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By: Pete Thomas |
November 1, 2019 10: 00 pm
A shore angler in South Australia caught a massive stingray on Thursday, but his celebration was cut short when the crowd became angry and demanded that he put the creature back into the ocean.
Ben Knighton told 7News that he was spat upon and shoved, even though he had planned to unhook and release his catch all along.
The accompanying footage shows the stingray being reeled onto an Adelaide beach, and Knighton high-riving friends before onlookers began to admonish them.
“Put it back!” many exclaimed, as the situation became increasingly tense. At one point a woman tried to take a fishing rod from one of the angler’s hands. The fishermen, unable to calm the situation, began to shout back.
“The way people went about it was completely ridiculous,” Knighton told 7News. “It’s absolutely crazy that people have to be that rude.”
Knighton explained that they hauled the stingray onto the beach so they could remove the hook.
“I truly love these animals and refuse to keep any hooks or leaders in the fish,” Knighton said. “We’re not out here slaughtering stingrays or killing them. It’s a sport… it’s a hobby.”
In the footage, Knighton is seen pulling the stingray back into the water after he had removed the hook.
He said police were called and, at one point, “A woman spat on me, while another tried to push me away from the ray.”
7 News noted that catching stingrays from South Australia beaches is legal. Whether to release them is up to the angler.
–Stingray images are via Wikipedia
By: Nick Schwartz |
November 1, 2019 9: 49 pm
Former Bulls superstar Derrick Rose returned to the city of Chicago Friday night with the Detroit Pistons, and Bulls fans gave him a hero’s welcome at the United Center. Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, is averaging 20 points and 6 assists per game for the Pistons in 2019, and Bulls fans started an MVP chant when Rose took the floor.
Fans cheered him on the court as if he was scoring for the home team.
John Fritze and David Jackson
Published 10: 10 PM EDT Nov 1, 2019
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump described a vote this week by House Democrats to formalize their impeachment inquiry as “bringing shame” on the chamber, signaling how he intends to frame the issue to his supporters in coming months.
“Yesterday’s vote by the radical Democrats is an attack on democracy itself,” Trump told supporters in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he held his first rally since the high-profile House vote Thursday. “But I’ll tell you, the Republicans are really strong, the strongest I’ve ever seen them, the most unified I’ve ever seen them.”
The House voted Thursday nearly along party lines to adopt rules for how Democrats will conduct the public phase of the impeachment investigation. The vote was only the fourth time the full House authorized an impeachment inquiry into a president.
But Trump and other Republicans have embraced the fight over impeachment, arguing that Democrats are abandoning issues like heath care and the economy to focus on impeachment. Democrats have said the president abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation of his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden.
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Polling indicates the nation is sharply divided on impeachment. Nearly four in 10 Americans said Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president was itself an impeachable offense, according to a recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll. Another 31% said there was nothing wrong with the conversation, echoing Trump’s insistence that his conversation with Zelensky was “perfect.”
Just over 20% of Americans said the call was “wrong” but doesn’t rise to an impeachable offense.
Trump was in Mississippi to support Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, the GOP nominee in the race for governor in the state. Reeves is running against Democrat Jim Hood, the attorney general, in a surprisingly close race in a deeply red state. Voters head to the polls Tuesday.
The president is scheduled to hold rallies in Kentucky and Louisiana next week.
Trump kicked off the rally Friday by touting the operation over the weekend to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, underscoring that he will also make the raid part of his stump speech. The rally was Trump’s first since the operation took place.
The president’s campaign also mentioned the raid in a television advertisement that aired during the World Series.
“He was a savage and soulless monster but his reign of terror is over,” Trump said, adding that the U.S. military had “punched out his ticket to hell.”
Trump said the operation hasn’t received as much attention as it should.
“If I were a Democrat, they’d be talking about that story for weeks,” the president said. “With me, they don’t even want to – they actually played it down.”
The president also joked about the star power of a dog that was wounded in the raid. The president has repeatedly brought attention to the dog, Conan, and at one point tweeted a doctored photo of himself giving the canine a medal.
“Conan the dog got more publicity than me,” Trump said. “And I’m very happy about that.”
John Fritze covers the White House. Reach him @jfritze.
By: Nolan King |
November 1, 2019 9: 15 pm
Clay Collard’s second UFC stint was over before it began.
In August, “Cassius” stepped in to face Devonte Smith on short notice at UFC 241 in what was supposed to be his first UFC fight in over four years.
However just days later, Collard withdrew from the contest for unknown reasons. A person with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie that Collard was released immediately following the withdrawal.
Collard’s next fight won’t be inside the cage, but instead inside the boxing ring. The Utah-born fighter will compete on the undercard of Saturday’s Golden Boy Promotions event headlined by “Canelo” Saul Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev. Collard will take on undefeated Uzbekistani fighter Bektemir Melikuziev (2-0). The bout will be an eight-round, light heavyweight contest.
The fight will be Collard’s ninth career pro boxing match. He currently holds a 4-1-3 record and is riding a three-fight win streak.
