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Pilgrim’s Progress: Ireland’s Camino-style journey – BBC News


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Ireland has got its own fully-guided pilgrim journey, similar to Spain's famous Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. But now you ...

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Carl Bernstein sees progress in quest to have Republicans openly defy Trump – Washington Examiner

After calling on reporters to investigate "how pervasive" talk is among top GOP officials and members of the military about President Trump's ability to lead, Carl Bernstein noted on Thursday that he is seeing progress as prominent Republicans are openly defying the president.

Bernstein shared an article about Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., about him saying on Thursday that Trump hasn't demonstrated the "competence" or the "stability" he needs to succeed.

"Important Republicans perhaps not so private anymore re: @realDonaldTrump's "stability" and fitness to be POTUS," Bernstein tweeted.

Earlier in the week, Bernstein, best known for his investigative reporting that shed light on the Watergate scandal leading to former President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974, said there is private chatter among top Republicans, conservatives and intelligence and military leaders questioning Trump's fitness to be commander in chief.

"Reporters should find out how pervasive such talk may be," he said.

As Trump has waffled on his willingness to condemn, by the name, the white nationalists and neo-Nazi groups involved in last weekend's violent clash with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., several Republicans have joined Democrats in condemning him.

Of those Republicans who have come out and told the media about their dismay with the president was Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who told Vice News that Trump's 'moral authority is compromised' after his latest Charlottesville comments on Tuesday, when he said there is "blame on both sides."

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Carrying candles and singing, thousands gather to reclaim the Rotunda – The Daily Progress

It was a secret message. A phone call, a text or an invitation in real life, perhaps whispered: Come to Nameless Field at 9 p.m. and please pass this message on to anyone who might be interested, and please do NOT pass it on to anyone who wont be.

The goal was to rally Charlottesville for a peaceful candlelight march on the University of Virginia Grounds. Thousands of community members sought to reclaim the power of a flame-lit gathering several days after white nationalists gathered at the Rotunda.

This was organic, said Dean of Students Allen Groves, from students and faculty and community members who said they wanted to do something and take back the pathway that these people attempted to take away from them.

In front of the university Lawn, their brightened faces smiling, the crowd sang songs and embraced each other after events that unfolded Friday and Saturday.

Violence had marred the city. Clashes broke out between rally goers and counter-protesters. Police had to shut down the event. People were hurt, and three were killed.

Preparing to enter the processional Wednesday, Francis Caruccio, a father who was with his wife and two children Wednesday evening, said they came to stand up for whats right in Charlottesville.

Asked how he handled explaining why things turned out the way they did Saturday, he said it is generally easy to explain to his children the difference between right and wrong.

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More than 1,000 people gathered at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville to remember Heather Heyer, 32, who was killed Saturday.

Weve had a lot of conversations about it. Some of them started before this last week, he said, but they certainly got a lot harder this last weekend.

We dont want these neo-Nazis and white supremacists in our community, said University of Virginia professor Walt Heinecke. They committed murder.

Unlike in May, when white nationalists held a surprise rally in Charlottesville that ended with a short nighttime torchlight protest at the foot of the citys Robert E. Lee statue, people died last weekend Heather Heyer and two state police troopers, H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates.

The two state officers, who were aiding law enforcement efforts by helicopter, were killed in a crash hours later in Albemarle County. Officers patrolling the city Wednesday could be seen with black bands covering their badges in honor of their two compatriots.

I think that people have been looking for a place to come together in the spirit of unity and to show that this is still our town, said Tom Perriello, a former congressman and candidate for governor and district congressman.

Our town is a diverse and inclusive place. And I also think its one where you see town and gown come together here in a very powerful way, he said. We want this to be the picture of who we are and who were going to be.

The previously appointed attorney is one of 13 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city over its decision to remove the Lee statue.

Heyer was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of protesters during the Unite the Right rally Saturday 19 others were injured. The alleged murderer is said to have shown Nazi sympathies in the past, and had come to Charlottesville to participate in the rally.

Throughout Wednesday, starting with a memorial service at the Paramount Theater in the morning and at the candlelight procession, people wore purple in honor of Heyer.

It all started Friday, when approximately 300 white nationalists and their supporters marched through Grounds, once again chanting white supremacist and Nazi rhetoric such as You will not replace us, blood and soil and Jew will not replace us.

Heinecke, who is currently out of town, was among the dozens of reporters and other observers who saw the white nationalists come upon a group of students who had locked arms and surrounded the statue of Thomas Jefferson at the front of the Rotunda.

A day of twists and turns by local and state politicians underscored how Saturday's white nationalist rally is rapidly resetting the politics of memorials.

Within moments, violence erupted. A video of the incident shared by the student activist group UVa Students United shows a woman frantically crying for help, alerting people that torches were being thrown.

Heinecke said he and Groves students had been there and that Groves was hit by one of the torches.

I saw a lot of violence that night. I was scared to wade into that mob of Nazis, Heinecke said. I have to say those students were the heroes of that particular action. They were yelling Black Lives Matter while they were screamed at and beaten.

Groves declined to say much about the events Friday but said he was moved by the community coming together.

This is a moving tribute to the real community that we know Charlottesville is, he said. This means a lot of me, and I think it means a lot to everyone in this community.

A roundup of events and stories following the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.

A student who was there, Ken King, said that it wasnt just students there. She said a coalition of about 30 students from across Virginia were joined by activists involved with the Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist movements.

As soon as we saw the torches on top of the Rotunda, it was actually horrifying, she said. They were spitting at us and slurring at us.

King said she was affected by pepper spray that was used after a brawl broke out next to her. She said that the fighting started when of the white nationalist torchbearers shoved someone and inadvertently had the tiki torch knocked out of his hand.

It set that guy off, she said. He just began throwing punches.

It was moments later that the fighting stopped. The white nationalists took over the Jefferson statue and celebrated by giving fascist Nazi salutes and raising their torches, whooping and hollering. The police then declared an unlawful assembly and cleared the plaza.

Wednesday afternoon, King and several students who participated in the counter-protest met with Groves to present a list of demands for the university to be more proactive in preventing racialized political violence and hate speech on Grounds.

The list includes a call for the university to ban white supremacist hate groups from the university and denounce leaders like Richard Spencer, an alumnus of the university.

We need next concrete steps to be taken, she said, adding that shes glad that the university demonstrated support by allowing the candlelight vigil Wednesday.

