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What’s in those seized records? Trump’s biggest new worry Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, center, leaves federal court following a hearing Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York.

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies have hit a new level of anxiety after the

raid on his personal attorney’s office, fearful of deeper exposure for Trump, his inner circle and his adult children — and more than concerned that they don’t know exactly what is in those records

and electronic devices seized last week. There is also some worry that Michael Cohen, the self-described legal fixer who helped make bad stories go away and took a lead-

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ing role in Trump Organization projects in foreign outposts, may strike a deal with prosecutors out of concern about his own prospects. Continued on Page 3


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White House says Russia sanctions still under consideration By MATTHEW LEE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House scrambled Monday to walk back U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's weekend announcement that new economic sanctions against Russia are imminent, but stressed the penalties are still being considered. Haley created a firestorm Sunday when she said the new sanctions would be imposed by the Treasury Department on Monday, when, in fact, no such announcement was planned, according to two officials familiar with the matter. In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to clarify the situation, but her explanation created more confusion and led to suggestions that President Donald Trump had personally intervened to halt the sanctions from taking effect Monday. "We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future," Sanders said in a statement. The two officials, who were not authorized to discuss private administration deliberations publicly and spoke on condition of ano-

American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley listens as Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja'afari speaks after a vote on a resolution during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. Associated Press

nymity, said Haley had misspoken when she said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would announce the sanctions Monday "if he hasn't already." Haley said the sanctions would target those who are enabling Syrian leader Bashar Assad's government to continue using chemical weapons. The two officials said the administration had no plans to announce Syriarelated sanctions on Russia

this week, although they noted that two entities were hit with such penalties last month in a largely overlooked portion of a sanctions package that dealt mainly with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and hacking. After Haley's comments, some in the administration suggested the sanctions now being considered could be rolled out Monday. But others said it would be wiser and more effective to wait for a period lon-

ger than three days after the U.S., British and French infuriated Russia with their missile strikes on Syria on Friday. The officials could not say when the new sanctions would be announced. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump continued to hail the missile attack as perfectly carried out. Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100

missiles nearly unopposed by Syrian air defenses. While he declared success, the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses. Trump's choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that would tie down U.S. forces for years. Later Sunday, Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders informing them in writing of his decision to order the strike. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must keep Congress informed of such actions. The nighttime assault on Syria was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow it was coming. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.q

Rep. Scalise undergoes planned surgery 10 months after shooting

In this March 6, 2018, file photo, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise speaks at the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington. Associated Press

By ALAN FRAM WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Steve Scalise, badly wounded by a gunman

at a Republican baseball practice 10 months ago, underwent planned followup surgery Monday, and

doctors were planning additional procedures. The Louisiana congressman, seen as a potential successor to retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, was treated at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. That's the same facility where Scalise was rushed after the June 2017 shooting that also wounded four others. The medical center and the lawmaker's office said in a statement that he has "initiated a series of planned, inpatient procedures" but provided no other detail. They said he was in "excellent spirits" and was expected to remain hospitalized for several days.

The 52-year-old Scalise, the third-ranking House GOP leader, wrote to colleagues earlier Monday that he would be "fully engaged" as he recovers from the surgery and would return to the Capitol "as soon as my doctors say I'm able." Ryan, R-Wis., announced last week that he won't seek re-election in November. The front-runner in the contest to replace Ryan as top House Republican seems to be Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his party's No. 2 House leader. Scalise spokesman Chris Bond said Monday that when the leadership election is held, the congress-

man will support McCarthy. That essentially left it up to McCarthy to round up the 218 votes needed in the 435-member House to prevail but left the door open for Scalise should McCarthy fall short. Scalise suffered shattered bones and damaged internal organs in the shooting, which left him near death. He was hospitalized for more than a month. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers killed the gunman, who had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP. Scalise now maneuvers around the Capitol on crutches and an electric scooter.q


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What’s in those seized records? Trump’s biggest new worry Continued from Front

“I think it’s a huge minefield for Donald Trump and the Trump Organization,” said trial attorney Joseph Cammarata, who represented Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton. “I think this is on its own track and this train is coming down the track with brute force.” The wild legal show continued to play out Monday, at a court hearing in New York before a federal judge who is considering what to do with the material that the FBI seized from Cohen. The scene was punctuated by dramatic entrances and revelations. Stormy Daniels — the porn actress who alleged she had a sexual affair with the president — made an appearance, stumbling on her high heels as she was swarmed by press. Cohen was forced to reveal that another one of his clients is Fox News host Sean Hannity, a high-profile confidant of the president. Trump left the White House for Florida, for a two-day summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the president’s Mar-aLago estate. Advisers are hoping the meeting will draw attention from the legal tempest in Washington and New York. On the trip south, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to put distance between Trump and Cohen, saying: “I believe they’ve still got some ongoing things, but the president has a large number of attorneys, as you know.” The federal raid, carried out a week ago in New York City, sought bank records, information on Cohen’s dealing in the taxi industry, Cohen’s commu-

nications with the Trump campaign and information on payments he made in 2016 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and to Daniels, both of whom allege relationships with Trump, people familiar with the raid told the Associated Press. The court proceedings Monday dealt with who gets to look at Cohen’s seized documents and devices before they are turned over to prosecutors. Though Cohen once said he “would take a bullet” for Trump, he is aware of the possible outcome — including potential prison time — and has expressed worry about his family, said a person who has spoken to the lawyer in recent days but is not authorized to discuss private conversations. Cohen has not been charged with anything. Trump’s moods have grown darker in recent days, as he lashes out at the “overreach” of the raid. Further angering the president is that the raid was triggered in part by a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The raid was authorized by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. On Twitter Sunday, Trump said that all lawyers are now “deflated and concerned” by the FBI raid on Cohen, adding that “Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past.” Trump has also taken to downplaying Cohen’s role. The president also inveighed further against former FBI Director James Comey, who said Monday morning that Trump was morally unfit to be president. That was a few hours after Comey said the same

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, speaks as her lawyer Michael Avenatti listens outside federal court, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York. Associated Press

and worse in a highly promoted ABC interview. Many in the White House view the aftershocks of the Cohen raid as potentially more threatening than Mueller’s Russia probe, fearful of what skeletons may be in the lawyer’s closets, according to five officials and outside allies who all spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. “I agree with the consensus forming that it’s very dangerous for the president, probably the most serious thing yet,” said Sol Wisenberg, a defense attorney who was a deputy independent counsel during the Starr special counsel investigation into Clinton. “Even if you shut Mueller down some way, how do you shut down the Southern District (federal court)?” Trump’s anger at the probe has intensified, with him musing publicly about firing Mueller and the man who authorized the probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod

Rosenstein. Those around Trump have hoped that this week’s visit to Mar-a-Lago, where he is generally happier, along with the tightly scheduled summit with Abe, would somewhat distract him from Cohen and from Comey’s ongoing publicity tour. But White House aides have also expressed worry that they can control Trump less at his palatial Florida estate, where he is known to seek out counsel from club members and get revved up by their attimes provocative advice. One recent presidential dinner guest was Hannity, a longtime Trump ally whose connection to Cohen shed more light on the attorney who was more than just a lawyer for Trump. Cohen has long been a key power center in the Trump Organization and a fixture along the edges of Trump’s nascent political life. In Cohen’s own estimation, he is Trump’s Ray Donovan, the bruising television

character who takes whatever steps are needed to fix problems for the tycoon he serves. He has regularly threatened lawsuits against those who pose a challenge to Trump. He has berated reporters for writing unflattering words about his boss. He has worked with tabloids, including the National Enquirer, to kill unfavorable stories about Trump. He has said he used a home-equity loan to finance a $130,000 payment to Daniels in the final days of the 2016 campaign and did so without Trump’s knowledge. The president has consistently denied a relationship with Daniels, who claims the two had sex not long after first lady Melania Trump gave birth to the couple’s son Barron. He has also pushed back against other claims from women. A recent Trump fundraising email praised Mrs. Trump, with the president calling her “my rock and foundation.”q

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Senators introduce new war powers resolution By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman and other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unveiled a bipartisan resolution Monday authorizing the use of military force overseas, accelerating a debate that Congress has been reluctant to have, but that's taking on new urgency after President Donald Trump's strikes on Syria. The resolution from Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., would repeal the broad authorizations Congress approved in 2001 and 2002 for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, replacing them with new authority to go after specific "non-state terrorist groups." A growing number of critics say Congress should no longer be using the more than decade-old resolutions as legal underpinnings for the fight against extremist groups such as the Islamic State. The new resolution would not necessarily provide congressional authorization for the airstrikes Trump

Rubble lines a street in Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2018. Associated Press

ordered, with coalition forces, in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack against civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma. Congress has so far giving lopsided backing for the Syria mission. Many lawmakers are supportive of

strikes that send a message to the Syrian regime that such attacks will not go unanswered. "It was time to act," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday in support of the Syria mission. Others say even the lim-

ited response is beyond the president's commanderin-chief authority because the U.S. was not facing a direct security risk. Mostly, lawmakers have insisted that the Trump administration cannot engage in prolonged or repeated incursions without

consulting Congress on its broader strategy. "President Trump's action still raises the constitutional question of his authority to unilaterally attack another nation without congressional authorization," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "It is time for Congress and the American people to engage in a national debate about that authorization to use military force in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen." Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said, "No President of the United States, no matter party or political ideology, has the authority to unilaterally start a war." But it is not at all clear the new authorization resolution, which is expected to focus on military action against nonstate actors like the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban — rather than specific countries — would find enough support to pass the House or Senate. Corker said the new measure would give the administration "the flexibility to be successful that they now have, but it also keeps Congress in the loop in having the ability to stop it."q

Dems ready to back bid for House votes on immigration By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Virtually all Democrats are poised to join a group of Republicans calling for House votes this election year on immigration, an effort that seems unlikely to succeed but would cast a campaign-season spotlight on an issue Democrats think will help their Election Day prospects. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., has gathered nearly 50 GOP co-sponsors on a procedural measure that would permit votes on four immigration bills. Those bills would include a conservative package that would limit legal immigration, a Democratic plan helping young "Dreamer" immigrants win citizenship and a bipartisan compromise. Virtually every Democrat will join Denham, aides

In this July 23, 2013 file photo, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Associated Press

said Monday, enough for a House majority. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the effort. Even with most House members aboard, though,

GOP leaders would not be required to bring the measure to a vote. But it would give Republicans like Denham, an immigration moderate with many Hispanic residents in his district, a chance to show he's tried

pushing the issue. It would also give Democrats an opportunity to accuse Republican leaders of scuttling the effort. Democrats — and perhaps even a Republican — seem likely to go even further and collect signatures on a discharge petition, a rarely used procedure that would force immigration votes if a majority of lawmakers signed it. GOP leaders would be expected to try thwarting that effort by persuading Republicans who backed Denham's measure to not sign the petition. "We owe it to these young people to keep trying," Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., said Monday. Aguilar and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, are co-sponsors of a compromise immigration bill, and Aguilar was among those gathering signatures of Democrats willing to sup-

port Denham's effort. Denham spokeswoman Jessica McFaul said he would not file a petition forcing votes. The Senate killed several bills in February aimed at protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of "Dreamers," immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. President Donald Trump last year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program established by President Barack Obama that has been temporarily shielding those immigrants. Trump has turned down several attempted compromises suggested by Democrats and bipartisan lawmakers and has blamed them for the impasse. Democrats are hoping to capture House control this November.q


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U.S. says California rejects proposed border duties for troops By ELLIOT SPAGAT and LUIS ALONSO LUGO, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard's initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided. "The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations," Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, told reporters in Washington. Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week for pledging 400 troops to the Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006. But the Democratic governor conditioned his commitment on his state's troops having nothing to do with immigration enforcement, even in a supporting role. Brown's announcement last week did not address what specific jobs the California Guard would and would not do, nor answer the thorny question of how state officials would distinguish work related to immigration from other duties. Vitiello said the governor decided California will not accept terms of an initial troop rollout for the state that was similar to plans for the other three border states, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. According to two U.S. officials, the initial jobs for those troops include fixing and maintaining vehicles, using

remote-control surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol agents, operating radios and providing "mission support," which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payrolls. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said "state officials have not rejected anything" since Brown proposed a formal agreement Wednesday with the Homeland Security and Defense Departments that prohibits any involvement in immigration. "The federal government has not yet responded," Keegan said in an emailed statement. Homeland Security Department spokesman Tyler Houlton said the federal government was committed to working with Brown and that the California leader shares interest in a secure border with Mexico. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration Robert G. Salesses said the administration wanted 237 troops for work in two parts of the state that California "has indicated they will not perform." Vitiello emphasized that California may participate in other ways that must still be worked out. "We are anticipating additional requirements, and we got a signal from California that they are interested in improving border

In this March 13, 2018, file photo, a motorcade carrying President Donald Trump drives along the border in San Diego. Associated Press

security," Vitiello said. "So, at some point that might come together." Brown was clear last week that California troops will help go after drugs, guns and criminal gangs, but not immigrants. Drawing that line will likely prove difficult because the Border Patrol combats illegal immigration but also drug smuggling and other crimes. Brown's pledge of 400 troops allowed Trump to boast support from all four border-state governors and helped put the president above the lower end of his threshold of marshaling 2,000 to 4,000 troops that he wants to fight illegal immigration and drug traffick-

ing. The Democratic governor cast his decision as a welcome infusion of support paid for by the U.S. government to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers. Republican governors from Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have openly embraced the Trump administration's plans and specific jobs for their troops, as California did in previous Guard deployments. Texas National Guard members are already doing aerial and ground surveillance. The Arizona National Guard said last week that its troops will provide air and ground support.

