Brian Christopher (Chris) Hughes

first_imgBrian Christopher (Chris) Hughes, 51 of Milan passed away Monday, March 26 at Margaret Mary Health at Batesville.  Brian was born Saturday, July 2, 1966 in Dearborn County, the son of Otis and Anna Mae (Rigney) Hughes, Sr.  Brian enjoyed riding his 4-wheeler, fishing, music, sitting on the back porch with his Mom and loved sports, especially the Cincinnati Reds, Colts and Pacers.Brian is survived by his mother: Anna Mae Hughes, brother Otis Hughes both of Milan; sister Anita Dyer of Moores Hill, brother John Hughes of Naples, FL, many nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be Friday, March 30, at 11 AM at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will follow in Old Craven Cemetery at Milan.  Visitation will be 9-11 AM Friday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.  Go to www.lawscarrmoorefuneral home to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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Police Blotter 12-15-19

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AG Hill asks congressional leaders to support law enforcement amid anti-police rhetoric

first_imgAttorney General Curtis Hill this week called on congressional leaders to assist in tempering anti-police rhetoric that is endangering officers across the United States.Attorney General Hill, along with 10 other attorneys general and two sheriffs associations, asked congressional leaders in a letter this week to discourage dangerous disinformation and help restore Americans’ faith in law enforcement nationwide. The letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.“The tragic and preventable death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers shined a national spotlight on bad actors within the law enforcement profession,” the letter states. “At the same time, data simply does not support claims that law enforcement is systemically racist or structurally biased.”Last year, 1,004 civilians were fatally shot by police officers in the United States. The vast majority of those shootings were justifiable, and most involved armed or dangerous individuals, the letter states.There were nine fatal police shootings of unarmed black people last year. Those deaths represented 0.1% of all black homicide victims in 2019, the letter states. There were also 19 fatal shootings of unarmed white individuals.Despite this data, radical calls to “defund the police” have grown louder and received support from members of Congress since Floyd’s horrific death. The idea that Americans would be safer with less law enforcement is nonsensical, Attorney General Hill said, and would only lead to increased crime.“The four officers responsible for George Floyd’s death showed the world that they were unworthy of the badge. But their actions are not representative of the hundreds of thousands of officers who honorably serve and protect Americans every day,” Attorney General Hill said. “We must always strive to improve our policing efforts, but at the end of the day, Americans need police officers. And right now, police officers need our support.”Over the last month, Attorney General Hill has written six op-eds about police brutality, the protests, and riots that followed Floyd’s death, the “defund the police” movement and related topics. The op-eds, all published at FoxNews.com, can be found here.last_img read more

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Pressure on Wenger as City Visit Arsenal

