Milken Institute Highlights Bahrains Progress Toward Becoming a Major Technology and Innovation Hub – Yahoo Finance

New Report Examines Steps Taken in Recent Years to Attract Investment While Detailing Challenges Ahead

Through careful planning and bold regulatory reforms, the Kingdom of Bahrain is poised to become a major hub for finance, technology, and innovation, according to a new report released today by the Milken Institute. However, Bahrain needs to continue its efforts to overcome challenges and achieve the objectives laid out in the Kingdoms Vision 2030 strategic plan launched in 2008.

The report, Bahrain and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is authored by Claude Lopez, Ph.D., Milken Institute director of research, together with research analysts Joseph Bendix and Cesar Servin.

"Bahrain has developed a business-friendly environment, regulatory framework, and support system that make the Kingdom an attractive destination for global companies, investors, and entrepreneurs," said Lopez, citing a six-fold increase in foreign direct investment between 2016 and 2018. "With its skilled population, low cost of living, and continued investment in technology infrastructure, Bahrain is positioned to continue to achieve positive outcomes."

The Milken Institute report points to recent policy changes that increase transparency, protect investors, align with international standards, and modernize access to Bahrains capital markets, which have yielded measurable results.

In addition, Bahrain has enhanced support structures for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups that connect government agencies, investors, and other stakeholders to help businesses grow. Today, three Bahraini firms are listed among the top-100 startups by Forbes Middle East, and the Kingdom boasts the largest share of female founders in the Middle East and North Africa in the 2019 Global Startup Ecosystem Report.

Bahrains strong emphasis on startups and technology comes with challenges that need to be addressed to ensure the resilience of the new economic model. Based on their analysis, the authors identify several challenges, including the need for startups to grow into larger firms that will create more jobs, access to highly trained labor to satisfy these additional jobs, and assistance for existing firms transitioning to the new digital economy.

The report offers several recommendations, including:

Bahrain and the Fourth Industrial Revolution was produced by the Milken Institute with support from the Bahrain Economic Development Board. The funders had no role in the research analysis or preparation of the manuscript.

Dr. Lopez is available for interviews on these and other topics related to international economics. She may be contacted directly at clopez@milkeninstitute.org.

These issues will also be discussed at the upcoming Milken Institute Middle East and Africa Summit, set for February 11-12, 2020, in Abu Dhabi.

About the Milken Institute

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Honor the progress of Martin Luther King Jr. by staying engaged in change, by Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver – Press of Atlantic City

Martin Luther King Jr. is a hero and icon of my lifetime.

When I watched him speak as a young girl growing up in Newark, I distinctly remember the sense of pride he brought to me and my family. He serves as a guidepost for those who seek to create a more just and equal society. When we honor his life and legacy every January, I think about how he will be a source of inspiration for generations to come and how much his civil rights activism improves the quality of our lives today.

King recognized that the past defines our present and future. He weaved historical references into his words saying, We are not makers of history. We are made by history. Its true that history is the roadmap that reveals the path our country and people have taken. From slavery in the South to the great migration north, history is an ever-constant reminder that change and progress are never easy or permanent.

Ending slavery and oppression, earning the right to vote, promoting equal opportunity for fair housing and employment these are all hard-fought issues that shape our lives.

Honoring the progress is important. It reminds us of how far weve come and how much work still needs to be done to achieve equality for all.

And we have some incredibly important and historic milestones that we are observing this year:

Four hundred years ago, on Aug. 20, 1619, the White Lion arrived in Point Comfort, Virginia. The captain brought not anything but 20 and odd Negroes. Their arrival marked the beginning of 250 years of slavery in North America.

155 years ago, on June 19, 1865 commonly referred to as Juneteenth all enslaved African Americans were emancipated throughout the United States.

100 years ago, on Aug. 18, 1920, the United States Congress ratified the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Even after its passage, black women faced extreme barriers to voting and were left disenfranchised, discriminated against and excluded for decades.

59 years ago, King famously wrote a letter proclaiming, Our battle cry is, let my people vote, urging the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which would end blatant discriminatory voting practices that were used at all government levels for African Americans.

We owe gratitude to the freedom fighters of the past who overcame hardship and changed the lives of the generations that came after them.

When King set his sights in the latter part of his life on the issues that he believed were the result of systemic racism poverty, a lack of affordable housing, homelessness and wage inequality he knew systemic change was the only way to incite social change.

Today, as Gov. Phil Murphy and I fight our own battles for a stronger and fairer New Jersey, we are reminded of the civil rights victories won by King and his predecessors. We hope to build on those victories in the name of social justice and equality.

We have been working to tackle the systemic racism that exists in our state. Our administration has signed laws that help ensure equal pay is received for equal work, restore voting rights to over 80,000 people on probation or parole, restore critical funding for family planning and womens reproductive health, and put us on a path to a fair minimum wage. Also, First Lady Tammy Murphy has championed a health care campaign called Nurture NJ to help protect black mothers and children from mortality during pregnancy and after childbirth.

We are doing our part. And we hope that you will do your part this year by exercising your hard-fought right to vote. Also, when the Census 2020 team sends you an email or comes knocking on your door, please participate. By participating, you are helping make certain that everyone in our state is counted. A complete count is important because it ensures that New Jersey will continue to receive critical funding from the federal government for education, infrastructure and public assistance programs. Voting and filling out the census form are small things you can do to make a big difference.

I firmly believe that change, no matter how big or small, is meaningful and impactful.

As we honor the progress of Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend and the freedom fighters of the past during Black History Month, lets keep their legacy alive and stay engaged to help make New Jersey and our country a better place to live.

Sheila Oliver, of East Orange, is lieutenant governor of New Jersey.

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Is There a Way to Acknowledge Americas Progress? – New York Magazine

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The present is female. And the future will be as well. This past week, as hands were wrung over whether a female president is possible, we learned that there are now slightly more women in the workplace than men. It happened before briefly in 2009, when the Great Recession destroyed industries where men were disproportionately represented. But the new stats, in a period of low unemployment, represent something like the new normal. Other recent stats have found ever-more female triumph: As of 2017, there were 2.2 million more women than men in college, and the Department of Education predicts that by 2026, women will make up 57 percent of college students, leaving men far behind.

Women now dominate the service sector, especially in health and education, where most new jobs will be found. In December 2019, a full 95 percent of net jobs added went to women a stunning statistic. To give some perspective on this, in 1970, almost 30 million women accounted for 29 percent of the workforce; nearly 50 years later, in 2019, 74.6 million women accounted for 50.3 percent of the non-farm labor force. If that isnt a massive victory for feminism, what would be?

Yes, the gender pay gap persists but in attenuated form. The number most commonly cited 81 cents to the dollar is just the raw annual total of all male annual wages compared with all female wages. It doesnt tell us if women are paid less than men in the same job; it doesnt account for choice of profession, or working hours, or use of parental leave. When you adjust for all that, women now earn 93 to 95 percent of male hourly earnings: not good enough, but still at record highs. In the past decade, parental leave has expanded, as has working from home, both hugely beneficial to tens of millions of working women. And as the economy shifts toward the sectors where women dominate, and as women get more education than men, this trend looks highly likely to continue and even intensify. NPR notes: Women hold 77 percent of the jobs in health care and education fast-growing fields that eclipse the entire goods-producing sector of the economy.

Yes, there are still notable exceptions at the very top: Most C-suite executives (four out of five) are male, even though womens presence there has grown 25 percent in the past five years. First-level managerial positions are still disproportionately held by men, which affects the rest of the pipeline. But all the stats point upward, and, for much of corporate America, a more diverse workforce is increasingly valued. In 1970, there were no women in the Senate; now there are 26 more than half the entire number of female senators in U.S. history. In the House, as recently as 1980, women accounted for only 3.2 percent of the members; now its 23.7 percent, and the Speaker is a woman. Theres work to be done. But this rise in womens earnings and power seems real and inexorable.

Im not dismissing the resilience of sexual harassment, although great journalism and the Me Too movement have undoubtedly helped raise the costs for abusive men. Nor am I dismissing all the myriad ways women meet obstacles where men dont. I see a lot more now than I used to, and Im grateful for having my blind spots pointed out. Im just noting that comparing the condition of women today with women in an era that, say, denied them suffrage, education, careers outside the home, or treated them as properties of their husbands, its a whole universe of advance.

And yet feminist rhetoric has intensified as all this remarkable progress has been made. A raft of recent books have been full of the need for renewed rage against the oppression of women. The demonization of white men has intensified just as many working-class white men face a bleak economic future and as men are disappearing from the workforce. It is as if the less gender discrimination there is, the angrier you should become.

This is not just in feminism. You see it in the gay-rights movement too. I get fundraising emails all the time reminding me how we live in a uniquely perilous moment for LGBTQ Americans and that this era, in the words of Human Rights Campaign spokesperson Charlotte Clymer, is one that has seen unprecedented attacks on LGBTQ people. Unprecedented? Might I suggest some actual precedents: when all gay sex was criminal, when many were left by their government to die of AIDS, when no gay relationships were recognized in the law, when gay service members were hounded out of their mission, when the federal government pursued a purge of anyone suspected of being gay. All but the last one occurred in my adult lifetime. But today were under unprecedented assault?

The right is not immune to the same syndrome. Donald Trump talks about crime as if we are still living in the 1980s. Heres a great tweet from the acting DHS secretary, Chad Wolf, this week: There has been a complete breakdown of law and order in NYC. Really? Last year, there were 295 murders in New York City; as recently as 1990, there were 2,295. Trump himself speaks of a surge in illegal immigration overwhelming the country. And its true that we are close to a record percentage of foreign-born Americans, and that last year there was a surge of asylum seekers from Guatemala (many fraudulent). But in 2018, to provide some perspective, there were 400,000 people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally on the southwestern border; under Reagan and George W. Bush, those numbers peaked at over 1.6 million. It was only when such apprehensions were back down at levels not seen since the early 1970s that an insurgent anti-immigration candidate won the presidency. Go figure.

