Law student Travis McElmurry dies

first_imgFirst-year law student Travis McElmurry, 30, died in his off-campus residence where he was found Sunday night, according to a University press release.St. Joseph County coroner Michael McGann said the cause of McElmurry’s death is unknown at this time, though he saw no signs of foul play or other unnatural causes. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.“As a university community, we mourn Travis’ passing,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “Our prayers are with his family and many friends. May God grant them consolation in this time of sorrow, and may Notre Dame, Our Lady, watch over them.”McElmurry was from Granada Hills, California, and received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University, according to the release.In an email sent to students Monday morning, Vice President of Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said the University Counseling Center (UCC) and Campus Ministry resources are available to all members of the Notre Dame community, even during spring break.A campus memorial mass will be announced and held soon, according to the email.Updated Monday at 5:25 p.m.Tags: Law student, travis mcelmurrylast_img read more

The Temptations & The Four Tops Set for Broadway

first_imgGet ready for more Motown! Two legendary Motown groups will join forces on Broadway for one week only. The Temptations and The Four Tops will play the Palace Theatre from December 29 through January 4, 2015 for seven performances, celebrating their 50-year career of classic hits. The Temptations started in the early ‘60s in Detroit and rose to fame in 1964 with “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” They became the first Motown group to win a Grammy—for “Cloud Nine” in 1969. They won again in 1973 for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and in 2001 for the album Ear-Resistable. Last year, they were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Temptations singers currently consist of founding member Otis Williams, as well as Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. The Temptations and The Four Tops Both The Temptations and The Four Tops are portrayed on stage in the Broadway musical Motown. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows The Four Tops began as Four Aims in 1956 under Chess Records, singing everything from pop, to blues, to Broadway and jazz. The quartet’s “Baby I Need Your Loving” marked their first Motown hit in 1964; it was soon followed by such chart-toppers as “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s The Same Old Song” and “”Reach Out I’ll Be There.” They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and received the 2009 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Original member Abdul “Duke” Fakir is joined by Ronnie McNeir, Harold Bonhart and Lawrence Payton, Jr. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

New York City police disband rough street unit amid pressure for reform

first_img“We can do it with brains, we can do it with guile, we can move away from brute force,” he said.New York police union President Patrick Lynch, noting that shootings and murders rose last year, said city leaders “will have to reckon with the consequences” of a strategy that de-emphasizes proactive policing.On Friday Cuomo signed several police overhaul bills, including one banning the “chokehold” that was used in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a black man who was being arrested on a minor charge.The package of bills also included one that opens officers’ disciplinary records to public access. Topics : Like most US cities, New York has had daily protests demanding racial justice since the May 25 killing of Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis officer. His death has triggered national soul-searching over racial prejudice in American society and prompted calls for new ways of policing.The mass reassignment, which follows a number of policing overhaul bills signed last week by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, is designed to modernize the NYPD with a uniformed staff of more than 36,000, and build trust amid heightened racial tension, Shea said.By ending the anti-crime unit, which proactively pursues street criminals, Shea said he hopes to regain support in neighborhoods alienated by the unit’s rough tactics, which have drawn a large share of complaints.Shea stressed he was not faulting the officers of the unit who he said had been doing what was asked of them. The move was closing one of the last chapters of the “stop-and-frisk” era that disproportionately targeted non-white people for random searches, he said.center_img The New York Police Department is disbanding its aggressive anti-crime unit, a move aimed at turning alienated residents into crime-stopping allies, part of a nationwide push for policing reforms following the killing of George Floyd.In a major redeployment, the country’s largest police force will reassign some 600 plainclothes officers in the anti-crime unit, the target of numerous complaints, to other duties, effective immediately, Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Monday.”Make no mistake, this is a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city,” Shea told a news briefing. “It will be felt immediately throughout the five district attorney’s offices, it will be felt immediately in the communities that we protect.”last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Message on the Anniversary of the Amtrak 188 Accident (VIDEO)

first_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Videos May 12, 2016 “This week marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Amtrak crash in Philadelphia. And I think we learned a lot from that.“First of all, I learned a lot. I was in my second or third month as governor when that occurred and I learned that we have some remarkable emergency responders at the local level. I also learned that ordinary Pennsylvanians, in that case Philadelphians, came forward even before the emergency responders to help the victims of that crash.“I think we also learned some things from a technological point of view – how Amtrak and our railroad folks can prevent this kind of an accident from happening again.“But I think the main thing is that, when it did happen, the people of Pennsylvania responded through their emergency responders – and ordinary citizens – in a phenomenal way.” Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Message on the Anniversary of the Amtrak 188 Accident (VIDEO)last_img read more

Credit Suisse, UBS estimate 8% return for Swiss pension funds

first_imgSwiss pension funds are set to return 7.7% on average over the course of 2014, according to the latest Credit Suisse Pensionskassen Index.Credit Suisse’s estimate is considerably lower than that of Towers Watson, which, on behalf of the Swiss pension fund association ASIP, recently estimated a 10% average return.As a sample, Credit Suisse – as well as UBS – used Pensionskassen that have mandated the banks as global custodians.As of the end of November 2014, UBS estimated a 7% return for Pensionskassen in Switzerland, based on returns after the first 11 months having amounted to 6.98%. It said this would be the second highest return over the last five years, with 2012 having produced similar results at 7%, after a record high of 10.6% in 2009.Based on the Credit Suisse Index, the 7.73% anticipated return would also mark the best average performance for Swiss schemes since 2009.In a statement, it noted that all asset classes, except liquidity (-0.51%), contributed positively to the 2014 annual result.The main positive contributors were foreign equities (2.53%), Swiss equities (1.6%), Swiss bonds (1.46%), real estate (1.43%) and non-CHF bonds (0.85%).The annualised return of the Credit Suisse Pensionskassen Index since 2000 now stands at 2.84% – for the first time since the financial crisis, slightly higher than the annualised legal minimum interest rate of 2.56% that Pensionskassen must grant.last_img read more

