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US water polo player recalls balcony accident in South KoreaUS water polo player recalls balcony accident in South Korea

first_imgHooper said the balcony started rumbling before it collapsed.“I remember like grabbing them kind of and being like ‘It’s going to be all right,’” he said, “and the next thing you know, we fall 10, 15 feet, where (we’re) just suspended in midair, and the whole things just goes down and gives out and breaks.”Gilchrist said the railing of the balcony was lined with glued-down beer bottles that shattered when it collapsed. She thinks she was helped up before she made her way out of the nightclub with Hauschild.When Gilchrist got outside, she realized the extent of her injuries and laid down on the sidewalk. She then got some help from some players on the U.S. men and Australian water polo teams, and Christopher Bates, a trainer for the U.S. men’s team, joined the group.“Chris was kind of just the biggest blessing,” Gilchrist said. “He came, he’s a trainer, he put his belt around my leg as a tourniquet and he came in the ambulance with me.”Gilchrist face-timed with her parents, Jenny and Sandy, and sister, Ali, right after she got hurt, and Bates and her U.S. teammates also provided updates. Larnie Boquiren, a trainer for the women’s team, and team doctor Seth Schmoll also helped take care of Gilchrist.“My mom wanted to fly out, but I said ‘Don’t worry. I’m here with our trainer, Larnie, and Dr. Seth,’” Gilchrist said. “They’ve been so great to me, so I told my mom don’t worry and I’ll be home in no time.“She still wanted to come, but it’s all good.”Hooper got 12 stitches on his left hand. He visited a doctor on Monday who said it was basically a clean cut and missed all the muscles in the area.He plans to play when the United States takes on Cuba in its Pan American Games opener Sunday in Peru. The U.S. men can qualify for the 2020 Olympics by winning the tournament. Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living Longboarding tilt set in Butuan City LATEST STORIES Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer She was counting her blessings, too.“We are the lucky ones and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones,” she said.Gilchrist, who also has traveled the world as an accomplished surfer, remembers only parts of the harrowing night.Hours after the Americans’ 11-6 victory over Spain in the final, Gilchrist was on the balcony with Hauschild, U.S. men’s attacker Johnny Hooper and other athletes when it went down.“It was all pretty quick, I think,” Gilchrist said. “But I remember falling and I talked to Johnny and we kind of thought the same thing: It’s like, we felt like (we were) falling for 10 seconds, which it probably ended up being one or two seconds. But everything kind of slowed down.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It probably won’t be healed, but we’ll bandage it up pretty nicely,” Hooper said. “I mean worse comes to worst, the stitches pop and we sew it up after the game again.”Hauschild and U.S. center Ben Hallock also got hurt. Hauschild got stitches on her right arm, and Hallock had some minor scrapes on his legs.Gilchrist said she should know more about her recovery after she returns to the U.S., but she is hoping to be back in the pool with the team in a few months. The U.S. became the first team to win three straight world water polo titles with the victory in South Korea, and it is a big favorite to win a third consecutive gold at the Olympics next year.“It’s awesome to be a part of history and I think there’s something special about our team,” Gilchrist told the AP. “It’s just a bummer that an incident like this has to bring headlines to our team and not just the way we play the game and the way we work and grind. I think there’s something to be said of the success and I think a lot of people could learn from us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MOST READ Police investigators inspect a collapsed internal balcony at a nightclub in Gwangju, South Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2019. The internal balcony collapsed on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 16 including American and other athletes at the world swimming championships, officials said. (Chun Jung-in/Yonhap via AP)One moment, Kaleigh Gilchrist was celebrating an unprecedented third straight world championship for the U.S. women’s water polo team.In the next moment, she was headed to a hospital in South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Gilchrist was partying with teammate Paige Hauschild and other competitors from the world swimming championships when a balcony at a nightclub near the athletes’ village collapsed early Saturday morning, killing two people and creating a chaotic scene in the southern city of Gwangju.“We were having the best night ever celebrating our win, and somehow, a freak accident happened,” Gilchrist told The Associated Press in a phone interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGilchrist, a 27-year-old attacker from Newport Beach, California, who also was part of the United States’ gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Olympics, sustained some deep lacerations on her left leg and got some stitches for cuts on her left thigh. But she said she had no broken bones or nerve damage.Gilchrist had surgery later Saturday morning. She remained in the hospital Monday while doctors monitored her recovery, but she hoped to return to the U.S. on Tuesday.last_img read more

