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NFL releases new statement as Patriots owner Robert Kraft faces threat of arrest warrant in prostitution scandal

first_imgFebruary 25, 2019 /Sports News – National NFL releases new statement as Patriots owner Robert Kraft faces threat of arrest warrant in prostitution scandal Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL said Monday it will “take appropriate action as warranted” as it reviews allegations that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaged in sexual acts at a Florida massage parlor.“Our Personal Conduct Policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL,” the NFL said in a statement. “We will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the policy. We are seeking a full understanding of the facts, while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing law enforcement investigation.”Kraft faces two counts of solicitation of another to commit prostitution at Orchids of Asia Day Spa, Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said Friday.Twenty-five people were charged in the sting at the Jupiter spa. Authorities set up hidden cameras at the spa and, Jupiter Police Detective Andrew Sharp said, there’s video evidence of all of the suspects, including Kraft, participating in the alleged sexual acts.Stacey James, a spokeswoman for Kraft, 77, said in a statement Friday, “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”An arrest warrant could be issued as early as Monday.The charges against Kraft are misdemeanors, said Sharp.The allegations against Kraft come three weeks after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams to win the team’s sixth Super Bowl title.This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft’s then-NFL record $175 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Educational Leadership Adjunct

first_imgPosition Overview:Note: Adjunct positions at UCO are part-time teaching positions.This posting is to create a pool of interested applicants fromwhich the Department may draw as sections become open at any pointin the current academic year. This posting may or may not result inthe hiring of adjuncts. Adjunct Faculty – provides a qualitylearning experience for students on a semester basis. Adjunctfaculty reports to a dean or chair and performs instruction-relatedduties and responsibilities in a timely manner and in accordancewith the mission, policies and procedures of the college. Therelationship of the adjunct faculty member to the student is one ofteacher and facilitator of learning.College/Department Overview:The College of Education and Professional Studies currently has 100full-time and over 100 part-time faculty organized in sevendepartments. The college offers 23 undergraduate majors and 28graduate majors. All teacher education programs are CAEPaccredited. Other programs are recognized at the state and nationallevels with accreditations by the American College of SportsMedicine (ACSM), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), theAmerican Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the NationalAssociation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), theNational Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and the OklahomaEducational Quality and Accountability Commission (OEQA). UCO’sCollege of Education and Professional Studies has an enrollment ofnearly 4,800 students, about one-fourth of whom are graduatestudents. For further information see our website athttp://www.uco.edu/cepsDepartment Specific Essential Job Functions:Teaching graduate courses in Educational Leadership.QualificationsExperience Required:Possesses at least a master’s degree in the field specified in theposition announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairsapproval). Possesses excellent communication, problem-solving, andorganizational skills.Experience Preferred:Higher education teaching experience. Master’s or Doctorate degreein Educational Leadership or an education related field.Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:Ability to provide a quality learning experience for students.Adjunct positions at UCO are part-time, in-classroom teachingpositions on a semester by semester basis.Physical Demands:Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing.Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping,kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visuallyidentify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate withsupervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendancerequired. The physical demands and work environment characteristicsdescribed here are representative of those that must be met by anemployee to successfully perform the essential functions of thisjob. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADArequirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform essential functions.last_img read more

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Run for the Fallen in Ocean City on Thursday

