first_imgAlley Cat has been running its six-month writing residency ever since, mostly as an informal, word-of-mouth opportunity, Amy Berkowitz, who manages the program, explained. Their most formal outreach were signs taped in their window. When people asked about it at the front desk, employees handed out hard-copy applications.  The selected writers started sitting with their laptops in the gallery at the back of the shop. Recently, Alley Cat has taken steps to formalize the program by promoting it on its website and moving the application process online. It’s an attempt to make the program known to the broader public and to grow the application pool. Berkowitz said the change has yielded exciting results. The three new residents, selected from a pool of 33 applicants, will begin their stint in July.Finding a writing residency in a bookstore is uncommon, but not unheard of. Paris’s independent, English-language Shakespeare and Company announced on its website it has let over 30,000 travelers— called “tumbleweeds”—sleep in the shop in exchange for some light work and a one-page-long autobiography. Closer to home, Bookshop Santa Cruz sponsors a two-week writing retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains.Alley Cat’s program doesn’t provide housing or funding, so while Shakespeare and Company’s tumbleweeds come from across the globe, Alley Cat’s program is geared toward local writers. What it offers is structure, a notebook, heavily-discounted books (the biggest perk, in Berkowitz’s opinion) and a place to write in the shop’s gallery. During the six-month stint, each resident produces a chapbook and ends the program with a reading of their works.The writers can station themselves wherever they would like in the public gallery space, which the store also uses for its events, Alley Cat employee Carolee said. Most writers choose to sit at a round table near a shelf of zines and records, behind a rack of sticker books. Carolee has also seen them set up shop on the gallery’s tiny stage.“It’s a lot like being at a coffeeshop,” Berkowitz said.Berkowitz, one of the first residents in 2014 — was drawn into the shop because her boyfriend at the time noticed the sign in the window — remembers the charm of the public work space, where she sometimes fell into conversations with book browsers.Other times, when she needed information, the store became a resource. Once, she wanted to reference the content of a Works Progress Administration mural she only vaguely remembered, so she went over to the art section and found a book of WPA art.The residency helped her complete her book, “Tender Points.” It’s a lyric essay about fibromyalgia, a chronic muscle pain disorder, and the various forms of women’s trauma.Now that Berkowitz is helping run the program, she is happy to offer the experience to a more diverse group of writers, starting with, she joked, writers the Alley Cat employees aren’t already friends with.The fall residents, who are starting the program that runs from July to November, are Leora Fridman, the author of the poetry collection “My Fault,” as well as five chapbooks, and the recipient of several writing fellowships; Vicente Viray, a graduate of the University of San Francisco’s MFA program whose stories have been published in numerous journals, including “The Greensboro Review,” “Mary: A Journal of New Writing,” and “California Northern”; and Chrissy Anderson-Zavala, who has taught writing at UC Berkeley’s Early Academic Outreach Program and served as interim manager of the WritersCorps program. Her poem, “The Cross,” received a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2011. In 2014, Simon Crafts and his fellow employees thought the old-fashioned school desk displayed in the window of Alley Cat Books, on 24th and Treat, looked a little lonely. They put up a sign that read “Writer in Residence Wanted.” It was meant as a joke, although every so often someone would drop by with questions about filling the position. This continued until Crafts and the others started taking the idea seriously.“We were like, ‘Maybe we should do that,’” he said.So the bookstore employees created an application. 0%center_img Tags: books • bookstores • galleries Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Sunday’s First Utility Super League clash at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.Jack Ashworth is called up to the side whilst Lama Tasi misses out.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Joe Greenwood, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 24. Matty Fleming, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles.Chris Chester will choose his Wakefield side from:1. Ben Jones-Bishop, 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 6. Jacob Miller 7. Liam Finn, 9. Scott Moore, 10. Anthony England, 14. Reece Lyne, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Matty Ashurst, 18. Joe Arundel, 19. Jon Molloy, 20. Mikey Sio, 21. Max Jowitt, 23. Scott Anderson, 26. Chris Annakin, 27. Anthony Walker, 31. Jason Walton, 35. David Fifita.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Joe Cobb.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Hampstead teen is in the Pender County Jail under a $300,000 bond after he was arrested on child sex assault charges.Wesley Adam Milliken, 16, is accused of committing the crimes against a 5-year-old.- Advertisement – Milliken, who was listed as a runaway from Pender County Department of Social Services Foster Care Program, was charged with the following offenses:two counts of felony First Degree Statutory Sex Offenseone felony count of Indecent Liberties with a Childone misdemeanor count of Sexual Battery.The Sheriff’s Office says these charges were the result of an incident that was reported on May 8.last_img

first_imgMalta is the country most likely to miss the EU 2020 targets for waste recycling. In a report from the European Commission an early bird scrutiny has indicated  the 14 EU countries considered at greatest risk of missing the EU’s 2020 recycling target for municipal waste.The four worst recyclers were Malta, Romania, Greece, and Cyprus. In 2016, all four recycled less than 20% of their total waste.With the EU’s 2020 recycling target set at 50% of total waste, these four countries and their 10 counterparts have some serious catching up to do. None currently reaches the target, but the situation is most dire in Malta and in some other countries.Malta at the bottom of the classIn the report, data shows that the worst recycler is Malta. Its recycling rate is 7%, with a remarkable 83% of its waste going straight to landfills. Malta, in spite of its limited land area, combines the lowest recycling rate in the EU with the highest landfilling rate.Just behind Malta is Romania (recycling 13% of its waste, landfilling 69%), Greece (recycling 17% and landfilling as much as Malta at 83%) and Cyprus (recycling 17% for 75% going to landfills).Estonia, although not great on recycling (it’s at 28%), has the astonishingly low landfilling rate of 10% – but it is still far from reaching the EU target as it incinerates a lot more than it recycles. In 2013 and 2014, it incinerated the majority of its waste.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Just a month ago, Opera announced its plan to build browsers based on the open-source WebKit and also shown preview builds at Mobile World Congress, its new browser for Android has been released in beta. The new browser, which Opera says will be quicker thanks to the WebKit switch, features a new user interface and integrates Opera Mini to offer the choice of a data optimized or a full-on browser experience.The browser runs native Web apps, but the headline feature is Discover, which recommends content for users — encouraging a “lean-back surfing experience”, as  CEO Lars Boilesen puts it — based on a range of factors that include previous clicks, Web page history and their location. On the downside, Discover content is curated by Opera itself and is not automated.It also includes other new features which — while regular on rival browsers — mark a change for Opera: private browsing and a unified URL-search bar. – Advertisement – Some 230 million of Opera’s 300 million monthly active users are on mobile, of which 50-60 million are Android users, so Boilesen told us at MWC in Barcelona. The Opera CEO points out that, with employers not longer working on its Presto engine, Opera has more resources to develop features for its browsers — that’s good news for Opera users.Opera had a busy month in February, during which it snapped up video optimization firm Skyfire for $155 million and united its mobile advertising businesses under one roof.You can grab the new WebKit-powered offering for Android at the link below:Opera Browser (Beta) – Google Play Source: The Next Weblast_img read more

