Vick pleads guilty to federal dogfighting charge

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. – Michael Vick pleaded guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting charge and awaited a Dec. 10 sentencing date that could send the NFL star to prison. The plea by the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback was accepted by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who asked: “Are you entering the plea of guilty to a conspiracy charge because you are in fact guilty?” Vick replied, “Yes, sir.” Hudson emphasized he is not bound by sentencing guidelines and can impose the maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You’re taking your chances here. You’ll have to live with whatever decision I make,” Hudson. In his written plea filed in federal court Friday, Vick admitted helping kill six to eight pit bulls and supplying money for gambling on the fights. He said he did not personally place any bets or share in any winnings. The NFL suspended him indefinitely and without pay Friday after his plea agreement was filed. Merely associating with gamblers can trigger a lifetime ban under the league’s personal conduct policy. The case began in late April when authorities conducting a drug investigation of Vick’s cousin raided the former Virginia Tech star’s rural Surry County property and seized dozens of dogs, some injured, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting. last_img read more

National Geographic Society To Do Video Games

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#gaming#NYT#Product Reviews#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img sarah perez 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… The successful science and educational organization The National Geographic Society, best known for their long-running magazine, has just made an interesting announcement. Their next venture in their for-profit operations is video games. This month, National Geographic Games, a newly formed division within the company, will launch three gaming products to be soon followed by another in December and three (so far) are planned for next year. The games will be developed for major gaming consoles, handhelds, and mobile platforms, including, yes, the iPhone.There are few people out there who don’t have fond memories of flipping through the pages of a National Geographic magazine, admiring the award-winning photography that graced its pages as our eyes widened to the wonders of the world around us. Since its launch in the “ancient” times of 1888, the world has gotten a lot smaller, figuratively speaking. Television, air travel, and, of course, the internet, have allowed us to explore much more of the world than ever before. To some extent, the information age has impacted, if not the magazine’s sales themselves, the sense of wonder that was once to be had when perusing the magazine’s articles and images. To keep up with the changing times, the new National Geographic Games division (NGG), will attempt to connect with people once again on the platforms of our modern age, including the Wii, Playstation 3, Nintendo DS, PC and Mac, the PS3 Network, and the iPhone. There will also be free Flash games online at nationalgeographic.com/channel. As always, the company’s goal is to encourage people to explore their world, this time though, it’s through play. Lest you think these games will be wimpy attempts at educational experiences, it’s worth nothing that Chris Mate, a former executive at Take2 Interactive, the company behind “Grand Theft Auto,” will serve as VP and GM of the games venture. Hopefully, his history, which also includes Bethesda Softworks, will bring some spunk to the usually dry “learning is fun!” gaming experience. The first game to launch will be “Herod’s Lost Tomb,” an online game which blends in content from both the December 2008 issue of National Geographic magazine as well as the National Geographic Channel feature broadcast on the biblical figure King Herod, architect of the ancient world. last_img read more

Shoplifter Fatally Shot at Mall by Police; 2nd Suspect Arrested

first_imgOfficers were responding to reports of a theft at the Macy’s at Park Meadows at around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, when a suspect, later identified as Kenneth Joseph Sisneros, 34, was shot and killed by police.Sisneros reportedly pulled out a gun as both he and a female accomplice tried to escape. It’s still unclear if Sisneros fired his weapon at the cops.A Colorado woman believed to be the second shoplifting suspect wanted following the shooting at the mall on Thursday has been arrested by Lone Tree police. Mercedes Cruz, 27, was arrested at a Littleton hotel at about 3 a.m. Sunday, City of Lone Tree officials said in a tweet just before 10 a.m. Sunday.   She faces charges of aggravated robbery and possession of meth amphetamines, police said in a news release.   [Source: The Denver Channel]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Health Care: The Rush to Achieve “Meaningful Use” (and Payout)

