March 23 to 25
Last chance to see Way Way Off-Broadway Theater Company’s classic stage production of the musical “Peter Pan” at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center, 52 University Blvd. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit waywayoffbroadway.com.
United Field Ornithologists of Roswell Meeting
The United Field Ornithologists of Roswell welcome continuing and new members, as well as anyone interested in or curious about about birding in Southeastern New Mexico to their meeting at the Retreat at Enchanted Farm, 1804 E. College Blvd. U.F.O. will continue to discuss their plans for the club’s activities moving forward. Field trips are going to be discussed and bird photography accomplishments and challenges shared. For more information, visit its Facebook event page or ufoofroswell.com.
The Passion of Christ with Joe Castillo
Grace Kids host The Passion of Christ with sand artist Joe Castillo at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Rd., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit its event page on Facebook.
SpEGGtacular Scavenger Hunt
A family-friendly day at the Spring River Park & Zoo, 1306 E. College Blvd., with a SpEGGtacular Scavenger Hunt for the public takes place throughout the zoo. There will be prizes for those who finish. For more information, call 575-624-6760.
Morning Garden Club do-it-yourself craft
The Children’s Department at the Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., is teaming up with the Roswell Morning Garden Club. Kids ages 6 and older —younger must be accompanied by an adult — will get to decorate their own planter holders and will also get to plant their very own houseplant. They will also leave with seeds to plant on their own. The event takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. No registration required, but space is limited. For more information, call 575-622-7101.
Chalk Art in the Library Park
Chalk Art in the Library Park is a free event for all ages. Show your creative side with washable chalk art fun, designed for any level of artistic ability, imagination and fun, along with a demonstration on how to make chalk. Join them as they promote outdoor activities. There will be free lemonade and snacks. The Library Park is located on N. Richardson Ave. between Third and For more information and location of the Library Park, call 575-6227101.
Spring Prom Casino Night
Tobosa Developmental Service is reviving and old tradition celebrating National Prom Day. The theme for the first Spring Prom event is Casino Night. The public is invited to join in for an unforgettable night of dancing and games at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., at 6 p.m. For more information and tickets, stop by the Tobosa Developmental Service office at 110 E. Summit St. or call Melinda at 575-624-1025.
Altrusa meets fourth Wednesday
Altrusa International of Roswell, NM, Inc. meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at noon at the Museum Archives Center of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, 208 N. Lea Ave.
Sunrise Optimist meets Wednesdays
The Sunrise Optimist Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. at the Red Onion Restaurant. Join us to find out how we help the youth of our community. For more information, call membership chairman Roger K. Burnett at 420-9420.
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points and added 17 assists, his last setting up a late a 3-pointer by Kevin Love, and the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers ended Toronto’s nine-game road winning streak with a 132-129 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors on Wednesday night.
The Cavs were missing five rotational players and coach Tyronn Lue, who missed his second straight game because of health reasons.
But they had James, who earlier in the day said, “I’ll be available, so we got a chance.”
James didn’t have a turnover in 40 minutes and he made three free throws in the final 7.8 seconds. He missed one with 3.9 seconds left, giving Toronto a final shot, but DeMar DeRozan’s 3-pointer — contested by James — was wide left. DeRozan and Toronto coaches complained the All-Star was fouled to no avail.
Love, playing his second game after missing 21 games with a broken left hand, finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds and George Hill had 22 on 10-of-11 shooting for the Cavs, who were blown out by 34 points against Toronto in January. But that was before Cleveland shook up its roster with four trades designed to get back to the NBA Finals. The Cavs are third in the East and would need a collapse by second-place Boston to improve on that position with 11 games remaining.
Kyle Lowry scored 24 and DeRozan had 21 for the Raptors, who scored 79 points in the first half and were in control in the third quarter before James brought Cleveland back.
With the Cavs up 125-124, James drove the lane and whipped the ball into the corner to Love, who knocked down his 1,000th career 3-pointer.
The Raptors have lost to the Cavs in each of the past two postseasons, getting swept last year in the conference finals. But this is a different Toronto team, deeper, more experienced and maybe poised to dethrone Cleveland.
Not if James has anything to say about it.
Raptors: Tied a franchise record by scoring 79 points in the first half. They also did it in 1997 against the Nets. … Coach Dwane Casey said the team’s confidence has never been higher and has given Toronto an aura it didn’t have before. “It doesn’t mean you’re going to go out and beat a team,” he said. “But I think we go into the game with a different mindset, more of a hunted mindset than we did last year.” … G C.J. Miles sat out with a flu bug. … The Raptors have made at least 10 3-pointers in team-record 14 straight games.
Cavaliers: F/C Tristan Thompson (ankle) and Rodney Hood (back) were listed as questionable but sat out. … F Larry Nance Jr. (hamstring) is aiming to return this weekend. He has missed four games. … Acting coach Larry Drew spoke with Lue on Tuesday and said the Cavs coach reported feeling better. “He’s on the right trail of recovering and I’m really happy to hear that from him,” Drew said. When he announced he was stepping away, Lue said he has been dealing with chest pains and insomnia for several months. Drew said he doesn’t talk “basketball” with his boss. … Nick Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert’s son, sat in the front row next to his dad. The younger Gilbert recently spent 38 days in the hospital following brain surgery. He received an ovation from the crowd. … Drew has been keeping close tabs on Nevada’s NCAA Tournament run. His son, Lindsey, plays guard for the Wolf Pack but has been sidelined in March after rupturing his Achilles tendon at a game his dad attended.
Raptors: Host Brooklyn on Friday.
Cavaliers: Host Phoenix on Friday.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The NFL’s catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee.
One of the first orders of business when the league’s annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Florida, will be a proposal by the committee to clarify what is a catch.Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the week of the Super Bowl he would urge simplification of the rules.
