Leahy brings Senate panel to Vermont to focus on crime solutions

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will chair a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 22, in Barre, Vermont. The hearing will examine the effective efforts of Barre and surrounding communities in fighting drug-related crime. Leahy has invited the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, R. Gil Kerlikowske the nation s drug czar to testify at the hearing. Kerlikowske is the former police chief in Seattle, and has almost 40 years of law enforcement experience. Judiciary Committee Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former prosecutor, will also attend.Leahy chairs the Senate panel, and noticed the hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America on Friday. Leahy has been a long-time leader in Congress on efforts to assist state and local law enforcement, as well as community-based efforts to prevent and address crime. This is the third in a series of hearings on drug crime that Leahy has brought to Vermont. He has twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear firsthand about the successful efforts communities have made to address drug-related crime. The hearings, which were held in Rutland and St. Albans, helped to strengthen community resolve to address the problem of drug-related crime, and highlighted successful community-wide efforts to take on this difficult issue. In Vermont, we have felt the presence of drug abuse and drug-related crimes in our communities. The myth persists that these are only big-city problems, but rural America is also coping with these issues, said Leahy. As we learned in Rutland and St. Albans, communities are developing innovative and effective ways to combat crime, and communities across the country can learn from their successes. Vermonters in Barre and the surrounding communities have similarly pulled together to face this serious problem, and I believe this hearing will help other small towns across the country learn from their successes.Leahy has advocated a three-pronged approach to combating rising crime levels in America prevention, treatment and enforcement. He has invited local and state officials to testify, as well as community leaders and advocates. Barre Mayor Tom Lauzon will offer testimony at the hearing.Witnesses who will testify with Director Kerlikowske at the March 22 hearing include:* Col. Tom L Esperance, Vermont State Police Commander* Barbara Floersch, Associate Director of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club* *Susan, Graduate of the Vermont Works for Women s Modular Home Construction Program at Northwest State Correctional Facility* Damartin Quadros, Community business ownerThe hearing will be held Monday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the Barre City Auditorium, 20 Auditorium Hill, Barre, Vermont.# # # # #**Name has been changed to protect witness identityNOTICE OF COMMITTEE FIELD HEARINGThe Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America for Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the Barre City Auditorium in Barre, Vermont.By order of the Chairman.# # # # #Source: Leahy’s office. 3.12.2010last_img read more

Dear Congress: Patagonia Writes Letter Urging Protection for Public Lands

first_imgPatagonia recently penned a letter to Congress on behalf of over 100 executives of both large and small outdoor companies. Collectively, these businesses contribute $650 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employ approximately six million people.In the letter, Patagonia called on Congress and elected officials to protect public lands. Republicans in Congress have proposed transferring public lands to state and private ownership. Patagonia and the alliance of outdoor businesses signing on to the letter oppose these transfers and encourage Congress to safeguard our natural heritage. Patagonia writes:“It is an American right to roam in our public lands. The people of the United States, today and tomorrow, share equally in the ownership of these majestic places. This powerful idea transcends party lines and sets our country apart from the rest of the world. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal, current or future, that devalues or compromises the integrity of our national public lands.Yet as the 115th Congress begins, efforts are underway that threaten to undermine over one hundred years of public investment, stewardship and enjoyment of our national public lands. Stated simply, these efforts would be bad for the American people. They include the potential of national public lands being privatized or given to states who might sell them to the highest bidder. This would unravel courageous efforts by leaders from across the political spectrum up to the present day, including Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.This is not a red or blue issue. It is an issue that affects our shared freedoms. Public lands should remain in public hands.”Read the full letter and the complete list of outdoor companies signing on to the letter here.last_img read more

