U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday questioned whether a lower court sufficiently considered that a man convicted in the deadly 2002 "D.C. Sniper" shooting spree in the Washington area was a minor at the time of the crimes when he was sentenced to life in prison. The nine justices heard arguments in an appeal by the state of Virginia objecting to the lower court's decision ordering that Lee Boyd Malvo's sentence of life in prison without parole be thrown out. The most likely contender based on questions he asked during the argument would be Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Aela Mansmann, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape Elizabeth High School outside Portland, has been at odds with Cape Elizabeth Schools for a month after posting a note in a bathroom that said: "There's a rapist in our school and you know who it is." She and two other students who left similar notes were ordered suspended. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is taking on Mansmann's case and calling on federal court to stop her suspension.
GAZIANTEP, Turkey—After eight years of Syrian civil war, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, and the displacement of half the Syrian population, U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s decisions have created conditions for Bashar al-Assad’s regime to re-assert control over nearly one-third of the country that had been outside its grip since 2012. Far from reining in U.S. adversaries, Trump’s presidency will likely be remembered as one through which Assad, this century’s greatest mass murderer, managed finally to claw his way back to a position of undisputed authority. Trump Just Enlisted America in a New Axis of EvilThis is the way that’s playing out on the ground in what is, admittedly, still a complicated situation.The news began Tuesday morning with Russian pro-Kremlin journalist Oleg Blokhin streaming a live video from inside the recently abandoned American al-Sa’idi’a base in Syria on the western outskirts of the Manbij countryside. “Good morning to everyone from Manbij,” exclaimed Blokhin. “I’m at the American military base right now, where they were until yesterday morning. Already, we’re here [instead]. We’re going to examine now how they were living here, what they were so busy with, and what’s going on.” A second video would show Blokhin as he mockingly played with a boom barrier at the entrance to the base, appearing to check whether or not it worked. “It’s in good condition,” he assured the cameraman, with a slight grin. Blokhin, who works for the pro-Kremlin ANNA news network, previously covered the activities of Russian private military contractor Wagner as it trained pro-Assad militiamen in January, and later accompanied Russian and pro-Assad forces during the latter’s successful August campaign to take back the town of Khan Sheikhoun. Now, he stood gloating on a former U.S. military base. Other pro-Assad media soon conducted similar tours of other U.S. bases abandoned by American soldiers. Reports throughout the day Tuesday would also claim U.S. troops pulled out of two new additional locations including the eastern town of Tal Baydar and the Kharab Ashak base west of Ain Aissa. Shortly before U.S. troops withdrew, ISIS families still being detained at a nearby prison facility in Ain Aissa reportedly set fires throughout the camp in a renewed attempt to try to escape. In addition to exemplifying the momentous shift underway as Assad’s vital ally Russia finally replaces the United States as the primary party in northern Syria capable of liaising with most all of the parties to the conflict, Blokhin’s livestream carried a special significance for locals in Manbij. Over the past week, including several days after Trump’s shock announcement that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria, American soldiers at the al-Sa’idi’a base actually continued carrying out near-daily patrols in the western and northern Manbij countryside that helped successfully ward off previous attempts by Syrian regime forces to set up positions in the area. That offered hope to those in Manbij who oppose the regime—that U.S. military institutions might be capable of coercing the Turkish president to adopt a compromise that saw U.S. troops remain in the area until Turkish-backed forces were capable of assuming control. But those hopes along with more than 16 months of U.S.