first_imgShort term there are big incentives for health care providers to implement electronic health records.  But after the initial burst of stimulus money is gone, will these new systems really be sustainable and at least as cost effective as existing systems?  The answer seems obvious since the advantages and efficiencies of electronic data management are typically superior to equivalent paper-based systems.A problem is that in order to maximize any stimulus payouts, EHR systems must be in place before the July 2011 deadline.  The worry is that many health organizations may be rushing ahead too quickly, looking only at the stimulus dollars and not being careful enough in their planning.Beacon Partners, a health-care consultancy, survey 200 hospitals to find how they are approaching electronic health records and IT management.Currently most health organizations spend less than 5 percent of their capital budgets on IT.  Clinical equipment and facilities is where most of the spending dollars go.70 percent worry most about the quality of application reporting in order to qualify for “Meaningful Use”, the criteria for receiving stimulus funding80 percent say if they achieve “Meaningful Use” that they will maintain or increase their IT investments60 percent said that they are working on implementing health information exchanges (HIE), 15 percent already have an HIE,  and 25 percent are in the planning stages.More than three-quarter of  hospitals prefer single-vendor solutions for inpatient applications rather than best of breed solutions.40 percent plan to enhance their patient and physician web portalslast_img read more

Navy man convicted in fatal bridge crash faces nearly a decade in

first_imgNavy man convicted in fatal bridge crash faces nearly a decade in prison Posted: April 23, 2019 April 23, 2019 Updated: 5:40 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A full-day sentencing hearing encompassing victim statements and legal arguments from both sides was laid out out Tuesday for a Navy petty officer who was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that plummeted over the side of a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and landed in Chicano Park, killing four people.Richard Anthony Sepolio, 27, faces a maximum of nine years and eight months in state prison when he is sentenced a week from Thursday for the Oct. 15, 2016, crash that killed Annamarie Contreras, 50, and Cruz Contreras, 52, a married couple from Chandler, Arizona; and Hacienda Heights residents Andre Banks, 49, and Francine Jiminez, 46. Seven other people were seriously injured.Sepolio had faced up to 18 years on his convictions for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury, but the application of certain sentence enhancements were modified in court at Tuesday’s hearing, reducing his potential maximum prison term.Among the legal arguments considered Tuesday included whether Sepolio could legally be sentenced for both vehicular manslaughter and its “lesser included offense” of DUI causing injury, and how various allegations regarding injuries to the seven wounded victims could be applied to Sepolio’s sentence.The same jury that convicted Sepolio of vehicular manslaughter and DUI in February acquitted him of four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, seven counts of reckless driving and one count of driving over the legal alcohol limit and causing injury.The May 2 hearing will begin with victim impact statements lasting from 9 a.m. into mid-afternoon, then San Diego Superior Court Judge Charles G. Rogers will hear attorney arguments and hand down Sepolio’s sentence.Sepolio is expected to make a statement to the court and will be allowed to wear his Navy uniform at the hearing, per a request from defense attorney Paul Pfingst.Outside court, Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright said the nearly 10-year maximum sentence “hardly seems like the right amount of time when four people were killed and seven others injured, but that’s the nature of the DUI laws.”RELATED STORY: Jurors reach a verdict in the trial of Richard SepolioBright said the state’s DUI laws and sentencing guidelines were inconsistent and problematic, with some cases providing harsher punishments for DUI offenders who injure victims than those who cause fatalities. Bright said due to some crimes being classified as “serious” felonies and others “violent” felonies, a person convicted of DUI causing injury receives 15 percent custody credit while incarcerated, while someone convicted of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated gets 50 percent credit.“A person in California will actually spend more time in prison for driving under the influence causing great bodily injury than an ordinary negligence manslaughter case where someone is intoxicated and (a victim) dies,” the prosecutor said.Monday, January 29, 2019 L to R: Richard Sepolio, Paul Pfingst, Judge Charles Rogers, Officer Alvarez.Bright told jurors that Sepolio chose “to drive irritated, impaired and impatient.” The prosecutor said that in addition to having drinks prior to getting behind the wheel, Sepolio was arguing with his girlfriend over the phone just moments before losing control of his truck on the bridge.Sepolio testified he was driving on the transition ramp — a route back to Coronado that he had driven more than 90 times before — when he sped up to merge in front of another car and lost control.The defendant said he remembered being on top of a freeway barrier looking down, then waking up in the park and being pulled out of his truck. Sepolio said his memory was mostly “cloudy” about what happened after his truck plunged into the crowd below.On the stand, he denied arguing with his then-girlfriend on the phone just before the crash, but admitted on cross-examination that he’d just left a lunch with a female Navy colleague where “the idea was to go out and have a good time.” Sepolio testified he had a glass of alcoholic cider and a glass of wine at lunch before heading back to Coronado.Whether Sepolio was intoxicated was a point of contention during the trial, particularly with one blood sample not tested for more than a year after the crash, according to Pfingst.While the jury did not find Sepolio guilty of the greatest charge he faced — gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated — jurors did not disagree that Sepolio was under the influence.Bright said she believed Sepolio was grossly negligent due to driving while under the influence and distracted, but supported the jury’s findings, which included its rejection of the charge that Sepolio was intoxicated above the legal blood-alcohol limit. 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KMC cleans up Esplanade in less than an hour

