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Accidental discharge of firearm kills teenager

first_imgNEW SHARON – A Mt. Blue High School student was killed Monday as a result of a self-inflicted, accidental discharge of a firearm, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.Sheriff Scott Nichols said that Lt. David St. Laurent and Detective Ken Charles responded to a report of an unattended death at a residence on the Industry Road in New Sharon at approximately 2:55 p.m. Monday afternoon. The investigation revealed that the teenager, a student at Mt. Blue, had been video chatting with a friend when the accidental discharge of the firearm took place.“The event is reportedly not considered suspicious, but the result of a horrific accident,” Nichols said via email Wednesday. “There are no pending charges.”Support will be available through Mt. Blue High School for students, staff and parents. Superintendent Tina Meserve said all parents and staff have been invited to join a Zoom meeting both today and tomorrow; in addition, school counselors will be available until 2 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Masks and social distancing are required.In addition to FCSO personnel, New Sharon first responders and NorthStar EMS assisted at the scene. Maine State Police, the State Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office were also notified.Nichols said that he and his staff expressed their sincere condolences to the family.last_img read more

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LOCKN’ Festival Shares Playlist From Their Magical “Garcia’s Forest” [Listen]

first_imgWhile the music was king at LOCKN’ Festival 2016, the Arrington, VA event made sure to entice fans with enchanting areas for musical magic. One such location was Garcia’s Forest, a psychedelic non-stop shrine to the late great Jerry Garcia. With Garcia’s music playing an almost all hours of the event, not to mention the stunning visual displays and artwork nestled in the woods, the Forest provided the perfect locale to unwind after a long day of raging with our favorite bands.Fortunately, LOCKN’ has dug into their Garcia’s Forest catalog and curated some of the best selections in a new playlist! This listing focuses exclusively on the Grateful Dead tracks that were played, running in alphabetical order from “Bertha” to “Wharf Rat.” With 25 songs selected, sit back, relax, and relive the splendor of Garcia’s Forest.You can stream the Spotify playlist below.[Photo via LOCKN]last_img read more

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Aslan explores religious identities, Islam and ISIS

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Reza Aslan speaks in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business on Thursday night.“You are, according to the FBI statistics, more likely to die from faulty furniture, than to be killed by a terrorist. You are more likely, in this country, to be shot by a toddler than killed by a terrorist,” Aslan said. “However, we cannot dismiss this fear by calling it irrational, we must recognize it and we must confront it.”According to Aslan, one percent of Americans identify themselves as Islamic, while 73 percent of American’s identify as Christian. The prominence of a religion in any state makes it easier to dissociate violent acts with religion, he said.“We live in a country where, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 73 percent of [people] consider themselves Christians,” Aslan said. “When you live in any kind of society where you are surrounded by Christianity in all its diversity, it becomes very easy to dismiss fringe versions of Christianity.“It is much easier to disconnect that behavior with the religion of Christianity. When we see acts that represent the fringe of Islam, as we are not familiar with normative Islam, we are unable to dissociate it with the religion.”According to Aslan, there are two typical responses to Islamic extremism; the first is “Islam is not like that,” and the second is, “Islam is exactly like that.” However, Aslan said both these answers are incorrect.“I understand the impulse of any community of faith when confronted with extremists to say ‘that is not us,’” Aslan said. “But this is wrong. It is incorrect because a Muslim is whoever he or she says is a Muslim. Those who act violent in the name of Islam — we must take that seriously.”Aslan emphasized that all religions have violent fringe groups. He credits this to the rise of religious nationalism around the world. According to Aslan, the failure of secular nationalism led to this religious nationalism.Aslan also made a distinction between Islamism and Jihadism. He noted that these terms are often used interchangeably, there is a remarkable difference between them. Aslan defined Islamism, as a type of religious nationalism, that most contained within the borders of a pre-determined state.In contrast, he defined Jihadism is transnational, yet anti-national. According to Aslan, Jihadists do not want to create an Islamic State, Jihadists want to rid the world of states in general, and re-organize the global as a single world order under their control.“There is a fundamental misunderstanding of what we mean when we say religious. We get caught in this polarization,” Aslan said. “Religion, it’s important to recognize, is not just an order of belief and practices. Religion, above all us, is a matter of identity.“It’s about how you are, how you identify yourself in an indeterminate world,” Aslan said. “It is not a faith statement; it is an identity statement.”Tags: Dean’s Fellows, ISIS, Reza Aslan According to Reza Aslan, more than 49 percent of American’s are scared of becoming a victim of terrorism.Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, spoke on campus yesterday in a lecture titled “Islam and ISIS” hosted by the Dean’s Fellows of the College of Arts and Letters. The lecture, in which Aslan tackled the topics of religion and violent extremism, attracted to many students that there were more than four filled overflow rooms to accommodate those who would not fit in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza.last_img read more

