Could This Photographer Be JonBenet’s Killer?

first_imgAuthorities say there could be a break in the cold-case murder of JonBenet Ramsey after her photographer was recently arrested for child porn.The very age-inappropriate shot of JonBenet Ramsey from her very last photo session is taking on a whole new significance today.The photographer of the photo, Randy Simons, was recently arrested for possessing child pornography, prompting some to wonder whether he could be behind the little girl’s mysterious death.Former Denver District Attorney Craig Silverman said Simons was always a person of interest in JonBenet’s 1996 murder.No one has ever been charged.last_img

Poll: Majority of Florida Voters Want Social Distancing to Stay into May

first_imgA majority of Florida voters do not want the state to loosen social-distancing rules by the end of this month, according to a new poll released Wednesday.The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 72 percent object to having social distancing rules eased before May, while 22 percent think the requirements should be relaxed.Additionally, 76 percent do not think the state’s economy should be reopened until public health officials determine that it safe to do so. On the other hand, 17 percent said Florida’s economy should be reopened even if public health officials warn against it.Eight in 10 voters in our state also answered that they are concerned they or someone they know could be infected with COVID-19, and seven in 10 voters are worried that they or a family member will need hospitalization. The same number of voters said people should continue wearing masks or other facial coverings while inside stores, and another 15 percent do not believe it is necessary.The poll also shows that Florida voters do not expect the crisis to end soon:-49 percent expect the crisis to last a few months.-26 percent believe the crisis to last more than a year.-18 percent expect the crisis to last a few weeks.Quinnipiac surveyed 1,385 Florida registered voters from April 16 to 20 through live calls to landlines and cellphones. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.last_img read more

Dr. Fauci, Two More Members of COVID-19 Task Force in Quarantine

first_imgStephen Hahn, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, and Robert Redfield, who serves as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will also self-quarantine after possibly be exposed to someone who has the virus.Redfield and Hahn will testify by video conference, the committee’s chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, said on Saturday.Additionally, the White House sent out an email to all staff on Friday titled, “Strong Precautions We Are Taking,” about the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 there in the wake of Miller’s positive test, an official said.The note discusses maintaining maximum telework for staff, reporting travel and monitoring one’s own symptoms, according to a copy obtained by CNN.The memo also states that “high-touch points” in the White House and Eisenhower Executive Office Building, an office building near the White House where many staffers work, will receive “heightened levels of cleaning.”Last Thursday, White House staff reportedly received another memo, telling them that they would be asked about their symptoms and would have their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the White House complex. Any person who acknowledges having symptoms may be pulled for further screening or may be denied entry.Neither memo addresses face masks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who has been serving on the White House coronavirus task force, told multiple media outlets over the weekend that he will go into a “modified” self-quarantine.The decision to self-quarantine comes after two White House staffers, an unidentified valet to President Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, both tested positive for coronavirus late last week. Miller is the wife of White House adviser Stephen Miller.Meanwhile, Dr. Fauci says his reasoning for doing a modified self-quarantine is that he had a “low-risk” contact with the White House staff member who tested positive.In that regard, he will mostly work from home, and would wear a mask and take necessary precautions if he is requested to go to the White House or Capitol Hill, Fauci told CNN. He is expected to testify this week in person at a Senate hearing on the coronavirus.Fauci says tested negative for the virus on Friday.last_img read more

Raymond tops Order of Merit

first_img15 Nov 2012 Raymond tops Order of Merit Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Brabazon Trophy winner for the past two years and an England international for the same period, has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s order of merit for 2012. Raymond (Image © Tom Ward) 26, topped the list with 609.09 points, less than three ahead of his international team-mate Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O) but over 60 clear of third placed Edward Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent). “I’m delighted to win the order of merit and to see my name among the previous winners,” he said. “This caps off my season nicely and I’m grateful to Titleist and FootJoy for their sponsorship. “My season has been good and the highlight was winning the Brabazon Trophy again. Some of the other performances were not what I was looking for and I was disappointed not to win the English Amateur. It would have been nice to do ‘the double’. “But it doesn’t always go as planned so I’ll keep working hard over the winter and hopefully I’ll get to where I want to be next year.” Jonathan Dowdell, Titleist Golf Ball Product & Marketing Manager, commented: “As the #1 ball in golf, Titleist is delighted to have once again supported the order of merit and there can be no doubt that the title has gone to a truly worthy winner. We would like to congratulate Neil on claiming the order of merit title which is just reward for a season of great quality and consistency.” Most of Raymond’s points were gained when he successfully defended the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath following his initial success at Burnham & Berrow in 2011. That was his only major victory of the season although he also won the New South Wales Medal in a playoff while in Australia at the start of the year. However, he reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway. The bulk of Hinton’s points were gained from his victory in the Welsh Open Stroke Play while the 24 year old also finished equal fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Richardson, 44, has made a successful return to top level amateur golf after battling with serious illness. An international between 2005 and 2008, he won the Hong Kong Amateur Championship last week and has enjoyed top ten finishes in at least six tournaments.last_img read more