LeoVegas strengthens responsible gambling initiatives with LeoLine

first_img Submit Share Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Online gambling group LeoVegas has strengthened its responsible gambling policies after developing new plans to launch  a new live chat service across its UK-facing brands, in collaboration with Gambling Therapy.The new service, LeoLine, will deliver immediate live help to punters that wish to access support in managing their gambling activity. The overall impact of the new service is due to be evaluated during a three month trial period and the subsequent impacts will be shared later in the year.Mark Good, BetUK.com representative, commented: ”Our mission at LeoVegas is to create the greatest online gaming experience, with safer gambling at the core of our culture. This innovative idea from within our own team has developed into a working solution, and we are proud to be working with Gambling Therapy to deliver and share our findings with the wider industry.”The new partnership with Gambling Therapy is expected to help support early identification and interaction with customers through education and awareness.A previous LeoVegas donation to Gambling Therapy has helped deliver a number of bespoke training sessions, as well as the development of 12 portals unique to the individual brands under the organisations banner, which in the UK includes LeoVegas, Pink Casino, BetUK.com and Slotto.Rob Mabbett, Gambling Therapy manager at Gordon Moody, who has previously spoken to LeoVegas staff on rehabilitation and education, added: “This is a really exciting project for Gambling Therapy. For years, anyone who has been affected by problem gambling has accessed our multilingual service through links on gambling operator sites to our website and app. “Having a direct link to our services through LeoLine will reduce the friction that can so often prevent service users getting the support that they need. This is a fantastic initiative and it has been a pleasure working with the team at Rocket X, they are dynamic, forward thinking and passionate about responsible gambling and player protection.“I am sure this trial will be a success for our respective organisations, and I look forward to sharing the results of a meaningful collaboration between operator and treatment provider that will help us achieve our shared aim of creating a safer gambling environment for the millions of people who gamble online worldwide.”last_img read more

Lamar Odom’s friends, colleagues relieved as he shows improvement

first_img“He probably has no idea we were there,” Griffin said. “Hopefully he knows there are a lot of guys that love him and want to see him do better.”That contradicted the defeated feeling about Odom earlier in the week. Walton described the ordeal as “one of the hardest things I ever had to deal with” and avoided reading the endless negative and frequently inaccurate media reports. Griffin recalled feeling “pretty awful.” So did the Clippers’ coach, Doc Rivers, after talking to the team about Odom’s health before a 42-point loss to Charlotte in Shanghai. “I don’t know if that was the right conversation to have right before you walk out in the preseason game because the guys were very emotional in the locker room about it,” Rivers said. “But I just thought it was the right thing to do.”Rivers also believed it was the right thing to tell Odom, “Get right and you’ve got a job” for the 2013-14 season. But reports emerged in the summer of 2013 that he became addicted to crack cocaine after police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. He has not played in the NBA since. “Obviously he couldn’t get that part right,” Rivers said. “But what I told my players is you’ve got to enjoy each other more. I said, ‘Lamar had it right on the court. He’s the exact opposite of half the players.’ They don’t get it right on the floor, they don’t figure out how to play for their teammate and be a great teammate.”Hence, the reaction from Odom’s friends and former teammates.Said Walton: “I’m able to laugh and smile again.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN DIEGO >> The partisan crowd here reached fever pitch as the Lakers’ public service announcer Lawrence Tanter said something in his soothing voice.No, Tanter did not say Kobe Bryant’s name during starting lineup introductions. In fact, Bryant missed the Lakers’ preseason game against Golden State on Saturday at Valley View Casino Center because of a bruised lower left leg.. Instead, Tanter brought up Lamar Odom, who has been in a Las Vegas hospital this week after losing consciousness at a local brothel. Tanter asked that the Lakers fans continue to wish Odom a successful recovery.Of course, the polite request met a roar of approval. But only days earlier, that wish may have seemed unrealistic. Brothel workers from Love Ranch South in Crystal, Nev., reported in a 911 call released Wednesday that Odom took cocaine and 10 doses of a sexual performance enhancer over three days. center_img But on Saturday, Odom stayed at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas without any setbacks after breathing without the help of a ventilator for the past two days, according to sources familiar with the situation. Odom, the former Lakers and Clippers forward, also showed improvement with his breathing and vision, sources added. “It’s like a weight being lifted,” said Warriors interim coach Luke Walton, who played with Odom on the Lakers from 2004 to 2011. “He has a long way to go. But it’s nice to see, hear and know he has a fighting chance.” Odom still feels fatigued and remains physically limited, sources said. Concerns also persist about the state of his kidneys, though there is some hope. Yet some in the Lakers have now privately expressed confidence Odom will survive his latest scare. The Clippers also expressed hope; Odom played there from 1999 to 2003 and the 2012-13 season.“LO’s a great dude and we’ve all been fighting with him,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said after Saturday’s practice at the Clippers’ facility in Playa Vista. “He’s getting better.”The Clippers’ Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all said they sensed that after visiting Odom late Wednesday night and Thursday evening after a week-long trip in China. last_img read more