Why this sudden ratcheting up of rhetoric? On the right, its fueled by the kind of absurd hyperbole that Trump uses all the time. On the left, its Trump himself. His extremism, misogyny, transphobia, and racism have all provoked a sharp turn to the left among Democrats. But, as you can see from the workforce numbers for women, theres little he can actually do to prevent the future from being female. He could tip the Court, which could, in turn, repeal Roe, but that would be a highly unpopular ruling and likely provoke a backlash that could lead to more moderate federal legislation in its place. Marriage equality is settled law, according to the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Gay visibility is ubiquitous. Black unemployment is at record lows; black women are seeing real improvement in their careers and earnings; crime in urban neighborhoods is a fraction of what it was in the 1980s and 1990s. Yes, we have a bigot in the Oval Office but his ability to influence these broader cultural tides is quite limited.

Some of the rhetorical excess is also about money. Interest groups for various subpopulations have a financial interest in emphasizing oppression in order to keep donations flowing.

But a recent psychological study suggests a simpler explanation. Its core idea is what you might call oppression creep or, more neutrally, prevalence-induced concept change. The more progress we observe, the greater the remaining injustices appear. We seem incapable of keeping a concept stable over time when the prevalence of that concept declines. In a fascinating experiment, participants were provided with a chart containing a thousand dots that ranged along a spectrum from very blue to very purple and were asked to go through and identify all the blue dots. The study group was then broken in two. One subgroup was shown a new chart with the same balance of purple and blue dots as the first one and asked to repeat the task. Not surprisingly, they generally found the same number of blue dots as they did on the first chart. A second subgroup was shown a new chart with fewer blue dots and more purple dots. In this group, participants started marking dots as blue that they had marked as purple on the first chart. In other words, when the prevalence of blue dots decreased, participants concept of blue expanded to include dots that it had previously excluded.

We see relatively, not absolutely. We change our standards all the time, depending on context. As part of the study, the psychologists ran another experiment showing participants a range of threatening and nonthreatening faces and asking them to identify which was which. Next, participants were split into two groups and asked to repeat the exercise. The first subgroup was shown the same ratio of threatening and nonthreatening faces as in the initial round; subgroup two was shown many fewer threatening faces. Sure enough, the second group adjusted by seeing faces they once thought of as nonthreatening as threatening. The conclusion:

When blue dots became rare, purple dots began to look blue; when threatening faces became rare, neutral faces began to appear threatening This happened even when the change in the prevalence of instances was abrupt, even when participants were explicitly told that the prevalence of instances would change, and even when participants were instructed and paid to ignore these changes.

We seem to be wired to assume a given threat remains just as menacing even when its actual prevalence has declined:

Our studies suggest that even well-meaning agents may sometimes fail to recognize the success of their own efforts, simply because they view each new instance in the decreasingly problematic context that they themselves have brought about. Although modern societies have made extraordinary progress in solving a wide range of social problems, from poverty and illiteracy to violence and infant mortality, the majority of people believe that the world is getting worse. The fact that concepts grow larger when their instances grow smaller may be one source of that pessimism.

This study may help explain why, in the midst of tremendous gains for gays, women, and racial minorities, we still insist more than ever that we live in a patriarchal, misogynist, white supremacist, homophobic era. We constantly adjust our view of our fast-changing world to ensure we dont believe it has changed at all! Maybe this is simply another way of describing each generations shifting of the goalposts. Or maybe its because weve made so much progress that the injustice that remains appears more intolerable, rather than less. Or maybe, as these psychologists suggest, holding concepts constant may be an evolutionarily recent requirement that the brains standard computational mechanisms are ill equipped to meet.

But whatever the cause, the result is that we steadfastly refuse to accept the fact of progress, in a cycle of eternal frustration at what injustices will always remain. We never seem to be able to say: Okay, were done now, weve got this, politics has done all it reasonably could, now lets move on with our lives. We can only ever say: Its worse than ever! And feel it in our bones.

I watched the Democratic debate in Iowa with only one objective: to figure out who could best beat Trump. At this point, I dont care about their policies, although Im sympathetic to many and hostile to a few. All I care about is their capacity to end this emergency in liberal democracy. And, even with that prism firmly set, it wasnt that easy.

The Democrat I think is most likely to lose to Trump is Elizabeth Warren.I admire her ambition and grit and aggression, but nominating a woke, preachy Harvard professor plays directly into Trumps hands. And picking someone who has bent the truth so often about so many things her ancestry, her commitment to serving a full term as senator, the schools her kids went to, the job her father had (according to her brother), or the time she was fired for being pregnant is an unnecessary burden. The video she produced insisting that she was partly Native American, using genetic markers, should have been a disqualifier by itself. The lack of judgment was staggering.

And, to be honest, Pete Buttigiegs appeal has waned for me. Yes, technically, hes still the best debater of the bunch. And I dont take anything back that I wrote here. But, over time, the combination of his perfect rsum, his actorly ability to change register as he unpacks a sentence, and his smoothness and self-love have begun to worry me. My fear is that his appeal will fade. Klobuchar, to my mind, is the better midwestern option. She is an engaging and successful politician. But theres a reason she seemingly cant get more traction. She just doesnt command a room, let alone a stage. Setting aside everything else, Warren is presidential in a way that Klobuchar is not.

And I so want Biden to be ten years younger. I cant help but be very fond of the man, and he does have a mix of qualities that appeal to both African-Americans and white working-class midwesterners. What I worry about is his constant stumbling in his speech, his muddling of words, those many moments when his eyes close, and his face twitches, as he tries to finish a sentence. Perhaps these are ways to cope with a stutter, as John Hendrickson posits but they definitely seem more pronounced than I remember. He looks like a man past his prime. I worry whether Biden could stand up to Trumps psychotic energy and lies.

Which leaves us with Bernie. I have to say hes grown on me as a potential Trump-beater. He seems more in command of facts than Biden, more commanding in general than Buttigieg or Klobuchar, and far warmer than Elizabeth Warren. Hes a broken clock, but the message he has already stuck with for decades might be finding its moment. Theres something clarifying about having someone with a consistent perspective on inequality take on a president who has only exacerbated it. He could expose, in a gruff Brooklyn accent, the phony populism, and naked elitism of Trump. He could appeal to the working-class voters the Democrats have lost. He could sincerely point out how Trump has given massive sums of public money to the banks, leaving crumbs for the middle class. And people might believe him.

Is he an American Corbyn? I worry about that a lot. Sanders has been on the far left all his life, and the oppo research the GOP throws at him could be brutal. Hes a man, after all, who sided with a Marxist-Leninist party that supported Ayatollah Khomeini during the hostage crisis in 1979. He loved the monstrous dictator Fidel Castro and took his 1988 honeymoon in the Soviet Union, no less, where he openly and publicly criticized his own country and praised many aspects of the Soviet system. He saw the USSR and the USA this way: Lets take the strengths of both systems. Lets learn from each other. As he was saying this, the Soviet Union was already collapsing. And he paid no visits to dissidents. I think its fair to say that he has never met a leftist dictator he hasnt admired.

But Corbyn? The British Labour leader had a net favorability rating as low as negative 40. Bernie, with huge name recognition, is only at negative 6. After the GOP has nailed him as an ayatollah-supporting commie whos going to take your health insurance away and crash the economy, his negatives will rise. But its worth noting that Trumps favorable rating is negative 10. It was striking to me, too, that some leading conservatives rallied to Bernie in his spat with Warren this week. Some are actually quite fond of the old coot.

On two key issues, immigration and identity politics, Bernie has sensibilities and instincts that could neutralize these two strong points for Trump. Sanders has always loathed the idea of open borders and the effect they have on domestic wages, and he doesnt fit well with the entire woke industry. He still believes in class struggle, not the culture war. But he doesnt seem to be trying to capitalize on any of that. Take a look at his immigration proposals. They are the most radical Ive seen: essentially an end to any control of illegal immigration, with enforcement of the law at the border solely for human traffickers and gun smugglers; a moratorium on all deportations; an end to any detention of illegal immigrants; an open-ended amnesty for basically anyone who has gotten here. How you distinguish these policies from the open borders Sanders used to oppose is beyond my understanding. I believe that immigration control will matter in this election. The Democrats dont. Thats their gamble, and Sanders is doubling down on it.

So where am I? Not thrilled, I have to say. Bernie has the edge on energy and populism, but hes so far to the left the Democrats could end up where the British Labour Party just found itself: gutted. Biden has an advantage because of Obama, his appeal to the midwestern voters (if he wins back Pennsylvania, that would work wonders), and his rapport with African-Americans. But he also seems pretty out of it. The others are longer shots. Bloomberg? The ads are good, but a billionaire who helicopters into a race late isnt the right messenger in these times.

I should point out that Ill vote for whichever of these candidates wins the nomination. I regard a criminal, corrupt, impeached, delusional, and clinically sociopathic president as by far the greater threat to liberal democracy, or what remains of it, than any potential Democrat in the office. But between the front-runners, Biden and Bernie? Bernie, maybe, but by a smidgen.

I wonder if Meghan Markle has ever carefully watched an episode of The Crown. The entire story of the British monarchy for the past half-century has been the extreme difficulty for the queen or any member of her family to be a fully realized human being in public and private. And thats why the series has only magnified respect for Elizabeth II. Her resilience in performing public duties without ever revealing any political or cultural views is pretty remarkable. She showed grace even when her family was coming apart when her sister, Margaret, acted out in public, her daughter-in-law Diana tried to escape the inhuman scrutiny of royalty, or when her favorite son, Andrew, was credibly accused of raping children. She has had amazing staying power in her measured restraint and commitment to duty.

