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Liberals face uphill climb in Winnipeg as Tories bank on carbon tax fight: experts

The Conservatives, who already hold the majority of seats in Manitoba outside Winnipeg, are banking on the federal government's backstop carbon tax.


Robbery

4512 E. Washington Ave.
A teenager, working at an E. Washington Ave., ice cream shop was shaken and in tears when police arrived following a strong-armed robbery Friday & #8230;


Gatlinburg aims to break world record of scarecrows in an area

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – During the second week of October volunteers will gather to help the City of Gatlinburg break a world record.

The world record they hope to break is how many scarecrows a town can put up in an area. Right now the record is 3,812, from the English town of Burton-Upon-Trent.

The City of Gatlinburg will top that by putting up 4,000 scarecrows to secure a spot in the Guinness Book Of World Records.

“So a couple years ago, we expanded our fall decorations to include these really cute scarecrows,” said Marci Claude the public relations manager for the city of Gatlinburg. “We set those up all over town for people to take pictures and create memories with and so this year we decided we would amp up our scarecrow presence and really just go for the world record.”

A crew will come out Monday to film an unedited video showing the count of all 4,000 scarecrows. The video will be reviewed by the Guinness Book Of World Records to verify the old record is broken.


New optional tuition structure let students opt out of Queens services, many did

It's been a month since classes began and the opt-out numbers for optional fees are in. Queen's University student advocates say they were a little surprised by the result.


Police searching for 3 young cousins who ran away from Aurora home Sunday night


Provided by Aurora Police Department

From left, Leanne, 13, Ashlyn, 9, and Serenity, 6.

Aurora police are searching for three cousins under the age of 13 who ran away Sunday night after a family dispute, police said on Twitter.

The three girls left on foot from 19th Street and Jamaica Street in Aurora at 7:30 p.m., police said. They are considered “at risk” due to their age.

Police described the three girls and posted pictures on Twitter. Authorities asked the public to call 911 if the girls are spotted:

  • Leanne, 13. 5-foot-7; brown hair and green eyes. Last seen wearing a white hoodie, black pants and pink sandals
  • Ashlyn, 9. 4-foot-5; 100 lbs; brown hair with green streaks and green eyes. Last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue spandex pants with pink sandals
  • Serenity, 6. 3-foot-8; 60 lbs; brown hair and brown eyes. Last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue spandex pants with pink sandals


St. Albans Barracks // Crash// Accidents-Duty to Stop

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#:  19A204975                                          RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Seth Boudreau STATION: St. Albans        CONTACT#: 8025245993   DATE/TIME: October 14, 2019 at 0839 hours TOWN: St. Albans INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: I-89 SB MM 116 WEATHER: Overcast


A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste.

A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state.

The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back millennia, but some school districts in Maine have expressed confusion in recent years about the rules around the practice. So the Maine Legislature passed a clarifying bill that took effect Sept. 19.

The new standards will help school districts find a use for spoiled food that might otherwise end up in landfills, say supporters, including Republican sponsor state Sen. Stacey Guerin, of Glenburn.

“In Maine, that was a common practice when I was growing up. Hog farmers would come to the back door and take the waste at the end of the day,” Guerin said. “I’m glad school administrators can do that with confidence now, without fear of breaking the law.”

The new rules state that any individual or institution, including a school, can donate garbage to a swine producer for use as feed even if they’re unaware of the producer’s licensure status. Guerin said the rule change made sense because the schools aren’t responsible for monitoring the license status of hog farms.

Donations to hog farmers will also help school districts reduce the cost of waste disposal, said Ryan Parker, a Newport resident and farmer who advocated for the bill. Parker has raised pigs of his own and said his hogs were happy to indulge on old milk.

“It’s one less thing they have to pay for — get the food waste out of the trash. And if you don’t have food waste in your trash, it doesn’t smell,” Parker said.

Unlike most kinds of livestock, pigs can digest human food waste fairly easily, said Bobby Acord, a consultant with the National Pork Producers Council.

“And pigs have a voracious appetite,” he said. “They eat whatever you put in front of them.”

The National Conference of State Legislatures said it’s unclear how many other states have laws like the one in Maine. The rules about feeding refuse to swine vary by jurisdiction. More than half the states allow garbage feeding, Acord said.

The hog farmers in Maine are required to have a license to feed pigs food waste, and the waste has to be cooked. Those rules, which exist to prevent the spread of diseases such as salmonella poisoning, remain in effect, state officials said.

Not all hog farmers in the state would be able to use the food waste because of the difficulty of collecting and cooking it, but it could still become a way for schools to reduce the amount of unused food they throw out, said Clark Souther, the president of Maine Pork Producers Association.

“Schools have an awful lot of scrap waste from the kitchen and from the tables. So it would add up,” Souther said.


Vermont State Police, Watch Commander schedule, October 14th – 20th

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   Watch Commander Schedule for the week of: October 14th – 20th   Please follow the attached instructions for contacting the Watch Commanders.   Watch Commander – North Lieutenant David Petersen david.petersen@vermont.gov   Watch Commander – South Captain Kevin Lane kevin.lane@vermont.gov      Watch


Trudeau touts new NAFTA as victory for Liberals in Ontario’s manufacturing heartland

Trudeau told supporters that the hard-charging NDP would scrap the new North American trade deal if elected.


Watford striker Troy Deeney fined for ‘dangerously tinted windows’

Watford's Troy Deeney's car windows were found to be below the legal limit for light penetration.


Hong Kong releases up to HK$300 billion in city’s version of quantitative easing to bolster economy against downturn

Hong Kong’s monetary authority said it would cut the amount of capital that banks need to set aside, in the first reduction of the ratio since 2015 to release cash into the financial system to bolster it against any impact from political risks and the city’s unprecedented civic unrest.The city’s countercyclical capital buffer (CCB) will be reduced to 2 per cent effective immediately, from the previous 2.5 per cent, according to a statement by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).“Economic…


Sulli, 25-year-old K-pop star, found dead at home in Seongnam, South Korea

(CNN) — K-pop star Sulli, formerly of the band f(x), has been found dead at her home.

The 25-year-old singer and actress was found dead by her manager on Monday afternoon local time, police told CNN.

“So far, it seems she killed herself, but we will leave all possibilities open and investigate,” a police official said.

Sulli’s manager spoke to her on Sunday evening and went to check on her when he was unable to reach her on Monday.

The singer, whose real name is Choi Jin-ri, was found on the second floor of her house in Sujeong-gu, Seongnam, south of the capital city, Seoul.

Police said they found a note at the scene but have yet to analyze its content. Investigations are ongoing.

Sulli was a child actor before making her singing debut with the girl group f(x) in 2009.

She left the group in 2015 to concentrate on acting before returning to the music scene as a solo artist, releasing a single, “Goblin,” in June 2019.

Sulli also appeared on a TV show in which K-pop stars talked about receiving negative online comments, Reuters reports.

Korean pop music — or K-pop — is one of the country’s biggest exports in the past decade.

Many of its stars — known as idols — train for years, honing their singing, dancing and acting skills, while also learning other Asian languages, before they are even allowed to debut their first song.

Stars of the genre are subject to intense pressure, which has been linked to a mental health crisis in the industry.

K-pop megastar Jonghyun, whose real name was Kim Jong-hyun, ended his own life in Seoul in December 2017.

And singer and actress Goo Hara, formerly part of girl band Kara, apologized to fans after being found unconscious at home in May 2019.

The singer had posted the word “Goodbye,” to her Instagram account, prompting a rush of comments from concerned fans.


‘Serial stowaway’ arrested again for trying to board a flight in Chicago with no travel documents

The woman who has been nicknamed a “serial stowaway” for her repeated attempts to sneak onto flights without boarding passes was arrested again, Chicago authorities said.

Marilyn Hartman was taken into custody Friday night after she tried to pass through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport security without a boarding pass or identification, the Chicago Police Department said in a news release.

The Illinois woman was charged with one felony count of criminal trespass to a registered area/airport and is scheduled to appear in court Sunday morning, the release said.

Hartman was still on probation from a previous trespassing incident, which prohibited her from going to O’Hare or Midway airports without a boarding pass, according to the release.

Friday’s arrest adds to a stack of at least five others for Hartman.

Last year, she was arrested in O’Hare after British officials had detained her in London. She was charged with a misdemeanor count of trespassing and a felony count of theft after she successfully traveled from Chicago to London without a passport or boarding pass.

She was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after that trip.

Those who have followed her arrests said the success of her evasive maneuvers depends on her ability to blend into a crowd as a seemingly harmless, elderly white woman.

She’s done this before

Hartman made national headlines in August 2014 when she was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for boarding a flight from Mineta San Jose International Airport without a ticket. She pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to probation.

The next day she was rearrested at Los Angeles International Airport. She was seen arriving at the airport and scouting out passenger terminals.

“Airport Police officers did not observe Hartman attempting to purchase an airline ticket and she did not have a ticket or boarding pass in her possession when arrested,” the airport had said in a statement.

Later that month, Hartman was given a warning in Phoenix for trying to enter a Sky Harbor Airport security checkpoint without a ticket. Days later, she was arrested in an airport terminal for criminal trespass.

She was arrested in Florida in 2015 and at O’Hare in 2016 for violating her probation, which forbid her from entering airport property. She was sentenced to six months of house arrest in a mental health facility for violating court orders to stay away from airports, CNN affiliate WBBM reported.

At the time, the Chicago Police Department described Hartman as “a habitual trespasser and stowaway.”


Harry Styles ‘stalked’ after helping homeless man

The pop star alleges after he bought the homeless man food, he received notes and was followed.


Hong Kong protesters fill Chater Garden and spill onto nearby roads in Central, calling for United States to pass democracy act

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters – some waving American flags – filled a downtown park and spilled out onto nearby roads on Monday evening, urging US congressmen to pass a bill that would sanction and penalise China and Hong Kong officials deemed to have suppressed democracy in the city.The rally was also the first to have secured a police go-ahead after the newly imposed anti-mask law – a measure to quell the worsening violent protests in recent months – took effect on October 5.Rally…


Hastings & Hardaker in Great Britain Lions squad

Jackson Hastings is named in the 24-man Great Britain Lions squad for the tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.


Are liberals to blame for California’s homeless? GOP solutions resemble Newsom’s

Political leaders from both sides of the aisle have been trading blame over California’s surging homeless population since President Trump kicked off a round of finger-pointing during his September visit … Click to Continue »


Denver weather: Sunny and breezy to start the work week

Warm temperatures and sunny skies are on the horizon again to kick off the work week.

Denver area residents can expect dry and breezy weather on Monday with highs of 74 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The mountains will remain in the 50s with gusty winds ahead of a cold front.

Tuesday will be considerably cooler in the metro area, forecasters said, with highs in the low 60s.


Florida man pays off school lunch debt for 400 children

JUPITER, Fla. (WFLA/CNN) — When a Florida real estate agent learned that over 400 kids in his community couldn’t get a full meal in their school cafeterias, he took action.

Andrew Levy picked up the $944.34 lunch debt tab in nine Jupiter-area schools. He said it’s a small price to pay to make a big difference in a life of a child.

“I went in there and I said, ‘I want to pay off the lunch debt,’” Levy said. “These children that were in debt were going to either not eat or they would get just cheese sandwiches and I thought, “That’s crazy.”

Levy had no agenda, no children in the district, and no personal connection to the school, but he knew he could make a difference, so he just made it happen.

“Food is something that you shouldn’t have to think about,” Levy said. “Children shouldn’t have to learn hungry.”

After he paid the bills and brought the families back to zero, Levy posted about it on Facebook, and soon, hundreds of people commented asking if they could contribute next time.

Before he knew it, Levy’s act of kindness started a chain reaction across Palm Beach County.


Paul Gascoigne sex assault trial: Ex-footballer ‘sloppily’ kissed woman

The ex-footballer said he was trying to give her a "confidence boost", a sex assault trial hears.


Dollar General hosting career fair in Decatur

DECATUR, Ala. – If you’re looking for a job, look no further.

Dollar General is hiring! Human Resource Representatives will be at Dollar General in Decatur located at 1502B Sixth Ave. on Thursday, October 17th.

From 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. job-seekers can learn more about job opportunities, the company’s history, competitive wages and benefits offered, and training programs at Dollar General.

Career opportunities are currently posted on Dollar General’s Career page.  Applicants are encouraged to review available positions and formally apply for desired positions prior to attending the hiring event.

To check out the available positions, click here.


Crew begin dismantling pieces of toppled crane in Halifax

The first pieces of the wreck were removed, but there's still no timeline being given as to when the area will be cleared.


Lincoln Woods Barracks

At 11:50 PM Troopers arrested Ericka Dennis, age 32, of 928 Manton Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, on a Sixth Division District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Ability to Pay on the original charge of Driving with a Suspended License originating from the Providence Police Department.


Sacramento rent hike led state worker retiree to become homeless. Now she’s a success story

Yolanda Villanueva vividly remembers the first night she slept outdoors. The 60-year-old Sacramento native had lived at her midtown apartment for six years, but with her rent increasing from $1,125 … Click to Continue »


Outages coming down, but could be 7-10 days before total fix, says Manitoba Hydro

It could take up to 10 days to restore everyone in Manitoba to full power after a snowstorm crumpled transmission towers and downed trees and power lines alike.


Pennsylvania teacher on leave without pay after racist tirade recorded by parent

A female teacher at a Pennsylvania middle school is on administrative leave after she could be heard on video calling a black man the “N-word” and using other racist language after a fender bender in the school parking lot.

The incident happened Thursday at Drexel Hill Middle School, Upper Darby School District Superintendent Daniel McGarry said.

The woman has been a teacher there since 2008, he said.

“Right now, this person is on administrative leave without pay,” McGarry told CNN. “We’re going to pursue it vigorously. The next steps are the staff member can elect arbitration.”

He confirmed the woman in the video uses the N-word and a derogatory remark that is offensive to the LGBTQ community toward a parent after a minor accident in the parking lot.

The Upper Darby School District is in a residential suburb of Philadelphia. According to the district, the student population of its schools is increasingly diverse: 46.6% are African American, 31.76% are white, 14.4% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 5.62% are Hispanic and 1% are other.

The video, posted on Facebook, appears to begin after the accident and as a man says, “I guess she’s done cursin’ and screaming.”

The woman cuts him a look as she rubs the bumper of the truck she was driving. She can be heard saying the man is “probably on welfare too.”

The man says, “Not even a little bit. Six figures a year, ma’am.”

The teacher, who has not been publicly identified, calls that BS.

“It’s because I’m young and I’m black, the reason why you would say that,” he says.

“That’s right, because you’re black,” she replies, as she continues to rub the bumper.

“Probably on welfare,” he says, repeating her words.

“That’s right,” she answers. “Always looking to milk the system. And you see me, a white woman, so you think I got money.”

“Not even a little bit. Don’t even look like you got it,” he says. “Not even a little bit.”

“Go back to your welfare, to your Section 8 house,” she says, referring to a federal program of low-income housing vouchers.

The woman insults the man’s car, and he tells her he has a 3,200-square foot house.

She talks about how she can pay cash for his vehicle, which is not seen.

He tells her several times she is “mad and nervous.”

She then lobs the N-word at him.

There is a pause and then he says, “I’m sorry.”

“You heard me,” she says.

“This situation can change real quick,” he says.

She comes toward him and stops, saying, “What are you going to do about it?”

He tells her to stay where she is.

“Oh yeah,” she says as she begins to come toward him again. “You bring it on. You bring it on.”

At some point she turns around and heads back to her truck.

At the end of the video, which cuts off abruptly after 99 seconds, the teacher calls him a “freakin’ fag.”

McGarry said he has met with the parent and with the teacher and her representation.

He called the teacher’s remarks “deeply, deeply troubling.”

He said he couldn’t say she would be fired.

“My recommendation is that we shouldn’t tolerate this in our school and in our district, I can’t go into more detail than that,” he said.

CNN made attempts to reach out to the teacher and the parent but has not received comment from either of them about the video and what preceded it.


Hong Kong’s MTR rolls out sturdy sliding gates at station exits in bid to prevent further vandalism

New sliding gates have been installed on at least two “high-risk” MTR lines in Hong Kong after repeated vandalism in stations in recent weeks, the city’s rail giant has said.While a former contractor raised concerns about the installations’ safety, the MTR Corporation and the government said the gates did not need to be monitored as they would not be connected to electricity.The stations that will be equipped with new gates at their entrances are along the Ma On Shan and Kwun Tong lines. The…


Nobel Prize in economics awarded to trio for work on poverty. One is the youngest winner ever

(CNN) — A trio of economists were awarded the Nobel Prize on Monday for their work to alleviate global poverty.

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer pioneered an approach to poverty reduction that was based on carefully designed experiments that sought answers to specific policy questions, according to the prize committee.

Duflo, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the youngest person and second woman to be awarded the prize. Kolkata-born Banerjee, her husband, is also a professor at MIT.

Kremer, a professor at Harvard, used field work to test how school results could be improved in western Kenya during the mid-1990s.

As a direct result of their research, more than 5 million Indian children had benefited from remedial tutoring in schools, while many countries had introduced heavy subsidies for preventive health care, according to a statement from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the prize.

Peter Fredrikkson, chairman of the economic sciences prize committee, told reporters that their work tested the impact of specific interventions in areas such as agriculture, health and education.

The experimental approach has “reshaped development economics, had a clear impact on policy and improved our ability to fight global poverty,” he said.

Duflo, 46, said via a phone call from the United States that “the essence of our research is to make sure that the fight against poverty is based on scientific evidence.”

She also said that she hoped the award would inspire other female economists to continue working, “and men to give them the respect they deserve, like every single human being.”

The American economist Elinor Ostrom was the first woman to be awarded the prize.

Ostrom won in 2009 for an analysis of how people in local communities share natural resources equitably and sustainably without central regulation. She died in 2012.

Since 1968, 51 economics prizes have been shared between 84 laureates. Banerjee, Duflo and Kremer will share a prize of 9 million Swedish kronor ($914,207).

Last year, Yale University professor William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, of New York University’s Stern School of Business, received the award for addressing questions around sustainable economic growth.

The prize, officially known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, was not instituted by Alfred Nobel. It was established by Sweden’s central bank and is awarded in memory of Nobel.


Williston Barracks / Domestic Assault & Simple Assault (2 Arrests)

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 19A104981

RANK / TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Justin
Wagner                           

STATION:
Williston                   

CONTACT#: 802-878-7111

DATE/TIME: 10/12/2019 at approximately 9:59 PM

INCIDENT LOCATION: Brookside Rd., Westford

VIOLATION: Domestic Assault and Simple Assault (


Westminster car crash driver Salih Khater jailed for life

Salih Khater used his vehicle to try to kill people outside Parliament.


Colorado marijuana regulators finalizing ban on certain additives in cannabis vape products

Colorado’s marijuana regulators are finalizing a ban on certain additives in cannabis vape products, a significant step given new urgency by a national crisis over a mysterious lung disease linked to e-cigarettes and marijuana vape pens.

The state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division proposed finalized rules include prohibiting certain ingredients in marijuana vaping products that will be discussed in a Tuesday public hearing. The proposed changes were crafted with information from industry stakeholders’ discussions and recommendations, said Shannon Gray, marijuana communications specialist at the Colorado Department of Revenue.

The proposed prohibitions in ingredients used in marijuana concentrates or products intended for inhalation include:

    • Polyethylene glycol (PEG);
    • Vitamin E Acetate; and
    • Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT Oil)

THC oil, in its natural form, is too thick to be atomized or vaporized. These additives are sometimes used as thinning agents to cut the oil and make it possible for vaporization and inhalation. While the research is still in its infancy, multiple studies have shown that polyethylene glycol breaks down into carcinogens when vaped at high temperatures.

Another rule change mandates that additives within concentrates or products intended to be inhaled through a cannabis vape would need to be listed on the product label. And vaping devices containing the product or concentrate would need to be labeled as “Not approved by the FDA.”

The rule, if approved, will go into effect Jan. 1.

“I think it’s a good first step and positive sign,” said Tyrell Towle, director of chemistry at the state’s first licensed cannabis research facility MedPharm. “It shows MED is willing to take a strong action and go as far as banning a substance that could be harming people’s health in an acute way, which is terrible. This lung disease comes quickly, and it can be devastating. To me, we should be doing everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen in Colorado.”

Colorado has one of the highest youth vaping rates in the country and is one of dozens of states responding to a mysterious vaping-related lung disease that has sickened more than 1,000 people and killed at least 18 across the nation. There were nine cases of the vaping illness in Colorado as of Wednesday with seven people hospitalized, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested the public refrain from using e-cigarette products, particularly those containing THC.

“I made a strong push at this time in response to recent news,” Towle said.

Stephen Goldman, owner of cannabis testing company PhytaTech, was surprised the additive bans made it into the final proposed rules this quickly.

“Probably some pressure from what we see from other states that is putting the impetus to make these moves,” Goldman said.

Kristi Kelly, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, said these changes are “not very surprising” in light of the concerns presented as part of the federal government’s investigation into vaping.

The public has a final chance on Tuesday to weigh in on the rule changes. The proposed rules then head to the State Licensing Authority, which decides whether to make them official.

Multiple members of the rule-making committee said the final proposed rules rarely see significant changes once they’re sent to the Licensing Authority.

“At this point, I don’t see it not going through,” Towle said.

He said cannabis manufacturers were resistant to the proposed changes. The additive ban was brought up more than a year ago in one of the MED’s committees, Towle said, but was dropped in order to focus on “less controversial” issues.

“Everybody should not be using additives, because they’re totally unnecessary to the manufacturing process,” Towle said. “Why add things that could be harmful, or probably are harmful, when you don’t need to?”

Towle hopes more additives are banned in the future, such as vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol.

“They need to do more soon,” Towle said.

Goldman agreed, adding that, if passed, the ban would be “the tip of the iceberg.”

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Retrofitting busy highways, like U.S. Highway 285 in Colorado, to let wildlife travel safely, too

COLLEGIATE PEAKS SCENIC BYWAY — U.S. Highway 285 was once a death zone for the dwindling herds of elk and mule deer on Colorado’s Western Slope. But today it offers a lifeline, helping them travel from their summer range high in the mountains to winter foraging grounds along the Arkansas River.

For the past year, a tunnel dipping under three lanes of speeding traffic has beckoned. And as frost descended recently on subalpine meadows and glittering-gold aspen, a huge bull elk, measuring at least nine feet from antlers to hoofs, entered the structure ever so cautiously. Infrared cameras on both ends captured his meandering.

“Yes!” exulted Mark Lawler, an environmental specialist with the state transportation department, sitting under the 25-foot-wide tunnel arch and watching images pop up on his laptop. The ground there was marked by coyote, deer and even squirrel tracks, more proof of success. But Lawler was focusing on the elk’s safe passage. He “won’t be hit by someone on the highway.”

The $3.5 million project is one of several planned for Colorado’s ever more crowded roads, on which some 4,000 bears, bighorn sheep, coyotes and myriad other animals died last year. The cost of the carnage exceeded $80 million, according to state officials.

Across the country, as development continues to encroach on natural areas, wildlife-vehicle collisions are taking a massive toll. More than 1.9 million animal-collision insurance claims were filed in fiscal 2019, a State Farm report found, with some researchers estimating the annual price tag of the resulting human fatalities, wildlife mortality, injuries, vehicle damage and other costs at almost $10 billion.

Yet advances in satellite tracking technology are helping biologists to better understand how many animals rely on corridors — strips of land that link habitats — and how wildlife crossings over and under roads are essential to reconnect these shrinking settings. Federal and state officials, conservationists and landowners are now partnering across borders on remedies.

“Our ecosystems are in crisis due to habitat loss, deforestation and, of course, climate change,” said Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who in May introduced a Wildlife Corridors Conservation bill with bipartisan support. The measure would provide federal land managers the authority to establish corridors, set aside $78.5 million in funding, in part for regional projects, and order the creation of a federal wildlife connectivity database.

“The science is clear that corridors help protect our most vulnerable species,” Udall said in an interview.

Research and video feeds show that specially designed crossings have protected scores of pronghorn antelope in Wyoming, panthers in Florida, mule deer in Nevada, moose along “Slaughter Row” in Utah and grizzly and black bears in Montana from oncoming cars and trucks. Mortality dropped by as much as 90%, studies show.

Beyond maintaining populations, such projects ensure that ailing ecosystems retain biodiversity, scientists note. The strategy works for flora, too. A new study based on a decades-long experiment that restored longleaf pine savanna in South Carolina found that fewer plants went extinct in connected habitats.

“We need to create, or support, maintaining wildlife movement and connectivity at landscape scale because it has long-term genetic consequences,” said Rob Ament, road ecology program manager at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, who is consulting on a project in Asia that will benefit rhinos, tigers and elephants. “We built our interstate system in the 1950s and 1960s before we knew this, and now we must retrofit it to connect landscapes across major highways.”

