Reckoning over allegations of sex abuse in the Catholic Church reaches Alaska

first_imgGoogle(NEW YORK) — The Alaska Department of Law will assist in an investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by lay volunteers and employees reported to the Archdiocese of Anchorage, ABC News has learned.On Tuesday, Archbishop Paul Etienne announced the formation of an independent commission comprised of former law enforcement officials “to review all personnel files of clerics and religious men and women” who have served the archdiocese since its formation in 1966.The commission is expected to deliver a report on its findings, identifying individuals who have either had credible allegations made against them or have failed to report credible allegations made against others.“Archbishop Etienne apologizes to anyone who has been harmed by someone representing the Catholic Church and encourages those harmed to report their experience directly to their local law enforcement,” reads a statement released with the announcement. “With this review Archbishop Etienne seeks to open pathways of justice and healing for all who were abused and for the people of the Archdiocese of Anchorage.”When reached for comment, the office of Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth issued a statement praising the formation of the commission and confirming that its office will participate in the investigation.“The Alaska Department of Law is aware that the Archdiocese of Anchorage announced today the formation of an Independent Commission to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by its lay volunteers and employees,” the statement reads. “The members of the commission are highly qualified and have extensive experience in law enforcement and the Alaska criminal justice system. The Department of Law has agreed to work with the Archdiocese of Anchorage and the commission during this process. Please note that all criminal investigations are confidential and even the acknowledgment of a criminal investigation may hinder law enforcement’s ability to hold offenders accountable for their actions. Because of the confidentiality of these matters, the Department of Law will not be able to provide any further information on the commission or its work.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Major storm moving east with heavy snow, severe thunderstorms

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A major winter storm is moving out of California, but not before dumping as much 3 feet of snow in northern Ventura and Kern counties, and up to 3.46” of rain in Los Angeles County and 3.19″ in San Bernardino County.There were numerous reports of flooding from Los Angeles down to San Diego, where people had to be rescued from the water. Roads and highways were shut down due to snow in the higher elevations in Southern California.An EF-0 tornado was also confirmed in Ventura County Wednesday into Thursday, with some damage reported.Ahead of the storm this morning, 14 states are under snow alerts from California to Minnesota.This morning the storm system is still in the Southwest, bringing heavy rain to Arizona and New Mexico with heavy snow in the mountains.By Saturday, the storm system is expected to move into the center of the country, bringing heavy snow for the Plains and heavy rain in the Great Lakes and Midwest, with severe storms possible further south from Texas to Tennessee.By Sunday afternoon and evening, heavy rain will move into the East, with severe storms possible in Georgia and Alabama.Some of the heavy rain will even reach the Northeast by Sunday night.Most of the snowfall will be found in the Rockies, in the Plains and in the Upper Midwest, where some areas could see over a foot of fresh snow. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Free rent not entirely free, Knotel’s landlord alleges in lawsuit

first_imgOffering several months of free rent is a common strategy by landlords to attract tenants, but Northwind asserts that tenants can lose that benefit if they don’t hold up their end of the bargain.Ran Eliasaf, Northwind’s managing partner, did not return a request for comment.“Knotel is always evaluating and adjusting our portfolio to best meet the needs of our customers, through Covid-19 and beyond, and we have reached positive resolutions with many owners,” Knotel spokesperson Mousa Ackallm said in a statement. “We take our landlord relationships very seriously, and will continue to actively engage with them to achieve good outcomes during these challenging times.”Established in 2015, Knotel has grown rapidly since, but the pandemic lockdown has posed an existential threat to the flex-office sector. Northwind is not the first landlord to sue Knotel for nonpayment.Northwind acquired the six-story, 14,125-square-foot Soho building in April 2014 for $16.35 million, according to public records. Knotel has occupied the second through sixth floors since March 2018.Contact Akiko Matsuda Message* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Email Address*center_img Knotel’s Amol Sarva and Northwind’s Ran Eliasaf with 40 Wooster Street (Google Maps)A Soho office landlord is suing Knotel over nearly $900,000 in unpaid rent, including six months of free rent that was part of its initial lease agreement.Northwind Group, a Manhattan real estate private equity firm, wrote in a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court that the flex-office company stopped paying rent on its office space at 40 Wooster Street in March.The landlord withdrew Knotel’s $206,250 security deposit in May, but Northwind claims it’s owed $485,810 as of October. Northwind also alleges that by failing to make the required rent payments, the tenant “has forfeited its right to the free rent period amount” of $412,500, per the lawsuit.Northwind is asking for a judgment of $898,310 against Knotel.Read moreKnotel lost $223M before the pandemic struckKnotel no pay: Lawsuit says company broke profit-sharing agreementKnotel owes more than $1.6M in unpaid rent: Landlords Full Name*last_img read more

