware to 51 months in prison.Chen pleaded guilty in March to wire fraud emanating out of a multi-year Ponzi scheme he orchestrated.Chen operated Chenmax Properties since 1997, soliciting large real estate investments from [...]


Chenmax Properties owner sentenced to federal prison for Ponzi scheme

David C. Weiss, U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Carl Chen, owner of Chenmax Properties Inc., a Delaware real estate investment trust and part-owner of Re/Max Sunvest Realty Co., was sentenced Aug. 19 in federal court in Delaware to 51 months in prison.Chen pleaded guilty in March to wire fraud emanating out of a multi-year Ponzi scheme he orchestrated.Chen operated Chenmax Properties since 1997, soliciting large real estate investments from [...]


Cheerleaders forced out of their Saint-Leonard club

A zoning issue is forcing a Saint-Leonard cheerleading club to close its doors.


Georgia mom hosts ‘job fair’ after kids ask for new phones, allowances

One mom is “NOW HIRING!!” after her kids started asking for new phones and allowances.

“Yesterday I told them that I’ve heard their requests and that I’ll have a surprise for them today when they get home from school,” Shaketha Mario McGregor wrote in a Facebook post.

Well, surprise!

Her kids came home to a job fair, complete with job listings, applications and an ad for “Mom’s Credit Union.”

“If you want it, work for it, earn it!” McGregor wrote.

The list of “open jobs” includes a kitchen manager, lead housekeeper and laundry supervisor.

But if they want the job — and the pay — they’ll need to attend an interview and fill out an application.

The application asks for name, age,  and other jobs held including home and school experience.

It also asks if you’re “willing to work some nights and weekends.”

A line at the bottom reads, “Thank you for applying with This Mom Means Business Inc.”

While this sounds like a great opportunity for these kids to earn their dough, this mom doesn’t sound too optimistic that her kids will be exceptional employees.

At the end of her Facebook post, she tacked on “#IWonderWhoWillGetFired First” with an eyeroll.

The hilarious Facebook post, put up on Aug. 13, garnered more than 127,000 shares and over 208,000 likes by Tuesday.

McGregor posted again with an update about the hiring process. She said she’ll be asking her son to reapply and interview again since he laughed 90 percent of the time. “My  10yr old would sometimes start speaking in an English accent like that would help her,” McGregor wrote. So far, the standout candidate was her 6-year-old, who showed the most professionalism.


WILLISTON BARRACKS / Felony Embezzlement

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A101622 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Trooper Mike Filipek STATION: Williston Barracks CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: January/February 2019 INCIDENT LOCATION: Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, South Burlington, Vermont VIOLATION: Felony Embezzlement   ACCUSED:


Fires burn from Homer to Mat-Su, stalling traffic, as evacuees wait for news


Burned remains by Camp Caswell at mile 87.5 along the Parks Highway (Photo – Jenny Starrs – KTNA)

Wildfires continue burning in some of Alaska’s most populated areas, hindering transportation and endangering property all the way from Talkeetna to Homer. After weekend winds rapidly spread several fires, weather overnight Monday and into Tuesday has helped combat multiple blazes. More resources have been arriving in Alaska from the Lower 48, with hotshot crews and aircrafts still scrambling to contain major fires as state officials begin the work of assessing destroyed property.

Here are the major developments we know about right now:

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Reporting contributed by Abbey Collins in Anchorage, Jay Berrett in Kenai, and Isabelle Ross in Dillingham.

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Traffic Alert – I 89 mm 90

State of Vermont Department of Public Safety Vermont State Police Williston Barracks   Press Release – Highway / Traffic Notification   I 89 NB MM 90 near the Winooski Bridge, has been reopened.   Motorists should expect delays in the area still, due to traffic backup. Please drive carefully.       Dana Macias Williston PSAP Supervisor 2777 ST. GEORGE RD.  WILLISTON, VT  05495


Del Tech names Michael Ryan director of athletics

Delaware Technical Community College recently hired Michael Ryan, a Del Tech alumnus, as the new collegewide director of athletics."I have always wanted to become involved in collegiate athletics, and this position allows me the opportunity to achieve that goal," said Ryan. "However, more importantly, it allows me the opportunity to do this at a place that means a great deal to me. As a Delaware Tech graduate, I believe in the school, its mission and in the positive impact [...]


California pension fund wants to join Facebook lawsuit

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Delaware State Police phone number used in spoofed number scam

The Delaware State Police issued an advisory in response to a recent phone scam trend involving a spoofed phone number.The Delaware State Police was made aware of multiple incidents in which individuals have received phone calls which appear on their caller ID as coming from the DSP. To further convince the recipient that the caller is an official representative of the DSP, victims are advised to look up the phone number where the call is originating from. When the victim [...]


Cat & Mouse Press announces Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest winners

Cat & Mouse Press announced the winners of the 2019 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.The contest, which is in its seventh year, invited writers to submit short stories that fit the theme "Beach Dreams" and had a connection to Rehoboth Beach. Browseabout Books, sponsor for the contest, awarded a $500 cash prize for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place. The top stories will be included in the book "Beach Dreams," to be published by Cat & Mouse [...]


Cat & Mouse Press announces Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest winners

Cat & Mouse Press announced the winners of the 2019 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.The contest, which is in its seventh year, invited writers to submit short stories that fit the theme "Beach Dreams" and had a connection to Rehoboth Beach. Browseabout Books, sponsor for the contest, awarded a $500 cash prize for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place. The top stories will be included in the book "Beach Dreams," to be published by Cat & Mouse [...]


Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner to benefit for Certified Delmarva Grown program

The Delmarva Farmers Union and Socially Responsible Agricultural Project will host a Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, Maryland.The dinner will raise money for the Certified Delmarva Grown Program and Delmarva Farmers Union, made possible with the help and funding of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. The event will include food from local farms in Delmarva prepared by Delmarva chef [...]


Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner to benefit for Certified Delmarva Grown program

The Delmarva Farmers Union and Socially Responsible Agricultural Project will host a Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, Maryland.The dinner will raise money for the Certified Delmarva Grown Program and Delmarva Farmers Union, made possible with the help and funding of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. The event will include food from local farms in Delmarva prepared by Delmarva chef [...]


Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Luton Town: Harris goal sends Owls to top of the Championship

Kadeem Harris' second-half finish gives Sheffield Wednesday their third league victory against winless Luton Town.


Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Luton Town: Harris goal sends Owls to top of the Championship

Kadeem Harris' second-half finish gives Sheffield Wednesday their third league victory against winless Luton Town.


2019 Big Beautiful Women of Delaware Pageant set for Sept. 8

The annual Delaware state Big Beautiful Woman Pageant is set to open at noon Sept. 8 at Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St., Wilmington.Competitors must be at least a size 14, must be 18 or older and must be willing to promote plus-sized beauty. The competition will include evening gown and lingerie modeling, talent demonstration and Q&A session.Ms. BBW Delaware and two runners-up will be chosen the day of the pageant. The winner receives the crown, [...]


2019 Big Beautiful Women of Delaware Pageant set for Sept. 8

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Calgary’s DOAP Team, Alpha House impacted by provincial funding freeze

The Calgary Homeless Foundation has had to make an eight per cent cut to its operating budget, meaning a shift in focus to funding only essential services.


Calgary’s DOAP Team, Alpha House impacted by provincial funding freeze

The Calgary Homeless Foundation has had to make an eight per cent cut to its operating budget, meaning a shift in focus to funding only essential services.


VP Pence announces Space Command launch date, names Four Star General as leader

Vice President Mike Pence spoke Tuesday at the National Space Council in Chantilly, Virginia announcing the official launch of U.S. Space Command is set for August 29.

He also named the first leader of the US Space Command.

“I’m pleased to announce that we will recognize its new leader, Four Star Air Force General John Raymond will be the first leader of the United States Space Command,” said Vice President Pence.

“The intelligence community and the Department of Defense have agreed to align U.S. Space Command and the NRO into a new unified defense concept of operations at the national defense space sector,” said Acting Director Of National Intelligence Joseph McGuire. “As part of U.S Space Command, the National Defense Space Center is a joint DOD Intelligence community organization and will become the center of gravity for defending our vital interest in space.”

