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Chhattisgarh election | Widows of slain politicians in Dantewada by-election face-off

first_imgThe Dantewada Assembly by-election in Chhattisgarh is headed towards an emotionally charged battle with both the Congress and the BJP fielding widows of regional stalwarts slain by Maoists on separate occasions. The contest, to be held on September 23, became imminent after BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi was killed in a Maoist attack while on the stump in April, two days before the Lok Sabha election in Bastar, where he held ground as the lone BJP MLAs amid 11 Congressmen. Now, riding high on sentiment, his wife, Ojaswi Mandavi, has resolved to “carry forward her husband’s political legacy” and taken on former MLA Devti Karma, widowed after former Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma was killed in 2013.With both the parties locked in a see-saw battle for the seat, Mr. Karma won it in 2003, the first contest after the State was carved, while Mr. Mandavi wrested it the next election. In 2013, the seat wound up in the Congress kitty, after an emotionally high-strung battle went in Ms. Karma’s favour, who garnered sympathy votes. Yet in 2018, Mr. Mandavi snatched it back with a margin 2,172 votes. The stakes are high for the BJP, scrambling to gain a toehold in the Maoist-hit region, which went against the wind to pick a Congressman in the Lok Sabha election, when the BJP won nine of the 11 seats in the State. Having faced a drubbing in the Lok Sabha election months after winning 68 of the 90 Assembly seats, the Congress is looking to cement the party’s grip over the region. “The Congress is dependant on leaders from Bastar region like Minister Kawasi Lakhma and State Congress chief Mohan Markam,” said State Congress spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi. “The BJP is trying to make an emotional appeal to voters. But, let’s be clear, while Mr. Karma was killed despite requests for adequate security cover for him, Mr. Mandavi broke the security protocol and was killed.” Claim rubbishedState BJP spokesperson Sanjay Shrivastava meanwhile rubbished the Congress claim that several BJP workers had switched over. “They have already lost the election and are trying hard to conjure up a negative perception against us.”last_img read more

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SPORT-FIGO-FIFA 3 L(SPB6)

first_img“For me, Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid are the “For me, Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid are the favourites to win the Champions League because they are the clubs who have more experience and more history in these competitions. “Sometimes, in some games, these things help you overcome certain moments or to pass a knockout stage. Anything can happen but they are the best teams in the competition right now. There can be a surprise but my favourites are these teams because of these reasons.” Figo said if investors come forward, he was willing to open football academies in India. “Im looking for investors. If someone wants to open academies, I?m glad of course. But no, jokes aside, of course you have to try to build conditions for the kids to have the opportunities in their lives if they love to play football.”Ive just arrived in India, but in the past 2 years Ive opened a few academies in China. Since then we?ve grown really fast..in 14 cities. Right now we have 40 Portuguese coaches in the different cities. So anything can happen.” PTI SSR NRB AH CM PTPlast_img read more

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Double departure of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq hands Pakistan a testing transition

first_imgAs Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq head off into the sunset after long and illustrious careers, Pakistan begins a tricky period of transition looking for a new wave of players ready to fill a huge void left by the retired batting greats.In a fitting finale, Younis, Pakistan’s most prolific Test run-scorer, and Misbah, the country’s most successful captain, bowed out together in a blaze of glory on Sunday with the team celebrating a first-ever series triumph in the Caribbean.The thrilling 101-run victory in Dominica sealed a 2-1 win over West Indies and was Pakistan’s 26th under the 42-year-old Misbah, who also led the side to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) world Test rankings last year.Since his 2001 Test debut in New Zealand, Misbah accumulated 5,222 runs in 75 matches at an average higher than 46.Admired for his unflappable temperament in a dressing room replete with mercurial talent, Misbah was handed the Test captaincy after a 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England led to the expulsion of his predecessor Salman Butt.ICC chief executive David Richardson was among those to pay a glowing tribute to the consistent right-hander.”Misbah has been the bedrock of many a Pakistan innings, time and time again extricating his team from difficult situations with a terrific temperament,” the former South Africa wicketkeeper said.”He knew how to graft for his runs but could also be inventive and score at a brisk pace, as was evident during his impressive 56-ball century against Australia in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, which equalled Viv Richards’s world record.advertisement”He was a leader who took charge at a difficult time…He was a true sportsman and role model.”If Misbah represented the voice of reason in both the dressing room and out on the field, Younis let his bat do the talking and is currently the only Pakistani to have joined the coveted 10,000 Test-run club.GREAT SERVANTSThe former captain, who led Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title in 2009, tallied 10,099 runs in 118 Tests, embellishing his legacy with 34 hundreds at an average of more than 52.Together they were the pillars of Pakistan’s batting lineup for over a decade and it could take many years for the country to find anyone capable of matching their feats.Pakistan’s situation mirrors the dilemma South Asian rivals Sri Lanka faced when batting mainstays Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene ended their international careers two years ago.”I was really sad when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene left the Sri Lankan team together. Look at their team now, they are in such disarray,” former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir told the Express Tribune.”Likewise, both of these batsmen leaving together could cause problems for Pakistan’s test team. However, they have been great servants to the country.”Pakistan have coped with their absence in the shorter formats since 2015 but the challenge of white-ball cricket is completely different to the patience and technique required in the red-ball arena.”The onus is now on the likes of Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed to step up and fill the void,” Misbah told Cricket Australia’s website in an interview last month.”When two Pakistan greats Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf left the scene, Younis and I tried to fill that gap. Azhar and Asad have developed in the meantime and now they are at a stage to replace us.”We need Azhar and Asad to take ownership of the test side…Every team goes though transition periods and Pakistan is no different.”last_img read more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Scored 28 Points, Bucks Beat Suns