England seniors win Euro bronze for third successive year

first_img England’s senior men collected the bronze medals for the third successive year after overcoming Scotland 4-1 on the final day of the European Senior Men’s Team Championships in Poland. Having lost narrowly to Ireland in the semi-finals, England went into the third place playoff at the Sierra Golf Club knowing they had to beat the Scots to finish in the top three and they duly did so without losing a game. The powerful foursomes partnership of Alan Mew and Tony McLure (Image © Leaderboard Photography) came out on top again, winning their third successive game by beating Robert Stewart and Malcolm Reid 2 and 1. Stephen East then beat John Fraser 4 and 3 while Richard Latham completed a similar scoreline over Barry Brooks. The other two contests resulted in halves, England’s Andrew Stracey with David Gardner and Clive Jones with Ian Brotherston. Now England will hope to go one better in the forthcoming Senior Home Internationals at North Berwick which start on 16th September. 7 Sep 2014 England seniors win Euro bronze for third successive year last_img read more

England’s Curtis Cup trio win team event

first_img Three of England’s Curtis Cup players, Bronte Law, Alice Hewson and Meghan MacLaren won the international team competition at the British women’s amateur championship. Law (Bramhall), Hewson (Berkhamsted) and MacLaren (Wellingborough) beat Ireland by four shots to win the SLGA Cup at Dundonald Links, Ayrshire. The team event is run in conjunction with the stroke play qualifying rounds of the championship. Counting only their best two scores each round, the English trio totalled 151 on Day 1 and 144 on Day 2 for an aggregate of 295. Ireland’s representatives this week were Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell), Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down Ladies) and Chloe Ryan (Castletroy). Germany (Esther Henseleit, Leona Harm and Lena Schaffner) finished third with a total of 300. Caption: Bronte Law is pictured playing the Curtis Cup where she scored a perfect five wins from five games. (Image courtesy Calcarson Golf) 23 Jun 2016 England’s Curtis Cup trio win team event last_img read more

Williams sisters lose at Wimbledon

first_imgby Stephen WilsonWIMBLEDON, England (AP)—Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals at the All England Club.Defending champion and four-time winner Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Marion Bartoli of France, cutting short the American’s return to Grand Slam tennis after nearly a year out with serious health problems. DEFENDING CHAMP ELIMINATED—Serena Williams returns a shot to France’s Marion Bartoli during their match at at Wimbledon, June 27. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Older sister and five-time champion Venus was ousted 6-2, 6-3 by Tsvetana Pironkova—the exact same score of the Bulgarian’s win in last year’s quarterfinals.“Definitely not our best day,” Venus said. “I think we both envisioned seeing this day going a little bit different.”Venus and Serena have won nine of the last 11 titles at Wimbledon, and have faced each other in four finals.In 2006, Venus lost in the third round and Serena missed the tournament. This is the first year that, when both sisters were in the draw, both lost before the quarterfinals.The last time the sisters lost on the same day at a Grand Slam was in 2008, when they fell in the third round at the French Open.“Obviously it’s not something planned,” Venus said. “We rarely lose on the same day.”After winning last year’s Wimbledon, Serena missed nearly a year after foot surgery and subsequent blood clots in her lungs. She returned two weeks ago at Eastbourne for the first time since then. Venus also returned at Eastbourne after a five-month layoff with a hip injury.Venus was clearly off the top of her game Monday, committing 16 unforced errors and converting only one of four break points. She was broken four times.“I didn’t seem to get the ball in,” Venus said. “She took her opportunities. I just didn’t put the ball in the court, simple as that. Unfortunately, I seem not to have my good days against her. But she played well.”The 33rd-seeded Pironkova, who lost in the semifinals here last year to eventual runner-up Vera Zvonareva, played steady tennis against Venus and never cracked.“I beat her two times, two consecutive years—it feels amazing to play such a champion on this legendary court,” the Bulgarian said after holding serve and stroking a backhand winner down the line on her second match point. “When I come here I just feel so relaxed. I really like the atmosphere here.”Serena saved four match points before the ninth-seeded Bartoli closed out the contest by hitting a service winner into the corner. It was Serena’s earliest exit at Wimbledon since a third-round loss in 2005.“I never came here thinking I would lose,” she said. “That’s my attitude. You win some and you lose some. Today just happened to be the one that slipped under me.”But Serena said she was satisfied getting as far as she did after such a long time away from the game.“I think I did really well just being able to come back and play and win some matches, and just really play tough,” she said. “Even today I lost, but I was able to kind of hang in there and play tough. And I can only get better. That can potentially be really scary, because I can only go up from here and I can just do so much more.”Bartoli made the Wimbledon final in 2007, losing to Venus.Serena had 20 unforced errors Monday to go with 29 winners, and managed to convert only one of five break points. Bartoli served 10 aces, two more than Williams, and kept down her errors to 17.It was the first time Bartoli has beaten the American after straight-set defeats in their previous two matches.“Beating Serena is almost like a dream come true,” Bartoli said. “Even though she didn’t play for almost one year, she’s probably one of the greatest champions in women’s tennis.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…‘The fog of defeat’

