Police: Suspects Identified In Walmart iPhone Theft

first_imgShawn Little.Authorities have identified two white males believed to be responsible for the theft of iPhones valued at $6,5000 from the Aurora Walmart Supercenter on February 13.The alleged suspects are Shawn Little, 40, and Christopher Little, 41, both of Erlanger, Kentucky. Charges are filed and there are two active search warrants.Police received information about the alleged culprits from the public, and they hope community members can relay more information about the whereabouts of the suspects.Christopher Little.If anyone can provide information on the suspects please contact local law enforcement or the Aurora Police Department at 812-926-1101.last_img

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UWF Cross Country Men and Women Take 3rd Place in the Conference Meet

first_img Share UWF Cross Country Men and Women Take 3rd Place in the Conference Meet Oct. 20, 2007HOOVER, Ala. – The West Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished in third place at the Gulf South Conference Championships in Hoover, Alabama. The race was held Saturday morning at Veteran’s Park, with 15 teams competing for the championship. Diana Sitar earned 1st Team All-GSC, while Brian Gowin, Nicholas Maedel, and Margaret Harter each earned 2nd Team ALL-GSC. Coach Matt Dobson sounded very pleased, “I’m happy with the way we ran, to have four make all conference. We proved we are one of the top teams in the conference for cross country.”In the men’s 8k race, Alabama Huntsville ended a seven year championship run by Harding, by outscoring them 40-48. It was the first ever championship for UAH in cross country. West Florida was third with a score of 98, while Christian Brothers (110) was fourth, and West Georgia (125) finished fifth. Harding’s James Cheruiyot won the event for the second time in three years with a time of 25:35. The Argos Brian Gowin finished in 12th place with a time of 27:34, and his teammate Nicholas Maedel was 16th in a time of 27:49. Gowin and Maedel finished well enough to qualify for 2nd team ALL-GSC honors.In the women’s 5k race, Harding won the GSC championship for the third straight year with a score of 31, to edge out Alabama Huntsville with 32. The West Florida women finished third with a 121 score, while Southern Arkansas (144) was fourth, and North Alabama (154) was fifth, in the 15 team event. The Argos Diana Sitar finished in 8th place with a time of 19:43 to claim 1st Team ALL-GSC honors. Margaret Harter was 18th in a time of 20:15 to qualify for 2nd Team ALL-GSC honors. Harding’s Janee Jones was the individual champion for the second straight year with a time of 18:08 for the 3.1 miles.The strength for the West Florida men was the pack of five runners between 22nd and 38th place. Justin Gates finished 22nd in 28:12, while Josh McEachin was right behind in 23rd place with a time of 28:22. Jared Black rounded out the scoring five for the Argos with a 25th place finish in 28:35. By finishing ahead of Christian Brothers and Southern Arkansas, the men guaranteed their spot in the regional meet in two weeks in Huntsville, Alabama.Coach Dobson feels good about the men’s position. “We have relied on some young runners and we can build on this success. We also will have Senior Jordan Theuerkauf back to run for us at regionals, which will only make us stronger.” Junior Eric Mayes finished 33rd in 28:53, and Freshmen Sean Jansen rounded out the UWF Men’s finishers with a 38th place finish in 29:25.For the West Florida women, finishing third as a team was due to the strong races from their top five. In addition to Sitar and Harter; Rebecca Thielemann finished in 27th place with a time of 20:49, followed by Katherine Ragia (29th) in 20:57, and Kelli Midden (39th) in 21:18. Also finishing were Erika Anderson (54th) in 22:01 and Lindsey Failing (78th) in 23:28.Coach Dobson was proud of the women, “They ran the best they could with all they have been through. Running on injuries, they stepped up and did outstanding. The girls have improved each of the last three years, and today gave the girls a lot of confidence, to overcome some self doubt due to injuries.”Both the men and women will now prepare for the Regional meet in Huntsville, Alabama on November 3rd. The top three teams in the regional meet will qualify for the National meet. Coach Dobson is confident his squads will be competitive in the regional race. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Several dispatched for fire at New Point Stone

first_imgNew Point, IN—Saturday morning several crews battled a structure fire at New Point Stone.  Crews assisting the scene included New Point Volunteer Fire Department, Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Oldenburg Volunteer Fire Department, Greensburg Fire Department, Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department , Decatur County EMS, and Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.Smoke could be seen from several miles away in the area as crews worked to battle the blaze.last_img

