Bank robber dubbed ‘Bad Wig Bandit’ sought in Charlotte

first_imgFBI Charlotte(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Federal authorities are searching for a bank robber dubbed the “Bad Wig Bandit,” who is targeting banks in North Carolina. The man is believed to have robbed three banks in the Charlotte area in the past few weeks, wearing a different wig during each crime, FBI officials said Thursday.During the first robbery — on Dec. 13, 2019, in Huntersville — the suspect wore a blonde wig, a multi-colored shirt and high heels, according to the Huntersville Police Department. As he walked into the second robbery — on Jan. 7 in Belmont — the suspect clearly wasn’t trying to blend in, sporting a long, red beard and a hood over his head.The third robbery was just hours later in Gastonia, during which he wore a more subdued disguise.The FBI said it’s assisting the Huntersville, Gastonia and Belmont police departments.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 3/8

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseball HURRICANE, Utah-Brytten Riddle went yard and Morgan Albrecht added two more RBI as the Richfield Wildcats overpowered the Moapa Valley (Nev.) Pirates 7-4 at Hurricane High School Friday during the Tiger-Panther Classic. ST. GEORGE, Utah-Stormie Gee homered and Ashlyn Dansie added an RBI as the Juab Wasps got past Grand 4-3 Friday at the March Warm-Up Classic. ST. GEORGE, Utah-Addelyn Brotherson, Kelby Henry, Gracee Christiansen and Sarah Oldroyd each came up with a hit but it wasn’t enough as the Roy Royals doubled up North Sanpete 4-2 Friday during the March Warm-Up Classic. Tiger-Panther Classic Brad James Tags: Carter Jackman/Chace Gipson/Grantsville/Kanab/Marcus Fox/Nathaniel “Hoss” Houston/Sam Orton/Tiger-Panther Classic Written by Donnie Pymm First Pitch Classic @ Dixie State University ST. GEORGE, Utah-Brock Cragun surrendered only four hits in seven innings of work and the Juab Wasps blanked Payson 6-0 at the Donnie Pym First Pitch Classic at Dixie State University Friday. Dalin Ludlow and Spencer Reynolds had 2 RBI apiece for the Wasps in the win. center_img ST. GEORGE, Utah-Spencer Reynolds had the sole RBI of the game for Juab as the Wasps fell 9-1 to the Dixie Flyers Friday at the Donnie Pymm First Pitch Classic at Dixie State University. Softball HURRICANE, Utah-Chace Gipson posted 4 RBI and the Grantsville Cowboys outgunned the Kanab Cowboys 15-10 Friday at the Tiger-Panther Classic hosted by Hurricane High School. Marcus Fox had 3 RBI and Sam Orton and Carter Jackman added 2 more RBI apiece in the loss for Kanab. Nathaniel “Hoss” Houston also belted three hits in defeat for Kanab. HURRICANE, Utah-Derek Houston netted 3 RBI and Dawson Orton and Cole Clarkson each added 2 more as the Kanab Cowboys routed Class 6-A Kearns 9-2 at the Tiger-Panther Classic Friday at Hurricane High School. Manning Mulford and CJ Mulford each had an RBI in the loss for the Cougars. ST. GEORGE, Utah-Raygen Newton homered twice and Madison Myers and Brylee Allan each had 2 RBI apiece as the Juab Wasps smacked Orem 16-5 at the March Warm-Up Classic Friday. The Wasps also posted 17 hits in the win. March Warm-Up Classic March 8, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/8 HURRICANE, Utah-Emmitt Hafen led the way with 4 RBI and the Richfield Wildcats overpowered Kearns 11-8 Friday at Hurricane High School during the Tiger-Panther Classic. Jake Shepherd added 3 more RBI in the win for the Wildcats. last_img read more