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Saturday did a commendable job to clean up the road in and around Esplanade where lakhs of Trinamool Congress supporters from all parts of the state had assembled for the Martyrs’ Day programme. The elaborate arrangements by the civic body’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) department ensured that the road was restored to its normal condition in terms of cleanliness in less than an hour after the rally ended. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We had pressed 4 mechanical sweepers and as many as 7 mobile compactor machines. The usual normal garbage carrying handcarts and some battery-operated cleaning vehicles were also deployed for the purpose along with a number of sweepers for physical cleaning,” Debabrata Majumder, Member Mayor-in-Council (SWM) said. It was noticed that immediately after the programme ended at around 2.20 pm, the civic body started cleaning up the stretch. Senior TMC leaders including Firhad Hakim and Subrata Bakshi appealed to the party supporters over the microphone to vacate the place quickly to ensure that the cleaning operations could begin immediately.last_img read more

689 endangered softshell turtles recovered in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal CID on Tuesday recovered at least 689 endangered Indian soft-shell river turtles and arrested four persons in this connection, an official said. Based on prior information, the CID team apprehended Lachman Kumar, 30, Raj Kumar, 25, Sushil Kumar, 20, and Raju Kumar, 30, of Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur district while they were on-board the Doon Express. They were arrested before they could dispose off the consignment in Hooghly district’s Bandel. They were coming from Varanasi with the endangered turtles. The seized turtles, and the arrested persons have been handed over to the range officer of Durgapur division for legal action, officials said.last_img read more

