Profs POSH pad proves itself worthy

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduProf’s P.O.S.H. pad proves itself worthyRice University engineering students create portable, solar-powered emergency shelter Rice University engineering students have constructed a portable disaster-relief shelter on campus, and their adviser was so confident in their work that he moved in. Weeks before his impending wedding, Brent Houchens, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering and materials science, lived in the Portable Off-grid Sustainable Habitat (P.O.S.H.), a boxy little building crowned by six solar cells. Houchens took up residence May 4 and stayed for a week to test the structure’s systems and basic functionality. “It’s been great to live in,” Houchens said on day five. “It’s been really comfortable at night. I actually had to turn the air conditioning down a little this morning because it got too cool.”Five Rice senior mechanical engineering students — Matthew Sorenson, Young Suk Jo, Jeroune Rhodes, Stephanie Vu and Tomas Lafferriere — and junior observer Michael Heisel built the prototype shelter just outside the lab where they cooked up the idea, Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. The students designed the building for disaster relief and use in developing countries as their capstone design project. With about 140 square feet of living space, the shelter is remarkable both for what it contains and for how well it should travel. The modular building has a “wet core” that contains a toilet, a shower and filtration for clean water. Up to 75 gallons of water, enough to sustain two people for three weeks, is stored both above the shower and in an external tank. The house is designed to support eight solar panels. The six 230-watt panels in the current house power an air conditioner, LED lights and small appliances; a bank of batteries stores energy for up to two days if the sun isn’t shining. Students designed the shelter to house two adults comfortably for six months to a year, if necessary, completely off-grid. A second module built around the same wet core could house a larger family, Houchens said.The shelter, with amenities, collapses into itself for travel. The two-wheeled, 3 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-6-foot boxes are small enough that six complete P.O.S.H. units would fit into a standard shipping container. Team members say two people should be able to assemble the shelter in a day with standard hand tools. Instructions are included.“I don’t think a lot of people expected us to finish the whole house by the end of the year, so our team is extremely proud that we were able to get it operational,” Sorenson said. The project began last fall.The team got design help from lead sponsor NASA, which has a strong interest in portable habitats. “The team visited the Habitat Demonstration Unit facility at Johnson Space Center a month ago,” Houchens said. “NASA engineer Mike Ewert helped us scope out what was and wasn’t possible and a good packing ratio to shoot for at the beginning of the project, and continued to advise us throughout.”Team members, who are available for interviews after commencement May 14, will deconstruct P.O.S.H. next week, with Houchens filming and timing the disassembly for future demonstration purposes. “After that, it will become a research platform that I’ll tie in to the thermodynamics class I teach in the spring,” he said. “We’ll do comparative studies on different types of insulation and energy efficiencies.”Houchens sees real-world potential for such a shelter with polymer walls and air-gap or foam insulation replacing the prototype’s half-inch plywood. “The long-term hope is that somebody will take this to the manufacturing level, clean up the rough edges and gain thermal efficiency and cost reduction at the same packing size. I think it’s possible.”In the meantime, while preparing for his wedding, Houchens enjoyed what turned out to be his last bachelor pad. “I’d need all the solar panels to run a plasma TV, but that wouldn’t be very energy-efficient,” he said. “Still, I’d like to keep it.”-30-A video tour of the Portable Off-grid Sustainable Habitat (P.O.S.H.) is available at a high-resolution photo of the team at CAPTIONSeniors at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering designed and built a sustainable emergency shelter for two that collapses into two compact containers for shipping. Members of Team P.O.S.H. are, clockwise from left, Jeroune Rhodes, Matthew Sorenson, Stephanie Vu, Tomas Lafferriere and Rice Professor Brent Houchins (seated). Missing from the photo is Young Suk Jo.(Credit Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Photosynthetic bacteria give biologists a cool new tool

first_imgAddThis ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduPhotosynthetic bacteria give biologists a cool new toolRice University synthetic biologists turn protein pathway into reversible photoreceptor HOUSTON – (May 10, 2016) – Photosynthetic bacteria that have lived on Earth for 2.7 billion years are the source of a new and valuable biological regulatory tool being developed by Rice University bioengineers.Synechocystis bacteria produce a protein pathway that senses the presence of UV-violet light and activates a motor protein that moves the single-cell organism into safer surroundings.The pathway responds quickly to UV-violet light, a narrow band in the spectrum that includes long ultraviolet and short violet wavelengths, and is blind to all others. That makes it a perfect addition to the growing optogenetic suite of reversible photoreceptors being developed by researchers in the lab of Rice synthetic biologist Jeffrey Tabor. Tabor and graduate student Prabha Ramakrishnan co-authored a new paper about this research in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Synthetic Biology.“The human eye can see colors that go all the way from violet to red,” Ramakrishnan said. “It turns out that marine algae – especially the bacteria these sensors come from – have evolved to see these and other colors as well.”Optogenetics is a fairly new discipline in which light-activated, genetically encoded photoreceptors are used to sense or control molecular biological processes like the expression of desired proteins. Because light is easy to direct and control, photoreceptors are simpler to use than tools that respond to chemical prompts.The Rice researchers turned the photosynthetic bacterial proteins into photoreversible, transcriptional regulators and installed them in Escherichia coli bacterial for lab testing. They reported exploiting them to program gene-expression signals “with high predictability.”The protein pathway known as UirS-UirR is the only optogenetic tool that responds exclusively to UV-violet light and gives biologists the ability to program circuits with light-activated proteins that won’t interfere with each other, Tabor said. “Biological systems are regulated by numerous interacting genes, and multiple optogenetic tools that don’t optically cross-react are needed to study these networks,” he said.The photoreversible pathway can be turned on by exposure to ultraviolet light and turned off by exposure to green light, or vice versa, depending on how the circuit is designed. Tabor expects they will be useful tools for scientists who design metabolic pathways for drug manufacture and biological sensors.The new sensors offer speed and versatility in circuit design. “We found that light sensors developed by others take more than two hours to switch on or off, and respond to a broad range of wavelengths,” Tabor said. “These aspects are not ideal for studying and controlling bacterial processes.”By contrast, the UV-violet sensor can be switched on or off in 10 minutes, Ramakrishnan said. “That’s good because producing proteins or controlling a biological process can be expensive for cells. Producing something that’s neither necessary for the cell nor to the product you’re trying to synthesize is wasteful.”Because the UV-violet sensor responds to such a narrow wavelength of light – from 380 to 420 nanometers – there’s no crosstalk with the red and green photoreversible tools already developed by the lab. “When these are put together in a single system, the fact that they don’t interact with each other at all and turn on and off rapidly is going to be very useful,” Ramakrishnan said.This could allow for “just-in-time” manufacturing on the cellular level. “There’s been theoretical work that shows that you can model the dynamics and get higher yields of your product by using this approach,” she said. “You turn a process on only when you need it and turn it off once you’re done.“That’s where we see a lot of industrial potential for this type of technology,” she said, “especially for drug design or for producing any sort of plastic intermediate, for example, that requires several different enzymes to make it.”Ramakrishnan said she looks forward to seeing how other labs use the discovery. “Jeff understands the power of developing reliable tools,” she said. “We try to give biologists and scientists well-engineered, well-characterized tools. We want other people to use this.”The National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the Welch Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Tabor Lab: http://www.taborlab.rice.eduRice University Department of Bioengineering: http://bioe.rice.eduImages for download: University graduate student Prabha Ramakrishnan led the project to turn a protein found in freshwater photosynthetic bacteria into a photoreversible regulatory tool that can make the manufacture of substances by engineered cells more efficient. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) University researchers have turned a protein pathway discovered in marine bacteria into a photoreversible regulatory tool that responds exclusively to UV-violet light. The UirS protein is anchored in the bacterial membrane where it “sees” the color illuminating the bacterium. If the illumination is UV-violet, UirS activates itself and relays this active state to a messenger protein, UirR. Active UirR is mobile, capable of binding a specific target DNA sequence called a promoter (PcsiR1), and turning on the expression of a desired gene, a fluorescent green protein (gfp). Switching to green light deactivates UirS, resulting in inactive UirR and turning off gene expression. (Illustration by Prabha Ramakrishnan/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to University synthetic biologist Jeffrey Tabor and graduate student Prabha Ramakrishnan turned a protein used by freshwater photosynthetic bacteria to avoid damaging ultraviolet light into a photoreversible regulatory tool for synthetic biologists. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) University synthetic biologist Jeffrey Tabor and graduate student Prabha Ramakrishnan have published their work to develop a photoreversible regulatory tool that can make the manufacture of substances by engineered cells more efficient. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more