first_imgThe Run Team members salute fallen military heroes at Ocean City’s Veterans Memorial Park in 2018. (Photo courtesy Doug Otto) By DOUG OTTOThe annual New Jersey Run for the Fallen will take place in Cape May County on Thursday, including stops in Ocean City.Ocean City’s American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524 has been an integral part of the event since its inception 11 years ago.The New Jersey Run for the Fallen is an organization of military runners and support crew whose mission is clear: To run one mile for each New Jersey service member who has died during the global war on terrorism.Each mile of sweat and pain, and each flag saluted, is to pay homage to one service member’s life and their family.The last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of September, they run across New Jersey to raise awareness of those who have died, to rejuvenate their memories and keep their spirits alive, to support organizations that aid the families of those killed, and to aid in the healing process for New Jersey residents whose lives have been affected by the war.Although they visibly run one mile to honor and remember each fallen hero from the current conflicts, the total run represents every service member from New Jersey who laid down their lives for freedom’s cause.Thousands have sacrificed to preserve our way of life. As you give tribute to a particular hero, please remember others who have given the ultimate sacrifice throughout history.New Jersey, being rich in the foundation of this country, has given 16,408 of her sons and daughters.Regardless of war or conflict, branch of service or method of death, they ultimately run for them all, honoring their service and sacrifice, and remembering that they each gave up a future so that we could have ours. They give tribute to them by name wherever possible and to the sacrifice of the families they left behind.The opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday at The Naval Air Station Museum, 500 Forrestal Road, Cape May Airport, at 4:45 p.m.On Thursday, the runners will depart from Sunset Beach, 502 Sunset Blvd., Cape May Point, and stop to visit 72 Hero Markers located throughout Cape May County honoring the men and women who gave their lives for our country.Cape May County residents and visitors are encouraged to gather at a marker to pay respects and honor the sacrifices made by these fallen American heroes.A complete list of the Hero Markers and the times of arrival by the runners can be found on the website www.njrunforthefallen.org.There are 12 markers in Ocean City, and the runners will arrive and pay honor at each site at the times listed below.American Legion Post 524 will also host a Thursday evening dinner for the Gold Star Families, the Run Team and the Run Support Team at the 46th Street and West Avenue location.last_img read more

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Greggs set to streamline for growth

first_imgGreggs chief executive Ken McMeikan has said his top priority is to “simplify the business” in order to better prepare it for expansion. The announcement follows his initial review of the business since he took over in August. The bakery retailer also released its latest trading update, which shows total sales for the 25 weeks to 6 December 2008 are up 6.6%, with like-for-like sales up 3.8%.The company will also continue rebranding its Bakers Oven shops as Greggs, in order to move to a single fascia throughout the UK.McMeikan said he is confident in the business’ potential for future growth across the UK, particularly in the south of England and the north west. “As a cash generative business with no debt we are in a strong position not only to weather the current downturn but also to exploit the opportunities for future growth,” he said. Greggs will also continue its move into locations away from the high street in order to “serve its customers at work and as they travel”.However, he announced that the company will be beginning consultations with employees at its 10 outlets in Belgium, with the intention of withdrawing from the country altogether, as the shops are currently making a loss. “Over the coming year, our priority will be to simplify the business and strengthen its capabilities to ensure that we are ready for accelerated growth and expansion,” said McMeikan. The review also highlighted opportunities for extending the chain’s product range, following the results of customer research.last_img read more

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Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam Proves To Be A Magical Musical Marathon [Review]

