Future of community center idea, comprehensive planning and local action on climate issues: Our questions for the Shawnee governing body candidates

first_imgA few weeks ago, we asked our readers to submit suggestions for questions they’d like to hear the candidates running for seats on the Shawnee governing body address.Based on the input we received, we’ve developed the five-item questionnaire below and sent it out to the candidates competing in the following races:MayorStephanie MeyerMichelle Distler (incumbent)Council Member Ward 1Tammy ThomasJim Neighbor (incumbent)Council Member Ward 2Eric Jenkins (incumbent)Andy RondonCouncil Member Ward 3Kurt KnappenDawn RattanCouncil Member Ward 3 (2 Year Unexpired Term)Lisa Larson-Bunnell (incumbent)Kevin StraubCouncil Member Ward 4Kris DurbinJill ChalfieWe’ll be running the candidates’ responses to these items starting Monday, Oct 14.Question 1What’s the biggest challenge facing the city of Shawnee today, and what should city government be doing about it?Question 2Voters soundly defeated a proposed property tax increase to pay for a community center. Do you think a major community center like the one that was proposed is still a project the city should be considering? Or is it time to move on? Why?Question 3The city is in the process of conducting its first comprehensive planning process. What goals or themes are you hoping to see in the final plan?Question 4Consideration of a non-discrimination ordinance with legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals brought out dozens of residents who voiced both support for and opposition to the idea. Do you agree with the council’s decision to adopt the NDO? Why or why not?Question 5In recent months, city officials from across the metro area have been coordinating on ideas that local governments can take to address climate change. Do you support the idea of city government taking steps to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Why or why not?last_img read more

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Gophers finish in second place against Ohio State, Illinois State

first_imgMinnesota finished first in the beam event, earning a score of 49.100. Ramler had the top score of 9.900.In wake of the Michigan State scandal involving former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, Minnesota gymnasts wore teal pins to honor sexual assault victims. These pins will be on the uniforms for the remainder of the season. Hansen said she supports the women who have come forward to say they are survivors of sexual assault.“We want to show our support for those who have gone through really unfortunate things,” Hansen said.Minnesota will face Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday. The team will return home for a meet against Illinois on Feb. 9. Hansen said there wasn’t much of a difference between competing on the road and at home.“Being on the road is certainly a little bit different than what they’re used to,” Hansen said. “I’m proud of how they responded.” Gophers finish in second place against Ohio State, Illinois StateMinnesota posted its highest score on the floor event since 2004.Jack RodgersSophomore Ivy Lu performs her beam routine at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Gophers defeated the Michigan State Spartans 196.075 to 194.925. Erik NelsonJanuary 29, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintOnce again, Lexy Ramler earned a first place finish for Minnesota.Ramler won her third-consecutive all-around title in Minnesota’s meet against Ohio State and Illinois State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Her single meet score of 39.600 is the eighth-highest in University of Minnesota history.While Ramler triumphed, Minnesota finished in second place for the first time this season, earning a score of 195.755.The team had multiple falls on the bars. However, head coach Jenny Hansen said the team was able to recover.“That was [a] pretty tough way to start the meet. We have a lot of confidence in our bar team,” Hansen said. “They came back strong. The next four people on bars did awesome.”Sophomore Ivy Lu posted a score of 9.950 on bars, which is a career-high for her. Ramler tied for first in the floor exercise, earning a score of 9.950.last_img read more

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Big fines to ‘criminalise motorists’, says Mr Loophole

first_img‘Disproportionate’ fines for speeding motorists will act as an incentive for those caught to accept fixed penalties, the motoring solicitor dubbed Mr Loophole has suggested.Nick Freeman of Manchester firm Freeman & Co said plans to quadruple the maximum fines for some motoring offences and create a penalty of £10,000 for speeding on a motorway will do nothing to improve road safety.The provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to remove limits on magistrates’ fining powers are yet to come into force. Justice minister Jeremy Wright said they would not remove the option of custody in the most serious cases.Richard Monkhouse, chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, which has sought greater sentencing powers, said the increased fining powers are a ‘welcome recognition’ of the role magistrates play in the justice system.‘We hope that this signals a growing trend of trusting magistrates by allowing them the appropriate discretion to deliver local justice, and that other areas for sentencing powers will be examined too,’ he said.Freeman said that the fines will act as an incentive for motorists to accept fixed penalties rather than challenging convictions.He said the proposals have ‘crossed a line’ that criminalises motorists while decriminalising criminals. ‘Motorists will be given huge fines, while if you commit a burglary, you are likely to be cautioned,’ he said.A mandatory 28-day ban for speeding drivers or greater police presence on the roads would be more effective, Freeman said.last_img read more

