Des Moines council advances ban on police racial profiling

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines City Council has unanimously advanced a proposal to ban racial profiling by police in the wake of protests and civil unrest decrying racial injustice. Of the 45 people who spoke before the council Monday in an online meeting addressing the ban, most said more oversight is needed when racial profiling complaints are lodged against Des Moines police. The proposal would ban racial profiling and biased policing. Violations could lead to an officer’s firing.The proposed ordinance will be back before the council at its June 22 meeting for the second of three readings before it can become law.last_img

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Trump Calls Off Florida Segment of GOP National Convention

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to the coronavirus threat, President Donald Trump has scrapped plans for a four-night Republican National Convention celebration in Florida that had been set to draw more than 10,000 people to a pandemic hot spot to mark his renomination.Trump had already moved the convention’s public events out of North Carolina because of virus concerns. But the spiking virus shifted to the South, too, and the planned gathering in Jacksonville increasingly appeared to be both a health and political risk. Trump and his advisers feared that going forward with big parties and “infomercial” programming in Florida would ultimately backfire on the president.“It’s a different world, and it will be for a little while,” Trump said, explaining his decision at a Thursday White House coronavirus briefing. “To have a big convention is not the right time.”A small subset of GOP delegates will still formally renominate Trump on Aug. 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at an event scheduled to last just four hours.Trump had decided last month to shift the ceremonial portions of the GOP convention to Florida because of a dispute with North Carolina’s Democratic leaders over holding an indoor gathering with throngs of supporters taking a pass on face masks.But his plans for a grand gathering in Florida started shrinking almost as quickly as the move was announced, as virus cases spiked in the state and other parts of the country.Trump said he plans to deliver his nomination acceptance speech in an alternate form still to be determined — perhaps online. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said the campaign will still “provide exciting, informative, and enthusiastic programming so Republicans can celebrate the re-nomination of President Trump and Vice President Pence.”Trump said thousands of his supporters and delegates wanted to attend the events in Florida but “I just felt it was wrong” to gather them in a virus hot spot. Some of them would have faced quarantine requirements when they returned to their home states from the convention.“We didn’t want to take any chances,” he added. “We have to be vigilant. We have to be careful, and we have to set an example.”Democrats will hold an almost entirely virtual convention Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee using live broadcasts and online streaming, according to party officials. Joe Biden plans to accept the presidential nomination in person, but it remains to be seen whether there will be a significant in-person audience.The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to messages Thursday seeking comment on Trump’s announcement.In recent weeks, Trump aides and allies have encouraged the president to consider calling off the convention, arguing it was not worth going forward with the event if the focus would be on the pandemic. Trump acknowledged that consideration, saying, “I could see the media saying, ‘Oh, this is very unsafe.’”After a three-month hiatus, Trump has stepped back to the forefront of the government’s handling of the virus with regular briefings aiming to stanch an erosion of support in public and private polls that has followed the surge in new virus cases.Trump said he did not cancel the convention events at the request of local officials, but the Jacksonville City Council was set to meet Friday to discuss safety concerns around the gathering.Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, a former chair of the Florida Republican Party, said he appreciated Trump “putting health and public safety first.”“I know this was a difficult decision and just demonstrates and reaffirms once again his commitment to Jacksonville, the state of Florida and the people of the United States of America,” he said. “I’m grateful for him and his leadership, and this was the right way to move forward.”Joe Gruters, current chair of the Florida Republican Party and a state senator from Sarasota, called it a “selfless move.”“Having our home-state candidate was going to be a really big deal for Florida, but listen, he had it right,” Gruters said. “At the end of the day, it’s about safety.”More than 10,000 people were expected in Jacksonville — already a fraction of the number that would typically attend a nominating convention. Only 336 delegates will be allowed to participate in Charlotte under extraordinary procedures approved last month by the Republican National Committee. The balance of the more than 2,500 delegates will vote by proxy.Cory Burkarth, a spokesperson for the city of Charlotte, said Thursday, “We have an agreement in place with the Republican National Committee to host a substantially scaled down business meeting and that is what we are planning to do.”The RNC had raised more than $35 million in contributions earmarked for the convention since 2017, according to an analysis of campaign finance disclosures by The Associated Press. The list of donors to the now-canceled event reads like a who’s who of industry titans, power brokers and wealthy Republicans.The RNC’s convention committee had spent $9.5 million through June. But that doesn’t take into account the spending of the local host committee, which pledged to raise $70 million.The Charlotte City Council voted in April to accept a $50 million federal grant for convention security. City Attorney Patrick Baker said the city had spent $14 million prepping for the convention but expected Charlotte to get reimbursed through the grant.last_img read more