The Guard had about 900 troops working on the border mission Monday, a number that changes daily, said Lt. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief. Nearly 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.q

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Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias,' CEO says

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, center, walks towards a meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other officials Monday April 16, 2018, at Philadelphia City Hall. Associated Press

By KRISTEN DE GROOT and JOSEPH PISANI Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on "unconscious bias," CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing. Johnson, who has called the arrests "reprehensible," arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He said he hopes to meet with the two men in the next couple of days and apologize face to face. A company spokesman said the men have agreed to a meeting with Johnson, but it was not immediately known when it

would take place. "I'd like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through," said Johnson, who has been CEO for about a year. Stewart Cohen, the lawyer for the two men, said he hopes "something productive for the community" can come out of such a meeting. The incident is a major blow to Starbucks' image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighborhood hangouts where anyone is welcome. After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter. And on Monday morning, about two dozen protesters

took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, "A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black." A Starbucks regional vice president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down. "We don't want this Starbucks to make any money today. That's our goal," said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest's organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective. Over the weekend, demonstrators called for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who arrested the men on Thursday. Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment about the employment status of the manager who called police.

Officials have said the officers were told the men had asked to use the store's restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything, and they refused to leave. Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren't doing anything wrong. A white man identified as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe arrives and tells the officers the two men were waiting for him. An officer says the men were not complying and were being arrested for trespassing. "Why would they be asked to leave?" Yaffe says. "Does anybody else think this is

ridiculous? It's absolute discrimination." A woman can be heard in the video saying "they didn't do anything, I saw the entire thing." Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who met with Johnson on Monday, said the city will review its guidelines on how to respond to future requests for police assistance. Police haven't announced the names of the men, who were released after the district attorney's office said there was lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. Asked if the incident was a case of racism, Johnson responded: "Starbucks was built around the concept of a third place where we create a warm and welcoming environment for all customers. What I do know is that did not happen in this instance. And that is what we're focused on." Philadelphia-born comedian Kevin Hart had taken to Twitter on Monday to vent about the arrests, saying the company failed to take advantage of an opportunity to call out racial profiling. He says the employee who called police should have been fired. On Sunday he tweeted, "Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now. Please make this situation right." Seattle-based Starbucks had posted a statement on Twitter over the weekend about the arrests, followed by an apology from Johnson. "Every company makes mistakes, but great companies are the ones that learn from those mistakes and take appropriate action," Johnson said Monday. "And that's exactly what I intend to do. We're reviewing all aspects of this."q


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Heavy rains ease, rescue efforts improve after Hawaii storm By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER HONOLULU (AP) — Heavy rains on Kauai let up on Monday, which helped emergency workers better rescue people stranded by flooding on the Hawaiian island. By Monday afternoon, emergency crews evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 people by bus and others by water, according to the governor's office. Officials were warning people who wanted to be evacuated that it's not known when they can return because of landslides blocking Kuhio Highway on the island's north shore. Forty people, mostly tourists, were stuck since Saturday night at a Red Cross shelter in an elementary school in the north shore town of Hanalei. Plans to airlift them out of the school, which

was surrounded by water, were abandoned because severe weather grounded helicopters, said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of American Red Cross of Hawaii. On Sunday night, another 21 people made their way to the shelter on personal watercraft and boats, she said. The shelter earlier had run out of food and water, but received adequate provisions Sunday, she said. By the afternoon, flood waters receded enough for a bus to take them to another shelter, the Red Cross said. An estimated 30 campers were stranded in the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park on Monday. State parks officials were coordinating with county and state emergency workers about prioritizing rescue missions. Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and Hawaii Gov. Davide Ige assessed dam-

This Sunday, April 15, 2018, photo provided by Kauai resident James Hennessy shows the view as he maneuvers a stand-up paddleboarding along his flooded street in Haena, Hawaii. Associated Press

age and rescue needs by helicopter on Monday. "While we have a long road to recovery ahead of us, we are incredibly grateful for

Police: Suspect argued with men before fatal LA studio fire By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators believe a Los Angeles man had argued with two men hours before he spread gasoline inside a music studio and set it ablaze, killing them and leaving two other people critically injured, police said Monday. Efrem Demery, 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder after Saturday's fire at the Top Notch Recording Studio, Los Angeles police Capt. William Hayes said. Investigators are still working to pin down a motive but believe Demery had been hanging out with two of the victims, 28-yearold Devaughn Carter and

30-year-old Michael Pollard, when an argument broke out, Hayes said. Several hours later, Demery was caught on surveillance video at a gas station across the street from the recording studio, police said. Detectives suspect Demery filled a container with gasoline then walked inside the recording studio, pouring gasoline around one of the rooms before lighting it on fire, Hayes said. Carter and Pollard, who police said were the "intended targets," died. Two other people — a man in his 20s and a 15-year-old girl — were injured and remained in critical condition on Monday, police said.

The fatal fire was a "senseless and horrific crime," Chief of Detectives Justin Eisenberg said at a news conference. Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators have not yet determined whether the building was in compliance with building codes or whether there were working smoke alarms, officials said. “The direct nature of going after these individuals is obviously very heinous,” Hayes said. “Arson is a brutal crime and a terrible way to die.” Demery, who has prior arrests for burglary and selling counterfeit goods, was being held without bail. q

everyone who has stepped to the plate to help in one way or another," Carvalho said. There were no reports of major injuries. At least two houses on the north shore completely washed off their foundations, county spokeswoman Sarah Blane said. The houses were vacant, she said. The Red Cross said volunteers knew of four destroyed homes in Wainiha, on the north shore, and there are probably more homes damaged in Koloa, on the south side, based on aerial photos. "It's definitely the worst storm in recent memory," Blane said. Some residents said it was worse than Hurricane Iniki in 1992. The National Weather Service recorded 28.1 inches (71.3 centimeters) of rainfall in Hanalei between 2 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday. The record for a 24-hour period in Hanalei was set in 2012 at 28.54 inches (72.49 centimeters). "It's highly likely that the re-

cord was broken by heavy rainfall after the gauge stopped recording," said meteorologist Chevy Chevalier. The weather service is trying to figure out why the gauge stopped recording, he said. Meredith Zietz, who was still trapped in her Hanalei home Monday, posted video of a skittish bison as it dashed through her waterlogged yard. "It was amazing. It looked scared though," she said. She said she believed it was from a buffalo farm near the Hanalei River. Nearby in Haena, James Hennessy maneuvered his flooded, murky street on a standup paddleboard to check on neighbors. "We really can't go anywhere," he said, adding that he's was grateful to have electricity, even though there was no water or internet service. Jeff Culverhouse, manager and partner of a Hanalei strip mall, was wishing for a hot shower as he pumped water out of elevators Monday.q


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Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge By ROB GILLIES TORONTO (AP) — Canadian alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing an eighth murder charge — the death of a Sri Lankan man who had not been reported missing. Toronto police Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Monday the 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam. Idsinga said Kanagaratnam's remains were found at a home McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business. The remains of seven others have also been found in large planters at the home. Idsinga said Kanagaratnam, 37, arrived from Sri Lanka in 2010 and was not on file as missing. He lived in

the Toronto suburb of Scarborough and had no direct family in Canada. Investigators said he was identified after they took the rare step of releasing photographs of his corpse and appealed to the public for help. Police received more than 500 tips. Idsinga said identification was confirmed with assistance of an international government agency. Police said there are currently no known links between Kanagaratnam and the "Gay Village" of Toronto which other victims are known to have visited. The alleged victims fit a pattern: Most were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent and lived on the margins of Canadian society, their disappearances attracting little attention.

One alleged victim hid the fact that he was gay from his Muslim family. Another was a recent immigrant with a drug problem. Another alleged victim was homeless, smoked crack cocaine and worked as a prostitute. "There's enough information on the backgrounds of these people that people can draw their own conclusions on that," Idsinga said. Police say McArthur targeted men he encountered through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the "Gay Village" area of Toronto. Police believe Kanagaratnam was killed between Sept. 3 and Dec. 14, 2015. Idsinga said he had some cousins that lived in the greater Toronto area. Idsinga more remains might

In this April 11, 2018 file photo, Toronto police Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga speaks to the media regarding an unidentified male believed to be connected to the Bruce McArthur case, during a press conference at the Toronto Police Headquarters in Toronto. Associated Press

be found in the planters at the home McArthur used as storage and that 75 properties linked to the landscaper are under investigation. Police plan to search them once the weather warms in early May. "We have a lot of searches still to do," he said. Idsinga said investigators are looking into 15 other cold cases dating

back to the 1975, but have not found a connection. McArthur made a brief video court appearance on Monday to hear the new murder charge. He has not entered a plea. His lawyer has previously declined to comment on the case and didn't immediately respond to messages for comment on Monday.q

Cyprus peace groups protest Syria airstrike at U.S. embassy NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Several hundred Cypriot, Palestinian and Syrian protesters waved Syrian flags and chanted anti-Western slogans in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus on Monday to condemn the American-led airstrikes in Syria. Protesters from a coalition of left-wing groups and Cyprus' communist-rooted AKEL party said the "aggression" against Syria on Saturday was unjustified without proof the regime of President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on its own people.

Protestors with a banner reading in Greek "NO to the War", "Yes in Peace" during a protest against the airstrikes on suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria, outside of the U.S embassy in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, April 16, 2018.

