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U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Same-sex couples can now marry in Indiana following a surprise ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.The court declined to hear cases on same-sex marriage in five states, meaning gay couples can now wed in Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Utah.The move means decisions by lower courts to strike down bans in those states stand.The justices have not made a decision on gay marriage nationwide.last_img

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Happy New Year!

first_imgWelcome back to Huddle Up!  I hope your holiday break was great.  Now we get back to the routine of winter sports beginning tonight as the Ripley County Girls Tournament begins at Jac-Cen-Del High School.  The boys portion will begin tomorrow night at Batesville High School.  If you are free, this is the best ticket in the area for the rest of this week.  Get out and root for your favorite team.Coaches Corner will be resuming next Monday night.last_img

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RPM Stock Car Shootout checkers to Zevenbergen

first_imgFeature results – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 2. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 3. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo.; 4. Jeff Tubbs, Colby; 5. Jason Rogers, Selden; 6. Tyler Tipton, Weskan; 7. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City; 8. Colin Heim, Hoxie; 9. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa; 10. Nick Tubbs, Colby; 11. Troy Burkhart, Hays; 12. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 13. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 14. Trenton Kleweno, Hays; 15. Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa; 16. Barrett Wagoner, Colby; 17. Dominic Thyfault, Wakarusa; 18. Jeffrey Abbey Comanche, Texas; 19. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; 20. Jeramey Bradley, Gardendale, Texas; 21. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 22. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa; 23. Buck Schafroth, Orient, Iowa; 24. Kyle Falck, Decorah, Iowa. Elijah Zevenbergen topped a hotly contested 1st Class Chassis Shootout for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars feature Tuesday at RPM Speedway. (Photo by Carl Larson) “We wanted to bide our time, conserve our tires and be patient, and it all worked out for us,” said Zevenbergen. “The car was phenomenal.”  Zevenbergen finally corralled Huls for the point on lap 25, then swapped the lead with Murty each of the next two laps before the final caution of the contest waved with 13 to go. The front three of Huls, Murty and Zevenbergen had started putting distance on the rest of the field following a lap five restart as Jesse Sobbing and then Kyle Pfeifer ran in fourth.  A five-time Dakota Classic Tour winner this summer, Zevenbergen had also taken home the big check from Stuart Speedway’s Dirt Duel in June. HAYS, Kan. (Aug. 11) – A season that’s already seen its share of career-type highlights saw Elijah Zevenbergen in victory lane again Tuesday night. Munoz cracked the top four while the finish up front was shaping up to be a barnburner. That race ended with Murty’s misfortune and put Huls back up to second at the pay window. Tyler Tipton advanced nine spots to finish sixth.  Zevenbergen held off challenges from Dallon Murty before taking the $5,000 checkers at RPM Speedway’s 1st Class Chassis Shootout for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Murty ran in the top three all 40 laps and stayed alongside or right behind Zevenbergen until taken out of contention by a flat tire on the final circuit. Abe Huls led the first 24 laps and ended the night in second. Angel Munoz, Jeff Tubbs and Jason Rogers rounded out the top five.last_img read more

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Mountain set for trip descent

first_img Press Association The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt seemingly failed to see out the mile and a quarter of the esteemed Group One as he was comprehensively beaten by the brilliant Golden Horn. Before that, he had finished a deeply encouraging third in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. “We’ll go back in trip to a mile with him,” said O’Brien. “Joseph (O’Brien) was saying to me that he was only beaten two lengths in the Nunthorpe so, in fairness, we were maybe stretching it going a mile and a quarter. “I’d say he’ll be lovely back at a mile.” center_img Cougar Mountain will drop back in distance after his weary effort in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.last_img read more

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Florida Health Officials Confirm Case of Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba

first_imgFlorida health officials say there has been a confirmed case of Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba, in Hillsborough County.The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, ponds and canals, according to the Department of Health.Infections can occur when the contaminated water enters the body through the nose.The peak season for Naegleria fowleri is July through September. Additionally, the amoeba is more commonly found in the southern states, DOH said.Infection is very rare in Florida, as there have been only 37 reported cases with exposure here since 1962, according to DOH.Officials add that people can prevent infection by avoiding nasal contact with the waters, DOH said.One person contracted Naegleria fowleri in Hillsborough County. Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic single-celled living amoeba. The amoeba can cause a rare infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) that destroys brain tissue and is usually fatal. pic.twitter.com/icT66tqlkU— DOH – Hillsborough (@DOHHillsborough) July 3, 2020 They also gave the following recommendations on how people can prevent infection:-Avoid water-related activities in bodies of warm freshwater, hot springs and thermally polluted water such as water around power plants.-Avoid water-related activities in warm freshwater during periods of high water temperature and low water levels.-Hold the nose shut or use nose clips when taking part in water-related activities in bodies of warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, or hot springs.-Avoid digging in or stirring up the sediment while taking part in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas.Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic single-celled living amoeba that can cause a rare infection of the brain, called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which destroys brain tissue and is usually deadly.last_img read more