Emancipation for all GuyaneseEmancipation for all Guyanese

first_imgTo understand emancipation or freedom, we have to understand its antithesis— slavery. Most of us may have some inkling of the horrendous physical circumstances of the slave. Starting with the unimaginable squalor an degradation of the ships that brought them across the Atlantic, the hovels that housed them in the “nigger yards”, the rags that covered their nakedness, working from day clean to sundown in the fields under constant lashes of the whip, the widespread rape of the women by European men, to the separation of children from parents – the denial of any possibility of a stable family life – physical force was a palpable existential reality. Emancipation brought some respite from those physical humiliations that denied slaves their dignity.But there was another side to slavery in the new world. This concerned the justification offered by the Europeans for slavery and its integral linkages with their proposition that Africans were a distinct and inferior “race” of people. This justification was primarily a salve to the conscience of the Europeans, who considered themselves “good Christians”. The justification of slavery was concocted by some of the best minds of “Enlightenment” Europe which had raised “reason” as the ultimate test of valid knowledge. Reason undergirded all sorts of classification schemes – based on colour, blood, size of head, extension of jaws etc. – that, in self-fulfilling fashion, confirmed the “subhuman” status of the African. So by their criteria of “rationality”, the European could not be criticised for keeping the slaves in subhuman conditions – they were subhuman to begin with, their science declared! The African was taught a mantra: Whites are a superior race. I am not of the white race. Therefore, I am of an inferior race.By the time the theories of substantive differences between “races” were challenged, the idea of the “subhuman” African was so deeply-embedded in European science, literature, arts, music, philosophy, history etc. that it remained (and remains) as a pre-conceptual background reality to anyone raised within the western paradigm. Even by Africans. This is the wellspring of the most virulent racism that is part and parcel of the westernisation project of modernity. And if Africans are to ever be really emancipated, the racist traces must be identified wherever they exist and extirpated – root and branch.After Emancipation, segueing effortlessly from the uneradicated racist-traces, the Europeans deployed the new anthropological notion of “culture”, again in circular fashion, to demonstrate “rationally” that Africans – now joined by other non-white groups – were inferior. By this time, the empire had expanded exponentially and a new and broader construct was needed to justify oppression over diverse “races”. Condescendingly, Africans were now acknowledged as humans …it was only their culture, and the cultures of other non-whites, that needed to be developed. They all needed tutelage.The famous “Macaulay Minute” of 1835 explicitly spelt out this new strategy of domination: “Brown Englishmen” who would serve the interests of empire, would be created by the imparting of “education” (in capital – the European particular was now universalised). The physical force would be masked and the minds of the natives would be conquered through “symbolic force”. There was a “Queen’s College” established in every corner of the British Empire, following the Macaulay Minute. So we now have a situation where the non-whites always had to measure up (note-up) to a European standard as to what behaviour was “civilised”. And it was into this game in which he could never win the African was thrown at Emancipation. The African (and non-whites) were now taught a new mantra of mental slavery:Since whites are superior because of their culture. If I want to escape being inferior and be equal. I must assume their culture.The subjugation of Africans during and after slavery has left such a deep legacy of anti-African racism in all that the west stands for (and teaches) that it is a daunting task for any who may want to embark on the creation of a new paradigm; one that will allow the African to live in dignity. In the meantime, the various “races” in Guyana each fight to assert their “higher” place on the European-defined “chain of being”.The Rastafarians of Jamaica, since 1932, have created a new mantra summarising one paradigm to escape the western-imposed “mental slavery”:“Whites are superior because of the symbolic forces of their culture. If I want to escape feeling inferior and be equal I must begin by creating my own symbolic cultural universe”.last_img read more