"It hasn't been proven that chemical weapons were used and by whom, if they were used," Christina Christofia, the daughter of former Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias, said. "In our estimation, it's just another manufactured excuse for another military, imperialistic intervention." Participants at the protest, who included families with small children, also criticized the use of Cyprus as a launch-pad for attacks against the Syrian people. British warplanes took off from a U.K. air base in the

east Mediterranean island nation, a former British colony, to take part in Saturday's missile strikes against suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria. Demonstrators outside the U.S. Embassy chanted "Imperialism is the one enemy" and "Coups, wars, terror, that's NATO's black legacy." A group calling itself the Syrian Arab Community unfurled a banner describing the airstrikes a "reckless and irresponsible act" while a protester wrote "Hands Off Syria" on the asphalt in green paint.q


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UK sorry for 'appalling' treatment of Caribbean immigrants By JILL LAWLESS LONDON (AP) — The British government apologized Monday for its "appalling" treatment of some immigrants from the Caribbean, as reports of law-abiding residents being threatened with deportation overshadowed a London meeting of leaders from the 53-nation Commonwealth. Britain wants to use this week's summit of the alliance of the U.K. and its former colonies to help Britain bolster trade and diplomatic ties around the world after it leaves the European Union. But anger over what many see as the U.K.'s shabby treatment of residents of Caribbean origin eclipsed trade topics. Members of the "Windrush generation" — named for the ship Empire Windrush, which brought the first big group of post-war Caribbean immigrants to Britain in 1948 — came from what were then British colonies or newly independent states. Those who arrived before 1971 had an automatic right to settle in the U.K. But some from that generation, especially those who arrived as children on their parents' passports, say they have been denied medical treatment or threatened with deportation because they can't produce papers to prove their status. The Guardian newspaper has reported on the mistreatment of people such as former House of Commons cook Paulette Wilson, who moved to Britain at age 10. She was sent to an immigration detention center last year after failing to convince authorities she had the right to remain in

Britain's Prince Harry, right and Prime Minister Theresa May attend a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Youth Forum in London, Monday, April 16, 2018. Associated Press

Britain. David Lammy, a lawmaker with the opposition Labour Party, demanded answers from the government Monday, calling it "a day of national shame." Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she was setting up a task force to sort out the Caribbean immigrants' paperwork simply and for free, and promised that no one would be deported. "We have seen the individual stories, and they have been, some of them, terrible to hear, and that is why I have acted," Rudd said. "Frankly, some of the ways they have been treated has been wrong, has been appalling and I am sorry," she said. Prime Minister Theresa

May's office said she would meet with her Caribbean counterparts at the Commonwealth summit to discuss the situation. The British government has taken an increasingly tough line on immigration, which has increased dramatically over the last 10 or 15 years, largely as result of people moving to the U.K. from other EU countries. A desire to control immigration was a major factor for many voters who supported the 2016 referendum for Britain to leave the EU. Critics say the British government has, by design or accidentally, taken a hostile attitude to the thousands of people who have made Britain their home. Barbados High Commis-

sioner Guy Hewitt told the BBC on Monday that he felt Britain was telling people from the Caribbean, "You are no longer welcome." Some 140 U.K. lawmakers signed a letter urging the government to find an "immediate and effective" response to concerns from Commonwealth-born residents over their immigration status. The Commonwealth links 2.4 billion people on five continents, from countries such as vast India and wealthy Australia to small island states like Tonga and Vanuatu. It espouses good governance, economic growth and human rights, but is seen by some as a vestige of the British empire with an

uncertain mission in the 21st century. Queen Elizabeth II, who will formally open the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, has done much to unite the group. She has visited nearly every Commonwealth nation, often multiple times, during her 66-year reign. The 91-year-old has given up long-distance travel, so this is likely to be the last Commonwealth summit over which she presides. Heir to the throne Prince Charles will not automatically succeed her as head of the Commonwealth, which says the choice of its next leader will be a decision for the group.q


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China's Weibo site backtracks on gay censorship after outcry By YANAN WANG Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — One of China's top social networking sites announced Monday that it will no longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan triggered a loud public outcry. was flooded over the weekend with the hashtags "#I'mGay" and "#I'mGayNotaPervert" after the Twitter-like platform said that cartoons and short videos with pornographic, violent or gay subject matter would be investigated over a three-month period. The microblogging site, which saw its Nasdaq shares fall on Friday, said in its amended post: "This clean-up of games and cartoons will no longer target gay content." A company spokesman refused to clarify how the platform would treat short videos with gay content. The investigation will instead "primarily focus on pornographic and violent material," Weibo's statement said. "Thank you everyone for your discussions and suggestions." The company previously said that it was acting in accordance with China's cybersecurity laws. The Cyberspace Administration of

In this April 15, 2018 photo released by Jiangsu Tongtian Volunteer Group, participants pose for photos during a "Rainbow Marathon," organized months earlier, to raise awareness of LGBT issues in Nanjing in eastern China's Jiangsu province. Associated Press

China, the country's internet regulator, did not immediately comment. Regulators have been ratcheting up control over Chinese microblogs in recent months, ordering operators like Weibo to set up a mechanism to remove false information after criticizing it for allowing prohibited material to spread. It was the latest of new measures imposed by President Xi Jinping's government to tighten control over what China's public can see and

say online while still trying to reap the economic benefits of internet use. While homosexuality is not illegal in China and few Chinese have religious objections to it, a traditional, conservative preference for conventional marriage and childbearing creates barriers for LGBT people. Following Weibo's initial announcement Friday, more than a million users have viewed hashtags in support of LGBT rights, with many sharing their own experi-

ences as an LGBT person or a parent of one. Hua Zile, the founder of "Voice for China LGBT," Weibo's first LGBT-themed account, said he was encouraged by the outrage against the site's censorship plan. "The response shows that we LGBT people in China are slowly realizing our rights," Hua said. "Gay people who would not have spoken out years ago are now letting their voices be heard."

Hua said a Weibo manager told him to stop posting while the "cleanup" was to take place. He complied, and his announcement that Voice for China LGBT would be going on hiatus was shared nearly 40,000 times. Now that Weibo has admitted its mistake, Hua said, it should apologize to the LGBT community. "Like China, which has developed so quickly in such a short time, sex education in the country is a work in progress," he said. On Sunday, more than 20,000 people marched in a "Rainbow Marathon" in Nanjing to raise awareness of LGBT issues. While the marathon was planned months in advance, the organizer, Lucas Chen, said Weibo's announcement gave it "added significance." "The main objective of the marathon is to help everyone courageously come out of the closet," Chen said. "So it was meaningful that people online were also bravely speaking out and showing that they were not defeated by negativity." The People's Daily, the official paper of the ruling Communist Party, also appeared to criticize Weibo in a Sunday editorial.q

8 suspects in rape, killing of Indian girl plead not guilty

A police vehicle carrying the accused in the gang rape and killing of an 8-year-old Muslim girl arrives at the District and Sessions court in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Monday, April 16, 2018. Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — Eight Hindu men accused in the gang rape and killing of an 8-year-old Muslim girl in India's Jammu and Kashmir

state pleaded not guilty Monday in their first court appearance. The child's battered body was found in a forest in Jan-

uary, a week after she went missing while grazing her family's ponies. Police say the accused men planned the child's kidnapping for over a month as part of a plan to scare her Muslim nomadic tribe away from the area. Police said the child was sedated and held captive at a Hindu temple where she was repeatedly raped before being strangled and bludgeoned to death. The court on Monday instructed the investigators to make sure that the accused men had copies of

all the charges they faced before the next hearing on April 26. The case has led to protests across the country and came to national prominence last week when thousands of members of a Hindu radical group, Hindu Ekta Manch, or the Hindu Unity Platform, marched in support of the accused men. Hundreds of lawyers from the local bar association also tried to prevent police from entering a court complex to place their investigation before a judge and said the accused men

were all innocent. Six men, including two police officers, are accused of being directly involved in the attacks on the girl. One of those policemen also allegedly joined in the search for her body. Two other policemen were arrested for attempts to destroy evidence. At least two lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party also spoke out in support of the accused. The case highlights the increasing religious polarization in India since the BJP swept to power in 2014.q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists hamper polio eradication By HARUNA UMAR and KRISTA LARSON MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists made Imana Alhaji Gana's village in northeastern Nigeria too dangerous for health workers to vaccinate against polio. Now that she and her family have fled to a displacement camp, those workers want to catch her children in time. Here in the camps housing thousands of families seeking safety from the extremists, health teams are going from tent to tent, inoculating youngsters against the disease that withers limbs and disables children for life. At first, Gana is afraid to let the outreach workers vaccinate her baby. Eventually they persuade her that the three-week-old child is not too young for immunization, which can take place as early as the day of birth. The complicated fight against polio is yet another way the Nigeria-based extremist group Boko Haram has disrupted life in the northeast, leaving children vulnerable to an entirely preventable disease. "When such children come to the camps or host communities they become a threat to other children," said Almai Some, the field coordinator in Borno state for the vaccination campaign run by Rotary. Some of the families arriving are from areas where polio vaccinators have not been able to visit for as long as six years. Boko Haram's insurgency began in Maiduguri, Borno state's capital, but its reach

has expanded beyond Nigeria's borders to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Its violence has proved to be a major setback to the international campaign against polio. Nigeria is one of just three countries where polio is endemic and has not been eliminated, along with Pakistan and Afghanistan. The final phase to wipe out polio is "proving to be extraordinarily difficult" because "the poliovirus is surviving despite all the good work and in the face of everything that is being thrown at it," said a WHO-appointed monitoring group at the end of last year. In Nigeria, there is little or no surveillance data in Borno state, and "unless there is a breakthrough to reach those areas in Borno, the entire polio (eradication) program is at risk," said the monitoring group. Nigeria had other outbreaks last year including cholera, hepatitis, monkeypox, Lassa and yellow fevers, showing the challenges to the country's health care system. Globally the campaign to eradicate polio has been faced with outbreaks last year in non-endemic countries like Congo and Syria. The World Health Organization had declared Nigeria polio free in September 2015 after it went a year without any new cases. But in 2016 — after two years with no cases — fresh polio cases broke out in three locations in Borno state. No new cases were reported in Nigeria in 2017 or so far this year.

In this Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, file photo, a health official from the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) administers a polio vaccine to a child at a camp for people displaced by Islamist extremists, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Associated Press

Now the WHO says it will be spending $127 million toward eradicating polio in Nigeria between 2018 and 2019. Rotary's program is helping that effort by targeting some 2.1 million children in 24 accessible local governments. But there are still three areas in Borno state that are not included because of ongoing instability: Kala-Balge, Marte and Abadam. For those unreachable areas, the vaccinators train Nigerian soldiers in how to administer the vaccines. In a few cases, villagers have reported being threatened by Boko Haram fighters to avoid the polio vaccine. And in 2013 a number of vaccinators were attacked and killed by the extremists, leading

some of their colleagues to disguise their vaccine carriers or hide them under their hijabs. In addition to the threat posed by Boko Haram, some communities are still fearful of the polio vaccine after years of misinformation that it can cause sterility and other health problems. "Many people now accept the vaccine against polio, but there are still more cases of rejections here and there and we are doing our best to tackle them," said Digma Zubairu, district head in Shehuri-North. Falmata Kolo, a 21-year-old volunteer with Rotary's outreach program Polio Plus, said she works to reassure people that the vaccinations are safe.

"I also tell them should your child contract polio and grew up to understand that his or her parent had a chance to prevent the disease but failed, the child would never forgive the parents," she said. "This kind of message actually spurs many mothers to offer their kids for the vaccine." Fatimah Muhammed, a 45-year-old mother of six, says parents should accept the vaccine. "Today we have children that had taken the vaccine some 15 years ago who are married and are even having children of their own," she says. "So my advice for my fellow mothers who have kids under the age bracket (6 years old) to get them to take the vaccine because it is good."q


Tuesday 17 April 2018


Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ HAVANA (AP) — In 2008 Raul Castro took over a country where most people couldn't own computers or cellphones, leave without permission, run most types of private businesses or enter resort hotels. Castro set about re-engineering the system he had helped create and Cuba opened dramatically over his decade in office. But when Castro steps down Thursday after two terms as president he will leave his successor a host of problems that are deeper than on the day his brother Fidel formally handed over power. Cuba has nearly 600,000 private entrepreneurs, more than 5 million cellphones, a bustling real estate market and one of the world's fastest-growing airports. Limited internet use is expanding fast, with thousands of Cubans installing new home connections this year. Foreign debt has been paid. Tourism numbers have more than doubled since Castro and President Barack Obama re-established diplomatic relations in 2015, making Cuba a destination for nearly 5 million visitors a year, despite a plunge in relations under the Trump administration. On the other side of the ledger, Cuba's Soviet-style command economy still employs three of every four Cuban workers but produces little. Private sector growth has been largely frozen. The average monthly state salary is $31 — so low that workers often live on stolen goods and handouts from relatives overseas. Foreign investment remains anemic. The island's infrastructure is falling deeper into disrepair. The break with Washington dashed dreams of detente with the U.S., and after two decades of getting Venezuelan subsidies totaling more than $6 billion a year, Cuba's patron has collapsed economically with no replacement in the wings. Castro's inability or unwillingness to fix Cuba's struc-

