Students, alumnus with ties to Boston reflect on bombing

first_imgSenior Betsy McGovern escaped danger Monday afternoon by approximately 15 minutes. McGovern completed the Boston Marathon shortly before two bombs exploded near the finish line on Boylston St. at 2:45 p.m. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 140, according to the Associated Press. “I was probably a block away, and I picked up my bag and I heard it,” McGovern said. “I heard the first one and it didn’t really register. … I think I was just so tired that I didn’t really think about it. “It became pretty chaotic, and then I noticed the ambulances starting to come, and you heard the police kind of go over there.” McGovern, who is from approximately 20 miles north of Boston, said she was on the phone with her father when she heard the second explosion. She met up with her other family members who had been waiting at the finish line earlier, and they immediately got in the car and left. “We just feel really, really fortunate that I finished earlier and that they weren’t around there when the bombs went off,” McGovern said. “I was lucky because I was picking up my bag, I had my cell phone, but there were a lot of people who hadn’t picked up their bags yet. So you can just imagine that the explosion goes off and no one has their phone to contact their family and their friends.” The bombs blew out the front of a store called Marathon Sports, McGovern said. She said she, her dad and her uncle bought shoes there Sunday. When she watched news coverage of the explosions, McGovern saw people she had spoken to earlier in the day. “It just feels like, ‘Oh my God,’” she said. “Boston’s a small town and it’s just kind of crazy.” Monday was Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts, McGovern said, and the Boston Marathon is typically held on this holiday. Government jobs give their employees the day off and schools shut down. She said as a result, there is “huge public participation” in the marathon. “I think that’s another thing that makes this a little scary, because there are just so many people out,” McGovern said. Sophomore Paul Kearney was affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon in a different way. His brother Damian, a 2009 alumnus of Notre Dame who works at the University’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, ran the race. “I was actually in class at the time of the bombings, and I was getting these texts from various people, like friends and family,” Kearney said. “As soon as I got out of class I started calling people, and I couldn’t reach anyone. And about 15 minutes later I finally reached my brother … and we were able to talk for a few minutes. “It was good just to hear his voice. … He said everything was all right. “ Kearney, who lives approximately 45 miles west of Boston, said the rest of his family was with his brother at the marathon. “They were parked in Boston downtown, and there was no way to get to their cars, so they had to walk out to a suburb,” he said. “Someone was going to pick them up and drive them home.” Kearney said his brother completed the marathon well before the bombs detonated. He said his brother and the rest of his family heard the explosions from a block away. “He saw all the people running and evacuating the general area, and he said that he was just pretty confused at the whole situation,” Kearney said. “And at the time he said, ‘You might actually know more than I do because it’s just a pretty hectic scene.’ And he just told me … to put a [Facebook] status up saying he was safe because what he was concerned about was not having friends and family freak out.” Receiving text messages from family and friends while he was in class caused “sensory overload,” Kearney said. “The first [messages] I saw were kind of ambiguous and I didn’t know what to make of them,” he said. “I remember the last 15 minutes of class, just, I couldn’t pay attention because I was just concerned about my family, and I immediately called them when I got out. And thankfully I finally reached them and that really calmed me down. It was just a very confusing hour there.” Kearney said his brother was unable to return to South Bend last night as planned and was trying to reschedule his flight for today. “I’m just thankful that my family’s okay,” Kearney said, “and I’m thinking about all of the other families affected.” Saint Mary’s sophomore Allie Stride said she was visiting her sister, with whom she is part of a triplet, at Boston College (BC) on Monday. Stride said she went to Boston to participate in the city-wide celebration. Stride said BC, where she watched the marathon, is at the 21-mile mark. She said she was back in her sister’s dorm room when she saw coverage of the explosions on the news. “[There was] just a lot of worry about students who are running, and making sure everybody is okay has been the biggest concern I have seen so far, just a lot of confusion also,” Stride said. “I know there was an initial concern about … a potential bomb being right on the [Boston College] campus that turned out to be false. “Just everybody is glued to the TV is all that’s going on right now. … Everybody’s trying to talk to people from home and whatnot.” Gary Kaneb, a Notre Dame alumnus of 1983, said he completed the race one hour before the explosions rocked the finish line. “[It was] literally 25 yards from the finish line,” Kaneb said. “I finished at 3:29 [minutes], so I got off the course at 1:45 p.m. or so.” Kaneb said he ran with the second seed of runners and that the explosion went off around the time the third seed would have crossed the finish line. “The third wave is mostly the [people running to support charities],” he said. “Those are the numbers 18,000 and above.” Kaneb said he was on his way home when he heard the news. He said officials pulled runners, including one of his coworkers, off the course as they closed down Boylston St. McGovern said the runners were very excited about the marathon before it began. “It’s such a big deal for people who love to run, and you’re so proud to have your bib number,” she said. “When you’re running and there’s all these spectators and they’re cheering you on, it’s really an incredible experience. … So I think that makes it especially tragic that something like this completely soiled what should be an exciting day for everybody.” Managing Editor Meghan Thomassen and Saint Mary’s Editor Kaitlyn Rabach contributed to this report. Contact Marisa Iati at [email protected]last_img read more

