Google+ Twitter Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – January 29, 2021 0 252 Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases food distribution schedule, Feb. 2-4Next articleAlmost 2,000 without power near downtown Elkhart Friday Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Pinterest Pinterest South Bend house fire leaves two families displaced TAGSduplexfirehouseIndianaOlivePhilippa StreetSouth BendWestern WhatsApp (Source: https://goo.gl/4hRlFI License: https://goo.gl/OOAQfn) Two families are displaced after a house fire in South Bend Friday.Fire crews were called to the duplex on Philippa Street, near Olive and Western, around 2 a.m.The fire was contained within 15 minutes, but had already caused severe damage to both homes, according to ABC 57 News.The cause of the fire has not yet been released. Facebook WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews
It’s been just over a year since beloved singer-songwriter Chris Cornell took his own life, and his death still feels just as shocking and perplexing as the day it happened. The emotional knife was twisted once again on July 20th of last year, as we passed what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday, but also received the heartbreaking news that Cornell’s longtime friend and Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington had also committed suicide, in the same fashion his friend had back in May. Neither man left a note, only creating more uncertainty around the apparent connection between the two men’s deaths. The two had developed a kinship over the years, as they both balanced their brooding creative visions as songwriters and performers against struggles with addiction and depression.Bennington had publicly struggled with the loss of Cornell. As his Linkin Park cohort Mike Shinoda explained in a Radio.com interview after Cornell’s death, the band had been booked for a TV performance to promote their new single, but when they head the news they decided to play a different, more somber track about the loss of a friend:When we were doing a sound check Chester couldn’t even make it through the song, he was getting halfway through and getting choked up. And even when we did play the whole song, and it was live on TV, or taped for film for TV, he kind of just stopped towards the end…he missed the last couple lines, just couldn’t finish the song.Watch that performance below:Bennington later performed Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s funeral following the singer’s death. You can listen to a clip of that performance below via thejohnreaperTV:Over a year before Cornell’s death, he had also been publicly devastated by the sudden and shocking death of music and pop culture icon Prince. Prince, too, dealt with inner turmoil that he kept shielded from the public, as an addiction to opiates contributed to his deteriorated health and eventual death. You can read Cornell’s written tribute to The Purple One from his Facebook page, and listen to his live cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” below. You can also watch a live, in-studio video of Cornell playing “Nothing Compares 2 U” as part of a 2015 Sirius XM interview and performance: It is heartbreaking to see so many amazing, emotionally and artistically raw musicians meeting such tragic ends. All we can do is appreciate the artists and the people in our lives today, help each other, and share life’s load to make sure no one person is crushed under its weight. Rest in peace, Prince, Chris, and Chester.
Solar-plus-storage projects spreading across the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A new wave of solar farm development, pairing solar photovoltaics with battery storage, is accelerating across the United States, most notably in California, Hawaii, Florida and the Northeast.Roughly 40 such systems were in operation in the U.S. as of late September, combining about 533 MW of storage with 1,242 MW of solar capacity. Meanwhile, companies are developing at least another 85 co-located solar and storage projects, most of which are in the near- to medium-term planning stages or under construction, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. The planned projects combine 4,175 MW of storage with 8,921 MW of solar.These dynamic renewable energy assets can operate past sunset and into the hours of peak electricity demand typically served by natural gas-fired and hydroelectric generation. Adding energy storage to PV can also help reduce curtailments, or cuts of solar production during periods of midday oversupply on the grid, a growing challenge throughout California and other parts of the country, and smooth the variability of the renewable resource.The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, or LADWP, in September approved power purchase agreements for output from the Eland Solar and Storage Center in Kern County, a planned 400 MW solar project with 200 MW to 300 MW of batteries. Under development by 8minute Solar Energy LLC, the Eland facility is billed as “the largest solar and battery energy storage system in the United States.” The contracts, pending approval from the Los Angeles City Council, have all-in prices between $30/MWh and $40/MWh, depending on battery size. That is comparable to other recently contracted solar-plus-storage projects in the West.But some of the biggest U.S. solar-plus-storage buyers are outside of California. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. affiliate NV Energy Inc., for instance, in June announced plans to add 1,190 MW of solar capacity paired with 590 MW of battery storage in Nevada. Platts Analytics has identified a recent surge in solar-plus-storage projects in the deeper development pipeline. As of September 2019, for example, the California ISO’s interconnection queue showed 23,377 MW of energy storage under consideration with solar projects on the grid operator’s transmission system. That is up from 5,965 MW in June 2018.More ($): Solar-plus-storage power plant development accelerates in the U.S.