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Voter Registration Mailers Create Confusion Among Florida Residents

first_img“Each time these deceptive mailers are sent, our office is inundated with terrified voters who are concerned that their personal information has been compromised and are wrongly shared and they are especially upset when — as it happens all too frequently — the data used by this shadow group is wrong and thereby causes further alarm,” Antonacci adds.Last month, Antonacci, Link and the supervisors of elections from 33 other counties said in a letter to Secretary of State Laurel Lee that the mailings cause “confusion, disruption and fear among voters in our state.” They said they felt compelled to highlight the “scam mailers periodically hectoring Floridians.”“These mailers not only unnecessarily frighten voters (seniors in particular) but are counter-productive to ongoing voter registration and vote-by-mail efforts being undertaken by Supervisors of Elections, the political parties and other regulated, legitimate groups,” the supervisors’ letter said.The two organizations involved in the mailings describe their efforts as “the nation’s largest and most rigorously researched mail-based voter registration and turnout program.”In an emailed response, the Voter Participation Center’s founder and board chairwoman Page Gardner said that especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic “mail-based voter registration efforts have never been more important. VPC and CVI run the nation’s largest mail-based voter registration program, and our work is crucial today. We are significantly increasing our efforts during the coronavirus crisis.”In a statement, the centers said that in the past “some Florida election officials have mischaracterized VPC’s successful mail programs, claiming that the non-profit’s official voter registration applications raise some questions and lead to some confusion. VPC’s programs in Florida have been incredibly successful.”They also say the mailings “provide transparency” by including a statement that people who have recently updated their voter registrations or are ineligible to vote should disregard the notice, that people can check their registration status online, and that the mailing originates from a group “that is not affiliated with state or local election officials.”However, the last statement appears in smaller type at the bottom page of the material inside the envelope. The Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information have been contacting Florida residents in recent weeks in an effort to register voters for the election.However, many people in Palm Beach and Broward counties have called their supervisors of elections, out of confusion over the mailings which carry a “DO NOT DISCARD” warning.“Some are very angry, some are sad because it was sent to a recently deceased spouse, and all are confused as to why they got it,” Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link told the Sun Sentinel.At one point last month, about 80 percent of the calls her office was getting were about the mailers.The groups announced last month that they intended to “connect with over 3 million Floridians by mail as part of the groups’ largest ever campaign to encourage eligible residents to register to vote” as part of a nationwide effort to mail 12 million voter registration applications to people in 20 states.Additionally, the two groups said they were targeting “historically disenfranchised Americans,” including minority voters, unmarried woman and young people, and that the mail-based efforts were even more necessary during the stay-at-home lockdowns.The envelopes have a Tallahassee return address, which Steve Vancore, spokeswoman for Broward County Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci, says gives the notion of an official mailing.The outside of the mailing reads, “SECOND NOTICE” in red.Antonacci, in a statement, says the mailers are pre-completed with a prospective voter’s information, and that they sometimes go to people who are already registered or to family members of deceased people. That subsequently “erodes the public’s faith in the good voter registration work already occurring around Florida, and even undermines democracy itself.”We have already generated 600,000 voter registration applications—that’s 6x where we were at this point in 2016. Take a bow! Or better yet, make sure you’re registered: https://t.co/zzlrRHIPlL (2/2)— Voter Participation Center (@VoterCenter) May 14, 2020last_img read more

