Texas police officer dies after being shot in the line of duty, officials say

first_imgamphotora/iStock(MISSION, Texas) — A police officer died Thursday night after being shot in the line of duty in Mission, Texas.The unnamed officer, a member of the Mission Police Department, was shot when he was “waved down for a suspect with a weapon,” city officials said. The officer was in critical condition when he was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.“We’re devastated,” the City of Mission wrote on Twitter late Thursday night. “He gave his life protecting us. There are no words to explain how heartbroken we are as a community.”An investigation into the fatal shooting is underway, and a suspect is in custody, according to ABC affiliate KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas.The police department and city officials have scheduled a press conference on the matter for Friday morning at 10 a.m. local time.“It is a sad day in Mission. Tonight we lost one of our own,” Mission Mayor Armando O’Cana wrote on Twitter. “Our hearts are with the officer’s family.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article This week’s Occupational Health newsH&S website for SMEs Trade union Unison has launched a health and safety website for small andmedium-sized employers (SMEs) in the community and voluntary sectors. The site,www.healthandsafetyinfo.org.uk,aims to give free, simple and practical information, and provides links toUnison and Health and Safety Executive publications and guidance. Sun damage warning With more people than ever heading to the sun this winter, the charityCancer Research UK has warned the public to beware of the dangers of the sun.It warns that exposing skin that has been under wraps all autumn to a suddenburst of binge-sunbathing can be a major risk factor for malignant melanoma,the most deadly form of the disease. Health observatory The University of York is to provide one of the Government’s nine regionalpublic health ‘observatories’, designed to help improve the health of thepopulation. The observatories are being established in each NHS region toprovide a clearer picture of health and its inequalities. The university willplay host to the York-shire and Humber Public Health Observatory. Line managers’ guide Practitioners wanting a copy of Mind Out for Mental Health’s Line Managers’Resource, can call 0870 443 0930. Alternatively, e-mail [email protected] or downloadit from the website, www.mindout.net NewsOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Joins Members Of Turkuaz, PTF, JGB & More For “Dead Set” Performance [Full Audio]

first_imgAnyone who’s made it out to Dead Set Tuesdays at the Club Metronome Live at The Rusty Nail venue knows that these are always special shows. Last weekend, the Stowe, VT venue doubled down with a special Saturday edition, enlisting an all-star lineup of performers for the celebration.Among them was Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Zach Nugent (Melvin Seals and JGB), Luke Smith (Strangefolk), Aaron Katz (Percy Hill), Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) and Richard James (Pink Talking Fish) – what a lineup! The six piece also welcomed Sean Preece and Sarah Blacker throughout the night, adding to the joyous occasion. With heartfelt takes on so many Grateful Dead classics, this was a Dead Set performance for the ages!Thanks to the Rusty Nail, we can listen back to this one of a kind show. Enjoy it![Photo by chadshorebird//Instagram]last_img read more

Pillows, Lego, karaoke: China football to begin in virus ‘bubble’

first_imgTopics : The league is on edge, however, and held an emergency meeting late Wednesday after several coronavirus cases sprang up in Dalian, one of the two cities staging matches, Xinhua news agency said.Players wearing masks trooped out of team buses and into their hotels earlier this week. Together with referees, coaches and essential support staff, CSL stars such as Paulinho, Oscar, Hulk and Marko Arnautovic will not be able to see their families for more than two months.The 16 teams have been split into two groups for the first stage of the drastically revamped season, one based in the northeastern city of Dalian and the other in Suzhou, near Shanghai.All squads are stationed at a single hotel in each city and apart from that the players will see only stadiums and training pitches. Cuddly toys Players will not be allowed to drink alcohol but the Taimei Xiangguli Hotel in Suzhou and Crowne Plaza in Dalian have been turned into miniature towns with cafes, hair dressers, libraries and convenience stores.For entertainment there is karaoke, retro video-game machines, table tennis and games rooms.Oscar, Hulk and Arnautovic’s Shanghai SIPG, who will play in Suzhou, have reportedly installed their own arcade-style “claw machine” with pink and white fluffy toys up for grabs.Shanghai Shenhua’s international defender Bai Jiajun indicated he plans some quality time alone — he was pictured with a large box of Lego.Interaction between players from rival teams looks likely to be minimal. At the Suzhou hotel each team has its own building, while in Dalian they have whole floors to themselves.It is easy to forget that there is a football season of sorts to be played.The CSL, which has drawn international interest after luring foreign players and coaches on vast wages, was one of the first sporting victims of coronavirus when the February 22 start was indefinitely postponed.It will finally kick off with an unfamiliar format and matches behind closed doors, in line with other leagues around the world rebooting during the pandemic.The first phase lasts until the end of September and sees teams play two matches a week. Fabio Cannavaro’s reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande open the season against FA Cup winners Shenhua on Saturday in Dalian.Later that day Wuhan Zall start the action in Suzhou, in a symbolic nod to the city’s well-publicized fight against coronavirus. They play newly promoted Qingdao Huanghai. Some players have brought their own pillows and one even has a box of Lego as the much-delayed Chinese Super League prepares to launch on Saturday in a tightly controlled environment to thwart the coronavirus.Hundreds of players will spend about 70 days in two sealed-off hotels as China’s top-tier football season, which was scheduled to start in February, gets under way more than five months late.Despite the highly unusual circumstances, the CSL’s start is a big step forward for sport in China, where the virus emerged in the central city of Wuhan late last year before spreading worldwide.  