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Pride on Parade

Rainbow Flags, Tributes to Orlando at Pride Events New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, center, waves a flag as he walks in the New York City Pride Parade Sunday, June 26, 2016, in New York City. A year after New York City’s storied gay pride parade celebrated a high point with the legalization of gay marriage nationwide, the atmosphere this year couldn’t be more different. Parades in New York and other major cities Sunday will feature increased security, anti-violence messages and tributes to those killed in this month’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Page 4


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After Brexit vote:

British expatriates fear for uncertain future BARRY HATTON DIEGO TORRES Associated Press BENIDORM, Spain (AP) — Tad Dawson’s pub in this Spanish vacation town was doing a brisk business in the summer sun. The only dark clouds he saw were com-

from the bloc. Crucially for British expatriates, EU laws stipulate that the bloc’s citizens have the same rights as those nationals in any other member nation. Nobody is saying what the rights of Britons living in the EU might be in a future

agreement that establishes legal guarantees for their citizens who live abroad. “Nothing will happen right now. Nobody is going to be sent home,” she said. “What would make sense in my eyes is for there to be some kind of give-and-take

A group of tourists posing for a photograph in front of the Spanish Parliament is seen through the EU flag in Madrid, Spain. The news of the U.K. vote to quit the European Union is leaving British expatriates filled with fear about their future. Those who have built lives abroad worry what the vote may mean for their property, their pensions and their medical benefits. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

ing from the bar’s TV, tuned to a British news channel. Inside the Yorkshire Pride were many British tourists watching the screen as their prime minister announced his resignation Friday after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. Dawson, a 51-year-old Englishman who has lived in Spain since the 1990s, admits the decoupling of Britain from the EU other 27 member nations has him spooked. His future is suddenly uncertain. “We’re very scared because I’ve been here 23 years. I’ve got my house, my kids were born here, they went to a British-Spanish school, I’ve got a bar, I’ve got a lot to lose,” Dawson said at his pub, which was decked out with the red-and-white English flags featuring the St. George’s Cross. EU leaders are due soon to begin unprecedented — and knotty — negotiations on how to extricate the U.K.

outside the bloc. Dawson worries about losing his entitlements in Spain, which is part of the EU. “We don’t know how we’re going to be now,” he said. “We might have no pension. We might have no medical. We may have to sell our properties. We’ve lived here for a lot of years. We don’t know how it’s going to affect us anymore.” An estimated 1.2 million Britons live in other EU countries, many of them in France, Spain and Portugal, according to Britain’s House of Commons library. But analysts reckon the true number could be at least double that — and maybe a lot more, because many don’t bother registering with their embassies or the local authorities. Raquel Martins, an immigration lawyer at the Lisbon, Portugal, law firm of SRS Advogados, said the United Kingdom and the EU would now enter many months of negotiations to try to secure a reciprocity

and an agreement on reciprocal safeguards.” Across Europe, British expats reacted with alarm, dismay and sadness after Thursday’s referendum on Britain’s EU exit, also known as Brexit. “I am in a state of shock,” said Patrick Lamb, a standup comedian who has lived in Austria for 17 years. “I am also concerned by what Brexit means for the longer-term future. The world seems very unstable.” In Berlin, Dale Carr from Sheffield in northern England said she would request German nationality. She said she, her Scottish husband and her two Britishpassport holding children would apply for German citizenship to keep their EU entitlements. “Otherwise, we have no rights. What am I to do with this British passport?” asked the 63-year-old who moved to Germany in 1978 and runs two British goods shops called Broken English.q

Kerry urges Britain, European Union to manage their divorce responsibly BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Britain and the European Union to manage their divorce responsibly for the sake of global markets and citizens, a day before he was to become the first senior American official to visit London and Brussels since the United Kingdom’s historic referendum. Kerry emphasized the importance of thoughtful cooperation at a time of economic uncertainty and fears about crumbling European unity. He said he would bring a message of U.S. support to both capitals. But he offered no concrete suggestions for how the two sides should make good on the decision by British voters to leave the 28-nation bloc. “The most important thing is that all of us, as leaders, work together to provide as much continuity, as much stability, as much certainty as possible,” Kerry said as he met in Rome with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Responsible handling of the situation, he said, will help “the marketplace understand there are ways to minimize disruption, there are ways to smartly move ahead in order to protect the values and interests that we share.” Kerry had scheduled talks in Rome with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Sunday. But confronted with the gravity of Britain’s vote on Thursday, which crushed markets from the U.S. to Japan, Kerry set up a frantic, four-nation schedule for Monday. After gathering again with Netanyahu in the morning, he planned to fly to Brussels to discuss Europe’s situation with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Later, he was to meet British Secretary Philip Hammond in London before returning to Washington

by day’s end. With the British, Kerry intended to echo last week’s immediate U.S. response, which focused on the unchanged nature of the allies’ “special relationship.” Even the gloomiest of predictions about the British exit from the EU do not foresee the collapse of the close cultural ties or military alliance between Washington and London. But how relations evolve is an open question, especially if Britain’s separation from the EU causes significant economic pain in the United States. Visiting Britain in April, President Barack Obama noted ongoing U.S.-EU trade negotiations and warned Britons that a vote to “leave” could put them at the back of the line for similar deals. Since the result of the referendum, however, Obama and other American officials have gone out of their way to emphasize the durability of the relationship, playing down the idea of any repercussions from Washington. “We will continue, the United States, to have a very close and special relationship with Great Britain,” Kerry said on the rooftop of a hotel overlooking the Pantheon. “We value that relationship. That does not change because of this vote.” In Brussels, Kerry planned to emphasize U.S. backing for the EU amid speculation that other member countries could follow Britain’s lead. Alongside Gentiloni, Kerry stressed the importance of political unity among 27 remaining countries that still represent a market of 450 million people, and help the U.S. provide security to unstable places in North Africa and the Middle East, and far-flung areas of conflict such as Afghanistan. It’s unclear what more Kerry, or the U.S., can say or do right now to help Britain or the EU.q


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For Trump and Brexit voters, echoes of the same frustrations JON LEMIRE JILL COLVIN Associated Press MAYBOLE, Scotland (AP) — At the heart of the campaign that led Britain to vote to leave the European Union was a desire to regain independence lost amid a globalized world. It’s the same kind of feeling that Donald Trump rode to become the presumptive Republican nominee in the U.S., where he campaigns to put “America first” and “make America great again.” “I love to see people take their country back. And that’s really what’s happening in the United States,” Trump told reporters this weekend during a visit to his golf resort in western Scotland. The anxiety that drove the stunning “Brexit” decision has been brewing for at least a decade in the United Kingdom, as waves of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe arrived as the global economy plunged into recession. In the years since, right-leaning leaders have stoked populist concerns about their impact on wages, as well as fears about the loss of ethnic identity, which runs deep in parts of largely white rural England and Wales. “There’s a real feeling things have changed and they’ve changed too fast,” said Muriel MacGregor, filling up her car at a BP station on her way to work as a clerk at a hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland. MacGregor, 52, said that, unlike many of her friends, she proudly voted for “leave.” ‘’This isn’t the country I remember from growing up. I don’t know exactly what happens next. I don’t think anybody does. But I really feel like we needed something different, because this isn’t working,” she said. Britain’s vote shattered the stability of continental unity forged after World War II and sent markets across the globe tumbling. Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said on Sunday

the vote was a sobering reminder that “what happens around the world has consequences that can hit come quickly.” “Our priority now must be to protect American families and businesses from the negative effects of this kind of tumult and uncertainty,” Clinton said at the annual gathering of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis. She also took a thinly veiled dig at Trump saying “steady experienced leadership” is what the U.S. needs to avoid the kinds of troubles Britain now faces. “We need leaders ... who understand how to work with other leaders to manage risks, who understand that bombastic comments in turbulent times can actually cause more turbulence and who put the interest of the American people ahead of their personal business interests,” Clinton said. But the move to divorce the U.K. from the 28-nation bloc and its government in Brussels was celebrated by those who felt the changing country has lost its way since linking up with the rest of Europe. Their voices echo the millions of American voters who have flocked to support Trump. The billionaire businessman has tapped into the same concerns about a tooquickly-changing country that has left too many behind, and he’s pledged to halt illegal immigration and bring back manufacturing jobs lost to factories overseas. Many see his “Make America Great Again” slogan as a vow to return the country to a time when they believe America was the undisputed world leader. In President Barack Obama, they see an American leader too quick to apologize for his country. “I want us to take America back,” Shirley Sharpe, a Trump supporter from Greensboro, North Carolina, said this month. Sharpe, 61, who works as a caregiver to her elderly fatherin-law, said that she’s been dismayed by the country’s direction under Obama.q

US presidential candidate Donald Trump points as he chats with the media after he arrived at the Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie, near Aberdeen, Scotland, Saturday June 25, 2016. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is on a short break away from his presidential campaign. (Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)

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Rainbow flags, tributes to Orlando punctuate pride events VERENA DOBNIK JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Rainbow flags were held high along with portraits of the dead as thousands of people marched Sunday in gay pride parades tempered by this month’s massacre at a Florida gay nightclub. Crowds of onlookers stood a dozen deep along Fifth Avenue for New York City’s parade. Some spectators held up orange “We are Orlando” signs, and indications of increased security were everywhere, with armed officers standing by. An announcer introducing state officials and guests also shouted out, “Love is love! New York is Orlando!” in memory of the 49 people killed in Florida. Elected of-

ficials turned out in force, as did presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. She walked several blocks of the march, joining New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton for a brief appearance at Stonewall Inn, the bar where a 1969 police raid helped catalyze the gay rights movement. On Sunday, with her Twitter handle appearing in rainbow colors, Clinton wrote: “One year ago, love triumphed in our highest court. Yet LGBT Americans still face too many barriers. Let’s keep marching until they don’t. -H” Authorities had expected a larger-than-usual crowd, and 15-year-old Chelsea

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, marches in the New York City Pride Parade with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, Mayor Bill de Blasio, back right, and the Rev. Al Sharpton in New York, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Restrepo, of Staten Island, was among the onlookers. She had brushed aside her father’s concerns about security to attend the march for the first time. “What happened in Orlando made me want to come more,” said Restrepo, swathed in a multicolored scarf. She said she wanted to show her support. Kenny Hillman, a 39-yearold Brooklyn filmmaker, was ready to roar his Triumph Bonneville down Fifth Avenue. The transgender New Yorker said he hadn’t planned to come to the march. “For me, I wasn’t going to ride because I have 17-month-old twins at home. But then Orlando happened, and seeing so many of my friends shrink in fear made me realize that coming here was more important,” said Hillman, wearing an anti-assault guns T-shirt. New York’s parade was one of several being held

Sunday across the country, along with San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis. They came two weeks after the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. In Chicago, 49 marchers at the head of the parade each held aloft a postersized photograph of a different Orlando victim as the procession wound through the city. Above each photo were the words, “Never forget.” Despite the somber start, parade-goers seemed as enthusiastic as ever once marchers and floats began moving, cheering and dancing along the route. Many participants said the tributes to the dead in Orlando didn’t dampen the energy and fun associated with the pride parade. “It is another on a list of brutalities over the years (against gays),” said Joe Conklin, 74, of Chicago, as he sat on the back of a float waiting for the OK to move out.q


Monday 27 June 2016

More storms on tap for flood-ravaged West Virginia

Lt. Dennis Feazell, of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, rows his boat as he and a co-worker search flooded homes in Rainelle, W. Va. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for at least 25 West Virginia counties on Monday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

JOHN RABY DAVE MORRISON Associated Press ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — As West Virginians continued surveying damage in a state so devastated by floods that one said her community “smelled like death,” residents braced for the prospect of more rain. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for at least 25 West Virginia counties on Monday. Heavy rains were possible in many areas already ravaged by last week’s floods that have killed 24 people statewide. The forecast also includes hardest-hit Greenbrier County, where 16 people have died and floodwaters have yet to recede. Dozens of residents of flooded-out Rainelle remained Sunday at a shelter more than 25 miles away at the Ansted Baptist Church, where singing from inside mixed with the bustle of ac-

tivity outside. The church’s gymnasium has been converted to a shelter. The church also is a drop-off point for donated goods as well as a makeshift kennel for dog owners. For now, it’s home for Jerry Reynolds, his wife, Janice, and his brother, Marcus Reynolds. Janice Reynolds said she drove back to Rainelle on Saturday to survey the damage. She said her home was destroyed, a vehicle was lost in the floodwaters and the community “smelled like death.” Jerry Reynolds says the flood was “the worst thing I’ve ever seen.” But as he sat in his car at the shelter, he declared that “we’re survivors. We’ll make it.” Marcus Reynolds even found a bit of humor amid the sorrow. “While we’re at it, would you be interested in any oceanfront property?” he said. “I understand there’s some available.”