Support for redefining marriage continues slide in polls

first_imgFrom the TVNZ website yesterday.This is despite TVNZ lobbying hard for redefining marriage including a patsy interview (with no balancing opinion) on Close Up, and then free marketing by their Breakfast programme for Tamati Coffey’s plug for the bill – not once but twice – and a ‘stacked’ interview with me and Nigel Latta (ably supported by the interviewer).A Research NZ poll in September showed that support for same-sex marriage has dropped to less than 50%, down 11% from a similar poll in 2011.Plus this one in June from Yahoo News plus NZ Herald in AugustSo when people like Nigel Latta and supporters of the same-sex marriage bill say NZ’ers are ready for it, DON’T BE SO SURElast_img

Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

first_imgThe last King of Rwanda dies at 80 Singer George Michael dies at the age of 53 in England Football legend CK Gyamfi diescenter_img Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night at the age of 89.King, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, had said in May he was in hospice care at his home after being hospitalized in April with dehydration related to diabetes.King’s death was confirmed late on Thursday on a Facebook page linked to the website of his daughter Claudette.The Mississippi native’s reign as “king of the blues” lasted more than six decades and straddled two centuries, influencing a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.Born on a Mississippi plantation to sharecropper parents, he outlived his post-World War Two blues peers – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker – to see the rough music born in the cotton fields of the segregated South reach a new audience.King will forever be associated with his trademark black Gibson guitars, all of which he christened “Lucille” in recollection of a woman who two men fought over in 1949 in an Arkansas dance hall where he was playing.The men knocked over a kerosene lamp, setting fire to the building. King risked his life to retrieve his $30 guitar.In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time ranked King at No. 3, behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.Relatedlast_img read more

Catalan separatists burn pictures of Spanish king

first_imgThe unrest comes days before Spain’ssecond general election this year. The far-right Vox party leader, SantiagoAbascal, went further and called for Catalan president Quim Torra to be“arrested, handcuffed and brought before the courts.” (BBC) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez saidthat if his Socialist party were re-elected, he would change the law to make itclear that organizing an unsanctioned independence referendum was a seriouscrime. The leader of the main oppositionPeople’s Party, Pablo Casado, said he would lead a conservative government“whose legs don’t shake” when it comes to addressing the separatist issue. BARCELONA – Thousands of Catalanseparatist demonstrators have taken to the streets of Barcelona in protest at avisit by Spain’s King Felipe VI. Separatist protesters burned pictures of Spain’s King Felipe VI. EPA Protesters lit a bonfire on a major roadand burned pictures of the king. Some banged on kitchen pots and chanted“Catalonia has no king!” The region has been hit by weeks ofprotests triggered by the jailing of separatist leaders last month. Sunday’s poll aims to break thestalemate that emerged from the last one in April.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Defeat Lady Yellow Jackets

first_imgThe St Louis 5th Grade Lady Cardinals came up victorious for their 8th winof the season on Thursday evening beating the Laurel Lady Yellow Jackets by a score of 23-9.Scoring for the Cardinals was led by Madison Wanstrath’s 5 points, Lilly Schebler, Kate Weber, and Rhea Miller each with 4 points while Claire Saner and Sadie Wachsmann each added 2 points. Additional team contributions from Izzy Price, Izza Wonnell, and Isabelle Fitzgerald ensured that a commanding 3rd quarter lead was held onto the 4th quarter.The Lady Cardinals are currently riding an 8 game win streak and have a record of 8-2 on the season.The Lady Cardinals will finish their season next week with a game Tuesday (2/28) at home against Sunman-Dearborn and wrapping up their season on the road at St Nicholas on Thursday (3/2).Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Andy Saner.last_img read more

Lloyd Asche

first_imgLloyd Asche, 77 of Batesville passed away at his home with his family on Saturday October 28, 2017.  Lloyd was born November 11, 1939 in Ripley County to Gerald and Oneida (Shelp) Asche.  He was married to Shirley (Fox) Asche who preceded him in death.  He later married Hilda (Bolt) Asche who survives.  Lloyd was a retired employee of Cummings Engine in Columbus, and was a member of the Delaware United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.Lloyd is survived by wife, Hilda Asche of Batesville, daughters Andrea (Cecil) Franke of Dublin, Indiana;  son Steven (Teresa) Asche of Farmersburg, Indiana; stepdaughter Dana (Charlie) Jones of Lafayette, Indiana; stepson Shane (Jana) Smock of Scipio; sister Geraldine Brewington of Batesville; 9 Grandchildren and 3 Great grandchildren, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by first wife, Shirley, brothers Donald and Charles Asche and grandson Sergeant Christopher Readling.Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made out to Southern Care Hospice and sent to the funeral home.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with the arrangements, PO Box 243, Milan 47031, (812)654-2141.  Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more