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AG’s Office & Port Neches police chief detail child porn arrest. PN fire chief bails out & has been fired.

By on January 26, 2021

first_img Kayleigh Date, Attorney General’s Office press secretary, could not confirm if the investigation settled on only one suspect but said Thursday only one arrest has been made.“Digital devices were seized, and they are being examined right now by our digital forensics unit,” Date said. “They were taken from the residence. That’s all I can confirm at this time.”Date said she could not elaborate on where authorities believe the child-porn pictures originated. Nelson, 54, posted a $50,000 bond and has been released from Jefferson County Jail.He has been terminated from his post, and assistant fire chief Mike Stegall has been designated acting fire chief, a city leader said.Nelson was hired in 2016 and replaced former fire chief Stephen Curran.The arrest came as a shock to city leaders. PORT NECHES — Paul Nelson, fire chief in Port Neches, was arrested in City Hall on Wednesday and jailed on two promotion of child pornography charges.The warrants followed an investigation by the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit.The warrants are the result of a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline Report from a social media site involving the transmission and receipt of child pornography through private messages.center_img “As you would expect with most of these types of situations, it certainly was a surprise,” Port Neches City Manager André Wimer.Wimer deferred other questions to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.Mayor Glenn Johnson deferred questions to Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine, who said he was aware of the investigation before Wednesday’s arrest.Lemoine said he was the officer who told Nelson of the charges during the arrest.The veteran law enforcement officer said his reaction to the charges was “nauseating more” than anything else.“It’s a reaction of disbelief that a person could do this, knowing they are going to get caught,” Lemoine said. “Then you wonder about just how prevalent this is out there. It’s disappointing. You feel like you are violated – the public’s trust and your trust.”Lemoine said he is especially concerned for members of the Port Neches Fire Department, who he does not want implicated because of charges focused on a single suspect.Lemoine said he is also worried about members of the public who might feel the implication of a public official in a criminal act would make them not want to trust local authorities.“We don’t want them to feel that, feel that hopelessness,” he said. “This is that 1/10 of 1 percent that ever engages in this kind of stuff. We want the community to still be able to trust us, to come to us. If you see things and report things to us, that’s the only way you can stem these types of activities.”According to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, a person commits the offense of Promotion of Child Pornography if the person knowingly or intentionally promotes or possesses with intent to promote visual material that visually depicts, and that the person knows depicts, a child younger than 18 years of age engaging in sexual conduct. (Texas Penal Code Section 43.26). Promotion of Child Pornography is a second-degree felony offense. The range of punishment is two (2) to twenty (20) years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.— Port Arthur Newsmedia staff members Mary Meaux and Stephen Hemelt contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Einstein, Starring Richard Kent Green as the Title Genius, Begins Off-Broadway

By on January 18, 2021

first_imgThe world premiere production of Jay Prasad’s Einstein begins peformances at off-Broadway’s Theatre at St. Clement’s on August 2. Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand and starring Richard Kent Green in the title role, Einstein officially opens on August 11 and runs through August 25. Einstein, follows the turbulent life of the renowned physicist as he moves from a dropout with no foreseeable prospects to the most renowned scientist of his time. Einstein was an enigmatic and controversial figure throughout his life. Who was the real Einstein? The man who cruelly mistreated his first wife, or the one who worked day and night to bring over refugees from Hitler’s Germany? The pioneer who explored new frontiers in science, or the road blocker who passionately opposed quantum mechanics and the Big Bang Theory? In addition to Green, the play features Steven Bidwell, Steve Carter, Jill Catherine Durso, Brad Fryman, Grant Kretchik, Frank Palmer, Jay William Thomas, Sophie Vanier and Sheilagh Weymouth. Einstein Einstein includes set design by Alex Beja, costume design by Samantha Newby, lighting design by Daniel Winters and projection design by Darwin Gilmore.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2013 Related Showslast_img read more

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Smoking! Broadway Bares to Heat Up New York with Winter Burlesque

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first_img Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) is executive producer and creator of Broadway Bares. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s foremost industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. Broadway Bares is kicking the new year off with just its birthday suit on! Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque starts off the 24th season of Broadway Bares with two performances on January 26, 2014 at XL Nightclub. The evening is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Watch the video blow to see what Santa could bring you to play with this holiday season! Directed by Michael Lee Scott, this year’s Winter Burlesque show, entitled Calendar Girl, will be based on last summer’s Fire Island Pines production and inspired by 1999’s Broadway Bares IX: Calendar Girl. More than two dozen of New York theater’s sexiest dancers will take the stage in a rousing strip-a-month trip through the calendar. The Bares season also includes Broadway Bares: Solo Strips in May and Broadway Bares 24 in June. Details about those shows will be announced in due course. View Commentslast_img read more