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Bayern blitz leaves Wenger with nowhere to hide

first_imgWith their Premier League title hopes in tatters and even a top four finish far from guaranteed, Wenger’s 184th Champions League match as Arsenal boss may well prove to be his last as speculation grows that he will terminate his 21-year reign at the end of a wretched season.Having restored Alexis Sanchez to his team despite reports the Arsenal forward wants to leave after being dropped for Saturday’s loss at Liverpool, it was a sign of the misery to come for Wenger when Danny Welbeck was taken ill in the pre-match warm-up, forcing Olivier Giroud into the line-up.Arsenal would have to make history to go through as no team in the Champions League era had overturned a four-goal deficit and many Gunners fans gave them no chance judging by the swathes of empty red seats around the Emirates.– Embarrassing –Even the stay-aways wouldn’t have predicted such an embarrassing loss when Walcott struck in the 20th minute.Taking possession wide on the right flank, Walcott advanced unchecked by the ponderous Bayern defence and, from an acute angle, he unloaded a powerful strike that flashed over Manuel Neuer’s unconvincing attempted save and into the roof of the net.Walcott had a penalty appeal turned down after Xabi Alonso caught the winger and he was close to a second goal when he surged onto Shkodran Mustafi’s pass before firing into the side-netting.But Giroud, unmarked eight yards out, wastefully headed over from Aaron Ramsey’s cross early in the second half, and that would prove Arsenal’s final chance.When Lewandowski got behind Koscielny in the 55th minute, the Arsenal defender’s panicked response was to trip the Pole, conceding a penalty and earning himself a red card.Lewandowski picked himself up to send David Ospina the wrong way with a clinical spot-kick and the Emirates immediately fell into anarchy.Faced with an inevitable exit, Wenger retreated to the dug out as insults rained down on him from frustrated fans, and his players waved the white flag as well.Fittingly, Bayern’s second goal in the 68th minute came about after Sanchez was caught in possession on the edge of his own penalty area, with Robben gleefully picking the Chilean’s pocket before slotting past Ospina.That opened the floodgates and Costa curled home in the 78th minute before Vidal punished woeful defending to make it four two minutes later.With Arsenal’s players just waiting to be put out of their misery, Vidal waltzed through to make it five in the 85th minute and Wenger’s agony was complete. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Bayern Munich condemned Arsene Wenger to more humiliation as 10-man Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League with a crushing 5-1 defeat amid furious protests against the beleaguered Gunners boss on Tuesday.Aiming to stage an incredible recovery from a 5-1 first leg deficit, Wenger’s side briefly looked capable of a famous escape act when Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the first half at the Emirates Stadium.But any hopes Wenger’s recent problems would be erased in historic fashion were brutally dashed by Robert Lewandowski’s second half penalty and Laurent Koscielny’s dismissal for conceding that spot-kick.Wenger cut a forlorn figure as Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa netted before Arturo Vidal’s double fired Bayern into the quarter-finals with a 10-2 aggregate victory.It was the first time Arsenal had conceded five at the Emirates and by the closing stages, there was a funereal atmosphere on an evening that started with Arsenal fans staging a protest march calling for Wenger to quit and ended with a chorus of boos and banners held up proclaiming: “Enough is enough – Wenger out”. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img It was yet another chastening experience in the Champions League for Wenger, who has now seen Arsenal eliminated in the last 16 for seven successive seasons.last_img read more