Redstone Arsenal is officially on the secretary of the Air Force’s short list of bases to potentially host the headquarters for the United States Space Command.


08-20-19 Shark bite

Hawaii Police Department
Kona Patrol, Area II
Lieutenant Akira Edmoundson
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 253
Report No. 19-065946

 

 

Media Release

On (August 20) at approximately 8:00 a.m., a 27-year-old female reported that she was bitten by a shark while swimming in waters off of Napoopoo Park in Kealakekua Bay. She received injuries to her lower back and right hip area and was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where she received treatment. She was reported to be in good health and is expected to be released.

The shark was described by a witness as having a grey tip. It’s size and the type of shark is currently unknown. Swimmers are being advised to avoid the area of Kealakekua Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

Media Release

 

On 8-20-2019 at approximately 0801 hours: A 27 year old female reported that she was bitten by a shark while swimming in waters off of Napoopoo Park in Kealakekua Bay. The female received injuries to her lower back and right hip area and was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where she received treatment. She was reported to be in good health and is expected to be released.

 

The shark was described by a witness as having a grey tip. It’s size and the type of shark is currently unknown.  Swimmers are being advised to avoid the area of Kealakekua Bay.


Plutonium in soil sample near Rocky Flats five times higher than cleanup standard

A soil sample with an elevated level of plutonium taken along the eastern edge of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is more than five times the cleanup standard established for the radioactive substance at the former nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver, state health officials said Tuesday.

But Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment toxicologists “do not believe there is an immediate public health threat,” the department said in a letter penned to community members.

“We do believe that further sampling and analysis is needed to assess what this elevated sample may mean for long-term risks, and whether it is an isolated instance or a sign of a wider area of relatively high contamination,” said Jennifer Opila, director of CDPHE’s Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division. “We are taking the sample result seriously because it is much higher than previous samples in the vicinity and higher than the cleanup standard.”

CDPHE said the soil sample in question, taken on the west side of Indiana Street about a mile north of 96th Avenue, returned a result of 264 picocuries per gram of plutonium. The standard for cleanup of the Rocky Flats plants, where triggers for nuclear weapons were manufactured over a 40-year period, was 50 picocuries per gram.

Opila said officials in charge of the yet-to-be-built Jefferson Parkway have taken approximately 250 soil samples along the west edge of Indiana Street, just east of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge fence line, in preparation for building the four-lane tollway that would connect Broomfield to Golden and nearly complete the beltway surrounding metro Denver.

She said many of those samples are “still being analyzed by the laboratory” but that highway officials will “share that data with the department, and the department will share it with the community, as it becomes available in the upcoming weeks and months.”

Jefferson Parkway officials have committed to conducting “additional detailed testing in the immediate vicinity” of the sample with the elevated level, Opila wrote.

The CDPHE in its Tuesday letter said the high reading came from a single sample. One portion of the sample registered the 264 picocuries-per-gram reading while a second portion of the same sample registered only a 1.5 picocuries-per-gram reading, which is “within the range of anticipated levels.”

Opila said CDPHE has shared the plutonium reading with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Bill Ray, executive director of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority, wrote in an email to the CDPHE on Friday but released today that the technical consultants working with the authority believe the elevated reading is coming from a particle of plutonium approximately 8.8 microns in size.

He said the firm analyzing the samples, Fort Collins-based Engineering Analytics, is “satisfied that
their Quality Control measures were appropriate.”

“They performed a re-test of the same sample and came up with a similar result,” Ray wrote.

Rocky Flats had a long history of environmental contamination with hazardous radionuclides, including plutonium, as fires at the plant and winds blowing in an easterly direction dispersed pollutants from the plant toward Denver. The plant was cleaned up over a 10-year period at a cost of $7 billion.

In 2016, two firms that contracted to run Rocky Flats agreed to a $375 million settlement to be paid to thousands of homeowners living east of the plant as compensation for a decline in home values as a result of living downwind of the plant.


FW: Re-issued Press Release

  From: Ambroz, Todd Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:03 PM To: DPS - VSP Media Subject: Re-issued Press Release   VSP NEWS RELEASE      Incident/Structure Fire at 2100 Harbor Road, Shelburne, Vermont   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNIT VERMONT STATE POLICE - WILLISTON BARRACKS   Vermont State


FW: Re-issued Press Release

  From: Ambroz, Todd Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:03 PM To: DPS - VSP Media Subject: Re-issued Press Release   VSP NEWS RELEASE      Incident/Structure Fire at 2100 Harbor Road, Shelburne, Vermont   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNIT VERMONT STATE POLICE - WILLISTON BARRACKS   Vermont State


Unifor head tells union’s media members he hears concerns about Tory-bashing but won’t stop

"We do not tell members how to vote but I will be speaking out against the Conservative Party," Dias said.


Lobster tail and fine wine: How California county fair workers misused taxpayer money

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Fatal DWI Crash on County Road 728 in Eddy County

Eddy County, NM - On August 17, 2019 at around 9:12 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on County Road 728 (London Road), north of Loving, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2003 Chevy Silverado and a 2004 Ford Ranger were both traveling east, side by side on County Road 728 (London Road). For reasons still under investigation the vehicles made contact and both vehicles left the northside of the roadway. The Silverado came to a safe stop and the Ranger rolled. The Silverado was driven by Francisco Liman (18) of Loving, NM. The driver of the Silverado, Liman and a 19-year-old passenger were both uninjured.

The driver of Ranger, Riley Allen (19) also of Loving, NM was ejected from the vehicle and was flown to a hospital in Texas, where he succumbed to injuries sustained from the crash. He was pronounced deceased by a doctor at the hospital. An 18-year-old passenger in the Ranger sustained unknown injuries and was also flown to a hospital in Texas.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash and seatbelts do appear to have been properly used by all occupants except the driver of the Ranger. The driver of the Silverado, Francisco Liman was arrested and booked into the Eddy County Detention Center. Francisco Liman was charged with the following:

  • Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs resulting in Great Bodily Injury or Death.
  • Careless Driving

No other information is available at this time.


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Audit: Agricultural association misspent California money

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Canadian military installs new commander in hopes of post-Norman stability

It was only two months ago that the now military commander Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre had been installed in a similar change-of-command ceremony as the chief of military personnel.


Traffic Alert – I 89 N MM 90 Crash

State of Vermont Department of Public Safety Vermont State Police Williston Barracks   Press Release – Highway / Traffic Notification   I 89 NB near MM 90 is experiencing delays in the area of the Winooski Bridge due to a crash.   This incident is expected to last until further notice. Specific details are not yet available and updates will be provided as appropriate.   Motorists


Photo captures Pennsylvania server’s touching act for 91-year-old veteran

BELLE VERNON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania family witnessed a touching act of kindness while out to dinner earlier this week.

Lisa Melander posted about the moment on Facebook

She watched as her server, Dylan Tetil, took a man’s order.

Dropping onto one knee, Tetil helped the 91-year-old veteran, who is hard of hearing, decide what to eat. The man said he lost his hearing during his time in the war and had forgotten to put in his hearing aids.

Melander said the vet apologized for taking so long, adding he didn’t have many people to talk to.

Tetil later brought the man’s food over and asked if he could sit down and keep him company. Tetil, a radiology student who started working at the restaurant about three months ago, said he hadn’t seen the man before, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“He mainly just told me his war stories from World War II and his life. He kind of seemed like he felt underappreciated,” Tetil told the paper. “No one around us minded it because they knew what was happening.”

Melander said she wanted to pay for the veteran’s meal, but someone else beat her to it.

“I had no idea that would happen. God put us at the right place at the right time,” Meilander said. “It was really pretty amazing.”


Downtown visitor information centre opens in City Square Plaza

The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID) and the City of Regina teamed up to build a new Visitor Service Pavilion in City Square Plaza.


El Paso widower gifted new car after he says someone stole, damaged SUV

EL PASO, Texas – After Antonio Basco lost his wife in the El Paso Walmart shooting, hundreds of strangers showed up to lend their support. After he said his wife’s SUV was stolen and then badly damaged just hours after her funeral, a local car dealer stepped up to give him a new vehicle Monday, according to KVIA.