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaAn ex-employee of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla testified Monday that Bonilla told him he would be seen as disloyal if the employee didn’t hand over compromising photos of the employee’s ex-girlfriend.Alex Desidoro was one of two former employees who took the stand in the sixth day of the trial against Bonilla, who’s fighting misconduct and coercion charges for allegedly trying to use the photos to get the woman, fellow ex-clerk employee Ariel Davis, to drop sexual harassment allegations.“He could see I was uncomfortable,” Desidoro testified of his reaction when Bonilla allegedly asked him for the images. Asked what would happen if he refused, Desidoro said: “He would question my loyalty.”Desidoro told the court that when the town’s investigator later questioned him on the allegations, Bonilla told him to “remain loyal and to make him look good.”According to Desidoro, the investigator told him: “Just more stuff on Mark, he’s done anyway.” Asked to elaborate, he added that he was told: “We’ve gotten a lot of statements from people on what Mark’s done.”Derek Foder, another former employee of Bonilla’s, also testified Monday. He said that he was offered his “dream position” in town hall in exchange for cooperating—a move he said felt was a bribe—but could not recall who made that offer.He wanted to stay in Bonilla’s office, but was eventually assigned back to the passport office, the department where he first started.Bonilla’s defense attorney, Adrian DiLuzio, asked Foder to describe Davis’ attitude in the office, and Foder testified that Davis was “stern” and very serious. He also cited a Facebook post she made referring to her promotion that Foder said sounded like she was “bragging.”Foder also testified that attendance was an issue for Davis and that she would show up to work late and sometimes not at all. This caused her to have a contentious relationship with Bonilla’s secretary, who was in charge the office schedule.He also told the court that she was so close with Desidoro and another fellow employee, Alyssa Smith, that the rest of the staff referred to them as “tri-pod,” but Davis became jealous of Smith and Desidoro’s relationship, which lead to her being unpredictable.“You never knew what Ariel was showing up,” he said.
The ongoing threat of the novel coronavirus now raises questions about the timeline of the Tokyo Olympics, slated for July and August of this year. Indonesia has shown firm support for the games to proceed according to schedule.Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) chief Raja Sapta “Okto” Oktohari said on Monday that his party had sent a letter to both Japanese and Chinese NOCs regarding the current situation of the coronavirus outbreak, which had affected both countries. In addition to offering sympathy, Okto said, his organization offered any support that Japan might need to overcome the difficulty of organizing the event amid the outbreak.“We are offering any assistance to and support for our friend Japan, which has been working hard to stage the Tokyo Olympics,” he said on the sidelines of Indonesia’s annual NOC meeting in Jakarta. As of Monday afternoon, Japan recorded 256 cases of the coronavirus and six deaths. The Tokyo Olympics is set to be held from July 24 to Aug. 9.Last week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) senior member Dick Pound said it was not impossible to reschedule the Olympics to next year but wanted athletes who were training for Tokyo to know the IOC was fully committed to having them at the opening ceremonies on July 24, Reuters reported.The World Health Organization has met the 2020 Olympics organizers to advise them on the coronavirus situation, and “no decision has been made to cancel the major sporting event in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak”, CNBC reported.Okto said Indonesia had displayed similar support for the Philippines SEA Games last December, which had been criticized over lack of readiness in organizing the multisport event. “We showed some support while others opted to criticize the organizers during the Philippines SEA Games,” he said.“And the result was positive as we got many services and positive feedback from the host, the Philippines.”Team Indonesia’s Tokyo Olympics chief of mission Rosan Roeslani said the current coronavirus outbreak had caused him to postpone his plan to visit Japan to conduct a survey before the games in Tokyo. The survey was previously scheduled for the third week of March.“Our preparation is still ongoing. We will keep communicating with the IOC,” he said.Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said that his ministry would wait for the IOC or the decisions of other world authorities on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. He said Indonesia would obey any final recommendation issued regarding the Olympics.This is similar to the minister’s gesture when facing the same crisis with the Philippines Para Games, which were eventually postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.Topics : Indonesia’s full support of Japan in staging the quadrennial event may also aim to aid the country’s mission to win its bid for the 2032 Olympics.The Indonesian NOC plans to use the Tokyo Games to showcase the country’s readiness to host the Olympics by establishing Rumah Indonesia (House of Indonesia) to promote the country and garner support from other Olympic participants.Rumah Indonesia is projected to cost Rp 200 billion (US$13.8 million). The house will be built in a strategic location inside the athletes’ villages in Tokyo.Indonesia will compete against Brisbane, Australia, and a joint bid by North and South Korea to host the 2032 Olympics.
