Members of the city council met in committee ahead of the formal vote to approve a non-discrimination ordinance Monday.The experience Jacob Moyer says he had in Overland Park Monday was overtly hostile, but not necessarily uncommon, according to LGBTQ residents who have spoken out in favor of a non-discrimination ordinance.Moyer, of Lenexa, said he was in a public restroom during a shopping trip when he was approached by a man working there. The man eyed his rainbow tee shirt and gruffly told Moyer to “get out of here.”So the passage of an ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity later the same day was especially sweet.“I just want to express how overjoyed I am that five hours later, it’s literally illegal to do that. That’s really exciting for me,” Moyer said after the vote Monday that made Overland Park the 11th city in Johnson County to codify legal protections from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.Overland Park was late to join the spate of similar ordinances approved in smaller Johnson County cities. Mayor Carl Gerlach said the city wanted to take the time to do it right, hence the city’s deliberate pace working on a measure for the better part of a year. But the final discussion lasted only 16 minutes before the council approved it 10-1. Councilmember Jim Kite voted against it. Councilmember Gina Burke was absent.The ordinance bars such discrimination in housing, employment or public accommodation, although religious organizations are exempt. But even council members voting for it pointed out that it is far from a perfect solution to discrimination complaints.For example, the most the city can do is levy a $1,000 fine if there’s a violation. Councilmember Dave White likened that to the penalty for making an illegal left turn. Anyone seeking bigger damages through lawsuits would go through state or federal courts, where different rules apply. And an exemption for religious organizations leaves a wide loophole for discrimination to continue, he said.Councilmember Richard Collins said the damage caused by discrimination in housing or employment is significant.“There’s a part of me that says, are we giving folks a false hope here,” he said during a committee meeting beforehand. “But then there’s a part of me also that says, OK, if we’re not part of the solution then maybe we’re part of the problem.”Discussion during that committee meeting often centered around technical issues and the nuts and bolts of enforcement. Kite expressed concerns about a part of the ordinance that makes it a duty not to discriminate. That section, meant to be a bit stricter than other cities’ NDOs, creates a pathway for lawsuits that could expose businesses to more risk, he noted.White mentioned NDOs in Arizona and Kentucky that have been the subject of lengthy lawsuits. The city could end up with legal expenses to defend its ordinance, he said.“We’re probably the biggest target. If somebody wants to test the law, they’re probably going to test it here,” he said, adding that he didn’t believe the risk of such a suit was a good reason to not pass it.Some also had qualms because the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the issue this term, and they were unsure how the ordinance could be affected.Still, the majority approved the ordinance saying it was the right thing to do, in absence of action at the state or federal level. The ordinance could be adjusted later to conform to future court rulings.“I want to remind everyone why we’re here, why we’re taking action,” said Councilmember Logan Heley. “It’s because of the people who are in our community but don’t feel fully welcome, don’t feel like they have the same rights and protections that other people, including myself and other people at this table and the audience, have.”“To our LGBTQ friends who live, work, worship, attend schools, patronize our businesses: You deserve love, you deserve to live your life, you deserve respect and you’re welcome in the city of Overland Park.”Other council members largely agreed during the discussion in the full chamber.Councilmember Chris Newlin said he was missing his son’s choir solo for the vote. But his teenage son had told him the vote would mean a lot to his classmates struggling with gender issues.“He said, ‘you’re doing the right thing, dad,’” Newlin said.Councilmember Faris Farassati, a physician, said the action makes sense from a public health perspective because “discrimination is a very good ground for destroying your mental health.”But the state and federal governments are more appropriate arenas to have the discussion, most agreed. A few councilmembers noted that several state lawmakers were in the chamber and urged them to take the matter up. Attending were Reps. Brandon Woodard, Brett Parker, Stephanie Clayton, Susan Ruiz, Jerry Stogsdill and Sen. John Skubal.Heley took a moment to give Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning’s email address, before Gerlach warned him not to become too political.Afterward, Woodard said he is confident there are enough votes to pass House Bill 2130 barring discrimination on sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure has been blocked by leadership from coming to a vote, he said.
