Motive sought after dog-walking resident discovers dismembered body in NYC park

first_imgABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — New York City authorities are working to determine how a 26-year-old woman’s dismembered body turned up in a Brooklyn park this week, according to a police source.Brandy Odom’s torso was found in Canarsie Park on Monday night, the source said, while her arms and legs were found Tuesday. Patricia Smith made the discovery Monday night while walking her dog in the park, where spiky black hair caught her attention, ABC New York City station WABC-TV reported.“I came back and looked closer,” Smith said, “and it was the body of a female with her limbs removed.”Police have identified the woman as Odom, of Brooklyn, police said. A motive has not been determined, the police source said.The medical examiner will determine the cause of her death, police said. “We do our normal walk here every Tuesday,” resident Michele Brown told WABC-TV. “We’re just heartbroken, all of us. My heart aches.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Judge rules for Notre Dame in ESPN suit

first_imgSara Shoemake | The Observer On Monday, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler issued a verdict in Notre Dame’s favor in a lawsuit filed by ESPN regarding access to campus police records. Hostetler ruled that Indiana’s current Access to Public Records Act (APRA) does not apply to private colleges and universities that appoint police officers, including the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP).ESPN and Paula Lavigne, an ESPN reporter, filed a lawsuit against the University on Jan. 15 after NDSP refused to grant Lavigne’s requests for incidence reports related to student-athletes on two separate instances.ESPN argued NDSP is subject to Indiana’s APRA and should be required to produce the requested records because it exercises the police powers of arrest, according to a plaintiff brief filed March 9.In his ruling, Hostetler wrote the Court recognizes Notre Dame and other private universities that appoint campus police officers as “state actors,” not public agencies.“The powers given to officers appointed by Indiana’s private colleges and universities are significant,” Hostetler wrote. “However, it does not follow that Notre Dame is a public agency under APRA simply because NDSP is a ‘state actor’ for constitutional law purposes.”Hostetler wrote he shares discomfort with Indiana Public Access Counselor (PAC) Luke Britt surrounding the notion of a private party exercising police powers without having to provide its records to the public, despite his decision not to apply APRA to NDSP.Britt, an attorney appointed by the governor, issued two separate opinions stating that he considered NDSP to be a public agency and subject to APRA. Britt’s opinions differed from previous opinions issued by Indiana Public Access Counselors in 2003, 2009 and 2011.In a defense brief filed Feb. 12, Damon Leichty, an attorney representing Notre Dame, argued Indiana Legislature did not intend for APRA to apply to campus police departments because it did not change the statute after these previous opinions were issued.“If the Legislature thought that those three Public Access Counselors were wrong, and that private colleges and universities in Indiana were intended to be public agencies under APRA, the Legislature has had since 2003 to codify that intent,” Hostetler wrote. “It has not done so.”Hostetler wrote that although Indiana Legislature may consider adapting APRA in the future, it cannot be interpreted to apply to private colleges and universities in its current state.“This Court will not strain the language of the statute in order to do what the Legislature has not, even though there are indeed persuasive reasons why the statute should be amended to read the way ESPN desires,” Hostetler wrote.Paul Browne, vice president for student affairs and communications, said the University supported the ruling.“We are pleased that Judge Hostetler has agreed with the long-recognized status of the University’s records,” Browne said. “As always, our police department will continue to investigate and report in a manner consistent with the highest standards of law enforcement and in accord with state law.”The South Bend Tribune reported Plaintiff Attorney James Dimos said ESPN is unsure of whether or not it is going to appeal Hostetler’s ruling.Tags: ARPA, ESPN, lawsuit, NDSP, public records accesslast_img read more