In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro looks at his watch as he walks with Cuba's Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, right, and National Assembly of People's Power President Esteban Lazo Hernandez, left, to the unveiling of a replica of a statue of Cuba's independence hero Jose Marti in Havana, Cuba. Associated Press

tural problems with deep and wide-ranging reforms has many wondering how a successor without Castro's founding father credentials will manage the country over the next five or 10 years. "People in Cuba really haven't processed yet what it means to have a government without Raul or Fidel leading it," said Yassel Padron Kunakbaeva, a prolific 27-year-old blogger who writes frequently from what he describes as a Marxist, revolutionary perspective. "We're entering unknown territory." Tens of thousands of highly educated professionals are abandoning the island each year, leaving Cuba with the combination of third-world economy and the demographics of a graying European nation. After a 2016 recession, Cuba said growth was 1.6 percent last year, although official accounts remain opaque and questioned by experts. The single-party government controls virtually all forms of expression and organization, with near-zero tolerance of public criticism or dissent. The mood on the street is pessimistic, with few expecting a better future anytime

soon. "The political future of whoever takes over in April depends on the economic question," said Jose Raul Viera Linares, a former first deputy minister of foreign affairs. "It's the possibility for young people to dream, to design their own future. That's all based in the material wealth that this country is able to achieve." The greatest immediate challenge for Castro's expected successor — 57-year-old Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez — is unwinding a byzantine dual-currency system featuring one type of Cuban peso worth 4 cents and another that is nearly a dollar. The system was designed to insulate a state-run, egalitarian internal market using "national money" from trade with the outside world denominated in "convertible pesos." The barrier between the two worlds swiftly collapsed and the system has fostered big economic distortions. Inefficient state enterprises receive mammoth subsidies by obtaining expensive convertible pesos for the price of the cheaper "Cuban peso." The dual-currency system also allows private busi-

nesses to receive subsidized goods and services like water and electricity in Cuban pesos, then turn around and charge their relatively wealthy clients in convertible pesos at a significant profit. Castro called for elimination of the dual currencies from the beginning of his presidency, but never got around to it. Unlike his brother Fidel, who extended his time in office until illness forced him to retire, Raul has long made clear that he would step down as president in 2018 as part of a coordinated handoff to a new generation of leaders. He will remain first secretary of the Communist Party, the country's guiding body, but many Cubans expect him to move into semi-retirement in Santiago, the largest city in Cuba's east, where he was born and led rebel troops in the country's 1959 revolution. In one of his final speeches last year he called once again for the system's urgent elimination, a process that many expect to start in Diaz-Canel's first year in power. Eliminating dual currency is widely seen as necessary for Cuba's economy to grow, but it carries risks of inflation and ma-

jor disruption for inefficient state businesses whose subsidized balance sheets will finally become understandable when they are denominated in a single currency. Those state businesses gained new competitors as Castro expanded the space for capitalism in the Cuban economy by permitting private enterprise in dozens of fields ranging from agriculture to hospitality to construction. "We've risen up economically. The new possibilities have changed my life, of course," said Yanelis Garcia, a 44-year-old mother of three who saved money from raising pigs in her backyard to slowly build a prosperous six-room bedand-breakfast and taxi business in the central city of Santa Clara. "I've always liked having my own business to be able to provide for my family. It's been really good."Cubans fill thousands of flights a year to Miami, Panama and Cancun, where they cram duffel bags with gym socks and Xboxes for the vibrant private sector and rising middle class. But last August, the Cuban government froze new licenses for private bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants and other popular businesses, leaving many Cubans questioning how their government envisions a path to prosperity. "We've seen necessary reforms and I think that in the future there will have to be more," said Norma Chiang, a 77-year-old state accountant and auditor. "Self-employment needs to be broadened, little things like bakeries or food stands that can be in the hands of individuals and not the state." Despite the image of Raul Castro as an all-powerful military strongman, many Cubans say backand-forth moves and the overall slow pace of reform have shown the difficulty of modernizing a Soviet-era bureaucracy controlled by hundreds of thousands of civil servants who would be threatened by a transition into a market economy, a difficulty Castro's successor will also face.q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Unique experience this weekend:

4 Chefs from 4 Different Countries present Twelve Worldly Ceviche Plates PALM BEACH – When will you have the opportunity to enjoy the cooking art of 4 well-known chefs that work together to present to you a World of Ceviche’s or related dishes in a sophisticated yet lay-back environment? Well, it’s about to happen. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino invites you to their Ceviche Pop-Up Event coming Friday and Saturday. Ceviche is the pseudonym for Sea & Summer. A magical dish that originated in one country but couldn’t have existed without the contributions of another. The original Ceviche was born in Peru, but travelled around the world to clone in many more delicious versions. Fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices like lemon or lime and spiced with chili peppersforms the base. However, the 4 cooking magicians that roll up their sleeves for you this weekend have their own interpretation linked to their country of origin. You can taste 12 different versions of ceviche or related dishes,

each chef presents its trio of plates with each their own character. Dive into this culinary experience and taste the quality of the chefs and the diversity of ceviche. Peru Teddy Bouroncle is from Peru and it may not come in as a surprise that his favorite dish is the ceviche. He is working for Marriott Aruba for years already, now as

Director Food & Beverage Operations, Previous as Complex Executive Chef. “To bring the flavors of Ceviche to Aruba is the idea of this event. All over the world they prepare Ceviche and each bring in their own taste and variation. The chefs chose their own 3 Ceviche’s to prepare. I will make the Tiradito with scallops, avocado and capers among others and the Classic Ceviche as well as

the popular Anticucho with octopus and kombu chimichurri.” Aruba Ever de Peña is the Complex Executive Sous Chef (Complex refers to all three adjacent Marriott properties – Aruba Marriott Resort, Ocean Club, and Surf Club) and originally from Venezuela, but he grew up in Aruba. His contribution to the unique event will have the Aruban touch. “My style is to use as many local ingredients as possible. I am also the one that presents the Vegan Ceviche. I will use the Pica de Papaya and Ciboyo tempera in one of my dishes.” Mexico Rodrigo Torres from Mexico is the Executive Chef in- Zadún, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Los Cabos. “I was invited to this event by Teddy and met Ever and Romeo here in Aruba. I think we will have a lot of fun also. From my part I will add a little bit of Mexico, the part I am from is the Northern part where seafood is used a lot; Baja California, so Ceviche is part of my eating culture. Hamache Aguachile with

green apple, sea beans, avocado and cucumber is one of my dishes. An Octopus Taco is my Mexican surprise and I prepare the Tuna Tostada with ponzu and chitake mushrooms.” Argentina The original Argentinean Romeo Penacino works as Complex Executive Chef for Marriott Aruba. He will take care of the bit extraordinary dishes like the Afrodisiac Ceviche with red snapper, octopus, calamari, shrimp, sea urchin, rocoto and scallops. Tuna Nikkei Tiradito and the Lobster Causa are his other surprises. “My variations are outspoken, you need to try them.” The four make up for a strong team and trigger the curiosity to test your taste buds as this event is not something you can experience every day. “A perfect night for a family, group of friends or group of colleagues. Make sure you arrange your reservation as there are limited seats.” April 20th & 21st, 7 – 10 PM, The Lobby @ Aruba Marriott Resort – Telephone + 297 520 6648q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Aruba to Me ORANJESTAD – Aruba Today likes to welcome readers to participate in our newspaper. You can see that in our Honored Guest-publications, specials like on Valentine’s Day and on other occasions. Throughout the year you are always welcome to send us your vacation picture(s) together with completing the sentence: Aruba to me is …….. (Email: Linda.Reijnders@ For today’s newspaper we received a great picture from Barb Warren, North Ogden, Utah, USA. She wrote to us: “Aruba To Me Is …. Wandering wildlife encountered on our way to the wonderful beaches and crystal clear sea!” q

Hugs and a great review for Dragonfly from Mike and Kimmie PALM BEACH - ``Yum, yum, awesome, an amazing restaurant and we adore the staff,’’were the comments from Mike and Kimmie from Virginia, USA, after they had dinner at Dragonfly restaurant in the Arawak Garden. Their very nice comments were gratefully received, but they treated the staff to warm hugs as well, which was extra great. The plumber and receptionist are on the island for the first time, loving every single minute away from their hectic lives back home. They walked by the Arawak Garden, located across from the Barceló Resort on the high-rise strip after having had a few drinks elsewhere, and decided to dine at Dragonfly, the new restaurant in the Garden. The Phad Thai, California Roll, the Chicken Wonton and the Sautéed Shrimps they ordered were `awesome’ and they provoked the other wonderful comments and hugs afterwards. Dragonfly restaurant love you too, Mike and Kimmie!q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

The Act of Labelling In spiritual terms, labelling is a form of inner judgement. Whatever we perceive may be judged according to our past mind conditioning and therefore forms a type of labelling on a person or on a situation. This form of labelling also ends up to be the way we come up with opinions and point of views, which is unique and different to many others around us. This act of labelling actually restricts us from perceiving what may be the underlying factor to how a person acts or how a situation unfolds, we create our own limitation by forming a judgement on what we perceive. To the degree on the way we perceive others imperfections or faults is to the same degree that we ourselves are perceiving erroneously or to the degree that we are unconscious, unaware of our true essence or our true nature as a human being. The eye in which we perceive God is the same eye that God perceives us. Being judgmental not only shows

our own unconsciousness but also shows our lack of compassion and love. This is pretty apparent in our world today with all the conflicts and chaos that we seem to see around us. Being judgmental only limits us to our full potential to be a loving, kind human being, one who is caring and compassionate to whoever we are in contact with in our day to day lives. More than anything that is needed in our state of affairs these days is a person who can listen to us, someone who is compassionate to what we go through and is empathic. One can make a definite change around them by radiating the change needed within themselves. One sends out an energy transmission to the outside world from within our state of consciousness and by raising the energy frequency of our own state of being, we can actually make a change around us by just being us, not much action is needed. Be the change that you wish for in the world and witness the change and transformation occurring from within to without.q

Suresh Mirchumal is a spiritual writer. “Well, you can categorize it like that, although I don’t call myself one. These thoughts come in effortlessly.” His aim is in a way to reach out to whoever gets inspired or has an eye opening event within them that may transcend their current state of consciousness. “Or let’s say current emotional state too. If one in a thousand benefits, that is already great.” Due to the current world state, lots of struggles and stresses, we seem to lose touch with that inner peace that we long for, Suresh explains. “I wish to ease that through these small articles or tidbits.” You will find his tidbits in Aruba Today from now on, like a sunray of the day. If you wish to make use of Suresh his services like meditation or just a talk, please email to:


Tuesday 17 April 2018

‘Father’ of Parke Curason: George Forbes By Linda Reijnders For years I have been practicing sports at the actual only real sport park in Aruba. Parke Curason at Jaburibari is a fenced park with covered basketball field, football field, BMX racing track, skateboard field, workout stations, kid’s play garden and a paved walking/running/biking path of 750 meter. It is located in the neighborhood Jaburibari and a popular spot for locals. If you would like to ‘meet the locals’, join in on some basketball games and sniff some ‘coulure local’, this is the place. But, for me, the cherry on the pie is the dedication of the ‘father’ of the park to his job: meet George Forbes.

is why we need to focus on maintaining the park”, George explains. He likes to do sports himself, and he is always walking around to help young and old. “I am not somebody that sits in a corner making my money. There are a lot of things we need to take care of to prevent accidents.” For George, his goal is to continue making the people happy and see the park fixed up. “I hope that the promised maintenance will come to reality very soon. It is very important as this park has a crucial role.”