DKB BUNDESLIGA: THW Kiel win opener, SC Magdeburg celebrate in derby of East

first_img18.Bietigheim-Metterzimmern200245:570 14.Minden200255:600 16.Leipzig200246:550 Recommended for you 4.Hannover-Burgdorf220055:514 ShareTweetShareShareEmail 15.Gummersbach200247:560 17.Ludwigshafen200242:530 13.Goppingen210136:442 1.Flensburg-H.220057:434 9.Bergischer210153:522 11.Stuttgart210147:522 Related Items:dkb bundesliga, SC Magdeburg, THW Kiel 8.HSG Wetzlar210148:462 10.Fuchse Berlin210147:482 5.Erlangen110030:222 7.MT Melsungen210156:522 Click to comment German trio and Wisla Plock for EHF European League 2021 trophy 12.Lemgo210146:522 6.Kiel110026:192 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTHW Kiel began season with success in Ludwigshafen 26:19 in the last cycle with Icelandic coach Alfred Gislason, who will leave team after decade on helm of “Zebras” in 2019.SC Magdeburg beat DHfK Leipzig 28:20 in derby of German East.RESULTS:Die Eulen Ludwigshafen – THW Kiel 19 : 26 (11:13) SC Magdeburg – DHfK Leipzig 28 : 20 (13:9) HC Erlangen – VfL Gummersbach 30 : 22 (15:10) TSV Hannover-Burgdorf – Bergischer HC 29 : 26 (12:12) SG BBM Bietigheim – MT Melsungen 24 : 33 (16:17) STANDINGS: THW Kiel with +5 from Szeged 2.SC Magdeburg220056:434 3.Rhein-Neckar220054:414 Decision DAY at Men’s EHF European League 1/8 final Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Steve Bannon populist roadshow hits Europe