first_imgiwayafrica_logo. (Photo Credit: New Africa Analysis) Advertisement Converged ICT solutions provider, iWayAfrica Uganda, on Monday, appointed Godfrey Sserwamukoko as the new Managing Director (MD) and a board member with immediate effect. The announcement takes place amid significant growth within the local market and an increased uptake of communication services.iWayAfrica Chairman; John Nagenda at a press conference of the appointment, said; “We are delighted to appoint Godfrey Sserwamukoko to the Board of iWayAfrica Uganda as Managing Director. He has already demonstrated his leadership capabilities as he rebuilt iWayAfrica over the past two years. We are confident of his ability to nurture the great talent we have and take the company from strength to strength in Uganda.”Mr. Godfrey worked at Afsat Communications Uganda Limited as the Operations Manager from the year 2001 to 2010 before being promoted to as the Technical Operations Manager from 2004 to 2010. Then he left for iWayAfrica Uganda where he joined in 2010 as the Technical Operation till 2014 before he was promoted at the Ag Head of Business 2014 to 2017. He’s got extensive communications experience and also brings with him a wealth of experience across the ICT spectrum. – Advertisement – “I look forward to building an even stronger presence for iWayAfrica in Uganda. Focus and dedication to customer service will ensure we meet our goals and achieve significant growth, he said.”iWayAfrica Uganda is part of the Gondwana International Networks group of companies operating ISP networks across Africa.last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s the two most recent Premier League Champions that go head to head at 5.30pm – Leicester v Chelsea.The two sides are undoubtedly in contrasting form – Chelsea heading the table and with the chance to pull seven points clear and Leicester lingering just six points above the relegation zone with only Hull in the bottom three improving their fortunes in the earlier kick offs.Much of the pre-match news has concerned Costa and the fact he is missing tonight’s match after his well documented spat with the club.Chelsea failed to create a new league record for consecutive wins when coming up short against Spurs against White Hart Lane but it’s still been an incredible run of form and Leicester have only scored one goal in their last three league games and have made six changes for tonight.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: “The Leicester game is very important for us to restart to win.“Leicester are the champions from last season, they have a lot of good players with good quality, they have impressed me.“I consider them a really good team with good players, strong players, players with talent and technique, a good mix. They have a great manager.”Leicester City v ChelseaPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2016 PREMIER Chelsea 3-0 LeicesterSep 2016 EFL CUP Leicester 2-4 ChelseaMay 2016 PREMIER Chelsea 1-1 LeicesterDec 2015 PREMIER Leicester 2-1 ChelseaApr 2015 PREMIER Leicester 1-3 ChelseaAug 2014 PREMIER Chelsea 2-0 LeicesterMar 2012 FA CUP Chelsea 5-2 LeicesterOct 2007 CARLING CUP Chelsea 4-3 LeicesterJan 2004 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 0-4 ChelseaAug 2003 PREMIERSHIP Chelsea 2-1 LeicesterSTARTING XILeicester1 Schmeichel2 8Fuchs5 Morgan6 Huth3 Chilwell24 Mendy7 Musa4 Drinkwater25 Ndidi11 Albrighton9 VardyChelsea13 Courtois2 8Azpilicueta30 David Luiz24 Cahill15 Moses7 Kanté21 Matic3 Alonso22 Willian10 Hazard11 PedroDespite missing Costa I still think Chelsea will dominate and am backing them to be in front at both HT and FT at around 2/1 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK CHELSEA / CHELSEA 16 points at 2/1 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: -8.50 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Jade Boyd Rice University 713-348-6778 jadeboyd@rice.edu First quantum grant to fund stem cell repair of damage from stroke Team from Rice, Baylor College of Medicine aims for ‘neuro-vascular regeneration’ The National Institutes of Health has named researchers at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and Rice University in Houston as the first and only recipients of the inaugural Quantum Grant for their international research initiative to regenerate damaged brain cells and blood vessels for the treatment of stroke. The three-year, $2.9 million grant, funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the NIH, will support research on neuro-vascular regeneration, which will make new brain tissues in the laboratory. The new brain tissue is planned to have its own blood supply to allow it to be placed into the damaged brains of stroke patients where it will provide a source of neural and vascular cells that will continue to develop and differentiate, repairing the injured tissue in the process. “This project represents an integrated effort among leading scientists who have jointly authored numerous publications, mentored students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as collaborated on Bioengineering Research Partnership grants,” said Jennifer West, who is leading the project’s efforts at Rice. West is the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and director of Rice’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering . The newly created NIBIB Quantum Grants Program supports researchers in the development of innovative biomedical technologies in hopes of making a significant impact in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Funding was awarded to only one grant application out of more than 100 submitted. Karen Hirschi, deputy director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center within the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at BCM, is the principal investigator for the “Neuro-Vascular Regeneration” project, which will be conducted in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Rice, the National Institute for Medical Research in London, and King’s College in London . “Each member of our team has made significant contributions to the advancement of their respective fields of research and will now be able to devote substantial efforts to integrating their work and developing methods of using neuro-vascular regeneration to help stroke victims,” Hirschi said. The project team members come from diverse and complementary areas of expertise in developmental neurobiology and vascular biology, stem cell biology, genetics, biomedical imaging, tissue engineering, and clinical cellular therapies. Spanning fields of science that include cell and molecular biology, animal models of disease, and hopefully human clinical trials, the “Neuro-Vascular