Face of the Place There are people that just do their job and there are people that make a difference in the way they do their job. Forbes makes a difference when you visit Parke Curason. He greets visitors, walks around to take off helping a kid pump his football or pointing out a bump in the runway to a jogger. He even is concerned with the cars that enter and directs them to an available parking spot. He is to most people of the park ‘the face of the place’ and many times we forget to thank people like him to stand out like this. 150 daily visitors Aruba Today had a little

chat with Forbes. “I work here since 13 years and

I love everything about my job. I am supervisor

and security. The people come here every day and the connection with them makes me happy.” He explains that for a day the park gets about 150 visitors. “That is the average, it can be more in the weekend.” All nations and all ages are represented, indeed a multicultural all-generation park. The park he believes exists 14 years now, so he was here from almost the beginning. “The park at that time looked amazing, everything was new and in good shape. More and more people are coming now, the Aruban people love sports more now and that is good. Comparing to the past it got better, that

BMX training spot Jaymer Carolina, BMX-er, confirms the importance of the park to his sport: “The park is my training field. I train here 6 times a week from 5 to 7 pm.” His club is called Rough Riders Aruba where he rides in the 17-24 age category. “But next season I am planning to race elite, the pros. It’s all about adrenaline, speed, style and also trying to work your way up to the first place.” Not only is the park a home to BMX groups, also basketball teams, football groups, skateboard fanatics, little children, bikers, runners and walkers find their way. And after all it is also a social gathering spot. Like Daniel Tromp says: “This park allows me to practice my sports, BMX, and therefore I can race abroad. But this is also where I meet my friends. The park is in high need of maintenance and I hope this will be done soon and the government takes her responsibility in this.” This opinion is shared by Sharitza Henriquez who likes to walk in the park. “There is a lot of lacked maintenance like the workout stations.” For George this is nothing new, he sees his park every day and is concerned about the state of it. “I welcome more and more people every time which is positive, but we need to fix things.” Parke Curason is open daily from 5 am – 8.45 pmq


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Texas Rangers' starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Houston. Associated Press


Colon perfect into 8th inning, Rangers beat Astros 3-1 in 10 By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Bartolo Colon carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers during their 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings Sunday night. The 44-year-old Colon turned back the clock and dominated the defending World Series champions for seven innings, retiring his first 21 batters in an entertaining pitchers' duel with Astros ace Justin Verlander. Colon walked Carlos Correa to start the eighth before Josh Reddick lined an 0-2 delivery down the rightfield line for a double that put runners at second and third, spoiling the no-hit bid as well. Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation. Two outs later, he was pulled with the score tied at 1. Chirinos homered in the third for the only hit off Verlander, who struck out 11 over eight innings. Continued on Page 20

U.S. woman wins Boston Marathon, 1st since '85

Desiree Linden, of Washington, Mich., celebrates after winning the women's division of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Boston. She is the first American woman to win the race since 1985. Associated Press Page 18


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st U.S. woman since '85 By JIMMY GOLEN BOSTON (AP) — After slogging through just a few miles of icy rain and a neargale headwind that made her feel like she was running in place, Desiree Linden decided she'd seen enough of the Boston Marathon for another year. "My hands were freezing, and there are times where you were just stood up by the wind. It was comical how slow you were going, and how far you still had to go," Linden said. "At six miles I was thinking, 'No way, this is not my day,'" she said. "Then you break the tape and you're like, 'This is not what I expected today.'" A two-time Olympian and the 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up, Linden decided to stick around, outlasting the weather and the rest of the field to win the race's 122nd edition on Monday in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers but the slowest time for a women's winner in Boston since 1978. Yuki Kawauchi splashed through the pelting rain, temperatures in the mid30s and wind that gusted as high as 32 mph to win the men's race, passing defending champion Geoffrey Kirui in Kenmore Square to earn Japan's first Boston title since 1987 and the $150,000 first prize. Wearing a white windbreaker that was drenched and billowing in the wind, Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line in second, 2:25 back, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other U.S. men. The winning time of 2:15:58 and was the slowest since Jack Fultz overcame temperatures in the high 90s to win the "Run for the Hoses" in 1976. "For me, it's the best conditions possible," said Kawauchi, who competed in 12 marathons last year — six times the usual number for an elite runner — and also works as a school administrator. Runners donned hats and extra layers, and the lead

Yuki Kawauchi, left, of Japan, and Desiree Linden, of Washington, Mich., hoist the trophy after winning the men's and women's division of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Boston. Kawauchi is the first Japanese man to win the race since 1987, and Linden is the first American woman to win the race since 1985.

packs tried to draft off the media truck to avoid the rain that was hitting them horizontally at times. Wheelchair winners Marcel Hug of Switzerland and American Tatyana McFadden, both five-time champions, said they were unable to see through the spray that spun off their wheels. "It was just tough, it was so freezing," Hug said through chattering teeth as a volunteer draped a second towel around his shoulders.

"I'm just very glad that I made it." McFadden said she wore two jackets, with plastic bags between layers to stay dry, and hand warmers against her chest. The wet roads made it treacherous to turn and impossible to stop. "I could start to feel my arms getting heavy just from all the rain soaking in," she said. "You can't put your brakes on right away, so you had to be tedious

on the turns. I couldn't even see because the wind was so strong." On the fifth anniversary of the finish line explosions that killed three and wounded hundreds more, Linden became the first U.S. woman to win since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985 — before the race began offering prize money that lured the top international competitors to town. Linden nearly ended the drought in 2011 when

she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds. This time she made the turn off of Hereford with a lead of more than half of a mile. "Probably 2011 is what put the fear in me," Linden said. "That sprint battle is not super fun. It was nice to get it right down Boylston this time, that's for sure." A 34-year-old California native who lives in Michigan, Linden said she was so broken by the weather that she wanted to drop out after a couple of miles but instead stuck around in case she could help one of her fellow Americans. When four-time Olympian and reigning New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan fell behind after needing a bathroom break, Linden let her draft so she could catch up to the pack. Later, she helped Molly Huddle reconnect with the group. "And it turned out I was in third, and I thought, 'Well, I probably shouldn't drop out," said Linden, who also earned $150,000. Sellers, who finished 4:10 behind, is a full-time nurse who had to train before or after work — at 4 a.m. or 7 p.m. She said didn't believe it when she was told she had finished second, or that she earned $75,000. "Yeah, I'm in shock about that," she said. It was the second competitive marathon for Sellers, who was a distance runner at Weber State. Canada's Krista Duchene was third, with a total of seven Americans in the women's top 10 and — for the second straight year — six in the men's. The East Africans who have dominated the professional era of the race had their worst performance in decades: Kirui was the only Kenyan in the top ten for the men's race; defending champion Edna Kiplagat, who was ninth, helped prevent a shutout in the distaff division. "Some of the women I was passing, I was in complete disbelief," Sellers said. "I have the utmost respect for who they are as athletes and as people."q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Flores, Syndergaard help Mets top Brewers 3-2 for 12-2 start METS 3, BREWERS 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores hit a game-winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and New York beat Milwaukee to improve the best start in team history to 12-2. Noah Syndergaard struck out eight batters in a row, two shy of Tom Seaver's major league record, and Brandon Nimmo finished a double shy of the cycle. Nimmo connected for a tying home run against Taylor Williams leading off the sixth on a cold, blustery afternoon at Citi Field. Flores broke a 2-all tie with a drive over the left-center wall against Matt Albers (2-1) for his second home run this year. New York has opened a season with five straight series wins for the first time. Jeurys Familia (1-0) worked around a walk in a hitless ninth. ROCKIES 6, NATIONALS 5 WASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking, two-out homer in the ninth inning against his former team, Charlie Blackmon drove in three runs and Colorado rallied to beat Washington. After Sean Doolittle (0-1) struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra to open the ninth, Desmond sent a belt-high, 3-2 fastball over the 402-foot sign in straightaway center as Colorado took three out of four in its only visit to Washington. Adam Ottavino (3-0) got the win despite allowing a run in the eighth. Wade Davis worked the ninth for his seventh save in eight opportunities. PIRATES 7, MARLINS 3 MIAMI (AP) — Starling Marte went 5 for 5 with a ninthinning homer to help Pittsburgh beat Miami. Marte's five hits were a career high, and his average rose from .241 to .305. He scored four times and hit his third homer off Junichi Tazawa. The surprising Pirates (11-

4) improved to 7-0 in day games, completed a 4-2 trip and head home atop the NL Central. Ivan Nova (2-1) recovered from a wobbly start to pitch 6 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs and struck out nine, his highest total since 2016. Jose Urena (0-3) allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings. After four starts, the Marlins' ace has an ERA of 5.57. CARDINALS 3, REDS 2 CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez struck out a season-high 11 batters in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped St. Louis complete its first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949. Martinez (2-1) allowed two hits and four walks while helping send the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss, one short of matching their longest losing streak of last season. The Reds scored 10 runs in the series while being swept in four games at home by St. Louis for the first time since July 8-10, 1949. The Reds haven't enjoyed a lead in 32 innings, going back to the fourth inning on Thursday. They are 2-13 for the first time since the 1931 Reds won two of their first 19 games. Bud Norris allowed Adam Duvall's ninth-inning leadoff homer and the Reds got a runner to second with nobody out. Norris struck out Alex Blandino and Phillip Ervin and got Billy Hamilton to line out to clinch his third save. Homer Bailey (0-3) allowed four hits and three runs with four strikeouts and two walks in a season-high seven innings. DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 2 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 and pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and Los Angeles Dodgers ended an 11-game losing streak against Arizona in the regu-

lar season. Los Angeles had been 0-5 versus the Diamondbacks this year, and hadn't beaten them in the regular season since last August. But the Dodgers swept Arizona 3-0 last year in the NL Division Series. Chris Taylor homered, doubled and drove in three runs to help the Dodgers stop a three-game skid. The Diamondbacks, who had won three in row, finished a 6-3 road trip. Kershaw (1-2) gave up one run, on Paul Goldschmidt’s leadoff homer in the seventh, and has a 1.73 ERA after four starts. The Dodgers totaled just three runs in three previous starts this season by their ace lefty. Zack Godley (2-1), who led the National League with a 0.64 ERA entering the game, allowed six runs and five hits and six walks in four innings.q

New York Mets' Wilmer Flores celebrates his ninth-inning walkoff home run in a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in New York. Brewers catcher Jett Bandy, left, leaves the field. Associated Press


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In the 10th, Chirinos launched a two-run double off Hector Rondon (1-1) that short-hopped the wall in straightaway center field. Jake Diekman pitched out of trouble in the bottom half for his first save. Keone Kela (2-0) tossed a scoreless ninth for the win. RED SOX 3, ORIOLES 1 BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi got three hits and Boston extended the best start in its 118-year history by beating Baltimore at frigid Fenway Park. Mitch Moreland also had three hits for the Red Sox, who completed a threegame sweep of the shortened series and improved to a major league-best 13-2 under new manager Alex Cora. The series was supposed to last four games, but the traditional Patriots' Day game scheduled for Monday morning at 11:05 a.m. was postponed late Sunday afternoon because of a forecast that calls for heavy

Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo, left, and Ronald Guzman celebrate at the plate after scoring on a double by Robinson Chirinos, making the score 3-1, in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Houston. Associated Press

rain throughout the day. The game will be made up May 17. It is the first time the Patriots' Day game in Boston has been postponed since 1984.

Manny Machado had an RBI double for Baltimore, which has lost five of six. Boston ace Chris Sale gave up one run and two hits in five innings, striking eight

and walking two. Heath Hembree (2-0) worked two innings of scoreless relief. Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his fifth save. Dylan Bundy (0-2) gave up three runs — one earned — and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts, two walks and two wild pitches. PHILLIES 10, RAYS 4 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Altherr hit a threerun homer, Scott Kingery had a three-run double and Philadelphia won its sixth in a row. Kingery's two-out drive off the center field wall capped a four-run burst in the third inning that put Philadelphia ahead 4-2. The rookie has 12 RBIs over his past eight games. Philadelphia took a commanding 10-3 advantage during a five-run eighth when Maikel Franco hit a two-run single and Altherr homered off Andrew Kittredge. Reliever Yacksel Rios (2-0) went 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Denard Span homered and

had two RBIs for the Rays, who have lost six straight at home. Ryan Yarbrough (0-1), making the start on the Rays' fifth bullpen game this season, gave up five runs, three hits, two walks and hit a batter in 4 2/3 innings. ATHLETICS 2, MARINERS 1 SEATTLE (AP) — Sean Manaea pitched seven strong innings and Jed Lowrie hit an early two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to lead Oakland over Seattle. Oakland avoided a series sweep as Manaea (2-2) gave up just two hits and struck out four. It was the third time in four starts this season he has lasted at least seven innings. Lowrie provided all the offense the A's needed with his fourth homer in the first inning. Blake Treinen finished with a four-out save. Taylor Motter homered for the Mariners, who had won four in a row. Felix Hernandez (2-2) worked into the seventh inning for the first time this year, giving up five hits in 6 1/3 innings.q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Busch passes Larson to win rain-delayed race at Bristol By STEVE REED BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Busch was all smiles and Kyle Larson was all scowls. Busch passed Larson with five laps remaining at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday to win his second straight Cup Series race, culminating a rain-delayed weekend when temperatures dipped into the high 30s. Busch celebrated by thrusting his arms in the air and with a traditional bow to the crowd on top of his No. 18 Toyota while the snow began falling — a fitting end to a long weatherstalled weekend. Busch said after the race that he didn't have the best car, but "we had the best car right at the end." The loss left Larson, who led a race-high 200 laps, extremely frustrated. "I feel like every time I race here I almost get a win," Larson said of his secondplace finish. "I've been beat by Kyle (Busch) about every time I race here, too, so that gets frustrating after a while." It was Busch's 45th career Cup Series win, moving him ahead of Bill Elliott into sole possession of 16th place. It also was his seventh win at Bristol, while Larson has yet to win at the half-mile track. Coincidentally, Busch won with the aid of longtime nemesis Brad Keselowski, who wrecked with 30 laps left, bringing out the caution flag. Larson appeared to have the car to beat on Mon-

day, running well ahead of the pack on long green flag runs. But after Busch took on tires during the yellow flag stop, he knew he was back in the race with 22 laps to go. He finally caught Larson with five laps left, bumped him out of the way and scooted by. Larson made a late charge but couldn't catch him. "When it comes down to crunch time you gotta go," Busch said. Asked if Keselowski had moved up on his list of favorites, Busch laughed and said, "That's pushing it too far." "I kind felt bad for him, maybe that much," Busch said, pinching his thumb and index finger close together. "But it certainly helped our cause. So it was much appreciated, let's go with that." Larson was leading when the race was postponed Sunday with 296 laps remaining after being delayed several times because of rain. The race also was delayed Monday for about 35 minutes, but the cars finally got back on the track after the rain and sleet subsided. Larson said he wasn't sure why his car got loose late in the race, which allowed Busch to get by him. "I just really didn't have any grip," Larson said. "I thought it would tighten up for me and I could get going, but it never really did and I was just really loose. I hate that I didn't win. It's another one at Bristol." As for Busch, he has anoth-