Shock Deech resignation

first_imgDame Ruth Deech, Principal of St Anne’s College, announced her retirement in an open letter to staff and students at the College last Sunday. Dame Ruth has never shirked controversy, and she has been described as “never afraid to challenge or to act” by a member of St Anne’s JCR. She has attracted media attention for her active role in the Jewish community and as a prominent supporter of the state of Israel and critic of British media coverage of the country. She remarked, “one cannot separate anti-Israel from anti-Semitism” Dame Ruth has revealed the three aims she set for herself when she was elected as Principal of St Anne’s in 1991. Her first aim was to lift St Anne’s academically, something she certainly achieved, with the College ranked eighth in this years Norrington Table. Secondly, she hoped to ‘beautify’ the College, something that the ongoing building works should in time accomplish. The third task she set was to improve the College finances; something, which she admits, has been “very difficult”. When asked about higher education funding, Dame Ruth said that she wished students didn’t have to pay towards their tuition but that the “need for funds is desperate”. The proposed figure of £5000 is deemed “too low” by Deech and believes the very term ‘top-up’ fees is something of a misnomer, as students’ education is already heavily subsidised by conference guests and corporate donors. Dame Ruth writes on family law and continues as a BBC Governor.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

NUS to decide Jewish rep without input from Jewish students

first_imgThe National Union of Students voted yesterday to approve an amendment which gives the Union of Jewish Students no say over who represents Jewish students on the NUS’s Anti-Racism Anti-Fascism (ARAF) committee.The deciding vote in favour of the amendment was cast by NUS President Malia Bouattia, who has previously faced allegations of antisemitism for comments she has made concerning Zionism, such as referring to “Zionist-led media outlets” and calling the University of Birmingham a “Zionist outpost in British Higher Education”.The amendment’s approval means that NUS’s National Executive Committee will have sole responsibility over who is chosen to to be the ARAF committee’s Jewish representative, although a NUS spokesperson said that “further consultation will take place over this year and the policy may change”.UJS campaigns director Josh Nagil said in a statement, “NUS NEC once again showed its complete lack of commitment to Jewish students by voting for a motion that means that Jewish students will have no say in who represents them on the NUS Anti-Racism, Anti-Fascism (ARAF) committee.”“This decision is undemocratic and excludes the 8,500 Jewish students that we represent. It was no surprise that the NUS President, Malia Bouattia, who had the deciding vote, once again showed that she has absolutely no interest in defending Jewish students’ interests by voting to remove the ability of Jewish students to shape for themselves the student movements’ fight against racism and fascism,” he added.The vote will provide slight vindication to the ‘No Thanks NUS’ campaign, who last term pushed for Oxford to disaffiliate from the NUS over Bouattia’s election to president. The campaign ultimately failed in a June referendum, with more than 58 per cent of students voting to remain affiliated.Louis McEvoy, President-elect of the Oxford Forum, told Cherwell, “Beyond the fact that it’s obviously disgusting and exclusionary towards the one minority the hard left isn’t too keen on ‘liberating’, what is particularly infuriating is that it shows that all the words Malia Bouattia and her ilk put forth months ago on listening to and understanding Jewish concerns were simply that: just words.“The NUS has made it clear, yet again, that they have no interest in representing Jewish students. The ‘Yes to NUS’ campaign in Oxford repeatedly spoke of reforming the NUS from the inside. We have seen no evidence of this yet, and it would be nice to see those who were part of this campaign condemning this and to see them start putting their promises into practice.”The Oxford Jewish Society have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

