Category Archives: Freedom of Emotions

AP source: Dolphins’ Ross interested in moving Miami Open

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the discussions says Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is interested in moving the Miami Open tennis tournament to the team’s stadium complex, and there have been talks regarding his proposal.

The person confirmed the discussions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the tournament and Dolphins have not commented.

The person said Ross wouldn’t buy the tournament, but would invest in a tennis center on stadium grounds because he wants to keep the event in South Florida.

The tournament has been held since 1987 on the island of Key Biscayne near downtown Miami. But the event’s future has been in question since a 2015 appeals court decision that prevents upgrades to that complex.

There has been speculation for more than a year that the tournament might relocate.


Thomas scores 30, Celtics beat Heat 112-108 for 4th straight

BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics have almost caught Cleveland for the top spot in Eastern Conference. Now they’re focused on passing the Cavaliers.

Thomas scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and Boston beat the Miami Heat 112-108 on Sunday night for its fourth straight victory.

The win moved Boston within percentage points of Cleveland for the No. 1 seed in the East. The Celtics have one more victory than the Cavs, but also one more loss. Boston (48-26) also equaled its win total from last season.

Thomas said no one in a Celtics uniform was celebrating, though.

“It’s just a tie, though, so it’s not that cool,” he said. “Hopefully we can secure that spot and be No. 1. We’ve just got to control what we can control and take it game by game. We can’t really worry about what Cleveland’s doing or what other teams are doing.”

Jae Crowder added a season-high 25 points and six rebounds for the Celtics.

Tyler Johnson had 24 points and James Johnson scored 20 for the Heat, who are a half-game ahead of the Bulls for the final playoff spot in the East. Chicago beat Milwaukee earlier in the day.

Hassan Whiteside finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds for Miami.

“I don’t think it was the offense that really got us, that (is) inhibiting us from winning games,” Tyler Johnson said. “I think it’s getting stops down the stretch. We scored 108 points, so that’s enough to get the job done.”

Boston led by 10 entering the final period before letting Miami back into the game with an 8-0 run.

James Johnson hit one of two free throws to get the Heat within two with less than a minute to play. Then the Celtics’ Marcus Smart got the benefit of a goaltending call on the second of his free throw attempts to put Boston up four with 20.1 seconds left.

The Celtics trailed by five at halftime, but outscored the Heat 32-17 in the third quarter.

Boston coach Brad Stevens was critical of his team’s defensive effort late in a win over Phoenix on Friday, when Devin Booker scored 70 points for the Suns.

At one point in the second quarter Sunday, Stevens again chastised his club’s performance on the defensive end as the Celtics fell into a 15-point hole.

They responded by closing out the final 7:09 of the half on a 25-15 run. They also closed the game with several big defensive plays, including an emphatic block by Al Horford on Tyler Johnson in the waning seconds.

“This is what happens with competition,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s not only up to you. They have something to say about it as well. They just made some big, timely plays.”

TIP-INS

Heat: Whiteside had his 51st double-double of the season. … Dion Waiters sat out with a sprained left ankle. Spoelstra said there is no timetable on Waiters’ return.

Celtics: Thomas had his 65th game with 20-plus points this season, tying him with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook for most in the NBA. … Thomas extended his franchise record to 48 consecutive games with a 3-pointer. … Avery Bradley returned after missing a game with stomach flu. … Crowder had his ninth 20-point game of the season.

SWEEPING VICTORY

Boston swept Miami in back-to-back seasons for the second time in franchise history. The first was 1988-89 and 1989-90.

FINAL FOUR TIES

At least two Miami players were scoreboard watching prior to Sunday’s game. Heat veteran Udonis Haslem played for Final Four-bound South Carolina coach Frank Martin on three state championship teams at Miami Senior High in the late 1990s. Miami rookie Rodney McGruder also played for Martin for three years at Kansas State.

“The coach he played for, we tend to like Frank Martin players,” Spoelstra said of McGruder, who has started 56 games. “They have the type of grit and the DNA, the toughness that we like.”

UP NEXT

Heat: At the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

Celtics: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.


Suspects sought in deadly Cincinnati nightclub shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police searched for suspects in a nightclub shooting that left one man dead and 15 other people injured and sent club patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets in what they described as a chaotic and terrifying scene.

A gunfight broke out inside the crowded Cameo club early Sunday after a dispute among several patrons escalated into a shootout, authorities said. Some 200 people were inside the club near the Ohio River, east of downtown Cincinnati at the time.

“What we know at this point in the investigation is that several local men got into some type of dispute inside the bar, and it escalated into shots being fired from several individuals,” Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said. It was not immediately clear how many people fired shots.

O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was killed and 15 other people were injured. At least five victims remained hospitalized Monday morning. A University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman said shortly before daybreak that two were in critical condition and three were in stable.

Police scheduled a news conference for later Monday morning.

