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Adams 14 school district announced Thursday that students will return to the classroom next week, but made clear that the decision was against school and district leaders’ wishes to wait another week before ending virtual learning.

Instead, they said, the management company overseeing the district directed students and staff to be at school on Tuesday – a notion that MGT Consulting disputes – as the conflict over when to resume in-person learning has become just the latest round in the feud between the two.

“This is just one more example of patterns of activity that go beyond being unprofessional and that crosses the line into vengefulness,” said Robert Lundin, executive director of communications and special projects for Adams 14.

The relationship between Adams 14 and its state-mandated manager reached a new degree of enmity this week after it was revealed the school board is suing the company for allegedly violating state public record laws, voted to end its contract with the firm, and sent a notice to MGT Consulting stating that its manager for the district, Andre Wright, can no longer contact the district or employees.

District officials even went so far as to lock Wright out of both his work email and school buildings, according to district emails obtained by The Denver Post.

“The tension over this decision is indicative of a larger problem, which is that the district is violating the order of the State Board of Education — again,” Wright said in a statement. “Earlier this week, the superintendent inexplicably revoked my access to the district offices. This is the second time in six months that the district has locked out MGT, even though the district has agreed that MGT is the lead partner.”

Adams 14 announced on Jan. 7  that the district planned to move all schools to virtual learning for at least a week amid a rapid increase in coronavirus infections in Adams County. The school district, based in Commerce City, has about 6,000 students.

The move wasn’t surprising given the highly contagious omicron variant is infecting more and more Coloradans, leading to a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. School officials across the Denver metro have said they are doing everything they can to keep their buildings open for in-person learning, but also warned parents to be prepared for individual schools or classes to go online as more of their staff are becoming sick.

Adams 14 is one of the first districts to move all schools into virtual learning and last week the district told parents that it would decide by Thursday on whether to remain remote or to resume in-person classes.

Adams 14 staff met on Thursday to discuss whether to reopen school buildings next week, ultimately deciding they wanted to wait another week to see what happens with cases and to give them more time to develop a system they could use to move individual campuses or classes to remote-learning based on specific metrics, such as absenteeism, instead of the entire district.

The decision was supported by the district’s principals and Superintendent Karla Loria asked both the school board and Wright, the MGT manager, to approve the recommendation by 3 p.m., Lundin said.

At about 3:30 p.m., Lundin emailed the principals saying that “Mr. Wright issued a directive indicating instead that all instruction was to occur in person for the entirety of next week. No further explanation was given,” according to a copy of the email reviewed by The Post.

The newspaper has not seen the initial email sent by Wright or MGT Consulting, but another email sent at 4:20 p.m., by an employee for MGT Consulting on Wright’s behalf — his email was disconnected — told district staff that this week was supposed to have been spent getting their plan in place and resolving teacher demands related to mitigating the spread of the virus.

“This district has had enough time to do this work and any additional time adversely impacts the community,” said the email. “My recommendation is to return Monday to in-person learning until further notice.”

Lundin said MGT Consulting’s response was a “directive” that the district was bound to follow and noted that it came two days after the school board voted for a second time to sever ties with the company. (After the first time, the State Board of Education forced the district to work with the company and briefly pulled Adams 14’s accreditation.)

“We have no idea what the implications will be,” Lundin said. “It is understandable that families would feel unsettled and lose confidence. Kids should not be caught in the crossfire of the agenda of adults.”

MGT Consulting said it made a recommendation.

“After evaluating the current situation in Adams 14, I recommend that schools reopen for in-person learning next week,” Wright said in his statement. “Our schools and offices are taking many precautions, and in-person learning is so critical for students, especially after the disruptions of the last two years.”

At least part of the clash over whether to resume in-person classes is occurring because the response from MGT Consulting came from Wright.

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An aerial view of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is seen Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. Court documents show the FBI recovered documents labeled “top secret” from former President Donald Trump. a-Lago estate in Florida. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday pushed back on efforts to release the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, saying the investigation “involved highly classified” and that the document contained sensitive witness information.

The government’s opposition came in response to court filings by multiple news outlets, including the Associated Press, seeking to unseal the underlying affidavit the Justice Department submitted when seeking the search warrant. of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.

The court filing — from Juan Antonio Gonzalez, the U.S. attorney in Miami, and Jay Bratt, a senior Justice Department national security official — argues that making the affidavit public would “cause significant and irreparable harm. to this ongoing criminal investigation.

The document, according to prosecutors, details “highly sensitive witness information,” including people who were interviewed by the government, and contains classified grand jury information.

The government told a federal magistrate that prosecutors believe certain additional documents, including the warrant cover page and the government’s request to seal the documents, should now be made public.