Education about student loans is insufficient

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » One in four Americans take on student loan debt, and the federal options usually only cover a small portion of the full cost of college. Prime, young members are heading toward a bright future of earnings and are looking for guidance on how to pay for higher education without overburdening themselves. A quality education should begin with sound advice, not only about the best course of study, but also the best means of how to finance it.The good news is that borrowers are receiving more advice than they have in the past.  According to a survey conducted by LendKey and YouGov, nearly 70% of borrowers aged 18-34 received some type of loan advice when financing their higher education, compared to less than 60% of borrowers over the age of 55. While this looks promising, over 36% of total borrowers either did not receive any information on their student loan options or did not remember if they received any advice on repayment options. The largest portion of respondents, 42.6%, were only provided one financing option by their college or university leaving a gap in education on student loan options. You can be the trusted advisor these student loan borrowers need at the beginning of their credit journey and you are well positioned to serve their financial needs in the future.last_img read more

Asian conquest Smith’s top priority as Aussies arrive in Bangladesh

first_imgDHAKA (Reuters) – Australia have an opportunity to improve their record in Asia when they meet Bangladesh in a two-Test series starting next Sunday, captain Steve Smith has said but refused to state outright if his side were favourites to win.Australia have won just two of their 22 tests in Asia in the last 10 years while Bangladesh drew a two-test series 1-1 against England last year and pose a serious challenge at home with throes of spinners in their side on turning pitches.“I think it is going to be a great series,” Smith told reporters after Australia’s arrival in the Asian country. “Bangladesh are very good here. I am not picking a favourite.“We have to be confident in our skill set and hopefully we can get our processes right and have a really good series.”Earlier this year Smith’s side lost a four-Test series in India 2-1 and the skipper said the two matches against Bangladesh would be an ideal platform to show what they had learned from the defeat.“We’d certainly like to have done a lot better on the subcontinent that’s for sure,” Smith said. “Now it is an opportunity for us to change (our record).“I thought we did some things really well in India. We just needed to do it for little bit longer, and consistently.“This is another opportunity to showcase our skills, show what we learned over there and hopefully give our best foot forward.”Australia surprisingly dropped Steve O’Keefe, 32, from their squad for Bangladesh even after the left-arm spinner impressed during the series in India.O’Keefe, with 19 wickets, was Australia’s joint highest wicket-taker with Nathan Lyon in India but had to make way for left-arm spinner Ashton Agar. Australia also have uncapped 23-year-old leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson in their squad.“It is unlucky,” Smith said. “He did very well in the first Test match in India and had some contributions throughout in the other three Test matches as well.”Smith said the inclusion of Agar, 23, was aimed at developing him for the 2021 tour of India.“We just see it as a bit of a time to get us someone new into the group,” Smith said.“Ashton has been around the group for a quite a while now, he’s worked on his art and he’s becoming a lot more consistent in what he’s doing. It’d be fantastic to see him get an opportunity.“It’s four years until we next go to India which is always a tough tour for us and one that I particularly as captain want to win (at some stage) throughout my tenure.“It’s an opportunity for Ashton to get some experience in these conditions and hopefully improve, with an eye to the next time we go to India as well.”AUSTRALIA in BANGLADESH22-23 August Tour match, TBC27-31 August First Test, Dhaka4-8 September Second Test, Chittagonglast_img read more

