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U.S. armed men and women commit to protecting the country from external and domestic attacks.

In this scenario, a low but often lethal opponent is in the form of the hazard — COVID-19.

As the virus continues infecting employees in the world, the supply of US meat hangs in the balance as many meat processing plants nationwide have closed.

Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called on 250 members of the National Guard to help keep the meat treatment facilities operational in their state, according to Bloomberg News, by helping them with contact tracking, testing and stopping the virus in their tracks.

Guardians have been assigned to a full-time federal active service to deal with coronaviral implications. It is critical that meat processing plants go to Iowa: about one-third of the U.S. production comes from the state and the plants are closed by National Beef Packing Co. and Tyson.

The National Guard tweeted on the participation in the war against coronavirus, along with the motto: “Always Ready, Always There.” “Today, over 44,500 members of the National Guard are battling the VIOC-19 in our country. “Currently, there are over 44,500 members of the National Guard battling the COVID-19 in our country. Be ready, be ready, always ready! Smithfield foods has shut down four meat-related facilities within the United States and introduced ongoing production shutdowns in a fifth factory, as a consequence of the coronavirus in these facilities, according to Newsweek. # InThesTogether pic.twitter.com/4lTfrfiUwT — National Guard (@USNationalGuard) 27 April 2020

Would you think that America is subject to a big lack of meat?

Many meat processors, including National Beef Packing Co., Tyson and JBS US, announced that Bloomberg News has shut plants across the country, too.

Bob Krebs, President of JBS USA Pork, said in a statement: “We have taken drastic measures to eliminate coronavirus from our plant and preserve this essential facility.”

Tyson Foods manages to fight cuts and with the support of the National Guard.

A full-site Sunday commercial warned the business of potential deficits.

“Food supply chains are breaking up,” warns Tyson foods in a full page ad in Nyt pic.twitter.com/5cyusH6L9V today, April 26, 2020, “Supplies of our products will be limited in the store until we can open up our currently closed facilities,” said Tyison’s Chairman in the ad. “There will be limited supplies in the foodstuffs supply chain.” This will be limited supplies.

Of note, the fight for the food supplies in America has not ended. Many hardworkers have become proud heroes when they are introduced to plants which still run in uniform with the aid of men and women.

The country’s food supplies and economic condition have not been at such risk since the Great Depression.

Luckily, the civil war is not alone as a fight against the coronavirus threat is being waged by the National Guard.

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Everything we know about Eureka native and ‘Bachelor’ Clayton Echard

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EUREKA, Mo. – After ABC paid for a banner in downtown Eureka, it’s now blatantly apparent that hometown boy Clayton Echard will be the next man to search for love on “The Bachelor.”

He is set to appear on Michelle Young’s upcoming season of “The Bachelorette.” The season premieres on October 19.

The chiseled man is a former Mizzou football player and describes himself on Instagram as a “former freestyle rapper and washed-up athlete now trying his luck in orthopaedic sales.” Based on his Instagram feed, it appears he works for Stryker. It is unclear where Echard resides. He has posted multiple photos on his Instagram and tagged his location as Columbia, Missouri and Scottsdale, Arizona.

In Echard’s 2010 senior season at Eureka High School, the team went 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the Suburban West Conference. The only team they lost to all season was Lindbergh High School. They met in the regular season and Eureka lost 28-42. Then Lindbergh ended Eureka’s season on November 5 in the first playoff game 6-14.

Echard, 28, began his Mizzou football career in 2011 when he redshirted his freshman year. His final season was in 2015 at tight end. He played on special teams in all 14 games of the 2014 season. He had 3 solo tackles and 1 assist. In the 2015 season, he started one game and caught two passes.

Echard had a professional tryout with the Seattle Seahawks after his time at Missouri.

Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweeted out a clue on Wednesday, September 15 that Echard was going to be the bachelor.

On Thursday, September 16 Echard was in Eureka filming for the show. Fans stopped whatever they were doing and waited in downtown Eureka to try and get a glimpse of Echard himself. ”I found out about this two hours ago, and I left work early for it,” Mollie Johnson said.

Even those who knew him from growing up in Eureka. ”Those dang dimples, I mean those dimples will blow any girl out of the water,” said Miranda Schaeffer, who said her older sister and Echard had dated when they were younger. “When he got this I was like this is very well deserving and a really good highlight for our community.”

Echard ended up surprising some of the fans when he walked up to a crowd the film crew had positioned under the banner.

