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Community Crossing Grant Recipients in Southeastern Indiana

first_imgGovernor Eric Holcomb announced yesterday the Community Crossing matching grant award recipients list.  Launched in 2016, the CCMG Program provides funding to cities, towns, and counties across Indiana to make improvements to local roads and bridges. Community Crossings is a partnership between INDOT and Hoosier communities, both urban and rural, to invest in infrastructure projects that catalyze economic development, create jobs, and strengthen local transportation networks. Grant recipients in Southeastern Indiana include:CountiesDecatur County $999,970Fayette County $1,000,000Franklin County $1,000,000Jennings County $1,000,000Ohio County $760,250Ripley County. $995,548Shelby County $997,537TownsBatesville $217,090Dillsboro $232,964Greensburg $237,292Madison $721,870Moores Hill $372,228Patriot $143,155Rising Sun $227,122Rushville $712,025Versailles $12,600last_img read more

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Rodriguez thrilled with Pochettino

first_img Press Association Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez has pinned the recent individual and collective upturn in fortunes on the belief instilled by manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentinian took to the St Mary’s helm in controversial circumstances in January but has quickly won around supporters with an exciting brand of pressing football. That was evident in the high-profile scalps of Manchester City, Liverpool and most recently Chelsea, who left St Mary’s on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline on Saturday. Rodriguez opened the scoring against the reigning European champions, and said: “The manager has put his faith in me. He gives you belief that you should be on the pitch because he’s played me and given me a chance. All I can keep doing is to try and do my best for him, and for the team.” center_img He went on: “I was chuffed with the goal but, like I always say, it’s the three points that matter.” It was fine all-round performance from Southampton, who went ahead in the 23rd minute when Rodriguez finished a superb team move by slotting past Petr Cech. John Terry was allowed to level unmarked from a corner 10 minutes later, only for Saints to hit back immediately through an exquisite – and ultimately decisive – 25-yard Rickie Lambert free-kick. “It was a good performance,” Rodriguez said. “We worked really hard and I thought we deserved the win. “Obviously it was a great goal from Rickie, which was key, so it was a good three points. “We just have to carry on that form we’ve got. We did well against Liverpool and worked hard during the international break. “We know how good Chelsea are and I thought we played really well.” last_img read more

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San Francisco looks to extend streak vs Pacific

first_imgSan Francisco looks to extend streak vs Pacific Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPacific (17-8, 5-4) vs. San Francisco (16-8, 5-4)War Memorial Gymnasium, San Francisco; Thursday, 11 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: San Francisco looks for its eighth straight win in the head-to-head series over Pacific. In its last seven wins against the Tigers, San Francisco has won by an average of 9 points. Pacific’s last win in the series came on Feb. 25, 2016, a 79-70 victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img SAVVY SENIORS: San Francisco has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Jamaree Bouyea, Charles Minlend, Jimbo Lull and Jordan Ratinho have collectively accounted for 63 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 61 percent of all Dons points over the last five games.DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Dons have allowed only 66.8 points per game to WCC opponents so far, an improvement from the 73.2 per game they gave up in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JAMAREE: Bouyea has connected on 34 percent of the 94 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 9 for 23 over his last five games. He’s also converted 61.7 percent of his foul shots this season.BEHIND THE ARC: Pacific’s Gary Chivichyan has attempted 127 3-pointers and connected on 37 percent of them, and is 5 for 19 over his last five games.ASSIST RATIOS: The Tigers have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Dons. San Francisco has 24 assists on 82 field goals (29.3 percent) over its previous three outings while Pacific has assists on 31 of 69 field goals (44.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: San Francisco has made 9.5 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among WCC teams. February 5, 2020last_img read more

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Ninth edition of Malta Supreme 11-race Cycling Meet set for Saturday

first_imgTHE ninth Annual Malta Supreme 11-race Cycling Meet will pit the crème de la crème of Guyana’s cyclists against one another, as cycling action returns to the inner circuit of the National Park on Saturday morning from 09:30hrs in the various categories.The defending champion is Warren ‘Forty’ McKay who clinched victory last year in the Feature 35-Lap Schoolboys and Invitational race in a time of one hour, 13 minutes and 12 seconds.Christopher ‘Chicken Legs’ Griffith had finished second with Romello Crawford claiming third place.Meanwhile, Jaheim Henry (BMX 9-12 and 12-14), Ian Jackson (Veteran Over-50), David Hicks (12-14 Boys and Girls/Juveniles), Mario King (Mountain Bike) and Jessica Mohabir (BMX 6-9) are the other winners from last year.An official from Malta Supreme will be on hand to assist with the presentation of trophies and prizes.last_img read more

