Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) with a deep 3 vs the Milwaukee Bucks, 05/04/2021
Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) with a deep 3 vs the Milwaukee Bucks, 05/04/2021
The longest college football season in history comes to a close this weekend after a grueling, haphazard stretch that saw the Football Championship Subdivision push the majority of its games into the spring for the first time because of the pandemic. While Bowl Subdivision teams staged a shortened season last fall, the FCS took the unusual step of putting off its games until spring even though some teams had been preparing since last summer. Players and coaches alike say the constant specter of a sudden shutdown for coronovirus protocols made for a mentally exhausting season and one that athletic directors said only slightly mitigated the revenue lost. But, they add, at least they got to play the games. South Dakota State and Sam Houston will play for the FCS championship Sunday in Frisco, Texas, capping an abbreviated season marked by high level football and some historic performances, but also dozens of games lost to COVID-19 outbreaks. The day will also start a countdown that has raised concerns: Many programs will be idle for less than two months before reconvening to prepare for fall football. Coaches have tried to adjust. South Dakota State played as many as 10 true freshmen, coach John Stiegmeier said, and made concessions on physical contact in practice. “Our staff decided to really limit the amount of contact we have during practice,” he said. So, too, did Sam Houston, though coach K.C. Keeler said the toll on his players has been far from just physical. “We came back in June thinking we were going to be playing in September and then, all of a sudden, that was not on the table,” Keeler said. “And then we’re kind of getting ready for a spring season but now there’s a lot of questions: Are we going to get to a spring season? Are there going to be spikes? It’s been physically and mentally exhausting going through all those ups and downs from June." Daily or three-times-a-week testing for the coronavirus provided a constant threat to players hoping they could play and coaches hoping they could field a team. Many programs didn't play at all and those that did became familiar with postponements or cancellations. For James Madison, ranked No. 1 for most of the season, a period of five weeks toward the end of the regular season resulted in four cancellations because of the virus. A twice-postponed game with Richmond rescheduled for the final day of the regular season allowed the Dukes to qualify for the Colonial Athletic Association’s automatic berth in a truncated 16-team playoffs. The Dukes won 23-6 on April 17, the day before the playoff field was set. The cost of the pandemic won’t be known until fiscal years end in June, several athletic directors said, but the Dukes’ Jeff Bourne had a dire guess at what the coronavirus has cost his program. “Suffice it to say, the revenue was down 90%-95%, so that’s a tremendous hit,” Bourne said. James Madison not only lost a $600,000 guarantee for a game at North Carolina in the fall, but they were allowed only 250 fans for their first two home games. They averaged 3,616 fans for five home dates, nearly 22,000 below capacity. Joe D'Antonio, commissioner of the CAA, said the cost to the league just for COVID-19 testing during the playoff rounds of the CAA's winter and spring sports was at least $500,000. Schools had to pay for the mandatory testing during the season. One bonus for spring football: exposure. With no Power Five games to compete with, the FCS got more time on television, providing “a real showcase for FCS football,” Richmond AD John Hardt said. And it rewarded the players who stuck with it. Hardt recalled attending Richmond's first practice in the spring. “The joy that I saw behind those masks on players’ faces and then in their eyes and coaches, the spring in their step being able to do what they love and they enjoy so much, I think it was a real, real valuable experience.” he said. And a respite from the relentless uncertainty. “We’ve been going at it mentally since last March when we all got sent home for COVID when our school got pushed online,” SDSU senior linebacker Logan Backhaus said. “Then we ramped it up in the summer when we came back, were doing COVID checks every single day. We were about ready to start fall camp and then our season gets canceled." With the Jackrabbits one win away from their first national title, they’ve also heard talk that the championship will carry an asterisk because some leagues and teams opted out of competing altogether. “We’ve proven that we can win on the road, we’ve proven that we can win from behind, so the people that are saying there’s an asterisk behind this championship ... they don’t know the mental and physical work we’ve been putting in for over a year now," Backhaus said. On Sunday, that struggle will have all been worth it for a first-time national champion. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Hank Kurz Jr. , The Associated Press
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The Jesuit priest who presided over an inaugural Mass for President Joe Biden has resigned his position as president of Santa Clara University in Northern California, college officials said, after an investigation found he engaged in inappropriate, alcohol-fueled conversations with graduate students. The Rev. Kevin O’Brien, at the direction of Jesuit officials, has begun a therapeutic outpatient program to address personal issues, including alcohol and stress counseling.