“I’m excited, I’m also a little nervous,” Echard said, talking to the crowd about the journey that lies ahead. “I’m looking to find my person.”

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Pedestrian from Aurora hit, killed on interstate in Louisiana

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SULPHUR, La. — A Colorado man walking across Interstate 10 at night in southwest Louisiana was hit and killed by an SUV, Louisiana State Police said Monday.

David Joseph Williams, 48, of Aurora, was hit about 7:45 p.m. Sunday — about a half-hour after sunset — according to a news release.

Trooper First Class Derek Senegal said Williams tried to cross the interstate after he and another person had pulled over their 2014 Jeep about 7 miles west of the exit for the town of Sulphur.

The statement did not say why the Jeep was pulled over or why Williams was crossing the highway’s westbound lanes.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the 2020 Lexus SUV was not injured and impairment is not suspected, state police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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What Is Evergrande and Why Are US Investors Panicked Over Its Meltdown?

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Evergrande is best known for its residential property projects across China. STR/AFP via Getty Images

Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group is having a Lehman Brothers moment this week. Its imminent financial meltdown is infuriating lenders and its own employees while sending shockwaves through global markets.

Hong Kong’s Heng Seng Index dropped more than 800 points, or 3.3 percent, on Monday, as investors panicked over Evergrande’s prospect of defaulting on its more than $300 billion of debt without a Beijing bailout.

The Dow Jones and S&P 500 indexes also nosedived Monday on China fears.

What is Evergrande?

Evergrande is one of China’s largest real estate developers. Headquartered in China’s tech hub, Shenzhen, the company employs 200,000 people and sustains 3.8 million jobs in related industries, according to its website.

The Hong Kong-listed conglomerate is best known for its residential property projects across China, owning more than 1,300 projects in more than 280 cities. In recent years, Evergrande’s business portfolio has also extended to include theme parks, sports teams, electric vehicles and consumer goods.

Evergrande’s founder, Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan in Cantonese), was once China’s richest man. Forbes estimates he’s worth $13 billion as of 2021.

What Is the Trouble About?

As its business empire grew, Evergrande also became China’s most indebted developer in recent years as a result of aggressive borrowing. Over time it has accumulated $305 billion in liabilities to Chinese banks, foreign investors and its own employees. (Lehman Brothers had $617 billion in debt when it filed for bankruptcy in 2008.)

This month, Evergrande has a few major interest payments coming up. On Thursday, it’s due to pay $83.5 million in interest on its March 2022 dollar bond. It has another $47.5 million payment due on September 29 relating to a batch of March 2024 notes.

But Evergrande doesn’t seem to have the cash to pay its bills. Both bonds would default if the company fails to settle the interest within 30 days of the scheduled payment dates.

Evergrande has been scrambling to raise funds to ease the cash crunch by putting some of its assets up for sale and even borrowing money from its employees. According to the New York Times, earlier this year it told employees that they would lose their bonuses unless they gave the company a “short-term loan,” which were packaged as high-interest investment products.

Why Is Everyone Panicked?

This month, Evergrande suddenly stopped paying back thousands of employees who had loaned money to the company, prompting protests at its Shenzhen headquarters last week.

In a regulatory filing on September 14, the company said it was having trouble finding buyers for some of its assets and had brought on financial advisers to help assess the situation. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that Chinese authorities had told major banks that hold Evergrande bonds that they wouldn’t receive their September interest payments.

Evergrande’s Hong Kong shares have tumbled more than 80 percent year to date. As liquidation risk Wall Street analysts fear that a collapse of this size could send a seismic effect through the entire Chinese economy and the global financial market.

In a note last week, Goldman Sachs analysts said it’s difficult to predict a recovery path for Evergrande due to “the complexity” of its business structure “and the lack of sufficient information on the company’s assets and liabilities.”

Optimists expect the Chinese government to intervene soon and offer some sort of a financial bailout. Yet Beijing has so far stayed quiet.

Earlier this month, ratings agencies Fitch and Moody’s both downgraded Evergrande, citing its liquidity issues. “We view a default of some kind as probable,” Fitch wrote in a note.

What Is Evergrande and Why Are US Investors Panicked Over Its Meltdown?

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Tourists claim their alleged attack on Asian hostess was instigated by use of the N-word, lawyer says

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A lawyer representing a woman who was part of group of Black female tourists who allegedly physically attacked an Asian restaurant hostess in New York City has claimed the employee instigated the physical altercation by using a racial slur.

