Supreme Court Hands Trump a Small Victory in Pennsylvania Vote Count.

first_imgNearly a dozen lawsuits filed by President Trump and his allies are working their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, trying — so far unsuccessfully — to stop ballot counting and invalidate enough votes to erase Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s leads there. Here is a look at those cases.In Pennsylvania, the biggest fight has been over ballots that are postmarked by Election Day but arrive later. In September, the state Supreme Court ruled, over Republican objections, that election officials could accept ballots arriving up to three days later. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intercede, but left open the possibility that it could revisit the question. – Advertisement – Separately, the Supreme Court did grant the Trump camp a minor victory in Pennsylvania on Friday evening, when Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. ordered election officials there to keep the late-arriving ballots separate from other ballots, and not to include them, for now, in announced vote totals. But the victory was essentially in name only: Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already given that instruction.The entire dispute over the late-arriving ballots could be moot, because Mr. Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania even without those late-arriving ballots. A similar case in Michigan was thrown out.In Nevada, the Trump campaign has sued to stop the processing of mail ballots, claiming that its monitors had inadequate access. A judge denied the request, citing a lack of evidence. Another Republican suit claimed lax authentication of ballots; a judge dismissed it.An Arizona lawsuit claims that ballots filled out with felt-tipped pens were being discarded; state and federal officials say that is false. A case in Georgia claims that a few dozen late-arriving ballots — which the state does not allow, even if they are postmarked by Election Day — were not properly set apart, raising the possibility that they would be counted. A judge threw out the complaint, saying there was no evidence that the ballots in question had arrived late. One of several other Pennsylvania disputes involves people from both parties who observe the tabulation in Philadelphia, where they were told to stay 10 feet away from the vote counters. Some Trump allies have claimed, falsely, that no observers were allowed. In response to a Republican complaint, a judge ruled on Thursday that they could stand within six feet, but refused to stop the counting.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Former Sumner County Treasurer Carolyn Heasty, 71, Wellington: July 20, 1944 – June 14, 2016

first_imgCarolyn HeastyCarolyn L. Heasty, age 71, loving mother, grandma, sister and friend, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, KS. She was elected Sumner County Treasurer in 1996 and retired in 2012.Carolyn L. (Barry) Heasty was born on July 20, 1944 in Wichita, KS to Orville Eugene Barry and Beatrice Orlean (Tennant) Barry. She was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1962 and a graduate of Wichita State University. She lived in the Wellington most of her life.Carolyn enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, watching Wichita State Shockers basketball, gardening, was an active member of Wellington Rotary Club and United Methodist Women.She is preceded in death by her parents.She is survived by her three daughters, Cassy and Danny Smith of Wellington, KS, Mary Mericle and Mike Mills of Moline, KS, and Gem and Steve Watts of Derby, KS; two sisters, Pat and Jimmie Frost and Shirley and Allen Weber all of Wellington, KS; seven granddaughters, Carley Smith and Taylor Smith, Jessi Mericle, Geena Mericle and her fiancé Michael Armstrong, MaKinzie Watts and Maddie Watts, and Tania and Brett Mariman; three great granddaughters, Avery Beatrice Tillapaugh, Evelyn Eugene Hinton and Ella Mariman.Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.  Chaplain Dan Floyd will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 17, 2016 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. =A memorial has been established with the Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment Foundation in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guestbook, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Tiers: OF Rankings, Draft Strategy, Sleepers

first_img2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Generally speaking, most fantasy owners don’t have a set draft strategy when it comes to OF, especially if they play in just a three-OF league. If your league starts five OFs, the position is more of a priority, but even then, you’re just looking for good values as they come to you in the draft. Most owners want some steals from at least one of their OFs, but if you load up on SBs in your infield, you can’t necessarily need anyone who will swipe more than 15 bags. Regardless, diversifying your OF is a good way to balance your team and fill in the category cracks. That’s why our sub-tiers are really more important than the tiers themselves. Finding players who are more of a help in a particular category, be it steals, average, or homers, is how you adjust quickly and have a successful draft. As such, it’s important to note that our sub-tiers are based on the type of production a player offers. Just because a player is in, say, Tier 3C doesn’t mean he’s worse than a player in Tier 3A — it just means he typically produces more or less in a specific category. It should also be noted that our OF rankings are based on the idea that a player is solely eligible at outfield. Players eligible at other positions may be ranked higher in our overall rankings. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetWho are the best fantasy baseball OFs?Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings* = Player not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the seasonAll seven of our Tier-1 OFs are first-round worthy. There’s a strong case to be made for the players in Tier 1A to be the first three picks in the draft, as all hit for average, hit for power, and can steal a good amount of bases. Mookie Betts will probably steal the fewest bases among this group, but we know what kind of overall upside he has. The guys in Tier 1B can steal bases, too, but they project to top out around half of the Tier 1A guys. These are still bona fide superstars, though, with each capable of hitting .300 with close to a league-leading amount of HRs. Juan Soto hasn’t done either yet, but you know it’s in him. We put J.D. Martinez in his own sub-tier because he doesn’t steal bases, but he can mash with the best of them and post an average well over .300, which is a rare combination at any position. Starting your draft with any of these players puts you in a great spot. If you take Martinez, you’ll probably want to look for some steals in the second or third round, but you will have plenty of time to fill in that gap. TIER 1ARonald Acuna Jr., BravesChristian Yelich, BrewersMookie Betts, DodgersTIER 1BMike Trout, AngelsCody Bellinger, Dodgers (also eligible at 1B)Juan Soto, NationalsTIER 1CJ.D. Martinez, Red SoxMore 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft Simulator2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-2 OFsEven a quick glance at our Tier-2 OFs might make you question some things. Guys like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have more power upside than Nicholas Castellanos and Kris Bryant, yet they’re in the same sub-tier, and Charlie Blackmon stole just two bases last year and hit 40 points higher than Bryce Harper, but they’re also in the same sub-tier. Look, if we really wanted to pick nits, we’d probably have about six sub-tiers in each tier, but when you’re drafting these players (as early as the second round, but likely in Rounds 3-6), you’re thinking in general terms: Who hits more homers? Who steals a few bases to go with their power? Who steals a lot of bases and has moderate power? Tier 2A features power hitters, and while some will hit more than others, these are all 30-plus HR guys who can drive in 100 runs and hit around .280 over a full season. Stanton is probably going to have the lowest average of the group (if he ever gets on the field), but most of these guys will hit somewhere between .275-.300. Tier 2B features solid-HR hitters who can also steal 10-20 bases over a full season. As we noted, Blackmon stopped running last year, which could easily happen again this year, but he stole at least 12 bases in five straight seasons before, so that pace is within reach. Tier 2C features a pair of players who can hit a decent amount HRs and steal a lot of bases. It’s a bit of a moot point to include Villar here, as he will likely be slotted into an infield spot by whoever drafts him (and he won’t be OF-eligible during your draft), but he’s a difference-maker in SBs. Because virtually every first-round pick (with the exception of SPs and possibly Trea Turner) hits homers, the guys in Tier 2A likely won’t be “targeted”, per se. Rather, they’ll be drafted highly when they present fair value. The guys in the other sub-tiers might be specific targets because fantasy owners are always hunting for SBs. That might cause them to go earlier than expected.There’s nothing wrong with reaching for one of them, but it’s important to realize that someone like Harper or Meadows isn’t going to swing a category for you. Likewise, it’s important to remember that you’re giving up some HRs and RBIs with Villar and maybe even Marte, so plan accordingly with your other picks. TIER 2AGeorge Springer, AstrosAaron Judge, YankeesYordan Alvarez, AstrosGiancarlo Stanton, YankeesEloy Jimenez, White SoxKris Bryant, Cubs (3B)Nicholas Castellanos, RedsTIER 2BBryce Harper, PhilliesCharlie Blackmon, RockiesAustin Meadows, RaysTIER 2CStarling Marte, D-backsJonathan Villar*, Marlins (2B, SS)2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each team2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Tier-3 OFSOnce again we have a big tier, and most of the guys in Tier 3 aren’t that much different than those in Tier 2. This is where that “razor thin” differentiation comes in. Tier 3A features guys who can hit HRs with good averages and steal a decent amount of bases. Andrew Benintendi has had declining HR totals the past two seasons, so projecting him to get to a significant amount might be a bit of a stretch, but he’s hit 20 HRs before, and at 25, he should be coming into his prime. The averages are what really separate these guys and