Nearly 700,000 Counted As Inactive Voters, Can Still Vote

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Over 696,000 people have been marked as inactive voters but can still cast a ballot in November.In June, the Secretary of State Election Division mailed approximately 756,000 postcards to Hoosier voters asking them to update their voter registration information.About 47,000 residents in Indiana participated in the voter list refresh by updating their voter registration by the July 24 due date.Officials say 258,000 postcards were unreturned and 450,000 were returned as undeliverable by the post office.Counties election officials have been using the information to update Indiana’s list of voters. They take the mailings to identify inaccurate voter registration information and mark those voters’ records as inactive. To date, 696,407 Hoosiers have been marked inactive.A voter on the inactive list can still vote in November. Being on the inactive list means a voter did not update or confirm their information. If the voter casts a ballot from that address in November, their record will be reclassified as active.The voter list refresh project gives election officials a more accurate view of voter participation in future elections. With voter lists bloated with inaccurate information, turnout statistics are skewed.Secretary of State Connie Lawson said, “I know there is still work to be done, but I wish to commend the counties for their cooperation and patience during this process.  Their experience and feedback will help guide us when the next voter list refresh is conducted in two years.”All voters are encouraged to check their voter registration information online at www.indianavoters.com or at their local county clerk’s office and update their information if necessary.last_img read more

2-year-old falls under mower

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Saturday,  a Commiskey couple arrived at the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office/Rescue 20. They were requesting an ambulance for their 2-year-old grandson.According to statements given by the grandparents to deputies, they stated that the grandfather was mowing the yard on Grayford Road. The toddler ran towards his grandfather as the grandmother ran after him. As the grandfather was backing up the mower, the 2-year-old fell and went under the mower while it was mowing.The grandparents met with Rescue 20 and the grandson was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital. He was shortly flown from the hospital to Riley Hospital for serious injuries.Deputies are still investigating and thus far are calling it a terrible accident.last_img read more

University’s concerns yield new stoplight

first_imgAfter one year of negotiations between the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, officials from USC’s Undergraduate Student Government and university administration, construction on a traffic light at the intersection of Hoover Street and 28th Street has been completed.Efforts to place a light at the heavily trafficked intersection began in the fall of 2008. Former USG president Jens Midthun and his administration successfully lobbied the city to paint a crosswalk there in the spring of that year, but student safety remained an issue after two accidents occurred despite the improvements, current USG President Holden Slusher said.Slusher said the new stoplight resulted from discussion at a town hall held last year.“Students were very concerned,” Slusher said. “We took it upon ourselves to get flashers [for the crosswalk], but we made it our ultimate goal to get a stoplight.”The Hoover and 28th crossing has seen a total of 10 traffic collisions, six involving bicyclists, from Jan. 1, 2006 to present, but these numbers only reflect those accidents reported to the Department of Public Safety, DPS Capt. David Carlisle said.The number of collisions — likely higher than the number reported — made safety at the intersection a prime concern, Carlisle said.LADOT had initially hesitated to grant the university’s request for a traffic light at the intersection, believing the area lacked enough pedestrian traffic to warrant the expense, said Glen Ogura, principal transportation engineer for LADOT.But after USC invited city officials to conduct a study of the intersection at night, LADOT determined the high volume of students crossing the intersection between the hours of 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. made the traffic light necessary.“It was really a great partnership between the city and ’SC to make this happen and to make it happen quickly,” Ogura said.Rather than wait three or four years — the time Ogura estimated it would have taken — for LADOT to place a traffic light at the intersection, the university submitted designs to the city and paid $190,000, along with $10,000 from USG, for the light’s construction. The necessary permits were approved over the summer, allowing the light to be built last week.“I think it’s awesome that USC fronted that money because even though it took two horrible accidents to get it going, USC was active in getting this done,” Slusher said. “If we partner with administrators, we can get more things done on campus.”Carlisle said he commends USG’s continued collaboration with university officials in the matter of student safety.“People would cross in all sorts of directions, and so many students live in that area [and] would brave the traffic,” Carlisle said. “It was a great help to get USC student government to get involved and get that signal up quickly. We think it’s a much safer intersection than it was before.”Students said they have already experienced positive changes from the traffic light’s construction and hope it will serve as one more step to increase safety in the neighborhood surrounding USC.“It makes a real difference if you’re trying to turn from The Row. It makes a difference for everybody because pedestrians and drivers are trying to do the same thing, so it can get confusing,” said Noelle Blanchard, a junior majoring in political science and creative writing.Richard Heredia-Arriaga, a first-year graduate student studying cinema-television production, said he considers the traffic light an improvement on the existing crosswalk at Hoover and 28th.“It’ll help ensure student safety at school, and school should be a place where you feel safe,” he said. “Crosswalks and pedestrian walks are often ignored by drivers, so I think [the traffic light] is very beneficial and will have a much greater impact than the crosswalk.”While the traffic light may contribute to a potential decrease in accidents at the intersection, students also have to be proactive in ensuring their own safety by following traffic laws, Carlisle said.Even though he hopes the new light will make the Hoover and 28th crossing safer for students, Slusher said last year’s fatal hit-and-run at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover was a sobering reminder to remain cautious despite the presence of a traffic signal.“It’s a matter of comfort for some and confidence for others. Knowing those [drivers] have a red light means a lot,” he said. “But even though there’s a red light, that doesn’t make you completely safe.”last_img read more