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Vermont reading and math scores still among best in US, but far from goals

By on December 31, 2020

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont’s fourth and eighth graders scored among the best in the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests of Reading and Mathematics, the Agency announced today. Additionally, Vermont students are showing improvements in reading, which includes closing an achievement gap among low-income students. However, the 2015 test scores suggest that students across the country did not perform as well on the mathematics assessed by NAEP when compared to previous years, including in Vermont.NAEP highlights the statewide academic performance for all students, as well as demographic groups including race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status. The test is administered every other year to students in all 50 states, but does not include results for individual students, schools, or classrooms.SEE TABLES BELOW, INCLUDING STATE RANKS IN 4TH GRADE MATH AND READINGVermont students continued to perform among the top 10 states in the nation. In eighth-grade reading, no other state scored significantly higher than Vermont. The only states to score higher than Vermont in fourth-grade reading were Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Vermont showed a significant increase in scores from the previous years for fourth-grade reading. The increase in average scores can be attributed to significant gains in scores for students living in poverty, which closed the achievement gap by approximately four points. In eighth -grade mathematics, only Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Minnesota outscored Vermont students. In comparison to the rest of the country, Vermont students exceeded the national average by approximately nine points[1](link is external).Average Scale Scores 261 National2015 Louisiana234 Maryland239 New Mexico207Source: Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) 10.28.2015. For more information about NAEP in Vermont, including information about the graphics provided by NAEP, please contact Andrew Hudacs, NAEP State Coordinator, at (802) 479-1366 or andrew.hudacs@vermont.gov(link sends e-mail).  The US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics Nation’s Report Card webpage: http://www.nationsreportcard.gov(link is external). State Profiles webpage: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/(link is external). Connect with the Vermont Agency of Education on Twitter (https://twitter.com/VTEducation(link is external)), Facebook (www.facebook.com/VTEducation(link is external)), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/VTEducation(link is external)). 232 2011 2013 Delaware239 District of Columbia231 Idaho222 Free/Reduced Lunch Status Massachusetts235 213 2013 246 Assessment Area and Grade Maryland223 287 Iowa243 293 296 2015 Nebraska244 281 Reading Grade 04 Illinois222 Maine242 282 227 228 Hawaii215 Wisconsin223 South Carolina218 Missouri223 305 253 Colorado242 Washington245 235 264“The drop in mathematics scores was surprising, and reflects a national trend,” said Secretary Rebecca Holcombe. “We are working with other states and national organizations to better understand possible sources or explanations for this decline.”The Agency of Education encouraged the public to think of NAEP scores as one of many measures that give insight on the performance of our system overall, but should not be used in isolation from other data. Vermont scores quite competitively with other states and countries, when accounting for the effect of poverty on learning. However, Secretary Holcombe stressed that “our goal is to pursue systematic, sustainable, incremental improvements in learning that reflect a growing capacity of our schools to meet students where they are and help them learn ever more than before.”  Despite Vermont’s overall positive standing compared to other states, Secretary Holcombe said, “The NAEP confirms that there is a substantial gap in performance between our students living in poverty and not. We will work to provide those students with high quality opportunities to learn, so that they can reach performance levels comparable to those of their more affluent peers, even as we work to improve learning for all students.”Although some students who live in poverty have extremely strong skills, in Vermont as the rest of the nation, students demonstrated significant achievement gaps based on family income at both fourth- and eighth-grade levels and in both mathematics and reading. The smallest gap in Vermont was 20 points for fourth grade mathematics, and the largest was 22 points in fourth grade reading. Although these gaps are smaller than the national average, and Vermont low-income students are among the highest performing students in the nation, gaps continue to be an area of concern for Vermont.Secretary Holcombe said, “We are a small state with a small population and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. We need to make sure every Vermont child has opportunities to gain the skills she or he needs to participate in the workforce, pursue some kind of postsecondary credential and help us build thriving communities. We must invest in their capacity, so they in turn can invest in the strength of their own families and communities.”Assessment Area and Grade 254 Average Scale Score FRL National2015 Math Grade 04 Indiana227 Rhode Island225 Math Grade 04 228 Vermont Scores 229 234 235 252 Delaware224 274 215 296 Reading Grade 04 Georgia236 278 Oklahoma240 256 Nevada234 Wisconsin243 2009 Reading Grade 08 Maine224 273 Arizona238 279 Florida243 274 239 Oregon238 296 Reading Grade 04 Massachusetts251 Montana241 299 Washington226 Not FRL Alaska236 277 236 New Hampshire249 2015 DoDEA234 Louisiana216 Wyoming228 Mississippi214 274 Kansas241 New Hampshire232 Kentucky228 277 237 FRL FRL Texas244 Missouri239 248 291 294 Oklahoma222 272 Indiana248 230 277 281 Minnesota250 2007 260 District of Columbia212 260 Michigan216 New York223 269 Montana225 238 268 282 Minnesota223 Arkansas235 253 Kansas221 Utah226 Vermont230 Alaska213 236 New York237 239 Not FRL 213 Reading Grade 08 FRL Virginia229 Connecticut240 276The NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time with respect to a specific set of learning goals. As noted above, however, as standards and goals for learning evolve and teachers emphasize new content, and perhaps deemphasize other content, this stability means NAEP may not be able to adequately capture learning with respect to new standards.  NAEP does provide results on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., all fourth-graders) and groups within those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students).Mathematics, grade 4 for Year 2015JurisdictionAverage scale score North Carolina226 Kentucky242 South Carolina237 2005 Math Grade 04 Idaho239 West Virginia216 Pennsylvania243 243 Arkansas218 290 Illinois237 California232 Nebraska227 Georgia222 North Dakota245 Michigan236 Tennessee241 2011 South Dakota220 Arizona215 2007 302 Hawaii238 New Mexico2312015Alabama231Reading, grade 4 for Year 2015JurisdictionAverage scale score 253 252 Mississippi234 277 261 2009 217 California213 209 229 Florida227 Pennsylvania227 New Jersey229 227 247 Vermont243 Math Grade 08 Ohio225 240 236 Colorado224 West Virginia235 Math Grade 08 Iowa224 Vermont Scores North Dakota225 278 Oregon220 213 New Jersey245 244 South Dakota240 Virginia247 Wyoming247 Utah243 Rhode Island238 Tennessee219 Math Grade 08 DoDEA248 Texas2182015Alabama217 Not FRL Reading Grade 08 248 260 Not FRL Nevada214 North Carolina244 300 Connecticut229 221 Ohio244last_img read more