“Catch/no catch is at the top of everyone’s minds,” Troy Vincent, the NFL’s football operations chief, said Wednesday before outlining the committee’s recommendations.
The owners will be asked to vote on clarifications that eliminate parts of the rule involving a receiver going to the ground, and that also eliminate negating a catch for slight movement of the ball while it is in the receiver’s possession. No calls in the last few years — not even pass interference — have caused more consternation than overturned catches in key situations, including those by Dez Bryant, Jesse James and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
“We were at the point as far as players and particularly coaches who asked, ‘Why is that not a catch?'” Vincent said. “We talked to fans, coaches and players and we asked the groups, ‘Would you like this to be a catch?’ It was 100 percent yes.
“Then we began writing rules that actually apply to making these situations catches.”
Here’s what would constitute a catch if the owners approve the competition committee’s alterations:
— control of the ball;
— getting two feet down;
— performing a football act or;
— performing a third step.
The stipulation that slight movement of the ball while the receiver still has control no longer would result in an incompletion. Vincent pointed to the touchdown catch by the Philadelphia Eagles’ Corey Clement in the Super Bowl as an example of a player never losing possession of the ball despite slight movement.
“That’s what the fans, coaches and players want,” Vincent said. “They are the magical moments people are looking for, and that includes all of those (plays). It’s the biggest (proposed change). Why we want this is this is one call shaping results across the sport.”
Richard Sherman, the star cornerback who recently was cut by Seattle and signed with San Francisco, approves cleaning up the rules.
“I’m in favor of it because it gives the refs more clarity,” Sherman said. “I think anytime you can give the referees more of a straight line, an edge, to call plays, I think it’s better for the game.
“I think obviously there’s been a lot of scrutiny on the catch rule. Last year, my team was at the wrong end of it. A guy caught the ball and ran three or four steps, put his hand in the ground, fell, fumbled the ball and nobody touched him, and they said it was an incomplete pass. It was the most ridiculous thing I think I’ve ever seen.
“I think that they need to do more rules like that. They need to take the gray area out of a lot more rules because the rule book is getting too crazy. It’s getting too extensive. Every year, the refs are getting scrutinized left and right when it’s a bang-bang play. This game is happening at a million miles an hour and there’s really nothing you can do about it. The rule book is so complex. How many times can you think of 1,500 rules in a second of a play and see which ones apply to that particular play? So, I think any time they can simplify the rule book and simplify the ref’s understanding and the public’s understanding is better for the game.”
Competition committee members are chairman Rich McKay, president of the Falcons; Broncos general manager John Elway; Cowboys COO Stephen Jones; Giants owner John Mara; Packers President Mark Murphy; Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome; Saints coach Sean Payton and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
They also are recommending:
— expanding protection of a runner, which also involves quarterbacks when they have given themselves up as a runner. Vincent cited Kiko Alonso’s hit on Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco last season, saying the NFL must avoid an “unnecessary shot.”
“This is strictly a safety move,” Vincent said.
— allowing the officiating staff at NFL headquarters in New York, using video review, to call for an ejection of a player committing an egregious non-football act. That would include throwing punches or being involved in a fight. Vincent pointed to acts by Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans last season.
Vincent said there were no discussions within the competition committee regarding protocol for the pregame national anthem. Owners are expected to take up the subject on Monday or Tuesday, but no decisions are likely.
The opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament was not madness. It was straight bonkers.
A No. 16 seed knocked off a No. 1 for the first time in 136 tries. Two No. 1s failed to get through to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2004 and the fourth time overall.
Defending national champion North Carolina, gone. Loyola-Chicago and it super scout nun, Sister Jean, in.
And that was just the beginning. The regional round is up next. Whatever’s crazier than bonkers, that’s what we can probably expect.
Here’s what to look for:
Villanova. The No. 1 Wildcats have that look, the one they had winning the 2016 title.
Kansas. The other No. 1 still left looks pretty good, too.
Duke. Blueblood Blue Devils are back in the Sweet 16.
Michigan. The highest seed left on the left side of the bracket, the No. 3 Wolverines are on a roll.
Gonzaga. Don’t count the Zags out for another Final Four trip — they’re playing that well and have confident freshman Zach Norvell Jr. on their side.
West Virginia. Getting through Press Virginia and Jevon Carter will take mettle.
Texas A&M. The Aggies’ up-and-down season is trending the right direction at the right time.
Kentucky. The youngest team in basketball is long, athletic and, as usually is the case with Coach Cal’s teams, playing its best basketball late in the season.
Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005 and may not be done.
Clemson. Shoot like they have so far, it’s going to be tough to stop these high-scoring Tigers.
Purdue. The Boilermakers found a way to beat Butler without Isaac Haas. Taking down Texas A&M might be a little more difficult if he can’t find a brace the NCAA is OK with.
Chicago-Loyola. The Ramblers wrecked brackets across the country and are rambling into the Sweet 16 with a 98-year-old nun on their side, so don’t count them out.
Nevada. Coach Eric Musselman has done a superb job his third season in Reno and could spoil the Ramblers’ run.
Syracuse. Those complaints about the Orange getting into the field of 68 dissipated quickly with wins over TCU and Michigan State.
Kansas State. The Wildcats crashed Maryland-Baltimore County’s dance party and have two NCAA Tournament wins despite playing without All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade (foot). He’s expected to return.
Florida State. Taking down No. 1 Xavier can’t be taken lightly and neither can the Seminoles.
Marvin Bagley III, Duke. A lottery pick next year, he could help the Blue Devils cut down the nets this year.
Jalen Brunson, Villanova. The national player of the year contender has teamed with Mikal Bridges to form an unstoppable duo.
Devonte Graham, Kansas. Need a big bucket, scoring, defense — whatever it takes, the Jayhawks’ senior guard provides it.