Basco said the blue SUV vanished shortly after 63-year-old Margie Reckard’s funeral, but police said he never reported it. KVIA reports that the vehicle was found the next day with the roof partially caved in, windshield shattered and front end badly dented.

When Casa Ford, the dealership that reportedly serviced his wife’s SUV found out about the damage, they decided to replace it free of cost. A crowd gathered at the dealership Monday and cheered as Basco received the keys.

Strangers flock to support El Paso man 

Antonio Basco stood in front of his wife's casket for two hours Friday hugging strangers.

The El Paso man initially thought no one would show up for his wife's visitation service. His wife was killed when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart. The couple had no relatives in the area.

Basco walked into the La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center to a storm of applause and a procession of people wanting to hug him. The building was at capacity with 400 mourners. Outside, another 700 waited in nearly 100-degree heat to pay respects, according to funeral organizers.

"People were telling me they came from different faiths, different cities. It's just incredible how much love and support every single one of you has shown," Reckard's grandson, Tyler, said.

Margie 'always had a smile on her face'

Reckard's son, Dean, said he didn't spend as much time with his mother as he wanted. He told attendees he didn't remember much of his childhood because it was rough and that his mother lived a "hardknock life."

"Through everything she dealt with in her life, she always had a smile on her face," he said.

Unlike the man who killed his mother, Reckard said she was very accepting and open of all people. He said she looked at his three biracial children with nothing but "pure love."

"My mother loved everyone regardless of color, religion, politics or whatever," he said.

Basco really changed his mother's life, though, Reckard said. He described her as being extremely happy with him.

"Tony you've been unbelievable for my mother," Reckard said.

Flowers came from all over the world

Strangers from as far away as Japan and New Zealand sent flowers, which lined the outside of the church and the front of the alter. Almost 1,000 people have donated to a GoFundMe campaign to help Basco with expenses, raising more than $25,000.

"Everywhere I look, I just see all these flowers. I don't think I've ever seen this many flowers," Reckard's son said.

Elodia Perches, co-owner of Perches Funeral Home, said the funeral home has received more than 400 flower arrangements.

One local florist said her business delivered more than 50 arrangements, with orders coming in from New York and Michigan. One of those arrangements came from the family of a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting.

"I've been in business over 30 years," Sandy Blanco, owner of Debbie's Bloomers, told CNN. "I've never seen any outpouring so beautiful, and an outpouring as large as this."

Salvador Perches, owner of Perches Funeral Home, told the mourners that funeral homes across El Paso had received so many flower arrangements that he coordinated with them to have 22 hearses -- one for each the 22 people killed in the shooting -- to deliver the flowers to a memorial in the the Walmart parking lot.

One woman flew in from San Francisco

When Hala Hijazi heard about the open invitation to the visitation three days ago, she broke down. Seeing how much Basco loved his wife and how lost he is without her touched her heart, she said.

Without a second thought, Hijazi cleared her calendar and booked a flight to El Paso from San Francisco.

"I didn't want him to suffer alone. I didn't want him to grieve alone," she said through tears.

Hijazi said that "all the rhetoric that's going on in this world" makes her want to show kindness. And if she gets a chance to talk to Basco at the funeral, she wants to thank him.

She got that chance when she sat behind Basco at the service.

"I thanked him for not just bringing El Paso together, but bringing the country together," she said. "I have never witnessed a human being as humble, as kind, as sweet, as pure of heart that I've ever met in my entire life."

Hijazi said with all the negativity, divisiveness and violence in the world, she was worried she would be desensitized.

"He was a breath of fresh air to me to weep as much as I could," she said of Basco.

She said El Paso was a beautiful and kind community, and she said she would come back for sure.

"They're like this whether there was a tragedy or not, and that's how we should all be," she said.

Her husband visits her memorial every day

Since the massacre that took the love of his life, Basco has visited the makeshift memorial behind Walmart daily, coming and going at all hours. He leaves fresh flowers each day at the site of a white cross bearing his wife's name and removes any that are dying. Sometimes, he talks to her.

"I promised her fresh roses every day," Basco said.

Basco met Reckard at a bar 22 years ago. She had been smiling at him that night, and he eventually worked up the courage to approach her. A drink and friendly conversation soon turned into a dinner.

"Me and my wife had a bond, a magnificent bond," Basco said. "I never felt anything like that in my life."

The couple soon became inseparable, traveling around the country until they eventually settled in El Paso. They took care of each other as they grew older and as Reckard began battling Parkinson's disease.

On August 3, Reckard headed to the Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall for groceries. It was the last time Basco saw her alive. After the massacre, he searched hospitals for hours. A day later, law enforcement officers told him his wife was among the murdered.

Now that the time has come to lower his wife into the ground, Basco fears he may break down.

"I won't know what I'm going to say until I get up there," he said. "I may not be able to do it."

Knowing so many people will be there to help him grieve has been a "good feeling," Basco said. He didn't imagine he'd see an outpouring of support this massive, but he said he knows everyone who attends his wife's services will realize how special she was.

"They'll feel her in there," he said. "They'll feel her presence."

CNN Wire contributed to this report.


Mother: It was ‘mesmerizing’ to watch 4-year-old spot model in wheelchair in Virginia store window

LEESBURG, Va. – A Virginia mother’s photo of her daughter stopped “in her tracks” by an Ulta Beauty store poster of a model in a wheelchair has been shared by tens of thousands of people.

Carolyn Anderson, 4-year-old Maren’s mother, said it was the first time they had seen her stop and really connect with an image of a wheelchair user, like herself. (Courtesy: Carolyn Anderson)

Carolyn Anderson, of Leesburg, said her 4-year-old daughter Maren had been practicing “driving” her new wheelchair for about 12 weeks and had only recently become comfortable being out in public.

Maren lives with a rare disease stemming from a gene mutation that resulted in early infantile epileptic encephalopathy, spinocerebellar ataxia and pontocerebellar hypoplasia, Good Morning America reports.

The night that Anderson took the photo, she remembered Maren surprising them with a new confidence.

“She was so eager, we could barely get her to stop at crosswalks – then, she suddenly stopped and focused all her attention on this image of a woman in a wheelchair like hers. It was amazing,” Anderson said.

She added that, for Maren, who has receptive and expressive language delays, it meant so much more.

“This was the first time we saw her stop and really connect with an image of a wheelchair user, like herself,” Anderson said. “She got to see herself in this picture, and that planted a seed for her to see that there is a place for kids like her in this world. She was included.”

Anderson captured the moment and shared the photo on Facebook, writing:

“Well Ulta, you absolutely stopped my girl in her tracks this evening. It was mesmerizing to watch her stop, turn and gaze at this poster. So thank you.”

The post has been shared more than 73,000 times since August 14.

“The little wolf in the backpack is like so much my hearts exploding! My sweet girl would totally do that,” one woman wrote.

“Well, you absolutely stopped me from scrolling through Facebook nonsense to stare at something that truly means something. This photo is beautiful is so many ways,” another posted.

Anderson said Ulta is aware of her post.

“We have briefly spoken to Ulta and hope Maren can one day meet the inspirational model in the advertisement!” Anderson said.

In a statement to WRC-TV, an an Ulta Beauty spokesperson said:

“We love that this family shared such an amazing moment and were touched to see Maren looking at the image in our window – it makes us incredibly proud. We feel even more inspired to continue to feature amazing people that help us shape how the world sees beauty.”


University of Alaska regents vote to end financial exigency


UA Board of Regents chair John Davies (left) and UA President Jim Johnsen at the July 30, 2019 UA Board of Regents meeting (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)

The University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously approved a motion to end financial exigency. The vote overturns a declaration that allowed for quickly eliminating academic programs and firing faculty, even those with tenure.

UA President Jim Johnsen, who recommended the new motion to the board, says that a recent change to university funding from the state was a big factor.

“The material circumstances that were on the ground when the board declared exigency are markedly different material circumstances that we face today. You know, from a $136 million reduction in one year to $25 million in one year.”

The board of regents declared exigency in July when faced with an unprecedented budget cut of $136 million from Governor Dunleavy. While cuts to administration and adjunct faculty have occurred this summer, Johnsen says no faculty had been laid off due to exigency.

The governor changed course last week when he signed an agreement with Board chair John Davies. This agreement outlined a three-year plan for cuts instead of one. It also halved the total amount of cuts to $70 million.