-Turkish diplomacy were dashed Tuesday as the American troops made their final withdrawal from the area, paving the way for Russian and Syrian regime forces to roll in free and unopposed. Elsewhere, in Ain Aissa and Tal Tamr, towns located along the M4 highway, northern Syria’s main artery and transportation route, Russian and regime forces established permanent checkpoints and bases to ensure control of the strategic route in the face of oncoming Turkish assaults. Those reinforcements appeared to have helped the SDF capture three villages from Turkish-backed forces in the immediate vicinity north of Tal Tamr later that night. While the arrival of regime forces undoubtedly has provided much needed relief for the SDF on several fronts, doing so will come with a cost. As the SDF welcomes more Syrian regime reinforcements into its territory, the group undoubtedly will lose future leverage it would need in order to preserve a role for itself within civil governing institutions throughout northeast Syria. On Monday, the SDF’s largely toothless civil wing, the Syrian Democratic Council, issued a directive to local councils in the area to continue to perform their duties “as previously,” insisting that “nothing has changed” and that the agreement with the regime constituted no more than a temporary military alliance to protect Syria’s borders. However it’s unlikely that the SDF, the Syrian Democratic Council, or other SDF-backed institutions within the group’s self-proclaimed “Autonomous Administration” will be able to preserve any modicum of independence as their reliance on the Assad regime becomes more solidified. And, following the failure of Russian-Turkish negotiations throughout Tuesday to reach a ceasefire between the warring parties, that reliance looks set to intensify. Negotiations between Moscow and Ankara began Tuesday morning following condemnation of Turkey’s campaign by the Kremlin’s special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev. A high-ranking Free Syrian Army military source in Manbij told The Daily Beast that Turkey gave orders Tuesday morning to its FSA proxies to halt temporarily their assault while both sides attempted to reach a solution. During that time, numerous pro-regime demonstrations were held in Manbij as the Syrian army sent several armored tanks into the city. According to local sources on the ground, some of these demonstrations were led by pro-regime figures that previously had been arrested by the SDF but were recently released following the Russian and Syrian regime entrance to the city. The Russian-Turkish talks come one day after the official Facebook page for the Russian defense ministry’s Hmeimim base issued a stern warning for Turkey and its allies not to “behave recklessly in entering an open war with government troops.” That was issued shortly after the Russians allegedly concluded an agreement with the SDF to allow Russian and regime troops to enter the cities of Kobani and Manbij. Yet despite the repeated warnings and attempts to hold talks, by Tuesday night Turkish-backed forces re-launched their assault. Thousands of civilians fled the border city of Kobani as a result of renewed Turkish assaults on the city in an attempt by the latter to capture the site of a former U.S. base recently abandoned nearby. Shortly after, our military source would claim renewed orders had been given by Ankara to re-launch operations in Manbij by dawn. Speaking to Reuters while returning from the Azerbaijaini capital Baku, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared undeterred by recent U.S. sanctions imposed on Ankara, by the arrival of regime reinforcements into the area, or by international condemnation of his country’s assault. “They say ‘declare a ceasefire.’ We will never declare a ceasefire,” Erdogan said. “They are pressuring us to stop the operation. They are announcing sanctions. Our goal is clear. We are not worried about any sanctions.”Shortly after, local media and activists would report a Turkish airstrike on the strategic town of Aun al-Dadat, the site of a former U.S. base in the north Manbij countryside along the al-Sajur River that has since been occupied by SDF and regime units. Nawaf al-Mustafa, an activist living several miles away in Manbij city, said he could hear the explosion from his home. “I heard an explosion and thought it might have been an ISIS suicide attack,” he said. “But it wasn’t, news came in shortly after that Turkish forces instead were bombing Aun al-Dadat.”Look Who’s Back! Trump Handed Terrorists a Free Pass.Ahmed Qalqali, another anti-regime activist, would send out an alert to the families of FSA fighters to several WhatsApp groups used by locals to follow the news. “Any young man in Manbij who has a brother fighting on the front lines with the FSA should avoid sleeping at home tonight,” hinting at the possibility of SDF-regime house raids in response to the attacks. “Try to stay with a friend or someone to whom you’re not blood related.” Despite the Turkish insistence to continue fighting, in reality the tide seems to be turning against Ankara and its proxies. Despite managing to gain control of the strategic border town of Tal Abyad, after nearly one week of fighting Turkish-backed forces have been unable to capture Ras al-Ain, a city of just over 30,000 that has managed to put up stiff resistance and ward off Turkish incursions. Manbij, a