Hailie Deegan is in no rush when it comes to her fast-paced career.Turning 18 years old Thursday means Deegan will be able to compete on ovals longer than 1.25 miles and drive full time in any of NASCAR’s three national series. But just because she can doesn’t mean she will. At least not immediately.Right now, the California native is focused on her second K&N Pro Series West season.RELATED: K&N East preview | Watch live, Saturday at 6:45 p.m. ET“Every weekend is a weekend for me to learn something new,” Deegan told NASCAR.com. “A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, it’s just K&N. Wait until you get to (Gander) Trucks or Xfinity.’ But there’s still a lot more money involved than I’ve ever had in my racing career before.“I see it as an opportunity. I don’t want to take it for granted. There’s a lot on the line, let alone my career and my future. So I don’t want to do anything that’s going to hurt it, and everything I do is to make it better.”So far, so good.This season alone, Deegan has visited Victory Lane twice through seven K&N West races. She won the late February opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track and then followed up with another win at Colorado National Speedway in early June. The only person with more victories is Derek Kraus (three), and he’s No. 1 in the West championship standings right now with 289 points — just eight more than Deegan, in second.RELATED: Deegan wins with last-lap spin“Gosh, I don’t even want to think about it,” Deegan said. “It’s just you can get caught up in point chasing.”And not every race track or race car warrants that in her mind. Winning, no matter the cost, can be the sole priority at times.“I feel like I’m confident with what I know is a good car and what I know is not,” Deegan said. “I know when I’m having an off weekend, what tracks I’m good at, what tracks I’ve struggled a little bit and where I have to learn more. So I think it’s just coming down to figuring out every single piece of the puzzle has to be right. Like Colorado, everything worked good for me.”Deegan led a race-high 66 laps at Colorado’s 155-lap race. The final go-around saw Deegan bump and spin Kraus out of her way to the checkered flag. It marked the third victory overall in her two-year career. Final Laps: Hailie Deegan spins teammate to win00:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay Since Kraus is one of Deegan’s teammates at Bill McAnally Racing, a bit of social media backlash hit afterward.“There were some people where it was like, ‘Oh, well, she needs to be able to pass cleaner’ or ‘You don’t see her making passes before the last lap,’ and stuff,” Deegan said. “Well, no. I don’t make the pass for the win before the last lap because I know what it’s going to take and I want to be the first one to the finish. I don’t want to have to battle it back out again.”That was a big moment for Deegan, who prides herself on having a strong social media presence. It was really the first time people, even if wasn’t a huge amount, came at her. She didn’t back down or cower to the critics. Instead, she stayed true to her personality.And Deegan sure isn’t shy about it.“Once I get on track, I’m aggressive,” she said. “I like throwing elbows. I like rubbing fenders with people. It’s fun to me.”The West title is Deegan’s goal for this season. Ideally, she would like to run a full schedule in the soon-to-be-combined K&N-ARCA Series in 2020. That dream scenario would also include a few Gander Trucks races by the end of the year — emphasis on the words “a few.”The urge to surge ahead in her career lives in the back of her mind. It’s just not strong enough to derail the path Deegan has already planned out.“Sometimes, I just want to go to Trucks racing,” Deegan said. “Like I see people going to race Trucks, I feel like I can go race Trucks.“But then, like, I don’t want to make the mistake of doing that too soon. I don’t want to fail. Everything I want to do, I want to succeed at. I want to make sure I don’t have any regrets.”
Click here to read more. JASPER, Texas — A couple who owned and operated the company known as Priority One EMS was convicted of health care related fraud after a three-week trial. Claudette Read and Robert Earl Read, both 44, were found guilty by a jury of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and 20 counts of mail fraud, according to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas John M. Bales.
AMR spokesman Jim Pollard reinforced the need for the scene to be secure before EMS personnel rush in. Pollard said it is national policy to have EMS units stage away from the scene until police have made arrests or made the scene safe to operate in by other means. Jerry Johnston, president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, also reinforced AMR’s safety policy. In an interview with WAPT Stokes is quoted as saying that rescuers should be willing to risk their lives in saving others. The heated comments started on Thursday when Stokes criticized AMR for not rushing in an rescuing Lee Joseph Martin, who was shot six times at the Pleasant Oaks Apartments. Stokes made the comment that if AMR cannot accept the risk, then they should change their policy of the city should take over the ambulance business. WAPT in Jackson, Mississippi reports that Councilman Kenneth Stokes is standing firm on his statment Thursday that AMR crews should have run into an active shooting incident to rescue a victim. Councilman Stokes maintains that the city has a standard to make sure its citizens are safe, and if AMR is unable to meet that standard, they should break their contract.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe defended his department on Wednesday after the Mills family asked for help and voiced their frustration after the death of 77-year-old Cecil Mills across from Engine 26.