Street proving critics wrong

first_imgPeople told Ben Street he should play juniors one more year. People told him, he would have to wait to get playing time at the Division I level. People told him he wasn’t going to make an impact. No one told him he would score the first goal of the season for the Wisconsin Badgers, or that he would be among the team leaders in goals by this point in the year.Good thing he didn’t listen to those people. Street came to Wisconsin from Salmon Arm, British Columbia. He was recruited by several teams, including Colorado College, North Dakota and two-time defending national champion Denver. But Street chose to come to Wisconsin because he wanted to make an impact right away with a Division I team.”A lot of the schools were looking at me playing another year of juniors and then coming on to play, so [Wisconsin] was a good fit,” said Street of his decision to forego another year of juniors to play for the Badgers.With an immediate chance to bring something to a team, Street did just that in his first game as a Badger. With the Badgers trailing 2-0 in the third period against St. Lawrence, forward Robbie Earl passed the puck to Street in the slot, who beat Saints goalie Kevin Ackley with a quick shot to cut the lead in half. The 10, 000-plus crowd went crazy for the young Canadian, whose first career goal was integral in his team’s eventual comeback.”It was like being in a video game,” Street said of the goal.Since that goal, Street has added two more, propelling him to second on the team in goals scored. With those efforts, he has shown that he belongs not at the junior level, but at the college level. He has succeeded thus far, and he continues to show improvement. Badger head coach Mike Eaves agrees that Street can make it in the WCHA.”He’s adapted pretty well,” said Eaves. “His ability to skate at that pace and think at that pace, he keeps getting better and better at it.”With 190 pounds stacked on his 5’11” frame, Street won’t overpower anyone with his size, but he has shown he has the quickness to move around people. Street has also impressed with his puck handling skills. He doesn’t possess the highlight reel moves that someone like Earl has, but he gets the job done, says coach Eaves.”I think the best way to talk about Ben is he’s effective in the way he plays,” Eaves said. “There’s not a lot of flair or flash, but he does a lot of little things well, and when the puck is on his stick he has a good stick.”He also wants to shoot the puck. Street is fourth on the Badger squad with 17 shots so far this season, and he has the most of any freshman on the team.”He shoots the puck a lot, and he gets a lot of chances out there, which is great,” said fellow freshman forward Jack Skille. “He always wants the puck out there, and that’s one of the best things I’ve seen so far.”Skille and Street are both part of a promising group of rookies that include forward Tom Gorowsky, Minnesota’s 2004 “Mr. Hockey,” as well as a couple of goaltenders in Shane Connelly and Ryan Jefferey. While the goalies may not get a chance for some serious playing time in the near future with junior Brian Elliott in net, the trio of forwards could be making a serious impact by the end of the year.As far as goals go for the young Street, he just wants to make a difference for his teammates, and he wants to help them win in any way possible.”You always want to contribute as well as you can,” said Street. “We’ve chipped in, got a few goals. We’re playing significant roles and on some of the top lines, so it’s been really good to step in and be able to contribute right away.”For now, Street continues to improve on all the things he hasn’t yet perfected, which seems to be only the little things.”He wants to get better every day,” said Eaves. “He comes here with a purpose, and that’s a real treat to be around.”last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan to retire after 2015-16 season