Extron announced the launch of its XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS, an XTP input board that provides four HDMI inputs with multi-channel audio downmixing and stereo audio connectivity. It’s HDCP 2.2 compliant and accommodates data rates up to 18 Gbps for support of video resolutions up to 4K/60 at 4:4:4 color sampling. Multichannel audio signals are maintained for HDMI switching and downmixed to two-channel PCM audio for independent routing within the system. Also, stereo audio can be embedded into the XTP signal stream for extension alongside video signals. The input board is fully compatible with all XTP matrix switcher models, with incoming signals being switched to an XTP output board for local or remote signal routing. These features and capabilities make the XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS input board the ideal solution for supporting multi-channel audio down-mixing, 4K video and flexible audio distribution within XTP Systems.The XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS input board can be used with all XTP II CrossPoint matrix switchers and can also be used in original XTP CrossPoint models. This compatibility makes the HDCP 2.2-compliant input board an excellent choice for new and existing installations to support 4K video and audio switching and distribution. XTP II is the only AV technology platform that supports uncompressed 4K video while providing additional bandwidth to accommodate anticipated future video resolutions and formats.Details on the XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS are here.
January 1, 2012 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board members quiz Trippe about judicial appointments Board members quiz Trippe about judicial appointments Senior EditorGov. Rick Scott is looking for judicial applicants with character, who know the limits of their office, and who will also practice judicial restraint, according to Scott’s general counsel, Charles Trippe.Trippe attended the Bar Board of Governors December 9 meeting to discuss the role of his office and Scott’s approach to selecting judges and appointing members to the state’s 26 judicial nominating commissions. He also took questions from board members, which ranged from why Scott had rejected certain JNC-nominated slates of judicial candidates to the importance of diversity in the review of nominees. There was also praise for Scott’s proposed 2011-12 budget, which does not cut funding for the courts and seeks to stabilize court funding by using more state general revenues and decreasing the reliance on fluctuating court filing fees.Trippe said that part of the general counsel’s tasks is to advise the governor on judicial nominations. Scott, he said, is looking for nominees with character, academic qualifications, trial skills and experience, judicial temperament, respect among peers, and commitment to judicial restraint. The governor also wants diversity, including geographic and area of practice, as well as gender, racial, and ethnic variety.“We interview each nominee who is sent to us by the JNC,” Trippe told the board.“I make it a point to attend each and every one of those interviews. We make it a point to take the time with each nominee to make sure they feel they have an opportunity to be heard.”Trippe’s staff checks references and makes other calls to find out about the nominees.But when it comes to evaluating the candidates, Scott wants “first and foremost, character.”“We really do want to make sure that people who are appointed to the bench are of the highest character and also have the personality and demeanor it takes to be a successful and proper judge,” Trippe said. “I think and I know the governor agrees that the worst type of personality to put on the bench is the sort of person who would abuse his or her power. So any indication that this has been a problem in the past or that it might be an issue is clearly a red flag.”He conceded that evaluating judicial restraint can be tricky.“I can’t really define it; it comes under the same category as pornography was to [former U.S. Supreme Court Justice] Potter Stewart: I know it when I see it, and I know its absence when I see it,” Trippe said. “It involves the separation of powers, understanding that the judicial officer’s role is to interpret the law and to apply it to individual cases, and not to veer toward legislative. It’s crucial as well to the goal of limited government, which, of course, is important to the separation of powers.“A restrained judge, of course, follows precedent wherever possible, and that leads to predictability of the law.”America’s commitment to the rule of law has allowed it to prosper, he said, but that commitment will be strained by the challenge from rising economic powers, such as China and India.