Bill Kious of Rainelle was asked how those at the shelter, many of them on modest incomes, were able to laugh. “Frankly, because we’ve lived a rough lifestyle,” Kious said. “It’s a nature to us that we can’t get rid of.” Rick Lewis of the Nuttall Fire Department said 129 people were staying Sunday at the church gymnasium. Many more Rainelle residents were sent to other shelters, he said. Among those taking advantage of the shelter’s kennel was T.J. Parker of Rainelle and his pet Titan. Parker said he and Titan had to swim four blocks to safety. Along the way, he stopped to rescue an elderly man calling for help and brought him through

floodwaters to a fire department. Parker said he had to go under water and hold his breath to support the man, then come up for air. “I realize that sounds crazy, but you have to do what you have to do at that time,” Parker said. Volunteer Randy Halsey said the donated items at the church were heading specifically to Rainelle. He said it was difficult to estimate how many items had been donated because “as soon as it comes in, it’s going right back out.” Authorities have yet to start sizing up the flood damage in West Virginia. But it is drawing comparisons to November 1985 floods that remain the state’s most expensive natural disaster with more than $570 million in damage.q

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Officials: California wildfire destroys 200 homes, buildings SCOTT SMITH CHRISTINE ARMARIO Associated Press LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — A ravenous and deadly wildfire in central California has burned 200 homes, many belonging to retirees on fixed incomes with few other possessions. “Most people here, this is all they had,” said Daniel O’Brien, 53, who lost two rental mobile homes. “You have these moments where you just want to breakdown crying and fall apart.” The 58-square-mile fire has claimed at least two lives and officials warned the death toll may rise. Cadaver dogs were being brought in Sunday to search for remains. Kern County Fire Department operations chief Joe Reyes said firefighters had contained significant swaths of the fire’s northern and eastern edges, but that work remained in

Lucas Martin, right, is overcome by emotion, Sunday June 26, 2016, as he shows his stepson Nathan Looper, an heirloom belt buckle he thought was destroyed at his home in South Lake, Calif. The buckle belonged to Martin’s best friend who had left it at the home when he went to work on day the home was destroyed. Martin promised his roommate he would find it. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

securing the southern side of the blaze. Crews were moving in from both sides to connect in the middle and establish a perimeter. Firefighters are hoping to

take advantage of lighter winds, though a dry air mass over the area will continue to bring high temperatures and low humidity. Retardant was being

spread over one section south of the fire in case it moves further down. “The hope is we never have to use it,” Reyes said. “But hope’s not a plan.” Firefighters were aiming to have the blaze fully contained by Thursday. A total of about 1,700 firefighters are battling the blaze and combing through debris for hotspots. On Saturday, firefighters found what appeared to be a set of human remains further up the street from O’Brien’s two rental homes. The remains were so badly burned forensic investigators will have to determine whether they belong to a person or animal, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, freeing up money and resources to fight the fire and to clean up in the aftermath. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also au-

thorized the use of funds for firefighting efforts, fire officials said. The fire tore through small communities of houses and mobile homes that surround the lake — actually a reservoir — and the Kern River, a popular spot for fishing and whitewater rafting. The communities are nestled in foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a mountain range that runs hundreds of miles north and south through eastern California. Seventyfive homes were damaged. Scorching heat and tinderdry conditions across the West have contributed to massive wildfires in the past week that have destroyed properties and forced residents to seek shelter. Since it began Thursday, the fire has swept through 36,810 acres of parched brush and timber. It moved so quickly that some residents barely had time to escape — and two didn’t. q

Still no arrests after fatal shooting at Texas dance studio FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police still hadn’t made any arrests Sunday in connection with the suspected gang-related shootings that left two people dead and several injured during an unauthorized party at a hip-hop dance studio in Texas. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified those killed as 18-year-old

Jordan Larkin and 22-yearold Treavon Lewis. At least five others were injured in the shootings early Saturday at Studio 74 in Fort Worth, and their conditions were unknown. Officer Daniel Segura, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said detectives are working nonstop on the case but hadn’t made any arrests. A day earlier, police

said arrests were imminent. After the shootings, blood stained the outside of Studio 74 and broken glass from a trophy case covered the floor. Witnesses told police the gunfire began when a man ran toward the door to exit the studio. Officers found one victim dead outside the building, and several people were transported to hospitals —

one of whom died from his injuries, police said. The violence broke out at a place that owner Laura Reyna described as a community “safe haven” from the streets. “It’s a nonprofit organization. We deal in hip-hop culture and we cater to our community. It’s a safe haven ... we

dance, we compete. We try to stay away from events like this that happen,” Reyna said. Studio 74’s website says the facility brings “dance programming to underserved communities and the general public to reach audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds.”q


Monday 27 June 2016

Program lets Boston commuters drive some, cycle the rest

A Park & Pedal sign stands at the edge of a parking lot, in Boston. The recently expanded Park & Pedal program offers motorists a chance to park their cars for free and then bike the rest of the way to work. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOB SALSBERG Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Traffic is crawling bumper to bumper on Soldiers Field Road, a major artery leading to Cambridge and downtown Boston, as Mark Rabinsky parks his car near the Charles River, takes out his bike and prepares to cycle the rest of the way to his job at Harvard University. “My ride is all along the river. It’s such a beautiful ride every morning,” said Rabinsky, one of a small but growing number of commuters who avoids the last few miles of rush hour gridlock by utilizing Park & Pedal. Launched last year and recently expanded, the program offers free parking at 19 strategically located lots near major employment centers and an opportunity for people to easily complete their commute on two wheels instead of four. The initiative is attracting attention from other U.S. and world cities, according to Dave Montague, the founder of a company that makes folding bikes and who first approached Massachusetts officials with the idea. Representatives from as far away as Copenhagen, Denmark, and Christ-

church, New Zealand, have contacted him for information, he said. Although it has no exact count on the number of Park & Pedal users so far, benefits touted by the state include less traffic, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and healthier lifestyles. Boston, like other urban areas, has strived in recent years to become more pedal friendly, designating bike lanes on major streets and rolling out Hubway, a popular bike-sharing program. Still, bicycle commuting is often seen as a viable option for those who live in or near the city, far less so for the typical suburbanite. “Your average American lives 12 miles from work, but we did a survey and your average Bostonian does not want to ride a bicycle 12 miles. It’s too far for them in the morning to get to work,” Montague said. That’s clearly true for Rabinsky, who lives about 18 miles from work in Wayland. It’s also true for avid cyclist Jonathan Zarkower, who found it impractical to make the approximately 50-mile round trip entirely by bike from his Framingham home to his job at Akamai Technologies in Cambridge but is now a

frequent Park & Pedal user. “I’m saving a lot of money, getting some great exercise and doing something I really enjoy doing,” Zarkower said. The program is also attractive to people who live nearer to Boston like Dan Heffernan, an attorney from Newton who used to cycle all the way to his Government Center law office but decided to curtail as he got older.

“Having someplace I could go that’s a little closer is great,” he said, before climbing on his bike to pedal the last several miles. Beyond the added commuting option, advocates hope to entice less experienced riders who — unlike hardened urban road warriors — are more squeamish about cycling amid cars, buses and trucks on noisy and congested city streets. Many of the designated

Park & Pedal lots are situated near bike paths like the one along the river where riders need not compete with cars. Steve Taylor, communications manager for The League of American Bicyclists, said the term “interested but concerned” is often applied to people who might consider commuting by bike but are discouraged by long distances or safety fears. q


Monday 27 June 2016


British political turmoil deepens after EU referendum

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn faces the media as he leaves his house in London, Sunday June 26, 2016. Corbyn seems to be facing a revolt by some members of his shadow cabinet, as a string of shadow ministers have quit Sunday citing his leadership during the EU referendum campaign. (Isabel Infantes / PA via AP)

GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain’s shocking decision to remove itself from the European Union brought more political turmoil Sunday as Scotland’s leader threatened to block the move and the opposition Labour Party’s leader faced a coup attempt from his own legislators. The sense of unease spread as European leaders stepped up the pressure

on Britain to begin its complex exit from the 28-nation EU immediately, rather than wait several months as British Prime Minister David Cameron prefers. The vote to leave sent the pound and global stock markets plunging. Britain’s Treasury said finance minister George Osborne would make an early morning statement Monday “to provide reassurance about financial and economic stability” before the London

Stock Exchange reopens. The leaders of the successful campaign to leave the EU stayed largely out of the public eye, as opponents accused them of lacking a plan to calm the crisis the result has triggered. In his first statement since Friday morning, “leave” leader and former London Mayor Boris Johnson used his column in the Daily Telegraph newspaper to urge unity and say “the nega-

tive consequences (of the vote) are being wildly overdone.” He said Britain would forge “a new and better relationship with the EU — based on free trade and partnership, rather than a federal system.” The vote, however, risks causing a political schism in the United Kingdom. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would “consider” advising the Scottish Parliament to try to use its power to prevent Britain from actually leaving the EU. She said Scottish lawmakers might be able to derail the move by withholding “legislative consent” for a British exit, or Brexit. “If the Scottish Parliament was judging this on the basis of what’s right for Scotland, then the option of saying ‘We’re not going to vote for something that is against Scotland’s interests,’ of course, that is on the table,” she said of the possibility of withholding consent. Sturgeon said she believes Scotland’s approval is required for the move but conceded the British government would likely take “a very different view.” Thursday’s U.K.-wide vote to leave the EU was very unpopular in Scotland,

where 62 percent cast ballots to stay, and Sturgeon says she is studying ways to keep Scotland part of the EU bloc. The Scottish question looms large because Sturgeon also has said another referendum on Scottish independence from Britain is “highly likely” as a result of Britain’s EU vote. In Northern Ireland, which also is part of the U.K., Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said his priority is forging “special arrangements” to enable Northern Ireland to maintain its EU ties. Some Brexit opponents have also talked of trying to use Northern Ireland’s Assembly to try to block Britain’s departure. Northern Ireland voters also expressed a preference for keeping Britain in the EU. The unhappiness with the results in both Scotland and Northern Ireland is adding to the sense that the Brexit vote may over time lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Cameron’s lead official in Belfast, played down the suggestion that the Scottish Parliament or the Northern Ireland Assembly had the standing to prevent a British departure from the EU.q