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Messi Hat-trick Helps Barca Equal Record

first_imgBarcelona equalled the record longest unbeaten run in La Liga history as a Lionel Messi hat-trick inspired the runaway leaders to a 3-1 win over Leganes yesterday to make it 38 league games unbeaten.The Catalan giants will look to break the record that Real Sociedad set in 1979-80 when they host Valencia next weekend, with Ernesto Valverde’s side now just seven matches from becoming the first La Liga side to go through a campaign without tasting defeat.Messi was the star of the show at the Camp Nou with a magnificent treble, as Barca stretched their lead at the top to 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid’s derby against Real Madrid today. Coach Valverde named a strong side despite having a Champions League quarterfinal, second leg on Tuesday at Roma, with Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho all starting.Suarez passed up two good early chances to put Barca ahead, prodding wide and then seeing visiting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar deny him with an excellent save. But the hosts moved in front in the 27th minute through a trademark Messi free-kick.The Argentinian stepped up and curled the ball over the ball and into the bottom corner from 25 yards out to score his 27th league goal of the season. It didn’t take the 30-year-old long to double his tally for the day, latching onto Coutinho’s through ball and firing low into the corner.Barcelona eased off in the second half, perhaps with the midweek clash at the Stadio Olimpico on their minds, and Leganes hit back midway through the second half.Former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar cut inside and fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box despite slipping as he shot.But the home side finished off the match as a contest late on with Messi completing his third hat-trick of the season in style.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner chested down Ousmane Dembele’s pass and dinked the ball over Cuellar with consummate ease.Barca will now turn their attentions to avoiding a disaster in Italy as they defend a 4-1 first-leg lead, still bidding to complete the treble with a Copa del Rey final against Sevilla to come in a fortnight’s time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Conference championship picks against the spread for all 10 games

first_imgConference championship week is here, and all 10 Power 5 conferences will crown a champion.  The final College Football Playoff pairings also will be decided this weekend, with the marquee matchup No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia in a rematch of last year’s national championship game. No. 2 Clemson, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Ohio State also have a chance to make their Playoff case.   MORE: Week 14 bowl projectionsSporting News had success against the spread in Rivalry Week with a 14-6 record, and will look to continue to build on that with Championship Week and bowl season:Straight up: 207-50, .805 (16-4 last week) Against the spread: 139-102, .577 (14-6 last week) Upset picks: 11-14, .440 (1-2 last week) With that in mind, here are our championship week picks (lines reflect Consensus picks from VegasInsiders.com as of Monday):Buffalo (-3.5) vs. Northern Illinois  The Bulls have a dynamic connection between Tyree Jackson and Anthony Johnson, and despite a loss to Ohio have been the most consistent team in the MAC under Lance Leipold. Northern Illinois has been to this game seven of the past eight years, but they ended the season on back-to-back losses. We will go with the better offense. Buffalo wins 38-28 and COVERS the spread.  