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El Paso’s landmark Ranger Peak aerial tram closed to public

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso’s landmark Wyler Aerial Tramway, which has carried passengers to the peak of the Franklin Mountains for the past six decades, has been closed to public use indefinitely.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Tuesday that it has closed the Wyler Aerial Tramway after an engineering study found that the 2,400-foot-long, single-span cable tram with no support towers had exceeded its life expectancy.

The tramway was built originally to carry engineers and maintenance workers to the television transmitters perched atop 5,600-foot Ranger Peak. The Parks and Wildlife Department says it had passed annual inspections but was no longer fit for public use.

About 45,000 visitors each year had boarded the tramway gondolas for a ride to a 360-degree view of El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and southern New Mexico.

Health Dept: 1st cases of flu season reported in New Mexico

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The first cases of the flu season have been reported in New Mexico.

State Department of Health officials say all three persons who got the flu live in Quay County and reported no recent out of state travel.

The three are ages 8, 11 and 13.

Health officials say the exact timing and duration of flu season changes year-to-year, but flu activity often begins to heighten in October.

They recommend that everyone six months of age and older get the flu shot annually.

Washington State’s Gesser resigns amid misconduct complaint

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University employee and former quarterback Jason Gesser resigned Tuesday, a day after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Gesser, 39, sent a letter to the university resigning his post as assistant athletic director effective immediately.

“I am deeply saddened that recent circumstances in my private life have created a distraction for the department and university,” Gesser wrote. “While I certainly never intended to hurt anyone, I believe it is best for all involved for me to move on.”

The university’s President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Pat Chun said in a joint statement Tuesday evening that they had accepted Gesser’s resignation.

“We sincerely appreciate the courage it takes for individuals to come forward with concerns of this nature,” they said. “We take the allegations extremely seriously, and the Office for Equal Opportunity intends to continue its investigation.”

Schulz and Chun said Monday that the school received the complaint Monday and that Gesser was to work from home pending an investigation.

This was new information and a different set of events than previously reported, said Kimberly Anderson, director of WSU’s Office for Equal Opportunity.

A former student athlete filed the formal complaint and made public her interactions with Gesser after moving away from Pullman, The Spokesman-Review reported . She had worked for 18 months babysitting and working as a nanny for Gesser’s three children before an encounter in 2015.

Details of the incident haven’t been released.

“To the young woman that I made feel uncomfortable, I respectfully have a different recollection of the situation you’ve described,” Gesser wrote, “but acknowledge that I should never have been in the situation in the first place, and I apologize. I truly never meant to cause you harm.”

The university newspaper The Daily Evergreen reported last week that it had obtained hundreds of pages of public records involving allegations of sexual harassment against Gesser, some dating back to 2014. The allegations include that he made advances on student interns and co-workers, some as recently as 2017.

The university said it launched an investigation of the past allegations after officials became aware of them in December.

Officials interviewed or attempted to interview all those involved and found no violations of school policy, the school said.

Gesser, who is married, was an assistant director for the Cougar Athletic Fund, which raises money for WSU sports teams.

As a quarterback, he led the Cougars to the 2003 Rose Bowl and then embarked on a college coaching career after spending a season with the Tennessee Titans. He returned to work at WSU in 2013.

Rockies hope Story can return from sore elbow in a few days

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An injury forces Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story (27) to walk off the field with manager Bud Black (10) during an at-bat in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colorado slugger Trevor Story has inflammation in his right elbow, but there’s no structural damage and the Rockies are hopeful he can return to the lineup in a few days.

The All-Star shortstop tweaked his elbow on a throw in the first inning of an 8-2 loss to the Dodgers on Monday night and aggravated it on a swing in the fourth.

Rockies manager Bud Black says tests on Tuesday produced “good results.” He says Story has soreness around his joint, but his ligament appears to be in good shape.

Black says Story experiences some stress when he swings and throws, but if the inflammation goes down he should be playing again in a few days.

Colorado began Tuesday a half-game behind the NL West-leading Dodgers.

Story this year became the first shortstop in major league history with at least 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 25 steals in a season.

Bobby Roy Durham Sr.

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Bobby Roy Durham Sr. of Roswell, NM passed away, Sunday, September 16, 2018 surrounded by the love of his family.

A Memorial Service for Bobby will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, September 20, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel with Pastor Norman Lucas of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness officiating.

Bobby was born December 5, 1939 in Roswell, NM to Melvin D. and Nora Durham. He married Della Mae Otte in 1969. Bobby loved his family and friends. He worked in the Automotive Industry; Durham Lincoln Mercury/Durham Ford, also owned and operated Durham Chevron on North Main for many years and owned and operated Child Day Care Center for several years. Bobby was a member of the Sheriffs’ Posse of Chaves County and Sierra Volunteer Fire Dept.

Bobby is survived by sister, Cyloma Durham Waggoner and husband Tom Waggoner of Roswell, NM; brother, Barney Durham and wife, Charlie of Albuquerque, NM; sister-in-law, Rebecca Durham of Ruidoso, NM; daughter, Carol Durham Hedgecock and son-in-law, Jack Hedgecock of Sanger, TX; son, Bobby Roy Durham Jr. and wife Dee Dee of Roswell, NM; step children, Kim and Mary Otte of Lake Buchanan, TX; Tommy and Tanya Hickman of Sanger, TX; grandchildren, Jessie Hedgecock of Sanger, TX; Roy Hedgecock and wife Devin of Sanger, TX, great granddaughter Lilian; great grandchildren, Keith and Eric Bradley of Roswell, NM; Kevin and Kayleigh Bradley of Roswell, NM; also many nieces and nephews.

Bobby was preceded in death by parents, Nora and Melvin Durham of Roswell, NM; brothers, Billy and wife, Jimmie Durham of Roswell, NM and Johnny Durham of Ruidoso, NM; nephews, Tommy Whitaker and Robin Wright of Roswell, NM; daughter, Sheryl Bradly and granddaughter, Cassandra.

We will miss the good years he had and his sense of humor.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com

 

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

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FILE- In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, a gas flare is seen at a natural gas processing facility near Williston, N.D. The Interior Department on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, finalized the roll back of an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that’s released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands.

A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution, which Trump administration officials say already is required by some states.

Within hours of the announcement, attorneys general for California and New Mexico filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to reinstate the 2016 rule.

“We’ve sued the administration before over the illegal delay and suspension of this rule and will continue doing everything in our power to hold them accountable to our people and planet,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

The change by Trump could save companies as much as $2 billion in compliance costs over the next decade. It comes a week after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed weakening a separate methane emissions rule affecting private land and some public lands.

“We’re for clean air and water, but at the same time, we’re for reasonable regulations,” Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told reporters.

Methane is a component of natural gas that’s frequently wasted through leaks or intentional releases during drilling operations. The gas is considered a more potent contributor to climate change than carbon dioxide, although it occurs in smaller volumes.

Bernhardt and other Interior officials were unable to immediately say how much the new rule would affect methane emissions. But a U.S. Bureau of Land Management analysis provided to The Associated Press said all the reductions projected to occur under the original 2016 rule were lost with Tuesday’s change.

The prior regulation would have cut methane emissions by as much as 180,000 tons a year. Emissions of potentially hazardous pollutants known as volatile organic compounds, which can cause health problems if inhaled, would have been reduced by up to 80,000 tons a year.

The change could also result in the loss of $734 million in natural gas that would have been recovered over the next decade under the old rule. Those savings would have offset some of the industry’s compliance costs.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico criticized the rollback as a “giveaway to irresponsible polluters.”

An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance, said the old rule improperly put the Bureau of Land Management in the role of regulating air quality, which she said should instead be done by the EPA or state agencies.

The Obama rule has been tied up in the courts since its adoption. It was put on hold in April by a federal judge in Wyoming.

Energy companies said it was overly intrusive and that they already have an economic incentive to capture methane so they can sell it. However, that’s not always practical in fast-growing oil and gas fields, where large volumes of gas are burned off using flares.

Flaring has been a common practice in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, New Mexico and other states.

Hispanic group in Congress boycotts White House event

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President Donald Trump, second from right, kisses Cuban-American restaurant owner Irina Vilariño, second from left, during a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Luis G. Rivera Marín, Secretary of State and Lt. Governor of Puerto Rico, watches at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Citing President Donald Trump’s policies and comments about Latinos, members of the influential Congressional Hispanic Caucus boycotted a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration hosted by Trump at the White House.

In a letter to the president, caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a New Mexico Democrat whose district includes Albuquerque, also cited Trump’s denial that nearly 3,000 lives were lost in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria last year.

“You have ignored and recently tweeted lies about the devastation and loss of life in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, compared immigration to an infestation and attacked a judge because of his Hispanic heritage,” Lujan Grisham wrote in a Thursday letter to Trump.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation’s only Latina governor, was one of the only elected Hispanic officials to attend the event on Monday.

Martinez, a once rising star within the Republican Party, previously denounced Trump’s campaign rhetoric about Mexican immigrants during the 2016 campaign.

But in recent months, she has warmed to Trump and praised his policies.

She is barred by term limits from running for a third term in New Mexico. Lujan Grisham is running to replace her.

Trump hosted what has been an annual, bipartisan ceremony started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.

At Monday’s event, Trump cited low employment among Latinos and told a crowd of supporters that the booming economy was especially helping Hispanic residents in the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate for Hispanics was 4.7 percent in August. The U.S. unemployment rate is near an 18-year low of 3.9 percent.