first_imgRAPTORS 112, TRAIL BLAZERS 106TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, Serge Ibaka added 18 and Toronto beat Portland.The Raptors won their third in a row and wrapped up a second straight season sweep of Portland. They previously had beaten the Trail Blazers 95-91 in Portland on Dec. 26.Damian Lillard scored 28 points for the Trail Blazers, who got 18 from Maurice Harkless.Up 98-96 with 4:41 remaining, the Raptors scored the next six points, with back-to-back jump shots from Ibaka and a pair of free throws from DeRozan putting them up by eight with 3:16 remaining.CELTICS 104, PISTONS 98AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) — Jaylen Brown sank a 3-pointer from the right corner while being fouled with 37.6 seconds remaining, part of a five-point possession for Boston that lifted the Celtics over Detroit.The Celtics were down 96-95 when Brown connected while being fouled by Marcus Morris. Brown missed the ensuing free throw, but Detroit couldn’t come up with the rebound, and Tobias Harris was called for a loose-ball foul. Marcus Smart added two free throws to put Boston up 100-96.Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, but he went 1 of 11 on free throws and was taken out for some key possessions toward the end to prevent Boston from fouling him.GRIZZLIES 105, NUGGETS 98DENVER (AP) — Mike Conley scored 31 points including 13 in the fourth quarter to help Memphis hold off Denver.Zach Randolph finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, which snapped a two-game skid. Marc Gasol chipped in 23 points and found his mark from long range by hitting three 3-pointers.The Grizzlies have now won four straight in Denver — an intriguing run, considering they’re just 9-32 all-time in the Mile High City.Danilo Gallinari had 24 points as Denver dropped to 0-12 this season when failing to reach the 100-point plateau.The Grizzlies outscored the Nuggets 21-13 in second-chance points and out-rebounded them by a 49-39 margin. What’s more, Memphis finished 22 of 25 from the free throw line.THUNDER 118, PELICANS 110OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 41 points in his 29th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans.Westbrook had 21 points in the fourth quarter. He shot 7 for 19 from the field the first three quarters and was 7 for 10 in the fourth. He also had 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the 66th triple-double of his career.Enes Kanter had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Steven Adams added 13 points and 10 boards for the Thunder, who won their third straight.Anthony Davis scored 38 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 10 rebounds, but he played just 22 minutes and fouled out while getting dunked on by Westbrook. The Pelicans fell to 0-3 since acquiring Cousins in a trade with Sacramento.CLIPPERS 124, HORNETS 121, OTLOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored a season-high 43 points and Chris Paul had 15 points and 17 assists as Los Angeles held off Charlotte in overtime.The Hornets lost despite getting 34 points from Kemba Walker and 31 from Nicolas Batum, who shot 8 of 13 on 3-pointers.Charlotte had a chance to win at the end, trailing by one late in overtime, but a poor pass by Walker was picked off by center DeAndre Jordan with six seconds to go. He followed Paul’s miss on the other end with a dunk that all but sealed the victory.J.J. Redick had 22 points for the Clippers.TweetPinShare22 Shares MILWAUKEE – Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points and Tony Snell made a clinching 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds as Milwaukee held on to beat Phoenix.BUCKS 100, SUNS 96Michael Beasley added 17 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 15 as the Bucks swept the two-game season series with the Suns. Greg Monroe finished with 14 points and Snell had 13.TJ Warren led the Suns with 23 points. Alan Williams scored a career-high 17 points and tied his career high with 15 rebounds, while Devin Booker added 15 points and Eric Bledsoe had 11.Clinging to a one-point lead, the Bucks came out of a timeout with Monroe inbounding the ball to Antetokounmpo. He dribbled the clock down before passing to Brogdon, who whipped the ball to Snell in the corner. Snell hit a 3 with a defender flying at him.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)JAZZ 102, WIZARDS 92WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 30 points while Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 20 rebounds as Utah beat Washington 102-92 for its third straight NBA victory on Sunday.Northwest Division-leading Utah led by as many as 24 points before Washington got within six with just over 2 minutes left. Hayward hit a pair of jumpers to seal the win.George Hill added 21 points for Utah.Washington, the Southeast Division leader, has lost two in a row for the first time since early January. John Wall led the Wizards with 23 points and 11 assists. Bradley Beal, who was scoreless in the first half, added 22 points.Utah converted 23 of 32 free throws, while Washington made 10 of 13. The Jazz out-rebounded the Wizards 52-27.SPURS 119, LAKERS 98LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Lakers in Los Angeles’ first home game since Magic Johnson took over the franchise’s basketball operations.LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won four straight and nine of 11.Pau Gasol added 15 points against his former team, and the Southwest Division leaders had little trouble with the Lakers, who have lost four straight and 15 of 19.Five days after owner Jeanie Buss put Johnson in charge of basketball operations, the Lakers’ dismal season still hasn’t changed much, although new Lakers acquisitions Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis got limited playing time.Rookie Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 22 points as the Lakers fell to 19-41, ensuring their fourth consecutive non-winning season.last_img read more

