Explosion injures 8 at bayfront hotel under construction

first_imgMedics took the victims to a hospital for treatment of burns and other injuries SAN DIEGO — Some type of explosion damaged a hotel under construction near Petco Park Monday, leaving at least eight people injured, two of them critically, authorities said. Click here to read more.last_img

Football Player Overcomes Darn Near Everything to Sign Pro Contract

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOver the years, a lot of hopeful rookies have overcome many hardships to earn a crack at a National Football League roster spot. I’m sure there are a lot of rough stories out there, but probably none any rougher than the story of Bill Noethlich. A 6 foot 7, 308-pound offensive lineman who just signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, Noethlich battled back from tragedy after tragedy heeding his grandfather’s dying advice to become a football player. (READ the story in Yahoo Sports, via the Star-Tribune) Photo credit: Southwest Minnesota State U. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Little Boy Empties Piggy Bank For Mom Who Had Just Been Robbed

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDawn Pritchard was horrified to wake up on Sunday morning only to find that someone had stolen her bank account information and drained all of her funds – her 6-year-old son, however, wasn’t about to let her panic alone. Dawn had received an email saying that someone had made a $330 charge at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Eugene, Oregon. The mother, who lives in Sykesville, Maryland, was aghast when she found several other charges of the same nature.RELATED: Teen Volunteer Wins $70,000 SUV in Charity Raffle, Then Stuns CrowdBut once she had gotten off of the phone with the bank, her son Warren handed her an envelope labeled “To: Mom, From: Warren”. Inside was his own hefty gift of two dollars – quite a fortune for a youngster like Warren.“I was just so upset and frustrated,” Dawn told the Good News Network. “My account was completely emptied. But as soon as I opened the envelope and saw that he had put his own money in there for me, all the negativity drained away. I’m beyond proud of him.”Dawn says that Warren topped off the sweet gesture with a home made “sandwich” and the bank assured her a refund by the end of the week.Click To Share This Sweet Story With Your Friends (Photo by Dawn Pritchard)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Westboro Baptist targets Roeland Park churches for protest over anti-discrimination ordinance

first_imgWestboro Baptist Church in Topeka, long known for its demonstrations around the country protesting military funerals and other events it ties to its fervent anti-gay agenda, is coming to Roeland Park Sunday.St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park has seen Westboro protests previously.The Roeland Park City Council’s introduction of an anti-discrimination ordinance just last week ignited the Westboro action, but the protests are aimed at Roeland Park churches rather than the city council. In particular, Westboro has announced plans to mount short protests at St. Agnes Catholic Church and the Roeland Park United Methodist Church Sunday morning. In addition, it plans to protest at Trinity Lutheran Church which is in Mission, not Roeland Park.On March 3, the Roeland Park council had its first discussion over adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination ordinance. An April 21 vote is expected on the ordinance with a potential town hall public meeting sometime before that.Westboro opposes the concept of the city ordinance. It released a statement asking, “Where are the churches of Roeland Park on the matter? They are silent…. The Lord … has no use for lukewarm churches.” It does not explain why the church in Mission is included and Westboro did not respond to requests for clarification this morning.“This group will end up drawing more attention to these ‘issues’ and inadvertently cause discussion and a great deal of support for the very things they oppose,” Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt said in an email today. This is not the first time Westboro has mounted protests in Roeland Park. It is at least the third time that St. Agnes has been notified. Once, the protest did not materialize. On another occasion, Westboro protested a military funeral at St. Agnes.Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris said, “we are going to treat them like anybody else. They have a constitutional right to voice their opinions.” Police will be present to maintain order and keep people safe just like any other gathering, Morris said. Westboro protests are traditionally “non-confrtontational” and do not block entrances or impede traffic, he added. Westboro notified the city of its plans in a letter this week.The Roeland Park churches are taking the protests in stride and are not making any special plans for Sunday. “It’s not a worry,” was the reaction at the St. Agnes office.Westboro’s “God Hates” campaign  extends beyond sexual orientation to other groups as well. Its sister sites target Islam, Jews, the media and others.last_img read more

Briefly Noted: Shawnee council to consider adoptions of nondiscrimination ordinance tonight

first_imgShawnee council to consider adopting nondiscrimination ordinance tonight. The Shawnee city council will consider adopting a nondiscrimination ordinance at its meeting tonight. The ordinance would provide legal protections for individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, which are currently not protected classes at the state or federal level. After a marathon meeting in council committee two weeks ago that saw more than 50 residents speaking both for and against the ordinance, the Shawnee council directed city staff to draft the ordinance, which covers employment, housing and public accommodations and services.Johnson County Wastewater receives national recognition. All six of Johnson County’s wastewater treatment facilities were among those recognized for outstanding performance in 2018. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies has awarded annual Peak Performance Awards to the six facilities for outstanding compliance rates. In 2018, Johnson County Wastewater had a 99.98 percent compliance rate regarding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) limits, according to the Johnson County government. Of a possible 3,567 violations, the department recorded only six violations for the entire year.Jewish Family Services, NAMI offering free courses for families caring for loved ones with mental illness. Jewish Family Services and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are working together to offer NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Course to help families dealing with a loved one who has a mental illness. The free, 12-week series of classes takes place on consecutive Monday evenings beginning Sept. 9 through Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Conference Room C at the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park, KS. There will be no class on Monday, Sept. 30 and two classes will take place on Tuesdays – Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. Participants must commit to the entire 12 weeks. The course is for the caregiver and not the person with mental illness. During the course, participants will learn communication and problem-solving techniques as well as coping mechanisms. Space is limited, so those interested are asked to register in advance by contacting John Thompson at 816-763-6169 or [email protected]last_img read more