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New election fails to clarify Spain’s political future BARRY HATTON TERESA MEDRANO Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain’s repeat election on Sunday failed to clarify the political future of the European Union’s fifth-largest economy, with the main parties placing roughly the same as in last December’s ballot, which brought six months of stalemate. The conservative Popular Party, which ruled for the past four years, again collected most votes in the election but still fell short of the majority of 176 seats it needs in the 350-seat Parliament to form a government on its own. With 97 percent of the votes counted late Sunday, incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s party earned 137 seats in Parliament. That is better than the 123 it won in December but still means it will need allies if it wants to govern. Its earlier efforts to find support from rival parties after December proved fruitless. The center-left Socialist Party placed second, collecting 22.75 percent of

Spain’s Podemos coalition party leader Pablo Iglesias, centre, talks to journalists during a news conference following the results of the general election, in Madrid, Sunday, June 26, 2016. Spain’s Interior Ministry says 92 percent of the votes have been officially counted in the country’s repeat election and the conservative Popular Party leads with 32 percent of the vote. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

the vote and 85 seats, according to the count by the country’s Interior Ministry. That was five fewer seats than six months ago but the Socialists kept their influence by fending off a challenge from a radical

leftist alliance. Unidos Podemos (United We Can) — which brings together Podemos, a twoyear-old party that grew out of a grassroots protest movement, and the communists and the Greens —

was third with 71 seats. The alliance, headed by pony-tailed political science professor Pablo Iglesias, had hoped to overtake the Socialists and break the country’s traditional two-party system.

The Popular Party and the Socialists have alternated in power for decades. The business-friendly Ciudadanos party came in fourth with 32 seats. Other, smaller parties won the rest of the vote by Spain’s roughly 36.5 million voters. With no party getting enough votes to form a government alone, politicians will now have to return to the negotiating table. That may again prove difficult, for Spain has never had a coalition government. Antonio Barroso, a Londonbased analyst with the Teneo Intelligence political risk consulting group, said he expected tough negotiations between the parties in coming weeks. “It was hoped that these elections would bring clarity and that a government would be formed quickly, but I don’t think that’s how it’s going to be,” Barroso said. He said a third election was even a possibility, though politicians would be under huge pressure to avoid that.q


Monday 27 June 2016


Fallujah fully liberated from IS group, Iraqi commander says

Iraqi security forces celebrate as they hold the flag of the Islamic State group that they captured in Fallujah, Iraq, after defeating Islamic State militants, Sunday, June 26, 2016. A senior Iraqi commander said the city of Fallujah was “fully liberated” from Islamic State militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation. (AP Photo)

SINAN SALAHEDDIN SUSANNAH GEORGE Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Five weeks after a military operation began, a senior Iraqi commander declared Sunday that the city of Fallujah was “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group, giving a major boost to the country’s security and political leadership in its fight against the extremists. Recapturing Fallujah, the first city to fall to the Islamic State group more than two

years ago, means that authorities can now set their sights on militant-held Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, visiting central Fallujah with the celebrating troops, vowed that the Iraqi flag would next be raised above Mosul. But that campaign has been progressing in fits and starts, revealing the deep divisions among the different groups that make up the security forces. Iraqi troops entered Fallu-

jah’s northwestern neighborhood of al-Julan, the last part of the city under IS control, said Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, head of the counterterrorism forces in the operation. The operation, which began May 22, “is done, and the city is fully liberated,” al-Saadi told The Associated Press. Al-Abadi, dressed in the black fatigues of the counterterrorism forces and carrying an Iraqi flag, visited Fallujah’s central hospital Sunday evening

and called for residents of the city 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad to celebrate the military advance. But tens of thousands of people from Fallujah who were forced to flee their homes during the operation are still at overcrowded camps for the displaced with limited shelter in the Anbar desert. The U.S.-led coalition said it was still conducting airstrikes in the area, and aid groups warned it was too early to say when residents could return to their homes in the city, citing the presence of makeshift bombs left behind by the militants. The Fallujah operation was carried out by Iraq’s elite counterterrorism troops, Iraqi federal police, Anbar provincial police and an umbrella group of government- sanctioned militia fighters — mostly Shiites — who are known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Fallujah, a predominantly Sunni city, was a stronghold of insurgents following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. More than 100 American soldiers died and hundreds more were wounded in intense, house-by-house fighting there in 2004. Many residents of the city welcomed the Islamic State group when it overran the

city in 2014, complicating the fight by government troops to retake it. The IS militants who had held out for more than a week on the northern and western edges of Fallujah largely collapsed early Sunday under a barrage from coalition warplanes, including a single airstrike that killed 47 fighters in the Jolan neighborhood, said Brig. Haider al-Obeidi of Iraq’s special forces. “From the center of alJulan neighborhood, we congratulate the Iraqi people and the commander in chief ... and declare that the Fallujah fight is over,” al-Saadi told Iraqi state TV, flanked by troops. Some of the soldiers shot their weapons into the air, sang and waved Iraqi flags. “The coalition continues to provide support through strikes, intelligence, and advice and assistance to the Iraqi Security Forces operating in Fallujah and will continue to do so through deliberate clearing operations,” said U.S. Army Col. Christopher Garver, the spokesman for the coalition. Al-Abadi initially declared victory in Fallujah over a week ago, after Iraqi forces advanced into the city center and took control of a government complex. q

IS video shows killing of 5 captured Syrian media activists BEIRUT (AP) — A graphic video emerged Sunday showing the killing of five Syrian media activists captured by the Islamic State group last year. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the five were abducted in October and are believed to have been killed in December over

their coverage of events in the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour, half of which is held by IS. The head of the Observatory, Rami Abdurrahman, said news of the detention and killing of the activists was withheld because no bodies had surfaced and the families feared retribution for

reporting the deaths. In the video, an IS narrator says the group is facing a media war and warns against reporting to the “crusaders” and “enemies of God.” The narrator says journalists who report on IS may be targeted, even if they reside in Europe. Abdurrahman said one of the activists, 28-year-old

Sami Jawdat, has been feeding information to the Observatory since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011 and continued to do so after IS seized half of Deir el-Zour in 2014. He said Jawdat had been detained by IS on a number of previous occasions. Syria is the third-deadliest country in the world for

journalists after Yemen and Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. At least 95 journalists have been killed in Syria since 2011. Almost no international news organizations send staff to Syria because of kidnappings by militants, who often kill their hostages.q


Monday 27 June 2016

Putin praises ‘all-embracing’ partnership of Russia, China

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, escorted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, reviews an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

CHRIS BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia’s “all-embracing and

strategic partnership” with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust. Putin told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that ties were

based firmly on common economic interests, a reference to Russian hopes for Chinese investment and purchases of its oil, gas and military exports. “Our relations really have the character of an all-em-

PM urges Australians to choose stability after Brexit ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister used his official campaign launch on Sunday to warn against a change of government during the economic fallout from Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Polls project Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition is widely expected to be returned

next Saturday for a second three-year term with a reduced majority. Turnbull said his government was better placed to strike vital new trade deals with the EU and Britain after the separation forced by a British referendum. Australia had brokered free trade deals with major trade partners China, Japan and South Korea and renegotiated a pact with Singapore during the gov-

ernment’s first term, he said. “The shockwaves of the past 48 hours from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union are a sharp reminder of the volatility in the global economy. Always expect the unexpected,” Turnbull said. “Our clear economic plan is more essential than ever as we enter this period of uncertainty in global markets following the British vote to leave the European Union,” he added.q

bracing and strategic partnership,” Putin told Li at the start of their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing. While Russia and China are linked by cooperation on the international stage, as well as in culture, education and other spheres, “in one way or another, everything has an economic base,” Putin said. Leaders from both countries have extolled the blossoming strategic partnership between the former communist rivals, despite a major decline in two-way trade and the failure to materialize of a slew of ambitious projects. Observers attribute the slow progress to Beijing’s hard-nosed bargaining position and the Kremlin’s deep-seated suspicions

about the growing might of China. Putin later met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, to whom he said the people of both countries had a strong desire to “strengthen, develop our relations.” “I’m sure our countries can reach a bigger success in all areas in trade, investment, agriculture, energy, and of course in high tech, which is a priority for us,” Putin told Xi. Xi told Putin that the two countries should “promote widely the idea of being friends forever.” The close personal relationship between Putin and Xi and their shared desire to counter perceived U.S. global domination appear to be the main driving forces behind Russia-China cooperation.q


Monday 27 June 2016


Argentina’s ‘stolen babies’ seek truth, face ghosts

LUIS HENAO A. CALATRAVA Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pedro Sandoval

“I’m still jealous of friends who can hug or get into arguments with their parents,” said Sandoval, 38, alluding to the biological par-

and raised by surrogate families. Several hundred have yet to be accounted for. This spring a visiting U.S. Pres-

Pedro Sandoval, who was stolen as a baby, poses holding a framed image of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo group, that include both of his biological grandmothers, who helped him recover his true identity, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sandoval stopped celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even his own birthday after he found out the truth: The mom and dad he knew growing up had stolen him from his biological parents, who were kidnapped, tortured and never heard from again during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

stopped celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even his own birthday after he found out the truth: The mom and dad he knew growing up had stolen him from his biological parents, who were kidnapped, tortured and never heard from again during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship.

ents he never met. “But I’m also thankful that I could at least hug my grandfather and grandmother.” Four decades after the ruling military junta launched a systematic plan to steal babies born to political prisoners, Argentina’s search for truth is increasingly focused on the 500 or so newborns whisked away

ident Barack Obama and Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced, on the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought the junta to power, that Washington would open up a trove of U.S. intelligence files from Argentina’s Dirty War era, when an estimated 30,000 people were killed or forcibly “disappeared” by the

regime. It may take a few years for the documents to be released, but the news gave families hope for word on the fate of other stolen babies. For the children who have already been found, coming to grips with the past is a painful process. Sandoval, known then as Alejandro Rei, never suspected anything was amiss growing up in a middleclass household on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. But in 2004, Victor Rei, a former border patrol officer and the man that Sandoval called his father, became the target of an investigation and his life turned upside down. Sandoval said he felt both fury and crushing guilt after a childhood he describes as full of wonderful memories. And yet like others, he was torn over where his loyalties lay: At one point during the investigation Sandoval tried unsuccessfully to protect Rei by tainting DNA samples used to identify the older man. “I made some mistakes,” he said. “It was part of a defense mechanism.” Ultimately DNA matched Sandoval to Pedro Sandoval and Liliana Fontana, who were kidnapped by security forces in July 1977 when Liliana was two months pregnant. She gave birth to Pedro in captivity, and four months later

Puerto Rico governor declares payment moratorium SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has expanded an emergency debt moratorium that he said would protect the government’s ability to provide essential services amid a worsening economic out-

look. The governor this weekend signed an executive order that halts notes payments by the Puerto Rico Infrastructure Financing Authority. He said the move was necessary to “ensure the public

health, safety, education and well-being” of island residents. The governor enacted a moratorium on other financing authority debt in April and has declared fiscal emergencies at the Government Development