“These are very hard numbers to beat,” Trump said. “We better win Hispanics next time.”

Martinez traveled to Washington to join Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza and Puerto Rico Lt. Gov. Luis Rivera Marin for the gathering.

Phone calls and emails to Martinez’s office were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Falcons G Levitre (triceps) out for season, 3rd player down

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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Andy Levitre (67) runs onto the field during the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Falcons have lost Levitre to a season-ending triceps injury, the third starter to go down in the first two weeks of the season. Levitre left Sunday's victory over the Carolina Panthers with what was initially described as an elbow injury. After further examination, it was determined that he's done for the year because of a triceps problem. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have lost offensive guard Andy Levitre to a season-ending triceps injury, the third player to go down with a major injury in the first two weeks of the season.

Levitre left Sunday’s victory over the Carolina Panthers with what was initially described as an elbow injury. After further examination, it was determined Tuesday that he’s done for the year because of a triceps problem.

Wes Schweitzer will take over Levitre’s spot in the starting lineup. The Falcons (1-1) also signed guard Zac Kerin to bolster the depth up front.

“After receiving the tests results on Andy’s injury from Sunday’s game, it has been determined that he will miss the remainder of the season with a triceps injury,” coach Dan Quinn said in a statement Tuesday, an off day for the players. “Andy worked extremely hard to get back on the field after a similar injury last year, and there is no doubt his leadership will continue to be felt this year. We have a ton of respect for Andy and what he stands for, and what he means to our team.”

Levitre’s injury comes after defensive stalwarts Keanu Neal and Deion Jones went down in a Week 1 loss to Philadelphia. Neal (knee) is out for the year, while Jones (foot) will have to miss at least eight games, though the Falcons are hopeful that he’ll be able to return late in the season.

The Falcons also were without starting running back Devonta Freeman in Week 2. He’s got a bruised knee, which is not thought to be a long-term problem but could keep him out for this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Levitre has started 47 games for the Falcons since being acquired from Tennessee for a sixth-round pick just before the 2015 season. This was the 10th NFL season for the 32-year-old lineman, who began his career with the Buffalo Bills after being a second-round pick in 2009.

Schweitzer started for Atlanta last season but lost his No. 1 job after the team signed Brandon Fusco in free agency.

Now, Schweitzer is back in the lineup.

The 27-year-old Kerin played in 15 games over three seasons for the Minnesota Vikings. He also spent time with the New York Giants and Detroit, starting his lone game with the Lions.

Canadian marijuana imports OK’d by US for California study

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Dr. Fatta Nahab, a neurologist who directs the Functional Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disorders Lab at the University of California San Diego Health's Movement Disorder Center, sits at his desk Monday, Sept 17, 2018, in San Diego. Nahab spent years going through regulatory hoops to get approval to import marijuana from Canada, to study whether cannabis can help treat essential tremor, a shaking condition affecting millions of people. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies.

The University of California San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Researchannounced Tuesday the Drug Enforcement Administration has OK’d its plans to import capsules containing two key cannabis compounds — CBD and THC — from British Columbia-based Tilray Inc . to study their effectiveness in treating tremors that afflict millions of people, especially those over 65.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, making it impossible for researchers to simply obtain forms of the drug from one of the many medical marijuana programs approved by individual states — even a state with a pot culture as prevalent as California’s.

Instead, federal law dictates that researchers typically must obtain any weed for clinical trials through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which uses cannabis grown at the University of Mississippi. Scientists have long complained about the difficulty of obtaining that marijuana, as well as its limited quality, variety and usefulness for clinical research.

The University of California San Diego researchers said they needed marijuana extracts in capsule form because it’s easier to monitor the doses that patients receive, compared to having patients smoke or vaporize it. They also believed many older patients would be reluctant to participate in the study if they had to inhale the drug, according to Dr. Fatta Nahab, a UCSD neurologist and the tremor study’s principal investigator.

NIDA doesn’t offer capsules, so the researchers spent about two years going through regulatory hoops to obtain permission to import the drug from Canada, where medical marijuana is federally legal and where recreational sales begin nationwide next month.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the marijuana law reform organization NORML, said that illustrates how badly American researchers need alternative sources for cannabis. The House Judiciary Committee last week passed a bill to require the Justice Department to issue at least two more licenses to U.S. facilities to grow pot for research.

“It’s very telling that you have researchers in the U.S. willing to exert the patience and go through the regulatory hurdles to make this happen at the same time the United States has its own domestic supply source,” Armentano said.

Marijuana compounds have been imported for clinical trials before, including by Britain-based GW Pharmaceuticals, which won approval this year to sell its purified CBD capsule, Epidiolex, to treat severe forms of epilepsy — the first cannabis drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. While GW Pharmaceuticals developed that drug in-house before bringing it to the U.S. for testing, Tilray, which recently became the first marijuana company to complete an initial public stock offering in the U.S., said it can work with researchers to develop the cannabis formulations they hope to study.

“It’s a really big milestone for Tilray and also just for the whole industry,” said Catherine Jacobson, Tilray’s director of clinical research. “Researchers in the U.S. have really been limited to doing research using dried flower. We have been able to prove to the FDA that we can manufacture investigational study drugs containing cannabinoids that meet their standards.”

Neither the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates clinical trials, nor the DEA had immediate details on how often the agencies have approved the import or use of foreign-made cannabis drugs in research, but DEA spokeswoman Katherine Pfaff said: “It is done. There are definitely situations where, when there’s no source in the U.S., a registrant can import a cannabis-derived drug from another country.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse usually provides marijuana as bulk flower or joints to be vaporized or smoked, though it also can supply cannabis oil.

NIDA intends to expand how much marijuana the University of Mississippi grows for research. The agency’s contract with the university provides for the possibility of offering cannabis capsules, but it has not yet done so, said Don Stanford, assistant director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the university.

There is no drug designed to treat essential tremor, a shaking condition. Unlike Parkinson’s disease, which causes shaking when someone is not moving, people with essential tremors shake when they are, making everyday activities like writing, drinking and speaking difficult. The condition afflicts 10 million people nationally and millions more across the globe, according to the International Essential Tremor Foundation.

Many patients try to control the shaking by repurposing other drugs, such as blood pressure medicine, with limited success.

Nahab said he started looking into whether marijuana could be used to treat essential tremor after two patients showed sudden improvement after smoking pot or consuming CBD purchased online.

The FDA application outlined the drug formula — a 20:1 ratio of CBD to THC, to minimize any high study participants might feel — as well as its purity, toxicity, shelf life and other details. Researchers also had to get safety approvals from the university and present their plans to a California research advisory panel.

The university hopes to have 16 to 20 patients in the study, which will begin early next year. Researchers will monitor the tremors with a device placed on the wrist and record changes in the severity of the shaking.

Tilray is providing the drug and limited financial support but said it will have no role in reviewing the study’s results.

“Essential tremor is 10 times more common than Parkinson’s and yet nobody really knows about essential tremor,” Nahab said. “That we’re finally getting to a potential therapeutic option in an area that is untapped is a big deal.”

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

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In this image made from video provided by Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (Korea Broadcasting System via AP)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon if the United States takes corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday after the two leaders held summit talks in Pyongyang to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

The Korean leaders also said the North would dismantle a missile engine test site and launch pad in the presence of outside inspectors, and would seek to host the 2032 Summer Olympics together. Moon also said Kim would try to visit Seoul sometime this year.

Washington wants North Korea to outline the entirety of its nuclear program, and its response to Wednesday’s joint statement from the Koreas remains to be seen. While the declaration appears to fall short of what Washington wants, President Donald Trump has maintained that he and Kim have a solid relationship and both leaders have expressed interest in meeting again after their June summit in Singapore. North Korea has been demanding a declaration formally ending the Korean War, which was stopped in 1953 by a ceasefire, but neither leader mentioned it as they read the joint statement.

“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Kim said as he stood by Moon’s side at the guesthouse where Moon is staying. “The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate. But we aren’t afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation.”

Kim and Moon earlier smiled and chatting as they walked down a hallway and into a meeting room to finalize the joint statement, which also said that the leaders would push for a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons and to “eliminate all the danger of war.” North Korea was expected to hold a huge mass games spectacle later in the day, with Moon attending an event expected to draw about 150,000 spectators, Seoul said. It wasn’t clear if Kim would attend.

North Korea first staged its mass games in 2002, when Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, was leader. They continued most every year until 2014, then were revived during North Korea’s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of its state founding earlier this month.

Kim gave the South Korean president an exceedingly warm welcome on Tuesday, the first day of the summit, meeting him and his wife at Pyongyang’s airport — itself a very unusual gesture — then riding into town with Moon in an open limousine through streets lined with crowds of North Koreans, who cheered and waved the flag of their country and a blue-and-white flag that symbolizes Korean unity.

The made-for-television welcome has become routine for their summits, after two meetings earlier this year.

The summit talks began at the ruling Workers’ Party headquarters where Kim and Moon were joined by two of their top deputies — spy chief Suh Hoon and presidential security director Chung Eui-yong for Moon, and for Kim, his sister, Kim Yo Jong, and senior Workers’ Party official Kim Yong Chol, according to Moon’s office.

At the start of their meeting Tuesday, Kim thanked Moon for brokering the June summit with Trump.

