3 overdue hikers found dead after Alaska avalanche

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The bodies of three overdue hikers have been found in the debris of an avalanche slide near Alaska’s largest city. Alaska State Troopers say the bodies of Thomas Devine of Chugiak, Matthew Nyman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Edward Watson of Miami were recovered near Bear Mountain. It’s about 25 miles north of downtown Anchorage. The three had gone for a hike on Tuesday. When they didn’t return, they were reported overdue. Troopers and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group began a ground search Wednesday. They ran across what appeared to be a recent avalanche. The bodies of the three men were found in the slide area.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Jennifer Hudson, Amy Schumer & More

first_imgAaron Tveit & Gavin Creel Are Our PookiesJust when you thought we’ve run out of descriptive words for Aaron Tveit, he gives us one more: Honey Bear. At MCC’s annual Miscast gala, our Broadway boyfriend channeled his inner Maureen and belted “Take Me Or Leave Me” with Gavin Creel. We’ve never seen so much gyrating. Guess we’re leaving (we’re GONE), because nothing’s going to top this. Unless Idina dons a leather jacket and does this. Winnie Foster Is Angelica, Eliza and PeggyForget Betsy Ross. (Don’t actually.) Newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis wants in on Hamilton. The Tuck Everlasting star revealed she can’t get enough of the blockbuster’s cast recording and sings all three parts in “The Schuyler Sisters.” We’ve heard Lin-Manuel Miranda wants women to play all the roles in Hamilton, but what about one woman playing all of them? Hey, if Cher can do it… Jennifer Hudson Benanti & Levi Are Not OKThere are two great ways to express your love: sing about it while Jane Krakowski does the splits…and get matching tattoos. According to She Loves Me star Laura Benanti, if her character and Zachary Levi’s get inked, they’d opt for crying treble and bass clefs. This sounds like what you’d get after listening to too much My Chemical Romance. Dear friend: There’s no reason to be so emo when you can eat ice cream. View Comments Stars Hollow Deserves a Regional TonyWe love watching Sutton Foster sell her panties and promoting Bing on Younger, but we’re still waiting for Liza Miller to sing. Fortunately, she’ll get to show off her vocal chops on the small screen once the Gilmore Girls revival hits Netflix. In one episode, Foster, Christian Borle and Kerry Butler will all star in Stars Hollow: The Musical, written by Jeanine Tesori. Where they belt, we will follow. And binge-watch. Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files Even Megan Hilty’s Shoes Are Pop-u-larCarrie St. Louis now rocks some first-class footwear in Wicked on Broadway, but when she was first on the road, she had some Galindafied hand-me-downs. Until her custom shoes came in, St. Louis borrowed Hilty’s old pair. As it turns out, St. Louis saw Hilty—and those shoes, presumably—the first time she ever saw Wicked. Looks like that bubble went full circle!center_img Edward Hibbert Was a Brilliant QueenEdward Hibbert’s serving laughs (and eggs) in Something Rotten!, but we wish could have caught this Shakespearean turn. The Broadway favorite revealed that when he was in grade school, he received “brilliant raves” when he took on the iconic role of Lady Macbeth, swapping his codpiece for a kirtle and petticoat. Move over, Judi Dench. This queen’s got a damned spot to remove. Simard Gave Her One Cent on BernadetteIs there anything more disastrous than Bernadette Peters scrambling for change in front of you in line at CVS? It’s a specific situation, but thankfully, Disaster!’s own Jennifer Simard captures it uncannily. We hoped Simard would do a Bernadette Peters impression for her vlog, and in the final episode, she didn’t let us down. Now, what could Bernadette possible want with all that change…? Faith Prince Will Set You Straight, KidsAfter years of gracing the Broadway stage, it’s not the bright lights, awards or adoring fans that bring Faith Prince the most joy. It’s scaring the crap out of children. While revisiting past and present performances during Role Call, the theater legend confessed she gets a thrill out of terrifying kids. Alas, there are no major scares in Disaster!, unless you count tidal waves, piranhas, sinking ships or Bernadette Peters screaming about change. (Photos by Matthew Murphy, Caitlin McNaney, Mike Windle/Getty Images, Bruce Glikas & Jeremy Daniel) It’s Friday, and you know what that means: time to put on your Bernadette Peters wig and sing “There’s No Business Like Show Business” catch up with the Lessons of the Week! Plenty went down on the Great White Way over the past seven days, so here’s your chance to get up to speed. From some Tony-winning new Gilmore Girls guest stars to a Glindahood of the traveling heels, take it all in below. Amy Schumer’s Not Sewing Away Her ShotWhat’s the one thing missing from Hamilton? (Well, aside from Angelica, Eliza and Peggy doing this.) That’s right: Betsy Ross. Fortunately, big spender Amy Schumer felt inspired after her visit to the show and has created a hip-hop musical of her own. There’s a million things she hasn’t sewn, but just you wait, just you wait (because it’ll be just as hard to get tickets). J. Hud Has a Spiritual Interior DesignerWhen you have dozens of awards, you have to figure out where to put them. It’s a good problem to have; ask Audra. For The Color Purple’s Jennifer Hudson, the answer’s simple: a secret wall that Jesus told her to build. Imagine visiting J. Hud’s home, and she pushes a button that causes the wall to turn and reveal every major accolade. It’s like the fiercest and most fabulous episode of Scooby Doo.last_img read more