Under a 2018 secretarial order, the Interior Department is funding work in 11 Western states to identify wildlife corridors and what threatens them, and to create plans and partnerships to preserve such areas. Casey Stemler, a senior adviser in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, recalls asking those states to list the key risks to the corridors, “and they all said highways.” A Senate transportation bill includes $250 million for a five-year wildlife-crossing pilot program.

New Mexico and Colorado officials are collaborating with tribes, the National Wildlife Federation, sportsmen’s organizations and landowners pushing for special management areas to protect corridors across three national forests — Rio Grande in Colorado and Carson and Santa Fe in New Mexico. Collectively, they represent one of the least fragmented wildlife landscapes in the continental United States, with elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorns, lynx, black bears and cougars traveling among them.

“When you have two areas that promote wildlife movement from forest to forest, region to region, and state to state, it sets a strong precedent,” said Jeremy Romero, the federation’s regional connectivity coordinator. “We are hoping this can be a West-wide model.”

States are independently prioritizing wildlife corridors and crossings, too. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, in March signed legislation directing her transportation and game and fish agencies to work with tribes in using GPS data from wildlife fitted with electronic collars to identify roads that hinder migration. A plan listing the top proposed corridor projects is to be submitted to the legislature by January.

And under an executive order from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, in August, his natural resources department is studying migration patterns in advance of developing new policies. “We want to ensure conservation of big-game winter range so we can grow our outdoor recreation economy and protect the diversity of our wildlife,” Polis, a Democrat, said in a recent interview.

Meanwhile, engineers in Southern California are designing the world’s largest animal crossing. The $87 million overpass, which will span a 10-lane Los Angeles freeway, is a bid to save the region’s mountain lions by reconnecting habitats in the Santa Monica Mountains with those to the north. Other creatures also are expected to traverse it.

Roadway ecologists emphasize crossings’ cost-effectiveness. Every vehicle-elk collision avoided meant $17,483 per kilometer per year in car repairs and medical expenses averted, a 2009 Montana study found. With moose, the figure jumped to $30,760.

“A lot of these structures, we’ve done the math on them and they can effectively pay for themselves in a decade,” said Hall Sawyer, a research biologist at West Inc., an environmental consulting firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Key to crossings’ success are fences that direct wildlife toward the site and structure, metal guards that keep animals off roads at intersections, and earthen ramps that allow them to exit.

A couple of hours west of Colorado Springs, the project along Highway 285 has two miles of eight-foot fencing on either side of the asphalt to funnel animals into a trio of box culverts constructed in the late 1960s. Its location near the small town of Buena Vista is not happenstance: Lawler compared law enforcement crash data on injuries from wildlife-vehicle collisions and carcass removal information collected by maintenance crews, then talked with wildlife managers in the area and coordinated with private landowners.

The effort paid off: The bodies of elk and mule deer no longer litter the road. Instead, Lawler watches remotely as they amble with little danger through the tunnel.

The state transportation department plans to hire a firm next spring to track data from the structure’s cameras and better quantify the crossing’s effectiveness.

“It would be great if someday wildlife treatments are seen as stand-alone projects,” said Lawler, glancing up at the pinyon- and juniper-covered hillside where animals case the underpass for safety. “I can see that day coming.”


Columbus Day started in Colorado. This may be the last year the state celebrates it.

Colorado in 1907 became the first state to recognize Columbus Day as a state holiday. Next year, the state could officially abolish the October holiday.

State Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, a Commerce City Democrat, promises to bring a bill in 2020 to repeal Columbus Day as an official state holiday and, in its place, make Colorado Day a state holiday. That’s on Aug. 1 each year.

Seven states and more than 125 cities, including Boulder, have repealed and replaced Columbus Day.

Benavidez is motivated by the fact that Christopher Columbus killed, kidnapped or enslaved thousands of native people.

“The terrible atrocities that he oversaw and personally initiated against the indigenous people that he encountered — it’s not something that we should be celebrating,” she said.

There’s good reason to believe her view will be supported by enough lawmakers next year to pass the bill she says she’ll bring. She introduced similar legislation last year, proposing to repeal Columbus Day and to make Election Day a state holiday. The bill easily cleared the House but was sidelined in the Senate amid concerns from progressive groups who worried that, counterintuitively, an Election Day holiday could actually harm voter turnout.

Benavidez is starting anew this year, with a proposed holiday swap she believes will be less controversial.

House Minority Leader Patrick Neville is vowing to fight her.

“Democrats and Rep. Benavidez seem intent upon destroying Columbus Day,” the Republican said in a statement. “What a tremendous waste of time and effort with the important issues we are facing in this state.”

But it may not matter to the potential bill’s fate what Neville and other critics think. A similar bill failed in the split legislature of 2017, but Democrats now control the House, Senate and governor’s office, and could repeal Columbus Day on a party-line vote.

Rep. Chris Kennedy, a Jefferson County Democrat and assistant majority leader, chairs the committee that heard Benavidez’s bill last session. He indicated strong support for advancing repeal-and-replace legislation next year.

“It is time for us to move on from celebrating Columbus Day in this way,” he said, later adding, “I think there’s a growing understanding that this isn’t just some symbolic thing. Columbus Day being celebrated is something that causes trauma from the people descended from the people brutalized by Columbus and others with him.”

Sky Roosevelt-Morris, who sits on the leadership council for the American-Indian Movement of Colorado, said she supports Benavidez’s proposal and, should a bill be introduced, will rally for it next session.

“It’s long overdue,” she said of the potential repeal.

Some states and cities have repealed Columbus Day and now celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same date. But there’s disagreement in the Native American community about the value of that.

“Would an Indigenous Peoples’ Day mean that for one day of the year, non-native people have to acknowledge our existence on some superficial level?” Roosevelt-Morris said. “The hell with that. I want people to honor our treaties, to stop murdering our women, stealing our children, maybe give some land back.”


Death of unarmed 23-year-old in police custody prompts questions about increasingly common use of ketamine as sedative for agitated patients

A Denver lawyer and the family of an Aurora man who died after a violent police encounter are questioning paramedics’ use of a strong sedative that is becoming an increasingly common way for Colorado first responders to treat extremely agitated people.

Ninety fire departments and emergency medical service agencies across Colorado — including those in Aurora, Denver and Colorado Springs — have waivers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to use ketamine to treat excited delirium, according to data from the department. Law enforcement and medical professionals for years have struggled to safely handle those experiencing excited delirium — a sometimes fatal physical condition that makes someone aggressive, unreasonable and seemingly impervious to pain.

No deaths have been reported to the state health department in connection to ketamine used to treat agitation, but the department’s guidelines show that there can be dangerous side effects, like difficulty breathing and lowering a patient’s blood pressure.

“Ketamine may be used for management of patients exhibiting such severe agitation that they are placing themselves and/or their providers in imminent danger,” according to guidelines from the state health department. “However, ketamine may be associated with high in-hospital intubation and ICU admission rates; therefore the use of ketamine should be approached with caution. Ketamine should not be used for patients who can be managed safely with traditional therapies.”


McClain Family

Elijah McClain

Elijah McClain, 23, died Aug. 30 after he was violently arrested by Aurora police the week before. After McClain was handcuffed, authorities injected him with ketamine in an attempt to sedate him, his family has alleged. McClain suffered cardiac arrest during the ambulance ride to a nearby hospital, where he was later taken off life support. It’s unclear exactly what caused McClain’s death as the Adams County coroner has not yet completed the autopsy.

Aurora Fire Rescue paramedics can use ketamine in the field to treat extremely agitated people, but Mari Newman, the attorney representing McClain’s family, said the 23-year-old was lying handcuffed and complacent on the ground when he was injected.

Aurora Fire Rescue protocol for agitated and combative patients shows that ketamine only can be used if the patient is showing signs of excited delirium such as paranoia, hyper-aggression, hallucination, disorientation and overheating, according to the agency’s policies and procedures handbook obtained by The Denver Post.

McClain’s family and Newman recently viewed body camera footage of McClain’s Aug. 24 arrest at Aurora police headquarters, but the family was not given copies of the videos and the footage has not been released publicly. In the recordings, an unknown person can be heard calling for 500 milligrams of ketamine as McClain lay on the ground, Newman said.

“The video shows the opposite of anybody showing any signs of excited delirium,” Newman, said. “There’s no legal or factual reason why a chemical restraint was used because he was already totally still and totally compliant.”

Newman has handled other cases involving excited delirium, including the family of Michael Marshall, who died in the Denver Downtown Detention Center after asphyxiating on his vomit as deputies pinned him down while Marshall was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Aurora Fire Rescue representatives did not return multiple phone calls requesting information about their use of ketamine and instead responded via email telling a reporter to file a records request. They have not confirmed that they used ketamine on McClain, though Aurora police have said the agency’s paramedics used a sedative. Aurora police have repeatedly declined to provide more information about the arrest, citing an ongoing investigation into the incident.

It’s unusual, but not unheard of, for paramedics to use ketamine on a patient who is already restrained, said Dr. Kevin McVaney, medical director for Denver’s emergency medical response system. Denver paramedics for years have used ketamine in the field if the patient is an imminent threat to a provider or themselves.

“Either the patient is going to break their arm fighting the restraints, flip the pram over or fight so hard that they go into cardiac arrest,” McVaney said. “Most of the time those people are not restrained. But sometimes they are.”

Between August 2017 and July 2018, 427 patients in Colorado received ketamine for agitation, according to state data. Of those, about three percent had to be intubated before reaching the hospital because they struggled to breathe and about 20 percent of all patients were intubated in the hospital.

“Ketamine is a drug that has been shown to be effective for the treatment of excited delirium and/or extreme or profound agitation,” according to the state guidelines. “However, it is also associated with a significant potential for complications and may lead to the need for intubation and admission to the Intensive Care Unit.”

The guidelines state that paramedics should only intervene with ketamine if the person’s agitation is extreme and seems to stem from medical or psychological reasons. Otherwise, agitation should be managed with conversation or traditional medications such as benzodiazepines and anti-psychotics.

“The use of ketamine for excited delirium and/or extreme or profound agitation is an emerging treatment indication; therefore it does not have a large body of evidence-based support in the literature,” according to the state’s guidelines.

Using the drug as a treatment for agitation has become more common in the past decade, said Dr. Andrew Monte, a professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Traditionally, ketamine has been used as a painkiller or for sedation in the hospital for minor procedures.

“Just because it’s a new use of an old medication doesn’t mean it’s inherently unsafe,” Monte said.

The use of ketamine as a treatment for agitation has been largely successful, though it does have side effects, Monte said. Paramedics attempt to make the best decision with the limited information they have.

“Ketamine is the biggest, strongest tool that we use for this,” McVaney said. “But it is by far the most infrequent.”

Of the drugs used to sedate patients in the field, ketamine poses the least amount of risk of stopping someone’s breathing, McVaney said. It works quickly, but isn’t the best medication for every patient.

“Nothing we give is without risk,” Monte said.


A Texas mom is going to prison after putting her son through unnecessary medical procedures

(CNN) — A Dallas mother made her son go through unnecessary medical procedures throughout the first years of his life, court documents say.

She was sentenced to six years in prison, according to her attorney.

The young child visited the doctor more than 300 times and underwent 13 major surgeries, CNN affiliate KTVT reported, citing a Child Protective Services report.

Kaylene Bowen-Wright pleaded guilty to injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, the affiliate reported, after she began lying to medical professionals when her son was barely a few days old, the indictment documents say.

“On April 24, 2009, eleven days into the complainant’s life, it was reported that the suspect, his biological mother, and her mother were observed pouring out milk that the complainant didn’t finish and lying to medical professionals that the complainant had taken the entire contents of his bottle,” the documents say.

That incident kicked off an eight-year cycle of Bowen-Wright jumping from doctor to doctor seeking medical treatments for her son and lying to doctors about his medical history and condition.

As a result, her son had to go through new tests, exams, surgeries and procedures, as well as be hooked to feeding tubes, central lines and other ports.

“The complainant developed life-threatening blood infections in the central lines, on two separate occasions, which required the complainant to be admitted to the intensive care unit,” court documents say.

Bowen-Wright’s attorney, Heath Hyde, insisted her son had medical problems.

“While we respect the Judge’s decision and take responsibility for recklessly not following through doctor-recommended follow-ups, we stand by the fact (that her son) had medical problems as verified by the numerous rounds of (tests) and procedures performed by various doctors that were determined by their independent evaluation,” Hyde said in a statement to CNN.

“These procedures would not have been done but for existing problems,” the attorney added. “No evidence was presented she intentionally performed any acts to make him ill.”

He was in hospice care at 5 years old

Bowen-Wright’s son ended up in hospice care when he was 5, where she signed a “do not resuscitate” order for him, according to court documents.

He was discharged in 2015 after his mother refused to listen to doctors who recommended an eight-week stay during which he could be taken off feeding tubes, IV hydration, and oxygen, and start living “a somewhat normal life.”

Bowen-Wright lied and said her insurance had denied covering the stay, according to court documents.

After the son was admitted to intensive care again for a third life-threatening blood infection, he was taken off his feeding tube, court documents say, and began eating well and had a normal diet.

But when he was released, his mom did not follow doctor instructions and instead transferred the boy to another medical center, the court documents say. She refused to provide previous medical records, and doctors began more testing.

She lied about her son’s medical problems

Court documents say Bowen-Wright reported her son had medical problems that were “never witnessed by medical providers” and did not listen to doctors who suggested routes that might “result in less medical intervention.”

When her son was removed from her care, he was on IV and oxygen. He was taken off both and began eating a regular diet normally, instead of through a feeding tube.

“The complainant had no seizure activity, no choking or aspirating on food and showed no fatigue,” court documents say. “Instead the complainant was up and playing most of the time in the hospital.”

He was released to a foster home and did not have any medical problems when he was interviewed again, 12 days after being taken out of Bowen-Wright’s care, court documents say.

But the child has suffered bodily injury from the blood infections and radiation he’d been exposed to, the documents say. He also has “serious mental impairment from the suspect continually teaching the complainant that he is ill” and restricting his movement from an early age by putting him in a wheelchair.


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10-year-old girl dies after being flung from a ride at New Jersey festival

A 10-year-old girl died after she was thrown from a ride Saturday at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival.

The girl was ejected from a ride called “Extreme” at 6:18 p.m. and suffered serious injuries, New Jersey State Police said in a statement.

She was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. The girl has not been identified and the cause and circumstances of her death are still under investigation, police said.

Police said the “Extreme” is a Wisdom Super Sizzler amusement ride that spins passengers in a horizontal circle.

Skelly’s Amusements, the company that operates rides at the festival, said it was fully cooperating in the investigation, in a statement posted on Facebook.

“We are absolutely heartbroken. Words cannot express our feelings and we extend our deepest sympathies to the individual’s family and loved ones. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts,” the statement said.

Festival organizers canceled a parade that was scheduled for Sunday, but said other activities will go on as scheduled, according to its website.

“The festival will be open today to offer a place for the community to come together in wake of this tragedy,” the statement said.

It said that rides and festival games will be closed until they are inspected by state officials.


10-year-old girl dies after being flung from a ride at New Jersey festival

A 10-year-old girl died after she was thrown from a ride Saturday at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival.

The girl was ejected from a ride called “Extreme” at 6:18 p.m. and suffered serious injuries, New Jersey State Police said in a statement.

She was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. The girl has not been identified and the cause and circumstances of her death are still under investigation, police said.

Police said the “Extreme” is a Wisdom Super Sizzler amusement ride that spins passengers in a horizontal circle.

Skelly’s Amusements, the company that operates rides at the festival, said it was fully cooperating in the investigation, in a statement posted on Facebook.

“We are absolutely heartbroken. Words cannot express our feelings and we extend our deepest sympathies to the individual’s family and loved ones. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts,” the statement said.

Festival organizers canceled a parade that was scheduled for Sunday, but said other activities will go on as scheduled, according to its website.

“The festival will be open today to offer a place for the community to come together in wake of this tragedy,” the statement said.

It said that rides and festival games will be closed until they are inspected by state officials.


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Tennessee woman, 3 children killed in tractor-trailer wreck

FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. — A woman and three children were killed when their vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer early Sunday morning near Collierville.

Investigators with Tennessee Highway Patrol said it happened around 1 a.m. on I-269 near Highway 57, in Fayette County just east of the Shelby County line.

The crash killed Latricia Taylor, 34, of Collierville, along with a 9-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy, and a 3-year-old girl.

Latricia Taylor, Dylan, Kayleigh, Kylan (submitted photos)

Investigators say Taylor, who had the three children in her Buick, was driving on the wrong side of the interstate when she struck a tractor-trailer carrying frozen meat. A THP report states she had been consuming alcohol and was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. THP said no criminal charges were filed.

Taylor’s sister-in-law Toni Moore said Taylor, who family often called Nikki, was a mother of three, and said this was out of her character.

“Nikki was a wonderful mother,” Moore said. “She’s not a drinker. Everybody kind of social drinks but she’s not a drinker.”

Tennessee Highway Patrol was on the scene of a crash that killed a woman and three children on I-269 early Sunday morning.

Moore said Taylor was a hardworking mother who loved her kids, but was tired and made a terrible mistake.

She said in the car were Taylor’s son Kylan, a smart, reserved 9-year-old; her nephew Dylan, a 7-year-old with an old soul who’s always loving; and her niece Kayleigh, a feisty 3-year-old who loved to dress up.

Moore said she has no frustration toward her sister-in-law, and instead chooses to focus her energy on her family.

“Just love on us for a minute, Memphis. Just do that. That’s what we need,” she said.


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US senator Josh Hawley urges Hong Kong’s protesters to shun violence in their anti-government demonstrations

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6 people hospitalized after being shot in Philadelphia

(CNN) — Six people, ranging from 14 to 27 years old, are being treated in a Philadelphia hospital after being shot, police said.

A 911 call came in Sunday evening reporting “gunshots and several victims,” Philadelphia police said.

“At 8th Street and Clearfield Street on the highway at approximately 5:24 p.m., E-911 received a call for gunshots and several victims shot on the highway,” Philadelphia police said in an emailed statement, adding that there are “currently 6 victims at Temple University Hospital.”

Four of the victims are in stable condition, Philadelphia police said.

A 21-year-old man was shot once in the left shoulder and is in stable condition. A 22-year-old man was shot once in the chest and is also stable.

A 14-year-old boy, shot once in the right hand, is now stable and a 27-year-old man was shot once in the right hip and once in the right foot and is now also stable.

Two 20-year-old men were shot but their condition is unknown, police said.

An arrest has not yet been made and a weapon hasn’t been recovered, police said.


Disney Cruise Line ‘youth host’ accused of molesting child

MIAMI (WFLA) — A ‘youth host’ on a Disney Cruise Line is scheduled to go to trial later this month after was accused of molesting a young boy during a cruise earlier this year.

Oliver Lovatt, 24, was arrested in May on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12 after the alleged incident on the Disney Magic, an arrest report said.

According to the arrest report, Lovatt was captured on surveillance camera molesting a 10-year-old boy twice in the ship’s “Oceaneer Kids Lab” while they were playing a game. One of the incidents reportedly occurred while the child was blindfolded.

A Disney spokesperson said in a statement:

“We have zero tolerance for this type of unacceptable behavior. When we became aware of the allegation, it was reported to law enforcement and the crew member was removed from duty permanently.”


2 New York teens die in fiery crash when car falls from overpass

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — Police say two teenagers are dead and a third is hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash that sent a Porsche plunging from an overpass onto train tracks, where it burst into flames.

Authorities in Rockland County told news outlets the Porsche fell from an overpass on Route 304 in Pearl River Sunday afternoon and burned on New Jersey Transit tracks below.

Orangeburg police said in a release that 15-year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn and 17-year-old Altin Nezaj of Pearl River were pronounced dead at area hospitals. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic of Orangeburg, was seriously injured.

Police identified Jason T. Castro of Nanuet as the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta. He wasn’t injured.

New Jersey Transit service was suspended in both directions along a section of the Pascack Valley Line.


Ammonia leak contained at Nashville Coca-Cola plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An ammonia leak at a Coca-Cola plant in Nashville early Monday forced workers to evacuate for several hours until it was contained.

The leak was called in just before 3 a.m. Reporters on the scene with WKRN say the fire chief gave the all-clear call by 5:30 a.m.

Firefighters and hazardous materials crews responded and about 20 people were helped to safety, with no reported injuries.

Investigators haven’t revealed what caused the leak at the Berry Hill factory, which is near the Nashville fairgrounds.


Girl, 13, charged with felony for finger gun threat at Kansas middle school

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A student has been charged with a felony following an incident at a Kansas middle school.

"If someone makes a direct threat to another person to do harm to another person, that is considered criminal threat and that would be a felony," Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said.

Although Howe couldn't speak to specifics in this case, he told WDAF what his office takes into account in these kinds of situations.

"Trust that there are a lot of people who do this all the time, making informed decisions based on all the facts," Howe said.

Police arrested the 13-year-old girl on September 18 after investigators say she made a threat at Westridge Middle School with her finger.

Shawnee Mission School District spokesperson David Smith said there was no actual weapon found -- it was a finger pointed like a gun.

Overland Park Police say the girl's actions were confirmed by two other students. A school resource officer with the department made the arrest.

"In most instances, an individual with that kind of charge would be eligible for some kind of diversion plan," Howe said. "It would be extremely difficult, almost impossible, under the current juvenile justice system to actually send them to the correctional facility for that type of behavior because it is such a low level offense, it would not meet the criteria needed."

Howe couldn't speak on the 13-year-old's history, like if she had any prior offenses. He did say criminal history and public safety issues are considered when making a decision to file charges.

When asked if charging the teen with a felony seemed extreme, Howe referenced last year's school shooting in Florida, which left 17 dead.

"I think law enforcement and schools understand that we need to address bad behavior," Howe said. "Not be heavy-handed but at the same time, address that bad behavior and prevent it from getting worse."

The Overland Park Police chief said that too often there are reports of violence in schools and inevitably questions about what should or should have been done to prevent the tragedy.

In Kansas, it's illegal for a juvenile to possess a firearm, Howe said, but even in a school setting that is a misdemeanor. A threat constitutes a more serious criminal charge.

"It seems a little bit of an anomaly that you would think that having the actual gun that would be a more serious charge, but in fact it's the actual threat," Howe said. "And it's something that maybe we need to look at with the legislature and reconcile that."

Howe said the teen has a closed hearing at the Juvenile District Court within the next couple weeks.


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‘Joker’ tops box office again, beats ‘Addams Family’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first weekend was no fluke: “Joker” is a hit.

The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend at the box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers such as the animated “The Addams Family” and the Will Smith action pic “Gemini Man.”

Warner Bros. said Sunday that “Joker” added an estimated $55 million from North American theaters this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $192.7 million.

Not only are the pure grosses impressive, but “Joker” also dropped only 43% from its record-breaking debut.

For comic book films, which are often front-loaded and regularly see second weekend falls that are over 50%, it’s a notably small dip. It’s also a slightly lower drop than “Wonder Woman” and “Black Panther” — both of which had higher initial openings and went on to have long lives in theaters.

“These are incredible numbers and really reflect how interested and excited people were,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.

The film had a rollercoaster ride to release, with highs like winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and lows when concerns about the film inciting violence made headlines and prompted increased security at many theaters across the country. But audiences have spoken with their dollars and “were not going to be deterred,” Dergarabedian said.

“It shows that content wins. A great movie will rise up above all the noise over whatever controversy or security concerns there were,” he added. “You’re totally left out of the water cooler conversation if you haven’t seen ‘Joker.'”

Internationally, “Joker” added $123.7 million from 79 markets, bringing its global total to $543.9 million after just 12 days in theaters.

“Joker’s” second weekend success played well alongside the counterprogramming of the kid-friendly “Addams Family,” which exceeded expectations and came in a strong second with $30.3 million.

United Artists Releasing distributed the film from MGM and BRON Creative that features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Bette Midler. “The Addams Family” defied middling reviews (43% on Rotten Tomatoes) and benefited from a marketplace with relatively few family friendly options in theaters right now, aside from “Abominable” which is now in its third weekend.

The ambitious, star-driven “Gemini Man” was not so lucky. The visual effects-heavy Ang Lee film about an assassin on the run from a younger version of himself (both played by Smith using state of the art de-aging technology) opened in third place with only $20.5 million. Even Smith’s disastrous “After Earth” had a better debut ($27.5 million).

Reviews were overwhelmingly poor (it’s currently at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes) but “Gemini Man” also had the “Joker” factor to contend with, which may have contributed to the disappointing opening, according to Dergarabedian.

“Gemini Man” was not a cheap endeavor either. The film from Paramount and Skydance cost a reported $140 million to make after rebates and will have a difficult time breaking even.

Rounding out the top five were “Abominable,” with $6.2 million, and “Downton Abbey,” with $4.9 million.

In limited release, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite” had an extraordinary weekend, earning $376,264 from only 3 locations. Its $125,421 per theater average is a record for 2019.

“It’s amazing how well (“Parasite”) did. It’s one of the biggest stories of the weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “That per theater average means that those movie theaters were full. The demand far outweighed the supply.”