Jevon Carter, West Virginia. Built like an NFL fullback, he can shut down whoever you put in front of him. The match-up with Villanova’s Brunson could be the best of the Sweet 16, if not the entire tournament.
Zach Norvell Jr., Gonzaga. The player known as “Snacks” has been feasting on NCAA Tournament opponents.
Keenan Evans, Texas Tech. He makes the Red Raiders go.
Tyus Battle, Syracuse. He’s been carrying the Orange, but may need some help for them to advance.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky. Of all the Wildcats’ talented freshman, the 6-6 guard has been the go-to player in March.
Moe Wagner, Michigan. The German big man has a multi-dimensional game and creates match-up problems.
Caleb and Cody Martin. The transfer twins can do a little of everything, providing the Wolf Pack with a tough-to-defend 1-2 punch.
Matt Haarms, Purdue. He is going to be the key for the Boilermakers to advance with Isaac Haas injured.
Gabe DeVoe, Clemson. “Bobby Buckets” has been filling it up in March.
0_Perfect brackets picked through the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. That UMBC victory over Virginia made sure of that.
5.31_Average seed of the Sweet 16 teams, highest since 2000 (also 5.31).
9_Number of the top 16 seeds gone from the bracket so far.
21_Years since Clemson last reached the Sweet 16.
30_Wins by Chicago-Loyola, most in school history, including the 1963 national championship team.
31_3-Pointers made by Villanova in its first two games.
Louisville didn’t take long to make its first offseason move, parting ways interim men’s basketball coach David Padgett less than 24 hours after the Cardinals season ended.
The former Cardinals player was brought in to bring calm amid turmoil and upheaval after the school placed coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave following its acknowledgement that it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of college basketball .
Padgett did his job. He went 22-14 after being elevated from second-year Louisville assistant last fall.
“It was just a learning experience,” Padgett said Wednesday at a news conference on campus. “I didn’t give myself expectations, I didn’t give my team expectations. But having never done something before, you’re always going to say, how am I going to do, doing it for the first time. All things considered, I think it went really, really well.”
School officials say they appreciate the job he did, but obviously it wasn’t good enough.
Interim athletic director Vince Tyra thanked Padgett in a statement for taking over the program “during incredible circumstances,” and added, “We expect to determine a new head coach in a short period to build upon the great basketball tradition of this university.”
The AD didn’t elaborate on candidates to replace Padgett, but later said that Louisville would seek a top-level coach.
“It is an elite program, it’s going to remain an elite program and our opportunity right now is to hire an elite coach to maintain that,” Tyra said.
Pitino was fired in October after 16 seasons. Players had pushed for the former Cardinals player to be the interim replacement, and the 33-year-old Padgett guided the team to a quarterfinal appearance in the NIT.
Padgett thanked many people including his wife, Megan. He also praised Cardinals players for dealing with a series of incidents, from the initial investigation and Pitino’s firing to the removal of the program’s 2013 NCAA championship banner as part of sanctions for an escort scandal.
“The way they’ve handled this, the way they’ve made this fun for me is something I’ll always remember and will always treasure,” said Padgett, who met with his players after being informed. “It’s group of 14 players that I’ll have a special place in my heart for a long time.”
Padgett was paid a $400,000 base salary and another $400,000 for a TV and radio show in a contract that runs to the end of September.
A 6-foot-11 post player for Pitino, Padgett took over for the former coach days before practice began and spent most of October hastily trying to put together a coaching staff. Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were both fired that month in the aftermath of the investigation in which an Adidas executive is alleged to have paid the family of Cardinals recruit Brian Bowen to attend the university.
Pitino has repeatedly said that he had no knowledge of any payment to a recruit’s family.
Louisville held Bowen out of practices and games shortly after the investigation surfaced before announcing in November that he would not play for the university. Bowen eventually transferred to South Carolina in January.
The Cardinals went 9-9 in Atlantic Coast Conference play but endured several disappointing losses down the stretch that kept them out of the NCAA Tournament. The most painful was arguably a 67-66 loss to then-No. 1 Virginia earlier this month in which Louisville blew a four-point lead in the final seconds.
Through everything, Padgett deflected discussion about his future at Louisville and tried to keep the focus on basketball. Whether this season leads to another job as a head coach or an assistant remains to be seen, but he was thankful for the chance on short notice.
“My goal getting into this was to become a head coach,” he said. “Obviously, it happened sooner and in a much different way than I anticipated, but that’s my goal. I hope that I’ve done enough this year to show some people out there that I can certainly do it.”
The Baltimore Orioles figured Alex Cobb would be a fine fit.
Cobb stayed in the division he knew best, finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract on Wednesday.
“They used the AL East and the success I’ve had in it to their advantage,” the 30-year-old right-hander said. “They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be.”
Cobb had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last top starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market.
Cobb joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.
The Orioles are coming off a last-place finish and 75-87 record.
Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.
He had turned down the Rays’ $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.
“They didn’t stop bothering me the whole offseason,” Cobb said.
Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 ERA in the majors.
Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won’t be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.
“I’m going to be pushing it as quick as I can,” he said.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES
CUBS 5, RANGERS 1
Yu Darvish struck out seven in six innings, allowing three hits that included Juan Centeno’s leadoff homer in the third. Steve Cishek and Carl Edwards Jr. combined for hitless relief. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber homered.
PADRES 4, WHITE SOX 3
Eric Hosmer hit his fourth homer, a two-run drive in the fifth. Padres starter Luis Perdomo gave up one run and five hits in five innings, and Chicago’s Reynaldo Lopez allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. Matt Skole and Yermin Mercedes homered.
ASTROS 8, NATIONALS 3
Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. struck out six over 5 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits. Josh Reddick homered, tripled and singled. Washington starter Gio Gonzalez gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy said he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list while recovering from knee surgery.