Bank and Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority. Puerto Rico creditors are challenging through three separate lawsuits a law that grants the governor the power to declare debt payment moratoriums. q

he was taken away. His birth parents were never seen again. “It’s still tough and bizarre,” Sandoval said. “But I found it beautiful that at least for four months I was in her arms.” He has since severed ties with the people who raised him and has become close to relatives of his biological parents. His wife is expecting their first baby. To date, 119 cases of stolen children have been resolved. Each discovery makes for banner headlines and prompts both personal and national soulsearching. Guillermo Perez Roisinblit, 38, was Guillermo Gomez for decades before he was contacted by his biological sister and the Grandmothers of the Playa de Mayo, a human rights group that formed in 1977 to search for the disappeared. They showed him a family picture; Perez was shocked by his resemblance to the man who would later be confirmed as his real father. “It took me 21 years to find my grandson and 15 years to win his love,” said Rosa de Roisinblit, 96, who is vice president of the Grandmothers. “It was such a difficult process,” Perez said, sitting next to her. Today both are plaintiffs in a trial that began last month against the former head of Argentina’s air force for the 1978 abduction and disappearance of activists Patricia Roisinblit and Jose Manuel Perez Rojo. Patricia gave birth to Perez at the Naval Mechanics School, where thousands of leftist dissidents were jailed and tortured during the Dirty War.q


Monday 27 June 2016

At the Charming Manchebo Beach Resort:

Introducing the Chophouse, the New Remake of the French Steakhouse PUNTA BRABO - One of the island’s classic dining destinations, the Manchebo French Steakhouse has just undergone a total remake, becoming a chophouse, as interior designer Rachel Bowden collaborated with Executive Chef Ever de Pena and the entire resort management staff on the fresh look and feel of the popular restaurant. The French Steakhouse was created by a legendary hotelier, the late Ike Cohen in the early 70s. As the owner and developer of the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Ike introduced the island to gastronomic excellence and practically invented

Aruba’s culinary scene, at his French Steakhouse. Over the past decades, the restaurant underwent a number of renovations, but always maintained its classic presentation and cozy atmosphere, enhanced by live piano music, white linens, gleaming tableware, and caring, personal service. One of the best recent additions to the restaurant was its sushi bar, Omakase, created when Chef Mylene Lapinid, a Japanese food expert, came on board. The bar at the French Steakhouse was converted

into a charming Japanese eatery, which became an instant hit. The decision to radically reinvent the French Steakhouse evolved over time, in light of the success of Ike’s Bistro, the resort’s Mediterranean-Caribbean terrace restaurant. Rachel Bowden, was tasked with the challenge, and she is no stranger to the resort. As a renovation, new construction, fixtures, finishes, furniture and staging specialist from Florida, she worked on many of the resort’s recent renovations, including Ike’s Bistro and guests rooms, and she truly understands the restaurant’s historic journey as it meets the ever-changing needs of clients. “Ike’s Bistro is so creative,” she shares,”as far as its visual style and cuisine, that the French Steakhouse was also compelled to come on board.” Bowden reports aiming at an stylish, relaxed and casual look in a muted palette, as a backdrop to the fantastic food served in the

restaurant. And most of the work was done on the island with the help of local suppliers such as Banjolux, De Arend and LED Aruba. As the dining room morphed into its contemporary presentation, so did the kitchen with new tiles, and stainless steel work areas. Among the biggest changes is the entrance location. Patrons now enter through double wooden doors with inviting glass sidelights, into the heart of dining room, where they are greeted by a friendly hostess at a logoed reservation desk. “People will still recognize

the Manchebo, and its charming wait staff “says Bowden, ”but the place would exude a contemporary air, and an elegant

ambiance.” Chef Ever’s new menu features interesting and varied appetizers, soups, salads, chops, steaks, seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes. We found some interesting surprises on the menu: Beef Tataki, Authentic Aruban Keshi Yena, Butternut Squash Bisque, Alkaline Salad, Caramelized Walnuts as salad addons, Veal Chop, Tomahawk Steak, Beef Kebabs, Arubian Tenderloin Stew, Homemade Ravioli, and Almond Crusted Grouper, all familiar menu item, with a different twist. The menu also features many steak and chophouse classics such as Escargot a la Pernod, Onion Shop, Caprese Salad, Grilled Lobster Tail, Porterhouse, Rib Eye and Churrasco Steaks, in addition to Cajun Tuna. As a matter of fact one may also combine a satisfying meal from the side dishes, with Roasted Brussels sprouts and Cauliflower au gratin among the many delicious choices. For al fresco diners, the Chophouse features a small outdoor patio and serves romantic dinners on the beach. The restaurant just opened this week, so make your reservations at Tel: +(297) 582-3444q


Monday 27 June 2016

Every Sunday:

It’s Pancake Party Time at Salt & Pepper Restaurant

PALM BEACH - Everybody loves pancakes: they are sinfully sweet, hazardously hearty or just the thing for your sweet tooth. Dutch pancakes are ultra-thin, crepe-like and different from American pancakes. Holidays are the perfect time to eat pancakes, so Salt & Pepper Restaurant in the Arawak Garden is inviting you to its Dutch Pancake Party. Every Sunday until noon you can eat pancakes to your heart’s content, choosing

between plain, with extra toppings such as Gouda cheese, bacon and ham, with banana, chocolate or blueberries. The S & P Special Pancake will surely take your breath away: it is made with nutella, fresh strawberries, banana, whipped cream and powdered sugar. Your sweet tooth will melt from delight! Salt & Pepper at the Arawak Garden is located across from the Occidental Resort on the hi-rise strip.q


Monday 27 June 2016

Loyal Island Guests Honored at Aruba Beach Club

PALM BEACH - Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Aruba Beach Club as Goodwill Ambassadors. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 20-to-34 con-

secutive years. Loyal repeat island visitors are very proud and honored when they receive this special recognition from the island-nation they love so much and consider to be their home-away-from-home. The honorees were Mr. Peter and Mrs. Annette Pettersen of Connecticut, and Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Margaret Smith of New Jersey.

The honorees are loyal members of the Aruba Beach Club and they love Aruba very much because of the friendly people, the climate, beaches, restaurants, the great friends they have made here over the years, and being on Aruba and staying at the Aruba Beach Club is like being home for them. The certificates were presented

by Mr. Jonathan Boekhoudt representing the Aruba Tourism Authority together with friends and family of the honorees and associates from the Aruba Beach Club. We congratulate and thank Family Pettersen and Family Smith for their continued love affair with the island of Aruba: here you are home!q


Monday 27 June 2016

ECLAC Welcomes Signing of Accord that Ends the War in Colombia -The Executive Secretary of the regional organization, Alicia Bárcena, issued a statement that describes the achievement as “one of the brightest chapters of diplomacy and multilateral commitment, with our best civilizing values.” ORANJESTAD/SANTIAGO, CHILE - The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, congratulated President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and its people for the signing last week in Havana, Cuba of the definitive bilateral cease-fire accord that puts an end to more than half a century of armed conflict in that country. “This is an achievement of the Colombian people as a whole, an expression of their maturity, their commitment to silencing the guns and building a society where differences are resolved with the tools of democracy,” said the most senior representative of the United Nations regional organization. The following is the text of Alicia Bárcena’s complete

statement: More than half a century of confrontation in the heart of Latin America and the Caribbean concludes today thanks to the generous will of the Colombian State and the Revolutionary

bilateral cease-fire accord. This is an achievement of the Colombian people as a whole, an expression of their maturity, their commitment to silencing the guns and building a society where differences are re-

Colombia sets the solid bases today for an auspicious tomorrow. A tomorrow in which the ability of its people, its vast natural and human riches, can be unfolded without threat, to build a more just, prosper-

CEPAL Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, are seen in this file photo. (Carlos Vera/CEPAL)

Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The dialogue, the drive to reach understandings and the active clamoring of an entire society that longed for peace have built the foundation for today’s signing of a definitive

solved with the tools of democracy, in public forums, with the participation of everyone, debating ideas and projects, submitted to citizens’ sovereignty without recurring to the brutal resource of violence.

ous and egalitarian society. This outcome is also a tangible demonstration of our region’s endogenous ability to resolve its own conflicts. Those of us who work at the Economic Commission

for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) pay our homage in recognition of Colombia, to the women and men that for many years have worked to build the architecture for a possible peace, and who never flagged in their commitment to overcome the language of force. In this new stage, ECLAC renews its commitment to continue accompanying, within our humble capacities, Colombia’s efforts to consolidate a definitive peace and carry out its own project for national development. Today, as the last of the armed conflicts weighing on our region draws to an end, we also seek to recognize the governments of Cuba and Norway, whose countries served as guarantors of the process, as well as Chile and Venezuela, which accompanied the talks. All of their efforts have written one of the brightest chapters of diplomacy and multilateral commitment, with our best civilizing values. Alicia Bárcena Executive Secretary ECLAC

For Latin America and the Caribbean:

ECLAC Encourages the Creation of a Regional Digital Market

-Digital technologies and new business models will foster regional integration that was not possible with old technologies, says the United Nations organization. ORANJESTAD/CANCUN, MEXICO - The creation of a regional digital market will contribute to development with equality and environmental sustainability in

the region, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said during the Fourth Latin American Telecommunications Congress, held recently in Cancun, Mexico. “We must overcome taboos and open an honest discussion of the obstacles in the way of developing a digital economy in the region. It is urgent that we advance toward a political decision on the creation of a regional digital market,” said Mario Cimoli, Director of ECLAC’s Division of Production, Productivity and Management. At the event attended by authorities, specialists and business representatives, Cimoli stressed the need to generate and take advantage of economies of scale and network to strength-

en the digital ecosystem through the development of networks and digital platforms. While linguistic and cultural diversity on other continents pose barriers to the formation of such markets, in Latin America and the Caribbean the obstacles to creating a single digital market are related to the lack of coordination in

terms of standards and regulations, and to shortages in infrastructure and goods transportation, the expert said. An ideal place for discussing these issues, Cimoli stressed, is the Working Group created in the framework of the Digital Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean (eLAC2018) approved last

year in Mexico City during the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean. On that occasion, a single digital market for the region was proposed for the first time in the document The New Digital Revolution: From the Consumer Internet to the Industrial Internet. To increase connectivity, the region’s countries should focus on coordinating actions in terms of network infrastructure and interconnectivity among Internet exchange points (IXP), and on drastically reducing the cost of data roaming because of its impact on the internationalization of the region’s companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs). q


Monday 27 June 2016

GO NAVY! Tony Stewart speaks during an interview after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Sonoma, Calif. Associated Press

Stewart wins at Sonoma to snap 84race drought JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — For at least one weekend, Smoke was back. Tony Stewart returned to victory lane for the first time in three years in vintage fashion — refusing to let Denny Hamlin steal a win at Sonoma Raceway away from him on the final lap Sunday. Now he’s probably got a shot to run for a fourth NASCAR championship in his final season before retirement. Stewart, mired in an 84race losing streak dating to 2013, finally won to stop a slide of poor performances, injuries and personal turmoil that has tarnished the end of his career. He missed the first eight races of this season, his last as a NASCAR driver, with a back injury suffered in an off-road vehicle accident one week before the season opened. Continued on page 18

Hurley wins first title at Congressional

Billy Hurley III acknowledges the gallery after putting for birdie on the 16th green during the final round of the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Bethesda, Md. Associated Press Page 20


Monday 27 June 2016

Shaq brings U.S. basketball diplomacy to Cuban capital HAVANA (AP) — The Shaq show came to Havana on Sunday as NBA great Shaquille O’Neal put on a basketball clinic for local youngsters, becoming the latest emissary for American outreach to the people of Cuba. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee and four-time NBA champion led star-struck kids in layup drills and coached scrimmages while onlookers cheered from the sidelines, part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored visit to foster peopleto-people exchanges with Cuban citizens. Recent months and years have seen a string of Amer-

NBA Hall of famer Shaquille O’Neal, plays with a youngster during a clinic with young players in Havana, Sunday, June 26, 2016. Associated Press

ican sporting, diplomatic and cultural missions to the island as Washington

and Havana mend relations that were openly hostile for over five decades.