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Bahamas to restrict travel from the US

first_imgAuthorities in the Bahamas are restricting US travel to the Islands in an effort to curve the rising cases of COVID-19.The announcement was made by Prime Minister and acting Health Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis who plans to have the order go into effect on Wednesday.According to the Bahamas Ministry of Health, they have had 153 cases of the virus and 11 deaths as of Sunday.Those traveling from Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom are still welcomed to the islands, while travel from the US has been restricted to emergencies and essential travel.Those traveling to the islands must also be tested for the virus by an accredited lab and have a negative test 10 days or less before traveling or they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.The order will be a huge blow to the Bahamian economy which relies heavily on American tourism and who is still working to recover from Hurricane Dorian.Under the new order, beaches and parks have also been closed and indoor dining, weddings, funerals, religious services, and sporting events have also been banned in Grand Bahama.last_img read more

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Cricket News Nine Consecutive Dot Balls – Pakistan Score Just Two Runs In Final Two Overs In Perth T20I Vs Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: In the death overs, a batsman, be it a top order or the lower order go for big hits in order to boost the side towards a big score. However, in the Perth Twenty20 International, Pakistan did what only Pakistan can do. They played out dot balls in the death overs. The end result – Only 16 runs in the last five overs. Even more perplexing – just two runs in the final two overs. Pakistan ended with 106/8 but the exhibition of batting from the Pakistan lower order, in particular from Mohammad Hasnain made for some sad reading. Hasnain came to bat in the final ball of the 17th over after Kane Richardson had gotten rid of top-scorer Iftikhar Ahmed for 43 and Shadab Khan cheaply. The beginning was promising from Hasnain as he drilled a full ball from Richardson to the deep extra cover fence for a boundary.Mohammad Amir hit a six to third man off Mitchell Starc to help Pakistan go past 100 and he took a single. What followed next was next-level comic batting from Hasnain. Starc bowled from wide of the crease and angled a full ball in twice and Hasnain had a wild swing at it but missed it. The two balls were a sign of worse things to come.In the 19th over bowled by Richardson, Amir rook a single first ball and Hasnain struggled. The pace bowler made room and look to flay a short, slow ball but missed it. Hasnain missed for the fourth consecutive time when he missed a full ball. He missed for the fifth time when he swung at a short delivery. The next two balls were two short balls and Hasnain swung wildly but missed it. Having faced seven consecutive dot balls, the pressure was on him.Amir struggled to lay bat on ball for the first three balls of the final over and on the fourth ball, he managed to get a run which was Pakistan’s first after eight balls. This was during the death overs. On the fifth ball, Hasnain again made room but missed a shot for the eighth time and the misery was complete when he missed for the ninth time as Pakistan ended with 106/8.Also Read | Australia Frustrated As Pakistan Saved By Rain In First T20I MatchPakistan were rescued by the rain in the Sydney Twenty20 International but they were thrashed by seven wickets in the Canberra game thanks to a masterful knock of 80 from Steve Smith. Pakistan have lost four out of their last five Twenty20 Internationals, having been whitewashed 0-3 by Sri Lanka in the series which was played in Pakistan. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Latest: Fore! Golf to resume in Washington State

