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Police: Suspect who allegedly killed off-duty officer dies in shooting

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Ky.) — A 34-year-old man accused of shooting an off-duty officer late Thursday in Kentucky is dead after a police-involved shooting, authorities said.The officer who was killed in the line of duty had been driving his personal vehicle when the suspect pulled him over a little after 5 p.m. while impersonating a cop, the Hopkinsville Police Department said in a statement.Shortly thereafter, the suspect, James K. Decoursey, allegedly shot the officer and fled, police said.Decoursey absconded on food before stealing a white Chevrolet pickup truck with Kentucky license plate 2070GH, according to police.The officer who was shot, Phillip Meacham, was taken to Jenny Stuart Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.Meacham, 38, was married and had two school-aged children. He’d been with the Hopkinsville Police Department since May of last year after 12 years at the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.Gov. Matt Bevin wrote on Twitter that there is “no greater sacrifice than that of a person willing to lay down their life for another.”The shooting of Meacham occurred in Hopkinsville, a city in the western part of the state, ABC Nashville affiliate WKRN reported. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Juggling club offers campus entertainment

first_imgMichael Yu Sean Gleasom of the Notre Dame juggling club demonstrates his juggling skills with tennis balls. The club welcomes students who “wish to advance their juggling skills and those skills associated with juggling, i.e. unicycling,” according to the Student Activities Office website. Club president and junior Steven Brill said 15 to 20 people come to meetings regularly, depending on the time of year. When the weather is cold, the group meets Friday afternoons at the racquetball courts in Rockne Memorial Gym; when it’s warm, they “generally just hang and juggle” by Stonehenge, Brill said.“People like walking by and seeing us,” he said. “Kids are a lot of fun. We were juggling at the outdoor sports festival thing on South Quad that not many people knew about earlier, and a bunch of kids walked by, and the kids loved watching the juggling, so that’s pretty fun.”The club also performs at various events throughout the year — they’ve performed at Holy Cross intramural basketball all-star game and a parade at the Irish Fest of Manhattan, Illinois. On Sunday, they juggled at the unveiling of The Shirt.People join the juggling club with a range of levels of experience — some have only a basic knowledge of the craft and learn through the club, starting with a single ball and going from there.“There are people who will say, ‘Oh, I’ve tried this like once, so I have a little bit of knowledge on how to do it but I haven’t learned how,’” sophomore Mark Kinney said.Others knew how to juggle before coming to Notre Dame and use the club as a way to practice. Sophomore Cate Devey said she learned how to juggle in order to one-up her brothers.“I hate not being able to be better than them at things, so I taught myself how to juggle,” she said.Sophomore Andrea Ringer said she unsuccessfully tried to teach herself with a book but was able to learn eventually.“In high school, I went on a trip, and one of our leaders was in the circus, so he actually taught us how to juggle, and it finally stuck,” Ringer said. “So I learned, and I thought it was really cool, so coming here, I just went to the Juggling Club meeting, and I enjoyed it.”Brill said he and his brother started juggling when he was in fifth grade, and he kept up the hobby through high school, where he was his school’s juggling club president. Before he went to college, he worked for the Cincinnati Circus Company, which performs at events in the city.“I started working there, which made me better at juggling, and then I learned how to do balloon animals and stilt walking and things like that,” Brill said. “Then I came here, and I’ve been pretty outspoken in trying to get people to juggle.”Some members can juggle four or five objects at a time. They use different techniques — there’s the normal Cascade, and there are more complicated patterns like Mill’s Mess, Chops or the 5-3-1. Some can juggle clubs or rings as well as balls. Others, like Brill, have graduated to juggling knives and torches, something the club hopes to use next year.Brill said juggling performances can vary in style — there’s what he calls “strolling juggling,” or walking among the audience while juggling. There are more comedic routines and artsier, more musical performances.Most of the equipment the club uses belongs to Brill, he said, and next year, the group hopes to raise money to buy its own equipment so it can still have a range of gear after Brill graduates. Brill said juggling and the process of learning new techniques is a stress reliever.“I use juggling in between studying; I just leave [my stuff] in my backpack just for fun,” he said. “It’s something fun, and it is a very tangible way to see progress from repetition and see learning, where you start with one trick, and then you can keep learning new ones.”Tags: Juggling Club, North Quad, Stonehenge, The Shirt On warm Friday afternoons, among the hammocks, grill-outs and Frisbee games, the Notre Dame Juggling Club gathers on North Quad with bags of tennis balls, clubs and plastic rings. They put on impromptu juggling performances for passersby and teach anyone who is interested how to juggle.last_img read more