Regeneration” project falls in line with the NIH roadmap for the development of multi-disciplinary and translational science. The BCM team also includes project co-developer Mary Dickinson, assistant professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at BCM; Dr. Thomas Zwaka, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at BCM; and Malcolm Brenner, professor of medicine and pediatrics and director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at BCM. Robin Lovell-Badge, head of the division of developmental genetics at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, serves as co-principal investigator of the project. Other investigators in London include Jack Price and Mike Modo, both of the Centre for the Cellular Basis of Behaviour at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College. Share Ross Tomlin Baylor College of Medicine 713-798-4712 htomlin@bcm.edu last_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduEconomist Reich to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute on recession’s causesMany blamed Wall Street for the economic meltdown of 2008, but former Labor Secretary Robert Reich argues the problem runs deeper. He points to the growing concentration of wealth among the richest Americans as the source of economic instability.Reich will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 12 about his new book, “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.” The event will begin at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.Reich, who served in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet and is currently a professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, noted that the last time in U.S. history when wealth was so highly concentrated at the top was in 1928, just before the Great Depression. While this disparity sometimes creates great booms, it is usually followed by even worse busts. Reich said that unless steps are taken to address income disparity, the country will inevitably face more and deeper economic crashes in the future.Reich’s book will be available for sale, provided courtesy of Brazos Bookstore.The event will be held in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm.  Reich’s appearance is sponsored by the Baker Institute, Brazos Bookstore, Rice University’s School of Social Sciences, the University of Houston’s Department of Economics and Barbara Radnofsky.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduLight provides pull for future nanocatalyst measurementRice University photonics lab tests photon-induced force microscopyHOUSTON — (Dec. 14, 2016) — Rice University nanophotonics researcher Isabell Thomann uses lasers, light-activated materials and light-measuring nanoscale tips to push the boundaries of experimental nanoscience, but light is providing the pull in her latest study.An illustration (left) depicts the technique known as “photo-induced force microscopy,” and the images at right show how closely the experimental and theoretical findings match in a recent investigation of the technique at Rice University. Illustration by Chloe Doiron/Rice University. Reprinted with permission from Nano Letters 2016, Articles ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04245. Copyright 2016 American Chemical Society.In a new paper in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters, Thomann and colleagues, including postdoctoral fellow Thejaswi Tumkur and graduate student Xiao Yang, combine experiment and theory to test a new technique called “photo-induced force microscopy,” which probes the optical properties of nanomaterials by measuring the physical force imparted by light.Thomann’s primary research centers on using nanoparticles and sunlight to reduce the carbon footprint of power plants. The work crosses boundaries of chemistry, optics, electrical engineering, energy and the environment, but a major focus is photocatalysis, a class of processes in which light interacts with high-tech materials to drive chemical reactions.“Many experiments nowadays are done under high vacuum, but I want to run the reactor in my lab under more realistic conditions — normal temperature, normal pressure, in the presence of water — that will apply to capturing sunlight for photocatalysis,” said Thomann, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry at Rice.Isabell ThomannThomann has been working to develop new tools for measuring nanomaterials since arriving at Rice in 2012. She and her team are developing an ultrafast laser spectroscopy system that can read the optical signatures of short-lived chemical processes that are relevant to artificial photosynthesis.“In a chemical reaction, there are reactants, which are the chemical inputs, and there are products, which are the outputs,” Thomann said. “Almost all reactions driven by light involve multiple steps where light is converted to quantum particulates such as electrons or phonons that need to be transported to surfaces to drive chemical reactions. It is very helpful to know exactly what these are, when they are made and in what quantity, particularly if you are optimizing a process for industrial use.”Thomann’s group designs light-activated nanoparticles that can capture energy from sunlight and use it to initiate chemical reactions. The nanocatalysts, which can be tiny rods or discs of metal or other materials, interact with light due in part to their shapes and how closely they are spaced together. Thomann said that while engineers make every effort to produce uniform particles, small imperfections still exist and can have significant consequences on performance.These images show the measured optical forces for an array of plasmonic gold disc pairs known as dimers that were probed by an atomic force microscopy tip. The map reveals slight differences caused by minute imperfections in the dimers. Image courtesy of the Thomann Group/Rice University. Reprinted with permission from Nano Letters 2016, Articles ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04245. Copyright 2016 American Chemical Society.“Photocatalysts are often heterogeneous, which means they are not all exactly alike, and we need better tools for examining them with high spatial resolution in order to see these small differences,” she said. “We also need to follow the reaction processes with high temporal resolution, and we want to do all of this with much better spatial resolution than can be achieved with a normal optical microscope.”In the photon-induced force microscopy experiments, Thomann’s team used a tiny tip from an atomic force microscope (AFM) to enhance the spatial resolution of measurements taken from gold nanorods and nanodiscs on glass surfaces. The rods and discs, which are smaller than the wavelength of light used to measure them, would normally be blurry in an optical microscope due to a physical property called the diffraction limit. To better resolve the nanoparticles, and the electromagnetic interactions between them, Thomann’s group shines light at the particles and uses an AFM tip to probe how these nanoparticles act as optical nanoantennas and concentrate the light.