You can feel a great deal of sympathy for those human beings consigned by genes to this constricted if luxurious life. Harry had no choice to be prince or not and a spare heir as well. But for those who willingly join this family, and become a princess or prince through marriage? Im less forgiving. The fantasy of being a princess depends on its being rare. For a young American woman to become an official princess to have a wedding with a carriage, global adoration, and national applause must have seemed like a fantasy. And, of course, it was. The bargain the modern monarchy has made with the British people is that, in return for the glamour, the royals have to do some kind of public service, stay uncontroversial, and not rock the boat. Harry paid his dues: a ten-year stint in the armed forces, including fighting in Afghanistan, and the usual patronage of various charities. He was a bit of a rogue at times, but that was fine. We liked that.

But Meghan? She has been in the royal family for less than two years and now wants out. Her husband, who has hinted before at his discomfort with his princely duties, will leave with her. She has had all the perks of a princess but didnt want to be treated by the press the way it usually treats royals: with aggressive tabloid coverage of various levels of truth. There have been spells when the tabloid press adored her and others when it seemed to hound her. Last fall, Harry wrote a letter describing the toll this takes: My wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son. There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face as so many of you can relate to I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.

Some are claiming that Markle is being treated differently because of her mixed ancestry. But she is certainly not being treated any worse than Diana, that whitest of princesses, whom the press effectively murdered. Or Margaret, who was always in the tabloids, to everyones great embarrassment. There are definitely some unfair tropes aired in the shifting contrasts between Kate Middleton and Meghan, but its hard to disentangle this from everything else princes and princesses are subjected to.

Its also very understandable, given what happened to his mother, that Harry would be intensely aware of the damage the press can do. But deciding to quit the royal family, move to Canada part time (if theyll have him), and make money through the celebrity industry is quite a leap from royal duty and stiff upper lips. The Sussexes already had their new house, Frogmore Cottage, renovated at a cost to taxpayers of $3 million, after finding Kensington Palace unsuitable to their needs. They fly free and have all their security provided by public funds. But all of this was too much for Meghan, who described royal life as toxic: She felt she had to escape because living within the royal confines was soul-crushing, a friend told the Daily Mail. She told her inner circle of friends that her soul was being crushed and that the decision to leave was a matter of life or death meaning the death of her spirit.

Sorry, but if you choose to marry into royalty, you have to take the rough with the smooth: The fame and luxury of being a princess comes packaged with bad press, intrusive photographers, and constant public duty. If Meghan didnt expect this, its hard to understand how not. The press coverage she will now get will be even worse: According to one poll, 72 percent of the Brits want them gone, 71 percent think posting the news on Instagram before telling the queen was shoddy, 60 percent want them out of their renovated cottage and forced to pay back the renovation, and 76 percent want them stripped of their royal security. In the same poll, the public supports their decision to adopt a new role and to pursue their own happiness but outside any connection to the royal family.

Its quite simple: You cant eat your royal cake and have it too. And Meghan and Harry now have no cake at all.

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Is There a Way to Acknowledge Americas Progress? - New York Magazine

Fish: The Flyers’ kids are all right but progress a little slow – The Intelligencer

Alain Vigneaults team could use a boost from the youngsters

Hardly anyone was expecting this years freshman class to produce a Travis Konecny or an Ivan Provorov, two players who made an instant impact at age 19 four seasons back.

That said, the Flyers were hoping a Joel Farabee, a Morgan Frost or perhaps a Mikhail Vorobyev might exceed pre-season expectations.

Farabee, 19; Frost, 20, and Vorobyev, who turned 23 early this month, have all had their moments.

But none of their performances are going to really help fill the void left by the loss of Oskar Lindblom, who is fighting bone cancer, and Nolan Patrick (chronic migraine headache condition).

Which leaves the Flyers a bit handcuffed, because they are pretty much up against the salary cap as the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline approaches.

In last Tuesdays press briefing, general manager Chuck Fletcher acknowledged that all three aforementioned players still have work to do to become NHL regulars.

On the other side of that coin, the play of two other less heralded youngsters Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Connor Bunnaman has been a bit of a revelation.

Granted, Aube-Kubel is 23 and Bunnaman is 22, so theyre a little farther along development-wise.

Still, it bears watching whether Farabee, currently with the Flyers, along with Vorobyev and Frost (both back with the Phantoms), will continue to improve.

When he initially was called up from the Phantoms, Frost started off strong, scoring goals in his first two games. But things quickly leveled off from there.

He eventually went back to Allentown but played well enough to be named to the AHL All-Star Game.

Fletcher gives the impression Frost could be back with the Flyers this year. In all, the Flyers have brought up 10 players who werent on their opening night roster, some of them for multiple visits.

"We're trying to make sure we're calling up the right players in terms of how they're playing, Fletcher said.

If Frost keeps making progress, maybe hes back.

"I think, at some point, if he's the best player he deserves to be here, Fletcher said. "He'll be here. We have been trying to balance out long-term development versus short-term help for the Flyers and, and, I guess there's been a lot of juggling.

To be fair, both Fletcher and coach Alain Vigneault made it clear in training camp that there would be a "Phantoms Shuffle in the early part of the season.

"I think the players have handled it OK, but at some point certainly that's something where we'll have to put our best team out there and whoever's playing well ... and Morgan, I think, hes had six games since he's been back," Fletcher said.

"The first weekend was a little up and down, a little too high-risk, I think, for what we like and then this past week it was better and he made a tremendous play on the winning goal the other night and that's something he can build off of. He hasnt had a lot of offensive numbers lately so hopefully over the next couple weeks he continues to grow and build that and feel good about his game. You love bringing kids up and they feel good about their game, when they're in a good spot.

Vorobyev is the real mystery man.

He plays out of his mind when he suits up for the Phantoms but then has a bit of that deer-in-the-headlights look in a Flyers uniform.

He has 18 points in 24 games at Allentown, but just three points in 20 games with the Flyers. For his NHL career: Three goals in 35 games.

"The best forward down there by far this year has been Vorobyev, Fletcher said. "Not even close. When he's down there, he's a star every game. He was a star again this weekend. That's why we've given him 20 games. He keeps earning it.

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Showtime Renews ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ and ‘Work in Progress’ – Grit Daily

Earlier this week, Showtime announced the renewal of The L Word: Generation Q and Work in Progress, both of which will return to the network for their second seasons.

The L Word: Generation Q serves as the sequel series to The L Word, which aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009. The original focused on the lives of a group of friends living in West Hollywood. Not only that, but the show introduced television to an all-lesbian ensemble cast for the first time.

The sequel series takes place a decade after The L Word and introduces a new, younger set of characters, along with some of the main cast from the original series. A large part of the series showcases how the two generations come together to share their experiences of love, work, success, loss and joy.

Work in Progress focuses on Abby, a middle-aged lesbian who originally planned on taking her life before getting into an unexpected relationship with Chris, a transgender man. Like Generation Q, the show focuses on different generations seen in the LGBTQ+ community and how they communicate with each other.

The renewal of Generation Q and Work in Progress is definitely a win for the LGBTQ+ community. Not only that, but there are more LGBTQ+ characters on television now more than ever.

According to GLAADs Where We Are on TV report, 10.2% of series regulars on television were LGBTQ+ identifying, jumping from 8.8% in the previous TV season. GLAAD reports these statistics as the most LGBTQ+ characterization found since they began tracking it 24 years ago. There has also been an increase of LGBTQ+ people of color shown on television, where they outnumber white LGBTQ+ people, 52% to 48%.

LGBTQ+ representation in the media is the most important it has ever been. Shows like Orange is the New Black, Pose, Killing Eve, One Day At a Time, and more can help represent those who may be struggling with their identity. By seeing characters portray what they may be going through, it gives those viewers a sense of comfort. Not only that, but these shows may also help the viewers become confident enough to be their true selves.

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City plans on revealing latest progress in Denison rental registration and inspection program – KXII-TV

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - "We've come a long way - there's been a huge evolution since the first time landlords have heard about this." said Ashton Smith.

Last May, Denison announced plans for a new rental registration and inspection program. They cited a slew of complaints and inspections that revealed issues on rental properties, like clogged plumbing, holes in walls and floors, and faulty electrical outlets.

In June, landlords responded by saying the plan the city proposed would force landlords to raise rent so they could cover the repairs they'd have to make to pass inspection - leaving some low-income tenants without a place they could afford.

"The city actually does care, not just about tenants that are living in sub-standard conditions but also about landlords and about the things that we deal with." Smith said.

Ashton Smith owns over 30 properties in Denison, he stood in opposition of the council in June, but has since worked with them to find a plan that suits more people.

That one is what will be presented on Tuesday. Smith said the city is calling their new solution the VIP program.

"And it's not going up for vote, and it's not an action item right now, but I think this is gonna be a place where the city is gonna give the big overview on how everything has shaken out." Smith said.

The Volunteer Inspection Program will be optional so it won't necessarily raise rent prices. Smith said he hopes what started as a contentious debate this summer, will be something that helps tenants feel safer and landlords feel like the city is on their side.

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Andre Reed on ‘progress,’ the No. 1 receiver question, Elbert Dubenion – Buffalo News

Whenever Andre Reed is around Ed Oliver or Josh Allen or pretty much any current Buffalo Bills player, he knows it's a virtual certainty they'll ask him to reach into the team's past.

What were those Super Bowl seasons like? How did those teams get to that level? Why were you able to stay so good for so long?

"So I can bring a little bit of that to the team now," Reed said by phone from his home in San Diego. "It's all love, man. I'm not in Buffalo as much as I used to be, but that's what I get from their players now. 'How did you do it?' "

Before the Bills' Nov. 24 game against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field, the Hall of Fame receiver was on the field talking with players, coaches and club officials. When Reed and coach Sean McDermott saw each other, they hugged and exchanged pleasantries. Before going their separate ways, McDermott wanted Reed to know how much he appreciated the knowledge Reed and other former Bills willingly shared with McDermott a few weeks after he was hired in 2017.