“Will the rule of law have the role it has had so far, because it is the most precious thing we have in this country?” Trippe said. “Our view is that judges contribute to that and protect it by acting with what we call ‘judicial restraint.’”Here is an edited transcript of the questions board members asked Trippe and his answers: Q: Why did the governor recently reject slates of judicial nominees from the First District Court of Appeal JNC and the Fourth Circuit JNC and request new slates? Trippe: “It’s the governor’s prerogative, and it’s his right to send a list back. Once we reviewed the list, we felt the goal of judicial restraint would be better served with other folks.” Trippe said he didn’t recall the precise reasons for rejecting the First DCA list, but with the Fourth Circuit slate, “I believe that all three of those folks were essentially in the same line of work. They were all personal injury lawyers and they — this goes to the issue of diversity, in some sense — were all white males of approximately the same age. And we wanted to see more diversity, professionally.” Q: Why did the governor request a new slate of candidates for a recent vacancy on the Fourth DCA, when the first list included two men and a woman? Trippe: “I remember that. When we looked at that group, we just thought that we would further our goals in getting the candidates we wanted by asking for another list. I’m not sure that was diversity of outlook on that group.. . . We really do want the most qualified people, regardless of their outlook, their station in life. . . for judicial office.” Q. How does the general counsel staff and the governor evaluate a judicial candidate’s or a JNC applicant’s commitment to judicial restraint? Trippe: “Well, we ask around. We ask about their attitude toward the legal profession, and as to who would make a good judge, who would not make a good judge, who would they be likely to recommend, who would they be likely not to recommend. What they do, what they think, what is their life’s work. . . that sort of thing.” Q: Several recent judicial appointments by the governor have either been current assistant state attorneys or former prosecutors. Is there something about government lawyers or prosecutors that the governor likes? Trippe: “Miami-Dade is one of those areas where it’s very difficult to get people from the private sector, in private practice, to apply. There were three appointments from Miami made yesterday [December 8]. One was a prosecutor, one was a lawyer who works for the Department of Children and Families’ Children’s Legal Services. . . and there was a sitting county judge [appointed to the circuit bench]. But the answer to your question is there have been a lot of prosecutors in Miami.. . . That, I think, is due to the fact a lot of these folks are going to face election immediately, and there’s a very large disparity between what they make and what lawyers in private practice make.” Q: How does the governor review the Bar’s nominees for JNCs? Trippe: “They are evaluated the same way the governor does for his direct JNC appointments.” He also noted that former Gov. Charlie Crist had not made several of his JNC appointments, so Scott has appointed about 40 percent of the JNCs’ membership since taking office. Q: Does political party affiliation have any bearing for the JNCs or for appointment to the bench? Trippe: The governor has appointed applicants from both parties. “There’s no litmus test. . . for political party or for political outlook. The important thing are these issues of ‘How will judges behave?’ and ‘Will this person be a judge who exercises restraint and behaves the way the governor expects?’” Q: The Bar is grateful to Gov. Scott for maintaining funding for the courts in his recommended budget and also for proposing using more general revenue to support the courts in place of unpredictabile filing fees and other revenues generated by the courts. That aside, what does the governor expect of JNC members insofar as how they treat applicants during interviews? Trippe: On judicial funding, “It is very important to him, as many of you will know. He was a [Texas] lawyer and a pretty good lawyer. He has tremendous respect for lawyers and judges and does not want to see the judiciary go through what it went through last year [with massive shortfalls in revenues].” On how JNCs treat judicial applicants, “I make an effort to interview each nominee, and we try not to treat it as any sort of adversarial process. In other words, we treat them with respect in the way we speak with them, and we make it a practice not to blindside them during their interview with information that has been developed from some [outside] source. If we think there is something that needs to be addressed — and we have more sources of information besides references and material that come to our attention — we will try not to be confrontational about information that needs to be explained, whether it’s embarrassing personal information. . . or things that contradict the application. It’s not uncommon for things to crop up on background [checks] that have not been disclosed — and there’s usually a good reason for that.“We try not to make this a gotcha session or mousetrap. I’m aware that it has happened at JNCs before. That is something that was discussed at the recent [JNC] training session. Frankly, if I thought that a person was doing that on a JNC, I would not recommend to the governor that that person be reappointed to that JNC.”
