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STETHS seek 7-in-a-row – Lennon hunt first Ben Francis KO crown

first_imgWestern Bureau: When St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) line up for the ISSA-FLOW Ben Francis Knockout final against Lennon High at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Manchester High School ground, it will be the first time these two will meet in a championship decider. STETHS have already won the trophy an unprecedented six times in a row and technical director Wendell Downswell is confident that a seventh title will be achieved this afternoon. CONFIDENT “We know what to expect from Lennon. They are a good bunch, but we are able to counter well against them and should be victorious at the final whistle in this one,” declared Downswell. Lennon’s coach Merron Gordon is equally confident his team will walk away with the trophy at the final whistle today. “We are looking to take home our first piece of silverware. I am sure STETHS will play a hard game as they usually do, but this team appears to be finding form just at the right time and we are looking to end the STETHS’ dominance,” Gordon said. Lennon’s strength is in defence. They were able to apply a vice-like grip on Cornwall College’s ace forward, Jourdaine Fletcher, in the semi-finals, and they will look to employ a similar strategy to contain the likes of Chris-Andrew Dixon, Alex Thomas, and the silky skills of Demar James upfront for STETHS. Lennon’s big central defender and captain Fitzroy Cummings leads a strong rock, solid back line-and they could deny STETHS this afternoon. Much is expected from Cummings today, and he should get good support from Ryan Morrison, Christopher Randall, Odane Grant, and the brilliant goalkeeper Tyrone Mullings. The two teams clashed earlier in the inter-zone round of the daCosta Cup, with STETHS coming from behind to edge a thrilling match 2-1. Their never-say-never attitude once again came to the fore in Monday’s 4-3 sudden death penalty win over Clarendon College in a semi-final thriller. They will no doubt be tested once more. Past winners: 1982 – Vere; 1983 and ’84 – Cornwall; 1985 – Rusea’s; 1986 – Herbert Morrison; 1987 – Rusea’s; 1988 – Herbert Morrison; 1989 and 1990 – Clarendon; 1991 – Cornwall; 1992 – Rusea’s; 1993 and 1994 – Glenmuir; 1995 – Cornwall; 1997 – No competition; 1998 – Clarendon; 1999 – Glenmuir; 2000 and 2001 – Cornwall; 2002 – Old Harbour; 2003 – Cornwall; 2004 and 2005 – Glenmuir; 2006 – Frome; 2007 – Garvey Maceo; 2008 – St James; 2009 -2015 – STETHS.last_img read more

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Teen becomes town’s first female football player

first_imgLATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In this Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Hagerman High School’s Miracle Rey poses for a photo after practice at the school in Hagerman, N.M. Rey is about to make some history in this southeastern New Mexico town. She’ll be the first female football player to don pads at Hagerman High School when the team faces off against Capitan on Aug. 24 to start the season. (J.T. Keith/Roswell Daily Record via AP)HAGERMAN, N.M. — Miracle Rey is about to make history in her southeastern New Mexico town.She will be the first female football player to don pads at Hagerman High School when the team faces off against the Capitan Tigers on Aug. 24 to start the season, the Roswell Daily Record reported Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Rey has always loved watching football with her brothers and asked them to teach her how to play. She would play in the streets with them without pads or equipment. She didn’t mind getting scrapes and scratches.Her mother gave her permission to play football in the eighth grade, she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rey’s father was initially against her playing football, but he came around after watching her play.“He told me to never cry and after he watched me play against Loving, he said, ‘Do what you have the skill to do and you’re doing it,’ ” Rey said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil China’s Sun wins first gold medal of 2018 Asian Games Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Her teammates have treated her like she is one of the guys, and they don’t go easy on her just because she is a girl, she said.One of her biggest challenges is lifting weights and getting the bar over her head. But Rey knows that she will need to get stronger in the weight room to play at a high level.Her coach, Guy Rivers, said he believes that with hard work, Rey will be able to play and become a good lineman in time.“I think she (Rey) has brought some of the ’if a girl can do it, so can I,’” Rivers said. “She comes out here and sticks it out and pulls our ties — why can’t I. She is always smiling and talking, which is a positive.”Rey’s dream is to become the first woman to play in the NFL.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