O.C. Housing Authority to Coordinate Free Rides to Supermarket For Residents

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKISenior citizens and families living in Ocean City’s affordable-housing communities have enjoyed the convenience of doing their grocery shopping at the Acme supermarket at Eighth Street and West Avenue – a short walk from their homes.However, a weekend fire that has closed the Acme on Eighth Street means that residents at the Bayview Manor and Pecks Beach Village housing complexes will now have to shop at the Acme sister store about two miles away on 34th Street.Knowing that many of those residents don’t have transportation to travel across town, the Ocean City Housing Authority is planning to arrange free rides to take them to the Acme store on 34th Street.“We will step up and fill that need,” said City Council President Bob Barr, who also serves as chairman of the housing authority’s board.Barr noted that some of the seniors who live at Bayview Manor and Pecks Beach Village use walkers and wheelchairs for their mobility and need extra help in getting to the grocery store.“Many of these people use walkers and wheelchairs. Now, we have to arrange transportation so they can get fed and get their groceries,” he said.During the housing authority’s monthly board meeting Tuesday, Barr announced that the agency will look to team up with the city and Cape May County to provide free transportation to the 34th Street Acme as long as the Acme on Eighth Street remains closed. He also said that he hopes Acme will help out as well.Barr noted that the county already provides public transportation in Ocean City through the Fare-Free shuttle service. It is on-demand service that can be arranged by using the Fare-Free app or by calling (609) 889-3700.Cape May County Fare Free Transportation offers door-to-door service for Ocean City residents. (Photo courtesy Fare Free Transportation Facebook page)Fare-Free provides rides to seniors, the disabled, veterans and low-income residents who need to get to appointments, shopping and other places. Barr is urging residents of Bayview Manor and Pecks Beach Village to use the Fare-Free shuttle service for rides to the Acme on 34th Street.Barr said he would also like the city to provide free jitney service to the 34th Street Acme from Bayview Manor and Pecks Beach Village. He explained that details still need to be work out with the city.The Ocean City Housing Authority oversees both Bayview Manor and Pecks Beach Village. Bayview Manor is located at Sixth Street and West Avenue, while Pecks Beach Village is on Fourth Street.Residents of both communities had only a short walk to the Acme on Eighth Street for their grocery shopping before the store was shut down after Sunday’s fire.Police announced Tuesday that a 12-year-old Ocean City boy has been charged with arson for allegedly starting the fire. His name is not being released because of his age. He has been released to the custody of his parents pending an appearance in juvenile court.“I hope that individual and his parents realize what a nightmare this is causing for all,” Barr said of having the Acme shut down just as Thanksgiving is approaching.An Acme spokeswoman says the Eighth Street store is closed indefinitely. Acme is urging Ocean City residents who normally shop at Eighth Street to use the 34th Street location for the time being.Residents of the Ocean City Housing Authority’s Bayview Manor, pictured, and Pecks Beach Village communities will be receiving $25 holiday gift cards.In other business at the housing authority meeting, the board announced that residents of Bayview Manor and Pecks Beach Village will each be given $25 holiday gift cards.Normally, the authority throws a holiday party for the residents, but has decided not to this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is handing out the $25 gift cards to residents instead.An additional $10 will be added to the gift cards for each family member living with the Bayview Manor and Pecks Beach Village residents.“It touches everybody,” housing authority board member Scott Halliday said of the gift cards.Barr told the board members that the authority also hopes to work with the Toys For Tots and Waves of Caring charity organizations to provide holiday gifts to the 51 children who live at the agency’s housing communities. Details have not been finalized yet.“We will ensure that our kids have at least something for the holidays,” Barr said. Residents of Pecks Beach Village, located on Fourth Street, have temporarily lost the convenience of shopping at the Acme on Eighth Street.last_img read more