The initial report: The scuffle broke out in the Upper West Side after the Asian hostess asked the three diners from Texas to show proof of vaccination before entering Carmine’s Italian restaurant in Upper West Side on Thursday, Sept. 16, NBC News New York reported.

  • Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, her 21-year-old niece Tyonnie Keshay Rankin — both from Humble, Texas — and 49-year-old assistant Sally Rechelle Lewis of Houston presented their vaccination card to the hostess when they entered the restaurant.
  • Moments later, three of Rankin’s male companions arrived at the restaurant, but only one was allowed to enter after two of the men failed to show ID that matched their vaccination cards. A scuffle then broke out between the women and the hostess after the women learned the men were denied entry. The hostess was allegedly punched and slapped in addition to having her necklace torn off her body.
  • Carmine’s staff and other bystanders stepped in to help physically separate the women, and the female tourists were later taken to the police station. In a statement, the restaurant said it was a “shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job — as required by city policies — and trying to make a living.”
  • Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer said what happened was “completely unacceptable,” adding in another tweet, “There’s no place for this kind of violence to be perpetrated against our essential workers.”
  • New York reportedly became the first major U.S. city to require vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms, concerts and performances, U.S. News reported in August. Under the new mandate, customers 12 years and older must present vaccination proof before entering any establishments.

New alleged details: Justin Moore, a representative for Kaeita Rankin — a businesswoman with a doctorate in education — claimed in an interview with the New York Times on Saturday that the 24-year-old Asian hostess used the N-word during her confrontation with Rankin’s party.

  • Moore alleged that after Rankin’s group joined the men who were denied entry outside, the hostess was condescending and that she suggested to Rankin’s party’s that their vaccination cards were fake. He also alleges she used derogatory comments and the N-word during the argument outside of the restaurant before telling Moore’s client, “Yeah, you guys can leave my restaurant,” and eventually lunging at them. He further said that the hostess sustained her injuries from being restrained by her coworkers and not from the group of women, New York Daily News reported.
  • Hawk Newsome, the co-founder and chairman of Black Lives Matter Greater New York, said they plan to organize a protest outside Carmine’s on Monday and alleged, “Restaurants are using vaccine mandates to enforce their racist beliefs and excluding Black patrons.”
  • The three women were reportedly charged with assault and criminal mischief following the incident. They are expected to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on Oct. 1.

Not true: In a statement to New York Daily News, Carmine’s lawyer, Carolyn Richmond, denied all the allegations and said the claim of racial profiling was a “complete fabrication, disingenuous and outright irresponsible.”

  • The idea that anyone would become violent as an employee performs this necessary function is anathema to New York, the hospitality industry and New Yorkers in general,” Richmond told the New York Times in a different statement. “As all of the women showed proof of vaccination they were all permitted to enter and were in fact seated inside.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Monday it will ease airline restrictions this fall on travel to the country for people who have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test, replacing a hodgepodge of rules that had kept out many non-citizens and irritated allies in Europe and beyond where virus cases are far lower.

The changes, to take effect in November, will allow families and others who have been separated by the travel restrictions for 18 months to plan for long-awaited reunifications and allow foreigners with work permits to get back to their jobs in the U.S.

Airlines, business groups and travelers cheered.

“It’s a happy day. Big Apple, here I come!” said French entrepreneur Stephane Le Breton, 45, finally able to book a trip to New York City that had been put on hold over the virus restrictions.

The new policy will replace a patchwork of travel bans first instituted by President Donald Trump last year and tightened by President Joe Biden that restrict travel by non-citizens who have in the prior 14 days been in the United Kingdom, European Union, China, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil or South Africa.

White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced the new policies, which still will require all foreign travelers flying to the U.S. to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight. Biden will also tighten testing rules for unvaccinated American citizens, who will need to be tested within a day before returning to the U.S., as well as after they arrive home.

The tougher rules for unvaccinated Americans come as the White House has moved to impose sweeping vaccination-or-testing requirements affecting as many as 100 million people in an effort to encourage holdouts to get shots.

Fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine, Zients said.

There will be no immediate change to U.S. land border policies, which restrict much cross-border travel with Mexico and Canada.

The travel bans had become the source of growing geopolitical frustration, particularly among allies in the UK and EU. The easing comes ahead of Biden meeting with some European leaders on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly this week.