city of nearly 100,000, will require much greater strength and political will in order to be captured.Recent U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on key Turkish ministers and cabinet officials will also likely further hamper Ankara’s ability to freely wage war against the SDF, while significantly raising the cost of doing so. Nonetheless, these factors are unlikely to push Erdogan to end the campaign, as domestic pressures to create space to resettle Syrian refugees that have proven a burden to the Turkish economy threaten to destabilize his government. What will likely ensue will be a committed, albeit slow and protracted campaign to achieve Ankara’s goal of carving out a safe zone in Manbij and along the entirety of Turkey’s border with Syria. However, the likely delay in achieving further Turkish gains will also give the Syrian regime a larger window to calmly mobilize and deploy its forces throughout the region while still being able to exploit the threat posed to the SDF by Ankara in order to slowly grab more power in northeastern Syria. Further, the expansion of Syrian regime troops throughout the area doesn’t seem to be a prospect that much bothers the Turkish president, so long as they don’t mix with SDF and other armed Kurdish elements. Also while speaking to reporters in Baku, Erdogan stated, “The regime entering Manbij is not very negative for me. Why? It’s their lands after all,” he said. “But, what is important to me is that the terrorist organization does not remain there… I told this to Mr. Putin as well. If you are clearing Manbij of terrorist organizations, then go ahead, you or the regime can provide all the logistics. But if you are not going to do this, the people there are telling us to save them.” By “terrorist organizations,” Erdogan means primarily the Kurds who were backed by the United States in the fight against ISIS.Such a statement from a head of state who for eight years has been among the most enthusiastic supporters of the Syrian revolution to topple Assad is indicative of the extent to which international calculus surrounding the Syrian issue has changed. It will likely encourage the Assad regime to consider the possibility of going after and eliminating the SDF itself if doing so may once and for all put an end to the activities of their meddlesome Turkish neighbor. Such a prospect may occur as part of a broader swap or deal whereby Turkey would also agree to withdraw its troops from the broader Idlib region, where Ha’it Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an offshoot of al Qaeda’s former Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other FSA groups have been engaged in a bloody standoff with the Syrian regime for over a year.Erdogan’s statements make perfectly clear that, following Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops, the cards increasingly lie in the hands of the Assad regime and its Russian ally. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Abu Dhabi's giant Etihad Airways and Sharjah's low-cost carrier Air Arabia announced Wednesday an agreement to launch a new low-cost airline based in the United Arab Emirates capital. Etihad Airways posted a loss in 2018 for the third year running, it said earlier this year, blaming investment losses and challenging market conditions. The new Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will be launched in "due course", Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, said in a statement issued by the two Emirati carriers.
New bill would focus federal dollars on public health approaches to gun violence Senator Cory Booker gives a speech on gun violence at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, known as Mother Emanuel, in Charleston, South Carolina, in August. Photograph: Randall Hill/ReutersFor more than a decade, faith leaders from black and brown communities have come to Congress with the same request: spend more money on local strategies to prevent gun violence.Now, the New Jersey senator Cory Booker is introducing legislation that would devote $90m a year to programs that prevent urban gun violence.Booker’s new grant program would focus federal dollars on helping the cities with the highest gun homicide rates, and it would prioritize funding for strategies that do not contribute to mass incarceration.series boxInstead of simply directing more federal money to local law enforcement, the new legislation would require cities to give at least half of their federal grant dollars to community organizations that provide services to high-risk people, or to a public department “that is not a law enforcement agency”.Booker’s bill does not include any gun control provisions: it’s focused on strategies that prevent shootings by focusing on the people, not the guns.