Emergencies leave all with hard decisions

first_img Porter, who is white, was sentenced to two years of house arrest, three years of probation, 500 hours of community-service work. She was not charged with killing the children. The defense painted a picture of a good girl in a bad situation, a terrified, defenseless “broken woman” whose experience was so traumatic, her instinct was to crawl into a fetal position, contemplate suicide and do whatever her parents told her to do immediately after the crash. Porter didn’t come forward for days. People in the community questioned how someone who experts said was such a good person could run over four children and not stop driving, not call the police, and go back to work the next day. “If it was a dog, most people would have stopped to help,” someone said. Others added that, “If that had been a black man, he would have been in prison.” However, Clinton Paris, president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association, a group of local black lawyers said, “She’s not really a criminal. She’s a person who made a mistake. She exercised some bad judgment at that moment that shouldn’t stump the rest of her life opportunities.” Still, Paris, a civil lawyer, feels that Porter’s actions warranted a harsher sentence than the one she received. The facts show that there wasn’t anything Porter could have done to prevent the accident. Evidently, the streetlight was out and the children were running across the road. But she complicated her life by fleeing the scene. Her actions afterward are why she’s being punished. In a crisis, do you ever really know the decisions you would make? Sharon Woodson-Bryant is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Write to her by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Last week, my husband and I were back in Florida for vacation when he called from his cell phone to tell me he would be a little late getting back to our hotel. He had stopped to help a man he had seen fly off his motorcycle onto a construction area on the highway. Another motorist stopped behind my husband, and they made sure the rider was not injured and got him into a cab. This wasn’t the first time my husband has seen an accident and stopped to help the person. Would I do the same? I hope I would, but depending on the risk, I don’t know. People can react in peculiar ways. With gunshots blasting and bullets flying, our nephew – a record producer – was crawling out of a club with a bodyguard when, from under the table next to him, he heard a voice say, “Man, I want to talk to you about some studio time.” In 1998, I wasn’t dodging real bullets but, while sitting in an executive management meeting at MTA, I knew I had to quit. I had been working there for two months when my moment of truth hit. It was the first time in my life that I was totally overwhelmed with a job. Right then, I made the decision to swallow my pride, push ego aside and call my former boss to see if I could get my old position back at the Gas Co. Sometimes it isn’t just the decision but rather what you do as a consequence of that choice you made. In Tampa earlier this month, a judge ruled that Jennifer Porter will serve no prison time after pleading guilty to charges from an accident last year that killed two children and injured two others. All of these children were black. “Do you agree that we should not place him on a life-support system?” the nurse asked me – or something like that – over the phone. It was a rainy Saturday afternoon about eight years ago when I got that call from the hospital in Kansas City. My stepfather had reached the dangerous stages of dementia and they hadn’t been able to reach my mother at home. She had told me about his declining condition, but I was living in Florida, hundreds of miles away physically and emotionally. Whatever she had said was as much a blur as what the nurse was saying at that moment. “No,” I said, feeling both panic and fear. “I could not make that decision.” Later that day, when I talked to my mother, she said he had made it through the critical hours and was recovering. Yet, I focused selfishly on myself. I stressed that she had to get a beeper so I wouldn’t have to ever decide something like that again. A few months later, my stepfather passed away, but the torment of that that call haunted me for years. In those dark moments of a crisis, do you know what you would do? last_img read more

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Wisconsin Releases “We’re Back” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Campaign

first_imgWisconsin football.Wisconsin hype videoThe Wisconsin Badgers won 11 games in 2014, but given the way that the Big Ten title game against Ohio State played out, Badgers fans are hungry for vengeance in 2015. The program, now led by new head coach Paul Chryst after the untimely departure of Gary Andersen, will have a chance to make a statement in its first game this year – Wisconsin gets SEC champion Alabama to kick off its season.Sunday night, Wisconsin released a three-minute hype video titled “We’re Back” to tease the season. Enjoy, Badgers fans:We’re back. http://t.co/pieC4FfuBB— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 10, 2015last_img