first_imgLoad remaining images Guitarist Warren Haynes is not only one of the hardest working musicians in the industry, but he’s also one of the kindest and most giving. Last weekend, he hosted the 28th annual Christmas Jam at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This annual event benefited the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, with proceeds going towards constructing energy-efficient homes, as well as purchasing and developing land for Habitat subdivisions. More than $2 million dollars have been raised from this event for the organization, helping 36 families in the process.The marathon event, known for going well into the wee hours, offered pre-parties, which warmed up music lovers all over the city, before the sold out main event began around 6 PM. Asheville Music Hall, One Stop, and Jack of the Wood venues featured music from various artists all day long, with 100% of the proceeds also going towards Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Not one single artist made a dime from their involvement, a true testament that the giving spirit is alive and well in the music community. Some locals referred to the weekend as the New Year’s Eve of Asheville, due to the high energy that was swirling around town.Pianist Holly Bowling not only kicked off the festivities with her inspiring musical configurations, but performed between acts throughout the entire evening, ensuring the music truly never stopped. Host, Warren Haynes, made his debut appearance at the jam performing solo with his lone guitar, starting his show off with “The Real Thing.” The venue was attentive, as you could hear a pin drop while he performed.Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss brought a country flair to the venue as they kicked off their set with “High Cost of Living,” and brought fans to their feet, singing right along with “When You Say Nothing At All.” George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Terence Higgins, Branford Marsalis and John Medeski proceeded to blow the roof off with their set, as Marcus King wasted no time in joining the stage and kicking ass with his incredible guitar talent.Porter’s deep growling tones enticed the audience to join in during their set, especially when “Sugaree” made an appearance, which brought heavy hitter Bob Weir to the stage. The cheers from the audience deafened the venue, causing an explosion of intense energy in the building. This extended tune was crammed with jammy goodness, with both Krasno and Porter showing off their goods. “Iko Iko” finished off this hot and heavy set, with Weir staying until the set ended.Michael McDonald took to the stage after a quick sound check and brief intermission. He began with speaking of equality in the nation and peace for all. His set was nothing but magical, and included Audley Freed and Don Was, alongside Higgins and Medeski. Marsalis took to the stage when he broke into “I Keep Forgettin’.” “What A Fool Believes” and “Taking It to the Streets” made sure to keep everyone dancing the night away with these heavy fan favorites. Steve Kimock and Duane Trucks brought the house down as they joined Was and Weir, after Weir performed solo on “Easy to Slip.” Krauss joined on both vocals and fiddle during a simply beautiful rendition of “Peggy-O.” Her fiddle sang across the strings, as her tender vocals created a perfect harmonious balance during the melody. Dry eyes were in short supply throughout the crowd. Haynes, Bowling and Marsalis also joined in mid-set to perform along with several Grateful Dead tunes, including “He’s Gone” and “Ripple.” Weir was on fire and performed with full on energy throughout the night. The venue reacted with gratitude and thankfulness for his appearance the entire evening. Meanwhile, Marsalis added a flair of brass, taking the audience on a wild ride that combined Weir’s flip flop guitar tones, elevating the music into deeper layers of jamming for the audience.The Last Waltz crew took to the stage, and the audience took to their feet. The stage was crammed with musicians, including Haynes, Was, Higgins, McDonald, Medeski, Johnson, and bringing out Mark Mullins and Levee Horns. The whole cast of characters wasted no time as they went right into “Up On Cripple Creek,” once again bringing deafening cheers from fans. Horns were stuffed into “Georgia On My Mind,” including tuba. Bringing out even more musicians, the end of this magical set brought Bob Margolin, who was part of the original Last Waltz, and Smoky Greenwell. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” finished out this mind-blowing set, which no one wanted to end.After Bowling’s last between-set performance, Gov’t Mule closed out the incredibly long evening of music and magical surprises. Everyone made an appearance on stage, with even more appearances by Rocky Lindsley, Mike Barnes, Jeff Sipe, Paul Riddle, and Tony Coleman. The tune that closed the entire event was “Mountain Jam.” What an event it was.Christmas Jam is a marathon, not a sprint. If you’ve never been, be prepared to get lots of sleep ahead of time. If you’re a repeat attendee, the magic keeps fans coming back again and again. Put this on your list of must see events next year, especially because the proceeds give back to the community. For more information on Christmas Jam, please visit their official website.Words and photos by Sarah Bourque.last_img read more

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Grant expands Dana-Farber’s cancer imaging research program

first_imgThe Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute a $10 million grant to support the expansion of its pioneering cancer imaging research program.The MLSC grant will help fund the establishment of the Molecular Cancer Imaging Facility, a $20 million research initiative to develop new molecular imaging probes. The facility will ultimately allow physicians to better diagnose and characterize cancer, choose targeted therapies, monitor treatment efficacy, and improve the outcomes of adult and pediatric patients with cancer. The expansion is projected to create more than 100 construction jobs, and 15 jobs to operate the facility. Funding for the grant comes from the state’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative, proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2007 and approved by the legislature in 2008.“Molecular imaging holds tremendous promise for accelerating drug discovery by allowing more rapid assessment of drug efficacy in preclinical and clinical settings,” says Barrett Rollins, Dana-Farber’s chief scientific officer. “Moreover, molecular imaging will play a key role in the delivery of personalized medicine, by allowing clinicians to determine whether specific drugs are effective in days instead of months.”Non-invasive imaging methods that can visualize, characterize and measure biological processes at the molecular and cellular levels in living systems (“molecular imaging”) are a critical step to speeding the pace of new therapies, according to Andrew Kung, director of preclinical imaging at Dana-Farber.last_img read more

