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Survey: Consumers Generally Positive But Still Cautious Toward Housing

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Survey: Consumers Generally Positive But Still Cautious Toward Housing Previous: House Subcommittee to Hold ‘Dodd-Frank Act and Regulatory Overreach’ Hearing Next: Fannie Mae Reports Net Income of $1.9 Billion for Q1 Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Consumers were generally positive toward the housing market in April, but the improvement in housing sentiment was not enough for analysts to expect any breakout improvements for housing in the coming year, according to Fannie Mae’s April 2015 National Housing Survey released Thursday.Following declines in February and March, the percentage of respondents who said they would prefer to buy a home if they moved rose by three percentage points up to 63 percent, while the share of respondents who said they would rent if they moved dropped to 32 percent. The home price expectation for the next 12 months rose by 2.8 percent, but the share who said now is a good time to buy dropped four percentage points from March to April down to 63 percent. The percentage who said now is a good time to buy held steady from March to April at 46 percent, tying the survey high set in March.Consumer sentiment toward the economy took a slight step backward in April, with the percentage of respondents who said the economy is on the right track fell by one percentage point down to 42 percent. Meanwhile, the share who said the economy is on the wrong track increased by one percentage point up to 49 percent.”The spring and summer home buying season has gotten off to a stronger start, reflected in some of the improvement in consumer housing sentiment,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “The share of consumers who intend to own rather than rent their next home rebounded after a two-month slide. Meanwhile, home price growth expectations strengthened to the strongest pace since last October. Nevertheless, consumers continue to express concerns about the recent weakening economic conditions and high home prices. These combine to depress the share of consumers believing it is a good time to buy a home.”Sentiment toward personal finances took a step up in April, with the percentage of respondents who said they expect their personal financial situation to get worse over the next 12 months falling to a new survey low of 10 percent. The percentage who said they have a significantly higher household income now than they did 12 months ago increased by two percentage points, up to 24 percent. A new survey low of 29 percent of respondents said their household expenses are significantly higher than they were 12 months ago.According to Fannie Mae, the information in the April 2015 National Housing Survey for the most part mirrors the findings of Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index, “which has remained largely flat since last fall, further suggesting that housing growth may remain subdued in 2015.” Fannie Mae will release its new Home Purchase Sentiment Index this summer.”When we consider both the continued caution of consumers and the positive start to the year, we believe that these results support our expectation that 2015 will be a year of modest growth in housing activity,” Duncan said.Click here for Fannie Mae’s Monthly National Housing Survey page, or click here to see in-depth topic analyses that include detailed assessment of combined data results from three monthly studies. 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Governor Wolf and Senator Gene Yaw Host a Roundtable to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic

first_img April 28, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Williamsport, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Gene Yaw were joined by Rep. Jeff Wheeland, state and local officials, law enforcement and health care professionals at the Pennsylvania College of Technology to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. In an effort to confront this epidemic collaboratively, Governor Wolf is conducting roundtables statewide to discuss the initiatives of his administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, medical schools, and to listen to local officials about the challenges they are facing.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.”“We appreciate the opportunity to sit down with Governor Wolf today in order to increase public awareness of the heroin and opioid crisis facing our rural counties,” Sen. Yaw said.  “However, this is not just a rural issue. It’s a statewide issue.  Fortunately, we have a coalition in Lycoming County called Project Bald Eagle that is working to stem the tide of heroin and opioid abuse through education, prevention, treatment, enforcement and data monitoring.  Undoubtedly, it will take a statewide-wide effort to combat this issue and we thank the Governor for his involvement.”Governor Wolf was joined by Secretary Gary Tennis, Representative Jeff Wheeland, Lycoming County Commissioner Rick Mirabito, Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana, and a number of other state and local leaders and health care professionals, students, and professors. The governor lauded the efforts of these legislators and drew attention to the work of the Center for Rural PA, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency chaired by Senator Gene Yaw, who has been holding hearings with the Center on the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis since 2014.Beginning in 2014, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania convened a series of statewide public hearings to examine the increasing use of heroin and opioid abuse and addiction rates in rural Pennsylvania communities. The hearings were in response to questions posed by state legislators on the increasing number of arrests and overdose deaths attributed to heroin and opioid abuse within their respective legislative districts.The Wolf Administration hopes that these discussions are just the beginning of a larger conversation with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate as well as local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders, and health care professionals.“I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”Some of the administration’s initiatives in the fight against heroin include: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specialty specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.DOH is also working with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to develop the “warm hand-off” process, whereby overdose survivors would be taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider, as well as Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This program helps communities properly dispose of unused prescriptions at any of the 400+ police station locations across Pennsylvania. To date, approximately 40,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been taken back and destroyed.Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 25 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies. After this first phase of implementation, there will be a push for 25 more facilities that would have the capacity to treat 22,500 individuals total.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Governor Wolf and Senator Gene Yaw Host a Roundtable to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemiclast_img read more

