Florida man kills family over webcam model

first_imgA 30-year-old Orlando man has been sentenced to life in prison after he killed his parents and his brother because they allegedly tried to cut off his online relationship with an adult webcam model.The murders of Chad, Cody, and Margaret Amato occurred on January 24th at the family’s home on Sultan Circle.Authorities say the suspect Grant Amato, became infatuated with a Bulgarian webcam model named Silvie and reportedly stole nearly $200,000 from his family to fund his online relationship with her. The 30-year-old stole $60,000 and guns from his brother, Cody, and another $150,000 from his father Chad which included a loan that was taken out on his parents house.When the family interceded in the relationship, Grant then planned his revenge.Grant reportedly spent the day with his mother but at 4:45 pm when she sat down at the computer, he shot her in the back of the head and left her body “face-down dead at her computer desk,” while he waited for his father to come home. He then shot his father and his brother when they came home hours apart.The suspect then rearranged the bodies to make it appear that his brother killed his parents before he killed himself. Investigators realized, however, that Cody could not have been responsible for the deaths due to the time each person was killed.Grant was arrested and charged with first degree murder on July 31st, however, jurors reconvened Monday to decide whether Grant should receive the death penalty or just be sentenced to life in prison.After deliberations, it was decided that Grant be sentenced to life behind bars without prole.last_img read more

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Young golfers prep for Big Ten Tournament, hope for NCAAs

first_imgOne of six freshmen on the team, Michael Sorenson has had a promising start to his UW career.[/media-credit]As the spring hits full stride, the Wisconsin men’s golf team will head to the Big Ten Championships this weekend in Maple Plain, Minn. The conference tournament tees off Friday morning at the Windsong Farm Golf Club and will continue through Sunday afternoon.With NCAA regional play and the NCAA Championship looming pending the outcome of this weekend’s tournament, the Badgers find themselves anxious to compete in their biggest tournament of the season.Sorenson, Elsen impress“We’ve had six freshmen in and out of the lineup,” UW head coach Jim Schuman said at his Monday press conference. “We travel with five, count four, and Jordan Elsen is our lone senior. So it’s been a learning year for a lot of us, and it’s been exciting.”Among those six freshmen are Michael Sorenson and Anthony Aicher, who have participated in every event this season. Jordan Elsen, the only senior on the team, is the only other Badger to have done the same. Last week, Sorenson finished tied for 11th at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., an achievement Schuman was sure to make note of.Elsen, meanwhile, will provide a bulk of UW’s veteran leadership. The Kenosha, Wis. native finished a career-best third place at last week’s Crooked Stick Invitational in Indianapolis, Ind. as UW finished eighth. Elsen finished with an even par total of 213 to highlight the weekend, providing the Badgers with momentum that Schuman hopes will carry over to what could be Elsen’s final tournament with UW.“You know, I know for the young guys, it means quite a bit to them to have Jordan Elsen go out on a high note,” Schuman said. “Whether that puts added pressure on there, you know, we try to, maybe try to tame that a bit, but there’s no question that I think Jordan has done a fantastic job this year traveling with four freshmen.”Freshmen to be challengedOutside of Elsen, the Badgers’ youth will be on display this weekend, and Schuman looks forward to the challenge his freshmen will face.“They all have played in very high profile individual tournaments, and they go and they play whether it’s an AGGA event or whatever it might be,” Schuman said of UW’s freshmen. “But what they haven’t experienced is what their role is on the team. So, you know, [Aicher], for example, is not probably the longest striker of the golf ball on our team, but has an outstanding short game. So the way he would attack this golf course would be different than a Mike Sorenson, who hits it quite long and quite high.”Also affected by the Badgers’ youth are Schuman’s expectations. While UW’s head coach maintained that he always holds high expectations for Wisconsin athletes, Schuman did address the obvious lack of experience his freshmen will have to rely on this weekend.“You can hold as many qualifyings as you want, and they’re quite competitive, but there really is no substitute for getting them out there and competing head to head with other juniors, seniors, freshmen from all over the country,” Schuman said.“You know, it’s a bit difficult, I think, in our sport,” he added. “The trick is you’ve got to get five guys, you know, playing at the highest level all at the same time … So you’ve got to get those young guys to understand that.”last_img read more