Stanford Seed Project Ensures Healthier Safer Factories

first_img Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: San Francisco Stanford Seed Project Ensures Healthier, Safer Factories Stanford’s Graduate School of Business recently discussed a Stanford Seed project crafted by economics professor Nick Bloom that examined the impact that teaching better management skills could have on productivity, health, safety and wages in the developing world. Those skills, hopefully, translate to healthier and safer factories.Bloom described the Dickensian conditions of a textile factory he visited outside Mumbai nearly a decade ago: “rickety stairwells, fire hazards and open machinery whirring at high speeds. Employees often received $5 a day for brutal 12-hour shifts, and accidents were commonplace.” According to the article, between 2008 and 2010, Bloom and his cohorts performed an experiment among 28 factories in textile hub Tarapur, India. “The research team randomly assigned 14 of the plants to an intervention group that received advice from an on-site consultant for five months and 14 to a control group, left to operate as usual. For follow-up, the team visited all 28 factories every month for more than a year.”Bloom discovered the “firms that received consulting help cut their product defects by 50 percent, reduced inventory by 20 percent, raised output by 10 percent, hired more workers and had fewer accidents.” The factory Bloom initially visited “became so successful that it opened a second factory and hired 100 additional weavers.”As the article also points out, multidisciplinary research projects like Bloom’s can go a long way to shaping economic policy and helping NGOs “make better-informed decisions about how to spend direct aid dollars.”“By looking at the bigger picture, the global research efforts of Seed can more effectively ease poverty and improve lives in the developing world,” the school writes. Bloom confirms the same believes, assuring that research is the key cog in any development.“There’s no way a company would spend $20 million on an advertising campaign or $100 million on a cashew nut factory without doing any research first,” he said.”center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer RelatedFACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Sunil Kumar, Dean of the Booth School of BusinessJust like at any job, when attending b-school it’s important to know who your boss is. At the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, that head-honcho is the school’s Dean, Sunil Kumar. Kumar joined the school’s faculty on January 1, 2011 as Dean and Professor of Operations Management. Throughout his time…April 3, 2015In “Featured Region”Building Stanford GSB EntrepreneurshipWhen it comes to startups, no metro is hotter than San Francisco. With entrepreneurial spirits higher than ever, the Stanford Graduate School of Business—located on the eastern side of Stanford University’s campus in Palo Alto, California—has made a point to offer plenty of coursework and resources to students hoping to…June 22, 2017In “Featured Home”Stanford Seed Transformation Aims to Accelerate New EconomiesStanford’s Graduate School of Business recently published an article on the impact of its Stanford Seed initiative, which aims to make Stanford “the leading research university for thinking about the challenges of poverty in the developing world” by addressing the physical and infrastructural issues that hamper economic development, as well…January 26, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Penn State Startup Week Contest Helps Launch Platform to Fight Hunger

first_img About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz Last Updated Nov 16, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedSmeal College of Business Redesigns Online MBA ProgramStarting in Fall 2017, students looking to earn an MBA at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University will have an opportunity to do so through their completely redesigned Online MBA program. The change in format, the school explains, was designed to create “a new program that is more flexible for adult…September 16, 2016In “Featured Region”Smeal Ranked by BusinessweekThe Penn State Smeal College of Business’s MBA Program has been ranked no. 2 in return on investment according to the latest Bloomberg Businessweek rankings. Businessweek based its return on investment measure on the cost of the program, two years of foregone wages and the average salary increase students experience…November 19, 2014In “Featured Home”Smeal Students Selected for Supply Chain ProgramThe Penn State Smeal College of Business is one of only two schools from which Burlington Stores, a national off-price retailer headquartered in New Jersey, actively recruits for its Supply Chain Leader Development Program. This leadership program for supply chain graduates is an 18-month program that introduces new graduates to…July 28, 2014In “Featured Home” Last fall, five Penn State Harrisburg students took their idea for a supply-chain management platform to the HackPSU Hackathon. After testing the idea there, they took it to the Penn State Smeal College of Business 2017 Supply Chain Entrepreneurship Pitch Contest. There, the team nabbed second place out of 26 competitors. They took this honor (and the $4,500 award that came with it), and flew to Amsterdam for the Thought for Food Global Summit.Smeal students Howie Anderson, Michael Li, Brandon Daubenspeck, Pranav Jain, and Alex Bouril, were eager to showcase their idea at the summit, as, according to Daubenspeck, helping people access food was “the perfect application for our platform.”The platform, NuntAgri, is a chatbot with which buyers, sellers, and distributors of food can interact. In its most recent iteration, NuntAgri enables sellers to input what they would like to sell, and buyers to text NuntAgri to peruse or purchase these orders. NuntAgri then contacts a close intermediary to transport the order. This efficient coordination allows produce and food items that would have been discarded to be picked up by volunteer drivers and taken to places like homeless shelters and food banks. Michael li explains the platform as, “a service offered through SMS, short message service, that can revolutionize regional distribution logistics by using crowd-sourcing.”The summit was a fruitful next step for the team, as NuntAgri’s capabilities align with Thought for Food’s goal of feeding nine billion people in the next thirty years. As of now, however, the platform is being used by Dirty Dog Hauling, a Harrisburg company that specializes in junk removal. Just as it would with food, the chatbot connects sellers, transporters, and buyers of the junk items.“This has been an excellent experience,” Li said. “We have learned how to make connections, how to network and develop a system that will effectively manage supply and demand.”center_img Penn State Startup Week Contest Helps Launch Platform to Fight Hunger regions: Philadelphialast_img read more