The team had arranged for Reed, fellow Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas, as well as Cornelius Bennett, Darryl Talley and Steve Tasker to have dinner with the coach at Sear. The idea was to create a casual setting where the members of those great teams would feel comfortable enough to share the ingredients of the secret sauce.

"I just want to thank you," McDermott told Reed during their chat. "I remember that first meeting that we all had and we talked about, not only how good of a team you guys were, but the camaraderie you guys had. That's what I want to get here becausethat is definitely going to breed success. As long as I'm here, that's what I want."

The Bills would beat the Broncos on the way to finishing with a 10-6 record and clinching their second postseason berth in McDermott's three seasons at the helm. Although the Bills lost their wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans, there's optimism about their future, rooted in the leadership of McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane and the roster's talented young core.

"If I had to say just one word, I would say, 'progress,' " Reed said of what he saw from the Bills in 2019. "Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott, from the time that I met both of those guys, said that they were going to change a lot about the whole situation in Buffalo from what it was before they were there."

In the latest edition of One-on-One Coverage, The Buffalo News spoke with Reed about the Bills' receivers, the team's dominance in the 1990s, the recent passing of fellow former Bills receiver and scout Elbert Dubenion, the Hall of Fame credentials of Steve Tasker and Reed's efforts to encourage youngsters to read.

Buffalo News: Some people see similarities between the current Bills and the team from the late '80s that was on the verge of becoming a serious Super Bowl contender. How do you feel about those comparisons?

Andre Reed: I think it's a fair assumption, but kind of unfair, too, because people in Buffalo and around the league, to a certain point, are going to always look at the team now and compare it to those teams. And that's kind of an unfair thing to do. We had a lot of veterans on the team and, basically, Buffalo is a pretty young football team now.

You've got to look at it from the standpoint that they're still growing to find each other, to play as a team, to embrace what's happening. The ups and downs of the season are all harder on young kids that have never been there before. And the job of the organization and the coaching staff is to make sure these guys are always, always on the same page, knowing that when it's good, it's good, but when it's bad, you need to kind of muster up something a little more. As a veteran team, I think it's a little easier to do that than as a young team.

Their biggest step this year, I think, was when they went to Dallas on Thanksgiving and beat the Cowboys. Dallas was not the team that people thought they were going to be; they had their own problems internally and all that kind of stuff. But it's hard to beat Dallas in Dallas, especially on Thanksgiving, and they went in there and pretty much dominated the game to a certain point. That kind of really showed me what kind of team they are and what the possibilities are of what they can do going forward. And then those two games against the Patriots, they should have beat them twice.

I think learning from your mistakes and some of the mistakes you make against good teams, that's going to take some time to do where they go, "OK, we didn't win the game because of this reason. It's not that we played bad. It's we just didn't make that play at that particular time that could turn the game around for us to win." That game against Dallas and then the two games against the Patriots, (had the Bills won), we'd be talking about them in the playoffs right now. No doubt about it.

BN: Wide receiver is a spot frequently mentioned as a key area of need this offseason. What's your perspective on that?

AR: I think getting a wide receiver, whether through free agency or in the draft, I guarantee you that's a priority for them, to give Josh more targets. I think they did a really good job (of addressing the position last offseason). Again, big kudos to Brandon and Sean for bringing in John Brown and signing Cole Beasley. Robert Foster didn't play that much this year, but he's an important part of that team. Whether he's going to be an important part next year or not, we don't know. But them all getting to know each other more, I think, it'll be a much better next year.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown celebrates a touchdown. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

BN: Do you feel the Bills need to find a true No. 1 receiver or do they have one on the roster?

AR: That's a pretty good question. If you look at the league, you have to say every team has a No. 1 guy. In Cleveland, they have Odell (Beckham Jr.). Jarvis (Landry) is 1A. In Tampa, you've got two guys, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. So having a No. 1, obviously, is vital for every team. But I don't think it's really the most important thing. I think continuity is really important.

I mean, look at me. I had James Lofton, I had Don Beebe on the outside. Even though it was hard, it made my job easier in the middle when I had that kind of presence on the outside. A true No. 1? I guess you could say John Brown's it. But maybe in the sense of being a bona fide, that-guy's-going-to-change-the-game-every-single-play-he's-out-there, I don't think John Brown is that if we compare him to other No. 1. But he has definitely done the job as a No. 1 for the Bills this year.

Cole Beasley has done a pretty good inside the hashes and is always a chain-mover on third down. That only makes it better for the guys on the outside. I thought he did a great job this year. I think towards the end of the season, probably the last maybe five to six games, he got lost a little bit. I think they could have used him a little more coming down the stretch. I think that definitely will be a subject that they talk about next year because he's really been a factor against really good defensive teams in the box, linebackers and defensive backs covering him. That could open it up on the outside for John Brown and for the other guys a little bit more.

The tight ends, I think they could have used Dawson Knox a little bit more this year. That game against Cincinnati, he really kind of showed himself. He kind of disappeared a little bit after that. (Reducing drops) will come with repetitions. More reps and being comfortable out there, especially in the offensive scheme. He'll be a lot better next year.

BN: What did you see from Duke Johnson?

AR: He came in and did a pretty good job. I think, if they re-sign him, he'll even be more of a factor because of his big body. You need that kind of presence in the red area, inside the 20, that kind of guy. He has a lot of enthusiasm. The guy catches a 10-yard out and he's like it's a 50-55-yard touchdown. So you need that on the team.

They could have used him even a lot more during the season if he was on the (active) roster. He's like Mike Evans, he's like some of these other big-body receivers that are in the league now. I hope that they re-sign him and he's a part of the team next year, and he gets a lot more reps and he gets a lot more playing time.

BN: What did you see from Josh Allen in his second season?

AR: Josh Allen, I think, definitely took a major step forward in a lot of ways. Maturity-wise, the way he played the game. I think he did a pretty good job to put the team on his back a lot of times. And the whole team, the whole organization can look at him and say, "Yeah, this is the guy that we drafted in 2017 that we thought that would make this kind of progress in his second year." And he has.

I think confidence-wise, he needed that. He needed confidence from the organization, from Sean, from Brandon, from (offensive coordinator Brian) Daboll. He took that step and everybody fed off of that. Jim was that kind of guy, too. But we had Hall of Famers.

BN: How impressed were you with Devin Singletary?

AR: He was a big surprise. That kid is very elusive. He kind of reminds me of a young Thurman, no doubt about it. He's hard to tackle. He's very elusive inside the hole. He makes a five-yard gain look like a 30-yard gain. And I'm sure, having Frank Gore back there as a mentor for him, has really helped him. Next year should be better for him. I think he should be the feature back next year.

Bills wide receiver Andre Reed is upset during Super Bowl XXVI against the Washington Redskins at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 26, 1992. The Redskins won, 37-24. (Mike Powell/Allsport)

BN: When you think of your time with the Bills, what's the first thought that comes to mind?

AR: That Buffalo was kind of the perfect spot for me at that time. Not only team-wise, but just me as an individual. Because it really reminded me of where I came from (Allentown, Pa.): blue-collar, people working hard, 9-to-5ers. Work all week. And then they go to the football game. That's Buffalo right there. It's been like that since that team has been there, for 60-plus years now.

I'm blue-collar. Who knows, if I'd have gone to Miami or played out here in San Diego or played with the Raiders, who knows if it would have been like that? I think Buffalo was a perfect spot for me at the time. Twenty-five, 30 years later, it's documented what we did. It's documented that the players that we had, the organization, there's Hall of Famers all over the place. And 25-30 years later, people always come up to me and say, "Hey, I remember when you played. Those were great teams. It was a great organization. You guys went to four Super Bowls, you didn't win, but you guys were a team that had to be reckoned with. You had to beat Buffalo to get to the Super Bowl."

That's the good thing that I think about. It wouldn't have happened without those guys and it wouldn't happened without those fans and that organization the Marv Levys, the Bill Polians and all that. We're our own dynasty.

BN: Elbert Dubenion, the former Bills standout receiver and scout who put you on the team's radar before you were drafted in the fourth round in 1985, passed away on Dec. 26. What are your thoughts about him?

AR: Let me tell you, he was a great football player in Buffalo, but it doesn't really give him any credit for what kind of guy he was. And I remember he came to Kutztown and scouted me this little, small kid from Kutztown University, a little town in Western Pennsylvania and really told the Bills' organization about me and what kind of player I was and what kind of person I was, and gave me a chance. And every time I saw him, he said, "Yeah, you still remember when I came and saw you and worked you out?" And I said, "Let me tell you, Dubie, I'll never forget that because you saw something in me maybe 31 other teams didn't see."

He said a lot of things to me. One thing he said was, "It doesn't matter where you're from. If you're willing to work hard and put in the extra time when nobody's looking and tend to details, you can play in this league a long time." I was a very detail-oriented guy. I got that not only from my upbringing, but from a mentor like Dubie. I remember those words because, as a young kid, a guy talking to you in that manner, he saw something in you that maybe you didn't see in yourself. And he said, "Just keep working hard. And if it doesn't happen for you, you can never say to you didn't put 100% into it."

BN: He also could relate well to you because he wasn't a big-school guy, either, having played at Bluffton in Ohio.

AR: That's even smaller than Kutztown. There were five cows in Kutztown, there were two cows in Bluffton. And I think that small-school mentality that I had really resonated with him and vice versa. We both knew that. When they drafted me, he actually was one of the first guys I saw at training camp, too. He was like, "Welcome to your whole life right now." And I didn't want to let him down because he came and scouted me. When I got inducted to the Hall, I got a call from his wife and I told her, "With him giving me those words of wisdom, he's got a lot to do with my Hall of Fame career. There's no doubt about it."

BN: Did you ever get to watch any film of him playing?

AR: Over the years, I actually did. Old black and whites. They didn't call him "Golden Wheels" for no reason. He was running past people. He'd catch the ball, he was very elusive in the open field. And I think, really, we kind of resonated with each other because of that, too. He saw film of me as a quarterback and that I was elusive running with the ball. And that was really my signature. But I'm just so grateful that he even blessed me with his presence as a person, not as a football player.