Johnsen says he hopes the efforts to transition the University of Alaska from three separately accredited universities to one will allow for big savings.

“We’re working hard now on a plan that the Board of Regents directed us to prepare that they’ll be considering at their meeting September 12 and 13. And that plan would involve substantial administrative cost reduction across the University system and also reduction in the number of duplicative academic units across the university system.”

The vote was 10-0 in favor of ending financial exigency. Regent Sheri Buretta was absent.

The post University of Alaska regents vote to end financial exigency appeared first on Alaska Public Media.


Pedestrian Fatally Struck on Knowles Rd. in Lea County

Lea County, NM - On August 19, 2019 at about 10:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a crash where a pedestrian walking down the middle of Knowles Road was fatally struck by a passenger car. The incident occurred on Knowles Road near Prairie Dog Lane north of Hobbs.

The initial investigation indicates that Callie Bennett (37) of Alamogordo, NM was walking down the middle of the south bound lane of Knowles Road in a dark area. Ms. Bennett was struck by a south bound 2007 Hyundai passenger vehicle. Ms. Bennett sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at a local hospital by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

State Police officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol from Ms. Bennett. The driver of the Hyundai, a 22-year-old Hobbs resident, who is not currently facing any charges will not be identified at this time. That driver was treated and released at the scene. The incident is currently under investigation by New Mexico State Police.


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Petition demands separate look into Colorado Springs police shooting of De’Von Bailey

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A video frame capture shows De’Von Bailey in body camera footage released by Colorado Springs Police on Thursday.

COLORADO SPRINGS — More than 2,000 people in Colorado have signed a petition asking for an independent investigation into an officer-involved shooting that killed a young black man.

The Gazette reported Monday that Shaun Walls created the petition and was planning to present it to state Attorney General Phil Weiser on Tuesday.

RELATED: Protesters demand independent investigation for teen fatally shot in back by Colorado Springs police

Officials say 19-year-old De’Von Bailey was shot in the back after running away from two Colorado Springs police officers Aug. 3.

Authorities say the shooting was investigated by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecutors could take months to review findings.

The Bailey family says the police department, sheriff’s office and district attorney’s office work too closely together to be objective.

Walls says the petition also proposes the creation of a citizen review board to monitor future investigations into police misconduct.

Information from: The Gazette, gazette.com


It’s official! Auburn’s Bo Nix is the starting quarterback

AUBURN, Ala. – Bo Nix will be the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers. The team’s official Twitter account made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

The former Scottsboro High School star was in competition for the starting spot with redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood.

Nix is the son of former Auburn starting quarterback Patrick Nix, who played 1992-1995.

Auburn takes on the Oregon Ducks to start the season August 31st in Arlington, Texas.


Teen found bound and gagged in car as dad drove her to rehab in Mexico, CA cops say

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Fake plate leads to arrest of Albany man

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Devin Nunes serves McClatchy with lawsuit four months after announcing complaint

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Morgan County authorities search for missing man

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities are looking for a missing man.

Edvin Sanchez was last seen about 9 p.m. Monday at his home in Laceys Spring, authorities said.

Sanchez is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He was last seen wearinng a white shirt, gray pants and blue shoes.

He was driving a red Toyota Tacoma with Alabama license plate 47A4M69.

Anyone with information about Sanchez’s location is asked to contact investigators with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 256-350-4613.


Tennessee treasure hunter finds GoPro containing final moments of man who drowned in 2017

A recent find in the waters near a Tennessee waterfall won’t bring back Richard Ragland, who drowned there two years ago, but it may answer a few questions and bring his family some closure.

YouTuber Rich Aloha, who hunts for treasure as a hobby, tells WSB that he was recently diving near Foster Falls in South Cumberland State Park, where Ragland had died right before his 23rd birthday in 2017 while swimming with friends, when he spotted “the end tip of [a] thumb screw.”

It was part of a GoPro camera that Ragland had been using to capture video when he died, and Aloha figured out almost immediately it was probably Ragland’s, as park rangers had mentioned the death of the young man from Sandy Springs, Ga., to him. “I strongly believe that God led me to this GoPro,” Aloha says.

When he checked out the footage on the still-intact SD card, his thoughts were confirmed. “I said, ‘Oh, my God, this is the guy,'” he notes.

His next mission: to find Ragland’s family and return the SD card to them—which he did after some detective work on Google. Ragland’s family is grateful to now have a glimpse into his final moments, especially since his death had come as such a shock: Gizmodo notes he was a National Guard soldier who knew how to swim well.

Ragland’s mom, Robin McCrear, says they’ve since watched most of the clips on the card, which show her son having a good time on his trip. They haven’t yet worked up to the final video taken before his death, though they hope it will offer some answers.

“We miss him dearly with all of our hearts,” McCrear tells WSB, adding that it “means the world to us” that Aloha went to the trouble to get the SD card back to them. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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Canada eases rules for Venezuelan refugees, immigrants

The federal Liberals are easing immigration and refugee rules for Venezuelans amid the deepening political and economic crisis in that country.


Alabama marriage forms change next week

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will require new forms for getting married beginning Aug. 29.

The Alabama Department of Public Health issued guidance Tuesday about the new process.

Instead of a marriage license, couples will fill out a new form , have it notarized and then take it to the probate judge within 30 days. A wedding ceremony is no longer required, but a couple can still have one if they choose.

The Alabama Legislature this year voted to change marriage procedures to accommodate conservative probate judges who objected to same-sex marriage. A few probate judges had refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they didn’t have to give them to gay couples.

Republican Sen. Greg Albritton proposed the change in state law. He said it should allow people to get marriage documents everywhere.


Dealer donates new SUV to husband of El Paso shooting victim

Once again, the El Paso community has rallied behind the husband of a woman killed in the Aug. 3 Walmart shooting.Antonio Basco got a new Ford Escape SUV this week, free of charge, courtesy of Casa Ford Lincoln. The car he had been using was stolen hours after the funeral for his wife, Margie Reckard, and was later found wrecked and abandoned, [...]


Health Canada approves 1st supervised consumption site in Saskatchewan

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Photographer spots lynx napping outside Alberta legislature

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2K tonnes of plastic containers headed to the dump in August: City of Calgary

An estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic containers currently sitting in storage will be sent to a landfill next month.


Two charged after allegedly fleeing Ontario and Quebec police: OPP

OPP claim a man from Guelph and a woman from Burlington fled police, failed to stop, struck a police vehicle, and abandoned their car before their arrest.


Ethics committee to meet to decide whether to dig deeper into SNC-Lavalin report

Conservatives and New Democrats pushed for the emergency meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, where MPs will debate whether to invite ethics commissioner Mario Dion to testify.


Cross-Canada motorcycle rally to raise awareness for PTSD heading to Kelowna

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Reno man, 72, guilty of murder; stabbed victim 250 times

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Dozens scramble from capsized California houseboat called the Nut House during poker run

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New $22M proposal to expand New Brunswick Museum put forward

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Scheer pledges new tax credit, says it will make parental leave benefits ‘tax-free’

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All federal party leaders invited to election debates to attend

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Facebook finally rolls out privacy tool for your browsing history

(CNN) — More than a year after Mark Zuckerberg tried to defuse a privacy uproar by teasing a new tool to help users “clear” their history on the platform, it’s finally rolling out — but some may be disappointed by the limitations of the feature.

The company said Tuesday that it’s finally introducing a tool to help users see and manage the data that apps and websites collect on them and share with Facebook. But users won’t be able to delete this data entirely.

Instead, the user will simply have the option to disassociate the information from his or her account. As a result, Facebook won’t know which websites the user visited or what the user did there, but the data will still exist on Facebook’s servers without identifying information.

Facebook first announced plans for a feature called “Clear History” in May, 2018, as it confronted mounting privacy concerns in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a political research firm improperly harvested the data of millions of users. The company initially said it would take “a few months” to build this tool, but it was long delayed until now.

Facebook previously told reporters the feature was taking longer than expected to develop as it worked to re-engineer its systems and re-think how it processed user data.