RED SOX 8, RAYS 3
J.D. Martinez doubled, singled and drove in three runs and Blake Swihart homered for Boston. C.J. Cron homered for Tampa Bay.
CARDINALS 13, MARLINS 6
Marcell Ozuna, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong all homered for St. Louis. Cameron Maybin and Garrett Cooper doubled for Miami.
PHILLIES 7, BLUE JAYS 7
Rhys Hoskins hit two home runs, including a drive off Toronto starter Marcus Stroman. Philadelphia prospect Scott Kingery had a pinch-hit homer — he is batting .390 this spring with four home runs. Roemon Fields hit a tying RBI triple in the ninth.
BREWERS 4, ATHLETICS 3
Wade Miley gave up two runs and three hits in four innings, and Eric Thames hit a two-run homer. Daniel Mengden yielded two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Chad Pinder homered.
TWINS 3, PIRATES 1
Jose Berrios allowed a run over five innings, lowering his spring training ERA to 1.69. Logan Morrison doubled and had two hits to up his average to .381, and Jason Castro added two hits and an RBI. Pirates starter Trevor Williams gave up two runs but struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings.
BRAVES 3, TIGERS 2
Brandon McCarthy struck out four and pitched two-run ball over six innings for Atlanta. The former Dodgers starter has a 1.42 ERA this spring. Preston Tucker had two hits and two RBIs in his bid to break camp with Atlanta. Detroit starter Francisco Lindor walked five and allowed two runs over five innings.
YANKEES 9, ORIOLES 4
Aaron Judge had two homers and four RBIs while New York roughed up Miguel Castro. Greg Bird and Didi Gregorius each drove in two runs for New York, and Aroldis Chapman struck out two of the three batters he faced. Castro allowed five runs in three innings.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico youth soccer league is investigating a teen soccer game where racial tensions erupted into a chaotic brawl in which a parent is accused of physically assaulting one of the female players.
The Duke City Soccer League confirmed Tuesday it’s looking into reports that a man choked and groped a 15-year-old player during a match Saturday at a suburban soccer complex.
Ana Garcia, the coach of Alameda 99, a team made up of mostly Hispanic teens, said the melee began after her players were taunted during a close game with Rio Galaxy, one of the Albuquerque area’s elite soccer clubs.
“All throughout the game, the parents were calling the players things like ‘dirty Mexicans,’ and other stuff I can’t even repeat,” Garcia said.
Rio Galaxy coach Steve Kokulis said he didn’t hear any racial slurs directed at the Alameda team from parents but his players reported to him that their opponents used anti-white epithets.
With the game tied, a melee broke out after an Alameda player pushed a Rio Galaxy player and two Rio Galaxy players jumped the Alameda girl, Garcia said.
Video of the fight submitted to the league shows two Rio Galaxy players attacking the Alameda player and both teams jumping into a pile to fight or attempt to break up the fight before a parent is seen running onto the field.
It is illegal in New Mexico for parents to run onto the field during a youth sports event, said Luis Robles, a lawyer who heads Duke City Soccer League’s disciplinary department.
Aracely “Arcie” Chapa, a parent of two Alameda players, said she saw a large man wrapping his arms around the girl and that the girl’s father intervened.
Bianca Retana, 15, said she was watching her sister, Miranda, in the middle of the brawl with Rio players. As she tried to pull her sister from the fight, Bianca said a man came from behind her and got her in a choke hold.
“And then he pulled me closer to him. I screamed for him to stop and he wouldn’t let go,” Retana told The Associated Press. “Finally, he let go…and I saw my coach. I ran up to her and I hugged her.”
Chapa said she heard the man who assaulted Bianca Retana tell her father, “Oh yea, I touched your daughter all right.”
The Associated Press generally does not name alleged victims of sexual assault but Retana and her family agreed to speak publicly.
Kokulis said he saw parents run onto the field but he didn’t see any parent choke or assault a player.
“Not from where I was standing,” Kokulis said. “Things got out of hand. It was unfortunate because it was a good game.”
The league suspended both teams for a game.
Santa Ana Pueblo Police were called to the scene since the melee occurred on tribal land but no arrests were made. Pueblo Police Chief Bonadelle Candelaria would not confirm if the tribe was investigating and referred all questions to the soccer league.
The tension spilled over into social media as video of the brawl spurred more comments.
Robles said the league would review the posts and all other evidence before making a judgment about any allegation of physical assault or child abuse independent of law enforcement.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border.
The unanimous vote by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission marks one of the key steps needed for Xcel Energy to move forward with its plans. Texas regulators are expected to act on the proposal in the coming weeks.
Xcel Energy says the proposed wind farms would take advantage of what has become the least expensive generating resource in the region to reduce fuel costs and ultimately save customers money on their monthly bills.
The project is part of major investment the company is making in wind energy across its entire service area. Xcel Energy plans to grow its wind portfolio by more than 50 percent by the end of 2021 by adding a dozen new wind farms in seven states. That would add nearly 3,700 megawatts of new wind capacity to its system.
David Hudson, president of the company’s operations in New Mexico and Texas, called the vote in New Mexico historic.
“These wind facilities will power the regional economy with energy from our abundant, fuel-free wind resource and save customers hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs for decades to come,” he said in a statement.
Average monthly fuel savings could total about $2 for a typical residential customer beginning in 2021 once the turbines are spinning.
Wind turbines already dot the plains from central New Mexico to the Texas Panhandle, and Texas leads the nation by far when it comes to installed wind-power capacity.
Analysts with the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted earlier this year that wind power is expected to surpass hydroelectric power as the largest renewable electricity generation source. That’s based on weather patterns as well as the expectation of new wind farms coming online in 2018 and 2019.
