The US Navy’s next advanced aircraft carrier is 70% complete — watch the latest 888-ton chuck drop into place

Christopher Woody, provided by Published 8:30 am, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 US Navy The USS John F. Kennedy is the second of the Navy's Gerald R. Ford-class advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The Kennedy reached 70% completion in late February. Construction on the Kennedy started in February 2011. 70% completion in late February, according to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls. Recommended Video: Now Playing: 00.00 U.S. WARSHIP USS JOHN S. MCCAIN SAILING TOWARDS SINGAPORE + VARIOUS OF DAMAGE TO WARSHIP The search is underway for ten US sailors missing after their warship collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore. The John S. McCain sustained damage to its hull below the waterline as it was making its way to a routine port visit. 00.18 STILLS OF OIL TANKER ALNIC MC – MUST COURTESY ROYAL MALAYSIAN NAVY It is believed that none of the crew of the 180-metre long Alnic MC was harmed, and no oil spill has been reported. 00.26 TRUMP TWEET REACTING TO CRASH President Trump tweeted that his thoughts and prayers were with the sailors from the US navy. 00.33 MCCAIN TWEET REACTING TO CRASH The destroyer’s namesake, Senator John McCain, said that he and his wife were also praying for the crew. 00.40 USS JOHN MCCAIN FILE The crash is the second collision involving a US warship in just two months. Seven people died when the Fitzgerald struck a container ship back in June. 00.55 END Ten sailors are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn on Monday, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said. The collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC was the second involving U.S. Navy destroyers and merchant vessels in Asian waters in little more than two months. The ships collided while the U.S. warship was heading to Singapore for a routine port call, the Navy said Continue Reading

Vogue completes Dominica model in Westlake at West Bay Club in Estero

ESTERO — Vogue Interiors’ Interior Designer Salvatore Giso, IDS, has completed the interior design for the Dominica single-family villa model by Gulfshore Homes in the Westlake neighborhood of West Bay Club in Estero.The home includes 3,057 square feet under air with three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study, a great room, island kitchen and dining area, and an outdoor living area with a fireplace, summer kitchen, pool and spa, and a three-car garage.Giso mixed woods and white tones to present an ambiance that is both earthy and refined. Dull white walls and bright white trim are accented by chocolate browns.  The flooring in the living areas is 24-by-24-inch off-white porcelain tile.Giso’s color palette and earthy, refined style is established in the foyer where the white walls and trim is contrasted by a chocolate brown cork wall covering in niches on both sides of the space. Transparent white dimensional art pieces are set against the cork background. To convey the feeling of walking in a forest, a one-inch mother-of-pearl ceramic and abalone porcelain chicklet tile detail is set into the main porcelain flooring at six-inch intervals to suggest twigs laying on the ground. A chandelier with circular elements that are progressively smaller as they tier from top to bottom is suspended from a gabled tongue-in-groove ceiling and alludes to water flowing across a surface. The combination of elements evokes a sense of walking outdoors.The integration of elements that offer a connection to nature is continued in the study where the medium-toned wood floor features a large rug that is detailed with gradients of overlapping cream and brown tones in a serpentine pattern. White window treatments include similar hints of browns and creams in bleeding stripes. A contemporary brown chagrin floating desk features slim-lined gold legs and contrast a white leather desk chair and a pair of white and gold Continue Reading

HS BOYS BASKETBALL REPORT: Venzant brings maturity, versatility to MCS

Will Korn [email protected] Updated 6:34 pm, Thursday, January 25, 2018 Photo: James Durbin Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Buy photo Midland Christian's Joseph Venzant (24) dribbles against Lubbock Christian's Lantz Duncan (35) on Jan. 4, 2018, at McGraw Events Center. James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram Midland Christian's Joseph Venzant (24) dribbles against Lubbock Christian's Lantz Duncan (35) on Jan. 4, 2018, at McGraw Events Center. James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram Photo: James Durbin Buy this photo HS BOYS BASKETBALL REPORT: Venzant brings maturity, versatility to MCS 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Midland Christian freshman point guard Joseph Venzant may have just turned 15, but he brings seasoned and fearless leadership to the Mustangs this season. Joseph, the younger brother of former MCS star and now Cal State Fullerton guard Daniel, plays a game that seems to extend beyond his years. Fortified by experience playing up in the AAU program, a strong defensive foundation, a mental calm and a true desire to grow in every area of the sport, Venzant is a player the rest of his elder Mustang teammates can rally behind. “For a freshman, I really do feel like the other guys have respect for Joseph and they have respect for his game,” Ryburn said. “He is a vocal player. He’s a vocal presence out there and he’s competitive and he communicates. There is no age limit on leadership and Joseph is a good example. He has learned how to take the game as it comes and learned how to manage his emotions, which is really important in close district ball games.” Venzant, who stands about 6-foot-2, takes pride in his versatility on the court, as evidenced by his 16-point, 15-rebound game in the Mustangs’ 53-40 TAPPS 1-5A win over Fort Worth All Saints last Friday. Improved Continue Reading

