2 Jun

Election turmoil splits West Virginia city’s evangelicals

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Election turmoil splits West Virginia city’s evangelicals WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter Twittercenter_img Local NewsUS News Pinterest TAGS  Sisters Shawnetta Lane, left, and Angenetta Lane, center, smile as they listen to Frederick Brown, pastor of Faith Center Church in Bluefield, W.Va., give his first in-person sermon in two months on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Pinterest Previous articleKLDiscovery Inc. Signs New Credit Agreement to Refinance Existing Debt Obligations With Increased Capacity and Reduced Principal Amortization, Lowering Annual Debt Payments from $17 Million to $3 MillionNext articleAP source: MLB slightly deadening ball amid HR surge Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

18 May

Video surfaces of police punching protester as governor debuts plan to end violence in Portland

first_imgABCBY: BILL HUTCHINSON, KAYNA WHITWORTH, ANNIE PONG, and JENNA HARRISON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As the governor of Oregon announced a plan to end violence in Portland following a fatal shooting during clashes between protesters on one hand and radical right activists and supporters of President Donald Trump on the other, a video emerged of a group of police in the city repeatedly punching a protester being held on the ground.Portland police officials announced that 29 people, ranging in age from 17 to 49, were arrested during protests Sunday night and into Monday morning, saying officers came under attack from more than 150 people blocking traffic and some hurling rocks, eggs and other projectiles at them outside a government building housing the city’s public safety offices and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.After repeated warnings from police over loudspeakers for protesters to clear the area in front of the Penumbra Kelly Building, in northeast Portland, were ignored by many of the protesters, authorities declared the gathering an unlawful assembly at 10:40 p.m. Sunday. They then began arresting people on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to interfering with peace officers and resisting arrest, according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau.Police said two of the people arrested were in possession of loaded firearms.“We all must come together — elected officials, community leaders, all of us — to stop the cycle of violence,” Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement.The governor announced a multi-pronged plan to end the violence in Portland while protecting peaceful protesters’ freedom of speech. She said she’ll work with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office to make sure people arrested for violent acts remain jailed and fully prosecuted.Brown said the plan will also boost the number of Oregon State Police in the city and deploy sheriff’s deputies and police officers from surrounding agencies “to free up the Portland Police Bureau’s investigative capabilities to arrest and charge those engaging in violent acts.” Brown, a Democrat, said the nearly 100 consecutive days of protests in the city have stretched the Portland Police Bureau’s resources thin.“But this is only the first step. Real change will come from the hard work to achieve racial justice. And it starts with all of us listening to each other, and working together,” said Brown, adding she will also convene a community forum with Black Lives Matter protest organizers and community leaders to “discuss racial justice and police reform in the City of Portland.”Police declared unlawful assemblyJust hours after Brown released details of her plan on Sunday, violence erupted yet again in Portland.Laura Jedeed, a freelance journalist, told ABC News that shortly after police declared an unlawful assembly outside the Kelly Building on Sunday night, she video-recorded officers pushing and arresting protesters. In the footage shot by Jedeed, police dressed in riot gear and wielding batons are seen chasing protesters also dressed in riot gear down a street.In one video shared with ABC News, Jedeed recorded at least four officers holding a man face-down on the pavement and one officer appeared to punch him several times. Other officers stood nearby ordering protesters to “get out of the street.”“The police declared an unlawful assembly because the protest was blocking traffic and protesters threw some eggs onto the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office property,” Jedeed said.She said that after orders from the police for the crowd to disperse, officers began arresting protesters.“They kept saying things like, ‘You! Not press! You’re going to jail!’ They were basically grabbing anyone without a press pass,” Jedeed said.Police officials said in their statement that many of the protesters were wearing “heavy protective gear, including helmets, gas masks, goggles, and external armor.” Officials said some protesters arrested were carrying shields bearing reflective squares used to deflect police flashlight beams back toward officers.Officials released a series of images showing rocks, knives, the two guns, an expandable baton and homemade “spike strip” devices made from swimming pool foam noodles and nails they allegedly recovered from protesters.By 1:30 a.m. on Monday, officers had dispersed protesters outside the Kelly Building.The latest confrontations came on the 94th consecutive day of protest in Portland that erupted in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.Man shot dead during demonstrationOn Saturday, a man was fatally shot in downtown Portland following fights that broke out between protesters and a group of people describing themselves as Trump supporters who descended on the city in a 600-vehicle caravan, officials said.Police have released little information about the fatal shooting. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell has asked citizens not to “draw conclusions about what took place” and to reach out to detectives if they have information that could help police identify and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting.On Monday afternoon, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 39-year-old Aaron J. Danielson, of Portland, as the man who was shot.FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the Portland shooting investigation and “actively offering support and resources,” according to a tweet by Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec.Joey Gibson, a founder of Patriot Prayer, a Washington state-based right-wing group, told ABC News that Danielson was a member of his group and a friend.During a briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany mentioned Danielson, saying, “The president believes that people of all ideologies should be able to peacefully protest and not have their lives put at risk like Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson.”Justin Dunlap, a videographer who has been recording the protests nightly, captured video of the shooting. He told ABC News that the man who was shot had what Dunlap believes to be bear repellent.“The guy … who had had the bear mace turned and took three or four steps and then fell. And the other two guys were backing up, like as soon as the shots were fired, they were backing up towards the intersection and they went around the corner. I don’t know what happened to them after that,” Dunlap said.Gibson told ABC News that Danielson never sprayed the bear spray in the moments before he was killed. Instead, Gibson says a can of spray was hit by a bullet during the shooting, causing a plume of spray to be released.Police said the shooting happened at 8:46 p.m. and that Portland police officers heard sounds of gunfire and found the victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. The man died at the scene, police said.“The right-wing group Patriot Prayer and self-proclaimed militia members drove into downtown Portland last night, armed and looking for a fight,” Brown said in her statement. “Every Oregonian has the right to freely express their views without fear of deadly violence.”Trump, Portland Mayor trade criticismsPresident Trump took to Twitter early Sunday to comment on the violence in Portland, calling Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler “incompetent” and “a fool.” While retweeting a video that showed counter-demonstrators in their cars firing paintballs and pepper spray at protesters on a Portland street, the president said that the “big backlash going on in Portland cannot be unexpected.”“The people of Portland won’t put up with no safety any longer,” Trump tweeted. “Bring in the National Guard!”Wheeler, a Democrat, responded by calling on Trump to do his part to stop the violence.“I’m going to do the work that I need to do here in my local community with my local officials to take accountability for what’s happening on our streets, and I’d appreciate that either the president support us,” Wheeler said, “or stay the hell out of the way.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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23 Sep

Decatur County places 11th at ISF Band Day

first_imgIndianapolis, IN— The 2019 Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day presented by Music Travel Consultants has concluded after a hard-fought battle between the bands previously announced as the “Sweet 16.” This was the final contest of the Central Indiana Track Show Association’s (CITSA) season for these 40 high school bands. After much deliberation among the eight judges, Anderson High School was awarded the title of “Indiana’s Best Band” and takes home the trophy at this year’s Indiana State Fair Band Day.Throughout the day, the Hoosier Lottery Grandstands were filled with music fans and family members/friends of the marching bands as the “Sweet 16” and finalist were announced.The Decatur County Marching band took away 11th place.last_img read more

18 Sep

The Latest: Poland to allow soccer fans starting on June 19

first_imgA new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12. The Latest: Poland to allow soccer fans starting on June 19 May 29, 2020 Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues.Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii.___ The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back.The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call.Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention. J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9.The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.”The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders. The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points.Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass.___ Associated Press Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches.The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month.Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more