No. 10 Washington (-5) vs. No. 17 Utah  Washington won a 21-7 defensive struggle when the teams met in September, and this should be the same type of game. Myles Gaskin was the key for the Huskies in the Apple Cup win, and he will close out a banner career in the Pac-12 with one more game-breaking performance. Utah won’t have quarterback Tyler Huntley for this one either. Washington wins 35-21 and COVERS the spread.  No. 5 Oklahoma (-7.5) vs. No. 9 Texas  The line jumped to two points from its opening. The Sooners have a chance to correct their mistake from a 48-45 shootout in the last meeting with Texas, and quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Sam Ehlinger will put on a show at Jerry World. Oklahoma still has its Playoff hopes alive, and in order to be sure the Sooners need to win convincingly enough to hold off Ohio State. This will be tight into the fourth quarter. We’ll take the hook on the line. Oklahoma wins 48-41 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.  MORE: Ohio State or Oklahoma: Who deserves a Playoff spot more?Appalachian State (-17.5) vs. Louisiana  The Mountaineers are heavy favorites to win the first Sun Belt championship game. Appalachian State won the regular-season meeting 27-17, but is playing a Ragin’ Cajuns team that won its last three games. We’ll take the points here. Appalachian State wins 33-20 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.  Middle Tennessee State (-2.5) vs. UAB  The Blazers are underdogs after losing 27-3 to the Blue Raiders last week, and it’s a quick turnaround to face an offense led by veteran quarterback Brent Stockstill. It’s going to be closer the second time, but it’s hard to pick against the favorite here. Middle Tennessee State wins 31-24 and COVERS the spread. No. 7 UCF (-3.5) vs. Memphis  This line dropped from its open, and it’s easy to see why. McKenzie Milton (leg) is out, and the Tigers have a high-flying offense led by All-American candidate Darrell Henderson. Memphis has won its past four after a midseason lull, and it will avenge this year’s loss to the Knights in a shootout. Memphis wins 45-42 in an UPSET.  MORE: Sporting News’ Week 14 Power RankingsNo. 1 Alabama (-13) vs. No. 4 Georgia The line was set at 10.5 and has since jumped by two-and-a-half points. The implications are obvious here: Georgia is tasked with trying to slow down the Alabama offensive machine in a play-in Playoff game. The Bulldogs have the running game to control the clock, but will they generate enough pass rush to slow down Alabama’s receivers? We like the original line in a big-time matchup of this magnitude. Alabama wins 31-21 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.  No. 19 Boise State (-2.5) vs. No. 25 Fresno State  The Broncos and Bulldogs played this game on Nov. 9, and Boise State won 24-17. This is the fourth meeting in two years, and that familiarity means one or two turnovers can make the difference. We will stick with the defending Mountain West champions. Boise State wins 24-20 and COVERS the spread.  No. 2 Clemson (-26.5) vs. Pittsburgh  Clemson is making its fourth consecutive ACC championship appearance, and it’s the first meeting with the Panthers since the 43-42 shootout in 2016. It’s been an up-and-down season for Pitt, and the Tigers have won their past six games by an average of 35.6 points. Clemson dominates here, but it’s a matter of whether a back-door cover happens. Clemson wins 42-19 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.MORE: Week 14 CFP pictureNo. 6 Ohio State (-14) vs. No. 21 NorthwesternOhio State looked like the Playoff team it was supposed to be and now catches a Northwestern team that has won seven of its past eight games and lost to Michigan by three and to Notre Dame by 10. The scoreboard matters if the Buckeyes want to make a last-minute Playoff impression. Ohio State wins 42-26 and COVERS the spread.last_img read more

