Skelos Corruption Trial Expected to Begin Tuesday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jury selection began Monday in the case of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam, whose trial on corruption charges is expected to start Tuesday at Manhattan federal court.U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood peppered potential jurors with more than 50 questions quizzing their ability to be fair and not let any biases sway their deliberations—should they be among the 12 jurors and four alternates picked. Ironically, only a minority of the group was able to name their state legislative representatives when asked.“I believe I know the Assembly person, however, there’s just been an election, so I could be wrong,” said a 65-year-old Manhattan woman, who was among eight of about 60 potential jurors to say they knew who represented them in either the state Senate or Assembly.Skelos and son have pleaded not guilty to allegedly extorting bribes from three companies in the form of jobs for Adam in exchange for legislative help from the senator, who resigned his post as majority leader shortly after his arrest in May.Opening statements are expected as early as Tuesday afternoon in the Skelos case, which comes as the trial against state Assemb. Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), the former Speaker of the Assembly, enters its third week in the same courthouse. Silver also pleaded not guilty to similar charges for allegedly abusing his power.While the high-profile cases involving two former members of the so-called “three men in a room” that set the state’s legislative agenda—the third being Gov. Andrew Cuomo—is closely watched by political observers, some potential jurors suggested that the case may be too boring for them to focus.A 68-year-old Westchester man who said he once served as a juror on a murder trial told Wood that he thought the case would be interesting, but he found it difficult to pay attention. When Wood promised that jurors in the Skelos case would have breaks to stretch as well as coffee and muffins, he said it’s “sounding better,” sparking laughter in the courtroom.Later, when another potential juror who said they knew their state Senator was asked to identify their representative, the 46-year-old Manhattan man gave the name Schumer—as in U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Wood corrected the juror, noting that Schumer is a member of the U.S. Senate, not the state Senate, but said she understood the confusion.“He does represent a state, after all,” Wood said.last_img read more

NCUA awards $2 million to low-income credit unions

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA announced that 225 low-income credit unions received more than $2 million in funds in the agency’s latest round of grants.The NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives administered the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund grant process, and its Director, William Myers, said the high degree of credit union participation has been encouraging. continue reading »last_img read more

‘RHOSLC’ Star Heather Gay Has a Crush on Kyle Richards’ Husband

first_img– Advertisement – “Coparenting is really my job. I have a hundred percent custody,” she shares. “I raise the kids, but he helps me out financially and, you know, with rides and stuff like that.”The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City airs on Bravo Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.- Advertisement – Watch out, Kyle Richards! Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Heather Gay admits she has a bit of a crush on Richards’ husband, Mauricio Umansky.“I would take Mauricio in a boat, anywhere,” the reality star jokes to Us Weekly exclusively on the Friday, November 12, episode of the “Getting Real with the Housewives” podcast. “On a plane, on a train!”- Advertisement –center_img All kidding aside, Gay is single after going through a difficult divorce from her husband of 11 years in 2015. The pair share three daughters, Ashley, 17, Georgia, 14, and Annabelle, 13.RHOSLC Star Heather Gay Has a Crush on Kyle Richards Husband Mauricio UmanskyHeather Gay Chad Kirkland/Bravo“Of course you can get divorced when you’re Mormon, but it’s just, like, really not an option doctrinally speaking,” the reality star explains. “It’s been a hard process for me, but I’m finally able to say that it’s been the greatest thing because it got me here and it got me to kind of own my life and be more present in my choices.”The owner of Beauty Lab + Laser said her ex was “hesitant” about her being on the Bravo series since he is a “devout Mormon,” but he’s “generally supportive” and will make at least once appearance.- Advertisement –last_img read more