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Senators Defend Liberians’ Status in the U.S.

first_imgUnited States Senator Jack Reed along with fourteen others has asked President Barack Obama to extend the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians legally living in that country.According to a statement from Washington DC, Senator Jack Reed is joined by Senators Charles Schumer of New York, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Chris Coons of Delaware and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.Others are Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Al Franken of Minnesota. Also Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are part of the group championing the status of Liberians legally living in the United States.The current DED extension is set to expire on September 30, 2014, which could cause Liberians living there on temporary status to be deported.In their appeal, the Senators are of the view that Liberians have worked hard, played by the rules, paid U.S. taxes, and made positive contributions to the society and communities in which they are.According to them, Liberians legally went to America to escape the brutal civil war that was in Liberia and to seek a better life for their children, many of whom are American citizens. “Liberians have worked hard, played by the rules, paid U.S. taxes, and made positive contributions to our communities.  They legally came to America to escape a brutal civil war and seek a better life for their children, many of whom are American citizens,” the Senators said.Senator Reed’s Act under the title “Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act,” seeks to also provide Liberians the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and begin the process of becoming US citizens.“They are here legally and should be given the chance to stay.  Instead of threatening deportation and splitting up families, or forcing them to rely on short-term extensions, in the long term, we should provide eligible Liberians with the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and begin the process of becoming citizens,” said Senator Reed.Since 1991, Liberians have relied on short-term provisions of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or DED from Presidents of both political parties to extend their legal right to remain in the United States. These individuals, many of whom have been in the United States since fleeing Liberia in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, have retained a legal status that allows them to live, work, and pay taxes in the United States. On March 15, 2013, President Obama granted Liberians in the United States an 18-month extension of their legal immigration status, which is set to expire at the end of September. Additionally, last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which Reed serves, unanimously approved the fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which includes report language Reed requested that encourages the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work with the White House and the U.S. Department of State to move expeditiously on considering this DED extension for Liberians.The senators wrote: “The current system of short-term DED renewals leaves Liberians and their families with perennial uncertainty about whether they will be able to remain members of the communities they have come to call home.  For this reason, while we urge you to grant a lengthy extension of at least two years and to make this announcement well in advance of the current DED expiration, we continue to call for comprehensive immigration reform that includes an adjustment to permanent resident status for qualifying Liberians and their families.”Initiative taken by Senator Reed and his colleague gives a high level of hope to hundreds of thousands of Liberians who fled from the war and political instability in Liberia and are now living in the United States.Many lost their parents during the war while a lot of them cannot afford to live in Liberia due to difficulties associated with finding job and high poverty rate.Deporting them under the DED to return would also add to difficulties some relatives living in Liberia are facing, and it would yield to unwanted criminal activities that are already rampant in the Liberian society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Seasonal Reflections: Thankfulness Amid Immense Challenges