Hotel staff in the designated “blue” zone are likewise not allowed to mix with the outside world.Players will be tested once a week for coronavirus and need to download a mobile app that among other functions helps pinpoint their whereabouts, according to media.Shandong Luneng coach Li Xiaopeng urged his squad — who include Marouane Fellaini, the former Manchester United midfielder who tested positive for coronavirus in March — to keep some perspective.”If you compare it with previous seasons, this year is a bit longer [in a hotel],” he said this week.”But if you compare it to nurses and doctors who helped fight the virus, who did not know when they can go home, at least we know that in 70 days we can leave.”Nevertheless, psychologists will be on hand should they be needed.”We understand that people will live in a relatively small area for a long time and it’s a little bit hard for everyone to adjust,” the CSL’s leading epidemic official told state media.”The players need to display their professionalism now,” said Qi Jun.last_img read more

Catalogue of ‘same-sex marriage’ entrapments

first_imgWND Faith 4 June 2015Here’s a list of cases in which Christians have been accused of violating non-discrimination laws for following the dictates of their faith, “gay” advocates have refused to do business with Christians, or homosexuals have retaliated for a business owner’s Christian stance:The bistroThe Daily Signal reported that Gortz Haus Gallery and bistro owners Betty and Richard Odgaard decided to close down their business after reaching a $5,000 settlement with a homosexual duo.Their business, a former church, had offered wedding services, but they declined, because of their Mennonite faith, to host the alternative sexual lifestyle event when asked. They knew they would be targeted by regulations in their state of Iowa if they continued, so they shut off wedding services, and their business dried up.“We can’t pretend it’s going to get better,” Betty Odgaard said. “There wasn’t enough business.”They’re hoping the Gortz Haus eventually will be a church again“That would be the most wonderful option,” Betty saidThe mechanicWND reported when a business that previously was targeted with “‘mere’ death threats” for the owner’s public opposition to homosexual behavior was vandalized.According to a report in USA Today, Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter of Grandville, Michigan, said in a Facebook post. “Well, folks, as we predicted, it didn’t take long for the ugly face of the homosexual movement to present itself.“What started out with ‘mere’ death threats against myself and my family and homosexuals spamming my Facebook page with gay porn shots, has escalated to physical violence,” he wrote.He cited slogans spray-painted on his business, on his pickup truck, and on a garage door, and a rock thrown through a window.Klawiter had stirred the pot of social values a week earlier when he posted a note he would decline to provide service to openly homosexual customers.Two judgesWND reported when two magistrates in North Carolina were ordered to perform same-sex “weddings” or resign, and now are suing their state over the reported violation of their constitutional rights.Thomas Holland and Gilbert Breedlove have sued in Wake County Superior Court over direct orders, and threats, from the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.They want the state to follow its own constitution and return them to their jobs with an acknowledgment that they are not required to perform weddings for same-sex duos.The North Carolina office for the court system had said, “Magistrates should begin immediately conducting marriages of all couples presenting a marriage license issued by the register of deeds. … A failure to do so would be violation of the U.S. Constitution under the federal ruling and would constitute a violation of the oath and a failure to perform a duty of the office.”Penalties? Possible suspension, removal from office and criminal counts, the office warned.But the state constitution protects who live by their faith, their case notes.Former pastor Joshua FeuersteinThe case of Cut the Cake in Longwood, Florida, is a case where the bakery, which had advertised on LGBT sites, refused to sell a cake with a biblically based message on it.The cake had been requested by former pastor Joshua Feuerstein, who made a video of the exchange. He took it down when requested, but Sharon Haller of Cut the Cake later reposted.He had asked for a cake that said, “We do not support gay marriage.”Feuerstein said in the video, “For me, this is not about gay people; it’s about religious freedom.”He continued, “I wanted to see if it was actually a double standard; if a gay-friendly bakery and one that advertised themselves as so on pro-LGBT wedding sites would actually bake a cake that went against their principles.”Feuerstein later told WESH 2 Television, “You know what, I actually believe that Cut the Cake has every right as an American to refuse to print that on a cake.”Haller complained of “nasty” phone calls and “negative gestures.” She said she lost money and she was investigating her legal options, and said the recorded phone call is illegal in Florida.Memories PizzaFamily-owned Memories Pizza in Indiana came into the crosshairs of homosexuals when an owner was interviewed by a local TV station in the aftermath of the adoption of the state’s