The Latest: 2 people test positive in F1

first_imgThe Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected.The league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Formula One says two people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest batch of tests carried out before the Hungarian Grand Prix. July 17, 2020 ___The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when.The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations.World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China.World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year. Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.___Sporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October.No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”center_img ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: 2 people test positive in F1 ___The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.___The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus. F1 said 4,997 tests for COVID-19 were carried out from July 10-16 ahead of Sunday’s race outside of Budapest. No further information was given about the two people who tested positive. They have been removed from the Hungaroring vicinity and isolated.F1 reported no positive cases from more than 8,000 tests carried out over the previous two races held in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Personnel attending the races are tested every five days with results made public every seven days.There are two scheduled races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.last_img read more

CAF Confederation Cup:Medeama SC off to Congo to face Leopards.

first_imgGhana’s sole Confederations Cup campaigners, Medeama SC, will leave Accra on Tuesday(today), April 15, for Congo for the first leg of the final qualifying match against AC Leopards.A contingent of 18 players, five technical officials and five management members are expected to leave Ghana for the crucial assignment.Head coach Roberto Paulette is confident the team will scale over the Congolese to make their progress to the group stages, a reality.“We are keen on making progress in the competition that is why we are leaving on Tuesday, to acclimatize well ahead of time.“We mean business and we will leave no stone unturned to realize our dreams. They are very strong side, that is capable of defeating us and so we will not underrate them.“We have a lot of respect for them, but that will not stop us from beating them at their own back yard.” The coach declared. He however reckoned that some of their players are having minor injuries, but was convinced they will recover in due time for the game.last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: June 11 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Garrett Prilliman, born in 1994, of Mulvane was charged with aggravated indecent liberties, a level 3 felony; indecent solicitation of a child, a level 6 person felony; and indecent liberties with a child a level 5 felony.On March 20, Prilliman is accused of engaging in the act of sexual intercourse with a child, who was 15, at his home at 615 Russell Street in Mulvane. Allegedly, Prilliman also persuaded the child to submit to anal sodomy, lewd fondling or touching and oral sex according to the complaint.•••••Austin Herod, Katelyn Howard and Eli Koehn, all of Medfield, Okla. were charged with consumption of cereal malt beverage or alcoholic liquor by a minor, a Class C misdemeanor on May 10.Charles Avery, of Wakita, Okla. was charged with furnishing alcoholic liquor to an underage adult, a class B misdemeanor; and contributing to a child’s misconduct or deprivation, a Class A misdemeanor.Avery is accused of purchasing beer, tequila and/or wine to Herod, Howard and Koehn and four others who were under 21 years of age. He also allegedly encouraged four juveniles under the age of 18 of consuming alcohol.•••••Erica Terrell of Udall was charged with driving under the influence, her fourth conviction of a lifetime, a non-person felony which requires a mandatory 90 days in jail and maximum one year sentence.Terrell was also charged with driving while being a habitual violator, a Class A misdemeanor; refusing a PBT, a traffic infraction; failure to provide proof of insurance; failure to provide proof of insurance, a Class B misdemeanor; and failure to maintain one lane, a traffic infraction.Terrell was accused on May 17 of crossing the clearly marked lanes. She had been convicted of DUI in Sedgwick County District Court in October 2011, Wichita Municipal Court in October 2011, and Sedgwick County District Court in May 2012.Her court deposition is July 10, at 1:30 p.m.•••••Jared Holden, 19, of Argonia was charged with minor in consumption of alcohol on May 26, 2014.————————— The following are recent convictions and dismissals of major Sumner County District court cases where a verdict has been rendered by a Sumner County judge or jury.•••••Jason Michael Stallings, born in 1977, of Wellington pled guilty to distributing certain hallucinogenics less than 3.5 grams, a level 4 drug felony. Four Level 2 drug felonies were dismissed.Stallings had been accused of distributing methamphetamine in a series of alleged drug sales at the Wellington Steakhouse Motel from Oct. 13 to Oct. 16, 2013.••••Brady Holmes, 47, of Glendale, Ari. and Jill Welch, 46, of South Range, Wisc. both had their Drug felony level 1 charges dismissed for a drug bust that occurred at the Kansas Start Casino in March.Holmes was accused of two counts of distributing methamphetamine in a greater quantity of 100 grams.  Welch was charged with one count of distributing meth in greater quantity of 100 grams and possession of methamphetamine which were both dismissed.•••••Josefa Rodiguez, born in 1989, of Bartlesville, had both of her level 4 and 5 drug felony charges dismissed after pleading guilty to possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. She was accused on Aug. 23, of making an illegal U-turn in Sumner County while possession thee baggies of marijuana and $5,100 in currency.•••••David Colling, born in 1985, of Caldwell had his felony 5 robbery charge dismissed. But he did pled guilty to domestic battery; knowing or reckless bodily harm of a family member, a Class B misdemeanor.•••••Christopher Nickum, born in 1978, of Oxford had his felony 5 robbery charge dismissed. But Nickum did pled guilty to domestic battery; knowing or reckless bodily harm of a family member, a Class B misdemeanor.last_img read more