A vigil is always a good way to show support and solidarity while theres mourning.

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Montella happy with Milan progress – FourFourTwo

Vincenzo Montella is pleased with the state of AC Milan heading into Sunday's trip to Crotone in Serie A.

AC Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella is happy with the progress his new-look side have made ahead of their Serie A opener.

Milan's revolution continued with a 6-0 rout of Macedonian visitors Shkendija in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie on Thursday.

It has been a busy off-season for Milan, who have overhauled their squad with the signings of Leonardo Bonucci, Lucas Biglia, Andrea Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Andrea Conti, Franck Kessie and Fabio Borini.

Montella is pleased with where Milan are at heading into Sunday's trip to Crotone as they look to dethrone Italian champions Juventus.

"I'm not kidding myself that the hard work is done, because this is practically a whole new squad, but the lads are working hard and I am happy," Montella said.

"There are players who need to integrate and let's not forget Serie A is more tactical and therefore more difficult than many other leagues. It'll be a real battle against Crotone on Sunday.

"I am very happy with the way this team is developing. We are only at the beginning, but it's a promising start. It's also gratifying to see the visceral enthusiasm of the fans in the stadium. It gives us an extra boost.

"Naturally the game immediately got on the right track and was perhaps better than we expected, so we had some dips in concentration that we ought to avoid in future. In general, it was a very positive evening. We won't take the second leg for granted, as every game is an opportunity to improve.

"The only negative of the evening was Jack Bonaventura's injury, but we hope it's nothing serious. He had a twinge in his thigh."

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Houston backs bullet train, inks deal to help progress – Chron.com

Texas Central Partners said the train will likely use elevated tracks in urban areas, such as Dallas, shown in the rendering.

Texas Central Partners said the train will likely use elevated tracks in urban areas, such as Dallas, shown in the rendering.

Houston backs bullet train, inks deal to help progress

Backers of a Texas high-speed rail line on Thursday announced for the second time this week what they called significant progress on the controversial line, inking an agreement with Houston officials, detailing the work to come.

At City Hall, Houston and Texas Central Partners announced the signing of an memorandum of understanding, which commits both sides to share environmental surveys, utility analysis and engineering related to the project and surrounding area and work together to develop new transit and other travel options to and from the likely terminus of the bullet train line.

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In the memorandum, Texas Central notes the likely end of their Houston-to-Dallas line will be south of U.S. 290, west of Loop 610 and north of Interstate 10. The exact site has been long suspected as the current location of Northwest Mall.

The train will run on its own tracks, separated from roads and elevated in most places in the Houston area. Construction is expected to start late next year or early 2019, company officials said, and take between four and five years. The cost is expected to be at least $12 billion.

The cooperation between Houston and Texas Central is no surprise. City officials, notably Mayor Sylvester Turner, have praised the project, with the mayor citing it among examples of his goal of reducing automobile dependency.

We also look forward to the projects creation of job opportunities and economic development, Turner said in a prepared statement.

The company and others have also touted the lines private financing. Texas Central has said it will not fund the project with public grants, but might seek government-backed loans available to most private companies.

This demonstrates how the free market can play an integral part in addressing Americas enormous infrastructure opportunities, said Houston businessman Drayton McLane Jr., a member of the Texas Central board of directors. The agreement continues the projects momentum and shows the nation and the rest of the world how Texas does big things the right way for the public good.

Despite enjoying robust support in Houston and Dallas where Texas Central also has a memorandum with the city the bullet train project has many detractors in rural areas of the state it will cross. Many skeptics, including some in the Legislature, have said they doubt the companys chances and do not want Texans placed in the position of bailing the company out financially.

Many have also said the private company should not, and in some cases does not, have a right to use eminent domain to acquire land.

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Progress, but no solution to Ireland’s Brexit problem – POLITICO.eu

Demonstrators dressed as custom officials set up a mock customs checkpoint at the U.K.-Irish border crossing in Killeen to protest against the potential introduction of border checks after Brexit. The U.K. has issued a position paper saying it aims to avoid any border checks with Ireland | Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

The UK wants no checkpoints, no scanners, no cameras. But that means flexible and imaginative solutions will be needed.

By Charlie Cooper and Simon Marks

8/16/17, 8:00 PM CET

Updated 8/16/17, 8:02 PM CET

LONDON It was billed as the U.K.s solution to the intractable problem of the Northern Irish border.

To the Irish government, as well as businesses and traders on both sides of the Irish Sea, it looked like progress but far from a solution.

The position paper, the second of a series setting out more detail about the U.K.s Brexit stance, certainly told us things we did not already know.

The U.K. government has gone beyond its previous rhetoric of no hard border, and now says it wants to avoid any physical border infrastructure whatsoever. No checkpoints, no scanners, no cameras. The open border approach will apply to both people and goods moving across the 310-mile border.

In another positive sign for those farmers and manufacturers who want to maintain the current seamless, invisible frontier, the paper proposed harmonizing the U.K.s post-Brexit food standards with the EU. This could restrict the U.K.s room for maneuver in future free trade agreement talks with other countries who might demand a looser regime but the calculation appears to have been made in Westminster that it is worth it to keep a soft border in Ireland.

Irish businesses are not just worried about the land border, but about their east-west trade with the U.K.

There was also support, as anticipated, for residents of Northern Ireland, who can choose whether to be British citizens, Irish citizens, or both, keeping these rights and thus being able to claim EU citizenship even after Brexit. And the U.K. government signaled its intention to maintain the islands common energy market, which it said had helped reduce power prices as well as boosting renewables and security of supply.

The European Commission said Wednesday that it would carefully study the paper, though a spokesperson for the EUs executive cited an oft-repeated phrase from the EUs chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, that frictionless trade is not possible outside EU rules.

In Dublin, Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister, welcomed the principles of the position paper but said he was still lacking detailed answers on the border issues.

There is no straightforward solution to this. If there was we would have heard it by now. This is going to require a unique political solution, he told reporters at his departments office.

Precisely what the solution will be will depend on the future customs relationship the U.K. has with the EU. London offered two proposals on Tuesday, one of which could completely remove the need for a customs border in Ireland, but would require complex tracking of goods.

The other, to maintain a seamless border, would mean flexible and imaginative solutions. One of these, floated in the paper, would involve smaller regional traders, who make up more than 80 percent of the cross-border traffic, to be exempted from customs processes because they dont represent economically significant international trade. The paper also proposed a registration system for major traders so-called Authorized Economic Operators.