California braces for record-setting heatwave, more fires

first_imgWeather forecasters said red flag warnings indicating the potential for dangerous fire conditions had been issued in many parts of California for the weekend, notably in the Santa Barbara mountains, north of Los Angeles.”We have the heat, winds and low humidity,” a perfect cocktail for fires, Fisher said.”Our big issue with this excessive heat,” he added, “is the fact that it’s a holiday weekend and a lot of people are going out.”He said the National Weather Service was recommending people refrain from outdoor activities such as hiking and remain indoors during the day.Once the sun sets, however, evening temperatures are not expected to bring much relief.’Warmest nighttimes’ “This is going to be the warmest nighttimes we are going to have in a while,” Fisher said. “We are looking for temperatures to be in the upper 70s and even upper 80s, the warmest being Saturday night.”  And if you’re expecting to go to a restaurant in the Los Angeles area or other regions, where only outdoor dining is allowed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, you may want to think twice.”Outdoor dining is not going to work this weekend,” Fisher said.The situation is not expected to be any better further north — in the Bay Area and beyond — where dangerous hot conditions are also predicted.”It’s certainly gonna be hot all over,” said Jonathan Garner, a NWS meteorologist for that region.”In areas like Ukiah, the record of 108 degrees could be exceeded by one or two degrees,” he told AFP, referring to a city about 115 miles (185 kilometers) north of San Francisco.Topics : Fisher said temperatures are expected to peak to 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42.2 Celsius) in the Los Angeles area on Sunday and to 118 Fahrenheit (47.8 Celsius) further inland in Woodland Hills.Excessive heat warnings through the holiday weekend and possibly beyond have also been issued in other western states including Arizona and Nevada.The warm temperatures in California come as the state is recovering from another heat wave in mid-August and devastating wildfires that have burned some 1.5 million acres in the last three weeks.That heat wave also set records, with Death Valley — located near the border with Nevada — recording a high of 130 degrees, one of the hottest temperatures ever measured on Earth with modern instruments. California is bracing for  record-breaking temperatures and dangerous fire weather conditions this Labor Day weekend, with the National Weather Service urging people to limit outdoor activity and to stay hydrated.”Saturday and Sunday will be about 20 to 30 degrees above normal across the entire area,” Frank Fisher, a NWS meteorologist for the southern part of the state, told AFP.”By Monday, we should be 10 to 20 degrees above normal … but still very warm and dangerous outside,” he added.last_img read more

Lifestyle makes a splash

first_img49 Bamboo Cres, Mount LouisaWITH a pool, spa, waterfall and place to park your boat, North Queensland living doesn’t get much better than this.49 Bamboo Crescent in Mount Louisa has hit the market at $695,000 and has five-bedrooms, three bathrooms and two car spaces.It’s expected to generate plenty of interest from house hunters as it features everything buyers want to make the most of Townsville’s lifestyle.Owner Con Karavas and his wife have very happily lived in the home for 12 years.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s spacious and airy and there are big full-length windows to see out to the garden and pool,” he said. “We wanted a long pool so we could do laps.“It’s in a great spot as well because it’s on the Kirwan side of Mount Louisa, so it’s just a matter of going out of the sub-divvies and getting on Dalrymple Rd.”The home is in Greenview Estate in a family friendly crescent surrounded by other contemporary homes.The free-form lap pool is bounded by tropical landscaped gardens.There is a self-contained apartment near the pool and separate to the home. The main house has two separate living areas while the fully-fenced 1061sq m lot has two street frontages.There is also an outdoor pergola with established herb and vegetable garden and a paved, enclosed and lockup boat and caravan storage. 49 Bamboo Cres will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. For more information phone John Glover from John Gribbin Realty on 0408 391 818.last_img read more

Raymond M. Dorrel

first_imgMemorial contributions can be directed to Whitcomb United Methodist Church, the Franklin County 4-H Association Endowment in care of FCCF, or to a charity of choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ray Dorrel. Many of Ray’s friends and customers will remember how he liked to start things early – to continue his tradition, visitation will be held from 3:47 until 7:47 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  A Masonic service will start at 7:47.  Visitation will be held again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:47 at Whitcomb United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in Big Cedar Cemetery. Raymond M. Dorrel, of Brookville, Indiana was born on April 11, 1930 in Franklin County, Indiana, the son of Vernon and Opha Miles Dorrel.  He married Jean V. Harsh on June 12, 1948 in northern Indiana and she preceded him in death on July 21, 2012.  Ray was a lifetime farmer and a former seed dealer for Pioneer and Becks Seeds.  He was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, the Bath Conservation Club, and a 60 year member of the Brookville F and AM.  Ray was an avid supporter of 4-H and his family in school and sports.  When he was younger he enjoyed showing hogs, pulling tractors and playing softball.  On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the age of 87, Ray passed away suddenly at Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville.center_img Those surviving who will cherish Ray’s memory include his children; son, Gary D. (Elaine) Dorrel, daughter, Donna Jo (Steve) Brack, son, Kenneth R. (Theresa) Dorrel all of Brookville, and son, Jeffery G. (Judy) Dorrel of Knightstown; son-in-law, Don Nesbitt of Felicity, OH; 16 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.  Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Lucy Dorrel of Brookville, two brothers-in-law, Norman (Juanita) Harsh, and Phil (Faye) Harsh, both of Brookville, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Nesbitt; sisters, Margaret Roberts, June Wehr, Betty Naylor-Hall, Evelyn Sauerland, and Carol Singer, and a brother, Herbert Dorrel.last_img read more