first_imgMan City boss Pep Guardiola is out to pile more pressure on beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger when the two sides meet at the Emirates this afternoon. However, the Spaniard is also wary of a backlash from the Gunners in their Super Sunday clash in north London.“When you lose a lot of games it is a dangerous moment. I would prefer to take Arsenal after a lot of wins,” he said. “Everybody knows them – good quality in the middle, good quality in the sides with Alexis [Sanchez] going inside, runs in behind with [Theo] Walcott, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain. Good quality. Arsenal is a top team.”Guardiola will be without long-term casualties Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus for the trip to the capital, but expects both Kevin De Bruyne and Pablo Zabaleta to be involved. “They are not top, perfect (fitness), but yes,” he said when asked if De Bruyne and Zabaleta would feature.As a further boost, Jesus is also expected to return to the squad before the end of the season. “The crutches are gone. He has started to walk and hopefully he can come back to the pitches and start to run and make some exercises,” he said. “Hopefully he can help us in the last games of the season and come back for us in the pre-season.”Wenger, meanwhile, has refuted suggestions that doubts over his future were impacting on the team’s performance. A run of six defeats in their last nine matches has seen Arsenal eliminated from the Champions League and facing a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League, sparking renewed protests from fans against the manager.“I believe the priority in life is to focus on what is important,” said the Frenchman in his pre-match press conference. “Not to look for excuses. “The results aren’t going as we want. The priority is on the pitch. The big professional is to perform on the football pitch.”Arsenal will be without first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech after the former Czech Republic international was forced off with a calf injury during the 3-1 loss at West Brom before the international break and has not recovered in time to face City so David Ospina will deputise.Forward Lucas Perez (thigh) has also been ruled out but both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez should start having represented their countries in the past week, while Santi Cazorla (Achilles) will not play again this season.City forwards De Bruyne (groin) and Raheem Sterling (back) are both in contention to face Arsenal. The pair were doubtful after picking up injuries on international duty but, while not 100 per cent fit, are hopeful of featuring. Defender Zabaleta has also overcome a knock suffered while with Argentina.Arsenal have lost just one of 19 previous home Premier League matches against Manchester City (W12 D6 L1). City are looking to do the double over Arsenal in a league season for the first time since 1975/76.The last seven Premier League meetings between these two sides have produced 27 goals – 3.86 per game, on average. Wenger has won just two of his previous nine competitive meetings with Guardiola (W2 D2 L5), both in the Champions League.This is only the second time that Arsenal have found themselves outside the top five in the Premier League as late as April in a season under Wenger – the other occasion was in April 2006.On the day of this game, Arsenal will have spent 1209 days behind City in the Premier League table since the start of 2011/12. In the six Premier League seasons prior to this (2005/06 to 2010/11) they spent just 246 days behind City in the Premier League table.Theo Walcott has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games versus City, but he hasn’t scored in the league since December (against City).Only Thierry Henry (0.73) has a better goals per game record against Premier League sides from London than Sergio Aguero (0.70) – min. 15 games. The Argentine striker has 37 goals in 53 apps against teams from the capital.These two sides have scored the most goals through substitutes in the Premier League this season – Arsenal (8) and City (7).Guardiola has suffered five league defeats as City boss this season – he’s never lost six in a single league campaign as a manager. City have won just four of their last 15 Premier League matches played on a Sunday (W4 D6 L5).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Smith’s strong performance, red zone success paces Orange

first_img Published on August 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jerome Smith needed nine games to reach the end zone last season. In Saturday’s season opener against Penn State, the junior running back needed just three quarters.Smith ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, first taking a shotgun handoff around the left side for a 10-yard score, then following two fullbacks into the end zone from 1 yard out for his second touchdown in New York’s College Classic.“I trained really hard this summer to take care of those things, be in shape at the end of drives and be able to finish on the goal line,” Smith said. “So it’s a good feeling when all your hard work that you put in pays off.”Often times last season, especially early in the year, Syracuse would give the ball to fullback Adonis Ameen-Moore in the ‘tank’ package. In the Orange’s 23-17 loss to Penn State at MetLife Stadium, Smith was the guy in the red zone.And while his two scores weren’t enough for Syracuse to beat the Nittany Lions, they were hard-earned as PSU packed the box against inexperienced SU quarterback Drew Allen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSenior running back Prince-Tyson Gulley struggled, tallying only 24 yards on 12 carries, limiting what was expected to be a dynamic two-headed ground game.Smith’s lone blunder came on a fumble early in the second quarter.“I lost track of technique,” Smith said. “I just had the ball low, and when you carry the ball low you’re going to have those kind of problems.” Commentslast_img read more

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Panel focuses on politicians and their constituents