Top MBA Recruiters IBM

first_img Last Updated Apr 3, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Finding a job after graduating with your MBA isn’t typically the issue. There are hundreds of industries and companies that would be happy to hire a freshly minted MBA graduate. The trouble is choosing the right company and job for you. If IBM hasn’t been on your list of top tech companies, maybe it should be.About IBMHeadquartered in Armonk, New York—north of NYC and bordering Connecticut—IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) is a multinational technology company that operates in over 170 countries worldwide. It got its start in 1911, and since that time has manufactured leading-edge computer hardware, middleware, and software. The company also provides hosting and consulting services across the technology industry on topics ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.IBM is dedicated to a constant state of innovation, which is evidenced by its performance. In 2017, the company earned $79.1 billion in revenue and demonstrated that it’s still a cutting-edge technology company by expanding on many of its services including the IBM Cloud—who’s revenue accounted for 21 percent of total revenue. Other top products from the company include: z14: The world’s most powerful transaction system that encrypts data at scale, all the time.POWER9: POWER9 systems and software cut training times by 4x and boost AI accuracy.IBM Q Experience: The world’s first (and only) prototype 50-qubit system, which leads in quantum computing.And IBM is always looking for new ways to be competitive. Last year, the company spent $5.6 billion on research and development. And in 2016, IBM filed 8,000 patents (the most of any company). It’s a company that is moving forward quickly, which can make it an exciting prospect for many MBA students. So, why should you work for IBM?Why IBM?Nicknamed Big Blue, the appeal of working for a company like IBM is fairly obvious. It’s one of the world’s largest employers with over 380,000 employees as of 2016, and those employees are top notch. Throughout the company’s history, employees have been awarded:Five Nobel PrizesSix Turing AwardsTen National Medals of TechnologyFive National Medals of ScienceAnd some former IBM employees include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, SAP Co-Founder Hasso Plattner, and former Lenovo CEO Steve Ward.In addition, if you choose to work for IBM, you have the opportunity to work almost anywhere in the world. The company has several main campuses across the globe including:Austin, TexasRaleigh-Durham, North CarolinaRochester, MinnesotaNew York City, New YorkSilicon Valley, CaliforniaRome, ItalyWinchester, UKJohannesburg, South AfricaTokyo, JapanAnd that’s just to name a few of IBM’s premier locations. And no matter where you land a job, you’ll be called an “IBMer” and receive a myriad of benefits including group life insurance, survivor benefits, paid vacation, and more.In 2017, IBM was also recognized by Mogul as one of the Top 100 Innovators in Diversity & Inclusion as well as one of the Top 100 Companies for Millennial Women. And in 2015, IBM was named to Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list for the 30th consecutive year.Landing a Job at IBMSo, how do you land a job at IBM as a new MBA graduate? There are a few options. The first is the IBM General Management Leadership Development Program (GMLDP), which is the premier leadership development program for top MBA graduates. If you’re accepted, you’re hired into IBM on an accelerated path to leadership with opportunities across many of IBM’s areas including cloud, Watson, digital, offering management, and consulting.And speaking of consulting, MBA graduates also have the opportunity to work as consultants in IBM Global Business Services. Within this area, MBA consultants are given a chance to combine sophisticated analytics with market-leading global solutions to provide deep industry insight and expertise alongside an actionable plan.At any given time, there are over 5,000 job openings available in every industry and area from project management to marketing. Some available jobs for MBA graduates include:Strategy ConsultantProjects ManagerAccount ExecutiveOffering ManagerAssociate Partner for Tech/Data StrategyDigital Business ConsultantBusiness AnalystMeet an EmployeeAccording to Nish Parekh, who leads IBM’s client and partner programming teaching businesses how to use IBM’s Watson technology, she’s living her dream. With Watson, she gets to work on the leading edge of AI technology and touch a variety of industries, which is exciting in and of itself.“They bring in a lot of people from different parts of IBM, as well as some folks from outside IBM. Seeing the mix and all these people work together is fun. I get to learn from them,” Parekh told Fast Company. “Also, one of the greatest things about my job is the ability to stay on top of the latest and greatest technology. AI is up and coming; it’s exciting to be a part of that moment.” regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img Top MBA Recruiters: IBM RelatedThese Tech Firms are Looking for Brand New MBA TalentNot every new MBA job in the tech sector is at Google, Apple, Facebook or Microsoft—there are plenty of exciting opportunities for new tech MBA talent at companies like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Adobe. According to a study by the Graduate Management Admission Council, an astonishing 89 percent of tech companies hired…February 14, 2019In “Career”Getting Paid: Highest MBA Salaries in ChicagoLike most parts of the country, the U.S. heartland is undergoing a massive shift on all fronts, becoming more urbane, diverse, and open to outsiders than seemingly ever before. Many communities are becoming increasingly diverse, attracting international residents at an unprecedented rate. Young, urban professional-types who once flocked to the…August 25, 2017In “Featured Home”New MBA Jobs: IBM, BB&T, Comcast, Deloitte, and ChevronWant to know the best new MBA jobs out there? This guide is where you want to be. Browse some of the top job openings at the following top MBA employers below, and apply today! Senior Consultant, Digital Strategy – IBM IBM is hiring Digital Strategy Consultants across the country to…August 13, 2018In “Career”last_img read more

White House Immigration Order Small Price for Safety

first_img US Counselor to President, Kellyanne Conway, prepares to appear on the Sunday morning show Meet The Press, from the north lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 22, 2017. Conway discussed President Trump’s recent visit to the CIA and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s first statement. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlecenter_img WASHINGTON—The White House on Sunday downplayed concerns about President Donald Trump’s sweeping immigration order in the face of widespread protests, as some Republicans in Congress urged him to proceed with caution in the face of legal pushback. Top congressional Republicans, however, remain largely behind the new president.During a round of Sunday show interviews, Trump’s aides stressed that just a small portion of travelers—less than one percent—had been affected by the order, which temporarily bars the citizens of seven majority Muslim nations from entering the country. The aides also said that citizens of those countries who hold permanent U.S. residency “green cards” will not be barred from re-entering the country.RNC Chairman Reince Priebus participates in a Politico Playbook breakfast forum, May 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) RNC Chairman Reince Priebus participates in a Politico Playbook breakfast forum, May 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)“I can’t imagine too many people out there watching this right now think it’s unreasonable to ask a few more questions from someone traveling in and out of Libya and Yemen before being let loose in the United States,” insisted Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus. “And that’s all this is.”As of Sunday afternoon, one legal permanent resident had been denied entry to the country as a result of the order, according to a federal law enforcement official. The official was not permitted to discuss the order’s impact publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.The changes, said White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, are “a small price to pay” to keep the nation safe. She also mentioned to Fox News that the list of seven countries was offered by the previous administration.  .@KellyannePolls: “This list of 7 countries was offered by President Obama and his administration.”— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 29, 2017The order also suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and indefinitely bars the processing of refugees from Syria. However, it does not address homegrown extremists already in America, a primary concern of federal law enforcement officials. And the list of countries in Trump’s order doesn’t include Saudi Arabia, where most of the Sept. 11 hijackers were from.Priebus said that other countries could be added to the list.The order has sparked widespread protests and denunciations from Democrats and a handful of Republicans. Many have accused the administration of rushing to implement the changes, resulting in panic and confusion at the nation’s airports.“You have an extreme vetting proposal that didn’t get the vetting it should have had,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who urged the new president to “slow down” and work with lawmakers on how best to tighten screening for foreigners who enter the United States.Related CoverageTrump’s Immigration Ban Met With Praise by US Customs, ICE Agents‘American Sniper’ Interpreter Praises Trump Executive OrderThe comments came the morning after a federal judge in New York issued an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from the seven majority Muslim nations subject to Trump’s 90-day travel ban. The judge said the approximately 200 travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated.The order barred U.S. border agents from removing anyone who had already arrived in the U.S. with a valid visa from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. It also covered anyone with an approved refugee application.The Department of Homeland Security, however, said Sunday said the court ruling would not affect the overall implementation of the White House order.“President Trump’s executive orders remain in place—prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety,” the department said in a statement.Epoch Times contributed to this report. White House: Immigration Order ‘Small Price’ for Safety By The Associated Press January 29, 2017 Updated: January 29, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Mysterious Metal Starfish Discovered on US Beach Experts Baffled