“If we were trying to measure the reflected light, it would be very difficult because there are only a few scattered photons against a very busy background where light is bouncing all over the place, especially if these measurements were carried out in a liquid environment,” Thomann said. “But we are instead measuring the force exerted on the AFM tip, the slight pull on the tip when the optical nanoantennas are illuminated by light. It turns out that measuring the force is a much more sensitive technique than trying to collect the few photons scattered off the tip.”Xiao YangThomann said the study provides theoretical understanding of how photo-induced force microscopy works and lays the groundwork for future studies of more complex photocatalyst materials her team hopes to create in the future. She credited her group’s improved understanding of the force-measuring technique to months of hard work by co-author Xiao Yang, a Rice graduate student in the group of theoretical physicist and study co-author Peter Nordlander.Yang said the most difficult part of coming up with an explanation of the team’s experimental results was creating a solvable computational model that accurately described the real-world physics. For example, including the entire tip in the model made the mathematics impractical.“I did try, at first, but it turned out it was impossible,” Yang said. “It would have taken an infinite time to reach convergence of the simulations.”Yang eventually hit upon an idea — including just a portion of the tip in the model — that made the calculations both feasible and accurate. Thomann said this was just one example of Yang’s tenacity in finding a workable solution.Thejaswi Tumkur“He is exactly the kind of graduate student we want: knowledgeable, hard-working and unwilling to quit in the face of adversity,” she said.Tumkur is a member of the Thomann research group and a J. Evans Attwell-Welch Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute. Additional co-authors include Benjamin Cerjan and Smalley-Curl Institute Director Naomi Halas, Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, of physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering. The research was supported by the Welch Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Smalley-Curl Institute’s J. Evans Attwell-Welch Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.-30-IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/12/1213-FORCE-graphic-lg-1bd4j7f.jpgCAPTION: An illustration (left) depicts the technique known as “photo-induced force microscopy,” and the images at right show how closely the experimental and theoretical findings match in a recent investigation of the technique at Rice University. Illustration by Chloe Doiron/Rice University. Reprinted with permission from Nano Letters 2016, Articles ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04245. Copyright 2016 American Chemical Society.http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/12/1213-FORCE-img-lg-2i7nlng.jpgCAPTION: These images show the measured optical forces for an array of plasmonic gold disc pairs known as dimers that were probed by an atomic force microscopy tip. The map reveals slight differences caused by minute imperfections in the dimers. Image courtesy of the Thomann Group/Rice University. Reprinted with permission from Nano Letters 2016, Articles ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04245. Copyright 2016 American Chemical Society.http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/0616_THOMANN-Isabell3-lg.jpgCAPTION: Isabell Thomann (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) The DOI of the Nano Letters paper is: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04245A copy of the paper is available at:http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04245Related research from Rice:Molybdenum disulfide holds promise for light absorption — May 4, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/05/04/molybdenum-disulfide-holds-promise-for-light-absorption/Rice researchers demo solar water-splitting technology — Sept. 4, 2015http://news.rice.edu/2015/09/04/rice-researchers-demo-solar-water-splitting-technology/Rice’s Thomann wins CAREER grant to study photocatalysis — June 19, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/06/19/rices-thomann-wins-career-grant-to-study-photocatalysis/ AddThiscenter_img 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 happiest students 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

first_img The Society for Human Resource Management chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas – Naveen Jindal School of Management has recently been honored with the Superior Merit Award, the highest honor given to a student chapter.The Society for Human Resource Management  is the world’s largest HR professional society, which currently represents roughly 285,000 members in more than 160 countries. There are over 575 affiliated chapters across the United States and throughout the world. The SHRM recognizes exceptional chapters each year according to three levels: Honorable Mention, Merit Award, and Superior Merit Award. To be eligible for the Superior Merit Award, a chapter must demonstrate appropriate operational practice and chapter leadership, as well as organize at least nine to twelve activities or projects. The UT Dallas chapter of SHRM has been responsible for a number of events throughout the past year, including HR Day, a new event which invites panel discussion and meetings with HR professionals. In addition to HR Day, the chapter has also sponsored resume and internship workshops, attendance at the HR Southwest Conference and an HR Magazine discussion. There were also several networking events which allowed students, alumni, and numerous other HR professionals to engage with each other, including at the State Fair of Texas. Chapter members also partook in community service, volunteering at the Trinity Trash Bash, and assisting at the Walk MS in Dallas.“SHRM is devoted to helping members develop into successful human-resource-management professionals, and getting the award means our chapter is exceeding expectations,” said chapter president and HR management student Savannah Austin. “Our chapter is always going above and beyond to help its members and leaders learn as much as possible.” regions: Dallas Jindal Society for Human Resource Management Chapter Recognized for Success RelatedJindal School Alum Honored by the ‘Dallas Business Journal’An MBA alumna from the University of Texas at Dallas – Naveen Jindal School of Management was recently named a “Women in Business” honoree at the 2017 Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards. Each year, the journal presents awards to women who have made an impact in business and in communities throughout…October 4, 2017In “Featured Region”Jindal School Professor Honored as Minority Business LeaderUniversity of Texas at Dallas – Naveen Jindal School of Management professor Dr. David L. Ford has recently been named a Dallas Business Journal 2016 Minority Business Leader Awards honoree. Dr. Ford is currently in his 40th year of teaching at UT Dallas, where he is a professor in the…February 24, 2016In “Featured Region”Your Guide to the Most Affordable MBA Programs in DallasAn MBA provides professionals with increased career flexibility and greater earning potential. Unfortunately, the sizable cost of graduate school can be a hindrance to students motivated to earn an MBA. The shackles of student loan debt can haunt former students well into their professional lives. Luckily, many schools appreciate the…August 29, 2017In “Featured Home”center_img Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer last_img read more