A property receipt unsealed on Friday showed the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents, some of which were not only marked top secret but also ‘compartmentalized sensitive information’, a special category meant to protect the country’s most important secrets. which, if publicly disclosed, could cause “exceptional seriousness”. “damages to American interests. Court records did not provide specific details about what information the documents might contain.

The Justice Department acknowledged on Monday that its ongoing criminal investigation “involved highly classified material.”

The search warrant, also unsealed on Friday, said federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs the collection, transmission or loss of defense information under the Security Act. ‘spying. The other statutes deal with the concealment, mutilation or suppression of documents and the destruction, alteration or falsification of documents in federal investigations.

Mar-a-Lago’s search warrant, executed last Monday, was part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the discovery of classified White House documents recovered from Trump’s home earlier this year. The National Archives had asked the department to investigate after it said 15 boxes of documents recovered from the estate included classified documents.

It remains unclear whether the Justice Department moved forward with the warrant simply as a way to retrieve the records or as part of a larger criminal investigation or attempt to prosecute the former president. Several federal laws govern the handling of classified information, with criminal and civil penalties, as well as presidential records.

But the Justice Department, in its Monday filing, argued that its investigation is active and ongoing and that releasing additional information could not only jeopardize the investigation, but also subject witnesses to threats or deter others to come forward to cooperate with prosecutors.

“If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap for the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to jeopardize future stages of investigation,” the government wrote in the court filing.

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Ravens training camp observations on J.K. Dobbins ramping up, Chuck Clark’s success vs. Mark Andrews and more

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Ravens Training Camp Observations On J.k. Dobbins Ramping Up, Chuck Clark’s Success Vs. Mark Andrews And More

Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins returned to the practice field as promised Monday and moved with a touch more explosiveness than he did last week, when he first came off the physically-unable-to-perform list. Dobbins did not practice Saturday or Sunday as trainers assessed his recovery from those first days of work.

Dobbins, who missed the entire 2021 season with a torn ACL, still did not take 11-on-11 reps, but he ran through warm-ups and one-on-one drills with the other running backs, cutting and accelerating as he continued to test his surgically repaired knee.

“He looked good,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s back on track. I thought he looked a little better than he did before, last week.”

Dobbins’ availability for the start of the season is one of the most significant questions hanging over the Ravens as they prepare to wrap up training camp this week. They hope he can be a dynamic No. 1 option out of the backfield after injuring his knee in last year’s preseason finale.

With Gus Edwards also working back from a torn ACL, the Ravens would likely have to rely on a combination of Mike Davis, Justice Hill and rookie Tyler Badie if Dobbins’ recovery takes longer than hoped.

Harbaugh said it “remains to be seen” how quickly Dobbins can take on more work. “I think it depends on the injury,” he explained. “The kind of progress he makes from one day to the next.”

Chuck Clark: The Mark Andrews stopper?

Whenever the Ravens’ offense stumbles in practice, it’s a good bet that quarterback Lamar Jackson will look for Andrews on the next play. No one on the roster screams guaranteed money more than the All-Pro tight end.

That was the case again Monday as Jackson repeatedly found Andrews open in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills. The only defender who stifled the team’s top pass catcher was Clark, who won two matchups against Andrews in one-on-one drills and broke up a Jackson attempt to him in the corner of the end zone. Andrews asked for a penalty on the end zone incompletion, to no avail.

Clark’s reps against Andrews offered a reminder of his unfailing motor. The incumbent starting safety has not spoken to reporters since the Ravens signed Marcus Williams and used a first-round pick on Kyle Hamilton, throwing Clark’s future with the team into question. But he has worked as diligently as usual through the grind of camp, and he never backs down from a difficult matchup. If the Ravens do trade Clark at some point, his professionalism would be missed.

Powers takes snaps at center

With Tyler Linderbaum (foot) out for the time being, Ben Powers was the second man up at center in the preseason opener, ahead of Trystan Colon.

Though he’s still favored to start at left guard, Powers has built on his work at center over the team’s last three practices, looking more at ease at his secondary position. The 2019 fourth-round pick struggled to fire off clean snaps when he auditioned at center last summer, but not so much this time around. If the Ravens are comfortable with Powers as an emergency option behind Linderbaum and Patrick Mekari, Colon’s chances of making the team would take a hit.

“He’s doing a good job,” Harbaugh said. “You’ve got to have versatility. … If Ben can do that, it’s always an addition to your career. It helps you and it helps us. If he could be your starting guard and be your emergency center, it’s important.”

Not unlike Likely

Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely continues to make spectacular plays as a receiver. He went fully horizontal to make a touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone in one-on-one drills Monday and leaped over linebacker Malik Harrison and safety Marcus Williams to catch a downfield throw from Tyler Huntley in 11-on-11 drills.

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Defensive tackle Justin Madubuike returned Monday after missing the previous two practices and the preseason opener as he dealt with migraines. The Ravens remained undermanned at wide receiver, with James Proche (soft tissue) and Tylan Wallace (knee) still out. Defensive tackle Calais Campbell and linebackers Justin Houston and Josh Bynes received veteran rest days.