BN: Once again, Steve Tasker couldn't get past the semifinal round for induction into the Hall of Fame. What's your view of his Hall worthiness?

AR: This guy was an important factor in every single game, because one out of every four plays was a special teams play. Steve Tasker not only is the best special teams player ever, but he a lot of times accounted for wins by himself. He changed the game just like Cliff Branch, who didn't make it who should also be there. He was a game-changer. Matthew Slater (a special teams standout for the New England Patriots) and all these guys playing the league now attribute their success to what Steve Tasker did.

Every time I talked to Steve about (being shut out of the Hall), he would be like, "I don't want to talk about that." I would go, "Well, they said that to me, too." I think there's no more deserving guy that would represent that position, a straight-up special-teamer, better than Steve Tasker. Steve impacted every single game that he played in, and I think he should get the same recognition and be looked at the same way as a receiver or running back or a defensive back. Anybody. And that would open the door for the Devin Hesters and the Matthew Slaters maybe down the road.

BN: What are you up to these days?

AR: I'm doing my "Read with Reed" reading program through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. We have impacted probably 4,000 to 5,000 kids a day with our reading program in the past two years. We're going into our third year of inspiring kids and telling them how important reading is for their futures.

We have an incentive-based program where you have to read a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time, and then the kids that read the most books get to go to an NFL game with me and (co-founder and brand manager) Theresa (Villano), and we get on the field. They see pregame, they meet the players that they want to meet. They just experience something they probably wouldn't have experienced before. And the last name's Reed, too, so there you go.

BN: What made you want to focus on reading?

AR: When Theresa and I talked about this a couple years ago, I said that I didn't remember my mom reading to me when I was at home as a kid. And that's really important in the structure of a family. You come home from school or whatever, you do your homework, and there's books around that your parents can read to you. I didn't have that.

And I wanted to tell these kids my story that I didn't have my mom reading books to me or my dad reading books to me because there was a lot of other (family) drama going on. So the kids read these books, they move their football (indicating how many books they've read in a given period), they score a touchdown, and then they get rewarded. We've done a supersized reading rally in every Super Bowl city for the past three years, so we'll be in Miami doing it.

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Progress stalled on closing health insurance gap between races – ABC News

January 16, 2020, 10:13 AM

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While the Affordable Care Act ushered in huge improvements in access to health care for black and Hispanic adults in the United States, that progress appears to have stalled, according to new research.

Between 2013 and 2016, the uninsured rate dropped from 24.4% to 13.7% among black adults, and from 40.2% to 25.5% among Hispanic adults, according to a report published Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit research foundation. Uninsured white Americans dropped from 14.5% to 8.2% during the same period.

Those gains narrowed the gap in insurance coverage between Americans of color and white Americans until 2016. Beginning that year, that progress came to a halt, with the gap increasing slightly for blacks and only decreasing slightly for Hispanics by 2018.

Uninsured rate among adults

The study examined federal survey data between 2013 and 2018 from adults ages 18 to 64, to determine how the ACA affected racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

"Historically, black and Hispanics in the U.S. have been far less likely to have health insurance," said Sara Collins, vice president of health care coverage and access at the Commonwealth Fund. She pointed to the changes in insurance rates since the ACA went into effect, which made it easier for people, especially low-income Americans, to get health care.

While disparities between black and white adults decreased, there's been "no improvement in this gap since 2016," she stressed.

That turning point can be linked to in part to congressional inaction, according to the researchers. Since 2010, there's been no federal legislation to enhance the health care law and myriad efforts to dismantle it. Weakening efforts include repealing the individual mandate penalty for having health care coverage and loosening restrictions on plans that don't comply with ACA guidelines.

In this June 26, 2018, file photo, demonstrators hold signs as Democratic leaders speak with reporters outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

In addition to examining the rate of uninsured adults, a key measure of health care access, the researchers also looked at Americans who went without health care because of cost during the previous year, as well as whether or not survey respondents said they had a regular health care provider.

In both cases, the researchers found improvements in the years after the ACA was implemented. Fewer adults in every racial group reported avoiding health care because of high costs between 2013 and 2018, and more adults reported having a regular health care provider during the same time frame. Similar to insurance rates, however, adults reporting consistent provider care tapered off after 2016, and by 2018 had decreased slightly.

One key driver of what Collins called "historic improvements" in health care access was Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. But while all states had the option to expand the program, many have chosen not to do so.

In states that did expand, black and Hispanic Americans benefited the most of any racial group, the report found. In turn, in states that did not expand their Medicaid programs, those groups suffered more from the decision. Expanded Medicaid isn't available to "nearly half of black adults and more than a third of Hispanics," who disproportionately live in non-expansion states, according to the report.

"This means that the failure to expand Medicaid in the remaining 15 states has a larger impact on black and Hispanic populations," said Jesse Baumgartner, a research associate at the Commonwealth Fund.

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There is a ‘disincentive’ to tell the truth about progress in Afghanistan, Pentagon official says – Military Times

Military leaders have incentive to lie on Afghanistan progress - special IG John Sopko, the special inspector general on reconstruction in Afghanistan, said commanders in Afghanistan have a 'disincentive' to tell the truth about the progress they're making in the country, thwarting efforts there. He also called the Afghanistan military and police a "hopeless nightmare." (U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee)

The sunny outlooks reported by senior leaders in Afghanistan over the last two decades created a vicious cycle, a Defense Department special inspector general told lawmakers on Wednesday, because each successive rotation of troops was expected to produce results.

In an exchange with the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction John Sopko explained his response to allegations in the Washington Posts Afghanistan Papers report.

The problem is, theres a disincentive, really, to tell the truth, said John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. We have created an incentive to almost require people to lie.

Its an issue of mendacity and hubris, he added, which snowballed into years of continued deployments and aid to Afghanistan, without an exit strategy.

There was a disconnect, almost from my first trip over there, between what [the United States Agency for International Development], State and DoD said was going on, and what I saw and what my staff were seeing on the ground, Sopko said.

And yet optimistic reports always found their way to the people in charge of funding the efforts.

Year after year we heard, quote: Were making progress. Year after year we were told, quote: Were turning a corner, committee chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said. While presidents and military officials were painting a rosy picture, the reality on the ground was a consistently deepening quagmire with no end in sight.

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But deployments only offer a snapshot in time, and while there may be some small steps made during that period, they were never enough to string together major sea change over the long term.

You create from the bottom up, an incentive, because of short timelines youre there for six months, nine months or a year to show success, he said. That gets reported up the chain, and before you know it, the president is talking about a success that doesnt exist.

Simply put, each commander on the ground wanted to justify his efforts.

Im not going to name names but I think everybody has that incentive to give happy talk to show success, Sopko said. Maybe its human nature to do that. I mean most of the lying is lying to ourselves. We want to show success.

One former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is now the chairman of the joint chiefs.

This army and this police force have been very, very effective in combat against the insurgents every single day. And I think thats an important story to be told across the board, then-Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said in a 2013 briefing from Kabul.

When asked whether he ever misrepresented the situation on the ground, Milley told reporters at a briefing in December that he had never deceived anyone.

I could not look myself in the mirror,"he said. I couldnt answer myself at two to three in the morning when my eyes pop open and see the dead roll in front of my eyes.

Despite conclusions across the board that the Afghanistan situation would not be solved by the military, Engel said, President Trump in 2017 surged troops to the country.

Though the president shut down peace talks in September, negotiations seemed to rekindle later in the year, as Trump visited Afghanistan over Thanksgiving, and the Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for reconciliation in Afghanistan visited Kabul to sit down with leaders in December.

Sopko offered a warning, should all sides finally reach an agreement.

In light of the ongoing peace negotiations, Congress should ensure that the administration has an actionable plan for what happens the day after peace is declared, Sopko said.

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Lunch break reveals a burglary in progress | Local News – The Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP A woman returned home for a lunch break Thursday to find strangers in her house eating.

Mackenzie Green, 32, and Daniel Skee Ball Anderson, both of Ashtabula, were charged with burglary, court records state. Anderson, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant, was arraigned Thursday in Ashtabula Municipal Court and Green is due in court for arraignment Thursday.

The homeowner, 74, came to her home in the 3900 block of State Road from work for a lunch break when she found a bald-headed male and two girls, eating in her house, the report states. A window next to her door was busted out so that the door could be unlocked, the report states.

Anderson ran from the residence and the homeowner, fearful, drove around the block and called for help, the report states.

Green was found by the homeowner hiding in an upstairs closet crying and clutching some of Andersons clothing. A deputy found Anderson across the street at his friends home where he was arrested on a warrant, the report states. The third woman, known only as Erica, was not located.

The homeowner did not report finding anything missing from her residence.

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Obstetrics & Gynecology Conference: Progress and Controversies in Gynecologic Oncology: 2020 prIME Conference – Barcelona January 24-25, 2020 – MD…

Session I: Cervical and Vulvar Cancers: Debate Microinvasive Surgery in Cervical Cancer (LACC); Debate Neoadjuvant Therapy for Cervical Cancer; Case Discussion Vulvar Cancer With 1 Positive Lower Pelvic Lymph Node on MRI

Session II: Endometrial Cancer and Rare Tumors: State of the Art: Second-Line and Third-Line Treatment of Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia (GTN); The Question of Lymph Node Staging: Surgically (SLN or Systematic) or Radiologically or None in Early-Stage Endometrial Cancer?; Case Discussion Using MMR and Other Molecular Factors to Guide Treatment of Endometrial Cancer; The Day After Laparoscopic Assisted Supracervical Hysterectomy (LASH): Oops! The Pathologist Says Its Sarcoma What to Do Now?

