Logansport County Council Not In Contempt For Halted Funding Of War Memorial

first_imgBut the appellate court rejected the argument that the agreed judgment required the city and county council to include in its operating agreement a detailed plan for maintenance, repair and improvement of the memorial.“The 2017 Updated Plan, which was privately funded, indicates that improvements to Memorial Home could cost upwards of $2 million. While they continue to fund maintenance of Memorial Home, it is within the City and County’s discretion, with input from the Board (of Trustees) and the (executive director/manager), to determine how, when, and in what amount costly improvements will be made,” Judge Robert Altice wrote. “We have no authority, nor does Brugh, to require the City and County to each allocate $1 million toward rehabilitation of Memorial Home, which is essentially what Brugh desires.”The appellate court concluded by noting that Brugh “wholly failed” to establish contempt, agreeing with the trial court that the county council acted within its authority as the fiscal branch of county government in instead choosing to fund the expansion of a county jail and did not in any way willfully disobey the agreed judgment.“We affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand for further proceedings regarding the enforcement of the deed provision of the Agreed Judgment,” the appellate court concluded.“…On remand, if the City does not provide the trial court with evidence that a joint dedication deed has been executed, the trial court shall direct performance of this contractual requirement.” Katie Stancombe for www.theindianalawyer.comA Logansport World War I memorial home dedicated in 1922 was the cause for consternation in 2018 between a concerned citizen and local government officials as the home fell into disrepair. In resolving the dispute, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled partially for both parties.Jim Brugh filed a complaint challenging the property’s transfer from the Cass County Commissioners to the City of Logansport without reference to the property’s indicated purpose. Brugh’s suit resulted in an agreed judgment between the parties, but he filed a petition for enforcement of the agreement two years later arguing the parties had yet to comply.Brugh also alleged the Cass County Council should be found in contempt due to its refusal to commit $62,500 toward improvements for the memorial home as part of a second grant application. Brugh’s petition was denied and the county council was not found to be in contempt, despite his argument that the council engaged in contemptuous conduct by its refusal to fund the memorial as part of an application for a federal Community Development Block Grant.The concerned citizen appealed in Jim Brugh v. James L. Sailors, Cass County Commission, et al., 18A-PL-2730, arguing the Cass Superior Court failed to enforce the agreed judgment as written and abused its discretion in not finding the county council in contempt.The Indiana Court of Appeals partially reversed the trial court’s decision on Friday, finding the city had not complied with a section of the agreed judgment holding that it would execute a deed of dedication transferring the memorial jointly to itself and the county, expressly referring to its dedication and preservation as a war memorial pursuant to Indiana Code §§ 10-18-4-2(b)(3) and 10-18-4-12. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: HS2’s gateway to London set for transformation as Lendlease wins Euston development role