Life support for medical faculty

first_imgFor Roy Ahn, life is a joy — and sometimes a struggle.The father of 1-year-old Charlie is blessed with a blossoming research career at the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Department of Emergency Medicine. Some people might even say that Ahn has it all.Ahn’s not complaining, but he’s in the same boat as many young Harvard researchers, handling the duties of a young family even as the pressures to perform professionally are soaring.“We’re just constantly juggling our schedule and finances to make child care in Boston work,” Ahn said. “It’s expensive. And logistically, we each have to do our part to get him there and pick him up.”When he’s not shuttling Charlie to and from day care or playing tag-team parent with his wife, Amy, a Brookline teacher, Ahn is working on several projects at MGH, including work that seeks to understand how global health activities of nonprofit hospitals fit into their conception of providing community benefits, something the hospitals are required to do to retain their nonprofit status.Ingrid Katz, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, feels Ahn’s pain. Katz is juggling life as mother of 3-year-old Tomás, along with clinical duties, and a multipronged research effort based in South Africa that takes her away from home for several weeks four times a year.To the rescue of Ahn and Katz, and to others such as instructor in pediatrics Lynda Vrooman and Instructor in Medicine Bindu Chamarthi, comes the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine. The program is aimed at junior researchers in the squeeze years when young families and blossoming research careers both demand attention. Young physicians and scientists during these years often have to teach, conduct research, treat patients, publish research articles, write grant applications, and care for their little children.The program, established in 1996 to honor the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to HMS, provides fellows with between $25,000 and $50,000 for one or two years, with the aim that the money be used to buy protected time to pursue a key activity, whether finishing a grant proposal, completing important research, or concluding a manuscript. The money can be used, for example, to hire lab help that a fellow would otherwise not be able to afford. The program has 80 fellows this year.Katz said that 75 to 80 percent of her research is based in South Africa, and if it weren’t for her young family, she’d probably be based there herself. Still, Katz said that family life is important to her. Her son was born in 2007 to her and her partner, Alexi, a physician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Adding to the challenge is the fact that their condominium burned down two years ago during Thanksgiving week. They lost everything.“We were learning to rebuild our lives while [completing our] training and becoming young parents,” said Katz, who also sees patients at the Brigham. “It taught us a great deal about how great and kind people are, and what to be grateful for.”Katz’s research includes several projects being conducted in collaboration with the Perinatal HIV Research Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa. The Shore Fellowship is aimed at boosting her work on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine research. Katz is studying uptake and adherence to the multistep process of administering the vaccine. HPV is a common sexually transmitted virus that is a major cause of cervical cancer.“Few fellowships out there recognize the importance of this time in our careers,” Katz said. “It is a tremendous gift.”For Chamarthi, the Shore Fellowship comes at a crucial point as she builds a research career after six years in practice. Chamarthi, an endocrinologist at Brigham and Women’s as well as an HMS instructor in medicine, worked as a primary care physician at Harvard Vanguard. She resumed her research career with a fellowship in endocrinology, completed last year, and is now an associate physician in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Her research and clinical interest is in cardiovascular endocrinology, and she is working on research projects focusing on the hormonal and genetic mechanisms that increase the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Chamarthi said the Shore Fellowship is providing critical support for her at a time when she’s still establishing herself as a researcher.“It helps during the transition period when we’re trying to get our own funding,” Chamarthi said.For Vrooman, an instructor in pediatrics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston, the fellowship is helping her to track the lasting and sometimes severe effects of cancer treatment in children. In addition to her clinical work, Vrooman, who serves as the associate medical director of the Perini Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors, is conducting research into the effects on a child’s bones of the treatment for the most common type of childhood leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In some cases, Vrooman said, children can develop breaks in the bone or serious joint issues during or soon after treatment ends.Researchers suspect that the bone problems stem from steroids used in treatment, as well as other factors. She is looking at past cases of patients who developed a serious bone complication, known as osteonecrosis, in order to better understand the long-term consequences of this condition. She is also developing a study of current and future patients to monitor their body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is a known factor in bone health.Vrooman is the mother of a young child, 2-year-old Lillian, who required intensive parental attention early in life because she was born prematurely, weighing just a pound and a half.“She’s done very well. It was a very intense experience as a new parent,” Vrooman said. “She’s almost 3 now, running and walking and talking. She’s on the small side, but she doesn’t know it.”last_img read more