Neon is distributing the class-conscious Korean thriller, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and is already a massive hit internationally, with over $70.9 million from South Korea alone. With near-unanimous rave reviews, “Parasite” is also expected to be an awards contender and will be expanding in North America in the coming weeks.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Joker,” $55 million ($123.7 million international).

2.”The Addams Family,” $30.3 million.

3.”Gemini Man,” $20.5 million ($31.1 million international).

4.”Abominable,” $6.2 million ($15 million international).

5.”Downton Abbey,” $4.9 million ($4.1 million international).

6.”Hustlers,” $3.9 million ($3.9 million international).

7. “Judy,” $3.3 million ($1.6 million international).

8.”It: Chapter Two,” $3.2 million ($2.3 million international).

9.”Jexi,” $3.1 million.

10.”Ad Astra,” $1.9 million ($2.9 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:

1. “Joker,” $123.7 million.

2. “The Captain,” $33.4 million.

3. “Gemini Man,” $31.1 million.

4. “My People, My Country,” $23 million.

5. “Abominable,” $15 million.

6. “The Climbers,” $11 million.

7. “Downton Abbey,” $4.1 million.

8. “Hustlers,” $3.9 million.

9. “The Most Ordinary Romance,” $3.7 million.

10. “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” $3 million.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr


Kitchen total loss after Monday morning fire at Kickin Butts BBQ

SOMERVILLE, Ala. – Kickin Butts BBQ suffered heavy damage after a fire early Monday morning.

Fire crews told WHNT News 19 they were initially called to the restaurant around 3:30 a.m.

They couldn’t say why the fire started, but they’ve assessed all they can until the sun comes up.

The restaurant owners stated the kitchen is a total loss, but the dining room is “okay.”

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


It’s almost impossible to unseat a PM. Here’s why it’s worth it to try

No one has won the David-versus-Goliath fight against an incumbent prime minister since Kim Campbell was defeated in 1993.


Train passengers shine in diamond hunt

Anneka Rice's future daughter-in-law praises people who searched for her engagement ring gem.


Hong Kong is numbed to and overwhelmed by the violence it is immersed in. Our society needs the love and compassion only a mother can bring

Violence is now, sadly, a way of life for Hong Kong people. After enduring more than four months of unrest, some joke that the population may even have become immune to tear gas and pepper spray.Many residents seem numbed by daily reports of violent clashes between protesters and police. In some cases, they have even become emotionally desensitised and overwhelmed by a sense of indifference to the problem; this is due to the perpetual violence we continue to experience weekend after weekend…


Norfolk Police officers rescued after being cut off by tide

Two officers searching for a missing woman are rescued by a lifeboat as the tide cuts them off.


Off-duty Hong Kong police given pepper spray after officers left slashed, assaulted in increasingly violent clashes

Hong Kong’s police force has announced that off-duty police will be given pepper spray to “execute constabulary duties” amid increasingly violent clashes with anti-government protesters.The approval from the assistant commissioner, which will apply from Tuesday, came a day after a sergeant was slashed in the neck and two other plain-clothes officers assaulted, and a month after extendable batons were issued to off-duty officers for the same purpose.An internal memo issued by Support Wing of the…


Hong Kong’s smaller companies are not ready to face cybersecurity threats, warns Chubb Insurance

Hong Kong’s small- and medium-sized enterprises are not ready to face cybersecurity threats, and only a third of them are insured against an attack, according to Chubb Insurance.About three quarters of local SMEs, or about 258,000, fell victim to cyberattacks in the 12 months to April, according to the cyber insurer’s latest report on the preparedness of companies with less than 250 employees.However, more than 45 per cent of them said they have never been covered by insurance, the report shows…


Rugby World Cup: England ready for Australia despite low-key start, says Ben Youngs

England scrum-half Ben Youngs says his team will be ready for their World Cup quarter-final with Australia despite a truncated group stage.


PC Andrew Harper funeral: Hundreds expected to line route

Newlywed PC Andrew Harper, who was dragged under a van while on duty, is described as a "hero".


Somerset snail farmer wants to make county ‘snail central’

Lyn Paxman has 2,000 snails but will be fattening up 300,000 by next year at her Somerset home.


England: Gareth Southgate on James Maddison after casino visit

England manager Gareth Southgate says he knows "pretty much everything" about his players after James Maddison was pictured in a casino.


Harry Dunn crash: Anne Sacoolas’ return to UK ‘non-negotiable’

Crash death motorcyclist's parents will not meet US suspect unless she agrees to return to UK.


Hong Kong’s anarchy cries out for a forceful response

The Hong Kong government’s ban on the wearing of masks at public gatherings seems, at best, a half-measure and thus is unlikely to be enough, on its own, to quell what is clearly an orchestrated uprising. The need to do more is palpable, yet Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor clings to the position that further measures are not yet necessary.Without putting too fine a point on it, Hong Kong is staring at something perilously close to anarchy. It is no exaggeration that ordinary citizens…


Woman’s fight for A505 safety work after husband’s crash

Dashcam footage shows a series of near-misses on the A505 in Hertfordshire.


Bulgaria v England: Can you name England team from last away meeting?

As England travel to Sofia for their latest Euro 2020 qualifier, it's time to test how well you recall the last time they played in Bulgaria.


Dan Evans on rise to British number one from being unranked in April 2018

Dan Evans says his world ranking of 43 "can get a lot higher" as he becomes British number one for the first time.


WSL: Manchester United’s Lauren James named player of match – before sending-off

Manchester United forward Lauren James is named player of the match by BBC co-commentator Jayne Ludlow - moments before being sent off for a second bookable offence.


Madison business helps empower women through self-defense

MADISON, Ala. - Women in Madison are stepping up their self-defense game.

These two-hour sessions are called "Pretty and Tough" and meet one Sunday a month at Concealed Tactical in Madison.

Sunday's class was held free of charge in honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The owner said that women's self-defense is a key focus of Concealed Tactical.

"It's no secret that women are attacked in domestic relationships so it's just, doing my part to try to empower women as much as possible," said Concealed Tactical Owner Chief Instructor David Escobedo.

Concealed Tactical encourages all women to look for upcoming sessions.


Williston Barracks // Grand Larceny, Fraud, Forgery, Unlawful Mischief

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North Alabama football players get even better during week seven

Where has the time gone? We’re already through week seven of the high school regular season and these football players continue to get better every single week.

Let’s count down this week’s top five plays.

Play number five comes from Decatur Heritage vs Falkville. The Eagles with the ball. Quarterback Stratton Orr gets stopped right in his tracks by the Blue Devil's defense. Orr can't find anywhere to go and then Luke Fitzgerald takes Orr down. Defense wins championships everybody, and plays like this will certainly help get you there.

You know what else can make or break a game? Special teams. And the Sparkman kicker is making big plays in big games for the Senators, including this 52-yard field goal. I'm talking about Miles Tillman. This kid hit this 52-yard field goal plus a 44-yard field goal in Sparkman's game against Bob Jones and made it look easy while doing so.

Play number three comes from Red Bay vs Colbert County. The Tigers trying to stay undefeated and they come out strong. Glenan Humphries and his teammates push the pile all the way into the endzone for a quick score. Teamwork makes the dreamwork everybody. In this case, that dream was a touchdown.

For play number two we head to Austin hosting Huntsville. The Black Bears on offense. Quincy Crittendon with the handoff to running back Kendall Scales. Scales making the moves on this play, and he's gonna muscle his way into the endzone for the touchdown.

Play number one comes from Decatur Heritage vs Falkville as well. This time from the Eagles and they would march down the field with plays like this. The reverse to Baker Wilson, who makes one defender miss then hits the juke button on another one. He's still going and then finally defender number four brings him down. A huge gain for the Eagles as they keep their undefeated record.


Boulder scientists sharpen focus on past weather with eye to future

The notion of time travel has been debunked as often has it has been explored — or more — but scientists in Boulder have brought the concept closer to reality, at least as it applies to the weather.

And in this case, their project also should provide a window into reading the future.

Through the 20th Century Reanalysis Project, or, the less unwieldy 20CRv3, researchers at Boulder’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have developed the ability to look with much greater clarity back in time to probe new questions pertaining to meteorological events far in the rear view mirror, with the aim of improving the prediction of weather events to come.

What NOAA scientists have produced is an update to a weather “time machine” in development since 2011. The new, third version of their brainchild is a highly complex, four-dimensional, high-resolution of the global climate estimating what the weather was for every day back to 1836.

The project’s latest iteration yields continuous estimates of the “most likely” state of the global atmosphere’s weather on 75-kilometer grids eight times a day for the past 180 years, according to a news release. It’s the product of an international effort spearheaded by scientists at NOAA’s Physical Sciences Division and the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

By using NOAA’s Global Forecast System, researchers were able to reconstruct the global atmosphere by leveraging surface pressure readings, sea ice and sea temperature observations through archival records, some of which were transcribed by citizen volunteers.

With that data as the foundation, the model produces estimates of moisture, temperature, winds, pressure, clouds and solar radiation.

Three-pronged philosophy

“We want to be able to compare the statistics of what has happened to the statistics of our climate models,” said Gil Compo, a CIRES scientist working at NOAA who leads the reanalysis project.

“If we can have confidence that the climate models can represent how extreme weather and storms and weather patterns have changed, then we should be able to have more confidence in how extreme weather and storms and weather patterns will change in the future.”

The latest iteration of the tool, 20CRv3 uses millions more observations that previous versions of the reanalysis, especially from earlier periods. It includes up to 25% more available observations from prior to 1930. Running the model, and crunching so much data called for extraordinary computer resources, for which the Department of Energy contributed 600 million CPU hours in order to process 21 million gigabytes of data at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, according to a news release.

“There are three points behind the philosophy of what we do this for,” Compo said. “The first is to be able to describe what has happened. The second is to be able to compare what is happening today to what was happening in the past. Has something changed?”

A good local example of that, he said, is posed by the September 2013 Colorado Front Range flood.

“How different is the meteorology and the weather patterns for the September flood from the other big floods we know about, like May 1894? Was it basically the same thing or, was it affected by some kind of forcing factors, like changing atmospheric composition, CO2, or some sea surface temperature patterns in the Pacific?,” Compo said. “… And then the last thing is, is our data set good enough to be able to evaluate changes in storms and weather patterns from climate models, with the goal of being better able to predict them?”

Critical ships’ logs

The meteorological time machine has helped researchers fine-tune their scientific understanding of specific weather events over the course of history, such The Great Blizzard of 1888 which paralyzed the East Coast, or the epic Midwestern winter of 1880-1881, captured in historical fiction for children by Laura Ingalls Wilder in “The Long Winter.”

“I’ve found reanalysis composites incredibly useful and accessible,” Barbara Mayes Bousted, a meteorologist instructor with the National Weather Service who has studied that winter, said in a statement. “We introduce them in our course on operational climate services and to weather forecast offices who want to investigate climate events like the El Niño Southern Oscillation.”

The main data point utilized by the scientists is barometric pressure. Compo said barometers were invented in 1644 by Italian physicist and mathematician Evangelista Torricelli, a student of Galileo, and were in consistent use by mariners across the globe by the end of the 18th century. Mariners’ logs are an example of the data feeding this very 21st century project, and he cited the heroic recovery of the trip logs from the doomed 1879-1881 bid by the Jeannette to reach the North Pole, which ended with the ship’s destruction by the ice and the death of 20 of its 33 crew members.

The fingerprints of as many as 20,000 people are on some aspect of the project, Compo said, and he offered an insight into the myriad contributions that have been made.

Dating back to the beginning of the 1800s, “Almost every ship had a barometer and particularly for Navy and the merchant ships and some whaling ships, they recorded that barometer every hour, or every two hours, or four times a day, and those recordings were in log books,” Compo said.

“And those log books have been archived around the world. And so what my colleagues do in the Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions Over the Earth, is they work with historians and archivists to find those log books, and then they scan them. And we’ve been very fortunate that the public has responded to the fact that computers can’t read the log books. And so citizen scientists have helped to transcribe the log books” as well as weather station’s old records.

The next step in development of the reanalysis tool is to crank its reach all the way back to 1806, because Compo said 1804 is the first year for which scientists can access a barometric pressure reading “from somewhere in the world” at a minimum of every six hours.

The 20CRv3 has not yet been applied to Boulder County’s 2013 flood, but Compo said that’s near the top of his “to-do list,” as he still remembers that deluge for the fact that the water of his basement in Louisville “kept coming up and up and up.”


Protesters accuse Hong Kong school of ‘suppressing students’ with black face mask ban

Hong Kong kicked off another week with anti-government protests on Monday, as students in Chai Wan and Tseung Kwan O staged various demonstrations despite amber rainstorm warnings.Under pouring rain, more than 100 students and alumni from Hon Wah College in Siu Sai Wan formed a human chain along Harmony Road, ignoring the Education Bureau chief’s warning last week that such acts “could constitute unlawful assembly”. The mid-rank school has about 700 students.Hon Wah College students and alumni…


State police investigate a drive-by BB gun shooting

BOLTON — A family with a three-year-old daughter were shot at with a BB gun on Sunday night, according to WTNH.

State police said the incident happened in the Bolton Notch area of Route 6 around 10:45 p.m.

Police said the family was driving when a white sedan with orange grill lights pulled up alongside them and fired shots into the car, shattering its windows.

The shooting is still under investigation, police said. No other information was released.


North Alabama high school senior with one hand inspires others

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- Savannah Monroe is a Hazel Green High School senior, a musician, and an artist.

Savannah says she loves to create and not have a set foundation for what she creates. "I like different because I'm also different," says Savannah. "I'm known as the girl with one hand."

Savannah was born without fingers on her right hand. "She was born like that," says Tamara Monroe, Savannah's mother.  "God made her special for a reason."

Her parents say ever since she was a baby, Savannah was resilient.

"She used her feet and pulled the blanket toward her, reached over and grabbed the rattle and now she's playing with it," says Tamara.

Savannah was always involved when growing up. She took dance lessons, art lessons, music lessons, and even sports.

"I've had people cry to me because they thought I was hurting," says Savannah. "I've had people worry about me and come up to me and say they're sorry to me but I want people to realize that more than anything, it's kind of a good thing because you learn how to take care of yourself and move around obstacles at an early age."

Her missing hand wasn't her only obstacle. Savannah says she also has a heart problem that surfaced in a sixth-grade physical education class. She has Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The condition, also called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, is defined as an abnormally fast heartbeat.

"I have an extra valve or vein in my heart, that it'll cheat or go twice as fast," says Savannah. Donny Monroe, Savannah's father, says they can do surgery, but if you're "lucky enough," you can self-control it, which is what Savannah does. Because her heart rate is higher, she can get more tired more quickly, but that doesn't stop her.

During the marching season, Savannah plays a right-handed instrument without her right hand. "I put my hand in it and around it and people don't expect that usually and they don't even really notice it," says Savannah.

"I'm not afraid to be who I am, I'm happy with who I am and anyone who is any bit different... which is really everyone because no one is perfect... they need to love themselves for who they are. I have heart problems, I don't have a hand, but I made it this far... and you can too."


Final Update: Crash Blocking SH-16 near Emmett

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On Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 2:33 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash southbound on SH16 at mile marker 111, south of Emmett.

Karl R. Salskov, 76, of Emmett, was driving northbound on SH16 in a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country. Salskov crossed the center line into the southbound lanes and struck a 2004 Mazda MZ3, driven by Aaron C. Lassen, 37, of Boise. The Chrysler then struck a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, driven by Brenda L. Stoner, 39, of Meridian.

Lassen was transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Both Lassen's passenger, Robin L. Clark, 43, of Emmett, and Salskov were transported by ground ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise.

All lanes of SH16 were blocked for three hours.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Idaho State Police is currently investigating a crash on SH-16 at milepost 111, near Emmett.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes are currently blocked.

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North Alabama Out of the Darkness Walk

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Hundreds gathered at Ditto Landing in south Huntsville Sunday afternoon in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. North Alabama's Out of the Darkness Walk is a place for people to come together to remember those lost to suicide, make connections with local resources, and raise awareness for suicide prevention.

"We have several organizations whose sole purpose is to help people become more aware of the need for suicide prevention and to provide ways to intervene if you're concerned for somebody," said Out of the Darkness Walk Committee Member, Amy Patel.

Amy Patel helps organize the Out of the Darkness Walk. She says people can be afraid to speak up even if they are concerned for someone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts.

"There's this myth that if you bring up suicide to somebody you're planting the idea in their head but the research shows that's not the case. Actually, being willing to go into that discomfort and just talk with someone and express your concerns for them can help break down barriers," said Patel.

She says having open conversations with people who you might think are contemplating suicide can help those individuals realize they have someone on their side and someone who cares for them.

"At that point, you're an ally to them and you can help them get the help that they need," said Patel.

Patel says thankfully, people are speaking up about the stigma around mental health and suicidal thoughts.

"I think some of the stigma is disappearing but it's still there. I think it's important to have events like this where people are willing to 'be the voice' and willing to speak up about suicide," says Patel.

Patel says staying silent won't make suicide go away. She says if you're struggling reach out.

"Reach out to somebody you trust. You can call the national suicide lifeline where there are trained councilors who are truly there for that purpose. There's also a text line they can contact for people who are not comfortable talking on the phone," says Patel.

Patel wants people struggling with suicidal thoughts to know they are not alone.

"Your life is important. It is worthy. And you leave people behind who will grieve forever," said Patel.

Patel says the Out of the Darkness walk provides a safe space for those grieving.

"Sometimes when you lose someone to suicide, you don't even know what you're feeling or how to express it. When we come here there's a real sense of comfort. It's terrible that there are so many people that have the need to be here but it's also very comforting to know that you're not alone," said Patel.


Alabama NAACP wants inclusive leadership opportunities in new industry

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - In the past year, multiple industry growth announcements have been made in North Alabama.

From automotive manufacturing to the FBI.

Some worry that many of the positions will be outsourced, instead of filled by local workers.

"I know our branch has offered to meet with some of the leadership that's coming in with Mazda Toyota," explained Benard Simelton, President of the Alabama State Conference NAACP.

The NAACP said they are working to encourage diversity in positions of leadership.

"We can always do better, we are emphasizing that they need to certainly include African-Americans in those positions," said Simelton.

He said it's important to have people of color in decision making roles.

"Not only include them but make them apart, we need to be at the table when those decisions are being made," added Simelton. "We want Huntsville to look like what America should look like."

He said a team of diverse leaders will make for more well-rounded ideas and solutions.

"A diverse group of people at all levels, whether they are lower workers or in upper management."

Simelton said that will make North Alabama stronger in industry and community.


Hong Kong protests: driver working for Now News held by police after being hit by suspected beanbag round

A driver working in the media was held by police for over two hours after he was hit by a suspected beanbag round during a Hong Kong protest, according to Now News.The broadcaster said their male driver was only released and sent to hospital after the force “confirmed he had a reasonable excuse to be on site” in Mong Kok in the early hours of Monday.Footage shows the man writhing on the ground at about 1am, after he was said to be approaching his company’s vehicle parked near Mong Kok Police…


Friends mourn mysterious death of Huntsville FBI employee

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Close friends of Kathleen Miller are grieving the 60-year-old Huntsville FBI forensic photographer’s unexpected death. A multi-agency law enforcement criminal investigation into Miller’s death is ongoing in North Carolina after she was found dead in the Nantahala National Forest on Monday.

Gail Jones has been friends with Miller since the two were in middle school.

“Kathy was a beautiful person,” said Jones. “She was fun-loving, very smart and very creative.”

Jones tells WHNT News 19 Miller grew up in Geneva, New York and went to college in Rochester.

“She loved photography in high school and studied that in college,” explained Jones.
Miller lived in a quiet Owens Cross Roads neighborhood. Her neighbors tell WHNT News 19 she was always kind and happy.
“She was nice. Talking to her, she would always have a smile on her face, laughing about something,” said a neighbor.

According to the Asheville Citizen Times,  the initial 911 call came in at 5:17 p.m. Monday, when a caller told authorities a woman had fallen in the water in a creek in the Nantahala National Forest.  Miller was pronounced dead at the scene when authorities arrived.

District Attorney Ashley Welch told the Asheville Citizen Times her office was looking into the suspicious circumstances surround Miller’s death. However, the DA declined to say if they had a suspect.

A spokesperson for the Birmingham Field Office of the FBI confirmed that Miller was not on duty at the time of her death.

Miller’s friends tell WHNT News 19 they believe Miller was expected to be back at work in Huntsville on the same day she was found dead. The FBI declined to confirm her work schedule to WHNT News 19.

“She always saw the best in people and was very forgiving,” said Jones.

Red Bar breaks ground to rebuild off Scenic 30A

GRAYTON BEACH, Fla. – Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a popular vacation stop is returning. When the Red Bar was destroyed by fire in February, locals and those of us who had made the restaurant and bar, an annual part of our vacation, felt a sense of loss. Standing on the street watching his place of employment burn, server Johnny Murray said, “It is just a tragedy to see what has just happened.”

Daniel Ulhfelder lives in South Walton. He remarked, “Without the Red Bar, there is no Grayton Beach.” It was a local piece of Florida panhandle history off scenic Highway 30A. Mark Gorbett lives in Grayton Beach. He choked back tears when he said, “Red Bar is an icon and more than that Ollie and the whole Red Bar, Red bar family is a family. It’s um, they’ve been more than just neighbors they have been family to Grayton Beach.”

The iconic Red Bar was gone. “It can’t be replaced but it can be rebuilt,” Gorbett said. One of the owners said they would be back. Life goes on. And it does. Hundreds of people gathered at the spot recently where the Red bar once stood. “For me especially it was more than a business,” Olie Petit told our sister station WMBB. He’s the owner.

Petit scattered some ashes from the destroyed building before breaking ground to rebuilt. “I’m still grieving the place and it was a way for closure and to honor the place and from the ashes can the rebirth occur,” he said. Remembering the past but looking to the future. “Happy or good, there’s always changes around the corner and right now we’re entering the happy days and I’m looking forward to it,” Petit said with a smile.

And what’s new, will be old. “We’re following the architecture to the T,” Petit said, “The only thing that will be improved is the bathroom. We’re expanding the men’s and women’s but otherwise, you will have that same familiarity when you enter the restaurant.”

The owners hope to have Red Bar open for business by Memorial Day of 2020. “She was the heartbeat of Grayton Beach,” Walton County resident Rene Endres said. And she will be again.

Sammy Sanchez, with the South Walton County Fire District tells us the state fire marshal’s investigation shows the fire that destroyed the Red Bar was electrical. But they could not determine exactly where it started.


Hong Kong man with learning disabilities arrested during protests was denied treatment for 15 hours by police, his lawyer says

A man with learning disabilities who was arrested in Hong Kong on Saturday night on suspicion of being involved in an anti-government protest was denied treatment for 15 hours, according to his lawyer.The man, who is autistic and has a moderate form of the disability, was said to have suffered injuries to the back of his head, shoulder and mouth. The cause of his injuries was not known.The man’s lawyer, Daniel Wong Kwok-tung, said his client had been in custody in Mong Kok Police Station and…


Huntsville Animal Shelter under construction, offering free adoptions

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Animal Shelter is under construction and will be offering free adoption for certain animals.

The shelter said it will be under construction for the next four to six months.

During the construction, there will be limited kennels for medium and large size dogs, according to the shelter.

The shelter said they continue to receive an average of 10 to 12 dogs every day, which means they need that many dogs adopted or fostered each day.

Adoption restrictions may apply to some dogs.

The shelter is located at 4950 Triana Boulevard, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 256-883-3782 or visit HuntsvilleAL.gov/Animal  or Facebook.


Hotel revenues could halve, warns S&P, as conference participants, tourists give protest-hit Hong Kong a miss

Hotel owners are facing the grim prospect of their revenues being halved as conferences and exhibitions have either been cancelled or postponed and tourists are choosing to staying away from Hong Kong amid escalating social unrest.

The hotel segment will bear the brunt of the impact, says S&P Global Ratings.

“Hotel owners are facing a 50 per cent drop in revenues, given August’s occupancy rate fell to 66 per cent and could further drop,” the ratings agency said in a recently released report.


Unlicensed contractor pleads guilty to defrauding Camp Fire survivor, faces three years

A Paradise man pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony fraud after claiming to be a licensed contractor and entering into a $20,000 agreement to rebuild a Camp Fire survivor’s cottage, the … Click to Continue »


Rocket City Trash Pandas to make big announcement about stadium on Monday

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket City Trash Pandas will be hosting a press conference, rain or shine, on Monday at 10 a.m. to make an announcement about the stadium.

In a news release to WHNT News 19, the Rocket City Trash Pandas said they will reveal the name of the stadium and the naming rights partner at the press conference.

The press conference will also include remarks from Madison Mayor Paul Finley, Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong, and the president of the corporation for which the stadium will be named, according to the press release.

The general public will not be allowed at the press conference due to it being an active construction site.