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West Florida Men’s Golf in 6th Place at the Hartford Hawks Invitational

first_img Sept. 14, 2007BOSTON, Mass. – The West Florida Men’s Golf team (595) trails leader Old Dominion (578) by only 17 strokes after the first two rounds at The International Course in Boston, Mass. Matthew Galloway was the Argos top scorer at even par 144 through the first two rounds. Galloway posted a 74 and 70 to come in as the fifth best score so far. The Argos are currently in 6th place, out of the 13 teams at the tournament.The overall leader is Keegan Bradley of St. John’s University, who is -3 after the first two rounds (141). Penn State University is currently in second place in the team score with 584. The final two rounds of the Hartford Hawks Invitational will be played tomorrow.The other scoring individuals for West Florida include; Kyle Scott in 11th place with a score of +4 (148), Federico Damus in 24th place with a score of +7 (151), Kevin Cooper in 32nd place with a score of +9 (153), and Ryan Zebeau in 60th with a score of +18 (162). The competition is primarily Division I opponents, and the Argos are performing admirably. The Men were ranked 3rd in Division II pre-season reports, and have their major competitive season in the spring. Print Friendly Version Share West Florida Men’s Golf in 6th Place at the Hartford Hawks Invitationallast_img read more

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Clint Dempsey scores brace as USA beats Germany 4:3 in friendlies

first_imgTottenham forward Clint Dempsey scored twice as the United States beat Germany 4-3 in a friendly in Washington DC.Jozy Altidore opened the scoring for the hosts, who doubled their lead through Benedikt Howedes’s own goal.Heiko Westermann pulled a goal back, but Dempsey’s brace made it 4-1.Max Kruse and Julian Draxler ensured a tense finish, but the US held on to give their coach Jurgen Klinsmann victory over his homeland.It was a morale-boosting victory for the home side in the US Soccer Federation’s centennial celebration match, just four days after they struggled in a 4-2 loss to Belgium.However, Germany were missing players from Bayern Munich, who completed the treble on Saturday with victory in the German Cup final, and Borussia Dortmund. Only Dortmund’s Sven Bender played in the all-German Champions League final and against the United States. Dempsey’s brace means he moves to 35 international goals in 96 appearances, taking him past Eric Wynalda into second on the all-time US scoring list – 14 shy of Landon Donovan’s record.“Having a player like Clint Dempsey on your team is just a privilege,” said Klinsmann. “This is one of the best players in US history. He has the hunger and the drive. He sends a message to his own players and also to the opponents.”last_img read more