first_imgA van drives through flooded water on Green Valley Road in Graton, Calif., on Jan. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Share this article SAN FRANCISCO—Rivers were rising and winds were whipping up across Northern California on Sunday as a massive storm that could be the biggest to slam the region in more than a decade arrived.Residents and authorities cleared storm drains and stacked sand bags, preparing for the system expected to reach full force late Sunday and early Monday.Some flooding was reported Sunday morning, including along U.S. 101 in Sonoma County, where stranded motorists had to be rescued. Swift water teams performed rescues at a mobile home park in Marin County, where officials reported road closures and some damage from flooding and fallen trees.Related CoverageNew Storm Hits West as South, New England Slow to ThawAuthorities were watching rising water levels of several rivers, including the Cosumnes, Truckee, Merced, American and Russian. Forecasters warned of heavy rain that could down trees and trigger mudslides as the system gains strength throughout the day. Several feet of snow were predicted in the Sierra Nevada.The stormy weather comes as California enters its sixth year of drought. Each drop of rain is welcomed, but officials said several more big storms are needed to replenish depleted groundwater supplies.The strong wet season began in October with more rain falling than in three decades, mostly in Northern California. Los Angeles, which will likely get the brunt of the latest system early Monday, is experiencing its wettest winter in six years, forecasters said.A "closed" sign stands at the entrance of a normally busy ice rink at the Half Dome Village of Yosemite National Park, Calif., on  Jan 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian) A “closed” sign stands at the entrance of a normally busy ice rink at the Half Dome Village of Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Jan 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)Forecasters anticipate the storm surge stretching from Hawaii—called an atmospheric river—could dump up to 15 inches of rain in some foothills communities.The storm’s relatively mild temperatures will drive up the snowline to above 9,000 feet throughout the Sierra Nevada, causing runoff in the lower elevations, said Zach Tolby, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno, Nevada.Flooding could rival the winter of 2005-06 that sent 5 feet of water into an industrial area in Sparks, Nevada. Crews worked to secure storage drums filled with hazardous materials to stop them from floating away as they have in past floods.Related CoverageSnow Pounds Parts of East Coast, Spares Several Big CitiesBack in California Rangers at Yosemite National Park closed all roads leading to the park’s valley floor, a major attraction for visitors from around the world eager to view gushing waterfalls and gaze up at towering granite rock formations such as El Capitan and Half Dome. Other parts of the park remain open, but rangers cautioned visitors to be aware of ice and falling debris on the roads.Photographer and rock climber Josh Hilling, who lives in the foothills below the park, spent recent days chopping wood and stocking up on groceries.“If you live long enough in this canyon, you experience lots of natural disasters—floods, fires, rock falls,” Hilling said Friday from his family’s home in El Portal.Another storm is forecast for Tuesday and with the ground already saturated, rain won’t seep into the soil quickly enough and extra runoff could end up in already swollen rivers and creeks, officials said. Share Rivers Rise as Massive Storm Moves Into Northern California By The Associated Press January 8, 2017 Updated: January 8, 2017center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Family Waiting for Answers After 17-Year-Old’s Heart Suddenly Stopped By Simon Veazey January 15, 2018 Updated: January 15, 2018 Jonah’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys were donated as per his family’s wishes.“We did hear his heart went to an 11-year-old little boy,” said Gayle. US News Share Recommended Video: Toddler With Rare Heart Condition Gets to Go Home After 402 Days in the Hospital The death of an apparently healthy 17-year-old is being investigated after his heart suddenly stopped.Jonah Smith collapsed out of the blue in the back of his sister’s car on Dec 29th. He never recovered, but his cause of death remains a mystery, reported Fox affiliate KSAZ.His family must now wait six months for the results of more comprehensive tests.Even then, they may never know why he died.“I’ve already been told we may never know,” his mother, Gayle Smith said, reported KSAZ. Jonah was picked up by his sister from work on Dec. 29. After he collapsed in the backseat of her car, he was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He was declared brain dead on arrival. The strange thing was that he had shown no signs of ill-health.“He didn’t look like he had a cold. He didn’t act sick,” his mother, Gayle Smith told KSAZ. “He was just Jonah, busy everywhere.”Doctors thought he may have an undiagnosed heart problem, so they ran some tests. “They determined that wasn’t the case,” she said. “I can’t even tell you how many tests they did.”She said that the only thing they knew for certain was that they had detected influenza 1a and pneumonia in his system.A large proportion of people are infected with flu and other viruses without showing any symptoms, as their immune systems successfully fight off the virus.“You can have the flu but your body fights it and you have no knowledge that you had the disease,” Dr. Angela Tonozzi director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Aurora Health Care told Daily Mail Online.A study in 2014 showed that in the case of one flu strain, for every person who displayed symptoms of the disease, there were over four who were “subclinical,” meaning they had the virus but displayed no symptoms.If someone dies of flu, they typically display worsening symptoms.center_img A red pin marks the location of Phoenix, Arizona (GoogleMaps) Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Hand-drawn sketch of the suspect. (Lancaster City Bureau of Police) Share this article Recommended Video: Boy Accidentally Razors Off Chunk of Hair During Tutorial Share This is a sketch of a suspect released by police, in a public call-out for information about an alleged theft in Lancaster, Pennslyvania.The simple drawing was provided to police by a witness. It is said to depict the suspect who reportedly impersonated an employee at a stand inside Central Market and then stole cash from the business on Jan. 30.Police said the suspect was a 40 to 50-year-old male and about 5 feet 4 inches tall. The person also had a petite build, straight black hair, and wide cheekbones. The male is believed to be South American or Asian.According to the police, the witness provided a detailed physical description in addition to the sketch.“We released all of those details together in our Police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect,” Lancaster Police wrote in a Facebook post on Feb. 6. “This was not done in jest.”Since the initial release of the sketch, the police have positively identified the suspect and issued an arrest warrant for a homeless man Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, in relation to the theft. “While the sketch provided by the witness may have appeared amateurish and cartoonish, it, along with the distinctive physical descriptors, jogged the memory of at least one investigator to provide a potential suspect name,” Lancaster police wrote on its Crime Watch page on Feb. 7.Since the sketch was originally picked up by Lancaster Online, social media users have had a field day mocking the cartoonish sketch, with many commenters offering humorous theories about the identity of the suspect.One user said: “That guy looks just like my roommate.” And posted below a picture of the sketch photoshopped on top of his roommate’s face.Another commenter likened the sketch to pop artist, Jason Mraz, by pointing out its resemblance to one of Mraz’s album covers — which featured a basic line-drawing of the musician.“I instantly thought of one of my favorite singers…Jason Mraz!” the user posted.