No suspects were in custody in the shooting at the club, which police said has a history of gun violence.

Club patron Mauricio Thompson described a chaotic scene in which as many as 20 shots were fired as people scrambled to get away. He said there was a fight and people were yelling for security to intervene before the gunfire began.

“Once I got outside, people coming out bloody, gunshot wounds on them, some of their friends carrying them to the car, rushing them to the hospital,” Thompson told WCPO-TV. “It was just crazy.”

Another patron told the television station that she dove to the ground outside of the nightclub to dodge bullets, and that her boyfriend climbed on top of her to protect her.

“I thought I was going to die. At that point survival skills started kicking in,” said Sherell, who preferred not to give her last name. “Once I heard the third shot — I didn’t know whether it was coming from outside, someone was shooting at the club, or whether it was coming from inside.”

Isaac said the club has its own security operation that uses detection wands and pat-downs, but that police believe several firearms somehow got inside. Four officers were working security in the club’s parking lot and some tried unsuccessfully to revive the man who died.

The club has a history of gun violence, including a shooting inside the club on New Year’s Day in 2015 and one in the parking lot in September of that year, City Manager Harry Black said.

Cameo’s Facebook page, which later was taken down, said it caters to college students on Friday nights, when anyone over 18 is allowed in, while Saturdays are “grown and sexy night” for ages 21 and older.

“Saturday night, it is a very young crowd. We have had incidents here in the past, but this is by far the worst,” Police Capt. Kim Williams said.

Authorities asked anyone with information on the shooting to come forward. Investigators were checking to see if surveillance cameras were working, Williams said.

The operator of the nightclub, Jay Rodgers, released a statement Sunday night calling the shooting, “senseless.”

“We will do everything in our power to cooperate and make sure the monsters that did this are caught and brought to justice,” said Rodgers, who added that the club would remain closed until both an internal and a police investigation are completed.

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Associated Press reporter Mike Householder in Cincinnati contributed to this report.


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Jeonju Festival Stands up for Freedom of Expression in Post-Park Era

“Mis-President,” a film that picks at the myth of South Korea’s recently impeached president Park Geun-hye, is a clear example of the independent editorial line being championed by the Jeonju International Film Festival. The film will play in the festival’s Korea Cinemascape section, it was announced today. “This year’s festival slogan, a haven for cinematic expression, shows... Read more »

Is Your Used Vehicle A Timebomb? Loophole Lets Auto Dealers Sell Millions of Recalled Cars As ‘Safe’

Consumer groups charge a recent federal decision allows car dealers to market "death traps" to unwitting buyers. They're suing over a legal loophole that permits a dealer to sell used cars with unfixed recall defects as "safe" -- as long as the dealer discloses the recall repairs have not been made.

Woman Killed In Hit-And-Run On Tri-State Tollway

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was fatally struck by a hit-and-run vehicle Sunday night on the Tri-State Tollway near south suburban Thornton, police said.

The woman was outside of her disabled vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-294 near Halsted Street when she was struck by a passing vehicle, according to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Nick Hasan.

The woman, whose exact age was not known, was taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Havey, where she was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. No other injuries were reported.

Hasan said the vehicle sped away after the crash.

All lanes of the tollway were temporarily closed in the area after the crash, but everything was reopened to traffic by midnight.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Missing Autistic Michigan Man Boarded Bus To Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are looking for a missing Livonia, Michigan, man who boarded a Greyhound bus from Detroit to Chicago and might be at risk.

Derek Andree, 19, was last seen Saturday in Michigan, according to a high-risk missing person alert from Chicago Police. He is autistic, suffers from mental illness and is prone to seizures if he does not take his medication.

Andree is described as a 6-foot-3, 195-pound white man with a fair complexion, dirty blond hair and blue eyes, police said. He likes to frequent libraries and is known to carry knives.

Anyone with information on Andree’s whereabouts is asked to contact Livonia police at (734) 466-2470.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

De’Aaron Fox Gives Emotional Interview After Loss To UNC

Ryan Mayer

Lost in all of the ecstasy that results from a last-second game winning shot is just how much agony the opposing team endures. For the Kentucky Wildcats, yesterday was one of those days.

The Wildcats thought they had done enough to keep their season alive at least for a potential overtime period when Malik Monk hit a game tying three pointer with just about 10 seconds left in the game. However, the Tar Heels immediately inbounded the ball, raced up court and found sophomore Luke Maye who knocked down the game winning shot with just o.3 left on the clock.

Following the game, the scene in the Kentucky locker room was understandably a somber one. Point guard De’Aaron Fox couldn’t help but get emotional during a postgame interview.

Fox can be heard saying “This isn’t a locker room that looks like guys don’t care. I love my brothers man,” as he struggles to cope with the loss and continue conducting the interview. This is the kind of emotion from players that fans don’t often get to see. It’s heartbreaking to watch and a reminder of just how tough losses in the tournament can be for these kids.