Notre Dame senior lacrosse player stops robbery

first_imgNotre Dame senior Tommy McNamara was having lunch with a friend at The General restaurant in South Bend on Friday. While he was eating, he said he noticed another young man moving suspiciously about the establishment.“I kind of noticed this kid who had his hoodie on, kind of walking around the place. Little bit of strange activity,” he said.A few minutes later, the man grabbed another customer’s purse and bolted out of the establishment. Kendra Osinski | The Observer Tommy McNamara, a senior on the lacrosse team pictured here during a game against the University of Maryland, stopped a robbery on Friday afternoon. McNamara was eating lunch at The General in South Bend when he took off running after a teenager who had stolen an elderly woman’s purse.“All of the sudden, I’m just sitting at my table — and I’m pretty close to the door — he sprints from the front of the restaurant by the cash register, scoops up an old lady’s purse, and just darts out the door,” he said.Not missing a beat, McNamara, a member of the Notre Dame lacrosse team, rose from his seat and took off after the thief.“I guess without really thinking, I just leapt up and started running after him,” he said. “From the very beginning, I’m yelling ‘Stop! Stop! Give me the purse! Stop! You don’t want to do this!’”After chasing the individual for a substantial distance through the streets of South Bend — McNamara estimated the chase lasted between five and seven minutes — McNamara persuaded the thief to stop running.“I eventually start saying, ‘I’m not trying to get you in trouble … I’ll give you $20, just give me the purse. I get it,’” McNamara said. “He finally stops. I approach him slowly and say, ‘Dude, I’m not trying to get you in trouble. I have 20 bucks. Take it, you just can’t take this purse.’”Once the chase had ended, McNamara got the purse back and engaged with the man he had been chasing.“I get up close to him, and look at him, and ask, ‘Dude, how old are you?’ He’s like, ‘I’m in high school.’ He couldn’t have been older than 15 years old,” he said. “I start talking to him for a while. He gave me the purse, and we had a conversation. I actually gave him my phone number. I was like, ‘I understand this is a really tough situation.’ We were just talking for a while about kind of everything. I told him, ‘If you ever need to reach out, I’ve got like 50 teammates who’d have your back. I get it. You’re in high school having to make that decision.’ Think about it. Being 15 years old and your choice is ‘do I or do I not want to steal this woman’s purse for whatever extraneous reason that’s out of his control?’ I gave him 20 bucks and just said, ‘Listen, take my number. Give me a call if you ever want to talk, or need help.’ Then we went our separate ways.”The teenager was remorseful, McNamara said. McNamara thinks the high schooler vacillated about whether or not to steal the purse in the first place.“He was entirely apologetic. The first thing he said was ‘I’m sorry,’” McNamara said. “He’s sitting there thinking, ‘do I or do I not want to steal this woman’s purse?’ What’s crazy is I saw him leave the place a couple times — he would walk out, then walk back in. … That’s kind of why he was in the corner of my eye. He was just apologetic. … He was like ‘I don’t want to be doing this.’ It was a tough conversation, but a real one. That’s why I wanted him to be able to reach out.”Upon his return to The General, McNamara was greeted as a hero.“It was funny, the whole place broke into applause,” he said. “There was a priest in there — I guess he was eating food there — he comes up and gives me a blessing. … One lady came up to me and said, ‘My husband was a retired police officer. I have a son who’s a police officer, a son who’s a firefighter,’ and I just connected with her in that way.”The owner of the stolen purse was particularly grateful, McNamara said.“She was just really thankful,” he said. “She asked for my name. She tried to give me money. Everyone was trying to give me money for it. I was like, ‘No, it’s OK.’ She was just really thankful. Full of gratitude.”McNamara credited a variety of people in his life with his decision to help out in the situation.“I think a lot has to do with the lacrosse team, and everything that we’re about and kind of the team culture and values we try to build,” he said. “The three parts of the lacrosse team are character, culture, community. That’s something that from your first day when you get here you really try to emulate. … I think my family, a lot. Something that I’ve always thought of that my dad says to my brothers and is, ‘The other fellow first.’ Kind of that mentality of people before yourself.”After relating the incident to some of the lacrosse coaching staff, McNamara said he addressed his teammates about his good deed on lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan’s request.“I told coach about it,“ McNamara said. “After a lift on Friday — it was like three hours after it happened — he had me tell the story to the whole team. I kind of wrapped it up with Thanksgiving. It’s a time where we have a lot to be thankful for. The biggest takeaway for me was this kid — 14, 15 years old — making this decision. That’s a circumstance that myself and probably everybody here at Notre Dame hasn’t had to go through. That was something to be thankful for.”On the whole, McNamara said he was motivated to act due to the many experiences and people he’s encountered in his life, particularly in high school, college and at Camp Tecumseh, a sleepaway camp where he has been both a counselor and a camper.“It’s cool, being able to reflect on that event you think of all the people from high school, to Notre Dame with the lacrosse team, coach Corrigan, all of my coaches, all of my teammates, people at Camp Tecumseh, all kind of into this one moment where it wasn’t really me reacting,” he said. “It was all of them in this one moment where I didn’t have to make a choice, I just got up and started running after him.”Tags: ND Men’s Lacrosse, thanksgiving, The General Deli and Cafe, theftlast_img read more