Continued from page 17 It meant Stewart would have to win a race and crack the top 30 in points to have one last shot at glory before he stepped out of the No. 14 Chevrolet for good. It was a long shot considered the way he has run the last three years, but those who know Stewart knew not to count him out. “My guys have been through this whole disastrous roller-coaster the last three or four years and never backed down. They’ve never quit on me. There’s days I’ve quit on myself,” Stewart said. “In this day of social media where everybody is a cricket ... on social media, they sit there

Tony Stewart celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Sonoma, Calif. Associated Press

and chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp until they are in front of you and then they don’t say a damned word. (So) I and listened to people say I’m old and washed up — I know how old I am, I know I haven’t ran good for the

last three years. But I’ve felt like if we got things right, that it was still there.” Anyone who has followed his career knows that Stewart is best when he’s in a bad mood, and Smoke was ornery all weekend

Ties were formally restored last year under presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro. “Baseball, soccer, basketball — it’s about sports, you know,” O’Neal said. “We share a lot of things in common. We just want to come over here and extend our friendly hand and just start smoothing things out.” “It was great for (Obama) to reopen the door, regain a better relationship with this beautiful island,” he added. Basketball aficionado Juan Navarrete, 13, was thrilled to see the NBA legend up close. “I would really like to be-

come great, a great player,” Navarrete said. “Maybe I can become a great player like Shaquille O’Neal.” Last year retired basketball stars Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo and former WNBA player Ticha Penicheiro joined NBA coaches in holding a fourday camp in Cuba. This March, the Tampa Bay Rays played Cuba’s national baseball team in a Havana exhibition game that was attended by both Obama and Castro. O’Neal’s goodwill tour of Cuba runs through Tuesday.q

in the picturesque wine country. He complained about young drivers, snarked that NASCAR will be without any tough guys once he retires and grumbled he has no fun driving a Cup car anymore. Well, he sure had fun on Sunday. The 45-year-old took the lead on fuel strategy during a caution with 24 laps to go, and had to hold on after another yellow flag stalled the race. The final restart came with 14 laps remaining — the same number as Stewart’s car — and he held off a trio of Toyota drivers for his third career victory at Sonoma. Hamlin made it interesting by pouncing on a Stewart mistake to snatch the lead away from Stewart in the seventh turn of the final lap. Stewart grabbed it back in tricky Turn 11, where he dove to the inside of Hamlin and as the two raced sideby-side, Stewart pushed Hamlin toward the wall. Stewart got past Hamlin and charged to the checkered flag with the entire

side of his car crumpled and his tires slightly smoking from the contact with Hamlin. “I made mistakes the last two laps, I had just a little bit too much rear brake for Turn 7, and wheel-hopped it two laps in a row,” Stewart said. “I felt a nudge when I got down there and he knew where it was and he did the right thing doing it there, but if I could get to him, he knew what was coming.” It was Stewart’s 49th career Cup win and eighth on a road course, one shy of Jeff Gordon’s record. Gordon, who retired at the end of last year, made his way to victory lane from the broadcast booth to congratulate his longtime rival. Dozens of drivers then pumped their fists out their window to salute Stewart on his victory lap while his father, Nelson, wiped away tears. Crew members lined the wall to slap his hand, and teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch were among the drivers to rush to speak to Stewart while he was still inside his car. q


Monday 27 June 2016

Sale pitches White Sox past Blue Jays 5-2 MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Pitching on a hot, muggy afternoon against one of the majors’ best lineups, Chris Sale made it look easy. Sale tossed eight innings of two-run ball to become the majors’ first 13-game winner, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday. “When you get into a groove, you just try to ride it out as best you can,” Sale said. “It was nice to get some quick outs and just try to roll with it.” Sale (13-2) allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked two in his fourth straight victory. The 6-foot6 left-hander matched his win total from all of 2015 when he was 13-11. Sale was working on a shutout before Troy Tulowitzki homered down the left-field line with one out in the eighth. After Kevin Pillar struck out, Junior Lake made it 4-2 with a drive to left-center. “Everybody knows how good (Sale’s) putaway pitches are,” Tulowitzki said. “He was tough.” Tim Anderson and J.B. Shuck homered to help Chicago take two of three from slumping Toronto, which has dropped five of seven. The White Sox returned to .500 (38-38) with their fifth win in seven games. “It’s just sign we’re getting back on the right track,” said Shuck, who connected in the eighth. “We’re playing the baseball we want to play.” David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances. Melky Cabrera and Adam Eaton each drove in a run for Chicago, which bounced back nicely after it hit seven solo homers in a frustrating 10-8 loss on Saturday. The White Sox joined the Tigers as the only teams to lose after hitting at least seven homers. Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (6-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in five in-

nings. He walked four and struck out four. “(Stroman) drew a tough assignment today. He almost had to be perfect,” manager John Gibbons said. “Sale is definitely one of the best, no doubt about that.” The White Sox jumped in front with two in the third. Eaton’s squeeze bunt drove in Tyler Saladino from third with one out, and Eaton reached on a fielder’s choice when Stroman’s throw home was high. One out later, Cabrera’s single drove in Anderson from second. Anderson led off the fifth inning with a drive to left for his third homer. Anderson and Shuck also homered on Saturday. NET RESULT One day after Toronto reliever Jason Grilli barely reacted in time to stab a line drive that was headed for his face, he called for increased safety measures for fans. “I don’t see how the nets can’t be extended down the foul lines in every park,” Grilli said. “That’s where the most balls come into the stands at 110 miles per hour while a lot of fans are on their cell phones.” MAKING MOVES After the game, the Blue Jays recalled right-hander Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned lefthander Chad Girodo to their top farm club. TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: RHP Gavin Floyd was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tightness and RHP Bo Schultz was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo. Schultz pitched the eighth on Sunday. Floyd was scheduled for an MRI. ... 1B Justin Smoak (left knee) was out of the lineup for a third straight game. UP NEXT Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (5-3, 2.70 ERA) takes the mound as Toronto opens a three-game series at Colorado. He’ll face RHP Jon Gray (4-3, 4.80 ERA).q

Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 26, 2016. Associated Press


Monday 27 June 2016

Naval Academy grad Hurley wins Quicken Loans National STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Billy Hurley III held the club in his left hand and fist pumped with his right. The ball disappeared into the hole in front of him as the crowd roared, and Hurley let loose the emotion he’d been holding in. “That’s probably like the most emotion I’ve ever shown in my life,” Hurley said. An hour later, not far from his Annapolis home and the Naval Academy he graduated from 12 years ago, Hurley became a champion. He shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win his hometown Quicken Loans National at Congressional for his first PGA Tour victory. “Couldn’t be a better tournament to win from all the facets of it,” Hurley said with the trophy in front of him. “From just being close to home, being close to the Academy, close to where I grew up. It’s just perfect.” The 607th-ranked player in the world finished at 17 under in Tiger Woods’ annual tournament, three strokes ahead of three-time major champion Vijay Singh, who said it was nice to see Hurley play well and not lose it

Billy Hurley III, right, acknowledges the gallery in front of Tiger Woods after winning the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Bethesda, Md. Associated Press

at the end. Hurley didn’t lose it. He only got better as it went along. To beat Singh, Ernie Els and 21-year-old Jon Rahm, Hurley showed the poise he developed at the Naval Academy and during his five years of service. Mental toughness and focus he said help with adversity on the course, and that showed through in his 104th PGA Tour start. With the 53-year-old Singh

closing on him, Hurley was at his best. He holed out from 35 yards on the fairway for birdie on the 15th, a shot worthy of celebration and one Woods himself called “impressive, really impressive.” As if that wasn’t enough, Hurley made a 27-foot putt on the 16th to seal the tournament and wrap up the $1,242,000 first-place prize and a spot in the British Open. Hurley the family

man said it wasn’t a foregone conclusion he’d go to Royal Troon because his sister is getting married that weekend in Leesburg, Virginia, where they grew up. Open or no Open, this is a career-altering victory for Hurley, who served five years in the Navy and showed he could master drives off the tee as well as he mastered driving ships through the Suez Canal. Before now, he had never

finished higher than a tie for fourth in a PGA Tour event. Hurley celebrated on the 18th green with wife Heather, daughter Madison and sons Will and Jacob. His children held miniature American flags as they watched their father win. “To have a serviceman actually win the event, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Woods said. He’s actually truly one that did serve his country, and for him to win an event that honors the military more than any other event, it’s very apropos that he did it here.” Singh closed with a 65. Rahm, the former Arizona State star from Spain, wrapped up his professional debut with a 70 to tie for third with Bill Haas (68) at 13 under. Els was fifth at 12 under after an eventful 72 that included five bogeys and one double. Hurley, Singh, Rahm and Harold Varner III qualified for the British Open as a result of the tournament and Smylie Kaufman got in through FedEx Cup points. Future tournaments weren’t on his mind this week, but his father was. Willard Hurley Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound 10 months ago.q

No. 1 Lydia Ko wins LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, watches her shot off the 17th hole during the LPGA Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship golf tournament at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., Saturday, June 25, 2016. Associated Press

KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Lydia Ko began the final round of the NW Arkansas Championship in a tie for the lead. Much like the rest of her young career, the 19-year-

old New Zealander turned her walk around Pinnacle Country Club into a coronation of sorts Sunday. Sparked by an stretch of four birdies in her first five holes, Ko opened an early four-shot lead and was

rarely challenged while closing with a 3-under 68 for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year. She finished a tournamentrecord 17-under overall, and the three-stroke victory was her 13th since first winning an event as a 15-yearold amateur in 2012. Ko has set any number of records since taking the LPGA Tour by storm, everything from being the first amateur to win two events to becoming the youngest two-time major winner at the ANA Inspiration this year. By those standards, Sunday’s victory — Ko’s 13th in 79 career events and the third time in three years

she’s won at least three times — seemed almost commonplace for the teenager who has spent the last 35 weeks atop the world ranking. Her game, however, once again proved anything but common as she left a talent-laden field in her wake. “It’s gone by so much faster that I could have ever dreamt of or ever imagined,” Ko said. “... I feel very lucky with what has happened. I’m going to enjoy it.” Morgan Pressel, tied for the lead with Ko at 14 under entering Sunday, shot a 71 to tie for second with Candie Kung (69). Pressel was the clubhouse leader by two shots Satur-

day afternoon before Ko shot a back-nine 28 and tied her at 14 under with an eagle on the par-5 18th. The New Zealander wasted little time in taking control after teeing off on Sunday, breaking the previous tournament record by two strokes and earning $300,000. Playing in the final pairing with Pressel, Ko birdied four of her first five holes — only settling for a par once in the five-hole stretch when narrowly missing a short birdie putt on the par-3 third. After Pressel bogeyed the par-5 second, Ko went from even to three shots clear of the field after only two holes.q