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Will Europe reopen for Christmas? JP Morgan thinks it will

first_imgA seller demonstrates the candlesticks at a shop during the Christmas market at Kontraktova Square in Kiev.SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images LONDON — Will Europe reopen in time for Christmas? It’s the question on the minds of many Europeans as the holiday season approaches, with experts at JPMorgan believing that Covid-19 restrictions will be eased before the festivities begin. European countries are grappling with a second wave of coronavirus infections. As a result, Germany and France — the two largest euro economies are in national lockdowns and many other nations have also toughened up their measures to protect their health systems.- Advertisement – The stepping up of restrictions in recent weeks has delivered a fresh blow to the services industry, with concerns on how long the measures will last.“Given the huge amount of economic and social activity that takes place in December, it is critical to know whether the current timetables will be kept to,” David Mackie, an economist at JPMorgan, said in a note on Thursday.“Our judgement is that they will be,” he said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Lockdowns should be eased by early December, which will allow a strong bounce in economic and social activity ahead of the holiday season,” he said.“Whether or not there is another European lockdown during the early months of next year remains to be seen, and much depends on developments in the vaccine candidates. But, for now, enough has been done to turn infections around,” Mackie added.JPMorgan has studied the latest mobility data in Europe, comparing it with what happened during the first wave. The bank concluded that in Germany, Spain and the U.K., mobility numbers have dropped enough to keep the spread of the virus at a manageable rate.Furthermore, JPMorgan also argued that in the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and Slovakia — where restrictions were stepped up earlier in the current second wave — the number of new cases has come down in the past week.“These experiences suggest that the restrictions put in place across Europe in recent weeks will be sufficient to reassert control over the virus, at least for now,” Mackie said.Subscribe to CNBC PRO to access live PRO Talks, including our Dec. 2 discussion on opportunities and risks in international markets. Germany’s national lockdown is due to last until the end of November; in France, the current restrictions are due to last until Dec. 1; and in the U.K. the latest lockdown is set to end on Dec. 2.last_img read more

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Wisconsin finishes off cross-state rival

first_imgWith 54 points, senior Brooke Ammerman has helped direct a powerful Wisconsin offense.[/media-credit]In its first time back home since November, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team continued to dominate opponents by sweeping Minnesota-Duluth.The top ranked Badgers (22-2-2) beat the Bulldogs (12-11-1) in overtime Saturday afternoon in a hard fought 4-3 victory. UW was able to shut out Minnesota-Duluth Friday in game won by a score of 2-0.Senior forward Brooke Ammerman gave the Badgers their winning goal just 44 seconds into the overtime period. Ammerman scored on a backhanded shot into an open net after a shot by junior forward Brianna Decker rebounded her way.“Decker made a nice shot on net, and I was able to sneak the puck in,” Ammerman said. “To be able to win a game like that and come home, it is really fun.”Both Ammerman and Decker had two goals in Saturday’s game, with one and two assists respectively.The duo – along with senior forward Carolyne Prevost, who had three assists on the night – continues to dominate play as a line. While the Badgers gave up a goal just nine seconds into the game, they were able to fight back and tie the game up. At 6:44 in the first period, Decker scored from inside the right circle to make the score 1-1, with assists going to Prevost and Ammerman.“We don’t like to start a game letting in a goal, but again it is a chance to see how you respond,” Head Coach Mark Johnson said. “I thought we responded well off the goal. … Overall it was a pretty good effort, and I am certainly pleased with the victory.”The Badgers took the lead off a pair of power play goals in the second period. Decker again got one past Duluth’s goaltender Jennifer Harss, this time on a perfectly executed give-and-go with Prevost at the 13-minute mark. Ammerman made it a 3-1 lead just 2:03 later as the puck slipped between Harss’ legs.Duluth didn’t let up and scored a goal of its own 32 seconds later on a shot that sailed past Wisconsin’s sophomore goalie Alex Rigsby. Duluth tied it up, 3-3, in the third period, sending the game into overtime.Wisconsin posted 31 shots on the night compared to the Bulldogs’ 25.“We ended up sneaking a lot in today; not as many shots as we usually get, but when you play Duluth it is always a transition game and a lot of the time the game is played in the neutral zone,” Decker said. “Not as many shots as we would like, but at least we got some in.”Game one of the series was a much different story as the Badgers were able to shut out the Bulldogs in their 2-0 victory, but it wasn’t their best performance.“It was a game that never really got any flow to it or rhythm,” said Johnson. “Little things that can make a big difference in a game we didn’t do well, but the most important thing is winning the game.”Wisconsin’s first goal came from junior forward Alev Kelter off a slap shot in the right circle at 2:56 in the second period; her first goal of the season. Sophomore Madison Packer put away the second goal just two minutes later on a backhanded shot inside the slot. While previously a defenseman for the Badgers, Kelter has shown significant success up front.“I was just coming off the bench so I was right there,” Kelter said. “To jump up in the play is something that usually happens a lot as a defenseman, so just to have a forward role is pretty exciting.”While a successful night, UW was outshot by the Bulldogs 36-23. Rigsby had 36 saves in the game and 58 in the series to help give the Badgers the win.Up next, Wisconsin will continue its home stretch facing Bemidji State Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