Minn. splits atypical Monday double-headerMondays usually are reserved for class and homework, which was not the case yesterday. Trevor BornApril 15, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintJeff DeSmidt had class at 9 a.m. Monday.Because NCAA rules prohibit baseball teams from practicing after a weekend series, most baseball players schedule a heavy class load on Mondays.But DeSmidt and his teammates instead spent the day at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Ill., where the Gophers split another doubleheader with Northwestern.“Monday’s usually a day when you get in the weight room, go to class and get your homework done,” DeSmidt said. “We’re kind of feeling that. There’s about eight computers open on the bus with guys doing homework and e-mailing professors and stuff.”The two teams were forced to play doubleheaders Sunday and Monday after the first three games of the series were canceled. The Gophers were stuck at the airport until 11 p.m. Thursday night after their flight was canceled, and didn’t fly out of Minneapolis until around 8 p.m. Friday.It rained all day Saturday in Evanston, which meant two more canceled games and more waiting around to play for the Gophers.“You get to eat a lot of Burger King and play a lot of cards. It gets to be a real long day,” DeSmidt said.When the teams finally did get to play, the temperature hovered in the 40s with strong winds and the team had to wait inside their bus in between games.“It’s tough on everybody,” head coach John Anderson said. “When you play four of your 52 games in about 30 hours, in cold and rainy weather, I’m not sure how much good that does for a team.”The Gophers lost Monday’s first game – which was only scheduled for seven innings – 6-5 on a sixth-inning, two-run homerun from Northwestern shortstop Tommy Finn. Freshman Seth Rosin, who came into the game with the best ERA among Minnesota starters, gave up four runs in just four innings of work during the game, further stressing a bullpen that was pushed to its limits.That set the stage for Dustin Brabender to save the day. The senior pitched a nine-inning complete game in the second game, which the Gophers won 9-3.“That was awesome,” DeSmidt said. “We’ll be that much deeper going into our games this week. It shows that he’s got some grit and dedication out there, and it’ll help later in the week.”Brabender gave up a lot of hits in the game – 10 – but kept eight of them to singles and didn’t walk anyone.“That’s how I pitch,” Brabender said. “I try to be a groundball pitcher. Sometimes they’re going to find the hole, but if they’re not going off the wall or over the fence, we can stay in the game.”Centerfielder Matt Nohelty continued his hot hitting, going 6-for-10 with two RBIs and two stolen bases in the two games. The junior improved his batting average to .429 on the season, third in the Big Ten and first among leadoff hitters.“He’s one of the best hitters in the Big Ten, no doubt about it,” Anderson said.Per NCAA rules, the Gophers will get today off before boarding a bus bright and early Wednesday morning to play Northern Iowa in Waterloo.“It’s tough, but that’s the nature of baseball. It’s a grind,” DeSmidt said. “You just have to embrace it, I guess.”
In order to enable runners who visit Zagreb to enjoy their favorite activity, four friends, runners, lovers of Zagreb, last year launched racing tours of the city of Zagreb.Packing things for the trip for one runner means that they will probably throw in a pair of sneakers, and runners are like that, they don’t give up their routine, says Sandra Bortek, founder of the start-up project SightRun, adding that when they come to a new city they usually don’t know where to run. where it is safe and beautiful. Although they would also like to get to know the city, they often do not have time for both, and looking at the map and running do not really go together. It is easy for a pleasant and relaxing activity like running to turn into stress and fear of losing or being late for a business meeting.This is how the story goes from a great idea to the need for a product, ie a mobile application for running SighRun. SightRun is a mobile application that allows runners to run carefree and comfortable even when on the road, and the application contains audio racing tours that combine running with sightseeing so that runners can enjoy running along the way exploring a new city.An award-winning startup idea for four runners, the SightRun mobile application for tourist running will soon see the light of day and thus offer something new and different on the market. SightRun mobile application is the winner of the Startup Factory Zagreb 2016 competition, the finalist of the Zagreb Connect international startup conference, the winner of the Women Invest (Women In Adria 2017) pitch competition ”After the selected tour is downloaded to the mobile phone, it is enough for the runner to put on the headphones and press play. After that, he no longer needs the Internet, and he can store his mobile phone and let the application guide him safely through the city. ” – Tamara Markotić told us.Runners who like to run alone, do not have time for classic tours or want to get to know their city will soon have the opportunity to download the first version of the SightRun mobile application, which will be available for Android mobile devices in June. The tours will be available in Croatian and English, and the first available city will be Zagreb, followed by other Croatian cities. “SightRun not only helps runners get to know a new destination, but also presents the destination as “Runner’s Friendly”. Tourist running is a new tourist product. We are witnessing the popularity of running in Croatia. There is no need for a runner to give up his favorite activity just because he is in a new city. Still, the SightRun app is also an opportunity for local runners to get to know their city in a whole new way.”- added Sandra Bortek.Last year, the team working on the project started running tours in the city of Zagreb called RunZagreb, and with their tours they supplemented the tourist offer of the city, thus representing Zagreb (and Croatia) as a racing destination. What else to add but – support the first Croatian racing application and register on their website www.sightrun.com and follow them on social media Facebook i Instagram @SightRunApp.