“We’re in a tough political climate,” said Pastor Michael McBride, a California-based activist who has spent the last decade campaigning for more resources for local gun violence prevention. “This approach charts a way forward that does not bog us down in these intense debates over the second amendment or gun control.”Booker’s legislation is designed to fund programs that have shown success in reducing gun violence in cities such as Oakland and Richmond, California; Boston, Massachusetts; and New York City. The legislation would devote $90m a year over 10 years to evidence-based approaches to gun violence reduction.In the past decade, as they have invested public dollars into expanding community-based strategies, Oakland has seen a 44% decrease in its gun homicide rate, and nearby Richmond has seen a 67% decrease in its gun homicide rate.The decreases in Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco have driven a 30% decrease in the overall gun homicide rate across the greater San Francisco Bay Area, even as the number of people living in poverty in the region has increased, and as property crime has spiked in some areas. The decrease in the area is much larger than in the nation overall.The successful local strategies highlighted in Booker’s legislation include investing in street outreach workers or “violence interrupters”, trusted community members who intervene in local gang conflicts to keep violence from spreading; funding intervention programs in hospitals to help shooting victims change their lives; and supporting “group violence intervention” strategies, such as Boston’s Operation Ceasefire, that bring together law enforcement, community partners, and faith leaders to intervene with the small number of men in each city who are most likely to shoot or be shot.Booker’s Break the Cycle of Violence Act is co-sponsored by the US representative Steven Horsford, a Nevada Democrat whose father was shot to death during a robbery when he was 19.“These deaths are preventable,” Horsford said in a statement.Mass shootings are usually the focus of America’s gun control debate. But the majority of America’s gun homicide victims are killed in smaller daily shootings in neighborhoods that have struggled with gun violence for decades.Black men and boys, who make up just 6% of America’s overall population, represent more than 50% of the country’s gun homicide victims.A 2015 Guardian investigation found that half of the country’s gun homicides were concentrated in just 127 cities and towns. Experts have argued for years that American gun violence is highly concentrated, and that one of the best ways to save lives is to devote more resources into the neighborhoods with the greatest need.Black and brown activists have often felt “invisible” and “erased” from the American gun control debate, McBride said.“Our communities are used as props, but never really given serious consideration on how to scale up strategies that save our lives and heal our communities,” he said.The new legislation focuses resources on the majority of America’s gun violence victims – and it also focuses on solutions that are less politically controversial than gun control laws, McBride said.“We think Republicans, historically, have been huge supporters of these kinds of strategies, because of the role that faith communities and redemption and healing play,” he said.
Donald Trump's national security adviser heaped pain and grief on the parents of a British teenager killed in a car crash by trying to hold a meeting at the White House between them and a U.S. diplomat's wife who was involved, the parents' lawyer said. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn were invited to a surprise meeting with the U.S. president at his office on Tuesday where they were further shocked to learn that Anne Sacoolas, the American woman involved in the fatal crash, was in the building. Mark Stephens, the lawyer for Charles and Dunn, said national security adviser Robert O'Brien had the idea of overseeing a coming together of the families before they would then hug in front of an assembled media.
Puerto Rico's governor called an emergency meeting Tuesday after six people were killed in a mass shooting in a San Juan housing project and gunfire left two people dead a day earlier in the island's north. A police statement said the violence left five men and one woman dead. The brazen murders led Gov. Wanda Vázquez to convene a gathering of her security team, led by public security chief Elmer Román and justice secretary Dennise Longo Quiñones.
The latest hunt for the remains of the plane of Amelia Earhart, the famed American aviatrix who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937, has turned up nothing. The New York Times reported Tuesday that an extensive search conducted by a team led by Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreckage of the Titanic, had not turned up any evidence of Earhart's aircraft. The National Geographic Channel, which sponsored the expedition, is to air a documentary about the search on Sunday.