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Steelers looking into options to replace kicker Chris Boswell

first_imgThe @Raiders get the WIN. Wow. #PITvsOAK pic.twitter.com/ayIbTJC4dC— NFL (@NFL) December 10, 2018However, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had Boswell’s back during his Tuesday radio appearance on 93.7 The Fan as he claimed the field at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is “not ideal” for kicking.”I just kind of put my hand on his back and said, ‘Hey, keep your head up. we’re gonna need you at some point.’ Hopefully he heard the words,” Roethlisberger said. “I haven’t loss confidence in him. I still think every time he lines up, it’s gonna go in. He needs to have that same confidence, and I hope he does.”The Steelers (7-5-1) face an uphill battle as they look to snap their three-game skid when they host the Patriots (9-4) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday in a crucial AFC showdown. “We acknowledge Chris has struggled; we’re willing to explore options that gives us our best option to see that ball go through the uprights, and those options include Chris,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The prudent approach includes Chris.”His performance merits turning over stones, but the easy option is to assign blame. That’s not our intention. We want to do what’s right for our football team and that’s to ensure we give ourselves the best options to win a football game. That is the approach we intend to take.” Related News Steelers on ‘brutal’ 3-game losing streak: ‘We have to stop BS-ing around’ According to NFL Media, the Steelers flew in free-agent kickers Kai Forbath and Matt McCrane for a visit Wednesday.Boswell signed a four-year, $19.2 million extension in August but has failed to live up to the team’s expectations. He has botched 11 kicks this season, including six field goals, with his most recent flop coming on the final play of Sunday’s game when his plant foot slipped and caused him to miss a game-tying 40-yard attempt.center_img Ben Roethlisberger injury update: Steelers QB (ribs) plans to play vs. Patriots Chris Boswell and his faulty foot could soon be making an exit from Pittsburgh.While speaking to reporters Tuesday following an embarrassing 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin admitted the team will look at other kickers this week, but hinted the organization isn’t ready to move on from Boswell just yet.last_img read more

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Live Roller Derby in Trail on Saturday!

first_img“I feel like we are no longer the underdog and now are a team to be afraid of,” she admits.The energy will be high in the arena, between the hard hits, beer garden and oh so cute animals. The SPCA is hosting a half-time show that could result in the adoption of a few animals. But the oohs and ahhs will likely amplify when the animals exit the track to make room for the second bout of the night.The Killjoys are refocusing their game for a new competitor after WKRD’s Valley Brutality folded due to a low roster. The Spokannibals are traveling from Spokane to battle it out with old friends, some of which they played when they went head to head with the league travel team, the Kootenay Kannibelles.“We are very excited to be playing them – they rank very close in stats to us so it should be a very evenly matched game,” said Nelson’s Danielle McGrath (McWrath). “We’re keeping a tight team dynamic and really working on keeping our walls strong.”Don’t miss this event! Doors open at 4 p.m., with the first game at 5 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Want more? Follow the derby girls to RTRG’s clubhouse, the Arlington Bar and Grill, post double header for a pint and an autograph.Tickets are $10 in advance at the Arlington Bar and Grill and Maglio Building Centre in Trail, The Flying Steamshovel in Rossland or online at brownpapertickets.comThe remaining tickets will be for sale at the door for $15 a pop.For more info, visit www.kootenayrollerderby.com or check out the league’s Facebook page. West Kootenay Roller Derby (WKRD) rolls into the Trail Arena this Saturday for a couple of match ups that will make your head spin.The action starts at 5 p.m. when the home team, the Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG), take on Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers. The Dams are coming in hot after defeating their competition last season. But the Nelson Killjoys reminded them last month that it’s anyone’s game when they outplayed Castlegar in the first double-header of Season 6.“It’s a new purple team this year,” says Dams’ skater and founding team member Kristina Kruchkowski (aka Kitty Karnage). “We still have lots of familiar faces on the bench but have gained some new sisters this season, both of the fresh variety and from the (dissolved) Valley Brutality.”RTRG is shaping up to be a real contender with the return of a couple all-star players and some new talent. The Red Army is looking to entertain its hometown crowd, according to skater Ashley McKenzie (ASH), and that may come at a price for the Dams.last_img read more