“The album was titled ‘we sing, we dance, we STEAL things.’”One social media user simply stated: “That guy does look pretty sketchy.”Since the release of the Nguyen’s image, one commentator appeared to change his position: “As much as I laughed at the sketch, it wasn’t entirely that far off.”From NTD.tv US News Police Release Basic Sketch of Suspected Thief, Not Done ‘In Jest’ By Cathy Zhang February 7, 2018 Updated: February 7, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Texas Shooting Suspect Seems ‘Weirdly Nonemotional,’ Lawyer Says By Reuters May 19, 2018 Updated: May 19, 2018 Share SANTA FE, Texas—The 17-year-old student who authorities said killed 10 people when he opened fire in an art class in his Houston-area high school appeared to be disoriented on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday.The teenager, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail in Santa Fe, Texas, where authorities said he opened fire shortly before 8 a.m. on Friday. In addition to the nine students and one teacher killed, gunfire wounded 10 people, with two of them in critical condition.Nicholas Poehl, one of two lawyers hired by the suspect’s parents to represent him, told Reuters he had spent a total of one hour with Pagourtzis on Friday night and Saturday morning.“He’s very emotional and weirdly nonemotional,” the attorney said when asked to describe his client’s state of mind. “There are aspects of it he understands and there are aspects he doesn’t understand.”Asked if Pagourtzis has provided authorities with information about the shootings, Poehl said: “Honestly because of his emotional state, I don’t have a lot on that.”Pagourtzis waived his right to remain silent and made a statement to authorities admitting to the shooting, according to an affidavit ahead of his arrest. On Friday morning, Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, became the scene of the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. public school in modern history, joining a long list of U.S. campuses where students and faculty have fallen victim to gunfire.The Texas rampage again stoked the nation’s long-running debate over gun ownership, three months after a student-led gun control movement emerged from a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 teens and educators dead.A vigil was held Friday night for the victims, who have not been officially identified. Authorities said they were likely to begin releasing the names on Saturday.“This will bring us closer together – hopefully, a positive impact from something negative,” said Clayton George, 16, who played football with the suspect.The Pakistan Embassy in Washington D.C. identified one of the victims on Twitter as Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student, while the brother-in-law of Cynthia Tisdale, a teacher’s aide and mother of four, said on Facebook she was killed in the attack.National Football League star J.J. Watt, who plays defensive end for the Houston Texans, said he will pay for the funerals of the deceased, local media reported.“Absolutely horrific,” he tweeted about the shooting.Classmates at the school of some 1,460 students described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the football team. On Friday, they said he wore a trench coat to school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston, on a day when temperatures topped 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Pagourtzis obtained firearms from his father, who had likely acquired them legally, and also left behind explosive devices.Abbott told reporters that Pagourtzis wanted to commit suicide, citing the suspect’s journals, but did not have the courage to do so. Aziz Shaikh (L), father of Sabika Aziz Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student, who was killed with others when a gunman attacked Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on comforts a relative in Karachi, Pakistan May 19, 2018. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)‘I Had To Get Out of There’Pagourtzis was charged with capital murder and denied bail at a brief court hearing later on Friday, where he appeared in handcuffs and wearing a green prison jumpsuit. He spoke in a soft voice and said “Yes, sir” when asked if he wanted a court-appointed attorney, along with other questions.Poehl, the suspect’s lawyer, said he expected a second hearing soon and would likely have more information about that on Monday. The discovery process by prosecutors would take a long time, he said.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told CNN authorities were investigating whether anyone else helped in the attack.Authorities have not disclosed how many explosive devices were found or if any of the deceased were killed or hurt by explosions. It is also unclear why the shooter targeted the art class.Pagourtzis spared people he liked so he could have his side of the story told, a charging document obtained by Reuters showed.Abbott said investigators had seen a T-shirt on the suspect’s Facebook page that read “Born to Kill,” and authorities were examining his journal. But there were no outward signs he had been planning an attack, he said.Some aspects of Friday’s shooting had echoes of the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999. The two teenaged killers in that incident wore trench coats, used shotguns and planted improvised explosives, killing 10 before committing suicide themselves.It was the second mass shooting in Texas in less than seven months. A man armed with an assault rifle shot dead 26 people during Sunday prayers at a rural church last November.Two school officers engaged the Santa Fe High School shooter, including school district police officer John Barnes, who was in critical condition after a gunshot wound to his elbow that almost caused him to bleed out, hospital officials said.By Erwin Seba US News  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video center_img Share this article Watch Now: What is MS-13? Show Discussion Candles line a table during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Trish Badger) last_img read more

first_imgLeft: University of Utah student-athlete Lauren McCluskey runs in Salt Lake City, on Aug. 30, 2017. (Steve C. Wilson/University of Utah via AP) Right: Convicted repeat sex offender Melvin Rowland is pictured in this undated photo provided by the Utah Department of Corrections. Rowland is suspected of killing McCluskey and then committing suicide, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 23, 2018. (Utah Department of Corrections via AP) Show Discussion  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “If his lips were moving, he was lying,” Brophy said of Rowland. “I don’t think he told the truth to anybody based on our investigation.”Brophy called Rowland a master manipulator.“He was very, very good at getting people to trust him,” Brophy said. “Lauren was no different.”Rowland, a native of New York, was on parole when he allegedly shot McCluskey. He was twice sent back to prison for parole violations that included possessing pornography and failure to complete therapy.He blamed his “thinking errors” for the actions that kept sending him back in prison, according to recordings of parole hearings from 2010 to 2018 released this week by the Utah Board of Parole and Pardons.Rowland said at a hearing in 2012 that he was a womanizer who manipulated women to get what he wanted.Kaitlin Felsted, a spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Corrections, said police didn’t make parole officers aware of the complaint filed by McCluskey.University of Utah president Ruth Watkins said outside investigations are being launched to assess campus security and police protocols to determine if improvements can be made to prevent future shootings.Watkins said so far she has found no mistakes in how police handled the case.