Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man has been convicted of gunning down a 23-year-old man he and another man were robbing at a Freeport abandoned home during a drug deal two years ago.A Nassau County jury found Jerod Plowden guilty Friday of second-degree murder and robbery. He was acquitted of first degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges.Prosecutors said the 25-year-old St. Albans man and Nolan Gaugler, 21, of Mineola, met with the victim, Moez Hassan of Queens, on Stevens Street under the guise of buying Xanax pills from him on April 12, 2011.But, Plowden and Gaugler robbed the victim of 75 Xanax pills and $30 at gunpoint before the drug deal went down.Hassan was then shot five times—once in the head, chest, and left arm, and twice in the abdomen.Police caught Gaugler within minutes several blocks from the scene. He was found to be in possession of the stolen drugs and cash. He pleaded guilty to robbery in a plea deal in which he’s facing 16 years in prison.Plowden was apprehended 16 days later in Suffolk County during a routine traffic stop.He faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced June 6.
Out with the old — Donald Sterling. In with the new — Steve Ballmer.The Clippers begin their 2014-15 season Thursday night when they square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. The same OKC team that roared from behind in a Game 5 Clippers choke job in the Western Conference semifinals, the Clippers losing the series in Game 6.As bitter as that was, it was not the most distasteful part of a season that saw the Clippers first experience joy by winning a franchise-record 57 regular-season games. Then came the pain, when, during the first round of the playoffs against Golden State in May, the Clippers found out their then-owner — Sterling — is a racist.First-year coach Doc Rivers received NBA-wide kudos for helping his players get through all the drama. He then welcomed with open arms new owner Ballmer, who, by the reaction of his players, has been the ultimate breath of fresh air. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Yeah, I guess,” he said, when asked if it was good getting a fresh start without the dark cloud that was Sterling hanging over the team. “I think it feels that way because you guys keep bringing it up. So, but it is. I mean, it’s true. I just don’t think about it, I guess, is what I’m saying. Last year, I did my job, so I came into this year with the same mindset.“But clearly, there’s a difference. There just has to be. And especially because of what happened at the end of last year. That’s removed, but I don’t know what that gives us.”Even so, Rivers is reminded, the team is further removed from it than at any previous point.“Yeah, well, we’re away from it,” he said, “other than, you know, I’m sure there will be something. There always is. But, yeah, it’s nice that … I want our guys to be basketball players and that’s it, and so I think we have the opportunity to do that now.”Starting shooting guard J.J. Redick likes the idea that the team is moving on with every passing day.“Yeah, I mean, kind of as the summer wore on and kind of got the idea that this thing would come to a close and Steve (Ballmer) would take over for good, and officially, you got the sense that it was time for a fresh start,” Redick said. “I got back to L.A. in September and there was a new vibe, for sure.”Doc’s teamNot only did Rivers reassemble this team — at least the bench — he now has a year under his belt with its core. All five starters — forwards Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes, guards Chris Paul and Redick and post DeAndre Jordan — are back. As is sixth-man Jamal Crawford. It’s an advantage, all agree.“I think it helps us all,” Paul said of this being Rivers’ second season. “We sort of know what to expect from each other, we know how to talk to each other.”“I think that helps a lot,” said Rivers, whose team has been picked by many experts to at least make it to the conference finals. “Obviously, I think they know me more, I know them more.”However, Rivers said, having the most important part of the team back doesn’t always guarantee success.“You know, one thing I have found as a coach, you can have the exact same team back and it’s a different team,” he said. “Call Pete (Carroll) in Seattle. You know, last year that team, they were all for one and it’s a great example of, not the same group, but really the same core group in Seattle; it’s the same group of guys.“I mean, what the hell happened? And you know, success happens. And then it changes. So, we haven’t had that type of success, obviously, but each year is different even when you have the same group.”New bloodHawes figures to add quite a bit to it. Not only can he bang the boards — he averaged 6.5 rebounds during the preseason — he can score inside and outside. The 26-year-old from Seattle has a lifetime 3-point shooting percentage of 36.1. The past three seasons he has shot 41.6, 39.9 and 44.8 percent from beyond the arc.The Clippers also brought in guard Jordan Farmar, most recently of the Lakers, and small forward Chris Douglas-Roberts. Those three, along with Crawford, forward Hedo Turkoglu and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, figure to be the main reserves. Guard/forward Reggie Bullock, a second-year player, could sneak in there.Keep in mind that Crawford is the defending Sixth-Man of the Year, and even at 35, he does not appear to be slowing down.It will be interesting to see if the Clippers not bringing back guard Darren Collison, who was about as quick as they get out there, comes back to haunt them.With all that, Rivers also welcomes in three new assistant coaches. They are former Brooklyn assistant Lawrence Frank, former Knicks coach Mike Woodson and former Wizards assistant Sam Cassell. Rivers believes that, just like anything else, this new crew will mesh together better as the season progresses. Paul likes their experience.“Oh, yeah, that helps a lot,” Paul said. “That’s a trust factor, for all of us, with Frank and Woody and Sam; I actually played against Sam.”Tough conferenceIndeed, on paper, the Clippers look real good, even if they didn’t play that way in the preseason. But even if they are as good as their talent suggests, Rivers intimated this is going to be an unbelievably tough season to compete in the Western Conference. Leading that charge is defending NBA champion San Antonio.“Every night, every team in the Western Conference knows that one loss can mean the difference in being a three seed and a six seed,” Rivers said, and he was just getting started.“You have to be mentally prepared for this year,” he continued. “I expect it to be historically hard. People keep talking about the teams that can win it. What about the teams that are just good? Utah is way better. The Pelicans are good and they have a top-5 player (Anthony Davis). This is a hard conference.