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T-Birds overcome pesky Kootenay Ice to sweep BCMMHL series in Nelson

first_imgShawn Campbell of Castlegar and Cranbrook’s Terrell Clarricoates replied for the Ice, trailing 4-2 after 40 minutes.Sunday, Fraser Valley scored twice in the second to steal the win.Jake Mulder and Mackenzie Wright gave Fraser Valley the two-goal advantage before Matthew Dyck made it 3-0 minutes into the third frame.Hunter Floris of Vanderhoof scored the lone goal for Kootenay.Curt Doyle of Nelson was in goal Sunday for Kootenay.Kootenay sits last in the 11-team BC Hockey Major Midget League with a record of 2-15-1.The Ice play host to the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs this weekend in Nelson. The Kootenay Ice were happy to be home after spending the past few weeks on the road in the BC Hockey Major Midget League.However, home cooking wasn’t enough to put the Ice over the top as Fraser Valley Thunderbirds squeaked out a pair of wins 5-2 Saturday and 3-1 Sunday.Five different players hit the scoresheet in the opener for Fraser Valley as the visitors grabbed the first game of the two-game set Saturday.Jonathan Stein, Jake Mulder, Justin Hargrave, Jamie Housch and Jonathan Rees scored for the T-Birds.last_img read more

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Play Your Part episode 13: get involved

first_imgEpisode 13 of Play Your Part features Maimane Alfred Phiri, Kass Naidoo and Pamela K Bess. Here’s how you can get involved with them and their initiatives.Maimane Alfred Phiri represented South Africa at the football World Cup in France in 1998. The former football star is the founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBorn and bred in Alexandra in Johannesburg, Maimane Phiri started a social responsibility project in 2001 to involve youngsters in sports such as football.The former football star is one of the guests featured on episode 13 of the Play Your Part TV series, which airs on Saturday, 9 December 2017 at 18:00 on SABC2.Here’s how you can get involved with Phiri’s initiative, as well as with the other guests on this week’s episode:Maimane PhiriPhiri is the founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games, or MAP Games, as well as the Maimane Alex Development Foundation which hosts the games, an annual winter football tournament. For Women’s Month, the foundation also focused on other sport codes such as netball, athletics and basketball.Contact detailsWebsite: mapgames.co.zaTwitter: @MAP_gamesalexKass NaidooNaidoo publishes news of women in sport and in South Africa. Her online initiative, gsport4girls, celebrates women in sport by hosting an annual awards.Contact detailsWebsite: kassnaidoo.co.za and gsport.co.zaTwitter: @KassNaidoo and @gsport4girlsPamela K BessSocial entrepreneur Bess has a passion for media development and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Abesu Media and Communications, DoTV Africa and Positive Vibez NPC. Through these initiatives she provides training and development opportunities that promote entrepreneurship.Contact detailsWebsite: dotvafrica.co.za and FacebookTwitter: @PamelaKBess and @DoTVAfricaPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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MFLN “Network News” – September 2017

first_imgRegistration is now open for the MFLN Virtual Conference: Learning through Change! Be sure to join the Military Families Learning Network September 26-29 to learn to ADAPT in the face of change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change and begin to THRIVE as you connect with colleagues facing similar challenges. The MFLN Virtual Conference is a free four-day virtual learning and networking experience for professionals working with military service members and their families.To register and to view information on sessions and keynotes, visit the Virtual Conference homepage.Can’t wait ‘til the end of September for your MFLN programming fix? Not to worry! Join the MFLN Personal Finance team for the 30 Days of Saving Challenge or tune in for a webinar or two.last_img

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