Oleksii Liskonih/iStockBy CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC NEWSFollowing several weeks of protest that resulted in clashes with law enforcement officials in Oregon, the state’s attorney general has launched a criminal investigation into two “unlawful” tactics allegedly made by federal agents.Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum also announced she filed a federal civil lawsuit on Friday evening against the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to begin the process for a restraining order to stop the agents “from unlawfully detaining Oregonians.”The lawsuit asks for a declaration that the federal agents’ alleged actions violate the First Amendment as well as the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and “an injunction permanently restraining defendants from engaging in tactics” such as the two incidents Rosenblum says were “unlawful.”Requests for comment from the named defendants in the civil case were not returned on Saturday.U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy J. Williams also ordered an investigation into federal law enforcement’s actions in Portland on Friday.On the heels of the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, protests sparked nationwide calling for an end to police brutality against people of color and for reforms to law enforcement. Many of the peaceful protests escalated with the arrests of thousands across the country.Even as recent protests nationwide have been mostly peaceful, there has been violence at demonstrations in Portland, Oregon.The lawsuit follows recent threats by President Donald Trump to override local authorities in cities he described as “war zones” run by “liberal left-wing Democrats.”Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said earlier this week that Portland has been “under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city.”In the lawsuit, Rosenblum writes, “The federal administration has chosen Portland to use their scare tactics to stop our residents from protesting police brutality and from supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.”Rosenblum also singles out two incidents this month when federal agents allegedly assaulted or arrested “peaceful” protesters.The first incident, on July 12, left a protester with “several injuries” to the head after an agent allegedly used an “impact weapon.” A joint criminal investigation with the Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill was launched regarding this alleged assault, Rosenblum said. The Homeland Security Office of Inspector General has also launched an investigation.In the second incident, on July 16, a man was walking down the street when an unmarked car with “undercover federal agents wearing generic green military fatigues forcibly detained” him. The arrest, filmed by a bystander, was viewed millions of times on Twitter.According to CBP spokesperson Stephanie Malin, “[CBP] agents had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaults against federal agents or destruction of federal property.”The man, identified by Rosenblum as Mark Pettibone, was “eventually” released. CBP confirmed no charges were filed.Pettibone said in a declaration of support for Rosenblum’s lawsuit that he was peacefully protesting when he was suddenly detained and searched and held in a cell at the federal courthouse before being released.“No one told me why I had been detained, provided me with any record of an arrest, or explained what probable cause they had to detain me,” he wrote.“These tactics must stop. They not only make it impossible for people to assert their First Amendment rights to protest peacefully. They also create a more volatile situation on our streets,” said Rosenblum.Gov. Kate Brown told ABC News late Friday that she has asked Wolf to remove the agents from the state.“They obviously have refused to leave. … Their presence here is … making a challenging situation even more difficult. It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire,” said Brown.Wolf and acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli refuted that all the protesters have been peaceful in separate Twitter posts Friday.“DHS officers were assaulted with lasers and frozen water bottles from violent criminals attempting to tear down federal property,” Wolf wrote.“The only positive thing I can think of to say about these criminals is at least they’re clear about what they want to do, even if they don’t care about who they hurt: Portland protesters flood police precinct, chant about burning it down,” wrote Cuccinelli.Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union announced Friday it would attempt to secure a restraining order against federal law enforcement responding to demonstrations. If granted, the order would prevent federal authorities from removing journalists or legal observers from protest areas.The ACLU’s complaint aims to build on a similar order requiring Portland police to have probable cause of a committed crime before arresting or using force against protest observers and journalists.