first_img“Control of data, citizenship and currency will be true freedom,” he told the crowd.“He was Trump before Trump” — Steve Bannon on Christoph Blocher, the former leader of the Swiss People’s PartyTuesday’s speech was Bannon’s coming out on the European stage. He chose a friendly crowd. The event, held at a trade fair ground on the fringes of central Zurich, was hosted by Weltwoche, a conservative Swiss weekly. Many in the audience, which skewed toward an older male demographic, were readers and supporters of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party. Bannon, who described Brexit as a “canary in the coal mine” for global populism, said the purpose of his European trip was “to learn.”His first lesson might be that Europeans, even right-wingers like those in Zurich, don’t respond to the same red meat as Americans.His references to “the swamp” fell flat. When he fell back on another standby, calling the media the “opposition party,” few in the crowd, including local reporters, appeared to get the joke.A reference to Williams Jennings Bryan, an American populist from the last century to whom Bannon compares with Trump, drew blank stares. Even as Bannon expressed optimism over the prospects for populists in the U.S. and Europe, he warned that a competing force — the Time’s Up movement — posed a serious threat.“These two forces are going to collide and we’re going to see who wins and who loses,” he said. By Bannon’s estimation, the populists are akin to the American Revolution, a liberating force. The Time’s Up movement, which centers on women’s rights, represents something much more radical, he said, comparing it to the French Revolution.“President Trump and I have had our ups and downs … and yes, our lawyers do talk” — Steve BannonBannon focused his speech on the period that led up to Donald Trump’s victory and less on what came afterward. He said that despite his differences with the president, “I still love the guy,” referring to him as an “extraordinary individual.”Asked if he’s still on speaking terms with Trump, Bannon joked: “I’m on listening terms.”Bannon was booted from the White House last year after a turbulent tenure during which he clashed repeatedly with Ivanka Trump and others in the administration. Despite the abrupt end to his White House career and the abuse he’s suffered at Trump’s hands since, Bannon has remained loyal. “President Trump and I have had our ups and downs … and yes, our lawyers do talk,” Bannon added. Also On POLITICO Steve Bannon: Election was Italy’s version of Trump vote By Madeleine Schwartz White House ‘scripted’ House’s Russia questions for Bannon By Kyle Cheney “It’s not over,” he said of the populist surge he helped harness in the U.S. before it purged him. “It’s just beginning. The tide of history is on our side.”In his roughly half-hour address, Bannon, unshaven and wearing wrinkled khakis with a dark shirt and blazer, offered a dystopian assessment of modern society, which he said has become enslaved by “a permanent political class.”“Control of data, citizenship and currency will be true freedom” — Steve Bannon“Central banks are in the business of debasing your currency,” he warned. “Central governments are in the business of debasing your citizenship.”Those nefarious forces, combined with Silicon Valley, which he said had effectively taken ownership of individuals’ identity by mining their personal data, have turned the modern man into a “serf.”Yet Bannon assured the audience that liberation could be found in a combination of nationalist populism and blockchain-powered cryptocurrencies, which some believe will eventually make central banks redundant.center_img ZURICH — He may have been fired from the White House, banished from Breitbart and accused of having “lost his mind” by the man he helped make president, but Steve Bannon can still draw a crowd, even in Switzerland.Speaking to a soldout hall of 1,500 in Zurich Tuesday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist served up a familiar rhetorical stew of “economic nationalism” and populism, spicing his remarks with the usual broadsides against “limousine liberals,” “the Clinton mafia” and “the party at Davos.”Bannon has been touring Europe in recent days, arriving in Switzerland from Italy, where he celebrated the victory by populist forces in Sunday’s general election, calling it an “earthquake.” “It’s not a barn rally in Alabama,” Bannon quipped at one point during the discussion.The crowd responded with enthusiasm to Bannon’s attacks on European refugee policies that have led to a large influx of Africans, however, underscoring the power of the question of immigration on both sides of the Atlantic. “The problems of sub-Saharan Africa and Northern Africa have to be sorted out in sub-Saharan Africa and Northern Africa,” he said to applause.He won over the crowd by praising Swiss politician Christoph Blocher, the former leader of the Swiss People’s Party, for leading the country’s movement against joining the EU in the early 1990s.“He was Trump before Trump,” Bannon said to applause. “Your freedom and your prosperity is because of that. You’re a beacon to the world.”That’s a generous interpretation. Though Switzerland is not formally a member of the EU, it has been forced to accept most of its rules and regulations in order to access the single market. It has effectively become a member of the EU without a vote.Steve Bannon speaks in Zürich | Adrian Bretscher/Getty ImagesThere were also overtures to full EU members. The news agency DPA reported that Bannon met Alternative for Germany leader Alice Weidel at a Zurich hotel to discuss his experience with political communication and alternative media.last_img read more