first_imgOpened in 1837, Euston was London’s first inter-city train station. It was completely rebuilt in the early sixties and now caters for around 42 million passengers a year, more than double the design capacity of the current station.By taking a coordinated approach with Network Rail, who own and run the existing station, and pooling publically owned land across the site, the appointment of the MDP will allow a unified approach to long-term development, which could unlock up to 4.84 million square foot of development space. The Masterplan will be in line with Camden’s Local Area Plan.Jules Pipe, London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, said: Lendlease will be appointed as Master Development Partner (MDP) by the Secretary of State for Transport and Network Rail. They will then work with the Greater London Authority and London Borough of Camden to develop a masterplan for the 54 hectare station site and take forward opportunities for sustainable mixed-use development once station construction is complete.The arrival of HS2 will more than double the number of seats out of Euston during peak hours, providing much-needed extra capacity alongside an opportunity to improve accessibility and open up the station to the surrounding communities, creating new access routes, public and green spaces across the wider station site. Euston will be one of the best connected parts of London, and the country.Welcoming the appointment, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani, said: HS2 Chief Executive Mark Thurston, said: Network Rail has a successful history of creating great places and we’re excited to use this expertise to work with stakeholders, landowners, and our new development partner to establish a visionary masterplan for Euston. Like our award-winning work at nearby King’s Cross, which attracted £2.2bn of private investment including new offices, jobs and homes, we will work to transform Euston station to meet modern needs and act as a catalyst for wider regeneration. With this transformation and the arrival of HS2, Euston station quarter will become a new thriving London destination which meets the needs of passengers and local communities. David Biggs, Managing Director Network Rail Property, said: We are proud and excited to be selected as preferred bidder to deliver the Euston OSD in partnership with HS2, Network Rail, London Borough of Camden, GLA and wider stakeholders. We believe this is a fantastic project in a key area of London which will provide opportunity for all and act as a catalyst for wider UK growth. The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists only Press and media enquiriescenter_img The arrival of HS2 gives us a unique opportunity to transform the wider Euston station site, opening up the station to the surrounding community with new streets and public realm as well as opportunities to unlock thousands of new jobs and homes, anchored around a common masterplan vision. It was great to see such a strong competition and I’m pleased to welcome Lendlease to the team. Their experience of delivering some of the world’s most challenging transport and development projects will be vital as we move forward with this exciting new phase in the story of Euston station. Euston has the potential to be much more than just a transport hub, and we look forward to working with Lendlease to make it into a real public space, which benefits local people, drives business growth, and unlocks some much-needed housing. As one of our capital’s main stations, it must seamlessly connect HS2, national rail, the Tube and, in the future, Crossrail 2. Lendlease are currently developing the International Quarter London at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will be home to 25,000 jobs centred around some of the best transport connections anywhere in the country.Like Euston, the development of the Olympic Park shows how infrastructure investment can help areas live up to their full potential, delivering new jobs, homes shops and leisure opportunities. In the six years since the Games, the area has been transformed, with new neighbourhoods created and work ongoing to integrate the new development into the surrounding community with new streets, public spaces and leisure facilities.Lendlease worked with a broad consultant team including Prior and Partners, Grimshaw, Arup, BIG, AHMM, Haworth Tomkins, Asif Khan and AECOM.Dan Labbad, Lendlease Chief Executive Officer International Operations, said: Confirming Lendlease as our intended major partner is an exciting and important moment as we drive forward the regeneration of Euston. We are setting out a strong vision for creating new homes and jobs, stimulating economic growth and building a modern development that will match the ambition and scale of HS2. Crucially, as we build Britain’s future railway we will ensure that communities are at the heart of our plans and share the transformative economic benefits on offer. Contact form https://www.hs2.org.uk… The new HS2 station will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers.The project will include a new interchange with the London Underground, combining Euston and Euston Square for the first time and including provision for a future connection to a potential Crossrail 2.HS2 Ltd recently announced a shortlist of bidders in the running to build the station, and appointed Engineers Ove Arup & Partners, working with Grimshaw Architects, to take forward the design. The main construction phase is due to begin in 2019 with the first HS2 services arriving in 2026.HS2 services will also travel beyond the new high speed network via existing tracks to a wide range of destinations including Liverpool, the North West, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.last_img read more

News story: Defence Secretary announces massive £2.5bn investment in UK nuclear submarines