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Beckham set to launch long-sought Miami MLS club

first_imgThe Miami Fusion, which made their debut in the 1998 MLS season, played for four seasons before being cut from the league after the 2001 campaign amid low ticket sales and the lowest revenues of any team in the competition.Beckham, 42, retired in 2013 after a 20-year career that saw him win league crowns with Manchester United in England, Real Madrid in Spain, the Galaxy in North America and Paris Saint-Germain in his farewell matches.He also played for England from 1996 to 2009, winning 115 caps.His five-year stint in MLS with the Galaxy boosted football’s profile in North America and contributed to the steady growth in attendances across the MLS.We are @Southern_Legion pic.twitter.com/t2QLjf1Mkp— MLS in MIAMI (@Miami_MLS) January 7, 2016When Beckham arrived in 2007, average attendances through the league were 16,770; when he ended his five-year stint they had increased to 18,807 per game. By 2017, that number had increased to 22,113.Beckham’s move to MLS was also followed by several high-profile European stars nearing the end of their careers.England teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard both later moved to MLS, along with Italy’s Andrea Pirlo and Spanish striker David Villa.Announcing plans for his Miami team four years ago, Beckham said he had already identified players who he hoped to lure to Florida.“It would be disrespectful for me to say what players I want in the team. But we have a list of players,” Beckham said in 2014.“I’ve been fortunate to play with some of the best players in the world and some of them are calling me up to ask me when Miami is happening.”Share on: WhatsApp Miami, United States | AFP | Former England captain David Beckham will unveil his long-sought Major League Soccer expansion team at a Monday news conference in Miami, bringing a conclusion to a turmoil-filled four-year quest.MLS announced Friday it will “make a major announcement regarding the future of soccer in Miami” on Monday, inviting ticketed members of the public to what is expected to be the announcement of a 25th league club.@MayorGimenez Don’t let Beckham and the fans down. pic.twitter.com/m80dQgmS3w— MLS in MIAMI (@Miami_MLS) January 9, 2016The team is expected to begin MLS play in 2020 at a 25,000-seat stadium to be built in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.Just over 11 years after announcing he would leave Real Madrid for the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy in a deal that included the chance to purchase an expansion team at a reduced rate, Beckham will make good on plans he first announced in February 2014.Several failed stadium sites delayed his consortium’s efforts, other MLS teams making their debuts while Beckham struggled to get his off the ground, unable to find an agreeable place for a specially built venue.The group edged closer to success last year after securing a land deal for a proposed stadium project, waterfront sites and others near the Miami Marlins baseball stadium and NBA Miami Heat arena having earlier fallen though.MLS Commissioner Don Garber said last month the Miami franchise project was “the most complicated situation in any market that we’ve experienced” because of the Miami area political structure and fast-changing real estate environment.One of the stadium proposals for David Beckham’s MLS team in Miami. Make it happen, this stadium is world class. pic.twitter.com/TUQl2Cxs6q— ️ (@Total_MLS_) January 7, 2016Launch of the new Beckham-backed team will mark the second attempt to start a Miami-based MLS franchise.last_img read more

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Light Fly Miiro maintain’s Uganda’s fine boxing tradition