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Photo by Elena Lyakir in the show “Quivers of Spring.”Quivers Of Spring“Quivers of Spring: Photographs by Elena Lyakir,” the artist’s debut East End show, will be held at The Spur in Southampton. The solo show is curated by Southampton-based art advisor, Heidi Lee Komaromi, and is a celebration of Women’s History Month.An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 5 to 9 PM. Lyakir is a fine art photographer and an internationally exhibited artist.The show will feature 12 works by Lyakir, who is known for her double-exposure landscapes created in the style of photo impressionism. Comedian and CNBC host Bill McCuddy will lead a Q&A.Augustus NazzaroThe Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton present Augustus Nazzaro’s “Threshold.” An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 4 to 7 PM. The show runs through April 28.Parrish PerspectivesParrish Perspectives at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill presents artists Renate Aller and Jean-Luc Mylayne. The show runs through July 28. The series features monumentally-scaled photographs drawn from the permanent collection that illuminate the intimate bond between subject and photographer. For more info, visit www.parrishart.org.Forms & FiguresThe William Ris Gallery in Jamesport presents “Forms & Figures,” highlighting the creative energy of nine women artists — Chris Ann Ambery, Deborah Brisker Burk, Shawn Ehlers, Madison Fender, Jan Guarino, Jennifer Hannaford, Margaret Minardi, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, and Susan Saunders. The show runs through April 14. An artist talk will take place on Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4 PM.Takeover!“Takeover! Artists in Residence” continues at the Southampton Arts Center. Curated by Amy Kirwin, the show includes artists Scott Bluedorn, Daniel Cabrera, Darlene Charneco, Kara Hoblin, Ruby Jackson, Laurie Lambrecht, Jerome Lucani, Paton Miller, and Jeff Muhs. There is a weekly “hangout” every Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. For a full schedule of events, visit www.southamptonartscenter.org. The show runs through April 14.Guild Hall MembersGuild Hall’s 81st Artist Members Exhibition will run through April 6. The guest juror is Jocelyn Miller, the assistant curator at MoMA PS1. For more info, visit http://www.guildhall.org.A Walk In The ForestSara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “A Walk in the Forest.” The exhibition runs through April 2. Artists include Irina Alimanestianu, Ani Antreasyan, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Tom Brydelsky, Rossa Cole, Elizabeth Dow, Cara Enteles, Sara Genn, Shirley Irons, Laurie Lambrecht, Elena Lyakir, Christa Maiwald, and Anne Raymond.Black & WhiteThe White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton presents “Black & White.” The group exhibition displays paintings, mixed media, sculptures, and photographs in black and white. Artists include Athos Zacharias, Stephen Bezas, Keith Ramsdell, Lynn Savarese, Andrea McCafferty, Kat O’Neill, Susan Washington, Gerry Giliberti, Abby Abrams, Berges Alvarez, Karen Kirschner, Joseph McCloskey, Christina Stowe, Martha McAleer, and more. The show runs through March 31.Winter PhotographsClovis Point Winery in Jamesport is showing Jim Sabiston’s “Winter Photographs,” curated by Alex Ferrone. The exhibit runs through March 31.Genesis And TranscendenceThe Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor is showcasing Michael Butler’s work in an exhibit titled “Genesis and Transcendence.” The show features approximately two dozen works, spanning a range of the artist’s creative endeavors. The show runs through April email@example.com Share