first_img£1.5 billion will go on building the Royal Navy’s seventh Astute hunter-killer submarine the Defence Secretary named that new attack boat Agincourt another £960m will go to the second phase of construction for the UK’s four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines the work will sustain around 8,000 jobs in BAE Systems’ Submarine business the Defence Secretary also officially opened a new £100 million sub-construction building. The Dreadnought class programme is a vital, national endeavour and we are immensely proud of the role that we play as custodian of the naval nuclear propulsion capability in the UK. Dreadnought will be powered by the next generation Naval Pressurised Water Reactor technology, which will be simpler, require 30% less maintenance and have reduced in-service costs. Today’s delivery phase II announcement allows us to move from design through to manufacture and the delivery of major components that are essential for the submarine build timeline. The incredibly complex Astute and Dreadnought programmes maximise the tremendously skilled and experienced workforce we have across the UK submarine business. Both programmes require commitment and close collaboration with our industrial partners across the supply chain and in the newly formed Dreadnought Alliance, which will deliver a step change in how we will work together to efficiently and effectively deliver nuclear submarines for the Royal Navy. The Submarine Delivery Agency, which was established last month, will project manage the construction of future Royal Navy submarines, and support those in-service, working with Navy Command and the newly established Defence Nuclear Organisation. This multi-billion-pound investment in our nuclear submarines shows our unwavering commitment to keeping the UK safe and secure from intensifying threats. Agincourt will complete the Royal Navy’s seven-strong fleet of hunter-killer attack subs, the most powerful to ever enter British service, whilst our nuclear deterrent is the ultimate defence against the most extreme dangers we could possibly face. Not only is this a massive boost for our armed forces, but it’s huge for Barrow, the heart of sub-building in this country. Today’s news supports 8,000 BAE Systems’ submarine jobs, as well as thousands more in the supply chain, protecting prosperity and providing opportunity right across the country. Guto Bebb MP Minister for Defence Procurement meeting with Steve Dearden President – Submarines (right) during a visit to Rolls-Royce Raynesway Derby. Crown Copyright.Chief Executive Officer of the Submarine Delivery Agency, Ian Booth said: Securing this latest funding for our submarines programmes is excellent news for BAE Systems and the 8,700 employees in our Submarines business, as well as our local community in Barrow and the thousands of people across our UK supply chain who help deliver these nationally important programmes for the Royal Navy. We continue to make progress on these highly complex and technical programmes and today’s announcements will allow us to move forward with greater certainty and stability. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visits BAE Systems, Barrow-in-Furness. Crown CopyrightElsewhere, Defence Minister Guto Bebb will be in Derby today – with the Rolls-Royce contract seeing over 700 jobs sustained at their factory in the city.Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson today announced the Ministry of Defence is investing a massive £2.5 billion in boosting Britain’s submarine building projects.Speaking at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria, the home of British submarine construction, he announced £960 million worth of contracts have been signed to ramp up the next phase of construction for the UK’s four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines.He also announced that the Ministry of Defence has signed a £1.5 billion contract to build a seventh Astute hunter-killer submarine for the Royal Navy, before revealing that the attack boat will be called Agincourt. It will be the sixth vessel in the Royal Navy to be named after the Battle of Agincourt of 1415.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Steve Dearden, President-Submarines for Rolls-Royce said: The Dreadnought Programme is a true national endeavour, furthering our world-class nuclear capability. Today’s announcement includes a £60m contract for Rolls-Royce, supporting over 700 jobs here in Derby as the factory continues to make the reactors that will power our state-of-the-art Dreadnought subs into the 2060s. I’d like to thank everyone at Rolls-Royce in Derby for their contribution to maintaining our Continuous at Sea Deterrent, protecting us against the most serious threats to our way of life, every hour of every day. Cliff Robson, BAE Systems Submarines Managing Director, said: Britain’s third £1 billion Astute Class nuclear submarine, HMS Artful. Crown copyright.The multi-billion pound announcements will help sustain around 8,000 jobs in BAE Systems’ submarine business, as well as thousands more across the UK submarine supply chain.The Defence Secretary made the announcements during a ceremony, in which also opened a new £100 million submarine construction building in the Cumbria factory. In front of a gathered workforce of employees and apprentices, he unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the state-of-the-art Central Yard Facility building which, at 26,700 metres squared, is equivalent in size to 21 Olympic-sized swimming pools and, at 45 metres high, is as tall as ten double-decker buses.It will be used to outfit and test each section of the new Dreadnought submarines. The Dreadnought Submarine Programme will now move into its second phase. This will continue the design and build of the first Dreadnought submarine and commence the build of the second, including furthering the design and manufacture of the nuclear propulsion power plant. This phase has commenced with contracts signed for £900 million and £60 million with BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce respectively.last_img read more

Phil Lesh Brings Fishman, McConnell, Russo, Osborne, & So Many More Friends To LOCKN’ [Full Set Audio]

first_imgSaturday’s LOCKN’ introduced the highly anticipated first set from Phil Lesh & Friends. The only member of the Grateful Dead on the festival site, the bassist held it down strong with an exceptional cast of characters, including: drummer Jon Fishman and key-master Page McConnell of Phish, drummer Joe Russo, guitarist Anders Osborne, and virtually all of The Infamous Stringdusters. The set included Dead favorites “Scarlet Begonias”, “Uncle John’s Band”, “Shakedown Street” and a heavy-hitting “Terrapin Station” to close things out. Fans were treated to husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi for “Mr. Charlie” and “Sugaree”. You can listen to the full set below, courtesy of taper quinfolk:last_img