Toffees lose unbeaten home record

first_img A 25th-minute penalty from on-loan Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng steered the Black Cats to what was their first victory in seven top-flight matches. The spot-kick was awarded after Leon Osman miscontrolled a goal-kick from Tim Howard. Sunderland gave their Barclays Premier League survival hopes a much-needed boost with a 1-0 victory over 10-man Everton at Goodison Park. Ki latched onto the ball and darted into the box, where he hit the turf when tackled by Howard, who was shown a straight red card. Everton, with Ross Barkley on as a substitute, piled on the pressure after the break but could not find an equaliser, with Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone pulling off several impressive saves. Gus Poyet’s men remain bottom of the table, but have cut the gap between them and safety to three points. The Toffees, meanwhile, remain fifth after what was only their second league defeat of the season. There was a nervous moment at the back for Everton early on when their skipper Phil Jagielka misjudged a header and Steven Fletcher looked to take advantage, but they survived as Howard rushed out to clear. There were then optimistic efforts struck from distance at both ends, with Fabio Borini sending one over Howard’s bar before Bryan Ovideo cut inside and cracked the other towards Mannone, who got behind it. Moments later, the Toffees won a corner, via an Oviedo cross, which Gareth Barry met with a header but could not guide on-target. James McCarthy scuffed a shot into the stand and when his fellow Everton midfielder Barry then gave away possession, Sunderland worked the ball to Jack Colback, whose low strike was saved by Howard. It was not long after that when the goalkeeper received his marching orders having opted to play a goal-kick short to Osman. Osman made a hash of attempting to control it and Ki claimed possession, looked to go around Howard and went to ground in the area when the United States international came out to meet him. Referee Lee Probert had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and sending off Howard, who was replaced in goal by Joel Robles – brought on by Toffees boss Roberto Martinez for Osman. And Ki, scorer of Sunderland’s winning goal in their recent Capital One Cup quarter-final win over Chelsea, then made no mistake in firing the penalty in past Robles, who was on his Everton Premier League debut. Robles looked shaky as he fumbled an Ondrej Celustka drive in the 36th minute but did well to block the follow-up by Sebastian Larsson and from the resulting corner, Ki miscued wildly when trying to shoot. Everton then found themselves down to nine men for a few minutes, with Kevin Mirallas having headed down the tunnel, and when the Belgium forward returned to the pitch, Barry picked up a booking – meaning he will be suspended for the next match – for a tackle on Colback, with Larsson then curling the subsequent free-kick over. Mirallas was substituted at the interval for Barkley, and after coming through a spell in which Modibo Diakite scooped a deflected effort over and Fletcher’s header was saved by Robles, Everton began to apply some pressure of their own. Mannone made a decent parry to keep out a Jagielka header and got his hands on Romelu Lukaku’s attempt at a rebound shot. Lukaku then saw Mannone get down to claim his drilled shot from outside the box, before Barkley – who netted so spectacularly in the previous game against Swansea – sent another ambitious effort too high. Fletcher brought a save out of Robles, but Everton kept pressing, with Barkley looking in increasingly confident mood as he drew a parry out of Mannone and then struck narrowly wide. Mannone comfortably dealt with further shots from Lukaku and Barkley, then produced a delightful save to push behind a rising drive from Oviedo. There was a brief respite for the visitors and Fletcher dragged an attempt the wrong side of the post having been put through. But Everton were soon pressing again, and Mannone did superbly to palm away Barkley’s free-kick as the England international tried to repeat his match-winning trick from the Swansea contest. The Toffees came close again as the end of the game drew ever nearer, with Borini clearing an effort from substitute Nikica Jelavic off the line, before the final whistle confirmed Sunderland had held on for all three points. Press Associationlast_img read more

