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Sep 21

King returns to SoCal roots with ownership stake in Dodgers

Billie Jean King has gone back to her roots in becoming part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ownership group.

The tennis champion first became enamored with the team when it arrived from Brooklyn in 1958. King says she and younger brother Randy Moffitt “grew up bleeding Dodger blue” in Long Beach. Moffitt later pitched in the majors for teams that included the rival San Francisco Giants, or as King puts it “the wrong team.”

King and her partner Ilana Kloss have taken an undisclosed stake in the Dodgers at the invitation of owner Mark Walter.

“It’s a great thing for the Dodgers,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Pending approval by the WNBA, King and Kloss are also expected to have an ownership interest along with Walter in the Los Angeles Sparks.

“We’re not allowed to talk about it,” King said, referring to her percentage of the Dodgers. “We’re all in this together.”

King said she hopes they “can make a difference that’s meaningful and be impactful.”

She and Kloss met Walter and his wife Kimbra in the last year while helping raise money for a new tennis complex on the South Side of Chicago, where King splits her time when she’s not in New York.

“We took a beat and waited and then said we’ve got to do this,” said Kloss, who is King’s former doubles partner. “It’s funny how little deals sometimes take forever and deals that are the most meaningful are about the people and the relationships.”

Walter, King and Kloss didn’t get into specifics about what their roles with the team will be.

“We need a lot of listening first because this has happened very fast,” King said. “We need to learn from everybody.”

Walter said King and Kloss “know a ton” about professional sports and leagues, with King having co-founded World TeamTennis, which just wrapped up its 43rd season.

“They’re so underselling what they add in terms of value,” Walter said.

One area that King and Kloss hope to expand upon is the Dodgers’ efforts to be inclusive to the LGBTQ community.

“I care so much about everyone,” King said. “I want everyone to feel included.”

Kloss added, “We really are excited not only about doing well but doing good.”

King, the 74-year-old former No. 1 player in the world, was like a kid at batting practice Thursday. Sporting a No. 17 jersey, she and Kloss stood behind the cage watching the Dodgers take cuts while chatting with coaches.

King said it is her and her brother’s favorite number since both favor odd numbers.

King caught up with outfielder Chase Utley, whom she’s known since his days with the Philadelphia Phillies. She pointed out that they attended the same junior high and high school, albeit at different times, in Long Beach.

King and Kloss are the first women among the current Dodgers ownership, which includes NBA legend Magic Johnson and entertainment executive Peter Guber.

“It’s great as women that we’re a part of this,” King said. “It sends a very strong message.”


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Sep 21

Gunmen kill man, wound 2 inside Acapulco beach restaurant

Mexican officials say gunmen targeted a man at a restaurant on one of Acapulco’s most popular beaches, killing the customer and wounding two other people.

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez Heredia says the attackers stopped in a car outside the restaurant and fired at a man inside, killing him instantly Friday. The spokesman did not identify the dead man. He says the wounded were a 20-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man from Mexico City.

The attack happened on Caletilla beach, one of the places most frequented by tourists in the Pacific resort city, which is one of the most violent regions in the country.

Elsewhere in Mexico, gunmen killed five men who lived on the same street in the town of Pontebello, in central Guanajuato state.

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Sep 21

Laurel Co. deputies investigating after overturned lawn mower kills man

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death where a lawn mower overturned.

Deputies say this incident happened off Barbourville Road around 3:30 p.m.

The coroner identified the victim as 25-year-old Carlous Timmons.

Investigators say the zero turn mower started to head down a hill there when Timmons jumped off and the mower landed on top of him causing fatal injuries. They say that he was mowing for family friends at the time.

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Sep 21

Guatemalan migrants, Arizona residents among 8 dead in crash

Arizona residents and Guatemalan immigrants in the U.S. illegally were among eight people killed earlier this week in a head-on crash on a highway near the historic prison town of Florence, authorities said Friday.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety released the names of some of the people killed in the collision late Wednesday on State Route 79 involving an SUV and a Buick sedan about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of the Mexico border.

Officials have not said whether the SUV was being used for a smuggling operation. But court records show the driver and passenger of the vehicle were previously convicted of immigrant smuggling charges.

Federal court records show 45-year-old Rodney Palimo pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting an alien. He was initially charged with a felony count of transporting an immigrant in the U.S. without permission.