first_imgThe mysterious object found on Rhode Island beach.(Screenshot WPRI) Show Discussion A mysterious “metal starfish” discovered in Rhode Island is leaving experts and residents alike baffled. Several people even said it could be some sort of alien equipment. The heavy metal object found 1o feet from the shoreline at low tide in East Beach was lodged underwater and consisted of a circular metal ring and 8 stainless steel legs capped with concrete. One thing is certain, the object appears to stay in position like glue, despite the force of ocean waves, The Westerly Sun reported. Peter Brockmann president of the East Beach Association, responsible for the care of the beach told WPRI he thought the item was alive. “It looks like a metal starfish because it has these eight legs that go down from the center.” (Screenshot WPRI) (Screenshot WPRI)The object was first located near the Niantic Avenue entrance and about 60 to 70 yards to the west of the Watch Hill lighthouse.  Brockmann said this is the first time locals have encountered such an incident. “Many locals don’t remember seeing it before last summer,” Brockmann told WPRI. “The harbor master has never seen it or heard of it before so it’s a real mystery.”He said he has heard some people speculate that it could be equipment used by aliens. Other guesses Brockmann heard was it could be a device used by the Army Corps of Engineers. (Screenshot WPRI) (Screenshot WPRI)“Some scientists at URI think that it is a sea floor mount for an acoustic Doppler imaging apparatus,” said Brockmann.But the biggest question is still not answered. Where exactly did the mysterious object come from? “How it got here. It’s the strangest thing because this not something that floats. It’s very heavy,” he said. According to the Westerly Sun, Brockmann has been studying the item for about six weeks already and is still looking for answers on its origin. He took photos of the object and took them to various agencies and oceanic experts to determine what it is. Officials only told him they are confident it is not an explosive or an in-use navigational device. Brockmann said the metal object could threaten the safety of surfers and swimmers so he has painted a fence to mark the area around it. His association is planning to remove the object sometime this week, in mid-August. From  Share Mysterious ‘Metal Starfish’ Discovered on US Beach, Experts Baffled By NTD Television August 16, 2017 Updated: August 16, 2017center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Share this articlelast_img read more

Boy 9 Killed During Soccer Practice in New York City

first_img Share Show Discussion A 9-year-old died on Sunday after a goal post collapsed on him at a Hell’s Kitchen, New York, school.The child was identified as Tommaso Cerase, who was partaking in a church youth event at Park West High School. The goal post collapsed at around 10 a.m., according to the New York Daily News.Tommaso was hanging off the goal post in an indoor gym when it collapsed and fell on him, officials said, the Daily News reported. However, Fox5 in New York reported that the boy ran into the goal post before it fell on him.Officers who rushed to the scene discovered the boy unconscious with severe head trauma. He was taken to a nearby hospital but could not be saved, the New York Daily News reported.Tommaso was practicing with eight other children and was supervised by three adults in a program run by Juventus Academy, police told the Daily News.“Today our dearest son Tommaso passed away in an unfortunate accident at his soccer practice,” the family said in a statement. “He was full of life and joy. At this moment the family is asking for respect for their privacy so they can continue their process of grieving.” Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina released a statement, which read: “This tragic incident is heartbreaking and our thoughts are with this student’s family and school community during this devastating time…”“He was a wonderful boy, that’s all,” said a family friend.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Facebook: “Our prayers are with his family. Heartbreaking.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article US Boy, 9, Killed During Soccer Practice in New York City By Epoch Newsroom September 18, 2017 Updated: September 18, 2017last_img read more