Xcel’s plans call for adding wind farms near Portales, New Mexico, and in Hale County, Texas, and purchasing more wind power from facilities owned by NextEra Energy Resources. Xcel estimates all three efforts would result in enough electricity to serve more than 440,000 homes.
The two wind farms also are expected to be a boon for state government finances. Aside from roughly 600 construction jobs and a few dozen permanent positions, Xcel Energy estimates the two farms could generate $154 million in additional tax revenue for state and local governments.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dolores Huerta formed the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, stood next to Sen. Robert Kennedy minutes before he was assassinated, inspired Barack Obama’s 2008 “Yes We Can” presidential campaign slogan with her “Si, Se Puede” rallying cry and has continued her social activism as she approaches her 90th birthday.
Yet she remains unknown to most Americans.
Among Mexican-Americans, however, she’s a civil-rights icon. She draws excitement at rallies for ethnic studies in Arizona, gatherings for women’s rights in Albuquerque and even for a cameo appearance at this year’s Academy Awards.
Now the social activist is the subject of “Dolores,” a new PBS documentary from Independent Lens. “Dolores” is scheduled to air on most PBS stations on Tuesday.
As expected, the documentary covers Huerta’s life as a United Farm Workers leader in California during the late 1960s. It examines her role in fighting against the use of toxic pesticides and for immigrant rights.
But the film also explores her challenges in raising 11 children and the resentment they held for being ignored. The documentary also looks at her love of jazz and her shattered dreams of becoming a dancer.
Director Peter Bratt said the project began after Huerta and guitarist Carlos Santana had a conversation until 3 a.m. during a trip to Hawaii years ago. Santana, a Miles Davis fan, discovered Huerta was a huge fan of bebop legend Charlie Parker.
“I even met Charlie Parker. That’s my claim to fame,” Huerta, 87, told The Associated Press. “There were a lot of things Carlos didn’t know about me.”
That’s when Santana urged Huerta to take part in a documentary to tell her story, Bratt said. Santana is executive producer of “Dolores.”
Using archival interviews from Huerta and Chavez, “Dolores” illustrates how Huerta moved from a married woman in a middle-class home to a union activist who gave up a comfortable life to join the fight for equality. When farmworkers or fellow activists would tell her something couldn’t be done or the odds were against them, Huerta would reply, “Si, Se Puede.” That became the rallying cry for the farmworkers movement.
Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton and “La Bamba” director Luis Valdez all discuss how Huerta evolved from someone pushing a grape boycott to an activist who was denounced by Teamsters, then-future President Ronald Reagan and, later, Fox News personalities like Bill O’Reilly.
But the film goes beyond Huerta’s social justice activities throughout the years, showcasing the advocate at transformative moments in American history and highlighting her role in defining them.
For example, Huerta is standing next to Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles after his California presidential primary win in June 1968. “Dolores Huerta … who is an old friend of mine,” Kennedy tells the crowd. Huerta helped Kennedy win California’s Mexican-American vote by helping orchestrate a then-unique door-to-door voter registration drive.
Minutes later, Kennedy is shot.
“It was very emotional to watch,” Huerta said after viewing the documentary. “I had to see the film four times before I could get it all to sink in.”
In 2012, Obama finally acknowledged Huerta for her role in the creation of his “Yes, We Can” slogan during his first presidential campaign.
“Dolores was very gracious when I told her that I had stolen her slogan,” said Obama, who then presented her with the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. “Knowing her, I’m pleased she left me off easy because Dolores does not play.”
But in spite of her contributions, Huerta has been written out of history — literally. The conservative-leaning Texas State Board of Education voted in 2010 to remove Huerta from third-grade standards over her affiliation with the Democratic Socialists of America organization.
That same year, then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill banning certain ethnic studies programs after Huerta told a Tucson school that Republicans hated Latinos.
Bratt said he believes the “Dolores” documentary is a way to save her legacy. “People have tried to erase her from history,” Bratt said. “Hopefully, this film is the corrective.”
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State and local law enforcement agencies are launching a collaborative effort aimed at curbing car theft in the Albuquerque area.
The leaders of New Mexico State Police, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and the Albuquerque Police Department announced on Tuesday the Bernalillo County Auto Theft Suppression Effort, an initiative that aims to combine police resources to catch more suspects and recover more stolen vehicles.
Sheriff Manuel Gonzales says the agencies have collaborated for emergency situations, but they do not typically work together on smaller criminal cases.
State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says the departments will better share information, so police resources can be focused. He says he has appointed a lieutenant, a sergeant and four detectives to work in the car theft unit with the city and county officers.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Another bus has been added for a special tour of the spot of the world’s first atomic test during a special one-day open house.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the New Mexico Museum of Space History has secured a third bus for a special tour of the Trinity Site after souring ticket sales.
The Museum of Space History hosts a motorcoach tour to the site each April and October as part of a fundraiser for its Foundation.
Last July marked the 72nd year anniversary of the test at the Trinity Site. It was part of the Manhattan Project, a top-secret World War II nuclear development program out of the then-secret city of Los Alamos.
The bomb was tested in the desert near towns with Hispanic and Native American populations.
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs before his death, and they cautioned the city to stay on guard.
Mark Anthony Conditt, an unemployed college dropout who bought bomb-making materials at Home Depot, was tracked down using store surveillance video, cellphone signals and witness accounts of a customer shipping packages in a disguise that included a blonde wig and gloves. His motive remained a mystery.
Police finally found the 23-year-old early Wednesday at a hotel in a suburb north of Austin known as the scene for filming portions of “Friday Night Lights.” Officers prepared to move in for an arrest. When the suspect’s sport utility vehicle began to drive away, they followed.
Conditt ran into a ditch on the side of the road, and SWAT officers approached. That’s when he detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.