first_imgAfter 14 seasons of serving as the head coach for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, Bo Ryan has decided his 15th season will be his last, per a statement released by UW officials Monday afternoon.In his career at Wisconsin, Ryan has posted a record of 357-125, won four Big Ten regular season championships, three Big Ten tournament championships and made it to 14 NCAA tournaments in 14 seasons.He has been most successful in the last two seasons, as he led the program to consecutive Final Four appearances, which included a trip to the national championship game in April for the first time since 1941. Overall, Ryan has advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times and the Elite Eight three times. Statement from #Badgers head coach Bo Ryan pic.twitter.com/pVSeO5eATC— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) June 29, 2015Ryan’s final season at UW won’t be as easy as recent years, with four starters – Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson – from last year’s national runner-up team who will not be returning. But, two potential all-Big Ten selections, Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, will be back, which was part of the reason Ryan decided to return for one more season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.One source close to Wisconsin program was surprised that Bo Ryan didn’t announce his retirement immediately instead of coaching this year.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 29, 2015 One source close to program told ESPN that he feels like Bo Ryan decided to coach one more season due to loyalty to Nigel & Bronson Koenig.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 29, 2015Ryan has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times, with the most recent coming this past year when he led the Badgers to a 16-2 conference record.In his college coaching career, Ryan has amassed a 740-228 record dating back to 1984 when he took his first college head coaching job at Division III UW-Platteville. Ryan went on to win four national championships at UW-Platteville before making the jump to Division I to coach UW-Milwaukee from 1999-2001.According to the statement, Ryan’s hope is that associate head coach Greg Gard will fill his shoes following his retirement.Gard is already second-in-command of the program.He has been assistant to Ryan since 1993 when they coached at UW-Platteville and later at UW-Milwaukee, before both joining the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2003. Their career history largely lead to Gard’s promotion to associate head coach before the 2008 season.last_img read more

Clare champions wary of Sarsfields challenge.

first_imgThurles Sarsfields will this weekend attempt to move one step closer to repeating their provincial success of 2012.However to do that the Mid Tipp side will have to get past Cratloe in a Munster Club Hurling Semi-Final.The two sides meet this Sunday in Ennis; last weekend saw Sars regain the Dan Breen Cup, while Cratloe recently became the first club in Clare in a century to do the senior double.  Cratloe captain Liam Markham says they’re delighted to still be involved at the business end of the yearYou can hear Sunday’s game between Thurles Sarsfields and Cratloe live here on Tipp FM.Throw-in at Cusack Park is at 2 o’ clock, with our big-match build-up getting underway from 1:30 in association with Flanagan’s on the Lake, Ballina – Killaloe.last_img read more