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Star Files Ariana Grande Get the tissues ready! Ariana Grande and Shoshana Bean joined forces with Jason Robert Brown for his monthly Artist-in-Residency concert. SubCulture presented the virtual evening of music on April 27; viewers were encouraged to donate to assist the SubCulture staff and musicians. Grande, who worked with Brown on Broadway’s 13 in 2008 stunned with The Last Five Years’ “Still Hurting.” Broadway favorite Bean offered her take on JRB’s “The Hardest Hill,” and Brown sang “I Love Betsy” from Honeymoon in Vegas. Enjoy the incredible performances below! Shoshana Bean View Comments
Mr. LEAHY: Mr. President, I hope the Saudi royal family was paying attention to yesterday’s debate in the United States Senate. The bipartisan vote on Senate Joint Resolution 54, introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy, of which I am a cosponsor, was significant for multiple reasons, but most of all for what it says about the potency of the outrage and disgust in this country and in the Congress about the conduct of Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince. That outrage has been building over time, as the number of civilian casualties since Saudi Arabia’s intervention and ongoing aerial bombardment of Yemen – one of the world’s poorest countries – has swollen into the thousands. We have all seen the photographs of the dead and dying, and of children who are just skin and bones. It is said that 85,000 children already have starved to death. The United Nations warns that 13 million Yemeni civilians could starve to death by the end of this year, if the war does not end.Of course, the Houthis and their Iranian benefactors share much of the blame for the death and destruction in Yemen. But we are not supporting them. Rather, until recently we were providing aerial refueling for the Saudi warplanes, and we continue to provide the Saudis with intelligence and targeting assistance. As if the kidnapping of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, the blockade of Qatar, the imprisonment of women’s rights activists, and the carnage in Yemen were not enough, the outrage toward the Crown Prince finally boiled over with the horrific, premeditated murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a respected journalist, Saudi citizen, and American resident, who had criticized the royal family. Mr. Khashoggi’s murder and dismemberment by Saudi government agents at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul triggered an international outcry, and it exposed the depth of depravity of the Saudi royal family. That an ally of the United States would so brazenly commit such a crime, and then so blatantly attempt to cover it up, speaks volumes. After a string of lies by the Saudi authorities, it is only due to the Turkish government and independent investigative journalists that we know that Mr. Khashoggi was murdered – a crime punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and many other countries. In fact, far lesser crimes – even some nonviolent crimes – are punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.While we owe thanks to the Turkish government for exposing the facts about Mr. Khashoggi’s case, we cannot ignore that Turkey’s President Erdogan is also responsible for widespread repression, including the arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of journalists, civil servants, and thousands of other critics who have been convicted and locked away after unfair trials. Torture is rampant in Turkey’s jails, as it is in Saudi Arabia. We know that multiple Saudi officials, including the Foreign Minister, Minister of Interior, Ambassador to the United States, and others – all members of the royal family – lied to the world, including on international television, repeatedly changing their story about what happened to Mr. Khashoggi. Perhaps most revealing was how cavalierly and shamelessly they lied, clearly assuming that their lies would be accepted at face value.According to press reports the impulsive Crown Prince, while disclaiming any involvement in or knowledge of the crime, shortly after Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance referred to him as a “dangerous jihadist,” which was also false. The Saudis have yet to say what happened to Khashoggi’s remains, except that they were turned over to a “local collaborator.” Who and where is that person? What more are they hiding?Reports indicate that the Saudis sent a team to Istanbul to destroy evidence of the crime, during the very period when the White House and State Department were insisting that the Saudi government deserved more time to determine the facts. Instead, the Saudis were trying to cover their tracks. There is every reason to believe that the Saudi royal family is still lying about who was involved. We also know that before murdering Mr. Khashoggi, the Saudi government has had a long history of abducting, imprisoning, and executing dissidents and others after sham trials in violation of international law. In the United States, the media’s attention, for a time, was diverted by President Trump’s racist rants about a so-called migrant “invasion”, his made up claims of voter fraud, his partisan lies about Democrats, his steady stream of vitriolic and divisive rhetoric that has incited others to violence here and abroad, pre-midterm election frenzy, and now its aftermath. I mention this because for the past few weeks, the murder of Mr. Khashoggi had been eclipsed by other headlines. No longer. The vote on Senate Joint Resolution 54 is the Senate’s initial answer to the Saudi royal family, and to the Trump Administration. This crime, on top of everything else, was so wicked, so repulsive, that no amount of money, no amount of oil, and no amount of lies can obscure it. The Trump Administration lobbied hard against the Resolution, warning that despite the Saudi royal family’s many transgressions the U.S.