Poor Diplomatic Relations With Russia Putting Millions of Lives at Risk Says

first_img President Donald Trump says that millions of lives have been put at risk as a result of the false narrative that he and his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.Speaking aboard Air Force One on Nov. 11 while on a 12-day tour of Asia, Trump said the collusion narrative has damaged America’s relationship with Russia.As a result, it has become difficult for the United States to get Russia’s support in pressuring North Korea through economic means to give up its nuclear weapons program.While the Trump administration is currently pursuing a diplomatic solution to achieve a denuclearized North Korea, military options are on the table in case the situation escalates.“You’re talking about millions and millions of lives. This isn’t baby stuff. This is the real deal. And if Russia helped us, in addition to China, that problem would go away a lot faster,” Trump said.“It’s a dangerous time—this isn’t small stuff,” Trump said. “This is a very dangerous time.” A ballistic missile fired by the North Korean regime on Aug. 29, 2017, in this image provided by state media. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)Finding a solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis was the No. 1 priority for Trump’s visit to Asia. But while Japan, South Korea, and even China have stepped up efforts against the isolated communist state, Russia appears to have been lagging behind.Evidence emerged last month that one of the main sources of the collusion allegations, a dossier produced by a firm called Fusion GPS, was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.Trump said that while China has ordered its banks to cut off financing to North Korea and has reduced oil sales and trade, Russia might, in fact, be making up for losses that North Korea is suffering.Since coming to office, Trump has cultivated a close relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, hosting him in Florida in April. Given the accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the president said he’s been unable to build up a close relationship with the Russian president.“President Putin would be tremendously helpful, tremendously helpful if I had Russia and China on North Korea. I think that would solve it, but this artificial barrier gets in the way,” Trump said.“I call it the ‘artificial Democrat barrier.’ It gets in the way, which is a shame.” President Donald Trump and China’s leader Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing. (Thomas Peter – Pool/Getty Images)Since Trump won the election last year, his opponents have leveled accusations that he colluded with Russia to secure his win.However, after a year of investigations, no proof of such collusion has been found. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who oversaw a joint intelligence agency investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the election, said under oath before Congress on May 8 that there had not been any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.High-ranking Democrats, such as Senate judiciary committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), have also said there is no evidence of collusion.According to “Shattered,” a book telling the inside story of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, within 24 hours of her loss, Clinton’s team developed a strategy to focus on Russian hacking. This would be presented as the untold story of the election, which explained her loss as being due to interference.Evidence emerged last month that one of the main sources of the collusion allegations, a dossier produced by a firm called Fusion GPS, was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York on Nov. 9, 2016. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)The Washington Post reported that the payments to the company were hidden by the Clinton campaign and the DNC by routing them through the law firm Perkins Coie. The payments were also intentionally mislabeled in FEC filings.The 35-page dossier, marked as classified, relies almost exclusively on Kremlin-linked sources. These include a senior Kremlin official, a senior Russian official in the Russian Foreign Ministry, and a former top-level Russian intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.If Russia helped us, in addition to China, that problem would go away a lot faster. — President Donald TrumpLaw professor Ronald Rychlak, a leading expert on Russian disinformation operations, told The Epoch Times that the Trump dossier bears the hallmarks of a classic Russian disinformation campaign.The unsubstantiated dossier was spread among politicians and the media in an attempt to discredit Trump. The author of the report, former British MI-5 spy Christopher Steele, was instructed by Fusion GPS to give at least two in-person briefings on the content of the report to a number of media organizations, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, British court documents show. Steele is currently being sued for libel in the UK by a Russian businessman mentioned in the report.Paying for the gathering and disseminating of false information from Russian officials has raised questions about possible collusion by the DNC and the Clinton campaign.“There’s clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the president to influence the election,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Oct. 30. Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016. (YURY MARTYANOV/AFP/Getty Images)Last week, Fox News, citing a confidential source and court documents, said that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson before and after her meeting with Donald Trump Jr. in June 2016. The meeting between Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. became front page news earlier this year, as it allegedly pointed to collusion with Russia. Those claims were denied by Trump Jr., who said the meeting was part of opposition research. Now, the involvement of Fusion GPS, which was at the time being paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, is raising questions of whether the meeting was a setup in an attempt to create the illusion of collusion by the Trump campaign.“I think it’s a shame that something like that [the accusations of collusion] could destroy a very important potential relationship between two countries that are really important countries,” Trump said onboard Air Force One.Trump made similar statements throughout his presidential campaign, saying it was beneficial for the United States and Russia—two powerful, nuclear-armed nations—to get along well, rather than be adversaries. He argued that a bad relationship would drain American resources and put its interests at risk.Similarly to Trump, former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to cultivate a better relationship with Russia. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives on stage while campaigning at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA., on Oct. 22, 2016. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)In 2009, soon after coming to office, Obama called for a “reset” in relations with Russia during a visit to Moscow.“America wants a strong, peaceful, and prosperous Russia. … On the fundamental issues that will shape this century, Americans and Russians share common interests that form a basis for co-operation,” Obama said in Moscow on July 7, 2009.“That is why I have called for a ‘reset’ in relations between the United States and Russia. This must be more than a fresh start between the Kremlin and the White House, though that is important.”Just a few months earlier in Geneva, Clinton presented her Russian counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, with a big red symbolic button labeled with “reset” in English and, famously, the wrong Russian translation for the word “reset.” The hands of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rest on a red button marked “reset” in English and “overload” in Russian, which U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting on March 6, 2009, in Geneva. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)“I would like to present you with a little gift that represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying, and that is, we want to reset our relationship, and so we will do it together,” Clinton told Lavrov.Attempts to improve relations with Russia were made throughout Obama’s first term as president.During the 2012 Presidential campaign, Obama ridiculed his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, for suggesting that Russia is America’s biggest geopolitical foe.“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida. … The 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” Obama said during the final debate of the presidential campaign. President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the third and final presidential debate, moderated by Bob Schieffer (C) of CBS, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, on Oct. 22, 2012. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)However, relations between the United States and Russia deteriorated sharply during Obama’s second term in office over issues such as missile defense in Eastern Europe, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the conflict in Syria.“Obama tried and he failed,” Trump said aboard Air Force One. “Couldn’t have it, because he didn’t have chemistry. They didn’t have the right chemistry. And you know what, I understand that, because there are some people I don’t have chemistry with.”When asked by reporters whether he believed Russia meddled in the elections, Trump said that he had pressed Putin on the topic multiple times.“Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’” Trump said. “And I believe—I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.”One of the key allegations against Russia is that it was behind the hacking of DNC servers during the presidential election. However, intelligence agencies have not been able to independently establish this as fact.Former FBI Director James Comey said during a March 20 House intelligence committee hearing that the FBI “never got direct access to the machines themselves.” FBI Director James Comey during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 20, 2017 (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)Instead, the DNC hired a third-party private company, CrowdStrike, and gave the results of their analysis to the FBI.This went against “best practice,” Comey said, noting “our forensics folks would always prefer to get access to the original device or server that’s involved, so it’s the best evidence.”However, neither the CrowdStrike blog post nor the FBI report contained conclusive evidence that Russia was behind the attack. While CrowdStrike stands by its claims, much of its analysis has since unraveled.CrowdStrike’s hasty investigation was based on inconclusive methodologies, which merely looked at the type of target and the tools and code used to carry out the attack. Not only are tools and code such as these often bought, sold, and shared between hacker groups, but, as many cybersecurity experts have pointed out, it’s also easy to spoof such information to intentionally frame a target.“Malicious actors can easily position their breach to be attributed to Russia,” states a blog post from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, a cybersecurity think tank.“It would be easy to baselessly declare that all of the attacks were launched by Russia based on the malware employed,” it states. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talk during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11. (JORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty Images) Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Poor Diplomatic Relations With Russia Putting Millions of Lives at Risk, Says Trump US needs Russia’s support in countering North Korea’s nuclear threat, but relations have been damaged as a result of the unproven collusion narrativeBy Jasper Fakkert November 11, 2017 Updated: November 18, 2017 Share US News last_img read more

Four People Found Dead in Upstate New York Home

first_imgTroy Police Capt Dan DeWolf says four bodies are inside 158 2nd Ave, all family members.— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) December 26, 2017 The home at 158 Second Ave., in Troy, New York. (Google Street View) Show Discussion Four People Found Dead in Upstate New York Home By Jack Phillips December 26, 2017 Updated: December 26, 2017 Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   DeWolf said that the deaths were being investigated as likely homicides. The building’s property manager was among the victims who were found dead, reported the Albany Times-Union newspaper.The landlord of the building discovered the victims in the basement apartment, according to the Times-Union.Investigators are processing the scene. They don’t yet know the causes of death.They did not reveal the names of the victims or their ages.DeWolf noted that the deaths “appear suspicious,” according to the newspaper. “It’s horrible, terrible, sad,” he added. “Especially at this time of year.”Troy is located across the Hudson River from Albany, the state capital of New York state. It is located about 150 miles north of New York City. 2017 Year in Review  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News Police officers in Troy, New York, were spotted marking off an area around a house where four people were found dead on Tuesday, WRGB-TV reported.Troy Police Capt. Daniel DeWolf said that the bodies were discovered in the house’s basement, the report said.last_img read more

One Winning Ticket Sold in 570 Million Powerball Jackpot

first_img If the winner selects the lump-sum option, the onetime payout would total an estimated $358 million, before taxes.The odds of a single ticket hitting all six numbers in the Powerball are 292 million to 1, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.Saturday’s winning Powerball ticket is the second large lottery grand prize drawn in as many days. On Friday, one winning Mega Millions ticket, worth an estimated $450 million, was sold in Florida. That lump-sum payout is $281.With no jackpot winning tickets sold in either game since October, combined the two lottery grand prizes topped $1 billion, the third-largest total in the history of the games.The largest Powerball jackpot was a $1.6-billion payout split among winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. The largest Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million was won in 2012.Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.By Keith CoffmanRecommended Video: Thrilling GoPro Journey Down a Deep, Deep Well Share this article One Powerball ticket purchased in New Hampshire matched all six numbers for Saturday’s estimated $570 million jackpot drawing, the fifth largest grand prize in the game’s 15-year history, lottery officials said.The winning numbers drawn were 12, 29, 30, 33, 61 and Powerball 26.The identity of the winner or winners was not immediately released. A Powerball sign is pictured in a store in New York City, New York, on Jan. 5, 2018. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) US News Owner of Reeds Ferry Market says he still can’t believe his shop sold the winning #Powerball! He’s on @7News, next!— Kim Lucey (@KimLucey) January 7, 2018center_img One Winning Ticket Sold in $570 Million Powerball Jackpot By Reuters January 7, 2018 Updated: January 7, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Someone’s buying a big house on Lake Winnipesaukee this year!!! #NewHampshire #Powerball $570 Million— Lake Winnipesaukee (@myWinnipesaukee) January 7, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Mom and Daughter Arrested After Fight at Restaurant on Mothers Day