Former credit union CEO admits to $5 million embezzlement

first_imgNita Rae Nirschl, the former president/CEO of the $13.3 million Parsons Pittsburg Credit Union, pleaded guilty to embezzling at least $5 million in U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kan. on Monday.Although initially charged with 81 felony counts, the 66-year-old former executive pleaded guilty to only three felony counts of embezzlement, money laundering and tax evasion, according to a plea agreement. She also agreed to serve up to five years in federal prison, five years of supervised release and to pay a to-be-determined amount in restitution.Nirschl’s final sentence, however, will be decided in March by a federal judge who is under no obligation to accept the terms of the plea agreement. continue reading » 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Explain how tossing candy is respectful

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion At the Galway memorial Day parade, the Galway Fire Department showed this community the true meaning of Memorial Day as they solemnly marched through the village, eyes straight ahead, while some of the other groups threw out candy to the spectators.After stopping on their way at a huge flag, which they hung over Route 147, the firefighters stood at attention while resident Glenn Babcock, fully dressed in appropriate Scottish attire in keeping with Galway’s heritage, played “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipes. It was truly a very moving moment. They didn’t have to throw candy to gain the respect of the spectators. They then moved on, as did the entire parade, to the Memorial Circle at the Galway High School for a nice memorial service.I’m confused. Can someone please explain to me how throwing candy during a Memorial Day parade shows respect to those who gave their lives for our freedom?Thank you, Galway Fire Department.Phyllis SleeperGalwayMore from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

LIPI biology center identifies 12 Indonesian trees facing extinction

first_imgPriority II species are highly endangered and need urgent conservation efforts. Their geographic range crosses several islands, but exist only in limited areas and have a small population. Trees in this category include the damar mata kucing or white meranti (Shorea javanica) and the Sumatra camphor (Dryobalanops sumatrensis).”Efforts have been made to cultivate them, but not enough to restore a stable population [in the wild],” said Kusumadewi.Priority III species have a broad geographic range, but are threatened with extinction and require conservation efforts. The trees in this category include the ulin or Bornean ironwood (Eusideroxylon zwageri), mersawa daun lebar or maseger (Anisoptera costata), tengkawang or light red meranti (Shorea pinanga), durian karantongan (Durio oxleyanus), red-fleshed durian (Durio graveolens) and saninten (Castanopsis argentea).Many of these species also appear on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.Conservation EffortsKusumadewi said that relevant stakeholders had made a variety of conservation efforts to save these endemic tree species, including on-site (in-situ) conservation and community-based agroforestry to ensure sustainable harvesting practices.She added that off-site (ex-situ) conservation had also been implemented, including setting up tree nurseries and relocating them for planting in areas outside their natural habitat, such as botanical gardens, arboretums and reclaimed land. (aly)Topics : At least 12 endemic species of trees in the country are threatened with extinction, a researcher at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Research Center for Biology has said.Researcher Kusumadewi Sri Yulianti said that primary forests originally covered almost 64 percent of land in the archipelago, but forest coverage continued to shrink as a result of land conversion, natural resource exploitation and global climate change, among other reasons.”Such conditions certainly threaten the preservation of forests, as well as various tree species,” Kusumadewi said as quoted by on Tuesday. Of the country’s many endemic trees, 12 rare species are listed as endangered in the Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (SRAK) of the Environment and Forestry Ministry.Tree species are designated as “rare” based on four criteria – scarcity, level of threat, benefits and value, and level of conservation action – and are placed in three priority categories.Priority I species are critically endangered and demand immediate conservation efforts. The endemic tree species in this category have an extremely limited geographic range and minimal population, and are threatened with extinction. Trees designated as Priority I conservation species include the plahar Nusakambangan (Dipterocarpus littoralis), lagan bras (Dipterocarpus cinereus), the resak Banten (Vatica bantamensis), and resak Brebes (Vatica javanica subsp. Javanica).last_img read more

