North End Neighborhood Drainage Project Update

first_imgThe intersection of Sixth Street and Bay Avenue is one area under construction for the drainage project. Work to be completed in the week of Feb. 11-15:Feriozzi Concrete will continue construction on the west side of Bay Avenue, working between Fourth Street and Sixth Street.Lafayette will be working on the pump station in the 200 block of Bay Avenue as well as the pump station in the 500 block of Bay Avenue.Project Design:See Design Presentation for Detaillast_img

Seahawks vs. Eagles odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL wild-card playoff game

first_imgStat that mattersThe Eagles have the No. 3 red zone scoring offense, getting TDs 66.7 percent of the time. The Seahawks struggle in red zone defense, ranked 26th in allowing opponents to score TDs 61.5 percent of the time. It might be hard to Philadelphia get inside the Seattle 20, but when it does, it has the passing game to punch it in. Wilson needs to be ready to finish drives to match.Seahawks vs. Eagles predictionThe Seahawks are healthier in the key matchups and their wide receivers and Lynch can be a big difference, making more big plays with Wilson than the Eagles can do around Wentz. The Seahawks’ defense is better position to make an impact play up front with Eagles’ offensive line missing Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson. Seattle is bound to play a close game, and its experience pulling out nail-biters all season long pays off here again.Seahawks 20, Eagles 17 Here’s everything to know about betting on Seahawks vs. Eagles in the NFL playoffs, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for the NFC wild-card game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSeahawks vs. Eagles odds for NFL playoffsSpread: Seahawks by 1.5Point total: 45Odds: Seahawks -105, Eagles -115The Seahawks have been slight favorites since the lines were released, thanks to their previous solid victory in Philadelphia and a record that’s a strong two games better. The Seahawks with Wilson and coach Pete Carroll also have a recent track record of performing well in East Coast road games.Seahawks vs. Eagles all-time seriesThe Seahawks, with their win in November, now hold a 10-7 edge in the avian rivalry. They also have won five consecutive games and seven of eight against the Eagles. The last time Philadelphia won, it was in Seattle in November of 2008, well before both Carroll and Wilson led the Seahawks.Three trends to know— The Seahawks were only 7-7-2 against the spread during the regular season. The Eagles were 7-9.— The Eagles and Seahawks both had exactly half (8 of 16) of their respective games go over the point total.— The Seahawks are 1-3 straight up and against the spread in the past four games. Three things to watchWilson to Lockett and MetcalfThe Eagles will be without cornerback Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox are all playing hurt at the posiiton. The Seahawks got savvy veteran Tyler Lockett and promising rookie DK Metcalf going together again in the finale against the 49ers. The Seahawks have a depleted makeshift backfield against a tough Eagles’ run defense. The game plan needs to adjust to be more about Wilson throwing early to take advantage of Lockett’s and Metcalf’s ability to both stretch the field and get open in the red zone.Wentz to … someoneThe Eagles are down to converted college QB Greg Ward as their top wideout  Tight end Zach Ertz (back, ribs) is set to play at much less than 100 percent. Between Ward, tight ends Dallas Goedert and Josh Perkins and running backs Miles Sanders and Boston Scott, Wentz needs to exploit the most favorable matchups. The Seahawks have cornerback Shaquill Griffin healthy, but they have been vulnerable against tight ends all season, even after trading for former Lion Quandre Diggs, who’s now back healthy, too. The Seahawks are strong at linebacker even without former Eagle Mychal Kendricks, but Sanders and Scott can cause problems with their quickness.The Eagles have taken advantage of their sudden intermediate committee approach to keep defenses guessing a little and found some downfield juice in the process. The Seahawks need to be prepared for anything from their underdog hosts offensively.”Beast Mode” back in the playoffsMarshawn Lynch will be relentless running and helping rookie Travis Homer as they both try to fill the big backfield void of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. Penny burned the Eagles’ with one long TD run that made the difference in the first meeting. Don’t be surprised if Lynch makes a key thunderous run or gets a key TD even if the yardage overall on the ground is limited. When the Seahawks (11-5) travel to take on the Eagles (9-7) in Philadelphia for Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game (4:40 p.m. ET, NBC), it will be a matchup of a disappointed wild card vs. a thrilled division champion. The No. 5 Seahawks settled for second in the NFC West behind the 49ers, while the No. 4 Eagles edged the Cowboys to take the NFC East.The Seahawks faced the Eagles on the road in Week 12, winning an ugly battle of attrition, 17-9. Both teams have tried to overcome various injury issues all season and will need to do so again in the rematch.last_img read more