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NFL leans toward Bears-Packers for 2019 kickoff, sets Thanksgiving matchups, report says

first_imgIt would be just the second time since 2006 that the Super Bowl champion will not appear in the league’s opening game. Instead, the defending champion Patriots are expected to host the season’s first “Sunday Night Football” matchup on Sept. 8.The report added the NFL has tentatively picked the four teams that will play on Thanksgiving Day, naming the Bears and Dolphins as opponents for the Lions and Cowboys, both of which typically play on the holiday.The full NFL schedule is set to be released in April. The 2019 NFL season may be six months away, but fans already have something new to look forward to.According to the Sports Business Journal, the league is considering featuring an NFC showdown between the Bears and Packers on Sept. 5 in the opening game of its 100th season. Chicago and Green Bay first played in 1921 and have faced each other 198 times since, making it the NFL’s oldest rivalry.last_img read more

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Lonzo Ball dazzles as Lakers re-learn how to play with the rookie point guard

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think guys are going to have to get used to playing with him again,” Coach Luke Walton said. “A few times he grabbed rebounds or steals and his head was already up looking to make a pass and the people downcourt weren’t looking.”The Lakers committed 23 turnovers in their win Monday, a source of great consternation for Walton and his players. Ball was responsible for just two.With two days off until their next game, Thursday in Miami, the continued integration of Ball will remain a focus for the Lakers (26-35). Walton said Ball will continue to come off the bench as long as there is a minutes restriction, although that could be lifted for the matchup against the Heat.“We’ve got two days,” Walton said. “Hopefully we’ll have him at 30 (minutes) or we call the minutes restriction off, depending on how he feels. But that’s for him, (athletic trainer) Marco (Nunez) and the medical staff to tell me.”No player has to adjust more to Ball than Isaiah Thomas who has shared a court with the rookie for just two games.So far, that has hardly been the awkward pairing most anticipated.“It’s easy,” Thomas said. “He is a guy that wants to get others involved and I am a guy that makes plays and tries to score.“So we can fit in with each other easy. He is a very smart basketball player with a lot of talent so it is easy to play with a guy like that.”Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreLakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, gestures after hitting a 3-point shot as Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. stands behind during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Ball rejoined the lineup for the first time in six weeks. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, and Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell watch a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, gestures after hitting a 3-point shot as Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. stands behind during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, and Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell watch a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 124-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball drives the basket during Monday’s game against the Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lakers guard Lonzo Ball loses the ball as he drives against the Hawks’ Taurean Prince during Monday’s game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers runs the offense against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot against Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreLakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, gestures after hitting a 3-point shot as Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. stands behind during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Ball rejoined the lineup for the first time in six weeks. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 11Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, gestures after hitting a 3-point shot as Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. stands behind during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Ball rejoined the lineup for the first time in six weeks. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandMIAMI – Rearing back like a quarterback in motion, Lonzo Ball heaved a one-armed pass on Monday to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, gliding, straining to intercept the pass before it sailed out of bounds.The Lakers starting shooting guard contorted his body while in mid-air to collect touchdown heave, but caught it at such an angle that his short-armed attempt to redirect the ball off the glass missed even the rim.Alley-oops.On the next dead ball, Caldwell-Pope and Ball huddled in a sidebar at the top of the 3-point line, smiling as they quickly dissected what transpired. Lakers match last season’s win total by blowing out Hawks Ivica Zubac works his way back into Lakers’ rotation center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He said the play was ran wrong,” Ball remembered after the Lakers 123-104 win in Atlanta, “but I am like, ‘We still got a layup out of it, so just make the layup and we can worry about the play later.’”Ball has been on a strict minutes restriction each of his first two games after missing 15 with a left knee sprain. He was capped at 20 minutes on Friday against Dallas; 25 in Atlanta.On his own, Ball has been startlingly impressive: 11 points per game, seven rebounds, 5.5 assists, two steals. He has attempted 12 3-pointers and made seven of them.The Lakers have, for the most part, been fine. They have won three straight games out of the All-Star break and, after trouncing the lowly Hawks, have with 22 games left with as many wins as they did a year ago.With Ball back and balling, the adjustment now comes for everyone else – as the missed connection with Caldwell-Pope showed. Thomas has also been privy to some of the hottest shooting of Ball’s young career.After Ball shot historically bad numbers early in the season, including just 25 percent from 3 through November, his accuracy has improved greatly.Since an early December stretch of four games in which Ball made just 2-of-13 shots from deep, he has knocked down 41 percent of his 3-pointers over 13 appearances.“I just missed at the beginning of the year,” Ball said. “I told you I was going to keep shooting and now they are going in.”He even earned praise from Thomas, the Lakers most explosive scorer, who arrived long after the talk about Ball’s unorthodox mechanics subsided.“It’s ugly as hell,” Thomas said. “It’s an ugly shot, but he’s been successful with it his whole life, so you get to the highest level, there is no need to change it.“You just got to figure out ways to continue to make it better. He is a gym rat so he is going to continue to get better no matter what and no matter how it looks.” Lakers’ Lonzo Ball on playing with Isaiah Thomas: ‘Opposites attract’ last_img read more

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Inside Conditions..Something the Boy Said