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Three honored as HAA medalists

first_imgThe Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced that James V. Baker ’68, M.B.A. ’71, William Thaddeus Coleman Jr., J.D. ’43, LL.D. ’96, and Georgene Botyos Herschbach, A.M. ’63, Ph.D. ’69, are the recipients of the 2013 Harvard Medal.First awarded in 1981, the Harvard Medal recognizes extraordinary service to Harvard University. The service can relate to many aspects of University life — from teaching, leadership, and innovation to fundraising, administration, and volunteerism. President Drew Faust will present the medals at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association on May 30, during Commencement’s Afternoon Program.2013 Harvard MedalistsJames V. Baker has been an active citizen of Harvard, serving both his local community in England as president of the Harvard Club of the United Kingdom, as well as the global alumni community as the HAA’s first international president. He has always maintained an eye toward strengthening Harvard’s relationship with international alumni.Baker’s commitment to the University has been consistent since his graduation from Harvard Business School (HBS). A recipient of the HAA Alumni Award in 2000, he has served in a number of different capacities, including as an alumni interviewer for both Harvard College and HBS, an HAA elected director, a vice chair of his class gift committee, chair of the Class of 1968 John Harvard Society Leadership Committee, and first marshal of his class.His work at the local level in the U.K. saw a revitalization of the Harvard Club’s programs and a significant increase in the club’s membership. His talents were then recruited by the HAA to serve as a regional director for Europe. As such, he organized a European Leadership Conference in London, bringing together 16 European clubs from 13 different countries. The success of the conference led to it becoming a regular event, with a different European club acting each year as host. The format has subsequently been used by clubs in South America and Asia.Following graduation from HBS, Baker worked for Goldman Sachs in London and Zurich, retiring as executive director of the equities division in 1996.He and his wife, Maggie, are the parents of Chris ’96 and Tanya.William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. has devoted his life to public service. He was the first African-American to serve as a clerk for a U.S. Supreme Court judge, Justice Felix Frankfurter. Coleman was a contributing author to the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, working with Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and later becoming president of the fund. He was the second African-American to serve in a presidential cabinet, as the nation’s fourth secretary of transportation during the Ford administration. In 1995, he was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Most recently, he has served as a judge of the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review.Coleman was first in his class at Harvard Law School (HLS) and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and his call to service has extended to the University as well. He has served as an Overseer and has been a member of five Overseer visiting committees — Law School, Business School, Center for International Affairs, Institutional Policy, and Social Studies. He is a recipient of the HBS Distinguished Service Award, the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) Award, and the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., Public Service Award, and he has been an HLS Traphagen Speaker. He has also been a member of the HLS Dean’s Advisory Board since 1997.Coleman and his wife, Lovida, have three children, Lovida, William, and Hardin.Georgene Botyos Herschbach has made enduring contributions to the University and is among its most valued and selfless citizens. After serving as co-master of Currier House with her husband, Dudley, she embarked on a wide-ranging career at Harvard College, including: assistant dean and director of special programs, registrar of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, associate dean of academic programs, and dean of administration. Exemplifying all that Harvard holds dear, she worked tirelessly in support of many initiatives to enhance the experience of undergraduates.Having earned her Ph.D. in chemistry, Herschbach brought astute analysis to shaping policy as well as advising students, mentoring fledgling administrators, and counseling senior colleagues. She collaborated with faculty in developing innovative interdisciplinary courses in the life and physical sciences, and was a co-founder of PRISE (Program for Research in Science and Engineering), a summer program in which undergraduates work with faculty on projects at the frontiers of science.Herschbach’s family life has also been deeply involved with Harvard. While a Harvard graduate student, she married Dudley Herschbach, Ph.D. ’58, and became the mother of two daughters, Lisa, Ph.D. ’97, and Brenda, ’88, A.M. ’88, J.D. ’98.  For this family, the sum of their years as Harvard students plus Georgene’s three decades in administration and Dudley’s four on the faculty, totals a full century.last_img read more

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Notre Dame COVID-19 outbreak demonstrates superspreader potential, study finds