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NFL Star Trashes College Coach For What He Did On Saturday

first_imgtexas a&m head coach jimbo fiser is under firePhiladelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long isn’t shy about speaking out about topics on Twitter. This weekend, one of those topics was Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher.Fisher has taken heat for an incident on the sideline during Saturday’s win over Arkansas. During the fourth quarter, he grabbed the facemask of linebacker Tyrel Dodson in an effort to get his player to calm down and avoid being thrown out of the game.The video of Fisher grabbing Dodson’s facemask went viral. You can see it below.Jimbo is not pleased. pic.twitter.com/JMvlk9zDEb— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) September 29, 2018Several current and former NFL players reacted to the clip, criticizing Fisher for his actions. Chris Long was one of them.“Garbage. And the announcers immediately laughed it off and downplayed it. If it were a player doing that to a teammate… whoa buddy. It’s a “meltdown” etc,” Long tweeted.Garbage. And the announcers immediately laughed it off and downplayed it. If it were a player doing that to a teammate… whoa buddy. It’s a “meltdown” etc. https://t.co/VvdE2FjYsN— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) September 29, 2018For what it’s worth, Dodson himself stuck up for Fisher following the game.“I’m in. Coach fisher is an amazing coach, he did the right thing. I let my emotions get the best of me at that certain moment. My teammates and this University needs me. That’s why he was so upset! He’ll have my back no matter what. AGS WIN.”I’m in. Coach fisher is an amazing coach, he did the right thing. I let my emotions get the best of me at that certain moment. My teammates and this University needs me. That’s why he was so upset! He’ll have my back no matter what. AGS WIN ??— Tyrel Dodson (@tdots25) September 29, 2018It doesn’t seem like this will affect Fisher and the Aggies this season, but we wouldn’t doubt rival programs are showing the clip to recruits as a way of knocking the A&M head coach.last_img read more

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Teenage shooting victim attends soldout Danforth benefit concert

first_imgTORONTO – A young victim of the mass shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood was among the crowd at a benefit concert held Saturday night to raise money for those impacted by last month’s violence.Samantha Price, a recent high school grad, said she was on Danforth Avenue eating ice cream with 18-year-old Reese Fallon and some other friends on the night of July 22 when a gunman opened fire into crowded restaurants and patios.A bullet pierced Price’s upper thigh, she said, and her friend Fallon was killed. Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis was also killed and 12 others were injured before the gunman ended his own life.Price, still on crutches, and accompanied by her father, Ken Price, returned to the Danforth Saturday night to attend the concert organized by Canadian rockers Billy Talent, who have a studio just steps from where the shooting happened.The mood at the concert was one of celebration and kinship, but it was also punctuated by solemn moments as the various musicians paused on stage to remind the enthusiastic audience, and themselves, why they were there.Tickets cost about $50 and the venue’s 1,500 seats were sold out, with proceeds from the show to be donated to the #TorontoStrong fund.Billy Talent headlined the concert along with musicians City and Colour, Pup, Finger Eleven and Maestro Fresh-Wes.Ken Price appeared on stage after City and Colour performed, to thank the audience for supporting the shooting victims. As Samantha looked on from the balcony level, he also thanked the first responders who tended his daughter’s wounds.“Sam is lucky, she will get to recover and attend university, but all of us will carry this forward,” he said.After leaving the show Samantha, who will begin studies at Western University in the fall, indicated that her recovery has been a “roller-coaster” process.“There are ups and downs every day, but I’m recovering pretty well,” she said, adding that returning to the Danforth area was an emotional experience.“I’m overwhelmed but I’m amazed at the amount of love the community has shown,” she said.Finger Eleven kicked off the show following a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” performed by local singer Alexander Stewart, 18. He also performed the song a day earlier at the opening of the area’s Taste of the Danforth Festival.Maestro Fresh-Wes hyped up the crowd performing some old hits including “Let Your Backbone Slide,” while Toronto band Pup had concert-goers crowd surfing to their music. Pup lead singer Stefan Babcock even plunged into the crowd himself, delighting those near the front of the stage.But it was when Billy Talent appeared to begin their set with “Devil In A Midnight Mass,” that the crowd really made it clear who they’d been waiting for.The band also performed “White Sparrows,” which lead singer Ben Kowalewicz noted they don’t usually do. The song’s lyrics, which discuss the tragic death of a woman, served a poignant reminder to the audience about the shooting victims.At one point during the set Kowalewicz climbed on top of a speaker to talk to the crowd, that included Toronto Mayor John Tory.“We love this city,” he said, adding that the band knew it had to do something in the wake of last month’s terrible tragedy.“We need to stand up and make sure the rest of the world, and let the community, and let the Danforth, and let the city of Toronto know that we are a people of love, compassion and kindness,” he said. “Take this feeling from tonight, and when you leave these doors, remember the feeling of tonight and pay that forward.”In closing the show, all of the musicians gathered on stage to perform a rendition of The Tragically Hip’s “Bobcaygeon.”Later, outside the venue, Yasmin Afshar, 23, said that hearing Ken Price talk about his daughter really struck a chord.“I think it really touched everyone,” she said, adding that music has a way of bringing people together.“Any event you go to in Toronto, you realize how many people are here, with you, supporting you.”last_img read more