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Crime and Incidents  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A University of Utah student allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend told police she was being blackmailed by the man over “compromising pictures” of the pair.Investigators said on Thursday, Oct. 25, that 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey had wired $1,000 to an account earlier this month to prevent the release of the embarrassing photographs, according to Fox.McCluskey, a student-athlete at the university, contacted the police on Oct. 13, about the alleged extortion, according to University Police Chief Dale Brophy.She was shot to death nine days later outside an on-campus dormitory.murder victim Lauren McCluskey This Aug. 21, 2018, photo provided by the University of Utah shows Lauren McCluskey, a member of the University of Utah cross country and track and field team. McCluskey was shot and killed by a former boyfriend in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 23, 2018. (Steve C. Wilson/University of Utah via AP)Police believe the man who shot her was 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, a convicted sex offender. They said Rowland had stalked her for days and spent the hours before the fatal shooting inside McCluskey’s dorm building, socializing with some of her friends. He later confronted her in the parking lot, dragged her into a car and shot her multiple times in the back seat, Brophy said at a news conference.Rowland was found dead that same evening of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Salt Lake City church.sex offender and murder suspect Melvin Rowland This undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office shows convicted sex offender Melvin Rowland. Authorities suspect he shot and killed Lauren McCluskey before committing suicide on Oct. 23, 2018. (Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office via AP)The murder victim had earlier been in a relationship with Rowland, but broke it off on Oct. 9, after finding out he had deceived her about his age and that he was a registered sex offender.Police offered to assist McCluskey in dealing with Rowland, but she declined. Brophy said that there were no indications from McCluskey that Rowland was threatening physical violence.Besides being blackmailed, McCluskey told police she had received numerous emails and messages from different names in an attempt to lure her to various locations.Detectives believe all the messages came from Rowland, and were investigating the case as sexual extortion. Brophy said he considered Rowland to be compulsively deceptive. Murder Suspect Blackmailed University of Utah Student Before Killing Her, Police Say By Tom Ozimek October 26, 2018 Updated: October 26, 2018 Share this article Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share this article Missing Boat Resurfaces 9 Years After Girl Abandoned It Trying to Set Sailing Record By Tiffany Meier January 2, 2019 Updated: January 2, 2019 (L): American teenager Abby Sunderland (L) who was rescued by fishermen from her stricken yacht in the Indian Ocean, and her brother Zac (R) leave Saint-Denis de la Reunion’s harbour following Abby’s arrival on the French island of Reunion on June 26, 2010. (Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images) (R): “Wild Eyes” sailing boat abandoned almost a decade ago found near the Kangaroo Islands (South Australia Police) US News A sailing boat destined for greatness that was abandoned nine years ago has just been found.Back in 2010, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland set out on her quest to be the youngest person to sail around the world.  However, the quest and the boat were both abandoned when Sunderland became caught in high winds.The boat, known as “Wild Eyes,” had been drifting around the Indian Ocean for the past nine years since June 2010.The AttemptAt just 16-years-old, Abby Sunderland embarked on her quest to become the youngest person to sail around the world.The journey of a lifetime ended on June 10 when the American teen was sailing in high winds and suffered multiple knockdowns in a remote area of the Indian Ocean. She was northeast of the Kerguelen Islands, almost 2,000 miles west of Australia, reported 9 News.The teen had made several broken calls to her family in Thousand Oaks, California, and reported that 30-foot waves were tossing her yacht around, according to Oakland Press. Support team member, Jeff Casher, said Abby had to make repeated calls with her cellphone because of sketchy connections.“She hung up to go check some things and she never did call back,” he said.An hour later the family was notified that her emergency beacons had been activated, and there was no further communication.Despite the distress signals, Abby’s family and support team were confident she was alive as the beacons had been deliberately turned on rather than set off automatically.“She’s got all the skills she needs to take care of what she has to take care of, she has all the equipment as well,” her brother Zac said, himself a veteran of a solo sail around the world at age 17.The RescueAfter a tense 20 hours of silence, a Qantas Airbus A330 search plane launched from Australia’s west coast made radio contact with Abby Sunderland.Search coordinator Mick Kinley, acting chief of the Australia Maritime Safety Authority, said the yacht’s mast was broken—ruining satellite phone reception—and was dragging with the sail in the ocean.However, Abby told searchers she was doing fine with a space heater and at least two weeks worth of food, according to family spokesman William Bennett.“The aircraft [crew] spoke to her,” Kinley told reporters in Canberra. “They told her help was on the way and she sounds like she’s in good health.”“She’s going to hang in there until a vessel can get to her in about 24 hours,” he said.The 11 observers on the plane spoke with her by close-range VHP marine radio, western Australia state police spokesman Senior Sgt. Graham Clifford said.The plane faced a 4,700 mile round trip from Perth to Sunderland’s boat, which is near the limit of its range, he said.Qantas spokesman, Tom Woodward, said the airline flew five hours out to sea to reach the area where the beacons were transmitting and then maneuvered for another hour before spotting the 40-foot yacht.Abby’s rescue by French and Australian authorities cost an estimated $300,000, sparking controversy that taxpayers had to pay for it, reported Adelaide Now.Abby had to abandon her expedition as well as her boat. “Wild Eyes” was dismasted, stripped of its equipment and left capsized to drift about the sea, until now.The ResurfacingAlmost a decade later, the sailing boat “Wild Eyes” at last found dry land.The 40-foot yacht was spotted in waters off Kangaroo Island on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve.The “ghost boat” had managed to stay afloat all these years, now covered in sea barnacles.It is not clear yet what will become of the vessel, which was once destined for greatness. How’s this? A yacht abandoned in rough weather in the middle of the Indian Ocean in 2010 by then 16yo American Abby Sunderland, has washed up off Kangaroo Is. #FIVEaaNews https://t.co/7yUSZqqAIu pic.twitter.com/4R56cPwTHA— Matthew Pantelis 🎙 (@MatthewPantelis) January 2, 2019 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   They are still gathering information about the shooter, whom he described as being in the military.Family members told WNEP-TV that Dean Beachy was an auctioneer and that he and his son were in State College for a horse auction.Murders and Violent crimesThe number of murders and violent crimes committed in the United States dropped slightly in 2017, according to new crime statistics released in September 2018.