Use of force is a part of the jobUse of force is a part of the job

first_imgDear Editor,On Thursday, March 15, 2018, there was an exchange of gunfire between the Police and suspected bandits at the Georgetown seawall. Three persons, including two who were on the Police radar, died. There have since been conflicting reports in the media and elsewhere as to what actually took place. Some relatives of the dead men are perturbed over the whole issue, and are seeking justice outside of the Police environment.The debate on the use of force, including deadly force, rages. I am not au fait with all the facts in relation to the shooting, therefore I cannot say if the action of the Police was justified or not. Let me be pellucid: I hold no brief for anyone.As a retired senior Police officer, I am aware that the work of the Police is a dangerous one, and can be unthankful at times. Sometimes the Police are left in a quandary — damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.The International Association of Chiefs of Police sets the following guidelines for Police officers: “A Police officer will never employ unnecessary force or violence, and will only use such force in the discharge of duty as is reasonable in all circumstances. Force should be used only with the greatest restraint, and only after discussion, negotiation and persuasion have been found to be inappropriate or ineffective. While the use of force is occasionally unavoidable, every Police officer will refrain from applying the necessary inflection of pain and suffering, and will never engage in cruel, degrading, or inhuman treatment to any person.“The job of the Police is not an easy one. Death lurks around the next corner. I can recall, during 1996, chairing the closing session of a course for Police sergeants, at Police Headquarters. The then Commissioner of Police, Laurie Lewis, delivered the closing address. Among the things he mentioned was that when a Policeman leaves his home to go on duty, he does not know if he will return home alive. Six hours later, bandits riddled Constable 16418 Adrian Williams, called “Big Six”, with bullets not far from the East La Penitence Police Outpost. He died on the spot. He was the only child of his mother.I subsequently asked Commissioner Lewis not to utter those words again.During the last crime wave, 2002-2008, which was described as ‘The Troubles’, a total of 26 Policemen were killed. The then Top Cop, Floyd Mc Donald, had the sad task of constantly attending funerals and paying tributes to his fallen heroes, rather than giving out awards.The use of excessive force has always been difficult. The use of force, including deadly force, is sometimes a necessary part of the job, but determining what is reasonable is highly subjective. In the landmark case in relation to the use of force, Graham vs Conner (1989), the Court held that the calculus of reasonableness must allow for the fact that the Police are often forced to make split-second judgments about the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and are rapidly evolving.According to Nowicki, “The standard according to this decision is the ‘reasonable objective officer’.Nowicki, who is a “use-of-force” expert, posits, “There are three rules relating to the use of force by any officer. Rule number one is that you go home the same way as when you went to work: ALIVE. Rule number two is that you don’t go to prison. Rule number three is that you keep your job. If your use of force is reasonable, you protect yourself, your agency, the community, and even your assailant. But when in doubt, always remember rule number one.”Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistant Commissioner of Police (Retired)last_img read more

Klopp purrs over ‘real striker’ SturridgeKlopp purrs over ‘real striker’ Sturridge

first_imgNow Klopp hopes for an injury-free run for the 26-year-old, whose all-round game impressed his manager more than his headed goal in the 16th minute.“Of course we need the goals of Daniel and he needs the goals, that’s clear,” said Klopp.“It’s not a surprise that he scores goals, but it surprised me how good he is with the team and his movement. He is a real striker.“It is good to see him fit and when he hides himself on the pitch he is really difficult to defend against because he is always somewhere and you don’t know his next move.“For us this is very important and changes a lot of things of course, but we can only speak about this when he is available.“When he’s not we cannot say, ‘But with Daniel it would have been different.’ In this game it was brilliant.”Sturridge returned to the scoresheet on the same day that his England team-mate Danny Welbeck made his comeback for Arsenal and scored the winner against Leicester City.Both men are eyeing a place in England’s squad for Euro 2016 in France.“It’s great,” said Sturridge. “‘Welbz’ is a good friend of mine and he’s feeling good. I spoke to him the other day and it’s good to see him back.“Hopefully we will be there in the summer and we can help the country have some success.”– Garde ‘sad and frustrated’ –For Liverpool, victory marked the end of a five-game winless run, ending a difficult period for Klopp, who saw Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho make a difference on their returns from injury.“It is good for us when we have all our players available, but football and life is not like this,” said the German.“You have to get results when your best players are not all available and that is what we didn’t do often enough.“We know about the problems we had and I know you (the media) are not always interested in this and that is OK.“We believe in our work and in the squad and in the way we work and this time we got the benefit.”James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure also scored as Liverpool strolled to a victory that lifted them up to eighth, three points shy of the European places.It was Villa’s worst defeat at home since 1935 and plunged the Premier League’s bottom club into deeper crisis.They are now eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the table with 12 games to go and thousands of supporters walked out with less than an hour on the clock.Many of those that remained chanted against owner Randy Lerner, while some in the main stand shouted directly at chief executive Tom Fox.Manager Remi Garde said: “It’s very disappointing. I feel humiliation.“It was very painful with six goals conceded, but it is three points thrown away, not more. We don’t have time to moan too much about this.“It’s the worst defeat I’ve had as a manager and I have a lot of feelings, but I will keep some of them to myself.“As a manager it was the worst performance I’ve had. It was a very bad defeat. I’m very sad and frustrated. I’m very sorry for the fans.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during an English Premier League football match against Aston Villa on February 14, 2016 (AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis)BIRMINGHAM, February 15 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Daniel Sturridge after he set his side up for a 6-0 victory at Aston Villa in his first Premier League start for the German.England striker Sturridge started in the league for the first time since October after a series of injury setbacks and scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s rout of Villa on Sunday.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic sparks Utd against SunderlandIbrahimovic sparks Utd against Sunderland