McIlroy: I’m more in control

first_img That was one of five victories around the world which saw McIlroy finish top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic, but the 25-year-old feels his Open triumph at Hoylake and victory at Firestone Country Club – both by two shots over the unfortunate Sergio Garcia – means he is playing at a higher level. “This is better,” said McIlroy, who also came from seven shots behind to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May. “I’m more in control of my ball and my ball flight. Mentally, I’m really sharp. “It was the most comfortable I’ve ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament out there (on Sunday). I felt normal. I felt like it was the first round or the second round. It didn’t feel like a fourth round. “When I say mentally it’s the best I’ve ever been, I didn’t get ahead of myself. I didn’t start to think about my score. I didn’t think about where I was in the tournament. I just kept playing my shot after shot after shot.” With Adam Scott narrowly failing to secure the top-five finish he needed to prevent McIlroy from overtaking him, the Northern Irishman’s lead at the top of the rankings is just 0.17 points. But McIlroy is more focused on tournament victories than rankings, with plenty still to play for in the rest of the season. He added: “It’s a nice honour and it’s a nice title to have, but I don’t think you should go into tournaments thinking about it or thinking, ‘Oh, this guy could pass me if I don’t finish in this position, or this guy could do this’. “I think you just go and you play and you try to win golf tournaments, and if you win golf tournaments, the ranking takes care of itself. My goal now until the end of the year is just to try to win as many golf tournaments as I can. It’s not to try to finish number one in the world. It’s just to get as many titles as possible. Press Association “I feel like the run of golf courses we’ve got coming up are going to suit me. I haven’t seen Valhalla, but from what I heard you need to hit it pretty long and drive the ball well.” McIlroy certainly did that in Akron, leading the field in driving distance (334.8 yards) and also finishing joint first in greens in regulation at 79.17 per cent. Asked if McIlroy was on the way to dominating the sport as Tiger Woods did in his prime, European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley told Sky Sports 4: “There is no reason why not. “That’s the best exhibition of driving I have ever seen from anybody in terms of length and accuracy. That golf course is very narrow off the tee and he is finding the fairway time after time at 340 yards. “What I think is great is that Rory can hold his attitude where it is at now, it’s very much in the present, taking one week at a time. He’s never said he was chasing Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors and that’s a great attitude, it takes the pressure off him and keeps him very much in the present where he needs to be.” Rory McIlroy believes he is in the best form of his life as he seeks a third win in succession and second major title in the space of four weeks in the US PGA Championship. McIlroy headed to Valhalla back on top of the world rankings for the first time since March 2013 after claiming his first World Golf Championship event in the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. It is the third time the Open champion has taken top spot with a win, the first coming in the Honda Classic in March 2012 and the second later that year when he won the US PGA Championship by eight shots at Kiawah Island. last_img read more

Football News Manchester City beat Manchester United in tense derby, Liverpool continue winning run in Premier League

first_imgNew Delhi: Manchester City stormed back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United as Liverpool maintained their title challenge to the champions with a 2-0 victory over Fulham.   Chelsea, like the top two, remain unbeaten under Maurizio Sarri but lost ground in a goalless draw at home to Everton on Sunday.  Arsenal also missed the chance to leapfrog North London rivals Spurs into fourth and needed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Emirates.  Read More |ISL 2018: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 in KochiCity remain two points clear of Liverpool, but open four-point gap on Chelsea. A fourth league defeat of the season leaves United languishing in eighth, 12 points off the top.  Read More | Bulgaria boxers, Stanimira and Stoyka Petrova struggle in Delhi smogGoals early in each half from David Silva and Sergio Aguero left City in a commanding position before an Anthony Martial penalty gave United hope of a comeback.  But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move.  “I think Man City right now and Liverpool, Chelsea, and even Arsenal and Tottenham, I think they have numbers to be champion, not just City. We’re just two points in front,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.  “What is important is that we are consistent, that we play most of the time good, and always I see many things that we can improve.”   ‘Fight for top four’  United manager Jose Mourinho accepted his side are now just fighting to try and make the top four having finished second to City last season.  “Since the beginning of the season, we knew that our second position last season was a fantastic achievement for us, and this season we are going to fight for the top four,” said Mourinho.  “To speak about the title you need to be in the top positions. So let’s fight to close the gap and jump into the top four, if one day we jump into the top four, we’ll see what the difference is.”   United scored twice in the closing five minutes to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, while City thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 at the Etihad.  And Mourinho used his side’s tougher preparation to excuse the gulf in class.  “Everybody has to agree, it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes, another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed,” said Mourinho.   “We arrive in different circumstances.”Earlier, Liverpool briefly went top by inflicting Fulham’s seventh straight defeat at Anfield.  But they needed a huge slice of luck in 14 seconds that completely changed the game shortly before the break.  Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home for the visitors only to be wrongly ruled offside.The hosts quickly broke upfield as Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold freed Mohamed Salah to score his eighth goal of the season.  “The most important thing is reacting in a situation like that and that was brilliant. Allison, Trent, Mo and done, it was a fantastic situation,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose side put the result beyond doubt when Xherdan Shaqiri made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute.  Chelsea dominated possession at Stamford Bridge, but could not find a way past the inspired Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal to leave Sarri frustrated.  “At the beginning we moved the ball too slowly, so it is easy for the opposition to defend and impossible for us to be dangerous,” bemoaned Sarri.  Arsenal were in danger of defeat for the first time since August after falling behind to Ivan Cavaleiro’s 13th-minute goal before Mkhitaryan came off the bench to rescue a point for the Gunners.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Time for curtain call