Lawyers serving in the legislature

first_img December 15, 2005 Regular News It’s Geller’s role in the Senate Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Steven Geller was a boy in the seventh grade, his teacher assigned a paper on what he envisioned himself doing in 30 years.In his futuristic autobiography, Geller wrote that he wanted to graduate from Florida State University with a law degree, become an attorney, and go into politics, with the ultimate goal of becoming a U.S. Senator.Today, 47-year-old Geller is all of the above, except the U.S. Senator part—to which he now says: not interested.“I like being a state senator,” says Sen. Geller, D-Hallandale Beach. “But for term limits, I would stay there as long as thevoters would have me. You have to understand, as an AV-rated lawyer, as someone who has practiced law for 24 years, I earn a good living—but not a great living. What I mean about that, I haven’t salted away the millions yet. Accordingly, I can’t afford to take any job that would require me to give up my law practice.”At Geller, Geller and Garfinkel in Hollywood, Geller practices zoning and land use law, and his brother, Joe, is his law partner.Because he can still practice law, Steve Geller, married to Laurel Leffler of West Palm Beach, and father of two sons, says, “Being a senator is the best job in the state.. . . I deeply regret that voters wanted term limits. Would you like to have your neurosurgery done by someone with eight-year term limits? Would you like the guy flying the big jumbo jet to have to resign eight years after getting his pilot license? Insurance, criminal justice, growth management: I can speak authoritatively on all of those issues. I am not smarter. I am more experienced.”Since the ninth grade when Geller was a Young Democrat, continuing to college where he was president of the FSU Young Democrats, he has been steeped in party politics. Now he is putting a decade of legislative experience as a state representative (1988-98) in the House and another eight years in the Senate to further the cause of the Democratic Party by striking a moderate balance.Four years ago, Geller was the founder of Florida Mainstream Democrats, now chaired by Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres. The Web site — www.mainstreamdemocrats.com — describes it as an “organization comprised of centrist elected officials throughout the state to reach out to disenchanted Democratic voters who cross over to vote Republican.”Geller launches into what he calls his friend Sen. Rod Smith’s story that he tells better:“A North Florida voter leaves the house at 5 a.m., drives two and a half hours to drop the kids off at his parents, because it’s the only daycare he can afford. Then he drives another 45 minutes to drop his wife off to do a double shift at the convenience store, before driving to his job at the Department of Corrections. The back bumper on his 25-year-old pickup truck has a Bush sticker. This guy is really a Democrat, but he doesn’t know it. He thinks the damn liberal Democrats want to take away his guns. He wants to make sure his kids aren’t prevented from learning about their own religion. He thinks we all wear pink underwear and want to turn the country over to the commies, the gays, and whoever else. In his own economic self-interest, he’s a Democrat. We are trying to let people like that know that they are Democrats,” says Geller, who adds: “I happen to regard myself as religious. I am on the board of my temple and my children go to religious school two days a week.”He notes that Democrats have not had a net gain in the Senate since 1982.“I believe that will change next time,” Geller said. “I am feeling very hopeful. I am looking at a couple of seats. My general consultant is Craig Smith, who was the political director for the Clinton White House, just as Karl Rove is now for the Bush White House. People ask, ‘How did you get a guy like him managing your caucus race?’ If you are a Democrat, there are really two states that matter right now: Ohio and Florida, the two big swing states. Ohio is shrinking, and we’re growing. I showed him my plan and he liked it.”Encouraged by polls reflecting the public’s current loss of faith in the Republicans, if the sentiment holds until next November, Geller predicts more Democrats elected to office.Meanwhile, back at the Florida Senate, Geller says, “Don’t make any mistake: Republicans are in charge and they set the agenda and get taken care of. There is no attempt to punish Democrats because they are Democrats, as it happens frequently in the House. In the Senate, we make sure we treat our members with courtesy and respect. If we can’t reach an agreement, we will do what the Republicans in charge want. But I can’t say Democrats haven’t been given input.”Because there are only 40 senators, Geller said, “It’s hard to vilify any of them. We spend so much time together, and it’s a very collegial group. I wear a ring that says ‘Senate of the State of Florida.’ It’s a very exclusive club. Regardless of party affiliation, I have been respectful of the way I would want to be treated.”As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Geller said he spends “a tremendous amount of time and effort trying to promote the separation of church and state, trying to make sure we have an independent judiciary. I can tell you, a lot of legislators clearly don’t get it. Mostly, they say, ‘The voters elected us so the courts should rule the way we tell them to.’ You try to tell them, ‘That’s one of the reasons we have a court, so you can’t do whatever you think sounds good in a given week.’”Geller braces for another attempt in the Senate Judiciary Committee to rewrite the Florida Constitution.