FinCEN to raise regulatory bar on due diligence

first_imgComing compliance change would add new heft to “know your customer” rules for business, organizational accounts.by: Marc RapportThinking about 2015 yet? It’ll be here soon, along with new mortgage regs from the CFPB, perhaps risk-based capital changes from the NCUA, and now new “know your customer” requirements courtesy of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Bank Secrecy Act.The underlying idea is to help spot money laundering and other illegal activity. But that’s not how everyone sees it.“This is just another major expense on the compliance front for credit unions,” says Virginia-based industry attorney Andy Keeney of the proposed Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions that were published Aug. 4 in the Federal Register. Read it here on page 45152.The proposal leads off with: “The proposed rules would contain explicit customer due diligence requirements and would include a new regulatory requirement to identify beneficial owners of legal entity customers, subject to certain exemptions.”The FinCEN board includes NCUA representation, and credit unions are not exempt from its requirements. The comment period ends Oct. 3 and the impact could be considerable, Keeney says. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

El Mirage Road offers additional access to Vistancia’s services

first_imgVistancia residents and visitors will enjoy a new alternate route to the community’s neighborhoods and shopping centers located along Vistancia Boulevard.At just under a mile, El Mirage Road construction from Vistancia Boulevard to Lone Mountain Parkway is complete. The new stretch of the four-lane roadway and adjacent bike lane also offers easier access to Lone Mountain Parkway’s Loop 303 freeway entrances.In 2012, the Lone Mountain Parkway exit 127 opened on Loop 303 to eliminate approximately 15 minutes of travel time to and from the 7,100-acre master-planned community, provide closer access to Valley employers, entertainment, dining and major retail centers in addition to improving regional traffic flow.The addition of El Mirage Road also connects to the existing Ridgeline Road and The Village at Vistancia’s three newest neighborhoods – Catalonia by Ashton Woods Homes, Chaparral Canyon and Mesquite Trail by Meritage Homes, and the future 500-acre commercial core.“The opening of El Mirage Road provides another benefit to our residents and individuals considering a move to Vistancia,” said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia. “We’ve worked diligently with City of Peoria to complete this more convenient route that offers additional connectivity to our existing retail, future commercial core and neighborhoods.”last_img read more

Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial, ethnic groups

first_imgShare Pinterest Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and others, new research from UC Davis Health System has found. The study also showed that state spending on ASD increases dramatically with age.Previous evaluations of the state’s investment in ASD services have not included adults, a major oversight, according to lead author Paul Leigh, professor of public health sciences and researcher with the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis.“There are more children diagnosed today with autism than any time in history,” Leigh said, referring to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that ASD affects 1 in 68 children. “Our findings can help stakeholders, including legislators and health insurance administrators, accurately estimate the costs of autism services and plan their budgets to meet the lifelong need for those services.” Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img Share on Facebook ASD is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder present in early childhood that impairs communication, social skills and the ability to understand abstractions. In California, services for people with ASD are funded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) through 21 regional centers. Up to age 22, people with developmental disabilities can also receive some support — such as speech and occupational therapy — through public schools.In conducting the study, published in PLOS ONE, Leigh and his team used 2012-13 data on more than 42,000 DDS clients with ASD, including those with the additional diagnosis of intellectual disability.The researchers found spending differences based on race and ethnicity. Compared to whites aged 3 to 17, average per-person spending was close to $2,000 per person lower for African Americans and Hispanics, with the least spending on African Americans. Differences between whites and other racial/ethnic groups, including Asians, for this age range were small.Spending differences based on race and ethnicity were more profound for adults with ASD. Compared to whites over the age of 18, average per-person expenditures were nearly $13,000 lower for Hispanics, $8,000 lower for Asians, $6,000 lower for others (including nonresponders, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders) and $4,000 lower for African Americans.“The reasons for these disparities deserve investigation,” Leigh said. “It could be related to the locations of DDS regional offices around the state and the variable costs and availability of services in those areas. But average per-person spending on autism should not differ this much. There are no distinctions in the services needed by people with autism based on race or ethnicity.”There were also spending differences based on age. People age 18 and over receive approximately two and one-half times more funding as younger people with ASD, with the widest gap between the youngest and oldest age groups. Average spending for each DDS client aged 3 to 6 was about $12,000, while average spending on each adult with ASD aged 65 and over was close to $50,000.“As children with autism grow up and become adults and no longer receive public school-based assistance, their services transition to expensive independent living support and more of the cost burden shifts to the state,” Leigh said.“We hope our data can help justify earlier, expanded and equitable spending on younger children with autism,” Leigh added. “There is a great return on investment in high-quality early intervention services, which consistently have been found to reduce the disability associated with autism and to support the greater independence and integration in society as a whole of adults with autism.” LinkedInlast_img read more

Five minutes with … Liz Peace at Mipim

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Kestrel swoops on FALLine

first_imgThe FALLine service handles regular breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargoes and offers calls at Middlesbrough, Antwerp and Bremen as well as Montreal (Sorel), Hamilton, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Burns Harbor (Chicago). Thorne says: “This will offer our customers the opportunity to move conventional cargo directly into Canada, the Great Lakes and US Midwest.” The FALLine business will be managed by John Gore from Kestrel’s new office in northern England.last_img read more