The 6 Signs of Cell Phone Addiction

first_imgApril 8, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free You’re out for a delightful, long-anticipated lunch with your friends or co-workers. The conversation is lively and upbeat, when suddenly someone in your group pulls out their cell phone to take a call.Or maybe you are at a family meal when the same thing occurs. It’s not uncommon for the people in our lives to take a backstage role to the virtual reality of technology.This may be far more complicated than an etiquette issue. An increasing number of studies are finding it might be a true addiction, like alcoholism or smoking.James A. Roberts, PhD, a marketing professor at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business identified six signs of cell phone addiction that include: salience, euphoria, tolerance, withdrawal, conflict and relapse. These same six signs relate to any behavioral or substance addiction.Test yourself to see if you identify with any of these six statements.1. I reach for my cell phone first thing in the morning.Salience is a behavior that becomes deeply integrated into your daily routine and that dominates your thinking and emotions. According to the research, “Sixty-eight percent of adult Americans sleep with their cell phone next to their bed.” Don’t let your email messages dictate your day. Try not to check your messages on your cell phone before 8:00 a.m.Related: 6 Ways to Wrest Back Control of Your Life From Your Cell Phone2. I use my cell phone when I am bored.Euphoria is the excitement or anticipation you get just before or after you use your cell phone. Do you get a ping of excitement or drop everything when you hear an email or text message come in? That little burst of energy provides a highly-addictive “high.” Try putting your phone on silent more often.3. I am spending more and more time on my cell phone.Tolerance is the need to receive an ever-increasing dose to reach the desired high, and is similar to alcohol abuse. And with the increasing number of new uses for the cell phone, and the proliferation of available downloads, it is easy to access the next exciting new thing. Put people first, technology second.Related: 6 Ways to Break a Tech Addiction4. I become anxious or agitated when my cell phone is out of sight.Withdrawal symptoms such as stress, anxiety, irritability, desperation and panic that occur when you are separated from your cell phone – even for the briefest amount of time – are sure signs of addiction. The research reported that “Sixty-eight percent of all adults have an irrational fear of losing their phone.”5. People have complained about my cell phone use.Conflict is a common outcome of cell phone addiction. Perhaps your spouse, a co-worker, or your children complain that you are always on the phone, or maybe you let cell phone interruptions interfere with social engagements, work or vacation time. If you’re expecting an important call, let others know ahead of time. When the call comes in, keep your conversation brief.Related: 8 Ways to Break Bad Smartphone Habits6. I can’t seem to cut back on my cell phone use even though I try.Relapse occurs when you set every intention to cut back on your phone use, but find yourself reaching for it with a force that seems beyond your control. You must set your mind and your body to resist, and consciously create new habits that do not include the cell phone. Practice being “unplugged” for at least a couple hours a day.If you have self-diagnosed yourself with cell phone addiction, what can you do? You don’t have to give up your cell phone entirely, but you do need to set aside technology-free times and create new habits and behaviors. Leave the cell phone in the car or turn it off when you are out to dinner, set up a nighttime charging station in a room other than your bedroom, and create times to enjoy life without the company of your cell phone. After all, it’s the polite thing to do. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Here are the top 5 events in Oahu this fall winter

first_img Share Monday, September 24, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> OAHU — Oahu is home to the largest number of festivals and events throughout Hawaii. Visitors can experience everything from professional sport competitions to connecting with the island’s rich arts and culture.Here are our picks for the top 5 events in Oahu next month:Season’s Best Craft & Gift Fair at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall will feature over 200 vendors selling a vast array of items, including holiday crafts, food, jewelry, footwear, accessories, collectibles and pet accessories. Vendors will arrive from Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and the Island of Hawaii. The fair will take place on Oct. 19-21 and will return on Dec. 14-16, 2018. Go to SeasonsBestCraftFair.com.On Dec. 21 from 7-11 a.m., Santa Claus will make a special appearance at the Battleship Missouri Memorial to take photos with guests. Guests are invited to take photos with their own camera, as well as enjoy crafts, treats and purchase stocking stuffers. Go to USSMissouri.org.The Hawaii Convention Center will host the Sunset Mele and Night Market on Dec. 14, 2018 from 4-9 p.m. The free community event will showcase live entertainment, a family-friendly movie, pop-up marketplace, artisan workshops, local eats and drinks. Go to HawaiiConvention.com.Atlantis Adventures will offer special holiday dinner cruises on U.S. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. During the month of December, all cruises will include Christmas lights, seasonal décor and holiday music from 5:30-7:30 p.m. nightly. The final cruise of 2018 and the first of 2019 will be on the New Year’s Even Cruise, will with run from 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 12:45 a.m. on Jan. 1. Guests will enjoy appetizers, a complimentary champagne toast, party favours and a beautiful fireworks display. Go to AtlantisAdventures.com.Roy’s 30th Anniversary Hawaii Food Tour will culminate with a grand finale party at the flagship Roy’s Restaurant in Hawaii Kai on Dec. 2. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Chef Roy Yamaguchi has invited some of the world’s most famous and beloved chefs to cook with him and has scheduled a dazzling firework display to conclude the evening. Go to RoyYamaguchi.com.center_img Posted by Here are the top 5 events in Oahu this fall & winter Tags: Hawaii, Oahulast_img read more