Campus decorated for holidays

first_imgNotre Dame students returned from Thanksgiving break to find campus had been transformed for the swiftly-approaching holiday season. Christmas trees popped up in the LaFortune Student Center, the Main Building and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, garland and a wreath adorn O’Shaughnessy Hall’s stained glass window and Christmas lights twinkled from shrubbery all over campus. Efforts by the staffs of Landscape Services, the Utilities Department and the Office of Sustainability made these festive and environmentally-friendly decorations possible. Superintendent of landscape services Patrick McCauslin and his staff are in charge of decorating outdoors. “We generally take care of all the community lights on campus, all the lights around the Basilica [of the Sacred Heart], the lights on the tree in front of the Golden Dome on the south side, the lights on the University tree, the big spruce tree outside the Performing Arts Center, and the lights on Old College,” McCauslin said, whose department is also responsible for the maintenance of campus grounds excepting the athletic fields. McCauslin estimated about 35,000 lights have been strung up on campus this year, which he noted didn’t happen over night. “We typically start getting ready around early to mid-October,” he said. “Decoration is done well before Thanksgiving break, and we turn everything on Thanksgiving night.” The frequent early snowfalls necessitate advanced preparation for Christmas, since McCauslin’s department is also responsible for snow and ice removal on campus. Paul Kempf, senior director of utilities and maintenance and his staff manage decorations such as those in North and South Dining Halls and the Main Building. Kempf said that his staff of ten was responsible for the indoor decorations, particularly for putting up and decorating the large Christmas tree in the Main Building, as well as a variety of decorations for other departments and dorms across campus.  “In general, our entire staff of 10 maintenance technicians spends nearly a month prior to Christmas break setting up small decorations at the request of rectors and building managers,” Kempf said. In addition to Landscape Services and the Utilities Department, the Office of Sustainability is offering ways to make decorating for Christmas on campus more energy-conscious and environmentally friendly. “Our interest is trying to make [Christmas decoration] more sustainable, so we offer programs where we can exchange standard lights for LED lights,” Linda Kurtos, director of sustainability for the University, said. “The first project we did was in December of 2009, and Dillon Hall approached us because they have a huge light show. … That really adds up to a lot of energy, so they asked us if we could help them convert to LEDs,” Rachel Novick, Education and Outreach program manager for the Office of Sustainability, said. Novick said that the Office of Sustainability has recently tried to expand their services around the holiday time to all the residence halls on campus at the behest of dormitory sustainability commissioners. “We hosted an exchange in which they could bring in light strands from their dorms and we would exchange them,” Novick said. “So we exchanged about 40 light strands last year and we’re planning to offer that again this coming week.”last_img read more

Vermont and New York TV Stations Stick With Feb. 17 End of Analog Broadcasting

first_imgAlthough Congress has passed legislation to allow TV stations to extend their analog broadcasts until June, local stations in Vermont and northeastern New York plan to shut off analog broadcasts on the original deadline of midnight February 17. Stations WCAX (Channel 3), WFFF (Channel 44), WNNE (Channel 31), WPTZ (Channel 5), WVNY(Channel 22), Mountain Lake PBS (Channel 57) and Vermont Public Television (Channels 33, 20, 28 and 41) looked at the high level of readiness of the local market and the confusion a delay could bring and decided to stay with the February date.Jim Condon, executive director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters, said, The extension of the analog shutoff will be a great help to viewers in parts of the country that are not ready. Here in Vermont, after more than a year of helping local viewers prepare for the end of analog broadcasting, we know that most of our local viewers are ready. Cable and satellite companies have done their part; stores have maintained a good supply of digital converter boxes, and station staff have helped thousands of viewers individually.The stations will continue working one on one with viewers who need assistance, up to and after the end of analog broadcasting. Stations will also staff a special DTV Help Line at Vermont Public Television where people can get help after the shutoff of analog signals. The toll-free number for that line will be announced at the time of the shutoff.Viewers are welcome to contact the stations at:WCAX (802) 652-6300, www.wcax.com(link is external)WFFF (802) 660-9333, www.FOX44.net(link is external)WPTZ/WNNE (518) 561-5555 (NY) or (802) 655-5455 (VT), www.wptz.com(link is external)WVNY (802) 660-9333, www.abc22.com(link is external)Mountain Lake PBS (518) 563-9770, www.mountainlake.org(link is external)Vermont Public Television 1-800-639-7811, www.vpt.org(link is external)last_img read more