first_img1966 Kingston001119  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics10,000 metres 2006 Melbourne201315  GoldMohamed Muruli1974 ChristchurchBoxingWelterweight Total1315214918 1954 Vancouver010114 Miiro after his fight early today. PHOTO VIA @teddyeugene ?? Juma Miiro to face Indian opponent in Friday final.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Light-Flyweight Juma Miiro entered the 2018 Commonwealth Games medal bracket on Tuesday as Ugandan boxing continued a glorious tradition that started in 1958.By defeating Kenya’s Shaffi Hassan on split points, with three of the five judges giving the quarterfinal fight to the Ugandan, the 22-year-old Miiro stormed Friday’s semifinal where he will face Indian age-mate Amit for a place in the gold/silver final. The semifinal loser will get bronze.Since Thomas Kawere’s silver in 1958, Ugandan boxers have returned home with a medal in each of the Commonwealth Games they have participated in.At the last games in 2014, Lightfly Fazil Juma Kaggwa and Super heavy Mike Sekabembe brought bronze.The last gold for Uganda is however way back at the 1990 Auckland games where Light Flyweight Justin Juuko Boxing and Lightweight Godfrey Nyakana won their final fights.Later today, welterweight Musa Bwogi faces Englishman Pat McCormack for a semifinal and medal place.  GoldDorcus Inzikuru2006 MelbourneAthletics3000m Steeplechase  SilverThomas Kawere1958 CardiffBoxingWelterweight  GoldJames Odwori1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Flyweight 1998 Kuala Lumpur001132  GoldBenson Masanda1970 EdinburghBoxingHeavyweight  SilverVictor Byarugaba1982 BrisbaneBoxingLight Middleweight  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics5,000 metres  SilverJoseph Lubega2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Heavyweight 1982 Brisbane030318  GoldJustin Juuko1990 AucklandBoxingLight Flyweight (– 48 kg) Uganda’s history at Commonwealth games  SilverKesi Odongo1962 PerthBoxingLightweight Tweets about #GC2018 uganda  SilverSilver Ayoo1974 ChristchurchAthletics400 metres  SilverRuth Kyalisima1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles  SilverPatrick Etolu1954 VancouverAthleticsHigh Jump  SilverJames Odwori1974 ChristchurchBoxingLight Flyweight MedalNameGamesSportEvent  SilverWilliam Koskei1970 EdinburghAthletics400 metres hurdlescenter_img  SilverShadrack Odhiambo1974 ChristchurchBoxingFeatherweight  SilverPeter Rwamuhanda1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRank  GoldMohamed Muruli1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Welterweight  SilverMohamed Kayongo2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Welterweight 2010 Delhi200218  GoldBoniface Kiprop2006 MelbourneAthletics10,000 metres  SilverLeo Rwabwogo1970 EdinburghBoxingFlyweight 1958 Cardiff010117 1962 Perth114611  GoldGeorge Oywello1962 PerthBoxingHeavyweight 2014 Glasgow104518 2002 Manchester020230  GoldGodfrey Nyakana1990 AucklandBoxingLightweight (– 60 kg) 1990 Auckland202411 Uganda medals Commonwealth games  SilverDeogratias Musoke1970 EdinburghBoxingFeatherweight  GoldAyub Kalule1974 ChristchurchBoxingLightweight 1974 Christchurch243910  SilverAli Rojo1974 ChristchurchBoxingBantamweight 1994 Victoria002224 1970 Edinburgh33179  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2014 GlasgowAthletics10,000 metres Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Vipers SC off for Algerian mission

first_imgVipers celebrate their goal. PHOTO @VipersSCKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Vipers SC will face an up-hill task when they battle Algeria’s SC Constantine in the first round of the CAF Champions League at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui on Friday.The team without suspended skipper Taddeo Lwanga and Geoffrey Wasswa traveled this afternoon on an Emirates flight. The duo picked two yellow cards during the two games against El Merreikh in the first round.“We have tried to prepare well for the game because we know what to expect from teams in North Africa. We need to get a good result before the return leg on December 22nd,” Vipers SC coach Javier Martinez Espinoza told URN before they left.Vipers SC advanced to the first round after beating El Merriekh of Sudan 1-0 in Kampala, advancing on away goals rule with 2-2 aggregate. The Algerian side SC Constantine eliminated Gamtel FC of Gambia 1-0 aggregate.Espinoza said that they are targeting the group stage of the Champions League. “Playing in the group stage will help expose our players better to top class football,” added the Mexican.Last season KCCA FC reached the group stage of the CAF Champions League. This time round they are playing in the CAF Confederations Cup where they battle Tanzania’s Mtibwa FC this weekend. ****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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‘Do fans in Baku not deserve it?’ – UEFA chief Ceferin defends Europa League final