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A top Ukrainian opposition politician with close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin was placed under house arrest Thursday, days after being charged with treason. Viktor Medvedchuk, who heads the Opposition Platform for Life party, the largest opposition force in parliament, denies the charges brought against him last week and says they're politically motivated. Medvedchuk, who has close personal ties with Putin, the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter, could face 15 years in prison if tried and convicted. Prosecutors had asked a court in Kyiv to put Medvedchuk in jail, but a judge ordered house arrest instead. Medvedchuk, 66 is accused of transferring oil and gas production licenses from one of the fields in Crimea to Russian authorities. Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula in 2014, weeks after Ukraine's former Moscow-friendly president was ousted by protesters. Medvedchuk is also charged with allegedly disclosing secret data on the deployment of Ukrainian military units last year. The new accusations are part of a broader campaign against Medvedchuk launched by Ukrainian authorities in February, when his financial assets were frozen for three years. In February, authorities also shut down three pro-Russian TV channels, 112, Zik and NewsOne, which Medvedchuk controlled. The Associated Press
SAO PAULO-SP, Brazil (AP) _ Telefonica Brasil SA (VIV) on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $172.3 million. On a per-share basis, the Sao paulo-Sp, Brazil-based company said it had profit of 10 cents. The telecommunications company posted revenue of $1.98 billion in the period. Telefonica Brasil shares have fallen 44% since the beginning of the year. _____ This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on VIV at https://www.zacks.com/ap/VIV The Associated Press
CLEMMONS, N.C. (AP) — Gas pumps remained shrouded by plastic bags Thursday at thousands of service stations across more than a dozen U.S. states, but the situation could improve as a pipeline company reported “substantial progress" in resuming operations after a computer hack led to its shutdown. Nearly 70% of North Carolina's gas stations on Thursday were still without fuel amid panic-buying, as were about half the stations in South Carolina and Georgia, GasBuddy.com reported. Drivers on the East Coast were also having trouble, with more than half the stations tapped out in Virginia. Washington, D.C., was among the hardest-hit places Thursday, with 73% of stations out, the site's tracking service showed. “I can’t get paid until my customers get their products,” said Mary Goldburg of Norfolk, Virginia, whose job includes delivering T-shirts for events and other promotional products. In a Thursday update, the Georgia-based pipeline company said gasoline delivery is now underway in most of its markets. The Colonial Pipeline, the nation's largest fuel pipeline, stretches from Texas to New Jersey, but the northeastern U.S. has seen fewer disruptions since those states are supplied more by other sources such as ocean tankers. Gas is flowing again across most of the Deep South, and other parts that were offline in the Mid-Atlantic region were expected to become operational later Thursday, the company said. “We are not out of the woods yet, but the trees are thinning out,” Richard Joswick, global head of oil analytics at S&P Global Platts said in an email. He estimates that full recovery for the East Coast and Gulf Coast will take a couple of weeks at least due to lags and limits for all shipping options. President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. officials do not believe the Russian government was involved in the Colonial Pipeline hack, but “we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia. That’s where it came from.” The U.S. had been in direct communication with Moscow about the need to take action against ransom networks, Biden said. The FBI has said the ransomware belonged to a criminal syndicate known as DarkSide. In Virginia, the run on gas prompted an urgent warning Thursday that people should never siphon gasoline after calls in recent days about people being poisoned. One man sucked gasoline into his lungs, causing significant distress, said Dr. Chris Holstege, the medical director of the Blue Ridge Poison center at UVA Health. The man is expected to recover, Holstege said. The governors of both North Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency to help ensure access. Other governors urged people not to hoard supplies. “Now that Colonial has restarted pipeline operations, we will see a gradually increasing return to normal conditions that will take several days,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Thursday. The Colonial Pipeline delivers about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast. There is no gasoline shortage, according to government officials and energy analysts, just delays in delivering the fuel from Gulf Coast refineries. The distribution problems have been fraying nerves. Two people were charged with assault after spitting in each other's faces over spots in a line at a Marathon station in Knightdale, outside Raleigh, on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. In Walton County, Georgia, paramedic Jeff Lisle had just under a quarter-tank of gas in his Jeep and found a small amount in the cans he uses for his lawnmower in case he needed the extra boost to get to work. The shutdown even affected hikers long the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. They depend on cars and vans to access the trail and get supplies. “Everybody’s out here buying from the same gas pumps, so the lines are long, some are out — you’ve really got to look for it,” said Ron Brown, who operates Ron’s Appalachian Trail Shuttles. In Georgia, racetracks and other entertainment venues rely on many fans who drive from surrounding states such as Alabama, Florida and Tennessee, and the concern is that higher gas prices – or shortages – might keep fans at home. “Fuel prices do affect the amount of people who come, especially long distances,” said Sydney Marshall, general manager of the South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Georgia, and the Orlando Speed World Dragway in Florida. “It’s definitely a concern of mine because if there’s a gas shortage, people aren’t going to be able to get here.” ___ Associated Press writers Cathy Bussewitz in New York; Eric Tucker in Washington; Sarah Brumfield in Silver Spring, Maryland; and Bryan Anderson in Raleigh, N.C., contributed. Finley reported from Norfolk, Virginia. Martin reported from Marietta, Georgia. Tom Foreman Jr., Jeff Martin And Ben Finley, The Associated Press
The I-40 bridge crack outside of Memphis has closed interstate and Mississippi River traffic. The timeline for reopening is unclear, officials said.