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Experts: Coronavirus May ‘Reactivate’ and Kill Cured Patients

first_imgCan you contract the coronavirus again if you’ve already had it? Apparently, reinfection is possible and in some cases patients who initially survived COVID-19 die from the second infection, according to some health officials.The coronavirus may be “reactivating” in people who have been cured of the illness, according to Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.About 51 patients classed as having been cured in South Korea have tested positive again, the CDC said in a briefing on Monday. Rather than being infected again, the virus may have been reactivated in these people, given they tested positive again shortly after being released from quarantine, according to the director-general of the Korean CDC.“While we are putting more weight on reactivation as the possible cause, we are conducting a comprehensive study on this,” Jeong said. “There have been many cases when a patient during treatment will test negative one day and positive another.”A patient is deemed fully recovered when two tests conducted with a 24-hour interval show negative results.South Korea was one of the earliest countries to see a large-scale coronavirus outbreak, but the country has seen just 200 deaths and a falling new case tally since peaking at 1,189 on Feb. 29. One of the world’s most expansive testing programs and a tech-driven approach to tracing infections has seen Korea contain its epidemic without lockdowns or shuttering businesses.Fear of re-infection in recovered patients is also growing in China, where the virus first emerged last December, after reports that some tested positive again, and even died from the disease, after supposedly recovering and leaving hospital. There’s little understanding of why this happens, although some believe that the problem may lie in inconsistencies in test results.As of Wednesday, South Korea had 10,384 virus cases, with 6,776 released from hospital, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.Epidemiologists around the world are in a race to find out more about the virus that causes Covid-19. The pathogen’s rapid global spread has recently seen the focus shift to patients who contract the virus but display few or atypical symptoms. Korea has been at the forefront of tracking these cases, which are causing particular concern in China, where the epidemic is showing signs of coming under control.UP NEXTlast_img read more

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Pickett, Panthers eager to get season started vs Albany

first_imgIn this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes in a drill during an NCAA college football practice in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi says sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett doesn’t have to think he’s “Kenny Perfect.” Either way, Pickett will be the focal point for Pitt when the Panthers open the 2018 season on Saturday against Albany. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett’s first college start set almost impossible expectations for his second. Everywhere except inside the Pittsburgh locker room. While coach Pat Narduzzi understands the hype surrounding the sophomore quarterback — last seen engineering an upset of then second-ranked Miami in the 2017 regular season finale — Narduzzi also knows a reality check will come at some point. Perhaps as early as Saturday when the Panthers open against Albany.“I know everybody thinks he’s going to go out there and be ’Kenny Perfect,’” Narduzzi said. “That’d be in a perfect world. But nobody’s perfect. I don’t want to make Kenny tight like that where he’s got to play perfect. He’s still a baby.”Even if Pickett didn’t play like one while accounting for all three Pitt touchdowns in the victory over the Hurricanes. Nine months later he steps onto Heinz Field again eager to prove it was no fluke. The atmosphere will be different. So will the stakes. That’s fine by Pickett. A year ago he was running the scout team. Now he’s firmly entrenched as the starter.Will he be pumped? Yes. Will he show it? Meh.Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes under pressure by defensive lineman James Folston Jr. (40) during their annual NCAA intrasquad college football spring Blue Gold game, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Blue team won 10-3. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)“I can’t be going nuts on the field, then I lose my mind and lose my read, what I have to do,” Pickett said. “Just stay calm, stay smooth from the first quarter to the last one.”The Panthers could use a steady hand at the wheel following a tumultuous 2017 in which they finished 5-7 and failed to reach a bowl game for the first time in a decade. A seemingly unending rotation at quarterback — from Max Browne to Ben DiNucci back to Browne back to DiNucci then ultimately to Pickett — didn’t help.Pickett’s rise could give Pitt long-term stability , though he is quick to point out he’s just one part of an offense he believes will be “explosive” under second-year coordinator Shawn Watson.“It’s our offense now this year,” Pickett said. “Last year we were 50/50. We didn’t know our identity really.”Now the Panthers believe they do. Senior running backs Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison are eager to bounce back after an underachieving 2017 . Fullback George Aston returns after missing most of last season due to injury. The receivers are largely inexperienced but Pickett is hardly concerned.“I feel really comfortable back there,” Pickett said. “I have trust in seven to eight guys to go in there and do exactly what the guy before them did. That’s something we didn’t have last year and we do this year. … It’s been countless hours of work and preparation and we’re ready to go.”Some things to look for as Pitt attempts not to get tripped up by the Great Danes.NO QB JITTERS: Albany QB Vince Testaverde Jr., a fifth-year graduate transfer at his third school, will start his first game for the Great Danes. The son of longtime NFL quarterback and 1986 Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde is a transfer from Miami, where his dad starred. He started his college career at Texas Tech and played in one game as a non-scholarship freshman in 2014, completing 15 of 26 passes for 116 yards against Texas, then transferred after one semester.Although his dad will be at the game, Vince says it will be business as usual.“I’m just going to play my game, tell everyone else just to play theirs,” said Testaverde, who will be playing in only his second game in college. “Nothing’s different. Football is football, no matter if we play in a small stadium, big stadium, wherever we play.”ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Narduzzi raised some eyebrows when he told a crowd of fans at a kickoff luncheon that he would see them in Charlotte — site of the ACC title game —at the end of the season. It’s a limb Narduzzi is willing to step out on thanks to the mentality of his 19 seniors.“I think we’ve got the talent, I think we have the mindset, I think we’ve got the chemistry to win a championship,” Narduzzi said. “Is that going to happen? We’ll find out.”OLD HOME WEEKEND: Albany head coach Greg Gattuso is a Pittsburgh native. He won eight MAAC championships in 12 seasons at Duquesne (1993-2004) and also worked on the Panthers’ staff for six seasons (2005- 11). This will be Albany’s second game ever against an FBS opponent.“They had an opening (on the schedule). It worked out. It was a much better idea four years ago than it is right now,” Gattuso said, joking. “But I’m excited about it, and I think the kids are really excited about it.“Ultimately, it’s a great experience for our athletes to play … against the team that just beat the No. 2 team in the country in their last game.”Albany offensive line coach Jim Sweeney is from Pittsburgh and a Pitt grad.___AP Sports Writer John Kekis in Syracuse, New York, contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among Black women