“It’s not too much to say that it’s Moon’s efforts that arranged a historic North Korea-U.S. summit. Because of that, the regional political situation has been stabilized and more progress on North Korea-U.S. ties is expected,” Kim said, according to South Korean media pool reports and Moon’s office.

Moon responded by expressing his own thanks to Kim for making a “bold decision” in a New Year’s speech to open a new era of detente and send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics in February.

Anti-doping exec among many against Russia reinstatement

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FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo employees work in Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow. Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who exposed Russia’s doping corruption at the Sochi Olympics added to a chorus of protest over the possible reinstatement of the country’s anti-doping agency. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Grigory Rodchenkov portrayed the World Anti-Doping Agency’s shifting of its requirements to end RUSADA’s suspension as a result of Russia’s unwillingness to accept findings from investigator Richard McLaren, who detailed a government-sponsored doping program designed to win medals. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Dozens of athletes, a key whistleblower and even a leader within the World Anti-Doping Agency’s own ranks slammed that organization on Tuesday as it headed toward a decision that could end the nearly three-year suspension of Russia’s anti-doping operation.

On an extraordinary day of coordinated protests from across the globe, the most surprising voice in the chorus belonged to WADA vice president Linda Helleland, one of 12 members of the executive committee that will decide RUSADA’s fate at a meeting Thursday in Seychelles.

She said she will not vote to reinstate.

“If you choose to reinstate Russia, you defy the very wish of the Athletes’ Committees around the world, who have very clearly stated that they will not accept a reinstatement now,” said Helleland, who is expected to run to replace Craig Reedie as WADA president when his term expires next year. “This moment will forever define the credibility of WADA as the independent and strong front runner for clean sport. I am afraid that by opting for the easiest way out, it will ultimately hurt WADA in the future.”

Athletes, whose voices over the four-year life cycle of this scandal are often diffused and drowned out, spoke up in unity for the second straight day Tuesday.

Members of athlete committees from WADA and the U.S. Olympic Committee were joined by a group of international anti-doping leaders, as well as whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Moscow lab director whose information helped uncover a doping scheme designed to help Russia win medals at the Sochi Olympics.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Rodchenkov portrayed WADA’s sudden shifting of its requirements to end RUSADA’s suspension as a result of Russia’s unwillingness to accept findings from investigator Richard McLaren, who detailed a government-sponsored doping program designed to win medals.

WADA is now accepting Russia’s willingness to agree instead with a report commissioned by the IOC that doesn’t focus as heavily on the government’s role in the cheating.

“Russia continuously denies McLaren’s findings for the pure purpose of protecting their top-level apparatchiks who destroyed the Olympic Games in Sochi,” Rodchenkov said. “Russian political and sport bosses are there only to save themselves, and in doing so, they betray Russian athletes and sports lovers, and destroy the future of Russian sport.”

Jim Swartz, a Rodchenkov backer who is founder of clean-sports foundationFairSport, said “WADA has undermined its own moral and regulatory authority” by proposing a weakened version of the road map to bring RUSADA back into compliance.

The WADA athletes’ group is led by Beckie Scott, who resigned from her position on WADA’s compliance review committee last week after it made the surprising recommendation to reinstate RUSADA.

“As athletes, we have to follow the rules every single day,” that group’s statement read, “and we expect the same from all anti-doping organizations and stakeholders.”

More than three dozen U.S. athletes wrote a letter to Reedie that said, in part: “By acting on promises, and not proven compliance, WADA’s decision on reinstating RUSADA would weaken the increasingly delicate integrity of international sport.”

Under WADA’s revamped road map, Russia would not hand over a trove of data and samples that could corroborate positive tests until a still-unspecified date that would come after RUSADA’s reinstatement. The original road map called for the information to be transferred before reinstatement. WADA’s review committee has urged the executive committee to set a date for the transfer before declaring RUSADA compliant.

The USOC’s new CEO, Sarah Hirshland, said any agreement that falls short of giving athletes security that they’re on a level playing field “will not only be a huge disappointment to the USOC and American athletes, but to the entire Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

WADA has defended its decision , saying nuanced changes in the requirements were appropriate to avoid squandering the significant progress RUSADA has made over the past three years.

“That outcome was never going to be achieved without small degrees of movement on both sides,” WADA said in a statement over the weekend.

But anti-doping leaders from 13 countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada and Poland, joined the athletes and others in protest. They said WADA’s changes were akin to moving the goalposts.

“The Roadmap has changed,” their statement said. “This is quite simply unacceptable and will not restore confidence in global sport at a time when athletes and sports fans need it most.”

North Carolina gov pleads with storm evacuees to be patient

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Members of the Civil Air Patrol load cars with MREs, (Meals Ready To Eat) water and tarps at distribution area in Wilmington, N.C. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina’s governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.

“I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to,” Gov. Roy Cooper said as officials began distributing supplies to residents of Wilmington, population 120,000.

The death toll rose to at least 37 in three states Tuesday, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence’s remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms raced through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and New York state .

Cooper warned that the flooding set off by as much as 3 feet (1 meter) of rain from Florence is far from over and will get worse in places.

“I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won’t end,” he said.

Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and “countless more” staying elsewhere, Cooper urged residents to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday. A second shelter is opening in Carteret County.

Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.

In South Carolina, two women died after a van was overtaken by rising flood waters near the Little Pee Dee River. Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson told The Associated Press that the women, detainees being transported to a mental health facility, drowned at around 6 p.m. Tuesday when a van tried to cross a roadway and was overtaken by water. Their names have not been released. Two other people were sent to a hospital for observation.

The White House said President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina on Wednesday to see the damage. Beforehand he boasted on Twitter: “Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence — and they are 100% correct.” He warned that the Democrats will soon start criticizing the government response, and “this will be a total lie, but that’s what they do, and everybody knows it!”

In Wilmington, workers began handing out supplies using a system resembling a giant fast-food drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to a line of pallets, placed an order and left without having to get out. A woman blew a whistle each time drivers had to pull forward.

Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence’s winds ripped shingles off his roof. Others got a case of bottled water or military MREs, or field rations. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.

“It’s been pretty bad,” said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking.

Nearby, about 200 people lined up to buy 40-pound (18-kilogram) bags of ice as quickly as a Rose Ice and Coal Co. could produce it.

Supplies have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also were used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from homes and other structures.

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city’s west side.

At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) inland, near the Army’s sprawling Fort Bragg, the Cape Fear River had risen about 50 feet (15 meters) toward a crest predicted to be more than 25 feet (7 meters) above flood level. On Tuesday, logs and other debris became trapped under a rail bridge as rushing brown water pushed against the span.

The flooding got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge in Fayetteville after the river began touching girders supporting the bridge’s top deck. Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened. “We’ve never had it at those levels before so we don’t really know what the impact will be just yet,” he said.

The river swallowed trees, lamp posts and a parking lot near its banks. City officials warned still-rising water threatened some neighborhoods and businesses that seemed safe, but said the worst was nearly over and life was beginning to return to normal downtown. Businesses were re-opening and owners removed sandbags and plywood from storefronts.

Human and animal waste is mixing with the swirling floodwaters, which have killed about 1.7 million chickens on poultry farms. More than 5 million gallons (18 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents.

The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed. Emergency workers reported rescuing and evacuating more than 2,200 people and around 575 animals, he said.

In a bright spot, the Lumber River appeared to be falling in hard-hit Lumberton, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) inland. Power outages in the Southeast also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 245,000, nearly all in North Carolina.

Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences

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This June 15, 2017, photo provided by Kenneth Madsen, shows a post-on-rail style of fence along the flood plain of the Colorado River between Arizona and Baja California, which is typical of border wall fences placed in environmentally sensitive areas or in areas prone to flooding. A new photo exhibit by Madsen opening Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Ohio State University-Newark campus, "Up Close with U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers,” highlights different types of border wall fencing. (Kenneth Madsen via AP)

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.

Kenneth Madsen, an Ohio State University geography professor and border wall expert, hopes his new photo exhibit will help bring the border closer to people at a time of heated discussion about the role of the wall, and of barriers in society overall.

“Up Close with U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers” opens Wednesday at the LeFevre Art Gallery on the Ohio State campus in Newark, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Columbus. The free exhibit of 33 poster-sized pictures features border wall photos and maps.

One of the exhibit’s goals is creating awareness about the wall, which can include low-grade sections in rural areas meant to stop vehicles and much stronger barriers in cities meant to stop people, Madsen said.

“People don’t generally have a chance to see something up close, at that level of detail, to know what’s going on out there,” he said.

President Donald Trump has held out the possibility of a government shutdown before the November elections over his effort to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as Republican congressional leaders publicly urged him away from that path and predicted it wouldn’t occur. “Build the wall!” was a frequent rallying cry during Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Madsen has studied the border wall since his graduate school days 20 years ago. His photo exhibit consists of pictures taken with his iPhone mostly in 2017, when he was on sabbatical.

In one image, children play at a Mexican playground beside a barrier in Tijuana near the Pacific Ocean while a U.S. border agent watches from his SUV on the American side just a couple of hundred feet away.

In another, stadium lights atop tall poles oversee a pedestrian barrier stretching for miles along a section of the wall between Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta in the Mexican state of Sonora.

In a third, a post-on-rail type wall snakes through a Colorado River flood plain between Arizona and Baja California in Mexico, a design meant to minimize soil disturbance in fragile landscapes, as well as to prevent it being washed away in a flood.