“This is based on individuals rather than a country-based approach, so it’s a stronger system,” Zients said.

The EU and UK had previously moved to allow vaccinated U.S. travelers in without quarantines, in an effort to boost business and tourism. But the EU recommended last month that some travel restrictions be reimposed on U.S. travelers to the bloc because of the rampant spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus in America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will require airlines to collect contact information from international travelers to facilitate tracing, Zients said.

It was not immediately clear which vaccines would be acceptable under the U.S. system and whether those unapproved in the U.S. could be used. Zients said that decision would be up to the CDC.

Monday’s announcement was met with applause by the air travel industry, which has lost significant revenue from declines in international travel.

Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant said, “Science tells us that vaccinations coupled with testing is the safest way to re-open travel, and we are optimistic this important decision will allow for the continued economic recovery both in the U.S. and abroad and the reunification of families who have been separated for more than 18 months.”

Worldwide, air travel is still down more than half from pre-pandemic levels, and the decline is much sharper for cross-border flying. By July, domestic travel had recovered to 84% of 2019 numbers, but international travel was just 26% of the same month two years ago, according to figures this month from the airline industry’s main global trade group, the International Air Transport Association.

The numbers are similar but not quite as stark for the U.S., where international travel in August was 46% of that in August 2019, according to Airlines for America. Arrivals by non-U.S. citizens were only 36% of the 2019 level.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was “delighted” by the news. He said: “It’s a fantastic boost for business and trade, and great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can be reunited once again.”

Airlines hailed the U.S. decision as a lifeline for the struggling industry. Tim Alderslade, chief executive of industry body Airlines U.K. said it was “a major breakthrough.”

Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, said it was “a major milestone. … The U.K. will now be able to strengthen ties with our most important economic partner, the U.S., boosting trade and tourism as well as reuniting friends, families and business colleagues.”

The changes also drew praise from business groups, who have been contending with labor shortages as the economy bounces back with unexpected strength from last year’s coronavirus recession. U.S. employers have been posting job openings — a record 10.9 million in July — faster than applicants can fill them.

Myron Brilliant, head of international affairs for the U..S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement, “Allowing vaccinated foreign nationals to travel freely to the United States will help foster a robust and durable recovery for the American economy.”

AP writers Jill Lawless in London, Thomas Adamson-Koumbouzis in Paris and David Koenig in Dallas contributed.

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Arden Hills man caught with over 50 images of child porn, charges say

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An Arden Hills man is accused of downloading over 50 images of child pornography.

Brennan Bailey Johnson, 22, was charged Monday in Ramsey County District Court with three counts of possessing child pornography.

Brennan Bailey Johnson, 22, of Arden Hills. (Courtesy of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the criminal complaint, in October 2020, authorities were tipped off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center said it had received its tip from Twitter that reported one of its users had uploaded several images of child pornography.

Police traced the account to Johnson and used a warrant to search his apartment Feb. 25. During the search, police found a cell phone, a laptop and two external hard drives containing 46 images and five videos of illicit acts performed on a minor, the complaint states.

Of the files, several contained images of a child victim previously identified by law enforcement.

Johnson was taken into custody Sept. 17. His next court appearance is Oct. 20. No attorney was listed for him.

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Ford Mustang towed away during FBI, police search of Brian Laundrie’s family home

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NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) — Law enforcement agencies swarmed the home of Brian Laundrie’s family on Monday as the fiancé of Gabby Petito, who was identified by police as a person of interest in her disappearance, remains missing.

WFLA’s Christine McLarty was outside the Laundrie family home in North Port Monday morning and reported seeing about 15 FBI and North Port police units swarm and tape off the home around 10 a.m. ET.

“The FBI is executing a court-authorized search warrant [Monday] at the Laundrie residence in North Port, FL relevant to the Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito investigation,” the FBI said in a statement. “No further details can be provided since this is an active and ongoing investigation.”

Agents were seen going inside the Laundrie’s house carrying suitcases and documents. As WFLA’s Eagle 8 news helicopter flew over the scene, photojournalist Paul Lamison witnessed agents come out of the home to walk the perimeter of and photograph a shed in the backyard.

Around 2:30 p.m., a tow truck was seen arriving at the Laundrie home, towing away a Ford Mustang from the location.

Hours after the search began the family’s North Port home, an attorney for the Laundries announced a news conferenced scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in New York.