first_imgWillingham isn’t a tennis star, but she is a Black woman. She and others like her say Williams’ experience resonates with them because they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.And if they’re not careful, they say, they risk being branded “Angry Black Woman.”“So much of what she experiences we experience in the workplace, too,” said Willingham, a professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. “As Black women … we’re expected to stay in our lane, that lane that has been created for us. Any time we step out of that lane, then we become a problem.”The stereotype of the “Angry Black Woman” is alive and well, said Felicia Martin, 36, a federal employee who lives in Brooklyn. She recalls once seeing a white female co-worker cursing and throwing things and not facing repercussions, while she’s been told to calm down for expressing her own upset in a normal tone of voice. Martin and others pointed to a cartoon by an Australian artist as the clearest example of the stereotype facing Black women. Mark Knight of Melbourne’s Herald Sun depicted Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who is actually Japanese and Haitian — “Can you just let her win?”“I was deeply offended. This is not a joke,” said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor in chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.The cartoonist “completely missed the point of why she was upset,” De Luca told The Associated Press. “It was about her integrity, and anybody who doesn’t get that is perpetuating the erasure that so many Black women feel when they are trying to speak up for themselves. It’s like our opinions don’t matter.”Some Black women say they have to worry perpetually about how they’re coming across to make sure they’re not dismissed as angry or emotional. In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File) Retired professional tennis player Zina Garrison defended tennis player Serena Williams after Williams was hit with three code violations that led to a $17,000 fine at the U.S. Open final, saying some of the chair umpire’s calls were unfair. (Sept. 10)“If I’m upset about something, I should get to express that to you,” Martin said.During Saturday’s championship loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested that and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.Many people, Black women among them, echoed Williams’ contention that she was punished while men on the tennis circuit have gotten away with even harsher language.Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women’s finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York, on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)“A lot of things started going through my head in that particular situation. You know, first and foremost, what was going to be said about her the next day? The typical angry black woman, you know … when she really was just standing up for herself and she was standing up for women’s rights,” said former tennis champion Zina Garrison, who is Black. “A woman, period, is always, when we speak up for ourselves, then you have the situation where people are saying, you know, they’re too outspoken. They’re acting like a man, all of that. But then a Black woman on top of that, the angry Black woman, who does she think she is?” Serena Williams hugs Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) “It’s exhausting,” said Denise Daniels, 44, of the Bronx, who works in professional development for educators. “It does diminish from the work satisfaction that other people get to enjoy because it is an additional cost.”Willingham thinks that was part of Williams’ experience on Saturday as well, but that it was also about a career’s worth of frustrations that she has had to endure, such as when the French Open banned the type of catsuit she wore.“I felt it for her. I felt she was fed up, she was tired of this,” Willingham said. “How much is she supposed to take, really? How much are any of us supposed to keep taking?”___Associated Press video producer Noreen Nasir contributed to this report from Washington.___Deepti Hajela covers issues of race, ethnicity and immigration for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dhajela. For more of her work, search for her name at https://apnews.com. NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger.last_img read more