religious freedom law.Responding to a reporter’s question, the owner said that while her restaurant serves gays, her Christian faith wouldn’t allow her to cater a “gay wedding.”The restaurant immediately became a focal point of outrage toward the law, with threats of death and and destruction, causing the owners to shut down their business.In response, however, an Internet campaign raised more than $840,000 for the family in just a few days.Owners Kevin and Christie O’Connor said they eventually planned to reopen their doors.Ocean Grove Camp Meeting AssociationThe Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association was begun in 1869 to provide a place for Christian meetings and assemblies, and it still operates as one of the more popular destinations for such events on the East Coast.It houses one of the world’s 20 largest pipe organs and there are both traditional and contemporary worship programs all summer long that have featured speakers such as Billy Graham, Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Schuller, Billy Sunday, D. James Kennedy and Charles Stanley.But the location no longer is used for weddings, because a lesbian duo was denied permission to use it, and a state discrimination complaint was filed.The ACLU reported in 2012 that the ruling from an administrative law judge found the Christian group was guilty of discrimination for refusing to grant Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster access to its property for their ceremony.Solomon A. Metzger of the state’s Office of Administrative Law found that in March 2007, when Paster and Bernstein filled out a reservation form, the pavilion was a public accommodation. The judge determined that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association breached its agreement to make the pavilion available to the public on an equal basis.Liberty Ridge FarmThe owners of a Christian farm in upstate New York recently were fined $10,000 and assessed $1,500 in damages for not allowing a lesbian duo to use their land and home for a wedding.Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm near Albany, had allowed others to use their land for birthday events and a few weddings. But when Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin asked for access, the owners said they would allow a reception but not a wedding, because of  their religious beliefs.The state said the couple’s religious beliefs were of no account.Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Pares said the Giffords’ home is a place of public accommodation and, therefore, is subject to the New York Human Rights law.The judge ruled, “The fact that the Giffords also reside at Gifford Barn does not render it private.”Masterpiece CakeshopThe case developed when homosexuals demanded a Christian baker provide a wedding cake for their event, and he declined on the grounds it would violate his Christian faith.The Colorado Civil Rights Commission eventually ordered the baker, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, to use his artistry to celebrate homosexual unions in violation of his Christian beliefs, but the case is on appeal in the courts.A state commissioner, Diann Rice, likened Christians to slaver owners and Nazis.Her words: “I would also like to reiterate what we said in the hearing or the last meeting. Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, whether it be – I mean, we – we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to – to use their religion to hurt others.”There was no claim in the case that the homosexuals were unable to get a cake, only that they were unable to get it from Masterpiece.Hitching Post Wedding ChapelThe Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is under fire.The city is demanding the Christian ministers at the chapel perform same-sex weddings in violation of their faith, and WND reported recently the case is headed back to court after negotiations between the parties failed.“The government can’t tell ministers they must perform same-sex marriages under threat of jail time and crippling fines,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.“That’s exactly what the city did to Pastor Knapp and what the ordinance allows the city to do to others. In the absence of a settlement agreement, we look forward to vindicating our client’s freedom in court.”Arlene’s FlowersIn Washington state, florist Barronelle Stutzman already has been penalized $1,001 for declining to support a same-sex wedding with her floral talents.And the judge ruling in the case has opened her savings, personal possessions and even home up as a target for the homosexuals who wanted her artistic talents and now are claiming her assets as damages.Alex Ekstrom, the judge, said Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, must pay $1,001 to the state prosecutors who charged her with discrimination.But the Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Stutzman warned that the precedent, not the dollar figure, is the problem.Kristen Waggoner, ADF senior counsel, said the award to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson boils down to a government threat to Christians: “Surrender your religious liberty and free speech rights, or face personal and professional ruin.”Stutzman was sued even though the man who filed the complaint was referred to several other willing florists and even was offered free flowers.Ekstrom’s latest order also said the “defendants and their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and those persons in active concert or participation with them … are permanently enjoined and restrained from violating the Washington Law Against Discrimination.”Ekstrom also said the homosexuals, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, “are entitled to an award of actual damages,” but he reserved determination of the amount until after any appeal has been exhausted.Benham BrothersThe Benham brothers were en route to a new HGTV television show when homosexual activists made an issue of their belief in biblical marriage.The network canceled their real estate show, which was to be called “Flip it Forward.”Jason and David, who just weeks ago began writing an exclusive WND column, posted on Facebook a video supporting the Indiana law.:The video explains: “So the RFRA is a shield, not a sword. It doesn’t get offensive and promote ‘hate’ as the hype said. But it’s a shield to protect companies, like, for instance, a Jewish-owned jewelry. It keeps the state from forcing him to create rings with the Nazi symbol on it. Or a Muslim-owned apparel company. It prevents the state from forcing him to maybe make T-shirts with the cross over the crescent.