His passenger, 43-year-old Kathleen Palimo, in 2004 pleaded guilty to a felony count of transporting aliens in the county illegally.

The Palimos, from Sells, both died in the crash along with four of another seven men in the vehicle identified by state troopers as Guatemalans.

Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement from Guatemala City that the country’s Tucson consulate was investigating the nationalities and identities of those killed. It said two of the dead men carried Guatemalan identity documents and a third had no papers. It made no mention of a fourth possible Guatemalan fatality.

The ministry said it was in contact with the relatives of the Guatemalan victims identified thus far.

Reports by both U.S. and Guatemalan officials agreed that another three men believed to be Guatemalans were hospitalized with injures. The ministry said its consulate in Phoenix was checking on the injured, one of whom had been identified as a Guatemalan citizen and released from the hospital.

It did not provide information on the conditions of the other two.

Also killed in the accident were the driver of the Buick, 41-year-old Angel Meza and his passenger, 33-year-old Nicole Vidal. Both were from the city of Eloy.

Authorities have said the Buick veered into the opposite lane of traffic, striking the SUV.

Arizona has been the scene of a number of fatal crashes involving immigrants while they were being smuggled, including one near the border nearly a decade ago in which 10 people died after an SUV rolled over on a highway.

Large numbers of Central American migrants, the majority of them Guatemalans, in recent months have been regularly turning up in remote desert areas of Arizona near the border with Mexico.

U.S. Border Patrol agents on Sept. 16 found two groups of Central American migrants in the desert within hours of each other west of the U.S. port of entry in Lukeville. Together, those two groups comprised 193 people, including 11 unaccompanied children.

Other large groups of Central Americans were found in the same general area on Sept. 1 and Aug. 17.


Associated Press writers Astrid Galvan in Phoenix and Sonia Perez D. in Guatemala City contributed to this report.

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Sep 21

Cyprus protests Turkish warship's arrest of fishing boat

Cyprus was trying to secure the release of five fishermen who were taken into custody by a Turkish warship Friday as they fished off the northern coast of the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation.

The Cyprus government spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, said authorities had filed a protest of the detentions with the U.N. peacekeeping force in Cyprus. U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique said the U.N. was trying to “resolve this situation, which is regrettable.”

Cyprus Foreign Ministry spokesman Demetris Samuel said the owner of the Cyprus-flagged fishing boat told authorities that a Turkish warship approached his vessel 20 miles (32 kilometers) off the island’s northwestern coast Friday evening.

The one Greek Cypriot and four Egyptian fishermen on board were then arrested and the boat was towed to a harbor in the island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

A Turkish Cypriot news agency quoted police as saying five people aboard a Greek-flagged boat were arrested for violating Turkish Cypriot territorial waters, at a spot nine miles (14 kilometers) off the northwestern coast.

The north’s foreign minister, Kudret Ozersay, described all five fishermen aboard the boat were Egyptian citizens.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes the Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps some 35,000 soldiers in the north.

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Sep 21

Substantial gains continue on day 11 of Keeneland September Sale

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A filly by Mucho Macho Man sold for $170,000 to lead Friday’s 11th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which realized another session of tremendous growth in gross, average and median.

Keeneland sold 287 yearlings Friday for a total of $5,313,000, a 151.57 percent increase from the 11th session last year when 159 horses brought $2,111,900. The average of $18,512 was 39,38 percent above last year’s $13,282, while the median of $11,000 rose 46.67 percent over $7,500 last year. The 11th session in 2017 was next to last for the 12-day sale.

Compared to the corresponding period last year, total sales of $373,567,600 for 2,546 horses were 21.93 percent above $306,377,600 for 2,420 horses. The average of $146,731 increased 15.90 percent from $126,602 in 2017. The median of $70,000 is 7.69 percent above last year’s $65,000.

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing purchased the session-topping filly, who is out of the winning Awesome Again mare Carolina Sunrise and is a half-sister to stakes winner Reveron. She was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.

A colt from the first crop of Secret Circle brought $140,000 from SBM, agent, to be the day’s second-highest priced yearling. Consigned by Select Sales, agent, he is out of the winning Smoke Glacken mare Fantasy Slam and from the family of Canadian champion Choral Group.

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s purchase of the session-topper tied it atop the list of the session’s leading buyers with Novogratz Racing Stables, which spent $170,000 for three yearlings.

Gainesway was the leading consignor, selling 18 horses for $567,000.