first_imgSometimes, it’s just the right move to say goodbye. Willie Mays never should have suited up for the New York Mets. Joe Namath never should have made the cross country trek to become a Los Angeles Ram (speaking of saying goodbye, I guess it’s fitting to mention football in L.A.). But, in all seriousness, goodbyes are a necessary occurrence in life. And, I bet no one could see this segue coming from a mile away, this is my chance to say goodbye in my final column as sports editor at The Badger Herald.In the spirit of avoiding to create too much of a sentimental pang in all of your hearts, I’ll sum up any of the sappy stuff quickly. It has been a good ride, from the road trips and the bright lights of Camp Randall to the late nights and the sunny afternoons at McClimon Soccer Complex. Without any doubt, it’s left a huge imprint on me — and for that I have to quickly thank the man who gave me a start and has helped me at every step along the way, my brother Joe.But, to keep the cheesiness at a minimum, here is a small sampling of some of the things I will never forget from a year covering a spectrum of Wisconsin athletics.-Covering the 2005 UW football season: Traveling to Penn State to see Beaver Stadium packed to the brim was amazing enough. Ditto for witnessing Jonathan Casillas’ punt block in the Metrodome. But being on the field when John Stocco scampered into the end zone to beat Michigan and for Barry Alvarez’s farewell address against Iowa was absolutely unreal. Just seeing a team that entered the college football season as a wildcard turn into a contender for the conference title was interesting enough … but to take in some of the greatest finishes and moments in the history of the program all in one year was even more unexpected heading into the year.-Watching Aaron Hohlbein win header after header after header … Yeah, you get the idea. Hohlbein, a junior on the UW men’s soccer team, is simply one of the premier defenders in the Big Ten, let alone the nation. Too bad you could probably count the number of students who have seen him play on a single hand. The most obvious bit of talent that makes Hohlbein so good is his ability in the air; ironically, I can probably count the number of headers I’ve seen him lose on that same hand. Nick Van Sicklen became the first UW player to earn a spot in Major League Soccer under Badger head coach Jeff Rohrman; he won’t be the last though — Hohlbein’s got all the talent and smarts to play at the next level. Maybe seeing a future pro would be a good move next fall, eh students?-Talking to Adam Burish: If there ever was such thing as a walking quote, it’s Burish. And they’re not ridiculous, Chad Johnson-esque quotes; Burish tells it like it is, and he tells it in ways that look really good in print. He might not be the most skilled player, but he’ll work hard on the ice and in the media room. And in my book, that’s a pretty solid skill to have. He’s an ideal captain for the UW hockey team and an ideal interview.-Tim Krumrie is fighting people? Last, but certainly not least, this is one of the most vivid images from the Wisconsin football team’s 2005 Pro Day. Krumrie, a former Badger defensive tackle and current Buffalo Bills defensive line coach, attended the workout day to get a good look at UW’s bumper crop of linemen, a group that of course included first round pick Erasmus James. But Krumrie got more than just a good look … he proceeded to engage in a stand-up wrestling type exercise with James and the rest of the Badger linemen — a drill that resembled some sort of bizarre mix of shoot fighting and bear combat. But here’s the best part — he did it all while rocking tight denim jeans and brown cowboy boots. Absolutely splendid; I can still remember trying to explain the occurrence to the rest of the sports staff. And if that wasn’t the perfect memory to end with, I don’t know what is. Thanks for reading.last_img read more