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Freshman Lauren Barnes helps Gophers’ youth movement with defense

By on December 17, 2020

first_imgSenior middle blocker Molly Lohman said she felt the significant amount of playing time has not phased the freshman.“I think she has embraced it really well,” Lohman said. “I think with her competitive edge it makes it so she is ready for anything.”Barnes slams her hands on the floor during matches to help motivate her teammates, showing her competitive edge.With one redshirt freshman and three freshmen starters, the future for the Gophers volleyball team appears bright.“I think that just having such a huge freshman class, and just being able to take them in and show them what it is all about is super exciting, so that they can continue that tradition on,” Lohman said.Barnes said she approves of how this year’s team has played.“We have a very good team right now,” Barnes said. “We’re jelling well together, so I am excited to see what more we can do.” With several other players her age on the team, Barnes remains hopeful for the future.“As for our class, we gel together very well and have a lot of talent, I’m excited to see what we can put together,” Barnes said.Jack White contributed to this report. Freshman Lauren Barnes helps Gophers’ youth movement with defenseThe defensive specialist ranks fourth on the team in digs with 109. Henry HughesOctober 5, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhile freshman Stephanie Samedy has dazzled many with her kill totals this season, another freshman starter has shined on defense.Defensive specialist Lauren Barnes enters the second week of Big Ten play fourth on her team in both digs with 109, and aces with seven.“[Barnes] is doing a heck of a job,” said head coach Hugh McCutcheon. “Her defense and her passing has helped us a ton.”Barnes comes from Naperville, Illinois, where she was team captain of her Benet Academy volleyball team.“I did not come [to Minnesota] expecting anything,” Barnes said. “I knew that there was definitely a possibility [to start]. If I worked hard enough, then I could possibly see some playing time.”Off the court, academics played a major role in Barnes choosing to attend the University of Minnesota. In high school, Barnes was on the honor roll in every semester she attended. The freshman said she chose Minnesota partially for the Carlson School of Management.In terms of transitioning into the university, Barnes seems pleased so far.“It’s been going great, I love it,” Barnes said. “The girls are all so welcoming, they help me on the court and off the court.”Barnes said that time management and staying on top of everything have been the biggest challenges for her during the adjustment to becoming a student athlete.“Being able to get all of my schoolwork done before I travel,” Barnes said. “Or talking with teachers and having makeup quizzes or taking them ahead of time [have been difficult].”Barnes has started in all 15 matches for Minnesota this season as its defensive specialist. In a matchup against Michigan earlier this year, she tallied 12 digs along with a service ace to power the Gophers to a four-set victory.last_img read more

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To earn an opponent’s respect, speak—don’t type