Rocket City Trash Pandas to make big announcement about stadium on Monday

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket City Trash Pandas will be hosting a press conference, rain or shine, on Monday at 10 a.m. to make an announcement about the stadium.

In a news release to WHNT News 19, the Rocket City Trash Pandas said they will reveal the name of the stadium and the naming rights partner at the press conference.

The press conference will also include remarks from Madison Mayor Paul Finley, Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong, and the president of the corporation for which the stadium will be named, according to the press release.

The general public will not be allowed at the press conference due to it being an active construction site.


California governor ends Legislative session with vetoes

California's Democratic governor ended the Legislative session on Sunday by rejecting expansions of full-day kindergarten programs and paid family leave for teachers while signing a new law that bans high … Click to Continue »


Hong Kong Golf Club aims to raise millions more with charity rounds for Operation Santa Claus and other good causes

There are few experiences for the avid golfer quite like teeing off in the sunshine surrounded by some of the finest countryside Hong Kong has to offer.

And those feelings are heightened when the course is rounded for a good cause.

In that spirit, Hong Kong Golf Club charity committee chairman, Martin Hadaway, hopes players will step up for charity events being hosted by the club to help raise money for those in need.

He said the club had a long history of supporting charities. Over the…


St. Albans Barracks // Domestic Assault – Violation of Conditions of Release

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Toronto-based group aims to boost Muslim-Canadian participation in federal election

A cross-country effort is encouraging Muslim-Canadians to vote in the current federal election.


Decker fire flares despite cold night temps, forcing federal forest officials to pull back 755 firefighters

A 7,326-acre wildfire sparked by lightning in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness more than a month ago flared up Sunday, spreading despite freezing night temperatures, forcing new evacuations near towns along the Arkansas River and emitting smoky particulate plumes that raised health concerns.

Federal fire managers had to withdraw 755 firefighters from efforts to suppress the Decker fire, which expanded Sunday in the area south of Salida, U.S. Forest Service fire information officer Penny Bertram said.

“The firefighters have pulled back. We have an air tanker on request” to drop retardant on the fire, Bertram said.

“It moved really fast. We had to pull the firefighters out. That was right about noon. They were working to hold the lines.”

Air quality specialists deployed to Salida and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an air quality advisory due to heavy wildfire smoke wafting over southeastern Chaffee and northwestern Fremont counties in the area between Salida and Cotopaxi. Health officials advised residents who see thick smoke to stay indoors.

Colorado mountain residents as far north as Fairplay in South Park and south of Poncha Springs in Saguache County reported impacts from smoke.

Temperatures dropping to 32 degrees at night typically help squelch wildfires. Colorado’s “fire season” traditionally has not extended into October, though in recent years wildfires have burned as late as November.

The National Weather Service warned of gusty conditions that favor rapid ignition, growth and spread of wildfire. Douglas fir trees at higher elevations and pinon-and-juniper forests toward the river have proved highly flammable.

“Those fuels remain really dry, even though it is cold at night, and the fire is still growing due to a lack of moisture, low humidity and the wind,” Bertram said. “That creates some really extreme fire behavior.”

Around noon, flames jumped the Rainbow Trail that runs along the Sangre de Cristo mountains — just as firefighting crews were clearing lines to try to contain the fire. Flames were spreading northeast toward Howard.

Fremont and Chaffee county authorities around 2:17  p.m. ordered about 50 buildings evacuated near Bear Creek Silverheels, Wellsville and Swissvale, following previous evacuations in the Methodist Mountain area closer to Salida.

The authorities on Sunday warned other residents to be ready to evacuate near Howard. Fire had spread to forests about 7 miles from town, officials said.

The Decker fire started around Sept. 8 with a lightning strike in the wilderness. Initially, fire managers tracking this blaze said that, because the fire was relatively small and burning in wilderness, about 50 firefighters would monitor it but that they were allowing it to burn to try to take advantage of ecological benefits for ailing, insect-ravaged forests.

“We’re not going to be suppressing it,” an incident command spokesman said in September. “Out here in the West, fire is part of the eco-cycle, always has been part of it. Lightning caused this fire. We’re trying to let it do some good, burn off some beetle kill.”

But on Sunday, forest service officials said the Decker fire “was always a suppression fire” and that rough terrain in the wilderness initially had prevented firefighters from attacking it in the early stages.

The Decker fire likely has burned across an area wider than 7,326 acres, to be determined once another aerial survey is done, officials said Sunday afternoon.

Heavy smoke from wildfires can increase the likelihood of respiratory trouble for sensitive people and worsen heart and lung problems. Health officials said people with heart and lung disease, the elderly and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.


WILLISTON BARRACKS / DUI #2, FALSE INFORMATION TO POLICE, CRUELTY TO A CHILD

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Multi-county police chase involving stolen vehicle ends with two women in custody

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Two women are in Huntsville Police custody following a multi-county police chase involving a stolen vehicle.

The Huntsville Police Department said the chase ended in a three-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Sparkman Drive and Pulaski Pike Sunday morning.

Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police Department said officers were notified by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office that deputies were in pursuit of two women in a stolen white Chevy pickup truck at Highway 72 West and County Line Road.

Johnson said Huntsville Police Officers set up spike strips at Zeirdt Road and Shadow Cove, and Madison Police Officers set up spike strips at Zeirdt Road and Cleghorn and at Zeirdt Road and Madison Boulevard.

According to Johnson, officers were successful and the tires of the truck started coming apart on Zeirdt Road.

Authorities said the pursuit continued onto Madison Boulevard and the tires were coming off the pickup. The driver continued driving on the rims of the car at a high rate of speed and refused to slow down or stop, according to authorities.

Authorities said the offender ran the red light at Sparkman Drive and Pulaski Pike and hit two cars, causing minor damage to the cars and minor injuries to the driver of one car.

Johnson said officers arrested the driver of the truck, Lori Friend, and took the passenger, Tiffany Robinson, into custody.

Authorities suspect Friend was under the influence of methamphetamine and will be charged. Authorities said she had a warrant for Probation Revocation – Burglary in the third degree.

Officers also said Friend tried to swerve and hit an officer while he was attempting to deploy spike strips on Zeirdt Road.

Authorities said HEMSI and Huntsville Fire treated everyone at the scene and two individuals were taken to the hospital.

Johnson said there is an ongoing investigation into the situation.


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Derby Barracks / Violation of Conditions of Release

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Longmont police seek suspect in arson that damaged church


Longmont police are seeking this man in connection with a fire they believe was intentionally set Sunday morning at Central Longmont Presbyterian Church, 402 Kimbark St.

Longmont police are seeking a man in connection to an arson that caused more than $5,000 in damage at Central Longmont Presbyterian Church, according to a news release from Deputy Chief Jeff Satur.

Longmont fire crews responded to the church, 402 Kimbark St., at about 5:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the release. No one was inside the church when crews arrived.

Detectives and fire investigators later determined a man broke the window of a door into the church and used an accelerant to set the fire, the release states. The release also includes pictures from surveillance video of a light-skinned man with short dark hair wearing an orange hooded jacket or sweatshirt.

Satur’s release said the church’s sprinklers and the department’s response time saved the church from more severe damage.

Anyone who knows the suspect’s name or whereabouts should contact the Longmont Police at 303-651-8501.


Longmont police are searching for a man suspected of breaking the window to this door and starting a fire with an accelerant early Sunday morning at Central Longmont Presbyterian Church, 402 Kimbark St.

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This Sacramento pot dispensary is linked to Ukrainian indicted with Giuliani associates

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Vehicle accident at Gaines School Rd at Lexington Rd.

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** Update 1 ** Crash Blocking SH-16 near Emmett

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Former Fort Carson soldier sentenced to life for fatal shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS — A former soldier who was stationed at Colorado’s Fort Carson has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting in a nearby community.

The Gazette reported a jury convicted 21-year-old Wayne Sellers IV of first-degree murder in the October 2018 slaying of 20-year-old Kenyatta Horne.

A judge sentenced Sellers to a mandatory life term plus a maximum sentence of 32 years for a robbery committed earlier on the same night.

Prosecutors say Sellers was part of a five-man robbery group that arranged a phony drug deal with Horne, who died of wounds from a shotgun blast.

Authorities say Sellers and another man ambushed Horne outside his parents’ home in Security-Widefield, southeast of Colorado Springs.

Sellers’ attorneys say he fired 11 rounds from a handgun in self-defense.


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(Photo: WPEC)

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Police say a person with a possible gunshot wound has been located but there’s no active shooter at a Boca Raton mall that had been placed on lockdown after reports of shots fired.

Boca Raton police tweeted that the person was taken to a medical center as SWAT teams continued a systematic search of the upscale Town Center mall Sunday afternoon. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the wounded person or say what exactly happened.

Nonetheless, they say there’s no active shooter though anyone still in the mall should shelter in place until officers evacuate them.

The police agency tweeted earlier Sunday urging people to avoid the mall. Some people posted video on social media showing what they said were cars streaming away as armed police arrived.


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Robbery

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Robbery

600 Block S Whitney Way
At approximately 4:21pm, a strong-armed robbery took place in the 600 block of S Whitney Way. The female victim was approached by the & #8230;


A woman was shot and killed by a Fort Worth police officer in her own home

(CNN) — A black woman was shot and killed by a white police officer in her Fort Worth, Texas, home after a neighbor called dispatchers to report the woman’s front door was open, police said.

The officers were searching the perimeter of the woman’s home when they saw a person standing near a window inside and one of them opened fire, killing her, Fort Worth police said.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified the woman killed as 28-year-old Atatiana Koquice Jefferson. She died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the bedroom of her home.

Hours after the shooting, police released a heavily edited version of the officer’s body camera footage. The nearly 2-minute video shows officers walking outside the home with flashlights for a few minutes before one of them yells, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” and shoots his weapon through a window.

“The Fort Worth Police Department is releasing available body camera footage to provide transparent and relevant information to the public as we are allowed within the confines of the Public Information Act and forthcoming investigation,” police said.

In a statement, police said the officers entered the home and gave the woman medical treatment, but she died at the scene.

The department also said that it “shares the deep concerns of the public and is committed to completing an extremely thorough investigation of this critical police incident to its resolution.”

Lawyer: Jefferson was playing video games with nephew

Lee Merritt, a civil rights lawyer representing Jefferson’s family, said she was a 2014 graduate of Xavier University with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She worked in pharmaceutical sales and had moved into her ailing mother’s home to take care of her.

Merritt said Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew at the time of the shooting.

Merritt drew a parallel to another high-profile fatal police shooting in the region.

“Like most people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, they were following the Amber Guyger trial fairly closely and were familiar with the issues at hand with the use of force by a police officer,” he said.

Guyger was a white Dallas police officer who walked into a black man’s apartment, thinking it was her own and shot and killed the man. She was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Merritt has started a “Justice For Atatiana Jefferson” Gofundme page.

“There was no reason for her to be murdered,” the page says. “None.”

‘I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset’

Police have not named the officer, who joined the department in April of last year. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The Fort Worth Police Officers Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

James Smith, Jefferson’s neighbor, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he called a non-emergency police number when he saw her doors open and lights on in the early morning hours. He said he knew Jefferson was home with her nephew.

He said he was trying to be a good neighbor and called authorities so they could check on Jefferson.

“I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault,” he told the news outlet. “If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive.”

This was the ninth police-involved shooting in 2019 by Fort Worth Texas Police. Seven of those were fatal, according to Lt. Brandon O’Neil with FWPD.

The Fort Worth Police Officers Association issued a statement Sunday that said, in part: “Any loss of life is tragic, but the reported circumstances surrounding this incident are heartbreaking. … We are urging the Forth Worth Police Department to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation, and through that investigation, we hope to gain clarity and understanding of what exactly transpired.”

‘Put your hands up! Show me your hands!’

Officers responded to the woman’s home after dispatchers received a call around 2:25 a.m. from a person saying his or her neighbor’s front door was open, police said.

In the body camera video, when the officers first arrive at the house, the door is open and the lights are on, but no one can be seen.

The officers then walk around the home and into the dark holding a flashlight. At some point, one of them quickly approaches a window with his weapon drawn.

Within seconds, the officer yells, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” and fires through the window. The officer does not appear to identify himself as police before firing his weapon.

The officer drew his weapon and fired one shot after “perceiving a threat,” police said. The officers found a firearm when they entered the room, the department’s statement said.

The video released by police shows two mostly blurred clips that appeared to be from inside the home, showing a firearm.

CNN requested the unedited body camera footage, an incident report and dispatch audio from the dispatch call that prompted the response. But a police spokesperson said nothing additional will be released at this time.


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Arrests Made in Multiple Robbery Offenses

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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

 

First District:

  • On Thursday, October 10, 2019, a 14 year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, DC, was arrested for an Attempted Armed Robbery (Knife) offense that occurred on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the 1800 block of Constitution Avenue, Northeast. CCN: 19-180-959.
    • At approximately 8:51 am, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect brandished a knife and demanded the victim’s property. The suspect was unsuccessful in obtaining property then fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.
  • On Thursday, October 10, 2019, a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense that occurred on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the 1800 block of A Street, Southeast. CCN: 19-181-284.
    • At approximately 6:15 pm, the suspects approached the victims at the listed location. One of the suspects pushed the victim and took their cell phone. A second suspect snatched a cell phone from the second victim. The suspects then fled the scene. One of the suspects was apprehended by responding officers. This case remains under investigation.
  • On Friday, October 11, 2019, a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, DC, was arrested for an Assault With Intent to Rob offense that occurred on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the 1400 block of D Street, Northeast. CCN: 19-181-747.
    • At approximately 12:30 pm, the suspects approached the victims at the listed location. One of the suspects attempted to snatch the victim’s property causing the victim to fall to the ground. One of the suspects was apprehended by responding officers. This case remains under investigation.

 

Third District:

  • On Saturday, October 5, 2019, 38 year-old Dwayne Knight, of Temple Hills, MD, was arrested for an Armed Robbery (Gun) and Aggravated Assault offense that occurred on Friday, October 4, 2019, in the 2600 block of 14th Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-176-855.
    • At approximately 1:10 am, the three suspects approached the victim at the listed location. The suspects then assaulted the victim. During the assault, a suspect brandished a handgun and took the victim’s property. The suspects then fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. This case remains under investigation.
  • On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, a 17 year-old juvenile male, and a 14 year-old juvenile male, both of Southeast, DC, were both arrested for an Armed Robbery (Gun) offense that occurred on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in the 1800 block of 7th Street, Northwest. CCN: 19-176-855.
    • At approximately 10:00 am, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded US currency. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene. This case remains under investigation.

 

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


Five gang members sentenced for chasing a 15-year-old, killing him with a machete

NEW YORK – The five gang members who slashed a New York teen to death with a machete and knives last year after mistaking him for a rival have been sentenced to decades in prison.

Video surveillance showed the men dragging Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz out of a Bronx bodega on his back and stabbing him with long knives and a machete. The teen wanted to be a police officer, and was a member of a New York Police Department youth outreach program.

The men — Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, Manuel Rivera, Jose Muniz and Elvin Garcia — were found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in June this year. Their sentences Friday ranged from 23 years to life in prison

“My son was a good kid, he only was 15 years old, he was doing the best in the school at the time when the tragedy happened,” said Leandra Feliz, the victim’s mother.

On the night of the attack, the gang members were in four cars when they saw Guzman-Feliz, according to prosecutors. He had left his home and had just given money to a woman he knew in the neighborhood when they approached him, prosecutors said.

They got out of their cars and confronted the teen, who then fled to a bodega four blocks away. The gang members followed him into the store and dragged him outside, where he was assaulted on the street.

Guzman-Feliz was stabbed and slashed with knives and a machete in the neck and body. After the attack, he ran to a nearby hospital, but collapsed at the entrance and died a short time later.


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Look up! A full Hunter’s Moon will light up the night on Sunday

(CNN) — Moon enthusiasts, get ready — because the next full moon will appear Sunday.

The full moon, known as the Hunter’s Moon, always follows September’s Harvest Moon. You will be able to see it in the sky on Sunday, October 13, around 5 p.m. ET.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Hunter’s Moon gets its name from the Native Americans. After the harvest, animals would come to the fields for scraps. With the full moon, it was easier to see deer and other animals and successfully hunt in the darkness.

Don’t worry if you miss it on Sunday night. The moon will appear full for three days, from Saturday morning to Tuesday morning, according to NASA.


California becomes the first state to ban fur products

(CNN) — California has become the first US state to ban the sale of animal fur products.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Friday that will make it illegal to sell, donate or manufacture new fur products in the state.

The bill, authored by state assembly maker Laura Friedman, applies to all new clothing, handbags, shoes and other items made with fur. Those who violate the law would be subject to civil penalties.

Used fur and taxidermy products are exempt from the ban, along with leather, cowhide, and shearling. Fur products used for religious purposes or by Native American tribes are also exempt, and fur lawfully taken with a hunting license is still allowed.

The law goes into effect on January 1, 2023.

Newsom also signed a number of other bills into law on Friday designed to prevent animal cruelty.

One piece of legislation bans the use of animals like tigers and elephants in circuses. Another prohibits hunting, trapping and killing bobcats, and another protects horses from slaughter. Newsom also made it illegal to sell more types of dead animals, adding to an existing list of other wildlife.

The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) praised the moves.

“Today is a historic day for animals in California, including those who have been whipped into performing in circuses, or skinned alive for their fur or skin,” Tracy Reiman, Executive Vice President of PETA, said in a statement. “PETA is proud to have worked with compassionate legislators to push these lifesaving laws forward and looks to other states to follow California’s progressive lead.”


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(CNN) — A 10-year-old girl died after she was thrown from a ride Saturday at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival.

The girl was ejected from a ride called “Extreme” at 6:18 p.m. and suffered serious injuries, New Jersey State Police said in a statement.

She was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. The girl has not been identified and the cause and circumstances of her death are still under investigation, police said.

Police said the “Extreme” is a Wisdom Super Sizzler amusement ride that spins passengers in a horizontal circle.

Skelly’s Amusements, the company that operates rides at the festival, said it was fully cooperating in the investigation, in a statement posted on Facebook.

“We are absolutely heartbroken. Words cannot express our feelings and we extend our deepest sympathies to the individual’s family and loved ones. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts,” the statement said.

Festival organizers canceled a parade that was scheduled for Sunday, but said other activities will go on as scheduled, according to its website.

“The festival will be open today to offer a place for the community to come together in wake of this tragedy,” the statement said.

It said that rides and festival games will be closed until they are inspected by state officials.


Park County teachers plan to go on strike Monday after failed negotiations

Park County School District educators announced Sunday afternoon that they’re planning to go on strike Monday.

The union said it has not received an offer to resume negotiations on a new contract but would update the plans if that changes later Sunday.

“No educator wants a strike; we want to be in school with our students. Resolving this retention crisis, though, has always been about our students and keeping school employees here who love them and are committed to this fantastic community,” said Taya Mastrobuono, an elementary school teacher and president of the South Park Education Association, in a news release Sunday.

Members are planning to picket throughout the day starting at 7 a.m. at the Park County Schools Building. For more information on logistics, go to speastrong.com.

The union announced on Oct. 7 that members could go on strike beginning Monday. It would be the third time teachers in Colorado have gone on strike in 18 months.

Representatives of the Park County School District and the South Park Education Association described a productive meeting Wednesday, but the conversation broke down Thursday.

The district claimed the union tried to put discussions about salaries back on the table after agreeing to defer that issue, then walked away.

“The (school) board is disheartened that the association is choosing a strike rather than move forward with a positive working relationship with the district that includes favorable avenues for SPEA to handle the salary negotiations that it desires,” district representatives said in the news release.

The union framed the disagreement as a request for a “goodwill gesture” that the district was serious about raising salaries, which it said the district rejected.

“The district team shut down our voice when we wanted to talk about our concerns on how we pay our rent and buy our groceries and gas, just as they have shut down that talk so many times before,” Mastrobuono said in a news release Thursday night.

The disagreement largely has centered on whether the district can afford to give teachers raises. The union says the district is sitting on a large pile of reserves, while the district counters that it needs that cash to pay bills before state and local revenues arrive each year.

The teachers’ contract expired in June, and union members voted to authorize a strike in September, though they initially held off on setting a date.

The district approved a $2,000 raise for teachers in May, but the union is seeking an additional $4,000 and wants support staff to also get a combined $6,000 increase. The district’s salary schedule shows starting teachers will earn $33,000 after the May raise, with a maximum teaching salary of about $67,000. Paraprofessionals can earn anywhere from $16,000 to $36,000, depending on their education and experience.

“The District can send a powerful signal that it too wants to stop the revolving door of educators in and out of our schools by quickly committing a portion of the considerable funds it holds in reserve into deserved educator compensation for this current school year,” Mastrobuono said in the release Sunday. “Our students’ futures are at stake and it’s time for the district to take action.”

The union is hosting a food drive and arranged child care with the Boys and Girls Club of South Park for students and families who need it.


Crash Blocking SH-16 near Emmett

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1 person transported to hospital after shooting Sunday afternoon in Denver

One person was taken to a hospital after a shooting Sunday afternoon in Denver’s Barnum West neighborhood.

Denver police posted to Twitter after 2:45 p.m. and said officers were responding to a shooting in the 100 block of North Xavier Street.

Police have not released additional details about the incident. The investigation is ongoing.


Williston Barracks/ Negligent Operation- 95 in a 55 zone

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A104985 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Andrew Leise                              STATION: VSP Williston                     CONTACT#: 1-802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: October 13, 2019/ 0829 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Interstate 89 Winooski- MM90 Safety


Extinction Rebellion caps off week of protests with downtown Montreal die-in

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Singh speaks out against strategic voting, says to ‘never settle for less’

The New Democratic leader is trying to counter a message from the Liberals that they are the only real option for progressive voters, as they have a better shot at forming government.


‘It’s a symbol of our strength’: Heiltsuk open first Big House in 120 years

The last Big House in the First Nation's territory along the B.C. coast was destroyed, and the community has been planning and fundraising to build a new one for decades.


Wildcats Impress at 42nd Remenyik Open

Anna Biasco

Northwestern women's fencing closed out the Remenyik Open with a total of eight medals and three top eight finishes.


Petr Cech saves two penalties on ice hockey debut for Guildford Phoenix

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Colorado family’s dog found beaten to death near property line

MILLIKEN, Colo. -- A Weld County family is demanding answers after their rescue dog was reportedly found beaten to death Tuesday morning.

John Pipe owns Riverside Truck and Auto-off County Road 46, where his three dogs roam freely during work hours.

He said that Monday night when he went to head home, their 10-year-old Irish Wolfhound Cody never returned.

"We thought maybe he just had some sort of accident," Pipe said. "So we spent some time searching, and we searched into the night Monday until dark."

Tuesday morning, they found Cody's body about 10 feet off of their property, where he had reportedly been beaten to death.

Pipe said they found Cody's collar wrapped around a nearby pipe, like a trophy.

"It's sickening and I just don't understand it," Pipe said. "It's just sickening."

The Pipes took Cody's body to the Milliken Animal Clinic, where an autopsy shows doctors believe he died of foul play, with signs of trauma across his upper body.

Weld County Sheriff's Deputies said that since the family moved the body, they were unable to obtain much evidence from the area the body was found.

No suspects have been identified.

The dog's body was found on Cliff Betz's property, a few hundred feet from his home.

"You feel like you've been invaded or violated," he said. "It's kind of like somebody breaking into your home, but you can't be watching everywhere all the time."

"It's been tragic on the family," Pipe said. "Going home and explaining to your son that (Cody) isn't coming home tonight."

Seven-year-old Marek Pipe said Cody would often spend the night in his room. The dog had been there since he was born.

"He was a good dog," Marek said. "You wouldn't imagine him running away or anything. He was a really good dog."


Family ends search for missing CEO after a body is found

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Westminster Barracks / DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19B105947 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Matthew Steeves                     STATION:  Westminster                    CONTACT#: 802-722-4600   DATE/TIME: 101319 - 0442 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: US Route 5, Westminster VIOLATION: DUI   ACCUSED: Stephen


Is a Scammer Trying to Cybersquat on your Domain?

What’s in a domain name, really? For small businesses, it’s the best way for customers to find them and for vendors to network with them. But what if a suspicious-looking email appears in your inbox threatening to take over your company’s domain name because it conflicts with a trademark, or the sender has filed a registration ahead of you for the same name? Better Business Bureau advises to stop and think before sending a response.

The practice is called domain squatting or cybersquatting, and it is defined as the act of registering, trafficking in or using a domain name in bad faith. It’s been on the uptick for the last decade, as businesses started creating websites and registering their names associated with them.

The trouble started when domain squatters came on the scene to make pricey offers to companies or individuals who own a trademark or name that they wanted for their own. In some situations, the companies owning a registered trademark or brand pursued individuals or other businesses with too-similar names.

That led to price wars to buy a domain name, or lengthy waiting games when the registration for a domain name expires. In some cases, both parties end up in court. Some popular cases include Microsoft and Madonna, where likenesses were used in domain names of unrelated causes.