Even now, the feature is not quite ready to roll out to all users. To start, the Off-Facebook Activity feature, as it’s called, will be available to users in Ireland, South Korea and Spain, and roll out worldwide over the “coming months.”

Facebook said it’s a common practice for businesses to share data about people’s activity on their websites with ad platforms and other services. But the company said this is “not always well understood.”

For example, if a makeup brand wants to show ads to people who are interested in a particular lipstick, it can send information to Facebook saying someone on a certain device looked at that product. If that device matches with someone’s Facebook account, Facebook can show ads about that lipstick to the person.

“We expect this could have some impact on our business, but we believe giving people control over their data is more important,” the company said in a blog post. Investors, however, seemed unconcerned. Facebook stock was little changed after the announcement.

Jasmine Enberg, a social media analyst at research firm eMarketer, said the move is an effort by Facebook to become more transparent, but it’s also likely a way to stay one step ahead of global regulators, which are cracking down on the company’s ad targeting practices.

The impact on Facebook’s ad business will depend on whether consumers use the tool, she said.

“It takes a proactive step for consumers to go into their Facebook settings and turn on the feature,” Enberg said. “There is a disconnect between people who say they care about privacy and those who actually do something about it. If not enough people use the tool, it’s unlikely that it will have a material impact on Facebook’s bottom line.”


Facebook finally rolls out privacy tool for your browsing history

(CNN) — More than a year after Mark Zuckerberg tried to defuse a privacy uproar by teasing a new tool to help users “clear” their history on the platform, it’s finally rolling out — but some may be disappointed by the limitations of the feature.

The company said Tuesday that it’s finally introducing a tool to help users see and manage the data that apps and websites collect on them and share with Facebook. But users won’t be able to delete this data entirely.

Instead, the user will simply have the option to disassociate the information from his or her account. As a result, Facebook won’t know which websites the user visited or what the user did there, but the data will still exist on Facebook’s servers without identifying information.

Facebook first announced plans for a feature called “Clear History” in May, 2018, as it confronted mounting privacy concerns in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a political research firm improperly harvested the data of millions of users. The company initially said it would take “a few months” to build this tool, but it was long delayed until now.

Facebook previously told reporters the feature was taking longer than expected to develop as it worked to re-engineer its systems and re-think how it processed user data.

Even now, the feature is not quite ready to roll out to all users. To start, the Off-Facebook Activity feature, as it’s called, will be available to users in Ireland, South Korea and Spain, and roll out worldwide over the “coming months.”

Facebook said it’s a common practice for businesses to share data about people’s activity on their websites with ad platforms and other services. But the company said this is “not always well understood.”

For example, if a makeup brand wants to show ads to people who are interested in a particular lipstick, it can send information to Facebook saying someone on a certain device looked at that product. If that device matches with someone’s Facebook account, Facebook can show ads about that lipstick to the person.

“We expect this could have some impact on our business, but we believe giving people control over their data is more important,” the company said in a blog post. Investors, however, seemed unconcerned. Facebook stock was little changed after the announcement.

Jasmine Enberg, a social media analyst at research firm eMarketer, said the move is an effort by Facebook to become more transparent, but it’s also likely a way to stay one step ahead of global regulators, which are cracking down on the company’s ad targeting practices.

The impact on Facebook’s ad business will depend on whether consumers use the tool, she said.

“It takes a proactive step for consumers to go into their Facebook settings and turn on the feature,” Enberg said. “There is a disconnect between people who say they care about privacy and those who actually do something about it. If not enough people use the tool, it’s unlikely that it will have a material impact on Facebook’s bottom line.”


8/20/2019 Cumberland River Compact – Stream Clean-up


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Inslee appoints David J. Whedbee to King County Superior Court

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed David J. Whedbee to the King County Superior Court today. He replaces Judge Timothy Bradshaw, who retires at the end of August.


Inslee appoints David J. Whedbee to King County Superior Court

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed David J. Whedbee to the King County Superior Court today. He replaces Judge Timothy Bradshaw, who retires at the end of August.


A crew of Canadian service dogs watched a live musical as part of their training

(CNN) — When the cast of a Canadian production of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” took their final bow after a recent show, the audience didn’t make a single sound — not even a woof.

A polite crowd of about a dozen future service dogs attended an August performance at Ontario’s Stratford Festival as part of their training. While a silent curtain call might disappoint actors, the dogs’ spellbound stillness is a great sign for their future handlers.

The event was part of a two-year training program by K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, head trainer Laura MacKenzie told CNN. The future service dogs have toured zoos, subways and crowded fairs to acclimate them to the unfamiliar lights and sounds, rapid movements and bustling crowds they might encounter with their handler, she said.

At the theater, the dogs are expected to sit under the seat or curl up at their handlers’ feet while their humans enjoy the show, she said.

They stayed calm and quiet throughout the performance, but a few curious pups peeked their furry heads over the seats to catch a few minutes of the show, she said.

Ann Swerdfager of the Stratford Festival told CNN that many of the theater’s patrons bring their service dogs to performances, so the company was “thrilled” to host the dogs for training.

The non-profit theater company hosts “relaxed performances” designed for audiences sensitive to light, sound and noise — a perfect training ground for service-dog hopefuls.

A new crew of canine companions will return to the theater in October for another relaxed performance and maybe a glimpse of theatrical magic, Swerdfager said.

“The dogs were extremely well behaved,” she said. “We hope they will join us for years to come.”


A crew of Canadian service dogs watched a live musical as part of their training

(CNN) — When the cast of a Canadian production of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” took their final bow after a recent show, the audience didn’t make a single sound — not even a woof.

A polite crowd of about a dozen future service dogs attended an August performance at Ontario’s Stratford Festival as part of their training. While a silent curtain call might disappoint actors, the dogs’ spellbound stillness is a great sign for their future handlers.

The event was part of a two-year training program by K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, head trainer Laura MacKenzie told CNN. The future service dogs have toured zoos, subways and crowded fairs to acclimate them to the unfamiliar lights and sounds, rapid movements and bustling crowds they might encounter with their handler, she said.

At the theater, the dogs are expected to sit under the seat or curl up at their handlers’ feet while their humans enjoy the show, she said.

They stayed calm and quiet throughout the performance, but a few curious pups peeked their furry heads over the seats to catch a few minutes of the show, she said.

Ann Swerdfager of the Stratford Festival told CNN that many of the theater’s patrons bring their service dogs to performances, so the company was “thrilled” to host the dogs for training.

The non-profit theater company hosts “relaxed performances” designed for audiences sensitive to light, sound and noise — a perfect training ground for service-dog hopefuls.

A new crew of canine companions will return to the theater in October for another relaxed performance and maybe a glimpse of theatrical magic, Swerdfager said.

“The dogs were extremely well behaved,” she said. “We hope they will join us for years to come.”


Char Steakhouse coming to Huntsville’s Merchant’s Square

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A new steakhouse will open soon in Merchant’s Square.

Char, slated to open on August 26, will bring top cuts of meat, fresh seafood, and homestyle sides to the Rocket City.

The Huntsville location will seat 200, and plans also include a piano bar and private dining area for up to 65 guests.

Dough Hogrefe, partner at Char owner 4Top Hospitality group said it was a matter of time before the restaurant expanded to Huntsville.

“We have been looking at opening a restaurant in Huntsville for some time,” said Doug Hogrefe, partner, 4Top Hospitality Group. “It’s a growing and vibrant city, a perfect location to expand our restaurant group. We look forward to opening and meeting our new neighbors.”

The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner every day, brunch on the weekends and, for entertainment, a New Orleans-themed jazz trio every Sunday.

Some of Char’s signature dishes include a chili-rubbed prime ribeye and pork chop and shrimp, jumbo lump crab, and crawfish tails.

The restaurant has already released its brunch/lunch and dinner menus, too.

Char will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s web, Facebook, or Instagram pages.


Char Steakhouse coming to Huntsville’s Merchant’s Square

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A new steakhouse will open soon in Merchant’s Square.

Char, slated to open on August 26, will bring top cuts of meat, fresh seafood, and homestyle sides to the Rocket City.

The Huntsville location will seat 200, and plans also include a piano bar and private dining area for up to 65 guests.

Dough Hogrefe, partner at Char owner 4Top Hospitality group said it was a matter of time before the restaurant expanded to Huntsville.