“It is the first time I aware of, in my 18 years in the legislature, that a nonlawyer is the chair of Judiciary. Sen. (Dan) Webster, (R-Winter Garden), has assured me they only want to operate by consensus and not eliminate controversial issues, and streamline. If that is accurate, that is a tremendous amount of work for not much gain. I believe Sen. Webster to be an honorable man. I hope it does not get hi-jacked. I trust the Senate more than the House. I do not trust the Florida Legislature. And you can quote me.”Geller points warily to past attempts to strike the constitutional right to privacy, when Gov. Bob Martinez called a special session on abortion. He mentions Gov. Jeb Bush has never liked the class size amendment.“With much of the current Republican leadership, if they don’t like a constitutional amendment, they will ignore it,” Geller said. “I didn’t like the bullet train, but my bosses told me to raise my right hand and uphold the constitution. Some colleagues seem to forget and ignore it.”Another issue to watch out for once again is tort reform, said Geller, vice chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee.“All it continues to be is protecting mostly out-of-state manufacturers and shifting responsibility to consumers,” Geller said. “I did a white paper that showed the cause of the crisis is to a large degree a manufactured crisis. The insurance industry gets to manipulate the rates.. . . As far as I can tell, they instigated the whole crisis. They couldn’t get what they wanted by themselves, because they are seen as the black hats. So they duped doctors in aligning with them.. . . One of my major regrets in Tallahassee is that lawyers and doctors are both learned professions, and we should be allies.”One of the bills Geller has filed this year would create a stem cell research program, using existing stem cell line embryos originally created for fertility treatments, and he’s asking for $10 million to launch it.Does he expect a big emotional fight?“If it gets heard, I expect it will be,” Geller said. “Just like Terri Schiavo. And that’s a perfect example of why we need more lawyers in the legislature.. . . I can tell you I read every appellate court ruling before I began to discuss it. But lack of information did not prevent people from discussing it, despite no actual knowledge.. . . There have been many frustrating episodes. But I think that will change.” Lawyers serving in the legislaturecenter_img Lawyers serving in the legislature Editor’s Note: In Florida’s Republican-dominated legislature, two Democratic lawyer-legislators from Southeast Florida with similar last names rise to the challenge to make their voices heard at the Capitol.Sen. Steven A. Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, is vice chair of Banking and Insurance, and also serves as a member of Community Affairs, Government Efficiency Appropriations, Judiciary, Regulated Industries, and Rules and Calendar committees.Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, is vice chair of the Domestic Security Committee, as well as serving as a member of the Choice & Innovation, Judiciary, and Justice Appropriations committees. Gelber is House minority leader designate.The News caught up with both Geller and Gelber to discuss their careers, goals, and issues that lawyers should watch for during the upcoming 2006 legislative session. Look for more conversations with Florida’s lawyer-legislators in upcoming issues of the News. Gelber rallies House Democrats Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Dan Gelber needs an unvarnished opinion of himself, he listens to his 86-year-old dad, Seymour Gelber, one of the oldest sitting senior judges in Miami, a former chief juvenile judge, and former mayor of Miami Beach.“I probably talk to my dad at least once a day,” says 45-year-old Gelber. “He was the best man at my wedding and is still my best friend. He is my advisor and enforcer. It’s nice to have someone call you up and tell you how stupid you sound.”When Rep. Gelber, D-Miami Beach, speaks, a lot of Floridians are listening.He writes frequent op-ed pieces like a lawyer writes briefs, tersely and passionately framing his position on everything from protecting the Sunshine Law to keeping citizens in the initiative process to Medicaid. During legislative committee meetings or in front of the cameras, Gelber is not afraid to speak his mind even though he’s in the minority party.When the Florida House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, announced his intention to complete a streamlining review of the constitution, Gelber was quick to call such an exercise “the epitome of arrogance.”“It’s rank overreaching. I don’t think they understand what they are getting into,” Gelber said. “Whatever they are trying to filter out of the constitution, they were significant ideas to the people who wanted them. Whether it’s class size, universal pre-K, in a perfect world they may not be in the constitution; but the reason citizens wanted it in the constitution is because they couldn’t get a hearing. Each one has pretty serious support and a documented history of being ignored by the legislature.”Gelber says he loves the exercise of sitting on the House Judiciary Committee, likening the debates to oral arguments as a lawyer.Sometimes, during those committee meetings, it’s as though he is trying a case with co-counsel Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach.“Some people say we share the same brain,” Gelber says with a laugh.Gelber—a lawyer at Zuckerman Spaeder in Miami doing corporate integrity work and general litigation and married to federal prosecutor Joan Silverstein—has plenty of experience practicing law.After graduating from Tufts University magna cum laude and the University of Florida College of Law where he was Truman Scholar, Gelber was only 24 when he became one of the youngest federal prosecutors in the country. During those early years prosecuting public corruption and civil rights cases, Gelber said he would wake up thinking: “How great somebody is paying me to do this!”Then U.S. Sen. San Nunn appointed Gelber chief counsel and staff director of the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he directed investigations into global terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, well before America’s shattering wake-up call of 9/11.“My first job was to find out how the Japanese had obtained serin gas,” Gelber said, of the release of the deadly nerve agent in a Tokyo subway in 1995 that killed a dozen people and injured more than 5,500 and was attributed to Japan’s Aum Doomsday Cult.“I went around the world twice interviewing and investigating what it was, how they had obtained such sophisticated weaponry under the noses of the international community. I looked at real world W.M.D.s.”Because of that background in terrorism, his Republican colleagues at the Florida Legislature have made him vice chair of the Domestic Security Committee.“There’s a different chair every year, and I’m always vice chair,” Gelber said. “I can’t argue that I haven’t had a forum. They have given me not only a forum, they have listened to me.”How does a Democrat find an audience in a Republican-controlled legislature?“There’s no question the House is much more partisan than the Senate,” Gelber said. “On the other hand, I think in this process, if you are thoughtful and do your homework and you are not a jerk, you have currency. Even people I disagree with, I try to treat with respect. My style is not unlike what I learned as a prosecutor. The court expects more from you as a prosecutor. I try to conduct myself that way: firmly and try to be fair. If you do that, people hear what you have to say.”It’s tougher in the House, Gelber concludes.“The Senate tends to be very bipartisan.. . Senates are considered ‘the pause that refreshes.’ Houses tend to be more of the show and burlesque. In a sense, it’s up to the right-thinking House members to reveal the burlesque for what it is. If an idea really out of the mainstream is treated as a serious piece of policy, sometimes we do seem exercised. I think we are trying to telegraph that this is really not a mainstream idea and shouldn’t be treated as such. We want the media to know it. We want the Senate and the governor to know it.”What Gelber wants Florida’s lawyers to know is it’s wise to remain vigilant when it comes to attacks on the judiciary, because “the judiciary cannot stand up on its own.”“Even if it looks like a great year, don’t let your guard down,” Gelber warns. “I’ve seen some pretty far out stuff become the law.” Like what?“First of all, the JNCs,” Gelber was quick to answer, referring to the change in the judicial nominating committee process that gives the governor much more power in choosing who sits on the screening panels, and the ability to reject the Bar’s nominees as many times as he wishes.“I don’t like that at all,” Gelber said. “The governor should want a greater variety of choices, not the same choices. As soon as lawyers think the JNC process is an unappetizing process, then you don’t get the selection you hope for. If lawyers don’t want to suffer the nominating process, then the whole judiciary is harmed. I worry that is happening. and large, I give the governor high marks in his selections. But I wish people didn’t have the perception: ‘Don’t bother; don’t apply.’”While every major assault on the judiciary has come from the right wing, Gelber points out, the defense of the judiciary has been bipartisan.“Clearly there is a group of Republicans who seem to have contempt for an independent judiciary and the Bar. The defense of that comes from other Republicans and Democrats. It’s important not to be a screaming partisan and try to have thoughtful debate,” Gelber said.“There have been some really harsh ideas that have made it surprisingly far, if not into law. As I tell my colleagues, every legislator has lawyers of both parties in their districts.. . . They have to make judicial independence their No. 1 issue to their legislators. Let them know this is what we care about. If the judiciary has to worry about being independent, strange things can happen.”Pointing out he comes from a family devoted to public service, it was a natural move for Gelber to run for the open House seat he won in 2000, and was reelected to in 2002 and 2004. His jobs as a prosecutor and in the U.S. Senate showed him how government policy can improve the lives of people.“If you want to be a good guy and improve your community, you need some place to do that,” Gelber said of his desire to run for public office. But he admits this father of three has learned much more about being a good guy from his volunteer work as co-founder and head counselor at Camp Fiesta Summer Oncology Camp, since 1985.Gelber has bunked with kids in his cabin who have lost their eyesight or their legs to cancer, and just wanted to be treated like anyone else. A dozen years later, his own nephew contracted cancer and died as a young boy, and Gelber said he was well-practiced in helping his sister and nephew deal with the harsh reality of a terminal illness head-on.“You think you do important stuff. You think you have big issues and big problems. Then you learn there are things way more important and way more vexing,” Gelber said. “It’s totally humbling to be with an 8-year-old confronting cancer. In a lot of ways, it adjusts your life perspective. It gives it a little realism and gives you a sense of priorities. Nothing I have done has been as significant as what these kids go through.”last_img read more