Session III: First-Line Treatment of Ovarian Cancer: Case Discussion First-Line Management of the Patient With High-Grade Serous HRD-Positive Ovarian Cancer, FIGO IIIC, Primary Debulking With Macroscopically Complete Resection; Case Discussion -First-Line Management Following 3 Courses Carboplatin-Paclitaxel With a Good Response and Interval Debulking With Complete Resection in a Patient With an Undifferentiated HRD-Negative Ovarian Cancer FIGO IV B (1 Groin LN); Case Discussion First-Line Management of a Patient With High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer FIGO IIIC, Primary Debulking but Post-Op Residual Tumor of at Least 1 cm (Diffuse Small Bowel) and Ascites

Session IV: Management of Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Session V: Treatment of Ovarian Cancer: The More Unusual Cases

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Venue: Crowne Plaza Barcelona - Fira Center

January 24-25, 2020

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Weather played crucial role in building progress: Whit & Whimsey – cleveland.com

BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- I dont know how we lucked out with the weather this winter so far, but I couldnt believe that the Brunswick Area Historical Societys new old school building at Heritage Farm is up and has siding. I thought they couldnt get much done because they only started at Thanksgiving, but lo and behold, there it is.

Of course, its just a shell, but Im so excited that its this far along and soon well be starting on the interior. Before you know it, the summer will be here and theyll be moving in!

And when the kids get out of school in May, it means first that Visintainer and then Edwards middle schools will be coming down and theyll be trying to duplicate the front faade of the latter. So, fundraising continues. Next big one is a soup supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 5 at the Eagles Club in Brunswick, so keep watching for details or go to brunswickhistory.com/ for updates.

They are outstanding: Congratulations to the Brunswick City Schools teachers and support staff of the year. Those who have been selected from each school include: Applewood -- Mallory Nixon; Crestview -- Randy Kuzilla; Hickory Ridge -- Rhonda Collis; Huntington -- Jill Vickerts; Kidder -- Doreen Kebberly; Memorial -- Amber Shivak; Towslee -- Sarah Cooper; Edwards -- Dina Wenmoth; Visintainer -- Dana Delnay; Willetts -- Maryann Destro; and High School -- Matt Sofranko.

Support Staff Jaime Bark (Crestview), Shelly Mongalier (Central Office), Cheryn Caso (Brunswick High School) and Bryan Abend (Hickory Ridge) also have been honored.

The Brunswick Education Foundation honors outstanding teachers each year and, through its fundraising (Spring Fling), raises scholarships for students and grants for teachers.

Grants this year go to elementary, middle and high school teachers Trista Smith, Cassandra Shepard, Alex Sword and Stacy Hoy for Mndfulness Club; Applewood teachers Amy Ginn, Kristen Graley, Sally Mellinger and Nicole Toth for Academic Athletes; Crestviews Lisa Werner and Valorie Strauss for Comfortable Cafeteria; also from Crestview, Kolbie Haines, Lora Thomason, Sheri Hudak and Kelly Rutkowski for Problem-Solving Across the Curriculum; Hickory Ridge teacher Monica Tilbert for Reading, Singing and Moving Oh My!; and Memorial teachers Ashley Hojczyk and Libby Jackson for Choices for Choosy Readers.

They will be honored by the BEF in March. (And mark your calendars for the annual Spring Fling on April 4. Its one of my favorite things to cover every year).

Sending a big thank you: The managers and volunteers at Lifes Treasures, the Thrift Store connected with Hospice of Medina County, would like to thank the donors and shoppers who supported the Christmas Treasures store in 2019.

After 11 years of moving the store around town to a variety of available locations, this past year the Christmas store shared the same building with Lifes Treasures at 317 South Court St. in Medina.

The Christmas store sacrificed space to cut overhead and to add efficiency. The store was gorgeously arranged, with a huge variety of holiday dcor. Profits from the sale of the items will stay in Medina County to support hospice patients and family services.

The store will continue in the same location in 2020, accepting donations of Christmas items beginning in July. A newly organized Lifes Treasures Store will be open all year, taking donations of clothing, books and household items every day until 3 p.m.

Christmas Treasures will open in October.

Join Mickey and Minnie: The Brunswick Optimist Club holds its 28th annual Pancake Breakfast & Kids Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 at the Brunswick Community Recreation Center, 3637 Center Road. Enjoy a pancake breakfast while the children are entertained with family-oriented activities like magic and balloon art with Nate the Great, face painting, crafts, games and, of course, Mickey and Minnie. Bring your camera for photos with the characters.

There will be a bake sale, as well. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Optimists, who are committed to helping young people in our community. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors over 60, $4 for children age 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger.

Check out the Optimist webpage at https://optimistclubofbrunswick.weebly.com/ or look for them on Facebook.

Leadership to hold a Preview Party: Do you know someone interested in investing in their career or their employees leadership skills? This year, decide to do something for yourself, personally and professionally!

Consider attending Leadership Medina Countys Program Preview Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $25 and you can register online at leadershipmedinacounty.org/.

Leadership Medina County staff, board and alumni will be there to connect with future participants about their experience. Come learn about their Signature, Emerging Leaders and Junior Leadership programs.

Leadership Medina County offers established and emerging business and community leaders a unique opportunity to be part of a group that has come together to explore complex community issues, deepen the essential leadership skills that are needed to address those issues and build meaningful relationships with other leaders who will challenge each others views of the world while finding shared values and working toward the common good.

New Sunrise Rotary members (Photo Courtesy of David Lariviere)

Two new members inducted: The Medina Sunrise Rotary held its induction ceremony welcoming Leon Skowronski of American Greetings and Kerry Gregoire of Siebert-Keck Insurance Agency into Rotarys diverse family of 1.2 million men and women of action.

People like you make our community stronger by adding your skills, experience and enthusiasm to advance communities at home and on a global scale, said Rotary president Shail Jain. Working together, we can eradicate polio, train more skilled peacemakers, protect and empower children, and provide lasting solutions for communities fighting disease, hunger, illiteracy and poverty.

The club is about to celebrate its 21st annual Wine & Roses Benefit Dinner, featuring a romantic dinner, fine wines, music and dancing. Its all taking place from 6 p.m. to midnight Feb. 8 at Weymouth Country Club. Tickets are $99 per person and include a complimentary cocktail. Money raised has done great things for the community.

Be sure to check out the clubs official website: medinasunriserotary.com/.

Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Stacey Maleckar, center, welcomes reappointed board member Lisa Morrison, left, and newly appointed board member Anne Salek during the December Board meeting. (Photo Courtesy of MCBDD)

Board members appointed: The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities has announced the appointment of board member Anne Salek by Medina County Probate Court Judge Kevin Dunn and the reappointment of Lisa Morrison by Medina County Commissioner Colleen Swedy. Each will serve a four-year term.

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities is comprised of seven volunteer members who are appointed by either the Medina County commissioners or the Medina County probate judge. Board members have various professional backgrounds and include community leaders and family members of individuals who have disabilities.

We are pleased that the county commissioners have continued to appoint board members who embody the spirit of public service, and we know that Ms. Salek and Ms. Morrison will continue that tradition with their talents, expertise and energy, said MCBDD Board President Wayne Carroll.

We are very fortunate to have these board members as we continue to expand and strengthen our commitment to making sure people with developmental disabilities have opportunities to succeed in our community.

Salek is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the Ohio State Bar Association and is one of only 30 attorneys in Ohio to have attained certification as an elder law attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Association. She earned her bachelors degree from Allegheny College and her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

While elder law attorneys typically cater specifically to the aged and elderly community, a significant portion of Saleks practice includes similar planning for adults who have disabilities and special needs.

While in my law practice Ive been able to assist a number of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in planning for long-term financial security, Im gratified that Ill now have the opportunity to work with other members of the MCBDD, the staff and our partners in Medina County to positively impact those same individuals in other ways," she said.

"I am looking forward to joining my new colleagues to advocate for and address the needs of the people with developmental disabilities in our community.

Since her first appointment to the MCBDD board in 2016, Morrison has been involved with making sure the MCBDD is providing quality services to individuals who have disabilities in our community.

She has been an adjunct faculty member in the psychology departments at Cuyahoga Community College, the University of Akron and Lorain County Community College.

I am proud to be reappointed as a board member for the MCBDD, Morrison said. I look forward to continuing to work with the dedicated management and staff to make sure families continue to receive important, life-changing services and support.

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At formal swearing-in, McMahon promises collaboration will bring progress – syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon promised today at his formal swearing-in ceremony to double down on efforts to work collaboratively with other local officials. The approach has already yielded positive results, he said.

McMahon, who was appointed county executive 14 months ago before winning election in November, said he has focused on strengthening relationships between his office and county legislators, the Syracuse mayor, and town and village officials.

As a result, he said, the community has shown more unity of purpose than it did in the past. Businesses and state and federal officials have noticed and are showing more interest in investing in Syracuse, he said.

McMahon said the recent decisions by two businesses JMA Wireless and Bankers Healthcare Group to expand in Syracuse were influenced by government collaboration. The same is true of Microsofts decision to locate a smart cities hub here, he said.

He promised that collaboration will continue to yield progress.

We have a moment in time as leaders of this community right now to double down on what we know has worked in 2019, he said. And if we can do that, if we can accomplish this, this community will look different.

McMahon said he plans to announce new initiatives at his State of the County Address, which will be Feb. 10 at Onondaga Community College.

Todays formal ceremony in the county legislature chamber followed a private swearing-in Dec. 30. McMahon received prolonged applause today from the audience, which he acknowledged was mainly composed of county workers.

Most of you are my employees, he said. I was looking to see who was clapping the loudest.

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For Fluid Equations, a Steady Flow of Progress – Quanta Magazine

Scientific progress is not usually straightforward. Researchers pursue and abandon lines of inquiry. Results languish. Theories take decades to cohere.

But sometimes the accumulation of scientific knowledge proceeds more directly, with one discovery triggering the next like a cascade of dominoes.

Thats been the case recently with the mathematical study of fluid mechanics. A startling experimental discovery in 2013 set in motion a series of mathematical proofs that have unsettled centuries of thinking.