first_imgMore AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The company made its decision after watching the progression of the coronavirus pandemic over the last several weeks.Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning says the 2-year-old sales season needs to end before yearling sales begin, which makes the usual July sale unfeasible. With details for Saratoga’s summer racing season yet to be finalized, Browning says the auction house needed to give sellers a definitive schedule so they can make plans for their yearlings.The sales will return to their traditional dates in 2021.___A person with direct knowledge of discussions tells The Associated Press it’s “quite likely” the American Hockey League will cancel the remainder of its season because of the new coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say they want “to celebrate a 100th edition with the maximum guarantees and with the best world cyclists.”They say the race will be held next year in the last week of March.___A group of professional tennis players led by Dustin Brown will meet in a series of exhibition tournaments in Germany starting Friday.The live-streamed event will take place at an academy near the small town of Höhr-Grenzhausen. The Russian soccer league says it is hoping to resume play in late June and wants to complete its season by Aug. 2.The league says it is discussing June 21 and 28 with clubs as possible dates to resume the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each club has eight more league games to play.The league says it would keep promotion and relegation if the season can be completed.The league could expand from 16 to 18 teams for next season with the addition of the two best-placed teams from the second division if the season can’t be finished. It would then shrink back to its current size for the 2021-22 season. The Russian Cup could also be removed from the calendar for next season only.Players in Russia are currently training on their own at home during a nationwide lockdown and some foreign players have left the country. The league says it has discussed a return to training but didn’t announce any dates for that. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that golf can resume in the state beginning May 5. The announcement on Monday was part of a partial resumption of outdoor activities that includes fishing, hunting and use of state parks and state lands for day trips. Inslee said that the Golf Alliance of Washington has established several rules, including spacing out of tee times, limits on the number of people playing golf together, and allowing take-away food and beverage service only.Inslee said that if the state sees an uptick in infections of the new coronavirus, or if people don’t continue to take safety measures while recreating, the activities could again be restricted. Public gatherings and events, team sports and camping are all still prohibited under the current stay-at-home order that has been in place since March 23.___The San Jose Sharks have announced a plan to provide grants to 1,800 part-time workers at the team’s arena and practice facility who are unable to work because of the new coronavirus pandemic. The men’s and women’s professional tours are currently suspended until July because of the coronavirus pandemic.Brown is from Germany and his father is Jamaican. He upset Rafal Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015.Brown says on the event’s website he is “happy to have the chance to compete again. … I am looking forward to going out there doing what I love.”The shortened matches will be best of three with four games to win a set. Tiebreakers will be played at 3-3.___ The Latest: Fore! Golf to resume in Washington State The program is worth more than 11 million euros ($12 million) in the current 4-year cycle compared to $6 million in basic funding from FIFA for 2019-22.___Organizers of the Catalonia Vuelta cycling race say this year’s edition will take place next year.The 100th edition of the race had already been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled for March 23-29.Organizers say the cycling calendar has been significantly reduced because of the pandemic and they didn’t want the Catalonia Vuelta competing with other major events. They also did not want to change the race’s format. ___The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation.The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm.Before the PGA began canceling events due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Zurich Classic had been scheduled to take place last week at TPC Louisiana, which recently completed $1.9 million in course renovations that entailed digging up and re-sodding fairways, as well as restoring greens and bunkers, and improving drainage.For more than six decades, the New Orleans-area PGA Tour event’s primary charity has been The Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events and distributes funds to area children’s service organizations. The person spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to discuss the plans of the NHL’s top minor league.The AHL responded by saying there was “nothing imminent” in terms of calling off the remainder of the season.Last week, AHL President and CEO David Andrews said the league was “pivoting” to the 2020-21 season, while adding nothing was official regarding the status of this season.The 31-team AHL joined the NHL in suspending its season on March 12.— AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno reporting. ___There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic.The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.The U.S. tour for the quintessentially outdoors sport has postponed all of its events at least until the Hermosa Beach Open in late July. The international beach volleyball tour has also come to a halt, along with qualifying for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics.“Together, we can overcome this opponent,” says Ross, who won a silver medal in London and a bronze in Rio de Janiero.center_img Zurich became the event’s title sponsor in 2005 and since has helped raise more than $21 million for community charities, tournament officials said. Those charities’ missions include providing food, housing and holiday gift cards, as well as educational and recreational opportunities, for children. Beneficiaries also include organizations that assist patients with cancer or other serious ailments and disabilities.___USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia.The governing body is canceling all national events in July and early August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The regional events will be held in August, with an eye toward limiting the need for travel and promoting a safer environment for athletes, coaches, officials and families.USA Swimming said it will announce further scheduling details in the coming weeks, subject to local health guidelines. ___Clemson has canceled all its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps where the Tigers coaches have the chance to meet and watch prep athletes work out each summer. The university announced its decision on Monday. It said the school will remain closed until May 8. Late spring and summer camps are popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports. Swinney and his staff have done well in attracting some of the nation’s top players, in part because they came to work out at the school’s facilities. Clemson finished with the No. 1 recruiting class for this upcoming football season, according to ESPN.com. UEFA says each of its 55 members is getting up to 4.3 million euros ($4.7 million) they are due in central funding through next season.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the money “can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.”Ceferin says “this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can.”European officials are usually required to spend certain amounts in areas such as youth and women’s soccer, referee training, and operating costs. They are not subject to mandatory UEFA audits.UEFA’s funding program, called Hat-Trick, is worth twice as much to European federations as they get from FIFA. FIFA says the rule could be used by all competitions finishing this year and next and all national team games through 2021.FIFA’s proposal must be formally approved by rule-making panel IFAB.___Formula One chairman Chase Carey says he is “increasingly confident” the season can start in July despite the first 10 races being canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The French Grand Prix decided to call off its race on June 28 rather than postponing it. That means the earliest start date is now the Austrian GP on July 5. Carey says “we are now increasingly confident with the progress of our plans to begin our season this summer” and that 15-18 races can take place.F1 plans to start racing in Europe “through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria.”The plan is then to race in “Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi.”Carey expects the early races to be without fans but hopes they “will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.”___ April 27, 2020 The Sharks say that ownership, players, coaches, front office staff and corporate partners have already pledged more than $200,000 to launch the fund. They are asking fans with available resources to make donations at the team’s website to help the workers at the SAP Center and Sharks Ice facilities in San Jose, Fremont and Oakland, California.Sharks ownership will match any funds from the online campaign that starts Monday and runs through July 25.The Sharks are paying all full-time workers who aren’t able to work during the shelter-in-place rules. They have also paid part-time workers for missed shifts for games that weren’t played.___Fasig-Tipton will consolidate its July, Saratoga, and New York Bred yearling sales into one auction showcase on Sept. 9-10 at its Lexington, Kentucky, facility. A tentative national schedule has been released, leading up to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2021.The first meet of the TYR Pro Swim Series is set for Richmond from Nov. 5-8, followed by Knoxville, Tennessee (Jan. 13-16, 2021), San Antonio (March 3-6), Mission Viejo, California (April 8-11, 2021), and Indianapolis (May 12-15).Other meets on the tentative national schedule include the Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta from Dec. 2-5, as well as the Speedo Juniors East and West short-course meets from Dec. 9-12, which will be held in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, respectively.___UEFA is paying 236.5 million euros ($255 million) in advance to its national federations and easing requirements on how they spend it during the pandemic. Associated Press ___FIFA wants to let soccer teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog.The proposal gives competition organizers the option of letting teams use five substitutes in 90 minutes and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time.Teams would still be limited to three stoppages of play to make the changes.last_img read more