“We have been looking at opening a restaurant in Huntsville for some time,” said Doug Hogrefe, partner, 4Top Hospitality Group. “It’s a growing and vibrant city, a perfect location to expand our restaurant group. We look forward to opening and meeting our new neighbors.”

The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner every day, brunch on the weekends and, for entertainment, a New Orleans-themed jazz trio every Sunday.

Some of Char’s signature dishes include a chili-rubbed prime ribeye and pork chop and shrimp, jumbo lump crab, and crawfish tails.

The restaurant has already released its brunch/lunch and dinner menus, too.

Char will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s web, Facebook, or Instagram pages.


Plague concerns cancel camping for Phish takeover of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Thousands of people who planned to camp during the three days of Phish concerts at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City over Labor Day weekend will no longer be able to do so because of concerns about the plague, the concerts’ promoter said Tuesday.

Tri-County Health officials informed stadium officials that activities could continue on the grass fields and paved lots as well as the concert venue, but cautioned against overnight camping on the grass fields and parking on the dirt lots, said Don Strasburg, co-president and senior talent buyer at Denver-based AEG Presents Rocky Mountains.

“It was determined there was no camping that would be relatively accessible or appropriate at this late a date to schedule for the limited amount of people who were using that option,” Strasburg said.

Tri-County Health officials did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.

The venue was expecting between 2,000 and 3,000 campers, Strasburg said. He acknowledged the decision would be inconvenient for the campers but said the number affected is a small proportion of the 23,000 attendees the venue can hold.

Phish released a statement saying camping tickets, RV tickets and other service charges will be automatically refunded, and free off-site parking and shuttles at nearby locations will be finalized over the next week.

“We will have overflow options available to make sure that it’s an easy and fluid experience for all attendees,” Strasburg said.

Vending will also not be permitted on site because the area that is normally used will be off-limits, according to the statement.

Other areas in Commerce City with plague-infected prairie dogs have been closed through Labor Day as health officials treat prairie dog holes with insecticide to kill fleas that could transmit the disease.

Fans say they have been disappointed by the developments but even more so about what they say has been a lack of communication, especially so close to the event where people have made travel plans and spent money to attend the concert.

Dan Esterkin is flying to Colorado from Boston and meeting up with friends at the event.

“The concert venue and the band and the promoters have been silent about it,” Esterkin said before the statements were released. “I don’t know if they were just hoping it would not be a problem by then or what.”

Phish fans are “very dedicated” and had been providing updates to one another on the status of the concert and camping via social media, but much of it has relied on rumors, Esterkin said.

A lot of the draw of Phish concerts is the whole experience with the venue and vendors, he said, so that’s a disappointment.

Although he wasn’t planning to camp — his preferred accommodation for festivals and concerts — he spent money on airfare, an AirBnB and on the event itself. Much of that is nonrefundable, so he empathizes with those who have to change their plans.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


Plague concerns cancel camping for Phish takeover of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Thousands of people who planned to camp during the three days of Phish concerts at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City over Labor Day weekend will no longer be able to do so because of concerns about the plague, the concerts’ promoter said Tuesday.

Tri-County Health officials informed stadium officials that activities could continue on the grass fields and paved lots as well as the concert venue, but cautioned against overnight camping on the grass fields and parking on the dirt lots, said Don Strasburg, co-president and senior talent buyer at Denver-based AEG Presents Rocky Mountains.

“It was determined there was no camping that would be relatively accessible or appropriate at this late a date to schedule for the limited amount of people who were using that option,” Strasburg said.

Tri-County Health officials did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.

The venue was expecting between 2,000 and 3,000 campers, Strasburg said. He acknowledged the decision would be inconvenient for the campers but said the number affected is a small proportion of the 23,000 attendees the venue can hold.

Phish released a statement saying camping tickets, RV tickets and other service charges will be automatically refunded, and free off-site parking and shuttles at nearby locations will be finalized over the next week.

“We will have overflow options available to make sure that it’s an easy and fluid experience for all attendees,” Strasburg said.

Vending will also not be permitted on site because the area that is normally used will be off-limits, according to the statement.

Other areas in Commerce City with plague-infected prairie dogs have been closed through Labor Day as health officials treat prairie dog holes with insecticide to kill fleas that could transmit the disease.

Fans say they have been disappointed by the developments but even more so about what they say has been a lack of communication, especially so close to the event where people have made travel plans and spent money to attend the concert.

Dan Esterkin is flying to Colorado from Boston and meeting up with friends at the event.

“The concert venue and the band and the promoters have been silent about it,” Esterkin said before the statements were released. “I don’t know if they were just hoping it would not be a problem by then or what.”

Phish fans are “very dedicated” and had been providing updates to one another on the status of the concert and camping via social media, but much of it has relied on rumors, Esterkin said.

A lot of the draw of Phish concerts is the whole experience with the venue and vendors, he said, so that’s a disappointment.

Although he wasn’t planning to camp — his preferred accommodation for festivals and concerts — he spent money on airfare, an AirBnB and on the event itself. Much of that is nonrefundable, so he empathizes with those who have to change their plans.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


Initiative would increase state oil taxes, eliminate tax credits

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An above-ground section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System near the Toolik Lake Research Station in the North Slope Borough. A proposed initiative would increase state taxes on major North Slope oil fields. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

A group has proposed an initiative that would raise state taxes on the largest oil companies. An application was submitted on Friday for legislation that would be called the Fair Share Act. If it’s certified and is supported by enough petition signatures, it would be on the ballot next year. 

Anchorage lawyer Robin Brena, a primary sponsor of the initiative, said the state receives less as a share of gross oil sales than it has historically.  

“We’re too low from any perspective,” he said. “We would be getting a far higher share if we were in Norway, if we were in North Dakota, if we were in any place, pretty much.” 

The initiative would raise the minimum tax from 4% to between 10% and 15%, based on the price of oil. And it would eliminate oil tax credits for the Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk and Alpine fields.

“There is no reason for Prudhoe Bay, the largest conventional oil field in North America and the crown jewel of Alaska that has been in production for almost 50 years, to be getting credits,” Brena said. 

The initiative would require all of the major producers to publicly reveal their revenues and costs in the state. 

Kara Moriarty, president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said fairness is in the eye of the beholder, and that the initiative would hurt the industry. 

“I don’t know how any industry in Alaska can sustain a billion-dollar-plus increase in taxes and not have an impact on investing and spending, which then of course trickles down to production, which then trickles down to jobs,” she said.  

Moriarty said more fields would be hit by tax hikes as they’re developed in the future. 

BP Alaska spokeswoman Megan Baldino said the the company is still reviewing the initiative, but its initial analysis shows a $1 billion to $2 billion increase to industry.

“These costs will stunt investment and make Alaska far less competitive,” she said in an emailed statement.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer has 60 days to decide whether to certify the initiative application. If it’s certified, the initiative petition would require more than 28,000 signatures for the initiative to be placed on the ballot. 

Elizabeth Harball of Alaska Public Media contributed to this report. 

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The Latest: Memorial held for slain California officer

The Latest on the funeral for a California Highway Patrol officer slain by a gunman during a traffic stop (all times local): 10:28 a.m. A California Highway Patrol motorcycle patrolman … Click to Continue »


The Latest: Memorial held for slain California officer

The Latest on the funeral for a California Highway Patrol officer slain by a gunman during a traffic stop (all times local): 10:28 a.m. A California Highway Patrol motorcycle patrolman … Click to Continue »


Governor signs $1,600 PFD, says third special session would focus on full dividend

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a bill on Monday that provides permanent fund dividends of $1,600. He vetoed funding to reimburse municipalities for school construction debt, as well as to pay for Medicaid. And he said in a recorded statement that he expects to call a third special session this fall solely to pay another roughly $1,400 dollars per Alaskan in PFDs, which would bring the total dividend to the amount matching the formula in a 1982 state law.

“If I had the authority to add more money to the budget for a full PFD, I would,” he said. “However, only the Legislature, by constitution, can appropriate these funds. The Legislature has once again denied the people of Alaska the full statutory PFD.”

Dunleavy, a Republican, signed House Bill 2001, which would have reversed nearly all of the roughly $400 million the governor vetoed from the state budget in June. 