Its been a very dynamic and exciting story, said Alexander Kiselev, a mathematician at Duke University and a coauthor of one of the proofs.

The discoveries center on the Euler equations, posed by Leonhard Euler in 1757. Mathematicians and physicists have used them to model how fluids evolve over time. If you toss a rock into a still pond, how will the water be moving five seconds later? The Euler equations can tell you.

Though, not literally. The Euler equations describe an idealized world in which fluids have a number of properties not found in reality. The equations assume, for example, that fluids have no viscosity (internal currents dont create friction as they move past one another) and that theyre incompressible (you cant squeeze a fluid into a smaller space than it already occupies).

Within this idealized world, the equations use Newtons laws of motion to predict the future states of a fluid. Ultimately, mathematicians who study the Euler equations want to know whether the equations always work. Are there scenarios that effectively cause the equations to crash and prevent them from describing a fluid any further into the future?

In 2013, a pair of mathematicians seemed to find such a scenario. Thomas Hou of the California Institute of Technology and Guo Luo, now of the City University of Hong Kong, were running numerical simulations on a computer. They provided a numerical description of the initial state of a fluid and let the computer apply the Euler equations to determine the fluids motion in the future.

Hou and Luo focused on a particular scenario that you could nearly simulate at home. But first, to help think about the surprisingly complicated ways in which fluids can flow, lets consider a scenario you really can try at home.

Imagine a flat-bottomed, cylindrical cup full of tea, with some tea leaves that have settled at the bottom. Now stir the tea clockwise. At first the whole fluid rotates almost as a single body, sweeping the leaves along for the ride.

As the stirring proceeds, though, the centrifugal force of the rotating liquid interacts with the side of the cup to create what physicists call a secondary flow a more complicated motion that arises in response to the initial motion of the stirring. These secondary flows, which go down at the sides of the cylinder and up at the center, are evident in the motion of the tea leaves: They collect in the center at the bottom of the cup and then remain practically stationary even as the tea around them continues to swirl.

The phenomenon, observed for centuries, is called the tea leaf paradox. In 1926 Albert Einstein provided the first mathematical explanation for this behavior.

The scenario that Hou and Luo considered is slightly more complicated. Again, imagine a fluid in a cylinder. This time, the fluid in the top half of the cylinder is rotating clockwise, as in the tea cup, but in the bottom half its rotating counterclockwise. The motions produce several secondary flows. Eddies develop, in the form of swirls running up and down the sides of the cylinder.

From the top the fluid is spiraling down, and from the bottom it is swirling up in the opposite direction, Hou said.

As Hou and Luo ran their numerical simulation, they observed something surprising happening halfway down the cup, right where the conflicting flows came together. The Euler equations reported that the vorticity (or spin) of the fluid at that point was amplifying dramatically. In fact, their simulation showed that according to the Euler equations, the vorticity at that point was growing so fast that it was on track to become infinite in a finite amount of time.

Such infinite values are known as singularities. If the Euler equations were to produce a singularity, theyd break down mathematicians call it blowing up and would no longer be able to describe the future motion of a fluid. This is because the equations cant compute with infinite quantities.

Hou and Luos discovery caused a sensation. For more than 200 years, mathematicians had hunted for scenarios in which the Euler equations faltered. Many had performed numerical simulations that they thought were on track to produce singularities, but none held up under repeated experimentation with faster computers. Hou and Luo finally seemed to have found one that would stick.

Many researchers believe that this is the most convincing singularity scenario we have, said Vladimir Sverak of the University of Minnesota.

But a computer simulation is merely evidence. Its not a proof.

Computers are limited in the sense that they cannot go to the infinitesimal scale, Kiselev said. The result could look very convincing, but you dont know. Maybe if you get a better supercomputer you see things start to disintegrate.

So mathematicians rushed to see if they could prove that what Hou and Luo had observed was really occurring mathematically.

Kiselev and Sverak learned about the simulation in 2013, during a presentation by Hou at a summer workshop at Stanford University. It prompted them to begin working on an important open problem about the rate at which vorticity grows in two-dimensional fluids. They managed to prove a long-conjectured property of the growth rate by considering a version of the scenario Hou and Luo had used in their simulation.

Mathematicians had spent a long time searching for such a useful scenario Hou and Luos simulation suggested to Kiselev and Sverak where they might find one.

It was sort of like having a target to aim for, Kiselev said. Its one thing if youre hunting and you dont even see your target. Its another thing when you know where it is.

Subsequent proofs over the years have extended the mathematical understanding of singularity formation in the Euler equations. In 2019, Tarek Elgindi of the University of California, San Diego, (along with his collaborators Tej-eddine Ghoul and Nader Masmoudi) published two proofs detailing circumstances in which the Euler equations produced singularities. The earlier paper by Kiselev and Sverak was one of the starting points for his work.

Elgindis proofs involve slightly specialized conditions and fall short of the complete understanding of singularity formation within the Euler equations that mathematicians seek. Still, they are among the strongest results ever achieved in the discipline. Quanta described the work in our recent feature Famous Fluid Equations Spring a Leak.

In the same way that eddies in a stream alter downstream currents, Elgindis work itself prompted a new round of mathematical discovery. In October 2019, Hou and Jiajie Chen adapted some of Elgindis methods to create a rigorous mathematical proof of a scenario closely related to the one in the 2013 experiment. They proved that in this slightly modified scenario, the singularity theyd observed forming in the Euler equations really does occur.

They took [Elgindis] ideas and applied them to the scenario from 2013, Sverak said. The circle was complete.

Theres still more work to be done, of course. Hous new proof has some technical qualifications that prevent it from establishing the existence of the singularity in the exact situation he modeled in 2013. But after a remarkable six-year run and with renewed momentum, Hou believes hell soon surmount those challenges, too.

I think were very close, he said.

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First Five Names Announced For PROGRESS Tampa – Last Word on Pro Wrestling

PROGRESS Wrestling make their return to the US as part of WrestleMania week festivities. PROGRESS has announced their first five talents for the PROGRESS Tampa show. Its likely that most of these talents will also be involved in the WRESTLExpo (EVOLVE/wXw/PROGRESS crossover) events too.

The King Eddie Kingston will join PROGRESS for Mania week and PROGRESS Tampa. The EVOLVE and NWA talent is sure to be a fixture of the WRESTLExpo. Kingston made multiple appearances for PROGRESS in 2019 including challengingWALTERfor the PROGRESS Championship and having a high profile feud withChris Brookes.

The duo ofChief Deputy Dunne andLos Federales Santos Jr.are making their way to the US. The journeymen tag team have wrestled all over the UK as one of the most consistently entertaining acts on the scene. Whether as heels or faces their act remains entertaining and once the bell rings they can hold up their end of a match. Santos especially is an excellent performer.

The Black Swan of British Wrestling is coming to the US. Cara Noir has a captivating entrance that must be seen live to be believed. Noir had a breakout year in 2019 where he finally managed to become a big name in the UK scene and looks to carry that momentum into 2020.

O.J.M.O is another rising star in the UK scene. Whether its as the OJMO or as Michael Oku he spent 2019 making the top promotions in the scene take notice and has become a big part of RevPro and PROGRESS shows. OJMO is a star in the making, its just a matter of waiting for companies to pull the trigger on this young man.

Stay tuned to theLast Word on Pro Wrestlingfor more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world. And subscribe toPowerslam to see PROGRESS and thousands of hours of independent wrestling content to get up tp speed with the talents before PROGRESS Tampa

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‘Positive’ progress in talks on charter renewal | News, Sports, Jobs – Lock Haven Express

MILL HALL Prior to Thursday nights Keystone Central school board meeting, representatives from the Keystone Central School District and Sugar Valley Rural Charter School reported a positive initial dialogue regarding a charter extension for SVRCS.

In an email sent to media outlets early Thursday morning, a news release stated that there was a Wednesday meeting between the two parties. Although the email was sent from a KCSD address, it stated that it was sent on behalf of KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin and SVRCS CEO Tracie Kennedy.

The news release read: Last evening representatives from SVRCS and KCSD met to discuss revisions to the 20-year-old charter. The conversation between the two has been positive and productive thus far. Further meetings have been scheduled to meet the common goal of charter revisions that could be approved by both the KCSD Board of Directors and SVRCS Board of Trustees.

At last weeks KCSD school board meeting, there was a special voting session that took place following the work session. During the voting session, the board unanimously approved an agreement with SVRCS for talks to proceed in an effort to resolve differences so a new five-year agreement between the schools can be negotiated.

The settlement negotation agreement is broken down into several segments:

Scope The Parties agree that in efforts to potentially avoid litigation in connection with the proceedings, the parties will attempt to negotiate a resolution. To accomplish this, the Parties agree to the several terms and conditions related to attempting to negotiate a resolution.

Settlement discussion process The Parties recognize that they are both public entities that may officially act only through their governing boards, and within the context of an opening meeting. Prior to considering or agreeing to any settlement, each Party has the right to hear from its administration and/or attorneys as to the relevant factual and legal background pertaining to settlement of the Proceedings, for purposes of both legal and expert advice on the advertisement of the potential settlement. Each Party has the right to hold any such discussions confidentially and within executive session(s), and at the exclusion of the other party.

Duration Any Party may give written notice through its Solicitor by mail or email to the other Partys Solicitor that the Agreement is terminated. In the event this Agreement is terminated, the Proceedings shall continue as if no settlement discussions had occurred. Other than the obligation to negotiate through settlement discussions, the Parties obligations under the Agreement shall survive any termination, to include, without limitation, the provisions of paragraphs 2, above.

No waiver or obligation The Parties expressly recognize and agree that entering into this Agreement (a) does not constitute an admission of liability of any wrongdoing by any party or that the Charter Schools renewal application, or the School Districts proposed causes for non-renewal, lack merit (b) is not a waiver of any arguments, claims, positions, or defenses in connection with the Proceeding, except the express waivers and releases otherwise provided for within the Agreement, and (c) does not obligate the Parties to reach a settlement relative to the Proceedings.