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StarTimes Acquires Ghana Premier League Media Rights for Next 10 Years

first_imgPresident of StarTimes Group, Pang Xinxing, told reporters on the signing ceremony: “The partnership between StarTimes and Ghana Football Association is not only the cooperation between the two sides, but also a starting of cooperation between China and Africa on football industry.”Pang noted that Ghana football has stayed at a high level in world football by playing at World Cup finals three times in succession and winning African Cup of Nations four times.“We would like to bring more excellent football matches to nearly nine million subscribers of StarTimes in Africa and may introduce Ghana Premier League to Chinese football fans in the future, being a bridge between Chinese and African sports industries. ”“StarTimes is a world brand and well-known in the whole Africa. Ghana football is also a well-known brand and our national team is one of strongest powers in Africa,” said President of Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, noting that the partnership between StarTimes and Ghana Football Association is looking forward to improving development of football in Ghana.Nyantakyi said: “We authorise media rights of all major leagues or tournaments under Ghana Football Association to StarTimes. And StarTimes will deeply involve itself in the production and promotion of these leagues and bring much investment to our country.”StarTimes is an experienced TV operator in football broadcasting. In 2015, StarTimes signed an exclusive broadcasting contract with Bundesliga and the International Champions Cup (ICC) for five successive years, and got the wide rights to televise the French Ligue 1, and the Italian Serie A, for all Sub-Saharan countries.In June 2016, StarTimes also signed an exclusive broadcasting contract with the Chinese Super League for three successive years and acquired media rights to provide extensive coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa to the European Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.“StarTimes’ experience and advantage in broadcasting technology will bring Ghana’s football to a new age,” Nyantakyi noted.StarTimes attached great importance to African native sports content and have sponsored SC Villa and KCCA FC clubs in Uganda football league. In February 2015, StarTimes signed world football icon and Nigeria football legend, Kanu Nwankwo as their Continental Brand Ambassador. As StarTimes Ambassador, Kanu is engaged in a series of football promotion events in Africa.Pang said: “The Ghana Premier League is the first top African native league that StarTimes signs and people can expect more in the future.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Africa’s leading pay TV operator, StarTimes Group, on Tuesday signed a ground-breaking media agreement with Ghana Football Association (GFA), vowing to promote the influence of Ghana Premier League in Sub-Sahara Africa and help the development of Ghanaian football in the coming decade.According to the strategic partnership agreement, StarTimes acquires all media rights of The Ghana Premier League, The Gala, The National Division One League, The Football Association Cup, The Ghana Women’s League and The Ghana Juvenile League in next 10 years.StarTimes will invest more on programming production of Ghana Premier League and broadcast more matches of the league in Ghana and other African countries.last_img read more

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Joe Trippi shares insight on Alabama special election

first_imgDemocratic strategist and esteemed campaign manager Joe Trippi discussed his insider perspective on Alabama Senator Doug Jones’s campaign, the internet’s role in politics, and the future political scene with USC’s Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Bob Shrum. The conversation, one of several in the Institute’s semester-long speaker series, was held at Tommy’s Place.Photo by Mahira Raihan | Daily TrojanThe discussion began with insights into the Doug Jones campaign, where Trippi served as media strategist and senior advisor. When asked how Jones, a Democratic running in a deeply Republican state, managed to pull off an upset victory, Trippi responded that it was Jones’s message, not data analytics or allegations against his opponent, that won him the race.“He hit a chord with republican women, with college educated republicans, younger republicans, who were getting tired of the chaos and the division and the hostility, and were willing to vote for a democrat for the first time in their lives because he so exuded that urge to work across party lines and find common ground,” Trippi said.Trippi also dismissed the notion that the sexual misconduct allegations against Jones’s opposition played a significant role in the race. If anything, he noted, they made the race more partisan, something the campaign was trying to avoid. Their goal was to tap into the bipartisan hunger to come together as a country in the face of the hostility, not demonize one side.After discussing the Jones campaign, Shrum shifted the conversation to the internet’s role in politics. Trippi, who essentially pioneered the internet campaign with his work on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential run, expressed the internet’s great potential, while maintaining its harmful ability to isolate and the ease with which it can manipulate people. He used the Jones campaign to illustrate this last point.“If you look at the hacking and the bots, I mean in the Jones campaign, we were tracking 10,000 bots that were posting 65,000 posts per hour, all doing fake yearbook, and things like that,” Trippi said. The ramifications, though not quantifiable, could in theory swing an election.Despite this danger, Trippi praised the internet for being an immensely efficient low-dollar fundraising mechanism and for engaging more people in the democratic process.According to Trippi, the internet, and more specifically social media, gave President Trump’s campaign its edge.“Trump understood how much power social media can have to engage people who don’t normally participate in the process,” Trippi said, “using social media to directly communicate to 17 to 18 million people…in a process where only 25-30 million total were going to participate in the Republican primary,” let him reach out to voters directly, significantly boosting his campaign’s success.On a broader note, Trippi gave his input on the current state of politics and his predictions for the future.“The energy right now, Donald Trump is fueling two things: massive energy with democrats…and a growing unease with a significant enough segment of the Republican party and Independents,” Trippi saidFrom Trippi’s perspective, Trump has created anger in the Democratic base and exhaustion in his own party. This lead Trippi to predict Democrats not only winning the House of Representatives in the 2018 election, but taking the Senate too.As the conversation came to a close, Trippi revealed his immense hope in the youngest generation.“My optimism comes from your generation [addressing the audience, mainly students].” He pointed out that Millennials are now the largest generation, so their electoral power will soon pass other generations, and that young people have the capacity to pressure today’s leaders, as seen in Florida in the wake up the Parkland school shooting.Max Ellis, a freshman majoring in political science, said Trippi’s hope in his generation had the biggest impact on him.“I’ve always looked at it personally as who’s going to be the next big face, who’s going to be the next big figure or leader for our country…but him saying that it could be a whole generation was pretty informing,” Ellis said.last_img read more