Food City president and CEO, Steve Smith, left, holds the trophy with race winner Kyle Busch after a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Monday, April 16, 2018 in Bristol, Tenn. Associated Press

er Bristol sword to add to his collection, although he's not quite sure what he's going to do with all of those unusual trophies. "It's a cool problem to have," he said. JOHNSON'S TOP FIVE: Jimmie Johnson was pleased with earning his first top-five finish of the season, and hoped to quiet some of his critics. "We have it rolling in the right direction," Johnson said. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fourth and Alex Bowman finished fifth. KESELOWSKI'S DAY: Kesel-

owski won the first two stages and initially appeared to be the car to beat. However, the No. 2 Ford struggled on a long green flag run late in the race and fell two laps behind after radioing in that something broke in his suspension. Keselowski hit the wall with 30 laps left, bringing out the final caution. WALLACE GETS A LEAD: Darrell "Bubba" Wallace now knows that it is like to run up front in a Cup Series race. Wallace passed Busch with 126 laps remaining to lead a Cup race for the first time in his young

career. It didn't last long, though, as Busch blew by him a short time later. WHO'S HOT: Daniel Suarez raced with a fractured thumb he suffered last week at Texas and finished in 11th place. Now that deserves a thumbs-up. WHO'S NOT: Martin Truex Jr. continues to have a difficult time following up a tremendous championship season in 2017. He was in a wreck on Sunday and raced Monday without a hood, saying his goal was to "stay out of the way" of the other drivers. He finished 30th. q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Matt Calvert lifts Blue Jackets past Capitals in OT

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert (11) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Washington. The Blue Jackets won 5-4 in overtime. Associated Press

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Calvert scored 12:22 into overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Calvert's goal held up after the NHL situation room reviewed the play for a possible offside. Calvert was just onside when Josh Anderson brought the puck into the zone. Columbus heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday two victories away from advancing to the second round for the first time in franchise history. The Blue Jackets stunned the Metropolitan Divisionchampion Capitals with back-to-back overtime wins. Cam Atkinson scored twice, Anderson had a goal at even strength and Zack Werenski added one

on the power play for the Blue Jackets, who have the odds on their side. In Stanley Cup playoff history, 86.4 percent of teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win it. Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie also scored for Washington, with Oshie tying it on a power play with 3:35 left in the third period. PENGUINS 5, FLYERS 1 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists and Matt Murray stopped 26 shots to help Pittsburgh silence a raucous Philadelphia crowd and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. Two of the so-called fiercest rivals in the NHL have provided three lopsided games: Pittsburgh's 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphia's 5-1 victory in Game 2 could about qualify as nailbitters in this series. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Crosby scored his fourth

goal of the series in the first period, and Derick Brassard, Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin scored in the second to make it 4-0. Malkin and Dumoulin scored 5 seconds apart. Justin Schultz made it 5-1 in the third on Pittsburgh's third power-play goal of the game. Brian Elliott, yanked in Game 1, had another rough outing and might need to borrow fellow Wells Fargo Center tenant Joel Embiid's black mask to have a better look at the puck. WILD 6, JETS 2 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a fourgoal second to roar back against Winnipeg the Western Conference series. The Wild will try to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 in Game 4 at home Tuesday night.

Jordan Greenway scored his first NHL goal just 20 seconds after Eric Staal sent a wrist shot past past a struggling Connor Hellebuyck, who was pulled for Steve Mason at the second intermission. Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno bookended the furious middle frame with goals for the Wild, who won a postseason home game for only the second time in their last nine contests. Mikko Koivu and Nick Seeler each had two assists and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves, keeping the crowd loud all night. Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets. GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, KINGS 2 LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Neal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:37 to play, and the Vegas Golden Knights rallied from a thirdperiod deficit to move to the brink of the expansion franchise's first playoff series victory. Cody Eakin tied it at 6:10 of

the third, and William Karlsson scored 21 seconds after Neal's goal to make it 3-1 in a final-period flurry for the Golden Knights, whose storybook debut season just keeps getting more exciting and more outlandish. After opening their first postseason series with two home wins, the hockey upstarts from the desert took a 3-0 series lead by coolly winning their first road playoff game in front of an angry sellout crowd at Staples Center, where two recent Stanley Cup banners hang above the ice. Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves for the Golden Knights, who became the first team to take a 3-0 series lead in this postseason. Alex Iafallo scored in the first period and Anze Kopitar added a tipped goal with 2:04 to play. Jonathan Quick finished with 23 saves. Vegas will go for a sweep in Game 4 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

NFL to prohibit use of certain helmets for 1st time By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL for the first time is prohibiting certain helmets from being worn by players. In notifying the 32 teams Monday, the league has sought to have players stop using 10 helmet varieties. Some, particularly those manufactured by Rawlings, no longer are being made and don't have support from the company. Others were found to be inferior to many of the 34 helmets the NFL and the players' union examined. Previously, NFL players could choose any helmet as long as it passed certification standards. Six of the substandard helmets are prohibited immediately, while the other four may be worn by players who used them in 2017 but not by new players. The 10 helmets are Rawlings' Impulse and Impulse+, Quantum and Tachyon; SG Varsity and SG 2.0; Schutt Vengeance Z10 (model 204100), Air XP (model

789002) and Air XP Pro (model 789102); and Riddell VSR-4 (model R41133). About 200 players used those helmets last season. "Over the last few years we've seen some dynamic changes in the helmet industry, both from new innovators as well as new helmets and models from incumbent companies," said Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president of health and safety policy. "There are a number of helmets for players to move to, from those that rank poorly in performing to the ones in the higher ranking. "The purpose of the continuation to rank helmets and the joint decision with the players' association to prohibit is to increase that movement into better performing helmets. We are encouraged this is an important step for better player safety." A survey of players revealed at least 98 percent used one or more of the 34 helmet models tested. Data also showed that

concussions were up in the NFL in 2017 to 291. Laboratory testing showed that the VICIS Zero 1 models of 2017 and 2018 rate best for player safety. A chart specifying top-tobottom rankings for the 34 helmets is posted at every team's training facility. "We've begun to see that over the last couple of years players moving from helmets that rank in the poorly performing areas to those that are ranging closer to the top-performing helmets," Miller said. The 2018 Zero1 was the only new helmet model tested this year. "We're demonstrating our commitment by setting the pace for innovation and safety," said Dave Marver, CEO of VICIS, which has been making helmets for only four years. Marver estimated 70 players were using the Zero1 by the end of the 2017 season, and he expects "200 or more" to be in them before the upcoming season kicks off. "We already have players

In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, a VICIS Zero1 helmet is displayed in New York. Associated Press

on 400 high schools across the country who have ordered the helmet, and we expect 50-plus colleges to have them," Marver added. "Last year we had about 20." Marver believes a reduced helmet price from $1,500

a year ago to $950 by the end of last season — a drop enabled by higher volumes and lower manufacturing costs — and a reduction in weight by a half-pound added to the Zero1's popularity. q

Longtime Steelers linebacker James Harrison retires again PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Harrison is taking another shot at retirement, and this time it's likely to stick for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker. The five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year announced on Instagram early Monday he is stepping away from the game following a 15-year career that saw him go from undrafted free agent to one of the most feared players in the league. Harrison, 39, posted a collage of pictures of his two sons and noted he's "missed way too much for way too long ... and I'm done." Harrison played nearly his entire career with the Steelers, collecting 80.5 of his 84.5 career sacks while wearing black and gold, a franchise record. He spent the 2013 season in Cincinnati and signed with New England late last season, appearing in all three play-

off games for the Patriots, including their Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia. This is the second time Harrison has called it quits. He retired briefly in September 2014 only to be lured back to the Steelers. He remained productive into his late 30s, registering at least five sacks from 2014-16. Not bad for a player who went undrafted after graduating from Kent State and spent the early portion of his career primarily on special teams. Harrison compensated for his relative lack of height — he's listed at 6-feet tall — with remarkable strength and a relentlessness that made him one of the best edge rushers in the league and a vital part of a team that reached the Super Bowl three times from 200510, winning it twice. His 100-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half of the 2009 Super Bowl is

This is a 2017 file photo showing James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football team. Associated Press

one of the most iconic in NFL history. Harrison's physical play at times ran him into trouble with the league office. He was fined four times during the 2010 season alone for what the NFL considered illegal or unnecessary hits. Harrison lashed out at commissioner Roger Goodell, calling him "a crook" in a 2011 magazine article.

Harrison twice left the Steelers. He signed a deal with Cincinnati in the spring of 2013 but played only sparingly, leading him to retire in the fall of 2014. It lasted all of 18 days. He returned to Pittsburgh after injuries decimated the team's linebacker group and in his second act became a valuable leader on the field and elsewhere, often

including teammates in his draining (and well-documented) offseason workout regiments in Arizona. At a position where few last into their mid-30s, Harrison continued to thrive. He finished among the top three on the team in sacks every year from 2014-16, and his pressure forced a hold by Kansas City left tackle Eric Fisher that negated the tying two-point conversion by the Chiefs in the divisional round of the 2016 playoffs. Harrison signed a twoyear deal last spring that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through his 40th birthday. He played sparingly for much of 2017 and the Steelers granted him his release in December. The Patriots quickly scooped him up. He had two sacks in his debut with New England in the 2017 regularseason finale and added seven more tackles in the playoffs. q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Driverless cars give hope to blind - are automakers onboard? By JASON DEAREN OCALA, Fla. (AP) — In 2012, Steve Mahan, who is blind, climbed into the driver's seat of a self-driving car and rolled up to the drivethru of a Taco Bell in a video that's been viewed more than 8 million times online. The piece, produced by Google, captured the potential of autonomous-car technology to change the lives of the visually impaired. "It was my first time behind the steering wheel in seven years and was absolutely amazing," Mahan said. Self-driving-car advocates say that in addition to helping the disabled, the vehicles will allow people to do other tasks while driving and make roadways safer by removing human error. But six years after Google's viral video, national advocates for the estimated 1.3 million legally blind people in the U.S. are worried the industry is not factoring their needs into the design of the new technology, a mistake they say will make the cars more expensive and harder for them to access. "Although we have been held up as obvious beneficiaries of the technology in conversations and presentations, this will have just been exploitation if the systems are not accessible," said Anil Lewis, executive director of the National Federation of the Blind's