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4-Star South Carolina Quarterback Commit Brandon McIlwain Weighing Football, Baseball Options After Spurrier Retirement

first_imgFour-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain looked like South Carolina’s quarterback of the future after making a good impression at the Elite 11 this summer, but with the abrupt retirement Steve Spurrier and his skyrocketing stock as a baseball prospect, he is rethinking his commitment. McIlwain received a visit from Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne on Wednesday.Just had a home visit with Coach @RickyRahne ! .#PSU pic.twitter.com/ZytwCXKD8G— Brandon McIlwain (@BFMcIlwainqb12) December 3, 2015His mother, Lena McIlwain, reveals more about his pending decisions in a recent Facebook post. McIlwain is still considering South Carolina, but needs to hear from whomever takes over for Spurrier first. He’s also being recruited by other programs, and has emerged as a top prospect in the MLB Draft. WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg shared her post on Twitter.Not a big recruiting guy-but these posts sent to us-USC QB commit Brandon McIlwain’s mom a former Channel 4 staffer. pic.twitter.com/Nqumnh4N3w— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 3, 2015lena mcilwain brandon psu coach lena mcilwain brandon future mlb Yesterday, McIlwain was ranked eighth in an ESPN list of the nation’s top prep and college baseball [email protected] is number 8 on ESPN’s list! pic.twitter.com/BI6K4JtqYh— RockNorthBaseball (@crnorthbaseball) December 1, 2015As a potential first round pick in the MLB, and a Top 10 quarterback recruit, McIlwain has some serious decisions to make, especially with uncertainty surrounding the South Carolina job. It is hard to blame him for whatever he choses.last_img read more

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Urban Meyers recruiting knows no bounds

For Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, going out of state to recruit the top players in the country isn’t foreign territory. Meyer already has seven out-of-state high school players who have verbally committed to OSU for the 2013 season. Recruits from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Missouri, Florida, Texas and California will represent the Buckeyes in the 2013 football season. Marc Givler, recruiting analyst at BuckeyeGrove.com, said there are several reasons for Meyer’s success when it comes to out-of-state recruiting, including his coaching experiences in different regions of the country. “He’s coached in Ohio so he’s got the Midwest ties, he’s coached in Utah so he has the West Coast ties and he’s coached in Florida so he’s got the Southeast ties,” Givler said. “He’s built all these relationships with high school coaches across the country, so it’s pretty easy for him to get in the door.” Meyer can’t take all the credit for out-of-state recruiting because his assistants within his staff have played a major role in getting these players as well. When Meyer assembled his coaching staff, he did so with recruiting in mind. “This staff was put together with a purpose,” Meyer said on National Signing Day Feb. 1. “And recruiting was without question a purpose in putting together this staff.” Kevin Noon, managing editor for BuckeyeGrove.com, said assembling a national staff of assistant coaches has been pivotal in Meyer’s success. “He’s able to go into Texas because of (offensive coordinator) Tom Herman and he’s able to go into North Carolina because of (co-defensive coordinator) Everett Withers, so he has some reach thanks to the guys working for him,” Noon said. In addition to recruiting players from around the country, Meyer has also maintained OSU’s appeal to in-state athletes. Givler said it is equally important for Meyer to win Ohio and keep in-state high schools happy. “You have to keep healthy relationships with high school coaches and players within Ohio also, because you don’t want to alienate yourself from your own state,” Givler said. “Meyer’s done a good job of keeping the balance.” Meyer’s theory is simple, which is to get the most talented players regardless of what state they are from. Noon said Meyer, along with all coaches, will always go national with recruiting because it’s all about getting the best available talent to help win games. “It all comes down to winning games, competing for the Big Ten and competing for a national championship in a couple of years,” Noon said. “If you can’t find certain talent in your own state, then it’s natural to go looking for it on the national level.” Steve Helwagen, managing editor for Bucknuts.com, said quarterback prospect J.T. Barrett, out of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, is one of Meyer’s most impressive out-of-state recruits. “The scouts have him listed as the No. 1 run-pass quarterback because he can drop back and throw from the pro style, or he can take off and be effective running the ball,” Helwagen said. Joey Bosa, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Lewis Neal, a 6-foot-1, 232-pound defensive end from Wilson, N.C., are Meyer’s most recent committed recruits. Helwagen said OSU will always be a popular destination for national recruits with Meyer as coach. “He’s won two national championships,” Helwagen said. “He’s produced a bunch of NFL guys, his reputation along with Ohio State’s tradition is what kids want to be a part of.” read more

