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Myanmar military junta has declared martial law in six Yangon townships.

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Myanmar military junta has declared martial law in six Yangon townships.
Myanmar military junta has declared martial law in six Yangon townships.

Myanmar military junta has declared martial law in six Yangon townships.

 

Myanmar’s ruling junta has imposed martial law in six townships in the country’s largest city, Yangon, after security forces killed dozens of demonstrators over the weekend in a rising crackdown on opposition to the military coup last month.

North Dagon, South Dagon, Dagon Seikkan, and North Okkalapa townships in Yangon have been declared martial law, according to state broadcaster MRTV. Late Sunday, it was announced that two more townships, Hlaing Thar Yar and neighboring Shwepyitha, will be put under martial law.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, or AAPP, an independent organisation monitoring the toll of the brutality, at least 38 people were killed and hundreds were wounded on Sunday in one of the worst days of the crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators. Several projections from other sources placed the number at a higher level.

Mobile internet service has been cut, complicating attempts to coordinate new protests as well as media coverage of the crisis, though fixed broadband connections remain open.

Mobile data services have been used to broadcast live video coverage of demonstrations, with security forces often targeting protesters. For some weeks, it had been switched off only from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m., with no official statement.

According to Aung San Suu Kyi’s counsel, Khin Maung Zaw, a court hearing in the capital, Natpyitaw, for Myanmar’s detained chief, Aung San Suu Kyi, was forced to be postponed due to a lack of internet access. Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were arrested during the military occupation on February 1 and have been charged with a number of criminal offences, which their supporters claim was politically motivated in order to keep them imprisoned.

Myanmar has been in a state of emergency since the takeover six weeks ago, with civilian leaders arrested and military leaders in charge of the entire country. However, the declaration of martial law on Sunday was the first since the coup, and it meant that the military would be in charge of security rather than local police.

The State Administrative Council took steps to strengthen security and restore law and order, according to the announcement, and the Yangon regional commander has been granted administrative, judicial, and military powers in the area under his command. The orders refer to six of Yangon’s 33 townships, all of which have witnessed recent significant abuse.

Thirty-four people were killed in Yangon. People in the Hlaing Thar Yar township were seen fleeing after gunfire was heard late at night. According to footage from the independent Democratic Voice of Burma, those fleeing carried one wounded person and attempted to revive two others, one of whom appeared to be dead or dying.

According to the AAPP, 22 civilians were killed and more than a dozen others were injured in Hlaing Thar Yar on Sunday. The township was also home to a large number of junta troops.

According to the AAPP and local media, four more deaths were registered in Bago, Mandalay, and Hpakant.

Anti-coup protesters used the cover of darkness to stage mass candlelight vigils in various parts of Yangon over the weekend, including those that occurred after 8 p.m., when authorities placed a curfew.

From the outset, the protest movement has been focused on peaceful civil disobedience, with marches and general strikes being among its most popular features. However, some demonstrators have called for more effective, more flexible self-defense tactics, such as holding small rallies that disperse and reassemble quickly, and creating cover with fire extinguishers, billowing laundry, and burning tires.

The number of civilians killed by security forces since the coup has now reached 100, according to the AAPP. Owing to the security situation and a crackdown on independent media in Myanmar, confirming the number of casualties is virtually impossible, but different organisations have compiled tallies with similar estimates.

The true death toll is undoubtedly higher, as police have reportedly recovered some bodies, and some victims have suffered severe gunshot wounds that makeshift hospitals will fail to treat. Many hospitals are occupied by security forces, and as a result, medical staff boycott them and demonstrators avoid them.

As an intimidation tactic, police have also patrolled suburban areas at night, shooting into the air and using stun grenades. They’ve even removed people from their homes with no opposition in targeted raids. The inmates died in detention within hours of being taken away in at least two reported instances.

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Dolphins Q&A: What can we expect of Josh Boyer as defensive coordinator without Brian Flores?

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Dolphins Q&A: What can we expect of Josh Boyer as defensive coordinator without Brian Flores?

Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer questions from readers.

Q: Without [Brian] Flores being part of the defensive play-calling, what can we assume or expect with how well Josh Boyer will be now that this is his defense moving forward? — Dan Giunta on Twitter

A: Much like how it’s a “prove-it” year for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa because he has everything he should need to succeed heading into his third season, this could also be viewed as the season when the pressure is on Josh Boyer as defensive coordinator.

This will be the true test for him — with defensive personnel that offers him all the tools he needs — to show he can do it without leaning on ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores, whom he’s had a longstanding relationship with going back to their decade-plus together as assistants with the New England Patriots.

As new coach Mike McDaniel reshaped the Dolphins’ offensive staff, he retained Boyer in his same defensive coordinator role as last season, along with other defensive assistants in linebackers coach Anthony Campanile and defensive line coach Austin Clark.

With all 11 starters and several rotational pieces on defense returning, if the Dolphins defense takes a step back in 2022, the blame will land on Boyer, who no longer has Flores with him or former defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander. Alexander, according to Sun Sentinel sources, took on added responsibilities in leading the defense in the second half of last season as the unit turned the team’s fortunes around for eight wins in the last nine games following a seven-game losing streak.

Early on upon being named head coach, McDaniel pursued former Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio for the defensive coordinator role, as the Sun Sentinel reported, but a deal couldn’t be reached. With Boyer retained, maintaining as much continuity as possible on a successful defense became the evident goal.

With the defense now nearly entirely his, Boyer already has the blueprint of what makes it work.