But Dunleavy again vetoed just over half of that money.

He also vetoed $5 million in Alaska Marine Highway System funding that the Legislature attempted to add. 

Dunleavy said the cuts are necessary to bring what the state spends in line with what it raises. 

“Reforms have been initiated to make services and programs such as Medicaid, the University of Alaska and the Alaska Marine Highway system more efficient and more sustainable,” he said.

The vetoes also include all state funding for public radio and TV, as well as $3 million for unfilled village public safety officer positions. 

This time, Dunleavy did not veto funds for the Alaska State Council on the Arts and to promote agriculture. These reversals are on top of previous decisions to agree to fund senior benefits, the University of Alaska, early learning and legal services. 

House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said the Legislature had heard the people of Alaska when it voted to restore the funds. 

“I think there should be appreciation for the funds that the governor restored,” he said. “But keep it in mind that the Legislature took unprecedented action of having to  put most of the vetoed items back into legislation and put it before the governor a second time. And this was done without the help of the governor or his staff.”  

Edgmon is a Dillingham independent who leads a House majority that includes Democrats, Republicans and independents. 

Dunleavy also vetoed more than $5.5 billion in transfers from the permanent fund’s earnings reserve to the constitutionally protected portion of the fund. 

Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman expressed disappointment and said he hopes Dunleavy considers agreeing to protect the funds in the future. 

“We need to take the long view for the permanent fund, for future generations of Alaskans, and not short-term gratification of, ‘Me now, give me the biggest check you can give me’ and not worry about our future,” Stedman said. 

Dunleavy said he wants to work with Alaskans, legislators and stakeholders on writing next year’s budget.

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See dozens of air mattresses take to the air across park

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Roberge says ‘many’ children in 4-year-old kindergarten were not enrolled in daycare

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge says he believes children enrolled in kindergarten this year at the age of four were not already in daycare.


The Latest: Police release sketch of suspect in campus death

The Latest on a killing at California State University, Fullerton (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Police have released a sketch and surveillance images of a suspect in the stabbing death … Click to Continue »


Unusual odour, taste in Vaudreuil water caused by filtration issue, city says

Though it does not taste or smell like the usual tap water, Vaudreuil-Dorion officials say it's safe to drink.


Unusual odour, taste in Vaudreuil water caused by filtration issue, city says

Though it does not taste or smell like the usual tap water, Vaudreuil-Dorion officials say it's safe to drink.


Burglary at Kings Ice Cream

Police seek information


Hartselle man sentenced to 12.5 years in prison after distributing substance laced with Fentanyl

After pleading guilty to distributing a substance laced with fentanyl, a Hartselle man has been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge sentenced Michael Anthony Sain, 32, to 12.5 years in prison.

Sain pleaded guilty in November 2018 to distributing a substance laced with fentanyl that caused serious bodily injury to an individual.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert Becher said the sentence serves as a warning to drug dealers across North Alabama.

“The drug dealers in North Alabama need to know that we will prosecute them vigorously and that they will spend a substantial portion of their lives behind bars,” he stated.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris added drug dealers have a one-way ticket to prison.

“Today, we have another example of a drug dealer who did not heed our warnings,” he said. “Prison awaits those who deal with destruction and we will not sit idly by.”


Hartselle man sentenced to 12.5 years in prison after distributing substance laced with Fentanyl

After pleading guilty to distributing a substance laced with fentanyl, a Hartselle man has been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge sentenced Michael Anthony Sain, 32, to 12.5 years in prison.

Sain pleaded guilty in November 2018 to distributing a substance laced with fentanyl that caused serious bodily injury to an individual.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert Becher said the sentence serves as a warning to drug dealers across North Alabama.

“The drug dealers in North Alabama need to know that we will prosecute them vigorously and that they will spend a substantial portion of their lives behind bars,” he stated.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris added drug dealers have a one-way ticket to prison.

“Today, we have another example of a drug dealer who did not heed our warnings,” he said. “Prison awaits those who deal with destruction and we will not sit idly by.”


Tribute ride to be held for trucker killed in Cambridge workplace accident

Chris Hesch was killed on Sunday morning in a workplace accident in Cambridge.


Tribute ride to be held for trucker killed in Cambridge workplace accident

Chris Hesch was killed on Sunday morning in a workplace accident in Cambridge.


Trash Pandas selling additional 500 full season tickets

MADISON, Ala. – Trash Panda Nation, your cries have been heard.

The Rocket City Trash Pandas took to Twitter on Tuesday with an offer of an additional 500 full season tickets. By popular demand, the last round of season tickets sold out.

Stop by the Trash Pandas Emporium at Bridge Street to purchase tickets.

The Rocket City Trash Pandas are bringing Minor League Baseball back to north Alabama on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 6:35 p.m. when the team plays host to the Mississippi Braves. For a list of their game schedule, click here.

The stadium the Trash Pandas will call home is being built at the Town Madison development off Zierdt Road. The team’s owner said recently construction was ahead of schedule to be completed Jan. 15.


Trash Pandas selling additional 500 full season tickets

MADISON, Ala. – Trash Panda Nation, your cries have been heard.

The Rocket City Trash Pandas took to Twitter on Tuesday with an offer of an additional 500 full season tickets. By popular demand, the last round of season tickets sold out.

Stop by the Trash Pandas Emporium at Bridge Street to purchase tickets.

The Rocket City Trash Pandas are bringing Minor League Baseball back to north Alabama on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 6:35 p.m. when the team plays host to the Mississippi Braves. For a list of their game schedule, click here.

The stadium the Trash Pandas will call home is being built at the Town Madison development off Zierdt Road. The team’s owner said recently construction was ahead of schedule to be completed Jan. 15.


Sacramento, nestled between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, named a U.S. road-tripping hub

Sacramento has long been heralded as a more affordable California city with nearby travel options in the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. And while being known for proximity … Click to Continue »


Stockton police find 2 bodies during welfare check

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Sleepwalking man cleared of sexually assaulting woman

Dale Kelly touched his friend's girlfriend intimately after sleepwalking into the couple's bedroom.


Sleepwalking man cleared of sexually assaulting woman

Dale Kelly touched his friend's girlfriend intimately after sleepwalking into the couple's bedroom.


Heat Index A Factor This Afternoon

The Heat Index will be near dangerous levels again today: High temperatures will be in the mid 90s, but it will feel like it’s about 105° this afternoon, and that has led to some heat advisories across the area.

Heat Advisories in effect from Madison and Marshall counties west.

This is where we expect the heat index to hit or exceed 105° for several hours this afternoon.

Higher humidity = higher Heat Index: Pretty much anyone who has suffered through a few hot Tennessee Valley summers can tell you “It’s not the heat that get’s you, it’s the humidity”.  And most people know that the higher the humidity, the higher the Heat Index is.

Higher humidity leads to a higher Heat Index.

But, why exactly does more humid air feel hotter to you and me? Well, to answer that question, we have to look at how our bodies naturally try to cool us down when we get hot.

 

The more humid the air, the slower our sweat evaporates.

When our bodies get hot, we sweat. While it can be a little bit gross, sweating can cool us off. Sweat comes to the surface of our skin, and then evaporates away. Evaporation is a cooling process, meaning as the water in our sweat evaporates, it cools our skin down. But, when the air is very humid, the process of evaporation slows down, meaning our body’s natural way to keep us cool doesn’t work as well, and that’s where things can get dangerous.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke: When our body’s natural ways to keep us cool fail, either because sweat isn’t evaporating or we run out of sweat, then heat exhaustion or heat stroke can occur. These conditions are both dangerous, and heat stroke can kill, so it’s important to know the symptoms of both.

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are dangerous. Both require immediate action.

If you think you are suffering from either heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek help immediately.

Staying cool in the August heat: Most of the tips to avoid heat exhaustion or stroke are pretty straightforward, but it’s always a good idea to keep these in mind when the weather gets hot.

Following these simple steps can prevent heat related illness

Be sure to stay safe out there today, and stay aware of how your body is reacting to the heat. The good news is it appears that some lower temperatures and higher rain chances are on the way for the Tennessee Valley. We’ve got the details on that at the WHNT News 19 Forecast Discussion. 