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Program will focus on art

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The four inaugural students of the USC International Artist Fellowship program began their academic endeavors at the university on Aug. 26.The IAF, which was announced at USC’s 2011 Global conference in Hong Kong, highlights the university’s six arts schools and their place in Los Angeles. Provost Elizabeth Garrett has been an active member in initiating and overseeing the fellowship.The program welcomes fellows who are pursuing graduate degrees in the arts to USC for two or three years. Tuition, travel and living expenses are provided so the students can focus on their work.Though all four fellows are pursuing degrees in the arts, none are in the same program, or even school, at USC.Fei Kayser, a resident of Beijing, is currently studying dramatic writing.“I want to write things that are funny and accessible, and not in a didactic style,” she told USC News.Kayser will be working with USC professors Velina Hasu Houston and Olivia Mayer, while studying for her M.F.A. in dramatic writing at the USC School of Dramatic Arts and anticipates writing two plays per year during her stay.Vladimir Gorbach, a Russian guitarist who won the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition, which prized him a 50-city concert tour, began his classical guitar studies at USC Thornton with professor William Kanengiser.Jacinto Astiazaran, who spent the last three years in Mexico, has had his multidisciplinary work exhibited on platforms including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He told USC News that he wants to “make videos that focus on the social issues between the United States and Mexico.” Astiazaran is studying for his M.F.A. in fine arts at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.The final inaugural fellow, Brazilian Frederico Fernandez, hopes to continue his street art and make as many animated films as possible in the next three years while also working toward his M.F.A. in animation and digital arts from USC School of Cinematic Arts.“In the future, perhaps I’ll be making independent live action films as a director,” he told USC News.The fellowship is expected to grow to the point of including about 15 people, who will have the opportunity to work in Los Angeles’ leading arts industries, including Hollywood and the Downtown arts corridor.last_img read more

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Poe’s Perspective: What will it take to stop the violence in football?

first_imgEvery time a former football star dies, I ask the same question — when is enough going to be enough?Yesterday, the Daily Trojan reported on the death of Kevin Ellison, a former captain of the USC football team. Ellison died after years of struggling with mental illness, mainly bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which his family believes in part was caused by traumatic brain injuries suffered playing football. Ellison’s brain will soon join those of the hundreds of fellow deceased football stars at the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center at Boston University, where Dr. Ann McKee has been feverishly researching CTE for years. When his brain finally lays to rest there, Ellison will become one of the many recent victims of the deadly risks of playing football, the most popular sport in America.I want to know how many more deaths it’s going to take. I thought, maybe, that the decline and death of Junior Seau would be enough. But it wasn’t, despite the ESPN “30 for 30” and the countless memorial ceremonies. So I thought, okay, maybe it’ll take a kid, or a quarterback, to make this point. Then came Tyler Hilinski’s tragic death a year ago, and the same grief and mourning subsided and gave way to inaction. Maybe, then, it would take a player suffering a grave injury on the field — but no, Ryan Shazier was paralyzed from the waist down on national television, and the football world spun on.The ugly thing about football is that it’s violent. We like it, most likely, because of this factor, for the same reason that we like watching war movies and playing shoot-’em-up video games. There’s something in our DNA that loves seeing someone get completely pummelled.I get that. I love football for its physicality, and yes, for its violence. Most football fans are slow to admit it, especially now, but there’s a reason we all let out the same excitable “oooh” when senior linebacker Porter Gustin absolutely drills an opposing quarterback. Somewhere, deep down, violence is what makes football as popular as it is.That is, after all, why it’s so hard to let go of it all. If football fans collectively, truly disliked the violence, we could cut it out in a second. We could turn the game into touch or flag, strip it down to a game of speed, not strength. If the violence was truly universally abhorrent, we could eliminate it so quickly that we’d wonder why it was a problem in the first place.But we don’t. In football, we live for the hits, for the tackles, the sacks. Even offensive players love to lay out a good hit (just ask USC’s former star wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who makes highlights with his bone-crunching blocks in the open field). We still love this violence, even when we know the pain it’s inducing, even when we know it’s killing the athletes we claim to revere.I want to know when the turning point will come. I ask myself this question every week. Since coming to USC, I’ve studied CTE for journalism assignments and class projects on-and-off for four years. I know the risks. I know that many concussions come from contact to the body — not just to the head — meaning that no helmet can ever prevent CTE. I know that many athletes begin to forget details in their 30s and 40s, that they die decades earlier than  non-athletes, that many of their final years are spent living in a murky, painful swamp of splitting headaches and unending pain.And yet, every Saturday, I’m at the Coliseum, in the press box or in the stands. On Sunday, I’m on my couch with breakfast at 10 a.m., tuned into NFL Red Zone, tracking Patrick Mahomes’ statistics. I want to see Gustin and senior linebacker Cam Smith rope up quarterbacks. I want the Chiefs’ defensive line to be the hardest hitting in the NFL. I know what happens with every snap, and I’m painfully aware of what I’m condoning and encouraging every week when I turn on the TV. And yet, I can’t stop.So I ask this of myself, as much as anyone else. What is it going to take? Who has to die? Will it take a famous quarterback? Will it have to happen on the field? In the Super Bowl? Or will we just keep on moving, keep on watching, content to condemn these players to their deaths because we don’t want to give up our Sunday watch parties? I don’t have any of the answers. I know that my children will never touch a football, and maybe this is what it will take — a generation of reformed fans putting their foot down when it comes to their own children. But I do know that a change has to come.A new football season is rolling on, and we’re adding to the body count with every passing Sunday. Someday, somehow, something has to give.Julia Poe is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