first_imgOut of a study of 30 universities, Notre Dame was found to have the worst COVID-19 outbreak this fall, and the cases on campus demonstrated some correlation with cases in the wider South Bend community (as measured with a seven-day per 100,000 cases metric), according to a study published by Stanford University professors Jan. 13. The study found that a Notre Dame outbreak which occurred at the beginning of the semester correlated with an increase in COVID-19 cases in St. Joseph County. Over the course of the semester, 14.5% of Notre Dame students became infected with COVID-19, and the cumulative infection rate in St. Joseph County was 7.8%. This can be compared to the average infection rate in Indiana at 6.5% and the national average at the time 5.3%.Notre Dame’s decision to move classes online for two weeks appeared to contain the spread, but the results of the research suggest that unlike Notre Dame, St. Joseph County struggled to decrease the spread in the following months, “indicating that the initial outbreak at the University of Notre Dame had superspreading-like effects on its home county.”However, the lack of contact tracing between Notre Dame students and St. Joseph County citizens prevents the August outbreak at Notre Dame from being characterized definitively as a super-spreader event, WSBT reported. University spokesman Paul Browne said in a conversation with deputy health officer for St. Joseph County Dr. Mark Fox, Fox said “he couldn’t duplicate the report findings as they applied to St. Joseph County and Notre Dame.” “On a separate occasion recently, Dr. Fox said that if Notre Dame was a super spreader, he would have expected to see a decline in the county after students left for their extended winter break,” Browne said in an email. “Instead, there was an increase.” Notre Dame announced Thursday new plans to attempt to decrease the spread of COVID-19 on campus this spring, including weekly surveillance testing for all students and harsher discipline for students who do not abide by health and safety protocols.“There will be increased testing on campus during the spring semester, approximately 14,000 tests weekly,” Browne said. “No one will be able to begin classes in person until she or he tests negative.”Tags: COVID-19, Dr. Mark Fox, Paul Browne, St. Joseph Countylast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Christmas is Coming Early for Idina Menzel & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Christmas is Coming Early for Idina MenzelIt will soon be that most wonderful time of year thanks to Broadway superstar, If/Then’s Idina Menzel. Really soon. Her previously reported Christmas album will be released on October 14. Entitled Holiday Wishes, it will feature classics such as “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” That’s right. One of our favorite Judy Garland numbers of all time. We can’t wait to hear Menzel’s take on it!Norm Lewis Will Guest Star on NBC’s The BlacklistBroadway favorite and former Scandal guest star Norm Lewis is set to appear on NBC’s The Blacklist’s upcoming season. According to TVGuide.com, he’ll play J.P. Laskin and disagree with his business partner, Red. You can currently, of course, get Lewis to drop a chandelier on you in Phantom on the Great White Way.Superstar’s Ben Forster Will Appear in London’s EvitaWhat’s the buzz, Ben Forster? The U.K. star, who played Jesus in the U.K. and Australian arena tours of Superstar and had been set to appear on the canceled U.S. leg, will guest star in the upcoming West End production of Evita in the role of Agustin Magaldi. The classic tuner is set to begin performances on September 16, with Madalena Alberto in the title role and Marti Pellow as Che.  Idina Menzel Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Governors approve new Education Law Committee

first_imgAppropriations for a booklet detailing the purposes and programs of The Florida Bar and for the new Education Law Committee have been approved by the Board of Governors. Acting at its recent Boca Raton meeting, the board approved those and other budget amendments. Budget Committee Chair William Kalish noted that the Program Evaluation Committee had given its interim endorsement to the Education Law Committee at the board’s August meeting. At that meeting, PEC Chair Michele Cummings called the effort “a wonderful proposal.” Virginia Tanner-Otts, deputy general counsel for the Palm Beach County School Board, led the organizing effort and said 74 attorneys have signed up for the new committee, far surpassing the 50 required by Bar policies. The committee intends to address the concerns of lawyers who work in the education system at all levels, from elementary schools through graduate studies and cover local, state, and federal education programs. The budget approved for the new committee is $1,350. The Communications Committee, Kalish reported, proposed spending $36,900 on full-color booklets explaining the workings and purposes of The Florida Bar. Bar President Terry Russell said those publications would replace television public service ads which ran at uncertain times and appeared to have little impact. And the printing cost is about $270,000 cheaper than the production cost of the ads, he noted, adding, “I think this is a much better promotional tool.” “This is a brochure similar to a positive presentation that is made by every major organization and institution in Florida,” Russell said. “It’s a useful tool for promoting the positive accomplishments of The Florida Bar.” The booklet can be distributed to legislators, to news media editorial boards, and used by participants in the Bar’s Speakers Bureau program. On a related matter, the board approved $2,500 for a Speakers Bureau training seminar and $5,150 for the Bar’s October 23 Legislative Summit. Governors approve new Education Law Committee November 15, 2001 Regular Newscenter_img Governors approve new Education Law Committeelast_img read more