Suffolk Cops Release New Pics of Belt in Giglo Beach Probe

first_imgSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police released Monday two new images of a belt recovered 10 years ago this month in the Gilgo Beach serial murder investigation.The photos were posted on gilgonews.com, the website the department launched in January as a platform for background information and updates on the case, show both sides of the tip of the belt.“We are hopeful this photo will bring someone forward with information about its origin,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart has said of the first photo of the belt released earlier this year.Police previously disclosed the evidence — the first new investigatory detail the department shared since the remains were found along Ocean Parkway in 2010 an ’11 — in January on the same day that Netflix released a trailer for Lost Girls, a movie about the case.The black leather belt embossed with the half-inch initials “HM” or “WH” was found at an unspecified victim’s dump site, police said. Investigators believe the belt was handled by the killer and didn’t belong to any of the victims, but they declined to release the belt size.Police were searching for Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey woman reported missing in May 2010 from Oak Beach, when they discovered 10 sets of human remains—half of whom were also identified as escorts — along Ocean Parkway between December 2010 and April 2011. Gilbert was later found dead, but police and medical examiners have suggested she may have drowned in a marsh — although her family insists she was murdered.Dec. 11 is the 10th anniversary of police finding victim Melissa Barthelemy, one of four young women found nearby one another in Gilgo Beach — a discovery that marked the first time Suffolk police confirmed they are looking for a serial killer since dubbed the Long Island Serial Killer.Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart holds up a photo of initials on a belt found at a Gilgo Beach crime scene. (Long Island Press photo)Related Story: Did Police Name A Suspect in The Long Island Serial Killer Case?Related Story: Who is The Girl With The Peach Tattoo?Related Story: Questions Remain in Long Island Serial Killer CaseRelated Story: Red Herrings Among Tips in Long Island Serial Killer CaseFor more Long Island Serial Killer coverage visit longislandpress.com/tag/long-island-serial-killerlast_img read more