first_imgTomorrow is Christmas, leading us to praise the Almighty for giving us a Savior to redeem us from our sins and  to show us the way to salvation through faith,  forgiveness and reconciliation.Despite the tragic toll which   Ebola has inflicted upon us and our neighbors in the Mano River basin, we have a lot to be immensely thankful for.  First, this terrible disease which has hit us in 2014 more tragically than any other in our history, is fast receding.  Thankfully, we were able to hold the elections peacefully.  We have heard of absolutely no confusion or discord anywhere.For this we are grateful to God, to the National Elections Commission for a job well done; to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the entire government that helped make this possible; and to the electorate for being well behaved and cooperative throughout the poll amid the Ebola crisis. The electorate for the most part obeyed the rules which the health authorities and NEC put into place to protect voters from Ebola.Nevertheless, there were many who did not venture to the polls because of Ebola fear, which contributed to a low voter turnout.  But thank God the poll was successful and each county was able to elect its one Senator and save the country from a constitutional crisis come January, when the bicameral Legislature must convene for the continuation of the third Session of the 53rd Legislature and to hear the President’s Annual Message to the Nation.Now, as we approach the coming New Year, we must reflect soberly on the challenges that await us in 2015.  First and foremost, we must strive to be declared Ebola-free.  This means that we should continue to restrain ourselves in this festive Season.  As we celebrate Christmas and New Year, let us do so with reflection and sobriety, avoiding large gatherings, touching and continue observing the rules that have helped us almost completely eradicate the virus.  If we can continue to exercise self-discipline, it is possible that by year’s end or January ending Ebola would be gone and WHO would be ready to give us a clean bill of health.  But let us remember that the onus is on us!In the post-Ebola period the emphasis must be on rebuilding our Healthcare Delivery System.  As we have often reiterated in this newspaper, Liberia already has a strong head start with pledges from our Chinese and American partners to help us achieve this mission.What we need is a roadmap: the Liberian government must come forward with a comprehensive and visionary plan to plant hospitals and clinics throughout the country, well equipped, well -staffed and proportionately distributed among the population to stop our pregnant mothers and children under five from traveling far distances for medical attention.We must intensify training of nurses and paramedics, lab technologists, medical doctors and medical specialists of every kind in the fields of prevention and cure. BUT—and this is a BIG BUT: how can we begin the march to achieving this when we cannot pay the stipends of the few medical students we have?  The government and the whole nation must get a lot more serious about health and medical training and about the whole educational system.Fixing our educational system from nursery to tertiary as well as vocational and technical skills training is the next major challenge.  Whom else can we find to accomplish this fundamental assignment when the Legislature has rejected so highly qualified a candidate as Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell?We pray that we can soon resume work on the hydro, the West African Power Pool installations and the road system two vital drivers of the national economy.  Without energy and well planned, constructed and maintained network of roads, the growth of commerce and industry are seriously impaired.We must find a way to fix Agriculture, too, so that our farmers are empowered to feed the nation.  But this, too, is a very serious challenge that needs serious people to do it.All of these challenges must be tackled with patriotic fervor, vision, efficiency and vigor so that the Liberian people may become convinced that government is working for them.  It is then that they will become interested and involved in every national endeavor, including elections when they realize that their government is seriously working for them.         Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Reality setting in on filming

first_imgLos Angeles, once the undisputed film capital of the world, is gradually turning into something far less glamorous and profitable: reality show central. On-location feature-film production plummeted 22 percent during the first quarter of 2007 — the second-largest year-to-year decline on record, according to figures released Thursday by FilmLA Inc. The region continues to lose significant ground to rival states and countries that are luring productions away with significant financial incentives. On the surface, a 29.7 percent gain in television production during the quarter — which boosted overall production by 5.7 percent — would seem to cancel out the decline in feature films. But most of the gain is due to reality shows, which are not nearly as big of an economic boost. “A reality show obviously is less intensive in terms of labor — you are creating some jobs but not as many as if you were creating a full-bore high-budget feature film,” said Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. In all, television recorded 6,478 on-location production days during the first quarter — up 1,482 days, with reality shows accounting for 43.8 percent of that total. Dramas and sitcoms represented 25.6 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively. Made-for-TV movies followed the negative trend of features, falling more than 50 percent from the same period last year. FilmLA recorded 1,860 permitted on-location feature-film production days, down 526 days from the 2,386 days recorded during first quarter of 2006. With the exception of a 58.5 percent drop during the first quarter of 2002, it marks the steepest decline in feature-film production since FilmLA began compiling data in 1994. The falloff five years ago at least had unique circumstances: it followed a record year in 2001 when production reached a frenzied pace in anticipation of threatened labor strikes that never materialized. FilmLA President Steve MacDonald said the first quarter feature-film decline continues a long-term downward trend that began in 1997. “Given the unprecedented growth in feature-film production in other locales, it appears the current drop in Los Angeles is a direct result of financial incentives now offered by more than 30 U.S. states,” MacDonald said. “With substantial tax credits and rebates, other states have been able to lure big-budget films and the jobs and tax revenues that go with them.” States such as New York, Louisiana and New Mexico offer financial incentives and have growing infrastructures in the form of filmmaking facilities and workers. This is happening at a time when studios and production companies are trying to lower their bottom-line costs. In contrast, California has no state-sponsored incentives and no proposed legislation pending. A bill introduced last year was modeled after New York’s incentive package and proposed offering a 12 percent refundable tax credit based on qualifying state expenditures. It never made it to the floor of the state Senate. “The silence out of Sacramento is appalling,” Kyser said. “There are jobs created and tax revenue generated for the state. I don’t know what is going on up there but it is definitely something that they need to take seriously. These other states aren’t doing it just for an idle diversion; New Mexico and Louisiana are deadly serious.” When New Mexico began offering a 20 percent tax credit, its production spending leaped from $71 million in 2005 to $142 million last year. MacDonald warns that the “runaway production” associated primarily with feature films and commercials could easily spread to television. “With so many jurisdictions offering financial incentives and new production infrastructure, L.A. may well lose its status as the first choice for television production,” he said. “As one senior television executive told me recently, ‘Los Angeles is now just an option; it’s no longer the main focus.’” — Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Relaunch of the Stepping Stone lounge to give premises another boost