June 10, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – As Criminal Justice Reform Caucus members and guests spoke at a press conference today about reentry and reintegration, Gov. Tom Wolf commended the caucus for its bi-partisan commitment to commonsense criminal justice reform.“The caucus’ shared goal of advancing commonsense criminal justice reform is vital to giving those who have served their time a second chance,” Gov. Wolf said. “We know that effective reentry strategies reduce recidivism and increase public safety, and I commend the caucus for viewing this important, ongoing effort through a bi-partisan lens, focused on individuals, not political party.”Reentry and reintegration are priorities for Gov. Wolf, the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole with programs in place to help inmates and parolees overcome barriers to post-incarceration success.Every year the DOC releases 19,000 individuals back into their communities following incarceration. DOC provides inmates with a variety of educational and vocational programs to teach them skills that they can use after incarceration to obtain and maintain life-sustaining jobs.Inmates who receive training while still incarnated have a better chance at success once released from prison.For those who don’t have a stable home environment to return to, the journey of reentry begins at one of dozens of community correction centers (CCC) throughout the commonwealth. The continuity of the services at these facilities can make the transition back into the community smoother for the reentrant.In addition to employment and housing, many reentrants suffer from substance use disorder and the DOC works to ensure access to community programs like mental health care, substance abuse treatment and support groups in order to successfully reenter into society. A collaborative effort with the Opioid Command Center is also underway to ensure reentrants have a bridge from treatment they’ve received in prison to community-based treatment and recovery services.Gov. Wolf has made criminal justice reform a priority, working with both sides of the aisle on multiple initiatives, including:• A Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.• Signing the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.• Signing Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.• Signing Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.• Signing Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.• Signing Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.• Experiencing a record decline in the state’s prison population, while also experiencing a drop in crime.Gov. Wolf has also called for additional reforms, including passage and implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI 2, to address the high cost of incarceration in the state, to strengthen support for county probation programs, and to fix inadequate sentencing guidelines; reforming the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system; and reforming the post-trial criminal justice system to ensure work towards rehabilitation of individuals and preparation to reenter society, rather than creating further risks for recidivism.“We all have a stake in helping give those who have paid their debt to society every possible chance to succeed when they return to their communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Many of these bi-partisan reforms are doing just that and I look forward to seeing additional commonsense reforms come to my desk.” Gov. Wolf Commends Bi-Partisan Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
MASON CITY — A Florida woman accused of cashing stolen checks in north-central Iowa banks has pleaded not guilty. 30-year-old Christina Whitaker of Lantana Florida was accused of going to four different branches of First Citizens Bank in December of last year and cashing eight stolen checks with a total value of $16,300. Authorities say Whitaker used the stolen identity of a bank customer and impersonated the account holder. Whitaker has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, as well as identity theft involving over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years. Whitaker was due in court Tuesday for her arraignment hearing but filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges late last week. Her trial is scheduled to start on December 1st. She remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $50,000 bond.