Police discovered a 25-minute video recording on a cellphone found with Conditt, which Manley said he considers a “confession” to the bombings, It described in great detail the differences among the bombs, he said.
“It is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his own life,” Manley said of the recording.
Law enforcement officials did not immediately say whether Conditt acted alone in the five bombings in the Texas capital and suburban San Antonio that killed two people and badly wounded four others.
Investigators released few details about Conditt, except his age and that he was white. Neighbors say he was home schooled. He later attended Austin Community College from 2010 to 2012, according to a college spokeswoman, but he did not graduate.
In posts dated from 2012, a blogger who identified himself as Mark Conditt of suburban Pflugerville wrote that gay marriage should be illegal. He also called for the elimination of sex offender registrations and argued in favor of the death penalty. He listed his interests as cycling, tennis and listening to music.
Of gay marriage, Conditt wrote: “Homosexuality is not natural. Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple.”
Jay Schulze, who lives in Pflugerville, said he was jogging Tuesday night when he was stopped by police and asked about the bombings. He said police flew drones over Conditt’s home for about six hours between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.
Schulze described the home as “a weird house with a lot of people coming and going” and a bit rundown.
A neighbor who watched Conditt grow up said he always seemed smart and polite. Jeff Reeb said he has lived next to Conditt’s parents for about 17 years and described them as good neighbors. Conditt had visited his parents regularly, he said.
Conditt’s family released a statement saying they had “no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in.” His uncle, Mike Courtney, said his nephew was a “computer geek” who was intelligent and kind.
Austin was hit with four bombings starting on March 2. The first explosions were from packages left on doorsteps. Then a bomb with a tripwire was placed near a public trail. A fifth parcel bomb detonated early Tuesday at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio.
Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin, said Conditt’s “fatal mistake” was walking into a FedEx store to mail a package because that allowed authorities to obtain surveillance video that showed him and his vehicle, along with his license plate number. From there, investigators could identify the suspect and eventually track him using his cellphone.
Police warned of the possibility that more bombs had yet to be found.
“We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left to the community,” Manley said.
By late afternoon, federal officials had a “reasonable level of certainty” that there were no more package bombs “out in the public,” said Fred Milanowski of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. But authorities urged continued awareness just in case.
“We think we’re on top of this, but we just don’t know,” FBI agent Chris Combs said.
Homemade explosives were recovered from Conditt’s home. His two roommates were detained for questioning. One was later released.
Investigators said one room in the home contained bomb components and explosive materials but no finished bombs. They were analyzing Conditt’s internet history to find out how he learned to make bombs.
Police initially believed the bombings may have been hate crimes because the victims of the earliest blasts were black, but they backed off that theory after Hispanic and white victims from different parts of the city were also affected.
Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Houston division of the ATF, said it was “hard to say” if the bombing suspect had acted alone. Investigators were confident that “the same person built each one of these devices.”
Isaac Figueroa said he and his brother heard sirens and helicopters around 2 a.m. Wednesday in the area and drove toward them, then cut through nearby woods on foot after they hit a police roadblock.
The 26-year-old said they saw a sport utility vehicle that was pinned between large vans and “looked like it had been rammed off the road.” He said police later deployed a robot to go examine the vehicle.
The suspect’s death followed a day of rapid-fire developments in the case. On Tuesday, the bomb at the FedEx shipping center in suburban San Antonio exploded on a conveyer belt.
Later, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside the Austin airport to check on a suspicious package. Authorities subsequently said that package contained an explosive that was tied to the other bombings.
Officers then recovered footage of Conditt wearing a blonde wig and gloves as he turned over packages to send at a FedEx store in south Austin. That was enough to set in motion the manhunt that ended with Wednesday’s fatal explosion.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A relatively high bond was imposed Wednesday in a case involving a student who brought a knife to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one day after the same judge set a $500,000 bond for the brother of the shooting suspect for trespassing at the school.
Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica ordered 18-year-old Jordan Salter held on $12,500 bond after she brought a knife with a 2-inch (5-centimeter) blade to the school. Authorities arrested her after a confrontation with another student Tuesday in the school cafeteria.
The SunSentinel reports that Salter attorney Brian Reidy called the high bond “out of control” and “ridiculous” at a hearing and blamed it on fear from last month’s school shooting that killed 17 people.
“I don’t know when we all hit the fear button when everything is such an absolute emergency,” Reidy told the judge.
Also Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered the state’s highway patrol to station eight troopers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to bolster security there. Scott’s office said the troopers will arrive Thursday morning.
Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie sent a letter to families Wednesday outlining security measures that include students having to use clear backpacks provided by the district.
Runcie’s letter says every public school in the county will be reduced to a single entry for visitors by the start of 2019. Runcie also noted that the county would receive $8.5 million from the state to post at least one school resource officer in every school and $6 million to expand mental health services next school year.
Meanwhile, Florida residents won’t get a chance to vote this fall on adding gun control restrictions to the state constitution. A state panel on Wednesday rejected several proposed restrictions on procedural grounds. A majority of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission voted that the gun control measures were out of order and couldn’t be considered under commission rules.
Elsewhere, several media organizations including The Associated Press asked a judge to determine if additional surveillance video from the school shooting should be released. Last week, the Broward Sheriff’s Office released a 27-minute video depicting ex-deputy Scot Peterson’s actions remaining outside the building where the shooting took place.
Trespassing is a misdemeanor that usually involves only a $25 bond. But Judge Mollica agreed with prosecutors that Zachary Cruz had been warned not to visit the school and that the enormity of the Valentine’s Day massacre warranted a much higher bond for him to gain his release.
“Weeks after his brother murdered, injured and terrorized at the school, (Zachary) was there,” said Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy at a hearing Tuesday. “Many (parents) kept their children home today. They have again been terrorized.”