first_imgIt is Sunday morning prior to my departure to Heinz Field to witness what promises to be an epic battle between the Steelers and the Patriots. I look out of my dining room window at the low lying fog that has settled over the rear deck. The low constant hum of the whole house air conditioner has been silenced by the cool mist of autumn. There is a faint rustling of leaves outside made by the fat wobbly groundhog as he raids the tomato plants of the “stragglers” that were left to become part of the natural compost, waiting to become fertilizer for next year’s crop. “Mr. Groundhog” seems to be thinking that the mist is concealing him looking like “Dick Dastardly” standing straight up reminding me of one of his meerkat “cousins. In spite of his paranoia, he is intent on adding more girth to his existing layers of “insulation” that will help him to weather the brutal winter months that are surely to come.During the days leading up to the Steelers/Patriots clash everyone talked about how Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had mastered and dominated the Steelers over the past few years. In the seven games leading up to Sunday’s clash, Brady sported a 6-1 record, averaging around 337 yards per game, throwing 14 touchdowns along with just 3 interceptions. However this was not going to be Brady’s night. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 198 yards which doesn’t mean much when your squad resembles a “one trick pony.” Pittsburgh won the game, 25-17 and if they beat their hated rival, the B-More Ravens Sunday night, well I don’t know about you, but Monday morning I will be making my reservations for Indianapolis, post haste.Oh, but wait. There were plots, sub-plots and even more plots that were screaming and begging to be let out. A serious chess match was developing behind the scenes between Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. During the past five years the Steelers had a better won-loss record (2-1) in Super Bowls than they had going up against Brady (1-6) during the regular season.I arrive at the stadium as they are setting up the buffet in the press cafeteria and everyone has their very “impotent” person hat on because today, hey this game is truly “national.” I immediately run into one of my colleagues from a very prominent Boston newspaper. “Looks like you guys have the Steelers number” I say with trepidation and resignation. “With our defensive secondary, that remains to be seen” replied my friend from “Beantown.”At this point my mind begins to race, not about the game but about the huge decision that I was forced to make before the start of the game; “should I eat dessert before the appetizer or the entree?” Hey too many choices, not enough time. At that point sugar deprivation was about to set in and as everyone should already be aware of, hallucinations are generally the first sign. I flashback to the Steelers practices during the week. Were those small aircraft that I spotted circling the Steelers practice facility just a father and son enjoying their hobby of building and flying model planes or were these aircraft actual miniature pilotless remote controlled drones used by the Patriots to record the walkthroughs and simulations of the game plan of the Black and Gold. But all of my fears and apprehensions would be for naught. See boys and girls I have finally figured it out. You can cheat until the cows come home, but you must ultimately have the horses if you plan on winning the race. You can own Alabama’s most prized blue ribbon mule, but the only task that the mule will successfully complete at Churchill Downs will be pulling the hay wagon that provides the pre-race feed for the thoroughbreds. Your mule no matter who sired him will not compete for or win the Kentucky Derby.The Steelers did not beat the Patriots because of some new and innovative defensive game plan devised by Lebeau nor did the Patriots lose because their game plan on offense was lacking. Pittsburgh won because they simply had the players and New England did not. You can design the greatest automobile on earth, but if you cannot provide the raw materials for your machinists and technicians to build it well it will remain just a grand theory in your mind and a waste of paper.The Steelers seemed to have cleared the air and removed the shackles of the Patriots “mystique.” They appear to have removed the fog of the past while at the same time personnel discrepancies may have clouded the immediate future of the Patriots which at this point in time just has become a bit more uncertain.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pitts­burghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on ‘The Odd Couple’ sports show Live on Wednesday’s from 11-11:30am on Fox Sports Radio WCWA 1230AM Toledo, Ohio)last_img read more