In either scenario, the Irish business lobby fears a major uptick in costly regulation unwanted extra red tape of the kind Brexiteers often denounce when it emanates from Brussels.

Irish businesses are not just worried about the land border, but about their east-west trade with the U.K. For the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec), the simplest and best solution would have been for the U.K. to remain in the EU customs union. London has ruled this out, and while Irish firms welcomed Tuesdays confirmation that the U.K. will seek a transition arrangement very similar to the customs union, there is still a sense of exasperation that the simplest solutions staying in the customs union and single market were never on the table.

U.K. Brexit policy continues to be dictated by domestic party political concerns, not rational economic considerations, said Danny McCoy, Ibecs CEO. We all stand to lose out as a result. A fundamental rethink of the U.K. position is needed if we are to avoid a significant economic hit to key sectors of the economy.

Labour MP Pat McFadden, a supporter of the cross-party, pro-EU, Open Britain campaign, agreed, saying the government was needlessly attempting to reinvent the wheel with its proposals to avoid a hard border.

In Northern Ireland, the position paper was warmly welcomed by the Conservatives Westminster allies, the Democratic Unionist Party, who said it contained many of their ideas.

We are pleased that the relationship between the DUP and the Conservative Party can be seen to bear fruit in many ways, including in the EU exit negotiations, said DUP MP Sammy Wilson, a member of the Brexit select committee in parliament.

Republican party Sinn Fin, with whom the DUP are yet to agree a deal on forming a new government in Belfast, were less enthusiastic.

The U.K. position demonstrated that Northern Ireland was a fleeting concern for the British government. We are collateral damage, said the partys northern leader, Michelle ONeill.

Kalina Oroschakoff contributed reporting.

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China’s making major progress with its aircraft carrier tech – Popular Science

Though China launched its much-ballyhooed Type 001A aircraft carrier just a few months ago, the People's Liberation Army Navy is hardly resting on its laurels, instead making steady progress on technology for its second home-built carrier, the Type 002.

The Type 002 carrier, development for which is slated to wrap in 2020 or 2021, will be a 70,000-ton aircraft carrier with catapults designed to launch heavier aircraft.

And giant catapults aren't the only new tech in development. Pictured above, the CGT-60F is a heavy duty, F-class gas turbine (which typically have a power output of 170-230 megawatts) designed by Tsinghua University's Gas Turbine Research Center with the Dongfang Electric Group and Shanghai Electric Group.It's completely domestic design that exceeded expectations for cooling and temperature distributionvital factors for large turbines. As such, thestate-run China Daily suggested that the CGT-60F would be a suitable candidate to power a large warship, such as an aircraft carrier.

Additionally, the aircraft carrier mockup at Wuhan (which also hosted the electromagnetic test rig for the Type 055 destroyer)is modifying its island to include newelectronic systems.

Previously modeled after the Liaoning's older island, the changes include the installation of an additional bridge deck,and new, flat paneled Type 346x series AESA radarsjust like the Type 001A carrier, but with smaller AESA radars above the Type 346s.

The Type 002's island would likely have a similar multi-paneled radar system found on the Type 055 DDG's integrated mast. Those smaller AESA radars could be used for targeting and fire control, allowing the Type 002 to datalink with missiles launched from aircraft and other ships, extending their range.

China has alsocontinued catapult testing at the Huangdicun. Obsessives may recall that earlier this summer, China launched the catapult-capable J-15T from the land-based electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), as well as debuted new steam catapults.

By putting both the J-15T and catapultthrough extensive testing, the pilots and aircrew of the Type 002 carrier will be able tomove quickly toward complexoperations when launched.What's more, a J-15 (serial number "111") was spotted in early July 2017 with a inflight refueling pod, slung under the fuselage centerline, between the engine nacelles.This kind of refueling would expand the range and flight times of current fighters.

Additionally, the second prototype J-31 stealth fighter has made additional flights this summer, the most recent on July 25. This burst of activity gives credence to reports that Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, the J-31's builders, is planning to create a third J-31 prototype with the capability to operate on catapult-equipped aircraft carriers.

The J-31, while smaller than the J-20 stealth fighter, has improved stealth and avionics capability on its second prototype. Plus, production versions are planned to be equipped with faster WS-17 engines, which could allow for supersonic flight without fuel-thirsty afterburners.Those putative J-31 fighters could prove to be stiff competitors in air combat with F-35C fighters of the U.S. Navy.

Looking beyond the Type 002, the Type 003 aircraft carrier could be a true supercarrier, with nuclear power and a 90,000-ton displacement. If official displays in China's military museum are any indication, the Type 003 would come with futuristic aircraft like stealthy drone bombers and sixth-generation fighters. It could also have enough electricity to power Chinese lasers and railguns currently under development.

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Mayor’s Lunch highlights county progress, future – Columbia Daily Herald

By JAY POWELL jpowell@c-dh.net

Maury County experienced another year of growth, new milestones and a road ahead full of hope, tourism dollars and a community thats making an increasing mark on the nations map.

The annual Mayors Lunch sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance took place Tuesday with remarks from leaders of all Maury County factions, including County Mayor Charlie Norman, Columbia Mayor Dean Dickey, Mt. Pleasant Mayor Jim Bailey and Spring Hill Vice Mayor Bruce Hull.

Each speaker touched on the past years accomplishments, major investments and new businesses. Norman said Maury County has reached the attention of international investors, with companies like Italy-based Landmark Ceramics in Mt. Pleasant and Columbias Wiremasters, which last month announced plans to open two new facilities in Germany and Mexico.

Its an exciting time to be living in Maury County and my goal and hope is to make Maury County the best place in this state to live, to learn, to work and to raise a family, Norman said. Today the state of Maury County is strong and prosperous as we continue to transform into a competitive global economy. Who would have thought that 10 years ago?

Dickey covered several aspects of Columbias yearly progress, including new businesses, restaurants and residential developments. There has been a 70 percent building increase since last year, he said, totaling $54 million in value.

The city also has embarked on a new marketing plan for tourism and investors following a recent study by Franklin-based marketing firm Chandlerthinks. This included hiring a new city tourism director, Kellye Murphy, and launching a new Columbia tourism web site in the near future. Other plans include opening a visitors center on the lower level of the Jack-n-Jill building located on North Main Street next to Columbia Police Department.