Monday 27 June 2016

Stunner at U.S. Olympic swim trials: Lochte beaten in 400 IM PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The first event of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials produced a stunner: Ryan Lochte failed to qualify for the team Sunday night in an event he won at the 2012 London Games. Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist, raced out to a big lead on the first two legs of the 400-meter individual medley but had nothing left for the breaststroke and freestyle. He finished third behind Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland, who were college teammates at Georgia. After the race, Lochte revealed that he pulled a groin muscle during the morning preliminaries, saying it left him with no choice other than to try to build a commanding lead in the butterfly and backstroke and hope it would hold up. It didn’t. Not even close. Kalisz won in 4 minutes, 9.541 seconds, while Litherland rallied to take the second spot for Rio in 4:11.021. Lochte, his legs totally gone, labored home in third at 4:12.021. “I had to go out faster than usual because I couldn’t use my legs in the breaststroke,” said the 31-yearold Lochte, who still has several other events to claim his spot on his fourth Olympic team — assuming he can overcome his injury. “I did everything I could in that race, it just wasn’t enough. Just got to forget about that and move forward.” While college teammates Kalisz and Litherland celebrated, Lochte hung on a lane rope, totally exhausted. He finally made it over to the side of the pool, struggling just to climb out

of the water. He said he might need a cortisone shot to help deal with the pain. “I’m going to keep working on it day in and day out, and hopefully it gets better,” Lochte said. “I thought about it this morning, about scratching, but I mean, it’s the Olympic trials. If I had a broken leg, I’d still go out there and swim.” Michael Phelps, who won the 400 IM at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, finished fourth behind Lochte in London and dropped the grueling event from his program. With no races on the first day of the meet, Phelps watched from the stands. “I wasn’t surprised with Jay,” Phelps said. “He’s like a shark in the water. He knows how to rise to the occasion.” Phelps was especially happy for long-time training partner Kalisz, who like Litherland is heading to his first Olympics. “He’s like a brother to me,” Phelps said. Unaware of Lochte’s injury, Phelps said he could tell that Lochte had nothing left when he got to the breast. And the two freestyle laps were downright painful to watch, as Lochte closed with a sluggish pace of 1:00.56 — more than 3 seconds slower than the 20-year-old Litherland. “I know what Ryan felt like in that race,” Phelps said, remembering his loss at the 2012 Olympics. “I felt the same thing. It’s tough to swim two 400 IMs in one day at that level. ... When you overdo it in that first 200, you’re not going to have anything left.” Two other finals were held at the sold-out CenturyLink Center, which is hosting the Olympic trials for the third

straight time in a temporary pool. Maya DiRado qualified for her first OIympic team in the women’s 400 IM, knocking off 2012 silver medalist Elizabeth Beisel. DiRado, who plans to retire after the London Games at age 23, is a late bloomer who peaked at just the right time. She touched in 4:33.73, finishing a couple of body lengths ahead of Beisel, who still earned a spot on her third Olympic team by holding off Bethany Galat. Beisel finished in 4:36.81, while Galat missed out on Rio by less than a second in 4:37.69. “Really the biggest thing is just staying calm and not getting flustered,” DiRado said. “I don’t know what life I’m living, but it’s amazing.” In the men’s 400 freestyle, Connor Jaeger and Conor Dwyer are heading back to the Olympics for the second time after finishing 1-2. Jaeger won in 3:43.79, while Dwyer took the runner-up spot in 3:44.66 — just 0.38 ahead of third-place finisher Townley Haas. Kalisz knew he would need a comeback to beat Lochte. “I don’t have a fly and backstroke like him, so I’ve got to play to my strengths,” Kalisz said. “The whole thing went by so fast and I feel like I’m in a different reality right now.” Phelps broke down crying when congratulating Kalisz after the race. “He told me he was proud of me,” Kalisz said. “It was just a very emotional moment.” Lochte has entered five more events at the trials, giving him plenty of chances to still get on the Olympic team. But the groin injury makes him a huge question mark. “He’s somebody who’s really, really tough,” Phelps said. “Hopefully, he can get some recovery and get whatever he needs worked on. He’s somebody we need.”q

Chase Kalisz celebrates with Jay Litherland, left, after winning the men’s 400-meter Individual medley final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 26, 2016. Litherland finished in second place. Associated Press


Monday 27 June 2016


Klinsmann sees Copa as positive step; Gulati to assess BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann thinks a fourth-place finish in the Copa America was a step in the right direction. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati will speak to his coach and assess. After opening with a 2-0 loss to third-ranked Colombia, the No. 31 United States beat Costa Rica, Paraguay and 13th-ranked Ecuador to advance to a semifinal against No. 1 Argentina. Lionel Messi and his teammates routed the U.S. 4-0, and the Americans closed with a 1-0 loss to Colombia in Saturday’s third-place game. “It’s a tough tournament,” Gulati said. “We didn’t lose to anybody in the tournament that’s ranked outside the top five in the world, but we need to win some of those games, obviously.” The U.S. has qualified for seven straight World Cups and beat Guatemala in a key home game in March to put itself in place to advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2018 tournament. Yet, ever since last year’s surprise loss to Jamaica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Klinsmann’s results have

United States head coach Jürgen Klinsmann yells to his team during the second half of the Copa America Centenario thirdplace soccer match against Colombia at University of Phoenix Stadium, Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Associated Press

been questioned by some. “I’ve never said he wasn’t on solid ground or was on solid ground or anything else,” Gulati said. “A lot of stuff gets written. As we do in every tournament — I’ve said this a thousand times — next we’ll sit down and

talk to Jurgen, talk internally and assess everything.” Klinsmann, the former German star and coach who took over in 2011, has set a goal of advancing to the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup — the U.S. last reached the final four at

the first tournament in 1930. The Americans were eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16 two years ago. “This senior team, we’ve done well,” Klinsmann said. “I think there’ve been some challenges in this tournament. Colombia was a good measuring stick because we played them twice. The first game we didn’t get up against them enough, but tonight we could have won the game, so a good performance.” Geoff Cameron and John Brooks established themselves as the first-choice starting central defenders, and right back DeAndre Yedlin, midfielder Gyasi Zardes and forward Bobby Wood solidified positions as regular starters — with Wood moving ahead of perpetually injured Jozy Altidore. Darlington Nagbe and 17-year-old Christian Pulisic were regulars off the bench and could be the next to break through as Klinsmann tries to lower his lineup’s age heading toward the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “We can take the positives out of this,” Cameron said “We got out of the group and made it to the semifinals and lost to a good side. At the same time,

we’ve got to keep it going. We’ve got qualifiers coming up and I think we can go in there with our chest out a little bit more and be confident and be eager to show our true ability.” Brad Guzan started in goal ahead of 37-year-old Tim Howard, the No. 1 choice at the last two World Cups. Ethan Horvath, just 21, replaced Nick Rimando as the No. 3 goalkeeper and moved himself to the top of the next generation’s pecking order. The Americans realize how much they need to improve to compete with the world’s best. “We look at some of these teams and they’re a shining example of what a good team is. They’re tough, they’re hard to beat, they’re resilient,” Howard said. The national team next plays on Sept. 2, when it can clinch a berth in the CONCACAF hexagonal by winning at St. Vincent and The Grenadines. They host Trinidad and Tobago four days later at Jacksonville, Florida. Klinsmann believes the tournament provided good lessons against top teams played in extremely competitive situations.

Thurman outpoints Porter to defend WBA welterweight belt BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The last time CBS telecast a fight in prime time, Muhammad Ali was in the ring — 38 years ago. Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter did their best to ensure the wait won’t be anywhere near so long for the next such boxing telecast. Thurman defended his WBA welterweight title Saturday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over Porter. The bout was fierce and packed with action from the beginning until the final bell. Both fighters landed precise combinations and also missed wildly. Each was coming off lengthy layoffs, and their eagerness to show their skills made for an entertaining evening.

Keith Thurman celebrates after defeating Shawn Porter in their WBA Welterweight title fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Thurman won via unanimous decision to retain his title. Associated Press

Indeed, some observers were calling it the fight of the year, and the fans at Barclay’s Center couldn’t have asked for more. Thurman won on all three cards 115-113. The AP also

scored the fight 115-113 for Thurman. “Defense is the key to victory,” said Thurman, who got hit plenty. “He smothers his punches a lot and makes it difficult for the judges to

score. I was able to rock him with clear, effective blows and I believe that was the difference today.” Supporters of Porter in the crowd of 12,718 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center booed the decision, and the fight was close throughout. But Thurman (27-0, 22 knockouts) landed the more effective punches. In all, Thurman, 27, of Clearwater, Florida, connected on 43.6 percent of his punches to 35.6 for Porter, 28, of Akron, Ohio. Both exhausted men had welts by their eyes at the end, and they each held up their arms in triumph at the final bell. But Porter (262-1) came up just short. “I think I won the fight,” Porter said, “but I’m satisfied because the competitor came out tonight. “

The ebb and flow throughout the Premier Boxing Champions feature had the crowd cheering all night. Porter had several big rounds when he was able to trap Thurman against the ropes, particularly the second and ninth, when Thurman was in trouble. But Thurman had more ring command much of the night, and that proved decisive. Thurman and Porter, a former IBF champion, are close, and their mutual respect showed for all 12 rounds, and again afterward. “I want to thank Shawn Porter for a tremendous fight,” Thurman said. “He’s a great warrior.” Added Porter: “At the end of the day, I’m blessed. We worked hard, Keith is a great champion.”


Monday 27 June 2016

Browse free or die? New Hampshire library is at privacy fore LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A small library in New Hampshire sits at the forefront of global efforts to promote privacy and fight government surveillance — to the consternation of law enforcement. The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, a city of 13,000, last year became the nation’s first library to use Tor, software that masks the location and identity of internet users, in a pilot project initiated by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Library Freedom Project. Users the world over can — and do — have their searches randomly routed through the library. Computers that have Tor loaded on them bounce internet searches through a random pathway, or series of relays, of other computers equipped with Tor. This network of virtual tunnels masks the location and internet protocol address of the person doing the search. In a feature that makes Kilton unique among U.S. libraries, it also has a computer with a Tor exit relay, which delivers the internet query to the destination site and becomes identified as the last-known source of the query. Alison Macrina, founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, said her organization chose Kilton for its pilot project because it had embraced other privacy-enhancing software the project recommended and because she knew the library had the know-how take it to the complicated exit-relay stage. Tor can protect shoppers, victims of domestic violence, whistleblowers, dis-