Cybercriminals got into the mix of domain squatting when they started to mimic a domain name, publish it, and then use it to lend credibility to a cyberthreat. For example, clients would receive an invoice from a company they’ve done business with before, complete with a recognizable logo and updated address, or banking information to use to send invoice payments. What the clients didn’t notice is that they were directed to false a portal owned by cyber thieves.

Lately, scammers have been reported for sending out mass emails, stating they received an application requesting the same domain name or trademark as the recipient. Next, they’ll ask if they can confirm the information, or that they’ve already filed for the name. Once approved, they’ll move forward with registering and taking over the domain name. Links are included in the email for a registry.

If you receive an email from a possible cybersquatter, BBB recommends the following:

  • Protect your company’s domain by doing a domain name search for your company’s website and checking the status of the domain registration.
  • Avoid selecting any of the links in the email to protect your computer and any other devices connected to the network.
  • Research your rights and learn more about anticybersquatting by visiting ICANN. Another resource available is the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), a less costly way to pursue cyber squatters and an optional way of consulting professional domain name strategists.

Source: BBB.org

Report this type of phishing email and threat of domain squatting to ic3.gov and BBB Scam Tracker.

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


Colorado’s 14ers keep getting busier, report shows

COLORADO SPRINGS — A report by the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative says the state’s 54 highest summits continue to see an increasing number of people seeking to climb the fourteeners.

The Gazette reports that an analysis by the nonprofit initiative estimates 353,000 people were attracted to the peaks during 2018’s hiking season, up 5.7% from the 2017 count. That’s almost 100,000 more than the first report from four years ago.
Colorado Fourteeners executive director Lloyd Athearn says the heightened numbers come with his organization increasing its monitoring capabilities on the mountains.

According to the report, Mounts Bierstadt, Elbert, Lincoln, Bross, Democrat and Sherman, as well as Quandary, Grays, Torreys and Longs peaks, all see more people.

And for the first time, Quandary Peak was the busiest fourteener. Bierstadt previously held the rank.

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Information from: The Gazette, gazette.com


Activating a New Device? Beware of Phony Customer Support Numbers and Fees

A favorite tactic of scammers is to convince consumers to pay for services that would otherwise be free. BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/ScamTracker) is getting reports of a con where scam artists charge activation fees for devices that are, in fact, completely free to set up.

How the Scam Works

You purchase a new media player, a virtual assistant, or another tech device. It could be a Roku, Google Home, Alexa, or any other device that needs to be activated after purchase. When you are ready to use it, you search for the customer support phone number. However, instead of getting the official website, you end up on a look-alike site with phony customer support information. You call that number, and you are told there is a new policy in place: All device users must now pay an activation fee. Reports on BBB Scam Tracker indicate that people have been charged anywhere from $80 to $100 to “activate” their new device.

Scammers may ask for unusual forms of payment, such as pre-paid gift cards, or they may ask directly for your credit card number. Once payment is made, they may claim there was a problem and a second payment is needed. In some cases, they may “help” you come up with a new username and password, thereby gaining access to your device account. In any case, scammers hope to get away with your hard-earned money along with your personal information.

How to Protect Yourself from Tech Scams

  • Make sure you are visiting an official website. Scammers are skilled at creating look-alike websites with addresses that are spelled slightly different than the official website’s address. Carefully double-check the URL or go directly to the site listed in your device’s instruction booklet.
  • Beware of sponsored links. Fake websites sometimes pop up in your web browser’s sponsored ad section and appear at the top of the search list. Be careful what you click on.
  • Never make a payment with a prepaid debit or gift card. Reputable companies will never ask you to wire money or pay with prepaid cards. Money sent this way cannot be recuperated.

For More Information

For more ways to avoid tech support scams, see BBB.org/TechSupport. You can also find tips to help you stay alert to scammers’ tactics at BBB.org/AvoidScams. For a more detailed analysis of this problem, see our full report on tech support scams: BBB.org/ScamStudies

If you’ve been targeted by a business email scam, report it on the BBB.org/ScamTracker. Your experience can help others to recognize suspicious behavior and stop scammers in their tracks.

Source: BBB.org


Southeastern N.B. community kicks off lobster season with weekend celebration

"It is one of our main sources of income and attractions."


N.L. couple not eligible for relocation funding as town is resettled

Over 90 per cent of Little Bay Islands residents voted to resettle the community in 2016, with a deadline of Dec. 31 set before electricity, road maintenance and other services will be withdrawn.


Garage Sales

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Toronto slang on the rise thanks to city’s growing pop culture relevance, professor says

Derek Denis, assistant professor at University of Toronto Mississauga, has been studying the prominence of Toronto's unique slang lexicon for the past two years.


Trudeau says security threat ‘will not change’ how he conducts campaign

When asked by reporters about the vest he wore at Sunday's event, Trudeau said his first concern was the safety of his family and the other Canadians in the room.


Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing senior

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing senior.

The Sheriff’s Office said Mary Doolittle Wright, 77, was last seen at her home in Moulton around 5 a.m. Sunday.

Wright is 5 ft. tall, weighs 125 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Authorities stated she is traveling in a gold Ford F150 with Alabama license plate number 42AZ925 and may be suffering from a condition that may impair her judgment.

Anyone with information on her location is asked to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 974-9291.


Fatal Crash I-84 & US 395 Interchange — Umatilla County

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon’s fatal crash that occurred at the I-84 and US 395 Interchange in Umatilla County. 

On Saturday October 12, 2019, at approximately 2:18 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on US 395 and I-84.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge pickup, operated by Lynn Dale HIATT (M), age 73, from Pasco Washington, had been traveling westbound on I-84 and had taken the 188 exit when for unknown reasons failed to negotiate the turn onto US 385 northbound.  The pickup traveled across onto the southbound lanes of US 395 impacting with the left rear side of a semi-trailer.  The truck tractor/semi-trailer, operated by Andrei CEBAN, age 30, from Vancouver WA, was in process of getting onto the I-84 on-ramp heading westbound. 

HIATT was pronounced deceased at the scene.  HIATT was accompanied by his wife, Remedios HIATT (F), age 76, and Lucia CASEY (F), age 54, both from Pasco Wa.   Remedios HIATT and Lucia CASEY were transported to the Good Shepherd Medical Center by ground ambulance. 

CEBAN was not injured in the crash. 

The I-84 westbound off ramp, westbound on ramp and US 395 MP 12 was closed for approximately 2 hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s, Stanfield Police Department, ODOT and Umatilla Fire District 1. 

No photographs for release. 

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AP Top 25: LSU jumps to No. 2; Upset drops Georgia to No. 10

NEW YORK (AP) — LSU moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, giving the Southeastern Conference the top two teams in the country for the 29th time and putting the Tigers behind No. 1 Alabama less than a month before the rivals meet in Tuscaloosa.

The Tigers jumped from No. 5, past No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Ohio State, after beating Florida in a matchup of unbeaten teams Saturday night. LSU received 12 first-place votes Sunday in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank while Alabama received 30 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the third consecutive week. The Crimson Tide host the Tigers on Nov. 9.

One conference has held the top two spots 75 times since the AP poll started in 1936, none more than the SEC. The now-defunct Big Eight is next with 23.

Clemson received 11 first-place votes Sunday and Ohio State had nine. Oklahoma was No. 5 and Wisconsin became the first new team to crack the top six after Georgia suffered the biggest upset of the season so far. The Bulldogs dropped from No. 3 to No. 10 after losing at home to South Carolina in double overtime.

Georgia is the highest-ranked team to lose to an unranked team this season. The Bulldogs had been steady at No. 3 since the preseason. They were among a season-high eight ranked teams to lose this weekend, including four to unranked teams.

Penn State moved up to No. 7. Florida’s loss at LSU cost the ninth-ranked Gators two spots. Notre Dame was No. 8, two spots ahead of Georgia, which won a close game at home against the Irish last month.

Texas slipped four spots to No. 15, the highest ranked team with two losses. The Longhorns lost Saturday to Oklahoma and fell to LSU early in the season. Both losses were to current top-five teams, each by seven points.

POLL POINTS

It is the 27th time the SEC has had the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the rankings since 2000. The only other conferences to do it in that time are the Big Ten (eight times) and the Big 12 (once).

LSU and Alabama have been 1 and 2 (in some order) 10 times previously, including nine during the 2011 season, when they played as the top two teams in the regular season and BCS championship game. Alabama avenged the regular-season Game of the Century loss and won the national championship.

The Tigers and Tide were also 1-2 for a week in September 2013.

IN

Three teams moved into the rankings for the first time this season and a fourth is back after a week out.

— No. 20 Minnesota (6-0) is off to its best start since 2003. The Gophers are the only unbeaten team from a Power Five conference that had not yet been ranked.

— No. 22 Missouri has won five straight since losing its opener at Wyoming.

— No. 24 Appalachian State is in the Top 25 for the second time in school history. The Mountaineers will try to hang around a little longer this time. Last year, App State was ranked for the first time since moving to the FBS in 2014, but the Mountaineers lost their first game as a ranked team and never returned.

— No. 25 Washington (5-2) fell out last week after losing at Stanford, but it bounced back with a decisive road win against Arizona on Saturday.

OUT

— Texas A&M had been lingering at the bottom of the ranking, despite September losses to Clemson and Auburn. After getting routed by Alabama, voters finally bailed on the Aggies.

— Virginia is out after losing at Miami on Friday night.

— Wake Forest lost for the first time this season and dropped out after falling 62-59 to Louisville.

— Memphis lasted only a week in the Top 25 after losing at Temple.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Atlantic Coast Conference is down to one ranked team: Clemson. The last time the ACC had only one team in the Top 25 was Sept. 28, 2014, when Florida State was No. 1.

SEC — 6 (Nos. 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 22).

Big Ten — 6 (Nos. 4, 6, 7, 16, 20, 23).

Pac-12 — 4 (Nos. 12, 13, 17, 25).

Big 12 — 3 (Nos. 5, 15, 18).

American — 2 (Nos. 19, 21)

ACC — 1 (No. 3).

Mountain West — 1 (No. 14)

Sun Belt — 1 (No. 24)

Independent — 1 (No. 8).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn State. Happy Valley whiteout greets the Wolverines.

No. 17 Arizona State at No. 13 Utah. Major Pac-12 South implications.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington. Major Pac-12 North implications.


Crews continue firefighting efforts on Decker fire south of Salida

Fire crews are making progress with the Decker fire burning 2 miles south of Salida, but gusty winds, low humidity and warm temperatures have led to another Red Flag Warning on Sunday in the area of the fire.

Officials urged residents to drive with caution, particularly as critical fire weather conditions are forecast for the day, according to a news release.

The 7,326 acre fire is 30 percent contained, with more than 755 people working it, the release stated. Some road closures in Chaffee, Fremont and Saguache County remain in effect, the release stated.

For information on the closures, click here San Isabel Forest closures, here for Rio Grande Forest updates and here for BLM.

Crews are starting mopup and cleanup efforts around the fire, ignited by lighting Sept. 8, and plan to continue monitoring certain sections of the fire, said Mike Tombolato, operations section chief, in a Facebook update for residents. That includes backhauling some equipment away from the fire area.

Firefighters started burning operations on the west side of the fire Saturday and worked through the night, Tombolato said.

“They went well. The conditions were very challenging,” he said. A small section will be completed Sunday, Tombolato added.

A spot fire to the southeast of the Decker fire began showing smoke Saturday, triggering pre-evacuations, in parts of the Howard community, to the east of the fire, Tombolato said.

For more information on the Decker fire, visit the Facebook page with official updates.


Wildfires in Colorado and the U.S.

The map shows active wildfire locations in 2019. The map defaults to Colorado; to see all wildfires, click “U.S.” in the view area. Click the map layers icon in the top right corner of the map to change map backgrounds and to toggle active and contained fires. Click a marker or perimeter for details. To view the full map and a table of all wildfires, click here.

*Data comes from two sources, GeoMAC and InciWeb, and could contain inconsistencies. Map by Kevin Hamm and Daniel J. Schneider.


Three men arrested after shooting in Old Montreal, another still at large

A fourth man who was driving the car fled police with the vehicle and remains at large.


Texas family seeks answers after police shoot through window, kill woman in her own home in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas — A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her own home in Texas didn’t have time to perceive a threat before shooting her, an attorney for the woman’s family said.

“You didn’t hear the officer shout, ‘Gun, gun, gun,’” attorney Lee Merritt said after viewing video taken from a Fort Worth officer’s bodycam during Saturday’s shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, 28. “He didn’t have time to perceive a threat. That’s murder.”

Her family told KXAS television that Jefferson was watching her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed early Saturday while police checked on the home after a neighbor called a police non-emergency line to report that the front door was open.

The Fort Worth Police Department said in a statement that officers saw someone near a window inside the home and that one of them drew his duty weapon and fired after “perceiving a threat.” The video released by police shows two officers searching the home from the outside with flashlights before one shouts, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” One shot is then fired through a window. The officer does not identify himself as police in the video.

“It’s another one of those situations where the people that are supposed to protect us are actually not here to protect us,” said Jefferson’s sister, Amber Carr.

“You know, you want to see justice, but justice don’t bring my sister back,” she said.

An aunt, Venitta Body, said the family does not understand why Jefferson was killed.

“It’s like from the moment we got the call, it’s been more and more inconceivable and more confusing. And there has nothing been done in order to take away that confusion,” Body said.

Police said the officer, who’s been on the force since April 2018, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. His name was not released.

Neighbor James Smith, who called police about the open door, told reporters he was just trying to be a good neighbor.

“I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault,” Smith said. “If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive.”

Smith said Jefferson and her nephew typically lived with an older woman, who’s been in the hospital.

“It makes you not want to call the police department,” he said.

Merritt said Jefferson’s family expects “a thorough and expedient investigation.”

The Fort Worth Police Department said it released bodycam footage soon after the shooting to provide transparency, but that any “camera footage inside the residence” could not be distributed due to state law. However, the bodycam video released to media included blurred still frames showing a gun inside a bedroom at the home. It’s unclear if the firearm was found near the woman. Police did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Sunday, and the statement released Saturday made no mention of the weapon.

The shooting comes less than two weeks after a white former Dallas police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his own apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, said during her trial that mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own, which was one floor below Jean’s. Merritt also represents Jean’s family.


Canadian Snowbirds pilot unhurt after ejecting from aircraft at Atlanta airshow

It too early to speculate on the cause of the incident, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds said in a tweet.


11 people on an Illinois hayride were rushed to hospitals after a car struck their wagon

(CNN) — Eleven people were rushed to hospitals in Illinois after a vehicle struck the haywagon they were riding in, authorities said.

The crash took place Saturday in Kendall County, the sheriff’s office said — about 55 miles southwest of Chicago.

The car flipped over after hitting the wagon, according to CNN affiliate WLS, which reported that 11 of the 12 people on the hayride were taken to four hospitals.

One patient was in critical condition and two others in fair condition at the Rush Copley Healthcare Center in Bristol Township, said Courtney Satlak, the hospital’s director of marketing. No further information on the ages or sex of those patients was available, Satlak told CNN.

Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora also received patients from the crash, according to a nursing supervisor, who couldn’t confirm how many patients the hospital was treating or their condition.

There were two people in the car, and they were both treated at the scene, WLS reported.

A hayrack ride, or a hayride, is a traditional American fall activity in which a group of people ride in a wagon loaded with hay bales.


7 people displaced after two-story house fire in Kingston, N.S.

The fire damaged a two-storey house with a basement apartment on Friday.


Motorcyclist dead after collision with van in Oshawa: police

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Bicyclist completes solo ride of entire Pony Express Trail

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Women’s Super League: Chelsea end Arsenal run; Fara Williams gets three assists

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Firefighters make progress on Southern California wildfire

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Introducing ‘Angry Andrew’: what’s behind the Conservative leader’s change in tone

"Mr. Trudeau, you are a phony and a fraud and you do not deserve to govern this country," Scheer said in the English debate on Monday.


Summit County domestic violence victims climb by 33% in 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for Summit County, a reckoning is at hand. The county is seeing a continuing rise in domestic violence intake, with a dramatic 33% increase in victims who sought help from the county’s local victim advocates program between 2017 and 2018.

The national statistics also show a distressing reality. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that, on average, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States. That comes out to 10 million Americans who experience domestic violence every year, with many, if not most, incidents never reported.

In the U.S., 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, contact sexual violence or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, PTSD and requiring the use of domestic violence services. On a typical day domestic violence hotlines field about 21,000 calls, an average of 15 calls every minute.

The number of domestic violence victims in Summit County, with a population of about 30,000, has gone up sharply over the past few years. Leslie Mumford, executive director of Summit Advocates for Victims of Assault, said her organization had helped 241 victims of intimate partner violence in 2016, 258 victims in 2017, and 342 victims in 2018. The last year represents a full one-third rise in victim intake.

Mumford said that the current year trends are showing a continued rise. As of the end of the third quarter of 2019, the Advocates received 295 new clients, 265 calls to their crisis line, with 36 people living in the advocates’ shelter for a total of 827 nights. 78 clients received emergency financial assistance, while 268 received legal advocacy, representation or immigration assistance.

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


Arrest Made in a Homicide: 1600 Block of Rosedale Street, Northeast

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in a fatal shooting that occurred, in the 1600 block of Rosedale Street, Northeast, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

 

At approximately 9:47 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located two unconscious adult male victims inside of a residence, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the victims displayed no signs consistent with life. Both victims remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

 

The decedents have been identified as 24 year-old Devon Miler, of Northeast, DC, and 27 year-old Lekelefac Fonge, of Lanham, MD.

 

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested 27 year-old Davon Peyton, of Alexandria, VA. He has been charged with First Degree Murder while Armed (Premeditated).

 

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Update: Victim Identified from Fatal Brimfield Crash

Update: The victim in Friday’s fatal crash in Brimfield has been identified as William Visneau, 58, of Brimfield. The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by troopers assigned to the Sturbridge Barracks with assistance from the State Police Collison Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Hampden County State Police Detective…


Saskatoon Fire Department battle garage fire on Saturday night

A Saturday evening garage fire caused roughly $10,000 in damage, fire officials said.


Mo Farah eighth in Chicago Marathon as Lawrence Cherono wins

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono wins the Chicago Marathon after a sprint finish as Britain's Mo Farah finishes eighth.


80-year-old Longmont homicide victim was stabbed 56 times, coroner says

An 80-year-old man who was murdered in Longmont in July was stabbed 56 times, according to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.

According to the autopsy report, Gary Hockaday had 21 stab wounds on his neck , 30 stab wounds on his upper left back , four stab wounds on his upper right back and a stab wound on the left shoulder.

Isaiah Ismael Rios, 30, was charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and felony murder in connection to Hockaday’s death, according to court records.

Rios also was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree trespassing, theft, criminal mischief, two habitual offender sentence enhancers, second-degree burglary of a dwelling and felony menacing, according to online court records.

The event’s leading to Rios’ arrest began at 6:12 p.m. July 18, when Hockaday’s wife couldn’t find her husband when she returned home and could see blood on the carpet. Police found Hockaday’s body after a more extensive search of the house. According to the coroner’s autopsy, a bloody knife also was found at the scene.

The couple’s pickup was stolen from their house and police found it unoccupied at a storage facility in the east central part of Longmont.

Police determined the person who drove the pickup was Rios and he was found in a storage unit at East Point Mini Storage. SWAT was called in and arrested Rios without incident.

Rios will next appear in court on Oct. 31

The coroner’s office has officially ruled Hockaday’s death a homicide and its report also stated hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease were contributing factors.


CDOT cancels full closure of Boulder Canyon, only single-lane closure scheduled for Monday

The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced that it will open Boulder Canyon Drive Monday and is cancelling a formerly announced full closure.

The highway, also known as Colo. 119, will remain open all day with single lane closures between mile points 39 and 40.

In an effort to prevent extended closures this week, construction crews plan to have 10-minute stops near the blasting zone. These will be in effect from 7 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

A full closure of the highway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday is still anticipated.

Construction crews have closed the highway intermittently to proceed with scheduled blasting, in an effort to mitigate from the 2013 flood. Repair and improvements are being completed on a 15-mile stretch of Colo. 119 at a cost of roughly $31 million. About $12 million is being covered by federal disaster recovery funds.

While the blasting portion of construction was initially slated to come to an end this summer, CDOT officials announced in September that the work would be continuing into the fall. The overall project is slated to be complete in the summer of 2020.

 


As “green rush” rolls on, Boulder’s Surna helping make cannabis industry more sustainable

The cannabis industry is on a new high with legal sales expected to reach $30 billion in the United States by 2025.

This assessment is part of “The U.S. Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook,” published by New Frontier Data that refers to “the strong demand for concentrates and edibles” as reasons for continued growth.

An article last year in Forbes spoke of larger cannabis farms being built. “In Arizona, Colorado, California, and Oregon, cannabis is being cultivated in greenhouses in excess of 250,000 square feet that are capable of yielding more than 50,000 pounds of flower,” the article reported.

The gradual loosening of the social stigma and new methods of consumption other than smoking have helped the industry to become “a positive, taxpaying presence in shopping districts around the country,” Tom Adamswrote in the introduction to a recent report on U.S. legal cannabis, published by ARCVIEW Market Research and BDS Analytics.

“The legal cannabis industry in the United States will contribute nearly $40 billion in total economic output and create a total employment effect of almost 414,000 full-time equivalent workers by 2021,” the report states; in Colorado, total economic output in 2021 is estimated to be more than $3.75 billion.

Product innovations in medical and recreational uses of cannabis also are fueling the new “green rush.”

But the growing industry’s power consumption is not so green.

Need for sustainable cultivation

Legal cannabis cultivation in the United States consumed 1.1 million megawatt hours of electricity in 2017 (enough to power 92,500 homes for a year,) generating 472,000 tons carbon dioxide, according to a 2018 New Frontier Data report. It forecasts electricity consumption will increase 162% from 2017 to 2022 as the legal markets expands.

In Boulder County, the average electricity consumption of a 5,000-square-foot indoor marijuana facility is about 41,808 kilowatt-hours monthly, according to county data. As most of the power used comes from coal burning power plants, a typical 5,000-square-foot indoor grow facility contributes approximately 43,731 pounds of carbon dioxide per month to the atmosphere, the data states.

Boulder-based Surna, which designs, engineers and manufactures application-specific environmental control and air sanitation systems for commercial, state- and provincial-regulated indoor cannabis cultivation facilities in the U.S. and Canada, is helping cannabis growers become sustainable and efficient in their operations, said Tony McDonald, Surna’s president and CEO.

Energy costs are the biggest expenditure for indoor cultivators, he said. Indoor cannabis operations, like data centers, are drawing the attention of the public and policy makers, for their use of high-power light sources and cooling systems.

Surna’s technologies address the energy- and resource-intensive nature of indoor cultivation, he said. Surna’s proprietary energy-efficient climate control systems help reduce energy consumption and allow growers to get better yields, McDonald said.

A successful cannabis cultivation operation requires precise temperature, humidity and light controls. “The more precise control means less energy consumption and that affects the bottom line,” said McDonald, author of “Cleantech Sell: The Essential Guide to Selling Resource Efficient Products in the B2B Market.”

Since 2006, Surna has been involved in consulting, equipment sales and/or full-scale design for over 800 grow facilities. “It’s a sophisticated mechanical engineering challenge,”  McDonald said.

Surna recently posted a record $4.2 million in revenue for the quarter ending June 30. This represented an increase of 110% compared to the same quarter last year and an increase of 138% compared to the first quarter in 2019. With a net income of $140,000 in second quarter 2019, Surna achieved positive net income in a quarter for the first time.

It achieved a gross profit margin of 34.4% in the second quarter of 2019, its highest gross profit margin since 2016, and an improvement of 6.7 percentage points over the first quarter gross profit margin of 27.7%.

McDonald plans to get the company listed on the Nasdaq exchange by the fourth quarter of 2020.

“Surna was one of first manufacturer members to understand the need to know how to be more efficient,” said Derek Smith, executive director and co-founder of Portland, Ore.-based Resource Innovation Institute, a nonprofit working to promote and quantify energy, carbon and water conservation in the cannabis industry. “We need to credit Surna as a leader in understanding that information is needed in the market place.”

As the cannabis industry continues to grow, there is a greater need to learn about improving agriculture in controlled environments, Smith said. It has created opportunities for companies like Surna in the indoor cultivation manufacturing and design space. Controlled environments also are needed for the processing of cannabis crops.

Cultivators are increasingly installing efficient technology for their lighting and HVAC needs, but they don’t know how to optimize, Smith said, adding, “We need regional data at climate zone levels. We need to know what processes (cultivators) are using for temperature settings and watering rates for different types of grow media (whether soil, water, air, coco fiber/rock wool or any other medium) to measure efficiency.”

Better data will help reduce energy consumption and lower production cost for cultivators, he said.

The cannabis market is beginning to segment as entrepreneurs find more commodity usage for cannabis as oils and edibles. They are expanding outdoor cannabis cultivation. But small indoor production facilities will continue as boutique production centers, he said.