first_imgThe USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and the Sol Price School of Public Policy collaborated on Wednesday morning to host the “Government and Leadership Conference: People Over Politics” symposium.Terminate gridlock · Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told students on Monday that the political system had “let [them] down.” – Kevin Fohrer | Daily TrojanMore than 100 students, faculty, staff and prominent guests, such as former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, gathered at the USC Town and Gown Ballroom for the event.  Panelists included former California State Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, his former Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy and Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.The conference, which consisted of two panel discussions and a research presentation, focused on the mounting issue of politicians catering to their political parties or personal agendas rather than representing their constituencies.This theme, which was constant throughout the morning, reflected the views of the Schwarzenegger Institute itself.“It is our core belief that our country is better when our officials put our interests above those of their political parties and political ideologies,” said Nancy Staudt, academic director of the institute.Following a brief introduction, Schwarzenegger delivered opening remarks to the students in the room.“Our political system has let you down,” he said. “When Congress has a 10 percent approval rating and 90 percent of them get re-elected, you know it is a broken and rigged system.”He ended his remarks advising students to make an impact on the political system.“What can you do? First,  get out and vote. Second, fight for what you believe in,” Schwarzenegger said.The panelists continued into the first panel discussion entitled “Political Gridlock — Is There an End in Sight?” Moderated by Kennedy, this debate featured republicans Scarborough and Schwarzenegger going                   head-to-head with Brzezinski, a democrat.Kennedy spared no time in asking difficult questions.“Do you think gridlock is an aberration in our society, or is it just the way we do business?” Kennedy asked.Even as the debate got heated, the mood remained light, with the panelists often telling jokes and teasing each other about their respective ideologies.“I used to hate Bill Clinton — and he hated me too!” Scarborough said, reminiscing on his career as a Florida congressman.“You should see them together now though,” Brzezinski said of her co-host and the former president Clinton, who she now has a very friendly and cordial relationship with.After debating the nature of gridlock, the panelists took on the task of deciding whether it is productive or regressive for the nation.“I think gridlock is necessary but for how long?” Schwarzenegger said.“If you look at this country I think we’ve had enough.” Schwarzenegger continued to explain how he quickly and constructively used gridlock in California as political leverage in tackling issues such as pension reform.The panelists reiterated the fact that paralyzing effects of gridlock on politicians and constituencies are just as dangerous as legislative stagnation itself.“Nobody wants to be challenged anymore — everyone just wants to go into their corners,” Brzezinski said, adding that media bias contributes heavily to gridlock.“We have a political system that encourages extremism and polarization,” Scarborough said. Scarborough also explained that refusal to compromise on Capitol Hill is often seen as a victory at home for congressmen.Villaraigosa also commented on what needed to be done to enact change.“Leaders in both parties need to be willing to challenge their own constituencies,” he said. The former mayor lamented the extreme polarization in both Congress and the nation at large.All of the panelists agreed on the need for party leadership to ultimately put aside their career aspirations to address partisanship in the government.The panel concluded with questions from students, who asked about topics ranging from the Tea Party to whether there actually was an end in sight to the gridlock.“Courage wins,” Scarborough said, urging politicians to challenge the interests of hyper-factionalized constituencies in order to make cohesive change possible.last_img read more

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Cody and JuJu share their pregame routines

first_imgCody Kessler and JuJu Smith-Schuster would like everyone to know that neither of them wears the same pair of underwear every game. In fact, you won’t find them doing much of anything one might consider superstitious.Game day can become a routine, and even though these players insist that they don’t buy into the hype, both definitely follow their own routines to get ready for every game. Prayer, food and music are staples of the Trojan football ritual before every game.When asked whether or not they were superstitious, both players had very different reactions.“This might sound contradictory, but I feel like I’m not superstitious, but I never go against it,” Kessler said. “If something works I’m not going to go against it, but I’m not going to overthink it. I won’t wear the same underwear every time, but I get in a routine.”Smith-Schuster said that though Kessler might not consider himself superstitious, he has a clear game day style.“Cody has the same dress style every time we play,” Smith-Schuster said, referring to the half shirt Kessler wears under his jersey and leg sleeve under his knee brace. “He probably doesn’t even recognize it.”Far before the players get dressed for the game, though, Smith-Schuster is beginning his preparation. He begins every Saturday with a workout, either solitary or with a teammate.“What I usually do is I wake up in the morning, I work out by myself or with a teammate, and the workout is different every time,” Smith-Schuster said. “I jog for 10 minutes on the treadmill, and then I lift and get a quick pump in —  both legs and upper body.”Following this light workout, Smith-Schuster packs in the calories with his favorite breakfast food: chocolate croissants.“I’ll have one or two, depending on the day. Or maybe three,” he said.Smith-Schuster also revealed his longest standing game day tradition: eating Mambas, a fruit chew candy Smith-Schuster said has been part of his game day since he was a senior in high school.“I’ll eat some before the game, and I eat some at halftime,” Smith-Schuster said.Both Kessler and Smith-Schuster emphasized that they try to relax long before kickoff. This can consist of what a lot of other USC students do before the game: watch college football. Smith-Schuster also revealed that he will go for a brief walk around the USC neighborhood or wherever the hotel is during away games. But he insists he doesn’t stray far from the hotel in an unfamiliar area.He will also call his mom to talk and pray with her before getting ready for the game. As the day progresses and the team starts getting ready for the game, the music begins to become more apparent in each individual player’s routine despite the fact that the locker room is already rocking.“In the locker room we listen to music,” Kessler said. “We have a playlist that we know guys are getting pumped up to.”In addition to the ambient noise, players will often have their own personalized playlists that get them going.“I’ll listen to up-tempo house music; it gets the blood flowing,” Kessler said. “But then right before we go out I’ll slow it down to calm me down.”Smith-Schuster listens to The XX, an indie pop band that he said helps him focus.“It helps me think about what’s going to go on,” he said. “So you can visualize the game in your head.”Smith-Schuster also revealed that fellow wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr.’s game day music consists primarily of Beyoncé, with “Halo” being the main song.The final dominant aspect of the pregame routine that seems to be consistent throughout the team is prayer.In addition to Smith-Schuster’s time praying with his mother, once the players get into the Coliseum, they huddle up and receive a pep talk from head coach Steve Sarkisian.Following that pep talk, the entire team is led in prayer.Smith-Schuster said that this particular USC team is very religious and prayer is a large part of their pregame routine both together and individually.Smith-Schuster said that a lot of the position groups such as the defensive linemen and their coach will get together and pray as a unit.Another group that will assemble to pray together is a group of Samoans that are on the team.Smith-Schuster himself is half Samoan, and he prays alongside offensive linemen Damien Mama, Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talamaivao as well as linebackers Osa Masina and Olajuwon Tucker and some of the Samoan coaches.Students and fans may recognize this emphasis on prayer immediately following the team’s energetic burst from the tunnel onto the field as many players will head for the end zone and bow on one knee in prayer.Though Smith-Schuster and Kessler are not superstitious fanatics, it is easy to say that each has found a comfortable routine with which they are confident.last_img read more