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Norman Rockwells 3 sons seek to halt sale of his artworks

first_imgBOSTON – Norman Rockwell’s three sons were among several people who went to court on Friday seeking to halt a museum’s plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by him.A complaint seeking a temporary restraining order filed in Berkshire Superior Court alleges the board of trustees at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield contracted with Sotheby’s for a public auction of the works before it announced its plans publicly, acted in breach of its fiduciary duties and trust and acted without legal authority to sell the art.The planned sale is against Massachusetts laws establishing the museum, which requires the museum to maintain any gifts it receives “for the people of Berkshire County and the general public,” the complaint says.“Once sold, it is highly unlikely that any of the pieces will remain in Berkshire County or in a public institution where they can be seen and enjoyed,” the complaint says.Besides Thomas, Jarvis and Peter Rockwell, the plaintiffs include two local artists and several members of the museum. They are represented by the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP.The museum has consistently stood by its decision to sell the art.“We believe we have strong legal grounds for our deaccessioning and we are confident in our new vision plan which will allow this important local museum to continue to contribute to the educational and cultural life of this region for another century,” trustees president Elizabeth McGraw said in a statement on Friday.The museum came under intense national and local criticism after it announced in July that is was auctioning the art.The American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors said in a joint statement that the sale violated a sacred museum rule that collections are not to be sold to pay bills.The works for sale include Rockwell’s “Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop” and “Shuffleton’s Barbershop,” both of which the illustrator gave as gifts to the museum when he lived in nearby Stockbridge. Works by Alexander Calder, Albert Bierstadt and George Henry Durrie also are on the auction block.Museum trustees and officials say the museum is in dire financial straits and may close for good if it doesn’t sell the works. They say it is hoped that the sale will raise as much as $60 million, which will be used to boost the endowment by $40 million, with the other $20 million being used to renovate the museum as it changes its mission to focus more on natural history and science.The complaint says the museum’s financial troubles are greatly exaggerated.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP investigate theft from local auction yard

first_imgItem 1:2012 Polaris Razor 900Black in colour with yellow/green markingsItem 2:Sony 450w Mini HI-FI Component System #LBT-DJ2iThe Fort St. John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact them at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a theft that occurred on September 7 from the Short Busche Auction yard.According to RCMP, the theft occurred sometime between September 6, at 8:00 p.m. and September 7, at 9:00 a.m.The items are described as:last_img read more

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Islamic State Could Be Linked To Russian Plane Crash British Officials

By Kaitlin JunodRabat – U.S. and British security sources have said that the cause of Metrojet Airbus A321 crash could be linked to Islamic State militants. Evidence suggests that the group’s affiliate in Egypt, Sinai Province, could have planted a bomb which caused the plane to go down in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people.“ISIL-Sinai have claimed responsibility for bringing down the Russian aircraft, they did that straight away after the crash,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a Reuters article published today. ISIS has called for war against both Russia and the U.S. in response to their airstrikes against the militant group in Syria.In response to the crash, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi told BBC, “We do not want to rush into conclusions. We all share the same concerns. We want to know the reasons behind it.”The aircraft, which was run by Russian airline Kogalymavia, was flying from Red Sea resort  Sharm el-Sheik to St. Petersburg on Saturday when it dropped off the radar 23 minutes into the flight. Its wreckage was found about 35.4 km (22 miles) south of Mediterranean coastal town el-Arish.The United Kingdom has suspended all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheik for an indefinite period of time, according to the Telegraph. The Royal Air Force has sent experts to the Sharm el-Sheikh airport but will not airlift the 20,000 British nationals stranded in Egypt. read more

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Police arrest man on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with child

Police search the scene in Southampton where Lucy was foundCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency At the time of her disappearance, Lucy’s mother, Miss White, posted an appeal for help finding her on Facebook.She wrote: “Anyone seen Lucy White she is missing and police are out looking. Any help appreciated. She is wearing blue jeans, black/white jacket, grey or green top. Blue digital watch.”On Friday evening, she added that her daughter had “been found” as comments from friends and family offered condolences.Ms White wrote: “Thank you everyone for sharing. I shall post a update soon but Lucy has been found and at the moment that’s all I can say. “Sadly Lucy was found the following morning by a member of the public. We’re really keen to know what she did after leaving her house and would ask that anyone who saw her, had contact with her or knows of her movements on Wednesday contacts the incident room.”The spokesman added: “Lucy was last seen wearing a distinctive black jacket with white sleeves and the logo for the band Falling in Reverse on the front. It had RADKE 01 in red on the back.”A post mortem examination took place today and some of her injuries are unexplained.”A 24-year-old man from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of murder and having sexual activity with a child. He remains in custody at this time.” The man, aged 24, remains in custody “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of her death and are asking for the public’s help.”We know Lucy left her house in Mansel Road East, Southampton, at 9.30am on Wednesday, July 25 and did not return home that evening as expected.”She was reported to police that night as a missing person and an investigation commenced. The man, aged 24, remains in custodyCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Detectives have launched a murder investigation into the death of a teenage girl whose body was found in a woodland.Officers arrested a man aged 24 in connection with the death of Lucy McHugh, 13, who went missing from her home two days ago.Hampshire Police revealed they were investigating the “tragic” death and arrested the man on suspicion of having sexual activity with a child and murder.The body of blonde-haired Lucy was discovered at 7.45am yesterday morning in woodland on the grounds of Southampton Sports Centre, Hants. Her devastated mother wrote on social media about feeling “numb” at the news.A spokesman for Hampshire Police said the 13-year-old was reported missing after she left her house at 9.30am on July 25 and didn’t come home.Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to Lucy’s family and friends at this terrible time. Police search the scene in Southampton where Lucy was found “Thank you everyone for your kind words. We’re all trying to come to terms with it all slowly and just feel numb.”Large parts of the sports facility were cordoned off yesterday after the body was discovered early in the morning.Officers began blocking off the area at the top of an outdoor dry ski slope after they were called at 7.45am.Friends of Lucy took to social media today to pay tribute to the teenager, from Southampton.One told her mother: “So sorry for your loss, thoughts are with you and your family!! She was such a sweet girl, she will be missed at school a lot.”Another wrote: “Lucy was the kindest person I’ve met from school and was always there for me no matter what happened.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Internet Gutter YouTube beef hold the meat