“The answer to protests against police brutality can’t be bringing in federal agents to engage in even more brutality,” said Vera Eidelman, a national attorney with the ACLU.ABC News’ Quinn Owen contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Saint Mary’s students are not going to miss their shot to take communication professor Terri Russ’s introduction to rhetoric course this semester, which examines the musical “Hamilton.”Russ said the study of rhetoric can be taught in many ways, and she wanted to make the class enjoyable. “The study of rhetoric can be really dry, and sometimes the approaches to these classes can be less than ideal, and I get that,” Russ said. “I knew it would be something that would appeal to students, even students who weren’t necessarily familiar with ‘Hamilton.’”Russ said she decided to teach the course around “Hamilton” partly because of her own obsession, but also because she finds it critical to examine all elements of popular culture through a rhetorical lens. “I’m really interested in pop culture, but I’m also interested in taking a critical exploration of pop cultural,” Russ said. “A lot of times we’re exposed to things in media, and we think we’re being critical, but we’re not.”All musicals can be subject to rhetorical exploration, and since “Hamilton” is so popular it makes sense to look at it critically, she said. However as popular culture changes over the years, Russ said the course could change as well.“For now I’m going to stick with ‘Hamilton’ because it’s fun, and I think there is still more to be explored, so I think I’ll do at least one more time,” Russ said. “But in two years, who knows what will be popular?”Russ said “Hamilton” is unique because it teaches about history in a special way. The creator of the musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, added some special twists to the original story of the founding fathers, which makes the musical important and relevant, she said.“Lin-Manuel Miranda took white history and added this twist through these very direct hip-hop and rap influences and references throughout the play,” Russ said. “Also, in the performance, having actors of color playing the founding fathers, that’s something we have to grapple with in the this era of extreme acting up by white supremacists and other groups.”Russ said the students in her class learn a lot from each other because those who are familiar with the musical and those who aren’t bring different perspectives to the subject matter.“We’re developing a whole new language,” she said. “We have the ‘Ham Freaks’ and the ‘Ham Newbies.’ The ‘Ham Newbies’ are actually teaching our ‘Ham Freaks’ a lot because they’re coming at this fresh and they see thing we have forgotten.”Terri said she continues to be excited for this course because every class there is more to dive into and learn about.“I’m a word nerd: I love language, I love playing with language and I love the nuanced ways we can use language to not only impart meaning but to really interpret the world in different ways,” Russ said. “Everyone in the class has had a moment when they realize one word and all the multiple meanings that word has, changed the way they understand everything.”Russ said the ultimate goal of centering the course around “Hamilton” is to engage students in the study of rhetoric.“I know that rhetoric, in large, sometimes has a bad reputation, and so one of goals is to create a whole new generation of word nerds, which is happening,” Russ said.
Junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier picked up a total of 47 kills over the weekend and now has the sixth most kills all-time at USC. (Tal Volk / Daily Trojan) The USC women’s volleyball team dominated Colorado Friday before falling to No. 18 Utah Sunday to cap off its weekend road trip. Sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro had a big day against Utah with 55 assists and her 10th double-double of the season. Still, her performance wasn’t enough, and USC could not manage the win. After the relatively smooth win, the Trojans learned a different fate and took a heartbreaking loss against the Utes. USC won the first two sets, but Utah stormed back and won the last three for the win. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had another impressive night with a total of 24 points and 21 kills. The versatile Lanier didn’t stop there, holding up solid defense with three blocks, three digs and one service ace. “I think the start is something we struggle with a little, even in the sets that we won,” Lanier said. “I think every set, you have to enter into it with the mentality that it’s 0-0. Even if you win and you came out with a hot start, you can’t expect that to flow into the next game.” However, after the two sets, the Trojans allowed Utah to run away with leads for the rest of the match. The Utes limited the Trojans offensively, and USC struggled to get its rhythm back. “At the end of the day, during most games, it’s usually us not meeting the expectations we set for ourselves or losing focus sometimes,” Lanier said. “If we could learn how to coagulate our focus … that would be great for us.” The team appeared rattled in the last few sets, and its defense could not slow Utah down as USC allowed multiple players to tally double-digit kills. Every time the Trojans seemed to be starting a run, they would get shut down by the Utah