make them worthy of sharing the same tier as some of the other players who hit significantly more homers or steal more bases. The guys in Tier 3C are pretty similar, though they have higher SB upside. All will still likely hit a good amount of HRs with regular playing time, but batting average could be mediocre for all except Whit Merrifield. Most fantasy owners won’t care about the .265 averages or relatively mediocre RBI totals since they’re getting legit power-speed threats, and we don’t blame them. Tier 3B is your classic slugger tier. The averages don’t figure to be great in this tier (though one or two could surprise), but there’s big homer potential from most of these players. Bump that up to bigger potential for Jorge Soler, Joey Gallo, and even Aristides Acquino, assuming he plays regularly. If you invested in a Trea Turner-type early, targeting one of these mashers in the seventh round makes sense. The reliability of players starts to drop off after this tier, so you probably want at least two or three OFs from the first three tiers, depending on how many you start. You can live with only one, but you pretty much know what you’re getting from these guys barring injury. TIER 3AKetel Marte, D-backs (2B, SS)Andrew Benintendi, Red SoxRamon Laureano, A’sTIER 3BJorge Soler, RoyalsFranmil Reyes, IndiansKyle Schwarber, CubsJoey Gallo, RangersAristides Acquino, RedMarcell Ozuna, BravesMichael Conforto, MetsWillie Calhoun, RangersJustin Upton, AngelsTIER 3CWhit Merrifield, Royals (2B)Oscar Mercado, IndiansVictor Robles, NationalsLuis Robert, White SoxTommy Pham, PadresKyle Tucker, Astros2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | RelieverFantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-4 OFsWhen it’s time to start drafting Tier-4 OFs (early-middle rounds), it’s all about the categories. It’s possible someone will fall too far and be too good of a value to pass up, but for the most part, you’re thinking about balancing your team. If you need good HR upside and a few SBs, go for the guys in Tier 4A. If you need a good average and a few less HRs, go for Tier 4B. If you need steals, Tier 4C is for you. And if you need someone with a more balanced power-speed upside, look no further than Tier 4D.Byron Buxton and Mallex Smith aren’t exactly the same type of player. Buxton should hit more HRs and provide more RBIs, but Smith figures to steal more bases. Still, both qualify as “steals guys”. Tier 4D is likely the one most people will target, though with all but one player eligible at an infield position, it’s likely most will be drafted earlier and won’t be used as OFs by their owners. All the players in these sub-tiers have value and upside, and unless you’re desperate for steals or you think a sleeper like Lourdes Gurriel Jr. or Nick Senzel is going to break out this year, you don’t need to reach for them. Look for value and fill in as you go. TIER 4AEddie Rosario, TwinsMax Kepler, TwinsAristides Aquino, RedsBrandon Lowe, Rays (1B, 2B)Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays (2B)Andrew McCutchen, PhilliesAvisail Garcia, BrewersTIER 4BMichael Brantley, Astros​David Dahl, RockiesJeff McNeil, Mets (2B, 3B)Bryan Reynolds, PiratesTIER 4CByron Buxton, TwinsMallex Smith, MarinersTIER 4DCavan Biggio, Blue Jays (2B)Scott Kingery, Phillies (2B, 3B, SS)Danny Santana, Rangers (1B, 2B, 3B, SS)Ian Happ, Cubs (2B, 3B)​Tommy Edman, Cardinals (2B, 3B)Wil Myers, Padres (1B)Nick Senzel, RedsFantasy Baseball OF Rankings: Tier 5We could have easily put many of our Tier-5 OFs into Tier 4, but for whatever reason, most have a few more question marks. Tier 5A features guys who can hit some HRs with a few SBs. Tier 5B has a pair of players who will hit slightly fewer HRs and steal a few more SBs (with good averages and runs scored, too). Tier 5C is for middling-average power hitters, though as noted with Tier 3B, we could see some surprise averages (like J.D. Davis’s last season). Tier 5D is one of the few low-power speedsters left in the league. There will probably be a few big seasons from guys in this tier. Maybe Kole Calhoun hits a ton of HRs; maybe Alex Verdugo is an RBI machine in Boston’s stacked lineup. Either way, you’re probably not going to be excited about any of these guys, but they make for great backups/fourth or fifth OFs in the late-middle or late rounds. None are worth targeting or reaching for unless you really need power or steals. TIER 5AGregory Polanco, PiratesShin-Soo Choo, RangersRyan Braun, Brewers (1B*)TIER 5BLorenzo Cain, BrewersAdam Eaton, NationalsTIER 5CRandal Grichuck, Blue JaysHunter Renfroe, RaysKole Calhoun, D-backsJ.D. Davis, Mets (3B)Joc Pederson, Dodgers (1B)David Peralta, D-backsMark Canha, A’s (1B)Hunter Dozier, Royals (1B, 3B)Brian Anderson, Marlins (3B)Alex Verdugo, Red SoxTIER 5DJarrod Dyson, PiratesFantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsFantasy Baseball Sleepers, Deep Sleepers, and Veterans: Tier-6 OFsDepending how deep your league is, you’re going to want to stash at least one of the young sleepers from Tier 6. Someone like Trent Grisham, Jo Adell, Austin Hays, or Tyler O’Neill could break out at some point this season. Of course, like many of the others in this tier, they could also never get regular at-bats and do next to nothing.  