Moving forward into the next year, Columbias priorities lie within growing the citys economy, provide excellent financial service and to make a more attractive and livable city with a vibrant downtown square.

Building renovations currently underway show a vibrant downtown in which private investment and redevelopment are ongoing. Real estate transfers over the last year set a record high for properties in the downtown historic district, Dickey said. The Columbia Arts District is anticipated to continue to experience arts-related residential and commercial growth and prosperity that will eventually be recognized as a destination for residents and visitors alike.

As Mt. Pleasant mayor, Bailey said the town of about 5,000 residents is spending its time reviewing its local policies, refinancing the citys debt, restoring downtown buildings and working to repair the citys sewer lines. He hopes the revitalization efforts will attract more residents and that the town can someday experience the growth as seen in Columbia and Spring Hill, which could be just around the corner.

A lot of good things are happening out in Mt. Pleasant right now. Were revamping a lot of policy, trying to go through everything we have and playing catch up, Bailey said. Mt. Pleasant has some wonderful employees that are doing a great job to hold an insolvent situation together and were really starting to come out of it.

Spring Hill is one of the states fastest growing cities in many aspects. Its many road projects include the widening of Duplex Road and a roadway extension of Saturn Parkway to Beechcroft Road. The city will also begin annexation of Rippavilla Plantation, of which ownership was acquired by the city earlier this year.

Other top projects in Spring Hill include a 24,000-square-foot expansion to the Spring Hill Public Library and designs for a new Spring Hill Police station.

Hull also touched on the citys recently-passed $44.35 million 2017-2018 budget, which he described as a grueling process to balance. He warned that, given the difficulty of this years budget, there will be tough decisions to face with next years, such as a possible property tax increase to help pay for projects the city needs to complete to combat the expected growth. A special census will also be conducted next year in an effort to acquire more state-shared dollars awarded to cities based on population.

With anything, such as our companies, governments, churches, whatever it is, the budget drives it all, Hull said. Were at a point where were going to have to address our property tax in Spring Hill. Weve already addressed impact fees by hitting up developers, and do it all the time, and make the developers pay for it. We all have to share in the process.

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Wenger transfer update: ‘No progress’ on Alexis Sanchez; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere to stay – Eurosport.com

Sanchez is into the final year of his contract and could leave Arsenal on a free at the end of the season, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City reportedly keen to capitalise on the situation by signing the Chile international for a fee of around 50-60m before the window closes.

Wenger has stubbornly refused to consider selling his best player, even if it means the club taking a huge financial hit in June, and says he is more concerned with the sporting benefits Sanchez can provide as Arsenal target a return to the top four, and a title challenge.

We have not progressed on that front, he said of talks with Sanchez. At the moment he is player who goes into the final year of his contract and goes into the season. No progress on that.

On whether he was prepared to lose the forward on a free, Wenger replied:

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Midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a move to Chelsea, who are reportedly considering a 35 million offer for a player who is also in the final year of his contract.

But Wenger says he has no intention of selling the England international and expects big things from him.

Jack Wilshere of AFC Bournemouth goes down injured during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on April 15, 2017Getty Images

Another player out of contract at the end of the season, Wilshere recently turned out for the Under-23s to signal his return to fitness following a broken leg sustained during a loan spell with Bournemouth last season.

The England international was recently linked with a surprise move to Championship club Aston Villa but Wenger says Wilshere will stay at Arsenal, for now at least. He said:

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UVa football team shares message of love and unity in the wake of violence in Charlottesville – The Daily Progress

The image Bronco Mendenhall selected to show his Virginia football team involves a blue sky, green trees and white paint. HATE HAS NO PLACE HERE. WE CHOOSE LOVE, reads the iconic Beta Bridge on UVas Grounds.

Color has been tough to ignore recently in Charlottesville. White nationalists came here and caused unrest from the Rotunda to the Downtown Mall. Tuesday, a variety of Mendenhalls players both black and white spoke to the local media for the first time since the weekends tragic events.

From Micah Kiser to Quin Blanding to Kurt Benkert, they echoed Beta Bridges message.

We just want to show that football is very diverse, said Blanding, a senior safety from Virginia Beach. And once you step on a team and once you become a team and once you form a brotherhood, thats your brotherhood no matter color, no matter race, no matter religion.

Were all one no matter what. Theres no hate on a team. Were all together, we share the same goals and we share the same heart.

On Monday, the Cavaliers assembled on the Rotundas steps, locking arms with one another and smiling. No one was in a helmet or shoulder pads. Each wore a T-shirt, some of an orange shade, some blue, some gray, some black, some white.

Kiser, a two-year captain and senior linebacker from Baltimore, helped organize the team photo. He thought of the idea Friday night while seeing the shocking images of white nationalists marching with tiki torches on his schools campus.

Just us staying together, Kiser said. Us showing what we are, what we represent, how we want to represent this community, how we want to represent this city. I think it was important. Us gathering together.

We didnt take a team picture last year. So us together as a team, not even really wearing football gear because a lot of times people think African-Americans are just here to play football. We wanted to show that were not just here to play football. Were here to be great stewards of the community, get a great education and play football as well.

Us, together as one, locked in arms at the Rotunda. I think we saw a lot of the torch-carrying white nationalists, they were walking down the Lawn and on the Rotunda and kind of claiming that space as theirs. We wanted to say, No, thats not your space, thats our space.

The Wahoos scrimmaged Saturday morning at Scott Stadium. Near the practices end, Mendenhall was alerted by UVa athletics director Craig Littlepage that the city was in a state of emergency. Players were then instructed to board the bus back to the McCue Center.

As soon as we got back, said Benkert, a senior quarterback with roots in Florida and Maryland, all of our phones are blowing up and people are asking, Whats going on? Are you OK?

I think it was shock at first because we had really no idea. We knew that stuff had happened the night before, but we werent sure what was going on that day.

The Cavalier Inn, located at Emmet Street and Ivy Road, houses 70 percent of the team during training camp. Theyre checked into rooms on the third, fourth and fifth floors, Mendenhall said. It was soon learned that some white nationalists, in town to protest the planned removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at Emancipation Park, were staying on the first and second floors.

Benkert said a teammate remembered seeing the silver Dodge Charger that killed Heather Heyer and injured 19 others.

We always stick together, Blanding said. No matter what, were always brothers and we got each others back no matter where they [protestors] are. Unfortunately they were staying a couple floors under us, but were big, tough guys as well. Im not saying we were going to go out there and pick up violence, but we always got each others back no matter what.