By on December 8, 2020

first_imgThe degree of polarization in American society has become impossible to ignore. People don’t just disagree with one another about politics, guns, taxes, and freedom of speech; they also disrespect those with whom they disagree.Consider what happens when you enter “gun advocates are” into Google. The first autofill option is “gun advocates are idiots.” The second? “Gun control advocates are idiots.” When we disagree with others, we reliably assume that the opposition is more than just wrong. We assume they are stupid.…A recent series of experiments we have conducted, published in Psychological Science, suggests that the medium through which people interact with each other has an important effect on their impressions. In particular, we find that a person’s voice is subtly humanizing. People seem more mindful—more thoughtful, intelligent, rational, and humanlike—when we are able to hear their opinions, rather than read them. Read the whole story: Quartz More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Where To Wine

By on October 16, 2020

first_imgRosé the day away. Email peggy@indyeastend.com by Thursday 9 AM if you have an event suggestion for our guide.Baiting Hollow Farm VineyardCraig Rose plays from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, followed by Southbound from 2 to 6 PM on Saturday, July 7. On Sunday, July 8, it’s Ricky Roche from 2 to 6 PM. For more events, check out www.baitinghollowfarmvineyard.com.Clovis Point Vineyard and WineryCheck out Patio Night on Friday, July 6, for some live music with Teacherman from 6 to 9 PM. Come by on Saturday, July 7, to taste some snacks from Elegant Eats for the winery’s food truck day between 12 and 5:30 PM. Bob Blatchley from Perfect Strangers plays from 1:30 to 5:30 PM. At the same time, Sunday, July 8, it’s Peter Kanelous.Looking ahead, the vineyard’s annual Paella Cookout will be held Saturday, July 28. The event will run from 2 to 6 PM, and pricing is yet to be determined. Reservations are suggested as tickets sell quickly. Stay tuned and visit www.clovispointwines.com for more information.Jason’s VineyardCelebrate July 4 at the vineyard kicking back to the tunes of Garrett and Tamara from 12 to 4 PM. On Friday, July 6, enjoy ‘Night Music At Jason’s Vineyard’ with Alberto Bengolea from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Listen to the tunes of the Pot Belly Stove Band from 1:30 to 5:30 PM on Saturday, July 7. Then at the same time on Sunday, July 8, it’s Marc Morello. For more vineyard news, go to www.jasonsvineyard.com.Martha Clara VineyardsDon’t forget to check out Wine Down Wednesdays, featuring live music and a local food truck on site from 6 to 9 PM. The vineyard will also be live-streaming the World Cup on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in the Wine Club Barn. Wine and Craft beer specials will be available.For more information, visit www.marthaclaravineyards.com.Palmer VineyardsOn Friday, July 6, Ahmad Ali takes the stage from 4 to 8 PM, and there will be fresh local oysters and yoga at sunset. Then on Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 5 PM, it’s North Shore Jazz Quartet. Pink and Pigs, featuring barbecue from North Fork Bacon and Smoke House and the release of the vineyard’s 2017 Merlot Rosem Magnum, will be held from 12 to 6 PM.Rosé the day away at the Summer Rosé and Bubbly Fest on Saturday, July 28. It will feature music, over 25 wineries, specialty foods, and light hors d’oeuvres. There will be two sessions — 12 to 3 PM and 4 to 7 PM. Tickets run $55 to $115. To purchase yours, go to www.palmervineyards.com.Pindar VineyardsSunset Fridays on the Wisteria Deck, featuring music from Jen Kane, runs from 6 to 9 PM. Try Summer Sangria with Sweet Scarlett at $8 per 16-ounce cup through September. Mark Eisemann plays from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday, July 7. The Atlantics take the stage at the same time on Sunday, July 8. Don’t forget to visit the food truck.Wölffer EstateEnjoy Twilight Thursdays as Ludmilla Brazil plays the vineyard Thursday night, July 5. Savor wines by the glass, as well as cheese and charcuterie plates.Bring a blanket and kick back Friday and Saturday as the Hoo Doo Loungers take the stage Saturday, July 7. Wrap sandwiches will also be available for purchase. Jon Divello plays Sunday, July 8.Looking ahead, the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs and Champagne event will be held on July 28. It will include a VIP reception and after party, tastings from over 40 chefs, and Wölffer wines. Padma Lakshmi, co-host of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” will be the guest of honor. For tickets, visit www.wolffer.com. Sharelast_img read more

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Reveal all before you decide

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Liebherr strengthens boom system

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first_imgThe new SL10 main boom system can also increase hoist height by 15 m to over 160 m, while keeping a load capacity of 71 tonnes.Compared with the standard system, the new boom system increases load capacity from 77 tonnes to 92 tonnes at a hoist height of 147 m, which means that the SL10 system can erect the latest generation of wind turbines with tower heights of up to 150 m.The new system can be retrofitted on current machines, and only a few additional lattice sections must be purchased and assembled with the existing lattice sections to form the SL10 system.The SL10 system will not affect the basic machine, nor will it increase its transport dimension of 3 m, says Liebherr.  www.liebherr.comlast_img read more

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