3 states OK recreational pot, 3 states OK medicinal marijuana

first_imgNBC 9 November 2016Family First Comment: Interesting that one (and possibly another, too close to call) said NO to pot.#notadonedealCalifornia, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, giving a huge boost to the campaign to allow pot nationwide. Six more states also voted on marijuana measures, while voters in California and Washington state toughened gun control laws.In Nebraska, voters reinstated the death penalty, reversing the Legislature’s decision last year to repeal capital punishment. Nebraska has not executed an inmate since 1997; 10 men currently sit on death row.In all, there were more than 150 measures appearing on statewide ballots. California led the pack with 17 ballot questions, including one that would require actors in porn movies to wear condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Another would ban single-use plastic grocery bags.In all, five states considered whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Arizonans defeated the measure in their state. The outcome in Maine was too close to call early Wednesday.Overall, the results were hailed as historic by legalization activists, given that California is the most populous state. Massachusetts became the first state east of the Rockies to join the movement.Voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved measures allowing marijuana use for medical purposes. Montanans voted on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law.READ MORE: read more

Students place in case competition

first_imgEarlier this month, Marshall students James Yun, Brandon Kay, Claire Lin and Caitlyn Huang captured second place in the National University of Singapore International Case Competition. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Kay)Last week, a team of Marshall students took second place at the National University of Singapore International Case Competition.  The competition consisted of three rounds, in which the teams presented two different cases. A company told the teams about problems it was facing and the students brainstormed strategies to address the issues and present those to judges.The student group comprised seniors Claire Lin and James Yun, junior Caitlyn Huang and sophomore Brandon Kay.Following the first round of the competition, during which teams had to create a case presentation in five hours, the USC team took last place. “After we got last place, we were all pretty bummed out honestly,” said Huang, who was also named best female presenter. “So for the 24-hour one, we were just having a lot of fun, and I think we messed around a lot but it was more relaxed and we weren’t so stressed out.”Before the second round, where teams had 24 hours to strategize and make a presentation, the team said faculty adviser and professor Clark Hansen gave them advice on how to improve their group performance.Huang said they went into the 24-hour competition with a different mindset and were able to capture first place.In the final round, the team took second place overall, beating business schools from the University of Pennsylvania and UC Berkeley.“We were struggling,” Yun said. “We didn’t do too well. Professor Hansen gave us a pep talk. He kind of encouraged us, so we came back way more motivated and driven, and we just killed it on the second round.” The Marshall Case Team, composed of about 40 students, was chosen last semester to attend the competition. Each week they practiced by receiving a case on Monday and presenting their solutions to fellow team members at general meetings.After joining the organization last semester, Kay said he has gained real world experience and looks forward to competing more in the future.“A lot of the interviews for jobs will involve a case interview, so it’s great practice, especially coming in every week,” Kay said. “But also having a new purpose of competing and representing USC at another level — it’s unparalleled to other organizations on campus.” Huang added that the team has a good balance of different personalities, and each member focuses on certain roles like finance or strategy. Because of their team dynamics, they said that they hope to compete together again. “Overall, we’re very compatible,” Yun said. “We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and we build upon each other’s strengths.”last_img read more