Mendenhall said he instructed his team to channel its anger and to stay away from the chaos that ensued on the Downtown Mall.

When adversity hits and theres opposing forces and theres choices to be made, I go to my core beliefs and those are tied to faith, Mendenhall said of his message.

So I was giving them instruction as, when challenged and when you have decisions to make, those arent things to be done spur of the moment, they arent things to be done reactionary. Those things are done to be thoughtfully considered.

And you go deep as possible to assess what you do believe, what examples of that belief do you have in your life and then work to model that as best as possible. And contemplation before action was really what I was sharing with our team.

Many Cavaliers took to Twitter to express their feelings Saturday. Benkert referenced a Bible passage, Romans 12:19-21.

I think it started with the team meeting we had with Coach Mendenhall, Benkert said. How he views whats going on. For me, its just youre not going to make anything better, in my opinion, if you just show more hate than whats already out there.

Thats kind of the approach that I want to take, and its a hard one to take. People are hurt, people are killed and theres a lot of bad going on. But I feel like if you only bring hatred to that, its not going to make the situation any better.

Its love the Cavaliers are after.

Simple and powerful, Mendenhall said of the Beta Bridges updated look.

Virginia opens its season Sept. 2 when it hosts William & Mary.

Thats the cool thing about a team, there is no color, said Marques Hagans, UVas wide receivers coach and Charlottesville resident for the majority of his adult life. Everybodys one. We all wear the same uniforms and bleed the same thing. There is no color in a locker room.

So for us to be able to come together and rally behind the strength of Charlottesville, for what they represent, I think it would be huge for us to get out on the field and try to give something back to the community and show them that we appreciate what they did last weekend in the face of adversity and a lot of hate and ignorance.

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Stratford: Progress being made on dog park – CT Post

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File photo of the boarded up ranger's cabin in Stratfords Roosevelt Forest, which is where the town's new dog park will be situated, officials say.

File photo of the boarded up ranger's cabin in Stratfords Roosevelt Forest, which is where the town's new dog park will be situated, officials say.

Click through to see where to take your dog in southwestern Connecticut....

Click through to see where to take your dog in southwestern Connecticut....

Tati of Seymour plays on Silver Sands Beach in Milford. Dogs are not allowed on public beaches during the summer, but there are plenty of other dog-friendly outdoor spaces.

Tati of Seymour plays on Silver Sands Beach in Milford. Dogs are not allowed on public beaches during the summer, but there are plenty of other dog-friendly outdoor spaces.

A dog goes swimming at Mianus River Park in Stamford, Conn. on Monday August 27, 2012.

A dog goes swimming at Mianus River Park in Stamford, Conn. on Monday August 27, 2012.

Lauren Schreiber, 18, walks her dog Roxy with friend Charlie Haviland, 17, of Fairfield, and his dog Rocky Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014, at Lake Mohegan's hiking trails in Fairfield, Conn. less

Lauren Schreiber, 18, walks her dog Roxy with friend Charlie Haviland, 17, of Fairfield, and his dog Rocky Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014, at Lake Mohegan's hiking trails in ... more

Coco takes a dip in the pool at the Stamford Dog Park on Saturday, May 10, 2014, the 5-year anniversary of the park.

Coco takes a dip in the pool at the Stamford Dog Park on Saturday, May 10, 2014, the 5-year anniversary of the park.

Jennings Dog Beach is the only off-leash beach in the area from October 1st to March 31st. Dogs are allowed on the sand, but not on the boardwalks, pavilions, or playgrounds.

Jennings Dog Beach is the only off-leash beach in the area from October 1st to March 31st. Dogs are allowed on the sand, but not on the boardwalks, pavilions, or playgrounds.

Patty Johnstone of Sussex, N.J., and her Irish Red and White Setter, Ruger, during the Greenwich Kennel Club Dog Show at Taylor Farm Park, Norwalk, Saturday, June 7, 2013.

Patty Johnstone of Sussex, N.J., and her Irish Red and White Setter, Ruger, during the Greenwich Kennel Club Dog Show at Taylor Farm Park, Norwalk, Saturday, June 7, 2013.

Newtown's first off-leash recreational dog park features two acres of fenced area for licensed and vaccinated, friendly dogs over four months.

Newtown's first off-leash recreational dog park features two acres of fenced area for licensed and vaccinated, friendly dogs over four months.

Dogs are welcomed off leash along this trail bordering Candlewood Lake.

Dogs are welcomed off leash along this trail bordering Candlewood Lake.

Eisenhower Park has nature trails, a pond, a dog run, as well as many other family friendly recreational activities.

Eisenhower Park has nature trails, a pond, a dog run, as well as many other family friendly recreational activities.

Andrea Bulcken, of Shelton, gives her dog Brody a pet while he plays at the Shelton dog park in Shelton, Conn. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Andrea Bulcken, of Shelton, gives her dog Brody a pet while he plays at the Shelton dog park in Shelton, Conn. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Teddy, a Welsh terrier, dunks his tootsies in the water fountain at the Waveny Dog Park in New Canaan.

Teddy, a Welsh terrier, dunks his tootsies in the water fountain at the Waveny Dog Park in New Canaan.

The Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail in Monroe is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.

The Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail in Monroe is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced Greenwich dog park, which includes a separate area for small dogs.

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced Greenwich dog park, which includes a separate area for small dogs.

Compo Beach off-leash dog area welcomes canines from October 1 through March 30. The area is not fenced, though.

Compo Beach off-leash dog area welcomes canines from October 1 through March 30. The area is not fenced, though.

Leashed dogs are allowed in this park with a playground, tennis courts, cafe, fields, trails, and picnic benches.

Leashed dogs are allowed in this park with a playground, tennis courts, cafe, fields, trails, and picnic benches.

The long-awaited dog park in New Milford opened in 2010.

The long-awaited dog park in New Milford opened in 2010.

Dogs are welcomed off-leash and play areas are available in this public park.

Dogs are welcomed off-leash and play areas are available in this public park.

Havoc of New Fairfield at Lovers Leap State park in New Milford.

Havoc of New Fairfield at Lovers Leap State park in New Milford.

This is an on-leash beach open to canines between after October 1st to March 31st, as long as you pick up after them.

This is an on-leash beach open to canines between after October 1st to March 31st, as long as you pick up after them.

Havoc of New Fairfield enjoys a walk at Tarrywile Park in Danbury.