first_img A mother’s day lunch ended with arrests at a restaurant in Glendale. According to Fox 6, a Milwaukee family went to bd’s Mongolian Grill on Sunday, May 13 to enjoy a meal together, but it ended with mother and daughter being arrested.“It became a scene that was totally uncalled for,” said the mother, Marlena McDaniel. McDaniel added that she felt she had been short-changed by $20.As they were leaving the restaurant, she went back to confront the waitress. At this point, her daughter started recording with her cell phone. The situation quickly excalated.The waitress insisted that she did nothing wrong. “She threw the money at us and my mom got offended by that,” said McDaniel’s daughter, La’Lena Wrencher. A family meal ended with dual arrests for Marlena McDaniel (R) and her daughter (L) in Glendale, Milwaukee on May 13, 2018. (screenshot via Fox 6) McDaniel became agitated, yelling at the waitress. Other customers then got involved, fuelling the conflict.“She would cuss at my mom and my mom would cuss at her back,” Wrencher said.McDaniel describes another conflict between her daughter and a different waitress which was not recorded.“One ‘muffed’ my daughter which is kind of a ‘umf to your face,’ and my daughter muffed her back,” said McDaniel.According to Fox 6, a Glendale police report describe the action instead as a ‘punch’ to the face.The mother and daughter were both arrested.McDaniel said that she has some regrets about her behavior, but feels that other people involved should also be held accountable.“I’m an adult at the end of the day, I’m 38. There was a better way I could’ve handled the situation,” McDaniel said.Wrencher said that she and her mother will remember the day that they were both locked up together. Mom and Daughter Arrested After Fight at Restaurant on Mother’s Day By Brendon Fallon, Epoch Times May 18, 2018 Updated: May 19, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article McDaniel was cited for disorderly contact and her daughter was cited forbattery.An attempt to interview the restaurant manager was redirected to their corporate office. US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

Officer Injured When Police SUV Car Rolls Over in HighSpeed Pursuit

first_img Share Police in Greenfield, Wisconsin, released dash camera footage of a police SUV rolling over during a high-speed chase.According to Fox6 on Aug. 22, suspect Jorge Ornelas, 26, of Milwaukee faces one count of first degree recklessly endangering safety as well as one count of trying to flee an officer.In the chase, Ornelas, who was arrested on Aug. 12, went through a red light at an intersection and reached speeds of around 112 mph in a 35 mph zone.When an officer tried a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver, Ornelas’ vehicle bumped into the median and then went back into the roadway before hitting the officer’s SUV, which flipped over.“Thank God (the officer) is OK,” a witness to the crash said, according to Fox6. “We looked down the block and sure enough, we saw an SUV upside down facing us. You could see the bottom of the car and stuff like that. Flipped upside down. Tires in the air … all four. They blocked it all off. All of the cop cars were just keeping all the traffic away,” said Corey Oschmann.The officer in the flipped SUV was pulled out by other officers and was taken to the hospital. He was treated and released, according to the report.According to TMJ4, Ornelas could face as many as 18 years in prison. Officer Injured When Police SUV Car Rolls Over in High-Speed Pursuit By Jack Phillips August 28, 2018 Updated: August 28, 2018 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News Share this articlelast_img read more

Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Maryland Teacher Found Dead in Cell

first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Found DeadTessier was found dead in his cell around 5:10 a.m. on Sept. 6, reported NBC. Officials believe he committed suicide.The death comes on the same day his trial was scheduled to start.Tessier was facing a first-degree murder charge.Read MoreBoyfriend of Maryland High School Teacher Charged After She’s Found DeadKevin Lewis, an ABC7 reporter, said that Tessier was in court on Sept. 4, for jury selection. “He was wearing a suit/tie and barely uttered a word,” Lewis said.“This news comes as a shock to all. So much work put into the case.”A source told Lewis that Tessier had asked his public defender recently if he even needed to show up to the trial, which was scheduled to last three weeks. #BREAKING: Tyler Tessier, man accused of murdering pregnant girlfriend, found dead in prison cell— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) September 6, 2018 Share BREAKING: Tyler Tessier found dead in jail cell hours before his trial was set to begin. Apparent hanging.I saw Tessier in court Tuesday during jury selection. He was wearing a suit/tie + barely uttered a word.This news comes as a shock to all. So much work put into the case.— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) September 6, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   AdmissionTessier told police officers that he shot Wallen once because he was afraid he had buried her alive, Montgomery County prosecutors said in a motion obtained by WTOP.Tessier said that Wallen had tried to attack him with a pair of scissors and he was able to get out of the way but she collided into a wooden post and collapsed. He believed she had died, so she buried her.“When he grew concerned perhaps she was not deceased and that he had buried her alive, he stated he shot her once in the back of the head, to ensure she wasn’t suffering,” according to prosecutors.From NTD.tvDid you enjoy this article? Continue to read more stories  here. Show Discussion ‘An Adventure’Tessier was the last known person to see Wallen and surveillance footage showed the pair together on Sept. 2, 2017, near Wallen’s home.A text message from Wallen to her sister said that Tessier had taken her on a trip to a farm.“Tyler has me on an adventure in the country … don’t know why I’m here but it’s for something,” she wrote, according to court records.She was found dead 11 days later in a shallow grave on a large farm in Damascus. Authorities said she’d been shot in the back of the head. Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Maryland Teacher Found Dead in Cell By Zachary Stieber September 6, 2018 Updated: September 6, 2018 Share this article A Maryland man charged with the killing of his girlfriend, a pregnant high school teacher, was found dead in his jail cell.Tyler Tessier was 32 when he was arrested in September 2017, following the discovery of his girlfriend Laura Wallen, who was four months pregnant, in a shallow grave.Officials said at the time that Tessier was suspected to be the father of the unborn child but was engaged to be married to a different woman. Laura Wallen was reported missing one year ago today. This morning, jury selection begins in Montgomery Co. murder trial of Tyler Tessier, charged with killing Wallen, who was 14 weeks pregnant with his child. He’d just gotten engaged to another woman.— Neal Augenstein (@AugensteinWTOP) September 4, 2018 US News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber last_img read more