first_img“When we set out on this journey. There were no doubts in our minds. We set our eyes to the distance. We would find what we would find. We took courage from our numbers What we sought we did not fear. Sometimes we’d glimpse a shadow falling. The shadow would disappear. But our thoughts kept returning To something the boy said. As we turned to go. He said you’ll never see our faces again. You’ll be food for a carrion crow. Every step we took today. Our thoughts would always stray From the wind on the moor so wild. To the words of the captain’s child. Something the boy said. In the circles we made with our fires. We talked of the pale afternoon. The clouds were like dark riders. Flying on the face of the moon. We spoke our fears to the captain. And asked what his son could know. For we would never have marched so far, to be food for a crow. Every step we took today. Our thoughts would always stray. From the wind on the moor so wild.” To the words of the captain’s child. Something the boy said. ‘Sting’ lyrics from; ‘Something the boy said’.About a week before Steelers training camp at St. Vincent’s college was scheduled to conclude, I had just returned from an afternoon practice. I was downtown waiting on my Port Authority chariot to arrive. I always purposely leave my media credential around my neck just to spark conversation good and bad from the Steelers nation.On this occasion there was a young Caucasian lad riding along with his father. His dad’s face turned beet red when the youngster looked over at me and spied my credentials and asked; “do you work for the Steelers?” I smiled at him and replied; no, but I cover them for the New Pittsburgh Courier. I continued on by asking him; “have you ever heard of the New Pittsburgh Courier?” I was pleasantly surprised when he answered; “yes sir, I learned about the paper when my dad took me to see the movie 42.His father then chimed in, he looked at my credentials saw my name and said; “Mr. Bruce, I wanted to make sure that my son saw the struggles of African-American players long before his two favorite players Andrew McCutchen or David Ortiz were even born.”At that point I was a bit too weary to discuss Black History; hey February was long past. However, I have to say this. There are some Whites that know about and respect our history more than a few of us do and I was quite happy that I was given the opportunity to meet and have a conversation with him and his son.Anyway, I continued on by asking his son another question. Young man, (his name was Trenton Blair Jr. and his dad was Sr.) “how do you think the Steelers are going to do this year?”“I think that they are not going to do good because they allowed Mike Wallace [former Steelers wide receiver] and James Harrison [former Steelers outside linebacker] to leave the team. James Harrison is almost like Darth Vader nobody wants to mess around with him and Mike Wallace is faster than anybody in the NFL.”These my friends were the words straight from the mouth of a babe.”If a ten year old could see the handwriting on the wall, the management of the Steelers should have been able to see the wall, especially a wall that they themselves constructed.When I was exiting the bus, the lad smiled and said, “Steelers forever.”When the Pittsburgh Steelers set out on the journey of the 2013 season, regardless of the negative circumstances looming, they remained a confident bunch. There may have been a few doubts in their minds because after all, they lost two vital playmakers one from the offensive and defensive side of the ball, but hey they still had a reason to think that they could dredge at least another year of two out of an aging team.They set their eyes on the distant competition because there was nothing to fear but fear itself and maybe the word “rebuilding.”Whatever they found in the AFC North they would have to just deal with it. They took courage from what players remained with the team and as always they were fearless. Yes they were glimpsing shadows of the Cincy Bengals, the Cleveland Browns and last but certainly not least, the 2012 NFL Champion Baltimore Ravens looming over their Lombardi trophy case but Pittsburgh realized that Cleveland and Cincinnati had no trophy case because they had no trophies to put in it and the Ravens dismantled their squad so that the money needs of their “most valuable player” starting QB Joe Flacco could be met.The shadows of the past continued to appear and reappear but ya know what boys’ and girls’? Dead men can tell no tales and neither are they capable of getting out on the playing field and competing. The boy said that they allowed two of their most excellent players disappear, poof, gone.The beginning of the season would prove and showcase blatant flaws that surfaced and exist because of questionable fiscal priorities regarding compensation for players who would and should have had a positive impact on the Steelers level of competition.Choosing athletes to compete for your particular team is not and should never be confused with neurosurgery. All one has to do is observe a player, any player and hope and pray that player will perform as well for you as he has performed for his high school, or college. Money oftentimes is not a guarantee that a player will perform or respond to competition. But sometimes you have to pay the cost to be the boss. Just ask the boy.last_img read more

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Olympia to Receive Justice Department Community Court Grant

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia is one of ten applicants nationwide to be named a 2016 Community Court Grant Program winner, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance announced today, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation.As a selected site, the Olympia Community Court will receive $200,000, as well as technical assistance from the Center for Court Innovation to fully implement its Community Court, which began hearing cases on a preliminary basis earlier this year.“The Community Court is a great addition to our court system,” said Steve Hall, Olympia City Manager. “It can break the cycle of crime and give offenders the stability they need to help them change their lives.”Community courts respond to quality-of-life crimes by ordering offenders to pay back the communities they’ve harmed through visible community service projects—for example, painting over graffiti, beautifying neighborhood parks, and cleaning up litter and debris from public streets. At the same time, community courts link offenders to services designed to help them address the underlying issues fueling their criminal behavior, such as drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, job training, housing, education, and public benefits. Nationally, research has shown that the community court model can reduce crime and substance use, increase services to victims, save money, and improve public confidence in justice.The Olympia Municipal Court Judge Hon. Scott K. Ahlf, Chief Prosecutor Rocio Ferguson, and Public Defense Coordinator Diane Whaley all demonstrated their support for the project.“I have been the Judge in Olympia for over 11 years and have seen the court system as a revolving door for the people we need to serve—it is time to try something different,” said Presiding Judge Ahlf.For more information on the Olympia Community Court program, contact Diane Whaley, Public Defense Coordinator, at 360.753.8057. For more information about the community court model, go to:www.courtinnovation.org/topic/community-court.last_img read more

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