* Russian foreign ministry says trio ‘obviously got lost’ * August explosion caused radiation levels to surgeA Russian navy official works on the Akula nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine at the Severodvinsk site in July. The August explosion there killed at least five people. Photograph: Sergei Bobylev/TassThree American diplomats were briefly detained in Russia near the military test site where a mysterious explosion released radiation in August, several Russia state news agencies have reported.The US embassy has confirmed the incident, the Interfax news service reported, but said the three diplomats had filed the proper paperwork to travel in the area.The Russian foreign ministry said the diplomats had named a different city as their destination and had “obviously got lost”.The report comes just days after the United States said the accident was caused by a nuclear reaction when Russia tried to retrieve a nuclear-powered cruise missile from the Barents Sea.The diplomats were detained on Monday on a train in the city of Severodvinsk, near where Russian authorities said they had been testing a rocket engine with a nuclear component before the accident took place.The diplomats, who have been identified by Interfax as military attaches, were later released, but could face administrative charges for traveling in a restricted military area, agencies reported.In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry confirmed that the diplomats were on an official trip and had informed the Russian defence ministry of their plans.“Only, they said their intention was to visit Arkhangelsk and they ended up en route to Severodvinsk,” the ministry said.“They obviously got lost. We are ready to give the US embassy a map of Russia,” the ministry added.The blast at the military test site in August killed at least five people and caused panic after radiation levels jumped to 16 times their normal levels in nearby Severodvinsk.Russian authorities have given little information about the accident. But a US diplomat this week said that the accident took place when Russia attempted to retrieve a nuclear-powered cruise missile called Burevestnik from the Barents Sea.“The United States has determined that the explosion near Nyonoksa was the result of a nuclear reaction that occurred during the recovery of a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile,” Thomas DiNanno, the diplomat, said during a speech at the UN.Russia’s plans for a nuclear-powered cruise missile that could in theory fly indefinitely were first revealed by Vladimir Putin during a speech last year. The missile is still undergoing testing, and some weapons experts doubt if it can ever be made operable.Russia’s military was attempting to retrieve the missile from another failed 2017 test when the accident took place.It was not immediately clear whether the diplomats were traveling to or from Nyonoksa, the village near the military testing site, when they were detained. But train timetables would indicate they were returning from the village when they were arrested close to 6pm in Severodvinsk.Russia has maintained a shroud of secrecy around the incident, closing off waters in the White Sea to foreign ships to prevent them from collecting information about the explosion.
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Storm Team 4 is tracking a nasty coastal storm that will slam the tri-state area with heavy rain and strong winds Wednesday into Thursday, a system threatening to dump up to 2 inches of rain in the city and more...
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Some advocates support closing the troubled jail in favor of smaller facilities dispersed throughout the boroughs, while others say not enough is being done. Still, there are those who don't want the jails being...
Many people with student loan debt feel buried. But one New York City woman decided to bury her loans instead. Mandy Velez, a journalist from the Daily Beast took to Instagram to celebrate the death of...
After moving into his dream home, one Long Island resident expected his property taxes to go up. But he was stunned to learn they were jumping about $15,000. NBC New York’s Lynda Baquero reports.
'Don't Be a Tough Guy': Trump's Letter to ErdoganWed, 16 Oct 2019 17:48:52 -0400 President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019.
The buildings along Fifth Avenue between East 26th and East 28th Streets were evacuated while Con Edison investigated the source of the leak. People were allowed back into the buildings later in the afternoon...
Former Pompeo Aide Testifies; Senate Talks Impeachment TrialWed, 16 Oct 2019 19:30:59 -0400 Michael McKinley, right, the top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, arrives for a joint interview with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.
Thousands of pounds of deadly hydrofluoric acid escaped into the atmosphere following the massive June 21 blast at the now-shuttered gas refinery in South Philadelphia, according to a new federal report. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
The wife of "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely was found dead with multiple stab wounds, and the suspect – the couple's 30-year-old son – was shot dead by responding deputies at the actor's Santa Barbara County home Tuesday...
U.S. Army has no plans to purchase more Iron Dome systemsWed, 16 Oct 2019 14:51:53 -0400 The U.S. Army does not intend to purchase additional Israeli-made Iron Dome missile defense systems -- unless it is forced to under missile defense development deadlines -- the officer leading a missile group said.
Attorney General William P. Barr offered a withering evisceration of anti-religious sentiment last week, defending the central role of Judeo-Christian moral standards in American democracy, accusing "militant secularists" of an assault on religion that's become as intolerant as religions they criticize.
"Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning ...
SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is straining against democratic checks and balances, but so far is being restrained by Congress and the courts in a "still vigorous democracy," the executive director of Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
Roth told The Associated Press that the board of the ...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say two drivers are facing federal human smuggling charges after 32 immigrants were found locked in a refrigerated semitrailer at a southern Arizona immigration checkpoint.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents sent the semi for a secondary inspection Monday after being alerted by a trained ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - The golf-and-politics alliance between President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham frayed Wednesday over Syria, with the South Carolina Republican threatening to become the White House's "worst nightmare" unless more is done to protect Kurdish fighters against Turkish attacks.