U.S. communities tend to grow away from the border wall, while Mexican communities tend to hug them up close, Madsen said. That helps account for large murals or brightly painted panels along several sections on the Mexican side.

Madsen is also an expert on waivers along the wall, whereby the government can exempt fence construction from a variety of federal requirements, including archaeological and environmental surveys.

Madsen plans to attend an international conference on border walls next week in Montreal.

Another border expert attending that conference says it’s important to share the experience of the border with people through such exhibits because so many stereotypes about the wall are wrong.

“The social construction of the border is negative and it’s perpetuated by people that have never even seen it, been here, touched it, felt it, crossed it,” said Irasema Coronado, a political science professor at the University of Texas-El Paso and a past president of the Association for Borderland Studies.

Madsen’s exhibit isn’t overtly political, and provides useful information for people on both sides of the border debate. But he notes the irony that wall building has increased with the rise of globalization.

Though the free-flow of capital means more freedom for more people, “there also are these border walls and fences to restrict movement of people of lesser economic means with fewer opportunities available, who are maybe stuck in bad situations,” he said.

Public forum addresses illegal dumping, police hiring

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Alison Penn Photo City Councilor Angela Moore examines an illegal dumping site close Alice Reischman Smith Park at G Street and East Wells Street in Ward 5 on Monday night. Moore said her constituents have complained about a few more sites like this.

On Monday night, City Manager Joe Neeb and other city staff hosted the last public forum of the year in Ward 5. The city has two forums per Ward each year and only three more forums are left on this year’s list.

Four citizens came to ask about being charged $1,500 to use the city’s portable stage, which was free in the past, for the 14th Annual Southeastern New Mexico Buddy Walk, a large fundraiser to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Neeb said the new fees for the stage are calculated based on an hourly rate for usage of the stage and the eventual replacement cost. Four other citizens came in later.

Neeb said the city has discovered through a cost analysis that it has been contributing $500,000 annually to help local events with in-kind services from the city for police, fire, streets, tents, dori poles, special electronics and more without recouping costs.

“My question has always been for everybody, we need to keep getting people off their couch and out helping us do all of this wonderful stuff — whether it be the Buddy Walk, whether it be the relay for life, whether it be the Veterans Parade, UFO Festival, any of those things — we really want the people to incorporate that,” Neeb said. “It can’t be just going to the city coffers and saying you need to cover this because it is worthwhile, because I’ve never met an un-worthwhile event either.”

The city has now identified five signature events that receive some in-kind service: UFO Festival, Hike It & Spike It, the Rise over Roswell Balloon Rally, Cinco De Mayo, and the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Neeb explained this to the attendees at the forum.

Teresa McCreary said the event sometimes brings 1,200 people from southeastern New Mexico, and that it benefits Roswell with visitors staying in hotels and patronizing restaurants.

Perry McCreary said the Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico, in addition to helping with the Buddy Walk, brings training and teaching opportunities, and even helps families, at the hospitals, with resources if someone in their family has Down syndrome. The McCrearys founded the event 14 years ago.

The next buddy walk is Oct. 20 at Spring River Park & Zoo with registration at 8 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m. More information can be found atdsfsenm.org.

Neeb asked whether or not the event has ever applied for lodgers’ tax funding and the answer was, not at this time. The McCrearys said the event would be interested in applying for lodgers’ tax funding and creating reciprocal community assistance as Neeb suggested. So far, Neeb said, there has not been a group the city could not help.

Steve Miko, director of sanitation, recycling and landfill, addressed citizen questions on recycling in the city. Miko said the city’s current recycling capability is almost at its maximum and Roswell would need to hire more people to expand. Enid Costley, Roswell Public Library director, said Target takes glass recycling. The green roll-off in the Office Max parking lot belongs to the city and does not take glass. Neeb said it comes down to a cost-benefit analysis whether or not more recycling can happen in Roswell.

Ward 5 City Councilor Angela Moore was present and she asked about people dumping on empty lots, because she received complaints about a lot close Alice Reischman Smith Park on G Street and East Wells Street.

Neeb said the issue of illegal dumping applies to the city’s sanitation and code enforcement departments. He also stated that the city is helping property owners place signs on such locations to hinder illegal dumping, and asking residents in the neighborhoods if they can describe who is doing the dumping. He said the city’s first priority is to take care of the dumping and see if there is a way to maintain the area to avoid future attempts. Neeb and Bill Morris, community development director, said citizens should report any sightings of illegal dumping as soon as possible and that there are fines associated with such an act.

Roswell Police Chief Phil Smith said the current police force is very close to an even number of white and Hispanic or Latino officers and he said this diversity “says a lot” about the department. He said that recruiting officers is a nationwide problem because being an officer is not in vogue. However, he said Roswell’s recruiting efforts are “a lot more optimistic.”

“It’s really about a lot of human suffering and that we are caretakers,” Smith said of being in the law enforcement field. “The true job is not Batman and Robin kicking in doors. The true job is to take care of people. If that’s not your ambition, then the calling isn’t for you.”

Mike Mathews, public safety director, said seven more recruits will graduate from the academy in Santa Fe in October and maybe 10 to 12 more will be going in January.

In terms of new initiatives, Smith said RPD will be starting a mentorship program for young officers to work with more experienced, retired officers who are volunteering their expertise. Mathews said the new Good Morning Program, where RPD calls a household where someone may live alone, has been receiving positive feedback.

On the Angels Program, Smith said in the past eight months only three people have taken advantage of seeking help from the RPD when dealing with drug addictions.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

 

Roswell firefighters file complaint about delays in negotiations

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Lisa Dunlap Photo The Roswell Professional Firefighters Union has filed a complaint with the Labor Management Relations Board seeking to require the city to return to bargaining talks and other remedies. In this June 2 photo, Roswell fire crews battle a structure fire in the northeast part of the city.

The union representing Roswell firefighters has lodged a complaint against the city for delays in contract negotiations since March.

The International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1249 — also called the Roswell Professional Firefighters Union — filed a “prohibited practices complaint” July 25 with the Labor Management Relations Board, which has scheduled a Sept. 28 meeting about the issue.

City Attorney Aaron Holloman said in an email that the meeting is expected to establish a timeline for resolving the issues brought up in the complaint.

According to the filing signed by Scott Maxwell, chief negotiator with the union, bargaining talks that began in October 2017 “stalled” after a meeting on March 27.

Two attempts since that time to arrange further talks were either not responded to or deferred until the city’s chief negotiator, Dina Holcomb of the Holcomb Law Office in Albuquerque, could speak with a representative of the law firm that advises the union, the complaint alleges. The union filing indicates that the law firm was an internal adviser at that time, not a negotiator.

“Negotiations have been stalled/non-existent through May, June and July,” the complaint states. “This makes the negotiations for salary increases very difficult due to the fiscal year budget timing for the City of Roswell. The stalling is highly prejudicial to the Union.”

The complaint contends that the city’s actions represent violations of two separate provisions of the city’s Labor Management Relations Ordinance.

The union is requesting that the Labor Management Relations Board order the city to continue talks, require the city to name an administrator to the bargaining committee to ensure timely progress and rule for other remedies, including possibly awarding attorney fees and costs to the union.

In a response filed to the complaint, the city has disputed many of the allegations, indicating that there were several efforts to communications with the union. It has asked that the Labor Management Relations Board dismiss the complaint.

Holloman said that discussions about the specifics of the negotiations are not permitted, but he said negotiations have moved slower than what might have been anticipated because of the financial aspects of the talks.

“Throughout the negotiations, many of the non-economic matters have been resolved,” Holloman said. “There are a couple of economic matters that have required additional research from both sides, which has caused resolution to move slower.”

Holloman said that the Labor Management Relations Board, a neutral party, is the entity determining the timing of its meetings, and it decided to meet in late September after the city had time to respond to the union complaint. The current members of the board are Rich Olson, Pauline Ponce and Scott Douglass.

Holloman explained that the city has been obligated to negotiate with the union since local firefighters voted 57-2 for the union March 13, 2017, and their vote was certified by the board not long after on March 23.

“The parties are in ongoing negotiations with regard to wages, hours and terms of conditions of employment, for which any changes negotiated will occur once the parties reach an agreement that is ratified by the employees and the (City) Council.”

He added, “All sides are working to create an agreement that supports the city and its employees by providing exceptional fire safety to Roswell.”

Requests to speak with the firefighter union negotiator, union representatives or a member of the law firm advising the union were not responded to by press time.

The public meeting before the Labor Management Relations Board is set for 10 a.m, Friday, Sept. 28, at Roswell City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

 

Goddard girls win a laugher on Senior Day

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Steve Notz Photo Goddard girls soccer celebrated senior day with a 10-0. Goddard seniors from L-R Destiny Lawrence, Melannie Soto, Bianca Gonzales, Madison Miranda, and Val Hernandez.

There must be something in the air over at Goddard because, on Senior Day, everyone was laughing and having a good time. Every one except Ruidoso. Goddard girls came ready to play on Senior Day as they put a clown suit on the Lady Warriors.

“I have five seniors,” Martinez said. “They rotate in and they are doing pretty good. They are a good group of seniors and a good group of kids. Last year we had a young team and now we are a year older, but they are a great group of kids. I have really enjoyed this season.”