Growing cannabis indoors

Indoor cultivation has its advantages, said Alex Park, CEO of Vera, which owns a 22,000-square-foot hybrid greenhouse to grow cannabis in an unincorporated part of Boulder County. (Vera does not use Surna equipment.) Vera’s custom-designed facility uses closed-loop recirculating-deep-water-culture systems to grow cannabis indoors while leveraging sunlight.

“A controlled environment is needed to get a high quality product,” he said.

It’s crucial to have environmental stability, which translates to precise temperature and humidity control, he said. But defining the precise balance between temperature and humidity may differ from grower to grower, and from place to place, Park said. The amount of light, fertigation, watering and cooling also depends on the type of grow and techniques used.

The Vera facility also relies on high-pressure sodium bulbs for supplemental light and uses chilled water systems for cooling and dehumidification, instead of a traditional refrigerant-based air conditioning system.

Minimizing the necessary inputs for production and maximizing yields is key to a successful operation, he said. Cultivators need to be vigilant to notice any potential signs of pestilence, insects, mold or mildew, he said. It needs to be checked on a daily basis. It’s important, even with automation, to constantly verify sensor readings are accurate.

“Human scrutiny is applied to both plants and equipment,” Park said.

Alan Bonsett is one of Surna’s major customers.The founder of NOBO Inc. in Boulder provides “turnkey solutions” for cannabis cultivation. NOBO’s mission is to create a portfolio of cannabis industry assets.

“We use Surna equipment in our build-out,” said Bonsett, who also is CEO of GrowRay, a company that provides industrial-grade adaptive LED lighting systems designed specifically for cannabis.

“Surna has efficiencies on the HVAC side. We have it with our LED lights,” he said.

Energy use offsets

For growers, the challenge is to building the facilities properly to get the efficiencies they need for a lower production cost, Bonsett said.

High energy needs of the marijuana industry for light sources and cooling systems in indoor cultivation potentially can have a substantial impact on climate change, which is why growers pay a mandated 2.16 cent charge per kilowatt-hour into the Boulder County Energy Impact Offset Fund.

The county requires growers to offset their electricity use with local renewable energy or pay the fee, which is used to develop best practices for marijuana cultivation.

The goal is to have energy efficient cultivation, said Kristen Huber, licensing program manager for Boulder County Marijuana & Liquor Licensing.

Like Boulder County, Boulder requires its marijuana cultivation facilities to offset their electricity use with on-site solar, a solar garden subscription or payment into the city’s Energy Impact Offset Fund, said Carolyn Elam, energy manager in the city’s Climate Initiatives Department. The city’s fee is 2.07 cents per kWh of electricity use, which is slightly lower than the county’s fee. “The city adjusted its fee amount since our businesses also have to pay the city’s Climate Action Plan tax,” she said.

The city began implementing the fee in 2018 and as of the end of August, had collected just over $550,000 in the fund. It plans to offer marijuana growers energy assessments to help them identify efficiency opportunities, Elam said.

“The city is also offering businesses credits towards future (Energy Impact Offset Fund) fees for investments that they make in efficiency and solar for their businesses. To create offsets for the remaining electricity use by the cultivation businesses, the city will also be using funds to provide solar to low-income residents within the community,” she said.

Boulder County has a steering committee (comprising growers, county staff and other community members) that helps make informed decisions related to the management and disbursement of the Marijuana Energy Impact Offset Fund, said Zac Swank, business sustainability coordinator for Partners for a Clean Environment, which works to promote business sustainability in Boulder County.

The funds are used for energy efficiency assessments and audits, and to provide carbon conscious certification (to efficient and sustainable growers) that can used for marketing, he said. The committee is exploring other uses of the fund, he said.

‘Monetizing cannabis’

NOBO’s Bonsett also is in the business of growing cannabis in Colorado and Michigan.

“We are trying to get licenses in Pennsylvania and Illinois. We are a diversified holding company in the cannabis space,” he said.

Surna, too, sees the value of the cannabis space. The company’s long-term plan is to grow revenues to $20 million to $40 million annually. The company is focused on growing organically and through acquisitions, CEO McDonald said. Its goal is to provide hardware (equipment, sensors and controls) and software to indoor cannabis growers. Surna executives are sharing their vision with potential investors.

The company sewed up sales contracts with a total value of $10.3 million in the first half of 2019, and in June delivered its first custom-designed “ducted air handling system.”

Increasing competition, consolidation

Bonsett said he is not concerned the increasing number of grow operations across the United States eventually will bring down cannabis prices. Cannabis, like oil and gas, is a commodity with price swings, he said.

“It’s all about how you monetize cannabis. It’s about integrating the process. Brands haven’t crossed the state lines very well. We are in the third inning, we still have a long way to go,” he said.

A consolidation in marijuana space is driving down prices, said Andrew Comer, an associate at Fortis Law Partners in Denver, who helps with “biomass” buying and selling contracts. (Marijuana refers to varieties of cannabis that contain more than 0.3% THC, or the psychoactive constituent that provides the high, and hemp refers to varieties of cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC.)

“According to data from Viridian Capital Advisors, merger and acquisition activity during the first two months of 2019 significantly outpaced the same time last year (66 deals in 2019 compared to 44 deals in 2018). Of the mergers and acquisitions that have closed so far this year, 30 of them have involved cultivators and retailers,” Cannabiz Media reported in March.

It also reported cannabis cultivation facilities are growing larger.

“Companies like Harvest Health, MedMen Enterprises, Tilray, Inc., Aurora Cannabis Inc., and Canopy Growth Corp. have all made strategic moves to expand their cannabis cultivation facilities through M&A or by building their own, larger facilities,” according the Cannabiz Media article.

Licenses for cannabis cultivation are transferable when there is a change in business ownership, said Shannon Gray, marijuana communications specialist for Colorado Department of Revenue.

At the start of retail legalization in 2014, there was a requirement that only existing medical businesses could hold the first retail licenses, she said. The vertical integration requirement (and the mandatory dual-license requirement for retail and medical) expired on Sept. 30, 2014.

Cultivation in state, county

As of Oct. 1, the number of licensed medical marijuana growers in Colorado was 481 and the number of growers of marijuana for retail or adult use was 689, according to the information on the Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division website.

The website is updated at the beginning of each month, Gray said.

In Boulder, marijuana cultivation is allowed indoors in greenhouses, said Mishawn Cook, Boulder’s licensing manager. The grows are differentiated  as “medical or recreational.” Boulder has 14 medical grows and 30 recreational grows, she said.

Both medical and recreational marijuana business licenses are transferable in Boulder, she said.

Boulder County has issued 21 marijuana cultivation licenses, which includes 20 licenses for indoor/greenhouse cultivation and one license for outdoor cultivation, Boulder County’s Huber said. Some facilities have multiple licenses, she said.

Longmont prohibits commercial cultivation, production and testing of both medical and recreational marijuana, said Michelle Sebestyen, city’s licensing coordinator. Home growing of marijuana for personal use is subject to the city’s municipal code.

In 2017, Longmont approved retail sales of marijuana, and later approved four businesses (selected from 13 applicants) to open in city limits. The city offers recreational marijuana licenses and dual recreational/medical licenses for retail sales. Stores that sell only medical marijuana are not allowed, according to the information on the city website.

Louisville has two locations for retail marijuana sales, said Meredyth Muth, city clerk. The city can have up to six locations, she said.

The city will have two marijuana-related questions on November ballot, she said. It is asking voters whether to have an excise tax on “first sale or transfer from a retail marijuana cultivation facility to a retail marijuana store or retail marijuana product manufacturing facility,” and whether retail marijuana cultivation facilities should be allowed with in the industrial zones of the city.

Cultivation facilities will be allowed only if voters also approve the excise tax on them, she said.

Erie prohibits marijuana cultivation facilities; marijuana product manufacturing facilities; marijuana testing facilities and retail marijuana stores. Only those who are registered as patients  with the state cancultivate, produce or process medical marijuana plants in Erie, according to information on the town website.

The town has no locations for retail or medical marijuana sales, said Jessica Koenig, town clerk.

Superior also prohibits marijuana establishments of any kind, including production, processing, testing and sale of marijuana, said Marin Toth, Superior’s assistant town manager.

Lafayette has three medical and retail dispensaries in city limits, and six cultivation operations as of Oct. 1, according to the Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Surna sewed up sales contracts with a total value of $10.3 million in the first half of 2019, and in June delivered its first custom-designed “ducted air handling system.”

Surna will continue to focus on cannabis.

“That’s our core expertise,” said CEO McDonald, who reduced payroll, got cash flow under control and emphasized selling Surna’s products and services to put the company on path to profitability.

“Production and delivery cycles can take up to a year,” he said.

The company’s long-term plan is to grow revenues to $20 million to $40 million annually. The company is focused on growing organically and through acquisitions, McDonald said. Its goal is to provide hardware (equipment, sensors and controls) and software to indoor cannabis growers. Surna executives are sharing their vision with potential investors.

Growth is the only alternative, McDonald said.


Defense secretary says President Trump ordered near total withdrawal of troops from northern Syria

(CNN) — President Donald Trump is ordering most of the remaining US forces out of northern Syria, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday.

“We have American forces likely caught between two opposing, advancing armies and it’s a very untenable situation. I spoke with the President last night, after discussions with the rest of the national security team, and he directed that we begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria,” Esper said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Which is where most of our forces are.”

The order comes as Turkish forces are pushing further south into Syria. Last week, the country launched its long-threatened incursion into the country after Trump ordered a small contingent of about 50 US troops to be pulled back from the border area amid a belief that a Turkish incursion was imminent.

Esper did not initially make it entirely clear whether the withdrawal would mean the US troops would be leaving Syria entirely or relocating elsewhere in the country away from where Turkish forces are operating. The Pentagon did not respond to CNN’s request Sunday for clarification on the troop withdrawal.

While the majority of the 1,000 US troops in Syria are in the northern part of the country, the US military also maintains a small presence in southern Syria at a base in At Tanf where the US trains local anti-ISIS fighters that are not affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces.

A US official familiar with the situation on the ground said earlier Sunday that US forces in Syria are preparing to withdraw from the country.

The official said the situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly in northeast Syria, adding that Turkish proxies, which the official describes as including “extremists,” have advanced along the strategically important M4 highway setting up multiple checkpoints. He says these proxy forces are wearing SDF uniforms and killing civilians on the highway. US Forces and SDF troops no longer control ground lines of communication and have no control over Turkish aircraft overhead.

“US Forces are at risk of being isolated and there is increased risk of confrontation between Turkish proxies and US Forces unless Turkey halts their advance immediately,” the official says.

Situation in Syria

Prior to Turkey’s offensive last week, as a confidence building measure with the country, the US convinced the Syrian Kurds to dismantle their defensive fortifications along the border and pull their fighters back. The US said Turkey had agreed to the arrangement which sought to prevent unilateral Turkish military action. Trump then had the Pentagon pull back US troops along that part of the border.

While Kurdish officials and Republican and Democratic lawmakers have argued that the pullback helped provide a de facto green light for the Turkish attack, senior members of the Trump administration have insisted Turkey would have invaded regardless of whether US troops had remained and that the US has not deserted the Syrian Kurds. However, the US government has not taken action yet to stop the Turkish incursion.

Esper said Friday the US is not abandoning its Kurdish allies, although he made it clear the US military will not intervene in the fight.

“We are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces and US troops remain with them in other parts of Syria,” Esper told reporters at the Pentagon.

“We remain in close coordination with the Syrian Democratic Forces who helped us destroy the physical caliphate of ISIS, but I will not place American service members in the middle of a longstanding conflict between the Turks and the Kurds, this is not why we are in Syria,” Esper said.

Trump signed an executive order Friday giving the Treasury Department “very significant new sanctions authorities” against Turkey over its actions in Syria, but the US doesn’t have any immediate plans to use them, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said.

The Treasury statement had said that Trump’s threat of sanctions was meant to dissuade Turkey from actions that included “the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, targeting of civilian infrastructure, targeting of ethnic or religious minorities.”

As the situation in Syria deteriorates, Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday that he is working with Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and unnamed Democrats to impose “powerful sanctions” on Turkey.


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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division are seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a suspect in reference to a First Degree Child Sex Abuse offense that occurred on Saturday, October 12, 2019, in the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue, Southeast.

 

At approximately 12:00 pm, a juvenile female was sexually assaulted by a suspect at the listed location.

 

The suspect is described as a Black male, approximately 5’2” in height, approximately 30’s- 40’s in age, with a dark complexion, light brown eyes, and patchy beard. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with bleach spots on it, blue or black jeans, and peach in color Foamposite sneakers.

 

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727 9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411. 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 any crime committed in the District of Columbia.

 

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Serial killer’s victim portraits could help crack cold cases

Most of the women in Samuel Little’s hand-drawn portraits seem to be frowning.

Their hair is short and curly or long and straight. They stare straight ahead or slightly off to the side. Some wear lipstick and jewelry.


Courtesy of FBI via AP, File

This combination of undated sketches provided by the FBI shows drawings made by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims. Little, who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country, is now considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. In a news release on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, the FBI announced that federal crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible, and officials have been able to verify 50 confessions so far.

Little, whom the FBI identified this month as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, produced startlingly detailed likenesses of dozens of women he says he strangled over the course of more than three decades. Now the FBI is publicizing his portraits — hoping that someone, somewhere, will recognize the face of a long-lost loved one in an image drawn by the killer himself.

“I’m not sure I have a better solution in terms of how to get the information out there and how to notify families,” said Claire Ponder Selib, interim executive director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance. “But I can only imagine seeing a drawing by the killer of your mother or your sister or your daughter who may have died 20, 30 years ago. … Honestly, I struggle with this.”

The FBI’s publication of the images was made possible by a unique set of circumstances: The killer was not only willing to confess his crimes but had a vivid memory of what his victims looked like and sufficient artistic ability to reproduce their faces. A Texas ranger who interviewed Little noticed he liked to draw and gave him art supplies behind bars.

The 79-year-old California inmate went on to produce more than 30 color portraits, which the FBI hopes will help law enforcement match Little’s confessions to victims who, in many cases, have yet to be identified.

“The tactic of having a serial killer draw composites of his own victims is unprecedented,” said Enzo Yaksic, a crime researcher who helped build the first national serial killer database. “This goes to show how serial killers retain minute details of their crimes and mull them over years later as these are the conquests that made them feel powerful and in control.”

Little, he added, could “inflict trauma on his victim’s relatives indirectly with the drawings and that is undoubtedly a small payoff for him.”

Little has confessed to 93 slayings across the nation between 1970 and 2005, targeting prostitutes, women addicted to drugs and others he thought wouldn’t be missed. Law enforcement agencies in several states have been able to confirm 50 slayings. They are working to verify others, but have been stymied because, in many cases, there is no missing person report and no body.

An FBI crime analyst who’s been working on the Little case for more than a year said investigators felt they had little choice but to publicly release the portraits.

“At this point all we have left is to appeal to the public to help us resolve these cases,” said Christina Palazzolo, an analyst with the bureau’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. “It was just in an effort to try to get as many eyes as possible on the unmatched confession details.”

Palazzolo added that investigators didn’t want to “retraumatize” anyone who lost a loved one.

“We’re sensitive and don’t want to upset anybody. We are just trying to bring some measure of closure and justice,” she told The Associated Press.

The heavy publicity surrounding Little’s case has yielded fresh leads from people who lost relatives or friends years ago, Palazzolo added.

Little’s portraits recently allowed police in Akron, Ohio, to provide answers to the family of Roberta Tandarich, whose decomposing body was found in a wooded area nearly 30 years ago. Authorities had long ago ruled the cause of death as “unknown/undetermined,” but her family suspected she had been murdered.

The Akron Beacon-Journal reported Friday that a detective summoned Tandarich’s daughter, Tonya Maslar, to the police station and showed her a portrait of a woman drawn by Little. The image was labeled “Akron, left in woods, 1990-91.”

“That’s her!” Maslar said. The paper said she cried and hugged her husband.

Attorneys for Little have said he is in failing health, and investigators are conscious they could be running out of time. In some cases, investigators will want to interview Little about cases to get more details from him.

Even after his death, law enforcement will be able to use his DNA and detailed videotaped interviews to close cases, Palazzolo said.

As for the portraits, Eric Witzig, a former homicide detective and FBI analyst, said it was “brilliant investigative technique” to have Little draw his victims.

“There will probably be some shock and trauma to the family,” said Witzig, who, along with Yaksic, helps lead the Murder Accountability Project, a group that tracks unsolved homicides. “You have to balance that against the interests of justice in terms of closing a homicide and fixing responsibility to the perpetrator.”


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Samantha Doerge was shutting down the Denver Film Festival’s virtual reality floor last fall when a woman shuffled in with her elderly mother, asking if Doerge would run the hour-long, three-part “Spheres” program one last time.

” ‘We’re sorry to be here so late,’ ” Doerge, a programming coordinator for the festival, remembers the woman telling her. ” ‘But my mother has wanted to be an astronaut all of her life and couldn’t because of an astigmatism. This is as close as she’ll ever get.’ Of course, I was more than happy to stay open for her.”

“Spheres,” which has captivated audiences and critics at the Telluride, Sundance and Venice film festivals, invites viewers to don the now-standard virtual reality goggles and take a celebrity-narrated trip through the cosmos. Created by Eliza McNitt and executive produced by Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), “Spheres” employs digital animation to render the big bang and other astronomical events in spectacular detail, bringing participants as close to space travel as they’ll likely ever get.

The effect of narrative experiences like “Spheres” is uniquely powerful, said Doerge, who has helped program the Denver Film Festival’s virtual reality offerings the last couple of years. She also assisted with the debut of “Spheres” as Telluride’s first-ever VR offering in 2018.

“When this woman, who had to have been 85 or 90 years old, came out of it, she was just crying,” Doerge said. “The word she used was ‘magical.’ “

Long in the wings, VR has increasingly inched into the spotlight at festivals, museums, theaters and bars as its complex technology — bulky headsets, servers and software — has grown rapidly cheaper and more compact. When it returns Oct. 30-Nov. 11, the Denver Film Festival will offer eight separate virtual reality experiences at its Festival Annex at the McNichols Building, with another four provided by its VR sponsor, Boulder-based Reality Garage, a lounge and makerspace that produces its own VR content.

In recent years, the entrance of Facebook, Microsoft, Sony and other global players into the industry has rapidly accelerated VR’s consumer-friendliness while spurring artists and programmers to dream up new interactive concepts. Investors are also licking their pixelated chops at forecasts that predict the global market will increase from about $8 billion in 2018 to $44.7 billion in 2024, according to a recent report.

And as Doerge knows, virtual reality isn’t just for gaming and entertainment. Her husband, a technology specialist for Children’s Hospital Colorado, uses VR to transport sick kids from the confines of their beds to Altspace, a social platform that offers simulated meet-ups and activities.

“It’s there so kids can do things like have dinner with their families,” Doerge said. “These are mundane things we take for granted, but sick kids can check into Altspace and no longer feel this alienation from their childhoods.”

Of course, that requires the other participants to don VR headsets, too. But as people get used to seeing VR at places such as Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (which offers simulated plane rides), the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (in its new “Extreme Sports” installation), and the casino-like environs of Dave & Buster’s, the idea of bringing it into the living rooms gets less intimidating.

In other words: Much like table tennis or life-sized Jenga, it’s another trendy entertainment — albeit a pricey, fast-evolving one.

“There’s no headset at home, but that’s been a request for Christmas,” said Mandi Hoffman, a Denver mother overseeing nine middle-schoolers last week at VR Social, a virtual reality arcade in Broomfield. “We don’t have a lot of space, so I’m a little worried about how it would work. But we love VR. We visited a VR art exhibit in Montreal, which was incredible, and we like to do the VR games at the Punch Bowl Social on South Broadway.”

Hoffman’s son, Henry, was there celebrating his 11th birthday with school buddies — all of them playing a sci-fi combat game and loosely tethered to the ceiling by cords on their headsets. The scene prompted Hoffman’s daughter Millie to acknowledge a common criticism of VR: Why should kids hook themselves up to machines for entertainment, even in poor weather, when indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks and “American Ninja Warrior”-style obstacle courses are so widely available these days?

“Clearly from the outside, when you don’t have the headset on, it looks completely different,” Millie, 14, said as she stood in the bare-bones, LED-lit arcade space. Next door, a quintet of near-motionless people sat in a darkened room playing a virtual escape-room game. “But once you get inside it’s a heightened reality — fantasy games, fighting off robots, things you don’t get to experience when you go to (a business like) Jump Street or Lava Island.”

Basic VR emulators such as Google’s Daydream Viewer, which mimics the look of VR by turning your phone into a display screen, retail for about $100. Gaming-friendly VR headsets, like the new Oculus Quest, range from $400 to $1,500 for crisp, stereoscopic imagery that offers the illusion of three-dimensional interactivity.


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Visitors to the Blue Sky Gallery in Centennial experience a virtual plane ride as part of Wings Over the Rockies’ VR programming. (Provided by Wings Over the Rockies)

That’s a pricey buy-in compared to a board game or night at the movies, but nothing can match the experience, proponents say. Blotting out natural stimuli with eyepieces and headphones is one thing, but adding to the sensory immersion with physical elements, motion-tracking, controllers and other features can take something like a video-game escape room to new heights of interactivity — and meaning.

“As a technology, it’s extremely exciting for us,” said Lauren Cason, creative director of Interactive at Santa Fe-based art company Meow Wolf. “If you’ve ever been to a VR exhibit or seen a demo, you’re going to be sitting in a blank room with a thing on your face, and it might not have much to do with the space you’re in.”

Meow Wolf, however, has been busy researching and developing new XR (or “extended reality”) concepts that will allow guests to blur the lines between their physical and digital worlds at the company’s interactive art-playgrounds. That includes its forthcoming Denver location, a 90,000-square-foot, $60 million, four-story complex under construction at Interstate 25, Colfax Avenue and Auraria Parkway viaducts.

“There’s technology out there — like HoloLens, Magic Leap, Spark AR, Apple’s AR (augmented reality) kit, ARCore and others — that allows you to superimpose three-dimensional digital objects onto real-world objects, and then have an interplay between those real and fabricated worlds,” said Cason, a veteran of MIT and Apple. “We believe that’s the future of these immersive, experiential spaces.”

Or the present. Last week, the Washington, D.C., location of Madame Tussauds wax museum announced its new “Alive in AR” augmented-reality experience that uses smartglass technology to animate its celebrity and historical statues. That includes everyone from Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. to Tyra Banks, who come to life with the aid of 360-degree video, holograms and custom soundscapes.

“While some attractions have experimented with AR on handheld smartphones, Madame Tussauds D.C. is embracing the more immersive and hands-free smartglass technology,” said ARtGlass founder and CEO Greg Werkheiser in a press statement.

So how long will it be before we see that in Denver? Possibly sooner than you think, Meow Wolf officials said, although they declined to reveal specific details about Denver-based XR offerings, or say how much the company is investing in those technologies.

“We’ve had several interesting tests and successes that are pointing toward something larger,” said Emily Montoya, a co-founder of Meow Wolf. “A couple of years ago, we took a VR experience called The Atrium to South by Southwest, which allowed people to experience our (Santa Fe-based) House of Eternal Return. And last year we took Navigator (a ‘mixed-reality sculpture’) to L.A.’s L.E.A.P. Con, which was sort of a giant-robot headset experience.”

Navigator, which invited participants to climb behind the controls of a car-sized, spider-like robot, combined VR, AR and physical features to create the experience of operating a giant robot in real time. This sort of “spatial computing” is a clear emphasis for the company moving forward, Montoya said.

“One of our biggest interests is incorporating theatrical storylines into the technology,” she said. “We already have the capacity to create such fantastic physical spaces and controls, so why not start there?”

The same criticisms that detractors have for VR — its largely sedentary nature, its contrived imagery and sound — could just as easily be leveled at all manner of film and gaming, defenders say. And VR’s unlimited adaptability in the virtual space means, for example, that deaf people can use sign language to communicate with one another, or that wheelchair-bound people can fulfill dreams of walking, running and even flying.

Recent advances have broadened VR’s applications to the point of mainstream appeal, from VR headsets going wireless to virtual learning, workplace training and even theater –  such as last month’s “Virtue of Reality” production from the University of Colorado’s Experience Design MFA students.

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There’s limitless room for experimentation, backers promise. Just not, you know, in the literal sense.

“At my core, I am a cinephile and I love movies,” said Denver Film Fest’s Doerge. “But one thing that’s so exciting about VR is that your brain doesn’t make a distinction between what’s happening to you and what’s happening in the headset, so the emotional response you can get from a VR experience is very powerful. I have watched grown men burst into tears because it was so captivating.”

She hopes to further evangelize for the format at the Denver Film Festival’s VR-focused panels at Civic Center’s McNichols Building on Nov. 9. One is a general creator panel, while the other explores its uses in pediatric health care.

Both are fundamentally rooted in storytelling, she said.