defense. USC had complete control early on against Colorado. In the opening set, USC posted a .286 hitting percentage and collected 16 kills. Though the score went back and forth in the opening set, the Trojans were able to get the win and followed it up with a 25-20 victory in the second set. Although USC won, Lanier said the team needs to work on avoiding deficits early in sets. The Trojans’ blocking in the first two sets was phenomenal, and they limited the Utes on defense when they needed a big run. The Trojans were able to limit Boulder’s top offensive players en route to the win. The team played with exceptional rhythm, tempo and communication — attributes they had been missing in previous games. As if Lanier’s game wasn’t impressive enough, she moved into sixth place for all-time career kills at USC with 1,643. CU took a quick lead in the third set and eventually finished it off to extend the match. The fourth set looked the same early on with the Trojans going down by four early, but they were able to bounce back for a 25-23 win. “I think we’re our biggest enemy a lot of the time,” she said. “If we can focus on ourselves and tweak the things we need to, we’ll have some success on the road against Oregon.” Lanier said the Trojans will be more focused on their own play than the rankings after the loss. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin and senior middle back Jasmine Gross both had more than 10 kills and a combined 11 blocks in the win against the Buffaloes. The Trojans will look to bounce back from the tough loss when they visit Oregon State at 7 p.m. Friday and Oregon at noon Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO — Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu wasted no time stating his case Friday.As the San Francisco Giants turned over their batting order in the first inning, poking one pitch after another into the outfield, scoring at will as two Dodgers relievers raced against the clock to get warm, it was clear something wasn’t right with Ryu.Sure enough, something wasn’t right. Ryu was removed after one inning with irritation in his left shoulder. The Dodgers ultimately lost 9-0, allowing the Giants to move within one game of first place in the National League West.Ryu will visit team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache today in the Bay Area for further evaluation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I felt it a little bit in the warmup session before the game,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “It’s something that I normally feel. It wasn’t abnormal. During the inning, the top of the first, it actually got really uncomfortable. I wasn’t able to execute the pitches I normally want to execute and the results showed.”Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said he immediately noticed a difference in Ryu’s velocity and the “crispness” of his pitches. Ryu’s fastball, which normally touches 95 mph, didn’t break 90 mph Friday.Ellis said it didn’t help that Giants starter Madison Bumgarner needed 17 pitches to get through the top of the first inning.“There was a long wait between (Ryu’s) warmup tosses and when he took the mound,” Ellis said.Ryu said he experienced a “very similar” injury in May, when he went on the disabled list and missed three starts. Then, he didn’t need any minor-league rehab starts while going 30 days between major-league appearances. Now, however, there are less than 30 days remaining in the regular season — 16, to be exact.“I’m not trying to really think too much about those things,” Ryu said. “We’ll worry about those things when we have to worry about those things.”The Dodgers have already withstood long-term injuries to starters Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley — who missed the entire season due to complications from an elbow injury. Ryu (14-7) also missed most of August while recovering from two strained muscles in his right buttock. He said that injury hasn’t been an issue since he returned.Ellis summed up the pressing predicament: “You kind of run out of games to withstand injuries now.”Friday’s loss left the Dodgers with their smallest lead in the division since July 26.The Dodgers’ two best starters, Zack Greinke and Kershaw, are lined up to start today and Sunday. In 12 career starts at AT&T Park, Greinke and Kershaw have combined to allow a total of nine earned runs.Ryu allowed four runs Friday. Chris Perez (one scoreless inning), Carlos Frias (two runs in three innings), Kevin Correia (three runs in two innings) and Yimi Garcia (one scoreless inning) mopped up the loss.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Frias would start Wednesday in Denver if Ryu cannot.A right-handed heavy Dodgers lineup mustered only three hits against Bumgarner (18-9). The San Francisco southpaw threw seven scoreless innings and J.C. Gutierrez completed the shutout.Matt Kemp grounded out in all four of his at-bats, ending his season-long hitting streak at 16 games.As the chants of “Beat L.A.” persisted from the first to the ninth inning at AT&T Park, the Dodgers were practically implored to hang their heads.“It’s professional baseball,” Mattingly said. “You don’t sit here and cry about this one. Guys turn the page.”