The game was such a laugher — the officials tried to shorten the first half by 4:22 seconds. Normally most senior days are events with crying and hugging — not with this team. Everyone in the stands and the players on the field were happy as Goddard won going away 10-0 Tuesday at Goddard’s home field.

“The difference between last year and this season is experience,” Martinez said. “They were young last season and they just took thumping, but they learned, and over the season they have worked on some different things and gotten better. Their whole mental outlook has changed and they have done everything that I asked them to do this season.”

Goddard had momentum coming into the game after a win against rival Roswell, 9-3 on Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. They have finally found their offense as they have scored 19 goals in the last two games.

Coach Jamie Martinez put together a tough stretch of seven games to find out what kind of team he had this season, after coming off a disappointing year last season, which saw them lose the district for the first time in four years. Martinez felt like his kids felt the pressure of winning four championships in a row.

“We went through it,” Martinez said, “and did really well.”

Martinez said when talking about his teams through seven games, he set up at the beginning of the year. Goddard played some teams that were undefeated and some teams that were ranked No.1.

“I’m very happy with my team right now,” Martinez said. “I’m looking forward to good things with this team.”

Goddard plays 4 p.m. Thursday at home against Clovis.

 

Roswell

Roswell girls took out their anger after losing to rival Goddard on Saturday, in Lovington. The Lady Coyotes were leading 4-0 at halftime and ended up winning in a rout 7-0. Kayleigh Holloway scored two goals in the first half and Madeline Francis scored one along with freshman Maiana Maldonado.

The Lady Coyotes move to 8-4-1 on the season.

Roswell will host Socorro 12 p.m. Saturday at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.

 

Roswell girls storms the volleyball court

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J.T. Keith Photo Roswell’s Alex Gonzalez goes high to hit a kill shot against Portales Tuesday night at Coyote Den.

Nothing that a good old dose of home cooking can’t cure for the Lady Coyotes. They won Tuesday night at the Coyote Den against Portales. In the fourth game of the set, Roswell girls had to dig down and play inspired volleyball to turn back the Lady Rams to win 25-18, 25-14, 27-29 and 25-17.

“That was kind of a must win tonight,” Baca said. “We needed to learn what that feels like to win again, after losing four games in a row. It’s tough. I thought in the middle of set three, we kind of let down.”

Back feels the key to the victory was minimizing their errors. Back is reworking her substitution pattern and the girls have to relearn how to play together. Back is hoping her team will take to the new system and rotation before district play starts.

The Lady Coyotes (3-4) will get to enjoy a little bit more home cooking when they get to stay home and host the Zia Classic starting on Friday.

“We are looking for two wins,” Baca said. ‘I expect that we will see some good competition. I’m looking for us to improve and get better. I’m happy with the win and there are some things we need to work on, but I’ll take it.”

Alex Gonzalez led the team with 13 kills, Julia Espinoza had nine kills, Jalen Baca had four aces, 21 digs.

Roswell will play 9 a.m on Friday against Miyamura in the Zia Classic

Goddard

Goddard’s Dwayne Roberts is getting used to this winning thing. His lady rockets have won four out of five games. At Ground Zero the Lady Rockets defeated Clovis 25-7, 25-12 and 25-15. The game was not much of a contest as his system is starting to take effect and his players are starting to know where to be and how to react.

“It is starting to click all together,” Roberts said. “The girls are buying in and they have the confidence to get the job done.”

Goddard is looking to win the Zia Classic Championship back to Roswell.

“I think the end goal is to win the tournament,” Roberts said. “I think the girls have that in mind as well.”

Roberts feels like his system is working because the girls have bought in, and they want to win. His system is taking advantage of their height and his fast tempo offense. A lot of teams have trouble blocking at the net against the Lady Rockets.

Goddard will play in the Zia Classic 9 a.m. Friday against Clovis in pool play.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Lady Colt volleyball team fell to the Loving Falcons in three sets at Godfrey Athletic Center on the campus of NMMI.

The Lady Colts got down early in the first set but battled back to almost take the lead at one point. The Falcons were able to close the first set giving them a 25-17 set one win.

In the second set, The Lady Colts could not muster a big run to gain momentum in the set losing 25-12.

NMMI gained momentum in the third set. Loving did not get a big jump early and NMMI was able to take the lead 21-17, but after a Loving timeout, NMMI fell 25-23 in the third set.

Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley said, “We are making too many errors and we cannot finish a set.”

Coach Schooley was pleased with her team’s effort for most of the third set. Coach Schooley said, “We started to communicate and we did not hesitate for balls. We started to play how we know how to play until the end of the set.”

Next up for the Lady Colts is a match against Gateway Christian at Gateway Christian High School on Tuesday, Sep, 20 at 6 PM.

Coach Schooley said it will take a team effort to win at Gateway. “We have to keep the same level of play throughout the match and not for just two or three-point spurts.”

 

Snyder speaks out about dangers of apps

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AP File Photo / Susan Montoya Bryan In this 2015 photo, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas talks during a news conference in Albuquerque. New Mexico is suing Google, Twitter and other companies that develop and market mobile gaming apps for children, saying the apps violate state and federal laws by collecting personal information that could compromise privacy. The lawsuit filed in federal court on Sept. 11 comes as data-sharing concerns persist among users.

Though the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department does not have a program to deal with or educate the public about the risks the internet and online devices can present to children, parents need to actively monitor what their children are doing online.

“Look at their phones, look at everything they are doing,” Brit Snyder, Chaves County sheriff, said Tuesday. He added that if parents are operating on the assumption that everything is all right as it relates to their child’s internet activity, they are likely missing something.

Parents need to pay particular attention to the apps their children are downloading and using.

“There are so many apps that are being used, being misused by predators to gain access to children,” Snyder continued. “The list is almost too long to name.”

Law enforcement at the state level is also looking to address the dangers some apps can present to children..

Earlier this month the New Mexico Attorney General’s office revealed in a press release that they had filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab Productions, Google and other tech companies, alleging they produce and sell apps sold in Google Play stores that contain illegal tracking software.

Other app producers named in the suit include MoPub, AerServ, InMobi PTE, AppLovin and IronSource.

Federal law bars the collection of personal data of children under age 13 without parental consent, according to the release.

Illegal data collection allows defendants and whoever else they sell data to, to track, profile and target children nationwide, the release states.

“These apps can track where children live, play, and go to school with incredible precision,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in the release. “These multi-million dollar tech companies partnering with app providers are taking advantage of New Mexico children, and the unacceptable risk of data breach and access from third parties who seek to exploit and harm our children in New Mexico will not be tolerated in New Mexico.”

The New Mexico Attorney General’s office recommends parents be selective about the apps their children are allowed to download.

The AG’s office also advises:

• Limit the time children spend on their device and make sure apps are fully closed when not being played

• Limit ad tracking through settings on a device and reset advertising identifiers; set a weekly time to check the settings on their child’s device to make sure nothing has changed

• Apps should be used that are not ad-supported and devices put in airplane mode

Snyder said he wishes there was a device or program that would include a description of apps and what they are used for.

Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police Department public information officer, said in an email that RPD is working to train a detective to represent the department on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The department has had a representative on the task force but does not currently.

The Task Force is composed of 61 coordinated task forces composed of 4,500 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies, according to the task force website.

Wildermuth said they do not have a timetable for when the department will have someone trained.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

 

Drop off your donations for women at RDR

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Pictured is a box where donations of hygiene products can be dropped off in the lobby of the Roswell Daily Record at 2301 North Main Street. The box is part of a larger effort by the Misfits Psalm 107, a woman’s Bible Study Group at Grace Community Church that has been looking to collect the donations and place them in bags to be distributed by Harvest Ministries and the Salvation Army. After three weeks of having a box in the lobby, about four donations have been dropped off at the Roswell Daily Record office. People can drop off items at the Roswell Daily Record office from 8 a.m to 5 p.m Monday through Thursday or Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

 

Poll: Herrell leads in House race, Heinrich ahead in Senate race

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New polls in the open U.S. House race in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District and in the state’s U.S. Senate race show Republican U.S. House candidate Yvette Herrell and incumbent Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich winning their respective races.

The poll conducted by Research and Polling Inc. of Albuquerque and conducted for the Albuquerque Journal, has Republican Yvette Herrell defeating Democrat Xochi Torres Small 48 to 41 percent.

Another 11 percent surveyed said they would not reveal or know who they would cast a ballot for this November.

The poll in the House race was taken of 405 registered voters and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent, according to the Albuquerque Journal article announcing the poll results. The poll in the senate race was taken of 966 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent. Both polls were scientific surveys taken of people who voted in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Herrell, a realtor and four-term state representative from Alamogordo; and Torres Small, a former field representative for Sen. Tom Udall and water attorney from Las Cruces, are vying to be the next U.S. Representative in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses southern New Mexico, including Roswell.

Incumbent Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican, opted not to seek re-election and is instead his party’s nominee for governor.

According to the article, Torres Small wins Democratic voters 84 to 7 percent and Hispanic voters 57 to 33 percent. Harrell leads among Republican voters 85 to 4 percent and Anglos 54 to 33 percent. She also holds a 55 to 24 edge among unaffiliated and voters who are registered with other parties.

The poll numbers come even though reports filed with the Federal Election Commission showed Torres Small out-raised Harrell in the last fundraising quarter $400,761.87, to $120,315.06.