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Woods to miss all of spring practice

first_imgAt the football team’s first practice since returning from spring break, USC junior receiver Robert Woods announced that he will miss the remainder of spring practice.Sidelined · Junior Robert Woods led the Trojans with 15 touchdown receptions in 2011. He is recovering from offseason ankle surgery. – Chris Pham | Daily Trojan“[The ankle’s] not completely healed, but it’s almost there,” Woods said.Though he was a first-team All-American wideout and the presumptive No. 1 receiver, Woods’ ankle plagued him all of last season.“After continuing evaluations on Robert, we thought he would almost be full strength by now,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “He’s had a setback — [the ankle’s] not healing fast, so our doctors recommend that we sit him to be sure to make sure it heals.”Kiffin preferred that Woods be on the field as soon as possible, but he knew that Woods had to sit some time out to fully heal the ankle.“Watching him, he’s still limping around, and the whole thing was that we [had surgery] in the offseason to have this thing fixed,” Kiffin said. “We have to get [his ankle] right no matter what, no matter how much time that is, to make sure we don’t have to go through that again.”Kiffin called redshirt sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard one of the standout players in camp so far.“He ended up with the tie for lead in tackles on the team last year. He understands the system more now,” Kiffin said. “He’s a leader and he’s very aggressive in his style of play.”Pullard was a very good all-around player last season, but he has plenty to improve on — and he knows it.“[Linebacker coach Scottie Hazelton] and [former linebacker coach Joe Barry] just told me to be a peak performer at everything,” Pullard said. “I want to be better all around so I can be the best linebacker there is.”Pullard stated that having the older linebackers on the roster to teach them helped him and his fellow linebackers.“It was a real benefit having seniors in Shane Horton and Chris Galippo — even though they were behind us and in front of us sometimes — teaching us young guys. They didn’t care about nothing else,” Pullard said. “It was a brotherhood and a big team effort to teach one another.”Kiffin experimented on Tuesday by having sophomore linebacker Tre Madden line up at running back as a result of some creative thinking over spring break.“This is the time to try [experimenting with players at new positions]. It may not work at all, but as you go back and look at our testing — height, weight and speed — he would be one of the best guys on our whole team,” Kiffin said.He said that Madden was excited to try out tailback. Kiffin plans to run Madden as running back throughout this week and evaluate after Saturday’s practice.“If it works out, then we’ve got something we don’t have right now,” Kiffin said. “If it doesn’t, we’ll go back.”Notable players that did not participate in Tuesday’s practice were redshirt sophomore linebacker Dion Bailey, senior center Khaled Holmes, redshirt sophomore quarterback Jesse Scroggins, sophomore wideout George Farmer, redshirt sophomore tight end Xavier Grimble, senior safety Drew McAllister, redshirt junior linebacker Marquise Simmons and redshirt freshman tight end Junior Pomee.last_img read more

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