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Siasia Pleads for Help over Kidnapped Mum

first_imgFormer Nigeria coach and player Samson Siasia has said that he is still in the dark as to the whereabouts of his abducted mother.Mrs Ogere Siasia, 76, and two others have been held captive since they were seized in Bayelsa, southern Nigeria ten weeks ago.But Siasia says the police are no closer to finding her. “The police said it’s been difficult to track these kidnappers, but my great concern is that my mother is very sick,” Siasia told BBC Sport.“For someone who is unwell to be held against her will is not only callous, but heartbreaking and sad.“So I can only keep appealing to these guys to please let my mother go. I would like for the government or whoever is capable to help me bring my mother back.”Siasia also recently filed an appeal against a life ban for match-fixing, imposed by world football’s governing body FIFA.It’s the second time in four years that Mrs Siasia has been kidnapped after she was held by gunmen for 12 days, before her release back in November 2015.Siasia, who played over 50 times for his country while scoring 16 goals, has had little contact with his mother, but believe she is unwell.Although the Bayelsa state police said they are currently trying to rescue her unharmed, the former Nantes and Lokeren striker says he is a broken man who needs the support of a nation he served.“What more can I do but plead for assistance from the government, police and my country that I served as a player and coach,” he said.“My mother is seriously sick and this bothers me a lot. I don’t know where or who to turn to at this point.“I’ve not had a job for three years, battling with a FIFA ban appeal and to have my sick mother in the hands of kidnappers, I just feel extremely tired.”A former international, Siasia won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria and played in their maiden World Cup appearance later that same year.As a coach he led his country’s under-20 and under-23 sides to continental success in 2005 and 2015 respectively.He also guided the U20s to a runners-up finish at the 2005 World Youth Championships (as it was known at the time) in the Netherlands.Siasia is the most decorated African football coach at the Olympics, winning silver at the Beijing Games in 2008 and bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Jamaican government and police sign new wage agreement

first_imgFinance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke and JPF chairperson Arleen McBean show off the new agreement (CMC Photo) KINGSTON, Jamaica, 15, CMC – The Jamaica government has signed a new four-year wage agreement with the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF).According to the new agreement, police officers will receive a five per cent salary increase for 2017/18, two per cent for 2018/19, four per cent for 2019/20 and five per cent for 2020/21.The accord was signed late Friday and followed months of negotiations.Finance and Public Service Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke told the signing ceremony that the accord would not only mean that the number of public servants who have now accepted the government’s four-year 16 per cent wage offer has now climbed to 91 per cent.He said there is also a likelihood that the ministry would also create a vacuum in which future negotiations between the police and his ministry will be conducted outside of the general wage negotiations for public employees.The main ingredient in the package is the decision to create a special commission to conciliate negotiations between the JPF and the government, which will make recommendations for compensation agreements.JPF chairperson Arleen McBean, said that she was pleased with the outcome and “appreciated and accepted” what the government eventually offered.She said that police officers will get retroactive payments for 2017/2018 prior to the end of the year.last_img read more

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RECALL: Bush’s Baked Beans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis It’s a summer barbeque favorite, but you may want to hold off on adding it to your menu.Bush Brothers & Co. is voluntarily recalling 28oz. cans of certain beans. Cans of Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans are being recalled due to defective side seams.The side seam defects may affect can integrity and could also cause the cans to leak or allow harmful bacteria to grow inside. The issue was discovered as part of the Bush Brothers routine quality control inspections. Even if the beans don’t look or smell spoiled, you should still refrain from consuming them.So far, no illnesses have been reported. Consumers who have purchased the products are urged to call Bush’s consumer relations at 1–800–590–3797 for instructions. For more information visit www.bushbeans.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Pettalia Vocational ScholarshipNext New Emerging Chocolate Highlast_img read more