Jernigan Institute. "How about instead of Taco Bell, we demonstrate a blind person independently operating an autonomous vehicle, dropping off his/her kids at school on the way to work, and maybe stopping by a Starbucks on the way?" The concerns are fueling new research outside the auto industry to develop data and software meant to help ensure the needs of the blind are met when autonomous cars become commonplace. In a University of Florida study, blind people are using experimental software that could be easily installed in cars and peoples' phones. On a recent sunny winter day in central Florida, Sharon Van Etten eased into the backseat of

an SUV and began speaking to a computer screen in front of her. "Where do you want to go?" the computer's voice responded. Van Etten, who is legally blind, said "Kmart," and off the car sped, the computer's voice intoning, "Central Christian Church on the left" and other landmarks as they coasted down the street. When the driver pulled the car up to the store, the voice told Van Etten which side to exit from and mentioned some of the obstacles she'd face between the car and the store entrance. University of Florida researcher Julian Brinkley developed the program, which he has named "Atlas." Using data he collects from users like Van Etten

and others through collaboration with the Florida Center for the Blind in Ocala, he's figuring out the specific needs blind people have using self-driving cars, and using his software to solve problems. "If I'm a visually impaired person and I don't have the ability to verify visually that I'm at the appropriate location, how do I know that it's not dropping me off in a field somewhere?" Brinkley said. "In the case of autonomous cars, hopefully accessibility will be moved to the forefront by some of the research." Brinkley doesn't have access to a self-driving vehicle so instead uses a process developed by Stanford University researchers in a specially configured conventional vehicle. Partici-

pants interact with vehiclecontrol software in what appears to be a self-driving vehicle, and the vehicle's driver, hidden behind a partition, uses instructions from the software to drive to the right place. Participants don't know that a human driver is at the controls. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory also are working on accessibility issues for driverless vehicles for blind and other people with disabilities. At Waymo, Google’s selfdriving-car company that started nearly a decade ago, officials say visually impaired employees contribute to design and research. While no specific system for blind riders has been completed, the company says it’s developing a mobile app, Braille labels and audio cues. Spokespeople for General Motors Cruise AV group, Nissan North America Inc. and Toyota Research Institute all said the companies are committed to accessibility in general but offered no further comment. Mahan, the man famous for the YouTube video who still consults with Waymo, said he’s cautiously optimistic. They’re working on it. I don’t push. They expose me to what they’re working on, and so I’m patiently waiting.”q

Toyota to start deploying vehicle-to-vehicle tech in 2021

In this Sunday, April 15, 2018, photo an unsold 2018 Prius sits on a Toyota dealer's lot in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward. The company says most of its U.S. models should have the feature by the mid-2020s. Vehicle-tovehicle signals can warn others of heavy braking ahead or that another vehicle is headed into their path. Vice President of Product Planning Andrew

Coetzee (Cute-ZEE) says the cars would use dedicated airwaves to send signals up to 984 feet (300 meters). Coetzee hopes other automakers will join. Others are testing it and standards have been developed so they can communicate. Toyota is leading on automatic emergency braking, making it standard on all but four models. The industry has agreed to make it standard on all models in 2022.q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Chinese exporters scramble to cope with Trump tariff hike By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Facing a possible U.S. tariff hike, one of China's biggest ball bearing makers, Cixin Group, is weighing plans to rush shipments to American customers before the increase makes its sales unprofitable. The company in the eastern city of Ningbo is among exporters of goods from motorcycle parts to electronics that are scrambling to cope with President Donald Trump's higher duties by shipping early, raising prices or finding new markets. The 25 percent increase would turn Cixin's profits to losses in the U.S. market, which takes 30 percent of its exports, according to Wang Liqiang, a company manager. "We are considering manufacturing as many ball bearings as possible for the U.S. market before the imposition of tariffs," said Wang. "We can do it by working overtime." Some companies are looking at ways to hide their Chinese origin by shipping goods through other countries. "Maybe customers will buy from South America, and then South America sells to the U.S.," said Yvonne Yuan, a sales manager for Shenzhen Tianya Lighting Co., a manufacturer of LED bulbs. Trump says higher duties on $50 billion of Chinese goods are meant to punish Beijing for stealing or pressuring foreign companies to hand over foreign technology. The plan targets goods U.S. officials say benefit from improper Chinese policies including machinery, industrial components and aerospace, telecoms and other technology.

Trump left time to negotiate. A public comment period runs through May 11, with a hearing scheduled May 15. Economists and Chinese officials say the tariff hike's overall impact on China should be limited. But for exporters that depend on the U.S. market, the potential costs are alarming. Knock-on effects could greatly increase the impact, Moody's Investors Service researchers said in a report. It said that Chinese manufacturers that supply inputs to targeted sectors would see reduced demand and more pricing pressure, spreading the effects of tariffs deeper into the Chinese economy. Manufacturing and processing of metals and metal products, as the key input sectors for technology-product manufacturing, would be hurt the most. Chinese exporters supply most of the world's mobile phones, personal computers, televisions, toys and other light manufactured goods from thousands of factories. They are flexible and resourceful but many are struggling with higher costs and slowing demand. China's total exports last year rose 7.9 percent, down from the heady doubledigit rates of the past decade. The United States buys about 20 percent of China's exports. But Americans are especially important to exporters because they buy electronics and other high-value goods, including many targeted by Trump's tariffs. Some exporters already are reeling from previous U.S. tariff increases of up to 500 percent on washing machines, solar modules

In this April 11, 2018 photo, a man looks at robots at the Global Sources trade fair, a trade fair where Chinese manufacturers meet western buyers in Hong Kong. Associated Press

and some metal products, meant to offset what the Trump administration says are improper subsidies that allow them to sell at unfairly low prices. Others are confident American customers cannot do without them. Makers of motorcycle components plan to use that leverage to ask buyers to split the cost if tariffs rise, said Pan Jianle, an official of the Motorcycle Parts Association in Wenzhou. She said they export worldwide but the United States is their No. 1 market. "The U.S. motorcycle parts industry relies heavily on China," said Pan. "It is difficult for U.S. customers to find products with good quality and value for money from other places." Such a politically charged conflict has left companies and local Chinese officials jumpy. Pan declined to provide the value of exports of motorcycle components to the United States. A few

hours later, the Wenzhou city government's foreign affairs office called AP to ask about its interviews. Electronics manufacturers also plan to ask buyers to share higher costs, said Li Zengyou, secretary general of the local manufacturing chamber of commerce in the eastern city of Zibo in Shandong province. Zibo's electronics exports to

the United States last year totaled $1 billion, according to Li. That would mean if the tariff hike applied to all their sales, it could add $250 million to the cost. If higher tariffs hit, "they will raise the price," said Li. "If the U.S. customers failed to accept it, they would stop exporting to the United States and turn to explore other markets."q


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Battle to save Africa's elephants is gaining some ground By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania (AP) — The elephant keeled over in the tall grass in Tanzania, where some of the world's worst poaching has occurred. It wasn't killers who targeted her but conservation officials who shot her with a dart of drugs. Soon she was snoring. They slid on a 26-pound (12-kilogram) GPS tracking collar and injected an antidote, bringing her back to her feet. The operation was part of a yearlong effort to track 60 elephants in and around Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve, widely acknowledged as "ground zero" in the poaching that has decimated Africa's elephants. The Associated Press went there to witness how the battle to save them is gaining momentum, with killings declining and some populations growing again. Legal ivory markets are shrinking worldwide and law enforcement has broken up some trafficking syndicates, experts say. But it's too early to declare

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 21, 2018, a herd of elephants form a protective circle against a perceived threat, just after one was shot with a tranquilizer dart during an operation to attach GPS tracking collars in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Associated Press

a turnaround. Poachers are moving to new areas and traffickers are adapting, aided by corruption. The rate of annual elephant losses still exceeds the birth rate. And the encroachment of human settlements reduces the animals' range. "We have a long way to go

before we can feel comfortable about the future," said Chris Thouless of Save the Elephants, a group based in Kenya, where elephant numbers are increasing. Britain this month announced a ban on ivory sales. In China, trade in

ivory is illegal as of this year. In the U.S., a ban on ivory apart from items older than 100 years began in 2016. If poaching can be brought under control in Tanzania, there is hope that the killing can be stemmed across Africa. The continent's elephant

population has plummeted from millions in 1900 to at least 415,000 today. A ban on commercial trade in ivory across international borders began in 1990, but many countries continue to allow domestic trade. Increased demand in China fueled a new wave of killings. Africa's savanna elephant population declined by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014 to about 352,000, according to one census. In Tanzania, the elephant population declined by 60 percent to 43,000 between 2009 and 2014, according to the government. Much of the slaughter occurred in the Selous-Mikumi ecosystem. The killings appear to have slowed. A count in Selous-Mikumi last year added up 23 carcasses, 20 percent of the number found four years earlier. And African elephant poaching has declined to pre-2008 levels after reaching a peak in 2011, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.q

Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

In this April 13, 2018 photo medieval jewelry and coins are displayed on a table after a medieval silver treasure had been found near Schaprode on the northern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. Associated Press

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. A single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archaeologists, one of them a 13-year-old boy, in a field near the village of Schaprode. The state archaeology office then became involved and the entire treasure was uncovered by experts over the weekend, the Meck-

lenburg-West Pomerania state archaeology office said Monday. "It's the biggest trove of such coins in the southeastern Baltic region," the statement said. The office said the two amateur archeologists were asked to keep quiet about their discovery to give professionals time to plan the dig and were then invited to participate in the recovery. "This was the (biggest) discovery of my life," hobby archaeologist Rene Schoen told the German news agency dpa.

Schoen said he and 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko were using metal detectors on the field near Schaprode when Luca found a little piece that he initially thought was only aluminum garbage. But when they cleaned it, they understood it was more precious. Archaeologists said about 100 of the silver coins are probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, better known as "Harald Bluetooth," who lived in the 10th century and introduced Christianity to Denmark. He was one of the last Viking kings of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway. His nickname came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish, but it's now best known for the wireless Bluetooth technology invented by Swedish telecom company Ericsson. q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Commercial and critical darling Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer By MESFIN FEKADU NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize. The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed classical acts who don't live on the pop charts. The 30-year-old won the prize for "DAMN.," his raw and powerful Grammywinning album. The Pulitzer board said Monday the album is "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life." He will win $15,000. Lamar has been lauded for his deep lyrical content, politically charged live performances, and his profound mix of hip-hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds. Since emerging on the mu-

sic scene with the 2011 album "Section.80," he has achieved the perfect mix of commercial appeal and critical respect. The Pulitzer board has awarded special honors to Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but a popular figure like Lamar has never won the prize for music. In 1997, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz act to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. That makes Lamar's win that much more important: His platinum-selling majorlabel albums — "good kid, m.A.A.d city," ''To Pimp a Butterfly" and "DAMN." — became works of art, with Lamar writing songs about blackness, street life, police brutality, perseverance, survival and self-worth. His piercing and sharp raps helped him become the voice of the generation, and easily ascend as the leader in hip-hop and cross over to audiences outside of rap, from rock to pop to

In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, rapper Kendrick Lamar accepts the award for best rap album for "Damn" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Associated Press

jazz. He's also been a dominator on the charts, having achieved two dozen Top 40 hits, including a No. 1 success with "Humble," and he has even collaborated with the likes of U2, Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, Rihanna and Beyonce. His music, with songs like "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry," have become anthems in the wake of

high-profile police shootings of minorities as the conversation about race relations dominates news headlines. He brought of dose of seriousness to the 2015 BET Awards, rapping on top of a police car with a large American flag waving behind him. At the 2016 Grammys, during his visual-stunning, show-stopping performance, he ap-

peared beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and bruises on his eyes as he delivered powerful lyrics to the audience. Lamar’s musical success helped him win 12 Grammy Awards, though all three of his major-label albums have lost in the top category — album of the year. Each loss has been criticized by the music community, launching the conversation about how the Recording Academy might be out of touch. “DAMN.” lost album of the year to Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” in January. The rapper, born in Compton, California, was handpicked by “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler to curate an album to accompany the ubiquitously successful film, giving Lamar yet again another No. 1 effort and highly praised project. Du Yun, who won the music Pulitzer last year for her opera “Angel’s Bone,” said she was thrilled about Lamar’s win.q

Hannity shares world view with Trump, and lawyer, too By DAVID BAUDER NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity shares a world view with President Donald Trump and on Monday it was revealed, with some reluctance, that he shares a lawyer, too. The Fox News Channel prime-time host is Trump's most vocal defender on television, and a week ago he was on the air criticizing the FBI raid on the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen as evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" against the president has become a runaway train. After it was revealed in a court hearing Monday that Cohen represented Hannity, Fox News did not immediately say whether it knew that ahead of time, or whether Hannity had any ethical obligation to reveal that relationship to viewers. A threat to Hannity is a threat to Fox: His show is the most-watched program on

the network and he runs neck-and-neck with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow as the most popular on-air cable news personality. Monday's hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood in New York was about what should happen to seized material from Cohen. Cohen's lawyers did not want to publicly reveal that Hannity was a client, but Wood said that "I understand he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law." Hannity said on his radio show that he had never retained Cohen "in any traditional sense," but that he occasionally went to him with legal questions. While he said he had not paid Cohen, he believed their discussions were protected under attorney-client privilege. He later tweeted that he mostly asked Cohen questions about legal matters. "It never, ever involved a

matter between me and any third party," Hannity said. During his live radio show, he seemed flustered that he was getting a steady stream of phone and email messages about it. "I don't think this is such a big deal," he said. "Why do you think the media is going crazy on this?" CNN and MSNBC heavily covered the revelation. Fox did, too, but spent far less time on it Monday afternoon. Still, it was noteworthy that on Fox's show "The Five," panelist Juan Williams said Hannity had some questions to answer. "The question for me is, why Sean didn't disclose this earlier," Williams said. Besides supporting Trump on his show, Hannity reportedly talks to the president regularly and, last week, Trump even tweeted out a promotion, telling his followers that Hannity was going to have a big show coming up.

