Former workers are acquitted in boot-camp death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The defendants testified that they followed the rules at a get-tough facility where young offenders often feigned illness to avoid exercise. Their attorneys said Anderson died not from rough treatment, but from a previously undiagnosed blood disorder. The boy’s mother, Gina Jones, stormed out of the courtroom. “I cannot see my son no more. Everybody see their family members. It’s wrong,” she screamed. “You kill a dog, you go to jail,” said her lawyer, Benjamin Crump. “You kill a little black boy and nothing happens.” He spoke outside court, which is across the street from the now-closed Bay County boot camp. The guards, who are white, black and Asian, stood quietly as the judge read the verdicts. The all-white jury was escorted away from the courthouse and did not comment. By midafternoon, about 150 people – many from nearby Florida A&M University – were protesting the acquittals outside the state Capitol. They chanted, “No justice. No peace!” PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Eight former boot-camp workers were acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was videotaped being punched and kicked. The scene sparked outrage and changes in the juvenile system, but it took jurors just 90 minutes to decide it was not a crime. Anger over the verdict was obvious outside the courtroom, where bystanders screamed “murderer” at former guard Henry Dickens as he described his relief at the verdict. Martin Lee Anderson died a day after being hit and kicked by Dickens and six other guards as a nurse watched, a 30-minute confrontation that drew protests in the state capital and spelled the end of Florida’s system of juvenile boot camps. “I am truly, truly sorry this happened. Myself, I love kids,” said Dickens, 60. He added that Anderson “wasn’t beaten. Those techniques were taught to us and used for a purpose.” Several black legislators also expressed outrage. Officials from the Department of Justice in Washington and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced they were reviewing the state’s prosecution. Defense attorneys, however, said they considered a federal civil-rights case to be unlikely.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

This is a massive dent, says Faf du Plessis after Sri Lanka whitewash South Africa

first_imgBrief scores – Sri Lanka (154 & 197/2) beat South Africa (222 & 128) by eight wickets in the second Test in Port Elizabeth to win 2-match series 2-0. Kusal Mendis 84*, Oshada Fernando 75*. Full ScorecardSri Lanka fought against all odds to become only the third team after Australia and England to win a Test series in South Africa on Saturday.The Lankans staged a stunning comeback after getting hammered by Australia in the series prior to this to stage a massive upset with their clean sweep in the Tests against South Africa.The result ended South Africa’s run of seven straight Test series wins at home and also made Sri Lanka the first Asian team to achieve the feat in the rainbow nation.Sri Lanka had claimed a thrilling first Test in Durban by one wicket and outplayed South Africa in the second by comfortably chasing down 197 with Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando setting up the win with an unbeaten 163-run partnership for the third wicket on Day 3.Mendis top-scored with 84 not out off 110 balls while Fernando scored 75 from 106 balls.Prior to this series, the Lankans had not won a game in any format since October. They also became the first team to whitewash South Africa in a Test series at home since the Proteas’ return to international cricket after the end of apartheid in 1991.For those asking:Since readmission in 1991…Test series victories in South Africa by visiting sides5 by Australia2 by England1 by Sri Lanka#SAvSL Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 23, 2019It’s all over in PE, Sri Lanka have beaten South Africa by 8 wickets. They become the first sub-continent team to win a Test series on our shores. Superb batting by K Mendis (84*) & O Fernando (75*). Tough few days at the office for our boys, we know they’ll bounce back. #SAvSL South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 23, 2019″It’s mindblowing that 31 wickets fell in two days, felt like a superb wicket. Actually a nice batting surface, if you put it down to bat batting from both teams, they showed today that if you apply yourself, there were runs to be had.”This is a massive dent, up until this Test series, we were playing well at home, positive and aggressive Tests. Last two Tests, we weren’t on as a team. We didn’t take them for granted, end of season, maybe perhaps the guys were mentally a little bit off. But again that’s no excuse,” South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.Sri Lanka’s stunning and historic success for a team from the Asian subcontinent – even the mighty India and Pakistan have never managed to do it – came against all expectations after arriving for the two-Test series with a new captain and a patched-up team following a run of three straight series losses and six defeats in seven Tests.Yet the Sri Lankans, completely written off at the start, cruised to victory in Port Elizabeth early on Day 3 of the second match against Test cricket’s No. 2-ranked team, reaching the victory target of 197 for the loss of just two wickets.Also Read | Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando lead Sri Lanka to maiden Test series win in South AfricaAlso Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 3 in Port Elizabeth: As it happenedlast_img read more