first_imgThe internet is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other online. In this new ongoing series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.YouTube VegansWe’re not going to cast aspersions on any dietary philosophy here. Lord knows we don’t eat like we should in a world swimming in delicious junk food. But we’re also not going to tell other people that they need to eat like we do.That’s where the YouTube vegans come in. If you saw Scott Pilgrim, you remember the third evil ex, a smug bass player who gets telekinetic powers from his cruelty-free diet. Here’s the thing: for these weirdos, that movie was a documentary. They honestly believe that vegans are advanced life forms.And if there’s one thing these vegans love more than feeling superior over their diets, it’s getting in fights with each other. The YouTube vegan world is a seething pit of jealousy, envy, and all-out hatred, with whip-thin maniacs issuing terrifying rants at each other over the tiniest slights. Let’s take a tour of the leading lights of this meat-free mess.Freelee The Banana GirlEasily the queen of vegan YouTube pot-stirrers is Australian model Leanne “Freelee” Ratcliffe, who earned her sobriquet by allegedly consuming 51 bananas a day. No, we have no idea how she goes to the bathroom either. Along with her boyfriend Harley Johnstone, who goes by “Durianrider” after what may be the stinkiest fruit on Earth, Freelee updates her vlog on the daily with demented screeds about everybody she sees as a threat to her vegan fitness empire.To say that Freelee’s views are a little harsh is an understatement. In 2012 she released a video claiming that fat people blocked the stairways in the World Trade Center on 9/11, causing skinny people to die. She then gave an interview with the Daily Mail stating that any non-vegans should be put to death to save the planet.Sorsha MoravaOne of Freelee’s most notorious hangers-on, Sorsha is legendary for her completely insane, circular arguments against meat eating. Let’s be clear: there are plenty of environmental and health reasons to not consume animal flesh or products, and that’s fine. But when you’re trying to argue that anybody who isn’t a vegan is racist, you’re pushing into some pretty bizarre and ignorant territory.Needless to say, making this comparison didn’t work out all too well for Sorsha, who had to release a number of clarification and explanation videos to try and explain her (pretty bad and dumb) argument.The Vegan CheetahOne thing you can depend on with YouTube is that if there’s drama, there are going to be people capitalizing on that drama. One of the most hated vegans on the site is a dude who goes by The Vegan Cheetah, who has positioned himself as one of Freelee’s most hated enemies. His videos were full of scurrilous gossip about Freelee and other big-name personalities, and whether they were true or not is anybody’s guess.As of press time, Freelee had managed to get the Cheetah’s main channel deleted with a (possibly fraudulent) copyright infringement report, so the YouTube vegan community is awash with reaction videos crapping on both sides equally. It’s only a matter of time before he pops his head up again and starts pissing easily-angered vegans off again.Vegan GainsIf you’re into bodybuilding, you probably require a great deal of protein in your diet. And the easiest place to get said protein is animal products. But if you’re Richard “Vegan Gains” Burgess, that’s not going to happen. Showing the world that they can get swole animal-free isn’t a bad thing by any means, but the insane levels of histrionic drama that Burgess brings to his channel are off the charts.Videos like “I Am A Violent Vegan” and “Who Am I Going To Kill” feature this lunatic posing with knives, talking about how he wants to murder meat-eaters, and belching a lot. One side effect of a vegan diet is a serious increase in intestinal gas, and this dude lets loose the burps with aplomb in between death threats.John SakarsNot all vegans use interminable rant videos to prove their point about why you shouldn’t enjoy cheese ever again. Some of them express their love of a meat-free lifestyle through song, and that’s almost worse. John Sakars is a regular feature on the /r/Cringe subreddit for his brutally embarrassing videos, where he sings original tunes he made up that are equal parts lonely, horny, and smug.The general gist of Sakars’ performances are that you can only make love to him if you’re a vegan, which is fine by me. In fact, I’m going to smear my body with bacon grease before I leave the house today, just in case. If all this made you crave a hamburger with beef patties instead of buns, you’re not alone. These people are the best advertisements for carnivores anywhere. Freelee shows you her unconventional toilet technique. If you eat 30+ bananas a day, you might have some problems with this.<><>last_img read more

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Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Ep 11 Recap Are You My Mother