-Saudi relationship is too important to risk. No one is seeking to sever relations with Saudi Arabia. But far more important is that the United States stands for the truth, for justice, for the laws of war, and that we don’t stand by when top officials of another government, whether ally or adversary, conspire to murder a journalist or dissident and lie about it.As of today, the Saudi authorities continue to ignore appeals to reveal what happened to Khashoggi’s remains. And after so many lies, they insist that the 18 men under arrest are the only ones involved in Mr. Khashoggi’s murder. No one who knows anything about the Saudi royal family, which controls the Saudi government with an iron fist, believes that. President Trump, who has been loath to say anything that might implicate the Saudi royal family, at one point said there would be “very severe” consequences if investigations conclude that the Saudis are responsible. Since then, even as it has become obvious that the Saudis – including the Crown Prince – are responsible, he has said nothing further about what those consequences would be. To the contrary, he said “maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t,” but either way it doesn’t matter to President Trump.Secretary Pompeo has said that Saudi Arabia has made a “serious commitment” to hold senior leaders and officials accountable for the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Yet so far, no senior Saudi leader or official has been arrested, and the Saudis appear to have rejected the Turkish government’s demand that the 18 individuals who have been arrested be turned over to face justice where the crime occurred.According to press reports, the conclusion of US intelligence experts is that such a heinous, premeditated crime by Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate could not have taken place without the Crown Prince’s knowledge and support. Does anyone seriously believe otherwise? Yet yesterday, the CIA Director was barred by the White House from meeting with Senators to answer questions about this. Knowing what we do about this White House, the inescapable conclusion is that whatever she would have told us would have contradicted the President’s defense of the Saudi government.Despite all the Saudis’ phony denials, the President appears disposed to ignore his own intelligence experts and rely instead on the Saudi royal family to investigate itself. Why? To protect billions of dollars in contracts for U.S. weapons purchased by the Saudis for use in Yemen. The White House has apparently concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will ride out this storm and remain in power for years to come. Journalists the world over face unprecedented dangers. Those who criticize corrupt, repressive governments do so at great risk to their own safety and the safety of their families. They are regularly the targets of harassment, threats, and assassination for nothing more than doing their job. If the Saudi royal family can escape punishment for the premeditated murder of a Washington Post journalist, what does that say to journalists everywhere? What does it say about the United States, if we are willing to accept that? Yesterday, the vote on Senate Joint Resolution 54 showed that we do not and will not accept it. If the Saudi royal family hopes to salvage its tattered reputation and relations with the United States, it will need to take far more decisive action to end the mayhem in Yemen and bring to justice all those responsible for murdering Jamal Khashoggi. Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) On Senate Joint Resolution 54, On Yemen And Saudi Arabia Congressional Record Thursday, November 29, 2018
Bills would provide lawyers for special-needs kids Bills would provide lawyers for special-needs kids Senior EditorWith the crucial support of Statewide Guardian ad Litem Director Alan Abramowitz, bills in both the House and Senate are moving forward to provide state-paid attorneys for dependent children with special needs.“It’s the first time in history we have a director of the GAL supportive of attorneys representing children,” said Howard Talenfeld, a Ft. Lauderdale attorney who serves as president of Florida’s Children First, an advocacy group pushing the proposed legislation. When Talenfeld was president of The Florida Bar’s Legal Needs of Children Committee in 2009, he fought unsuccessfully to persuade the former GAL director to support legislation that would provide attorneys for dependent children, a key recommendation of the predecessor 2002 Legal Needs of Children Commission. He referred to the child advocates’ clashing views on representation over the years as “the Crusades.”