EMS icon dies

first_imgCharles Sawkins, a thirty-six year member of Rural/Metro and an icon in the local EMS community died yesterday. Mr. Sawkins began his career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 1971 and over the course of thirty-six years established many benchmarks for others to follow. Mr. Sawkins became one of Central New York’s first Medical Emergency Technicians in 1971 and one of the area’s first Advanced Emergency Medical Technician’s in 1975. Mr. Sawkins also played an active role in the implementation of Emergency Medical Dispatching in the 1980’s and worked as a system status controlling and communications supervisor. During Emergency Medical Services week in May of 2007 Rural/Metro honored Mr. Sawkins with its first ever lifetime achievement award for his accomplishments and dedicated its communication center by renaming it the “Charles J. Sawkins Communication Center”. For all his accomplishments, employees of Rural/Metro best knew him as the person who never forgot a birthday. Mr. Sawkins took time to give every employee a birthday card and hand written note on their birthday each year. He will truly be missed.Calling hours will be held on Friday from 3 – 7 PM at Russell H. Schepp & Son Funeral Home, 109 East Avenue, Minoa. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Minoa, 250 East Avenue, Minoa.last_img read more

Top 10 consecutive-lap averages for Chicagoland

first_img1141Kurt Busch (P)2130173.956 1211Denny Hamlin (P)2029173.943 PosCarDriverFrom LapTo LapAvg Speed 431Ryan Newman (P)110175.640 1813Ty Dillon #110172.175 73Austin Dillon (P)110174.829 1948Jimmie Johnson (P)918171.998 618Kyle Busch (P)1120175.215 914Clint Bowyer110174.517 320Matt Kenseth (P)110175.846 1617Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P)1928172.149 2327Paul Menard2130170.531 1119Daniel Suarez #110173.903 124Chase Elliott (P)615175.347 2010Danica Patrick2534171.493 1441Kurt Busch (P)110173.293 2247AJ Allmendinger1524171.188 927Paul Menard110174.131 84Kevin Harvick (P)2029174.798 1043Aric Almirola110174.035 22Brad Keselowski (P)110176.303 63Austin Dillon (P)110174.717 2195Michael McDowell110171.415 P — indicates Playoff eligible; # — indicates Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate 51Jamie McMurray (P)110175.359 2432Matt DiBenedetto1120170.245 2534Landon Cassill1928169.357 82Brad Keselowski (P)110174.534 Practice 2 results PosCarDriverFrom LapTo LapAvg Speed 1410Danica Patrick110173.612 1042Kyle Larson (P)110174.397 Practice 1 results 218Kyle Busch (P)110175.667 324Chase Elliott (P)110175.363 14Kevin Harvick (P)110175.784 131Jamie McMurray (P)110173.572 511Denny Hamlin (P)110174.739 1277Erik Jones #110173.620 1319Daniel Suarez #2332173.840 Final practice results 478Martin Truex Jr. (P)110175.119 1713Ty Dillon #2029172.052 722Joey Logano110174.548 1514Clint Bowyer918173.221 1731Ryan Newman (P)1625172.255 232Matt DiBenedetto817170.560 1895Michael McDowell1524171.917 1617Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P)2231172.289 124Chase Elliott (P)110176.416 2633Jeffrey Earnhardt110168.000 PosCarDriverFrom LapTo LapAvg Speed 1543Aric Almirola110172.617last_img read more