Wellington will vote ‘yes’ in splitting Class 4A into two classifications

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At Crusader Club on Monday afternoon at Big Cheese Pizza, Wellington Activities Director Brian Buchanan was fielding a ton of questions — from the current state of the school calendar, to the athletic banquet on Friday. But one item in particular involved a recent proposal from the Kansas State High School Activities Association office, whether or not to split Class 4A into two divisions.A current proposal is on the table that would split Class 4A which currently has 64 teams and making it into two 32-team divisions for five sports — football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. Wellington High School is a Class 4A school.At a meeting on Friday, the KSHSAA board of directors voted 35-27 to allow all Class 4A schools to vote on a proposal that would split the classification. A majority of at least 33 “yes” votes is needed to pass the proposal. Buchanan said at the Crusader Club meeting, Wellington will be voting “yes.”Wellington is currently No. 26 of the current school population list of the 64 4A schools tallied this school year. It has 487 students – from freshman to seniors (see list below). Thus it would be placed in the top division of the 32 Class 4A schools. It would probably play schools like Winfield, Ulysses, and Mulvane in the postseason in football.Andale, Clearwater and Wichita Collegiate would be in the bottom half division of 32 schools.However, Andale could very well move up into the upper division in that it is No. 33 on the list. So if not now, soon.The 64 schools have until June 15 to vote.Currently, Kansas has seven classifications from Class 6A to 1A with the bottom classification split into two eight-man divisions. The proposal came about because there is a significant gap between the most populated schools in 4A and the least populated. Topeka Highland Park, which has 729 students, is the biggest Class 4A school. Rock Creek and Frontenac have 258 students on the bottom end.The ratio is 2.83 which is almost three students for Topeka Highland Park to 1 student at Rock Creek and Frontenac. That is the largest gap of any classification in Kansas. Class 6A is 1.7, 5A is 1.61, 3A is 1.61, 2A is 1.56.Buchanan said the KSHSAA position is it doesn’t want to do anymore work than it is already doing. Adding a classification just adds to the misery. However, the KSHSAA decisioning body is the board of directors, are made up of athletic league representatives.There is the common complaint that Kansas has too many classifications already. Still, the gap in 4A doesn’t seem fair to many critics of the system. While Class 6A and 5A have 32 schools in its classification, Class 4A and 3A have 64.Buchanan agrees. He said he would prefer to see it go to 48 school classifications in which the smallest 16 of Class 4A would drop into Class 3A and the smallest of 16 would drop into Class 3A. By voting for the current proposal, he hopes will get the ball rolling for a complete classification overhaul.Someone asked about trying to separate the private schools from the public schools at the Crusader Club meeting. Buchanan said that proposal has been discussed in years past, but is actually losing momentum at the moment.This is what the classification list would look like if it was to pass with the current enrollment figures: DIVISION 1                                         DIVISION 21.    Topeka Highland Park 729             1.     Andale 4342.     Pittsburg 710                                 2.     Eudora 4333.     Bonner Springs 708                       3.     Clearwater 3694.     Winfield 691                                  4.     Santa Fe Trail 3625.     McPherson 690                             5.     Iola 3616.     De Soto 681                                    6.    Parsons 3617.     KC Sumner Academy 674               7.    KC Ward 3548.     Paola 650                                       8.   Osawatomie 3539.     Buhler 642                                      9.   Pratt 35010.   Ottawa 636                                   10.   Columbus 34311.   Spring Hill 636                               11.   Girard 33512.   Basehor-Linwood 599                   12.   Perry-Lecompton 32813.   Tonganoxie 595                            13.   Garnett-Anderson County 32114.   Rose Hill 585                                14.   Chapman 32015.   Independence 576                        15.   Holton 32016.   Augusta 567                                 16.   Colby 31017.   Mulvane 565                                 17.   Clay Center 30718.   KC Piper 563                                 18.   Wichita Trinity 30519.   Fort Scott 562                               19.   Meriden-Jefferson West 30520.   El Dorado 561                               20.   Nickerson 29921.   Chanute 552                                  21.   Hugoton 29722,   Labette County 527                       22.   LaCygne-Prairie View 29523.   Towanda-Circle 525                      23.   Hoyt-Royal Valley 29024.   Louisburg 490                               24.  Lindsborg-Smoky Valley 29025.   Topeka Hayden 488                      25.   Larned 28826.   Wellington 487                             26.   Baxter Springs 28527.   Abilene 476                                   27.  Concordia 28228.   Coffeyville 462                              28.   Goodland 27529.   Atchison 460                                 29.   Hesston 27030.   Ulysses 457                                  30.  Collegiate 26731.   Baldwin 456                                  31.  St. George-Rock Creek 25832.   Wamego 451                                 32.   Frontenac 258 Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Crusaderfan · 380 weeks ago The only problem there is in 4A is the bigger schools in the classification don’t win many of the state championships. The majority of them are won by those that will be in the lower division. I say the bigger schools in 4A need to step up and hit the weight room more often. Report Reply 0 replies · active 380 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Anonymous Fella · 380 weeks ago In my opinion, this is another product of today’s “everybody wins” culture. Report Reply 1 reply · active 380 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Aspecificname 66p · 380 weeks ago You, anonymous fella, are exactly right. Somebody cried, somebody else cried, and here we are. Did you know there were over a dozen football teams that made the playoffs with losing records? Lots of changes need to be made, but they are being made for the wrong reasons. You want championships? Play better. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down pump u up · 380 weeks ago Crusader Fan most of the schools in 4A that win state titles are also private schools with low enrollment…Hit the weight room more often…yep that is the solution….more weight training….If it is like WHS maybe those two classes a day and all summer is not enough…yep I can see it…more weight training…Why is that every solution to every problem is more weight training….I am thinking if our test scores are low….we need to send all the students for..yes you guessed it…weight training. Report Reply 0 replies · active 380 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Panthers ask, ‘Who is the franchise GOAT?’ Fans ask, ‘Why isn’t Cam Newton an option?’