Havoc of New Fairfield enjoys a walk at Tarrywile Park in Danbury.

Dogs are allowed into Greenwich Parks from December 1st through March 31st.

Dogs are allowed into Greenwich Parks from December 1st through March 31st.

Havoc of New Fairfield at Steep Rock Preserve in Washington.

Havoc of New Fairfield at Steep Rock Preserve in Washington.

Donna Myer, of Southbury, gives her dogs, Winslow, left and Gracie, right, a drink in the nearby river , at the Southbury Dog Park, in Southbury.

Donna Myer, of Southbury, gives her dogs, Winslow, left and Gracie, right, a drink in the nearby river , at the Southbury Dog Park, in Southbury.

The Ridgefield Operation for Aminal Rescue Paws for the Cause Dog Walk in Ballard Park Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.

The Ridgefield Operation for Aminal Rescue Paws for the Cause Dog Walk in Ballard Park Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.

This friendly, large, off-leash dog park provides plenty of space for your pet to play.

This friendly, large, off-leash dog park provides plenty of space for your pet to play.

Kristin Woxholdt of New Fairfield takes Havoc for a walk at Stone Church Hike in Dover, NY.

Kristin Woxholdt of New Fairfield takes Havoc for a walk at Stone Church Hike in Dover, NY.

Cranberry Mountain in Patterson, NY is another dog-friendly hiking spot.

Cranberry Mountain in Patterson, NY is another dog-friendly hiking spot.

Stratford: Progress being made on dog park

STRATFORD This town has been howling for a dog park for decades, and now some progress is being made on the pooch playground.

The Town Council on Monday, yielding to the hundreds of sad-eyed, floppy-eared faces in town, agreed to award a contract to a company that will demolish the old ranger station residence at the entrance to Roosevelt Forest, where canines will soon be able to cavort with one another.

The low bid came in at about $22,000, which includes carting away whatever other mess is strewn about the old ranger station in the North End.

Details are still being worked out, but officials say that the fenced-in facility will have a key card system to permit only Stratford dogs to enter. There will also be a small parking lot.

In March, the council finally wagged its tail the Roosevelt Forest venue for the facility. Dozens of other sites from one end of town to the other were getting the stiff test, but most of these faced growls of disapproval from nearby residents.

Most of the money will come from an appropriation from the 2016-17 fiscal year, which ended on July 1. Officials said that itll still face scrutiny from the Inland Wetlands Commission.

The building that will be torn down hasnt been used in about two decades.

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Mitchell Trubisky’s progress headlines Bears’ strong rookie class – ESPN (blog)

A full breakdown of the Chicago Bears' 2017 draft class and its progress after two weeks of training camp.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, first round (No. 2 overall): Trubisky fired up the entire city of Chicago after he completed 18 of 25 pass attempts for 166 yards and one touchdown in his preseason debut. Trubisky is technically still third on Chicagos quarterback depth chart, but hes applying pressure on starter Mike Glennon. Its only a matter of time before Trubisky wins the job outright, but the Bears are taking it slow.

Adam Shaheen, TE, second round (No. 45): Out of Division II Ashland University, Shaheen excelled in Chicagos offseason program after it drafted him. That success carried over to training camp, where Shaheens expected to have a sizable role on offense alongside fellow tight ends Dion Sims and Zach Miller. Shaheens got really good hands for a big guy (6-foot-6). If Shaheen proves he can block, hell play a lot in the regular season.

Eddie Jackson, S, fourth round (No. 112): Jackson is pushing starting free safety Adrian Amos. Jackson had several interceptions early in camp that apparently caught the attention of the coaching staff, because lately, Jackson is getting more first-team reps. There is also hope the Alabama product may help on special teams, where he starred as a returner in college.

Tarik Cohen, RB, fourth round (No. 119): Cohen was the fan favorite in Bourbonnais. The Bears plan to use Cohen in a variety of ways as their Joker back. Look for the 5-6 speedster to get the ball in space when the regular season rolls around. The Bears ran Cohen between the tackles in the first preseason game, but that was probably by design. Chicago doesnt want to show their hand with Cohen, who has breakaway speed and moves in the open field.

Jordan Morgan, OL, fifth round (No. 147): There hasnt been much discussion about Morgan, even after reserve guard Eric Kush suffered a season-ending torn hamstring. Theres also concern about Kyle Longs ankle, making the interior of the offensive line a real question mark. Morgan, though, may be more of a project after playing college ball at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

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PUBG’s work-in-progress vaulting animations look good – PC Gamer

As exclusively revealed during the PC Gaming Show at this year's E3, the ability to vault, climb, and dive through windows is coming to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Now, one of the game's programmers has shared some work-in-progress footage that shows how the new animations are coming along.

What might seem like a small addition to PUBG has scope to grossly alter strategy as it stands. Being able to throw yourself over and therefore behind walls while being pursued, for example, could mark the difference between life and death; while snipers stand to access better vantage points by reaching highers up nests.

As you can see there, players will be able to stall vaults mid-animation which will definitely come in handy when facing off against the aforementioned opportunist snipers.

Again, the above is marked as a 'work-in-progress'. And while we don't as yet know exactly which update vaulting, climbing and window-diving are coming to PUBG, there's still no sign of this ultra-cool maneuvering:

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Westwood making cuts, but not making progress in majors – ABC News

It's not quite a badge of honor, though it beats the alternative. Lee Westwood was among 13 players who made the cut in all four majors this year, and he has the longest active streak of cuts made among those who have played them all.

Westwood last missed the cut in 2014 at the British Open, making it 13 in a row that he has played the weekend.

That's the good news.

"I'm playing steady, but not well enough," Westwood said.

His best finish was a tie for 18th in the Masters. Westwood tied for 55th in the U.S. Open, tied for 27th in the British Open and tied for 67th at the PGA Championship. He has only one top 10 in the majors since he last missed the cut, a runner-up at the Masters to Danny Willett last year.

"You don't want to be missing cuts. You'd rather be making cuts," Westwood said. "But obviously, I want to contend. Nobody wants to be out early on Sunday."

Jordan Spieth joins Westwood as the only players to make the cut in all four majors over the last three years.

The others to make the cut in every major this year were Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey, Kevin Kisner, Russell Henley, Steve Stricker, Charley Hoffman, Marc Leishman and J.B. Holmes.