first_imgA relaunch of the lounge area of The Stepping Stone in Dungloe looks set to give the premises yet another great boost.The Stepping Stone & Daniel O’Donnell visitor centre was first opened in 2012 after a complete renovation by Canadian businessman Dave Harvey.The initial building consisted of a bar with a function room/disco attached alongside a bistro and visitor centre. Because of the changing times in the bar and food industry it was decided to incorporate the function room as part of the bar, while at the same time keeping the option of closing the lounge to accommodate private functions.The new lounge will double the number of tables available for food and on busy sporting days will offer a quieter more relaxed area for families to enjoy their meal.There will continue to be music every weekend but also at one end there will be a pool table and dart board for those who enjoy a bit of competition. When the lounge area is closed off from the bar we will be able to cater to all types of groups, from family gatherings up to small weddings. On Thursday 13th April the premises will host a relaunch of the lounge, which is open to everyone, with music on the night by “The Duck Street Band”. We will be also have food & drink tasters from our new menu plus samples of our current favourites. And you never know who you will meet on the night!The aim of the renovation is to create a bar that will cater to every need by providing good affordable food, top quality drink, including specialised teas and coffees, in a peaceful and relaxed environment.If you want to discuss an upcoming family occasion including, communion and confirmation, we can be contacted at 074 9522334/61781 or e-mail us at thesteppingstone@hotmail.comRelaunch of the Stepping Stone lounge to give premises another boost was last modified: April 11th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldungloeStepping Stonelast_img read more

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Bournemouth in stunning £57million swoop for two World Cup stars

first_imgBournemouth are ready to splash £57million on two World Cup stars.Eddie Howe has made only one signing so far this summer – David Brooks from Sheffield United – and is now ramping up his recruitment drive.The Cherries boss wants to sign Colombian central midfielder Jefferson Lerma and Uruguay left wing-back Diego Laxalt. Jefferson Lerma was part of the Colombia side beaten by England on penalties at the 2018 World Cup 2 2 Laxalt is comfortable on the left side of defence or midfield and impressed for Uruguay at the World Cup.Bournemouth are ready to pay Genoa £25million to secure the 25-year-old’s signature. Diego Laxalt in action for Uruguay at the World Cup According to The Sun, the Premier League side have been in talks for weeks with Levante about a deal for Lerma.Bournemouth initially offered £18million to the Spanish side but have increased their bid significantly, with potential add-ons now taking the total amount to £32million.And that offer has been enough to tempt Levante into selling the 23-year-old.Howe is also hopeful of tying up a deal for Genoa star Laxalt, despite interest from Everton.last_img read more

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HOTEL ACTING THE MONKEY WITH NEWEST MEMBER OF STAFF

first_imgVISITORS to the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny have been getting used to the newest member of staff – a monkey named Benny!The cuddly new addition to the award-winning team has been drafted in to make sure the kids are fully entertained over Easter.“We had him especially designed and trademarked,” said the hotel’s Carolynne Harrison. “He flew in from London on Monday and has been flat out ever since buying Easter eggs for the children who are staying with us over the holidays.“Apparently he can dance too – we’re really looking forward to seeing that.” HOTEL ACTING THE MONKEY WITH NEWEST MEMBER OF STAFF was last modified: April 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more