Define American club hosts ‘Woke Party’ to educate students

first_imgDefine American, a Saint Mary’s organization dedicated to educating students about immigration and other political issues, will host a “Woke Party” on Wednesday to inform students about immigration and ways they can take action.Club president and senior Megan Uekert said the idea for a Woke Party emerged from previous club meetings. [Editor’s Note: Uekert is a former News Writer for The Observer.]“We learned from our last meeting that there are many people out there who want to be a part of this cause but do not know much about immigration in the United States,” she said. “We believe that before we educate others on this issue, we must educate ourselves first. We encourage everyone who is unfamiliar with immigration processes to come and join us for the hour-long showing.”Those who attend the party will learn more about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and how immigration impacts lives, Uekert said.“Students will get informed about how incredibly difficult it is to become an American citizen, especially if you were brought here as a child,” she said. “They will also learn about the struggles of being an undocumented American.” The event will include a showing of the documentary “Documented.” The film’s director, Jose Vargas, spoke at the College last semester about immigration and is the founder of the national Define American organization. “We selected this documentary because it is a documentary about a personal story and struggle with the U.S. immigration system,” Uekert said.The documentary shows Vargas’ own personal journey as an undocumented American. Due to his immigration status, he was unable to visit his mother for over 20 years, Define American member Teresa Brickey said. “When DACA was passed, [Vargas] didn’t qualify,” Brickey said. “The documentary isn’t about him finding asylum or legal documentation, but instead how different groups have formed to be advocates for immigrants and undocumented immigrants.”The documentary also looks at how parents of immigrant children reacted to DACA.“Even when DACA was passed, the documentary showed a meeting of parents of Dreamers,“ Brickey said. “They were happy for them, but it was bittersweet because they couldn’t get documented.”Uekert, who is also a member of the Student Diversity Board, said she became involved with Define American due to her personal passion for immigration advocacy.“Define American is important to me because it questions American identity and promotes education of topics surrounding immigration — a topic that there are a lot of myths about,” she said.Uekert said students have a responsibility to educate themselves. This will help them to support other students and friends who are facing challenges as a result of their family’s immigration status.“If we are going to be here and be inclusive and lift up our fellow Belles and Americans and create a strong society, we have to accept everyone here as equally American and as equally accepted,” she said. “I think students should also know what DACA is because it impacts many fellow students and is commonly misunderstood.” All people have the same wants and needs, and nobody is less of a person because of their citizenship status, Uekert said.“Am I more deserving of American citizenship than an undocumented American? We want the same things in life, right? Why do I get these opportunities because I happen to be born here?” she said. “America is the only home most DACA recipients know, as they came here so young. Imagine the stress of finals and school with the added stress of being deported from your home and your country. “Ultimately, Uekert said one of the most important responsibilities of documented students is to educate themselves. This can help them avoid making offensive or insensitive remarks, she said.“Being informed is so important because I hear so many people say, ‘Why don’t they get in line?’” she said. “There is no line. Or even calling someone an ‘illegal’ because they committed a civil offense. We don’t call drunk drivers illegals. Calling a person illegal is dehumanizing.” The Woke Party will take place Wednesday at 10 p.m. in Spes Unica Hall.Tags: DACA, define american, Immigration, woke partylast_img read more