first_imgCeferin said that UEFA had already vetoed a suggestion to hold Champions League games at the weekend, saying that “this will not happen”.– ‘The Chinese are nice people’ –Yet he also called for a more measured approach to the reform proposals, and argued that UEFA had to respond to its global market.“Football is the only European product which is the best in the world in its field by some distance.”“The Champions League is a global product, it is getting bigger in China and the USA. Why should Chinese fans not be treated well? They are nice people.“Everything is dramatised. The usual suspects start shouting about the death of football and demand more solidarity.“I think that the five big leagues should give money to the federations in smaller countries when they sell TV rights there. Because if you show the top leagues on TV, you weaken the football in the smaller markets.”Ceferin said he was not afraid that the top clubs would attempt to break away from UEFA to form a separate European super league.“That will never happen. The clubs know that it would be a pretty boring competition.”“The national leagues are also important for the clubs to keep the link to their fans.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Arsenal to face Chelsea on Europa final in BakuBerlin, Germany | AFP | UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to host the Europa League final in Baku in an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel set to be published on Saturday.Chelsea and Arsenal are set to play in Baku on May 29, and UEFA has faced heavy criticism, both for the distance of the venue from London and over Azerbaijan’s record on human rights.Ceferin, 51, told Der Spiegel that the final would be played in Baku because “there are people who live there who love football”.“The human rights situation is a problem, but it is also a problem in other European states. Does that mean the fans in Baku do not deserve live football?”The controversy over Baku increased this week, when Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided not travel to the final amid concerns for his safety.The UEFA president said that the decision was Mkhitaryan’s to make, and said that Azerbaijan had given guarantees about the player’s safety.“If football allows itself to be stopped by such tensions, then we will not be able to organise anything in future,” said Ceferin.“We managed to organise a safe European Championships in France when the country was a target of terrorist attacks.”Ceferin also said that he was in no rush to reform the UEFA Champions League.“If you ask me, there is no need to change anything,” he said.The 51-year-old said that UEFA were in a “consultation phase” over reforms proposed earlier this year by the European Club Association.The proposals envisaged a restructuring of all European club competitions into a three-tiered system with internal relegation and promotion from 2024.last_img read more

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Barcelona and Real Madrid get set for politically charged Clasico

first_imgThe Clasico was supposed to be played on October 26 but the RFEF decided to postpone “due to exceptional causes”.Democratic Tsunami, the protest group advocating another independence referendum for Catalonia, has called publicly for its supporters to gather at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium from four hours before the 1900 GMT kick-off.“Football has to be for everyone, all over the world,” said Valverde. “People should be able to express themselves freely tomorrow, that is what we ask, but that there is respect for everyone. I believe that is the right thing.”Meetings have taken place between the police, clubs and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to ensure the safe arrival of the two squads and referees, as well as the nearly 100,000 fans expected to attend.As well as the massive security presence in Barcelona, the numbers of private security staff in the stands will also be increased to reduce the threat of pitch invasions that could interrupt the game.“The operation will ensure that the Clasico is played normally,” said the chief commissioner of the Catalan regional police Eugeni Sallent.Democratic Tsunami hopes to transmit its message — ‘Spain, sit and talk’ — through one of the world’s most famous football matches, which has an estimated global audience of 650 million.Barcelona have historically had a close association with Catalan nationalism, with Camp Nou routinely used as a setting for flags, banners and chants in support of the cause.“We know we are living in a complex social and political situation but I am convinced that it is compatible with playing a football match,” said the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu last week.Barcelona could also suffer the consequences of any altercations or interruptions during the fixture.At a meeting in Madrid last week, the RFEF warned it “will apply the regulations in force,” which range from heavy economic sanctions to the closure of Camp Nou to supporters.Share on: WhatsApp EL ClassicoMadrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona and Real Madrid will travel to the Clasico on Wednesday from the same hotel as part of a large-scale security operation aimed at reducing the impact of Catalan independence protests.The fixture had to be postponed in October due to violent demonstrations and there are renewed fears of unrest breaking out around Camp Nou, where Barca and Madrid will tussle for top spot in La Liga.Around 3,000 security personnel will be deployed at the stadium and both teams have been instructed to gather at the Hotel Princesa Sofia at midday (1100 GMT) on Wednesday, eight hours before kick-off.The players, coaching staff and referees will then travel together to the ground around two hours ahead of the match.It means Madrid will be in a different place to their usual base in the city while Barcelona will arrive earlier than normal for a home match.“It is a small change, but not very significant. When we play away, we are also in a hotel. It is not a big problem,” said Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde on Tuesday.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the arrangements as “something different but the rules are the rules”.Barcelona also issued a statement on Tuesday night to fans planning to attend the game, advising supporters to use public transport, allow plenty of time and warning of “exhaustive security checks” at entrances to the stadium.Barca called for calm around the fixture, asking fans “to come to the game at Camp Nou on Wednesday to support the team”.“The game between Barca and Real Madrid is a festival of football and yet it is without doubt also compatible with a civil and peaceful demonstration of opinion, given the exceptional circumstances faced in Catalonia in recent times,” the statement read.– Catalan uprising –Violent protests broke out in Catalonia in October after nine separatist leaders were sentenced to heavy prison sentences for their involvement in the independence referendum of 2017.last_img read more