“Or even a gay-owned apparel company from creating T-shirts that say Leviticus 18:22. Homosexuality is a sin.”Very simply, “the state should never force business owners to promote a message or an idea that conflicts with their beliefs,” David Benham states.Elane’s PhotographyIn a New Mexico dispute, courts ordered that a photographer could not refuse to use her talents to memorialize a homosexual wedding.Elaine Huguenin, co-owner with her husband, Jonathan, of Elane Photography, had declined to provide her artistic talents to Vanessa Willock.Willock, who found another photographer for the event, filed a complaint with the state under its anti-discrimination law. The state Supreme Court said the photographer had no right to not be forced to express statements through her work that violated her Christian beliefs.Giving up one’s religious faith, the court said, was “the price of citizenship.”An Oregon baker also was caught in the same fight, as well as several other venue owners, and there’s even the same conflict in the United Kingdom.Brendan EichThen there was the case of Brendan Eich, the chief executive officer of Mozilla, the company best known for creating Firefox.He was attacked by homosexual activists and eventually lost his position for donating $1,000 to support the 2008 Proposition 8 marriage-definition initiative that was approved by the majority of voters of progressive California.According to WND CEO Joseph Farah’s commentary on the issue, “Apparently, according to this new litmus test of the ‘tolerance’ police, anyone who supported the popular proposition no longer deserves to work in California.”Eich was described as a tech prodigy, “having invented the programming language Javascript and co-founded Mozilla.”Aloha Bed & BreakfastThe Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Hawaii, a Christian business, was forced to “accommodate” two Southern California lesbians after a judge ruled the B&B violated state law when the owner told Taeko Bufford and Diane Cervelli she wasn’t comfortable having them stay together in her home due to her religious beliefs. Aloha has since been ordered by the state “to provide a room to any same-sex couple that wishes to stay there.”WaldersIn Illinois, Christian B&B owners Jim and Beth Walder are being sued by homosexual activist Todd Wathen, who demands monetary damages, attorneys’ fees and “an order directing [the Walders] to cease and desist from any violation” of the state’s Human Rights Act.Wildflower InnVermont’s Wildflower Inn paid a settlement and shut down its wedding reception business after the ACLU won a $10,000 civil penalty for two lesbians. The settlement also requires the inn’s owners to place $20,000 in a charitable trust for the lesbians.Sweet Cakes by MelissaGresham, Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were forced to close their storefront, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, in 2013 shortly after a lesbian couple filed a civil rights complaint against them. The Kleins declined to bake a cake for the same-sex “wedding” due to their religious beliefs. At that time, same-sex “marriage” wasn’t legal in Oregon.In April 2015 an Oregon administrative law judge ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 in fines to the lesbian couple for “emotional, mental, and physical suffering.” The severe ruling is an attempt to “rehabilite” and “re-educate” Christian businesses.Just CookiesThe owners of Indiana’s “Just Cookies” were charged with “discrimination” under the city’s “sexual orientation” law for refusing to fill a special order for “rainbow cookies” for an LGBT group.Victoria’s Cake CottageIowa’s “Victoria’s Cake Cottage,” whose owner, Victoria Childress, refused to provide a wedding cake for a homosexual couple out of “convictions for their lifestyle.”Fleur CakesOregon’s Fleur Cakes joined Sweet Cakes in refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and is being boycotted by homosexual activist groups.All OccasionTexas’ All Occasion Party Place, a Fort Worth venue, refuses, on religious grounds, to rent out a banquet hall for same-sex wedding receptions.T-shirtsA Christian T-shirt maker in Kentucky was targeted by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission for refusing to print “gay pride” designs for a local homosexual group.Twilight Room AnnexChris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex bar in Portland, was fined $400,000 under the Oregon Equality Act for excluding transsexual men who, dressed as women, had been alienating other customers by using the women’s restroom. According to the Seattle Times, 11 people – calling themselves the “T-girls” – “will get the money, with awards ranging from $20,000 to 50,000.”Phil RobertsonThe “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, an evangelical Christian, faced a firestorm of protest after he told GQ magazine he believed homosexuality is a sin. A&E, the show’s creator, said it was suspending him indefinitely, but then a massive public backlash forced the network into retreat and he was reinstated.Craig JamesFox Sports Southwest broadcaster Craig James was fired after a GOP debate tape showed him expressing Christian beliefs in opposition to “homosexual marriage” surfaced.http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/courts-conclude-faith-loses-to-gay-demands/last_img read more