Pakistan to host home Tests for first time in more than 10 years

first_imgMUMBAI, India (Reuters) – Pakistan will play a Test match on home soil for the first time in more than 10 years when Sri Lanka tour the country for a two-match series next month, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said yesterday.Pakistan has not hosted a Test match since a 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore left six security personnel and two civilians dead and six players injured.Pakistan did not host any international cricket for six years after the attack, with the team playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates.“This is fabulous news for Pakistan and its reputation of being as safe and secure as any other country in the world,” said Zakir Khan, the PCB’s director of international cricket, in a statement.Pakistan has hosted a number of limited-overs internationals in recent years, with Sri Lanka playing three one-dayers and three Twenty20 matches there in September and October, though 10 key players opted out of that trip citing security concerns.A Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) source told Reuters there was some apprehension about touring Pakistan for the limited-over series but concerns have since eased.“The board is looking at sending a full-strength team for the Test series,” the source added.The first Test will be held at Rawalpindi December 11-15 while Karachi will host the second December 19-23, the PCB said.SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva said it was time for Test cricket to return to Pakistan.“We are pleased to confirm our return visit to Pakistan as, based on our earlier visit, we are comfortable and convinced conditions are suitable and conducive for Test cricket,” he said.“We also believe all cricket-playing countries should host international cricket at home and in this relation we are happy to play our part in complete resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.”The two boards had agreed to bring forward the limited-overs leg of the split series and pushed back the two Tests, which were originally set to take place in October.last_img read more

Silicon Beach Awards has diverse group of winners

first_imgThe winners of the 2014 Silicon Beach Awards, which were held at USC last week, come from a wide array of academic backgrounds, ranging from business to engineering.The Silicon Beach Awards is part of the larger Silicon Beach @USC conference, a collaboration by the Marshall School of Business and School of Cinematic Arts. The competition was held by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Institute Communication Technology Management, both housed within Marshall.The competition this year included  96 entry teams comprised of students and faculty across campus and consisted of two rounds. The first round was a five-minute presentation to a panel of three judges and five minutes of questions, with five teams advancing to the second round. The same process occurred in the second round, with teams presenting in front of all of the Silicon Beach Conference attendees. The first place team received $25,000 and second and third place winners received $15,000 and $10,000, respectively.Winners of the competition were announced at the end of last week’s conference. The first place team this year is start-up LeadBoost. LeadBoost provides a tool to business managers to ensure complete visibility in their team’s activities. By tracking calls, demos and emails across web-based tools, LeadBoost allows managers to maximize productivity and revenue.Karen Rudy, who is in her second year in the Marshall M.B.A. program, is the Chief Executive Officer of LeadBoost. She and Mark Otuteye, the chief technology officer, presented their growing business — one that is already being used by several companies.“We were hoping through the contest to get more validation on the idea and get more feedback so that we can actually go forward and build our customer base,” Rudy said.A start-up called Stasis Labs won second place in the competition. This project focuses on helping reinvent medicine within developing nations by developing a better system of monitoring patient vitals. Stasis Lab has created a lightweight, compact vitals monitor that measures pulse rate, blood oxygen, body temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate and heart rhythm. The monitors come equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities to facilitate the storage and organization of information.Dinesh Seemakurty, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering, is the founder of Stasis Labs.Seemakurty said in an email to the Daily Trojan that they will use the prize money “to build infrastructure for [the project] that will increase [their] rate of prototyping the product.”The third place team, Moving Analytics, has created a smartphone-based cardiac rehabilitation program. Cardiac rehabilitation is a secondary intervention measure for 10 million adults living with coronary artery disease that consists of supervised exercise, motivation coaching and lessons in self-management. This new product will allow patients to participate in cost-effective, home-based cardiac rehabilitation.Adelanwa Adesanya and Harsh Vathsangam, a postdoctoral fellow at USC, are the founders of Moving Analytics. Adesanya, an alumnus who graduated last December, has been in charge of marketing and business development since last June, when the project was started.“I think it was a really great exercise for us, just going through the competition. All the teams were great, also, so it was a really good experience,” Adesanya said.last_img read more