Rule of Construction Each party, through its legal counsel, has reviewed and participated in the drafting of the Agreement; and any rule of construction to the effect that ambiguities are construed against the drafting Party shall not apply in the interpretation or construction of the Agreement.

Martin said that she would like see the charter which has not been revised in more than two decades amended to meet present-day budget requirements.

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Art Rooney II anxious to see Ben Roethlisbergers progress – Behind the Steel Curtain

Could the Pittsburgh Steelers be a legitimate Super Bowl contender in 2020? If your answer to that question is yes, it should immediately be followed by, as long as Ben Roethlisberger comes back healthy.

The Steelers franchise quarterback is coming off a season-ending elbow injury which ended his 2019 campaign after just 6 quarters. Since Roethlisbergers surgery, news on his progress, or lack thereof, has been minimal.

At his end of the season press conference, Mike Tomlin spoke about the timeline for Roethlisbergers next step in his rehab process in February, and what it was like playing almost a full season without the only franchise quarterback he has known since taking over the head coaching position in 2007.

We live by the clich that the standard is the standard. Incidents like the loss of Ben gives us the opportunity to live that out. I dont know that our mentality changed in terms of what our intentions were. It was an opportunity for us to roll our sleeves up and make that a reality. Tomlin said to media. Our focus was there. Our focus was individually doing what was required to get in and out of stadiums with wins. I didnt spend a lot of time crying about it. I still havent. Maybe I will gain a better perspective as I gain some distance. In the process, there is a certain urgency to respond to the next challenge that doesnt give you a time to wallow in it.

On Wednesday, Steelers Team President Art Rooney II met with local media and discussed Roethlisbergers progress to date, and what he had to say was positive.

This via Mark Kaboly of The Athletic:

While things have been positive in Roethlisbergers physical rehabilitation, and his mental status after having to watch nearly the entire 2019 season, there is a lot left for Roethlisberger to do before fans should get excited for the 2020 season with the same No. 7 under center they have enjoyed watching since 2004.

In fact, there is a reason why Rooney II used the word anxious to describe the way the team is viewing Roethlisbergers return to the field. The hope is Roethlisberger is healed, and moves smoothly through the process of getting himself back into shape as a quarterback in the NFL. But there is always the chance that after all the years of hits, throws and wear and tear on his body that Roethlisberger doesnt return to the same quarterback he was prior to the injury. If that is the case, the Steelers would find themselves in quite a bind heading into the offseason, the new league year and the 2020 NFL Draft.

There are still a lot of hoops which need to be jumped through before the team even knows the status of Roethlisberger, and you better believe the fans echo Rooneys anxiety level when it comes to the future of the team being wrapped around No. 7s overall availability this upcoming season.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they embark on yet another lengthy offseason.

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Administrative woes slowing pretrial progress for Brian Fanion, former Westfield police officer accused of ki – MassLive.com

SPRINGFIELD - Progress has slowed in the high-profile case of retired Westfield Police Detective Brian Fanion, accused of killing his wife in 2018 and staging her death to look like a suicide.

During a brief pretrial hearing before Superior Court Judge Michael Callan on Thursday, lawyers on both sides said transcriptions of grand jury testimony has slowed to a snails pace and stymied the usual pretrial progress of the case.

Fanion was arrested on Nov. 7 and charged with murder after being indicted in Hampden Superior Court. He has been held without the right to bail ever since.

Amy Fanion, 51, died on May 8, 2018, at the couples home in Westfield. Fanion told his colleagues at the time his wife shot herself in the head while he was home on his lunch hour, after they had argued. However, prosecutors contend Brian Fanion pulled the trigger because he was having an affair and wanted to divorce his wife without giving up half of his pension.

Fanions defense attorney and his family -- including Amy Fanions brother and the couples two children -- have vehemently denied Brian Fanion had anything to do with her death and remain supportive.

Prosecutors, on the other hand, say they have a solid pyramid of forensic evidence and expert testimony that prove Amy Fanion could not have pulled the trigger on the gun that day.

Defense lawyer Jeffrey Brown told Callan hes been hampered by the fact that he hasnt received transcriptions of grand jury testimony -- particularly by out-of-state expert witnesses in forensics.

The case against Mr. Fanion is primarily reliant on certain expert testimony, Brown said.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Sandstrom told Callan that Philbin and Associates, a local transcription firm, has a backlog dating back months.

The commonwealth isnt looking to delay this in any way, shape or form, Sandstrom said.

Callan pushed back, encouraging Sandstrom to put the firms feet to the fire.

They can be ordered to put it at the top of the pile ... and they will because they work for you, Callan said.

He set the next pretrial hearing for Feb. 5.

Fanion was not present in court and requested not to be at the subsequent hearing, Brown said.


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Arrest made in Hopewells second homicide of 2020 – Progress Index

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Suspect is charged with second-degree murder in a Jan. 12 shooting death in the City Point area

HOPEWELL Police have made an arrest in connection with the citys second homicide of the year.

Nathaniel Romeo Arrington, 20, of Hopewell, has been charged with second-degree murder and murder and use of a firearm in the commisssion of a felony. Police Lt. Michael Langford said Arrington was arrested without incident Friday by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Police allege Arrington shot and killed Christopher Shawn Barron, 49, Jan. 12 at a residence on Ramsey Avenue in Hopewells City Point area. Officers found Barron while answering a call for a disturbance in the neighborhood.

He died at the scene.

Arrington is being held without bond at the Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George County.

In a statement announcing the arrest, Police Chief Kamran Afzal said the task force, of which Hopewell is a member, has proven again to be a valuable asset in locating and apprehending fugitives.

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Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake make progress on major projects that are years in the making – Community Impact Newspaper

Major projects that are years in the making are bringing visions to life. (Graphics by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Transformation will come to SH 26, also known as Colleyville Boulevard, following the completion of the SH 26 widening project, slated for spring 2020, as well as the summer opening of Grapevine Main, a destination offering a community plaza, a boutique hotel and a food hall.

In July, Texas Department of Transportation officials announced construction of the SH 26 widening project was delayed from its slated 2019 completion date to 2020.

SH 26, also called Colleyville Boulevard, serves as the citys main shopping corridor. TxDOT has been working since 2016 to widen 3 miles of the road at a cost of $38.2 million. The road widening is expected to be completed in the spring.

2020 is going to be an important year for SH 26, Colleyville Mayor Richard Newton said in an email.

Once TxDOT has finished widening the road, the city will begin installing new decorative streetlights and then adding landscaping, Newton said. Drivers will experience minimal impact during median work, he said.

The city will add stones, colorful plantings and mature trees to the center medians of SH 26, he said. The first phase of this work is set to begin in late spring or early summer.

Following this, the city will add vertical gateway structures, masonry accent walls, pavers and decorative sidewalk posts to further enhance the corridor, Newton said.

The metamorphosis to beautify this commercial corridor in 2020 will be exceptional, he said in an email. This transformation will benefit our communitys greatest assetsour residents and our businesses.

Construction work on SH 26 is still on track for the modified timeline, TxDOT Public Information Officer Val Lopez said. Crews are on the west side of SH 26 finishing remaining sidewalk, driveway and retaining wall installation, he said. Additional work includes final striping and permanent traffic signal installation.

We appreciate the patience of our residents and business owners as the construction phase of this project comes to an end, Newton said in his email.

Prompted by the TEXRail train station in the same location, which began operations in early 2019, the city decided to develop a traditional train station that serves the modern travelers needs. This includes an open courtyard, the Hotel Vin and the Harvest Hall food hall.

Much of the groundwork was laid last year for the train stations development, said Tom Santora, chief commercial officer of Coury Hospitality and the managing director of the upcoming Hotel Vin. In addition to major construction work and the opening of the new parking garage, Coury Hospitality collected surveys from more than 600 people about the types of cuisines or entertainment they wanted to see in the food hall. With those responses in mind, Santora said three of the seven food hall vendors have been selected and will be announced in the near future.

He said he has already noticed the project resonating with the community.

It feels like were sort of going back in time a little bit, and the architecture of the building fits into the city already, Santora said. It doesnt feel like this modern building was plopped there, or some generic, standard hotel, if you will. ... Theyve really done a nice job.

Near the train station is a plaza that will also serve as a key part of the development, Grapevine City Manager Bruno Rumbelow said. The plaza will feature a public art piece called the Peace Circle, capturing the moment an 1843 peace treaty was signed, as well as a fountain and seating, Rumbelow said. Community events could also be held there.

We are truly excited about the Hotel Vin and Grapevine Main fully opening and being activated in the summer of 2020, Rumbelow said.

The project site is located at the corner of North White Chapel Boulevard and SH 114.

The $290 million Carillon Parc plan from Hunter Chase Capital Partners was approved in July 2018, but was updated in September to add more parkland and to better use the lands natural elevation changes, said John Terrell, a developer of the project and a former Southlake mayor.

He said the changes add at least $50 million to the project.

The plan comes with eight distinct districts that will include chef-driven restaurants, artisan shopping, and more than 10 acres of park space.

The city of Southlake also plans to partner with the developers to relocate the city library to Carillon Parc.

Were very excited about the economic impact that Carillon is going to have for our community, Southlake Mayor Laura Hill said.

Developers closed on the land for Carillon Parc in November and expect to have a more finalized site plan for the project by mid-January, Terrell said. Following this will be six to eight months of engineering.

Once engineering is completed, major construction can take place, Terrell said.

Carillon Parc will take about four years to complete, but some of the first buildings will probably open two-and-a-half years into construction, he said. These will likely be the new city library and the performing arts center, with the hotel also taking shape around that time, too.

The entire community has been waiting a long time, long before we ever got involved in this particular parcel of land, Terrell said. I think all of us are looking forward to the groundbreaking.

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