Naomi Osaka Reveals What Serena Williams Told Her After Winning US Open

first_img US News Share QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has revealed for the first time what Serena Williams told her after the controversy-plagued final.Osaka and Williams were together after the match as Osaka was awarded the trophy for winning.Osaka, 20, of Japan, said that Williams, 36, told her she was proud of her. Amid the crowd booing, Williams tried to reassure the new champion that the boos were not aimed at her.Read MoreSerena Williams Cartoon Reprinted by Paper, Has Headline ‘Welcome to the PC World’Serena Williams’ Fitness Coach Defends Her After Controversial US Open Outburst“She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn’t booing at me. So, I was really happy that she said that,” Osaka told Ellen DeGeneres.”At the time I did think they were booing at me.” Osaka also said that she felt confident going into the match that she would win. Osaka previously said that she was happy to win her first Grand Slam.Serena Williams reacts after losing to Naomi Osaka Serena Williams of the United States (2nd R), while being interviewed after her defeat in the Women’s Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka (2nd L),  of Japan at the 2018 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on Sept. 8, 2018. (Al Bello/Getty Images)Williams EruptsThe controversial series of events started when umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation warning after he spotted her coach, who was in the stands, giving her hand signals.Williams became irate and smashed her racket, leading to an actual code violation. That made Williams even more upset, and she berated Ramos repeatedly. Ramos issued another code violation, costing Williams the game. Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final.Read MoreSerena Williams Match Umpire Carlos Ramos Speaks out for First TimeMartina Navratilova Slams Serena Williams’ Behavior During US Open FinalTennis Associations Back Serena Williams Against UmpireOsaka said during the interview that she initially didn’t know what was going on because she turned away from the scene as Williams approached Ramos and started yelling.“When you’re little you’re taught not to look at if your opponent gets angry, you’re told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that,” Osaka said. “But in my mind, I really wanted to know what was going on.”Serena Williams yells at umpire Serena Williams of the United States yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Sept. 8, 2018. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY SPORTS)Ramos RespondsThe rulings by Ramos and outcome of the match stirred controversy, with some backing Williams, believing she’d been unfairly ruled against, and others believing her behavior justified the violations.Ramos spoke out for the first time about the fracas, telling the Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso that he was fine.Read MoreUmpires May Boycott Serena Williams Matches after US Open IncidentSerena Williams, Umpire Abuse, and American Culture“I’m fine, given the circumstances,” Ramos told the Expresso, according to the Associated Press. “It’s a delicate situation, but umpiring ‘a la carte’ doesn’t exist. Don’t worry about me.”Ramos said he has received hundreds of messages of support. The umpire stayed at his house for several days after the final to avoid problems. Ramos is scheduled to umpire matches in the Davis Cup, which starts in Croatia on Sept. 14.From Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Naomi Osaka Reveals What Serena Williams Told Her After Winning US Open By Zachary Stieber September 13, 2018 Updated: September 13, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Middleton Active Shooter Police at Office Building in Wisconsin

first_img Show Discussion Looks like ambulance is transporting someone from the scene on Deming way— Keely Arthur (@news3keely) September 19, 2018 Crime and Incidents .@ATFStPaul responding to report of an active shooter in Middleton, Wis. Media queries should be directed to local authorities.— ATF St. Paul (@ATFStPaul) September 19, 2018 It isn’t clear if there have been any injuries or fatalities. Officials have asked people to avoid the area.Other details are not clear.Middleton is located about five miles from Madison, the state capital.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Update: UW Health University Hospital confirmed told NBC News that they received four patients from the shooting. The severity of their injuries is not clear. The shooter was also injuredOfficials in Middleton, Wisconsin, say they’re responding to an active shooter situation at a commercial building.WISC-TV reported at around 12 p.m. ET on Sept. 19 that Dane County dispatch received multiple reports of an active shooter around the 1800 block of Deming Way. NBC15 reported that the office building appears to be the location of Paradigm said its reporter, Dean Mosiman, was quoted as saying that “there were at least 40 police squad cars and ambulances from multiple jurisdictions outside the building.” Police set up a perimeter around the building, reported.A woman was taken out of the building screaming and said it was “a devastating loss,” the report said.The Middleton High School, Kromrey Middle School, and Clark Street Community School were placed on lockdown, officials said. The Middleton Police Department said in an alert that there was an “active shooter in the area.” They asked people to stay inside, shelter in place, and lock their doors. #BREAKING @madisonpolice speed to reports of active shooter @nbc15_madison— Tim Elliott (@TheTimReport) September 19, 2018center_img Officials in Middleton, Wisconsin, say they’re responding to an active shooter situation at a commercial building. (Street View) Share Share this article  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Madison College also sent out a statement: “There is no active threat on campus at this time. If at West, shelter in place & standby for updates. Avoid the area north of West Campus into Middleton.”Fox6 reported that there are “multiple gunmen” involved in the incident.Evacuees are now being transferred to the Residence Inn by Marriott, Fox6 reported. Middleton Active Shooter: Police at Office Building in Wisconsin By Jack Phillips September 19, 2018 Updated: September 19, 2018last_img read more

Copter Crashes on USS Ronald Reagan in Asia Sailors Hurt

first_img Share this article TOKYO—An U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Oct. 19, causing nonfatal injuries to sailors, the Navy said.The Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement that the MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff Friday morning while the carrier was off the Philippine coast.All affected sailors were in stable condition and their injuries were nonlife-threatening, the Navy said. It didn’t say how many sailors were hurt. It said some of them would be examined and treated after they reach the shore, though officials did not specify the destination.The Navy did not give details on any damage to the helicopter or the ship. But it said the ship was fully capable of conducting its mission for security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The aircraft carrier has also resumed flight training.The Navy said the crash occurred while the Ronald Reagan Strike Group was conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea, which spreads north and northeast of the Philippines. The cause was under investigation.The USS Ronald Reagan participated in the international naval review hosted off the South Korean island of Jeju last week. Share U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan anchors off Manila Bay for a goodwill visit in Manila, Philippines, on June 26, 2018. (Bullit Marquez/AP) US News center_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Copter Crashes on USS Ronald Reagan in Asia, Sailors Hurt By The Associated Press October 19, 2018 Updated: October 19, 2018last_img read more