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Revenue of GBP192.1 million (USD288.0 million) was down from GBP211.5 million (USD318.19 million) in the previous financial year, with underlying profit before tax also down 35.6 percent on the prior year, falling from GBP4.1 million (USD6.15 million) to GBP2.6 million (USD3.9 million).Mark Briffa, ceo of Air Partner, commented: “This has proved to be a year of two very different halves, as reflected in the disappointing half-year results, which were lower than expected as a result of fewer material one-off contracts in our Commercial Jet division. However, the second half of the year delivered better results than anticipated helping us achieve a full year result ahead of revised expectation”In an official statement, Air Partner said that its Freight division has seen year-on-year revenue and gross profit growth, reflecting new business wins generated by the investment made in skilled recruits. Briffa added: “Our ability to attract and retain experienced sales people from competitors has certainly contributed to the strong results, with the division reporting a 105.4 percent increase in revenue to GBP24.1 million (USD36.14 million) [2014: GBP11.7 million (USD17.55 million)]. This led to a significant improvement in underlying operating profit from a loss of GBP0.1 million (USD0.15 million) in 2014 to a profit of GBP0.4 million (USD0.6 million). www.airpartner.com
Published: July 17, 2017 8:52 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. McCain colleague says senator ‘sounding strong’ post-surgery WASHINGTON (AP) Arizona Sen. John McCain is “sounding strong” as he recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye, his closest Republican colleague in the Senate said Monday.“They found the spot and it looks like everything is going to be A-OK,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters after speaking to McCain. “He wants to come back so bad he can’t stand it. I think they won’t let him fly for a week. But I think he would walk back if they would let him.”McCain, 80, underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona last Friday. Doctors said the senator had a “minimally invasive” procedure to remove the nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot and that the surgery went “very well.”McCain was recuperating at his home in Arizona. Pathology reports on the clot were expected in the next several days.The surgery forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a vote on the Republican health care bill, another setback for the effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In a Senate divided 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats, McConnell can lose no more than two votes and still prevail.Other senators said they spoke to McCain, and President Donald Trump wished him a speedy recovery.“We hope John McCain gets better very soon. Because we miss him. He’s a crusty voice in Washington. Plus we need his vote,” Trump said at a trade event.McConnell, who spoke to McCain, called him a “tough guy.”But the response on Twitter from a committeewoman with the Republican National Committee prompted condemnation from the organization.The RNC assailed a member who shared a social media post encouraging McCain to “just die already.”The message came Monday from Republican national committeewoman Diana Orrock of Nevada. Orrock tweeted, “Amen,” in response to another Twitter user who had written, “Please Just (expletive) Die Already” above the hashtag “JohnMcCain”.Republican National Committee spokesman Ryan Mahoney called Orrock’s tweet “extremely inappropriate.”“Senator McCain is a hero who made countless sacrifices on behalf of all Americans. We look forward to his speedy recovery so he can return to the Senate and the work of the American people,” Mahoney said.McCain, a former Navy pilot who was shot down over Vietnam and spent 5½ years as a prisoner of war, was the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008.Orrock deleted the tweet after it attracted media coverage. She did not respond to a voicemail or a text message seeking comment.Meanwhile, the Senate panel that McCain leads will press ahead with its business this week. The Armed Services Committee says Republican Senator James Inhofe will act as chairman during McCain’s absence. Inhofe, who is from Oklahoma, is a longtime member of the panel and runs the subcommittee on military readiness and management support.The committee meets Tuesday to consider the nomination of Air Force Gen. Paul Selva to serve a second term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Related Articles:McCain surgery for blood clot could complicate Senate voteMcCain emerges as Trump’s top Republican nemesis in Congress Author: Associated Press SHARE