“It’s very important to signal to the guardians of the world that the Crusades are over,” Talenfeld said the day before CS/SB 972, sponsored by Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 1.Abramowitz was there to support the bill, as was Steve Metz, chief legislative counsel for The Florida Bar. The bill now heads for its third stop in the Appropriations Committee.A companion bill in the House, CS/HB 561, sponsored by Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, passed unanimously out of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on April 2, and next goes to its third stop in the Judiciary Committee.When pro bono attorneys are not available, the court-appointed attorneys would be paid through a new and specific line item in the Justice Administrative Commission budget, and would not negatively impact the GAL budget, Abramowitz said. Attorneys’ fees would be capped at $3,000 per child, per year.“The GAL’s ‘best interest’ attorneys and volunteers, working with attorneys created by this new legislative proposal on these complex cases, will be a formidable advocacy team to get children permanency,” Abramowitz said.“I have never seen it as an either/or issue. I think each child needs a guardian, clearly, because that’s what the law says. Guardians do a lot more than legal. They mentor for the child and work in the educational system. They work with the child in group homes and with foster parents. A lot of stuff doesn’t even get to court that we can fix.”But, Abramowitz said, there is clearly a need for attorneys, too, for five categories of special needs children:* Children placed in skilled nursing facilities. Currently, there are only 11 children in foster care in this status in Florida, and this category was the only one specified in legislation, based on proviso language in the 2013 General Appropriations Act. “With the attorneys and GAL Program working together, the outcomes achieved in these cases have shown that we can work collectively to achieve results that are clearly in the children’s best interest,” Abramowitz said. “Some of the children who were in nursing homes are now adopted or reunified with their parents.”* Children who are prescribed and refuse to take psychotropic medication. There is already a requirement in the Florida Administrative Code for these children to have attorneys. The proposed law would “simply fund the process when a pro bono attorney is not available,” Abramowitz said.* Children with developmental disabilities. “With our GAL ‘best interest’ attorneys already carrying high caseloads, I consider attorneys in this category an added resource to ensure the child is placed on the Medicaid Waiver or getting the services he or she needs,” Abramowitz said.* Children placed or being considered for placement in locked residential treatment centers. “This is already required under case law, based on the 2000 Florida Supreme Court opinion M.W. v. Davis and Rule 8.350, Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure,” Abramowitz said. “The GAL Program would continue to advocate for placement that is in the ‘best interest’ of the child. The proposed bill would simply fund the attorney when a pro bono attorney is not available.”* Children who are victims of human trafficking. “The unique issues that these children have, especially with regard to being witnesses in criminal cases, and possibly facing prosecution, justifies the child having an attorney,” Abramowitz said.As Abramowitz told his staff and supporters: “I passionately believe in the work we do for these children, and I believe this legislation will not interfere with our representation of children or our ability to secure resources to represent 100 percent of the children in Florida’s dependency system. There is no question in my mind that this will enhance the GAL Program as we work with the attorneys appointed as a result of this new legislation.” April 15, 2014 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News
Sundt Construction, Inc., (www.sundt.com) recently added Grant Larson, preconstruction project manager, to its Tempe office team.Larson immediately joins the preconstruction team pursuing work for the Arizona Department of Transportation as well as the TexasDepartment of Transportation. In his role, he manages risk for the company during the project’s design phase by providing oversight and leadership to the preconstruction team.Larson, a fifth-generation road builder, comes to Sundt with more than 16 years of experience managing high profile heavy civil construction projects throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Encompassing both alternative and traditional project delivery methods, his work includes complex freeways, bridges, roadways, concrete structures and asphalt pavement.Throughout his diverse career, Larson has affiliated himself with many industry organizations, including the Associated General Contractors of Arizona, where he actively educates others on alternative project delivery methods. Larson was named amongEngineering News-Record (ENR) Southwest’s 2012 “Top 20 Under 40” list of 20 individuals under the age of 40 who represent the “Best-of-the-Best” in their construction and design firms by giving back to their industry and communities. Larson earned a Master of Science in Construction from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Brigham Young University.
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