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Commentary: Henry can pull an Elliott for Tide in 2015

first_imgWill Alabama lean on running back Derrick Henry to carry the offense in its pursuit to win a national championship this season?Will Alabama lean on running back Derrick Henry to carry the offense in its pursuit to win a national championship this season?Ezekiel Elliott proved last season how important a running back can be in college football.Fourteen teams averaged between 477.7 and 303.3 yards passing, but Ohio State leaned on Elliott in winning a national championship in the first year of the College Football Playoff. He rushed for 696 yards in Ohio State’s final three wins as he put up a career-high 246 in title game against Oregon.This was after rushing for 220 yards in the Big Ten championship game and 230 on Alabama in the national semifinals. Elliott scored eight times in Ohio State’s final three games.So keep passing if you want, but if you’ve got a game changer in the backfield, feed him the ball. Alabama, Georgia and LSU have that, which makes them serious contenders to win it all this season.Nick Chubb emerged out of Todd Gurley’s shadow to finish second in the Southeastern Conference in rushing last season with 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns as a true freshman.Derrick Henry led the Crimson Tide in rushing with 990 yards on 172 carries. With T.J. Yeldon battling injuries, Henry averaged 7.1 yards in Alabama’s last two games.Then there’s Leonard Fournette, who has the greatest upside of the three. Like Henry, Fournette shared carries, but managed 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns on 187 attempts as a true freshman at LSU.Now I like Arkansas’ 1-2 punch of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, whom both rushed for 1,000 yards last season. Bret Bielema gets them their touches, too.Roc Thomas could have that breakout year at Auburn. He’s talented, in a great offense and plays alongside a QB-WR combo in Jeremy Johnson and Duke Williams capable of opening up the run game.Missouri’s Russell Hansbrough gets it done and anyone in the same backfield as quarterback Dak Prescott at Mississippi State will be solid, but none of them are better than Henry, Chubb or Fournette.However, will the SEC’s top trio of backs be focal points of their offenses this season like Elliott was down the stretch in Ohio State’s national championship season? They should be.Not only are Henry, Chubb and Fournette the best offensive players on their respective teams, Alabama, Georgia and LSU each have question marks at quarterback.Jacob Coker still hasn’t nailed the starting job for the Tide and who knows how LSU’s quarterback situation will shake out. Brandon Harris is more talented than veteran Anthony Jennings, but has he learned from the lumps he took as a freshman last season and is he ready to take leadership of that offense?Georgia’s starting quarterback could very well be graduate transfer Greyson Lambert. He started at Virginia, but it’s a lot to ask a quarterback to learn the system and be the man in three months.Out of the three coaches, Mark Richt will most likely focus his offense around his star back. He didn’t change much last season when Gurley got hurt. Chubb averaged 23.5 carries in UGA’s last eight games.I expect that trend to continue, unless Richt starts thinking about how Gurley went down. Richt might not want to put the wear and tear on Chubb in fear he may lose him to injury as well.Nick Saban loves running the ball — by committee to keep fresh legs — but he’s not deep at that position.Tyren Jones was booted off the team after marijuana charges, Bo Scarbrough injured his knee in spring practice and Altee Tenpenny transferred to UNLV. That leaves Henry and Kenyan Drake, who is Alabama’s most explosive offensive weapon, but had a season-ending leg injury last year.This situation could turn out to be a blessing for Alabama.Saban leaned on Mark Ingram in 2009 and Trent Richardson in 2011 – and finished both seasons with a national championship. Ingram ran the ball 271 times for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns and Richardson had 283 rushing attempts for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns.In two seasons, Henry has a total of 207 carries. If he gets that number of touches this season, Henry can have an even bigger year than Richardson and Ingram because of his ability to break the long run.I don’t see Saban trusting Coker or whoever he starts at QB to make many plays, particularly early in the season. Alabama doesn’t have a go-to receiver like Amari Cooper, either, but Lane Kiffin is the wild card.Kiffin took Alabama’s offense to another level — and has earned Saban’s trust. So the offense won’t be vanilla. Whatever Saban and Kiffin cook up, Henry should be the offense’s main ingredient.As for Les Miles, who knows what he’s going to do. He mentioned Fournette and Michael Jordan in the same sentence at SEC Media Days last year, but didn’t truly unleash him until midseason. Fournette should be the man out the 2015 gate, but Miles does do funny things with the ball.We’re a long way from January 2016, but like Elliott was last season for Ohio State, Henry, Chubb and Fournette could be the difference in their schools winning it all or falling short of a national title. Duane Rankin, Advertiser columnist, can be followed on Twitter @DuaneRankin or reached at [email protected] gannett.com. Go Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps herelast_img read more