Brian Sanderoff, president of Research and Polling Inc. said Monday that although Torres-Small has been an impressive candidate, she faces tough terrain in a district that has long had a heavy conservative and Republican tilt.

“She’s not behind because she is a bad candidate — she seems to be a pretty good candidate, but it is still a conservative district,” he said.

The 2nd Congressional District is a district that is not monolithic.

“I think of the 2nd Congressional District has divided geographically and politically by the Sacramento Mountains,” Sanderoff said.

The region east of the mountains, which includes Chaves, Eddy, Lincoln and Roosevelt counties are staunchly Republican, while places in the western part of the district such as Las Cruces and Silver City, are much more hospitable to Democrats.

Despite having a smaller population in the east, Republicans usually take the district because they have impressive turnout among their voters that exceeds voter turnout rates in the west, Sanderoff said.

He added that places in the west such as Truth or Consequences are more conservative and are able to soften the Democratic edge in the west.

The Albuquerque Journal poll also shows Democrat Martin Heinrich far ahead in his bid for a second term. A separate article shows Heinrich with a large lead over his two opponents Republican Mick Rich and Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor and a Libertarian candidate.

Heinrich receives 47 percent in the poll with Rich and Johnson netting 26 and 16 percent of the vote respectively.

Sanderoff said that most registered Democrats and Republicans are sticking with their respective parties, despite Johnson’s time as governor and national profile as a 2012 and 2016 presidential candidate.

“That’s why Mick Rich is doing better than Gary Johnson,” Sanderoff said. “Mick Rich is a lot better known than Mick Rich but Mick Rich is doing better because he is the official Republican candidate.”

Johnson’s entry has served to split the Republican and conservative vote though, he added.

According to the poll, Johnson wins a plurality of unaffiliated and minor party voters. Johnson carries 37 percent of the group compared to 30 percent for Heinrich and 20 percent for Rich.

The poll shows Heinrich winning a majority of votes in the three-way contest in the Albuquerque metro area, the northwestern part of the state, north central New Mexico and the southwestern part of the state.

The strongly Republican east is the only region Heinrich does not carry. The poll shows Rich winning that region with 38 percent of the vote, with Heinrich and Johnson taking 30 percent and 16 percent of the vote respectively.

Sanderoff said the race would likely be more competitive if it was a two-candidate race between Heinrich and either Johnson or Rich.

He added that Heinrich benefits from having both candidates in the race.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

 

Fender-bender only injures vehicles

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First responders check out the drivers of two vehicles involved in an accident at South Main Street and Hobson Road Tuesday at 1 p.m. A police officer at the scene said that no people were injured in the accident that involved a red Dodge Ram pickup and a green Chevy Camaro.

 

Tuesday structure fire still under investigation

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A Roswell Fire Department firefighter walks toward a mobile home at 901 E. Deming St. that had been on fire shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. A firefighter at the scene said one person was treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

University of New Mexico president vows more transparency

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president of New Mexico’s flagship university promised Monday to adopt further reforms amid an investigation into the school’s athletic program and criticism over how regents voted to cut some sports.

In her first annual state of the university address, University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes said she would work to make the school more transparent and pointed out that she has created a search committee to make hires for key administrative positions. The new administrators in finance and the school’s legal team will help guide improvements in transparency, she said.

But Stokes avoided directly mentioning the New Mexico Attorney General Office’s investigation into the school’s athletic program or the recent cutting of soccer.

She acknowledged, however, that the university “faces continuous scrutiny from many corners” and said she has learned a lot about New Mexico following a statewide tour.

Earlier this month, the attorney general’s office said the University of New Mexico sought to actively hide information from journalists seeking information about questionable spending by the athletics department and the contentious decision to cut some sports.

Assistant Attorney General Dylan K. Lange wrote in the report that the numerous violations centered on the state’s Open Meetings Act and the Inspection of Public Records Act.

In her first 200 days in office, Stokes also has wrestled with criticism from state lawmakers, city leaders and others for a decision to cut some sports teams as part of an effort to rein in spending within the troubled athletics department.

Despite an outcry from soccer fans and some lawmakers, Stokes endorsed a plan by the school’s athletic director to cut soccer and other sports.

Stokes told an audience on Monday after the tough decision over the summer, “I could no longer consider myself your new president.”

With its main campus in Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico serves close to 25,000 students. In recent years, the school, like others in New Mexico, has seen an enrollment decline. It also remains near the bottom of some lists on salaries for professors.

Stokes blamed the enrollment drop partly on the overall backlash universities are facing.

Stokes also said she has formed advisory committees to offer recommendations on various subjects from ethics to engaging with Native American tribes to how to make school a more welcoming place.

University employee faces allegations of sexual misconduct

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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012, file photo, Idaho interim head football coach Jason Gesser speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Idaho. Gesser has been placed on home assignment following a new complaint of sexual misconduct, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP, file)

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University employee and former star quarterback Jason Gesser was placed on home assignment Monday following a new complaint of sexual misconduct.

Gesser will work from home pending an investigation of the allegation, the university’s President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Pat Chun said in a joint statement.

“This is new information and a different set of events than previously reported,” said Kimberly Anderson, director of WSU’s Office for Equal Opportunity.

Details of the misconduct were not released.

Schulz and Chun said this is the first time an individual directly involved in an alleged incident of sexual misconduct has filed a formal complaint against Gesser.

Gesser did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The university newspaper The Daily Evergreen reported last week that it had obtained hundreds of pages of public records involving allegations of sexual harassment against Gesser, some dating back to 2014. The allegations include that he made advances on student interns and co-workers, some as recently as 2017.

The university said it launched an investigation of the past allegations after officials became aware of them in December.

Officials interviewed or attempted to interview all those involved and found no violations of school policy, the school said.

Gesser, who is married with three children, also issued a statement last week saying the past allegations were without merit and said he would “not allow my name to be unfairly smeared.”

Gesser, 39, is an assistant director for the Cougar Athletic Fund, which raises money for WSU sports teams.

As a quarterback, he led the Cougars to the 2003 Rose Bowl and then embarked on a college coaching career after spending one season with the Tennessee Titans. He returned to work at WSU in 2013.

The Latest: ‘Game of Thrones’ wins Emmy for best drama

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Peter Dinklage accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for "Game of Thrones" at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 70th prime-time Emmy Awards being presented Monday at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles (all times local):

8 p.m.

“Game of Thrones” has won the best television drama series Emmy Award.

The HBO fantasy series won after a one-year hiatus in the category and was the leading nominee going into Monday’s ceremony. Peter Dinklage also won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a drama series Monday night.

It beat out other drama series “The Americans,” ”The Crown,” ”The Handmaid’s Tale,” ”Stranger Things,” ”This Is Us” and “Westworld.”

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7:55 p.m.

A creepy, whiteface character from the FX hit series “Atlanta” has been seated in the front row and taking selfies at the Emmy Awards.

Teddy Perkins appeared Monday night in the same attire as worn on the comedy-drama on the show, sporting red velvet dinner jacket, heavy white makeup, prosthetics and a bob cut wig. The character was played by the show’s star Donald Glover, but it’s unclear whether the actor-singer dressed up as Perkins who became a main attraction in the crowd and social media taking selfies during commercial breaks.

Perkins congratulated Bill Hader, who won an Emmy for best actor in a television comedy over Glover — last year’s winner.

Even Hader had no idea who was dressed up as Perkins.

“I don’t know who it was, but I know it was that guy from ‘Atlanta,'” Hader said backstage.

When Glover was shown in the crowd, Perkins was not around.

Perkins became one of the most intriguing figures during the second season of “Atlanta” for his eerie appearance during the sixth episode of the series. The character tricked Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) into visiting his home.

— Jonathan Landrum Jr. (@mrlandrum31 on Twitter)

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7:50 p.m.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the winner of the best comedy series Emmy Award.

The Amazon series stars newcomer Rachel Brosnahan as a 1950s mother and housewife who pursues a career in stand-up comedy and finds success by mocking her estranged husband.

The show had a massive night, winning four other Emmy Awards, including best comedy actress for Brosnahan, and best supporting actress for Alex Borstein. Writer-director Amy Sherman-Palladino also won two Emmys on Monday night.

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7:40 p.m.

The winner of Emmy Award for best limited series is “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

The FX series from producer Ryan Murphy focused on the murder of the Italian designer by spree killer Andrew Cunanan. Darren Criss played Cunanan in the series, which is a follow-up to Murphy’s fictionalized retelling of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.

Murphy won an Emmy Award earlier in the evening for directing the series, and Criss won for best actor in a limited series.

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7:30 p.m.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is the winner of the best reality competition Emmy Award, a landmark win for a show that spotlights LGBTQ culture.

The VH1 series has won widespread praise and a devoted for highlighting LGBT stories and drag culture.

Since its creation in 2003, the category has been dominated by two shows, “Amazing Race” and “The Voice,” with “Top Chef winning the category in 2010.

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7:15 p.m.

Claire Foy is the winner of the best actress in a television drama Emmy Award for her role in “The Crown.”

Foy’s role as Queen Elizabeth II has come to an end, and she emotionally referenced her time on the show and promised that she wouldn’t cry. (She didn’t.)

It is Foy’s first Emmy win on her second nomination for the Netflix series, which tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne in the upheaval of post-World War II Britain.

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This story corrects the category Foy won to best actress in a television drama.

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7:10 p.m.

Matthew Rhys has won the best actor in a television drama Emmy Award for his role in “The Americans.”