first_img ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Stay on target Well, look at that. An exciting, focused and character-driven episode of Star Trek: Discovery. After last week’s overstuffed word jumble of an episode, it was such a relief to see this one make good on some of its promises. It’s amazing what this show can do when it decides on a story to tell. The serialization of Star Trek has allowed Discovery to do some cool things, but it does the show a disservice just as often. Eventually, there are too many balls in the air. Most of the time, that leads to something like last week’s episode. Other times, it leads to whole character arcs appearing out of thin air, as with Airiam’s sudden increase in importance right before her death.To a lesser extent, I see a similar pattern emerging with Commander Nhan. Not that I think she’s going to die. She’s already defied the redshirt curse multiple times, so the show clearly wants to keep her around. In all her appearances so far, she’s played a small but important role in the action. The camera makes sure to focus on what she’s doing in particularly hectic scenes. She was the first to notice something wasn’t quite right with Airiam when she was under the influence of control. She was the one to eject Airiam into space when Burnham couldn’t. This week’s episode made sure to show us her part in the big phaser battle near the end. She’s clearly going to be an important character as the season goes on. So why don’t we know more about her? The show has given us precious little information about her personality, her past or even her day-to-day interactions with the rest of the crew. I want to get to know her as well as we know, say, Stamets or Culber or Tilly. I’m almost certain there will be an episode that relies on us having that kind of connection with her. I just hope the show doesn’t try to rush all that work in the same 40 minutes, like it did with Airiam.Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham; Sonja Sohn as Burnham’s mom (Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie/CBS)For now though, the episode is all about Michael and her mother. That’s a good thing. With the entire ship focused on this one main event, Star Trek: Discovery turned in a tightly focused, tense and exciting episode. Michael wakes up in sick bay only to be told that yes, that was her mom she saw, but no, she can’t see her yet. Dr. Burnham is still unconscious. At first, the crew is content to let her wake up on her own, but a complication compels them to move things along a little faster. (Thank you!) Turns out, while they’ve managed to contain Dr. Burnham in the present, there’s still an anchor pulling her back to the future. As time goes on, that anchor get stronger. Eventually, the Discovery won’t have enough power to keep her there.Oddly enough, when they wake her up, she doesn’t want to talk to her daughter. She only wants to speak with Captain Pike. Later, we find out that it’s painful for Dr. Burham to face Michael. As a being trapped in the future and constantly traveling back in time, she’s watched her daughter die more times than she can count. That’ll cause some lasting trauma, to be sure. Her conversation with Pike hints at what’s sure to be an interesting mystery for future episodes to follow. When Pike asks about the signals appearing in space, Dr. Burnham has no idea what he’s talking about. So if the Red Angel isn’t creating them, where are they coming from? And why are they appearing in these places where the Discovery can be of help?Doug Jones as Saru; Anson Mount as Captain Pike (Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie/CBS)We don’t get those answers this episode, but it is tantalizing enough to make the wait for next week’s just that much harder. Michael says she’s going to get some answers regarding that, but it doesn’t happen. Face-to-face with her mother, and they do an entire life’s worth of catching up. Turns out, Dr. Burnham was able to make it to all of the biggest events in Michael’s life, but she never knew she was there. D’awww. But like, I get it. You go through life thinking you’re mom is dead and she’s not, it’s an emotional moment. But there are more pressing issues at hand, you think you could have thrown in one question about the signals? Also, we learn that Spock has dyslexia, which allowed him to interpret the variations in the timeline and understand what Dr. Burnham was telling him. Thats’ a really cool detail, and it makes me so happy Star Trek: Discovery included it.Dr. Burnham recommends that the crew destroy all the sphere data. Saru isn’t happy about losing so much knowledge, but if Control gets access to it, it will become fully sentient and omnipotent, and end all life in the galaxy. The database has a built-in firewall protecting it from being erased, though. They come up with a different plan. Transfer the data to the Red Angel suit, and send it far into the future where Control can’t reach it. There’s just one problem. Control is already here. Turns out that eye prick last week didn’t kill Leland. Instead, Control captured him and took over his body. That way, it can move about Starfleet in secret, and download the Sphere data.Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou (Photo Credit: John Medland/CBS)Leland recruits Georgiou to plant the intercept device that will also kill Dr. Burnham when it’s done, but being from the Mirror universe has it’s advantages. Georgiou knows treachery when she smells it. She starts intercepting the data just as she’s asked to, but she asks Tyler to see exactly what Leland’s up to. That’s when the secret comes out. Tyler walks into Leland’s quarters and finds him with a decent chunk of his face replaced by a machine. Huh, where in Star Trek have we seen something like that before? Or rather, where will we see that in the future? It’s not explicitly clear yet whether or not this will turn into a Borg origin story, but all the ingredients are in place. Obviously, Control isn’t going to destroy all life in the galaxy, but that doesn’t mean the Discovery will destroy Control completely. What if this is all a set-up for one of Star Trek’s most iconic species? I’m fanboying out already just thinking about it.Tyler gets stabbed, but he’s able to warn the Discovery that Control has compromised Leland. Leland beams himself to Dr. Burnham’s location, and a massive shootout ensues. It’s a great action scene, with no one being able to make a dent in Leland’s mechanically enhanced body despite multiple direct hits. And as I said before, Nhan is a total badass throughout. Seriously Discovery, when do we get her episode? All throughout the scene, Leland continues intercepting the sphere data, and the ticking clock adds even more tension to an already thrilling scene.Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham; Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou; Anthony Rapp as Stamets (Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie/CBS)In the end, there’s only one thing to do. The Discovery crew destroys the containment field keeping Dr. Burnham in this time. She and the suit are yanked back into the future. It severs the data connection, stopping the transfer. But since Leland damaged the Angel suit during the battle, she can’t make it back. The crew beams back aboard the Discovery, which then blows the hell out of the base. Control’s plan is averted, though it did manage to transfer just over 50 percent of the sphere data. That will likely make things more difficult in the future, but certain annihilation is averted for now.I was a little nervous going into this week’s episode after the truly baffling decisions made with the last one. There’s always the question of whether a show can recover quickly or if it’ll take a few weeks of grasping around in muck to dig itself out. Fortunately this show is smart enough to plant interesting hooks in each episode it can capitalize on later even when it gets lost in its own ass. This week, Discovery found its way out by focusing on a single thread, rather than trying to tackle all of them at once. I really hope the lesson sticks.Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS All AccessPreviously on Star Trek: Discovery:Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 10 recapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 9 recapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 8 recaplast_img read more

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CARPHA says more Zika cases than media is reporting explains why