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring the opening goal against Sunderland on April 9, 2017 © AFP / Scott HeppellSUNDERLAND, United Kingdom, Apr 9 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 28th goal of the season as Manchester United closed on the Premier League top four with a routine 3-0 win at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday.Jose Mourinho’s side extended their unbeaten run to 21 league games at a sun-drenched Stadium of Light, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford also on target. United closed to within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, on whom they retain a game in hand, but will drop back to sixth if Arsenal win at Crystal Palace on Monday.Sunderland, who had Seb Larsson contentiously sent off in the first half, now lie 10 points from safety at the foot of the table and look destined for the Championship.Victory set United up nicely for Thursday’s trip to Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, a competition which guarantees a Champions League place to the eventual winners.Mourinho’s men won with plenty to spare, enjoying 70 percent of possession and playing against 10 men for more than half the game.Any hope Sunderland had of replying to Ibrahimovic’s 18th league goal of the season on the half hour were all but ended when his former Sweden team-mate Larsson was sent off as the interval approached.Larsson was shown a straight red card by referee Craig Pawson for leading with a raised foot in a challenge on Ander Herrera, sparking furious Sunderland protests.With left-back Luke Shaw enjoying a rare United start as England manager Gareth Southgate looked on from the directors’ box, Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock with a bolt from the blue.The 35-year-old took a pass from Herrera on the edge of the Sunderland area, easily held off Billy Jones and fired a low shot into Jordan Pickford’s bottom-left corner.– Pogba wayward –Pickford had already saved well from Jesse Lingard and only a brave block from Bryan Oviedo prevented Marouane Fellaini from stretching the visitors’ lead following Herrera’s inviting cut-back.It proved to be Jones’s last intervention before the Sunderland right-back was forced off by a hamstring problem.Mkhitaryan had scored with a stunning ‘scorpion kick’ in the victory over Sunderland at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.He got his name on the scoresheet again in more prosaic circumstances just 46 seconds after the restart.From the kick-off, Sunderland failed to touch the ball as the Armenian was afforded time and space to send a low angled drive past Pickford from 15 yards to notch his ninth goal of the season.Paul Pogba should have made it three, but produced a wayward volley from an Ibrahimovic flick, before the France midfielder aimed a long-range free-kick narrowly wide.Rashford put a more realistic slant on the final score a minute from the end as Sunderland were stretched to breaking point by a swift counter-attack.It ended with Rashford swapping passes with Ibrahimovic before finding the bottom-left corner with a confident finish.Sunderland have lost five of their last six games and failed to score for the seventh consecutive game, a desperate run of over 11 hours.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Districts to spend more than $60MDistricts to spend more than $60M

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Officials at the Little Lake City School District say student enrollment numbers may not get any better next year, but they won’t get any worse — and as such, they’ve projected zero growth in state revenue in their 2007-08 budget. Little Lake was among a slew of local districts, including the Lowell Joint School District in Whittier, that approved annual budgets last week in anticipation of the new fiscal year that got underway Sunday. Budget figures show Little Lake expects to bring in nearly $39 million in revenue and spend about $38.5 million in 2007-08, while Lowell Joint district officials estimate they’ll see about $22.4 million in revenue and $21.8 million in expenditures. For more on this story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.last_img read more