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Ohio State softball takes final game in series against Purdue

The Ohio State softball team took the last win in a three-game series Sunday afternoon against Purdue at home, 5-3. After a four-inning deadlock with the teams tied, 3-3, the Buckeyes hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning to grab their only win of the series. The Buckeyes lost Friday afternoon, 4-2, and Saturday, 8-7. “There was just no way we were going to let them beat us three times,” said sophomore infielder Maddy McIntyre, who hit her third home run of the year in Sunday’s extra inning. Junior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo hit the other 10th-inning home run, her second of the year, and added 3 RBI in the game. Carrillo said it was satisfying to win the game with McIntyre. “It feels awesome,” Carrillo said. “Maddy and I always talk about tag teaming, so I’m really happy that we were able to tag team this last inning and get two home runs for the team.” The duo scored the first back-to-back home runs since former Buckeyes Alicia Herron and Sam Marder did in 2010. Sophomore pitcher Olivia O’Reilly replaced redshirt junior Melanie Nichols in the bottom of the second inning and finished out the rest of the game only allowing one run. O’Reilly said she depended on her teammates to finish out the game. “I just knew I had my team behind me, they were making great defensive plays all day,” O’Reilly said. “I just knew if I put it on the plate and they hit it, my team would have my back.” The Buckeyes started off strong with two runs in the top of the first inning, only for the Boilermakers to tie things up by the bottom of the second inning. OSU pulled ahead of the Boilermakers again in the top of the fifth as sophomore outfielder Taylor Watkins hit it out of the park. But Carrillo is looking ahead and said she is ready for the series against Michigan next weekend. “Rivalry, just blood, straight out blood. We’re going after them,” Carrillo said. “So we’re going out there with the mindset that we’re going to win, and that’s what we’re going to do.” The Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 14 Wolverines starting on Friday at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

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Football Ohio State defeats USC 247 to win the Cotton Bowl

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber stiff-arms a defender during the first half of the Cotton Bowl against USC on Dec. 29. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — After the Cotton Bowl, Ohio State’s roster will experience much turnover. But during the final game of the season, it was turnovers that kept the Buckeyes in the game.Ohio State jumped out to a quick lead, scoring the first points less than three minutes into the game, and extended it to 24-0 with 5:27 remaining in the first half. It capitalized on two costly fumbles and an interception that senior safety Damon Webb returned for a touchdown.The Trojans bounced back, scoring a touchdown near the end of the first half, but did not score again, and the Buckeyes won 24-7 on Friday. Webb, one of 19 Ohio State seniors playing their final games, recovered wideout Deonta Burnett’s fumble that redshirt sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield forced. Then, he had a pick-six just 18 seconds into the second quarter on the first play of a USC drive.USC quarterback Sam Darnold, a potential top-five NFL draft pick, also fumbled when redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis stripped him and junior linebacker Jerome Baker recovered the loose ball. On the second play of Ohio State’s following drive, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett raced for a 28-yard touchdown to give his team a 24-0 lead with 5:27 left in the second quarter. Barrett made more plays on the ground than in the air Friday. He rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, which set the program record for most touchdowns in a single season, for the first points of the game. Barrett ended the game, the final of his career, completing 11-of-17 passes for 114 yards. He led the team with 16 rushes for 66 yards. He did not have much support from his running backs, who struggled to find holes in the Trojans’ defense. Redshirt sophomore Mike Weber and freshman J.K. Dobbins combined for 18 carries for 57 yards. Despite the shaky performance on the ground, the Buckeyes ran the ball heavily. They had 37 rushes for 165 yards, compared to 11 pass attempts for 114 yards.The Trojans had even less success running the ball, combining for 36 carries for 57 yards. Running back Ronald Jones, who entered the game averaging 6.1 yards per carry, had 19 rushes for 64 yards, an average of 3.4 yards per carry. Darnold went 26-for-44 for 356 yards with one interception. He made eye-popping throws at times despite his receivers being draped by defenders, but also turned the ball over three times. The Buckeye defense constantly affected Darnold and pressured the quarterback. Ohio State had eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss. That pressure continued for the entire game. In the fourth quarter, senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes sacked Darnold, forcing a fumble, which redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers recovered.Redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard led the team with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.The Buckeyes were missing junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who made a last-minute decision to skip the game in order to prepare for the NFL draft. read more