Pete Buttigieg is making his move in the Democratic race, sharpening his presidential campaign messages with a dire warning that the party's far-left wing is deepening the country's political divide by infuriating middle-of-the-road voters and thereby could throw the election to President Trump.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Elizabeth Warren is rising to the top of the Democratic pack with ambitious promises to reshape the political and economic system. But as she faces growing scrutiny, the Massachusetts senator is opening herself to criticism that she's just another politician dodging the tough questions.
Although he has remained mum so far on the U.S. presidential race, former President Obama threw his weight Wednesday behind embattled Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of next Monday's close national election.
Mr. Trudeau's Liberals are locked in a tight race with the Conservatives, with a personal scandal involving ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.
President Donald Trump described former Defense Secretary James Mattis as "the world's most overrated general" during a meeting with Congressional leaders Wednesday to discuss Turkey's incursion into Syria.
That's according to a Democrat familiar with the meeting who offered a readout of the contentious meeting on condition of anonymity.
It took less than one game for the Cleveland Browns to extinguish the budding hope their fans had harbored during the offseason, and by the time Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler returned a Baker Mayfield interception 38 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 43-13 loss at home in Week 1, fans were throwing beer on the Browns' celebrating opponents.
After Titans cornerback Logan Ryan and the NFL Players Association complained about the beer shower, the Browns investigated. Eventually, a team official notified a man named Eric Smith via telephone call that he had been identified as the fan who threw the beer and had been permanently banned from the stadium.
Smith was confused by the edict, considering he not only was not the fan who threw the beer but also hadn't even attended the game: He told The Post last month that he was at home with his family at the time of the game, preparing to head to his job as a DJ at a wedding about two miles to the northeast of FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns were unconvinced, however: Bob Sivik, the team's vice president of ticket sales and service, told Smith that they had identified him via camera footage that showed a man with a red beard and a tattoo on his arm showering Ryan with beer.
But after The Post and others wrote Smith's claim, the Browns admitted that their investigation was ongoing and that they had not "explicitly identified the individual involved or taken any formal action of punishment at this time." While seemingly taking things in stride, Smith also expressed his frustration that the Browns had taken things this far.
"It's about principle now. They need to do something," he told The Post.
Apparently, they haven't: On Tuesday, Smith filed a lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against the Browns, First Energy Stadium, NFL...
Houston and the surrounding areas have produced a wealth of legendary musicians and bands. So, which songs written by and, or performed by those native artists (and a few from outside the city/state) successfully encapsulate the Bayou City?
Deputies with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office received a call just after midnight from the homeowner stating that someone had broken a window in the back of his home in the 6900 block of Glen Rosa Drive, according to Sheriff Troy Nehls.
Nine young ladies are vying for the title of 2019 Needville Harvest Fest Queen, with the winner set to be crowned in ceremonies that begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Harvest Park.
Queen contestants are selling raffle tickets for $10, with a John Deere 4x4 Gator as top prize and a John Deere 48-inch zero-turn mower as second prize. Third prize is a $500 gift certificate, and $250 gift certificates will be awarded for fourth and fifth prizes.
Raffle tickets are also available from any Little Miss or Mr. candidate and at several businesses in the Needville area.
This year’s Harvest Fest queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help cover college costs.
Four runners-up will also be named, and each contestant will receive an appreciation gift for participating in the Queen’s Contest.
This year’s hopefuls are Alyssa Renae Cornejo, Treasure Ellerbe, Hannah Michele Elster, Jenna Lindemann, Jillian Renee Murphy, Desiree Ojeda, Hayley Nicol Patton, Bailie Eileen Pittman and Kyla Wieghat.
Contestants must be residents of Needville, between the ages of 15 and 19, and are judged on individual and stage interviews.
They are each required to sell a minimum of 50 raffle drawing tickets, with the contestant who sells the most receiving a percentage of what she sells.
Contestants, all of whom attend Needville High School, are:
Alyssa Renae Cornejo
Cornejo, 16, is a junior and the daughter of Elizabethe Olvera and Francisco Olvera.
She is a member of: Needville Sapphires Dance Team; Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE); Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Varsity Mixed and Treble choirs; and the debate team.