Second-year outside linebacker Odafe Oweh left the field holding his back after a collision with tight end Nick Boyle late in practice, but Harbaugh said he was uninjured.

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Former Princeton Tigers Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril dies at 92

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Pete Carril, the Hall of Fame coach who made the “Princeton Offense” famous during his 30 years with the Tigers, died Monday morning at the age of 92.

“We kindly ask that you respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and manage the necessary arrangements. More information will be available in the coming days,” the Carril family said in a statement released by Princeton.

Using a deliberate and exhausting offense that relied on stealth cuts and precision passing, Carril led Princeton to 13 regular season Ivy League titles at a time when the conference had no postseason tournament. Princeton also won the NIT in 1975, beating Providence 80-69 at Madison Square Garden.

But it was the Tigers’ memorable March nights in their 11 NCAA Tournament berths under Carril that featured the frantic coach strutting up and down as Princeton tried to outsmart superior opponents — in upsets and near misses. upsets on prime-time television — which left an indelible mark on college basketball.

“Anyone can coach basketball. I can tell you right now. It’s not that hard to know a pick-and-roll, a back-pick, the shuffle-cut, I mean , it’s not that hard,” Carril said after he retired. “But what is difficult is to see how to develop something, to have an idea of ​​how your team is going to play. And that is a matter of reflection.”

This logic was exposed in 1989, in Providence, Rhode Island. As the No. 16 seed, the Carril Tigers went the distance from the No. 1 Georgetown Hoyas in a thrilling 50-49 Hoyas win that captured the tournament’s attention.

In a pre-match press conference, the ever down-to-earth Carril, who never shied away from making his audience laugh, said. “I think we’re a billion to one to win the whole tournament. To beat Georgetown, we’re only 450 million to one.”

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale agreed with his good friend Carril. In a studio segment in Bristol, Connecticut, before the game, Vitale made a promise: “I’ll tell you what, I’m supposed to go home for the weekend. If Princeton can beat Georgetown, I’m going to make it. hitchhiking to Providence, which isn’t that far from here. I’ll be their ball boy in their next game. And then I’m going to put on a Princeton cheerleader uniform and I’m going to lead all the cheers.

As far-fetched as it sounds, the Tigers actually led at halftime 29-21 and used their patient offense to frustrate a star-laden Hoyas side with Alonzo Mourning and coached by John Thompson. Despite lags at nearly every position — not to mention Georgetown’s 32-13 rebounding advantage, led by Mourning’s 13 — the Tigers fought to the finish as an anxious Carril huffed and puffed ever since. the bench.

“They kind of put us to sleep with the backdoor cuts and the shot clock,” Mourning said after the game. “As soon as we slipped defensively, they took advantage of it.”

Several closer calls followed in the tournament for the New Jersey school known more for producing Rhodes Scholars and Pulitzer Prize winners than athletes. In 1990, as the No. 13 seed against No. 4 Arkansas, the Razorbacks outlasted the Carril Tigers 68-64.

Losses to Villanova and Syracuse by a combined 10 points followed the next two seasons as the Tigers continued to top the Ivy League only to fail in the NCAA Tournament. But Carril’s program finally broke through with a March Madness for the Ages game in 1996.

After winning the Ivy title in a one-game tiebreaker, beating Penn 63-56 in overtime, Carril announced to his team that he would retire after the NCAA Tournament. After the victory over the Quakers, in fact, he wrote on a whiteboard in the locker room: “I’m retiring. I’m very happy.”

A week later, facing defending national champion UCLA, Princeton, again a No. 13 seed, upset the No. 4 Bruins 43-41 in Indianapolis.

“We just knocked down a giant,” Carril said in the post-match interview, letting out a big laugh.

Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin, who was an assistant on the 1996 team, agreed. “It was,” he said, “one of the most memorable games in NCAA history.”

Indeed, the push and pull of a nail-biting NCAA tournament game proved to be the perfect scene for a battered Carril on the bench, whose white hair stood up in every direction as the Tigers hooked up for a classic first-round shocker that truly defines the essence of March Madness.

Carill, who also coached a season at Lehigh, finished his college career with a 525-273 record, including 514 wins at Princeton. In 1997, a year after the win over the Bruins, he was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

“Let me just say, nobody ever wants to be a Hall of Fame coach, Hall of Fame doctor or whatever,” Carill said in his induction speech to Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts. “Nobody ever starts out that way. There are a lot of forces at work, and you don’t know where you’re going to end up, and you don’t know why it happens.

“Princeton has always been semi-decent in basketball. But we’re now a national school, as far as basketball goes. And I don’t think anything can change that.”