Another avian flu death reported in Vietnam

first_imgJul 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Another Vietnamese has died of avian influenza and three others have tested positive for the disease, according to reports from Vietnam today.Reuters news service reported that an unidentified person infected with an H5 flu virus died in a Hanoi hospital last week. The report was based on a story in a Vietnamese newspaper called Tien Phong, or Vanguard, which attributed the information to the country’s health ministry.The report also said three people in an isolation ward at Hanoi’s National Institute for Clinical Research of Tropical Medicine have avian flu, and another 13 patients in the ward have suspected cases.The Chinese news service Xinhua published a similar story today. It said that one of two people who died in the Hanoi hospital last week had tested positive for an H5 virus, while results for the other person were inconclusive. The story also said 15 other people were being treated at the hospital for suspected avian flu.The Xinhua story was based on a report in a Vietnamese newspaper called Pioneer, which attributed its information to Vietnam’s Preventive Medicine Department.Another Vietnamese newpaper, Than Nien News, also reported the latest death and the three other confirmed cases in its online edition today.But the official Vietnam News Agency said in a story datelined today, “Since June 4, Vietnam has reported no new human cases of bird flu infections.” The story made no mention of the newspaper reports.The latest report, if accurate, brings Vietnam’s unofficial avian flu death toll since late 2003 to 40, including 20 fatalities since December 2004. Another 12 people in Thailand and 4 Cambodians also have died of H5N1 avian flu in the past year and a half.Today’s reports did not make clear whether any of the cases mentioned have been reported previously. By the official World Health Organization count, Vietnam had had a total of 87 cases of avian flu as of Jun 28.last_img read more

July 4 Shootout at Texarkana 67 pays IMCA Modified winner $2,000

first_imgTEXARKANA, Ark. – IMCA Modifieds chase a $2,000 top check next Wednesday at Texarkana 67 Speedway’s 4th of July Shootout special.A minimum of $100 will be paid to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods are also on the card. A fireworks display follows the race program.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region, Arkansas State and track points will be awarded.There is no entry fee for either IMCA division and pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and over and military, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.More information is posted on Facebook.last_img read more

Mrs. Marietta Mae (Bennett) Lester

first_imgMrs. Marietta Mae (Bennett) Lester, age 88, of Hanover, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on July 22, 1930, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Clarence W. and Hazel Marie (Froman) Bennett. She was raised in Switzerland County where she attended the Florence School. Marietta was united in marriage on April 24, 1948, in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Edwin Leon Lester. This happy union was blessed with three sons, Charles, Denver and Roger. Marietta and Edwin shared 46 years of marriage together until he passed away on May 9, 1994. In 1966, Marietta was employed on the assembly line for Randall’s Textron in Vevay, Indiana, retiring in 1991, after 25 years of service. She was a member of the East Enterprise United Methodist Church in East Enterprise, Indiana. Marietta resided all of her life in the Switzerland County community, until 2013 when she moved to the Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover, Indiana. Marietta enjoyed working word search puzzles, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren and collecting Pillsbury Dough Boys. Marietta passed away at 9:40 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover, Indiana.Marietta will be missed by her sons, Charles L. Lester and his wife, Janet of Greendale, IN, Denver L. Lester and his wife, Anna of Dawson, GA and Roger D. Lester and his wife, Debra of Madison, IN; her grandchildren, Shawn, Christina, Christopher Dale, Dallas and Kenneth; her great-grandchildren, Sabrina, Autumn, Noah, Hunter, Alex, Austin and Adeline; her brother, Gary L. Bennett of Bennington, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence W. Bennett, died January 28, 1981 and Hazel Marie (Froman) Bennett, died May 11, 1931; her husband, Edwin Leon Lester, died May 9, 1994; her step-mother, Lena G. (Wells) Bennett, died June 10, 2005; her brothers, Gerald Bennett, Stanley H. Bennett, died October 24, 2000, William Copeland “Bill” Bennett, Sr. died April 25, 2008 and Dealton “Dee” Froman Bennett, died June 21, 2015.Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Bobby O’Banion, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Response Unit or Thornton Terrace Health Campus. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Hart to keep City place after win