In this April 12, 2018 file photo, Fox News personality Sean Hannity attends The Hollywood Reporter's annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media event in New York. Associated Press

It's not the first time Hannity and Trump have shared a lawyer, either. Hannity, who said Monday that he had eight lawyers representing him in various matters, revealed last summer on his radio show that he had hired Trump attorney Jay Sekulow. Sekulow has been a frequent guest on

Hannity's Fox show. On his Fox show last Monday, Hannity said that the Cohen raid represented a "dangerous phase" of Mueller's investigation "and there is no turning back from this." He said earlier that day, on his radio show, that a sense of "mission creep" had developed.q


Tuesday 17 April 2018


ABC makes unusual decision to release all of Comey talk

In this image released by ABC News, correspondent George Stephanopoulos, left, appears with former FBI director James Comey for a taped interview that will air during a primetime "20/20" special on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on the ABC Television Network. Associated Press

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Before airing George Stephanopoulos' interview with former FBI Director James

Comey, ABC News made the unusual decision of releasing a full transcript of its nearly five-hour talk, including all the material that was not included in the broad-

cast. ABC News President James Goldston said in an interview Monday that it was an important example of transparency, and that it had paid off with the transcript becoming by far the most popular item on ABC News' website. Comey's interview, the first on the media tour to promote his book "A Higher Loyalty," was seen by 9.8 million viewers on Sunday night, the Nielsen company said. That's a good number for the network, which reached 3.6 million viewers in the same time slot the week before with the drama "Deception." It was less than half of the 22 million people who watched adult film star Stormy Daniels talk on "60 Minutes" last month about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump, which he denies. Comey probably would have drawn more viewers if he gave his first interview to "60 Minutes"; the CBS show reached 10.4 million people on Sunday. But Comey reportedly sought more time on the air for his first interview, and ABC offered the full hour. Trump was apparently one

of his viewers — at least for awhile — as Comey described his contacts with the president and said Trump lacked the moral authority to be president. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had seen "bits and pieces of it." "We didn't learn anything new," Sanders said. Comey is on a media tour to promote his book that will include interviews by Jake Tapper of CNN, Judy Woodruff of PBS, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, Bret Baier of Fox News Channel and appearances on Stephen Colbert's late-night show, "The View" and a CNN town hall. But Stephanopoulos was first. The network released the full transcript of its interview with Comey when the show began airing. Goldston said the decision to post the transcript was made after it was clear the network didn't have enough time to broadcast all of the material from the interview. "We thought we had an obligation to put everything out there and let people look at it and decide," he said.

"It's a part of modern journalism." The decision could make ABC vulnerable to criticism from people who might not have liked the network's choices about what deserved to be on television and what didn't. But Goldston said it could have the opposite effect of insulating the network. "We don't have anything to hide here," he said. It could prevent people from asking "why didn't you ask this, when we knew we had asked the question." It was a lot of material to digest. CNN's Chris Cillizza jokingly tweeted that he had just gone through the entire transcript line-by-line, and accompanied it with a video of a man collapsing from exhaustion. Al Tompkins, a broadcast news specialist at the Poynter Institute, said it was an unusual decision for a network, since journalism is largely about editing. In this case, seeing the full interview makes it easier to understand the context in which certain questions were asked and answered. "I sure don't see a downside to it," Tompkins said. q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Trove of author Ray Bradbury's papers set for preservation By RICK CALLAHAN INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ray Bradbury won over generations of readers to science fiction with "Fahrenheit 451" and other works during a writing career that spanned much of the 20th Century and produced a mountain of manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia.That sprawling collection, much of which Bradbury's family donated after his death in 2012 at age 91, is now entering a long-running preservation project at its home on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies , which is devoted to the study of the science fiction-fantasy author's works, won a $50,000 grant this month from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin planning the giant archive's conservation. "This is a national treasure and we have the great, good fortune to be able to preserve his legacy here for years to come," said Jonathan Eller, who

In this Thursday, April 12, 2018, photo, Center for Ray Bradbury Studies director Jonathan Eller talks about the vast trove of manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia that science fictionfantasy writer Ray Bradbury in Indianapolis. Associated Press

befriended Bradbury in the 1980s and directs the center, which he co-founded in 2007. Although Bradbury wrote his most famous titles in the mid-20th century, including "Fahrenheit 451," a novel about a dystopian future in which "firemen"

hunt down and burn books to keep society in a state of ignorance, Eller said many of his works remain relevant because of their warnings about the misuse of technology and the importance of safeguarding the human imagination.

"He stands as much as any author for freedom of the imagination. With 'Fahrenheit 451,' which was written when there was a climate of fear in America and McCarthyism, and other works, he's still synonymous with freedom of the imagi-

nation," he said. Bradbury's major works, including "The Martian Chronicles" and "The Illustrated Man," remain in print and HBO will next month air a version of "Fahrenheit" starring Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan and Sofia Boutella. Meanwhile, the Bradbury center, which is near downtown Indianapolis and features a replica of the basement office in Los Angeles where the author wrote for decades, is preparing to delve into the collection he left behind for what's expected to be a yearslong preservation effort. It won't be an easy task: The collection weighs nearly 30,000 pounds and includes unpublished works, 120,000 pages of his typescripts and other documents as well as photos and memorabilia. There's also about 30,000 pages of Bradbury's incoming correspondence, including letters from astronauts and astronomers who were fans of his spaceage tales, and some 1,600 rare pulp magazines such as "Amazing Stories."q

'Night Court' star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home By TOM FOREMAN Jr. Associated Press Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the television comedy series "Night Court," was found dead in his North Carolina home Monday. Anderson was 65. A statement from the Asheville Police Department said officers responded to a call from Anderson's home early Monday and found him dead. The statement said foul play is not suspected. On "Night Court," Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for singer Mel Torme, actress Jean Harlow, magic tricks and his collection of art-deco ties. He also starred in the series "Dave's World" and appeared on "Cheers" as con man Harry 'The Hat' Gittes. Anderson prided himself on

being a magician as well as actor. "I got into magic when I was a child," he told The Associated Press in 1987. "Unlike most kids, I stayed with it. My high school teachers were always asking me what I was going to do. It made me what I am today — available for weekend employment, parties and bar mitzvahs." Anderson, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on Oct. 14, 1952. He grew up in New York and moved to Oregon when he was a teenager and said that's where he became a hippie. "The Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Oregon, seemed like a good place to open a magic store," he said. "At 18, I was ready for retirement. It didn't last long, but I was established as the magician. I worked the streets in San Francisco and I did magic and spe-

cial effects at the festival." Anderson learned the ropes as a street performer in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Austin, Texas, among other cities. When he made his first appearance on "Saturday Night Live," he was right off the street. "Cheers' was my first acting job, but it was basically the character I had developed on the street," he said. "That's now I made my living, hustling drinks in bars and quarters on the street." "Night Court" ran on NBC from 1984 until 1992, and Anderson received three lead comedy actor Emmy nominations for his role. After the show ended, he was cast in the lead role in the CBS sitcom "Dave's World," which was based on the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry. That series ran from 1993 until 1997. A People magazine story

In this May 19, 1988, file photo, Harry Anderson poses after a press conference in New York. Authorities said, Monday, April 16, 2018, that actor Harry Anderson of "Night Court" comedy series fame died in North Carolina. Associated Press

in 2002 said Anderson disappeared from Hollywood and resurfaced as the owner of a New Orleans magic shop.

"I am richer than Davy Crockett," Anderson said in the story. "I can settle back and do what I want to do. And what I want to do is card tricks and magic.' That includes magic shows for corporate clients ("Fifty-five minutes with applause," says Anderson) at $20,000 a pop. According to the story, Anderson was disenchanted by the prospect of chasing acting roles into middle age. "I don't understand why guys have that Don Knotts syndrome of having to be out there." He sold his home in Pasadena, California, and moved back to New Orleans, where he had lived in the 1970s. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he moved to Asheville. Anderson had two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack. His second wife, Elizabeth Morgan, is among his survivors. q


Tuesday 17 April 2018

Some in California side with U.S. stance on sanctuary cities LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — More local governments in California are saying they don't want to be part of the state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, especially in pockets where Republicans still dominate in the otherwise Democratic state. Since the Jeff Sessionsled Department of Justice sued California last month over its so-called "sanctuary state" law limiting police collaboration with immigration agents, at least a dozen local governments have voted to either join or support the lawsuit or for resolutions opposing the state's position. Those include the Board of Supervisors in Orange County, which has more than 3 million people. More action is coming this week, with leaders in the Orange County city of Los Alamitos scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal to exempt the community of 12,000 from the state law. Demonstrators for and against the plan are expected to gather outside City Hall ahead of the council meeting set for 6 p.m. On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting to consider joining the Trump administration lawsuit. Some of the supervisors pushing the issue in Orange and San Diego counties are Republicans running for Congress, said Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine. "The mobilization that could come from introducing immigration debates into county political races may be a critical element in a year like 2018 when Democrats will likely be more mobilized than Republicans," he said. Immigration has been a hot topic across the country since President Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 on promises of tougher enforcement and a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It has been a lightning rod issue in California far longer. The state passed a mea-

In this March 27, 2018, file photo, David Hernandez, left, Genevieve Peters, center, and Jennifer Martinez celebrate after the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to join the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of California's sanctuary cities law (SB54) during their meeting in Santa Ana, Calif. Associated Press

sure backed by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson in the 1990s to deny public health care and education to immigrants in the country illegally. It was later overturned but left a lingering resentment among the state's growing Hispanic population. In recent years, California Republicans have taken a less strident approach to immigration in a state

where one in four people are foreign-born. But the Trump administration lawsuit has energized many in a party that has been rendered nearly irrelevant at the state level, where Democrats control every key office. "When the attorney general of the United States decides to take a firm position against it, I think that gave a signal to a lot of us that,

'Hey, California is on the wrong side of this thing,'" said Fred Whitaker, chairman of the Republican Party in Orange County. He also is a councilman in the city of Orange who proposed a local resolution on the issue that passed last week. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State Uni-

In this April 14, 2017, file photo, protesters rally outside a courthouse where a federal judge heard arguments in the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities in San Francisco. Associated Press

versity, Los Angeles, said it's not surprising Republicans are galvanizing over immigration. "Politics is very much about emotions, especially in midterms," he said. "I think it was only a matter of time when people went back to the issue that actually hits the nerve in the Republican base these days more than any other." Under Democratic leadership, California has enacted a series of laws in recent years aimed at helping immigrants, including issuing driver's licenses regardless of legal status and assisting with tuition at state universities. After Trump was elected, lawmakers passed the measure to limit police collaboration with federal immigration agents. Immigrant and civil rights advocates applauded the measure as a way to encourage immigrants to report crime to police without fearing deportation. Critics said it would make it too difficult for federal agents to find and deport ex-convicts who are a danger to communities. Most of the local governments siding with the Trump administration are in Orange County, an area once considered a GOP stronghold but that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. But it's starting to spread. Escondido in neighboring San Diego County has voted to support the federal lawsuit and last week the small city of Ripon in the state's Central Valley did the same. In many cases, meetings on the issue have drawn boisterous crowds. Antiillegal immigration activists have traveled from city to city to attend, heightening tensions with those who want their communities to support immigrant-friendly policies or stay out of the fray. In response to the controversy, some local governments have taken the opposite approach. Leaders in Santa Ana, an Orange County city home to about 330,000 residents, voted to support California in the lawsuit.q

April 17, 2018  
April 17, 2018