Significant Digits For Monday Feb 2 2015

One more plea for the newsletter: Sign up for it now and be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. $921Many speculators use the Super Bowl as an opportunity to make a quick buck. In recent years, people who sold short tickets on secondary sites could profit from an average price fall of $921 in the two weeks prior to the delivery date to buyers. That did not happen this year, leading to substantial chaos on the secondary markets for tickets. [The Atlantic]$12 billionCounting all the booze, food, electronics and merchandise, the National Retail Federation estimates Americans spent more than $12 billion on the game. [The Week] You’re reading the special Super Bowl edition of Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe.4 cents per viewerWith an estimated cost of $4.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl advertisement and more than 112 million people projected to watch the broadcast, advertisers with a 30-second spot paid about 4 cents per viewer — far more than the 2.5 cents per viewer that advertisers pay for a typical TV spot. [The Washington Post]$12Cost of a draft beer at University of Phoenix Stadium. Knowing that, I’m OK with Nate’s decision not to bring me along to the game. [SB Nation]37 completionsNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a banner night (other than those two interceptions), completing 37 of 50 attempted passes and throwing for 328 yards, four touchdowns and the game’s MVP award. [The New York Times]44 percentOne of the most talked-about TV ads — besides the one in which Nationwide gamed out all the ways to accidentally kill a kid — was the one Budweiser used to distance itself from the namby-pamby world of craft beer and play up its roots as the crappy beer of the common man. This creative direction shouldn’t be shocking for a brewer that recently learned 44 percent of drinkers aged 21 to 27 have never tried Budweiser. [Business Insider]57.5 percentThe game effectively ended when the Seahawks — with a yard to go for a go-ahead touchdown — threw a pass that the Patriots intercepted. Many slightly-later-on-Sunday-evening quarterbacks second-guessed this play call, suggesting that a run would have been a safer option. During the regular season, 57.5 percent of rushing plays from the opponent’s 1-yard line resulted in a touchdown. [FiveThirtyEight]71 adsPerhaps you or someone you know was the person at the party who was there only to take in TV commercials. That’s cool: to each their own. NBC aired 71 unique national ads. [Business Insider]73-45Final score of the Puppy Bowl, the annual (sham) event aired by Animal Planet, which I really need to stop gambling on at this point. Cara, a Shih Tzu puppy, was named game MVP. Presumably many specialized vacuums were sold. [IGN]98 secondsRemember Ballghazi? As a person who dislikes the New England Patriots, I sure do. It turns out the attempts to reconstruct events are getting rather serious: Investigators are focusing on a 98-second window during which a worker took 24 game-day footballs into a restroom. Has this story gone on too long? Yes. Is the evidence conspiratorial and absurd? Of course. Is it funny, in a juvenile way, that grown adults are arguing over the size of balls? Probably. But is there a long offseason coming up? Damn right, and we’ll all need something to talk about. [] read more

Lukaku opens up on the positive vibes in Uniteds squad

first_imgRomelu Lukaku revealed that Manchester United players are enjoying the happy atmosphere in training since the exit of Jose Mourinho.The Belgian forward may not be having more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he admitted the positive vibes in the squad has been a key factor to their success.“It’s different, a lot more positive,” he told Canal+.“People are smiling. At the moment everything is going well, and we have to continue like this. We’re enjoying it.”Lukaku further claimed everyone is getting back to their best again after a difficult start to the campaign, with the improved form of Pogba and Rashford a testimony to the assertion.“We tell him at training, Paul is happy, and then he laughs,” Lukaku disclosed via FourFourTwo.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“At the moment, everyone is playing at their level. That’s what’s good. Paul, Marcus (Rashford), even myself when I play, I try to bring something to the team, Anthony (Martial). The competitive mindset is returning in every player.“You see it at training when we do mini games, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see the players are wanting to prove themselves to the manager because they want to take their chance, but the most important remains the team. That’s what’s going to help us to return where we belong.”Up next for Manchester United is a tricky tie against relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday.Lukaku: “This competitive spirit is coming back out of each player, it has already started in training when we play small-sided matches, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see it the players want to prove themselves to the manager.” #MUFC #GGMU— (@UnitedRedscom) February 4, 2019last_img read more