first_img Afterwards, Pellegrini said he had seen enough to confirm Hart will face Liverpool. He said: “We don’t know what will happen in the future, today, what Joe did I think he did it well. “We’ll see what will happen, every match we can play with different 11 starters, but at the moment Joe will continue to play in the next game. “At the moment he deserved to play today and he also deserves to continue. “When I put (Costel) Pantilimon in the starting XI I spoke with Joe and he understood that he was not in a good moment. “Maybe seven games after, one month after, he’s working very hard, and I thought that he deserved another opportunity, and I think he did it well. “It was a tough decision (to change the goalkeeper) because we were winning. I think Pantilimon was doing well also but I thought that this game was better for Joe to play. “I think that we have a squad, and I have to make the decision every week who will play, not only Joe Hart.” Hart made his first Premier League start since October 27 in City’s 4-2 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. The England goalkeeper was helpless to stop Vincent Kompany’s looping own goal drop into the net as Fulham clambered from 2-0 to draw level in the second half, before City replied with late goals from Jesus Navas and James Milner to take the win. Joe Hart will keep his place in the Manchester City side for the Boxing Day clash against Liverpool after making his first Premier League appearance in almost two months against Fulham, manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed. City had eased into a 2-0 lead after half-time thanks to Yaya Toure’s free-kick and a goal at the right end for Kompany. But things changed after the break as the strong winds which had been behind City’s backs in the first half began howling in their faces. “It was a really difficult match: the pitch wasn’t good and it was very windy,” Pellegrini added. “Fulham are a tough team at home and they defend very well. “We started well but after slipping back Navas and Milner made huge contributions.” Kieran Richardson got Fulham’s first before a bizarre own goal from Kompany, who sliced what should have been a routine clearance up and over Hart. Pellegrini praised his players for not panicking when Fulham levelled the match. He said: “We had at least three clear chances to score more goals and normally when you miss chances the other team will score. “The second goal was very bad luck, and it would be impossible to repeat. “These things happen and I think the reaction of the team was very important, to go forward again to try to win.” Dimitar Berbatov suffered a groin problem on Friday, and Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen admitted he chose not to risk the Bulgaria striker with the busy festive schedule in mind. Meulensteen said: “Unfortunately he kicked a ball wrongly in training which aggravated something in his groin as far as I’m aware. “So we had a good look at it, we assessed him, and actually assessed him this morning as well. “And unfortunately he was too big of a risk. With all the games coming up I didn’t want to take the risk of having to start Berbatov in that position and maybe him have to come off and then you lose him for the other games.” Meulensteen said Fulham continued their trend of praiseworthy hard graft without reward. He said: “It’s the same story as the Spurs and Everton games. “The goals that we concede, from set plays, it’s not good enough defending, especially the one just before half time. “I was hoping the experience would kick in a bit from some of these players, to steady the ship.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Taylor, Gilchrist predict big pay cuts for Australia players

first_imgSYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Mark Taylor and wicket-keeping great Adam Gilchrist believepay cuts are inevitable for the country’s cricketers as the sport gears up to deal with the expected financialcrisis posed by the novel coronavirus.Cricket Australia (CA), the governing body of the sport, on Thursday announced plans to lay off almost 80% of itsstaff, putting them on 20% pay until June 30.Media reported on Saturday that CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts has told staff a financial crisis was coming andthe organisation would not have been able to pay its bills at the end of August without layoffs.Gilchrist, who retired in 2008 after a glittering career spanning almost 12 years, said the players were next.“Without being aware of any numbers and the financial side of it, I wouldn’t be surprised if we go back a decade ortwo to the level of payment that players get. Even maybe further for a while,” Gilchrist told ABC Grandstand onSunday.“It’s going to get stripped back, right back. Support staff numbers have to get dragged back.“The revenue is going to go down significantly, 50% they are banking on at the moment and that’s an optimisticposition, I believe. The players will take a whack.”The spread of the coronavirus has forced countries to close their borders and impose lockdowns. It has haltedprofessional cricket, leaving most boards bracing for significant revenue falls.This year’s lucrative Indian Premier League, which offers big pay cheques for the players, has also beenpostponed indefinitely.“There will be haircuts, as we’ve seen from CA staff. Players will be next,” Taylor, a former member of the CAboard, said on the Nine Network.“I also suspect that Cricket Australia and the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association) have been working togetheron this. I hope they get their heads together and sort out a good solution for the near future.”Cricket Australia would hope to earn significant revenue later this year when the country hosts the men’s Twenty20 World Cupin October and November before India’s tour for a widely anticipated four-test series around the New Year.“Six months is a long time. It may not be long enough in this pandemic, but it might be long enough to get some cricketin October which may save Cricket Australia and the players from taking too big a haircut,” Taylor said.“Cricket Australia are trying to be proactive and making a move early to hopefully save some pain later.”last_img read more