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Sumner Sheriff Weekly bookings: April 8 – April 15, 2013

first_imgWellington PD2 Tan, Feng42Wichita, Ks777 Kansas Star Dr, MulvaneSUCOTheft (Felony)4/12/13 KHP2 Zirkle, Natasha25Topeka Ks427 W Ave E Caldwell KsC.P.D.Probation violation / Jackson Co4/12/13 Whitaker, Ericka22Anthony Ks610 E HillsideBounty HunterFailure to appear4/9/13 Huske, Roy20Topeka Ks100 N Arapahoe Caldwell, KsSUCOWarrant Arrest 2 Shawnee County Warrants4/9/13 Erwin, Stuart31Wellington, KS110 E 8th Belle Plaine KSBPPDTheft, Poss Drug Para X2, Poss controlled subst4/12/13 Mulvane PD2 The following are weekly bookings at the Sumner County jail for April 8 – April 15, 2013: Stallings, Traci40Dumas, TX110 E 8th Belle Plaine, KSBPPDForgery, Poss stolen property, Poss drug Para4/12/13 Jonathon Reser26Wichita, KsSumner County JailM.P.D.Serve Sentence4/12/13 Gray, Jacob21Wellington, Ks100 W Main Mulvane KsMPDPossesion of opiates / Possession of paraphernalia / Possession of depressant4/13/13 Mika, Anthony54Kansas City, KsKTA MP 32 NBKHPDUI4/13/13 Urbina, Enrique24Belle PlaineBackaroo Barn, Belle PlaineBPPDBattery4/13/13 Johnnie Bauer74Medford, OK.One-Stop, Caldwell, KansasC.P.D.D.W.S. and Illegal Registration4/9/13 Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 4/8/2013 thru 4/15/2013 Rich, Eric C35Smiley, TX500 W Harvey, WellingtonWPDDriving Under the Influence4/15/13 BellePlaine PD4 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arr Sumner6 Andrew Smith30Wichita, Ks500 N Washington WellingtonSUCOHaysville Bench Warrant  (F.T.A.)4/12/13 BOOKINGS Dorsey, Amber26Wichita, KsBelle Plaine PDBPPDTheft, ID Theft, Forgery, Poss Drug Para4/12/13 Ginn, Kenda32Beloit, KS503 N Arapahoe, Caldwell KSSUCODV Battery4/12/13 Sedgewick42 Mercado, Edgardo33Houston, TxBelle Plaine Service area, turnpikeKHPDriving while Suspended4/14/13 Moreland, James48Wellington, Ks116 S G WellingtonWPDWarrant arrest 2 Sumner / 1 Cowley4/12/13 Caldwell PD2 Bickel, Deric20Wellington, Ks610 E HillsideSUCOServing Sentence4/12/13last_img read more

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Opposition MP blasts Govt over mismanagement of rice industry