Stricker now has made 26 straight cuts in the majors over the last eight years, though he has either not played (British Open) or not been eligible (Masters, U.S. Open) for six majors dating to his last missed cut at Hazeltine in the 2009 PGA Championship.

Russell Knox was on the wrong list this year. He was among five players who missed the cut in all four majors. The others were Jhonattan Vegas, Tyrrell Hatton, Yuta Ikeda and Jeunghun Wang.

PAYNE STEWART AWARD: Stewart Cink has won an award that is gaining massive momentum as one of the biggest honors on the PGA Tour. He will accept the Payne Stewart Award during the Tour Championship next month.

The award began as a tribute to Stewart, the three-time major champion who died in a plane crash on his way to the Tour Championship in 1999. It recognizes the values of character, charity and sportsmanship, and recent winners have said the ceremony was one of the best nights of their careers.

"To receive the Payne Stewart Award is one of the greatest honors of my career," Cink said. "Payne Stewart was a player and person whom I admired greatly, both on and off the course. His character, his infectious spirit and his dedication to growing the game were all traits that I have always aspired to emulate."

Cink has six victories in 21 years on the PGA Tour, including the British Open in 2009 in a playoff over Tom Watson at Turnberry. That was Cink at his best, not only his performance, but the graciousness in winning over such a popular and sentimental figure as the 59-year-old Watson.

"In every sense of the words, he showed character and sportsmanship," PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Cink has two sons in college and for the last two years has been devoting himself to his wife, Lisa, during her battle with breast cancer.

The Payne Stewart Award ceremony will be Sept. 19 and televised live on Golf Channel.

LAST CALL: The Wyndham Championship is the final PGA Tour event to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which in some cases, means keeping a full PGA Tour card.

Geoff Ogilvy, who used a one-time exemption from top 50 in career money, is on the biggest bubble at No. 125.

Rick Lamb is on the next bubble at No. 150. Players who finish between No. 126 and 150 at least have conditional status. That's where Chris Stroud started last season.

But the most critical might be further down the list.

Players who finish between No. 126 and 200 are eligible, if they need it, for the Web.com Tour Finals, which offers PGA Tour cards to the leading 25 players on a money list for four tournaments. Finish outside the 200 and it's a tougher road back to the big leagues.

Among those outside the top 200 going into the Wyndham Championship are Carl Pettersson (203), Jason Bohn (204) and Brad Fritsch (205). Pettersson and Bohn each have status as a past PGA Tour winner. They also could use a one-time exemption to play the Web.com Tour because they have been fully exempt the last five years.

Fritch, because he won on the Web.com Tour last year, would have Web.com status as a past champion, but he would be subject to the first reshuffle.

The answer for all of them is to play hard.

GRAND SLAM SECOND: Louis Oosthuizen went from a reputation of having the sweetest swing in golf to being the best at lip syncing.

All because of another runner-up finish.

Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion at St. Andrews, made a 50-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the PGA Championship and joined the list of players who have finished runner-up at all four majors. He lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson at the 2012 Masters, lost in a three-man playoff at the 2015 British Open and tied for second in the 2015 U.S. Open.

The others to accomplish that were Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Craig Wood. Norman is the only player from that group to lose all four majors in a playoff (Wood lost in extra holes at the PGA Championship when it was match play).

The South African handled it with a performance on the jet home that rates among his best mouthing the words, with more expression than he ever allows on the course, to "I'll Rise Up" by Andra Day.

DIVOTS: Henrik Stenson is playing the Wyndham Championship this week to make sure he reaches the minimum 15 tournaments to keep his PGA Tour membership. It will be his 13th event. At No. 75 in the FedEx Cup, he is assured of playing at least two playoff events. ... NBC analyst Mark Rolfing and his wife, Debi, have been selected to receive the PGA Distinguished Service Award. Along with their promotion of golf in Hawaii, the Mark and Debi Rolfing Charitable Foundation helps high-risk, needy children. They will be honored in November at the PGA of America's annual meeting. ... The reason Justin Thomas has "radar" stamped on wedges since he was still in elementary school: He told Golfweek magazine he was hitting chips and bunker shots close to the hole when Phillip James of Titleist said, "You've got radar out here." He says James to this day won't send him a wedge unless it has "radar" stamped on the back. ... U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka goes into next year atop the U.S. Ryder Cup standings. Points only were awarded at majors and World Golf Championships. Koepka was followed by Thomas, British Open champion Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Twelve of the top 15 players in the women's world ranking are not at the Solheim Cup.

FINAL WORD: "Made all the cuts. That's a good step." Rickie Fowler on his year in the majors.

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Signs of bipartisan progress on climate change – Baltimore Sun

The House Climate Solutions Caucus was created in 2016 by Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Democratic Rep.Ted Deutch. Both represent Florida. From the beginning, the Congressmen decided that membership in the caucus would come in pairs one Republican and one Democrat at a time. Their aim is to create a bipartisan group to engage in constructive dialogue to propose climate solutions (Leading on climate change, Aug. 14).

Recently, Rep. Ed Royce, a Republican from California, and Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat from Washington, joined the caucus. The House Climate Solutions Caucus is now 52 members strong.The caucus recently introduced two legislative proposals: Technologies for Energy Security Act (H.R. 1090) and Climate Solutions Commission Act (H.R. 2326). The Technology Act extends tax credits to small scale wind and geothermal energy initiatives. The Commission Act would create a bipartisan panel to propose economically viable actions or policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The hope is that the caucus will propose bipartisan legislation that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.For the past 10 years, Citizens Climate Lobby has with respect and appreciation for all members of Congress facilitated the development of the House Climate Solutions Caucus. An eloquent description of CCLs political method and proposal is given in Jan Marie Rushforths farewell message found at https://vimeo.com/226505118. Take the time to watch this video, support the House Climate Solutions Caucus and join Citizens Climate Lobby.

James O'Reilly, Glen Burnie

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Anti-trafficking laws have made great progress – The Hill (blog)

The headlines are enough to make a sane person crazy: Washington is broken, Congress is hopelessly deadlocked, and many legislators are more interested in retweets than governance. Thankfully, this isnt the case when it comes to domestic sex trafficking. Members of Congress have moved forward serious anti-trafficking legislation in an open, collaborative manner; and are writing smarter laws that address the problem at its roots.

Previous efforts to curb sex trafficking mainly provided funding for victim services, sharpened penalties for traffickers, and documented problems in other countries. While that work is important and must continue, an increasing number of Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate have had the ah-ha moment of realizing that traditional policy approaches largely ignore the source of the problem: men who callously buy sex from vulnerable women and youth.