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Drifter charged in stabbing death of champ golfer in Iowa

first_imgIn this Sept. 7, 2017, photo provided by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena poses for a photo. The former ISU golfer was found dead Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at a golf course in Ames. Collin Daniel Richards, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in her death. (Luke Lu/Iowa State University via AP) Collin Daniel Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a student at Iowa State University.Barquin was found Monday morning in a pond at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Des Moines. Police were called to the golf course around 10:20 a.m. to investigate a possible missing female after golfers found a golf bag with no one around it.Officers found Barquin’s body some distance from the bag, with several stab wounds to her upper torso, head and neck, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Richards.A police dog tracked Barquin’s scent to a temporary camp along a creek near the golf course, where Richards had been living in a tent, the complaint said. Officers found Richards with several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and a deep laceration in his left hand that he tried to conceal, it said.An acquaintance of Richards told investigators that the suspect had said in recent days that he had “an urge to rape and kill a woman” while they were walking on a trail near the course, the complaint said. A second acquaintance told police that Richards arrived at his home on Monday appearing “disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water.” He bathed and left with his clothes in a backpack.Investigators later recovered two pairs of shorts with blood stains and a knife that Richards allegedly gave to two other people after the slaying, the complaint said. Those two individuals were driving Richards out of town after the slaying, but he asked them to drop him off near the camp so he could get his tent and that’s when officers arrested him, it said.Barquin was the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The university said the native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-2018.She was one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history, the university said. In April, she became the second women’s golfer at Iowa State to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship. She did it with a three-shot victory.Barquin, who was ranked No. 69 nationally by Golfweek, ended her career as a Cyclone with a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honors for the third time — the second player in Iowa State’s history to do so.She became the third Cyclone women’s golfer to compete in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the university said. The team announced Tuesday it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be with friends and family and to grieve their loss.Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement on Twitter that she was “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death” of Barquin, describing her as a “dedicated civil engineering student” and an “acclaimed golfer with a bright future.”Head women’s golf coach Christie Martens said in a release that Barquin was “loved by all her teammates and friends” and was an “outstanding representative of our school.”“We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life,” Martens said.___Foley reported from Iowa City, Iowa.___Click here for the most recent updates: https://bit.ly/2NmE3wv AMES, Iowa (AP) — A homeless man attacked and killed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing a round near her university campus in central Iowa, leaving her body in a pond on the course, police said Tuesday.last_img read more