Cancer survivor David Quessenberry completes ‘very emotional’ comeback with Texans

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Colts-Jaguars blog: Jaguars complete sweep of Colts as Brissett throws two INTs

The Indianapolis Colts (4-8) fall to the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4), 30-10. IndyStar will have updates as reaction comes in.The Colts were10-point underdogs, according to Odds Shark. They have now lost three straight overall. Here's more Colts coverage: Colts thumped by Jags for second time this year The Colts-Jaguars crowd at EverBank Field is ... not very full Colts' descent started with 51-16 massacre in Jacksonville Love our Colts coverage? Download the free INSports app Colts-Jaguars stats Colts-Jaguars highlights Colts-Jaguars game recap► That does it. Colts fall to 3-9 on the season. Jaguars stay atop the AFC South as they improve to 8-4.► The Jaguars add another field goal. Josh Lambo is 3-of-3 on the day. The Jags lead 30-10 and this one is nearly done.►Oh no. Brissett just threw another interception. One play after getting sacked, he tried to squeeze pass into a tight window. That's two picks and his rating is down to 47.5► Colts lose their back-up center. It's Anthony Fabiano in now, a first-year player out of Harvard who was promoted from the practice squad this week. ► The defense forces a 3-and-out. That's four punts in a row. Entertaining football right here.► Rigoberto Sanchez gets his fourth punt attempt of the day and the Colts are back on defense.► Colts are pinned inside their own five-yard line. Brissett just scrambled out of the end zone to get the Colts a new set of downs.► The Jaguars put together an 11-play, 81-yard drive that took six minutes off the clock. It's capped by another Lambo field goal, this one from 23 yards out. It's 27-10.► T.Y. Hilton comes wide open on fourth down, snags a pass from Brissett and takes it to the house for a 40-yard score. Colts cut the deficit to 24-10.► The Colts still aren't doing much, but Frank Gore just reached No. 5 in NFL career rushing yards. He Continue Reading

Suns put together complete win on road to beat Lakers

LOS ANGELES – Devin Booker pumped his fists and let out an audible yell as he walked off the Staples Center floor at halftime Friday.He had just hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give him 22 points for the half, the Suns a 65-53 lead and you just knew it was going to be one of those nights for Booker.And it was.But the Suns beat the Lakers 122-113 because while Booker was doing his thing – 33 points, including tying a career high with six 3-pointers – he got help from guys up and down the roster.Point guard Tyler Ulis finally looked like the player he was the final month of the 2016-17 season, finishing with a season-high 15 points to go along with seven assists. Center Alex Len pounded the Lakers in the paint, tying a career-high with 18 boards and scoring 17 points. Dragan Bender, the 20-year-old birthday boy, hit 3 of 4 3-point shots, including a long-range bomb that gave the Suns an eight-point lead with seven minutes left.Troy Daniels had 10 points, Josh Jackson seven points and three steals and Mike James nine points and eight steals. So many Suns played well that Booker was almost – almost – an afterthought.“I thought we had a lot of guys that did the right things tonight,” interim coach Jay Triano said. “We shared the basketball, we moved the basketball … there were very few times we held onto it. Defensively we were in support positions most of the night which was key for us.”The Suns tied their season high with 28 assists and they also were patient enough offensively to make the extra pass, which often wound up in the hands of a wide-open 3-point shooter. The result: Phoenix shot 40.6 percent from 3-point range (13 of 32).“We want to shoot 3s but we don’t want to force them, and tonight we made the extra pass to shoot the 3's that were available,” Triano said.Perhaps the most encouraging development was Ulis’ performance. Coming into the game, he was averaging just 6.5 Continue Reading

Avon’s regional win over Center Grove means a little bit extra. They got revenge.

AVON – Through the chattering teeth, there were big smiles. There were hugs. There were parents and alumni who took a little extra joy in this win.Though Avon coach Mark Bless downplayed any extra significance of the opponent on Friday night in the Class 6A regional, Avon’s 32-21 win over Center Grove felt extra sweet. Two years ago, in the semistate, the Trojans kept Avon from making it to Lucas Oil Stadium with a one-point win in double-overtime.Avon left no doubt this time.“It was a big game for the program,” said Avon quarterback Cameron Misner, who passed for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a night that saw the temperature dip into the 20s. “For the alumni and the history of this program, I think it meant a lot to them. I’m glad that we could bring it home for them.”The seventh-ranked Orioles (10-2) will play at No. 1 Ben Davis (12-0) in the 6A semistate next week. The winner will play in the state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend.Bless, in his eighth season at Avon, was not quite ready to turn the page and start thinking about the Giants as the Orioles celebrated the regional title on their frigid field.“This team wants to make a mark for itself,” Bless said. “We had some former players here tonight and I’m sure they are pleased.”Avon was able to offset a sensational performance from Center Grove freshman running back Carson Steele, who rushed 31 times for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Steele scored on runs of 42 yards and 19 yards in the first quarter to stake the Trojans to a 14-6 lead.But Center Grove (6-6) committed three turnovers in the second quarter – two fumbles and an interception – and Avon capitalized. Wisconsin recruit Isaac Guerendo, who caught a 85-yard touchdown pass from Misner in the first quarter, ran 23 yards for a score to give Avon a 22-14 lead going into halftime.“We built off of (the turnovers),” Bless said. “Our Continue Reading