Bring exotic blitzes. Let cornerbacks Xavien Howard, Byron Jones and Nik Needham play man coverage. Allow safeties Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones to be versatile. Utilize multiple defensive fronts with the versatility that many in the front seven possess. And the addition of Melvin Ingram as another pass rusher helps.

Boyer, speaking recently with media at team facilities, said “a lot” of his time is consumed with the internal debate of how much to keep the same with the defense and what he’ll tinker with.

“Even the things that we do and we’ve done consistently, you’re always trying to tweak or do it better,” Boyer said. “There’s always variables that go into that: What teams are doing to you and what you’re looking to do to teams.”

One aspect that McDaniel, offensively, can facilitate for Boyer and the defense is to take some of the pressure off by installing an effective run game in Miami. The better the Dolphins can run the football under McDaniel, who led a consistent rushing attack for years in San Francisco, the more Miami can win the time of possession battle, keeping the defense fresh and not having to get run back out onto the field time and time again following three-and-outs from the offense.

Have a question?

Email David Furones, or tag @OmarKelly or @DavidFurones_ on Twitter.

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NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins drank ‘heavily’ before dying on South Florida interstate

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NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins drank ‘heavily’ before dying on South Florida interstate

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died with alcohol and ketamine in his system and had been out at a South Florida club and drank “heavily,” records from the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office released Monday say.

Haskins, 24, died April 9 after he was hit by two drivers on Interstate 595 near the Fort Lauderdale airport, first by a dump truck driver and then by the driver of a Subaru Outback, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Haskins died from multiple blunt-force injuries, and his manner of death was an accident, the report says.

The Medical Examiner’s Office report says Haskins had been training in South Florida with his teammates and they all went to dinner. Then Haskins and a relative went to a club, possibly in Miami, where they “drank heavily” and separated after a fight.

Haskins’ alcohol levels were at 0.20 and 0.24, the toxicology report found from two separate samples. A driver is considered to be driving under the influence in Florida if the blood-alcohol content is at 0.08 or more.

The urine sample also came back positive for ketamine and norketamine, which is found in the body after ketamine is metabolized. Ketamine is “a dissociative anesthetic,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, that can be used as a sedative and pain reliever and may also cause hallucinations.

The report does not say how much of the drugs were detected in the sample. It notes that Haskins’ medical history was unknown, but he did not take daily medications.

Drivers reported seeing Haskins “waving cars down” while in the shoulder on the westbound side of the interstate, the report says.

He had run out of gas, pulled over to the side of the highway and got out in search of fuel about 6:15 a.m., the Medical Examiner’s report says. The 911 calls started pouring in about 6:33 a.m.

One woman who saw Haskins waving cars down told investigators she saw a man wearing all black, standing on the right shoulder of the road waving at cars. By the time she pulled over, parked and went to help him, he had already been hit, the report says.

Troopers found the abandoned car on the side of the highway with a woman inside. The report does not say what Haskins relationship to the woman who was waiting inside the car was.

Haskin’s wife, Kalabrya, told a 911 operator that her husband told her he was “stuck on the side of the highway” and would call her back once he got gas, according to the call released by FHP in April. But he never did.

“I don’t want you to panic, but I’m going to be honest with you,” the 911 operator said. “We do have an incident on the highway, but I can’t confirm if that’s your husband or not.”

Both drivers stopped and no criminal charges are expected to be filed in his death. Fire rescue crews pronounced Haskins dead at the scene at 6:48 a.m.

Staff writers David Fleshler and Chris Perkins contributed to this report.

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Lawmakers couldn’t reach deal to legalize sports gambling in Minnesota

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A push to legalize sports betting in Minnesota failed to pass the Legislature before its regular session ended late Sunday night, despite bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

Bills in both chambers would have allowed the state’s tribal casinos to run in-person and mobile sports betting for people 21 and older in Minnesota and set priorities for the modest state tax revenues the gambling would generate. But a disagreement over whether to allow two Twin Cities-area horse racing tracks to also host betting ultimately derailed the push.

The Senate’s version of the bill would have allowed Canterbury Park in Shakopee and Running Aces in Columbus to get in on sports betting. But the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association opposed that bill, and Gov. Tim Walz said he would not sign sports betting legislation not supported by the state’s tribal nations.

A Senate committee Thursday advanced that bill toward a vote of the full Senate. The next day, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, said the inclusion of horse tracks threw a “monkey wrench” into the process and that she didn’t think the bill could move forward.

Although the House was able to pass its version May 12, the Senate bill never got a vote from the full chamber.

Minnesota is surrounded by states that allow legal sports betting in some form. More than 30 states have legalized it since 2018, when the Supreme Court threw out a federal law banning the practice outside of Nevada.

The odds of Minnesota legalizing sports betting appeared better than ever this year. Before lawmakers convened in January, Democrats and Republicans in key leadership positions in both the House and Senate expressed interest in getting a bill passed. In March, the tribal gaming association expressed support for the House bill to legalize sports betting.

Reps. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, and Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, led legal sports betting efforts in the House. Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, sponsored a bill in the Senate that had the support of DFL Sen. Karla Bigham of Cottage Grove.

Garofalo expressed frustration that a proposal with bipartisan support in both chambers did not reach the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

“(There are) too many legislators focused on short-term political considerations instead of thinking about what is best for the whole state,” he said. “The sports gambling issue is symbolic of how screwed up the lawmaking process is in Minnesota.”

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