Coronavirus cases have been rising in Michigan for several days and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has blamed just about everyone but herself. Through a press conference and television interviews, Whitmer has blamed former President Donald Trump, the state Supreme Court, the Republican-controlled legislature, once-compliant residents, and even those returning from spring break travel for the increase. On Thursday, the governor appeared on MSNBC and pointed her finger at her political opponents for the situation. Gov. Whitmer on whether she has the political ability to slow Michigan's Covid surge: "We are so incredibly divided after the politics of the last 14 months. … I’m still trying to get the legislator to deploy resources that the Trump administration sent us." pic.twitter.com/eWMjK4H5gL — All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) April 16, 2021 When asked if she had the “political ability” to regress and impose new restrictions, Whitmer responded , “I was sued by … [Read more...] about Gretchen Whitmer Blames Trump, State Supreme Court, Legislature, Residents, Spring Breakers, Elderly for Virus Rise
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WASHINGTON - A U.S. jury in a Minnesota courtroom Monday heard sharply different claims of how George Floyd, a Black man, died last year. A prosecutor accused former police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. A defense attorney contended that Floyd died partly from drug use. Prosecutor Steve Schleicher summed up the case against Chauvin, 45, the white police officer who held down the handcuffed, 46-year-old Floyd, as he lay prone on a city street and gasped — 27 times, according to videos of his arrest — that he could not breathe. “He was trapped … a knee to his neck,” Schleicher said, with Chauvin’s weight on him for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. “George Floyd was not a threat to anyone,” Schleicher said. “All that was required was some compassion, and he got none.” But defense attorney Eric Nelson, in more than 2½ hours of arguments before the racially diverse 12-member jury, contended that Chauvin followed his police … [Read more...] about US Jury Hears Conflicting Arguments in Trial of Officer Charged with Killing George Floyd
A podcast focusing on the 1996 disappearance of college freshman Kristin Smart has helped California police make arrests in the 25-year-old cold case. Law enforcement officials credit the Your Own Backyard podcast with bringing “valuable” evidence forward that led to murder charges against the long-time suspect in Smart’s disappearance. Chris Lambert, the host of the Your Own Backyard podcast was credited by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson as he announced arrests in the case, according to a report by Associated Press. Sheriff Parkinson added that Lambert helped draw worldwide attention to the case, and brought forward valuable witnesses. The podcast located overlooked or reluctant witnesses who hadn’t spoken with police. Some witnesses also opened up to Lambert, who encouraged them to contact investigators with relevant information. Soon after that, deputies began reaching out to Lambert to connect them with other people he interviewed. “What Chris did … [Read more...] about California Police Credit Podcast with Helping Solve 25-Year-Old Cold Case
When it comes to producing NFL draft prospects, Colorado’s pipeline is drying up. There have been 170 Colorado high school football alums selected in the draft all-time, per CHSAA’s database. But the state’s only seen three players drafted in the past two years, including just one in 2020 (Chatfield’s Dalton Keene) and the possibility of none in 2021 after no Colorado products were invited to the NFL combine. A decade-by-decade comparison shows a similar decline in drafted Coloradans. The state had 34 players drafted in the first seven rounds during the 1990s (there were 12 rounds until 1994), including a record seven in ’96. In the two succeeding decades 22 locals were selected from 2000-09 and 15 from 2010-19. The evolution of an elite high school football player into an NFL draft prospect is never a straight line, and Colorado will never match the numbers of more populous, football-rich states such as Texas, Florida and California. But the lack of Colorado products getting … [Read more...] about Colorado’s busted NFL pipeline: Why aren’t more homegrown players getting drafted?
By Michael Hurley , CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Last week, Patriots players released a statement which said “many” of them would not be participating in the team’s offseason team activities. Cam Newton is apparently not part of the group skipping out on the sessions. READ MORE: Brad Stevens Reportedly Wasn't Interested In $70 Million Offer From Indiana The quarterback is “leading the charge in attendance” in the team’s offseason program, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Patriots' voluntary offseason program begins today, with the 1st phase extending through May 14. This phase includes virtual meetings of up to 2 hours per day, with facilities and weight rooms open with capacity limits. Cam Newton among those leading the charge in attendance. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 19, 2021 Reiss added that “quite a few players” are attending the sessions, which are of course set up differently this year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE: Red Sox Blow Out … [Read more...] about Cam Newton Reportedly Participating In Patriots Offseason Workouts In Foxboro