“People sleep on Memphis but they were injured all of last year. They were a suspension (of Zach Randolph) and a Game 7 away from playing us in the second round (instead of the Clippers playing OKC). It is just hard. As good as San Antonio was, they played a Game 7 (against Dallas) in the first round. We have to be mentally ready for that, and it is a challenge. You can’t be thinking about the Finals, you have to get through the season.”As far as Paul is concerned, it’s a season that could bear historical fruit for the Clippers. It’s all on them.“How good can this team be?” Paul said, repeating a question. “It’s like last year, as good as we want to be. We’re in a very unique situation in that we’re one of the few teams that control our own destiny. Going into every game, we have a shot to win every game.“I think a lot of teams feel that way. But whether it’s true or not, we have one of those teams.” Now, in his second year as coach — first as president of basketball operations — Rivers is charged with turning this team into the championship-contending team it, perhaps, could be. He must do it with a team that couldn’t rebound during eight exhibition games, and didn’t play well defensively — particularly on the perimeter.There have been significant changes on the bench, Rivers believes the toughness of the Western Conference could be to unprecedented proportions. And, Rivers must remain hopeful that his core group of returning players are not still feeling the psychological effects of that Sterling fiasco.Other than all that, Rivers hasn’t a thing to worry about.The Clippers made some business decisions and some acquisitions during the offseason. The biggest get is undoubtedly the signing of 7-foot-1 backup post Spencer Hawes. The biggest single thing to happen was the sale of the team to Ballmer.That doesn’t mean the Sterling ordeal will be out of the Clippers’ lives altogether, because there will always be reminders. Rivers knows that. But it’s a lot better than the way things were. Rivers admits that, although it’s obvious he’d rather not talk about it at all.
Players at the Whitecaps Kootenay Youth Soccer Camp got to meet a rising star on the Major League Soccer Team when Marco Bustos paid a visit to the Nelson. The 20-year-old central attacking midfielder who was named ‘Caps 2013 Whitecaps FC Most Promising Player, joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011 after last playing for FC Northwest in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.”Kids were extremely excited,” said Brett Adams, Kootenay Regional Head coach with the Whitecaps.”It’s not every day that they get to meet a player that has played for their country.” More than 100 players attended the Whitecaps camp held at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch. “The main focus is to give all the player a fun experience of soccer,” Adams said when asked about the focus of the camp.”We look to teach them skills in the morning and then in the afternoon we play a World Cup were players are put into teams. “This seems to be a huge hit with the players.”Tim Parker, who now starts with the MLS club on defence, attended the camp in 2015.The Whitecaps move onto Cranbrook Monday for a camp before returning to the West Kootenay for a stop July 25-29 at Twin Rivers Fields in Castlegar.On July 19-22, the Whitecaps host a Prospects Camp in Nelson.For more information go to the Whitecaps Youth Camps link.
I’ve never been timed in a 40, but I will say this: One of my good friends in college (Rick, I know you’re reading this) always said he’d smoke me in a race. … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceToo bad the Raiders aren’t in the news right now. Would’ve made for a much better mailbag.Anyway, here’s what you guys threw my way this week. Let’s have at it.1. @JPERO_15: What is your personal 40 time and how does it compare to other journalists?
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — There were no on-field celebrations of any kind, only the resignation of missing out on a chance to take a good homestand and make it a great one.And even with a 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians Sunday at the Coliseum, winning two series and four of six at home counts for something as the Athletics embark on a three-city, nine-game road trip to Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland.A three-run home run by Roberto …
A Milk Can Game for the books, a shootout north of the border and a long-awaited win highlighted perhaps the most action-packed weekend of Humboldt-Del Norte League football so far in 2019.Here are the top performers who helped make week four the highlight reel it was.Landon Gomes: QB/RB/FS — FerndaleGomes may not have put up numbers as high as some his H-DNL counterparts over the weekend, but the senior’s 111 rushing yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run, were crucial in leading Ferndale …
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A secret U.S. intelligence court has ordered the Justice Department to declassify court documents from 2008 that reportedly outline Yahoo’s arguments against turning over customer data to government investigators.The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees domestic surveillance of foreign nationals in largely secret proceedings, agreed to Yahoo’s request to release its official ruling and legal briefs filed in the 2008 case. In that case, Yahoo reportedly objected to federal demands for customer data, arguing that such requests violated its customers’ constitutional protection against warrantless searches.See also: Documents Show PRISM Reaches Directly Inside Internet FirmsIt is not clear whether the 2008 case specifically involved the reported National Security Agency surveillance program known as PRISM, in which Internet companies like Yahoo have reportedly provided broad data access to the government. The Washington Post reported last month that PRISM enlisted its first corporate partner—Microsoft—in May 2007.In any event, the intelligence court’s 2008 ruling reportedly rejected Yahoo’s argument and compelled it to comply with federal data requests. But that order, along with the pro and con arguments raised by parties in the case, were subsequently classified. Yahoo, in fact, couldn’t even disclose the fact that it was a party in the case until last month.The Daily Dot first reported news of the court’s declassification decision. The Web site notes that Yahoo’s victory is only the second known civilian win before the intelligence court.See also: Yahoo Reports Its Data Request NumbersThe government has until the end of the month to review the documents, and can redact parts it deems “properly classified information.” As of this moment, Yahoo is the only major tech company known to have legally objected to government surveillance efforts, although others could conceivably remain bound by gag orders similar to the one that silenced Yahoo until recently. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… say sahmedsaymediacom Tags:#nsa#Prism#surveillance#Yahoo