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UW set for playoff push

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoAs the common saying goes, “You can’t script the playoffs.”For some, it’s something they’ve heard since Little League. For others, thephrase was pounded into their brains by means of Dane Cook and his delightfulTBS World Series commercials. For the UW men’s soccer team, it’s been on thewhite board for months.”If we get a strong push here (in the Big Ten tournament)and get the results that we need, we’re going to find ourselves in the NCAAtournament,” sophomore midfielder Scott Lorenz said Wednesday.Indeed, the team could certainly use all the wins it can getat this point. Since being ranked in the top 20 nationally for the first timein a decade two months ago, the Badgers have endured multiple injuries and morethan their share of bad bounces, all of which seemed to point to an early exitin this year’s Big Ten tournament starting today in East Lansing, Michigan. That changed last week when the team got its first win ineight games. In beating University of Illinois-Chicago 2-1, the Badgers seemedto suddenly play like a completely different team, and that attitude showedjust days later as the Badgers tied Indiana, the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament,0-0 in the last home contest of the year.”I’ve felt that our level of play was much better in thelast couple of games against [UIC] and Indiana. It will be important to bringsome of what we did in those games out when we play Northwestern on Thursday,”Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “We certainly have a lot to play for.”Northwestern, fresh off a 2-0 conference win over MichiganState, comes into the tournament as one of the more dominant teams in a hecticconference, finishing the regular season with a 3-2-1 record. One of those winscame at the hands of the Badgers, who suffered the 3-0 setback a little morethan a month ago in Evanston. The Wildcats’ win over the Spartans is particularlyimpressive when you look at what Michigan State did to Wisconsin at home: a 4-0throttling that marked a low point in Wisconsin’s season.So how does a team lose two games like that and still havelife in the conference picture? Wisconsin needed to start with a win to stopthe bleeding. UIC, check. Next up? The conference leading Hoosiers. A tie, check. With momentum on their side, the Badgers seem poised tofinally live up the early season hype that surrounded them after defeatingCalifornia and Stanford in back-to-back games. Victor Diaz, junior midfielder and team leader in points,feels like the Badgers have finally figured themselves out.”This team can win the tournament,” Diaz said. “We tied oneof the best teams in the country the other day. If we put in the same kind ofeffort we put in Sunday, I have no doubt we will get a good result.”Lorenz shares Diaz’s enthusiasm, feeling that the motivationto keep the collegiate careers of their seniors alive is “definitely somethingthat we have been able to rally around to bring the team together.”The Badgers will need the desire to extend the careers ofseniors B.J. Goodman, Sho Fujita, Erik Ortega, Dirk Pearson and Nick Caronna togenerate an extra push to get past the Wildcats, who, despite an injury tostarting goalie Misha Rosenthal, are still very dangerous. Northwestern is led in points by three players, all of whichhave 15 on the season. Two, Matt Eliason and Piero Bellizzi, are freshmanstandouts. The last one, senior David Roth, is the only one of the three-headedattacking machine who scored against Wisconsin in their last contest.By moving Goodman back to the defensive line after a shortspell at midfield, as well as shifting Diaz out to right midfield oppositeLorenz, Rohrman hopes his team will be able to weather the storm while creatingone themselves.”I think [the end of the season] finally coming to an endhas really opened the eyes to our players,” Rorhman said. “I think the seniorshave really made the rest of the players realize the finality of the season.[The seniors] have certainly inspired them and taught them to make the most ofevery moment and every game.”last_img read more

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Usain Bolt shares first photos of baby daughter

first_img Source: news.com.au Usain Bolt has posted pictures of his baby daughter for the first time after revealing her name is Olympia Lightning.The Olympic gold medallist, 33, took to Twitter on Tuesday to wish his partner Kasi Bennett, now 31, a happy birthday as they begin a new chapter of their lives together.The pair welcomed their first child on June 14 but this is the first time the couple have revealed her name or shared photos of the new arrival. Bolt, who won eight Olympic gold medals and broke the world record in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, hosted a luxury gender reveal party back in March and later told fans he was set to become a “girl dad”.He has been dating Bennett since 2014 but only went public in 2016, just before he retired from athletics after suffering a hamstring injury at the 2017 world championships.But there will be no pressure for little Olympia to follow in his footsteps.“That’s going to be hard for my kid. If they want to do it, I’m fine with it,” he has said.“But initially, I’m going to say don’t do it, because I know the pressure that will come along with it.”last_img read more