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DENVER (AP) — A boycott of next year's Beijing Olympics will not solve any geopolitical issues with China and will only serve to place athletes training for the games under a “cloud of uncertainty,” the head of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee wrote to Congress on Thursday. CEO Sarah Hirshland sent the two-page letter that put a more official imprint on the long-held USOPC stance that Olympic boycotts harm athletes and do little to impact problems in host countries. Her letter specifically addressed those who believe a boycott of the Winter Games next February would serve as an effective diplomatic tool to protest China's alleged abuses toward Uyghurs, Tibetans and Hong Kong residents. She said that while the USOPC is also troubled by actions in China that “undermine the core values of the Olympic movement ... an athlete boycott of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is not the solution to geopolitical issues.” Hirshland offered a history lesson about the U.S.-led boycott of the Moscow Games in 1980 in protest of the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan. That prompted the Soviet Union and several Eastern bloc countries to respond in kind at the Los Angeles Games four years later. More than 450 U.S. athletes who had qualified for Moscow never had a chance to compete in the Olympics. “To make matters worse, their sacrifice had arguably no diplomatic benefit,” Hirshland said. “The Soviet Union stayed in Afghanistan for another decade. ... Both the 1980 and 1984 Games tainted Olympic history and showed the error of using the Olympic Games as a political tool.” Activists, along with some members of Congress, have been pushing for a boycott, or to relocate the games. Last month, the Biden Administration got mixed up in articulating its own policy about a possible boycott; the U.S. State Department suggested an Olympic boycott was possible, but a senior official later had to clarify by saying keeping the U.S. team home had not been discussed. The choice of whether to boycott would ultimately be up to the USOPC, but political pressure could weigh heavily, especially with Congress becoming more involved in the U.S. Olympic team's operations in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal that led to calls for more oversight and reform. In her letter, Hirshland argued that the Olympics can be used to raise awareness of human rights issues. But she did not highlight the 1968 Olympics, which were punctuated by protests by sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the likes of which the USOPC has said it would not punish going forward. Instead, Hirshland referenced Russia's passage of anti-LGBTQ legislation before the Sochi Games in 2014. “The Olympic and Paralympic community shone a light on inequality in practice, and the Sochi Games became a turning point in the effort to highlight the contributions and inclusion of LGBTQ+ athletes in global sport," she wrote. She said the new generation of Winter Olympians were working hard to represent the U.S. next year in Beijing. “Please give them that chance," she said. "They do not deserve to train for the games under a cloud of uncertainty about American participation in the games.” Eddie Pells, The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine, if you will, a galaxy far, far away where the one-name fashion wonder Halston dresses Obi-Wan Kenobi in something fabulous from the swinging '70s. Ewan McGregor can. Sort of. McGregor is in the unique position of being the sole person — on this planet anyway — who might care, considering his dual roles as the Jedi master and the flamboyant designer, the latter the subject of a new Netflix miniseries and the former a Disney+ “Star Wars” installment that has the Scottish actor on set in Los Angeles. “It would be much more comfortable,” he told The Associated Press during a recent interview on Zoom. “It would all be in cashmere, you know, none of that heavy blanket material stuff.” Although “Halston” doesn't drop until Friday, it has already generated some heat for McGregor and director Daniel Minahan, both among the series' executive producers with Ryan Murphy. Halston's niece, Lesley Frowick, along with other relatives, bashed Minahan's passion project Monday as “frankly, garbage" and “inaccurate,” having seen nothing more than a trailer. Frowick, by phone from California, said the family and the Halston Archives were not consulted, though Minahan told AP he spoke to Frowick's father and Halston's brother, Robert, before his death in 2007. “I think everyone's entitled to their opinion. This is not a documentary. It's