Earlier in the day Monday, North Port police announced they were no longer searching Carlton Reserve for Brian Laundrie, who was reported missing by his family on Friday. According to police, family members last saw him leave home Tuesday wearing hiking gear.

“At this time, we currently believe we have exhausted all avenues in searching of the grounds there,” North Port police PIO Josh Taylor said in a statement. “Law enforcement agencies continue to search for Brian Laundrie.”

Laundrie is the fiancé of Gabby Petito, who disappeared during a cross-country trip the two went on together this summer. Police say Laundrie returned home to North Port alone on Sept. 1 and was later named a person of interest in the missing person case involving 22-year-old Petito.

body found in Wyoming on Sunday matches Petito’s description, according to FBI agents. However, a full forensic identification has not been completed to “confirm 100% that we found Gabby.”

Please check back for updates on the investigation involving Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. You can also download the WFLA app for breaking news push alerts and sign up for breaking news email alerts.

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Judge denies motion to dismiss mask mandate lawsuit in St. Louis County

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ST. LOUIS– A St. Louis County Circuit Court judge denied a motion by St. Louis County to dismiss a lawsuit over its mask mandate. Judge Nellie Ribaudo also denied the motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction and a motion to stay discovery.

The Missouri Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against St. Louis County earlier this year over its mask mandate.

“The people of St. Louis County scored another win as the Court denied the County’s motions to dismiss our case and dissolve the Preliminary Injunction, which remains in place,” said Attorney General Eric Schmitt in a press release. “There is no mask mandate in St. Louis County, and I will continue to lead this important fight on behalf of the people of Missouri.”

In the latest court order, Judge Nellie Rubiado says had the St. Louis County Council had issued a new public health order with the approval of the Council perhaps the issues might have been moot but as the Council chose to extend the July 26 Face Covering Order instead the issue is not moot.

Here is a timeline of events for the mask mandate:

  • St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page issued a mask mandate on July 26. It required anyone five and older to wear masks in indoor public places and on public transportation.
  • On July 27, the county council voted five to two to revoke that mask mandate saying Page should have come to them first and that state law gives them the power to override public health orders.
  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued the county calling the mask mandate unconstitutional. Judge Ribaudo sided with Schmitt stopping the order from being enforced.
  • St. Louis County asked the judge to lift her order and throw out Schmitt’s lawsuit after the county council expressed support for the mask mandate on Aug. 27.
  • On Sept. 20, Judge denies St. Louis County motion to dismiss lawsuit over mask mandate as well as motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction.

The court set the next Preliminary Injunction Hearing for October 18 at 10 A.M.

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Colorado’s gold medalist volleyball players aim to inspire state’s next generation

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The first indoor volleyball Olympic gold medal in U.S history was a Colorado accomplishment.

Last month, in the championship round from Tokyo, two-of-six Americans on the floor to clinch the final match point over Brazil were in-state products: setter Jordyn Poulter (Eaglecrest ‘14) and outside hitter Haleigh Washington (Doherty ‘13).

Both gold medalists returned to Colorado in recent weeks to celebrate at their home schools in hopes of inspiring the state’s next generation of volleyball players.

“Haleigh and I are both so grateful we get to come from a state that isn’t necessarily as big volleyball-wise comparatively to some of the midwestern states,” Poulter said. “To have two of us out of the 12 on a roster for an entire country, to represent Colorado, that’s extremely special. We’re really proud to come from the Rocky Mountain region community for girls’ indoor volleyball.”

Washington, as told to CHSAANow.com, added: “Often in life, especially after everything with COVID, people get really anxious and really nervous. That whole idea of being present really resonated with me so I wanted to say to that to the girls.”

Their success comes as little surprise to Jim Miret, the longtime head coach at Front Range Volleyball Club based in Englewood where Poulter is an alum.  Miret said that Colorado — unlike California or Texas — might not be considered a traditional hotbed for youth volleyball development. But plenty of in-state products have gone on to do big things.

“We definitely have a pretty good number of Division-I players coming out of Colorado depending on the year,” Miret said. “We’ve always got between two and five top kids going to really good Division-I programs.”

The stars were on display in last year’s Class 5A final between Grandview and Rampart with at least three major Division I signees: Addison O’Grady (Iowa basketball), Riley Simpson (Baylor volleyball) and Anjelina Starck (Penn State volleyball). Colorado’s elite club programs have also gained widespread recognition. Poulter played for Front Range 18 Black in 2014 when it was ranked No. 11 in the nation.