“Crime declined nationwide last year, consistent with our earlier analyses of 2017 data in the nation’s 30 largest cities,” Ames Grawert, senior counsel for the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, told the Washington Times.“That’s the good news. The bad news is that even while crime is falling, the number of Americans incarcerated remains near-record highs. Now is the time to address the problem.” Share this article The safety of our students is a top priority at Penn State. Our thoughts are with those in the State College community impacted by this tragedy. @StateCollegePD responded to the shooting in the borough last night as it was not on Penn State’s campus.— Penn State (@penn_state) January 25, 2019 State police say Gamble fled in a stolen truck that has since been recovered.Gunman Kills 3 Men in Separate Shootings, Then Kills HimselfState College Police respond to a shooting at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill State College Police respond to a shooting at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill at the Ramada Inn, in State College, Pa., on Jan. 24, 2019. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)A gunman opened fire at a hotel bar near Penn State’s main campus, killing two men and wounding a woman, broke into a stranger’s house and fatally shot the 83-year-old homeowner, and then killed himself, authorities said.The initial shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Thursday at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill in State College, about 2 miles from Penn State’s campus.State College Police Chief John Gardner said Friday afternoon they are still trying to determine why Jordan Witmer, 21, of Bellefonte, opened fire inside the bar, shooting two men he apparently didn’t know, and Nicole Abrino, with whom he had an unspecified connection. The GBI says 24-year-old Peerless Brown was injured at the home where Mitchell and Davis were killed. He was flown to an Atlanta hospital. His condition was unknown. Witmer then fled the bar, crashed his vehicle and broke into a home by shooting out a sliding glass door, Gardner said. Inside, he fatally shot homeowner George McCormick, 83, before turning the gun on himself. McCormick’s distraught 80-year-old wife barricaded herself in a room and called 911.There was no relationship between Witmer and McCormick, and officials believe he chose the home at random, Gardner said.There was never any threat to Penn State or its students, he said. Daylon Delon Gamble. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP) Victims have been identified in the #RockmartShooting. https://t.co/ulnNMvaPmf319 Williamson St.•Helen Rose Mitchell ,48, Deceased•Jaequnn Davis,19, Deceased•Peerless Brown, 24, Hospitalized503 Rome St.•Arkeyla Perry, 24, Deceased•Dadrian Cummings, 26, Deceased— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) January 25, 2019 #UPDATE Victims in the deadly State College shooting have been identified.Police say: 62-year-old Dean Beachy was shot in killed at P.J. Harrigan’s. And 83-year-old George McCormick was shot and killed at his residence. The 21-year-old shooter, Jordan Witmer took his own life. pic.twitter.com/gO5oxkhquz— Alexis Wainwright (@AWainwrightTV) January 25, 2019 BREAKING: State College police chief John Gardner confirmed three people, including the shooter, died tonight. pic.twitter.com/lR6oDretbT— Onward State (@OnwardState) January 25, 2019 Only 1 shooting victim survived the deadly massacre in Polk County last night – 24 y/o Peerless Brown. He was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center after police say Daylon Gamble shot him. 4 of his relatives were shot & killed. Story in 8 min on Ch2 pic.twitter.com/TkevZdceU8— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) January 25, 2019 Please share this more recent picture of Rockmart Murder Suspect, Daylon Delon Gamble. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Rockmart Police Department at 770.684.6558 or ☎️ 911. #RockmartShooting https://t.co/ulnNMvaPmf pic.twitter.com/nOkYHCDOJy— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) January 25, 2019 Dean Beachy, 62, of Millersburg, Ohio, died at the scene, and Beachy’s 19-year-old son Steven Beachy died at a hospital Friday afternoon. Abrino was shot in the chest and remains at a Pittsburgh hospital. Gardner said he didn’t know her condition. US News Share Show Discussion ROCKMART, Ga.—Authorities in Georgia are on the lookout for a gunman they say killed four people and wounded a man in a pair of shootings.The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted early Friday that 27-year-old Daylon Delon Gamble is armed and dangerous and wanted on four charges of murder for the shootings Thursday night in Rockmart, about 45 miles northwest of Atlanta. Suspect Identified in Georgia Shootings That Killed 4 By The Associated Press January 25, 2019 Updated: January 25, 2019 A GBI news release said 48-year-old Helen Rose Mitchell and 19-year-old Jaequnn Davis died at one home, and 24-year-old Arkeyla Perry and 26-year-old Dadrian Cummings died at another home several blocks away.  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The number of cases of manslaughter and murder dropped 0.7 percent in 2017 from the prior year, the report said.Rapes rose by 3 percent and aggravated assault rose by 1 percent, but overall violent crimes dropped 0.2 percent, the report added. last_img read more

first_imgRoxanne Fleming was 17 in this photo shared by the daughter.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA last-minute decision to testify before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has led to information about Roxanne Fleming – who has been missing for 33 years.“It’s the only reason I got the answers,” says Candice Stevenson, who was a year old when her birth mother vanished.Fleming was 17 when she was last seen in Lillooet, B.C., in 1982. But she wasn’t reported missing until 2003 – 21 years later.Stevenson, who didn’t believe in the inquiry but decided at the last minute to testify, told the commission she hadn’t heard from police in five years.Then the phone rang.“It was an RCMP officer,” she told APTN News of the call earlier this week.“He offered to come see me but I said, ‘No, you’re going to do this now!”After taking an hour to get his information together, Stevenson says the Mountie called back and filled in the some of the missing blanks.Stevenson says he told her he had “a summary of her testimony”, that her mother’s file had been transferred to Edmonton from Lillooet, and – most importantly – there was evidence her mother was alive in 1986-87.This was big news.“She was known to be in Alberta at that time,” Stevenson says.“WCB (Workers Compensation Board) had contact with her there.”Stevenson admits the call left her reeling.“I could barely even talk after,” she says.Stevenson, who lives in Vancouver, didn’t support the inquiry because of the millions of dollars it would cost.She wanted to see that money go to solving cases.But she says a friend convinced her to participate at the last minute.Stevenson doesn’t know much about her birth mom, so she says every little bit of information helps.Fleming’s life changed abruptly when her boyfriend – and Stevenson’s birth father – was killed in a work-related accident in 1982.The member of the N’Quatqua Band asked a friend to care for her baby daughter.Then she lost touch with everyone.Stevenson says RCMP have tested Fleming’s DNA against missing persons in B.C. and there was no match.Now that Fleming’s file is in Edmonton, she is hoping the same can be done in Alberta.APTN is still waiting for RCMP to comment on the case.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more