first_imgAs rice farmers on the Essequibo Coast continue to experience difficulties with their crop, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Dharamkumar Seeraj on Thursday took Government to task over the mismanagement of the rice industry, which he said was costing farmers billions in losses.During his contribution to the 2019 Budget debate, Seeraj pointed out that the farmers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) have suffered as a result of a drop in yields.Seeraj, who is the Head of the Rice Producers Association (RPA), explained that these farmers lost some 357,000 bags of paddy to pests – a situation that could have been avoided had there still been the specialised unit at the Agriculture Ministry that was set up and equipped to deal with paddy bug infestations.That unit was dissolved in 2015 and as such, the Opposition parliamentarian is blaming the coalition Administration for the losses suffered by the rice farmers.“A specialised unit was established in recognition of the devastating effect and economic impact this particular pest could have on rice. In one season, one Region – just 35,000 acres – lost $1 billion because of the reduction in yields due to that particular pest and a fungal infestation called blast… The impact that is affecting Essequibo farmers right now is machines are being seized, houses are under the threat of being taken back, because they are unable to meet commitments to banking institutions,” he posited.Moreover, Seeraj further outlined that rice farmers in Guyana were facing more hardships owing to the high cost of production, which now has been compounded by increased rates for drainage and irrigation as well as land rentals.He pointed to the fact that farmers were forced to pay increased rental fees for leased lands. That cost, he added, was tripled in some cases.“These are farmers facing low prices and are now being … asked to produce more in an environment when they are getting less when the Government itself is contributing to the increase in cost of production,” Seeraj noted.Despite these difficulties, Seeraj said the farmers were nevertheless paying. In fact, he revealed that the farming section of the rice industry has contributed some $3 billion in taxes from the purchase of fuel.“[The farmers] need to be given support, so they can produce and compete because we are operating in a global environment that is becoming increasingly small and this government doesn’t seem to have an appreciation for that. As the whole world is giving support to agriculture, this government is penalising agriculture by increasing taxes,” he asserted.Furthermore, the Opposition MP stated that the issues in the agriculture sector were happening at a time when farmers were being told to produce more, but the commodity’s value was going down.He outlined that in 2014, some 501,000 tons of rice were exported at a value of US$249.5 million; this was reduced in 2017 to 539,000 tons exported at a value of US$201 million.“That is US$48 million less whilst we exported 38,000 tons more … So, our farmers are being punished for producing more,” he posited.Against this backdrop, Seeraj went on to question Government about the new markets that were promised to rice farmers.He turned his attention to the Panamanian market, which he said was almost in jeopardy earlier this year as a result of the mismanagement of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB).“The Rice Board purchase from millers, they certified the quality, they do the inspection, they fumigate the containers, they issue the certificates for those containers before they could travel and Customs could give their approval… [and yet still] more than 30 containers of not less-quality rice but a totally different type of rice arrived in Panama and the Panamanians had to send it back,” he stated.However, despite this fiasco, as described by Seeraj, the GRDB on Wednesday announced that Guyana had secured another supply contract with the lucrative Panamanian market for the period December 2018 through 2019.This new deal is worth some US$5.2 million and will see the supply of 200,000 quintals equivalent to 9075 tonnes of white rice over the next few months, with the first shipment set for later this month.“This development comes in the wake of Guyana successfully meeting its quotas in a timely and consistent manner,” the Rice Board said.According to statistics from the GRDB, over the past three years, Guyana has shipped a total of 183,683 metric tonnes of rice to Panama valued at US$77.147 million.Meanwhile, it was noted that exports for January to November 2018 show a value of US$25.856 million when compared to US$19.257 million for the same period in 2017.last_img read more

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Community events for the weekend of June 19th

first_imgSaturday, Jun 19, 2010  04.00 PM – 08.00 PMParty In the ParkCentennial ParkCommunity Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  09.00 AM – 03.00 PMMuseum Yard SaleMuseumFundraiser ,Community ,Market Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 10.00 AM – 03.00 PMSolstice Art FairWhole Wheat & Honey CafeArt & Culture ,Music , Market Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  05.00 PMBlack Tie for Bluey DayQuality Inn Northern Grand HotelFundraiser Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 Spirit Of the Peace Pow WowTaylor ArenaYouth ,Community ,Celebration ,Music , Art & Culture Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  09.00 AM – 04.00 PMFarmer’s MarketNorth Peace ArenaMarket ,Community Saturday, Jun 5, 2010 – Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 Shop ’till you Drop Shopping PassportVisitor CentreChildren & Family ,Community ,Celebration – Advertisement – Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  04.00 PMJammin at JacksJackfish Dundees PubMusic Friday, Jun 18, 2010  06.00 PM – 09.00 PMNorth Peace Potters Guild Annual ‘Chili Bowl Bash’ArtspostFood Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  10.00 AM – 03.00 PMBook SaleNorth Peace Cultural CentreMarket ,Fundraiser ,Children & Familycenter_img Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 Family Fishing WeekendVisitor CentreSports & Fitness, Children & Family Friday, Jun 18, 2010  10.00 AM – 11.00 AMWOW BusChild Development CentreChildren & Family Here is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John and the North Peace.  If you have a community event, send us the details, contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 – Sunday, Jun 20, 2010  11.00 AMDrag Racing – Father’s Day weekendNorthern Lights RacewayAuto/Motor Sports Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  07.00 PMRecent Advances In NutritionNorth Peace Cultural CentreConferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 Summer Solstice Slowpitch TournamentSurerus ParkSports & Fitness Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  10.00 AM – 04.00 PMOpen Auditions for ChicagoNorth Peace Cultural CentreTheatre & Performances Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  11.00 AM – 01.00 PMDaddy & Me at Heartbreak AcresNorth Peace Community Resources SocietyChildren & Family Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  12.00 PM – 04.00 PMArts in Bloom, Art in the GardenCommunity GardenChildren & Family , Art & Culture Saturday, Jun 19, 2010  08.00 AM – 11.00 AMPublic Library Garage SaleNorth Peace Cultural CentreFundraiser ,Marketlast_img read more

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