Schwarzenegger invited to meeting on crimeSchwarzenegger invited to meeting on crime

first_imgAn Antelope Valley grass-roots crime-fighting group hopes to enlist “the Governator.” R. Rex Parris, co-founder of Antelope Valley War on Gangs and Crime, said Tuesday that the group has invited Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to attend its next public town meeting, tentatively scheduled for sometime in September at a site to be determined. A crowd of more than 3,000 packed Lancaster Baptist Church for the group’s inaugural public meeting earlier this year attended by several prominent public officials, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. “We’re hoping the governor will come, and there’s some indication that he might,” Parris said. Group officials are holding off on setting a date for the town hall meeting pending a commitment from the governor, Parris said. The anti-gang organization is eyeing Clear Channel Stadium in Lancaster as a possible site for the next meeting if they can work around the JetHawks baseball playoff schedule. “The problem with getting the governor is he’s all over the world, and you really don’t know if you’re going to get him until two weeks out,” Parris said. He said the celebrity governor would put help put a spotlight on the area’s growing public safety concerns. “The more attention we can bring to the gang problem we’re facing in the Antelope Valley, the more likely it is we’re going to get more help,” Parris said. (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Insider Trading: Balotelli’s Liverpool exit hits snag, plus Adebayor and Stones latestInsider Trading: Balotelli’s Liverpool exit hits snag, plus Adebayor and Stones latest

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He brings us the latest developments with Mario Balotelli’s impeding Liverpool exit, with the arrival of Christian Benteke seemingly spelling the end for the Italian at Anfield.The Reds are reportedly desperate to get the striker out the door, and Italian clubs Sampdoria and Bologna have both registered an interest in taking him back to his homeland, though Balotelli’s huge wages are proving a stumbling block.Meanwhile, Warren also has the latest on out-of-favour Tottenham frontman Emmanuel Adebayor, who is moving closer to a loan switch to Aston Villa.The 31-year-old has been spotted as the Villans training ground and is apparently keen to be reunited with boss Tim Sherwood, under whom he scored 11 goals and notched four assists for Spurs.Plus, find out who Everton are looking at as a possible replacement if Chelsea target John Stones…Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from – Swansea manager Garry Monk tells Everton and Crystal Palace: ‘Ashley Williams is going nowhere!’Man City target Kevin de Bruyne admits he ‘has no idea’ about his futureChelsea winger Mohamed Salah set to complete Roma switchArsenal transfer report: Gunners lining up bid for Barcelona midfielderArsenal and Chelsea linked with a move for Napoli wingerArsenal set to pip Manchester City to French wonderkid Ismael BennacerNantes chief issues warning to Aston Villa as Leicester bid to hijack deal for Jordan VeretoutNewcastle fail with £12m bid for Marseille starWest Brom record buy Brown Ideye emerges as top Trabzonspor transfer targetWest Ham reignite interest in Dynamo Moscow defenderlast_img read more

LISTEN: Former criminologist warns West Ham MUST get paramilitary police inLISTEN: Former criminologist warns West Ham MUST get paramilitary police in

first_imgA former criminologist called into talkSPORT on Monday and warned West Ham must take serious action to prevent further trouble at their new home.The Premier League club’s move to the London Stadium has proved to be problematic, with crowd disturbances reported at their last three matches.And, according to listener Stu – an expert in crime prevention who used to lecture on football hooliganism – the violence will continue if the club and their landlords don’t introduce a strong police presence at the ground.“We’ve got huge problems here and it is not just about the London Stadium,” he said, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT.“There is a rise in football hooliganism which is under the radar at the moment. In a way, what happened with West Ham and Watford was good because it highlighted the fact that we have got a rise again between the ultras.“When the London Stadium was given to West Ham, I thought, as a former criminologist, that this is a recipe for disaster because there is a lack of security. We have seen that across the Premier League.“We have to look at the fixture lists and if you have the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and possibly Millwall, there is no love lost between those clubs. There has to be a kind of paramilitary policing presence there because of the perimeters and the concourse.“You have got old faces turning up all of a sudden and they will do even more for the Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal games, so it is a recipe for disaster.”last_img read more

Deputies seeking missing man, 78Deputies seeking missing man, 78

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Saddler was described as African-American, about 5 feet 9 and 160 pounds, bald with brown eyes. Sometimes he wears reading glasses. He has tattoos of an anchor and of a naked woman on his arms. He was last seen wearing a white short-sleeve dress shirt, khaki pants, white socks and no shoes. He was last seen walking south along 96th Street East.Anyone who has seen Saddler is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s missing person’s detail at (323) 890-5500 or the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 272-2400. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LITTLEROCK – A 78-year-old man is missing after wandering away from a relative’s Littlerock home in the middle of the night in stocking feet. Josh Saddler Jr., who had been staying at the home on East Avenue T-14, has not been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease but has memory problems, a sheriff’s detective said. “He gets forgetful,” Detective Tamar Abraham said. Saddler disappeared about 3 a.m. Tuesday. last_img read more