Kareem Hunt Fantasy Outlook: How return from suspension affects Nick Chubb, Browns’ offense

first_imgKareem Hunt will return from his eight-game suspension and presumably be active for the Browns on Sunday against the Bills. Hunt hasn’t played since Week 11 of 2018. In his time in Kansas City, he was one of the top RBs in fantasy football. His return could have major implications both for Cleveland’s starting running back, Nick Chubb, and the rest of the Browns’ offense. Fantasy football value could be tough to come by for Hunt, but a player with his talent could also seize the opportunity and force Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens to play him more.At least in Week 10, it’s probably safe to assume it will be mostly business as usual with your Browns’ offensive players. But as we head down the stretch and toward the fantasy playoffs, it’s important to have an understanding of just what Hunt brings to the Browns and whether owners of Chubb should be concerned about Hunt’s return. Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry fantasy outlookThe most likely player to be positively affected by Hunt in the Browns offense is Mayfield. He’s struggled all year, and it’s not because he has no good receiving backs. But adding one of the best pass-catching RBs in football could only help him. Maybe Cleveland starts to right the ship at some point and Hunt is just one additional weapon to what could be a high-powered offense.Neither Beckham nor Landry should see a major impact from Hunt. Landry would conceptually be more susceptible as the receiver who more frequently runs short patterns, but he’s been involved fine even with Cleveland’s current passing to Chubb and Hilliard. The biggest hope with Hunt back is that it just provides a boost to the whole Cleveland offense, getting them into the end zone more often overall, something that would help everyone. WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerKareem Hunt fantasy outlookAt his best, Hunt is a dynamic three-down running back. There’s nothing lacking in his rushing or pass-catching that Cleveland could point to as a weakness that should keep him on the sideline. If they want to use Hunt as a ball-carrier, that should work – he’s averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career. Maybe the long layoff affects that, but not by enough that on a per-carry basis it makes Hunt much less appealing. Cleveland could also use Hunt as a receiving back, as he’s averaged 2.9 catches and 30.9 receiving yards per game in his two-year career.Fantasy football players obviously don’t just get points for good averages – there needs to be volume. That’s the biggest unknown. Kitchens told reporters that Hunt will “definitely have a role” in his 2019 debut. It’s also important to remember Hunt also had sports hernia surgery during his suspension, so that’s an added complication as he takes the field for a regular season game for the first time in about a year. The most obvious role in Cleveland’s offense for Hunt is as a pass-catching back, where Dontrell Hilliard has held a larger role than Chubb in recent weeks. Hilliard caught all six of his targets across Weeks 8 and 9. Three catches a game for Hunt wouldn’t be enough to give him PPR value unless he was also getting six-plus carries — possible but not guaranteed. Maybe we can assume Hunt gets one more catch per game than Hilliard was getting because Cleveland wants to get him the ball more. Four catches for 42 yards starts to become a decent PPR floor.To be frank, we really don’t know whether Hunt will have a small role, a medium role or even overtake Chubb eventually (the most unlikely outcome barring injury). At this point, Hunt should be owned in most fantasy leagues because it’s not often you can pick up a player with his talent. You just might be forced to hold him for a few weeks while this all shakes out, and  hope that maybe by the fantasy playoffs, Hunt has a secure enough role to start for you.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPHow does Kareem Hunt’s return affect Nick Chubb?In five of the past six weeks, Chubb has received at least 20 carries. He’s also averaged 3.1 receptions per game. To expect those numbers not to take at least a slight hit with Hunt active would be foolish. The tricky part is figuring out how much.Chubb’s workload on the ground hasn’t been gameflow dependent. He’s averaged about as many rushes in games the Browns win as games they lose. It seems that part of Cleveland’s offensive approach is to try and get him 20 carries a game. No matter how talented the RB who’s joining Chubb in the backfield, there’s almost no chance the Browns decide Chubb should only get 12 carries a game instead of 20. So, we’re talking about a potentially small drop — maybe down to 16 rushes per contest, on average.You wouldn’t fool anyone now by trying to trade Chubb. It would be obvious that at least a part of the motive would be Hunt-related. And Cleveland has one of the most fantasy friendly playoff schedules in football, so even if Chubb loses a bit of work, he can still give you around 16 fantasy points more often than not down the stretch.In short, the best you can do at this point is hold onto Chubb. If one of the next couple games suggests that Chubb’s workload will decline in a big way, then maybe you need to start looking for alternative starters, but he won’t have any trade value at that point. If you sell Chubb now, you’re probably getting 75 cents on the dollar for him in return. Cross your fingers that he maintains the majority of his job, which would keep him as an every-week fantasy starter.last_img read more