“One of the most successful and basic VR experiences out there is called Job Simulator,” Doerge said. “It’s also the first one I ever tried about four years ago. In it, I was basically a 7-Eleven cashier, but what shocked me was how consuming it was, because I almost had to reintegrate into my own reality after taking off the goggles. It’s been an uphill battle with VR into the film world, but whether it’s storytelling or escape, it has this unique ability to transport you, even when you’re fully aware that you’re wearing the headset.”

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A neighbor kills 4 people eating dinner in a Chicago apartment, police say

(CNN) — A neighbor is in custody after he shot five people — four of them fatally — in an apartment building in Chicago, police said.

The shooting happened Saturday night and a weapon has been recovered from the scene, according to Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.

The suspect — a 67-year-old retired construction worker — allegedly shot the victims as they were eating inside a residence, CNN affiliate WGN reported, citing police.

“When he walked into that neighbor’s apartment, there were four people at the table eating dinner,” First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said. “For reasons we don’t yet know, he opened fire and killed them.”

After the shooting at the dinner table, the man allegedly went upstairs and shot a woman, who was hospitalized in critical condition, the affiliate reported.

The suspect is a neighbor who is known to the victims, Ahern said.

Police did not release additional information.


Newsom veto lets California cities share sales tax with Amazon, other retailers

Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have barred California cities from striking tax-sharing deals with retailers like Amazon and Apple, finding that rural communities rely on the agreements … Click to Continue »


Plans for ‘offshore renminbi Nasdaq’ in Macau submitted to Beijing

A proposal to set up an offshore yuan-denominated “Nasdaq” in Macau has been submitted to Beijing for consideration, according to a senior official from neighbouring Guangdong province.He Xiaojun, director of Guangdong’s Local Financial Supervision and Administration Bureau, said he hoped China’s central government might give its blessing to the plan by mid-December, which marks the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese administration, the Sina Finance news portal reported on Sunday…


Chinese President Xi Jinping warns that anyone trying to split any part of country will be crushed

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that independence advocates anywhere in China would be crushed, using tough language that is being seen as aimed at trouble spots in the country from Tibet and Xinjiang to Hong Kong.“Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones. And any external forces backing such attempts at dividing China will be deemed by the Chinese people as pipe-dreaming,” he was quoted by state media as telling…


Diversity of federal candidates up from 2015 but advocates say more work to be done

The number of federal election candidates from diverse backgrounds continues to rise from election to election, but still falls far short of reflecting Canada's multicultural makeup.


Homicide: 2200 Block of Savannah Terrace, Southeast

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, October 12, 2019, in the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace, Southeast.

At approximately 11:43 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located two adult male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that one of the victims displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The second victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

The decedent has been identified as 24 year-old Shaquille Simmons, of Northwest, DC..

 

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

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Great Eastern Run called off in armed police operation

About 3,500 runners had gathered for the run before it was called off due to safety fears.


Stanley County Fatal Crash

HAYES, S.D ? A 50-year-old woman died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Hayes.


Denver weather: Sunny skies, warm seasonal temperatures forecast Sunday

The forecast Sunday in Denver calls for sunny skies and warm temperatures with cooler temperatures and breeze in the mountains and foothills.

Denverites can expect a high near 70 degrees and a low near 36 degrees, in line with typical seasonal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. Some wind gusts up to 7 mph are expected.

Daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s during the week, except for on Tuesday when the high will likely dip to 62 degrees, forecasters predicted. Mostly sunny skies are likely during the weekdays.

The few-degree variations are a far cry from Denver’s 70-degree temperature drop in 34 hours last week, which tied Thursday for Denver’s second-greatest two-day temperature change on record.


Shaftsbury Barracks/ Saturation Patrol/ Pownal

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE SATURATION PATROL   On October 12-13th, 2019, from 2200 to 0200 hours, Troopers from the Shaftsbury Barracks conducted saturation patrols on all secondary roads throughout the town of Pownal (VT).  The purpose of the patrol was to detect and identify aggressive and speeding drivers, enforce motor vehicle


2 women dead following two-vehicle collision in Pictou County

Preliminary investigation indicates a westbound transport truck veered into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a Pontiac G6.


‘Cats Topple No. 19 Rutgers On The Road, 4-1

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No. 8 Northwestern picked up its seventh ranked win of the season with a 3-1 victory at No. 19 Rutgers.


Bridgeport man caught attempting to rob Fairfield pizza restaurant and bar

Juan Carlos Rax, 28, was charged with burglary after police say he broke a window at Luigi’s and removed a cash register from Castle On Post, a nearby pub.


Hunter Biden to step down from Chinese board

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm.

That’s according to a statement from Biden’s attorney, George Mesires.

Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China and Ukraine have become an issue in the 2020 presidential race with President Donald Trump and his allies pressing unproven corruption allegations again Hunter Biden and his father, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

In a statement posted on Medium and first reported by Bloomberg News, Mesires says Hunter Biden intends to resign from the board of BHR Equity Investment Fund Management Co. by Oct. 31.

The attorney says Hunter Biden pledges to avoid conflicts of interest should his father be elected president.

Hunter Biden will also continue to keep his father out of his business affairs.


Three young men die in Bridgeville crash

Car broke utility pole in half


Cardinal Newman declared a saint by the Pope in Rome

Cardinal John Henry Newman founded the Birmingham Oratory and has been declared a saint at a ceremony in Rome.


Huntsville City Council member Jennie Robinson says growth presents challenges for the city

You’ve heard the predictions – in the not too distant future Huntsville will be the largest city in Alabama.

Is that a good thing?

Well, we talked about the idea with Huntsville City Council member Jennie Robinson.

She said the growth is good but presents several challenges for those of us already living in the Rocket City.

“Those challenges are frequently indicated by the orange cones that we see everywhere. We have hundreds of millions of dollars of road projects either completed or in the works because we’re trying to get ahead of that growth. A lot of cities that have experienced similar growth have not prepared for that growth adequately and as a result, they’re experiencing challenges.”

You can watch our entire interview with Robinson below:


Serial killer’s victim portraits could help crack cold cases

Most of the women in Samuel Little's hand-drawn portraits seem to be frowning. Their hair is short and curly or long and straight. They stare straight ahead or slightly off … Click to Continue »


Serial killer’s victim portraits could help crack cold cases

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World Gymnastics Championships: Joe Fraser wins Britain’s first parallel bars gold

Britain's Joe Fraser wins his first World Gymnastics Championships gold medal with victory in the men's parallel bars.


Lincoln Woods Barracks

At 1:31 PM, Troopers arrested Stanley Clifford-Kogut, age 41, of 28 South Union Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, for: 1.) Providence County Superior Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Restitution Review on the original charge of Breaking and Entering originating out of Pawtucket Police...


MIDDLESEX BARRACKS/ DRIVING LICENSE SUSPENDED

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE CASE#19A304960 TROOPER: Jacob Fox                                   STATION: VSP-Middlesex                     CONTACT#:802-229-9191   DATE/TIME: 10/12/19 0843 hours LOCATION: Interstate 89, Brookfield, VT VIOLATION: Driving Criminally Suspended   ACCUSED:


Sean O’Loughlin: Wigan & England captain to miss Great Britain Lions tour

Wigan and England captain Sean O'Loughlin will miss the Great Britain Lions tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.


Water main break affecting Torrington’s westside

An operator at the Torrington Water Company said crews are trying to pinpoint the location of the leak, but could not say how many customers are affected.


Harry Dunn crash: Parents fly out to US

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn hope to take up the offer of meeting Anne Sacoolas.


Titans Keys to the Game for Denver Broncos

The Tennessee Titans are coming off a close loss to the Bills - now looking to redeem themselves with a win in Denver.

Mike Keith gives us the Titans keys to the Game for taking on the Broncos on the road.

"The Titans run defense was solid against the Bills until the end of the game, but it cannot afford a fourth quarter fade against the Broncos Sunday. Denver can and will run the ball and Tennessee must stop it. For the Titans offense, a huge key is staying in third and manageable. Tennessee's third down offense has been below average so far in 2019, largely due to the fact that the Titans have needed an average of nine yards on third downs. First and second downs must produce yardage. That leaves the Titans in third and five or less. Finally, how about some first quarter points? The Titans have just 17 on the season, and haven't scored a first drive touchdown since last year, playing from in front, early would be a major lift in Denver on Sunday."


Hong Kong chief secretary appeals to opposition lawmakers to cooperate in boosting city’s economy and improving people’s livelihoods

Hong Kong’s No 2 official has appealed to opposition lawmakers to cooperate with the government and not to block works projects and relief measures worth more than HK$93 billion (US$12 billion) aimed at improving people’s livelihoods and jacking up the economy.Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung’s appeal came two days after pan-democrats resorted to filibustering to derail the first meeting of the Legislative Council finance committee, which was reduced to a shouting match.In a piece…


Hong Kong chief secretary appeals to opposition lawmakers to cooperate in boosting city’s economy and improving people’s livelihoods

Hong Kong’s No 2 official has appealed to opposition lawmakers to cooperate with the government and not to block works projects and relief measures worth more than HK$93 billion (US$12 billion) aimed at improving people’s livelihoods and jacking up the economy.Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung’s appeal came two days after pan-democrats resorted to filibustering to derail the first meeting of the Legislative Council finance committee, which was reduced to a shouting match.In a piece…


The “Blanket Effect” Kept Northeast Alabama Warmer This Morning

What is the blanket effect?: On a clear night, the way we cool off is heat lift from the surface and leaves into the open atmosphere. Things like wind, and especially cloud cover can disrupt that, causing us to cool less efficiently. Cloud cover acts like a blanket, and reflects back some of the heat that’s trying to escape the surface.

The blanket effect in action this morning in NE AL

That led to a 15-20° temperature difference this morning from the Shoals to parts of east and northeast Alabama this morning. We expect a few clouds and perhaps a couple of showers to fill back in this afternoon across parts of the area. Details on our forecast discussion. 

Meteorologist Alex Puckett

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Publix issues voluntary cheese recall

Publix has issued a voluntary recall of its Deli White American cheese.

The supermarket chain said the cheese, made by the company Great Lakes Cheese, may contain “foreign material.”

The product was sold from Publix deli refrigerated cases and may have been sold in custom-order subs from Thursday, October 3 until Friday, October 11.

Publix has pulled the potentially impacted product from its shelves.

Customers who bought the cheese can return it to their local Publix for a full refund.


Ferrybridge cooling towers demolished

The 114-metre high cooling towers at the Ferrybridge C site took about 10 seconds to come down.


Why a NY woman came to Colorado for a 32-week abortion

In the spring of 2016, Erika Christensen and her husband walked past a tall, wooden fence that obscured the Boulder office of Dr. Warren Hern from the street and into his waiting room.

Printed signs taped to bulletproof glass told her all electronic devices — even cellphones — were prohibited and asked her to tell someone on staff if she needed to leave for any reason. The only items she could carry through the door were a printed book, her identification card and a check for $10,000.

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Dr. Warren Hern is pictured on Oct. 3.

Hern is one of a handful of doctors in the country who perform abortions later in pregnancy, and Christensen was at just about 32 weeks gestation when she walked through his front door carrying a son diagnosed with fatal complications.

Abortions late in pregnancy — especially those in the third trimester — are rare, expensive and politically charged. Forty-three states place some restrictions on abortions after a certain point in pregnancy, but Colorado isn’t one of them. Yet. Groups are gathering signatures to put a question to Colorado voters in November 2020 that would outlaw all abortions after 22 weeks except those to save the life of the mother.

Fetal abnormalities are just one reason for late-term abortions; about 30% of Hern’s patients listed at least one abnormality in the most recent data he published, and good national research isn’t available. But these abortions are the ones where the women couldn’t have made the decision earlier. Signs of trouble often don’t turn up until the standard 20-week ultrasound, and opponents of a 22-week ban say it would leave almost no time for second opinions, further tests and reflection.

Giuliana Day, co-sponsor of the Colorado initiative, said the decision not to provide an exception for fetal diagnoses was intentional. Doctors can be wrong and advances in medicine are continually improving outcomes.

“We have built a grassroots coalition of people with diverse interests and backgrounds who believe that abortion up to the date of birth is too extreme,” she wrote to The Denver Post in response to questions.

“Incompatible with life”

At 32 weeks, a healthy fetus weighs about 3.5 to 4 pounds. Organs are fully formed except for the lungs, and his or her skin is no longer transparent. Far from an amorphous ball of cells, the fetus looks like a newborn, complete with 10 tiny fingers and toes, and that makes many people deeply uncomfortable about abortion at that stage.

But Christensen’s son, whom she and her husband called Spartacus for his fighting spirit, hadn’t developed normally.

She had ultrasounds every other week, and each one revealed another problem. They had started out small and correctable — her son would have clubbed feet, the couple learned at 16 weeks. But the issues grew right alongside him and culminated in a devastating diagnosis from her high-risk obstetrician and geneticist around 31 weeks: Her son’s abnormalities meant he wasn’t viable. He was “incompatible with life,” her doctor told her.

“The growth had fallen off a cliff, and my fluid was very high because the baby wasn’t swallowing,” Christensen said. “It’s how a fetus practices breathing. No swallowing means no breathing.”

That’s when her OB in New York mentioned Hern.

The Boulder Abortion Clinic was one of five in the country that would take someone like Christensen on at this stage in her pregnancy. Her home state had a ban on almost all abortions after 24 weeks. The only exception was to save the life of the mother.

“We didn’t even know we had an abortion law in New York,” Christensen said. “So, when we came up against the law, it was very jarring. … Literally, in an instant, it became a legal event instead of a health care event.”

Christensen boarded a plane with her husband a week later and traveled to Colorado for a $10,000 shot — not covered by her insurance — to stop her son’s heartbeat. She took medicine to prevent labor, slept for a few hours in an airport hotel and boarded a red-eye flight back to New York, where she had a stillbirth the next day. The whole trip took about 36 hours.

“The travel part was so enraging that it continues to infuriate us to this day,” Christensen said. “We were so angry we had to do it but at the same time grateful. We’ve met people who weren’t able to get care and were forced to carry doomed pregnancies to term.”

Christensen spent the next three years convincing New York’s lawmakers to change the state’s abortion law. In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act, legalizing abortions past 24 weeks in the absence of fetal viability. But now Colorado, the state Christensen said she turned to “when my state turned me away,” could pass a ban on abortions past 22 weeks.

The ballot measure was submitted by Day and another woman who started an issue group called Due Date Too Late. They’re gathering signatures to put a question before Colorado voters to ban all abortions after 22 weeks, except those necessary to save the life of the mother. Women caught getting abortions past the deadline wouldn’t be penalized, but doctors could be charged with crimes and lose their medical licenses.

“This initiative will succeed because 73% of Americans think that abortion should have limitations, according to a recent Gallup poll,” Day wrote in an email to The Denver Post.

Lots of emotion, little data

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of women getting abortions in the United States has steadily declined. A total of 638,169 abortions were reported to the agency in 2015 (the most recent year of available data), and almost two-thirds of those happened before eight weeks’ gestation. Ninety-one percent occurred by 13 weeks. Just 1.3% — or roughly 8,300 abortions — took place at 21 weeks or later.

Little comprehensive data exists on the reasons women seek abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy. One of the largest studies was done by University of California at San Francisco Professor Diana Greene Foster. Her team found that women who chose later abortions for reasons other than fetal abnormalities cited substance abuse, mental health problems, difficulties raising money and finding a clinic, and difficulty making the decision. Based on the limited research available, she believes fetal anomalies “make up a small minority of later abortion.”

Hern kept detailed records on his patients’ reported fetal anomalies over two decades — up to 2012 — and published his own paper detailing 160 different conditions cited in seeking abortions.

Some of the conditions were rare, like Leigh syndrome, which causes the loss of physical and mental abilities and is usually fatal within two to three years. But the most common anomaly mentioned was Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome: Nearly one in four of the 1,005 patients listed this genetic disorder as one of her reasons for seeking an abortion. Down syndrome can include heart and stomach malformations, but Hern’s data didn’t go into that level of detail.

Most of his patients, though, gave a reason other than a fetal abnormality. According to the paper, “the proportion of all patients seeking pregnancy termination for fetal disorder increased over time from 2.5% to 30%.”

For him, the decision to abort comes down to a simple question: Is the woman safer carrying to term or not?

His answer was yes for a 13-year-old girl in her third trimester who’d been raped by a family member. It was an awful situation with no easy solution, Hern said. The girl had a long road to recovery from the trauma she experienced no matter what her family decided. But, the doctor said, he turned away a woman who came to him at the same gestational age after she broke up with her partner.

“I’m not going to do that,” he said.

He said he thinks there’s a lot of misinformation about how he and other doctors perform abortions later in pregnancy. After 18 weeks, it’s standard practice at his clinic to induce fetal demise through an injection that stops the heartbeat. The medical reason, Hern said, is it makes the procedure safer. The emotional reason is women tell him they don’t want the fetus to suffer.

He described the born-alive protection bills passed in other states as “nonsense.” A woman’s cervix has to dilate for up to 72 hours for a third-trimester abortion because she’s essentially having a stillbirth. The ultrasound Hern does before he starts makes it obvious to any observer with a medical background that the fetus has been dead for days.

“Trying to do this on a living fetus would be extremely difficult, to say nothing of unnerving,” he said.

Wanted pregnancies

Many of the women who visit Hern’s clinic hold their baby after delivery. They want tiny footprints and locks of hair. They bring onesies and knitted blankets. And Hern, whose hobby is photography, takes pictures for them if they ask.

“A very large portion of my patients are women who have a desired pregnancy,” Hern said. “They don’t want to have an abortion. They want to have a baby.”

That’s what Nicole, 38, wanted when she went in for her 20-week ultrasound the week before Christmas 2016. The Denver-area mother asked that her last name not be used for safety concerns.

“It started out great, but then the nurse practitioner was taking longer than you would expect,” Nicole said. “She got quieter and then she had to go get the specialist.”

The specialist sat down and gently told Nicole that the little girl growing inside of her had developed without kidneys. Her baby’s lungs needed functioning kidneys to produce the amniotic fluid she’d use to learn to breathe. There was a zero percent survival rate. This was a non-viable pregnancy.

Nicole cried.

“It’s such a weird thing to find out that the pregnancy you were having was a baby that was never going to be,” she said.

The doctor said she might carry to term, but her daughter would die during labor or suffocate in the moments after birth. It sounded awful, Nicole said. That’s why she decided to abort. With her parents in town for the holidays, she and her husband left their toddler with grandma and grandpa and went for induction the day after Christmas.

“We got to hold her afterward,” Nicole said. “I don’t even know how to describe how small she was.”

An unexpected delivery

Jeff Hunt, an outspoken critic of abortion and vice president at Colorado Christian University, knows all too well how small babies are in the second trimester. His first child, a daughter, was born just shy of 27 weeks when his wife developed a life-threatening blood pressure condition. They went to the hospital because his wife had a lot of swelling and suddenly found themselves in an operating room with dozens of doctors and nurses.

“There was this intense focus on saving this baby’s life and down the street, a baby the exact same size can be killed,” Hunt said. “Where that difference happens just isn’t right to us.”

Hunt’s daughter spent 94 days in intensive care, but she survived without lasting complications. Now 10 years old, she’s a book lover and the artist of their family. But even in those first moments, with all those tubes and machines working to keep her alive, Hunt said, he saw flashes of her personality. He saw a human.

“Colorado is just way too extreme on this,” Hunt said. “There’s a life there, and it should be respected.”

Hunt’s faith teaches him to give God control of seemingly out-of-control situations like an early delivery or a fatal fetal diagnosis. Sometimes doctors are wrong and sometimes surgeons can perform miracles.

“Spina bifida and heart defects are examples of conditions that can now be operated on in-utero,” Day wrote.

That’s true, but a high-risk obstetrician interviewed by The Denver Post said she thinks people who make that argument don’t consider what life looks like for those families. The Denver-based doctor asked that her name not be used due to safety concerns because she offers abortion services to patients later in their pregnancies.

“People think, ‘Well, you can just fix that, and things are going to be fine,’ ” she said. “When you are talking about anomalies that are not lethal but are serious, you’re talking about taking on a life that is medicalized forever, and a child that could spend half of its time in a hospital.”

She spoke with a potential parent once who was born with a serious medical condition. The person had 38 surgeries by 11 years old and was adamant about not carrying a baby with the same genetic abnormality to term.

“I’ve heard it said that no child ever wished they had never been born, but they have. They do,” the doctor said.

She plans to vote against the 22-week ban if it makes the ballot because she doesn’t want her patients rushing through the decision to terminate.

“They come in for their routine anatomy scan (around 20 weeks), and we say, ‘I’m so very sorry I’m seeing something wrong with the brain or the heart or the anatomy.’ And then we start the process of figuring out what it is,” she said.

That process can take weeks.

Patients want genetic testing to confirm the ultrasound, and those results take about two weeks. They want to meet with pediatric heart surgeons or get a fetal brain scan or find a support group for parents with their particular genetic disorder to understand what life might look like if they choose medical intervention over palliative care.

The Denver doctor said it’s not unusual for couples to take a month to reach their decision. Hern’s data on women who aborted because of fetal abnormalities showed more women terminated at between 24 and 25 weeks’ gestation than at any other time in the last two trimesters.

Continuing with a nonviable pregnancy

Day told The Denver Post she understands that fatal fetal abnormalities are “extremely difficult” but also rare. Due Date Too Late chose 22 weeks because that’s the edge of viability. Palliative care is an option for women who get a diagnosis later in pregnancy, she noted.

That’s what Laura Huene, a labor and delivery nurse, decided to do when doctors diagnosed her daughter, Pearl, with severe facial abnormalities in 2006. The Colorado mom said she felt like her doctor presented termination as her only option.

“I knew that wasn’t going to be the right thing for our family, but you can see how families get pulled into that decision,” Huene said.

She started a Colorado-based nonprofit called String of Pearls to support women who choose to carry nonviable pregnancies to term. The organization has helped hundreds of women over the last 12 years with everything from detailed birth plans to counseling to funeral arrangements.

Two of those women discovered their doctors were wrong and took healthy babies home from the hospital.

But even the ones whose diagnoses were 100% correct tell Huene they don’t regret their decision. She has, however, heard from dozens of women over the years who said they regretted terminating.

“Abortion is a secret they feel like they have to hide,” she said. “Carrying your baby gives you a story instead of a secret.”

But it was that story, the one about a little girl who would never breathe, that Nicole said pushed her toward termination. She didn’t want to lie to strangers who congratulated her in the grocery store. She didn’t want to explain to her daughter why her little sister wasn’t coming home. She didn’t want to endure months of sympathetic looks and awkward silences.

“All (a ban) does is remove from my options the very thing the doctors are saying I could do to protect my emotional health,” Nicole said. “The physical labor gets harder every day you wait, but the emotional trauma is so much worse.”

Nicole and Christensen recognize that they’re the ideal, sympathetic faces for abortion later in pregnancy. They were both married. They wanted their children. And their diagnoses were clear. Neither of them had to decide whether to subject a newborn to surgery.

But, Christensen said, her rights can’t be untangled from the 13-year-old rape victim or the woman who has three abortions just because she doesn’t want a child. She doesn’t believe in bans with exceptions for this or that because she doesn’t want government in the business of deciding who does and doesn’t deserve access.

“I wish we had more chances to express our gratitude to the state of Colorado because when our states turned us away, this is where we went,” Christensen said. “We all feel this enormous sense of gratitude.”

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Denver Post listening tour: Aurora, home to powerful institutions, wants to harness its diversity

It’s easy to pigeonhole the city on Denver’s eastern flank as just another sprawling suburb full of subdivisions, chain restaurants and low-rise office parks, but in the last two decades Aurora has developed a rich complexity.

Colorado’s third-largest city has a population fast approaching 375,000, and nearly 20% of those residents were born on foreign soil. The city’s older urban blocks — and its aging strip malls — are full of ethnic eateries, thwarting common characterizations of most suburban areas.

The view from Aurora, though, is that it’s taking a while for the rest of metro Denver to grasp the change.

“I think we represent a city that’s overlooked, particularly by the media,” said Tom Tobiassen, a former director for the Regional Transportation District. “… We don’t seem to have a voice in the greater Denver-Aurora area. I think we need to make a statement.”

Not that the city hasn’t already made a name for itself as home to crucial Colorado institutions.  Buckley Air Force Base is one of the most tech-savvy military bases in the country, on the front lines in detecting and thwarting enemy missile attacks. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a 25,000-employee health care juggernaut that boasts a medical school, Children’s Hospital and the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. The 1,501-room Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, near the airport, is Colorado’s largest hotel.

Then there’s Aurora’s unique diversity. According to census estimates, the city is a “majority minority” community where less than 50% of the population is white, nearly 30% is Latino, about 16% is black and 5% is of Asian descent. Aurora’s residents include large immigrant communities, speaking dozens of languages.