Target: New ways to battle disease

first_imgFor decades, developing medicine to treat disease was a lengthy and often discouraging process: create a drug, test on a lab animal, hold a human clinical trial, and hope to calibrate an effective dose to kill the disease without devastating the patient.Now, researchers at the Broad Institute of Harvard and the MIT are tapping the human genome mapped by its founders, hoping to create effective treatments for vexing afflictions.“When you rely on biology — not models but real humans — to reveal the root cause of the disease, the good news is you can discover insights for even the most daunting ones, like schizophrenia,” said Stuart L. Schreiber, Ph.D. ’81, director of the year-old Center for the Science of Therapeutics.Schreiber made his remarks Wednesday during a presentation on “The Road to Vital Therapy,” part of the Broad’s midsummer science lecture series. More than 500 people registered for the event, which focused on the institute’s efforts in what it called “chemistry-enabled, patient-based drug discovery.”Schreiber, who is also Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biography at Harvard, said drug discovery over the past 40 years has been a “daunting” process that can take as long as 15 years, fail 90 percent of the time, and often miss its mark.“When you rely on biology — not models but real humans — to reveal the root cause of the disease, the good news is you can discover insights for even the most daunting ones, like schizophrenia,” said Stuart L. Schreiber.Rather than focusing on traditional experiments, Broad researchers look to biology and chemistry — what Schreiber called “experiments in nature.” One is underway on Crohn’s disease, a painful inflammatory bowel ailment that afflicts as many as 700,000 Americans; it is expected to yield fruitful results.Broad researchers know that some Crohn’s genes are normal, some are not, and others protect against the disease. The institute’s goal is to find a drug therapy that fixes the gene that gives a person Crohn’s.Schreiber said a remaining challenge is that the work identifying genetic targets is too advanced for the chemists devising medical therapies. The Crohn’s gene target “pocket” that would hold the medicine is three-dimensional, while most drugs are two. Broad scientists are working on a solution.Genomic information isn’t a magic elixir, though. James E. Bradner ’94, associate director of the Center for Science of Therapeutics and an investigator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said that researchers thought when the human genome was sequenced, drugs could be made for each cancer-causing mutation.It turns out that there are a million unique cancer mutations in 24,000 genes. Many are passenger mutations — those caused by “smoking, chewing tobacco, breathing air, or bad luck.” At least 480 contribute to cancer, while 149 are known to cause it, Bradner said.Like Schreiber, Bradner believes that new drugs aimed at single genetic targets are the answer, when the technology to create them catches up.“We need new technologies, multiple avenues of therapy targeting these” mutations, said Bradner, a physician-scientist who is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “One of the obstacles is we may not have the technology we need.”Schreiber, speaking afterward, said he is hopeful that genomics and chemistry can be integrated to develop drugs to undermine stubborn diseases.“I’m optimistic because there’s a blueprint, a roadmap to get there,” Schreiber said. “It’s not going to be easy, but it’s very different from 10 years ago, when you didn’t know how difficult or easy it would be when you didn’t have the roadmap. Now, we just need to keep a laser focus.”Vivian Siegel, director of education and outreach, moderated. Alykhan Shamji ’00, Ph.D ’05, executive director of the Broad’s Center for the Science of Therapeutics, Michael A. Foley, director of the Therapeutics Platform, and Brian Hubbard, director of the center’s Therapeutics Projects Group, also were on the panel.The next lecture in the series, “Exploring the Genome’s ‘Dark Matter’: What the Frontiers of Genomic Research Are Revealing About Cancer,” is 6-7 p.m. July 17. It is free and open to the public.last_img read more