At a certain point when looking over the 2020 fantasy baseball OF rankings, your eyes start to glaze over. Is there really a difference between the No. 34 outfielder and No. 54…or even No. 73, for that matter? When players produce in similar ways, it can be difficult to group them into tiers, especially at a position with so many options. But there are always subtle differences, be it age, injury history, or upside in a certain category, and noting these differences on your cheat sheet can go a long way when hunting for sleepers or putting together a draft strategy. Aside from the top tier, our OF tiers cast a pretty wide net. It’s not because we’re lazy (well, not entirely); it’s because there are so many similar players in terms of production and upside. We all know there will be surprise breakouts and disappointments every season, and with so many OFs available, we don’t want owners to overdraft a guy in a higher tier when the difference between him and someone else is razor thin. At certain points, we have to make those discernments, and we’ll do our best below to explain why.  There are some dependable players here, like Brett Gardner, Nomar Mazara, and a few others. Unfortunately, the ceilings for those players are limited, so many fantasy owners will skip over them in the quest to find this year’s big breakout OF. That’s makes sense, but if you need a little power and speed, don’t be afraid to grab a veteran from Tier 6A. And if you just need some pop, don’t ignore a sure decent amount of HRs from someone in Tier 6B, such as Jay Bruce, who should be helped by the universal DH.TIER 6ABrett Gardner, YankeesTrent Grisham, PadresHarrison Bader, CardinalsJurickson Profar, Padres (2B)Jackie Bradley Jr., Red SoxA.J. Pollock, DodgersAustin Hays, OriolesKevin Kiermaier, RaysDomingo Santana, IndiansBrandon Nimmo, MetsJake Fraley, MarinersJake Bauers, Indians (1B)Kevin Pillar, Red SoxJordan Luplow, IndiansEnder Inciarte, BravesTIER 6BAustin Riley, Braves (3B*)Jesse Winker, RedsTeoscar Hernandez, Blue JaysNomar Mazara, White SoxJo Adell, AngelsEric Thames, Nationals (1B)Dominic Smith, Mets (1B)Yoenis Cespedes, MetsYoshi Tsutsugo, Rays (3B)Jay Bruce, Phillies (1B)Tyler O’Neill, CardinalsMike Yastrzemski, GiantsAnthony Santander, OriolesStephen Piscotty, A’sCorey Dickerson, MarlinsDominic Smith, Mets (1B)Garrett Cooper, Marlins (1B)Jesse Winker, RedsJose Martinez, Rayslast_img read more

Plan for cruise ship terminals gets a cool reception at forum

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Alternate plans distributed by Knatz at the Tuesday forum sponsored by the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council juggle the number of berths and parking spaces at both locations. However, an impromptu vote called by one resident showed that none of the more than 30 people attending the forum supported putting terminals in the outer harbor. Attendees voiced concerns about the extra pollution, traffic, noise and light that more ships would bring, and noted that downtown merchants would suffer if tourists went straight to the outer harbor. Knatz said there is support for the terminal from some San Pedrans and that expanding the cruise terminals is the only way to deal with new, larger cruise ships, which have difficulty backing up or turning around in the inner harbor. When one resident asked if other waterfront projects ? such as a redeveloped Ports O’ Call ? would go forward if a new cruise terminal did not, Knatz said the improvements are “not tied to a cruise terminal at all” and that construction on the waterfront could begin in 2008. Another topic of contention was the Clean Air Action Plan and how it will be implemented. Many residents said they want to see new requirements for trucks, which contribute to the pollution around the port. Knatz acknowledged that their plan for low-sulfur fuel requirements was supposed to be adopted a few weeks ago, but faced opposition from the trucking industry. “Industry sued the California Air Resources board on their low-sulfur requirements,” Knatz explained, noting that the trucking industry won the suit. She announced that on Thursday, the port will be adopting a tariff measure that will implement some provisions of the Clean Trucks Program portion of the CAAP, and that she plans to work with the trucking industry to make it cleaner. “I don’t see any value in spending years in court fighting over the program. … It has to be sustainable,” Knatz said. Bruce Horton of the Coastal neighborhood council told Knatz that people are dying from pollution as they debate how to decrease it. “You tell those truckers and companies that when they have a plan that will stop people from dying, you’ll talk,” he said. Knatz encouraged residents who have strong feelings about the cruise ship terminals and the CAAP to make their feelings known to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which makes decisions about port policy. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER A proposal by the Port of Los Angeles for new cruise ship terminals on the San Pedro waterfront drew concern from many attending a public forum earlier this week. The proposal, presented by port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, involves two cruise terminals in the inner harbor near Swinford Street and two more in the outer harbor at the end of Miner Street. last_img read more