first_imgAnyways, here’s the best of “Um, Cam?”You forgot one. The 🐐 is Cam Newton! pic.twitter.com/EjwcGpEHVw— Ashleigh Jarrell (@MrsAshJarrell) June 17, 2020pic.twitter.com/O7etxxSoC5— SomeDude (@SomeDudeInNC) June 17, 2020pic.twitter.com/NmkgkRV4KR— Brett Gendoes (@BrettGendoes) June 17, 2020pic.twitter.com/PZJyRYimPR— questnine (@santamagino1) June 17, 2020pic.twitter.com/Tlm3ToMd3A— Jason Moore (@Jasonmoore24) June 17, 2020Umm…option 4 #KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/fqbn3ZN25q— glynnise mccorkle (@ghm021870) June 17, 2020@CameronNewton is definitely the 🐐 for the @Panthers (I like all those listed too, Cam was the best!!!!) pic.twitter.com/qzfE2T97nV— e.christian.allen (@EChristianAllen) June 17, 2020Top 3 Panther all time pic.twitter.com/imRVqKCGVY— Jarrett Costin (@Jdcostin910) June 17, 2020All of them plus this guy pic.twitter.com/nFIU4NonAX— Steve Brooks (@BrooksCoach) June 17, 2020D. pic.twitter.com/vEgq543Hap— Cody M. (@_CDMarcum) June 18, 2020Carolina could have gone full Zoom call and added Newton, Greg Olsen (another less-than-happy exit), DeAngelo Williams (ditto), Thomas Davis and the late Sam Mills, among others. (Christian McCaffrey still has a way to go.) Instead, it went with just three, and the MVP and Super Bowl quarterback didn’t make the cut.If that was done just for the clicks, then, well-played, Panthers. If that was done because of how the breakup went, then, well, that was a . . . catty thing to do. Choose your 🐐 pic.twitter.com/aegiRthSFQ— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 17, 2020It couldn’t have been because the Panthers released Newton last March after nine seasons and that Newton has made it clear the breakup wasn’t amicable. No way that was the case, right?MORE: Former Newton teammate says Panthers mismanaged injuries for years NFL fans on Twitter broke out their finest Cam Newton GIFs on Wednesday after the Panthers omitted their longtime quarterback from a poll to decide who is the greatest player in franchise history.Carolina went with Julius Peppers (reply), Steve Smith Sr. (retweet) and Luke Kuechly (like). Maybe the limited Twitter voting options forced an impossible decision.last_img read more