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Football: With strong offense, defense, could Paul Chryst finally capture Big Ten title?

first_imgEntering the 2019 season, expectations were low for the University of Wisconsin football team. After finishing the year with a dismal 8-5 record, the Badgers entered 2019 ranked No. 19 in the coaches poll.With questions surrounding junior quarterback Jack Coan — who limped to a 3-2 record as the quarterback — and a defense that had complete turnover, writers questioned whether Wisconsin had the talent to compete in the Big Ten.The Badgers have put many skeptics to rest after starting 6-0, including a 35–14 whopping over then-No. 11 Michigan. Coan ranks ninth in the country in completion rate with 73.7% and surpassed his touchdown total from last season with seven this year. On the other side of the ball, the defense has dominated, allowing a national-best 192.3 yards-per-game. Pair these factors with junior Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor and suddenly the expectation is a 2019 Big Ten Championship.Football: Wisconsin rolls through Kent State en route to fifth straight victoryThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin football team (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) defeated Kent State (2-3, 1-0 MAC) at Camp Read…Wisconsin faces a favorable schedule on its road to Indianapolis, playing Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota. The only true tests remaining for Wisconsin are against Iowa and The Ohio State University.The Badgers should be able to take care of business at home against the gritty Hawkeyes, and while a road trip to Columbus is no ideal destination, Wisconsin can afford a road loss to the Buckeyes and still win the division.Badger fans should also raise their expectations because Taylor is simply that good. The 2018 Doak Walker Award winner picked up right where he left off in the first five games of the 2019 campaign. The junior running back has scampered for 745 yards and 12 touchdowns. Taylor’s best performance came Saturday against Kent State, running for 186 yards and five total touchdowns. On top of that, Taylor has developed as a receiver, surpassing his receiving yards total from last year and finding the end zone four times. Taylor’s game-breaking explosiveness keeps fans on the edge of their seats and opposing coordinators searching for answers.Likely headed to the NFL next year, this could potentially be Wisconsin’s last year with Taylor. With that, the time is now for the program to leap into college football’s elite and win the conference for the first time in the Paul Chryst era.Over the years, the quarterback position has been kryptonite for Wisconsin’s Big Ten title hopes. The Badgers have lost in their last three Big Ten Championship Game appearances.In those losses, Wisconsin quarterbacks have a combined 52% completion percentage with zero touchdowns and five interceptions. The last Badger quarterback to throw for a touchdown in the Big Ten Championship Game was current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in 2011.This year is different. Don’t get it wrong, Coan is no Wilson, but he has impressed with his ability to complete timely passes and move the chains.Football: Offensive line remains to be truly testedThe Wisconsin Badgers’ offensive line was put to the test going into the 2019 season. So far, they’ve gotten off Read…If Coan continues his stellar play against marquee defenses like Michigan, there is no reason Badger fans shouldn’t expect a balanced, complementary attack in Wisconsin’s biggest games.Furthermore, Wisconsin’s stifling defense complements their balanced offense. Wisconsin ranks first in the country in points allowed and yards per game. The opportunistic defense has also forced 11 takeaways, good for sixth-best in the country.The linebacking trio of seniors Zack Baun, Chris Orr and sophomore Jack Sanborn has been lethal, combining for 74 tackles, 13 sacks and four forced fumbles. Baun is a nightmare for offensive tackles, using his speed to edge rush quarterbacks for six sacks through five games. This defense has the talent and scheme to shut down any team in the country. Badger fans need to realize this and believe the hype. Since 2009, Wisconsin football has been one of the nation’s most consistent teams. Over this time period, the Badgers hold the country’s seventh-highest winning percentage with an impressive 102-33 record.Wisconsin has also appeared in four conference championship games and six New Year’s Six bowls. The team hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 2010 and has yet to appear in a National Championship game or the College Football Playoff.Now is the time for Badger fans to raise their expectations and not settle for anything less than confetti Dec. 7 in Indianapolis for the 2019 Big Ten Championship.last_img read more