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Home Depot opposition increases

first_img But those who have attended meetings with negotiators for Home Depot quoted company representatives as saying that, as long as a new Home Depot is located at the 10-acre site, they would consider creating a mixed-use plan with several smaller buildings for retail and commercial use. Representatives of the chain also have entertained the possibility of allowing a general-merchandise store either on top of or next to a new Home Depot. They have indicated that, if a consensus could not be reached, they would open a new Home Depot in the Kmart building without expanding the 99,330 square feet under roof, as they had originally planned. Still, local activists said none of those solutions would solve the problem of how their small community can support such a large store. “It’s not just like going into Kmart and buying a dress,” said Joe Barrett, 46, a Sunland resident and lead organizer of the No on Home Depot Campaign. “This is retail on steroids. That’s why we feel this is such a threat to our community.” Rick Coca, (818) 713-3634 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Home Depot officials did not return calls seeking comment, but in the past they have noted that their chain, the nation’s largest retailer of home-improvement supplies, brings community benefits including new jobs, volunteer projects and increased tax revenue. Greuel said Home Depot representatives irked her last year after they ignored her request to meet with residents and address their concerns before filing an application for new zoning permits to build a larger structure on the Sunland property. “I went ballistic,” Greuel said. “I wrote (Home Depot) one of the nastiest letters I ever wrote.” Since then, Home Depot representatives have met several times with Greuel and with members of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, as well as with representatives of the No on Home Depot Campaign. Home Depot can legally move into the Kmart building or demolish it and build within the original facility’s footprint, leaving community activists and political leaders with little legal recourse, analysts said. Supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, Sunland-Tujunga activists opposed to a planned Home Depot have collected more than 2,000 signatures of residents vowing to boycott the home-improvement center if it opens. The move is the latest in a community battle against a Home Depot at the Sunland Kmart site on Foothill Boulevard, one of 18 Kmart stores that the Home Depot chain purchased last summer for $271 million. Opponents say Sunland needs a general-merchandise store – there currently are none nearby – more than a Home Depot, which they fear will drive smaller retailers out of business and bring a glut of traffic and other problems. “Who can afford to drive all the way to Valencia to get underwear?” said 41-year-old resident Paula Warner, who along with her husband, Caryl, has joined a coalition of community residents calling their group the No On Home Depot Campaign. last_img read more

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Referral bonus for LAPD hires up to $1,000

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Los Angeles has paid bonuses since 2000 to city workers, mostly police officers, who recruit successful LAPD candidates. In the ensuing years, 146 of 1,156 referrals have been successful. That 8-to-1 ratio beats the 12-to-1 figure for walk-in applicants, according to a city report. “They have a better chance of getting through the system,” said Cmdr. Kenneth Garner, head of personnel for the LAPD. The department has long been short on manpower given the size of the city, but historically it has been a matter of money. Now the department has the money to hire more officers, but such factors as low unemployment and competition from other agencies have left it short of qualified recruits. The LAPD and the Personnel Department have tackled the problem with a multimillion-dollar recruiting campaign that includes theme events, community outreach and advertising in ethnic and electronic media. A City Council panel agreed on Monday to double the cash bonus to $1,000 for city employees who recruit new cops as the LAPD struggles to find qualified officers. The action by the Public Safety Committee, which requires the approval of the full council, shows how policymakers are becoming increasingly concerned by the Los Angeles Police Department’s recruiting woes. The panel had earlier declined to act on the Personnel Department’s request to boost the bonuses, citing a lack of statistical evidence that the incentives worked. However, members were swayed by a dire prognosis from a personnel official who said that, if current trends continue, the LAPD could end up adding significantly fewer officers this year than planned. “If this is an extra tool, and it results in a handful of officers, it’s a good thing,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, who chairs the committee. The Public Safety panelists encouraged officials to continue such efforts while raising concerns about the standards for new recruits. The department has been moving away from across-the-board rejection of recruits with past credit problems or drug use and toward “looking at people as individuals,” Garner said. Without offering specifics, Garner said the use of certain drugs would still automatically disqualify applicants. Councilman Bernard Parks said the full City Council should review any loosening of restriction on hard drugs. Parks, a former LAPD chief, said similar efforts in the past might have started with good intentions but ended up eroding standards over time. At one point, he said, the department considered it “experimenting” if a recruit had smoked marijuana 125 times. “I don’t know anything you can do 125 times as an experiment,” he said. Phyllis Lynes of the Personnel Department responded that, with such technological advances as polygraphing and a new approach to screening, the LAPD’s standards have never been higher. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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