While support for victims is necessary, it is not enough. We must work with law enforcement to avoid penalizing and traumatizing those being exploited, deter men from buying, reduce rates of re-offending, and reserve significant penalties for dangerous and repeat offenders.

Multiple bipartisan bills currently weaving through both chambers are advancing these criminal justice approaches to hold buyers accountable for the harm they cause. One example is The Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, which supports law enforcement through access to funding for buyer sting operations. Another is a marquee piece of anti-trafficking legislation, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which is poised for reauthorization this year with new provisions to help scale back the demand that causes victimization.

Nowadays its easy to claim that Congress is out-of-touch, but current activity on Capitol Hill shows that members increasingly see sex trafficking and forced prostitution for what it is: victimization and trauma caused by men who believe their money and status entitles them to sexual access.

Senators and Representatives with vastly different political ideals have recognized that the best solution is to hold buyers accountable, so the need for victim services will decrease over time, and sexual exploitation will no longer operate as a vibrant market.

Alex Trouteaud, Ph.D., is Director of Policy and Research for Demand Abolition, an organization that fights to combat theillegalcommercial sex industry in the U.S. and, by extension, the world.

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the views of The Hill.

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Attorney assigned to represent Fields is plaintiff in statue removal suit – The Daily Progress

A Charlottesville defense attorney assigned to represent the man accused of murder in the death of an Albemarle County woman by ramming his car into a crowd protesting Saturdays white nationalist rally is a former Republican candidate for the City Council and a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city regarding the removal of Confederate statues.

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond until he can meet with an attorney.

Fields is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run resulting in death.

Charlottesville General District Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. appointed Charles L. Buddy Weber to represent Fields, who said he made about $1,300 a month as a security guard and could not afford an attorney.

You have no ties to the community, so at this time you will not have bond until you have an attorney and they can come to this court regarding a bond, Downer told Fields, who appeared via video feed from jail.

Downer indicated that Weber was unaware of the appointment.

I do not know if Mr. Weber has a conflict or if he is willing to represent you.

Will Lyster, a friend of Weber, said the attorney is on a hiking trip and does not have cellphone service. He is expected to return next week.

Downer said a member of the Charlottesville Public Defenders Office has a conflict of interest with Fields regarding the incident and that the office could not represent Fields. He then appointed Weber, a local defense attorney who is on a list of local public defenders, to represent Fields.

Downer set the next bond hearing for Fields for Aug. 25.

Weber, a former chairman of the city Republican Party, is one of 13 plaintiffs who have sued the Charlottesville City Council for its decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from the park that once bore the Confederate generals name. The park has since been renamed Emancipation Park.

The park was the site of Saturdays Unite the Right rally, which brought several white supremacist and white nationalist groups to the park, as well large crowds of counter-protesters. The rally erupted in violence between the groups before it could start, however. Police declared an unlawful assembly and cleared the park after hundreds of people beat each other with sticks and fists, sprayed each other with pepper spray and hurled makeshift missiles.

After the rally, a car plowed into a crowd of about 100 counter-protesters marching down a Downtown Mall cross street and slammed into other cars that had stopped for the protesters. Heyer was killed in the crash, and 19 others were injured.

The car backed up on Fourth Street and sped away. Fields was later arrested.

As Fields Monday hearing was ending, Matthew Heimbach, leader of the white nationalist Traditionalist Worker Party, began shouting accusations that counter-protesters caused Saturdays violence. He was quickly surrounded by television crews and news reporters who were milling about the courthouse, awaiting Downers ruling.

Bystanders then joined the throng, drowning the mans words by chanting Nazi go home until police whisked him safely away from the growing crowd.

The Associated Press on Monday reported that police records from Florence, Kentucky, show Fields mother had called police in 2011, reporting that Fields stood behind her wheelchair wielding a 12-inch knife.

In a 2010 incident, his mother reported that Fields struck her on the head and locked her in the bathroom after she told him to stop playing video games. She told officers Fields was on medication to control his temper.

A former teacher told The Washington Post that Fields espoused Nazi ideals in high school.

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Ned Oliver of the Richmond Times-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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Matt Hughes’ Progress After Coma ‘Nothing Short of a Miracle,’ Says Friend – Bleacher Report

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UFC Hall of FamerMatt Hughes' recovery progress after his accident in June is "nothing short of a miracle," according to his friendTony Zucca.

Zucca posted a photo of himself and theformer UFC welterweight championon Instagram on Sunday as Hughes continues his recovery after his truck collided with atrain nearHillsboro, Illinois, less than two months ago:

PerESPN, Hughes, 43, wasin a coma until last month but suffered no broken bones or internal injuries after colliding with the train.

According to MMA Fighting'sMarc Raimondi, he has beenat HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, since the collision.

TheHillsboro-born Hughes retired from the UFC in 2013, with his final fight in 2011 when he was knocked out byJosh Koscheckat UFC 135.

He bowed out of MMA with a 45-9 professional record and having held the UFC welterweight title for two lengthy stints between 2001 and 2006.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko continues recovery progress in Chelsea training – We Ain’t Got No History

Tiemoue Bakayoko making an instant recovery from his knee injury and coming up to speed in zero time in Contes system would be a more than welcome boon ahead of Sundays trip to Wembley to play Spurs and try to avoid an 0-2 start to the season.

Unfortunately, thats a highly unlikely scenario Bakayoko playing, not the 0-2 start even after a few pictures of him training were shared on Snapchat by his brother. Without confirmation by Chelsea in their nightly training ground report (they only say Tiemoues making progress, as are Hazard and Pedro), we have to assume this is just light training alongside other injured players like, for example, Baba Rahman. (Plus, would a family member be even allowed at first-team training?)

These snaps are quite blurry, but that could in fact be Baba in the orange bib.

That said, other enterprising fans contacted Tiemoues brother on Snapchat, and he seems to be under the impression that there is a chance Tiemoue plays against Spurs on Sunday. Again, that seems highly optimistic and quite unlikely, but were likely to receive more solid confirmation one way or another later this week.

Yes, it has come to this.

As it stands, it will either be David Luiz or Charly Musonda Jr who will have to partner Kante in midfield, unless Conte (or the Chelsea Board) have something incredibly surprising and never before seen at Chelsea up their sleeves.

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