‘Sad’ Wenger defends Ozil after Atletico defeat

first_imgDefeat ends Wenger’s hopes of leaving Arsenal on a high as his team missed out on a shot at a major trophy and squandered their last chance to qualify for the Champions League.“I’m very sad tonight,” Wenger said. “Unfortunately you have to go through that — the game can be very cruel, sometimes very nice, but the suffering is very strong tonight. “Looking at the chances over the two games the least we could say is we are very frustrated. The tie should have been over in the first game.”It remains to be seen how another season outside Europe’s premier tournament will affect Arsenal’s search both for a new coach, and new signings, this summer. Madrid, Spain | AFP | Arsene Wenger was left devastated by Arsenal’s Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday but made a staunch defence of midfielder Mesut Ozil.Ozil’s performance was heavily criticised by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who said the German had cried “crocodile tears” after the game, and was “not fit to wear the shirt”.Diego Costa’s strike proved decisive at the Wanda Metropolitano where a 1-0 victory secured Atletico a 2-1 win on aggregate and a place in the final against Marseille.center_img “The club now has to think about what to do for next season,” Wenger said. “I think there are some good ingredients in our team and they will bounce back. With the right additions in the summer I think they can compete next year.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Olympia/Thurston County Crime Stoppers Attends National Conference in Austin, Texas

first_imgSubmitted by Olympia/Thurston County Crime StoppersThe Crime Stoppers team who made the trip to Austin, Texas. From the right, Robbi Wright (Chair), Dave Campbell (Sgt. Lacey Police Dept.), Shannon Bell (Business Director), Julie Major (Tip Soft Administrator).Olympia/Thurston County Crime Stoppers just made a trip to the music capitol of the south.  Four board members took a trip down to Austin Texas for the annual Crime Stoppers USA Training Conference.  While there members were able to take three days of classes and network with other members of Crime Stoppers organizations from all over the United States and Canada.The conference’s main focus is to provide new and innovative ways to improve our Crime Stoppers program here in Thurston County.  “Olympia/Thurston County has an awesome group of individuals who I am proud to be associated with,” shares Chair Robbi Wright.  “Attending the CS USA Conference allows us to network with other CS organizations and law enforcement throughout the United States.”  Classes taken ranged from successful tip taking and social media to representatives from Washington D.C. providing information on protecting communities from all types of fraud.Members had fun enjoying all that Austin offered including walking Lady Bird Lake, listening to live music at night time activities, and watching over a million bats come out of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk.A food challenge was taken at Threadgill’s to see who could eat the biggest chicken fried steak – only one finished to tell the tale.  Myrle Carner from Washington’s Most Wanted was honored with the Crime Stoppers USA Coordinator of the Year. It was privilege to meet him and everyone learned so much from him.The whole team came back from the conference excited to implement all the new knowledge they learned into the Crime Stopper’s Program.  Hopefully this year will be the most successful year yet for Olympia/Thurston Crime Stopper’s.  Make sure you all check our web calendar to see the new and exciting events going on. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0last_img read more