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Meeting between WAWU and Roseau City Council officials reported a success

first_img Tweet 10 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Meeting between WAWU and Roseau City Council officials reported a success by: – August 25, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Secretary-Treasurer of WAWU, Kertist Augustus.An official of the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union has reported that a meeting held with officials of the Roseau City Council regarding issues affecting sanitation workers there as successful.The employees protested for two hours two weeks ago for what they said was the council’s failure to address salary issues, medical visits and uniform allowances.WAWU’s Secretary Treasurer Kertist Augustus says the Council officials are looking forward to the resolution of the matter.“We met with a four member delegation from the Roseau City Council and the position is that we have to follow up in relation to two of the issues which is the payment in relations to the uniform and the scheduling of the medical visits. We had to do this because what were supplied to us is just the overall figures indicating that 46 workers were paid uniform allowances in the fiscal year of 2000/2009. It must be understood that our collective agreement runs from January to December,” he said.He said the other issues relating to the scheduling of vacation must be looked at again.“The information that was conveyed was wrong and the management apologized for doing that. We have to revisit this matter,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Difficult schedule continues at home

first_imgAfter surviving a major scare last weekend, the Badgers now get to tackle the No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes Friday, followed by a highly touted Saturday night showdown with the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions.At least the Field House fans will be behind No. 8 Wisconsin (12-1, 4-0 Big Ten) this weekend.Last Friday night, the Badgers avoided blowing a two-game lead by pulling out a five-game win against No. 22 Purdue, with a 30-27, 31-29, 28-30, 14-30, 15-9 victory.Wisconsin got major help against Purdue (12-3, 1-3) from outside hitters Aubrey Meierotto, who led the team with 19 kills, and Audra Jeffers, who added 15 kills of her own.”We knew in that fifth game that we just had to come out and stay solid on our passing and defense, because it kind of broke down in between the third and fourth games,” Jeffers said. “Staying strong on defense and disciplined on our blocking really helped us get that win.”Wisconsin took care of business in usual fashion Saturday night, beating Illinois (10-5, 1-3) by a score of 30-15, 30-22, 30-15. UW tallied 11 service aces, with Maria Carlini, Sheila Shaw and Jocelyn Wack chipping in three aces each.”Going into Illinois, we came in to the match knowing that we have actually lost there in the past three years,” Meierotto said. “It was important for us to take the game seriously and come out strong.”The team has its hands full once again this weekend. Ohio State (9-4, 2-2), despite dropping three of their last five matches, has consistently been one of the major threats in the Big Ten.”Even when teams take losses, they come back fighting harder because they’ve had to work on the things that they were not doing so well, so [Ohio State] is going to be a stronger team now,” Waite said.Win or lose against the Buckeyes, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call Saturday night’s matchup between Wisconsin and Penn State (13-2, 4-0) — two top-10 teams — the match of the year.”I’m really excited, because I know it’s going to be a battle, and there are going to be those points that go back and forth,” Jeffers said. “It’s just going to come down to whoever fights harder.”Both UW’s competitors this weekend boast potent attacking, led by balanced setters Marisa Main of Ohio State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.”We know that the setters on both teams are very active, they’ll dump that third hit over rather than setting it to the hitter, so we’ll have to watch that,” Jeffers said. “We’re really going to have to be light on our toes and be ready to pick up all the tips.”Both teams are really strong all around,” Jeffers added. “They’ve got great hitters, so we’ll have to be really disciplined on our defense.”Wisconsin was swept in 2004 by both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. According to Meierotto, Wisconsin will benefit this year from a more experienced base of players.”One great thing about our team is we’re a lot more mature [than in 2004],” Meierotto said. “Last year, half of our team was made up of freshmen, so that made a big difference.”This year, I think we’re a lot more confident, and we’re just a stronger team all the way around,” she added.Waite agreed that the familiarity of Ohio State and Penn State gained from last year’s matches has given the Badgers some confidence to build upon.”Every time we met these teams, [our freshmen] had never seen them before, and we were going against much more veteran teams,” Waite said. “Now we are more mature, we’ve solidified our defense and passing. All of that has given us a more balanced team, and we’re tougher to stop.”With the challenge that lies ahead, the Badgers hope to also build upon the home advantage that has proven to be so effective so far in 2005.”It’s awesome to be home,” Waite said. “Our student section has been the biggest I’ve ever seen, and that just gives our team a real lift.”last_img read more

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