In this photo taken Thursday, May 19, 2016 librarian Chuck McAndrew shows the software, known as Tor network at the Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, N.H. Associated Press

sidents, undercover agents — and criminals — alike. A recent routine internet search using Tor on one of Kilton’s computers was routed through Ukraine, Germany and the Netherlands. “Libraries are bastions of freedom,” said Shari Steele, executive director of the Tor Project, a nonprofit started in 2004 to promote the use of Tor worldwide. “They are a great natural ally.” There are about 7,200 relays and 1,000 exit relays worldwide, with more being added steadily, Steele said. The Tor Project is funded largely by the U.S. State Department and other federal agencies, yet the Department of Homeland Security bristles at its use by civilians because it can be used to mask criminal activity. Local police, at the behest of Homeland Secu-

rity’s Boston bureau, asked the Kilton library last July to stop using Tor. Its use was suspended until the library board voted unanimously at a standing-room-only meeting in September to maintain the Tor relay. “Kilton’s really committed as a library to the values of intellectual privacy,” Macrina said. “In New Hampshire, there’s a lot of activism fighting surveillance. It’s the ‘Live Free or Die’ place, and they really mean it.” Homeland Security agent Gregory Squire, who initiated the crackdown at the Kilton library, said he was not able to comment on Tor or last year’s investigation. Since 1938, the American Library Association has had an ethics code about protecting patrons’ confidentiality. During the Cold War, librarians fought efforts by federal officials in 1953 to track and regulate

patrons’ reading habits by drafting the Freedom To Read statement. They opposed efforts by federal investigators in the 1970s to obtain records of patrons seeking information about explosives, and the ALA was targeted by Attorney General John Ashcroft for its “baseless hysteria” over the Patriot Act. In 2005, a group of Connecticut librarians successfully fought an FBI demand to know who was using a computer at the Library Connection in Windsor on a particular date and time. A federal judge ruled the librarians’ free speech rights were violated, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg ordered release of all records in the case. And in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about government surveillance, librarians have

increasingly spoken out about government incursion and offered themselves as havens. “I think it’s lost on most people how much of their activity online is tracked and cataloged and can be made available on a day-to-day basis,” said Mark Rumold, senior staff attorney at the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Information disclosed to Google can be as diverse as the thoughts that are in your mind.” At Kilton, Tor is installed on four computers in the center of the library. The computers’ home pages feature the Tor icon, and users can opt to engage it or not. The library has run Tor workshops. Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello said last month he still has concerns. “Once you institute the Tor network, you essentially take those computers off the radar screen, so to speak,” Mello said. For Kilton library user Robert Olcott, Tor gives him peace of mind that law enforcement and corporations won’t track him when he researches topics such as predatory lending or global warming. It’s nobody’s business why he wants to do perfectly legal reading, he argued. “If I’m looking at how many drones are currently approved to be flying in public airspace, somebody at Homeland Security might want to know why I want to know that,” said Olcott, 65, a laborer by trade. “As a private citizen, I should be entitled to privacy in that inquiry.” As to the number of users of Tor at Kilton, the library doesn’t even know — because they are anonymous.q


Monday 27 June 2016

Market Watch:

What investors will be looking at with UK voting to leave EU

Specialist Jay Woods works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union last week sent shudders through financial markets, and understandably so. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

KEN SWEET BERNARD CONDON AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Britain’s vote to leave the European Union last week sent shudders through financial markets, and understandably so. Investors now enter a period of deep uncertainty, expected to last not weeks but years, impacting the EU, the world’s largest collective economy with 500 million people. An estimated $2.08 trillion worth of wealth evaporated Friday from Hong Kong to London to New York as a result of

the British vote. Investors have lots to be worried about, but those worries fall into several categories. There are fears company investments in Britain and the EU will be put on hold, dampening those already fragile economies. Currencies are in a state of wild flux, which makes it more difficult for a country to export and import goods from abroad. The EU could face more departures from other countries, throwing the future of the economic union into doubt. Of course, no one re-

ally knows the exact impact the unprecedented “leave” vote will have on the global economy, but that itself is a problem. To invest long-term, companies need to have clear idea about trade rules and tariffs and regulation they will face in the future. The vote to pull out of the European Union makes an unpredictable world so much more so. The vote to “leave” is just the latest of a series of blows to financial markets, including an economic collapse in Greece and a threatened U.S. debt default to the more recent slowdown in the Chinese economy. Global growth has been anemic, with the world’s largest economy, the U.S., still struggling from a lack of confidence and tepid business investment and consumer spending. Even though U.S. markets were almost back to their all-time high earlier this month, corporate profits have been falling. Revenue at companies in the Standard and Poor’s 500 index recently dropped for the fifth quarter in a row, nearly unheard of outside

of a recession. With nerves on edge, companies aren’t spending on plants and equipment and investing in things to expand in the long term. Instead they’ve been playing it safe by hoarding cash. Cash held by companies in the S&P 500 hit a record $1.35 trillion, double from the start of bull market seven years ago, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. Looking forward, businesses, particularly banks and other financial services companies, will face a massive regulatory and legal headache as a result of this decision, which will likely result in business pulling back on investing in the U.K. and Europe, strategists say. While the U.K. uses the British pound as its currency, most of the trading of euro-denominated securities happens in the City of London, a unique entity inside of what is popularly thought of as Greater London. Major banks, European and U.S. alike, have long had operations in the City of London to take advantage of the access to

European markets while remaining in the financial industry-friendly locale. Unless U.K. negotiators are able to win some concessions in the divorce — and there’s no guarantee that will happen — the trading of euro securities is likely to move to Frankfurt and Paris. That could means potentially tens of thousands of extremely high-paying jobs will leave the U.K. JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley all said they are closely monitoring the situation and have contingency plans in place. In a memo to employees, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said Friday the bank might be considering relocations for personnel. The bank employs roughly 16,000 people in the U.K. alone. And even if Britain does win some sort of trading concession from the EU in the breakup, it’s unlikely that EU negotiators are going to give Britain all of the trade benefits it had as a member of the EU. So it becomes a question of which major British industry will be sacrificed.q

Mideast: Indexes drop in first day of trading post-Brexit DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stocks tumbled in the Middle East on Sunday, the first day of trading since Britain voted to leave the European Union, following other market drops in the U.S. and worldwide. The Saudi Tadawul index, the region’s largest, closed 1.1 percent lower, while Egypt’s EGX 30 saw a 5.54 percent drop. Other Mideast indexes, which trade from Sunday to Thursday, also fell. Dubai’s

main index was down 3.25 percent. Abu Dhabi’s index fell 1.85 percent. Investors had expected the UK to remain in the EU. The outcome of the vote brought a massive dose of uncertainty to financial markets on Friday. Oil prices also sank, with the benchmark U.S. crude declining 4.9 percent, to close at $47.64 a barrel in New York. Brent crude also fell 4.9 percent to $48.41 a barrel in London on Friday.

After the Brexit poll came out in favor of an exit of Britain from the EU, asset management firm Al Masah Capital said investors preferred to sell risk assets and await more clarity on the impact Britain’s EU exit will have on the global economy. Al Masah Capital said Sunday that the volatility in the market is not necessarily a bad thing, however, and could give long term investors the ability to purchase undervalued stocks.q


Monday 27 June 2016

Apparent conflicts of interest may dog Tesla-SolarCity deal

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk delivers a speech in Paris. Musk, who is the chairman and largest shareholder of Tesla Motors and SolarCity, has proposed to unite the two companies. The overlap created a glaring conflict of interest that’s fueling concerns about whether Musk is milking Tesla’s higher market value and better brand recognition to bail out SolarCity, a company run by his cousin, Lyndon Rive. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

MICHAEL LIEDTKE BERNARD CONDON AP Business Writers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s a proposal that would unite two companies on shaky financial ground as they plow into relatively new markets. One makes electric cars, the other installs solar panels. There are few obvious synergies. Perhaps even more puzzling are the motives of Elon Musk, a polarizing billionaire who is the chairman and largest shareholder of both companies. The overlap created a glaring conflict of interest that’s fueling concerns about whether Musk is milking Tesla’s higher market value and better brand recognition to bail out SolarCity — a company run by his cousin, Lyndon Rive. The second-guessing probably wouldn’t be as widespread if not for the murky logic underlying the deal and Musk’s history of drawing upon Tesla and another of his companies, rocket ship maker Space X, to bolster SolarCity. Musk, 44, insists he is just showing good business sense, describing Tesla’s bid of up to $2.5 billion as a “no brainer” shortly after it was announced earlier this week. Investors, though, aren’t so sure. SolarCity’s shares

have edged up by just 5 percent to $22.20 since the all-stock bid was made, well below the $23.56 to $25.30 currently being offered by Tesla. Meanwhile, Tesla’s stock has sank by 12 percent to $193.15. The offer “raises a number of questions around governance that may test the bond of trust,” Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas wrote in a research note. One of Tesla’s most ardent supporters, Jonas downgraded Tesla and lowered his target price on the shares by 26 percent to $245.

S&P Global Market Intelligence analyst Efraim Levy believes investor resistance eventually may prompt Tesla to withdraw its bid. The backlash still may not be enough to deter the outspoken Musk, who has cultivated the image of a maverick since he made his initial fortune as co-founder of online payment service, PayPal, which eBay bought for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk is hailed as a visionary by admirers who applaud him for shaking up the auto industry with Tesla’s sleek, electric vehicles and drawing up plans to send people to Mars on Space

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X’s rockets. His detractors ridicule him as an unpredictable control freak, an image that Tesla’s bid for SolarCity may reinforce. So far, no one has paid a bigger price for Tesla’s baffling bid than Musk. The value of his combined holdings in the two companies fell by nearly $1 billion in three days to pare his fortune to $11.4 billion, based on Forbes’ latest estimates. Musk owns a 26 percent stake in Tesla and a 22.5 percent stake in SolarCity. The bid has focused more attention on the shaky financial position of both companies as they rapidly burn through cash. Tesla has lost $1.2 billion in the past two years alone while SolarCity has suffered losses exceeding $1.1 billion during the same span. Analysts surveyed by FactSet are predicted Tesla will post a $416 million loss this year while SolarCity will lose $851 million. The SolarCity bid isn’t the first time that Musk has interwoven his companies’ interests. Musk has secured $486 million in personal loans to buy either stock or bonds issued

by Tesla and SolarCity, according to recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Musk secured the loans with 9.4 million shares of Tesla stock currently worth $1.85 billion and 4 million shares of SolarCity stock worth nearly $9 million. If Tesla’s stock craters, Musk could be forced to put up more shares as collateral or sell some to repay the lenders, according to the company. If that were to happen, Tesla’s stock would fall even further at the expense of Musk having helped support SolarCity. In addition, Space X has bought $255 million of SolarCity’s bonds since the end of 2014, including $90 million of a $105 million offering in March, according to SEC documents. Tesla had hoped to quickly resolve the conflict-of-interest questions triggered by the SolarCity offer. The Palo Alto, California, company pledged to leave the fate of the deal up to a majority vote of “disinterested” shareholders at both Tesla and SolarCity, meaning Musk wouldn’t have a say.