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 1, 2016 – Late yesterday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency or CARPHA issued a statement to refute charges that their lab is denying the public accurate figures on confirmed cases of the Zika Virus within the countries of the Caribbean.CARPHA says they are unraveling the mystery behind the numbers and Dr James Hospedales, Director of the Agency explained, “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) reports that positive Zika cases confirmed by laboratory testing represents only the “tip of the iceberg.”  This means that the number of confirmed Zika cases published in the media are only a small number of infected persons, who were tested and confirmed as positive for having the disease.”The Turks and Caicos had 11 cases confirmed at last report; there are far more  people walking around with the mosquito borne virus which is also sexually transmitted and which has invisible symptoms for some, causes brain damage in unborn babies and causes the nerve disease, Guillaine Barre Syndrome.CARPHA provided the diagram, which is a pyramid illustrating that its tip reflects cases reported and its base reflects what cases actually exist. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:CARPHA explains zika case table, more zika cases than media is reportinglast_img read more

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Small restaurant owners oppose ban on styrofoam food containers

first_img Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A proposal to ban styrofoam products in the City of San Diego is heading for a final vote next month.On Thursday, restaurant owners who oppose the measure held a news conference in Logan Heights to explain how a ban would hurt them. Restaurant owners like Javier Rodriguez said if the city enacts a ban on polystyrene or styrofoam containers, the cost of switching to a more expensive paper product will have to passed on to customers.Rodriguez and other small restaurant owners said they don’t have the budgets of bigger corporate run restaurants and paying more for the alternative containers would mean making cuts in other areas.“If we get more expenses, we have to cut the labor, we have to cut the hours. It’s not fair for them or for us, too,” Rodriguez said.A study commissioned by the California Restaurant Association looked at the cost of food containers sold in the Los Angeles area. The study found that a 9 inch hinged container made of styrofoam would cost about 10 cents, yet a compostable paper product of the same kind would be around 24 cents, amounting to a 145% increase.There’s a different view of the proposed ban at Ponce’s, a family owned Mexican restaurant in Kensington and now in a second location in Del Sur.The director of operations, Mikey Knab said Ponce’s switched to compostable paper containers about a year and a half ago.Knab said the price difference was a nickel or less and the restaurant did not have to raise its food prices. He said the restaurant was willing to bear the extra cost so that future generations would not be stuck with the cost of an unhealthy planet.“By allowing that plastic into the food system, you’re making everyone else in the world pay that cost, rather than people who are choosing it. So, yes, we could choose not to patronize restaurants that use styrofoam, but that wouldn’t let us choose the fish that come out of the ocean to have that.” Knab said.The proposed ordinance would give small businesses with less than $500,000 in annual sales, a two year period to comply. The city would also allow business owners to ask for a “hardship” exemption to extend that deadline even further.Larger businesses would have to start following the ordinance in 90 days. The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on the styrofoam ban on January 8. Posted: December 20, 2018 December 20, 2018 Sasha Foo Small restaurant owners oppose ban on styrofoam food containers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Meredith Corporation Launches Social Commerce Network

first_imgMeredith Corporation also launched a “Premium Partner Program,” supplying select vendors with exclusive opportunities to reach subscribers through the social commerce network. If companies are chosen to be included in the program, Meredith will offer them preferred scheduling, more exposure across the network and additional upsells from Meredith. Schimel says that Meredith is “leveraging the social ecosystem to amplify the kind of deals we’re able to bring.” Through Facebook, Meredith’s “very sociable” consumers are able to comment and talk about the deals offered through Parents.com. Meredith is also looking to create Facebook exclusive deals and to add sharing functionality to the discounts in the near future.  Email will play a large role in the social commerce effort as well, as the daily and weekly emails from Meredith consumers receive will also include discount offers.Meredith Corporations partners with Group Commerce Inc. in this new venture. Schimel said they will be responsible for the back-end, providing their own staffing and sourcing the discounts.   Schimel also says that Meredith has plans to increase the discount network across all company brands, but does not have a set date in which they will do so.In January 2009, the Meredith Corporation launched the Meredith’s Women Network, a portal for women’s websites from Meredith’s portfolio. 15 million unique visitors visit the Women’s Network each month. Meredith Corporation launched a new social commerce network on Parents.com on Wednesday, March 9th.FOLIO: spoke with Liz Schimel, executive vice president of Meredith National Media Group, about the new network.  Found at http://deals.parents.com, the new initiative will offer group buying and social media sharing opportunities. The first coupon available to consumer is to Polka Dot, a stationary company. Other companies to join the social commerce network include next week’s discount provider, drugstore.com.The group buying initiatives enable large groups of consumers to benefit from the significant discounts offered by companies interested in reaching large audiences of potential buyers.  last_img read more

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Better Recordkeeping Needed to Improve DODs Real Estate Database GAO Finds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The database used by DOD to manage its vast portfolio of real property has multiple shortcomings, including inaccurate data and incomplete information, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). One problem the agency identified is the set of processes the department uses for recording and reporting data. In addition to not consistently recording real property transactions, the military services have not corrected discrepancies in their data systems, such as missing entries for utilization and facility condition and overdue asset reviews.The review found that some of the data in the DOD’s real property assets database (RPAD) had improved accuracy, possibly a result of the department’s efforts to prepare for an upcoming financial audit. “However, if DOD does not require the military services to fully monitor recording processes and implement corrective actions to resolve data discrepancies, the department will continue to have incomplete and inaccurate real property data and unreliable RPAD information,” GAO concluded.The congressional watchdog agency identified three risks DOD has not addressed that could jeopardize its ability to use the information it collects to manage its real property:unfilled real property positions limiting its capacity to manage its data;the lack of a department-wide approach to improving data quality; andits failure to establish how it will complete implementation of an effort to improve access to data.last_img read more