a dramatic series,” Minahan said. “And the people who knew Halston and were around him who have seen it have responded really well to it." In addition, award-winning “Pose” star Billy Porter, a fashion lover supreme, has questioned casting the straight McGregor in a gay role, noting gay actors rarely have equal access to straight parts. “I felt that Ewan was the best person for the job,” said Minahan, who is gay. “I just can't imagine anyone else doing it. He was my No. 1 choice.” For his part, McGregor — rushing from interview to interview to promote the series while slinging his lightsaber once again — said word that Frowick and another of Halston's six nieces were unhappy “makes me sad.” “We were so meticulous,” he said. “Dan Minahan has been researching this, wanting to make this for more than 20 years, so it's a shame.” Halston was a Midwesterner who revolutionized his industry with comfortable deconstructed gowns, washable Ultraseude shirt dresses and a minimalist, clean approach that redefined American fashion starting in the 1960s. He was known for making Jackie Kennedy’s blue inaugural pillbox hat (he started as a milliner) and had a stable of beautiful muses and A-list friends, including Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli (played by Krysta Rodriguez), Babe Paley, Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol. By the disco era, Halston was a regular at Studio 54, later designing costumes for the famed choreographer Martha Graham. His bright, sensual clothes, Minnelli has said, were clothes that danced with you. Halston lost the use of his trademarked name in a business deal that made him rich but left him at the mercy of a series of corporate overseers. Born Roy Halston Frowick in Des Moines, Iowa, he died in 1990 of AIDS-related complications at age 57, having left behind his New York world after his ouster from the company that bore his name. He fell into the embrace of family in Northern California, where he died in a San Francisco hospital. His decision to bring his aesthetic to the masses included making clothes for J.C. Penney and cranking out an onslaught of goods: luggage, carpet, uniforms for the Girl Scouts and Braniff Airways — and an unforgettable first scent that came in a tear drop bottle designed by another member of his inner circle, Elsa Peretti. She became a jewelry designer for Tiffany & Co. (thanks to an introduction by Halston) and was one of his bevy of models dubbed the Halstonettes. The series is full of Halston snorting cocaine, Halston having sex with male hookers and call boys, and Halston spending lavishly. He had a penchant for decking out his mirrored Olympic Tower atelier in fresh orchids and flying in dinners from top New York restaurants to the retreat he rented from Warhol in Montauk. The biopic, based on the 1991 book “Simply Halston” by Steven Gaines, also delves into his own reinvention, from poor boy in Indiana (his large family moved a lot) to elegant, black turtleneck-clad workaholic with a short fuse. McGregor, as part of his preparation, learned to sew, whipping up botched baggy trousers with one pocket on the inside and one on the outside. He also had tea with Minnelli, though he promised to keep the details private. “I just wanted her to know that he was in safe hands with me," McGregor said. “You know, there's lots been said about Halston over the years and I wanted her to know that I respected her love for him and I respected their friendship. I couldn't imagine how deeply I felt her love for him until we had tea.” Rodriguez, known for her work on stage and TV (she was Ana Vargas on NBC's “Smash”), did her own singing in “Halston.” She didn't meet Minnelli and admits to nerves taking on the living legend for Netflix. Her resemblance to Minnelli, with her large round eyes, is uncanny. “I definitely was nervous. I had to quit the voice that said what would Liza think or else I would never step foot on set,” she said. “I didn't reach out to her. I thought her and Ewan had a really special moment and I wanted to keep that, what they created together.” McGregor, 50, may be back with the Force, but he said he won't soon forget Halston. “I loved playing him so much,” he said. “I don't think there will be any Halston in Obi-Wan but there will be a little bit in me. I think he saw beauty everywhere.” ___ Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/litalie Leanne Italie, The Associated Press
Amid an ongoing disruption to the delivery of fuel to the East Coast due to a cyber-attack on a major U.S. pipeline, a top cybersecurity official said Thursday the U.S. government is looking at how to prevent companies and individuals from paying the hackers.