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NWS: Possible Tropical System in Gulf Means Rain for South FL

first_imgThe National Hurricane Center says the second named storm of the hurricane season could form later this week.The NHC predicts a 40 percent chance that a low pressure system will form into a storm near the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.If that happens, it would be named Barry.Forecasters are watching a trough of low pressure over the U.S. that is moving south toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it could grow the low pressure system.Typically, systems drift from the Gulf of Mexico toward land. However, this one could go in reverse, forming from a so-called mesoscale convective vortex, or MCV. An MCV is a group of thunderstorm clusters over land that can become tropical when they hit water. Whether or not there is tropical development, the overall weather pattern means rain for areas from Louisiana though the Florida Peninsula later this week.According to AccuWeather, cooler air above the MCV, combined with the warm and humid conditions to its south, “will spur thundery downpours daily through the week.”AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski says, “At this point, it appears the most likely area for slow development would be over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, perhaps near the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana. That development could be tropical or subtropical.”last_img read more

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Full Rigor Podcast: Boynton Beach Beauty Queen Killer

first_imgFor seven weeks in 1984, Christopher Wilder hunted vulnerable young women across nine different states before being fatally shot upon his arrest.He started his killing spree in Boynton Beach. In 1969, 24-year-old Wilder moved to Boynton Beach, Florida, where he made a fortune in construction work and real estate. He purchased a Porsche 911 which he raced, a speedboat, and a luxurious bachelor pad.Developing an interest in photography, Wilder also bought several high-end cameras. This “hobby” would soon become key in luring beautiful women back to his home.On Feb. 26, 1984, Wilder embarked on a seven-week-long cross-country trip, during which he murdered at least eight women, all aspiring models. This earned him the ominous moniker of “The Beauty Queen Killer.”Wilder’s first victim was 20-year-old Rosario Gonzales, who was working at the Miami Grand Prix in which Wilder was a contestant. Gonzales was last seen leaving the racetrack with him.On March 5, 23-year-old former Miss Florida and high school teacher Elizabeth Kenyon disappeared. Kenyon was last seen by a gas station attendant filling her car.The attendant gave a description to authorities which sounded exactly like Wilder. The attendant also explained that Kenyon and the man were planning a photo shoot in which Kenyon would model.Finally, on April 13 at a gas station in Colebrook, New Hampshire, Wilder was recognized by two state troopers. As they approached him, Wilder leaped into his car and grabbed a .357 magnum…listen to the Full Rigor Podcast to find out what happened next.last_img read more

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