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We need to stay together Joachim Low

first_imgThe Germany national team manager knows his squad is having a bad time but he believes if everybody works together they can get betterThe German national team lost 3-0 against the Netherlands in the latest match of the UEFA Nations League.And many have claimed they want the Nationalmannschaft to sack manager Joachim Low.But the German boss says his team needs to stay together to get out of their current problem.“Of course the defeat to the Netherlands was painful for the players, the coaches, and all the fans,” he told the national team’s official club.“I know already that we cannot get back to the highest level if we continue like this. It is a process which will have setbacks along the way. We have analyzed the game and discussed what went wrong with each other.”“It’s clear that we need to stay together as a group. At the moment though, it is more important to me that we get the players back motivated and ready for the game,” he commented.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Obviously there was going to be a lot of criticism after the last game, but I just try and block that all out.”“The game tomorrow is all that matters now and we need to show the right response, as well as a better performance,” Low explained.“Our job is to ignore what others are saying and dealing with the pressure, something I feel I am good at.”Löw: “It’s obvious that we need to stick together. Above all, it was important to pick the team up again and take the right steps for tomorrow.” #FRAGER pic.twitter.com/wxC9j95ro2— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 15, 2018last_img read more

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Sarris postmatch reaction inspired City win – Rudiger reveals

first_imgChelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed that Maurizio Sarri’s terrifying post-match reaction after the loss to Wolves inspired the win over City.The Blues suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers last Wednesday despite taking the lead in the first half.The loss to Wolves handed Sarri only his second defeat as Chelsea boss but put a dent to their title aspirations.However, the Blues bounced back with an emphatic 2-0 win over champions Manchester City, ending Pep Guardiola’s side unbeaten run in the Premier League, thanks to goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“After the Wolves game, he was terrifying,” Rudiger said, according to ESPN. “He was going crazy. But that was OK, because we shouldn’t have lost this match.”“The day after, he was very calm and clear-minded. He spoke with us and made it clear that we have to believe in ourselves. He wanted us to go into the City game looking for the win.”last_img read more

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Simeone on MorataAtletico move I cant confirm or deny

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone refused to confirm whether or not he’s interested in making a move for Alvaro MorataThe Spanish striker is being strongly linked with a return to La Liga in this month’s transfer window with Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros confirming their interest this week.Reports in Spain have suggested that Atletico have entered the race for Morata’s services, but Simeone refused to give anything away.“The only thing I’m thinking about is the upcoming match against Levante,” said Simeone, according to Fox Sports.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I don’t speak about players that aren’t with us, only those that are.“I can’t confirm or deny anything because coaches wait to see what the club can do.“Some players want more minutes, some could be sold by the club, some could arrive. We need to wait until January 31.”Atletico drew 1-1 against Girona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie after Alexander Lozano cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s early opener.last_img read more

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ENSTAR Warns Of Recent Phone Scam

first_imgAccording to ENSTAR, this is not in any way associated with ENSTAR Natural Gas. If you have questions about your account, you can call them directly at any of the numbers below: Hobson: “Our employees drive ENSTAR vehicles, they wear vests or clothing that have the ENSTAR logo. You can also ask somebody for their ENSTAR I.D. and certainly you can call our offices to confirm the employee’s identity.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ENSTAR Natural Gas has received several reports of customers receiving a call from 907-334-7818. Caller ID indicates this is an ENSTAR number but the caller is selling insurance or senior benefits. You can call Customer Service at 907-277-5551 to confirm authenticity of anyone representing to be an ENSTAR employee.center_img Enstar’s Lindsay Hobson says the company never contacts customers this way: “If there is an issue with your account we will contact you either by mail or by hanging a door hanger on your door.” ANCHORAGE: 907-277-5551MAT-SU VALLEY: 907-376-7979KENAI PENINSULA: 907-262-9334TOLL FREE: 1-877-907-9767last_img read more

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