Thanks to a new partnership, a total of $200,000 will now be available during the next three years for Indigenous post-secondary students pursuing careers in the electricity and energy industries. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has been providing the John Wesley Beaver Memorial Scholarship since 1997. In recent years a pair of recipients have been awarded $5,000 each for the scholarship which honours Beaver, one of OPG’s most notable Indigenous engineers. Earlier this week it was announced that OPG and Indspire have joined forces to significantly expand the scholarship. During the next three years a total of 20 Indigenous students studying full-time in Ontario will be awarded $10,000 each. “It’s a great little scholarship,” said OPG spokesman Neal Kelly. “It’s the little scholarship that has grown now.” Beaver had served as the Chief of Alderville in Ontario in the early 1950s. He was also a fighter pilot in the Second World War. Beaver joined Ontario Hydro (the company switched its name to OPG in 1999) in 1949 as a junior engineer. He worked 23 years with the company eventually becoming the operations engineer for northeastern Ontario. Beaver died in 1980. OPG will provide half of the funding ($100,000) for scholarship winners during the next three years. This contribution will be matched through Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program. “Indspire is a national organization,” Kelly said. “We’re well aware of the work they do and we found it to be a nice fit here.” Indspire is a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Mike DeGagne, Indspire’s president and CEO, is pleased to see the scholarship will be annually handed out to ever more recipients now. “We are pleased to recognize this timely and meaningful expression of OPG’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous education,” he said. “This expansion of the John Wesley Beaver Memorial Scholarship represents a host of new opportunities for Indigenous learners and serves as a testament to the importance of John Wesley Beaver’s legacy.” Scholarship applicants must be Indigenous and pursuing a post-secondary program, lasting at least two years, with the potential to lead to a career focusing on engineering, science and technology in the electricity or energy industries. “This is an opportunity to show our ongoing commitment to Indigenous education,” Kelly said. “OPG has a long-standing relationship with many Indigenous groups. It really is part of our DNA.” Though he was unable to provide exact numbers, Kelly said several previous scholarship recipients have ended up working for OPG. “There have been several that have gone on to gain employment (with the company),” he said, while others secured positions with other businesses in the industry. Kelly said traditionally there are a large number of applicants for the scholarship. “That varies every year but there are quite a few,” he said. “We’ve always had a lot of interest in this. And we’ve been able to select young people that have done very well.” News of the scholarship expansion could eventually translate into additional Indigenous people working on OPG projects one day, perhaps even in their own communities. “There’s really good jobs in the skilled trades,” Kelly said. “We want to make sure we get the best people working. And we think it’s a mutually beneficial situation.” Six scholarships will be awarded this year. Six more will then be handed out in 2022. And then there will be eight recipients in 2023. Recipients will be selected not only for their academic performances but also for their leadership skills and community involvement. Upcoming application deadlines are Aug. 1 and Nov. 1 of this year as well as Feb. 1, 2022. More scholarship information and applications are available at https://indspirefunding.ca/ontario-power-generation Windspeaker.com By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com, Windspeaker.com
The logo for the National Gallery of Art designed by Pentagram. Courtesy National Gallery of Art and Pentagram The logo for the National Gallery of Art in the brand color palette. Courtesy National Gallery of Art and Pentagram Washington, DC, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Gallery of Art unveiled today a reimagined brand built on new and revived vision and mission statements, with accompanying values and strategic priorities that center on serving the nation and engaging diverse audiences. The two-year project was led by National Gallery director Kaywin Feldman and staff with consulting firm AEA and design firm Pentagram. “With our doors finally open, we re-present to our public how the National Gallery will meet our mission of welcoming all people to explore and experience art, creativity, and our shared humanity—with generosity, inclusivity, and joy. A mission that asks us to serve the nation more broadly takes time to develop and the journey has been enriching. Participation from staff across the museum has been critical, and AEA and Pentagram have provided vital organization, direction, and creativity,” said Kaywin Feldman. “A brand is more than a new logo or color palette—a brand is the embodiment of what we offer and what our audiences experience. Most importantly, it helps us demonstrate what our vision, mission, and values promise to the nation.” A Recommitment to the Nation Paul Mellon, son of our founder Andrew Mellon, said at the National Gallery’s 1941 dedication, “It was my father’s hope . . . that the National Gallery would become not a static but a living institution, growing in usefulness and importance to artists, scholars, and the general public.” Taking inspiration from his words, the museum will renew our efforts to reach national audiences and offer programs with an enhanced focus on public service. Vision Statement Of the nation and for all the people. Mission Statement The National Gallery of Art serves the nation by welcoming all people to explore and experience art, creativity, and our shared humanity. Values Integrity; diversity, equity, access, and inclusion; excellence; deepening public understanding; curiosity and continuous learning; empathy and generosity of spirit; and agility and responsiveness. Strategic Priorities Reflect and attract the nation; become the nation’s primary resource for art and creativity; provide a visitor-focused experience; and operate a sustainable and equitable museum. Energized by the monumental architecture of the National Gallery’s campus, Pentagram united the old and the new, the classic and the modern when creating our new brand. The emphasis on National in our logo reflects our renewed commitment to serve as the nation’s art museum. And the new color palette represents the institution the National Gallery aspires to be: energetic, vibrant, and diverse. The brand is intended to unite the National Gallery not just in our communications, but in our commitment to becoming more open, inclusive, and welcoming to everyone. Attachments 01_NationalGalleryBrand 02_NationalGalleryBrand CONTACT: Isabella Bulkeley National Gallery of Art 202.842.6864 email@example.com
Olympic medallist Chaunte Lowe said that beating breast cancer only to come down with a potentially life-threatening case of COVID-19 has added fuel to her desire to defy the odds and make a fifth U.S. Olympic team. In 2019, the American high jumper discovered a lump and, after initially being told by a doctor not to worry about it, later discovered it was an aggressive form of cancer that required a double mastectomy and gruelling chemotherapy sessions. Lowe rallied after the treatments and was confident in her chances of making the team when, a few months ago, her eldest child began displaying symptoms of COVID-19, a disease the 37-year-old was told to avoid at all cost given her compromised immune system.