AURORA, CO - Sept. 28: The ...
Top: Yohanes Byassu, 8, helps his mother Tiruwork Abera by marking her forehead with a cross of ash as they celebrate Meskel with other Ethiopian Christians at Lowry Park in Aurora on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Bottom: Members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church celebrate the festival of Meskel together with the burning of a bonfire at dusk at Lowry Park in Aurora on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Meskel is an important holiday celebrated by Ethiopian Christians across the world. (Photos by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Three Denver Post reporters and a photographer recently spent time talking with residents and local leaders about the issues that matter to them. It was the final stop on The Post’s 2019 listening tour, an undertaking that began in June in Yuma and also included visits to Greeley, Leadville, Pueblo, Alamosa and Grand Junction.

In Aurora, a common refrain is the city embraces its diversity but hasn’t fully harnessed it. The issue came up repeatedly during discussions with an array of community leaders at the Central Recreation Center on East Vassar Place.

“The city has done a reasonably good job of sort of accommodating diversity – and even I think we’ve gotten to the point where we celebrate diversity a little bit,” said the Rev. Reid Hettich, a pastor at a church off Colfax Avenue in west Aurora. “But I think we are a ways away from leveraging the diversity to make our community better.”

Looking outward, participants expressed frustration over how Aurora often gets lumped into Arapahoe County and the rest of the east suburban milieu — whether events actually played out inside city lines or not. That includes crime, said Mayor Bob LeGare, which can give the city a black eye when it doesn’t deserve one.

“Are you getting the sense that we don’t get no respect?” the mayor half-jokingly asked.

These Aurora residents are concerned their city is coming up short in carving out a distinct identity, one that effectively weaves together the strength of its institutions and the power of its people.

“I am getting to the point where I am ashamed, with a city the size of Aurora, that we don’t have a downtown,” said Papa Dia, an immigrant from Senegal who founded the African Leadership Group. “There’s no vision, there’s no talk about it. So we are growing in population, we are growing in size, and still we drive all the way into Denver’s downtown to spend our money there.”


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Don Elliman, Chancellor for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, poses for a portrait at the historic Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora on Sept. 18, 2019.

Aurora’s giant employers

Aurora’s aspirations are not lost on Don Elliman, chancellor of CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus. The veteran magazine publisher and former state official said he recognizes that Aurora for years “bristled at being Denver’s poor neighbor.”

“And it’s still got plenty of issues,” he said. “We happen to be situated smack in the middle of three of the poorest zip codes in the state of Colorado, and we’re very mindful of that fact. We don’t want to be a house on the hill.”


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

460th Space Wing Col. Devin Pepper shows a video about the operations of the Wing at Buckley Air Force Base on Oct. 9, 2019.

Elliman said CU-Anschutz has a $2.4 billion annual budget and 2.1 million outpatient visits on campus each year, and it’s still growing on its 578-acre campus. It also has programs that hire people from surrounding neighborhoods and a community clinic provides free care.

“We are going to open up something called a FQHC – a federally qualified health center, to provide as many as 80,000 residents of Aurora with health care, at the corner of Airport (Boulevard)  and Colfax,” he said.

Seven miles southeast of Anschutz sits another significant asset to the city, Buckley Air Force Base, which Col. Devin Pepper, commander of the 460th Space Wing, says had a nearly $1 billion economic impact on Aurora in 2018.

Unfortunately for Pepper and the 14,000 service members who work at Buckley, much of what goes on behind the secure perimeter — between east Sixth and Jewell avenues — is classified. But the mission is critical to the safety and security of the country.

“We provide 24/7 coverage of the entire globe,” the colonel said, sitting at the head of a long gleaming table in a conference room on base. “There’s no one else in the Air Force that does this mission.”

Buckley’s job, in part, is being the eyes and ears for the United States to guard against missile strikes by enemy countries. The base’s collection of radomes — weatherproof enclosures around radar antenna that communicate with military satellites, and which resemble oversized golf balls — are a visual hallmark.

“The first indication of a launch will come from our sensors we operate here at Buckley,” Pepper said. “We have some of the best operators on the watch.”

As home to the Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley also trains pilots for its F-16 fighter jets and its fleet of Chinook, Lakota and Blackhawk helicopters.

The base has “a very close partnership with the Aurora community,” Pepper said. The majority of people who work on base live in the surrounding community.

And Buckley recently signed an agreement to allow the Aurora Police Department to use the base’s new indoor shooting range, he said.


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Major Kinder Blacke, left, 140th Wing executive officer, and Col. Micah Fesler, 140th Wing Commander, right, walk on the flight line as they check out some of the F-16 fighter jets at Buckley Air Force Base on Oct. 9, 2019.

“Denver is a suburb of Aurora”

Despite having big economic anchors, Aurora still must grapple with the reality that life brings challenges for many residents.

Sean Taylor, deputy executive director of the Second Chance Center in Aurora, said he’d like to see the city “pay more attention to people who are struggling.”

The Second Chance Center helps formerly incarcerated people re-enter society after having served their time.

“We need more affordable housing, we need more stories to enthuse people to get out there and make a difference,” he said.

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Left: Barbara Shannon-Banister, former Community Relations Division Chief for the city of Aurora, shares her thoughts during a roundtable session at the Aurora Central Recreation Center on September 18, 2019. Right: Ebonii Shead, director of Marketing and Business development for Aurora Mental Health Center, poses for a portrait on October 8, 2019. “As a community leader I fight for causes like mental health, drug abuse, depression and anxiety in teens because it is personal for me. Aurora needs more help with these issues, especially for our teen boys,” Shead said. The Aurora Mental Health Center is a nonprofit community mental health center founded in 1975 by local citizens and offers services to more than 25,000 people, including 68.8% of whom live below the federal poverty level and 21% of whom are uninsured. The Center employs 520 full and part-time staff, who speak 73 languages. (Photos by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Satya Wimbish, an artist and staffer for the Aurora Cultural Arts District, said the city should do more to empower those in its immigrant community. Affordable housing is at the heart of their needs, too, she said.

“How are we making sure our people can stay here — that we’re not just running them around as flags and advertisements saying, ‘Hey, we love our immigrants and refugees but we can’t help you because we’re bringing in these big developers to make our cities look great,'” Wimbish said.

She said gentrification is on the march in Aurora, pricing out people on the economic margins.


Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Satya Wimbish, Aurora Cultural Arts District board president, works on a piece for an upcoming show at the ACAD headquarters in Aurora on Sept. 24, 2019. As an artist, Wimbish specializes in upcycling and recycling items for her artwork such as old children’s toys and items she finds that have been discarded or thrown away.

“We need to learn from Denver’s mistakes,” she said. “With developing an arts district, we have a duty to make sure we don’t displace our community. We don’t want another Five Points/RiNo issue happening.”

Amid Aurorans’ issues — others included transportation challenges and concerns about education, gun violence, youth and mental health — there is the sense that the city has begun to come into its own.

Carolyn Boller, a longtime Aurora resident who chairs the city’s election commission, responded defiantly when asked to size up her city vis-à-vis Denver.

“People say to me, ‘Where do you live in Colorado?’ and I say, “I live in Aurora,’ ” Boller said. “Their first response is, ‘Where is that in relation to Denver?’ I say, ‘Denver is a suburb of Aurora.'”

Staff writer Saja Hindi and photographer Helen H. Richardson contributed to this story.


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On Oct. 17, 1969, 14 African-American members of the University of Wyoming football team walked into coach Lloyd Eaton’s office to ask if they could wear armbands during their game the next day against BYU. They wanted to protest BYU and the Mormon Church’s policy banning African-Americans from joining its priesthood.

Within an hour, all 14 had been kicked off the team, although to this day the young men insisted they only wanted to request wearing armbands, not demand it.

Now, 50 years later, the Black 14, as they came to be known, is getting closure from that life-altering day. Sean Keeler’s story on the Black 14 looks at how, at last, the University of Wyoming is making amends and how those players view that effort, as well as the impact on their lives from those turbulent times.

Thanks for reading.

— Scott Monserud, Denver Post assistant managing editor/sports

How Wyoming’s Black 14 learned to forgive — but never forget

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John Griffin wears a University of Wyoming letter jacket that he and fellow surviving members of the Black 14 received in a ceremony this season in Laramie.


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Rare but contentious: Late abortions and women who’ve had them

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Dr. Warren Hern of Boulder Abortion Clinic on Oct. 3.

Abortions late in pregnancy — especially those in the third trimester — are rare, expensive and politically charged. Forty-three states place some restrictions on abortions after a certain point in pregnancy, but Colorado isn’t one of them. Yet.

Groups are gathering signatures to put a question to Colorado voters in November 2020 that would outlaw all abortions after 22 weeks except those to save the life of the mother. Read more from Anna Staver.


Denver Post listening tour: Aurora, home to powerful institutions, wants to harness its diversity

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Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Victoria Anunobi works inside her African fashion and fabrics shop, Vynobis Boutique, in Aurora on Wednesday.

Colorado’s third-largest city has a population fast approaching 375,000, and nearly 20% of those residents were born on foreign soil. The city’s older urban blocks — and its aging strip malls — are full of ethnic eateries, thwarting common characterizations of most suburban areas. Read more from John Aguilar and Jon Murray here.

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Colorado’s oldest craft brewery is downsizing, ending distribution and laying off 21 employees

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Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Production assistant Aaron Colburn stacks beer inside the warehouse at Boulder Beer Company on Sept. 24 in Boulder.

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Ghost hunting: A night in a Colorado gold mine with paranormal investigators

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(Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

The 2019 season was a difficult one for Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland.

In the first of a five-part series, Patrick Saunders looks at the Rockies of 2020. Read more here and stay tuned for the rest of the series in print and at denverpost.com/rockies.


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+ Colorado health exchange premiums dropping – by a lot

+ An Iraqi who worked for the U.S. military found safety in Colorado. In the future, others like him may not because of Trump refugee cap.

+ Aurora police chief leaving position on his own terms, but won’t completely rule out a return to policing

+ Body camera footage shows baton beating that prompted charges against Denver police sergeant

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+ Brendan Bialy helped disarm a school shooter in May. Now he is a Marine.

+ Aurora mayor’s race: Mike Coffman faces old foe as national gun control group releases new ad

+ ICE facility must notify Aurora of contagious disease outbreaks, City Council decides

+ In Denver, nation’s top economists lower outlook for 2020

+ Colorado proposes running public health care option through private insurers

+ Get ready for 500 new 30-foot-tall cell poles around Denver’s neighborhoods

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+ Denver school board candidates debate whether district should stop closing schools or opening new ones


Photo of the week

Since we started this week’s Post Premium by looking to the past, we’ll wrap it up by looking toward the future. On Friday, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared at a rally in Denver’s Civic Center and Denver Post photographer RJ Sangosti was there to cover it. He snapped this photo while she was waiting to speak. Read more about the event here.

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg waits before speaking at a climate protest rally at Civic Center’s Greek Amphitheater in downtown Denver on Friday.

 


Hope Valley Barracks

At approximately 10:21 P.M. Troopers arrested Kayla B. Higgins, age 24, of 22 Curtis Drive, Tolland, CT. for 1.) Driving Under the Influence – 1st Offense / .15 or greater (Phase 1- .156), (Phase 2- .152), 2.) Disorderly Conduct and 3.) Resisting Arrest. Arrest was the result of a motor vehicle...


Hope Valley Barracks

At approximately 10:21 P.M. Troopers arrested Kayla B. Higgins, age 24, of 22 Curtis Drive, Tolland, CT. for 1.) Driving Under the Influence – 1st Offense / .15 or greater (Phase 1- .156), (Phase 2- .152), 2.) Disorderly Conduct and 3.) Resisting Arrest. Arrest was the result of a motor vehicle...


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Detective Bureau

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No arrests to report.

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Wickford Barracks

No arrests to report.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lieutenant Kenneth Jones, Statewide Officer-in-Charge, 401-585-4150


Council tenant ‘can see daylight through cracks in house’

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Recovery begins as Japan’s Typhoon Hagibis leaves trail of death and destruction

(CNN) — Typhoon Hagibis weakened to a tropical depression as it continued to move across central Japan on Sunday, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 140 injured in its wake.

The storm made landfall just before 7 p.m. Saturday local time on the Izu Peninsula, southwest of Tokyo, bringing hurricane-force winds and heavy rains which led to widespread flooding. More than 230,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, with emergency orders issued for many cities around the greater Tokyo area.

Along with the 15 deaths, Japan’s Fire Disaster and Management Agency said about 140 people had been injured and nine remain missing.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his “condolences for the people killed in the disaster and my sincere sympathy for the people affected by this disaster.”

“Now not only police, fire department and coast guard, but also 27,000 staff of the self-defense force are on rescue, search for missing and supporting evacuation,” Abe said Sunday. “We are to enhance the scale of operation depending on necessity.”

Typhoon Hagibis came as the country hosts the Rugby World Cup. Two matches — England-France and New Zealand-Italy — had to be preemptively canceled. Sunday’s Pool B match between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi was also canceled hours before it was due to take place.

However a pivotal Pool A match between Japan and Scotland at 7:45 p.m. local time will go ahead, World Cup organizers said Sunday. Formula One events scheduled for Sunday also went ahead as planned.

While authorities made it clear that the decision to cancel games was necessary to ensure the safety of players and fans, many were critical of the tournament’s inability to reschedule games and apparent unpreparedness for the extreme weather — despite the World Cup being held during typhoon season.

In canceled games, two points are awarded to each team in line with tournament rules. This impacts who qualifies for the next round of the competition.

Evacuation advisories affect tens of millions

Evacuation advisories had been issued throughout much of the Tokyo region as the typhoon approached Japan’s main Honshu island, affecting tens of millions of people. The Japanese capital was locked down on Saturday, with usually busy streets abandoned amid torrential rain.

There were widespread transport disruptions Saturday, with flights, bullet trains and other transport canceled across Honshu.

Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports were back in operation midday Sunday, but many flights remained canceled. Flag carrier Japan Airlines said it had canceled 278 domestic flights — affecting 48,340 people — and 66 international flights, affecting 11,790. ANA canceled 297 domestic flights — affecting 52,500 people — and 84 international flights, affecting 13,300.

High-speed and regular trains headed south of Tokyo were largely back in service Sunday, with trains to the north due to resume service in the early evening.

However as many as 212,500 households in storm-affected areas remained without power on Sunday afternoon, power companies said.


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More Rain This Week; Heavier Rain South Of Us.

More rain this week: Scattered storms return to the forecast this week, but the heaviest rain is likely to fall south of the Tennessee Valley. A few showers are possible Sunday, but the better rain chances are Tuesday into Wednesday.

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Any rain is welcome at this point considering our drought issues, but this won’t be enough to really improve things much.

Better chance at heavier rain next week?: It’s still too early to tell exactly how much rain we will get at the start of next week, but there’s some indications we could see a bout of heavier rain between Saturday and Monday. That will be something to keep an eye on in the coming days. For more on how temperatures will fluctuate this week, check out the forecast discussion. 

Meteorologist Alex Puckett

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Non-Injury Crash US95 milepost 473, Sandpoint

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On October 12, 2019 at approximately 9:55 p.m. a non-injury crash occurred on US95 at milepost 473, on the bridge south of Sandpoint, Idaho. A white 2017 Chevy Tahoe driven by a Bonner County Deputy was responding with lights and sirens southbound to a call for service when the Deputy side swiped a white 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara, driven by Christopher J. Estes, 30, of Sagle, Idaho occupied by Samantha A. Lawson, 28, of Sandpoint, Idaho and three minor children who was traveling northbound. The Deputy then struck the concrete barrier coming to rest sideways in the roadway blocking both northbound and southbound lanes of travel. The Deputy was not wearing his seatbelt, all occupants of the Suzuki were wearing their seatbelts and safety restraints. The roadway was blocked for approximately one and a half hours. Investigation is ongoing.

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St. Johnsbury Barracks/DUI

VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A405761 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Casey Ross                              STATION: St. Johnsbury Barracks                 CONTACT#: 748-3111   DATE/TIME: 10/13/2019 at 0135 INCIDENT LOCATION: Interstate 91 South Mile Marker 129, St. Johnsbury, Vermont VIOLATION: DUI   ACCUSED: Mack Varnum


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Middlesex Barracks/ DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 19A304968 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. John Gildea                             STATION: Middlesex                      CONTACT#: 229-9191   DATE/TIME: 10/12/2019, 1805 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: VT Route 302 & Vt Route 110, Barre Town, VT VIOLATION: DUI


AMBER Alert issued for 3-year-old Birmingham girl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham Police and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are searching for an abducted 3-year-old girl.

Police said Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was reported abducted from Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 pm on Saturday, October 12.

Police said Kamille is approximately 3 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair. Kamille was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard prints shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows.

Police said Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper, according to a release.

If you have any information regarding Kamille or the people who abducted her, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-0841.


*Update* St. Johnsbury Barracks – Single Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE: 19A405751                          RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Luke Rodzel STATION: St. Johnsbury Barracks                                          CONTACT#: (802)222-4680   DATE/TIME: October 12, 2019 at approximately 1720 hours STREET: Interstate 91 N TOWN:


First cold morning of the season!

Temperatures quickly tumbled into the 40s Saturday night as clouds cleared out and dry air descended into the Tennessee Valley.

Although a few areas in the south Sand Mountain region may stay in the 50s through Sunday morning under a more persistent cloud deck, the majority of north Alabama and south Middle Tennessee will drop into the upper 30s to low 40s — the first time since last April!

Plentiful sunshine early in the day will allow for a quick rebound back into the mid to upper 60s Sunday afternoon, with a few locations reaching the low 70s before clouds return from the south.

While some showers are possible in Marshall and southern DeKalb counties, the majority of the Tennessee Valley will remain partly cloudy and dry for Sunday afternoon and evening.

Next chance of soaking rain:  Portions of northeast Alabama are still reeling from prolonged heat and dry spell that took over late this summer/early this fall, and as much as 3 to 10 inches of rain is necessary to end the flash drought that developed in Jackson, Marshall and DeKalb Counties.

Monday will be partly cloudy and warm, but southerly breezes will bring humid air back into north Alabama. This will set the stage for the next wave of showers and thunderstorms that will move in from the southwest Tuesday afternoon.

As this feature moves northeast, the majority of the heavy rain will likely stay south of I-20, though quite a few showers and perhaps a few rumbles of thunder are possible along the Cumberland Plateau — an area that absolutely needs the rain.

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It won’t be a drought buster — only about a quarter to half an inch of rain is expected through Wednesday — but every drop helps!

Conditions will turn cool and dry again on Thursday and Friday, but more rain looks possible by the following weekend. This particular system may bring thunderstorms as well as very heavy rain to the Tennessee Valley — we’ll keep you posted on the WHNT News 19 Forecast Discussion page if any severe weather or flash flooding is to be expected from this system as additional forecast information becomes available.


Community members speak up for Athens-Limestone Public Library after $30k budget cut

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - Eighty thousand dollars a year keeps the Athens-Limestone Public Library in good standing.

That money, funds programs and stocks bookshelves.

Library personnel said the Limestone County Commission gave them a nonsensical reason for a thirty thousand dollar budget cut.

"We hadn't had an annual audit since 2016," explained Paula Laurita, the library's director. "But according to the state we only have to be audited every five years. So our next audit actually isn't due until 2021"

A handful of community members stopped by a recent county commission meeting to ask the commission to rethink its decision.

"We have great books but its more than that," Laurita added. "It's the people that gather here. It's the people that work here, and how we come together to be the community's center."

Now Laurita is trying to figure out what the hit means for the facility.

"It will affect the number of books that we can buy," she said. "It will affect staffing for programs."

Laurita said the library is about to lose an employee and with the funding cut,  they won't be able to hire a replacement.

"We are looking at doing our best, and we're not planning on cutting our hours at this point in time, or programs," she said.

Library staff said the lack of money may mean employees have to take on more tasks, but it won't hurt their mission.

"We symbolize equal access to information and education," said Laurita. "We are the community hub, we break down all those barriers."

The Limestone County Commission Chairman, Collin Daly, said he would sit down with WHNT News 19 next week to break down the funding decision.


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STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE     CASE#: 19A204943                        TROOPER: M. Conte STATION: St. Albans                          CONTACT#: 802-524-5993   DATE/TIME: October 12th, 2019 at 0350 Hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Missisquoi Street, Enosburg   ACUSED: Samantha Marchessault AGE: 28 CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Enosburg,


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The shooting happened at the Citgo at the intersection of Oakwood Avenue and Pulaski Pike, according to authorities.

Officers on the scene said the woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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MADISON, Ala. - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced in June he is running for the US Senate seat held by Senator Doug Jones and now his campaign is full-speed ahead.

He visited the residents of Madison at Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza on Saturday.

Merrill said by serving as the Secretary of State he believes he is the best candidate for the Senate seat.

"I'm the only proven conservative reformer who's been effective as a member of the legislative body and we have reformed state government in the offices of the Secretary of State over the last four years, nine months, and twenty-four days I've had the privilege of serving this capacity," John Merrill.

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The Democratic primary candidate is incumbent Doug Jones.

The Republican primary candidates are Stanley Adair, Bradley Byrne, Arnold Mooney, Roy Moore, Tommy Tuberville, and John Merrill.


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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. -- The Marlee Sutton Foundation was founded by Scott and Wendy Norwood to raise awareness and education of mental health, to help society move away from the stigma.

The Norwood family's lives were changed on March 12, 2018, when their daughter, 13-year-old Marlee, died by suicide. "Our world was drastically changed and myself, I never want another family or parent to have to go through the hurt and the anguish that we have been through," says Scott Norwood.

Wendy says it was started to honor the memory of Marlee and to help others struggling with mental health illnesses.

Scott says this day in age is different than when he was a teenager. "I can't imagine what these kids today that they face. We give them a phone when they're 12, 13 because all their friends have a phone and then they have these social media apps... and it's just so much stress and I don't think their minds, mentally are developed for this."

Lawrence County Schools' social worker Allee Kitchens says over the past few years, more students' mental health seems to be affected by the excessive amount of technology. "I think social media has a lot to do with it," says Kitchens. "I think there is just so many negative comments, negative thoughts, going around in the world. I think that has a lot to do with how our children think and why they're going through the things they are."

Wendy Norwood says she didn't know what to do when her daughter came to her in search of help. "I did not know how to help her but now, looking back I have learned there were practical steps that we could've taken to get her the help that she needed."

The Marlee Sutton Foundation urges parents to pay close attention to their children and if they do need help, to seek professional care from a mental health counselor.

Kitchens says a few signs to look out for are children isolating themselves and causing self-harm. She says if they're acting noticeably different, it's important to seek help.

"It's okay not to be okay and it's okay to seek help," says Scott Norwood. "When I say seek help, true mental counseling."

To provide help to its students, the Lawrence County school system recently announced the hiring of a full-time mental health counselor. The Marlee Sutton Foundation helped raise money to provide the position and their next goal is to provide a mental health counselor for each school within the Lawrence County school district.

The Norwoods say the new mental health counselor is already in training and should be within the schools by the end of October.


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Tagolvailoa, No. 1 Tide roll past No. 24 Texas A&M 47-28

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw four touchdowns and Alabama's offense kept rolling in the Tide's first game at No. 1 this season with a 47-28 victory over No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Tagovailoa threw his first interception of the season but became Alabama's career passing touchdowns leader with his first one of the game, breaking his tie with A.J. McCarron. The junior now has 81 for his career and leads the nation with 27 on the season.

Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed briefly in its first game this season against a ranked opponent when Texas A&M scored a touchdown on its first possession.

Tagovailoa then engineered four consecutive scoring drives, which included three touchdown passes that all came on third down, and the Tide was on cruise control against the best pass defense they had faced so far this season. The only blemish was the interception thrown in the Texas A&M end zone late in the second quarter.

Tagovailoa spread the scoring around, with all of his TD strikes going to different receivers. His two longest of the day were a 47-yarder to DeVonta Smith in the first quarter and a pinpoint 33-yarder to Henry Ruggs III in the third.

Alabama didn't have to punt until there were less than 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Najee Harris rushed for 114 yards.

Jaylen Waddle scored Alabama's first touchdown on a 31-yard catch-and-run when he shook four defenders, and he also had a big day on punt returns with four for 128 yards.

Kellen Mond passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score for the Aggies (3-3, 1-2).

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The Tide's young defense recorded five sacks but was prone to giving up some big plays that kept the Aggies hanging around into the fourth quarter. Alabama had the game all but put away after Tagovailoa's fourth touchdown pass made it 34-13, but a penalty negated an interception before blown coverage allowed a wide-open touchdown pass. But with Tagovailoa running the offense as he's doing, it didn't matter.

Texas A&M: A brutal schedule keeps beating up the Aggies. Texas A&M lost its second game to a top-ranked opponent this season. The Aggies lost to then-No. 1 Clemson on Sept. 7. Texas A&M is one of just five schools to face the No. 1 team twice in a season since the poll began in 1936, having also done it in 1970.

UP NEXT

Alabama hosts Tennessee on Oct. 19.

Texas A&M travels to Mississippi on Oct. 19.

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


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