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May 9 disaster anniversary: Children facing life-threatening ailments at KATH to get help

first_imgGhana will mark the 17th anniversary of the May 9 soccer disaster that claimed 126 lives at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium after a midweek league match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.Over the years, former football administrator, Herbert Mensah, with support from donors, assisted victims and families of the disaster.The support has mainly centred on paying school and hospital expenses of the dependents of the victims of the disaster and also facilitates their general wellbeing.However, this year the focus is different.Particular attention to children facing life-threatening ailments but with no support to treat them will be addressed, says Herbert Mensah.“We have done our search and we realised that some kids have been dying from taking caustic soda, the ingredient used in the manufacturing of soap and at the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital intensive care unit. “We found out so many children battling to stay alive and unfortunately their parents do not have the financial means to meet the health cost to save their kids so we have to decide through our partner to assist with the hospital bills as part of the May 9th remembrance day,” Herbert Mensah told Joy News.The event will start with prayers at the Kumasi Central Mosque followed by a health walk on the streets of Kumasi. Finally, a courtesy call will be paid on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. According to Herbert Mensah, the donation will be made directly to families affected by the disaster.“There are so many things happening beyond the walk, we as organizers have been involved on a daily basis with payment of school fees and others to people who have become family over the years through the May 9th association,” Mr Mensah added.last_img read more

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NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Hawks may move up to get Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter

first_imgThe Hawks were the only team that worked out Hunter privately leading up to the draft.Atlanta has been involved in trade rumors for the last several weeks. Related News It has been reported the team has thought about packaging the No. 8 and No. 10 picks to move up to No. 4 to grab Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver.And the most recent report obviously links Atlanta to the man who locked up Culver in the National Championship game.Hunter is about as NBA ready as it gets in this year’s draft. He already has an NBA body, is one of the best on-ball defenders in the draft and a very good 3-point shooter. The Hawks really want to move up in the NBA Draft.Atlanta is possibly interested in moving up from No. 8 to get Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter at some point in the first seven picks, according to ESPN. NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Hawks interested in trading up for Jarrett Culver He shot 43.8 percent from long distance this season and was 41.9 percent in two years with the Cavaliers.Hunter is very similar to Culver in that they both shoot the ball well and play very good defense. The fact Atlanta has interest in both players makes sense especially considering general manager Travis Schlenk’s comments leading up to the draft.“I’ve said it 100 times, and it sounds really elementary, but being able to dribble, pass and shoot in today’s league is really important,” Schlenk told The Athletic. “If you’re a guy out there and you can’t do those things, you’re almost a liability. I would have no problem adding another 6-7 to 6-10 guy who can play on the perimeter to the roster because they’ll just find a way for them to get on the floor.”last_img read more

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Wellington Council Roundup: And, oh, yeah, the 2017 City Budget was approved

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington Resident · 206 weeks ago Must be nice. I work for a public office her in wellington and we have not gotten any raises in 4 years. I wouldn’t know what a cost of living raise is like. Report Reply 0 replies · active 206 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — With all the controversy going on, last week’s Wellington City Council meetings was certainly one of the more memorable meetings in recent history. There were city council members either resigning or being ousted depending on your point of view, and a new city manager was hired.Almost lost in the shuffle was the passage of the 2017 Wellington City Budget, which one could argue was the most important motion of all. There were also several other items of significance.Here is a rundown on “the rest” of the meeting.The council has been talking about its budget for a couple of months, and it received final approval after a public hearing at the meeting. The budget has a slightly higher mill levy, but taxpayers should not notice much of an increase. However, housing values do change, and even the final mill levy could still change, but the budget remains pretty much the same as last year.Employees will get a cost of living adjustment, and the council also approved a higher pay scale for police officers. With some retirements, there should not be a significant change in the overall budget there.Residents noticed their electric rates have gone up. The 30 percent increase was passed in 2015 that was enacted on January 1, 2016. But it was most noticeable when temperatures rose in July and August.At the public hearing, one citizen suggested selling land, such as Worden Park, and other property, to try to lower the rates and help out with the budget.The budget had been available for citizens to see for a couple of weeks, but new City Manager Shane Shields said as far as he knew, only one person had asked to look at the numbers.Council member Jim Valentine was the only person to vote against the budget.The council also approved SCKEDD as the administrator for the Community Development Blog Grant the city is applying for. If the city gets the grant it will be able to refurbish 14 total houses, nine are rentals and five are owner occupied. The state still has to approve the grant. The city could apply again if it does not get the grant, and may apply again for more if it does get the grant. The city also approved waiving permit fees for these projects.The council approved a resolution to purchase equipment for electric distribution for $109,000, which had been budgeted.The city received an update on the building at 107 W. Lincoln. City officials are still trying to work with the owners, and trying to get the building stabilized. They have managed to drain a pool of water that was standing on the roof, but much of that fell into the building and could cause further damage.On the rural water issue, the city approved the hiring of another attorney who is specialized in these matters, to help the city attorney as the process goes on. The city is in compliance, but council members said it is complicated, and there are a lot of issues, so they want to be sure they are protected.Also, a rental agreement with the Memorial Auditorium was approved.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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