Monday 27 June 2016


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Monday 27 June 2016

Agency to sterilize mustangs for first time to slow growth SCOTT SONNER Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal agency is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds — a new approach condemned by mustang advocates across the West. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also continues to resist calls from ranchers and western Republicans to euthanize or sell for slaughter the animals overflowing holding pens so as to clear the way for more roundups. Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Steve Ellis delivered those messages at an emotional congressional hearing this week. He offered a glimpse of the challenges facing the agency that has been struggling for decades with what it describes as a $1 billion problem. Highlights of the hearing included Nevada’s state veterinarian calling for the round-up and surgical sterilization of virtually every mustang in overpopulated herds, a protester who briefly interrupted with shouts denouncing “welfare ranchers” turning public lands into “feedlots,” and an Arkansas congressman whose puppy is about to get neutered. Rep. Tom McClintock, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on public lands, took aim at those who object to

In this July 13, 2008 file photo a livestock helicopter pilot rounds up wild horses from the Fox & Lake Herd Management Area from the range in Washoe County, Nev., near the town on Empire, Nev. Associated Press

euthanizing mustangs “and yet seem perfectly willing to watch them succumb to excruciating death by starvation, dehydration and disease.” “That is the future we condemn these animals to if we don’t intervene now,” the California Republican said. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, RWyoming, emphasized the 1971 law protecting mustangs allows for their destruction if they go unadopted. But since 2012, Congress has required horse purchasers to sign documents promising not to resell them for slaughter, and the Bureau of Land

Management opposes lifting those restrictions. Ellis said the estimated 67,000 wild horses and burros on federal land in 10 states is 2.5 times more than the range can support. However, there’s no more room in government corals and leased pastures, where 47,000 horses cost taxpayers about $50,000 per head over the course of their lifetime. “Quite frankly, we can’t afford to feed any more unadopted horses,” Ellis said. “I understand your frustration. We are frustrated too.” Ellis said the agency’s “roadmap to the future” includes use of temporary

contraceptive vaccines as well as sterilization. “We feel that before we can implement a spayneuter program on the range, we’ve got to do the research to make sure we can do it efficiently and safely,” he said. “It is going to take a little time to do that.” Rep. Rod Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, said it’s time to have “that real tough conversation about something more permanent.” Other Republicans turned on the lone horse advocate called to testify — Ginger Kathrens, founder

of The Cloud Foundation based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and member of the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse advisory committee. But Kathrens said most Americans want to see mustangs “roam freely on their native home ranges as intended.” “Castration, sterilization and long-term confinement of horses in holding facilities ... is unnecessary, cruel, unhealthy and fiscally irresponsible,” she said. Rep. Bruce Westerman, RArkansas, noted, however, that “thousands of domesticated animals are spayed and neutered every day.” “I’ve got a new puppy and he’s got his day coming soon,” he said. That prompted an outburst from Edita Birnkrant, campaigns director for Friends of Animals. “They are wild animals. They are not cats and dogs,” she shouted as McClintock banged the gavel and called for Capitol Police. “The solution is getting welfare ranchers off of our public lands, which have been turned into feedlots.” J.J. Goicoechea, the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s veterinarian and longtime rancher, urged the gathering of “as close to 100 percent of horses as we can” in overpopulated herds for surgical sterilization before returning some to the range.q


Monday 27 June 2016

Dory’ overwhelms ‘Independence Day,’ ‘Shallows’ surprises JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The “Finding Dory” tidal wave overwhelmed the sputtering sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence,” as the alien-invasion redux was drowned out by the popular Pixar release in North American theaters. In its second week, “Finding Dory” easily remained on top with an estimated $73.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the $41.6 million opening of “Resurgence,” which debuted well off the pace of its 1996 original. The first “Independence Day” opened with $50.2 million, or about $77 million in inflation-adjusted dollars. Of the week’s other debuts, the Blake Lively shark thriller “The Shallows” rode a wave of good reviews to a better-than-expected $16.7 million for Sony. Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War drama “Free State of Jones,” however, disappointed with just $7.7 million for the upstart studio STX Entertainment. In a weekend full of ups and downs, the opening of “Independence Day” was the most closely watched debut. Long pegged as one of 20th Century Fox’s tentpoles of the season, it had once been expected to be one of the summer’s biggest films. A proud popcorn movie, directed, like the first “Independence Day,” by Roland Emmerich, “Resurgence” brought back much of the original cast with the significant exception of Will Smith. Without him, the sequel doesn’t appear likely to match the $817.4 million global haul of the original. Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox, acknowledged the result was “on the lower side of our prognostications.” ‘’Resurgence,” however, took in $102 million abroad, where it — ironically, for a movie named after the United States’ declaration of independence — is doing better business. “We always expected international to carry the ba-

This image released by Disney shows the character Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, in a scene from “Finding Dory.” Associated Press

ton,” Aronson said. Fox, perhaps smarting from the critical reaction to its recent release “X-Men: Apocalypse,” took the unusual move of not screening the film for critics before release. Such an approach comes with its own risks, too — even bad reviews can be good publicity — but Aronson maintained the strategy didn’t hurt the film’s release. “Independence Day: Resurgence,” which cost $165 million to produce, is yet another sequel to struggle this summer, joining the likes of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” Along with the smaller horror film “The Conjuring 2” ($86.9 million in three weeks for Warner Bros.), the acclaimed “Finding Dory” has been the major exception. After setting a record opening weekend for Pixar last weekend, the film’s cumulative domestic total is already a whopping $286.5 million. “We talk about sequel-itis, which may or may not be an actual affliction, but certainly of these many sequels released this summer and this year, the winners have been the rarity,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “There’s definitely been a pushback from audiences for many of the sequels, including ‘Independence Day.’” With the lucrative July 4th

holiday weekend coming up, theaters were jammed with nearly every genre. The comedy option, “Cen-

tral Intelligence,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, held strongly in its second week, earning

$18.4 million. In the crowded field, some gambles didn’t pay off. For Gary Ross’ “Free State of Jones,” in which McConaughey plays a Confederate deserter who led a revolt against the crumbling Confederacy, STX tried to open an adultoriented, fall-style period film in the midst of popcorn season. The film cost $50 million to make, though STX is on the hook for only a percentage of that. Broad Green Pictures also attempted a curiously wide release for Nicolas Winding Refn’s poorly reviewed “The Neon Demon,” a surreal and stylish horror film in which Elle Fanning plays an aspiring model. Playing in 783 theaters, it made just under $607,000.q


Monday 27 June 2016


U.S. rapper fined for indecent language charges in St. Kitts Associated Press BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis (AP) — U.S. rapper 50 Cent and a member of his entourage were detained in St. Kitts and Nevis for using “indecent language” during a performance at a music festival, local police said Sunday. A police statement said 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, and a member of his entourage named Bajar Walter were arrested and charged after a Saturday night performance. The rapper’s representative Amanda Ruisi said in a statement Sunday that Jackson initially had been booked only to host the St. Kitts Music Festival. But then, festival organizers insisted he also perform and “there were profanities used during his performance, “said Ruisi. She said Jackson will make

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson attends the season three premiere of the STARZ drama “Power” at the SVA Theatre on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in New York. Associated Press

sure to leave the profanity in the U.S. during his next trip to the Caribbean country. Jackson paid a fine and was on his way home on Sunday, she added. Employees in the police department’s press office said they didn’t know what exact words were allegedly used during the performance. Under the country’s Small Charges Act, it is a misdemeanor offense to use profane words in any public place in this former British colony of around 40,000 people. Police say an offender could be sent to jail depending on how serious the violation is considered to be. American rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested in St. Kitts for using profanity during a concert in 2003.q

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Monday 27 June 2016

Billy Joel to join Cuomo on NY breast cancer motorcycle ride MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s governor will ride alongside music icon Billy Joel in a statewide motorcycle ride to raise awareness about breast cancer before signing legislation that expands access to screenings for the disease. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will begin his ride Monday morning at Sunken Meadow Park on Long Island. From there, the Democratic governor will ride alongside his girlfriend, Food Network star and breast cancer survivor Sandra Lee, and the Piano Man himself. The trio will join hundreds of motorcycle riders as they travel into New York City, stopping at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan before heading upstate. The ride will end Monday evening in New Paltz. Cuomo is also poised to

sign legislation along the ride that would compel 210 hospitals to expand hours when mammograms are offered and require insurance companies to eliminate deductibles and copays for the screening and other diagnostic tests. “Early detection is the best possible treatment for breast cancer, but far too many women face burdensome scheduling and insurance barriers that prevent them from gaining access to the diagnostic services they need and deserve,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This ride is about spreading awareness and sending that message loud and clear, because when it comes to getting screened for cancer, waiting is simply not worth the risk.” Some 15,000 women across the state are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and 2,640 die from the disease.

In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, Billy Joel, the recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, stands on stage during a concert in his honor at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. Associated Press

Harley Davidson is donating a custom motorcycle for the governor to ride.

It will later be auctioned off by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the

governor’s office said. A second motorcycle ride is planned for next month.q


Monday 27 June 2016

Coal terminal plan pits jobs against environmental concerns

In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016, file photo, the former Oakland Army Base pier with the Port of Oakland in the background in Oakland, Calif. Associated Press

JANIE HAR Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The promise of good, bluecollar jobs in a depressed area is running headlong into environmental sensitivities as officials in Northern California consider a plan to build a marine terminal that would serve as a gateway for Utah-mined coal heading to Asia. The terminal is in West Oakland, a historically black neighborhood that’s among the poorest and

ate the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal. Yet, this is the Oakland that is across the bay from San Francisco, down the way from Berkeley and in a state renowned for its commitment to environmentalism and clean energy. In this region, no amount of coal or its dust is safe. “Putting the largest coal export depot on the West Coast in the middle of a disenfranchised community that already suffers from environmental pollution is

In this Feb. 5, 2016, file photo, the former Oakland Army Base pier at left and the Port of Oakland at lower right in Oakland, Calif. Associated Press

most polluted in the region. Detractors highlight the environmental dangers of bringing millions of tons of coal through the area while supporters tout the economic benefits. On Monday, the eightmember Oakland City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to ban the transporting of coal because it would present a public health or safety hazard. A yes vote could scuttle the project. Jerry Bridges, chief executive of the potential marine terminal operator, says jobs are the most significant issue and any environmental impact will be mitigated by transporting coal in covered rail cars that are unloaded underground. “The only jobs that are here are jobs around Uber and Google and jobs that people who look like me generally don’t get,” said Bridges, who is black. His company, Terminal Logistics Solutions, has an option to oper-

devastating on so many levels,” said state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, who has introduced bills to slow or derail the project. “It undercuts everything that California has said it’s about for the last decade.” Gov. Jerry Brown last year signed legislation requiring two massive public pension funds to sell off stocks from companies that get more than half their revenues from mining coal. He is a vocal advocate of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2012, Brown signed a resolution urging the federal government to restrict the export of coal to any country that fails to adopt regulations for greenhouse gas emissions. But Brown, a former Oakland mayor and friend of Phil Tagami, the project’s master developer, has been silent. A spokeswoman for Brown declined to comment. In Oakland, both sides have been vocal. A City Council hearing

in September drew hundreds of people and lasted six hours. Abyssinian Baptist Church Pastor Kevin Barnes told council members that his church has fed tens of thousands of meals to hungry men without jobs. “And my question is: Don’t somebody care? I’m not an environmentalist, I don’t know very much about none of that stuff, OK?” he said. “But I support this project because I believe that some jobs could come in.” On the other side was Derrick Muhammad of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which opposes the shipment of coal. “We welcome the terminal. We’re just opposed to the coal,” he said. “We can’t sell our soul for a job. All money ain’t good money.” The proposed site is the old Oakland Army Base, which closed in 1999, putting 7,000 people out of work. In 2012, city leaders approved plans for a shipping and warehousing base on more than 350 acres that would bring thousands of construction and shipping jobs, they said. Proponents estimate an annual payroll of $76 million, with union jobs for mechanics, engineers, control room operators and such. Pay could range from $41,000 to over $100,000. That is particularly alluring for the city’s black population. African-Americans make up a quarter of Oakland’s 410,000 residents, but half of West Oakland’s, a district of 24,000 hemmed in by freeways and dieselspewing trucks that travel to the port. According to a 2015 Alameda County public health report, an African-American child born in West Oakland is four times less likely to read at grade level and five times more likely to be unemployed as an adult than a white child born in the affluent Oakland Hills. The asthma hospitalization rate among West Oakland children is twice the county average, according to the report.q

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