A solution?It’s time for the construction industry to get serious about moisture management. If everyone responsible for building homes got to experience the feeling of a bad asthma attack, maybe it would happen more quickly. A moisture problem caused by the economic downturn of 2008One source of moisture problems they didn’t mention in the article is building materials that are wet and moldy when installed. Here’s a little secret about that one. If your house was built in 2009 or 2010, it may be more susceptible to that problem.See those photos of the moldy stack of lumber below? I took them at a building supply store in May 2009, and that whole stack of 2x4s was moldy like this. Why? Recall what happened in 2008. That’s when the economy took a nosedive, and construction went off a cliff. The suppliers couldn’t reduce their production as quickly as demand went down because of the inertia of being so large. The lumber was still flying out of the mill but not being loaded onto trucks and delivered to the lumberyards. It sat out longer than usual, getting wet and then starting to grow the kind of stuff you see in the photos. I have no idea how much moldy lumber got put into new homes that people are now living in, but I do know that it was getting delivered. The trouble with building scienceThe reason I’m writing about it here is that I just read a great article called The Trouble with Building Science from the Fine Homebuilding website. (It also happens to be Asthma Awareness Month.) It’s fairly general but does focus on moisture management, or the lack thereof, in homes. I write about that issue a lot, too, and just last week wrote an elementary demystification of vapor retarders.Here’s the paragraph in the Fine Homebuilding article that spurred my post here:In the past, experts argued about whether mold posed a serious health threat, but according to a 2007 study funded by the EPA, “Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home.” The same study goes on to say, “The national annual cost of asthma that is attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home is estimated to be $3.5 billion.” Those are just health costs; they don’t include mold remediation. The authors also estimate that dampness or mold is present in 47% of homes.As a former asthma sufferer, I find those numbers appalling. By not paying attention to the details of moisture management, we’re hurting indoor air quality and people — nearly 5 million of us!Why is there so much dampness and so much mold growing in so many homes? As architect and building scientist Bill Rose points out in the article, the main source is rain. It comes in through the top, the sides, and the bottom. Plumbing leaks also pose a sigificant risk, and that’s what’s going on in the photo at the top of this article. Water vapor, according to the FH article is third in importance. I grew up with really bad asthma. Not being able to get enough air into your lungs, in case you haven’t experienced it, is pretty scary. I remember lying in bed during one asthma attack, gasping for air, wheezing loudly, and feeling like I was going to die. A trip to the hospital for a shot opened up my lungs again that night, but I continued to suffer asthma attacks even into my mid-twenties. I’m one of the lucky ones who managed to ‘outgrow’ this debilitating disease, but many live with it every day.Asthma is often triggered by environmental conditions, and two of the triggers I had to avoid were live Christmas trees and feather pillows. To protect me from the former, my parents got one of those silvery aluminum Christmas trees that are all the rage on ebay now. I also slept mostly on foam pillows, but one night as a teenager, I made the mistake of not telling my friend Guy that I was allergic to feather pillows. Four decades later, he still has vivid memories of his fear that I was going to die that night.Asthma is bad. Very bad.
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South Africa has the best bowling attack of the tournamentWhat a start to the quarter finals. Whoever could have imagined this would happen to any side in the competition at this stage. West Indies actually deserved what they got today. They were run over by the Pakistan juggernaut. They have won few games against top sides in the last few years and they just did not rise to the occasion today. What a far cry from the early 1980s when they were such a formidable side. Everyone says that West Indies rely on Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard but they have not fired in this format of the game for a while now; I can’t understand how so much is still expected of them. I cannot understand what Darren Sammy’s role has been in this World Cup-as a batsman or bowler or captain?Pakistan, on the other hand, have lost just one game in the competition and therefore, are really in the zone. Shahid Afridi has been able to get the side together and has made this a very balanced side. The team has bowlers in abundance, their batting is strong and they have two quality all-rounders in Afridi and Abdul Razzaq. Pakistan will be a difficult side to beat for anyone, though I do not expect their semi-final match to come so easy as this one did.India and Australia is the big traffic game in this World Cup. This World Cup could mark the end of an era for Australian cricket, unless they can defy the odds and win a fourth consecutive title. They have been plodding along in this World Cup and even the minnows have put up 250-plus totals against them. I see Ricky Ponting struggling to find his form and that is good news for India. But, in Australia’s favour, they are big match players. You don’t see an Australian side choking at the death, they fight to the last ball. M.S. Dhoni’s worries must be to win the toss and put up a big score. For India, Harbhajan Singh needs to fire. Ponting will no doubt be urging his top order batsmen to go all out for singles and get those crucial six runs every over, without going for the risky shots. He will be wary of Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan, as they are the only two bowling match-winners India has at this moment. Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson will try and blow India away with pace, but it’s not easy to do that on a flat track in Ahmedabad, especially when the batting order has players of the calibre of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan and Dhoni. But then, this batting line-up has failed to bat its full 50 overs in three big matches this World Cup. India will have to set its targets a bit lower in the last 10 overs. They need to score a run a ball from the beginning rather than go for big shots from the first over and then slow down and try to catch up in the powerplays, losing crucial wickets in the process.advertisementPonting will no doubt want to settle some scores with India and this is a good chance for him. Dhoni has been under immense pressure of late and sometimes it has even got to him, as is evident from his below-parkeeping in the last few games, a fact that will not be lost upon the Australians. Both captains would like to go out winning in this World Cup, given the sheer talent and potential in their sides. Unfortunately, only one of these great teams will go through. My call is that it’s going to be India with the home advantage.South Africa are a highly balanced side. They are not one dimensional. In Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, they have the best bowling attack of the tournament. Their spin department is looking good with Imran Tahir and Robin Peterson. Their batting order is a bit top heavy and although Graeme Smith seems out of touch, he needs to come good now. Watch out for De Villiers who may well become the batsman of the tournament. Their fielding is top-class and Smith will probably have fewer worries on his mind than the New Zealand captain.But the Kiwis are no pushovers. They have easily qualified for the quarters and beaten Pakistan quite comfortably in their group encounter. This is possibly the fittest side in the tournament and their batting order goes right up to the tail. In Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, they have two among the game’s cleanest hitters. New Zealand has the maximum number of all-rounders, and that fact alone can win them the World Cup. I don’t think Smith will be worried going into this game, given that South Africa have been tested in this tournament and have come out on top.advertisementThe Kiwis, on the other hand, will be diving, fielding and fighting to save every run, as they did against the Lankans in Mumbai. This promises to be an interesting game, and though I think South Africa are favourites to win, the New Zealand team is known for punching way beyond their weight, so the verdict is still out there.Playing Sri Lanka at home is tough work and England will have to produce something extraordinary to get past them. They have stumbled upon the quarter finals and cannot continue to play in the same fashion. They must forget about the past and start afresh. They have had a week’s rest and that should help. Apart from Andrew Strauss, none of their batsmen have played any innings of note, and that is a big worry. Eoin Morgan must rise to the occasion. England’s bowlers haven’t been putting sides under pressure and even minnows, Ireland and Bangladesh, were able to chase their 300-plus totals.The Lankans, on the other hand, have been playing percentage cricket. They have been going about their job in a businesslike manner. They play cricket the old-fashioned way. Their openers try and score briskly, and if they don’t get a good opening partnership, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene get down to building the innings even if that means slowing down the game a bit. But closer to the last 15 overs, the Lankans rely on Angelo Mathews and the later order batsmen to get them to a respectable score. Even if they are 20 or so runs below-par, the Lankans are a formidable opponent, given their immense bowling strength. Bowlers such as Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, and Lasith Malinga, helped by the excellent fielding, will put the pressure on England, and its batsmen must go after them. To make a match of it, England will have to come good with a big total if they win the toss. Although I rate this England team very highly on fighting capabilities, I must admit, beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is a tad difficult.While I have outlined my favourite teams, the actual results could have the other four sides in the semis-that’s how close this World Cup is going to be. The team that wins the toss will more likely bat first; though the dew may have the opposite effect on the two captains in the finals. I can’t wait for the action to start. – Nasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellence
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane defends Jovic slow startby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended Luka Jovic slow start to his Bernabeu career.Jovic has struggled for minutes since his summer arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt.Zidane said, “He’s not demotivated. “He’s just arrived and he’s looking much better now than when he came in. He’s slowly learning Spanish and becoming part of the group. “I will be counting on him and he’s important despite the fact he hasn’t played much recently.”
zoom Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited (Excelerate) has awarded Svitzer a fifteen-year contract to provide marine support services at Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, to be located offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal.Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal will enable Petrobangla, the state owned energy company, to increase natural gas supply in the country by up to 20 percent, sufficient to support up to 3,000 MW of power generation capacity.The construction of the terminal will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is anticipated to be in service by mid-2018.Svitzer will serve the facility with a suite of five vessels – three Robert Allen RAstar 3200 Ocean Going Terminal tugs under construction at the Cheoy Lee Shipyard in China, one 36m Crew Boat under construction at the Penguin Shipyard and the MSV Svitzer Foxtrot from the existing fleet.Svitzer said it would establish a Bangladesh branch office to oversee the operation.“It is a vote of confidence that Excelerate chose Svitzer to support their operations in Bangladesh, recognizing that we have a great deal of experience operating tugs and other support vessels,” Svitzer’s Alan Bradley said.According to Bradley, the contract is in line with Svitzer’s global expansion into the oil and gas terminal towage sector.”