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NYC woman fatally pushed into path of subway train spent 10 years helping homeless



NYC woman fatally pushed into path of subway train spent 10 years helping homeless

Michelle Alyssa Go spent more than a decade as a volunteer helping the homeless — only to be fatally pushed under the wheels of a Times Square subway train by a mentally ill homeless man, according to police.

On Monday, the New York Junior League, where Go volunteered, urged city leaders to do something about the mental health crisis in the city.

“We call upon the city’s leadership to urgently address the lack of mental health and other supports for underserved communities,” Dayna Barlow Cassidy posted on Instagram next to a photo of Go.

The death sent shockwaves through the Junior League, a 120-year-old women’s volunteer organization, where Go was remembered for her passion for face-to-face work helping prep homeless men and women for job interviews, burnishing their resumes and teaching them financial literacy.

The 40-year-old senior manager for Deloitte Consulting was waiting on the platform on Jan. 15 when Simon Martial, 61, allegedly shoved her into the path of a train as it rolled into the station about 9:30 a.m.

“Michelle’s vivacious nature and joy for life were evident to everyone who knew her, and it is absolutely heart-breaking that her life was ended in such a horrific and senseless way,” a Junior League partner said. “My prayers and love go out to her family and friends. Her death is a tremendous loss for all of us, the people of New York.”

Go graduated from the University of California and earned an MBA from NYU’s Stern School for Business, according to her profile. But she devoted herself to uplifting the homeless.


Pete Alonso’s power boosts the Mets in win over Phillies



Pete Alonso’s power boosts the Mets in win over Phillies

The Mets are living and dying with Pete Alonso’s power.

They have won 10 of the 11 games that Alonso has homered in this season, and Friday night’s 8-6 win over the Phillies fell into the majority.

Alonso cranked his 12th homer of the year in the third inning off Bailey Falter, a two-run 400-foot shot to left field that gave the Mets a nice, breathable five-run advantage over their division rivals. The Mets kept adding on, and they needed every insurance run, but it was the team polar bear that brought the party back to Citi Field to kick off the Amazin’s six-game homestand.

The Mets (30-17) had been flirting with their 30th win of the season since Tuesday, during their wild back-and-forth, three hour and 50 minute game against the Giants that went the other way. Had they won that night, the Mets would’ve become the second team in MLB to eclipse that mark, following only the Yankees who won their 30th game earlier on Tuesday. The Mets were the first team to reach 20 wins earlier this month.

Alonso’s home run in the third was also his 400th career hit, which means 29.5% of the first baseman’s hits since his 2019 rookie season have been dingers. Alonso also now leads MLB with 44 RBI.

Meanwhile, the Mets lived to deal with their growing bullpen problem another day.

Carlos Carraso pitched better than his final line suggested, because Mets manager Buck Showalter yanked him with runners on first and second in the sixth inning and reliever Chasen Shreve provided none of it when he promptly surrendered a three-run home run to Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs.

All five runs that were charged to Carrasco came in the sixth inning, but none of the four singles he allowed were hit harder than 84 mph off the bat. So four softly-hit base hits, including two that never left the infield, and a walk to Odubel Herrera resulted in five earned runs on six hits across 5.2 innings and 85 pitches. Carrasco, whose ERA jumped to 3.98 following his ninth start of the year, had retired 15 of his first 18 batters, including seven strikeouts, before his outing went sideways in the sixth.

Shreve, on the other hand, has struggled in five of his last six relief appearances. The lefty specialist had been terrific for the Mets to begin the season, carrying a 0.74 ERA into his 11th relief appearance just a couple of weeks ago. But he has since allowed at least one earned run in each of his last half-dozen outings. The Mets have just one other left-handed bullpen arm in Joely Rodriguez, and both he and Shreve have been used plenty by Showalter through the team’s first 47 games.

Without Trevor May, who is on the injured list with a triceps stress reaction for at least the next couple of weeks, the Mets bullpen has been forced to pick up the slack with varying degrees of success. Going into the 2022 season, the Amazin’s relief corps was their weakest area on paper, and more than a quarter into the year, it remains that way.

But, for now, Mets relievers have recorded a 3.65 ERA overall, which ranks in the middle of the league at 15th. We’ve seen bullpen arms be impressive, while also costing some games. The league-average effort means GM Billy Eppler should be scouring the market yesterday for any acquisitions, but it’s also an area the Mets can potentially afford to wait to improve, in a bigger way, at the trade deadline.


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Uvalde school police chief faulted in shooting response



Uvalde school police chief faulted in shooting response


The police official blamed for not sending officers in more quickly to stop the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting is the chief of the school system’s small police force, a unit dedicated ordinarily to building relationships with students and responding to the occasional fight.

Preparing for mass shootings is a small part of what school police officers do, but local experts say the preparation for officers assigned to schools in Texas — including mandatory active shooter training — provides them with as solid a foundation as any.

“The tactical, conceptual mindset is definitely there in Texas,” said Joe McKenna, deputy superintendent for the Comal school district in Texas and a former assistant director at the state’s school safety center.

A gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. As students called 911, officers waited more than an hour to breach the classroom after following the gunman into the building. The district’s police chief, Pete Arredondo, decided officers should wait to confront the gunman on the belief he was barricaded inside adjoining classrooms and children were no longer at risk, officials said Friday.

“It was the wrong decision,” Steven McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a news conference Friday.