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GLENTIES APPEAL REJECTED AS FINAL GOES AHEAD THIS SUNDAY BETWEEN GLENSWILLY AND ST EUNANS

first_imgNaomh Conail have failed in their bid to have their Senior Championship semi-final against Glenswilly brought to a replay.The Glenties side had appealed the game to the county board in relation to the black carding of Ciaran Bonner in last Sunday’s semi-final at O’Donnell Park.They claimed that Bonner had received a previous yellow card before being black-carded by referee Jimmy White. This would have meant that Bonner would have got a red card and Glenswilly could not have brought on a replacement.Ironically the player who replaced Bonner, Oisin Crawford, scored one of two late frees which dragged Glenswilly over the line.Naomh Conail presented their case to the county board last night but it was rejected.It is yet unclear as to the reasons why the appeal was rejected. The final between St Eunans and Glenswilly will now go ahead at MacCumhaill Park at 4pm on Sunday. GLENTIES APPEAL REJECTED AS FINAL GOES AHEAD THIS SUNDAY BETWEEN GLENSWILLY AND ST EUNANS was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAglenswillyGlentiesSt Eunanslast_img read more

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Sloan closes on title

first_imgThe start of the 2005 Irwindale Speedway season looked ominous for one Super Stock team. Jimmy Sloan finished eighth in the Vista Paint series opener. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 He has been clean the rest of the way. More than clean. In the last 11 races, Sloan has been in the Top 5 each time. Heading into Saturday night’s season finale, he has five victories, two seconds and two thirds. Yet, he will need to finish at least five spots behind Robin Bourgeois of Costa Mesa Saturday. He leads Bourgeois by 18 points and it’s a double points race. If he finished fifth or better, he will clinch the title. Also having slim chances at winning the title are Greg Crutcher of Covina, who is 72 points back, and Lee Ladd of Westlake Village, who is 96 points behind. “We plan on winning the race,” Sloan said. Sloan says driver problems led to the team’s slow start. He finished eighth in his rookie year at Irwindale and the car was not ready in time for this year’s opener. The team did not test until the Friday before the first race and Sloan said he had problems with the car’s handling. Then, he had that run-in problem in Race 2. “The last 11 races, we’ve been prepared,” Sloan said. “It’s handled great.” But the 24-year-old from Palm Desert, in only his second season of racing, learned a lesson about winning titles in the following race. Sloan was bumped by another car, and trying to retaliate, made his car worse. He finished 10th. “I don’t race like that,” he said. “I want to race clean. I learned from those nights.” center_img Even when the situations look dire. In one race, the car was running on six cylinders. He finished second. During qualifying for another, he blew an engine and went into the wall. Before the race started, the team replaced the engine and bent the suspension back into place. He still finished second. – One other track title is at stake Saturday: the Dodge Super Trucks series. Cory Fancy of Canyon Country holds a 32-point lead over Riverside’s Ron Peterson. He needs to finish at least 16 places better to win the title. They have been running 1-2 all season. One other Irwindale series will also have its finale, the Jasper Engineering West Coast Pro Trucks. Chris Johnson of Claremont holds a 68-point lead over Glendora’s Don Hegleson and has already clinched the title. – The track’s final regular-season Saturday night — the earliest final Saturday in track history — will also include two USAC divisions. The Western States Sprints will run a 40-lapper, their first appearance at the track this year, and the Ford Focus Midgets will also compete. Both series will also race on the Turkey Night Grand Prix program. Legend Cars and Bandoleros are also on the schedule. Racing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. – After Saturday, only the Toyota All-Star Showdown, Nov. 11-12, and Nov. 24 Turkey Night Grand Prix are left on the track’s full oval this year. — Keith Lair can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272, or by e-mail at keith.lair@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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