It is a major Emmy win for the FX series, which has been largely overlooked by television academy voters. The show, which has now concluded, is also nominated for best drama series.

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This story corrects the category Rhys won to best actor in a television drama.

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6:55 p.m.

Thandie Newton of “Westworld” has won the Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series.

It’s the first Emmy in two nominations for Newton. She was also nominated for her “Westworld” role as android madam Maeve Millay in 2017.

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6:50 p.m.

Peter Dinklage is the winner of the best drama series supporting actor Emmy Award for his role on “Game of Thrones.”

It’s the third time Dinklage has won an Emmy for playing Tyrion Lannister, the outcast from a noble family who drinks and thinks his way out of trials and tribulations on “Game of Thrones.”

He’s been nominated for all seven seasons of the HBO medieval fantasy series.

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6:45 p.m.

Glenn Weiss has walked away with an Emmy and his girlfriend walked away with a ring.

Weiss won the Emmy on Monday night for directing the Oscars telecast and was giving the sort of speech from a non-celebrity that makes most viewers tune out when he said that his mother died two weeks ago, and she was fond of his girlfriend.

He then said, “You wonder why I don’t want to call you my girlfriend? It’s because I want to call you my wife.”

The star-studded crowd, realizing a proposal was on, whooped and cheered. Leslie Jones of “Saturday Night Live” stood with her mouth agape in surprise, as did the woman herself.

Weiss’s girlfriend, who he called Jan without giving her last name, ran up on stage then Weiss took a knee and said he was giving her the same ring his father gave his mother 67 years ago.

Only then did he actually ask the question. She said yes.

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6:20 p.m.

Darren Criss is the winner of the Emmy Award for best actor in a limited series for his role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

It’s the first Emmy for Criss, who played rampaging killer Andrew Cunanan on the FX series.

He was nominated once before for songwriting on “Glee,” where he was a cast member for five years.

In his acceptance speech, Criss said: “You guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life so far.”

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6:15 p.m.

Regina King has won the best actress in a limited series Emmy Award for her role in “Seven Seconds.”

It’s the third Emmy for King, who won best supporting actress in a limited series in 2015 and again in 2016 for “American Crime.”

In “Seven Seconds,” a show already canceled by Netflix, she plays a mother whose teenage son is hit and critically injured by a police officer. In her acceptance speech, King said she wasn’t expecting the honor and gave a heartfelt speech, saying wanted to curse before stopping herself and saying “Thank you, Jesus.”

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5:50 p.m.

The best supporting actor Emmy Awards for a limited series have gone to Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever of the Netflix western “Godless.”

It’s the second Emmy win for Daniels, who previously won best lead actor in a drama series for HBO’s “The Newsroom” in 2013.

The 63-year-old Daniels played outlaw Frank Griffin on the Netflix Western.

It’s the second Emmy for Wever, who also won best supporting actress in a comedy series for “Nurse Jackie” in 2013.

In the Netflix western “Godless” she played Mary Agnes McNue, the widow of a town’s mayor and sister of its sheriff, who is skeptical of a mining company that comes to town.

Daniels is also nominated Monday night for best actor in a limited series for “The Looming Tower.”

In his acceptance speech, he thanked his horse on “Godless,” which he said threw him and broke his left wrist. Daniels, holding up his Emmy with his left hand, said it is now officially healed.

5:40 p.m.

Bill Hader has won the best actor in a television comedy Emmy Award for his role in “Barry.”

It’s the first time Hader has won an Emmy for his acting. He’s been nominated four times for his performances on “Saturday Night Live” and won his only previous Emmy as a producer of South Park in 2009.

He plays the HBO show’s title character, an elite hitman who takes an interesting in acting after wandering into a class. Hader was also up for three more Emmys Monday night, for his writing, directing and executive producer on “Barry.” The writing and directing awards were awarded Amy Sherman-Palladino.

In his acceptance speech, Hader first mentioned Henry Winkler, who won an Emmy earlier in the night for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

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5:35 p.m.

Rachel Brosnahan is the winner of the best actor in a television comedy Emmy Award for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

It’s the first Emmy for Brosnahan, and comes in the first season of her first leading role on television. She plays Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a housewife in New York in the 1950s who finds she has a knacke for stand-up comedy.

She won a Golden Globe for the role earlier this year. Hers is the latest win for the Amazon series, which has also won a supporting actress Emmy Award for Alex Borstein and Emmys for best writing and directing.

In her acceptance speech, Brosnahan says the show is “about a woman who is finding her voice anew” like so many women in the country right now.

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5:20 p.m.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” Alex Borstein is the winner of the Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

It’s the second 2018 Emmy for Borstein, who already won best character voice-over performance for her longtime role of Lois Griffin on “Family Guy.”

She plays Susie Myerson on Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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5:15 p.m.

Henry Winkler is the winner of the Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

It’s the first Emmy in a 40-year television career for Winkler. He was nominated three times in the 1970s for playing Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on “Happy Days,” a character that spawned a cultural craze and made him one of the biggest stars on TV.

The 72-year-old Winkler has played mostly small comic roles in movies and TV since.

Winkler got a standing ovation for his win.

He started his speech by saying, “I wrote this 43 years ago.”

He ended it by telling his adult children to go to bed.

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5:10 p.m.

The Emmys have started with a song whose chorus was “We Solved It,” a comic ode to the diversity of nominees — and Hollywood self-satisfaction.

“Saturday Night Live” stars and Emmy nominees Monday night Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson started the song, pointing out that Sandra Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy.

The comedians sang: “There were none, now there’s one, so we’re done.”

They were joined by Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown and Ricky Martin, who declared the song “too white” and gave it a Latin turn.

Andy Samberg showed up to ask in song if there was a place for a straight white male in the song before being sent off. Martin and Samberg were met with loud cheers inside Microsoft Theater.

The group gave way to the night’s hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost, who continued to riff on Hollywood diversity and the sexual misconduct scandal that has roiled the industry.

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4:45 p.m.

John Oliver says Hollywood’s biggest award shows are “terrible gigs” for the hosts, not fun or glamorous.

The host of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” was feeling empathy on the gold carpet for this year’s Emmys hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost from “Saturday Night Live.”

Che and Jost, in their black tuxedos, were among the first to walk down the carpet before the show on Monday afternoon.

Oliver says the audience is tense and as the night goes on the crowd becomes increasingly resentful since most of them don’t win.

He says it’s not easy to do comedy in those conditions.

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox on Twitter) and Beth Harris (@BethHarrisAP) on the Emmys red carpet

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4:20 p.m.

“This Is Us” stars Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia aren’t walking the golden carpet together at the Emmys, but bumped into each other in the long line for photos.

The two actors, who are married on the show, met in the middle Monday to pose for some pics and even took a few selfies with fans walking by.

Ventimiglia also waved over his co-star Justin Hartley and wife Chrishell Stause to say hello.

Elsewhere, another “This Is Us” co-star, Sterling K. Brown, says he loves the regular-guy role he plays on the NBC hit series.

Brown, nominated for lead actor in a drama, an award he won last year, says it’s nice going to work every day playing a character who “didn’t kill people, he’s not secrets and lies. He’s trying to find the best part of himself to share with humanity.”

— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr on Twitter) with Beth Harris (@BethHarrisAP) and Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox)

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4 p.m.

The biggest gathering of stars on the Emmys gold carpet is a bottleneck of celebs waiting patiently in a long line for the photo call.

Ralph Fiennes stood arm-in-arm with Max Minghella of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

RuPaul, fan in hand, leaned over a rope and stanchion to hug Margo Martindale of “The Americans.”

Heidi Klum fixed her hair before stepping out for the cameras and Issa Rae of “Insecure” looked up from her phone to wave to LaKeith Stanfield of “Atlanta.”

Elsewhere on the carpet, “Insecure” actress Yvonne Orji and “This is Us” actor Justin Hartley posed for selfies with fans.

George R.R. Martin, author of the books behind “Game of Thrones,” got cheers from the fan bleachers. One person yelled, “Finish the book!” to laughs, referring “The Winds of Winter,” the very-long-awaited next volume in the series.

— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr on Twitter) with Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP on Twitter)

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3:30 p.m.

Jenifer Lewis of “black-ish” says she’s wearing Nike on the Emmys gold carpet “in support of Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice.”

The 61-year-old actress said Monday that she wants “to speak to the millennials today to let them know they are not alone when they speak out.”

She wore a red-and-black sweat shirt emblazoned with Nike, which began using the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback in an ad campaign earlier this month.

The athletic company’s trademark swoosh was done in crystals. She accented her black leggings and black-and-white pattern boots with a diamond bracelet and ring.

Lewis says, “We are not living in dark times. We are living in awakening times, and I am proud to be one of the leaders in the movement.”

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox on Twitter) on the Emmys red carpet with Beth Harris (@BethHarrisAP)

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3 p.m.

Politics are top of mind on the golden carpet for many of the stars attending the Emmy Awards Monday.

RuPaul tells The Associated Press: “Every time I bat my false eyelashes I’m making a political statement.”

And actress Q’orianka Kilcher accessorized her red dress with a pin that reads “I am a voter.”

“The Alienist” actress says she felt it was important to send the message that “all of our voices matter and all of our votes matter.”

Margo Martindale took a different stance, however, saying that awards shows lately have backed off from being as political.

Martindale says, “I think it’s fine to be political, don’t get me wrong. But middle America is hard to reach.”