Trump First Lady Tour HurricaneRavaged Florida P

first_img Trump, First Lady Tour Hurricane-Ravaged Florida Panhandle By Reuters October 15, 2018 Updated: October 15, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article Share Show Discussioncenter_img PANAMA CITY, Fla.—U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump went to Florida’s storm-ravaged Panhandle and Georgia on Oct. 15, to see the destruction caused by deadly Hurricane Michael.The president and first lady arrived at Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle, Florida’s northwestern region, and are scheduled to return to the White House on Monday evening, the White House said. Trump visited North and South Carolina after they were hit by Hurricane Florence last month.Trump held a briefing with Florida Governor Rick Scott, a fellow Republican, at the base located about 100 miles west of where Hurricane Michael came ashore on Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall in the continental United States.Insured losses for wind and storm surge from Hurricane Michael will run between an estimated $6 billion and $10 billion, risk modeler AIR Worldwide said. Those figures do not include losses paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program, AIR Worldwide said. First responders and residents walk along a main street in Mexico Beach, October 11. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)Michael hit the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. At least 18 people in four states have died because of the storm. Dozens of people remained missing on Sunday in Florida Panhandle communities left in ruins.Rescuers said they expected the death toll to rise and they were using cadaver dogs and heavy equipment to search collapsed homes in small towns such as Mexico Beach and Panama City for more victims.Rescue efforts have been hampered by blocked roads and huge piles of rubble in many communities such as Mexico Beach, which took a direct hit from the massive storm that killed at least one person there.“If we lose only one life, to me that’s going to be a miracle,” Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told Florida media.Cathey told ABC News that 46 people out of the town of some 1,000 residents remained missing or unaccounted for on Sunday.U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One as he departs Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., on his way to visit areas affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida and Georgia, on Oct. 15, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Survivors grappled with power outages and shortages of food and water amid the mazes of uprooted trees and debris. Electricity and telephone service were being slowly restored but it could be weeks before power returns to the state’s most damaged areas.More than 1,700 search and rescue workers were deployed, Scott’s office said, including seven swift-water rescue teams and nearly 300 ambulances.In Panama City, Fire Chief Alex Baird said search-and-rescue teams were now in “recovery mode” after largely giving up hope of finding any more survivors.Trump is fully committed to helping state and local agencies with the recovery, the White House said. It was announced late on Sunday that he declared a state of emergency in Georgia, freeing up federal resources for the state. A similar declaration had already been made for Florida. Trump Presidency  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img Share this article Crime and Incidents “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Licon’s family as they grieve with us during this difficult time,” the CHP said in a statement.“Our hearts are heavy after the immeasurable loss of a friend, father, husband, and hero,” the CHP also said on Facebook.“Rest easy brother, we have the watch from here.” A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver on Interstate 15 near Lake Elsinore, officials said.The crash took place at around 4:30 p.m. on April 6. The officer was sent to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries, reported NBC Los Angeles.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Incredibly sad day for the family of Sgt Steve Licon, the CHP, & State of Calif. Sgt Licon was a great leader, valued member of the CHP family, & a dedicated public servant who sacrificed his life serving the people of Calif. Condolences to wife Ann, & daughters Marissa & Kelly.— Warren Stanley (@CHPCommissioner) April 7, 2019 The CHP identified the officer who died as Riverside Sgt. Steve Licon, who had been on the police force, according to the report. Before the accident, Licon was conducting a traffic stop when a gray Toyota Carolla crashed into his motorcycle, the CHP said. “Sgt Licon was a great leader, valued member of the CHP family, & a dedicated public servant who sacrificed his life serving the people of Calif. Condolences to wife Ann, & daughters Marissa & Kelly,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley wrote.Three people in all were hurt during the crash, and they were all transported to the hospital in unknown condition, according to the report.center_img Just saw the procession for CHP Sgt. Steve Licon pass us by on Inland Valley Dr. They just left the hospital and are heading to the coroner’s office. @KTLA— Carlos Saucedo (@Carlos_Saucedo) April 7, 2019 Show Discussion “Just as we ride to honor officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice, we mourn the loss of another. Sgt Steve Licon of the CHP Riverside Area gave his life protecting & serving his community today. The thoughts & prayers of the LAPD are w/ his family & fellow officers tonight,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore tweeted.The incident took place on I-15 near Indian Truck Trail and Nichols Road, KTLA reported.Details about the crash were not provided to local news outlets.Traffic Stops Dangerous for PoliceIn recent weeks, there have been several dramatic instances of police getting involved in shootouts or getting into dangerous situations with suspects during traffic stops.On Sept. 18, a sheriff’s office in Colorado posted footage of a man rolling out of a stopped vehicle, pointing a gun at officers. “As he continued to advance out of the vehicle deputies shot [him] multiple times, fatally wounding him,” the office said.The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (pdf) said traffic stops are notoriously dangerous for police officers in the United States. The leading causes for officers being shot and killed in 2017 occurred when they were responding to domestic incidents and while conducting traffic stops, the group’s annual report states.And, according to the most recent figures published by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, “A greater percentage of male drivers (12 percent) than female drivers (8 percent) were stopped by police during 2011.” It adds: “In 2011, about 3 percent of traffic stops led to a search of the driver, the vehicle, or both. Police were more likely to search male drivers (4 percent) than female drivers (2 percent).” CHP Officer Killed by Suspected DUI Driver on Interstate 15 in Southern California By Jack Phillips April 7, 2019 Updated: April 7, 2019 Share A police car in a file photo. (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

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first_imgIn 2010, another man, Richard Polombo, admitted he’d killed Harris. Four years later, the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan’s law school heard about Polombo’s admission. After years of legal wrangling, Phillips was granted a new trial in late 2017.He became a free man in March 2018.Prison Walls Couldn’t Contain his Creative SpiritBehind bars, Phillips began painting in 1990 “to stave off loneliness,” his art website says. “He painted to fill the long days. He painted to keep his heart soft and hope alive.”His paintings became custom greeting cards he sold to other inmates. He used the proceeds to buy more art supplies.His watercolor paintings often touched on themes of hope and survival.With a modernist touch, he depicted floral scenes, landscapes, musicians, and delved into the world of the abstract as well. Over nearly 30 years he created a wide body of work that’s now up for sale.Silver said Phillips is now renting an apartment but hopes to be able to buy a small home with the new money coming in and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.One of those hopes, Silver says, is that Phillips wants to get a German Shepherd puppy.“He is pretty well-adjusted. He says that he is not bitter,” Silver said.2019 CNN Trademark A Man Who Spent Nearly 46 Years in Prison for a Wrongful Conviction Will Get $1.5 Million By Wire Service Content May 22, 2019 Updated: May 22, 2019 Richard Philips with his attorney Gabi Silver. (Courtesy Gabi Silver via CNN)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Show Discussion US News Share this article Imprisoned for more than 45 years, Richard Phillips spent more time behind bars than any other wrongfully imprisoned person in America.Now Michigan’s attorney general has announced that Phillips will receive $1.5 million in compensation.— CNN (@CNN) May 21, 2019 Imprisoned for more than 45 years for a murder he didn’t commit, Richard Phillips spent more time behind bars than any other wrongfully imprisoned person in America.But after another man admitted to that murder, the Michigan native was exonerated and released from prison last March.Now Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced that Phillips will receive $1.5 million in compensation for his time behind bars.Phillips is entitled to up to $50,000 for each year he was imprisoned, according to the Michigan Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act. The money isn’t taxed, and he won’t lose any of it to attorney’s fees, his lawyer Gabi Silver told CNN. The $1.5 million payment covers about three decades of his prison sentence because he also served time in jail on an armed robbery conviction.Silver says she’s still fighting the armed robbery conviction. If Phillips is exonerated on that charge, his take-home haul could be even greater. “This is great news, and was absolutely the right thing to do,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “While this compensation will not bring back the 45 years that he unjustly served in prison, it is my sincere hope that it will bring a well-deserved and fulfilling quality of life to him.”At 73, He’s Beginning a New Life in a New WorldRichard Phillips, who’s now 73, was just 27 when he was arrested. He was sentenced to life in prison in October 1972 without the possibility of parole.At the time, Richard Nixon was in a reelection race against Sen. George McGovern for the presidency.Michael Jackson’s “Ben” and Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love” were in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. And the Detroit auto factories where Phillips worked were vibrant. Richard Philips with his attorney Gabi Silver. (Courtesy Gabi Silver via CNN)Over four decades the world changed in ways both profound and mundane.After he was released last year, he was amazed at the number of varieties of orange juice now in grocery store aisles.His Conviction Was Based on False TestimonyPhillips was originally convicted of murder for allegedly dragging a man named Gregory Harris out his car and shooting him to death. The victim’s brother-in-law told investigators he’d met with Phillips at a bar to discuss the murder.But Phillips maintained his innocence. He told his attorney, “I’d rather die in prison, than admit to a murder I did not do.”last_img read more