New report ranks Vermont third in nation in overall child health and well-being

first_imgVermont ranks third nationally in overall child health and well-being in the 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state study on the well-being of America’s children. Vermont ranks in the top ten on eight of the ten individual indicators affecting child well-being that are reported in the Data Book. Vermont improved on five of the ten measures since 2000. New Hampshire ranked first and Minnesota was second. Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi ranked the lowest.Vermont’s success in these national rankings is not luck or magic – it is the result of forward-thinking policies and years of investment in programs and services that have helped kids and families thrive (REPORT). “Our strong showing relative to other states in the nation demonstrates how our public policies and effective support systems are making a difference in improving the lives of Vermont’s children and families,” said Carlen Finn, Executive Director of Voices for Vermont’s Children.The Data Book also demonstrates the importance of using timely and reliable data to guide us in our decisions about how to use public resources effectively to meet the needs of Vermont’s children and families. Data on child well-being help us measure the impact of public services and systems, and help us hold each other collectively accountable for the healthy development of children.In conjunction with today’s release of the 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Voices for Vermont’s Children is releasing its statewide and county-level data pages, an electronic resource for tracking indicators of child health and well-being in the state of Vermont.To access this data, visit Vermont’s KIDS COUNT on the Voices for Vermont’s Children website. Visitors will encounter a map of Vermont; each county on the map links to a two-page report on select economic and health statistics. These statistics include child poverty rates, free and reduced lunch participation, prenatal care for pregnant women, and results from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The reports track changes to rates over time and compare the particular county’s rates to the overall state rates.“These county data give us a richer picture of how children and families are faring in different parts of Vermont. They show that while a majority of our kids are doing well, an increasing number are growing up in conditions that make it difficult for them to prosper and thrive. Now more than ever, Vermonters and their children need support from state and local systems and services designed to mitigate the worst effects of this recession and get people back on their feet,” said Nicole Mace, Research Coordinator at Voices for Vermont’s Children.Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation. 7.27.2010last_img read more

Create a positive borrowing experience for your members

first_img 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Harmonie Taddeo Harmonie Taddeo is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Northwest Federal, a 3.2 billion federal credit union located in Herndon, VA.  In her capacity as Vice President … Web: nafcu.org Details Credit unions occupy a space crowded with banks, finance companies, loan brokers, payday outfits and now, fintechs. While we generally have better loan rates and terms, that’s not always what keeps the credit union top of mind when someone needs financing. Often convenience and ease of application process matter more to our borrowers. Is the loan process easy to navigate? Does it move at a good pace? Is it convenient? Can a member apply on a mobile device?What are we doing to deliver a positive borrowing experience?Given all the competition, from traditional financial institutions to non-traditional online options, why should members choose your credit union for their next loan? Here are three ways to begin:Make it convenient. How easy is it to apply for a loan at your credit union? Can members apply 24/7 from their mobile devices? Do they always have to visit brick-and-mortar, or can they conduct the entire process online?Make it fast. How quickly can a member obtain the funds he or she needs? Home buyers, for example, need their funds within a finite period of time. Is your mortgage closing process seamless and efficient?Make it easy. What is required from application to funding? Are you using automation to pull in information, or is your member forced to give you the same history for each transaction – as if they are using your credit union for the first time, every time?There are many opportunities for credit unions to improve the application and borrowing experience, and opening a dialog with vendor partners and industry experts can provide valuable insight on how to do that.I’ll be engaging with some of these experts during a panel discussion at NAFCU’s Lending Conference, which takes place Nov. 6-9 in San Antonio. Over four days, this conference will explore recent regulatory and strategic developments in mortgage lending, credit card and auto lending, the economy, what millennials want, how to meet the challenges of fintech and much more.It’ll be a great week filled with content and insight on how credit unions – and credit union members – can excel in today’s diverse lending space. I’m excited about this new conference, and hope I get to see you there.last_img read more