Saturday is the penultimate day of the September Sale. Sessions tomorrow and Sunday begin at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at

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Sep 21

Myanmar refugees evacuated from squalid Omaha apartments

About 500 refugees have been relocated from a Nebraska apartment complex after units were deemed unlivable.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the Myanmar refugees were living at the Yale Park Apartments in north Omaha, including about 175 school-age children and dozens of toddlers and babies.

City inspectors evacuated the apartments Thursday, citing of a myriad of problems ranging from unsafe electrical circuits and natural gas leaks to units infested with mice, bedbugs, lice and maggots.

The refugees are now being housed at community centers where they can sleep, shower and eat.

Joanie Poore is with Heartland Family Service. She says the refugees will likely stay in the centers for several days until moving to other housing with help from donors and charities.

The apartment complex’s owner has 30 days to make repairs. He says the units are safe.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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Sep 21

PSC orders credit for Delta Natural Gas customers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Public Service Commission has reduced the annual revenue of Delta Natural Gas Co. to reflect a federal tax cut, thereby lowering the base rate portion of the average monthly bill for residential customers.

In an order issued Friday, the PSC approved a customer credit to reflect reduced federal corporate income tax rates that took effect at the first of the year. The credit will take effect in two phases, with the first reflecting tax savings that have accumulated from the first of this year and the second phase reflecting ongoing savings.

In the first phase, which begins in October 2018 and continues through March 2019, a typical residential customer with monthly usage of 5,000 cubic feet will receive a monthly credit of $9.59. That is a decrease of about 21 percent of the base rate portion of the monthly bill.

In April 2019, the monthly credit for residential customers will be reduced to $3.84, which is about 8.5 percent of the monthly base rate for a typical customer. The credit will remain in place until the conclusion of Delta’s next rate adjustment case or until further revisions to either federal or state tax laws require it to be changed.

The credit reflects the immediate impact of the decrease in the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, and an interim calculation of the tax law’s impact on Delta’s deferred tax liabilities. The credit may be adjusted at a later date if the final calculations differ.

Late last year, the PSC ordered Delta and other investor-owned utilities in Kentucky to begin tracking their immediate savings from the federal tax reduction that began Jan.1, 2018. Delta’s tracked savings are being returned over the six-month period of the first-phase credit.

The base rate portion of Delta’s residential bills includes the monthly customer charge of $20.70, a delivery charge of $4.32 per 1,000 cubic feet, and a surcharge of $2.70 to fund accelerated replacement of old gas mains.

The base rates do not include the cost of the gas itself, which accounts for about half the average total bill. The gas cost is adjusted every three months to reflect – on a dollar-for-dollar basis – the actual amount Delta pays for gas on the wholesale market.

Delta serves about 39,000 customers in 23 central and eastern Kentucky counties.

Today’s order is the latest in a series of decisions adjusting the rates of Kentucky’s large investor-owned electric, natural gas and water utilities to reflect the federal corporate income tax included in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which was enacted in late 2017.

The Kentucky Office of Attorney General was the only other party to the Delta Natural gas case.

Friday’s order and other records in the case are available on the PSC website, The case number is 2018-00040.

The PSC is an independent agency attached for administrative purposes to the Energy and Environment Cabinet. It regulates more than 1,100 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities operating in Kentucky.

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Sep 21

Pennsylvania dioceses consider victims' compensation fund

Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims’ compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference issued the statement for the dioceses saying they were discussing a possible fund. They warned that if a window opens for litigation of old cases, it could force the dioceses into bankruptcy and prevent them from helping victims or performing social services.

No diocese that has sought bankruptcy protection has ever stopped operating. Victims’ lawyers say seeking bankruptcy is a strategic way to limit liability in lawsuits.

A nearly 900-page state grand jury report released Aug. 14 said more than 300 Roman Catholic priests had abused at least 1,000 children over the past seven decades in six Pennsylvania dioceses. It also accused senior church officials, including the man who is now archbishop of Washington, D.C., of systematically covering up complaints.

The dioceses’ announcement comes ahead of a Monday rally at the Capitol to press lawmakers to approve a grand jury’s recommendations, including creating a two-year window for victims to file civil lawsuits after the statute of limitations on their cases runs out.

“We believe such a program will expedite the process for survivors to present their cases to experienced, compassionate experts who will determine an outcome for each case in a swift, efficient manner. In doing so, the panel will provide a resolution to survivors and allow them to avoid difficult and prolonged litigation,” the bishops wrote in the statement.