ITF/CAT 12 & Under Serves off in Lagos

first_imgMatthew Abamu was the star player as he has a hand in all th three gold medals won by Nigeria prominent of which was the boys’ singles final of the second leg where he defeated fellow Nigerian Emmanuel Jebutu in the final. Jebutu also hit the spotlight by beating Egyptian top seed, Hussien El Taweel who won the first leg without dropping a set in the semifinal; the Lagos-based player sealing a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win.Saminu Abubakar from Abuja also paired Abamu to win both legs in the doubles to also help in Nigeria’s haul of five medals which was enough to beat the likes of Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Egypt to the top of the medals chart at the week-long tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2017 ITF/CAT West and Central Africa 14&Under championship will serve off today at the National Stadium, Lagos with Nigeria as favourite to dominate the five-day team event.The tournament is the qualifiers for the CAT Zone 2 for the African Junior Championship slated for Casablanca, Morocco later this year.Aside Cote d’Ivoire, who withdrew at the weekend, only Ghana, Benin, and Togo registered for the tournament.“Registration has already closed by Sunday evening. Most of the countries did not register apparently because of funds because we expected late registration all through the weekend but we did not get any information from the other countries,” Nigeria Tennis Federation Secretary General, Maria Akande, who confirmed the arrival of Ghana and Togo on Monday, said.Meanwhile, Nigeria reaffirmed it’s supremacy in the West and Central region by topping the medals table at the ITF/CAT 14& Under Circuit which ended in Cotonou, Benin at the weekend.last_img read more

Dodgers officially sign Hector Olivera but could lose Hyun-Jin Ryu

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO >> On the day the Dodgers addressed a non-immediate area of need by officially signing free agent infielder Hector Olivera, another immediate need arose.Olivera’s six-year, $62.5 million contract is the longest and richest given any to player in the Andrew Friedman era. The 30-year-old said through an interpreter that he can play third or first base in addition to second base, the position he played all his life in Cuba.The Dodgers have a proven veteran playing each of those positions already. What they do not have is two-fifths of their projected 2015 starting rotation.Hyun-Jin Ryu is currently contemplating surgery on his ailing left shoulder, a decision that is expected by today. If he has surgery, Ryu might join Brandon McCarthy on the unofficial wait-til-next-year list. Olivera agreed to the terms of his contract in March. He then reported to the Dodgers’ training facility in the Dominican Republic along with Cuban pitcher Pablo Millan Fernandez, whose minor league contract also became official Tuesday.The contracts couldn’t become official until each player passed his physical, which couldn’t happen until they received their U.S. work visas last week.Olivera arrived with concerns about the health of his right elbow. His contract specifically includes a seventh-year option for $1 million that triggers if Olivera has Tommy John surgery on the elbow.“I know there was a little inflammation in my arm,” Olivera said. “I did a lot of tryouts and people know that I played well, but it was just fatigue in the muscle. I don’t think there was any serious problem. I don’t know where that rumor started.”According to The Associated Press, Olivera gets a $28 million signing bonus, of which $12 million is payable within five days of approval by the commissioner’s office, $7.5 million by Aug. 1 and $8.5 million by Dec. 31. Olivera will receive salaries of $2 million this year, $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $6.5 million in 2018, $7.5 million in 2019 and $8.5 million in 2020.To make room for Olivera on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, Triple-A reliever Eury De La Rosa was designated for assignment.Once he is cleared to join the Dodgers, Olivera will add to the club’s infield depth. Juan Uribe, the incumbent starter at third base, has recently split playing time with both Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner.Howie Kendrick’s successful transition to the National League leaves little room for Olivera to steal time at second base if Kendrick is healthy. Adrian Gonzalez is an early contender for the NL Most Valuable Player award and not likely to lose at-bats to Guerrero, either. If the current group of infielders remain healthy, trading one of them might be the Dodgers’ best means of accommodating Olivera.Ryu’s lack of progress in rehab creates an obvious area of need. Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger are pitching well, but their talent is unproven. Brandon Beachy’s talent is proven, but he is facing an uncertain path in his rehab from Tommy John surgery.“If we could add an arm,” Friedman said, “it’d certainly be helpful.”AlsoDodgers manager Don Mattingly said he “felt honored” to be chosen as a National League coach at the All-Star Game in July. He was chosen by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage the NL squad. … Mattingly said that Beachy might throw to live hitters in batting practice once more before he is sent out on a minor league rehab assignment. The club was encouraged by Beachy’s first live BP session over the weekend. … Left-handed pitching prospect Julio Urias will have elective surgery to remove a benign tumor on his left eye later this month. The surgery is for cosmetic reasons but it will delay the 18-year-old from reaching his pre-determined innings limit. Urias will miss 4-5 weeks out of the Double-A season while he recovers. “It’s not a totally clear, black-and white-issue,” Friedman said of the decision. “It’s more involved than that. We have a tremendous doctor in (Neal) ElAttrache, a really good medical department, and we’re just putting our heads together to figure out what makes the most sense.”Ryu is 28-15 with a 3.17 earned-run average in two years since signing a six-year contract prior to the 2013 season. Without him this season, Dodger starters have struggled to pitch deep into games and to limit opponents’ home runs, but otherwise rank among the top half in MLB in the major pitching categories.While Ryu mulled his options Tuesday, Olivera passed his physical in Los Angeles and flew to Arizona. He will begin his Dodgers career at extended spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, then Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, then Triple-A Oklahoma City.Olivera’s timetable for reaching the major leagues isn’t set in stone, but both he and Friedman believe Olivera can make an impact this year.“I think three or four weeks and I should be ready by then,” he said through an interpreter.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Nick Young nursing frustrations with injury, ESPN anchor making fun of Iggy Azalea