The wife of Ron Ely, the star of the 1960s TV show “Tarzan,” was stabbed to death at their Southern California home, and his son — suspected in the killing — was fatally shot by police Tuesday night, authorities said.
Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, was found with multiple stab wounds at the Hope Ranch...
A Glitter bomb just detonated on a disgraced British musician.
Garry Glitter, the 1970s glam rocker jailed for child pornography and lyricist for “Rock and Roll (Part 2),” will not collect royalties for the song’s broadcast in the Joaquin Phoenix thriller “Joker,” reported USA Today.
Suicide attempt rates among black teenagers across the country have climbed by more than 70% in the past two decades, according to a new report, and city politicians, educators and students are calling for a statewide task force to tackle the mounting crisis.
Holding out for LGBTQ Heroes? HBO Max has your back.
The HBO-meets-Cinemax-meets-Warner Bros streaming service that is set to debut in the spring of 2020 has picked up a four-part docuseries that will chronicle “landmark events and forgotten heroes of LGBTQ+ movement," a press release from WarnerMedia...
Democratic presidential candidates asked if they would pack the Supreme CourtWed, 16 Oct 2019 21:35:31 -0400 The top 2020 Democratic presidential contenders were asked at Tuesday's debate about expanding the Supreme Court, in a concept commonly referred to as "court packing." Zoe Tillman, a legal reporter for BuzzFeed News, spoke to CBSN's "Red & Blue" about the candidates reponses and the battle within the Democratic Party to make the courts a top issue in 2020.
Teen fighting suspension over rape-awareness noteWed, 16 Oct 2019 21:34:56 -0400 A teenager in Maine is fighting a suspension after warning classmates about an alleged rapist at school. School officials said her warning amounted to bullying. Errol Barnett reports.
House democrats say Trump had a "meltdown" in meeting on SyriaWed, 16 Oct 2019 21:34:56 -0400 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Trump had a "meltdown" Wednesday during a contentious meeting at the White House. Nancy Cook, a White House reporter for Politico, and Siobhan Hughes, a Congressional reporter for The Wall Street Journal, spoke to CBSN's "Red & Blue" about what happened inside the White House.
House condemns Trump's Syria withdrawalWed, 16 Oct 2019 21:26:12 -0400 President Trump faced condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans for essentially greenlighting a Turkish assault on a key U.S. ally in the fight against terror. More than two thirds of Republicans joined Democrats in a House vote to oppose the president's action. Paula Reid reports.
Utah trooper rescues man from oncoming trainWed, 16 Oct 2019 20:46:53 -0400 Dashcam video shows the moments a Utah trooper pulled an unconscious man from a car stopped on train tracks. He had just seconds before a train was set to crash into them. Carter Evans explains.
Trump defends Giuliani amid impeachment inquiryWed, 16 Oct 2019 20:46:53 -0400 The House impeachment inquiry continued behind closed doors. The committees have been hearing from administration officials, past and present. A lot of the questions center around the work of the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Nancy Cordes has the latest.
10/16/19: Red and BlueWed, 16 Oct 2019 20:24:02 -0400 Trump says the Kurds are 'no angels'; Packing the courts' after the 2020 election
Cuban immigrant dies in ICE custody in LouisianaWed, 16 Oct 2019 20:12:47 -0400 A 43-year-old Cuban immigrant died at an ICE detention center in Lousiana, the local coroner said. Roylan Hernández Diáz died at the Richwood Correctional Center, becoming the second immigrant to die in U.S. custody this month. CBS News immigration reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez joined CBSN to discuss the latest on the investigation.
Parents of U.K. teen felt “ambushed” by White House visitWed, 16 Oct 2019 20:01:36 -0400 British teen Harry Dunn was killed in a traffic accident involving American Anne Sacoolas. During a trip to the White House, Dunn's parents said the president surprised them with an offer to meet Sacoolas. Imtiaz Tyab explains.
Washington Nationals head to the World SeriesWed, 16 Oct 2019 20:01:18 -0400 There were plenty of ups and downs for the Washington Nationals this season. But the team managed to make it all the way to the World Series. Jan Crawford takes a look at their historic run.