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Zachary Cruz on Monday afternoon, saying he rode his skateboard onto the campus where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is accused of carrying out the shooting Feb. 14.
Joseph Kimok, who is representing Zachary Cruz, said the bond and conditions were far out of proportion to the trespassing offense.
“He is being held for who he is related to, not for anything he did,” Kimok said.
According to an arrest report, Zachary Cruz told officers he came to the school to “reflect on the school shooting and soak it all in.” He did not resist arrest and the report made no mention of any weapons.
Still, Murphy said Zachary Cruz could pose a threat.
“He has all the same flags present as his brother,” she said.
Mollica also ordered Zachary Cruz to wear an ankle monitor and stay away from schools — particularly Stoneman Douglas High — if he is released. She approved a search for weapons and ammunition at the Palm Beach County home where he is living with a family friend, and he is not to visit his brother in jail.
Also Tuesday, the sheriff’s office filed for a risk protection order against Zachary Cruz in circuit court under a new “red flag law” that was just signed by Florida’s governor last week. If a judge approves the request, Cruz would be involuntarily hospitalized for a mental health evaluation and barred from possessing firearms.
Zachary and Nikolas shared the same biological mother but had different fathers. Both were adopted at very young ages by Roger and Lynda Cruz, who moved them into their Parkland home. Lynda Cruz died in November and their father died some years earlier.
Zachary Cruz, who turned 18 a week after the shooting, has been living in Lantana, Florida, with a family friend since their mother’s death.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offered his resignation Wednesday ahead of an impeachment vote, seeking to put an end to a fast-moving political drama playing out just three weeks before the Andean nation is set to host U.S. President Donald Trump for a regional summit.
In a nationwide televised address, Kuczynski, flanked by his cabinet, lashed out at opponents led by the daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori for allegedly plotting his overthrow with damaging leaks of confidential documents that raised doubts about his integrity and made it impossible to govern.
“I don’t want to be an obstacle blocking our nation from finding the path to unity and harmony that it so much needs and which I was denied,” he said, adding that the campaign in favor of his removal had caused “enormous damage” to Peru’s democracy.
Congress was scheduled to debate Thursday on whether to accept the resignation, which would transfer power to First Vice President Martin Vizcarra. It could also decide to reject his offer and plow ahead with impeachment proceedings, which a large majority of lawmakers had favored before Kuczynski resigned.
Beyond the conservative leader’s departure, the outlook is uncertain, with many Peruvians expressing disgust with their entire political class — not just Kuczynski but also his accusers, led by Fujimori’s daughter Keiko.
Vizcarra, who is in Canada, where he had been serving as Peru’s ambassador, hasn’t said whether he would form a government to try and finish Kuczynski’s term ending in 2021. If he and the country’s second vice president resign in solidarity with Kuczynski, as they vowed during a previous impeachment attempt in December, power would transfer to the head of congress, who would be required by the constitution to call new elections— for both president and congress — within a year.
“The only public institution with moral authority left in Peru is the fire department,” said Oscar Mendoza, a lawyer standing outside the presidential palace moments after Kuczynski waved goodbye to aides and stepped into a tinted SUV for a lonely drive to his Lima mansion. “All the rest, when you touch them with your finger, puss comes out because they are fully corrupted by graft.”
Pressure has been building on Kuczynski to resign after the shock revelation Tuesday of secretly shot videos in which several of the president’s allies were caught allegedly trying to buy the support of an opposition lawmaker to block the conservative leader’s impeachment.
The videos presented by Keiko Fujimori’s party purportedly show attempts by Kuczynski’s lawyer, a government official, and Fujimori’s son Kenji trying to convince the lawmaker to back the president in exchange for a hand in lucrative state contracts.
Kuczynski said the videos had been heavily edited to smear him and recalled practices from “sad days of Peru’s history that we thought had been overcome.”
He was referring to Fujimori’s longtime spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, who secretly recorded himself paying cash bribes to media moguls, military officers and politicians in efforts to gain leverage over potential rivals and boost his almost unlimited power.
Kenji Fujimori led a group of rebellious lawmakers in December who defied his sister’s leadership of the Popular Force party to narrowly block Kuczynski’s removal. Days later, Kuczynski pardoned the feuding siblings’ father from a 25-year jail sentence for human rights abuses committed during his decade-long presidency.
A new impeachment vote had been scheduled to take place Thursday and Kuczynski had been scrambling for support.
Keiko Fujimori, who has publicly distanced herself from her father, had accused Kuczynski of orchestrating the alleged vote-buying scheme.
The videos released Tuesday portray the president’s allies trying to lure lawmaker Moises Mamani to their side with promises of lucrative contracts.
In one exchange, Freddy Aragon, the head of the government agency regulating firearms, tells Mamani that he stands to pocket 5 percent of future public works projects authorized by the executive branch in his district. In another, Kuczynski’s lawyer hands the waffling lawmaker the transportation minister’s cell phone.
“Those who’ve voted in favor of impeachment have all the doors closed to them,” Kenji Fujimori tells Mamani in one of the recordings.
Peru’s chief prosecutor as well as congress said they would open a criminal probe into the videos.
Kuczynski is accused of lying as president about $782,000 in payments his consulting firm received a decade earlier from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
Odebrecht is at the center of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal, having admitted to paying some $800 million in bribes to officials across Latin America, including $29 million to politicians in Peru.
NEW YORK (AP) — Spring kicked off with a wallop of wintry weather along the East Coast as the fourth nor’easter in three weeks dumped more than a foot of snow in some places Wednesday.
The first full day of the season included scenes of snow falling on blooming daffodils in suburban Philadelphia, New Yorkers twisting to fix blown-out umbrellas, tractor-trailers stuck on snowy highways and kids making their first snowman of spring.
“I want warm! I’m done with the cold,” said Yana Damoiseau, a pedestrian in New York City.