Collard made his UFC debut in August 2014 against future-champ Max Holloway. A relative unknown, Collard garnered attention for his high-paced, funky fighting style. He picked up his first promotional victory at UFC 181 in December 2014 when he defeated Alex White by unanimous decision.
After back-to-back decision losses to Gabriel Benitez and Tiago Trator, the featherweight fighter Collard was released from the UFC in late 2015. Three years later, he returned to MMA competition on the regional scene. Four wins in five fights punched the aforementioned ticket back to the big show.
Published 8: 52 PM EDT Nov 1, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida state officials joined local and federal authorities Friday in asking the public to trust their ongoing efforts to strengthen Florida’s election system against foreign and domestic threats leading up to the 2020 elections, but they refused to give any details.
“We are committed to the maximum amount of transparency as possible,” Secretary of State Laurel Lee told more than a dozen reporters at a 30-minute Tallahassee news conference hosted by Larry Keefe, U.S. Attorney for Florida’s northern district.
She dodged a barrage of questions about why the state won’t say which counties were hacked in 2016, what vulnerabilities her office found during a review of the election systems of all 67 counties, and whether the state would disclose any future breaches or potential breaches to the public.
A week ago, she sidestepped the same questions during a 30-minute interview with the Tallahassee Democrat citing security issues.
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Keefe said Friday’s news conference was ushering in an “unprecedented” collaboration among state, federal and local officials responsible for election security, vowing his office will investigate and prosecute any election tampering.
“We will share information with one another and we will keep you informed in the days and weeks and months ahead as appropriate about our ongoing efforts to secure our election system,” Keefe said Friday.
A day earlier, during a one-hour interview with the Democrat, he said he had a “burning desire to be transparent and keep the public informed,” but there were just some things he couldn’t tell them.
None of Friday’s other three speakers offered any specifics either.
Levy County Elections Supervisor Tammy Jones, who is also president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, said the state scanned for vulnerabilities so they can be addressed. “We are all in a better posture than we were in 2016,” she said.
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The lack of transparency concerns Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.
“With elections looming large and election security such a huge issue, the public has a right to know,” Brigham said Friday. “If you’re trying to convince voters that the election system is safe and secure, transparency is the way to go. If it looks like you have something to hide, you are not putting anyone’s anxieties at rest.”
When a reporter suggested that state and federal officials were saying, “Trust us without verification,” Lee responded, “We are saying much more than that. We invested millions and millions of dollars bolstering, enhancing and strengthening our state’s election network.”
That investment includes $15.5 million in federal election security grants the counties received to upgrade servers, install antivirus software, buy USB sanitizers, build access control systems and provide cyber security training.
“Two things that are essential for the public to know,” she said. “One is the critical investments we have made in the Florida election infrastructure over the past several years. Those have changed the landscape of our election preparedness. The second thing to take away from today’s event is the strength of the partnerships of the agencies here before you.”
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After April’s release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election, Floridians learned that Russian agents had attempted to infiltrate the state’s voting systems and conduct a social media disinformation campaign.
A month later, they learned that federal investigators told Gov. Ron DeSantis that Russian agents hacked two county election systems in 2016, but he signed a confidentiality agreement and couldn’t say which two were infiltrated.
He then asked Lee to conduct a review of all 67 county election systems to identify and fix any vulnerabilities.
That review has been completed, Lee said Friday, but she wouldn’t disclose its findings.
“That would weaken our security posture,” she said. “That is the type of information our adversaries could in fact use to attack our infrastructure.”
When reporters asked if that information would be shared with the public so they could confirm for themselves whether the election system was fixed, Lee said, “It’s important to note that the events of 2016 at no time affected election outcomes or vote tabulations or anything of that sort.”
The important thing is that the statewide assessment is completed, the state has more information and has moved onto the stage of “working collaboratively with supervisors of elections and our federal partners to ensure that anything that needs to be addressed or mitigated” will be addressed.
The public still hasn’t been told which counties were breached, nor has the federal government explained why that information continues to be classified.
U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Michael Waltz of Florida have been highly critical of the lack of transparency and the withholding of what they call critical information to help regain the public trust.
“The fact that the FBI won’t allow us to publicly release the names of the two counties that were hacked means voters can’t verify their county wasn’t affected,” Murphy told the Tallahassee Democrat last month. “Again, we need to give this information to the people who need it. They have told members of Congress which counties. I have asked to review the classification for release of the material.”
They have introduced a bill in Congress requiring federal officials to alert the state, the county supervisors of elections and the public if a breach occurs.
“Information about future breaches will certainly be shared among the supervisors of election and the Department of State, and of course our law enforcement partners,” Lee said.
Whether that information will be shared with the public is unknown.
“We will make a determination about those on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of the breach, the actor and the information that is involved,” Lee said.
The only information she said the department would not share with respect to any breach or compromise “is information that as mentioned before either would be specifically related to defense measures, cyber threat indicators or information deemed classified by our federal authorities.”
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