Cheney says keeping mum on shooting was the right call

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Soft-spoken and contrite, Dick Cheney relived the horrible moment when he fired his shotgun at a quail only to see his bloodied hunting companion drop to the ground. “I ran over to him,” Cheney said, telling his version of shooting 78-year-old Harry Whittington on Saturday for the first time Wednesday to Fox News Channel. “He was laying there on his back, obviously, bleeding. You could see where the shot struck him.” He said Whittington was conscious and breathing but stunned silent. “I said, `Harry, I had no idea you were there.’ He didn’t respond,” Cheney said. The vice president tried to stem the damage from a public relations disaster for the White House, accepting responsibility for the accident while defending his decision to keep it from the public until the next day. “You can’t blame anybody else,” Cheney told Fox’s Brit Hume in a half-hour interview. “I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend. “The image of him falling is something I’ll never ever be able to get out of my mind,” Cheney said. “I fired, and there’s Harry falling. It was, I’d have to say, one of the worst days of my life at that moment.” Cheney said he had had a beer at lunch that day but nobody was drinking when they went back out to hunt a couple hours later at a sprawling Texas ranch owned by mutual friends. Law enforcement officials have ruled out alcohol as a factor. The vice president has been under intense political pressure to speak out about the accident, which has become a public relations embarrassment and potential political liability for the White House. Senior advisers to President Bush worried that Cheney’s silence had suggested a possible cover-up, and Cheney acknowledged that he delayed an announcement over the advice of Bush’s press advisers. “We really didn’t know until Sunday morning that Harry was probably going to be OK, that it looked like there hadn’t been any serious damage to any vital organ,” he said. “And that’s when we began the process of notifying the press.” Cheney said he agreed to the suggestion of ranch owner Katharine Armstrong to have her announce it to a local newspaper. “I thought that was the right call. I still do,” the vice president said. Armstrong has suggested that Whittington was at fault in the shooting because, she said, he failed to announce himself as he rejoined the hunting line. But Cheney, who has been hunting for at least 12 years, said in no uncertain terms that Whittington was not to blame. “You can talk about all of the other conditions that exist at the time, but that’s the bottom line and – it was not Harry’s fault,” he said. Texas officials said the shooting was an accident, and no charges have been brought. Cheney said the accident happened after Whittington stepped out of the hunting party to retrieve a downed bird in deep cover. Cheney said he and a third hunter walked about 100 yards away to where another covey had been spotted. He said immediately after he shot at a bird flying to his right, he saw Whittington in his line of fire. He said Whittington was dressed properly in orange and the upper part of his body was visible, but he was standing in a gully with the sun behind him, which affected his view. “I saw him fall, basically. It had happened so fast,” Cheney said. “He was struck in the right side of his face, his neck and his upper torso on the right side of his body.” Whittington was in stable condition Wednesday at a Texas hospital, a day after doctors said one of the pellets traveled to his heart and he had what they called “a mild heart attack.” Cheney said he had agreed that Armstrong should be the one to make the story public because she was an eyewitness, because she grew up on the ranch and because she is “an acknowledged expert in all of this” as a past head of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He also agreed with her decision to choose the Corpus Christi Caller-Times as the way to get the news out. “I thought that made good sense because you can get as accurate a story as possible from somebody who knew and understood hunting and then it would immediately go up to the wires and be posted on the Web site, which is the way it went out and I thought that was the right call,” Cheney said. “What do you think now?” Hume asked. “I still do,” Cheney responded. “The accuracy was enormously important. I had no press person with me.” Cheney said he was concerned that if the story broke Saturday night when information was still coming in, some reports may have been inaccurate since it was a complicated story that most journalists had never dealt with before. “I’ve been in the business for a long time and never seen a situation quite like this,” Cheney said. “We’ve had experiences where the president has been shot. We’ve never had a situation where the vice president shot somebody.” Cheney said he personally first told the White House about the accident Sunday morning in a phone call to Chief of Staff Andy Card. He said he didn’t discuss it with Bush until Monday when he was back in Washington. Cheney said White House press secretary Scott McClellan and communications strategist Dan Bartlett urged him to get the story out quickly, but he made the decision how to handle it. “I had a bit of the feeling that the press corps was upset because, to some extent, it was about them – they didn’t like the idea that we called the Corpus Christi Caller-Times instead of The New York Times,” he said. “But it strikes me that the Corpus Christi Caller-Times is just as valid a news outlet as The New York Times is, especially for covering a major story in south Texas.”last_img