Baseball looks to recover against Cal State Fullerton

first_imgNo. 13 USC (30-11) looks to regain momentum tonight at Dedeaux Field against the Cal State Fullerton Titans after dropping a disappointing Pac-12 series last weekend against Oregon State.The Trojans came out with a punch over the weekend behind a strong start from junior Tyler Gilbert, who threw seven complete innings of  four-hit baseball. USC delivered an all-around impressive offensive showing, defeating Oregon State 11-3 during game one of the series.In game two, the Trojans managed a comeback from a 2-0 deficit during the top of the sixth, but a lead off walk in the bottom of the ninth proved deadly for the Trojans, after pinch hitter Billy King singled through the right side to bring in the game-winning run from third.The Trojans once again had trouble with consistency on the mound during game three, allowing Oregon State to win the game 9-6. Despite the threat of a major comeback in the top of the ninth as they attempted to crawl out of a 9-4 deficit, they could only produce two more runs in the loss, falling 2-1 in the series.Tonight, USC looks to shake off last week and start fresh against the visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans. Currently, the Titans hold a 22-20 overall record, an 8-4 record in the Big West Conference and an 8-12 record on the road.Cal State Fullerton is highlighted at the plate by junior outfielders Josh Vargas, David Olmedo-Barrera and Tyler Steib. The Titans, similarly to the Trojans, have recently transitioned from a very young team to one more experienced, boasting a starting roster of almost all juniors. The Titans are led behind the mound by junior Thomas Eshelman with a 2.10 ERA and junior Justin Garza with a 3.56 ERA.The Trojans and Titans last met on Feb. 17 in Fullerton where the Trojans came away with the game 6-4. The then-No. 25 Titans were unable to halt the Trojans’ hot streak during the fourth inning as the team put up four more runs to put the game out of reach. Sophomore Bernardo Flores got the win, entering in relief in the fifth to throw three innings, striking out four batters while allowing two runs on three hits with no walks.Tonight, the Titans will enter the game following a 2-1 series victory at home against UC Irvine.Reviewing the numbers, USC currently maintains a .297 team batting average compared to CSFU’s .259 average. USC has a 3.13 team ERA, and CSFU holds a 3.38 team ERA.Statistics aside, USC head coach Dan Hubbs believes the key to tomorrow night’s game remains the same as all season: overall game consistency.“It’s the same as it always is with us; we need to pitch well and hit well every time we enter a game,” Hubbs said. “I think we pitched extremely well last Friday and pretty well on Saturday. On Sunday we pitched really poorly, and we faced the consequences of that. We just need to play well [tonight] and get back in our rhythm. If we can do that we’ll be in the position to win. We just need to play our game.”In terms of pitching, the Trojan team has recently had trouble finishing off batters and putting men on bases because of walks, oftentimes to lead off innings. Hubbs believes that minimizing the number of walks will be key to playing clean defense in tonight’s match.“I think we really need to focus on cutting down on our walks, especially from the guys in the pen but also our starters as well,” Hubbs said. “Some guys will get some work in tomorrow so hopefully that will help straighten them out for the weekend because we can’t keep giving out too many.”Working in USC’s favor is the fact that the team tends to play very well at home. The Trojans currently hold an 18-6 record at home, a factor that Hubbs hopes will positively influence the team in tonight’s game.“We always tend to play really well at home, which will hopefully really work in our favor tonight,” Hubbs said. “That being said, we’re going to need to stop them early in order for that to remain an advantage. We need to get ourselves on the board early in the game and then extend. We’ve done a good job of that when we’re at home and we tend to pitch much better at home. I don’t expect tomorrow to be any different.”The Trojans will host the Titans tonight at 6 p.m. PST at Dedeaux Field. The game will also be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more