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Barnsley v QPR line-ups: Caulker & Bright start, Luongo & LuaLua back, strikers on bench, Tykes man plays

first_imgBarnsley: Davies, McCarthy, Jackson, Lindsay, Fryers, Williams, Moncur, Potts, Hammill, Barnes, Ugbo.Subs: Townsend, Pearson, Hedges, Bradshaw, MacDonald, McGeehan, Thiam.QPR: Smithies; Caulker, Baptiste, Robinson; Wszolek, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Bidwell; Mackie, Osayi-Samuel.Subs: Lumley, Lynch, Manning, Smith, LuaLua, Wheeler, Washington. Embed from Getty ImagesSteven Caulker starts for QPR at Oakwell, where recent signing Bright Osayi-Samuel makes his full debut.Caulker replaces Darnell Furlong and Osayi-Samuel comes in for Conor Washington, who is among the substitutes.AdChoices广告Washington is joined on the bench by fellow striker Matt Smith, who has overcome a knock, but Idrissa Sylla, who has also been nursing an injury, misses out.Massimo Luongo is back in the side, replacing Yeni Ngbakoto, after recovering from illness.Kazenga LuaLua, who was dropped against Burton for failing to report for training on time, is a substitute.For Barnsley, Brad Potts has been passed fit after an ankle problem. On-loan Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo also starts for the hosts. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Who could be this year’s Rick Wagner for the Ravens?

first_imgNearly two weeks into free agency, the Ravens appear no closer to filling gaping holes at the wide receiver and tight end positions after losing Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels.Viable options on the open market are dwindling and it would deviate from general manager Ozzie Newsome’s “best player available” philosophy to enter April’s draft with two starting positions to fill. Of course, a trade cannot be ruled out with Baltimore projected to have 10 or 11 draft picks — compensatory choices will be announced this week — and Newsome has acquired the likes of left tackle Eugene Monroe, center Jeremy Zuttah, and even former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin through trades in recent years.But the lack of activity makes you wonder if the Ravens have more confidence in their current batch of wide receivers or tight ends — or both — than the outside world does.It was only a year ago when many were discussing how desperately the Ravens needed a starting right tackle following the free-agent departure of the disappointing Michael Oher. Considered little more than an afterthought by most, 2013 fifth-round pick Rick Wagner became an instant upgrade and an above-average starter in his second NFL season after playing sparingly as a rookie.Who might the Ravens view as this year’s Wagner?At the wide receiver position, Marlon Brown is the most experienced receiver remaining behind veteran Steve Smith as he caught 24 passes for 255 yards in his second season after collecting 49 receptions for 524 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2013. Despite a slow start working in Gary Kubiak’s new offensive system, Brown became more involved as the 2014 season progressed with 16 of his 24 receptions going for first downs.The other logical in-house candidate to emerge at the receiver position would be Kamar Aiken, who caught 24 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns in his first year with the Ravens. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound receiver plays with a physical nature that the organization likes.Of course, a deep draft class of wide receivers makes it feasible that the Ravens could find an immediate starter in the first round, but the lack of a veteran addition could signal that they likes their young receivers more than we think. Either way, the addition of a productive vertical threat is an absolute must for strong-armed quarterback Joe Flacco by the start of the season.Failing to do so would mean trouble for the Ravens offense in 2015.Shifting focus to the tight end position, Crockett Gillmore is the strongest candidate of any player at any position to become this year’s version of Wagner. The 2014 third-round pick is currently the safest bet at his position on the offseason roster with veteran Dennis Pitta’s future remaining in doubt.Gillmore caught just 10 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the regular season, but he caught a 21-yard touchdown in the wild-card win over Pittsburgh and the Ravens appeared more comfortable involving him in the passing game as the season progressed. If you’re looking for precedent with the Ravens handing over the starting tight end job to an inexperienced option, then-rookies Ed Dickson and Pitta had a total of 12 receptions for 153 yards behind veteran Todd Heap in 2010 before combining to make 94 catches for 933 yards and eight touchdowns a year later.Do the Ravens need to add another tight end? Absolutely, but the lack of free-agent activity to this point — Baltimore reportedly had mild interest in veteran Scott Chandler before he signed with New England — and an underwhelming draft class make you wonder if Baltimore has a higher opinion of Gillmore than most observers. Barring a trade, finding a backup tight end would certainly appear more feasible than a starter at this point.The discussion at either position could become moot at any point as Newsome has more than five months to shape the roster for the regular season. No one is suggesting the Ravens should — or will — stand pat at wide receiver or tight end, but few would have endorsed Wagner as the starting right tackle at this time a year ago.It’s simply a possibility to keep in mind as the offseason continues and we inch closer to the draft with the Ravens’ two biggest needs yet to be addressed.last_img read more

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Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral” tops this week’s new releases

first_imgCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Lionsgate/Eli Joshua(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the movies opening nationwide Friday:* A Madea Family Funeral — The 11th and final installment in Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise sees a family reunion in the backwoods of Florida turn into a nightmare when Perry’s titular character and her family find themselves planning a funeral instead. Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely also star. Rated PG-13.* Greta —  Chloë Grace Moretz stars in this thriller about a young woman named Francis who befriends the title character — a lonely widow played by Isabelle Huppert — whose increasingly erratic and obsessive behavior has Francis trying to end the toxic relationship before it spirals out of control. Rated R.last_img

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