first_imgYoung answered Flores on Twitter: “I’m pretty sure we’re going to run into each other soon. (Your) job is to talk about sports, not what me and my chick got going on. Young joked on Tuesday, “I might pour some water or Gatorade on him like we won the championship.”Flores provided more punchlines. “If you look at his numbers, there is a 70 percent chance that if he takes a shot at me, he’s going to miss,” Flores said on ESPN Radio.“What time does he come on TV?” Young retorted. “He probably said it because he needed to get some ratings. It came on at like 12 in the morning.”As for his injury, Young told the Los Angeles News Group he will return when the Lakers host Dallas on Sunday at Staples Center. Both Lakers coach Byron Scott and Young reported he has not advanced to running drills because of continued swelling. Coaching carouselScott expressed sympathy for Brian Shaw’s firing on Tuesday after compiling a 56-85 record through 1 1/2 seasons with the Nuggets. “The biggest challenge is to get ownership and management to understand that it takes time,” said Scott, who has been fired from New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland. “You have to get the type of guys in there that fit your system. It doesn’t happen in a year, year and a half.”Shaw played for the Lakers (1999-2003) and served as a Lakers assistant (2005-2011). Meanwhile, former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni could become a candidate for Denver’s coaching vacancy. “I don’t think he’s aggressively looking,” said Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was one of D’Antoni’s assistants with the Lakers in 2012-13. “If the right situation came up, he would definitely coach.” Seeking approvalThe Lakers will apply for a hardship exception after Ronnie Price missed the past four games because of a season-ending right elbow injury. If granted, the Lakers could add a 16th player to their roster, either from the Development League or through free agency. But they are unlikely to add any players, according to an NBA source. Charlotte, N.C. >> What he hoped would become a romantic February has morphed into a tumultuous month.Nick Young’s frustrations went beyond sitting out of the Lakers’ 104-103 loss on Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena, his fourth consecutive contest missed because of a swollen left knee. Or Young’s 9.9 points per game average on 32.4 percent shooting through nine games in February. The Lakers’ forward also disliked ESPN anchor Robert Flores making fun of rapper Iggy Azalea, Young’s girlfriend. “We learned that, according to the Lakers’ Nick Young, a dolphin recently tried to kill him,” Flores said on ESPN. “So, Nick, while dolphins are trying to kill you, your girlfriend is trying to kill hip-hop. Let’s call it even, OK?”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more