“Maybe at first glance people might not think of (Colorado) as a hotbed, but there is actually a lot of really great activity in the world of volleyball,” U.S. women’s indoor volleyball coach Karch Kiraly told The Denver Post. “It’s not that much of a surprise.”

The sport’s popularity across the country has soared in the past decade, according to the annual NFHS participation survey, with volleyball surpassing basketball as the second-most played sport among high school girls.

Aspiring volleyball Olympians from Colorado now have an example to follow.

“Haleigh and I were exactly where a lot of those girls were. We were in those shoes,” Poulter said. “I hope that it’s in inspiration and a little bit more within your grasp to see that someone from a situation very similar can achieve their dreams of going to the Olympics and winning a gold medal.”


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Haleigh Washington (Doherty) and Jordyn Poulter (Eaglecrest) are the latest elite volleyball talents to come out of Colorado. Here is a breakdown of the top players in the state this year with CHSAA’s fall season now underway.

5A

Carter Booth — Cherry Creek
Senior / 6-7 / MH
Notable: Committed to the University of Minnesota and considered the top recruit in Colorado.

Katie Gallery — Pueblo West
Senior / 6-1 / S
Notable: Earned Class 5A second-team All-State honors as a junior.

Emerson Reinke — Ralston Valley
Senior / 5-9 / S
Notable: Ranked inside the Top 10 for Class 5A in kills, assists and blocks last season.

Izzy Starck — Rampart
Sophomore / 6-0 / S
Notable: Won the Class 5A state volleyball championship last season.

4A

Quincey Coyle — Mead
Senior / 6-0 / OH
Notable: Finished second in Class 4A last season with 209 kills.

Kinley Lindhardt — Frederick
Senior / 5-7 / OH, RS
Notable: Committed to play beach volleyball at Cal State Northridge.

Karlee Pinell — Cheyenne Mountain
Senior / 5-11 / OH
Notable: A University of Rhode Island volleyball commit.

Allison Waller — Berthoud
Senior / 5-11 / L, DS
Notable: Led Class 4A with 55 aces last season.

3A

Sydney Dunning — Lamar
Junior / 6-0 / OH, MH
Notable: Earned Class 3A first-time All-State honors as a sophomore.

Rylee Martin — Eaton
Junior / 5-8 / S, OPP
Notable: Ranked atop Class 3A for assists last season with 595.

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Three men who targeted, robbed over 70 Asian women in the Bay Area have been charged

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On Friday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against three men connected to a series of robberies that targeted over 70 Asian women across the Bay Area.

The details: Derje Blanks, 23, and Anthony Robinson, 24, were arrested on Sept. 8, according to CBS San Francisco. While attempting to flee the authorities, Robinson reportedly injured a 2-year-old child and the child’s father in a car collision.

  • The third suspect, Cameron Moody, 27, was arrested in Union City on Friday. The arrest concluded a multi-jurisdictional investigation that was launched in late 2020.
  • Robinson allegedly told police after his arrest that the “age of the people [he] was taking things from did not matter as long as they were Asian,” NBC Bay Area reported.
  • The third suspect, Cameron Moody, 27, was arrested in Union City on Friday. Their arrest concluded a multi-jurisdictional investigation that was launched in late 2020.
  • The crime spree, which included robberies and purse snatching, was committed throughout San Jose, San Pablo, Hayward, East Palo Alto, Newark, San Leandro, Fremont, Campbell, Dublin and Milpitas.
  • Evidence collected showed that the defendants targeted the victims based on their race as they “believed that Asian women don’t use banks” and only carried cash, with Robinson allegedly telling police, “Asian people do not use banks, all I’m gonna say.” They also allegedly used derogatory slurs while referring to their targets, SF Gate reported.
  • The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office charged the suspects with over 70 counts of felony robbery with additional hate crime enhancements. Robinson is being held without bail, while Blank’s bail was set to $500,000. Moody is set to appear in court this week.

Their M.O.: The suspects would allegedly followed the same method during their crime spree, where they would wait for their female victims to get inside their vehicle, open the car’s door or smash the windows, and then take their purses.

  • Security footage released by the SJPD showed the suspects snatching a purse from a woman’s car. 
  • The DA’s office said some of the victims suffered injuries from the incidents as the suspects “pulled or wrestled to the ground” the women. 

Those with information are asked to contact the SJPD at (408) 277-4166.

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However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community.
Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

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