Why MCS left $9 million for repairs in the bank

MUNCIE, Ind. — For two years, Muncie Community Schools has left more than $9 million meant for building repairs sitting in a bank account.The money came from a $10 million 2014 general obligation bond issue, and was initially earmarked by the board for HVAC-mechanical system upgrades at seven schools, as well as districtwide projects such as roof repairs and security improvements.So far the district has spent a little less than $200,000 since 2015, when $9.5 million was left. Superintendent Steven Baule said it covered HVAC repairs and cafeteria dividers at Grissom Elementary and Central High School, and a new boiler at Storer Elementary.That leaves about $9.3 million waiting. There are two reasons the district hasn't spent the money yet: an uncertain future for its buildings and a dire financial situation. Uncertain futureIn 2015, an in-depth facilities report looked like it might change where the bond money was spent. For example, the report recommended closing Sutton Elementary School, which was earmarked for a little more than $1 million in upgrades.Logically, the board needed to decide if a building would potentially close before spending money on renovations, then-Chief Financial Officer Mark Burkhart explained at the time.Now the district has completed a strategic plan and is pulling together a facilities committee to create a long-term maintenance and upkeep plan for the district. The committee's first meeting is set for later this week.That plan will likely make it clear where the renovation money should be spent. Baule said the funds will still be allocated with the original earmark, and would  change only if a building was "no longer used." Dire financesBut the district also needs that extra $9 million to show up on its budget reports. It counts toward the district's total revenue when looking across all the funds, so it helps balance some of the deficits, like Continue Reading

Teacher pay latest in MCS, MTA clash

MUNCIE— Some returning Muncie Community Schools middle and high school teachers have noticed something concerning about their paycheck this year: it's smaller.This year, teachers don't get extra money for teaching a sixth class.Teachers haven't signed a new contract yet as negotiations between the district and Muncie Teachers Association are stalled by an unfair labor practice filing. In the meantime, Superintendent Steven Baule and teacher association president Pat Kennedy told The Star Press that last year's contract stands.But not all of it, Baule clarified Thursday.Last year's contract said teachers who agree to teach a sixth class during the school day would be paid an additional 10 percent of their salary – language that was first put in the contract in the 1980s, Kennedy said. At the time, it was added to help cover a few odd classes instead of hiring another teacher, Kennedy said, but the number of people teaching six classes since then has grown.This year, a majority of the teachers at MCS secondary schools – including Northside and Southside middle schools and Central High School – are responsible for six classes. As a result, Baule said the district was able to hire about 18 fewer teachers and save around $1.1 million.But Baule said giving those teachers extra money is no longer legal – although the teachers association disagrees – and instead of teachers agreeing to the extra class, it's assigned to them by the administration.Baule said the change comes from a recent court decision in the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board v. Nettle Creek case. In March, the state Court of Appeals ruled in part that "teachers are not entitled to earn overtime for the completion of direct teaching functions," according to the written opinion. And state code now mandates that hours are not negotiable."You can’t pay teachers extra money simply for teaching an extra class," he Continue Reading

Fact finder blasts MCS, rules for teachers

MUNCIE, Ind. — An independent fact-finder has ruled in favor of the Muncie Teachers Association after investigating a collective-bargaining deadlock between teachers and financially unstable Muncie Community Schools.Fact-finder Sandra Jensen's 30-page report is a blow to the credibility of MCS's leadership. She repeatedly blisters Superintendent Steve Baule and the school board for inaccurate information, "unfounded" claims, lack of documentary evidence and a likely attempt to "create an artificial appearance."Jensen called the school board/administration’s proposal “a patchwork of ideas and concepts that do not appear to have been thoroughly vetted.” She also says MCS’s reaction to the “extraordinarily difficult financial position” that it “created for itself” appears to be “haphazard and disorganized.”The fact-finder was appointed by the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board to select one party's "last best offer" (LBO) as the binding labor agreement. She accepted the teachers' game plan."Without doubt MCS is facing significant consequences for past mishandling of financial resources," Jensen wrote. "The fact-finder clearly understands MCS's interest in improving its financial situation and building a small surplus for emergencies as quickly as possible. However, it is imprudent for MCS to act in such an aggressive manner to effect its financial recovery."Pat Kennedy, president of MTA, told The Star Press: "No one is refuting that MCS has debt that needs to be erased. Erasing the debt  all at once is not mandated by the state. We can take a more moderate approach  that will preserve the quality of this school corporation as well as meet the needs of the community and its children. Allowing the board to continue with its scorched-earth approach to reducing debt will result in major negative consequences for this community."MCS on Saturday issued a statement that read in Continue Reading