Airlines canceled more than 4,000 flights, tens of thousands of customers lost power from West Virginia northward, and school districts throughout the Northeast called off classes ahead of the storm. At least two traffic deaths were reported in New Jersey and on New York’s Long Island.
Up to 8 inches of snow had fallen in some Philadelphia suburbs by the evening, and more than a foot near Allentown, Pennsylvania. New York had at least 5 inches and braced for a total of 6 to 12. Forecasters said Boston could get 6 inches as the storm moved into New England.
“Winter will not relent,” said Pancho Ortega, who was clearing the sidewalk outside his soon-to-open restaurant in Philadelphia. “I don’t like the shoveling part. I’m ready for it to kind of go away.”
Roberto Sims expressed frustration with how quickly his just-cleared Philadelphia sidewalks became snow-covered once again.
“I give up and now the corner store doesn’t have any salt left,” he said. “I’ll just have to take my chances and hope for someone else on the block to do it later.”
The storm was just the latest to come off the assembly line in the Northeast since March 2. Many people’s tolerance for wintry weather was already worn thin, after repeated power outages and lots of white-knuckle driving.
“I didn’t think I’d still need to keep storm stuff in my car in late March, but what are you going to do?” Wilson Collins, of Toms River, New Jersey, said as he checked his car trunk to make sure he had a shovel, a blanket and other emergency items. “I just hope this is finally it.”
On the other side of the country, a storm brought heavy rain to California, and tens of thousands of people in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were ordered to flee their homes because of the danger of mudslides on slopes burned by recent wildfires.
In New Jersey, some streets were flooded along the shore, including one in Point Pleasant Beach where a pair of ducks cruised back and forth through an intersection where a plastic garbage can bobbed in the waves.
More than 1,200 flights in the New York City area alone were canceled, with a ripple effect on air travel around the country. On the ground, Amtrak scaled back service on the Northeast corridor between Washington and Boston, and some states banned trucks from major highways.
The storm also unloaded snow on Virginia and West Virginia as it pushed into the Northeast. Virginia reported more 240 traffic accidents since midnight. In West Virginia, more than 5,000 customers were without power in the evening.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City and its suburbs and said 5,500 utility workers and 300 National Guard members were standing by. The state also sent generators, light towers, plows and salt to areas that have already endured multi-day, storm-related power outages this month.
Cuomo said he was told the utilities were better prepared this time.
“We have had assurances,” he said. “Frankly, I’m not satisfied with the assurances.”
Not everyone was sick of the snow.
In Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles outside Philadelphia, 10-year-old siblings Talia and Miles Broadhurst made their own fun on yet another day off from school, climbing onto the family SUV and sliding down the snow-slicked windshield and hood before plopping onto the snow.
“If the snow keeps me away from school, I’m fine with it,” Miles said.
DAPCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram Islamic extremists brought back nearly all of the 110 girls they had kidnapped from a boarding school last month, dropping them off in the middle of the night Wednesday with a warning: “Don’t ever put your daughters in school again.”
Several of the girls interviewed by The Associated Press said they had been traveling for days before the convoy of vehicles arrived in the center of the town of Dapchi around 2 a.m. Residents who had fled upon hearing that Boko Haram was headed their way watched from hiding as dozens of girls descended from the vehicles apparently unharmed.
“We were freed because we are Muslim girls and they didn’t want us to suffer. That is why they released us,” said Khadija Grema, one of the freed girls who said a Christian classmate remained captive.
The extraordinary development brought elation to most of the families, but more heartache for the relatives of the six girls still unaccounted for. The sister of one girl fainted Wednesday upon hearing that she was not among those freed.
One 14-year-old released by the fighters told reporters that five girls had died. She did not provide other details and it was not immediately possible to independently verify her claim.
The abductions in Dapchi have evoked painful memories of the tragedy in Chibok, where 276 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school. Nearly four years later, about 100 of them have never returned home. Many had been forced to marry their captors and had children fathered by them.
The Nigerian government denied that it had paid a ransom or made a prisoner swap in exchange for the girls’ freedom. The girls were released “through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country, and it was unconditional,” Information Minister Lai Mohammed told journalists in the capital, Abuja.
“No money changed hands. They only had one condition — that they will return them to where they took them. So in the early hours of today, they did return the girls and most of them went to their parents,” he said.
The girls were meeting with counselors at a nearby hospital, and “will be quarantined and be counseled before they go back to their schools,” he added. Nigeria’s government later said they were being taken to the capital on a military plane.
The fighters had rolled into Dapchi in nine vehicles and the girls were left in the center of town. As terrified residents emerged from their homes, the extremists issued an ominous warning, resident Ba’ana Musa told the AP.
“We did it out of pity. And don’t ever put your daughters in school again,” the residents said the extremists told them. Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language.
Nigeria’s government said 104 of the 110 schoolgirls had been confirmed freed.
The latest mass abduction is thought to have been carried out by a Boko Haram splinter group aligned with the Islamic State group that has criticized the leader of the main Boko Haram organization for targeting civilians and has focused instead on military and Western targets.
The release came a day after an Amnesty International report accused the Nigerian military of failing to heed several warnings of an imminent attack on Feb. 19 during which the girls were seized. The military has called the report an “outright falsehood.”
Wednesday’s miraculous development also brought renewed focus to the 100 Chibok girls still missing since April 2014. Coincidentally, some of the Chibok families had already made plans to travel to Dapchi that day to lend their moral support before it was known that most of the girls had been released.
Some of the Chibok families instead joined in rejoicing with the Dapchi parents, said Lawan Zannah, secretary of the Chibok parents’ association.
“This development gives us light that … we can take a message to our other colleagues at home that yes, what we have seen will give us hope that our own (girls) too will be released,” Zannah said.