A vaccine bus has been set up in Bolton – which has one of the highest case rates of the variant in the country – to increase uptake.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd will be pushed back to March 2022, in part to allow the publicity over Derek Chauvin's conviction to cool off, a judge ruled Thursday. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao were to face trial Aug. 23 on charges they aided and abetted both murder and manslaughter. Their co-defendant, Chauvin, was convicted in April of murder and manslaughter. All four officers also face federal charges that they violated Floyd’s civil rights during his May 25 arrest. Judge Peter Cahill said he moved the other officers' trial so the federal case can go forward first. No date has been set for the federal case, but Cahill said it carries higher potential penalties. He also said he felt the need to put some distance between the three officers’ trial and Chauvin’s due to the high-profile nature of the case. The order for the delay came during a hearing on pretrial motions. The former officers were not in court, but their defense attorneys all agreed to the postponement. The state, via Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank, did not support the delay. It wasn’t made clear at the hearing who originally sought the change. Chauvin, who was seen in widely viewed bystander video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as the Black man said he couldn’t breathe, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. He’s to be sentenced June 25, with legal experts saying he faces up to 30 years in prison, though he could get less. Former federal prosecutor Mark Osler, now a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, said the delay could mean the former officers are talking about a plea deal, particularly since their attorneys supported the delay and the prosecution did not. “One can infer that the defense attorneys are hoping that the federal case will offer lower penalties for their clients and a dismissal of the state charges,” Osler said. Although federal civil rights violations can carry the possibility of the death penalty, experts say that won't happen. Osler said Chauvin could face a life sentence if convicted on the federal charges but declined to predict potential federal sentences for the others. He said they could be less than they might get in state court. During Thursday's hearing, attorneys for the defense argued that prosecutors should be sanctioned after media reports that Chauvin had planned to plead guilty a year ago. Frank said the Attorney General's Office was willing to submit affidavits from personnel involved in the case to state that they were not the source of the leak. A prosecutor from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said they would do the same. Cahill said he would hold an evidentiary hearing on the issue, probably in August. In a separate motion, Earl Gray, Lane’s attorney, asked Cahill to compel the state to disclose all use-of-force reports over the past 30 years — after initially asking for data dating back 50 years — in which a Minneapolis police officer used force and another officer intervened verbally or physically. Gray said it’s necessary to show the jury that no such intervention has been made, which would call into question the state’s expert testimony about the duty of officers to intervene. Frank argued that the request was overly broad and should be denied; Cahill said he would take it under advisement. Thao’s attorney, Bob Paule, filed a motion late Wednesday asking the court to sanction prosecutors for allegedly failing to disclose information about the alleged coercion of a witness. Paule claimed that the Hennepin County medical examiner, Dr. Mark Baker, was coerced to include “neck compression” in his findings — and that prosecutors knew of it. Frank, in a brief letter to Cahill, said, “The bizarre allegations offered in support of the motion are false and wrong and we intend to file a complete response.” The issue did not come up during Thursday’s hearing. ___ Find AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd Steve Karnowski And Amy Forliti, The Associated Press
The 2nd-largest teachers union in the U.S. is calling for fully reopening schools this fall, lifting a key barrier to a traditional school schedule.
The “WandaVision” actor and party-loving musician confirmed their engagement on social media about a week after announcing they were dating.