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Wins for Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal.

first_imgEverton’s poor form continued with a 1-all draw at home to Hull at Goodison park.The result leaves them in 11th position while Hull have moved out of the relegation zone. Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal’s hero again last night.He scored the winner in the 89th minute as they beat Southampton 1-nil at the Emirates Stadium to move within two points of the top four.The Chilean now has 14 goals since his summer move to the club. Manchester City finally ended a record of four straight defeats at Sunderland last night.They were 4-1 winners at the Stadium of Light, and remain second in the league.Sergio Aguero scored twice.center_img Chelsea’s unbeaten run wasn’t truly tested last night.They brushed aside London rivals Tottenham 3-nil at Stamford Bridge, and remain 6 points clear at the top of the table.Hazard, Drogba and Remy with the goals.last_img read more

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Clippers need defense to carry over into next week

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The Clippers were at their defensive best on Saturday, calling out screens, hustling back on transition and slowing one of the NBA’s most potent offenses.Of course, the Clippers would have learned more about themselves if Cleveland had actually played its top players. Instead, the Clippers who entered the game amid a troubling slide emerged from it victorious, but with no real sense of whether they had addressed their issues.“We need to transfer that over to a different environment type game,” Blake Griffin said. “If it’s a little bit louder, if we’re on the road, whatever it is we still have to have that talk. Because that kind of smoothes out some of the problems.”The Clippers held the Cavaliers to a season low in points at 78, the third lowest total by a Clippers opponent this year. Their 31 points in the first half was also a season low. While the absences of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – held out so they could be at full strength Sunday against the Lakers – explained most of those struggles, the Clippers believed they had a hand in them, as well. Chris Paul said the Clippers need to find “more consistency on the defensive end” like they had against the Cavaliers.“We talked a lot more,” he said. “We communicated. Offense will come and go, but defense is something that you hang your hat on and that is where you build your trust as a team. If we can learn to play defense nightly, we always give ourselves a chance.”Starting Monday night at Staples Center against the New York Knicks, the Clippers next three opponents all have losing records. It’s a prime opportunity for the Clippers, who are 6-8 since the All-Star break, to build some momentum before the playoffs.“I know we’re not playing great right now,” Doc Rivers said before the win against Cleveland. “I’ve been saying it for a couple weeks. But I also know who we can be. I think I know who we will be at some point this year. I have no doubt about that.”Rivers once again lamented the crowded March schedule keeping the Clippers on the practice court, saying, “We do have to get there and we need to work on it. It’s tough to get there when you don’t have time to work on it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Rivers has still managed to put a rosy spin on things for a team that inexplicably finds itself closer to the seventh seed in the West than the No. 4 spot.“I think this team believes when right, when playing right,” Rivers said, “we can play with anybody. We have not been a consistent team this year.”last_img read more

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