A group of Border Patrol tactical officers would later engage in a shootout with the gunman and kill him, officials said. Arredondo could not immediately be reached for comment Friday by the AP.

Across the country, police officers who work in schools are tasked with keeping tabs on who’s coming and going, working on building trust so students feel comfortable coming to them with problems, teaching anti-substance abuse programs and, occasionally, making arrests.

The police department for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District says on its website that its primary goal is “to maintain a safe and secure environment for our future leaders to learn and our current leaders to educate while forming partnerships with students, teachers, parents, and the community while enforcing laws and reducing fears.”

The active shooter training was mandated by state lawmakers in 2019 in response to school shootings. Under state law, school districts also are required to have plans to respond to active shooters in their emergency response procedures.

Security can sometimes become lax because school officials and officers may not believe a shooting will ever happen in their building, said Lynelle Sparks, a school police officer in Hillsboro, Texas, and executive director of the Texas Association of School Resource Officers.

“It’s always making sure that you are prepared,” she said. “People get relaxed. It happens in every district. You can’t say that it doesn’t. It happens everywhere. We get to the point, ‘Oh my gosh. This is horrific. Safety Safety Safety.’ The school year goes by, ’Oh, why do I have to lock my door everyday, you know? I wish that every teacher would teach behind a locked door. It doesn’t make it a prison system. It’s about saving lives.”

Under the incident command approach that was widely adopted after 9/11, it is unsurprising that the school police chief would be considered the commander, even following the arrival of officers from other agencies, McKenna said. The designated person would be considered the commander until relieved by a higher-ranking officer, but that doesn’t necessarily happen immediately when efforts to save lives are continuing, he said.

“Obviously it’s still an ongoing investigation, but it would make sense that a police chief of a school district would be the initial incident commander,” McKenna said.

While many schools around the country host school resource officers who report to their municipal police departments, it is not uncommon especially in some Southern states and large cities for school districts to have their own police forces, like Uvalde.

McKenna said his research on school policing indicated that training and other factors mattered more than which agency was managing the officers.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re in a school police department or an SRO, its more about the components of any good officer,” he said.

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Gleyber Torres homers, anchors defense in 2-0 Yankee win over Rays



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ST. PETERSBURG — This winter, as he worked out on his own during the lockout, Gleyber Torres came to terms with where he was in his career. The 25-year-old knew changes had to be made. The big one, a move from shortstop to second base, was made for him before the end of the 2021 season. The other change was going into the Yankees minor league complex before the owners locked the players out and asking new hitting coach Dillon Lawson for help.

The changes in Torres are paying off. Friday night. Torres homered and made two strong defensive plays to back up a stellar start by Jameson Taillon in the Yankees  2-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

The Yankees (33-13) won their fourth straight game and guaranteed at least a split of this four-game series in the first meeting with their American League East rival Rays (26-19). They have won 11 of 14 series this season so far. They maintained the best record in baseball with their sixth shutout of the season.

Taillon threw a career-high eight scoreless innings, holding the Rays to two hits. It was his first scoreless start of the season. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. It was the fourth time this season Taillon did not issue a base on balls and the first time in his last four starts. Taillon had great fastball command Friday, getting five swing-and-misses on the four-seamer and six called strikes.

It was the fourth time this season the Yankees have had a starter go eight innings and the second straight game. That’s a huge help to a bullpen that has been hit by injuries — losing Chad Green (Tommy John surgery), Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder) and Aroldis Chapman (Achilles) in the last week. Friday night, Clay Holmes closed it out with his 24th consecutive scoreless inning over 22 appearances Friday picking up his sixth career save.

Matt Carpenter, added to the roster on Thursday and already making his second start, got his first hit as a Yankee. He homered in the the fourth inning to give the Bombers a 2-0 lead against lefty starter Jeffrey Springs.

There was no doubt about Torres’ eighth home run of the season. In his second at-bat on Friday night, Torres crushed a 91-mile-an-hour fastball from lefty Jeffrey Springs several rows deep into the left-center field seats. The 438-foot homer was so sure to be out of the park that Torres took three steps up the first base line admiring it and then flipped his bat to the side.

It had to feel good.

Last season, Torres hit just nine home runs total in 127 games and he’s hit 12 homers in 2020 and 2021 combined. His struggles began in 2020, when after MLB shut down spring training for four months because of the coronavirus, the Yankees felt he showed up to the restart of the season out of shape. He suffered a leg injury and struggled. In 2021, he had an early bout with COVID-19 and a thumb injury that hindered him. After hitting .251 with a .671 OPS in 107 games at shortstop, however, Torres ended the season on a little surge. He hit .300 with an .815 in his last 19 games — all at second base.

You can see the difference.

In 44 games this season, Torres has shown that he is more comfortable at second base, after a disastrous attempt to start him at shortstop the last two seasons. That seems to have carried over to his offense. Torres is hitting .234/.276/.448 with a .724 OPS.

Torres also is showing  it with his glove. In the fifth inning Friday night, he made the inning-ending grab on a ball deflected off Taillon, making a tough play look simple. In the sixth, with an out and a runner on second, Torres went to his right and grabbed Mike Zunino’s line drive with his backhand to hold the runner and get Taillon closer to the end of the inning.

Taillon no-hit the Rays through four innings.

Randy Arozarena’s groundball single under Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s glove to lead off the fifth was the first hit off the Yankees’ righthander Friday night. Manuel Margot hit a  curveball that Taillon tried to drop in for a strike to double in the seventh.

That was all the Rays got off him.


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