Suspects Detained in Attack Against Colombian Former Minister

first_img Colombian authorities announced on August 28 the capture of the five perpetrators involved in the explosive attack that took place in the month of May, against a former minister, and stated that, although they are not members of the FARC, this guerrilla group remains the main suspect in the attack. One of those arrested is a 16 year old who allegedly placed an explosive in the former Minister Fernando Londono’s armored van, which took the lives of two of his bodyguards and wounded nearly 50 people in Bogotá, reported the National Police Director José Roberto León, in a press release. The five arrested in this operation developed in recent days, formed part of a criminal organization, which was operating out of the city of Cali (southwest), noted León. Colombia’s Attorney General, Eduardo Montealegre, indicated that it still needed to determine and arrest the masterminds of the attack on May 15, against Londono, the Interior Minister (2002-2004) under President Álvaro Uribe. Montealegre, who in June blamed the attack on the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), reiterated that the insurgent group remains the main suspect. The reasons for this hypothesis is “the methodology that was used, which was a sticky (tape) that previously had been used by the FARC; the threats against Londono detected in emails and computers, and the existence of a failed FARC attempt years ago against the former Minister” argued Montealegre. President Juan Manuel Santos initially reported the arrest of seven “common criminals” in the operation, but later corrected that figure to five. Santos announced Monday that his government held talks with the FARC for eventual peace negotiations to end the armed conflict of almost half a century. By Dialogo August 30, 2012last_img read more

Golf course offers picture perfect backdrop for Gold Coast home

first_imgThe kitchen has a HUGE island bench – perfect for cooking up a storm.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The property is in a beautiful spot,” she said. “You feel like you’re in a resort every day of the week.”The owners built the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in 2015.Mrs Fea said their family had since outgrown the property so needed to sell to buy a larger one.“They’ve got a growing family and they need more yard for their children and a bigger property.”The living areas are open, perfect for entertaining. Plenty of space to avoid fights for the bathroom each morning.It has multiple living areas, including an upstairs retreat and family room overlooking the golf course.The kitchen includes Caesarstone benches, a butler’s pantry and Technika appliances.It also has a ducted vacuum and airconditioning system, solar hot water and a triple-car garage.The Hope Island Resort pool and parklands, shops, cafes, marina, fitness centre and tennis academy are a short buggy ride away.The view of the golf course isn’t bad! The home at 9105 Peter Senior Drive.MANICURED grass and surrounding trees offer a picture perfect backdrop for this Hope Island home.It is this position on the outskirts of The Links Hope Island golf course that makes the two-storey home at 9105 Peter Senior Drive such a peaceful place to live.Hum and Fea Realty principal Ruth Fea, who is marketing the property, said its location made it attractive to prospective buyers.Watch the sunset over the golf course from the outdoor entertainment area.last_img read more

Chinese study finds link between abortion and depression

first_imgLifesite News 19 Mar 2012A new study of post-abortive women in China found a high correlation between induced abortion and depression among pregnant women, adding to the growing body of evidence that links abortion with negative mental health outcomes. The findings were reached by a team of Chinese researchers from Anhui Medical College who analyzed data that had been previously collected as part of an on-going study on child development. Their study, titled, “The Impact of Prior Abortion on Anxiety and Depression Symptoms During a Subsequent Pregnancy: Data From a Population-Based Cohort Study in China,” was published recently in the Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology.The researchers used data from 6,887 pregnant women who had participated in the Annui Birth Defects and Child Development Cohort study between October 2008 and September 2009. 3,264 of those women had experienced a previous abortion. Most were induced abortions, although the data also included some women who had had spontaneous abortions (miscarriages).They found that pregnant women who had undergone an induced abortion of a previous pregnancy a year or more before their current pregnancy were 49% more likely to experience depression and 114% more likely to experience anxiety during their first trimester. If the abortion was more recent, the risk was 97% greater for anxiety in the first trimester, and 64% greater for depression during the second trimester. In comparison, the study found, women who had experienced a miscarriage did not appear to be at a greater risk for anxiety or depression than other pregnant women in the first and second trimester.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chinese-study-finds-link-between-previous-abortion-and-depression-among-prelast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini walks out on press twice after heavy defeat at Tottenham