‘Student-athletes’ in name only

first_imgby Jim LitkeIt’s time to bury the term “student-athlete.” It died at 11:42 p.m. Monday, just about the time the confetti falling from the roof of the Superdome landed on coach John Calipari’s hair and the players from Kentucky’s NBA development academy gathered at a far corner of the court to collect a trophy many of them will need a campus map just to find next year. The real joke is on college basketball, or at least the college part of it. The Kansas team the Wildcats beat handily 67-59 never had more than a puncher’s chance.“They did a great job,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said afterward. “They’re playing with pros. That didn’t hurt.”And not just any pros.Kentucky had the surefire No. 1 pick in next summer’s NBA draft in freshman Anthony Davis, who was named the game’s most outstanding player after grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking six shots, and a top-three selection in another freshman, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Sophomore Terrence Jones is a likely mid-first-round pick and three more Wildcats—freshman Marquis Teague, sophomore Doron Lamb and Darius Miller, one of only two seniors—could be playing in the pros by the time the leaves hit the ground in Lexington next fall.Say this much for Calipari: He never hides his ambition. He doesn’t have to. What amounted to a graduation ceremony for his latest class of “one-and-dones” took place in full view of NCAA President Mark Emmert, whose seat at center court was one of the best in the house. Emmert, sadly, has seen it before and is just as powerless to stop it now as he was in 2005, when a new NBA collective bargaining agreement designed to stop kids from turning pro straight out of high school inadvertently made a mockery of the college game.In the last four years, Calipari-coached teams have appeared in two championship games, the first one at Memphis in 2008. Over that same span, he’s had nine NBA first-round selections, including two of the last four players to go at No. 1, and Davis will give him the trifecta. But he’s not just ruthless as a recruiter.The Wildcats were already up 18 with little more than three minutes left in the first half, but that wasn’t enough for Calipari. Noticing that Davis wasn’t in the game, he walked to the far end of the bench, where a trainer was trying to help the freshman put his contact lenses back in. Calipari began clapping his hands and yelling, “Let’s go! Let’s go!”Seconds later, dissatisfied with the pace of the repairs, he stormed back in their direction and screamed, “Are you (kidding) me?”—only he used language we can’t reprint here.After trailing 41-27 at halftime, Self was the last guy out of the Kansas locker room, still studying the stat sheet as he started down the hallway that led back to the court. A Jayhawk fan leaned over the railing for a high-five, and almost reflexively, Self extended his left hand with the sheet still in it. He might as well have left it with the fan, since he wasn’t going to find anything on it he didn’t already know.Davis was the principal reason the Jayhawks threw up desperate rainbow shots nearly every time they ventured into the lane, and that only got worse as time slipped away. That explains their 36 percent shooting for the game, but not the beating they absorbed on the other end.After shooting 7 for 8 in a semifinal drubbing of Louisville two days ago, Davis went 1 for 10 against Kansas, but that was hardly a reflection of his contributions to the Wildcats’ offense. He started his sophomore year of high school at 6-foot-2, then grew to 6-10 by the time he was a senior. Watching him glide up the court handling the basketball like a point guard threw the Jayhawks defense into panic mode more than once.“I think it’s a joke, simply because they have four players who can bring the ball up the court,” Kansas’ Elijah Johnson said. “To have someone who can get the rebound and put it on the floor and go, that puts you on your heels more. We haven’t seen that much this year.”Neither has anyone else.Larry Brown, who mentored both Self and Calipari when he was at Kansas and has plenty of experience on pro benches, said the other day he thinks this Kentucky team could beat almost half the teams in the NBA. That’s an exaggeration, but only slightly. Davis is reed-thin and couldn’t survive the pounding he’d take playing against men whose livelihood depends on not getting pushed around. Kidd-Gilchrist turned 18 just last September and he’s not ready to play against real pros, either.But none of that is going to stop both of them from dropping by the used-bookstore back on campus to hand over the ones they’ve been carrying around like props the last nine months, then booking an agent to get them a king’s ransom when some NBA team comes calling. Calipari may be sad to see them go, but he won’t waste much time, either, recruiting their replacements. It won’t be hard“I said this a couple years ago and everybody got crazy when we had five guys drafted in the first round. This is one of the biggest moments, if not the biggest, in Kentucky history,” Calipari said.“The reason was, I knew now that other kids would look and say, ‘You got to go there.’ What I’m hoping is there’s six first-rounders on this team. We were the first program to have five, let’s have six. That’s why I’ve got to go recruiting on Friday.”And just think, you don’t even need a college degree to do that kind of math.(Jim Litke is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke@ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/Jim Litke.) CHAMPIONS—Kentucky head coach John Calipari hugs forward Anthony Davis after the NCAA college basketball championship game April 2. last_img read more