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Yadadri temple to be closed on July 16 due to lunar eclipse

first_imgIn the view of the lunar eclipse, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Yadadri will remain closed on July 16. The eclipse falls between 1.31 am to 4.29 am on July 17. Due to the lunar eclipse around 1.19 am on July 16, the temple will be closed five hours prior to the eclipse i.e, at 6.30 pm. The temple will be opened for Samprokshan and other purificatory rituals at 5.30 am. The devotees will be allowed for darshan from 9 am on July 17. Meanwhile, the authorities also cancelled the conduct of Arjitha sevas at the temple due to the eclipse. On the other hand, Lord Venkateshwara Swamy temple in Tirumala will be also closed at 6 pm on July 16 and it will be opened for devotees from 11 am.last_img read more

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Perturbed Vivek waiting for auspicious day to join BJP

first_imgHyderabad: Former TRS leader G Vivek Venkatswamy is likely to join BJP soon. Vivek met Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi along with party leader Ram Madhav on Tuesday. This led to strong speculation that his entry into saffron party was just a matter of time. Though on record it is being claimed that Vivek met Amit Shah to complain against the government’s decision to demolish and construct new Secretariat and Assembly building, sources said that his meeting was to finalise a date to join BJP. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Vivek, son of former Congress leader G Venkatswamy, was first elected as MP from Peddapally in 2009 from Congress party. However, after the Telangana agitation, he joined TRS. He rejoined Congress after Telangana was conceded by the Congress party in 2014 and contested from Peddapally Lok Sabha and lost to TRS leader B Suman. Later, Vivek joined TRS and was given the post of advisor to the government. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us During the 2019 elections, Vivek expected a ticket from Peddapally but the TRS picked up B Venkatesh Netakani, who had joined the party from Congress. Vivek was expected to join BJP but due to paucity of time for the elections, he postponed his decision to join the saffron party. Continued from P1 He has been away from the party activities and formed his own outfit Prajaswamika Telangana under Venkatswamy Trust and has been vocal against the decisions of the TRS government. Finally, he has decided to join BJP and as part of this, he met Amit Shah on Tuesday, said sources. Advertise With Us Vivek, they say, was waiting for the month of Aashada to come to an end and would join BJP after that. Vivek also gave a memorandum to the Union Home Minister and urged him to direct Governor ESL Narasimhan to invoke Section 8 of AP Reorganisation Act to protect government buildings in the State capital in wake of TRS government’s decision to construct new Secretariat and Assembly in place of the existing ones. Vivek said that the State government in 1998 listed Errum Manzil as archaeological site and the Archaeological Society also confirmed that the Errum Manzil was a heritage site in 2015. But, the TRS government with mala fide intention removed the building from the heritage list, alleged Vivek. He said that the existing Assembly building was spread in an area of 10 lakh sqft area and it was catering to the needs of 294 MLAs and for the Telangana only 5 lakh sqft space was enough. He wanted the government to direct the Governor to stop the demolition of existing buildings using the Section 8, wherein the Governor is custodian of Government Buildings and Law and Order until 2016) and save crores of public money.last_img read more

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Dakota Johnson have fun in barely there swimwear with

first_imgGwyneth Paltrow.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesChris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have taken ex-cordiality to the next level. The pair ‘consciously uncoupled’ three years ago. But it sure looks like there are no hard feelings between the two.In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin took it a step further, they were spotted having fun with their current partners in tow. Gwyneth and Chris were accompanied by Brad Falchuk and Dakota Johnson. Chris Martin and Dakota recently put up quite the public display of affection tamping down the breakup rumours that had begun to swirl.And it seems Paltrow is in full support of his relationship with Johnson.’Gwyneth really likes Dakota and she likes Chris and Dakota together as a couple,’ an insider told E! News.’Dakota has always fit in really well and felt like part of the family when they all hang out. She’s very mature, she’s smart and she’s interesting. They have a lot to talk about.’In fact, Gwyneth may even have played a very important role in keeping Chris and Dakota together. But the actress may have played an integral role in keeping Chris and Dakota, who were plagued with split rumors near the start of summer, together.  Actress Dakota Johnson poses as she arrives to attend ‘Fifty Shades Freed – 50 Nuances Plus Claires’ Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018.PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images’Gwyneth is the one who pushed them to [stay together],’ an insider revealed to Us Weekly.The Oscar winning actress could be seen rocking a gorgeous and tiny triangle top which helped her boost her tan. She kept on a pair of baby blue shorts however. Dakota and Chris looked adorable together and there did not seem to be any awkwardness between the exes at all. Which we have to say is quite a feat.Meanwhile, Dakota Johnson seemed relaxed in a classic look, a pair of denim shorts, a white tee shirt and Birkenstocks, which she took off to tread towards the ocean. We hope we can maintain such a relationship with our exes. You can check out the pics here.last_img read more

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Officer Who Mistook Detective For Gunman Testifies At Trial

first_imgBy The Associated PressUPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A police officer who mistakenly shot an undercover detective says he thought he was firing at a gunman attacking a Maryland police station.Officer Taylor Krauss testified Monday at a trial for Michael Ford, who is charged with murder in the March 2016 shooting death of Prince George’s County police detective Jacai Colson.Officer Taylor Krauss (l) and Prince George’s County police detective Jacai Colson (r).The Washington Post reports Krauss said he never saw Colson hold up a badge or heard him identify himself as a police officer before she shot him once in the chest.Krauss’ testimony marked his first public account of the shooting.Prosecutors argue Ford is legally responsible for Colson’s death even though he didn’t fire the fatal shot.Ford fired up to 23 shots but didn’t hit anyone. His two brothers filmed the attack with their cellphones.___Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.comlast_img read more

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