first_img It was as open as Pellegrini got, bristling again when asked whether people had got carried away by City’s early fine form. “We never talked that we are invincible,” he said. “We know the Premier League is always close games and very difficult. “Anyone can beat another team. We must continue working, we have 15 points, we try to get a victory in the next game.” An exceptional start to the season is beginning to be forgotten after home defeats to Juventus and West Ham were compounded in north London on Saturday. Unable to follow-up their comfortable Capital One Cup win at Sunderland and hold onto a first-half lead, they returned from Tottenham on the back of a 4-1 defeat. Manuel Pellegrini appears to be feeling the pressure after twice storming out on journalists following Manchester City’s third defeat in four matches. Pellegrini kept his counsel during the press conference, but his cool exterior dropped when the cameras were off and he spoke to the written press. The City boss stormed off after less than 30 seconds having quickly grown unhappy with questions about his post-match emotions – before making an embarrassing retreat having walked the wrong way. “If you want to talk about football, we talk about football, if not then no,” he said. “If you want to talk about football yes, but if you want to talk about stupid things then I do not answer stupid things.” Pellegrini would again storm off – this time through the right exit – after an innocuous question about Sergio Aguero’s performance, although the City boss did answer a few questions before that. The Chilean defended his centre-backs after the heavy loss – “I think they both played very well” – and said that enforced changes rather than under-performing players were the main issue. “It is difficult to keep a level when you must always make changes,” he said. “That is difficult. “We couldn’t continue playing with the same team. We have an important squad and maybe we made important mistakes in the last games.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img May 9, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is considering the prospect of holding its amateur draft before the Stanley Cup final.The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27, but it was postponed with the season in an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the NHL is deciding whether to hold it earlier in June following the NFL’s success with its virtual draft last month.Such a move means teams would not be able to trade players before or during the draft, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played. There are mixed feelings about the idea among executives.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The end of this virus-disrupted school year has produced a bleak financial outlook for major college sports. Budget projections are landing in the red. West Virginia has announced a $5 million projected shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. The athletic director will take a 10% salary reduction for the next budget cycle along with other high earners in the department. Minnesota has forecast a $4 million deficit for the current fiscal period. The month before the pandemic hit, a $1 million surplus was projected. Now, the school says all cost-savings measures are on the table. Hamlin takes virtual finaleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway.This year’s Daytona 500 champion had four fresh tires as he chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag.Timmy Hill finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chastain and Austin Dillon.Hamlin was instrumental in organizing his fellow Cup drivers for the invitational series that started after the series was suspended. He also won the opening iRacing event on March 22. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUFC-TRUMPTrump lauds UFC for resuming matchesJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — President Trump has congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world Saturday night after a nearly two-month hiatus. Hamlin races barefoot on a top-of-the-line simulator. He also gained national attention three races ago at virtual Talladega Superspeedway when his daughter, Taylor, tried to ask him a question during the race and accidentally turned off the screen on his simulator with a remote control she was holding.WOMEN’S BASEBALL-PRATT-OBITOriginal Rockford Peach diesBRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Former Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets pitcher Mary Pratt has died at 101.Pratt was believed to be the last surviving member of the original 1943 Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own.” She pitched in the league until 1947 and taught physical education for 46 years. Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC 249 undercard from a fan-free arena Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. He congratulated UFC President Dana White, who is a Trump business associate and a major contributor to his re-election campaign.UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago. It was supposed to be held in New York April 18 but was postponed in hopes of helping slow the spread of COVID-19. White tried to stage the event on tribal land in California and still hopes to create a “Fight Island” for future cards.One of the fighters scheduled to take part in UFC249 has tested positive for the COVID-19. UFC says Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall was called off after Souza tested positive, along with his two cornermen. UFC says all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL considers early draft The league said in a tweet that Pratt’s “stories, her energy will be missed for a long time.”Her nephew, Walter Pratt, told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass. she passed away peacefully at a nursing home.OLYMPICS-JOVANOVIC-OBITUS bobsledder diesLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic has died at 43. The Toms River, New Jersey, native took up the sport in 1997. A push athlete for driver Todd Hays, he won a bronze medal at the 2004 world championships and finished seventh in both the two- and four-man events at the 2006 Winter OlympicsUSA Bobsled/Skeleton said in a release Saturday that Jovanovic took his own life May 3. Update on the latest sports — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst (krihst) and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic. School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.— Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. The Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” concept ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs. Teams at or near the relegation zone are worried about the monetary and competitive impact of playing the remainder of the season at neutral grounds without fans. “Project Restart” needs approval from at least 14 teams.— Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension. Now, the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home.— The president of French soccer club Lyon (lee-OHN’) says all members of its men’s and women’s teams have tested negative for the coronavirus. They were tested by team doctors.NASCAR-iRACING Associated Press last_img read more