Carril continued his career as an assistant coach in the NBA, having three separate stints with the Sacramento Kings before retiring in 2011.

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Vikings rookie Lewis Cine said debut ‘went great’ but knows much work remains

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LAS VEGAS — Rookies often talk about having to adjust to the speed of the NFL game. As far as Lewis Cine is concerned, he’s already got that part down.

The Vikings picked up the young safety out of Georgia with the No. 32 pick in the 2022 NFL draft. In his preseason debut, he was in the starting lineup and on the field for 34 defensive plays in Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.

“I didn’t feel lost out there, for one,” Cine said. “It’s like I know I can play to the speed of this game.”

Cine started in place of Harrison Smith, who was rested. Cine is battling Camryn Bynum for the starting safety spot alongside Smith.

Cine said his debut “went great for me.” However, he said he’s “still learning,” and was planning to watch film of Sunday’s game and critique himself.

“(I’ll) learn from this game, see the good, see the bad, look myself in the mirror and tell myself what I did right, what I did wrong, and try to grow from that,” he said.

Cine had one tackle on defense. He also was in for four snaps on special teams.

MOND MEETS KRAMER

Kellen Mond is the second Vikings quarterback to be a native of San Antonio. He recently met the other one.

Tommy Kramer was born in the Texas city in 1955, 44 years earlier than Mond, who was born in 1999. Kramer, who played for Minnesota from 1977-89, attended a practice last Thursday at the TCO Performance Center. He posed for photos with Mond and chatted with the second-year pro, who is battling Sean Mannion for the backup quarterback job behind Kirk Cousins.

“He’s a real nice guy,” Kramer said. “I said, ‘You might not be the starter right now, but you’re only one play away, so just be prepared.’ ”

Mond attended San Antonio’s Reagan High School, which opened in 1999, until transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior year. Kramer attended Robert E. Lee High School, which was renamed Legacy of Educational Excellence (L.E.E.) High School in 2018.

TWYMAN’S DEBUT

Defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman, a Vikings sixth-round draft pick in May 2021 who sat out his rookie season after being shot four times in his native Washington D.C. in June 2021, made his preseason debut against the Raiders and had three tackles while playing 16 defensive snaps.

It was Twyman’s first game since he played for the University of Pittsburgh in the Quick Lane Bowl against Eastern Michigan on December 26, 2019. He then opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Head coach Kevin O’Connell was displeased with the Vikings’ eight penalties for 71 yards against the Raiders. He said there weren’t many flags thrown when the same officiating crew worked several recent practices at Vikings training camp. “We’ve got to compare and contrast where we can be better,” he said. … Vikings rookie receiver Jalen Nailor returned to his hometown of Las Vegas and had two catches for 22 yards. But he muffed a kickoff return and gained just seven yards. … The Vikings have lost five straight preseason games. They dropped their finale in 2019, the 2020 preseason was cancelled due to the pandemic, and they went 0-3 in 2021.

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Philadelphia police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who woke up from a 2-week coma after being hit by a car

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman involved in a car crash who recently awoke from a coma. The woman was in a coma for two weeks and is now regaining consciousness with limited brain function, police say.

Authorities say the woman was hit by a vehicle at 508 Adams Avenue in the Lawncrest section of the city in late July.

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Police say hospital staff are trying to locate immediate family to help make medical decisions. Police said there was no information to identify the woman.

The striking vehicle remained at the scene, police said.

If you know the woman or have other information, you can contact Northeast Detectives at 215-686-3153.

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90,000 more MN students to get free school meals based on Medicaid enrollment

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An estimated 90,000 additional Minnesota students will get free meals at school this year under a pilot program that will automatically qualify kids who are enrolled in Medicaid, Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday.

Students generally qualify for free school meals in one of two ways: Their parents fill out a form stating they have a low enough family income, or their school “directly certifies” the student based on their enrollment in other government assistance programs, such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) or Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

This year, Minnesota is one of eight states chosen for a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program that will directly certify Medicaid recipients for free school meals, Walz’s office said.

“This project means fewer children will go hungry at school next year, and we know that’s the number one way we can help students succeed,” Walz said in a news release.

Walz said the Medicaid option adds about 202,041 students to the number of kids directly certified for free meals. Of those, an estimated 90,000 have not already signed up for free meals.

The impact, both on school district budgets and the number of kids getting free meals, figures to be greater than those 90,000, however.

If a school or group of schools has 40 percent of their students directly certified, they can qualify for free meals for all students under the Community Eligibility Provision; schools that reach 62.5 percent can do so at no additional cost to the school district because federal reimbursements will fully cover the meal costs.

St. Paul Public Schools previously announced it plans to spend $1.7 million next school year in order to provide free meals for all students at 18 schools that still qualify for the provision but no longer qualify at the full reimbursement rate.

Congress provided free meals to all students regardless of family income each of the past two school years because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that benefit is going away.

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