Basilica of the Sacred Heart celebrates Holy Week

first_imgEaster Sunday at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is notable not only for its status as the most holy day of the year in Catholicism, but also for its ability to draw crowds rivaling a sporting event.“On Easter Sunday, we do a couple of things — we add a Mass and we allow more times for the Masses because the crowds are so big,” Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica, said. “We have an 8 [a.m.] Mass; the only other time we have an 8 [a.m.] Mass is on football weekends — that’s the kind of crowd we get.”Rocca estimates that over 1,000 people come to each of the three main Masses offered on Easter Sunday. The crowds are so large that each Mass must be dismissed in a specific way, Rocca said.“What is interesting is that at the end of that Mass, I make an announcement on how to exit the Church because people are asked to exit through only certain doors,” Rocca said.“At the other doors, there are hundreds of people waiting in line to come in [for the next Mass].”However, while the Easter Sunday Masses draw the largest crowds, the Basilica has many events planned for Holy Week, Rocca said. The Basilica begins the Paschal Triduum, the period of three days between sunset on Holy Thursday and sunset on Easter Sunday, with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Rocca said.“That Mass is most noted for two things,” Rocca said. “First, the washing of the feet, which is symbolic of our call to service. Then, we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist and how that should touch our lives.“As we eat Christ’s body and drink his blood, we do not only do it for ourselves, but we take that strength, that grace [from communion] to serve others, and that is beautifully portrayed in the Mass.”Following this Mass, the Basilica holds Tenebrae, Latin for “shadows,” at 11 p.m. Holy Thursday.“This is a prayer service that originated in the Middle Ages in the Church, and it took place in the early, early hours of the morning of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday,” Rocca said.“The monks would gather in their monasteries in darkness with candles and would sing psalms and listen to lessons from the Old Testament, during which they would extinguish these candles.”One candle would remain ignited but would be hidden, plunging the whole monastery into darkness, Rocca said.“The monks would take their books and bang them on their choir stalls to create this loud sound, called strepitus,” Rocca said. “It was supposed to be symbolize the chaos that ensues when darkness reigns supreme.“Then the candle would come back in, and the banging would stop. It would then be placed in the candlebra and would symbolize the light of Christ that would shine ever so bright at the Easter Vigil.”Students pack this service, Rocca said, because it is so unlike anything else they have experienced in Church before.“The music is very classical — a lot of chanting from the Book of Lamentations, a lot of polyphony, a lot of Latin,” Rocca said. “It is just a different kind of music than we would normally hear at Mass.”Last year, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the South Bend-Fort Wayne diocese presided over the Tenebrae service. He loved it so much that he asked to preside over it every other year, Rocca said.“It is just great for all of the students to be able to see our chief pastor, our diocese Bishop, there, and he does such a wonderful job,” Rocca said.This service concludes around midnight, Rocca said, leading into Good Friday. The chief celebration on Good Friday is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3 p.m.For those who cannot make the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, the Basilica also offers Stations of the Cross at 7:15 p.m., Rocca said. No events are planned for Holy Saturday, since it is meant to be a day to commemorate the Lord’s death and burial, he said. At 9 p.m., the community gathers in the Basilica for the Easter Vigil.“What we celebrate, in addition to the resurrection of Christ, is the elect, also known as catechumens, and their reception into the Church by receiving the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Communion,” Rocca said.Following the homily, the elect receive the rites of baptism and confirmation, Rocca said. When communion begins, the elect come forward to receive their first Holy Communion, Rocca said.“This is just a glorious celebration; the Liturgical Choir sings and there is just so much energy,” Rocca said.There will also be a 9 p.m. liturgy specifically for students, Rocca said.“This was started years ago by a former director of Campus Ministry, Fr. Richard Warner, who is currently our Superior General and lives in Rome.“He just thought it was a great idea to bring the whole community together, especially since it is geared for the students.”It is important, however, to remember the celebrations for Holy Week represent one liturgy, Rocca said.“The Mass on Holy Thursday night does not really have a dismissal,” Rocca said. “The liturgy just pauses and people come back to continue the liturgy with Good Friday.“It is basically three separate liturgies — the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and the Easter Vigil — but the Church considers it one continuous liturgy over those three days.”To conclude the celebrations of the holiday, the Congregation of Holy Cross ordains some of their deacons on the Saturday following Easter, Rocca said. There are six deacons becoming ordained priests this year, he said.“It is just a great time — beginning with Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday and ending with Easter Saturday — it just is a wonderful time for the Holy Cross community.”Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Campus Ministry, congregation of holy cross, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Vigil, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Holy Thursday, Paschal Triduumlast_img read more

Confirmed! Sophia Grace Brownlee Joins Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt & More in Into the Woods

first_img A reimagining of classic fairy tales, Into the Woods tells the story of the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), who make a deal with an evil witch (Meryl Streep) in order to conceive. Their journey into the woods brings the couple face-to-face with a bevy of fairy tale characters, including Red Riding Hood (Brownlee), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and his magical beans. Sophia Grace Brownlee, the internet sensation who rose to fame thanks to Ellen, will round-out the starry cast of Disney’s Into the Woods. A representative for the 10-year-old star confirmed to Broadway.com that Sophia “just started rehearsals” to play Little Red Riding Hood in the Rob Marshall film. View Comments Check out the video below to see Brownlee and her pal Rosie singing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Into the Woods filmlast_img read more