Amy Hill, a spokeswoman for the conference, said that the fund is just an idea at this point, details are still being discussed and no amount of money had been determined. She said the bishops were still talking about what kinds of compensation might be offered.

Both civil lawsuits and victims’ compensation funds may deliver money to victims who have suffered for years from the memories of their abuse as children, although there are crucial differences.

Lawyers who help settle child sexual abuse cases say the courts generally promise a bigger payout, while dioceses face the possibility that a judge can order them to divulge records of child sexual abuse complaints and how they handled them. Plaintiffs also can extract court-approved agreements from dioceses to add procedures or training to better protect children going forward. Some of the money goes to lawyers’ fees, and the church’s defenders say that motivates civil lawyers.

A victim’s compensation fund protects diocesan records from court-ordered scrutiny but delivers a faster payout to victims.

Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro are expected to attend the rally Monday, the first day that state lawmakers are back in voting session since the grand jury produced a report that has shaken the church, spawned investigations in other states and drawn a strong response from Pope Francis.

The state House of Representatives appears poised to pass a two-year window provision. Similar action has happened over the years in several other states, including California, Minnesota and Delaware, according to the Philadelphia-based research organization Child USA. But the Catholic Church and insurers have opposed similar measures in the past, and its fate in the Senate is uncertain.

The Senate in 2016 blocked similar legislation passed by the House.

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Sep 21

Jane Fonda explains why even those who disagree should 'love' Trump

Even those who oppose Trump, his actions and his policies should “love him,” Jane Fonda told “The View” on Friday.

“There’s too much hate,” Fonda added, explaining why we should support the president and the people who stand behind him. “We’re not going to solve any problems hating… we have to hate what they do and hate what they say. And not hate them.”

Fonda alluded to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s definition of love — in the Christian sense of unconditional love for every person — regardless of whether they are fair or unjust, or whether they respect or hate you.

She compared this concept to the distinction between “like and love”: “I don’t like him but I love him. Now, it’s not easy, but we have to all try to open our hearts and become empathetic.”

“If we can’t feel empathy for people, even if though they don’t agree with us, we’re doomed,” she added. “We are.”

Fonda said “the system that he represents” is the opposite of empathy. “Empathy goes along with democracy, and that’s what we have to fight for.”

The actress and activist also discussed taking the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as credible, and responded to those questioning why Dr. Christine Blasey Ford chose to come forward 36 years after the alleged assault. Kavanaugh has denied the assault charges.

“Totally, I understand her reluctance to come forward,” Fonda said. “Every single white man on that committee has already made up their mind. They’re not going to listen to a word… She knows that.”

Fonda said she has “no idea” what would make those on the Senate Judiciary Committee change their minds about Ford’s claims. “I’m scared to even get into those minds, you know… Isn’t it so apparent what they’re doing? They want to push [Kavanaugh] through no matter what.”

Despite the large pushback to Ford’s charges, Fonda said that she never thought she’d “live long enough to see” women demanding fair treatment and being successful in the age of #MeToo.

“We all realize if this movement is going to make a difference and work, we have to stand alongside our sisters who work in hotels, who work at home taking care of the elderly,” Fonda said. “It has to be intersectional. That’s what has to happen and it’s really beautiful and it ain’t going away. “

Even today, the infamous photo of Fonda seated on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun has haunted her since it was taken in 1972.

“It’s a terrible thing,” she said. “I apologized for the photo, you bet, yes.”

However, she said she never considered dialing back her activism against the war.

“They say, ‘Oh, movie actors shouldn’t speak up and voice their opinions,’” Fonda said. “It’s because it matters when we do because it helps the voice — lift the voices of people who aren’t famous, [that] aren’t heard, that need to be heard.”

Fonda named former President Richard Nixon among those who tried to stop her from speaking out.

“When they did all these things it was just like, ‘You’re not going to stop me. I’m going to dig my heels in and you’ll see, I’ll outlast you.’”

That determination underlies many of the stories in her new documentary, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.”

“What I hope they take away from the movie is it’s never too late to become who you were meant to be… live an examined life,” Fonda said. “Keep asking: can I get better, can I learn more, can I grow? … Own it, take responsibility for your mistakes. … You have to own your mistakes and learn from them. Otherwise, you can’t grow.”

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