Heat Index A Factor This Afternoon

The Heat Index will be near dangerous levels again today: High temperatures will be in the mid 90s, but it will feel like it’s about 105° this afternoon, and that has led to some heat advisories across the area.

Heat Advisories in effect from Madison and Marshall counties west.

This is where we expect the heat index to hit or exceed 105° for several hours this afternoon.

Higher humidity = higher Heat Index: Pretty much anyone who has suffered through a few hot Tennessee Valley summers can tell you “It’s not the heat that get’s you, it’s the humidity”.  And most people know that the higher the humidity, the higher the Heat Index is.

Higher humidity leads to a higher Heat Index.

But, why exactly does more humid air feel hotter to you and me? Well, to answer that question, we have to look at how our bodies naturally try to cool us down when we get hot.

 

The more humid the air, the slower our sweat evaporates.

When our bodies get hot, we sweat. While it can be a little bit gross, sweating can cool us off. Sweat comes to the surface of our skin, and then evaporates away. Evaporation is a cooling process, meaning as the water in our sweat evaporates, it cools our skin down. But, when the air is very humid, the process of evaporation slows down, meaning our body’s natural way to keep us cool doesn’t work as well, and that’s where things can get dangerous.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke: When our body’s natural ways to keep us cool fail, either because sweat isn’t evaporating or we run out of sweat, then heat exhaustion or heat stroke can occur. These conditions are both dangerous, and heat stroke can kill, so it’s important to know the symptoms of both.

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion are dangerous. Both require immediate action.

If you think you are suffering from either heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek help immediately.

Staying cool in the August heat: Most of the tips to avoid heat exhaustion or stroke are pretty straightforward, but it’s always a good idea to keep these in mind when the weather gets hot.

Following these simple steps can prevent heat related illness

Be sure to stay safe out there today, and stay aware of how your body is reacting to the heat. The good news is it appears that some lower temperatures and higher rain chances are on the way for the Tennessee Valley. We’ve got the details on that at the WHNT News 19 Forecast Discussion. 


Insurers dropped nearly 350,000 California homeowners with wildfire risk

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Weapons Violation

3500 block Ridgeway Ave.
A 27-year-old Madison man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after his girlfriend stabbed him four times Monday morning. The victim said he and & #8230;


Bicyclist seriously injured in Commerce City collision with pickup truck

A male bicyclist was struck early Tuesday morning in a collision with a pickup truck at a Commerce City intersection, police said.

The bicycle rider was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, said a news release by Commerce City police.

A four-door pickup truck was going southbound on U.S. 85 around 4:22 a.m. when it struck the bicyclist going east through the East 69th Avenue intersection.

It was the second serious accident involving a bicycle in the Denver metro area this week.

A woman driving an SUV struck and killed a 77-year-old bicyclist on an Arvada road around dusk Sunday.

The Arvada victim has been identified as Peter Marks of Wheat Ridge, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said Tuesday. The SUV driver has been identified as 43-year-old Teresa Albert of Arvada, Lewis said. The case remains under investigation. No charges have been filed, Lewis said.


Bicyclist seriously injured in Commerce City collision with pickup truck

A male bicyclist was struck early Tuesday morning in a collision with a pickup truck at a Commerce City intersection, police said.

The bicycle rider was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, said a news release by Commerce City police.

A four-door pickup truck was going southbound on U.S. 85 around 4:22 a.m. when it struck the bicyclist going east through the East 69th Avenue intersection.

It was the second serious accident involving a bicycle in the Denver metro area this week.

A woman driving an SUV struck and killed a 77-year-old bicyclist on an Arvada road around dusk Sunday.

The Arvada victim has been identified as Peter Marks of Wheat Ridge, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said Tuesday. The SUV driver has been identified as 43-year-old Teresa Albert of Arvada, Lewis said. The case remains under investigation. No charges have been filed, Lewis said.


Internet users can put together their own ‘mix tape’ of racism: anti-hate expert

Brian Levin, with the Centre for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said while younger generations are more tolerant than their grandparents, the Internet is making it easier for people to get involved in hate groups.


Internet users can put together their own ‘mix tape’ of racism: anti-hate expert

Brian Levin, with the Centre for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said while younger generations are more tolerant than their grandparents, the Internet is making it easier for people to get involved in hate groups.


Bear ransacks refrigerator for taco meat in California home as teens hide, video shows

Watching TV on Saturday night, two 15-year-olds got a shock when they heard some strange noises coming from the kitchen of their California vacation home, KCRA reported. “I said, ‘My … Click to Continue »


St. Johnsbury Barracks – Disorderly Conduct

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A404749 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Trooper Rodzel                        STATION:  St. Johnsbury Barracks     CONTACT#: (802)222-4680   DATE/TIME: August 19, 2019 at approximately INCIDENT LOCATION: Clear Meadow Ln, Bradford VIOLATION: Disorderly


St. Johnsbury Barracks – Disorderly Conduct

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A404749 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Trooper Rodzel                        STATION:  St. Johnsbury Barracks     CONTACT#: (802)222-4680   DATE/TIME: August 19, 2019 at approximately INCIDENT LOCATION: Clear Meadow Ln, Bradford VIOLATION: Disorderly


RCMP searches Manitoba home in relation to Canadian Forces member allegedly in hate group

The combat engineer was allegedly recruiting for white supremacist network The Base.


RCMP searches Manitoba home in relation to Canadian Forces member allegedly in hate group

The combat engineer was allegedly recruiting for white supremacist network The Base.


Rob Ford included in shortlist for potential names for new Etobicoke streets

The City of Toronto has released a shortlist of 10 names for three new potential streets in Etobicoke as part of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration.


Weapons Violation

2900 block E. Washington Ave.
 A dispute between old drinking buddies ended with one slicing the other with a box cutter. The MPD was called to the scene in the 2900 block & #8230;


Weapons Violation

2900 block E. Washington Ave.
 A dispute between old drinking buddies ended with one slicing the other with a box cutter. The MPD was called to the scene in the 2900 block & #8230;


The emerald ash borer, a tree-destroying beetle, confirmed in Broomfield County

Broomfield has confirmed emerald ash borer in the city even though foresters have tried to prevent its spread.

It is the first confirmed report of the tree-destroying beetle in Colorado outside of a federal quarantine area in Boulder County, according to a news release from the Colorado State Forest Service and Broomfield.

The federal quarantine area was created in 2013 in much of Boulder County to prevent the destructive pest’s spread, the news release said.

About 15 percent of state’s urban trees are susceptible to the insect’s destructive ways, the release said. The trees usually die within two to four years of infestation. Broomfield had 2,900 trees that could have been susceptible to the infestations, but but the city removed and treated ash trees to prevent the spread. Still, many trees are on private land and remain vulnerable.

The first confirmation of the insect’s presence in Colorado was in September 2013 in Boulder, and since, it has been confirmed in Gunbarrel, Longmont, Lafayette, Lyons and Superior, according to the release. All of the confirmed reports were in the same quarantined area.

A Broomfield resident near 136th Avenue and Main Street contacted a city forester when noticing a suspicious insect, and experts confirmed the insect was emerald ash borer, the release stated. It’s unknown whether the insect arrived naturally or through accidental transport by humans, but the insects are capable of spreading a mile per year.

Despite emerald ash borer being found outside the quarantine area, that area is not expected to change for now, officials said. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requires symptomatic trees to be found in connection with the insect before changes can be made. Prior to the detection, officials were planning to lift the quarantine in the winter, they said in the release.

“The primary purpose of this quarantine has been to slow the spread of EAB in Colorado, and we believe this is one reason it’s taken so long for the pest to be confirmed outside Boulder County,” Laura Pottorff, a plant health and certification section chief at the Colorado Department of Agriculture and lead member of the Colorado EAB Response Team said in the news release. “Based on recent data from the eastern U.S., our expectation is that EAB cannot be prevented from leaving the quarantine. We’re just glad we’ve given Front Range communities more time to better plan and prepare for its arrival.”


Vermont State Police – Watch Commander schedule, August 19-25

From: Silverman, Adam Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 3:24 PM To: DPS - VSP Media Subject: Vermont State Police - Watch Commander schedule, August 19-25