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox on Twitter) with Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)

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2 p.m.

The sprawling golden carpet for the 70th annual Emmy Awards is heating up as security readies for the deluge of television stars headed for the Microsoft Theater Monday afternoon.

NBC’s Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb were among the very early arrivals, making their way down the carpet before the inevitable traffic jam of bodies. Extra host Mario Lopez, who has a foot injury, zipped down the carpet on a tiny scooter keeping his left leg off the ground.

Although the temperatures in downtown Los Angeles are in the 80s, arriving attendees will not have to bear the brunt of the heat. The carpet area is covered by a massive tent and an army of industrial-size ceiling fans.

— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr on Twitter) on the Emmys red carpet

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3 a.m.

As Emmy Award nominees nervously wait to hear their name called, or not, there’s more on the line at Monday’s ceremony than personal glory.

“Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels is tasked with turning viewership around, after the 2017 Emmy audience of 11.4 million narrowly avoided setting a new low.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is the defending best drama series champ, with past winner “Game of Thrones” its top rival.

On the comedy side, the front-runners are FX’s “Atlanta” and Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Sandra Oh could become the first performer of Asian descent to win a top drama acting trophy for spy thriller “Killing Eve.”

The Emmys air 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC with “SNL” cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost as hosts.

Joe Angel Contreras

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Joe Angel Contreras, 46, entered into rest on Thursday, August 30, 2018, in Hagerman, New Mexico. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at General Douglas L. McBride Cemetery. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Joe’s family at andersonbethany.com.

On November 9, 1971, Joe was born to Juan Padilla and Manuela “Nellie” Contreras in Roswell, New Mexico. Joe joined the United States Army National Guard 16 Aug 1991 and was honorably discharged on 15 May 1992. He loved working on odd jobs and helping his parents out. Joe was a loving, kind-hearted person with a heart of gold. His approach to people was to help anyone in any way possible, be it giving his last dollar or giving his shirt off his back. These things came from a humbled heart. Always gregarious and humorous, Joe enjoyed joking around with his nephews and nieces, whom he dearly loved. His family and friends will profoundly miss him. “Now, he is resting with mom and brothers, Johnny Joe Contreras and Sonny Ray Contreras Sr.”

Those left to cherish Joe’s memory are his father, Juan Padilla; sisters, Margaret Solis (Isaias Solis) and Margarita Arzola Reyes (Carlos Ojeda); nieces and nephews: Dariana Acosta (Jarod Acosta), Marco A. Solis, Isaias “Chito” Solis, Marissa Peralta (Baby Noah), Antonette Peralta (Baby Angelina), Sonny Ray Contreras Jr., Loretta Contreras Grado (Julian Grado) and babies, Rodolfo Herrera, and Magaly Arzola Herrera; and loving pet, Nikey.

Preceding Joe in death were his mother, Manuela (Nellie, Curty) Padilla; grandparents, Pedro O. Contreras and Margarita Sanchez Contreras; and brothers: Johnny Joe Contreras, Sonny Ray Contreras Sr., and Marcos Armando Arzola Reyes.

 

Northern California deputy killed by gunfire, second wounded

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Police vehicles block streets some distance away from there two Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and a bystander were shot during an incident in Rancho Cordova, Calif., just outside Sacramento, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Department spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton says the suspect is in custody. Hampton says the shooting Monday afternoon occurred at a Pep Boys auto parts store, but did not provide details on the deputies' or the bystander's condition. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (AP) — One Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was killed Monday and another wounded after exchanging gunfire with a suspect at an auto shop just outside of the capital city.

A man, whose identity has not released, shot and killed 27-year-old Deputy Mark Stasyuk and injured Deputy Julie Robertson, 28, said Sheriff Scott Jones. They were responding to a call about a dispute between the suspect and an employee at Pep Boys auto shop.

“It’s incredibly difficult for all of us,” Jones said outside the scene.

The suspect and a bystander were also shot. Jones said he did not know the suspect’s specific condition but that he was alert and talking to officers and was expected to survive. The bystander suffered non-life threatening injuries, Jones said.

The suspect fired at Stasyuk and Robertson as soon as they encountered him, Jones said. Neither knew the suspect had a gun when they approached.

“As soon as they arrived and engaged the subject he turned as if to run or flee and then immediately turned around and started firing without warning,” Jones said.

Stasyuk was struck in the “upper body,” Jones said, while Robertson was hit in the arm. She returned fire as the suspect fled. He was taken into custody by to other officers, who also exchanged gunfire with him.

Neither deputy was wearing a body camera.

The incident shut down a busy roadway in Rancho Cordova, a city just outside of Sacramento.

Monday’s shooting was the second fatal incident for the Sacramento County sheriff. Deputy Robert French was killed and two California Highway Patrol officers were wounded last August during an investigation into a car-theft ring in an unincorporated area outside Sacramento.

“It’s an incredible hole that never quite gets filled in the hearts of our department,” Jones said.

Stasyuk had been with the department for nearly five years, while Robertson has been there for two and a half. Both were assigned to patrol in Rancho Cordova, which contracts with the sheriff’s office for law-enforcement services.

“We are very thankful for his sacrifice and very sorrowful for his family,” Mayor Linda Budge said of Stasyuk.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement of condolence and said flags in the Capitol will be flown at half-staff in the deputy’s honor.

Alamogordo man survives rollover, then fatally struck by car

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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Alamogordo man is dead after surviving a rollover crash and then getting fatally struck by a passing car.

New Mexico State Police say 35-year-old Jason Clapper was driving on U.S. Highway 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft at a high rate of speed when the vehicle rolled about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

State Police say Clapper was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was able to get out of the vehicle.

While standing along the road in an unlit area, authorities say Clapper was struck by a passing car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

State Police say the crash is under investigation, but alcohol doesn’t appear to be a contributing factor in the fatal collision and the driver isn’t facing any charges at this time.

Leroy Byrd

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Leroy Byrd, 67, entered into rest on Monday, September 10, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There will be a Viewing at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at General Douglas L. McBride Cemetery.

Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Leroy’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.

On March 1, 1951, Leroy was born to Lawrence Byrd and Lula William Byrd. He enjoyed playing his music and getting together with his friends. Leroy’s Bible was one of his prized possessions that he especially enjoyed reading. Leroy was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed, not only by his family and friends but by all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Leroy are his loving mother, Lula M. Byrd; siblings: Lawrence Byrd, Carolyn (Byrd) Norris, David Byrd, Richard Byrd, Tommy Byrd, Willie Byrd, Ola Mae Draper.

Preceding Leroy in death were his father, Lawrence Byrd; grandparents: Mack and Easter Williams; and niece, Charlotte Byrd.

Those chosen as Pallbearers will be: Robert Jackson, George Raab, Charles Reese, and James Webb.

 

Advocacy groups file complaint against GOP Senate candidate

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FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale speaks during the America First Policies event at MetraPark's Montana Pavilion in Billings, Mont. Democrats are questioning whether Rosendale illegally coordinated with the National Rifle Association after an audio recording surfaced of the Montana Republican saying the NRA planned to support his campaign. (Bethany Baker/The Billings Gazette via AP, file)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A campaign finance watchdog and a gun-safety advocacy group on Monday asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate allegations of illegal campaign coordination between Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association.

The Campaign Legal Center and the group Giffords say in their FEC complaint that Rosendale knew about and agreed to the NRA lobbying arm’s plans to buy $404,496 in ads to criticize the last three Supreme Court confirmation votes cast by Rosendale’s opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana.

The allegation was made after The Daily Beast posted an audio recording of Rosendale last week answering a question about outside groups’ spending in his campaign by saying “I fully expect that the NRA is going to come in.”

Rosendale said in the July recording that Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told him the gun-rights group planned to enter the race and the Supreme Court confirmations “sent the NRA over the line.”

Outside organizations can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections if they operate independently of candidates. But it’s illegal to coordinate spending or communications with the candidate.

The complaint also alleges that Rosendale and the NRA hired the same company for their ad buys that could have acted as a conduit for the campaign to illegally share information with the group. Rosendale’s campaign hired a consulting firm called OnMessage, while the NRA used a firm called Starboard that has the same office addresses and same board of directors as OnMessage.

It’s illegal for outside groups and candidates to use the vendor without taking measures to prevent coordination. There appears to be no such firewall between Starboard and OnMessage, Campaign Legal Center attorney Brendan Fischer said.

“We believe that these facts show a clear violation of the law and we think the FEC should take action and enforce the law,” he said.

Rosendale spokesman Shane Scanlon said that Rosendale was only referring to the NRA’s endorsement of him when he said in the recording that he expected the group to “come in” to the race. Scanlon added Monday that the goal of Campaign Legal Center and Giffords, created by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark, was to attract media attention.

“You did exactly what Jon Tester and his special interest allies wanted, printed a glorified headline for them to use,” Scanlon told The Associated Press in an email.

The complaint against Rosendale and the NRA isn’t expected to be resolved before the Nov. 6 election. A preliminary investigation must be conducted to determine whether the complaint has merit, and if so, a full investigation will be launched.

Fischer said his organization may file a civil lawsuit if the FEC fails to act or unjustly dismisses the complaint.

“It’s been common practice in recent years for the FEC to sit on these matters for a year or more,” Fischer said. “We are prepared to ensure that the FEC takes timely action on what appears to be a clear violation of the law.”

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